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Bonnie (brenzi) Takes Another Stab at this Reading Thing - Part 3

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1brenzi
Aug 13, 5:42pm Top

2brenzi
Edited: Aug 13, 5:46pm Top

3brenzi
Edited: Aug 13, 5:47pm Top



Take a look at the energy emanating from this picture will you. Cole is on the left, Mia is next to him the others are friends who live in the country and have horses and all kinds of animals. The little girl at the top took off her shorts and has only a diaper on. My daughter Sara is in the back tying her shoe and I give her all the credit in the world for going along with this. No photo of the bathtub later bwahahaha.

4brenzi
Edited: Aug 13, 5:52pm Top

5brenzi
Edited: Today, 8:43pm Top

Books Read in 2019

January

1. Darktown - Thomas Mullen - audio - 4.2 stars
2. The Overstory - Richard Powers - eBook - 5 stars
3. Evening in Paradise - Lucia Berlin - audio - ????
4. The Chosen - Chaim Potok - OTS - 4 stars
5. Friday on My Mind - Nicci French - Audio - 4 stars
6. The Pursuit Of Love - Nancy Mitford - OTS - 4.2 stars
7. Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson - audio/OTS - 4.5 stars

February

8. The Bolter - Frances Osborne - OTS - 4.5 stars
9. Lightning Men - Thomas Mullen - audio - 4.4 stars
10. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love - Dani Shapiro - eBook - 4.3 stars
11. How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran - audio - 4 stars
12. The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz - audio - 4 stars
13. The Paragon Hotel - Lyndsay Faye - eBook - 4.2 stars

March

14. Bibliophile - Jane Mount - L - 4 stars
15. Love in a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford - OTS - 4.3 stars
16. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owen - audio - 4.2 stars
17. White Mischief - James Fox - eBook - 3.6 stars
18. Transit - Anna Seghers - OTS - translation -5 stars
19. Becoming - Michelle Obama - audio - 4.3 stars
20. Finn - Jon Clinch - eBook - 4.5 stars
21. Dark Saturday - Nicci French - audio - 4 stars
22. The Nun and the Priest: Love, Celibacy and Passion - Evelyn McLean Brady - OTS - 4.2 stars

April

23. Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford - eBook - 4.3 stars
24. The Unknown Ajax - Georgette Heyer - eBook - 4 stars
25. Milkman - Anna Burns - audio - ????
26. These Truths: A History Of the United States - Jill Lepore - eBook - 4.5 stars
27. Travels in Siberia - Ian Frazier - audio - 3.8 stars
28. My Sister the Serial Killer - eBook - 4 stars
29. Second Person Singular - Sayed Kashua - eBook - translation - 4.5 stars
30. Force Of Nature - Jane Harper - audio - 3.6 stars

May

31. Say Nothing - Patrick Radden Keefe - eBook - 4.2 stars
32. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara - audio - 3.6 stars
33. Something Like Breathing - Angela Readman - eBook - 4.2 stars
34. Sunday Silence - Nicci French - audio - 4 stars
35. West - Carys Davies - audio - 4.5 stars
36. English Passengers - Matthew Kneale - OTS - 5 stars
37. Good Evening Mrs. Craven - Mollie Panter-Downes- OTS - 4.3 stars
38. November Road - Lou Berney- audio - 4.4 stars
39. River Of Darkness - Rennie Airth - eBook - 4.2 stars
40. The Day Of The Dead - Nicci French - audio - 4 stars

June

41. The Blackhouse - Peter May - audio - 4.5 stars
42. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne - eBook - 5 stars
43. Vacationland - John Hodgman - audio - 3 stars
44. The Gentlewomen - Laura Talbot - OTS - 4.5 stars
45. The Lewis Man - Peter May - audio - 4.5 stars
46. Disappearing Earth - Julia Phillips - eBook - 4 stars
47. Faro's Daughter - Georgette Heyer - eBook - 4 stars

July

48. Fall and Rise: the Story Of 9/11 - Mitchell Zuckoff - eBook - 5 stars
49. The Wolf and the Watchman - Niklas Natt och Dag - audio - translation - 4.3 stars
50. Big Sky - Kate Atkinson - L - 4.3 stars
51. There, There - Tommy Orange - L - 4.5 stars
52. Beartown - Fredrik Backman - audio - translation - 3 stars
53. Women Talking - Miriam Toews - eBook - 4.1 stars
54. The Long And Faraway Gone - Lou Berney - audio - 4.2 stars
55. A Tale Of Love and Darkness - Amos Oz - OTS - translation -4.7 stars
56. The Long Take - Robin Robertson - audio - 4.5 stars
57. Good Talk - Mira Jacob - L - 4.5 stars
58. The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead - L - 4.5 stars
59. The Lost Man Jane Harper - audio - 4 stars

