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Ronincats Reads On in the Company of Friends: Take 7

This is a continuation of the topic Ronincats Reads On in the Company of Friends: Take 6.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 5:01pm Top



This is a screenshot of the live cam at Pacific Beach a few minutes ago. It’s 77 degrees there, 82 here at the house (10 miles NW inland as the crow flies, although only 5 to Coronado Beach to the SW) right now, this minute!

I’m Roni in San Diego and I’ve been a member of the 75 book challenge group since 2008. I have a husband, 6 cats, 1 dog, a garden, many books, and am retired. I spend my time reading, gardening, crocheting, and making pottery and wire jewelry.

My main focus in reading is in speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy) but I also try to read at least a dozen nonfiction books per year and am keeping up, more or less, with 4 mystery series. Welcome to my thread. If you are a speculative fiction reader, comment on my thread and I’ll come visit you.

I follow those members with similar tastes or that I forged friendships with back in the days when this group was smaller--there is no way I can keep up with everyone, although I would love to be able to. But I definitely return visits!

2ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 5:02pm Top

Goals for 2018:

1. Read 150 books and 50,000 pages. So 2017 was the second year in a row that I didn’t meet this goal, reaching 141 books and 47,024 pages, but it is still quite doable. 11/2 MET!!!
2. Read at least 40 books off my own bookshelves (BOMBs). I have 295 books tagged “tbr” and that does not count my new acquisitions this month. Books acquired last year that I did not get read number 45. I only read 32 BOMBs this year, not meeting my high goal of 50. In two days, all of my books will be BOMBs. currently at 27 books

3. It looks like I have been averaging about 85 books acquired for the last 6 years, so I will keep the goal of acquiring no more than 85 books. currently at 55 books

I need to do better at de-accessioning books from my stash, however, than I did this year (29). I will set the goal of 50 books out the door once more. 11/2 MET!!!











3ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 5:02pm Top

Books Read in 2018

January
1. Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
2. Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers
3. God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell
4. Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis
5. Cloudbound by Fran Wilde
6. Dark of the Moon by P. C. Hodgell
7. Seeker's Mask by P. C. Hodgell
8. To Ride a Rathorn by P. C. Hodgell
9. Bound in Blood by P. C. Hodgell
10. Honor's Paradox by P. C. Hodgell
11. The Sea of Time by P. C. Hodgell
12. The Gates of Tagmeth by P. C. Hodgell
13. The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggins
14. To Visit the Queen by Diane Duane
15. Blood & Ivory: A Tapestry by P. C. Hodgell
16. The Last Meow by Diane Duane
17. Legacy by James H. Schmitz
18. The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Cummin
19. Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara
20. Strange Tomorrow by Jean Karl
21. The Earl's Return by Emma Lange
22. A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly
23. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
24. Court Duel by Sherwood Smith
25. The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett

February
26. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
27. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin
28. The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin
29. Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin
30. Tales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
31. The Other Wind by Ursula Le Guin
32. Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones
33. The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones
34. The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
35. Drowned Ammet by Diana Wynne Jones
36. The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones
37. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
38. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
39. The Woman who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
40. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
41. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
42. Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce
43. Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
44. The Realm of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
45. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt
46. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor
47. Omens by Kelley Armstrong

March
48. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
49. The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson
50. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
51. Visions by Kelley Armstrong
52. Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon
53. The Queen's House by Edna Healey
54. A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean
55. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
56. Call of Fire by Beth Cato
57. Black Panther #1 by Ta-hesi Coates
58. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
59. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

4ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 5:03pm Top

April
60. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
61. Besieged by Kevin Hearne
62. After the Crown by K. B. Wagers
63. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
64. The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond
65. The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White
66. Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson
67. Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach
68. Tempest's Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
69. A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis

May
70. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
71. First Test by Tamora Pierce
72. Page by Tamora Pierce
73. Squire by Tamora Pierce
74. Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
75. Tricksters by Tamora Pierce
76. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborta
77. Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire
78. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
79. Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
80. Heaven's Queen by Rachel Bach
81. The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold
82. Scourged by Kevin Hearne
83. Longitude by Dava Sobel
84. How Much For Just the Planet? by John M. Ford
85. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
86. What Makes this Book So Great by Jo Walton
87. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis
88. The Scent of Magic by Andre Norton

June
89. The Iron Khan by Liz Williams
90. Foiled by Jane Yolen
91. A Gentleman of Fortune by Anna Dean
92. No Time to Spare by Ursula Le Guin
93. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciara Doidge
94. Terrier by Tamora Pierce
95. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
96. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
97. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
98. The Hidden Queen by Alma Alexander
99. Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
100. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margaret Magnusson
101. The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
102. The Pride of Chanur by C. J. Cherryh
103. Changer of Days by Alma Alexander
104. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

5ronincats
Edited: Dec 11, 2018, 6:22pm Top

July
105. And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomas Rivera
106. Silence by Michelle Sagara
107. Midshipwizard Halcyon Blythe by James M. Ward
108. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Urrea
109. American Jesus by Stephen Prothero
110. Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris
111. The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins
112. Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace
113. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
114. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Olua
115. The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey
116.The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire
117. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
118. A Corpse at St. Andrew’s Chapel by Mel Starr

August
119. Touch by Michelle Sagara
120. Grave by Michelle Sagara
121. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
122. Competence by Gail Carriger
123. Alliance by S. K. Dunstall
124 To Kill a Warlock by H. P. Mallory
125. The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
126. Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
127. The Levin-Gad by Diane Duane
128. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

September
129. The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff
130. An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton
131. Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire
132. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
133. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
134. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
135. Gabriella by Brenda Hiatt
136. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
137. Witchmark by C. L. Polk
138. Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah Dawson and Kevin Hearne
139. Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
140. Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
141. A Name Among the Stars by Mark Henwick
142. Angel Isle by Peter Dickinson
143. The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
144. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

6ronincats
Edited: Jan 6, 3:48pm Top

October
145. A Hero for Antonia by Elisabeth Kidd
146. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
147. Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
148. European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss
149. Unhinged by Omarosa Newman
150. A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
151. Daughters of the Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone
152. The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal
153. The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs
154. The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark
155. The Tea Master and the Detective
156. The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope

November
157. The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
158. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
159. Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear
160. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
161. The Phoenix in Flight by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
162. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
163. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
164. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

December
165. Ruler of Naught by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
166. A Prison Unsought by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
167. Rifter's Covenant by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
168. The Thrones of Kronos by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
169. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neal Gaiman
170. The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
171. Bless Your Heart by Kimbra Swain
172. The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
173. Regency Christmas Gifts by Carla Kelly
174. Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi
175. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

7ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 5:04pm Top

Books Acquired in 2018

January
✔1. Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
2. Darwin's Armada by Iain McCalman
3. The Gene: an intimate history by Siddhartha Mukherjee
4. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
✔5. Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara

February
6. The Ghost Sister by Liz Williams
✔7. After the Crown by K. B. Wagers

March
✔8. Silence by Michelle Sagara
9. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
10. The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson
11. The Skill of our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White
12. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
✔13. The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond
✔14. A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean
15. Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
✔16. Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
✔17. Foiled by Jane Yolen

April
✔18. A Corpse in St. Andrew's Chapel by Mel Starr
✔19. Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire
✔20. How Much for Just the Planet by John Ford
✔21. What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards

May
✔22. What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton
✔23. A Short History of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn

June
✔24. Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace
25. Melmoth by Sarah Perry
✔26. Changer of Days by Alma Alexander
✔27. American Jesus by Stephen Prothero

July
✔28. The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins
✔29. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire
✔30. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
31. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
✔32. Touch by Michelle Sagara
✔33. Grave by Michelle Sagara

August
34. Beyond the Streak by Jason King
✔35. The Levin-Gad by Diane Duane
36. Book Lust by Nancy Pearl
37. Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
38. Real Stew by Clifford Wright
39. Unexpected America by Wanjiru Warama
✔40. An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton

September
✔41. Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire
✔42. Gabriella by Brenda Hiatt
✔43. A Name Among the Stars by Mark Henwick
✔44. The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal
45. Servant of the Crown by Melissa McShane

October
✔46. Daughters of the Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone
✔47. The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
48. The Collected Kagan by Janet Kagan
49. Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi
✔50. The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark
51. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
52. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
53. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
✔54. The Books of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
55. Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee

8ronincats
Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 5:09pm Top

And while I was updating my lists above, I discovered I'd left a book out of my October summary, so here is the corrected one.

October Summary

Books read: 12
Pages read: 3576
Average pages per day: 115
Average pages per book: 298

New reads: 8
Rereads: 4
Library books: 4
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 0
New acquisitions read: 4
Did Not Finish (DNF): 0

Genre:
science fiction 3
fantasy 6
children's 0
nonfiction 2
fiction 0
romance 1
mystery 0

Author gender: 9 female, 3 male

Country of origin: USA 11, France 1

Medium: Kindle 5, Hardback 5, trade paper 2, mass market paper 0

Books acquired: 10
Source: Amazon Kindle 8, Amazon hardbacks 2
Read: 3 read this month
Genre: science fiction-3, fantasy-5, nonfiction-2
Cost: $85.07

Books out the door: 10

I acquired a goodly number, thanks in large part to my Thingaversary celebration! And I did well in shipping books out via PaperBackSwap.com.

I have met my first two goals of reading 150 books and 50,000 pages and am within one book of my deaccessioning goal. Even with my purchases this month, I've only paid or gotten physical copies of 55 books so should also stay under my goal limit of new books. But I do have to get busy on my books off my own shelves; I'm at 27 and need to hit 40.

9ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 5:06pm Top

Carried over from the last thread:

I need to target some ROOTs off my shelves if I'm going to come close to my goal of 40 for the year. Tentatively:

I have two classic space opera series that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. The first is the Exordium series of 5 books, written in the mid-90s. The second is the Mageworld series by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, also written in the mid-90s, of which I have the first four books. These seem to be the original trilogy and a prequel. Reviewers also note the influence of Star Wars on this series, although they seem to like them fine.

I'm leaning toward the first series. The first book is The Phoenix in Flight by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge. That will be 5 of the 13 needed to reach my goal.

So, yesterday was pottery day. Two weeks until my big show, so the stuff I'm making now won't be ready in time for it. But here's what is done:

10ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 5:06pm Top

November reading plans:

Currently reading:
Good Omens--very slowly, as part of the Tor.com reread
Carpe Jugulum--reread
The Witches of New York--my bathtub book
Servant of the Crown--Kindle book

Home from the library:
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Stone Mad: A Karen Memory Adventure by Elizabeth Bear

To be continued...

11ronincats
Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 5:08pm Top

And the seventh thread is OPEN! Welcome to all my visitors. Have a seat on the beach and a beverage.

12figsfromthistle
Nov 2, 2018, 5:44pm Top

Happy new thread!

13avatiakh
Nov 2, 2018, 6:21pm Top

Hi Roni. I read The Perilous Gard earlier this year, why did I wait so long! Have just picked up her The Sherwood Ring.

14quondame
Nov 2, 2018, 6:38pm Top

Happy New Thread! Thanks for the drinks.

15FAMeulstee
Nov 2, 2018, 7:05pm Top

Happy new thread, Roni!

>9 ronincats: Good luck reading your ROOTs.
As always you made some lovely pottery, I like best of these the blue and white one on the left.

16charl08
Nov 2, 2018, 7:29pm Top

Ooh, a beverage! Happy New thread.

17rretzler
Nov 2, 2018, 7:39pm Top

Hi, Roni. Happy new thread and congrats on reaching your 2018 goals!

Once again, I love your pottery - especially the ones with the top edges in purple and pink.

18thornton37814
Nov 2, 2018, 8:29pm Top

Happy new thread!

19Berly
Nov 2, 2018, 10:40pm Top

>2 ronincats: Look at you meeting all those yearly goals!! Way to go!

>9 ronincats: Love the new "square" shape. I hope you have a great time at your show coming up.

