fuzzi's "Six Bits" Reading Challenge for 2019
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I've returned for another year of reading and reviewing!
For those who haven't followed my threads before, I'll just mention that my reading is eclectic, and I review EVERY book I read. EVERY BOOK. NO KIDDING!
I don't "spoil" either, so read my reviews without fear!
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My Reading Register for 2019 is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/301181#
Welcome back, fuzzi! Looking forward to seeing what your reading year brings.
And away we go...
I was disappointed with how badly I failed at reading my Bible last year, so I decided to start the new year right by reading Matthew first...and since everyone else slept late, I finished it!
#1 Matthew (King James Bible)
Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, is full of familiar tales of Jesus’ ministry, beginning before His birth. The retelling of Herod’s mass murder of innocents is located here, as well as the Beatitudes, two instances of feeding the masses, and Jesus’ denunciation of the religious leaders of the day.
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, Fuzzi, this year.
Happy New Year and happy new thread! I look forward to following your reading this year. Any plans to tackle more classics?
Happy New Year Fuzzi! And happy new thread!
Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.
I should add this to my goals for the year as well. I haven't made an attempt to read the Bible in its entirety or even specific books in a few years. And you did it January 1, well done!
#4 Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
Noisy Village is the name given to a group of three farm houses due to the ruckus created by the six children who live there. Lisa, who is nine years old, narrates the fun and adventures she and her brothers and friends have all throughout the year. Woven within the story are a number of Swedish traditions such as dancing around the Mid-summer Eve pole. I first read this as a child but still loved the humor of situations and the personalities of the children upon reading it as an adult.
#5 Mark (King James Bible)
Mark is the second book of the New Testament, and is a shorter retelling of many of the same events in Matthew, including the two instances of feeding the masses (5000 and 4000 respectively). One of Jesus’ strongest “hellfire” sermons can be found in this book as well.
#6 The Daybreakers by Louis L’Amour
Tye and Orrin Sackett head west from the Tennessee hills, to make their fortune as well as find a home for their ma. They have their share of trials with herding longhorns, fighting Utes, and standing up to lawless gunmen.
This was the first published book about the Sackett family, and I think it’s one of the best. The situations are genuine, the characters are fleshed-out, real, and it was a great pleasure to spend time with them and their riding partners again for this reread.
#7 Luke (King James Bible)
The third book of the New Testament, Luke is more detailed than the previous two books, plus it has the very familiar story of the shepherds abiding in the fields, who go see the baby Jesu in the manger.
#8 Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein
I've been valiantly attempting to finish this book, but at the halfway point I've given up, and admitting that I'm not interested in what happens. The story is not engaging at all, and the writing isn't up to par with this author's other works, including his other early "juvenile" books I've read.
Hi Fuzzi! I'm late making my rounds this year, but I'm glad to have found you. Happy 2019!
Wow - Eight books already - good for you!
I'm slow getting books done this year. I'm reading Lonesome Dove and really enjoying it. I should easily finish it for my RLBC meeting the last day of January - but its length is taking a tole on my January numbers; especially as I've joined the group read These Truths; A History of the United States, another 800 pager.
Asher Lev will be up next after LD. I think I remember you liking that one.
>31 streamsong: so glad you stopped by!
I'm doing so much better than last year at this time...let's see if I can keep up the pace.
Lonesome Dove was good, though I don't think I will be doing a reread anytime soon.
Asher Lev was a 5 star read for me, and I recommend it highly.
This week I've been putting off starting my nonfiction choice for the Chaim Potok challenge, as I have to take my dog to the vet for the last time, today. I have not felt like reading anything dreary or depressing right now.
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"
>32 fuzzi: My sympathies in this difficult time. Wishing you comfort and consolation.
Happy New Year, fuzzi!
My sympathies, too. Parting with a beloved furry friend is one of life's toughest times. Hugs from Chicago.
So sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful friend and the Tirzah shaped hole in your heart. (((Hugs))).
>39 fuzzi: Tirzah was a beautiful dog. Thank you for sharing the photos.
fuzzi, stopping by to say hello and star your thread, though I suspect I won't be able to keep up with you. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your pupper. Always hard to lose a loved one. I hope you're able to take time off to mourn her passing.
