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Lynda (Carmenere)'s Book Nook- The 4th nook

This is a continuation of the topic Lynda (Carmenere)'s Book Nook- The 3rd nook.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1Carmenere
Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 10:15am Top



Welcome to my book nook, version 2019!

Hi all, I'm Lynda, retired since June 5, '09, LTer since October 14, '08, mom since April 5, '99 and wife since October 2nd '93....reader since..... forever!

2019 Ground Rules to self:

This time of year, there are none!




2Carmenere
Sep 2, 2019, 9:22am Top



Library book discussion group:
January: Small Great Things DONE
February: Homegoing DONE
March: American Fire - DONE
April: Daughters of the Samurai - I'll be out of town for book club so not reading
May: The Woman in Cabin 10
June: In Sunlight or in Shadows: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper
July: Ginny Moon
Aug: Anything is Possible
Sept: Grocery: The Buying and Selling of food in America

Neighborhood Book Swap:
January: Sourdough by Robin Sloan DONE
February: Of Bees and Mist - Erick Setiawan Not doing a reread of this one.
March: Educated Tara Westover DONE
April: Barefoot Season Not feeling this one
May: Necessary Lies I've read this one a couple of years ago
June: Before we were yours
July: Little Fires Everywhere
August: Once we were brothers
September: An Odyssey, A Father, A Son and An Epic by David Mendelsohn
October: ?
November:

3Carmenere
Edited: Jan 2, 8:30am Top



January

1. Desert Solitaire - Kindle - TIOLI Challenge #14 - 4.5 star
2. Small Great Things - library book club - TIOLI Challenge #9 - 4/5
3. Less - off my shelf - TIOLI Challenge #13 - 3.5/5
4. Mouse House - TIOLI Challenge #18 - 4/5
5. Sourdough - TIOLI Challenge #11
6. The Last Romantics- Lead Read - TIOLI Challenge #10

February

7. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - Net Galley & TIOLI Challenge #2
8. Homegoing - Library book club
9. The Man from St. Petersburg - Off the shelf - TIOLI Challenge 4
10. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World - Library - TIOLI
11. Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and InstantPot®- Library-Kinde
12. Ghost Wall - Library
13. The Sense of an Ending - TIOLI Challenge #1 - Off the shelf

March

14. American Fire - Library Book club
15. The Madonnas of Leningrad - OTS - TIOLI
16. Bibliophile - Library - TIOLI
17. Daisy Jones & The Six
18. Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan #3
19. Infinity in the Palm of your Hand

April
20. Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max #2
21. Becoming
22. My Sister, the Serial Xiller
23. Out of this World The surreal art of Leonora Carrington
24. A Russian Journal
25. educated - Library/former neighborhood book swap/TIOLI

May
26. Fathers and Sons
27. If, Then
28. The Girl in the Tower
29. The Woman in Cabin 10
30. Frida Kahlo An Illustrated Life
31. The Spy in Moscow Station

June
32. Lumberjanes Out of Time Vol 4
33. The Siege
34. Dutch Girl NetGalley
35. Turbulence NetGalley
36. The Winter of the Witch
37. The Escape Room NetGalley

July
38. The Turn of the Key - NetGalley
39. The Good People - Library (evening book discussion)

August
40. The Great Alone - Library (evening book discussion)
41. Lanny - Booker Long List
42. The Wall - Booker Long List
43. Lost Children Archive - Booker Long List
44. Zeitoun - TIOLI

September
45. The New Order: Stories
46. The Art of Racing in the Rain
47. Inland NetGalley
48. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

October
49. Baby, Don't Hurt Me
50. Ghost Signs: Clues to Downtown New York's Past
51. The Testaments

November
52. Debbie Harry and Blondie Picture This

December
53. Me
54. Being Mortal
55. Bowie: An illustrated Life
56. Mrs. Dalloway
57. They Called Us Enemy
58. The Bridges of San Luis Rey
59. Carnegie Hill
60. Sharp Objects
61. Life and Times of Michael K

4Carmenere
Sep 2, 2019, 9:27am Top



Welcome, bring your book, grab a seat and a mug and watch the leaves fall with me.

5FAMeulstee
Sep 2, 2019, 1:08pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda!

I have my book with me, and the first leaves are falling over here, so I feel right at home ;-)

6Carmenere
Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 8:19am Top

Welcome, Anita! We've got some early droppers over here too. Some leaves, if in direct sunlight, are changing colors. Although, I love autumn, I'm saddened that summer seems so short.

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Thought I should carry this over from my previous thread:

Booker ranking:
1. Lanny
2. Lost Children Archive
3. The Wall
4. My Sister, the Serial Kill

Short list to be revealed on 9/3.
ACK complete fail!

7jnwelch
Sep 2, 2019, 3:01pm Top

Happy New Thread, Lynda!

Good for you for reading the Booker nominees. I've only read Lanny and My Sister, the Serial Killer so far.

8figsfromthistle
Sep 2, 2019, 3:12pm Top

Happy new thread!

9mstrust
Sep 2, 2019, 3:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda! Hooray, is Fall is coming!

10BLBera
Sep 2, 2019, 5:38pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda. We've read the same Booker nominees although I haven't read Lanny yet. I agree with your ranking -- which probably means My Sister, the Serial Killer will win. :)

11Carmenere
Sep 2, 2019, 6:27pm Top

>7 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. Unfortunately, I've only read the longlisters available from my library. The eight remaining books are still on order. For this reason, I won't be following the Booker in the future.

>8 figsfromthistle: Thank you!

>9 mstrust: Thanks! I love me some Fall!

>10 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. LOL, you are absolutely correct! Who can forget The Sellout :0/
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I've got my eyes peeled for the Booker short list announcement. Stay tuned!

12drneutron
Sep 2, 2019, 10:23pm Top

Happy new thread!

13PaulCranswick
Sep 2, 2019, 10:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda.

14Berly
Sep 3, 2019, 12:58am Top

Happy new thread!! >3 Carmenere: I love your "Done and Done" Sponge Bob topper. : )

15Carmenere
Edited: Sep 3, 2019, 5:55am Top

Thanks, Jim, Paul and Kim!!!!

I got this short list off of Goodread Booker group. The official Booker website has not officially named them. (eTA: now it's official.) If holds true, Naturally, these were all the books I didn't read as my library has them on order, AOoM being the exception. Nuts!

The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2) by Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
UK & US publication 10th Sept

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK), Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Other, (Hamish Hamilton)

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World (Viking)

16msf59
Sep 3, 2019, 6:26am Top

Happy New Thread, Lynda. Some interesting books on that Booker short list. Of course, I am especially looking forward to the Atwood.

17Carmenere
Sep 3, 2019, 7:02am Top

Thanks, Mark! I'm 14th on the wait list for Atwood which still has a status of "Being acquired by the library". No sweat as I'm not a big fan of Handmaid's Tale. I know, i know, definitely in the minority.

18EBT1002
Sep 3, 2019, 8:55pm Top

Lynda, I've worn my LT shirt on various travels and I have had several convesations develop from it. It's a great way to promote our favorite social media outlet!

I share your frustration with your local library. I'm finding myself ordering Booker nominees from amazon or checking out the eBook from the Seattle Public Library, which is less satisfying.

19EBT1002
Edited: Sep 3, 2019, 8:57pm Top

I checked and, according to amazon.com, The Testaments won't be available in the U.S. until September 10. Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville had a whole Margaret Atwood display when I visited there today; her latest was not included.

20Carmenere
Sep 4, 2019, 6:49am Top

>18 EBT1002: >19 EBT1002: Hey Ellen! I've only worn my LT shirt once and so far, no comments. Nonetheless, I love it! Nice quality and so soft it feels like I'm wearing a well read paperback.
I'm not sure who I'm frustrated with more, my library or Booker itself. Probably, Booker more so as The Testament is a pre-order everywhere I look. I don't think it's fair to put books on the long list which aren't yet available to the general public. But who am I to say.
I often dream about being a librarian and hosting a reading group dedicated just to award long listers but if the books aren't readily available it will remain just a dream.

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I think my mom will be released from rehab in about 2 weeks. They tell me she's plateaued and showing limited progress. She loves her apartment and want to return there but i lie awake at night wondering how she'll manage there and what kind of services they'll provide and the cost.

In the wee hours of the morning I watched 3 episodes of Orange is the New Black. Bad choice, made me even sadder.

21Donna828
Sep 4, 2019, 6:17pm Top

Lovely new thread, Lynda. From the last one...I loved your review of Zeitoun. I can’t believe it’s been 19 years since Katrina. Those images are permanently embedded in my brain. I still need to google to find out about the book controversy. Or maybe I’ll stay in denial.

*Sigh* That is such a worry about your mother. Live-in help is quite costly and is sometimes resented by the recipient. I sure hope your mother can manage on her own again.

Hmmm, maybe I need one of those soft tees. You should be on the LT marketing team!

22Carmenere
Sep 5, 2019, 8:05am Top

>21 Donna828: I must have been half asleep when I responded to you last night because I know I typed it, must not have posted it. :0/
What I said is Zeitoun's life took a sad turn, you may not want to know.
Hopefully and with fingers crossed, Mom may need only a month or two of additional services till she's feeling strong.
Hahaha, There's no better way to show LT love than by wearing their comfy and fashionable t-shirt. I can just picture you in while reading a great book, sipping a cup of tea and sitting in your cubby watching the snowfall. You only life once :0)

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Take heart, all those saddened by the ommitance of Lost Children Archive from the Book short list. Tournament of Books Summer Camp has just selected it as their first entry in the 2020 Tournament of Books.

