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Chelle has found time to read (#9)

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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Nov 1, 2018, 9:34am Top

Autumn in Cape Breton (from our trip in 2014)

Welcome to my September thread! It's back to work month for me, so sad! September 21 is the end of the maternity leave that I have successfully milked into 15 months! It will be nice to be around adults and drink coffee, but it's still work!
I have no reading goals for this month and just enjoying my last days of freedom.


For those that don't know me I am Chelle, 30something wife, mother of two and a police dispatcher. Hubby is an officer and between our two shift work schedules we share in all duties of house and children. I read at work when it is slow and after our daughters are in bed or relaxing. We had our second child in 2017 so life is hectic right now but I'm still trying to find time to read.
I used to read about 100-125 books a year but in 2016 I only hit 36 and 2017 I just squeaked in with 75!
I was hoping to hit 100 this year but I am so close and it's only half way through the year so I've upped my goal to 150.

My other threads (that have gone to sleep out of neglect) are:
Women's Prize for Fiction
1001 books list
Booker Prize



119) The Fireman by Joe Hill
120) Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
121) Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
122) Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey
123) Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

107) Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space: And the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds by Dav Pilkey
108) The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
🎧109) Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
110) Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey
🎧111) Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
112) The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
113) John Dies at the End by David Wong
114) Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
115) Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
🎧116) Force of Nature by Jane Harper
117) Competence by Gail Carriger
🎧118) A Good Marriage by Stephen King

Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill - too farfetched

Edited: Nov 1, 2018, 9:50am Top

Books read in 2018:

1) Midnight Line by Lee Child
2) Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
3) The Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri
4) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
5) Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

6) The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
7) Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke (eBook)
8) Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King
9) The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
10) The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
11) The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

12) The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
13) Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King
🎧14) Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton (audio)
15) The People we Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
🎧16) Flight by Sherman Alexie (audio)
17) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
18) How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
🎧19) Rabbit Remembered by John Updike (audio)
20) Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
21) Troll Bridge GN by Neil Gaiman
22) Start Running! A 5k Training Schedule for Beginners by Tony Yang
23) The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe
24) Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
25) The Power by Naomi Alderman

April Books
🎧26) Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
27) This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
🎧28) Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (audio)
🎧29) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
30) Misery by Stephen King
31) The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
32) The Exile GN by Diana Gabaldon
🎧33) The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
34) The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
35) Wires and Nerve GN by Marissa Meyer
36) The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indriðason
🎧37) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
38) Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
39) The Hush by John Hart
40) Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
41) Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrick Backman
🎧42) Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore

May Books
43) Origin by Dan Brown
🎧44) Fluke by Christopher Moore
45) The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
46) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
47) Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
48) The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
🎧49) The Humans by Matt Haig
🎧50) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
51) The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
52) Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
🎧53) The Fates will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
54) Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
🎧55) Nevermoor The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessican Townsend
56) Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
🎧57) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
58) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
🎧59) Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

June Books
60) Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
61) Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
🎧62) Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
63) Three Secrets by Clare Boyd
64) Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
65) Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
66) The Outsider by Stephen King
67) Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
68) Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
🎧69) The Stand by Stephen King
70) Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris
71) Foe by Iain Reid
72) James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
73) The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
🎧74) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
75) Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson
76) Soulless by Gail Carriger
🎧77) Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman

July Books
78) Changeless by Gail Carriger
79) Blameless by Gail Carriger
80) Adventures of Captain Underpants
🎧81) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
82) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
83) Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
84) Heartless by Gail Carriger
85) Timeless by Gail Carriger
86) Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
87) Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
88) Catwings by Ursula LeGuin
89) Prudence by Gail Carriger
90) Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine
91) Beartown by Fredrik Backman
92) Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
93) The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
🎧94) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
95) Warcross by Marie Lu
96) White Oleander by Janet Fitch
97) Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets

August Books
🎧98) You Suck by Christopher Moore
99) Imprudence by Gail Carriger
100) The Broken Girls by Simone St James
101) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
102) Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
103) Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
104) The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel
105) The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel
106) The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel

Edited: Nov 1, 2018, 9:50am Top

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
2. True crimeThe Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder by Claudia Rowe
3. The next book in a series you started - The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
4. A book involving a heist - The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
5. Nordic noir - The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
6. A novel based on a real person - Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - A Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri
8. A book with a time of day in the title -Midnight Line by Lee Child
9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
10. A book about death or grief - Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - The People we Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
15. A book about feminism - The Power by Naomi Alderman
16. A book about mental health - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - Rabbit Remembered by John Updike
18. A book by two authors - Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
19. A book about or involving a sport - Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (soccer)
20. A book by a local author - This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
21. A book with your favourite colour in the title - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
22. A book with alliteration in the title - Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King
23. A book about time travel- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
24. A book with a weather element in the title The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
25. A book set at sea - Fluke by Christopher Moore
26. A book with an animal in the title- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
27. A book set on a different planet - The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton (Summer Kings by Cutty Ranks)
29. A book about or set on Halloween - Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
30. A book with characters who are twins - The Hush by John Hart
31. A book mentioned in another book - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Magpie Murders)
32. A book from a celebrity book club - The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Reese Witherspoon Book Club)
33. A childhood classic you've never read - Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (debut Goodreads author 2015)
36. A book set in the decade you were born - Misery by Stephen King
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
38. A book with an ugly cover - Flight by Sherman Alexie
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (2017 Popsugar 28. A Novel set during Wartime)

Advanced Reading Challenge

41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - White Oleander by Janet Fitch
42. A cyberpunk book - Warcross by Marie Lu
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place - The Outsider by Stephen King (Starbucks on Instagram)
44. A book tied to your ancestry - Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
46. An allegory - The Stand by Stephen King
47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
48. A microhistory - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
49. A book about a problem facing society today - Origin by Dan Brown (Decline of religion)
50. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Mamie)

Edited: Nov 1, 2018, 9:50am Top

Great American Read

I'd like to finish these before the end of 2018
Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None
🎧Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
Little Women - Louisa May Alcotte
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
🎧The Stand - Stephen King (on audio this time)

White Teeth - Zadie Smith
Wuthering Heights - Emile Bronte

✅= have read
🚨= nope
🔷= would like to read
🎧= Audio book

The 100 List:
✅1984 by George Orwell
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
✅A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
✅A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
🔷Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The by Mark Twain
✅Alchemist, The by Paulo Coelho
✅Alex Cross Mysteries (series) by James Patterson
✅Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
✅And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
🔷Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Another Country by James Baldwin
🔷Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
✅Beloved by Toni Morrison
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
✅Book Thief, The by Markus Zusak
Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, The by Junot Diaz
🔷Call of the Wild by Jack London
✅Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
✅Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
✅Charlotte's Web by EB White
✅Chronicles of Narnia, The (series) by CS Lewis
✅Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
Coldest Winter Ever, The Sister Soulja
✅Color Purple, The by Alice Walker
✅Count of Monte Cristo, The by Alexandre Dumas
🔷Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
✅Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, The by Mark Haddon
✅Da Vinci Code, The by Dan Brown
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Doña Bárbara by Romulo Gallegos
Dune by Frank Herbert
🚨nope Fifty Shades of Grey (series) James, E.L.
✅Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Foundation (series) by Issac Asimov
✅Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
✅(2)Game of Thrones (series) by George R. R. Martin
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Gilead by Marilyn Robinson
✅Giver, The by Lois Lowry
🔷Godfather, The by Mario Puzo
✅Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn
🔷Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
✅Grapes of Wrath, The by John Steinbeck
🔷Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
✅Great Gatsby, The by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
✅Handmaid's Tale, The by Margaret Atwood
✅Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling
🔷Hatchet (series) by Gary Paulsen
✅Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
✅Help, The by Kathryn Stockett
✅Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
✅Hunger Games, The (series) by Suzanne Collins
🚨Hunt for Red October, The by Tom Clancy
Intuitionist, The by Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
✅Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
✅Joy Luck Club, The by Amy Tan
✅Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Left Behind (series) LaHaye, Tim / Jenkins, Jerry B.
Little Prince, The by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
🔷Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
🔷Looking for Alaska by John Green
✅Lord of the Rings, The (series) by JRR Tolkien
✅Lovely Bones, The by Alice Sebold
✅Martian, The by Andy Weir
✅Memoirs of a Geishaby Arthur Golden
🔷Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt
🚨Moby Dick by Herman Melville
✅Notebook, The by Nicholas Sparks
🔷One Hundred Years of Solitude Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
✅Outlander (series) Gabaldon, Diana
✅Outsiders, The Hinton, S.E.
Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde, Oscar
🚨Pilgrim's Progress, The Bunyan, John
✅Pillars of the Earth Follett, Ken
✅Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane
✅Ready Player One Cline, Ernest
✅Rebecca du Maurier, Daphne
✅Shack, The Young, William P.
🚨Siddhartha Hesse, Hermann
Sirens of Titan, The Vonnegut, Kurt
✅Stand, The King, Stephen
🔷Sun Also Rises, The Hemingway, Ernest
🔷Swan Song McCammon, Robert R.
Tales of the City (series) Maupin, Armistead
Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurston, Zora Neale
Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua
This Present Darkness Peretti, Frank E.
✅To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
✅Twilight Saga (series) Meyer, Stephanie
🔷War and Peace Tolstoy, Leo
✅Watchers, The Koontz, Dean
Wheel of Time, The (series) Jordan, Robert
Where the Red Fern Grows Rawls, Wilson
🔷White Teeth Smith, Zadie
Wuthering Heights Bronte, Emily