>40 streamsong: >41 harrygbutler: >42 justchris: I appreciate your sentiments, thank you.
No dog can replace Tirzah, but we are actively looking for her successor. There are so many adult dogs in need of a family, and we are in need of some furry therapy to assist with the grieving process. We visited with a Sharpei mix yesterday, and plan to meet a GSD today.
justchris thanks for the follow. Stop by when you can, and feel free to comment. :)
So sorry for your loss. I remember the pain of losing my old cat and then shortly after, the young barn cat that I was going to bring in was hit in the road. I was so grateful that when I found Peppa, she turned out to be a perfect fit into the household at the time. I hope your search for your next dog goes as well, and be sure to post pictures.
I'm a firm believer in animal souls, so I know that you'll be reunited with Tirzah when the time comes.
#9 Finity's End by CJ Cherryh (reread)
It's been almost 7 years to the day that I read this book, and it's even better than I recalled. I'm upping it to .
Here's my review from January 16, 2012:
I enjoyed this book tremendously as a reread this year. It's a little bit of a "growing up" sort of book, as the main character does a lot of that within the pages, but it's also a very good science fiction novel.
>46 alcottacre: thank you for your kind words. In my main thread I've posted photos, and information about Tirzah's successor, Cleo.
CJ Cherryh is my favorite Sci-fi author. She doesn't get graphic, but concentrates on developing worlds, political schemes, and her characters. There's lots of talk but action too. My favorites remain the Chanur series.
Hi, fuzzi. Finally out and visiting the threads. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Tirzah. It's so difficult to lose a pet. Cleo sounds like a wonderful dog - especially in that she is good with your cats.
Look at that big old puppy-dog grin! What a cutie! :) And I've always had a soft spot for dogs with one upright and one floppy ear.
#10 Alliance Rising by CJ Cherryh
Cherryh has done it again. In Alliance Rising she has given us a deep, interesting, and satisfying prequel to her Hugo award winning Alliance universe books, full of three-dimensional characters and the usual political intrigue. I'll be anxiously awaiting the next book in this new series.
>53 fuzzi: I sure hope whoever is in the hold queue ahead of me gets through this quickly!
>54 quondame: I'm returning mine to the library tomorrow...too bad you don't live close by...
#11 John (King James Bible)
John is the fourth book of the New Testament, and starts with the same words as Genesis ("In the beginning"), then skips over Jesus' birth, going instead straight into John the Baptist's ministry. The first miracle is found in chapter 2, the verse often referenced at sporting events "John 3:16" is in chapter 3, the woman at the well story is found in chapter 4, and the Good Shepherd attributes are described in chapter 10. This is also considered one of the first books any new Christian should read, for various reasons.
#12 Old Men at Midnight by Chaim Potok
I've read other works by this author, loving the characters surrounded by an authenticity that settled deep, putting me in the stories. In the three novellas contained within the covers of Old Men at Midnight I found myself, again, within the stories, immersed to the exclusion of outside distractions...but I had a hard time finding something to like about the people within his tales. Four stars for execution, three stars for likability.
>49 fuzzi: What a happy puppy! I wish I could meet her. I hope Cleo brings you much comfort and joy.
>45 fuzzi: and >53 fuzzi:: Two Cherryh books I haven't read!
>56 fuzzi: Good to know about John. I've never been very successful with the Bible. Every now and then I make an attempt, then put it down again after a book or maybe two.
>58 justchris: Cleo brings joy to everyone. I took her with me to Petsmart this morning, and she loved on everyone, but especially with a four year old whose mother said was recently diagnosed with ADHD. Cleo might do well as a therapy dog.
Both of those books by CJ Cherryh were about the same ship but decades apart in time. Both are recommended.
Have I asked you what is your favorite Cherryh book?
One book of the Bible at a time is good. Years ago a gentleman at our church suggested I read one chapter of Proverbs each day, to finish it once a month. I did that for several years...it's easy enough, and there's always something new each time I read it.
>60 justchris: some of the OT books can be a challenge. I'm reminded of the Greek plays I read in high school English class, in which the Chorus would go on and on and on...modern readers aren't as used to that.
Ruth is lovely, but Esther is too. So much of Psalms can be comforting, or beautiful. And most of the New Testament is a fairly short read.
