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Hi - I'm Janet and I've been a member of LT since 2006.
We have book warblers and book bullets in the group. I've decided to be a book singer this year - singing about the wonderful journeys I'm finding in books.
What do I read? A bit of everything. I enjoy literary fiction, mysteries and the occasional feel good cozy. I'm slowly working my way through 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (actually 1300 + books since I use the combined version spreadsheet). I'm also working my way around the world in a global reading challenge. About half the books I read are non-fiction.
I retired in the fall of 2016 from my career as a technician in an NIH research lab. I'm now enjoying all the things I never had time to do.
I live in the mountains of western Montana about half way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.
New's Year Resolutions:
- More books
- More adventures - especially in the mountains! Hiking, snowshoeing, horses; perhaps a bit more travel this year
-Work on my healthier lifestyle - which will include healthy recipes and more activity in order to Lose Weight (sigh) and Do More (Yay!)
Final thread of 2017:
- How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky - 2018 - library
- Enduring Love - Ian McEwan - 1997 - 1001 - Root acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point - audiobook
- Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - 1985 - Roni's continuing group read; acq'd 2018
- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed - Lit seminar; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point
Completed but Not Reviewed
- Wicked - Jeffrey Macguire - 1995 - TIOLI # 8: Read a book by an author you have previously struggled with; ROOT - acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points - audiobook
- Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum - 2017 - LTER - Global Reading: Congo - Acq'd 2017 ROOT
BOOKS READ FIRST HALF 2018
Books Read First Quarter 2018
1. Reputations - Juan Gabriel Vasquez -2013 - lit seminar; Global Reading: Colombia; TIOLI #5: Read a book that you did not select; acq'd 2017 ROOT #1; 1 ROOT point (4*)
2. Wishin and Hopin - Wally Lamb - 2010 - TIOLI #6 Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift ; Reading the States - Connecticut; library (3*)
3. The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld - 2017 - TIOLI #9: Read a book that contains more than one beginning; library (4*)
4. Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris - 2008 - audio - TIOLI #6: Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift- library (3*)
5. Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman - 2009 - audio - TIOLI #1 -1. Read a book having a title which includes an animal with exactly three letters in its name library (4*)
6. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur - 2017 - library (4*)
7. An American Family: A Memoir - Khizr Khan - 2017 - TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title - library (4.5*)
8. God Stalk - P.C. Hodgell - 1982 - Roni's Group Read; ROOT #2/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (2/225); TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title (shared)
9. Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks - 2011 - RLBC; TIOLI #16: Read a book with at least a two-word title, but containing no prepositions; reread; library
10. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - 2015 - Color Challenge: Black; TIOLI #11: Read a book that has been (or is going to be) adapted for film or television; ROOT #3/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (4/225)
11. Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club; January TIOLI #15. Read a book with a title that contains the letter u at least twice (shared); audio; library
12. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić - 1996; lit seminar; 1001 Books; Global Reading Challenge: Croatia; TIOLI ## 11. Read a book with one or more words in the title suggesting a type of loss; purchased 2018
13. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson - 2008; Global Reading: Kenya (book #5); TIOLI #13. Read a book tagged "humor"; library
14. Disgraced - Gwen Florio - 2016; MysteryCat: Woman sleuth; Feb TIOLI # 11. Read a book with one or more words in the title suggesting a type of loss; ROOT #4/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (5/225)
15. Oil and Marble - Stephanie Storey - 2017 - RLBC - TIOLI # 3 - Read a book with a word in the title about something you love; purchased 2018
16. Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - Edward Clown Family - 2016; 75'ers's NF challenge - Biography; ColorCat: Brown Cover; Reading the States: South Dakota; TIOLI # ? ROOT #5/50 = acq'd 2017 1 ROOT point (6/225)
17. The Beak of the Finch - Jonathan Weiner - 1995; ROOT #7/225; Global Reading: Ecuador (owns Galapagos Islands); TIOLI #17 Read a book with an animal on the cover; acq'd 2007 = 11 ROOT points (17/225)
18. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack - Tom Gauld - TIOLI #5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter - library
19. Dog Songs - Mary Oliver - TIOLI #3: Rolling challenge: Read a book with a plural noun in the title, going up in alphabetical order; library
20. That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim - 1966; Lit Seminar; Global Reading - Egypt; TIOLI #13 - Read a classic originally published in a language not your own; purch 2018
****************************STATISTICS FOR BOOKS READ IN 2018***************
17 - TOTAL BOOKS COMPLETED IN 2018 ****
Of the books I've read this year:
- cataloged into LT 2006 or before
- cataloged into LT 2007
1 - cataloged into LT 2008
- cataloged into LT 2009
- cataloged into LT 2010
- cataloged into LT 2011
- cataloged into LT 2012
- cataloged into LT 2013
- cataloged into LT 2014
- cataloged into LT 2015
1 - acquired 2016
4 - acquired 2017
- acquired previously but not cataloged until 2018 (have lots of these!)
2 - acquired 2018
8 - borrowed from library & elsewhere
3 - Audiobook
13 - Print
12 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - 1001 Books
1 - children's fiction
4 - general fiction
- graphic novel
3 - literary fiction
- novel in verse
1 - sff
1 - satire
1 - short stories
3 - thriller/mystery
4 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
3 - Memoir
1 - Native Americans
2 - politics
1 - science
7 - Male Authors
10 - Female Authors
- Combination or Mix of male and female
- 13 - Authors who are new to me
- 3 - Authors read before
- 1 - Rereads:
----Caleb's Crossing - Reread for RLBC
Multiple books read in 2017 by same author:
Nationality of Author:
1 - Colombia
1 - Croatia
3 - UK
12 - USA
Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:
1 - Pakistan
Language Book Originally Published in:
1 - Croatian
15 - English
1 - Spanish
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE
1 - 1982
1 - 1996
1 - 2007
2 - 2008
1 - 2009
1 - 2010
1 - 2011
1 - 2013
1 - 2015
2 - 2016
5 - 2017
The Challenge: Read five books from each of the 193 UN members plus a few additional areas.
Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/188308
COUNTRIES VISITED IN 2018
visited 8 states (3.55%)
Create your own visited map of The World
* Countries New for Me In 2018:
Colombia: Reputations - Juan Gabriel Vasquez - 2013 - Fic (country, author)
Croatia The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić - 1996 - Fic (author, partial location
Ecuador (Galapagos Islands): The Beak of the Finch - Jonathan Weiner - 2007 - NF (location - Galapagos Islands; US author)
**Countries Previously Visited - Working on Five Books per country!
Pakistan: An American Family: A Memoir - Khizr Khan - 2017 - NF; (partial location, author) 1/2018
***Countries Completed in 2018 - 5 books read***
Kenya: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson - 2008; Fiction(location, UK author)
Additional books for country already completed
Italy - Oil and Marble - Stephanie Storey - Fic (location, US author)
-- and of course the USA and UK
CUMULATIVE : 86 countries visited: 18 countries completed with minimum of five books
visited 86 states (38.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World
Reading Our Own Tomes Challenge
I want to read fifty from my shelves and piles again this year.
My biggest challenge is that I keep hauling books home faster than I can read them.
I have been a member of the ROOTS challenge (Reading Our Own Tomes) for the past several years. I define a ROOT as anything I owned before January 1st of the current year.
As of 3/01/2018 510 books on physical MT TBR
As of 02/01/2018: 503 books on physical MT TBR
As of 01/01/2018: 510 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical Mt TBR
These numbers include library books that I have received but not read, and do not include partially read books. :)
To keep myself in the oldest part of the Planet of Neglected Books, I'm giving myself points for each book I read, with older books getting more points.
Here's how it works:
1. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2006 -- 12 points
2. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2007-- 11 points
3. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2008-- 10 points
4. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2009-- 9 points
5. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2010-- 8 points
6 .ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2011 -- 7 points
7. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2012 -- 6 points
8. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2013 -- 5 points
9. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2014 -- 4 points
10. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2015 -- 3 point
11. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2016 -- 2 point
12. ROOTS not previously entered into LT but which have been around the house pre-2015 (many of these are pre-2006 when I joined LT)--1 point
13. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2017 -- 1 point
Point Goal: The proposed 50 books off my shelves should add up to 225 ROOT points this year.
January: Black The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - ROOT 2016
February/Brown Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - Edward Clown Family
- March/Green -
1001 Books to Read Before You Die Total books read: 161 - Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163173
Library Brown Bag Book Club/ RLBC
✔ January: Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks - (reread)
✔ February: Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo - Stephanie Storey
March: Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America by Liz Carlisle
April: Voices From Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich - (reread)
May: American Nations: a history of the eleven rival regional cultures of North America - Colin Woodard
June A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
July: Daring to Drive - Manal al-Sharif - Reread
August: The Women in the Castle: A Novel - Jessica Shattuck
September: One Nation After Trump - E.J. Dionne Jr. and Norman Ornstein
October: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies and the Unlikely
Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies - Jason Fagone
November: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical
Right - Jane Mayer
(skipped - nothing on MT TBR) January: Nordic Mysteries
✔February: Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective
March: Global Mysteries
April: Classic and Golden Age Mysteries
May: Mysteries involving Transit
June: True Crime
July: Police Procedurals
August: Historical Mysteries
September: Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries
November: Cozy Mysteries
December: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries
75'ers Non-Fiction Challenge
January: Won an award within the last ten years: The Long Tail
✔ February: Biography: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - The Edward Clown Family
March – Far, Far Away: Traveling -- travel narrative.
April – History -- another perennial.
May – Boundaries: Geography, Geopolitics and Maps
June – The Great Outdoors
July – The Arts
August – Short and Sweet: Essays and Other Longform Narratives
September – Gods, Demons, Spirits, and Supernatural Beliefs
October – First Person Singular --
November – Politics, Economics & Business --
December - 2018 In Review
Books Acquired 2018
Total Acquired: 20
✔ = Read :3
✔ 1. The Christmas Ghost - Pearl S. Buck - 1960
2. Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D. Ulysse - 2018 LTER
✔ 3. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešić. Feb 6 lit seminar; Global Reading: Croatia; 1001
4. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House- Michael Wolff - 2018
5. Bold Women in Montana History - Beth Judy - 2017 - author talk at Travelers' Rest 1/27/2018
6. African Stories - Doris Lessing - library freebie 2/2/2018
7. When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro - library freebie 2/2/2018
8. Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee - translated by Robert Gulik - library freebie 2/2/2018
9. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt - library freebie 2/2/2018
10. The Girl Who Lived - Christopher Greyson - library freebie 2/2/2018
11. Replacement Copy: The Problem of Pain - C. S. Lewis - library freebie 2/2/2018
12. Replacement Copy: The Art of War - Sun Tzu - library freebie 2/2/2018
13. Reference: English - Maori Dictionary - library freebie 2/2/2018
***Reading***: 14. Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - continue group read 2/7/2018
✔ 15. Oil and Marble - Stephanie Storey - RLBC, ammy 02/08/2018
16. Dust Tracks on a Road - Zora Neale Hurston - Olive edition
17. The Round House - Louise Erdrich - Olive edition
18. Bad Feminist - Roxanne Gray - Olive edition
***Reading***: 19. That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim - lit seminar
20. Infinite Hope - Anthony Graves - LTER December book rec'd 2/28/2018
Happy 2018, Janet!
