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RebaRelishesReading 2018 chapter 4

This is a continuation of the topic RebaRelishesReading 2018 chapter 3.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Aug 14, 6:49pm Top

Jul 31, 12:24pm Top

I'm a retired city planner who loves to travel. We live in San Diego but have a little townhouse at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York state where we spend much of the summer and some of the fall. In October this year we plan to fly from Chautuqua to Scotland, spend two weeks in the western highlands, then train down to London for a week before flying to Ireland for two weeks. I lived in Ireland for two years back in the early 80's and haven't been back since that should be fun. Actually I'm really looking forward to the whole trip.

I had challenged myself to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winning fiction and finished that last year. I plan to continue by reading the Pulitzer Prize winning biographies, but at a slower pace than I did the fiction (which took me several years). I'm pretty eclectic in my reading so there will be a lot of fiction, ranging from new books to classics, history, current topics and the occasional "beach read" (even though I don't ever actually read at the beach).

I had a great meet-up with the ladies from Portland last Sunday. If I'm counting correctly it was my 7th meet-up which has included 20 75ers. Meeting you all is one of my favorite things!

Edited: Sep 18, 11:40am Top


1. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone****1/2
2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman*****
3. Love and Friendship by Alison Lurie** (audio)
4. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan****
5. On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder****
6. The Ladies' Room by Carolyn Brown (audio) ****
7. Melbourne by Lord David Cecil ***


8. Inferior by Angela Saini****
9. How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry***1/2
10.Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen (audio) ***
11. The Return by Hisham Matar****
12. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy*****
13. If I Were Going The Alice and Jerry Books
14. When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards****1/2 (audio)
15. 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie (audio) ***
16. City of Women by David R. Gilliam*****
17. P. S. from Paris by Marc Levy****(audio)
18. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman*****


19. Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt ***
20. Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan ***1/2
21. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman ****1/2
22. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory **** (audio)
23. Eden's Outcasts by John Matteson ****
24. A Daring Life by Carolyn J. Brown ***1/2 (audio)
25. The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin *****


26. In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (audio) ****
27. Henry James: A Life by Leon Edel ***1/2
28. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev ****
29. Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker (audio) ****1/2
30. To Say Nothing of the Dog ***1/2
31. Strange Haven: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai by Sigmund Tobias ***
32. The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan ***


33. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (audio)****
34. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck*****
35. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende***1/2
36. Less by Andrew Sean Greer**
37. Improvement by Joan Silber ***1/2
38. The Aviators by Winston Groom (audio) ****1/2
39. The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson ****1/2


40. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford ***1/2
41. Sutton by J. R. Moehringer ****
42. The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith**** (audio)
43. Virginia Baron: The Story of Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax by Stuart E. Brown, Jr.***
44. The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak*****
45. The Code of the Woosters by P. G. wodehouse *** (audio)
46. Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck ***1/2


47. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder***1/2
48. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman***
49. The Long Valley by John Steinbeck ***
50. Wild is the River by Louis Bromfield****1/2
51. Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen**** (audio)
52. Bear Town by Fredrik Backman*****


53. Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen****(audio)
54. Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen****(audio)
55. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard ****1/2
56. Disputed Passage by Lloyd C. Douglas****
57. The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang****
58. Miss Julia Raises the Roof by Ann. B. Ross**1/2 (audio)
59. A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen **** (audio)
60. The Rightful Place of Science:Future Conflict & Emerging Technologies by Braden R. Allenby****


61. The 12 Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen **** (audio)
62. Masked Ball at Broxley Manor by Rhys Bowen (audio)
63. Homogenize by Yaa Gyasi*****
64. Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen ***1/2. (Audio)
65. The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif***

Jul 31, 12:26pm Top

Sorry for the rather uncreative topper. There were several photos I would like to have posted but none have been on Facebook so I don't know how to post them here :( I would love any tips anyone can share.

