RebaRelishesReading in 2019 - 2nd quarter
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Welcome to my third thread for 2019! I've been a member of Library Thing for 12 years and this is my 8th year in 75er's. Checking the threads is still a joy as is meeting friends from the thread in real life. Book people are generally really good people I have found :)
I read mostly fiction with a large helping of biography thrown in. A couple of years ago I finished a personal challenge to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winning fiction and earlier this year I finished another to read the entire Harry Potter series (with encouragement from Chelle, thank you Chelle). I've also challenged myself to read the Pulitzer wining biographies but I don't seem to be making much progress on that score.
Hubby and I love to travel and do a great bit of it (according to our friends). We spend our summers at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York state where we especially enjoy the music presented and the authors who visit.
Right now I'm working hard to get in shape because a friend and I are planning to walk from Reading to Bristol (95 miles point to point) in September. I've been wanting to do a cross-country walk in the U.K. for 20 years or more so I'm most excited.
Now the thread is open for visitors! (I just love having visitors to my thread)
1. Georgia by Dawn Tripp****1/2
2. The Library Book by Susan Orlean****
3. Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai****
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling****
5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (audio)****
6. Snobs by Julian Fellowes ***1/2
7. Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes**** (audio)
8. The Chosen by Chaim Potok****
9. If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda***1/2 (audio)
10. Night in Bombay by Louis Bromfield****
11. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley***
12. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue by John McWhorter****(audio)
13. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons*** (audio)
14. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand** (audio)
15. The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton****1/2 (audio)
16. Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor** (audio)
17. A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton**** (audio)
18. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley** (audio)
19. Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington*****(audio)
20. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman****1/2 (audio)
21. A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain**** (audio)
22. That Month in Tuscany by Inglath Cooper**** (audio)
23. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton****
24. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling****1/2
25. Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke*****(audio)
26. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling****1/2
27. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling*****
28. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday**
29. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn **** (audio)
30. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert ****1/2
31. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai ***1/2
32. A Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett ***1/2
33. Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns *
34. Book Towns: Forty-five Paradises of the Printed Word****
35. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount****1/2
36. Tin Man by Sarah Winman ****1/2
37. In the Distance by Hernan Diaz ****1/2
38. The Pioneers by David McCullough ****1/2
39. A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith ****(audio)
40. The Mango Bride by Marvin Soliven ****
41. A Taste for Vengeance by Martin Walker **** (audio)
42. Honolulu by Alan Brennert *****
43. White Banners by Lloyd C. Douglas ****
44. Doc by Mary Doria Russell *****
45. Invitation to Live by Lloyd C. Douglas ***1/2
46. The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan****
47. Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell*****
48. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler*****
49. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent ****
50. In the Shadow of Death: A Chautauqua Murder Mystery by Deb Pines ***1/2
51. Art as a Way: A Return to the Spiritual Roots by Frederick Franck ***
52. Selected Prose of Robert Frost edited by Hyde Cox and Edward Connery Lathem ***
53. The Ensemble by Aja Gabel ***1/2
54. Geographic Influences in American History by Albert Perry Brigham***
55. A World Lost by Wendell Berry****
56. Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan****(audio)
57. Brookland by Emily Barton****
58. Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow***1/2
59. Mother Tongue by Demetria Martinez ****
60. If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar *****
61. The Fourth Man by Howard Moody ***1/2
62. Among English Hedgerows by Clifton Johnson****
64. The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani***** (audio)
65. A Place in the Sun by Lois and Louis Darling ***
66. The Middle Heart by Bette Bao Lord****
67. A Women's Life by Susan Cheever****
68. Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse****
69. About Grace by Anthony Doerr***
70. The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry****1/2
71. Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family by Daniel Bergner*****
72. One Hundred Names for Love by Diane Ackerman****
73. Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce****1/2
74. Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin ****
75. A Dashing Duke for Emily by Hanna Hamilton **
Do you know how to change the title? I tried everything I could think of within a seconds of posting but couldn't find any way to do it ;(
Happy new thread!
