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Streamsong - Booksinging as the Nights Grow Shorter

This is a continuation of the topic Streamsong - Booksinging in the long summer days - 3.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Nov 13, 2018, 3:33pm Top

Pretend the title of this thread is "Booksinging UNTIL the nights grow shorter". :)

Falling toward ....

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 4:23pm Top


Glacier National Park
Apgar Web Cam
November 8th 2018

Edited: Nov 13, 2018, 12:01pm Top

Whoops - messed up the title for this thread. Please pretend it says "BOOKSINGING *UNTIL* THE NIGHTS GROW SHORTER.

I've been missing in action for the last month or so, but here we go!

Hi and welcome - I'm Janet and I've been a member of LT since 2006.

We have book warblers and book bullets in the group. I've decided to be a book singer this year - singing about the wonderful journeys I'm finding in books.

What do I read? A bit of everything. I enjoy literary fiction, mysteries and the occasional feel good cozy. I'm slowly working my way through 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (actually 1300 + books since I use the combined version spreadsheet). I'm also working my way around the world in a global reading challenge. About half the books I read are non-fiction.

I retired in the fall of 2016 from my career as a technician in an NIH research lab. I'm now enjoying all the things I never had time to do.

I live in the mountains of western Montana about half way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.

New Year's Resolutions:
- More books
- More adventures - especially in the mountains! Hiking, snowshoeing, horses; perhaps a bit more travel this year
-Work on my healthier lifestyle - which will include healthy recipes and more activity in order to Lose Weight (sigh) and Do More (Yay!)

Final thread of 2017:

Edited: Jan 4, 11:45am Top

- Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurty - Jan RLBC - acq'd 2018
- The Whole Town's Talking - Fannie Flagg - 2016 - audiobook; acq'd 2017 = ROOT (1 point)
-Chief Joseph's Own Story - Joseph Young - ROOT 2015
- Dark Money - Jane Mayer - RL bookclub Nov 29 - 2018
- Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich - 2013 - literature seminar - acq'd 2018
-One Nation After Trump - E. J. Dionne Jr - 2018 Real Life Book Club - library
- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki - 1970; 75'ers Non-fiction Challenge - Spirituality; acq'd 2008 = 10 ROOT points
- Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
- Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott - 1994; 75'ers NF Challenge: The Arts; ROOT acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points
- A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America- Colin Woodard - Real Life Book Club
- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed - Lit seminar; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point

Edited: Jan 11, 1:26pm Top

Completed but Not Reviewed

- Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris - 2018- Outside & Beyond Book Club; library
- The President is Missing - Bill Clinton and James Patterson - 2018 - library
- Farewell Damascus - Ghada Samman - 2018 (?); Literature seminar - acq'd 2018
- Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max by Noelle Stevenson - 2016; graphic novel; library
- The Woman Who Smashed Codes - Jason Fagone - 2017- Library Brown Bag Book Club; acq'd 2018
- November
- The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2016 - audiobook - library
- The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler - 1939 - 1001 Books; MysteryCat Noir; library
- Binti: The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor - 2018 - library
- Vox - Christina Dalcher - 2018 - library
- A Separation - Katie Kitamura - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This - November; TIOLI #2: In memorium: Read a book with a character called 'Kara', or in which the title or the author's first name starts with 'K' - library
- The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde - 2010 - library - audio
- The Girl From the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; -Global Reading - Russia (additional books for Russia); acqd 2018

Edited: Jan 9, 10:31am Top


Books Read First Quarter 2018


1. Reputations - Juan Gabriel Vasquez -2013 - lit seminar; Global Reading: Colombia; TIOLI #5: Read a book that you did not select; acq'd 2017 ROOT #1; 1 ROOT point
2. Wishin and Hopin - Wally Lamb - 2010 - TIOLI #6 Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift ; Reading the States - Connecticut; library
3. The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld - 2017 - TIOLI #9: Read a book that contains more than one beginning; library
4. Holidays on Ice - David Sedaris - 2008 - audio - TIOLI #6: Read a book you acquired in December 2017, but NOT as a gift- library
5. Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman - 2009 - audio - TIOLI #1 -1. Read a book having a title which includes an animal with exactly three letters in its name library
6. Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur - 2017 - library
7. An American Family: A Memoir - Khizr Khan - 2017 - TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title - library
8. God Stalk - P.C. Hodgell - 1982 - Roni's Group Read; TIOLI #4. The WIKI Rolling Challenge: read a book with 'w', 'i', 'k', 'i' in the title (shared) ROOT #2/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (2/225);
9. Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks - 2011 - RLBC; TIOLI #16: Read a book with at least a two-word title, but containing no prepositions; reread; library
10. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - 2015 - Color Challenge: Black; TIOLI #11: Read a book that has been (or is going to be) adapted for film or television; ROOT #3/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (4/225)
11. Sing Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club; January TIOLI #15. Read a book with a title that contains the letter u at least twice (shared); audio; library


12. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić - 1996; lit seminar; 1001 Books; Global Reading Challenge: Croatia; TIOLI ## 11. Read a book with one or more words in the title suggesting a type of loss; purchased 2018
13. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson - 2008; Global Reading: Kenya (book #5); TIOLI #13. Read a book tagged "humor"; library
14. Disgraced - Gwen Florio - 2016; MysteryCat: Woman sleuth; Feb TIOLI # 11. Read a book with one or more words in the title suggesting a type of loss; ROOT #4/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (5/225)
15. Oil and Marble - Stephanie Storey - 2017 - RLBC - TIOLI # 3 - Read a book with a word in the title about something you love; purchased 2018
16. Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - Edward Clown Family - 2016; 75'ers's NF challenge - Biography; ColorCat: Brown Cover; Reading the States: South Dakota; TIOLI # ? ROOT #5/50 = acq'd 2017 1 ROOT point (6/225)
17. The Beak of the Finch - Jonathan Weiner - 1995;Global Reading: Ecuador (owns Galapagos Islands); TIOLI #17 Read a book with an animal on the cover; ROOT #6/50; acq'd 2007 = 11 ROOT points (17/225)


18. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack - Tom Gauld - 2013 - TIOLI #5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter - library
19. Dog Songs - Mary Oliver - TIOLI #3: Rolling challenge: Read a book with a plural noun in the title, going up in alphabetical order; library
20. That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim - 1966; Lit Seminar; Global Reading - Egypt; TIOLI #13 - Read a classic originally published in a language not your own; purch 2018
21. Wicked - Gregory Maguire - 1995 - TIOLI #1- Read a book in which the last letter of the author's first name plus the last letter of the author's last name spells a word; ROOT #7/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points (19/225); audiobook
22. Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum - 2017 - LTER - Global Reading: Congo ; TIOLI# 14. Read a book with water on the cover; ROOT 8/50; Acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point =20/225
23. Enduring Love - Ian McEwan - 1997; 1001 Books to Read Before You Die; tioli #4: Pangram rolling challenge; ROOT #9/50 - acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point (20/225); audiobook (
24. How Democracies Die - Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt - 2018 - TIOLI #9: Read a book first published in the last 10 years - library
25. Dark of the Moon - P. C. Hodgell - 1985 - Roni's continuing group read; TIOLI # #4: Pangram rolling challenge; acq'd 2018 -
26. Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot -2018 - LTER - TIOLI #11: Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground - audiobook
27. ...and the Earth Did Not Devour Him - Tomas Rivera - 1987 - majleavy's guided read; http://www.librarything.com/topic/287840 - TIOLI #13: Read a classic originally published in a language not your own; library
28. The Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - 2009 - MysteryCat - International Mystery; Global Reading Challenge: Laos; TIOLI #5: Read a book where the title includes at least two different words beginning with the same letter; ROOT #10/50 acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points = 24/225
29. We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2017 - library
30. The Lentil Underground - Liz Carlisle - 2015 - RLBC; TIOLI #11. Read a book with something that grows from (or under) the ground in the title; library
31. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt - 1994; ColorCat Challenge - Green Cover; TIOLI # ; ROOT # 11/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points =29/225 points

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32. Judas - Amos Oz - 2014 - Literature seminar; Global Reading Challenge: Israel book #4 ; TIOLI #12. Read a book in the library of a TIOLI challenger from January, February, or March 2018 - library
33. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid - 2017; March PBS Now Read This; Global Reading Challenge: Pakistan Book #4; TIOLI #10: Read a book tagged both family and magic - acq'd 2018
34. Mouths Don't Speak - Katia D. Ulysse - 2018; LTER; Global Reading: Haiti; TIOLI #5. Read a book whose title references a physical action a human can perform- acq'd 2018
35. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan - 2017 - NYT/PBS April Now Read This Book Club; Reading all the states challenge: Michigan; TIOLI#6: Read a book whose LT average rating is more than 4.0; Acq'd 2018
36. Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard - 2018 - TIOLI #7: Read a book with a title that is inclusive; Kindle freebie acq'd 2018
37. Sundown - John Joseph Matthews - 1934 - library
38. On Tyranny - Timothy Snyder - 2017 - TIOLI #1 Read a book with at least three pages starting with the same word - library

May Reads

39. Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel - 2012; ROOT #12/50; Acq'd 2015 = 3 ROOT points (32/225) - listened to audio
40. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala - 2013 - new brewery bookclub - TIOLI #11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25, 2018 - acq'd 2018
41. Dear Madam President - Jennifer Palmieri - 2018; TIOLI #4. Read a book that has a body part in the author's name; library
42. Reservations - Gwen Florio - 2017 - TIOLI #7: Read a book where part of the author's name begins with G - library
43. Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer - 2017 - TIOLI#11: Read a book you acquired on or after January 25 2018; library
44. American Wolf - Nate Blakeslee - 2017- library - audio
45. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris - 2004 - ROOT 13/50 - acqd 2017 =1 point 33/225; audiobook

