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karenmarie, addictively turning pages, chapter 9

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Jul 29, 2018, 9:18am Top

Welcome to my ninth thread of 2018. Thank you to all my visitors!

Being retired is the berries! It’s also the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, the eel’s hips, the monkey’s eyebrows, the sardine’s whiskers, the gnat’s whistle. I do not miss working at all.

I read, am a charter member of the Redbud and Beyond Book Club, now in its 21st year, am Treasurer for our local Friends of the Library (henceforth abbreviated FoL), and manage our home, finances and etc. as my husband heads off to work Monday – Friday. Being an introvert (you’d never guess it from these pages!) I need and cherish the alone time to recharge my batteries.

I have been married to Bill for 27 years and am mother to Jenna, almost 25, living about 3 hours away and working on a 2-year business administration program at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. We have two kitties, 18-year old Kitty William and 11-year old Inara Starbuck. We live in our own little corner of paradise on 8 acres in central North Carolina USA.

This photo was taken on the steps of the house where my father was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Top Center is my Great-Grandmother Alice Maude Hopps Patrick. Top right is my Grandmother Nellie Patrick Pomeroy. Directly below Alice is my Great-Aunt Ella Cook Patrick. Photo would have been 1910-ish because Ella married Alice’s son/Nellie’s brother Karl in 1910.

My goal is to read 105 books in 2018, 5 more than I read in 2017. I’ve read 61 so far. I missed my pages read goal of 34,000 pages by 525 pages, so will keep the same pages goal. I don’t think I’m going to make it, and next year will not have a pages read goal, I think.

And, in honor of Sue Grafton, I am going to re-read all her Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series books this year. Alas, there will never be a Z. I’ve read A-M so far.

A few quotes about libraries that mean a lot to me:
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. Germaine Greer

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book. – When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen

I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows. Roger Zelazny
And finally, very few books are worth slogging through when the inspiration to read them has gone. I abandon books with glee.

My theme for 2018, addictively turning pages, comes from an image on Mark’s thread first thread of 2018. In this case, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Edited: Sep 16, 2018, 9:02am Top


1. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly 12/27/17 1/6/18 *** 467 pages trade paperback
2. Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton 1/6/18 1/9/18 **** 283 pages hardcover
3. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien 1/1/18 1/10/18 *** 1/2 175 pages trade paperback
4. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack by Tom Gauld 1/1/18 1/15/18 **** 160 pages hardcover
5. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff 1/6/18 1/17/18 *** 1/2 328 pages hardcover, Kindle
6. No Middle Name by Lee Child 1/17/18 1/19/18 **** 418 pages hardcover
**abandoned after 90 pages** Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi 1/9/18 326 pages trade paperback ER Book
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 12/3/17 1/22/18 **** audiobook, 19 hours
8. The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin 1/23/18 1/23/18 ****1/2 160 pages trade paperback
9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 1/20/18 1/26/18 **** 337 pages trade paperback
10. The Far Side Gallery 5 by Gary Larson 1/24/18 1/27/18 159 pages trade paperback 1995
11. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton 1/26/18 1/30/18 ***1/2 209 pages hardcover
12. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 1/1/17 1/31/18 **** 780 pages plus 9 pages introduction
13. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley 2/1/18 2/5/18 ****1/2 367 pages trade paperback
**abandoned after 32 pages Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright 2/1/18 266 pages hardcover
14. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton 2/5/18 2/6/18 **** 186 pages hardcover
15. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton 2/7/18 2/8/18 **** 181 pages hardcover
16. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton 2/8/18 2/9/18 **** 184 pages hardcover
17. E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton 2/9/18 2/10/18 ***1/2 180 pages hardcover
18. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton 2/10/18 2/13/18 ***1/2 182 pages hardcover
19. Dead Wake by Erik Larson 2/14/18 2/19/18 *** 359 pages trade paperback
**abandoned after 56 pages Plainsong by Kent Haruf
20. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb 2/19/18 2/22/18 **** 404 pages hardcover
21. The Power by Naomi Alderman 2/23/18 3/1/18 *** 382 pages hardcover
22. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton 3/2/18 3/4/18 ***1/2 227 pages hardcover
23. H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton 3/5/18 3/8/18 **** 202 pages hardcover
24. The Godwulf Manuscript by Robert B. Parker 3/10/18 3/12/18 *** 153 pages hardcover
25. God Save the Child by Robert B. Parker 3/12/18 3/14/18 **** 145 pages hardcover
26. Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker 3/14/18 3/18/18 **** 157 pages hardcover
27. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson 2/25/18 3/20/18 ****1/2 396 pages trade paperback
28. I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton 3/14/18 3/22/18 **** 224 pages hardcover
29. God's Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher 3/22/18 3/26/18 ****1/2 228 pages trade paperback
30. J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton 3/26/18 3/31/18 *** 254 pages hardcover
31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 1/22/18 4/2/18 **** audiobook
32. The Shining Girls by Lauren Buekes 4/1/18 4/5/18 **1/2 368 pages hardcover
33. Promised Land by Robert B. Parker 4/5/18 4/6/18 ***1/2 218 pages mass market paperback
**abandoned after 132 pages The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
34. Euphoria by Lily King 4/6/18 4/10/18 ****1/2 257 pages trade paperback
35. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella 4/10/18 4/12/18 **** 433 pages trade paperback
36. Blue Monday by Nicci French 4/13/18 4/18/18 **** 322 pages trade paperback
37. The Last of the Bighams by J.A. Zeigler 4/18/18 4/21/18 *** 230 pages trade paperback
38. Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson 4/20/18 4/23/18 277 pages trade paperback
39. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley 04/23/18 04/29/18 *** 318 pages hardcover
40. A Perfect Match - Jill McGown 4/29/18 4/30/18 **1/2 186 pages mass market paperback
41. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 4/3/18 5/3/18 **** 13.5 hours audiobook
42. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews 5/2/18 5/4/18 **1/2 trade paperback
43. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore 5/5/18 5/11/18 ***1/2 307 pages hardcover
44. Longbourn by Jo Baker 5/11/18 5/18/18 **** 332 pages trade paperback
45. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson 5/20/18 5/25/18 **** 354 pages trade paperback
46. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton 5/26/18 5/28/18 ***1/2 238 pages hardcover
47. The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery by Agatha Christie, edited by Mathew Pritchard 5/28/18 5/29/18 ***1/2 376 pages hardcover
48. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie 5/29/18 5/31/18 ***1/2 232 pages hardcover
**abandoned after 60 pages Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
**abandoned after 25 pages Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
49. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton 5/31/18 6/2/18 ***1/2 225 pages hardcover
50. Until Proven Guilty by J.A. Vance 6/2/18 6/3/18 **** 310 pages mass market paperback
51. Injustice for All by J.A. Vance 6/3/18 6/6/18 **** 342 pages mass market paperback
52. Trial by Fury by J.A. Jance 6/6/18 6/7/18 **** 322 pages mass market paperback
53. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton 6/7/18 6/10/18 **** 244 pages hardcover
54. Montana by Gwen Florio 6/10/18 6/11/18 **** 256 pages hardcover 2013
55. The Story of Human Language by John McWhorter 5/4/18 6/13/18 ****1/2 audiobook 18.25 hours
56. Calypso by David Sedaris 6/12/18 6/13/18 **** 259 pages hardcover
57. End of Watch by Stephen King 6/13/18 6/18/18 ***1/2 431 pages hardcover
58. The Quiet Child by John Burley 6/20/18 6/23/18 **** 288 pages trade paperback
59. Death Without Company by Craig Johnson 06/24/18 07/05/18 ***1/2 271 pages trade paperback
60. Dakota by Gwen Florio 07/14/18 7/17/18 ***1/2 264 pages trade paperback
61. Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer 7/18/18 7/23/18 ****1/2 309 pages trade paperback
62. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz 7/15/18 7/29/18 ****1/2 391 pages hardcover
63. The Call by Yannick Murphy 8/1/18 8/9/18 *** 222 pages trade paperback
64. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 8/11/18 8/15/18 ****1/2 261 pages trade paperback
65. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton 8/17/18 8/18/18 **** 248 pages hardcover
66. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton 8/18/18 8/19/18 **** 274 pages hardcover
67. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 6/23/18 to 8/20/18 318 pages hardcover - read on Kindle
68. The Storied Life of A. J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin 8/20/18 8/22/18 *** trade paperback
69. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton 8/21/18 8/26/18 ***1/2 hardcover
70. The Bridge by Doug Marlette 8/26/18 8/31/18 *** trade paperback
71. Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French 9/1/18 9/6/18 **** 371 pages hardcover
72. The Long Fall by Walter Mosley 9/7/18 9/15/18 **1/2 339 pages trade paperback

Currently Reading:
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy 9/7/18 333 pages hardcover 2010
Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey 6/28/18 218 pages hardcover
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 5/5/18 464 pages hardcover, Kindle

Edited: Sep 3, 2018, 2:10pm Top


January - 16

1. SomeGuyInVirginia - True Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality by St. Clair McKelway
2. Thrift Shop - Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
3. BookMooch - Guardian Angels & Spirit Guides by Brad Steiger
4. BookMooch - God's Fires by Patricia Anthony
5. Circle City Books - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman for Feb Book club
6. Circle City Books - Plainsong by Kent Haruf for March Book club
7. Amazon - Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
8. LT ER - The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin
9. BookMooch - The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black
10. Thrift Shop - The Princess Bride by William Goldman
11. Amazon - A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor e-book
12. Amazon - Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff e-book
13. B&N - Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
14. BookMooch - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
15. Amazon - Kindred by Octavia Butler e-book
16. Amazon - Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan e-book

February - 9

17. Jenn - Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
18. Scuppernong Books - A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
19. Amazon - The Power by Naomi Alderman
20. Amazon - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
21. dianekeenoy - My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd
22. Amazon - The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
23. Friend Sherry - Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines by Nick Nolte
24. Friend Sherry - The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch
25. BookMooch - Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

March - 10

26. Amazon - The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
27. Amazon - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
28. Amazon - Enter Spenser by Robert B. Parker
29. Thrift Shop - I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
30. Amazon - God's Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher
31. Circle City Books - Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
32. Circle City Books - Promised Land by Robert B. Parker
33. Amazon - On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder - ebook
34. Amazon - The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman - ebook
35 Amazon - True Fiction by Lee Goldberg - ebook

April - 69

36. ER - Gumshoe on the Loose by Rob Leininger
37. The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker by Mankoff, Robert
38. 20,000 years of world painting by Jaffé, Hans Ludwig C.
39. Legends: The Century's Most Unforgettable Faces by Jordan, Killian
40. Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Its Treasures by Edwards, Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen
41. An Acceptable Time by L'Engle, Madeleine
42. Blanche on the Lam by Neely, Barbara
43. Enjoying Purple Martins More: A Special Publication from Bird Watcher's Digest by Wolinski, Richard A.
44. A Cure for Dreams by Gibbons, Kaye
45. Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Quindlen, Anna
46. The Best of Will Rogers by Sterling, Bryan
47. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by Sedaris, David
48. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Carwardine, Richard
49. Theodore Rex by Morris, Edmund
50. The Hush by Hart, John
51. A Very Private Enterprise by Ironside, Elizabeth
52. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Winchester, Simon
53. The History of Ancient Egypt by The Great Courses
54. The Story of Human Language by Professor John McWhorter
55. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel by Prose, Francine
56. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Vowell, Sarah
57. What Happened by Clinton, Hillary Rodham
58. The Black Death by Ziegler, Philip
59. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Noah, Trevor
60. Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln by Prokopowicz, Gerald J.
61. Sunday Silence by French, Nicci
62. Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer: A Novel by Stace, Wesley
63. The Ladies' Man by Lipman, Elinor
64. Jane Austen's Novels: The Art of Clarity by Gard, Roger
65. Recipes & Remedies From The People's Pharmacy by Joe & Terry Graedon
66. Into the Wild by Krakauer, Jon
67. Mrs. Bridge by Connell, Evan S.
68. National Geographic Complete Birds of the World by Geographic, National
69. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm by Keene, Carolyn
70. The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Keene, Carolyn
71. The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Keene, Carolyn
72. The Secret at Shadow Ranch by Keene, Carolyn
73. The Whispering Statue by Keene, Carolyn
74. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall by Keene, Carolyn
75. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Keene,Carolyn
76. The Clue in the Old Album by Keene, Carolyn
77. The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Keene, Carolyn
78. The North Carolina Birding Trail: Piedmont Trail Guide by North Carolina Birding Trail
79. Damascus Gate by Stone, Robert
80. Gump & Co. by Groom, Winston
81. The Astronomer: A Novel of Suspense by Goldstone, Lawrence
82. The Last Enemy by Brophy, Grace
83. The Truth According to Us by Barrows, Annie
84. Language & Thought by Chomsky, Noam
85. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Spitz, Bob
86. The Malcontenta by Maitland, Barry
87. Necessary as Blood by Crombie, Deborah
88. Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses by Lodge, David
89. The Accomplice by Ironside, Elizabeth
90. The Sheltering Sky by Bowles, Paul
91. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Angier, Natalie
92. Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Didion, Joan
93. The Underpainter by Urquhart, Jane
94. The Cold Dish by Johnson, Craig
95. Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Van Lente, Fred
96. Shrimp: a Savor the South® cookbook by Pierce, Jay
97. Early Man and the Ocean: A Search for the Beginnings of Navigation and Seaborne Civilizations by Heyerdahl, Thor
98. King Solomon's Mines, She and Allan Quatermain by Haggard, Henry Rider
99. This Is NPR: The First Forty Years by Roberts, Cokie
100. Tartuffe by Moliere, Jean Baptiste Poquelin de
101. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Kinsella, Sophie
102. Iced by Siler, Jenny
103. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Ellis, Joseph J.
104. For the Time Being by Dillard, Annie

May - 5

105. Mom's house - The Mike Roy Cook Book by Mike Roy
106. Friend Tamsie - The Whip by Karen Kondazian
107. Friend Louise - Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
108. Friend Louise - Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
109. Amazon - The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

June - 9

110. Friend Jan - Until Proven Guilty by J.A. Jance
111. Friend Jan - Injustice for All by J.A. Jance
112. Friend Jan - Trial by Fury by J.A. Jance
113. QuailRidge Books - Calypso by David Sedaris
114. Amazon - Montana by Gwen Florio
115. Amazon - Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
116. ? - Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottaline
117. Amazon - Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil, M.D.
118. ? - The Quiet Child by John Burley

July - 92 (119 - 211 - Montana trip summer 2018)
119. Visual Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs by Dixon, Dougal
120. Battlefields & Blessings by Cook, Jane Hampton
121. The Indian Mutiny by Spilsbury, Julian
122. The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Sharlet, Jeff
123. Reincarnation: the Missing Link in Christianity by Prophet, Elizabeth Clare
124. The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Ackerman, Diane
125. Three Continents by Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer
126. The Vine of Desire by Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
127. A Story Like the Wind by Van der Post, Laurens
128. O'Hara's Choice by Uris, Leon
129. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Wiesenthal, Simon
130. The Secret Life of Bees by Kidd, Sue Monk
131. Saving Fish from Drowning by Tan, Amy
132. Over Sea, Under Stone by Cooper, Susan
133. Animal Portraits by Rouse, Andy
134. The Rape of the Great Plains: Northwest America, Cattle and Coal by Toole, K. Ross
135. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach
136. Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls by Lee, Lela
137. That Old Ace in the Hole by Proulx, Annie
138. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Hedges, Chris
139. Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years by Delany, Sarah
140. Stones into Schools by Mortenson, Greg
141. The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook by Steel, Flora Annie
142. The Valley of Amazement by Tan, Amy
143. The Christ of the Indian Road by Jones, Eli Stanley
144. The West: An Illustrated History by Ward, Geoffrey C.
145. The Apocrypha of the Old Testament by
146. Compass American Guides: Montana by Tirrell, Norma
147. Close Range : Wyoming Stories by Proulx, Annie
148. The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount by Gorenberg, Gershom
149. Mrs. Caliban by Ingalls, Rachel
150. The Uncensored Truth Bible for New Beginnings by Wilhite, Jud
151. The Hundred Secret Senses by Tan, Amy
152. Eerdmans' Handbook to the Bible by Alexander, David
153. Between the Lines; A View Inside American Politics, People, and Culture by Alter, Jonathan
154. Concordance to the Holy Scriptures by Cruden, Alexander
155. The Christian Calendar by Cowie, Leonard W
156. Less by Greer, Andrew Sean
157. Red: A History of the Redhead by Harvey, Jacky Colliss
158. Betrayal of Trust by Jance, J. A
159. Failure to Appear by Jance, J. A
160. Judgment Call by Jance, J. A
161. Cold Betrayal by Jance, J. A.
162. Deadly Stakes by Jance, J. A.
163. Cruel Intent by Jance, J. A.
164. Left for Dead by Jance, J. A.
165. Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Lovell, Mary S.
166. The God Dog Connection by Healy, Marti
167. The Whole Truth and Nothing But by Hopper,Heda
168. In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story by McCullough, David
169. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by Pollack, William
170. No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Chödrön, Pema
171. Bloody Crimes by Swanson, James L.
172. Charlatan by Brock, Pope
173. Face Time by Wilde, Patrick de
174. The Island of the Colorblind by Sacks, Oliver
175. The Bartender's Tale by Doig, Ivan
176. Magic or Madness by Larbalestier, Justine
177. War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality by Chopra, Deepak
178. Yellowstone: A Journey Through America's Wild Heart by Quammen, David
179. A Dangerous Man:: A Novel of William Wild Bill Longley by Johnstone, William W.
180. Taking the Fifth by Jance, J. A
181. Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin by Jr., Cornelius Plantinga
182. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Gould, Stephen Jay
183. Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds by Gordon, Lyndall
184. Letters from Yellowstone by Smith, Diane
185. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Levitin, Daniel J.
186. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Weiner, Tim
187. Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth by Alexander, Lloyd
188. The Farfarers: Before the Norse by Mowat, Farley
189. Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks by Eilperin, Juliet
190. The Catsitters by Wolcott, James
191. Making Haste from Babylon by Bunker, Nick
192. Sarah's Key by Rosnay, Tatiana de
193. Silver on the Tree by Cooper, Susan
194. Many Lives, Many Masters by Weiss, Brian L.
195. Magic Lessons by Larbalestier, Justine
196. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Myss, Caroline
197. Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin by Gould, Stephen Jay
198. Outlaws and Lawmen of the West Vol 1 by Macpherson, M. A.
199. Thunderstruck by Larson, Erik
200. The Times We Had : Life with William Randolph Hearst by Davies, Marion
201. The Surgeon by Gerritsen, Tess
202. Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush by Dean, John W.
203. Secret Smile by French, Nicci
204. The Story of Jack Ballister's Fortunes by Pyle, Howard
205. Bucking the Sun by Doig, Ivan
206. The Power Is Within You by Hay, Louise
207. A Distant Mirror by Tuchman, Barbara W.
208. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Milford, Nancy
209. Same Kind of Different As Me by Hall, Ron
210. Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas by Mayer, Jane
211. Dakota by Florio, Gwen
212. Amazon - Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

August - 51 (217 - 263 - Larry)
213. Circle City Books - The Call by Yannick Murphy
214. ER book - Day of the Dead by Nicci French
215. Bookmooch - My Happy Life by Lydia Millet
216. Quail Ridge Books - The Fact of A Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
217. The Collector's Encyclopedia of R.S. Prussia by Mary Frank Gaston
218. Collector's Encyclopedia of Nippon Porcelain, 3rd Series by Joan F. Van Patten
219. A Treasury of American Clocks by Brooks Palmer
220. Birds of North America: A Guide To Field Identification by Chandler S. Robbins
221. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge
222. Prisoner's Base by Rex Stout
223. The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout
224. Three Witnesses by Rex Stout
225. Black Orchids by Rex Stout
226. Champagne for One by Rex Stout
227. Please Pass the Guilt by Rex Stout
228. Murder By the Book by Rex Stout
229. Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout
230. The Mother Hunt by Rex Stout
231. Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout
232. The League Of Frightened Men by Rex Stout
233. Some buried Caesar by Rex Stout
234. Before Midnight by Rex Stout
235. And Four To Go by Rex Stout
236. Trio for Blunt Instruments by Rex Stout
237. A Family Affair by Rex Stout
238. Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
239. Three Men Out by Rex Stout
240. The Black Mountain by Rex Stout
241. Death of a Dude by Rex Stout
242. The Rubber Band by Rex Stout
243. Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout
244. Triple Zeck: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus by Rex Stout
245. The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
246. The Father Hunt by Rex Stout
247. Gambit by Rex Stout
248. Easy Go by Michael Crichton
249. Binary by Michael Crichton
250. The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
251. Utopia by Lincoln Child
252. Death Of A Peer by Ngaio Marsh
253. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
254. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
255. Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe
256. Night at the Vulcan by Ngaio Marsh
257. Barrier Island by John D. MacDonald
258. Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
259. The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton
260. Artists In Crime by Ngaio Marsh
261. Murder, She Meowed: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown
262. 361 by Donald E. Westlake
263. Mr. Pottermack's Oversight by Austin Freeman