Edited: Sep 1, 2018, 9:28am Top

Attempting to track our Children's Books
New books acquired and read since January 1:

Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch
That's Not My Snowman... by Fiona Watt (gift)
That's Not My Puppy.. by Fiona Watt (gift)
Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown
Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson
Ladybug Girl Dresses Up by David Soman and Jacky Davis
The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
The Bad Seed by Jory John
If you Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann (second hand gift)
Pinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection by Victoria Kann (second hand gift)
Silverlicious by Victoria Kann (second hand gift)
Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Treasury by Victoria Kann (second hand gift)
Purplicious by Victoria Kann (second hand gift)
If I were a Unicorn by Anne Wilkinson (gift)
The World is a Wonderland board book collection by Nancy Tillman (V-Day present)
The Enormous Suitcase by Robert Munsch (V-Day present)
Pyjama Day by Robert Munsch (V-Day present)
Backyard Fairies by Pheobe Wahl (Early Reviewers Program)
Happy Easter, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer
Peppa Pig's Easter Hunt
That's Not my Bunny - Usborne Touchy Feely Books
Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
Pinkalicious: Tickled Pink by Victoria Kann
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (birthday)
I Like Myself! (board book) by Karen Beaumont (birthday)
The School Play (Peppa Pig) by Meredith Rusu (birthday)
Captain Underpants series Books 2-5
DogBoy Series books 1&2

Officer Pete by Ruth Wielockx
Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale by Vanita Oelschlager
Little White Fish and his Daddy by Guido Van Genechten
Today I'll be a Unicorn by Dana Simpson
White Wild Indigo by Jack Widick
Sloth at the Zoom by Becker & Orbie

Library books:
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
Gruffalo crumble and other recipes by Julia Donaldson
The rabbit and the turtle : Aesop's fables / retold and illustrated - Eric Carle
The elephant wish - Lou Berger
I'm a hungry dinosaur - Janeen Brian
Tater and Tot - by Andrea Burris
Snow moon - Nicholas Brunelle
Baby Polar - by Yannick Murphy
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Cottonwool Colin by Jeanne Willis
The Dragon Snatcher by MP Robertson
A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson
The Hockey Tree by David Ward
Mom, the School Flooded by Ken Rivard
My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman
Never Tease a Weasel by Jean Conder Soule
Pog and the Birdies by Jane Simmons
Skippyjohn Jones and the Big Bones by Judy Schachner
Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson
The monster at the end of this book by Jon Stone
Clifford goes to kindergarten by Norman Bridwell
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson
Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise by William Kotzwinkle (As my in-laws just left on a cruise today!)
Tickets to Ride by Mark Rogalski
My Friend is so Funby Mo Willems
Elephants Cannot Dance by Mo Willems
Waiting is not Easy by Mo Willems
Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Up in the Tree by Margaret Atwood
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2
Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Little Brothers & Little Sisters by Monica Arnaldo
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
The mermaid and the shoe by Keith Gordon
Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger
Charlie Cook's Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
The Fish who Cried Wolf by Julia Donaldson
Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli
Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin
This Moose Belongs to me by Oliver Jeffers
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Who gives a hoot? : Calpurnia Tate, girl vet by Jaqueline Kelly
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Adult books acquired 2018
This Fallen Prey - Kelley Armstrong
Renegades - Marissa Meyer
Anne of Green Gables (Audio) by Lucy Maud Montgomery (audible three month trial)
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
Misery - Stephen King
Witches of Eastwick - John Updike
Widows of Eastwick - John Updike
Man Who Died - Antti Tuomainen
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (Audio read by David Tennant)
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Pretty Little Liars by Sarah Shepard
Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
Devices and Desires by PD James
A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
Fireman by Joe Hill
The Inn by William Patterson
American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay
The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay
A Widow for a Year by John Irving
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Paradise by Toni Morrison
Legal Tender by Lisa Scottoline
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
Embraced by Darkness by Keri Arthur
The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur
Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur
Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur
Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-team at War by Frank Antenori (for Nate)
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Timeless, Heartless by Gail Carriger
Prudence & Imprudence by Gail Carriger

The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason
Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson
Foe by Iain Reid
Three Secrets by Clare Boyd
The Titan Strain by Virginia Soenksen
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

Sep 1, 2018, 9:58am Top

It's been 30 minutes since your last post so I hope this is safe...Happy new thread, Chelle!!

Sep 1, 2018, 10:06am Top

Happy new thread from me, too, Chelle!

>6 RebaRelishesReading: That's what I was wondering, Reba - if it was safe to post.

Very nice photo of your Cape Breton trip, and I love the Dispatch cartoons. Even better, the countdown ticker answered my question and will continue to answer my question as you get ready go to back to work this month.

Sep 1, 2018, 12:44pm Top

Happy new thread!
But sorry you have to go back to work. :-(

Sep 1, 2018, 1:03pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 1, 2018, 3:40pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle!

You are flying through the Jean Auel books :-)

Sep 1, 2018, 3:59pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle. That *Dispatch* cartoon about what everyone thinks you do, is hilarious!

Sep 1, 2018, 5:04pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle and good luck with your return to work. Kids have the effect of cutting down on reading...:) It's fortunate that they make up for it in so many ways.

Sep 1, 2018, 10:25pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle! Im finally caught up with your last thread and ready to hear all about Chloe's first days at school.

Sep 2, 2018, 8:23am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle!

Sep 2, 2018, 8:42am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle! Happy September! I just love your toppers! Cape Breton looks fabulous!! I worked upstairs in Finance in a municipal building. I passed Dispatch every time I walked downstairs and I can certainly attest to the fact Dispatchers must be octopuses with eyes behind their heads and the capacity to know how to do many things, sometimes at the very same time. They keep calm, cool and collected. I'm sure some times/most times your importance is overlooked and goes unrecognized but you do what needs done. I hope others know and appreciate you are their very first responder.

Sep 2, 2018, 9:26am Top

Happy Sunday, folks! It's a rainy day here but I'm hoping it clears up after lunch as we have a BBQ to go to!
Yesterday was Nate's father's retirement party. He was a police officer for 36 years and retired as a high ranking Inspector. We had a little family party for him, with cake of course.

>6 RebaRelishesReading: All safe, Reba! :)

>7 karenmarie: Hi Karen! That countdown clicker has been counting for over a year and we are down to 18 days now! Eeeek

>8 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! I'm getting antsy to go back to work. I love the girls and enjoy time home with them but I was not meant to be home all the time.

Sep 2, 2018, 9:31am Top

>9 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>10 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Yes, I am really enjoying the Auel books! I plan on finishing them this month

>11 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley! A friend from highschool messaged me on facebook asking about what I do. She got laid off from the newspaper that she was running and now wants to be a dispatcher. She seems think it will be easy and is going to start applying to local services. I tried to talk her into taking the dispatch course as it's not easy to get a dispatch job around here without training or experience. I feel she is in for a let down when she goes for the extreme testing and interview.

Sep 2, 2018, 9:39am Top

>12 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! I've been lucky that my kiddos sleep well so I always get my reading time at night, and sometimes even during the day

>13 ronincats: Hi Roni! Check back next Thursday for a school photo! She is getting excited for her first day. She picked out a blue dress with little pink unicorns for her first day.

