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DeltaQueen's Random Miscellaneous Challenge - Part 2

This is a continuation of the topic DeltaQueen's Random Miscellaneous Challenge.

2019 Category Challenge

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1DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 9:54pm Top



Welcome to my 2019 Category Challenge. My name is Judy and I live in the suburbs of Vancouver, B. C., Canada. I love to welcome visitors to my thread to discuss books and life. An assortment of random quotes gave me the idea of setting up some miscellaneous challenges to help me shrink my TBR pile this year. Some of these quotes are from famous people while others are credited to “anonymous’ and have been taken from advertisements and greeting cards. What they have in common is that they all paint a colourful picture of life and were easily molded into category subjects.

I have been doing the Category Challenge for a good number of years and I love the loose structure this challenge gives to my reading. As always I have a goal of removing books from my shelves, but also as usual, I expect that I will be crossing myself up by all the additions I add during the year. My top priority will be reading from my own shelves and Kindle but another 2019 book goal is to continue reading books from the 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die List. I also love to participate in the various “Cats” that are established every year, hopefully my “Cat” reading will fit into my already set categories. Call me crazy but I’m going for 19 categories and have chosen 19 quotes fit my categories. I plan to read at least 8 books from most categories.

I enjoy the company of my husband, sipping a glass of wine, reading a good book, going for walks and, my family. But I also have a weird enjoyment of dark, twisted stories and I avidly watch “The Walking Dead” on TV.

Please feel free to join in on any conversations that are going on here, the welcome mat is always out.



2019 Reading Goals

1. My own books are my top priority, this includes my shelves, my two Kindles, my audio books and to a lesser extent my library list.
2. Read books from the 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die List
3. Only participate in challenges where I already have a book that fits



2DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 9:55pm Top

2019 Categories


A. Armchair Travel: “To those who can dream, there is no such place as faraway.”
Anonymous

I will read 8 books set in 8 different countries

B. Book Bullets: I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
Lennon-McCartney

So many of the books on my shelves and Kindle are there because of recommendations from friends here on Library Thing. I will read at least 8 books and hopefully more of these recommendations

C. One Word Titles: “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
Buddha

I will read at least 8 Books that have a one word title.

D. Love Stories: “Every love story is beautiful, but my favorite is ours.”
Anonymous

I will read 8 books that have a connection to love.

E. Reading From My Shelves: “Having too many books is not the problem. Not having enough shelving – That’s A Problem.”
Anonoymous

This category will be for books that I pull from my shelves either to fulfill a challenge or simply just because I felt like reading it at this point in time.

F. Let’s Eat!: “People who love love food are always the best people.”
Julia Child

I will read at least 8 books that have an item of food or drink in the title.

G. Doing My ABCs: Okay everybody, line up in alphabetical order according to your height.”
Casey Stengel

Throughout the year I will randomly read alphabetically by author’s name. Will use these reads for the AlphaKit.

H. 1,001 Books List: “A Classic never goes out of style.”
Coca-Cola Ad

Because of a bet with my brother I have been reading on books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List, trying to catch up with his total. This is where I will list most of my reads from that list.

I. Series: “Happiness is finding the first good book of a series and knowing there are more to follow.”
Anonymous

In an effort to catch up in my series reading, I will read at least 8 series books.

J. Crime Stories: “Reading mysteries is recreation for intelligent minds.”
Donna Andrews

I will read at least one mystery or police procedural every month.

K. Vintage Crime: “I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest
Agatha Christie

I am a huge fan of the classic mysteries from the golden age of detective fiction and I will read at least 8 classic mysteries over the course of the year.

L. Out of the Past: “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”
Teddy Roosevelt

I will read at least one book a month that delves into history – as set by the Reading Through Time Group or to fit other challenges

M. Science Fiction: “If you take the shackles off your imagination, you can go anywhere with science fiction.
Lani Tupu

I will read at least 8 science fiction books over the course of the year.

N. Fantasy: “A Single Dream is More Powerful that a Thousand Realities”
J.R.R. Tolken

I will read at least 8 fantasy books over the course of the year.

O. Young At Heart: “Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.”
Walt Disney

I will read 8 YA books during the year.

P. Non-Fiction: “Any truth is better than indefinite doubt”
Arthur Conan Doyle

I will read at least 8 non-fiction books during the year

Q. Library List: Libraries: “The medicine chest of the soul”
Inscribed over the door of the library at Thebes

It’s not just about my own shelves. I will also read the following from the library in an effort to reduce my very long library list.

R. Saddle Up!: Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!
John Wayne

Books about the American West and the cowboy way will be make up this category.

S. Overflow: “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”
George R.R. Martin

Books that don’t fit any of the above challenges, will be placed here.

3DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 9:56pm Top

Books Read



Pages Read



Read From My Shelves


4DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 9:57pm Top

How I Rate Books:

I am not a professional book critic nor do I consider myself to be an expert on literary standards, my reviews are based on my reaction to the book and the opinions expressed are my own personald thoughts and feelings.

2.0 ★: I must have been dragged, kicking and screaming, to finish this one!

2.5 ★: Below Average but I finished the book for one reason or another.

3.0 ★: Average, a solid read that I finished but can't promise to remember

3.5 ★: Above Average, there's room for improvement but I liked this well enough to pick up another book by this author.


4.0 ★: A very good read and I enjoyed my time spent with this story

4.5 ★: An excellent read, a book I will remember and recommend

5.0 ★: Sheer perfection, the right book at the right time for me

I use decimal points to further clarify my thoughts about the book, therefore you will see books rated 3.8 to show it was better than a 3.5 but not quite a 4.0; etc. These small adjustments help me to remember how a book resonated with me.

5DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 20, 9:47pm Top

2019 BingoDog



Books Read

3. About Siblings: The Profession of Violence by John Pearson
5. Mentioned in another book that I have read: City by Clifford D. Simak (Among Others by Jo Walton)
11. Alliterative Title: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
14. A prize winning book: Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
17. Made Into A Movie: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
18. A Fairy Tale: The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
20. Title Has 6 or More Words: At The Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper
21. Cover Has At Least 2 Human Figures: A New Day by Beryl Matthews
22. Translated Book: Excursion to Tindari by Andrea Camilleri
25. Title Contains a Homophone Word: The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

6DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 12, 10:06pm Top

2019 PopSugar Challenge

01 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
02 - A book that makes you nostalgic
03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie: The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
05 - A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
07 - A reread of a favorite book
08 - A book about a hobby
09 - A book you meant to read in 2018
10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title
11 - A book with an item of clothing or acceessory on the cover
12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore: Zahrah The Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor
13 - A book published posthumously
14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie - Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
15 - A retelling of a classic: The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
16 - A book with a question in the title
17 - A book set on a college or university campus
18 - a book about someone with a super power
19 - a book told from multiple POVs
20 - a book set in space
21 - a book by two female authors
22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"
23 - A book set in Scandinavia
24 - a book that takes place in a single day
25 - a debut novel
26 - a book that's published in 2019
27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29 - a book with "love" in the title
30 - a book featuring an amateur detective
31 - A book about a family
32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
34 - a book that includes a wedding; Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter: Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer
36 - A ghost story
37 - a book with a two-word title: Deep Creek by Dana Hand
38 - A novel based on a true story: Sundance by David Fuller
39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40 - Your favorite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge

Advanced:

41 - A "cli fi" book: American War by Omar El Akkad
42 - A "choose-your-own-adventure" book
43 - An "own voices" book
44 - Read a book during the season it is set in
45 - A LitRPG book
46 - A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47 & 48 - Two books that share the same title
49 - A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50 - A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

7DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 17, 7:32pm Top

A. Armchair Travel: “To those who can dream, there is no such place as faraway.”
Anonymous

I will read 8 books set in 8 different countries



Books Read

1. When the Rainbow Goddess Wept by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard - Philippines - 4.0 ★

Possibilities

1. Salt Houses by Hala Alyan – Palestine/Kuwait
2. The Queen of Water by Laura Resau – Ecuador
3. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo - China

8DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 10:03pm Top

B. Book Bullets: I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
Lennon-McCartney

So many of the books on my shelves and Kindles are there because of recommendations from friends here on Library Thing. I will read at least 8 books and hopefully more of these recommendations.



1. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin - Kerry (avatiakh) - 5.0 ★

Possibilities

1. The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs – Roni
2. Paper Girls Vol 1, 2 & 3 by Brian Vaughan – Andrea
3. Hell’s Bottom, Colorado by Laura Pritchett - Katie

9DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 17, 7:33pm Top

C. One Word Titles: “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
Buddha

I will read at least 8 Books that have a one word title.



Books Read

1. Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon - 3.6 ★

Possibilities

1. Dodgers by Bill Beverly
2. Shift by Hugh Howey
3. Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor

10DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 11, 11:00pm Top

D. Love Stories: “Every love story is beautiful, but my favorite is ours.”
Anonymous

I will read 8 books that have a connection to love.



Books Read

1. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - 3.8 ★

Possibilities

1. Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer
2. The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands
3. After the Dance by Dee Williams

11DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 20, 12:31pm Top

E. Reading From My Shelves: “Having too many books is not the problem. Not having enough shelving – That’s A Problem.”
Anonoymous

This category will be for books that I pull from my shelves either to fulfill a challenge or simply just because I felt like reading it at this point in time.



Books Read

1. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson - 5.0 ★
2. Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman - 4.2 ★

12DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 10:07pm Top

F. Let’s Eat!: “People who love love food are always the best people.”
Julia Child

I will read at least 8 books that have an item of food or drink in the title.



Books Read

1. At The Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper - 3.6 ★

Possibilities

1. The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
2. The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates
3. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

13DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 17, 7:31pm Top

G. Doing My ABCs: "Okay everybody, line up in alphabetical order according to your height.”
Casey Stengel

Throughout the year I will randomly read alphabetically by author’s name. Will match my reads to the AlphaKit monthly letters.



Books Read

1. A - American War by Omar El Akkad - 3.8 ★
2. K - At Home In Mitford by Jan Karon - 4.0 ★
3. O - Zahrah The Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor - 4.0 ★
4. Q - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - 3.7 ★

14DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 8, 10:02pm Top

H. 1,001 Books List: “A Classic never goes out of style.”
Coca-Cola Ad

Due to an on-going bet with my brother I have been reading books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List, trying to catch up with his total. This is where I will list most of my reads from that list.



Books Read

1. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - 4.5 ★
2. The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien - 4.2 ★
3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - 4.0 ★

Possibilities

1. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
2. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
3. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

15DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 12, 10:09pm Top

I. Series: “Happiness is finding the first good book of a series and knowing there are more to follow.”
Anonymous

In an effort to catch up in my series reading, I will read at least 8 series books. I expect the SeriesCat will help me in making my reading choices.



Books Read

1. Excursion to Tindari (5) by Andrea Camilleri - 4.0 ★
2. Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer - 4.5 ★

16DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 10:11pm Top

J. Crime Stories: “Reading mysteries is recreation for intelligent minds.”
Donna Andrews

I will read at least one mystery or police procedural every month.



Crime Stories

1. See How Small by Scott Blackwood - 3.8 ★
2. The Yard Dog by Sheldon Russell - 3.4 ★

Possibilities

1. Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer
2. Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
3. Confessions by Kanae Minato

17DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 11:13pm Top

K. Vintage Crime: “I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest
Agatha Christie

I am a huge fan of the classic mysteries from the golden age of detective fiction and I will read at least 8 classic mysteries over the course of the year.



Books Read

1. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie - 3.8 ★
2. The Private Wound by Nicholas Blake - 3.4 ★

Possibiities

1. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
2. The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham

18DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 15, 12:47pm Top

L. Out of the Past: “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”
Teddy Roosevelt

I will read at least one book a month that delves into history – as set by the Reading Through Time Group or to fit other challenges



Books Read

1. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks - 4.2 ★
3. The Colour by Rose Tremain - 4.5 ★

Possibilities

1. The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee
2. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran

19DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 4, 2:05am Top

M. Science Fiction: “If you take the shackles off your imagination, you can go anywhere with science fiction.
Lani Tupu

I will read at least 8 science fiction books over the course of the year.



Books Read

1. City by Clifford D. Simak - 3.4 ★
2. Mordacious by Sara Lyons Fleming - 4.3 ★

Possibilities

1. The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
2. Plague Year by Jeff Carlson
3. Fledgling by Sharon Lee

20DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 7, 7:11pm Top

N. Fantasy: “A Single Dream is More Powerful that a Thousand Realities”
J.R.R. Tolken

I will read at least 8 fantasy books over the course of the year.



Books Read

1. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner - 4.1 ★
2. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines - 4.2 ★

Possibilities

1. Half A War by Joe Abercrombie
2. Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

21DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 20, 9:48pm Top

O. Young At Heart: “Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.”
Walt Disney

I will read 8 YA books during the year.



Books Read

1. The Other Side of Dawn by Jack Marsden - 4.0 ★
2. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott - 3.7 ★

Possibilities

1. Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi
2. Help For the Haunted by John Searles

22DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 16, 12:44pm Top

P. Non-Fiction: “Any truth is better than indefinite doubt”
Arthur Conan Doyle

I will read at least 8 non-fiction books during the year



Books Read

1. The Profession of Violence by John Pearson - 3.7 ★
2. Dove by Robin L. Graham - 3.0 ★

Possibilities

1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
2. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
3. Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love

23DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 5, 1:13pm Top

Q. Library List: Libraries: “The medicine chest of the soul”
Inscribed over the door of the library at Thebes

It’s not just about my own shelves. I will also read the following from the library in an effort to reduce my very long library list.



Books Read

1. A New Day by Beryl Matthews - 3.3 ★
2. The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh - 4.0 ★

Possibilities

1. The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

24DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 2, 12:23am Top

R. Saddle Up! - “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!”
John Wayne

Books about the American West and the cowboy way will be make up this category.



Books Read

1. Deep Creek by Dana Hand - 4.2 ★
2. Sundance by David Fuller - 4.0 ★

Possibilities

1. Last Stand at Saber River by Elmore Leonard
2. Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson
3. The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

25DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 10:18pm Top

S. Overflow: “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”
George R.R. Martin

Just in case I don't have enough books to read, any that don't fit the above categories will reside here.



Books Read

26DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 15, 11:52pm Top

2019 Reading Plans



January:
February:
March: Hosting the SeriesCat: A Series Book by a Favorite Author

April: Hosting the Reading Through Time Monthly Theme
Hosting the ScaredyKit: Modern Horror /Thrillers
Starting the Group Read of The Lord of the Rings

May: Hosting the CalendarCat
Group Read of Lord of the Rings

June: Group Read of Lord of the Rings

July: Starting the Group Read of Tom Jones

August: Group Read of Tom Jones

September: Group Read of Tom Jones

October: Hosting the TBRCat

November: Hosting the RandomCat

December: Hosting the SFFFKit: Reader's Choice

27DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 10:22pm Top

My Random Miscellaneous thought for thread #2:



and:

28Nickelini
Jan 31, 10:13pm Top

look at you go

29EBT1002
Jan 31, 10:18pm Top

Got you! Dropping off my star so I can follow along with your 2019 reading and other adventures. :-)

30DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 11:09pm Top

>28 Nickelini: Whew! I was rushing cause my hubby is going to call me to go for our evening walk any minute and I wanted to get this finished!

