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Loving Lit's ----fifth----

This is a continuation of the topic Ireadthereforeiam || four ||.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Jul 19, 5:27pm Top

The Pet Shop Boys! Colourful in album cover and life.

Edited: Jul 20, 2:07am Top

2018 reads

1. On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky (2013) NF 142p
2. The Standing Chandelier by Lionel Shriver (2017) 122p (tally 264p)
3. Lighthouse Family: Coastal New Zealand, 1941-42 by Philippa Werry (date published tba) 240p (tally 504p)
4. The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi (2014) 440p (tally 944p)
5. Social Theory by William Outhwaite (2015) NF 129p (1,073p)
6. Hiroshima by John Hersey (1946, reissued with last chapter 1985) NNF 196p (tally 1,269p)
7. Tell me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli (2017) NF 106p (tally 1,375p)
8. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (2011) NF 312p (tally 1,687p)

9. Almanac for Noise and Politics 2016 (2016) NF 40p (tally 1,718p)
10. Arthur & George by Julian Barnes (2005) 506p (tally 2,224p)
11. If This is a Man and the Truce by Primo Levi (1958/1965) NF 398p (tally 2,622p)

12. Barkskins by Annie Proulx (2016) 717p (tally 3,339p)
13. Nobody's Mother edited by Lynne van Luven (2006) NF 226p (tally 3,565p)
14. Mountains Without Handrails by Joseph L. Sax (1980) NF 113p (tally 3,678p)
15. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi (1984) NF 212p (tally 3,890p)
16. Discursive Psychology: Theory, Method and Applications by Sally Wiggins (2017) NF 240p (tally 4,130p)
17. I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein (2006) NF 197p (tally 4,327p)
18. Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (2017) NF 310p (tally 4,637p)

19. Blindness by Jose Saramago (1995) 309p (tally 4,946p)
20. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (2014) NF 320 p (tally 5,266p)
21. Le Bal by Irène Némirovsky (2x short stories) (1930/1931)106p (tally 5,372p)
22. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (short stories) (1999) 198p (tally 5,570p)

23. Island of the Lost by Ruth Druett (2007) NF 384p (tally 5,954p)
24. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano (2009) 379p (tally 6,333p)
25. The Jest of God by Margaret Laurence (1966) 215p (tally 6,548p)

26. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman (2017) NF 264p (tally 6,812p)
27. Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow (2000) Kids 150p (tally, 6,962p)
28. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpernbeck (2017) 283p (tally 7,245p)
29. Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (published xxxx) Kids 222p (tally 7,467p)
30. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (published 2005) Kids 260p (tally 7,727p)

Edited: Sep 5, 6:06pm Top

2018 reads- 2nd half

31. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (published 2014) 333p (tally 8060,p)
32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (published 2006) 216p (tally 8,276p)
33. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone (published1997) NF 215p (tally 8,491p)

34. First We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson (published 2018) NF 320p (Tally 8,811p)
35. Paper Planes by Steve Worland (published 2015) 188p (tally 8,999p) Kids
36. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (published 2017) 361p (tally 9,360p)
37. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry (published 2010) NF 425p (tally 9,785p)
38. The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does when You're not Looking by Michael C. Corballis (published 2014) NF 162p (tally 9,947p)
39. The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix (published 2017) NF 218p (tally 10,165)
40. The Years, Months, Days by Yan Linake (published 1997) 97p (tally 10,262p)

41. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (published 2012) 331p (tally 10,593p)

Edited: Jul 19, 5:32pm Top

Edited: Sep 4, 3:48pm Top

1. The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi $17.50 (brand new!)
2. The Standing Chandelier by Lionel Shriver $17.50 (brand new!)
3. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve $5 (1st of the Mortal Engines quartet)
4. Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve $5 (2nd of above series)
5. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve $5 (3rd of above series)
6. A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve $5 (4th and final of above series)
7. Hiroshima by John Hersey $3
8. Discursive Psychology by Sally Wiggins $42 (brand new!)
9. Bomb Book and Compass by Simon Winchester $5 (Uni bookshop sale)
10. Mountains without Handrails by Jpseph L. Sax $5 (as above)
11. The City by Deborah Stevenson $5 (as above)
12. A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence $3 (Library book sale)
13. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (as above)
14. Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev by Robert Dessaix (as above)
15. I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein (as above)
16. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay $16
17. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep $11
18. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman (mother's day gift)
19. Notes on 'Camp' by Susan Sontag CURRENTLY READING
20. Boys in Zinc by Svetlana Alexievich $15 (Brand new)
21. The Pleasure of Leisure by Robert Dessaix (gift)
22. The Revenant by Michael Punke $1
23. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry gift
24. The Years, Months, Days by Yan Linake $14
25. Respected Sir, Wedding Song and The Search by Naguib Mahfouz (all in one edition) $15
26. How we are Hungry by Dave Eggers $15
27. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout $8
28. the Long Take by Robin Robertson (new- signed) $27

2018 FILMS
1. The Last Jedi (2nd viewing)
2. Ferdinand
3. Peter Rabbit
4. Red Sparrow
5. Solo- A Star Wars Story
6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
7. Tea with the Dames
8. Adrift
9. Hotel Transylvania 3
10. The Graduate
11. The Ancient Woods (documentary)
12. Ex Libris (documentary)
13. Three Identical Strangers (documentary)
14. The BlackKKlansman
15. On Chesil Beach

Jul 19, 5:36pm Top

I am also dipping into The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix, a lovely present from the lovely other.

Jul 19, 6:42pm Top

Happy new thread, Megan!

Jul 19, 6:56pm Top

Happy new thread dear Megan.

Jul 19, 6:59pm Top

Happy new one, Megan! Look at you changing your username - good work keeping us on our toes. And your topper is taking me back to the 80s.

I am jealous that you are reading Sea of Rust - I want to read that one!

Edited: Jul 19, 7:31pm Top

Sneaky! I hope that the new username doesn't mean that there will be a new Megan. I quite liked the previous one.

Jul 19, 8:55pm Top

Happy new thread, Megan! You really got me with your new user name! I quite like it! I'm glad I was inquisitive enough to check it out.

Jul 20, 2:27am Top

Happy new thread, Megan. You confused me with your new user name. Why the change?
Happy Friday.

Jul 20, 4:39am Top

Happy new thread, Megan! I've just added Sea of Rust to my library wishlist. And I *love* your topper - one of my very favourite groups (well, duos).

Jul 20, 5:22am Top

>7 FAMeulstee: Happy first visitor! Thanks for coming.

>8 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. Nice to see you around the threads. I have been a little more 'on' since the last few weeks have been school holidays.

