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lindapanzo's 2019 reading--first period

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 2:45pm Top

Welcome to my thread!!

I'm back for my 11th year in the 75 books group. This seems incredible to me but there it is. I've been reading much, more more since I joined LT and made lots of friends on LT.

2018 was a tad below my standards but, for 2019, I plan to disregard total numbers. I've got a few chunksters in mind. In 2019, I'd like to make a big dent in my piles of print books, too, though I'll probably still read the bulk of my books on my Kindle.

111 books read in 2019 vs 108 read in 2018. Woo hoo!!

Alas, down from 118 in 2017 and 117 in 2016.

Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 9:10pm Top

Besides trying to read print books off my shelves and getting some chunksters finished, I'll likely focus, as usual, on my category challenge categories. For 2019, as of now, these are:

1. Mysteries
2. Baseball
3. Nonfiction
4. Fiction
5. Sports
6. Books I need to read and review (such as books received via Net Galley, Early Reviewers, or First to Read)
7. Print Books Off My Shelf
8. Music
9. Self-help

Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 12:27pm Top


105. Sifted Sentences by Jessica Beck--finished on 12/3/19
106. Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies--finished on 12/4/19
107. Death Over Easy by Maddie Day--finished on 12/9/19
108. For the Good of the Game by Bud Selig--finished on 12/18/19
109. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert--finished on 12/23/19
110. Christmas At The Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin--finished on 12/24/19
111. Dead in Dublin - Catie Murphy - finished on 12/30/19


1. The Vanishing Man by Charles Finch--finished on 1/3/19
2. Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison--finished on 1/6/19
3. Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert--finished on 1/10/19
4. Death by Chocolate Malted Milkshake by Sarah Graves--finished on 1/15/19
5. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover--finished on 1/21/19
6. Sackett's Land by Louis L'Amour--finished on 1/25/19
7. The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal--finished on 1/28/19


8. The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War by Elaine Roberts--finished on 2/2/19
9. Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates--finished on 2/6/19
10. Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill--finished on 2/10/19
11. Caramel Canvas by Jessica Beck--finished on 2/13/19
12. Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men by Alexandra Robbins--finished on 2/18/19
13. The Darkest Year by William K. Klingaman--finished on 2/23/19
14. Murder in Greenwich Village by Liz Freeland--finished on 2/28/19


15. Let's Play Two: Poems About Baseball--finished on 3/2/19
16. Murder in Midtown by Liz Freeland--finished on 3/7/19
17. Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang--finished on 3/13/19
18. Broken Bone China by Laura Childs--finished on 3/20/19
19. Eleanor vs. Ike by Robin Gerber--finished on 3/27/19


20. 108 Stitches by Ron Darling--finished on 4/2/19
21. Hurricane Season: What Katrina Taught America by Susan Zakin--finished on 4/3/19
22. Dying for Devil's Food by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 4/4/19
23. The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake by Larry Morris--finished on 4/9/19
24. The 1969 Cubs: Long Remembered Not Forgottten by Fergie Jenkins--finished on 4/21/19
25. Collision on Tenerife: The How and Why of the World's Worst Aviation Disaster by Jon Ziomek--finished on 4/23/19
26. Hurricane Season by Joe Holley--finished on 4/27/19
27. Murder in the Reading Room by Ellery Adams--finished on 4/29/19


28. Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins--finished on 5/3/19
29. Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait--finished on 5/6/19
30. Better Off Read by Nora Page--finished on 5/13/19
31. Read on Arrival by Nora Page--finished on 5/14/19
32. A Dagger Before Me by Jeanne M. Dams--finished on 5/19/19
33. The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci--finished on 5/25/19
34. Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark--finished on 5/27/19
35. Dark Drizzles by Jessica Beck--finished on 5/28/19


36. Sweet Tea and Secrets by Joy Avon--finished on 6/1/19
37. Enemy of the People: The Untold Story of the Journalists Who Opposed Hitler by Terrence Petty--finished on 6/2/19
38. Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan--finished on 6/4/19
39. Almost Yankees: The Summer of '81 and the Greatest Baseball Team You've Never Heard Of by J. David Herman--finished on 6/6/19
40. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp--finished on 6/9/19
41. Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 6/9/19
42. Counterfeit Confections by Jessica Beck--finished on 6/11/19
43. The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan--finished on 6/13/19
44. Deep Dark Blue by Polo Tate--finished on 6/14/19
45. In Skates Trouble by Kate Meader--finished on 6/17/19
46. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves--finished on 6/17/19
47. A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd--finished on 6/19/19
48. The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett--finished on 6/22/19
49. Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day--finished on 6/24/19
50. Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day--finished on 6/27/19
51. The Legends of Last Place by Abe Streep--finished on 6/27/19

52. West Point Woman: How Character is Created and Leadership is Learned by Sara Potecha--finished on 7/1/19
53. Read and Buried by Eva Gates--finished on 7/3/19
54. A Plain Vanilla Murder by Susan Wittig Albert--finished on 7/6/19
55. Grilled for Murder by Maddie Day--finished on 7/10/19
56. Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard--finished on 7/16/19
57. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth--finished on 7/18/19
58. Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks--finished on 7/26/19
59. The Body in the Wake by Katherine Hall Page--finished on 7/27/19
60. And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli--finished on 7/30/19
61. Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross--finished on 7/31/19

62. Jealousy Filled Donuts BY Ginger Bolton--finished on 8/4/19
63. Jet Girl: My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy's Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet by Caroline Johnson--finished on 8/5/19
64. Measured Mayhem by Jessica Beck--finished on 8/6/9
65. Scone Cold Dead by Karen MacInerney--finished on 8/8/19
66. Cafe Tangier: A Western Woman in Morocco by Patricia Clough--finished on 8/8/19
67. Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan--finished on 8/12/19
68. The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine by Bennett Jacobstein--finished on 8/14/19
69. Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis by Gerri Chanel--finished on 8/14/19
70. The Paranoid Style in American Politics: An Essay by Richard Hofstadter--finished on 8/15/19
71. Death in Focus by Anne Perry--finished on 8/16/19
72. Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams--finished on 8/18/19
73. Rose Valland: Resistance at the Museum by Corinne Bouchoux--finished on 8/19/19
74. Navy Brat by Debbie Macomber--finished on 8/20/19
75. Man on Fire: The Life and Spirit of Norbert of Xanten by Thomas Kunkel--finished on 8/22/19
76. Dead Water by Ngaio Marsh--finished on 8/24/19
77. Born Into Baseball: Laughter and Heartbreak at the Edge of the Show by Jim Campanis, Jr.--finished on 8/26/19
78. Read Herring Hunt by V.M. Burns--finished on 8/27/19


79. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead--finished on 9/1/19
80. A Better Man by Louise Penny--finished on 9/4/19
81. Blended Bribes by Jessica Beck--finished on 9/5/19
82. Murder at Kensington Palace by Andrea Penrose--finished on 9/9/19
83. Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver--finished on 9/14/19
84. Navy Woman by Debbie Macomber--finished on 9/16/19
85. State: A Team, A Triumph, A Transformation by Melissa Isaacson--finished on 9/21/19
86. A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry--finished on 9/23/19
87. The Body on the Train by Frances Brody--finished on 9/29/19


88. When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day--finished on 10/3/19
89. A Christmas Gathering by Anne Perry--finished on 10/5/19
90. The Hartford Circus Fire--finished by Michael Skidgell--finished on 10/9/19
91. Christmas Sweets by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier--finished on 10/10/19
92. Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson--finished on 10/13/19
93. Death Beside the Seaside by T E Kinsey--finished on 10/18/19
94. Bower: A Legendary Life by Dan Robson--finished on 10/23/19
95. Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey--finished on 10/28/19


96. Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder by Amy Lillard--finished on 11/1/19
97. A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon--finished on 11/3/19
98. Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life by Eddie Olczyk--finished on 11/6/19
99. Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier--finished on 11/10/19
100. Of Spice and Men by Sarah Fox--finished on 11/15/19
101. Murder at the Opera by D. M. Quincy--finished on 11/20/19
102. Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell by M.C. Beaton--finished on 11/23/19
103. Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day--finished on 11/25/19
104. The Last Passenger by Charles Finch--finished on 11/30/19

Dec 27, 2018, 9:23pm Top

Hello there!

Dec 31, 2018, 3:33am Top

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2018, 9:09am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Linda!

Dec 31, 2018, 1:53pm Top

Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year!! Hope 2019 is a great reading year.

Besides LT's ER books, Net Galley, and First to Read, I've now discovered another source of free books for review. It's called Bookish First. My first book from them arrived on Saturday. It's called We Hope for Better Things. I love getting all these freebies but it puts added pressure on me to read these.

Dec 31, 2018, 4:37pm Top

Happy 2019 reading, Linda!

Dec 31, 2018, 6:26pm Top

Greetings, Linda - wishing you and yours a happy and joyous 2019, filled with peace, love, and great books.

Jan 1, 2019, 2:30pm Top

Happy New Year, Linda and Happy New Thread. Looking forward to following along with your reading in 2019. Did you get any good books for Christmas?

Jan 1, 2019, 3:46pm Top

Happy new thread and happy ew new year Linda!

Jan 1, 2019, 5:14pm Top

Happy new year! Wishing you a year filled with great reading.

Jan 1, 2019, 6:27pm 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, Linda, this year.

Jan 2, 2019, 2:42pm Top

Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you all.

For almost a week, I've been feeling miserable. Just can't get rid of this cold and not much energy to read. After a few sleepless nights, my sleep has definitely improved and with that improvement, so has my interest in reading.

I'm reading an excellent Net Galley mystery, a prequel in the Charles Lenox series from Charles Finch, which is one of my favorite series, called The Vanishing Man. A bit slow starting (or maybe it was my illness) but it has really gotten going. I hate to do anything now but read it.

Mark, I received two baseball books from my baseball-loving cousin. He usually picks out good ones for me. Also got an Amazon gift card from my sister which, along with my wellness credit, gives $$$ to play with. My TENTH Thingaversary is just over a week away!!

Jan 3, 2019, 10:13am Top

Happy New Year, Linda. I hope you feel better soon.

Jan 3, 2019, 1:14pm Top

>15 BLBera: Thanks. The man who sits across from me at work has had the same thing for 3 weeks so we've been commiserating. Now that I'm sleeping again, I feel more energetic. If I can get my appetite back, I think I'll soon be feeling better.

At least I'm reading again...

Jan 3, 2019, 4:18pm Top

Book #1 for 2019

The Vanishing Man by Charles Finch--finished on 1/3/19

The Charles Lenox mystery series, set in England in the 1800’s, is among my favorites and this prequel, in which Lenox is age 26 in 1853, does not disappoint. Once again, there is a strong and interesting plot as Lenox comes to the aid of a duke in a complex plot involving family, theft, murder, and Shakespeare, as well as a great sense of time and place. I loved getting this glimpse into the younger Lenox as he is just starting out in his career, and also enjoyed reading about the recurring characters, such as Lady Jane and Graham, at this earlier stage of Lenox’s life.

I absolutely love this series and highly recommend it to my friends who like mysteries. The only issue I have is: Do I recommend that people read these books in the order published, as I have, or in chronological order? Either way, this is one terrific historical mystery series!!

(I received this book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

Jan 4, 2019, 1:44am Top

>16 lindapanzo: Glad to hear you are on the mend and reading has picked up for you. Phew!

Edited: Jan 14, 2019, 1:51pm Top

Today is my 10th Thingaversary!! So happy I found this great group of people.


1. These Truths by Jill Lepore
2. Educated by Tara Westover
3. Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn
4. Grit by Angela Duckworth
5. Better Off Read by Nora Page
6. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
7. From the Ground Up by Howard Schultz
8. The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II by Anne R. Keene
9. The Boyer Brothers of Baseball by Lew Freedman
10. Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove
11. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II by Studs Terkel

Jan 13, 2019, 12:21pm Top

>18 Berly: Thanks, Kim. At some point, and I can't remember exactly when, I felt better.

My niece is very close to picking her college. She's going to an admitted student day on campus later this week and I suspect she may announce her decision at that point.

Jan 13, 2019, 1:30pm Top

Happy Thingaversary, Linda. That ten years sure did fly by, right? I am glad to see These Truths on your list. I am just over a third of the way in and it is excellent.

Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday.

Jan 13, 2019, 4:12pm Top

>19 lindapanzo: - Happy thingaversary, Linda! I recently bought the Paul Simon book from your list. Haven't read it yet but he is a perennial favourite of mine. In fact, I am going to a musical stage show about him (not with him, unfortunately) next week. I will report back.

Also, I think Call the Midwife might be starting its season tonight. I googled but am not sure if that info was just for European audiences or if it's here, too. Have to check our local PBS listings. Can't wait!

Jan 13, 2019, 4:18pm Top

>21 msf59: thanks Mark. Hoping to make it next week.

>22 jessibud2: thanks. I think CTM starts today in the UK. They said something about not spoiling plots for America. I think ours starts in late March.

Saw a preview for the Downton Abbey movie on Friday night. Opens in Sept or Oct.

Jan 13, 2019, 4:20pm Top

Not sure how I missed your thread, Linda! I hope you are on the mend.