Oh, I loved The Beak of the Finch. I'm glad you're reading it.
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.
Hi Anita, Jim, Roni, Ella, Joe, Kim, Lori and Paul! Hooray hooray - the gang's all here!
Thanks for the New Year wishes. I'm looking forward to spending another year here with my book friends.
May 2018 be magical for all!
>16 jnwelch: hey Joe! Yes, after trying to get to it all of last year, I'm *Loving* The Beak of the Finch.
I have so many great reads waiting on MT TBR - I really hope to stay focused and read off my own stacks this year. :)
I finished my first book of the year: Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez for this morning's literature seminar. I'll have more comments soon.
>8 streamsong: I liked your ROOTs points concept last year and kept track of my points. I just now added them all up for 2017 - 238 points! Perhaps I need to make a ROOTs points goal for this year instead of just adding them up after the fact. I'm thinking 250.
Congrats on your first book finished!
>21 karenmarie: Hi Karen - I've tried my points system for ROOTS the last few years. In 2016 it was successful; last year all my reading plans disintegrated along with my eyesight. Now I'm able to read again, I hope to do better this year with reading off my shelves.
Last year I acquired 73 books and read 22 of them. I started 2017 with 510 books listed as TBR in my LT catalog. We'll see how I do!
>22 The_Hibernator: Happy New Year to you too, Rachel. I'll be following along with your exciting life changes this year - wishing you all the happiness that you so richly deserve.
PBS and the New York Times are sponsoring a book club called "Now Read This".
The first selection is Sing Unburied Sing which has a lot of enthusiasm here in the 75.
and the FB group:
17,000 members already! It would be hard to have a discussion ..... but I think I'll read the book.
ETA: Perhaps if there's interest, we could have a group discussion on a thread here on the 75.
I'm not sure who gave the book bullet for this one, but since it's a new book at the library, I can only keep it a short time.
So far, I'm sucked right in.
Hi Janet - >25 streamsong: It may have been me. I read this last year and found it a powerful read. I'll watch for your comments. I would like to discuss this with someone who has read it.
Oh, and Happy New Year.
>26 BLBera: Hi Beth - Thanks for stopping in! I just finished Child Finder. (Told you it sucked me right in). Happy New Year to you, too!
>27 qebo: Katherine! Good to see you! Happy New Year! Are you still over in Club Read? I've missed your non-fiction recommendations. I'll definitely have to check out Time, Love, Memory.
>28 streamsong: Yup, I set up a thread there. I fizzled out, of both book thread and garden thread, midway through 2017. My aspirations are not high for 2018, but I hope not to fall so completely out of the loop...
This is one of the last books I read in 2017. It's the first read for Outside Magazine's Outside and Beyond Book Club which can be found on Facebook.
84. Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures and the Search for ... – Annette McGivney -2017
- Outside & Beyond Book Club book
- acq'd 2017
From the book cover: ” Tomoni Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the wilderness of the American West was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was a distressed 18-year-old Havasupai youth. Pure Land is the story of this tragedy. But it is also the story of how McGivney's quest to understand Hanamure's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crises.”
There are three stories to the braid of this tale. The first is of the Japanese woman who was killed; her life in Japan; her travels to the American iconic southwestern national parks such as Arches, Bryce and the Grand Canyon, and her growing love for all things Native American.
The second thread is that of the murderer, Billy Wescogame, a Havasupai youth growing up in a broken family on a tiny reservation where drugs and alcohol were the chief forms of recreation. It's a fascinating look at the Havasupai tribe, living on their tiny reservation on the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the not-so-surprising wrongs inflicted on them and their culture. Author McGivney touches on how historical wrongs to a group of people can create a culture of disrespect and abuse, handed down through generations.
The third thread is that of the author, Annette McGivney.
As an editor of Outside magazine, McGivney clearly identifies with Tomoni's love of hiking and the west. Unfortunately, investigating the murderer's childhood, brought up McGivney's own buried memories of childhood abuse. Her breakdown as she investigates incidents that fall a bit too close for her psyche's comfort is intriguing, but is it a part of the story she sets out to tell? Many readers prefer than an author not insert herself into an investigative tale. Since I enjoy psychology, I found it interesting. Other readers may feel that the author's story takes away from the investigation of Tomoni and her murderer.
>29 qebo: Yeah, I understand about the fizzling. :-) Once I get behind, I lose my motivation. I hope to do better this year. I'll come visit you soon!
Since I whipped right through The Child Finder, I'll now start God Stalk for Roni's group read.
I'll try to keep the number of books down by only reading one fiction, one non-fiction and one audiobook at a time. Of course all of this is subject to when library books are due back. (You've probably noticed I'm already breaking this rule).
For my first book purchase of the year, I've pre-ordered Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
This is more to support the author and protest against Trump's reaction to the book than from a burning desire to read it.
Trump's methods are entirely parallel to the Church of Scientology's efforts to shut down anything they don't like.
I have Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American ... home from the library - book bullet from somebody's thread. Again I didn't note whodunit in the end of the year craziness.
>32 streamsong: I'm figuring the juiciest bits will be widely publicized. I'm not sure I can stomach an entire book.
I've added The Child Finder to my wishlist but immediately went to Amazon to buy Fire and Fury. I was sad to see that it was going to ship in 2-4 weeks to Prime users, and being into immediate gratification, I ordered the Kindle version and it's already on my Kindle.
Hi Janet and Karen, the publishing of Fire and Fury made the news here in Holland. I'll be very interested in your reading!
>33 qebo: I may or may not read it. I bought it more as a political protest about Trump's shut-down tactics.
>34 ronincats: I've started God Stalk, Roni and am really enjoying it!
>35 karenmarie: Good idea, Karen. I'm one of those hold outs that don't have an e-reader. I'll be interested in hearing your comments.
>36 EllaTim: Hi Ella - One of the comments I read about Fire and Fury is that there is not much that won't surprise the left .. and the right will refuse to read it or dismiss it all as fake news.
I joined the FB PBS News/Washington Post book club for Sing Unburied Sing. ( >24 streamsong: ) More than 30,000 members so far and lots of very rude comments. I'm hoping it gets better when the book is actually being discussed.
Good morning, Janet!
I've just read the Author's Note to Fire and Fury. It's off to a rollicking start - next up is the Prologue: Ailes and Bannon.
I just finished a book last year called The Righteous Mind, which identifies 6 moral foundations and how individuals prioritize their value to help understand conservatives, liberals, and libertarians. I think I'm going to be applying some of that insight into this book! You're definitely right, though, that people will filter it through their political lens.
Hi Karen I like Stephen Colbert's take: Trump 'accidentally started a national book club' for 'Fire and Fury'
The Righteous Mind has been on my radar for a while. It was one of the books selected for the Science and Religion discussions here a while back, but I know I didn't get to it. :( Sounds like I need to move it up the list.
First review of the year for a book read in 2018!
I read this book for the literature seminar I attend. I thought it was interesting that due to Colombia's heated political situation, it was first published in Spain.
1. Reputations - Juan Gabriel Vasquez - 2013
- January lit seminar
- Global Reading Challenge: First book from Colombia
- acq'd 2017 ROOT #1; 1 ROOT point
This is an incredibly intriguing short book.
Political cartoonist Javier Mallarino is at the zenith of his career in Bogata, Columbia. He has endured 40 years of political death threats, given up his dream of becoming a serious artist, and lost his wife and daughter who have fled from the man he has become.
But now he is being feted and even featured on a new postage stamp.
After the ceremony, a woman comes up to him. Was she molested in Mallarino's house 30 years ago when she was a child? Mallarino thought so, and with a political cartoon brought down the accused man, who committed suicide soon afterwards.
But what happened that night? What are the responsibilities of power? How true are memories? After all, as the White Queen said to Alice “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards”.
>40 streamsong: Gads a book bullet! And I gave you an anti-book bullet. Sheesh.
>37 streamsong: That's usually how it works, unfortunately, people want to confirm their own ideas, not hear new ones. We all want to be right:-)
Still, public opinion does change over time.
Happy New Thread, Janet! And Happy Reading in 2018! I have no idea, why I haven't dropped by, before now. Lost in the shuffle, perhaps? Well, I am here now and I hope you have a great week.
>41 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Well, anti-BB + BB average each other out. The Universe must stay balanced! Seriously, though if you'd like the copy of Reputations let me know and I will send it to you.
>42 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Yes that's the sad truth, isn't it? And it's the entire principle that FB works on - whatever you click on ensures that you will see more of the same until you are convinced that there is only one rational opinion.
>43 msf59: Hi Mark! I'm the one that has been quite remiss.
I came home from Phoenix with a cold that went into a sinus infection. I've spent the last 10 days sleeping! Hooray for antibiotics - I'm feeling much better now!
I went to my second Singing Bowl Sound Bath last night. Very, very relaxing and beautiful, but not quite as stunning as the one I went to last month. We lay on mats on the floor with bolsters, pillows and blankets to make ourselves comfortable. Then the facilitator treats us to an hour long concert done with about 20-25 singing bowls and also some chimes. This time I was absolutely determined not to relax so much I would drift off - which perhaps limited the experience a bit. Still such a wonderful experience that I've signed up for the next two.
I'm absolutely loving Roni's group read of God Stalk and strongly contemplating going on with the series.
I've also started one from the library: Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur. It's due back on the 12th with no renewals, so I'm already shooting myself in the foot with my resolve to have less books going at the same time.
I've finished my last holiday themed book, the audio of David Sedaris' s Holidays on Ice - review to come.
My current audio in progress is Neil Gaiman 's Odd and the Frost Giants read by the man himself. It's a children's story and I'm sure will be far too short!
>45 Whisper1: Hi Linda! Voices from Chernobyl will be a reread for me. I found it stunning, even soul-searing. It's the only book about the incident I've read.
That particular book club meeting will be led by a couple who lived nearby and would travel through the area by train. They said that when the train got to a certain point nearby they were told that all windows must be shut and they put on dosimeters - although they never heard what happened with the dosimeters.
I'm looking forward to what they will share with us!
Thank you for the offer of Reputations, Janet, but I still haven't read the last book you sent me and I don't know when I'd get around to it. There's probably somebody who would appreciate it right now.
Today for me - a free Yoga class at the library. I used to do yoga regularly a loooooooong time ago. Now I'm hoping the stretching/strengthening will help some back and hip issues that I'm having.
And then a trip into Missoula for a consult with an oral surgeon. Do I need a bit of gum surgery? Ugh ugh double ugh.
Tomorrow night is much more fun. I mentioned last year the Bitterroot Valley Winter Eagle Project
Tomorrow night they are having a Pint Night while learning to use Zooniverse. All the birds in each camera frame need to be identified by ten volunteers to help rule out misidentifications; and they have thousands and thousands of frames that need to be eyeballed by volunteers. They have volunteers all over the world - so if you're interested in doing some volunteer work for a scientific study on eagles right from your home in whatever odd moments that fit into your schedule, here is your chance. I'll have more info after Wednesday.