>14 scaifea: Thanks, Amber!

>15 Carmenere: Thanks for that, Lynda! I think sometimes people, wrongly, assume that dispatchers are just answering phones like any call centre does but it can get pretty crazy and stressful in there. There have been calls that come home with me and stay in my mind for a long time and there are some that I will remember forever. Most days are pretty routine though, thankfully, and since I'll be working straight days I may avoid some of that as a lot of the crazy stuff tends to happen at night.

Sep 2, 2018, 10:22am Top

>16 ChelleBearss: Oh dear, if you're at the other side of the system that is going through here I'm afraid you won't be having a BBQ today. It's POURING outside!!

Sep 2, 2018, 11:15am Top

On your last thread you suggested I make a list of Great American Reads books that I haven't read but would like to read...so I did. Two of them I actually own:
- A Prayer for Owen Meany -- I bought this one after hearing John Irving talk here at Chautauqua this summer
- One Hundred Years of Solitude -- I've owned this one for a couple of years but it never seems to make it to the top of Mt. TBR -- must do something about that when I get home

Two more sound interesting:
- A Separate Peace
- The Great Gatsby -- Hubby actually owns this one so it's in the house waiting for me

I've thought about reading the Harry Potter series. I even bought the first three years ago but then I loaned them to Daughter2 who loaned them to a boy friend and then broke up with him...bye-bye books. Now the series is so long it seems daunting but I also feel like I'm really missing something so will probably read it some day.

Are there any others you would recommend I add to this list?

Sep 2, 2018, 11:33am Top

>19 RebaRelishesReading: It was pouring here for about an hour when we woke up. It's sunny now and doesn't seem like rain is in the forecast for the afternoon, thankfully!

>20 RebaRelishesReading: Those are some great ones! I also have One Hundred Years of Solitude on my list and have it out from the library for this month.
I absolutely recommend the Harry Potter books! Like 1000 percent recommend!

I'm not sure which ones you've read but the ones I loved from that list were A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Book Thief, Grapes of Wrath, Gone Girl, The Stand, Handmaid's Tale, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rebecca, And Then There Were None, Outlander, Pillars of the Earth, Lord of the Rings. And I'm sure there are more that I've missed lol

Sep 2, 2018, 4:08pm Top

>21 ChelleBearss: I loved most of those too. I didn't read The Stand or Lord of the Rings and wasn't crazy about Pillars of the Earth but I agree about the others. You may have just given me the boost I need to get started on the Harry Potter series :)

It poured most of the morning here but has been dry, and often sunny, since. Hope the barbecue went well and stayed dry.

Sep 2, 2018, 4:14pm Top

Hi Chelle, happy new thread dear friend.

Sep 2, 2018, 4:23pm Top

Happy new thread, dear Chelle.

Sep 2, 2018, 5:44pm Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle. I love the image of Cape Breton (beautiful!) and the Dispatcher funnies. I especially like the K-9 one. :-)

I'm impressed that you finished the PopSugar Challenge. I'm still tracking it but I don't actually expect to complete it this year. I overcommitted.... big surprise. Ha.
Your progress on the 100 is great, too.

Sorry you have to go back to work this month but I'm glad you had a good 15 months for parental leave. It has been a good time, yes?

>21 ChelleBearss: I won't get to it this month but I have One Hundred Years of Solitude on the shelves and I really want to read it.
Oh, and I'm a huge fan of A Prayer for Owen Meany!!!

Sep 2, 2018, 9:19pm Top

Happy new-ish thread!

Sep 3, 2018, 10:26pm Top

Happy new thread. Wishing you a smooth transition back to work :)

Sep 3, 2018, 10:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle. I see the Great American Read is coming back to TV soon, I will be interested in seeing how this all works out. Back to work already!! Enjoy your last weeks of freedom.

Sep 3, 2018, 11:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle! You are killing the books this year. : ) Congrats on nailing the Pop Sugar Challange! (I just thought I'd say that again.) Enjoy your last few weeks of freedom, although you will probably enjoy heading off to work again, too.

Sep 4, 2018, 4:14am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle! I loved the holiday photos on your last thread, too.

I'm glad Chloe is looking forward to school, and her dress sounds super-cute!

Sep 4, 2018, 6:31am Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle. Love that topper. Hope you had a nice weekend and got some reading in.

Sep 4, 2018, 8:53am Top

'Morning, Chelle, and happy Tuesday to you.

Sep 4, 2018, 9:06am Top

Morning, folks! Yesterday we went to the OPP family day here in town and got to see some of our coworkers and friends. Chloe found a friend she hadn't seen in about two years and they become instant buddies and were inseparable for the morning. There were displays and demonstrations by all our local emergency services and support groups as well as military and natural resources.
Chloe and her friend got to spray a fire hose and that was the highlight of their day, as well as seeing a helicopter land.

>22 RebaRelishesReading: I hope that you do! The first is a little younger seeming but they grow as he grew and I think everyone should read them!

>23 johnsimpson: >24 PaulCranswick: Thanks, John & Paul!

>25 EBT1002: HI Ellen! I hope you will continue and try and finish pop sugar but I totally understand over committing! I can't commit to anything right now and am lucky that I finished it earlier in the year or I might not have finished.

>26 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori!

Sep 4, 2018, 9:09am Top

>27 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Figs! I imagine that I have a lot to relearn and remember but after a couple days it should all come back to me

>28 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! Yes, I'm very interested to see what they end up as the best loved. I haven't been watching the show though

>29 Berly: Thanks, Kim! The next couple weeks will be busy so I doubt I'll really get to savour my last weeks off :(

>30 susanj67: Thanks, Susan! We bought it thinking it was going to be super hot here Thursday but now the forecast is saying only 24. I think I'll have to find a sweater to match for the morning

>31 msf59: Thanks, Mark! We did have a great weekend and enjoyed Nate's vacation time!

>32 karenmarie: Morning, Karen!!

Sep 4, 2018, 9:41am Top

Your family day sounds like a lot of fun and how nice you got to reconnect a bit before going back to work.

Sep 5, 2018, 11:03am Top

>35 RebaRelishesReading: It was, Reba! It was nice to see a whole bunch of people that I enjoy working with and some that are on different shifts that I never get to see

Edited: Sep 5, 2018, 11:07am Top

107) Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space: And the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds by Dav Pilkey

108) The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
I am really enjoying these stories although the repetition of information from the previous books is a bit too much, as well as too much educational information about the land, time and animals. The story gets bogged down at times with just too much extras, but the story itself is still wonderful and captivating. If I didn't love the story and characters so much the extras would ruin it and possibly cause me not to continue, but thankfully I am addicted now and need to finish the series.

Sep 5, 2018, 11:20am Top

Happy Newish Thread, Chelle!

I remember getting weary with the extras in that Clan of the Cave Bear series, too. Some editing would've worked wonders.

Sep 6, 2018, 10:31am Top

>38 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Weary is a good word for that! I find myself skipping forward pages when it's too bogged down with info.

Sep 6, 2018, 10:33am Top

Today was Chloe's first day of school! Ellie is napping and the house is so quiet. I love it! :)

Sep 6, 2018, 10:35am Top

What a beautiful photo of Chloe!! Is that her "first day of school outfit"?

Sep 6, 2018, 11:02am Top

Hooray for Chloe's first day of school. Another joy of LT, is watching the kids grow up. How special.

Enjoy the cooler day and the quiet time, Chelle.

Sep 6, 2018, 11:41am Top

Happy first day, Chloe! :-) (can't read the small print; what does it say?)

Sep 6, 2018, 11:55am Top

Lovely picture, Chelle! And the dress is perfect :-) I hope she has a great first day.

Sep 6, 2018, 3:46pm Top

>40 ChelleBearss:, Hi Chelle, what a great photo of Chloe ready for school my dear, I can well imagine it was quiet for you. Sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

Sep 6, 2018, 4:42pm Top

I hope the first day of school was a happy one for Chloe, Chelle.

Sep 7, 2018, 5:29am Top

How did her first day go? I hope she loved it!

Sep 7, 2018, 8:25am Top

Morning, folks!
Yesterday Chloe got home from school and declared that she loved it and wants to go back every day for the rest of her life! I guess her first day was a success! She says she made three friends too. Today's goal is to learn those friends names :)

>41 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! It was her first day dress with the little unicorns and peach coloured shorts underneath.