Happy Thingaversary!

Jan 13, 2019, 4:22pm Top

>23 lindapanzo: - We have to wait for MARCH?!?! That's not fair!!! :-(


Jan 13, 2019, 7:40pm Top

Happy Thingaversary, Linda!

Jan 13, 2019, 8:03pm Top

Thanks all. I can't believe I picked up only four Thingaversary books so far, as shown above. I need to get cracking.

I have gotten a whole boatload of Net Galley items so it doesn't feel so bad.

Jan 14, 2019, 7:10am Top

Happy Thingaversary, Linda!!

Edited: Jan 14, 2019, 2:05pm Top

Finished my Thingaversary book buying spree. Very heavy on nonfiction, with just one mystery (I've been getting most of the new mysteries I want lately via Net Galley), plus one novel. The rest are nonfiction, including a few baseball-related books.

I heard Hazelgrove speak at our library last year (and had already read, and loved, his Al Capone and Chicago history book) so he had to be on the list.

Very excited about my new books.


1. These Truths by Jill Lepore
2. Educated by Tara Westover
3. Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn
4. Grit by Angela Duckworth
5. Better Off Read by Nora Page--first in a cozy series
6. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff--one of Mom's favorite novelists so I thought I'd give her a try too
7. From the Ground Up by Howard Schultz
8. The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II by Anne R. Keene
9. The Boyer Brothers of Baseball by Lew Freedman
10. Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove
11. The Good War: An Oral History of World War II by Studs Terkel

Jan 14, 2019, 5:02pm Top

>29 lindapanzo: I'm sure you'll enjoy the baseball books! Enjoy your books!

Jan 16, 2019, 4:49pm Top

Hi, Linda. That's a great bunch of Thingaversary books! I've got to get my hands on Educated - Debbi loved it.

I'm looking forward to seeing you this weekend, if the weather doesn't screw up our plans!

Jan 17, 2019, 2:29pm Top

>31 jnwelch: Weather is looking worse and worse, Joe.

Currently reading the Jill Lepore history book, These Truths with the group read over the next few months.

Also reading Educated by Tara Westover. My current Net Galley is The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War, which is the third book in the Foyles Bookshop Girls series. I'll probably want to go back and read the first two after this.

Also, slowly reading Leonard Bernstein's The Joy of Music, from the library. Hoping I'll be able to renew that one.

Currently, no mysteries in progress. Astounding, I know.

Jan 20, 2019, 12:50pm Top

Heavy snow and bitter cold this week. Probably won't do anything but go to work, watch sports, and read. We had 10 inches of snow Fri/Sat. Now bitterly cold.

Jan 20, 2019, 1:49pm Top

>33 lindapanzo: Although I saw a dusting on the ground early this morning, it disappeared pretty much as soon as the sun began poking it's head through the clouds, even though it is really cold outside.

Jan 20, 2019, 1:58pm Top

>34 thornton37814: We went out driving around, briefly, this morning, to look at the snow. It was 4 degrees. Probably not much warmer now but there is a full sun so it looks nice, anyway. Actually, we've been spoiled this winter and I had to rummage around for boots, scarf, winter hat and gloves. Don't really need any of those when there's no snow and it's in the 30s/40's, as it has been for the bulk of our winter, up til now. A projected high of 0 on Friday. I hate those.

Jan 20, 2019, 2:08pm Top

>29 lindapanzo: Hooray for your Thingaversary Books! That should keep you busy for awhile.

Happy Sunday, Linda. I have just been kicking back with the books. I am sorry that the meet up was cancelled but I am enjoying the warmth and comfort of the Man-Cave. I will be putting the Saints/Rams game on shortly and cracking open a beer. Grins...

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Jan 22, 2019, 9:00am Top

Finally, at long last, thank God, I finally finished Educated. I know it's gotten rave reviews but, for me, it's one of the most disappointing books I've ever read. Glad I read it but won't be recommending it to anyone.

Jan 22, 2019, 11:34pm Top

Hurray for Thingaversary books!! Sorry Educated was such a disappointment. : ( Maybe you should crack open a mystery....

Jan 23, 2019, 10:14am Top

Hi, Linda. Finally getting around to visiting.

>17 lindapanzo: I started reading the Charles Lenox series last year and found it enjoyable. I preorderd The Vanishing Man and also have plans to read the first book of the series this year.

>29 lindapanzo: Happy Thingaversary. What a good haul!

Jan 28, 2019, 2:50pm Top

Working from home today, in light of the heavy, though not as bad as expected, snowfall. We had 6 to 8 inches, maybe.

Thankfully, the roads were plowed so when I had to rush my elderly father to the emergency room, the roads were in decent shape. He slipped and fell and hit his head on the big screen TV cabinet and it was bleeding quite a bit. Thankfully, no concussion and, after they cleaned it, he just got stitches.

Jan 28, 2019, 9:03pm Top

Oh, I'm sorry about your dad's injury. I'm glad it wasn't any worse than it was.

Jan 29, 2019, 6:34pm Top

We’re about to experience brutal, life threatening cold. Air temps approaching 30 below and wind chills of perhaps 60 below.

The newscaster’s comment just hit home. Wednesday is likely to be the coldest day of our lives.

Jan 29, 2019, 6:42pm Top

Hi, Linda. I am so glad to hear, that you will be working from home, for the rest of the week. I will be returning on Thursday, but it is still supposed to be ridiculously cold. This has been a bad stretch.

Jan 29, 2019, 7:28pm Top

>43 msf59: I think Friday might be tolerable so I’ll probably go back then. I’d have a tough time being a full timer tele-commuter. I’d miss talking to my coworkers.

Stay warm, Mark.

Jan 30, 2019, 9:16pm Top

Belated happy Thingaversary, Linda!

Feb 3, 2019, 10:50am Top

Thanks, Terri.

The polar vortex is gone, replaced by unseasonably mild weather, for a few days.

I finished the terrific Foyles Bookshop Girls at War, the second in the Foyles Bookshop trilogy, late last night. This morning, I started Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Feb 3, 2019, 12:01pm Top

Happy Sunday, Linda. Are you just watching the game from home? Since, the weather is cooperating, I am going to drive into the city and watch the game with Joe & Company. I have an open-invitation. I took tomorrow off, so there should be no problem at all.

Go Rams!!

Feb 3, 2019, 2:44pm Top

>47 msf59: We just went to a sports bar for lunch and will watch the big game at home. Right now, hockey is on. Some reading today too, no doubt.

Feb 8, 2019, 12:44am Top

Waving Hi!!

Feb 8, 2019, 7:12am Top

Sorry to hear that you were disappointed in Educated as I loved it. To each their own, right?

