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Mamie's 2019 Madness (Page 2)

This is a continuation of the topic Mamie's 2019 Madness.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Hello, all, and welcome. I'm Mamie...51 year old married mother of four (ages 20, 22, 24, 26) currently residing in Georgia, where it is always hot and humid except for approximately four weeks of the year (not necessarily consecutive weeks, mind). In addition to reading, I love wine, snark, shenanigans and coffee - pretty much in that order. I believe with my whole heart that kindness matters.

This year will be my eighth one amongst this group that is so full of fabulous. I have learned much - like how to love non-fiction, how to properly chill champagne glasses, the best way to remove seeds from a pomegranate, which sunscreen to purchase if one is traveling to California, that some people actually believe that hot water is a beverage...but, I digress. My plans for this year are to once again walk the cat, which means I will just go wherever my reading whims take me. I did a very good job of reading my own books last year, but this year I would like to focus on reading my physical books, so I am setting a goal of reading 50 print books that I have owned prior to this year. I tend to read a lot of books on Kindle and increasingly listen to more audiobooks as my carpal tunnel has been giving me fits for the past several years - hoping to have the surgery to correct it this year, so please cross your fingers. And now, as Max would say, "Let the wild rumpus start!"

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Completed in January:
1. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, 2018 acquired audiobook, non-fiction/essays/feminism - Katie's Dirty Dozen
2. Nerve by Dick Francis, 2018 acquired mass market paperback, mystery - recommended by Julia and read for the Dick Francis GR
3. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, 2009 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 7)
4. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/alternate history (Lady Astronaut, book 1)

Edited: Jan 10, 4:15pm Top

Katie’s Dirty Dozen - That’s right, folks, KAK’s reserved spot is back for a fifth year, let’s see what she hits me with this time.

From 2019:
1. What Girls Learn by Karin Cook
2. Partitions by Amit Majmudar

From 2018:
1. The North Water by Ian McGuire - Mark and Judy loved this one, too. And also Richard, though a weentsy tidge less.
2. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - go with the audio COMPLETED 1/3/19 4 stars
3. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
4. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan - Katie says for when I'm in the mood for something light and recommends the audio
5. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman - Katie mentioned on Joanne's thread that she loved this one COMPLETED 10/29/18 4.5 stars
6. Matilda by Roald Dahl - the audio narrated by Kate Winslet COMPLETED 4.5 stars
7. Come Hell or Highball by Mala Chance - saw this first on Katie's thread and then Meg's enthusiasm sold it to me
8. The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif - Katie says,"...one of my very favorite books - easily in my top 10."
9. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
10. How to be Safe by Tom McAllister
11. Georgia: A Novel by Dawn Tripp
12. Sunburn by Laura Lippman
13. The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor - she mentioned on Karen's thread that this is one of her all time favorite books
14. West by Carys Davies

From 2017:
1. Everyday people by Stewart O'Nan (linked short stories)
2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
3. Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (memoir) COMPLETED 11/1/18
4. The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
5. Personal History by Katherine Graham
6. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
7. Taft by Ann Patchett
8. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
9. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
10. The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
11. Snow in August by Pete Hamill - Katie mentioned how much she loved this one over on the AAC thread after Mark had posted the list for next year

From 2016:
1. Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras
2. Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez - seconded by Charlotte and Susan
4. In the Walled City by Stewart O'Nan COMPLETED 8/12/16 3.8 stars
5. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy - she recommended the audio, and don't speed it up COMPLETED 4 stars
6. Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo COMPLETED 7/21/16 5 stars
7. Ruby by Cynthia Bond - seconded by Charlotte
8. Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming - she recommends the audio read by Cummings himself COMPLETED 3/01/18 4.5 stars
9. Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
10. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - Roberta also loved this, Katie says the audio is great, purchased 5/15/16
11. The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant COMPLETED 1/2018 4.5 stars
12. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi COMPLETED 10/2/16 5 stars
13. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat - she pointed out that this was only $1.99 on Kindle and that it was one of her very favorites, purchased 7/13/16
14. Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America by Diane Roberts
15. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
16. Nutshell by Ian McEwan COMPLETED 1/2017 5 stars
17. Black River by S. M. Hulse

AND, from 2015:
1. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey ($1.99 on Kindle), purchase on 2/18/15 COMPLETED 8/19/16 5 stars
2. Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter (2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/23/15
3. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly ($3.79 on Kindle), purchased on 3/31/15 COMPLETED 11/7/15 4.2 stars
4. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler ($12.77 trade paperback), purchased on 4/1/15, COMPLETED read for Mark's AAC in January 2016, 4.25 stars
5. Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker ($.99 on Kindle), purchased on 4/9/15 - second book in a series, first book Dreamland was recommended by Katie and purchased last year
6. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing - used an Audible credit COMPLETED 6/16/15 4.9 stars
7. Academy Street by Mary Costello ($9.99 on Kindle), purchased on 6/12/15 COMPLETED 7/2/16 5 stars
8. Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn ($5.99 on Kindle), purchased on 8/28/15
9. Sweetland by Michael Crummey ($.99 on Kindle), purchased 9/5/15 COMPLETED 11/19/15 4.5 stars
10. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins ($7.99 on Kindle), purchased on 10/26/15

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The Chosen Ones - my 2019 list of book bullets:
1. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker - recommended by Susan
2. Well-Read Black Girl by Gloria Edim - recommended by Beth
3. The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes - recommended by Susan
4. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher - Heather
5. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai - Bonnie
6. Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison - Carrie
7. Snapshot by Gary Disher - series recommended by Richard
8. An Unwanted Guest by Shari La Pena - Susan again
9. In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell - Charlotte by way of Susan who says, "The series that is not about nuns is by Annie Hauxwell and it's the "Catherine Berlin" series. Charlotte just finished "A Morbid Habit", which totally sounds like it should be nun-related, but it's not. The *first* one is In Her Blood."