And I am very jealous of your wonderful beach weather. : P

20benitastrnad
Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 11:17pm Top

I read Perilous Gard a couple of years ago and really liked it. It was a Newbery honor book when it was published and somehow I never got around to reading it back then. My mistake.

It was good enough that I recommended it to a graduate student who worked for me at the time and she like it so much that she did a book trailer for it for a class assignment.

21benitastrnad
Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 11:26pm Top

I like Aliette de Bodard’s angel series. I read House of Shattered Wings and liked it so much that I ordered the sequel when it came out. I just haven’t read it yet. It is on my bedside table and that means I keep thinking I will get to it.

I finally finished reading Tower of Dawn yesterday. I liked it. It was good relaxation from my work woes right now. Now I can start Kingdom of Ash when I get all my other reading done.

22LizzieD
Nov 2, 2018, 11:36pm Top

Hope you're having a fine weekend and hope you'll have a dynamite thread!

23ronincats
Nov 2, 2018, 11:50pm Top



Book #156 The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope (280 pp.)

And I jumped into this as soon as I got the library copy home (my copy is still trapped behind the tv cart in the front bedroom!) and thoroughly enjoyed this reread. Elizabethan history interacts with Tam Lin in a most satisfactory way.

Welcome, figs, Kerry, Susan, Anita, Charlotte, Robin, Lori, Kim, Benita, and Peggy! Enjoy the fine weather and drinks on me, please. I can't believe Charlotte is actually here in town and that I will see her a week from today. Benita, I will read more de Bodard but I think I will concentrate on her science fiction first.

24jnwelch
Nov 3, 2018, 12:28pm Top

Happy New Thread, Roni!

I liked The Perilous Gard, too, when I read it a few years ago. I'm in the middle of a good sci-fi short story collection, called Guardian Angels and Other Monsters, recommended by Mark. It's by the guy who wrote Robocalypse.

25foggidawn
Nov 3, 2018, 2:25pm Top

Happy new thread!

26RebaRelishesReading
Nov 3, 2018, 5:46pm Top

Happy new thread. Nice pottery (as always) :)

27karenmarie
Nov 3, 2018, 6:11pm Top

Hi Roni! Happy new thread.

28humouress
Nov 4, 2018, 5:21am Top

Happy new thread, Roni!

29Ameise1
Nov 4, 2018, 6:16am Top

Happy new one, Roni. Enjoy a wonderful Sunday.

30EllaTim
Nov 4, 2018, 7:08am Top

Happy new thread, Roni!

You are keeping the BB's flying, so many that I don't know how to dodge them;-) But seriously, I love all those SF and fantasy recommendations.

31souloftherose
Nov 4, 2018, 1:17pm Top

Happy new thread Roni! From your last thread, I'm really pleased you enjoyed The Tea Master and the Detective - I've slowly become a big fan of de Bodard's Xuya stories this year and yes, they are all short works so far. She has a good list of them on her webpage and most are available to read free online. My favourite so far I think is The Citadel of Weeping Pearls (but Tea Master was also very, very good). And I think they all work find as stand-alones.

https://aliettedebodard.com/bibliography/novels/the-universe-of-xuya/

I've also added A Night in Lonesome October to my list. I also really want the new illustrated Earthsea but have overdone it a bit with book purchases lately. I think I will ask for it for a birthday present....

32RBeffa
Nov 4, 2018, 2:44pm Top

I really like the pastel colors in your new pots Roni. Your reading this year continues to be impressive. I may not even make 75 this time I fear. All the falling leaves are cutting into my reading time! Plus one of our kitties has had two surgeries on her leg and has needed a lot of tlc time.

33drneutron
Nov 4, 2018, 3:42pm Top

Happy new thread!

34beserene
Nov 4, 2018, 3:55pm Top

Lovely new thread! Cheers!

35Familyhistorian
Nov 5, 2018, 1:25pm Top

Happy new thread, Roni, and remember to take photos of your meet up!

36ronincats
Nov 5, 2018, 1:52pm Top

>25 foggidawn: Hi, Joe! I never read Robocalypse due to its mixed reviews.
>26 RebaRelishesReading:, >27 karenmarie:, >28 humouress:, >29 Ameise1:, >30 EllaTim: Welcome, and thank you for gracing my new thread with your presences, foggi, Reba, Karen, Nina, Barbara and Ella!
>31 souloftherose: Thanks for that link, Heather. I'll definitely make use of it.
>32 RBeffa: Hi, Ron. I've been over to your thread regularly but have not had anything to comment on. Glad you made it here and sorry to hear about your kitty.
>33 drneutron:, >34 beserene:, >35 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Jim, Sarah and Meg, and welcome!



Book #157 Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear (183 pp.)

While I approve of the new flexibility in the length of works published that ebooks seem to have fostered, still I am glad enough when I can find these shorter but expensive for their length novels in the library.

Enjoyable but slight. Karen and Priya start working out the nuts and bolts of their relationship while dealing with a borghum knocking down the Rain City Riverside Hotel. Definitely read the first book before this. Then you can just enjoy the brief visit to this environment and its characters without worrying too much about the brevity of plot.

37quondame
Edited: Nov 5, 2018, 5:42pm Top

>36 ronincats: I'm not sure I'm enjoying the Karen Memory Wilder Westerns, but I'm often ambiguous about Elizabeth Bear's books.

38ronincats
Nov 5, 2018, 10:55pm Top

>37 quondame: I did enjoy the first book quite a bit, but there was a lot more action. :-)

Jill LePore was just interviewed on the PBS News Hour!

39LizzieD
Nov 5, 2018, 11:42pm Top

Hi, Roni. I have yielded and started The Way of Kings. Wish me well!

40ronincats
Nov 6, 2018, 12:00am Top

Oh my! There's a commitment for you, Peggy! Good reading!

Did my election research today. 24 propositions, 18 judges, 6 local races, 11 state races and two federal races.

Also started preps for the craft shows in two weeks. The hubby is going to do a booth on his own at another craft fair that is Saturday the 17th only for the first time, while I am doing my big show on the 16th, 17th and 18th. So I'm making up a binder with everything he needs and a checklist for all he'll need to take. Packed up my older pottery (which has been seen before at the 3 day show) today for him to take to this new show. Next year, the 3 day show will be back on Veteran's Day weekend, so we'll be able to have my full inventory at this PTA craft show the following weekend, which is a big annual outdoor show. But figuring out the duplicates is interesting.

41DeltaQueen50
Nov 6, 2018, 2:39am Top

Happy new thread, Roni.

42thornton37814
Nov 6, 2018, 6:42am Top

>40 ronincats: I'm glad I didn't have that much to research. We had governor, US senator, US representative, county commissioner, county clerk, and sheriff. There may have been one other local race on the ballot, but I think that was it. Only one race was a difficult decision. I will look forward to seeing the returns this evening, but they may not call that one until late.

43RebaRelishesReading
Nov 6, 2018, 1:49pm Top

>40 ronincats: I've been working on my election research for a week or so and finally sat down this morning to compile it all and put together my cheat sheet. Whew!! I did get caught in the trap that measure H wasn't between G & J but somewhat later down the ballot so I messed up and had to redo my ballot. But I voted!

Good luck with your dueling shows!

44The_Hibernator
Nov 6, 2018, 3:33pm Top

Way to get that election research in Roni! My husband was really diligent about it, too. I'm afraid I didn't spend much time looking at the judges. Nobody was running against any of them...

45benitastrnad
Nov 6, 2018, 6:46pm Top

#37
I am with you about the Elizabeth Bear oeuvre. I think it is rather uneven, with some good work and some that I don't like as much. I really like the Jenny Casey trilogy Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired and recommend them to anybody who read SciFi. I read Carnival and didn't like it as much, but thought it was still good for SciFi lovers. I want to read more of her work and have my eye on her Eternal Sky series for future reading.

46quondame
Nov 6, 2018, 9:56pm Top

>45 benitastrnad: Yes, Eternal Sky is a good series. I've read more Elizabeth Bear than I've entered here, but since I don't remember much of even the ones I've read twice I can't speak to details.

47humouress
Nov 6, 2018, 10:03pm Top

Wow; you're voting system sounds really confusing. I caught a bit of the Daily Show last night where Trevor Noah said that indoor vaping is lumped with offshore drilling on the ballot (I'd have just gone ahead and voted 'no' for both of them) - not sure how that helps you choose your representative.

Good luck, y'all. And wishing your husband luck with his first solo show, Roni!

48ronincats
Nov 9, 2018, 8:51pm Top

So, no reading today! At 9:30 I was picking up Charlotte and after a quick trip by my local library, we went to Reba's place, where she took over transportation duties (THANK YOU, Reba!). First it was up to La Jolla to San Diego's flagship bookstore, Warwick's, where I bought a cat Christmas card, Reba bought board books for a grandchild, and Charlotte bought books for her friends as a thank you gift. https://www.warwicks.com/ Then we walked down the hill to the La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool, where a kind gentleman took this:



Then up to Jake's Del Mar for lunch (window seats right next to the ocean https://jakesdelmar.com/ ), and then out to the Cabrillo Monument National Park on the tip of Point Loma. https://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm

And now we are all at our homes and exhausted!

49ronincats
Nov 9, 2018, 9:35pm Top

>41 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy.
>42 thornton37814: Lots of late returns still, Lori.
>43 RebaRelishesReading: We have always liked to go and vote in person. Our polling station never seems to be backed up during the day when we go, and it's very close to the house.
>44 The_Hibernator: We had one judge race that was important. It's very hard to research the judges because they never take positions.
>45 benitastrnad:, >46 quondame: I did enjoy the Eternal Sky trilogy and that it takes place in an Asia-type setting. I also like her Promethean series, especially the ones in the Elizabethan era, AND her vampire mystery series starting with New Amsterdam.
>47 humouress: I don't think that measure was on MY state's ballot, Nina. Thank goodness.

I was going to post what I brought home from the pottery yesterday...when I realized I hadn't gotten a picture of the little blue pitcher (2" high) before I gave it to Charlotte today. But here's the yarn bowl.


50LizzieD
Nov 9, 2018, 11:18pm Top

What a lovely meet up!!!
And what a lovely yarn bowl too.
Thank you for pictures, (((((Roni))))). They make me happy.

51RebaRelishesReading
Nov 10, 2018, 12:48am Top

Thank you Roni and Charlotte for a great day. It was such fun! and thank you, Roni, for posting the photo.

52quondame
Nov 10, 2018, 2:22am Top

>59 Oooo makes me want to take up knitting again...

53Ameise1
Nov 10, 2018, 2:23am Top

What a lovely meet-up. It looks like you had a splendid time.
Happy weekend, Roni.

54Berly
Nov 10, 2018, 3:22am Top

Yay for the meetup!! Looks like you had great weather, too. Rest up!!

55FAMeulstee
Nov 10, 2018, 7:34am Top

>48 ronincats: Three lovely ladies together!

>49 ronincats: That is a beautiful yarn bowl, Roni.

56karenmarie
Nov 10, 2018, 9:19am Top

Hi Roni!

Nice meet-up picture.

My mother would have loved a yarn bowl. Very clever. Blue was her favorite color, and the blues on the bowl are marvelous.

57richardderus
Nov 10, 2018, 10:15am Top

Morning Roni, you're a whirlwind as always. So pleased that some things never change. I'm surprised your husband is doing a show on his own! I hadn't known that was an interest of his before now. Excellent that you'll have two places your work is available, of course.

Sending hugs.

58drneutron
Nov 10, 2018, 10:20am Top

What a great picture! Glad you had a good time.

59jnwelch
Nov 10, 2018, 10:24am Top

What Jim said, Roni. Love the photo!

60ronincats
Edited: Dec 13, 2018, 7:14pm Top

>50 LizzieD: Me too, Peggy!
>51 RebaRelishesReading: The same goes for me, Reba!
>52 quondame: Glad you like it, Susan.
>53 Ameise1: We did have a marvelous time, Barbara.
>54 Berly: The weather was perfect, Kim. All sunshine and in the upper 70s.
>55 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.
>56 karenmarie: I really like the way it turned out, Karen.
>57 richardderus: *smooch* (He likes selling.)
>58 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.
>59 jnwelch: A very nice young gentleman went above and beyond to get us some great shots, Joe.