>29 lindapanzo: Love the list of books. I am very interested to know how The Cloudbuster Nine is. Sounds like a book I would really like.

I hope your dad is OK!

Feb 8, 2019, 12:13pm Top

>50 alcottacre: Dad is doing fine. He had his stitches out a couple of days ago.

I'll have to add The Cloudbuster Nine to my baseball books list. After hearing about the death of Frank Robinson yesterday, maybe rummage around for a bio about him.

Currently, I am reading:

--The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella
--The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-1942 by William Klingaman (I'm trying to make a dent in my big stack of Net Galley books
--Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill

Feb 11, 2019, 8:18am Top

>51 lindapanzo: I only have one NetGalley book at the moment. I have 2 library ebooks with earlier deadlines so I'll finish those first.

Feb 11, 2019, 12:46pm Top

>52 thornton37814: I haven't found a single new one of interest in nearly a month. Actually, there's a St Martin's Press baseball book, to be published in April. I don't like to have more than one out at a time from them but, once I finish the current WW2 homefront book from them, I'll get that one. It's a Ron Darling book. This former Mets pitcher writes well. I think he went to Yale.

The publication dates of my remaining Net Galley books are well spread out. Only the WW2 book has a Feb publication date and only one for March. Also, except for this WW2 book, I think all of my other Net Galley books still on hand are cozies.

The First Read program seems to have gone by the wayside, to my disappointment, and the LT ER program hasn't had much lately, either.

Feb 11, 2019, 1:24pm Top

>53 lindapanzo: I really haven't looked because I've been trying to catch up with some of the stuff at home. I probably ought to look to make sure there's nothing I just absolutely want to grab while it is available, but at this point I don't have tons. I agree the LT ER programs options have not been thrilling lately. I'm finding more to my liking at GoodReads giveaways but only occasionally win something there.

Feb 11, 2019, 1:41pm Top

>54 thornton37814: I think the new Laura Childs teashop mystery is there, on Net Galley, but I'd never get it.

I don't think I've ever asked for anything from Goodreads. I'll have to check it out.

Feb 11, 2019, 8:34pm Top

>55 lindapanzo: We get the Laura Childs ones here so I'm less concerned about them. I sort the giveaways by date and try to check often enough to request things that have a short span. I may have requested one book today--and I think it was one I'd requested previously that had a new giveaway.

Feb 15, 2019, 10:14pm Top

Aurora. Heartbreaking. You hear about these things and never think they’ll happen somewhere you’ve been. Been to Aurora many times including niece’s swim meets. My sister lives close enough to hear the sirens (and was worried that we might be visiting there on my day off).

Just finding out details. Sounds like someone got fired and came back with a gun. Terrible.

Feb 23, 2019, 8:55pm Top

Book #13: The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-1942 by William K. Klingaman--finished on 2/23/19

People who think that Americans were united behind the war effort during World War 2 will be set straight by this fascinating, eye-opening look at the American home front during the first year of the war. Focusing on the year from Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, to December 7, 1942, the author examines all aspects of American life and how they were impacted by the war, with a particular emphasis on areas where the populace disagreed with, or went even further, such as rationing and hoarding.

However, the best parts of this highly readable and always compelling book focused on the little things a reader might not think of. How weather forecasts were vague, so as not to give information away to the enemy. Even sports announcers could not say that a ballgame had been rained out.

This riveting, outstanding, well-written book will hold a top place on my list of favorite books of 2019. It's one I'd highly recommend to those who love to read about American history.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

Feb 23, 2019, 9:06pm Top

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Linda.

Edited: Mar 1, 2019, 6:37pm Top

^I hope you are having a great day, Linda. Enjoy your birthday weekend. I wish it could be milder. Miss seeing you around. I hope all is well.

Mar 1, 2019, 7:35pm Top

Thanks, Mark. I had a fabulous day. I don't know where the time is going. My reading levels aren't up to usual but time is just flying by.

Mar 5, 2019, 10:36pm Top

Oh, I missed your birthday! Belated birthday greetings, Linda!

Mar 6, 2019, 9:53am Top

Thanks, Terri. It was a nice day all around, with family.

My reading rates have been slow. RL seems so busy lately.

On the plus side, I now work at home on Wednesdays, where I seem to get a lot more done without the hassle of a long commute.

Mar 11, 2019, 4:27am Top

Linda--Happy belated birthday wishes!! And congrats on the easier Wednesday. Have a great week. : )

Apr 2, 2019, 7:18pm Top

Book #20
108 Stitches by Ron Darling--finished on 4/2/19

Like the 108 stitches on a baseball, long-time New York Mets pitcher, and now broadcaster, Ron Darling ties together his many years in the game and offers 108 interesting stories/anecdotes about the players he played with and against over the years.

Darling, RJ to his friends, attended Yale and his books normally are a cut above other baseball memoirs. He's interesting and speaks and writes well. How many other ballplayers' memoirs include comparisons to world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma? This is not the typical ballplayer memoir.

Most years, I typically read about 10 to 15 baseball books each year and I'd call this one of the better baseball books I've read in recent years. I'd recommend it to baseball fans, even those who, like me, who aren't Mets fans.

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

Apr 2, 2019, 7:52pm Top

Can't believe that I hadn't posted on my own thread in about 3 weeks.

All is well, just busy. My sister and I are planning Mom and Dad's 60th wedding anniversary lunch/party for later in April. It seems like I've been too busy to read much, too. I hope to remedy that.

Apr 9, 2019, 5:28pm Top

Ah! So there you are! Glad all is well. Wow, 60th wedding anniversary. My hubby and I just celebrated 28 and I was impressed with that. LOL. Good luck with the planning.

Apr 9, 2019, 6:05pm Top

>67 Berly: Thanks Kim. It'll be on the 28th. The RSVP deadline date is tomorrow, April 10th. I count 10 out of 41 invited people who haven't responded. Grrrr.

Apr 9, 2019, 6:13pm Top

Hi Linda,

Just wanted to mention that I just finished an interesting, if lighter fare, baseball book. I reviewed it and added some extra links in my post in the NF Challenge thread, post #71: https://www.librarything.com/topic/305418

It was an enjoyable read and, as often happens with me, the post-reading googling always adds a layer of fascination for me!

Apr 10, 2019, 9:51am Top

>69 jessibud2: Now that one looks like something I'd love. I've got a library lecture at noontime today (about Paris) so I'll see if they have it. Thanks for thinking of me.

All is well, just busy. Picked up my new glasses yesterday and so reading should be easier. My distance vision stayed the same but my reading vision had declined quite a bit.