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My 2019 Data:

Print Books (Acquired before 2019) Read From My Stacks: 0/50

Books read: 4
Group/Shared Read: 1

Books that are part of a series: 2
In Translation: 0
Rereads: 0
GNs: 0

paperback: 1
ebook: 2
audio: 1
audio/print or ebook combo:

Borrowed: 0 (local public library), 0 (FLP)
Acquired in 2018 or earlier: 4
Acquired in 2019:

Living: 3
Dead: 1

Male: 2
Female: 2

American: 2
Canadian: 0
English: 1
Welsh: 1

New to me authors: 1

fiction: 3
non-fiction: 1


non-fiction/memoir: 1
non-fiction/film history:

literary fiction/contemporary fiction:
literary fiction/espionage
literary fiction/historical fiction:

crime fiction/espionage:
crime fiction/mystery: 1
crime fiction/noir:
crime fiction/police procedural:


weird fiction:
urban fantasy: 1
sci fi: 1

juvenile fiction:

short stories:

LT Recommendations Read:

Katie's Dirty Dozen - 1
Julia - 1

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Reading 50 Print Books From my Own Shelves (acquired before 2019):

Penguin Clothbound Classics:

Penguin Deluxe Classics (with deckled edge pages!!!):

Everyman's Library Editions:

Europa Editions:

Penguin Orange Collection (totally Charlotte's fault):

Pedestrian Books (or Everything Else):

Jan 10, 4:09pm Top

This should do it - next one's yours!

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ETA: Woot!

Jan 10, 4:19pm Top

>8 Crazymamie: Way to go, Katie!!! Come on in and put your feet up:

Jan 10, 4:21pm Top

Congratulations, Mamie, on your second thread of 2019!

Jan 10, 4:22pm Top

Thank you, Lynda!

Jan 10, 4:48pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie! Love that topper. I recently revisited The Great Gatsby and loved it, even more.

Sweet Thursday, my friend.

Jan 10, 4:49pm Top

>13 msf59: Thank you, Mark! You know I have BIG love for The Great Gatsby - I reread it every few years, and it always has something to say to me.

Sweet Thursday to you!

Jan 10, 4:55pm Top

Not first, but not worst. I'll take what I can get.

Jan 10, 5:00pm Top

>15 weird_O: Words to live by, Bill.

Jan 10, 5:33pm Top

Happy new thread! Looks like I’m going to have to work to get on the Chosen One List...

Jan 10, 5:34pm Top

>17 drneutron: Thank you, Jim! And right - you need to get busy.

Jan 10, 6:04pm Top

Happy New Thread Mamie!!

Thanks to the latter parts of your previous thread I've added High Rising to my library list. Thanks for bringing the series to my attention.

Jan 10, 6:18pm Top

Happy number two in the hit parade, Mamie!

Jan 10, 6:35pm Top

>19 SuziQoregon: Thanks, Juli! And you're welcome. Bonus points for finishing the previous thread.

>20 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen!

Jan 10, 6:54pm Top

Wow, 10 days into the year and you're on your second thread! Congratulations and thanks for the help over at my place :)

Jan 10, 7:10pm Top

Hi there.

May I come in?

Jan 10, 7:10pm Top

>22 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! And it was my pleasure.

Jan 10, 7:11pm Top

>23 richardderus: Well, hello there! Yes, indeedy, come right on in and welcome!

Jan 10, 8:11pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 10, 10:05pm Top

Happy new thread! Just in time for Friday! :-)

Jan 10, 10:23pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie. I'm all atwitter over the new Jackson Brodie book!

Jan 10, 10:45pm Top

Another thread already? Happy 2nd!

Jan 10, 11:28pm Top

Happy New Thread, but this can't be good for the carpal tunnel!

Jan 11, 1:38am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie. At the time that Kate Atkinson was doing the rounds for Transcription she had already finished the latest Jackson Brody. She got a very enthusiastic response from the audience when she announced that!

Jan 11, 2:17am Top

Happy New one Mamie! That was speedy... I'm another one eagerly awaiting the next Jackson Brodie.

Jan 11, 3:02am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie.

Jan 11, 9:40am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! Hope you are having a wonderful Friday

Jan 11, 9:45am Top

>26 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

>27 cbl_tn: Thanks, Carrie! I love me a Friday!

>28 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy! Me, too, with the Jackson Brodie love.

Jan 11, 9:47am Top

I've got several books "penned" by Kate Atkinson. On the TBR Watch List. Unread by me. I think I'd add another Brodie to that.

Jan 11, 9:51am Top

>29 AMQS: Haha! Thanks, Anne.

>30 ronincats: Thank you, Roni! I type in bits and spurts, plus this is the only social media I do. No phone games, no texting - I am not giving up LT, too.

>31 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! I am so excited about the Jackson Brodie - I thought she wasn't going to write any more of them.

Jan 11, 9:54am Top

>32 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! All the excitement over the new Jackson Brodie is so fun.

>33 Helenliz: Thank you, Helen!

>34 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! Fridays are always my favorite - they just have a different vibe to them. Olus, Craig only works a half day on Fridays.

>36 weird_O: Bill. BILL! You need to make Jackson a priority - he is full of fabulous.

Jan 11, 9:57am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!


That is all.

Jan 11, 9:57am Top

>39 susanj67: Thank you, Susan! Agreed.

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>38 Crazymamie: Sure, sure, sure. But I am stumbling over fabulous every hour of every day. Just not recognizing how fabulous each fabulous is when I trip over it and mash my face into that puddle of fabulousness. Ya know?

ETA: Right now I am finding The Count of Monte Crisco Cristo pretty fab. I'm sticking with it.

Jan 11, 10:11am Top

Jackson. Brodie. Let's try to focus, Bill.

The Count of Monte Crisco made me laugh - nicely done.

Jan 11, 10:33am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie. The copy of The Great Gatsby loves well read.

Jan 11, 10:35am Top

>43 BLBera: Thank you, Beth. It does, indeed - mine is also well read, but it is in much better shape.

Jan 11, 1:32pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie!

I think Jason Isaacs makes a good Jackson Brodie, don't you? Of course, I like him in anything.

I loved The Count of Monte Cristo. One of those rare classics that is also a fun read.

Jan 11, 1:41pm Top

>45 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!

Yep - I love him as Jackson, and also in anything else. *grin*

I am familiar with the story, but I have never read the book. Bad Mamie. Maybe this year - I love listening to classics like this, so maybe I'll check out who narrates it on Audible.

Jan 11, 6:01pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

Gladly mention that I finally read the book at the top last year.
And as usual, I keep the tradition I never get to comment twice on your threads ;-)

Jan 11, 6:23pm Top

Hello Mamie! Happy new thread!