June Reads


46. So You Want to Talk About Race -Ijeoma Oluo - 2018 - library
47. The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng - 2007 -April ColorCat - Yellow Cover; Global Reading: Malaysia; ROOT #14/60; Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points - 35/225
48. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie - 1934 ; May - MysteryCat: mystery on a mode of transportation; TIOLI - book from a series of more than 5 published books which is not the first in timeline or written order; library
49. When They Call You a Terrorist - Patrisse Khan-Cullors - 2018 - library
50. The Feather Thief - Kirk Wallace Johnson - 2018; May Outside & Beyond Book Club; June Nonfiction - Outdoors; June MysteryCat True Crime; aqd 2018
51. Infinite Hope: How Wrongful Conviction, Solitary Confinement, and 12 Years… - Anthony Graves - 2018 - LTER; - acq'd 2018
52. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown 1970 - ROOT #15/50; acq'd 2006 = 12 ROOT points 47/225 ; listening to library- audiobook
53. E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen - 2008 - June ColorCat - Purple; June NF Challenge- Outdoors; ROOT #16/50; Acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points 49/225
54. Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy - 2015 - Noelle Stevenson - 2015 - graphic novel - library
55. The Hounds of Spring - Lucy Andrews Cummin - 2018 - Acq'd 2018

Edited: Dec 9, 2018, 1:10pm Top


JULY : * review posted

*56. The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch - 1989- MysteryCat - True Crime; ROOT #17/50; Acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points 54/225
*57. This House of Sky - Ivan Doig - 1978 - TIOLI #9: Rolling Challenge: Red White And Blue; ROOT #18/50; acq'd 2016 = 2 ROOT points 56/225; listened to audio from library
*58. Still Life - Louise Penney - 2005; MysteryCat: Police Procedural; TIOLI #8: Read a book that appears on the same LT list as a book you've read this year (100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime) - ROOT # 19/50; acq'd 2017 = 1 ROOT point = 57/225
*59. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders - 2017 - audio in the car; library
*60. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl - 2006; ColorCat: Pink - ROOT #20/50 acquired 2008 = 10 ROOT points = 67/225
*61. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles - 2016; Real Life Book Club; Global Reading: Russia (location); library

AUGUST * review posted

*62. Less: A Novel - Andrew Sean Greer - 2017 - NYT/PBS Now Read This bookclub - library
*63. Half Broke Horses - Jeannette Walls - 2009 - ROOT # 21/50; acq'd 2013 = 5 ROOT points (72/225) ; listening to audio
*64. Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer - 2018 - graphic novel - library
*65. Educated - Tara Westover - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub - library
*66. Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West - James T. Pogue - 2018 - LTER - acq'd 2018 (reviewed)
*67. Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman - 2017 - library
*68. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah - 2017 - August PBS/NYT Now Read This; Reading Globally Challenge: Nigeria; August TIOLI #3: Read a book where the author’s last name starts with a vowel - library
*69. Calypso - David Sedaris - 2018 - library - audiobook -
*70. Pachinko - Min Jin Lee - 2017 - NYT/PBS Now Read This; Global Reading: South Korea (also Japan) - TIOLI#6: The Location, Location, Location Rolling Challenge - library
*71. The Women in the Castle: A Novel - Jessica Shattuck - 2017 - RL Bookclub Global Reading: Germany - library
*72. Cold Hearted River - Keith McCafferty - 2017 - Outdoor & Beyond Book Club - library

SEPTEMBER *review posted

*73. Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D. James - 2011 - MysteryCat: Historical mystery; ROOT #22/50; acq'd 2014 = 4 ROOT points (76/225)
*74. The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith - 2009; TIOLI#11: Read a book with a full name (first name and family name) at the first page; September Series & Sequels- audio; library
*75. Lagos Noir - Chris Abani - 2018 - LTER; Global Reading: Nigeria; MysteryCat Hardboiled and Noir; TIOLI #4: Read a book with the name of a railway station in the title (Lagos Terminus) - 2018
*76. The Overstory - Richard Powers - 2018 - library
*77. Earning the Rockies - Robert D. Kaplan - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This; tioli #6 Read a book with a definite article in the title, but not at the beginning; library
*78. Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver - 1993 - September Series and Sequels; Root #23/50 acquired 2015 = 3 ROOT points (79/225).

Edited: Dec 30, 2018, 11:44am Top



79. Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris - 2018- Outside & Beyond Book Club; library
80. The President is Missing - Bill Clinton and James Patterson - 2018 - library
81. Farewell Damascus - Ghada Samman - 2018 (?) - Literature seminar, Global Reading: Syria; purchased 2018
*82. Binti - Nnedi Okorafor - 2015 - Global Reading: Nigeria; library
83. Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max by Noelle Stevenson - 2016; graphic novel; library
84. The Woman Who Smashed Codes - Jason Fagone - 2017- Library Brown Bag Book Club; acq'd 2018
*85. What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha - 2018 LTER; acq'd 2018
*86. *Binti: Home - Nnedi Okorafor - 2017 - library


87. The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2016 - audiobook - library
88. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler - 1939 - 1001 Books; MysteryCat Noir; library
89. Binti: The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor - 2018 - library
90. Vox - Christina Dalcher - 2018 - library
*91. Welcome to Lagos - Chibundu Onuzo - 2018 - LTER; Global Reading: Nigeria; audiobook - 2018
92. A Separation - Katie Kitamura - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This - November; - library


*93. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - 1962 - TIOLI #2. Read a book by an author you've read before, but haven't read in 2018; reread; acq'd 2018
*94. It's Not About the Horse - Wyatt Webb - 2003; ColorCat :Orange; TIOLI#16: Read a book in which moral values and beliefs are an issue in some way; ROOT #24/50; acq'd 2007 = 11 ROOT points = 90/225
*95. The Wild Inside - Christine Carbo - acq'd 2018
96. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde - 2010 - library - audio
97. The Girl From the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya - 2006 - -Global Reading - Russia (additional books for Russia); acqd 2018
98. The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector - 1977 - 1001 Books - Lit Seminar for Jan 2019; acq'd 2018
99. One Man's Wilderness - Sam Keith - 2018 edition - LTER - acqd 2018

Edited: Dec 29, 2018, 2:36pm Top

****99 BOOKS COMPLETED IN 2018 **** (not quite up to date!)

Of the books I've read this year:

1 - cataloged into LT 2006
2 - cataloged into LT 2007
1 - cataloged into LT 2008
- cataloged into LT 2009
- cataloged into LT 2010
- cataloged into LT 2011
- cataloged into LT 2012
3 - cataloged into LT 2013
2 - cataloged into LT 2014
2 - cataloged into LT 2015
5 - acquired 2016
9 - acquired 2017
- acquired previously but not cataloged until 2018 (have lots of these!)
23 - acquired 2018
49 - borrowed from library & elsewhere

18 - Audiobook
79 - Print
1 - Kindle App


68 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)

4 - 1001 Books
2 - children's fiction
2 - fairy tales
10 - general fiction
4 - graphic novel
1 - historical fiction
17 - literary fiction
8 - sff
2 - satire/ humor
3 - short stories
14 - thriller/mystery
8 - YA

49 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - biography
4 - Essays
1 - Food/Cooking/Eating
5 - history
16 - Memoir
3 - Native Americans
4 - Outdoors/Nature
11 - politics
1 - psychology
5 - science
1 - Travel/adventure
1 - true crime

1 - cartoons
1 - poetry
- plays


46 - Male Authors
52 - Female Authors
2 - Combination of male and female

- 70 - Authors who are new to me
- 28 - Authors read before
- 2 - Rereads:
----Caleb's Crossing - Reread for RLBC; A Wrinkle in Time

Multiple books read in 2018 by same author:
4 - Nnedi Okorafor - Binti, Binti: Home Binti: The Night Masquerade and short story "Showlogo" in Lagos Noir Collection 3 - David Sedaris : Calypso; Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim; Holidays on Ice
2 - Gwen Florio - Disgraced, Reservations
2 - P. C. Hodgell : God Stalk, Dark of the Moon
2 - Marissa Meyer: Wires and Nerve , Gone Rogue
2 - Noelle Stevenson - Lumberjanes Vol 1 and Vol 2

Nationality of Author:
1 - Botswana/UK
1 - Brazil
3 - Canada
1 - Colombia
1 - Croatia
1 - Egypt
1 - Indian American (Born in India, resides in US)
1 - Israeli
1 - Malaysia
3 - Nigeria
2 - Nigerian American
1 - Pakistani
1 - Russia
1 - South Korea
1 - Sri Lankan
1 - Syria
11 - UK
69 - USA

Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:
1 - Born in India, resides in US
1 - Pakistan

Language Book Originally Published in:
2 - Arabic
1 - Croatian
51 - English
1 - Hebrew
1 - Portuguese
1 - Russian
3 - Spanish


2 - 1934
1 - 1939
1 - 1962
1 - 1966
1 - 1970
1 - 1973
1 - 1977
1 - 1978
1 - 1982
1 - 1985
1 - 1987
2 - 1989
1 - 1993
1 - 1994
1 - 1995
1 - 1996
1 - 1997
1 - 2003
1 - 2004
2 - 2005
2 - 2006
2 - 2007
2 - 2008
4 - 2009
2 - 2010
2 - 2011
1 - 2012
4 - 2013
1 - 2014
3 - 2015
4 - 2016
27 - 2017
21 - 2018

Edited: Dec 29, 2018, 12:26am Top

The Global Challenge: Read five books from each of the 193 UN members plus a few additional areas.

Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/188308


visited 19 states (8.44%)
Create your own visited map of The World

CUMULATIVE : 86 countries visited: 19 countries completed with minimum of five books

visited 86 states (38.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Edited: Dec 6, 2018, 2:35pm Top

My biggest challenge is that I keep hauling books home faster than I can read them and the piles keep growing larger. These numbers include the library books that I have at home.

Of course, it's those pesky library books that make my numbers look so large. Like stepping on a scale at the doctor's office with shoes on, adds 30 pounds to your weight .....

As of 12/01/2018 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 9/01/2018 514 books on physical MT TBR
As of 8/01/2018 518 books on physical MT TBR
As of 4/01/2018 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 3/01/2018 510 books on physical MT TBR
As of 02/01/2018: 503 books on physical MT TBR
As of 01/01/2018: 510 books on physical Mt TBR

As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical Mt TBR

Reading Our Own Tomes - ROOTS - Challenge

I want to read fifty books acquired before 01/01/2018.

To keep myself in the oldest part of the Planet of Neglected Books, I'm giving myself points for each book I read, with older books getting more points.

Here's how it works:

1. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2006 -- 12 points
2. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2007-- 11 points
3. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2008-- 10 points
4. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2009-- 9 points
5. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2010-- 8 points
6 .ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2011 -- 7 points
7. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2012 -- 6 points
8. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2013 -- 5 points
9. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2014 -- 4 points
10. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2015 -- 3 point
11. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2016 -- 2 point
12. ROOTS not previously entered into LT but which have been around the house pre-2015 (many of these are pre-2006 when I joined LT)--1 point
13. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2017 -- 1 point

Point Goal: The proposed 50 books off my shelves should add up to 225 ROOT points this year.

List of books acquired in 2018:


Books Acquired 2018
Total Acquired: 64
✔ = Read: 18
Reading: 5
Reference/Replacement: 11

Edited: Dec 8, 2018, 2:43am Top

In order to read more ROOTS this year, I'll be participating in these challenges:

75'ers Non-Fiction Challenge

January: Won an award within the last ten years
: The Long Tail
February: Biography: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - The Edward Clown Family
✔March – Far, Far Away: Traveling -- travel narrative - ✔The Emerald Labyrinth - Eli Greenbaum and Jaguars Ripped my Flesh - Tim Cahill
April – History -- Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed
May – Boundaries: Geography, Geopolitics and Maps: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
✔June – The Great Outdoors: E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen
July – The Arts: Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
August – Short and Sweet: Essays and Other Longform Narratives - Bad Feminist - Roxanne Gay
September – Gods, Demons, Spirits, and Supernatural Beliefs
October – First Person Singular --
November – Politics, Economics & Business --
December - 2018 In Review

ColorCat Challenge

January: Black The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - ROOT 2016
February/Brown Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy - Edward Clown Family
March/Green: The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye - A. S. Byatt
April/Yellow - The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng
May/Blue - Non-Root: Wires and Nerve: Still hope to read: Braving the Wilderness - Brene Brown
June/Purple - E Che Kar - Hank Pedersen
July/Pink - Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
August/Grey -
September/Metallic -
October/Orange - It's Not About the Horse - Wyatt Webb
November/Red -
December/White -

MysteryCat Challenge

(skipped - nothing on MT TBR) January: Nordic Mysteries
✔February: Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective
Disgraced - Gwen Florio
✔March: Global Mysteries : Merry Misogynist - Colin Cotterill - Laos
April: Classic and Golden Age Mysteries: The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
✔ May: Mysteries involving Transit - Murder on the Orient Express
✔ June: True Crime The Feather Thief - Kirk Wallace Johnson; The Magruder Murders - Julia Conway Welch
✔ July: Police Procedurals - Still Life - Louise Penney
✔ August: Historical Mysteries Death Comes to Pemberley - P. D. James
✔ September: Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries Lagos Noir
✔ October: Espionage The President is Missing
November: Cozy Mysteries
December: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries

Edited: Jan 4, 1:46pm Top

More Challenge reads:

1001 Books to Read Before You Die Total books read: 163
- Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163173

Library Brown Bag Book Club/ RLBC
January: Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks - (reread)
February: Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo - Stephanie Storey
March: Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America by Liz Carlisle
April: Voices From Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich - (did not reread)
May: American Nations: a history of the eleven rival regional cultures of North America - Colin Woodard - (reading)
June: Daring to Drive - Manal al-Sharif - did not reread
July: A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
August: The Women in the Castle: A Novel - Jessica Shattuck
Reading September: One Nation After Trump - E.J. Dionne Jr. and Norman Ornstein
October: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies and the Unlikely
Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies - Jason Fagone
Reading November: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical
Right - Jane Mayer


January: Sing Unburied Sing
February: Killers of the Flower Moon - Read in 2017 - did not reread
March: Exit West
April: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - Dan Egan
May: Educated : a memoir - Tara Westover
June: Less: A Novel - Anthony Sean Greer
July: Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
August: What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
September: Earning the Rockies

Outside & Beyond Book Club
February/March - Read in 2017 - did not reread
April/May: The Feather Thief
June: American Wolf - (did not reread)
August: Cold Hearted River
September: Lands of Lost Borders : a Journey on the Silk Road

RL Literature Seminar
***Reading*** - January - Ten Days That Shook the World
February - The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugrešić
March - That Smell and Notes From Prison - Sonallah Ibrahim
April - Judas - Amos Oz

October Farewell Damascus by Ghada Samman
Reading November Secondhand Time- Svetlana Alexievichg
January 8 "The Hour of the Star" by Clarice Lispector
February 5 " The Expedition of the Baobab Tree" by Wilma Stockenstrom
March 5 "The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry" by Wilma Stockenstrom
April 2 Faces in the Crowd" by Valeria Luiselli

Nov 10, 2018, 4:08pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet. It will be good to see you around more!

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 4:16pm Top

>15 ronincats: Wow, Roni! That was fast! Thank you!

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 4:35pm Top

I'll be skipping around between reviews old reviews that I need to do and my most recent reads.

Here's the oldest of the not-yet-posted reviews- this one read in August:

65. EducatedTara Westover – 2017
PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub
– library

Tara Westover grew up isolated, both physically in a remote Idaho location and emotionally. Her family, headed by her patriarchal father, belonged to a fundamentalist Mormon sect. However, it wasn't only the religion that explained their isolation, but her father's mindset and probable mental illness.

He was strongly mistrustful of all things government or otherwise organized. He was a 'prepper', dedicating part of his family's limited resources to storageof food and items to be used when society collapsed. He did not believe in schools so his kids had limited homeschooling. (In one of her first college classes, Tara had to ask the meaning of the word 'Holocaust”) . He did not believe in doctors, so when his children received horrific injuries from helping him support the family at his junkyard or building barns, they stayed at home to heal – or die. It's amazing to me that they all survived with only their mother's self taught knowledge of herbs and midwifery.

Tara was forbidden interaction with local kids and events; however she became extremely motivated to learn, earning a scholarship, and finding education the key to a life beyond the Idaho backwoods.

I found this book very compelling. It's hard for me to imagine that these levels of child abusive neglect can openly exist and such practices as not having medical help are condoned by communities.

Since I read this with the NYT/PBS Now Read This book club, there were many internet links providing ongoing discussion. Two of them I found the most interesting were:

Article from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/millennial-media/201804/psychologists-ta...

Rebuttal from Tara Westover's family: https://www.hjnews.com/allaccess/educated-should-be-read-with-grain-of-salt-says...

Nov 10, 2018, 4:27pm Top

>1 streamsong: Happy new thread, Janet. I love your topper pictures.

Nov 10, 2018, 4:34pm Top

>17 streamsong: Hi Ella! I'm glad you like the toppers. Since I didn't take either picture, I can modestly say that I think they are both pretty spectacular!

Nov 10, 2018, 5:11pm Top

>17 streamsong: Hi Janet...This sounds like a very difficult book to read. Thanks for your excellent review.

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 5:37pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet!

My wife loved Educated, too. My plan is to read it soon.

Nov 10, 2018, 6:55pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet!

I like your toppers, the first one is breathtaking. Even if you didn't take them yourself, you found them by yourself ;-)

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 9:38pm Top

So nice to see you back and hope that you are feeling much better. Wow, that is some great reading going on here. I'll be back to add many to my list. Thanks for the Westover links. I'll be back for those too! Love the photos. Glacier National Park has lots of snow and my pink rhodo is blooming. It is called "Christmas Cheer" so maybe it's blooming a wee bit early!

Nov 10, 2018, 8:25pm Top

Happy new thread!

Nov 10, 2018, 10:43pm Top

Happy new thread :)

Edited: Nov 11, 2018, 7:50am Top

Hi Janet and happy new thread.

>17 streamsong: Good review! Timely, too, for me because my daughter Jenna is taking a writing class at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington NC as part of her 2-year degree program in Business Administration, and the class was assigned Educated. Jenna literally has a paper due Wednesday on the book.

She dislikes the book intensely, which, of course, can make for fruitful conversations. I think her main objection is her disbelief in how someone barely home educated could get a high enough score on the ACT to get a full ride at BYU. The abuse by her brother is totally out of the realm of Jenna's experience - having no brother first of all, and being safe and protected all her life, most especially by her parents, who in Tara's case are the perpetrators of her childhood horrors. I was especially interested to see that the parents don't deny the abuse by the brother, just say, via their attorney Atkin, that “They thought they were dealing with situation the best they could with what they knew." What a contemptible excuse.

I suppose I should read it now, especially after reading the two articles you provided links for. *smile*

Edited: Nov 11, 2018, 8:26am Top

Happy New Thread, Janet! Welcome back! You have been missed. Hooray for book warblers! We love them around here. Good review of Educated. Thumb! I loved that memoir, as well.

