The Read goes ever on and on...MrsLee 2019 part 1
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Well, my mouse is fixed, and here I am in the new year! Welcome any and all who have the patience for piffle in a reading thread.
Last year I began with good intentions, had some goals, and chucked most of them within the first month. I read just over 50 books, which is half of what I normally read. But it was all in all a good year. What will this year bring? Who knows! I look forward to sharing it with all of my pub friends.
Of the SIX biggest books on my SIX TBR bookcases, I finished four, these two remain.
From my paperback TBR case: Drood by Dan Simmons (I know, pgmcc, I know, but I WILL get to it this year, sooner than later)
From my fantasy TBR case: The War of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hmm, this really is a double because it would have gone on my paperback case if there had been room and I didn't want to read it right now: Alignment Matters: The First Five Years of Katy Says by Katy Bowman (I began this last night)
From my hardcover case in the livingroom: The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham 1: East and West (I began this last year, have to give myself a long time to read this)
From my western case: The Allegheny in the Rivers of America series by Frederick Way, Jr. illustrated by Henry Pitz
From my weird case in my bedroom: Are you ready for this? Illustrious Career and Heroic Deeds of Colonel Roosevelt "The Intellectual Giant." Containing a Full Account of his Marvelous Career, his early life, adventures on a western ranch among the cowboys; famous leader of the Rough Riders; President of our Great Country; his Wise Statesmanship, Manly Courage, Patriotism, Etc., Etc. (Even the person who wrote this got tired of it) - Including His Famous Adventures in the Wilds of Africa in search of Lions, Rhinoceri, Elepants and Other Ferocious Beasts of the jungle and plain; journeys in unknown lands and marvelous discoveris, together with His Triumphal Journey and Receptions by the Crowned Heads of Europe
by Jay Henry Mowbray, Ph.D., LL. D. The Well-Known Historian and Traveler. Embellished with a Great Number of Superb Phototype Engravings" I feel like I've read the book already, just reading the title page.
One book from my mystery case for good luck: An omnibus of None of Maigret's Business, by Georges Simenon, "The Man in Gray" by Frances Crane and "Death Paints a Portrait" by William Herber
I will try to work in a Shakespeare play or two, probably focusing on the royal ones since I recently bought the Hollow Crown series digital set.
Will also try to dip into some of those lovely classics with which I made my Christmas "book" tree in 2018. Although it is likely to be more random because I want them on their shelf and not stacked on the table by my chair.
Alignment Matters by Katy Bowman
The Complete Short Stories of W. Somerset Maugham 1 East and West
Finished on New Year's Day:
Lone Cowboy by Will James. I reviewed this (rather surprised to see only 2 reviews) and talked about it in my last thread. Sort of over it now.
>2 Bookmarque: Well, no, he wasn't. lol, but I don't know that he is responsible for all that rigmarole. Publishers.
Happy new year, MrsLee! I'm looking forward to following your reading and other adventures this year.
>1 MrsLee: And what would a reading thread be without an adequate supply of piffle? (bo-rr-ing). I look forward to supplying a steady trickle of pun-ishment as well. A very happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours!
Glad to see you all here! I will be following all the reading threads in the GD, although I may not comment frequently. :) I sort of skim if the books being discussed are either not my type, or my type but I haven't read them yet.
>9 hfglen: Wait, what did I do wrong? Oh, pun-ishment. That is always welcome. :D
Wait! How do we tell piffle that's just to fill space from piffle with substance?
>1 MrsLee: Oh, you got The Hollow Crown! Both "seasons", or just one of them?
I've been planning to get and read the plays in question at some point, I may just do it this year.
>13 MrsLee: (makes squee-sounds and some jiggly dance!)
I can't decide if I enjoyed "season one" - the Henriad - or "season two" - The War of the Roses - the best. I think both was very good, but I especially enjoyed Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of Prince Hal's journey from rake to king.
Wishing you a happy new year filled with time aplenty to spend with some good books.
>1 MrsLee: Happy new year, I’m glad to read the mouse situation is resolved. :)
I’m a little concerned about the piffling. Piffling itself is all well and good, but one misplaced finger on the keyboard could turn it into piddling which would make a mess of your thread.
>17 YouKneeK: ... and the 'd' and 'f' are right next to each other! That was rather poor planning on the part of Mr. Qwerty.
>17 YouKneeK: In our house, procrastinating is a master art. If we are procrastinating yet doing something in the mean time to look like we are not procrastinating, we call it piddling around. So you can see that either word will be just fine here. In fact, I am piddling around right now while delaying bedtime. So desperately in fact that I am typing this all on my phone instead of taking advantage of my new mouse. And thus piffling and piddling are not all that different. Unless my cats are piddling. Then we are talking a different piddle which requires immediate action and allows for no procrastination.
>20 MrsLee: I think that is a admirable explanation of the similarities and disimilarities between piffle and piddle.
>20 MrsLee: Ah, that does seem like an acceptable use of piddling that would be much less catastrophic to your thread than the piddling I was imagining. I feel much better now, thank you!