>42 msf59: Thanks, Mark! It was a nice day and only hit 24. It's much more comfortable now and we went for a walk with Elissa after we dropped off Chloe.

>43 jessibud2: Morning, Shelley! The sign says:
Chloe's first day of JK
She is 4 years old.
Favourite things: Crafts, tacos, and hide & seek.
When she grows up she wants to be a princess.

>44 susanj67: Thanks Susan! She had a nose bleed at school and got it on her pretty dress. I have to try and wash it out today

>45 johnsimpson: I wish it had been a quiet day, John, but after lunch I had to take Elissa to her cardiologist appointment. All is well and we don't have to go back until June!

>46 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! She loved it

>47 scaifea: It went great, Amber. She loved it and is excited to go back.

Sep 7, 2018, 8:41am Top

Hi Chelle!

I'm glad that Chloe loved her first day of school. The dress and pink shoes are absolutely adorable. A princess, eh? Well, when I was 5 I wanted to be a Dutch girl. Mine worked out because I married a man of Dutch heritage. I wonder how Chloe will become a princess?

I'm also glad to hear that Elissa's cardiologist appointment went well and that you don't have to go back 'til nest June!

Sep 7, 2018, 8:49am Top

Tacos! That's great! 😀

Sep 7, 2018, 10:30am Top

What Jim said! Tacos would also make my list of favorite things :)

Sep 7, 2018, 1:47pm Top

Late peeking my nose in to your latest thread but it looks everything is carrying on fantastically. Enjoy your last couple of weeks of maternity leave!

Sep 7, 2018, 4:30pm Top

>48 ChelleBearss:, Hi Chelle, that is good news about Elissa's Cardiology appointment my dear. Hope you are having a good day and hope you and the family have a great weekend as we will going down to Tenby in West Wales, especially as we are calling in to Hay-on-Wye to look and buy books, yay. Sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

Sep 7, 2018, 5:16pm Top

Chelle--So glad the first day went well for Chloe and that Elissa'a heart is doing well. Phew! That's a lot of stress well resolved. Have fun settling into your new routine. : )

Sep 8, 2018, 4:22am Top

Chelle, great news about Chloe and Elissa!

Sep 8, 2018, 11:40pm Top

Sep 9, 2018, 8:17am Top

Happy Sunday, folks!
Today the girls and I will be heading to visit my parents for the day. It's been too long since we went for a visit and Chloe misses her grand parents.

>49 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Chloe has decided she wants to be a princess for Halloween as well so when we were at the mall we let her pick out a crown, wand and necklace to go with her dress (which she was given).

>50 drneutron: Yep, Jim, tacos are one of the few things she will eat without fuss!

>51 katiekrug: Hi Katie, Tacos and pizza are her favourite foods.

>52 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky! It's flying by!

Sep 9, 2018, 8:39am Top

>53 johnsimpson: Hope you had a great trip and found lots of books, John!

>54 Berly: Thanks, Kim! The biggest thing is to remember to leave early to pick up Chloe! Her school lets out at 330 but the JKs get out about 10 minutes earlier. All the parents get to stand around the front doors and wait until the teachers release their kids one at a time. As you can imagine it's gossip central for the ones who know each other.

>55 susanj67: Thanks, Susan!

>56 EBT1002: :)

Sep 9, 2018, 8:41am Top

109) Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore

This one was pretty hilarious. I found Abby to be a little annoying in the second book but in this one I adored her. It was a great mix of funny, snarky, sarcastic and vampirey.

Sep 9, 2018, 1:07pm Top

Hi Chelle, wow, it's hard to believe that Chloe is going to school already! Excellent news about both your girls and I bet Mom's pretty happy, too. :)

Sep 10, 2018, 2:31pm Top

Hi Chelle!

I hope Chloe is still enjoying school and that things are going well for you all.

Sep 10, 2018, 2:43pm Top

Hi, Chelle. I hope you had a nice weekend and a had a good visit with the folks. I hope Chloe continues to enjoy school.

Edited: Sep 16, 2018, 9:40am Top

🎧111) Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I really enjoyed listening to this one. I was surprised at the ending and I love when a book does that to me. YA and not for everyone.

112) The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

I am happy to see the end of this series. I loved, absolutely adored, the first three books but as the series got further along the books stayed way too long and full of repetition and excess educational information. This last book talked heavily about sacred caves and was, in my opinion, pretty boring. There were some decent parts that made me happy to finish but overall it was not an exceptional read.

Sep 16, 2018, 9:36am Top

Happy Sunday, folks! It's been a busy week here and I've gotten pretty behind! I'm trying to spend some time this morning to visit as many people as possible.

Elissa had her first two days at day care and it went pretty well. She seems happy to play and eat there but wasn't really happy about nap time. I think part of the reason for that was that there was another little boy starting his first two days and he cried from the second he got dropped off until he was picked up. Thankfully he only goes half days so he is gone by lunch. I think 5 hours of constant crying is getting to the baby sitter and Elissa. She also got stung by a bee on Thursday and that was pretty dramatic for the wee girl. She was in her stroller when we walked to school to get Chloe and she was waving her legs around and a couple bees flew around us and one got trapped under her leg. Thankfully she didn't turn out to be allergic!

The other reason I haven't been able to be online much is Elissa has suddenly become VERY busy!! She has discovered climbing and if we turn our backs for one moment (like to cook dinner or use the bathroom) she can be found doing something that she shouldn't. We've had to take away Chloe's mini chairs as Elissa uses those as step stools to climb on the table! She figured out that the chairs slide across the wood floors and can be propped up against whatever she wants to climb. We've found her on the coffee table multiple time, trying to pull the baby gate open to go upstairs and have found her trying to climb into the large doll house. It's been a super fun week!
When she isn't climbing she is eating dog food or knocking things off tables. We are in extreme baby proofing mode and I don't remember it ever being this bad with Chloe or as tiring.
Thankfully Nate is on vacation until Friday and has been able to spell me off on monster child watching.

In other news Nate and I have been eating from the Maximized Living advanced plan and it's working for us. We are eating whole foods and avoiding anything processed. Also no grains right now. I'm down 7lbs and Nate is down 12. (He always beats me!) and thankfully I can now fit into my pre pregnancy work clothes and don't have to buy any! :)

Four more days until I go back to work :-(

>60 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! Yep, mom has been pretty happy but pretty tired lol

>61 karenmarie: HI Karen! Chloe is loving school. She comes home from school and tells me each day that she made another new friend, although she doesn't know anyone's names! I'm hoping by the end of the year that she knows everyone's name! This week they had two assemblies and one of them was a guy who made sounds (like beat box or animal calls) and she thought it was pretty awesome. They've made pumpkin spice play doh and salt doh to make their name letters.
The school has an app that they use to post photos and videos that only parents can see. It's been pretty awesome to see photos and videos of her at school doing art or playing.

>62 msf59: Hi Mark! It's been a fun, but too busy, week! Hope your ankle is feeling better!

Sep 16, 2018, 9:52am Top

>63 ChelleBearss: Chelle, I felt much the same as you about the final Cave Bear novel. All those caves! Too much. She should have stopped after book 5, I think.

>64 ChelleBearss: Oh dear re your little adventurer! My youngest nephew was like that, and it was quite a shock to my brother and SIL after their oldest one, who was much more placid and never challenged the baby-proofing. However, youngest nephew (now 15) has an excellent eye, and is great in sports where co-ordination really counts, so you could have a future Olympian there!

Sep 16, 2018, 11:07am Top

>63 ChelleBearss: Glad to see I'm not the only one who found descriptions of caves pretty boring! Way too much of the last novel was dedicated to caves. I admit to skimming quite a bit.

Future olympian, eh? Right now all I can think of is getting to sit down for a minute without worrying about what she is getting into! She needs to be trapped in her high chair often if I'm trying to cook! I hope this is a short lived stage

Sep 16, 2018, 11:10am Top


Anyone interested in a group read of The Fireman by Joe Hill next month? Mark and I will be reading it and I will start a group read thread on October 1st for anyone who wants to join in! Should make for a good start to some Halloween reading!
Let me know if you are interested and I'll share the thread link once I create it :)

Sep 16, 2018, 9:28pm Top

It’s on my wishlist, so yeah, I’m in!

