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Chelle has found time to read (#9)

This is a continuation of the topic Chelle has found time to read (#8).

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Sep 19, 8:17am 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




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

Edited: Sep 1, 9:26am 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: Sep 1, 9:27am 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: Sep 1, 9:27am 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, 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, 9:58am Top

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

Sep 1, 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, 12:44pm Top

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

Sep 1, 1:03pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 1, 3:40pm Top

Happy new thread, Chelle!

You are flying through the Jean Auel books :-)

Sep 1, 3:59pm Top

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

Sep 1, 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, 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, 8:23am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle!

Sep 2, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 4:14pm Top

Hi Chelle, happy new thread dear friend.

Sep 2, 4:23pm Top

Happy new thread, dear Chelle.

Sep 2, 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, 9:19pm Top

Happy new-ish thread!

Sep 3, 10:26pm Top

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

Sep 3, 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, 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, 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, 6:31am Top

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

Sep 4, 8:53am Top

'Morning, Chelle, and happy Tuesday to you.

Sep 4, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 10:35am Top

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

Sep 6, 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, 11:41am Top

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

Sep 6, 11:55am Top

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

Sep 6, 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, 4:42pm Top

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

Sep 7, 5:29am Top

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

Sep 7, 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, 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, 8:49am Top

Tacos! That's great! 😀

Sep 7, 10:30am Top

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

Sep 7, 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, 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, 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, 4:22am Top

Chelle, great news about Chloe and Elissa!

Sep 8, 11:40pm Top

Sep 9, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2:31pm Top

Hi Chelle!

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

Sep 10, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9:28pm Top

It’s on my wishlist, so yeah, I’m in!

Edited: Sep 16, 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, 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, 3:35pm Top

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

Sep 19, 8:18am Top

114) Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Sep 19, 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.

Yesterday, 11:12am Top

>70 ChelleBearss: Exactly how I felt about it

Yesterday, 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.

Today, 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.

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