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Alcott Acre's More Board Games than Books (Part the Second and Last)

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1alcottacre
Edited: Feb 6, 9:14pm Top

The Good Reads Challenge - doing on a casual basis:

Goodreads Challenge:

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy - The Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King - won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
2. A book with one of the 5 W's in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y -
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc) - Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark

5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare The Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
6. A book with a dual timeline Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler
7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2

9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror) On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
10. A book featuring an historical figure
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject)
12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer

13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list - list can be found here https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/recommendations/best-books/staff-picks
14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term - A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
16. A book told from multiple perspectives
17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements
19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19645215-2019-the-close-call-and-polarizing...

22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed

26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue
27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
29. A book published before 1950
30. A book featuring an elderly character A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

31. A children’s classic you’ve never read
32. A book with more than 500 pages The Overstory by Richard Powers
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
34. A book with a person's name in the title - Emily Alone by Stewart O'Nan

35. A psychological thriller
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list - list is here: https://apps.npr.org/best-books-2018/
37. A book set in a school or university
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc)

39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
40. A book you stumbled upon
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards - list found at https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fiction-books-2018
42. A book with a monster or "monstrous" character
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) (fiction or nonfiction)

44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)
45. A multi-generational saga
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.)

48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
51. A book published in 2019
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title

3alcottacre
Edited: Jan 20, 11:09pm Top



This was the first game that hit our table in 2018 - Merkator, designed by Uwe Rosenberg. I really should have taken a picture of this year's first game too!

4alcottacre
Jan 20, 7:29pm Top

Book 17 - Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones - the second book in the Charley Davidson series and I think I liked this one better than the first one. Charley is still a snarkey, pain-in-the-rear character, but I like her sass and her spark. In this book, she is trying to find a missing person who was a high school friend of Charley's best friend Cookie and in the meantime, trying to locate the body of Reyes, aka the son of Satan, although he keeps telling her not to; Recommended, 3.75 stars Library Book

5figsfromthistle
Jan 20, 8:06pm Top

Happy new thread!

6jnwelch
Jan 20, 8:33pm Top

Happy New Thread, Stasia!

7msf59
Jan 20, 8:58pm Top

Happy New Thread, Stasia. So nice to see you humming along. Did I mention to you, that I loved Secondhand Time?

8laytonwoman3rd
Jan 20, 9:01pm Top

Popping in earlier this time...I'm going to try not to get so far behind now!

9Berly
Jan 20, 9:02pm Top

Stasia--Just laughing at you: "Part the Second and Last." That worked so well for you the first time round didn't it? : )

>4 alcottacre: Glad you are still in for the series. You're welcome.

Happy new thread!!

10harrygbutler
Jan 20, 9:11pm Top

Happy new thread, Stasia!

>3 alcottacre: For the photo, try this, but replace the curly brackets { and } with angle brackets < and >.

{img src="https://pics.librarything.com/picsizes/11/4a/114a9ab7fa4622f63765a6d7067434b41716b42.jpg"}

11drneutron
Jan 20, 9:20pm Top

Happy new thread!

12bohemima
Jan 20, 9:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Stasia!

I enjoyed reading the various reminisces about leaping from children’s books to adult reading, however dicey. I seemed to go quickly from kids to Alcott to adult books very rapidly, although I’ve never read a Harlequin. Mother had some eclectic tastes and very little was forbidden to me. I’ve never regretted it at all.

I do love Potok and re-read In the Beginning for the AAC, having read his better-known work too many times already. It was just as good as the first time.

I’m delighted that your pain is clearing and that you’re feeling so much better.

13alcottacre
Edited: Jan 20, 11:10pm Top

>5 figsfromthistle: >6 jnwelch: Thanks, Anita and Joe!

>7 msf59: Yes, I do recall that, Mark. I am very much appreciating the book too, although I am not yet to the halfway point. I think this will be one of my top reads of the year.

>8 laytonwoman3rd: Thanks, Linda. It is lovely to see you here!

>9 Berly: Well, I keep trying, don't I? I cannot help if people insist on showing up :) Yes, I am continuing to enjoy the series, so I will keep on until either I don't or my local library no longer has the books.

>10 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry! That worked!

>11 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>12 bohemima: I have not yet read In the Beginning. I will have to see if I can locate a copy. Thanks for dropping by the Acre, Gail!

14fairywings
Jan 21, 12:49am Top

Happy new thread Stasia

15foggidawn
Jan 21, 7:22am Top

Happy new thread! You got me with several books on your last; I’ll be on the lookout for All Systems Red, Hag-Seed, and Dog Songs.

This weekend I stayed at a cabin with friends, and we played two games that were new to me, Lords & Ladies and Azul. Enjoyed both, liked L&L enough to buy it to play with my normal gaming group.

16alcottacre
Jan 21, 8:17am Top

>14 fairywings: Thanks, Adrienne!

>15 foggidawn: Always happy to hit you with BBs, foggi, since you hit me with so many! Cool beans about L&L!

17alcottacre
Edited: Jan 21, 8:34am Top

Hitting the table today:

Arkham Horror - I only get to play this when Catey is home (I could play it solitaire, but it is so much better IMHO with other people)



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18Carmenere
Jan 21, 8:29am Top

Happy 2nd thread, Stasia! It sounds like a great day ahead. Enjoy your game and visit with Catey!

19harrygbutler
Jan 21, 8:32am Top

>17 alcottacre: Sounds like fun, Stasia! I still haven't gotten around to playing the "modern" version of Arkham Horror, but I've played many games of the original.

It looks like you have the page where the image is to be found, rather than the image address itself, in your img tag. When you are on the image page (https://www.librarything.com/pic/6738746), right-click on the image and choose "Copy Image Location." Then you can paste that in your image tags. Here's the coding for that game photo:

{img src="https://pics.librarything.com/picsizes/a7/9d/a79d098ce500401636a35597277434b41716b42.jpg"}

(Just remember to replace the curly brackets with < and >.)

20alcottacre
Jan 21, 8:33am Top

Book 18 - Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson - I first encountered this book on Vivian's thread, I believe, and she compared the charm of the book to that of 84, Charing Cross Road, a book I absolutely adore. This book is much the same as that one, but the emphasis of Museum is simply the lives of the people writing the letters, where the emphasis of 84 CCR started out and continued throughout as being on books, with real life happenings a secondary thing. That being said, I really enjoyed Museum. The book is simple and does not pretend to be anything else, but in its simplicity is has a special kind of elegance - at least to me. Highly Recommended, 4 stars; Library Book

21alcottacre
Jan 21, 8:37am Top

>18 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! We always have a great time with Arkham Horror, even when we lose!

>19 harrygbutler: Harry, you are a lifesaver. I will eventually get this posting pictures thing sorted!

I have never played the original edition, but have played the second edition many times. Fantasy Flight just released a third edition, but I have all the expansions for the base game and have no interest in purchasing a new edition.

22BLBera
Jan 21, 9:15am Top

Happy new thread, Stasia.
>17 alcottacre: That looks complicated.

23mstrust
Jan 21, 11:01am Top

Happy new thread, Stasia!
And I agree with >22 BLBera: , that game looks like I'd forget the rules.

24sibyx
Jan 21, 11:03am Top

That game looks so unbelievably complicated!

25FAMeulstee
Jan 21, 3:40pm Top

Happy new thread, Stasia!
Feels like good old times with you back with us and creating many a new thread :-)

26johnsimpson
Jan 21, 3:55pm Top

Happy new thread Stasia my dear.

27evilmoose
Jan 21, 4:53pm Top

Happy new thread - and hello :)

28LibraryLover23
Jan 21, 5:30pm Top

It's good to see you posting about your reading and gaming again, I look forward to following your progress this year. (Prolific as always!)

29paulstalder
Jan 22, 6:01am Top

Happy new thread

30alcottacre
Jan 22, 6:46am Top

>22 BLBera: >23 mstrust: >24 sibyx: >25 FAMeulstee: >26 johnsimpson: >27 evilmoose: >28 LibraryLover23: >29 paulstalder: Thank you, everyone! I am glad to be more out and about this year than I have in the past several years.

>22 BLBera: >23 mstrust: Yeah, Arkham Horror can be a bit of a beast to learn, but unless you introduce the expansions that change the rules, you will probably remember them by the time you finish your first game, which will probably take around 4 hours depending on the number of players.

Catey is in town this week, so I will be on LT less this week than I have been in the past couple. I will be back to normal next week though!

31The_Hibernator
Jan 22, 10:23am Top

>1 alcottacre: Dah! Not another challenge! I have too many and I just can't help myself....try to resist. Try to resist.

32curioussquared
Jan 22, 1:58pm Top

Happy new thread! I played Machi Koro for the first time yesterday with some friends and really enjoyed it.

33alcottacre
Edited: Jan 22, 7:07pm Top

>31 The_Hibernator: You can resist, Rachel! I have faith in you!

>32 curioussquared: I have not yet played Machi Koro, although I have played Valeria Card Kingdoms, which I have heard called a "Machi Koro killer." Glad you had a good time!

34alcottacre
Jan 22, 7:13pm Top

New books in-house today:

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich - recently saw this one recommended on Jim's thread
Careless People by Sarah Churchwell
Fatal Passage by Ken McGoogan
At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison
The Year of Lear by James Shapiro
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power by Volker Weidemann
The Hidden Face of Eve by Nawal El Saadawi - I discovered this one through a book on banned books that I am reading

So, how did I do? Good or bad? Thoughts?

35thornton37814
Jan 22, 7:35pm Top

>34 alcottacre: Hooray for new books!

36vancouverdeb
Jan 22, 9:15pm Top

>34 alcottacre: Nice haul, Stasia! Happy Reading!

