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ChelleBearss reads into 2019

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 16, 6:07pm Top



Welcome to my 2019 thread!
Starting 2019 I am setting a few goals for myself and hoping to keep them going through the whole year, and not just January!
I had great fun in 2018 with the Pop Sugar Challenge and will be doing that again this year!
As well I would like to try and up my audiobook game and am setting a goal of two audiobooks per month.

Happy 2019 and hope you all have a wonderful reading year!
xo
Chelle

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For those that don't know me I am Chelle from Ontario, Canada. Late 30's, wife, mother of two and a police dispatcher. Hubby is an officer and between our two shift work schedules we share in all duties of house and children. I read at work when it is slow and after our daughters are in bed or relaxing.
My reading ebbs and flows pretty badly at times. Some years I have read as low as 36 books and in 2018 I hit 140. We shall see what 2019 brings!


Children's Chapter Book 👧🏻:


Print 📗:


Print 📗:


Audio 🎧:


Finished

January
1) Blackout by Connie Willis
2) Mango and Bambang by Polly Faber
3) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
4) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
5) I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
🎧6) The Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
7) All Clear by Connie Willis
8) Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1 by Dav Pilkey
9) Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton
10) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
11) Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton
12) Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey
13) Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Bailed
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman

2ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 13, 1:45pm Top

2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge


01 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
02 - A book that makes you nostalgic
03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie
05 - A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
07 - A reread of a favorite book
08 - A book about a hobby - The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
09 - A book you meant to read in 2018
10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title
11 - A book with an item of clothing or acceessory on the cover
12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
13 - A book published posthumously
14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
15 - A retelling of a classic
16 - A book with a question in the title
17 - A book set on a college or university campus
18 - a book about someone with a super power
19 - a book told from multiple POVs - Blackout by Connie Willis
20 - a book set in space
21 - a book by two female authors
22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"
23 - A book set in Scandinavia
24 - a book that takes place in a single day
25 - a debut novel
26 - a book that's published in 2019
27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature - The Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29 - a book with "love" in the title
30 - a book featuring an amateur detective - A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
31 - A book about a family - I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
34 - a book that includes a wedding - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
36 - A ghost story
37 - a book with a two-word title- All Clear by Connie Willis
38 - A novel based on a true story
39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40 - Your favourite prompt from a past Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

Advanced:
41 - A "cli fi" book
42 - A "choose-your-own-adventure" book - Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton
43 - An "own voices" book
44 - Read a book during the season it is set in
45 - A LitRPG book
46 - A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47 & 48 - Two books that share the same title
49 - A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50 - A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

Completed in January
1) Blackout by Connie Willis (19 - a book told from multiple POVs)
2) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (08 - A book about a hobby)
3) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (30 - a book featuring an amateur detective)
4) I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (31 - A book about a family)
5) The Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature)
6) All Clear by Connie Willis (37 - a book with a two-word title)
7) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (34 - a book that includes a wedding)
8) Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton (42 - A "choose-your-own-adventure" book)

Ideas, suggestions, thoughts on how to finish challenge:
1 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
❊Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
❊The Beast is an Animal by Petronella VanArsdale
❊The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
❊Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
❊Where’d you go Bernadette by

02 - A book that makes you nostalgic
❊Fight Club by Chuck Palaniuk
❊The Secret History by Donna Tartt

03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
❊ A Newfoundlander in Canada by Alan Doyle

04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie


05 - A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
❊ The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
❊ Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover


07 - A reread of a favorite book


09 - A book you meant to read in 2018


10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title


11 - A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover


12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
❊ Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
❊ Circe by Madeline Miller

13 - A book published posthumously
❊The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
❊ Maurice by EM Forster
❊ I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie


15 - A retelling of a classic
❊ Spinning Silver

16 - A book with a question in the title


17 - A book set on a college or university campus


18 - a book about someone with a super power


20 - a book set in space


21 - a book by two female authors


22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"


23 - A book set in Scandinavia


24 - a book that takes place in a single day


25 - a debut novel


26 - a book that's published in 2019


28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire


29 - a book with "love" in the title


32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America


33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title


35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter


36 - A ghost story



38 - A novel based on a true story


39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game


40 - Your favorite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge


41 - A "cli fi" book
❊ Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson

43 - An "own voices" book


44 - Read a book during the season it is set in


45 - A LitRPG book


46 - A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters


47 & 48 - Two books that share the same title



49 - A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom


50 - A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

3ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 11, 3:14pm Top

ROOT
I'm trying something new this year and I've joined the ROOT group.
I am going to attempt to reduce my unread books by almost half (not including audio or ebooks) and my goal is 30. (I think there are about 75 up there). I won't do anything silly like pretend I can make myself stop buying (as if) but to count towards this I had to own the book prior to December 2018.




Here is the link to my ROOT thread
1) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (owned since 2018)
2) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (owned since 2011)
3) I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley (owned since 2011)
4) Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton (owned since 2016)

These are my TBR shelves


4ChelleBearss
Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 6:28pm Top

My other threads are sad and lonely. I'd like to try and add a few books to each this year, perhaps these ones that I've listed below:

Women's Prize for Fiction
🔵2018 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
🔵2009 Home by Marilynne Robinson

1001 books list
🔵American Pyscho by Brett Easton Ellis
🔵The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Booker Prize
🔵2017 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
🔵1992 The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

5drneutron
Dec 27, 2018, 7:53pm Top

Welcome back! Great pic of the family!

6richardderus
Dec 27, 2018, 9:18pm Top

Such a lovely group. Happy 2019!

7Berly
Dec 27, 2018, 9:22pm Top



Dang. I forgot to add the Pop Sugar Challenge to the my thread and now it will be in the middle instead of the top! Sigh. ; )

8Cait86
Dec 28, 2018, 7:25am Top

Hello from a fellow Ontarian! I'm also doing the PopSugar Challenge with some friends from work. Some of the categories are challenging!! Looking forward to following your reading this year.

9jessibud2
Dec 28, 2018, 8:42am Top

Happy new thread, Chelle. Lovely topper!

10susanj67
Dec 28, 2018, 9:19am Top

Happy new year and thread, Chelle! I love the picture at the top :-)

11MickyFine
Dec 28, 2018, 12:30pm Top

Dropping off a star for you, Chelle. Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings you. :)

12mstrust
Dec 28, 2018, 1:48pm Top

Happy 2019! Starred!

13lkernagh
Dec 28, 2018, 3:54pm Top

Hi Chelle! What a lovely family photo! Stopping by to drop a star and wish to you and your family a wonderful New Year, just in case I don't make it back here before Jan 1st.

14katiekrug
Dec 28, 2018, 10:43pm Top

Just dropping my star....

