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DeltaQueen Goes to Sesame Street in 2018

2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Oct 21, 2017, 4:43pm Top

Sunny day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?

Welcome to my 2018 Category Challenge. My name is Judy and I live Delta, a suburb of Vancouver, B.C. I love books and reading and through LibraryThing I have expanded my reading to many different genres. I am looking forward to a new year visiting with both new and old friends, participating in fresh challenges and, of course, lots and lots of books.

I thought I would build my challenge this year around a television institution and, having had just short of 50 award winning seasons, Sesame Street came immediately to mind. I’ve guided my own children and my grandchildren through years of Sesame Street and have a warm nostalgic feeling for that program. This years challenge categories are going to be based on things I remember about that program.

I have 18 categories and I am planning on reading at least 10 books for 15 of the categories, 5 books and 6 books for 2 more. My eighteenth category is for overflow books so these 161 books plus overflows and additions will comprise my 2018 challenge. I haven’t planned to have a specific category for the various Cat/Kit Challenges or for the BingoDog but if they don’t fit into my regular categories, I will place them in my overflow category.

I enjoy the company of my husband, sipping a glass of wine, reading a good book, going for walks and, my family. But I also have a weird enjoyment of zombie books and avidly watch "The Walking Dead" on tv. Please feel free join in on any conversations that are going on here, the welcome mat is always out.

Edited: Oct 17, 2017, 10:38pm Top

2018 Categories

A. Brought To You By the Number:

The shows aired on PBS and there was no advertising. The show itself though always was brought to you by a number, a letter and a color. The regularity of this brings series to mind, so this category will be for series.

B. The Mystery Box:

Kermit gives the Cookie Monster three guesses as to what is in the Mystery Box. For my guesswork I love to read mysteries and police procedurals so this will be a category for those genres.

C. Big Bird:

Big Bird is larger than any bird I’ve ever seen, so this category will be for the big books of over 500 pages. I will plan on reading five of these.

D Rechov Sumsum & Alam Simsim:

Sesame Street is an international hit, and these are the names of the show in Israel and Egypt. This will be the place to list my global reading – books set anywhere other than Canada, the U.S. or the U.K.

E. It’s Not Easy Being Green:

A song sung by Kermit that encourages children to accept and embrace their differences. This will be a category that features books with a connection to the color green, their cover displays a large amount of green, the author’s name is Green or the word Green is in the title.

F. Elmo:

Elmo is perpetually child-like, so this category will be for Children’s & YA Books

G. The Letters A to J:

Sesame Street is often a child’s first introduction to the alphabet. This category will be a place for books whose authors last names start with the first ten letters of the alphabet.

H. The Letters K to T:

For Books whose authors last names start with the next ten letters of the alphabet:

I. The Letters U to Z:

For Books whose authors last names start with the last few letters of the alphabet.

J. Abby Cadabby:

Magical, fairy-like Abby Cadabby is the perfect choice to head the category for tales of Fantasy and Magic

K. The Count:

Although he is a friendly one, The Count is a vampire so this will be a category for the dark side of fantasy. Ghosts, vampires, zombies and werewolves will all fit here.

L. In Recognition of Excellence:

In recognition of it’s excellence, Sesame Street has won many awards including well over 100 Emmys, so this will be a category for the books that have also been recognized for their excellence by being placed on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List.

M. Miss Piggy:

Miss Piggy gives a strong female presence to the program, so this will be a category for women authors:

N. Kermit the Frog:

Kermit is an all-round good guy and the object of Miss Piggy’s affection, this will be a category for male authors.

O. Bert & Ernie’s Science Experiments:

Ernie is a master at coming up with experiments where he needs Bert’s help. He is also very good at convincing Bert to do some very strange things, all in the aid of science, of course. This category will be for science fiction.

P. Bob McGrath:

Bob McGrath, a music teacher who lived above Mr. Hooper’s store, was played by a real person, actor Robert Johnson. This category will be for non-fiction.

Q. Oscar the Grouch:

Oscar lives in a garbage can and considers his belongings to be treasures not trash. This category will be for books that have been on my shelf or my Kindle for longer than two years. Will they be trash or treasures?

R. Mr. Hooper’s Store:

Mr. Hooper’s Store carried everything. So this is the perfect place to be the overflow category, a place for graphic novels, for books that don’t fit anywhere else, or whose categories are already filled.

Edited: Jan 4, 12:37am Top


Total Number of Books Read in 2018:

Total Number of Pages Read in 2018:

Total Number of Books From My Shelf:

Edited: Jan 26, 10:13pm Top

How I Rate Books:

2.0 ★: I must have been dragged, kicking and screaming, to finish this one!

2.5 ★: Below Average but I finished the book for one reason or another.

3.0 ★: Average, a solid read that I finished but can't promise to remember

3.5 ★: Above Average, there's room for improvement but I liked this well enough to pick up another book by this author.

4.0 ★: A very good read and I enjoyed my time spent with this story

4.5 ★: An excellent read, a book I will remember and recommend

5.0 ★: Sheer perfection, the right book at the right time for me

As if I Don't Have Enough Challenges to Concentrate On - I am adding the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge. This will not be a hugh priority nor will it require any planning. I will just see how many I can complete.

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen: Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
2. True crime:
3. The next book in a series you started:
4. A book involving a heist:
5. Nordic noir: Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
6. A novel based on a real person:
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you:
8. A book with a time of day in the title:
9. A book about a villain or antihero: The North Water by Ian McGuire
10. A book about death or grief:
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym:
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist:
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical: Black Coffee by C. Osborne, play by A. Christie
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
15. A book about feminism
16. A book about mental health
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
18. A book by two authors
19. A book about or involving a sport
20. A book by a local author -
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
22. A book with alliteration in the title: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
23. A book about time travel
24. A book with a weather element in the title
25. A book set at sea
26. A book with an animal in the title
27. A book set on a different planet
28. A book with song lyrics in the title
29. A book about or set on Halloween
30. A book with characters who are twins
31. A book mentioned in another book: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
32. A book from a celebrity book club
33. A childhood classic you've never read
34. A book that's published in 2018
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
36. A book set in the decade you were born
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)

Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
2. A cyberpunk book
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
8. A microhistory
9. A book about a problem facing society today
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Edited: Jan 30, 8:40pm Top

Bingo Dog

1. Famous Person in Title
2. Published More Than 100 Years Ago: The Scalp Hunters by Mayne Reid
3. Originally in a Different Language
4. New To You Author
5. Relative Name in Title
6. Money In Title
7. Published in 2018
8. X in the Title
9. 500 Plus Pages
10. Set During a Holiday
11. LGBT central character
12. On the 1001 List
13. Read A Cat: Black Coffee - January ColorCat
14. Number in Title
15. Humorous Book
16. Unread 2017 Purchase
17. Title Contains Something You Would See in the Sky
18. Related to the Pacific Ocean
19. Fits At Least 2 Kits/Cats: The North Water by Ian McGuire
20. Beautiful Cover: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman
21. Autobiography/Memoir
22. Poetry or Play
23. Longtime TBR
24. Story Involves Travel: A Long Walk Home by Judith Tebbut
25. Rank in Title

Edited: Oct 17, 2017, 10:59pm Top

A. Brought To You By The Number ... - Series Reading


* The Secret Place by Tana French
* Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers
* The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths

Edited: Jan 4, 12:44am Top

B. The Mystery Box - Mysteries & Police Procedurals

Books Read

1. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie, Adapted by Charles Osborne - 3.3 ★


* Love Story, With Murders by Harry Bingham
* Dead Man's Grip by Peter James
* Buried by Mark Billingham

Edited: Jan 24, 12:41am Top

C. Big Bird - Large Books

Books Read

1. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
:Volume 1 - A Man of Property – Completed – 4.0 ★


* Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Edited: Jan 13, 11:41am Top

D. Rechov Sumsum & Alam Simsim - Global Settings

Books Read

1. The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. J. Vassanji - 4.2 ★


* The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad
* Silence by Jan Costin Wagner
* A Different Sky by Meira Chand

Edited: Jan 4, 11:39pm Top

E. It's Not Easy Being Green - Book Has a Connection to the Color Green

Books Read

1. The Scalp Hunters by Mayne Reid (green cover) - 2.7 ★


* Celebrations at Thrush Green by Miss Read (title)
* Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood (author's name)
* The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams (cover)

Edited: Jan 7, 12:59pm Top

F. Elmo - Children's & YA Reads

Books Read

1. The Night Is For Hunting by John Marsden - 4.0 ★


* Sword Song by Rosemary Sutcliff
* In The Palace of the Khans by Peter Dickinson

Edited: Jan 16, 2:55pm Top

G. The Letters A to J


1. The Weight of This World by David Joy - 4.5 ★

* Agatha Christie
* Kent Haruf
* Deborah Install

Edited: Oct 17, 2017, 11:33pm Top

H. The Letters K to T


* William Kent Krueger
* Stuart O'Nan
* Mary Doria Russell

Edited: Oct 17, 2017, 11:36pm Top

I. The Letters U to Z


* Cathi Unsworth
* Xinran

Edited: Jan 8, 11:37pm Top

J. Abby Cadabby - Books of Fantasy and Magic

Books Read

1. God Stalk by P.C. Hodgell - 4.0 ★


* The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
* Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
* The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Edited: Oct 17, 2017, 11:45pm Top

K. The Count Dark Fantasy


* Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly
* Fellside by M. R. Carey
* Monster Nation by David Wellington

Edited: Jan 11, 1:54pm Top

L. In Recognition of Excellence - The 1001 Books To Read Before You Die List

Books Read

1. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - 4.0 ★


* Crow Road by Iain Banks
* The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
* The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Edited: Nov 15, 2017, 10:40pm Top

M. Miss Piggy - Female Authors


* Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
* Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
* China Dolls by Lisa See

Edited: Jan 26, 10:11pm Top

N. Kermit the Frog - Male Authors

Books Read

1. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy - 4.3 ★
2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz - 4.3 ★


* The Revenant by Michael Punke
* Go Tell It On A Mountain by James Baldwin

Edited: Jan 30, 12:06am Top

O. Bert & Ernie's Science Experiments - Science Fiction

Books Read

1. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman - 3.2 ★


* Into the Mist by Lee Murray
* I Dare by Sharon Lee
* The Ion Raider by Ian Whates

Edited: Jan 30, 8:42pm Top

P. Bob McGrath - Non-Fiction

Books Read

1. A Long Walk Home by Judith Tebbutt - 4.0 ★


* A Few Acres of Snow by Robert Leckie
* Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde by Jeff Guinn
* The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Edited: Jan 21, 7:07pm Top

Q. Oscar The Grouch - On My Shelf Longer Than 2 Years - Trash or Treasure?

Books Read

1. A Cat Affair by Derek Tangye - 3.7 ★
2. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo - 4.2 ★


* Silesian Station by David Downing
* The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
* Dark Flight by Lin Anderson

Edited: Jan 26, 12:43pm Top

R. Mr. Hooper's Store - Overflow

Books Read

1. When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord - 4.0 ★
2. The North Water by Ian McGuire - 4.5 ★
3. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells - 3.3 ★

Edited: Jan 24, 12:46pm Top

2018 Reading Plans - Group Reads etc.

Year Long Group Reads

* The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
* Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

January: Hosting the RandomCat
March: Hosting the ColorCat: Green
April: Hosting the ScaredyKit: Supernatural
June: Hosting SF/FFKit: Series Month
Group Read: Ursula Le Guin
July: Hosting the MysteryCat: Police Procedurals

Edited: Oct 18, 2017, 12:22am Top

Welcome Everyone!

Oct 18, 2017, 12:47am Top

Brilliant! Love your setup, now I have to spend more time planning mine instead of the same old same old I'd been thinking of doing.

Oct 18, 2017, 1:16am Top

Great theme! I've always admired Miss Piggy!