37msf59
Jan 22, 10:20pm Top

>34 alcottacre: Great book haul, Stasia. I loved The Fact of a Body & Through Black Spruce.

38Berly
Jan 22, 11:30pm Top

I haven't read any of those, but new books are always a good thing. : )

39applebook1
Jan 23, 3:09am Top

I don't know how you can do reading challenges like this because I just tend to read whatever that catches my fancy or I'm in mood of at the time. I know you said you are doing it casually, but good luck nonetheless!

40alcottacre
Jan 23, 3:03pm Top

>35 thornton37814: >36 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Lori and Deborah!

>37 msf59: I remembered that you enjoyed Through Black Spruce, Mark, but did not know about The Fact of a Body Good to know!

>38 Berly: I agree, Kim!

>39 applebook1: I have not gone out of my way to chase the challenge, Yoona. It is just that some of my reads have matched the categories. If I ever get close to completing the challenge, then I will probably actively pursue whatever I have left to complete.

41alcottacre
Jan 23, 3:08pm Top

Book 18 - Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich - nonfiction; Boy, I am not sure what to say about this book! The book consists of interviews with people who went through all of the revolutions in Russia, I swear. One of the interviews struck a chord with me: "Nothing but love can save us." It made me think of the things going on in America today. The stories given in this book are sometimes hard to read, sometimes hard to imagine. I cannot recommend this one highly enough; Highly Recommended, 5 stars Mine

42charl08
Jan 23, 3:14pm Top

>34 alcottacre: Great list! I loved Careless People and am hoping eventually to get hold of Dreamers again - I had too many books out and someone requested it before I had the chance to read it.

>41 alcottacre: I would like my own copy of this too.

43EBT1002
Jan 23, 4:19pm Top

How are you liking Evicted? I listened to it a couple years ago -- I thought it was stellar.

Happy New Thread, by the way!

44LizzieD
Jan 23, 11:38pm Top

>34 alcottacre: VERY NICE HAUL!!!!
I'm happy right down to the tips of my toes to see you here and posting again, Stasia. Long may you flourish!

45alcottacre
Jan 24, 6:44am Top

>42 charl08: Good to know that Careless People is good, Charlotte. I understand about having too many books out! I am in the same boat right now. Secondhand Time is terrific, so I would recommend getting your own copy.

>43 EBT1002: What I have read has been terrific, Ellen, but I had to put it down temporarily. I will be picking it up again soon.

>44 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy. Hopefully I can get back to posting more often once Catey has gone home.

46alcottacre
Jan 24, 6:48am Top

Book 19 - The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang - I found this one on foggidawn's thread and happily found that my local library actually had a copy, so I gave it a shot and am glad I did; the artwork is charming and the story is very good - a prince likes to occasionally wear dresses and he hires a local dressmaker to make them for him. The two develop a friendship that goes through its ups and downs. Needless to say, the prince is discovered and ashamed of himself and in fear of how his parents, the king and queen will react; Highly Recommended, 4.25 stars Library Book

47foggidawn
Jan 24, 9:00am Top

>46 alcottacre: Phew! Glad you liked it!

48Crazymamie
Jan 24, 9:50am Top

I am late to your newest thread, Stasia - happy new one!

>17 alcottacre: This looks very fun!

>20 alcottacre: I had this one out from the library but had to return it before I got to it - your review makes me want to be sure to check it out again.

>34 alcottacre: I read Careless People a few years ago and really liked it.

>41 alcottacre: A direct hit - adding it to The List. Actually it's only $2.99 on Kindle currently, so I snagged a copy.

Hoping your Thursday is full of fabulous!

49alcottacre
Edited: Jan 24, 3:27pm Top

>47 foggidawn: Yes, I did, foggi. Thanks again for the recommendation!

>48 Crazymamie: Mamie, Arkham Horror is always fun, even when you lose - although it may take a while for you to get there :)

I would check out Meet Me at the Museum again. I think you would enjoy it.

Thank you for the input on Careless People. I will get to it someday!

Secondhand Time is definitely worth your time. It is a hard read at times though, so be forewarned.

50alcottacre
Jan 25, 6:52am Top

I will be taking Catey back to Longview after I get off work this afternoon - *sob* - and will be visiting with my mother into tomorrow, so I likely will not be on either tonight or early tomorrow.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

51karenmarie
Jan 25, 7:21am Top

Happy new thread, Stasia!

>34 alcottacre: Good for one - I bought The Fact of a Body last year while waiting to hear David Sedaris speak and want to get to it this year after I finish some of the non-fiction I’ve got going. I haven’t heard of any of the other books.

Safe trip taking Catey back to Longview, and happy visit with your mother.

52ChelleBearss
Jan 25, 8:22am Top

Happy new thread, Stasia!
Hope you have a good visit with your mom!

53alcottacre
Jan 26, 10:10am Top

Everyone else is still asleep - I have been up since 6:30am or so and busied myself by reading, what else? - so I am doing a brief check in before Catey and Mother are up.

>51 karenmarie: Neat story about when you picked up The Fact of a Body, Karen! What a great way to remember purchasing a book!

>52 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle.

54alcottacre
Jan 26, 10:20am Top

Book 20 - Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch - I was reminded of this series when Steve (swynn) mentioned one of the books on his thread and I thought "I need to get back to that series again," so I did. This was a re-read for me and I enjoyed it as much this time around as I did the first. Peter Grant is a rookie cop in London who is assigned to a division that he does not want to be assigned to, to an Inspector who turns out to be a wizard and introduces him to the magic that Peter can do, in spite of Peter's disbelief. In the meantime, they are also trying to figure out who is committing a string of murders that turns out to be more in their line than typical murder cops handle; Recommended, 4 stars; Mine

Book 21 - A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers - I think I first saw this one on Susan's (SusanJ's) thread. I am not sure if this would be considered a "space opera," not having enough experience in reading science fiction to know that or not, but it certainly felt like one. Ashby and his crew have a small vessel and decide to take on a task that they have never attempted before as their galactic coalition decides to ally themselves with a race that is at war. The first part of the book mainly introduces us to the characters on the ship and their relationships with one another, which is fine, but the second part of the book really took off for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Recommended, 4 stars; Library Book

55Crazymamie
Jan 26, 10:34am Top

>54 alcottacre: I loved both of those, Stasia. And yes, A Long Way to an Angry Planet is space opera. The second one in that series is even better, IMO.

56drneutron
Jan 26, 2:49pm Top

I really need to get back to the Rivers of London series.

57justchris
Jan 26, 4:04pm Top

>54 alcottacre: I listened to this on a road trip with friends. I really enjoyed it, but I need to either get the book or listen to it at home because I kept dozing off and missed some significant chunks. Getting to know this series is something I've been looking forward to but haven't gotten around to yet.

>17 alcottacre: Yep, that is definitely a game that is beyond me in my dotage. I just don't have the attention span to be in a game for that many hours. However, I stayed at a friend's houses last weekend and got to experience the Chemistry Fluxx set, which I really enjoyed. I only have the basic Fluxx deck. I might go pick up some additional decks because fun!

58fairywings
Jan 26, 5:00pm Top

>54 alcottacre: You got me there Stasia, both those books sound like something I would like.

59laytonwoman3rd
Jan 27, 3:28pm Top

This seems like an incredibly appropriate place to announce that the Louisa May Alcott thread for the 2019 AAC is up!

60msf59
Jan 27, 3:54pm Top

Happy Sunday, Stasia. I hope you are having a lovely weekend. 5 stars for Secondhand Time sounds just about right.

61alcottacre
Jan 28, 7:45am Top

>55 Crazymamie: Good to know that the second book is better, Mamie! I just wish my local library had it!

>56 drneutron: I am moving on to book 2, Jim. Want to come along for the ride through the Rivers?

>57 justchris: Chris, I think I am older than you are and I can handle Arkham Horror! Come for a visit and I will teach it to you :)

>58 fairywings: Hah! I love dispensing BBs!

>59 laytonwoman3rd: Good to know! I will have to check it out. Thanks for letting me know, Linda!

>60 msf59: Honestly, Mark, I would give it more stars if I could. Thank you so much for the initial recommendation.

62drneutron
Jan 28, 9:35am Top

>61 alcottacre: I really should, but I just started the Wheel of Time group read - and that one's going to be a long one. I've read the first 4 or so of the Rivers books, so I'm keeping up with you. When you get to the ones I haven't read yet, I'll join in.

63alcottacre
Jan 28, 10:55am Top

>62 drneutron: Sounds good!

64paulstalder
Jan 28, 12:23pm Top

I bought Azul today. How did you like that one? It was Game of the Year 2018 in Germany

65The_Hibernator
Jan 28, 4:30pm Top

>33 alcottacre: Actually, I didn't put any of the internet challenges on my new thread. I just put my own genre challenge, international challenge, and the Dewey decimal system challenge for nonfiction. Best to focus on what I really want to accomplish, or I'll accomplish nothing.

66alcottacre
Jan 28, 7:06pm Top

>64 paulstalder: I have not yet played Azul yet, Paul. I know it won the Kennerspiel in 2018. I do not know anyone who owns it!

>65 The_Hibernator: I wholeheartedly agree with that last statement, Rachel!