23EBT1002
Sep 5, 2019, 7:52pm Top

Hi Lynda. I'm glad your mom seems to be improving but I understand the sad. Having spent the past few days packing boxes for my older sister so she and her spouse of 45 years can move into a CCRC have been interesting. Her spouse is showing signs of short-term memory loss, confusion, etc..... She has diabetes which makes is complicated. Carol (sister) and I took some stuff to the thrift store this afternoon and stopped off to have a beer and just talk. It's so hard to watch someone we love love love change before our very eyes. It was good to get a chance to listen to my sister, provide my input where I could.

24EBT1002
Sep 5, 2019, 7:53pm Top

I've never "participated" in the Tournament of Books thing. Maybe next year I'll do it. Or I'll wait until I retire. 😂

25Carmenere
Sep 11, 2019, 8:48am Top

>23 EBT1002: You are so fortunate to be able to help you sister get through a very tough situation and she is very fortunate to have you to listen to her. I wish her and her spouse the best.

>24 EBT1002: To be honest, I'm not sure I'll participate in the TOB or the Booker in the future. I may keep up with the WPforF and maybe National Book Award but truthfully, they all take away time to concentrate on the books I own. We'll see.

26Carmenere
Sep 11, 2019, 8:51am Top

#45-2019
The New Order: Stories
Karen E. Bender
2018
283 pages
5/5
Thanks Mark for sending this my way!
Ellen, it will soon be on it's way to you!!

Ms. Bender's prose immediately pulled me in. Her words are as comfortable as a soft, cozy sweater but it is a false sense of security for what is to be revealed about human nature in her short story collection.
The stories take place as far back as the 1970's and one even implies it takes place in the not too distant future. It seems what was, is and always will be.
Read this book and contemplate just what humans have done to each other over the past 50 years. It's thoroughly depressing. Each story implies characteristics which are uncomfortable to discuss. For instance, is it truly possible some humans exhibit pent up - senseless anger? Could it be Bender is saying we thrive when we hurt each other? Do we flaunt our righteousness only to be hypocrites at heart? Do we lack empathy?
It seems in the past half century, Bender is considering the world in which we live as one of distrust and fear of our species. We are lonely, we are struggling, we suffer from inner turmoil both imagined and real. We suffer loss, we lack empathy, good grief we are a mess!
The final story in this collection, "The Cell Phones", offers a bit of enlightenment and hope. It may all begin by just listening to the distress felt by our fellow humans.
An awesome collection of stories. Highly recommend!

27msf59
Edited: Sep 11, 2019, 6:57pm Top

Happy Wednesday, Lynda. Great review of The New Order: Stories! Yah, for 5 stars. Big Thumb! It looks like you loved it as much as I did. One of my favorite collections of the year. And hooray for passing it onto Ellen and keeping the book joy flowing.

28Carmenere
Sep 12, 2019, 7:52am Top

Happy Thursday, Mark! Hope it's fabulous! Thanks for the Big Thumb!! I really need to get my hands on her previous work. She appears to be very observant and talented enough to write about it.

29Carmenere
Sep 12, 2019, 2:45pm Top

Just returned from my library with a mini book haul:
K for Killer
P is for Peril and
N is for Noose
I'm trying to collect them all before I begin the series

also Firefly Lane
and Behold the Dreamers

Woo Hoo The Testament is waiting for me at a library nearby - unfortunately, I can not pick it up till Saturday. But it's there and it's waiting for me!!!

30Carmenere
Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 4:17pm Top

Just returned from my library with a mini book haul:
K for Killer
P is for Peril and
N is for Noose
I'm trying to collect them all before I begin the series

also Firefly Lane
and Behold the Dreamers

Woo Hoo The Testaments is waiting for me at a library nearby - unfortunately, I can not pick it up till Saturday. But it's there and it's waiting for me!!!

31Carmenere
Sep 13, 2019, 7:48am Top

#46-2019
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
2008
321 pages
4/5

If you ever needed proof, Enzo will prove to you, two negatives really do make a positive. As Enzo says, "Gestures are all I have, sometimes they must be grand in nature."
You see, Enzo is a canine, unable to talk on the level of humans yet he has a human mind, is observant and above all listens and learns. His human companion Denny is a race car driver, through him, Enzo learns some important life lessons such as “That which we manifest is before us..." and "The car goes where the eyes go." These mindfulness tips come in handy when Denny's and Enzo's world take on tragic and despicable events.
Through their, ok - Enzo's grand gesture and a Miracle on 34th Street climax this book comes to a satisfying, hopeful and teary eyed conclusion.
Highly recommend for it's not over the top sentimentality.

32ChelleBearss
Sep 13, 2019, 8:12pm Top

Happy new thread!

33Carmenere
Edited: Sep 14, 2019, 9:11am Top

>32 ChelleBearss: Thanks a bunch, Chelle!
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Ha! As if I didn't have enough books, I've just requested an insane amount of books from NetGalley - Oh well, the Farmers Almanac reports the Great Lakes region is in for a bad winter. I am prepared!

Willy's home, Willy's home! We'll see the Indians who must beat the Minnesota Twins this weekend so see the light of post season.

Mom's therapists are going to do a walk through of her apartment with us to determine where they need to tweek the time she has remaining at rehab. I think that's a great idea!
Hope ya all have an outstanding weekend

34mstrust
Sep 14, 2019, 12:34pm Top

I hope your weather isn't as bad as predicted. Wouldn't want to ruin Will's time at home :-)
Have a good weekend, Lynda!

35Carmenere
Sep 14, 2019, 1:08pm Top

>34 mstrust: Storms last night ushered in absolutely fabulous weather today! It's warm but not humid and the sun is shining brightly. woo hoo and Go Tribe! D Double header today to make up for yesterday's rain out :0D

36Carmenere
Sep 18, 2019, 9:05am Top

So, what's it a sign of when you butter your raisin bread before you toast it?

37mstrust
Sep 18, 2019, 11:32am Top

That you'll need to clean your toaster very soon.

38Carmenere
Sep 18, 2019, 4:49pm Top

Well, it could have been worse! What if I had decided on grilled cheese?

39DeltaQueen50
Sep 19, 2019, 1:50pm Top

Oh dear, it sounds like your mind is on many other things rather than toast, Lynda. I hope things soon become smoother for you and your Mom's situation gets a good outcome.

40mstrust
Sep 19, 2019, 3:20pm Top

>38 Carmenere: Ha! I guess you'd have to learn to like the taste of burnt cheese.
When I was a maybe fourteen years old I was left to cook dinner for my dad one night, having never cooked before. Mom's instructions began with boiling potatoes. I didn't know how to do that. The potatoes burned to the pot.

41Carmenere
Sep 20, 2019, 8:08am Top

>39 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy, I hope so too. I've discovered when you think you're not thinking you unconsciously are thinking. It's exhausting. Rehab and the senior apt facility are working with me to assure my mom's safety when she returns to her apartment. My mom however thinks she is an 88 year old super human and doesn't require any supervision or additional care. Ugh!

>40 mstrust: Let me guess, Jennifer, you didn't add water to the pot, right? ;0)

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Waiting for the National Book Award long list for fiction to be released today. Not that I need more books to read, just interested.

42mstrust
Sep 20, 2019, 11:34am Top

Yep, I didn't realize that water was supposed to be involved. :-D

43Carmenere
Sep 20, 2019, 2:49pm Top

>42 mstrust: Snork!

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Here's the 2019 National Book Award Long List for fiction:

The Other Americans
Laila Lalami

Disappearing Earth
Julia Phillips

The Need
Helen Phillips

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong

The Nickel Boys
Colson

Fleishman Is in Trouble
Taffy Brodesser-Akner,

Trust Exercise
Susan Choi,

Sabrina & Corina: Stories
Kali Fajardo-Anstine,

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marlon James,

Black Light: Stories
Kimberly King Parsons,

Of course, I haven't read any of them :0( I have been hearing good things about Disappearing Earth, The Nickle Boys and On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous so I'll check availability of those at my library

44BLBera
Sep 20, 2019, 4:32pm Top

>43 Carmenere: Thanks Lynda. I've read some of them... Thank God for another list!

The Karen Bender stories sound good.

I loved Behold the Dreamers!

45Carmenere
Sep 20, 2019, 4:39pm Top

>44 BLBera: Ha! I just love lists, Beth! Which of the NBA's have you read and enjoyed?

46Carmenere
Sep 20, 2019, 4:43pm Top

My mom is to be released from rehab on 9/26. I'm just hoping she accepts the help of aides, which she is paying for, but too stubborn to agree to. For me, I see sleepless nights on the horizon.

47BLBera
Sep 21, 2019, 9:15am Top

Hi Lynda: I've read the Lalami, and I am starting to think she is not for me. I never love her books as much as others seem to. I did love Disappearing Earth.

Good luck with your mom!

48Carmenere
Sep 21, 2019, 4:05pm Top

>47 BLBera: Well, Beth, I put a hold on each and every one of them. If my library is any indication on who will make the NBA shortlist - Fleishman is in Trouble with 92 holds and The Nickel Boys with 57 holds are sure to make it.

49EBT1002
Sep 21, 2019, 11:40pm Top

>29 Carmenere: So, are you picking up the Sue Graftons at a library sale? I love that you're trying to collect the whole series. I was a huge Kinsey Milhone fan until about M or N; then I sort of lost interest. Today I put A is for Alibi on hold as an eBook via Seattle Public Library and picked up a copy of B is for Burglar as a regular book at the local library. I want to give it another go and I want to start at the beginning.

I liked but didn't love On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous; I do think it deserves the attention it has been getting. I just finished The Nickel Boys last night and it's also very worthwhile.