September -

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1. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly first of a series I will never continue
2. Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi
3. Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright - references to The Matrix and powdered sugar donut analogies left me cold
4. Plainsong by Kent Haruf didn't hold my interest
5. The Power by Naomi Alderman daughter expressed an interest and I have no desire to keep it on my shelves for some reason
6. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes 2.5 stars, not a keeper
7. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella good but not worth using the shelf space to keep
8. Audubon Bird Guide - Eastern Land Birds 1946, outdated
9. The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene - duplicate, poorer quality
10. The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk by Carolyn Keene - duplicate, poorer quality
11. The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene - duplicate
12. The Secret at Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene - duplicate, poorer quality
13. The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart - duplicate
14. Waiting by Ha Jin - 2.5 stars, time to go
15. The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera - time to go
16. Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken
17. A Perfect Match - A Mystery by Jill McGown
18. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
19. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore good book, don't need to keep
20. Night and Day by Ann Stuart
21. Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement blech
22. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - gift to friend Karen
23. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - gift to friend Karen
24. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
25. The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
26. The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
27. The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
28. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis - gift to friend Karen
29. The 26 Letters by Oscar Ogg (such a lovely name!)
30. Sentenced to Die by J.A. Jance - duplicate of first 3 J.P. Beaumont books - didn't know I had it
31. A Voyage Long and Strange - large print edition, replaced with one from MT trip
32. The Unquiet by John Connolly - don't like the Charlie Parker series
33. Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente - started, don't like
34. The Bridge by Doug Marlette - read, liked, don't need to keep

Edited: Aug 2, 2018, 8:09am Top

Statistics Through July 31

62 books read
7 books abandoned
17,144 pages read
72 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 81
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 277

Male 40%
Female 60%

Living 62%
Dead 38%

US Born 74%
Foreign Born 26%

Hardcover 50%
Trade Pback 34%
Mass Market 8%
Audiobook 6%
e-Book 2%

My Library 95%
Other 5%

Re-read 27%
Series 53%

Fiction 85%
NonFiction 15%

Author Birth Country
England 16%
Ireland 3%
Scotland 3%
South Africa 2%
Sweden 2%
US 74%

Original Decade Published
1830-1839 2%
1920-1929 3%
1960-1969 2%
1970-1979 6%
1980-1989 16%
1990-1999 19%
2000-2009 10%
2010-2018 42%

Cartoons 3%
Fantasy 3%
Fiction 15%
Historical Fiction 5%
History 5%
Linguistics 2%
Memoir 3%
Mystery 50%
Politics 2%
Romance 3%
Science Fiction 2%
Steampunk 2%
Thriller 3%
True Crime 2%

Jul 29, 2018, 9:15am Top

Next message is yours!

Jul 29, 2018, 9:55am Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 29, 2018, 12:06pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 29, 2018, 1:09pm Top

Thanks Chelle and Jim!

Jul 29, 2018, 1:31pm Top

Happy new thread Karen. Sounds like you're on track to meet your books goal.

Jul 29, 2018, 2:10pm Top

Thank you Reba! I am doing well towards my goal, and just literally 10 minutes ago finished #62, Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. It turns out that it's a signed first edition, too. I never even realized that. Review to follow.

Jul 29, 2018, 3:50pm Top

Happy new thread Karen my dear.

Jul 29, 2018, 4:06pm Top

Happy new one, Karen. Gorgeous topper.

Jul 29, 2018, 8:49pm Top

Happy new thread! I can't believe I made it before 50 posts! LOL

I love the topper! Those white dresses. Sigh.

Jul 30, 2018, 1:18am Top

Happy new thread, Karen. Great topper photo. All those white dresses and upswept hairdos. It must have taken quite a while to get dressed in those days.

Jul 30, 2018, 7:14am Top

Good morning, Karen! Happy new thread!

Jul 30, 2018, 7:22am Top

Happy New Thread, Karen. Hooray for Confederates in the Attic!

Jul 30, 2018, 9:57am Top

Wonderful topper, Karen! Happy New Thread!

I enjoyed Confederate in the Attic when I read it a few years back, but didn't write a review. I wish I had - makes me want to reread it, because I don't remember some of the things you've commented on.

Have you read anything else by Horwitz?

Jul 30, 2018, 10:30am Top

I'm in! Happy new thread!

Jul 30, 2018, 10:46am Top

johnsimpson, Ameise1, nittnut , Familyhistorian, harrygbutler, msf59, streamsong, SomeGuyInVirginia
John, Barbara, Jenn, Meg, Harry, Mark, Janet, Larry

Thank you everybody. July has been a slow reading and message month for me, but it is stunning that I'm up to my ninth thread, for sure.

I would imagine that those white dresses were a huge relief in the nasty humid Midwest summers. And I wonder how long my relatives’ hair was. By the time I have memories of my grandmother, she was elderly and living with us in Hawthorne, CA. Her hair was short and she used curlers like these:

I want to write a review of CITA, but we’ll have to see - Daughter got here about 7:30 last night. We didn’t know what day she was coming, but she’ll be here at least through Monday of next week. She turns 25 on Friday the 3rd, so between festivities for that and getting ready for book club for 12 at my house on Sunday the 5th it's going to be a busier week than I thought.

We just had breakfast and watched Bringing up Baby and will do some book moving next, I think. Last night she came up with a brilliant idea for incorporating the 176 'to be read' books that need shelf space downstairs. We'll try to start implementing it. *smile*

Jul 30, 2018, 10:52am Top

Happy monday, Karen! Enjoy your week!

Edited: Jul 30, 2018, 1:49pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen!
Lovely topper with all those women in white dresses at the stairs.

Jul 30, 2018, 8:00pm Top

I'll be back to catch up, Karen, but I'm here to say, "BOLO! BOLO!" My copy of The Day of the Dead arrived this afternoon by UPS. W00T!

Jul 30, 2018, 8:33pm Top

Ok, I've checked out a Kindle version of Confederates in the Attic from the local lie-berry.

Parker is curled up at my side under the blankets. It's been pouring rain, so I'm going to track a crack at The Death of Mrs. Westaway. It's fun but not my usual fare.

Jul 30, 2018, 9:15pm Top

>21 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle, thanks!

>22 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita. I was happy to find it. I wish the names had been written on the back... sigh.

>23 LizzieD: Me, too, Peggy, and I immediately thought of you. Of course, I need to read Tuesday - Sunday first. W00T for sure.

>24 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yay, Larry, being a Southerner I'll be interested in your take. I'm going to try to find time to review it - perhaps early tomorrow before Jenna gets up. Awww, Parker, you sweetie, keeping your human company. Both Inara and Kitty William have abandoned me for Jenna - Inara spent all night with her last night and Kitty spent 'most of the night'. Traitors.

Jenna and I moved all the trade paperbacks and hard cover books acquired in Montana to the Library - we moved the Harvard Classics to the Retreat and will put the 1963 Encyclopedias up in the Parlour. Tomorrow we'll bring down the 84 tbr books from the Parlour to the Library and put them up where the Encyclopedias and some unused space were - it's going to look fantastic. I'm very excited.

Jul 31, 2018, 7:00am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Book Moving Day! Sounds like it was quite a project. I had a nice walk yesterday and saw osprey and a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks. Both are always a highlight.

Jul 31, 2018, 7:26am Top

Good Morning to you, too, Mark! We had fun, for sure. Yay for walking, ospreys, and Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks.

Jenna's still asleep but my cleaning ladies are coming in about 20 minutes and they are not quiet.....

Jul 31, 2018, 10:55am Top

Good morning, Karen! Enjoy rearranging the books and spending time with Jenna. I have to tackle putting some more order into ours; I handed off quite a few books to my parents last week, but they sent two big, full bags home with us, too.

Jul 31, 2018, 1:13pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen.

Great 1910-ish photo.

Being retired is the berries! It’s also the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, the eel’s hips, the monkey’s eyebrows, the sardine’s whiskers, the gnat’s whistle. Yes! I couldn't agree more.

I loved Shine, Shine, Shine, and just reviewed it over on my thread. Thanks for your review that inspired me to read it.

Jul 31, 2018, 9:41pm Top

>28 harrygbutler: Hi Harry. Thanks – we had a marvelous time. See below. Enjoy ordering your books, too, especially the two new bags from your parents AND the books and magazines from PulpFest.

>29 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I need to find other period slang – I’m running out of 1920s slang. I’m so glad you loved Shine Shine Shine. It’s nice to give book bullets that work out well.

So I forgot to mention that yesterday Jenna and I found a snake in the garage. I think he was looking for a dry spot after so much rain. Anyway, Jenna coaxed him into a trash can and we then escorted him to the far edge of our property line and let him go. Bill and neighbor Louise both think he’s a racer – whatever that is.

And today Jenna and I finished up the Library portion of the Great Book Migration.

Books across the top shelf are my Montana haul and unread books brought back downstairs from the Parlour.


And, finally, we watched Star Wars Episode VIII tonight – ho hum for me, Bill and Jenna are having a lively discussion in the living room, 40 minutes so far.

Aug 1, 2018, 9:04am Top

>30 karenmarie: Well done with the snake and books! Have a good Wednesday.

Aug 1, 2018, 3:43pm Top

>30 karenmarie: Wow. That looks so inviting! I'm trying hard to read what I have and get rid of some, because we don't have any more room for books unless we want to pile them on the floor! But I keep getting seduced by my Kindle books, which take up no room at all. Sigh.

Aug 1, 2018, 5:13pm Top

>30 karenmarie: Nice pictures of the Great Book Migration, Karen!
Did you and Jenna move all books in the pictures, or only a part?

Aug 1, 2018, 7:56pm Top

>30 karenmarie: OMG I love those walls of books! What a wonderful place to spend time.

Aug 1, 2018, 11:01pm Top

>30 karenmarie: LOVE the books!!!!!
>32 ffortsa: I know I don't live in an apartment, but I don't have trouble with piles of books on the floor.

Aug 2, 2018, 12:19am Top

Sweet Thursday, Karen. Oh, I remember these curles. My granny used them too.

Aug 2, 2018, 7:59am Top

>31 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry. Jenna and I had a great day – got her car inspected for registration renewal, watched a documentary on WWII, and played Yahtzee, among other things. I’m not sure I would have wrangled the snake without her here, so it was good timing.

>32 ffortsa: Hi Judy. Thank you, I love my Library. I’m staring at 52 old romances that I’m culling – after I go through them one last time in case there’s one I specifically remember and want to keep. I had to do that for the Great Book Migration – find a shelf for the Harvard Classics so I could put books on the top shelf in the Library. So far no stacks on the floor. I love my Kindle, and use it maybe 10% of the time. I still really prefer a physical book.

>33 FAMeulstee: We only moved the books on the top shelf in both pictures, Anita. Some were from the Parlour upstairs, and the rest were from my Montana trip. The Harvard Classics and the Encyclopedia that were there are now upstairs. If I need another shelf in the Library, my desk calendars (1985-2017), on the first shelf down on the left from the top in the left picture, will go upstairs.

>34 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba! My husband loves me. He knows how important my books are to me. This room was a bedroom in the plan but we built it as a Library when we built the house 20 years ago. We simply didn’t put a closet in and made floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on 2 walls. It’s a nice and peaceful room, for sure. No TV, no radio, just books.

>35 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy. I wouldn’t like piles of books. I periodically go through the effort to cull and may have to get back to double-stacking.

>36 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Thank you. In addition to remembering them, I remember helping her put them in. Funny, I don’t remember her taking them out when her hair was dry or how she combed them into a hairdo.

Aug 2, 2018, 9:32am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Another nice day here but it looks like it will be a HOT weekend.

I hope you enjoy The Call. He doesn't get much LT attention.

Aug 2, 2018, 9:51am Top

Hapy new thread! Also, I like your bookshelves :)

Aug 2, 2018, 6:16pm Top

Good evening, Karen! I hope your Thursday has treated you well. I have quite a few stacks of books at the moment; I'm sure I have more than I have shelf space for, but I also suspect that I have some that should go away. That will likely be an autumn activity.

Aug 2, 2018, 10:37pm Top

>39 msf59: Hi Mark! I had a sweet Thursday. Daughter and I watched Black Swan, totally weird movie, then ended up playing Yahtzee most of the afternoon through several severe thunderstorms. Dinner, Criminal Minds, and now off to bed. The Call is written in such an unusual format - I'm really loving it.

>40 figsfromthistle: Thank you twice, Anita.

>41 harrygbutler: And good evening to you, too, Harry. Culling and adding, culling and adding. Always so much fun, I think.

Tomorrow my darling girl turns 25. Her dad's taking the day off work, so we'll have a nice breakfast, hang out, then go to Angus Barn for dinner. Oh and I have to make her her favorite "birthday cake" - Pumpkin Pie. We'll have that after we get back from the Barn.

Aug 2, 2018, 10:51pm Top

Oh my goodness! Happy Birthday to Jenna!!!! Happy Jenna's Birthday to you and Bill!!! Enjoy! Enjoy!

Aug 2, 2018, 10:57pm Top

Heya kiddo. I wonder why all those women were wearing white dresses? They must have been a bear to wash and maintain. Oh my gawd, they were a girl gang!

Aug 3, 2018, 8:36am Top

Sounds like you have been having fun playing Yahtzee! I haven't played that in years! When we've played games lately, which isn't often, we've been playing one called Farkle

Happy birthday to your daughter!

Aug 3, 2018, 9:41am Top

Good morning, Karen! Happy birthday to Jenna!

Aug 3, 2018, 5:04pm Top

Happy birthday to Jenna, enjoy the Pumpkin Pie!

Aug 3, 2018, 6:32pm Top

It sounds like you've had a productive week! I can't make the photo bigger, but are you sure it wasn't a rat snake? It's a nice big one. They are lovely to have around because they eat wee rodents and sometimes copperheads.

Nice work on the Book Migration! Looks fantastic.

I am glad you're liking The Call. I thought it was such an interesting way to write a book.

Aug 4, 2018, 8:26am Top

>43 LizzieD: Thank you, Peggy! We had a wonderful day, culminating with a fantastic dinner at Angus Barn. We’ve never been in the Little Barn section before – it’s quieter and the tables are bigger. We’re going to ask for it whenever we go there from now on.

>44 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry. Coolness in nasty Nebraska summers is my guess. I so wish I knew the other women in the photo – gang or not!

>45 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! Jenna and I use 6 dice and a score card that has additional choices – 1 pair, 2 pair, 3 pair, 4 of a kind, 5 of a kind, full straight (1-6), and a villa (3 of one number, 3 of another number) and a tower (2 of one number and 4 of another number). We score 100 for the 6-dice Yahtzee, too. Sometimes we play 3 games at once, with the 2nd one’s total score doubled and the 3rd one’s total score getting tripled. Other times we play top down or bottom up in order – very low scores there. It’s a lot of fun, for sure. I’ve never heard of Farkle, thanks for sharing the link.

>46 harrygbutler: Hi Harry, and thank you.

>47 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! We were so full from dinner that we didn’t eat any dessert. We’ll have it for breakfast. *smile*

>48 nittnut: Hi Jenn, we did. The Great Book Migration, much cooking of food and the making of a pie, inspection for car registration, and lots of fun. Thank you re the Migration. I feel really good about it. I am liking The Call a lot, but am not making much time to read it with Jenna home.

I think you’re right about the snake. I didn’t realize they were constrictors. I’m so glad we let him go.

Edited: Aug 4, 2018, 8:44am Top

62. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
7/15/18 to 7/29/18

From Amazon:

For all who remain intrigued by the legacy of the Civil War -- reenactors, battlefield visitors, Confederate descendants and other Southerners, history fans, students of current racial conflicts, and more -- this ten-state adventure is part travelogue, part social commentary and always good-humored. “Splendid.” –Roy Blount, Jr., The New York Times Book Review

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance.

In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'

Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

Why I wanted to read it: Friend Karen in Montana had pulled it from her stacks for me to read while I was on vacation, but I read other things instead. I pulled it out of my stacks when I got home.

Amazon’s description is almost adequate as a review, with the exception of how intriguing it is to me that 20 years after its publication all the same issues of polarization, white supremacism, racism, pride, Southernness, and fascination with the war – even including what to call it – are still here. Sometimes I just shake my head in wonder at the impact of and fascination with the war, other times I want to cry.

And in looking up Tony Horwitz, I discovered that he’s been married to Geraldine Brooks for 34 years – how cool is that?

Aug 4, 2018, 9:35am Top

Happy Saturday, Karen. Great review of Confederates. If you post it, I will Thumb it!

Aug 4, 2018, 11:10am Top

Hi Mark, and thank you! I really need to be consistent in posting reviews - thank you in advance for the Thumb.

Aug 4, 2018, 1:31pm Top

Good review, Karen. Will thumb after this. I liked his Blue Latitudes a lot, and have thought about reading this one. Who knew he was married to Geraldine Brooks? I see they have two children - I wonder whether we'll see a book from either of them?

Aug 4, 2018, 7:13pm Top

I have never understood why anyone would reenact battles. That's just nuts.

Aug 5, 2018, 7:52am Top

>53 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I'm reading The Call by Yannick Murphy right now, but just pulled Blue Latitudes down off my shelves.

>54 SomeGuyInVirginia: I personally think it's nuts, too, Larry, but to each his smelly, authentic self I guess.

Tonight I'm hosting 9 of 11 book club members (one's busy moving and one's out of town). Yesterday Jenna helped me cut vegetables, poach 4 chicken breasts, make two salad dressings, and make two pie crusts. Today will be making two lemon meringue pies, white bean dip with toasted pitas, assemble two salads, cut bread and etc., a bit of cleaning, setting of tables, clearing off counters to make the meal buffet style, setting out wine and water glasses, and etc.

I'll be glad when it's tomorrow morning, frankly, although I do love to host book club.

Aug 5, 2018, 7:59am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I have thumbed your lovely review of Confederates. I also hope to get to Blue Latitudes one of these days.

Aug 5, 2018, 8:01am Top

'Morning to you, too, Mark! Thank you.

Aug 5, 2018, 8:46am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen! Hope your book club went well!

Aug 5, 2018, 4:59pm Top

>50 karenmarie: Sometimes I just shake my head in wonder at the impact of and fascination with the war, other times I want to cry.
I know very little about that war. The only thing I do know, it that it is still a thing of much fascination and obsession for people, which I find a bit weird.

Aug 5, 2018, 5:40pm Top

>55 karenmarie: May I come to your book group tonight? I don't care what the book is. Yum.

Aug 5, 2018, 9:41pm Top

>58 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle! I can always tell how book club goes by how long they stay - it's nominally 7-9 pm, but they stayed 'til 9:15 tonight so it was a success. They loved the food, Bill said that we must have been having a good time because all he could hear was lots of talking and laughter, and the book discussion of Shine Shine Shine was informative. Nobody disliked it although some of them disliked a couple of the scenes.

>59 LovingLit: I'm a Westerner, Megan - meaning that I'm not a Yankee (Northerner) or a Southerner. Growing up in Southern California we studied the Civil War as something that happened on the East Coasta long time ago. It was therefore historical, not present day. My husband's family fought for the South, one of his Uncles to his dying day called it "The War of Northern Aggression", and feelings still run high. There are battlefields here in North Carolina, and I see way too many Confederate Battle Flags - another emotional subject. Thousands of books have been written on the subject, there has been a huge movement to remove statues honoring Confederate War Heroes, which of course brings out emotions on both sides of THAT issue. It's tetchy, sensitive, and seems to be more divisive since I moved here 27 years ago.