Started before Christmas when I was looking for light, holiday reads. I didn't get it finished before the New Year
2. Wishin and Hopin - Wally Lamb - 2010
-TIOLI # 6 Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift
- Reading the states: Connecticut
Wally Lamb's publisher asked if he could write a children's book and this is what he produced.
It's the story of a fifth grader named Felix Funicello in the 1960's; the anticipation of Christmas and the production of a Christmas pageant.
It has its funny moments. And it has its original moments – Felix's cousin is Annette Funicello, America's Sweetheart, and Felix's mother is in a cringe-worthy national cook-off.
The writing is good; I've read several others by Mr. Lamb that I've enjoyed. This one however, lacks a spark, a vision. He's proven that given a request he can write a commercially successful book about the subject.
I have a shelf of Christmas books I reread almost every year. While this was an OK read, it won't be added to it.
Happy New Year, Janet! I succumbed to the germs from my youngest grandchild when I was in Denver. This is a crazy busy week for me, and it looks like I am going to be coughing and dripping my way through it. Ugh.
I picked up Sing, Unburied, Sing when I rolled back into town on Monday, then found out Tuesday night at my book group that it is our selection for May. Some lucky person will move up quickly on the library hold list because I am going to wait and read it this spring. I hope I don't have to wait as long for it then.
Curious to know what is on your annual Christmas Read shelf. I haven been reading A Christmas Memory the past few years and love it more each time I read it.
>53 Donna828: Hi Donna - Feel better soon! There are some nasty bugs going around out there.
I'm still on antibiotic and still not quite feeling 100% but doing much better.
I'll be interested to see what you and your book club think of Sing Unburied Sing. I have downloaded an e-copy onto my computer so I can follow the PBS/NYT book club discussion. It looks like my audio from the library has arrived, so I'll pick that up today.
Favorites On My Christmas Shelf: ( I do have a Christmas tag with more listed)
- A Christmas Memory - Read almost every year
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Read almost every year
- Richard Scarry's The Animals' Merry Christmas (Little Golden Book) ( a favorite from my childhood)
- Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (A Golden Look-Look Book) - Mercer Mayer
- Unplug the Christmas Machine - Jo Robinson
- The Christmas Ghost - Pearl S Buck - These are some pages that my Mom carefully removed from a magazine in the 60's
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- A Child's Christmas in Wales - Dylan Thomas
I also have some cozy feel goods like a few from Debbie Macomber's Shirley, Goodness and Mercy series, Fannie Flagg's A Redbird Christmas, and one I read this year: A Dog Named Christmas.
And yes, I do have A Christmas Carol on there but it hasn't been read for many years.
>54 EllaTim: Hi Ella! I'm looking forward to having people who lived near the Chernobyl site leading our book club read of Voices From Chernobyl. I hope they will have some insights I can share here, since I know many people have been strongly affected by the book. That first chapter is absolutely etched in my mind.
I'm whipping my way through Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur since it's due back at library tomorrow with no renewals. It's a riveting, quick read but oh-so-depressing, too.
3. The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld - 2017
- TIOLI #9: Read a book that contains more than one beginning
Naomi's first memory is as a child, running frantically through a field, escaping from captivity. No further memories emerged; nor was she ever claimed by family.
As an adult she has become a private investigator dedicated to finding lost and abducted children.
Her current case involves a five year old girl, lost in a snowstorm in the Oregon forest while her family was cutting a Christmas tree three years ago. Surely she couldn't have survived that storm, even though her body was never found.
But other things live in the forest besides the wild animals: twisted and menacing and able to tear your heart out.
I found this a well written mystery/thriller– it took off at a gallop and sucked me right in. I loved the outdoor forest setting and the RIF on the Snow Child fairy tale. I also enjoyed the secondary mystery of an infant missing from a developmentally challenged woman.
There were a few minor annoyances : Dave is constantly referred to 'Ranger Dave'. I'm not sure he ever appeared without his title, although he is a major part of the story. There were also some outdoor phrases that rang oddly – example including where someone 'cached their cabin' .
Since the book is about child abductions, pedophilia is a major theme and so a warning to those sensitive to this subject.
Still I hope this is the beginning of a very long series. I'll be back! 4*
Glad you're feeling better, even if not 100%.
I'm reading Fire and Fury on my Kindle. I'm not sure I could handle another book about drumpf right now, so Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History will have to wait.
>58 karenmarie: Hi Karen - Well I just finished Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. Whacko. Absolutely whacko.
I am saddened and afraid for out country. Not that there was much new in Katy Tur's book that hadn't been reported on in the campaign, but to see it altogether in one place is incredibly disturbing.
I'll keep an eye out for the book, used and/or at the April Friends of the Library sale. In the meantime, I'm 1/4 of the way through F&F.
>60 karenmarie: I'll have to hop over to your thread to see if you've commented on F & F. The print copy I ordered is not expected to be shipped until February. I want to read it, but I don't want to read it.
I was incredibly depressed yesterday after finishing Unbelievable.
Luckily I had concert tickets with a friend for last night for a group called The Dustbowl Revival which their website describes as " known and loved for their free-flowing, joyous shows, which combine New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots."
Found 'em on Spotify. Now I've got something new to listen to while I'm working!
Reputations sounds great; onto the list it goes.
About The Child Finder - Do you think it was unrealistically optimistic about victims' recovering? My sister was a foster parent for years, and talking to her, I had a hard time believing that both Naomi and the girl she found would be able to recover as well as they did.
>62 drneutron: Hey Jim - Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy them!
If anyone else is interested in a sample of The Dust Bowl Revival's music, here is their website:
>63 BLBera: Hi Beth! I enjoyed Reputations. The book is available if you (or anyone else) would like me to send it to you. I'd love to see your opinion. I enjoyed the book and found it really intriguing, but I thought the ending a bit unrealistic. I asked the other participants - about 16 women - if any woman they knew, having just found out her victimhood would act the way she did in the last few chapters. It felt a bit like a male author fail to me. The male teacher of the book man-splained it all away but I am still not satisfied.
I'm really glad you returned to talk about the The Child Finder. You make an excellent point. We don't know what Naomi's childhood was, or what she escaped from, but she does seem damaged to me. Do we know how/if Madison recovered? It was a library book and I can't refer back to it.
I read Jaycee Duggard's story because I was interested in the equine therapy component and I'm vaguely familiar with Elizabeth Smart, so I know some kids recover. But the statistics? No idea. It would definitely be a tough road both for the abducted kids and the parents.
This is another one from the library that arrived all in a bunch. I need to read quickly since there is a waiting list, and I can't renew it. The author is the Pakistani immigrant who spoke at The Democratic National Convention and who lost a son fighting with the US army in Iraq.
I predict more teeth gnashing on my part given Trump's remarks this week. I'm only one chapter in, but the author is both thoughtful and well educated.
The last of my 'held over from the holidays' reads:
4.Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris - 2008
- TIOLI #6: Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift
- library (3*)
Description from Amazon ”Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris's most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the backseat of a van or police car. It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to. It should, in short, behave much like a book. And, oh, what a book it is! “
Sometimes funny, sometimes painful, this satirical collection of short stories and essays about the darkly humorous side of Christmas and other holidays was hit or miss for me.
My favorites included "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" which Amazon calls 'a chipper suburban Christmas letter that spirals dizzily out of control', and “Six to Eight Black Men' comparing Dutch and American Christmas customs.
Although reviews comment favorably on Sedaris's 'perfect deadpan delivery', I found in listening to the audiobook, his tone to be more depressed than deadpan, and listening to several hours was a mood killer for me.
This is the second Sedaris I have read, and I did enjoy this more than the first. I have another audio of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, on MT TBR, so he'll get one more chance.
I know he's a favorite of many people, but I'm just not feeling the joy.
I am one who is a Sedaris fan. But I think I have to be "in the mood"! I think his observations about people and situations are often spot on and his turn of words and phrases are pretty amazing and unique. He seems to be full of personal idiosyncrasies that to me are endearing....i.e. his community garbage collecting and full of some personal bravery talking about his partner before many others didn't. He talks frankly about family and its influences and none of us seem to be able to escape that! For me he is funny and bittersweet all at once and I always look forward to the idea that he is going to publish a new book. He has kept diaries for forever observing human behavior and it is on the basis of that, that he develops his stories. When the NYer mag arrives and he has had a story published, it would be the first thing I would want to read!
I think one of my favorites was also the "Six to Eight Black Men," Janet. I did also enjoy the family stories. I read it though, although I've listened to the Macy's elf story on NPR.
Thanks for the offer of Reputations; I can get it from the library, so it can go to someone else.
OMG, The Dustbowl Revival is like the best ever! I bet these folks put on a heckuva show.
Hi, Janet. I hope you are fully recovered. It looks like we had similar feelings about the Wally Lamb and Katy Tur books. I have a bit of a crush on Tur now, but don't tell my wife. Grins...
I love your book choices. And coincidentally, I am currently looking into technician positions at the NIH.
>67 mdoris: Hi Mary - I really appreciate your comments on Sedaris. I agree about his insight into human actions. Sometimes his 'shock factor' is a bit too high for me and that is where I get off the wagon
Perhaps I need to try Sedaris one story at a time.
>68 BLBera: Hi Beth - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I liked the Macy's elf story, too, but not as well as the other two I mentioned. "Six to Eight Black Men" was the best.
>69 drneutron: Hi Jim! I'm glad you're enjoying the Dustbowl Revival. They did put on an amazing show! Incredible energy and such an interesting combination of musical instruments. I'm glad their energy transferred over to the music you downloaded.
>70 karenmarie: Hi Karen - I always enjoy your visits and comments. Yay for Six to Eight Black Men. It seems to be a favorite. What do you think about F&F so far? Is it worth reading?
>71 msf59: Hi Mark ! Thanks for stopping in. Crush on Katy Tur, hey? What a strong, strong woman. I can't imagine how she managed 510 days of that.
>72 shuwanted: Hi and welcome to LibraryThing and my thread. I visited your thread and dropped a star. I'm impressed that you are reading so many books while finishing your degree. Good luck in your job hunt! I take it you are applying at the NIH main campus in Bethesda?
I went to a wonderful Audubon meeting this week. The speaker was Dale Becker, a wildlife biologist with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, whose reservation is on the south end of Flathead Lake, about two hours north of where I live.
The tribe has successfully reintroduced trumpeter swans, which were hunted out of western Montana altogether and almost to extinction. In the 1800's The Hudson's Bay company bought swan skins from hunters as the feathers were used in pillows and decorations. And then, during the depression, the remnants were hunted for meat.
Becker had one historical slide of a swan that had been shot and loaded onto a horse. The wings extended from the horse's nose to it's tail. The head was tied onto the saddle and the tail brushed the ground
After twenty years of effort, the now have a breeding population of about two hundred birds in the Flathead Valley, with some pairs beginning to move outward off the rez.
