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75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Jan 4, 7:40pm Top

Our New Years Eve beach party. We spent almost all day at this spot, and were thankful for the cloud cover as it was hot. When dusk arrived, so did the sea mist, and it was atmospheric and lovely. We had a bonfire and BBQ, it was awesome :)

ETA that's me in the red(is) t-shirt behind the bonfire, with arm on my youngest, Lenny. Also there is our other son W, my brother and his wife and kids, my lovely other, my dad (taking the shot) and his partner (next to me).

Edited: Feb 10, 3:28am Top

So, I am Megan.
This year I finish my Masters thesis, and with that end my 5 year part-time academic do-over. I will be relieved to finish, but will miss the mind expanding aspects of studying social theory. Reading can fill that space though, I am sure:)

I finished The Overstory on New Years day, hiding in my dads car for the last few pages to get some P&Q to do the story justice. Wow, it was a cracker. I can recommend it. This year I have hit the ground running with a 5-star read straight off the bat!

2019 READS

1. Among the Living and the Dead by Inara Verzemnieks NF 277p
2. Restart by Gordon Korman YA 243p (tally 520p)
3. Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski NF 250p (tally 770p)
4. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 191p (tally 961p)
5. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick GN, YA 634p (tally 1,595)
6. Escape from Sarau by Leonie Morris- Bensemann YA 188p (tally 1,783p)
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 353p (tally 2,136p)

8. Normal People by Sally Rooney
9. Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee YA
10. Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt by John Grindrod NF 386p

1. Author uses middle name or middle initial
2. Debut novel
3. Book about/featuring siblings Lenny's Book of Everything
4. Read a book bullet
5. Book mentioned in another book you have read
6. Topic or character related to medicine/health My Name is Lucy Barton
7. Animal on cover/in title/plays a significant role
8. Book with an artistic character
9. Eastern European author or setting Among the Living and the Dead
10. Children’s/YA book Escape from Sarau
11. Alliterative title
12. Part of a series
13. Read a CAT
14. Prize-winning book
15. Weather (title contains a weather word, or book involves/centers around a weather event)
16. Short stories or essays
17. Book made into a movie Wuthering Heights
18. Fairy tale (classic or reworked)
19. Graphic novel Wonderstruck
20. Main title has 6+ words Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt
21. Cover has at least two human figures Normal People
22. Book in translation
23. Food-related title or topic
24. Book has an LT rating of 4+ Restart
25. Title contains a homophone word

Jan 4, 7:51pm 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, Megan, this year.

Good start to the reading year!