August

60. The Chessmen - Peter May - audio - 4 stars
61. A Good Man - Guy Vanderhaeghe - OTS - 4.2 stars
62. The Body Lies - Jo Baker - eBook - 4 stars
63. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial Of Harper Lee - Casey Cep- audio - 4.2 stars
64. Lost Children Archive - Valeria Luiselli - eBook - 4.3 stars
65. The Siege Of Krishnapur - J.G. Farrell - OTS - 5 stars
66. City Of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert - audio - 3.5 stars

Stats

Total Books: 66

Author Gender
Male: 28
Female: 34
Joint: 4

Author Status
Living: 53
Dead: 13

Publication Medium
Hardback: 6
Trade: 11
eBook: 20
Audiobook: 29

Category
Fiction: 49
Nonfiction: 17

Source
Library: 53
Mine: 13

Translation: 5

6brenzi
Edited: Aug 14, 8:21pm Top

#63.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

This was partially a biography of Harper Lee’s life in the years after the publication of her only novel, not counting one that was published after her death and without her approval or even knowledge. The first part of this book was the story of the Rev. Willie Maxwell, a man who was in the habit of purchasing insurance policies for his wives (two), his brother, his daughter, well just about any relation, who then mysteriously would be found dead and the Reverend would proceed to collect on the insurance policies that he purchased and was the beneficiary of. He was never convicted of any of the murders.

After assisting Truman Capote with the investigation that led to his publication of In Cold Blood, Lee decided that she wanted to write a true crime book and since the Reverend Willie Smith’s alleged crimes occurred in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, Lee decided this was the book she wanted to write. For years she worked on a manuscript but never produced a book.
Lee’s life at this time is fairly well documented. She was living in New York City for much of this time and agonized over the fact that years and years had passed and she didn’t have another book to show for it. Publishers rejected her earlier book, Go Tell the Watchman and she was convinced that it wasn’t very good at all so it remained in a safe, hidden away. In the meantime, she was drinking heavily and maintaining a very private life while she tried to come up with a book about the Rev. Maxwell.

This book was excellent as an audio book and I was fascinated by the details about Lee’s life (3,000 books on the shelves of her small NY apartment!). Very highly recommended.
Q

7brenzi
Edited: Aug 13, 5:59pm Top

CURRENTLY READING:



Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

On Audio:



City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

8msf59
Aug 13, 6:37pm Top

Happy New Thread, Bonnie. I love all the toppers! Good review of Furious Hours. That one deserves all the accolades it can get. I will be watching closely, for your thoughts on City of Girls. I can get it on audio. Sadly, I never did read her previous novel. Bad Mark.

9Carmenere
Aug 13, 7:08pm Top

Happy new thread, Bonnie! Love all the artwork! I'm currently reading Lost Children Archive, too. I look forward to your thoughts.

10figsfromthistle
Aug 13, 7:29pm Top

Happy new thread!

Looks like the kids had a lot of fun!

11BLBera
Aug 13, 8:36pm Top

Happy new thread, Bonnie. I love the topper and the photos of the kids!

The Harper Lee bio sounds really interesting. I had no idea she ever worked on a true crime book, except, of course, In Cold Blood.

12brenzi
Aug 13, 9:06pm Top

>8 msf59: Hi Mark, I really enjoyed the audio of Furious Hours. Really well done. I'm only 18% into City Of Girls but so far it's nothing like The Signature Of All Things which was historical fiction at its best. I really loved that one. This one is kind of light and fluffy in comparison. But it's early yet.

>9 Carmenere: Hi there Lynda, Lost Children Archive is probably the most timely novel on the Booker longlist. I'm just about done with it and I think I've let a lot of the symbolism go right over my head but it's been a good read.

>10 figsfromthistle: Hi Anita, Horses+Sand piles+kids=tons of fun hahaha.

>11 BLBera:. Hi Beth, I really enjoyed Furious Hours. I learned a lot about Harper Lee that I didn't know.

13PaulCranswick
Aug 13, 9:08pm Top

Happy new thread, Bonnie, and a colourfully pretty one it is indeed.

14jnwelch
Aug 14, 8:27am Top

Happy New Thread, Bonnie. I like them toppers, especially that Edward Hopper one.

15katiekrug
Aug 14, 9:38am Top

Happy new thread, Bonnie.

16drneutron
Aug 14, 10:33am Top

Happy new thread!

17RebaRelishesReading
Aug 14, 2:28pm Top

Happy new thread Bonnie! See you soon :)

18FAMeulstee
Aug 14, 5:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Bonnie!

Lovely painting in msg 2.

19brenzi
Aug 14, 8:02pm Top

>13 PaulCranswick:. Why thank you Paul.