Oct 18, 2017, 5:49am Top

I've been looking forward to seeing your theme for 2018 Judy. Very nice. I've always been a Big Bird fan myself, no wonder I enjoy a nice, long book!

Oct 18, 2017, 5:50am Top

Wonderful theme! Miss Piggy has always been my favourite.

Oct 18, 2017, 7:04am Top

Very cute and imaginative. Good luck with your challenge!

Oct 18, 2017, 8:10am Top

Oh, I love your theme and your creative use of the categories. As I'm reading through them, my 2 year old is sitting in my lap singing the ABCs along with his stuffed Elmo. I've loved Sesame Street for my whole life. In fact, my first memories of books were Sesame Street ones, like The Monster at the End of this Book, which was my favorite when I was little.

Looking forward to following along with your challenge next year.

Oct 18, 2017, 9:39am Top

Oh I love this theme so much! Oscar the Grouch is the best!!!

Oct 18, 2017, 10:32am Top

>32 LittleTaiko: Haha, Oscar the Grouch was totally my favorite too!

Great theme as always, Judy, and an exciting list of possibilities for each category! I hope you do decide to read The Queen of Attolia, which is absolutely fantastic in my opinion!

Oct 18, 2017, 12:49pm Top

Great idea for a theme Judy! A stroll down memory lane looking at all the pictures. Bert was my favorite though Oscar is good too of course.

Oct 18, 2017, 4:34pm Top

What a brilliant theme! So very clever!

Oct 18, 2017, 6:02pm Top

Very creative. I really like your theme and pictures.

Edited: Oct 20, 2017, 6:05pm Top

I can now reveal that I have always had a soft spot for the OCD Count who has to count everything, no matter what. I also love The Cookie Monster who I didn't use. Elmo on the other hand, has always rather annoyed me.

>26 avatiakh: Kerry, underneath all my planning and pictures, I usually go with the same basic categories. This way just about everything I want to read will fit. Using 18 categories did gave me 34a few to bring new ideas to and I am looking forward to searching out books with green covers for my "It's Not Easy Being Green" category.

>27 VivienneR: Miss Piggy is a gal you can always rely on to have a strong opinion about whatever you are discussing and I have always admired her.

>28 Roro8: I need that Big Bird category, Ro, as I am hoping to join in with the group reads of both The Forsyte Saga and Kristin Lavransdatter, I have a few more "big" books that I would like to get to next year as well.

>29 MissWatson: Another Miss Piggy fan!

>30 majkia: Thanks Jean. The AlphaKit will certainly come in handy for a few of my categories!

>31 virginiahomeschooler: Traci, I love the program as well, it was one I never minded sitting through with either my children or my grandchildren.

>32 LittleTaiko: Oscar was always my grandson's favorite and, of course, he used him as an excuse as to why he had to have all his "treasures" spread all over his room!

>33 christina_reads: Christine, The Queen of Attolia is more of a "probability" than a "possibility" as I made a little promise to myself that I would try to read trilogies in more timely manner so I don't forget what's going on. It's far easier to let a long time go between mystery books in a series when it is usually just the characters that continue on from book to book, but sci-fi and fantasy trilogies are usually one long story that need to be continued while fresh in the mind.

>34 leslie.98: Welcome, Leslie. I love coming up with a new "theme" every year.

>35 Jackie_K: Thanks, Jackie.

>36 sallylou61: Thanks, Allison.

Oct 18, 2017, 7:42pm Top

Grover was always my favourite. "Hello everybodee! It's me, your furry pal Grover!" And Muppet Family Christmas gets an airing most years. Classic!

Oct 18, 2017, 9:40pm Top

It's so refreshing to see a lighthearted theme, there will be lots of smiles as people drop by. Best wishes for a fantastic reading year!

Oct 20, 2017, 5:12pm Top

I love this theme! As a big fan of Sesame Street, I approve. 📺🎈👍

Edited: Oct 20, 2017, 5:39pm Top

Oooh, I love this theme! Sesame Street is a children's classic I also grew up with, but we had a few other characters in Germany. I remember I loved The Cookie Monster (still do!), Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird just as much as the German Samson (the big bear). My cousin even played a small role in the German intro a long time ago.

I hope you have another fantastic reading year in 2018!

Oct 20, 2017, 6:10pm Top

>38 rabbitprincess: I have a soft spot for Grover as well. I need to have 20 - 25 categories in order to fit all my favorite Sesame Street characters in!

>39 clue: I sure hope there will be lots of smiles when people visit here!

>40 cmbohn: I now have given myself an earworm of the Sesame Street theme song!

>41 Chrischi_HH: One of the great things about Sesame Street is that it is a global children's favorite. This only helps to bring us all together not only to learn about our differences but also to see how much alike we are as well.

Oct 21, 2017, 4:05am Top

Lovely theme, perfectly applied.

Oct 21, 2017, 9:48am Top

What a cute theme! Who doesn't have childhood memories of watching Sesame Street? Best of luck with you challenge next year - it looks varied and flexible so you'll have fun!

Oct 21, 2017, 4:47pm Top

>43 sushicat: Thank you, now that we are finalizing next years' Cats, I am getting really excited.

>44 RidgewayGirl: Kay, I think this challenge will work perfectly with what I hope to read next year. But I've already added a couple of books to each category in order to fit in all the Cats that I want to take part in. You know me, I just can't resist a Challenge!

Oct 22, 2017, 9:41pm Top

Love The Count! and love the memories from Sesame Street. I will enjoy dropping in to the neighborhood!

Nov 12, 2017, 12:09pm Top

Sesame Street! Love it. I was having a conversation with my Dad over Thanksgiving about Sesame Street and how it has evolved over the years. Love how Morgan Freeman was part of the Sesame Street cast when I was growing up.

Nov 12, 2017, 12:14pm Top

Such a fun theme for the year, Judy! looking forward to following another year of your reading.

Nov 14, 2017, 7:01pm Top

Welcome >47 lkernagh: Lori and >48 Crazymamie: Mamie, I am looking forward to 2018!

Nov 14, 2017, 7:25pm Top

Terrific theme, Judy And I love Grover, too - The Monster at the End of this Book. I'll be setting up a Category Challenge for 2018, but right now, my plan (which is theme-less) looks pretty boring!

Happy reading!

Nov 15, 2017, 10:39pm Top

Hi Dejah, so happy you will be setting up a thread here - of course, that probably means more book bullets for me!

Nov 17, 2017, 12:34pm Top

My first encounter with the Muppets was on Saturday Night Live. I fell in love with them then and I was sure to share Sesame Street with my kids when they were little. I have no guilt enjoying their movies (especially The Muppet Christmas Carol) even now. Have a wonderful year of reading!

Nov 17, 2017, 7:17pm Top

I'm finally getting around to checking out threads and setting my stars for next year. You always think outside the box in finding your themes. I really admire how your themes always fit your reading. I think of themes but then worry about things that might not fit in. I've already seen a few books I'm interested in (I have Women of the Silk on my TBR pile also) and I know I'll be catching a few BBs from you (did I say a few?) And I've always like "It's Not Easy Being Green" and Kermit. Looking forward to following your reading next year.

Nov 17, 2017, 10:43pm Top

>52 mamzel: Thanks Mamzel, now it's just a matter of being patient while waiting for the new year! Once I've posted my thread, I can't wait to begin.

>53 dudes22: Hi Betty, oh, I think we all manage to hit each other with enough book bullets to keep our shelves very full. I love thinking up themes and then finding books to fit. Of course I always make sure to have an overflow category so I can squeeze in books that don't fit anywhere else.

Nov 18, 2017, 2:08am Top

>54 DeltaQueen50: "Once I've posted my thread, I can't wait to begin."

Isn't that the truth! I've completely lost interest in the books I have sitting waiting for what's left of 2017!

Nov 24, 2017, 7:25pm Top

Great theme, Judy! I'm still developing mine, but I hope to post my thread either tonight or tomorrow.

Nov 27, 2017, 5:07pm Top

>56 thornton37814: Hi Lori, I'll be watching for your thread to appear. :)

Nov 27, 2017, 6:47pm Top

>58 thornton37814: It appeared but I think you found it!

Nov 27, 2017, 11:22pm Top

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 3:25pm Top

Found you, Judy! I'm looking forward to your 2018 reviews!
Btw, your list of likes in >1 DeltaQueen50: is a very good list indeed.

Dec 8, 2017, 10:59pm Top

Glad you're here, Jennifer. Pull up a comfortable chair and make yourself at home.

Dec 25, 2017, 5:30pm Top

Ahhhhh, I miss Sesame Street. Love your challenge and looking forward to reading with you next year.

Dec 31, 2017, 3:54am Top

What fun! I looked over your possibles, and Fellside jumped out at me. I grabbed this after reading The Girl with All the Gifts and was not disappointed.

Dec 31, 2017, 5:10pm Top

Jan 1, 3:54pm Top

Dropping off a
And wishing you

Edited: Jan 2, 7:44am Top

Love the theme! And Kermit ...

Happy reading!

Jan 2, 4:11pm Top

Ah, I am amazed at the creativity of some of the people here for the challenge themes! So much fun!

Jan 2, 10:59pm Top

Happy New Year, Judy!

And when does the big move begin?

Jan 3, 9:13pm Top

I am home from visiting my family for the holidays and ready to jump into 2018 and my Sesame Street Challenge.

>63 andreablythe: Hi Andrea, I am so glad to see you. In the next day or so I hope to get around to everyone's threads and see what's going on so far in 2018.

>64 owlie13: Hi Owlie, I just recently read The Boy on the Bridge which was closely related to The Girl With All the Gifts and I absolutely loved that one as well! :)

>65 mstrust: Happy New Year, Jennifer. I can't wait to see how your new 2018 thread looks!

>66 ronincats: Hi Roni and Happy New Year. I am going to be coming by with my star for your thread soon. I did start God Stalk so I also need to check into the group read for that.

>67 hailelib: Hi Trisha. It's pretty hard not to have a soft spot for Kermit - he's such a good guy and he puts up with so much from Miss Piggy!

>68 LibraryCin: I will be by to drop a star on your thread very soon! It's great that we have quite a few Canadians here at the Category Challenge!

>68 LibraryCin: Hi Leslie! We are meeting with a couple of moving companies tomorrow and will probably finalize that and set an actual moving date. Today after I got home, we took all our Christmas stuff up to the lock up and everyday from now on we will be taking stuff up to the apartment. Hopefully we will be all settled in by February 10th of next month.

Edited: Jan 5, 8:36pm Top

1. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie, Adapted by Charles Osborne - 3.3 ★
Category: The Mystery Box
January ColorCat: Black
Bingo Dog: Read A Cat
Pop Sugar Challenge: A Book That is Also a Play
TIOLI #7: A Book That Has Been on My E-Reader Longer Than 6 Months

Black Coffee was originally a 1930s play by Agatha Christie but this is a novelized version by Charles Osborne which was published in 1998. Although most of the writing is Christie's’, this new author has left his stamp on the book as well. Hercule Poirot, the Belgium detective, comes across quite British in this version and the usually placid Hastings calls Poirot out as an “arrogant snob” - words I do not believe that Ms. Christie would have allowed her character to utter.

This story involves the poisoning of a prominent scientist at his country manor attended by the usual assortment of characters who all had a reason to want the man dead. By the process of elimination and close observation, Poirot points out the correct murderer to the police and is able to help a young couple put their suspicions of each other behind them.

Although this is certainly not one of my favorite Poirot stories, I did find the book a light, enjoyable read.

Jan 4, 12:56am Top

161 is a lot of books!

Jan 4, 1:01am Top

>72 pamelad: Hi Pam, I was just off buying a copy of Rendezvous in Black after reading your entry in the January ColorCat. I managed to read over 200 books this year but I expect that I may read less this year due to having many distractions upcoming.

Jan 4, 9:41am Top

I read Black Coffee when my local library got it years ago. I thought it OK but never had the urge to read it again.

Moving will certainly count as a distraction.