>29 EBT1002: Great to have you along, Ellen!

31DeltaQueen50
Edited: Jan 31, 11:18pm Top

20. The Private Wound by Nicholas Blake - 3.4 ★
Category: Vintage Crime
February TIOLI #4: Published More Than 10 Years Ago




The Private Wound by Nicholas Blake was a very different sort of mystery from his Detective Strangeways series. This was more of a dark character study than the light, very British mystery writing of his series. Set in Ireland in the months just preceding WW II, an Irish-English author arrives in a rural village looking to find a remote place in which to write his next novel. He rents a cottage and before too long finds himself involved socially with the locals and in particular has embarked on an affair with the wife of the local gentry.

When his lover is murdered one night by the river, there are a number of suspects including the author and the husband, but these two decide between them that neither one did the deed and so join together to find the culprit. The author wants to clear himself, while the husband is set on revenge.

I found the mystery fairly straight forward and I knew who the murderer was right away. The emotional intensity of the story comes more from the passion between the two lovers and the author’s own insights. The main character was rather a self-pitying twit and the female victim most unlikable so I didn’t really much care about the murder. Nevertheless this melodramatic story held my attention with the other assorted and interesting characters, the local landscape and the peek into Irish sensibilities of the day.

32mstrust
Jan 31, 11:28pm Top

Happy new thread!

33JayneCM
Feb 1, 2:29am Top

Love everything! All your quotes are fabulous!
I just read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake for a food title and loved it! Quick and easy read, but very interesting premise.

34MissWatson
Feb 1, 4:27am Top

Happy new thread, Judy. Love those quotes!

35jnwelch
Feb 1, 10:02am Top

Happy New Thread, Judy!

You have so many good possibilities listed. I miss Fiona Griffiths! I hope the new one comes out soon.

36katiekrug
Feb 1, 11:15am Top

Happy new one, Judy!

37Crazymamie
Feb 1, 11:37am Top

Happy new thread, Judy! And Happy Friday!

38BLBera
Feb 1, 12:08pm Top

Happy new thread, Judy. I love your toppers!

39thornton37814
Feb 1, 1:31pm Top

Happy new thread. I noticed I'll be needing to create a new one soon in at least one of my groups. I'll give it a little time though.

40ronincats
Feb 1, 1:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Judy!

41VivienneR
Feb 1, 2:17pm Top

Happy new thread, Judy! Love the images you use.

42dudes22
Feb 1, 3:39pm Top

Happy New Thread! I see by your tickers that you've done a good job so far in reading from your TBR.

43DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 2, 12:27pm Top

Welcome everyone. We spent the morning looking at furniture as we are thinking of replacing our living room sofa and love seat. I told my husband the final choice is his as he spends the most time in that room so the sofa has to be comfortable for him. He seems to be leaning toward a grey leather sofa/love seat at La-Z-Boy that is both wide enough to allow him to lie down on and reclines as well. It's pricey so we'll see if he thinks his comfort is worth it.

>32 mstrust: Welcome, Jennifer.

>33 JayneCM: I read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake a number of years ago and at the time wasn't totally taken with it, the weird ending threw me off. I actually might get more from it today as my reading tastes have changed over the years.

>34 MissWatson: Thanks, Birgit.

>35 jnwelch: I love the Fiona Griffiths books, Joe. I am trying to read them slowly so that I don't run out too soon.

>36 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie - with the BB that I have already picked up from you this year, I need to read even faster!

>37 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, the quote at >27 DeltaQueen50: made me think of you - whenever I see the word "fabulous", you come to mind! :)

>38 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. It's not as cold here as what you are going through but the thought of warm tea, socks and a good book makes me very happy!

>39 thornton37814: Hi Lori, setting up a new thread is rather time consuming, but well worth the effort! :)

>40 ronincats: Thanks, Roni!

>41 VivienneR: Thanks, Vivienne.

>42 dudes22: Hi Betty, I am determined to continue to read from my shelves as much as possible. I need to make room for new acquisitions both on my shelves on on my Kindles!

44Familyhistorian
Feb 1, 5:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Judy. Good thing you got out for your walk yesterday. It doesn't look like great walking weather out there today.

45DeltaQueen50
Feb 1, 5:28pm Top

>44 Familyhistorian: I figure I got enough walking in at the furniture stores, Meg. We will probably slip out this evening for our short - around the block walk - if it's not pouring.

46lkernagh
Feb 1, 6:28pm Top

Happy new thread, Judy! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

47DeltaQueen50
Feb 2, 12:18am Top

>46 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori. Hope your weekend is a good one as well!

48DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 3, 12:41pm Top

21. Sundance by David Fuller - 4.0 ★
Category: Saddle Up!
2019PopSugar Challenge: Based on a True Story
February TIOLI: Author Writes Both Fiction and Non-fiction




Sundance by David Fuller is a novel built around the premise that the Sundance Kid didn’t go to Bolivia with Butch Cassidy, instead he was arrested under an assumed name and spent 12 years in the state prison in Wyoming. It’s now 1913 and Harry Longbaugh is released into a very different world than the one he left. He is introduced to motor cars and electricity, worker’s unions and women marching for the vote. His first and only thought is to find his wife whom he hasn’t heard from in two years when her letters stopped. Doggedly following her trail, he finds himself in New York City.

Sundance is a clever and highly entertaining story of a man trying to find where he belongs while searching for the woman who holds his heart. He realizes that Etta has somehow gotten herself in trouble with the Black Hand gang and is leaving him obscure clues to help him find her.

The author has delivered a great story and I couldn’t help but picture an older, rugged Robert Redford as Harry Longbaugh. The character is written much the way I imagine the Sundance Kid would be and the author did a fine job of staying true to the character and the time period. An interesting fact to ponder is that while we are told that the real Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in Bolivia, when they opened the grave marked with their names in 1991, only one body was discovered and DNA analysis proved it was neither of the famous outlaws. So the legend lives on.

49bell7
Feb 2, 10:24am Top

50Nickelini
Feb 2, 1:39pm Top

>48 DeltaQueen50: I can't imagine having time to read this book, but I loved your interesting review.

51DeltaQueen50
Feb 2, 3:57pm Top

>49 bell7: Hi Mary, I love that saying as well. It's not always easy to follow it, but it is good advice. :)

>50 Nickelini: Thanks, Joyce. I have long been fascinated by the Butch Cassidy/Sundance Kid story and moving it into early turn-of-the-century New York was fascinating.

52Nickelini
Edited: Feb 2, 8:05pm Top

>51 DeltaQueen50:

Are you a fan of the film? I haven't seen it in years, and I think I've only seen it once straight through-- which would have been when I was a kid in the mid-70s in the theatre in Campbell River. Mostly I remember this woman in the row in front of me singing along loudly to "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"

53hailelib
Edited: Feb 3, 11:16am Top

>48 DeltaQueen50:

An interesting take on the legend.

P.S. Your touchstone goes to the movie.

54DeltaQueen50
Feb 3, 12:49pm Top

>52 Nickelini: I have seen "Butch Cassidy and the Sundown Kid" a number of times, it is a favorite of mine. I always picture Butch as Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the "Kid" whenever I read about them. I'm a little older than you so I saw the movie at the age of 17 or eighteen and it made quite an impression on me!

>53 hailelib: Trisha, I suspect it is mostly wishful thinking that has Butch Cassidy and the Sundown Kid surviving Bolivia, but it makes for lots of fun speculation and adds to their legend. I read another book sometime ago that had Butch Cassidy getting involved with a early days movie company that was very good, but I can't recall the name of the book. BTW, I've fixedthe touchstone, thanks.

