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Streamsong #4 - Mountains and Rivers of Books - OH MY

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1streamsong
Jul 24, 2019, 2:43pm Top

Since my knee has me sidelined, instead of hiking and horses, my summer looks like this:



Books and reading in beautiful places!

River Park on the Edge of Town:



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I'm Janet. Welcome to my thread!

I've been a member of LT since 2006.

I retired in the fall of 2016 from my career as a technician in an NIH research lab. I'm now enjoying all the things I never had time to do.

I live in the mountains of western Montana along Skalkaho Creek. I'm about half way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks - so if you're travelling or vacationing in the area, I'd love to meet you.

What do I read? A bit of everything. I enjoy literary fiction, mysteries and the occasional feel good cozy. I'm slowly working my way through 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (actually 1300 + books since I use the combined version spreadsheet). I'm also working my way around the world in a global reading challenge. About half the books I read are non-fiction.

I have Appaloosa horses and raise a foal or two each year.

2streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 2:54pm Top

CURRENTLY READING:

- The Moravian Night - Peter Handke - 2007 - Literature Seminar; 2019 Nobel Prize - Global Reading: Austria author - Kindle
- Malina - Ingeborg Bachman - Lit Seminar; Global Reading - Austria -
- We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisis Coates - RLBC - Kindle
- Jaguar of Sweet Laughter - Diane Ackerman - 1991 - library
- The Dance: Moving to the Rhythms of Your True Self - Oriah Mountain Dreamer - May RandonCat - Book to do with dancing; ROOT acquired 2008 = 11 ROOT points
- Brotopia- Emily Chang 2018 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub; acq'd 2019
- The Bedside Book of Bastards - Dorothy Johnson - March 75'ers NF challenge: True Crime - ROOT 2014 = 5 Root points
- Democracy in Chains - Nancy K. MacLean - 2017 - Real Life Book Club - acq'd 2019
- These Truths: A History of the United States - Jill Lepore - 2018 - acquired 2019
- Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott - 1994; ROOT acq'd 2013 = 6 ROOT points

3streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 2:58pm Top

COMPLETED BUT NOT REVIEWED

- Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors - Sonali Dev - library
- The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without Technology - Mark Boyle - 2019 - LTER
- Out in the Open: A Novel - Jesus Carrasco - 2013 - Global Reading: Spain - library
- With the Fire on High - Elizabeth Acevedo - 2019 - library
- The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai - 2019 - library
- They Called Us Enemy - George Takei - 2019 - graphic non-fiction - library
- Beloved - Toni Morrison - 2004 - Reread - audiobook read by Toni Morrison - library
- Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Asne Seierstad
- Rat Race - Dick Francis - 1971 - library
- Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney - 2017 - PBS/NYT Sept: Now Read This Book Club; Global Reading- Ireland; - library
- One More River to Cross - Jane Kirkpatrick - 2019 - LTER
- Bloomland: A Novel - John Englehardt - 2019 - audiobook - LTER

4streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:00pm Top




FIRST QUARTER

January


1. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich - 2013- Lit seminar; Global Reading: Russia (additional book); book acquired 2018 = ROOT #1/50 = 1 point/225
2. The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" - Alan Light - 2012 - library
3. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurty - Real Life Book Club selection January 2019 (book acq'd 2018= ROOT #2/50 - 1 ROOT point =2/225
4. The Whole Town's Talking - Fannie Flagg - 2016; acq'd 2017 = ROOT #3/50 - 2 points 4/225 audiobook in the car;
5. My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok - 1972 - January American Author Challenge - ROOT #4/50; Acq'd 2016 = 3 ROOT points - 7/225)
6. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt - 1994 - 75'ers NF Challenge- Award winner; acq'd 2018 - ROOT #5/50 - acq'e 2018 =1 ROOT point (8/225)
7. The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout - 2013 - RandomCat - Your Name in Print - acq'd 2014 = ROOT #6/50 /5 ROOT points=13/225

February

8. The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel - Wilma Stockenstrom - 1981; Lit Seminar; Global Reading Challenge: South Africa; acq'd 2019
9. Well-Read Black Girl - Glory Edim - 2018 - library
10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson - 2017; 75'ers Feb NF challenge: science; audiobook; library
11. Becoming - Michelle Obama - 2018 - library -
12. The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante - 2012; SeriesCat - translated series; library
13. The Poet X -Elizabeth Acevedo - 2018; library
14. Last Friends - Jane Gardam - 2013 - group read - library
15. Nerve - Dick Francis - 1964 - group read - acq'd 2019 as part of omnibus

MARCH

16. The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry - Assia Djebar - 1997 - lit seminar - purchased 2019
17. Britten and Brülightly - Hannah Berry - 2009 - graphic novel - library
18. The Wife - Meg Wolitzer - 2003 - PBS/NYT Feb book club; Global Reading: Finland (partial location); library
19. Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott - 1875 - Feb American author group read; ROOT - uncatalgoued =1 ROOT point; #7/50 and 14/225 ROOT points; library
20. Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde - 2011 - SeriesCat: Favorite Author - library
21. Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter - 2018 - LTER; ROOT # 8/50; acq'd 2018 = 1 ROOT point 15/225)
22. Ghost Wall: A Novel - Sarah Moss - 2018 - 2019 Bailey's Prize Long list; library
23. The Sunday Philosophy Club - Alexander McCall Smith - 2004 - SeriesCat - Favorite authors; ROOT #9/50; acq'd 2012 = 7 ROOT points (22/225)
24.My Sister the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite - Women's Prize Longlist; Global Reading: Nigeria - 2018 - library
25. Vinegar Girl - Anne Tyler - 2016; Root # 10/50; acq'd 2017 (2 points =24/225) - listened to audio
26. The Power - Naomi Alderman - 2017 - PBS/NYT March Now Read This Bookclub; 2018 Women's Prize - library
27. Educated - Tara Westover - 2018 - Reread for RL Book Club; library
28. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - 2006 - April RandomCat: TOB; ROOT #11/50 acq'd 2016 = 3 ROOT points (27/225) - audiobook
29. On the Come Up - Angie Thomas - 2019 - library

5streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:08pm Top

SECOND QUARTER

April
*reviewed

30*. Faces in the Crowd- Valeria Luiselli - 2011 - April Literature Seminar; Global Reading: Mexico; Acq'd 2019
31*. Lord of the Butterflies - Andrea Gibson - 2018 - acq'd 2019
32*. Now You See the Sky - Catharine H. Murray - 2018; LibraryThing Early Reviewer; Global Reading - Thailand; Root #12/50; acq'd 2018 = 1 ROOT point (28/225)
33.* The River- Peter Heller - 2019 - library
34. *Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk- Kathleen Rooney - 2017 - group read - library
35. * The Marvels - Brian Selznick - 2015 GN - library
36. *Mouthful of Birds - Samanta Schweblin - Global Reading: Argentina - short stories - library
37. *Forfeit - Dick Francis - 1969 - Dick Francis group read - Reread - library
38. *A Mother's Reckoning - Sue Klebold - 2016 - RLBC - library
39. *When the English Fall - David Williams - 2017 - library
40. *Stitches: A Memoir - David Small - 2009 - library
41. *The Lone Winter - Ann Bosworth Greene - 1923 - library
42*. Solaris - Lem Stanislaw - 1961 - 1001 Books - Global Reading: Poland - library
43*. Lumberjanes Volume Three: A terrible Plan - Noelle Stevenson - 2016 - library

MAY

44. *The Round House - Louise Erdrich - 2012 - April RandomCat - related to the TOB; ROOT #13/50 - acquired 2016 = 3 ROOT points - (31/225) - listened to audio
45.* An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic - Daniel Mendelsohn- 2018 - PBS/NYT Book Club; Kindle; acq'd 2019
46.*Hong Kong Noir - Jason Y. Ng 2018 - LibraryThing Early Reviewers - 2018 - Global Reading: Hong Kong/China - Root #14/50- acq'd 2018 = 1 ROOT point (32/225)
47.* Sea Prayer - Khaled Hosseini - 2018 - library -
48.* Chief Joseph's Own Story - reprint of 1927 pamphlet ; NF Challenge - history; ROOT # 15/50; added to LT 2015 = 4 ROOT points 36/225)
49.* Love Songs From a Shallow Grave - Colin Cotterill - 2011 : May SeriesCat - next book in a favorite series; ROOT #16/50 acq'd 2013 - 6 ROOT points (42/225)
50.* The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas - 2018 - reread for RL bookclub
51. * Under the Shadows - Gwen Florio - 2018 - SeriesCat - Next in a favorite series - library

JUNE

52. *Women Talking - Miriam Toews - 2018 - global reading: Bolivia (Canadian author) - library
53. *The Demon Breed - James H. Schmitz - 1968 - Roni's group read - acq'd 2019
54. *Circe - Madeline Miller - 2018 -audiobook - library
55. *City of Jasmine - Olga Grjasnowa - 2019 - LTER - Global Reading -Syria (German author) - acq'd 2019
56. *Reflex - Dick Francis -1981- Reread - Group Read - Acq'd 2008 ROOT # 17/50; 11 ROOT points (53/225)
57. *The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin - 2015 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club - library
58. *The Metamorphosis & Other Stories - Franz Kafka - Guy De Maupassant - 1915/1992 - Reading Globally: Translated SF; Global Reading: Czeck; 1001; audiobook - library
59. Photo History From Yellowstone Park - Bill and Doris Whithorn - 1970 - 75'er's Nonfiction Challenge: Picture Based Book; ROOT #18/50; acq'd 2013 = 6 ROOT points (59/225)

6streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:14pm Top

THIRD QUARTER READS * = reviewed

July

60. *World of Wonders - Robertson Davies - 1975; SeriesCat - Series definitely complete; library
61. *Fear: Trump in the White House - Bob Woodward - 2018 - June RLBC - library
62. *The Ghost Walker - R. D. Lawrence - 2009 - library
63. *The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea - 2018 - PBS/NYT Now Read This - library
64. *The Lost Words - Robert Macfarlane - 2017 - library
65. *Ruined by Reading - Lynne Sharon Schwartz - 1996 - library
66.* Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations - Mira Jacob - 2018 - library
67. *Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - RLBC - acq'd 2019-
68. *Bivouac - Kwame Dawes - LTER - orig published 2010 - Global Reading: Jamaica - author born in Ghana) - audiobook - 2019
69. *Parable of the Talents - Octavia Butler - 1998 -June SeriesCat; Series Definitely Completed; library
70. *Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman - Cathryn J. Prince - 2019 - audiobook - LTER -

August

71. *Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone - Michelle Caffrey - 2018 - purchased 2019
72. *The Monk: A Romance - Matthew Lewis - 1796 - 1001 - library - lyzard's amazing tutoring thread here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/142666#3622178
73. *The Rosie Result -Graeme Simsion - 2019 - SeriesCat - Set in a location you've never been - (Australian author) - library
74. *The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston - 1975 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club; purchased 2019 (but this is a reread and I know I already own it- just packed away) so ROOT #19/50; acquired pre 2006 = 13 ROOT points (72/225)
75. *Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges - 1962 - 1001 - Global Reading - Argentina; Reading Globally: translated speculative fiction - library
76. *Red Notice - Bill Browder - 2015 - Real Life Brown Bag Book Club - Global Reading: Russia; acq'd 2019

September
77. *The Obelisk Gate - N. K. Jemisin - 2016 - library -
78. *The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien - 1977 - SeriesCat: fantasy - audio and print; ROOT #20/50 acq'd pre 2006 = 13 ROOT points (85/225)
79. *The Moon by Whale Light - Dianne Ackerman - 1991 - NF Challenge: Animal, Vegetable Mineral - library
80. *Bernie - Ted Rall - 2016 - graphic novel - library
81. *The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen - Hendrik Groen - 2018; Global Reading: Netherlands; audiobook, library
82. The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton - 2013 - Global Reading: New Zealand; - library

FOURTH QUARTER READS

October


83. Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors - Sonali Dev - 2019 - library
84. The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without Technology - Mark Boyle - 2019 - Global Reading: Ireland - LTER
85. Out in the Open: A Novel - Jesus Carrasco - 2013 - Global Reading: Spain - library
86. With the Fire on High - Elizabeth Acevedo - 2019 - library
87. The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai - 2019 - library
88. They Called Us Enemy - George Takei - 2019 - graphic non-fiction - library
89. Beloved - Toni Morrison - audiobook read by Toni Morrison
90. Rat Race - Dick Francis - 1971 - library
91. - Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Asne Seierstad - RLBC - Kindle app

November
92. Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney - 2017 - PBS/NYT Sept: Now Read This Book Club; Global Reading- Ireland; - library
93. One More River to Cross - Jane Kirkpatrick - 2019 - LTER
94. Bloomland: A Novel - John Englehardt - 2019 - audiobook - LTER

7streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:16pm Top

**** 87 BOOKS COMPLETED IN 2019 ****

Of the books I've read this year:

2 - cataloged into LT 2006
- cataloged into LT 2007
- cataloged into LT 2008
- cataloged into LT 2009
- cataloged into LT 2010
- cataloged into LT 2011
1 - cataloged into LT 2012
2 - cataloged into LT 2013
1 - cataloged into LT 2014
1 - cataloged into LT 2015
3 - acquired 2016
2 - acquired 2017
7 - acquired 2018
17 - acquired 2019
1 - acquired previously but not cataloged until 2019
51 - borrowed from library & elsewhere

FORMAT
11 - Audiobook
75 - Print
1 - Kindle App

GENRE

- 51 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)

14 - general fiction
1 - chick lit/romance
1 - gothic/horror
3 - graphic novel
15 - literary fiction
7 - mystery/thriller
1 - poetry novel
5 - short stories
10 - sf/dystyopia/fantasy
1 - western
9 - YA
4- 1001

- 27 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)

1 - arts
3 - biography
3 - graphic nonfiction
4 - history
16 - memoir
5 - outdoors/nature
3 - politics
1 - science
1 - true crime

- cartoons
1 - children's/juvenile
2 - essays
2 - poetry
- plays

AUTHORS

41 - Male Authors
45 - Female Authors
3 - Combination of male and female

52 - Authors who are new to me
30 - Authors read before

Rereads:
---- Educated by Tara Westover
---- The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
---- Reflex -Dick Francis -
---- The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston

Multiple books read in 2019 by same author:
- Dick Francis: Nerve, Forfeit, Reflex
- N. K. Jemisin - The Fifth Season; The Obelisk Gate

Nationality of Author:
1 - Afghanistan
1 - Algeria
2 - Argentina
1 - Australia
3 - Canada
1 - China
1 - Czech Republic
1 - Dutch
13 - England/UK
1 - France
1 - German
1 - Ireland
1 - Italy
1 - Jamaica
1 - Mexico
1 - New Zealand
1 - Poland
1 - Russia
1 - Spain
1 - South Africa
53 - USA


Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:
1 - Azerbaijan (German citizen)
1 - Born in Ghana

Language Book Originally Published in:
1 - Africaans
1 - Chinese (NOS)
1 - Czech
1 - Dutch
71 - English
2 - French
1 - German
1 - Italian
1 - Polish
1 - Russian
4 - Spanish

Original Publication Date
1 - 1796
1 - short stories last quarter of 1800's
1 - 1875
1 - 1915
1 - 1923
1 - 1927
1 - 1961
2 - 1962
1 - 1968
1 - 1969
1 - 1970 (?)
1 - 1972
2 - 1975
1 - 1977
2 - 1981
1 - 1985
1 - 1991
1 - 1994
1 - 1996
1 - 1997
1 - 1998
1 - 2003
1 - 2004
1 - 2006
3 - 2009
1 - 2010
3 - 2011
4 - 2012
4 - 2013
4 - 2015
6 - 2016
5 - 2017
22 - 2018
8 - 2019

8streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:17pm Top

The Global Challenge: Read five books from each of the 193 UN members plus a few additional areas.

Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/188308

COUNTRIES VISITED IN 2019


visited 23 states (10.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

CUMULATIVE : 90 countries visited: 20 countries completed with minimum of five books


visited 90 states (40%)
Create your own visited map of The World

9streamsong
Edited: Sep 5, 2019, 12:05pm Top

More Challenges to Dip In and Out - to encourage me to read more off my shelves-

75'ers American Authors Challenge:
January: Chaim Potok - My Name is Asher Lev - 1972 - Acquired 2016
February: Louisa May Alcott - Eight Cousins

75'ers Non-Fiction Challenge:
January: Prize Winner: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -
February: Science and Technology: Innovations and Innovators. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Reading March: True Crime, Misdemeanors and Justice, Past and Present Day: The Bedside Book of Bastards - Dorothy Johnson - ROOT
April: Comfort Reads: The Lone Winter - Anne Bosworth Greene
May: History : Chief Jospeh's Own Story ROOT
June: The Pictures Have It! Photo History From Yellowstone Park
July: Biography & First Person yarns: The Ghost Walker - R. D. Lawrence; Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations;
Reading August: Raw Materials: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: The Moon by Whale Light - Diane Ackerman
September: Books by Journalists: Between the World and Me - RLBC (Reread)
October: Other Worlds: From Spiritual to Fantastical
November: Creators and Creativity
December: I’ve Always Been Curious about...