I'm putting Wave Without a Shore on my short list to read, thanks. Chanur is my favorite series as well, with the Morgaine books a close second. And I really liked The Faded Sun trilogy, too.
#13 Double or Quit by Joyce Stranger
In this final book of the series, author Joyce Stranger has to make a decision: to double her "pack" by adding another dog, or quit field trial and obedience work altogether due to her dog Chita's advancing age. She takes on Josse, a young dog who with issues due to having several owners within a few months. Josse needs help adjusting, and how Joyce brings him closer to "normalcy" makes for an interesting and enjoyable story.
I wish there were more books about Josse.
I'm doing another read-thru this year. I'm following the "Eat This Book" plan on YouVersion and using the Tree of Life Version this year which is a Messianic Jewish translation. It's interesting because it inserts Hebrew terms for several concepts. I've used the Eat This Book plan before with another translation and enjoyed it.
>63 thornton37814: thanks! I'm just using my plain King James bible as usual, but I know there are other options available. :)
Technically my NT reads are with a Gideon's NT, which is light and easy to hold as opposed to my main Bible.
>49 fuzzi: Look at that doggie grin! Who could not fall in love with that?
>65 alcottacre: and there's a lot of snuggle and tongue with that grin...our hearts were stolen from the first.
#14 Little Otter is Missing by Kenneth Grahame (abridged)
Decent retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, but the illustrations are both good and awful.
#15 The Wild Wood by Kenneth Graham (abridged)
Well-done retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and the illustrations are good, for the most part.
Both of these are headed for my granddaughter!
#16 Acts (King James Bible)
Acts (of the Apostles) is the 5th book in the New Testament. It is believed that the author of Acts is Luke, Apostle Paul's friend, a physician, who also wrote the book of Luke. Acts reads more like a traditional "story", with very little doctrine but mostly "he went here and did this" sort of narrative.
My "comfort" reread last night, review from 2013 included:
#17 A Horse Called Mystery by Marjorie Reynolds
Owlie is lame, wears glasses, and has a deaf mute mother, which makes him the object of taunts and bullying. He spends his spare time with his dog or visiting the worn down horses for hire in town. When one of the horses is slated to be sold for slaughter because it is lame, Owlie acts upon impulse and buys it, even though he has never ridden before. How he grows and matures while caring for Mystery is believable and enjoyable.
The story is aimed at adolescents but is a good read for adults who don't mind a "happy" ending.
>69 fuzzi: That does sound enjoyable. I'll have to remember if I should run across it at a library sale.
>67 fuzzi: I like how the illustrations are both "good and awful" at the same time; a little clarification, please? What did you like and what didn't you like?
>71 CassieBash: let's just say they were uneven. The nature pictures of flowers, trees, and most animals, were good, but the faces of the main characters like Ratty and Mole were...weird, didn't fit.
>70 harrygbutler: I have a spare copy...
Marjorie Reynolds wrote several books about horses and teens who were in less than Sunnybrook Farm type situations, but the tales were so well-written as to be enjoyable. Some authors manipulate the reader but she just tells her stories. I like all her works.
>73 fuzzi: It was a sweet and funny book. I did the same when I was young: bringing home stray dogs and cats, I wasn't allowed to keep them eithr...
#19 Lando by Louis L'Amour
As a child Lando is left in the care of a faithless neighbor, but within a few years strikes out on his own, heading west. His travels take him eventually to Texas and Mexico, competing with outlaws and relatives on a quest for gold. Standard but enjoyable fare from this author.
>74 FAMeulstee: as a child I wanted to bring home stray animals, but knew I wouldn't be able to keep them, so I didn't.
>73 fuzzi: Kellogg has been one of my favorite illustrators since childhood.
#20 Wave Without a Shore by CJ Cherryh
Wow. Just wow. In this short novel Cherryh does what she usually does in her stories, creates a world, and culture, both alien and familiar...but this time it's on a scale that even she rarely attains. With virtually no fighting or other actions so common in SciFi, she hurls the reader along in this story of an artist who went too far and threatened a society conditioned to be blind to reality. Superb.
>79 foggidawn: I recall Kellogg from my children's library books, will have to find more.
>80 harrygbutler: I'll keep it for you.