I've been reading a lot of Net Galley freebies. Lots of mysteries, of course, as well as the occasional baseball book or disaster book. Yesterday, I finished a book about the August 1959 earthquake at Yellowstone Park. You know I like disaster books about lesser known disasters like that. I picked this up because I wanted to read something about 1959 (with the Mom and Dad 60th anniversary connection coming up fast).

My current read is the new book about the 1969 Cubs by none other than Cub great Fergie Jenkins.

Apr 10, 2019, 10:33am Top

>70 lindapanzo: - And Fergie Jenkins was Canadian, of course! :-)

Apr 10, 2019, 8:38pm Top

Oooh, oooh, a mini LT meet up and I can actually make this one, though I have to play hooky on Tuesday afternoon to do it. (This is why I appreciate having 35 days off per year, plus holidays). Mark, Joe, and out of town Jim.

Edited: Apr 16, 2019, 8:31pm Top

Had a nice Chicago meet up today at the HofbrauHaus in Rosemont with Mark, Joe and Jim who was visiting our area.

Here's a photo...

I'm drinking a small, ladylike beer. Two drinks for me and I usually need a nap.

Apr 16, 2019, 8:53pm Top

It was a great Meet Up, Linda. Glad you could make it. LTers always have a good time. The conversation rarely flags.

Apr 16, 2019, 8:59pm Top

>73 lindapanzo: Not the biggest photo ever in the group but a nice one nonetheless, Linda.

I can just spot a rose amid three thorns!

I'll bet the Postie with the Mostie had something to do with the choice of venue!

Apr 16, 2019, 9:08pm Top

>75 PaulCranswick: As a matter of fact, Paul, I think he did choose the venue.

Apr 16, 2019, 9:31pm Top

>76 lindapanzo: Hahaha, why am I not surprised, Linda?!

Apr 17, 2019, 9:56am Top

Thanks for such a great meet up! One of these days, I'll try to drag mrsdrneutron along so she can meet all you wonderful folks!

Apr 17, 2019, 1:42pm Top

Hi, Linda. Lovely to see you yesterday. Thanks for making time for the meetup. What a fun time!

Apr 22, 2019, 1:49pm Top

Last night, I finished my first book since April 9th, nearly two weeks. Yikes!!

The Fergie Jenkins book about the 1969 Cubs season was very good but it seemed like I never had much reading time.

Next up is Collision on Tenerife, which is a new book about what remains the world's worst aviation disaster, when two 747's collided on the ground in the Canary Islands. This book draws largely on a diary written by a Northbrook, IL woman who, with her husband, survived this crash. Even 40+years later, this disaster, which killed 583 people, remains the world's worst airliner disaster. While everyone on board the KLM 747 was killed, more than 100 people survived, and were conscious, on the Pan Am 747, yet only 70 of them were able to escape the aircraft.

Besides providing extensive survivor recollections, I understand this book also talks about the long-term psychological impact of a disaster such as this on the survivors.

May 15, 2019, 4:26pm Top

Haven't been around LT much and my reading has gone downhill. Our (large) company's computer systems were hacked and its been "all hands on deck." I haven't even watched the Cubs or the NHL playoffs much the past 10 days or so.

May 19, 2019, 12:01am Top

Oh, that's awful, Linda! Isn't it a shame that these hackers won't use their intelligence and computer skills to earn an honest living and do something constructive?

>80 lindapanzo: I've become addicted to the Smithsonian Channel's Air Disasters program, and they had one about the Tenerife disaster. When you get time to read and do LT, I'll be interested in your comments on that book.

May 27, 2019, 4:33pm Top

Linda--So sorry to hear about the computer hack at work. Any progress? I know its bad when you aren't even watching the sports.

May 27, 2019, 5:34pm Top

>83 Berly: Things have calmed down somewhat. Our customers are back up and running and things are slowly getting back to usual for us, too. Truth be told, I've been off for almost a week. My niece graduated from HS last Wed night and I took some time off afterwards too.

Proud of that kid. GPA over 4.0 and 6 honor society cords (so much stuff you could barely see the front of her graduation gown).

Anyway, Thursday on, I've mostly been relaxing, taking lots of naps, and yes, doing some reading.

May 27, 2019, 5:42pm Top

During my time off, I've actually finished two books. One, by Tom Verducci, about the building of the 2016 Cubs. The Cubs Way. Probably the best book I've read about the recent Cubs success. Then, just now, another Net Galley book, Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark. It was a slog at first reading this mystery but it picked up.

May 28, 2019, 1:25pm Top

Photo of Mom and Dad on their wedding day, in April 1959.

Photo of Mom and Dad in April 2019.

While I'm in a posting mood, here's a pic of my niece, Jill, and me, at her HS graduation last week. She will be attending Butler University in the fall.

May 31, 2019, 7:44am Top

Lovely pictures of your parents, Linda!

Jun 1, 2019, 2:00pm Top

Love the photos!

Jun 3, 2019, 3:51pm Top

>87 FAMeulstee: >88 cbl_tn: Lots of great family time, recently. Yesterday was Jill's graduation party. Alas, no pictures taken whatsoever, except maybe by one of the many high school girls present. Had a great time with family and the swim Mom's I won't see as often anymore.

As for reading, to say that my reading levels have been slow this year would be putting it mildly. I don't think I've ever read less than 100 books, at least not for 25 years or so. As of the end of May, I read only 35. I'd like to get close to 50 by the end of this month.

ETA: Aha, I was right. 1994 was the last year in which I finished with fewer than 100 books. Time to get a move on.

Jun 4, 2019, 12:28pm Top

>89 lindapanzo: Perhaps you'll catch up soon! I'm slowing down. I won't reach 300--and perhaps not even 200--in 2019. My goal was 150 because I knew I needed to read articles also. I've not done as good a job with tracking articles as I should. I've read a few pre-prints on DNA I failed to record as well as some for a presentation on which I'm working. I completely failed to add those.

Jun 4, 2019, 12:52pm Top

>90 thornton37814: I got my Ancestry.com results back. The first time, I think I overfilled the vial. Second time worked ok. 80% Eastern European, as expected (we are Polish), but a smattering of Baltic and also some northwest European, which was a bit of surprised. It pointed to French.

I am on a roll in June, so far. I've finished 3 books already. It's been chilly and rainy almost every day and I thought I'd take advantage and curl up under a blanket (in June!!) and read.

Jun 4, 2019, 1:29pm Top

One interesting thing...of the 38 books I've read so far this year, exactly half (19) have been freebies, with the bulk of those, 17, coming from Net Galley. I note, too, that I am down to only seven Net Galley books left. That seems like a lot but not too long ago, that number was somewhere around 12 or 13, I've made a big dent in my Net Galley pile.