>9 Crazymamie: I heard of Sea of Rust from RD, and actually bought it for W. He loved the swear words, but tired (as usual) of *having to read it*. (not that I made him)

>10 kidzdoc: I am the same one, I promise :) Just reading little less high-brow these days. I want to school up on some YA literature to be a better bookclub colleague to my niece (who I have started a bookclub with)

>11 Carmenere: Thanks for coming by! I am glad I haven't 'lost' any regulars.

>12 Ameise1: I felt like a less unwieldy name, and LovingLit seems descriptive :)

>13 susanj67: I was turned on to the Pet Shop Boys by my lovely other. He is a big fan, and I have come to love them too.

Jul 20, 5:38am Top


Jul 20, 5:44am Top

>15 Ameise1: cos I do love literature! ;)

Edited: Jul 20, 5:50am Top

Saw this on the fb this evening, a fantastic art exhibition revealing the impact of books :)

Jul 20, 6:19am Top

Happy New Thread and New Name, Megan! Oh, and Happy Weekend of course :)

>17 LovingLit: Loving it!

Jul 20, 6:27am Top

Happy new thread, Megan!

Jul 20, 7:34am Top

>17 LovingLit: That's genius.

I was going to say to your topper that I loved 'I Love to Hate You' but I googled it and it turns out that's Erasure.
Oh dear.

Jul 20, 8:46am Top

Happy new thread to go with your new name!

>17 LovingLit: Love that!

Jul 20, 9:00am Top

Happy New Thread, Megan!

Hmm, East End Boys and West End Girls - haven't thought about them in a while!

Jul 20, 9:33am Top

Happy new thread, Megan. Great new user name.

>17 LovingLit: Love it!

Jul 20, 12:43pm Top

>6 LovingLit: That's a very pretty book cover, Megan. It occurred to me when I saw it that the title probably works better in non-U.S. English as it (I think?) rhymes. But the topic sounds interesting no matter how you say it!

Jul 20, 1:52pm Top

Happy new thread! I've added your new username to the Threadbook along with the new thread link.

Jul 20, 2:28pm Top

Happy new thread, Megan! (Or happy new Megan?)

Jul 20, 5:50pm Top

I am so glad I didn't skip the end of your last thread, that I way I could know who LovingLit was... lol
I like it!

Very cool installation with the brick.

I am replying to a very old comment about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - I have read several books that implied a very great effort by some Nazi officials to protect their children from the realities of what was happening in the concentration camps, which is an interesting counterpoint to their required participation in the nazi youth.

Jul 20, 6:10pm Top

>18 Deern: This weekend we celebrate Lenny's 7th birthday. He is having a big-deal-party this year 8 friends are invited to inflatable world so they can all jump about for two hours. He is amped ;)

>19 scaifea: Thanks Amber!

>20 charl08: Erasure are also cool though :) Those 80s hits can begin to morph after a while *cough*

>21 ChelleBearss: It's a cool installation, huh? Just the one book, and all that hump on the wall

>22 jnwelch: They have so many interesting and smart songs, about politics, personal politics and society. 'I'm With Stupid' comes to mind, written about Tony Blair colluding with Bush all those years ago.

Jul 20, 6:15pm Top

>23 BLBera: Thanks! Time for a change I thought. I am fond of my old name, but....yeah.

>24 rosalita: Interestingly, I utterly dislike that book cover! *shock*
So, pleasure and leisure doesn't rhyme in US english? It are does in NZ english...or do you say lee-zhure?

>25 drneutron: Thanks Dr N!

>26 humouress: Same me, new thread :)

>27 nittnut: That is interesting about Nazis protecting their children from the horrors that they were perpetrating. I guess it makes sense, not wanting your own children to know that you are a debased and depraved human being.

Edited: Jul 20, 10:20pm Top

Yes, leisure would be pronounced with a long "e" sound — LEE-zhure. On the bright side, we can make leisure rhyme with ... seizure?! I think you lot have won this round. :-)

Jul 20, 10:04pm Top

Megan! I was wondering who this "LovingLit" person was!

Jul 20, 10:52pm Top

Hi, Megan! I'm glad to know that you are you! I'll miss IRTIA, but LL is also very good!

Jul 21, 2:49am Top

>30 rosalita: It would be unthinkable for a NZ English speaker to pronounce leisure LEE-zhure. if someone did, everyone would think they were taking the mickey.
We say le (short 'e' like in eskimo) zha, and it rhymes with ple-zha perfectly. I love talk about talk :)

>31 ronincats: It's me! It's me!

>32 LizzieD: glad to hear that LL is catching on :) It's pretty confusing when people go and change their long-held user name. I am sorry about that.

Jul 21, 4:02am Top

Happyweekend, Megan and happy B-day to Lenny.

Edited: Jul 21, 4:40am Top

Happy 7th birthday! I hope he has a wonderful day and the kids exhaust themselves with fun without exhausting you.

ETA: It took me a minute to work out how else you would pronounce 'leisure' if it didn't rhyme with 'pleasure'.

Jul 21, 5:34am Top

Happy new thread! Have a great weekend :)

Jul 21, 7:43am Top

Happy New Thread, Megan. Love the Pet Shop Boys topper! Since I want to read more Boyne, I have The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on the list.

Jul 21, 9:14am Top

A very Happy Birthday to Lenny! I cannot believe he is seven already - how did that happen?!

Jul 21, 12:35pm Top

>34 Ameise1: the weekend hd some sun, so that has been a welcome relief. Actually, the preceding week had sun too! That watery winter sun...its a lovely change from the rain.

>35 humouress: They had a ball- his actual b'day was last weekend, but because of school holidays a lot of his friends were away so we decided to have the party this weekend.

>36 figsfromthistle: thanks, and welcome. I am off the see The Graduate on the big screen today, a 50th anniversary screening. I am so looking forward to it.

>37 msf59: I didn't know there was "more Boyne" ;) I will have to look into his other works, as although parts of TBitSP irked me, I did like his style. Thanks for doing to find me!

>38 Crazymamie: I am not sure how that happened either, he is a tall 7 year old, too, so seems ancient compared to when he was a little toddler. He is sill a sweetheart though, in spite of his fondness for meltdowns...

Jul 21, 8:30pm Top

Megan, I thought for sure your last thread had been hijacked by this rude LL person. Haha, the joke’s on us. Love the new name but glad the same Megan is with us. And, Happy Birthday to Lenny!

Jul 22, 12:19am Top

>17 LovingLit: Love it!! What a great image. The Power of Books. I am stealing it for my FB!!

Jul 22, 12:50am Top

Okay I disappear for short hiatus, I come back people have changed usernames, broken limbs etc .....

Nice topper though .....

Jul 22, 1:48am Top

Happy new-ish thread, and happy birthday to Lenny!