50Familyhistorian
Sep 22, 2019, 12:52am Top

Best of luck getting your mom to accept help, Lynda. I hope this transition is easy on you and allows you to relax into reading time.

51Carmenere
Sep 25, 2019, 1:40pm Top

>49 EBT1002: Yeah, Ellen - finding the Grafton's are like a treasure hunt. Both OEWBG and TNB are waiting for me at the library. Where or where am I going to find the time to read.

>50 Familyhistorian: Well, Meg, I guess I was a little successful, I've convinced mom to sign on with Palliative care. They really don't offer a lot of personal care but as my mom's dr says they provide extra eyes to see any significant changes before we do.

52Carmenere
Edited: Sep 25, 2019, 10:19pm Top

#47-2019
Inland
Tea Obreht
367 pages
2019
NetGalley
4/5

Tea Obreht''s writing is fluid as she presents the stories of Lurie, unintentional outlaw turned camel driver delivering water to parched communities of the American desert and Nora a woman in desperate need of water as she awaits the return of the men she loves.
This is a well told tale of homesteaders trying to tame the Arizona wilderness, the little known contribution of the United States Camel Corp. and Native Americans trying to understand and adapt to a different and changing country.
Obreht deftly intertwines tragedy and a bit of humor to bring the characters together and remind readers just what an extraordinary and often forgotten, history of the wild wild west.
Thank you, so much, NetGalley, the author and publisher for allowing me to read and review this e-ARC.

53Carmenere
Sep 26, 2019, 8:10am Top

#48-2019
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
David McCullough
2019
352 pages
4/5

Though narrow in scope, I found this story quite enlightening. As a life long resident of Ohio who even took the mandatory Ohio History class in eighth grade, I don't recall ever reading such detailed information about the birth of the Northwest Territory, the people involved in it and the people it impacted.
In true McCullough fashion he delivers a history lesson which reveals the struggle and hardships shared by all, the human desire to discover the unknown and to tame its harsh realities.
This book is not merely about power and destruction. There were a few ah ha moments for this Ohioan. So, that's why the Columbus hockey team is named the Bluejackets, So that's how Marietta got its name. Interesting stuff but I'm not quite sure how popular this book would be outside the buckeye state but I hope it draws attention if not for the subject then for McCullough's well written story.

54msf59
Sep 26, 2019, 9:35am Top

Morning, Lynda. Good reviews of both Inland and The Pioneers. Both go on the list. How is the Atwood, in the early going?

55charl08
Sep 26, 2019, 3:54pm Top

>52 Carmenere: I'm looking forward to this one, have yet to see a bad review.

Hope that your mum signing up to the palliative care means you are sleeping more easily.

56Carmenere
Sep 26, 2019, 11:31pm Top

One heck of a day! Mom is now back in her senior living residence and she's not feeling good about it. I have my doubts as well. She's just too weak and this oxygen contraption is driving her nuts. Stay tuned.

>54 msf59: Thanks, Mark.The Atwood is really good so far. That's really saying a lot, for as you know, I wasn't all googly eyed about The Handmaids Tale,

>55 charl08: Just beware, Charlotte, the time line of the two main characters are not the same and that is one complaint I have been hearing. Yet, it worked for me. I hope you like it too.

Unfortunately, still not sleeping or reading well. Sigh

57mstrust
Sep 27, 2019, 1:09pm Top

I hope you get some rest soon. It's a tough situation.

58EBT1002
Edited: Sep 29, 2019, 11:59pm Top

Putting Inland right onto the wish list! It sounds like a winner.

I hope things work out at the residence but I understand your skepticism. It is definitely a tough situation. Take care, Lynda. I hope you are able to sleep and read soon!

59PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 2019, 4:43am Top

>43 Carmenere: Interesting list, Lynda, although there aren't too many names there that spring at me. I have read Marlon James Booker Winner, know of Colson Whitehead and I think I have something by Susan Choi on the shelves.

60Carmenere
Oct 4, 2019, 5:57pm Top

>57 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer. I've found that a shot of bourbon right before bed time has helped me tremendously!

>58 EBT1002: I hope you enjoy, Inland, Ellen. I love a good western. I appreciate your kind words.

>59 PaulCranswick: Paul, I now have all the NBA long-listers in my possession. I'll start with the shortest and work my way up. I have no idea how many I'll read but I can tell you which ever ones I read will not appear on the short list. ha!

61Carmenere
Oct 4, 2019, 5:59pm Top

#49-2019
Baby, Don't Hurt Me
Chris Kattan
2019
NetGalley
4/5

Fans of Saturday Night Live, fans of television in general and fans of comedy will find Chris Kattan's memoir entertaining, amusing and somewhat sad. Mr. Kattan's book showcases his SNL experience beginning three-quarters of the way through its 21st season. He intersperses these recollections with stories of his unconventional childhood, his love of old school comedy which he shared with his father and fine tuning his craft as a member of The Groundlings with fellow comedians Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri. The rigors of physical comedy and a Golden Girls sketch brought on his painful and untimely exit from SNL, then there's the culmination of lost loves and addictions. Sadly and unfortunately, some SNL cast members were unable to overcome the power of addiction but on this note Kattan's memoir comes to a hopeful conclusion.
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for allowing me to read and review this engaging e-Galley.

62Carmenere
Edited: Oct 4, 2019, 6:35pm Top

Hot diggity dog! I stumbled into a library book sale today and BAM! I found all the Sue Grafton's I needed to complete the alphabet set except V, W, X and Y. I think I'll begin the series in January 2020.

I hope to complete The Testaments this weekend. It'll be overdue when I return it on Monday but c'est la vie :0

and I'm beginning another NetGalley Ghost Signs: Clues to Downtown New York's Past

63msf59
Oct 5, 2019, 9:43am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Saturday. I took the day off, to attend a wedding. Hoping to get out for a stroll or two. I am thoroughly enjoying A Ladder to the Sky, so keep this one in mind. Boyne is quickly becoming a favorite.

64Carmenere
Oct 6, 2019, 5:54am Top

>63 msf59: Good Sunday, to you, Mark! Thanks for the heads up on A Ladder to to the Sky. A ladder to the sky is just what I need to reach the top of my TBR stack but back to your recommendation.....it sounds interesting and Boyne is getting quite a good track record....so on to tippy top of the stack it goes.

65msf59
Oct 6, 2019, 11:05am Top

Happy Sunday, Lynda. I just wanted to mention, that I started Turbulence. I had forgot how much you enjoyed it. Very good. I may even finish it today.

66Carmenere
Oct 6, 2019, 3:46pm Top

Howdy, Mark! Yes, I did enjoy Turbulence although I haven't seen many people talk about it. I'm glad you think it v.g.

I've had a busy day thus far and one more stop to make before I can kick back at home - mosy through the NY times - work on the crossword puzzle and get back to The Testaments before the rain sets in.

67BLBera
Oct 6, 2019, 9:06pm Top

Hi Lynda - Inland does sound good. Luckily, it's already on my WL.

Best of luck with your mom.

68PaulCranswick
Oct 6, 2019, 10:45pm Top

>64 Carmenere: Your comment made me smile, Lynda!

69Carmenere
Oct 7, 2019, 10:20am Top

>67 BLBera: Yay! I think you'll enjoy it, Beth!
Thanks, I need it. :0/

>68 PaulCranswick: hahaha, Paul! glad I made you smile. We need all the smiles we can get in a world gone crazy.

70Carmenere
Edited: Oct 7, 2019, 8:47pm Top

#50-2019
Ghost Signs: Clues to Downtown New York's Past
Frank Mastropolo
2019
128 pages
5/5
NetGalley

The wannabe archaeologist/historian in me absolutely loved this book! Mastropolo uses what he refers to as ghost signs, faded ads and business signage on brick buildings in lower Manhattan, to take the reader back to a time when immigrants to Manhattan set up shop and advertised in a 19th century manner.
Pop up ads in the late 1800's and early 1900's were painted with a long lasting lead paint or cut in stone and although the businesses themselves are gone their memory is not forgotten. Often times, new businesses allowed the paint to remain and although sometimes covered with neon signs the originals can still be deciphered.
The author includes pictures to go along with historical facts about the neighborhoods, businesses and the entrepreneurs who owned them making the book come to life. Fascinating factoids are quite interesting and pertain to companies in still in existence today.
With Mastropolo as my inspiration, I'll pay closer attention to older buildings in my city and wonder about their historical significance with clues left behind by those who came before.
Thank you NetGalley, the author and publisher for advanced copy of the e-book in exchange for a honest review.
On sale in November, 2019

71Carmenere
Edited: Oct 9, 2019, 8:14am Top

#51-2019
The Testaments
Margaret Atwood
2019
432 pages
4/5

Now that the final chapters have been told in The Testaments, I pause to wonder what changed for me in the past 10 years since I first read The Handmaid's Tale? I knew Atwood was a wonderful writer - I thought The Blind Assassin was great story and very well written - but, for I don't know what reason, The Handmaid's Tale just didn't click with me.
Now, I've just finished The Testaments and was drawn into the story from page one. It just clicked and I wonder how I had missed the sharp narrative and wit that alluded me in The Handmaid's Tale . Surely, it must be there too!
Readers of The Handmaid's Tale had years and years to stew about what came after and with The Testaments, Atwood provides what may or may not work for today's readers but for this one, it did and a reread of Handmaid's Tale is a must for me.

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72Carmenere
Edited: Oct 10, 2019, 8:05am Top

Life update: A simple dr's appt for my mom turned into re-admittance into hospital. She'll probably be released today or tomorrow. Probably back to rehab as each hospital stay weakens her.
On the bright side, Will's home for fall break! Eeeee!