And I neglected to mention that Charlotte forced, forced I say!, me to accept lovely hardback copies of The Overstory and Milkman.

61richardderus
Nov 10, 2018, 3:29pm Top

>60 ronincats: mmmf

I can see the twisting bruises from here.

::eyeroll::

62streamsong
Nov 11, 2018, 3:47pm Top

Hi Roni - Well, I think I'm all caught up - from the adorable kitten in the bowl in your last thread to your newest pottery pieces.

And of course, I love the meetup photo. :)

I loved The Overstory. Hope you do, too.

Currently I have the third Binti home from the library. I'm really enjoying this series, but am determined to finish another book or two before starting it.

63figsfromthistle
Nov 11, 2018, 4:13pm Top

Looks like you had a great meet-up! As always, your pottery looks gorgeous :)

64benitastrnad
Nov 11, 2018, 6:16pm Top

Looks like Kansas did some house cleaning during the elections. A women Democrat! That hasn’t happened since Joan Finley! What about that U.S. Representative from Overland Park.

I spent an hour today talking about the election with my sister who is one of the county Election Officers back home. She was rather irritated at the chief Election Officer, who happens to be Republican, and the snide remarks that she made throughout the night regrading the election returns. My sister serves as one of the people who certifies the results for elections. She told me that the number of people in our home county who voted was the highest ever recorded. That is always good.

65humouress
Nov 11, 2018, 8:04pm Top

>48 ronincats: You could be sisters. Nice picture.

>60 ronincats: >61 richardderus: How terrible for you Roni. ;0)

66ronincats
Nov 11, 2018, 8:45pm Top

>61 richardderus: No, really, I am virtually black and blue!!
>62 streamsong: Janet, lovely to see you here. The Binti will be a quick read.
>63 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Figs.
>64 benitastrnad: Finally!! And after all the reports of voter suppression tactics with the tacit consent of the Secy. of State supervising the election, gubernatorial candidate Kobach, it was a big relief. I had been afraid that Orman would throw the election to Kobach. And Rachel Maddow had Sharice Davids on the other night-- an impressive small dot of blue in a sea of red.
>65 humouress: Hi, Nina.

Yesterday was a quiet day--went out in the afternoon to eat Thai food and go to the grocery store, but have stayed home all day today working on getting ready for the big show next weekend.

67CassieBash
Nov 12, 2018, 7:36am Top

>48 ronincats: Exhausted but happy, and that's what counts! And though you may not have gotten any reading in, don't think it passed by me that you still went to the library.... :))

68Familyhistorian
Nov 14, 2018, 12:33pm Top

That's a great meetup shot, Roni. Sounds like you had a fun day. Your elections sound so complicated to me. We usually just vote for one candidate. Good luck with all your craft show prepping and on the days of the actual shows as well, of course.

69charl08
Nov 14, 2018, 2:36pm Top

The blue jug was such a lovely thought, thank you! I can report it made it safely home to the UK, along with (most of) the books. Although I think my mum has taken a fancy to it, so I'm not sure it's going to make it to *my* 'blue pot" shelf just yet...

70sibyx
Nov 14, 2018, 5:46pm Top

Oh I love the blue yarn bowl -- I've concluded that my next one has to be carved of wood as things are just too vulnerable in this house. I had a nice ceramic one that Tenzing toppled . . .

Hooray for meet-ups!

71humouress
Nov 15, 2018, 4:11pm Top

>69 charl08: Oh, I like the slant of the top of that jug and the tail of its handle. And the glaze.

>70 sibyx: Tenzing - one of our RDA horses, an ex-race horse, was named that

72ronincats
Nov 15, 2018, 11:07pm Top

>67 CassieBash: Still no reading, but lots of prep for the craft show starting tomorrow!

>68 Familyhistorian: It was a great meet-up, Meg. Thank you.

>69 charl08: Tell her that little pitcher is for YOU! I said so!

>70 sibyx: Hi, Lucy. I like the way it turned out too.

>71 humouress: It's only 2 inchies tall, Nina, so fit into her luggage.

Today was pottery day. I picked up a bunch of little stuff and then glazed larger pieces like crazy. Not in time for this show, but will be there for the next one.



The two back corner pieces have feet and holes in the bottom--they are berry colanders.

I'm not boring you with them, but I've been making ear climbers and christmas earrings like crazy all week.

73richardderus
Nov 15, 2018, 11:20pm Top

I **LOVE** the pomegranate-y glaze! It flows so beautifully. A satisfying addition to the repertoire.

74jjmcgaffey
Nov 16, 2018, 1:47am Top

I like all those speckled bowls!

I threw a bowl today - it was supposed to be a yarn bowl, but I don't think it will be large enough. By the time I had the clay centered, there was almost as much slip as there was clay left in the cone... It's a nice-looking bowl, though. I've wrapped it well so it will be (inshallah) leather-hard and ready for trimming next class, in two weeks (we have Thanksgiving off, unsurprisingly). It's the first thing I've thrown this semester - lots of molded and coil pieces, but not working on the wheel until today.

75foggidawn
Nov 16, 2018, 8:41am Top

>72 ronincats: Nice-looking batch!

76karenmarie
Nov 17, 2018, 8:35am Top

Hi Roni!

Good luck with the show this weekend.

77SirThomas
Nov 17, 2018, 12:21pm Top

Hi Roni,
best wishes for the show!
I love your pottery - and thank you for the inspiration to read Good Omens again (In your previous thread).
It is one of my favourite book and I enjoy the read every time - I hope, you like it too.

78humouress
Nov 17, 2018, 5:27pm Top

>72 ronincats: i like that juxtaposition of colours; aqua, cranberry and moss.

:74 I get so nervous when you people throw bowls.

79HanGerg
Nov 17, 2018, 6:34pm Top

Oooh, I got here just as the big craft show is ongoing! Keeping fingers crossed for you Roni! And I really want to know how your husband got on! If he did well this could become a regular thing where you both go to different shows and have a friendly rivalry about who has the most sales! Just an idea...

80ronincats
Nov 17, 2018, 9:28pm Top

Came home exhausted last night, not quite as bad today (probably because there was no set up or tear down). Thanks, Richard, Jenn, foggi, Karen, Thomas, Nina and Hannah, for the encouraging words. Here's a photo of one side of my booth (the other came out blurry so will have to retake tomorrow):


Sales have been slow, so I hope tomorrow is good. Less than half of what I did last year (which was a record, to be fair). No, Hannah, the husband doesn't ever want to do it without me again. He did $100 in sales ($30 booth fee) which is less that we did at the school craft fair in the spring that had so few customers. However, because we registered really late, he had a poor location and we figure next year, with earlier registration and my full inventory, it should be much better as there were a lot of customers. And my three day show will be a week earlier.

81CassieBash
Nov 17, 2018, 10:18pm Top

Location, location, location! My sister has had some poor ones in the art fairs she's done, including close to the Port-a-Potties. Technically, that can work in your favor--provided that your booth isn't downwind on a hot day....

Hoping tomorrow's sales are plentiful and large!

82LizzieD
Nov 17, 2018, 11:23pm Top

>80 ronincats: That's only half your offerings?!?! AMAZING!!!
I hope tomorrow is very successful too. That big sapphire blue bowl (place?) is amazing, and so are those red ones. That's funny becuase I normally prefer greens. Hope you're already asleep so that you'll be on fire tomorrow.

83EBT1002
Nov 18, 2018, 12:16am Top

I hope tomorrow (today?) is more successful in terms of sales, Roni. I really love all your pottery as this is something I keep thinking I want to take up. I have probably told you this already but when I was in graduate school (a few years ago) I took an evening pottery class and I love, love, loved it. I still have one piece that i made. Unfortunately, I got distracted by a, well, a relationship which took up all my time. In retrospect....
Anyway, I have been looking into the possibility of a pottery class here in Pullman but haven't found anything yet. I will not give up.

>72 ronincats: I particularly like that bowl kind of in the middle - the pale one with the lavender rim. Lovely.

84humouress
Nov 18, 2018, 5:00am Top

>80 ronincats: I like the colour groupings, like the reds together - makes it more eye-catching. Got to dash ...

85EllaTim
Nov 18, 2018, 6:36am Top

>80 ronincats: Those red ones really stand out and it's a wonderful colour. Wishing you a good day, Roni!

86richardderus
Nov 18, 2018, 9:42am Top

>80 ronincats: Adding my voice to the chorus of luuuv for the color-bound groups. Those persimmony reds are lovely.

Also the darker cobalt pasta bowl...just lovely.

87richardderus
Edited: Nov 18, 2018, 9:51am Top

Also, just an idea...have you ever considered making Roman mortariums for sale?

(this one's c.2000 years old!)
In my misspent youth, I had several of these in different sizes that were made by a local hippie potter. They were outstandingly useful and could even be used on my gas range when over a low flame with a heat diffuser. They're amazingly useful for casserole creation. The interior gritty surface makes clean-up super simple: Soak. That's it. Soak and rinse, then air dry. Washdisher safe glaze = even easier for the large-knobbly underglaze bumps.

A thought.

88ronincats
Nov 18, 2018, 9:21pm Top

All done! Will catch up with everyone tomorrow, where nothing is planned except sleeping in and unloading the truck and the dishwasher and some natal celebrations! Hasta mañana!

89DeltaQueen50
Nov 18, 2018, 11:42pm Top

Hi Roni, you've been busy while I was away. I'm now in the process of catching up now that I am home, I am also trying to get lots of reading done so that I can finish all the various challenges that I am currenty working on. Can't believe we're soon to be entering the last month of the year!

90CassieBash
Nov 19, 2018, 8:42am Top

>87 richardderus: I like the easy cleanup selling point, since we don't have a dishwasher.

91RebaRelishesReading
Nov 19, 2018, 12:09pm Top

>88 ronincats: Did I miss something? Whose natal?

92ronincats
Nov 19, 2018, 2:42pm Top

>91 RebaRelishesReading: Whose do you think? ;-)

93richardderus
Nov 19, 2018, 2:59pm Top

...Santa...? Is it Santa's birthday again?! Wow, that was fast.

94ronincats
Edited: Nov 19, 2018, 10:48pm Top

>81 CassieBash: Well, my location at the 3 day show is primo, Cassie, so I can't complain.

Overall, I did nearly $500 but only one piece of pottery that wasn't a small piece ( a mug or cereal bowl), so I had to lug it all back home. Still a couple more shows, and when I talked to family tonight, I had some requests from the pictures I posted on Facebook today. These are those photos:


>82 LizzieD: That was more than half my pots, Peggy, but I had these on the other table on the other side of the booth.


>83 EBT1002: My high school had no pottery facilities, Ellen. I had a neighbor when I was in graduate school who was a potter and had a studio in her basement and she let me potter around, but I never learned to center properly. So it was something I promised myself for retirement.

>84 humouress: Two of the small reds, the mug and cereal bowl, were some of what sold, Nina, so it worked for others too.

>85 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella.

>86 richardderus: Yes, I've always thought the color groupings make more of an impact, Richard, and I see you are drawn to the most dramatic colors...
>87 richardderus: Had to look them up--originally the mortars of pestle and mortar, I see. Definitely interesting.

>89 DeltaQueen50: Welcome home, Judy! Yes, amazing how quickly the year is getting away from us.

>90 CassieBash: Always a plus.

>91 RebaRelishesReading: Hi, Reba!

>93 richardderus: Funny man, since you've already wished me Happy Birthday on Facebook!

It's been a lovely day. The hubby fixed me breakfast, brought in the box of chocolates he bought me, made beef stew for dinner. I've had a long hot bubble bath and caught up my Facebook games, spent some time with the cats, and even read a little for the first time in days! No stress, no commitments, lots of positive greetings from family and old friends on Facebook and telephone time with friends and family--what could possibly be better?

