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The Read goes ever on and on...MrsLee 2019 part 1

This is a continuation of the topic The Read goes ever on and on...MrsLee 2018 part 2.

The Green Dragon

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Jan 3, 9:37am Top

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

Four Five more BIG books for this year:

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.

Jan 3, 9:40am Top

That Roosevelt sure was modest and retiring, wasn't he?

Jan 3, 9:40am Top

Currently reading:
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.

Jan 3, 9:40am Top

Hi, MrsLee. pgmcc present and correct and piffle-ready, as always.

Jan 3, 9:41am Top

>2 Bookmarque: Well, no, he wasn't. lol, but I don't know that he is responsible for all that rigmarole. Publishers.

Jan 3, 9:43am Top

Well, at least the manly courage is probably right. 🙄

Jan 3, 9:45am Top

Welcome to the new year and happy reading.

Jan 3, 9:50am Top

Happy new year, MrsLee! I'm looking forward to following your reading and other adventures this year.

Jan 3, 9:53am Top

>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!

Jan 3, 9:57am Top

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

Jan 3, 1:02pm Top

Wait! How do we tell piffle that's just to fill space from piffle with substance?

Jan 3, 1:10pm Top

>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.

Jan 3, 1:26pm Top

Jan 3, 1:37pm Top

>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.

Jan 3, 4:25pm Top

Happy new year and happy reading :)

Jan 3, 5:22pm Top

Wishing you a happy new year filled with time aplenty to spend with some good books.

Jan 3, 5:31pm Top

>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.

Jan 3, 8:23pm Top

>17 YouKneeK: ... and the 'd' and 'f' are right next to each other! That was rather poor planning on the part of Mr. Qwerty.

Jan 3, 8:37pm Top

>18 ScoLgo: Exactly! This seems like a real danger.

Jan 4, 12:46am Top

>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.

Jan 4, 2:56am Top

>20 MrsLee: I think that is a admirable explanation of the similarities and disimilarities between piffle and piddle.

Jan 4, 6:29am Top

>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!

Edited: Jan 5, 12:58pm Top

Found and starred!

>10 MrsLee: I do the same, skim threads and comment as I like. :)

Love the puns...

Edited: Jan 6, 8:25pm Top

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?

Jan 6, 8:57pm Top

>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...

Jan 7, 7:45am Top

>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 ;-)

Jan 7, 9:18am Top

>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!

Jan 8, 9:04am Top

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.

Jan 8, 10:11pm Top

I hope chicken keeping is on your list!

Jan 8, 11:30pm Top

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? :)

Jan 9, 1:55am Top

>28 MrsLee: One word immediately sprang to mind: Chocolate.

Jan 9, 4:21am Top


Jan 9, 4:42am Top

>30 catzteach: I crossfit a form of cross-dressing?

Edited: Jan 9, 5:28am Top


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.?

Jan 9, 9:00am Top

>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.

Jan 9, 9:27am Top

>35 MrsLee: "Chooks" is another synonym for chickens. Our egg farmers' newsletter is called "The Cackler". Lots of c words in the chicken world.

Jan 9, 10:16am Top

>35 MrsLee: I see what you mean. I shall leave it for effect. It always pays to keep people guessing. Disinformation never hurt nobody.

Jan 9, 10:24am Top

>35 MrsLee: Sounds like lots of calories!

Jan 9, 11:25am Top

>35 MrsLee: Some more for your list: café culture, charcuterie, cinsaut, claret, clairette blanc, coffee ...

Jan 9, 1:15pm Top

>35 MrsLee: I foresee a Discworldian clacks tower in your yard this year!

Jan 9, 1:54pm Top

>37 pgmcc:

I can hardly wait for your next trip to France!

Jan 9, 2:56pm Top

Coriander, coffee, confabulating, cougars, canning, calisthenics, coopering, crossword puzzles, cranberries, chinchillas...

Jan 9, 5:30pm Top

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.

Edited: Jan 9, 8:56pm Top

Happy New Year, my friend. May the vast majority of your books be gems this year. :o)

(Well, every year... really.)

Jan 10, 9:22am Top

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!"

Jan 10, 9:26am Top

>45 MrsLee:
MrsLee, you're blowing my cover again.

Which reminds me, must book the Easter trip to France.

Jan 10, 1:35pm Top

>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.

Jan 11, 9:46am Top

>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!

Jan 11, 9:51am Top

Ooooh. Angle of Repose is great. Enjoy!

Jan 11, 10:20am Top

>48 MrsLee: I shall be sure to inform Himself that your Feline Overlords' needs receive attention ;-)

Jan 11, 8:47pm Top

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)?

Jan 11, 8:54pm Top

>51 jillmwo: Celtic sports would include the caber toss.

Jan 11, 8:55pm Top


Jan 11, 11:21pm Top

>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.

Jan 12, 1:51am Top

>54 MrsLee: Curling is fun! A very social sport, too.

Jan 12, 9:28am Top

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.

Jan 12, 9:49am Top

>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. :)

Jan 12, 10:39am Top

(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.)

Jan 12, 1:48pm Top

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.

Jan 12, 1:54pm Top

>57 MrsLee: I think you could say that about most sports.

Jan 12, 1:57pm Top

My cat is very good at hurling. 🤮

Jan 12, 2:24pm Top

>60 NorthernStar:
Perhaps MrsLee needs to brush up on her curling.

Edited: Jan 12, 2:39pm Top

There's always a hack in every crowd.

Jan 12, 3:02pm Top

Stone the crows! Can't leave you lot alone for a minute without a pun thread starting up.

Jan 12, 3:21pm Top

Happy belated New Year! I'm kind of scared that you're reading Drood but looking forward to your thoughts.

Jan 12, 4:24pm Top

More 'c' suggestions? Camping, carpentry, creating, car maintenance, carrier pigeons, crown bowls... Sure there must be more.

Jan 12, 4:52pm Top

>64 AHS-Wolfy: :)

>65 Karlstar: Wellll, that comment right there puts it at the top of my TBR pile! *cue maniacal laughter.*

>66 Peace2: Noted

Jan 12, 5:43pm Top

>67 MrsLee: Have you read Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood? I read it before reading Drood to know how Drood related to the original.

I too look forward to your comments on it.

Jan 12, 6:51pm Top

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?

Jan 12, 8:00pm Top

>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.

Jan 12, 8:02pm Top

>68 pgmcc: >70 MrsLee: I have a feeling that since I did not read the Dickens original, Drood made less sense to me. On the other hand, it was just strange so maybe it didn't matter.

Jan 12, 8:07pm Top

>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.

Edited: Jan 13, 5:37pm Top

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.

Jan 12, 10:26pm Top

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?

Jan 12, 10:53pm Top

>74 Bookmarque: That works. Less pressure on me! :)

Jan 13, 9:38am Top

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.

Jan 13, 9:47am Top

I have horrendous memories of the Dickens as a Matric set work. Not even an inspired English teacher could make it bearable.

Jan 13, 10:34am Top

>76 Bookmarque: I didn't keep The Mystery of Edwin Drood, I didn't like it enough, and it was a poor paperback copy. I plan to use Wikipedia *gasp* or some such page to refresh my memory.

I do have Drood, it is one of my FIVE large books to finish this year.

Jan 13, 5:28pm Top

Has anybody suggested cattle rounding? Or, better yet, cattle rustling?

Jan 13, 6:20pm Top

>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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