I can't wait to hear about your walk. How exciting. I would love to do something like that.
Your walk does sound great -- how many miles per day? Are you with an outfit that will move all your stuff from place to place? Does it have a theme? Roman stuff, literature, etc.
I've become a Time Team addict from reading first the Medicus books and now the Galloway mysteries (though I suppose it began when I was a young 'un with Rosemary Sutcliffe).
It is annoying indeed that the top header becomes fixed in superglue after a very short time -- I've never been quick enough to fix either, never notice a problem until it's too late.
>13 sibylline: Glad you like them Lucy :) We booked the walk through a company called Contours Ltd. They book the hotels and arrange to have the luggage moved (I would not be doing this if I had to have all my stuff on my back!!) We will walk 10 to 101/2 miles most days but there are a couple of days that are shorter and one that is 14 1/2 miles. There's no theme but the route is mostly along a canal tow path and then along the Avon. You can opt for rest days when ever you want and we've done two of those, not to rest but to sight-see. The first one was aimed to be able to visit Highclere Castle but it turns out it is closed the day we'll be there :(. Second one is just because the town looked interesting.
The top header was really annoying because I had been aware that it needed to change but didn't think about posting a message changing it. As soon as I hit the post button and saw what happened I tried to change it but I didn't know how. I've done this before and ... will probably do it again ... just hope I can remember how to fix it when I do.
Are there events upcoming this next week?
Will you be seeing many authors this year? I had a quick look on wikipedia not really knowing anything about Chatauqua and it sounds wonderful (and busy!)
>16 PaulCranswick: Thank you Paul.
>17 charl08: I'm glad you enjoyed the tutu's Charlotte. My Mom thought I should have dance lessons as a child so she took me to one each ballet, tap and modern. I didn't like any of them and she didn't make me continue. The only book that really called to me this year was Kindred but it's 40 years old and the author has died. We got a new person in charge of that program last year and I haven't been impressed so far. As to the rest of the program, yes, Chautauqua is wonderful and busy :) Did Wikipedia take you to CHQ.org -- that's the institution website and you can really see everything that's going on there.
>18 scaifea: Thanks, Amber. As a ballet mom you see (and make) a lot of cool costumes though.
>14 RebaRelishesReading: Your walking holiday plan sounds good.
We had a full house at the amphitheater this morning for our main speaker, (ex)Governor John Kasich. He's a most entertaining speaker and his main point was one I agree with. He said "all power comes from below" (not so sure that's always true but I would like to think so) so if you care about something work/fight for it (like that part for sure).
If only John Kasich would run in the Republican primaries but that's too much to hope for or expect from a normal thinking Republican like him. Sigh.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent****
Set in Iceland in 1829, Burial Rites is a fictionalized account of a woman sentenced to death for murdering her employer. I found it difficult to get into this book to begin with but it grew on me and will stay with me for a long while I think. It not only portrays the harsh life of rural Iceland in the 19th century but raises questions about guilt, murder, and the death sentence. A worthwhile read.
In the Shadow of Death: A Chautauqua Murder Mystery by Deb Pines***1/2
I couldn't resist when I found out there is a series of mysteries written by a Chautauqua and set at Chautauqua. It was a fun read, especially since I know the grounds and surroundings of Chautauqua so well and could easily see the action in my mind's eye (although toward the end one character is running from danger and chooses a route I don't think anyone who knew the grounds would take). I think there are four more in the series and I may try another but I'm not sure I'll read all four. A good beach read.
I generally don't wear t-shirts with slogans on them but this one keeps popping up and it's so apt and now it's on sale....
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty***1/2
Nine people go to a spa for a "transformative experience" and get a bit more than they bargained for. The background stories of the individuals and their reactions to the programs at the spa are interesting. The "more than they bargained for" is an interesting twist. The end, however, was a bit too much in my opinion. I would have preferred it if the story had ended at the end of the spa stay, instead it followed the nine through the next few years. Up until the end, however, it kept me interested enough to keep me walking -- and that's actually the goal :)
>30 RebaRelishesReading: Yup, Burial Rites will be in your head a long time. I like Hannah Kent's books despite their gloomy subject matter. The Good People is another worthwhile book.