Besides that, welcome to my 4th thread. Please help me fill it up :)

Jul 31, 1:24pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jul 31, 1:28pm Top

Happy new thread, Reba!

Jul 31, 1:51pm Top

Happy new thread, Reba!

If the photos are on your computer, you can upload them to your Member Gallery on LT and then copy the image location to your thread.

That may not be enough detail. I'm bad at explaining things :-P

Aug 1, 1:57am Top

http://www.librarything.com/topic/59470 is a thread with some amazing details about how to use HTML on LT - from italics to pictures to links. Things change, and if you go down in the thread you'll see some corrections to the initial stuff - but it's a very good start.

Note - if you put the picture into your Member Gallery it shows up as a picture of/for you. If you put it into the Junk Drawer (which takes setting that destination on the upload windows just before you hit Upload - every time, for each picture. No default - bah!), it can still be seen if someone wants to go looking but it doesn't show up on your profile.

Aug 1, 6:51am Top

Happy new thread, Reba!

Aug 1, 3:40pm Top

Happy new thread!
You can either upload your photo to the member gallery here on LT or you could create a free Flickr account and post it there to use for sharing. That's what I do when I have a photo that isn't on FB

Aug 1, 5:09pm Top

Happy new thread, Reba!

Aug 1, 6:55pm Top

Hi Jim, Susan, Katie, Jennifer, Amber, Chelle and Meg!! So nice to have so many visitors AND thank you Katie, Jennifer and Chelle for the help. I'll try that out this weekend when I hope to have more time and quiet to figure it out (it takes serious concentration for me to learn anything new that's technical).

Aug 1, 7:43pm Top

From the old thread, Chelle, I have Us Against Them (bought them at the same time) but I'm going to read a couple of other things first. I am really looking forward to it now though.

Aug 1, 8:36pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 2, 8:20am Top

Hi Reba and happy new thread!

Good luck with figuring out how to upload photos. It took me a while, too, but once figured out it's actually quite easy.

Aug 2, 8:48am Top

Happy new thread, Reba! I still need to catch up with your previous one, but I am reserving my spot here first.

Aug 2, 10:08am Top

Hi Lori, Karen and Mamie -- thanks for stopping by. Thanks for your good wishes Karen and hope to see you often, Mamie :)

Aug 3, 8:26am Top

>13 RebaRelishesReading: Excellent! I think you will enjoy it as much as Beartown, I did!

Aug 3, 7:10pm Top

I have Beartown on my shelves. I just have to read about 17 library books first. Curse you hold system! Lol

Aug 4, 1:42pm Top

>19 nittnut: Hope you can sneak it in soon, Jenn. It's a good one :)

Aug 5, 2:10pm Top

Royal Blood by Rys Bowen(audio)****

#4 in the series. Georgiana is asked to represent the royal family at the wedding of a princess of Romania to a prince of Bulgaria because she had known the princess in school and was asked to be part of the bridal party. Vampires, undead, murder, dungeons... Another good book to walk to.

Aug 5, 2:25pm Top

Happy new thread! And I am glad that someone else is picture challenged. This year I have been plagued by pictures that turn enormous no matter what I do. I will have to take another look at the thread in >8 jjmcgaffey:.

Aug 5, 2:38pm Top

>22 banjo123: Hi Rhonda. I just spent some quiet time with that thread and still don't know what to do. I'm going to see about creating a Flikr account and see if I can work around it that way. I did finally find out how to do italics, bold, block indent, etc. so I'm happy about that...still wish I understood computers better. I'm fine with my day to day things but whenever there is a problem I'm lost and frustrated.

Aug 5, 7:18pm Top

Happy new thread Reba. I’m going to try to do a better job of keeping up. I sympathize with the photo problems. It took me forever to figure out how to get pictures from my iPad onto my thread. I seldom use my laptop anymore.