Nov 11, 2018, 9:51am Top

Hi Janet: Happy new thread. I love the photos at the top.

What a lot of great reading. I loved Bad Feminist and Welcome to Lagos.

Nov 11, 2018, 12:46pm Top

Wow! everyone! Thanks for all the good wishes. You are making me feel all warm and fuzzy. I'll get to individual comments and to everyone's threads soon.

I'm feeling fine, although one thing has triggered another and another and my eyesight is playing up a bit again - and unfortunately, it's at its worst with the computer. And the new meds are making me feel a bit spacey - as you can tell by the title of this thread.

I had played with several titles but it should read: Booksinging UNTIL the Nights Grow Shorter.

Nov 11, 2018, 12:51pm Top

>20 Whisper1: Hi Linda! It's so good to see you here. Educated is a hard read, but it's hopeful, too. Tara Westover's resilience is amazing.

>21 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I'm glad that Debbie enjoyed it. I think you will, too. I'll be interested to read your comments (how's that for pressure?)

>22 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you like the toppers. Actually, I didn't even have to find them. Both came through my Facebook page from wonderful friends with great eyes for beauty.

Nov 12, 2018, 8:56am Top

>23 mdoris: Hi Mary! Thanks for the good wishes! I hope you enjoy the Westover links when you get to them. Some interesting info in those two.

We're having our first cold snap - 16 degrees here this morning with a skiff of snow on the ground. I wish I had outdoor plants blooming! But inside my Christmas cactus is blooming along with an orchid, so I have a bit of indoor color.

>24 drneutron: Thank you, Jim!

>25 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Figs!

Nov 12, 2018, 9:00am Top

>26 karenmarie: Hi Karen and thanks for the good wishes!

It is hard to imagine how Tara Westover was able to accomplish the things she did. Jenna may already have found the links I provided in her research for her paper, but if not, I hope they are useful to her.

Yup, read the book! I'll look forward to your comments!

Nov 12, 2018, 9:08am Top

>27 msf59: Hi Mark! Wow, thanks for the thumb! Always a thrill when I achieve one!

>27 msf59: Hi Beth! I seem to have bogged down in my reading as you can see by the number of 'books in progress' I have going in >4 streamsong:. :)

Some of the essays in Bad Feminist absolutely strike home with me. Others, especially those with references to popular culture draw a bit of a blank. I did pick up a copy of her book Hunger: A Memoir of My Body at the library sale last month and I'm looking forward to that one, too.

I'm enjoying Welcome to Lagos, but at times I'm finding the accents in the audiobook a bit overwhelming. The reader does a fine job giving each character their own voice - but it does make more accents to catch. I listened to the first disc twice - it's becoming much more easy for my ear to catch the nuances, but this one would be easier, at least for me, to read, rather than listen.

Nov 12, 2018, 11:57am Top

I read Welcome to Lagos, so the accents weren't an issue. I'll watch for your comments when you finish it.

Nov 13, 2018, 10:40am Top

>34 BLBera: Hi Beth! I received this audio version of Welcome to Lagos through Early Reviewers. The first chapter was especially daunting - I don't know if you remember but it consisted of a dozen soldiers relaxing and chatting. AARG - I had to listen to that one 2 or 3 times before moving on. But now, as I said, my ear is catching on and I'm enjoying the story.

Nov 13, 2018, 11:52am Top

And a more recent read, an EarlyReviewers book finished at the end of October:

85. What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
- Mona Hanna-Attisha
- 2018
- acq'd 2018

This amazing story is told by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint, Michigan pediatrician who forced Flint politicians and bureaucrats to acknowledge, accept responsibility and take action to correct the problem of Flint children being poisoned by lead in their water supply.

Flint, Michigan was a bankrupt city in crises. As a part of the austerity measures, Flint's mayor was reduced to a titular position and a manager was appointed by the state. As part of the move to save money, Flint's water supply was shifted from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Anti-corrosion chemicals to protect the pipes were not added to the new water – either as a further attempt to save money or through ignorance of the requirement.

Although Dr Hanna-Attisha was aware of this, and was also aware of activists' concerns about water quality, she believed the statements by public officials that the water was safe to drink.

But at a family cookout, an old friend of hers presented her with proof that all was not well. And Dr Hanna-Attisha only needed to look at her own pediatric records, with their mandated-by-Medicaid blood lead levels to confirm that all was not well.

This is a fascinating medical detective and political story. It's also a thorough account of the crises in Flint and other former industrial cities and of Dr. Hanna-Attisha's own story of her parents; immigrants who fled Iran.

I was afraid this work would be dry, but I am pleased that it isn't at all. Hanna-Attisha is an engaging storyteller as well as a caring physician with her patients' best interests at heart.

This book will be of interest to not only those with an interest in the Flint water problem or environmental helath, but is recommended to readers who enjoy a story of political and medical intrigue. It's also highly recommended for those who enjoyed The Ghost Map, a 19th century investigation of water quality.

I received a free copy of this book through LibraryThing early reviewers in exchange for an honest review

Nov 14, 2018, 7:53am Top

Hi Janet!

>32 streamsong: Jenna's finished her paper on Educated, which I hope she lets me read when she comes home for Thanksgiving. We have talked about this book more than any book she's evfer liked. We spent another 20 minutes or so yesterday talking about it. She liked your review, read both links, and thanks you for them.

Nov 15, 2018, 10:59am Top

Hi Karen! I'm glad that Jenna found the links useful. Her discomfort with the book leading to lots of discussion reminds me of a bit from The Lord of the Rings. I can't find the exact quote, but it was something to do with how the most uncomfortable times make the best stories.

Nov 17, 2018, 10:29am Top

>36 streamsong: This one sounds really good, Janet. Onto the list it goes.

I can see how listening to the first chapter would be a challenge, especially if they are doing accents. Reading it was fine. It's interesting to see how different the experience is of reading v. listening to a book.

Nov 17, 2018, 10:42am Top

>30 streamsong: Janet, You convinced me. Educated is now on the tbr pile.

Nov 17, 2018, 12:41pm Top

>39 BLBera: Hope you enjoy it, Beth! I thought it was fascinating.

Reading vs listening is always interesting, isn't it? This is the first book that I remember wishing I had read a print copy instead. I'm listening to it in my car which means I'll be a bit slow finishing it so I no longer commute each day. In fact, I no longer even run into town each day, which I did right after retirement.

>40 Whisper1: Hi Linda! I think you'll enjoy Educated. Lots to think about, it's one that has stayed with me.

Nov 17, 2018, 12:47pm Top

Yesterday I sucked it up and called my eye doctor. I've been having a very large floater and also increasing light flashes in my right eye along with light sensitivity. Since it could have meant a tear in the retina, he wanted to see me yesterday, but his only time open was during a tea party a friend was giving.

Skipped the tea party, but got a clean bill of health. I'm so happy it's a benign condition which should clear by itself in a few weeks, but I am mourning missing that party.

I still have to deal with the light sensitivity. A friend has suggested patching the eye so I can have a bit more computer time. Brilliant!

Nov 17, 2018, 12:53pm Top

And another review from a book read in August:

67. Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman - 2017 - library

From the blurb: “A deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer ... When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex.”

This is the third book of Anne Hillerman's Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito series. They are an extension of her father, Tony Hillerman's, mysteries set in the Navajo nation of the Southwest.

A developer wants to build a new resort along the Grand Canyon, much to the consternation of both enviornmentalists and the guides who believe the Canyon is at its best at its wildest. But murder follows and both Chee and Bernie find themselves trying to unravel the threads.

I enjoyed reading the special impact the canyon plays in tribal culture. Bernie, Jim and Lt Leaphorn continue to be well personified – and staying believably within the personalities and earlier scenarios that Tony Hillerman created for them. The book pulled me along, keeping me interested and engaged.

However, I read this a couple months ago and had trouble remembering plot details. :( So I would have to rate this one as entertaining but not memorable. 3.5 stars.

Nov 17, 2018, 2:06pm Top

Just finished:

Just started:

also actively working on:
Welcome to Lagos - Chibundu Onuzo - audiobook in the car
Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich

Nov 17, 2018, 2:17pm Top

How did you like the last Binti, Janet?

Nov 17, 2018, 11:54pm Top

>1 streamsong: That image is amazing!

Hi Janet. I have a copy of Educated and I really want to read it. I heard her speak a couple months ago and she was quite interesting and even funny.

Edited: Nov 18, 2018, 12:43pm Top

I've heard good things about Vox, so I'll watch for your comments, Janet.

I'm glad your floater isn't a serious problem. I have a permanent one, which I've learned, over time, to ignore.

Nov 18, 2018, 12:42pm Top

>45 jnwelch: I really enjoyed all three of the Binti's, Joe. I don't read a lot of sci-fi, so I can't tell you what was unique, or if there were common themes. There were several great twists. I hope there will be more - although I suppose if a 4th book is written, it would be a spoiler about Binti's death and linking to New Fish.

>46 EBT1002: Hi Ellen. It *is* a spectacular image, isn't it?

The first thing the psychologist says in the Psychology Today article about Educated is that:

"as a clinical psychologist I get enough secondary trauma in my day job that makes me vigilant about protecting myself on off hours."

I wonder if that applies to you, too?

Edited: Nov 18, 2018, 12:49pm Top

>47 BLBera: I'm only a few chapters in, Beth, but it's making me very uncomfortable so far. I suppose that's a good thing?

For anyone not familiar, Vox takes place in the US in a dystopian time where the far religious right has control (after the wall has been completed!) and women can only speak 100 words a day - no writing, no reading, no communication with gestures.