>60 ffortsa: Hi Judy! You may come any time you're visiting central NC on a book club night, even if it's not at my house. We can bring guests. I do admit that I loved the food I made - all from scratch - and it was well received.

Bill's back in the living room, Jenna's still playing some PS4 game upstairs in my Retreat, and I'm getting ready to get into jammies and try to read a bit.

Thank goodness the only thing I need to do tomorrow is write some Friends of the Library checks and mail them. Jenna and I will probably play some Yahtzee and watch a movie.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE being retired?????

Aug 5, 2018, 10:46pm Top

Everything sounds good, Karen! My copy of Shine Shine Shine is on its way from somebody at PBS. YAY!

Aug 6, 2018, 1:34am Top

I hope that book club was fun, Karen. It sounds like your book club goes all out! I have Confederates in the Attic somewhere in my stacks and should really dig it out.

>54 SomeGuyInVirginia: Talking about reenactments, I was in Northampton, England and saw reenactors on the university grounds. They were also staging Civil War battles but think Roundheads.

Aug 6, 2018, 12:36pm Top

>62 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! I hope you like Shine Shine Shine and will be interested in what you think about it.

>63 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! Oh, it was a lot of fun. Some of us like to cook more than others, but there's always good food, conversation, and book discussions. I hope you get a chance to read CITA.

Ha. Roundheads. When I looked up Civil War on Wikipedia it did give me both links to choose from.

Well today I'm totally whupped. I just finished writing checks and will put 4 of them in the mail. One needs to go to the Library and I need to make a Friends bank deposit - Jenna and I may go over tomorrow and have lunch in town, too.

Today is staying at home and eating leftovers and watching movies and playing Yahtzee.

Aug 6, 2018, 3:03pm Top

Hi, Karen! I hope you enjoy your laid-back day!

Aug 7, 2018, 7:19am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Tuesday. It sounds like you had a nice lazy day yesterday. I am enjoying the day off and plan on going for a walk later on. It looks like Joe & his wife will join me too. That is a bonus, right?

Aug 7, 2018, 7:42am Top

>65 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Jenna and I played Yahtzee most of the afternoon, so it was good and lazy.

>66 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! We had a nice day, thank you. Glad to hear that you have the day off. Yay for a walking meet-up. Many extra bonus points earned.

Aug 9, 2018, 10:11am Top

Hi, Karen! I hope your week has been going well. Have a good Thursday!

Aug 9, 2018, 11:29am Top

Happy Thursday! What that in retired time?

I had a dream last night about a giant cardinal (bird). Wackiness.

Aug 9, 2018, 2:23pm Top

>64 karenmarie: I'm having a break day today...but I'll be going to the County Fair with the kids tomorrow.

Happy Thursday!

Aug 9, 2018, 4:48pm Top

>68 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! I've been having a lovely week, thank you, and today was a combination of productive (getting my nails done) and good (watching The Imitation Game with Jenna).

>69 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you, Larry! Ah. Thursdays are T-2 before husband-home-all-day-for-two-days days and husband-has-dinner-with-friend days.

I'll raise your giant bird dream with my I-borrowed-a-religious-icon-from-a-church dream. Not being religious and not going to church make this dream particularly odd.

>70 The_Hibernator: Hello Rachel! Break days are good, and have fun with D and M tomorrow.

Edited: Aug 10, 2018, 11:46pm Top

63. The Call by Yannick Murphy
8/1/18 to 8/9/18

From Kirkus Reviews:

….a large-animal veterinarian in rural New England faces various small uncertainties: an iffy economy, weird recurrent lights in the night sky, a marriage in which there are minor flare-ups.

He has unspecified medical issues, too; his "levels" are volatile and worrying, and he resists going to the doctor. Murphy tells the tale mostly through the vet's reports—alternately no-nonsense and taciturn ("Call," "Action," "Result") or expansive and playful ("Who Walked Into the Hospital Room While I Was Moving My Hand Like the Spaceship")—of the calls he receives from animal owners, and the innovative form is perfectly suited to the doctor's voice: calm, cheerful, attentive, reliable, but also naggingly worried and prone to withhold or diminish the sources of his anxieties.

Why I wanted to read it: It called my name. Yes, I have added over 200 books to my catalog this year and The Call is the most recent – therefore I had to read it. Sigh.

The format was alternately informative and off-putting. It worked best when our protagonist was being introspective, least when trying to get to the emotional truth of how the family was dealing with a potentially devastating medical emergency. There were a few times I felt left out.

As a rule it was humorous and lighthearted. I did wonder at the sanity levels of various of the characters, but the mysteries and eccentricities worked for me. I didn’t zoom through it, though – it took me 8 days, which is an abnormally long time for me to read one book. It held my interest well enough to continue, but not well enough to sacrifice anything to reading more than the time I spent.

Here’s a wonderful bit about flies. There are many references to the flies in the house.
WHAT THE FLIES SAY AT NIGHT: Thank you for this warmth. We are happy here in your home. We like sharing it with you. We will try not to buzz in your face. We will keep our distance. When, in death, we do fall from your beams above your heads and onto your beds while you’re sleeping, please forgive us. Forgive us for sometimes clinging to the television screen. We like the extra warmth. It soothes us.
By the end, after I let go of trying to figure out the spaceship and what his levels were about and other curiosities, I felt soothed too.

Aug 9, 2018, 6:57pm Top

>72 karenmarie: Good to know, about those flies;-)

Aug 10, 2018, 10:45am Top

Hi! Just checkin' in.

Re your cell phone suggestion on my thread. I don't expect to download the LT app real soon. I'm a parasite on my daughter's account and, as such, I'm wary of gobbling up her data minutes (or whatever it's called). It's only a buck or two and doesn't happen every time I shop. (Plus, I don't want to be a book scanner).

But thanks for the suggestion.

Aug 10, 2018, 8:09pm Top

>72 karenmarie: I'm glad you liked it pretty well. :) I thought it was a very unique book.
I'm setting aside some time next week to try and figure out how I want to catalog the bookshelves. I will keep you posted...

Aug 10, 2018, 9:29pm Top

Good Lord, now even my brother is talking about the birds he sees my Dad's. It's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers but with bird watching.

Edited: Aug 10, 2018, 10:07pm Top

>30 karenmarie: Oh my lots of snakes around your parts, both in your garage and at the library. Loved the python pic on your last thread. Your library is beautiful, Karen. And so organized.

>50 karenmarie: I also enjoyed Confederates in the Attic. I loaned it to a friend several years ago and may have to go to Seattle to get it back to reside in my permanent library. Ha.

>55 karenmarie: Darn, I wish I was a member of your book group. Lemon Meringue is my all-time favorite pie. I can't make one as good as my mother's pie but I keep ordering them whenever we are someplace that has it on the menu. Looking forward to your review of Shine Shine Shine.

ETA: Never mind, I found it on the review page. Looks like yet one more book I need to add to my List Without End!

Aug 10, 2018, 11:04pm Top

In and out, just to speak and hope that you enjoy your weekend.
I sort of like the looks of The Call, but your Touchstone goes to a YA fantasy and mine doesn't work at all. Oh well
I have *Confederates* and haven't read it although my DH enjoyed it. No *3Shine* in the mail for me yet.

Aug 11, 2018, 8:42am Top

>73 EllaTim: Hi Ella! There were many strange ‘characters’ in the story – another one was the house itself.

>74 weird_O: Hi Bill! Check ins allowed. Ah. I understand being a parasite on daughter’s account – we use our daughter’s Netflix account.

It took me eons to understand the difference between wifi and data, but we’re savvy consumers of minutes versus wifi now. Data minutes (in our case, data storage gigabytes instead of data time in minutes) are what gets used when you can’t use wifi. We pay for wifi in our house as part of our phone service and of course use wifi almost exclusively for our smart tvs, computers, and cell phones. Very rarely our wifi goes out and I use my smart phone to create a hot spot to the nearest cell tower, which uses our data GB. When out, we always check restaurants and any other place we’re going to be at for a while to see if they have a guest wifi. If so, we use it, saving our data. We’re on a plan for the three of us that gives us 16 GB, and rolls over any unused data from the previous month, and we monitor how much we’ve used each month pretty carefully.

You’re welcome re the LT app. Just for the record, you don’t have to be a book scanner – we get dealers at our FoL sales and they drive me crazy with their scanners and attitude. They scan the ISBN, determine if it’s something they need from the result, and if they get a hit, cavalierly toss the book into their plastic tub, if not, they haphazardly fling it back into the box or shelf. Harrumph.

LT app has a catalog search feature. I usually type significant words of the title in, or sometimes even the author and if the book shows up, I can avoid buying a duplicate. I guess you can scan books with the app, but I don’t.

>75 nittnut: Hey Jenn! It’s definitely unique in my book-reading experience. I’ll be interested in seeing what your Catalog Strategy is.

>76 SomeGuyInVirginia: ‘Morning, Larry! Once you get the bug, or, ah, bird, seeing birds and trying to identify them becomes automatic. Not that I’m usually successful, but I persevere.

>77 Donna828: Hi Donna! Thanks re the snake pics, and re my library. Personally I would see no reason to catalog my books if it didn’t help me organize them – that’s just the type of person I am.

Glad you liked CITA. Good luck getting it back. The only people I loan books to anymore are my daughter and my friend Louise. Everybody else has abused the privilege in one way or another, so Karen’s Lending Library has otherwise shut down.

Usually I find that restaurant lemon meringue pie is too sweet. I modified the recipe I have to make it just a bit more tart.

I’m glad to hear that Shine Shine Shine has made it to your LWO.

>78 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Same to you, weekend-wise. I fixed the touchstone – I try to be careful but every once in a while I slip up and forget to check. I’ve had problems with touchstones in general again lately – what I sometimes try is to put the title in between the brackets and if it doesn’t work then cut the title and right bracket, then immediately paste back in. That frequently works. I just had to do it on both titles touchstoned in this message.

In CIFA and 3Shine you have two great books to look forward to.

The three of us went to a small local haunt for dinner last night and were well pleased with our meal. I totally fell off the wagon and got their homemade fried chicken tenders, hush puppies, pickled beets, and mac and cheese and brought home enough for another complete meal. The entire meal for 3 was less than $9 each, excluding tip.

Jenna’s made noises about going back to Wilmington tomorrow or Monday, since classes start on Friday for some strange reason. She’s still got to buy books and get squared away for her four classes.

I've started Less, which I bought new in Missoula Montana.

Aug 11, 2018, 12:09pm Top

Sounds like a great weekend so far, Karen, although I hope that Jenna waits until Monday to go back. My copy of *3Shine* arrived today, but so did an omnibus of J. Charyn's first 4 police inspector Isaac Sidel novels. And, I've started The Overstory (just barely) and am as charmed as I expected to be. AND there's always The Mad Patagonian in which I will soon be closing in on page 700. Oh! Of course, *HP6*. Richness!

Aug 12, 2018, 8:00am Top

Morning, Karen! Hope you've been having a great weekend!

Aug 12, 2018, 8:34am Top

>80 LizzieD: Richness indeed, Peggy - you've lots of good books lined up, so have fun.

>81 ChelleBearss: 'Morning to you, Chelle! Fun times with Bill and Jenna, for sure.

Jenna and I are going to read the rules for and try to remember how to play Hand and Foot today. Once we remembered the name of the game I found a set of rules online. We also found the three decks of cards, including jokers, that two people need to play.

First sip of coffee - heaven!

Aug 12, 2018, 9:26am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen. We will be leaving for the airport in a short while. I know you got your mountain fix recently, so I am looking forward to mine. I have a feeling the Rocky Mountain National park will be a very special place.

I won't be around LT much next week, but I hope to check in, at least once a day.

Aug 12, 2018, 9:32am Top

Great to finally and properly catch-up, Karen.

You are beating me for books read and, perhaps given that my name is normally used as a byword for acquistionary overindulgence, in books added.

I am still more than a little under the kosh in life and work but am soldiering on.

Have a lovely Sunday.

Aug 12, 2018, 11:58am Top

I spoke with my brother last night and he went on about, wait for it, bird watching! I thought it was just a phase but no. He has a blue jay that will land on his arm to eat peanuts. It's hard to believe this is the same kid I fought with every day when we were boys.

I'm reading Childmare, a really terrible British horror story from 1981. It's also a very quick read and I need to make make my numbers for August.

Aug 12, 2018, 12:52pm Top

>83 msf59: Thank you, Mark! You are probably flying in a big metal bird as I write this, so safe travels, and have tons of fun. I’ll look forward to reports on your thread!

>84 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, and I’m glad to see you ‘out and about’.

My books read number seems low to me given that July and now August have had a couple of seriously (but happily) disruptive events, but my hauls have been wonderfully Cranswickian, for sure. I'm reading Less but not loving it. I'm eyeing Blue Latitudes and Tuesday's Gone although I really should finish what is, after all, a Pulitzer Prize winner.

I am sorry about your ‘life and work’ woes, and am sending US-Malaysia hugs. All we can do is soldier on sometimes, right? Your strength and discipline are admirable.

>85 SomeGuyInVirginia: Well, Larry, bird watching can be quite addictive, as you and I know - I’m jealous of your brother. I’d love to have the patience to have taught a blue jay he could land on my arm for peanuts. It’s not a bad thing at all to have something in common with your brother.

Good luck on the August numbers. As I wrote above, I’m in the doldrums, but should easily make my goal of 105 for the year.

Jenna beat me at our first attempt at Hand and Foot – you play four rounds. I was up at the end of round three, but she whupped me in round four and won the game.

She and her dad are watching a game I consider absolutely ridiculous – golf – and they are having a good time. Jenna has finally figured out that she should leave the room if her dad starts a subject that is either painful or potentially anger-making for her, so I rarely have to intervene any more. *smile*

I just put out some fresh hummingbird food and they’ve discovered it.

Aug 13, 2018, 1:00pm Top

I don't mind golf so much (for other people) but watching it is excruciatingly boring.

Aug 13, 2018, 11:38pm Top

Wow, we're currently tied at 63! The only other time that would happen is the first book of the year.

A big storm blew through here about 9:00pm, took the humidity away and cooled it down to the low 70s. It's almost autumn-like. Very beautiful.

Aug 14, 2018, 7:53am Top

>87 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! I was a golf orphan as a child - Dad worked 5 1/2 days a week and then spent Sunday mornings golfing. We didn't do many things together as a family as a child except go on camping vacations for 2 weeks in the summer. Then Mom took it up to spend time with Dad, and between not grokking the sport and having it take my parents away a lot of the time I don't have many good feelings towards it.

>88 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yay for us, Larry! I hadn't noticed, glad you brought it to my attention. We have had lots of rain, too, and the outside, moderately under control a couple of weeks ago, is now not under control.

Jenna will be leaving today to go back to Wilmington. School starts on Friday. She's got 4 classes and is getting excited.

Aug 14, 2018, 8:44am Top

Good morning, Karen! It sounds like Jenna's visit was an excellent time. Good luck to her on her next semester!

Aug 14, 2018, 10:54am Top

Good morning and safe travel to Jenna! Hope she has a great year!
I'm sorry about your golf dislike. We once had a par-3 municipal course here where I puttered around, initially to spend time with my DH. I loved it! Wasn't particularly good but good enough to be eager to get back every time. Alas, the course is now a trailer park, and I don't know that a real golf swing would be good for my poor back.

Aug 14, 2018, 1:58pm Top

>90 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Yes, we had a wonderful time. She just left about 30 minutes ago. She's excited about the semester, so I have high hopes for her.

>91 LizzieD: Hi Peggy, and thank you. When I was really young, say 8-ish, we played at a local 3-par a couple of times, all 5 of us - Dad, Mom, sister (4-ish), brother (6-ish). I remember having fun at that, but I'm sure it drove my dad crazy. I'm not sure swinging a golf club would be good for me either.

Aug 14, 2018, 5:52pm Top

Hi Karen- Ah, you'll miss your daughter, I'm sure. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time.

>84 PaulCranswick: Wow, you've beaten Paul with numbers of books acquired. We'll have to start talking about Karenian or maybe Montanian hauls!

I've never played golf. I've always thought it would be lovely to gallop a horse over a golf course - of course there would be an angry crowd in hot pursuit waving torches and brandishing golf clubs in the air ....

Aug 14, 2018, 9:40pm Top

Hi Janet!

It's strangely quiet here tonight, and besides me and her dad missing her, the kitties are missing her.

I could never try to out-Paul in hauls. This year is an exception for me, what with the spring FoL sale and the Montanian haul. I almost hesitate to mention that we do have the fall FoL sale coming up, too... sigh.

What a good use for a golf course - to let horses gallop! I realize I am curmudgeonly in my aversion to golf. Other people are probably adverse to a sport I love watching - tennis. To each her/his own.

Aug 15, 2018, 2:33pm Top

Hej Karen, just came by to say hello

Aug 15, 2018, 3:19pm Top

Hi Paul!

Aug 15, 2018, 3:30pm Top

Hi Karen my dear, I am starting to post more but am still taking advantage of the good weather to get my outdoor jobs done especially as the dawn till dusk wall to wall sunshine and heat has gone and we are back to more normal temperatures for the time of year and we are getting spells of rain. This has all affected my reading the last couple of months but that will pick up from September I am sure.

I was well impressed with your book haul from your trip and I may have a decent haul when we go to Wales in September.

Good news for Amy and Andy as they should be signing the last document on Friday and getting the keys to their first home of their own. It has been a bit of a nightmare the last month but that is all done and dusted now and so from the 25th of August we will be moving them, luckily it is only down the road but they need to be out of the rented property by the 31st. Most of their stuff is boxed so the move shouldn't be too bad and then they will have just over a week before we all go down to Wales.

I hope everything is well with you and Bill and I have seen that Jenna is excited about starting her semester although I should imagine you will miss her.

Sending special love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

Edited: Aug 15, 2018, 7:03pm Top

Hi John! Good to see you here. I understand about Life getting in the way of posting - I'm seriously behind myself. Thanks re my book haul and I hope you and Karen find dozens and dozens of books on your trip to Wales. Happy news about Amy and Andy's new house.

We're doing fine, Jenna back home and excited about starting school. I couldn't ask for more. I do miss her, but we're both introverts, and we had a fun conversation today:

Me: Glad to be back home?

Jenna: Yes. Because even if you're with someone you love (me, Dad, and the cats) you're not alone, right?

Me: Oh yes, I understand completely. Have fun recharging your batteries.

Jenna: You, too - have you had a nice day alone?

... and etc.

Edited: Aug 16, 2018, 4:34pm Top

64. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
8/11/18 to 8/15/18

From Amazon:

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

Why I wanted to read it: Pulitzer Prize winner? Second time’s a charm? (I abandoned it in Montana after reading 20 pages.) Other?

I was rather irritated with this book for the first 100 pages or so but persevered because I’ve abandoned too many books this year and felt it would have been self-indulgent to abandon this one, too. I mean, really. A Pulitzer Prize winner abandoned?

I’m very glad I didn’t abandon it. I ended up with tears in my eyes.

As I got to about page 150 or so I thought – there are some very serious Thoughts About Life here. About page 238 or so I thought – I should be noting page numbers to write Interesting Quotes into my review. Didn’t happen, but I’ve opened to 3 random pages and here are a few morsels.
Less has, for years, traveled with a set of rubber bands that he thinks of as his portable gym. The set is multicolored, with interchangeable handles, and he always imagines, when he coils them into his luggage, how toned and fit he will be when he returns. The ambitious routine begins in earnest the first night, with dozens of special techniques recommended in the manual (lost long ago in Los Angeles but remembered in parts), Less wrapping the bands around the legs of beds, columns, rafters, and performing what the manual called “lumberjacks,” “trophies,” and “action heroes.” He ends his workout lacquered in sweat, feeling he has beat back another day from time’s assault. Fifty is further than ever. The second night, he advises himself to let his muscles repair. The third, he remembers the set and begins the routine with half a heart; the thin walls of the room might tremble with a neighbor’s television, or the dead bathroom light might depress him, or the thought of an unfinished article. Less promises himself a better workout in two days. In return for this promise: a dollhouse whiskey from the room’s dollhouse bar. And then the set is forgotten, abandoned on the hotel’s side table: a slain dragon. P 84

But you. You had comedy in your youth. You were the ridiculous one then, the one everyone laughed at. You just walked into everything, like someone blindfolded. I’ve known you longer than most of your friends, and I’ve certainly watched you more closely. I am the world’s leading expert on Arthur Less. I remember when we met. You were so skinny, all clavicle and hip bone! And innocent. The rest of us were so far from being innocent, I don’t think we even thought about pretending. You were different. P 224

A phone call, translated from German into English:

“Good afternoon, Pegasus Publications. This is Petra.”