Found and starred!
>10 MrsLee: I do the same, skim threads and comment as I like. :)
Love the puns...
I've read 4 of W. Somerset Maugham's short stories now. While I can see the mastery of his writing skills, and the insight he has into the character of people, these stories are depressing. Any reason why I need to keep reading them? Any recommendations of stories of his which are especially fine? Life is short, and it's winter. I'm depressed enough, but I don't want to miss something important before I move on.
I've begun reading The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman as a sort of antidote and relief.
The Alignment book is challenging. Who knew it would take so much thought and care to walk with my feet straight?
>20 MrsLee: I know I'm a bit late to the discussion but may I compliment you on your precision in articulating the nuances of the terminology in question. This is exactly why you are so respected in this Pub...
>24 MrsLee: Not that you need my advice, but I'd shelve Maugham for now if I was you: to pick up later, perhaps, when living is easier. Classic or not, I've ditched my fair share of "great authors" when I just can't take any more ;-)
>26 Busifer: Yeah, I think I'm about there. I may dip randomly into the stories (I have two very thick volumes) to see if there is any change in theme, then put them away to be pretty on the shelf. Or, give them away to regain a significant space on my shelf!
Mark and I have begun the hunt for the "c" activity of the year. Last year we chose "baking" and we did fairly well. He sort of petered out in his enthusiasm when we got to the cookbook by Julia Child, then summer hit and neither of us wanted to fire up the oven, but I read about baking bread from one's own wild-caught sourdough and started that project. I have a while to go before I create the "perfect" loaf, but it suits our needs. We don't eat a lot of bread, but now and then it is great to have a sandwich. My last batch will likely need to be eaten with soup. It came out rather like bricks, and if someone breaks in at night, I know just what to hit them over the head with. Ah well, it's all about learning!
Anyway, we have crossed off so far: cope, calculate, colt and clysters. Still many words remain. Mark added some last night which I am hoping will be there until the end: cnidarians or ctenophores or cwms or cirques.
For the reading, I'm enjoying my Hillerman, and wishing that the Alignment book wasn't a collection of blog posts.
Oh, C, let's see (ha!): ceramics, crochet, cycling, crafts, cooking, crawling, crossfit, cows, coloring,
I think that's all I have in my head right now. :) Oh, wait, cats! How could I forget that one? :)
ETA: Two obvious ones that I suspect will happen anyway: CHEESE and caring for fellow denizens of the Pub.
But how about Chablis, Chardonnay, Cabernet etc.?
>29 SylviaC: We have chicken (probably leaning more toward the eating variety than keeping), and my husband added clacks, clocks, clicks and clucks. I suppose clucks could count towards that?
>30 catzteach: Oooo, we already had cycling, crafts, cooking and coloring. Have added the others.
>31 ScoLgo: Would you believe that was NOT on the list? Although cigarettes and cannabis are! Funny how when you set out to make a list of "c" words your mind goes blank, but when you aren't trying they come easily.
>32 Sakerfalcon: Added!
>33 pgmcc: Haha, I presume you meant to begin that sentence with "is" but it is funnier the way you typed it. I presume there are cross-dressers who crossfit. Anyway, both words are now on the list.
>34 hfglen: Heh, I had chill, and Chili, but had neglected chillies of all things! Silly me. That has been rectified along with the wine varieties. Yes, CHEESE and caring were already on the list.
For the record, the following have already been crossed off: colt, calculate, chat, coiffure, comfort, cope, cozy, Chad, cycling and I believe I mentioned clysters.
Since the list is so long, we are each crossing off at least three a day. More if we remember our turn.
>35 MrsLee: "Chooks" is another synonym for chickens. Our egg farmers' newsletter is called "The Cackler". Lots of c words in the chicken world.
>35 MrsLee: I see what you mean. I shall leave it for effect. It always pays to keep people guessing. Disinformation never hurt nobody.
>35 MrsLee: Some more for your list: café culture, charcuterie, cinsaut, claret, clairette blanc, coffee ...
Coriander, coffee, confabulating, cougars, canning, calisthenics, coopering, crossword puzzles, cranberries, chinchillas...
I always enjoy reading what word you end up with and the amusing ideas people come up with for the current year’s letter. :)
Here are a few random words of my own that Ctrl+F claims haven’t already been used in this thread:
* Canada – Read about Canadian history, read fictional books or watch movies set in Canada, take a trip to Canada, eat/cook traditional Canadian recipes, etc. This could work for any 'C' country of interest – China, Cuba, Chile, etc.
* Clandestine – Practice sneaking and spying.
* Collecting – Pick something fun to collect and start a collection. Bonus points if you collect a ‘C’ word like Coins.
* Complete – Focus on completing projects that you started but never got around to finishing.
* Crazy – Each week, do something that strikes you as completely crazy, preferably in public so that everybody thinks you’ve lost your marbles. Wash your car in the rain, dance a jig on your roof (with proper safety precautions), try to climb a tree, run down the street acting like something is chasing you.
