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PensiveCat Goes Forth in 2018

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1PensiveCat
Dec 28, 2017, 9:14am Top

Why not?

Hi everyone.

2BBGirl55
Dec 28, 2017, 2:27pm Top

Hi have a *

3thornton37814
Dec 28, 2017, 3:09pm Top

Happy 2018 reading!

4drneutron
Dec 28, 2017, 5:17pm Top

Welcome back!

5FAMeulstee
Dec 31, 2017, 10:05am Top

Happy reading in 2018, Catherine!

6The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2017, 12:45pm Top



Happy New Year! I wish you to read many good books in 2018.

7BBGirl55
Dec 31, 2017, 4:17pm Top

Happy New Year🎉

8PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 2018, 4:13am Top



Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

9rretzler
Jan 5, 2018, 8:32pm Top

Hi, Catherine. Dropping a star.



Happy reading!

10PensiveCat
Jan 8, 2018, 3:21pm Top

1. Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip
"I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes, and dream!"

11PensiveCat
Jan 25, 2018, 10:34am Top

2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
I prefer to read about Hemingway than read Hemingway.

12PensiveCat
Edited: Feb 5, 2018, 10:04am Top

3. Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin

Now I want to go back to Paris. That being said, it's not as much about what the title promises as it should be.

13PensiveCat
Jan 31, 2018, 4:48pm Top

4. Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae
A good, cozy winter read - owners of a bookshop/tea room/B&B in Scotland also help investigate murders.

14thornton37814
Feb 3, 2018, 10:22pm Top

>13 PensiveCat: I was not that impressed with the first installment of that series, but I really should try a later one. I still like the "setup" for it.

15PensiveCat
Feb 19, 2018, 7:13pm Top

5. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
I kind of want to live in Denmark now...

16thornton37814
Feb 20, 2018, 9:18pm Top

>15 PensiveCat: Sounds interesting.

17PensiveCat
Feb 22, 2018, 9:29am Top

>16 thornton37814: thornton37814: It was, though honestly despite the many benefits of living in Denmark I'd probably get annoyed at the uniformity and the 'this is how it's done' attitude. I would never tire of the pastries, though!

18PensiveCat
Feb 27, 2018, 9:43am Top

6. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
A humorous telling of Lafayette's involvement in the American Revolution.

19PensiveCat
Mar 7, 2018, 12:04pm Top

7. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
A third reading of a favorite.

20PensiveCat
Mar 18, 2018, 6:22pm Top

8. The Sultan and the Queen
A good premise, but got dull at times.

21PensiveCat
Mar 19, 2018, 9:26am Top

9. Poemcrazy
Just in time for April!

22PensiveCat
Mar 29, 2018, 11:37am Top

10. The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah
I'd like to visit Morocco, though this book kind of scared me off from moving there. It's meant to be humorous, but I don't know.

23PensiveCat
Apr 3, 2018, 9:40am Top

11. Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel
Musings of a Geriatric Starlet, and one of the coolest people ever. AND she's from my hometown!

24PensiveCat
Apr 30, 2018, 4:40pm Top

12. The Trials of the King of Hampshire Elizabeth Foyster
The Earl of Portsmouth and the story behind his Commission of Lunacy.

25PensiveCat
Jun 10, 2018, 8:17pm Top

13. Kensington Gardens by Rodrigo Fresan

26PensiveCat
Jun 15, 2018, 9:21am Top

14. Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The above line sounds like a melatonin dream, but it was a good story, graphic graphic novel. Only thing (mild spoiler alert) that kind of cringed me was when I dying person supposedly asks for "More Tea"...
come on....

27drneutron
Jun 15, 2018, 3:45pm Top

I read Mycroft Holmes last year, I think. I was a decent enough book. It's probably worth me checking out this new GN of his.

28PensiveCat
Jun 16, 2018, 5:52pm Top

Mycroft always appealed to me, can't be bothered to do legwork, and likes silent clubs.

29PensiveCat
Jul 5, 2018, 11:41am Top

15. Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King
My favorite non-Doyle Holmes writer is back!!!
Adventures in Fascist Venice (co-starring Cole Porter)

30PensiveCat
Jul 22, 2018, 5:03pm Top

16. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
A bit dark for summer Book Club, but a fascinating account of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and a creepy serial killer.

17. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor
A modern connection to fairies at the bottom of the garden. Cozy read.