Aug 6, 12:49pm Top

>24 brenzi: Thanks, Bonnie. I've never tried with my iPad but I do know how to do it once I have an internet address for the photo but I don't know how to get an internet address except to put it on Facebook. I went to Flikr yesterday and now have an account but when I try to put my photo onto Flikr it tells me "no account is configured" and when i try to follow that message it just gets stuck. I did find the directions for doing italics, bold, underscore, etc. which I've never known how to do so that's a good thing :)

Aug 6, 7:22pm Top

Reba, if you upload a photo to LT - to your Member Gallery on your Profile page, it then has an internet address to use, just as you would for a Facebook photo. To upload the photo to your LT gallery, it just needs to be saved somewhere on your computer.

Aug 6, 10:30pm Top

Oh dear Katie, I'm still feeling like a dummy :( How do I get it from my computer's memory to Photo Gallery?

Edited: Aug 6, 10:32pm Top

Meanwhile, I'll share a photo from Facebook. Silkroad Ensemble is here for week 7 themed “The Arts and Global Understanding”. Yo-yo Ma will lecture on Friday morning and give a concert with Silkroad Friday night. Big week at Chautauqua .

Aug 7, 1:16am Top

>27 RebaRelishesReading: Go to your profile (click your name in the upper right of any LT page).
Top right box contains Edit profile and account and Your member gallery. Click the latter.
Left sidebar, fourth or fifth item is Add another picture. Click that. A dialog box opens up.
Click on the Browse button and go find your picture on your computer. Double-click the file, or select (click) it and click Open at the bottom of the file window. You'll go back to the Upload image dialog box, with the name of the picture file now next to the Browse button.
I prefer to put random pictures into Junk Drawer rather than Member Gallery - there's a combo box (dropdown box) in the middle to select that. If you want to put a description or tags on the picture, enter those.
Click the Upload Image button at the bottom of the dialog box.
It will sit and churn for a while, then pop up with your picture on LT.
Right-click on the picture, choose Copy Image Location or the equivalent (the exact term depends on what browser you use). This is, I think, the same way you get the URL if the picture's on Facebook.
From there it's the same as from Facebook, I believe.

Aug 7, 10:21am Top

>27 RebaRelishesReading: - You're not a dummy! I saw you had a bunch of photos in your member gallery already, so thought you had uploaded them.

Aug 7, 11:38am Top

Hi Reba!

*sigh* Yo-yo Ma. I'm envious. Have a wonderful time.

Aug 7, 1:51pm Top

>29 jjmcgaffey: THANK YOU, JENNIFER!!! I shall keep your wonderfully clear instructions for future reference. I may be smiling non-stop for the rest of the day :)

>30 katiekrug: You're kind Katie. Unfortunately I have no idea how I put those photos into my Member Gallery -- it was a long time ago.

>31 karenmarie: Hi Karen -- yep, we're pretty excited about this week.

Aug 8, 2:35am Top

>32 RebaRelishesReading: Most welcome! This is part of my job - explaining to people who don't know computers and aren't interested enough to learn on their own, how to do the parts they do want to do. I enjoy working out the step-by-step stuff.

Aug 8, 2:28pm Top

Hi there - finally getting a chance to catch up with your reading and travels. From your previous thread I added The Signal Flame to my list. I enjoyed your post about the talk by Amor Towles. I'm in the middle of listening to A Gentleman in Moscow right now.

Aug 8, 10:14pm Top

Happy new thread! Also, very awesome that you get to see/hear the Silkroad ensemble!!! Enjoy :)

Aug 8, 10:24pm Top

Happy new one, Reba!!

Aug 9, 9:13am Top

Wow! Wonderful goings on at Chautauqua!

Aug 9, 10:10am Top

>34 SuziQoregon: Hi Juli!! Glad you enjoyed the Amor Towles notes. He was a great speaker and I loved the book. I hope you'll like The Signal Flame too.

>35 figsfromthistle: Thank you

>36 Berly: Hi Kim! Thanks :)

>37 sibyx: I think you would really like this week, Lucy, what with the Silk Road Ensemble being here. It strikes me as your kind of group.