Jan 4, 10:36am Top

It's a lot of work, but I do enjoy the settling in part of unpacking, when the furniture's where it now belongs and it's time to arrange the books on the shelves.

Good luck with it all, Judy!

Jan 4, 12:49pm Top

Good morning, DeltaQueen50 and Happy New Year! 'Out of the Past' has been sitting on the tv stand for a couple weeks. Got to get on it!

Jan 4, 4:41pm Top

>74 hailelib: I can't imagine that I would ever pick up Black Coffee again either. I didn't realize that another author did the novelization while I was reading it, but it definitely didn't seem quite right for a Christie either.

>75 RidgewayGirl: Hi Kay. We are having a moving company do the big and/or heavy furniture, but meanwhile we take a load of stuff up everyday and I am having fun finding places for everything.

>76 brodiew2: Happy New Year, Brodie! "Out of the Past" is an excellent movie. Over the holidays I saw a very good but rather unknown film noir called "Too Late For Tears" starring Elizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea and Arthur Kennedy. It's well worth the hunt.

Jan 4, 4:45pm Top

Well, it wouldn't be the new year without the following meme. All the answers are titles of books that I read during 2017:

Book Meme for Books Read in 2017

Describe yourself: Call Me Princess

Describe how you feel: Endangered Species

Describe where you currently live: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: A Room With A View

Your favorite form of transportation: The Red Pony

Your best friend is: Arabella of Mars

You and your friends are: Tickled Pink

What’s the weather like: The Coldest Night

You fear: Monster Island

What is the best advice you have to give: Resist

Thought for the day: The Wind is Not A River

How you would like to die: In Darkness

Your soul’s present condition: Under the Banner of Heaven

Jan 4, 4:56pm Top

Great meme answers, Judy! I especially like your advice.

Jan 4, 4:59pm Top

>79 katiekrug: Hi Katie. Yeah, I was kinda thinking about a certain American President when I used Resist as advice. ;)

Jan 4, 7:03pm Top

>78 DeltaQueen50: That's the weather here too! We have another cold snap for the weekend. Good for staying in and reading, though!

Jan 4, 7:24pm Top

>78 DeltaQueen50: Loved your meme answers, Judy.

Jan 4, 7:41pm Top

>77 DeltaQueen50: Yikes! How did I ever miss that one. I went through an intensive noir film phase my late 20s and Dan Duryea and Lizabeth Scott were definitely on my radar. Speaking of Lizabeth Scott, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers was a chiller. Whoa.

Jan 4, 10:38pm Top

>78 DeltaQueen50: Cute! I might steal that and put it on facebook when I have a bit more time on the weekend!

Jan 4, 10:40pm Top

>81 rabbitprincess: RP, I am embarrassed to be complaining about our weather when I see how cold the rest of the country is. In my defense, our cold is often a very damp cold that seeps into the bones. But we have no snow, the grass is green and I really have nothing to complain about.

>82 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori. It's a great way to close out the year and review all your reads.

>83 brodiew2: I know I have seen The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers but I don't recall it at all. Must be time for a re-watch!

Jan 4, 10:41pm Top

>84 LibraryCin: Please steal away, I lifted it from someone else's thread as well. ;)

Jan 4, 10:45pm Top

After sorting through my 2017 books I have come up with following as my best reads of 2017.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
March Vol.1, 2, & 3 by John Lewis
The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Dog Boy by Eva Hornung

Edited: Jan 5, 1:12pm Top

2. The Scalp Hunters by Mayne Reid - 2.7 ★
Category: It's Not Easy Being Green (Cover)
Bingo Dog: Published More Than 100 Years Ago
TIOLI #7: On My E-Reader Longer Than 6 Months

The Scalp Hunters by Mayne Reid was originally published in 1869. This author wrote many action adventure books and this visit to the American frontier paints a very vivid, if somewhat inaccurate picture of the Wild West.

Although the main plot is of retrieving a female captive and reuniting her with her family, his many side tales stretched the credibility of the story as he described such feats as the main character escaping a buffalo stampede by riding on them. Mayne Reid was a drinking companion to Edgar Allan Poe who called him a colossal but most picturesque liar and credited him with telling colorful and interesting tales that were fun to listen to. This author is also listed among the favorite authors of such people as Teddy Roosevelt and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Scalp Hunters was a fast paced, rather dated and at times silly read.

Jan 5, 6:40am Top

Happy New Year, Judy. Thanks for steering me over here. I was wondering where you were. Good luck with all your challenges and happy reading in 2018!

Jan 5, 6:51am Top

Great start to your reading year!

Jan 5, 6:59am Top

I've seen A Suitable Boy on so many favorites lists this year (I think there was a group read, right?). I'll have to make time for it one of these days.

Jan 5, 7:47am Top

>85 DeltaQueen50: We're a lot colder than usual here, but we don't get to complain because literally all of the rest of North America is colder. It's a terrible injustice to be cold and not able to whine about it. Still, we all talk about it with each other and that's some comfort until someone walks up and points out that their sister in Florida has snow.

>87 DeltaQueen50: My brother was a huge Cormac McCarthy fan and he was always on me to read him. So All the Pretty Horses is worth reading, then? You didn't die of sorrow partway through?

Jan 5, 8:46am Top

Whoa, I just found your thread, Judy, thanks to the link on Mark's thread. Happy New Year!

I LOVED All the Pretty Horses. I can't tell you how many times I've re-read the end of it. I will say, our daughter hated it. It was assigned at her high school. We make fun of each other about it all the time.

Jan 5, 10:28am Top

Okay, so thanks for starting our with losers, Judy. It was lovely of you to ease into the New Year for me without shooting for me right away.

Jan 5, 10:42am Top

Happy New Year Judy!

My second love after reading is of course, older movies, especially in the noir genre. Out of the Past is high on my list, but there are plenty of lesser known gems as well. I remember Too Late For Tears, I think it's one that isn't shown too often. Last night I watched Deception, with Better Davis and Claude Rains, love them together!

Jan 5, 11:07am Top

Happy new year, Judy! Love the Sesame Street theme! I can't get Chloe to watch Sesame Street. I loved it as a child but Chloe likes Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol :(

Jan 5, 11:26am Top

Hi Judy! Happy New Year! I love your theme and categories. As a child with OCD I loved The Count (despite childhood fear of vampires). My favorite Sesame Street character was Mr Snuffleupagus. The sad character is always my favorite. (Eeyore is my favorite too.)
Looking forward to seeing what you read in 2018.

Jan 5, 11:30am Top

>95 jonesli: Hi joneli! I was reviewing Dan Duryea's filmography and loved him in Criss Cross with Burt Lancaster. If you haven't seen that one, check it out.

Jan 5, 1:59pm Top

>89 msf59: Hi Mark, I sorta thought that you had lost track of me - probably when I started my last thread of 2017 and forgot to use the continuation link. :( I will try to better this year. Although I've gotten off to a shaky start with my reading, the books I am reading right now are much better.

>90 majkia: Thaks, Jean. I am already a little overwhelmed at the number of challenges that I want to participate in, but I am sure they will all fall into place as I settle into my reading.

>91 japaul22: Jennifer, I doubt if I would have picked up A Suitable Boy if it hadn't had been for the group read. We read it over the course of three months or so and it really worked well. I found myself looking forward to getting to it each month. I have high hopes for the two year-long group reads I am going to participate in this year - The Forsyte Saga and Kristin Lavransdatter.

>92 RidgewayGirl: Kay, I spent much of my life avoiding Cormac McCarthy, thinking that I wouldn't like his writing. I did read The Road which I loved but was told that it wasn't written in his usual style so once again I avoided him. He came back under my radar when I decided to read from the 1001 Books List and much to my surprise, I loved him. I am looking forward to picking him up again. Weather is something we all seem to complain about no matter where we live - I wonder what they say in Hawaii?

>93 jnwelch: Hi Joe. I was coming to visit you today and leave a link to my thread but now I can just come and catch-up. I think it's a real shame that we are often forced to read books in school that don't work for us and leave us with a hatred for certain authors. I cannot read Shakespeare since it was forced upon me in high school, but at least I have learned to appreciate his work when performed live.

>94 Crazymamie: So happy to have obliged, Ma'am. ;)

>95 jonesli: Hi Lisa. I love Bette Davis and Claude Rains - together they are magic! One of my favorites it 'Mr. Skeffington' . I know I have seen 'Deception' but I am adding to my list to track down for another viewing.

>96 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle. There are so many great kids shows on daytime tv today that also help educate which I think, is partly because of the influence of 'Sesame Street', back in my day (and I do mean waay back I remember avidly watching a puppet program called 'Howdy Doody' , the 'Mickey Mouse Club' and my favorite cartoon show, 'Mighty Mouse'.

>97 VioletBramble: Eeyore, is my favorite of the Hundred Acre group too, Kelly! Sesame Street has so many great characters, someone for everyone.

>98 brodiew2: I second the recommendation for 'Criss Cross'!

Jan 5, 5:35pm Top

Hi Judy and Happy New Year! I've got you starred! Your challenge this year looks like a lot of fun! Enjoy!!

Jan 5, 6:23pm Top

>85 DeltaQueen50: To be fair, damp cold *is* really uncomfortable. What my other half can't stand is really windy cold, so today was fun for him. High of minus 22, windchill minus 35!

>92 RidgewayGirl: It's a terrible injustice to be cold and not able to whine about it. Ha! I'm like this about heat in the summer. I complain vociferously about disgusting Ottawa summers, and then learn that in Saudi Arabia and India there are places reaching 40 to 50 degrees Celsius IN THE SHADE. Ugh.

Jan 6, 12:39am Top

Love your meme answers and great list of best reads for 2017!

Edited: Jan 7, 3:14pm Top

Happy Saturday, Judy! I am always in awe at the creativity you put into your yearly challenge themes. They are such fun to read and follow along. I hope you meet all your goals and then some! I'll be happily following along and picking up book suggestions as always.

Jan 6, 1:06pm Top

>91 japaul22: The Forsyte Saga and Kristin Lavransdatter are two favorites of mine! Hope you enjoy both.

Jan 6, 1:50pm Top

>100 Carmenere: Hi Lynda, I seem to be off to a slow start so far this year. My spare time seems to be taken up with packing up the house and moving stuff to the apartment. I can already see that my January goals will probably not be met but the joy of LT is that even if you fail spectacularly, there's always next month!

>101 rabbitprincess: All I know is that if I had to deal with the conditions that I am seeing on the tv for Eastern Canada I would probaby curl up and die! I think it was a good thing that I lived in both Ottawa and Halifax when I was young and thought winter was fun.

>102 lkernagh: Hi Lori, it has become an LT tradition to start the new year off with that meme and I look forward to seeing everyone's answers.

>103 rosalita: Thanks Julia, what a lovely way to say I have too much time on my hands! I do love making up themes, deciding on the categories, and looking for picures that will fit.

>104 japaul22: I am looking forward to tackling both those books and I hope to start them both next week.

Jan 6, 2:09pm Top

>99 DeltaQueen50: I used to love "Mighty Mouse", Judy. I dreamed that I could fly like him. Maybe I had flying on the brain because we used to live at the end of the runway for Dorval Airport.

Jan 6, 2:11pm Top

>106 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg. I loved Mighty Mouse for his dramatic style. When he sang, "Here I come to save the day!" I got goosebumps. :)

Edited: Jan 7, 12:43am Top

I did take the book meme over to facebook and at least one other friend has used it, as well. :-)

Maybe I'll post mine here.... :-) I thought it was fun to look back on what I'd read to see what fit. (And yes, I am a librarian... and a cataloguer!)