95richardderus
Nov 19, 2018, 10:33pm Top

>94 ronincats: O.M.G! That cobalt covered veg makes me wish I still had a kitchen! It's gorgeous.

*smooch*

96ronincats
Nov 19, 2018, 10:49pm Top

>95 richardderus: The covered casserole dish? Thankee!

*smooch*

97LizzieD
Nov 19, 2018, 11:09pm Top

All gorgeous!!!!
I'm so glad that you had a happy day, Roni! May it be the first of most of your new year.

98ronincats
Nov 19, 2018, 11:32pm Top

Thanks, Peggy!

Oops, forgot to add this. Saw it and had to capture and share!

99Berly
Nov 20, 2018, 12:38am Top

>90 CassieBash: HA! So true. : )

Love the pottery photos, as usual. Just gorgeous. Glad you had a nice day after your show--sounded wonderful.

100CassieBash
Nov 20, 2018, 7:12am Top

>98 ronincats: Yep, had those nights and books!

101richardderus
Nov 20, 2018, 8:47am Top

>98 ronincats: Heh...yep yep yep thass me

102humouress
Nov 20, 2018, 11:48am Top

Oh! Happy birthday Roni!

103RebaRelishesReading
Nov 20, 2018, 12:15pm Top

So now I ended up being late anyway -- hope you had a Happy Birthday, Roni!! Sounds like you did.

104ronincats
Nov 21, 2018, 11:46am Top

>99 Berly: It was a lovely, leisurely birthday, Kim.
>100 CassieBash:, >101 richardderus: Indeed. My husband can attest!
>102 humouress: Thank you, Nina!
>103 RebaRelishesReading: I have no problem with extended birthdays, Reba. Thank you very much.

So yesterday we were out and about again. Went to the early matinee of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, taking advantage of $5 Tuesday, and getting a free large popcorn and drink as a birthday bonus. Not at all crowded and the movie was quite watchable despite being rather dark, both in tone and in cinematography. Then to the grocery store to finish up all the fixings for Thursday and to the pet store to be sure the cats had their food as well. And I actually read last night, and should finally finish a book today!

105ronincats
Nov 21, 2018, 3:27pm Top

It's been over two weeks since I finished a book--unthinkable. Part of the problem was that I was crawling through some books that, while interesting, weren't calling my name, and the other part was that I was busy doing other things.



Book #158 The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (513 pp.)

I had not necessarily intended to read this, but the reviews of the sequel piqued my interest and so I got this from the library. At 100 pages, I would have thrown the towel in and Pearl-ruled it except for the sequel and going and rereading the reviews by LTers like Meg (Familyhistorian) who deemed it worthwhile. And indeed, once the adventures started happening on page 101, I flew through it yesterday and finished it this morning (unable to invoke >98 ronincats: because I got too sleepy). Won't ever make my Best of list but I really do like what the author is doing here and am looking forward to Felicity's book (which is awaiting me at the library).

106quondame
Nov 21, 2018, 3:33pm Top

>105 ronincats: You are rather kinder in your review than I was. But it ran very much against my feelings that characters in "historical" fiction have viewpoints that align with their setting.

107EBT1002
Nov 21, 2018, 7:56pm Top

I thought of you today, Roni, as I wandered around various craft shops in the Asheville area. I resisted two very tempting mugs (no cabinet space!) and one lovely pair of earrings. I bought a tiny bowl for putting out my meds at night (it makes it easier in the morning) and a really cool nightlight that made P and me think of our new camper/trailer.

I will continue searching for options for taking a pottery class. Or perhaps I'll give drawing a try. But I think pottery would work better for me.

In the meantime...

108avatiakh
Nov 21, 2018, 8:55pm Top

Can't remember if you read them, but the last Lady Helen book is out, Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman.

109figsfromthistle
Nov 21, 2018, 10:12pm Top

Happy Thanksgiving!

110justchris
Nov 22, 2018, 11:02am Top

Happy Thanksgiving! I've been largely absent this year, but catching up with all the glorious photos of your pottery has been lovely. So bright and shiny!

Last month, I decorated dishes that had been hand-thrown by a potter in our organization. He fired them recently, and I'll pick them up in early January when I'm in his area for the next big gathering. I'm looking forward to them, but they won't be nearly as impressive as your very beautiful glazes.

Also, congratulations on reaching your reading targets. You are an inspiration.

111ronincats
Nov 22, 2018, 12:34pm Top



Happy Thanksgiving Day, all you US residents, and thanks to all the rest of you for being part of my LT family!

112ronincats
Nov 22, 2018, 12:46pm Top

>106 quondame: Susan, I like how, as a historian, she was aware of contemporary views and treatment of both homosexuality and women's roles and chose to deal with those, who must have existed, who did not fit into those roles and expectations. I also expect that as a fantasy aficionado, I granted a little more leeway to the outrageousness of some of their adventures.

>107 EBT1002: And Happy Thanksgiving to you, Ellen. I envy you in Asheville (and with family)!

>108 avatiakh: I read the first, Kerry, but bailed on the second half-way through. Let me know what you think of the last one.

>109 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita. Same to ya!

>110 justchris: What a lovely message, Chris. Thank you so much. I am thankful for your trenchant reviews and sharp mind and hope you'll be around more in the future.

The turkey is in the oven (9.45 pounds, brown paper sack method, 25 minutes per pound at 325 degrees, it will be out at 1:30 local time) and the giblets are making gravy stock on the stove. I have a few hours before I need to put on the dressing and sweet potatoes and green beans, so here I am catching up on LT!

113EBT1002
Nov 22, 2018, 3:17pm Top

Your turkey sounds good. We're not having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner here at my sister's (P is really struggling with this but trying to be a good sport). I'm hoping we have turkey at the cousins' in Tennessee this weekend.

114HanGerg
Nov 22, 2018, 3:19pm Top

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Roni! The meal sounds lovely (although as a Brit I am thinking, "What? No roast potatoes?!?!"). Any chance of a photo when it's all taken to table? I love seeing what different folk eat, especially for high days and holidays.
I really like the idea of a holiday that invites you to feel thankful. We do indeed have much to be that for, including this lovely community.

115charl08
Nov 22, 2018, 3:35pm Top

Dinner sounds wonderful, wishing you a great break.

116DeltaQueen50
Nov 23, 2018, 12:21am Top

Happy Thanksgiving, Roni. Your dinner sounds delicious - I do love a traditional Turkey dinner!

117RebaRelishesReading
Nov 23, 2018, 12:39pm Top

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, Roni. Your dinner sounds delicious. I've never used the paper bag method for turkey. Is that your usual method? I just got a breast because none of us like dark and there will only be six of us. I'm planning to brine it (we're doing Thanksgiving tomorrow). I've never done that before so interested to see how it will turn out.

118karenmarie
Nov 26, 2018, 7:02am Top

Hi Roni!

Belated birthday wishes AND Thanksgiving wishes and yay for getting some reading in.

I use a very strange but effective method for turkey. It makes it very moist and creates lots of good juices for gravy. 450F oven, turkey wrapped in foil after being buttered and S&P'd, pull foil back last 1/2 hour to get the skin browned. It took 3 1/4 hours to make a 16-lb turkey. I only eat the dark meat, so always have to make a whole turkey.

119Berly
Nov 27, 2018, 12:11am Top

Hope the sequel is indeed better than the first! Glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving. : ) Carry on...

120luvamystery65
Nov 27, 2018, 11:05am Top

Howdy Ro! Belated Happy Birthday and Thanksgiving to you.

121The_Hibernator
Nov 27, 2018, 1:27pm Top

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I'm really happy that I decided to get a pre-cooked meal. :)

122humouress
Nov 27, 2018, 11:26pm Top

Roni? Are you still here? Maybe if I throw some bowls she’ll notice.

123archerygirl
Nov 28, 2018, 8:04am Top

>105 ronincats: I enjoyed it, but it did take a little while to really get going. It's one of those books that was hard to put down after it got going and I decided not to worry about whether there was any hint of historical accuracy, treating it more as an alternative universe sort of thing, so I was able to thoroughly enjoy it. I was delighted to see Felicity is getting her own book so I plan to grab that when my library gets it :-)

124DeltaQueen50
Nov 28, 2018, 9:25pm Top

Roni, I see you haven't been here in awhile - I hope all is well.

125ronincats
Edited: Nov 28, 2018, 11:02pm Top

Do I hear the sound of broken crockery? Yes, I am still here. But...Wednesday morning last I woke up with a toothache, or at least a jaw ache. The inside gum at the base of my rearmost bottom right molar was very inflamed, as was the gum to the rear of the tooth. I determined that the tooth itself wasn't the source of pain and resolved to put the issue off until after the holidays. Thursday went pretty well--the meal I describe in >112 ronincats: was fine and I chewed on my left side. But at 2 something on Friday morning I awoke out of a very sound sleep with extreme pain in that jaw. Finally, peppermint oil on a cotton ball eased things enough for me to fall back asleep. The plan for Friday had been to go out to lunch with old friends who only come to town once a year (from Chicago), so I cancelled the lunch but still planned to go exchange gifts prior to my dentist appt. at 1:00. Multiple x-rays showed absolutely nothing and photos determined only that my gums were very inflamed (as I already knew). Recommendation was to take anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen) and warm saltwater rinses and come back in a week. So I've been subsisting mostly on soups and actually felt pretty good yesterday finally. So today we went out to stock up before the rains come tomorrow--Petsmart, Food For Less, Costco--and FINALLY to the library to pick up my holds before they were sent back, and about an hour after we are out, my jaw starts aching again, even though I hadn't eaten anything to provoke it. So I don't know what's going on. Wine seems to help, though.

I did finish two books, FINALLY, as a result of some quiet days at home.



Book #159 The Phoenix in Flight by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge (442 pp.)

I needed something that wasn't at all challenging and none of my library books caught my fancy (two were more challenging, with multiple timeline and POV changes), so I decided to start this 5 book space opera series that I am reading now because I need to bulk up my ROOTS, books that have been on my shelves for years. It's one of those epic space opera series from the mid-90s and, this being the first book of the series, it consists of many, many deaths as the bad guy inflicts maximum damage on the system as it is. Not perhaps what I was looking for, but it did read quickly and I'm on to the second book now.



Book #160 The Witches of New York by Ami McKay (535 pp.)

This has been my bathtub book for the last month. I bought it last December, so it also is a Book Off My Bookshelves in my stats. Partly historical fiction, part fantasy, this is a book with literary pretensions and it does pretty well at it. I have found that I do not enjoy books where we spend much time in the antagonists' minds, especially when they are rigid, hateful hypocrites. So I spent too much of the book fearing their impacts when I probably should have been enjoying the positive characters, 3 female and 1 male, who are indeed charming and interesting and gifted.

Thank you for coming by, Ellen, Hannah (sorry, it was already consumed by the time I saw your message!), Charlotte, Judy, Reba (how did it turn out?), Karen (I will have to try that!), Kim, Ro, Rachel, Nina (quite an effective threat, you see!), Kathy (I just brought the sequel home from the library today), and Judy again. Thank you for thinking of me!

126richardderus
Nov 29, 2018, 10:27am Top

Hello dear, no no no no to the toothpain goblin and whee to the Sherwood Smith series at last and *snore* to lit'ry pretentions (misspelling deliberate) plus *smooch* just 'cause.

127benitastrnad
Nov 29, 2018, 10:36am Top

I have been looking at Witches of New York and thinking that I will put in a Inter-Library Loan request for it. So far, I haven't done so, but your review may kick me over the line.

I am still reading my bathroom book What There Is To Say, We Have Said. This is a book of the correspondence between Eudora Welty and William Maxwell and I am relearning how much fun it is to get letters. And write them.

128benitastrnad
Edited: Nov 29, 2018, 10:43am Top

Toothaches and teeth problems fascinate me. What did people do before antibiotics? Also curious - about the peppermint remedy? How does that work? Is it an anti-inflammatory, or does it numb pain?

129RebaRelishesReading
Nov 29, 2018, 2:05pm Top

Sorry about your pain (but at least wine helps, eh? lol). Hope you get it resolved soon and that you're somewhere snug today.