>81 streamsong: thank you. What a difference from last year when I was stuck in a reading slump until mid-January!
I've read The Chosen, The Promise, and Asher Lev, all were good, very good.
>82 CassieBash: some of the faces just, well, SUCKED.
>84 fuzzi: That volume always leave me feeling like I'm floating outside a space station.
>69 fuzzi: and >73 fuzzi: sound lovely. Somehow, I didn't find these authors when I was in my animal-mad childhood and devouring all the animal stories I could find. I read a bunch of the Jim Kjelgaard stories, The Call of the Wild, wild animal stories like Vulpes the Red Fox and Bubo the Great Horned Owl and Fifteen Rabbits but not that many kid and animal stories beyond what Black Stallion books I could get my hands on and Where the Red Fern Grows. Also, some anthropomorphized animal stories like the classic you referenced above, plus Mrs Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH, Odyssey from River Bend, Rabbit Hill, stuff like that. I guess I was way more focused on wild animals.
>87 justchris: another Kjelgaard fan, woo!
For more animal books suitable for both child and adult reading try Glenn Balch and Thomas Hinkle for horse/dog stories, Jack O'Brien's first three Silver Chief books, and any number of Albert Payson Terhune books about collies.
James Oliver Curwood wrote Kazan, Baree, and The Bear, the last which was made into a move a few years ago.
Rutherford Montgomery and Joseph Wharton Lippincott also wrote about both domesticated and wild animals.
I recall Vulpes, and there was a book by the same author about a mink. Jean George was also the writer of the My Side of the Mountain series, though the first was the best.
I also read a lot of stories by Ernest Thompson Seton, but I'm too tender-hearted now to go back to them. I hate it when an animal dies at the end. :(
If a book had an animal on the cover, I would pick it up and attempt to read it. Back when I was about 9 I saw a hardback displayed at the public library with a black and white collie on the cover. It was in the adult section of the library but the lovely librarians allowed me to borrow it. The story of a boy and a wild puppy, Rex, introduced me to a fantastic author, Joyce Stranger. She wrote numerous books about animals, suitable for adolescents but with deeper insights for her adult audience. My most favorite is probably The Running Foxes. If you've never read anything of hers, I highly, HIGHLY, recommend her works.
>90 fuzzi: Wow, that is certainly a lot of potential books to read among all of them! Looking through their listings, one or two titles look familiar, so I may have read some of them in the past, but clearly not enough or I would have remembered them.
>92 justchris: I was an avid reader as a child, and to a certain extent, still am one. :)
Yeah, there is a surprising amount of preaching in Little Women. Like you, I still enjoyed it.
>101 fuzzi: LOL My boys say they bathe one another so I don't need to do it.
>102 thornton37814: that's kind of the point of the book, but it takes the little girl a while to "get it". Very, very funny, well-written and illustrated book for all ages.
#26 Texas Vendetta by Elmer Kelton
I believe this was my first read by author Elmer Kelton, but it won't be my last. In this tale from the late 1800s we see a glimpse of Texas Rangers' jobs, and also the lives of those they were sworn to capture. Never sensational, but believable, this book was entertaining. The characters were well-written, and the violence was not graphic. Recommended for anyone wanting a "good story".
Now to find the rest of the books in the series...
>109 fuzzi: Little Women is much less likely to go down easy in this era than in the mid-20th when I first read, and had my own fledgling issues with it. But it comes from a time when books overwhelmingly put women into second place actors in their own life when granted any autonomy at all. I certainly never held it as a childhood favorite, but could easily relate to the depression era generation who raised me, who found a great deal of value in it's insistent messaging.
>111 fuzzi: I judge the three you've mentioned all celebrate what is unusual in their protagonists, while LW is way more focused on conventional good behavior and is preachy where none of those are. Yes, consequences are noted, but that is considered sufficient for the alert. But preachy doesn't turn off all readers, though I have a pretty low tolerance level.
#27 1 Thessalonians (King James Bible)
#28 2 Thessalonians (King James Bible)
These two short books in the New Testament are probably the oldest of the Pauline epistles, letters written around 50AD to a young (new) church located in Thessalonica.
One of the descriptions of the rapture of the Church is contained in these writings, as well as some prophetic information.
Each of these books is a simple yet informative read, and especially helpful to a new Christian.
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