Describe yourself: The World’s Strongest Librarian

Describe how you feel: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Describe where you currently live: Man Vs. Weather

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

Your favorite form of transportation: The Underground Railroad

Your best friend is: Skinny Bitch

You and your friends are: The Girls

What’s the weather like: The Winter Palace

You fear: The Truth About Catalogers

What is the best advice you have to give: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Thought for the day: The Book of Speculation

How you would like to die: Glory in Death

Your soul’s present condition: My Stroke of Insight

Jan 6, 5:48pm Top

Love the Sesame Street theme -- so cute and creative! And you've got some really interesting possibilities listed. Hope you have a great reading year!

Jan 6, 8:05pm Top

>108 LibraryCin: Nice meme answers. Now why would you fear The Truth about Catalogers? I had to laugh at that one.

Jan 7, 12:41am Top

Jan 7, 12:52pm Top

Adding my voice to the A Suitable Boy love - it's one of my all time favourite books.

Jan 7, 12:54pm Top

>108 LibraryCin: Great meme answers, Cindy. And now you have us all wondering what is The Truth About Catalogers!

>109 jlshall: Thanks, Joy. I thought a playful theme would be fun this year.

>110 thornton37814: Lori, now we all want to know the truth about those catalogers. ;)

>111 LibraryCin: Hmmm ...

Jan 7, 1:02pm Top

3. The Night Is For Hunting by John Marsden - 4.0 ★
Category: Elmo
January AlphaKit: M
TIOLI #11: Has Been Adapted for Film or TV

The Night Is For Hunting by John Marsden is the 6th book in his YA Tomorrow series. The books deal with an unnamed country that is very much like Australia being invaded by an unidentified enemy. The group, that were high school seniors when the invasion occurred have been fighting and evading the enemy for some time now. In this book, they rescue a group of children that were living wild in a city and bring them back to the relative safety of the bush.

After the five previous books, the story is far from fresh, yet I have come to care for these characters and the story-lines always engage me. Living under these harsh conditions has forged a closeness for each other and the addition of having young children to care for makes them even more determined to fight on for a future. They vow to never surrender, to keep fighting as long as they are able, and to protect each other whatever the cost. With extra mouths to feed, they find themselves having to venture out on raids which leads to Ellie and her friends putting themselves in grave danger.

This particular book is the second to last book in the series and there is a lot of action at the end of the book setting up the 7th book to be an exciting end to the series. The Tomorrow series is compulsive, addictive and makes for a great escape from the everyday routine.

Jan 7, 1:05pm Top

>112 Jackie_K: Yes, I think A Suitable Boy would definitely be very high up in my list of all time favorite books.

Jan 7, 4:41pm Top

It's time to try the Tomorrow series. My local library actually has the first book.

Jan 7, 6:23pm Top

How did I miss you, Judy? Happy New Year. I love the theme of your thread.

Jan 7, 6:50pm Top

>114 DeltaQueen50: I really enjoyed Tomorrow When the War Began, and you've reminded me I need to go back and finish the series. I liked the film as we'll. I wish they'd made more of those.

Jan 7, 7:42pm Top

114/ Glad to hear this series holds up. I liked the first one.

Jan 7, 9:37pm Top

>113 DeltaQueen50: I think a "don't ask, don't tell" policy on catalogers would be a good practice to follow. ;-)

Jan 8, 12:20am Top

>120 thornton37814: LOL!

The book itself is really a book of cartoons.

Jan 8, 12:25pm Top

>116 hailelib: I hope you enjoy the series, Tricia.

>117 BLBera: Glad you found me, Beth.

>118 virginiahomeschooler: I been reading this series slowly over the last few years but I am sad that I only have one book left. I have been told about the Ellie Chronicles, a trilogy, written about Ellie and her friends after the war so I am going to looking for those as well.

>119 cmbohn: Like all series, Cindy, I think it's the characters that hold you and after six books I certainly feel invested in these characters.

>120 thornton37814: & >121 LibraryCin: I'll adopt that policy immediately!

Jan 8, 11:40pm Top

4. God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell - 4.0 ★
Category: Abby Cadabby
January Group Read
TIOLI #4: Rolling Challenge Based on the Word "Wiki"

God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell is a unique and interesting fantasy that begins the author’s Chronicles of the Kencyrath series. Originally published in 1982, I find it very strange that this book does not appear to be more well known as it has both depth and originality that makes it stand out. The author delves deep into culture, religion and politics and her attention to detail provides many striking descriptions and events.

The story begins as the main character stumbles into the complex, crumbling and corrupt city of Tai-tastigon and endures a night of terror as the dead gods return to stalk the streets and alleys. She is a damaged soul apparently having no memories of her past, although she does appear to know some things such as her name and that she has a twin brother, along with some details about her culture and history. I found the story slowed somewhat after this terror ridden night as Jame establishes herself in the city, meets many characters and forms relationships. Luckily I found myself admiring and liking Jame so I wanted to read on and find out where the story was heading.

What I enjoyed most with this book was the creative world-building and vivid descriptions that the author gives us about the city, and it’s god-ridden ways. God Stalk serves as a strong introduction to the series and introduces a unique and unusually skilled heroine whose cryptic memories still leave much to be revealed in future volumes. My only quibble, if it can be so named, is that this book accomplishes it’s goal in that I am thoroughly sold on continuing on with the rest of the series.

Jan 9, 4:11pm Top

It was back to the dentist this morning. Some of you may remember I had some bother with a tooth last fall, it flared up again and so this morning they did a root canal. Ugh! Enough said except just to complete the picture, I am still partially frozen and I am drinking a cup of lukewarm coffee and trying not to let it dribble out.

Jan 9, 4:54pm Top

5. When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord - 4.0 ★
Category: Mr. Hooper's Store
January RandomCat: Ack! I've Been Hit
January ColorCat: Black
TIOLI #1: Title Includes the Name of a 3 Letter Animal

When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord is a peculiar and original coming-of-age story. The story unfolds through the eyes of a grown woman looking back upon her past. Now calling herself Ann and living the quiet life of a suburban housewife, she tells of the curious ritual that happens to teens in her small hometown. Called “breaching”, it happens when a teen comes into puberty. It causes them to run wild in the night during the full moon, stripping themselves naked, they gather into groups and give in to violence and wild sexual acts. The adults of the town are in full knowledge of this and let the teens run free while they stay behind closed doors. In the morning the teens come home covered in scratches, bruised and bloody but no questions are asked.

Lumen always felt that she was different from everyone else and she fully expected not to breach at all. After all she was raised by her father and was told that her mother, who died when she was very young, had not breached, so she felt strongly that it would not happen to her either. Lumen was a tiny girl, she developed slowly while her classmates had taken to the street she still lagged behind. Considered weak and ineffectual, she was often overlooked by others, but Lumen is much deeper than most people see and her coming of age experience is intense, messy and marks her for life.

This allegorical tale highlights the dramatic change that happens between adolescence and adulthood when all feelings and sensations are extreme. Lumen is now living an “average” life of motherhood and wifedom but inside her those dark feelings that she can no longer express still lie waiting. When We Were Animals was an unsettling and strange read, but also one that really stirred the imagination.

Jan 9, 6:51pm Top

>124 DeltaQueen50: Ew, not fun! I hope the freezing wears off and that you're back to hot coffee soon!

Jan 9, 9:49pm Top

>124 DeltaQueen50: - UGH to the root canal, Judy. No fun at all.

Jan 9, 10:08pm Top

Sorry about the tooth woes, Judy. Both God Stalk and When We Were Animals sound like good reads. Great comments -- and I am not normally a fantasy fan! You got me to add God Stalk to my list.

Jan 9, 10:48pm Top

So sorry to hear about the root canal, but I hope that permanently takes care of the problem, Judy. And very happy that I did not lead you astray with God Stalk. I have always felt that the book did not get the acclaim it deserves.

Jan 10, 9:05am Top

>123 DeltaQueen50: I read that back when I was a teen-ager and loved it so much.

>124 DeltaQueen50: My son had to have a few teeth pulled (so there would be room in his mouth) and the dentist gave him a numbing lollipop afterwards. He ended up starting several, as each time he leaned forward, it would fall out of his mouth. It's funny for the people around you, but probably less so for you.

Jan 10, 9:11am Top

Sorry to hear about the root canal, I hope it fixes the problem.

I remember when I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed, my friend picked me up from the hospital to drive me home and asked me about what painkillers I had been given. I was trying to tell him that this medication contained paracetamol, when I discovered that 'paracetamol' is very very difficult to say when both sides of your head are completely numb! (and also very funny for your listeners, though frustrating for you!)

Jan 10, 11:15am Top

Ugh, Judy, sorry about the root canal. I bet today your jaw is sore form holding your mouth open so long. BUT, at least the worst part is behind you.

Jan 10, 1:26pm Top

I feel much more like myself this morning. Being frozen turned out to be a piece of cake compared to how I felt when the freezing wore off. I guess all that drilling and poking disturbed the nerves and I felt like somebody had socked me in the jaw last night. I took a couple of asprins and went to bed. This morning I am feeling much better, a little tenderness on one side but able to eat - and drink hot coffee!

>126 rabbitprincess: Pretty much back to normal now, RP!

>127 katiekrug: No, it wasn't fun, Katie, but at least it's done now and over with.

>128 BLBera: Hi Beth, both those reads were different and attention holding. I have now moved on to The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. B. Vassanji and The North Water by Ian McGuire and both of these books are shaping up to be excellent reads.

>129 ronincats: Isn't it funny how some books just don't garner the attention that they deserve. I did notice that the book gets a lot of love in all the reviews and I wonder if the publisher failed to support the book/series as it should have. I am adding this author into my rotation, along with the other great ones that you have introduced me to. :)

>130 RidgewayGirl: Having your mouth frozen is such a strange feeling. I kept putting my hand up to see if I was drooling as I could tell that I had no control over my lips! On the other hand, I sure wouldn't have wanted to go without that freezing yesterday!

>131 Jackie_K: Hi Jackie, I think I would have a hard time saying paracetamol even without a frozen mouth!

>132 Crazymamie: A little tenderness today, Mamie, but overall I am pretty much ok and happy to have it done and over with.

Jan 10, 1:43pm Top

Yay for being able to drink coffee! (and eating too, but coffee is the most important :)

Jan 10, 3:33pm Top

The world is indeed a better place with coffee! I hope your dental woes are now in the past.

Jan 11, 5:43am Top

Sesame street...nice idea :)

I am dropping my star here.

Jan 11, 1:45pm Top

>134 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. Me without my coffee is something to be avoided at all costs!

>135 mamzel: Thanks, Mamzel.

>136 sirfurboy: Welcome and thanks for the star. :)

Jan 11, 2:07pm Top

6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - 4.0 ★
Category: In Search of Excellence
1001 Books to Read Before You Die List
January ScaredyCat: Gothic
TIOLI #2: A Gothic Read

Although Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen contains several elements that make one believe this is a Gothic novel, it is really more of a satire on Gothic novels, especially the ones that were popular during Jane Austen’s time. This is a coming of age story about seventeen year old Catherine Morland, who is thrilled to be taken to Bath, a resort community for wealthy members of the British society, by family friends.

While at Bath, she meets a young clergyman, Henry Tilney and is very impressed by him. She also befriends his sister, Eleanor. She is invited to accompany the Tilney family to their home of Northanger Abbey. Catherine who pictures herself as a Gothic novel heroine is thrilled to be visiting the Abbey and gives her imagination free rein which leads her into some embarrassing difficulties. Also a rejected suitor spreads some lies about her family’s finances which causes Henry's father to order his son not to declare for her. Eventually the truth comes out and Henry and Catherine are free to marry and share their lives.

I listened to an audio version of Northanger Abbey as read by Juliet Stevenson who did an excellent job with the story and the many characters. Through Catherine’s adventures she matures and comes to a greater understanding of herself. Although Catherine and Henry didn’t have the spark of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, or the quiet intensity of Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion, they grew on me over the course of the book and I found myself rooting for them. Northanger Abbey is an excellent vehicle for showing Jane Austen’s comedic side and I enjoyed this playful love story a great deal.