“Good morning. Here is Mr. Arthur Less. I have concern about tonight.”

“Oh, hello, Mr. Less! Yes, we talked earlier. I assure you everything’s fine.”

“But to double…trip-check about the time…”

“Yes, it is still at twenty-three hours.”

“Okay. Twenty-three hours. To be correct, this is eleven at night.”

“Yes, that’s right. It’s an evening event. It’s going to be fun!”

“But it is a mental illness! Who will come to me at eleven at night?”

“Oh trust us, Mr. Less. This isn’t the United States. This is Berlin.” P 117
I became invested in Arthur Less’s around-the-world trip, intrigued with his attempts at NOT being at the wedding, his flailing around airports, hotel rooms, restaurants. I was enchanted by his innocence, his willingness to be anywhere, get into strange cars, bravely look at himself in the mirror and wonder who, exactly, this man is?

A wonderful book, bitchy, perceptive, and a delicious book. My only regret is that I didn’t like it from page one, because I’m going to need to re-read it one of these days. It’s just that good.

Aug 16, 2018, 1:26am Top

>99 karenmarie: Good review, Karen. I am looking forward to reading Less but I am number 176 in line on the hold list. Looks like it will be a while.

Aug 16, 2018, 6:35am Top

Hi Meg! Thanks. I hope you get it sooner than later.

Aug 16, 2018, 10:30am Top

Man, I am so glad you wound up liking Less. I bought that a few weeks ago and have been looking forward to reading it, but you and I tend to dislike the same things and I was afraid that it was a bust.

Did I tell you that I got tickets to see Sedaris? In March, 2019!

Aug 16, 2018, 10:57am Top

Sorry!! I seem to have lost you, but now you are found. : )

>99 karenmarie: Okay, thanks for that review. I stalled at page 50 and obviously am going to have to start over and give it another go!

I hope your daughter has a wonderful semester. I get to keep my son around for another month--they have a very late start. IS there a Yatzee app? We could play each other so you don't miss her so much! LOL

Your bookshelves look AWESOME!! I definitely need to do some rearranging and purging, cause goodies knows there will be some buying. Love your topper and how excited you are about being retired.

Happy Thursday!!

Aug 16, 2018, 11:20am Top

Yay for Less: A Novel! Good review, Karen. You'll encourage a lot of folks who might've given up otherwise. Such a great book.

Aug 16, 2018, 2:19pm Top

Hooray! I'm glad you enjoyed Less. I thought it was great - funny and snarky and like you said, (happy) tears in your eyes ending.

I'll thumb if you post it!

Aug 16, 2018, 4:37pm Top

Hi Janet! I'm glad I liked it too!

Thank you in advance - I've posted my review.

Aug 17, 2018, 10:23am Top

Greetings from Colorful Colorado, Karen. Enjoying our last full day here. It has been a blast. I wish I could have ticked a few more birds off the list, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. I did see my first western meadowlark yesterday. Yah.

Aug 17, 2018, 11:07am Top

Hi Mark!

Yay for the meadlowlark. I didn't see one at all in Montana, and it's the State Bird! It also wasn't for a lack of trying.

Aug 17, 2018, 9:30pm Top


Aug 18, 2018, 7:56am Top

Hi Jenn! One week this coming Monday left before the kidlets start school, right?

Aug 18, 2018, 9:34am Top

65. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
8/17/18 to 8/18/18

From Amazon:

Tom Newquist had been a detective in the Nota Lake sheriff's office--a tough, honest cop respected by everyone. When he died suddenly, the townfolk were sad but not surprised. Just shy of sixty-five, Newquist worked too hard, drank too much, and exercised too little.

Newquist's widow, Selma, didn't doubt the coroner's report. But still, she couldn't help wondering what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life. What was it that had made him prowl restlessly at night and brood constantly? Determined to help Selma find the answer, Kinsey Millhone sets up shop in Nota Lake, where she finds that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood--very likely, her own.

Why I wanted to read it: Next up in The Alphabet Series. I’m re-reading the series this year in honor of Sue Grafton.

I love the kind of mystery that starts as a tiny little blip - like trying to discover why a husband was upset the last few months of his life - and builds layer upon layer until there are bad guys, assaults, and murders.

As always, Kinsey is a combination of expert P.I. and blundering fool. I liked the small town atmosphere of Nota Lake although its unsavory aspects become apparent after a while. There are a lot of secrets, one or two screeching coincidences, and our lovable Kinsey, warts and all.

I only had one problem with this one: Why, after actually getting her hands on Tom’s notebook through a series of good deductions and relentless interviewing, does she tell anybody at all, much less Brant, the person who turns out to be the attacker and murderer. As soon as I read those few fateful sentences, I thought “Well, that was really stupid, Kinsey.” Admittedly, this usually occurs once a novel, but this one was glaring and stunningly stupid.

As I just wrote in the spoiler (but don’t look unless you want to know who the murderer is), Kinsey usually does one stupendously stupid thing per novel. Nobody’s perfect, but I almost always see it right away. Sometimes it’s a dead giveaway to the solution, other times it’s a bit more nuanced than that.

Anyway, Kinsey’s usual snark is present in her criticisms of home décor, processed foods, and descriptions of people, usually derogatory. She’s also persevering and stubborn. All in all, this is a solid entry in the series.

Edited: Aug 18, 2018, 12:21pm Top

I love snark! I really need to try on of her books.

I bet there's a copy here at my folk's, and I'd bet a dollar there are some in the library downstairs.

Aug 18, 2018, 4:58pm Top

You should, Larry - I've been pretty consistent in reporting the Snark Factor in her books. You really need to start with A is for Alibi, though.....

Aug 19, 2018, 12:25pm Top

I went through the books last night and no Grafton. Oh! I can tons from the lie-berry. Perfeito!

I pulled all the Rex Stout and the few Ngaio Marsh last night. A couple of others that I thought you might enjoy. Please feel free to donate what you don't want!

Aug 19, 2018, 4:27pm Top

66. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
8/18/18 to 8/19/18

From Amazon:

Once Mickey Magruder was a cop with a wild streak. And Kinsey Millhone was a younger cop who adored and married him. Then Mickey was implicated in a fatal beating, and Kinsey walked out. Now, fourteen years later, she comes face-to-face with those tragic years and Mickey's harrowing downward spiral after he lost the job he loved--and the marriage he loved a little less.

Mickey lies dying in an L.A. hospital. Trying to find out how Mickey got there, Kinsey uncovers evidence that he was innocent of the beating charge. But as she searches through the lives that swirled around Mickey's--lives gone wrong and lives gone well--Kinsey must also search the blind spots of her own life, including one that hides a killer.

Why I wanted to read it: Next up in The Alphabet Series. I’m re-reading the series this year in honor of Sue Grafton.

This is one of the books in the series that reveals quite a bit about Kinsey. We’ve always known she’s been married twice, but now we learn about her first marriage to Mickey. Kinsey once again comes across as dogged, stubborn, and persistent, but also vulnerable, immature, and, when she marries Mickey, definitely in love with him.

We have loads of delicious snark in this one, too:
A serving wench was circulating with a tray of hors d’ouevres: teeny-weeny one bite lamb chops with paper panties on the ends. P 174

With her flat tummy, tiny waist, and minuscule hips, my guess was she’d had sufficient liposuction to create an entire separate human being. P 176

… an air of innocence, the same look babies have before they learn to bite and talk back. P 261
Every once in a while we get to hear about authors that Sue Grafton and/or Kinsey likes. Elmore Leonard, Len Deighton, and Dick Francis get mentioned frequently, but this time a peripheral character is reading The Conjure-Man by Rudolph Fisher, and, darned, if it isn’t a book bullet for me.

We get a bit of Henry, a bit of Rosie, a reference to Jonah and his on-again-off-again marriage, and some deft character portraits.

Aug 20, 2018, 9:34am Top

Morning, Karen! I’ve gotten pretty behind here again. Hope you are enjoying the last bit of summer!

Hope Jenna enjoys her return to school!

Aug 20, 2018, 11:52am Top

Hi Chelle!

It's summer with a vengeance here - hot, humid, thunderstorms. Personally, my favorite season is the fall, which is coming up next.

Jenna's had her first course of the day (Intro to Business) and is probably sitting in her classroom already waiting for her 12 o'clock English 111 course. If nothing else, I've instilled promptness in her and she is usually 10 minutes early for everything.

Today I'm reading and being mostly lazy although I just spend about an hour on Friends stuff - email replies and watching a demo of Wild Apricot Membership software. We're going to implement it soon, and since I'll be the one implementing and the president and I will initially do the administrative work, I need to understand it well enough to get started intelligently. I have a phone call with a sales rep on Thursday to further discuss available import fields and setup decisions.

Back to Sense and Sensibility!

Edited: Aug 20, 2018, 6:18pm Top

67. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
6/23/18 to 8/20/18

From Amazon:

Jane Austen's first published work, meticulously constructed and sparkling with her unique wit.

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

Why I wanted to read it: My daughter and I had just watched the BBC production (again), and I felt inspired to re-read it.

I can’t remember my feelings upon first reading Sense and Sensibility, because they were created well before the BBC production of 1995. Thus my expectations in this re-read were based on my love of Kate Winslet as Marianne, Emma Thompson as Elinor, and Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars.

My feelings now are that once again the book is better than the movie: in this case because the plot is more intricate and informative than the movie could ever be, and the characters owe less to 1990s influences than the true societal mores, pressures, and goals facing the protagonists.

In many ways this makes the characters seem more heartless than I was giving them credit for, but they were either more honest than we are these days or the feelings and motives were more obvious and acceptable.

This book is as deceptive as other books written in the 19th century. There is quite a bit of action and less than admirable characters, with dramatic and explosive emotions muted by gentility and manners. Willoughby seduces and abandons a girl of gentle birth, who has his child and dies. He neither knows or cares about this ‘indiscretion’ until it affects his current ability to have money and marry the woman he loves. A second wife and three children are swindled out of a promised inheritance by a greedy son and his wife. A woman is engaged to marry a man until he loses his fortune to his brother, at which time she shamelessly entices the brother into marriage.

All in all, a good re-read of a book that deserves all the praise it gets. I’m definitely a Janeite, wooed by the delicious plot and variety of characters, happy to read about a time that makes little sense to me but fills my sensibilities with rich language, two highly satisfactory love stories, and delicious irony and wit.

Aug 20, 2018, 7:11pm Top

Nice to have a day of reading and a good book to go with it. Somehow I pictured having more of those when I retired but I guess I should have known myself better. You sure seem to have retirement figured out, Karen.

Aug 21, 2018, 7:02am Top

Morning, Karen. Well, my Rocky Mountain vacation is over and I am back to the grind. The good thing is, migration season is just beginning to heat up, so I am looking forward to that. My feeders have sure been hopping.

You mentioned not seeing a meadowlark out west, I was disappointed not seeing a western bluebird. Sad face.

Aug 21, 2018, 7:40am Top

>118 karenmarie: Good review Karen!

Reading Jane Austen I am struck by the awful position those women were in. Some things have really improved since the 19th century.

Here it feels a bit like fall has started, it's cooler, we've had some rain, and there's something about the light... I love fall.

Aug 21, 2018, 8:52am Top

>119 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! It was nice. I did run a few errands, but was back within an hour and read and read and read.

I have my retirement mostly figured out, but it's been a very stressful one until recently, what with Bill losing his job 3 1/2 months after I retired and not working again for another 9 months and my mother's death 11 months after I retired and all the upset that went with that. But having said that, I savor every single day when I don't have to get up to an alarm. I'm mostly content with a small circle of friends, being involved in Friends of the Library, and hanging out around the house. Somehow I realized early on that I didn't want to over-volunteer myself and have successfully managed that; but frankly, I'm going to quit being Treasurer at the end of this fiscal year ( in June of 2019) and quite possibly the board, too. I'm feeling "cabined, cribbed, and confined" although not particularly "bound in To saucy doubts and fears." We'll see.

>120 msf59: 'Morning to you, Mark! It's always nice when it lasts, then unfortunately back to reality, isn't it? I'm glad you see a silver lining, particularly such a bird-filled one. Sorry you didn't see a Western Bluebird. My Montana friend Karen has been torturing me with reports about all the birds she's seeing lately. Damned birds waited until I came home before showing.... *smile*

>121 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. You're right - women only had the outlet of marriage, and the class structure was so rigid that everybody was always doing the "marry up" dance if there was an opportunity. Very few people could socially afford to marry a person from a lower class and did so only because they were rich enough to get away with it and damn the consequences. Things have improved on THAT front, at least, with women being able to create good careers for themselves and marrying only if they want to.

Ah, weather. We're back in the thick of nasty summer, and have been having severe thunderstorms every evening for 3 or 4 days - hot, humid, and the grass hasn't stunted yet as it's supposed to, and the weeds are very happy. Right now as I look out the Sunroom windows they are all fogged up with humidity. Fall's my favorite season. I'm glad fall is coming your way. I, too, love how the light changes. The sun angles differently and I am happy that fall's around the corner.

Today is David Sedaris day. I am attending a reading from his new book Calypso at QuailRidge Books, an indie in Raleigh, then get my book signed. Friend Sarah who works there tells me that if I bring one other book he'll sign it too. I've chosen Theft by Finding. The reading's at 7 pm, seating is first-come-first-served, so I plan on getting there around 4 or so.

Aug 21, 2018, 11:01am Top

Kitty William holding The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry hostage.

Aug 21, 2018, 12:27pm Top

Have fun at the Sedaris read!! Very jealous. : ) And I really should get to the next Grafton...I think I am on E.

Aug 21, 2018, 12:55pm Top

ooooh the Sedaris read. Have fun! I just finished listening to Calypso and have been working on my review - give it a few days before looking for it! Some of it I find hysterically funny. Some, the cringe overtakes the laugh. I do love him as a reader on his audiobooks.

I haven't read Theft by Finding. Perhaps that will be the next one I read.

>123 karenmarie: He's got your favorite toy! Mine both insist on hopping up on the chair and meowing at my phone when I'm trying to talk to someone. Funny when it's a friend. Less so, when it's an appointment or something else official-ly.

Aug 21, 2018, 1:47pm Top

Hello Karen!

>118 karenmarie: Nice review of Sense and Sensibility. I'm not sure if I'm inspired to read it or not. I have enjoyed many of the Austen films, in different variations, but have only read Pride and Prejudice. Emma and Persuasion have been on my radar in the past, but I've never read them.

Aug 21, 2018, 4:22pm Top

>122 karenmarie: Did I tell you that I'm seeing Sedaris next March? I can hardly wait.

Okilie-doke, the box o books is heading your way. Mom's boss's wife ave Mom all the Nero Wolf books. They're in a range of conditions. You know, I've already forgotten what all is in the box! Please feel free to donate whatever you don't want, or that might be scruffy.

Aug 21, 2018, 5:59pm Top

Very enjoyable review of Sense and Sensibility, Karen. I love that Emma Thompson movie of it. She actually did a very cool companion volume, Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries that I ended up buying, I liked it so much.

My feelings now are that once again the book is better than the movie: in this case because the plot is more intricate and informative than the movie could ever be, and the characters owe less to 1990s influences than the true societal mores, pressures, and goals facing the protagonists. Well said! That says it for me.

Aug 21, 2018, 9:01pm Top

Hi, Karen. I've returned from my weeks of visiting family in the midwest and am starting to catch up on threads (it will take a while!). Hot and muggy here, but it is supposed to dry out a bit starting tomorrow. I'm with you on the retirement front. I'm happy to potter around the house most days, but my husband likes to get out a bit more.

Aug 22, 2018, 9:15am Top

>124 Berly: Hi Kim. I did have a lot of fun – I’ll write about it below. I will be reading P is for Peril next – I took my copy off the shelves before I decided to read The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, and just then realized that I have a signed copy.

>125 streamsong: Hey Janet. So glad you read Calypso. I’m listening to Theft by Finding now, and it’s an eye-opener. All of his books have lots of personal detail and major snarkiness, but this one starts off when he’s 21 and is relentless in his showing us his living-on-the-edge lifestyle at that age.

Aww, meowing kitties. Jealous of their mom’s time.

>126 brodiew2: Hi Brodie. Thank you. This is only my second re-read of Sense and Sensibility. Here’s a little confession – I’ve never finished Emma. Started it twice over the years, then for whatever reason my interest petered out. Did you like Pride and Prejudice? If you did, maybe you’ll just be in a mood one day, and get another book by Austen read.

>127 SomeGuyInVirginia: I think you did mention it, Larry, and it’s very exciting. He did mention that he will be publishing a second installment of his diaries, 2003 – 2017 (or 2018 – he actually said both last night), so that’s probably going to be the reason.

Thank you! Christmas in August. You’re very generous and I just love knowing that I have something of your mother’s, therefore of yours.

>128 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. Glad you liked it. I love the Emma Thompson movie and will continue to do so. I didn’t realize there was a companion volume – perhaps I’ll see it at a Friends sale.

>129 ronincats: Hello Roni. Thanks for coming by to visit – it’s hard to get back into LT thread management after being away. I’m way behind. It’s not usually so muggy in SoCal, but I do remember what they used to call the marine layer (i.e., overcast) most late spring/summer days, usually burning off by noon or so.

As you probably know from my threads, Bill still works – he’s younger than me. So for now, until he retires (2 ½ years at soonest, but he’s making noises like he will wait longer than that), I have lots of days just at home or with just an errand or two and not much people interaction.

So. David Sedaris. Warning – much verbosity. Quail Ridge Books doesn’t have a meeting room, so since their non-wall shelves are on rolling racks, they were pushed off to the sides and 200 chairs set up in their store. I got there about 4:15 and snagged an end seat in the 3rd row – perfect. I read some and decided that I absolutely MUST buy a book. I found one not on my wish list – The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. It’s true crime, with a rating of 3.93 on LT. While I was looking around for my book, having not found it yet, David Sedaris arrived early, set up, and started signing. He takes 3-5 or minutes per person, and usually draws a little picture. Here are my two.

I made a crazy last minute decision to have him make one out to Kairfa – one of my family nicknames. He then asked if my mother had ever sent Kairfa packages to me. I mentioned that I was retired, and he said he might never retire because he likes spending money so much. He said he recently spent $7,000, and had spent $42,000 in New York this year – the implication was on one item. He’s an absolute riot. I told him that we’d always buy his books. I wish I’d recorded what he said to me, but there was a strict no photo no video policy in place, and I figured audio wasn’t kosher either. He also said to someone earlier than me in line that he was donating his diaries, all 186 of them so far, to Yale and was making copies for himself and was sad that he wouldn’t have the original covers.

His family was there, taking up most of the first two rows. I wish he’d introduced them – his dad was there because he acknowledged him, I think sister Gretchen was there from something said and looks exchanged during his talk, and Amy was there. But there were a total of 15 or so of his family/friends there. I didn’t see his boyfriend, Hugh, there, but I was looking at many backs of heads.

He said that he’s been on book tour with Calypso since May and is frankly tired of it, so read various ditties and short pieces and quite a bit from his diaries, with entries as recently as August 9th. He’s open and enormously happy to be before an audience. We laughed and laughed. He’s also extremely vulgar in person, gaining a few titters from the audience but mostly guffaws of laughter. He told two very vulgar jokes 1. Two priests were driving when they were pulled over by a cop. The cop says “We’re looking for two pedophiles.” The priests look at one another and say “We’ll do it!”. 2. (just rough idea) A teenager is sitting with his grandfather and the grandfather says “We’re going to get a storm soon. The teenager says “Tell me something I don’t already know,” in a snotty tone. Grandfather ponders, then says something extremely vulgar about the sexual relations between himself and the boy's grandmother.