31PensiveCat
Aug 4, 2018, 2:32pm Top

18. Mary Russell's War
Fills in some gaps, like her pre-Holmes life and the wedding...

32PensiveCat
Aug 15, 2018, 8:41am Top

19. Jane Austen A Brief Life by Fiona Stafford
It only just occurred to me recently that I've outlived Jane Austen. Doubt I'll ever outwrite her though!

33PensiveCat
Sep 3, 2018, 11:00pm Top

20. The Faerie Handbook
Aesthetically pleasing, and plenty of style and tea party ideas...

34PensiveCat
Sep 11, 2018, 9:37am Top

21. The Finnish Way by Katja Pantzar
I did the Hygge thing - now let's try Sisu!

But I'm not winter swimming.

22. The Last Bohemia by Robert Anasi
Tales of gentrification...

35PensiveCat
Sep 21, 2018, 9:38am Top

23. Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
After reading this, I wanted to own my own bookshop, even with all the exasperating customers. I don't think my back could take the schlepping, though.

36PensiveCat
Sep 26, 2018, 9:15pm Top

24. Jane Seymour The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
Thought I was done with the Tudor era...I thought wrong!
Quite impressed that a 500+ page novel can be written about who always seemed to me an unremarkable person. I guess everyone involved with Henry VIII had something to speak of!
A bit long, and not crazy about her occasional prescience, but an angle I don't get as often.

37PensiveCat
Oct 4, 2018, 9:49pm Top

25. Saving Central Park by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
I love Central Park and learning its history. This book helped me see what happens behind the scenes, especially during the early years of the Conservancy. Good, but it dragged a bit in the second half.

38PensiveCat
Oct 21, 2018, 9:27am Top

26. Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo
A different take on the Maria Reynolds scandal.

39PensiveCat
Oct 26, 2018, 10:09pm Top

27. The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

I loved this, though I don't know that much about her music (probably will now!) Wish I were better at asking for help!

40PensiveCat
Oct 27, 2018, 12:41pm Top

28. Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Book One
Catching up on my graphic novels!

41PensiveCat
Oct 31, 2018, 10:25pm Top

29. Meet Me At the Museum by Anne Youngson
A novel about a friendship that develops between a farmer's wife in England and a Danish professor, starting over an inquiry about the Tollund Man. Made for cozy reading.

42PensiveCat
Nov 2, 2018, 2:49pm Top

30. The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
I'm sad I missed being able to visit this bookstore, by, well, my entire lifetime.

43PensiveCat
Nov 4, 2018, 4:46pm Top

31. Gmorning Gnight! by Lin Manuel Miranda
Daily cheer

44PensiveCat
Edited: Nov 6, 2018, 10:25am Top

32. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
A rare YA moment for me.

45PensiveCat
Nov 6, 2018, 10:02pm Top

33. Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Part Two.
Only in comics can they pull this stuff off...

46PensiveCat
Nov 13, 2018, 6:57pm Top

34. The Lost for Words Bookshop
I sort of related to the protagonist, and I'm not sure that's good or not. But a good bookish story, with slightly unbelievable bits intertwined with some gutwrenching bits.

47PensiveCat
Nov 16, 2018, 11:14pm Top

35. The Lambs by Carole George
Written in a poetic prose, the memoir of a woman and her flock of lambs (and her father) is both beautiful and kind of depressing.

48PensiveCat
Nov 25, 2018, 9:39pm Top

36. My Bookstore
Writers talk about their favorite independent - just in the US - this book would pair well with The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell!

49PensiveCat
Dec 2, 2018, 6:21pm Top

37. Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler
A Bryant and May story. Lots more London history and musings on parks, both of which are things I'm fascinated by.

50PensiveCat
Dec 10, 2018, 3:30pm Top

38. Circe by Madeline Miller
A mythological deity is humanized. Basically. Good story.

51PensiveCat
Dec 18, 2018, 4:25pm Top

39. Art Matters by Neil Gaiman
A quick little book to cheer you on.

52PensiveCat
Dec 21, 2018, 2:28pm Top

40. Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
A journey through books: my favorite kind! And now Lin Yutang is my second favorite Lin!

53PensiveCat
Dec 23, 2018, 9:19pm Top

41. Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
Poems and small pieces, some I liked, and some were just sentences.

54PensiveCat
Dec 28, 2018, 10:29pm Top

42. Aspergirls by Rudy Simone

55thornton37814
Dec 31, 2018, 12:48pm Top

56PensiveCat
Dec 31, 2018, 8:38pm Top

Thanks!!

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