SeriesCat Category Challenge: https://www.librarything.com/topic/298613#
January: Not Written in English: Story of a New Name- Elena Ferrante (Italian) - library
February: YA/Children's: - library - Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott
March: Series by a favorite author - Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde
April: Series You've Been Meaning to Get Back To: LumberJanes Vol 3 A Terrible Plan - Noelle Stevenson
May: Newest or next book in a favorite series Love Songs From a Shallow Grave; Under the Shadows
June: Series that are definitely complete: World of Wonders - Robertson Davies; Parable of the Talents - sequel
Reading/Listening July: Genre: fantasy The Silmarilliion
August: Series set in a country/region where you do not live: The Rosie Result
September: Genre: Mystery
October: Historical Series
November: Series with a female protagonist
December: Series that's new to you

Random Cat Challenge
January: A Book with your Name: The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout -
February: Travel: Expedition to the Baobab Tree
March: Brexit Country Ghost Wall - Sarah Moss
April: April: Book Connected to Tournament of Books: Round House - Louise Erdrich
May: Something to do with Dance The Dance - Oriah Mountain Dreamer - ROOT
June: Deck of Cards Pick :

10streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:20pm Top

More Challenge reads:

1001 Books to Read Before You Die Total books read: 169

- 1001 Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163173

Library Brown Bag Book Club/ Real Life Book Club
January: Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurty
Reading February 28: Democracy in Chains by Nancy Maclean
March 28: Educated by Tara Westover
April 25: A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
May 30: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
June 27: Fear by Bob Woodward
July 25: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
August 29: Red Notice by Bill Browder
September 26: We Were Eight Years in Power: an American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
October 31: Two Sisters: a Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Asne Seierstad
November 21: The Traitor and the Spy by Ben Macintrye

PBS/NYT NOW READ THIS BOOKCLUB
January: Heart: A History - Sandeep Jauhar
February: The Wife - Meg Wolitzer
March: The Power - Naomi Alderman
**Reading** April: Brotopia - Emily Chang
May: An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic - Daniel Mendelsohn
June: The Fifth Season - N. K.Jemisin - req from library
July: The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea - 2018
August: The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston

RL Literature Seminar
January 8: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector - 1001 books - Brazil
February 5: The Expedition to the Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenstrom - South Africa
March 5: The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry by Assia Djebar - Algeria
April 2: Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli - Mexico
-summer break ****
Oct 1: Malina - Ingeborg Bachman
Nov 5: Moravian Night - Peter Handke

11streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:22pm Top

The most difficult challenge of all is to read books already on my shelves:

My biggest challenge is that I keep hauling books home faster than I can read them and the piles keep growing larger. These numbers include the library books that I have at home.

As of 9/1/2018: 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 8/1/2018: 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 7/1/2019: 516 books on physical MT TBR
As of 5/01/2019: 509 books on physical MT TBR
As of 4/01/2019: 510 books on physical MT TBR
As of 3/01 2019: 516 books on physical MT TBR
As of 02/01/2019: 513 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2019: 510 books on physical Mt TBR

As of 01/01/2018: 510 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical Mt TBR

Reading Our My Own Tomes - ROOTS - Challenge

I want to read fifty books acquired before 01/01/2019. That was my same goal as last year, and I achieved only about half of it.




To Encourage myself to read older books on MT TBR, I also give myself points based on how old they are:

Here's how it works:

1. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2006 -- 13 points
2. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2007-- 12 points
3. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2008-- 11 points
4. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2009-- 10 points
5. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2010-- 9 points
6 .ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2011 -- 8 points
7. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2012 -- 7 points
8. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2013 -- 6 points
9. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2014 -- 5 points
10. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2015 -- 4 points
11. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2016 -- 3 points
12. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2017 -- 2 points
12. ROOTS not previously entered into LT but which have been around the house pre-2019 - 1 point
13. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2018 - 1 point

Point Goal: The proposed 50 books off my shelves should add up to 225 ROOT points this year.

ROOT points completed: 42 - need to make a new counter

12streamsong
Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:26pm Top

Books Acquired 2019

38 - Total
14 and 1/3 - Read
6 - Reading
3 - Reference/Cookbook (not on tbr list)

1. Heart: A History - Sandeep Jauhar - 2018 - Jan PBS/NYT Now Read This
**Reading** 2. These Truths: A History of the United States - 2018 LT group read
3. The Expedition to the Baobab Tree - Wilma Stockenstrom - Feb lit seminar
4. Red Eagles of the Northwest - Francis Haines - 1939 - collectible 1/26/2019
**Reading** 5. Dick Francis Omnibus Seven - Dick Francis -
--✔ a.Nerve- group read
-- b. Blood Sport
-- c. In the Frame
6. Shallow Diggin's: Tales from Montana's ghost Towns by Jean Davis - FOL rack 2/5/2019
**Reading** 7. Democracy in Chains by Nancy Maclean - Feb RLBC - 2/5/2019
Reference 8. Indian Instant Pot Cookbook - Urvashi Pitre - Darryl made me do it! 2/12/2019
9. City of Jasmine - Olga Grjasnowa - LTER - 2/13/2019 (Syria)
10. Lord of the Butterflies - Andrea Gibson - 3/111/2019
11. Faces in the Crowd - Valeria Luiselli - Lit seminar - 3/11/2019
Reference 12. Handbook of the Canadian Rockies - Ben Gadd - Reference (Rec by Glacier Institute) 4/01
Reference 13. Roadside Geology of the Northern Rockies - David D Alt - 4/2/FOL
14. Montana Women Writers - Caroline Patterson 4/2 FOL
15. Slow Horses - Mick Herron 4/2/2019 FOL
**Reading**16. The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology - Mark Boyle - 2019 - LTER
17. Start Your Farm - Forrest Pritchard - 2018 - Farmer Bootcamp Class
**Reading** 18. Brotopia - Emily Chang - 2019 April - PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub
19. An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn - PBS/NYT Now Read This Bookclub - May 2019
20. The Thread That Binds the Bones (The Chapel Hollow Novels Book 1) - Nina Kiriki Hoffman - Kindle - Roni's fault! 5/5/2019
21. The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas - Previously read; copy for my library
22. Celestial Bodies - Alharthi, Jokha - Oman - Winner International Booker Prize 5-14
23. White Trash - Nancy Isenberg - Mother's Day present from Dan
24. Bivouac - Kwame Dawes - Jamaica - audiobook - LTER
25. Monkey Beach - Eden Robinson - GR group read
26. Sea Prayer - Khaled Hosseini - purchased copy for my library after reading a library copy
27. Evening is the Whole Day - Preeta Samarasan - GR group read
28. The Demon Breed - James H. Schmitz - May - Roni's group read
29. Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman - Cathryn J. Prince - 2019 - LTER
30. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - RLBC - acq'd July 2019
31. Beyond Market Value: A Memoir of Book Collecting and the World of Venture Capital - Annette Campbell-White - 2019 - LTER 7/2019
32. Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone - Michelle Caffrey - 2018 - (Costco -rec by Lucille & others) 7/31/2019
33. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - 2008 - (Costco) 7/31/2018
34. The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston - 1977 - August PBS/NYT Now Read This - Amazon used
35. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder - Aug RLBC - Amazon used
36. One More River to Cross - Jane Kirkpatrick - LTER
37. Trump: A Graphic Biography - Ted Rall - amazon - 9/2019
***Reading*** (Reread) 38. We Were Eight Years in Power - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Reread - RLBC - Kindle app 9/2019

List of books acquired in 2018:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/288129#6406196

13streamsong
Edited: Jul 24, 2019, 3:08pm Top

Open for Business!

I've started listening to an LTER biography, Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman by Cathryn J. Prince. So far this is excellent. I think I'd recommend it to anyone enjoying good outdoor tales.

I'm going to have to set aside The Monk ( which I was getting a little tired of, anyway) and gallop through Octavia Butler's Parable of the Talents as I can't renew Parable and it is due very soon.

Tomorrow's book club discussion is Where the Crawdad's Sing. I thought it a nice summer read, but it stretched my credulity a bit. It will be interesting to hear what others say.

14BLBera
Jul 24, 2019, 4:18pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet. From the last thread, I LOVED Good Talk; I have been recommending it to everyone! Ruined by Reading also sounds very good.

I hope the knee is better. Have you gotten your second opinion yet?

Nice photos.

15FAMeulstee
Jul 24, 2019, 5:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet.

You are doing better way with buying books, we have already added 58, and I hoped to keep it under 50 for the year...
On ROOTing, the last two months I have visited the library way too much ;-)

How do manage with the horses with your knee trouble?

16mdoris
Jul 24, 2019, 6:32pm Top

Happy new thread Janet. Greetings from Denver where it is hot! We had a fun visit to Tattered Cover bookshop. Great to read your reviews.

17jnwelch
Jul 25, 2019, 9:37am Top

Happy New Thread, Janet.

Beautiful photos up there. Sorry about your knee, but if you're going to be sidelined, that's sure the way to do it.

Per our discussion, I'm busy encouraging folks to try Good Talk!

18EllaTim
Jul 25, 2019, 10:53am Top

Happy new thread, Janet!

Love your topper pictures. That cool looking lake...

You are doing lots better with the reading around the world challenge than I!

19streamsong
Jul 25, 2019, 11:50am Top

>14 BLBera: Hi Beth! Hooray! You are the 'first footer' for my new thread. Thank you!

Yay for Good Talk . Such a creative, interesting format and a wonderful message. I'm going to talk it up at my RLBC today. It's soooooo far out of everyone's wheel house; I'm willing to bet there's not another person that attends that has read a graphic novel. But since they went out of their comfort zones to read the YA novel The Hate U Give, maybe a few will give it a chance.

My knee is getting much less painful and much more stable. My second opinion is next week. My next appointment with the original orthopod is also next week. I really dislike the original doctor - both his advice and his demeanor, but what to do? Hopefully, things will be clearer after the second opinion.

Both the photos were lifted from the internet. I would love to have taken them.

20streamsong
Edited: Jul 25, 2019, 12:00pm Top

>15 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I wish I had read all the books I bought this year. That would make so much sense, wouldn't it?

I'm still overwhelmed with the library books that I have checked out. And now that the Booker longlist is out, I want to add even more to my library holds.

The first few weeks I had help with the horses. But I hate to impose on people for too long. So as soon as I could, I started doing what I can manage. Right now, they are just being fed, watered, and turned out on grass.

21streamsong
Jul 25, 2019, 12:12pm Top

>16 mdoris: Hi Mary! I'm glad you're having a good time in Denver. Yay for The Tattered Cover Book Store. I'll have to make it over to your thread, and check out your haul.

>17 jnwelch: Thanks for stopping by, Joe. Yay for Good Talk! And the photos are nice, but borrowed from the internet.

>18 EllaTim: Hi Ella - My secret weapon on the Global challenge are some really good authors offered through LibraryThing Early Reviewers through publishers such as One World Books. I know they are probably only offered in the US, so that's no help to you. :(

The bottom photo is a park between my town and the Bitterroot River. Lots of ponds and backwaters, lots of birds and wildlife. It's a fun place to walk.

22fuzzi
Jul 25, 2019, 6:38pm Top

Found and starred!

23EllaTim
Jul 25, 2019, 6:49pm Top

>21 streamsong: Always good to have a secret weapon, Janet. No, I don't think they are offered here. But I could find books, but I seem to be doing mostly comfort reading. And comfort zone is familiar zone;-)

24Donna828
Jul 25, 2019, 8:41pm Top

Oh, I wish I could be a fly on the wall tonight eavesdropping on your book group’s discussion of Crawdads. I wanted to love it but I had my credulity stretched to the max! You live in such a beautiful area, Janet. I’d love to get up that way someday.

25drneutron
Jul 25, 2019, 8:58pm Top

Happy new thread! Sorry about the knee, but that looks like a nice reading spot.

26karenmarie
Jul 25, 2019, 9:48pm Top

Hi Janet! Happy new thread.

I have finally read Circe and loved it - I went back to your review and loved it.

I skimmed the last bits of your last thread - any news about your knee?

27bell7
Jul 26, 2019, 8:30am Top

Happy new thread! Hope your book discussion went well.

28witchyrichy
Jul 27, 2019, 11:03am Top

Happy new thread! I am struggling with a bum hip right now so have been doing more sitting and less gardening than usual. My first appointment with the orthopod is this coming Tuesday.

>24 Donna828: I read Where the Crawdads Sing straight through and enjoyed it in the moment. But it was one of those books where, once I started thinking about it, I found those moments of incredulity. I liked the setting but one of my book group members commented that it annoyed her as it seemed to have little or no understanding of the geography of North Carolina, her home state.

29streamsong
Jul 27, 2019, 1:59pm Top

>22 fuzzi: HI Lor! I'm glad you found me!

>23 EllaTim: Hi Ella! I'm sorry there aren't more of the Early Reviewers' books available to you. I understand about the comfort reads. My go-to comfort reads are mysteries. What are yours?

>24 Donna828: I'd love to see you up here, Donna! I'm sure you'd enjoy it. I'll say something about the bookclub in a minute, but there was one other skeptic, there.

30streamsong
Jul 27, 2019, 2:05pm Top

>25 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. I continue to be inspired by the way you make it around to all the threads!

>26 karenmarie: Hi Karen. I'm glad you loved Circe and thanks for the complement about the review. Have you read The Song ofAchilles? Ill definitely try to get it read since I enjoyed Circe so much!

I have a follow up appointment with the original orthopod as well as a second surgical opinion in Missoula this week. PT is going well.

>27 bell7: Thanks, Mary. Yes the discussion went well. There were about 15 people there, although the library facilitator was off for a few days. The member leading the discussion did an excellent job. I'll say more about the discussion below.

>28 witchyrichy: Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your hip, Karen. I hope you get some good answers from your doctor.

Book club discussion highlights to follow.

As well as reviews. Sigh.

31streamsong
Edited: Jul 27, 2019, 3:34pm Top

We had a great book club discussion on Where the Crawdads Sing.

Most loved her descriptions and her detailed nature writing. In an interview the author mentioned that the protagonist Kya was not deserted by her father until she was ten to make her solitary survival more believable. (hmmmmm)

The most interesting bit was the author Delia Owens' life. She was born in Georgia and as a child, loved the swamps and marshes. Although she knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer, she became a biologist and spent many years in Africa studying wildlife. She and her former husband wrote several best selling non-fiction books including Cry of the Kalahari.

She now lives in northern Idaho where she is an advocate for wolves, grizzly bears and other species.

I loved this interview from CBS Sunday Morning, and it shows the Northern Idaho scenery where she currently lives. The scenery is not too different from where I live, although she is a bit more remote.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9KKzX6j9G8

I'm definitely going to track down her African books.

32streamsong
Jul 27, 2019, 3:59pm Top



60. World of Wonders – Robertson Davies - 1975
- SeriesCat - Book from a series definitely complete: #3 Deptford Trilogy
- library
-

“Have you ever seen him read a book? He really thinks that whatever has happened to him is unique”. P 18

From the cover: "The lynchpin of the Davies trilogy is a winter staple – two boys and a snowball. After an an exchange of the merits of their respective fathers, Percy Boyd Staunton thows a snowball at his friend Dunstan Ramsay, but strikes the Baptist minister’s pregnant wife instead. "


Book #3 of the Deptford Trilogy follows the path of Paul Dempster, the boy born prematurely and befriended by Dunstan Ramsay. Dempster was mercilessly teased and outcast by the town’s inhabitants until he disappeared after a traveling circus visited the town. Although widely assumed to have run away with the circus, the story is much more sinister than that.

Dempster, now a world renown magician known as Magnus Eisengram recounts his life story to a group including Dempster Ramsay.

Beautifully written, and a great ending to the story (and yes, we learn the answer to Boy Staunton’s mysterious death). This one includes child abuse, including child sexual abuse and so is much harder to read.

33bell7
Jul 27, 2019, 9:22pm Top

>31 streamsong: Wow, what a well-attended book group! Interesting details I wasn't aware of in the author's life, too, though I knew she had a science background. I'll look forward to seeing what you think of her nonfiction writing, as I'm hoping to try one of her others... one of these days.

34streamsong
Edited: Jul 28, 2019, 10:29am Top

>33 bell7: Hi Mary! It really was well-attended. We seem to be picking up a few new members which is fun, as everyone has unique perspectives and life experiences to bring to the table. And we even have three men in the group now - two regulars and a a newbie whom we managed to not scare off (this was his second time).

I'll be looking for Delia Owens' non-fiction, but like you, it will take a while for me to get there. I have eight books home from the library now, with ten more holds requested, although I've suspended most of the holds until I get caught up a bit.

I keep promoting LT, but so far nibbles but no bites.

35karenmarie
Edited: Jul 28, 2019, 10:41am Top

Hi Janet!

>31 streamsong: I loved Where the Crawdads Sing. However, the ending totally gobsmacked me - because it turns out that she is the murderer AND the abrupt end of the book with her death.

>32 streamsong: I have lots of books by Robertson Davies and have only read Murther and Walking Spirits. Looks like I need to get cracking!

36streamsong
Edited: Jul 28, 2019, 11:28am Top

>35 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I totally agree with your spoiler. I didn't see it coming. Did you?

The Deptford Trilogy are the only Robertson Davies books that I have read. It took me literally years to read the three of them as I read the first one in 2016 when Davies was one of the authors in the Canadian authors challenge that year.

This isn't unusual for me, as I seldom read series one after another. I knew I would enjoy this third one, but I knew it wouldn't be light going, so it took a while for me to pick it up.

How did you like the two you have read?

37BLBera
Jul 28, 2019, 11:10am Top

Thanks for the link to the Owens interview, Janet. I didn't know anything about her background. I'm not surprised she is a biologist; her attention to and descriptions of the native flora and fauna were fabulous. I didn't like the ending; I would have ended after the trial to leave us thinking.

I must read the Deptford trilogy; I've heard so many good things about it.

Good luck with the doctor this week.

38karenmarie
Jul 28, 2019, 11:18am Top

I absolutely did not see it coming. A rather amazing book, for sure. A friend of mine who read it and is from NC said there a few anomalies, like whether one would go to Asheville for a bicycle if one lived on the coast - why not Raleigh - and that it didn't sound like NC coastal swamps, but I wouldn't know about the latter. Either way, they didn't take away from the joy of the book.

Murther and Walking Spirits is one book, which I read in October of 2009, the first of what's called the Unfinished Trilogy on LT and the Toronto Trilogy on Wikipedia, with The Cunning Man being the second. I think I just grabbed up Robertson Davies books when I saw them because of the wonderful cover art. I really should read more of him.

..

If I like a series I like to continue if I can, as I'm currently doing with the Ruth Galloway series. I'll eventually get to the point, after book 12 (I'm on book 5) where I'm caught up and eagerly await the next.