68foggidawn
Jan 28, 7:31pm Top

69alcottacre
Jan 28, 7:38pm Top

Book 22 - The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - Young Adult, Audiobook; Amber is right when she says "Yay for The Raven Boys as I found the first book in this series to be terrific, if darker than I expected. The book centers around 4 boys from a local private academy who have been drawn into one of the boys, Gansey's, search for the ley lines that are around the city of Henrietta, where the story is set. I found that each of the boy's characters were drawn well, and backstories were included for them all. There is also a girl, whose mother is the local psychic and she gets caught up in Gansey's search as well. This is a great start to the series, I do not care what age you are. I just hope the rest of the series measures up to the first book; Recommended, 4 stars Library Book

Book 23 - Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank, adapted by Ari Folman - Graphic Novel; I cannot remember whose thread I saw this on, but I am grateful for the recommendation. Folman and his illustrator David Polonsky have done a terrific job of making Anne Frank a real person, with hopes and dreams, all the while documenting the tragic circumstances in which they are forced to live. I agree with one reviewer who pointed out that perhaps the most moving image in the book is one of a grown up, successful Anne, pursuing her dream to be a journalist/writer. The graphic novel does not stint on taking quotes from the actual diary either, so we get the flavor of how Anne wrote. Highly Recommended, 4.5 stars Library Book

Book 24 - The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll - Nonfiction; This book is on the Canada Reads 2019 Long List (meaning I have now read a grand total of 2 on the list). Westoll visits the Fauna Sanctuary in Canada, which houses chimpanzees who were essentially lab rats or those who were in circuses, all of whom have suffered trauma of one sort or another, many through lab experiments and are now suffering from PTSD. Westoll does not oversensationalize these stories - he does not have to. The stories of what happened to these animals are truly horrifying and the toll that it takes on them is unbelievable. I love the last statement of the book though: "No matter what kind of trauma we've been through, we all have the capacity to recover and to help others heal." Highly Recommended, 4.25 stars Library Book, Kindle

70alcottacre
Jan 28, 7:38pm Top

>68 foggidawn: I like it too!

71harrygbutler
Jan 28, 10:26pm Top

>67 alcottacre: Quite a stack. I have the Landmark Thucydides but haven't yet gotten around to reading it. I'm hoping the book won't prove too large to be comfortable and end up sending me back to my old Penguin translation of his work for a rereading.

Do you have any of the other books in the Landmark series? I think I have them all except the Caesar, unless I missed a release.

72alcottacre
Edited: Jan 29, 5:59am Top

>71 harrygbutler: The only other book in the Landmark series that I am aware of is Landmark Herodotus, which I have. What are the others, Harry? I am not seeing a listing for a series here on LT.

73scaifea
Jan 29, 7:00am Top

>69 alcottacre: I just hope the rest of the series measures up to the first book OoooohHOOO! Does. It. Ever. I can't wait to see what you think of the next book!

74harrygbutler
Jan 29, 7:00am Top

>72 alcottacre: The others I own besides Herodotus and Thucydides are The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika and The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander.

The Landmark Julius Caesar is the one I've yet to get, but if I remember to do so next month, there's a good chance I'll add it to a book order then.

75msf59
Jan 29, 7:30am Top

Morning, Stasia. I hope the week is off to a good start. My pals have definitely got my attention with The Calculating Stars. I will have to request that one.

76applebook1
Jan 29, 8:59pm Top

>69 alcottacre: I'll add the Raven Boys to my list, thanks for the review!

77alcottacre
Jan 30, 7:35am Top

>73 scaifea: Good to know, Amber!

>74 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry. I will have to look for those too.

>75 msf59: I am itching to get to The Calculating Stars, but it is going to have to wait until I have finished some library books, Mark.

>76 applebook1: I think you will enjoy it, Yoona!

78alcottacre
Edited: Jan 30, 7:46am Top

Book 25 - Dog Songs by Mary Oliver - I am not a big poetry fan, but with Mary Oliver's recent death, I decided it was high time that I gave her poetry a try after hearing other's here rave about it. I very much enjoyed this book. Her poems are almost conversations, at least to me. She invites you to speak back to them almost. I am not sure how I can explain it otherwise. It is like "here is my poem, what do you think of it?" and you can answer right back. Highly Recommended, 4.5 stars Library

Little Dog's Rhapsody in the Night


He puts his cheek against mine

and makes small, expressive sounds.

And when I'm awake, or awake enough


he turns upside down, his four paws

in the air

and his eyes dark and fervent.


"Tell me you love me," he says.


"Tell me again."


Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over

he gets to ask.

I get to tell.

79foggidawn
Jan 30, 8:26am Top

>78 alcottacre: That was my favorite from that volume; I posted it on my thread, too.

80alcottacre
Edited: Jan 30, 9:18am Top

>79 foggidawn: I remember seeing a poem posted on your thread, foggi, but did not remember exactly which one it was. Great minds and all that, right? I just read the poem this morning as I was finishing the book.

81alcottacre
Edited: Jan 30, 9:20am Top

Games hitting the table today:

A La Carte - a silly dexterity game where you are trying to cook dishes with outlandish names, without either over seasoning or burning them. You can also try to make crepes - try being the operative word here. Good, silly fun in a game at which I am terrible.

It is Family Game Night and my husband's pick, so I am not sure what else we will be playing today!

www.boardgamegeek.com

82tymfos
Jan 30, 11:36am Top

Wow! Great reading and great book hauls, Stasia!

83jnwelch
Jan 30, 2:44pm Top

Hi, Stasia.

That is a very cute dog poem in >78 alcottacre:. So true!

84magicians_nephew
Jan 30, 3:46pm Top

100 Essays I don't have time to write is a lovely little book for keeping handy and dipping into now and then.

Judy and I heard the author speak at the Drama Book Shop last year.

Wonderful new that the DBS was going to close but good old Lin-Manual Miranda and friends chipped in some $$$$$ and it is going to stay open!!!!!

85alcottacre
Jan 30, 8:45pm Top

>82 tymfos: Thanks, Terri!

>83 jnwelch: Thanks for stopping by, Joe. Glad you enjoyed the poem!

>84 magicians_nephew: I will have to keep that in mind about the essays book, Jim. I very much enjoy reading essays.

Woot for Lin-Manuel Miranda!!

86FAMeulstee
Jan 31, 4:56pm Top

>41 alcottacre: Secondhand Time was a 5* read for me too, Satasia. I bought my own copy immediately after reading it from the library.

>69 alcottacre: I just started The diary of a young girl. I had to read it in highschool. Now I read the new uncensored edition from the library.

87Familyhistorian
Jan 31, 5:44pm Top

Happy newish thread, Stasia. You snuck this one in when I wasn't looking.

88alcottacre
Jan 31, 6:04pm Top

>86 FAMeulstee: I do not blame you for getting your own copy of Secondhand Time, Anita. It was just that good.

As I understand it - correct me if I am wrong - there is actually a foundation in the Netherlands who controls the editions of the diary as it is published? I know I read an "official" edition several years ago.

89alcottacre
Jan 31, 6:04pm Top

>87 Familyhistorian: Hah! I have to keep you on your toes, Meg!

90alcottacre
Jan 31, 6:23pm Top

The game hitting the table tonight will be:

The Adventurers: Temple of Chac - there are 2 Adventurer games. This one is Indiana Jones in a box, as you are madly running away from a boulder, trying to escape walls that are closing in on you, never mind the lava room and the river you have to swim through to escape.

www.boardgamegeek.com

91karenmarie
Jan 31, 6:27pm Top

Hi Stasia!

>67 alcottacre: We watched Lark Rise to Candleford; I should have realized it was based on a book (well, actually a trilogy).

92alcottacre
Jan 31, 6:28pm Top

Book 26 - H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald - Nonfiction; Not sure what I was expecting from this book - more of an exploration of her relationship with her goshawk or what, but that is not what I got. Not that that is a bad thing, just an unexpected thing. What I got was an exploration of both her relationship with her bird and an exploration of her grief after the death of her father. She muses on birding, grief, and T.H. White who wrote a book on falconry that I had never heard of called The Goshawk. She has also made me want to read The Once and Future King again!; Recommended, 3.75 stars; Mine

93alcottacre
Jan 31, 6:29pm Top

>91 karenmarie: I have never watched the show, Karen. Was it any good? I have high hopes for the book.

94FAMeulstee
Jan 31, 6:59pm Top

>88 alcottacre: The first publication was censorised by Anne Frank's father. He left the copyrights to the foundation. The foundation then published the whole dairy in 1991, the "The Definitive Edition". I did read the 2001 version of the whole diary including some later found pages.

95alcottacre
Jan 31, 7:06pm Top

>94 FAMeulstee: OK, the edition that I read then was "The Definitive Edition." Thanks for the clarification, Anita.

96msf59
Jan 31, 7:28pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Stasia. Do you have an audible account? Believe it or not, The Calculating Stars is the Daily Deal. Of course, I grabbed it immediately and may start it soon.

Sorry, to hear the H is For Hawk didn't ring all your bells. I know that happens sometimes, but it was a 5 star read for me.

97alcottacre
Feb 1, 6:50am Top

>96 msf59: I grabbed it too, Mark! Thanks for checking.

Yeah, I think Hawk was a disappointment for me more because I was expecting something that I did not get. I may re-read it further down the line - I own it - knowing what to expect this time around and see if my rating changes.

98alcottacre
Feb 1, 6:51am Top

As it is Friday, these games will be hitting the table tonight:

Pathfinder: The Adventure Card Game - Rise of the Rune Lords
Shadowrun: Crossfire

Happy Friday, everyone!

99alcottacre
Feb 2, 8:39am Top

Book 27 - Evicted by Matthew Desmond - Nonfiction; I saw this book on Darryl's "Voices of Color/Social Justice" list on his thread. The book struck a chord with me because I have been on the bad side of being evicted, almost 30 years ago at this point, just after Beth was born. I remember well the humiliation, the wondering where we were going to go with a newborn in tow, the fear, the resignation. My circumstances were not nearly as bad as those of the people in the book who, in some cases have no resources, no family, no hope to get out of the catch-22 cycle that they are in; Highly recommended (be prepared to be angry), 4.75 stars Library Book

100alcottacre
Feb 2, 9:28am Top

BTW - I went searching at my local public library's catalog to try and find other books from Darryl's list to read and I found exactly one other - Howard Zinn's Howard Zinn on Race (I have already read his A People's History of the United States, which is also on the list). I found myself asking myself, "I wonder if at least part of the reason the library has only these 2 books from the list is because these two authors are white males?"