55Carmenere
Feb 3, 1:09pm Top

Happy new thread, Judy! I think I need to see BCatSK again. Maybe view all the best picture nominee's of 1969 like we did last summer with the nominees for 1968. My son really enjoyed watching them with his ole parents.

56threadnsong
Feb 3, 5:38pm Top

Hello Judy! Thank you for a great Challenge page and I look forward to reading about your reading adventures this year. And I totally love your quotes! I like to take some to put on the erasable board at work.

57Nickelini
Feb 3, 6:01pm Top

>54 DeltaQueen50: I'm a little older than you so I saw the movie at the age of 17 or eighteen and it made quite an impression on me!

Hmmmm -- It was one of my older brother's favourite movies, and he went to see it the year it came out 14 times -- with a different girl each time! I wonder if one of them was you? (He settled down after that and recently celebrated his 45 wedding anniversary)

58DeltaQueen50
Feb 4, 1:57am Top

Well, we are finally experiencing some winter here and it is actually snowing. I don't think we will get very much here as we are quite close to the ocean but the higher elevations and parts that are more in-land are getting quite the snowfall. We just hunkered down and watched the Super Bowl on TV and had a big bowl of chili for dinner. When I say "watched" the Super Bowl, well, that was really my husband - I spend most of the time with my nose buried in a book!

>55 Carmenere: Lynda, that sounds like such a cool thing to do! A quick note though, I do believe Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was nominated for the 1970 Award Season.

>56 threadnsong: Hi and welcome. Please help yourself to any of the quotes, I found them mostly on Pinterest.

>57 Nickelini: LOL, I'm pretty sure I didn't see the movie with your brother. I was living in Ottawa at the time and going very steady at the time, but it was a huge "date" movie cause the girls got to oogle the male stars and the guys got to watch a Western!

59DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 4, 2:18am Top

22. Mordacious by Sara Lyons Fleming - 4.3 ★
Category: Science Fiction
February ScaredyKit: The Corporeal Undead
February TIOLI #14: First Paragraph Consists of One Sentence




Mordacious by Sara Lyons Fleming is both the start of a new zombie trilogy as well as an addition to her “Until The End of the World” series. We now get to find out what happened to the missing loved ones of the main characters from the first three books. So Cassie’s brother, Eric and Penny’s mother, Maria are main characters here along with some new ones, lead by Sylvie, a twenty-something woman who is surviving in this new zombie world but has brought along with her a lot of baggage from the old world.

These books are like reading a letter from a good friend in that the writing style is newsy, chatty and humorous but also full of zombie ickiness and violence. This particular group of people start out by being trapped in a hospital but finally leave there and manage to set up housekeeping in a row of brownstones in Brooklyn. As they become more competent in zombie control, they begin to face other challenges of this world from obtaining enough food and water to staving off marauders.

These books are my guilty pleasure. I really enjoyed the first zombie trilogy from this author and look forward to more of the same with this second set.

60Nickelini
Feb 4, 8:57pm Top

>58 DeltaQueen50:

LOL, I'm pretty sure I didn't see the movie with your brother. I was living in Ottawa at the time and going very steady at the time, but it was a huge "date" movie cause the girls got to oogle the male stars and the guys got to watch a Western!

Ah, that makes so much sense! And nope, not you! My brother didn't go to Ottawa until about 10 years ago, so definitely you weren't one of his 14 dates. So funny to remember my brother as a lady's man -- like I said, he's been married for 45 years and he and his wife are very straight-laced. Ah, wild youth . . . that makes me think I should recommend this book to them since they're both great readers.

61DeltaQueen50
Feb 5, 1:07pm Top

>60 Nickelini: Ah, to be young again! I hope they enjoy the book if they get a chance to read it.

62DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 7, 7:46pm Top

23. The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh - 4.0 ★
Category: My Library List
Bingo Dog: Title Contains a Homophone Word (Weight - Wait)
February TIOLI #7: A 4 Word Title




The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh is a dark mystery involving the disappearance of at least two women from a small area in rural Missouri in the Ozark Mountains. The book follows two parallel story lines as Lucy, a teenager investigates the gruesome murder of a friend and hunts for clues into the disappearance of her mother some fifteen years ago. She is aided in her inquiries by a young man, Daniel, but she soon realizes that their investigation is leading into the heart of her own family. The past story line, is her mother’s Lila’s story, of how she came to the small town of Henbane and how she ran afoul of an evil man but made the mistake of falling in love with a member of his family.

The author evokes the rugged setting of this rural community and slowly reveals that there is something very dark lurking in this small town. I had a slight problem believing Lila would stay in this place after she escapes captivity and learns what her future was meant to be. But overall this was a very good debut novel and I would certainly read more from this author.

63Dianekeenoy
Feb 5, 9:12pm Top

>62 DeltaQueen50: Well, you got me with one! On my list it goes!

64ChelleBearss
Feb 6, 9:08am Top

Happy new thread!

65DeltaQueen50
Feb 6, 9:49pm Top


>63 Dianekeenoy: Diane, I am pretty sure that was a book bullet for me as well so I am happy to pass it along. :)

>64 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

66DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 9, 12:02pm Top

24. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines - 4.3 ★
Category: Fantasy
BingoDog: Fairy Tale
2019 PopSugar Challenge: A Retelling of a Classic Story
February TIOLI #6: Title Contains Two Words That Start With the Same Letter and Each are Four Letters or More Long




Pretty much every fairy tale ends with the words “And they lived happily ever after”. But do they? In The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines, the author picks up the story of Cinderella a few months after the marriage. Danielle is still very much in love with her Prince Armand, but her stepsisters haven’t accepted the situation at all. As the elder stepsister escapes after an attempt to assassinate Danielle, she leaves behind the knowledge that the Prince has been kidnapped. Danielle bands together with two other princesses whose happily ending didn’t work out, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Together these three princesses embark on a quest to save Armand.

The Stepsister Scheme was everything I look for in a fairy tale retelling. The author cleverly uses story elements from the original but enhances and broadens the story. The use of humor, action and magic move the story quickly. The three princesses were unique and interesting characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

This is the first book in this author’s Princess series and I can’t wait to carry on with these books and meet more kick-a** princesses.

67Familyhistorian
Feb 8, 7:24pm Top

Ha, I was always creeped out by "and they lived happily ever after". Maybe I was right all along.

68DeltaQueen50
Feb 8, 9:58pm Top

>67 Familyhistorian: Meg, those "happily ever after" fairy tales sure left us with some unrealistic expectations, didn't they.

69DeltaQueen50
Feb 8, 10:07pm Top

25. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - 4.0 ★
Category: 1,001 Books To Read Before You Die List
2019 PopSugar Challenge: A Book You Saw Someone Reading on TV (Gilmore Girls)
February TIOLI #4: A Book That Was Published More Than 10 Years Ago




I have been reading Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert by installments from Daily Lit since November, 2018. I was very happy to reach the end of this book although it certainly held my attention throughout the reading, but there was an inevitable sense of doom building. The story, set in 1840’s Normandy, is of a doctor’s unhappy and unfaithful wife. I found this a very sad tale, as to me, it was obvious that Emma was married to a dull man and had no outlet available for her other than adultery. Women of a certain class did not work, or really have much to occupy their time, other than oversee the servants. Emma Bovary was a woman of passion, in fact shopping excited her every bit as much as sex. Yes, she was beautiful, somewhat selfish and immature but I still felt a great deal of sympathy for her. It was hard not to emphasize with a woman whose happiness was so out of tune with her situation.