For those of you who’ve read Calypso and know the tradition of giving beach cottages clever or punned names, you’ll know he bought a cottage at Emerald Isle NC and renamed it Sea Section. Last night he said that he bought a house right next door and is going to name it Amniotic Shack or Canker Shores. I didn’t realize he’d already put those two names out there in interviews, so was delighted to hear them.

Since I’d gotten my books signed early, I was home by 9:15 instead of the 11-ish I’d predicted. I’m so glad I got to see him.

Today is fasting blood work at 10:30 in anticipation of my annual physical on the 30th. Thank goodness I drink coffee black no sweetener, otherwise I'd still be in a fog! If you don't insist on having blood work done early they draw the blood on your appointment day and then just link the results to your online account. I like going over them with my doctor, and they oblige. After the blood drawing, I'm going to have my monthly deep tissue massage and then Bill and I will go out to lunch - he's working from home today after HE's having blood drawn and then getting some work done on his car.

Busy day.

Aug 22, 2018, 10:04am Top

68. The Storied Life of A. J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin
8/20/18 to 8/22/18

From Amazon:

“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”*

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

Why I wanted to read it: My choice for our RL book club’s September discussion.

Something I rarely think – this book could have used about another 100 or pages to flesh things out more. I liked all of the characters except one, and wanted more explanation and interaction. The ending seemed rushed and sadder than it needed to be.

Having said that, I loved the conceit of each chapter’s title being a short story and the first page of each chapter a note from A.J. to one of the characters about the story and etc.

There are so many references to authors and books that I quickly gave up trying to note them all because it would have seriously interfered with my actual reading of the book.

The characters are deftly if sparingly portrayed. I particularly liked the ‘conversion’ of a one-author reader to being the leader of a book club with expansive choices and attendance. There are tragedies and joys and much is left unsaid, see my first comment about desiring a more detailed book. I don’t necessarily mean baby-step explanations of some of the things implied, but I felt like the author got tired of the book by the end and just wanted it finished.

Here are a few things of note:
They had only ever discussed books but what, in this life, is more personal than books? … And how rare is it to find someone who shares your tastes? P 18

… speaks to the necessity of encountering stories at precisely the right time in our lives. P 41

A.J. nods out of politeness, but he doesn’t believe in random acts. He is a reader and what he believes in is narrative construction. If a gun appears in act one, that gun had better go off by act three. P 59
And so, a very enjoyable book that could have given a bit more than it did.

Aug 22, 2018, 11:01am Top

I have been away from LT myself for a few weeks: work travel, annual summer visit with an old, dear friend, and then workshops for teachers as they head back to school. This is my first week home without any reason to start the car. My husband usually has errands and can be persuaded to do mine, too.

I read the AJ Fikry book and remembered it being spare but liking the focus on stories as part of the organization. It will be interesting, as always, to hear what your RL book group has to say.

Aug 22, 2018, 6:09pm Top

Happy to see how well you are doing.

Your insightful comments on Sense and Sensibility gave me a poke. I started it when I broke my ankle last December, and all the distractions that event precipitated blew the read for me. I crabbed to my wife (a diehard Austen fan) that there were too damn many Miss Dashwoods in the story and that I couldn't keep track of one from another. Attitude check! I think I should reread it.

I see also that you are leading me by two books, 68 to 66. Gotta catch that bunny!

Aug 22, 2018, 6:44pm Top

Hooray for the Sedaris event, Karen! I loved your verbosity & your autographs & drawings! How cool, that his family was there too.

I loved Calypso, so I know all about Sea Section and what a great idea to buy the house next door. I want Canker Shores!

Aug 22, 2018, 6:49pm Top

>132 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! You have been busy, and days without needing the car are wonderful, aren't they? I usually end up running errands for Bill, but he works and I don't, so I don't usually mind. I really did like the Fikry book, just thought the ending petered out and liked the characters so much I wanted more of them. I wonder if the author thinks she's done with the characters yet or if there's some kind of sequel or related book she might do?

>133 weird_O: Hey Bill! Thanks. I'm finally settling back down after a busy summer. Yay for S&S! I hope you do pick it back up again. There are only three Miss Dashwoods, and the rules of the era usually dictate that the eldest sister is Miss _____, in this case Dashwood, and Marianne and Margaret go by Miss First Name, in this case Miss Marianne and Miss Margaret. Of course, there's also the Dowager Mrs. Dashwood and Mrs. John Dashwood, which I can see might confuse the issue. Have you ever seen the BBC production?

My, my, the game's afoot! I should read short easy books for a while to cement my lead.

Aug 22, 2018, 11:24pm Top

>130 karenmarie: Good grief, that is impossibly cool. I am completely jealous, I even like the drawings! I'm seeing him an auditorium, so I don't know if there will be a signing or not. Arg! Do you have a special place to keep the books, besides a safe deposit box?

Aug 23, 2018, 2:02am Top

Sweet Thursday, Karen.

>131 karenmarie: That one I have as an audio but never had listen to it.

Aug 23, 2018, 4:51am Top

>131 karenmarie: oooh, I like the cover, pity it didn't rate higher for you.

Aug 23, 2018, 8:01am Top

>134 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I like Canker Shores, too. Amniotic Shack is more obscure, although does relate to childbirth, so there's an argument for vulgar consistency.

>136 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry. He had about 25 or so colored pens laying about, and chose carefully - especially with the flowers on Theft by Finding he discarded several as he was coloring in the petals. Where and when are you seeing him? There's a list of upcoming events on his website David Sedaris Events. They all say 'Evening Reading and Signing' except for the one in Bethesda, MD, which doesn't say anything. Even large venues say Evening Reading and Signing.

No room in the gun safe. The books are in two places. I've read Calypso so it will go in the Retreat on an obscure shelf. Theft by Finding will stay in the Sunroom because I haven't read it yet, although I bought the unabridged audiobook read by David (we're on a first name basis now, although I'll have to remember that he now calls me Kairfa) and started listening to it Tuesday.

>137 Ameise1: Hi Barbara! Perhaps you'll get around to it during your enforced stay-at-home.

>138 LovingLit: Hi Megan! I dithered around before saying it was just 3 stars. I really had to take off quite a bit because of what I considered a hurried ending. Midway through I would probably have given it 4 stars.

Aug 24, 2018, 2:07am Top

>130 karenmarie: Great to have the artwork as well as the signature. You probably lucked out by getting you books signed before the event because it must be hard for him to take the time after.

Aug 24, 2018, 7:33am Top

I'm thrilled with the artwork and signature. I lucked out so I wouldn't have to wait in line - my friend Sarah who works at Quail Ridge says he stays until every last book is signed, which may have gone into the early hours. I'll have to ask her. Sarah, in her introductory comments, said that if you couldn't stay but wanted your book signed they would make that happen too.

Aug 24, 2018, 12:54pm Top

Hi, Karen! I'm rather behind on threads after pretty much staying off LT for a week, but I did want to comment that I liked the picture in >123 karenmarie:. Enjoy your Friday!

Aug 24, 2018, 3:08pm Top

Hi Karen.

A question on Sense and Sensibility or more accurately on a reread. If I read a book twice in one year, can I count it twice on my reading record? Bwahaha...

Book signing. Like the little sketches that Sedaris did. I'm not good at waiting in line; makes me whiney and nobody likes that. I did get an autographed book by Cookie Monster, back in the '70s. At the time I didn't appreciate that I was getting a signature from the incomparable Frank Oz.

Aug 24, 2018, 6:22pm Top

Hi Karen. Aren't book signings fun!

>143 weird_O: - Incomparable, indeed!!

Aug 25, 2018, 6:47am Top

Happy Saturday, Karen. It is supposed to get hot here again, for the next several days. Ugh...I was definitely enjoying these last cooler days.

Have a good weekend.

Aug 25, 2018, 9:06am Top

>142 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! Missed you on your own thread, much less mine! Kitty William sure can strike a pose.

>143 weird_O: Hi Bill. I personally would count a book twice – it’s pages read, time spent, an opportunity cost. Fortunately I was about …. 15th? …. In line at the Sedaris event. I emailed my friend Sarah, who works at Quail Ridge, asking how late David (as she calls him) signed books, and she replied that he was there until almost 2:30 a.m. Now, THAT’S dedication to his fan base.

Do you still have the book? That would be a wonderful thing to have. I went to an event with Rita Mae Brown in 2008 when she was flogging one of her (dumb) cat mystery books. I had to buy it to see her, of course, but I also took along my ratty copy of Six of One for her to sign. She signed the cat book AND had a cat paw print stamp for Sneaky Pie, but it’s my signed ratty copy that I treasure.

>144 jessibud2: Oh yes, Shelley, they are. I’ve now been to a grand total of 2.

I liked Sesame Street when it first came on and I was doing a lot of babysitting. Funny enough, my daughter Jenna wouldn’t watch it, so we didn’t have any paraphernalia in the house at all and any presents given were discretely taken to the thrift shop eventually.

>145 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark, thank you, same in return. Same here – going to be nasty again starting tomorrow.

Aug 25, 2018, 3:20pm Top

Of course, I'm seeing Sedaris at the Strathmore and in April, not March. There's not a word about a signing. Whatever, I'll go see him when he releases the next set a diaries. I never knew he drew things, that is so cool.

Another reason to like Sedaris- he genuinely appreciates his fans. I've had a couple of bad experiences with authors who seemed like they couldn't wait to be done with their book signing. I'd always really liked Rita Rudner but when I got her to sign my book after her Las Vegas show she looked almost pissed off. I got back to the hotel room and threw it in the trash. God, I'm flipping touchy!

Aug 25, 2018, 6:40pm Top

Hi Larry! I hope that it's just an omission and that there's a signing.

Yikes. I'd have thrown it in the trash, too. She took the excitement out of it, didn't she?

Edited: Aug 26, 2018, 2:18pm Top

>127 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you, again, Larry. Box arrived yesterday - today I'm cataloging. It's sooo much fun...

Edited: Aug 26, 2018, 3:09pm Top

I love the drawings that David Sedaris did for you - I still can't imagine why they used such a small venue in Missoula that only about fifty people could fit into it.

His humor is a bit hit or miss with me - sometimes I feel more uncomfortable than entertained. Nevertheless, I bet he is a hoot to listen to.

I really, really enjoyed hearing Sherman Alexie speak a few years back. That man is a born entertainer! But, I had just read a piece in his then current book making fun of his white women fans. I had him sign my book, but I was so tongue tied I didn't know what to say - just another of those aging white woman fan girls, not courageous enough to say anything to him about it. Sigh.

Aug 26, 2018, 3:47pm Top

Hi Janet!

It surprises me, too, about such a small venue. I'm sure that there were hundreds of folks who would have wanted to see him.

He's a hoot to listen to on audiobook and he was wonderful in person - charming, funny, snarky, impassioned.


Today on Amazon the Kindle version of Calypso is only $4.99. And I just snagged Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace on Kindle for only $2.99.

Aug 27, 2018, 9:43am Top

I'm embarrassed about how behind I am, so I am following your lead and drawing a line right here to begin anew!

Happy Monday, Karen.

Aug 27, 2018, 10:56am Top

Hi Katie, and thanks!

Today I paid daughter's vehicle registration and our toll road bill from our dinner at Angus Barn on August 3rd. I am going to see if I have enough 'string' for the string trimmer, which I found hiding in plain sight in the garage on Saturday. More important, I found the extra battery and charging unit and have fully charged one battry. I can swap out batteries and if I have enough string I might do a bit of weed whacking this morning before it gets too hot.

I also cataloged all the books from Larry (see >127 SomeGuyInVirginia: above) and it was a lot of fun. Thank you again, Larry! Here are the goodies from the box:

The Collector's Encyclopedia of R.S. Prussia by Mary Frank Gaston
Collector's Encyclopedia of Nippon Porcelain, 3rd Series by Joan F. Van Patten
A Treasury of American Clocks by Brooks Palmer
Birds of North America: A Guide To Field Identification by Chandler S. Robbins
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge
Prisoner's Base by Rex Stout
The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout
Three Witnesses by Rex Stout
Black Orchids by Rex Stout
Champagne for One by Rex Stout
Please Pass the Guilt by Rex Stout
Murder By the Book by Rex Stout
Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout
The Mother Hunt by Rex Stout
Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout
The League Of Frightened Men by Rex Stout
Some buried Caesar by Rex Stout
Before Midnight by Rex Stout
And Four To Go by Rex Stout
Trio for Blunt Instruments by Rex Stout
A Family Affair by Rex Stout
Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
Three Men Out by Rex Stout
The Black Mountain by Rex Stout
Death of a Dude by Rex Stout
The Rubber Band by Rex Stout
Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout
Triple Zeck: A Nero Wolfe Omnibus by Rex Stout
The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout
The Father Hunt by Rex Stout
Gambit by Rex Stout
Easy Go by Michael Crichton
Binary by Michael Crichton
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
Utopia by Lincoln Child
Death Of A Peer by Ngaio Marsh
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe
Night at the Vulcan by Ngaio Marsh
Barrier Island by John D. MacDonald
Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton
Artists In Crime by Ngaio Marsh
Murder, She Meowed: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown
361 by Donald E. Westlake
Mr. Pottermack's Oversight by Austin Freeman

I've excluded a couple of duplicates that I didn't add to my catalog.

Aug 27, 2018, 11:06am Top

Happy Monday, Karen. Keep cool, my friend.

Aug 27, 2018, 11:28am Top

Hi Mark! Whew. You, too. I was weed whacking for about 30 minutes and am overheated and whupped. But, once I sweep it all up, it'll look verra-nice.

AC, cold water, sitting. All things to be desired.

Aug 27, 2018, 12:43pm Top

>153 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! Quite a haul!

>155 karenmarie: The thermometer shot up today, so it's doubtful I'll do anything outside after work, though the gardens are badly in need of some weeding. Weed-whacking is probably my least favorite yard-care activity; I'm much more likely to either pull the weeds or use grass clippers instead.

Aug 27, 2018, 1:38pm Top

Hi Harry! Thanks.

Not a favorite task of mine, either. I'm going to have to use clippers around the base of the River Birch stump since I don't have a gas-powered weed-whacker. My battery one isn't powerful enough. Sigh.

Aug 27, 2018, 3:27pm Top

Quite a book haul! And it got really hot here, too! Husband loaded truck to go to the recycling center but said it was took hot to make the trek. I got lulled into a sense of autumn by the cooler days late last week. Oh well, AC and cold water and sitting seems to be the cure. That's what I did after the dog walk.

Aug 27, 2018, 6:24pm Top

Ack! The Cassell-Massey Tricorn soap smells nothing like it used to! Total dud!

Aug 27, 2018, 6:57pm Top

>158 witchyrichy: Hi Karen. It is, thanks to Larry.

I can understand putting off a trip to the recycling center because of the heat. I was actually sitting in the hammock last week, enjoying the coolness, but this week it's back to The Nastiness. I.Want.The.Fall.

>159 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ah, too bad, Larry, drat Cassell-Massey. Very few things smell as good as they used to.

Aug 27, 2018, 11:44pm Top

>153 karenmarie: LOOK at all that Rex Stout!!! I have been and still am a major Nero Wolfe fan. Hope you are too! Those Ngaio Marshes are very nice too. Again, a long-time fan.
Meanwhile, I'm not doing anything outside until this heat abates. Take care of yourself!

Aug 28, 2018, 12:16am Top

Love all the info about the Sedaris meetup. Sounds like he is such a fun guy in person. I hope I get the chance!!

Score on the box from SomeGuy!!!

Nice job on the weeds. I was battling blackberries this weekend. Ugh! But I won. : )

Edited: Aug 28, 2018, 7:50am Top

>161 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Yes, I am sooo happy. When I moved to NC 27 years ago to marry Bill, I purged all ratty-tatty paperbacks, which included the Rex Stout. Sigh. I've acquired a few since then, but this haul will motivate me to read them all. I don't think I ever read them all and didn't keep a reading diary. I'm still plugging away on Sue Grafton, having just finished P is for Peril and have 9 more to finish the series. I may take Nero Wolfe up next year.

Smart to not do anything outside, but I did a few bits in the kitchen this morning and even though the house is air conditioned, I'm overheated.

>162 Berly: I hope you get to see him, too, Kim. It was well worth the effort.

I'm glad that the result of Kim vs Blackberries was you. I've never 'battled' blackberries, but when visiting my Great-Grandma in Iowa when I was little, she'd hand us a big bowl and say "Go pick." She had perhaps 30 linear feet of blackberry bushes. We'd eat them warm from the sun with cream and sugar.

I'm reading a wonderful, funny book called The Bridge by Doug Marlette, he of the comic strip Kudzu fame. I'm laughing out loud and had to read parts out loud to Bill last night.

Aug 28, 2018, 11:05am Top

Morning, Karen. A quiet bird day out here, on the route. They must hanging be hanging somewhere cool. I do not blame them. Guernsey is off to a fun start. Just sayin'...

Aug 28, 2018, 2:15pm Top

HI Mark!

It's a relatively quiet day at our feeders, too. It's nasty vicious here, temp and humidity-wise.

Glad you're liking Guernsey so far.

Aug 28, 2018, 5:50pm Top

>153 karenmarie: That is a lot of books, Karen! :-)
I have only one of that long list, the Gabriel García Márquez.

Sorry the weather is still hot at your place, we finally have more normal temperatures here. Might get a bit warm for a few days next week, but we will survive that with help of the airco. It has been a long and way too hot summer...

Aug 28, 2018, 10:02pm Top

Hi Anita! It's an interesting mix of books - Larry knows me pretty well. *smile*

The weather is an abomination, and it's still going to be wicked nasty for the next several days. I'm glad your temps are more reasonable and that you have air conditioning.

Roger won his first round match in straight sets. Yay. (For the clueless, the US Open and Roger Federer.)

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I can't comment on tennis. I'll merely say that I'm happy to have won the next V.I. Warshawsky (Sara Paretsky) from ER in August. I do like Vic so much better than I like Kinsey. Between the two of us, we'll have the two of them covered!
Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest, and then maybe the heat won't be quite so extreme. I look forward to not so extreme.

Aug 28, 2018, 11:20pm Top

Well, wait. Where is my post? I could swear I entered it.....
Anyway, I said that I can't get excited about the tennis. Tomorrow is supposed to be the worst of this round of very bad, but maybe after that the extremes won't be so extreme.
AND that I won the next V.I. Warshawski (Sara Paretsky) from ER, and I'm tickled. I do like Vic much more than I ever liked Kinsey. Between the two of us, we should have the two of them covered!

Aug 29, 2018, 9:18am Top

>168 LizzieD: and >169 LizzieD: Yay for the ER program. I won Never Cry Halibut and Other Alaska Hunting and Fishing Tales by Bjorn Dihle.

LT has been acting a tad peculiar lately for me, so maybe it's the same for you. Touchstones are hit and miss, as an example.

Today is No errands, No Friends stuff, just a call with my Aunt Joyce somewhere between 10 and noon. Time for coffee and brekkie and a bit of reading The Bridge.

Aug 29, 2018, 9:30am Top

>168 LizzieD: Peggy, I won the same book. It will be nice to read about V.I. again.

Aug 29, 2018, 2:38pm Top

It's like Africa got outside, so I'm not venturing forth. I can't decide if I want to read a hardback or something on my Kindle. I like those kind of problems!

Aug 29, 2018, 3:18pm Top

>171 ffortsa: Hi Judy!

>172 SomeGuyInVirginia: Smart man! Do not venture forth. That is definitely a first world problem. Let me know what you decide.

Aug 29, 2018, 4:23pm Top

>130 karenmarie: It sounds like Sedaris day was all you expected and more.

Kids have been in school 3 days. It seems to be going well. Neither of them would admit it, but I think they are both a little brain-boggled by the new schedule and all the people and everything. I like the sound of most of Margo's teachers, even her football coach English teacher. However, her Civics teacher (who is not a civics teacher, but volunteered because they needed someone) sounds Clueless. I told Margo I would give her a week to find her feet, but if I keep hearing addle-brained things about how the government works, I'm going to have a chat with the dear wee thing.

Before I fell asleep and took an unplanned 2 hour nap, I started contemplating my LT library re-vamp. I'm overwhelmed and I'm sending you a PM!