Edited: Jan 4, 10:42pm Top

2018 Reading

1. On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky (2013) NF 142p
2. The Standing Chandelier by Lionel Shriver (2017) 122p (tally 264p)
3. Lighthouse Family: Coastal New Zealand, 1941-42 by Philippa Werry (date published tba) 240p (tally 504p)
4. The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi (2014) 440p (tally 944p)
5. Social Theory by William Outhwaite (2015) NF 129p (1,073p)
6. Hiroshima by John Hersey (1946, reissued with last chapter 1985) NNF 196p (tally 1,269p)
7. Tell me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli (2017) NF 106p (tally 1,375p)
8. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (2011) NF 312p (tally 1,687p)
9. Almanac for Noise and Politics 2016 (2016) NF 40p (tally 1,718p)
10. Arthur & George by Julian Barnes (2005) 506p (tally 2,224p)
11. If This is a Man and the Truce by Primo Levi (1958/1965) NF 398p (tally 2,622p)
12. Barkskins by Annie Proulx (2016) 717p (tally 3,339p)
13. Nobody's Mother edited by Lynne van Luven (2006) NF 226p (tally 3,565p)
14. Mountains Without Handrails by Joseph L. Sax (1980) NF 113p (tally 3,678p)
15. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi (1984) NF 212p (tally 3,890p)
16. Discursive Psychology: Theory, Method and Applications by Sally Wiggins (2017) NF 240p (tally 4,130p)
17. I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein (2006) NF 197p (tally 4,327p)
18. Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (2017) NF 310p (tally 4,637p)
19. Blindness by Jose Saramago (1995) 309p (tally 4,946p)
20. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (2014) NF 320 p (tally 5,266p)
21. Le Bal by Irène Némirovsky (2x short stories) (1930/1931)106p (tally 5,372p)
22. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (short stories) (1999) 198p (tally 5,570p)
23. Island of the Lost by Ruth Druett (2007) NF 384p (tally 5,954p)
24. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano (2009) 379p (tally 6,333p)
25. The Jest of God by Margaret Laurence (1966) 215p (tally 6,548p)
26. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman (2017) NF 264p (tally 6,812p)
27. Star in the Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow (2000) Kids 150p (tally, 6,962p)
28. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpernbeck (2017) 283p (tally 7,245p)
29. Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (published xxxx) Kids 222p (tally 7,467p)
30. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (published 2005) Kids 260p (tally 7,727p)
31. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (published 2014) 333p (tally 8060,p)
32. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (published 2006) 216p (tally 8,276p)
33. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone (published1997) NF 215p (tally 8,491p)
34. First We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson (published 2018) NF 320p (Tally 8,811p)
35. Paper Planes by Steve Worland (published 2015) 188p (tally 8,999p) Kids
36. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (published 2017) 361p (tally 9,360p)
37. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry (published 2010) NF 425p (tally 9,785p)
38. The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does when You're not Looking by Michael C. Corballis (published 2014) NF 162p (tally 9,947p)
39. The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix (published 2017) NF 218p (tally 10,165)
40. The Years, Months, Days by Yan Linake (published 1997) 97p (tally 10,262p)
41. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (published 2012) 331p (tally 10,593p)
42. How we are Hungry by Dave Eggers (published 2004) (short stories) 281p (tally 10,874p)
43. Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev by Robert Desai (published 2004) NF 269p (tally 11,143p)
44. Moral Relativism by Steven Lukes NF 159p (tally 11,302p)
45. Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class Edited by Nathan Connolly NF (published 2017) 238p (tally 11,540p)
46. Notes on Camp by Susan Sontag NF 55p (tally 11,595p)
47. The Long Take by Robin Robertson 237p (tally 11,832p)
48. Moral Panics by Kenneth Thompson (published 1998) NF 142p (tally 11,974p)
49. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson (published 1938) 234p (tally 12,208p)
50. Monkey Grip by Helen Garner (published 1977) 374p (tally 12,582p)
51. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (published 1996) 322p (tally 12,904p)
52. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (published 2015) 149p (tally 13,053p)
53. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg NF 180p (tally 13,233p)
54. Psychogeography by Merlin Coverley NF 144p (tally 13,377p)
55. Persuader by Lee Child DNF, abandoned at 212 pages in (tally 13,589p)
56. The Overstory by Richard Powers 504p (tally 14,093p)

Non Fiction 28
Fiction 28

Male authors 29
Female authors 27

Jan 4, 8:01pm Top

>3 PaulCranswick: Hey Paul! Long time no see. Thanks for being my very first visitor for the year :)
Welcome back (me and/or you!).

Edited: Jan 4, 8:53pm Top

Currently reading:

Friend of China - The Myth of Rewi Alley by Anne-Marie Brady, Don't Skip out on Me by Willy Vlautin, and These Truths by Jill Lepore.

(for the group read thread of These Truths, see http://www.librarything.com/topic/301417)

Jan 4, 9:19pm Top

Your very first read a 5-starrer. That, madam, is called "a damned good omen."

Your beachy beano looks like a lovely day out. *smooch*

Jan 4, 10:04pm Top

>7 richardderus: and, just beyond the 'camp' was a little waterfall and stream running out to the sea. The kids spent *hours* damming it and re-damming it when rogue waves (only at high tide) or build up of stream water wiped out the dam. It was heaps of fun, and all the adults did some time on the dam project too at some point.
The 5-star read was one I bought on an LT recommendation from some all-knowing should whose name I can't recall. They advised me of its existence and I immediately purchased, only to find out that I was purchasing a pre-order. It was 7 months later that the payoff arrived in the post, and I promptly lent it to my dad on its arrival. So it has been a long time coming, my read of it!!!

Jan 4, 10:27pm Top

>1 LovingLit: You're back!! Looks like a great group and a fun getaway. And look at you with your balanced statistics F/NF and M/F!! Bet you can't do that again. LOL

>6 LovingLit: Very glad you are doing with us. I am about 30 pages in so far. Liking it very much. I have book darts all over the place marking passages. : )


Jan 4, 10:36pm Top

Among the Living and the Dead by Inara Verzemnieks 277p

There are a thousand stories like the one that this book tells. When you ask a Latvian (or Lithuanian, or an Estonian, or a person from any other small nation that has been occupied on and off for centuries), everyone has a war story of loss and trauma and separation. That is why my relatives in Latvia were nonplussed when they heard that my farther's story would be written and published years ago (that one is called Andris, Where are you?). This story is distinct from any other I have read for its seamlessly inter-woven non-linear plot, its evocative and poetic language, and the emotional kick that the combination delivers.