130ronincats
Edited: Nov 29, 2018, 3:20pm Top

Today was pottery day and, since I glazed a lot two weeks ago, I brought all of these home today.



Now I am home and snug and enjoying listening to the rain--such a novelty around here!

ETA Of course, there is the ubiquitous photo-bomber too.

131richardderus
Nov 29, 2018, 3:22pm Top

*CHOO*

Thuh mbug iz ndize.

132CassieBash
Nov 29, 2018, 4:44pm Top

>125 ronincats: Ooohh, sorry to hear about the tooth problems. My mom has sensitive teeth, with tiny holes in the enamel that let in cold air (they're particularly sensitive to cold) and last winter I started having the same issue--made my whole jaw ache, too. The dentist took X-rays and said it wasn't the teeth themselves but the gums; they were receding due, he thought, to too vigorous brushing. Yes, apparently you can brush your teeth with too much pressure and for too long. I eased up on my brushing and haven't had that issue so far this year, despite the below-average temperatures we've been having. Hopefully the salt rinse, Ibuprofen, and peppermint oil help your gum inflammation!

>131 richardderus: And I'm sorry that you seem to have so bad a cold that it's spread to your computer and spell checker! :)

133DeltaQueen50
Nov 29, 2018, 5:55pm Top

Sorry to hear about the tooth/gum problem, Roni. I remember last January when I was suffering and went through a root canal so I sympathize with you regarding the pain. I hope the inflamation goes away and things settle back down soon.

134humouress
Edited: Nov 30, 2018, 8:43am Top

No, no; I would never throw your crockery. Just punning on the fact that you and Jenny talk about throwing bowls on the wheel and it always tickles my funny bone when you do.

Sorry to hear about your gum problems. I hope you got to see your friends in the end. My dentist recommended that I switch to a soft brush because I was wearing away my enamel, which doesn't replenish itself. Now I'm using an electric toothbrush (because my wisdom teeth face in weird directions and don't get brushed properly otherwise) which has a sensor light that comes on if I'm applying too much pressure.

>130 ronincats: I love all those bowls but I think I'm going to agree with your unnamed photo-bomber as to my favourite.

ETA: I realised later that I was wittering on about my teeth problems which aren’t really relevant to you. What I meant to say is, have you tried switching to an electric toothbrush?

135charl08
Nov 30, 2018, 2:25am Top

Sorry to hear about the teeth, that sounds really painful.
I live the green bowl in that picture: beautiful colours.
And really surprised to read about the rain!

136karenmarie
Nov 30, 2018, 10:19am Top

Hi Roni!

>130 ronincats: I particularly like the shallow bowl being inspected by your kitty.

137sibyx
Nov 30, 2018, 11:35am Top

Beautiful stuff here. I wish you could mail things!

138jjmcgaffey
Dec 1, 2018, 3:56am Top

The green bowl is gorgeous, and I like the mug...and I like _all_ of them, as usual! The photobomber is considering whether he'll fit...(I think not, but I could be wrong - he(she?) is a cat, after all).

139ronincats
Dec 1, 2018, 3:00pm Top

November Summary

Books read: 8
Pages read: 2953
Average pages per day: 98
Average pages per book: 369

New reads: 6
Rereads: 2
Library books: 5
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 2
New acquisitions read: 0/0
Did Not Finish (DNF): 0

Genre:
science fiction 2
fantasy 6
children's 0
nonfiction 0
fiction 0
romance 0
mystery 0

Author gender: 7 female, 2 male

Country of origin: USA 7, England 1

Medium: Kindle 0, Hardback 4, trade paper 2, mass market paper 2

Books acquired: 0
Source:
Read:
Genre:
Cost:

Books out the door: 0

140ronincats
Dec 1, 2018, 3:21pm Top

>126 richardderus:, >128 benitastrnad:, >129 RebaRelishesReading: So, it's the cracked tooth. They are going to have to go in, remove the filling and determine whether it's a root canal with crown or an extraction. Yuck. Not for a couple of weeks yet. After show season is over.

>132 CassieBash: LOL your riposte to >131 richardderus:! So good.

>133 DeltaQueen50: At least I'm not having any nerve pain while waiting, Judy.

>134 humouress: I just bought a Water Pik, Nina, which has a brush attachment as well.

>135 charl08: And high surf, Charlotte, along with the rain, which was washing right over where we were standing for that picture!

>136 karenmarie:, >137 sibyx:, >138 jjmcgaffey: Thank you for the kind words, Karen, Lucy and Jenn. Lucy, I can mail things but by the time we get the packing materials (lots of bubble wrap) and shipping with insurance costs, they often are more than the item itself! And I figure most people won't want to pay that. Jenn, Motley is ALWAYS checking out bowls for size, but that one proved a little too small.

My final book for November:



Book #161 The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (450 pp.)

A fun YA adventure yarn featuring an asexual female careening around Europe and Northern Africa. Lee is clever and has good intentions--I admire her efforts, and think they are great YA material, so I won't pine for more depth.

141RBeffa
Dec 1, 2018, 3:57pm Top

Just checking in, and oh dear, my sympathies for your cracked tooth. I went through that starting late last year. I'll spare the details.

I remembered how much you enjoyed the Penric series and I started the first one last night before bed. Penric's Demon shows great promise. I stopped at the scene where Pen awakens the morning after the incident. I got this one as an ebook, but I'm going to run by the library and grab the next book or two in the series in print. I think they have them all except the first and the very latest.

Take care

142beserene
Dec 1, 2018, 6:23pm Top

Hugs and here's hoping for no more painful things like cracked teeth this year!

143RebaRelishesReading
Dec 1, 2018, 6:23pm Top

>140 ronincats: Bummer!! I hope you can control the pain until they get it fixed.

144PaulCranswick
Dec 2, 2018, 12:00am Top

Trying desperately to catch up, Roni.

Have a lovely weekend despite the pain of tooth pain. Whisky and a clove or two might help a bit. xx

145jjmcgaffey
Dec 2, 2018, 2:23am Top

>141 RBeffa: Really? I didn't realize there _were_ print editions of the Penric books. I'll have to check that out. I've read all but the most recent as ebooks already, though.

146humouress
Dec 2, 2018, 2:50am Top

>141 RBeffa: Ooh; I just googled and Penric's Demon, at least, seems to be out in hardback. As to whether it costs $190 for used and $240 for new on Amazon or just $19.00 I can't tell - but it does seem to exist.

I'm hanging on for the whole series in paperback.

147ronincats
Dec 2, 2018, 1:18pm Top

>141 RBeffa:, >142 beserene:, >143 RebaRelishesReading:, >144 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the sympathy. It really hasn't been too bad except for the random times when it is, but last night there was a low grade ache during my sleep. The ibuprofen this morning is helping that and hopefully it won't get much worse before the 18th, because on that day I get a top-grade dentist working on it AND have a root canal specialist in the house if that is needed.

>141 RBeffa:, >145 jjmcgaffey:, >146 humouress: I believe that eventually there will be a print compilation of the Penric books in an omnibus edition. The one's printed so far are specialty editions and, yes, pricey.

148RBeffa
Dec 2, 2018, 2:08pm Top

>145 jjmcgaffey: >146 humouress: >147 ronincats: Yes, the Penric series is all out in hardback by Subterranean Press. Except for the Limnos one which is coming soon. The library copies have a $25 price on them. Like Roni I think there will eventually be an omnibus edition, or two.

149Whisper1
Dec 2, 2018, 2:47pm Top

>48 ronincats: What a wonderful photo of your meet up. Aren't meet ups just so wonderful!!!!

I have been MIA. Now that I am retired, I have more time to visit the threads.

As always, I love the photos of your pottery. I sense immense joy and a sense of accomplishment. You are an artist!

Happy Sunday my friend. It is raining here. I slept late, read most of a recently published book regarding The Menendez Murders, and now I must get to work. I'm heading to Ohio to be with daughter Amy and family over Christmas There is much to do before leaving.

Hugs to you!

150humouress
Dec 2, 2018, 10:31pm Top

>147 ronincats: Hang in there Roni. It seems a long time to wait to get your tooth sorted out but it sounds like you’ll have experts on the job when it gets done.

>147 ronincats: >148 RBeffa: Yay! I hope they bring it out in a mass market paperback edition at some point.

151swynn
Dec 2, 2018, 10:39pm Top

Catching up and adding my sympathy for the tooth pain.

The Mackenzie Lee books look interesting but for now they're in the "Later" pool.

152Familyhistorian
Dec 3, 2018, 12:11am Top

I hope your tooth pain is easing off, Roni. Glad you enjoyed the Mackenzie Lee books. You got to the second one before I did.

153Whisper1
Dec 3, 2018, 1:04am Top

Roni, ouch, ouch, ouch. Tooth pain is one that is difficult to deal with . All good wishes for a positive outcome.

Hugs!

154CassieBash
Dec 3, 2018, 8:18am Top

Sorry about the tooth; whatever the procedure they decide, I hope it fixes the problem permanently.

155ronincats
Dec 4, 2018, 3:45pm Top

So, Sunday was attic day. I got up and brought down 6 plastic bins (the big ones), 6 cardboard boxes (none smaller than a file box size and one was bin-size), and assorted shopping bags, filled with assorted wrapping materials, bows and decorations, Christmas decorations, Christmas Jim Shore Santas and angels with cats as well as snow cats and just plain Christmas cats, stuffed plush cats, Christmas linens, Christmas tops, socks and jewelry, gift stuffs and miscellaneous. For the last few years, we've only put out a very few thins and for at least a decade, I've just been filling new boxes at the end of the season and stuffing them up there. Now mind you, this doesn't include the wreath, tree stand, porch Santa or three boxes of tree ornaments, rolled xmas gift paper--but that's all stuff that doesn't need to be gone through and culled. Part of this is residue from pre-retirement, when I decorated two school offices in addition to the house, and to more purpose because no one ever sees the stuff here at home except for us. I have the BIG cardboard box set up for a Goodwill donation by the weekend. The Christmas linens have already been pretty well culled in past years--I have tablecloths both for my dining table and I use them for my show tables at my booth in November and December, several sets of placemats, two finger towels, a soap dish and a bath mat for the bathroom and a bunch of sets of kitchen towels with hot pads. Clothes and jewelry and socks are also up to date as I use them every year. Several of the cardboard boxes are stuffed with the storage boxes for the collectibles--those Jim Shore boxes take up a lot of space! But the big bin
and the shopping bag filled with wrapping and tissue paper and gift bags and the whole paper box full of ribbons and the like can certainly be pared down, and I've another box and shopping bag full of Christmas card stuff that also looks promising. I'll post a picture a day of various decor from now to Christmas!

Yesterday was haircut (and I got red and green put in my hair) and then a trip out to Pacific Beach before heading back home. Here is a view of the pier from the boardwalk:


We walked the length of the pier to see the tree up close--they only put lights on it, not ornaments.


And this is the view from out on the pier back to where the first photo was taken. It was 65 degrees and sunny.


This is all for the holiday tradition of this:

156ronincats
Dec 4, 2018, 4:00pm Top

And hi, Ron, Linda, Nina, Steve, Meg, ((((Linda)))), and Cassie, and thanks for stopping by. The tooth makes its presence known, but is not excessively painful.

And I finished a book on Sunday to boot!



Book #162 Ruler of Naught by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge (470 pp.)

This is book 2 of the 5 volume Exordium series. Eusabian the Avatar has wrecked the Panarchy and taken over its capital planet and the last heir has fled. Now in this second book, there's lots of positioning and feints, ending with the heir reaching the last bastion, the war-sphere Ares. Lots of fighting and multiple viewpoints and actions across star systems--was this considered mil-sf or had the term been invented yet? Can't pin down first usage quickly on Google. But Wikipedia says that writing after the Vietnam War increasingly used the conventions of mil-sf and these books are 20 years after that. Honestly, if I didn't want the figures for my Books off the Shelf stats and to get these off my bookshelves honorably, I might not finish them, as I think they haven't aged all that well, but I do want those things so am on to book 3.