39witchyrichy
Jul 28, 2019, 12:02pm Top

>31 streamsong: That's what I love about book groups...they encourage you to dive deeper into a book and its author. I didn't know about Owens and will definitely check out her Africa books. The setting was a strong part of the book. Looking forward to listening to the interview.

>38 karenmarie: I also didn't see it coming. My friend who knows North Carolina made the same comments about where you would go shopping. But I didn't know so it didn't bother me, I guess.

The Deptford Trilogy has been on my shelf for awhile. Maybe time to read it.

40streamsong
Edited: Jul 28, 2019, 12:24pm Top

>37 BLBera: Hi Beth! Wow - Ending Crawdads after the trial would have been really interesting. I think I prefer to have the answer, even if it's not what I thought it would be.

Thanks for the good wishes on the doctor appointments this week.

>38 karenmarie: Hi Karen - Whoops - one book. You can see how much Davies I've read. (blush) I agree - the covers are great!

Your way of reading series has obvious merit - I needed to visit wikipedia to read summaries of the first two Deptford books since I was foggy on details. Way too long between reading them.

I think when I was reading along with more challenges, although I was exposed to so many wonderful new-to-me authors, I didn't get to finish things I really meant to return to.

I'm currently reading Parable of the Sower, the sequel to Parable of the Talents which I also read in 2016 (I think part of the American Authors' Challenge). Again, I had to read a quick summary to remember what happened in the original.

As I said on Beth's thread: {this book was written in 1998}: this is so prescient, that it's scary: a fascist president with a core group of followers, whose campaign slogan was Make America Great Again. Camps with unspeakable conditions and no recourse for the incarcerated. Right wing 'Christians'. Vigilante groups sweeping up undesirables.

Scary stuff.

41streamsong
Edited: Jul 28, 2019, 1:20pm Top

>39 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Exactly - our books are all nominated by members and we vote for the entire next year at the December meeting. Whoever nominates the book, leads the discussion. And with as many members as we have, that means only leading a discussion once (or less) per year, so the moderator usually does a deep dive.

I'm glad you are intrigued by her African books, too.

Even knowing some of the details are wrong, Crawdads was a fun book. I have also been bothered by wrong details in books that I have read set in areas where I live.

Stupid things about horses are a deal breaker for me when reading a book. :)

42streamsong
Edited: Jul 28, 2019, 1:16pm Top

This was the RLBC's choice for June. It took me longer to finish as reading about Trump is soooooo painful. This is one book that was easy to discuss without having finished it.



61. Fear: Trump in the White House - Bob Woodward - 2018
- June RLBC
- library


"Real power is---I don't even want to use the word---fear." Donald Trump - epigraph

By now, a year after this book’s publication, none of the information in this book is new.

But it’s still an important book by a well-respected political author, known for his journalistic integrity.

Woodward documents the chaos in the White House, though many, many interviews.

4.5 stars If you only read one book on Trump’s presidency, this should be it.

Here’s an interesting conversation between Woodward and Trump. The President called Woodward after becoming alarmed about the content of the forthcoming book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW5B_1OafO0

An absolutely excellent review and summary of the book here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2479781218?book_show_action=true&from_...

43jnwelch
Jul 28, 2019, 3:40pm Top

Hi, Janet.

I loved Where the Crawdads Sing, too. Thanks for the link to her interview - charming.

Like others, I was gobsmacked by that ending. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought: of course. She had to kill him if she was going to live a free life; he had made it clear that he would never stop coming after her. And she brilliantly enhanced her chances of getting away with it. The nature writing was so great - after reading it I found out that she has this extensive NF background in writing about the wild. I'd like to try some of her NF, too.

44mdoris
Jul 28, 2019, 8:07pm Top

Hi Janet, That is one of the things I greatly miss now that I no longer part of a bookclub, that is getting the background info about the author and chance to discuss a book and hearing about different points of view and hearing about the books they have written and where they live to influence the writing. Sounds like you are really enjoying your group.

Hoping the trip to the doctor is successful for you and that is great that you are feeling stronger and experiencing less pain. Hurrah!

45streamsong
Edited: Jul 29, 2019, 11:32am Top

>43 jnwelch: Hi Joe - I must have been posting on your thread while you were posting on mine. I'd say Kya was literally a genius: from the way she was able to survive on her own; being self-taught in the biological sciences; her amazing drawings and knowledge of the birds - and finally her cover up. Clearly she must have been reading about crime scenes and wouldn't have wanted anyone local to know. I wonder if she was doing more than buying a bike in Asheville where its distance was so far it wasn't logical to buy a bike. >38 karenmarie:

>44 mdoris: Hi Mary - Yes I do enjoy the club. And yes I enjoy all the bits you mention - varying views, different information and life experiences. It's also why I enjoy LibraryThing. A great book talk with the club once a month just doesn't cut it. I love checking into LT several times a day. :)

Thanks for the good wishes for the doctors' visits. It's definitely wonderful to be able to jump in my car and go places again!

46streamsong
Edited: Jul 29, 2019, 12:33pm Top

Jumping around a bit with reviews. This is an audio from LTER. It's an example of the international books that I am enjoying receiving through LTER as I mentioned in >21 streamsong: to Ella. Author Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and moved to Jamaica when he was 12.



68. Bivouac - Kwame Dawes - originally published 2010
– LTER
- Global Reading Challenge: Jamaica (book #2)
- audiobook

Set in Jamaica in the 1980’s this is a story of upheaval.

It begins with our protagonist, Ferron, transporting his father’s body to a funeral home. It’s unclear how he died – an accident, a medical mistake, or murder from the right wing party currently in power with a hit list against the former left wing politicians whom Ferron’s father was one.

Ferron is also struggling as a victim of an assault of his own. He was beaten and his fiancé, whom he was unable to protect, was taken away and raped. Ferron finds his guilt prevents him from giving his fiancé the support she needs. Was this another political assault or a random event?

I enjoyed the portrait of Jamaica and thought the characterizations were good.

But I found the audio confusing. The story jumps backward and forward in time; many of the chapters begin with writings from Ferron’s father’s journal.

I actually listened to this book twice to try to make better sense of it and the second time through did make it clearer. Perhaps this is one that works better in print than in audio.

3 stars.

I received a copy of the audiobook through LIbraryThing’s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an unbiased review.

47msf59
Jul 29, 2019, 6:44pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet. Sorry, for a long delay getting over here. Love the toppers. Hooray for Crawdads & World of Wonders. I am also a fan of both. The Woodward book sounds good too. It is on the list.

48ronincats
Jul 29, 2019, 8:50pm Top

Oops, I've been by several times but it doesn't look like I've spoken up to say hi and Happy New Thread, Janet!

49karenmarie
Jul 30, 2019, 5:39am Top

>45 streamsong: re the spoiler I didn't think about any criminal/coverup activities as I was reading about the Asheville trip. But she wasn't known in Raleigh as she wasn't known in Asheville, so I just don't know. And now, of course, it's 20 books ago and, I'm sad to say, the details are hazy in my mind.

50streamsong
Edited: Jul 30, 2019, 10:22am Top

>47 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for stopping in. July has been a month of great books.

>48 ronincats: I'm glad you delurked, Roni.

I just finished Parable of the Talents last night and it's as if Octavia Butler was channeling our current political situation when she wrote this in 1998. Review soon.

>49 karenmarie: HI Karen! Yup, it's a puzzle. But she had to learn her crime scene skills somewhere!

51PaulCranswick
Jul 30, 2019, 9:45pm Top

>47 msf59: Like Mark I am a bit slothful in getting over here, Janet.

A belated happy new thread!

52streamsong
Jul 31, 2019, 9:32am Top

Hi Paul - It's great to see you. I know how busy you've been!

Today's the day. Off to Missoula to see if it's possible a doc would do ACL surgery on an old fart like me a 60+ year old.

53BLBera
Jul 31, 2019, 10:35am Top

Good luck!

54fuzzi
Jul 31, 2019, 6:37pm Top

>52 streamsong: keep us posted, please.

55streamsong
Aug 1, 2019, 8:37am Top

Thank you, Beth and Lor.

The appointment went well.

It looks like there may a third option. The PA is going to consult with the surgeon and get back to me. It would be a lesser surgery - surgical repair of the MCL and tightening it so it would support my knee without the torn ACL.

56fuzzi
Aug 1, 2019, 12:36pm Top

>55 streamsong: it's amazing what modern techniques can do to minimize the invasiveness of surgery yet maximize effectiveness. I hope that is truly an option for you.

57streamsong
Edited: Aug 3, 2019, 2:11pm Top

July Summary *reviewed

60. *World of Wonders - Robertson Davies - 1975; SeriesCat - Series definitely complete; library
61. *Fear: Trump in the White House - Bob Woodward - 2018 - June RLBC - library
62. The Ghost Walker - R. D. Lawrence - 2009 - library
63. The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea - 2018 - PBS/NYT Now Read This - library
64. The Lost Words - Robert Macfarlane - 2017 - library
65. Ruined by Reading - Lynne Sharon Schwartz - 1996 - library
66. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations - Mira Jacob - 2018 - library
67. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - RLBC - acq'd 2019
68. *Bivouac - Kwame Dawes - LTER - orig published 2010 - Global Reading: Jamaica - author born in Ghana) - audiobook - 2019
69. Parable of the Talents - Octavia Butler - 1998 -June SeriesCat; Series Definitely Completed; library
70. Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman - Cathryn J. Prince - 2019 - audiobook - LTER

Read: 11
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction: 5
Children's: 1
In translation: 0
Countries other than USA: Jamaica, Canada
Essays: 1
Poetry: 0
Short story collections:
Memoir: 2
Graphic novels: 1

Men: 6
Women: 5
Combo of men & women:
Off My Shelf (ROOTS): 0
Rereads: 0

As of 8/1/2019: 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 7/1/2019: 516 books on physical MT TBR

58EllaTim
Aug 1, 2019, 7:16pm Top

>55 streamsong: Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Janet.

59streamsong
Edited: Aug 3, 2019, 2:11pm Top

>58 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella.

The phone call after the PA consulted with the surgeon was more discouraging, as the surgeon isn't as optimistic about ML surgery helping. I'll be reevaluated in about five weeks,

In the meantime, I have lots to read:

forgot this statistic in >57 streamsong:

As of 8/1/2019: 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 7/1/2019: 516 books on physical MT TBR

Trying to end the TBR creep!!!!

60FAMeulstee
Aug 4, 2019, 11:27am Top

>59 streamsong: Five weeks is a long wait, Janet. I hope for a positive outcome.

Meanwhile MT TBR did go down ;-)
And if you have enough, just stop counting how many books are on MT TBR. Or make a list of books you want to read this year and disregard the rest until January 2020.

61mdoris
Aug 4, 2019, 4:36pm Top

Janet very sorry about the discouraging phone call from the PA. Hoping that in 5 weeks they can offer another choice besides the ML surgery if they don't think that one would be helpful. Not easy for you in your environment and not easy to have to wait another 5 weeks for news.

62The_Hibernator
Edited: Aug 4, 2019, 8:55pm Top

Hi Janet! Sorry I haven't been following your thread, as I haven't been around. How's the injured leg? Did you find someone that would do the surgery on it?

ETA: I should have read more of your thread before I said that. I see you are still struggling. I'm sorry to hear that. :(

63streamsong
Aug 6, 2019, 12:12pm Top

>60 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! Yes, MT TBR going down by one book made me happy even though it's silly with over 500 books on the pile! It's still slightly above where it was on January first, but I am trying very hard to end the TBR creep upwards, even if I don't seem able to make it get smaller.

MT TBR includes my own books plus those unread from the library. There are three more to pick up today from the library - plus two coming from Amazon - plus two I bought earlier this week when I was in Costco ...

Read faster, read more! (and write some quick reviews!)

>61 mdoris: Hi Mary! Yes, it makes it hard to make decisions. Guess I'll call my hay producer and make arrangements for the winter hay to be delivered. I may regret this, but I'm not quite ready to give up on my little horse farm. If I wait five weeks, he may not have hay.

>62 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel! The muscles surrounding my knee are getting so much stronger due to the PT. I can now climb stairs! But it's a totally different muscle set to go back down the stairs and so that is the focus this week. As it is, I can go down the stairs backwards (facing the stairs). I suppose I could sit on my bum and bump down the stairs, but I'm not sure which muscles that would use. :)

And I've lost 10 pounds which is a Good Thing, both for my knee and my general health.

64PaulCranswick
Aug 9, 2019, 11:42pm Top

>63 streamsong: Well done on losing weight, Janet.

I am trying myself on that front and have shed 9 lbs in my first week of really trying.

Have a lovely weekend.

65streamsong
Aug 10, 2019, 12:52pm Top

>64 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul.

Your weight loss is amazing! It took me three weeks to lose that much weight!

66streamsong
Edited: Aug 18, 2019, 11:34am Top

I am so uninspired to write reviews right now. But here is an Early Reviewer book that I recently finished.



70. Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman - Cathryn J. Prince - 2019
- audiobook
- LTER


From Wikipedia: “Fanny Bullock Workman (January 8, 1859 – January 22, 1925) was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalayas. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers; she not only explored but also wrote about her adventures. She set several women’s altitude records, , published eight travel books with her husband, and championed women's rights and women’s suffrage.”

From an early age, Fanny Bullock considered herself a 'new woman'. She was born in 1859 to a wealthy New England family. Nevertheless, she had to campaign hard to convince her parents that she should attend college.

But after she married William Workman her sense of adventure was able to shine. They began by climbing mountains in New England. This was followed by expeditions by bicycle (using the new safety bicycle where front and back wheels were the same size to make one easily able to set both feet on the ground when stopped).

They bicycled throughout Europe and eventually began cycling in Algeria and India. They wrote books and lectured about their experiences.

They soon moved onward to high mountaineering, climbing first in Switzerland and then the Himalayas. There they found their passion. They became the first to summit many Himalayan peaks. Fanny Hunter achieved many summits and records for women climbers ( a rarity in a male dominated sport). The Workmans continued to write books and lecture about their expeditions.

I enjoyed the fun details about the times. For instance, Fanny suggested that women wear their long woolen skirt until they were sufficiently remote to avoid causing offense, and then discarding the skirt under a large rock where it could be retrieved on the return trip.

Recommended for people who enjoy outdoor adventure stories or women’s history.

67streamsong
Aug 10, 2019, 2:55pm Top

Another review for a book read in July. And so now I have done two outdoor/ nature reviews in a row, although the books were read in different months.

I think Mary recommended this one to me.



62. The Ghost Walker - R. D. Lawrence - 2009
- library


This is a memoir by Canadian biologist/author R. D. Lawrence. He lived in a tiny, remote cabin in Canada's Selkirk wilderness for a winter while learning the habits and gaining the trust of a mountain lion.

It's not quite science, as, although Lawrence made copious notes of his observations which no doubt are of scientific benefit, he believed he had a psychic connection with the cat along with a sort of mutual friendship.

Although he called the cougar "Ghost Walker", I think the title could also apply to the man.

Fascinating stuff since I've seen mountain lions along my creek twice in the years I have lived here.

Recommended for anyone interested in wilderness and/or mountain lions.

I'd be interested in reading some of his other nature memoirs.

68streamsong
Aug 11, 2019, 10:48am Top

I'm fighting my way through two books right now.

The first is The Silmarillion which I have never been able to finish. I'm listening to it on audio as I do housework and have a paper copy to use as back up. In places, it reminds me of the 'begats' in the Bible. Other stories, such as the part I'm listening to now, the story of Beren and Luthien which is mentioned in LOTR, are wonderful.

The second is Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. I'm still in the first section, the short stories. I'm enjoying all the twists and turns, but I'm reading each one at least twice to fully understand. My brain seems to have gone into summer meltdown.

And so I've started The Rosie Result, the third in the Rosie/Don Tillman series. I've had a hold request since it came out and, as I can't renew it due to the wait list, I don't feel too guilty whipping through it. It's still fun, but it also seems a more thoughtful look at the autism label as Rosie and Don struggle to help their son.

69mdoris
Aug 12, 2019, 12:35am Top

>67 streamsong: Janet I am glad that you enjoyed Ghost Walker.

70EllaTim
Aug 12, 2019, 6:59am Top

>69 mdoris: Hi Janet, i've never read The Silmarillion. Thinking it would be hard to get through. I loved LOTR, but this book seemed so scholarly. Does it add something for you?

The Rosie books seem like a lot of fun.

Waiting for another evaluation must be frustrating. It's good that you are doing physical therapy, strong muscles can be a lot of help.

71jnwelch
Aug 12, 2019, 8:30am Top

I hope you have a good time with The Rosie Result, Janet. I did, and felt it lived up to the first two.

72streamsong
Edited: Aug 12, 2019, 11:40am Top

>69 mdoris: Thanks for recommending it, Mary. It's the only one by R. D. Lawrence available through my library system, but I'd be interested in reading more. His books on wolves, owls and whales all sound appealing.

>70 EllaTim: I loved LOTR when I first read it in high school, Ella. I reread it once a year for maybe a dozen years. It felt like falling into the middle of a story, and this fills in a lot of the background. To me, it's amazing that Tolkien wrote all this *before* he wrote LOTR.

I found the first section was hard for me to get through. I would listen to the audio and then read the section in print.

The second section has more stories, so it is easier.

Will it add to my enjoyment of LOTR? is an interesting question. I'll ponder that. Maybe I'll have to read LOTR again to answer it.

73streamsong
Aug 12, 2019, 11:44am Top

>70 EllaTim: It *is* hard to wait on a revaluation of my knee, but I guess it didn't surprise me, since Dr Google suggested that it's best for the ML (MCL) to heal as well as it can before proceeding with surgery on either it or the ACL.

At home, I'm doing the PT exercises with both legs, since my injured leg is looking more toned than the 'good' leg.

>71 jnwelch: HI Joe! I'm definitely enjoying The Rosie Result. It's quirky and funny but also more nuanced in the question of what makes one autistic a person with autism, and how labels are non-productive.

74Familyhistorian
Aug 12, 2019, 8:42pm Top

Happy newish thread, Janet. I see that your ticker for books read says 72 while the book in >67 streamsong: is #62. Are you posting about them out of order to keep us on our toes? Sorry to see that the knee problems don't have a quick fix but good that it looks like your mobility is improving.