Aug 11, 8:51am Top

My new fur granddaughter. Son and his lady just adopted this one. When we get back to CA I'll be tempted to take her home with me (but I won't). Isn't she adorable?

Aug 11, 5:40pm Top

>39 RebaRelishesReading: SO cute!!! What did they name her, Reba?

Aug 11, 6:39pm Top

>39 RebaRelishesReading: She is beyond adorable, Reba! :-)

Aug 12, 5:00pm Top

>40 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie
>41 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita
>42 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle

Thank you all. I can't wait to meet her in person :) Her name is Mia.

Edited: Aug 14, 6:54pm Top

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen

Book 5 in the Royal Spyness series. The queen asked Georgie to go to Nice to find and retrieve a snuff box that has been stolen from her collection and also to keep watch on Mrs. Simpson and the Prince of Wales. Murder, danger, theft, intrigue and romance for Georgie. This is becoming my favorite series to listen to on my walks.

Aug 14, 8:50pm Top

That is a very very adorable dog! I hope they have a wonderful time with her.

Aug 15, 11:24am Top

>45 sibyx: She is cute isn't she. She has a "big sister", Molly, who is a black lab mix (maybe with Great Dane), about 2 and still a bit hyper. I understand the two of them have a wonderful time playing. Molly has been needing a play-mate and I'm glad she knows how to be gentle enough to play with this tiny addition to the family.

Aug 15, 11:32am Top

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard****1/2

Dr. Woodard was a speaker here early in the season and used maps from this book to illustrate his talk. He was so interesting that I ran to the bookstore to get a copy of the book which didn't disappoint. He explains why Americans "have such a difficult time agreeing on basic issues like the meaning of freedom, the role of religion in public life, or what it means to be an American" by looking back at the original settlers of each region and at how their cultures continue to dominate in the areas settled. His thesis isn't a radical departure from cultural geographic thought but it is a new twist and he explains his ideas very well. A highly recommended book for anyone interested in the history, culture, and politics of North America.

Aug 15, 11:39am Top

>47 RebaRelishesReading: - I've had that one on the shelf for quite a while, Reba. Sounds like I should try to make it a priority!

Aug 15, 11:42am Top

>48 katiekrug: I think you'll like it a lot. It explained a lot to me. Hubby (retired cultural geography professor) is planning to read it next. I can't wait to see what he has to say about it.

Aug 20, 10:03am Top

Disputed Passage by Lloyd C. Douglas****

This 1938 book is another I inherited from my father and am finally getting around to reading. I don't know why I waited so long because I'm really enjoying these books by Lloyd Douglas. In Disputed Passage we meet Tubby Forrester who is a brilliant medical researcher and surgeon who is feared by every student at the state university medical school where he teaches. He is grumpy and rude and totally intolerant of anyone who isn't both brilliant and totally (and I mean totally) dedicated to science. Jack Beaven is slightly distracted by his mother's very recent death when he arrives in Dr. Forrester's anatomy class and the two clash but Jack is brilliant and hard-working and the two develop a respect for each other and Jack models himself after the dedicated Tubby although...

I really enjoyed this book.

Aug 20, 10:09am Top

My phone kept giving me trouble so I made a trip to the Apple store in Buffalo on Saturday and am now the proud owner of a new iPhone 7 (trading up from my 6S). I went intending to buy an 8 but the very well informed and helpful young saleswoman explored how I use my phone and what was important to me and recommended a 7, saving me a couple of hundred dollars :) Only downside is that the adapter that came with it to allow old earphones to connect to the new phone turns out not to fit my Bose earphones :( I've decided to just use the earphones that came with the phone until we get back to San Diego and I have an Apple store two miles from my house. Then I'll go in and see what can be done.

Aug 20, 5:07pm Top

Hi Reba, this is my first visit to your new thread even though you gave me credit earlier. Happy new thread. The book about American nations looks interesting. I will have to hunt it down. Hope you get your new phone set up to your liking soon. New technology always throws me for a loop.