I haven't been asking for Early Reviewers books as much lately. I've got a few more to read but have read only one of those ER% books so far this year. Seems like they haven't had very many of "my kind of books" lately.

Also, this is the last month for the First to Read program. I've read only one First to Read book this year and won one last one, a Library Lovers cozy from Jenn McKinlay, which arrived today. I am eager to read that one. Despite the technology limitation, I'm sorry to see this program end. They've replaced it with a program whereby, if you enter the proper codes and order number from Random House books you've purchased, you will, after 12 such purchases, I think, get a free book of your choice directly from them.

Anyway, with ER becoming less relevant to me and First to Read disappearing, I will continue to peruse my favorite publishers on Net Galley. I may occasionally "go for broke" on a publisher whose criteria I may not meet. It worked for me with a publisher or two before, to my delight.

Jun 4, 2019, 4:23pm Top

>92 lindapanzo: I'm making myself hold off on NetGalley right now because I win enough through GoodReads (and LT) that it keeps me busy with ARCs or newly published books. My problem is less time to read with other things going on. It will improve, and I'll go back to requesting.

Jun 4, 2019, 4:28pm Top

>93 thornton37814: I don't think I've ever tried to get anything through Goodreads. I need to look into that.

Jun 14, 2019, 9:23pm Top

Finished quite possibly my favorite book of the year so far, a World War 2 novel, again, by Jennifer Ryan, the author of the The Chilbury Ladies' Choir. This brand new one is called The Spies of Shilling Lane. A terrific mother/daughter novel. Mrs Braithewaite travels to London to track down her daughter to tell her a secret, before the daughter would here it elsewhere but there's a fear that the daughter may have been lost in the Blitz. With the assistance of the daughter's Nervous Nellie landlord, Mrs B embarks on an adventure of tracking down her daughter in wartime London. Wonderful book!!

Jun 24, 2019, 5:20pm Top

Hmmm, our new library is about to open and the current library will be closed from mid July til early August so they can move. Any books that would be due on or after July 15 will instead be due in mid August. This seems like an opportune time to shock up on those doorstopper books I've been meaning to read.


Jun 24, 2019, 6:56pm Top

>96 lindapanzo: Good plan!

Jul 1, 2019, 10:43am Top

Halfway through the year and I'm still on my first thread. Ugh.

After a slow January through May reading period, though, I read a large number (16) of good books in June so my "halfway through the year" reading total is a respectable 51.

Jul 1, 2019, 10:46am Top

You win some, you lose some. After 40 years at its current location, my library is moving from July 15 to August 5. I'd heard that any books checked out before the close date would be checked out til August 12. Good news for those chunksters I picked up yesterday. Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien and also American Moonshot by Douglas Brinkley.

Bad news, which I learned about this morning, is that all holds/interlibrary loans have been suspended, as of today, til August 11. So, unless I own a copy of a book or can get a cheap copy, no "hoped for reads." If I can figure out which library owns a copy, I could run over and grab a copy at some libraries.

Jul 1, 2019, 11:26am Top

>99 lindapanzo: That is bad news about the suspension of holds and ILLs. Is there any way you could have holds directed to another branch in the interim?

Jul 1, 2019, 2:17pm Top

>100 thornton37814: No, I don't think so.

I looked and I actually have only two holds and one of them is the new Mary Doria Russell book. I don't think her new The Women of the Copper Country comes out until August 6th so that won't make that much of a difference. The other hold, the new Anne Perry, Death in Focus, doesn't come out until mid September.

It also means that any hold I add, going forward, won't take effect til August 11. However, if I can figure out which library has it, I can go there and use my library card. I used to do that all the time but not so much lately. There are probably 30 or 40 other libraries in the system.

Jul 1, 2019, 4:05pm Top

Linda, have you followed Call the Midwife this season? Is the season over already? I noticed it wasn't on the past 2 or 3 Sundays and I was in Montreal and totally forgot the 2 weeks before that. The last episode I saw was when Valerie's granny went to jail. It couldn't have just ended like that, could it?

Jul 1, 2019, 5:07pm Top

>102 jessibud2: I started in late March and ended right before Memorial Day. Roughly March 31 to May 19 or so.

I enjoyed the season, as always, but it always seems way too short.

Jul 1, 2019, 6:13pm Top

Hi, Linda. I haven't been by in awhile but I hope your reading life has improved. What happened to our Cubbies in June? It was a bad month. I hope we can finish out the first half strong. It will be nice to have Hendricks back.

Jul 1, 2019, 6:34pm Top

>104 msf59: I saw that it was their first losing month since 2017.

Very excited by the Blackhawks' moves yesterday and today, bringing Shaw back and getting Robin Lehner from the Isles to back up Corey Crawford in goal, among other things.

All this heat and humidity makes me long for hockey.

And, as for reading, no great books lately but boatloads of good books. For the first time in a long time, really eager to read.

Jul 4, 2019, 12:51pm Top

Hi Linda! I hope you're enjoying the holiday! Have you downloaded this month's University of Chicago Press free ebook? It's a history of tennis. It sounds interesting!

Jul 4, 2019, 2:07pm Top

>106 cbl_tn: Thanks, Carrie, I'll have to look for that one.

Home for the Fourth. Sitting inside in the AC, watching ballgames now and then, this evening, A Capitol Fourth. Reading, too, of course.

I am a happy camper as I finally got my car back from the body shop after my fender bender almost two weeks ago. Went to Starbucks and hung out and read this morning. Happy days!!

Finishing up a NetGalley cozy from Eva Gates and then jumping into Ron Rappoport's Ernie Banks bio, Let's Play Two.

Jul 4, 2019, 10:20pm Top

Happy 4th, Linda. I had a perfectly lazy day, indoors, with the books and the Cubs. No fireworks for me, but I hear them. I hope you had a nice one.

Jul 4, 2019, 10:26pm Top

Happy Independence Day, Linda! I finished my 5-week summer intensive class today, and am feeling a tremendous sense of independence!

Glad you got your car back. I hope it's as good as new.

Jul 5, 2019, 12:09pm Top

Hi Terri and Mark. Nice to see you back here. I recall it being hard to deal with classes etc in the summer but at least you're done now. For awhile at least.

We spent months griping about how chilly it was and wondering whether summer would ever arrive.

Now that it's been hot and humid for over a week, we are all griping about how it's too hot. Isn't that always the way.

Jul 6, 2019, 8:00am Top

>107 lindapanzo: Thanks for mentioning that Eva Gates book. I just downloaded it. I love that series!

Jul 13, 2019, 6:03pm Top

It's hot!! After a spring and early summer with almost no warm weather, we've been cooking for over a week, with only an occasional respite.

Still reading, but not as much as in June. One current book, which is a very interesting one, is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. I've also got a debut cozy set in Georgia going.