Jul 22, 4:25am Top

>40 Donna828: I know its confusing :)Imagine if everyone went about changing their user name, it would be utter chaos.

>41 Berly: It is a goodie, huh? I don't know the original source, but it was floating about on fb, so I pinched it.

>42 roundballnz: Crazy times, huh Alex? Crazy times :)

>43 AMQS: Thanks Anne, he had a great play date with his bestie this morning (til 230pm); we walked over to collect him from his place, and there he was at the letter box waiting for us...and durn it if the two of them didn't run to each other! It was pretty cute.

Jul 22, 4:37am Top

Just saw The Graduate on the big screen, a 50th anniversary screening. I had never seen it before, and didn't even know the story! What a great one to not have spoiled, it was a fabulous film.

Jul 22, 3:37pm Top

>44 LovingLit: thank is cute:) . And LOVE The Graduate! It's probably time to see it again - it's been years and years.

Jul 22, 4:01pm Top

Happy new thread Megan my dear, sending love and hugs dear friend from both of us.

Jul 23, 1:32am Top

>46 AMQS: I went in cold, so the whole thing was a treat for me. I'm glad I didn't read the book first now.

>47 johnsimpson: Hi JS, nice to see you here. Glad you found the new me :)

Jul 23, 3:14am Top

>44 LovingLit: Imagine if everyone went about changing their user name, it would be utter chaos. I know. So inconsiderate, right? ;0)

And bad news on the meltdowns. They still happen at nine. But when they're teenagers ...

Jul 23, 4:23am Top

Oh yeah you have two teenage boys in the same house to look forward to don't you ? fun years ahead then ........

Jul 23, 1:22pm Top

Hi Megan!

Ya got me, there, for a bit, before I realized what was going on with the name change.

Happy newish thread, happy new user name, happy birthday to Lenny.

Jul 24, 2:15am Top

>49 humouress: don't get me thinking about teenagers...I can only handle one day at at time!

>50 roundballnz: Uh oh, we are going to need a sleep out methinks.

>51 karenmarie: Thanks! And thanks for finding me :)

Jul 24, 9:44pm Top

Used and Rare getting a bit repetitive for me (then we went to this bookshop ad bought these books, and then we found this other bookshop and found these books....etc.) so I started this beautiful edition called First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson. A personal story of a woman's struggle with mental health.
And it's got an octopus! (I'm lookin' at you, RD.)

Edited: Jul 27, 9:28pm Top

True story- I am still forgetting who you are when you show up on my list of threads. Maybe because you're still showing up as ireadthereforeiam on my actual thread?? WhY?

I love the cover of the Sarah Wilson book. I might be a little obsessed with the octopus.

Jul 28, 2:06am Top

Happy New Name, Megan!

Jul 29, 9:11pm Top

>54 nittnut: I hope I have settled down now into a single name on your thread! It looked like a random glitch to me.

>55 SandDune: Thanks! Long time no see....I must come over to your digs and say hi too :)

Jul 29, 10:58pm Top

Oddly enough, you don’t seem to have settled to a single name on your own thread; at least from where I’m looking. At the moment, at least, >56 Ireadthereforeiam: shows your old name but >53 LovingLit: shows your new name.

Jul 29, 11:13pm Top

>57 humouress: I'm so relieved it wasn't just me. Haha.

Jul 29, 11:21pm Top

>57 humouress: >58 nittnut: Arrgh!
I am having an identity crisis!!!

Jul 30, 12:23am Top

>57 humouress: Same here, but I wouldn't have noticed. >59 LovingLit: is new name again.

>45 LovingLit: I would have loved seeing that one on a big screen. At least I was equally unspoiled when I stumbled upon it, many years ago as a teenager. I had fallen asleep in front of the TV and woke up to The Sounds of Silence and that intro scene. I didn't know it was such a famous movie, but it got me hooked instantly I still watch it whenever it's on, every couple of years. It isn't the plot, it's the bright colors, the music and the overall atmosphere.

Jul 30, 12:32am Top

>60 Deern: I had no idea the whole soundtrack was Simon and Garfunkel, who I love. If I had, I think I might have made a point of seeing it sooner. It was a treat, that's for sure.

Jul 30, 2:51am Top

>45 LovingLit: I've never seen it, nor did I know the soundtrack was all S&G!

>56 Ireadthereforeiam: Is quite surprising! I wonder what is going on with your name?!!

Edited: Jul 30, 3:28am Top

>60 Deern: Normally I wouldn't have noticed (these things usually go way over my head) but >56 Ireadthereforeiam: (showing her old name) was the one in which Megan commented on it ...

>59 LovingLit: I think I'll join you.

Oddly enough I haven't seen the film The Graduate nor have I read the book.

Jul 31, 7:52pm Top

>62 charl08: even the system is having issues with my name change :)

>63The Graduate is highly recommended, I want the book now too!

Jul 31, 8:48pm Top

>56 Ireadthereforeiam: I'm sorry to see that you're suffering from dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder), Megan/Amber/John. Unfortunately there is no cure for it yet.

Aug 1, 2:59am Top

>65 kidzdoc: I have just decided to embrace the chaos :) Maybe I will confuse LT further by requesting a(nother) new name!!!

Aug 1, 5:35am Top

>66 LovingLit: Noooooooo! The confusion is too much for some of us already...

Aug 1, 8:38am Top

>66 LovingLit: nope! You can only confuse us once per year :)

Aug 2, 12:03am Top

>67 charl08: >68 ChelleBearss: or once every 8 years, if I got by how many times I have changed my user name since being on LT!

Aug 2, 12:33am Top

Sweet Thursday, Megan.

Aug 2, 3:19am Top

Aug 2, 5:46am Top

>70 Ameise1: Thanks B. I had a great day, successful work and my dad is here to stay so the kids are planning mega Nerf wars with him. He was told he was to be up at 6:50am for battle #2 (battle #1 was between 4:15 - 4:40 this afternoon)

>71 humouress: I jest :) I promise.

Edited: Aug 2, 6:45am Top

Hi, Megan. Just checking in with my pal. I hope you and the family are doing well. Hooray for The Graduate. Great film and cast, although Hoffman and Bancroft were only a couple years different in ages, but it worked.

I started and I am enjoying The Good People, (this could be a nickname for the 75ers). I remember you loving this one too.

Aug 2, 9:13am Top

>72 LovingLit: Ooh, your dad is visiting? Looking forward to another Grampa Timeline!

Aug 2, 9:15am Top

>72 LovingLit: Gosh, your dad’s a trooper. More than one nerf war?

Aug 2, 4:12pm Top

>73 msf59: Hoffman and Bancroft were only a couple years different in ages
Really? Wow, she seemed so much older than him. He certainly played the uncomfortable, anxious young man part very well in the early stages of the film.
I thought The Good People as good as Burial Rites. I hope you do to!