Inara, the author, was raised by her Latvian grandparents who were settled in the US as refugees from WWII. Throughout her childhood she is kept up with Latvian ways in part by the existence of a strong community in the place her grandparents were settled, but mostly because her carers have a deep sense of place and an intense love of and mourning for their place birth. The sense of loss that her displaced grandmother has is palpable, and Inara traces her and her families histories throughout the course of this book.

The story unfolds beautifully, and it retains its beauty and poetry throughout. Although it contains elements of both, this is not a book of war facts, nor a personal legacy book. What it is, is something altogether unique and could be read for the beautiful use of language alone. In addition, it parallels (to a certain degree) my own family history and so adds to what I know about some of the experiences my relatives faced. Anyone interested in WWII or refugees or history could read this book, it certainly gave me a renewed sense of empathy for those displaced by war.

Jan 4, 10:47pm Top

>9 Berly: it was one of the best holidays we've had. It has been a tough year with family dramas, and it was lovely to have a quiet, stress-free, no yelling Christmas. :)
I have read most of the introduction of These Truths, and it is setting up what promises to be a great history.

Jan 4, 11:27pm Top

Happy New Year, Megan. Lovely picture at the top. What a beautiful setting.

Jan 5, 12:06am Top

Hi Megan! Happy New Year! Love the beach camp picture and darn it all.... looks like i am taking a BB with your first read for 2019. ;-)

Jan 5, 3:28am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Megan. What a wonderful family gathering.

Jan 5, 4:06am Top

Happy New year .......

Jan 5, 4:09am Top

>12 BLBera: A favourite spot of ours. A small west coast town, gets overrun at the holidays with almost 40 people in town in total ;)

>13 lkernagh: Yess! My first BB :) Congratulations, you wont regret it.

>14 Ameise1: Thanks B! Great to see you visiting me, I am a rare sight around here these days.

>15 roundballnz: Hi Alex, happy New Year to you too!!

Jan 5, 5:26pm Top

Happy New Year Megan!

>8 LovingLit: There’s nothing like damming a stream to keep children amused, is there? I remember J spending hours doing exactly the same thing.

Jan 5, 7:47pm Top

You have a new name?! I spend a few months away, and when I get back everything is all different. You've probably got new furniture and ripped out the carpet as well!

Jan 5, 8:45pm Top

Welcome back! Looks like a good time for New Year!

Jan 6, 8:39am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Megan!

I have heard many good about The Overstory, moving it closer to the top of mount TBR.

Jan 6, 8:57am Top

Happy 2019!
Your bonfire spot looks lovely!

Jan 6, 6:50pm Top

Happy New Year, Megan! Love the topper - it sounds like it was great fun!

Jan 6, 8:11pm Top

>17 SandDune: Endless fun, are streams and dams :) e had slip ways, rocks, driftwood and stones. And the pool was perfect to chill the beers!

>18 evilmoose: I do have a new name! Just keeping people on their toes ;
Cool that you're back, your pics are looking as good as ever over on your thread.

>19 drneutron: Hey Dr N. Thanks for the welcome!

>20 FAMeulstee: Good move :) It reminds me a lot of Barkskins by Annie Proulx, in fact it felt remarkable similar.

>21 ChelleBearss: Hey Chelle, it was lovely indeed. I miss it already. But we chanced upon perfect weather upon our return home, which was lovely.

>22 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, t'was a great day. Am currently extending my summer holiday with a visit to Nelson (5 hours drive away from home) to drop off W for a wee camping trip with his friend's family. It is lovely and hot here, which fits the brief!

Edited: Jan 6, 9:09pm Top

Summer holiday!!!

Pipi gathering (we made them into fritters and ate them, pipis are shellfish), Lake Mapourika picnicking, Christmas biscuiting, and Christmas breakfasting :)

Jan 7, 12:34am Top

Happy New Year Megan! And happy new thread!

Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.

>1 LovingLit: >8 LovingLit: >24 LovingLit: What a glorious way to welcome in the new year. Hmm; we should do something like that.

>18 evilmoose: Yeah, you missed all that. She's been awfully wishy-washy about deciding which one she wanted to go with ;0)

Jan 7, 10:44am Top

Hi Megan,
Dropped my star and got hit by a book bullet! :-)

Lovely pictures!

Jan 7, 10:51am Top

Hi Megan!

