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

This is a continuation of the topic Streamsong #3 - Summer and mountains and books - OH MY.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Jul 24, 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:


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.

Edited: Yesterday, 1:43pm Top


- The Moon by Whale Light - Dianne Ackerman - 1991 - NF Challenge: Animal, Vegetable Mineral - library
- Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges - 1962 - 1001 - Global Reading - Argentina; Reading Globally: translated speculative fiction - library
- The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien - 1977 - SeriesCat: fantasy - listening to audio and reading; ROOT acq'd 2006
- 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

Edited: Yesterday, 2:02pm Top


- Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations - Mira Jacob - 2018 - library
- Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - RLBC - acq'd 2019
- Parable of the Talents - Octavia Butler - 1998 - library
- Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone - Michelle Caffrey - 2018 - purchased 2019
- The Monk: A Romance - Matthew Lewis - 1796 - 1001 - library - lyzard's amazing tutor thread here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/142666#3622178
- The Rosie Result -Graeme Simsion - 2019 - SeriesCat - Set in a location you've never been - (Australian author) - library
- The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston - 1975 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club; purchased 2019

Edited: Jul 24, 2:49pm Top



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


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


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

Edited: Jul 27, 3:56pm Top



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


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


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)

Edited: Today, 11:13am Top



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 -


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)

Edited: Yesterday, 2:19pm Top

****74 BOOKS COMPLETED IN 2019 ****

Of the books I've read this year:

- 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
15 - acquired 2019
1 - acquired previously but not cataloged until 2019
41 - borrowed from library & elsewhere

9 - Audiobook
63 - Print
1 - Kindle App


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

12 - general fiction
1 - gothic/horror
3 - graphic novel
11 - literary fiction
7 - mystery/thriller
1 - poetry novel
4 - short stories
8 - sf/dystyopia/fantasy
1 - western
8 - YA
3- 1001

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

1 - arts
2 - biography
2 - graphic nonfiction
3 - history
14 - memoir
3 - outdoors/nature
2 - politics
1 - science
1 - true crime

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


34 - Male Authors
39 - Female Authors
3 - Combination of male and female

41 - Authors who are new to me
27 - Authors read before

---- 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

Nationality of Author:
1 - Afghanistan
1 - Algeria
1 - Argentina
1 - Australia
3 - Canada
1 - China
1 - Czech Republic
11 - England/UK
1 - France
1 - German
1 - Italy
1 - Jamaica
1 - Mexico
1 - Poland
1 - Russia
1 - South Africa
47 - 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
61 - English
2 - French
1 - German
1 - Italian
1 - Polish
1 - Russian
2 - Spanish

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

Edited: Jul 26, 11:58am 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


visited 18 states (8%)
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

Edited: Jul 24, 2:54pm 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
August: Raw Materials: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
September: Books by Journalists
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
July: Genre: fantasy
August: Series set in a country/region where you do not live
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 :

Edited: Aug 8, 12:08pm Top

More Challenge reads:

1001 Books to Read Before You Die Total books read: 168
- Currently Reading: Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges
- Completed but not reviewed: The Monk - Matthew Lewis -

- 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

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

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

Edited: Jul 24, 2:55pm 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 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

Edited: Aug 19, 12:39pm Top

Books Acquired 2019

35 - Total
13 and 1/3 - Read
4 - 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
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
28. Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman - Cathryn J. Prince - 2019 - LTER
29. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - RLBC - acq'd July 2019
30. Beyond Market Value: A Memoir of Book Collecting and the World of Venture Capital - Annette Campbell-White - 2019 - LTER 7/2019
31. Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone - Michelle Caffrey - 2018 - (Costco -rec by Lucille & others) 7/31/2019
32. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - 2008 - (Costco) 7/31/2018
✔. The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston - 1977 - August PBS/NYT Now Read This - Amazon used
34. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder - Aug RLBC - Amazon used
35. One More River to Cross - Jane Kirkpatrick - LTER

List of books acquired in 2018:

Edited: Jul 24, 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.

Jul 24, 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.

Jul 24, 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?

Jul 24, 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.

Jul 25, 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!

Jul 25, 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!

Jul 25, 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.

Edited: Jul 25, 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.

Jul 25, 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.

Jul 25, 6:38pm Top

Found and starred!

Jul 25, 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;-)

Jul 25, 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.

Jul 25, 8:58pm Top

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

Jul 25, 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?

Jul 26, 8:30am Top

Happy new thread! Hope your book discussion went well.

Jul 27, 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.

Jul 27, 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.

Jul 27, 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.

Edited: Jul 27, 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.


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

Jul 27, 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.

Jul 27, 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.

Edited: Jul 28, 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.

Edited: Jul 28, 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!

Edited: Jul 28, 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?

Jul 28, 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.

Jul 28, 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.

Jul 28, 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.

Edited: Jul 28, 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.

Edited: Jul 28, 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. :)

Edited: Jul 28, 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.


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

Jul 28, 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.

Jul 28, 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!

Edited: Jul 29, 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!

Edited: Jul 29, 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
- 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.

Jul 29, 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.

Jul 29, 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!

Jul 30, 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.

Edited: Jul 30, 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!

Jul 30, 9:45pm Top

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

A belated happy new thread!

Jul 31, 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.

Jul 31, 10:35am Top

Good luck!

Jul 31, 6:37pm Top

>52 streamsong: keep us posted, please.

Aug 1, 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.

Aug 1, 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.

Edited: Aug 3, 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

Aug 1, 7:16pm Top

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

Edited: Aug 3, 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!!!!

Aug 4, 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.

Aug 4, 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.

Edited: Aug 4, 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. :(

Aug 6, 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.

Aug 9, 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.

Aug 10, 12:52pm Top

>64 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul.

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

Edited: Aug 18, 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

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.

Aug 10, 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.

Aug 11, 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.

Aug 12, 12:35am Top

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

Aug 12, 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.

Aug 12, 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.

Edited: Aug 12, 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.

Aug 12, 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.

Aug 12, 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.

Aug 13, 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.

Edited: Aug 14, 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.

Aug 14, 11:56am Top

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

Aug 17, 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.

Aug 17, 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.

Aug 17, 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.

Aug 18, 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.

Aug 18, 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.

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>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).

Aug 18, 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*

Aug 18, 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
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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.

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

Aug 18, 12:34pm Top

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

Aug 18, 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!

Aug 18, 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.

Aug 19, 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.

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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.

Aug 19, 3:13pm Top

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

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>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.

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>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!

Yesterday, 1:46pm Top

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

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>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.

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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.


Yesterday, 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.

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>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.

Today, 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.

Today, 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!

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>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.

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