73msf59
Oct 10, 2019, 10:43am Top

Morning, Lynda. Sweet Thursday. Good review of the new Atwood. I have my audio copy and plan on getting to it, in a week or less.

74jnwelch
Oct 10, 2019, 12:59pm Top

I like that review, too, Lynda. My wife and I both were totally under the spell of The Handmaid's Tale, and she just read and LOVED The Testaments. She couldn't put it down. It's coming up soon for me.

75mstrust
Oct 10, 2019, 2:25pm Top

Dropping in to say hi and I hope your mom's hospital stay is a very brief one.
Have a good break with Will!
>70 Carmenere: This sounds like a good one. I love both NYC and old advertising.

76Carmenere
Oct 11, 2019, 8:46am Top

Hi Jennifer! Mom should be released from hospital today but again being sent to rehab. Apparently, it's very easy to loose the mobility she worked the past 2 months to regain.

So far, Will's been catching up with friends back home but I think he'll be able to squeeze us into his busy agenda on Saturday and Sunday. He goes back to school on Monday.

Although I don't have much a connection to NYC other than it being my mom's hometown, I really enjoyed Ghost Signs. I hope you will too.

77Familyhistorian
Oct 11, 2019, 6:17pm Top

Ghost Signs sounds fascinating, Lynda. I love stuff like that.

78charl08
Oct 13, 2019, 4:18pm Top

>71 Carmenere: Good to belatedly read (sorry! I'm so behind) your review of The Testaments. I had a copy with me at work and a colleague talked to me about how she was waiting for hers - this almost never happened s to me. I really love that this book has caught the imagination (although sad that the politics is what it is, of course, to make it so relevant).

79Carmenere
Oct 16, 2019, 5:59pm Top

>77 Familyhistorian: Yes, Megan!! I'm sure with your background you will enjoy Ghost Signs as well.

>78 charl08: To be honest, Charlotte, unlike the The Handmaid's Tale, I read The Testaments without considering any outside political influences. I simply enjoyed a well written story.

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I joined a gym. Today I did a 45 minute spin class, I felt like a jellyfish when finished. Mobility has since returned to my legs. Tomorrow I'll get a class on machines to use to strengthen my core. Hope I have the follow through to work at this, at least, thru the winter months

80BLBera
Oct 17, 2019, 11:22am Top

Good luck with the gym stuff, Lynda. My gym has an incentive; if you go 12 times per month, you pay less. I can manage that.

81Carmenere
Edited: Nov 5, 2019, 8:41am Top

>80 BLBera: That's a great incentive, Beth. 12 times a month seems doable.

I'm in a major book funk.
No time for reading has a great deal to do with it.
Moved my mom to long term nursing facility and almost everything is out of her apartment and in boxes in our family room. last of the furniture to be picked up tomorrow by a non profit for people in need.

Been bingeing on Twilight Zone on Netflix, surprised by stories based on stories written by authors I'm now familiar with.

Discovered new podcast called Office Ladies. Jenna Fisher and Angela Kinsey are re-watching and commenting on each Office episode much like West Wing Weekly.

Trying to read Sharp Objects (my Halloween read) and still finishing up Net Galley of Carnegie Hill
Joined the neighborhood puzzle club. Buy a puzzle, do it and pass it on to the next on the list. Sounds relaxing.

82mstrust
Nov 5, 2019, 10:31am Top

I hope your mom likes her new home. I know it's got to be so hard to clear out her apartment and make such a big change. How are you doing?
Thanks for the Office Ladies mention! I love the show and I'll check this out.
And I've never heard of a neighborhood puzzle club. Sounds sweet, and my mom is a big puzzle fan but she has too many to keep on the shelf. I'm going to see if a puzzle club exists in her area.

83Carmenere
Nov 5, 2019, 6:57pm Top

>82 mstrust: She does, Jennifer! She needs a higher level of care that her apartment wasn't able to provide. It's more like a low level hospital with nurses and drs readily available.
How an I doing? Thanks for asking, it's been rough and sometimes my nerves are screaming for relief but it appears to be settling down. fingers crossed
Yeah, my development already has the book swap group so the puzzle swap just seems like the natural next step. Hope your mom has one by her.

84scaifea
Nov 6, 2019, 5:53am Top

Thinking of you, Lynda. I hope things calm down soon for you and that you can crawl out of that reading funk! *hugs*

85msf59
Nov 6, 2019, 6:32am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Wednesday! We sure miss seeing you around here. Sounds like you have had your hands full, with your Mom and her big move. Good luck with the rest of it and I hope you snap out of that book funk soon. Come on! Those books are piling up.

86Carmenere
Nov 6, 2019, 7:24am Top

>84 scaifea: Thanks, Amber! I hope I can break this funk too but I have a jittery feeling I find hard to control which kills concentration. Hopefully, I'll soon adjust to the new normal. Hugs are gratefully accepted.

>85 msf59: Hey Mark! As I sit here looking at all the boxes in my family room, I doubt I'll be visiting threads very often but I hope to pop in once in awhile. I've picked up Debbie Harry & Blondie Picture This from the library. The pics are eye candy and the text minimal so hopefully this will break the book funk spell. I idolized Debbie Harry in the late 70's. She is the coolest of the cool.

87scaifea
Nov 7, 2019, 7:00am Top

>86 Carmenere: I'm no stranger to the jittery anxiety feels. *more hugs*

88Carmenere
Nov 7, 2019, 7:09am Top

Hahaha - It's not a comfortable place to be, is it? Hugs back at cha!

89scaifea
Nov 7, 2019, 7:17am Top

>88 Carmenere: Nope, it sure isn't. Change brings it on for me, mostly (and I'm riding the waves of it right now with this new job business, even though I'm also super-excited. Silly brain.)

90Carmenere
Edited: Nov 7, 2019, 10:21am Top

>89 scaifea: I don't think, in general, I'm a controlling person but I like to feel I'm in control of me and what I do when I want to do it. When I feel a personal loss of control that's when the jitters take over which makes me feel even less in control of me. Does that make sense? If that doesn't sound like an independent only child, I don't know what does. Haha

Yes, brains can be silly. Eckart Tolle would say it's the roommate in your head that makes you doubt yourself. Ha! I'm sure you don't doubt yourself. Your brain just can't wait start your dream job.

91DeltaQueen50
Nov 7, 2019, 12:55pm Top

Hi Lynda, you and your Mom have been having a difficult time. I hope once she settles in, your Mom is happier and more comfortable with her new place which in turn will give you some peace of mind. I have been struggling with mobility issues of my own and I know how depressing and difficult that can be.

92Carmenere
Nov 7, 2019, 6:02pm Top

First, I want to tell ya'll I'm ecstatic! The Thomas's Cranberry English Muffins are now in stores and 2 packages have made their way to my kitchen! Happiness :0)

The last of the furniture was moved out of mom's apt today and donated to a very worthy cause.

Afterwards, paid her a visit then went to the fitness center where I fell in love with the elliptical. I can feel the affects of that workout already.

>91 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy! My mom has been through so very much this summer, I have no right to complain. She did her rehab at this facility and liked it so much she didn't want to leave. So she's content to be there and knows she needs that level of care. Sadly, health issues keep occurring and it's tough on both of us. It'll be fine.
I'm so sorry to read of your mobility issues. I hope reading helps to alleviate the periods of depression that occur. The support of others can be a tremendous boost too. Hugs!

93Carmenere
Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 10:32am Top

#52-2019
Debbie Harry & Blondie Picture This
Mick Rock
224 pages
2019
4 for 185 pages
3 for the remainder

For the first 185 pages I thoroughly enjoyed this pictography featuring photos of Debbie Harry circa 1976ish to 1979 with narrative supplied by author/photographer, Mick Rock. I loved reliving the musical exuberance and relative innocence which Blondie exuded in the late 1970's. The photo's are little known shots from photo shoots done by Rock which he sold to magazines.
Sadly, the iconic Parallel Lines album cover was not one of them.
After page 185, the reader is propelled to the future fates of Rock and the diminishing notoriety of Harry. Brought together once again in the early 2000's, one is reminded that sometimes you just can not relive a time gone by and in some respects, no matter how hard one tries, the magic isn't there.

94Ameise1
Nov 8, 2019, 10:18am Top

Happy Friday, Lynda. It looks like you had a strict time.

95mstrust
Nov 8, 2019, 12:14pm Top

>93 Carmenere: I bought Harry's Face It autobiography several days ago and it should arrive any day. She remains a beloved icon for me. The band emerged right at the age when I began paying attention to both music and fashion, and I loved that so much of what she did was a little "off" and unique.

96Carmenere
Nov 8, 2019, 5:08pm Top

>94 Ameise1: Happy Friday, Barbara ur actually more like Saturday for you. Hanging in there, Barbara. I've discovered a wee bit of Bourbon lets me sleep like a baby :0)

>95 mstrust: Jennifer, Face It is the one I wanted to get from the library and now I've corrected my mistake. I should receive it pretty quickly. The book I accidentally chose was actually published in the UK in 2004. Funny, isn't it, that it's now released in the US just when Ms Harry's book is coming out. Hmm.

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Still trying to read a book with pages and pages of prose. I can't do it. I keep starting books, stop, then pick up something else. Rrrrr. Today, I've started Life & Times of Michael K by Coetzee. Sad story from the start but it's short so maybeeeee?

Happy weekend to all readers near and far.

97mstrust
Nov 9, 2019, 12:19pm Top

Funny, isn't it, that it's now released in the US just when Ms Harry's book is coming out. Hmm.
That's exactly what I was thinking too.