75streamsong
Aug 13, 2019, 11:48am Top

>74 Familyhistorian: Ha! Sharp eyes, Meg! I have indeed read 72 books. My list of books read is in >6 streamsong: with the reviewed books starred. I am waaaaaaaay behind with reviews, but I did skip ahead to post reviews of the 2 LTER books that I read recently.

I am letting being more housebound sap my energy rather than giving me the time to get things accomplished. I need to shake it off, suck it up and work on accomplishing more each day!

My knee *IS* quite a bit better and I am getting out more, which also gives me the energy to get more accomplished.

Will I ever find my kitchen table again? I suspect it's somewhere under the piles.

76msf59
Edited: Aug 14, 2019, 6:34am Top

Happy Wednesday, Janet. Queen of the Mountaineers sounds like a good one. I have added it to the list. I am currently enjoying The Women of the Copper Country. I love me some MDR. This might be your cuppa too.

77BLBera
Aug 14, 2019, 11:56am Top

I'm glad the knee is improving, Janet. Fingers crossed that you can get some permanent relief.

78streamsong
Aug 17, 2019, 12:57pm Top

>76 msf59: Hi Mark - Queen of the Mountaineers sounds fun.

I'm interested in reading The Women of the Copper Country. MDR is a favorite of mine.

It does seem odd that with a title like TWOTCC it's not a story of Montana. Butte's open pit copper mine was known as the 'richest hill on earth'.

>77 BLBera: Thanks, Beth for the good knee wishes. I'll be happy when this gets revaluated next month and the plan for surgery is made.

79streamsong
Aug 17, 2019, 1:04pm Top

Ha! a review! If I do a review-a-day, I should easily be caught up by the end of the month.

This was the July PBS/NYT Now Read This bookclub selection.



63. *The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea - 2018
- July PBS/NYT Now Read This
- library


When his nearly hundred-year-old mother passes, Big Angel chooses to put off her memorial service to coincide with his birthday. Big Angel knows this will be his last celebration. Although he hasn’t shared the details with his family, Big Angel is dying of cancer.

The family gathers – a wonderful sprawling Mexican-American family. Some are legal immigrants; some are not. There are black sheep, including one who has decided to sell drugs and it is not welcome. A half brother, Little Angel, has a white mother and is a university professor in Seattle. There are old feuds and jealousies and rehashes of past disagreements.

Later editions of the book have a detailed family genealogy included. While many people in the PBS group read thought this was helpful, I enjoyed the confusion of not quite knowing who was who – it reminded me of my own family reunions.

Through it all, Big Angel keeps an unexpected and surprisingly heartfelt gratitude journal.

Touching, sprawling, at times humorous, I really enjoyed this book.

80fuzzi
Aug 17, 2019, 2:12pm Top

>68 streamsong: I have never been able to finish The Silmarillion, though I have read TLOTR many, many times. I hope you enjoy it ALL the way to the end.

81streamsong
Aug 18, 2019, 7:09am Top

>80 fuzzi: That's exactly my experience with The Silmarillion and the LOTR. The combo of listening to it and reading parts of it in the paper form are getting me through.

82karenmarie
Aug 18, 2019, 10:00am Top

Hi Janet!

I'm sorry you have to wait another three weeks now for a reevaluation.

I tried The Silmarillion a long time ago and was bored beyond measure. This is entirely consistent with my extreme lack of interest in anything LOTR. Oh well, there are lots of other books out there to read.

>66 streamsong: Fascinating woman who I've never heard of! Thanks for an enticing review.

83streamsong
Edited: Aug 18, 2019, 12:23pm Top

>82 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Keep thinking good thoughts about my knee. It *is* hard just waiting to see how much healing the Medial Ligament will do on its own before ML and/or ACL surgery is suggested. I'm attacking the PT hard each day.

I was so excited when The Silmarillion was released. I'm sure I bought it right away in 1977. It was one of the first books I cataloged here on on LT in 2006. So finishing it, in one form or another will be a Big Deal for me.

I also have a copy of The Children of Hurin on MT TBR. Maybe some day I will get to that one, too.

Thanks for the kudos on the review. **Taken** If you or anyone else would like to have this copy of Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman I'd be happy to share. It's an MP3 audio (one disc).

84karenmarie
Aug 18, 2019, 12:14pm Top

Well, since you put it that way... I've PM'd you my name and address so you don't have to dig back through Comments to find where I sent it before. *smile*

85streamsong
Aug 18, 2019, 12:21pm Top

I don't read many children's books; maybe one or two a year. But this was another suggestion by Mary (mdoris) and I couldn't resist.



64. The Lost WordsRobert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris – 2017
- library

Back Cover:“ When the most recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary – widely used in schools around the world – was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. The words were no long being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher newt, otter and willow. Among the words taking their place were ‘attachment, blog, broadband, bullet point, cut-and-paste and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions – the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual – became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.

In response, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that would conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren.”


This is a beautiful book – the poetry is wonderful and the watercolor illustrations are marvelous. My biggest regret is that I don’t have a youngster around to share this with. In the meantime, although I checked this out from the library, it’s on my wish list to have my own copy.

The illustrations are available as fine art prints, posters and even postcard size images. I’d love to have one in my home.



86streamsong
Edited: Aug 18, 2019, 12:37pm Top

>84 karenmarie: I'll try to get it sent this week, Karen. I'm glad it's found a home!

87fuzzi
Aug 18, 2019, 12:34pm Top

>85 streamsong: book bullet! And I know of a little girl who might appreciate it in a few years...

88mdoris
Aug 18, 2019, 6:45pm Top

Janet really glad that you enjoyed The Lost Words. Funny I didn't think of it as a children's book (although you are probably right about that!) I thought of it more as a coffee table book, an art book. Agreed, the illustrations are fabulous.

Hope there is some very good knee healing going on for you.

New puppy is to come to us Labour Day weekend. I think there is some kind of joke in there about the timing!

89msf59
Aug 18, 2019, 7:45pm Top

Happy Sunday, Janet. Hooray for The House of Broken Angels. I loved that book too. And I may have to request The Lost Words. I love those illustrations.

90streamsong
Aug 19, 2019, 7:52am Top

>87 fuzzi: It's a beautiful book, Lor. I think you'll like it.

>88 mdoris: Hi Mary! It's a wonderful book. I thought of it as a children's book due to the backstory. But you're right; with those illustrations, it would make a lovely coffee-table book and the poetry, with its literary references, would probably most appeal to older kids (and adults). I tried to show the poetry with the raven, but it may be too hard to read.

Still, I would love to share it with a child, even if we only talked about the lovely paintings and skipped the poetry.

Hooray for a puppy! And the Labor Day arrival gave me a smile. I know you'll post lots of pictures!

>89 msf59: Hi Mark! THOBA was wonderful. Have you read anything else by Luis Alberto Urrea ?

I definitely think you should request a copy of The Lost Words. I think you'll be blown away by the illustrations.

91mdoris
Edited: Aug 19, 2019, 3:58pm Top

On our little Gulf Island there is a one room school house with kids from K to grade 6 and I am friends with the teacher here. I showed her The Lost Words in June (such a busy month for teachers=on max!!!) and she was capitvated as to how she could use it in the classroom in all sorts of creative ways. Hoping she gets it this fall to share with her kids!

Just started his Underland and it looks promising.

92jnwelch
Aug 19, 2019, 3:13pm Top

>79 streamsong:. Oh good, Janet. I loved The House of Broken Angels. Nice review.

93streamsong
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 11:08am Top

>91 mdoris: "On our little Gulf Island there is a one room school house with kids from K to grade 6"

Mary, I think I just fell in love with your island!

I can see how teachers could find lots of creative things to do with The Lost Words. In fact, I had checked on Donors Choose to see if any teachers were requesting copies of the book. I didn't find any, but I'll check again.

I'll be interested to see what you think about Underland. I haven't read anything else by Macfarlane, and I am interested in nature writers.

I've just started another nature book The Moon by Whale Light by Dianne Ackerman. This one had me at the spectacular title!

>92 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! I'm glad you enjoyed THOBA, and I'm glad you stopped by to say hi.

94norabelle414
Aug 20, 2019, 1:46pm Top

>93 streamsong: I've added both Underland and The Moon by Whale Light to the list of books to read for my zoo volunteer book club! They both look great!

95streamsong
Aug 20, 2019, 1:46pm Top



65. Ruined by Reading - Lynne Sharon Schwartz - 1996
- library


“In any case the books I have wanted to write brood about what I brood about and they move in uncannily familiar rhythms. Reading them I feel caught out. Some stranger, like the author of Cornelli, has preempted my secrets. I am disarmed, but less alone”. P 68

On books made into movies:“Why can’t I appreciate each on its own terms? Because when I’ve read the book, I stubbornly don’t want anything else. Why should I, when I’ve had the real thing, as originally conceived? Form and content are inseparable, and Greta Garbo, bewitching as she is, is not the Anna Karenina Tolstoy envisioned. If the form changes, the content must change.” P78

These essays on reading were like having a very literate summary of many of my rather hazy thoughts about why I read. It was often like discovering something I already knew, but had not been able to articulate.

The author’s thoughts and my own are definitely in sync. In places where they are not (I do often enjoy movies made from books), I enjoyed her thoughtful point of view.

96streamsong
Edited: Aug 20, 2019, 2:21pm Top

>94 norabelle414: Hi Nora! That sounds like an amazing book club and an amazing way to volunteer.

I'm enjoying The Moon by Whale Light. I'm still in the the first section which is about bats. I would never think bats could be so interesting and had given them little thought. But, in this past month I went to an amazing 'bat-watching by sonar device' at the river here and I'm now very intrigued by them.

97mdoris
Edited: Aug 20, 2019, 3:22pm Top

This was new to me recently but one I will now refer to often. It is a prize for best nature writing but maybe you know about it. Underland was the prize winner for 2019. i have read other of Macfarlane books but want to read them all at some point.

https://wainwrightprize.com

98jnwelch
Aug 20, 2019, 6:24pm Top

"These essays on reading were like having a very literate summary of many of my rather hazy thoughts about why I read. It was often like discovering something I already knew, but had not been able to articulate.

Well, that got me! Adding Ruined by Reading to the WL. Like you, I often enjoy movies from books, but I do agree with her comment that generally, if the form changes (e.g. Greta Garbo as Anna), the content must change.

Sometimes the book and the movie are great in different ways. I felt that way about Anatomy of a Murder recently. I'd recommend doing both -seeing the movie and reading the book.

99streamsong
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 11:14am Top

>97 mdoris: Hi Mary! No, I had not heard of that prize. Thank you for the link.

I think it's probably not well known in the US.

I do keep an eye on the National Outdoor Book Award (US) which is a mix of fiction, nonfiction and field guides. The LT list is here: https://www.librarything.com/bookaward/National+Outdoor+Book+Award

I'm going to tag both Joe >98 jnwelch: and Mark >76 msf59: because I think they will be tickled by an outdoor bookprize called 'The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for Nature Writing'.

>98 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I enjoyed Ruined by Reading very much. It does have quite a few negative reviews, though, so it will be interesting to see which side of the fence you are on.

100Oberon
Aug 21, 2019, 3:20pm Top

>68 streamsong: and >85 streamsong: Excellent books here - some of my favorites. I am especially big fan of Borges and The Garden of Forking Paths. >83 streamsong: I will note that I found The Children of Hurin a much, much easier and enjoyable read than The Silmarillion which read more like a guide book to the world than an actual story.

>93 streamsong: I am most the way through Underland by Robert Macfarlane. I got hooked on his book The Old Ways and have been working my way though several of his other books. He is an excellent nature writer - probably my favorite right now. I purchased The Lost Words nominally for my youngest but having read the book I do think it is more a coffee table book than children's book. In any case, I highly recommend moving some of Macfarlane's books up your reading list. Underland is excellent and I will be sad when I have completed it.

101mdoris
Aug 21, 2019, 5:05pm Top

Janet, I thought of that too that Joe and Mark would LOVE the beer aspect of the U.K. Nature Writing Prize. I'm not sure how you do a tag to them but glad that you know how. Good idea!

102msf59
Edited: Aug 21, 2019, 7:04pm Top

>90 streamsong: I have read 5 books by Urrea, and one slight GN. My favorite is probably The Devil's Highway: A True Story. The only NF title. I also really enjoyed The Hummingbird's Daughter and his story collection.

>99 streamsong: Ooh, I like this Outdoor Book Award deal. You will have to let me know, when the awards are announced.

103streamsong
Aug 23, 2019, 10:04am Top

>100 Oberon: Hi Erik - Nice to see you stop by. Thanks for the encouragement on The Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin. As the stories in the Silmarillion get closer in time to the LOTR, they are becoming more familiar and so, more interesting.

I'm loving Labyrinths. It was tough for me to sometimes fall into his mindset - now I love his twists and turns and will defininitely be reading more.

After several such positive recommendations, Underland is now definitely on my list.

104streamsong
Aug 23, 2019, 10:22am Top

>101 mdoris: Actually, Mary I just made the tagging up. I just used their last post on this thread, so that if they are skimming fast (don't we all!), they will hopefully see it.

>102 msf59: Hi Mark! Sounds like I need to check out more by Urrea. I envy your audio book time while you work!

The 2019 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for Nature Writing was already announced in the link Mary shared: https://wainwrightprize.com

The winner was Underland.



The short list:
Underland by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
Wilding by Isabella Tree (Picador)
Time Song by Julia Blackburn (Jonathan Cape)
Our Place by Mark Cocker (Jonathan Cape)
Thinking On My Feet by Kate Humble (Aster)
Out Of The Woods by Luke Turner (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland (Sandstone Press)

105streamsong
Aug 23, 2019, 10:32am Top



I had mentioned this book in my previous thread (Thread three post 256) as it totally blew me away, but I had not written a review. I need reviews so I will remember details (sigh). Joe has said it’s one of his favorite books of the year, and I think it will be one of mine, too.



66. Good Talk: A Memoir in ConversationsMira Jacob 2019
- graphic novel
- library


Author Mira Jacob has written a stunning graphic novel about living as an Indian American in the US, and struggling to explain racism to her mixed race son. Her son asks straightforward questions as children will do – in the vein of why the emperor has no clothes. The questions themselves and their answers are often funny and sad at the same time.

We learn of Mira’s growing up, her experiences after 9/11 when anyone with a darker complexion was met with distrust and she was told to ‘Just go back home!” We see her angst as Donald Trump rises to power and unexpectedly wins the US presidential election. She fears for her own future, her son’s future and the entire nation’s future.

It’s also an unusual and arresting graphic format, with photographs as the backgrounds and lifelike drawn avatars of the characters in the foreground.



Extremely well done and highly recommended! 5 stars.

106mdoris
Aug 23, 2019, 8:23pm Top

I keep lurking on my local library website to see if they have ordered Good Talk and they haven't so far but with your wonderful review in mind I have sent a letter of request and I sure hope they purchase it. If not I guess I'll have to order it myself. I do like graphic novels and this one sounds intriguing.

107BLBera
Aug 24, 2019, 12:02pm Top

Wow, Janet. You've done some great reading while you are not as mobile as you'd like to be! The House of Broken Angels is on my WL, as well as the Macfarlane, which looks gorgeous. Ruined by Reading sounds like it's one I will love, and I did love Good Talk -- everyone should read this. I loved the illustrations as well. Jacobs is obviously very creative.

108EBT1002
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 12:32am Top

>105 streamsong: I have that book on my bedside table. I need to read it! Mira Jacob is a friend of a friend, so I have that two-degrees-of-separation thing happening. And it just sounds like an excellent read.

>95 streamsong: I've not heard of that one and it sounds enjoyable, as well!

>85 streamsong: That one, too!

Your thread is deliciously dangerous!!

109streamsong
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 11:38am Top

>106 mdoris: Hi Mary! It's definitely worth purchasing. Hope you can find a copy, soon.

>107 BLBera: Hi Beth - It sounds like our reading is in sync. I just need to get caught up on reviews. Sigh.

Yay for Good Talk love.

>108 EBT1002: Hi Ellen. Very cool on the Mira Jacob connection. It's a very quick read and I know you'll love it. The other two you mentioned are also quick, so I'm not doing as much harm as you may think.

Deliciously dangerous - now that's a complement!

110streamsong
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 12:05pm Top

Montana drama.

With my knee, I am barely getting the day to day things done around here and my place is looking pretty shaggy and overgrown. Lots of water means lots of cottonwoods and brush. The wild roses are going crazy. It's beginning to look like Sleeping Beauty's castle around here.

Thursday night I went to a Shakespeare in the Park performance with two friends. I came home as it was getting dusk and fed horses by flashlight.

Friday morning when I went out to feed, I discovered a dead, partially eaten doe in my back yard within yards of the house.

I had not heard anything at all during the night. No disturbance from the horses. The condition of the doe suggested it was killed the previous evening.

Friends on FB assure me it has the hallmarks of a mountain lion kill rather than a coyote kill. I have seen mountain lions twice in the years I have lived here, so it's not impossible.

I am freaked that the reason it was partially eaten was that perhaps I came home in the semi dark and was out there feeding horses and spooked it.

Whatever happened, it was waaaaaay too close to my house.

111mdoris
Aug 25, 2019, 12:31pm Top

Oh Janet what a story to tell about your probable cougar spooking so close to your house. YIKES!

112ronincats
Aug 25, 2019, 3:56pm Top

Wow, Janet! But since mountain lions typically START huntin at dusk, the probability is that the kill was later in the night, despite no disturbance from the horses. Still, what an experience!

113mdoris
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 5:06pm Top

Do you have motion detecting exterior floodlights?

114jnwelch
Edited: Aug 25, 2019, 6:31pm Top

Hooray for Good Talk! I'm impressed you explained it so well in only a few words.

Boo to your bum knee. That has to be frustrating. Sending healing vibes your way.

Yikes to the partially eaten doe way too close to your house. We don't see anything like that around these here urban parts. That would freak me out, too.