Aug 29, 2018, 6:47pm Top

It was a marvelous day, Jenn. I spent way too much time stressing about it beforehand - parking, driving home late, etc... and it all turned out perfectly.

E is in middle school now, right, and M in high school? Yes, big change for them both. I'm sorry M got a non-Civics teacher, and it's smart of you to stay on top of what's actually being taught. I sure wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of a chat with you about competency to teach civics!

Naps are crucial. Good for you. I've PMed you back.

Aug 29, 2018, 6:53pm Top

Happy Wednesday, Karen. Still humid here, but it is finally moving out. Whew! One more work day and I can then enjoy a 4-day weekend! Yah, for the warbler! I even have a bird walk planned for Friday morning. Double yah!!

Aug 29, 2018, 9:38pm Top

Hi Mark, and thanks. I had a good day. 4 day weekend for you, yay. Bill's taking Friday off so will have 4 days, too. Heck, I'll have a 4-day weekend, too. *smile*

Aug 29, 2018, 11:10pm Top

I'm glad I can keep up here!
>174 nittnut: I had sort of hoped that G'boro schools were better than that, Jenn. Giving civics to an incompetent sounds far more likely to happen here.
It was so hot today. So humid. I keep hoping this will be the last of the extreme heat. Should know better.
Congratulations on the 4-day weekends. I remember how welcome they were.

Aug 30, 2018, 12:22am Top

4-day weekends abound! Yay! Well, not for me, but I am happy for you guys. : )

Aug 30, 2018, 8:09am Top

>178 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Lots of visits - yay. The nasty humidity knows no bounds, and it won't get below 92F here through at least next Wednesday. Afternoon thunderstorms through Saturday.

>179 Berly: Hi Kim! I'm sorry you don't get a 4-day weekend. Will you take Monday off?

Aug 30, 2018, 10:56am Top

I've got Monday off! I've been traveling, but will get back to my own place, bed, and books on Sunday! Whoo-hoo!

You're taking Monday off, right? I had an interesting dinner companion last night. I dreaded it at first, an old woman in a really terrible wig and too much lotion on her hands so when we shook my hand felt disturbingly greasy. But she was a great conversationalist. She grew up in Manhattan, was social secretary to the Mellon family, and had a daughter who's an archeologist on Crete. She could talk effortlessly about anything and always tried to draw me out on the matter. And she could discuss anything in a sort of abstract way- we talked about politics for several minutes, Trump in particular, and I have no idea what her personal political views are. I actually look forward to seeing her again. But my god that wig!

Aug 30, 2018, 11:02am Top

Hi Larry! I'm glad you get Monday off. One always needs a day after being away to just be at home!

Being retired means never having to worry about vacation days. *smile*

I love having conversations with interesting people. I meet quite a few through my involvement with Friends of the Library. Have fun with your Interesting Dinner Companion, regardless of her wig and hand lotion.

Just got back from my annual exam - no rude surprises or major nastiness. Yay. I'll be home a couple of hours then off to take Aunt Ann to a physical therapy appointment. She lives 45 minutes away so I'll be gone the rest of the day. Time for either a good audiobook or lots of Queen, my newest musical obsession.

Aug 31, 2018, 8:36am Top

>182 karenmarie: Hi Karen! have a nice day with Queen (Scaramouche, scaramouche will you do the Fandango?)
And your Aunt of course.

Aug 31, 2018, 8:56am Top

Queen is the absolute best. In college, in the days of the Walkman, I would listen to the album Sheer Heart Attack over and over. That Walkman was my oxygen pack, if I was ambulatory I had it on.

What other musicals obsessions have you had?

Aug 31, 2018, 9:04am Top

Hi Ella! It's a 40 minute drive to Aunt Ann's and I spent the entire time going and returning home listening to Queen. I listened to Bohemian Rhapsody 2 or 3 times. We had a short visit before her Physical Therapy appointment and a longer visit after.

Today is a brief call with Friends of the Library's financial advisor Edward Jones to confirm a CD purchase and then this afternoon I have my annual eye exam. Yesterday was my annual physical exam and in two weeks I go for my bi-annual dentist exam. Getting it all out of the way in roughly the same time period is good. Condenses the stress...

Bill's home from work today taking a vacation day, which he didn't tell me about until AFTER I'd booked the eye exam. I'm not changing it, though, because they don't have any open appointments for 6 weeks.

Aug 31, 2018, 9:20am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope all goes well at the eye exam. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Edited: Aug 31, 2018, 9:38am Top

>184 SomeGuyInVirginia: 'Morning, Larry! The more I listen to Queen, the more I wonder how the heck I missed listening to them in their heyday - it might have to do with what my boyfriend and his two roommates were listening to, which profoundly influenced what I was listening to. I obsessed over albums like you did - listening to them over and over and over, but only as records, not as CDs. Nothing was portable.

(this has been fun - thanks for asking!) My obsessions have been:

The Beatles - until recently I would have said that they are my favorite band, but now I'm not sure but that Queen may have overtaken them. I tried listening to them recently and it immediately didn't work for me. On the other hand, this may be a pendulum swing. I can sing-along-with pretty much every Beatles song ever recorded, but by my being 'new' to Queen, I am woefully ignorant about their albums. Something to change, for sure.

Carole King - I wore out one copy of Tapestry (although I still have it, bits of orange pulp - don't ask - and all) and had to buy another

Carly Simon during her first 3 albums - Carly Simon, Anticipation and No Secrets time period

Cat Stevens - all albums always, my favorite male vocalist

Judy Collins - during the Whales and Nightingales and Judith albums period

Crosby Stills Nash and Young - listened to Déjà Vu endlessly

Pink Floyd - obsessed over Dark Side of the Moon album

Police - obsessed over Synchronicity album

Buffy the Vampire Once More With Feeling soundtrack - at a particularly rough time at work I played it obsessively to and from work and between buildings when I had to drive to meetings

Francoise Hardy - all albums always after hearing "Ma jeunesse fout le camp" in an episode of the series La Femme Nikita although some of her pop stuff is too much for me. I had a crush on Roy Dupuis during this time period, too.

edited to add: Paul Simon, these specific 'albums' - Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, Graceland, and The Rhythm of the Saints. Graceland especially.

Queen - newest obsession, of course. Jenna bought me Queen Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection for my birthday and that's what I've been listening to, mostly the first CD.

Others, I'm sure that don't come to mind offhand. I still have most of my record albums upstairs, now mixed in with Bill's although I know which ones are mine for two reasons: content and the fact that one of my kitties used them as a scratching post in the mid 1980s and the 'spines' (what are the edges of albums called?) on some are shredded.

Besides Sheer Heart Attack, what were/are your musical obsessions?

Aug 31, 2018, 9:40am Top

>186 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! Thanks. I don't anticipate troubles during my eye exam. We have vision coverage, so I anticipate the exam and a free pair of glasses for $15. If I can't find tortoise-shell frames in the 'included' category, I'll spring for the extra. I'm tired of my black frames.

We don't have any plans for the holiday weekend although I might try find us something to do on Sunday just to get Bill out of the house for something not work related.

Aug 31, 2018, 6:38pm Top

>187 karenmarie: It is fun to read about your musical obsessions, Karen.

For me the first was Kate Bush in my teens.
The first years with Frank we endlessly listened to Joe Jackson's records "Body & Soul" and "Night and Day".
Since 1998 we listen to Leonard Cohen, we then got "The Future", I think that CD never went out of the CD player for a long time. We still listen a lot to his CD's.

I also love Queen (have the three you mentioned) and some others, but never obsessive like the three mentioned.

Edited: Sep 1, 2018, 8:47am Top

Karen, I am also rather new to Queen. Did you know there is a film coming out about Freddie Mercury? I recently saw him in an extensive interview on youtube (obviously, an old interview) but it was really the first time I learned about him. I was impressed and in awe of his talent. I need to find out more about the film. I did see a poster of it at the movie theatre last time I was there but I can't even remember the title of the film.

I share some of the faves you listed above, esp Carole King, and Paul Simon. Also, Cat Stevens, and CSN&Y. Among others. And of course, the Beatles. Always and forever. I think my musical tastes never made it past the 80s...

Aug 31, 2018, 9:32pm Top

>189 FAMeulstee: I'm glad, Anita. It's a different way to understand someone, isn't it? Thanks for sharing! And, Yay, Queen.

>190 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Oh yes, I knew about the film when I first start obsessing in May. It's called Bohemian Rhapsody staring Rami Malek. There are several trailers on YouTube that I've watched quite a few times, and the movie is coming out on November 2nd. I want to see it in the theater and will try to talk Bill into seeing it with me. If not, oh well! I'll go on my own. There are apparently other documentaries and quite a few biographies... I'll keep obsessing for a while longer, I think.

I pretty much stopped listening to 'new' stuff in the late 80's too, although I forgot to mention that I obsessed over Sinead O'Connor's The Lion and the Cobra, but none of her other albums. "Mandinka" still really winds me up.

Sep 1, 2018, 6:03am Top

>187 karenmarie: I had a fun evening thinking about music, and what I loved and how come. I share some of your favourites, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Simon! And Sinead O'Connor as well.

It's interesting how listening to music brings back lots of memories. I don't think I've ever been really obsessive but I went through periods of certain music, often influenced by people in my life. Hearing some music brings back memories of the times and the people involved.

Sep 1, 2018, 9:36am Top

70. The Bridge by Doug Marlette
8/26/18 to 8/31/18

From Amazon:

From Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Marlette comes the captivating story of Pick Cantrell, a successful newspaper cartoonist whose career has hit the skids. In the grip of a midlife meltdown, Pick returns with his wife and son to a small North Carolina town, where he confronts the ghosts of his past in the form of the family matriarch and his boyhood nemesis, Mama Lucy. What follows is an extraordinary story within a story, as Pick uncovers startling truths about himself and about the role his grandmother played in the tragic General Textile Strike Of 1934

A novel about family, love, and forgiveness, The Bridge explores how much we ever really know about others, and most important, about ourselves.

Why I wanted to read it: I’ve had it on my shelves for 6 years, but friend Louise raved about how good it was and gave me a well-read copy she said I could keep. I thought it would be a friendly gesture to read it and I’m glad I did.

Pick severely beats the editor of the paper he works for after a political cartoon is apologized for and Pick will be given restrictions on what he can draw and who has to approve it. Needless to say, he’s fired.

There are a few laugh-out-loud moments when Pick, wife Cameron, and son Wiley relocate from New York back to North Carolina. They used to live in Charlotte, but have now settled into an old mansion in a small town near Chapel Hill. It’s delightful to read about an area you’re familiar with. The Bridge of the title is Chicken Bridge, which is real and near where I live.

As they settle in, Pick starts spending time with his grandmother Mama Lucy, a woman he dislikes and holds responsible for his mother being sent to a mental institution. Mama Lucy pulls no punches, is a powerful matriarch, and always gets her way.

Mama Lucy has a cockatiel named Petey, which reminded me of my husband’s cousin John, who had several generations of parakeet named Petey. This amused me mightily.

Eventually Pick starts hearing bits and pieces of Lucy’s tumultuous teenage/early marriage years and the story of riots, union busting, and murder and mayhem come out. Pick’s astounded because he’s never heard any of this before.

Cameron and Pick’s relationship becomes very complicated and several incidents occur in which their marriage is tested. There are also some events that seem wildly improbable to me, any one of which would qualify as a major trauma, yet they keep occurring regularly and life just seems to go on. Perhaps this resiliency is part of what Marlette's trying to tell us.

This book was not as good as I thought it would be. The story jumps from the present to the past, which is all well and good in theory. It proceeds chronologically telling Pick’s story; however, it doesn’t go chronologically telling Mama Lucy’s story in the 1930s. I thought it was confusing. I understand why he did it, I think – he wanted to stagger the reader with a true explanation of a critical event during a particularly violent confrontation between workers and management. It made the story hard to follow for me, though, and the light-hearted early voice gave way to a self-important voice. I thought it was a bit too sentimental and the emotions were thrown at me without any lyricism or substantive credibility. It’s easy to think about love and betrayal and poor life choices, but it’s harder to write about them in a way that is not trite and shallow.

Having said that, the union organizing and busting activities of the 1930s were well portrayed as were the poverty of the times and the power of the rich in exploiting the poor.

I’m glad I read it but disappointed because it could have been more than it was.

Edited: Sep 1, 2018, 12:05pm Top

Statistics Through August 31

70 books read
7 books abandoned
19,548 pages read
72 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 80
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 279

Male 39%
Female 61%

Living 59%
Dead 41%

US Born 76%
Foreign Born 24%

Hardcover 50%
Trade Pback 36%
Mass Market 7%
Audiobook 6%
e-Book 3%

My Library 96%
Other 4%

Re-read 30%
Series 51%

Fiction 87%
NonFiction 13%

Author Birth Country
England 16%
Ireland 3%
Scotland 3%
South Africa 1%
Sweden 1%
US 76%

Original Decade Published
1810-1819 1%
1830-1839 1%
1920-1929 3%
1960-1969 1%
1970-1979 6%
1980-1989 14%
1990-1999 20%
2000-2009 11%
2010-2018 41%

Cartoons 3%
Fantasy 3%
Fiction 17%
Historical Fiction 4%
History 4%
Linguistics 1%
Literary Fiction 1%
Memoir 3%
Mystery 49%
Politics 1%
Romance 4%
Science Fiction 1%
Sociology 1%
Steampunk 1%
Thriller 3%
True Crime 1%

Sep 1, 2018, 10:34am Top

>192 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Fun times, eh, thinking about our musical tastes and history. Certain songs bring back specific memories – sights, sounds, smells. There’s one 10cc song - I’m Not in Love - that brings back the times I was dating a man named Michael, the house he shared with 2 roommates, and the fun times we had there. Lots of songs do that for me.

Sep 1, 2018, 10:48am Top

>194 karenmarie: Really impressed by these stats/data breakdowns. I was just noodling yesterday with some breakdowns of my reading so far this year, but nothing so detailed.

You are still one book ahead of me. I think we're both destined to pass the century.

Sep 1, 2018, 12:06pm Top

Hi Bill! Thank you. I've got my handy dandy spreadsheet so it doesn't take long to update the stats.

We're neck and neck, aren't we? My goal this year is 105 and I feel confident that I can get there with a bit of a push. I didn't read much while I was in Montana and I didn't read much while Jenna was visiting, but I am really getting back into the groove.

Sep 1, 2018, 1:00pm Top

By the way, Brian May, Queen’s lead guitarist, is also a planetary physicist and is part of the New Horizons science team that took those great pics of Pluto back in 2015 and is about to rendezvous with Ultimata Thule in a couple of months. I got to meet him very briefly at a science team meeting once!

Sep 1, 2018, 3:51pm Top

>194 karenmarie: I always love your statistics, Karen!

Sep 1, 2018, 4:15pm Top

>198 drneutron: Hi Jim! Wow. It's fantastic that he's also a physicist. I'm envious that you got to meet him.

>199 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! drneutron was my inspiration for keeping statistics - thanks, Jim!

Sep 1, 2018, 8:44pm Top

Ooh, I just noticed you put "birth country" for your author's nationality, which will solve the dilemma I have when an author was born one place, grew up in another and is currently living and writing in yet another. I think I will adopt that.

Beatles were big as were CSN&Y, Seals and Crofts, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkle, Carole King, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Janis Ian, and so many more.

Sep 1, 2018, 10:08pm Top

Hi Roni! Glad to be of service re the stats. Birth country seems to make the most sense to me for the reasons you mention above. *smile*

I loved Seals & Crofts, Janis Joplin, BS&T, Janis Ian, Judy Collins, Santana, Electric Light Orchestra, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Yes, Chicago (up to and including Chicago 6), Petula Clark and Herman's Hermits (early teens!), and lots of others, but didn't obsess over them. That was Larry's specific question. Someone who keeps coming to mind in recent months is Minnie Ripperton. I liked a lot of one-hit-wonders, too.

One of my favorite composers is J.S. Bach - especially the Brandenburg Concertos, especially #3. For humor I love P.D.Q. Bach and Tom Lehrer.

Roger Federer won today - straight sets over Nick Kyrgios. I was pleased.

Sep 2, 2018, 4:16am Top

>194 karenmarie: that is a few rereads! I probably reread one every two years. :)

Sep 2, 2018, 6:20am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen.

Sep 2, 2018, 9:04am Top

>203 LovingLit: Hi Megan! This year is unusual because I'm re-reading The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton. Excluding them, I've still read 8 books this year, though. Last year I only re-read 6% - and those were re-listens of the Harry Potter books.

>204 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, and thank you! Same to you.

Sep 2, 2018, 9:52am Top

Great stats through August! So close to hitting 75!

Nate also loves Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody! He belts it out whenever it comes on

Sep 2, 2018, 10:30am Top

Hi Chelle! Yes, I hope to hit the magical 75 this month.

Yay Nate. He must have a pretty good vocal range - I have a hard time hitting the entire range that Freddie had. I'm so far gone on Queen right now that, embarrassingly, I have even downloaded Rockabye Baby - Lullaby Renditions of Queen and listen to it sometimes late at night. I first heard it when I was getting a deep tissue massage. Sherry had heard me mention my current obsession over Queen, had it on her iPhone, and played it during a session. It sounds totally weird, but just hearing the melodies is way cool.

Sep 2, 2018, 3:30pm Top

Hi Karen my dear, great stats once again dear friend.

Sep 2, 2018, 3:43pm Top

Hi John! Thank you. I think it will be a bit of a push, but I think I can meet my goal of 105.

Sep 2, 2018, 4:07pm Top

Think I may struggle to hit my target of 60 but I will keep on going until it becomes impossible to attain.

Sep 2, 2018, 9:59pm Top

You know, I almost never reread a book, but I will listen to an audio version of books I've already read. That's how I got through The Stand. In fact, Stephen King's books are better the second time around in an audio version.

Sep 2, 2018, 11:12pm Top

Hi, Karen. I am interested in people's music choices, but everything you mention except the Beatles is too young for me. I'm a classical listener myself from plainsong through maybe Aaron Copeland but not much further into the last century. When I was a practicing pianist, I did best with the Romantics, especially Brahms and Chopin. I did love the Kingston Trio in my youth and can sing you every word of every song (except the ones in a foreign language - they butchered French, so I have no idea how good their pronunciation of others might be) the original three sang. When Dave Guard left, so did I. Sadly, I heard them in person only after he was gone. I loved show tunes and standards and worship and adore Sarah Vaughan, who had the voice of the century as far as I'm concerned.

Sep 3, 2018, 8:54am Top

>212 LizzieD: I read a terrific bio of The Kingston Trio last year. I think it was called Greenback Dollar. I loved them and grew up with my dad listening to them After he died, I inherited his LP records, several KT among them.

Sep 3, 2018, 9:58am Top

>210 johnsimpson: Hi John! You’ve been very diligent with your chunksters goal. Will you keep reading chunksters through the end of the year even if you can't hit your goal?

>211 SomeGuyInVirginia: Happy Monday off, Larry! Interesting. I’ve done that with a few series – Harry Potter and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who… series. Good to know about Mr. King. I’ve actually read The Stand twice – as originally published and then the expanded edition.

>212 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! I think we’ve had the discussion of which generation we belong to on one of your threads last year or the year before, so that doesn’t surprise me. The Kingston Trio were too ‘old’ for my parents and too ‘young’ for me. My parents only had certain music in the house: nothing religious because my dad’s agnosticism precluded attending church and therefore religious music, and his playing in swing bands in the early 1940s precluded anything EXCEPT swing and some jazz. I will forever be grateful for his listening to The Swingle Singers (their Baroque interpretations only), even though I never liked them until my 30s. From my Mom I grew up on Romantic period classical music (to be technical) because she loved Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. In looking up some of my favorite composers from my teenage years, I realize that they’re all over the range of western music, actually – Dave Brubeck, Maynard Fergusson, Debussy, Copland, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, Beethoven, etc. Mom and Dad were members of the Columbia Record Club, so I listened to those records endlessly in addition to rock and roll on the radio and the few record albums I could afford out of my allowance. I’ve never listened to Sarah Vaughan. I love show tunes, too, but only specific ones. For some reason I actively dislike West Side Story.

>213 jessibud2: Hi Shelley!