Happy New Year, my friend. May the vast majority of your books be gems this year. :o)
(Well, every year... really.)
Canada is on the list, perhaps if we "cackle" in "Canada" that would go with the "crazy" selection!
>39 hfglen: You add the most delicious words!
>40 Busifer: That's what I thought when I saw that word! If only my husband or I had any practical engineering skills. Well, I suppose learning that would be an activity together to grow our brains.
>42 Marissa_Doyle: "confabulating" is something we do more and more as we age. We are always saying to each other, "That's not what happened!" when recalling events. :) Other new words have been added, thanks.
>43 YouKneeK: If we got good enough at "clandestine" perhaps we could go to "France" with pgmcc! Ah, "collecting" I am trying to de-collect all the things I've collected over the years. I do like your idea of "complete" though.
By the way, when my husband saw the 4th column of words added by you all, he wrote at the top, "cheating!"
>45 MrsLee: Mr Mistoffelees has just reminded me that the most important "C" activity of all is missing from your list (shock horror!). Your first priority undeer this head is, of course, Cuddling Cats. Although the most important activity of all comes in 3 years' time: Feeding Cats.
>47 hfglen: Oh no, it is on the list. At least, "cuddling" and "cats" are separate entries. Possibly "cursing" as well, depending on the activities of the cats. ;)
I finished The Shape Shifter. While I enjoyed reading it, just because I love Hillerman's world and characters, the mystery and story underwhelmed me.
Will begin Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner tonight. This has been on my TBR shelves for probably 15 years. Today is the day!
>48 MrsLee: I shall be sure to inform Himself that your Feline Overlords' needs receive attention ;-)
What about Czechoslovakia? Or a Cryptography course? Calligraphy? Could you do something with calendars or with cartography? Celtic sports (although I don't know what that might entail)?
>51 jillmwo: Mark's heritage is Czech. Also, one of my cousins asked me to make a skeleton calendar. That could go under "completion" of projects. I would have to retake a lot of photos of Death Bredon, and fin appropriate quotes.
53 Curling is on the list! My husband likes to watch it. I listen while I read until it is too annoying, then I make him put on his headphones.
There's a curling club down in Wausau. You can join to play on a team or you can join just to watch and drink beer. It's hilarious.
>55 NorthernStar: I think it would be fun to do, but I maintain that it sounds silly, especially if one is only hearing it and not watching/participating. :)
(I have a bad hip, and tried curling despite it. Didn't work out, in that it was very painful. Otherwise it seems a fun thing to do.)
While curling started in medievil Scotland it does not registrr as a Celtic sport but one coukd argue the toss. (See what I did there.)
Speaking of Celtic sports do not forget gaelic football, handball and the fastest sport on the planet, hurling.
Stone the crows! Can't leave you lot alone for a minute without a pun thread starting up.
Happy belated New Year! I'm kind of scared that you're reading Drood but looking forward to your thoughts.
More 'c' suggestions? Camping, carpentry, creating, car maintenance, carrier pigeons, crown bowls... Sure there must be more.
I've wanted to tackle these...I do love Dickens though I haven't read him in ages, and I've read one Simmons and liked it although I won't ever read it again. Should we try them together???? Group read?
>68 pgmcc: I have read Dicken's mystery, although it was a few years ago, so I plan to refresh my memory before I read Drood.
>69 Bookmarque: I am reading the Stegner novel right now. Do you think you would be interested in reading Drood in February? I don't read very fast right now. You will find The Mystery of Edwin Drood quite unlike other Dicken's novels. I both liked and disliked it.
>71 Karlstar: While I was glad to have read The Mystery of Edwin Drood before reading Drood, I would not say it is a prerequisite. I did get the pleasure of spotting what Simmons had used from the original and what he had changed, but in terms of story line there is no real dependency. I shall say no more lest I let spoilers slip but I enjoyed reading both of them.
In terms of The Mystery of Edwin Drood I found I got as much pleasure from a section in my copy of the book that reported the various conjectures that arose after Dickens's death as to how he would have finished the novel had he lived.
I rather enjoyed Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood. I'll have to go back and look at some of my reading threads to see what I thought in more detail at the time.
Edited to note which of the two titles I'd actually read. I have not read Drood by Dan Simmons. I thought you were using shorthand for the Dickens title, not talking about the second one.
Feb or March...I need to get on with my Dumas...which means I have to step lively. I'm flexible though I would like to read them both. Maybe March would be better?
March it is!
Do you have both books? I can probably get the Dickens easily from Project Gutenberg, but the other I'll have to hunt down. Shouldn't be too hard.
I have horrendous memories of the Dickens as a Matric set work. Not even an inspired English teacher could make it bearable.
>79 catzteach: Um, we don't really want to experience in- carceration, so that's not going on the list.
Does it count that several times a year I answer a call at the car dealership where I work, from the hospital, and hear someone telling me that "a bull is out." If I didn't know that the brother of the dealership owner is a rodeo bull rancher and organizer, I would think it was a practical joke.
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