98Carmenere
Nov 9, 2019, 3:32pm Top

>97 mstrust: Can we say....Cashing in $$$$$$?

99BLBera
Nov 9, 2019, 3:52pm Top

I hope your mom is doing well in her new place and that things calm down for you, Lynda. The transitions are tough. Do you have any go-to comfort reading? Maybe try that until your concentration improves?

Hooray for the elliptical!

100Carmenere
Edited: Nov 12, 2019, 9:21am Top

>99 BLBera: Morning, Beth. She seems to have transitioned fairly well but despises the food. She lives on grilled cheese, soup and the occasional hot dog. I'm not sure if it's just lousy food or it's my mom's taste buds. Food she used to like disgusts her now, even on commercials. *sigh*
No, no comfort reading per se. I just find comfort in reading in general. Still, not quite over the funk hump.
I'm really loving the elliptical, even the treadmill has been great since the gym guy said to ease pressure on my knees step down with my heal not the toes. A little thing but it seems to work.
It is sooooo very satisfying to walk in a warm environment while watching the snow fall outside :0D

Soooo, we have snow! About 3" from the looks of it and it's like cold....really cold for this time of year. Windchills are expected to break records. Ha! Wind chills mean Lynda Chills. So when the snow eases up I'll visit mom and fill her humidifier. Probs have lunch with her and come home to read, make potato / leek soup in the instant pot with crusty bread for dinner - maybe finish up the left over chili, cause everyone knows, chili is always better the second day.

101mstrust
Nov 12, 2019, 10:59am Top

We've had a lot of coverage of the snows in the East on our local news. I'm glad it isn't so bad that you can't get around.
Sounds like your mom is getting finicky, ha! Maybe she misses her own cooking, and places that cook for health concerns may leave out the salt. But to be disgusted by the commercials is a new one :-)
I loved my treadmill and used it for so many years that the motor burned out. Now I have my exercise bike and love that too. But I've never worked out with a view of falling snow and that's sounds pretty cool.

102Carmenere
Nov 12, 2019, 12:24pm Top

>101 mstrust: Actually, I'm not budging, it's awful outside. Lake effect snow has kicked in and there's no telling when it will stop. Crashes all over the place. Mom gets it so here I am hunkering down with soup.
These rehab/senior facilities shock me, Jennifer, they seem to have no regard for salt or sugar intake which cause the biggest problems for people. No one has been able to give me a reasonable answer.

103Donna828
Nov 13, 2019, 8:26pm Top

Just checking in to see how things are going for you, Lynda. I know it's hard for both you and your mom to adjust to her new setting. It should give you peace of mind but it's sometimes harder to find privacy for visits in nursing homes. As far as the food goes, I remember going to a doctor's appointment for my dad after his open-heart surgery and my mother was all about meeting his dietary needs. The doctor just looked at her and said: "Oh hell, he's old. Let him eat what tastes good to him." So maybe the lack of restrictions has to do with making the food taste better so they'll eat more.

Good for you on your new exercise routine. Great stress reliever! Maybe you'll be back on the book wagon soon. Those book funks are no fun.

104BLBera
Nov 15, 2019, 4:24pm Top

It has been really cold here, too, Lynda. We just have a trace of snow, but with Dec.-Jan. temps in November, this is going to be a long winter!

I hope the book funk ends soon.

105Carmenere
Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 6:44pm Top

Tournament of Books 2020

All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Light: Stories by Kimberly King Parsons

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Akner

A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Golden State by Ben H. Winters

Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang

Honey in the Carcase by Josip Novakovich

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

*Inland by Téa Obreht

King of Joy by Richard Chiem

Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok

Let’s Tell This Story Properly by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

*Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lot by Bryan Washington

Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Night Swimmers by Peter Rock

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Optic Nerve by María Gainza

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Oval by Elvia Wilk

Overthrow by Caleb Crain

The Parisian by Isabella Hammad

Patsy by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn

Pigs by Johanna Stoberock

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán

Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Same Same by Peter Mendelsund

Saudade by Suneeta Peres da Costa

Say Say Say by Lila Savage

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Tears of the Trufflepig by Fernando A. Flores

*The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Trump Sky Alpha by Mark Doten

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin

Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

What Is Missing by Michael Frank

When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha


106Carmenere
Nov 19, 2019, 6:42pm Top

>103 Donna828: Hi Donna, It's getting better. With weekly blood tests, the house doctor is able to catch and treat anything that looks suspicious. This would not have been the case at her former residence as the did not offer routine blood tests.
It's all about time and not having enough of it to go to the gym or read regularly. Seems everyday I need to take care of something that needs done. I think I'm getting there.

>104 BLBera: Yup, Beth, after that cold snap passed we've gone back up into the low 40's but it's still way below the average for this time of year. Ugh
I'm loving Me by Elton John. Thoroughly enjoyable and interesting info about the music industry as it was in the 60's - 70's. It's helping with the book funk quite a bit.

107Carmenere
Nov 19, 2019, 6:46pm Top

>105 Carmenere: In regards to the T of B long list: I've only read 3, as indicated with a *, and probs won't read anymore until I see the short list.

108BLBera
Nov 22, 2019, 2:22pm Top

>106 Carmenere: This one does sound good, Lynda. I do like Elton John. I once saw him in concert on Halloween, during his big glasses and outlandish costumes phase, and it was a blast!

>105 Carmenere: Thanks for the list. I've read a few of these. I always have good intentions, but I never end up following this as much as I would like to.

109Carmenere
Edited: Nov 25, 2019, 7:39am Top

>108 BLBera: The last time I saw Elton in concert was 1998 when I was pregnant with Will. He got a very early introduction to EJ. According to the book, Elton was clean at this point.

>105 Carmenere: In the past, I've read some real duds on the long list. Although, I'm interested I'll pay closer attention to the short list. In the meantime, I stick to reading what I really want to read and let others whittle down the list. :0)

110BLBera
Nov 27, 2019, 2:45pm Top

That sounds like a plan, Lynda.

Happy Thanksgiving.

111Carmenere
Dec 1, 2019, 8:22am Top

>110 BLBera: Hi Beth! Thanks for keeping my thread warm. We had a very nice Thanksgiving and hope yours was the same.
Did you do some Black Friday shopping? I was limited to online shopping as my sister-in-law called early friday morning to tell us our brother-in-law was on the way to hospital with a heart attack.
He's ok, needed a stent but the hospital visit kinda put a kabash on the day.

I've finally put a word to the feelings and funk I've been experiencing. Unsettled: not yet resolved.
synonyms: undecided, to be decided, unresolved, undetermined, uncertain, open, arguable, debatable, disputed, unanswered, open to debate, doubtful, in doubt, moot, up in the air, in (a state of) limbo, in a state of uncertainty, indefinite, inconclusive, unconfirmed, unsolved, ongoing, pending;
It's this netherworld between self pay and medicaid and waiting for it to be approved.

I'm going to try to attend the library book group on the 9th and reading Mrs. Dalloway to prepare.
Also, trying to decide on this years neighborhood book swap: either The Death and Life of the Great Lakes or The House of Broken Angels. Any opinions are very welcome!!

Finished a book, finished a book and I absolutely loved it! Check it out in >112

112Carmenere
Dec 1, 2019, 8:26am Top

#53-2019
Me
Elton John
384 pages
2019
100/5

I'm not saying this because I've been a fan of Elton John for at least 45 years but as a reader who enjoys an honest, open and heartfelt memoir.
This book is certainly the best I've read in a long time. Even if you've seen the movie Rocketman, you've only seen half of the story. Elton reveals much more in his book.
His life and career is not all fun and feathers. Multiple addictions created decades of decadence, debauchery and overindulgence. Death of friends and acquaintances due to drugs, alcohol and AIDS could have made a victim of Elton John too. It is amazing he survived to tell his story.
Yet, the beauty of this book can be found in his odyssey from high living self-centeredness to breaking down and discovering self love, self care, and real, lasting love. A catharsis which is downright inspirational.
Me is also a story of the music industry as it was in the 70's & 80's, its hedonistic lifestyle and of a serendipitous partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin that has survived through the years and continues to this day.
Absolutely recommend this book with the highest regards.

113msf59
Dec 1, 2019, 9:07am Top

Happy Sunday, Lynda. Good review of Me! I have also been a long time fan of Elton John, since my cousin played Honky Chateau for me, back in '72 or so. I am going to try the audiobook. I heard it is narrated by the actor who played John in Rocketman, which I have not seen. Cool, right?

I absolutely loved both The Death and Life of the Great Lakes & The House of Broken Angels. That's not helping, right? Grins...

114Carmenere
Dec 1, 2019, 9:23am Top

>113 msf59: Happy Sunday, Mark! Oh, you have got to see Rocketman. So well done. Creative interpretation. If Bill and Will liked it, you know it's got to be good!
Hahaha, yeah you are no help at all ;0) But I guess that means I can't go wrong with either one. Thanks.

115Carmenere
Dec 1, 2019, 9:38am Top

Oh yeah, so another problem I've been having is starting a book and not finishing. Carnegie Hill, Sharp Objects and The Life and Times of Michael K await my return.
I've also got 2 audiobooks going: Being Mortal and The Bridge of San Luis Rey. I am really trying to learn how to listen but find myself re-listening over and over again.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

116BLBera
Dec 1, 2019, 10:40am Top

The Elton John memoir does sound good, Lynda. Good luck with all the unsettled stuff.

117PaulCranswick
Dec 1, 2019, 11:56am Top

>112 Carmenere: I will look out for Elton's book. Truly Captain Fantastic!