Hope all are well and staying cool this summer!!

Jul 14, 2019, 6:59am Top

>112 lindapanzo: I'm alternating between a couple of print books and an audio book (mostly in the car). Hopefully I can finish one of the print books today. It's an Amish fiction title. I can't remember if it was a GoodReads win or if I picked it up on NetGalley. The other print book is for the Trollope group read. The audio book is a mystery.

Jul 14, 2019, 7:31am Top

Happy Sunday, Linda. I hope you are staying cool and enjoying the weekend. My son and I made it to the Cubs game yesterday, (my first of the year) and got to see a big win. Great Lester outing too. Now, lets go for the sweep. A nice way to start the second half.

I am reading/listening to Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and it is very good. Have you read it?

Jul 14, 2019, 12:35pm Top

Wishing you a great Sunday, Linda

Jul 15, 2019, 9:03pm Top

Hi Lori, Mark, and Paul

We are looking at potentially back to back 100 degree days late in the week. First time since 2012, if it happens.

Received the ER book I won in June. Called Open Water. It's only 300 something pages but is so heavy, I think I'll barely be able to hold it. Has the feel of a textbook. This is one book that won't travel with me, that's for sure.

Jul 15, 2019, 10:03pm Top

>116 lindapanzo: If it's 100 there, it will be warmer than predicted here. I think 90 is the highest temp I've seen in the forecast, and I checked earlier this evening. Of course, I'm at a little higher altitude, but it can still get hot here.

Jul 16, 2019, 9:22pm Top

Just heard that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has passed away at 99. A little while ago, I picked up a copy of his memoir, The Making of a Justice. He was a Chicagoan and, of course, would often be in the news.

One little known fact about Stevens is that he was in attendance at Wrigley Field during the 1932 Cubs/Yankees game when Babe Ruth "called" his home run shot.

Aug 5, 2019, 4:09am Top

Hope you are all a tad cooler now, Linda.

Aug 6, 2019, 12:52pm Top

>119 PaulCranswick: Much more pleasant lately, thankfully.

I am reading lots. Following my niece's trip to Florence, by daily posting of photos. So nice for her to have an exciting vacation like this a few weeks before she starts college.

Aug 6, 2019, 12:52pm Top

Harvey Frommer, a top baseball author, has also passed away, at age 83, of lung cancer.

Though I've read over 300 baseball books, I am surprised that I've read only one Harvey Frommer. I intend to remedy that. Of course, I could read nothing but baseball books for a year and barely make a dent in my baseball books pile.


Aug 6, 2019, 10:47pm Top

Yay!! Our fancy new library opened yesterday and I’ve already found a few reading spaces I’ll love!!


Aug 6, 2019, 11:02pm Top

Hurray for the new library!! Now you'll have somewhere to go read more baseball books. ; )

Aug 7, 2019, 12:16am Top

As we were walking around, I pointed out the 796 shelves to my family. They had no idea what I was talking about but then quickly mentioned that’s where the sports books are shelved.

New books, mysteries, and sports books were the first things I looked for.

Aug 8, 2019, 8:48am Top

>122 lindapanzo: How exciting! I guess this means all those holds will be pouring in before long!

Aug 14, 2019, 1:28pm Top

>125 thornton37814: My first post-library opening hold is on its way. I haven't had much chance to spend time there at the new library yet.

I've got a book on reserve which should arrive any day now and so I'll have to go there in order to pick up the new Mary Doria Russell book, The Women of Copper Country.

Aug 14, 2019, 8:26pm Top

Hi, Linda. Just checking in with my pal. We are flying to Pittsburgh on Friday, to see the Cubs/Pirates game on Saturday and we return on Sunday. I have never been to this fine city. I won't be able to see much of it, but I will probably go back. Have you been?

I think you would love my current read- The Women of the Copper Country, so keep this one in mind. Great historical fiction.

Edited: Aug 15, 2019, 1:08pm Top

>127 msf59: Hi Mark, I am eager to read that new Mary Doria Russell book. I think it involves the U.P., doesn't it? I think it came in for me at the library but I probably won't get to the library til Sunday. I recall enjoying her book, Doc a few years ago and certainly love her FB posts.

I think many of you know but I am very active in the Take It Or Leave It (TIOLI) group here in the 75ers. Over all these years, by now, 9 or 10 years, I think, I've completed only 3 TIOLI sweeps, meaning I read a book for each challenge. This month, I have a chance at it. There are 17 challenges and I've read 8 books, almost halfway through the month.

Best of all, I got through the longest, dullest book on my list last night. A way, way overdue ER book, Saving Mona Lisa, about the efforts to save the the Mona Lisa and other Louvre artwork during World War 2. I really enjoy reading about World War 2 and also about art history but it took me months to slog through the first half of the book which focused on logistics, though the second half was much, much better and took only a day or two to read. It was a way overdue ER book and my conscience is glad I finally read and reviewed this weighty tome.

Of course, reading it makes me want to read about two of the most interesting topics covered in the book. Fortunately, there is a brand new book about the liberation of Paris, The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light by Jean Edward Smith and I also tracked down a copy of a book about Rose Valland (and managed to fit that one into a TIOLI topic). She is one of the greatest, though unknown, heroines of WW2. She was a member of the Resistance and some have called her "the lady who saved civilization."

Aug 16, 2019, 5:05pm Top

>128 lindapanzo: Hope you manage the sweep. I decided to pass on TIOLI this year. I did tell a few people to feel free to add me for a match if they needed one. I found I was getting tired of TIOLI because of the way people were getting too nit-picky (to try to be different from a prior challenge).

Aug 18, 2019, 9:40pm Top

Hi, Linda! Hooray for the new library!

Smile! Your Cubbies are beating up my Pirates in the MLB Little League Classic at Williamsport this evening. (Everyone has been beating the Pirates lately, everywhere. Sigh.)

Have a great evening! :)

Aug 18, 2019, 9:47pm Top

>130 tymfos: The Cubs haven't been doing well at all on the road so it's good that this one is at a neutral site. I've been enjoying the interviews with the Little Leaguers.

Spent my first extended period at the new library today. Also checked out my first two books: The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell and also The Liberation of Paris by Jean Edward Smith.

Aug 18, 2019, 9:50pm Top

Those sound like fine books for your inaugural book-borrowing from the new library!

Aug 22, 2019, 5:25pm Top

Reached my 75 book goal for the year just now, when I finished Man on Fire: The Life and Spirit of Norbert of Xanten by Thomas Kunkel. This one is about my college's namesake and written by its recently retired president.

Aug 22, 2019, 6:44pm Top

Congrats on hitting 75, Linda! And hooray for St. Norbert! My best friend's daughter is attending.