157humouress
Dec 5, 2018, 1:36am Top

>155 ronincats: Beautiful views.

Myself, I'm trying to muster the energy to corral the kids to get the tree down two floors, set up and decorated.

158richardderus
Dec 5, 2018, 9:55am Top

>155 ronincats: Wowzer. Just gorgeous!

>156 ronincats: MilSF was definitely a term in 1993! Smith's innovation was women as warriors.

159ronincats
Dec 5, 2018, 4:01pm Top

>157 humouress: Good luck!
>158 richardderus: Thanks for the info, Richard.

So, today's photo is of the snow cats congregating on the cabinet in the hallway next to the coat tree.

160quondame
Edited: Dec 5, 2018, 4:44pm Top

>156 ronincats: >158 richardderus: I'm not a fan of Honor Harrington's (David Weber) saga, but she also appeared in 1993 as did Heris Serrano (Elizabeth Moon). Sassinak was even earlier.

161HanGerg
Dec 5, 2018, 6:57pm Top

A picture of the red and green hair is in order, surely???

162RebaRelishesReading
Dec 5, 2018, 7:00pm Top

>161 HanGerg: -- I was just working my way to the end to say the same thing -- let's see that hair!

163LizzieD
Dec 5, 2018, 11:45pm Top

Ah - just in time to know to hunt for the pic with the Christmas hair!
I hope that the tooth is leaving you alone. I hate that you must wait until the 18th to get it settled. I guess I should be happy that you've gotten an apptmnt so soon. ((((((RONI))))))

164CassieBash
Dec 6, 2018, 7:29am Top

Snow cats!! I think my favorite is the grey cat with the hat and scarf sitting on top of the snowman's hat.

165ronincats
Dec 6, 2018, 10:02pm Top

>160 quondame: Of course, Susan, and I read all of them at the time. I just have no time sense, especially that far back. And I did like the first few Honor Harrington books.

So, today was pottery day. I have a show during class time next week so I just took my time trimming a couple of heart bowls and two mugs--no throwing since I won't be there to trim next week. These pieces will be ready to glaze in two weeks when I return. And I brought this one home.


>161 HanGerg:, >162 RebaRelishesReading:, >163 LizzieD: The husband is terrible at taking photos, so I pressed Annie into service at the studio today, responding to popular demand.


>164 CassieBash: That's probably my favorite Jim Shore one, but the one directly to our left of it and the hand-carved wooden stack of cats two to the right of it are my very favorites, Cassie.

166LizzieD
Dec 6, 2018, 11:46pm Top

YAY, (((((RONI)))))! I'm delighted that I came back to catch this pic!
(Please mark me down as a fan of Honor Harrington, however lame her "soprano" and chocolate, etc. may be. I haven't read one lately. In fact, I had started rereading the series hoping to get into the last one eventually. That's still my hope for some year or other.)

167foggidawn
Dec 7, 2018, 8:42am Top

>165 ronincats: The hair looks very festive! And I like the colors of the teapot, as well.

168richardderus
Dec 7, 2018, 10:13am Top

>165 ronincats: I like the chocolate pot's stout, firm shape. The WWI Hun helmet finial is great!

Hair = good choice. I love folks who have a sense of humor about their appearance. Too many are so darn po-faced about the mask we all must wear.

169RebaRelishesReading
Dec 7, 2018, 11:26am Top

Thanks for the photo. Your festive hair looks great on you!

170charl08
Dec 7, 2018, 11:42am Top

Love the hair! I'd be tempted, but not sure what they'd make of it at work...

171FAMeulstee
Dec 7, 2018, 5:02pm Top

>165 ronincats: Lovely colors in your hair, Roni, ready for Christmas time :-)

172jjmcgaffey
Dec 7, 2018, 8:29pm Top

Gorgeous glazes on that pot - it looks like a half-blown rose.

I like the hair, too. I keep trying to figure out how to color my hair - but I don't want to bleach it, and I'm too cheap for a hairdresser. So it keeps not happening.

173ronincats
Dec 7, 2018, 10:39pm Top

>166 LizzieD:, >167 foggidawn:, >168 richardderus:, >169 RebaRelishesReading:, >170 charl08:, >171 FAMeulstee:, >172 jjmcgaffey: Wooo, thanks for all the positive feedback on the hair. My hair is just so thin and fine that I can't do anything with it styling-wise; it's just a lot of fun to play with the color since it doesn't have any anymore (negating the need for bleach, Jenn!).

So, our rain gauge overflowed with the last two days' rain, and it holds 6 inches. That's three inches more than we got all last rain calendar year (Oct. through Sept.)! Yesterday's thunderstorms (loved the thunder and lightning--we rarely get that here and this Kansas girl misses them) did cause flooding problems in low-lying areas. It certainly poured down at a goodly rate!

Craft show tomorrow, up at Ramona, so it's early to bed and early up in the morning to drive up there. Next to the last of the season.

174humouress
Dec 8, 2018, 5:11am Top

>165 ronincats: I like the intriguing way the glaze has come out, Roni. Nice colours in your hair; in fact, I think I can spot some similar colours on the pot, just above.

Ah, thunder and lightning. I’m fine with it but they make our poor retriever miserable; I felt sorry for him and went downstairs to sit with him through today’s storm since it sounded quite close by. Maybe it’s the pressure in the air as well as the noise because he started relaxing before I realised it was moving away. Though you’d think, with the number of storms and amount of rain we’ve been having in the past two or three months, he’d get used to it, silly boy.

175jnwelch
Dec 8, 2018, 4:09pm Top

I love that color in your hair, Roni.

I read a bunch of the Honor Harrington novels years ago and enjoyed them. I should probably figure out what I've read and what I haven't.

176souloftherose
Dec 9, 2018, 11:39am Top

>48 ronincats: Lovely photo of you all and hooray for LT meetups!

>165 ronincats: Oooh to that teapot and your hair! :-)

Sorry to hear about your ongoing tooth woes - I hope the dentist can sort it out.

177DeltaQueen50
Dec 9, 2018, 1:08pm Top

Hi Roni, I got lots of love to spread around here - I love your snowcats, I love your hair, I love the beach pictures and I love that teapot. Hope the craft show goes well for you!

178Familyhistorian
Dec 9, 2018, 5:55pm Top

Hope you do/did well at the craft show, Roni. Love the hair.

179ronincats
Dec 9, 2018, 9:04pm Top

>174 humouress: We used to have a cat who would take refuge in the closet whenever it rained, but our current crop seemed quite at ease with all the noise.
>175 jnwelch: They eventually became gigantic tomes of politics punctuated by space battles rather than action pictures, Joe. I have several later ones still unread.
>176 souloftherose: Hi, Heather!! So far so good on the tooth--it is not bothering me too much day to day right now.
>177 DeltaQueen50:, >178 Familyhistorian: The craft show was a moderate success, Judy and Meg (my Vancouver area friends!). I sold enough to make it worthwhile but the traffic was much less than in previous years (when we weren't there) and many vendors had very poor days.



Book #163 A Prison Unsought by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge (473 pp.)

Book 3 of the Exordium series has finally sucked me into the story. Can't say much without spoilers, but have immediately gone to book 4.

180EBT1002
Dec 9, 2018, 9:06pm Top

>125 ronincats: Yikes! Tooth pain = not fun.

Love the hair and I hope the craft show went well. I have finally found a studio where I can take pottery lessons/classes. I need to investigate a bit more. It's in Idaho, about 8 miles from home (I can do that). I found myself thinking about it a lot over the long weekend we just spent in Seattle. I need a creative outlet.

181karenmarie
Dec 10, 2018, 8:51am Top

Hi Roni!

Sorry about the cracked tooth and hope you get all fixed up on the 18th.

I love your hair - brava!

And I'm absolutely stunned at all the Christmas things you've got, especially >159 ronincats: the Christmas cats.

182richardderus
Dec 10, 2018, 11:12am Top

When's the dentistry scheduled to happen, Roni? Soon, I hope. Sending hugs meantime.

183CassieBash
Dec 10, 2018, 3:12pm Top

Actually, your hair and the teapot look good together. Your hair really pulls out the reds and greens in the teapot. :)

184ronincats
Dec 11, 2018, 6:52pm Top

>180 EBT1002: That is great news, Ellen. It's not as easy to find as it may seem.

>181 karenmarie: That's only the start, and you remind me I need to be posting those daily and haven't been, Karen. Are you in the Christmas mood with your snow?

>182 richardderus: On the 18th, Richard. So far, being careful and not too much bother. I have a quote for you in my book review below, btw.

>183 CassieBash: Nice point, Cassie. But I refuse to carry that teapot around with me. ;-)



Book #167 The Rifter's Covenant by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge (462 pp.)

Book 4 of the Exordium space opera series, action proceeds apace--rooting out the traitors inside while preparing to attack the enemy outside. I had to pull this quotation for Richard:

Montrose tasted the coffee. No bitterness, a blend of several beans--some of which had been grown precisely the same way for over a thousand years--and just the right temperature. If pressed, he could name the chemical makeup of the coffee and the reaction of the human body to the brew. Yet there was still an almost mystical sense of well-being that few things imparted just by smell, taste, and warmth, and coffee was one.

You may note a skip in the numeration between the last book and this one. Looking at my spreadsheet while adjusting my tickers, I noted a discrepancy and there were three books that I skipped recording here (but not in the spreadsheet, fortunately), to wit:

Book 118 The Hills have Spies by Mercedes Lackey (368 pp.)

Mags' son comes of age in this Valdemar tale. Okay for Valdemar, better than most of the Mags books.

Book 161 Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett (378 pp.)

Reread of one of the Witches books in the Discworld series.

Book 166 Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (172 pp.)

However did I forget to record this one!! The last of the quartet of Murderbot books, I enjoyed it and thought the resolution reasonable.

So, I'm not going back and changing the numeration in the threads but have inserted these books and corrected the numeration in the lists at the top of my thread as well as updating the tickers.

185ronincats
Dec 11, 2018, 6:59pm Top

Here's another section of my Christmas figurines. But I know what you all will be doing--trying to read the book titles behind them!!

186richardderus
Dec 11, 2018, 7:06pm Top

>184 ronincats: #167 Oh my yes. Perfect description of the gloire that is coffee. Thank you for thinking of me!

187jjmcgaffey
Dec 12, 2018, 3:08am Top

>184 ronincats: Heh. That's almost exactly my review of The Hills Have Spies...

188ronincats
Edited: Dec 13, 2018, 7:11pm Top

>186 richardderus: Always, Richard.
>187 jjmcgaffey: Great minds, Jenn!

So, just finished my last craft show of the season--a small one for 5 hours in a tech company parking lot. Sold a few things. A lovely day, in the 70s and lots of sun. Tired now.

Last night, finished the fifth and final book of the Exordium series.



Book #168 The Thrones of Kronos by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge (604 pp.)

Lots of action again, space battles and lots of plots wrapped up, with two major new possibilities showing up in the final pages, but since the authors haven't done anything with them to my knowledge for the last 22 years, they probably won't. On the other hand, I see that they are rewriting the books prior to publishing them in e-format. I don't know that I will reread these, though. They were okay and quite multicultural with strong women characters, but at the end, I just really didn't care that much. On the third hand, that's 5 Books Off The Shelves in the last week or so! And 5 thick paperbacks off my shelves. Off they go to my sister.

And the new scavenger hunt looks like it will be fun. They start off easy.

189RebaRelishesReading
Dec 14, 2018, 11:31am Top

Glad to hear your holiday season shows did well. Sounds like the house decorating is all done. Now you can just enjoy the season :)

190ChelleBearss
Dec 14, 2018, 4:02pm Top

>1 ronincats: Oh wow, I wish I was there! It's 5c and rainy today :(

191ronincats
Edited: Dec 16, 2018, 5:10pm Top

>189 RebaRelishesReading: We haven't gotten our tree yet, Reba, although I will only be putting lights on it. And I still have Christmas cards to do...
>191 ronincats: A bit cooler today, Chelle, but still sunny and 20c.

