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Streamsong - Booksinging as spring arrives (2)

This is a continuation of the topic Streamsong - Booksinging in the winter nights.

This topic was continued by Streamsong - Booksinging in the long summer days - 3.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Jun 28, 2018, 9:39am Top

The crocus aren't quite blooming, but the snow is leaving fast.

At least we've gone beyond this:

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:

Edited: Jul 1, 2018, 11:24am Top


- The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch - 1989- MysteryCat - True Crime; ROOT Acq'd 2013
- Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West - James T. Pogue - 2018 - LTER - acq'd 2018
- Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy - Noelle Stevenson - 2015 - graphic novel - library
- This House of Sky - Ivan Doig - 1978 - ROOT acq'd 2016; listening to audio
- A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America- Colin Woodard - Real Life Book Club
- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed - Lit seminar; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point

Completed but Not Reviewed

- The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch - 1989 - MysteryCat: True Crime; acq'd
- Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris - 2004 - ROOT - acqd 2017 - audiobook
- So You Want to Talk About Race -Ijeoma Oluo - 2018 - library
- The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - 2007 - ColorCat - Yellow Cover; Global Reading: Malaysia; TIOLI # ; ROOT Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points
- Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie - 1934 - May - MysteryCat:mystery on a mode of transportation - library
- When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors - 2018 - library
- The Feather Thief - Kirk Wallace Johnson - 2018; May Outside & Beyond Book Club; June Nonfiction - Outdoors; June MysteryCat True Crime; aqd 2018
- Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years… - Anthony Graves - 2018 - LTER; TIOLI#7: Read a book where the author's last name is also a noun - acq'd 2018
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown 1970 - TIOLI #16: Read a book which would have been a shared read in this year; ROOT acq'd 2006 = 12 ROOT points ; listening to library- audiobook
- The Hounds of Spring - Lucy Andrews Cummin - 2018 - Acq'd 2018
- E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen - 2008 - June ColorCat - Purple; June NF Challenge- Outdoors; ROOT Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points

Edited: Jun 28, 2018, 9:49am Top


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
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. The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld - 2017 - TIOLI #9: Read a book that contains more than one beginning; library
4. Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris - 2008 - audio - TIOLI #6: Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift- library
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
6. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur - 2017 - library
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
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);
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;Global Reading: Ecuador (owns Galapagos Islands); TIOLI #17 Read a book with an animal on the cover; ROOT #6/50; acq'd 2007 = 11 ROOT points (17/225)


18. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack - Tom Gauld - 2013 - 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
21. Wicked - Gregory Maguire - 1995 - TIOLI #1- Read a book in which the last letter of the author's first name plus the last letter of the author's last name spells a word; ROOT #7/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (19/225); audiobook
22. Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum - 2017 - LTER - Global Reading: Congo ; TIOLI# 14. Read a book with water on the cover; ROOT 8/50; Acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point =20/225
23. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan - 1997; 1001 Books to Read Before You Die; tioli #4: Pangram rolling challenge; ROOT #9/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (20/225); audiobook (
24. How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt - 2018 - TIOLI #9: Read a book first published in the last 10 years - library
25. Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - 1985 - Roni's continuing group read; TIOLI # #4: Pangram rolling challenge; acq'd 2018 -
26. Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot -2018 - LTER - TIOLI #11: Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground - audiobook
27. ...and the Earth Did Not Devour Him - Tomas Rivera - 1987 - majleavy's guided read; http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840 - TIOLI #13: Read a classic originally published in a language not your own; library
28. The Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - 2009 - MysteryCat - International Mystery; Global Reading Challenge: Laos; TIOLI #5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter; ROOT #10/50 acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points = 24/225
29. We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2017 - library
30. The Lentil Underground - Liz Carlisle - 2015 - RLBC; TIOLI #11. Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground in the title; library
31. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt - 1994; ColorCat Challenge - Green Cover; TIOLI # ; ROOT # 11/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points =29/225 points



32. Judas - Amos Oz - 2014 - Literature seminar;Global Reading Challenge: Israel book #4 ; TIOLI #12. Read a book in the library of a TIOLI challenger from January, February, or March 2018 - library
33. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - 2017; March PBS Now Read This; Global Reading Challenge: Pakistan Book #4; TIOLI #10: Read a book tagged both family and magic - acq'd 2018
34. Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D. Ulysse - 2018; LTER; Global Reading: Haiti; TIOLI #5. Read a book whose title references a physical action a human can perform- acq'd 2018
35. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan - 2017 - NYT/PBS April Now Read This Book Club; Reading all the states challenge: Michigan; TIOLI#6: Read a book whose LT average rating is more than 4.0; Acq'd 2018
36. Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard - 2018 - TIOLI #7: Read a book with a title that is inclusive; Kindle freebie acq'd 2018
37. Sundown - John Joseph Matthews - 1934 - library
38. On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder - 2017 - TIOLI #1 Read a book with at least three pages starting with the same word - library

May Reads

39. Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel - 2012; ROOT #12/50; Acq'd 2015 = 3 ROOT points (32/225) - listened to audio
40. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala - 2013 - new brewery bookclub - TIOLI #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018 - acq'd 2018
41. Dear Madam President - Jennifer Palmieri - 2018; TIOLI #4. Read a book that has a body part in the author's name; library
42. Reservations - Gwen Florio - 2017 - TIOLI #7: Read a book where part of the author's name begins with G - library
43. Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer - 2017 - TIOLI#11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25 2018; library
44. American Wolf - Nate Blakeslee - 2017- library - audio
45. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris - 2004 - ROOT 13/50 - acqd 2017 =1 point 33/225; audiobook

June Reads


46. So You Want to Talk About Race -Ijeoma Oluo - 2018 - library
47. The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - 2007 -April ColorCat - Yellow Cover; Global Reading: Malaysia; TIOLI # ; ROOT #14/60; Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points - 35/225
48. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie - 1934 ; May - MysteryCat: mystery on a mode of transportation; tioli # #13: Read a book from a series of more than 5 published books which is not the first in timeline or written order; library
49. When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors - 2018 - library
50. The Feather Thief - Kirk Wallace Johnson - 2018; May Outside & Beyond Book Club; June Nonfiction - Outdoors; June MysteryCat True Crime; aqd 2018
51. Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years… - Anthony Graves - 2018 - LTER; TIOLI#7: Read a book where the author's last name is also a noun - acq'd 2018
52. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown 1970 - TIOLI #16: Read a book which would have been a shared read in this year; ROOT #15/50; acq'd 2006 = 12 ROOT points 47/225 ; listening to library- audiobook
53. E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen - 2008 - June ColorCat - Purple; June NF Challenge- Outdoors; ROOT #16/50; Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points 49/225

Edited: Jun 28, 2018, 9:50am Top

****************************STATISTICS FOR BOOKS READ IN 2018***************


Of the books I've read this year:

1 - cataloged into LT 2006 or before
1 - cataloged into LT 2007
- cataloged into LT 2008
- cataloged into LT 2009
- cataloged into LT 2010
- cataloged into LT 2011
- cataloged into LT 2012
1 - cataloged into LT 2013
1 - cataloged into LT 2014
1 - cataloged into LT 2015
4 - acquired 2016
8 - acquired 2017
- acquired previously but not cataloged until 2018 (have lots of these!)
12 - acquired 2018
23 - borrowed from library & elsewhere

10 - Audiobook
42 - Print
1 - Kindle App


27 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)

2 - 1001 Books
1 - children's fiction
1 - fairy tales
5 - general fiction
1 - graphic novel
1 - historical fiction
9 - literary fiction
2 - sff
1 - satire
2 - short stories
6 - thriller/mystery
1 - YA

21 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
4 - Essays
1 - Food/Cooking/Eating
2 - history
10 - Memoir
3 - Native Americans
3 - Outdoors/Nature
9 - politics
3 - science
1 - true crime

1 - cartoons
1 - poetry
- plays


29 - Male Authors
23 - Female Authors
1 - Combination or Mix of male and female

- 37 - Authors who are new to me
- 15 - Authors read before
- 1 - Rereads:
----Caleb's Crossing - Reread for RLBC

Multiple books read in 2017 by same author:
Gwen Florio - Disgraced, Reservations
P. C. Hodgell : God Stalk, Dark of the Moon
David Sedaris : Holidays on Ice; Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim

Nationality of Author:
1 - Canada
1 - Colombia
1 - Croatia
1 - Egypt
1 - Israeli
1 - Malaysia
1 - Pakistani
1 - Sri Lankan
9 - UK
37 - USA

Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:
1 - Pakistan

Language Book Originally Published in:
1 - Arabic
1 - Croatian
42 - English
1 - Hebrew
3 - Spanish


2 - 1934
1 - 1966
1 - 1970
1 - 1982
1 - 1985
1 - 1987
1 - 1989
1 - 1994
1 - 1995
1 - 1996
1 - 1997
1 - 2004
2 - 2007
2 - 2008
2 - 2009
1 - 2010
1 - 2011
1 - 2012
4 - 2013
1 - 2014
1 - 2015
2 - 2016
15 - 2017
7 - 2018

Edited: Jun 28, 2018, 9:56am Top

The Global Challenge: Read five books from each of the 193 UN members plus a few additional areas.

Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/188308


visited 15 states (6.66%)
Create your own visited map of The World

* Countries New for Me In 2018:
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 Read in 2018 That I've Previously Visited - Working on Five Books per country!
Democratic Republic of the Congo The Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum - 2017 - NF (location, US author)
Egypt: That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim - 1966; read 3/2018
Haiti: Book #2 : Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D. Ulysse - 2017 - fic - (location, immigrant) - LTER- 4/11/2018
Israel: Book #4: Judas - Amos Oz - 2014 - Fic - (location, author) - 4/2018
Laos The Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - 2009 - Fic - (location, US expat) - 3/2018
Malaysia The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - 2007 - Fic (location, author)
Pakistan: An American Family: A Memoir - Khizr Khan - 2017 - NF; (partial location, author) 1/2018
Pakistan: Book #4 Exit West - Mohsin Hamid -2017 - Fic; (?location/ Pakistani author); read 4/2018
Sri LankaWave - Sonali Deraniyagala - 2013 - NonFic (location, author)

***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

Edited: May 14, 2018, 12:17pm Top

******************States Visited in Books Starting in 2014*******************

visited 38 states (76%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

New in 2018:
- Wishin and Hopin - Wally Lamb
Michigan - The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan
South Dakota Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - The Edward Clown Family

Edited: Apr 2, 2018, 1:40pm Top

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 4/01/2018 515 books on physical MT TBR
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.

Edited: Jun 21, 2018, 10:41am Top

In order to read more ROOTS this year, I'll be participating in these challenges:

ColorCat Challenge

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: The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt
April/Yellow - The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng
May/Blue - Non-Root: {Wire and Nerve: Still hope to read: Braving the Wilderness - Brene Brown
June/Purple - E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen
July/Pink -
August/Grey -
September/Metallic -
October/Orange -
November/Red -
December/White -

MysteryCat Challenge

(skipped - nothing on MT TBR) January: Nordic Mysteries
✔February: Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective
Disgraced - Gwen Florio
✔March: Global Mysteries : Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - Laos
April: Classic and Golden Age Mysteries: The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
✔ May: Mysteries involving Transit - Murder on the Orient Express
✔ June: True Crime The Feather Thief
July: Police Procedurals
August: Historical Mysteries
September: Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries
October: Espionage
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 - ✔The Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum and Jaguars Ripped my Flesh - Tim Cahill
April – History -- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed
May – Boundaries: Geography, Geopolitics and Maps: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
June – The Great Outdoors: E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen
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

Edited: Apr 15, 2018, 1:09pm Top

1001 Books to Read Before You Die Total books read: 163 - 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 - (may not 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

RL Literature Seminar
***Reading*** - January - Ten Days That Shook the World
February - The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić
March - That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim
April - Judas - Amos Oz


January: Sing Unburied Sing
February: Killers of the Flower Moon - Read in 2017 - did not reread
March: Exit West
April: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan

Outside & Beyond Book Club
February/March - Read in 2017 - did not reread

Edited: Jan 28, 11:01am Top

Books Acquired 2018
Total Acquired: 66
✔ = Read: 22
Reading: 3
Reference/Replacement: 12
Read 2019: 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
✔ 2019 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
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
***Reading*** 18. Bad Feminist - Roxanne Gay - Olive edition
19. That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim - lit seminar
20. Infinite Hope - Anthony Graves - LTER December book rec'd 2/28/2018
21. Rocky Mountain Warden - Frank Calkins - FOL shelf -3/2018
22. Ex-Libris: A Novel - Ross King - FOL shelf- 3/2018
23. Barn Blind - Jane Smiley - FOL shelf - 3/2018
24. Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders - Dan Bortolotti - FOL freebie shelf 3/8/2018
25. Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot - 2018 - LTER audio
26. Ranger - Michael Hoyt - 2015 - Bitterroot Wilderness freebie 3/17/2018
27. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - 2017 - Now Read This bookclub 3/20/2018
28. Reference: The Essential Middle East - Dilip Hiro - 3/24/2018
29. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan - 2017 - NYT/PBS April Now Read This Book Club; 4/3/2018
29. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala - 2013 - Amazon - new book club - Brewery - 4/25/2018
30. The Hounds of Spring - Lucy Andrews Cummin
31. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Cen… by Kirk Wallace Johnson - Outside & Beyond Book Club - Amazon - 5/3/2018
32. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie - FOL shelf 5/3/2018
33. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann - FOL shelf 5/3/2018
***Reading*** 34. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North Ame… by Colin Woodard - Library Brown Bag Bookclub - 5/3/2018
35. Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West - James Pogue - 2018 - LTER
36. Copy for my library Love That Dog - Sharon Creech - Mother's Day Gift
***Reading*** 37. Words Under the Words - Naomi Shibab Nye - 1995 - Mother's Day Gift
37. All By Myself, Alone - Mary Higgins Clark - library freebie - May 2018
38. Lagos Noir - Chris Abani editor - LTER - June 2018
39. What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha - LTER - June 2018
40. Montana's Dimple Knees Sex Scandal: 1960s Prostitution, Payoffs and… by John Kuglin - meetup with the Karen's. 6 /2018
41. The Wild Inside: A Novel of Suspense - Christine Carbo - meetup with the Karen's. 6/2018
42. Red Skies of '88 - A. Richard Guth & Stan Cohen Humanities Montana fire talk
43. Seeker's Mask - P. C. Hodgell ordered thru Ammy
44. Welcome to Lagos: A Novel (edition 2018) - Chibundu Onuzo LTER 8/2018
45. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia (original 2006; edition 2017) Ludmilla Petrushevskaya BD gift from Dan 8/2018
***Reading*** 46. Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down… (original 2018; edition 2018) - Stephen L. Carter - LTER rec 8/10/2018
47. One Man's Wilderness - Sam Keith - 2018 LTER rec 9/14/2018
48. Lord of the Rings audio wooden boxed set - Library sale
Prev Read 49. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini - audio - Prev Read print copy - Library sale
Prev Read 50. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman - audio- Library sale
51 .Folio Book of Comic Short Stories - yes, I bought it because it was a Folio edition in a slip case and pretty - Library sale
reference 52. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees duplicate - for camper? - Library sale
reference 53. Plants of the Rocky Mountains - Lone Pine Field Guide - Library sale
reference 54. Montana Scenic Drives - Library sale
55. Hunger - Roxane Gay - Library sale
56. The Essential Rumi - Library sale
57. Old Jules - Mari Sandoz - Library sale
Prev Read 58. Maneaters of Kumaon - Jim Corbett one of the x's favorite books. Have to wonder if this came from his estate. - Library sale
58. The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker - Tim Gallagher - Library sale
59. Now You See the Sky - Catherine H Murray - LTER Rec'd 10/2018
60. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely - Jason Fagone - Library Brown Bag Book Club 10/19/2018
✔ 2019 61. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich - Literature seminar - 10/19/2018
***Reading***62. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of theJane Meyer - 2016
63. Hong Kong Noir - Jason Y. Ng 2018 LTER 11/14/2018
Reference 64. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America - David Allen Sibley - 2005 acquired 11/15/2018
64. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - actually acquired 3/08/2018
65. The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector - January Lit seminar 12/2018
✔ 2019 66. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurty - Jan RLBC - Dec 2018

Kindle Freebies:
Acquired: 7
Read: 1

Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard - 3/27/2018 Kindle Freebie

The Last Train to Istanbul - Ayse Kulin - Turkey - historical fiction
The Gray House - Mariam Petrosyan - Russia - literary fantasy (?!)
Still Waters - Viveca Sten - Sweden - (mystery)
The Light of the Fireflies - Paul Pen - Spain - (psychological suspense)
The Question of Red - Laksmi Pamuntjak - Indonesia - (literary fiction)
Ten Women - Marcela Serrano - Chile - (literary fiction)

Edited: Apr 4, 2018, 8:15am Top

Possibilities ***March***


✔ - 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)

Library Books:
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

More additions as the month goes on: (otherwise known as wandering from the plan)

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

✔ majleavy's guided read ...and the Earth Did Not Devour Him http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840

: Enduring Love - Ian McEwan - 1997; 1001 Books to Read Before You Die; ROOT acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point;
Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot - LTER
Next audio up Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel

Mar 7, 2018, 11:36am Top

Ok, that's it.

If you read my previous thread, you may remember that in a fit of cabin fever, I signed up for a slug of evening classes.

Tonight will be my second class in Teaching English as a Second Language (hoping this will work into a volunteer opportunity). The first class on Monday night was fun and the time flew by.

Thursday is the bird seminar on Owls and Friday a class in Birding by Ear.

Mar 7, 2018, 1:12pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet!

Good for you for taking classes like that in retirement. We took intro to Spanish and plan to take more.

How did you like Beak of the Finch? I was fascinated, and gave it high marks.