Edited: Sep 16, 2018, 10:24pm Top

>67 ChelleBearss: Thanks for setting this up, Chelle. I am in too, for The Fireman, plus October will be Stephen King month on the AAC. It is a family affair. Grins...

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

🎧113)John Dies at the End by David Wong

This was very weird. It can't really be described as horror or sci-fi, but I saw it aptly described as humans vs aliens while on an ADHA acid trip. Entertaining but very odd.

Sep 17, 2018, 3:35pm Top

Yup, that's it in a nutshell. And the other two are just as weird. :)

Edited: Sep 28, 2018, 11:02am Top

114) Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

This was a page turner for me! I loved the characters and instantly got sucked into the world and didn't want to put it down!

Sep 19, 2018, 8:36am Top

Hi Chelle! You're on the final countdown before you start back at work, I know. I'm glad that Elissa's daycare experience has gone well except for nap time and the crying child.

I hope that your house is 'extremely' baby proofed! Congrats on the weight loss for both of you.

>63 ChelleBearss: I gave up after Jean Auel's second book.

>67 ChelleBearss: I read The Fireman soon after it came out. I'll be interested in what other folks think of it.

Sep 21, 2018, 11:12am Top

>70 ChelleBearss: Exactly how I felt about it

Sep 21, 2018, 11:26am Top

>70 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle, I heard that the last Clan of the Cave Bear book wasn't all that great so I have never bothered picking it up. I always felt that the author did extensive research which is good, but then felt compelled to include all the facts in her books and ended up giving us an overload of information.

Sep 22, 2018, 2:37pm Top

hi there folks!
I have officially survived my first two days back to work. Yay! :) It's been a couple good days and the girls are adapting to their routines pretty well.
One more day of work tomorrow and then a couple days off

>68 drneutron: Awesome, Jim! I've heard that it's great!

>69 msf59: Hiya, Mark! I'm going to try and add in a few Stephen King in October. He has a new one coming out at the very end of the month but I'd also like to try and read a few of his short stories that aren't in the collections that I own.

>71 drneutron: Did you enjoy the other two? I'm thinking of starting the second on audio sometime soon.

>73 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Did you enjoy The Fireman? I've really enjoyed Joe Hill's other books

>74 The_Hibernator: Did you read the other ones, Rachel?

>75 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! I wanted to finish the whole series as it bothers me have unfinished business lol. I wouldn't overly recommend it other than to have closure on the series.

Sep 22, 2018, 4:17pm Top

Yup, I enjoyed the other two David a Wong books. Just don’t expect complete consistency. But that’s not really what they’re about. 😀

Edited: Sep 22, 2018, 4:38pm Top

Congrats on successfully re-entering the work force!! Yay! Good luck with your climber--that's always a fun stage...not. I petered out on the caves as well. Stillhouse Lake was good one--have fun with it. And I will see if I can get my hands on The Fireman. : )

Got a copy!!

Sep 23, 2018, 6:17am Top

Sounds like challenging but rewarding times at your house. Congratulations on coping so well! Stay strong, take care of yourself, this too shall pass (hos’s that for a string of platitudes?)

Sep 23, 2018, 9:39am Top

Yay for a smooth transition back to work! That's great!

Sep 23, 2018, 10:04am Top

I'm glad you survived the first two days of work, glad that there have been no major hiccups.

>76 ChelleBearss: I did enjoy it, Chelle. Definitely worth reading. I won't say more. *smile*

Sep 24, 2018, 9:41am Top

Catching up with your thread, Chelle, a lot has happened here while we were away for a week :-)

>63 ChelleBearss: It wasn't the best of the series, but I enjoyed it. Always good when a series is finished.
>64 ChelleBearss: Sorry Elissa got stung, I hope it didn't scare her too much. Glad your whole foods plan is working for both of you and Chloe has a good time at school.
>76 ChelleBearss: And you are back to work, glad it went smoothly.

Sep 24, 2018, 1:03pm Top

Happy Monday, folks! I'm off today and tomorrow and was surprised to find myself completely exhausted this morning. I guess going back to work took a lot more out of me than I originally thought!
Today it's just Ellie with me as Nate had court. We are cleaning and hanging out and then grocery shopping soon.

>77 drneutron: Ha, yes he doesn't seem like an author who would be consistent, or even slightly normal :)

>78 Berly: Thanks, Kim! She does love climbing! I'm considering getting her some climbing toys/pads for Christmas

>79 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! All good and we all survived my first days back to work :)

>80 scaifea: Thanks, Amber! It will be nice to have that pay cheque again!

>81 karenmarie: Excellent, Karen! I'm looking forward to reading it

>82 FAMeulstee: Hope you had a good trip, Anita!

Edited: Sep 28, 2018, 11:17am Top

115) Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

This was a great second book and even more fast paced and absorbing than the first! I can't wait to read more from Rachel Caine as I loved her Great Library series. I will probably look into her Morganville Vampire series next

🎧116) Force of Nature by Jane Harper

I read this on audio and enjoyed it. I was surprised at the ending and totally had guessed it wrong. Couple twists made for an interesting listen. I did find a couple spoilers for her other book, which I didn't realize had the same main character so maybe start with that one if you mind spoilers.

Edited: Sep 28, 2018, 11:18am Top

117) Competence by Gail Carriger

This was a quick and fun read. I really enjoy Gail Carriger's paranormal world and I hope that she will add more to this series.

Sep 27, 2018, 9:37am Top

Morning, folks
Hope everyone is having a good week. It's be super busy here but today I'm at work and it's quiet (for the moment) and I am hoping to get caught up with everyone today!
Nate left this morning for Florida for a course, so it will be just us girls this weekend.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sep 27, 2018, 11:19am Top

Morning, Chelle! Have fun with the girls this weekend!

Sep 27, 2018, 4:44pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Chelle. I hope your return to work, has gone smoothly. How was Force of Nature? I have been curious about her for awhile, just waiting for an LT pal to warble loud enough.

When were you planning on starting The Fireman. I was thinking next week. I am also planning on reading The Outsider in October.

Sep 27, 2018, 8:12pm Top

Hi, Chelle.

Wow, lots of changes in your house! Chloe at school, Elissa at daycare, you back at work. Sounds like you're doing okay with all of it? I'm sure you'll have fun with the girls' weekend.

Sep 28, 2018, 9:00am Top

It's a PD day here today and we all slept in a bit. Well, not Chloe but she played and let the rest of us sleep a bit extra!
We're starting the day with waffles and jammies :)

>87 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! Chloe has gymnastics and a birthday party tomorrow so today we relax.

>88 msf59: Hi, Mark! I listened to it on audio book and enjoyed it! I was surprised with the ending, as I had guessed wrong. If you can read her other book first as I didn't realize there were some spoilers.
I think I will start The Fireman Monday. I wanted to start Lethal White but I got busy yesterday and didn't get it started. It's pretty big so I will put that aside and start the Fireman very soon. I'll try and make the thread today.

>89 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Lots of changes but they are going smoothly. Back to work went pretty easy and I'm back in the swing of things without too many hiccups.

Edited: Sep 28, 2018, 10:20am Top

Group read thread is up!
Please join me in reading The Fireman by Joe Hill for October spooky month!

Sep 28, 2018, 3:39pm Top

Glad your re-entry to work is going well. Just wanted to tell you I bought Harry Potter 1 & 2 yesterday...that’s a start.

Sep 29, 2018, 10:04am Top

Just dropping by to wish you a wonderful weekend. Glad you are back in the swing of things at work.

Sep 29, 2018, 11:51am Top

Hi Chelle - I'm glad your return to work is going well. And you are still managing to read! Impressive. I have reserved the first Harper. She has been getting a lot of LT love.

Sep 29, 2018, 10:50pm Top

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Chelle and I am pleased to see that you are doing well back at work.

Edited: Sep 30, 2018, 9:52am Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle! Very cute pic of Chloe's first day of JK! She's growing up so quickly. I couldn't help but smile at Elissa's athleticism. I know it is hair raising for you and Nate but the picture in my mind of your little sprite pushing the chairs across the floor to her desired location is precious.
The Fireman looks hot. Maybe I'll check it out.
ETA: Got it on Overdrive thru my library. I'm in :0)

Sep 30, 2018, 9:53am Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle. Thanks for setting up the Group Read. I plan on starting The Fireman next week. I also posted the Stephen King thread for October, if you are interested in joining us for one of two.