And today I am posting



My Jim Shore santas with cats and Christmas cats (that don't have snowmen in the mix). I don't think anyone is following along on this, but I'm enjoying it and still have half a dozen photos to go...

So, today I am cooking another whole turkey. Why? We were at Walmart earlier this week and they had a bin full of turkeys for 33¢ a pound, so this nearly 15 pound turkey cost under $5--who could resist?!? But I have NO freezer room so it's a case of use or lose. Good thing we like turkey.

Not a lot of reading going on after I finished the Exordium series. I am reading the latest Scalzi, but it is also a wide-ranging space opera almost too similar to what I just finished. I will get to work on it, though, because it is due back to the library on Tuesday. I have a bunch of library books home but I also really need to get through some more ROOTs on my own shelves--such a dilemma!

192richardderus
Dec 16, 2018, 4:42pm Top

>191 ronincats: I'm in the same boat re: library books. Have to finish the (short, easy) Michael Lewis book The Fifth Risk and the (not-short, complex) social history The Disappearance of Emile Zola by Tuesday.

193RebaRelishesReading
Dec 16, 2018, 5:41pm Top

I'm following along and enjoying all of your Christmas decorations. You have an amazing collection!!

195ronincats
Dec 17, 2018, 8:15pm Top

>192 richardderus: Oh, the horrors of being overly bookly endowed, Richard!

>193 RebaRelishesReading:, >194 CassieBash: Thank you, Reba and Cassie. Here's the next.



This is the side table/phone table next to my recliner in the living room. The big guy in the left rear is out all the time, but the others are Christmas kitties.

196richardderus
Dec 17, 2018, 10:19pm Top

Hi Roni, both reviews in my thread (one since your visit) and a hearty "Surgery suerte, Roni my dear!" from there as well. *smooch*

197humouress
Dec 18, 2018, 1:37am Top

Gosh Roni, how do you keep up with all your seasonal ornaments? I can't even keep up with my houseplants.

198CassieBash
Dec 18, 2018, 8:51am Top

>195 ronincats: The big cat at the far left looks like it could be year-round. Anything in particular that makes it Christmas?

199RBeffa
Dec 18, 2018, 9:56pm Top

Roni, in case you missed it, there's a bonus Tor ebook available for just a couple days, The armored saint by Myke Cole.

200ronincats
Dec 18, 2018, 10:21pm Top

>196 richardderus: Relatively good news, Richard! Today it was the primary dentist, the one who owns the practice, who saw me and, after about 40 minutes of diagnostic activity, she told me she thought it was the ligaments under the tooth that had been acting up and she thought a simple crown on that back molar would be sufficient. So that's what we did. I managed to chomp the inside of my mouth and my tongue while I couldn't feel anything, so will be sore for a day or two, but much better than feared!

>197 humouress: No kids. Plus, I haven't had them all out for about 5 years, so I don't always manage it. I can't keep up with my houseplants either, but these don't need watering.

>198 CassieBash: He is year-round--just keeping the Christmas kitties company.

>199 RBeffa: Thanks, Ron. I had gotten the email yesterday but overlooked it in the crowd, so appreciate your heads up! I have it on my desktop now ready to put on my Kindle.



Book #169 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (368 pp.)

The Good Omens reread on Tor.com finished up this week, and my reread with it. Now I'm ready for the TV adaptation next year (only two weeks away!).

Is everyone doing the scavenger hunt? I had no idea on #4 but the others have been fairly easy.

201ronincats
Dec 18, 2018, 10:28pm Top

LT isn't letting me upload photos right now--I'll have to try later.

I meant to tell you all that I cancelled my hold for Becoming at the library yesterday--I was still way down the list. We were at Costco and they had the book for $17.99. I knew I wanted to buy a copy to support the author, and the price was right!!

202PaulCranswick
Dec 18, 2018, 10:52pm Top

I'm struggling with uploads too this morning, Roni.

Hope your week is otherwise going well. xx

203richardderus
Dec 19, 2018, 11:35am Top

>200 ronincats: YAY!! TOOTH-PAIN BEGONE without major surgery is a joyous thing to read so close to Yule.

>201 ronincats: I'm still waiting, broke ol' man that I am, though I am also (with my stunning user statistics) affording the library a patron-use argument for budget increases.

204charl08
Dec 19, 2018, 2:54pm Top

>200 ronincats: Sounds much better than feared - although 40 minutes of diagnostics in the dental chair has me wanting to run away.

205RebaRelishesReading
Dec 19, 2018, 4:41pm Top

Glad the dentist visit went well. Great deal of Becoming. I bought a copy for my granddaughter for her birthday (coming Friday). Wish I had checked Costco first :)

206ronincats
Dec 19, 2018, 4:58pm Top

Thanks, Richard, Charlotte and Reba!

Here's in front of the TV.

207humouress
Dec 20, 2018, 1:55am Top

>200 ronincats: Yay for less necessary dental work! Not so much for chomping your mouth and tongue, but I can manage that without them being numbed so ... win/ not too bad.

>200 ronincats: Hmmm; maybe I should put the kids onto watering the plants as one of their chores ...

>204 charl08: I'll take the diagnostics if it means less pain.

208CassieBash
Dec 20, 2018, 8:50am Top

>200 ronincats: Good news about the tooth!

>206 ronincats: Hard for me to pick a favorite out of this group, but I'm going to go with the Meow. I might have said the magenta cat on the far right but though I can make out the head, I'm not sure what's going on with it's body....

209richardderus
Dec 21, 2018, 9:45am Top

Find the Light—Reflect the Light—Be the Light

Happy Yule 2018!

210ronincats
Dec 21, 2018, 3:08pm Top

>207 humouress: Exactly, Nina!
>208 CassieBash: The magenta cat is a year-round cat, not a Christmas one, so good choice, Cassie.
>209 richardderus: Happy Yule right back at you, Richard! How's the first day of winter going for you.

We got the tree and put the lights on it yesterday. So far no cats have tried to climb it. I'm procrastinating here on finishing up Christmas cards, but must finish so I can get them to the post office today.



Here are the plush kitties in a basket on the dining room table, along with our favorite photo bomber!

211Storeetllr
Dec 21, 2018, 3:13pm Top

Great news about the tooth work, Roni!

Happy Solstice! Happy decorating!

213LizzieD
Edited: Dec 21, 2018, 11:32pm Top

Good news about the tooth! I do hope that that's that!
>212 ronincats: I do hope the author is right. I've read that theory before, and I like it.

214charl08
Dec 22, 2018, 2:57am Top

>212 ronincats: Thinking about framing a section of that: great endorsement of the collecting habit. Do you think fiction counts?

Lovely picture of the photo bomber.

215The_Hibernator
Dec 22, 2018, 1:35pm Top



Happy Holidays Roni!

216SandDune
Dec 22, 2018, 4:20pm Top



(Or in other words, Happy Christmas, to you and yours!)

217ronincats
Edited: Dec 22, 2018, 4:33pm Top

>213 LizzieD:, >214 charl08: Yup, always good to have that extra support, Peggy and Charlotte! Fiction totally counts.

>215 The_Hibernator: Thank you so much, Rachel.

And these are the fabric kitties (and one snowman holding a kitty) on my sofa in my office.



Christmas cards got done yesterday and mailed! Today I sorted through all the cards and carefully put away those I will still use and boxed up a huge number that are the ones various charities have sent me over the last 5 years to give to the person in our retired teachers association in charge of bagging up cards to send out to absent members (don't live in the vicinity anymore). I still have a whole paper ream box devoted to Christmas card stuff--but much more organized. Part of the problem is that when I sorted through the last 23 years worth of cards, I still could not bring myself to toss family photos and letters, but I've sorted what I've saved into manilla envelopes labeled with the year. Final gifts to local friends were also wrapped this morning and then I tossed all the gift paper scraps and tissue paper that took up another whole paper ream box. I still have a full bin on unused wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags and boxes and ribbons--also organized and condensed now. Ready for next year! And then I shredded all the unused holiday address labels (also a plethora thanks to those self-same charities) and cleared off the dining room table!

Also worked in a library visit on Thursday and brought home 3 books, plus the very kind librarian renewed The Consuming Fire (on page 133) even though there are people waiting for it. I already started The Twelve Clues of Christmas and have The Mortal Word (next in the Invisible Library series) and Kill the Queen in the wings. Perchance I will have more reading time in the next few days.

>216 SandDune: You slipped in while I was composing this, Rhian. Thank you so much.

218Familyhistorian
Dec 23, 2018, 1:47am Top

Bet it feels good to have the craft shows over and the wrappings cleared away, Roni. I hope that you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday season.

219RebaRelishesReading
Dec 23, 2018, 12:29pm Top

You've really been busy!! All of those kitties out for the season, cards done, wrapping sorted, etc. Congratulations! Hope you'll take time to enjoy the season and relax a bit now.

220DeltaQueen50
Dec 23, 2018, 1:43pm Top

I am in the process of doing the final touches for our Christmas and I will be leaving on the day after Christmas to visit with my family on Vancouver Island. I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful Christmas, Roni. I am looking forward to starting my 2019 Challenge especially all the new fantasy and sci-fi I am hoping to discover.

221quondame
Dec 23, 2018, 4:52pm Top

Merry Christmas!

222ronincats
Dec 23, 2018, 10:23pm Top

Thank you, Meg, Reba, Judy and Susan!

Here's another of my kitties, with our favorite photo bomber sitting in!


ANd Molly went to the groomer today, and came home looking beautiful.

223EBT1002
Dec 23, 2018, 10:43pm Top

I love your photo bomber!!!!


224Storeetllr
Dec 23, 2018, 10:58pm Top



Have a blessed, joyful and happy holiday, Roni!

225Ameise1
Dec 24, 2018, 7:51am Top

226ChelleBearss
Dec 24, 2018, 9:56am Top

Adorable animal picks!!
Hope you have a great holiday season!

227RebaRelishesReading
Dec 24, 2018, 10:54am Top

Merry Christmas, Roni!!

I'm looking out the window and can't see beyond the balcony railing for fog. Nice "cozy" weather for Christmas Eve and I love it.

228thornton37814
Dec 24, 2018, 11:13am Top

Love the kitty photos! I never have my phone/camera with me when I'm out petting the cats here at my brother's, and I missed out on some great photo/video opportunities this morning by failing to have it out there. Hopefully I'll remember it in a bit.

229nittnut
Dec 24, 2018, 12:03pm Top



Merry Christmas!

230lyzard
Dec 24, 2018, 4:06pm Top



Best wishes for the season, Roni!

231EllaTim
Edited: Dec 24, 2018, 6:51pm Top

Happy holidays, Roni! And a cuddle for your cats;-) I saw some very funny pictures on the internet on the theme of Christmas trees and cats, but I will let sleeping cats lie.

232ronincats
Edited: Dec 24, 2018, 7:03pm Top

Thank you for the Christmas and holiday wishes, Ellen, Mary, Barbara, Chelle, Jenn and Liz!!

Reba, it cleared to be a lovely day, but hope you are ready to be in for the rain tomorrow!
Lori, you owe it to the boys to record their cuteness!!

Here is today's kitty from my collection:


And I finished another book:



Book #170 The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen (311 pp.)

Reading this in conjunction with participating in the LT scavenger hunt on the same theme kept me up to date on all the clues and considerably ahead of Georgie in this entertaining mystery. #6 of the Royal Spyness series.

And last but not least, to all my LT friends, a very merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, holiday. I wish you peace and prosperity and good reading in the coming year.

233mahsdad
Dec 24, 2018, 7:03pm Top



Merry Christmas to you and yours! Looking forward to a very bookish 2019

234ronincats
Dec 24, 2018, 7:03pm Top

Thanks, Ella and Jeff!

235PaulCranswick
Dec 25, 2018, 4:38am Top



Happy holidays, Roni

236humouress
Dec 25, 2018, 12:54pm Top



Seasons Greetings from Singapore! Wishing you and your family joy, peace, good fortune and good health now and in the coming year.