HI Janet, Our valley (east side of mid Vancouver Island) is loaded with Trumpeter Swans and I guess it has been a major success story here too as at one time the swans were within 100 individuals of extinction. Of the 23,000 individuals presently in North America, an estimated 6,000 birds winter on the island.(I just did a little home work!). Gorgeous picture. It is wildly windy and rainy here right now. Hope those swan feathers are waterproof!
>74 streamsong: Thanks! Yep, currently applying for the NIH main campus. Is that where your old lab used to be?
>76 mdoris: Wow, Mary! That's really amazing. I would love to see 6000 swans - it sounds like something to behold. I have to wonder, though, if they are as messy as Canada geese. A dozen Canada geese on my lawn can make hazardous walking for weeks ....
The 200 swans on the Flathead Rez seem to be a stable population, but 200 is a very small number so it's exciting to hear about a large population elsewhere. The Rez swans have been wintering on the open river rather than migrating so there is some concern about genetic diversity and they are happy when an 'outside' swan moves in.
I can't take kudos for the photo - it is on the trumpeter swan site on the web.
The Rez also has three other programs to restablish animals that have been lost to that ecosystem - leopard frogs (which crashed in the 80's), sharptail grouse and peregrine falcons.
>77 shuwanted: Hi shuwanted! Good to see you again! - No, actually I worked at Rocky Mountain Lab in Hamilton, Montana. RML is the only NIH lab not in the main campus of Bethesda.
I've added my first two books to my list of 'Books Acquired in 2018' >10 streamsong: January 18th - not too bad. Although I've acquired two books, I've only read one so far off Mt TBR for my ROOTS challenge. It should still be **easy** (ha!) to catch up and meet my 'More books read from MT TBR than acquired' challenge.
- The Christmas Ghost - by Pearl S Buck. Decided to augment the three pages my Mom had carefully cut from a magazine in 1960 with an actual hard cover copy. I intend to keep the magazine pages also!
- Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D Ulysse - LTER - fiction by a Haitian/American immigrant author. This seems quite appropriate in light of Drumpf's remarks.
ETA: since one more came in the mail today (can I blame it on the postman?) for my literature seminar on Feb 6th: The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešić. It will be my first book from Croatia as well as the first 1001 book I'll read this year.
Hi Janet! Nice to " meet you.' I am always glad to send a book bullet on LT! I love your picture of the Trumpter Swans. We get them in our area too , but the number seems to be fairly small. However, we are across the river from a large bird sanctuary , so most of them may hang out there. Here is a link to the bird sanctuary across the river from me. I confess I have not been there in some time. http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/
Oh , you are braver than me. I try to keep books acquired a secret from myself, never mind those on LT :-)
>80 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah - Thanks for stopping by! Ah, somehow I had supposed that you and Mary lived closer together. I checked out the bird sanctuary list-they have a very cool way to list the birds that one might see! It does say that trumpeter swans are seen on most every visit in the fall and winter, so you must be right in saying they probably hang out around across the river.
Yes, listing the books I have acquired has helped me keep the numbers down. The problem is that book buying (both new and used) is so much fun! And I pick up so many 'must read' ideas every time I go thread hopping.
5. Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman - 2009
- audio - read by Neil Gaiman
- TIOLI #1. Read a book having a title which includes an animal with exactly three letters in its name library 'giants'
I loved Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology when I listened to it last year, so, when I heard about this book I jumped right on it – and was happy as a lark to be able to listen to the audiobook as Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite readers.
In this short children's story we meet Odd, a Viking boy in the time 'before being a Viking was a full time profession' as Mr Gaiman calls it. Odd's father was killed on a raiding trip; Odd's leg was crushed in an accident leaving him crippled, and his mother remarried a man who doesn't like Odd.
To escape his miserable life, Odd heads into the forest to his father's old hut. There he meets a fox, a bear and an eagle, who of course are not really a fox, a bear or an eagle but Loki, Thor and Odin who have lost a battle with the Frost Giants and been enchanted.
Odd's quick thinking and determination lead the four to Asgard where Odd must do what the enchanted gods cannot: overcome the frost giants, and return the gods back into their original forms.
Fun story. Share this one with the child in your life and the child in your heart.
Hi Janet. I love the New Yorker cover you're using as a topper and I love your commitments for the new year. I am also trying to eat healthier this year. I had become very good about this for the first year or so after my stroke but as it has faded into more distant memory, I have gotten a bit too lax about the fat and cholesterol (I'm still pretty good about the low sodium).
Also, thanks for posting the link for creating one's own maps of countries and states covered in reading. I've thought those maps are pretty cool and might use them for my own thread.
6. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History - Katy Tur - 2017
- TIOLI #6: Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift
Katy Tur had what she considered her journalist's dream job: an international posting based in London with many weekends spent in Paris with her French boyfriend.
Then, in a short visit to the United States, she was asked to cover Donald Trump's first campaign rally and his run for the Presidency. It was not thought to be a long- term commitment. It turned out it would last 510 days with barely a day or two off, as Trump unexpectedly won and won again.
Tur was both reviled and exhorted by Trump. At one rally, the reporters were in a 'cage' while Trump whipped the crowd into an anti-media frenzy. Another time, Tur had to be escorted out of the venue by armed agents as Trump had reviled her to the point she and others feared for her life. Then, suddenly she would be back in Trump's good graces.
It's not that there is a lot of new info in this book – most of it was covered in the campaign news. Still, Trump's behavior at rallies, such as offering to pay legal fees to anyone beating up protesters is shocking.
The cumulative effect of reading incident after incident is dumbfounding. It's as if the American public got 'used to ' Trump's antics as time went on. To read them all reported in one place, is very sobering and is a telling report on the character of the man who is our current Commander in Chief. God help us all.
>83 EBT1002: Nice to have you visit here, Ellen.
It's amazing how the 'eating healthier' can slip away even after a bad incident like you had with your stroke (or my eyes last year). Here's to a healthy New Year to both of us! And to everyone else visiting here, too!
The world map is very easy to do and I enjoy keeping track of where I have 'traveled'. At some point, I may try to go and fill in unread countries, but for now, I just have fun keeping track. And it's still easy to read new countries since I've only visited about a third of them.
I've noted Portland on my phone for the third week in June. I hope this will be the year that I actually make it. I have been wanting to explore south of there for several years now.
>74 streamsong: Thank you! To answer your question about Fire and Fury, here's the link to my review: F&F Review
>75 streamsong: Fascinating. You inspire me to try to find out about local Audubon Society activities.
>84 streamsong: Excellent review. Drat! A BB. I was going to try to avoid more about drumpf, but I think I need to read this one. I hadn't heard about any of the sickening behavior at rallys.
Is there a Portland meetup for the third week in June? Since Aaron's family is in Corvallis, we will be going down there a couple times a year, maybe we can make it out there. :) Though, unfortunately, it will be only about a month after my wedding/honeymoon, so we'll see if we have the time/money at that time...
>86 Whisper1: Hi Linda! I hope you like The Child Finder! It sucked me right in, although it certainly is about a difficult subject!
>87 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Great review of Fire and Fury! My copy arrived yesterday, although I have several to read before starting it. Coincidentally, author Michael Wolff was on Trevor Noah's Daily Show on Comedy Central last night. (This is becoming one of my favorite-don't-miss-it-TV shows) Wolff said he is waiting for Trump to claim authorship of the book any day now. :)
I am really happpy that our Audubon chapter has such interesting programs. I hope you'll find the same with yours.
>88 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! It's good to see you!
There are several Portland meetups being talked about - one in April and one about the 22 of June. Here's a thread just setup: http://www.librarything.com/topic/285123
Portland is almost a two day drive for me - which doesn't stop me from wanting to get there for a meetup.
I betcha whenever you get in the area, you can find a few good souls to meet with!
Your wedding is coming so fast! I'm very happy for you!
>79 streamsong: Nice acquisitions, Janet. The one by Ulysse looks good.
>91 BLBera: Hi Beth - Thanks for stopping by. You know how it is - Even when I lock the door, books come knocking and demand to be let in.
I've been very pleased with the books that I've gotten through LTER that are recent US imprints of books published internationally.
I now have 13 books in my 'must read next' pile. Sigh.
7. An American Family: A Memoir - Khizr Khan - 2017-
- Global Reading: Pakistan
- TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title - library (4.5*)
You probably know of author Khizr Khan even if you don't recognize the name. He was the Muslim gold star father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention. However, he doesn't fit into a Democrats-only box. He is also inspired by Republican Ronald Reagan's vision of the United States as a city on a hill and statements by George W. Bush. He spoke at the DNC due to a deep love for America and the feeling that the anti Muslim rhetoric had reached a frightening turning point.
This is a very intelligent, thoughtful man who has a lot to say regarding reasonable discourse about divisive matters. He also has a flair for telling his story.
Born in Pakistan, he came from a family of farmers. His father, although uneducated, was an insightful man who instilled a love of God, fellow humans and education in his son.
As a student, Khan found a copy of the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution in a used book store. He was completely unfamiliar with US history, but was immediately struck that some people believe that some truths about freedoms and rights were self-evident and God given. His homeland of Pakistan did not recognize of these concepts.
So began his journey to America.
This is probably one of the most uplifting books you will read this year. Don't miss the experience.
>94 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.
>95 Whisper1: Thank you Linda. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
I am demoralized by American politics right now. It was so refreshing to read a book about what's right with America and how the 'American Dream' is still alive.
I need to get involved somewhere and help with becoming the light.
Today is the Real Life Book Club. We're discussing Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks about colonial America in the 1600's and the first Native American to graduate from Harvard.
This was a reread for me. The funny part is that although I had rated it 4 stars when I read it, when it came up for voting I remember feeling rather negative about the book.
Lots of racism and misplaced Puritan idealism. It should be an interesting discussion.
This evening, I may be going with a friend to listen to some Bluegrass music (her favorite - I'm willing to give it a try). She has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and so plans are always subject to last minute cancellation. I had not realized what a devastating illness this actually is, until she and I became friends. PBS had an excellent Independent Lens episode on it a few weeks ago.
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender for the lit seminar the first week of February. First 1001 book of the year as well as my first book for a Croatian/Yugoslavian author.
Several heavy-duty books going right now that are making my reading feel more educational than fun.
So I decided I would do the Color Cat Challenge and chose a book from Mt TBR with a black cover. It's one that was all the rage a few years ago but I never quite got around to reading it; The Girl on the Train. So far it's fast and engaging and I think just what I need.
Yesterday, I finally made it to the Travelers Rest State Park for their winter storytelling series.
Travelers' Rest is the only archaeology confirmed campsite of the Lewis & Clark expedition. (Confirmed through the site of their latrines, which contained mercury, used by the expedition for many medical purposes).
I enjoyed the Blackfeet and Salish beadwork displayed in the museum
and the talk by author Beth Judy about women included in her recent YA book Bold Women in Montana History.
and of course, I bought the book. I'm a sucker for regional authors.
Bold Women in Montana history sounds like a good book. It is now on the tbr list. Happy Sunday.