Aug 21, 10:12am Top

Oops!! I see what I did. The "fan" in FAMeulstee just triggered "Family" in my mind I guess and thought of you. I'm glad you're here now and I'm sorry Anita!! Other than the headphone issue the new phone is fine. I think I had dropped the old one once too often so the touch screen wasn't working that well any more. The new one works pretty much the same way as the old (whew!! means I don't have to try to figure out a whole new system) but without the "issues" I was having.

Aug 21, 10:41am Top

Greetings from San Diego! What is this move you are considering??!?

Aug 21, 11:09am Top

Hi Reba!

Good luck with your 7. New phones are fun. My Android phone crapped out while I was in Montana, and since we buy extended warranties, I got a shiny new one for free overnighted to me. I went into the Verizon store the next day and let the nice techie folks there get me all set up on the new one. Of course, this brand/model is a piece of crap (Motorola Droid Maxx 2), but we're waiting to upgrade for a while.

Aug 21, 12:33pm Top

Delurking to say Hi! Glad you got the phone fixed.

Aug 22, 10:15am Top

>54 ronincats: Welcome home, Roni! As to a move -- it comes up in various forms pretty regularly lately. We went so far as to look at some houses (in San Diego) a few months ago but then decided it made more sense to stay where we are (cost and effort of moving, ease of condo living especially with our travel, etc.). We do toss around some wilder ideas from time to time (like moving to Portland area near new grandson, moving to northern Indiana near my extended family, making Chautauqua our permanent home and getting an RV to escape the worst of winter in, etc.) My best guess is we'll stay where we are but who knows?

>55 karenmarie: So far I'm loving this one. My hubby, son and his lady all got new Samsung S-9's when we switched to T-Mobile a few months ago. Those are super snazzy phones and they got a great deal on them but I decided to stay with Apple because I love my Mac Air and my i-Pad and since they're all Apple they play together very nicely. The other day I set out to sync my new phone and Hubby's s-9 with the audio system in the car. Mine was done in less than 2 minutes but I never could get his to sync (and I did get out the directions and read them carefully) -- another reason I like Apple, it's easy for a total non-techy like me to use.

>56 Berly: Hi Kim!! Thanks for delurking :)

Aug 23, 4:29pm Top

The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang****

This loving, gentle memoir of the author's father not only introduces us to him and to the family but, even more strongly, tells of the Hmong people of Laos who were victims of war in their native land, suffered for years in refugee camps in Thailand and then came to America where they had to create a new life for which they were poorly prepared and which came with discrimination of poverty. Definitely recommended.

Aug 24, 3:21am Top

>58 RebaRelishesReading: Sounds lovely! wishlisted.

I'm trying to avoid an upgrade on my phone, yours sounds like a relatively smooth process (bar the headphones).

Aug 24, 9:31am Top

>59 charl08: Hi Char. It is lovely. I think you'll enjoy it. Yes the phone has been a very smooth process. I'm very happy (and impressed that the Apple salesperson took the time to find out how I use my phone and then recommended one $200+ less expensive than the one I thought I wanted).

Aug 24, 9:32am Top

Thirty years ago today Hubby and I were married in Lihue, Kauai. What a wonderful life we have had!! (but where has the time gone?!?)

Aug 24, 10:07am Top

Happy anniversary, Reba! That's a lovely picture too :-) I hope you have something special planned to celebrate.

Aug 24, 10:20am Top

Thank you Susan. We're going to dinner at the Athenaeum Hotel here on the grounds tonight but the real treat is our trip to Scotland/England/Ireland in a couple of weeks.

Aug 24, 5:25pm Top

Happy 30th anniversary, Reba!
Lovely picture of the two of you enjpy your dinner :-)

Aug 25, 1:47pm Top

>64 FAMeulstee: Dank je wel, Anita!!