>14 jnwelch: Thanks Joe, and who would know better than you lol.

>15 katiekrug: Thanks Katie.

>16 drneutron: Thank you Jim.

>17 RebaRelishesReading: I'm looking forward to it Reba🤗

>18 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita.

20brenzi
Edited: Aug 14, 9:24pm Top

I finished Lost Children Archive and will offer a few comments tomorrow or Friday but in short I did enjoy it but I think much of it went over my head.

I'm now reading from my shelf....The Siege Of Krishnapur by J. G.Farrell.

21Donna828
Aug 17, 11:49am Top

Hi Bonnie! Cole and Mia look like they are having the time of their lives in that picture. I would be tempted to preempt the bathtub with the garden hose!

I must get back to Farrell. The Siege and The Grip have been taunting me all summer.

22richardderus
Aug 17, 5:07pm Top

Hiya Bonnie, happy new thread and much more good reading ahead.

23cushlareads
Aug 17, 5:22pm Top

Hi Bonnie, just saying hello (at last) and I loved the picture of Cole and Mia!

24tymfos
Aug 17, 11:38pm Top

Happy new thread, Bonnie! I really enjoyed Furious Hours, too. Catching up the end of your last thread, it sounds like you've been on a roll with some excellent books. I fear I may have been hit by a book bullet or two.

25brenzi
Aug 18, 6:24pm Top

>21 Donna828: Hi Donna, we used to stick the kids in the sanitary tub for a bath when they were that dirty haha. I am loving The Siege of Krishnapur and will probably read The Singapore Grip in September or October.

>22 richardderus: Thanks so much Richard.

>23 cushlareads: Oh my, a rare Cushla sighting. How are you?

>24 tymfos: I'm glad to hear you also enjoyed Furious Hours Terri. And you're right, I have read some great books recently and thats just how I like it lol.

26brenzi
Edited: Aug 18, 6:29pm Top



L to R: Reba, Benita, me, Sharon (Benita's friend)

I was happy to go to Chautauqua today and have an LT meet up. Reba hosted us at her place at the Chautauqua Institute where we enjoyed a great lunch and LT and book talk. Benita was in town for a choir performance. Such a great time with LT friends.

27brenzi
Edited: Aug 19, 8:17pm Top

#64.

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

There is probably not a more timely novel than this road trip novel centered on the mother's desire to document the conditions at the border for children, especially those traveling alone. The father wants to also document the history of the Apache, especially the legacy of Geronimo. The family is making this their last trip together as the parents are splitting up at the end of the trip so the tragedy of their lives as they explore other tragedies in this country becomes more and more apparent to the young children. Beautiful images throughout as Luiselli has produced a most poetic novel. I'm afraid some of the symbolism went right over my head but I really enjoyed this novel. This is the first time I've ever downloaded music that was mentioned in the narrative as I read the book. I never heard this song before but wow:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&c...

4.3 stars

28richardderus
Aug 18, 7:05pm Top

>26 brenzi: Happy smiling ladies! *smooch* for all y'all

>27 brenzi: That one awaits forty-one people either to drop dead or finish reading it before it comes to me. One way or the other, I'm not fussed.

29msf59
Aug 18, 7:43pm Top

Hooray, for a Meet Up, Bonnie. Lovely photo! Benita sure gets around. Glad you enjoyed Lost Children Archive. I am a fan of it too.

30brenzi
Aug 18, 8:32pm Top

>28 richardderus: Thanks for the smooch Richard. I'm pretty sure you have other books to fill the time until that one comes through lol.

>29 msf59: She certainly does Mark. Did you feel that you understood all the symbolism in Lost Children Archive ?

31msf59
Aug 18, 8:50pm Top

>30 brenzi: There was a whole lot going on, in that novel, Bonnie, so I am sure I missed some things. A rich, ambitious read.

32BLBera
Aug 18, 10:56pm Top

Hooray for meet ups. Thanks for the photo - you all look happy.

Great comments on Lost Children Archive - I think it's an amazing book.

33lauralkeet
Aug 19, 7:19am Top

Love the meetup pic! Sounds like a good time was had by all.

34NanaCC
Aug 19, 8:41am Top

>3 brenzi: I love the picture of the kids, Bonnie. I can’t imagine the bath afterwards, although I think the dirtier they are, the more fun they’ve had.

I’ve added Lost Children Archive to my wishlist. Thank you, I think. ;-)

35jnwelch
Aug 19, 3:20pm Top

Hi, Bonnie.

My grandmother used to play banjo and sing spirituals on the Chautauqua circuit wayback when. I wonder whether there’s any connection to the Chautauqua Institute.

Great photo of you four - obviously a fine time was being had by all.