>101 Whisper1: Hi Linda - I hope you like it. :) The stories sound pretty diverse: Blackfeet and Crow women; a black former slave who 'cooked for Custer' and who hid a Hoodoo bag deep in her cabin - discovered fairly recently during a bit of restoration. BTW, it's the only Hoodoo bag found in the Northwest, according to the author.
There's also a story about the women who helped organize a women's union in Butte. This reminded me a bit of the men's Union organization in Butte in the Ivan Doig book Work Song.
I whipped right through reading The Girl on the Train. Fun, but not deep. Now I can finally watch the DVD from Netflix. I also want to re-watch Alfred Hitchcock's The Rear Window.
It's made me remember how much I enjoy mysteries, and also how I tend to acquire them and not read them ... LT lists 54 mysteries in my 'TBR collection'. I've added the MysteryCat Challenge to post >9 streamsong: - Female detective/sleuth in February - choosing will be a problem since I have both the beginning of the Three Pines and Maisie Dobbs series on the stack as well as bits of Sue Grafton and Nevada Barr.
But right now I'm leaning towards the third book in local author Gwen Florio's series called Disgraced. It's set in Yellowstone, which is always fun.
8. God Stalk - P.C. Hodgell - 1982
- Roni's Group Read;
- TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title (shared)
- ROOT #2/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (2/225)
Description from The Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature:
”Out of the haunted north comes Jame the Kencyr to Rathilien’s greatest city, Tai-Tastigon. From the hills above, the city appears strangely dark and silent. She arrives at its gates with large gaps in her memory and cat claws instead of fingernails. She’s carrying a pack full of strange artifacts, including a ring still on its owner’s finger… and she’s been bitten by a zombie. Wary, but in desperate need of a place to heal, Jame enters the city. So begins God Stalk, the first book in P.C. Hodgell’s Kencyrath series and one of my absolute, bar none, don’t-bother-me-if-you-see-me-reading-it, favorite fantasy novels.”
A complex story in a multi-layered complex world with a very (what else?) complex protagonist.
Jame struggles to fill in the gaps of her missing memory while also looking for the truth of gods and god-heads. She's been taught that there is only one god. However the city she enters is full of them and it's unclear whether they are the Creators or the Created.
It's not my usual genre, but I'm intrigued enough that I've ordered the second book in the series.
>103 streamsong: This is getting a lot of buzz, Janet. Maybe I'll have to try it.
Janet, I've added some background info you might be interested in on the God Stalk thread, if you want to check it out. Thanks for participating and I'm glad you liked it.
Watching the eclipse - started about 4:45 am MTN time. The moon is playing hide and seek with clouds scuttling by and some snowflakes - but hooray! to be able to see it.
(Thanks to Ginny the old dog who needs to out about 4:30 every morning)
- Soon after I posted the above, the clouds came in and obscured the moon and we had a snow squall. I'm glad I got to see the beginning of it. I went back to bed about 5:30.
>104 BLBera: Thanks for stopping by Beth. Yes, lots of buzz here about. It's one of Roni's favorite series and she started a group read in January. Do you read much fantasy?
>105 ronincats: Hi Roni - Thanks for stopping by and thanks for starting the God Stalk book read. I'll check in again over there to see what you've added and see if the point I was puzzling over has been cleared up by the discussion.
>93 streamsong: Inspiring review, I’ve added it to my yuge wish list. *smile*
I am demoralized by American politics, too. I couldn’t bear to watch the State of the Union speech the other night, yet it turns out that my first cousin once removed, Ryan Holets, was a special guest of Melania Trump! He and his wife Rebecca adopted baby Hope.
>99 streamsong: The Girl on the Train is a quick and satisfying read, IMO.
>102 streamsong: I’m planning on a complete re-read of Sue Grafton’s The Alphabet Series this year. I just finished A is for Alibi. I’m going to wait a week or so then go on to B.
>106 streamsong: We saw the Super Blue Blood Moon as it began the evening before the eclipse. It was stunningly bright, still is for that matter.
Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by!
An American Family: A Memoir was very inspiring to me! I hope you enjoy it, warble about it and that others also pick it up.
So cool that you are related to baby Hope! I did watch the SOTU so I could at least know what was going on.
Sunday night I went to my first meeting of the county Democrats, who have a potluck the last Sunday of each month. There were enough people to stuff the small café where it was held. This is such a Republican area that they cannot come up with people to run against Republicans in the upcoming elections for state legislators.
When I told my son I had gone to the potluck, he said "Are there enough Democrats in the county to have a potluck?" All too sadly funny because one of the people I shared a table with said that at the December meeting, there were so few attendees that the potluck failed and they went to the bar next door and ordered hamburgers. Big sigh.
Girl on the Train was fun.
Glad you got to see the gorgeous moon!
Woot! Eleven books finished in January, although most of them were from the library glut that came in, and not from MT TBR. And I'm only behind by three reviews!
Colombia, Pakistan (USA, UK)
Books Acquired: 5
Roots Read: 3
01/01/2018: 510 books on physical Mt TBR (this number includes library books)
02/01/2018: 503 books on physical MT TBR
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
An American Family: A Memoir by Khizr Khan
Best Sheer Entertainment
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
I probably shouldn't send this energy out into the universe but I'm exploring a job opportunity in Pullman.... is that near you at all? (shhh, don't tell anyone)
Definitely hoping we can connect in Portland in June!!!
>111 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! Pullman! Not far as the crow flies (or the eagle soars) but there is a pesky range of mountains in between. MapQuest shows two possible routes, both about six hours. The first would be to travel north through Missoula and on to Spokane and then drop down south to Pullman. It's the fastest way even though it's a lot of northing and southing.
The second would be much more scenic which means more difficult. It would be to cross over Lolo Pass and then west and north to Pullman. The halfway point on this one would be Lochsa Lodge, which I think you would like very much. :)
9. Caleb's Crossing – Geraldine Brooks - 2011
- RLBC January Read;
- January TIOLI #16: Read a book with at least a two-word title, but containing no prepositions;
I first read this in 2011. I reread it as it was my Real Life Book Club's selection for January.
Not many people realize that when Harvard was founded, it was envisioned as a college for Native Americans as well as whites.
This is based on the true incident of the first Indian graduate of Harvard in 1665. We see the story of Caleb, a young Wampanoag from Martha's Vinyard, through the eyes and friendship of Bethia, the daughter of a Puritan minister.
It's an interesting look at the Puritan's lifestyle as well as the struggle between old ways and new for the Wampanoag. It's also a story of racism and ultimately death of individuals and a way of life.
Much of the book club discussion revolved around the depiction of the Native Americans since they highly criticized this book. Although Brooks makes it clear she did not change any of the known facts about Caleb's life, she does imagine a life for him based on his friendship with Bethia. Native authors and critics feel this is unrealistic and demeaning. https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/search?q=caleb%27s+cro...
I suspect that those immersed in Puritan history would also find objections to that side of the story.
The concensus within the club was that this works as a gateway novel; interesting, well written and that it could point people to a more thorough explanation of the authentic culture through other sources.
Possible February Reads:
✔ The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Lit seminar, 1001, Global Reading:Croatia
The Beak of the Finch - ROOT
Ten Days That Shook the World - ROOT
Wicked - audiobook - ROOT
The Long Tail - Jan 75'ers NF challenge - ROOT
Library Books that need to be read ASAP & returned:
✔ A Guide to the Birds of East Africa
You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack
Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo - Stephanie Storey - RLBC
Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - 75'ers NF biography; ColorCat: Brown; ROOT
Disgraced - Gwen Florio - MysteryCat female protagonist, ROOT
The Chibok Girls - TIOLI - author from African Diaspora; ROOT
The Emerald Labyrinth - Global: Republic of Congo
Mouths Don't Speak - Global: Haiti
I have another half dozen books on the 'short list' pile.
The PBS/NYT book club has chosen Killers of the Flower Moon which I read last year and really enjoyed. I won't reread it, but I'll follow along a bit on the discussion.
The Outside and Beyond Bookclub has chosen The Stranger in the Woods which I also read last year. Again, I won't reread it, but will follow along on the discussion a bit.
Another uh oh. Yesterday the library had a free book giveaway since they have received so many donations since their sale last fall.
I determined **Not** to be there at 10 when it opened since, with over 500 books in my TBR collection, I Have Enough Unread Books.
But I did go by about three. What could I do? The Midsomer Murders video was due back yesterday.
African Stories - Doris Lessing
When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee - translated by Robert Gulik
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
The Girl Who Lived - Christopher Greyson
Two to Replace Copies I already have:
The Problem of Pain - C. S. Lewis
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
AND wait for it .... wait for it .....
>109 streamsong: Tilts R here too, but not as much, and we now have an abundance of Ds encouraged to give it a try. Pennsylvania gerrymandering has been declared unconstitutional, so district boundaries will be redrawn, which makes things kind of strange for the current candidates.
>113 streamsong: I had issues with March, and suspected I would with Caleb's Crossing also. I like the concept of a "gateway novel" though.
>117 streamsong: Well maybe once you can speak it you should contrive to find an opportunity.
Excellent February plans!
And of course you had to give new homes to poor orphan books. Especially the
>117 streamsong: Wow, that sounds like something I'd do... And mrsdrneutron would just shake her head. 😁
>118 qebo: Hi Katherine! I'm glad to see you here!
Yes, you're absolutely right. I won't learn how to speak Maori from this little dictionary, but in order for the dictionary to feel that it's purpose in life has been fulfilled, I am probably obligated by the universe to take it to it's homeland and use it there.
>119 countrylife: Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for the thumb. I honestly hadn't thought very deeply about how the Wampanoag would view this book when I read it the first time. It's fun to discuss in a group and get other views - which is why I continue with my RLBC.
>120 karenmarie: Hi Karen! We'll see how far I get with the February plans. Right now I am bogged down in The Museum of Unconditional Surrender. It's certainly not a bad read, but not one I am anxious to pick up at every spare moment. I need to work hard at it to get it done by Tuesday's lit seminar.
It's one of those experimental style novels - the author is trying to depict the shattered life of the refugee experience as broken pieces of glass or unconnected photographs in an album. Non-connected episodes go from a line or two to several pages.
I'm so glad that you and Jim >121 drneutron: would also have taken home the Maori book! It's fun to be understood!
Fun fact I would never had known: the Maori word for penquin is koro-raa. which refers only to the Little Blue penquins.
They are pretty adorable (and threatened)
>122 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Thank you!
>123 The_Hibernator: hey Rachel! Yup, I can only imagine the haul I would have come home with if I had gone when it first opened. I heard it was a madhouse. I'm sure there were several dealers there.
True confession time: back when I was bookscouting, I learned that odd non-fiction books from small presses were often worth $$. So picking up the dictionary wasn't entirely whimsy. This one is only worth a few bucks, but I can envision all sorts of uses for it ...
Happy Sunday, Janet. I love scrolling through your recent reads. Always interesting picks. I also liked the Katy Tur book.
I have still not read Caleb's Crossing. Bad Mark. Thanks for the reminder. I sure hope you can somehow bookhorn in A Guide to the Birds of East Africa before it is due. It is a little gem.