Yesterday Bill and I started watching season three of Billions, the Showtime series that we only watch after they have a ‘free’ weekend and Bill can record the episodes. We love it. Tonight in tennis Roger Federer plays John Millman after a women’s match at 7 p.m., so perhaps 8:30-9:00 for a start time. We’re prisoners of the air conditioning. Yesterday the heat index got to 104F. We have no plans on going out, although if the spirit moves us and we an find an open restaurant, we may go out for lunch or dinner.

Sep 3, 2018, 10:35am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Labor Day! We are back from our Wisconsin adventures, which was a blast. Now, we are getting the house in order for our company, who arrive later this afternoon.

I hope you have a good holiday.

Sep 3, 2018, 10:54am Top

Thanks, Mark! We have decided to go out to lunch at a little place called Harpers. It's in the country, serves country-style food, and we were surprised to see from their Facebook page that they are open today. I'm not a particular fan of country-style food, but can always find something good there.

Sep 3, 2018, 11:47am Top

Hi, Karen! Hope you are having a lovely time at lunch and I am glad your doctor checkups have all gone well. I love all the music talk here: Queen was one of my favorites and I am psyched to hear that a movie is coming out this fall! I think I am still on E with the Grafton mysteries: I am a first timer with those and I can't even think of a re-read I have done this year....

Sep 3, 2018, 12:02pm Top

I mentioned before how your reading stats inspired me. I spent an inordinate amount of time last evening trying to sort data on what I've read. I think I can get it posted today.

We're enjoying a splendid weekend. The weather has been gorgeous, though today the humidity is up and the temp is headed into the 90s. But our kids threw a New England clam bake for Judi's 70th birthday on Saturday. All three children, two daughters-in-law, and six granddaughters. Enjoy we did.

Sep 3, 2018, 2:16pm Top

>217 Berly: Hi Kim! We had a very nice time and are happily full. Even though it's nasty and muggy and HOT, it's clear with gorgeous puffy white clouds. Usually there is a haze with the humidity, so the drive was pleasant. I'm glad you're psyched about Bohemian Rhapsody. I really am looking forward to seeing it. I hope you continue with The Alphabet Series. I slammed through N-P in August, will wait a bit, then continue. Lots of folks don't re-read books. To me, certain authors (Christie and Sayers in particular) are comfort reads. I go to them in times of stress.

>218 weird_O: Yay for reading stats, Bill! I'll have to zoom over to your thread to check 'em out.

Your weekend sounds lovely, absolutely lovely. Wife, kids/spouses, grandkids, and food. Good stuff.

Sep 3, 2018, 4:42pm Top

>1 karenmarie: I love the photo posted here! What a wonderful blend of history and people!

I am so glad that you love retired life. I will know this feeling in two months. October 31st to be exact! I can honestly say that I very much enjoyed my work in academia, but like others who have told me that you know when it is time to go, I have that feeling and I am ready!

Thank you so much for visiting my thread, even though I haven't visited here often. It's been a tough year. I will feel so much better when I retire.

Sep 4, 2018, 8:20am Top

Hi Linda! Thank you re the family photo.

You're going to love it. I personally didn't miss a single thing about working. Some people do, but once you know it's time to go, you can't wait. I'm happy for you. You will feel better when you retire, I know. There's a level of stress you're carrying around about work right now that you may not even know about, even knowing you're going to retire. Brava!

Sep 4, 2018, 11:45am Top

Morning, Karen. I was hoping after Labor Day, we would be done with these hot & humid days but we got another one today. Ugh! It is supposed to cool off nicely Thursday. Yah!

Sep 4, 2018, 1:24pm Top

>175 karenmarie: Thanks for all the help with the cataloging. I am nearly finished with my downstairs library. I will have to wait until the weekend to do the kids because they want to CueCat themselves. Excellent!! Then I will be hitting your brain up for the next step - dealing with the books not tagged in my current library. *grin*

>178 LizzieD: Me too, Peggy. Though I don't have a lot of complaints. If 98% of the teachers are great, that is more than acceptable.

I'm posting this on my thread, but I thought I'd leave it here too. With the understanding that things could be worse. It could be Florida or Texas. Lol

Sep 4, 2018, 3:54pm Top

>214 karenmarie:, Hi Karen, I will stick with the Chunksters right to the end of the year regardless of whether I can reach my target or not. I set my stall out at the beginning of the year to do this and I will complete it but next year will go like a bomb with the reading as I have a lot I want to read, they are sat on the shelves tempting me to read them but I am resisting them although it is hard at times especially if Karen has read them and I want to too.

Sep 4, 2018, 5:40pm Top

>222 msf59: Hi Mark! Icky weather seems to be in the forecast for qute a bit of the US. it's nasty here, too. You only have a bit of today left and tomorrow and then nice weather! We're looking at 89F+ through at least Saturday.

>223 nittnut: Excellent news, Jenn! Good for you and I'm glad to hear that E and M are engaged and want to do their own books! We'll get this show on the road for the DoNotOwn books next week sometime, for sure.

Do you feel any better about the Civics teacher or will there be a Come-to-Jesus Meeting?

Ha ha. Nice.

>224 johnsimpson: Yay, John! You are dedicated, even in the face of temptation. You're right - next year will be a blast as you open your reading up to shorter works and different authors. I have to admit, though, that there are some books that I didn't realize were 500+ pages, so am glad you got to have a go at them this year.

Sigh. Roger lost last night to John Millman. He didn't look good at all, bad body language, possibly injured. And the stubbornness! He served pretty poorly most of the match but would NOT change his serving style at all.

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> 223 heh heh heh *GROAN*
SWINGLE SINGERS - YAY!!!!! Also, MANHATTEN TRANSFER! Listen to Sarah Vaughan immediately!
(Hi, Karen!)

Sep 4, 2018, 11:37pm Top

>225 karenmarie: The Federer/Millman match made me sad. Roger was definitely off. And stubborn. Sigh.

Sep 5, 2018, 12:57am Top

Straightening out my catalog with recent acquisitions. Discovered I got a book ($5-a-bag sale!) cowritten by Karen Pomeroy. That's you, isn't it? Or it was you until that guy Bill came along. Karen Pomeroy.

Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design by Steven Heller and Karen Pomeroy.

So in addition to IT, you are proficient in graphic design. Kudos!

Sep 5, 2018, 9:02am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope your week is going well.

Interesting discussion on music a few days ago. Although I of course listened to what was contemporary when I was a young man, and thus have songs I like, my actual favorites, in terms of both styles and performers, skew older. I'm not that good at narrowing lists, but I'll give it a try: favorite groups, the Platters, the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots; favorite bands, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians; favorite vocalists, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Vaughn Monroe, Elvis Presley. I'll certainly second the recommendation of Sarah Vaughan, too!

I do understand the ebb and flow of personal fads in music, though, as I've definitely had mine. Examples for me include the Kinks, Elvis Costello, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Ella Fitzgerald, and German pop music from the '50s and '60s (Conny Froboess, Peter Alexander, etc.). Some effectively drop out of my personal music rotation after their brief moment of prominence, while others end up as ongoing members of the mix.

Sep 5, 2018, 9:20am Top

>226 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! I shall find a youtube video or two of Sarah Vaughan. Any particular songs?

>227 Berly: Hi Kim! I only watched 'til the middle of the third set, but kept checking the US Open app as I was reading before hitting the sheets.

>228 weird_O: 'Morning, Bill! Well, yes, I am Karen Pomeroy Hengeveld, and I wish I could claim having written any published book, but that's another Karen Pomeroy.

Sep 5, 2018, 9:32am Top

Hi Harry! So far so good on the week. I've been busy setting up training sessions for Book Sale volunteers who will be processing credit/debit card sales using Square. Our sale is Sept 27-29 and I'll be training Sept 17-21. I've got 14 people to train. Some already know how, but last sale some had removed the app or lost the microphone and/or location settings and didn't know how to set them on the fly. I didn't know how to do it on iPhones, but my daughter showed me. Still, they are all going to be trained again.

You do 'skew older'. Interesting list, for sure. My dad tried to push too hard on swing and jazz and so, as a kid, I rejected it. He was very critical of any rock'n'roll, so of course I gravitated towards it and I'm sure I drove him nuts. My daughter skews older too, because I was 40 when she was born and her dad was 38. She loves a lot of the rock'n'roll we do/did. Plus she loves world music because of her Dad. Since I don't like too much 'new' music, she's had to find that on her own. She and her dad like Pandora, too, which I abhor. I don't like the idea of automated music recommendations, which is its strength of course, and got twitchy every time I tried it.

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I was trying a test but hit "Post Message" instead of "Preview". Ignore. Sigh.

Sep 5, 2018, 11:40am Top

>232 karenmarie: I've done that. The perils of testing in the computer age.

>230 karenmarie: I had a smile working when I wrote #228. I knew it wasn't you who wrote the book. Just a coincidence that needed to be exploited.

Sep 5, 2018, 3:44pm Top

>225 karenmarie:, Hi Karen, I have just added a twist to my challenge as it appears I may miss my target, I want my average pages per book to average 700+ pages at the end of the challenge. I know, a glutton for punishment, lol.

Sep 5, 2018, 3:46pm Top

>225 karenmarie: Civics teacher still under my watchful eye. She sent home a political spectrum test, which is fine if it's intended to get the students thinking about their beliefs and why, or generating lively dinner table discussion, but not fine if she intends to use it for comparing them to one another or separating students out by liberal/conservative. At this age, most of them will reflect their parents and it's not a good venue - Yet - for that sort of thing. First they need to understand the basics of the system and how it should work, then they can discuss contrasting ideas. Also, the questions were worded like one of those stupid polls that is determined to get the results they want no matter how you answer... I sent her an email. We will see what she says. *end of civics rant*

My generation based on musical preference is skewed too. My mother was strictly classical. My father loved the 50's rock n roll. I am well versed in those. Then I went through all the phases, country, Hair bands, punk, new wave, and then sort of phased out during the grunge thing. I really never warmed to Nirvana, etc. I seem to have picked out what I liked from each one and left the rest. Then there was the day I watched a band on Letterman and thought, "I don't get it," and knew I was old. LOL
Now I pick up new music from my kids. My husband loves music and is a very eclectic listener, so they get good exposure to Indie bands and all the other stuff out there. I tend to prefer quiet, to be honest. That might skew me even older. Ha!

Sep 5, 2018, 4:52pm Top

>233 weird_O: I was trying to get a photo to rotate with img src options. Websites said things would work, but they don’t – I don’t know if it’s the controls LT puts on HTML within messages or HTML itself. Either way, it didn’t work and after two successful “Preview” attempts, I accidentally Posted. Not to be confused with gallop or canter.

I guess I knew there were other Karen Pomeroys in the world, just haven’t ever actually seen any concrete evidence of one. My, my.

>234 johnsimpson: Of course you added a twist, John! You are making lemonade out of lemons. You are a glutton!

>235 nittnut: I wouldn’t want to be that Civics teacher this semester. Classification like that is not good at any age, much less freshman in high school. Although, I do remember having a serious politlcal discussion with my father and a neighbor (two grown men ganging up on a 13-year old girl!) and realizing that they didn’t believe the same things I did and I wasn’t going to change just to make my dad happy. It was the beginning of the Do-Not-Discuss-Politics-With-Dad phase that pretty much only ended when he passed away in 2006.

I did the “I don’t get it” somewhere in the early 1980s. There are many shocks about getting older, and being open to new music decreasing as age increases seems to be one of them.

I got this postcard while in Montana, forgot I had it, and just found it again.

Sep 5, 2018, 6:05pm Top

>236 karenmarie: - HA! Like tv, and *in the olden days*, having to actually get up off the couch and turn a dial, this guy may tell his grandkids about once having to actually get up and physically select a book! I sure this cartoon never comes to pass!

Sep 5, 2018, 6:22pm Top

>205 karenmarie: aaah, that makes sense (re: rereads, and the alphabet series).

^ I love that postcard!!! ;););)

Sep 5, 2018, 9:38pm Top

>237 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! "in the olden days" has gotten compressed as things have become obsolete sooner. But I love the idea of just touching a button and getting the book you want.

>238 LovingLit: Hi Megan! Glad you like the postcard.

Sep 5, 2018, 9:46pm Top

>236 karenmarie: I Love that postcard!

I aim for lively dinner table discussions and try to encourage my kids to think about their beliefs and why, and to be able to defend them. They are free to disagree with me, but they might be subjected to a grilling about why. As long as they can defend their POV rationally, with evidence, that's just fine. They are getting pretty good at it. I am not sure that is what the civics teacher aims to do.

Sep 5, 2018, 9:48pm Top

Hi, Karen. Late check in. Only 70 here tomorrow. Yippee! I started Lords of Discipline. Some of his dialogue can be a little "flowery" but I like it, in the very early going.

Sep 5, 2018, 11:00pm Top

O..K., Karen, you sort of asked.
Here she is in 1957 --- Sassy: How Long Has This Been Going On?
And again in 1978 --- Well, I can't get it to change the url, but it's on the same page, and you really need to listen to this version too.
How can they both be perfect?

Sep 5, 2018, 11:56pm Top

>236 karenmarie: Perfect!! LOL

Sep 6, 2018, 5:39am Top

>240 nittnut: Hi Jenn! I wish my mother had been like you by encouraging lively dinner table discussions. We never spoke about important things, and the follow up to what I wrote above about my dad was that if you didn't agree with him you were WRONG, end of discussion, and he stopped paying attention to you. Sad and true.

>241 msf59: Hi Mark! Late works - now it's early and I'm battling insomnia. "Flowery"? Got an example?

>242 LizzieD: I did. Thank you, Peggy. It's amazing how the same song sounds so different because of the arrangement. Her voice had matured, too, obviously, and I think I prefer the 1978 version.

>243 Berly: Hi Kim! Yup, it's definitely perfect.

I do not know why I'm awake - I woke up at 3 a.m. and here I still am, barely getting heavy-eyed again. I anticipate going back to bed for a couple of hours in a bit.

I just finished Tuesday's Gone, the second in the Frieda Klein series. Totally excellent, I'll write a review later.

Sep 6, 2018, 9:19am Top

71. Tuesday’s Gone by Nicci French
9/1/18 to 9/5/18

From Amazon:

Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, have sold more than eight million copies of their books worldwide. But nothing they’ve written written before has grabbed the attention of reviewers and readers like Blue
Monday and its iconic heroine, Frieda Klein. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it a “superb psychological thriller . . . with brooding atmosphere, sustained suspense, a last-minute plot twist, and memorable cast of characters.”

In Tuesday’s Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man’s identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can’t shake the feeling that the past isn’t done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?

A masterpiece of paranoia, Tuesday’s Gone draws readers inexorably into a fractured and faithless world as it brilliantly confirms Frieda Klein as a quintessential heroine for our times.

Why I wanted to read it: Second book in the Frieda Klein series, it called out my name.

This is a dense and convoluted story, well written and satisfyingly horrific and macabre. The husband and wife team of Nicci Gerard and Sean French write seamlessly. Do they write by chapters? Does one take particular characters/situations and the other different ones? Does one take the psychological meat of the story while the other takes on police procedural aspects? You would never know there were two authors by the writing.

Frieda is the same prickly, compellingly honest character as she was in Blue Monday. She cares deeply about a few people in her life, but on her terms only. She was devastated by the events of Blue Monday but has picked herself up and just gone on living. Her involvement in this case is, once again, a powerful lure that she can’t resist even when not officially involved.

We get into Frieda’s head and into one other character’s head, a vague presence most of the novel but a powerful force at the end.

I can hardly wait to get my hands on Waiting for Wednesday.

Sep 6, 2018, 12:33pm Top

>244 karenmarie: Ugh. I was up late too. I was tired and went to bed, and then became wide awake at midnight. Nice review of the Frieda Klein. I have been enjoying those as well.

Sep 6, 2018, 1:42pm Top

Thank you, Jenn! Sorry about the wide awake at your end. I did go back to sleep for about 2 1/2 hours. I just finished an hour's worth of cutting back the begonias and blowing off the concrete - exhausting work but at least it looks decent again. We have a friend spending the night between NC gigs so thought it would be a friendly gesture to NOT make him wade through the begonias blocking the Sunroom door.

Sep 6, 2018, 4:02pm Top

>244 karenmarie: >240 nittnut: At dinner time it's all I can do to get the kids to eat their dinner without fighting, intelligent and thought-provoking discussions might have to be introduced at a later date!

Sep 6, 2018, 4:41pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Karen. I think I chose the wrong word to describe the dialogue in Lords of Discipline. "Broad" might be a better term but now that I am into the rhythm of the narrative, I think this is just Conroy's style. I am beginning to really enjoy it.

Sep 6, 2018, 5:53pm Top

>248 LovingLit: Hi Megan. Until I was ten, my father's mother - "Mom" as she wanted to be called (my mother was "Mommy"), lived with us. She was born in 1882 and demanded good table manners as soon as we could sit at the table without a high chair.

>249 msf59: Hi Mark. I'm glad you're enjoying it. I haven't cracked My Reading Life yet.

It is ridiculously hot out even now at 5:53 p.m. It's 90F, 51% humidity, and a heat index of 95F.

Sep 7, 2018, 8:13am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you have a pleasant Friday and get a bit of a break from the heat.

Sep 7, 2018, 8:24am Top

'Morning, Harry! Just got up. I poked my nose out and it's cooler than yesterday morning but still humid.

Coffee time! Our overnight guest is still asleep and Bill went off to work at his normal time.

Sep 7, 2018, 8:46am Top

>245 karenmarie: Nice review. I've added the series to my ever-expanding list.

Sep 7, 2018, 9:36am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. It looks like I will stay dry for most of the day. Yah! Sorry, to hear about your crushing heat. Stay cool, my friend.

I am really enjoying the Conroy. Brutal stuff.

Sep 7, 2018, 9:40am Top

>253 drneutron: Hi Jim, and thank you.

>254 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! Yay for staying dry. I.Want.Fall. And, I'm glad you like the Conroy.

Sep 8, 2018, 8:47am Top

>247 karenmarie: Wow! Amazing begonias. I had no idea they got that large. Big job, but it looks very nice.

I'll have to get some pictures of trees starting to turn color here in Montana land.

Sep 8, 2018, 9:53am Top

Hi Janet. They really love the north side of the house. Thanks! I'd love to see some Montana fall color. Friend Karen was telling me about cool nights and highs in the 60s. I.Want.That.

We are now looking at a very nasty hurricane, Florence, taking aim at the Carolinas. The map on our local TV station shows it going west of Peggy LizzieD, east of me, and taking dead aim at Jenn nittnut. It's still too early to predict, but sheesh.

Sep 8, 2018, 10:55am Top

Morning, Karen. Cool, overcast and breezy here, with little chance of rain, so all good here.

Have a nice Saturday. Happy reading.

Sep 8, 2018, 1:13pm Top

>245 karenmarie: Oh, I had forgotten about this series. I loved Blue Monday, now with your great review I will have to find Tuesday and see what happens to Frieda!!

Great job on the begonias! I mean you want your guests to feel welcome.

I think we have seen our last 90˚ day...I hope. I am ready for cooler temp, some rain and fall colors.

I hope hurrican Florence spares you all! Yikes!

Sep 8, 2018, 4:22pm Top

Karen, I so much enjoyed Conroy's My Reading Life. He is one of my favorite authors, in spite of his sometimes flowery language. It was a bit much in South of Broad, though. I read that one while we were visiting Charleston on our way to stay with some friends in South Carolina. When we got to our friends' house, I learned that Pat Conroy lived near them on Fripp Island. Of course, we had to do a drive-by but didn't see him. He and I are the same age and share a somewhat similar military background, although my father was just strict not crazy! I'm sad there will be no more books from Pat.

Sep 8, 2018, 10:52pm Top

>258 msf59: Hi Mark! I have had a lovely, if busy and HUMID day. Friends meeting at 11 a.m., then the Library showed RBG. Absolutely marvelous film! See it if you can.

>259 Berly: Hi Kim! I'm glad it's back on your radar. Thanks re the begonias - no kitties, puppies, or humans were swallowed alive by them. I hope your weather cools off.

>260 Donna828: That’s good to know, Donna! I didn’t read any today, but hope to get some reading in tomorrow morning. Too bad you didn’t get to see Pat Conroy. I’ve only read Prince of Tides.