>74 rosalita: Ha! I can help you with that. Every sentence starts with an imploring "Grandad?" It is almost always followed by can you? do you? have you? or will you? :)

>74 rosalita: This mornings nerf war, as advertised, was booked for the unexplainable time of 650am. At 650am on the dot, Lenny got up, went to the toilet, and then went back to bed, to sit up holding his nerf gun, waiting. It was pretty cute.

Aug 3, 8:11am Top

>69 LovingLit: Once every 8 years seems acceptable! :)

Aug 3, 7:06pm Top


Edited: Aug 3, 11:47pm Top

>76 LovingLit: Hah! Defending the fort, was he? Did he fall asleep again, sitting up? (I would have.)

ETA: >77 ChelleBearss: No! NOooo!!

Aug 4, 12:33pm Top

Maybe you should do a / name... Or formerly known as...

Edited: Aug 5, 5:01pm Top

>77 ChelleBearss: I think so too. Hope those beautiful sunflowers Chloe grew are still thriving!

>78 nittnut: Hi Jenn!

>79 humouress: He was vigilant at his post and as soon as Grandad got up, the war was on. They had such a great time, and Grandad got his exercise :)

>80 BLBera: The LTer formerly known as Ireadthereforeiam :) Now that's a mouthful!

Aug 5, 5:05pm Top

So yesterday I had a fantastic movie marathon. And, how convenient that this took place during the first week that the cinema had its new recliner seating in. Talk about luxurious!

The NZ International Film Festival is on at present, and I took dad to see a documentary called The Ancient Woods. It is about Baltic forests and was entirely free from the spoken work, containing sweeping forest vistas and scenes of forest animals birds and fish. It was slow but beautiful. Following that I met up with a friend for a three-hour long documentary about the New York public library system. Talk about a great day. I mean, really, it doesn't get much better than that for me.

Aug 5, 5:48pm Top

>82 LovingLit: It sounds like a fabulous day. I am going to have to look for The Ancient Woods. It sounds very relaxing.

Aug 5, 6:42pm Top

>83 nittnut: and the NYC public library one, it's called Ex Libris. If you have a spare 5 hours, you can watch them back to back :)

Aug 6, 7:03am Top

>82 LovingLit: Ooh, that's not out (Ex Libris) here yet, but I've added it to the wishlist online. Sounds like heaven :-)

Aug 6, 8:23am Top

>81 LovingLit: The sunflower crop turned out pretty awesome this year! Taller than last year and attracting a ton of bees.

Aug 6, 4:10pm Top

>85 charl08: heaven is a three hour film about libraries on a leather(ette) recliner with coffee!!!

>86 ChelleBearss: They looked cool, and tall, on fb! C must be proud of her achievement.

Aug 6, 6:47pm Top

Megan, I have been gone for a while (having trouble keeping up these days) and I got totally confused by your name change! I love it, but it did throw me for a loop. I now know it was you who visited my thread a while back. Have you landed on the new name for good (I do see the tentative threat to change it yet again)? I've also skimmed through but am not finding a post about your name-change motivation. It matters not; it's your name and you get to change it whenever you want, but I am curious.

I've thought about changing my username a few times but got some discouragement from folks around here. It seems like we're adjusting to your new identity, though, so maybe.... My motivation would be that I hate the all-caps-plus-numbers combo as it's hard to type in. But I also have never thought of an alternative that would be clever or smart. I think someone suggested that I should use "Ellen" as my username but I think it's already taken.

Oh, and ...
>76 LovingLit: I loved Burial Rites so maybe I will obtain a copy of The Good People.

Aug 6, 10:50pm Top

>88 EBT1002: I saw a car number plate EBT the other day and immediately thought of you! Having said that though, I think we all would get used to a change of user name, in time. I won't be changing mine back though, that was said in jest ;)

I changed it as I was nervous of my online presence and *who might find me here*. Probably unnecessary...I have relatives who I though I wanted to talk about here, but haven't (as it happens) and didn't want them to come looking. There has been family drama, you see, but I have yet to seek counsel from my LT family.

I thoroughly recommend The Good People- and as I have been watching Outlander on Lightbox (like Netflix but with way less stuff), which is set in the early 1800s, it has been reminding me of the pagan ways of the Good People. It was interesting for that detail, and then the plot too.

Aug 7, 4:44am Top

Book club recommendations. Which one shall I read first.....help.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Choke by Sofie Laguna
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels

Aug 7, 4:59am Top

>81 LovingLit: Megan, your Dad is an excellent Grandad :-) When Youngest Nephew was about 10, he told me that if he won the lottery he would spend all the money on Nerf guns. And buy me an umbrella. I'm not sure whether the two things were connected at all. I had no idea what a Nerf gun was!

Aug 7, 5:37am Top

Definitely A |Gentleman in Moscow.
(Although I haven't read any of the others!)

Aug 7, 6:01am Top

>91 susanj67: my kids have a tonne of nerf guns, a 100litre duffle bag full of the things. The annoying thing is that they keep putting out new ones.

>92 charl08: Good choice! That is my #1 so far, but I think I am long down the list at the library to wait for it (will go check now and see!).

Aug 7, 10:56pm Top

I powered through my 35th book of the year last night and this morning in order to meet with my niece this afternoon for our bookclub. The lengths I will go to to have an excuse to read :)
I read Paper Planes because that is what she was reading at school, and at my *other* bookclub last night (the breakaway bookclub, as some of you may recall) our newest member had read it and said it was OK. And it was. Fast moving to keep the kids interested, some ups and some downs for the protagonist to cope with. And a healthy dose of having to figure it out himself too.

Aug 8, 2:00am Top

>88 EBT1002: How about 'EllsBells? ;0)

>91 susanj67: Maybe the umbrella was to protect you from the hail of foam bullets. I don't suppose you've read the Tashi books, have you? I've just read, for bedtime, the one where Tashi saves his village from Only Brother - the only brother of the giant, Chintu. There are more, similarly named characters, such as Third Aunt.

>93 LovingLit: I find it easier to resist buying more Nerf guns because they keep inventing new types of bullets to go with them and I don't want to have to buy 10 different types when replenishing stocks (what the boys don't lose, the dog chews up).

>94 LovingLit: You poor thing?

Aug 8, 4:04am Top

>95 humouress: You poor thing?
Indeed. It's a hard life. Double bookclub!! I had actual bookclub last night too. Which was also great. We sat on (not literally) a pot of tea for two hours while talking about books.

Aug 8, 7:03am Top

>90 LovingLit: A Gentleman in Moscow! A Gentleman in Moscow! An LT favorite for sure!

Hooray for reading 35 books!