I would have never have thought this way at all if not for this group, which has opened a rainbow of opinions, thoughts, beliefs, discoveries, etc to me, and not just about books.

I have never focused on the color of an author's skin, whether they are straight or gay, what religion they belong to, because to me the focus was supposed to be on the book and whether the book was good or not. Now, I am not sure if this is a good thing or not.

Should I be more author-focused or book-focused? Musings on an early Saturday morning. . .

101alcottacre
Feb 2, 2:24pm Top

Games hitting the table today:

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game - Playing case number 4 today
Fields of Arle - a 2-player only Uwe Rosenberg game

www.boardgamegeek.com

102streamsong
Feb 2, 4:12pm Top

Happy New-ish Thread, Stasia!

Your book is finally in the mail - should be arriving about the end of the week according to the P.O.

>100 alcottacre: Interesting musings on a Saturday morning! I have been paying more attention to the authors the last few years. For me, the subject crystalized when I began noticing the differences between white authors and Native American authors and their competing views on problems, history etc. Since then I've upped my reading of black authors, as well as LGQBT authors.

Can an author writing about a different gender, race or religion pull it off? Of course they can. But while I can spot badly written female characters, I'm less able to spot badly written characters and situations that I don't see in my daily life.

I love LT for making me spread my wings.

103thornton37814
Feb 2, 5:03pm Top

>101 alcottacre: I pulled out my new 221B Baker Street game to play at the church's game night last night. I discovered it was missing one of the "Scotland Yard" cards and the die. I can make one of the ends the Scotland Yard card and get a die from elsewhere, but you'd think a new game would include all the parts.

104alcottacre
Feb 2, 9:42pm Top

>102 streamsong: Thanks, Janet! I look forward to receiving the book. Like you, I love LT for making me spread my wings. I shuddered to think how stagnant my reading was back in the "good old" (pre-LT) days.

>103 thornton37814: Oh no! I would contact the publisher directly to see if you can get the missing parts. Depending on who the publisher is, you should be able to do that.

105alcottacre
Feb 2, 9:57pm Top

Book 28 - The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell - Audiobook; This was a re-read for me as I own both the book and the audiobook. I started the series several years ago, but never finished it, and I am trying to finish up some of these series that I fell behind while in school. Right now, I seem to be on a science fiction jag. This series follows the adventures of "Black Jack" Geary, who was lost in a rescue pod for 100 years and ends up in the middle of a 40+ years long war, ending up in charge of the fleet. I enjoy the military action in the book, but the author tends to be repetitive at points. I am still looking forward to book 2 though; Recommended, 3.75 stars Mine

Book 29 - Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler - I have never read Kindred. although I own it (somewhere!) and my local library does not have the novel, but it did have this graphic novel adaptation and I have to say, it is extremely well done. Having never read the novel, I do not have any idea how the graphic novel compares, but I have to believe it sticks close to the original story. Bonus: the forward is written by Nnedi Okorafor, who makes Butler sound like an amazing person (which she probably was); Highly Recommended, 4.5 stars Library Book

106applebook1
Feb 3, 12:36am Top

>100 alcottacre: That reminds me I haven't exactly thought about the color of the authors' skin when I was deciding what to read and definitely not whether they are straight or not. I guess it's easier for me to read books by Korean authors when I'm reading books originally written in Korean but that has nothing to do with my self-consciously finding books by non-White male authors..

107alcottacre
Feb 3, 8:31am Top

>106 applebook1: I just take it for granted that the books recommended by this group are going to be good. I have paid little to no attention to the color of their skin, etc. although I do read the notes about the author. To me, whether the book was good or not has always been the bottom line. It still is the bottom line for me, but I am paying more attention to other things as well.

Interesting that you specify Korean authors, Yoona. Are there any who have been translated into English that you specifically recommend? I would seek them out.

108alcottacre
Feb 3, 8:33am Top

Games hitting the table today, I hope - our gaming plans for yesterday got scuppered!

Wingspan - a beautiful engine building game with birds as the theme
Frogriders - a light, family game that is kind of like the video game Frogger in board game form

www.boardgamegeek.com

110msf59
Feb 3, 8:46am Top

Happy Sunday, Stasia. I hope you are feeling better. Hooray for Evicted! What an amazing achievement. Ooh, "Wingspan". Sounds fantastic. Will non-birder people enjoy playing it too?

111alcottacre
Edited: Feb 3, 8:56am Top

>110 msf59: Wingspan, despite its theme, will appeal to people who enjoy games in which their areas build up over time. It is a medium weight game, not as light as Frogriders, but certainly not complex either.

112thornton37814
Feb 3, 3:57pm Top

>104 alcottacre: I found their web site and contacted them. I'll see what happens.

113alcottacre
Feb 3, 7:40pm Top

>112 thornton37814: Good luck, Lori! The board game companies that I have dealt with in the past have all been very good about replacing broken or missing parts for me.

114alcottacre
Feb 3, 8:09pm Top

Book 30 - The Overstory by Richard Powers - I found this book on several people's Best of 2018's year end lists (Vivian's, Joe's, Mark's, Donna's, and Caroline's, just to name a few) and Bonnie just read this book - go read her review! - and gave the book 5 stars, an opinion with which I wholeheartedly concur. We meet people in chapters that are almost short stories all on their own. The rings around these individuals widen so that they begin to intersect and soon the individuals we meet in the beginning of the book are crossing paths with each other. "Politically, practically, emotionally, intellectually: Humans are all that count, the final word. You cannot shut down human hunger. You cannot even slow it. Just holding steady costs more that the race can afford." Highly Recommended, 5 stars Library Book

115thornton37814
Feb 3, 8:21pm Top

>114 alcottacre: I hope to get to that one sometime this year.

116alcottacre
Feb 3, 8:36pm Top

>115 thornton37814: I do not think you will regret it, Lori!

117BLBera
Feb 3, 9:45pm Top

Wow, Stasia, you are a reading machine. What a lot of great reading you're doing.

118alcottacre
Feb 4, 7:22am Top

>117 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. I have taken a lot of recommendations from the group, so no surprise that it is "great reading."

119harrygbutler
Feb 4, 8:57am Top

>109 alcottacre: Good morning, Stasia! You certainly have a lot of reading going on.

120msf59
Feb 4, 9:09am Top

Morning, Stasia. Thanks for your comments on Wingspan and hooray for The Overstory. It has been such a big LT hit and I am glad to see it continue into the new year.

121jnwelch
Feb 4, 9:19am Top

Oh good, Stasia. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Overstory. What a book!

I'm looking forward to your comments about Downbelow Station. I've been on the fence about reading it for ages.

122Carmenere
Feb 4, 10:08am Top

Hey Stasia, it's wonderful to see the Stasia reading and posting machine is up and running like in the old days.
For some reason , I can not motivate myself to read The Overstory..I know everyone who's read it loved it. Some books for whatever reason or even no reason just don't call out to me. It sounds so good. I'll rethink it.

123richardderus
Feb 4, 3:48pm Top

>99 alcottacre: Oh, how incandescent with fury I was the whole time I read that book!!!

>114 alcottacre: Everyone except me loves it. I was ~meh~minus, verging on irked, by its "structure."

I don't know how it happened that I lost you already, but I am back among the Elect.

124charl08
Feb 4, 4:05pm Top

Another fan of The Overstory here: I think it helped that I was on holiday when I read it and could sit and read without interruptions. Not a small book!

125alcottacre
Feb 4, 4:20pm Top

>119 harrygbutler: Yeah, I do. Somehow, I cannot stop! Making up for lost time since I finished school, I guess. Thanks for dropping by, Harry!

>120 msf59: I am so glad that I read The Overstory, Mark. I have missed all the book recommendations, which is why I collected the "best of" lists from last year. I could not miss reading that book when so many here recommended it.

>121 jnwelch: Thanks for the recommendation of The Overstory, Joe. It was definitely worth the read for me. As far as Downbelow Station goes, I will keep you posted!

>122 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. Not up to the old days as far as posting goes - I just do not have the time - but trying to catch up as far as reading goes. If The Overstory is not for you now, maybe somewhere down the line. Sometimes timing is everything!

>123 richardderus: I agree with your thoughts regarding Evicted, Richard. Just as it boggles my mind that people go hungry in this country, my mind is further boggled by the lack of housing for everyone - or housing that is reasonably priced for their income levels. Regarding The Overstory, I can understand being irked at its structure. To each their own!

>124 charl08: Very true, Charlotte. It is not a small book. Once started on it though, I could not stop reading it.

126fredanria
Feb 4, 5:21pm Top

>100 alcottacre: I was just thinking about something adjacent to this - I just finished up a book where there was a lot of mention of different students with different races, gender identities, and sexual orientations, and I couldn't figure out why it was rubbing me the wrong way until I realized that all but one of the major characters was white, (presumed) straight, etc., and all the diversity was being used to "set the scene" instead of actually create diverse characters. Compared to another recent book, where a couple main characters were non-white, including the main love interest, and it was neither the sole focus of their personality, but also wasn't only mentioned once and then never brought up again.

127PaulCranswick
Feb 4, 6:11pm Top

Just catching up on the Acre, Stasia.

I must read The Overstory soon.

128alcottacre
Feb 4, 9:07pm Top

>126 fredanria: Richard and I had a discussion about this a couple of years ago when I asked him if he felt books often put in what I called "token" gays, just to have one in the book. This practice drives me crazy because, like you, it rubs me the wrong way. It does nothing to forward the story or "set the scene."