Did I have sympathy for her husband, Charles, yes, indeed. He tried to provide Emma with what he thought he wanted and she carefully never revealed her unhappiness in the life he provided her. Charles was not the brightest of men, he was quiet and easily satisfied, didn’t have a romantic bone in his body and apparently never questioned their life or situation until it was too late. The Boyarys were a mismatched couple and the marriage, right from the start seemed doomed to failure.

Flaubert has written an excellent morality tale that still stands today. Our happiness does not rely on anyone or anything other than ourselves. Emma Bovary paid a heavy price for her longings to escape the caged life that she lead and this book reminds me that woman can still fall into the same patterns as Emma Bovary even though we have more choices today in our search for a fulfilling life.

70Nickelini
Feb 9, 1:19pm Top

>69 DeltaQueen50: great review! I'll read that one day.

71DeltaQueen50
Feb 9, 4:34pm Top

>70 Nickelini: Once again I was surprised at how accessible one of these old classics was. I fully expected to struggle through this book and thought that reading it in installments would give me small doses to digest, but I found myself often pushing the buttom for another installment to be immediately delivered.

72DeltaQueen50
Feb 9, 4:43pm Top

26. Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon - 3.6 ★
Category: One Word Titles
February ScaredyKit: The Corporeal Undead



Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon was one of the most unusual zombie stories that I have read. It reminded me somewhat of The Passage by Justin Cronin in that it’s setting included a remote government sponsored lab, and also by it’s intricate plotting that allowed the story to unfold from many viewpoints.

When scientists located in a remote laboratory establish a gateway to a new world they are careful not to allow any living thing pass through, but, of course, they didn’t allow for a walking dead creature that carried a horrifying disease. Instead of a great scientific discovery, they unleashed a horrifying zombie outbreak that wiped billions from the earth. The only hope for mankind is the possibility of a cure that is generated by a genetic immunity, one young woman appears to have this genetic immunity but they need to locate and transport her to a safe location.

The author has blended horror and science fiction to create a unique and distinctive zombie story. He has veered away from the usual story of an experimental virus that goes wrong. His version is of scientists that have opened a portal to an alternative universe without fully considering the implications. At over 500 pages, I did find Coldbrook a little long and I freely admit that there were times that I was quite confused with the idea of a alternative earth set in a different time but the author kept the story moving at a good pace and took the time to develop his characters. I suspect Coldbrook will be book that I continue to mull over for some time.

73RidgewayGirl
Feb 9, 5:22pm Top

There was a movie made in the early 1990's of Madame Bovary, with Isabelle Hupert in the starring role. It was just so gorgeously films. She certainly didn't take the easy way out.

74hailelib
Edited: Feb 10, 12:33pm Top

>66 DeltaQueen50:
A definite book bullet as I'm due for a good fairytale retelling.

75DeltaQueen50
Feb 10, 3:17pm Top

Today is a no-good, bad day as my computer won't communicate with me. I allowed Widows to do updates last night which were extensive but now, although the computer is on, all I can get is a pretty picture, it doesn't even give me a place to log on and I sure hope that I can eventually get back in to all my own documents. Needless to say, first thing tomorrow morning, my computer is off to the Geek Store! I may not be around much in the next few days as I have beg some computer time off my husband - the good news is that I will have even more time for reading.

>73 RidgewayGirl: Kay, I've never seen any of the Madame Bovary movies that have been made but in the book, she thought she was giving herself a gentle, falling asleep type of death not what actually happened. It was a very distressing last few chapters indeed.

>74 hailelib: Just be aware, Tricia, this is the first of a series - and I have a feeling that they are addictive! I've already purchased the next one.

76lkernagh
Feb 10, 3:20pm Top

May the computer gods fix whatever has gone wonky! Technology can be such a pain, some times.

77mathgirl40
Feb 10, 9:39pm Top

>72 DeltaQueen50: As I'd mentioned on the SFFKIT thread, this sounds like my kind of book: apocalyptic sci-fi with zombies. I'm taking a BB. (Should BB refer to "book bite" when it involves zombies?)

78Jackie_K
Feb 11, 8:10am Top

>77 mathgirl40: 'brain bite', maybe? ;)

79mysterymax
Feb 11, 8:21am Top

Sympathies with your computer problems!

80DeltaQueen50
Feb 11, 3:26pm Top

My terrible really bad day got even worse this morning. I have an All-in-One Desktop Computer and I managed to drop it this morning while I was getting ready to take it to the Geeks. The front upper corner is all smashed. We took it in and without further examination, they are pretty sure the operating system was screwed up during the updates, and now, thanks to me, the front part of the screen is broken. Looks like I need a new computer. They are pretty sure that they can retrieve my information and transfer it to a new computer. We had a large snowfall yesterday and since we get very little snow here, 5 inches is enough to cripple the traffic so we can't really get out and go computer shopping today, so I am still stuck using my hubby's lame laptop (which I hate). Hopefully we can get out shopping soon cause I am going crazy without my own computer!

>76 lkernagh: The computer gods are against me, Lori! Either that or simply my own clumsiness!

>77 mathgirl40: I hope you enjoy Coldbrook when you get to it. I had never heard of the author Tim Lebbon before but he has an extensive catalogue and I a few of his books have been made into movies.

>78 Jackie_K: LOL, that's a good one, Jackie!

>79 mysterymax: Thanks, I keep telling myself that now is the time to catch up on my Netflicks backlog not to mention my reading but I do miss my computer. :(

81katiekrug
Feb 11, 3:40pm Top

Boo to computer woes!

82DeltaQueen50
Feb 11, 3:54pm Top

27. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - 3.8 ★
Category: Love Stories
February CalendarCat: Romance for Valentine's Day
February Reading Thru Time: Be My Valentine
2019 PopSugar Challenge: Book Includes a Wedding
February TIOLI #5: A Turn of the Century Book




Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn is the 4th book in her historical romance series featuring the lives and loves of the Bridgerton family. In this outing we are told how the 3rd son, Colin, falls in love with Penelope Featherington. Penelope is one of his many sister's best friends and has shown up in all the book so far. Penelope is considered a spinster at the age of 28 and although she had been in love with Colin for years, he hadn't noticed her until this year.

It was fun to read about a wallflower that comes into full bloom, and Colin and Penelope are a well matched pair. Of course although the romance sailed along pretty smoothly, there were a few bumps and secrets to be revealed along the way.

I am still enjoying this series and when I am in the mood for something light and frothy, this is the series that I reach for.



83DeltaQueen50
Feb 11, 3:55pm Top

>81 katiekrug: You got that right, Katie!

84katiekrug
Feb 11, 4:01pm Top

>82 DeltaQueen50: - That one was my introduction to the series. I love Colin.

85Nickelini
Feb 11, 4:05pm Top

>82 DeltaQueen50:
Sounds like the perfect book for the day you're having!

86lkernagh
Feb 11, 4:11pm Top

>80 DeltaQueen50: - Oh no! Definitely not a good day to try and go computer shopping.

87dudes22
Feb 11, 6:28pm Top

I feel your pain, Judy. I always worry when I reach the point where I'm forced to do an update, that it might go bad. And then to drop it - ouch! Hope you find something you like.

88DeltaQueen50
Feb 12, 11:54am Top

>84 katiekrug: I am loving all the Bridgerton men, Katie, but yes, Colin is rather special.

>85 Nickelini: It was the perfect escape which I did badly need.

>86 lkernagh: I think Mother Nature is being particularly mean to us right now, Lori. We go all winter with no snow and just we get ready for Spring - she starts in with the snow!

>87 dudes22: I can assure you that I will think long and hard before allowing any updates in the future, Betty. We are having a doozy of a snowstorm so I don't know when I am going to get out to get a new computer. I am going a little stir-crazy being housebound in the snow! I have early daffodils blooming out on the terrace but they are getting covered completely with this horrible white stuff!

89DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 12, 12:23pm Top

28. Zahrah The Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor - 4.0 ★
Category: Doing My ABCs - The Letter "O"
February AlphaKit: O
2019 PopSugar Challenge: Inspired by Mythology, Legend or Folklore
TIOLI #9: Chapters Have Titles




Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor is a well written children's fantasy about a thirteen year old girl who, although she yearns to be "normal", discovers she has the power to levitate and fly. Teased and bullied at school she has one friend who stands by her at all times. So when her friend, Dari, needs her help, she finds the courage to strike out on her own and enters the Forbidden Greeny Jungle to find the cure that he so badly needs.

Set in the fantasy country of the Ooni Kingdom, this forbidden jungle is a fearful place where people who enter very rarely ever return. Zahrah uses her loyalty to her friend to overcome her fears and about travelling in the jungle. Along the way she encounters many fantastic creatures, a few of which are friendly but most are deadly and dangerous.

The author draws on African mythology to weave this magical tale of a little girl who learns to face life full-on and accept her differences in order to save her friend. The story is aimed at young people but it's magic works on us older folks as well. I was charmed and I look forward to reading more from this imaginative author.

90mstrust
Feb 12, 12:45pm Top

How horrible about your computer! And that getting a new one has to wait. I hope you're able to get a replacement very, very soon.

91Nickelini
Feb 12, 1:16pm Top

>88 DeltaQueen50: I think Mother Nature is being particularly mean to us right now, Lori. We go all winter with no snow and just we get ready for Spring - she starts in with the snow!

I think it was all the gloating that was going on a few weeks ago. Anyway, what I find weird about this is how long this cold snap is lasting -- especially since it hadn't been cold all winter (except for a few days in early December).

92DeltaQueen50
Feb 12, 9:54pm Top

>90 mstrust: I am missing my computer, even more so since we are housebound because of the snow. They are promising sunshine for tomorrow so we are hoping to get out and do some looking around. I am still waiting to hear if my old computer can be fixed enough to use or if they can retrieve all my personal stuff. Meanwhile, I am getting a lot of reading done!

>91 Nickelini: Yes, we West Coasters can be a little smug about our mild winters so I guess we deserve this. I am hoping that the sun does shine tomorrow and we are able to get out for a bit - if for nothing else but to get some groceries1 We tried to go for a short walk today but found that only a few sidewalks were clear enough for walking but it was nice to get outside and fell some fresh air!

93DeltaQueen50
Feb 12, 10:31pm Top

29. Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer - 4.5 ★
Category: Series
2019 PopSugar Challenge: An Author Whose First and Last Names Start With the Same Letter
February TIOLI #1: Use the Title of Book as a Caption for the Provided Picture




Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer is the final book in her Blacklands trilogy. Once again we are transported to the edge of Exmoor to the small village of Shipcott. This time it is children that are disappearing, taken from back seats of cars. All the abductor leaves behind is a yellow post-it note saying "You Don't Love Him". Many familiar characters are inserted into the story, from village policeman Jonas Holly to seventeen year old Stephen Lamb, the main character of the first Blacklands story.

The author takes us on a dark and twisted trip as the kidnapper is a very disturbed soul. Finders Keepers is a chilling novel of suspense whose gripping storyline held my total attention. I am a fan of this author, and Finders Keepers is another great read from this author.

94Nickelini
Feb 12, 10:59pm Top

Wow, you're just flying through books. I've been home with a cold, and have spent about 30 min reading. I should have finished my novel! What else did I do? I don't know, other than a couple of hours of frustrating paperwork, not much! You're an inspiration. .... but I'm going to work tomorrow, so I lost my great opportunity

95RidgewayGirl
Feb 13, 11:38am Top

I really like Belinda Bauer's crime novels and I'm glad Finders Keepers is still ahead of me.

96DeltaQueen50
Feb 14, 12:20am Top

>94 Nickelini: Very little reading done today, Joyce, as we were finally able to get out and shop for a new computer. It's now at the Geeks while they try to figure out how to access my data and transfer it to the new computer, plus set it up. I am hoping it's ready for the weekend, but these guys are so slow that I am trying not to get my hopes up!

>95 RidgewayGirl: I love Belinda Bauer, she has become a go-to-author when I need an absorbing read.

97tess_schoolmarm
Feb 14, 2:13am Top

>93 DeltaQueen50: sounds like a great psychological thriller. A BB For me!

98clue
Feb 14, 10:34am Top

>96 DeltaQueen50: I had to have some work done on my laptop last year and took it to a nearby genius shop. When I dropped it off they told me it would be at least two weeks so I waited a month (I have a hated backup I can use) until I called them. They acted like they were irritated because it took me so long to check on it. I asked if they had called to let me know it was ready and they had apparently called several times but hadn't ever left a message. I'm still puzzling over that, maybe they're into the age of telepathy, I'm not receiving yet.

I'm glad you have a new one in the works and that the works moves fast.

99ChelleBearss
Feb 14, 1:41pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

100BLBera
Feb 14, 4:23pm Top

I hope you get your computer soon and everything works as it should. I always wish computer savviness was one of my skill sets.

Still, you've been doing a lot of reading.

101DeltaQueen50
Feb 14, 11:01pm Top

Valentine's Day has turned out to be a very happy day as I finally have my new computer home! Of course the first place I came was Library Thing! I am still figuring out everything but they were able to recover all my data and photos so I am a very happy camper. I am hosting the March SeriesCat and will try to set up the thread for that tonight - fingers crossed!

>97 tess_schoolmarm: Tess, Finders Keepers was third book in her Exmoor Trilogy and I particularly recommend the first book, Blacklands - it totally blew me away! All three books are excellent and she has become a favorite author.

>98 clue: I am helpless when it comes to computers - so I did feel a little at the mercy of the Geeks, but I think I bothered them so much that they got the job done quickly. They phoned me late this afternoon and held the store open for me to go and pick up my computer.

>99 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle, I hope you are having a great Valentine's Day! My hubby took me out to lunch today and we also went and delivered cards and candy to our grandkids.

>100 BLBera: I suspect the reading will slow down now, Beth, since I have this new computer to play with. I also wish I was more savvy when it comes to computers and speaking their language!

102The_Hibernator
Feb 15, 10:06am Top

Glad you've got your new computer at home! :) That's always really exciting.

103mstrust
Feb 15, 10:45am Top

Hooray for the new computer!

104thornton37814
Feb 15, 12:11pm Top

Happy they were able to recover all your data and photos! Enjoy the new computer.

105DeltaQueen50
Feb 15, 12:41pm Top

>102 The_Hibernator:, >103 mstrust: &>104 thornton37814: Thanks, I am very happy that I am re-attached to the electronic world!

106DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 15, 12:58pm Top

30. The Colour by Rose Tremain - 4.5 ★
Category: Out of the Past
February 1,001 Group Read
February TIOLI #5: A Turn of the Century Book




The Colour by Rose Tremain is an exceedingly well written historical fiction novel with a strong story, well developed characters and an interesting setting. This is the story of Harriet and Joseph Blackstone who marry and come to New Zealand full of hope and determination to forge a homestead from the wilds of New Zealand’s Southern Island. Joseph’s mother, Lillian, is a reluctant addition to this small family, she despises the isolation and would far rather be making her home in the town of Christchurch. Joseph and Harriet barely know each other, Joseph needs a wife to help create the new life he envisions while Harriet is escaping her unmarried life as a governess.