Aug 8, 10:03am Top

>82 LovingLit: Sounds great, Megan. I will add both to my WL.

Aug 8, 2:30pm Top

I liked The Doomsday Book a lot, Megan, and my wife loved My Brilliant Friend (and the series), but you're going to be really happy to read A Gentleman in Moscow.

Aug 9, 1:45am Top

>97 msf59: looks like A Gentleman in Moscow is available at the library! So I guess that will be the one I read. I can borrow My Brilliant Friend off my friend, so they will compete for my attention on my bedside table.

>98 BLBera: It was quite the experience, I tell ya! Seeing them back to back, on recliner chairs....

>99 jnwelch: That's a good percentage! Three recommendations out of four choices

Aug 9, 3:18am Top

>100 LovingLit: Thumbs up from me and my Dad on A Gentleman in Moscow! Hurray for bookclubs and #35. : )

Aug 9, 4:43am Top

>101 Berly: in the physical absence of A Gentleman in Moscow, and the physical presence of The Fry Chronicles, I started The Fry Chronicles just now. So until I het my hot little hands on a copy of A Gentleman in Moscow, I think I should be able to dip in and out of it as it is very entertaining reading.
*forever book-wrangling*

Aug 10, 9:47pm Top

>102 LovingLit: Sounds like a plan! : )

Aug 11, 1:12pm Top

>84 LovingLit: A spare 5 hours... I could probably carve that out somewhere between 8 pm and 5 am LOL

Aug 12, 11:39pm Top

Little Lenny got Sportsman of the year award at the Rugby League prize giving yesterday, and as he scored over 100 points over the season, got a certificate for that too. :)
He was very happy. W was out for 6 weeks with his broken ankle, but made up for that by playing a small portion of the last game of the season...wherein he got two amazing tackles, two good runs with the ball, and one try!!! He came back with a bang, it was great to see.

Aug 12, 11:40pm Top

>103 Berly: there's nothing like a plan, I certainly love to have plans.

>104 nittnut: Book in your 5 hours well ahead, pretend you are running a marathon or something. ;)

Aug 13, 2:58am Top

>105 LovingLit: Wow! Congrats to them both.

Aug 13, 4:52am Top

>105 LovingLit: Congratulations to Lenny! Two certificates and a trophy - great going! And what a relief it must be that Wilbur's ankle has healed and hasn't slowed him down. Is rugby league becoming more popular as a sport for kids now? Youngest Nephew plays league rather than rugby (he has never played rugby), but when I was a kid it was just rugby rugby rugby and league was less common.

Aug 13, 7:39am Top

>105 LovingLit: From the look of that photo I'm not sure that Lenny can be called little anymore! Congratulations to him and Wilbur on their accomplishments.

Aug 13, 7:54am Top

>105 LovingLit: Ah, so cute! Congrats kiddos!

Aug 13, 10:21pm Top

>105 LovingLit: Hooray for Lenny! That's a great end to the season. I'm glad W managed to get back on the field for the last game too!

>106 LovingLit: Ah, yes. A marathon. I am sure that will do the trick. *falls over laughing*

Just because I think you might find it interesting. Mr. E is participating in a kinesiology/psychology study at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro - known here as UNCG - on the connection between exercise and brain function. He goes in to the lab three times. Today was the first day and they had him do a series of things on the computer, reading words, maths, logic games, and then they put him on the treadmill and tested his oxygen capacity. Next time he will exercise first and then do the brain work. He gets to wear one of those hats with all the electrodes all over. He looks properly sci-fi.

Aug 14, 12:32am Top

>107 charl08: They were chuffed. I was especially pleased for W, as his grandad was there to watch and was suitable impressed by his form.

>108 susanj67: I'm not sure at all about league and its popularity. I never knew anyone who played it when I was young (as you say, it was all rugby rugby rugby!). And my boys only play because they saw the game being played at the local grounds on their way to soccer and wanted to swap.There are a few big clubs in Chch though.

>109 kidzdoc: I suppose you are right, he is the littlest in the family, but is certainly not little overall :)

>110 ChelleBearss: Very proud- his team draws from a few different school, but all three who are in his class (including him) got a trophy, so they did well for the school.

>111 nittnut: Cool about E, you will forever be able to tell him that his brain was of such interest that he was the subject of testing from a young age. Maybe the results will result in US schools getting more play time?

Aug 15, 3:13am Top

Currently reading:

The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry

I am a good 3/4 of the way through, and have been reading it voraciously. Also, he has an amazing vocabulary, and far from it feeling pretentious (a la Will Self) it is inspiring.

Aug 15, 3:48am Top

>105 LovingLit: Chuffed indeed!! Congrats to both boys and their proud Mum.

Aug 15, 10:27am Top

>113 LovingLit: I loved his book about traveling around America, so this one is going on the wishlist. I think he's delightful.

Aug 16, 9:49am Top

Hi Megan!

Just a quick hello, lots of skimming, and total agreement with the votes for A Gentleman in Moscow. Congrats to Lenny and glad W got back in the saddle, so to speak.

Aug 16, 3:47pm Top

>114 Berly: thanks Kim :) Did I mention that Little Len won the boys cross country race too? (I'm still chuffed for him in that count, as he was so puffed and had stitch, but carried on to win stating after finishing the race "I thought I was going to die of stitch, but I *had* to just keep going".)

>115 rosalita: He has quite the way with words and is a joy to read, so I endorse your plans.

>116 karenmarie: A Gentleman in Moscow was taken out of the library by some other person *psht*. I should have been quicker off the mark there. I will have to borrow My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante off my fellow book-clubber. Our theme this month is to read a recommendation from someone else in the group, and as we all had so many to rave about lat seeing, we are spoiled for choice.

Aug 16, 6:30pm Top

>113 LovingLit: This does sound fun.