>127 PaulCranswick: Thanks for dropping by, Paul! I am sure you will love The Overstory.

129alcottacre
Feb 4, 9:18pm Top

Book 31 - Artificial Condition by Martha Wells - The second book in Martha Wells' Murderbot series finds the murderbot on its own and trying to track down what actually happened prior to the events of All Systems Red only to find itself hired by clients who are trying to get their money back from research that was stolen from them; Highly Recommended, 4.25 stars Library Book

Book 32 - Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark - I really wanted to like this book much more than I did. The book is supposed to be satire, but the satire for the most part did not work for me. There was much poking of fun at the upper end of the social structure ("Tell her. . . to remember that we didn't know Lucan all that closely. He played blackjack, craps, mini-bac. We played bridge."); Not Recommended, 3 stars Library Book

130brenzi
Feb 4, 9:52pm Top

Hi Stasia, I'm finally all caught up with your thread. I've now added Secondhand Time to my Overdrive list and you gave me the nudge I need to finally pick up Evicted. So thanks for that.

131mdoris
Feb 4, 10:37pm Top

Hi Stasia, I'm swinging by for a visit. Hope you are having a great reading day! Evicted for me was an amazing read for me, a real eye opener and heart opener.

132alcottacre
Feb 5, 6:50am Top

>130 brenzi: I hope you can appreciate them both, Bonnie. They are difficult reads in terms of subject matter, IMHO.

>131 mdoris: Thanks for coming by the Acre! Visitors are always appreciated here! I agree about Evicted.

133alcottacre
Feb 5, 6:53am Top

Game that hit the table yesterday:

Gizmos - a light, family weight engine-building game. Beth loves this one!

Game that will be hitting the table today:

Dice Hospital - a dice placement/manipulation game, where you are trying to keep patients from ending up in the morgue

www.boardgamegeek.com

134msf59
Edited: Feb 5, 7:00am Top

Morning, Stasia. I also recently enjoyed Artificial Condition and hope to bookhorn in the third later this month. These are a lot of fun. I know a couple of others have been warbling about it, but I want to also recommend The Calculating Stars to you. An entertaining, alternate history story and it is working well on audio too. Just sayin'...

135jnwelch
Feb 5, 7:20am Top

Good morning, Stasia!

I love the Murderbot stories and, like Mark, thought The Calculating Stars was great.

136karenmarie
Feb 5, 8:44am Top

>93 alcottacre: We really liked Lark Rise to Candelford. I don’t remember too much of the detail, however.

>102 streamsong: and >104 alcottacre: I shuddered to think how stagnant my reading was back in the "good old" (pre-LT) days. Me, too. I can’t imagine life without LT.

>105 alcottacre: I just read Kindred last month, and see that my Library has the GN. Since I have to go there this a.m. for Friends of the Library stuff, I’ll check it out since it’s available. Sigh. I’ve got way too much fiction going on right now.

137alcottacre
Feb 5, 4:09pm Top

>134 msf59: Yeah, I am hoping to get to book 3 in the Murderbot series soon too, Mark. I have The Calculating Stars both on audio and in book form, so I am sure I will be getting to that one soon too. Glad to hear that you are enjoying it.

>135 jnwelch: Good to know, Joe!

>136 karenmarie: Glad you enjoyed Lark Rise to Candleford, Karen. I hope I enjoyed it too!

Good thing we do not have to imagine life without LT, right? I will be curious to see your thoughts on the GN if you have a chance to read it, especially since I have not read the book that the GN is based on. Since you have, I imagine our thoughts will be somewhat different.

138justchris
Feb 6, 12:27am Top

>108 alcottacre: Both games sound fun. Frogger was one of my favorite games back when I spent a lot of time in video arcades as a teenager.

>99 alcottacre: I have not read Evicted yet. It was the annual featured book at our local university not long ago, and they always bring the author to campus, but I missed seeing him. It's exactly the ugly housing situation for African Americans that is the basis of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Case for Reparations. I did see Bryan Stephenson when he came to campus for the selection of his book Just Mercy as the campus reading choice. He does for race and criminal justice what Desmond does for race and housing in Evicted. Stephenson was an amazing speaker, and Just Mercy was a very accessible and engaging read.

>93 alcottacre: I love Lark Rise to Candleford. I've missed a few episodes here and there but enjoyed all 3 seasons.

139alcottacre
Feb 6, 6:12am Top

>138 justchris: I am not sure I have ever even played Frogger, Chris. I just know of the comparison made by board game reviewers :)

I will have to look for Stephenson's book. Thanks for the mention. I hope you get around to Evicted. It really is a terrific, if difficult, read.

I am going to have to check out the videos of Lark Rise to Candleford, but I think I want to read the book first!

140alcottacre
Feb 6, 6:55am Top

Game hitting the table today:

Junk Art - it is Family Game Night tonight and Beth's pick. This is a dexterity game at which I am terrible, but we always have a good time playing!

www.boardgamegeek.com

141humouress
Feb 6, 9:43am Top

Hi Stasia! Belated Happy New Thread!

142karenmarie
Feb 6, 9:52am Top

Happy Wednesday!

I checked the GN of Kindred out yesterday. I had to ask where it was - their YA is on a (sadly) relatively small set of shelves.

I might start it today. Of course I also have to start The Great Believers and continue with The Essex Serpent. I usually am not juggling so much fiction.

143harrygbutler
Feb 6, 10:48am Top

>140 alcottacre: Hi, Stasia! I like the look of the pieces for Junk Art, but I think I'd raid the game to use them for other purposes. :-)

144alcottacre
Feb 6, 9:06pm Top

>141 humouress: Thanks for dropping by, Nina!

>142 karenmarie: Let me know what you think of the graphic novel when you are done, Karen!

>143 harrygbutler: Well, Harry, you could have your choice - the game is available with either wood pieces or plastic ones :)

145alcottacre
Feb 6, 9:24pm Top

Book 33 - Connections in Death by J. D. Robb - I pretty much put everything on hold when there is a new In Death series book released because I just flat love this series. This book is not the best in the series, but still an enjoyable read as Eve investigates the murder of an ex-con, ex-gang member, ex-drug addict who really did reform while in prison; Recommended for fans of the series, 3.75 stars Mine

Book 34 - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - Young Adult; I confess that I did not realize that Sherman Alexie was Native American until I found him in my perusal of American Ethnic Writers, so this book, which has been in the BlackHole forever, was written from the perspective of someone who has lived at least part of his life on the reservation. This is a terrific coming-of-age story as we are introduced to Junior, who has an uphill battle on his hands - his father is a drunk, his grandmother and father's best friend both die in the course of the book - and Junior heads off to a school for whites that is not on the reservation, causing a rift between himself and his best friend; Highly Recommended, 4.25 stars Library Book

146justchris
Feb 6, 11:49pm Top

>145 alcottacre: I've heard really great things about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Sherman Alexie's writing in general but haven't managed to read it yet. I really liked Smoke Signals. If you haven't seen that movie by Sherman Alexie, definitely watch it.

147LizzieD
Feb 6, 11:58pm Top

Yay, Stasia!!!!
I hope that you are loving Downbelow Station enough to sign on for Cyteen. It was my first Cherryh and made me a fan & more than a fan forever. Her latest is also a Union/Alliance Universe one but not one of the best, so I understand.
And I must read Overstory. MUST!
(My most talented student writer ever was a NA who worshiped S. Alexie. I bought one book and have never read it. Will someday, but it's not shouting to me even after your high recommendation.)

148Berly
Feb 7, 12:02am Top

Hi Stasia!! I cannot keep up with your thread, games or books! LOL. I do know that when we overlap, and I have read the book or played the game, we agree on the assessment, so I will continue to look to you for inspiration. : )

149alcottacre
Feb 7, 7:08am Top

>146 justchris: Smoke Signals is one of Alexie's works that is recommended in American Ethnic Writers, so I will definitely be looking for it. I think my local library has the DVD.

>147 LizzieD: I am not loving Downbelow Station yet, Peggy, but I am hopeful once I can keep all of the characters straight, that will come. Yes, you must read The Overstory! I am sure that Sherman Alexie will still be waiting for you when you get to him :)

>148 Berly: Hey, Kim! Thanks for stopping by! I cannot keep up with your thread either, so fair is fair.

150alcottacre
Edited: Feb 7, 7:10am Top

OK, I am going to mention this audiobook here, because I think it is worth the listen, but I am not going to count it since it is only 45 minutes long. If you want a pleasant listen that tells a great love story, check out Dear Bessie and listen to Benedict Cumberbatch whisper sweet nothings in your ear :)

ETA: Thanks, Mamie, for mentioning the book on your thread!

151alcottacre
Feb 7, 7:11am Top

Game hitting the table today:

Dice Hospital - Yes, again! Beth liked our play of it a couple of days ago enough to request playing it again. That is always a good sign!

www.boardgamegeek.com

152msf59
Feb 7, 7:59am Top



Sweet Thursday, Stasia. Hooray for the owls. I sure hope to see a Grey Owl on my trip to upper MN next week. They are one of my favorite looking raptors.

153karenmarie
Feb 7, 8:55am Top

‘Morning, Stasia!

>145 alcottacre: I love the Eve Dallas books. I’ve read the first 40, and need to squeeze in a few this year. I can’t read too many in a row.

154richardderus
Feb 7, 9:57am Top

Hi Stasia, it's Thursday and I'm not dead so...well...I suppose that's all the news that's fit to type.

155lindapanzo
Feb 7, 1:43pm Top

I've started my Spring Training Read thread at: https://www.librarything.com/topic/303497

Cubs pitchers and catchers report in just a few days. Spring is just around the corner.