>36 weird_O: >45 jnwelch: I know little to nothing of this Jackson Brodie, but I did enjoy Jason Isaacs in Star Trek: Discovery recently.

>41 weird_O: I am also a uge fan of The Count of Monte Cristo. I am glad to hear you are enjoying it, weird_O!

Jan 11, 6:32pm Top

Now I was under the delusion that I would keep up with your threads this year. So on your second thread I say Hi and have a *.

Jan 12, 12:40am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie.

*puff, pant* I'll just sit down quietly and recover from the effort of keeping up with you.

Jan 12, 7:38am Top

Good morning, Mamie! And happy second thread of the year!

Jan 12, 9:53am Top

>47 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! Glad you finally got to The Great Gatsby - it's a favorite of mine. And I am always happy to see you whenever you have time to stop in. *grin*

>48 brodiew2: Hey, Brodie! Thank you. Jason Isaacs plays Jackson Brodie in the series Case Histories - there are two seasons of it, and he is very good. The name of the series comes from the title of the first book in Kate Atkinson's murder mystery series featuring that character. She wrote four books and then stopped. Now, years later she has a fifth book in the series coming out, which is what everyone is so excited about.

>49 BBGirl55: Hello, Bryony! Great to see you! *waves back*

Jan 12, 9:54am Top

>50 humouress: Thank you, Nina! Let's see if we can find you something refreshing after your efforts:

>51 harrygbutler: Morning, Harry! Thank you.

Jan 12, 11:19am Top

>Jackson Brodie. I have When Will There Be Good News? underpinning my entire Colossus of TBR. Read the first and the last (of the four currently in print). Don't have the second. Mayyyyybe I could read the Brodie I have, well, soon if not next.

>The Count of Monte Cristo. It's a page turner, alright. Got about 50 pages to go. The Man in the Iron Mask is available if I am sufficiently brave/nuts to extract it from the above-cited Colossus of TBR, a.k.a. The Jenga of TBR.

Jan 12, 11:23am Top

Bill, When Will There be Good News is my absolute favorite.

The Jenga of TBR cracked me up. Be careful.

Jan 12, 11:39am Top

>55 Crazymamie: The basement rooms that house the stacks are placarded as Hard Hat areas. :-)

Jan 12, 11:41am Top

Good thinking. And perhaps steel-toed boots.

Jan 12, 3:20pm Top

I decided it was time to rewatch Case Histories while it's still available through Prime Video. I'm blaming your thread! ;-)

Jan 12, 7:07pm Top

>2 Crazymamie: You changed puppies!

Jan 12, 7:26pm Top

Checking in before you get too far into this thread or onto the next one. I think you liked The Great Gatsby more than I did the time I read it or the time I listened to it.

Jan 13, 12:02am Top

Already?!?! Your thread is on fire! Love the Christmas mugs on your last thread. : )

Happy Sunday.

Jan 13, 9:45am Top

>58 cbl_tn: I am completely happy to shoulder the blame for that one, Carrie. Abby and I were also talking about watching them again - luckily, I own them on DVD, so there is no time pressure.

>59 EBT1002: I did, Ellen! Excellent observation - I found the corgi, which made me think of Lucy, so I went with that one this year. The cat will always remain the same because that one is in honor of you. Still makes me smile every time I see it.

>60 thornton37814: Hello, Lori! I have BIG love for The Great Gatsby - I have read it many times, and I love the audiobook narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. He delivers it perfectly, IMO. Plus, he is easy on the eyes:

Jan 13, 9:46am Top

>61 Berly: Hey there, Kim! Lovely to see you here! I'm glad you like the mug shot on the previous thread.

Happy Sunday to you, my friend!

Jan 13, 9:49am Top

Morning, Mamie. Happy Sunday. Looking forward to a lazy day with the books. I have not had one of those in awhile. I know, Unsheltered has been getting some mixed reviews but I am enjoying it, in the early going.

Jan 13, 9:55am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy Sunday! Me, to with the lazy daying. Of course, we will watch the Eagles game this afternoon - Daniel and Abby's teams playing each other, so there will be a lot of trash talk at the Pecan Paradisio.

I have not read any Kingsolver, believe it or not, although I do have one in the stacks somewhere.

Jan 13, 10:05am Top

>62 Crazymamie: Aaaaah, Jake! What a face to greet you in the morning!
Have a lovely Sunday, Mamie!
I loved The Count of Monte Cristo, I hear The Three Muskateers is a must read too.

Jan 13, 10:23am Top

A second thread! How awesome. How do you know when to make another? Also, I'm gonna take up some of those books on that Dirty Dozen list of yours, thought it was pretty cool

Jan 13, 10:35am Top

>66 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda - hoping your Sunday is full of wonder. And I know, right, with that face?!

I have The Three Musketeers in the stacks as a Penguin Deluxe Classics, but not The Count of Monte Cristo - I would like to read both of them eventually.

>67 vikzen: Hello, Vic! You can make a new thread any time after you have 150 posts in your current thread (if you want the threads to automatically connect, which means that people who have starred you also get the link automatically). After 150 posts, a link appears at the very bottom of your thread, and you can click on that to create your new thread. I usually like to do it when the thread gets somewhere between 200-250 posts because when it gets that long, it can be hard for some people's computers to load the thread.

Help yourself to the Dirty Dozen - it's a list of Katie recommended reads that I have collected over the years. This is the fifth year that I have had an actual reserved spot for it on my threads.

Thanks so much for stopping in - lovely to see you here.

Jan 13, 2:12pm Top

Happy Sunday, Mamie!

Bill's watching football and I'm trying to catch up on threads. I won't get completely caught up, but I made some good inroads today. Now it's off to read!

>65 Crazymamie: Daniel and Abby's teams playing each other, so there will be a lot of trash talk at the Pecan Paradisio. Love it!

Jan 13, 7:31pm Top

Hi Mamie, That's exciting about a new Jackson Brodie book! I like all of the Kate Atkinson books I've read but the Jackson Brodie books are my favorites. They are in my "Unputdownable" category.

Congrats on Thread No. 2.
I probably won't be able to stay caught up with you but it's certainly fun trying!

Jan 13, 7:36pm Top

Checking in on the new thread, Mamie!

Jan 13, 7:52pm Top

Ha!! I had to start *my* second thread today, too, so there NYAH Miss Popularity 2019!