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend, Lynda.

118charl08
Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 4:16pm Top

>112 Carmenere: Great review!

Sorry to hear about your BiL, I hope everything is ok now.

I saw a bit of the Elton John interview with Graham Norton, he mentioned his work for HIV AIDS charities, and the focus on making money to make a difference rather than just having a showy event. Reminded me of The Great Believers.

119lkernagh
Dec 1, 2019, 4:40pm Top

>115 Carmenere: - I find that if my audioreading accompanies something like walking or knitting/crocheting I don't get distracted. If I try to do housework and listen, it doesn't always work out that great for me.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

120mstrust
Dec 1, 2019, 7:08pm Top

Hi, Lynda! Stopping in to say hi and find you're undecided, unresolved, in a state of uncertainty...I'm sorry, and for your brother-in-law's heart attack.
I'm glad you liked the Elton John autobiography. He's having yet another comeback, isn't he? I've seen people walking around in his t-shirts too.
I have a bio of Lou Reed at the very top of my tbr pile and should get to it withing the next week or two.

121Carmenere
Dec 2, 2019, 7:45am Top

>116 BLBera: Yes, it's really good, Beth. I also want to read Face It Debbie Harry and George Michael and Me by Andrew Ridgeley.

>117 PaulCranswick: Yes, Paul, please look out for your fellow countryman. I think you'll enjoy the Elton Autobiography.

>118 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. BIL was released from hospital yesterday and will recoop at home.
Yes, I think Elton wants to make HIV/AIDS awareness ongoing and not just an occasional event.
Hmmm, Note to self "Read The Great Believers

>119 lkernagh: Thanks for the helpful hint, Lori! I will definitely remember to bring my earbuds to the gym for treadmill time!!!

>120 mstrust: Yeah, I think EJ is having somewhat of a comeback. I've recently heard Your Song and Rocketman used in commercials.
I don't know much about Lou Reed. Enjoy the biobook.

Time for Will to head back to school. We'll make the 4 hour roundtrip and hope to return before snow accumulates in Cleveland.

122Carmenere
Dec 2, 2019, 8:12pm Top

Returned home about 5ish with a stop at Arby's. Wouldn't cha know my brand spanking new crown came out. Ugh! Back to dentist at noon tomorrow for reattachment. As if.....

Gonna read Mrs. Dalloway now....so far I'm not liking it much.

123Carmenere
Edited: Dec 6, 2019, 9:47am Top

#54-2019
Being Mortal
Atul Gawande
audio - 282 pages
2014
Geauga Library 100 books challenge
5/5

What an amazing and enlightening read!
Dr. Gawande begins this book by reminding the reader how things used to be, back to the days when aging parents would move in with one of their children or the unmarried child would continue to live with as well as care for aging parents. He also illustrates this point when he discusses an elder in his own family back in India. Extended family members would be there to accommodate his needs and he would be revered for his wisdom, often consulting him for making major life decisions.
Fast track to current times. Nuclear families have replaced large families. Children are far less likely to remain at home let alone in the same city. What happens to our elders today?
The options are live independently, assisted living or when that's no longer feasible, a skilled nursing facility. Gawande explains each option, its pros and cons.
He then touches upon a subject that is not pleasant but must be considered. When does intervention become too much? When does too much intervention effect a persons quality of life?
Gawande proceeds to discuss the options an individual has available to them for end of life care. Hospice and palliative care don't necessarily mean the end is in sight. It is about enjoying the time you have left. Sometimes, Gawande, writes of patients he's worked with to lay out the options while allowing them to make informed decisions.
Very interesting and thought provoking book. Read it.

124mstrust
Dec 5, 2019, 10:46am Top

That sounds like a really informative book, thought one that most people would dread reading. I've been through hospice at home with my dad and I don't know how we would have gotten through it without the nurse and care worker coming to the house to help.
And I worked with a woman about fifteen years ago who had been born to be her parent's caretaker. She was from Brazil, I believe, and was in her 50's at the time, and she had always been told that her parents had her, the last child, to be their caretaker in their old age and that she could never marry because of that. And she hadn't defied them, as she saw it as her duty. Her father had already died but she was caring for her mother.

125jnwelch
Dec 5, 2019, 11:13pm Top

Nice review of Being Mortal, Lynda. I felt the same way. When my dad was in his last stretch of life my sisters and I all read it, and it really helped us work through the decision-making, and keeping him involved in all of it.

126Berly
Dec 6, 2019, 3:44am Top

>122 Carmenere: Delurking!! Dang uncooperative teeth. Good luck tomorrow.

>123 Carmenere: I thought this was a great book. Very helpful processing aging options today.

127Carmenere
Dec 6, 2019, 7:03am Top

>124 mstrust: Yeah Jennifer, certainly not the kind of book you'd want to read during the holidays and, in truth, it was not what I expected, yet so timely!
Glad hospice was there for you at such a difficult time. Tending to a sick or dying parent is such a lonely battle yet these tough angels help so much.
I've enlisted palliative care for my mom. The service told me they're like an extra set of eyes that can see something's wrong that others may have missed.
I really feel for your former co-worker. I don't know, it bothers me. Such a self serving reason to have a child who is destined not to live a life of their choosing.

>125 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. Yes, I could see where this book would be helpful. For anyone in a similar situation, I'd recommend it to them in a heartbeat.

>126 Berly: Hey Kim! Nice to see you! >122 Carmenere: Props to my dentist who came in on her day off and spent 1 and 1/2 hours putting that crown back on.
>123 Carmenere: Very helpful indeed! It is reassuring to know there are options out there. Knowledge is power, right?

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I'll havse another review in just a little bit. Stay tuned!

128msf59
Dec 6, 2019, 8:17am Top

>123 Carmenere: "What an amazing and enlightening read!" Amen! Everyone should read this one!

Morning, Lynda. Happy Friday. I am enjoying the weekend off. I hope the books are treating you fine. I also highly recommend The Great Believers!

129Carmenere
Dec 6, 2019, 9:45am Top

>128 msf59: Woo Hoo for weekends off! The books are treating me just fine, it's me who have been down right rude to them. Hopefully, we're getting back to normal relations.
The Great Believers is on the wishlist.

130Carmenere
Dec 6, 2019, 9:46am Top

#55 Bowie: An Illustrated Life
Maria Hesse
2019
166 pages
4/5

Ever since I read Hesse's Graphic Novel Frida Kahlo: A biography I've been anxiously awaiting her next book and here it is!
As I said in my review of Kahlo, Hesse once again features the "life, loves, passions and pain" of her latest subject, David Bowie.
By mixing "passages of Bowie's real life with fantastical elements" Hesse relates his story in first person form starting with his arrival to earth as David Robert Haywood Jones. Over the years he transformed into many different personas and similar to many rock stars of the late 20th century, wrestled with the same demons that seemed to be the norm at that time.
The read and visuals of this book shed light on an artist who truly chose to delve into new areas of his craft with every album and with every concert tour.
With the aid of the Discography Hesse includes at the books conclusion, I'll certainly be revisiting Bowie's iconic works with a new perspective.

131Carmenere
Dec 7, 2019, 11:03am Top

and the crown came off again

132PaulCranswick
Dec 7, 2019, 9:13pm Top

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Lynda.

133Familyhistorian
Dec 9, 2019, 1:39am Top

It looks like you got over your book funk, Lynda. You got me with a BB for the Elton John book too. Good to know that there is more to the story than there was in Rocketman.

No wonder you feel unsettled with all the calls on your time. Hopefully your mother's move will soon be all behind you and you will settle into a new norm. Good luck with that crown!

134msf59
Dec 9, 2019, 7:02am Top

>130 Carmenere: Ooh, this also sounds good. I had not heard of it. I am also a Bowie fan and this looks like a cool format.

135Carmenere
Edited: Dec 9, 2019, 7:03am Top

>132 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. Your wish came true. My weekend was indeed lovely!

>133 Familyhistorian: Yay for hitting you with a BB, Meg! I hope you enjoy it as well. I guess you can say I'm a recovering book funkaholic.
Good golly, I can not even have a good nights sleep, lately waking at 2 or 3 in the morning is driving me insane :0/ I wake up with a worry on my brain. It's nuts! Yes, some normalcy would be rather nice. It's getting there.

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In an attempt to return to a normal routine, this morning I am returning to the monthly library book club to discuss Mrs. Dalloway. Totally irrating to me so I look forward to what the other have to say.

136mstrust
Dec 9, 2019, 10:52am Top

I'm sorry your crown came off, what a pain. I'm putting off a visit to the dentist til January because I know I have to have a new one put on. But I admit that when I saw >131 Carmenere:, my first thought was:


And I suggested Mrs Dalloway for a group read for next year and it was put on the schedule. Yikes. "Totally irritating" wasn't what I was hoping for, ha!

137jnwelch
Dec 9, 2019, 12:00pm Top

Oh good. Lynda, that's a helpful review of Bowie: An Illustrated Life. Adding it to the WL. Like you, I really enjoyed her Frida Kahlo one.

138Carmenere
Dec 10, 2019, 8:04am Top

>134 msf59: Oops, almost didn't see you there, Mark. I think you will enjoy this GN!

>136 mstrust: I'm sorry too, Jennifer and she's out of town, won't be able to address it till Monday :o and yeah it was sort of like that gif just not as glamorous.
I won't divulge the thoughts of the reading group cause, you know, every reading group is different....that is unless you want me to.

>137 jnwelch: Joe, I thing Hesse is amazing! She has the ability to capture her subjects so thoroughly in under 200 pages with a minimal amount of words. I look forward to her next book with great anticipation.