Tomorrow is Panthers vs Cowboys at 4:25. Some friends are coming over, but I’ll have to leave at 6:50 to get to book club – can’t cancel because it’s my choice, The Storied Life of A. J. Fickry. Busy day for sure.

Several of the models have Hurricane Florence heading right toward the Carolinas as a Cat 4. This week will be stressful as we wait to see what it does. Biggest worry is that our daughter lives in Wilmington. Of course, they'll probably cancel classes and she can come home. Even if we get bad weather I'd rather her be home here with us. We'll see. :(

Sep 8, 2018, 11:14pm Top

>247 karenmarie: THAT is a begonia???? Holy Moly! I had no idea what they might do outside a pot. I have all kinds of little ones that I could put in the ground just to see. Thanks for the tip.
I'm doubly pleased that you enjoyed both S. Vaughan and Frieda Klein 2 (also happy that Jenn is liking them!).
I bought bottled water today, my sole prep so far for Florence. We are still in bad shape from Matthew, so I do hope and pray this new big one gets pushed out to sea again for preference. It is stressful. And of course, people evacuated the coast ahead of Matthew, put up in motels here, and had to be rescued by boat. Horrors!
Sorry you're missing your game, but A.J. Fickry is worth the sacrifice, I think.
Meanwhile, just so you'll know, I can't read anything but The Disorderly Knights. I knew better than to pick it up again because it's un-put-downable once you get going. Have you read the *Crawford of Lymond* series by Dorothy Dunnett? She's another one who should be on every devoted reader's list. This is about my third reread in which I will carry through to the end. I've read the first 4 even more than that!

Sep 9, 2018, 7:44am Top

Hi Karen.
Our horrible humidity broke and yesterday, I could easily have worn a light jacket and feel comfortable. I didn't, though, and it felt cool but delicious, especially after the awful temps we had earlier in the week. They say we can expect lots of rain today, remnants of tropical depression Gordon. Hang in there and I hope your big storm misses you.

I also loved AJ Fikry, and I agree about the film RBG. I saw it at our doc cinema a few months ago and loved it.

Sep 9, 2018, 9:21am Top

>262 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! That is, indeed, a begonia. Or probably several by now. Our land was pastureland for at least 80 years that I'm aware of, and it was regularly fertilized with chicken poop according to the son of the family who is still farming (although peaches now, not tobacco and etc.) land half a mile away. In fact when we first moved here and Farmer Joe and his family still raised chickens, the aroma of chicken poop came our way regularly. After Farmer Joe died in 2003 the family stopped raising chickens.

I like the idea of your experiment. Let me know how your begonias do in the ground.

We bought a bit of extra food yesterday - an extra lb of coffee, a loaf of bread for the freezer. We won't buy bottled water because we have a generator. The generator could fail, but even then we've got plenty of things to drink. I will fill a container with water for the kitties, though. And of course if things look like they're coming our way we'll fill the bathtub for water to flush the johns, bring in all the deck/porch furniture, take the swings down and lash them to the porch rails, etc. Bill's already terribly stressed.

I should get to see 3/4 of the game, more if it's clean with few penalties.

I have 4 of the 6 Lymond books - am missing The Disorderly Knights and The Ringed Castle. I started the series a long time ago but for some reason it didn't 'click'. This year may be the time to try again.

>263 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! I'm glad you're humidity broke. We had two lovely days about 3 weeks ago - a fading but fond memory. I hope the big storm misses us took, but it really does seem like it's honing in on NC.

Three of our book club members can't come, but all wrote briefly in their e-mails that they liked or loved it. I'll bet there are a couple of people tonight who didn't like it. It's always fun to try to guess each woman's opinion.

Sep 9, 2018, 10:23am Top

I'm going shopping tomorrow for water and canned goods, before the rush (I hope).

A lazy, wet Sunday for me.

Sep 9, 2018, 10:29am Top

Good idea Larry. Florence is still very unpredictable.

Lazy wet Sundays are good. I hope you get some good reading in and give Parker some skritches from me.

Sep 9, 2018, 12:53pm Top

Fingers crossed for Peggy and those on the coast. I sure hope Florence heads out to sea. If she doesn't, we will come and dig you out. We don't have much weather predicted so far, outside of a higher chance of rain, but things could change. We've got bottled water, sandwich stuff, and flashlights, and we will fill the bathtubs if the predictions change.

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Hi Jenn! Insomnia has reared its ugly head, I'm that worried about this hurricane. UNCW has issued a voluntary evacuation for Monday starting at noon. Jenna goes to Cape Fear Community College, and I'd be surprised if they don't follow suit. I'll have to find out after her classes tomorrow. Fingers crossed for Peggy, too, and thanks for the offer to come dig us out.

Tomorrow I need to gas up the car and get some cash, just in case.

Sep 10, 2018, 8:46am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope that you managed a good weekend despite the worries about the hurricane. Here's hoping with nittnut that Florence stays out to sea.

Sep 10, 2018, 9:30am Top

I got gas this morning, but taking out some cash is a good idea. Right now I think we're just going to get rain for the next 10 days, but Alexandria floods out fairly frequently. I'm also going to buy canned food for three days. It's always a good idea to have that around, anyway.

Sep 10, 2018, 12:09pm Top

>269 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! I did have a good, if busy, weekend. I'd love for this all to be a false alarm, but the Governor's declared a state of emergency (which allows trucks to carry more weight among other things, which helps the farmer who were and are working to get their crops in) and the latest track has the eye passing within 5 miles of my house. I realize that the track will keep changing, but this is disconcerting.

>270 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Gas is good, cash is good, too. I saw that there was flooding in Alexandria last weekend, and rain for 10 days can't be good at all.

We have more than enough food to keep us going, even if it might get a bit boring.

Sep 10, 2018, 12:18pm Top

>271 karenmarie: I don't wish this on anyone else, but I hope the eye veers away from you!! Good luck.

Sep 10, 2018, 1:44pm Top

>271 karenmarie: I'm not crazy about the current track I'm seeing for the storm. I keep praying it will make a sharp right back out to sea!

Sep 10, 2018, 2:02pm Top

>272 Berly: Thanks, Kim! I don't wish it on anybody either. At least Jenna's school has cancelled all classes until Saturday - and since Jenna doesn't have any classes on Saturday that means she won't have classes 'til Monday at the soonest. She'll be coming home for sure. I'd like her to come home Tuesday, but she's talking about early Wednesday.

>273 thornton37814: Nasty track, isn't it? It reminds my husband of Hugo in 1989, when his mother, who lived north of Charlotte, took a direct hit and lost 28 trees in her yard. You couldn't see her house for the trees down. We have photos somewhere...

Sep 10, 2018, 2:40pm Top

Hi, Karen. I have had a very active couple of days off, so not much LT time, but it looks like I have most of the afternoon to myself. I am nearing the end of The Lords of Discipline and it has been quite good.

My feeders have really been hopping lately and we still have hummingbirds. I saw one feeding, after 7 last night, as it was getting dark.

Sep 10, 2018, 7:00pm Top

Hi Karen. Must be scary, waiting for a storm to arrive. I hope everything will turn out alright for everybody in Florence's path! Stay safe!

Sep 10, 2018, 7:17pm Top

Fingers crossed from up here, too. It was on our news tonight. Looks scary. I hope you have enough provisions and are secure in your home. Check in as you are able.

Sep 10, 2018, 9:19pm Top

I bought water this evening, but provisions are running low. Costco could not keep up with the demand, pallets were emptied as soon as they were brought out.

Stay safe and dry, Karen.

Sep 10, 2018, 9:34pm Top

I echo everyone else. Stay safe and dry, check in when you can. I wish there was something I could do to help!

Sep 10, 2018, 10:05pm Top

>275 msf59: Hi Mark! You are always active! You love to hike and do birding things. I, on the other hand, am amazingly and annoyingly sedentary. More power to you! Yay for hummingbirds. We have some still here, too, but I think Florence will chase many birds away.

>276 EllaTim: It’s stressful, Ella. The path keeps changing, but the upshot is still lots of major wind and rain for most of our state. Thank you. We are going to be smart and conservative.

>277 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley! It’s a pretty big deal and is reminding people of Hazel (1954) and Hugo (1989). Of course there were the recently devastating Fran (1996) and Floyd (1999), also “F” hurricanes. We have a generator and enough food to go for quite a while if we have to. If for some reason the generator doesn’t work we can still cook – gas stove – but will have to use all the perishable stuff first so it won’t go bad. Things don’t look to be getting nasty until Wednesday.

>278 SomeGuyInVirginia: Glad you were able to get water, Larry. I went to the store today to get a couple of things and if there had been water I would have gotten some, just on general principles. I’ll probably go out tomorrow just to see if any is available. If not, okay, if so, good. Thanks, we plan on safe and dry.

>279 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. Things should be mostly normal through when tropical storm force winds start up – late Wednesday according to the National Hurricane Center. We all have our weather crosses to bear – at least we have quite a bit of advance warning compared to fires and earthquakes.


Insult to injury - we've gotten 3/4" of rain since about 7 p.m. Just what we need - soft and wet ground before lots of wind and more rain. Lots of trees are going to come down on lots of power lines.

Sep 11, 2018, 7:21am Top

Yeesh, things don't seem to be getting worse but do seem to be at bad as expected. I picked up 8 gallons of water last night, which I thought was overkill, but now I think a week's supply of provisions isn't out of order. Back to the store for more canned food. And kitty litter. I ordered an additional power source/battery from Amazon to charge my Fire so I could watch movies if the power goes out, and then I remembered I was in an apartment make of books! I can't remember the last time I was bored. At least I don't have to worry about flooding on the top floor of a high rise, but I do have to worry about the roof. I might move the car to higher ground. This building is between a creek and the Potomac and I've never seen flooding on the property, but areas close by have flooded.

Sep 11, 2018, 7:35am Top

Karen, are you in the mandatory evacuation zones? I heard this on the news, that NC is. Yikes. When does your daughter arrive home?

Sep 11, 2018, 7:45am Top

>281 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! You were lucky to be able to get that much water, and I admire your schlepping it upstairs. Kitty litter's important, too - we use the wonderful Tidy Cat Breeze system and have plenty of pellets and pads. We have enough wet kitty food for Catman and treats for both of them. Neither one particularly likes dry food, but we have enough of that, too, if they get hungry enough. Yes, books are a good alternative when there's no power! I might have a few, too. I like the idea of your getting your car to higher ground, especially since it's newish. Stay safe with all the rain coming your way.

>282 jessibud2: No, we're not, New Hanover county, which includes Wilmington, is under voluntary evacuation orders. That's where Jenna is. Haven't spoken with her yet this morning. I'm particularly grateful that she heeded my advice and gassed up her car yesterday. Her dad told her to try to top off once she gets into our county.

I've got a book sale planning meeting today at 10:30. Think I'm going into town early and stop off at the grocery store for a few more odds and ends.

Sep 11, 2018, 3:10pm Top

Jenna's home safe and sound! Bill's on his way home, but will probably have to go into work tomorrow for at least half a day.

It sure doesn't look like a hurricane is coming. I did stop and get 2 more pounds of coffee - let's get our priorities straight here - and some half and half to make a scalloped potato casserole.

Sep 11, 2018, 3:46pm Top

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>284 karenmarie: Hahahahaha!

I must have dropped a grand on emergency supplies. If we don't get serious flooding it will take me a week to return whatever I can. I have the basics- water, canned beans to last 8 days, really good bourbon, portable batteries, flashlight, enough candles to stage a Cher video, and a yooge bag of chocolate chip cookies.

Sep 11, 2018, 9:57pm Top

Good luck to us all. If only that monster would head back out to sea! As it is, if the worst hits us, it misses Karen and vice-versa. Water is the thing. I know from Matthew that you can make it just fine without electricity, but doing without water for more than a day or so is real hardship.
All of you, batten down and take care!

Sep 12, 2018, 1:55am Top

>153 karenmarie: OMG look at all that Rex Stout. I am seriously jealous.

>236 karenmarie: I need one of those remotes!

Good luck weathering the storm, Karen.

Sep 12, 2018, 7:02am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. Still beautiful here, so no problems there. I hope Florence doesn't affect you too much. The news is filled with the approaching hurricane.

Sep 12, 2018, 8:11am Top

>285 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Jenna sent it to me.

>286 SomeGuyInVirginia: I’m especially pleased to hear that you got some really good bourbon. Jenna cheered when I told her you got a yooge bag of chocolate chip cookies. Most emergency items are always good to have around the house.

>287 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! It’s all still a crap shoot, but now it appears to be making landfall at Wilmington Saturday morning 8 a.m.-ish, then turning south and going through South Carolina. Central NC is still going to be heavily impacted, and you’ll be closer to it than us with this new track.

>288 Familyhistorian: I’m really lucky, Meg, that Larry was so generous. Glad you like the remote. *smile*

I’m breathing a tad easier looking at the forecast, but it could still shift farther north. Jenna and I will be securing the outside furniture and small flying objects today.

>289 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark. Thank you. I’m so glad you’ve got good weather up North. The track keeps shifting on Florence, so who knows what will happen by the time it makes landfall. And once it does make landfall, it won't necessarily follow the track forecasted.

Sep 12, 2018, 2:31pm Top

Hi, Karen! Glad to hear that things are looking up for you at the moment with regard to the hurricane. Here's hoping that unexpected weakening or change of course prevent a damaging impact anywhere.

We try to keep enough resources around the house that we don't need to be too concerned about power outages, but we have kept deferring purchasing a generator. We've ample oil lamps and several battery-operated camping lanterns (and batteries!) that have proved their value in the past.

Sep 12, 2018, 5:08pm Top

>284 karenmarie: I shouldn't laugh, but I'm gonna! that is classic ;)

Really though, I hope it all turns out OK. We have been getting coverage and forecasts about it even here.

Sep 12, 2018, 11:09pm Top

>291 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! It's nasty. Looks like it's going to linger on the coast, which will exacerbate the rain totals and flooding.

We got our generator in 2000 for two reasons: my paranoia about Y2K (remember Y2K?) and needing power if we were out for more than 2 or 3 days. This happens occasionally - 1996 with Hurricane Fran (5 days, no generator) and our 2002 ice storm ( 6 days with generator). It comes in handy for one- or two-day outages, too. Hurricane Matthew left us without power for 24 hours but we had the generator. Our generator is propane and hooked into our underground 400-gallon tank. Bill estimated that we could run for 30 days if the tank was at 400 gallons.

>292 Ireadthereforeiam: Hi Megan! It is funny, even if the storms it's talking about aren't.

It's still a matter of watching and waiting, and hoping against hope that it turns out to sea (highly unlikely) or weakens considerably and speeds up.

Tomorrow Jenna and I are going to make oatmeal raisin cookies.

Sep 12, 2018, 11:30pm Top

My DH has exhausted himself foraging for supplies, tying stuff down, putting stuff inside, etc. We'll get some wind and a lot of rain if the current track is, in fact, what Florence does. I'm happy to be out of the direct path, but we're still looking at 7-10" of rain. Turning out to sea would be amazing. Losing power and speeding up would be next best, but when it hits the gulf stream, it will rebuild its strength. A saving grace for us is that we have been very dry this summer, and the river is very low. We don't have a generator, but we do pretty well without electricity. It's the lack of water that nearly killed us after Matthew. So - loins girded or lions gridded or whatever.
Stay safe!

Sep 13, 2018, 7:18am Top

Fingers crossed for you and everyone in the path.

Sep 13, 2018, 8:42am Top

>294 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Your poor DH. We're looking at a similar amount of rain according to the NHC. WRAL shows less. I'm assuming your Mom's in a safe and secure building?

I'm glad the river's low. We've been inundated with rain all summer and about 2" just in the last week. The ground's saturated here. Yes, loins girded - lions gridded!

I'll be thinking about you, your DH, and your Mom as we get whatever Florence throws at us. Stay safe too.

Bill's company wanted him to come in today - all the office staff in fact - he doesn't know exactly why but one of the owners dissed a worker asking for a raise two days go and all the 'polishers' quit. Probably found a better paying job. I'm terribly curious about what's going on, but Bill will definitely work from home tomorrow.

>295 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley!

Right now it looks like any day out there - overcast, just the tiniest breze ruffling the tops of the crape myrtle. We've already got the kitty door locked so they can't panic and go outside when it's storming. All we have to do is one more thing - clean off the drain on the concrete driveway. It'll probably get blocked several times as things get nastier, but it'll start off clean.

I have a bone density scan, of all things, and still plan on going since we're only supposed to get wind today. Gotta see if I can get any more peanut butter for Bill while I'm out.

Sep 13, 2018, 8:42am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. I hope Florence does not disrupt your routine. Fingers crossed. I just heard they downgraded it to a 2. I am sure it is nice to have that generator handy.

Sep 13, 2018, 11:36am Top

Hi Mark!

We're just waiting. Bill's at work but will come home if the winds start. Right now you wouldn't know there was a hurricane offshore.

Two more things to prep outside, then we'll be ready. Birdfeeders inside when the wins pick up.

Sep 13, 2018, 11:44am Top

Karen, do you have a garage? I know you said you brought some things in, I am guessing, things like outside furniture. That's good. Do you have a birdbath? Even if it's a heavy solid one, if the winds are going to be hurricane strong, you might not want a concrete birdbath flying through a window or putting a dent n the side of the house.

I have to say, what makes me truly crazy is seeing these idiot people who chase this sort of weather. Including journalists/weather forecasters. Some of the meteorologists from my local tv and radio stations flew into Wilmington the other day and are reporting from there. Why??? Is technology not advanced enough in 2018 that they can't track it or connect with people there, to report on its progress? Why put themselves (and others like them) in the path of danger? Deliberately. The first time I saw this was Anderson Cooper standing and reporting from OUTSIDE during Katrina. Seriously. The first responders in the target areas will have more than enough on their hands without having to deal with weather chasers. Maybe I am thick but I really don't understand that mentality.

Sep 13, 2018, 2:32pm Top

Hi Shelley!

We have a garage. Bill and I park inside the garage. Jenna will park her car in the pasture away from where trees might fall on it. We have a heavy birdbath. We took the basin off and put it on the ground and put the pedestal on its side on the ground, too. We brought the other bird feeder inside - plastic basin and unscrewed the auger and brought in the stand itself. Bird feeders are in except for one hummingbird feeder - I saw them looking around for it and it was easy to put back out for a bit. *smile*

I don't understand anybody who wants to stand outside in gale-force winds and needle-sharp rain just to show people in their living rooms how bad it is either.

No wind yet, back after my bone density scan and last run at Walmart to get peanut butter for Bill. I also got another pound of butter and some vanilla (almost out and may need to make cookies). Jenna's playing a PS4 game, I'm doing a load of laundry and when that's done I'll run the dishwasher.

I really need to make some time to just read, but I'm antsy and can't settle right now.

Sep 13, 2018, 7:31pm Top

Keep in touch for as long as you're able. I'll be thinking of you, Bill and Jenna. Stay safe and dry.

Sep 13, 2018, 8:51pm Top

Thanks, Larry!

Sep 13, 2018, 9:17pm Top

Stay safe, Karen. You all seem to be taking a methodical, practical approach to storm prep. Best wishes to all you Carolinians.

Sep 14, 2018, 10:39am Top

Hi Bill! So far so good - no rain and just a few wind gusts. It's supposed to start getting stronger noon-ish.

Peggy (lizzied) is going to get slammed, I'm afraid - they are already warning about flooding on the river she lives near and she's projected to get 20+ inches of rain. I'm going to head over to her thread to see if she's posted.

Jenna and I are going to play Yahtzee as soon as I finish here.

I'm not visiting threads right now (except Peggy's) - I hope everybody understands that I just don't have the emotional energy for it right now.

Sep 14, 2018, 11:10am Top

Stay safe!

Sep 14, 2018, 12:19pm Top

Glad it's so far, so good. Stay safe!

Sep 14, 2018, 2:42pm Top

Pics or you spent the weekend in Vegas!

Sep 14, 2018, 2:45pm Top

>305 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.

>306 streamsong: So far so mostly good, Janet - we just lost power. We have the generator, though, which Bill has already cranked up.

>307 SomeGuyInVirginia: Okay Larry, but nothing weather-wise to see yet. We've had about 1/4" of rain but it's raining steadily now, a few small gusts, and that's it.

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