115streamsong
Aug 26, 2019, 11:09am Top

>111 mdoris: YIKES is right, Mary! Nothing like this in the 20+ years I've lived here.

>112 ronincats: That's a good, logical deduction, Roni. But I left out some graphic evidence for the earlier time of killing. There were maggots, which meant the kill happened at least 12 hours prior to my finding it at 9am. It also means a daylight kill since the flies that lay the eggs aren't active at night. No rigor, which can dissipate in deer as early as 12 hours. Gross details, huh! And nothing I knew before this incident .....

>113 mdoris: No, I don't , Mary. That might be a good idea. I've always loved the dark here - the night sky is endless and spectacular.

I'm also strongly thinking about a new dog so I have an extra set of finely tuned senses. Right now I'm just spooked.

I have a brand new trail camera that I meant to set up at the creek - but just for entertainment value, since I believe the trail along the creek is a super highway for critters.

>114 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! It's a new one for me, too.

Glad you liked the Good Talk Review. It's such a fine book!

My knee is totally frustrating, but getting stronger and more stable, which I hope means the MCL is healing.

116streamsong
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 12:56pm Top

Hooray! I finished book #75, which is the worthy-of-a-place of honor Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. Of course, being half a dozen reviews behind, means it will be a while before I review it.

I've had to temporarily set aside The Moon by Whalelight to focus on Thursday's book club book, Red Notice by Bill Browder. It's so far out of the norm from my usual fare, that I would have not picked it up on my own. But this memoir of corruption in the Moscow political machine and the financial pillaging by the Russian oligarchs reads like a spy thriller.

And while it's set a decade before T was elected and his name is not mentioned, it makes me more suspicious than ever of his part in Russian shennanigans and Putin's presidency in general. It should be a lively discussion on Thursday.

117mdoris
Edited: Aug 26, 2019, 3:59pm Top

I know Janet, the night sky in darkness is fantastic. I can see what you are saying about not wanting to compromise that.
Congrats on hitting the big 75. What an accomplishment so early in the year.

118fuzzi
Aug 26, 2019, 9:56pm Top

>116 streamsong: yippee! Nice going.

119ronincats
Aug 26, 2019, 10:57pm Top

Congrats on reaching the 75 book mark, Janet!!

120msf59
Aug 27, 2019, 6:29am Top

Congrats on hitting 75, Janet! Our magic number! And hooray for Good Talk. What a wonderful surprise, that one turned out to be.

>110 streamsong: Spooky Montana drama! Any tracks seen?

121streamsong
Aug 27, 2019, 11:01am Top

>117 mdoris: I'm still thinking about your suggestion, Mary. Perhaps motion detector lights that I could switch off?

Wow - now that is a wonderful graphic - thank you! and thank you for the congratulations. I usually read just over 100 books a year, so I'm about a month ahead of myself this year.

>118 fuzzi: Thanks, Lor!

>119 ronincats: Thanks, Roni!

>120 msf59: Thanks, Mark!

No tracks. Grassy yard, backing up to heavily brushed area and grassy pastures.

122streamsong
Aug 27, 2019, 11:21am Top

Last month's RLBC selection. This one generated quite a bit of discussion earlier on this thread, starting about >31 streamsong:



67. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens2018
- July RLBC
- acq'd 2019


Kya’s father returned from WWII a damaged man. He moved his wife deep into the North Carolina marshland, where few but society’s outcasts lived. Due to his alcoholism and abuse, one by one his children and wife left him, until only 6 year old Kya and her father remained. And when Kya turned ten, her father left, too, leaving Kya alone in the swamp.

Luckily she had had years of learning to survive on indigenous foods. She was befriended by a boy her age, who taught her to read. Her observations of birds and plants and her ability to draw, led to a surprisingly successful career.

But then a murder occurred and circumstantial evidence pointed to Kya. Could this odd girl-now-woman, rejected and ostracized by the nearby community, have committed such an intricate plot?

The natural history of the marsh and birds are beautifully done, rich and true. Author Delia Owens spent time as a field biologist and wrote best-selling nonfiction about her time in Africa.

I did have quibbles with the book. It stretched my credulity that this abandoned girl, totally on her own, could not just support herself physically, but, became such a skilled illustrator of her beloved marsh.

Overall though, I found it sweeping and hard to put down. Recommended. 4 stars.

123jnwelch
Aug 27, 2019, 12:06pm Top

Congrats on reaching 75, Janet, and great pick for the one that done it.

Your quibbles are legit, but Where the Crawdads Sing still had me totally under its spell. Good review.

124drneutron
Aug 27, 2019, 12:14pm Top

Congrats!

125Oberon
Aug 27, 2019, 4:45pm Top

>116 streamsong: I think that Red Notice has a lot to inform about the current state of Trump/Russia. After all, the Trump Tower meeting that they finally admitted to was about Magnitsky sanctions and Putin's subsequent refusal to let Americans adopt Russian children. A very good book to understand how we got where we are.

126EBT1002
Aug 27, 2019, 11:30pm Top

I know that Where the Crawdads Sing stretched credulity but I so loved it. I'm glad you also enjoyed it.

I find myself thinking about the scene in "The Big Chill," when Nick is sitting up late at night watching an old black-and-white film. Sam comes down for a midnight snack and finds Nick sitting there. He watches the film over Nick's shoulder for a moment, then...

Sam:
What's this?

Nick:
I'm not sure.

Sam:
What's it about?

Nick:
I don't know.

Sam:
Who's that?

Nick:
I think the guy in the hat did something terrible.

Sam:
Like what?

Nick:
You're so analytical. Sometimes you have to let art... flow... over you.


It was one of my favorite scenes and it resonates for me as one who is probably too ready to suspend disbelief. Heh.

Congratulations on reaching the 75 mark, and Red Notice sounds very interesting.

127streamsong
Aug 28, 2019, 10:35am Top

>123 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe.

>124 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>125 Oberon: " After all, the Trump Tower meeting that they finally admitted to was about Magnitsky sanctions and Putin's subsequent refusal to let Americans adopt Russian children"

I had not put that together, Erik. Thank you.

Note: The orphans in question had medical conditions that could not be treated in Russia. Putin used 50,000 sick kids as a political pawn.

I just finished the book. Wow. Five star read.

128streamsong
Edited: Aug 28, 2019, 12:44pm Top

>126 EBT1002: That is a great exchange. Thanks for sharing. I definitely fall into the 'What the heck? Is that even possible?" camp.

I know that other people's quibbles can be annoying (sometimes I am annoyed by them.)

Sometimes I miss out on magic.

And sometimes I look something up, find out it is possible, and my world view shifts a little.

I haven't ever watched "The Big Chill". But I just now added it to my Netflix queue.

129FAMeulstee
Aug 28, 2019, 5:52pm Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Janet!

130karenmarie
Edited: Aug 31, 2019, 6:37am Top

Hi Janet! Congrats on reading 75! I’m one book behind – just deciding this morning which book to read for #75.

>110 streamsong: Yikes. I’d be spooked, too. I’ve e-mailed your ‘report’ to Karen and asked her if she’s got mountain lions near Bozeman.

>122 streamsong: Good review. It’s strange – the quibbles out here in central NC are why she would go all the way to Asheville instead of Raleigh, and the swamps Down East aren’t described ‘propely’, whatever that means. *smile*

>128 streamsong: I’m so glad you’re going to watch The Big Chill. I’ve watched it perhaps a half-dozen times over the years and always love it.

131streamsong
Edited: Aug 30, 2019, 10:22am Top

>129 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! I know you are far beyond that number as you are going for 4 x 75!

>130 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Thanks and yay for your 75!

I'm sure there are mountain lions around Bozeman, too. They are so incredibly beautiful, that it's an honor to catch a rare glimpse. But this kill within a few yards of my back door? No, thank you!

I remember you mentioning the local quibbles about WTCS. It's amazing how small details can get under one's skin, when something isn't done ‘propely’ - love that word! As Ellen quoted from the Big Chill "Sometimes you have to let art... flow... over you."

132streamsong
Edited: Aug 30, 2019, 11:03am Top

Hooray! The last of the July reviews!



69. - Parable of the Talents - Octavia Butler - 1998
–SeriesCat: Series definitely completed
- library

This is the sequel to Parable of the Sower. It’s told by Larkin, the daughter of Lauren Olamina and her husband David. Larkin, now a mature woman, reads and reflects on Olamina’s journals.

Olamina had founded a religion known as Earthseed, with the basic tenet being “God is Change”. She gathered people to her enclave, quietly converting them to her beliefs while providing a safe place in the midst of the climate change dystopian chaos of roving gangs of raiders, human trafficking, starvation and general societal breakdown.

But the true threat comes when a right wing fascist President is elected. His slogan is ‘Make America Great Again’ (this was written in 1998!) He brings with him a brand of Christian fundamentalism that teaches that only turning to Christian extremism will pacify God and save the world. Those who don’t believe, are targeted by extreme vigilante groups. Naturally Earthseed falls, becomes a concentration camp, and the children are removed to appropriate Christian homes.

Even Lauren’s long lost brother, Marcus, becomes a leader in this brand of far right Christianity.

“God is Change” and the twists and turns as the story unfolds embody this.

I was amazed by the presentience of this novel, as it examines climate change and the resulting political and societal change leading to more death and destruction.

4.5 stars

133streamsong
Edited: Aug 30, 2019, 11:02am Top

Wednesday a friend and her husband showed up and helped me out with some chores (fixing fence, mowed the lawn). Oh how wonderful! I have been turning down offers of help, because I feel like I *should* be able to do this. The truth is, however, things just keep getting further and further behind. :(

And then book club. Even though half a dozen of the regulars weren't there, there was a record 18 people attending. Red Notice was incredibly thought provoking and it was an interesting group of people for the discussion. All I can say is read it. It's a huge insight into the current Russian situation and is a riveting read. Nope, Drumpf is not mentioned once since it was published in 2016.

Busy day today. Horse chores, followed by my small daily effort at cleaning up the area where I hope my hay will be delivered soon.

PT this afternoon which absolutely slayed me on Wednesday. We need to go easier in PT today as a friend and I are going to the local county fair and rodeo this evening. County fairs are still a Big Event in Montana - 4H kids, pies, garden produce, flowers, handicrafts and quilts all on display.

Another friend, who just turned 85, is the head of the natural fiber exhibits - spinning and weaving. Not a typo - she is 85. I want to be her in 20 years.

134mdoris
Aug 30, 2019, 12:42pm Top

I thought Red Notice was an amazing read as well.

135streamsong
Edited: Aug 31, 2019, 1:11pm Top

>134 mdoris: Hi Mary! I'm glad you enjoyed appreciated it as well. Business, Russian politics, and reads like a thriller. I feel much more informed having read it.

136BLBera
Aug 31, 2019, 12:29pm Top

Congrats on reaching 75, Janet.

Mountain lion in your yard! Yikes.

137streamsong
Aug 31, 2019, 3:32pm Top

>136 BLBera: Thank you, Beth.

Yikes is right on the mountain lion. All my neighbors say the same thing. :)

138streamsong
Edited: Aug 31, 2019, 3:41pm Top



71. Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone - Michelle Caffrey - 2018
- purchased 2019

This book is a bit of a local phenomenon.

From the back cover: “Imagine your dog, suddenly lost in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. How long would the beloved member of your fur family survive? Alone. At night. Surrounded by wolves, mountain lions, and grizzly bears. Day after day, week after week.

“Here is the gripping true story of Jade, a young Australian shepherd, who disappears into Yellowstone’s wilderness after a horrific car wreck. …

“Days stretch into weeks with no sign of the Aussie. Then park employee Kat Brekken hears about the missing pup and launches a huge search effort fueled by social media. Soon hundreds of volunteers pool their energies to bring Jade home ….

… uplifting, it shows what lengths we as humans will go to help each other when moved to do so”


Even though I love dogs, I am not a fan of people taking their dogs into national parks. Nevertheless, these dog owners did so, even envisioning it as a vacation ‘for the dogs’. But, at least the owners were doing everything right. Their two dogs were crated in their car and under strict supervision on leashes when they were out. However, when their vehicle was struck by another car, Jade’s airline crate ‘shattered like an egg’ and Jade disappeared into the wilderness.

However improbable it is that a dog could survive over six weeks among predators, thermal features and yes, even the Yellowstone traffic, it’s a dog story that you can read with the confidence that your heart won’t be torn out at the end.

The writing style is a bit jerky and it’s not great literature. But if you are an admirer of Yellowstone National Park or a dog lover, you might well enjoy this book. It’s a good summer read.

It’s hard to rate this one. Story – 4 stars. Writing style – 3 stars. Would I read it again? Yes. Would I give as a gift to someone who needs a bit of uplifting? Yes. 3.7 stars.

139streamsong
Edited: Sep 1, 2019, 2:23pm Top

Hmmm - only 6 books read this month, which is a low for me. * = Reviewed. So, while I did get caught up on my reviews for the July books I read, I am still behind.

71. *Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone - Michelle Caffrey - 2018 - purchased 2019
72. The Monk: A Romance - Matthew Lewis - 1796 - 1001 - library - lyzard's amazing tutoring thread here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/142666#3622178
73. The Rosie Result -Graeme Simsion - 2019 - SeriesCat - Set in a location you've never been - (Australian author) - library
74. The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston - 1975 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club; purchased 2019 (but this is a reread and I know I already own it- just packed away) so ROOT #19/50; acquired pre 2006 = 13 ROOT points (72/225)
75. Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges - 1962 - 1001 - Global Reading - Argentina; Reading Globally: translated speculative fiction - library
76. Red Notice - Bill Browder - 2015 - Real Life Brown Bag Book Club - Global Reading: Russia; acq'd 2019

Read: 6
Fiction: 3
Nonfiction: 3
Children's: 0
In translation: 1
1001 Books: 1
Countries other than USA: England, Australia, Argentina
Essays: 0
Poetry: 0
Short story collections: 1
Memoir: 2
Graphic novels: 0

Men: 4 (usually I read more my female authors than men!)
Women: 2
Combo of men & women:
Off My Shelf (ROOTS): 1
Rereads: 1

As of 9/1/2019: 515 books on physical MT TBR - exactly the same as last month!
As of 8/1/2019: 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 7/1/2019: 516 books on physical MT TBR

Books added to LT in August: 10
Library: 5 (1 read, 1 reading)
purchased: 4 (3 read)
LTER: 1 (read 0; total 3 LTER to read)

140streamsong
Edited: Sep 15, 2019, 12:33pm Top

If you decide to read this, be sure to check out the thread where lyzard is tutoring Squeaky Chu https://www.librarything.com/topic/142666#3622178



72. The Monk: A Romance - Matthew Lewis - 1796
- 1001
- library -

“remember that a moment past in your arms in this world, o’er pays an age of punishment in the next”.

In the forward written by Stephen King, King describes this novel, written in 1796 as one of the forerunners of a new genre – novels written for pleasure reading, not merely (moral) instruction. It was one of the first of the gothic novels using dark themes of sex and violence and so was exceptionally shocking to its 18th century readership.

And although not written to instruct, it is a scree against the Roman Catholic church, with monasteries and convents given particular criticism.

The young monk, Ambrosio, is the epitome of manhood and monkhood. Handsome, charismatic, well spoken, and pious; his sermons draw throngs. But he falls into sin – pride in his accomplishments, idolatry of a painting, and then lust for a beautiful young woman, Rosario, who had disguised herself as a fellow monk in order to be near him.

Rosario literally sells her soul to the devil for Ambrosio to be furthered in his evil plans to ensnare a beautiful, chaste young girl. In the end, Ambrosio himself must decide whether to sell his own soul, too.

Scattered within are delightful folktales – robbers and murderers in the forest, and an escape by dressing up as a famous ghost only to find … well I won’t say. Not to mention handsome young cavaliers deeply in love with the objects of their affections and humorous byplays to lighten the mood.

It’s not shocking to my 21st century sensibilities. Two hundred years down the line, we’ve seen these plots and evil plot devices before.

Overall, I enjoyed it: partially for the period piece it is and its place in literature, but also for its storytelling.

4 stars

141karenmarie
Edited: Sep 3, 2019, 1:00pm Top

Hi Janet!

Ya got me! I just bought The Monk for 99¢ for my Kindle and have also starred the lyzard/Squeaky Chu thread! Thanks.

142EllaTim
Sep 3, 2019, 5:30pm Top

>133 streamsong: It's so nice to get some help when you need it. My two brothers helped me out today at the allotment, I was so glad they came over, I can get through the winter now.

You have read some interesting books this month, very diverse.
Red Notice seems very interesting. I'll try to find it somewhere. What did happen between Putin and Trump, I don't know, but they seem to have a lot in common?

143EBT1002
Sep 3, 2019, 9:36pm Top

One of the best things about "The Big Chill" is the soundtrack. :-)

144EBT1002
Sep 3, 2019, 9:39pm Top

Good for you for accepting the friends' offer of help. I totally get the feeling that you "should" be able to keep up as well as the desire not to burden others, but helping is one of those things that gives to the giver as well as the recipient. :-)

I hope PT was a bit easier this most recent round.

145streamsong
Edited: Sep 4, 2019, 1:02pm Top

>141 karenmarie: Hope you enjoy it, Karen! Definitely more entertaining than Dickens. :)

>142 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Yes, it's nice to get some help. I'm glad your brothers helped with your garden. A little help can make such a big difference!

I don't know what the connection with Putin and Trump is. There are lots of rumors, but until the courts force Trump to disclose various documents, it will all be conjecture. Nevertheless, Red Notice highlights the way the Russian oligarchs do business - and it is scary.

Ha! on all the different book types - very true. The problem is that all my LT friends (and my RL friends) read such interesting, varied books.

146streamsong
Sep 4, 2019, 1:07pm Top


>143 EBT1002: >144 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! I'm looking forward to The Big Chill. I'll report back.

Grumble, grumble. I'd much rather give a bit of help than accept it. A common American pioneer spirit thing, I think.

PT going OK. I'm still tired afterward but no longer beaten into the ground. I do my home exercises regularly. My legs are becoming rather muscle-y. :)

Monday my knee gets re-evaluated, although I will only be talking to the physician's assistant and not the doctor. I'll have to make an appointment with him to discuss options.