Edited: Aug 17, 5:55am Top

Pinched off Ellen's thread, cos I saw that I could fit some in retrospectively :)

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen
2. True crime Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
3. The next book in a series you started
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir
6. A novel based on a real person If This is a Man and the Truce by Primo Levi
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you Mountains Without Handrails by Joseph L. Sax (the U.S.)
8. A book with a time of day in the title The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
9. A book about a villain or antihero
10. A book about death or grief Hiroshima by John Hersey
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist The Pleasure of Leisure by Robert Dessaix
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
15. A book about feminism How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
16. A book about mental health Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpernbeck
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
18. A book by two authors Used and Rare by Lawrence and XXx Goldstone
19. A book about or involving a sport The Standing Chandelier by Lionel Shriver
20. A book by a local author Island of the Lost by Ruth Druett
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
22. A book with alliteration in the title Paper Planes by Steve Worland
23. A book about time travel
24. A book with a weather element in the title Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow
25. A book set at sea Lighthouse Family: Coastal New Zealand, 1941-42 by Philippa Werry
26. A book with an animal in the title
27. A book set on a different planet
28. A book with song lyrics in the title
29. A book about or set on Halloween
30. A book with characters who are twins
31. A book mentioned in another book
32. A book from a celebrity book club
33. A childhood classic you've never read
34. A book that's published in 2018 First Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
36. A book set in the decade you were born The Jest of God by Margaret Laurence
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover Almanac for Noise and Politics 2016
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Blythell
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges

Aug 19, 3:52am Top

Currently reading:

The Wandering Mind by Michael Corballis

As above (>113 LovingLit:) I have waited til I am 3/4 of the way through this to announce that I am reading it :)
My dad met the author 3 years ago at a literary festival and bought this fella's book, I think they were at the tables next to each other. I am not even sure he read it- but he passed it on to me and in typical style, the fancy took me so I started reading it. It is light and anecdotal (well, anecdotal of actual research), and it reads like you would expect a light pop-science book to read. I am less cognitive and more social psychologically inclined, so am just reading to finish it now.

Aug 19, 12:57pm Top

>90 LovingLit: It may be too late to chime in but A Gentleman in Moscow was a five-star read for me. I don't understand the love for My Brilliant Friend. I have but have not read Doomsday Book.

>119 LovingLit: 😀

Aug 19, 1:52pm Top

I had a dream last night, and you were in it. You were in the US and our families had met up at the beach. You asked me to hold your waffle cone (oreo cookie ice cream) while you went in a shop. I ate it. So, next time I see you, I guess I need to buy you an ice cream. LOL

Aug 19, 4:16pm Top

>121 EBT1002: the book in question was nabbed by someone else at the library! Next time I will employ my usual tactic, which is to see it on the online catalogue, drop everything and go the very library where is it shelved- at once.

>122 nittnut: Sounds like a good deal to me! I will take you up on that :)

Edited: Aug 21, 11:53am Top

Hi Megan!

>119 LovingLit: Did the same, looks like I've read 19 so far that fit the challenge. Thanks! And thanks, Ellen.

Like >121 EBT1002: Ellen, I don't understand the love for My Brilliant Friend, so grab AGiM soonest.

Aug 21, 11:29am Top

Hi Megan. Love how Len ran through his stitch because he HAD to! Determination wins the race. : )

>119 LovingLit: If they do this again next year, I am in, but for now I am sticking to my many categories. Have fun!

Aug 22, 7:48am Top

>119 LovingLit: Yes! The pop sugar challenge! Good luck!
There is a thread going for that as well if you want to join in

Aug 23, 3:02am Top

>124 karenmarie: A Gentleman in Moscow is still out, durn it. And the next book club meeting looms.

>125 Berly: Outright grit is the winner, I have heard :)

>126 ChelleBearss: I am just dipping my toes into the pop sugar challenge, but am having fun doing so!

Aug 23, 3:08am Top

Meanwhile, in academia land.

I volunteered to write a book review of something for my university's review publication. Why I did that I will never know, because now I actually have to do it.

In addition, I am putting the finishing touches on the history/context/literature review session of my Masters thesis After that all I have to do is write a few thousand words with all my *insights* (the 'discussion' section) and the introduction. Then I am done.

I also have a presentation to do at the Sports and Recreation Forum in October, and I want to write an essay to submit to the student essay competition for two conferences, and present at one. (which is next year).

ALSO, I have applied for 2 writing scholarships so that I can try get some of my research published in actual academic journals.- after I submit my thesis (argh!! Exciting!!).

So it looks like I better get moving.

Aug 23, 3:09am Top

Big waves and sweet Thursday, Megan. I have A Gentleman in Moscow as an audio but haven't listen to it so far.

Aug 23, 3:13pm Top

>128 LovingLit: Hi, Megan! Why I did that I will never know, because now I actually have to do it.
I am often tricked by my own brain, which fast-forwards to the part where I feel happy and proud to have done the thing, without remembering that the actual doing is a bit of a pain in the behind.

Edited: Aug 24, 5:36am Top

Ok, now I'm excited. I put my name down to be a volunteer at the local readers and writes festival and they accepted me. I was given my finalised itinerary tonight, and my role over two whole afternoons is....Back of House Runner.

I get to escort guests to and from the "artist services desk" to the green room, and part of that is to ensure no one without authorisation gets into the green room. Basically, I am a bouncer! Cool!!! I may also be ushering guests to the signing table. I am a little gutted I didn't get a morning shift, as Shaun Blythell is speaking about his book Diary of a Bookseller which I thoroughly enjoyed earlier this year, but there are heaps of interesting events, some of which I hope to see (from backstage?).

This is me next weekend.

Edited: Aug 24, 5:37am Top

>129 Ameise1: re: bookclub, I still haven't been able to get hold of a copy of A Gentleman in Moscow, so have gone with My Brilliant Friend- the only of the hot tips that I could get a copy of. But, in the meantime I started Beautiful Ruins...one I have been meaning to read for an age. So I will have to see which one wins out on the daily bedside-table battle-for-my-attention.

>130 rosalita: That is so true! I imagine how awesome its going to be once I have done the thing, the actual doing of the thing gets in the was of that awesome feeling....:) You will be pleased to hear though, that I have now read 1/3 of the document I am to review, and have even started writing my review! If it is good enough for publication, I will be very excited and you will all hear about it!!

Aug 24, 7:19am Top

Good luck with the writing. I feel your pain! (and it will be awesome when you have done the thing :-)

Aug 24, 8:24am Top

Hi Megan!

>131 LovingLit: My my, you sure have bulked up! *smile* Just being around authors and books and people who love books is always exciting - I just saw David Sedaris speak at a local indie on Tuesday and got him to sign his current book and one other I brought. It was a lot of fun.

>132 LovingLit: I have Beautiful Ruins on my shelves and will look forward to reading what you think about it.

Aug 24, 5:07pm Top

>133 charl08: I love writing, but it sure feels like getting blood out of a stone sometimes. Ultimately though, that feeling of reading over a good piece makes it all worth it.

>134 karenmarie: Well, I have been going to the gym lately, but 12 reps of a 5kg weight does not a bounder's body get!

Aug 24, 10:48pm Top

The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix

Sounds promising, right?
*awkward silence*
Well, it did sound promising, and it did deliver a few nice points. However, it came over as more an opinionated rant than any cohesive treatise on leisure and human's relationship with it over the years.

P.S it does, however, mark my passing of ten thousand pages read this year....10,165 to be exact :)

Aug 25, 6:42am Top

>131 LovingLit: This sounds great! When is it?

Hi, Megan. How are you and the family? The boys are sure growing up fast. I hope you are enjoying Beautiful Ruins. I loved that one and other Walter books, as well.