Edited: Mar 7, 2018, 2:12pm Top

HI Joe! And thanks for the happy-ness spreading on my new thread

The classes seem to be working as far as getting me out of the house and staying a bit more active. I had just a smattering of Spanish in college and am also thinking of taking more. It would be lovely to be able to read it.

I plan to participate in majleavy's guided read of ...and the Earth Did Not Devour Him. http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840 My local library only had the Spanish edition but the next little town over has the bilingual edition. I'm sure the best I'll be able to do is pick out a few Spanish words.

I thought Beak of the Finch was fascinating. I'm working on my review now. Some people seem to be so easy with words. I have to do a rough draft and then revise a time or two. Even then, once I publish it on my thread, I'll likely to still see more typos and silliness mistakes. :)

Mar 7, 2018, 3:39pm Top

Happy new thread Janet!
Such interesting courses you are taking. Do the courses have any required readings?

Mar 7, 2018, 4:37pm Top

Happy new thread Janet, And wonderful picture. Nice contrast, the small flowers and the mountains in the background.

Mar 7, 2018, 5:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet.
The crocusses are blooming in my garden :-)
Love all your statistics. Most of the ROOTs I am reading at the moment are pre-LT acquisitions (before 2008).

Mar 8, 2018, 8:49am Top

Happy new thread! I like the neighbor's spirit. 😂

Mar 8, 2018, 1:35pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet.

Love the flowery topper.

Mar 8, 2018, 3:59pm Top

Just love snooping on your new thread and all your great reads and organizational ideas. Oh boy, lots of great reading ideas here! Happy new thread!

Mar 8, 2018, 6:41pm Top

Is there an easy way to sort books by the year you catalogued them, or do you have to have them tagged or otherwise look them up, Janet?

Happy New Thread!!

Edited: Mar 9, 2018, 12:35pm Top

17. The Beak of the Finch - Jonathan Weiner - 1995;
- Global Reading: Ecuador (owns Galapagos Islands);
- TIOLI #17 Read a book with an animal on the cover;
- ROOT #7/225; acq'd 2007 = 11 ROOT points (17/225)

Nearly everyone has heard of the Galapagos Islands and the finches which sparked many of Darwin's theories of evolution.

This is an in depth look at the evolution of these finches and the continuing selective pressure they are under as they continue to evolve, season by season, as each year brings a bit different conditions to these islands.

Most of this is seen through the lens of Peter and Rosemary Grant, two dedicated scientists who have devoted their careers to the teasing out the secrets of evolution as shown by these birds.

It's not just about finches, though, as later chapters deal with topics such as climate change, pesticide and antibiotic resistance.

This classic book was first published in 1995 and won a Pulitzer. Nevertheless, while older, the information is still solid. I feel this book is accessible and downright fascinating.

Book # 1 for Ecuador

Mar 9, 2018, 8:48am Top

>15 jolerie: Hi Valerie and thanks for the new thread wishes.

The classes that I'm taking are not for any sort of college credit, although I think I'll get some sort of certificate for the Teaching ESL classes. They are all community classes, run through the high school's adult ed program and are mostly just for the fun of it.

The birding classes are through the local Audubon.

So, no, there are no required reading, although lots of handouts with web addresses etc. I think we are going to be looking at books and other resources this week in the TESL class.

>16 EllaTim: Hi Ella! I loved the opening photo, too, which I found on the web. I can't wait for my own crocus and early flowers to start blooming.

>17 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! That's cool that you are reading your pre-LT acquisitions. The older the book, the harder time I have picking it up to read. I guess that's why most of my ROOTs tend to be only a year or two old.

Mar 9, 2018, 8:57am Top

>18 drneutron: >19 PaulCranswick: Thank you for stopping by and the good wishes, Jim and Paul!

>20 mdoris: Thanks, Mary and thanks for stopping by. I love seeing how everyone organizes their thread.

>21 ronincats: Hi Roni! On the 'Your books' tab, check out the styles and the settings button. You can choose which column you want to see. I use style "D" which I think I modified a bit.

My columns are:

Title/Cover/Author/ Subject Tags/ Private comments/ Entry date/ Avg. Rating /Rating/ From where? /Dewey/Melvil/ CK: Orig. Pub /CK: Awards and honors/ Original language

You can sort on "entry date", which is the way I have my books sorted. Some of the columns are not sortable.

Mar 9, 2018, 9:35am Top

Happy new thread, Janet. I love the topper; I am also ready for spring. No flowers in sight here yet. We have to melt some snow first.

Mar 9, 2018, 12:50pm Top

>25 BLBera: Thank you, Beth! No flowers in sight in my yard yet either. But the leaves are starting to poke through the mud. We had over an inch of rain last night!

Mar 9, 2018, 12:53pm Top

18. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack - Tom Gauld - 2013
- TIOLI #5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter
- library

Funny, literate cartoons with lots of book references. This has been talked about quite a bit here, so I won't go into more details. But the author's web site is here:


Mar 9, 2018, 1:19pm Top

>27 streamsong: Love that cartoon. I think it pretty much sums up how my TBR piles feel. The poor things... :D

Mar 9, 2018, 7:56pm Top

Somehow 2018 has gotten away from me! I have finally dropped a star and am wishing you a wonderful weekend! Love the flowers. We've had daffodils for a few weeks and the garden is greening up nicely. Time to get out there and start cleaning up to see what treasures are poking through.

Mar 10, 2018, 8:20am Top

Hi Janet, and happy new thread!

I'm glad to see that you're reading You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack. I loved it.

I hope your weekend is going well, although being retired puts a whole different slant on it, doesn't it?

Edited: Mar 10, 2018, 11:02am Top

>28 jolerie: Hi Valerie - That cartoon is a good one isn't it? Yup, poor things on the bottom. At least I can find them with my LT "Your Books" list.

I love the ColorCat challenge, although at first glance it may sound a bit simplistic. It has me looking through my list of unread books each month, which is a Good Thing.

I do miss Mark and Paul's author challenges, though.

>29 witchyrichy: Hi Karen - it's good to see you. Daffies - oh lovely!

I think I mentioned back in December that I had missed getting a bunch of bulbs planted, so I actually planted them in December, not knowing if they would be Ok being planted that late. And they are coming up through the mulch!

When Mom passed in October 2016, in her preplanned funeral wishes, she had asked for roses and daffodils. But there was no way to get daffodils in late October in Montana. So we gave away small sacks with three daffodil bulbs to any who wanted them. Some of the daffodil bulbs I planted in December were those bulbs from her funeral the year before, so I'm doubly thrilled they are starting to grow.

Mar 10, 2018, 11:08am Top

>30 karenmarie: Hi Karen - Thanks for stopping by! I remember how you, Mark and several others enjoyed the Tom Gauld book. Book warble for sure! It's the only one of his books in our library system, so I was thrilled to find the link I added above, so I can get my Tom Gauld fix.

Weekend plans include working outside a bit (perhaps removing the mulch from the growing bulbs), dropping off the recycling, perhaps a Costco trip.

Tonight is the monthly singing bowl sound bath which I have been really enjoying. They are so beautiful and relaxing!

Tomorrow I'd like to see Black Panther. I think it's one that would be better seen on the big screen; I wait for most movies to come out on DVD before seeing them.

And taxes.

And reading!

Mar 10, 2018, 3:07pm Top

Yay for Beak of the Finch! I’m glad you found it as fascinating as I did, Janet. Really well-written, too.

Yay for You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack! Tom Gauld is perfect for book readers, isn’t he. And that’s one of the best titles ever.

Mar 11, 2018, 11:20am Top

>27 streamsong: Looks great! Off to check to see if my library has a copy.

Edited: Mar 12, 2018, 9:59am Top

>33 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Beak of the Finch was good, and fit right along with my LTER read The Emerald Labyrinth which I also just finished.

YAJJOMJ is a great title!

>34 BLBera: I think you'll enjoy it, Beth!

I wish my local library had Tom Gauld's newer book, Baking With Kafka, but YAJJOMJ is the only one of his titles in the partner group. I'll just have to rely on the website for a while, while I pretend not to buy new books.

Mar 12, 2018, 10:03am Top

I need to get cracking on my March reviews. I'm behind by three and should finish these books in the next few days.

Mar 12, 2018, 10:10am Top

If you visited my last thread, this is the same excerpt that I posted there. Sorry for the rerun - although it's a good one!

19. Dog Songs - Mary Oliver - - 2013
- TIOLI #3: Rolling challenge: Read a book with a plural noun in the title, going up in alphabetical order;
- library

I have enjoyed Mary Oliver's poetry, especially those based in nature, for several years now.

With this book, I found she has the same deft appreciation for dogs.

Her dogs speak but are not anthropomorphized, and she captures them well: silly, loyal, loving and the heartbreak of saying goodbye.

Quick, fun read when you need a bit of dogginess.

Here's an excerpt from Show Time

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.”

Mar 12, 2018, 4:20pm Top

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

“In this novella, during the rule of Gamal Abdel Nasser, a young Egyptian writer who had been a political prisoner is released, and he takes a look at the street life in his country.” It has been called Egypt's first post modernist novel.

Like his protagonist, the author had been imprisoned in his native Egypt for five years. When political affiliations changed and Egypt befriended Russia, those imprisoned due to being communists were freed.

We follow the protagonist's first person stream of consciousness in this thankfully very short book as he also has been released from prison under very similar circumstances.

While he was imprisoned, his communist idealizations have become almost commonplace, so his burning drive for change has been removed.

He wanders the streets and neighborhoods of Cairo finding everything different but unchanged, the people unmotivated, uninterested and uninteresting.

“That smell” is the smell of a fart; unacknowledged by the people in the room, but still unavoidably there.

This book was banned and confiscated after the initial printing in Egypt for being “too sexual” although sex outside of masturbation never happens.

The “Notes From Prison” were very short notes that he had written on cigarette papers and had smuggled out. Some of these detail the books he read such as Hemingway and also his desire to become a writer.

This is probably going to be my least favorite novel of the year. Since it was part of a literature seminar, I slogged through.

Mar 14, 2018, 11:11am Top

Dog Songs goes on the list, Janet.

And I reserved You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack - my library has a copy.

Mar 15, 2018, 2:55pm Top

>39 BLBera: I hope you enjoy them, Beth! They are both light, quick reads which brightened my day between heavier reading.

And speaking of heavier reading, I am blown away by How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky. It's far and away the best book I have read on understanding the current political situation on both sides of the aisle. This one is highly recommended.

I am sadder but wiser with each page. It's actually only a bit over 200 pages and should be a fairly quick read, but I am taking so many notes, that it has really slowed down my reading.

Edited: Mar 15, 2018, 6:22pm Top

In the late '90's Wicked was my first attempt at listening to an audiobook. I had rented the cassettes from the local video store and listened to it on my daily walks. Unfortunately it was very long and I had to return it unfinished as they had a waiting list.

Since there were parts of the story I wasn't overly fond of, I never returned to it, nor did I try any more of Maguire's novels. But when I saw this audio book at a FOL sale (in 2016!), I bought it so I could finally finish it and say I had read one of his books.

21. Wicked - Gregory Maguire - 1995
- Started out as February TIOLI # 8: Read a book by an author you have previously struggled with; finished with March TIOLI #1. Read a book in which the last letter of the author's first name plus the last letter of the author's last name spells a word
- ROOT #7/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (19/225);
- audiobook

As everyone knows by now, this is the retelling of the Wizard of Oz as seen through the eyes of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, the daughter of an ardent minister and a very liberated mother. Elphie was born green, sporting razor sharp teeth and a quick temper. But was she evil or just a horribly misunderstood child born from her mother's dalliances – perhaps with green elves? - trying to get along in a cruel, unaccepting world.

Maquire's Oz is a highly politicized world, having been taken over by the dictator Wizard. Political plots and subplots abound. Elphie is involved in several of them, taking as a lover one of the princes of the realm, and becoming involved in activism against the Wizard's plot to reduce all conscious Animals, like the Cowardly Lion, back to mere animals.

At times this is a bit bawdy, (isn't that a great old-fashioned word!). However, although I thought this started out slowly, I became more interested as this longish book progressed. I may well pick up the sequel, Son of a Witch if it crosses my path.

3.5 stars

Mar 16, 2018, 10:05am Top

Congrats on the new thread! I love your topper and the flowers painted on the snow piles. LOL

I enjoyed Maguire's take on Oz--hope you continue to.

Ellen and I are tackling the second chapter this weekend in Eight Years in Power. I don't think we have a separate thread planned for discussion. Maybe just some "spoiler" comments. IDK. : )

Happy Friday!

Edited: Mar 16, 2018, 10:30am Top

>42 Berly: Thank you, Kim!

I should finish How Democracies Die today - it was actually due back at the library yesterday. I'm very close to being done, but there is a waiting list - so I'll just pay the fine.

I was able to renew Eight Years in Power so I'll start that as soon as I finish the above.

And then I will take a loooooong break from political books - although my RLBC has several slated this year, too.

Edited: Mar 16, 2018, 10:37am Top

Last night I went to the first of the Sardinian cooking classes where we made Culurgiones, yummy little pasta filled with mashed potatoes, pecorino cheese (new for me, but I love it!) and mint.

Getting the beautiful fold ain't easy, which is why you aren't seeing any that I made. :) We all laughed our heads off and decided ours looked more like garden gnomes or Harry Potter characters.

Mar 16, 2018, 10:39am Top

And hooray! A friend and I walked along the river and saw a few spring birds - red wing blackbirds and a robin! Which may seem horribly mundane, but they were the first of both that I've seen this year- spring is coming and I am sooooooo glad.

Mar 16, 2018, 10:41am Top

Hi Janet!

Sounds like you've been doing some wonderful things and reading some good books.

Nothing wrong with Harry-Potter-like culurgiones..... I'm sure they tasted wonderful.

Edited: Mar 17, 2018, 12:20pm Top

>46 karenmarie: They did taste wonderful, Karen! And if you serve them with marinara sauce, shapes don't really matter. Our hosts said they prefer just having them with a bit of olive oil and some grated peccorino on top - in that case the shapes shine through beautifully.

Woke up about 2 am to the sound of horses thundering by my window, which is always a heartstopping sound. It was my fault; I must have left a gate unlatched and three of them were running up and down the driveway, snorting, bucking and acting like kids having escaped school.

I shut the gate at the end of the driveway so they couldn't get out to the road, shut the gate to their pasture, and then started the morning feeding routine. In five minutes they were standing at their gate, wondering why they couldn't get in to their early breakfast. "Hey! What's up? Why can't we get in to eat? Everyone else is eating!!!!!" Opened the gate and they filed neatly in.

But I was thoroughly awake and so I started reading We Were Eight Years in Power.

Tonight is a dinner at the church of corned beef and cabbage - oh, my the men's group makes the most wonderful **tender** corn beef! - and then I'm going to a St Patrick's day celebration of 93 year old Stewart "Brandy" Brandborg the last living architect of the Wilderness Act.


I am really glad my Saturday outdoor helper decided not to work today. I'll need a nap soonish.

Mar 17, 2018, 4:10pm Top

>47 streamsong: Must have been a sight, Janet, with the horses having fun at the driveway.
You probably didn't appriciate it at 2am I guess. Clever way to get them back!
I hope you got your nap.

Edited: Mar 17, 2018, 4:27pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet. Somehow I lost you in the thread wilderness, but I have found you. Sorry, for the delay. Hope those current reads are treating you good.

>37 streamsong: Hooray for Dog Songs. I liked that one too. You should share that over on the Poetry Thread, on the 75. It needs life and color over there.

>27 streamsong: Love me some Gauld!

Mar 18, 2018, 5:15pm Top

Congrats on the newish thread, Janet. I am late to the party. How wonderful that your mother's daffodils are coming up. They are such joyful flowers and harbingers of spring. Mine bloomed late this year. I need to plant more bulbs. I think the squirrels had a rough winter and dug some of mine up for food.

I liked your use of the word "bawdy" in your Wicked comments. That is the only book I haven't been able to complete for my book club. Fantasy is a stretch for me anyway. Perhaps the bawdiness was too much? I just remember being in misery reading 100 or so pages of it and not wanting to continue.

Mar 19, 2018, 4:41pm Top

Janet, bawdy is a great way to describe Wicked. I read it a few years ago and thought it was so strange but partly maybe because I went into it expecting something similar to the movie...and that it was not!
I have at least one other book in the series on my shelf which I will get to at some point, but this time I will be more prepared to expect oddities. :)

Mar 20, 2018, 7:13am Top

I've never read Wicked because I've never read Wizard of Oz, and I felt I should read the latter one first. lol I really want to go to the musical, though!

Mar 20, 2018, 8:31am Top

Hi all! Wonderful to see messages. I appreciate them all and will respond later.

Unfortunately, with one clumsy move on Sunday, I did a large booboo on my right leg. Lots of stitches, bone OK, arteries OK, but at this point I'm supposed to be staying flat. And without a laptop I'll be off for a few days.

I go back to the ER this morning for wound care. Will check in when I can.

Edited: Mar 20, 2018, 8:38am Top

Hi Janet, sorry to hear that. Wishing you fast healing for that leg!

Mar 20, 2018, 11:46am Top

>53 streamsong: Oh, Janet, so sorry to read you are hurt so bad that you needed stitches!
Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Mar 20, 2018, 12:39pm Top

Oh no!! Sorry to hear about the emergency Janet. Rest up, take it easy, and I hope you feel okay soon!

Mar 20, 2018, 8:40pm Top

Oh dear, sorry to hear of your injury....yikes....heal fast please!

Mar 20, 2018, 8:49pm Top

Ooh, sorry to hear about your injury, Janet. I hope you are up and running soon and I hope you get plenty of reading in, while in the recline position.

Mar 21, 2018, 9:08am Top

Thanks - doctor's report yesterday was that it is doing well. I still need to keep it elevated as much as possible, but can slowly start being more upright and using it and see what it will tolerate. Today I even get to take a shower!

I was horribly discouraged on Monday - but I should have remembered that the day after an injury is always the worst.

Yup, great time to read - although it is SPRING outside! Today I will also try to do a bit of the taxes.