The floater is large and annoying, but I hope the light flashes lessen with time.

Nov 18, 2018, 12:51pm Top

Last night I was out feeding horses about 11:30. I'm pretty sure I heard a wolf give a single howl on my place along Skalkaho Creek about 11:30 last night. There was one spotted earlier this week only twenty miles away, so it's not impossible.

I have coyotes, and have seen a mountain lion moving along the creek twice, but have never seen or heard a wolf.

I hope it keeps moving along.

Nov 19, 2018, 12:38pm Top

I posted the above on Facebook, and was assured that there is an active wolf pack upstream from me in the canyon. Someone even posted a video by a friend of theirs with a moose calf chomped apart and lots of wolf tracks taken earlier this weekend.

There was a wolf pack in the area that was removed/exterminated in 2008. I was naïve to think they hadn't come back.

So friend wolf was very real - and very close. I might have to think about a trail camera!

Nov 21, 2018, 7:08am Top

>50 streamsong: >51 streamsong: Could it be that the coyotes were actually wolves? Or is there a big difference between them?
If the pack has been there for some time, you lived in blissful ignorance before you heard them.

A trail camera sounds good, I would like to see!

Edited: Nov 21, 2018, 10:21am Top

>52 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita. It was pretty exciting!

The coyotes are quite a bit smaller and the coyotes vocalizations have a lot of yipping with them. Coyotes are pretty common in this area. Mostly I just hear them.

The howl I heard the other night was a single howl, very loud and strong.

The creek is quite close to my house, but there is a solid growth of cottonwood trees on both sides of the creek, so anything could be moving through there without me knowing.

I think if wolves were common this low in the valley, I would have heard of it from the neighbors or even in the newspaper. In hindsight, I should have called the Fish and Wildlife department and reported it.

Definitely going to look into a trail cam!

Nov 21, 2018, 11:38am Top

HI Janet, Following your wolf story. Yesterday on the recommendation of a neighbour I got a wolf story from the library. It is supposed to be very good and based on a true story A Wolf Called Romeo. It takes place in Alaska.

Nov 21, 2018, 7:54pm Top

Oh my, a wolf. I have heard them but once, way off in the distance, while camping in Yellowstone many years ago (shortly after they were reintroduced to that ecosystem). I'm persuaded that they are an important element in our ecosystem and I hope they survive -- and I understand the challenges of their encounters with human habitation. Sigh. We humans are just taking up too much space.

Still, the image of you out feeding the horses in the moonlight, hearing a wolf in the distance, knowing you've seen coyotes and cougars..... it puts me in mind of reading another A.B. Guthrie or something.

Edited: Nov 21, 2018, 10:18pm Top

^Happy Thanksgiving, Janet. I have missed seeing you around but I am glad to see books being read over here. I have been intrigued by Vox. Are you enjoying it?

Good luck with the wolf sighting. Now, that would be cool.

Edited: Nov 22, 2018, 1:16pm Top

>54 mdoris: Hi Mary! Happy Thanksgiving! I've heard others mention A Wolf Called Romeo so I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

>55 EBT1002: Hi Ellen and Happy Thanksgiving to you and P! I love the Snoopy gif.

I've never actually seen a wild wolf, and this was definitely the first time I've heard one so close. It would definitely be a problem if they move into this area. I'm expecting one foal again in the spring.

The coyotes were yipping and howling last night. My oldtime neighbor always used to say he liked having the coyotes around, since he knew that meant there was nothing larger lurking in the area.

>56 msf59: Hi Mark and thanks for the Thanksgiving greetings. Right back atcha.

I loved Vox and snarfed in right down in just a couple days.

I might go up the Canyon along the Skalkaho Road to see if I can see wolf tracks or a wolf, but I definitely don't want to see one near my house!

Nov 22, 2018, 3:00pm Top

We have had 2 wolf encounters on the B.C. coast while camping. One (or a pack) tried to lure our black standard poodle of the time away with howling. This was at Indian Cove north of Vancouver Island on the mainland side. The 2nd. one almost took our present dog who was playing ball on the beach and my husband saw it coming and threw something at it and it departed quickly. This was at a long stretch of beach on Burnett Bay again north of Vancovuer Island on the mainland side. This last fellow was huge with a big head and big paw print (7'long and 5 1/2 " wide) and kind of a scrawny body. We took a picture of the paw print. We were very lucky that our Maggie was not taken.

Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. Hope yours is wonderful! I'll keep you potsed about A Wolf called Romeo and hoping for no wolf visits for you.

Edited: Nov 23, 2018, 2:10pm Top

>58 mdoris:! Wow! Terrifying stories! I honestly don't know what I'd do - I'm afraid I might freeze just long enough for the dog to be in real trouble. Quick reactions on you and your husband's part!

I think Vancouver Island is spectacularly beautiful, although I have not been very far north outside of the city of Vancouver. I'd love to spend more time there.

And Mary, I think I blew it when I wished you Happy Thanksgiving. Your Thanksgiving was in October, wasn't it? The old brain was definitely taking a holiday, yesterday.

Nov 23, 2018, 2:21pm Top

Picked up another book as I went past the FOL sale rack this week:

People in the local Audubon group rave about the Sibley guides, although I've never had one. Perhaps if I like this one, I should start shedding (molting?) some of the other guides I have.

I'm avoiding the Black Friday madness, although I do need to swing by the library to return Vox and pick up A Separation by Katie Kitamura, the current PBS/NYT Now Read This selection.

I need to seriously buckle down to at least skim through Dark Money for next week's RL bookclub. I'm finding myself rather politic-ed out right now.

Nov 23, 2018, 2:39pm Top

>59 streamsong: Wolves! Protect your dog, frighten them off? Make a loud noise? Years ago I bought a kind of personal alarm, you pull a pin out and it makes a loud noise, like a 100 dB. I bet enough to scare anything off, (including your dog of course).

Wolves are in the news here in Holland as well, it seems there are wolves in Germany, and more and more they are coming our way. There's lots of sheep here, so sheep and wolves, not a good mix.

Nov 24, 2018, 12:00pm Top

>61 EllaTim: Hi Ella! It's always good to see you.

I don't know what the noise alarm would do to my horses - I'm afraid perhaps it would send them into a panic.

I do have a can of bear spray; it's a very toxic mix of pepper that you spray into bear's eyes at close range (like the length of a car) if a bear is coming at you. There are bears in the woods, but again, I'm in the valley and close to town so I've never seen one on my place. The directions say it 'may also be useful on smaller predators.'

I did not know Holland had wolves! Very interesting.

Edited: Nov 24, 2018, 12:16pm Top

82. Binti – Nnedi Okoragor – 2015
– read October 2018
- Global Reading: Nigeria/American author
- library

Binti belongs to a remote tribe in Africa, but she has very special skills. She's a mathematical genius, a protegee at making the astrolabes that earth people wear to identify themselves and communicate with each other, and she's a harmonizer. She has also found a very odd, very old bit of alien technology while spending time in the desert.

She's become the first of her tribe to be invited to attend the offworld Oomza Unu, the best school in the galaxy. It goes against all her tribe's teachings and taboo, especially for women.

Events could not have gone more awry as the ship she is traveling on is attacked by Meduse, the most feared inhabitants of the galaxy.

Quick and enjoyable YA read, with interesting (Fish Three) and creepy aliens (Meduse). It's the true hero story of a girl coming of age and going out into the universe.

I couldn't wait to read the next one!

Nov 26, 2018, 8:31am Top

Hi Janet--Happy new thread and welcome back! I read and really enjoyed Vox this year and I am just about to start Educated (thanks for the additional links). Westover is coming to speak here in December. And just like you I recently got a huge floater and flashing lights in my eye. Also not a retinal tear, but very annoying. Here's hoping both of ours go away soon! And that the wolves leave you alone. Binti sounds good, too. ; )

Nov 26, 2018, 2:39pm Top

Hi Kim- Thanks for stopping in.

I loved Vox - for some reason dystopian fiction is calling to me right now. Especially those with a somewhat happy ending. :)

I'll be interested to see what you think about Educated. Lucky you to get to hear Westover speak. I'll be interested to hear what she says.

I'm glad that your retina is also intact. Annoying is the right word; unfortunately that flashing is much worse when I'm on the computer. So I'll just have to keep up in bits and pieces.

Nov 26, 2018, 8:52pm Top

I need to read Vox. Binti does sound good.

How are the floaters?

Nov 27, 2018, 8:50am Top

Hi Janet! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are doing well.

>42 streamsong: I’m glad to hear that you went to the eye doctor and that it’s a benign condition.

>50 streamsong: Wow, a wolf that close. We have coyotes about a mile away from us – a pack that occasionally goes off early evening. Never close enough to the house to threaten my indoor/outdoor kitties fortunately.

>65 streamsong: Sorry the floater is still a bother, especially the flashing. Anything that interferes with reading is just plain awful.

Jenna got a 98 on her paper on Educated. I’ve got a copy requested at the Library – Jenna brought hers home but it is so annotated that I didn’t want to read it.

Nov 27, 2018, 12:52pm Top

>66 BLBera: Hi Beth! Vox was wonderful and a quick read. The Binti trilogy are all short and quick and perfect 'popcorn' books.

The floaters are causing eyestrain. I won't finish Dark Money before the RLBC on Thursday.

Dark Money is actually more interesting than I thought it would be. Although I'd read several about poverty and how the 'forgotten' man turned to Trump, this one does a fine job of explaining how the corporate notion that nothing should restrict captalistic profits became a mainstream idea.

Edited: Nov 27, 2018, 1:01pm Top

>67 karenmarie: Hi Karen Definitely no more outdoor cats for me. I've had several go missing over the years. I also have foxes, owls, hawks and eagles that go through.