156Morphidae
Feb 7, 3:03pm Top

>102 streamsong: streamsong >104 alcottacre: alcottacre >136 karenmarie: I shuddered to think how stagnant my reading was back in the "good old" (pre-LT) days. Me, three. I still read mostly fantasy but it's down to about 60 - 65% with the rest spread all over the place.

>145 alcottacre: ARGH! Our library doesn't even have Connections in Death in STOCK yet. And I'm in spot 159 for 112 books. I'm doing my third re-read of the In Death series and I just finished Reunion in Death. I learned my lesson on the second re-read when I read all 45-ish at the time and agree with >153 karenmarie:. I can't read too many in a row. I read two or three, then wait a couple weeks.

I haven't been happy with our library the last year or so. There have been long delays in getting new books in stock. *grumbles*

I loved The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and absolutely did not like The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, so I'm pretty leery of trying anything else by that author.

157alcottacre
Feb 8, 7:01am Top

>152 msf59: Good luck with spotting the Grey Owl, Mark! I love their bow ties. I hope the trip is a successful one for you.

>153 karenmarie: I read through the entire series twice last year, Karen. To say that I cannot read enough of them might just be an understatement.

>154 richardderus: At least it is good news, RD!

>155 lindapanzo: I will have to check it out. Thanks for the link, Linda. And how have I missed your thread this year?? Off to check that out too!

>156 Morphidae: I am sorry to hear that your local library does not have Connections in Death yet. Even my local library has a copy and it is, generally speaking, slow to get books in stock. Hooray for another In Death fan!

Thanks for the input on The Lone Ranger and Tonto. I will probably get to it at some point, just not soon. Too many other books to get read!

158alcottacre
Feb 8, 7:04am Top

I put down War and Border Crossings, my second DNF book this year. I found that, especially in the case of the first few essays, that they were dated and there is just too much else I would rather be reading.

I am reading The Color of Courage and Howard Zinn on Race simultaneously, which is interesting since Kulski's book is about the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany and Zinn's book (at least the parts I have read thus far) is about the rise of the Civil Rights movement here in America. An interesting juxtaposition.

159alcottacre
Feb 8, 7:05am Top

Games hitting the table today:

It is Friday again, so we will be playing - Pathfinder: The Adventure Card Game - Rise of the Rune Lords and Shadowrun: Crossfire.

www.boardgamegeek.com

160karenmarie
Feb 8, 7:45am Top

Hi Stasia.

Wow, two complete rereads of the In Death series last year. It's very fortunate that there are (currently) 48 of them, otherwise you'd go into withdrawal.

Happy gaming!

161alcottacre
Feb 8, 11:28am Top

Book 35 - Omens by Kelley Armstrong - This is one of those books that has been hanging around, started by never finished. It is not because I did not like the book, more that I got distracted by other ones. The story is that Olivia finds out that she has been adopted and that her birth parents were convicted murderers. Her reaction to this news is understandable - she both runs away from her life as she knew it and starts investigating her birth parents and the crimes that they purportedly committed. There is a paranormal element to the book which, IMHO, is overdone at times - I mean really, how many times do we need crows showing up with portents of evil? That being said, I will likely pick up the second book in the series at some point; Recommended, 3.5 stars Mine

162alcottacre
Feb 8, 11:29am Top

>160 karenmarie: True! I feel In Death withdrawal creeping in after having finished the last one. I may have to read the books all over again.

163alcottacre
Feb 8, 5:09pm Top

Quote from The Color of Courage:

"Today I went to the library to get a new supply of books, only to find that the Germans closed it last week. That makes me mad."

I cannot blame him for being mad!

164LizzieD
Feb 8, 11:24pm Top

>161 alcottacre: I confess cheerfully that I wallowed in all the Cainsville books last year. Some were better than others, but I didn't care. Loved them! (If you aren't happy with the paranormal, better stop now.....)

165msf59
Edited: Feb 9, 7:46am Top

Morning, Stasia. Happy Saturday. I loved Lone Ranger and Tonto. A 5 star read and my favorite of Alexie's work.

166alcottacre
Feb 9, 9:24am Top

>164 LizzieD: Peggy, it is not the paranormal per se that got to me - it was repeatedly being beat about the head with it.

>165 msf59: Thanks for the input on Lone Ranger and Tonto, Mark. I am keeping an open mind!

167alcottacre
Feb 9, 9:34am Top

Book 36 - The Color of Courage by Julian Kulski - Nonfiction; There are a couple of things that I dislike - first of all, having a typo on the cover of the book is NOT a good thing IMHO; second, this is not Kulski's wartime diary, it was recreated in 1945 after the war was over, so I find the book as presented in diary form misleading. Now, that being said the book is very good if a bit disconcerting having specific dates assigned to events. Seeing the war through the eyes of a child (Kulski was 10 when Poland was invaded in 1939) was heart wrenching as he sees his world fall apart. Later in the book as he is fighting with the Home Guard, he was almost jaded at a mere 16-years old. One of the highlights of the book for me was the inclusion of QR codes that lead to YouTube videos giving more detail about that particular picture from the book - I have never seen this in a book before, although I have seen it in board games :) Recommended, 4 stars Library Book

168alcottacre
Feb 9, 3:03pm Top

Games hitting the table today (we did not get them played last week):

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game - Playing case number 4 today
Fields of Arle - a 2-player only Uwe Rosenberg game

www.boardgamegeek.com

169richardderus
Feb 9, 3:50pm Top

>167 alcottacre: That sounds very, very tempting indeed. But I shall Resist because my current library-book census is shockingly high. Resisting. Yep, this is me resisting. Not...gonna...nonono

170alcottacre
Feb 9, 7:18pm Top

>169 richardderus: Resistance is futile, Richard. You know you want to!

171Berly
Feb 10, 1:56am Top

Just staying current. No direct hits today. (Phew!). Happy Sunday.

172alcottacre
Feb 10, 8:50am Top

>171 Berly: Happy Sunday to you too, Kim!

174streamsong
Feb 10, 11:59am Top

Wow ! That's an amazing bunch of books to have going simultaneously.

Is there a board game that you can think of that can be played solo, but a group would also enjoy?

I also liked Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. I've liked all of the handful of books that I've read by him and also think he is a brilliant speaker.

He's fallen out of favor with many of the NA community and been removed from 'best of ' author lists due to accusations of sexual harassment of his students.

It's another case where I think he has important things to say ... and says them brilliantly ... but his ethics are questionable. I'm really torn about how to deal with authors like this.

175humouress
Edited: Feb 10, 12:17pm Top

>174 streamsong: Is there a board game that you can think of that can be played solo, but a group would also enjoy?

Ludo
Snakes and Ladders

(that's about the extent of my board game playing) ;0)

176laytonwoman3rd
Feb 10, 12:21pm Top

<174 "I'm really torn about how to deal with authors like this." Me too. I think it helps to go back in time and note that many of the "great" authors in any canon (or any artist, for that matter) would not stand up to today's critical eye in this area. It's much easier to evaluate their work independent of their character when they're gone. I think living people should be brought to account for their bad actions, so I try not to add to their bank accounts or public stature if I can avoid it. I can still appreciate their usefulness and talent, and if I think their work is worthwhile I will read what I owned before their failings came to light, or buy it from library book sales where they do not profit from the sale.

177banjo123
Edited: Feb 10, 2:38pm Top

>174 streamsong: that's such a tough question. I have been an Alexie fan, and I haven't been able to bring myself to read his work since the accusations. Even though I do think that we should be able to look at the art separately from the artist; and I can come up with context for Alexie's failings (the times, his bipolar disorder.) I am not always able to forgive authors from the past super easily, however, because not everyone from the 18th, 19th, 20th centuries were racist, misogynist and anti-semitic, so I am not sure that the times are enough of an excuse on there own.

178alcottacre
Feb 11, 7:25am Top

>174 streamsong: Arkham Horror can be played solo and then with up to 8 players, although I do not recommend playing it with the full player count or the game might quite possibly never end. How many are in your group, Janet, and what kind of games do they enjoy now. There are a lot of euro games that have a solo mode, but if they have never played euros, then I do not want to lead you in that direction.

As far as Alexie and charges of sexual harassment, I did not know that it had happened. I am very much of a believer in 'innocent until proven guilty,' so unless he is found guilty, I will continue to read his books. If and when he is found guilty, that is an entirely different matter.

>175 humouress: I have never heard of Ludo, Nina, so you have me there!

>176 laytonwoman3rd: I agree, Linda. Many of the writers of the past would not stand a critical eye in hindsight. Where do we draw the line? As I said to Janet above, if and when an author is found guilty is my line. There have been far too many instances of a person being accused simply because the accuser wants their 15 minutes of fame.

>177 banjo123: I am not sure that the times are enough of an excuse on there own True, but many authors are a product of them, especially given (at times) where they were raised and were brought up.

Great discussion! Thanks so much for the input, ladies. I would love to see more thoughts on this subject.

179alcottacre
Feb 11, 7:26am Top

Game hitting the table today - after a weekend playing none (sob!):

Coal Baron - a game about mining coal in Germany (yes, you read that right) by two of my favorite designers, Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer

www.boardgamegeek.com

180thornton37814
Feb 11, 9:43am Top

>173 alcottacre: I don't think I've ever had that many books in progress!

181jnwelch
Feb 11, 10:11am Top

Me either!

182streamsong
Feb 11, 11:44am Top

Alexie seems to have admitted to some of the allegations and denied others:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/09/592480180/beset-by-sexual-har...

>175 humouress: >178 alcottacre: My son and his fiance love board games. When they visited this summer (3 of us) and at Christmas (about 5 of us) played Red Dragon Inn with several different expansion packs - maybe because it's easy to learn? But since I don't have a group to play with, I feel like I'm always the one having to be educated .... so i would love to find one they were interested in that I could practice by myself.