Jan 13, 9:41pm Top

I'm a big fan of Kate Atkinson. I really loved Transcription last year.
And knowing that a new Jackson Brodie is in the works - what more could a book lover ask?

Jan 13, 11:07pm Top

I figured you'd have to forgive me if I posted it on Sunday and it's anti-Baja Tuesday.

Jan 13, 11:43pm Top

Hi, Mamie! I don't think that I got to your first thread, and here you are with another . . .

I'm glad to hear that Atkinson is working on another Jackson Brodie book.

Jan 14, 5:00am Top

Good morning, Mamie! I hope the weekend treated you well.

Jan 14, 6:35am Top

>68 Crazymamie: OHmygosh, Mamie, you would absolutely love both The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo!

(I have that PDC of TTM, too - it's gorgeous!)

Jan 14, 7:30am Top

Hi Mamie, Welcome to *that* day of the week again.

Jan 14, 8:52am Top

Morning, All! The weekend was a good one - I got a lot of reading done, watched the football games, and got caught up on some household stuff. The weather was cooler, which was lovely, and we should get a few more days of it before climbing back into the 70s. My goal for this week is to get back into walking regularly.

On the reading front, I am loving everything that I have going currently except for my audiobook. The fact that four of them are print books off my shelves is awesome. I am using challenges to nudge my reading, but I have absolutely no intentions of finishing any challenges in their entirety. *grin* Here's what I have in the works:

Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King - that I even own this book is completely Ellen's fault. Those of you who followed her thread last year will remember her waxing poetic about her love of Olive Editions, which I had never heard of before. Ahem. Anyway, I ended up purchasing this one, and then set it aside because it is a thick paperback, and I was unable to manage holding those open last year. This year's first challenge for the Non-Fiction year long read is "Prizewinners (and Nominees!)", and Stasia mentioned that she would be reading this (it won the Pulitzer for Nonfiction in 2013), which reminded me that I had a copy of it. I am about one third of the way through it, and it is fascinating and devastating and heart-breaking.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn - I read this in high school, and I absolutely hated it. SO why do I own a copy of it? Because I fell in love with the gorgeous Penguin Deluxe Classics edition cover. *blinks* Anyway, there is a group read of it over in the Category Challenge Group - you can find it here: The Scarlet Letter GR. I checked in on the conversation, just to see what they were saying, and it made me want to revisit it and see what I thought all these years later. I want to hold my comments until I have finished it, but I am not hating it.

Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo - This fits the January Series Cat challenge to read a book from a series in translation. I have this is my Europa World Noir collection (Katie's fault). It's the first of a trilogy, and it is full of fabulous so far - well written and intricate and interesting. The food descriptions remind me of those found in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano books and in Martin Walker's Bruno Courrèges series (both of which I highly recommend).

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal - This is completely delightful. Last year I read the short story The Lady Astronaut of Mars and absolutely loved it - I wanted more, and guess what? There is more! This novel goes back and tells her story. This is science fiction/alternate history, and it's really fun and well done. I'm about 60% of the way through it - reading this one on Kindle.

The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl - I started reading this last year on Kindle, and then Craig gave me a beautiful Everyman's Library edition of it for Christmas. Just reading this one slowly and enjoying the humor and the detail in it. It unfolds slowly, but the characters are fascinating, and I am enjoying the ride. I wanted to read this because it's one of the books mentioned in The English Patient (LOVE that book), and I have a goal of reading all the books mentioned in there.

Turn of the Screw by Henry James - listening to this one which is narrated by Emma Thompson (introduction is done by Richard Armitage). It fits the January ScaredyKIT: NPR 100 Favorite Horror Stories or 100 Killer Thrillers challenge. Not loving it, but I'm not hating it either. Feels like a tiny bit of a slog, to be honest, but we'll see what I think after I finish it.

Jan 14, 9:25am Top

>69 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Keeping up with the threads is always impossible in January - I just try to dip in and out when I can.

Abby was thrilled that her Saints beat Daniel's Eagles. It was a very lively evening here, to say the least.

>70 Donna828: Hey, Donna! I agree about those Jackson Brodie books - that are all full of fabulous.

The threads will eventually slow down - I fell off last year, so I am hoping to keep up this year.

>71 alcottacre: Hello, Stasia! Thanks for checking in. And thanks so much for mentioning Devil in the Grove over on the non-fiction thread - you reminded me that I had that one in the stacks. It is a riveting read so far.

Jan 14, 9:33am Top

>72 richardderus: Your post made me laugh, Richard! And Katie beat both of us to the punch, so she is Miss Popularity, and we should just try to get a seat at her table. *smooch back*

>73 vancouverdeb: I still need to get to Transcription, Deborah. In fact, I have only read her Jackson Brodie books, but I have several others by her in the stacks.

>74 richardderus: Good thinking, BigDaddy. And...um...valium, please.

Jan 14, 9:38am Top

>75 tymfos: Hello, Terri! No worries about the first thread. I am thrilled you are here now.

Me, too, with the Brodie book - I really thought she wasn't going to write any more of those, so it feels like a bonus.

>76 harrygbutler: Morning, Harry, The weekend was full of wonder. Now, if we can just make it through today.

>77 scaifea: Agreed about that edition of TTM, Amber! I am really hoping to get to both of those in the next few years - I try to tackle one or two of the classics I missed along the way each year. This year I am wanting to get to Vanity Fair, and other than that, we'll see where the reading mood takes me.

Hello there, Helen! And thank you. Bonus points for not mentioning the M word.

Jan 14, 9:58am Top

Speaking of Devil in the Grove, the Florida governor has just issued pardons for the four men accused. After 70 years. I'm baffled by the disinterest of lawyers in high places in doing whatever possible to rectify and repudiate past injustices. See Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Jan 14, 10:06am Top

Morning, Mamie!

I remember liking The Scarlet Letter in high school, and then again when I had to read it in college. I will probably re-re-read it sometime soon(ish). I'm glad you're not hating it :)

Jan 14, 11:48am Top

The Scarlet Letter...wow. That takes me back. Hester, you hussy.

Devil in the Grove is one of those books I think will serve to raise my blood pressure...I think I'll stick to ain't-it-awful current affairs for my scream-incoherent-with-rage reading.

I Love Mary Robinette Kowal. Almost as much as Mary Roach and Rose George.