147Donna828
Sep 5, 2019, 8:34am Top

It's been fun catching up on your eclectic reading, Janet. I'm so sorry that your knee is still not behaving. I know it's difficult to accept help, but as you know, people do like to step in when needed, so maybe you can look on it as doing them a favor. Ha!

You have piqued my interest in the Octavia Butler books. I really don't know if and when I'll fit them in, but they definitely sound interesting to me. It's a good thing books are patient. I love knowing that I'll never run out of good reads.

148msf59
Sep 5, 2019, 8:44am Top

Sweet Thursday, Janet. Glad you are experiencing some improvement. Good luck at the evaluation. And hooray for helpful friends and neighbors. I am sure you would do the same for them.

Hope the books are treating you well.

149streamsong
Edited: Sep 5, 2019, 12:46pm Top

>147 Donna828: Hi Donna! Glad you appreciate my eclectic reading.

Here's the link to my GR challenge which shows all the covers for the books I've read so far this year:

https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/15813958

Mark somehow did a copy and paste of his books from GR several years ago. It's what inspired me to list my books there. I am tickled by the variety of the covers of the books I've read.

>148 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for the good wishes.

The books are treating me very well. I just galloped through The Obelisk Gate, the second of the Broken Earth trilogy. I can't wait to get to the third, The Stone Sky. But, *eyeing the pile of books from the library* it will probably be next month.

I'm so enjoying Diane Ackerman's Moon By Whale Light, that I've started a book of her poetry, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter. The title is a reference to humans from a Mayan creation legend. I read poetry very slowly, (preferring to only read one a day and reading it several times) but the first few are amazing.

I'm also reading Bernie, a graphic biography of Bernie Sanders by far left cartoonist Ted Rall. This was a 'Joe's fault' recommendation and I'm finding Rall's analysis of the Democratic party quite interesting.

150witchyrichy
Edited: Sep 5, 2019, 8:58pm Top

I am hopelessly behind but wanted to say hello. Happy 75!

I'm doing PT for my hip and noticed I am developing thigh muscles. I exercise in small bursts at home but still am wiped out after an hour or so. I did discover the joy of ice and meditation at the back of the PT room.

151EBT1002
Sep 5, 2019, 8:51pm Top

The arthritis in my right knee continues to, um, thrive. I wish it would not. I don't know what is in my future but I hope it's more running! I'll be interested to hear what happens when you get more info about yours.

152streamsong
Edited: Sep 7, 2019, 12:16pm Top

>150 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Good to see you! Thanks on the congrats.

I hope your hip is improved by the PT. Is it feeling better?

Yes, it's funny how the slavedrivers therapists create muscles. Although I work both legs at home, only the injured one gets worked in PT so, after three months of this it's actually even more firmed up than the 'good' leg.

Love that ice afterwards. I'm sad they take it away after ten minutes. ;)

>151 EBT1002: I'm sorry to hear about your knee, Ellen. I hope it continues to let you run for many years to come!



153BLBera
Sep 7, 2019, 8:02pm Top

I hope the knee improves. I have a patellar femoral syndrome for which I am supposed to do exercises.

154streamsong
Sep 9, 2019, 11:29am Top

>153 BLBera: Hi Beth! I hope your knee improves, too. Hmmm with all the PT going on we may have to have a meetup in a gym besides a bookstore!

155streamsong
Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 10:47am Top



73. The Rosie ResultGraeme Simsion - 2019
- August SeriesCat - Set in a location you don't live - (Australia)
– library


This is the third book of the Don Tillman series.

In previous books, we were introduced to Don. He seems to the reader obviously autistic/asperger’s although Don apparently does not recognize this. As a result, he misreads many social situations, but is not just a humorous buffoon, but an interesting, successful and sympathetic character.

In this installment, Don and his wife Rose have returned to Australia along with their son, Hudson. Hudson is in school and obviously encountering many of the same social cue challenges that Don has. As Rosie and Don search for answers in their own lives, they also search for answers to smooth Hudson’s path.

And so, it becomes a much more thoughtful look at autism. Was Don ever labeled/diagnosed? What does a label do to a child? Is the school’s label of success, the same as success for the child? What needs to be done so that a non-neurotypical child not only succeeds in a neurotypical world, but can celebrate himself?

As usual, there are many humorous and not so humorous missteps and tangles as Don and Rosie sort out their own lives and that of their son.

This is my favorite of the series so far.

156witchyrichy
Sep 10, 2019, 11:26am Top

>154 streamsong: I LOVE going to PT. It is in the little town next door so I basically sit and gossip with the locals for an hour while we exercise.

>155 streamsong: I have only read the first in the series. Didn't hear good things about the second one but may give it a try if it means getting to the third one.

157streamsong
Sep 11, 2019, 9:37am Top

>156 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! That's a funny description of PT - but I get it. I run into at least three other people with whom I've renewed friendships.

I liked the third of the series (The Rosie Result) much better than the first two, which I found amusing but not memorable. I wonder if Graeme Simision has more planned.

158streamsong
Edited: Sep 11, 2019, 2:25pm Top

This was the August PBS/NYT Now Read This selection. This is a reread for me. I know I have a copy packed away, so it is ROOT #19/50. The quote below is one my ex-husband and I discussed - maybe even fought over a bit. :)



74. The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston - 1975
- PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club;
-Re-purchased 2019 (but this is a reread and I know I already own it- just packed away) so ROOT #19/50; acquired pre 2006 = 13 ROOT points (72/225)


“Once I get outside the house, what bird might call me: on what horse could I ride away? Marriage and childbirth strengthen the swordswoman, who is not a maid like Joan of Arc. Do the woman’s work; then do more work which will become ours, too. No husband of mine will say, 'I could have been a drummer, but I had to think about the wife and kids. You know how it is.' Nobody supports me at the expense of his own adventure. Then I get bitter; no one supports me; I am not loved enough to be supported.” P 48

This was the August PBS/NYT Now Read This selection. It’s been hailed for 40 years as a classic of Chinese-American memoir literature. It’s also been highly criticized.

It’s a different sort of memoir. The author combines the story of her childhood in a Chinese-American neighborhood with her mother’s stories of China and Chinese folktales.

Kingston was never quite sure which of her mother’s stories were true and which were merely supposed to be morally instructive. And so, it’s memoir with a strong dose of what her mother called ‘talk-story’: and combines fiction with non-fiction.

It’s a story of strong women in a world not always kind to women. She relates the tale of Fa Mu Lan, the Chinese folk heroine who donned men’s clothes and fought in battle. She tells the story of her mother, a medical doctor in China, who having joined her husband in the United States, slaved night and day in the family Chinese laundry. Not all the women warriors win; some lose; some give up and settle in the place they have arrived.

But it’s a story of how author Maxine Hong Kinston became the person she is. And that’s the best kind of memoir.

159streamsong
Sep 11, 2019, 10:04am Top

The PA appointment about my knee went well. He feels the MCL is completely healed. I can start adding steps to my day (Yay!) along with the daily PT exercises of course. I need to wear the brace outside, but can go without it in the house - and oh wonderful! I don't have to wear it at night anymore.

I meet with the doctor in about two weeks to discuss the options for the ACL.

160msf59
Sep 11, 2019, 10:38am Top

Great news on the knee, Janet. Hooray! The Woman Warrior sounds like a good one too.

161fuzzi
Sep 11, 2019, 10:50am Top

>159 streamsong: wonderful news!

162mdoris
Sep 11, 2019, 2:08pm Top

That is such wonderful news about your healing knee and liberation from the brace inside. Fingers crossed that you have some options offered for the ACL repair.

163jnwelch
Sep 12, 2019, 9:31am Top

>155 streamsong:. Oh good. I loved The Rosie Result, too, Janet. I haven’t seen much 75er buzz about it yet, but I hope the good reviews spread.

164streamsong
Sep 12, 2019, 3:45pm Top

Mark, Joe, Mary: Thanks for the good wishes on the knee. I am pretty darn happy!

Does anyone remember the old fairy tale about an old couple whose noodles were too long for their very small house? They went to a wise man who advised them over the course of days to bring all their animals into their house. And then he advised them to take them one by one out again. They couldn't believe how big their house had become once all the animals were gone.

That's how I feel with my knee. I am so happy with the progress right now, that I don't need a perfect result. I'm counting my blessings until the next doctor's appointment.

>160 msf59: The Woman Warrior is a good one, Mark. I hope you get to it.

>163 jnwelch: I was feeling meh about the Don and Rosie series, but really enjoyed this one, Joe. I'd love to see it get more buzz here on LT.

165streamsong
Sep 12, 2019, 3:52pm Top

Tomorrow I'm heading up to the Montana Book Fair in Missoula.

I'm only spending one day there this year; none of the authors have caught my interest, although I still want to support it.

I've signed up for two writing workshops: one on the "aboutness' of your story and one on revisions.

I have a couple panels and talks in mind that I'll also try to attend. One is on book reviews; a second on writing stories like culinary mysteries that have recipes and ingredients included in the story; perhaps a third one on Montana outdoor writing. Unfortunately, the venues are scattered throughout the downtown area, which makes getting around to various talks a bit of a challenge. :)

166mdoris
Sep 12, 2019, 4:41pm Top

Janet have a good time at your book fair.
I well remember the fairy tale you mention. It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach. I have always loved that book and it is good to be reminded of it from time to time. In my version it is bringing a puppy into the house and the semi chaos that entails.

167msf59
Sep 12, 2019, 5:44pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Janet. Hooray for the Book Fair. Can't wait to hear your thoughts and your book score.

168streamsong
Sep 14, 2019, 12:28pm Top

>166 mdoris: Hi Mary! Yes, that's exactly the fairy tale I had in mind. Your new puppy must fill the house with joyful chaos.

>167 msf59: Hi Mark!

True confession - even though I had prepaid for the workshops at the Book Festival, I didn't make it. I was just too tired. I vegged out yesterday - didn't get anymore done on my must do ASAP projects inside or out. I didn't even read much.

I'm feeling better today, so will tackle more projects. The book festival goes on through tomorrow, so I still have a chance to go of I decide to. Life will be better once I get my hay area cleaned up and the winter's hay delivered. It's always a heavy, hard job and this year, it's a major challenge.

169streamsong
Sep 14, 2019, 12:31pm Top

Still reading:
- The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton - 2013 - Global Reading: New Zealand; - library
- The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without Technology - Mark Boyle - 2019 - LTER - Global Reading - Ireland
- The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen - Hendrik Groen - 2018; Global Reading: Netherlands; audiobook, library - rec by Anita
- Jaguar of Sweet Laughter - Diane Ackerman - 1991 - library - poetry

170streamsong
Edited: Sep 15, 2019, 12:35pm Top

I have been neglecting the 1001 books to read before you die list this year. So when the Reading Globally group did a quarter of translated speculative fiction, I chose books from the 1001. This is the third book I chose for that challenge.



75. LabyrinthsJorge Luis Borges - 1962
- 1001
- Reading Globally: translated speculative fiction - library
- Global Reading - Argentina
- Short stories, essays and parables


From Amazon: “Multi-layered, self-referential, elusive, and allusive writing”

1001 Books : “ .. a collection of his major works, comprising some of his most important short stories and challenging essays. Here the reader can see the impact of vast ideas on tiny spots of history and individuals;” … “Magical realism, intertextuality, and postmodernistic trickery are all here, fresh and absorbing, before the burden of such descriptions.” p 562

In a labyrinth you set out on a journey and may end up somewhere entirely different; perhaps back at the beginning, or in these works, perhaps in an entirely different plane. Borges explores time, place and philosophical ideas while stretching you into the unexpected.

The first story, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" was to be thrown headlong into Borges with what to me was one of the most challenging stories. The real is combined with the fantastic as Borges describes a people without nouns; who believe nothing is concrete.

I found these short works to be original, absorbing and challenging. I read them all at least twice, letting them sink in and soak.

This is a book I could return to multiple times, gleaning something a bit different with each visit.

171FAMeulstee
Sep 14, 2019, 5:45pm Top

Your #75 was a good read, Janet!

I haven't read any Borges yet, I will get to him some day reading through the 1001.

172streamsong
Sep 15, 2019, 11:25am Top

>171 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! You're right that was a wonderful read. It was the first Borges I have read, too.

I am being so lax on reading the 1001 this year - only four so far, but I have enjoyed them all. I need to make it more of a priority.

173drneutron
Sep 15, 2019, 9:00pm Top

Congrats! Definitely a good choice for #75.

174streamsong
Sep 16, 2019, 2:07pm Top

Thank you, Jim! Sounds like you are a Borges fan!

175drneutron
Sep 16, 2019, 4:18pm Top

Yup!

176streamsong
Sep 17, 2019, 11:35am Top

K!

177streamsong
Sep 17, 2019, 11:48am Top

There are several comments on this thread about Red Notice since it was last month's RLBC selection.



76. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance Murder and One Man’s Fight for JusticeBill Browder – 2015
- August Real Life Brown Bag Book Club
- Global Reading: Russia
- acq'd 2019


“Russian Business culture is closer to that of a prison yard than anything else. In prison, all you have is your reputation. Your position is hard-earned and it is not relinquished easily. When someone is crossing the yard coming for you, you cannot stand idly by. You have to kill him before he kills you. If you don’t and if you manage to survive the attack, you’ll be deemed weak and before you know it, you will have lost your respect and become someone’s bitch. This is the calculus that every oligarch and every Russian politician goes through every day.” P 125

Back cover: ”This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune. But when he went after corruption in the Russian government, he barely escaped wth his life. His Russian lawyer, (Sergei Magnitsky) wasn’t so lucky; he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death.

"That changed Browder forever.

"He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade fighting it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law (The Magnitsky Act) passed in the United States that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.

"A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade ….”


Absolutely compelling. Having no financial background, I had no idea that a book written about the author’s experiences with hedge funds in Russia could be so fascinating.

It gives an important look into Putin, the oligarchs and Russia today. Although President Trump is not mentioned in the book, I believe it helps explain our current administration’s very troubling attitude toward Russia.

If I were to make a list of contemporary books that everyone should read, this one would be on it.

178FAMeulstee
Sep 17, 2019, 4:35pm Top

>177 streamsong: Good review, Janet, thumbed!
BB dodged, it is already on my list ;-)

179Oberon
Sep 18, 2019, 11:07am Top

>177 streamsong: Great review. Heartily agree with your assessment on its importance.

180BLBera
Sep 19, 2019, 7:58pm Top

Good news about your knee, Janet. Mine is a work in progress as well. Yes, a gym meet up sounds like an idea. :)

Congrats on reaching and passing 75.

181streamsong
Sep 20, 2019, 11:28am Top

>178 FAMeulstee: >179 Oberon: Thanks, Anita and Erik. I would love to see Red Notice have more visibility on this site.

Next week's RLBC book is a reread for me: We Were Eight Years in Power. And whoops! for some reason I thought it was Between the World and Me so I am also rereading that one.

>180 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. It is good news on my knee, although I'm sweating the next part. I'll find out on Wednesday what the recommendation from the doctor will be.

182BLBera
Sep 21, 2019, 9:11am Top

>181 streamsong: Fingers crossed, Janet.

183streamsong
Sep 22, 2019, 8:38am Top

>182 BLBera: Thanks, Beth!

184streamsong
Sep 22, 2019, 8:46am Top

I read the first in this series earlier this year with the PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club.



77. The Obelisk Gate N. K. Jemisin - 2016
– library
-

This is the second of the Broken Earth trilogy. Although each of the three books won the Hugo award in their respective year, I would not call this a stand alone. Start with the first one, The Fifth Season.

The Obelisk Gate continues the stories of Essun and her daughter Nassun. Each have become part of very different communities. Essun is in an underground community that attracts Orogenes, including Alabaster. Nassun has been taken by her father to a place that is rumored to ‘fix’ Orogenes, although the guardian Shaffa living there seems to have a very different agenda. Outside these communities, the season of death deepens, crops fail in the faded sunlight and people turn to cannibalism.

The world and the relationships are incredibly rich. I was not surprised to find that the author, N. K Jemison, is a psychologist, a she brings to bear her insights into these beautifully rounded characters.

I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to get to the third of the series, The Stone Sky.

185msf59
Sep 22, 2019, 9:44am Top

Happy Sunday, Janet. Hooray for hitting our magic number! I am so glad you enjoyed the second Broken Earth book. That is on my radar.

186streamsong
Sep 23, 2019, 11:41am Top

Hi Mark! Thanks for the kudos - I'm glad to hear that you are continuing with the Broken Earth trilogy, too.

Unfortunately, it will be a bit until I get to it. :(

Bookish stuff this week:

I need to finish The Luminaries which is overdue and can't be checked out again. I found this slow-going at the start, but am now thoroughly engrossed - although I am still occasionally fighting keeping the HUGE number of characters in their proper pigeonholes.

This will be followed by a VERY quick read of Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors which has a waiting list and also can't be renewed.

I'm listening to Beloved. This is a reread for me from BLT (so before 2006). I'm loving hearing Toni Morrison read it.

I'm also rereading We Were Eight Years in Power for the RL book club at the library.

The FOL book sale starts with its earlybird preview sale Tuesday evening and goes through Saturday which is $3.00/bag day.

187streamsong
Edited: Sep 23, 2019, 11:46am Top

I know there are comments on this book uppage - it took me forever to finish it, but since it's been unread since purchased in 1977, I have a distinct feeling of accomplishment.



78. The SilmarillionJ. R. R. Tolkien - 1977
- SeriesCat: fantasy - audio and print
- ROOT #20/50 acq'd pre 2006 = 13 ROOT points (85/225)

What can I say about this precursor to The Lord of the Rings? It is an absolutely astounding work, detailing the origins of the various races of Middle Earth, and their elaborate histories and interactions with one another.

I have been a fan of the Lord of the Rings since the 70’s when I first read it. I bought a first edition of the Silmarillion as soon as it was released. Unfortunately, I found it a difficult read. I had attempted it several times over the years and abandoned it.