Jan 11, 4:12pm Top

>138 DeltaQueen50: This is one of those books I think I read in high school, but I can't be quite sure. I think I may go back and reread it (or maybe read it for the first time..who knows?).

Jan 11, 7:21pm Top

>139 virginiahomeschooler: While my favorite Jane Austen books remain Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, I did enjoy Northanger Abbey and found it a fairly quick read.

Jan 12, 7:59am Top

>138 DeltaQueen50: I read the book for the first time in high school, but not for class. It was probably 9th grade. I found it for 25 cents or 50 cents in a book bin at either Fred's or Walmart. The cover reminded me of the Gothic/romantic suspense novels I loved. At the time, I didn't like it as well as Phyllis Whitney or Victoria Holt, but I hung onto my copy. I read it later and enjoyed it more. I've read it at least once more in somewhat recent years. I'm not the huge Jane Austen fan many people are although I enjoy her. I'm certain I'll decide to pick it up again in the future.

Jan 12, 8:39am Top

Just catching up. Hope you are recovered from the root canal!

Jan 12, 8:55am Top

Good review of Northanger Abbey. I'll go thumb it.

I knew nothing about Northanger Abbey when I first read it pre-LT, and I was surprised by how funny it was - I wasn't expecting a satire.

Jan 12, 12:47pm Top

>138 DeltaQueen50: So glad you enjoyed Northanger Abbey, Judy! I agree it's not Austen's best novel, but for me it might be the laugh-out-loud funniest. It also contains my absolute favorite Austen quote: "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid."

Jan 12, 1:12pm Top

Judy, I always thought "DeltaQueen" meant you came from the Mississippi Delta. Silly me. The Mississippi starts in Minnesota, the state I'm from.

Yup, I always thought of Northanger Abbey as a send up. It is pretty ridiculous. I think it was Austen's first novel, which makes sense because it's a little different from the rest and a little simpler, but its people and problems are the same sort of people and problems she develops further in Pride & Prejudice etc.

Jan 12, 2:39pm Top

>141 thornton37814: Lori, I think Jane Austen is one of those authors that the reader can take something different from each re-reading. I would love to find books for 25 cents today!

>142 VictoriaPL: I have a slight tenderness in the area that she worked in but I am pretty much at 100% now, Victoria, thank you.

>143 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I found this a difficult book to review as there were a few storylines and a lot of characters. I simply decided to concentrate on the main couple, but, as in all Jane Austen books, there was a lot going on!

>144 christina_reads: Christina, I liked that Northanger Park had a lot of literary comments both about reading and readers, which made it very enjoyable.

>145 cammykitty: I have come to realize that the moniker of DeltaQueen has lead many to believe that I come from Mississippi or thereabouts. Instead here I am a Canadian living on the west coast in a suburb called Delta . The delta is from the Fraser River.

Jan 12, 9:02pm Top

Sorry to learn you had a return visit to the dentist and the resulting root canal. Fingers crossed you are now good for a number of years. ;-)

Wonderful review of Northanger Abbey.

Jan 13, 11:32am Top

>147 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori.

Jan 13, 11:45am Top

7. The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G. Vassanji - 4.2 ★
Category: Rechov Sumsum & Alam Simsim
January AlphaKit: "V"
TIOLI #4: Rolling Challenge - Based on the Word "Wiki"

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G. Vassanji is the story of an Asian man who sees himself as an in-between, being neither white nor black, in colonial and post-colonial Kenya. Although he doesn’t feel it, he is a 3rd generation African. His grandfather came to Africa from India to work the railroad and stayed, putting down roots in the large Asian community. As the book opens, Vikram is living in exile in Canada and as his story unfolds we are taken back to Kenya and the Mau Mau insurgency of 1952 – 1960.

Again he finds himself in the middle of his two friends, Bill the white son of a British landowner and Njoroge, the black grandson of the Kikuyu gardener. These boys, along with Vikram’s sister, Deepa and Bill’s sister, Ann play together and become close friends, although the political situation is destined to tear them apart. Vikram’s story covers the changing Kenya as it emerges from Colonial rule, to the early hopeful days of independence to the dark dangers and corruption that evolved in later decades.

Vikram who identifies himself as “one of Africa’s most corrupt men”, becomes adept at survival, both political and personal, again as a middle man, he becomes a fixer, taking bribes and moving the money for the new black, corrupt ruling class. Eventually he is used as a scrapegoat in an international scandal and forced to leave Kenya.

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall was a fascinating multi-layered story. Although a powerful tale, I felt the story bogged down at times in the massive amount of detail provided. These details, although accurate and well researched cause the book to be overlong and slow. But ultimately this is a well written, deeply personal story from an author who grew up in Kenya and is well able to immerse the reader into the complexities of African history.

Jan 13, 2:14pm Top

I just read a fun Austen-fan book called The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay. In it, two friends go to a mansion in Bath that is set up for Austen enthusiasts to enjoy, with Regency era costumes and events and so on. It reminded me of Austenland with that setup, but the story was quite different, with the main character a successful software engineer dealing with a difficult new boss, and the friend having her own struggles.

I don't know whether you like these kinds of Jane takeoffs, but this one was well done.

Jan 13, 3:15pm Top

>150 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I have had mixed results in my reading of Austen fan-fiction but when well done I do like them. I have made note of The Austen Escape for future use. :)

Jan 13, 3:19pm Top

As I have travelled around LT my attention has been caught by lists of upcoming 2018 books or lists of women authors that are recommended and I have added quite a few to my wishlist. I also put The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu on a library hold for when it comes in and I have pre-ordered Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen for my Kindle. Thanks to Beth, Ellen and Julia - I am looking forward to these reads.

Jan 13, 7:45pm Top

>152 DeltaQueen50: - When I saw the Bingo square for a book published this year I went to fantasticfiction.com and checked out what was being published in the first three months. I don't look to often as it gets dangerous. I saw that one of my favorite authors Lisa Genova has a book coming out in March so I went and put a library hold on it. I haven't looked at the list here on LT yet.

Jan 14, 1:04pm Top

>153 dudes22: Looking at upcoming books is very dangerous for our wallets, Betty. I actually read very few brand new books as I am trying to read my backlog of books, but there were quite a few that are coming out this year that really caught my eye. I haven't dared look at FantasticFiction to see if any of my favorite authors have books coming out, I know I wouldn't be able to resist!

Jan 14, 1:18pm Top

I rarely buy books, and because of that I rarely read brand new books (the hold lists at the library are usually so long and it's pretty much impossible to know when they'd come in for me!). I'm likely going to use an Early Reader's copy of something for the 2018 square.

Jan 14, 1:21pm Top

8. The North Water by Ian McGuire - 4.5 ★
Category: Mr. Hooper's Store
Reading Through Time January: Baby, It's Cold Outside
January AlphaKit: M
Bingo Dog: A Book That Fits At Least Two Cats/Kits
January RandomCat: Ack! I've Been Hit
2018 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: Book About a Villian or Anti-hero
TIOLI #14: Rolling Challenge - Answers to Questions

The North Water by Ian McGuire with it’s vivid descriptions, foul smells and dangerous situations is one of the most visceral novels I have read. The story includes episodes of rape, animal cruelty and murder, all revealed with an excess of gore and violence and elevated by the author’s excellent writing and character development. I loved this unflinching tale of men at their basest level.

Set on a nineteenth century whaling ship, the story is full of violence and brutality so I would warn many away from this book, but for me it was a fast moving, dark adventure story that totally gripped me. I was absorbed by the harsh writing, the exposed evil, and the damaged characters. The atmospheric frigid Arctic winter made an excellent backdrop to this Victorian tale of doom, gloom and gore.

The North Water is an unsparing look at men as they battle both the elements and each other and if you can handle a dark tale full of carnage and bloodshed then I would recommend this book as an excellent read.

Jan 14, 9:00pm Top

>156 DeltaQueen50: I've been meaning to read that one ever since it's Booker nomination and never managed to get to it. I may abandon it, but I can try it eventually.

Jan 14, 10:05pm Top

It's a hard book to recommend, Lori, cause it is so graphic with it's gore and violence, but I really did find it a good read so I hope you do too.

Jan 15, 6:34am Top

>156 DeltaQueen50: - It certainly covered a lot of challenges for you.

Jan 15, 8:00am Top

>156 DeltaQueen50: Ooof. I think maybe that one's not for me. But I'm glad you liked it!

Jan 15, 9:31pm Top

>159 dudes22: I know, it was a bonanza when it came to all the various challenges! :)

>160 scaifea: I did like it, Amber, but can certainly understand why it doesn't appeal to everyone.

Jan 15, 10:15pm Top

Good review of The North Water. Thumb! I loved this book too and I am glad to see some of my LT pals still discovering and enjoying it.

Jan 16, 10:26am Top

>156 DeltaQueen50: Okay, Judy. You got me. Adding that one to The List. If you posted that review, I will add my thumb.

Jan 16, 2:51pm Top

>162 msf59: Thanks, Mark. I appreciate the thumb. It was the perfect read for the Reading Through Time January Challenge to read a book set in a sub-zero climate.

>163 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie, this is one dark, brutal but excellent read.

Jan 16, 3:00pm Top

9. The Weight of This World by David Joy - 4.5 ★
Category: The Letters A to J
January RandomCat: Ack! I've Been Hit
TIOLI #4: Rolling Challenge - Based on the Word "Wiki"

The Weight of This World by David Joy is a red-neck noir story set in Appalachia. The story centers on two boys, Thad an unloved child of rape, and Aiden, the child of a father who killed both himself and his mother. The two boys grow up together in a dilapidated trailer and forge a strong bond. They think of themselves as brothers. Thad goes to war and comes back a damaged vet and needs the strength of Aiden, along with plenty of booze and meth to help him get through the days. His mother, April, haunted by her own experiences, has also learned to lean on Aiden for comfort and support. All three lives are about to be shattered when the boy’s drug dealer accidentally shots himself. This triggers a series of drug-addled situations that spiral out of control.

I have a weakness for books set in Appalachia. It is a totally different world from the one I live in and I am both fascinated and repelled by it’s dark beauty. The mountains of North Carolina make a lush backdrop to this brutal tale. But as dark and tragic as the story is, I came to care for all these troubled characters.

Despite the sense of inevitability that the author infuses throughout the story, The Weight of This World was an outstanding read. David Joy is an author that I will be looking for again as I was impressed by both his descriptive powers and his realistic dialogue.

Jan 16, 3:25pm Top

>165 DeltaQueen50:, I'm going to have to look that one up. Have you read Ron Rash? All of the books I've read from him have been set in Appalachia, and I've loved the novels I've read. My favorites are One Foot in Eden and Saints at the River, though I haven't read his more recent works.

Jan 17, 4:36pm Top

I think I'll give The Weight of This World a try. Those mountains are almost local for me - there are several places around here where we can see them on a clear day.

Jan 17, 6:00pm Top

>166 whitewavedarling: I haven't read anything by Ron Rash yet, but I do have a few of his on my wishlist. I will have to make sure that One Foot In Eden and Saints at the River are added to the list.

>167 hailelib: I hope you enjoy the read, Trisha.

Jan 17, 6:22pm Top

>168 DeltaQueen50:, I'll be curious to hear what you think of him when you get to him. Just bringing up those books has reminded me how much I enjoyed them, and that I have some of his more recent books waiting impatiently on my shelf that I'm not more anxious to get to!

Jan 18, 1:15pm Top

>169 whitewavedarling: As usual there are too many books and too little time so it may be some time before I get to Ron Rash, but I will try to give him a little nudge and move him up a little on the stacks.

Edited: Jan 18, 2:09pm Top

10. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy - 4.3 ★
Category: Kermit the Frog
1001 Books to Read Before You Die List
January ColorCat: Black
2018 Pop Sugar Challenge: Made in a film that I have already seen
TIOLI #11: Book Has Been Adapted for Film or Television

The Black Dahila by James Ellroy is based on the famous unsolved 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles. The author blends fact and fiction seamlessly mixing real people and invented characters to paint a very vivid picture of LA and it’s police force. The two detectives that he uses as his main characters are ex-boxers who each joined the force for their own reasons. The story is narrated by one, Dwight “Bucky” Bleichert, but the cocky, confident Lee Blanchard seems to be the one directing most of the action. One point that the reader should be clear on is that in real life The Black Dahlia case was never solved but in this book a murderer is identified.