The layers and secrets of each character are slowly revealed throughout the course of the story. Love never develops between Harriet and Joseph, instead Joseph loses both his head and his heart to gold fever and he eventually abandons both his mother and his wife for the gold fields. Harriet and Lillian carry on but their homestead is doomed. Harriet then follows Joseph to the gold fields but this strong and resourceful woman soon finds her life heading in a new direction.

The author delves deep into her characters to reveal their motivations, hopes and desires. We learn very quickly that Joseph lacks strength of character and purpose and that Harriet is very clever and has a core strength of iron. Joseph spends most of his time feeling regretful of all that he has done yet continues to avoid any confrontation. Harriet, who soon sees Joseph for what he is, is on a voyage of self-discovery. While the story is generally rather melancholy, the author writes in such a way that the reader is totally transported to late 19th Century New Zealand. The supporting characters are all realistic and interesting and help in building the layers that abound in this rich historical novel.

107thornton37814
Feb 15, 3:37pm Top

>106 DeltaQueen50: That one sounds good.

108katiekrug
Feb 15, 3:54pm Top

>106 DeltaQueen50: - I have The Colour on my shelf, along with a couple of other Tremains. I've only read Trespass which I liked. She is one of those authors I know I will love if I could just get to more of her work!

Good to have you back in the land of working computers :)

109RidgewayGirl
Feb 15, 4:35pm Top

I've been meaning to read Rose Tremain for some time and The Colour sounds right up my alley, especially after having enjoyed The Luminaries, which was also set during the New Zealand gold rush.

110AHS-Wolfy
Feb 15, 4:41pm Top

>101 DeltaQueen50: Glad to hear your computer troubles are over.

111Familyhistorian
Feb 15, 6:16pm Top

Sorry to hear about your technical difficulties, Judy. I think the snow is enough of a handicap without the addition of computer woes. You were lucky to get one back so quickly. The last time I had my laptop repaired it took over a week. Fortunately I have a couple of other computers as backup. As I remember it was a Windows update that did in my laptop too. My other computers don't use windows so don't have the same problem.

112lkernagh
Feb 15, 11:10pm Top

Double YAY on the new computer and the data recovery!

113ronincats
Feb 15, 11:35pm Top

Hurrah for the new computer and all the saved files, Judy!!

114DeltaQueen50
Feb 15, 11:38pm Top

>107 thornton37814: It's a really good historical fiction novel, Lori. I found myself totally absorbed in the story.

>108 katiekrug: I love historical fiction so I was pretty sure that The Colour would be a hit with me. This was my first Rose Tremain and I'm happy to say it won't be my last.

>109 RidgewayGirl: Oh, I have The Luminaries on my shelf somewhere, I will have to check that one out.

>110 AHS-Wolfy: Thanks, Dave, I was pretty miserable without it.

>111 Familyhistorian: Meg, I suspect the Geeks (that's the name of the local store here in Tsawwassen) were anxious to get me off their backs. I went into the shop everyday, first to check on my old computer to see if they could recover my stuff and then once I took my new computer in for them to set up and transfer, well, let's just say, they were probably glad to see the back of me yesterday! I feel like Microsoft owes me a new computer, it was their updates that seemed to have fried the operating system in my old computer, although there must have been some kind of problem in there to start with. I can assure you that I won't be in any hurry to add any updates in the future.

>112 lkernagh: It's definitely frustrating when something goes wrong with the computer. Neither my hubby nor I know anything about computers so we are totally at sea when they don't work the way we think they should. The worst thing though was when I dropped it and saw little bits of it flying everywhere. I was so mad at myself for not being more careful.

115DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 16, 12:53pm Top

31. Dove by Robin L. Graham - 3.0 ★
Category: Non-fiction
February RandomCat: Travel
February TIOLI #10: Title Makes You Want to Break Into Song




Dove by Robin L. Graham is the extraordinary story of how the author in July of 1965, at 16 years of age, began a sailing trip to circumnavigate the globe in a 24 foot sloop. Five years later he completed his trip. Along the way he had many adventures, faced many dangers and met and married a young woman who followed his trip both on land sea. Of course my first thoughts were how could his parents allow a 16 year old to sail off alone, but my reading revealed a remarkably mature young man who grew up in a sailing family.

While the voyage is described in rather flat tones, Graham’s voice comes alive when he writes about the meeting, courting and marriage to Patti. They met in Fiji but amazingly enough she also called California home. As his love for Patti grew, his enthusiasm for the trip lessened but both his father and Patti encouraged him to continue, and he had a contract with National Geographic to fulfill the voyage.

Dove is an interesting account of this young man’s amazing accomplishment and reading this book is very much like reading a diary, yet I never felt that I got to know him or understand his motivations. There was something in the tone of his writing that made feel that this was a young man who felt he entitled to whatever came along and to choose his direction in life without listening to the advice of his parents or others.

116Nickelini
Feb 16, 3:26pm Top

>115 DeltaQueen50:
I read Dove when I was a teenager and it stuck with me. I found an old used copy and gave it to my husband to read about 10 years ago and he liked it too.

117DeltaQueen50
Feb 17, 2:53pm Top

>116 Nickelini: I think I would have enjoyed Dove more if I had read it at an earlier age. His achievement was remarkable, but I had trouble with his seemingly "I deserve everything" attitude.

118Dianekeenoy
Feb 17, 5:06pm Top

>93 DeltaQueen50: Well, this turned into 3 more books on my list! Oh well, what a great problem to have!

119Nickelini
Feb 17, 5:12pm Top

>117 DeltaQueen50: I had trouble with his seemingly "I deserve everything" attitude.

Ha ha -- that's something I probably wouldn't have noticed as a teenager.

120DeltaQueen50
Feb 17, 7:19pm Top

>118 Dianekeenoy: I'm glad I've helped you keep your shelves filled, Diane! ;)

>119 Nickelini: As a grandmother of two, I know that teenagers can be a little tricky to maneuver around at times.

121DeltaQueen50
Feb 17, 7:23pm Top

32. At Home In Mitford by Jan Karon - 4.0 ★
Category: Doing My ABCs
February AlphaKit: K
February TBRKit: Borrowed Some Time Ago
TIOLI #4: Published More Than 10 Years Ago




At Home In Mitford by Jan Karon is the story of Father Tim Cavanaugh, a sixty year old single Episcopalian minister to his flock in a fictional small town in North Carolina. Each chapter of the book is like a small story in itself and introduces the colorful and sometimes eccentric characters that live in Mitford. Father Tim is so busy attending to his duties that he hasn’t taken the best care of himself in recent years and strain is beginning to show.

His life takes a few unexpected turns over the course of the year that the book details. First he acquires a large, boisterous dog, then a neglected boy comes into his care and he finds himself totally delighted by his new neighbour, an attractive, single woman.

The story unfolds with great warmth and humor. The characters are lovingly drawn with interesting quirks and features. These are homey, cozy stories that tell of how we would like our small towns to be, not as they really are. An important element to the stories is obviously the author’s faith, but this was presented in a straight forward natural way and helped to define Father Tim and enhance the stories so I was more than okay with it. Overall I enjoyed my time in Mitford and will definitely be visiting this small town again.

122ronincats
Feb 17, 8:26pm Top

>121 DeltaQueen50: How serendipitous, Judy! I had a book become available on PaperBackSwap and they always give you the option of looking at what else the member is offering so you can combine the orders if you want something. Well, this member had At Home in Mitford and I thought I remembered it being spoken of positively on LT so came here to look at conversations and yours popped up first. So this person had the first four books in the series and I have loads of unused credits so they will be making their way to me soon.

123Dianekeenoy
Feb 17, 9:01pm Top

>121 DeltaQueen50: My Aunt Joyce loved these books and shared them with me and my mother. I loved them because she loved them! She's now 95 and lives in a beautiful assisted living facility in NC. She thinks that I am my mother now (who we lost 5 years ago) but that's okay with me. I am just happy to still have her.