Woot for Jenna getting a 98. You'll have lots to talk about after you've read Educated.

I meant to tell this story earlier but don't think I did. Last week I was outside and heard snow geese going over - but their vocalizations didn't sound quite normal and they were flying in multiple V's instead of just one.

Darned if they weren't accompanied by three bald eagles. I imagine they were hoping for goose for dinner. I didn't see what happened before they were just dots in the sky.

Nov 27, 2018, 1:35pm Top

>63 streamsong: I should really read Binti. It's one that I have on my shelves.

>50 streamsong: Hopefully you don't end up with wolf and mountain lion problems. My grandparents lived out in Northern California - and one time while I was out visiting them, a mountain lion came into town and attacked an elderly man. His wife attacked its eyeball with a ballpoint pen and saved him. I think that's just amazing what someone can do when they need to.

Nov 28, 2018, 9:20am Top

>69 streamsong: Wow. Changed formation to prevent anybody getting picked off. That would have been an amazing sight to see. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 28, 2018, 3:52pm Top

>70 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Binti is quick and easy, and I thought, highly entertaining. It might make a perfect read for AB (After Baby).

Wow - that is some scary story! I wonder if I could do that .... but then I think of a mountain lion attacking one of my kids ....

>71 karenmarie: It was pretty amazing, Karen. Even if I had a good camera, I wouldn't have been able to photograph it, I'm afraid. But I am so thankful for the things I get to see!

Edited: Nov 28, 2018, 4:11pm Top

An old review - the last of the August reviews! - guess that means summer is officially over.

68. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arima - 2017
- August PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub;
- Reading Globally Challenge: Nigeria;
- August TIOLI #3: Read a book where the author’s last name starts with a vowel
- library

This is a wonderful, thought provoking collection with many different genres represented. It's my favorite collection of short stories that I have read this year.

Two of the best which I am still thinking about months after reading them:

'What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky' – a future society where mankinds' troubles have been assuaged – people will even professionally bear your emotional burdens. But then it starts to go wrong.

'Who Will Greet You at Home” - This is based on an African tale that I felt was similar to 'The Snow Child' – wanting a child so much that an inanimate object comes alive. But this one was quite darker than the Nordic version.

Read these and enjoy. Your knowledge of Nigeria (although some of the stories also take place in the US) and human nature will both be the better for it

Nov 28, 2018, 5:55pm Top

>68 streamsong: This sounds like a very interesting book! On the tbr pile it goes. If a book stays with you then, it is a good one. I finished Love and Ruin today. I've been thinking about it a lot today after the last page was finished. I hated to see it end. I knew nothing of Ernest Hemingway's wives. This was told from the perspective of this third wife...the only one who left him, rather than him leaving them.

Nov 30, 2018, 1:48pm Top

I love the Binti books, Janet. I'm so glad you had a good time with the first one. The next two are just as good.

We have The Sibley Guide to Birds and really like it.

You got me with What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. I'll add it to the WL.

Edited: Nov 30, 2018, 2:41pm Top

>74 Whisper1: Hi Linda! I hope you like the stories in What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky. Many of them are a bit dark, so you may want to parcel them out a bit.

Edited: Nov 30, 2018, 2:24pm Top

>73 streamsong: HI Janet. I have What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky from the library right now and it has been languishing in a pile of books but your reviews zoomed it to the top and I started it yesterday. With thanks!

Edited: Nov 30, 2018, 3:13pm Top

86. Binti: Home - Nnedi Okorafor - 2017 - library

After a year offworld at Oomza Unu, Binti longs to return home to see her family and complete her womanhood ritual. She returns home along with Okwu, her Meduse friend. The Meduse are sworn enemies of Earth, but Binti hopes to bring about reconciliation between the two species, especially as she, herself, has become part Meduse.

While on Earth, she learns there is a great deal more to her father than she knew. She meets his remote and mysterious tribe and learns that they are not the backward people others on Earth believe them to be.

Horrifyingly, war between the Meduse and earth breaks out while Binti is far away from her family. With her newfound communication powers, she realizes that her family and her Meduse friend Okwu, are in mortal peril. In a cliffhanging ending she rushes toward home with her new friend Mwinyi.

Once again, I loved the investigation of identity and coming of age in an interesting SF setting.

And with the cliffhanger ending, I raced to get the next one from the library.

Dec 1, 2018, 11:25am Top

I also loved What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Janet.

I'll see if my library has the Binti series.

Dec 1, 2018, 12:06pm Top

Hi Janet! Some good reading going on here.

I have wishlisted Binti and What it means when a man falls from the sky. Like your reviews.

And I also will go looking for Dark Money. Just finished a Dutch book, also by a journalist, about the effects of the large scale privatisation of public institutions like the railroads and hospitals. This one sounds like it will fit in with this line of reading perfectly.

Dec 1, 2018, 12:56pm Top

>75 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I also loved the three Binti books - I'm just really far behind with reviews! I'm hoping for more Binti's. Surely a trilogy doesn't have to stay a trilogy in this day and age.

I'm glad the Sibley guide is a good one. I know there are various editions. Which one do you have?

>75 jnwelch: >77 mdoris: >80 EllaTim: Joe, Mary, Ella Thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you all enjoy What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky!

>79 BLBera: I'm glad you enjoyed it too, Beth! The Binti's are quick YA reads. Sometimes exactly what is needed.

Dec 1, 2018, 1:01pm Top

>80 EllaTim: I haven't finished reading Dark Money yet, Ella. The book club discussion was fascinating - but it's a book that made some of the members angry and others - like me - quite sad. It may be a bit US-centric regarding tax laws and foundations, but I'm sure the major players play all over the globe and similar things are going on in your country, too.

Privatization of formerly public institutions is an issue here, too, with profits being squeezed out of now privately run schools and prisons and conditions deteriorating.

Dec 1, 2018, 1:08pm Top

>82 streamsong: oh Yes, angry making I can imagine.
I will do a bit of skipping when it comes to US based taxes, hard enough to understand Dutch taxes. Yes, the major players play all over the globe and they have influence all over the globe. No fun to read, but important to understand.

Edited: Dec 1, 2018, 1:19pm Top


87. The Gene: An Intimate History - Siddhartha Mukherjee - 2016 - audiobook - library
88. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler - 1939 - 1001 Books; MysteryCat Noir; library
89. Binti: The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor - 2018 - library
90. Vox - Christina Dalcher - 2018 - library
91. Welcome to Lagos - Chibundu Onuzo - 2018 - LTER; Global Reading: Nigeria; audiobook - 2018
92. A Separation - Katie Kitamura - 2017 - PBS/NYT Now Read This - November; - library

Books on physical MT TBR as of 12/01: 515
Books acquired in November: 2

List of books acquired in 2018:


ROOTS read: 0
Acquired 2018 read: 1
Library: 5
1001: 1

Global Reading Finished the goal of reading 5 books for Nigeria - even counting the Binti trilogy as one book.

Edited: Dec 28, 2018, 10:40am Top

December Goals:

Finish as many of the current reads as I can (along with a few library books!) and my backlog of LTER books:



And a few more not on the list that snuck in!

Edited: Dec 1, 2018, 1:34pm Top

>83 EllaTim: Ella, I'll really be interested to see what you think about Dark Money. One of the discussions the book club had was that, now knowing these things, how and if we can change things - boycotting companies, products, etc - and if it would be possible to make a difference given the scale of money and power.

Dec 1, 2018, 1:53pm Top

Oh my, I'm a major fan of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Janet. For me, it's the best book on Buddhism I've ever read. As simply and charmingly as Shunryu Suzuki expresses his thoughts, I've learned that the book dumbfounds some readers. I'm crossing my fingers that it works well for you.

I'll check on what edition of Sibley's Guide we have. We've had it forever, so it's definitely not a recent one.

Dec 2, 2018, 1:21pm Top

>87 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is one I started quite a while back and then set it aside. I definitely want to get it finished!

Edited: Dec 2, 2018, 1:41pm Top

So I think I need to try to do a review-a-day if I want to get all the pending reviews done by the end of the month. I'm still going to be skipping between oldest and newer, so prepare to be confused if you're looking at the numbers - I've currently read 92 books.

So here's the oldest review-pending book for a book I read in September:

77. Earning the Rockies - Robert D. Kaplan - 2017
- PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club;
- TIOLI #6 Read a book with a definite article in the title, but not at the beginning
- library

Conservative historian Robert Kaplan roadtripped across America to demonstrate the regionality of our history and geography, which both divide and unite the citizens of the US. He based his meditations on what he could observe, his experience and knowledge of the history of the regions, and overheard conversations in rest stops and cafes to understand what the so-called average person living in the area was discussing.

I came away with an appreciation that the modern wealth of the country as shown by dollars, new ideas and even fine arts, is often concentrated in the cities along either ocean. However, even this wealth has been created by the vast farmlands, rivers and other natural resources, and secondarily the manufacturing centers that are now often in decline. It is this broad basis of geographical richness that has made the US the nation what it is – and now many of the heartland's fundamental areas of wealth-creation are the very geography and people that are unrecognized by the urban dwellers.

I also enjoyed reading a viewpoint that often 'leaned right' as I unabashedly lean left.

“There are miles of ribboned ground bearing corn and soybeans, punctuated by wide, circular metal silos. The native grasses and black earth alleviate the loneliness of the landscape, reminding you just how wealthy it is. Because this production and fecundity will go on for hundreds and hundreds of mile, both north and south and east and west, it constitutes the basis of continental wealth that, in turn, permits an approach to the world so ambitious – marked as it is every few decades by an epic, bloody disaster—that the human and material costs are easily absorbed by the very wealth and sheer size of the land that began it in the first place. It is these Illinois cornfields that ultimately allow elites in Washington to contemplate action even as others my suffer or be sustained by the consequences.” p 76.