Morning dispatches delivered. *smooch*

Jan 14, 11:51am Top

>79 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie - I love The Scarlet Letter and am glad you are not hating it. That cover is lovely.

Jan 14, 12:48pm Top

>83 weird_O: Bill, I saw that posted over on the non-fiction thread (I'm thinking Dejah posted about it) - it makes me sad and also very angry that it took 70 years. Yes, yes hooray for righting injustice, but why does it have to take so long?

>84 katiekrug: Hey there, Katie! I read it as a sophomore in high school, and I'm thinking that if I had read it as a senior, with the fabulous English teacher I had that year, I might have enjoyed it more. I had forgotten a lot of the nuances to the story.

>85 richardderus: Ha! And yes, Devil in the Grove would definitely raise your blood pressure - it's raising mine, which is why I just read a few chapters at a time and then set it aside.

Making a note of the other two authors that you mention - I have not read anything by them, but I have heard of Mary Roach. Her Packing for Mars would probably make an excellent pairing with The Calculating Stars, now that I think about it. What else have you read by Kowal?

I am honored to receive morning dispatches. *smooch back*

>86 BLBera: Hello, Beth! The cover is really beautiful. I am glad that I am giving the book a second go, as I am appreciating it more this time.

Jan 14, 12:59pm Top

>87 Crazymamie: *ssshhh*

I read the Glamourist series Shades of Milk and Honey et alii but DON'T TELL ANYONE

Jan 14, 12:59pm Top

Your secret is safe with me - I have that first one in the Kindle stacks.

Jan 14, 3:00pm Top

>82 Crazymamie: Oh! I've got Vanity Fair lined up for soonish! I have it saved on audio...

Edited: Jan 14, 3:14pm Top

>90 scaifea: I have it as a Penguin Clothbound classic and as an audiobook because I love to read and listen in tandem when I start a classic - once I have a good feel for it, then I can continue in that mode or switch back and forth as it suits me. My audiobook is narrated by Georgina Sutton - who does yours?

*back to add the image:

Jan 14, 8:55pm Top

Hi Mamie. Loved Devil in the Grove when I read it a few Years ago; when I wasn’t incensed that is. The fact that Thurgood Marshall went on to the Supreme Court was icing on the cake.

If you haven’t read anything by Kate Atkinson but Jackson Brodie you need to remedy that Mamie. Don’t start with
Transcription though. Maybe Behind the Scenes at the Museum or Life After Life. Of course if you choose the latter you’ll have to follow it up with A God in Ruins but you won’t regret it.

I read The Scarlet Letter in college and remember liking it very much.

Jan 14, 9:05pm Top

Hi Mamie, some fantastic books you are reading. Just to let you know that there's a vote happening on my thread 😊

Jan 15, 12:18am Top

>81 Crazymamie: Ha, well Katie used a not-so-secret-weapon to attract attention and get ahead of everybody. It increased posts almost as much as shenanigans.

Devil in the Grove sounds like a very important but aggravating book - understandable to be reading it in short bursts, Mamie.

Jan 15, 12:49am Top

Crazy--You've got some nerve!! Well, you did, now I have it. LOL Thanks for sending me the Dick Francis book. Can't wait to finish up something so I can get to it. And your gift saved an otherwise truly Monday Monday.

Jan 15, 7:14am Top

>91 Crazymamie: Oooh, that's lovely! I LOVE those so much.

Honestly, I don't know who reads my version. I'm terrible about paying attention to that unless it's some celebrity I have a crush on know. I check the audio cds out of the library, upload them to my itunes, and then return the cds sometimes long before I get to listening to them, and I don't make note of the readers. I should be better about paying attention to narrators...

Jan 15, 7:29am Top

'Morning, Mamie and happy non-you-know-what weekday!

I read The Scarlet Letter in high school, but pretty sure I didn't read it for class. I was one of those oddballs who read anything they could get their hands on.

Jan 15, 7:41am Top

>79 Crazymamie: I finished The Devil in the Grove and it is indeed 'fascinating and devastating and heart-breaking.' It gets more heart-breaking the further you go.

Jan 15, 8:05am Top

Okay, so I am abandoning Turn of the Screw - it might just be my mood, but it is not working for me. I might try it again later in the year. Or not. Heh. Nothing much on the agenda today except some boring household chores and making dinner, which will be Buffalo Chicken Salad, which is a Skinnytaste recipe - it's not on her blog, but here is the chicken:Buffalo Chicken Strips. Really yummy as a spinach salad with cucumber, blue cheese crumbles (or goat cheese), shredded carrot, celery, and tomatoes.

Jan 15, 8:17am Top

>92 brenzi: That's it exactly, Bonnie - it's a tough read. The writing is excellent and the story needs to be told, but it does rip your heart out as you read. Agree about Marshall.

I have both of the books that you mention by Atkinson in the stacks - I am leaning towards Scenes at the Museum.

The Scarlet Letter is turning out to be a surprise for me - I am really liking it.

>93 BBGirl55: Hello, Bryony! I'll be right over to help with the voting!

>94 Familyhistorian: I love when stuff like that happens, Meg! So fun.

Yep - short bursts so I can remain sane and also not explode.

Jan 15, 8:33am Top

>95 Berly: Your post made me laugh, Kim! SO glad that you got the book - I was very happy to be able to send it on. And I am thrilled to have put a bit of a happy dent in that most dreaded day.

>96 scaifea: Me, too, Amber! I try to only buy the ones I know I will read, but they are so beautiful that a couple of Dickens have slipped in. *blinks*

Too funny about the audio - that makes complete sense. The narrator is a key component to me, and I am very picky about who gets to read in my ear. I am always curious about who loves which narrators and why on LT. I do remember you have a penchant for Fry and Gaiman and Cumberbatch - all are adorable and tremendously talented. *happy sigh*

>97 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! I always happy to see Tuesday make an appearance. I think LT is pretty much a tribe of those kinds of people.

>98 alcottacre: Oof, Stasia. I am glad to be reading some lighter books along with it because it is a tough read. Good work with finishing it so quickly.

Jan 15, 8:44am Top

Good morning, Mamie! I think we only have one of the Penguin Clothbound Classics at present, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass:

We would probably have picked up more, but most of those that we would want we already owned. I also thought the construction of the book (as opposed to the appearance) a little less robust than I would have desired. That said, there's a reasonable chance that others will end up in our library if we run into them at library sales. :-)

Jan 15, 8:58am Top

Morning, Harry! Only one?! I don't mind having multiple copies of the same book if that book is a favorite of mine. I have multiple copies of Jane Austen's books, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath ...