183alcottacre
Feb 12, 6:34am Top

>180 thornton37814: >181 jnwelch: That's funny because when I looked at the list, I said to myself "It seems too short." This is the way I have read almost all of my life.

>182 streamsong: I love Robinson Crusoe solo, Janet. It is a cooperative game and can easily be played solo and with other players. Did you play Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport by any chance?

184msf59
Feb 12, 6:37am Top

Morning, Stasia. Waking up to snow and ice. Ugh. I have been dreaming of owls, as I approach my upper MN trip this weekend. Getting excited.

185alcottacre
Feb 12, 6:50am Top

Book 37 - The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld - Katie reviewed this one about the time I was picking it up at the library, happy coincidence that, and I agree with her assessment that this is a good read. Be aware that there is sexual assault of minors in the book, although mostly implied rather than overt. The 'child finder' of the title is not only a found child herself, but seems still to be in pursuit of the child that she was; Recommended, 4 stars Library Book

Book 38 - Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh - Audiobook; once I figured out who was who in the book, I was off and running with it; this is a sweeping tale centered on a space station that becomes the focal point of brewing war. The slow start to the book, which seems to take like the first half is a real downer for me and I am not all that interested in all of the politics - although I was glad to see that John got his in the end; Guardedly Recommended, 3.5 stars Mine

186alcottacre
Feb 12, 6:51am Top

>184 msf59: Ugh is right, especially where ice is concerned, Mark! I hate that stuff and flat refuse to drive on it. I do hope your trip is all you want it to be! Take lots of pictures! I would love to see them.

187alcottacre
Feb 12, 7:04am Top

New (to me) book in-house yesterday: Far Rainbow/The Second Invasion from Mars by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Anyone read this?

188karenmarie
Feb 12, 9:03am Top

Hi Stasia!

>173 alcottacre: That makes my list of 5 books on the go look pathetic. I don’t know how you do it, frankly, but more power to you since that’s your normal reading pattern.

189richardderus
Feb 12, 2:18pm Top

>185 alcottacre: #38 I was a big CJ Cherryh fan in the 80s. That volume starts the Company Wars, a major addiction of mine in that decade. That said, I'd warn that the entire series is major major amounts of politickin' and probably won't ever rise to any level of significant pleasure reading for a non-political animal.

>187 alcottacre: I've read Far Rainbow. It's very very applicable to today's crises, despite being written in 1963!

190alcottacre
Feb 12, 6:20pm Top

>188 karenmarie: Hey, Karen!

>189 richardderus: Thanks for the heads up about the politickin', Richard. I may just give the rest of the series a pass in that case.

I appreciate the input about Far Rainbow. I hope to get to it soon.

191alcottacre
Feb 12, 6:26pm Top

Book 39 - Dr Mutter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz - Nonfiction; I read this one for Suzanne's nonfiction challenge this month; the only thing that I knew about Mutter prior to reading this book is that there is a museum in Philadelphia named after him. He was so much more - an innovator in the field of plastic surgery before modern anesthetics were in use, who tried to treat his patients as people rather than lab rats; a renowned lecturer and teacher as well as an author; a doctor who espoused cleanliness for his surgical instrument before germ theory was a thing; Recommended, 4 stars Library

192brenzi
Feb 12, 6:50pm Top

>173 alcottacre:. I have three books going right now which is unusually high for me. I feel like a piker Stasia lol.

193humouress
Feb 12, 10:20pm Top

Ludo and Snakes and Ladders are the first board games (I always thought) that everyone learns to play as a child. Maybe you know Ludo by a different name? You have to roll a (double) six to get your piece out of your base and the objective is to get all your pieces safely around the board and into the centre. Of course, your 'friends' might cut you and send you back to your base ...

194alcottacre
Feb 13, 6:16am Top

>192 brenzi: Well, I am not retired yet, Bonnie. Three might be about all I can handle at a time then!

>193 humouress: Thanks, Nina. That is a game that I know as Parcheesi, not Ludo.

195alcottacre
Feb 13, 6:17am Top

Game hitting the table today:

A Touch of Evil - this is a pure AmeriTrash game, set in revolutionary-era America. I have all of the expansions, so Beth and I play with everything. This game hits the table at least once a month as I have a 100-play challenge going on with it.

www.boardgamegeek.com

196jnwelch
Feb 13, 6:52am Top

Those are helpful comments from you and Richard, Stasia, about Downbelow Station and the series. I'm not that interested in reading about politics, so I may give them a pass.

197alcottacre
Feb 13, 6:53am Top

>196 jnwelch: Yeah, I think other of Cherryh's books might be better for us, Joe. I am going to try the Chanur series next, I think.

198richardderus
Feb 13, 10:45am Top

Ludo also looks like Clue to me...am I dreaming that? It's certainly the Parcheesi I remember.

Happy reading in the Chanur books, Stasia. Tully was a very interesting character.

199humouress
Feb 13, 2:16pm Top

>194 alcottacre: >198 richardderus: Ahhh; I've seen Parcheesi mentioned in books and wondered in passing what it was. Now I know that I know what it is. Mind you, I'll probably remember that, but not what it is in future and it'll bug me again.

200alcottacre
Feb 14, 7:26am Top

>198 richardderus: I am glad to hear that there are interesting characters in Chanur, RD.

>199 humouress: Well, if ever you need to ask someone again, you can always ask me, Nina.

201alcottacre
Edited: Feb 15, 7:33am Top

Book 40 - Howard Zinn on Race by Howard Zinn - Nonfiction; this is one of the books that I was able to find at my local library (and sadly, the last one) that is on Darryl's Social Issues list. The book is a collection of essays by Zinn that were written as magazine articles in some cases. When I was a kid, I loved the "I Was There" series of junior books and Zinn was there for much of the Civil Rights movement. I found this interesting reading from the perspective of a white man teaching at a traditionally black college and how he saw the Civil Rights movement begin, take shape, and coalesce. The most thought-provoking essay to me was the one (and sorry, I do not remember the name of it) where he compares and contrasts the abolitionist movement before and during the Civil War with the Civil Rights movement about 100 years later; Highly Recommended, 4.25 stars Kindle - Library Book

202alcottacre
Feb 14, 7:31am Top

Game hitting the table tonight:

Lords of Waterdeep - this is a worker placement game set in the Dungeons and Dragons universe (my pick for Family Game Night)

www.boardgamegeek.com

203The_Hibernator
Feb 14, 9:07am Top

>173 alcottacre: I read Crime and Punishment as a teen and loved it. I plan on rereading it this year (hopefully my plans don't fall through!). I also loved The Song of Achilles.

204ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 14, 1:29pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

205alcottacre
Feb 15, 7:32am Top

>203 The_Hibernator: I am enjoying Crime and Punishment more than I thought I would, Rachel. I think it is going to be a 5 star read for me if it keeps up. Good to know The Song of Achilles is good!

>204 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. I hope you and Nate (and the girls, of course) had a good one!

206alcottacre
Feb 15, 7:34am Top

Since it is Friday, the games hitting the table tonight will be:

Pathfinder: The Adventure Card Game - Rise of the Runelords
Shadowrun: Crossfire

This afternoon, I have an ultrasound on my thyroid to make sure that the nodes on it are not growing. Never ending medical problems at my house, it seems these days!

207msf59
Edited: Feb 15, 7:48am Top



-Northern Hawk Owl

Morning, Stasia. Happy Friday. The NHO is one of my target birds, for my trip. It may be a bit tougher to spot one of these guys. Small and reclusive.

208alcottacre
Feb 15, 7:50am Top

>207 msf59: So you need to visit all of the reclusive places, right? Just do not get lost in the woods! I hope you have a wonderful trip.

209richardderus
Feb 15, 8:11am Top

Good Friday morning, Stasia, may all the illnesses plaguing your house fly away without leaving their nastiness behind.

210swynn
Feb 15, 9:24am Top

C.J. Cherryh is coming up soon-ish in my DAW project, though Downbelow Station is still a ways away. I've only read the Chanur series and a handful of others, and am looking forward to more.

The Far Rainbow / Second Invasion of Mars omnibus is exactly the one that I picked up via ILL just a couple of days ago. Hope we like it!

211alcottacre
Feb 15, 7:25pm Top

>209 richardderus: Thanks, Richard!

>210 swynn: I hope so too! Never having read anything by the brothers, I am kind of anxious to see their style of science fiction.

212vancouverdeb
Feb 15, 8:23pm Top

Enjoy your family game night! I used to enjoy that when our sons were young. Now they are both into their own things, one is married with an 11 month old and the other is very keen on power lifting.

213banjo123
Feb 16, 11:51pm Top

I hope your ultrasound brings good news!

214alcottacre
Feb 17, 12:23pm Top

>212 vancouverdeb: Oh, yeah. We love having the gaming. It is great getting all of us around the table!

>213 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda!