15SandDune
Dec 29, 2018, 7:20am Top

Happy New Thread and New Year Chelle! Starred you.

16johnsimpson
Dec 29, 2018, 5:06pm Top

Hi Chelle, great family photo my dear. I have dropped my star and look forward to visiting here on a more regular basis than in 2018, sending love and hugs to you all dear friend.

17socialpages
Dec 29, 2018, 5:26pm Top

Hi Chelle. Lovely family photo. Your Pop Sugar Challenge looks interesting.

18EBT1002
Dec 29, 2018, 5:36pm Top

Hi Chelle! Dropping off my star and wishing you a wonderful new year!!

19jnwelch
Dec 30, 2018, 6:00pm Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle! Looking forward to a great 2019. What a lovely family photo up top!

20The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2018, 2:56am Top

Happy New Year Chelle!

21charl08
Dec 31, 2018, 4:09am Top

Happy New one Chelle- lovely family photo. I will be following along in 2019.

22vancouverdeb
Dec 31, 2018, 5:53am Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle! I hope to be back later on. I can recommend Home Fire as an excellent read and a fairly quick read. Happy New Year!

23alcottacre
Dec 31, 2018, 7:54am Top

Happy New Year, Chelle - and family! I love the picture at the top. I cannot believe how big your girls are getting!

24Carmenere
Dec 31, 2018, 11:00am Top

Happy new thread and happy new year, Chelle! >1 ChelleBearss: Very, very nice family photo! Wishing you all a wonderful year!

25FAMeulstee
Dec 31, 2018, 11:53am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Chelle!

26ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 8:17am Top



Morning, folks! Hope everyone enjoyed their New Year's celebrations, whether you partied hard or stayed in. Nate and I watched a whole season of Letterkenny while drinking Rye and ginger and then in bed by 11. I am tired this morning though and when my alarm went off at 6am for work I ignored it until well past when I should have been out of bed!
I'm hoping for a slow day at work today so I can work my way through more of Blackout. Hoping to finish it in the next couple days.

>5 drneutron: Thanks, Jim, and thanks for hosting this group again this year!

>6 richardderus: Happy 2019, RD!

>7 Berly: I ended up needing an extra space for my ROOT tracking so I stole the spot that I had assigned for tracking purchases. I can add it back in next month or just not track this year!

>8 Cait86: Thanks for visiting, Cait! I loved doing the Pop Sugar last year and look forward to it again this year. Some of the prompts are going to be very tricky though!

>9 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley! The girls are very photogenic, thankfully they got that from their dad :)

27ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 8:19am Top

>10 susanj67: Happy New Year, Susan!

>11 MickyFine: Welcome, Micky! Hope your movie marathon night was fun!

>12 mstrust: Welcome, Jennifer!

>13 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori! Hope you had a good evening!

>14 katiekrug: Hiya, Katie!

>15 SandDune: Thanks, Rhian!

28ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 8:22am Top

>16 johnsimpson: HI, John! Hope you and Karen had a good night!

>17 socialpages: Welcome, Jennifer! There is a pop sugar thread if you want to join in!

>18 EBT1002: Happy new year, Ellen!

>19 jnwelch: Thanks Joe! Hope you are enjoying your trip!

>20 The_Hibernator: Happy new year, Rachel! Hope you are relaxing and getting lots of baby snuggles!

29ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 8:27am Top

>21 charl08: Welcome, Charlotte!

>22 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Deb! Hope your hubs is feeling less pain! I will make sure to see if I can snag a copy of Home Fire!

>23 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia! They are growing like weeds! Chloe shot up two inches in the last 6 months of the year and Ellie is a giant baby that likes to tackle her sister lol

>24 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! We had a bunch of photos taken this fall and I was very happy with how they turned out

>25 FAMeulstee: Happy reading, Anita!

30msf59
Edited: Jan 1, 10:38am Top

Happy New Year, Chelle & family and Happy New Thread. Love that topper. Looking forward to sharing another year of books with you! What did you think of Blackout? I hope I made a solid choice.

31Donna828
Jan 1, 10:55am Top

Hi. Chelle, and Happy New Year. Your lovely family photo makes an excellent topper. I’ve gotten spoiled by seeing all the daily doings of your sweet girls on FB.

I too am a new ROOTer. Something has to be done about my crowded bookshelves...and the overflow. I blame it all on the BBS around these parts for all those shiny new books. So tempting.

32BLBera
Jan 1, 12:51pm Top

Happy New Year, Chelle. I love your topper. You have a beautiful family.

33figsfromthistle
Jan 1, 1:00pm Top

Happy New Year! Great family photo :)

34vikzen
Jan 1, 3:52pm Top

HNY Chelle! Dropping a star. Hope your book journey goes well in 2019! Nice family

35PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 7:09pm Top



Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Chelle, this year.

36ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 7:26pm Top

>30 msf59: Thanks again Mark! First 4 star read of 2019 completed with Blackout! The only issue is that I need to find out what happens so I'll be rushing to get a copy of All Clear soon! lol

>31 Donna828: Oh I know the feeling, Donna! I have books that have sat unread for upwards of 10 years and I feel so bad for them!

>32 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! They are cute but the youngest two are currently for sale because they've been driving us nutty :)

>33 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Figs!

>34 vikzen: Thanks, Victoria! Thanks for visiting

37ChelleBearss
Jan 1, 7:30pm Top


1) Blackout by Connie Willis
Pop Sugar Challenge: #19 a book told from multiple POVs

My first book finished for 2019 and it was pretty great! The only problem is it's first in a series and I don't have the second book! *gasp*


2) Mango and Bambang by Polly Faber

Chloe really enjoyed this and wanted to read all four chapters in one sitting.

38brenzi
Jan 1, 8:20pm Top

Happy New Year Chelle! I love that family pic.

39ronincats
Jan 1, 10:25pm Top

>37 ChelleBearss: You can't say I didn't warn you!!

Dropping off my star, Chelle!

40AMQS
Jan 1, 10:45pm Top

Happy New Year, Chelle! Love your family photo up top:) and OMG THE SECOND MORRIGAN CROW BOOK IS OUT!!!!! I've added it to my purchase list for the library!

41susanj67
Jan 2, 3:27am Top

Congratulations on your first finish, Chelle!

42ChelleBearss
Jan 2, 8:44am Top

Morning, folks! I am off work for two days but unfortunately I am still feeling very sick, so it's going to be a PJ and chill day. Chloe and I were supposed to host a play date with three of her school friends today but we had to cancel since we don't want to make all her friends sick for the rest of their Christmas vacation. Instead I think it's going to be a reading-ipad-games-take down decorations kind of day.

>35 PaulCranswick: Looks like I missed you there, Paul! Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family!