Mar 21, 2018, 11:06am Top

>59 streamsong: Glad the doctor was content with the progress, Janet. I guess you were happy to take a shower :-)
Maybe you can install yourself outside to read with elevated leg? That way you can enjoy spring and read.

Edited: Mar 22, 2018, 11:32am Top

>60 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. Yes, the shower was wonderful. It's amazing how a few days without something you take for granted, makes you really appreciate it.

Speaking of the water, I saw on the Daily Show that today, March 22, is World Water Day. The founders of Water.org were speaking about the importance of the work they do. Trevor Noah said that growing up in apartheid South Africa he knew many family and friends without indoor water.

Link here if you're interested: https://water.org/

I'm reading Ta-Nehisi Coates 's We Were Eight Years in Power. I'm on Year Five and I just read this:

"Down there on the ground, my head literally being kicked in I understood: No one, not my father, not the cops, and certainly not anyone's God, was coming to save me. The world was brutal... " p. 109

Not in my universe. I help (small-ly though it is) where I can.

Edited: Mar 26, 2018, 12:10pm Top

Yesterday evening when I unwrapped my leg to re-dress it, it was quite a bit more red and sore than it had been. I had a total freak out melt down and cried for the first time since it happened- I couldn't stand the thought of an infection complicating my life.

Since wound care follow up is covered by the initial visit, I went in last night and had it looked at again. No infection. Revascularization and nerve regrowth. Having never had an injury like this, I had no idea it would look like this. They did put me on an antibiotic for my peace of mind.

And here is what I'm currently reading while sitting with my leg elevated:

- The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt - ColorCat Challenge - Green Cover;
- Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel - listening to audio
- The Lentil Underground - Liz Carlisle - RLBC - next week
- We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates -

And watching Midsommer Murders. :)

Edited: Mar 22, 2018, 12:06pm Top

Janet that sounds scary and very glad that you had it checked out for peace of mind. It sounds like quite the injury. Take care! Sounds too like some great books on the go!

About the shower and appreciation of what we take for granted but notice when it is taken away. (water)...I love the folk tale It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach with the same theme. We often tease ourselves here to put the chickens, horses, pigs in the house or take them out. Read the book and you will see what I mean!

Mar 22, 2018, 12:35pm Top

Needing a book for TIOLI's challenge #3 this month, I shared your read of Dog Songs. I'm not particularly fond of poetry, but I loved that sweet little book.

Hope your healing goes well!

Mar 22, 2018, 4:18pm Top

So glad there is no infection, Janet! I imagine that would make the recovery process that much more complicated. Hang in there and I hope you are back to full health in no time!

Mar 22, 2018, 10:45pm Top

Happy that there is no infection, Janet, and hope that healing proceeds apace! (((Janet)))

Edited: Mar 24, 2018, 12:05pm Top

I definitely liked this book better than the average LT reviewer.

22. Emerald LabyrinthEli Greenbaum - 2017
- Global Reading: People's Republic of the Congo;
- TIOLI# 14. Read a book with water on the cover;
- 2017 ROOT 8/50; Acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point =20/225

Author Eli Greenbaum is a herpetologist and evolutionary biologist. He's also a modern adventurer.

He's been to the People's Republic of the Congo several times in his quests to document new or rare species of amphibians (and the occasional snake). There is real urgency for this work, as with each acre of jungle that disappears, undiscovered species may disappear forever.

This is also a modern day travel adventure account as central Africa, with its continuing wars and unrest, along with its remote, difficult to access locations, has been overlooked and little understood by the West for many years.

Each chapter begins with a bit about the area he will be traveling in – history, such the colonial ambitions of Belgium's King Leopold II and more current events including wars, uprisings and civil wars including the Hutu/Tsutsi conflict and genocide. We're also introduced to some of the geology of the area that formed the Great Rift; and of course, the endangered gorillas and elephants of the area.

The chapter then continues with the story of his expedition , including the obstacles to travel due to terrain, illnesses such as malaria, and hostile inhabitants. And of course, he describes the creatures that he found, and how they are is important to his research and to understanding our changing planet as a whole.

I enjoyed the sheer adventure of this book, the scientific work and also learning about the Congo. I came away from it with an increased knowledge and appreciation of central Africa. If you're an armchair scientist or an armchair adventurer, I think you'll find this book of interest.

Mar 24, 2018, 12:20pm Top

Happy Saturday, Janet. Sorry to hear the leg issue persists. I hope the antibiotics work.

I like your current read list. Glad you are getting to the Mantel. I loved that one.

Mar 24, 2018, 1:50pm Top

Hi Janet!

I am sorry to hear about the early-morning stampede and your leg injury. Yay for no infection.

It's always something, isn't it?

Edited: Mar 25, 2018, 10:32am Top

>61 streamsong:

Who was kicking him?

And, so glad that yours, though bad, was not a horse injury!

Mar 25, 2018, 9:37am Top

>48 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita - Yes the not so great horse escape would have been funny if it wasn't 2 am. They had a great time thundering around, and even if I hadn't closed the gate I don't think they would have headed down the road. Being incredibly spoiled, they don't have much desire to leave.

It was a bit scary because it was a very dark night and they took great joy in roaring past me as a tease - I'm not sure how much they could see me, but I was certainly having trouble seeing them.

Living here alone, I am very cautious with horse safety. It's incredibly ironic that the next day I got hurt with two other people here and that I was in my garage doing something that was not even remotely hazardous.

>49 msf59: Hi Mark! Gauld is great! I'm sure you were one of the warblers and I thank you.

I'll check out the poetry thread. I don't think I've visited yet this year. Bad Janet.

Mar 25, 2018, 9:46am Top

>50 Donna828: Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by. I think I've missed your thread, too. It's definitely time to try to visit and see what you've been up to.

I can understand your response to Wicked. That was my response, too. I'm glad I gave it a second shot, though.

>51 jolerie: Hi Valerie - Oddities and bawdy are both great descriptions of Wicked. I may give the next one in the series a try, but I'm not in a big hurry.

>52 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Hmm, I think I read most of the Wizard of Oz series as a kid.

Mostly, though, I remember the movie which used to be shown on TV once a year around Easter. In fact one of my earliest TV memories is hiding behind the couch and peaking out because the Wicked Witch of the West was too scary .... it would have been the very early '60's and we left that house when I was in first grade so I was probably 4 or 5.

I would love to see the musical, too.

Mar 25, 2018, 9:59am Top

>54 EllaTim: >55 FAMeulstee: >56 jolerie: >57 mdoris: >58 msf59: Ella, Anita, Valerie, Mary and Mark Thanks for the commiserations and good wishes!

When I went in for the check, the doctor and nurse both pretty much patted me on the head and told me it looked fine, but I was prescribed an antibiotic 'for my own peace of mind' and told I could wait to fill it the next day. So I felt silly, and didn't get it filled for a few days - until it was definitely getting worse. So darn it all - I should have gone with my own instincts that things weren't right.

Although it set things back a bit, it's looking better already. Hooray for antibiotics!

Mar 25, 2018, 10:02am Top

23. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan – 1997;
- 1001 Books to Read Before You Die;
- tioli #4: Pangram rolling challenge;
- ROOT #9/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (20/225);
- audiobook -

Joe Rose and his girlfriend are enjoying a lovely picnic in the park, when a elderly balloonist attempts to land his hot air balloon near them. The older man falls while getting out, leaving his grandchild alone in the balloon.

Immediately a group of onlookers, including Joe, rush to secure the balloon. But they are unable to meet the task and the balloon with the child inside and one lone rescuer who was able to hang on, suddenly goes airbound in a fierce wind gust.

Tragedy follows. While each of the rescuers question their role in the death, it's obvious from the beginning that one man, Jed Parry, whose mental health is already questionable, is completely undone by it.

Jed becomes obsessed with Joe, follows him, lurks outside his home, sends passionate letters and phone messages and believes that Joe is not only in love with him, but that Joe is the one that initiated the affair.

The police say they can't help Joe and Joe's girlfriend isn't even sure that Jed exists.

It's an interesting look at obsession. According to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, it also involves “rooting out meaning from chaos. Trust and doubt are also central”. p. 875

I found this entertaining, but not groundbreaking and am rather puzzled why it is on the 1001 list.

Mar 25, 2018, 2:37pm Top

Janet - So sorry to hear about your leg. Sending healing karma your way. At least you have something to read. Great comments.

Mar 26, 2018, 12:06pm Top

>63 mdoris: Hi, Mary! I know that folk tale. It was in a book of Grimm's fairy tales that we had when I was little. Yup, things can always get worse. But I don't think I'll move the horses into the house to find out. :)

>64 countrylife: Hi Cindy! It's good to see you, and I'm glad you enjoyed Dog Songs, too. I don't read much poetry, although I try to read some every year. I have enjoyed several other books of Mary Oliver's poetry over the years.

Did everyone see that How to Read Poetry Like a Professor is included in this month's LTER offerings? Today is the last day to request it.

As usual, I found several to request; the above, several of the translated works for my global reading challenge and the one about Ammon Bundy and the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which is a big deal to many of the super conservative folk in this area.

Mar 26, 2018, 12:18pm Top

>65 jolerie: >66 ronincats: >68 msf59: >69 karenmarie: >75 BLBera: Valerie, Roni, Mark, Karen and Beth - Thank you all for stopping by and for the good wishes. After a couple days of antibiotics, my leg is looking much, much better. I go in again Wednesday morning.

>70 m.belljackson: When he was a kid, a gang of kids jumped off a bus and attacked Ta-Nehisi Coates. He had tried to talk to his father about the problem the day before and his father's answer was he needed to fight them.

I hope to finish up We Were Eight Years in Power today. Some of it is really powerful. Some of it is going over my white, middle class, hardly-a-black-person-in-the-state-of-Montana head. Nevertheless, I feel better informed about the challenges faced by the black community and I am really glad I am reading it.

Edited: Mar 26, 2018, 4:13pm Top

You never know until you try it! I wonder what's she's reading?

Hope you're feeling better soon.

Mar 27, 2018, 8:25am Top

Oh Mary, that is so perfect! Thank you for the great laugh!

Mar 27, 2018, 3:45pm Top

Janet, I couldn't resist. So glad for your sense of humour!

Mar 27, 2018, 9:11pm Top

I was going to say break a leg - but instead, good luck with your appointment. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

Edited: Mar 30, 2018, 1:18am Top

24. How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt - 2018
- TIOLI #9: Read a book first published in the last 10 years
- library

I believe that this book is important. That makes it hard to review. And if it seems more like a book report than a review, I apologize.

From the jacket:“Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930's Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey and Venezuela to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die – and how ours can be saved.”

“ A country whose president attacks the press, threatens to lock up his rival, and declares that he might not accept election results cannot credibly defend democracy “ p206

So how did we get into the current situation?

This book begins with a discussion of the four key indicators of authoritarian behavior:

1. Rejection of (or weak commitment to) democratic rules of the game
2. Denial of the legitimacy of political opponents
3. Toleration or encouragement of violence
4. Readiness to curtail civil liberties of opponents, including media. P 23/24

American democracy has endured many previous threats, including the Civil War and Reconstruction and politicians such as Joseph McCarthy, Father Charles Coughlin and even Franklin Delano Roosevelt who, frustrated with his New Deal policies being struck down by the Supreme Court, attempted to increase the number of judges and thus pack the Court. Each time the checks and balances have brought the system back into balance as outlined by the framers of the Constitution.

An important check was that political parties were able to nominate candidates that conformed to party principles. However, after the chaos of the 1968 election, 'In 1972 passage of Mcgovern-Fraser Commission issued a set of recommendations that the two parties adopted before the 1972 elections. What emerged was a system of binding presidential primaries. ' (p 51) This resulted in the parties unable to perform as gatekeepers and keep unsuitable candidates out.

In addition, to work at its best, American democracy must be defined by two basic principles: mutual toleration and forbearance. Both of these address the idea that one's opponent is not evil and should not be annihilated; that varying political ideals are just that; that compromises between opposing views can be made.

These concepts have been breaking down for many years, as evidenced by the bombastic rhetoric of intolerance of Rush Lumbaugh and progressing through Ann Coulter whose 2008 campaign speech against Obama 'brought forth cries of “Treason!” “Terrorist!” and even “Kill him” from the crowd.” P157.

In addition to rhetoric, American politics has become a game of political hardball consisting of maneuvers that are legal, but not ethical or moral.

So is the answer to Republican hardball, hardball tactics by the Democrats? The authors say no.

”Even if Democrats were to succeed in weakening or removing President Trump via hardball tactics, their victory would be Pyrrhic-- for they would inherit a democracy stripped of its remaining protective guardrails. If the Trump administration were brought to its knees by obstructionism, or if President Trump were impeached without a strong bipartisan consensus, the effect would be to reinforce- and perhaps hasten – the dynamic of partisan antipathy and norm erosion that helped bring Trump to power to begin with. As much as a third of the country would likely view Trump's impeachment as the machinations of a vast left-wing conspiracy- maybe even as a coup. American politics would be left dangerously unmoored.

“This sort of escalation rarely ends well. If Democrats do not work to restore norms of mutual toleration and forbearance, their next president will likely confront an opposition willing to use any means necessary to defeat them. And if partisan rifts deepen and our unwritten rules continue to fray, Americans could eventually elect a president who is even more dangerous than Trump.”
p 217

This book is short, only a bit over 200 pages. It has definitely opened my eyes to nuances of the current political climate and the true danger our democracy may be in.

Mar 29, 2018, 10:23am Top

>82 streamsong: Extremetly interesting review. I have just put it on hold at the library, with thanks. Yes, it sure seems the current theme is that all to their corners politically with fists about to fly and not budging from there . Hope there were some solutions offered. Yes, mutual tolerance and forebearance all the way with us as individuals is a critical start.

Mar 29, 2018, 11:25am Top

>83 mdoris: Thanks, Mary! I hope it speaks to you as it did to me. Solutions? Beats me. I think being aware is the first step.

It's one of the few reviews that I've shared to my Facebook feed.

I live in a very very red state. The local Republican libertarian state representative makes me tear my hair out. There are rumblings about revolution if guns are restricted in any way.

And as far as dirty tricks, in an area of very few Democrats, in the upcoming primary, they have filed multiple Republican candidates as Democrats and Green Party so they can totally shut out Democratic votes.

Mar 29, 2018, 11:32am Top

Leg update: It's looking good, but not ready to have stitches removed or resume normal activity. They will look at it again on Sunday - yup, Easter. That must be a good omen.

I've certainly read more books here in March than I have for a loooooooooong time.

Today is the Real Life Book Club at the library. We will be discussing The Lentil Underground with author Liz Carlisle visiting with us on Skype. We'll be having a lentil soup and bread before the meeting starts. It's about sustainable agriculture and organic farm co ops. It was actually the book for all incoming freshmen to read at the U of M this year.

I really wanted to bring my curried pumpkin lentil soup (BudgetBytes recipe), but the librarian decided one lentil dish was enough.

Mar 29, 2018, 1:32pm Top

Nice review of Enduring Love, Janet. I'll get to it eventually.

Mar 29, 2018, 10:20pm Top

>82 streamsong: Sounds like one I will definitely have to read, Janet. Good review!

Mar 30, 2018, 3:44pm Top

>86 kidzdoc: Nice to see you Darryl! Enduring Love was OK enough, but not a favorite. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

>87 ronincats: Hi Roni! I'd love to see a fire lit under this book here on LT and elsewhere. May you read it, love it and warble on!

Hmmm, wonder if we need a 'current events' thread here in the 75. Not to debate political ideas, but to share what we're reading. Does this sound interesting to anyone?

Mar 31, 2018, 11:21am Top

>82 streamsong: Great comments, Janet. Scary.

Mar 31, 2018, 2:39pm Top

Hi Janet!

I hope your appointment goes well, and hope you had fun with the Skype link with Liz Carlyle.

Edited: Apr 1, 2018, 7:49am Top

Morning, Janet. Happy Sunday. I have We Were Eight Years in Power saved on audio. I'll have to slot that one in.

Good review of How Democracies Die. Thumb. It looks like a lot of important books coming out. I wonder why?

Hope the leg is healing well.

Apr 1, 2018, 10:36am Top

>31 streamsong: What a lovely idea to give away daffodil bulbs as a memorial to your mother!

Happy Easter!

Apr 2, 2018, 11:01am Top

>89 BLBera: Hi Beth!Thanks for stopping by. Right now our politics are scary indeed.

I have On Tyranny coming from the library (it's marked 'in transit' ) since so many people have warbled about this one.

>90 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Liz Carlyle was wonderful on Skype, talking about her book The Lentil Underground and the organic farming cooperatives movement. She has just submitted a second book to her publisher - no working title yet.

It was a very yummy meeting, too, as people brought other foods for us to try. We had lentil vegetable soup with sausage, hummus made with the beluga (black) lentils - very pretty color indeed! - and an absolutely wonderful cake made with Petite Crimson Lentils.

Edited: Apr 2, 2018, 11:07am Top

>91 msf59: Hi Mark - Good to see you here and thank you for the thumb. ! I'll be interested in your comments on We Were Eight Years in Power.

I'm very behind on reviews - partly because I read many more books this month. There are some advantages to sitting with one's leg up.

>92 witchyrichy: Oh so beautiful, Karen. Thank you. I hope you had a nice weekend!

Edited: Apr 2, 2018, 12:18pm Top

25. Dark of the MoonP.C. Hodgell – 1985
Roni's contimuing group read
TIOLI # 4: Pangram rolling challenge;
acq'd 2018

Acquired 2018

This is the second in the Chronicles of Kencyrath , a fantasy series which Roni has highly recommended.

Dark of the Moon continues the story of Jame, her friend Marc and her ounce, a kitten of a variety of large wild cat and with whom she is telepathicically linked.

She is searching for her brother Torisen,who although he is her twin, is older than she; the two having spent time in areas where time moves at different speeds. Torisen is trying to establish himself as high king and major battles are looming, not just with the more mortal elements of the land.