I also like Hannah Kent's dark nature.
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel***1/2
The Van Ness is a string quartet composed of first violin Jana ("flinty, resilient leader", second violin Brit ("beautiful, quiet orphan"), violist Henry ("prodigy who's always had it easy") and cellist Daniel ("oldest, an angry skeptic who sleeps around"). We follow them from leaving the graduate school to mid-life through "failure and success, heartbreak and marriage, triumph and loss, betrayal and enduring loyalty". It's an interesting look at the life of professional musicians, of a group and of individuals growing into adulthood. I enjoyed it but wasn't riveted.
A World Lost by Wendell Berry****
Andy Catlett is a 9 year-old boy enjoying summer on the family farm in Kentucky when disaster strikes. We follow him through a generally pleasant life until he is in late middle-age when he decides to learn more about the events of that long-ago time. Other than the tragedy lurking in the background this is a pleasant story of a content life well-lived and is a lovely, short read.
I'd been planning to post some phots and info about last week but haven't been able to get the photos together. Highlights were Richard Rohr who spoke 10 times during the week and was most interesting. We also had talks by Stacey Abrams and Astronaut Scott Kelly -- both great. One night the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Music School Festival Orchestra combined to form an amazing 164 piece orchestra to perform the Rites of Spring. Excellent.
There are fewer programs calling to me this week so I'm catching up on reading and enjoying the weather. Hope your summer is going well!
Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan**** (audio)
This is another in a series of books set on Mur off the west coast of Ireland. I'm finding them particularly fun to read because we were on Mur last fall but the stories are also entertaining. In this one Flora finds she is pregnant but the timing is very poor. Her bakery/cafe is just getting off the ground and her relationship with Joel is better but he is still frightened of committal. Christmas is coming and things are hectic. A fun book for listening to while walking.
No idea why this cover is so big. I used my usual "150" with and then tried to tone it down by changing that to "50" -- it's still just as big!!
Brookland by Emily Barton****1/2
In the late 18th century a successful distiller of gin in Brooklyn decides that since he doesn't have a son and is unlikely to have one he will train his eldest daughter to take over the business. The story follows Prudence and her sisters Pearl and Temperance until 1822 as they cope with an unusual life of strong businesswomen. I selected the book because it is on the list of reading for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
Andrew's Brain by E. L. Doctorow***1/2
Andrew is a scientist who studies brain function and who is also prone to accidents that cause harm to others or to his own life. In this book he is describing his past to someone he calls "doc" who seems to be his psychiatrist. The story is somewhat interesting but didn't really grab me like I thought it might. It does have an interesting twist at the end though.
Happy new thread, Reba!
The Doctorow also sounds interesting.
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya*****
A lovely but sad book about a woman from a family of modest means who is marries a kind young man who is a tenant farmer. The story follows their life together until he dies. They a experience heart-breaking level of poverty unknown in America and somehow manage to fight on and to hope. A difficult but lovely story.
My CHQ reading has taken a turn this year because they have created two new levels in the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle's Guide of the Seven Seals. That means I have to read a LOT more books from the CLSC list to be promoted and I can't resist new challenges/honors :) I've read most of the books from recent years' lists so I'm having to go back and find some (hopefully) good ones from 20th century lists.
If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar*****
For some reason I've been reading a string of books set in India or about Indian people but this one is definitely the best of them. Tehmina is a 66 year-old Parsi Indian woman whose husband recently died unexpectedly. She has come to Ohio to stay with her son and daughter-in-law. They have asked her to move in with them but she is conflicted. She loves them and would like to be near them (and their young son) but she also misses "Bombay" and is hesitant to give up her apartment there and there are some stresses in the household that also make the decision difficult. I found this to be a lovely story of human relationships, changes, stresses and decision. Five star read for me.
Just a quick hello - congrats on so much good reading and attending cultural events.