Edited: Aug 25, 8:51pm Top

Miss Julia Raises the Roof by Ann B. Ross**1/2 (audio)

When I'm traveling I like to read books set in or about places I visit. In 2004 we were traveling in the south and I bought a couple of books about Miss Julia, a very prim widow who is a social leader in her small southern city. In this 20th book of the series Miss Julia learns that a group home for teen-aged boys is planned in her neighborhood and she takes a strong NIMBY position. I didn't realize when I bought the book that it would deal with a topic that I often encountered in my working life but that did add an extra bit of interest for me. These are light-hearted books but I enjoy them in audio form when I'm walking.

Aug 29, 2:35pm Top

A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen ****(audio)

Georgiana is asked to host a young German princess and show her some of British life. The girl turns out to be quite a handful. At the same time, people seem to be dying around Georgiana at an alarming rate. Police aren't being much help so Georgiana has to step in to solve the crime. Fun for listening to on a hot, lazy summer's day.

Aug 29, 2:37pm Top

The Chautauqua season ended on Sunday evening. I gave the house an overdue cleaning on Monday and hosted friends for dinner last night. It's hot and humid and storms are expected this afternoon so I'm enjoying a "sea day" -- knitting, finishing my audio book and catching up on LT and email. Happy me :)

Aug 29, 5:24pm Top

The Rightful Place of Science: Future Conflict & Emerging Technologies by Braden R. Allenby ****

I heard Dr. Allenby speak a few weeks ago and was most impressed by his discussion of the use of studies which divide people into groups based on their beliefs, preferences, etc. and attempt to determine how best to approach these groups in order to influence their behavior. He pointed out how this information could also be used (and may already be being used) as a new form of "warfare" by widening divisions within society. I was very impressed by his talk and wanted more so I ordered this little book of his. While only 100 pages, the book is dense with interesting information and thoughtful analysis of the ways in which technology, from marketing techniques to robots, may be used in conflict now and in the future and what ethical and practical issues need to be resolved.

James Hennessy, from the financial world, says: this "is required reading for anyone trying to implement strategy -- financial, military, or otherwise--in our complex and rapidly changing world, characterized by competing companies and nations striving to further their interests even as they grapple with an unknowable, deeply challenging future and emerging technologies of unprecedented power."

Aug 31, 1:31am Top

>61 RebaRelishesReading: Wishing you a belated happy anniversary! What a lovely photo!

>39 RebaRelishesReading: Oh my goodness, what an adorable pup! Honestly, I saw the photo and thought for sure he was a stuffed animal! :)

Aug 31, 8:56am Top

>70 Copperskye: Thank you Joanne. Yes, I'm going to have a hard time keeping my hards off of that puppy when we get home. She has a very big, wiggly 2-year-old "sister" so there will be a lot of puppy love waiting for us in California this fall.

Aug 31, 9:14am Top

Happy belated anniversary!! What a wonderful photo!

Aug 31, 10:32am Top

Hi Reba!

Happy belated anniversary from me, too. I love the photo.

Aug 31, 11:33am Top

>72 ChelleBearss: >73 karenmarie: Thank you so much ladies!! (of course I haven't changed a bit :) )

Sep 1, 3:56pm Top

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen **** (audio)

Georgie can't face the idea of Christmas at the castle with her sister-in-law and s-i-l's mother so she answers an add to be a social hostess at a house party in Devon. Deaths ensue. A typical, enjoyable Royal Spyness book.

Sep 1, 8:24pm Top

Okay, you finally did it! I just ordered a copy of Naughty in Nice, the next unread one and 5th in the series, from the library. Did you skip a couple?

And a belated Happy Anniversary!

Sep 2, 10:37am Top

>876 Hi Roni! I don't think I've skipped any but now I'll have to go and check....no, I googled "Royal Spyness books in order" and I've read the first six. Heirs and Graces up next.

Sep 2, 3:56pm Top

Masked Ball at Broxley Manor by Rhys Bowen **** (audio)

This Royal Spyness novella is numbered 0.5 in the series and introduces some of characters in the series as Georgiana is invited to a "smart set" Halloween ball at a country house of a couple she does not know. I had missed it because it wasn't in the regular series list.