Late but here, happy new year and happy first thread of 2019. Lovely summer holiday and Christmas photos, thanks for sharing.

Jan 7, 3:19pm Top

Hi Megan my dear, just dropped my star off and hope to be a regular visitor this year.

Jan 7, 3:28pm Top

Christmas trees in midsummer. A complete reorientation for my north-of-the-North self.

Jan 8, 12:10pm Top

>24 LovingLit: Love the photos! Sounds full of fabulous, and your Christmas weather looks just like ours. *sigh*

Jan 8, 10:58pm Top

Wonderful photos! Aside from early childhood in southern California, I've never spent Christmas and New Year in a warm place - looks like your family had a great holiday! Or are you still on holiday?

And yikes - book bullets already! I have already seen superlative praise for The Overstory, but Among the Living and the Dead looks good as well. Cyprus has a long history of being overrun, controlled, invaded, etc by others. Historically and archaeologically it's fascinating, but less so when you're living it and being overrun.

Edited: Jan 8, 11:48pm Top

Currently reading (revised since I acquired my first book of the year):

Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski, Friend of China - The Myth of Rewi Alley by Anne-Marie Brady, Don't Skip out on Me by Willy Vlautin, and These Truths by Jill Lepore.

Skating to Antarctica is shaping up to be another 5-star read. Talk about starting the year with a bang!!!

Eta: add book cover and explain hasty departure, I must away to cook dinner, will reply individually asap.

Jan 9, 1:07am Top

>25 humouress: Thanks! I like the year so far, this morning I slept in to 1115 am...reading of course.

>26 -Cee-: Glad to see you about these parts again, Cee!!

>27 karenmarie: Super summer here now, it was 29 degC today, and has been for weeks, it seems.

>28 johnsimpson: Nice one JS, good to be able to host you :)

Jan 9, 1:08am Top

>29 richardderus: Reorient you must, but it is completely normal for me :)

>30 Crazymamie: Surely it can't be that hot in Winter? *confusing* We have very distinct seasons here.

>31 AMQS: See my comment to Mamie! Its hot hot hot here and I love it.

Jan 9, 3:57am Top

Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski (250p) (non-fiction)

I found this book at a second hand shop in Nelson (5 hours drive away) when I was there this week to drop W off to meet a friend and their family to go camping. The publisher, Granta, is what drew me to the cover. I though I could give it to one of my old lecturers, who has an interest in Antarctica, and decided to that I would take a punt but read it before deciding. I read it *in one day* and loved it.

The author writes of her need to visit Antarctica, and melds into this journey the story of her upbringing. Her on-the-cusp-of-adulthood daughter has been enquiring about her maternal grandparents, but mother has no wish to know whether or not her absentee mother is even dead or alive. Meanwhile, however, she is planning, and then making her way to Antarctic waters, in search of a peaceful place devoid of colour and stress in which to write her book.

Although it sounds as if the book is about families and Antarctica, it is really about mental illness and the ways in which children suffer (the full extent of which they don't usually know until they are grown) under the care of unwell parents. The author articulates her personal journey so beautifully; complex and nuanced thoughts are clearly and thoughtfully described, where blame could be laid, she takes a balanced viewpoint, really trying to understand what drove her parents' actions and the chaos she grew up in. All that and a nice dollop of travel writing and nature observation adds up to my second 5-star read of the year. I am on a roll.

Jan 9, 10:02am Top

>34 LovingLit: Yes, it can - we have had some 80F days and lately it has been in the 70s. I am so excited because we finally have some cooler weather moving in - only going to 58F today.

Jan 9, 10:54am Top

>35 LovingLit: What a difficult world we live in. Parents can do no right, no one gets to annul their past, and mental illness is a scourge that attacks every generation from the ones before.

Can't wait to read it! I like Jenny Diski's writing.

Jan 9, 2:25pm Top

>36 Crazymamie: Hard to imagine! So summer is hot and winter is very warm :)

>37 richardderus: Well, one review of the book simply stated "whiney" which incensed me. If a person cannot simply write about their childhood (beautifully and fairly, I thought), what is writing all about!???! Harrumph. But yes, it does seem a little unfair that the world is full of people trying to correct their parents mistakes, or just get on with life in spite them. No pressure parents!!! *gulp*

Jan 9, 2:45pm Top

>38 LovingLit: Exactly. I have not worn my winter coat once since we moved here six years ago. We have also never used our fireplace. Heh.

Jan 9, 3:08pm Top

>38 LovingLit: I shared this realization with one of my sisters: Of course our kids are going to hate us. We just get to pick the why.