Janet, I love that you got some Free Books that needed a good home. I really enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil years ago. I plan to read Berendt’s City Of Falling Angels to learn more about Venice for the Two Guidos Group.
Loved the picture of the blue penguins. Our local Aquarium and conservation center, Wonders of Wildlife, recently adopted a colony of Gentoo Penguins. I saw them after Christmas with my husband, but it was crowded that day. I plan to take 4-year-old Molly on our Tuesday afternoon together. I predict she will love them!
Great book haul, Janet. Will we see some Maori words in your future posts?
Those Little Blue Penguins are 'dorable. I just called my daughter to tell her to look them up because she loves penguins so much.
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender is a great title for what seems to be an intense subject. Good luck! It looks like you're reading quite a few intense books right now.
For the first time in months I've only got two going - one fiction, one nonfiction - and I'm focusing on the fiction A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. It's amazing.
>126 msf59: Hi Mark! Welcome back from sunny Mexico. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa was one of your book bullets. And since you posted the above, I picked it up and started reading. Looks like just what I need so I don't give up on a couple of the others I am reading right now.
>127 Donna828: Hi Donna! I knew that several people had loved MITGOGAE, but I couldn't remember who. Thanks for chiming in - I'll look forward to reading that one.
Hooray on Molly and the penguins! It should be a fun time.
I haven't looked at the Two Guidos group. I have soooooo many mysteries on my shelves, but no Two Guidos so I'm trying to be a little good.
>128 BLBera: Hi Beth! No, I probably won't be sharing many Maori words. It just surprised me as I was flipping through the book that there was a Maori word for penguin ... so I had to look it up. I had no idea there was a species of penguin indigenous to New Zealand and Australia. They are such cute little guys I had to share.
>129 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Those little blue guys are cute, aren't they? Hope your daughter enjoys them.
I read an enjoyed A Thousand Acres. I've never read King Lear so I probably missed a lot of references.
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender is a tough read for me - ETA: not for the content but for the style. I'm trying to stretch my brain a bit with the (free) literature seminar and also the Now Read This PBS/NYT group. I know what I like and what speaks to me .... but I often can't articulate it. Perhaps I had too many science classes and not enough liberal arts classes in college.
I also have all sorts of holes in my knowledge of history, psychology, philosophy, politics & so much else.
A lovely part of retirement is being able to go back and pick up dropped threads of your life.
I'm trying to intersperse the heavies with lighter reading. Some people here on LT consistently read one sort of book and you can count on their threads if you're looking for opinions on that sort of book. I always feel a little schizophrenic in my reading.
And with that my next review from January:
10. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - 2015
- ColorCat Challenge: Black (Cover)
- TIOLI #11: Read a book that has been (or is going to be) adapted for film or television
- ROOT #3/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (4/225)
After Rachel found she couldn't get pregnant, she became intensely depressed. Her life spiraled out of control. She began blackout drinking, which caused more losses: her husband divorced her to marry his pregnant girlfriend and bought out her half of the home Rachel loved while he continued living there with his new family. Finally after a drunken incident at work, Rachel lost her job.
Still, she couldn't let go. She obsessively telephoned her ex husband, showed up unexpectedly at his house, and even took his child while his new wife was napping. She still rode the train into the city each day even though she her job was gone. From the train, she could see tantalizing bits of her old house, her ex, and his new family. She also caught glimpses of a house a few doors down where she believed the perfect couple lived.
But when she saw something from her seat on the train, and the perfect wife was then reported as missing, she felt compelled to become involved. But who would believe a mentally unstable woman so drunk the night the incident occurred that she couldn't even remember if she saw something … or did something.
I found this to be a fun, quick thriller with lots of secrets and twists. It sucked me in and I was anxious to keep picking it up. Recommended for those who want something light and captivating for a quick read.
>112 streamsong: I remember seeing a mama moose with her baby in Lolo Pass many years ago.
Hi Janet! Even if there will not be many more Maori words in your thread, I do love the little blue penguins.
Great comments about Caleb's Crossing. I keep thinking I should read more of her works since I absolutely LOVED Year of Wonders.
>133 EBT1002: Hi Ellen!
Yes, Lolo Pass is a special place. The visitors' center there has snowshoeing and ski rentals with groomed trails and lots of lots of 'how to' informational programs.
I love the blue penguins, too. Serendipity all the way around for a fun discovery.
Geraldine Brooks novels are all pretty quick reads. She does a ton of research; since she is married to historian/ journalist Tony Horwitz, how could she not? :) I think my favorite of her fiction is People of the Book.
>135 EBT1002: I know that, like me, you have sooooo many books on your shelf to read, but I did like that one. Choose it when you need something a little lighter.
Drat - not doing well on acquiring books. Well, actually, I'm doing fine acquiring books ; it's NOT acquiring books that is the problem.
14. Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - continue Roni's group read 2/7/2018
15. Oil and Marble - Stephanie Storey - RLBC, Ammy 02/08/2018
and I was so intrigued by the Harper Perennial Olive editions on Ellen's thread that I ordered three of the offerings for this year:
I haven't read any of these three.
I've put the other five of this year's offerings on my 'save for later' list. I'll probably order one or two more before they disappear. According to the HP website, they come out in October each year and then disappear in March - except through secondary sellers.
It appears that Bad Feminist is already sold out on the HP site, although it is still available on Amazon.
I also ordered a used copy (non-Olive) of the next one for the lit seminar: That Smell by Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim.
>136 streamsong: I'm sorry I introduced you to the Olive Editions but I love having company in my love for them!
>137 EBT1002: Never apologize, Ellen! I ordered three that I have been meaning to read, so it's a win-win for everything but my humongous pile of TBR's.
Last of the January books!
11. Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward - 2017
- PBS/NYT Now Read This book club
- January TIOLI #15. Read a book with a title that contains the letter u at least twice (shared)
- audio - library
This is the story of a black family caught in the grinding poverty and racism of Mississippi. Throw in a mother with not a maternal bone in her body, her white partner who has just finished a prison term; mix well with a road trip to go pick up the newly freed partner from prison, while at the same time financing the trip with a stash of illegal drugs. And oh yes, a couple ghosts along for the ride.
Child abuse from a mother with 'not a single maternal bone in her body'.
The matriarch of the family dying an incredibly painful death in a back room of the cabin.
Families broken by incarceration.
The patriarch a good man trying to hold his family together and his thirteen year old grandson Jojo who has taken on the parent role for his three year old sister.
Two ghosts whom some family members have the gift to see: one ghost the murdered son of the family, and one a boy who was murdered years ago at the infamous Parchman Prison Farm.
Really, honestly, it doesn't sound appealing to me.
It was. Amazing. This one will stay with me for a very long time. 4.5 stars
>140 karenmarie: Ha, Karen! Wait until you see the next two reviews: the super literary Museum of Unconditional Surrender followed by a light and fluffy warble from Mark called A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, which was the perfect balance for the heavier reads I've been doing.
I just started a mystery for the MysteryCat Challenge - reading with a woman detective. Disgraced is the third in the Lola Wicks series written by Missoula author Gwen Florio.
>141 BLBera: Thanks, Beth.
So far I've been impressed with the two choices from the PBS/NYT Read This Now book club. SUS was their first selection. I'm skipping the February selection of Killers of the Flower Moon since I read it last year. It will be interesting to see what other choices they make for the year.
12. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić - 1996
- lit seminar;
- 1001 Books To Read Before You Die;
- Global Reading Challenge: Croatia;
- TIOLI #3: Read A Book of which the title contains something that you love;
- purchased 2018
From 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die: “The novel attempts to capture the slow and constant sense of loss and displacement caused by exile, and the disappearance of anything one could call home. Its scattered, Postmoderm method of narration moves between magic realism, diary entries, essaysitic prose, and even a recipe for Caraway soup. This allows the author to recognize herself as a kind of museum exhibit, as are all those who have left behind a home that no longer exists. She refers many times to the two different types of exile, those with photographs (ties to the past) and those without...”
“Rilke once said that the story of a shattered life can only be told in bits and pieces …” p107
The novel begins with a description of the contents of a stomach of a walrus which died in the Berlin zoo; unimaginable bits of random, plastic modern life, which, no matter how one may try to fit together, stay a random collection, but still describe the walrus's life and ultimately his death.
So it is with Ugrešić's novel. There are random bits and pieces which one is in despair of fitting together, and yet describe the refugee's life.
Beautifully written, but a tough book for me to get through; less because of the subject matter than the episodic, patchwork style. Perhaps this only reflects my lack of experience with postmodernism.
By the end I had a little clearer understanding of living with a life ripped away.
Ugrešić herself fled war torn Yugoslavia as it disintegrated into five separate nations. Her birthplace became part of Croatia and she writes in Croatian.
Since this is the first book I have read from Croatia, I thought a map might be fitting:
And a word from Wikipedia: "Croatia is an Eastern European country with a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Encompassing more than a thousand islands, it's also crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and diverse museums. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings."
A friend and I saw another wonderful concert through the Bitterroot Performing Arts series: Phoebi Hunt and the Gatherer's.
From the website : "Rolling Stones Country named Phoebe Hunt as one of their top 10 “new country artists you need to know.” Her new album, “Shanti’s Shadow,” is a culmination of her five year journey through Music Row, Brooklyn, and India, where she studied with seventh generation master violinist Kala Ramnath."
She also does really interesting work with helping people to heal through music.
Here's her web site with a selection of her music videos and also a link to her TedX talk about music and healing. (which - bad me!- I haven't listened to yet), although she did play a song that is featured in the TedX talk that she wrote with a disabled veteran.
I'm working on two more reviews. The first is A Guide to the Birds of East Africa which was a wonderful, fluffy (feathery?) warble from Mark.
I've also finished my MysteryCat book for the month featuring a women investigator: Disgraced by Gwen Florio, a local author. This one had much more meat than I expected.
And I've now started reading my 75'ers non-fiction biography challenge: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy based on the oral history of his descendants, The Edward Clown Family.
This one also fits the February ColorCat - brown.
Even though I'm only pulling ROOTS for the MysteryCat, ColorCat and NF challenges, I'm still woefully behind on my ROOTS challenge - Reading Our Own Tomes, which I define as reading books I owned prior to January 1 2018. I'd like to read at least five ROOTs a month.
>145 streamsong: I think fluff is far underrated. Fluff is what keeps a bird warm and protected. Very important stuff;-)
Janet, I totally thought I wrote on your thread before now... Now I'm wondering if I posted it on another person's thread. Whoops! Anyways, just wanted to say thanks for visiting. I'm looking forward to following your reads this year and hopefully being able to keep up. :)
Hi, Janet. Just checking in with my pal. Hooray for Sing Unburied Sing. I really liked that one too. Is this your first Ward?
>146 mdoris: Thank you, Mary!
On Valentine's Day I went to a screening at the library for a PBS POV movie called The Islands and the Whales.
Description of the movie here: http://www.pbs.org/pov/theislandsandthewhales/film-description/
I'd never heard of the Faroe Islands which are north/northwest of Scotland, about halfway between Norway and Greenland, but are actually part of Denmark.