Reba, Benita, Bonnie, Sharon (with Roni's vase joining in)
It's been a good weekend. First Benita was in town and joined me in the Chautauqua choir then this afternoon Bonnie came down from Buffalo and Benita's friend, Sharon, came over and we all had lunch and much talk at our Chautauqua house. LTer's are such good people :)
Along with Librarything talk, Reba told me about the CLSC of which she is a member. CLSC = Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. This is one of America’s oldest continuous book clubs and I think that along with LT I want to be a member of this group. If you are interested in what it is you can check it out on their web site.
I added If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar to by ever growing TBR list. I was surprised to see that it wasnt’t on there because I know I have read a review of it. I have Umrigar’s book Space Between Us on my shelves but have not read it yet. I will have to move it up on the list.
I also added Nectar in a Sieve because it sounds good.
Have you read the Ibis Trilogy by Amativ Gosh? Those are great books about India. I have read two of the three and have the third one on my book shelves and there it has languished.
I'll be interested to hear what you think of Space Between if you read it before I do (no current plans but it does sound interesting). Nectar in a Sieve is good, but sad. I read Sea of Poppies many years ago but haven't read any others from Ghosh. Perhaps I should get back to him one of these days.
>84 figsfromthistle: It was a fun day!!
I actually met and talked to Amitav Ghosh when he was at UB a few years ago. It was a very informal setting with only about twenty people and I found him to be charming. He has a new book coming out soon but do read the rest of the Ibis Trilogy. I thought it was excellent.
I read the Paul Scott quartet when I was in library school. It took me months to read the first one. About 2 months to read the second. Two weeks to read the third and I think I stayed up all night a couple nights to read the last one in a few days.
I rarely keep the books I have read, but I kept all four of them. They are wonderful!
There's also the movie The Jewel of the Nile - not at all the same thing! Fun, but not related. Silly adventure.
The Fourth Man by Howard Moody***1/2
Though written in 1964, this book still has some interesting thoughts on modern society. The "fourth man" comes from a 1952 book by Dutch historian, Hoekendijk who suggested the "fourth man" supersedes "Christian Man, the Renaissance individualist and the bourgeois moralist".
I often think that the Booker Prize went to the wrong Paul Scott book and the committee knew it. It seems to me that the Booker prize he got was a reward for this body-of-work as those four books are really a fictionalized history of India from 1939 to 1948. The book for which he won the Booker Staying On is one I have not read. I have it on my TBR list, but haven't gotten there yet.
>98 benitastrnad: Hi Benita. Yep, the three gavels were tapped last night so it's officially over for 2019. We sang some beautiful pieces of music last night too. I've been getting a fair amount of CLSC reading done but hope to do more, as soon as our next house guest (arriving tomorrow) goes and before I leave for England :)
Jaya, the daughter of Indian immigrants, is a successful journalist in New York City. Once happily married, her marriage is ending because of her inability to deal with her grief after having three miscarriages. When she learns that her mother's father is dying but neither her mother nor her mother's brothers are going to pay him a last visit, Jaya decides to go herself and ends up learning secrets about her family that help her better understand her troubled relationship with her mother and to better understand her self and deal with her grief. My favorite "India book" so far.
For those who don't know what we're talking about, Jared Jacobson died in a car accident Tuesday afternoon. He was Chautauqua's Director of Music for 25 years, directing the choir and planning and executing the musical part of religious services at Chautauqua. He was also a virtuoso on the organ, master of the two largest outdoor organs in the world, the Massey at Chautauqua and the Sprekels in San Diego (where he was Civic Organist before he came to Chautauqua). He also taught music at Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA. Most importantly, however, he was just a super nice man! I am comforted though by remembering how happy he was Sunday evening at our last "performance" for this season. The Massy had a tough year in 2018 starting with water damage from leaking pipes over the winter and ending with a fire in the control board on the final Sunday. This year the organ was restored and working perfectly and the choir was singing well. He told the choir staff that it had been his best season EVER at Chautauqua -- and given that he had been here every summer for 65 years (since he was 5) that says quite a lot!