And hooray for the Cubs Sweep! And that was against a HOT team.

Aug 24, 2019, 6:23am Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Linda!

Aug 24, 2019, 3:59pm Top


Aug 26, 2019, 12:30pm Top

Thanks, Mark, Anita, and Jim.

Two more books til I finish my TIOLI sweep this month. I'm reading a baseball book now and will finish up with a mystery. Once I finish that, I can get cracking on the new Mary Doria Russell book, as well as the new Louise Penny mystery.

In 10+ years, I think it'll be my 3rd or 4th, so it is a rarity.

I got the first Shingrix shingles vaccine on Saturday and am still pretty sore. Going to the Cubs game yesterday was not my best decision ever but I managed to get around one-armed. LOL. If I keep my arm at my side, it doesn't hurt but raising it or reaching for anything does hurt.

Aug 27, 2019, 10:23am Top

Congrats on hitting 75!

Aug 27, 2019, 2:59pm Top

Congrats on reaching 75 books, Linda!

Yikes, that shingles vaccine sounds like a stinger. Debbi had shingles a few years ago and was miserable; it’s certainly well worth avoiding.

Aug 27, 2019, 4:52pm Top

>139 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe.

Had the Shingrix on Sat afternoon. Was miserable all day Sunday but not so miserable so as to skip the Cubs game. A little better on Monday and much better today.

Aug 27, 2019, 4:58pm Top

I had the last of the 2 Shingrix shots last month. I actually a very mild case of shingles many years ago and as soon as the first vaccine came out, I got it. My doctor told me that even though I have had that one, the Shigrix is supposed to be better and worth having. My insurance covers a portion of the cost which helps of course, but to prevent another round of actual shingles, I would have paid for it all myself, regardless. Definitely worth it, even with the lead arm for a few days

Aug 27, 2019, 5:23pm Top

>141 jessibud2: That's good to hear. I heard that the original vaccine is only 50% effective but this new one is something like 97% effective. I just had a very modest co-pay from my insurer, about what a primary care physician's office visit would cost. Definitely worth it.

Aug 27, 2019, 5:55pm Top

Hi, Linda. Glad you have the MDR lined up. It is such a good book, that should work well for you too. Almost reads like narrative non-fiction. I am also glad I can share my copy of The Nickel Boys with you. It is such a terrific, hard-hitting novel.

Sep 3, 2019, 2:06pm Top

>143 msf59: Well, as I think I mentioned Mark, I was very disappointed with The Nickel Boys. Maybe next time. This one won't stop me from continuing to read him.

I've started the new Louise Penny, which is always a treat for me as she is my favorite author. Two friends finished it yesterday (including one who was finishing it between innings while we were up in Milwaukee for the Brewers game). One loved it and the other was disappointed, thinking that it was OK but not up to the usual standards.

We have our annual family get together coming up soon and I suspect that I will take along the new Mary Doria Russell for that trip.

Sep 3, 2019, 6:16pm Top

Phew, Linda, I just got caught up! Your new library looks great! Have you been able to spend any time there? It sounds like there are lots of spots where you could sit and comfortable read or look out at the lake. What did you think of the new Penny? I might have to make catching up in that series a priority.

Sep 5, 2019, 5:45pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Linda! And Go Bears! We are hoping for very good things out of this young team. I know you will still be cheering for the Pack! Grins...

I also hope the Cubbies tear up the Brew Crew, this series.

Sep 5, 2019, 6:18pm Top

>146 msf59: Except for Rodgers, I doubt I could name many of the Packers. No more Clay Matthews. Jordy Nelson was gone last year.

The Cubs really, really need to do well vs Milwaukee this weekend. The Cardinals seem to be incapable of losing lately.

We have our annual family get together up near the Dells. You'd think that, since they all live in Wisconsin, that they'd be Packers and Brewers fans but no. They're all from here and just happen to live in Wisconsin. 50-50 on Packers and Bears and just about everyone is a Cubs fan. Except for the one part of the family that likes the Sox.

Sep 28, 2019, 8:37pm Top

Hi, Linda! I'm afraid I'm a month late in congratulating you on reaching 75. Way to go! (I don't think I'll hit that number this year.)

Oct 10, 2019, 2:43am Top

Happy October! Sorry you didn't like The Nickel Boys--I thought it was outstanding. Ah well. THat's what makes discussions interesting. : )

Oct 10, 2019, 12:13pm Top

>148 tymfos: >149 Berly: Hi Kim and Terri, I've mainly been reading what I like best lately, mysteries and sports books. While I've been reading quite a bit, I've not been visiting LT much, unfortunately.

Next week, keeping my sister company when we drive down to Indy to pick up my niece for her fall break. During her break, she will be shadowing a PA. I think she is observing orthopedic surgery.

Nov 4, 2019, 12:45pm Top

Almost a month since I last posted. Yikes!! Hope all is well.

I've been reading a lot of cozies and sports books. This is the time of the year when the days are shorter and darker and I tend to get down in the dumps a bit. Trying not to read anything "heavy."

Nov 15, 2019, 4:43pm Top

Finished book #100 for the year!!

Nov 30, 2019, 1:19pm Top

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Dec 7, 2019, 9:03pm Top

Yay for 100!!!!

I've not even finished 40 books yet this year. I can try to blame it on work and school, but there is some time that I could be reading that I just don't.

Dec 7, 2019, 9:42pm Top

Thanks for all the good wishes on reaching 100 books. It's pretty amazing considering that things haven't been going that great. Elderly parents, age 83 and 82, are suddenly having lots of medical issues. Reading, particularly in the 10 pm to midnight time period, helps take my mind off of things.

Dec 25, 2019, 9:20pm Top

Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

Dec 26, 2019, 11:39pm Top

Best wishes this holiday season!! See you in 2020!

Dec 29, 2019, 4:09pm Top

Happy holidays!

Dec 29, 2019, 5:19pm Top

Hi Paul, Kim, and Terri. The last month or so of 2019 has not been a good one. 83-year old father had surgery. It was successful and he's doing well. Mom, 82, was very active but hurt her hip and now walks with a cane plus she developed a bad case of bronchitis (I thought it was pneumonia and thought she'd need to be hospitalized but thankfully, that wasn't the case). Been taking care of both of them diligently. Since Thanksgiving, I've been around sick people and have felt fine but, finally, today, I feel a cold coming on.

Hope to curl up with a mystery and rest.

Happy New Year to all. I'll be switching over to the 75er group for 2020 soon.

Dec 31, 2019, 5:34pm Top

Hang in there!! Enjoy your mystery read and heal quickly. You deserve a break. Hoping 2020 is a better, easier year for you. Hugs.

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