237ronincats
Dec 25, 2018, 9:33pm Top

Thank you, Paul and Nina! I have to confess, I looked at all the clutter around the threads and decided to wish everyone the best for the holidays from right here in my own thread. Especially with Jim opening up the 2019 group today!



MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

238RBeffa
Dec 25, 2018, 10:09pm Top

>237 ronincats: Sweet. Merry Christmas Roni.

239richardderus
Dec 25, 2018, 10:47pm Top

>237 ronincats: Heh. Happy Merry Froehliche!

240humouress
Dec 25, 2018, 11:44pm Top

>237 ronincats: Oh, I see where your priorities are. Don't mind the rest of us back here in 2018, will you ;0)

>239 richardderus: Richard, at least, seems to be imbibing the Christmas spirit.

241Dejah_Thoris
Dec 26, 2018, 12:26am Top

I'm hopelessly behind on threads, Roni, but I wanted to wish you a merry Christmas!

242AMQS
Dec 26, 2018, 1:14am Top

Best wishes to you for a very merry Christmas!

243Donna828
Dec 26, 2018, 12:34pm Top



Roni, congratulations on another great year of reading. I also love the snowcat collection AND your festive hair color. You go, Girl!

244sibyx
Dec 26, 2018, 12:56pm Top

Love the Christmas hair!



See you in the New Year!

245souloftherose
Dec 26, 2018, 4:45pm Top

Stopping by to add my Christmas wishes Roni! I am determined to not think about the 2019 group for another few days at least!

246charl08
Dec 26, 2018, 5:29pm Top

Happy holidays - and lovely Xmassy picture.

247CassieBash
Dec 26, 2018, 8:34pm Top

Merry (belated) Christmas! I like the wreath kitty in the cloth Christmas cats.

248LizzieD
Dec 26, 2018, 11:35pm Top

I don't think I wished you a Merry Christmas although I was here..... I do, and a Happy 2019 to go with it!

249drneutron
Dec 27, 2018, 9:44am Top

Finished Paperbacks from Hell yesterday evening and posted a review on my 2018 thread. This one was a blast! Thanks for picking it!

250ronincats
Dec 27, 2018, 4:22pm Top

Thank you for coming by and all the good wishes, Ron, Richard, Nina, Dejah, Anne, Donna, Lucy, Heather, Charlotte, Cassie, Peggy and Jim. I wish you all the same. And I'm not visiting the 2019 group until this weekend, Nina, so it's not a matter of priority. I just looked at the masses of messages out there and got completely overwhelmed. It is selfish of me, I know; I love you all coming and leaving me messages. So I should do the same. But there were so many, and next week with the new threads opening up, there will be so many more there. I will do due diligence there, I promise. And I will visit you all regularly too.

>247 CassieBash: Thank you, Cassie. I made that wreath and kitty many years ago and it is still one of my favorite projects.

Christmas was a quiet day. We opened gifts from my mom and my sister and from her two boys' families. Her youngest son and his wife and son were all down with the flu on Christmas day, poor things. And I am furious. The package I mailed at the USPS on the 11th of December is still not in Florida as I speak. It has been "in transit" from the LA terminus since December 17. It used to be that I would always use UPS at Christmas time, because they always geared up for the holidays and shortened their usual shipping times (and those were the days before extensive internet shopping so there was always a lot to send). In recent years, the USPS has upped their game and pretty well matched UPS but this is ridiculous!

My mom got me a new Paperwhite Kindle (the waterproof one--yay for bath time reading now, not just paper books anymore!) and my sister got me a cover for it. My old Kindle Touch (bought for my birthday, November 2011) is still working okay, but this one has a lot more storage. I got three books for Christmas, two from my Secret Santa Laura (lycomayflower): Neurotribes and Empress of a Thousand Skies and one from my nephew and his family Christianity in the Light of Science.

251ronincats
Dec 27, 2018, 4:34pm Top

And I've finished some books.



Book #171 Bless Your Heart by Kimbra Swain (256 pp.)

Subtitled "Fairy Tales of a Trailer Park Queen Book 1", yes, it is a "Southern USA" genre book about a fairy princess exiled from Faery who likes living in a trailer park and living up to every stereotype thereof, occasionally using her powers to help the local police, but then is framed for a heinous crime herself. Deal with it, lady! I wanted something light and fun to read on Christmas and this fit the bill.



Book #172 The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi (316 pp.)

This was my bathtub book, good for going slow because of all the politicking going on and fear of bad things happening, but I should have trusted Scalzi more because he pulled it all off in the end in this second book of the ongoing space opera series The Interdependency. Now I wait for the next one.

252Familyhistorian
Dec 27, 2018, 6:30pm Top

Sounds like you did good on Christmas, Roni. I, for one, am still working on 2018. I have so many challenges and library holds to finish.

253Dejah_Thoris
Dec 27, 2018, 7:58pm Top

>251 ronincats: I'd forgotten The Consuming Fire was out - I just put it on hold. Thanks, Roni.

254quondame
Dec 27, 2018, 8:42pm Top

>251 ronincats: >253 Dejah_Thoris: Just checked, I've got that checked out and the due date is approaching. There are lots of books piled all around and there have been a few other things to do. Or to clean up after.....

255ronincats
Dec 28, 2018, 2:06pm Top

Darryl just reposted this post by Barack Obama on Facebook, detailing his favorite books of the year. Huzzah for Mr. Obama, just selected yesterday as most admired Man of the Year! Well-deserved!

As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list - I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.

Here’s a reminder of the books that I read this year that appeared on earlier lists:
Becoming by Michelle Obama (obviously my favorite!)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
Educated by Tara Westover
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti
The Return by Hisham Matar
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes

Here are my other favorite books of 2018:
American Prison by Shane Bauer
Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
Florida by Lauren Groff
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
There There by Tommy Orange
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

256ronincats
Dec 28, 2018, 2:14pm Top

>252 Familyhistorian: I have a few library holds to finish myself, Meg.
>253 Dejah_Thoris: Glad to be of service, Princess.
>254 quondame: That's the one the librarian renewed for me so I could finish, when the system wouldn't let me do so because of the holds on it. Nice lady!



Book #173 Regency Christmas Gifts: Three Stories by Carla Kelly (212 pp.)

Anne (AMQS) had this on her thread yesterday and as I had not gotten my Regency Romance Christmas itch scratched yet this year, I immediately put it on my Kindle and read it. Three stories, suitably romantic and Christmasy, with no significant historical errors--it fit the bill.

Back to The Calculating Stars--SO good!

257richardderus
Dec 28, 2018, 4:17pm Top

>255 ronincats: I was elated, then sad, finally dismally depressed as I read that list. "WOW what a great list, why isn't he on LT?!"
"Christ on a crutch, what a horrible way this country treated an upstanding and honorable man."
"Fuuuuuuu.. could 45 even identify a book?"

>256 ronincats: I loved the Lady Astronaut books!

258EllaTim
Dec 28, 2018, 6:01pm Top

Happy Holidays Roni! And a very happy 2019!

I seem to have a bit of the flu, so I'm taking it easy. The new group will have to wait till next year.

>257 richardderus: It would have to be short. Like two lines?

259jessibud2
Edited: Dec 28, 2018, 6:50pm Top

Well, 2 of the books on Obama's list are *in transit* to me at my library, Washington Black and Asymmetry, as I speak, and Michelle's book still has many holds ahead of me. The Adichie and the Mandela books are already in my house on shelves though as yet unread. And I did not know there was a new bio of Arthur Ashe. I read his autobio years ago.

I hope he goes to see the new film, Green Book. I bet he will like it.

260LizzieD
Dec 28, 2018, 10:52pm Top

Many thanks for the Obama list, Roni. How I miss them both!
I'll go ahead and wish you a splendid 2019 since I may not be back before then. I love reading about your reading, (((((Roni)))))!

261ronincats
Edited: Dec 30, 2018, 1:23pm Top

>257 richardderus: I echo your sentiments, Richard, on all counts!
>258 EllaTim: Sorry to hear you are not feeling well, Ella. Sending flu-fighting whammies your way.
>259 jessibud2: There also was a list of his favorite films of the year, Jessi, which I didn't copy. You might want to look for it.
>260 LizzieD: ((((Peggy)))) They are just quality people.



Book #174 Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi (336 pp.)

This book sounded very interesting. Space opera from an author with a vested interest in representing minorities, "queers", open relationships, chronically ill and other disabilities as normative features in her universe. But I agree with other LT reviewers that unfortunately the story is very thin and wanders off into woo-woo land at the end. I would especially point you to SadieSForsythe's review on the review page. Very cogent points!

I should finish The Calculating Stars still this year, bringing my book count to 175 for the year.

ETA Here's a link to the complete Obama list.
https://boingboing.net/2018/12/29/barack-obama-lists-his-favorit.html

262FAMeulstee
Dec 31, 2018, 4:09am Top

Doing my last round on the 2018 threads, Roni, as I finished my last book this year.
I hope you are enjoying your last book of 2019.

263thornton37814
Dec 31, 2018, 11:03am Top

264karenmarie
Dec 31, 2018, 1:23pm Top

Hi Roni! Congrats on 175 (I assume you've gotten the last one in!) and thanks for sharing all the lovely Christmas photos.



Wishing you a new year filled with joy, happiness, laughter, and all the wonderful books you could wish for.

265Berly
Dec 31, 2018, 5:44pm Top



Happy New Year's Eve!!

266ronincats
Dec 31, 2018, 6:14pm Top



Book #175 The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (431 pp.)

My final book of 2018 is this outstanding science fiction alternate history book, one of my top books of the year!

267ronincats
Dec 31, 2018, 6:15pm Top

December Summary

Books read: 11
Pages read: 4239
Average pages per day: 137
Average pages per book: 385

New reads: 10
Rereads: 1
Library books: 3
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 4
New acquisitions read: 4/0
Did Not Finish (DNF): 0

Genre:
science fiction 7
fantasy 2
children's 0
nonfiction 0
fiction 0
romance 1
mystery 1

Author gender: 9 female, 6 male

Country of origin: USA 9, England 2

Medium: Kindle 3, Hardback 2, trade paper 1, mass market paper 5

Books acquired: 7
Source: Amazon 1; Costco 1; Mysterious Galaxy 2; gifts 3
Read: 0
Genre: science fiction 2, fantasy 1, nonfiction 3, fiction 1
Cost: $35.96

Books out the door: 0

268ronincats
Dec 31, 2018, 6:15pm Top

2018 Summary

Books read: 175
Pages read: 58359
Average pages per day: 160
Average pages per book: 333

New reads: 122
Rereads: 55
Library books: 50
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 33
New acquisitions read: 4/0
Did Not Finish (DNF): 2

Genre:
science fiction 37
fantasy 102
children's 9
nonfiction 12
fiction 5
romance 6
mystery 6

Author gender: 145 female, 38 male

Country of origin: USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa

Medium: Kindle, Hardback, trade paper, mass market paper

Books acquired: 62
Source: Amazon; Costco; Mysterious Galaxy; gifts
Read: 33
Genre: science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, fiction
Cost: $379.25

Books out the door: 49

269ronincats
Edited: Dec 31, 2018, 8:10pm Top

And that winds up most of my business with 2018. There are some categories in my summaries that I need to count up by hand--if I bother to. And I need to pick my top books of the year, so that is to do yet.

Thank you for stopping by, Anita, Lori, Karen and Kim! I'll probably do a quick run around the 2018 threads and then go set up my 2019 thread and spend tomorrow wishing everyone Happy New Year.

ETA oops, forgot to mention my visit to Mysterious Galaxy yesterday when I acquired my last two books of 2018, Down and Out in Purgatory and Confluence, the third book in the Linesman space opera series I've been following.

270Storeetllr
Jan 1, 11:03am Top

271EllaTim
Jan 1, 11:11am Top

>175 jnwelch: Congratulations, Roni, 175 books read! And a good one as well, wonderful!

Wishing you a wonderful new year full of good things, and books and cats, and crafts...

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