Very little grows there and the inhabitants eat a lot of local animal life - harvesting seabirds such as puffins from the cliffs and driving hundreds of long finned pilot whales (which are actually a species of dolphin) per year into their bays where they are slaughtered.
The seabirds are plummeting in numbers and the whale drives are increasingly controversial. The whales themselves are becoming more and more contaminated with mercury and are not recommended for human consumption.
Hugely thought provoking movie.
>147 EllaTim: Ella, that is the cutest bit of fluff I have seen!
Much better than the bit of fluff I was harassing Darryl with in his 'No Fluff Zone' thread last year.
Actually I think mine is a tribble.
>148 jolerie: I'm glad you made it here, Valerie. It was great visiting your thread and catching up on your wonderful sons. I'm also having a hard time keeping up ....
>149 msf59: Hi Mark! Yes, Sing Unburied Sing was my first Ward. I'm up for more, but I don't have anything else on MT TBR and I'm making my ROOTS challenge my primary challenge this year.
A great feathery warble from Mark!
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson - 2008;
- Global Reading: Kenya (book #5 for Kenya);
- TIOLI #13. Read a book tagged "humor";
Widower Henry Malik has been in love with widow and fellow bird enthusiast Rose Mbikwa for quite some time. He has just screwed up his courage to ask her to the Nairobi Hunt Ball.
But a schoolfellow nemesis of his, Harry Khan, appears and is equally taken by Rose. In order to settle who has the right to ask Rose to the ball, the two men engage in a top secret wager as to who can identify the most species of birds.
Enough Nairobi details to give a feeling for the realities of Kenyan life – street gangs, crime, raiders from across the Ugandan border, dangerous politics, AIDS, and the eco tourists.
But mostly this book is fun; more so if you would enjoy details of the rich bird life this area has to offer.
This is the fifth book I have read set in or by Kenyan authors and the first country I have 'completed' in Africa.
So another map is in order:
>154 thornton37814: It is a nice cover, isn't it Lori? There is a sequel which our library system doesn't have. I'll have to buy it, I guess. Sigh. Wink. It would be a lovely book to have around when I need a light pick me up.
I've started Oil and Marble, a historical fiction about Michelangelo and Leonardo for the RLBC on Thursday. It's a light, quick read, so far without a lot of depth.
We're having a snowy weekend which may turn into rain later today. Then when it clears off, we're supposed to plunge to zero or below temps.
I hope it's all settled down by Thursday evening, since I've decided to take a weekly bird ID class in Missoula. Thursday night's class is on raptors, which should be fun.
Hi, Janet. I often wish I could identify what is warbling in my grapefruit tree above me. The hummingbirds I know. It was much easier on the farm in Kansas...
>156 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I hope it's fun - it's for 'advanced' birders which is definitely not me. It's once a week for six weeks, although I have conflicts for several of the classes, I'll try to be there for the raptors, shorebirds, owls and forest birds classes.
>157 ronincats: Hi Roni! That's pretty much my goal, too. I'd like to be able to identify the common birds I see. I bet you get to see an amazing variety of birds where you live!
The snow definitely happened. We have about 6 inches on the ground where it hasn't drifted, and we had some pretty fierce winds. Areas to the north of us were hit much worse - up to a couple feet with whiteout conditions lasting for days rather than hours.
Now it's cleared off and the temperature has dropped to near zero.
I knew that the 50 degree weather wouldn't last, but this is *Not* what I want!
14. Disgraced - Gwen Florio - 2016
MysteryCat: Woman protagonist
ROOT # - acq'd 2017 = ROOT #4/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (5/225)
This is the third installment in Florio's Lola Wicks mystery series. Lola is a small town Montana journalist who previously had been a reporter in Afghanistan.
Six new high school graduates from a small Wyoming town and the nearby Indian reservation band together and sign up for the military. Four white men, a woman, and an Indian. They take their prejudices and life experiences with them.
One dies in Afghanistan. A second kills himself after stepping off the plane in what is supposed to be a triumphant homecoming. The remaining four are all obviously troubled.
Lola has been sent by a friend to interrupt her vacation with her daughter and drive the returning woman soldier home. Clearly something is very wrong.
While all of her mysteries have embraced aspects of social justice, I found this one much darker than her previous entries: a military patrol unit in Afghanistan took very wrong turn; a woman soldier enduring the worst kind of sexual harassment, and, as usual in Ms Florio's books, racism against Indians.
But there is humor, too: Jemalina the hen who may be aspiring to become a house dog, and Lola's sad attempts at cooking stand out. These things definitely lighten the load of what could otherwise be a very bleak story.
4 stars. Not quite what I was expecting, but I was certainly drawn right in and couldn't put it down. This one could work as a stand alone since there is a six year gap between this and the last novel.
I can't wait to read the 4th one; the 5th will be out soon, too.
>160 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Thanks for the congrats. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa was fun. Have you read the sequel or anything else by him?
There is a class for sparrows and chickadees, but it's one of the ones I will miss. In a burst of cabin fever, I signed up for several other classes and have some conflicts.
I signed up for several cooking classes: Indian spices, Sardinian cuisine and cooking with an instypot.
I've also signed up for teaching English as a second language classes. I'm looking for a new volunteer commitment, as the Therapeutic Riding where I was volunteering has closed their doors. :(
I'm another fan of A Guide to the Birds of East Africa, Janet. I haven't read anything else by him though.
Kudos to you for going after those classes!
Yay for A Guide to the Birds of East Africa!
Tonight I am going to a talk by an immigration lawyer held by the library at the even-smaller-town about a half hour south of here.
When I attended a talk in my own town last year about a refugee support agency in Missoula, there were major fireworks. People in this area mostly line up with Drumpf and believe that refugees and immigrants are the cause of America's troubles. Those that don't line up with Drumpf are usually even farther to the right or Libertarians.
I finished reading Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy. This was for the 75'ers Non-Fiction Challenge/biography this month
It also fits my ColorCat Challenge - brown cover.
And thirdly, like all my challenge choices, it is a ROOT since I heard the authors speak last year and purchased it then. It is written by members of Crazy Horse's family using their oral history. More comments and review to follow.
I've now started Emerald Labyrinth which is an LTER book for me. It's a herpetologist's account of his time in the jungles of the Republic of the Congo. Snakes, anyone? or perhaps a nice frog?
The eclectic book reading goes on ....
>161 streamsong: class for sparrows
That's what I need.
>163 streamsong: refugees and immigrants are the cause of America's troubles
Well if you go back far enough this may be true... :-)
I am fortunate to be living in "America's refugee capital". Alas, our US representative pays lip service but votes otherwise. You can see why from the presented statistics of blue city vs red county.
>161 streamsong: Hi Janet, no just this one, but I'm keeping him in mind.
Your cooking classes sound wonderful. Indian spices, I love Indian cooking, or Sardinian cooking.
Good for you, volunteering English as a second language, have you done that before?
>163 streamsong: I can imagine. Last year when there were such a lot of refugees coming into Europe it led to problems here as well. Refugee centres were being planned in small country villages, imagine living in a village of 500 people and having a centre of 3000 refugees to deal with. Here in Amsterdam in my neighbourhood we got a temporary centre just around the corner without any problem. Too many volunteers;-)
I love your eclectic reading, Janet! The Birds of East Africa sounds particularly fun.
Ooh, and your cooking classes sound fun, too. I'll be interested to hear how they go. It seems like just a great opportunity to learn....
>165 qebo: Hi Katherine! Yes, the sparrows class would be nice. Perhaps I'll get to take it at a later time.
I went to the first class on raptors last night. Wow. Beyond me a bit for sure. I now have a brain full of terms like supercilium , coverts, ocelli and auriculers (any and all which may be spelled wrong) as well as Buteos, Falcons, Accipters and Harriers.
It was a huge bump of what I should look for ... I'll practice some of the terms on my red tail hawk that hangs out fairly regularly on a power pole on the other side of the road.
"refugees and immigrants are the cause of America's troubles"
Well if you go back far enough this may be true... :-)
Funniest line in the thread! Thank you!
No fireworks in the presentation with the refugee/illegal alien lawyer. The man was super knowledgeable and interesting, and stuck strictly to the law. He's the only illegal alien law specialist in Montana.
Thanks for the link - very interesting.
>166 EllaTim: Hi Ella! I used to take cooking classes regularly, but my 'old regular' is gone, so I'm exploring new venues. I love to experiment with ethnic cuisines.
I can see how that number of refugees would be overwhelming. Montana is a very large (empty) state with about a million people and according to the immigration lawyer's talk, less than 2% immigrants with a quarter of those possibly being illegal. So there really isn't much to fear in this area of being outnumbered. I think most would prefer larger cities with more opportunity and milder winters. The group sponsoring immigrants in Missoula has so far sponsored only a dozen or so families.
I've never done English as a second language teaching before. But, while I plan to stay here and have my horses a few more years, I may go elsewhere in the world after that.
>167 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! The more I try to read off MT TBR, the more eclectic my reading will be, I'm afraid.
Yes, the cabin fever inspired me to sign up for a *few* too many classes. The first cooking class will be for using an Instypot, which is, I gather, sort of like a small pressure cooker that does very quick meals.
Does anyone have any experience with Instypot cooking?
Hi Janet! Thanks for that information.
I have spoken to people giving language classes to refugees. They all said it's very rewarding and interesting work.
So this sponsoring of immigrants, that is new to me, can you tell me how this works?
Is the Instypot similar to the Instapot? That is the one that I've got and it can be used like a pressure cooker. We use it quite often and it's been a lifesaver with little ones under foot and I'm trying to get dinner on the table before the hubby comes home. :)
>170 streamsong:, >172 jolerie: Certain Instant Pots are overheating--here's how to find out if your model is at risk.
I have a different brand (Power Pressure Cooker XL), but these differ from regular pressure cookers because you can brown in them first or also use them as a slow cooker in addition to the pressure cooker function.
Happy Friday, Janet. Hooray for Birds of East Africa. Glad you enjoyed it. It is such a fun read.
Saw a pair of GHOs, today. A first for the Old Warbler and I am elated.
Hi Janet - I am also sick of winter.
>159 streamsong: This sounds good. Do the books have to be read in order?
>171 EllaTim: Hi Ella - I'm not really sure how the financial part works, but I know the site asks for things like furniture and utensils to furnish newcomers' apartments, help learning English, help getting a driver's license, learning the bus system, resume's, jobs?, finding doctors, and various recreational outings. I know one of the florists donates a bouquet of fresh flowers to be there when they first arrive.
I guess I'll find out more as I volunteer.
>172 jolerie: Hi Valerie. Yes! Instapot! My bad. It's good to know that you use it often. Do you have a favorite recipe book that you use?
>173 ronincats: Thank you for that link, Roni and for the info on the Power Pressure Cooker XL. I don't have one yet, so all this is wonderful input. Do you know what size you have?
>174 msf59: Hi Mark! Whoot! or maybe Hoot! on the GHO sightings! You're quickly becoming an owl meister!
>175 BLBera: Hi Beth! I enjoyed this one the most of the three I have read. I think this one could easily stand alone, although there are relationship developments in the first two.