Sep 2, 4:47pm Top

Sep 3, 2:02pm Top

>79 banjo123: Thank you Rhonda :)

Sep 3, 4:32pm Top

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi*****

This is the story of generations of African and African-American people starting in Gold Coast in the days of the slave trade and ending in America in the 21st century. It begins with the story of two half-sisters who never met and follows the descendants of each sister contrasting what happened to those who stayed with the lives of those who were sold into slavery. It is unusual, in my experience, by dealing with the African side of the trade. A powerful and moving story that is very highly recommended.

Sep 4, 11:03am Top

>81 RebaRelishesReading: I still have to get to this one. Happy belated anniversary! Love the photo. : )

Sep 4, 12:53pm Top

>81 RebaRelishesReading: Good review, Reba, I liked the way the two lines of descentants was followed.

Sep 4, 1:19pm Top

>50 RebaRelishesReading: I have read Magnificent Obsession, but nothing else by Lloyd Douglas. I might see if I can find a copy.

>81 RebaRelishesReading: Looks like an interesting read and a unique perspective. I'm dropping it on the pile. :)

Sep 4, 2:42pm Top

>81 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba, Your review really caught my eye. I don't think I've ever read anything about the African side of the slave trade and the idea of tracing the descendants of the two half-sisters sounds interesting. Its going on my list.

Sep 6, 7:11am Top

Nice review of Homegoing, Reba. I loved it just as much as you did.

Sep 6, 10:11am Top

>82 Berly: Hi Kim. Thank you for the anniversary wishes. Hope you read Homegoing, I think you'll like it.

>83 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita and thank you.

>84 nittnut: Hi Jenn. I've read three of the Lloyd Douglas books now and enjoyed them all.

>85 Oregonreader: Hi Jan. I bought it the day we were at Powell's. I think you would like it too.

>86 kidzdoc: Hi Darryl. Nice to see you and thanks for kind words. I hope lots of people read it.

Sep 8, 6:25pm Top

Homegoing was one of my favorites last year!

Sep 9, 2:18pm Top

>88 banjo123: Hi Rhonda! I can see why.

So, we’re in Scotland. We arrived in Glasgow late morning yesterday and then drove north to our rented condo where we arrived about 5:00 pm. We checked out our village today but otherwise took it easy to recover from jet lag and lack of sleep. More serious exploration starts tomorrow.

Sep 9, 3:26pm Top

Welcome to the UK, Reba! I hope the jet lag isn't too bad and you have a good day of exploring tomorrow :-)

Sep 10, 1:53am Top

Have fun!! (How could you not?)

Edited: Sep 10, 11:46am Top

>90 susanj67: Thanks Susan. I slept quite well the first night but only managed three hours, fro, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. last night but I feel amazingly good today. I drove us up to Inverness where we walked around the city center a while, had lunch and then bought 3 dinner meals each plus some other things at Marks and Spencer’s before heading back to Fort Augustus. Cool weather with spells of liquid sunshine — I love it!

>91 Berly:. Thanks Kim! We’re doing our best🙂

Sep 10, 12:24pm Top

Glad you are safely arrived!

Sep 10, 12:53pm Top

>93 ronincats: Thank you Roni. It was a smooth trip as air travel goes. I don’t enjoy the process but being here is worth it.

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen. I managed to finish another enjoyable Royal Spyness novel this afternoon while Hubby had his nap. They are such fun!

Sep 10, 5:44pm Top

Have a great time in Scotland, Reba. I hope you find lost of fun things to explore.

Sep 10, 6:24pm Top

Happy sightseeing, Reba!

Sep 11, 5:06am Top

>95 Familyhistorian:, >96 Oregonreader:. Thank you Meg and Jan. We’ re doing our best

Sep 16, 11:17am Top

Have a great trip!

Sep 16, 3:58pm Top

Hope you have a great time. I'm thinking I fancy a trip to Dundee to see the new V & A.