>38 brenzi: Thanks, Bonnie! That was one of about 7 photos that actually turned out from our hour session. The girls were exceptionally difficult that day lol

>39 ronincats: Ha, Yes Roni you were absolutely right! I am going to contact my fave used bookstore and see if they have a copy

>40 AMQS: haha, so cute Anne! Glad to see you are also a Morrigan Crow fan! I started it yesterday on audio and fell right back into the swing of things!

>41 susanj67: Thanks, Susan! I hope to have another one finished tomorrow. I started The Friday Night Knitting Club last night in the bath and ended up reading 80 pages before bed!

43norabelle414
Jan 2, 10:28am Top

Feel better soon, Chelle!

That tapir book in >37 ChelleBearss: looks so cute!

44ChelleBearss
Jan 2, 10:40am Top

>43 norabelle414: 5 points to Nora for knowing it was a tapir!
It was really cute and the chapters are long enough that one per night was sufficient and Chloe didn’t ask for other books after.

45norabelle414
Jan 2, 10:50am Top

>43 norabelle414: I volunteer at a zoo so I'm probably ineligible for points ;-)

46kidzdoc
Jan 2, 11:11am Top

Happy New Year, Chelle! I hope that you feel better soon.

47karenmarie
Jan 2, 2:17pm Top

Hi Chelle and happy first thread of 2019.

That is a beautiful pic of your family in your topper - thanks for sharing.

Sorry to hear it's a cancelled-playdate-jammies day. I hope you all bounce back quickly.

>36 ChelleBearss: >I>the youngest two are currently for sale because they've been driving us nutty :) I remember those days...

48ChelleBearss
Jan 2, 2:56pm Top

>45 norabelle414: I'm feeling generous so you can keep your points :)

>46 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl! I think I would get better if I could just rest but two little munchkins are refusing to let me sit down!

>47 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! I just want to curl up in a blanket and read my books but these girls are going squirrely today!

49ChelleBearss
Jan 2, 2:56pm Top

I think I have managed to find threads for the majority of people that I've followed in the past. If I haven't found you yet please drop me a link to your thread and I'll pop by! :)

50richardderus
Jan 2, 3:52pm Top

Hi Chelle! Sorry to learn you're unwell for this last wodge of vacation time. Recover soon *whammy* headed your way.

>37 ChelleBearss: All Clear made a biiiiiiig impression on several time-travel-story mavens I know. I lost my will to Willis after Doomsday Book made me roll my eyes so hard I could see my brain. That said, I adored Inside Job, a novella featuring the ghost of my hero H.L. Mencken. Others of her stories, well...not for me, for some unfathomable reason.

51brodiew2
Jan 2, 4:20pm Top

Hello Chelle!

>1 ChelleBearss: That is a lovely family photo as a topper.

>2 ChelleBearss: I also love the challenge you have set up. as for number 15*, I know Spinning Silver and Circe are newer books getting good buzz. I have not read either, but the Kindle sample of SS was captivating.

52ChelleBearss
Jan 2, 5:17pm Top

>50 richardderus: Thanks, RD! I go back to work Friday for the whole weekend so maybe relaxing there will help me recover because being home with two crazy babes isn't helping much!
Sorry to see that you don't enjoy Willis much. This was her first that I tried and I enjoyed it. I am hoping All Clear is just as good, once I find a copy

>51 brodiew2: Thanks, Brodie! I've been meaning to try Spinning Silver and Circe (I have a copy of both!) so I will definitely use one for that category!

53benitastrnad
Edited: Jan 2, 11:08pm Top

Wanted to let you know that I got the swap books. I wasn't sure if you were still visiting the swap thread so thought I would post it here.

I had fun wrapping the box and then opening it on Christmas Day. they were the only two books I got and they look great. Thanks so much.

I got Beartown and Do Not Say We Have Nothing.

54Berly
Jan 3, 12:07am Top

Feel better, Chelle.

55calm
Jan 3, 10:36am Top

Hi Chelle, happy reading in 2019

56Crazymamie
Jan 3, 10:39am Top

Chelle, I love your topper and the photos of your shelves! Hoping you are feeling better today.

57ChelleBearss
Jan 3, 11:44am Top

>53 benitastrnad: I'm so glad that you liked them! Sorry that they were the only books you got for Christmas, though!

>54 Berly: Thanks, Kim. Slightly less gross feeling today. The girls let me sleep in until after 8am, which was awesomesauce!

>55 calm: Thanks, Calm! You as well

>56 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! Slightly better but still sick. Chloe seems a lot better though and I'm hoping she will be normal by back to schoo Monday. (or as normal as our kids get :)

58RebaRelishesReading
Jan 3, 12:15pm Top

>37 ChelleBearss: "it's first in a series and I don't have the second book! *gasp*" -- hope you get that taken care of soon!! :)

59ChelleBearss
Jan 3, 12:23pm Top

>58 RebaRelishesReading: it’s a terrible predicament! I’m trying to decide whether I should spend $12 on a used copy that is listed as “good” condition and will take a week or more to arrive or just spend $20 and have a new copy by Saturday, or borrowing it from the library and owning an incomplete series.
I’m leaning towards the new copy :)

60RebaRelishesReading
Jan 3, 12:26pm Top

>59 ChelleBearss: I would definitely go with the new copy

61aktakukac
Jan 3, 12:28pm Top

Hi Chelle, I'm starring your thread and looking forward to following it this year. Happy reading!

62MickyFine
Jan 3, 2:59pm Top

>50 richardderus: Oh Richard, don't judge Willis' time travel books by Doomsday Book. It's definitely the weakest of the four. Pretty please try To Say Nothing of the Dog? I feel like it would be much more your thing.

>37 ChelleBearss: Glad you enjoyed Blackout. I think I read somewhere that originally Blackout and All Clear were originally one book but Willis' publisher made her split them as otherwise it would be too long for some readers. I hope you get the second half soon!

63ChelleBearss
Jan 4, 7:58am Top

Happy Friday, folks! I'm at work starting a thrilling 3 day weekend here. I am hoping the public behaves today and lets me do some reading :)

>60 RebaRelishesReading: Ouch, you pulled my arm and I bought a new copy. Darn. There goes my plan to not buy anything for the month of January. (I knew it wouldn't last)

>61 aktakukac: Welcome, Rachel!

>62 MickyFine: I can see why they would make her split it as that would have been one large book!

64ChelleBearss
Jan 4, 8:28am Top


3) The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
75 Books Challenge
ROOT challenge
Pop Sugar Challenge: #08 - A book about a hobby

I don't usually read what some people would call "chick lit" but the blurb on this one sounded interesting. It sat on my shelf for almost a year before I finally picked it up and I'm glad that I did. I loved the characters and the story and it almost made me cry towards the end. (almost!) I doubt I will read the next two in the series as I think this probably should have been a stand alone novel.