I had a problem with the first one, since Florio had a horse calmly going through a forest fire ....
The second one was better - I enjoyed the storyline of the fracking man-towns in North Dakota.
I don't have a book or anything but if you search on the internet there is a lot of stuff out there. I know there was a recent book that was published too but I don't have a copy myself. I'm pretty new to the craze so I don't have any go to recipes yet. Seems like we make rice the most often in it which is such a waste of all its functions! ;)
Hi, Janet. I'm another one who loved A Guide to the Birds of East Africa. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
>178 jolerie: Hi Valerie - cooking brown rice in the Instapot sounds brilliant!
I'll report back on the class I'm taking tonight.
I was intrigued by this cookbook on Amazon:
Hah! I can combine my Instapot and my Indian cooking class!
>179 jnwelch: Hi Joe - Your rec (and Mark's) are probably where I heard of the book. I'll definitely keep author Nicholas Drayson in mind when I need something light and humorous.
15. Oil and Marble - Stephanie Storey - 2017
- TIOLI # 3 - Read a book with a word in the title about something you love
- purchased 2018
In 1500 young Michelangelo had just finished his first masterpiece, The Pieta. He decided to return to his birthplace, Florence, renowned as a cradle for the arts. Among the many talented artists in residence was Leonardo da Vinci, a master in his prime. Leonardo was flamboyant, overbearing, and constantly experimenting with everything from new styles of paint and painting to war machines and flying.
The two were rivals, never friends. However, they recognized each others' genius while at the same time they were fierce competitors. During the next few years, Michelangelo's David was created as well as Leonardo's Mona Lisa.
Both men are well realized by the author; Michelangelo, reviled by his family for insisting on being a sculptor which they considered to be nothing more than a lowly type of stone mason; Leonardo, the bastard, never able to be recognized by his father and never quite finishing his commissions.
This quick, entertaining story was a selection for my book club. The many details of the amazing time in art history and the complicated political situation appealed to most of the members. A few commented that it lacked depth, perhaps almost falling into the YA category. The author is a writer for TV and films and one could easily imagine this as a visual production.
>182 EBT1002: Ha! Both, perhaps if we're talking about the Mona Lisa and David.
Or it also works if I'm talking about kitchen ingredients, implements and space.
Thanks for stopping by, Ellen!
ETA: I just noticed that I used the entire title/subtitle with this challenge: Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo , so I actually had five items marked as being loved.
Speaking of which, I did NOT make it to the Instapot Class last night. :( I had not been to the learning center before, and for some reason my map program sent me on a wild goose chase as North Curtis Road and South Curtis Road are offset by about a block, and only intermittent in places.
I'm sad to have missed it and will try again at a later time. The last two Instapot classes I've tried to register for filled before I got to them. Definitely a craze going on.
>176 streamsong: Hi Janet, it sounds like a good way to involve members of the community with your refugees.
By the way, it seems lots of the villages that protested last year against the influx of refugees in their community are now protesting their leaving again.
And crime statistics did not go up, always good to know;-)
>183 streamsong: Ah, that's a pity that you missed it! Hope you manage to find some alternative.
>184 EllaTim: Hi Ella! It's good to know that the refugees in your community worked themselves into the life of your villages and were able to settle in.
I'm sure that if I just bought an Instapot, I'd figure it out. Mostly I'd like to get ideas as to it's possibilities before I decide to bring another small appliance into the kitchen.
Only six books read in February:
ROOTS: 3; Library: 1; Acquired 2018:2
Countries: Croatia, Italy, Kenya, Ecuador/Galapagos, US
Purchases and other acquired books >10 streamsong: : 15 (Eeek!)
Physical MT TBR: 510 -
- Lit Seminar: That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim - purch 2018
- Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - 1985 - Roni's continuing group read; acq'd 2018
- Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum - 2017 - LTER - Acq'd 2017 ROOT
- Wicked - Jeffrey Macguire - 1995 - TIOLI # 8: Read a book by an author you have previously struggled with; ROOT - acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points - audiobook
- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed - Lit seminar; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point
Mysterycat: Global Mysteries The Merry Misogynist - ROOT; The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - ROOT
Color Cat: Green:The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - ROOT; Miracles - C. S. Lewis - ROOT
75'ers NF: Travel narrative: Jaguars Ripped my flesh - Tim Cahill ROOT
RLBC: The Lentil Underground - Liz Carlisle - library
Now Read This: Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - ordered
Outside Book Club (x)
✔ You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack - Tom Gauld
Prayer - Timothy Keller
Sundown - John Joseph Mathews
✔ Dog Songs - Mary Oliver
Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D Ulysse
Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years on Death Row Failed to Kill My Soul - Anthony Graves
ETA: Uh oh - more library reserves showed up!
Reservations - Gwen Florio
We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates
How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky
Wires and Nerve - Marissa Meyer
Trying to catch up here, but failing miserably. I hope you're well. Have you gone to any of the birder classes yet?
Hi Karen - yup, doing well. I am so happy that the days are getting longer and that temps are getting above freezing.
Last night was my second birding class. The first one on raptors was last week. This week's was on shorebirds.
They are for advanced birders, so they are a bit over my head. But I am learning what to look for as well as seeing the huge variety of what's out here in Montana.
Next week's class is on owls - which having taken the all day field seminar and living with owls on my place should be much more in my comfort zone.
I need to go out with some practiced birders. The classes are through the Five Valley Audubon in Missoula and they offer a lot more field trips than the local chapter.
Changes to my neatly planned March in >187 streamsong: .
Five books arrived at the library yesterday. Two of them, We Were Eight Years in Power and How Democracies Die, are 14 day books.
The other three are short and quick and I should be able to finish them quickly.
In fact, the power went off last evening, and I read most of one of them, Dog Songs by Mary Oliver, by battery-powered lantern light.
(I chose it because the print was the largest of the books in the TBR pile in the subdued light)
Years ago I read a dystopian novel where the first paragraph said that the end of the world occurred not with a huge bang but with a flicker in the electricity followed by it going off forever.
Last night my thoughts immediately flew to that image. Too many North Korea threats and Russian videos, followed by earlier in the evening finally finishing this week's recorded episode of the dystopian The Walking Dead.
When the power goes off, one should not immediately think of nuclear strikes.
This is not normal.
Mary Oliver and her dogs were very good company during the outage. My dog was uneasy at the unfamiliar quiet and cuddled with me. The cats were also nearby.
I should have read the poems out loud to my audience.
A bit of Show Time by Mary Oliver - from Dog Songs
And here come the dogs. Brushed, trimmed,
"What on earth have they done to them!"
said Ricky. "They're half shaved. And
wearing pillows on their heads. And
where are their tails?"
It's the rules, I said.
"And look at those women trying to run.
They sure don't look like you."
Thank you, I said.
"I'm getting a headache looking at this.
I have to bark!" And he began.
It does no good to bark at the television,
I said. I've tried it too. So he stopped.
I loved your descriptions of the electricty outage experience with the final cuddling of loved dog/cats nearby for all to gain peace and quiet. Glad that you are liking the Oliver dog poems. For me they were wonderfully accessible.
(In our Film Circuit series last year there was a film of power outage experienced by 2 sisters "Into the Forest", their isolation and the anarchy that followed.....not that comforting a film..... but it was well done.....)
>192 mdoris: Hi Mary! Yes, the poems are wonderful. I've read a couple of Mary Oliver's volumes and have enjoyed them all. Did I get the book warble from you? I didn't note who mentioned it, just immediately ordered it from the library. Thanks, if so!
I always worry a bit when the power goes off.
But I have never had a nuclear strike pop into my mind before when it happened.
>193 m.belljackson: Hello! Yes, I seem to collect Montana books. (and to a lesser extent surrounding western states). I'm a sucker for supporting local authors.
In the mid 70's, I worked as an Out of Print researcher. This was back in the days when one had to advertise through a small journal dedicated to lists of books people wanted (AABB). Our specialty was Montana books.
In addition, my Dad loved Montana and Montana history - we used to go out and camp and gold pan and check out ghosts towns on weekends. I have quite a few of his books. I now wish I had taken them all.(Where would I have put them?) Sigh.
Anyhoo, check out my 'Montana' tag. I'm familiar with the Roadside Geology books, but don't have any. I do love science, but I'm more interested in biological sciences. I hope to work Glacial Lake Missoula and Its Humongous Floods into the NF challenge later this year.
>190 streamsong: Janet--I seemed to have lost your thread, but now you are found! Ellen and I are trying to read a chapter a week from Eight Years in Power -- I look forward to your comments. Bummer about missing the cooking class; I hope you have better luck finding it next week.
>191 streamsong: This one made me laugh! Happy Sunday. : )
>195 Berly: Hi Kim! I'll be interested to see what you and Ellen have to say about We Were Eight Years in Power. I read on Ellen's thread that you were doing that and it was my inspiration for requesting this book. Are you just going to chat on your threads or is there an official thread?
Mary Oliver does have a way of getting to the heart of the matter, doesn't she?
16. Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - Edward Clown Family - 2016;
-75'ers NF challenge -Biography
- ColorCat: Brown Cover
- Reading the States: South Dakota;
- TIOLI # ?
ROOT #5/50 = acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (6/225)
There are many biographies of Crazy Horse, but this one consists of his story from the oral history of his descendants.
According to them, they were forced into hiding after Crazy Horse's assassination, as the US government wanted to eliminate Crazy Horse's nearest relatives as they might become rallying points for further rebellion.
It's always heartbreaking to hear history from the Native American perspective: broken treaties, outright lying to get Indians to give up their land, promises not kept, starvation and disease.
The last few chapters consist of genealogical information on the family and copies of documents. Apparently this story has been the focus of lawsuits for years as there is another branch of Lakota which claim they are the true descendants of Crazy Horse.
Intriguing, well written account that deserves a place in your library if you are interested in Native American history.
I heard the author and Floyd Clown speak in Missoula last year when I acquired this book. They are passionate and interesting speakers; well-worth your time if they make an appearance in your area.
There is actually a Kickstarter campaign from this family to make a documentary of the book. It also gives a pretty decent summation of the book if anyone wants to read a bit more.
There is one of the larger rewards that I would love - Imagine having a Lakota guided tour of the Black Hills!
Your comments on a nuclear strike reminded me of the false alarm that occurred in Hawaii a few months ago. Can you imagine receiving an alert like that..thinking that your world is on the brink of ending only to find out it was a mistake because someone pushed the wrong button?!?!
Hi Janet! I don't have any specific comments, but want to say that your thread is always interesting and thought provoking!
>198 jolerie: Hi Valerie - That would be absolutely heart-stopping, wouldn't it! I'm surprised there weren't injuries as people rushed to pick up kids and loved ones.
Eastern Montana has quite a few underground top secret missile silos. I know several people who were out hunting and were suddenly surrounded by military with automatic weapons. So, Montana would not be spared if the unthinkable happened.
I also enjoy dystopian novels, but don't want to be in one!
>199 karenmarie: Hi Karen and thanks for stopping in. I always enjoy your visits!
>200 m.belljackson: Thanks for that remineder. I had forgotten that he said that.
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