It seems like anything I may say might contain spoilers so I will just say that I enjoyed this much more than God Stalk, the first of the series, which I found a bit confusing.

It all ends with a bit of a cliffhanger – no, wait there must be more! So I'll definitely go on with the series. But I think I may skip months in between. Or maybe not.

Edited: Apr 2, 2018, 12:37pm Top

26. Heart BerriesTerese Marie Mailhot -2018
- TIOLI #11: Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground
- audiobook

In the interview at the end of the book Terese Mari Mailhot says that she started out to write the story of a woman so broken that all she can do is break others. And then she realized she was writing her own story, and this memoir evolved.

Her subject is bleak – physical and sexual abuse, alcoholism, mental illness, growing up on a reservation in Southwest Canada with little hope of change; longing to have someone take care of her and the subsequent abandonments.

Her honesty wrapped in beautifully crafted sentences is searing.

This is her first book. I'll certainly be looking for more from this author.

I received a copy of the audiobook through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program. To me, this is a book that would be better to be read as a print copy.

First, reading this in print would have given me the ability to more easily reread and savor her words.

Second, the reader's intonation was consistently one of wounded anger, with little variation of tone. While this may well be the perfect tone for the author's thoughts and it was fine in short doses, four hours of it became overly long.

Third, this is the only audiobook that having finished it, I immediately listened to it again for a second time.

Apr 2, 2018, 1:41pm Top

March was a huge reading month:


18. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack - Tom Gauld - 2013 - 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
21. Wicked - Gregory Maguire - 1995 - TIOLI #1- Read a book in which the last letter of the author's first name plus the last letter of the author's last name spells a word; ROOT #7/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (19/225); audiobook
22. Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum - 2017 - LTER - Global Reading: Congo ; TIOLI# 14. Read a book with water on the cover; ROOT 8/50; Acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point =20/225
23. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan - 1997; 1001 Books to Read Before You Die; tioli #4: Pangram rolling challenge; ROOT #9/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (20/225); audiobook (
24. How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt - 2018 - TIOLI #9: Read a book first published in the last 10 years - library
25. Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - 1985 - Roni's continuing group read; TIOLI # #4: Pangram rolling challenge; acq'd 2018 -
26. Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot -2018 - LTER - TIOLI #11: Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground - audiobook
27. ...and the Earth Did Not Devour Him - Tomas Rivera - 1987 - majleavy's guided read; http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840 - TIOLI #13: Read a classic originally published in a language not your own; library
28. The Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - 2009 - MysteryCat - International Mystery; Global Reading Challenge: Laos; TIOLI ##5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter; ROOT #10/50 acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points = 24/225
29. We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2017 - library
30. The Lentil Underground - Liz Carlisle - 2015 - RLBC - library
31. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt - 1994; ColorCat Challenge - Green Cover; TIOLI # ; ROOT # 11/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points =29/225 points

Countries visited:
Republic of the Congo
Canada, UK, US


Best Non-Fiction:

How Democracies Die
Heart Berries

Books Acquired: 9
Physical TBR as of April 1: 515
Physical TBR as of March 1: 510

Edited: Apr 15, 2018, 12:50pm Top



- Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard - 2018 - Kindle freebie acq'd 2018
✔ - Judas - Amos Oz - 2014 - Literature seminar -Global Reading Challenge: Israel; library
- Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel - 2012-ROOT Acq'd 2015 - listening to audio
- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed - Lit seminar; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point

Mysterycat: Classic Mysteries The Moonstone ROOT - 1001
***ReADING*** Color Cat: Yellow: Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng
75'ers NF: History: Finish Ten Days that Shook the World; ROOT; Global Reading: Russia/ Soviet Union
RLBC: Voices From Chernobyl - This would be a reread
Now Read This: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Outside Book Club ?

Library Books:
***Reading*** Prayer - Timothy Keller
Sundown - John Joseph Mathews
Reservations - Gwen Florio
Wires & Nerve - Marissa Meyer

New Ads from Library:
***Reading***On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder

Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D Ulysses - Global Reading: Haiti
Infinite Hope - Anthony Graves

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
Jaguars Ripped My Flesh - Tim Cahill

Edited: Apr 3, 2018, 1:46pm Top

My leg: Stitches were taken out on Sunday, and I was referred to a wound care specialist for follow up. I saw the specialist yesterday. He debrided it and said the tissue underneath is healthy. I can resume normal activity (yay!) except for riding which would rub it. The doc thinks it will take another 30 days for it to fully heal.

Hooray as spring is trying to spring! My crocus are just starting to bloom and above my boot is a small spiral plant that is my bitterroot which will flower in late June or July.

Apr 3, 2018, 7:45pm Top

Crocus! Spring! I'm jealous, Janet. We're getting socked with about a foot of snow right now.

You got me with Heart Berries. I will definitely be looking for that one in print.

Glad your wound is healing nicely. Take care.

Edited: Apr 4, 2018, 12:11pm Top

>100 BLBera: Hi Beth- Thanks for stopping by.

We've had a skiff of snow this week too, and have a forecast for rain for the next few days. One of the things I need to do today is to call the insurance people and arrange for flood insurance this year. The snow pack is at 149% of normal and with a cold spring, it's likely to come off in a hurry in May. I'm just being paranoid, but better safe than sorry.

I hope you find a copy of Heart Berries. She's going to be a writer to watch.

Edited: Apr 4, 2018, 12:10pm Top

I'm reading two from the PBS/NYT bookclub: Exit West was their March selection and is a very interesting look at the plight of refugees. I've always said that magical realism is difficult for me, but I think it works very well in this novel. In order to highlight the refugee experience without focusing on the *how* they do it - the refugees travel by magical doors.

Yesterday I received the April selection, Dan Egan's The Death and Life of the Great Lakes and skimmed through most of the first chapter. It looks like I'm in for a whole new learning experience with this one.

The invasive mussels are a concern here in Montana's pristine lakes.

I'm impressed with the variety and quality of books PBS/NYT have chosen so far to feature.

Apr 4, 2018, 8:35am Top

Hi Janet! Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday.

>96 streamsong: Added to my wish list.

>99 streamsong: I'm glad to hear that your leg is healing. I also like your photo of the bitterroot and the crocus.

Apr 4, 2018, 12:14pm Top

Hi Karen! yay! It's good to see another hit for Heart Berries which, by the way, is her tribe's name for strawberries. It's a tough read, on tough subjects.

I am also tickled to death with my leg report as well as the beginning of the crocus blooming!

... and later this month I am expecting my first foal in several years.

Edited: Apr 4, 2018, 2:26pm Top

So pleased about the leg healing reports and that you will be back in action soon. Very fun to think of a foal in your life soon!
We have "survived' the stunning wedding of daughter #2 high up in the mountains. We skied or snowshoed into the site they had prepared. Unforgetable! Little reading done but so worth it.

Apr 4, 2018, 3:01pm Top

>99 streamsong:

Good that all is healing well and thanks for the photo of the brave little bitterroot.

No crocus yet here NE of Madison, Wisconsin,
but Snowdrops have been memorable even in the latest 3 inch snowfall.

Apr 4, 2018, 7:11pm Top

Very glad to hear that the leg is healing well! And best wishes for the new foal coming out smoothly.

Apr 5, 2018, 10:57am Top

>105 mdoris: Hi Mary and thanks for the good wishes!

I went to the chiropractor yesterday and got my back put back into alignment. I hadn't done it since my fall, and I can't believe how much better I feel this morning.

That sounds like an amazing wedding! I hope there are pictures on your thread! How far did you have to ski/snowshoe?

>106 m.belljackson: Hooray for crocus and snowdrops and all other signs of spring!

>107 ronincats: Thanks, Roni! I'm having fun anticipating this foal. Hooray for retirement and the time to do time-intense activities.

Edited: Apr 6, 2018, 1:06am Top

27...and the Earth Did Not Devour HimThomas Rivera – 1987

- Majleavy's guided read: http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840
- TIOLI # 13: Read a classic originally published in a language not your own
- library

This book, originally written in Spanish, describes in short vignettes the lives of Mexican American migrant workers in the '40's and '50's.

This is both thought provoking and horrific. There are so many awful incidents in this very short book: violent tragic deaths of childre and adults; workers, including children packed into a van so tightly they had to stand up for a several day trip to more northern fields; the constant abuse and harassment that the migrant children endured in local schools.

This book is eye opening and saddening. I am distressed to learn that current migrant workers face many of the same conditions.

Recommended especially for those interested in social justice issues.

Apr 6, 2018, 1:08am Top

28. The Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - 2009
- MysteryCat - International Mystery;
- March TIOLI #5. Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter
-ROOT acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points

If you've never read the Dr. Siri series, Dr. Siri is a 70 something pathologist, forced out of retirement and back into Laotian government service as the only pathologist in the country after the communist takeover.

This is the 6th volume of the series. A woman's body comes into Dr Siri's morgue. She was found brutally raped and murdered and tied to a tree with pink ribbons. A bit of nosing around, and Siri hears rumors of other women murdered the same way.

With the help of his indwelling ten thousand year old shaman and a ghost dog, Siri goes on the hunt.

I always, I enjoyed Siri's wicked sense of humor. I also enjoy Siri's interactions with the other recurring characters in the story. They are so well realized, that after reading a few in the series, they feel like old friends or even family. I also enjoyed the ending. Nope, I didn't have it solved and enjoyed the tension as the last scenes unfolded.

However, the story was a bit brutal for me; I enjoy mysteries and true crime, but brutality can make me shy away from certain authors.

I'll definitely continue on with the series

Apr 6, 2018, 6:44am Top

Happy Friday, Janet. Hooray for having a great reading month in March. Heart Berries sounds great. I have to track a copy of that one down.

Isn't Dr. Siri wonderful? One of my favorite crime series. I am so tired of this cold, rain and snow. I am sure you are too.

Apr 6, 2018, 9:44am Top

Hi Mark - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find a copy of Heart Berries. It's a tough read, but very honest.

I have several more Dr Siri's on MT TBR. So many books out there in the world!

I just received On Tyranny from the library. After all the great reviews on this one, I'm anxious to dig in.

The weather gods lied - this new storm was supposed to miss me, but instead there are several inches of snow out there this morning. I hope it disappears soon.

Yesterday, I put the flood insurance back on my house. The mountains above me have a higher than usual snow pack even before this weekend's predicted large storm. And a cool spring means the snow will not come off gradually.

Apr 6, 2018, 10:46am Top

Hooray for On Tyranny and updating that flood insurance, Janet. And good luck with that snow.

Apr 7, 2018, 11:34am Top

Sorry about the snow...our weather has been its usual mix of winter/spring/summer sometimes all within 24 hours. But the original forecast for several inches of snow this weekend has been backed off to wet snow. I did put a pot over my hydrangea that was just starting to show signs of life.

Glad you are healing even as you anticipate your foal! New life in so many ways!

Apr 7, 2018, 12:07pm Top

>27 streamsong:

What can we do now?

I don't see any news about leaders like Chavez or a Grape Boycott or anything
to support change for current migrant workers and which states they are in.

Edited: Apr 9, 2018, 2:35pm Top

>113 msf59: Hi Mark - Thanks for stopping in!

I'm slowly reading On Tyranny. I'm reading a 'lesson' or two a day so it can soak in a bit.

Zooming my way through Death and Life of the Great Lakes. I didn't really think it would pertain to me, since it's it not my region of the country. Instead I'm finding it fascinating. I knew that Montana waterways and the beautiful Flathead Lake (largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi) were being constantly monitored for Quagga Mussel DNA, but I had no idea the implications of these and other invasive species.

A couple pics of Flathead Lake - the panoramic view shows the Swan and Mission Mountains in the background.

So far, I'm a fan of the choices the PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club has been making:
Jan: Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward
Feb: Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann
March: Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

Apr 9, 2018, 12:15pm Top

>114 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! It's always good to see you here - thanks for checking in. It sounds like we're having the same spring weather. I stopped uncovering the flower beds, but I think I can do so now. I was thankful we did not get the predicted inch of rain over the weekend; we did have snow Friday night, but it melted quickly.

>115 m.belljackson: What would help migrant workers, now? I wish I knew. There is such a mean spiritedness to so much of the public discourse.

Apr 11, 2018, 7:05am Top

Hi Janet, nice to see you on my thread just now. I haven't been active on LT thanks to back problems, but doing a bit better now.

Glad that your leg is improving, when spring is coming it's nice to be able to go outside and move around!

I like that crocus, mine have all been eaten by the voles that are very much at home in my garden!

>116 streamsong: I would like to read Death and Life of the Great Lakes too. I'm fascinated by water life, and lots of it is universally applicable. We have problems with invasive exotics as well. For example a couple of species of American river lobsters!

Fortunately they are very edible;-)

Apr 12, 2018, 10:36am Top

Hi Ella - Thanks for stopping in. I'm really sorry to hear about your back.

What a great photo and what a puzzle for the cat! That's interesting that they are causing a problem in your rivers. Any idea how they were introduced?

We have them in rivers and lakes around here, but due to the cold water temperatures they are much smaller. We call them crayfish or crawdads. It looks like there are lots of species of them in the US.

My uncle had a cabin on a lake near here. When we were kids, we would tie bits of hot dogs (very cheap sandwich sausages) onto string and fish for them from the boat dock. Once they grab onto the hot dog with their claws they won't let go. We'd usually catch a few. If we didn't catch enough to eat them, we'd empty the bucket back in the lake and recatch them another day.

Edited: Apr 12, 2018, 1:20pm Top

Had some quail march through the yard yesterday. They aren't that uncommon, but with that bobbing head feather, they always make me smile

Apr 12, 2018, 1:12pm Top

>118 EllaTim: >119 streamsong: In Louisiana, those are crawfish, and valuable. Especially when boiled with lots of cayenne pepper. 😀

Apr 13, 2018, 10:03am Top

>121 drneutron: Love it, Jim!

Edited: Apr 13, 2018, 10:19am Top

29. We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2017
- library

This is a collection of Coates' essays published in the Atlantic magazine. There is one from each year during the eight years that president Barack Obama was in power. Many are award-winning. All are eye-opening.

When Coates was a child, he suffered a beating at the hands of gang members. In that moment he had the realization that “Down there on the ground, my head literally being kicked in I understood: No one, not my father, not the cops, and certainly not anyone's God, was coming to save me. The world was brutal... " p. 109

Bill Moyers interview: "Coates says he wrote his book for Prince Jones, a close friend from college who was mistaken for a criminal and killed by police when he was 25 years old. Jones died, Coates says, because 'at the heart of our country is the notion that we are okay with the presumption that black people… somehow have a predisposition toward criminality.'

"When Jones was killed in 2000, there were no cameras. No one saw it. It was 'as though nothing happened,' Coates says. 'As though Prince Jones’s life did not matter at all.' Now that more people are documenting injustices with their cellphones and we are seeing the evidence on TV and on the Internet, he says America is beginning to understand the extent of the racism that black people face every day.

“ 'I’m a black man in America,' Coates says. 'I can’t secure the safety of my son. I can’t go home at night and tell him, ‘It’s ok, you definitely will not end up like Prince Jones.’ I just don’t have that right. I just don’t have that power. But what I do have the power to do is to say, ‘You won’t enroll me in this lie. You won’t make me part of it.'

This was an amazing book by an insightful author. As a white person in a very white, very Republican area of the country, I found it to be quite eye-opening. I think of myself as a middle of the road liberal. This book helped me to see just how white my bubble is.

I read about red-lined areas of cities where it is impossible to obtain loans to buy houses since insurance companies won't underwrite them.

I learned about the wealth gap – if you compare any two white and black families with similar incomes, you'll find that the black family has less in the way of savings and 'accumulated wealth' from centuries of discriminatory laws.

I learned that laws could appear to not discriminate, but do. When Social Security was enacted farm workers and domestic help were not covered, leaving up to 80% of blacks not covered. Such discriminatory laws are still being written. For example, Obama Care the expansion of Medicaid was left to states to choose. The states that chose not to do so, just happen to be the a majority of the south's former slave owning states and the disenfranchised were again the poor blacks.

And I finally understand the case for black reparations. As Coates has said, if you stop beating a man, that is good. But the man has suffered irreparable damages from the years of beatings. Is it possible for the US to do reparations? Does it have the will to do it? I am extremely doubtful that it will occur, but I am thankful for now understanding the case behind it.

Definitely recommended. 5 stars.

Apr 13, 2018, 2:43pm Top

>123 streamsong: Glad you liked the book and a great review of it. One of my recent favorites.

Apr 14, 2018, 10:07am Top

>119 streamsong: >121 drneutron: One of our local restaurants that serves crawfish has a slightly NSFW t-shirt with the catch phrase: "suck the heads, eat the tails." Turns out whether to suck the heads or not is a crawfish controversy.

>120 streamsong: Beautiful quail! Somewhere I have video of several of them running along the road, head feathers bobbing.

Apr 14, 2018, 10:14am Top

Hi Janet: Great reviews here. I want to read the Coates' essays.

Hooray for a foal!

I'll have to check out the PBS/NYT book club. Their selections look great.

The mussels are a real invasion here in Minn.

Have a wonderful weekend. Sending healing thoughts for the leg. I hope all continues to go well.

Apr 14, 2018, 10:50am Top

>125 witchyrichy: Oh, yeah, true Cajuns suck the heads. Let's just say I'm not a Cajun... 😀

Apr 15, 2018, 8:18am Top

>124 Oberon: Hi Erik! It was a heck of a book, wasn't it! It was one of those that shifted my world view. The amazing thing is that I've had several world-shifting books so far this year.

>125 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Too funny about the head sucking controversy. Hmmm, so it's not brains, but a filtering organ. Does that mean more toxins are concentrated there? So from that scientific standpoint, I should probably hold off doing it. The tails are delicious, though!

Alas, the quail picture is not mine, but borrowed from the net. I do love seeing them.