65karenmarie
Jan 4, 10:10am Top

>52 ChelleBearss: There were times when I was so happy to get to work, get my first cup of coffee, and focus on adult things and not my lovely-but-demanding child.

66Carmenere
Jan 4, 10:16am Top

Woo hoo! look at you!! 3 books and the year is 4 days old. You're rocking it, Chelle!

67richardderus
Jan 4, 12:02pm Top

>62 MickyFine: Sadly, Miss Micky, To Say Nothing of the Dog was a big disappointment to me, and I expected it to be a huge hit. I am simply Willis-resistant except for the novella Inside Job, which was excellent.

>64 ChelleBearss: Out-of-comfort-zone success! That's one of the best feelings, for me at least; as an oldster, I'm concerned with ensuring I don't ossify into a "this and nothing but this" reader.

68MickyFine
Jan 4, 3:40pm Top

>64 ChelleBearss: I want to rant about chick lit as a dismissive label but I'll save that for my own thread some day. I'm happy you enjoyed your read outside your regular comfort zone.

>67 richardderus: Bummer. Ah well, to every book its reader.

69ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 4, 4:03pm Top

>65 karenmarie: Not going to lie, Karen, but sometimes the quiet at work is much appreciated! I am feeling slightly better today and I've done a ton of reading as the public has generally behaved today! :0

>66 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! I managed to read over 200 pages of my book at work today so I'll probably have a new one to list tomorrow :)

>67 richardderus: Agreed, Richard. Which is why I enjoy doing the Pop Sugar challenge, although any challenge would do, as it forces me to pick up books that maybe I might not have if I didn't need it to fill a prompt.

>68 MickyFine: Rant away, Micky. I personally think of "chick lit" or "chick flicks" as books that tend to bring on strong emotions. I don't necessarily thinks it's a bad term but I can see how some people might not like it. I'm not usually one to enjoy romantic or really emotional books but I found this one was very well done and wasn't overly emotional until some parts near the end.

70brodiew2
Jan 4, 4:56pm Top

> 69 Hi Chelle! 200 pages is big production! Well done. I feel good getting a chapter read a night. I am thoroughly enjoying Charlie Chan in The Chinese Parrot.

71dk_phoenix
Jan 4, 5:29pm Top

Hi Chelle! I'm so impressed that you're already 3 books in on day 4 of the year! Go, you!

73DeltaQueen50
Jan 4, 9:57pm Top

Hi Chelle, I've placed my star and I am very impressed that you already have a couple of the PopSugar prompts completed. I too managed to pick up a cold over the holidays but I am determined to shake it off quickly!

74ronincats
Jan 4, 10:22pm Top

If you liked Blackout, you will love All Clear, Chelle. Richard, have you read Remake? Bellwether is my favorite of hers for sly humor about bureaucracies.

75Berly
Jan 4, 10:30pm Top

Chelle--Okay, work day down and two to go! Glad you are feeling better and that the public behaved so you could get your reading in today. You are cranking out the books.

76LovingLit
Jan 4, 10:52pm Top

>37 ChelleBearss: a sign? I just read my second book of the year, and it was told from multiple POVs. Hm. Ought I enter a challenge? I am a wuss when it comes to challenges, so maybe I will just note whose wins if I see them :)

Happy new thread! And happy new year :)

77ChelleBearss
Jan 5, 8:08am Top

Morning, folks! I'm at work bright and early and hoping that the public behaves once again today! Could it possibly happen two days in a row?!
Last night after work we had family games night. Nate and I played Uno (Finding Dory edition) and Go Fish with Chloe and then once she was in bed Nate and I had some adult drinks and played Exploding Kittens and Pandemic. I think it was a pretty decent way to kill a worknight :) Tomorrow night my sister and BIL are coming over to play games with us and we also have What Do You Meme to try with them.

>70 brodiew2: Hi Brodie! Altogether between work and reading in bed I managed 310 pages yesterday :) Some days I am lucky to get a chapter in and some days I manage whole chunks. Sometimes life just gets in the way lol. I am lucky in my job that when it is slow I have time to read. I'm a police dispatcher and we don't have paperwork or extra duties. When there are no calls coming in then we wait for those calls, and I read while I wait. (and sometimes crochet :)

>71 dk_phoenix: To be fait, Faith, one of those books is a kid's chapter book and not super long :) I usually tend to have good reading months at the start of the year and taper off and barely read come autumn. I've noticed a pattern over the last few years

>72 RebaRelishesReading: :-) It arrives today (I also got Chloe the next Mango and Bambang book as they are just too sweet to not own)

>73 DeltaQueen50: Hope you feel better soon, Judy! I'm still a bit congested but overall feel a lot better!

>74 ronincats: Good to know, Roni! I will probably start All Clear by Monday.

>75 Berly: Thanks, Kim! Send me some well behaved public thoughts for another slow day! :-P

>76 LovingLit: Feel free to join in! You can do as much or as little of the challenge that you feel like doing. No rules except those that you make for yourself :)

78karenmarie
Jan 5, 9:04am Top

Hi Chelle!

>77 ChelleBearss: My niece and her wife gave us Exploding Kittens for Christmas - my husband's not a game player, and my daughter and I were too bemused by the gift to actually attempt it. So it works well with two players? Maybe next time my daughter comes to visit we'll play.

79ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 5, 6:36pm Top


4) A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
75 Books Challenge
ROOT challenge
Pop Sugar Challenge: #30 a book featuring an amateur detective

Flavia is quite the little character. She is very brave and very foolish! I had a very hard time getting into this one and I have picked it up and put it down multiple times since I bought it in 2011! I have even tried it on audio instead of print. I was determined to get it off my TBR shelf this year for my ROOT challenge so I stuck through the beginning and it ended up being a very enjoyable read. I wouldn't call it a cozy mystery (too much death) but it is close. I have the next in the series and I'm going to jump right into it while I am on a roll!


5) I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
75 Books Challenge
ROOT challenge
Pop Sugar Challenge: #31 a book about a family

Now that I am into the Flavia stories she has really grown on me. She is always poking her nose into things that a child should not be and she tends to find things that the adults have overlooked. I plan to continue this series now!

80ChelleBearss
Jan 5, 9:24am Top

>78 karenmarie: Yep, Karen, it's pretty great! We have the adult version, which has some inappropriate humour, and there are expansion packs that you can buy that add more different types of cards. Nate and I get a chuckle out of the pictures on the cards and we each have our faves. We played it last summer on our Alberta trip with my BIL and we had a lot of fun. They had a couple expansion packs and it got complicated and awesome. (We may have had some drinks too :)

81katiekrug
Jan 5, 6:52pm Top

We love Exploding Kittens, too :)

82cushlareads
Jan 5, 7:36pm Top

Hi Chelle - happy new year! I really hope the public has behaved itself today and you've had another quiet day at work.