139Carmenere
Dec 10, 2019, 8:06pm Top

#56-2019
Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf
1925
194 pages
3/5

Firstly, this novel is a day in the life of aristocrat/socialite Clarissa Dalloway. She is finalizing preparations for a party she is hosting that evening when she is faced with a couple of unusual circumstances - her husband is attending a luncheon, with another woman, to which she was not invited - her former beau has returned from India after a 30 year absence - and someone has decided to have a bit of a life altering event that disturbs the party. The problem with this novel is I had to be a literary archaeologist to dig through all the verbiage to unearth the story. Stream of consciousness narrative buries the actual story with a multitude of sounds, sights and thoughts.

Secondly, not only did I find this book a very difficult read for that reason but also the shifts in time stream of consciousness creates. Often times paragraphs switch from present day thoughts to past events unknowingly. This made for a very uneven read, even annoying.
This is not a book to read for pleasure. One needs to be an alert, active reader. It's a lot of work.

This book should be read, not for relaxation but for a snapshot of early 20th century life, which is described quite well, when you can see it.

140charl08
Edited: Dec 11, 2019, 2:40am Top

>136 mstrust: Me too! Hope the dentist can sort things out when she is back. I am still going gently (or trying to) with my dodgy tooth.

It's a long time since I read Mrs Dalloway. I can't say I find Woolf easy, but found The Hours gave a way in.

141mstrust
Dec 11, 2019, 10:33am Top

>138 Carmenere: >139 Carmenere: Looks like I picked a real challenge...I hope everyone in the group doesn't hate me for it!
>140 charl08: My plan is to go through the holidays just ignoring it. I'll worry about the dentist after the cookies and candy have been eaten.

142lkernagh
Dec 11, 2019, 10:41pm Top

>139 Carmenere: - Sorry to learn that Mrs. Dalloway was not the greatest read for you, Lynda. It was my first exposure to Woolf's writing and maybe I loved it more because I tend to love the stream of consciousness writing style. As Charlotte mentioned >140 charl08:, The Hours does come across as a bit easier with the story flow.

143Carmenere
Edited: Dec 12, 2019, 4:52pm Top

>140 charl08: In hindsight, Charlotte, I should have told her to wait till after the holidays. My tooth wasn't bothering me, there was no need to rush.
I read To the Lighthouse several years ago and don't remember it being so confusing. Maybe, just not the right time for it. I'll look into The Hours. Would it be cheating if I watched the movie?

>141 mstrust: No, they're are not going to hate you, Jennifer. It's a classic! If anything, there will be great conversation. I'm looking forward to your groups thoughts.
Yeah, I could kick myself for not waiting till after cookie season to address this tooth.

>142 lkernagh: Hey Lori! I'm really ok with s of c, but the run on thoughts of the days events to memories of the past caught me off balance and were confusing and frustrating.
OK, off to request The Hours.

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Willl comes home today for Winter break! Yay!

Still terribly unsettled.

144Carmenere
Dec 13, 2019, 9:13am Top

When I worked in finance, the last two weeks of the year were a complete frenzy. Fund transfers, amended appropriations, reports to council, long days and working nights etc etc etc. I often told my co-workers we need a month called Catchupuary!

Fast forward 10 years.....

Soooo, this year I'm going to begin a new month on my thread, same year, new month. It is called Catchupuary! It will begin the day after Christmas and extend to the first Tuesday in January. This year is 12/26/19 to 1/7/20 It will be all the work (aka books) I started in 2019 but did not finish. The work is extensive, the hours could be long but I'll be able to begin 2020 with a clean slate.
Watch for my Catchupuary thread, specifically for catching up, in the next day or two.

145Carmenere
Dec 14, 2019, 8:03am Top

Star me to follow my Catchupuary progress, which will begin on December 26th.

Carmenere's Catchupuary, 2019

146msf59
Dec 14, 2019, 10:36am Top

Sounds like a great idea, Lynda. Good luck. I am fortunate, that I finish just about everything I start, so no problem with me in that regard.

147Carmenere
Dec 14, 2019, 10:50am Top

>146 msf59: We'll see how it goes, Mark. I've had the attention span of a Golden Retriever all year. Seeing a new book was like hearing the word "Squirrel!" and I'd be off and running to the new book, dropping whatever I was into. Very frustrating.

148charl08
Dec 15, 2019, 12:58pm Top

I love that idea! Good luck. I love starting a book but quite often get distracted by the shiny new ones.

149Carmenere
Dec 15, 2019, 7:01pm Top

>148 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! This year was especially difficult. The book funk and loss of focus was a real detriment to my reading. Hoping for better reading days ahead.

150Carmenere
Dec 15, 2019, 7:51pm Top


#57-2019
They Called Us Enemy
George Takei, Eisinger, Scott, Becker
2019
204 pages
4/5

George Takei of Star Trek fame relates the little known story of Japanese internment camps established not long after the events of Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.
US citizen or not, every Japanese man, woman and child was taken from their homes and transported to makeshift camps.
What makes this Graphic Novel even more compelling is the fact Mr. Takei was sent to camps accompanied by his parents, brother and sister. The illustrations, done in black and white, offer the perfect backdrop to Takei's words.
US history is not always pretty, sometimes even ugly but Takei reminds us that those who don't know history are bound to repeat it.

151Carmenere
Edited: Dec 15, 2019, 8:21pm Top

#58-2019
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder
1927
160 pages
4.5/5
Geauga Library 100 Book Challenge

I read this book several years ago and this reread confirmed what I knew back then, Wilder can write!
Five people in Peru are crossing a bridge when in an instant they all are plunging to their deaths in the valley below.
Certainly poetic in style this little novella invites the reader to think about fate, destiny and happenstance. Every reader will walk away with a different interpretation of the events related here and too the aftermath inflicted upon those who were left behind.
A classic that will never grow old.

152msf59
Dec 16, 2019, 7:15am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Monday! Yes, that means I am off today. I read Luis Rey many years ago but I really should revisit it. I hope you had a nice weekend.

153Carmenere
Dec 17, 2019, 7:09am Top

>152 msf59: Howdy, Mark! Yes, I recommend revisiting Lima, Peru circa 1700's every few years. Luis Rey has a great message or two and Wilder's prose is very readable. Have a great Tuesday!

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OK, dentist took new impression of tooth for replacement cap. Ugh, back with the old until it comes in. Praying this one doesn't pop out during Christmas festivities. I feel a song coming on............. All I want for Christmas is my left molar capped, my left molar capped......

154Carmenere
Edited: Dec 17, 2019, 7:21am Top

Seems I just posted the TOB longlist and viola! here now is the short list.

All This Could Be Yours **
Fleishman Is in Trouble
Girl, Woman, Other
Golden State
Lost Children Archive *
Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen
Normal People **
Nothing to See Here
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous **
Optic Nerve
Oval
Overthrow
Saudade
The Testaments *
Trust Exercise
The Water Dancer **
We Cast a Shadow
Your House Will Pay

* Read
** Want to Read

Anything on the list, you'd recommend?

155Carmenere
Dec 17, 2019, 2:59pm Top

#59-2019
Carnegie Hill
Jonathan Vatner
2019
NetGalley
Ebook
3/5

Overall, a solid debut novel by Vatner but rather a slog to read. Overall, this seems to be a novel about various forms of partnerships/relationships if you will. Relationships include marriage, betrothals and just getting off the ground twosomes. Then there are the familial relationships, work relationships etc etc.
It is a very good basis for a story - it's just rather long winded and the characters didn't draw me in, some were rather predictable.
Writing about many owners in an apartment building is a tough task so I would read Vatner's next novel in the hopes he pares down his story to one or two less directions and more character development.
Thank you NetGalley, author and publisher an advanced copy of this book.

156Carmenere
Edited: Dec 19, 2019, 7:17am Top

Tonight - The Rise of Skywalker! We're pretty pumped
Will's been watching and teling us about The Mandelorian on Disney +. So, we watched two episodes and it's well done - good storyline.....and of course, "The Child" Baby yoda -like. Sooo cute!

But we've got to get thru today: Clean carpet on stairs - Make sugar cookies and freeze - visit mom - more cleaning. Oh my gosh! and finish Cards. I'm so far behind this year. But, So fun prepping for Christmas and New Year's.
No white Christmas in Cleveland. It's going to be in the 40's all week. :(

Just rec'd the not yet released Donna Leon Trace Elements. I'll place that on my January to read list. Great read to start the year!

157Familyhistorian
Dec 19, 2019, 8:21pm Top

>156 Carmenere: That looks like a busy day. I hope you got it all done.

I like your Catchupuary idea.

158Berly
Dec 20, 2019, 2:19am Top

>145 Carmenere: Starred!! Love that idea. ; )

>150 Carmenere: They Called Us Enemy--I really enjoyed that one, too. Both the story and the GN version.

>153 Carmenere: Dang that molar!! Keep singing that song....

>154 Carmenere: Lost Children Archive is supposed to be really good. I have that one in my TBR pile. And also in my pile and chosen by my RL bookclub for a 2020 read is The Water Dancer. Have fun with the list!

159msf59
Dec 20, 2019, 6:40am Top

>154 Carmenere: Great list. I loved Lost Children Archive, Nothing to See Here & Your House Will Pal, so I would recommend all of those. I have Girl, Woman, Other waiting in the wings and I have been meaning to read On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous since it came out.

Happy Friday, Lynda. Have a nice weekend.

160Carmenere
Dec 20, 2019, 7:58am Top

Hey all, we saw and enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker. Sad yet reassuring.

>157 Familyhistorian: Meg, I completed two chores on yesterdays list. The cards have been mailed and I saw mom. As we speak, I'm softening butter and margarine for two different cookie recipes.