>118 EllaTim: Hey Ella! There's another great name for them in the article Karen shared: mudbugs! I had forgotten that one, too.

Edited: Apr 15, 2018, 8:29am Top

Happy Sunday, Janet. I am so glad you enjoyed Death and Life of the Great Lakes. I love the photos you included. It is an important American book.

Hooray for the quail. I have not seen one in the wild yet.

Good review of We Were Eight Years in Power. Thumb. I have this one saved on audio and hope to get to it soon.

The weather here is awful. I hope you are faring better.

Apr 15, 2018, 8:35am Top

>126 BLBera: Hi Beth! Happy Sunday and thanks for stopping in!

I think I picked out the Coates book because you and Ellen were reading it. I thought the essays grew stronger as the book went on. It was neat to see his ideas and writing evolve over the eight years of Obama's presidency.

Yup, not quite into full foal watch yet, but it will be soon. :)

I'm really enjoying the selections on the PBS/NYT Now Read This book club. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes was wonderful, and it's not one I would have picked up, thinking it was a regional book. Now I understand the concern about the mussels being kept out of this area's lakes as we are part of the Columbia watershed.

So far, they are all books that some of my 75'ers friends have raved about. It's just giving me a bit of focus and the discussions are fun.

Apr 15, 2018, 8:46am Top

Leg - well hmm. Saw the surgeon/wound care specialist again on Friday. I'm now 4 weeks into this thing and it's still open and draining and a total nuisance although the doc says it is doing just fine.

Being a Montanan, he has recommended I get all my dressing supplies at the local livestock store. Non-stick gauze? Nope, just a bit of antibiotic cream will keep it from sticking. Then I need several layers of gauze pads over the top of that and I was using sterile gauze pads. Nope - buy the big package of non- sterile livestock gauze 4 x 4's and drive on. Vet-rap stretch tape over it all.

He's right that the human equivalents are soooooo much more expensive. Neigh to higher prices!

Edited: Apr 15, 2018, 8:57am Top

>127 drneutron: I think there is good scientific justification for non-head eating, Jim. Anyway that's my story and I'll stick to it!

Hmmm there is no post #128. Ghost post? Hmm, the post numbers have mysteriously fixed themselves.

>129 msf59: Hi Mark and Happy Sunday! We Were Eight Years in Power and The Life and Death of the Great Lakes are both pretty spectacular books. Thanks for the thumb.

The weather here has been milder and warming up the last few days. My lawn is starting to get green!

Apr 15, 2018, 9:12am Top

30. The Lentil Underground - Liz Carlisle - 2015
- TIOLI #11. Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground in the title
- library

From the book flap: ”Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness launched a campaign to push small grain farmers to modernize or perish, or as Nixon's secretary of agriculture Earl Butz put it, "get big or get out." But 27-year-old David Oien decided to take a stand when he dropped out of grad school to return to his family's 280-acre farm, becoming the first in his conservative Montana county to plant a radically different crop: organic lentils. A cheap, healthy source of protein and fiber, lentils are drought-tolerant and don't require irrigation. Unlike the chemically dependent grains American farmers had been told to grow, lentils make their own fertilizer and tolerate variable climate conditions, so their farmers aren't beholden to industrial methods. Today, Oien leads thriving movement of organic farmers who work with heirloom seeds and biologically diverse farm systems. Under the brand Timeless Natural Food, their unique business-cum-movement has grown into a million-dollar enterprise that sells to hundreds of independent natural food stores and a host of renowned restaurants.

My Real Life Book Club recently discussed this book. We had a lively discussion on the failures and challenges of the traditional farming methods including fertilizer run off, and contamination of the environment with pesticides at the same time that the pests are becoming resistant.

This was a refreshing look at how things can be different – but the struggle isn't easy.

Author Liz Carlisle was generous enough to share her time and Skype with our book club. Her next book, recently bought by a publisher, and as yet unnamed will continue the story of one of the people briefly mentioned in this book.

Apr 15, 2018, 9:55pm Top

>30 karenmarie: Excellent review of The Lentil Underground...it may have to get added to my TBR list. I'll be interested in learning how they were able to scale up the business without sacrificing their principles, although maybe the lentils are so easy to grow that scaling isn't a problem.

Edited: Apr 16, 2018, 1:07pm Top

>134 witchyrichy: I think you'd really like it, Karen. It was the book chosen by the U of MT for all the incoming freshmen to read last fall.

I don't have a copy of the book so I'll have to wing it a bit on your question.

If I said the business grew organically, would you cyberpunch me? :) Actually it was incredibly hard work with roadblocks at every step.

David Oien's father had a farm which he farmed commercially. He agreed to let David have a small bit of acreage to test organic ideas. Originally, he was looking for a covercrop legume and experimented with several ideas, and offered organic seed for sale. But he soon found that he needed a cover crop that could produce an income at the same time.

He got some seed for beluga lentils and started experimenting with them. They are a black lentil that resemble caviar and no one else was growing them. Although his seed operation wasn't entirely profitable, it did put him in touch with other people interested in organic farming. They pooled equipment resources, sold organic products at local and regional organic stores and eventually had enough people interested in growing to go to various national organic product shows and try to get a contract for their product. Tough go and the first contract failed miserably.

Apr 16, 2018, 1:18pm Top

I check and recheck the Early Reviewers page several times in a month. The first time in the month, I go through and request anything that looks remotely interesting. Then I go back and revisit and refine it later in the month.

It looks like they have added some additional books this month. At least that's what I think may have happened. There are some books like Island of the Mad by Laurie King that should have a zillion requests and only have a handful. It's worth taking a second look this month!

Edited: Apr 18, 2018, 7:19am Top

Last of the March reviews:

31. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt - 1994
- ColorCat Challenge - Green Cover
- TIOLI #7: Read a book by a female author who has had at least 3 books published
- ROOT # 11/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points =29/225 points

Four short fairy tales followed by the title fairy tale novella, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye.

This is the first book that I have read by A S Byatt, and I can see how she achieved her popularity. The tales are wonderfully and beautifully told by a true wordsmith. (Isn't that how fairy tales should be!).

One of my favorites was The Eldest Princess. Eldest children are often given short shrift in fairy tales and fail their tasks, which are eventually accomplished by the youngest child. In this story, the Princess realizes that she inhabits such a story, but refuses to follow the plot and makes her own way.

Although I enjoyed the title piece The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, I dislike the framing of this one. In it, a storyteller goes to a convention of storytellers in Instanbul and we hear several of their tales. Then, wandering through a bazaar, our storyteller purchases a rare and beautiful bottle and steps into her own story. To me, the first stories told by the other tellers of tales seem superfluous, almost as if they were added in to make the Djinn story longer.

Still, I'm looking forward to the next A. S. Byatt that I will read.

Apr 19, 2018, 8:25am Top

I need to finish up On Tyranny which is due back at the library today. I've been reading slowly, and thinking deeply. I think this is one that I want to purchase and perhaps have an extra copy to give away.

I also need to quickly finish reading Sundown by John Joseph Mathews as it's now overdue. This is one of the first novels written by a Native American author. It was the inspiration for David Grann doing research and writing Killers of the Flower Moon.

Apr 19, 2018, 8:49am Top

Sweet Thursday, Janet. Our warm-up is on the way! Yah! I want to see some genuine color!

I'll be watching for your thoughts on Sundown. I have heard about that one.

Apr 19, 2018, 9:29am Top

Hi Janet!

I haven't visited for a while. Congrats on lots of good and thought-provoking books.

I'm happy to hear about the foal and sorry that your leg is still a problem. You cracked me up with Neigh to higher prices!

I'm glad your temps are mild and that your lawn has started greening up. Spring has sprung out here - the trees are leafing out, all except the crepe myrtle and the black walnut. I can still see the birds as the wait to take their turns at the feeders, jockeying for position in the crepe myrtle.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Edited: Apr 19, 2018, 12:06pm Top

>139 msf59: Hi Mark - Thanks for stopping by. So far Sundown is interesting. It was written in the '30's and is written with a lot of vernacular; so it's a style that's a bit outdated and takes a while to get into.

The snow is gone here and I have about a bit of green grass in my yard. Hooray! I hope your snow is gone soon.

>140 karenmarie: Thanks for stopping in, Karen. It looks like we'll have a really truly spring day here today with temps in the 50's. I'm meeting a friend for a walk along the river later this afternoon.

Yup, I do seem to have been reading a lot of thought provoking non-fiction. It's funny how I go in reading streaks.

I have a robin's nest right outside my front window. Mr. Robin is currently battering his reflection in my garden window. He's also making it very hard for my indoor/outdoor cat to use the front door.

Edited: Apr 19, 2018, 11:01am Top

I had seen this on Facebook, but was just reminded of it on Mamie's thread:

To celebrate Global Reading Day, Amazon (US) is offering 9 kindle books absolutely free from 9 different countries. The offer is good through 4/24.


I've downloaded six of them:
The Last Train to Istanbul - Ayse Kulin - Turkey - historical fiction
The Gray House - Mariam Petrosyan - Russia - literary fantasy (?!)
Still Waters - Viveca Sten - Sweden - (mystery)
The Light of the Fireflies - Paul Pen - Spain - (psychological suspense)
The Question of Red - Laksmi Pamuntjak - Indonesia - (literary fiction)
Ten Women - Marcela Serrano - Chile - (literary fiction)

Apr 20, 2018, 10:59am Top

Beautiful walk along the river yesterday. A FB friend had posted that she had seen wood ducks on the river. My friend and I saw shoveller ducks, but no wood ducks .


I also saw my first wild buttercups of the year:

Apr 20, 2018, 4:43pm Top

Great review of Eight Years in Power, Janet. I added my thumb, and I'll plan on reading it.

Apr 21, 2018, 12:22pm Top

>144 jnwelch: Thanks for stopping by, Joe! I won't take entire credit for you deciding to read WWETIP since I know you have read other great reviews here. But I sincerely thank you for the thumb!

I did my usual after reading a book that truly moved me: found a teacher on www.donorschoose.org mentioning that book in a project and gave a bit to help fund it.

Apr 21, 2018, 12:35pm Top

The Outside and Beyond Book Club (Outside magazine with book club on Facebook) has chosen The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson for it's next book.

The blurb says it's a book about a young man obsessed with fly tying who broke into the British museum to steal rare bird mounts and feathers (some of Darwin's specimens and other century old items) to tie fishing flies with the rarest of feathers. It's recommended for fly fishers, birders, true crime aficionados.

It just comes out this week, so am considering if I want to buy it - no chance of a library or used copy.

Earlier this week I purchased a copy of Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala to try out another fairly local book club which meets at a craft brewery in the next town.

Apr 22, 2018, 12:22am Top

Very interesting where you are getting your reading ideas from Janet!

Apr 22, 2018, 4:35am Top

Hi Janet! Lots of interesting stuff on your thread. I liked your Eight years in power review a lot. Thought-provoking indeed.

Would like to read the lentil book as well. My brother has a small farm, and also hasn't gone bigger but better. He changed his crops to something less pesticide consuming and he now has chickens running in his greenhouse to eat bugs and weeds. Monsanto won't like it of course.

Loved the quail picture, adorable that little feather.

Yes to walks along the river, and does it mean your leg is doing better? Shovelers and buttercups, nice, spring has arrived at your place?

Have a nice Sunday!

Edited: Apr 22, 2018, 4:57pm Top

>147 mdoris: Yes, I'm stretching out a bit, Mary. I'm finding that I love real life book discussions. I am so thankful for my friends here and all the book recommendations that I get from them, but also enjoy real time discussions and more in depth discussions such as the Now Read This and Outside and Beyond book clubs on FB - both of these are more like the group reads here on LT.

>148 EllaTim: Hi Ella. Thanks for your kind words about my review of WWEYIP. I'm definitely reading more current events and political books this year. It's a great aspect of being retired - I can engage with more books with tough ideas that may shape how I want to volunteer and share my (limited) treasure.

I hope you can find a copy of the lentil book. It sounds like you and your brother would both enjoy it.

Spring is here and I am so thankful!

And my leg is mostly getting better so I'm thankful for that, too! The original bad place is filling in and healing up. Unfortunately, there is a new split above a previously healed area that is concerning me and may drive me back to the doctor this week. Perhaps I'm just overdoing a bit.

Edited: Apr 23, 2018, 1:05pm Top

First review for my April reading:

32. Judas - Amos Oz - 2014
- Literature seminar;
- TIOLI #12. Read a book in the library of a TIOLI challenger from January, February, or March 2018
- library

Schmuel Ash is a grad student at Hebrew University, interested in creating his thesis on 'The Jewish View of Jesus'. But after two thousand years, it is hard to produce new thought on this. He believes he has struck on one: Judas, instead of being the reviled traitor, is the kernel of the story. Judas is Jesus's first true believer, but frustrated with how Jesus is not cooperating, Judas pushes events forward.

Discouraged by his advisor's unenthusiastic reception and having money problems, Schmuel drops out of school and becomes the caretaker to a mysterious old man, whose son was killed in fighting for the Israeli state. His current caretaker is his son's widow. Her father fought for a more moderate Israeli nation, with compensation for the displaced Palestinians.

So we have two traitors, Judas and the widow's father; and two heroes – Jesus and Israeli leader Ben-Gurion. But who is traitor and who is hero? Who is trying to do the right thing and how will history remember them?

Tough read for me, because while I am familiar with the nuances of the story of Jesus and can see the skews, I am not familiar with the nuances of Israeli politics at the time it was becoming a nation. Is Ben-Gurion's story also a bit skewed? I just don't have the experience to know, although I spent a bit of time researching his positions since I read this as part of a literature seminar.

Still, it's an interesting look at the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian situation and the mistakes that may have been made leading to today's conflict.

And Oz's writing is fine and thought provoking.

Apr 22, 2018, 5:41pm Top

Janet, I'm sorry to hear about your leg injury. So glad that healing is taking place even though it's probably no fast enough for you. You are getting an amazing amount of reading done, though. That's so funny about getting your wound supplies at the livestock store. I imagine you've been going through a fair amount of bandages!

Edited: Apr 24, 2018, 2:59pm Top

>151 Donna828: Thanks, Donna for the good wishes about my leg. I am going to call the doc once more later today as the pit from hell is extending itself at the same time older places do look better.

I have no idea what is deductible next year after the tax change. But you're right that changing bandages once a day uses a *lot* of (at least formerly) tax deductible materials and all the receipts are from the livestock store that the surgeon recommended for supplies. I'm saving them carefully for the IRS. :)

Not so much reading this month. Mostly I have books started, but not finished as you can see in >2 streamsong:

Spring has arrived. My daffies are finally blooming! The ones I planted in December (two months late!) are blooming, very small blossoms, but hooray! for blooming. It may approach 80 degrees Friday and Saturday.

Edited: Apr 24, 2018, 12:08pm Top

33. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - 2017
- March PBS/NYT Now Read This
- Global Reading Challenge: Pakistan Book # 4
- TIOLI #10: Read a book tagged both family and magic
- acq'd 2018

"Saeed wondered aloud once again if the natives would really kill them, and Nadia said once again that the natives were so frightened that they could do anything. “I can understand it,” she said. “Imagine if you lived here. And millions of people from all over the world suddenly arrived.” “Millions arrived in our country,” Saeed replied. “When there were wars nearby.” “That was different. Our country was poor. We didn’t feel we had as much to lose.”

Saeed and Nadia are young adults, working in a city in a non-specified Middle Eastern country. As their relationship grows, so does the war. The city they live in crumbles: bombings and killings on the streets, lack of water and infrastructure and their jobs disappear. They fear the indiscriminate killing on both sides of the conflict.

And then they hear of magic doorways – secret exits to other countries. Desperate and afraid for their lives, they decide to pay a smuggler to get through the door. While Nadia doesn't have any family, Saeed's father decides to stay behind. Everyone know this means they will be unlikely to see each other again.

But refugee camps are chaotic places, not as safe or as hopeful as they imagined. There is a great deal of sadness as they can never return to their country, and the people they knew before are also lost to them. They decide to chance the magic doors as they move onward through other doors to find a safe, more permanent life.

Interesting and well written, I read this along with the March PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club.

I probably would have been more impressed by this work had I not read the spectacular Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women by Ghada Alatrash last year. Alatrash's short stories affected me emotionally in a way this book did not quite capture.

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34. Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D. Ulysse - 2018
- Global Reading: Haiti (Book # 2)
- TIOLI #5. Read a book whose title references a physical action a human can perform
- acq'd 2018

A hard book to summarize without spoilers!

Jacqueline is an immigrant from Haiti, married to an ex-Marine with several combat tours behind him and untreated PTSD. They have a young daughter.

Jacqueline was neglected and had little contact with her upper class Haitian parents as a child. When she was very young, she had been left in a boarding school while her parents toured the world. She saw little of her parents from that point onward.

Nevertheless, she is frantic when she cannot contact them after the Haiti earthquake. She dials their unresponsive phone obsessively as the days turn into weeks. And yet, sometimes the unexpected happens.

Jacqueline decides to return to Haiti with her daughter to renew family ties and to reconnect with her home country. Her husband refuses to go with her as he considers the chaos in Haiti to be a virtual state of war.

Tragedy happens. The marriage is tested to its limits. Then once again we return to the Haitian class divisions.

This is actually a very short novel, with many different themes braided into it. They are all interesting strands, but I felt that they were worthy of more development. Too many themes, like too many spices in a dish, can muddle the story. In addition this fairly bleak novel was tied up with a bow at the end, which was rather unexpected and I'm not sure fit with the rest of the novel. Can trauma be solved that easily?

However, it was a compelling read, that kept me quite interested. I also was fascinated by this look at the wealthy in Haiti and this view of the country. This is an interesting novel by a young writer. I would definitely be interested in her next book.

I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

Apr 24, 2018, 6:03pm Top

>135 streamsong: Thanks for the details about the lentil book. I'll definitely be reading it.

I have read Possession by A. S. Byatt and the book of fairy tales sounds good. She is a lyrical writer.