Do you mind sharing what in particular you don't like about the construction? I have had many of mine for years, and they have held up fine, but they also don't get heavy use. I love how they look all lined up on my shelves - like little works of art.

Jan 15, 9:18am Top

>103 Crazymamie: While looking for that one, I discovered that we do have a second, The Wind in the Willows. But checking out that volume did confirm what I had disliked: the binding is glued, rather than sewn. There's no gainsaying the attractiveness of the exteriors, though.

We've largely gotten rid of duplicates over the years and try not to add them. I can think of a few exceptions, including Everyman editions of Sir Walter Scott's novels, which I've acquired or kept as being more portable and readable than the fine old Wanamaker (near) set we have with two novels in each volume.

Jan 15, 9:32am Top

>104 harrygbutler: Thanks for coming back, Harry. Glued binding - good point. I like duplicates, but I am weird that way - I love seeing different editions of my favorite books.

Those Everyman editions are a delight to read - I love how the paper feels, and the sizing is perfect.

Jan 15, 9:48am Top

>105 Crazymamie: I definitely understand the desire to amass the same books in multiple editions. I used to think I'd try that for a few authors, but that impulse has yielded to the need to maximize space for different books and to the realization that I really don't have the collector impulse — however much I might be an accumulator. :-)

Jan 15, 9:53am Top

It's not that I desire to amass (LOVE how you phrased that!) or that I seek out different editions, it's just that if I happen upon another edition of a favorite book, and I like that particular edition, I have no qualms about adding it to my library. Because I am a big re-reader, I know I will read the new edition and appreciate the differences in its presentation, adding to my enjoyment of the original, if that makes any sense.

Jan 15, 10:19am Top

>99 Crazymamie: yum!! Nate I had something similar for our work lunches last week. I just throw chicken in the slow cooker with buffalo wing sauce and a pack of ranch dip mix.

Jan 15, 10:27am Top

>108 ChelleBearss: I will have to try that, Chelle - I love using the slow cooker. The leftover buffalo chicken is also great in wraps.

Jan 15, 10:34am Top


Jan 15, 10:37am Top

>110 mckait: *happy dance*

Jan 15, 12:37pm Top

Mornin' Mamie. Boy this thread has been busy in the last 24 hours! Glad you liked Scarlet Letter and The Devil in the Grove. I read Scarlet Letter in high school and loved it then and also really liked The Devil in the Grove when I read it a few years ago.

How's your wrist doing?

Jan 15, 2:30pm Top

I read the Richard Pevear translation of The Three Musketeers a few years ago. Loved it!

I also own that Olive edition of Devil in the Grove along with about 9 other Olive editions thanks to Ellen. Haven't read it yet, though.

Jan 15, 3:06pm Top

I tried to buy one of the Olive editions: no sign on Amazon. Sob. (!)

Edited: Jan 15, 3:29pm Top

I was going tell you that I've started collection the Penguin Drop Cap collection.

But you already know that since YOU helped me start it. LOL!

Happy new(ish) thread!

Jan 15, 5:02pm Top

>114 charl08: Charlotte, the Olive Editions are in print for less than a year. After they go O.P. they're not reprinted in that edition ever again. The current chocolate-dipped crack list is here.

Mamie dearest, I won't inflict my snarling ill temper on you. I'm off to eat soup and sulk because my dratted body is hurting.

Jan 15, 7:16pm Top

Hi, Mamie. Late day check in. It is nice seeing you visiting the threads. Your good cheer, always makes me smile.

Cold one here today but my books kept me distracted.

Jan 15, 8:38pm Top

Just checking in, Mamie! I have several clothbound classics, too. And I finally completed my Drop Caps collection.

Hope you are having a good week!

Jan 16, 9:49am Top

>112 RebaRelishesReading: Morning, Reba! I have not yet finished The Scarlet Letter and The Devil in the Grove, but I am really liking both of them.

My wrist is doing better - after consistent icing and wearing the splint at night, it has calmed down quite a bit. Now I just have to be careful not to over use it. It's more of a dull ache instead of constant pain, which is wonderful. Thanks for asking.

>113 SuziQoregon: I just checked, and that is the same translator used in my edition, Juli. There is a lot of love for this one, so I am excited to get to it.

The Devil in the Grove is my only Olive edition, and I don't know if I will collect any more of them despite their spartan beauty - I wish they were bigger. They are closer to a mass market paperback than a trade paperback, and therefore harder to hold open.

>114 charl08: Total bummer, Charlotte. *there, there, pat, pat*

Jan 16, 10:03am Top

>115 Morphidae: Too funny, Morphy, but I didn't know if you intended to collect the entire set. I have only the first one because it is Pride and Prejudice, which is my very favorite book. Those Drop Caps are stunning, and I really love that the edge of the pages are colored. And the size is perfect - LOVE those little hardbacks. But, they picked a lot of books that I already own copies of and don't really want more of - such as Lord of the Flies and The Joy Luck Club. They are so very gorgeous all lined up in a row, though - I have seen Katie's and Amber's collections when they posted photos.

And thank you for those good wishes!

>116 richardderus: I didn't know they were in print for less than a year - so interesting, Richard!

I am so very sorry to learn that you were suffering yesterday. I hope you are feeling better today - I'll come check on you, dearest.

Jan 16, 10:15am Top

>117 msf59: Hello, Mark! Thanks for checking in. I thank you for your kind words - means a lot to me. Today is our last day os 50s weather, and then we are headed back into the high 60s for a few days. I have been really enjoying the cooler temps - trying to soak them up as I know they cannot last in the Deep South.

>118 katiekrug: Hey there, Katie! I remember seeing all your Drop Caps lined up - so gorgeous, they are! And I also remember you and Mark both purchasing a few of those clothbound classics, which I also love.

SO far, so good with the week. Tomorrow is my niece's daughter's birthday - her very first one! Time flies - I can still remember the niece's first birthday, when I was...wait for it...sixteen!

