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Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2019 #1

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Jan 6, 1:00pm Top

Hello, my name is Mary. I live in Comox, on Vancouver Island. I have been a member of LT since 2011 and I love it here. It is great to see what people are reading, to follow threads and to have new friends. I am a slow reader (it will be a miracle to reach 75!). Please don't kick me out of this wonderful group! I love to hold a book in my hands so haven't yet experienced the wonder of audio books. Almost all my books are from the library. I love cookbooks and do get lots of them too but do not list them in my grand total count. SadlyI don't think my cooking has improved but I love to see trends what others are passionate about. So if I am "springing" for a book at the bookstore, it is usually a cookbook! I have 4 daughters who have all flown the coop. They are all living far away and they now have little ones. I was passionate about kids' books when our kids were little and still read lots of the newly published ones too. I am a retired Speech/Language Pathologist.

Welcome to my thread for 2019!

Edited: Jan 5, 7:18pm Top

Here is my "best of" reads in no particular order or category or restricted number for 2018. I think if I looked at the list another day I might come up for another list altogether so it is just a slice in time but these were ones that I thought were very good. I read 59 books in 2018.

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston biography
Women Talking by Miriam Toews fiction based on a true crime
I am I am I am by Maggie O'Farrell short stories, memoir
Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright non fiction
Educated by Tara Westover memoir
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah memoir
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie fiction
Dark Star Safari Paul Theroux travel writing

An honourable mention given for Bibliophile an Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount. What a great book this is giving endless ideas for a TBR pile.

Jan 5, 7:29pm Top

There is a new grand baby in our life born to daughter #2 on Dec. 24th, 2018. Her name is Anouk Zella and I will get my mitts on her soon. Isn't she gorgeous?

Jan 5, 8:35pm Top

Happy new thread, Mary, and happy new year. And new grandbaby!!:-) What a great start to your year!

Although I currently have cats, I grew up with a dog and absolutely love your topper. So true. We humans have a thing or two to learn from our four-legged friends, don't we?

And I agree with your honourable mention for Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany. I actually bought it for myself after getting hit with a BB from YOU! By the way, I am in Montreal at the moment visiting my mum and not far from where she lives, is a tiny little independent bookstore called *Bibliophile*! I wonder if they have this book; if so, it ought to be prominently displayed in their window. Maybe I will check it out before I go home on Tuesday :-)

Jan 5, 8:39pm Top

Welcome back!

Jan 5, 9:22pm Top

Hi Mary,

Your Anouk is darling.
I don't have a thread, but my old one is still at Orange January/July. I'm on LT reading the TIOLI challenge but I don't keep a thread going. Any time I've started one, I never remember to update on it. So I just leave comments now and then. Good luck with your surgery.

Edited: Jan 5, 10:17pm Top

>4 jessibud2:, >6 raidergirl3: Shelley and Elizabeth, Thank you for the good wishes. We're pretty lucky!

Jan 5, 10:17pm Top

>5 drneutron: Thank you Jim. You must be super busy right now with all the threads being created. Happy New Year to you!

Jan 6, 1:25am Top

Hi Mary, how true that topper is. Anouk is a sweetie, I hope you get to see her soon.

Jan 6, 1:31am Top

HI Meg, Glad that you like the topper. Yes, I will get my mitts on her mid Jan. before the family heads to Iceland for a year.

Edited: Jan 6, 2:05am Top

Best wishes on your upcoming surgery, Mary. I'll be thinking about you. Anouk is such a cutie! But for me as a first time grandmother, who has finally gotten to know my little, nearly 10 month old granddaughter, I tease people that there was never a cuter, more brilliant child born on this earth but little Melissa! :-) My sister says - sure , until her first grandchild ( son) is born early this March. But you can brag away all you like about your grandies, I totally understand. I really enjoyed Educated this year too, and it was the same sister that convinced me to read it . A fascinating story. My sister has the good fortune of her daughter already announcing the baby- to -be's first name to all and sundry, and he is to be called Greyson aka Grey. I am constantly forgetting whether to use an " a" or an " e" for Greyson . The middle name is yet to be determined, but I think they are considering Hugh, in memory of my dad.
Oh, but I know Anouk is really a darling!

Jan 6, 9:05am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Mary!
Good luck with your surgery next week.

Jan 6, 12:51pm Top

>11 vancouverdeb: Deborah I would love to see pictures of Melissa. I bet she is a major cuitie pie! Thanks for the good wishes.

>12 FAMeulstee: Good to see you Anita. All the best in 2019. I'll come for a visit and see what you're up to!

Edited: Jan 6, 12:57pm Top

Happy New Year, Mary. I love your list of 2018 favorites. Anouk is adorable.

Oh, and I love the topper.

Jan 6, 1:07pm Top

>14 BLBera: Hi Beth, Nice to see you. All the best to you in 2019 with juggling work/reading/and Scout time. Life gets busy!

Jan 6, 4:53pm Top

Hi Mary, good to see you back with a new thread. Wishing you a great 2019.

Yes, Anouk Zella is beautiful. A new born really is amazing and a true gift. You are blessed.