Jan 9, 6:35pm Top

Happy New Year, Megan. Happy New Thread. I love the family topper! Looks like a wonderful New Year's Eve!

I swore I had dropped by here before but it looks like I did not. Bad Mark. Hooray for The Overstory. It made my top 5 of 2018, so 5 stars is just about right.
I am starting These Truths tomorrow.

Jan 9, 7:09pm Top

Happy New Year, Megan!

That looks and sounds like a wonderful New Year's Eve party. What a cool location.

I join in your and Mark's hoorays for The Overstory. So good!

Jan 10, 2:35pm Top

>39 Crazymamie: funny that there was even a fireplace there! For atmosphere maybe? ;)

>40 richardderus: That is a very good point. They will always find something, whether it be not letting them have ice-cream, play Fortnite, or go to Disneyland!

>41 msf59: Good to see you Mark!! Now you have mentioned it, I might need to compile a top 5 for 2018. This year I have already aware two books a 5 star rating, and last year I am not even sure I have two the whole year.

>42 jnwelch: A cool location it is indeed. Dad has lived there for 20 years(ish). We have had many a great bonfire down that beach. Not to mention all the other cool stuff to do in the vicinity.

Jan 10, 3:10pm Top

Hi Megan, I liked the Diski book. At least, I gave it four stars. Now I want to read it again though, as I don't remember a lot about it! Love the pictures, looks like a great time.

Jan 10, 5:02pm Top

>43 LovingLit: Okay, the funny thing is that the people who are born and raised here can actually be seen out and about in parkas and gloves in the "winter". And they use their fireplaces. But, I am from Indiana, so if the pipes don't freeze, it isn't cold. Heh.

Jan 11, 8:38pm Top

Found you, starred you, got book bulleted. Suffering from NZ summer envy. Just a little. *Grin*

Jan 12, 4:59pm Top

>44 charl08: I had never heard of Diski before. I'd be interested to read some of her fiction now.

>45 Crazymamie: Ha, it's all relative, I guess. We have had lovely warm weather here, but for the last few days. We did a hydroslide tour of the city, hitting three of the four pools which have a hydroslide in three successive das :)

>46 nittnut: I always suffer summer envy when all your northern hemisphere are in one.....our winter of last year felot particularly long, cold and damp!

Jan 12, 5:11pm Top

I wanted to read her book about the US, but the library didn't have it. I did read In Gratitude, her memoir about living with Doris Lessing. I found this quote on an old thread.

(At fifteen, Jenny Diski moved in with Doris Lessing, after a messy childhood with unstable and criminal parents.)
I felt that I was burdened with a lifetime's weight of unfinished homework. I would never catch up. Never read enough. See all the movies and plays. Never learn how to think. These people all seemed so finished, so confident. And they wrote and were read, and by doing so they were deities to me

Jan 12, 10:08pm Top


My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

An inability to go back to sleep at 330am (on account of a ten year-old in my bed, plus the usual lovely other) I wandered the house in search of some light reading and grabbed this off my shelf. It did the trick at 330am, and upon waking in the *actual* morning, I read more, and then again in the evening until it was finished. (Go the summer holidays!)

The Lucy if the title is recalling her childhood during a stay in hospital. She is also telling a story about the telling of stories, which is interesting in a Russian nesting doll kind of way. Anyhow, Lucy had difficult parents who failed to thrive emotionally or financially. The kids suffered their ways which ranged from oddball to cruel. Lucy loved books though, and thanks to someone who cared, was persuaded to go to college where she found a new life.

The story is short and spare, but packs a punch. It was perfect for my needs :)

Jan 12, 10:10pm Top

>48 charl08: How interesting, I had no idea about that particular connection. I like Dorris Lessing too.

Jan 13, 1:50am Top

>49 LovingLit: That looks like a good one, Megan. I just read Olive Kitteridge this year and loved it, so I am definitely ready for more by Ms. Strout.

Jan 13, 3:50am Top

>24 LovingLit: Your holiday looks like great fun. I could use some warm weather right now. Although I would have a hard time with reconciling it with Christmas and New Years. LOL

>49 LovingLit: Nice review--and another one on my WL. : ) And I am glad you are in on the group read of These Truths--I am enjoying it and the different perspective it offers on American History. More global. Happy Sunday!

Jan 13, 9:03pm Top

>49 LovingLit: - Great review! I love Strout's characters - they are so 'real'. I have My Name is Lucy Barton on the to-read list. Looks like I should move it further up the list.