This time I used both a copy of the audiobook and a written copy. That seemed to do the trick for me – the audio pulled me onward and I could then reread bits in the print chapters.

There were small gems– the old tales such as Beren One Hand, which are referred to in song and story in LOTR. The third part of the book detailed the Ring’s history and its previous wars with Sauron. That, too I found quite interesting. If you are thinking of giving this a try, you might literally read the third section first.

So how do I rate this? Shear genius and world building – 5/5 stars. Interest and readability – 3/5 stars. I won’t sully it by giving it an ‘average’ rating of 4 stars which does not reflect either of my two ratings.

188jnwelch
Sep 23, 2019, 12:59pm Top

So many good books! Go N.K. Jemison! The third one comes through just like the first two did.

Beloved is a knockout, isn't it. Kudos for doing a re-read (I found it a heartbreaker), and how great it must be to hear Toni Morrison read it.

I'm not the biggest fan of The Luminaries, but I did respect it. I hope you enjoy Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors as much as I did. I need to get to that Ta-Nehisi Coates book.

189FAMeulstee
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 4:10am Top

>187 streamsong: Congratulations on finishing The Silmarillion, Janet!

I must have read it somewhere in the 1980s, I remember some parts were hard to get through, and a feeling of accomplishment when I finished it. I like the way you explain your rating.

190EllaTim
Sep 23, 2019, 9:23pm Top

>184 streamsong: Great review. I still have to read part three of this series. Might need to reread the first parts, but it won't be a chore, it's so good.

Congratulations on finishing the Silmarillion!

191streamsong
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 12:07pm Top

>188 jnwelch: Thank, Joe! I'm glad you had such a great trip! Welcome back!

It's good to know that the Jemison comes through. Something to look forward to, for sure!

Toni Morrison reading Beloved *is* very special. Darn, I didn't write down who suggested it but, they hit a homerun by doing so. I know I'll figure it out when I revisit their thread. In the meantime, if you visit here, speak up!

I have about 100 pages to go in The Luminaries. I'm enjoying it, but can't imagine ever rereading it. I know I'm missing all the astrological references, but I am not interested enough to look them up.

We Were Eight Years in Power is absolutely spectacular Joe. I recommend it to you wholeheartedly.

192streamsong
Edited: Sep 24, 2019, 12:09pm Top

>189 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. I'll probably never, ever reread The Silmarillion, but I will keep it on my shelf. Now I want to revisit The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps this winter?

I finished listening to The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen which was a book bullet from you. Such a wise, funny and sad book about growing older and living in a retirement home. I have a couple more reviews to write before that one, but I am really glad to have read it - wish I had read it while my parents were still alive. I think I'll read the sequel (eventually!)

>190 EllaTim: Hi Ella - good to see you! Yay for The Broken Earth! And she has so many other books out, too.... Looks like lots of good reading to come.

And thanks re The Silmarillion. It sounds like a lot of people struggled through that one. I stand in utter awe of Tolkien's genius.

193fuzzi
Sep 24, 2019, 7:45pm Top

>187 streamsong: congratulations! I've read parts of The Silmarillion, but never completed it.

194FAMeulstee
Sep 26, 2019, 6:59am Top

>192 streamsong: Glad you liked The secret diary of Hendrik Groen, Janet. I haven't read the sequel yet either, but it is on the (ever growing) library list. Before reading the book, I saw the TV-adaption, it was very close to the book.

195streamsong
Sep 27, 2019, 1:40pm Top

>193 fuzzi: Hi Lor! I totally understand never making it through The Silmarillion. Thank goodness there isn't a test on it - I'd never pass ....

>194 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita - Thanks again for the book bullet, Anita. It was a good one.

196streamsong
Sep 27, 2019, 1:43pm Top

I had totally unexpected news from the doctor this week. He thinks my ACL is 'scar-ifying' onto my PCL and will form a permanent bond, so I will have a stable ACL without surgery. The MCL is still a bit unstable, but will also hopefully continue to heal. The doc will re-evaluate in two more months. In the meantime I continue physical therapy, daily exercise and wearing the brace outside. Such amazingly good news!

197mdoris
Sep 27, 2019, 3:24pm Top

Janet so very pleased with your good news. All your hard work is paying off. Well done!

198EllaTim
Sep 27, 2019, 8:48pm Top

That's great Janet. So much better to not need surgery.

199streamsong
Sep 28, 2019, 11:31am Top

>197 mdoris: >198 EllaTim: Thank you, Mary and Ella. Good news indeed!

200ronincats
Sep 28, 2019, 9:45pm Top

Good news re the knee, Janet! But how about the weather? Are you in the snow area or a bit south of it?

201msf59
Sep 29, 2019, 7:48am Top

>196 streamsong: Great news, Janet. We are very happy for you!

I may have been the one who warbled about the audio of Beloved, which I also recently listened to. It was absolutely amazing and I am so glad you are also enjoying it.

Nearly finished with The Dutch House. Another winner from Ms. Patchett! She just keeps getting better and better.

202streamsong
Sep 29, 2019, 10:50am Top

>200 ronincats: >201 msf59: Thank you! I am very tickled with the news about my knee. The doc says it is unusual but not unheard of. He has one more patient, injured about a year ago and still under his care, who is experiencing the same thing.

Snow. Well, I'm south of the worst of it. I have about an inch on the ground and it's supposed to snow all day today.

The trees have not frosted yet, so the leaves are all green and there is a very real chance of limbs breaking and power outages.

And the horses do not have their winter coats. I'll keep hay in front of them full time and blanket those who look cold.

But, thank goodness we don't have the four feet of snow that is being reported near Glacier Park!

203fuzzi
Sep 29, 2019, 11:03am Top

Stay warm, safe, and so happy to hear the good news!

204karenmarie
Sep 29, 2019, 11:26am Top

Congrats on the great news regarding your knee, Janet!

Wow. Snow.

Karen's in northern California at her 50th high school reunion but will come back to cold/snow tomorrow.

I hope you don't lose power. Out here it's ice that brings branches down/power outages, but either way it's no fun.

Four feet of snow near Glacier Park? Yikes. Isn't that a tad early even for MT?

205streamsong
Edited: Sep 29, 2019, 3:07pm Top

>201 msf59: Beloved read by Ms. Morrison is a treat, Mark. I can't recommend it highly enough!

Other weekly book news for my Sunday roundup:

I finished The Luminaries. I enjoyed it, but not sure it was worth 800+ pages.

The new fall season of the lit seminar I attend starts Tuesday. The first book is Malina by Austrian author Ingeborg Bachmann. I won't finish it, but will attend the class. This is the last year for this seminar. The books chosen have been really hit or miss for me (more misses than hits I'm afraid), but it has expanded my reading.

I'm also zipping through Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors.

And on the back burner are a book of poetry, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, my reread of We Were Eight Years in Power which I didn't quite finish for last week's RLBC discussion, and an LTER book The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without Technology.

206mdoris
Sep 29, 2019, 12:32pm Top

SNOW! Has anyone told the clouds that it is still September? Hope you and your beautiful horses stay warm.

207FAMeulstee
Sep 29, 2019, 1:58pm Top

Glad yo read your knee is recuperating by itself, Janet.
How is your little (or probably not so little anymore) May born colt doing?

208streamsong
Edited: Sep 30, 2019, 11:58am Top

>206 mdoris: Hi Mary! Yes, snow! UUUUGGGGHHHHHH! The trees are all still green - and now they have 4-6 inches of snow on them. They say it's been since the 1970's since there was aeven of trace of snow here in September. No power outages here and since East Glacier got almost 4 FEET of snow, I don't feel I have much to complain about.

I had to blanket several of the horses as they were shivery. But they all look fine this morning - hope the snow melts this afternoon as it warms up.

>207 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I am soooooo happy about the knee. I feel like I won the lottery, since the doc says it is rather unusual. I had no idea it was a possibility ....

The colt is looking great. I'll try to get a few photos. He's not yet weaned, although I will be doing so in the next few weeks, once it has warmed up. Mama kept him nice and warm.

209streamsong
Sep 30, 2019, 12:21pm Top

I mostly skipped the library book sale this year as I am drowning in so many library books and too-be-reads of my own.

I stopped in for just a few minutes after book club and bought just a few:

- a nice paperback copy of The Fifth Season since I had enjoyed it so much, I'm happy to add a copy to my library
- National Geographic CD ROM of all topographic maps of Montana
- an audiobook called Heal Yourself With Sound and Music - published by Sounds True.

210FAMeulstee
Sep 30, 2019, 4:41pm Top

>208 streamsong: I didn't know either, Janet, that it was a rare possibility with an injured knee. I am very happy for you!
Looking forward to the pictures :-)

211PaulCranswick
Oct 1, 2019, 1:27am Top

Wouldn't it be great if everything could be self-healing?

What about self-dieting?!

212BLBera
Oct 1, 2019, 9:28pm Top

>196 streamsong: Hooray for the great news about the knee, Janet.

Boo hoo about the snow. Even a little bit is too much for September.

213EllaTim
Oct 2, 2019, 7:36am Top

>209 streamsong: Nice purchases. Do I spot another maps lover?

214msf59
Oct 2, 2019, 7:53am Top

Bummer, about the snow, Janet. Has it melted off yet?

215streamsong
Oct 2, 2019, 10:53am Top

>210 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I need to figure out how to get photos from my camera to my newish laptop. The camera on my phone is not working well.

>2111 Sign me up for self-dieting, Paul! I had fallen off the diet wagon due to carb cravings, caused I think by stress- time to hop back on.

>212 BLBera: Thanks for knee congrats, Beth.

>212 BLBera: >214 msf59: Beth and Mark, Double boo on the snow. I ended up with 4-6 inches. Some of it melted on Monday, but on Tuesday morning it snowed another inch or so. It's mostly melted now, but I still have snow in the shady places.

I left the blankets off the horses last night - we'll see how that went as soon as I finish my morning coffee. I don't want to leave them blanketed. They need to grow their wooly winter coats.

>213 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Yes, I do love maps. And although I love my GPS and Google maps, I always have maps in the car when I travel.

216streamsong
Edited: Oct 2, 2019, 11:08am Top

I scraped the snow off my car and went to my Lit Seminar yesterday morning. The book was Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann. I was only about a third of the way through and loving it - here's a quote:

"Reading is a vice which can replace all other vices or temporarily take their place in more intently helping people live, it is a debauchery, a consuming addiction. No, I don't take any drugs, I take books, of course I have certain preferences, many books don't suit me at all, some I take only in the morning, others at night, there are books I don't ever let go, I drag them around with me in the apartment, carrying them from the living room to the kitchen, I read them in the hall standing up ...: p. 73

Lovely, right? Unfortunatly this is only the first part of the novel, which I haven't quite finished. The next two parts become quite darker with the narrator relating incest/rape and declining into what sounds like a form of madness ...

I'll continue on but ....

217fuzzi
Oct 2, 2019, 11:10am Top

>216 streamsong: nice quote.

A few years ago I read Firmin, which was a less-than-average read for me, but it had a really good quote:

"And you don't have to believe stories to love them. I love all stories. I love the progression of beginning, middle, and end. I love the slow accumulation of meaning, the misty landscapes of the imagination, the mazy walks, the wooded slopes, the reflecting pools, the tragic twists and comic stumbles."

218streamsong
Oct 2, 2019, 12:20pm Top

>217 fuzzi: That is a great quote, Lor! There is treasure to be found in even less-than-average or disturbing reads.

219jnwelch
Oct 2, 2019, 1:18pm Top

I read about snow in your part of the world, Janet. Yikes. I'm not ready. I don't know how you do it. We were just in the 80s down over here.

220streamsong
Oct 2, 2019, 3:04pm Top

It was a very unusual storm, Joe. We sometimes see a bit of snow at the end of October, but not September.



At the right side of the photo are the cottonwoods along the creek; at left is one of the maples in the yard - all nice and green. The horse is an older broodmare who gets cold easily.

221mdoris
Oct 2, 2019, 6:25pm Top

Wonderful picture of your broodmare in the cottonwoods and maples. Thanks for sharing.

222karenmarie
Oct 3, 2019, 9:29am Top

Hi Janet!

Congrats on finishing The Luminaries. It's on my shelves and I want to read it. Perhaps this winter when things are quieter around here.

Very nice pic of your mare, snow, and trees.

223FAMeulstee
Oct 3, 2019, 6:52pm Top

>220 streamsong: It is an odd sight, Janet, trees with leaves and snow...

224streamsong
Oct 4, 2019, 12:08pm Top

September Stats * reviewed

77. *The Obelisk Gate - N. K. Jemisin - 2016 - library -
78. *The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien - 1977 - SeriesCat: fantasy - audio and print; ROOT #20/50 acq'd pre 2006 = 13 ROOT points (85/225)
79. The Moon by Whale Light - Dianne Ackerman - 1991 - NF Challenge: Animal, Vegetable Mineral - library
80. Bernie - Ted Rall - 2016 - graphic novel - library
81. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen - Hendrik Groen - 2018; Global Reading: Netherlands; audiobook, library
82. The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton - 2013 - Global Reading: New Zealand; - library

Read: 6
Fiction: 4
Nonfiction: 2
Children's: 0
In translation: 1
1001 Books: 0
Countries other than USA: Netherlands, New Zealand, England,
Graphic novels: 0

Women: 3
Men: 3 (usually I read more my female authors than men!)
Combo of men & women:
Off My Shelf (ROOTS): 1

As of 10/1/2019 514 books on physical MT TBR
As of 9/1/2019: 515 books on physical MT TBR - exactly the same as last month!
As of 8/1/2019: 515 books on physical MT TBR
As of 7/1/2019: 516 books on physical MT TBR

225streamsong
Edited: Oct 4, 2019, 1:05pm Top

>221 mdoris: >222 karenmarie: >223 FAMeulstee: Mary, Karen and Anita - it was very strange storm and a strange sight.

The snow has melted but it's gray and cold here. There is rain in the forecast as well as more snow showers (!) next week.

>222 karenmarie: Karen, I'll be interested to know what you think of the Luminaries when you get to it. I thought a time or two about giving it up. It held my interest, but was overly long.

226The_Hibernator
Oct 5, 2019, 9:38pm Top

>220 streamsong: We got a bit of snow here, too, but nothing that stuck. Just freezing rain mixed with some slush. Glad you survived well. I hear another's going to hit you?

227streamsong
Oct 7, 2019, 10:59am Top

>226 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Yes we may get another inch or two of snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday. This is way too early! I'm glad that your snow didn't stick!

Book Report for the week:

I finished Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev and an LTER book The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle.

And I whipped through Out in the Open: A Novel by Jesus Carrasco Saturday afternoon and evening when I should have been doing other things. Wonderful book! Oh My!

I've started reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I really enjoyed her first book The Poet X and this YA novel is pulling me along.

It's a nice counterpoint to some of the heavier things I'm also reading such as Malina and my reread of We Were Eight Years in Power and even the audio of Beloved.

228streamsong
Oct 7, 2019, 11:11am Top

I believe Mary mdoris recommended this to me ...



79. The Moon by Whale Light - Dianne Ackerman - 1991
- NF Challenge: Animal, Vegetable Mineral
- library

Diane Ackerman is a field biologist and, as you can tell by the title of this book, a poet.

There are four sections: bats, crocodilian species, whales and penguins. And although I would not have picked up a book on crocodiles, Ackerman’s writing made this family of beasties fascinating and entertaining.

I enjoyed the science, but especially enjoyed her flights into philosophy and poetry.

The section about whales is the longest, and for me, the most interesting. She tells of whale songs which have all the complexities of human songs: including repetitions and even the equivalent of human ‘rhyme schemes.’

When talking of whale songs:
“Suppose human beings evolved two forms of communication, “ I said, “one that is direct emotional communication -- music – and one that’s analytical and verbal, which we call language”. P 122

And this quote:

“…a mind is such an odd predicament for matter to get into. I often marvel how something like hydrogen, the simplest atom, forged in some early chaos of the universe, could lead to us and the gorgeous fever we call consciousness. If I mind is just a few pounds of blood, dream and electric, how does it manage to contemplate itself, worry about its soul, do time-and-motion studies, admire the shy hooves of a goat, know that it will die, enjoy all the grand and lesser mayhems of the hear What is mind, that one can be out of one’s? How can a neuron feel compassion? What is a self? Why did automatic, hand-me-down mammals like our ancestors somehow evolve brains with the ability to consider, imagine, project, compare, abstract, think of the future? If our experience of mind is really just the simmering of an easily alterable chemical stew, then what does it mean to know something, to want something, to be? How do you begin with hydrogen and end up with prom dresses, jealousy, chamber music? What is the music that it can satisfy such a mind, and even perhaps function as language?” p 131

Fascinating and highly readable
4 stars.

229mdoris
Oct 7, 2019, 8:25pm Top

>228 streamsong: Sorry Janet, that doesn't ring any bells but it sounds good so I may have to read it afterall.

230streamsong
Oct 8, 2019, 1:10pm Top

>229 mdoris: Whoops, sorry but I do think you'd enjoy it.

I'm now thinking it must have been Karen/ witchyrichy, especially as I see she has it in her library. I'm glad to have online friends that can point me to such a wide variety of books.

231streamsong
Edited: Oct 9, 2019, 9:05am Top

This one was definitely Joe’s Fault. And I must also add a thank you to Joe, Mark and everyone else who inspired me to read graphic novels and non-fiction



80.BernieTed Rall - 2016
- graphic non-fiction (biography)
– library

Although I don’t agree with all of Bernie Sanders' positions, I do admire the way he has initiated national conversations on many subjects.

This graphic biography written by leftist cartoonist Ted Rall is openly admiring.

If you, like me, are curious about his background and his political career, this graphic biography may fill in many of the gaps.

4 stars

Excerpt to give a flavor:

“Bernie Sanders came from left of center Judaism which leans toward the secular/reform side.

“For Reform Jews in general, social consciousness and concern for the plight of the poor and oppressed is a priority and a religious obligation.

“Bernie doesn’t like to talk about his personal history. It’s not that he has something to hide – if there was a skeleton in his closet, four decades in politics would have rooted it out.