36RebaRelishesReading
Edited: Yesterday, 4:21pm Top

>35 jnwelch: The "Chautauqua circuit" was part of the Chautauqua movement. The Chautauqua Institution in western New York was the beginning of that movement which aimed to provide lifelong learning opportunities for those who otherwise would not have access to them. At it's peak there were a few hundred "Chautauqua's" around the country, some with their own grounds and many more which met once a year to provides lectures and entertainment. Some of the lecturers and entertainers travelled a "circuit" appearing at "Chautauqua's" throughout a region or the country. It began here on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua County, New York where the grounds are still active and where a nine-week "season" of lectures, classes, entertainment, etc. are provided each summer (along with a thriving program for young people training for careers in the arts). As you can tell, I could go on ad nauseam but if you want to know more go to CHQ.org.

37benitastrnad
Edited: Aug 19, 4:59pm Top

AH HAH! Found you! And starred you.

Sharon and I are in La Grange, Kentucky spending the night with the last leg of the trip back to Tuscaloosa tomorrow. We made it through downtown Cincinnati with no problems. I worried about that because I am the driver and have only driven through there 3 times now. It is much hotter and humid here in Kentucky than it was in New York.

We had a great meetup and Sharon had a great time talking with all of you. She is now very curious about Librarything and might make an appearance at some point. That desert sure was good and reminded me of a puff pastry desert I found in the King Arthur FLour recipe book. If you get time please post that recipe here and I can copy it off and add it to my collection.

38benitastrnad
Edited: Aug 19, 5:02pm Top

>6 brenzi:
Sharon and I had a discussion about Furious Hours while on the road yesterday. She is going to try to find the book at the public library and read it. I told her it may be a long wait because the book is quite popular. I also have it on my TBR list so will get to it someday.

39benitastrnad
Edited: Aug 19, 5:06pm Top

>27 brenzi:
Lost Children Archive is on my TBR list as well. I didn’t know it had a playlist. Interesting. Were the songs related to the text?

Another author has playlists that are downloadable is Haruki Murakami. He is a music lover and the songs mentioned in his books are important to the plot and the characters. In fact, sometimes the music is the part of the plot. Have you read any Murakami?

40brenzi
Edited: Aug 19, 8:14pm Top

>31 msf59: it was still a really good novel Mark but that last section had me scratching my head.

>32 BLBera: We had a great time Beth. I think Lost Children Archive will make the Booker shortlist. That's based on absolutely nothing lol.

>33 lauralkeet: I think a good time was had by all Laura.

>34 NanaCC: Oh I agree completely Colleen. Dirt=fun lol.

>35 jnwelch: Oh how interesting Joe. We had a great time.

>36 RebaRelishesReading: Nothing I can add even though I've lived in Western NY my entire very long life. Thanks for filling us in Reba.

>37 benitastrnad: Hi Benita. Oh I hope Sharon does join LT. Look at all the fun we're having. I'll PM you the recipe. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a great time with you all and would love to repeat it.

>38 benitastrnad: I think you'll both enjoy Furious Hours when you get to it. That's a Mark recommendation, btw. Can't go wrong lol.

>39 benitastrnad: I've got four Murakami's on my shelf but so far I haven't picked one up. No idea why. I was enthused by all the glowing reviews by other 75ers but for whatever reason. But yes the music in Lost Children Archive was definitely connected to the narrative. It is brilliantly incorporated but O Superman really hit a chord with me haha. Sorry about the pun. More important probably was the David Bowie song Space Oddity (Ground Control to Major Tom). I like the book more every day.

41BLBera
Aug 19, 8:07pm Top

I was surprised it didn't make the Woman's Fiction Prize shortlist - I would have chosen it over My Sister, Serial Killer. But I am not good at predicting these things.

42jnwelch
Aug 19, 9:15pm Top

>36 RebaRelishesReading:. Thanks, Reba. I knew some but not all of that from family history. I’m glad there are still activities and enthusiasm.

43brenzi
Yesterday, 8:59pm Top

>41 BLBera: What the heck is it about My Sister, the Serial Killer that makes it show up on Prize lists Beth? Smh

44benitastrnad
Edited: Yesterday, 9:24pm Top

I need to get to reading the J. G. Farrell books. I generally like the books I read about India so I should get Siege of Krishnapur read sometime soon.

45BLBera
Today, 6:45pm Top

Obviously we are missing something, Bonnie.

46brenzi
Today, 9:30pm Top

>44 benitastrnad: Hi Benita, I love reading books set in India, especially historical fiction. I finished The Siege Of Krishnapur last night and really enjoyed it. I'll put together a few comments at some point. Have you read A Fine Balance? Stunning.

>45 BLBera: Well, that's business as usual for me Beth, lol.

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