Hope your leg is getting better. Enjoy your reviews. And, yay to spring and daffodils! Our irises are showing off now.

Apr 25, 2018, 10:37am Top

>155 witchyrichy: Thanks for stopping in, Karen! I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

I've had Possession on MT TBR for several years now. I must get to it.

Doctor's appointment for leg this afternoon. Sigh.

Yay for spring! You are definitely ahead of us. We have a few almost 80 degree days forecast, followed by cooler showery weather next week.

Today is the mare's due date (she's at 340 days) but ...... mares are tiresome creatures that can have a gestation that lasts up to a year or even a bit beyond.

Apr 25, 2018, 11:02am Top

>123 streamsong: Janet--I have only read the first two essays, but am enjoying it very much. Your review makes me want to get back to it 8YinP! And I have to laugh, because Ellen, Mark and I all were reading it "together" and you finished first. ; )

ANd my daughter and I are planning to read Exit West as soon as she finished up her current read.

Hope you leg heals up in the NEAR future.

Apr 25, 2018, 3:57pm Top

>156 streamsong: Sending healing thoughts, Janet, I hope the doctor's appointment went well.
I hope your mare doesn't wait 3 more weeks or beyond.

Apr 25, 2018, 9:24pm Top

Happy Wednesday, Janet. Good review of Exit West. Thumb! Hooray for seeing a shoveller duck! Boo, not seeing a wood duck. Waterfowl are elusive.

I am loving When They Call You a Terrorist! You might appreciate this one.

Apr 26, 2018, 9:55am Top

>157 Berly: Hi Kim! Thanks for stopping in! I started WWEYIP to read along with you three. But I had to read it in two weeks since that's the limit for new books from the library. IMHO the essays get better and better - but then with each essay he has gained a year's experience. If you've stalled out, perhaps try reading the book back to front, reading the best essays first. :) How's that for heresy!

Oh, I'd love to share a read with my daughter! Hope you two enjoy Exit West.

>157 Berly: >158 FAMeulstee: Leggishness report. Good news - edges of wound look very healthy. Bad news - In places, the skin has healed over, but there is dead tissue underneath which is what caused the new outbreak. The surgeon said when repairs are done in ER, the ER physicians are sometimes too conservative about removing injured tissue and then it dies. Mostest bad news: I am seven weeks into this and he now estimates it will take two friggin more months for it to heal. Unless of course it breaks out somewhere else where more dead tissue is covered over.

Edited: Apr 27, 2018, 5:10am Top

>158 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita - No foal yet - many people say that mares like to foal on the full moon, which is Saturday. A friend's mare just foaled last night at 372 days. I'm hoping for Saturday and full moon magic. :)

>159 msf59: Thank you, Mark. I'm honored that you thumbed it.

When They Call You a Terrorist sounds good. I've made a note on my list on my homepage. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Birdy Stuff: This morning I went to Amazon for a little bibliotherapy (healthier than the carbs & salt I went for after doc appointment yesterday)

In December, I was blown away by the utterly amazing 2018 Bird a Day calendar from Cornell which has a smartphone scan on each page so you can hear the bird's call. It's now on sale for $3.

Apr 26, 2018, 11:53am Top

>160 streamsong: Keeping my fingers crossed there is not more dead tissue in there, Janet, two more months is more than enough!

>161 streamsong: Waiting for the good news, hopefully next Saturday.

Apr 28, 2018, 10:15am Top

>162 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita for the good wishes. I am also hoping fervently that this leg thing will come to an end quickly. The injury happened March 18th so I am thoroughly bored with it.

No foal yet.

Since there is supposed to be rain tonight and for the next few days, a friend and I decided to go for an almost-full moon walk down at the river last night. We barely got started and there was a moose on the wide paved trail.

So we back tracked a bit and tried another smaller trail through a clearing. But on the far side of the clearing, we looked back and there was the moose in the middle of the clearing - he seemed to be ghosting along with us. And since moose are downright mean and onery, we bagged the walk and headed back to the car.

What a beautiful night, though! It's too bad the moose wanted company for his moonlight stroll.

Apr 30, 2018, 11:31am Top

>160 streamsong: Sending healing thoughts for the leg and maternal thoughts to your mare!

Sorry about the moose problems, but for an east coaster, it sounds like a wonderful interruption. I once crouched along some wet lands near the Grand Tetons watching two moose (mooses? meese?) wander through, chomping grasses as they went. Amazing but we did stay out of their way. Didn't even risk a picture.

Edited: Apr 30, 2018, 12:30pm Top

>160 streamsong: Thank you, Karen for the good wishes!

My walking friend is from out of the area and had never seen a moose either, so she was thrilled with our abbreviated walk.

I've been chased twice by moose and it is an experience I would really rather not repeat. One time was in one of the local river parks, where we were told afterward that some kids and dogs had been harassing the young moose. We had my two very young nephews along whom my sister-in-law and I had to swoop up and run. The moose charged us out of nowhere but only ran after us a short ways.

The second time was in an inflatable canoe in the Idaho wilderness when my ex-hubby was trying to get a (too) close up picture. We learned that moose swim very quickly! Eeek!

I just googled moose injuries, though, and it seems that people actually injured by a charging moose are not all that common. The moose usually give up after a short charge as long as you are running away.

The google article says that most of the moose injuries are caused by auto accidents where people run into a moose (that doesn't seem fair to add into 'injuries by moose'!) . Many people expect moose to leave the road when a car is coming. They don't.

Apr 30, 2018, 5:23pm Top

Luckily, I've never been chased by a large animal! I've only seen a moose up close once, though I've seen plenty of bears.

May 1, 2018, 9:36am Top

>166 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! It's nice to see you around the threads.

Yup, I imagine with your PhD, you've seen many bears. I haven't seen a bear on my place, although since their is wilderness on the other side of the valley, they do wander into town occasionally.

Edited: May 2, 2018, 9:58am Top

35. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan - 2017
- NYT/PBS April Now Read This Book Club
- TIOLI #6: Read a book whose LT average rating is more than 4.0;
Acq'd 2018

Although I had seen good reviews of this book, I live far from the Great Lakes and passed this by as 'not local to me'. However when the PBS/NYT Now Read This book club featured it as their selection for April, I decided to give it a try – and I'm glad I did.

The books starts out with enough history and geology of the region so the reader has the background to understand the political and environment precedents and consequences of current problems.

But many of the problems described directly relate to the area where I live, far off in Montana.

I now have a much better understanding of the problem of introduced species, including keeping the big head carp out of the Great Lakes, and the mussels that are spreading like wildfire though out almost every drainage in the US – with the exception of the Pacific Northwest, where monitoring is intense.

Other universal problem include fertilizer and pesticide runoff from agriculture and the nutrient rich effluent released by cities' sewage plants.

All of these will intensify as the current climate changes and the fight for water escalates. It becomes a battle between higher profits/less cost in the short term versus long term planning which is often more expensive in the now.

Dan Egan is a journalist who has been covering the stories of the Great Lakes for many years. His writing is clear and engaging. This is a very worthwhile read and recommended to anyone who enjoys drinking water.

May 1, 2018, 10:40am Top

Read in April:

32. Judas - Amos Oz - 2014 -
33. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - 2017
34. Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D. Ulysse - 2018; LTER
35. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan - 2017 - NYT/PBS April Now Read This Book Club;
36. Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard - 2018 -
37. Sundown - John Joseph Matthews - 1934
38. On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder - 2017

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May 1, 2018, 1:26pm Top

>168 streamsong: I have that one on hold at the library. Have they picked a new book yet?

May 1, 2018, 1:33pm Top

>171 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel - Yes, the PBS/NYT book club picked Educated by Tara Westover about growing up in an abusive survivalist community. Mark coincidentally was just warbling about the book on his thread before they announced the pick.

May 2, 2018, 9:36am Top

Hi Janet!

Sorry to hear about the continuing leg problems. Two more months. Yeesh.

No foal? Or now busy with new foal?

One time Montana-friend Karen and I were driving along near a marshy area and there were a cow and calf, placidly munching away. Lots of people were trying to get close to take pictures, and although we got out of the car, we kept the car between us and the moose.

Edited: May 2, 2018, 6:23pm Top

Hi Janet - What a lot of great books you've read lately. On Tyranny is on my list, as is the Oz book. Luckily, I've read Exit West. Mouths Don't Speak also sounds good.

Sorry to hear the bad news about your leg. Sending healing thoughts.

May 3, 2018, 10:43am Top

>173 karenmarie: Hi Karen!

Thanks for the commiserations on the leg. When I redressed it last night, it looked worse again to me. :(

No foal yet. Silly ole mare. I think she likes being treated like a queen.

I love your moose story. They are weird looking critters! Good thinking to stay behind the car. It's amazing how many people don't resect the wildlife.

>175 streamsong: Hi Beth! Thanks for stopping by. I didn't get a lot of books read last month, but they were all very good. If you or anyone else would like my LTER copy of Mouths Don't Speak, drop me a PM.

May 3, 2018, 10:50am Top

I can't seem to finish anything right now! I've had to temporarily stop what I'm reading to concentrate on these three:

Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala - This is a stunning account of the tsunami in Sri Lanka. I'm reading it for a new book club I'm trying out this Saturday night - held at a brewery! - should be fun!

Dear Madam President - Jennifer Palmieri - new book from library; can't renew

Prayer - Timothy Keller - overdue at library - out of renewals

Edited: May 3, 2018, 10:58am Top

36. Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard - 2018
- TIOLI #7: Read a book with a title that is inclusive;
- Kindle freebie acq'd 2018

From her teens, Hannah Howard had always been obsessed with food, especially fine food.

After an overly critical childhood, where her mother cared far more about Hannah's weight than Hannah did, she clawed her way into Columbia University and then searched for her place in the food industry. She started out at a gelato cart and then worked in a variety of venues: haute cuisine restaurants, gourmet food stores, and even a chain steak house restaurant.

She speaks frankly about the sexism and even rape within the industry where most chefs and managers are male.

During the time she relates, she bounced from anorexia to obesity while also being addicted to older, often married boyfriends always tied to the food industry.

I expected this to be light and fluffy and in many ways it was. But there was actually a bit of meat there, too (excuse all the food puns, please!) and it ended with quite a bit of hope as she seems to have found her path to recovery.

It was a well written, entertaining read. She writes in an engaging style that drew me quickly onward. I found it a pleasant book, but already in writing this review, many of the details have escaped me. She is currently working as a food writer, a topic I'm interested in, so I'll be interested to see her next offering.

May 3, 2018, 11:28am Top

My sympathy, too, on the lingering leg injury, Janet. That's got to be annoying.

Good review of Feast: True Love. I'm going to alert my foodie wife to it.

Edited: May 3, 2018, 4:12pm Top

>178 jnwelch: Thanks Joe! My leg is annoying. Beyond annoying.

Yesterday I did something about it. If horses and moderate hiking and rafting (can't get it wet!) are beyond me right now, well there still is something I can do. I bought a vintage camping trailer (from the 70's with a well taken-care of orange and yellow interior). I've been looking at them semi-seriously for a year and this was at a bargain price. I am seriously lucky to have been the first in line after it was posted on FB.

So now I have plans to haul my little trailer to close by campgrounds, spend nights and read a lot. There are many campgrounds in the area close enough that I could return to feed horses at night or morning and still have time to breathe in the mountain air and go for short walks.

Or even camp out in my backyard, which was a favorite when I was a kid ... Retirement is second childhood, right?

I hope Debbie likes Feast: True Love.

Mouths Don't Speak has found a new home.

May 4, 2018, 3:14am Top

>179 streamsong: Congratulations on finding a camping trailer, Janet, have fun out camping! I really like the thought of camping in your backyard :-)

May 4, 2018, 10:31am Top

>180 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I think I'll have fun with it. Camping in the yard will be my only option until the silly mare foals.

I don't have it home yet. Perhaps tomorrow.

May 4, 2018, 9:21pm Top

>179 streamsong: Congrats on the camper! My husband and I bought a small pull behind last year and got out for one trip. Our plan is to drag it to some creek front property we own as well as explore the state parks. It is nice to have a bit of shelter but be able to get out into nature as well.

May 4, 2018, 9:37pm Top

Happy Friday, Janet. Good review of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. I loved this one, as well and completely agree with your assessment. If you post it, I will Thumb it! I also really enjoyed "Wave".

Lots of bird activity this week. Spring migration may be the best time for birders. Are you seeing anything interesting?

May 5, 2018, 8:58am Top

Congrats on the camper, Janet. It sounds like a great acquisition.

May 5, 2018, 9:52am Top

>182 witchyrichy: Hi Karen - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, that's exactly what I'd like to do. I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

>183 msf59: Hi Mark - Thank you for the complement on the review and also for letting me know that I didn't post this one. I've posted it now. It was an amazing book.

I'm enjoying Wave. I have just a little bit to go in reading about this unimaginable loss. The author lost both her kids, her husband and her parents to the tsunami in Sri Lanka. I'm looking forward to the brewery book club tonight.

We actually don't get much bird migration activity here. The Rocky Mountains split the Pacific and the Central flyways and, if you look at the migration maps, Montana is in the 'dead zone'. We do have raptors passing through and also aquatic birds, but I envy you your warblers.

Edited: May 5, 2018, 10:05am Top

>184 BLBera: Hi Beth - I think I'm going to enjoy it!

Mare update - nada nada nada

Leg update - saw my GP yesterday and he has some concerns. He will be referring me to a wound care practice in Missoula. In the meantime, he has recommended a different regimen of care and will be seeing me regularly until I get transferred to the Missoula group. Hooray! It feels like progress!

Book Update for the Week: I finished the audio of the terrific Bring up the Bodies and started the audio of American Wolf after a wonderful review by Donna and remembering how Mark and others also liked it.

My reading this week will focus on Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller (overdue at library), Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri and finishing up The Gift of Rain.

I've been told to curtail my activity a bit until I see the new doc, so books are in the forecast.

May 5, 2018, 11:30am Top

>179 streamsong: "Like!" What an excellent plan, Janet. Good for you for acting quickly on the vintage camping trailer. Retirement is the best, isn't it.

May 6, 2018, 9:02am Top

Hope your leg gets better soon, Janet.

Happy Sunday. xx

May 6, 2018, 10:23am Top

Hi Janet!

It sounds like switching doctors for your leg wound is a good idea - new eyes.

I love the idea of your camper trailer, too.

Silly mare.... still no foal, I assume.

May 6, 2018, 4:42pm Top

Fingers crossed for the leg, Janet. I hope the new doctors work magic. And, books!

May 7, 2018, 9:10pm Top

Colt born this am:

May 8, 2018, 7:41am Top

>191 streamsong: Hi Janet! Congratulations! It looks wonderful. Everything went okay? The young one looks striking, is that what it's colour is going to be? (I don't know one bit about horses)

May 8, 2018, 7:45am Top

Hi Janet!

What a beautiful little guy! Congrats.

May 8, 2018, 11:55am Top

May 9, 2018, 4:18am Top

>191 streamsong: Congratulations, Janet, thanks for the pictures.
He is a handsome little colt!

May 9, 2018, 7:05am Top

>191 streamsong: Hooray! That definitely put a smile on my face.

Happy Wednesday, Janet. Thanks for explaining the migratory situation in Montana. I did not know that but it makes perfect sense. I am heading up to Wisconsin for a couple of days, at the end of the week, for some extreme birding outings. It should be a blast.

May 9, 2018, 7:42pm Top

>191 streamsong: Wow, what a great picture of the new baby in your life. Thanks for sharing. Have been thinking of you and your leg challenges and sure hope you can get the healing done soon. Sounds like you are in good hands.

May 10, 2018, 7:59am Top

>191 streamsong: Lovely! So happy for you and the mare!

May 11, 2018, 2:10am Top

Hi Janet! I'm spending this week in Pullman getting oriented to my new job and getting to know my new "home town" a bit. I am realizing that I'm going to miss the Seattle restaurant scene more than I perhaps realized, but it will be okay. I think I'm going to love the job and I am excited about our new home, assuming all goes well and we do close on June 25 as expected.

>191 streamsong: Oh my! How exciting!!! He is lovely.

May 12, 2018, 10:33am Top

>187 jnwelch: Looking forward to using the camper, Joe!

>188 PaulCranswick: >189 karenmarie: >190 BLBera: Thanks for stopping by, Paul, Karen and Beth and for the good wishes on my leg.

I saw the Missoula specialist on Thursday. He is very optimistic, but is treating it much more aggressively. Debrided (4th time since stitches out) and then the wound was packed with medical honey - which as the doc said is honey and seaweed. The honey keeps a biofilm from forming which delays healing.

Very cool. Although I did not work on biofilms produced by otherwise friendly skin bacteria, I have been to several seminars on them.

And all of you who put honey on wounds - right on!

I also have a very tight compression bandage from toes to knees until the wound gets better. I see the specialist once a week until it is healed up.

Hooray, hooray I feel like I'm moving forward with healing instead of being stalled out!

May 12, 2018, 10:41am Top

>192 EllaTim: - Hi Ella - Thanks for the congratulations and for stopping by. Yes, he will stay this color, except that his legs will probably darken. He's an American breed known as Appaloosas, out of a Quarter Horse mare which is an approved outcross.

There were some slight complications, but a vet put them right and both mare and foal are doing fine.

>193 karenmarie: >194 BLBera: >195 FAMeulstee: >196 msf59: Thanks Karen, Beth, Anita and Mark!

>196 msf59: Have fun with your birding, Mark! I love reading about it on your thread.

May 12, 2018, 10:47am Top

>196 msf59: >197 mdoris: >198 witchyrichy: Thanks Mary, Karen and Ellen. Always good to see you here!

>198 witchyrichy: Ellen, I hope you LOVE Pullman and your new job. I go over to Spokane a time or two a year, so perhaps I'll see you there, sometime! There are some nice restaurants in the Spokane area, good shows, and a beautiful Chinese garden which I haven't been to see yet.