As the author’s own mother was brutally murdered in Los Angeles and the perpetrator was never discovered, I am sure this was a very personal story for him. His writing is so meticulous and intricate that I felt he must have mapped the storyline out in great detail well in advance to putting anything down on paper. I listened to an audio version and found myself deeply drawn into the story so that an hour or more would go by without me realizing it. The grisly murder was almost backdrop to the story as what was stressed by the author was the effect the case had on the characters.

The Black Dahlia is considered the first book in his LA Quartet, a series of crime stories set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and 50s. One thing that remains true to each book is the sense of political corruption and vice that ran rampant through the city at that time. The author builds his story carefully on greed, addiction, lust and violence to create a complicated but highly readable story of postwar LA.

Jan 18, 1:30pm Top

Excellent review, Judy! I'll add my thumb if you posted that. And I was happy to see that you liked it because I have that one in the stacks and am hoping to get to it this year.

Jan 18, 1:33pm Top

>171 DeltaQueen50: Sounds interesting. I'll keep it in mind if I'm looking for a true crime read.

Jan 18, 2:08pm Top

>172 Crazymamie: You are quick this morning, Mamie! I was off posting it when you left your message. :)

>173 thornton37814: Lori, after two books by this author, I can say that his style is rather "meaty" but I love his plots and his characters, of which, Los Angeles is the main one.

Jan 18, 2:23pm Top

I added my thumb.

Jan 18, 4:05pm Top

>171 DeltaQueen50: Great review of this one! I love the movie "L.A. Confidential," which is based on an Ellroy novel.

Jan 18, 4:49pm Top

I'm always impressed by your Librarything posts DeltaQueen. You always create great themes and read fun books. Best of luck in the next year of reading! Looks like you have some great ones picked.

Jan 19, 3:42pm Top

>171 DeltaQueen50: That's on my tbr shelves too so it's good to see you posting a positive review for it. I've read L. A. Confidential a while ago and have the rest of the series waiting for me at some point in time. Maybe your comments will give it a push nearer to the top of the reading pile.

Jan 19, 4:01pm Top

What a cute and well-organized theme. Good luck with this year's reading.

Jan 19, 5:01pm Top

>175 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie. :)

>176 christina_reads: Thanks, Christina, I love the movie "LA Confidential", too. It's unfortunate that the 2006 movie that was made of The Black Dahlia wasn't better.

178 Hi Dave, I want to read all the books in his "LA Quartet" but I know how long it takes for these books to rise to the top of our TBRs. The Cat Challenges and TIOLI Challenges help me decide my monthly reading so books that fit often get read before ones that don't.

>179 ErinPaperbackstash: Thanks, Erin.

Jan 19, 8:57pm Top

>171 DeltaQueen50: So this is weird. Where did my post about your review of The Black Dahlia, go? That one is on my shelf. I am looking forward to it.

Jan 19, 10:55pm Top

>181 Familyhistorian: Uh-oh Meg, it's either out there in space or someone is scratching their head and wondering why you were talking about The Black Dahlia!

Jan 20, 1:28am Top

LT was giving me grief for daring to get up and leave it for a while. I think it decided just to swallow my words. LOL

Jan 20, 2:04pm Top

>183 Familyhistorian: Oh, I hate it when I have written something absolutely wonderful only to see it disappear into hyperspace!

Jan 20, 2:15pm Top

11. A Cat Affair by Derek Tangye - 3.7 ★
Category: Oscar the Grouch
TIOLI #1: Title Includes a 3 Letter Animal

Derek Tangye and his wife Jeannie gave up their busy lives in London and bought a small landholding on the rocky coast of Cornwall. There they grew daffodils and tomatoes, settled into the cottage of Minack and lived peaceful lives dominated by the whim of nature. Derek wrote a series of books about their lives but mostly about the animals that shared their lives. In A Cat Affair he tells how 2 cats arrived at Minack and stayed, finding a place in their hearts. Surprisingly, Oliver and Ambrose as they came to be called, were both spitting images of a couple of their previous beloved pets.

The books are beautifully written and describe a simple life of working the land, and living side by side with nature and the natural world. His descriptions of Minack, a small cottage with breath-taking views of green meadows and rocky cliffs, sitting high about the ocean make one long for such idyllic surroundings.

These simple soothing books are a nice break from my usual reading and they are perfect to carry along for reading while waiting for the doctor or dentist. A Cat Affair has been my travelling companion for the past couple of months and I have savoured both the picturesque descriptions and overall charm of the book.

Jan 20, 3:12pm Top

Hi Judy, just popped in to catch up with your fabulous reviews. Lucky I'm wearing my bullet proof vest. It looks like a few people have taken some hits already.

Jan 20, 4:55pm Top

>185 DeltaQueen50: Aren't Derek Tangye's books charming? Since reading them all many years ago, I've wanted to go to Cornwall. Time to renew my acquaintance with them!

Jan 20, 6:56pm Top

>185 DeltaQueen50: The combination of cats and Cornwall makes this a book bullet. I studied options and just ordered a used copy from Amazon. It's shipping from the UK, but via some place in New York.

Jan 21, 5:05am Top

You've got me intrigued about Derek Tangye now - will have to look into those!

Jan 21, 10:53am Top

Lots of good reading here, Judy. I see that Katie just finished The North Water as well. I'm squeamish, so not sure about this one.

The Weight of this World and The Black Dahlia both sound wonderful. More for the list.

Jan 21, 12:53pm Top

>186 Roro8: Hi Ro. :)

>187 VivienneR: Vivienne,Derek Tangye's books also brought out a desire to visit Cornwall in me. I understand he left about 18 acres as a wildlife refuge and another part of the area has been turned into an outdoor theatre so most of Minack has changed a great deal since they lived there. His descriptions certainly make it sound like a very special corner of the world. I found some pictures:

The Minack Theatre

Derek and Jeannie Tangye's Minack Cottage

Jan 21, 1:02pm Top

>188 thornton37814: I am glad that you were able to find a copy of one of his books, Lori. It's unfortunate but I believe they are out of print now so only a few second hand copies are to be found.

>189 Jackie_K: As I just mentioned, Jackie, I believe his books aren't being published any more but with you being in the UK, you may have better luck at finding one of his books. I think they are worth doing some searching for.

>190 BLBera: Beth, The North Water was an excellent read but if you are a little squeamish then it might not be the book for you. I have a pretty high tolerance for such graphic descriptions but it seems to me that it wasn't the violence as much as his clear descriptions of various body functions and strong smells that he seem to relish putting on the pages.

Jan 21, 1:43pm Top

I went to the Minack Theatre years ago, it really is the most magical location for a theatre! Even better, I saw a production of the Pirates of Penzance (Penzance is about 5 miles further round the coast). It was really brilliant.

Edited: Jan 21, 5:11pm Top

>192 DeltaQueen50: >188 thornton37814: I had looked for books from this series yesterday too and found abe.com has quite a few. Some are only $3.50 with free shipping. I think I've said before that I watch for books my sister and her neighbors would like. Marsha lives in an apartment that has two buildings with 4 apartments in each. Out of the 8 apartments 5 are occupied by women living alone, ages 68 to 85. They are all good friends and watch after each other. Marsha has had 4 orthopedic surgeries in 4 years, her bones are terrible, and Patty who lives next door checks on her every morning when she comes back from her very early morning walk and I really appreciate that. Normally the four others check in sometime during the day too. They all have my number and give me a call if they think I need to come by. That hasn't happened much but was really helpful a few times.

Although none of them has much money to spare, they would never let me pay them or give them anything of value for their help, but they will accept books they all pass around, so I'm always on the lookout for books I think they will like. I had taken a BB for the Burracombe books from you and they have enjoyed them so much, they are passing the fifth one around now. They talk about the characters as if they live down the street.

I bought the first in the Tangye series yesterday so that will get another series started round. My only problem is that they like for me to read along with them! I have only read the first Burracombe book which I did like and I need to move on with that series or Mrs. Cartwright might cut the chocolate chip cookies off! Thanks again for the BB.

Jan 21, 7:01pm Top

>193 Jackie_K: Jackie, how I envy you, that looks like such a wonderful location perched on the cliffs high above the ocean.

>194 clue: Oh, I do hope the ladies love the Minack Chronicles! They are gentle reminders of yesterday, written with a great love for the natural world and for their beloved pets. Cats, Donkeys and even a seagull all get written about. I will probably be reading the last of the Burracombe books this year and I am going to miss that series. I always pass these kind of books along to my 96 year old Mom, she loves then and another series that she loves is Patrick Taylors "Irish Doctor" series.

Jan 21, 7:09pm Top

>165 DeltaQueen50: Good review of The Weight of This World. Thumb. This definitely looks like my cuppa. Thanks.

Good review of The Black Dahlia too. I remember liking this book, as well. I am overdue to read an Ellroy.

Happy Sunday, Judy. Hope you had a good weekend.

Jan 21, 7:11pm Top

12. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo - 4.2 ★
Category: Oscar the Grouch
January MysteryCat: Nordic
Pop Sugar Challenge: Nordic Noir
TIOLI #10: Related to Another Book

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo is the fourth in his series featuring Norwegian Detective Harry Hole. Harry still reeling from the events that closed out the previous book and wants to investigate that crime but he is assigned to a bank robbery case where a bank clerk was murdered. Meanwhile his girlfriend and her son are in Russia and an ex-girlfriend gets in touch with Harry. When Harry goes to her house for dinner, he experiences a blackout and wakes up the next morning with no memory of what happened the previous night. He soon finds out that his ex-girlfriend was shot to death and then he begins to receive threatening e-mails about her death.

These various plot points keep Harry very busy, investigating multiple cases and finding himself implicated as well, but running throughout the book is a dark thread of revenge and the many twists that this book takes keeps both Harry and the reader on their toes. I love this series mostly for the intricate plots and the well developed characters. The story unfolds at a rapid pace and although the book is long, it never drags. Originally written in Norwegian, the translator, Don Bartlett deserves recognition for his excellent translation.

The Harry Hole series are gripping police procedurals but there is a direct overlap in this book from The Redbreast so I definitely recommend reading that one first. Harry himself, a recovering alcoholic, is a driven, linear man who stops at nothing to solve his case. This reclusive somewhat surly man makes for an enticing yet flawed hero and I am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

Jan 21, 9:26pm Top

>194 clue: Glad they'll be excited about another series! It's great you supply them!

>197 DeltaQueen50: I look forward to reading a few more in this series.

Jan 22, 5:20am Top

I found quite a lot of the Tangye books on amazon marketplace (I'm in the UK, so I guess there are more copies knocking about out there this side of the pond!).

Edited: Jan 22, 7:12am Top

Happy Monday, Judy! Just catching up a bit with your thread to find Ugh! Root canal! I'm sure by now your back to normal but ugh what a thing to have to go thru. I'm glad you enjoyed North Water, I thought it an excellent read. Ooooo, I'd say the Minack's were living the dream. How courageous to give up the big city to grow daffodils and tomatoes. Think I'll check my library to see if they carry any of Tangye's books.

ETA: I'll be darn, I placed a request for the only Tangye book in the Cleveland Library System. Somewhere a cat is waiting is a collection of 3 books, A Cat in the window(1962), Lama (1966), and A Cat affair (1974). It's abridged but it will give me a taste of their life in Cornwall.

Jan 22, 7:15am Top

>197 DeltaQueen50: Glad to see you are still enjoying Jo Nesbo's series. Next in the list for me is the third book The Redbreast.