>158 Berly: Glad you starred Catchupuary, Kim!
I read Lost Children Archive early in the year and recommend it highly and yes, The Water Dancer is high on my tbr list for 2020

>159 msf59: Hey Mark, My 2020 dance card is quickly filling up with 2019 reads. What fun!
Have yourself a merry little weekend too ;)

161PaulCranswick
Dec 20, 2019, 8:02am Top

>154 Carmenere: I guess that Girl, Woman, Other is the standout there that I really want to read, Lynda.

Have a lovely weekend.

162jnwelch
Dec 20, 2019, 8:18am Top

Particularly if you're an art history enthusiast, Optic Nerve is really good. I've got Girl, Woman, Other and The Testaments teed up to read soon.

163Carmenere
Dec 20, 2019, 8:25am Top

>161 PaulCranswick: For sure a must read for me too, Paul. I think Girl, Woman, Other I a multiple award winner. Was it Pulitzer? Nobel? I need to check on that.

>162 jnwelch: Yeah, Joe, Optic Nerve caught my eye. ;0) Also a must read for me.

164PaulCranswick
Dec 20, 2019, 8:32am Top

>163 Carmenere: It jointly won the Booker Prize this year, Lynda, sharing with The Testaments. Some people felt that Atwood won because of the hype and expectation that her book generated and not because it was as good as Evaristo's book. To be fair I haven't read either.

165Carmenere
Dec 20, 2019, 9:59am Top

>164 PaulCranswick: Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Booker! I tend to agree with that assessment, Paul. I read The Testaments and although I'm not a fan of The Handmaid's Tale, I did like it. Worthy of the Booker Prize? Hmmm, I'd say not. There isn't really anything new in it.....rather a tying up of strings from THT......readers can now stop speculating what happened to all the characters.
I'm very much looking forward to Girl, Woman, Other.

166Familyhistorian
Dec 20, 2019, 11:46pm Top

>160 Carmenere: Mm, cookies. I haven't baked anything in a while maybe I should do some of that.

167ChelleBearss
Dec 23, 2019, 9:48am Top



Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

168mstrust
Dec 23, 2019, 2:35pm Top

Have a Merry Christmas, Lynda!

169Carmenere
Edited: Dec 25, 2019, 11:02am Top

>167 ChelleBearss: >168 mstrust: Thank you, Chelle and Jennifer! Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well!

And to all who stop by.....

170msf59
Edited: Dec 25, 2019, 1:19pm Top



Have a great holiday, with the family, Lynda.

171PaulCranswick
Dec 25, 2019, 8:38pm Top



Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

172Carmenere
Dec 26, 2019, 6:49am Top

>170 msf59: >171 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Mark and Paul! I hope you both had a wonderful Christmas! and yes, Paul, onward to 2020..........but first........

It's officially Catchupuary! Carmenere's Catchupuary, 2019

173Carmenere
Dec 26, 2019, 11:57am Top

Just took a break from reading to place an order with Book Depository - among my purchases are :

Girl, Woman, Other - pre order paperback
Bernardine Evaristo

Women Talking
Miriam Toews

Ask Again, Yes - pre order paperback
Mary Beth Keane

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - pre order paperback
Ocean Vuong

The Dutch House- pre order paperback
Ann Patchett

Optic Nerve - pre order paperback
Maria Gainza

174Berly
Dec 27, 2019, 12:04am Top

Best wishes this holiday season!! See you in 2020!


175Carmenere
Dec 27, 2019, 8:59am Top

>174 Berly: Thanks, again, Kim! That's a great GIF!

#60-2019
Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn
2006
3.5/5

Camille Preaker, reporter for a small newspaper in Chicago, is assigned to a developing story back in her hometown of Wind Gap, MO. This could be the story that finally gives her some recognition but it entails returning to the bad memories and traumas of her childhood.
Wind Gap is a small town, everybody knows everybody and what everybody is doing so it should be relatively easy to write about the murders of two innocent children and the gruesome way in which they were discovered. Then again, maybe not.
I enjoyed this story more than Gone Girl and am glad that I gave Flynn another chance.

176msf59
Dec 27, 2019, 9:29am Top

>173 Carmenere: That is an awesome shopping list. I plan on kicking off the year, with Girl, Woman, Other.

Happy Friday, Lynda and enjoy that weekend.

177Carmenere
Dec 27, 2019, 9:49am Top

>176 msf59: Happy Friday to you too! Posting at 9:29 am tells me you are off today. Enjoy!
Yeah, Mark, I'm pretty pumped about that shopping list too. I'll be receiving Women Talking first so that may be a January or February read. The others will be dribbling in as available in paperback.

178BLBera
Dec 27, 2019, 9:49pm Top

Hi Lynda. I hope the crown is now back on?

I also loved Optic Nerve -- but then Mrs. Dalloway is one of my all-time favorite books, so take my recommendations for what it is worth. :) I would like to know what your group thought of it.

>173 Carmenere: Nice purchases. I also loved Ask Again, Yes.

Are you having a good visit with Will? I hope your mom is doing OK.

179Carmenere
Dec 29, 2019, 11:31am Top

>178 BLBera: Hi Beth, My dentist took a new impression for a replacement crown. In the meantime, she re-cemented the crown that won't stick. Wouldn't cha know, it still doesn't stick and came out Christmas morning. I'm thinking of searching for a new dentist.
Mrs. Dalloway? many in my RL book club couldn't even finish it. The two that did had the audio version. No one actually had good things to say about it. :0(
We're having a great time with Will!!!! Love having our little guy home - I feel complete when he's around.

We're having a NYE get together with a few friends. I think it will be fun. Does anyone play games on NYE? Thinking about it cause we do it for Christmas Eve and it's a good time.

180jnwelch
Dec 29, 2019, 1:06pm Top

Gosh, I'm another one who loved Mrs. Dalloway. It's sobering to hear your book club's reaction, Lynda. I've been thinking of it as a good "entry book" for Virginia Woolf (for example, I found To the Lighthouse frustrating), but you're making me re-think that. My favorite of hers so far is A Room of One's Own - brilliant, IMO.

181Carmenere
Dec 29, 2019, 8:56pm Top

#61-2019
Life and Times of Michael K
J. M. Coetzee
1983
184 pages
4/5

From the first moment of life, Michael K was dealt a bad hand. Inflicted with a hare lip, his mother kept him from other children so she could avoid hearing their whispers and mockery. Because it was believed he was mentally deficient, he was enrolled in a state school where he was taught the basics as well as a trade.
Through to his 31st year he seemed content living with his sickly mother and working as a gardener. His mother's illness and South Africa's civil war disrupts his solitary life which through trials and tribulations begins to take on new meaning for him. The journey he must take changes him physically, mentally and spiritually. The journey the reader succumbs to is somewhat similar. Coetzee's writing style is simple yet powerful and one can not help but be moved by Michael's circumstances. Highly recommend.

182Carmenere
Dec 29, 2019, 9:08pm Top

>180 jnwelch: I'm sorry to disappoint, Joe. Our reading group, collectively, felt stream of consciousness paired with details from the past were quite confusing and detracted from the story.
I believe there was a good story within all the prose but it only flashed momentarily. I wanted to hold on to that flash but schucks, Ms Woolf goes off on to a different thought, a different memory. I just wanted a different book. ;0)

183msf59
Dec 30, 2019, 6:56am Top

Morning, Lynda. I hope you had a good weekend. Back to winter temps for the next 2 days but then we rebound again, on New Year's Day. Yah!

184charl08
Dec 30, 2019, 1:00pm Top

>181 Carmenere: Great review! I have this one on my shelf but am pretty sure I haven't read it yet. (Or have completely forgotten the plot).

Games on NYE sounds good. What have you got lined up? Exploding kittens or something more old school?

185Ameise1
Dec 31, 2019, 3:57pm Top



186Carmenere
Jan 1, 8:48am Top

To each of you, I wish a 2020 of....

187Carmenere
Jan 1, 9:04am Top

>183 msf59: Happy new year, Mark! This roller coaster weather cycle brings something new everyday! No complaints from me though. Good reading weekend but the past two days without power were the absolute pits!!!!! 2 days, no electricity - no water....and a party to host on NYE! Power and water returned at 4:30pm yesterday and I scrambled to get things cooked and tidied up. The guys came to bat and helped make it all a success.

>184 charl08: Happy New year, Charlotte! Yeah, Michael K is not one of those books we hear much about. But, Coetzee! Such a splendid writer.
Turns out, we didn't play any games. We had a great time, chatting, eating, toasting. A game didn't seem necessary. If we had, it would have been Loteria, a Mexican bingo game which we play every Christmas Eve.

>185 Ameise1: Happy New Year, Barbara! Thank you, beautiful sentiment!

Today's tasks: clean up last nights mess and return to Death and Life of Great Lakes. Who would have thought Sea Lamprey's would be so interesting.

188mstrust
Jan 1, 1:04pm Top

Glad you got your power and water back just in time for your party. Happy New Year's!

189Carmenere
Jan 2, 7:56am Top

Happy New Year, Jennifer!! Yeah, what a frenetic way to end the year! Everyone was so helpful and understanding.

I think it's time I begin a new thread so off to get it organized........see you there!

I've officially ended Catchupuary. I realized although I'm not ready to start the new year Goodreads is and to keep my reads in sync with LT and Goodreads, I'll just jump into 2020 along with everyone else. New thread will be up soon.

In 2020 Catchupuary will begin Dec 15th thru Dec 31st

Thanks to all who've visited my thread throughout the year. It's a pleasure having you :0)

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