Sep 18, 11:26am Top

>98 ChelleBearss:,>99 charl08:

Hi Chelsea. Thanks, we’re having a lovely time.

>99 charl08:. We thought about going over to Dundee to see it but when we figured out how long it would take to get there we decided to save it for another time.

Sep 18, 11:39am Top

The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif***

This is a most interesting book. In a way it is a history of colonialism in the middle east, Egypt particularly, in spite of the title and the various threads of all kinds of love that are woven through it. The reason I didn’t rate it higher was that the way it was written drove me crazy. The story is told through three women, two in the early 20th century and one in the late 1990’s. All three stories are told in the first person and the only way you can tell who is speaking is that for Anna italics are used, for Layla the passage (which may consist of several paragraphs) begins with small capital font and for Amal regular font is used, sometimes going straight on from paragraphs of regular font for Layla. By the time I finally figured the system out I was so annoyed that it was hard for me to care much Bout the characters. If it was rewritten in a clearer way it would be a much more enjoyable book.

Sep 18, 11:53am Top

Our land lady just came up to say that I should move the cars as far away from the trees as possible because a weather warning has been issued for high winds...hope we don’t end up sorry we didn’t take the insurance with the rental car!

Sep 18, 12:11pm Top

>102 RebaRelishesReading: Yikes - I hope the trees stay where they're supposed to. This is storm Ali, which is the UK's first named storm of the season, apparently.

Sep 18, 12:19pm Top

Reba, I also just sent you a PM :-)

Edited: Sep 18, 1:58pm Top

You're really enjoying the Bowen audios -- I'll have to try one as I am nearing the end of my Pratchett odyssey. Right now I am trying out Bernard Cornwell's Arthur saga (I do prefer a series, preferably rather endless). It's so different from Pratchett (um, as in not at all funny!) that I am struggling a little.

Oh my! You are in Scotland. I am green with envy. Everyone seems to be traveling about like mad. Hope your trip is marvelous.

Sep 18, 2:57pm Top

So sorry the Soueif was ruined by the formatting. I think my edition must have been different as I can't think I'd have made my way through it if it had been so unclear.

Hope your travels continue to go well (despite the winds).

Sep 18, 6:33pm Top

>101 RebaRelishesReading: - Sorry you didn't like that one more, Reba. It's a favorite of mine. I don't remember those distinguishing features for each character. I read it in print ages ago - I wonder if they changed it up for some reason...

Sep 19, 5:55am Top

>103 susanj67:. So far so good withAli. We haven’t noticed that much more wind than we’ve had other days. It is raining pretty seriously this morning. We are not in the amber alert (not the same thing as in the U.S.) zone though so perhaps it won’t be so bad.

>105 sibyx: I am enjoying them Lucy. I’m listening to them while walking or driving or knitting and they’re just perfect for that. Yes we’ve been in Scotland for a week and a half now. Tomorrow we’re moving down to Iona for the night then to Glasgow on Friday. Saturday we’re taking the train to London for a few days before flying to IrelNd for two weeks.

>106 charl08:, >107 katiekrug:. I read it on Kindle so maybe the formatting was different. After I posted I went to see what the LT reviews said and didn’t see anyone specifically mentioning format although others mentioned finding the many points of view rather confusing.

Sep 19, 4:55pm Top

Oh Scotland - lucky you! Enjoy your adventures!

Homegoing was so good - I’m glad to see you loved it, too.

Yesterday, 9:40pm Top

Lucky You, Reba, being in Scotland. We spent a couple of days there when my daughter lived in London over 15 years ago. I loved the wild beauty of the countryside. I hope the wildness of Ali settles down. Enjoy your time in Ireland.

Congrats on the new furry granddog. Mia is quite adorable. Also, belated congratulations on your anniversary. The years fly by, don’t they? I’m so impressed with the amount of reading you do while you are traveling the world. And, you also keep your thread updated. Sorry that I’ve fallen behind. Must work on my time management skills!

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