Sep 30, 2018, 1:20pm Top

Happy to see the transition back to work life has been good (tiring is to be expected!). ;-)

Oct 1, 2018, 9:09am Top

Morning, folks! I am at work on this rainy and cold morning and unfortunately this is my block of four shifts. It's going to be a long week!
I've been working on my October spooky challenge and I'm part way into The Fireman by Joe Hill. It reminds me a bit of The Stand, which makes sense considering it was written by his father and I'm sure he read it at some point in his life. Not close enough to make me not want to read it though, but it does have some similarities.

>92 RebaRelishesReading: Yay Reba! I hope you love them! Even if the first one seems a little juvenile, they grow as Harry grew.

>93 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Figs! Happy to be back and I'll be even happier once that first pay cheque comes in!

>94 BLBera: Hiya, Beth! One of the good things about my job is when I'm not busy I am allowed to read. Winter is a good reading time at work!

Oct 1, 2018, 9:13am Top

>95 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! Hope you've been finding some time to relax with your busy schedule!

>96 Carmenere: Hi Lynda! Our little sprite is a busy little girl! She actually discovered TV last week (she used to just ignore it when Chloe watched something) and I've been able to get her to sit still for brief periods by turning on Bubble Guppies. Long enough to at least empty the dish washer without her trying to climb into it! :)

>97 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks, I will join you for a King book or two. I just finished his short audio A Good Marriage. It was interesting, but short.

>98 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori. I only work 9 hours shifts but my day starts at 6am and goes until the kids are fed, washed and in bed, usually by 8pm. Thankfully Nate gets home from his work trip tomorrow! :)

Oct 1, 2018, 9:20am Top

118) A Good Marriage by Stephen King

This was a short, but interesting, audio.
This is the second book that I have read recently with themes of finding out a spouse has committed a horrifying crime. If you were in that same position could you turn them in knowing that everything you worked for and your children's lives would be forever changed. Your children would live in fear of repercussions from computer hackers, or angry family members. In this day of extreme media, social media and lack of privacy your family would never have peace again.
Could you turn him/her in or would you let them get away with it and have to live with yourself. I don't think anyone could really know what they would do until they were in that position, even though we all think we would do the right thing.

Oct 1, 2018, 9:26am Top

I normally start a new thread for each month but I neglected my thread this month since I came back to work. I will start a new thread for November.

This is my September totals:

107) Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space: And the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds by Dav Pilkey
108) The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
🎧109) Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
110) Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey
🎧111) Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
112) The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel
🎧 113) John Dies at the End by David Wong
114) Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
115) Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
🎧116) Force of Nature by Jane Harper
117) Competence by Gail Carriger
🎧118) A Good Marriage by Stephen King

2 children's books
5 audio
5 novels

Oct 1, 2018, 12:53pm Top

I can't believe how fast those kids are growing!

>91 ChelleBearss: So tempting.

Oct 3, 2018, 10:21am Top

Hi Chelle!

Your work days sound busy.

I remember coming home from a business trip when our daughter was quite young - perhaps a year old - and my husband had introduced her to TV. Until then it was only VHS tapes I personally chose, so I was a bit miffed. Surprisingly she didn't like Sesame Street, so she mostly watched what we watched (innocuous until after she went to bed). One of my favorite memories of her is dancing to the Jeopardy theme music, clad in just a diaper.

Edited: Oct 4, 2018, 11:28am Top

>91 ChelleBearss: I probably won't join you for the Joe Hill book, as his writing does not appeal to me. I've always liked horror, but Stephen King always makes me cringe. And I tried half of NOS4A2 by Joe Hill before I realized the relationship and said to myself "this guy writes just like Stephen King." The same things that annoy me about King's writing annoy me about Hill's writing. So, maybe I gave up to fast. But, still...lol.

I hope you enjoy the book more than I would! :)

Oct 5, 2018, 9:19am Top

Morning, folks! Today I am starting my three day weekend, yippee! We have a couple family events of the weekend and a day of cleaning and errands today. This block of four shifts was tiring but at least it's over for the month :)

>103 EBT1002: Join us! It was great, I finished yesterday.

>104 karenmarie: Ha, Karen, that's funny! Chloe and Ellie both dance to the Bob's Burgers theme song :)

>105 The_Hibernator: That's too bad that you don't enjoy King or Hill, Rachel. King is my fave!

Oct 5, 2018, 11:10am Top

Happy Friday, Chelle. Hooray for a 3 day weekend. Enjoy. Mine comes up next weekend. Double yah!!

I am at the third way point in The Fireman. It has been an okay read but I am far from loving it, at this point. Maybe the second half will offer more surprises.

Oct 5, 2018, 11:29am Top

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Edited: Oct 6, 2018, 8:42am Top

Good morning, folks! I'm resting over my coffee while I enjoy a bit of downtime before our busy day starts! Chloe has gymnastics around lunch and then we head to a family Thanksgiving dinner with Nate's family. Poor Nate has to work but I've offered to grab him dinner and pie leftovers for tomorrow.
Ellie has cut five teeth in the last three weeks and has been a little monster. She had a fever and was miserable yesterday but it appears to have broken, thankfully.

We've been having a bit of issue with poor Chloe and a little boy in her class. It appears that she has a little bully that likes to pick on girls. He is very handsy and a little nasty sometimes and has smacked her and kicked her, but mostly he uses his words and is mean. We've been dealing with the teachers and they assure us that they are working hard with his parents to change his behaviour. Chloe was upset before school three days this week and didn't want us to leave. Thankfully one of her teachers also does yard duty most mornings and would let her stand with her and talk before going inside.
I've been chatting with a couple mom friends that I have made (Yay for mom friends!) and it appears that Chloe isn't the only one that he is nasty too and Chloe isn't getting the worst either. Yesterday he stomped on one little girl's finger and she came home from school with bruising under finger nail. We are trying to talk to Chloe about this and trying to help her work through it, but of course Nate and I have different thoughts on how to deal with it. We are hoping that this child knocks it off soon before I have to start talking to the principal, instead of just his teachers.

>107 msf59: Sorry to see you aren't loving The Fireman yet, Mark. Have you met the fireman yet?
I finished it a couple days ago but haven't posted a review as I know a bunch are reading it still.

>108 figsfromthistle: Happy Thanksgiving, Figs! Hope you have pie in your future!

Oct 6, 2018, 9:58am Top

>109 ChelleBearss: - Yikes, Chelle. If this kid's behaviour isn't stemmed and redirected now, at this young age, he will grow up to be someone we see on the nightly news, before we know it. Or worse. I don't even want to know what his parents are like. When I was still teaching, I dealt with parents like that from time to time and I can tell you, it isn't easy. Or pleasant. Good luck. It's still early days but if the situation doesn't improve maybe you can ask that she not be placed in the same class as him next year. It isn't fair to disrupt her year now, especially this early, if she likes school, but you can certainly make that request (and tell the admin the reason!) for next year.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

Oct 6, 2018, 10:12am Top

>109 ChelleBearss: Jenna was bitten several times in daycare by an obnoxious boy. When I complained the daycare owner said that Jenna would probably bite someone sometime in the future, but I said we weren't talking about Jenna biting but were talking about this boy biting MY child. I told her to keep that child away from my child if she couldn't control him. I don't know exactly what they did, but there was no more biting. Then Jenna was bullied at school, but she was 11 at the time. I alerted the guidance counselor and told Jenna that she should talk with the guidance counselor. They came up with a very effective plan for how Jenna was supposed to respond to the girl and the bullying stopped within a week or two.

I realize Chloe's much younger. I personally wouldn't give the teachers much more time to work with him before bringing the principal in. It is absolutely unacceptable that he's hurting your child.

Oct 6, 2018, 10:16am Top

119) The Fireman by Joe Hill

I really enjoyed this, although I wouldn't say it's great writing or even very unique. I found a lot of similarities to The Stand, which I guess if you are going to follow a standard for a post apocalypse story The Stand is a great one to take from. Even though it's rather huge I found it to be a quick read and I really loved some of the characters. Unfortunately I predicted the ending pretty exactly, which I was a little disappointed about.
Overall I recommend it if you like post apocalypse books, but don't expect spectacular writing and just enjoy the story for what it is.