Jan 22, 1:16pm Top

>196 msf59: Hi Mark, I think you would love The Weight of This World and take note of this author, David Joy, I think we'll be hearing a lot more from him!

>198 thornton37814: Lori, I was so impressed with The Redbreast that I went back and read his first two books once they were translated as well. They were good enough but I am glad that I read The Redbreast first or I might have abandoned the series. I am looking forward to my next one.

>199 Jackie_K: I think there is a real market for these kind of books and I wish the Minack Chronicles were still in print. I've read quite a few of them and I still have one more on my shelves, but I know if I ever stumble on any more of his books I will grab them up!

>200 Carmenere: Hi Lynda, yeah, the root canal wasn't pleasant but now that it's over and done with and my mouth has settled down I am as good as new. You've snagged a bonus, Lynda, those books are all about the cats that the Tangye's welcomed into their lives, and A Cat In The Window is the first book that tells how and why they chucked in their London lifestyle for Cornwall and daffodils. I hope you love these books.

>201 ChelleBearss: Chelle, I love Jo Nesbo's writing. You are in for a treat with The Redbreast that book really elevated the series. My husband just read it and for the last week I could barely talk to him as he had to find out what was going to happen next!

Jan 22, 1:26pm Top

I took a B.B. from you for the Tangye books and managed to snag three at a FOL sale (including A Cat Affair ), but haven’t gotten around to reading them yet as they are all in the middle of the series and I do like to start at the beginning.

>197 DeltaQueen50: - I’m should finish this later today. I didn’t keep track of who originally sent the B.B. to me for this series, but I suspect it was you.

Jan 22, 1:40pm Top

>203 dudes22: Hi Betty. I would say that you could read the Minack stories out of order as the author almost always recaps their lives and explains how they came to be living in that small corner of Cornwall. I think A Cat In The Window is the first book that details their move to the country, but one of the later books, The Way to Minack also goes back and covers their early days. Jo Nesbo has become a very popular fellow here on LT and I will gladly take the blame for that particular bullet!

Jan 22, 1:48pm Top

>202 DeltaQueen50: ohhh, glad to hear that!! I'm not sure why I got stalled on the series but I'll have to go back soon!

Jan 22, 2:49pm Top

How is the moving going, Judy? I know you had already moved a lot of the personal stuff, just left the "staging" at the house--has that helped at all?

Jan 22, 5:59pm Top

>205 ChelleBearss: :)

>206 ronincats: Hi Roni, we have been packing a box or two every day and taking it up to the apartment and unpacking it and finding places for everything. The movers will just have to come in and move the bigger pieces. We have arranged to store some of our stuff as my husband's brother was going to come and get most of it but they are delayed as their daughter is expecting twins in early February. All the books are moved, the china, most of the clothing, and all other odds and ends. Today we have started on the kitchen with all the stuff that has been placed on the top shelves and is hardly every used. I am trying to be ruthless, so we have a lot more stuff for Goodwill. Our house is looking pretty empty now, but the apartment is looking more and more like home.

Jan 22, 6:30pm Top

Nice to see that the move continues at a manageable pace and that the apartment is looking more and more like home. Ruthless is hard but I have found that moving is the best opportunity to divest oneself of seldom used or no longer necessary items - or at least, it works that way with my stuff. My other half, unfortunately, can be very creative when it comes to justifications for keeping things that I view as "useless clutter". ;-)

Jan 22, 7:30pm Top

>208 lkernagh: Yes, Lori, we've had a few conversations about various items that one of us considers "invaluable" and the other considers "useless junk"! I usually win. ;)

Jan 22, 8:50pm Top

My husband has been going through our basement and there has been quite a lot for the trash/recycling station and a fair amount for the local thrift shop. Then there were the items he has repurposed for his latest project ...

Jan 22, 11:30pm Top

>185 DeltaQueen50: Oh Judy, you totally hit me with that one. First, their escape into the countryside of Cornwall sounds so wonderful. Second, cats! 'Nuff said.
I'm adding it to the wish list. I hope my library has it.

Jan 23, 8:21am Top

I don't envy your downsizing and moving. I'm glad you report it is going well.

Jan 23, 11:00am Top

It's so great that you've been able to take your time with the moving, Judy. I can imagine that's much less stressful than trying to get it all done in a day or a weekend. The way you describe it, it almost sounds civilized!

Jan 23, 2:11pm Top

>210 hailelib: I try to be reasonable as I know I have things (books) that I have no intention of getting rid of and we should all be allowed our hobbies. Of course some people seem to be more of a packrat than others.

>211 EBT1002: I hope you are able to find a copy of two of Derek Tangye's books, Ellen, they make lovely reads to carry around with you to appointments as they are very easy to pick up, read a little and put down.

>212 thornton37814: Lori, I think we are into the rhythm of sorting and casting out things, it's amazing the amount of stuff one collects over the years. I am finding it easy to get rid of most things but every once and awhile I will come across something that was my grandmothers or a wedding present and I usually talk myself into keeping those.

>213 rosalita: Julia, we are very lucky that we are only moving a few minutes away. We can load up the car and take a few boxes over every day. We are taking the time to unpack the boxes as we take them so there won't be a big pile of boxes to sort through after we've moved in. We are finding places for everything and have pretty much mapped out where things will go. The only place that is getting cluttered right now is the kitchen counter as that's where I am placing all my good china until the movers bring the cabinets.

Edited: Jan 24, 12:42am Top

I am participating in the Group Read of The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy which is made up of three novels and 2 interludes. I have today completed the first novel, "A Man of Property' and although I have written down my thoughts on this book, I will not post this to the book's main page until I have read the complete Saga.

The Forsyte Saga - Volume 1: A Man of Property by John Galsworthy - 4.0 ★

“The Forsytes are the middlemen, the commercials, the pillars of society, the cornerstones of convention, everything that is admirable.”

The above phrase is said by a Forsyte who is on the fringe of the family. And, in A Man of Property, the first volume in the Forsyte Saga, we are introduced to this “pillar of society” family. Although the main storyline is that of the disintegrating marriage of Soames and Irene Forsyte, the author is actually giving us a very close look into this level of British society. It’s habits, opinions, morals and peculiarities are all examined during the course of this book.

Set in the 1880’s, the Forsytes are truly the representatives of the Victorian wealthy mercantile class with their love of money and influence and their ruthless and inflexibility in business concerns. I was a little overcome at the sheer number of Forsytes at the beginning of the book but using the family tree help to identify the various branches and separate the generations. The central plot has the family caught up in a scandal as Irene Forsyte, wife of Soames, takes up with architect Phillip Bosinney who, in turn, is engaged to June, another Forsyte. This affair threatens the stability and propriety of the whole family, not just the parties immediately involved. All the Forsytes have an opinion on this and the author reveals all in a dry humorous manner. Towards the end of this volume, things take a very serious turn and ends in a very dramatic manner.

While I am not a fan of any particular Forsyte, I am very much intrigued by this multi-generational story and I look forward to continuing on.

Jan 24, 2:33pm Top

Finally catching up here, Judy! Great review of The North Water. That one will stay with me for quite some time, I think.

The David Joy novel sounds intriguing so I'll keep my eye out for that.

And I look forward to more of your thoughts on the Forsyte saga. It's on my shelf but I haven't attempted it yet...

Jan 25, 2:24pm Top

Hi Katie! I think you would really like the David Joy book, Katie. I probably wouldn't have attempted The Forsyte Saga either without participating in the Group Read. It helps to have others reading and working their way through such a giant book.

Jan 25, 2:31pm Top

I am hiding away in the computer room trying not to interfere with my husband and Grandson who are getting things together for another run to the garbage dump. My grandson is currently in the crawlspace which is the place that has accumulated most of our castaways. I saw a box of my old record albums come out and immediately left the room, if I stop to look at them, I will be unable to toss them away!

Meanwhile I am working on the fridge and freezer today. We've taken one load of frozen items up to the apartment and now I am working on the fridge. I like to cook and have gathered a tremendous assortment of bottles and jars of mustards, pestos, sauces, flavorings etc. Our new fridge is much smaller so I have to be stern with myself and get rid of a lot.

Jan 26, 5:38am Top

>218 DeltaQueen50: Throwing stuff is always hard. I think you have a clever attitude to that.

A few years back we gave my daughters a recycling sack each and asked them to go off and find all the toys they had finished with and we would take them to a charity shop. With much excitement they set off and for two hours the upstairs of our house was a hive of activity.

Two hours later they came back with a recycling sack containing 2 McDonalds toys and a packet of cress seeds!

Jan 26, 7:14am Top

>219 sirfurboy: Your story made me laugh, Stephen!

Good for you leaving the room, Judy How did the being stern with yourself go?

Jan 26, 12:36pm Top

>219 sirfurboy: Ha! That's a great story and just goes to show how hard it is to actually get rid of one's personal belongings!

>220 Crazymamie: Mamie, I am very proud of the amount of jars etc. I managed to get rid of. My recycling box is very full and my fridge is pretty empty. Of course, time will only tell how long I can go before I start loading up on condiments again. One thing I was very happy about was that my grandson has a friend who collects records and albums so he took the whole lot over to him.

Edited: Jan 26, 2:37pm Top

13. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells - 3.3 ★
Category: Mr. Hooper's Store
1001 Books to Read Before You Die List
2018 Pop Sugar Challenge: A Book That Is Mentioned in Another Book
TIOLI #11: Has Been Adapted for Film or Television

Published in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells is a classic novel of science fiction that still captures the imagination of today’s audience. It has been made into several films and has become widely known in popular culture. Combining elements of both science fiction and horror, the story is based on one of Well’s favorite themes – that reckless meddling in science results in unspeakable horrors being unleashed.

The story is told by Edward Prendick, who through a series of unfortunate events arrives on a mysterious island inhabited by horrible beasts. These beasts are half animal and half human, and the horrified Prendick fears for his life and his sanity, as he learns about the strange Doctor Moreau and the experiments he is conducting.

Of course the science in this book is improbable, a fact that has become more apparent as the book ages but The Island of Doctor Moreau is a quick and fairly light read with some serious undertones about the qualities that separate animals from humans. While Doctor Moreau shows Prendick that beasts can be turned into men, it is also made very clear how easy it is for men to become vicious and beast-like themselves.

Jan 26, 12:51pm Top

>221 DeltaQueen50: Good for you, Judy! And hooray for the friend taking your albums - so much easier to let go of things when you know that they are going where they will be appreciated.

Jan 26, 2:01pm Top

>218 DeltaQueen50: - My grandson is currently in the crawlspace which is the place that has accumulated most of our castaways.

Sounds familiar... and always best to let the most limber members of the family work bent over in the cramped space. ;-)

Happy Friday, Judy!

Jan 26, 6:40pm Top

Here you are Judy!

Just in time to wish you a wonderful weekend.

Some things don't change. You are still bb monster and you still churn out those reviews like none other.

And your organizational prowess is sooooooo inspiring! I just wish I had the time and the energy to do that. One day! :)

Dropping my star so I don't miss out.

Jan 26, 6:53pm Top

Judy, I'm going nuts! I'm so looking forward to the February TIOLI to be posted. I'm just bursting with anticipation. I know you'll understand :0)

Jan 26, 7:53pm Top

Happy Friday, Judy. Good luck with the move. I hope it all goes smoothly. When are you expected to be in the new location?

Jan 26, 10:06pm Top

>223 Crazymamie: I had a huge collection of albums, Mamie, so I am very happy that they have found a home.

>224 lkernagh: Lori, we have been very lucky that we've been able to call on grandchilden, daughters and son-in-laws to help with the heavy lifting. We will probably also be looking for help when it comes to re-connecting all the electronics!

>225 jolerie: Hi Valerie, great to see you. I expect you use up a lot more energy and imagination running after three small boys than I could even begin to do!

>226 Carmenere: I know exactly how you are feeling, Lynda. I usually start around this time of the month - constantly checking over at the 75 group to see if Madeline has posted the new challenges yet. I think there a few of us that stalk the threads in this way!