Jan 16, 11:11am Top

Happy Humpday. *smooch*

Jan 16, 11:14am Top

SO full of beauty! Thank you, BigDaddy!! *smooch back*

Jan 16, 11:17am Top

Sweet peas are my favorite ishy-wimpy-pastel-cutesy-poopsie flowers. They are living watercolors. Cyclamens are the other ones I favor, being winter-bloomers up here. I think they fall into a swoon south of Pennsylvania.

Jan 16, 11:26am Top

Me, too, with the sweet pea love. And the cyclamens are stunning - so very cool that they are winter-bloomers. What a great pop of color! So cheerful.

Jan 16, 11:50am Top

Just checked the time. Good morning, Mamie. Yes, it's still morning.

I've amassed about four copies of The Scarlet Letter. I have a paperback that I read for English class in high school, a mass-market paperback one of my kids had from high school, a sturdy hardcover edition apparently marketed to schools for use year after year, and most recently acquired, a nice hardcover with dust jacket. I'll likely consign the mmp and the textbooky to a library sale. A recent re-read cleared the high-schoolish distain for it from my mind. Good read.

No idea where I'm going with it. I better have another cuppa.

Jan 16, 11:54am Top

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/alternate history

I snapped this up after reading Kowal's novelette The Lady Astronaut of Mars, which you can read for free here: Tor.com. It won the 2014 Hugo for best novelette, and I can see why. I was thrilled to learn that Kowal wrote a two book series that goes back and gives us the story that comes before the one in the novelette. Very fun, and full of fabulous. Science fiction that is set in an alternate history 1950s America where, because of a massive meteorite strike that hits the the Eastern coast, scientists must race to colonize space before the Earth becomes uninhabitable. The story speaks to so much of current affairs and yet is perfectly placed in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Highly recommended. And don't skip the acknowledgements and historical notes at the end - they are full of fascinating tidbits and book recommendations.

Edited: Jan 16, 11:55am Top

>100 Crazymamie: I had an awesome English teacher who instilled me with a love of The Scarlet Letter. I read it 4 times the semester I was under her instruction. I have read it since. I hope you continue to be surprised by it.

>101 Crazymamie: I understand, Mamie. Take Devil as you can :)

>127 Crazymamie: Adding that one to the BlackHole.

Jan 16, 12:00pm Top

>126 weird_O: Morning, Bill! I love that you still have your copy from high school even though you didn't love it back then. Interesting. And you have acquired three more copies along the way! I don't have any school books from high school because our copies were rented each year and returned when the year was finished.

Another cuppa is always an excellent idea. And no need to know where you were going with it - I love me a good ramble.

Jan 16, 12:07pm Top

>128 alcottacre: That is so fabulous, Stasia. I am really liking it, and I am surprised by how much I had forgotten.

Right. It's a gut punch, especially since I did not grow up in the Deep South but I am currently living here. Such an ugly history that is still playing out. I am constantly surprised by how much hatred and cruelty people are capable of. And I was shocked to learn that Florida got away with more because it was south of the South - sort of its own entity. It boggles the mind. And breaks the heart.

Hooray for hitting you with The Calculating Stars - you will really like it, I think.

Jan 16, 12:09pm Top

>121 Crazymamie: Yep, I've already got the next Drop Cap, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë on my Amazon wish list.

Jan 16, 12:10pm Top

>131 Morphidae: How fun, Morphy!!!

Jan 16, 12:24pm Top

Mamie dearest, I'm thrilled that you love the Lady Astronaut books! There will be two more. Go look and join me for a fannish "SQUEEEE" or two.

Jan 16, 12:32pm Top

>133 richardderus: "SQUEEEE" You just made my day! And what a great article - thanks so much for the link.

Jan 16, 12:45pm Top

Hi Mamie and happy Wednesday to you!

>130 Crazymamie: It's a gut punch, especially since I did not grow up in the Deep South but I am currently living here. Such an ugly history that is still playing out. I’ve lived here for almost 28 years out of my almost 66 years and am still amazed and upset at the Ugly History still playing out.

But, today’s gorgeous, there are many birds at my feeders, and I’m in the happy position of getting to look for my next fiction read.

Jan 16, 1:07pm Top

>134 Crazymamie: ...for fans of the Myrna Loy and William Powell black and white films, Tesla and Shal do have a dog. Named Astra. Like, seriously, I am not kidding when I say that this is The Thin Man in space."

Jan 16, 1:24pm Top

Hello Mamie! I hope your day is going well.

>127 Crazymamie: This sounds like a great series! I may have to look into it sooner than later. Any Thin Man reference is enough to make me sit up and take notice.

Jan 16, 1:59pm Top

You got me with that Calculating Stars review, Mamie. Turn of the Screw is a good one to read around Hallloween time - there's the right "spirit" in the air.

Another Thin Man fan here!

Jan 16, 4:03pm Top

I have The Calculating Stars on my wishlist, I have seen so much LT love for these books!

Jan 16, 7:04pm Top

>135 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Wednesday has been good to me.

It's only been six years for us, but we will be here until Craig retires, so we've got a way to go. You are right that there is also so much beauty. A lot to be thankful for, and I do try to always focus on that. DId you decided what fiction to pick?

>136 richardderus: I read that, and it made me want to read her standalone mystery NOW, but I guess I have to wait for her to finish it.

>137 brodiew2: Hello, Brodie! It was a very fine day here at the Pecan Paradisio.

I do think you would like The Calculating Stars, but it does not go with the Thin Man reference - that was from the part about her standalone novel coming out. Here is the blurb from her interview with The Verge:

You’re also planning on writing another science fiction novel: what can you tell me about that?

"It’s basically The Thin Man in space. With all the glittering banter of 1930s noir, this novel takes class, privilege, and identity theft and wraps them inside a murder mystery. Tesla Crane, heiress to the Crane fortune, and Shalmanseer Steward, a retired private detective, are on their honeymoon cruise from Earth to Mars. When Shal is framed for murder, Tesla has to find the murderer before they try to silence her husband. And yes, for fans of the Myrna Loy and William Powell black and white films, Tesla and Shal do have a dog. Named Astra. Like, seriously, I am not kidding when I say that this is The Thin Man in space."

Jan 16, 7:07pm Top

>138 jnwelch: Oh, hooray for the hit, Joe! And I will probably try The Turn of the Screw again later, but probably in print so it will move along faster for me.

I did not love The Thin Man as a novel - not nearly as good as The Maltese Falcon, but the movies are completely charming, and I love those.

>139 DeltaQueen50: I predict you will love it when you get to it, Judy.