RIP Jared. We will miss you.
So happy you had a great LT meet-up. How I wish I had been there!
The Middle Heart by Bette Bao Lord****
This is the story of three childhood friends, the second son of an aristocrat, his servant/"book mate" and the son of a grave digger. We follow them, and China's history, from 1919 to 1989 as they experience Japanese occupation, civil war, and the Cultural Revolution. It's a rather complicated story, of course, but engaging and worthwhile.
A Woman's Life: the story of an Ordinary American and Her Extraordinary Generation by Susan Cheever****
Quoting the book jacket: "Turning the idea of celebrity biography inside out, Susan Cheever explores the heart and mind of her generation with this powerful true story of the life of an ordinary woman whose experiences as a wife, mother, lover, teacher, and friend are a fascinating prism for readers of any generation."
Written in 1994, this book explores the changes experienced in the role and lives of women of the early baby-boom years as they reach middle-age. Her main character was born in 1947 and since I was born in late-1946 I could easily identify with the story. No surprises here but an interesting walk through the world of the first half of my life.
I'm reading things from the CLSC list now, madly working on the new levels they've added. I've finished the first (which will be awarded next summer) and have made a start on the second. Because of that I'm reading a lot of things from the past.
I passed your message on :)
I leave for London on Saturday and we will starting walking on Tuesday. I'm not as ready has I had planned/hoped to be but I keep telling myself I can do it. I'll try to post our progress.
Daryl and Joe & Debi have already gone and should be in London by now.
I’m so sorry about the loss of your choir director friend. I hope his family and friends take comfort in his completion of the Chautauqua season.
I hope you get to post your progress on your walking tour of England. I’ll be with you in spirit as I walk my daily 10,000 steps, though I suspect you will be doing many more. Have fun!
I'm going to change the tutu's to a map of the walk tomorrow and I think I'll be able to post most days as we go. I've been a total sloth the past week or so, however, and I'm starting to worry that I may regret it on Tuesday when we actually start the walk.
I read somewhere that England has more National Walking Paths than any other country in Europe. I find that hard to believe as France and Germany have these kinds of trails as well. I know that the Germans are passionate about their walking, hiking, and biking trails. I do think that the Europeans know how to do this kind of trip and that they do it very well. I am sure that you will get along fine.
I've posted a blurry map of our route above and I hope to post photos/reports as we go along.
The Storyteller's Secret sounds like a good one. I also like books set in and about India.
We’ve been in Reading since we arrived on Sunday. Today we took the bus to Henley, which is a lovely town. Visited the river museum there enjoying the lovely display of boats and a nicely done Wind and Willows exhibit.
Tomorrow is the big day! After breakfast we will set out on the Kennet Avon Canal for our first, 10-mile leg. Reality time 😬
We knew it would be a challenge! Our walk today was scheduled to be 10.5 miles not counting the walks from last nights hotel to the path and from the path to tonight’s hotel— hotel to hotel the walk was 13.75 miles! (Or 34,920 steps). I was too tired to have anything but soup for dinner but now I’ve had a long hot shower and am propped up in a very comfortable bed. Tomorrow is 9 miles on the path plus we’ll see how much more.
Was your luggage waiting for you? Sounds like the B&B is great.
>134 karenmarie: Thanks Karen.
I tried to post a photo and got it into my photo gallery ok but can’t figure out how to copy the image address on my iPad. Help anyone?
Over on one of the other threads somebody said that they couldn’t upload book covers either.
I have never figured out how to get photographs into LT so I am not sure how it works.
I can only do it from my computer
All I have is an iPad, so maybe that is why I couldn’t get it to work. Glad to know it is the stupid machine and not me that is the problem.
I hope your feet are coping ;-)
75 3/4 miles now. Six walking days done, three to go.
>146 Familyhistorian: Thanks Meg. We’re in our temporary home and ready to take on the big city 🙂
>147 benitastrnad: Hi Benita. I wouldn’t say I learned much about England. I always like being here though and this was a challenge for me and I’m pleased I was able to do it.