Oct 6, 2018, 10:23am Top

>110 jessibud2: He is in SK and Chloe's class is a SK/JK split. I am hoping that they won't be together next year as he will be in grade one.
Apparently he was way worse last year and has been improving. From what I understand from one of the other mom's is his parents are actually pretty decent people from our neighbourhood and they are actively working with the school to correct this.
Thankfully over the last little bit he hasn't been physical with Chloe, and just is nasty with his words. If he hurts her I will absolutely get the principal involved, but even when he smacked her she said he didn't hurt her. I think 4yo's can be a bit dramatic too and perhaps instead of a smack it was a little whack. Her teacher says he is very handsy and likes to poke or touch, but rarely actually does harm. We shall see

>111 karenmarie: That's terrible Karen! I put a little rant on facebook yesterday as I was frustrated after dropping Chloe off at school and she wouldn't leave my side until one of her friends showed up. (I know better than facebooking while mad, but I did it anyway!)
I was shocked at the amount of responses from friends with kids around the same age that are dealing with the same things. I know kids can be snotty sometimes but I was shocked at how nasty they can be, and how often these things are happening! At age 4 and 5!!

Oct 6, 2018, 11:48am Top

Sorry to hear Chloe has been having hard times at school. It sounds like she has made some good friends too though. Hope the school is able to help sort the situation out.

Happy holidays!

Oct 6, 2018, 12:37pm Top

Oh dear! Poor Chloe and poor you. I certainly hope (for everyone oncluding the boy) that this gets under control soon.

Oct 11, 2018, 9:22am Top

>112 ChelleBearss: Lol. See? I called it! He copies his dad. ;)

Oct 13, 2018, 8:26am Top

Morning, folks
I seem to have gone MIA again without fully meaning too. Last weekend my mom was rushed to hospital as her breathing was labored and she was having trouble with her heart. After a couple days in hospital it was determined that she doesn't have bronchitis and extreme anxiety, like we have thought off and on for years, she actually has COPD and is now at home resting on oxygen. She is feeling much better and learning to deal with a different kind of life with oxygen tubes. She had been wasting away, down to 78lbs, and we have been struggling to get her doctor to do more tests as he hasn't been much help. Going to the hospital was the best thing she could have done as her doctor has been missing COPD diagnosis for two years where as the ER resident knew it right away when he talked to her about her symptoms.
(Mom does not wish for her friends to know, so those that have me on facebook Shhhhh! :)

I'm at work this weekend and Nate is home with the girls. I think I have the easy job today (As I sit drinking my hot coffee and LT'ing between calls for service :)

I finished two books this week too!

120) Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)
This one took me 8 days to read, even though I loved it. It was quite long but very well written. I had suspicions all along of what was going on but by the end I realized I had missed a good chunk of the mystery. JK Rowling had written that this was her hardest Comoran Strike novel to write so far and I can understand why!

121) Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
I've become a big fan of Rachel Caine. I've read all of her Great Library series to date, as well as her Stillhouse Lake series and loved them all. This was the first in the Morganville Vampire series and while it is YA I really enjoyed it. I did NOT love the cliff hanger though and like an addict I will rush out and order the next book!

Oct 13, 2018, 8:29am Top

>114 charl08: Hi Char! It's very nice to see Chloe making friends and I was surprised when she came home and told me her new best friend is a boy as she has previously disliked all things boys!

>115 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks Reba. He didn't bother Chloe this week but unfortunately he is being a pest to other little kids as one of my new mom friends complained that he spit in her daughter's face yesterday. I think she is making a complaint to the school about that as it's gross!

>116 The_Hibernator: Ha! It was still a good read even with the similarities.

Oct 13, 2018, 8:37am Top

Hi Chelle!

Reading, coffee, and work can be relaxing. Before I retired I always loved to go get a salad and iced tea, bring them back to my desk, and read/eat during my lunch hour.

I'm glad to hear that your mother's been properly diagnosed and is doing better on oxygen. It certainly doesn't say much for her primary care physician that he missed the diagnosis for two years, does it?

I loved Lethal White, too. I've read two chunksters recently - it and Lisey's Story for the Stephen King October AAC challenge. I devoured both.

Oct 13, 2018, 8:53am Top

>119 karenmarie: Yes, he really dropped the ball for her. We've been complaining for two years that she has been declining and he just kept prescribing new anxiety meds. He is in his late 60's and should have retired. My doctor is in the same office as him and my mom will be switching to her for her care now. Unfortunately for the doctor my dad had an appointment with him while my mom was in hospital and my dad had some words with him. My dad is very blunt and probably was a little aggressive in his anger towards the doctor. He did apologize for missing the diagnosis, but that doesn't help her much.

Glad to see you've loved the last couple books! What's next on your list? I'm sticking with my spooky/horror/beastie type theme for Halloween and starting a horror Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill. I've never heard of him but it was recommended by the owner of my fave little used book store.

Oct 13, 2018, 9:17am Top

I'm glad your mom's switching to your doctor. I don't have a problem with unloading on a doctor who's missed something - he probably needed to hear that from your dad and to hear the anger, too. I unloaded on my doctor one time over the phone about needing a referral to an ENT since what he was doing for me clearly wasn't working (paralyzed vocal cord, as it turned out). I didn't yell, but left him in no doubt that I needed more than he was providing. He's still my doctor, and I don't mince words with him or his office staff. They probably wish I'd go away..... *smile*

Hmm. Next on my list. I just brought Frankenstein off my shelves. I think Mark's reading it. Or just read it.

Oct 13, 2018, 9:49am Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle! So sorry to read of the bully at school. It's sad the girls are required to adapt while the boy goes on with his obnoxious behavior.

I'm almost finished with The Fireman. Not very impressed but post apocalyptic isn't really my thing. I've got to know how it ends, of course, so I'll carry on. Seems to me it's a homage to the 1980's. Did you get that feeling too?

Oct 13, 2018, 10:11am Top

Hi Chelle! Enjoyy our quiet weekend at work :)

Oct 13, 2018, 2:17pm Top

Hi Chelle. Enjoy your weekend. I hope the school bully gets sorted soon.

Oct 13, 2018, 4:53pm Top

Hi Chelle, I've been having very little LT time for the last week, still getting my hubby settled back at home and then I got caught up with the Kavanaugh hearing but all that did was make me mad! Anyway I am catching up here on LT and I hope you and your family are having an excellent weekend.

Oct 14, 2018, 7:26am Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle. I am glad you enjoyed The Fireman. I had mixed feelings about it, but I am glad I can finally tick it off the list. I have been falling behind on my mini-reviews but I hope to catch up.

Glad you loved Lethal White. I have that saved on audio.

Oct 14, 2018, 9:22am Top

Happy Sunday, folks!
I am at work today and hoping to take a few hours off this afternoon to take the girls to the local pumpkin festival. It's chilly here but I think it would be fun!
We had a proud mama moment yesterday! Chloe had brought an early reader home Friday from her school library and she read it with Nate on Friday night and they practiced sounding out the words. Last night Chloe read it to me!! I was so shocked as I did not realize she was even close to reading yet. We had been practicing with her chapter books but they had small writing. The early reader had really large letters and she did so great. She was able to sound out most on her own and needed help with some of the larger word (four letters are harder!) :) :)

>121 karenmarie: Hope you love Frankenstein! I adored it and I think I am due for a reread soon!

>122 Carmenere: Hi Lynda! I'm not sure if the boys are having trouble with the bully or if it's just girls. I only know a few moms from the class and they have girls. Either way he is a pest and needs to be dealt with soon!
I did see a lot of 80's stuff and lots of Mary Poppins! I enjoyed it but I wouldn't rate it as a top read.

>123 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! It was quite busy this morning when I came in but seems to have settled down now. Breakfast is being delivered soon :)

>124 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! I hope so too!

>125 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy! I hope to take the girls out to do some fall stuff today and possibly enjoy a local pumpkin festival. Crossing my fingers that I can sneak out early today!

>126 msf59: Happy Sunday, Mark! I did enjoy Lethal White and I'm sure you will too. Long though, but a good read.

Oct 14, 2018, 9:30am Top

I love that Chloe is starting to read!! It seems like last week you were worried because she didn't seem interested in learning her alphabet. I hope the little bully is tamed soon. Also glad your mom now has a good diagnosis and is improving.

btw -- I started Harry Potter this morning :)

Oct 14, 2018, 9:32am Top

Congrats on Chloe's reading!