Edited: May 14, 2018, 1:08am Top


SundownJohn Joseph Mathews - 1934
- library

From the introduction by Priscilla Oaks:

“...(John Joseph Mathews) became part of the first wave of Native American authors of the '20' s and '30's working in the mainstream of American Literature and writing in English. A very few individuals had preceded Matthews and his contemporaries, John Milton Oskison (1874-1947) and D'Arcy McNickle (1904-1977) but these men were the forerunners who blended Indian themes and ideas with such a nonIndian form as the novel.” p vii (this book was published in 1933).

Born at the turn of the century, Chal was so named so he would be a 'challenge to his people'. He was a part-breed Osage, living on the Oklahoma reservation at a time when many changes were taking place.

As a child he loved galloping his horse across the prairie and lying on his back observing the wonders of nature around him.

But as he grew, he was troubled by what he saw as the lack of ambition in many of the tribal members. This became more pronounced as oil was discovered on the reservation, money became easy, and much of the culture changed.

Chal himself persisted in a university education and quit only to pursue flying in WWI, where he became a gifted pilot.

Both in the service and then when he returned to the reservation after the war, he fought to come to terms with the dual sides of his Indian and white natures.

I gained insight into both Osage thought and the internal dialogue when one is ashamed of one's culture and longing to be someone else.

I read this after reading author David Grann say this book was his inspiration for doing the research and then writing Killers of the Flower Moon. Sure enough, Mathews does mention both the corrupt doctor in town competing with the town whore to sell drugs as well as a few (very few!) murders over the oil 'head rights'. They are mentioned as part of the general corruption the oil money brought to the reservation and not in great detail.

Grann's research in taking this as a jumping off point and uncovering the extent of the murders is an interesting story in itself.

This book is recommended to those interested in Native American authors and native American life, and anyone who read and enjoyed Killers of the Flower Moon.

May 13, 2018, 12:27pm Top

Sundown goes on the WL, Janet.

Happy to hear there is progress on the wound front.

May 13, 2018, 12:32pm Top

Hi Janet! Happy Mother's Day to you.

Edited: May 13, 2018, 2:29pm Top

Happy Sunday, Janet. Happy Mother's Day!

Good review of Sundown. Thumb! It is on the list.

May 14, 2018, 1:14am Top

>204 BLBera: and >206 msf59: Hi Beth and Mark! I'm glad you liked the review.

I thought this phrase from the introduction was so interesting: "... the forerunners who blended Indian themes and ideas with such a nonIndian form as the novel.”

Lots of food for thought in that phrase ... the transition from traditional storytelling to long form novel writing..... Hmmm

Thanks, Beth for the good wishes on the leg. It is so FRUSTRATING! I cannot put a decent compression wrap on my leg and have it stay put. I figure if it took the nurse 100 times to learn to do it well, I'm on my way to getting it figured out - the more times a day I have to redo it, the sooner I will learn it ... (she says brightly, gnashing her teeth)

Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes, Karen and Mark. My son sent two poetry books: Love That Dog which I had read and wanted my own copy, and Words Under the Words by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Edited: May 14, 2018, 6:00pm Top

The very first poem in the book Words Under the Words by Naomi Shihab Nye

"Negotations with a Volcano

We will call you “Agua” like the rivers and cool jugs.
We will persuade the clouds to nestle around your neck
so you may sleep late.
We would be happy if you slept forever.
We will tend the slopes we plant, singing the songs
our grandfathers taught us before we inherited their fear.
We will try not to argue among ourselves.
When the widow demands extra flour, we will provide it,
remembering the smell of incense on the day of our Lord.

Please think of us as we are, tiny, with skins that burn easily.
Please notice how we have watered the shrubs around our houses
and transplanted the peppers into neat tin cans.
Forgive any anger we feel toward the earth,
when the rains do not come, or they come too much,
and swallow our corn.
It is not easy to be this small and live in your shadow.

Often while we are eating our evening meal
you cross our rooms like a thief,
touching first the radio and then the loom.
Later our dreams begin catching fire around the edges,
they burn like paper, we wake with our hands full of ash.

How can we live like this?
We need to wake and find our shelves intact,
our children slumbering in their quilts.
We need dreams the shape of lakes,
with mornings in them thick as fish.
Shade us while we cast and hook—
but nothing else, nothing else."

Edited: May 15, 2018, 9:42am Top

38. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - Timothy Snyder - 2017
- TIOLI #1 Read a book with at least three pages starting with the same word
- library

This is a short book with a lot of wisdom.

It expounds on history with twenty short but gripping lessons on what an individual could have done during such events as the rise of Hitler and fascism, and what a person can do today to ensure our democracy stays strong.

The good news is that the remedies are often quite straightforward and include such ideas as adhering to professional standards, being aware of movement toward a one party state and awareness and listening for dangerous words. It's not that these lessons or remedies are easy; standing up against a crowd takes quite a bit of courage; but the people who believe in such principals must stand firm.

I plan to have an extra copy of this book on hand to share – I know it's one I'll want to give to others.

May 15, 2018, 9:47am Top

>208 streamsong: Love the poem, Janet.

I need to get to On Tyranny; it's been on my shelf for a while. This summer.

Edited: May 15, 2018, 9:55am Top

Good morning, Beth! Isn't that a wonderful poem? That last stanza burns into my soul. Every refugee, everywhere.

On Tyranny is a very quick read - an hour or two. But you may want to reread it. :)

May 15, 2018, 11:06am Top

>208 streamsong: Love this one, Shelley. Naomi Shihab Nye is so good.

On Tyranny: This is a short book with a lot of wisdom. Yes!

May 16, 2018, 11:21am Top

Hi Joe! I think I learned about Naomi Shihab Nye from you. I am loving her poems.

I just finished Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 which was another one I could tag 'Joe's fault'.

First poetry book of the year, and first GN of the year - both Joe rec's.

May 17, 2018, 4:59pm Top

>213 streamsong: He seems like a great guy, and what a book recommender. :-)

I'm glad you tried Naomi Shahib Nye - I'm pretty sure Mark and Paul are fans, too. Wasn't Wires and Nerve fun? It's interesting that she chose the graphic form to continue the story.

May 17, 2018, 5:14pm Top

>191 streamsong: Awwww, what a sweet baby! Also, loved the moose story. We have driven all over New England, Alaska, and Northern Michigan with nary a moose sighting. Maybe we need to go to Montana?

Congratulatons on the new camping trailer purchase and commisserations on the ongoing wound treatments. I hope the new doctor can give you some relief and healing soon.

May 18, 2018, 6:59am Top

>208 streamsong: I love this poem and this collection. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Friday, Janet. Good review of On, Tyranny. Important book and yes, demands a reread.

Edited: May 18, 2018, 11:46am Top

>214 jnwelch: Maybe I'll get to meet him this year!

Wires and Nerve was fun, but the characters didn't look as I imagined them. Too many years of Disney princesses!

>215 Donna828: Hi Donna - Thanks for the comp on the foal. He's growing like a weed!

I hope you see your moose soon. I think I'm a moose magnet. Feel free to send me a plane ticket to somewhere you'd like to see a moose, and I'll do my best. Montana is awesome and you'd enjoy Glacier or Yellowstone and I'd enjoy meeting you!

I am looking forward to the camper trailer - it will be a while before I can break free from here to use it, though.

Wound clinic yesterday - for the first time in months, it not only didn't get larger, it measures somewhat smaller - hooray, hooray! Boo hiss - I need to go two times next week. My whole leg is sore after the clinic. I stopped by the library to return some books on my way home yesterday and couldn't even hold a conversation with a friend. Boo hiss.

>216 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for stopping in. Both great books and I'm proud to be following in your book steps.

May 18, 2018, 3:18pm Top

>217 streamsong: Good news but for the short term, I add my own "boo hiss" as well. Pain is never good news even when it is associated with healing. Here's to continued healing and hoorays!

May 19, 2018, 9:05am Top

Happy Saturday to you, Janet!

Glad to hear that the wound has gotten smaller, sorry about the pain after the clinic. To a much lesser extent I'm sore after the PT for my right ankle/tendenosis, so I can relate.

May 19, 2018, 11:40am Top

>218 witchyrichy: >219 karenmarie: Hi Karen and Karen! Thanks for the concern.

Mostly I'm just whining. The wound itself continues to be numb. They are putting ever tighter, ever more complicated compression wraps on the leg. So they debride the wound and then put on a very tight compression wrap. And then I drive home for an hour. The debriding and hanging my leg down while I am driving make it swell, which make the wrap that much tighter and the whole leg is positively throbby by the time I get home. I'll take ibuprofen before I head home this week.

The good news is that driving back and forth to Msla, I am listening to more audiobooks once again. I am on the last tiny bit of the epilogue of American Wolf, which has been very enjoyable.

I'll probably go with Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim next. It's a ROOT for me, and David Sedaris will be in Missoula in June. Although, as there are only 75 tickets available to hear him talk, I may well not be able to get it to hear him.

May 20, 2018, 9:45am Top

Hi Janet!

Yay for Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. I hope you can get a ticket to see him in June. Calypso comes out on the 29th of May so I might have it read by the time we meet up.

Edited: May 21, 2018, 9:48am Top

>221 karenmarie: Hi Karen! The ticket acquiring process for Sedaris is quite daunting, and with only 75 tickets in a University town, hmmm ... well....

I'm glad you won a ticket to see him! I'm looking forward to meeting you in June!

May 21, 2018, 9:39am Top

First of the May reviews! As ever, incredibly far behind!

39. Bring Up the BodiesHilary Mantel – 2012
– ROOT #12/50; Acq'd 2015 = 3 ROOT points (32/225)
- listened to audio (audio from library)

This is the unprecedented Booker prize winning sequel to the Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall. It continues the story of Thomas Cromwell.

Cromwell was born to a family of commoners. As the son of an abusive father, he was thrown out to make his way in the world, and he did so admirably. Eventually he became the First Secretary to King Henry VIII, where Cromwell was arguably, the most powerful man in the realm.

This follows the middle portion of Cromwell's career at court. Through Cromwell's work, Katherine of Aragon's marriage to Henry was annulled on a technicality so the king could marry Anne Boleyn, already carrying the King's child. But Henry soon lost interest in Anne and again relied on Cromwell to remove her so he could marry his current obsession, Jane Seymour.

It's a story of power and intrigue: a king who believed he was above morality and decency, above all men, above God and the church. Thomas Cromwell was the tool that made the King's whims happen. But each time a wife was set aside, powerful families were destroyed and powerful enemies created.

I found reading the print version of Wolf Hall a bit daunting. I **loved** this audio version of Bring Up the Bodies read by Simon Vance. I'm now looking forward to the third and final installment, which I'm hoping will be published soon. I will definitely choose the audio edition.

May 22, 2018, 12:44pm Top

Nice review of Bring Up the Bodies, Janet. Unfortunately it seems as though The Mirror and the Light, the last novel in the Cromwell Trilogy, won't be published until sometime next year.

May 22, 2018, 1:09pm Top

Hi Darryl! Thank you for that info. Well ... a year isn't so long to wait. I went several years between Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

I've been meaning to get over to the food thread and post about the Instant Pot class I took. We made perfect risotto (creamy and oh so good and none of the constant stirring) in about 15 minutes. We also did a quinoa dish, 'messy spaghetti' (instructor said her kids loved it but not my favorite as the noodles were a bit overcooked I think) and pulled buffalo chicken, as well as having cheesecake that she made the night before. I plan on investing in an Instant Pot!

May 26, 2018, 11:04am Top

40. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala - 2013
- new brewery bookclub
– Global Reading Challenge: Sri Lanka;
- TIOLI #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018
- acq'd 2018

In 2012, Sonali Deraniyagala was celebrating the New Year week with her beloved family and friends at a national park on the Sri Lankan coast, only a few miles from where she had grown up. She, her husband and sons had traveled from London for a happy holiday reunion with Sonali's Sri Lankan parents.

Suddenly a friend alerted her to the curious fact that the sea was rolling in on their hotel. It took a few moments for them to realize it was a tsunami. She and her husband grabbed their boys and started running in a panic, not even pausing to pound on her parents' next door hotel room and warn them of the coming disaster.

They leaped into a good Samaritan's jeep, but could not outrun the wave. Sonali does not remember seeing her husband and sons disappear; she knows only that after being swept by the water for a long time, she grabbed a branch above her. She remembers herself being rescued as she was curled motionless and speechless into a ball. Her rescuers told her that she was spinning, spinning, spinning....

She never saw any of her family alive again.

This is not just a disaster tale, but a story of surviving the unimaginable. She tells of moving through a world where her family no longer exists: the near catatonia in the first months, followed by the incredibly slow inchworm acknowledgment (but never becoming forgetful) of her unimaginable loss.

May 28, 2018, 9:23am Top

Nice review of Wave. I thought that I owned a copy of it but I was wrong, so I'll have to look for it.

May 28, 2018, 6:33pm Top

>227 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl! I read this hoping to attend a new-to-me bookclub at a local brewery. I didn't make it to the meeting, but I enjoyed the book and I hope you do, too.

May 28, 2018, 6:38pm Top

41. Dear Madam President - Jennifer Palmieri - 2018;
-TIOLI #4. Read a book that has a body part in the author's name;
- library

Jennifer Palmieri was the Director of Communications for the Obama White House, but resigned her job to take the same post for Hillary Clinton's campaign.

She fully expected Hillary to be elected and that she herself would continue a similar position in the new White House. As the campaign wore on, doubts crept in as Trump's campaign antics continued.

This is written as a letter to the future first US woman president – how she can learn from the Clinton campaign and become stronger for it.

Each chapter details the Clinton campaign, with only a short paragraph or two at the end addressing the new Madam President to be.

Palmieri has several interesting points including her analysis of TJSAHIDL (There's just something about her I don't like).

I was also intrigued by her explanation of why many people were most impressed by Hillary's concession speech rather than her earlier campaign speeches. Palmieri believes that this is partly due to people liking women who are accepting and gracious losers instead of powerful women putting forth their agenda.

I had seen Ms Palmieri interviewed about this book on the Rachel Madow show. I wasn't exactly disappointed by the book, but somehow it didn't live up to what I had imagined. It's a short book and a quick read; not earth shattering but worth the look into the Clinton campaign by one of it's primary players.

3.8 stars

Edited: May 28, 2018, 10:06pm Top

Happy Memorial Day, Janet. I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Hooray for Bring Up the Bodies. I LOVED this book on audio, as well and like you, CAN NOT wait, until book 3.

Good review of Wave too. Excellent memoir, that packs quite an emotional punch, for such a short read.

May 29, 2018, 9:34am Top

>230 msf59: Thanks, Mark and thanks for stopping by. Bring Up the Bodies and Wave were both wonderful books.

Even though all my google searches insist that hummingbirds don't reuse the same nest, I have a pair (same pair? different?) in the nest outside my front window that the hummers used last year. It's absolutely predator proof and not as sway-y as a tree branch. Unfortunately, the male is once more decorating my front window as he attacks the hummer he sees in the reflection.

Here's a photo from last year.

It's a very hard place to photograph - just inside the eves on what I would call a double eye bolt that the x hung for hanging plants.

I'll try to get better photos this year.

May 29, 2018, 1:57pm Top

>231 streamsong: Enjoy the hummingbirds, Janet!
How is the little colt doing? I bet he has grown since the pictures three weeks ago.

May 30, 2018, 12:23pm Top

>232 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I need to move my chair a bit so I can watch them more easily while sitting with my leg up. Such a treat! It felt like a miracle when they built their nest there last year - and now they're back! So special! Last night I watched the male hummer harass a robin until it left its perch in a nearby tree.

The colt is doing great. I've been trying to get some pictures of him, but I'm not happy with the results, yet. He's getting lessons with a halter (still not convinced anything belongs on his nose) and as three weeks is about the time foals begin to nibble on grain and grass, I've put up a creep feeder for him. A creep feeder is a pen that a foal can enter, but the mare cannot.

May 30, 2018, 12:42pm Top

Tomorrow's Real Life Book Club will be discussing A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard.

This is an absolutely fascinating book about the socio-political regions of the US. Unfortunately I won't get it finished by the meeting tomorrow, which is too bad since I am still in the post-American revolution section.

It's fascinating to see how the history behind the various colonies affects the political thought today. New England - many colonies based on religion but not religious freedom; believing that freedom belongs to a community, not an individual; New York - Dutch trading colony set up to be profitable, welcoming all types of immigrants; moving further south to colonies forged by 'second sons' who valued education; farther south yet the slave owners' society based on European almost feudal societal values, many who moved there after the Barbados slave rebellion.

Jun 1, 2018, 5:24pm Top

I am also looking forward to the third installment of Mantel's series. I read the print version of the first two but will definitely try out audio for the third one. Thanks for the tip!

Jun 1, 2018, 6:05pm Top

>234 streamsong: Oops, book bullet!! And looking forward to pictures to come.

Jun 1, 2018, 6:12pm Top

>179 streamsong: Hi Janet. I love it...You bought a camper! How incredible. I retire in October. After 36 years of university life, I will slowly need something to occupy my time, other than reading.
I hope you are feeling better.
Thanks for comments on A History of Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. This is a book I must read.

All good wishes.

Edited: Jun 1, 2018, 6:52pm Top

Janet, I wonder how similar the book "A History of Eleven....." is to a book that my P read and raved about many years ago, how the north/south connection is way more real that the east/west in our 2 countries. The book was The Nine Nations of North America an oldie now (1981)! The author suggested that there were 9 distinct regions with cultural and economic features.

Hope the healing with your leg is going very, very well!

Jun 5, 2018, 9:10am Top

Hi Janet - Glad to hear the wound is healing. Great comments on the Mantel and Wave; I haven't read Wolf Hall yet; I'll add it to my summer reading list. :)

Edited: Jun 5, 2018, 9:35am Top

>235 witchyrichy: Nice to see you, Karen! I hope the audio works as well for you as it did for me!

>236 ronincats: Hi Roni! A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America is a very interesting book - and made a great book club discussion.