Aug 25, 1:40pm Top

>105 LovingLit: Belated big congrats to Lenny!
>113 LovingLit: Aaaargh, BB! I just posted on Charlotte's thread a minute ago that I'm not taking any more BBs in August!

>129 Ameise1: Wow, that is some program! :o
Good luck with all the writing.

>131 LovingLit: And with the... bouncing? Bouncering? Being a book festival bouncer. Sounds really cool!

Happy weekend! :)

Aug 25, 9:00pm Top

>137 msf59: it is next weekend, Mark. I have a Saturday and a Sunday afternoon shift, from noon til 545pm. We had the induction last night, got my lanyard and a free book (Man out of Time by Stephanie Bishop, an uncorrected proof.)

>138 Deern: I started reading the document I have to review, so that is a start of sorts on the writing, and, I managed to get a productive few hours in in Friday, so that was also good.
My thesis chapters still needing to be written are (in order of when I will write them): the background/context chapter (including polishing the literature review), the discussion insights (where, my supervisor tells me, I can "go to town" a bit, then the confusion, and the introduction. (I have completed the methods chapter, the theoretical frameworks chapter and the results section.)

Aug 26, 6:42pm Top

>131 LovingLit: Congratulations. That sounds like it will be fun. And yes, you will be very tuff, I am sure. ;-)

And congrats on passing 10,000 pages and taking one for the team (I think you are the second person around here to have panned The Pleasures of Leisure and I'm glad not to add it to the wish list).

Aug 26, 11:58pm Top

Wow, way to line up some writing opportunities, woman. Time to notch it up. And I can totally see you as a literary bouncer--fun, fun, fun! Congrats on passing 10,000 pages.

Aug 27, 3:38am Top

>140 EBT1002: I despair to think how much the lovely other spent on his thoughtful gift for me!! Do you recall who the other reader was?

>141 Berly: Writing opportunities is one way to phrase it...another way is piles upon piles of stressful deadlines. I think I will choose the former phrasing ;)

Edited: Aug 29, 4:06am Top

Looks like I'm reading Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick up next- as my niece is reading it...my 2nd book club is rocking!
Original bookclub (aka the breakaway bookclub) is also rocking, and I am half way through My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. It has some issues, but I am enjoying it.

Sep 2, 3:58am Top

I report in off the back of 4 day book spree.
An overnight trip to the nation's capital (dubbed the coolest little capital in the world) where me and the lovely other took in at least 4 second hand bookshops. I came away with:

The Years, Months, Days by Yan Linake (started/finished this one before we even flew out)
Respected Sir, Wedding Song and The Search by Naguib Mahfouz (all in one edition)
How we are Hungry by Dave Eggers
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Then, I spent the weekend volunteering at the Readers and Writers Festival, where I was wooed by Robin Robertson's longlisted-for-the-Booker-Prize book, The Long Take. He also signed it for me *swoon*.

I was not on bouncer duty after all, but ended up with a way cooler job as the artists greeter/escorter to the green room!!!
I met Philip Hoare, Ed Husain, Steve Braunius, Gavin Bishop, Samuel Flynn Scott (a Kiwi musician), and many lovely bookish volunteers. A wee highlight was talking to Nick Barley for a brief moment, he was Chair of the Booker International Prize judges last year, and is director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Sep 2, 6:33am Top

>131 LovingLit: Oh, great, it looks like (>144 LovingLit:) it was a success.

Sep 2, 7:06am Top

>144 LovingLit: Sounds brilliant, Megan.

Sep 2, 9:06am Top

Hi Megan! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and booked up.

Sep 2, 9:24am Top

>144 LovingLit: That sounds like a fabulous time, Megan!

Sep 4, 3:51pm Top

>145 Ameise1: It was a great success, I had such a cool time and felt really revived after both the Wellington trip and the festival.

>146 charl08: I thunk there are few of us around here who wold pass up the opportunity to be around books and bookish types

>147 karenmarie: I am booked up! Literally (with books) and my schedule too ;)

>148 rosalita: it was Julia, fun times indeed. And then after all that I had Monday- Friday to look forward to! (No really. I love the working week.)

Sep 4, 3:58pm Top

Lenny-ism: *in a resigned tone getting more resigned with each question*
"When's my next birthday? July the 15th again? Every year?"

He was coming to terms with the fact that he's really only just had his birthday, and that he has to wait a long long time until it comes around again ;)

Also, in keeping with my bookish pursuits, bookclub was last night, and we went to see the film of On Chesil Beach, seeing as we had all read it. It was much like the book, and the awkwardness of the honeymoon evening was as painful to watch as it was to read!! I liked the film a lot, and can recommend it.

Edited: Sep 4, 4:09pm Top

Also, here is a link to a very funny wrap-up of the Word Festival, written by Steve Braunius, who I *actually* saw there :)

Eta: I also *actually* saw people (ok, a person) from the top image drinking wine like it was water after a drought, so can't help but wonder if that person might have been merry at the point the image was taken. Fantastic!!

Sep 4, 4:16pm Top

>150 LovingLit: Love the Lennyism. Went to visit family at the weekend and they were telling the exploits of their small (but very articulate) small person. I just hope they remember them for the 21st birthday party!

I found the book On Chesil Beach so awkward, I can't imagine sitting through the film - you must have a high tolerance...

Sep 4, 9:39pm Top

>152 charl08: in my experience you have to write them down, as even though they are hilarious and you are sure you are going to remember them, you do forget.

Sep 4, 9:47pm Top

Hi, Megan. Hooray for the Lennyism! They are always a hoot. I really liked On Chesil Beach. Glad to hear you recommend the film.

Sep 4, 10:03pm Top

>150 LovingLit: "Lenny-ism: *in a resigned tone getting more resigned with each question*
"When's my next birthday? July the 15th again? Every year?"

Lenny just made me laugh out loud.

Glad you got promoted from bouncer to greeter--way more fun!!

I am still laughing. : )

Sep 4, 10:14pm Top

>154 msf59: >155 Berly: Hi Mark and Kim! Lenny does come out with some classics :)
In addition to seeing On Chesil Beach, me and the lovely other caught a film on our night away last week. It was raining on the second day so we were lucky that The BlackKKlansman was on at just the right time for us. (gotta love a middle of the day movie!!!) It was fabulously gritty, but with just enough humour to take the edge off the topics of racism and prejudice.
I recommend!!

Sep 5, 11:22am Top

I love those Lennyisms, too, Megan. Hope all goes well for you; we're off across the pond soon.

Sep 5, 12:54pm Top

>150 LovingLit: Lenny's a hoot! Chip off the old block, I reckon. :-)

I have a copy of On Chesil Beach around here somewhere ...