Oct 14, 2018, 9:36am Top

Way to go, Chloe!

Oct 14, 2018, 9:36am Top

Hi Chelle. Congrats on the early reader!! She comes by it naturally! :-) Go, Chloe!

I finally succumbed and turned on my furnace this morning. The thermostat read 18C when I woke up!! I guess it's time! But the sun sure does help. I'm sure your girls will love a pumpkin festival! Have you ever taken them apple picking? There are some great farms we used to take our classes to that cater to this activity for kids and families. Do you know of Chudleigh's? They also have hay rides and play areas.

Oct 15, 2018, 1:26pm Top

I'm glad your mom was finally diagnosed correctly, and that your dad had the opportunity to tell her doctor how wrong he was. My MIL had a similar experience with a doctor several years ago. She knew something was wrong, he refused to spend time investigating... bottom line, she went to a female doctor and it turned out to be a tumor the size of a softball in her stomach. She sent a photo of it to the doctor that told her she just had gas.

Oct 15, 2018, 3:27pm Top

Hi Chelle, so glad to see that your mum has been properly diagnosed my dear, it must have been so much of a worry especially with the weight loss as well. I hope that she starts to pick up now that she is on the oxygen for the COPD.

Apart from all the trauma with your mum, I hope that you and the family have had a good weekend my dear and hope that the week ahead is good for you all. Sending love and hugs to you all from the pair of us dear friend.

P.S. I managed to pick up a nice 1960's fountain pen for the princely sum of just four pounds at the antique fair, luckily Karen didn't say "another fountain pen" when I told her, lol.

Oct 15, 2018, 6:15pm Top

Happy to hear your mom has been correctly diagnosed AND that she is switching to YOUR doctor, Chelle. As to the behavior issues with 4 and 5 year-olds, these are the years when they have to learn to adjust to a world that is not centered around them and to get more satisfaction and attention for positive behavior than for negative ones. It's not an easy time, for the kids or the parents, if the proper underpinning hasn't been in place. Hope it all works out at Chloe's school.

Oct 16, 2018, 9:52am Top

I haven't read the Robert Galbraith books yet. The first one was offered on Netflix as the Daily Deal a few days ago, and I regret not picking it up.

Oct 17, 2018, 10:51am Top

Hi friends,
It's a chilly fall morning here and all I want to do is take my coffee and cuddle under my covers! I was forced to turn our heat on already (boo, hiss!). Nate is away for a couple days of training so it's just us girls. Today I'm trying to get caught up on bills and cleaning. I'm trying to go through the girl's toys and make a bin for donation and a bag to toss. They have so many toys and things that are either broken, missing pieces or they just don't use. Our toy room looks like Toy R' Us threw up!

>128 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! She is sounding out some words but mostly I think she was memorizing the words that she knew so she could tell us lol. We started a new one last night and she had trouble the first time through but was getting it by the end. I'm sure that part of learning to read is memorizing what the words look like and remembering so she doesn't have to sound them out every time. She is making progress and that's all that matters to me :)
How are you enjoying HP?

>129 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! I can't wait until the day she can read her bedtime books to me!

>130 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie!

Oct 17, 2018, 10:57am Top

>131 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! We went apple picking last year and Chloe loved it. Unfortunately we didn't make it to pumpkinfest as I couldn't get off work :( We need to go get our Halloween pumpkins soon!

>132 mstrust: That's terrible, Jennifer! I don't know why some doctors can't just trust their patients when they say that they know something is wrong. I'm sure some people think the worst, but we know our bodies and we know when things don't feel right. My mom has found her anxiety is gone now that she is on the oxygen so the ER doc was obviously correct. We took the girls to see her on Monday and she looked sooooo much better! Full of energy and happy and that's something we haven't seen in almost two years.

>133 johnsimpson: Hi John! Hope things are well with you! Nice find on the fountain pen!

>134 ronincats: Hi Roni! Chloe actually said something nice about her little bully this week. Apparently they sat at the same table and he helped her do some cutting and pasting of letters. She said "he was a good boy today" lol. When I talked to the teacher at drop off yesterday she laughed at that and said he really is a sweet boy sometimes but just acts out sometimes. I am hoping that whatever they are doing works and he becomes nice always and stops being a pest!

>135 The_Hibernator: HI Rachel! Hope you can grab one sometimes as I have really enjoyed the series.

Oct 17, 2018, 11:07am Top

Morning, Chelle. Enjoy your snuggle time with the girls and the books. It is supposed get below the freezing line tonight. WTH?

I am starting the audio of The Outsider, in just a little while.

Oct 18, 2018, 11:18am Top

Hi Chelle -- sounds like you're having the same weather we are here at Chautauqua. It's like 7 or 8 celsius today. I'm loving it -- sitting by the fire place, eating soup and drinking tea. Definitely my kind of weather! I finished HP yesterday and loved it. I bought the second one too but I'm going to space them out I think.

Oct 19, 2018, 10:35am Top


Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

I couldn't get into this at all. Two story lines and one was interesting but the other was too far fetched. Abandoned 200 pages in, which breaks my heart that I wasted that much time with it.

Oct 19, 2018, 10:41am Top

>138 msf59: Hiya, Mark! It's a beautiful day here, sunny and 14! I think this is supposed to be our last warm day for a while though
Back to work for me, for the whole weekend :(

>139 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba! I wish we had a fire place, or a hot tub, for those chilly days!
Glad to see you loved HP!! Good for you for restraining yourself, good luck with that once you get into the heavier books. They become addicting!
I have been restraining myself as I really want to buy the hardcover illustrated version of the first book to read with Chloe but I'm not sure she is old enough yet

Oct 20, 2018, 11:18pm Top

Just working on catching up around here, Chelle. Glad to see life is going pretty well.

Oct 21, 2018, 2:15pm Top

>142 MickyFine: Hi Micky! Hope married life is treating you well!

Oct 21, 2018, 2:17pm Top

123) Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

This is my kind of book! A mix of crime thriller and horror and so well done. I managed to read it in only a few days and gobbled it up

Oct 21, 2018, 6:42pm Top

>142 MickyFine: Married life is very, very good so far. Big fan. :D

Oct 26, 2018, 10:03am Top

Hi Chelle!

I hope that your just terribly busy with RL and that things are going well for you.

Oct 28, 2018, 8:48am Top

>145 MickyFine: That's great, Micky! :)

>146 karenmarie: Hi Karen. Real life got busy and I got tired. I'm in a bit of a book funk and barely reading. Playing phone games and Christmas shopping/browsing in my free time
Hope you are well! I'll try to get caught up on LT again during my four shifts this week

Edited: Oct 28, 2018, 9:57am Top

Morning, Chelle. Happy Sunday. I am glad Broken Monsters worked for you. I did not click with me, for some reason, but I did love The Shining Girls.

Oct 28, 2018, 10:05am Top

I’ve been in that ‘phone game funk’ and that’s when I started listening to audiobooks. It gives me lisence to feel less guilty about zoning out on Candy Crush.

Oct 28, 2018, 6:34pm Top

Well, I'm not at all surprised that Chloe is turning out to be an early reader (and I know it's more complex than acorns falling not far from trees). Also glad things are getting clearer with your mum. This sandwich generation thing is challenging...

>147 ChelleBearss: Sorry to hear about the book funk. A friend recently introduced me to the phone game called "7 Words." It's a bit addicting. And I get frustrated with myself when I blow a half hour (or more) playing it when I could have been reading.

I seem to have a bias against JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith. One of these days I might give the Comoran Strike series a try.

Nov 1, 2018, 9:26am Top

>148 msf59: Hiya, Mark! I haven't read anything else by Beukes but I will look into The Shining Girls!

>149 raidergirl3: Hi Raidergirl! I downloaded a fish game for my daughter on our ipad and became addicted to it myself. It's like candy crush kind of, but you use your points to maintain your fish tank. It's ridiculous to even admit that I love it as it's a kids game!

>150 EBT1002: Hi Ellen
We were doing well with Chloe's reading until she got sick, and now she is so tired that she has no interest in trying to sound out small words. We have been having lots of cuddles with me reading to her, though.
I may have overbought books for her for Christmas though! (I never thought I'd say that!!) I bought books some Costco, then saw more I wanted on Amazon, and then her scholastic book fair arrived and I bought a ton more. Whoops.

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