Jan 13, 10:17pm Top

>49 LovingLit: Perfect book, meet perfect moment. I love serendipity.

Happy Monday.

Jan 14, 12:24am Top

If you liked Lucy Barton, you will also like Anything Is Possible, a companion novel.

Jan 16, 5:39pm Top

>51 AMQS: I loved Olive Kitteridge....and still really want to see Frances McDormand in the role.

>52 Berly: The different perspective (more global) that Lepore's These Truths offers, that is interesting. How can America's history not be global, given that most people there are immigrants? Same as NZ really, apart from our indigenous population, we are all imports :)

>53 lkernagh: It is a fast read, and a good one. You wont regret it.

>54 richardderus: Yup- it was a lovely day for a sleep in (which, as you know, equates to a "read-in").

>55 BLBera: Companion novel you say? Intriguing. *off to see about book availability at library!*

Jan 16, 7:46pm Top

Sleep-in = read in...yes...I like the way you think, Kiwi Lady.

Jan 19, 1:57am Top

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
I read 4/5 of this book today at the swimming pool while the kids were swimming. It was 31 degC and lovely on the shade.
Some beautiful illustrations!

Jan 19, 1:59am Top

>57 richardderus: I just wish there were more of them. Although that could be a slippery slope to staying in bed and reading all day, every day.

Jan 19, 5:19pm Top

Book 5
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

My niece let me in on this little gem. She was reading it but then got sidetracked with several other books (I so love her!). I finally got hold of a copy and read it in one day. It is a distinctive set up with pages of text telling one story, and then pages of illustrations telling a separate story. Both are wonderful, and their connections are revealed at the end.

Highly recommended.

Jan 19, 6:28pm Top

Hi Megan!

>56 LovingLit: I didn't realize Frances McDormand played Olive.... gotta see if I can find it.

Once I wake up, the siren call of coffee gets me downstairs in a hurry. I like to read in bed at night just before turning the light off.

Jan 19, 9:59pm Top

>61 karenmarie: the siren call of chocolate has me about to take a walk to the shops :)

Jan 20, 8:56am Top

>60 LovingLit: Oooh, Charlie and I *love* Selznick! I'm glad you likes this one!

Jan 20, 9:20am Top

>60 LovingLit: Glad you enjoyed that one! That was an LT find for me a while back :)

I wish my sleep-ins were read-ins, but neither happen here lately. Boo hoo.

Jan 21, 4:11pm Top

>60 LovingLit: This sounds really interesting.

Jan 21, 5:24pm Top

Golly, you got me with Skating to Antarctica last time I was here, and now I want to read My Name is Lucy Barton too! Oh, and I'll have to wave hello as I fly by on my way to Australia in a few weeks time. For once I'm not flying with Air NZ though, so no Auckland stopover.

Jan 22, 2:34am Top

>63 scaifea: I may just have to look up some of his others!

>64 ChelleBearss: It took us a long while to get to have a sleep-in OR a read-in :) It will happen for you too, you just have to find the time (any time) to read a few pages.

>65 BLBera: It was a cool book, beautiful.

>65 BLBera: Glad to hear I could be of service :)

Jan 22, 2:45am Top

>56 LovingLit: By global I meant less emphasis on the English connection. That's all I really remember from school history. Columbus and the Mayflower. And there is just so much more. : )

Loved Wonderstruck!!

Jan 22, 8:05pm Top

>60 LovingLit: I can't!! I already read a comic book this year! I simply...I...*defeated sigh*

Hello, Library, whatcha been up to since the last time I was on your site 20 minutes ago.

Jan 23, 1:03am Top

>68 Berly: Ah. That makes sense. Re: Wonderstruck, I reckon if I were an artist I would draw like that.

>69 richardderus: ha ha (mwa ha ha). You succumbed. But rest assured, this book isn't so much about the reading as the absorption of art.

Jan 23, 7:04am Top

Jenny Diski's take on the 1960s has turned up in my reservation pile - I blame you, Madam.

Jan 24, 12:41am Top

>71 charl08: Please refer to the image in >67 LovingLit:
Can I get the title please, so I may check it out myself. It's only fair :)

Jan 24, 1:09am Top

Currently reading:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Copied from my FB page, this is the reason I am reading this classic
"It's dark and moody, it might help with my songwriting" is why (my lovely other)is having a second go at Wuthering Heights. He bought it with some kind of (misguided) notion that his reading it would prove to me that he *can* read fiction (if he wants).
And now I am to read it too so we can compare notes. This is the kind of convoluted process that dictates which book I read next!