I see you're in the middle of reading Captain Underpants with Chloe. My kids **loved** those books, especially Fletcher, and we've just done a cull of lots of the kids' books but all agreed we cannot give those away. The movie, however, was the only kid movie I've walked out of. The kids were just big enough to be left alone together and it dawned on me that I could be sitting downstairs in the cafe instead of watching Captain Underpants. (I still go to some of their movies...T is keen for me to see Wreck it Ralph 2 with her this week.)

83Whisper1
Jan 5, 8:56pm Top

Happy New Year Chelle! Your family photo (opening image) is lovely!

84benitastrnad
Edited: Jan 5, 9:33pm Top

I am also trying to finish the FLavia de Luce series - or at least catch up to where the author is. I have two more to read.

You can put me in the ranks of those who liked To Say Nothing of the Dog. I thought it was great fun. I want to get this whole series read and this year I am trying to finish series before I start new ones. That is why I am diligently working on the Flavia de Luce books.

I managed to finish the Septimus Heap by Angie Sage and the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard books this last year and it was a good feeling.

85evilmoose
Jan 5, 11:15pm Top

Heya Chelle - glad to see you getting into Flavia. It took me a while to settle in, and now I wouldn't be without her :)

86msf59
Jan 6, 8:37am Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle. Glad you are enjoying the Flavia books. I read the first 2 or 3, liked them but felt that was enough. Plenty of fans of that series around here.

I have been enjoying my long weekend but I have neglected my LT pals. Hope to rectify that or at least make an honest attempt.

87ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 6, 8:41am Top

Morning, folks! I'm on my last shift of this weekend and we are ordering in breakfast, yay! I am going to be starting a new book this morning All Clear as well as trying to start a knitting project that I got for Christmas. The problem is that I don't actually know how to knit and I can't watch instructional videos while at work. A couple coworkers are knitting pros though so I may have to ask them to show me what to do!
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

>81 katiekrug: So much fun! I broke down and got the first expansion pack so tonight should get rowdy lol

>82 cushlareads: HI Cushla! The public was so good yesterday that I managed to start and finish I am Half-Sick of Shadows in my 9 hour shift :) I had half a chapter to finish it off once I got home!
Chloe is really loving the Captain Underpants books as well as Dogman! I've been buying the hard cover coloured editions and I think we are caught up to what has been released.

>83 Whisper1: Thank you, Linda!

>84 benitastrnad: Hi Benita! I'm pretty good, usually, at finishing series as I tend to get on a roll and read them all in a row. I had gotten stuck on Flavia after the second book in 2011 and am just working my through now. I need to get the next book though so I may wait a bit before I buy them.

>85 evilmoose: HI Megan! I can see loving Flavia. She is quite the spunky little character!

>86 msf59: Happy Sunday, Mark! I think Flavia annoyed me after the second book and that's why they sat unread on my shelf all these years. Once I got into the third book she started to grow on me and I would like to try and finish the series. I had forgotten that Alan Bradley is Canadian!

88brenzi
Jan 6, 10:03am Top

Hi Chelle, I have a copy of the first Flavia DeLuce mystery and it's been languishing on my shelf for years now. The question is always: do I want to start another series? So far I've resisted lol. Don't know how long I will hold out.

89scaifea
Jan 6, 11:07am Top

Morning, Chelle!

We have Exploding Kittens and love it! So funny.

90karenmarie
Jan 6, 11:09am Top

Hi Chelle! Happy Sunday to you and good luck with the knitting project.

91Carmenere
Jan 6, 11:19am Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle! Exploding Kittens sounds like fun for a friends get together and seems easy enough to play. How long does a game take, do you play several games? How do you like Pandemic in comparison?

92ChelleBearss
Jan 6, 12:05pm Top

>88 brenzi: Hi Bonnie! Flavia seems to be loved by many but it took me a bit to get into her. You may be safe just reading the first one.

>89 scaifea: Hi Amber! We got the expansion pack, which I'm not sure if appropriate for Charlie's age group, but I love some of the funniest cards! Mamma Cat kills me! :)

>90 karenmarie: Happy Sunday, Karen! I've already given up on my knitting project! Turns out knitting isn't my thing. I'm going to stick to reading and searching for new books online today :)

>91 Carmenere: Hi Lynda! Nate and I played together for just under two hours on Friday night and we played about 4 hands of Exploding Kittens and one round of Pandemic. I think it can last a lot longer if you have more players and expansion packs.

93lkernagh
Jan 6, 9:17pm Top

Hi Chelle, look at you go with your reading! I see you are getting through the Bradley books. Just in time for the next in the series to come out, by chance? ;-)

94richardderus
Jan 6, 11:43pm Top

>79 ChelleBearss: Excellent! Happy to see an old favorite series is still going strong.

95ChelleBearss
Jan 7, 9:22am Top

Morning, folks. It's a slow morning here today. Chloe is off to school and Elissa and I are just hanging out while Nate sleeps for nightshift. Our games night was quite fun but I may have had a couple, or five, glasses of wine too many. Naps for everyone later!

>93 lkernagh: Is there a new one coming out this year? I really doubt I'll get caught up as I don't have the next four books. I'm being very OCD right now and can't find the next book in hardcover at a decent price, and I don't want to buy a format that doesn't match the four I already have. Such a bookish first world problem, I know. I would like to purchase them, as opposed to using the library, as I already own four and it bothers me to have incomplete series when I like a series.

>94 richardderus: Have you read all of them, Richard?

96figsfromthistle
Jan 7, 9:36am Top

>79 ChelleBearss: I too, like the Flavia series. She is such a strong character, always up to no good and always prepared with a smart/sarcastic answer :)

97ChelleBearss
Jan 7, 9:46am Top

>96 figsfromthistle: Lots of lovers of Flavia here :) She took a bit to grow on me

Question:
Has anyone used Abe Books before? I have not used them, I tend to buy new books or through amazon's used program.
Abe Books has a few hardcovers I want for cheap prices and decent shipping. Has anyone had any issues with books showing up in a condition not described or in poor condition?

98jessibud2
Edited: Jan 7, 9:53am Top

I have used Abebooks and can recommend it. I know some people have had some not so good experiences but I have ordered books through them many times and have not yet had a single bad experience. I find that often, when the vendor is in the UK, shipping is free, for some reason. Shipping from the States and Canada tends to be pricey, but I guess that's not a surprise. I once ordered a book from a vendor in Ottawa and was charged in US dollars. I contacted the vendor privately and asked, since I was in the same province, if he would consider just using Canada Post and charging me in Canadian currency and he was perfectly fine with it and very nice. So, give it a try.