Sep 5, 3:52pm Top

>128 LovingLit: Lots of exciting stuff going on in academia! Fingers crossed for publications!!

>131 LovingLit: Oooh. I hope you get to bounce someone. Lol

>144 LovingLit: I guess I should read all the way through before commenting, but hey, greeter is pretty cool, and this is kind of fun. For me anyway.

>150 LovingLit: Lenny! So funny. He's so right though. Birthdays are way too far apart when you're a kid. Nowadays we probably wish they were every other year.

Sep 5, 5:49pm Top

>157 jnwelch: across the pond, as in to the UK? Here we say across the ditch, but it means heading to Australia ;)
Have a great trip!

>158 rosalita: He was seriously put out that it was going to take so long for another birthday. Last year it was the same, in August (his b'day is July) he started asking how long it was til his birthday. I wondered if I would cope with 11 months of that, but pining for Christmas distracted him for about 6 weeks. *sigh* (and *laugh*).

>159 nittnut: I like your style, I read and comment as I go too :)
Now we are gearing up for W's birthday; he has upgraded his party WL from ten-pin bowling, to paint balling to an air-soft BB shooting game. Each option getting more and more expensive, of course. I am going for ten-pin bowling with some kids for a sleepover afterwards. He sensibly stated that two friends for a sleepover would be good, as he though it might be "less chaotic"!!! Classic. I think that might actually be a Wilburism...

Edited: Sep 5, 6:02pm Top

The Years, Months, Days by Yan Linake (published 1997)

This small book is described on the back as "a deeply humane" and "unforgettable fable". *sold*
It is short, only 97 pages, and I read it quickly on our recent unforgettably relaxing trip to Wellington.
An old man, referred to throughout the book as "old man", feeling old and near his end, decides to stay in his drought-stricken village while the rest flee. He forms a relationship with a sick dog and their survival struggles comprise the story. It is dark and sad, but beautiful.

Edited: Sep 5, 6:12pm Top

Books to date! (last three are still in progress)

Sep 5, 7:49pm Top

Love the visual of all your books!!

Sep 6, 7:51am Top

Hi, Megan! The last event I attended in Edinburgh last week was a talk by Yan Lianke, and I bought a copy of The Years, Months, Days as well. I'll finish reading it soon, possibly later today.

That latest Lennyism is hilarious!

Sep 6, 9:50am Top

Hi Megan!

Lenny's a riot - thanks for sharing. And 'less chaotic' is an impressive Wilburism.

I love the visual of all your books too - I have instructions on how to do it but realize that I got rid of two from my library and one was borrowed. The collection wouldn't be perfect, so alas.

Sep 6, 3:49pm Top

>163 Berly: I like to capture my book covers when I have the right amount to make an even rectangle of them! 44 books= 4x11= a nice rectangle.
OCD? Me?

>164 kidzdoc: Fabulous! I will come over and tell you on your thread now in case you miss this, but I met the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival last weekend! (He was a guest at our local book festival where I was volunteering.) It was only a brief chat, but I liked him so looked up his bio in the programme and only retrospectively found out who he was!

>165 karenmarie: We must have perfection (see my comment to Berly, above ;)).
W's birthday is imminent, so I must organise his birthday happenings today.....the more chaotic group for ten-pin bowling, and the less chaotic sleepover for three.

Sep 6, 4:41pm Top

>144 LovingLit: Wow, it sounds like it was amazing.

>161 LovingLit: You sold me.

>161 LovingLit: Love the visual, Megan.

Edited: Sep 8, 8:38am Top

I love those Lennyisms and your picture book list!

Sep 8, 1:46pm Top

Happy birthdya wihses to W!! And his perfectionist, organizing, loving Mom. : )

Sep 8, 11:59pm Top

>161 LovingLit: Adding that to my wish list. Nay, ordering it immediately. I'm worried it will make me cry but....

Sep 9, 3:25am Top

>168 ChelleBearss: I must remember to bring more kid-isms to the LT crowd :) There are so many that go unrecorded!!

>169 Berly: thanks! He will turn the big one-oh!!!

>170 EBT1002: Darryl will have finished it soon, so you can see if if made him cry. I didn't, even though it was very moving it was a very human story. I hope you get it soon!

Sep 9, 4:01am Top

>161 LovingLit: Sounds like the perfect book found you for your break, Megan. I too love the visual.
Hope the birthday boy had a lovely time.

Sep 9, 4:21am Top

>152 charl08: I totally echo Charlotte's post: incredibly hilarious Lennyism, one for eternity! And when I saw that On Chesil Beach was turned into a movie I thought "great challenge for the actors, but I wouldn't want to see it". I'd probably sit there half the movie with my eyes closed and fingers in my ears.

>162 LovingLit: That's just wonderful!

Sep 9, 11:25pm Top

>172 charl08: birthday prep is still happening, D-Day (well, B-Day) is not this weekend but next. He is having a lovely time planning how to spend his birthday money though.

>173 Deern: It was very awkward indeed. I told the friend I went with that if I was blushing it was because I was embarrassed. We both laughed ;)

Edited: Sep 11, 4:02am Top

Last night I watched the film version of Fahrenheit 451- it was old and it was cool!

Sep 12, 5:00pm Top

I have started The Long Take by Robin Robertson.
I can see already that it is the type of book that requires an open fire (or sunny spot with a view to nature), a glass of port (or cup of coffee) and a long afternoon of quiet slow reading. It is quite beautiful and I hope I dedicate the appropriate time and concentration to it, if I don't it will be my loss.

Sep 13, 4:28am Top

>176 Ireadthereforeiam: How strange, this message shows as written by Ireadthereforeiam. When I click on it I get "Error: This user doesn't exist". I hope you didn't get mixed-up in cyberspace ;-)

Edited: Sep 13, 3:18pm Top

>177 FAMeulstee: aaarrgh! It seems I can't escape my past. Just a glitch I guess. Still, I stand by my recommendation of The Long Take ;)
Eta: weirdly, I can't edit that post, as it is not "mine"??!?! And now that I think of it, I wrote that post on another computer, maybe one that I hadn't logged out of LT on before posting.....that could be it.

Sep 13, 3:46pm Top

>178 LovingLit: How funny!

Sep 13, 4:42pm Top

>178 LovingLit: Sounds like a reasonable explanation, Megan. Don't forget to log out on the other computer.

Edited: Sep 14, 3:57pm Top

>179 charl08: >180 FAMeulstee: a trap for young players ;)

Currently also reading:

How we are Hungry by Dave Eggers. A strange set of short stories, some of which are very short. But, that cover, wow, what a cover.....*sigh*

Today, 9:39am Top

Hi Megan! I've been away fighting big bad Hurricane Florence - how did W's birthday celebration go? Or is it still imminent?

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