124thornton37814
Feb 17, 9:24pm Top

>121 DeltaQueen50: I loved those books when they came out. Then she took a break from writing them after seven or eight. I don't think I've read any of the later installments, and I'm not so sure I want to do so. I keep waffling on it!

125tess_schoolmarm
Feb 18, 8:42am Top

>121 DeltaQueen50: I have that one on my TBR just to give the series a taste. I hope to get to it this year!

126lkernagh
Feb 18, 3:06pm Top

>121 DeltaQueen50: - Happy to see that your first visit to Mitford was an enjoyable one, Judy!

127DeltaQueen50
Feb 18, 3:13pm Top

>122 ronincats: I hope you enjoy the Mitford books, Roni. I have the next three books in the series and while they are charming, I intend to give myself a good break between each one cause I fear they could seem too much the same after a while.

>123 Dianekeenoy: My Mom is about to be 98 and I fully intend to share these books with her, Diane. I am so lucky to not only still have her, but she still lives in her house (with my brother) and has very good health. I think she will appreciate the Mitford books.

>124 thornton37814: Lori, I have the first four and they will probably last me quite a while so don't know if I will get more. Of course they remind me a lot of the Miss Read books except with an American setting. I have made a commitment to finish off the Thrush Green books and then start in with the Fairacre books which should keep me occupied over a number of years! I do enjoy these simple stories that deal with the slow passing of life, but in an idyllic setting, they make great counterpoints to the dark, twisted mysteries that I also enjoy.

>125 tess_schoolmarm: I will be interested in what you think of the book, Tess.

128katiekrug
Feb 18, 3:27pm Top

I read the Mitfords in my early 20s - probably not the target age for them, but they were little islands of tranquility for me during my crazy years working in DC. You are smart to space them out, though. I found a little went a long way!

129DeltaQueen50
Feb 18, 3:30pm Top

>128 katiekrug: Katie, I have a soft spot for books that are slow-moving, gentle and are set in small towns or villages but you are correct, a little goes a long way. I feel after Mitford, I am ready for a good murder story! ;)

130katiekrug
Feb 18, 3:37pm Top

Maybe with some zombies!

131bkinetic
Feb 18, 11:56pm Top

Just stopping by to thank you for recommending The Curve of Time. It was like taking a summer vacation. I was filled with admiration for M. Wylie Blanchet for being willing to turn her family life into a series of wilderness expeditions. I understand there is now a biography of her out, according to what I read on the Tyee.

132dudes22
Feb 19, 7:28am Top

>12 DeltaQueen50: - I think when I read the books there were only five and then she wrote some more that at the time I thought were a take-off on the original series. But now I see they are all listed as one series. I can't remember where I left off and I'm debating if I should just start over. I did enjoy them a lot.

133DeltaQueen50
Feb 19, 12:18pm Top

>130 katiekrug: ZOMBIES - Be still my beating heart!!

>131 bkinetic: I'm glad that you liked The Curve of Time. I was very impressed with both her lifestyle and her wonderful descriptions of the West Coast waters.

>132 dudes22: Betty, perhaps a re-read would work well as the book is written in a way that makes them very easy to pick up, read a chapter and then put down and it's always nice to have books like this in reserve for when you need to read something kind and gentle.

134Carmenere
Feb 19, 12:36pm Top

Waaayyy back @ >58 DeltaQueen50:. Yes, you are correct, Judy. 1970 Best Picture nominees were:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Midnight Cowboy
Z
Hello Dolly
Ann of the 1000 days

My son's on board to watch them with me this summer, so I need to do a little research on each to give him a little movie trivia back ground info.

135VivienneR
Feb 20, 2:31am Top

Just dropping by to say hello, Judy! I've been MIA from threads recently - I just can't keep up.

136DeltaQueen50
Feb 20, 12:24pm Top

>134 Carmenere: That's quite a line-up, Lynda. I don't think I ever saw Z but definitely have seen the rest. That's a fun project for you and your son to have.

>135 VivienneR: I suspect many of us are struggling with keeping up, Vivienne, but this very problem also makes us all understand and sympathize with the struggle as well.

137DeltaQueen50
Feb 20, 12:35pm Top

33. Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman - 4.2 ★
Category: Reading From My Shelves
BingoDog: Prize Winner - 2013 Alex Award
February TIOLI #9: Chapters Have Titles




Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman was a difficult read as it is a coming of age story that deals with both sexual abuse and family dysfunction. Rory Dawn Hendrix is growing up in the Calle de Las Flores trailer park on the outskirts of Reno, Nevada where the inhabitants barely make ends meet and the police are regular visitors.

Rory’s single mother is a hard drinking bartender at the Truck Stop. While at work Rory is entrusted to teenage babysitter Carol. It soon becomes obvious that Carol’s father has been molesting Carol and has now turned his attentions onto Rory. When his abuse is discovered, he spirits himself and his daughter away while Rory is left to recover as best as she can. Rory takes her inspiration from a battered copy of “The Girl Guides Handbook” and pretty much raises herself. Although Rory scores amazingly well on IQ tests and is an excellent student, she struggles with both low self-esteem and, at times, self-loathing.

Girlchild unfolds through diary entries, social worker’s reports, memories, story problems, arrest records and family tales. Although the subject matter is grim, the author adds plenty of dark humor to tell this heartbreaking story of one young American have-not. I found this book to be a powerful and original read.

138Familyhistorian
Feb 20, 1:07pm Top

>114 DeltaQueen50: I think Microsoft is in league with the companies that depend on computer sales, Judy. Their Windows 10 update fried my main computer.

139DeltaQueen50
Feb 20, 2:47pm Top

>138 Familyhistorian: Oh no! That sounds exactly what happened to me. In my case it was the operating system that was fried and they probably could have fixed it but then I went and dropped my All-in-One computer and shattered it. I hope yours is fixable. Boo to Microsoft!

140DeltaQueen50
Edited: Feb 20, 10:04pm Top

34. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott - 3.7 ★
Category: Young At Heart
BingoDog: Alliterative Title
February SeriesCat: YA Series
TIOLI #6: Title Contains Two Words That Start With the Same Letter and Are 4 Letters + Long




Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott is a YA fantasy adventure story that both delighted me and frustrated me. The fact that the author set the book in current times made the story feel very false and I would much rather have had this story set in a post-apocalyptic future.

When Tella receives a mysterious summons to take part in the Brimstone Bleed, a race with the prize being a miracle cure, she sets off immediately. This is a chance to save her deathly ill brother but little does she know of all the hardships she will have to endure. The race takes place over a three month period and contestants must race over four distinct ecosystems. Each contestant receives a Pandora egg which hatches into a genetically engineered animal to assist them. Each animal comes with it’s own powers that are revealed over the course of the story. Tella teams up with a group of contestants and, of course, meets Guy, a love interest who appears to be a uber-survivalist. The book covers the first two ecosystems, the jungle race and the desert race. There are plenty of adventures, lots of deadly competition and still time for Tella and Guy to make googly-eyes at each other.

The stakes are high as everyone in the race has a dying relative that they want to save and sooner or later, each contestant must strike out on their own as there can only be one winner, but survival depends on banding together right now. The secondary characters are nicely mixed, but the villain of the piece is quite over-the-top. Also while totally unbelievable, the Pandora animals are super fun and easily the best part of the story, with Tella’s Pandora perhaps being the best one of all.

The book comes to an abrupt end halfway through the race but I do have the second book on my Kindle and although it is rather silly, I will definitely read on to find out what happens next. Fire & Flood comes across as an homage to The Hunger Games and I think it would appeal to fans of that book.

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