99ChelleBearss
Jan 7, 10:01am Top

>98 jessibud2: Oh good, thanks Shelley! I found the next Flavia book in hardcover for $5 and only $6 shipping. It's charge in US$ but that's still a lot cheaper than amazon or chapters for the hardcover Canadian edition! It says it is in perfect condition so we shall see when it arrives! :)

100karenmarie
Edited: Jan 7, 10:10am Top

Hi Chelle!

>92 ChelleBearss: LOL. I think you can happily stick to reading. You remind me of me - my sister gave me an kittens embroidery kit in ... 1983 I think... and I got the fireplace going, brewed up a wonderful cup of coffee, put some baroque music on (one of my two favs), and sat down to embroider this cute picture with visions of framing it and starting a new hobby. An hour later I was cussing and ended up throwing it away. Haven't done any kind of hand work since.

101benitastrnad
Jan 7, 12:17pm Top

I purchased another knitting kit project over Christmas as well. This one is a shawl put out by Mountain Colors Yarn and the yarn is beautiful. I love the yarn from that company. I am about to finish the shawl I am working on and after that I need to finish up a couple of hats I have started.

Yarn is just like books. One leads to the next ...

102RebaRelishesReading
Jan 7, 1:25pm Top

>101 benitastrnad: Oh boy do I hear ya'!!! Yarn and books jump into my basket in stores, stick themselves to my sides, and absolutely insist on going home with me. Sometimes I feel like I need a 12-step program but mostly I just enjoy it.

103alcottacre
Edited: Jan 7, 1:35pm Top

>97 ChelleBearss: I have used ABEBooks for years now - I think it is over 10 years - and have had exactly 1 problem in that time frame and the issue was resolved.

ETA: As a matter of fact, I just placed an order for 5 more books (yikes!) from them.

104richardderus
Jan 7, 3:41pm Top

>95 ChelleBearss: No, not yet. I have Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mewed checked out of the library, so soon enough it'll be down. Then I'll have books 9 and 10 in the series outstanding, but my county's library system buys the series in bulk so no risk of not having it when I want it.

>97 ChelleBearss: I've used ABEBooks in the past and was satisfied with my results.

105brodiew2
Jan 7, 5:22pm Top

Hi Chelle! I hope all is well with you.

>79 ChelleBearss: I have eyed this series for some time, but never taken the plunge, on audio or in print. My mother gave me Speaking from among the Bones for Christmas. I may have to get to it sooner than later.

106lkernagh
Jan 7, 5:29pm Top

>95 ChelleBearss: - Yes, The Golden Tresses of the Dead is coming out January 22nd. ;-)

107ChelleBearss
Jan 8, 9:32am Top

Happy Tuesday, folks!


Today I am all aloney at home. Chloe is at school, Elissa is at daycare and Nate is sleeping for his nightshift. I have a GIANT list of chores to do but first I am considering either a nap or book session! I could relax for an hour and then jump into chores ... or get chores done and hope I have time left over to read? Tough decision, but I think I'm leaning towards some couch time!

I have to tear apart Chloe's toy room today and do a giant purge! Her room looks something exploded up there and she just has too many odds and ends filling the buckets. I plan to collect everything that they don't need, or is broken or partially missing, and either chuck or donate it. Chloe wants her paint easel up there now (instead of my kitchen, yay!) so I need to move out my printer stand and move it to the basement. Other than that I just have some normal cleanup, declutter etc to do.
I have about 5 hours left on The Wundersmith and I should be able to knock quite a lot out with my cleaning today.

>100 karenmarie: Ha, Karen! That's funny. Some of our family know that I have the ability to be crafty (when I choose to be) and tend to buy me crafting sets. Of all of the sets that I have done I have only kept 1 and hung it up and the rest ended up tossed. I wish people would stop buying these things but of course I can't say that or they would get offended. Grandma also got me a lovely needlepoint set this year of an owl (she always buys me owl stuff!) and it's going to be sooooo hard as it's all shades of white and grey. I think it's going to be hard on the eyes when I eventually try it.
My arthritis in my thumb has been bad the last few weeks so I don't plan on starting anything crafty for a long while

>101 benitastrnad: HI Benita! My mom is like that, she has a new crochet project started minutes after finishing the last. And she can't walk past a craft store without going inside to buy more yarn! (although she is mostly buying yarn online these days)

>102 RebaRelishesReading: Ha, I am that way with books! I keep saying that I'll stop buying so many ... but we all know that won't happen.

>103 alcottacre: Oh that's great, Stacia! I ended up ordering one hardcover from Abe and it says it is in perfect condition and one from Amazon used that said it was as good as new. So we shall see when they arrive

>104 richardderus: You are close to being caught up in the series! I had thought there was 8 but I guess there are ten, so I do have some catching up to do!

>105 brodiew2: Hi Brodie. I don't really think that this series is one that you have to start at the beginning, although I am a big fan of always reading series books in order. I'm a little OCD that way.

>106 lkernagh: Ah, Lori, I do have some catching up to do! The next Andrea Camilleri comes out in February and I've already got my library hold in! :)

108Crazymamie
Jan 8, 10:02am Top

Happy Tuesday, Chelle! I would totally snag the couch time first.

109ChelleBearss
Jan 8, 4:59pm Top

>108 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! I did snag an hour on the couch before spending a few hours cleaning and purging. I took a full load to charity and managed to hit up the library too :)

110ChelleBearss
Jan 8, 5:02pm Top


6) The Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
75 Books Challenge
Pop Sugar Challenge: #27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature

I am really loving this series! It has a very Harry Potter feel to me and I'm really enjoying it on audio. Unfortunately I now have to wait for the next book to be written! *sad face*

111brenzi
Jan 8, 6:14pm Top

Hi Chelle, I’ve used Abe books many times and never been disappointed. Good luck getting Chloe’s room sorted out. Unfortunately, I can vividly picture it from personal experience with my granddaughter lol.

112richardderus
Jan 8, 9:39pm Top

I hope decluttering went well and you're fresh out of chores to do.

*bwaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa*

Oh, I crack myself up, I do!

113Whisper1
Jan 8, 9:55pm Top

>97 ChelleBearss:, I have purchased books from ABE without a problem. I was able to obtain a few books that I could not find elsewhere. The prices were great and the delivery and descriptions of the books were right on target.

I would recommend them. I hope you have the same experience I did.

114msf59
Jan 9, 6:40am Top

Happy Wednesday, Chelle. I hope you enjoyed your day yesterday. A mix of chores and reading. Back to the winter cold today, which we haven't had in a couple of weeks.

115ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 9, 4:00pm Top


7) All Clear by Connie Willis
75 Books Challenge
Pop Sugar Challenge: 37 - a book with a two-word title

So I have Mark (msf59) to thank for introducing me to Connie Willis and these two books Blackout and All Clear. These were great and I flew through them, even though they were pretty large. I had a bit of trouble following some of the time lines and had to reread a few pages until I understood but once I figured out what was going on I was hooked.

116ChelleBearss
Jan 9, 3:19pm Top

>111 brenzi: Bonnie I’ve come to the conclusion that the girls just have too much stuff. I ended up taking a big load to charity and put a load out to garbage too. Part of the issue is Chloe’s love of crafts and me letting her have playroom time without checking to see what she has been up to. There was paper and glitter everywhere!

>112 richardderus: Ha, Richard! You crack me up too!

>113 Whisper1: >111 brenzi: I’m glad to hear so many people have had good luck with Abe books. It says it has shipped already so we shall see what condition it arrives in!

>114 msf59: sad to see the cold back but Chloe was very excited about the snow today! We got a couple inches.

117johnsimpson
Jan 9, 3:48pm Top

>115 ChelleBearss:, Hi Chelle, I have these two on my to read list for this year having finally got them.

118The_Hibernator
Jan 10, 9:29am Top

>115 ChelleBearss: I LOVE Connie Willis.

119benitastrnad
Jan 10, 12:06pm Top

I like Connie Willis too. I have several of her books on my shelves and should get them down and read them. I also like Guy Gavriel Kay. Have you read any of his fantasies?

I must be related to your daughter. I have lots of craft stuff and my house shows it. I downsized some of it when I moved 6 years ago. It is probably time to do so again.

120MickyFine
Jan 10, 3:39pm Top

>115 ChelleBearss: Glad you enjoyed the duology. If you're in the mood for more of her stuff, To Say Nothing of the Dog is another of her time travel books that I really enjoy and I also found Crosstalk a fun bit of sci fi.

122ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 11, 8:43am Top

Happy Friday, folks! Back in for another lovely weekend at work. We are having some protest issues in our region due to the pipe line protests and it's going to be a busy day here. I brought a book just in case but I'll be surprised if I get to touch it today!
Hope you all have a lovely day!

>117 johnsimpson: Enjoy, John! I just gave me two copies to my dad as he loves all things WW2. Hopefully the time travel doesn't throw him off too much :)

>118 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! I will add more Connie Willis to that ever growing TBR!

>119 benitastrnad: Hi Benita. I read Tigana about 6 years ago and loved it but for some reason haven't picked up any more from Kay. I should rectify that soon!

>120 MickyFine: Hi Micky! I'll add more Willis to my list! Perhaps for later this year :) Do I need to read Doomsday Book before To Say Nothing of the Dog?

123Crazymamie
Jan 11, 9:57am Top

Happy Friday, Chelle! Hoping work goes smoothly and quickly for you.

124RebaRelishesReading
Jan 11, 12:10pm Top

I started book 4 yesterday :) It's dauntingly big but will read fast I think.

125ChelleBearss
Edited: Jan 11, 3:14pm Top


9) Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton
75 Books Challenge
ROOT challenge (On shelf since 2016)

I love The Aunt Dimity books. They are cozy mysteries with only a slight amount of thriller to them. I have been working my way through these for many years and I usually reserve them for times when I need something light (either summer reads or after finishing a great book). This was book 11 and I plan on purchasing the next one later this year.

126ChelleBearss
Jan 11, 3:06pm Top

>123 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie. Thankfully it didn't end up being as bad as it could have been

>124 RebaRelishesReading: Yes, the later books are quite gigantic but worth it! I think I'm going to reread the series later this year. I'm debating buying the illustrated edition and reading it to Chloe this summer.

127msf59
Jan 11, 7:11pm Top

Happy Friday, Chelle. I am glad that I made you a Connie Willis fan. Honestly, I have only read Doomsday Book, which I liked. Keep that one in mind too.

128AMQS
Jan 12, 1:23am Top

Hi Chelle!

>110 ChelleBearss: Yay! I've put the new Morrigan Crow book on my list for my next order - glad you enjoyed it!

I had a thought about your Pop Sugar Challenge #3 (book written by a musician): in 2017 one of my top reads of the year was the amazing Just Kids by Patti Smith. It won the National Book Award and I loved it. Terrific on audio read by Patti Smith.

129ChelleBearss
Jan 12, 8:55am Top

>127 msf59: HI Mark! I may add Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of The Dog to my list for later in the year. Thanks for sending such great book choices!

>128 AMQS: Thanks for the suggestion Anne, but I am waiting for a library hold for that prompt (but it's taking forever!) I'm hoping to read A Newfoundlander in Canada by Alan Doyle (From the band Great Big Sea)

130RebaRelishesReading
Jan 12, 1:55pm Top

>126 ChelleBearss: I'm 200+ plages into book 4 and it is going reasonably quickly. It may be a while before I take on book 5 though.

131karenmarie
Jan 12, 6:07pm Top

Hi Chelle!

I hope your weekend goes well.

132mckait
Jan 12, 6:25pm Top

Oh my, what happened to your wee little babies? Eeek!

Great family photo!

133Whisper1
Jan 12, 7:07pm Top

>125 ChelleBearss: I also like the Aunt Dimity books and own a lot of them...unread as of to date.

134ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 8:13am Top

>130 RebaRelishesReading: That's great! I understand taking a break after some of them, they are pretty huge!

>131 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! I got my butt kicked at work yesterday but today we are ordering in breakfast so all is well :)

>132 mckait: Ha! They got bigger, Kath! Chloe grew two inches from May to December!

>133 Whisper1: I like reading them in order, Linda. Not really a requirement but you do get details of her life and I like knowing the progress as it comes.

135ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 8:15am Top


10) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
75 Books Challenge

Pop Sugar Challenge: 34 - a book that includes a wedding

I grabbed this when I saw it at the library as I've seen it mentioned quite a few times. It wasn't the plot that I thought it was but I ended up loving it. It's listed as romance but it wasn't over the top and it was a quick read. I will pick up the next book as I really liked the main character and want to see where she ends up next.

136scaifea
Jan 13, 8:58am Top

>135 ChelleBearss: I keep pondering that one, too. I'm glad to see that you liked it! Maybe I should move it up the list...

137Cait86
Jan 13, 10:01am Top

>135 ChelleBearss: Oh that book made me sob! We offer it as an option in our grade 11 English class, and the students who choose to read it always have great conversations about the issues in it.

138ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 1:08pm Top

I'm in a funk today.
Too tired from work yesterday to focus today and no reading is being done here at work. My brain isn't focusing on the words at all. I did an online course for work on the new cannabis laws and now I am waiting for the phone to ring and researching books for the Pop Sugar Challenge.
Not enough coffee in the world for today!