Jan 24, 5:54pm Top

>73 LovingLit: Whatever causes the not-bookish to pick up books is a net plus for the world. *smooch*

The King's Evil is making me go "hmm" a lot, and that's a good sign. I've even been able to read it straight through instead of book-hopping like I usually do. A rare thing.

Jan 25, 12:30am Top

>74 richardderus: true that :)
He is a words man, preferring non-fiction to fiction. A good team member for quizzes! Glad you are ensconced in a good book. It's a nice place to be.

Edited: Jan 25, 8:31am Top

>72 LovingLit: It's just called The Sixties - a very slim paperback. I'll just post her name in the link because there are about ten million (slight exaggeration) books called The Sixties (not ten million by Jenny Diski).

And I'd love to see the art your boss creates with those quotes. What a lovely idea. I might suggest it at work.

Jan 25, 3:01pm Top

>76 charl08: I think the idea is to print some quotes over landscape images, onto canvas. Which reminds me, I must get googling!

Edited: Jan 31, 4:43pm Top

Our internet is down, so I am intermittent here- only stopping by to fill all in on the predicament, and check in on the Chicagoans who may be snowed in!!

Take care our there :)

ETA: also, I finished Wuthering Heights!! Wow, what a deep dark hole that family situation was ;0

Feb 1, 10:05am Top

Happy Friday, Megan!

Feb 1, 10:35am Top

Hi Megan!

>73 LovingLit: I'm almost convinced that having a non-reader for a husband is not as bad as it's painted. *smile*

Feb 1, 11:32am Top

Happy Friday, Megan! Hoping you get your internet back very soon.

Feb 2, 11:19am Top

>78 LovingLit: I could never work out was Heathcliff Earnshaw snr’s son or not?. What do you think?

Feb 2, 1:14pm Top

>82 humouress: I myownself think yes.

So sorry about your internet woes! Hope they're sorted soon.

Feb 2, 5:13pm Top

>79 ChelleBearss: thanks Helle! I read a whole book that day, so yes, it was happy :):):) It was Normal People, btw.

>80 karenmarie: He isn't a non-reader, please let me clear that up. I don't think I could not-marry someone (we are not married by choice) who wasn't a reader of some sort. He reads non fiction, music biographies, local histories, and topics he is interested in. It was actually quite fun having a husband/wife book club!

>81 Crazymamie: Still off, but I am at uni for the gym, so am *ahem* paying some bills online here ;)

>82 humouress: I didn't even know that was disputed!? I assumed wholeheartedly that he was. Maybe I need to rethink.....

>83 richardderus: I concur with your assessment of the paternity it what's his face too....Internet woes can be blamed on me eldest son's penchant for fortnite. Apparently it sucks up the internet points!!!

Feb 2, 5:20pm Top

>84 LovingLit: OIC

I had no idea y'all's internet access worked that way. Our cable-television company provides us with speed-of-interaction tiers of service for flat monthly fees. Say 1MB/sec upload and 5MB/sec download speeds for $25 a month (not an actual quote, I hasten to inform). Within that limit, go crazy.

Feb 3, 10:46am Top

>83 richardderus: >84 LovingLit: The indicators are fairly heavily for yes but I’m sure that it specifically says, early on, no - which rather confused me.

Feb 6, 2:24pm Top

>85 richardderus: I have no idea if it does work that way.....alls I know is we outa data. Problematic provider too, so we are switching to a new provider who will give us unlimited for a similar price. Sounds alright to me! Although, 14 years with the country's biggest telecoms outfit, and they can't keep us happy means they are useless, if you ask me.

>86 humouress: confusion reigned in parts of that book. All the people with the same names, and those who were referred to my surnames only at times, and first names at other times. Glad there was a family tree in the front :)

Feb 6, 2:36pm Top

>86 humouress: "No" is specifically stated? I don't remember that...well, okay, in that case the whole thing's clear as mud.

>87 LovingLit: ...as Megan said.

Feb 7, 4:47am Top

Sorry to hear about the internet woes. Ours is unlimited, until you read the small print, which basically seems to imply that if you're running a business and using lots, they will charge you more!

Feb 7, 5:51am Top

>87 LovingLit: >88 richardderus: Actually, I was thinking about that. It's been a while since I read it - way back in my childhood and then again in class. Maybe it was if they were related, they shouldn't have been running around the countryside together. Especially/ even? in that day and age.

Feb 7, 11:32pm Top

Ah the time/internet suck of Fortnite, which two of my kids are addicted to. Good luck with that one!