“He thinks it’s a distraction from what matters and what he cares about: IDEAS, problems and how to solve them are his obsessions.

" ‘I’ll tell you why (I’m tight-lipped about my personal life). What we have in this country is looking at politics as if it were a soap opera or a baseball game.’

"Personality politics annoy him.

" ‘Donald Trump called you the following thing. How do you respond to Donald Trump?

" 'Who gives a shit? That’s personality. Who cares?

"‘George W Bush is a decent guy. Good sense of humor. He is a good family guy. He is a fun guy. His wife is a very nice person. He was the WORST PRESIDENT in the modern history of America! To the degree that you focus on his personality, then you are minimizing what democracy is supposed to be about.’ ”
P. 143-145

232streamsong
Edited: Oct 10, 2019, 12:39pm Top

Montana was hit by a second early snow storm this week. Snow is very rare before the end of October. I hope this doesn't forbode a bad winter! People that read The Old Farmers' Almanac say a bad winter is predicted.

This one was less severe here than the storm that arrived the end of September. I only received about two inches of snow Monday night and the temps, which were predicted to dip into the teens last night, stayed in the upper 20's F.

The horses have had an additional two weeks to grow their winter coats and so are less uncomfortable.

The trees still have all their leaves, so parts of the state had major power outages.

My friend who lives in West Yellowstone reports about a foot of snow and temps at -6 F this Thursday morning.

The deer are busy scrounging in my haystack. This year's fawns have lost their spotted coats so I am guessing they are well on their way to also growing their winter woolies. I'm really happy to see that the whitetail doe with twins has a third fawn with her. I'm guessing this is the orphan whose mother was killed by a mountain lion in my backyard in August.

233msf59
Oct 10, 2019, 5:12pm Top

Hi, Janet. The Moon by Whale Light sounds like my cuppa. Good review. Ooh, I want to read the new Acevedo.

Have you read Deep Creek? If not, it might just be your cuppa. I am just finishing up the audio and it has been excellent.

234streamsong
Oct 11, 2019, 12:22pm Top

Hi Mark! Yes, I think you'd like The Moon by Whale Light. I thought the new Acevedo is good, but not as great as The Poet X.

Deep Creek is definitely on my list - too many of my favorite LT'ers are giving it great reviews.

I'm currently reading and really enjoying The Great Believers

235karenmarie
Oct 12, 2019, 9:30am Top

Good morning, Janet!

The weather is whacky for everybody in the US, I think. We're still about a month behind where we're supposed to be with 75-85 days, and you're about a month ahead with snow storms.

I'm glad to hear that the orphaned fawn has been adopted.

I loved and was moved by The Great Believers and will be interested in your take.

I'm going to start 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World today - my only foray into Booker short list territory this year, I think, although if Ducks, Newburyport shows up at the library I might borrow it just to see if I can tolerate the stream-of-conscious style.

236streamsong
Oct 12, 2019, 2:40pm Top

>235 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen!

I'm really enjoying The Great Believers - as you say, it's very moving.

It's interesting that your weather is a month behind, while ours is ahead of schedule. It's very odd to have had two snow storms before raking leaves even once! Today should be a beautiful fall day.

I'm going to a fall bonfire at a friend's tonight - with the full moon, it should be spectacular!

237Familyhistorian
Oct 12, 2019, 3:49pm Top

I'm way behind on your thread, Janet. Congrats on reading to 75 and beyond and it's great to hear good news about your knee.

The weather seems to be off kilter this year. Our temps on the west coast broke records for coldness and northern parts of BC have had snow already. I hope you don't have power outages and that your trees will soon catch up with the prevailing weather. Have fun at the bonfire!

238BLBera
Oct 13, 2019, 11:16am Top

>216 streamsong: That is a great quote, Janet.

It snowed here a bit yesterday, but nothing stuck.

The Whale by Moon Light sounds great. I have liked the other Ackerman books I've read.

The Great Believers is my of my favorites so far this year.

239jnwelch
Oct 15, 2019, 11:10am Top

I thought the new Acevedo is good, but not as great as The Poet X. I agree with that, Janet, but even as compared to the exceptional The Poet X, I thought With the Fire on High was awfully good. I recommend it a lot.

240streamsong
Oct 16, 2019, 10:25am Top

>237 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! It's nice to see you here.Thanks for the congrats on both the 75 and the knee.

Weird weather for sure, but I know the trees will catch up. Although I do remember one fall when a cold snap froze the leaves to the trees and the cold stayed for months leaving the trees with leaves in the middle of winter. People were very worried about the trees, but I don't remember any ill effects with my trees.

>238 BLBera: I'm glad you liked that quote in >216 streamsong:, too, Beth. It really resonates with me.

I'm reading a book of Ackerman's poems called Jaguar of Sweet Laughter. One or two have really spoken to me - more often there will be a single phrase in a given poem that calls to me such as

"incoming jets drift peterodactly slow
minute by fossil minute overhead"
from the poem Visiting Professors p 63

I think The Great Believers will be on of my favorites, too.

241streamsong
Oct 16, 2019, 10:31am Top

>239 jnwelch: Hi Joe: I'll get to my review of Acevedo's With the Fire on High eventually. : ) I agree that there is much to like. I wonder if she tried a bit too hard to be relevant which will end up dating the book. For instance, her recipes will say something like 'simmer and stir while you play so and so's song twice."

Not reading much right now for some reason and I get more and more behind on reviews. It's partly because I am working outside to finish getting read-for-winter chores done. The weather changes again today with another storm - strong wind and rain turning into snow showers - arriving tomorrow.

242streamsong
Oct 16, 2019, 10:40am Top

Recommended by Anita!



81. The Secret Diary of Hendrik GroenHendrik Groen - 2018
- Global Reading: Netherlands;
- audiobook
- library

Hendrik Groen, aged 83 ¼ years, lives in a retirement home in Amsterdam. And while he no longer is able to live by himself, he hasn’t lost his sense of humor or his sense of adventure.

He and several other like-minded residents form the “Old But Not Dead Club’ and agree on a monthly adventure.

It fits in well with his determination to begin the New Year by committing to write a journal diary entry every day.

So Hendrik writes about the day to day lives of his fellow residents– their follies, gossip and hopes, and their desire to still be loved and seen as people whose lives still matter. It reminds me very much of the retirement community where my mother lived in here in the States.

There are differences of course. The Netherlands pension system is a bit different than that of the US. But most interesting to me is that several times Hendrik brings up the documents he can sign in advance for legalized euthanasia.

And that brings us to the more serious side of the book. Because while it’s full of fun and good humor, when one is 83 ¼ years old, one’s body is beginning to betray you, as are the bodies of your friends. The poignant fact is that at times friendship and even love are found only to be lost very quickly.

Funny and heart breaking. I’ll look for the sequel. 4 stars

243Donna828
Oct 16, 2019, 1:41pm Top

That is such good news about your knee, Janet. Our bodies can be amazing healing machines. Sorry about your early snow. We've had a few crisp mornings and some scattered frost but still awaiting the fall color which is late this year.

>232 streamsong: Hooray for an orphaned fawn finding a surrogate mother (with twins no less)!

244streamsong
Oct 17, 2019, 1:19pm Top

Thanks, Donna for the congrats on the knee. I feel so lucky and blessed, since this is rare enough that it wasn't even mentioned as a possibility.

The sky is grey and cloudy - even the light looks different today with the incoming storm. A lot of leaves came down in the wind yesterday.

I think the orphan fawn was big enough to eat grass and browse by itself - but it's cool it now has a herd to show here the ropes of being a deer and surviving the winter.

245FAMeulstee
Oct 19, 2019, 8:59am Top

>242 streamsong: I am glad you liked Hendrik Groen, Janet.
We just started watching the second TV-series after the second book.

246streamsong
Oct 19, 2019, 9:26am Top

Hi Anita- I'm glad your review caught me. The series doesn't seem to be available here, but I'm glad the second book has been translated. I'll look for it.

I hope more LT people pick it up and it grows wings.

247streamsong
Edited: Oct 19, 2019, 9:35am Top

Last night I finished The Great Believers, focusing on a gay community in Chicago during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

The ending brought me to tears. I can't remember the last book I wept over. Anyone else?

248karenmarie
Oct 19, 2019, 9:43am Top

I had tears in my eyes at the end of The Great Believers, too, Janet. I read it in February and rated it 5 *. It was a library copy so it's not on my shelves... if I ever see a copy at the thrift store or FoL sale I'll pick it up.

249ronincats
Oct 19, 2019, 12:00pm Top

>247 streamsong: I've not read it, but it was selected as this year's One Book, One San Diego this year and is getting a lot of good press, Janet.

250streamsong
Edited: Oct 19, 2019, 12:41pm Top

>247 streamsong: Exactly my thoughts, Karen. I usually wait until I write my review to rate a book, but I've already given this one 5 stars.

>248 karenmarie: Hi Roni! That's good to know. I may nominate it for the Real Life Book Club when we have our selection potluck in December.

In the meantime, I'll be interested to see what you think of it if you decide to read it.

251streamsong
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 10:59am Top

I had thought of going on the monthly birdwalk this morning, but at 34 degrees with a cold wind, I decided against it, no matter how much I was hoping to get a few photos for a new thread. The light is very gray, anyway, so photos would be unspectacular.

Instead, I've started my book for the next RLBC meeting which happens to be on Halloween. It's called Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Asne Seierstad. Seierstad is a Norwegian Muslim father (originally from Somalia) who is telling the story of finding his daughters after they were radicalized and headed to Syria. The pick seems eerily prescient with the fighting in Syria and the ISIS followers escaping from detention camps.

252EllaTim
Oct 20, 2019, 7:01am Top

Nice to hear your knee is doing so well, Janet.

Sorry for the bad weather, seems like a good decision to stay at home and read, and yes, your book is very relevant at the moment. Poor women in those awful camps, and yes I know they were IS, but still.

253msf59
Oct 20, 2019, 7:29am Top

Morning, Janet. Happy Sunday! Sorry, you didn't get your monthly bird walk in. Always nice to hear about those. I am so glad you enjoyed The Great Believers. I also loved that book.

254streamsong
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 11:40am Top

>252 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella!

I did start reading Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad. The Syrian history and political situation is quite detailed and I am learning so much about the complicated Syrian/ Turkey situation. It truly is the perfect book at the perfect time given the US Drumpian pull out of Syria.

It's one of the first books that I've read with the Kindle app on my computer and I'm impressed: highlight the name of a town such as Atmeh and instantly see where it is on a map or read more about it on Wikipedia. Nerd awesome sauce!

255streamsong
Oct 20, 2019, 11:44am Top

>253 msf59: Hi Mark! Yes, the Great Believers is wonderful. It's the first book that I've read about the AIDS crises that put me into the emotional middle of the story. I'm glad you enjoyed it, too.

I haven't made it on any of the monthly bird walks this season. I need to up my walking, as well as to continue to do my daily leg and knee exercises and try to get caught up on everything that remained undone while being injured. Perhaps November?

Monday night is the local Audubon meeting. The topic this time is the climate change and bird populations. They always have wonderful speakers so I am looking forward to it.

256streamsong
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 12:21pm Top

I did a few errands yesterday, including picking up two books that arrived at the library from my hold list.

One was George Takei's They Called Us Enemy. I sat down to look at the first few pages, was instantly hooked and spent the next few hours doing nothing else but reading it. It's as wonderful as all the warblers and enthusiasts have said.

I just donated to purchase copies for a classroom on DonorsChoose.

ETA: I just looked and there are classrooms wanting copies of The Great Believers, too.

I am so happy to support teachers wanting to share wonderful books!

257jnwelch
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 9:58pm Top

>256 streamsong: They Called Us Enemy: "It's as wonderful as all the warblers and enthusiasts have said." Yay! Great to hear, Janet. I loved it, too. And kudos to you for donating copies to a classroom. We support Donorschoose, too, although I haven't used it for donating books - I like that idea.

258EBT1002
Oct 20, 2019, 11:30pm Top

>196 streamsong: and beyond: I'm so glad your knee situation is turning out well.

>232 streamsong: "The horses have had an additional two weeks to grow their winter coats and so are less uncomfortable." I love horses' winter coats. They always look so soft.

>256 streamsong: I have donated only once through DonorsChoose and this is a good reminder. It's a great way to spread the joy of reading -- and access to books!! I'm glad you liked They Called Us Enemy so much. It's certainly going to be one of my top reads of 2019 along with The Great Believers and Good Talk.

259EBT1002
Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 11:43pm Top

I just went to DonorsChoose and saw lots of worthy projects needing support. But I didn't see a way to donate specific book choices (e.g., They Called Us Enemy).

ETA: Never mind. I searched in the (duh) search text box. Cool that there are teachers looking for some of these specific books!

260streamsong
Oct 22, 2019, 1:17pm Top

>257 jnwelch: Hi Joe! When I read a 'change my worldview' type book, I check to see if any teachers are wanting copies for their classrooms.

I try to mention it here, not for kudos, but to spread the word and get more relevant books into kids' hands.

There are tons of other worthy projects on DonorsChoose. It breaks my heart to see classrooms on Indian reservations and inner cities requesting things like pencils and pencil sharpeners.

261streamsong
Oct 22, 2019, 2:09pm Top

>258 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! Thanks for the good wishes about my knee.

The horses are fluffy - so far the weather has been gray and blow-y but only a bit of rain and we did not get the predicted snow this past weekend.

Is it too early to be looking forward to spring? ;) I missed out on summer this year with the knee drama.

Glad you figured out the DonorsChoose search. Making a difference one book at a time!

262streamsong
Oct 23, 2019, 12:22pm Top





82. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton - 2013
- Global Reading: New Zealand
- library

A reclusive miner is found dead; a woman of the night is found passed out on the main street of the town from an opium overdose. Thrown into jail, she mysteriously finds her clothes literally lined with gold dust.

So begins this complicated historical novel of 19th century New Zealand’s gold rush.

There are dozens of characters and multiple time points. It’s a bit like coming in as an investigator at the point of the possible crime and discovering the entanglements and intricate backstories. Slowly (because the book is over 800 pages), the pieces came together and I found the ending satisfying.
However, for me, this was not a quick read and at times I struggled with finishing it. I often had to refer to the list of characters to keep them all straight.

The ultimate question when I struggle to put a rating on a book is to ask if I would reread it. This one? No. 3.7 stars

263The_Hibernator
Oct 31, 2019, 11:33am Top

Glad you mostly liked Luminaries. It's a book I should really get to. But I hear it's a hard slog, though worth it, and that's not what I'm looking for in a book right now.

264karenmarie
Oct 31, 2019, 9:49pm Top

Hi Janet!

I have The Luminaries on my shelves. Perhaps next year...

265Donna828
Nov 2, 2019, 3:15pm Top

Janet, I just picked up Hendrik Groen at the library on your recommendation. I just finished Olive, Again, another book about aging, so I might have to read an "in between" book before I can read about Hendrik's "Old But Not Dead Club". Who knows? I might want to start a satellite group of my own. Lol.

I'm no sure I cried after reading The Great Believers but I was incredibly moved. It usually takes the death of a beloved pet to bring the tears to my eyes. I guess that's why I avoid books where I know animals will die.

266BLBera
Nov 3, 2019, 9:08am Top

>256 streamsong: I love it when Donor's Choice asks for books! And good ones, too!

Yes, I cried at the end of The Great Believers.

Great comments on The Luminaries - I felt much the same about it. I gave away my very heavy copy.

267streamsong
Nov 4, 2019, 12:36pm Top

MIA from my own thread! There were ten days of live streaming video from the World Championship Appaloosa Show. I'd watch until my eyes tired and then not make it back to LT.

New thread coming soon, I promise!

>263 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Yes, I enjoyed the Luminaries but would recommend it when you have more time to devote to it ... Let's see IL is about 1 - in 17 years he should be off to college, right? :)

>264 karenmarie: Nice to see you, Karen. Curl up with it in a week of bad weather. Would that be summer for you in the Carolinas? Or do you have bad winter weather, too?

268streamsong
Nov 4, 2019, 12:49pm Top

>265 Donna828: Hi Donna! I haven't read Olive Again but you might well need another book or two if it was about ageing before starting Hendrik Groen. Hope you enjoy it! As you know, I received the book bullet from Anita.

I also haven't read Olive Kittridge - I need to get to that one!

Yes, I understand about books with the loss of a beloved pet being very hard to read. I avoid those, too!

>266 BLBera: Hi Beth! Glad to see another Donor's Choose fan.

The part that brought tears to my eyes in The Great Believers was the shiny sparkles in the rubble from the demolished bar. That absolutely did me in. .

"The Luminaries - I felt much the same about it. I gave away my very heavy copy." Ha! and smile.

269karenmarie
Nov 4, 2019, 1:34pm Top

Hi Janet!

Our worst weather is summers with nasty humidity and dangerous heat. Winters are mild compared to Montana, with perhaps one or two snow storms, usually in the 4-8" range, possibly one ice storm. Rarely extremely cold.

I'm getting the DVD of Olive Kitteridge tomorrow from the library. I read the book and loved it, need Olive, Again but Hollow Kingdom just came in at the library for me, so need to wait.

270Familyhistorian
Nov 6, 2019, 9:21pm Top

>261 streamsong: It's never too early to start wishing for spring! I generally do it when the leaves start to fall. Hope you have a short winter, Janet.

271streamsong
Nov 7, 2019, 11:07am Top


>269 karenmarie: Yay for mild winters, Karen! But I don't think I'd enjoy the high humidity.

I'll try to get to Olive Kitteridge soon.

But the library just notified me that The Testaments has arrived for me, so Olive will have to wait.

>270 Familyhistorian: Me too, Meg! They're talking about this year being without either of the two Pacific current weathermakers, El NIno and La Nina, so they are not making any predictions. The last one without either of these currents produced very deep snow - I remember over three feet on Christmas day that year.

My Dad came to the rescue, driving his Kabota tractor (which I still have!) miles to our house and plowed us out so grandparents, grandkids and entire family could celebrate together.

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