>237 Whisper1: Hey Linda! It's so good to see you out and about on the threads!

I am stoked about the camper, although I haven't used it yet. This Saturday a friend is teaching a class on driving, backing and hitching up trailers. I decided to go ahead and take it since the camper is longer than the horse trailers that I am used to pulling. I hope to be camping soon. Retirement is great.

Thanks for the good wishes - My leg is doing really well. Although the doctor wouldn't give a time estimate, the nurse at the wound clinic last week estimated only 2-3 weeks before I'd be healed and done. Woot!

Glad to hit you with a book bullet.

>238 mdoris: Hi Mary! The Nine Nations of North America was mentioned in a book review of A History of Eleven... . There was also another book mentioned that had 5 or 7? regions identified; so it's not a totally new idea. If you can't google that review, I'll contact the book club leader and find out where she found it, if you like.

Thanks for the good wishes!

Jun 5, 2018, 9:34am Top

>239 BLBera: Hi Beth! Are you back? If so, I will get the promised book mailed out today.

I think you'll love Wolf Hall. It definitely should be on your summer tbr pile.

I am being very derelict about both posting and visiting threads. Summer is sooooo short here in Montana and I have so many outdoor projects to do. Getting hurt in March has put me so far behind with all of them.

In addition I need to deep clean and finish painting inside. DS may be bringing The Girl here to Montana in about a month to meet the family.

Jun 5, 2018, 11:17am Top

Janet - I am back. I know what you mean about summer projects. I am starting on windows today. I might get some reading in between projects.

Jun 6, 2018, 7:39am Top

Hi Janet!

I'm so glad to hear that your leg is finally healing!

Jun 6, 2018, 8:02pm Top

>243 karenmarie: Me too, Karen, me too!

I meant to tell you that I struck out on the Sedaris tickets. People lined up outside the bookstore starting at 5 am! I wonder why they decided to have it at their bookstore rather than a larger venue - 75 tickets is such a tiny number, especially in a University town!

Edited: Jun 6, 2018, 11:00pm Top

42. ReservationsGwen Florio - 2017
- May:TIOLI #7: Read a book where part of the author's name begins with G;
- library

This is volume four in Florio's series featuring Lola Wicks, a journalist who spent time in Afghanistan and is now living in Montana with her Blackfeet policeman husband Charlie, and their young daughter.

As part of a delayed honeymoon, the three travel to the Navajo reservation where Charlie's brother and his family live.

But a coal mine run by an international company is causing dissention on the res. Although the jobs are greatly appreciated, the natural beauty of the reservation has definitely been disturbed. Charlie's brother works for the mine; his wife is a Navajo lawyer and often represents the tribe.

Just before they arrive an explosion kills a tribal elder. It's believed to be an act of Eco-terrorism. Not surprisingly, Lola jumps in to the middle of a very dangerous situation.

As always with Florio's mysteries I enjoyed the realism of reservation life. Racism and hard feelings between factions are not glossed over: whites and Indians, Indians against whites, and even hard feelings among Indians belonging to other tribes. It's a place of beauty, but also of great poverty; economic opportunity is rare.

What I didn't like about this installment, is that she whacked one of my favorite characters in what I have come to call 'The Game of Thrones' meme. Like a character? Dead next week. No, no, no, Gwen! Will I trust you with my heart again? Well, probably. After all, there is another volumes out and a sixth waiting to be released. Beware of major spoilers in the blurbs for volume # 5!

Jun 7, 2018, 6:57am Top

Hi Janet, glad to read your leg is doing better!

I totally get the summer projects, and the outdoor time. Have to make the most of it, when you can. Love the camper idea.

I'm way behind on stuff as well, thanks to back problems and other ado.

Jun 7, 2018, 8:33am Top

The Florio series sounds interesting, Janet. Darn it! Another series.

Edited: Jun 7, 2018, 11:41am Top

>246 EllaTim: So sorry to hear that your back is continuing to give you problems. Ouch, ouch, double ouch!

This weekend I am going to a camper pulling/hitching/backing up day long workshop. I used to pull a horse trailer a lot when I was in high school and a young adult, but it's been so many years that I need a refresher to give myself confidence. The maiden camper voyage will happen soon after that!

>247 BLBera: Hi Beth! I enjoy the Florio series, but I think a lot of it is supporting a local author. This is what I wrote on Karenmarie's thread earlier this month:

"I think she is getting stronger with each book in the series. The first one is the weakest, but her Lola Wicks character is a strong, interesting woman and life on the rez reflects what I saw when we lived on one 30 years ago, while my ex was editor of the local newspaper. There is a book killing/series killing flaw for me in that first one, but I'm glad I went on with the series. I finished the 4th one this month and am working on the review now.

At the Montana book festival last year she stood next to me while we waited a very long time to have Donald Ray Pollock sign a book. She recognized me as having her sign two books earlier that day, so we had a long and great conversation about books, newspapers and writing."

Also, she likes on my reviews of her books over on Good Reads. **grins**

Acck - so many heavy & political books this year. I've started When They Call You a Terrorist which is excellent, but I've also started Murder on the Orient Express which I've never read.

Jun 7, 2018, 12:33pm Top

What a great Florio story, Janet. My library starts with number 4, so it looks like I could start with that one?

I loved When They Call You a Terrorist, but it is heart breaking in places. Still, I think it's important to read.

Jun 12, 2018, 7:48am Top

Hi Janet!

I just finished Montana and really liked it a lot.

Edited: Jun 12, 2018, 10:03am Top

>249 BLBera: Hi Beth! #4 should work for a starting place for the Florio series.

When They Call You a Terrorist continues to be a very sobering read. The author's brother had a psychotic break and was arrested for a minor traffic accident. Because he was yelling, not threatening, but yelling, he was deemed a terrorist. He appeared before the judge in five point restraint, strapped to a gurney with a spit mask in place. He was pleading for his psychiatric medicine which was refused (cheaper to put him in restraints) and calling for his Mom.

This incident, that of a clearly mentally ill man, could have imprisoned him for life. The author quotes a study that says that 10 times more seriously mentally ill people (350,000) are imprisoned in the US than there are psychiatric beds in the entire country (35,000).

>250 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Yay! I'm glad you liked the first in the Florio series. Did you catch the reason I almost put the series down? Riding a horse through a forest fire. Yeah, right.

I'm looking forward to meeting you soon!

Jun 12, 2018, 9:59am Top

43. Wires and Nerve: Volume 1Marissa Meyer – 2017
- May TIOLI # 11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25 2018
- library

I enjoyed this graphic continuation of The Lunar Chronicles focusing on Iko the droid. She has an almost human personality chip (which many people see as a malfunction) and a new escort model robot body. We see her not only fighting the Wolf soldiers, but exploring droid rights (why isn't she known as a hero of the recent wars?) and her human emotions (Lasting friendships! Blushing! Falling in love?)

I'm happy to go on with this series – for me Marissa Meyer is the perfect light n fun relief when I need a mental break.

However – I was a bit disappointed in the depictions of many of the characters. I had envisioned them more glamorous – more Disney-esque; more like the original characters from the original tales that they mirror. The drawings were more down to earth versions of them – dontcha hate it when reality (?) gets in the way.

Volume 2 promptly requested from library.

Edited: Jun 13, 2018, 9:26am Top

>251 streamsong: I did not catch that. I should have though, because we had horses for about 5 years here and although they're not my passion I learned quite a bit about them. What almost did it for me was her penchant for stealing valuable little things - the cribbage piece, the fetish, the paperweight. They are an unattractive character trait, but other than that I really like her, as prickly and standoffish as she seems to be.

Jun 13, 2018, 11:03am Top

Happy Wednesday, Janet. Isn't Terrorist amazing? This should be taught in schools. A good companion piece to Just Mercy.

Jun 14, 2018, 11:29am Top

>253 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I'd forgotten that detail about her 'collecting' - I think it disappears in later books.

I just noticed (from my Fact and Fiction FB feed which just had an author signing) that there is another Montana mystery series centered in Glacier Park. The author is Christine Carbo and the first in the series is called The Wild Inside. Guess I'll have to check this series out, too.

>254 msf59: Hi Mark! I agree that Terrorist was amazing.

It's a bit of a coincidence that I've read three black experience books so close together as they were requested from the library months apart. As Ellen said, We Were Eight Years in Power is absolutely beautiful writing and made me understand diverse issues like reparations. So You Want to Talk About Race clued me in about racism and anger. And now When They Call You a Terrorist which drove me to tears.

What an amazing trio of voices and all so different!

I have one more to read: an LTER book called Infinite Hope by a black man, Anthony Graves who was on death row for a murder he didn't commit.

Edited: Jun 17, 2018, 9:40am Top

I've just started The Feather Thief. It was the choice for the Outside & Beyond book club in May but I didn't get to it. I'm using it for both the June MysteryCat True Crime read and the Nonfiction Challenge Outdoor read.

It's an absolutely fascinating story; I can barely put it down. So far it's touched on exotic bird species in Malaysia, the Victorian craze for birds and feathers in fashion and the arcane art of tying Salmon flies using incredibly rare feathers. The salmon flies are works of art that are never used for fishing but the feathers used to make them are from extinct and protected birds.

And of course it's about, Edwin Rist, boy genius, accomplished flautist and obsessed fly tier who broke in the British Natural Museum of History and stole millions of dollars of irreplaceable specimens.

Victorian woman with an entire egret on her hat.

Jun 16, 2018, 5:44am Top

>256 streamsong: Well, at least that craze has passed, I prefer seeing an egret in the live outdoors, than on some woman's head! Weird people, those Victorians.

Several BB's in your thread, I've added When they call you a terrorist to the list.

Jun 16, 2018, 8:43am Top

Hi Janet - Thanks! I got the book yesterday. What a nice surprise. I hope to be able to return the favor.

Jun 18, 2018, 11:54am Top

>257 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Yes a very weird craze - with millions of birds hunted to near extinction and extinction.

I finished The Feather Thief yesterday. I'm letting my thoughts gel a bit. It's quite easy since I am sooooo far behind on reviews.

When They Call You a Terrorist was absolutely amazing. I'm glad to hear it's caught your interest. It's another that should be required reading.

>258 BLBera: Hi Beth! Haha, it's been so long since I promised to send it, I bet it was a surprise ... :) No worries about returning the favor. I think of the whole 75'ers group as a community where I am happy to pass books along. Several people have sent me books and I haven't been able to send anything to them - I tell myself the balance works out.

Edited: Jun 18, 2018, 12:05pm Top

44. American WolfNate Blakeslee – 2018
- library
– audio

This is a great narrative non-fiction account of the wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. It follows several packs through multiple generations. It also highlights some of the more interesting individuals within the packs, most notably a charismatic alpha female known as 06, who was known as 'the most beloved wolf in North America'.

The author clearly shows much of the controversy involving wolves and follows the input of many people – naturalists, wolf biologists, politicians, wolf groupies, and those who live in surrounding communities, including ranchers and hunters.

I live in western Montana and so have been following this story for decades. Nevertheless, I learned details that I didn't know, as well as appreciated having it put in a big picture.

And of course, I enjoyed the story of the wolves. Wonderful, beautiful animals, with high social organization – but no over sentimentalization about the cruelty between packs or the way prey animals are often eaten alive.

I do not hunt, but am not anti-hunting and have no problem with a few wolves being hunted outside the Park boundaries or the elimination of packs turning to killing domestic animals.

I wish the author had brought out the issue of human habituation within Yellowstone Park. Although the wolves are not approached by people, the wolf packs are watched at distance by humans with high power scopes. The wolves' incredible senses cannot be unaware of these humans; and they perceive no threat from the humans. Outside of the Park, they will have a lesser fear of humans and are more vulnerable to humans with guns. In this way, the so-called Yellowstone wolf groupies are actually setting the wolves up to be successfully hunted outside Yellowstone.

Overall, though, 4.5 stars. Recommended for anyone who loves wild places and wildlife.

Jun 18, 2018, 7:54pm Top

Great review of American Wolf, Janet. Big Thumb! I also LOVED this book. I hope we can get more folks on board.

"Recommended for anyone who loves wild places and wildlife." Amen!!

Hooray for The Feather Thief. A friend sent me a copy of this one and I am really looking forward to reading it. I will probably read it, early next month.

Jun 19, 2018, 11:59am Top

>261 msf59: Thanks, Mark!

I am sooooo far behind on reviews. I have one more to complete for my May reading - and that will be a mini review since it is a very well read book!

I loved the way The Feather Thief started - the background info including the story of Alfred Russell Wallace who independently came up with the theory of evolution after studying the birds of Malaya; the Victorian feather trade; the explanation of tying the arcane salmon flies and the heist from the British Museum of Natural History.

I thought the ending weaker - I'll be interested to see what you say about it!

Yesterday I started reading Infinite Hope, an LTER book by Anthony Graves who spent 12 years on death row and a total of 18 and a half years in prison for a crime he didn't commit on extremely flimsy, trumped up evidence. Absolutely fascinating! I read it in a day; I can't remember the last time I inhaled a book that quickly.

Of course it helped that yesterday was another cold (high in the 50's) and rainy day here.

Jun 19, 2018, 12:26pm Top

This week, I received my most recent Early Reviewers' book, What the Eyes Don't See about the Flint, Michigan water crises.

Last night Rachel Maddow interviewed the author, Mona Hanna-Attisha on her show.

Besides being a dedicated pediatrician who sleuthed out the reason for the lead contamination despite official condemnation and uproar, the author came from Iraq as a child.

Under Trump's immigration policies, she and her family would have been prevented from entering the US.

It should be a great read!

Jun 20, 2018, 10:34am Top

Hi, Janet.

I'm glad you had a good time with Wires and Nerve. I don't know why she chose to continue the story in graphic form, but I'm enjoying it, too.

Jun 20, 2018, 5:50pm Top

>263 streamsong: Saw that interview, Janet! Should be a good book indeed.

Jun 21, 2018, 10:12am Top

>264 jnwelch: Hi Joe - It's wonderful to see you. I know this time ain't easy. Many hugs as you travel through.

I'm still waiting for the Volume 2 of Wires and Nerve to arrive at the library, but in the meantime, yesterday I picked up Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy. I've been wanting to read this series for a while, but it was mis-entered on the library website as a title that couldn't be transferred between libraries. Hooray! Now fixed and in my greedy little hands.

>265 ronincats: Hi Roni! Yay for another Rachel Maddow fan!

I ordered a copy of Seeker's Mask From Amazon yesterday. Yikes! Can't believe I haven't gone on with the series. Where is the year going?

Jun 21, 2018, 3:58pm Top

>266 streamsong: Lumberjanes is so good! I hope you enjoy it.

Jun 21, 2018, 10:25pm Top

>266 streamsong: Definitely a Rachel Maddow fan, Janet! Glad you are moving on with the Hodgell series, too.

Edited: Jun 22, 2018, 11:46am Top

>267 norabelle414: Hi and I'm glad you stopped in! I'm looking forward to Lumberjanes. It feels like everything I've been reading lately has been pretty heavy.

>268 ronincats: I'm looking forward to reading some pure enjoyment books for a while! Yay for summer!

Yesterday I finished the audio of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee which had been sitting on MT TBR for decades. I knew I wanted to read it - but also I knew how depressing it would be.

My new audio in the car is one of Ivan Doig's classics: This House of Sky which has also been on MT TBR for several years. I have a ton of Montana authors and books on the Mountain; might as well do a bit of focusing on them as I travel this summer.

I've also started Lucy's The Hounds of Spring and am enjoying it very much!

Jun 23, 2018, 7:59am Top

Hi Janet!

Looking forward to seeing you on Monday! I'll be in touch tomorrow.

Jun 24, 2018, 12:43pm Top

>270 karenmarie: Hooray! It will be fun.

And another hooray - Friday was my last wound clinic appointment. It's healed!

Three and a half months to heal a bad cut from falling against a piece of rebar. It's amazing how a bit of clumsiness can change things for a long while to come.

Jun 24, 2018, 1:51pm Top

Janet so pleased that your healing is done and kind of you to refer to the initial culprit......rebar....as I had been wondering about that! i have just had my 2nd. electrical cardioversion and was told that I am a "new woman" and then asked do I get a "new man"! . Never a dull moment!

Jun 24, 2018, 11:11pm Top

That is wonderful, Janet! So glad it is finally healed and you can cross that off your worry list.

Edited: Jun 25, 2018, 6:42am Top

Hi, Janet. I hope you had a nice weekend. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is an amazing read but, you are correct, it is also sad and gut-wrenching. This House of Sky is excellent. He is such a good writer. Enjoy!

Also on the Native American front, I just started There There, a new novel that came out earlier this month and begins very strong.

Jun 27, 2018, 9:20am Top

So happy to read your wound is finally healed, Janet!
I hope you had a good time with Karen.

How is the colt doing? Any pictures?

Jun 27, 2018, 9:49am Top

>272 mdoris: Thanks for stopping by, Mary and for the good wishes!

Oh no, on the cardioversion. I'm sorry you have to do that and hope it does make you feel much better. A new woman definitely deserves a new man!

>273 ronincats: Thanks, Roni! It is a big relief. Now I want to deal with losing weight and being less sedentary. Restricting my movement while healing didn't help with either of those issues!

>274 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for stopping in. This House of Sky is, I think, the 8th Doig that I've read. I'm loving it. What a way with words he had!

There, There sounds good. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Unfortunately, the Native Americans are in for more of a bumpy ride. Although I have not seen it on national news, a Native news service that I follow on FB says that Trump also wants natives to have to work to receive Medicaid - in effect abolishing the Indian Health Service. Trump is making noises that he wants to treat them like other races within the US and abolish their sovereign nations status, negating centuries old treaties. (I wonder if Trump will give their land back if he does?)

Although there are a few exceptions, most of the reservations are the poorest of the poor within this country.

>275 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Thanks for the congrats on the wound healing.

I had a great time with Karen and her friend Karen. I have a meetup pic that I will post on my new thread (long overdue!).

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