Looking forward to a new year of book sharing - I think/hope to read more this year as I slipped into a bookslump last year.

Edited: Jan 7, 1:22pm Top


I found a few that I'm interested in reading but so far the library does not have a listing for them. Hmmmm.

Jan 7, 1:32pm Top

I was so pleased to see that Richard Madden won the best actor in a T.V. drama award at the Golden Globes. He was phenomenal in Bodyguard which I recently loved and watched on Netflix (6 episodes).

Jan 7, 1:45pm Top

Welcome back! Anouk looks quite peaceful :)

Edited: Jan 7, 9:56pm Top

>19 figsfromthistle: Thanks for the comment about Anouk. The photo was taken within moments of her birth.

Jan 7, 11:41pm Top

Hello happy grandma.

Love the topper too Mary. I look forward to your 2019 reading. You were responsible for at least one addition to my library last year.

Jan 8, 12:06pm Top

>21 Caroline_McElwee: Hello Caroline. Now you have me curious. I wonder which book that was? I will come and visit your thread too.

Jan 9, 12:45pm Top

>1 mdoris:

Thank you for the Happy Dog insight!

Your post on another thread mentioned Heart Surgery, so I'm sending wishes that it is minor and all goes smoothly,
with a gentle recovery guided by those who love you!

Jan 9, 5:25pm Top

Mary, I am so glad you are back with us. Anouk is absolutely adorable. I hope you can make the trip to Iceland after she is whisked away for a year. That would be an awesome trip, and you know how quickly babies change in their first year.

I am trying to be more “in the moment” this year so your thread topper really spoke to me. Surgery? Tell us more if you feel like sharing...

Jan 9, 5:59pm Top

>22 mdoris: It was Real Nordic Living Mary, I'm a bit of a sucker for nice interiors/Lifestyle books. My favourite addition to those shelves recently is The Maverick Soul. Of course, the other reason for pleasure in these books is great photography.

Jan 9, 7:00pm Top

I hope everything went well with your surgery, Mary!!

Jan 10, 12:20am Top

Anouk is so beautiful.

Hoping the surgery went well and that we hear from you very soon!

Jan 10, 12:23am Top

This user has been removed as spam.

Edited: Jan 10, 5:15pm Top

Hi Mary, we shot down the spammer in your absence, and LT swept em up.

Hope you are faring well post surgery.

Jan 10, 5:13pm Top

*imagines ack-ack fire from the 75ers fortress shooting down the spammer aircraft*

Got ‘em!

Edited: Jan 11, 1:15pm Top

Here is Canada Read's long list for 2019. The list was posted today.
The theme is One Book to Move You. .


Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung
Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins
Brother by David Chariandy
By Chance Alone by Max Eisen
Corvus by Harold R. Johnson
The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi
That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
The Crazy Game by Clint Malarchuk, with Dan Robson
Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll
The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong

I have read Brother and thought it was very good. He has since published a book of a letter written to his daughter that I have on reserve at the library. I have read through the descriptions of the others from the link above and there are about 3 more that I thought I would love to read. Oh boy the list gets long! Onto the list goes By Chance Alone, The Boy on the Beach, and Life on the Ground Floor.

Edited: Jan 10, 9:01pm Top

Thank you friends for your kind words and good wishes. There is such an awesome support here and it is so valued.

So the surgery is done and dusted. I had a heart ablation for atrial fibrillation. I have had this condition for a long time (10 years) and it started with near fainting after strenuous exercise then I had a massive stroke 6 years ago with a predicted 6% survival rate but I did get the TPA drug in the necessary time frame (3 hours) and was air lifted by helicopter unconscious to the Victoria Hospital B.C.neurology unit. They couldn't figure out how I made such a recovery but I did. I am a Speech Pathologist by training so when I did wake up I knew I had severe dyspraxia (motor speech disorder) and major problems with writing. I was new to L.T. then and spent hours getting my writing going. Anyway since then I have had 4 episodes of persistent high heart rate needing cardioversion (3 in the past year), a blast to the heart to get into sinus rhythm. This earned me a spot for an ablation with has a 80% success rate from the first go around so I am hoping that I will be part of that statistic and have no further episodes. Also since the stroke I have been on blood thinners. So I have been a lucky "girl" and had excellent care and really I have beaten the odds, i should buy a lottery ticket. Thank you for listening. I will get back to you all a bit later. Nap time!

Edited: Jan 10, 9:56pm Top

Mary, I'm so glad to hear that the surgery is done and all is well. I can't imagine. You are so calm and collected about it all. Take care and have a good rest. Thanks for the list of Canada Reads books. I recognize very few of them, but I at least I have heard of a couple of them .

Jan 10, 8:23pm Top

So good to see you back, Mary! Wow, that's quite a ride you've had, health-wise, these last several years! Seems like indeed, you ought to buy a lottery ticket!

I posted a link to the long list on my thread, too, but thanks for the theme; I hadn't noticed and now I can go edit it back into my thread.

Rest, rest, rest, and return as you are able. Thanks for the update on your good progress.