>136 scaifea: It's very light reading, Amber, and probably a nice break in between some of the more literary books that you like. I've put the second book on hold as they are perfect to read at work as they aren't too serious for my poor overworked brain :)

>137 Cait86: I managed to make it through without crying but it was touch and go for a bit lol. Did you read the two that follow?

139msf59
Jan 13, 1:28pm Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle. You know I heard a review of The Water Cure last week and it really sounds like an interesting book. I hope it works for you.

140ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 1:50pm Top

>138 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Mark! I hope to get to it this year lol

141ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 1:56pm Top


11) Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton
75 Books Challenge
Pop Sugar Challenge: 42 - A "choose-your-own-adventure" book

I am clearly not the target audience for this type of book as I found it to be ridiculous. Based on the options I chose everything was either sex or violence related. I didn't care enough to go back and try different choices to see how this could have turned out.
These were much more fun as a kid based on child like adventures instead of mundane adult issues.

142raidergirl3
Jan 13, 2:34pm Top

Neil Patrick Harris’s autobiography is written as a choose your own adventure. I enjoyed it!

143ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 2:37pm Top

>142 raidergirl3: That's one I wish I had known about because I adore him! This one was just poorly done, IMO

144aktakukac
Jan 13, 3:43pm Top

>135 ChelleBearss: I was just thinking on Friday that I should read more by Jojo Moyes. I liked that one, and the follow-up book was decent. It had a different feel to it, which was to be expected. I am interested in reading some of the author’s historical fiction.

145ChelleBearss
Jan 14, 9:31am Top

Happy Monday, folks! This is my favourite week of my weird work schedule as I only work Wednesday and Thursday! I love my two day week!
Today Ellie and I are just hanging out at home. I will do an online grocery order and pick up and some much needed cleaning. I also am planning a lot of relaxing too!
Ellie has been working on some new words and this is my favourite stage! I love getting her to say new things and the joy in her face when she figures out that she did it right. She is quite the little mimic and has said a few things we don't necessarily want her to say :) She says Thank You now when we give her something and this morning she repeated NUTS (as in "you guys are driving me") lol

Her favourite word is still NO! Here is a video from my facebook.I watch this all the time as it cracks me up!

Have a great week, folks!

>144 aktakukac: This was the first that I've read from her but I do plan on picking up more if my library has them. I don't think they are ones I would purchase though.

146richardderus
Jan 14, 12:12pm Top

>141 ChelleBearss: The ongoing popularity of this avenue of storytelling perplexes me.

>145 ChelleBearss: That's a wonderful way to schedule a week! Enjoy it. Happy new and short week!

147DeltaQueen50
Jan 14, 12:41pm Top

>141 ChelleBearss: >142 raidergirl3: I wish I had known about the Neil Patrick Harris book as well, I have bought a Regency Romance "Choose-Your-Own- Adventure' book and to be truthful I am dreading it. Sorry your choice didn't work out better for you Chelle!

148Cait86
Jan 14, 7:28pm Top

>138 ChelleBearss: I didn't read the sequels to Me Before You, mostly because I was less interested in Louisa, and more interested in Will. However, if you read them and like them, I might be tempted!

149BBGirl55
Jan 15, 12:37pm Top

Found you. Have a *

150benitastrnad
Jan 15, 2:52pm Top

I will be interested to hear what you have to say about the Lars Keplar book. I have several of them in my collection but haven't started reading them yet.

151Berly
Jan 15, 3:43pm Top

All caught up on the cleaning and books here. Enjoy your two-day work week!!

152karenmarie
Jan 15, 5:16pm Top

Hi Chelle!

>141 ChelleBearss: I hated that book. It was a book club choice, not mine, in 2008. I tried three different paths and I died early in each one. Blech.

>145 ChelleBearss: Ellie’s pretty adorable with all her NOs!

153ChelleBearss
Jan 16, 8:18am Top

Morning, folks! I am back to work today and feeling sleepy. 6am is an ugly time to wake up, and to wake up children!
I brought two books to work with me today and haven't decided yet which one I will start. Little Fires Everywhere and The Queen of Attolia.

Hope everyone has a happy hump day!

>146 richardderus: Thanks RD! I am looking forward to my three day weekend with Nate and the kids!

>147 DeltaQueen50: Ugh, that doesn't sound like something I would like. Can you return it? lol. The one I read was an ebook from the library and I was very glad that I didn't buy a copy.

>148 Cait86: I actually really liked Louisa so I'm interested in the second book and have it on hold to be picked up this weekend from the library. I'll let you know if it's good. I read that it feels a lot different from the first book because it's just her.

>149 BBGirl55: Thanks for visiting, Bryony!

>150 benitastrnad: It's kind of funny Benita, but I've already read this one. I saw it on Netgalley and, wrongly, assumed it must be a new one. I requested it and was granted it and then realized that it was the same book that I had already read in 2013. Not sure if it's a reissue or what but I owe a review on it and don't remember the plot so I'm reading it again. It's pretty good so far!

>151 Berly: Thanks, Kim! The cleaning is boring but the books are good!

>152 karenmarie: It was pretty terrible, eh Karen! I was not impressed with a few of the Pop Sugar prompts this year as they seem to be pushing some silly genres that I am not really interested in.
Ellie's fave word is NO and puppy! She also learned Thank you and it's pretty cute!

154Crazymamie
Jan 16, 10:55am Top

Morning, Chelle! Hooray for a two day work week, but Boo to having to get up at 6am. I loved the video of Ellie - so charming. It made us laugh, and we had to watch it more than once. Thanks so much for sharing.

155ChelleBearss
Jan 16, 11:53am Top

>154 Crazymamie: Aww thanks, Mamie! I watch it over and over. She is such a ham too. Yesterday I told her to smile for a picture and she said "cheese" and bared all her teeth to me. Not sure where she learned that but it made my mom laugh so hard I thought she was going to have an accident! :)

156ChelleBearss
Jan 16, 11:54am Top


12) Dog Man: The Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey
75 Books Challenge

Chloe loves there books. I much prefer the Captain Underpants series but I do find these ones fun.

157jnwelch
Jan 16, 2:09pm Top

Glad to hear you read and enjoyed the Connie Willis books, Chelle. I read the first one, Blackout, but never got to All Clear. It sounds like I should track it down.

158ChelleBearss
Jan 16, 6:24pm Top


13) Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
75 Books Challenge

Ruminating ....

159brodiew2
Jan 16, 6:44pm Top

Hello Chelle! My son loves the Dog Man series even though it now well below his reading level. we never fot into Captain Underpants, but all the kids were just watching the movie last night.

160The_Hibernator
Yesterday, 10:16am Top

My dad just bought the first three Dogman books for M. He was so happy.

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