Edited: Jan 16, 7:14pm Top

Hi, Mamie. Another late check in. I want to recommend The Poet X to you. Both Joe and Nancy warbled to me about it and they were spot-on. I am listening to it, on audio and also following along on an ebook copy. A strong, talented writer. Reminds me a bit of The Hate U Give, but in verse.

Jan 16, 7:50pm Top

>140 Crazymamie: Thanks for clarifying, Mamie. It all sounds pretty good. I'll have to see if The Calculating Stars is available on audio through my library system. I have already been disappointed by my library system not having The Murderbot diaries available on CD or for download.

>141 Crazymamie: I also also agree that 'The Thin Man' novel was not as compelling as the film. I just love everything about the film and series.

Yesterday, 1:05am Top

Excellent reading, Mamie! I always love seeing what you're reading. You're right, I did post about the pardon on the NF thread and, if the library and RL timing cooperate, I hope to get to Devil in the Grove this month.

Edited: Yesterday, 8:41am Top

Hi Mamie and happy Thursday to you.

>140 Crazymamie: I chose Kindred. It was supposed to be my book club choice this year but for a variety of reasons I chose Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk instead. It called to me from my Kindle yesterday and I'm so happy I'm reading it. It's excellent.

Yesterday, 9:10am Top

Different thread, different coffee cake: This one's a favorite recipe of mine, too:

It lives here: https://homecookingmemories.com/apple-cinnamon-coffeecake-peets-coffee/

I do two things differently: I use applesauce instead of eggs, and Northern Spy apples in place of GSmiths.


Yesterday, 9:13am Top

>146 richardderus: OH! Deliciousness! I will have to give that a try - thanks for posting the link. Northern Spy?! I have never heard of theses - will have to see if I can get them down here. *smooch back*

Yesterday, 9:15am Top

>127 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie! The Calculating Stars looks like fun. I have wishlisted it from the library *proud of self-restraint*.

I read The Scarlet Letter a few years ago on that app that sent out a certain amount every day, so you could read in little bites. Of course, like a lab rat I kept clicking "more" so it was pretty quick in the end :-)

Yesterday, 9:16am Top

>142 msf59: Hey, Mark! I will add it to The List just because you said so! And thank you.

>143 brodiew2: You are welcome, Brodie! Crossing my fingers that your library system has it. Bummer about The Murderbot Diaries - I loved those!

Yep - the films are charming, the book not so much.

Yesterday, 9:19am Top

>147 Crazymamie: Oh, I forgot you live down South for a sec. I suspect the apples will have to be GSmiths because most places won't pay to haul weird old apples that far from their native habitat. New York State produces a lot of apples, and for a wonder it's not a monoculture Red Delicious/Golden Delicious/Granny Smith industrial thing. Old orchards with Romes, Northern Spys, Newtown Pippins...our local Farmer's Market usually has some scrummy choices.

If you can find Pink Lady apples, they'd work a treat in this coffee cake.

Yesterday, 9:24am Top

>144 Dejah_Thoris: Thanks, Dejah! I thought it was you! Hoping you can get to it this month - it's really good, and I am so impressed with how much information the author included without making the reader feel like he is fact dumping; it's riveting.

>145 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Sweet Thursday! I remember your wanting to chose that for your book club but them feeling like you needed to pick something lighter. Hooray for a winning choice for you - I have that one on Kindle as well, but I have not read it yet.

>148 susanj67: Hello, Susan! The Calculating Stars is full of fabulous, so I am thrilled that you WL it at your library. And excellent self-restraint.

I should finish up The Scarlet Letter today, and I am so happy I gave it second chance.

Yesterday, 9:26am Top

>150 richardderus: We actually have a wide variety of apples available down here, but I have not seen those. I know I can get the Granny Smith, so if I can't find yours, I will use those. I love apples. *happy sigh*

Yesterday, 9:36am Top

>152 Crazymamie: When I had money, my bestie Betsy and I bought a parcel of land on Fontana Lake in North Carolina...five acres, I think?...and planned to plant heirloom apples as our retirement career. We thought we'd sell them in Atlanta's trendier parts.

Ended up selling the land, and Betsy died in 2010, so it's probably a good thing I'm not trying to do it all as an old crip...but it was a pretty dream.

Yesterday, 9:39am Top

Oh! That is a pretty dream.

Yesterday, 11:02am Top

>127 Crazymamie: Oh that sounds good! - that's two tagged "Mamie's Fault" in a week. (The other one was High Rising)

Yesterday, 11:04am Top

Most excellent! I am happy to take the blame, Juli.

Yesterday, 11:27am Top

Hi, Mamie.

The Thin Man book: agreed; it was surprisingly not that great. I like everything else I've read by Dashiell Hammett much more. Red Harvest is one that gets less attention than it deserves. But we love those Thin Man movies!

Yesterday, 11:31am Top

>157 jnwelch: Hello, Joe! I see I am in excellent company. I have Red Harvest on the shelf - maybe this year I can finally get to it.

Yesterday, 12:56pm Top

Good Thursday, Mamie! I give you credit for giving The Scarlet Letter a second chance. I read it back in high school and I remember finding it an interesting read. I'll nibble on the coffee cake till your review is posted.

Yesterday, 6:31pm Top

I'm very glad that someone saw the potential for movies in The Thin Man because the book didn't really do it for me either.

Edited: Yesterday, 6:36pm Top

I've been racking my brain to dredge up the faintest whiff of memory re: The Thin Man books...I don't think I ever read them! Which is weird because my bookstore-owning sister and I both loved his stuff. Don't guess I'll be spraining anything in my rush to procure one.

ETA I totally lied. The Kindle edition is $1.25, so I bought it. Even *I* can risk chump change on a Hammett book!

Yesterday, 6:57pm Top

>161 richardderus: There is only one book, Richard. Though Hammet was involved writing the script for the second if not the third as well. The novel is decent, tells the same story, but still has the Hammett edge, which the films reduce in favor of banter, hijinks, and charm.

Yesterday, 7:16pm Top

>162 brodiew2: There were two novellas as well as scripts, I've just learned: Return of the Thin Man and Another Thin Man. I suspect they'll be even less delicious than the first one, so I'll save my $2.99 for now. I loved reading The Maltese Falcon and Red Dust et alii but can wait to get into these since so many say ~meh~

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