Jan 10, 9:48pm Top

>32 mdoris: Mary, thank you for sharing your health woes with us. I hope the heart ablation makes the racing heartbeats a thing of the past. Take it easy and nap your way back to good health and renewed vigor. You have to feel strong so you can make that trip to see Anouk!

Jan 11, 8:20am Top

>32 mdoris: that is some medical journey Mary. I'm glad the surgery went well, and hope that will mean more stabilised health.

I hope the nap was good. I'm definitely a supporter of naps.

Jan 11, 10:07am 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, Mary, this year.

Jan 11, 12:58pm Top

I'm glad things went so well, Mary! May that be the final step toward the end of a very long couple years.

Rest up, stay warm and read!

Jan 11, 4:28pm Top

>23 m.belljackson: Marianne. I have been trying to track you down and post on your thread but I can't find you. Thank you for your good wishes!
>24 Donna828: Donna, me too for trying to keep things simpler. We will get our mitts on Anouk next week for the first time and I can hardly wait. She is putting on weight and doing well (thank heavens!).
>25 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, thank you for letting me know. I was curious. I love the design books with a Scandanavian or Japanese influence. Yes, the photography is always wonderful and the rooms so tidy!
>26 jessibud2:, >27 streamsong: Thanks Shelley and Janet for your good wishes.
>30 drneutron: thanks for the spammer shooting. Well done.
>33 vancouverdeb: Deborah, thank you so much for your good wishes. I am thinking about you too.
>37 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul. Must get over and have a visit at your thread. Wishing you great reading in 2019.

Thanks to all. Wow what a difference it makes to have your kind words! Yes, lets hear it for naps!

Jan 11, 7:11pm Top

>39 mdoris:

Mary - thank you for sharing the tale of your amazing recovery!

Hospitals down here often feature incredible survival stories - yours would be top rated.

Thanks for looking for my thread. Previous ones featured a collection of people's Memes, reconstructed trump book titles,
and The Oxford English Dictionary, celebrating O.E.D. Day on February 1st.

I have not been inspired this year, mostly because entering photographs is too tricky and otherwise the site looks boring.

Yours is splendid! How far from you does that beauty of a baby live?

Jan 13, 8:44pm Top

Stopping by to get caught up and very glad to see the positive post surgery news, Mary!

Edited: Today, 1:17am Top

Big Lonely Doug by Harley Rustad V.I. Library p. 276

I'm not sure where I read about this book (maybe CBC?) but I thought it would appeal to me and it certainly did. It is about the history of the B.C. forestry industry, forestry management, involved environmental mavericks and of course the impact for indigenous people. The focus is on Vancouver Island, mostly around Port Renfrew and tells story of the discovery of a massive douglas fir named "Big Lonely Doug". The book is well written and informative i.e. only two in three logs is processed and used in the province and the rest are exported raw to mostly China, Japan and the U.S. without any value added locally. Wow!

p. 171 A fresh cutblock is a jarring sight to behold. Along each colossal stump runs a ridge of splintered wood where the tree fractured as it fell. Emily Carr in her wanderings of Vancouver Island in search of landscapes to paint, called these remains "screamers". They are "the cry of the tree's heart" she wrote, Wrenching and tearing apart just before she gives that sway and the dreadful groan of falling, that dreadful pause while her executioners step back with their saws and axes resting and watch. It is a horrible sight to see a tree felled, even now though the stumps are grey and rotting. As you pass among them you see their screamers sticking up out of their own tombstones, as it were. They are their own tombstones and their own mourners."

p.257 The B.C. forests were what Emily Carr called " Perfectly ordered disorder designed with helter-skelter magnificence".

Another interesting thing about the book was its discussion of intense storms over time (one in 1906) with huge winds that hurl huge areas of trees down tumble bumble as if they were pick-up-stickes. We have recently witnessed these hurricane force winds on a Gulf Island that snapped 18"diameter trees down and up ended huge trees and their root balls.

It was interesting to read about Ed Burtynsky filming Big Lonely Doug with a drone for his film Anthropocene . I have seen this film which was stunning (and frightening) but don't remember the Doug. However I have seen a few dougs in my time and mostly they fire off massive numbers of cones for my inconvenience. Oh the trials!

Yesterday, 3:03pm Top

>40 m.belljackson: Thank you Marianne. We will get our mitts on that wee baby today for the first time. She will be visiting here for a few weeks then setting off for Iceland where she will live for a year. Not easy!
I know the picture part for threads is iniitally tricky but then once figured out very straight forward. Do you use the junk drawer? I have a mac and it seems to do the adjustments needed.

>41 lkernagh: Thanks Lori for the encouragement.

Edited: Yesterday, 7:18pm Top

>42 mdoris: - Mary, I just recently bought this book! Also, Anthropocene exhibit and film are (were?) here in Toronto at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario, for those non-Torontonians) recently. My friends saw it but I was in Montreal when they went without me! If It's still here, I will get to it. I have seen other works of his. Impressive (and yes, scary)

And yes, I believe that this book was mentioned on the CBC Books site, either in their roundup of books for 2018 or books to read in 2019. I hope to get to it soon

And yay for your first meetup with the new Anouk! :-)

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