“Meanwhile, our expanding urban areas are becoming global city-states, with increasingly dense and meaningful connections with the outside world. But the weakness of global culture is that, having psychologically disconnected itself from any specific homeland, it has no terrain to defend or fight for,and therefore no anchoring beliefs beyond the latest fashion or media craze. So we unravel into the world. And the more disconnected we become from our territorial roots- the more urbanized and globalized we become- the greater the danger of artificially reconstructing American identity in more severe and ideological form, so that we risk radicalization at home.” 176-177

It was a hard book for me to read, as Kaplan's style can be rather ponderous, and for me it was slow-going. Nevertheless, I found myself jotting down many quotes from the book.

Here are a couple more:

“The American narrative is morally unresolvable because the society that saved humanity in the great conflicts of the twentieth century was also a society built on enormous crimes – slavery and the extinction of the native inhabitants… History, though, can also be the story of ideas – and the more useful the idea, the greater the history. America’s was an anti-idea: philosophers generally know less than the masses, which, left alone to seek their own interests, often know best. Such democratic populism tempts narrow-mindedness, cruelty, and barbarism, and it cannot be successfully applied everywhere, even if Americans…believe otherwise.” (p. 42-43)

“And what form does that conquest take now? It takes the form of trying to export our civic religion: representative democracy, human rights, rule of law, and so forth. But this assumes that no history anywhere matters except our own. It assumes that the very different historical experience of other peoples around the globe and the conclusions that they draw from them do not count. While democracy, human rights and the rest are self-evidently good, that doe not mean other peoples will arrive at them-or even variations of them- through the processes we demand. And this is to say nothing of the fact that such tenets as democracy and human rights are themselves not always in harmony:for in a number of places, minority rights are better protected by monarchies and dictatorships than by tyrannies of the majority or by outright chaos-which ill-conceived experiments in democracy often bring about.” p171

I read this as part of the PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club.

3.7 stars

Dec 3, 2018, 6:39am Top

'Morning, Janet! Wishing you a wonderful Monday.

Dec 5, 2018, 4:40pm Top

Waving back, Karen!

Here is the list of books we will vote on in the library's book club for 2019:

- * Read - would not mind rereading* We were eight years in power: an American tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
-Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Åsne Seierstad
- * Read - would not mind rereading* Educated by Tara Westover
- *Read, wouldn't care to reread* Less by Andrew Sean Greer
- (Meh)She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: an explanation of heredity by Carl Zimmer
-Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Red Notice by Bill Browder
The Duchess by Amanda Foreman
- (on my tbr pile) Winter Dance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen - -Democracy in Chains by Nancy Maclean
- * Read- my suggestion* - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Fear by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
- The Traitor and the Spy by Ben Macintyre
- A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
- Silent Hearts by Gwen Florio
- (Read) - The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
- Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America by James Fallows
- Lonesome Dove: a novel by Larry McMurtryB
- Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Dec 7, 2018, 7:31am Top

91. Welcome to Lagos - Chibundu Onuzo - 2018
- Global Reading: Nigeria
- audiobook
- acq'd 2018

When Nigerian Army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he and his good friend desert the military to strike out on their own.

One by one, they pick up a varied band of followers. The first is a deserter from the rebel militia that Chike has been fighting; then follows a teen age girl who was separated from her parents and survived an attempted rape, and a woman fleeing an abusive marriage.

In their quest to find new lives and stay hidden from those who are pursuing them, they flee to the city of Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria. They stumble into the secret hideout of Chief Sandayo, the education minister who has stolen millions of dollars and become involved with a journalist whose desire for truth has put him on the wrong side of a political gang, necessitating that he join other Nigerian refugees in London.

Lots of twists and turns in the plot, but the biggest character is Lagos itself. Wikipedia says that the population of Lagos and its surrounding environs (conurbation – new word for me!) is somewhat disputed but is probably around 21 million, making it the largest city in Africa. Chike's band gives a wonderful slice of life of some of the groups finding haven and cover in this huge city. I definitely came away with an appreciation of some of its many faces.

I received a copy of the audiobook through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. While the narrator, Robin Miles, did a fine job, in the beginning my ear struggled to understand the Nigerian accents, especially the first chapter in which a band of soldiers were in informal conversation.

4 stars

Dec 7, 2018, 3:26pm Top

Great review of Welcome to Lagos, Janet. I'll keep my eye out for it.

Dec 8, 2018, 11:20am Top

>93 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl! If you - or anyone else - would like the CD audiobook, let me know. It's looking for a new home.

Dec 8, 2018, 11:24am Top

Today I'm going to a horse seminar at a local indoor arena. It's a freebie to get people to look at their very extensive new facilities, and my friend is impressed with this trainer. HOWEVER - it's only 8 degrees out there and it's hard to imagine sitting in a chair for three hours. Hopefully now that the sun is up, it will be warming up.

It's been an eclectic week. Sunday evening I went to a Hanukkah outdoor lighting of the Menorah first candle. We have only a very small Jewish community, so most of the attenders were goyim like me, who were there to support this event held outdoors on a street corner.

Tonight it's my monthly Buddhist singing bowl soundbath, which is a highlight for me. We rest on mats with pillows and blankets while a truly gifted woman plays singing bowls and chimes for an hour. It's the most relaxing thing I have ever done, and I've missed the last few months.

Tomorrow afternoon a friend and I will go to the Community concert where they sing traditional Christmas music as well as a good part of Handel's Messiah.

Edited: Dec 9, 2018, 1:58pm Top

Still skipping back and forth with reviews. This is the oldest as yet unreviewed book that I read in September:

78. Pigs in HeavenBarbara Kingsolver -1993
- September Series and Sequels;
- Root #23/50 acquired 2015 = 3 ROOT points (79/225)

In the first book of this short series, The Bean Trees, Taylor Green has an abused Indian toddler unexpectedly thrust into her arms from the back of a car. It was a great story of making a family from those who don't share your blood, but I was constantly thinking “Wait a minute – adoptions don't happen this way – no way, no how.”

In this sequel the child called Turtle, who is still only minimally verbal, insists that she has seen a man fall into a dangerous place. Taylor believes her, and persists with unbelieving authorities until she finally gets someone to listen. The man is rescued. The resultant publicity brings Turtle to national acclaim, including tribal social workers.

It becomes a beautiful story of the conflict when an abused and neglected child, coming out of her shell and attached to her adoptive white Mom, is claimed by her tribe and members of her extended family.

The characters are all well realized. We see the backstory and pain of individual tribal family members and the whole of a nation whose children were removed from them.

How can there be any winners in this situation?

Highly recommended.

Thanks to Mark for sending me this one!

Dec 9, 2018, 7:28pm Top

>95 streamsong: Nice celebrations of the season, Janet!

Dec 9, 2018, 8:19pm Top

I will hope for continued song of coyote in your territory, Janet. I hear what you're saying about wolves, especially with a foal due in the spring. Our increasing proximity with wild animals is ultimately a problem for both!

>96 streamsong: That is a re-read I think I'll build into my 2019 reading. I loved The Bean Trees my second time around.

>91 streamsong: I just finished reading Educated: A Memoir and I have Where the Crawdads Sing on hold at the library (I can hardly wait). I'll be interested in the final list for your 2019 group reading.

Dec 9, 2018, 8:20pm Top

>95 streamsong: That all sounds wonderful. The Buddhist singing bowl sound bath sounds particularly wonderful.

Dec 10, 2018, 11:58am Top

>97 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Yes, it's been a fun week. I am so happy that small town Montana can offer varying celebrations.

>98 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! The coyotes and the great horned owls have been active this week; so there are no larger predators in the area and the GHO are moving into mating season. Hooray! I'll have GHO nests in the area this coming spring.

There are several Kingsolver's that I haven't yet read, including her newest, but a reread of The Bean Trees sounds appealing.

>99 EBT1002: The singing bowl sound baths are a monthly high light for me. I hate to miss them.

The Bitterroot Valley Chorus concert yesterday was spectacular. They mixed contemporary music (although often with unique arrangements) and selections from Handel's Messiah. If I had not attended the last performance, I would have been happy to go again!

Dec 10, 2018, 12:04pm Top

Hi Janet!

Your holiday activities sound wonderful. And I've searched out a Tibetan Healing Sounds video on youtube and plan on using it tonight. I don't know of anybody nearby in my little county who would offer something like that.

Dec 11, 2018, 12:24pm Top

Hiya, Janet.

I loved The Bean Trees and Turtle. It sounds like I need to read Pigs in Heaven - nice review.

Dec 12, 2018, 1:26pm Top

>101 karenmarie: Hi Karen - Let me know which video you watched. I'm curious to compare it to the soundbaths I've been going to.

>102 jnwelch: Hi Joe - Yup, Pigs in Heaven is great. Now I want to reread The Bean Trees.

Edited: Dec 12, 2018, 2:35pm Top

December review:

93. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - 1962 - TIOLI #2 - Read a book by an author you've read before, but haven't read in 2018; reread; acq'd 2018

I first read this about thirty years ago after my daughter's kindergarten teacher read it out loud to her class. With the new movie released, I decided a reread was in order before watching the dvd.

Meg's family is quite unusual – her mother is a scientist working at her laboratory in their home. Meg's youngest brother, 6 year old Charles Wallace, is a genius who works at appearing not-to-bright.

Supposedly Meg's father, also a scientist, was on a secret mission for NASA when he mysteriously went missing. Local rumors are far less kind. Meg herself is far brighter than she appears, but is so affected by her father's disappearance four years ago, that she is barely able to function in school.