>148 banjo123:. Rhonda, we used a company called Contours, Ltd. and I was very pleased with them. You might go on line and see if they have anything that interests you.
For my own reference I had to look up how many kilometers you walked (171,11), that is a lot!
Have fun in London.
There is a big difference between a gravel path and hard pavement. You feet know the difference.
It was great to see you Susan and thank you for Dear Mrs Bird which I’ve been wanting since your review of it. I’ll start it in the morning and probably finish it on the plane on Thursday.
Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse****
Freya Stark, who lived from 1893 to 1993, was a largely self-educated expert on the middle-east. She taught herself several languages and traveled widely through-out the area with only a very few companions. She supported herself and her travels by writing books and articles. During WWII she worked for the British Ministry of Information organizing groups sympathetic to the western cause. She was a most fascinating woman and this biography is well written and fascinating.
About Grace by Anthony Doerr***
I read it three weeks ago and I've already forgotten it.
The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry****1/2
A heart wrenching story of young men who were labeled mentally deficient and institutionalized then sent to work in slavery-like conditions at a turkey farm. Well written and definitely worth a read.
Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family by Daniel Bergner*****
A young African-American boy from a dysfunctional family becomes interested in opera and faces challenges from his own temper, his family circumstances, and racism. A well-written, interesting story. Highly recommended.
One Hundred Names for Love by Diane Ackerman****
This is the story of Ms. Ackerman's marriage to Paul West and her struggle to help him improve after a serious stroke. It's not only a beautiful love story but also I think it would be a great resource for anyone dealing with a similar circumstance.
Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce****1/2
Finally, the lovely book Susan gave me. Emmeline Lake is in her early twenties when WWII comes to England. She dreams of being a Lady War Correspondent and is excited when she is offered a job with a publishing company but the job turns out to be as junior typist for an advice columnist. The book is funny and heart-wrenching. It gives the best picture of life during the blitz that I've ever read and left me hiding tears on the plane on my flight home.
Thanks so much, Susan, it's a great book!
And here is the promised meet-up photo. Susan and I had dinner (with my friend Marjorie who took the photo) at Brown's in London on Tuesday, Sept. 24. It's always fun to have a visit with Susan!
Glad to see you are back in New York and have all that wonderful fall weather up there. Sharon told me that she came back to Alabama too early. We have had 2 hundred degree days in September when we didn’t have a single hundred degree day in the whole summer!
>162 RebaRelishesReading: There we are! Thanks to Marjorie for the photo :-)
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin***1/2
A number of Turkish jews are stranded in France when the German's invade and the Turkish government is trying to get them out, and to help others who are not citizens but have connections to Turkey as well. The story was very good, the translation a bit less so.
A Dashing Duke for Emily: A Historical Regency Romance Novel by Hanna Hamilton**
The perfect book for an exhausted body. The story is predictable and the writing sounds like it would have received a decent grade in a high school sophomore composition class.
And that makes 75 :)
ETA Congrats on reading 75!
>164 benitastrnad: Hi Benita. We had wonderful weather in England and it's continuing here :) The leaves haven't really done much yet though. We're taking a short New England/Canada trip starting Saturday which was planned to be a leaf-peeping excursion -- may not be.
> 165 Hi Susan. There were several good ones among them. Boys in the Bunkhouse was certainly a worthwhile read.
> 166 Happy to oblige Beth and thank you for your contribution to Mrs. Bird.
>167 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita -- I'm a meet-up fan too :)
And thanks for the meet up picture. You look very relaxed for someone who just did the trek you did.
I really enjoyed Mrs. Bird too.
>173 ronincats: Hi Roni -- just telling it the way it is :)
>174 susanj67:, >175 PaulCranswick: Thank you Susan and Paul. I'm a bit sorry it was such a weak book that took me to that mark but nice to be there just the same :)
To end this thread, here is a picture of (part of) the rainbow that accompanied me down the taxiway during my departure from London. It was a full arc and included all of the colors, much more brilliantly amazing than this photo can convey!