>227 msf59: Mark, the movers are coming next Friday so tonight is our last Friday night in the house next Friday we will officially be apartment dwellers. We are in the final countdown stage and suddenly there seems to be so much to do!

So what do I do - well, read, of course! My excuse is that this one is a library book and I want to get it read and returned so it doesn't go astray. I still have two more books that I want to get read during January but it's going to be tight!

Edited: Jan 27, 12:38pm Top

14. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz - 4.3 ★
Category: Kermit the Frog
January RandomCat: Ack! I've Been Hit
2018 Pop Sugar Challenge: Alliteration in Title
TIOLI #6: Book Acquired in December but Not As A Gift (Joint Read)

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz was a multi-layered crime thriller that was a delightful surprise for the reader. It’s book-within-a-book format delivers two mysteries presented in a stylish and ingenious manner that reminded me of the television program Midsomer Murders and some of the great crime novels from the golden age of mysteries. As Anthony Horowitz was the writer behind the original adaptation of Caroline Graham’s series that became known as The Midsomer Murders and has penned some of the Poirot series, he has worked with the theme of an idyllic English village whose picturesque appearance hides the intense emotions, jealousies and ill feelings that simmer just under the surface.

The Magpie Murders referred to in the title is the transcript of a cozy mystery about an inquiry into a village murder, but this is also about the death of the author of this manuscript, the unlikable Alan Conway. The reader is drawn into first one than the other of these murders and as his long time editor hunts for the missing pages of the manuscript that will solve one mystery, she uncovers a desperate murder plot. Both these mysteries mirror each other to some degree but I felt that the modern day plot line was the weaker or the two. It didn’t hold my interest nearly as well as the 1950s version did.

Overall though, Magpie Murders is a brilliantly plotted and executed story. The interlinked crime stories fit together nicely and the author obviously had great fun in inserting plenty of clues and red herrings for his audience to mull over.

Jan 27, 8:16am Top

Glad to see that you enjoyed Magpie Murders! I agree that I enjoyed the 1950's plot line better than the modern, but I hadn't figured out either which made me happy!

Jan 27, 10:00am Top

>229 DeltaQueen50: I've seen so many good reviews of that one that I know it will be read this year!

Jan 27, 11:32am Top

>231 thornton37814: Ditto! I doubt I will be able to squeeze it in before the end of January but it would have been a good one for this month's RandomCAT. Wish I had thought of that before :/

Edited: Jan 28, 4:05pm Top

>230 ChelleBearss: Chelle, I didn't figure out the 1950's solution, but I had a pretty good idea of who did the modern day murder. Perhaps that's why I didn't enjoy it as much.

>231 thornton37814: It's a fun and enjoyable read, Lori.

>232 leslie.98: You've reminded me that this book would fit the January RandomCat Challenge for me as well. Although many have recommended it, I did write down who was first.

Jan 27, 1:38pm Top

Another BB!

Jan 27, 1:51pm Top

It seems like a lot of us are reading Magpie Murders this year. I enjoyed it as well.I like your cover better than mine too.

Edited: Jan 27, 4:54pm Top

Well, here you are, Judy! I completely missed your 2018 thread until now and had to go searching. Happy new year! (A little late, but better late than never, right?)

>221 DeltaQueen50: So glad your LPs found a good home, Judy! I still have and listen to what's left of my albums from the 60s and 70s and a few from the 80s. There's something so satisfying about listening to the scratchy recordings. lol

ETA that I have a bunch of framed LPs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s decorating my hallway. I'm not sure exactly why, but they make me so happy.

Jan 28, 12:20pm Top

So many people have given Magpie Murders a good review that I've requested it from the library.

Hope the rest of your move goes smoothly.

Jan 28, 4:57pm Top

>234 mysterymax: As a lover of mysteries, I think you will really enjoy Magpie Murders. :)

>235 cmbohn: I liked that cover as well, it's a very bright red but the black and white of the tree and bird help to tone it down.

>236 Storeetllr: Hi Mary, glad you found me. I still prefer the sound of a record to any other recording devise but storage is dicey so anything that we aren't using regularly has to go. Like you, I actually like to hear those scratchy noises that older records seem to acquire.

>237 hailelib: I hope you like Magpie Murders, Tricia. I thought it was a clever take on both the older cozies and today's mysteries.

Jan 28, 10:06pm Top

I have Magpie Murders in a stack somewhere. I am looking forward to it even more after seeing your review. I love Midsomer Murders and Poirot and didn't know that Horowitz was involved in writing some of them.

Jan 29, 2:47pm Top

So glad you enjoyed Magpie Murders, Judy!

Edited: Jan 29, 10:04pm Top

My copy of A Cat Affair arrived with a Belgium postmark! (It's strange since it told me it was shipping from the UK via NY.)

Jan 29, 10:23pm Top

Good review of Magpie Murders, Judy! I love that connection with Midsomer Murders, which we've also been enjoying (I think we're up to season 7).

Jan 29, 11:04pm Top

>197 DeltaQueen50: I was very glad to see this review. I just finished The Redbreast and was a little annoyed with the hanging thread in the story. I had it in my head that the next book was The Devil's Star (which I don't have) and not Nemesis (which I do. :)

>229 DeltaQueen50: I'd completely forgotten wanting to read this when it came out. Onto the wishlist it goes.

Jan 29, 11:58pm Top

We spent a busy day carting boxes back and forth from the house to the apartment today. We are getting down to the final things that we can move ourselves. Unfortunately the forecast seems to be for rain to continue throughout the week so our moving day will probably be wet and windy. I managed to twinge my back a little today, but repeated application with the heating pad seems to have eased it. The last thing we need is for my back to go out as we are already dealing with my husband's bad back. I will lot at this as a reminder not to lift the heavy boxes but rely on the wheeled cart that we have.

>239 Familyhistorian: Meg, I am pretty sure you will love Magpie Murders when you get to it.

>240 rosalita: Thanks, Julia. Given my love of Agatha Christie and the books from the golden age of mysteries, it was a pretty safe bet that Magpie Murders would appeal to me. :)

>241 thornton37814: I hope you like the Minack Chronicles, Lori. The rural life of Cornwall and their interesting pets always give me a light and enjoyable read.

>242 jnwelch: Joe, you were the first person to draw my attention to Magpie Murders so once again thank you, you always give me great recommendations! I love Midsommer Murders they were among the first programs that we watched when we first got Netflicks.

>243 madhatter22: I loved both The Redbreast and Nemesis but perhaps I should warn you that Harry isn't finished with his investigation into his partner's death, I expect things will come to a head in the next book, The Devil's Star. Nemesis didn't feel like a cliffhanger however, as so much was going on and you know that Harry will be continuing to investigate this no matter what.

Jan 30, 12:02am Top

>244 DeltaQueen50: That isn't just a little rain, Judy. I walked by our local lake and it has lost its banks and there are parts were the water is over the walking path. There is supposed to be a window tomorrow afternoon with no rain.

Jan 30, 12:13am Top

>245 Familyhistorian: It's a little strange, Meg. I was looking out the window around 3 this afternoon and it was very stormy with pouring rain and lots of wind. Then less than an hour later, the skies cleared up and it was sunny My husband says it is still clear out there tonight, but more rain is expected to come in overnight. I think we deserve a break from the rain and the wind and would love a week of mild, sunny weather instead of these little windows of sunshine between the storms.

Jan 30, 12:20am Top

15. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman - 3.2 ★
Category: Bert and Ernie's Science Lessons
January SFFFKit: "There's Always Tomorrow"
BngoDog: Beautiful Cover
TIOLI #7: Been on my Kindle Longer Than 6 Months

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman is the second volume in her YA Starbound trilogy. This science fiction story introduces a couple of new characters, Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac, although the original couple make an appearance here as well. Captain Jubilee Chase is a soldier and is based on the planet Avon, and her mission is to help crush the rebellion that Flynn Cormac is a part of. Flynn on his part is trying to help his people become independent,. These two enemies collide and soon find that their attraction to each other is greater than their drive to win the senseless war.

As in the first book, These Broken Stars, the real enemy is a powerful consortium headed up by Lilac’s father. La Roux Industries is up to it’s old tricks and is using this swamp-like planet for it’s experiments and mind control issues that were brought to light in the first book. The story moves at a fast pace and there is more action in this book than in the previous one, but I missed the survival storyline that was a major part of the first book.

Knowing full well that This Shattered World is a YA book, I probably shouldn’t have been so annoyed at the over abundance of juvenile romance but I found the “star-crossed lovers” theme a little too repetitive and I would rather have had a little more meat added to the story. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the right mood for this book at this time, because I quite liked the first book but I think I have read enough of this trilogy and will not be continuing on with the third book.

Jan 30, 1:23am Top

>246 DeltaQueen50: A couple of sun days in a row or maybe even a week of sunshine would be wonderful. I am getting tired of the rain and all that water really has no where to go. We didn't get any sun where I am but it stopped raining.

Jan 30, 7:18am Top

Hope your moving week goes well! Take good care of that back!

Jan 30, 11:57am Top

>247 DeltaQueen50: - I think that Bingo block “beautiful cover” is going to be interesting to watch this year to see what covers are chosen. I don’t like to use the same book for more than one block, so I might wait til near the end to make my choice.

Jan 30, 12:18pm Top

>247 DeltaQueen50: I always prepare myself before jumping into a YA novel that there WILL be a fair dose of love angst, teenage angst, the world is falling apart angst. It comes with the territory. :)
I have the first book in the series in my to borrow list.

Jan 30, 8:34pm Top

>248 Familyhistorian: Today was a lovely day, with lots of sunshine and mild, spring-like weather. The weatherman said it was going to rain, but once again, he was wrong. I loved the sunshine but I expect we have some gloomy days on the horizon.

>249 ChelleBearss: Chelle, all the heat I put on it last night seemed to have worked and it was in good condition this morning. I was extra careful with it today and it seems to be holding up fine.

>250 dudes22: It's always fun to see what everyone considers a "beautiful cover" as tastes vary. I am rather suspicious of good looking covers as all to often the insides don't live up to their outside.

>251 jolerie: Valerie, I knew what I was getting into so I should have been better prepared for the romance overload, so I think it was a combination of me not being in the right mood for the book and the story being weaker in this second book than it was in the first.

Edited: Jan 30, 8:47pm Top

16. A Long Walk Home by Judith Tebbutt - 4.0 ★
Category: Bob McGrath
BingoDog: Involves Travel
TIOLI #4: Rolling Challenge Based on the Word "Wiki"

Judith and David Tebbutt were on holiday in Kenya when they were attacked in the middle of the night by a group of armed men. David was murdered and Judith was taken to Somalia where she was held hostage for six months while the kidnappers negotiated with her son to purchase her freedom. In A Long Walk Home, Judith describes this horrible situation and her extraordinary determination to survive.

Judith Tebbutt is not an author so this book is plainly written in a straightforward style that feels like you are reading a letter, but this honest retelling strikes one immediately. Six months of being held in a filthy, bug infested room, always under surveillance, put on starvation rations, insulted, humiliated and threatened with execution yet she remained resilient and hopeful that one day she would be reunited with her son. Determined to keep herself as fit as possible she started a program of walking for a portion of her day. She likened this exercise to “walking home” and there were many times that only this activity kept her going.

While not an enjoyable read this is a great example of personal courage and conviction. Judith Tebbutt was lucky that she did get to return to her family in England and with this book she is hoping to gain a perspective about the situation and achieve some type of closure that will allow her to move on with her life. A Long Walk Home is a very personal book, the author barely touches on the political situation in Somalia, instead she concentrates on her experience alone which makes for a very interesting read.

Jan 30, 9:14pm Top

>252 DeltaQueen50: I like it when the weathermen are wrong as long as we get good weather out of it. I made sure to get out earlier today to take advantage of the dry weather. I hope that you were able to take advantage by moving a lot of items while it was dry.

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