216alcottacre
Feb 17, 12:49pm Top

Book 41 - The Big Ones by Lucy Jones - Nonfiction; Dr Lucy Jones, a seismologist, takes the reader through several disasters, not just earthquakes - including the earthquake, tsunami, and fires that destroyed the city of Lisbon and which I had never heard about until I discovered a board game named Lisboa, that centers on that event (proving that games can be educational, lol) - and what we have learned from each of the disasters named; she goes on to point out that "Our improved understanding of physical systems has shown us that many of the impacts of natural disasters can be reduced or eliminated through better design of the human systems that interact with the physical." She does not fail, however, to point out that human reactions once the disaster is over are just as critical as the implementation of the physical systems; Recommended, 4 stars Library Book

Book 42 - Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith - Although this book is what I would call now 'historical fiction,' at the time it was written back in 1944, I have no doubt that similar events were taking place in towns similar to the fictional Maxwell, Georgia in real life; Smith gives us a picture of what it was like to live in a small Southern town as the book introduces us to Tracy Deen, a white man who flunked his way out of his one term of college but has just returned from fighting in the war, only to get a black woman (Nonnie, who was educated at one of the historically black colleges, Spelman) pregnant; the events and tragedies of the book are centered on these two diametrically opposite characters and the people who surround them. Tracy, who supposedly 'loves' Nonnie, but cannot marry her because of the colors of their skin, and allows himself to be trapped into what society expects by joining the church, marrying the white girls who has been waiting for him and taking the local preacher's advise and paying a black friend to marry Nonnie and Nonnie, who could have left the town after her college graduation and could have made something more of herself than being the nurse to a white invalid, somehow do not garner the sympathy they otherwise might because the reader feels that they could have made better decisions for themselves; the whole town seems trapped in and on itself, if you no what I mean. There are people in the town who want it to change but seem unable to drive the change and will stand by while a black man is burned to death for a crime he did not commit; "Sometimes, Dad, when I think of the South all I can see is a white man kneeling on a nigger's stomach. Every time he raises his arms in prayer he presses a little deeper in the black man's belly." Highly Recommended, 4.5 stars; Library Book

217Berly
Feb 17, 1:26pm Top

>206 alcottacre: Hope you get good results on the ultrasound. My thyroid is currently swinging hi-lo and I can't seem to get the med level quite right. It's always something isn't it. : ) Hang in there.

>216 alcottacre: And, of course, only YOU would play a game (Lisboa), see the teachings in it and then find a book to learn more about what happened. Kudos.

218richardderus
Feb 17, 4:49pm Top

>216 alcottacre: Both high quality reviews and, as I've read Strange Fruit, I know how high the quality of the read is. You'd've book bulleted me had I not recently read it.

219Ameise1
Feb 18, 4:02am Top

Sending sunny greetings from Davos.

220alcottacre
Feb 18, 7:51am Top

>217 Berly: Thanks, Kim! And yes, board games can lead to books and vice versa. There is actually a board game reviewer who is a librarian and frequently ties the two together.

>218 richardderus: Too bad, Richard. Maybe next time!

>219 Ameise1: Hey, Barbara! I appreciate the sunny greetings! Thanks for dropping by the Acre.

221alcottacre
Feb 19, 7:23am Top

Book 43 - Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Audiobook/Classic; I finally got around to reading this classic due to foggi's classics challenge. The story revolves around Raskolnikov, an impoverished law student, who murders a pawn shop owner (intentionally) and then ends up murdering her sister, Lizabeta, when she walks in on the murder scene. Make no mistake, this is not a typical murder mystery. It is so much more than that as we end up diving into the mentality of Raskolnikov as he tries to reconcile what he has done and lives with the consequences of his action. Dostoevsky establishes early that Raskolnikov is a monomaniac and pretty much all of his actions throughout the book echo that - his sister is marrying because of him, his mother's belief that he is going to be famous, a belief that he buys into. The underlying theme of the book must be poverty. Almost every character struggles underneath the pressure of the ongoing poverty in which they live from Sonya, who has to sell herself into prostitution to provide for her younger siblings, to Raskolnikov's mother who struggles to send her son money in order to help with his education. My favorite character in the book is Porfiry, a foil for Raskolnikov's guilt, the investigator who knows Raskolnikov committed the murders; Highly Recommended, 5 stars Mine

222thornton37814
Feb 19, 7:40am Top

>221 alcottacre: I read that one years ago. I really should re-read it.

223alcottacre
Feb 19, 7:52am Top

>221 alcottacre: I am just sorry it took so long for me to get around to reading it. I hope you do get a chance to re-read it, Lori.

224alcottacre
Feb 19, 7:52am Top

Game hitting the table today:

Porta Nigra, which I bought Beth for Christmas last year. It is designed by a couple of our favorite board game designers, Kramer and Kiesling.

www.boardgamegeek.com

225alcottacre
Edited: Feb 19, 7:32pm Top

Book 44 - The Library Book by Susan Orlean - Nonfiction; This book discusses the fire set in the LA Central Library back in 1986 and goes from there to discuss the author's love of libraries, set in stone when her mother began taking her to the library when she was young and later, leaving her alone in the library as she grew older. The book also gives a history of the LA Library and its various and sundry librarians. One of the facts that the author spouts is that 80% of the patrons of the library are men, while 80% of librarians are women. The majority of patrons at my local library appear to be women, although I cannot be sure since I am not there all of the time. This book is one I wanted to like more than I did. I thought the focus of the book was going to be on the fire, but the author seemed to be intent on giving every fact known about the library and its history. Not that I do not think that some of the information was interesting, but I did not want an information dump for a book. Also, I did not think that the writing was exceptional and in some places found it to be plainly pedantic; Guardedly Recommended, 3.5 stars Library Book

227msf59
Feb 19, 9:24pm Top

Hi, Stasia. I had a great weekend in upper MN, with three different owls in 2 days, including the intense guy in post #207.

I enjoyed your thoughts on The Library Book. I agree with some of your comments but I ended up being more satisfied with it, than you.

228alcottacre
Feb 20, 7:18am Top

>227 msf59: I know a lot of people in the group loved The Library Book, Mark, and I wanted to as well, it just did not work for me. Ah, well.

I saw your post on your thread about the owls. That is wonderful! I am so glad you had a great weekend.

229Morphidae
Feb 20, 4:46pm Top

>194 alcottacre: Why would you read fewer books after retirement rather than more?

>221 alcottacre: It was a DNF for me about 1/3 of the way in. I thought the MC was the biggest jerk ever and I really don’t like to read books like that. I don’t understand the attraction to C&P but obviously there is something as it is a classic that has stood the test of time.

230charl08
Yesterday, 2:55am Top

I loved Sacred Hearts: hope that it works out as well for you. I still haven't read Crime and Punishment. I am tempted by the penguin clothbound edition.

231alcottacre
Yesterday, 10:15am Top

>229 Morphidae: Morphy, those who are retired in the group keep saying how much busier they are now that they are retired than when they worked, which is why I am saying how much less I will read once I retire - if and when that ever happens :)

I think that Dostoevsky did a great job of getting into Raskolnikov's head, just like Porfiry does later on. I can understand you not liking the MC and thinking him a jerk - he really is. His entire world revolves around HIM and the author never lets you forget it.

>230 charl08: Oo, pretty! My copy of C&P is a beat up paperback. I think I am going to have to upgrade it.

Regarding Sacred Hearts, I have high hopes for it. I found it on the list of the Walter Scott Historical Fiction prizes and am now trying to read them all. I already read the winner for that year, Wolf Hall, but am now trying to work my way through the short list.

232alcottacre
Yesterday, 10:17am Top

Board game hitting the table tonight:

Lords of Waterdeep - Yes, again! Last week, I chose this game for Family Game Night and this week, Kerry has chosen it.

www.boardgamegeek.com

233alcottacre
Yesterday, 10:29am Top

Book 45 - The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - Audiobook; the second book in the Raven Boys series, this book centers largely around Ronan, who lost his father, and the Grey Man, the man who killed him. The Grey Man, to me, at least does not work well as a character "I am a hit man, not a kidnapper." That just does not make sense to me, but then, I do not know that many hit men, so I could be wrong. Ronan, on the other hand, does ring true. I cannot wait to see what happens in book 3! Recommended, 4 stars (I dinged it half a star for the Grey Man) Mine

Book 46 - Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend - Juvenile; I wish I could remember who recommended this series to me originally, but I very much enjoyed this first delve into Nevermoor. The book has a very Harry Potter-ish vibe to it, but I think it stands on its own. Morrigan, the main character of the book, is an 11-year-old cursed child and believes, as does everyone around her, that not only does she bring bad luck and so is responsible for all of the bad things that happen to her, but that she is shortly going to die. However, she gets whisked away to take part in trials that, if she passes, will admit her to a very special place. I am not going to say any more for fear of giving away spoilers, but overall I found the book to be a good read, especially for the middle school audience at which it is targeted - there were a few things that, as an adult, bothered me, but a kid will probably eat up these books; Recommended, 3.75 stars (4 if you are a middle schooler, I think); Library Book

234SandDune
Yesterday, 5:29pm Top

>231 alcottacre: those who are retired in the group keep saying how much busier they are now that they are retired than when they worked - When he was retired, my Dad always used to say that he could never work out how he had ever had time to go to work! I could see how that could happen.

235alcottacre
Yesterday, 6:29pm Top

>234 SandDune: Yep. I am anticipating the day when I retire, but I do not expect it to be any time soon - I have student loans to pay off!

236alcottacre
Yesterday, 6:33pm Top

Book 47 - From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan - Linda (laytonwoman3rd) recently recommended this book and I can see why. Ryan really knows how to write! I got caught up in each of the men's stories - there are 3 of them - especially Farouk's; this is the first book I have ever read by Ryan and I hope it is not the last. He packs a lot of story into this short book; Highly Recommended, 4.25 stars Kindle Library Book

237laytonwoman3rd
Yesterday, 8:41pm Top

>236 alcottacre: Oooh...I'm glad you enjoyed the Ryan, Stasia. You never really know how a favorite is going to hit someone else, but I was really impressed with my first exposure to his work.

238brenzi
Yesterday, 8:59pm Top

Strange Fruit sounds very compelling Stasia so I'll be looking for it. I've had Crime and Punishment on my shelf for a long time but maybe your great review will give me the nudge I need.

239PaulCranswick
Yesterday, 9:18pm Top

>236 alcottacre: I have that little tome on the shelves, Stasia, and will definitely get to it soon.

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