And then appears a magical being into their life – Mrs Whatsit, bedecked in sheets stolen from the neighborhood. After meeting her companions, Mrs Who and Mrs Which, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Meg's friend Calvin go in search of Dr Murry. It's true he that he was on a secret mission and learned how to tesseract – traveling great distances by traveling through a wrinkle in time. He is now being held on a far planet by a great evil called IT.

It takes great love to his follow his trail and attempt to free him.

Like The Narnia Books this is a Christian allegory, written for a young audience.

For some reason, although I like it, it just doesn't push the 'most beloved book of childhood' button for me. Perhaps it's because I read it too late in life. Sigh.

3.5 stars

Edited: Dec 12, 2018, 2:24pm Top

Second December Read:

94. It's Not About the Horse - Wyatt Webb - 2003
- ColorCat :Orange
- TIOLI#16: Read a book in which moral values and beliefs are an issue in some way (drugs and alcohol rehab)
- ROOT #24/50; acq'd 2007 = 11 ROOT points = 90/225

Author Wyatt Webb's life went seriously off the rails as he was trying to become a professional musician. Although he had some success, he never got the big break he so badly wanted – instead his life spiraled downward with drugs and alcohol.

After completing a rehab program he was given a chance to be a councilor there. He became quite successful and at one point, ran a very large program.

But his heart was with horses, and he realized that horses reflect back the attitudes and blocks of the people working with them. He devised this into a therapeutic model, and developed a very successful equine encounter therapy program at Miraval, an upscale retreat/resort in Tuscon.

The last part of the book gives case examples of people who have had changing moments working with horses at the Miraval program.

I was pretty meh about this book – neither good nor bad. I was intrigued by the high ratings this book has received on several sites and so looked at reviews. The high ratings and glowing reviews seem to be from people who have taken the program at Miraval, especially those without prior horse experience. People who have not taken a class there, give it much lower reviews.

I'll give it a solid 3 stars. Recommended to people who are interested in equine therapy.

Dec 14, 2018, 2:03pm Top

Yesterday's vote for next year's books for the RLBC went well. Good selection, although perhaps a bit too much politics in the mix.

I didn't write down the whole list - it will come in an email soon and I will share it. January's book is Lonesome Dove so we can all get started on it right away since it is longish .... I've never read it, although I saw the miniseries when it first came out. I know several people here on LT have really enjoyed it.

February is Democracy in Chains - sort of a followup to Dark Money which we read earlier this year.

Can't remember the whole list, but for sure We Were Eight Years in Power and Educated - both rereads for me. The book I suggested, The Hate U Give also squeaked into the line up.

Dec 14, 2018, 2:22pm Top

Just catching up here. A lot of people are reading the Binti books. I think I will try the first one in the series.

Have a great Weekend! :)

Dec 15, 2018, 11:22am Top

Hi Janet.
>91 streamsong: Nice list. It looks like a win-win.

>92 streamsong: I also loved this one.

I have Pigs in Heaven on my reread list. I think I want to reread The Bean Trees first.

You have an ambitious December list, Janet. Good luck.

I want to hear what you thought about The Incendiaries; that's been on a lot of "best of 2018" lists, but I wasn't all that thrilled...

Dec 16, 2018, 7:01pm Top

>105 streamsong: Well, I don't know that I would have said I was "interested in equine therapy" because I didn't know such a thing existed. *smile* But I love your review and the title is charming.

Edited: Dec 17, 2018, 2:25pm Top

>107 figsfromthistle: Thanks, figs! the Binti books are quick, easy and addictive.

>108 BLBera: Hi Beth! Well , my December list isn't going amazing well. They are all books that I have started in 2018, but have put down for one reason or another. All are good non-fiction books, but most are about serious thought provoking subjects and not very December festive. Nevertheless, I'll get a few more of them done.

I have not read The Incendiaries. I'll have to keep an eye out for what people are saying about it.

>109 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! You might well enjoy It's Not About the Horse. The therapeutic riding program where I volunteered concentrated on physical problems, although there were also autistic riders. I know there a therapeutic program Missoula that uses horses for vets working with PTSD. I have thought about contacting them to see if I could help there.

I think I got a bit cynical after looking up the Miraval resort and the prices. :/

Dec 18, 2018, 4:55pm Top

I think therapy involving animals, regardless of the type of concern for which the therapy is designed, and (almost) regardless of what kind of animal, just makes SO much sense. Animals are therapeutic. Honestly, they are more therapeutic than most humans (this from a former therapist).

Dec 22, 2018, 1:41pm Top

Happy Holidays Janet!

Dec 23, 2018, 10:39pm Top

Hi Janet. I hope you are well and that the holiday season is treating you well!

Dec 24, 2018, 1:32pm Top

I am hopelessly behind on threads but didn't want to miss the change to wish you a wonderful season of peace and light and a magical new year!

PS I did stop to enjoy the amazing photographs at the top! Just opened all the Glacier webcams in another tab and can't wait to explore!

Dec 25, 2018, 4:51am Top

Happy holidays, Janet

Dec 25, 2018, 6:41am Top

Merry Christmas from Philadelphia, Janet!

Dec 25, 2018, 9:10am Top

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday, with the family, Janet. We miss seeing you around.

Dec 26, 2018, 11:45am Top

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season, Janet. Don't stress out about those unfinished books… A New Year looms with many wonderful books ahead!

Dec 28, 2018, 1:43pm Top

>111 EBT1002: I agree with you about the therapeutic qualities of animals. I hope to do more volunteering with horse therapies when the weather breaks a bit.

Thank you for all the holiday wishes Rachel, Ellen, Karen, Paul, Darryl, Mark and Donna!

I was at my brother's place in Tempe Arizona over the holidays - my son and his wonderful fiance were also there.

Unfortunately I had come down with a stomach bug about three days before I left - so things turned downright hectic and I didn't even wave goodbye before leaving here.

I had a wonderful time and will post some pics.

>118 Donna828: Thanks, Donna. I promise not to stress over unfinished books! I do wish I had a few more reviews done and so will work on those before starting my 2019 thread on Christmas day.

I should finish 100 books for the year; sadly failed in getting older books read and off my shelves, though.

Edited: Dec 29, 2018, 12:21am Top

i finished two books while I was away:

97. The Girl From the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya;
-Global Reading - Russia (additional books for Russia); acqd 2018
98. The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector - 1977 - 1001 Books; Global Reading- Brazil; Lit Seminar for Jan 2019; acq'd 2018

I'm currently focusing my reading on the rather long Lonesome Dove which is the January choice for my RL book club; finishing Secondhand Time about experiences following the fall of the Soviet Union; and listening to a Fannie Flagg novel, The Whole Town's Talking on audio (a ROOT).

With any luck, I'll also finish an LTER book about homesteading in the Alaska outback called One Man's Wilderness and the very short Chief Joseph's Own Story which is a ROOT from 2015.

Dec 28, 2018, 5:39pm Top

Good to see you back here, Janet. Glad to hear you had a nice holiday with your brother and your son and fiancé.

Happy reading, two books to go to a 100! I'm quite interested in how you liked nr 97 and 98, but you're probably busy finishing nr 99;-)

Edited: Dec 29, 2018, 12:24pm Top

>121 EllaTim: Hi Ella!

Both 97 & 98 were good but very short.

The Girl From the Metropol Hotel came up during a discussion in my RL book group about A Gentleman in Moscow. It's a memoir of author Lyudmila Petrushevskaya's childhood. Several relatives of hers lived in a very partitioned rooms in the Metropol. Unfortunately, they didn't have much time for her after her mother left to pursue a degree in acting. She spent years as a street kid in Moscow, starving and stealing. The memoir ends just as she starts working herself into writing jobs.

I haven't read any of her novels, although the blurb on the back calls her 'one of Russia's premier writers'.

The Hour of the Star was good but very short. It's an experimental piece as the author writes as a male narrator/author writing about a poor woman whose life has no impact on the world. The narrator constantly cautions himself not to 'write like a woman - too sentimental'. I know I'll have more to say after my lit seminar next week.

Dec 29, 2018, 10:59pm Top

I hope your holiday season is going well, Janet. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel sounds good. Next year.

Edited: Dec 30, 2018, 1:13pm Top

A December review:

95. The Wild Inside - Christine Carbo - 2015
-TIOLI #13. Read a book for the 50 states challenge
- acq'd 2018

This is the first of a series of mysteries set in Glacier National Park in Montana.

When Ted Systead was a young teenager, he survived a horrifying camping trip gone wrong in Glacier Park. His father was pulled from the tent they shared by a grizzly bear and killed.

Now as a member of the National Parks crime investigation team, Systead is called to Glacier Park to investigate an incredibly bloody (oh I so want to say grisly!) scene – a body has been found tied to a pine tree and partially devoured by a grizzly bear.

Systead deals both with the ghosts from his past and the puzzle of the murder investigation, which has lots of twists and turns.

There are lots of local color details and it is obvious that the author is very familiar with Glacier Park and the surrounding small towns. Glacier Park is definitely the main character and is well realized. Looking ahead, I see that the sequels continue with different characters from this book and new mysteries within the Park.

One of the downsides was that there was a bit too much pontificating in the last chapter. “Did you ever think of not turning in the perpetrator?” - followed by a bit of Philosophizing about RIGHT AND WRONG and Civilization.

This is good enough read that will appeal to outdoor people and lovers of Glacier Park. While not perfectly crafted, I'm very willing to read the next in the series.

3.7 stars

Dec 31, 2018, 12:41pm Top

Dec 31, 2018, 2:27pm Top

Hi Janet!

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

Dec 31, 2018, 6:09pm Top

Happy New Year's Eve!!

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