Feb 11, 8:10am Top

Hi Megan!

For a while our daughter, who lives 3 hours from us, kept forgetting to use her apartment complex's internet and so used lots of internet data on her games. We always had to be careful at the end of the month to not use over our allotment and get charged lots of money for small increments.

Feb 12, 1:16pm Top

I'm late to the table.... I have no excuses. Or I have a lot but none should make me as awol as I have been.
Hope all is well. X

Feb 14, 1:48pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

Feb 16, 5:59pm Top

>88 richardderus: I don't remember that either! It was *so* long ago that I read the book.

>89 charl08: Ours is unlimited too, now :) Mwa ha ha. As much internetting as we want!!

>90 humouress: Me too, all those weeks ago

>91 Berly: It's reservedly OK at present. We like the power of removal that it also offers.

>92 karenmarie: Ah, the promises of technology huh?

>93 BekkaJo: I will issue you your late pass and then we will move on ;)

>94 ChelleBearss: Thanks, we remembered at the last minute and did out usual not much. He knows I would be offended by being given expensive flowers!

Feb 16, 5:59pm Top

Internet is back!!
I am back!
But my thesis is due in 9 days, so I might not be *all* back :)

Feb 16, 6:10pm Top

Good luck Megan!

Feb 16, 7:29pm Top

Fingers and toes crossed for your thesis Megan - I'm sure that you'll knock it out of the park.

Happy Sunday.

Feb 17, 3:18am Top

>97 charl08: thanks! The second revision is with my supervisors now, and they will hopefully give me the all clear for submission.

>98 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul! I will pass, I am pretty sire of that. Now (after revisions) I can only hope for the best :)

Feb 17, 9:13am Top

One week and counting. I am rootin' for you to, as PC says, knock it out of the park.

Feb 17, 9:51pm Top

Go Megan, Go Megan, Go Megan!

Feb 17, 11:49pm Top

Fingers crossed!

Feb 18, 2:59am Top

Fingers and toes crossed. I love your NZ summer photos even though I enjoy skiing in Davos currently.
A former colleague emigrated to Greymouth NZ at the end of November, where she now works as a social worker. So I'm always happy to see great pictures from NZ.

Feb 18, 3:32pm Top

Hi Megan, everything crossed for you for your thesis my dear, as everyone says, you will smash it. Hope all is well with you and the family dear friend, sending love and hugs.

Feb 18, 5:31pm Top

Sending good, good thoughts!!

Feb 19, 4:33am Top

Hi RD, Jenn, Nina, B, John and Anne- thank you!!!

I have had word from my supervisors that my thesis is good to go. I'm *thrilled* there are no more changes to be made as now I get to get on with formatting and getting it printed and bound for the examiners. All with 6 days to go til submission date!!!

In addition, yesterday at work I got to make the calls to advise 5 customers who had completed a survey through us that they had won $250. It was heaps of fun :) And, my boss said I could take time off to do the writing scholarship. Double yay!

Feb 19, 9:36am Top

>106 LovingLit: Congrats on getting the thesis accepted! I've been there - and know what a relief it is!

Feb 19, 10:04am Top

Great news all round, Megan! Congratulations on having your thesis accepted. You must have a huge sense of accomplishment and relief.

Feb 19, 11:38am Top

Woohoo - congratulations!

Feb 19, 6:09pm Top

Congratulations, Megan!

Feb 20, 3:43am Top

Congratulations, Megan. Well done lady!

Feb 20, 6:39am Top

Oh, congrats, Megan! That's HUGE news!! Like Jim, I've been there and know what a relief that is!

Feb 20, 8:47am Top

Congratulations, Megan - I'm happy for you.

Feb 20, 9:58am Top

>106 LovingLit: Wonderful news all round Megan!

Feb 20, 10:22am Top

Congrats, Megan.

Feb 20, 11:24am Top

>106 LovingLit: A peak day, for sure. Happy for you on all counts!

Feb 20, 11:28am Top

Congrats on your thesis. Definitely a weight off your shoulders :)

Feb 20, 4:23pm Top

>106 LovingLit: Congrats on getting the thesis accepted!

Feb 20, 8:58pm Top

Thank you everyone!!!
This is quite a moment for me. And, as I have heard others say, in spite of working solidly on it for months, the end kind of snuck up on me. It is nearly 100 pages, but only 76 of actual writing. 38,000 words, only about 33k of them are actual content (so many references!).

Yesterday, 2:10am Top

Awesome news on the thesis ......

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