Lynda (Carmenere)'s Book Nook- The 4th nook
This is a continuation of the topic Lynda (Carmenere)'s Book Nook- The 3rd nook.
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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
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
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
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
20. Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max #2
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
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
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
38. The Turn of the Key - NetGalley
39. The Good People - Library (evening book discussion)
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
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
49. Baby, Don't Hurt Me
50. Ghost Signs: Clues to Downtown New York's Past
51. The Testaments
52. Debbie Harry and Blondie Picture This
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
Welcome, bring your book, grab a seat and a mug and watch the leaves fall with me.
Happy new thread, Lynda!
I have my book with me, and the first leaves are falling over here, so I feel right at home ;-)
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.
Thought I should carry this over from my previous thread:
2. Lost Children Archive
3. The Wall
4. My Sister, the Serial Kill
Short list to be revealed on 9/3.
ACK complete fail!
>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/
I've got my eyes peeled for the Booker short list announcement. Stay tuned!
Happy new thread!! >3 Carmenere: I love your "Done and Done" Sponge Bob topper. : )
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)
Happy New Thread, Lynda. Some interesting books on that Booker short list. Of course, I am especially looking forward to the Atwood.
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.
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.
>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.
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.
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!
>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)
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.
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.
I've never "participated" in the Tournament of Books thing. Maybe next year I'll do it. Or I'll wait until I retire. 😂
>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.
The New Order: Stories
Karen E. Bender
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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!!!
The Art of Racing in the Rain
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.
>32 ChelleBearss: Thanks a bunch, Chelle!
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
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!
>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
So, what's it a sign of when you butter your raisin bread before you toast it?
Well, it could have been worse! What if I had decided on grilled cheese?
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.
>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.
>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)
Waiting for the National Book Award long list for fiction to be released today. Not that I need more books to read, just interested.
>42 mstrust: Snork!
Here's the 2019 National Book Award Long List for fiction:
The Other Americans
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
The Nickel Boys
Fleishman Is in Trouble
Sabrina & Corina: Stories
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
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
>44 BLBera: Ha! I just love lists, Beth! Which of the NBA's have you read and enjoyed?
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.
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!
>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.
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.
>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.
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.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
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.
Morning, Lynda. Good reviews of both Inland and The Pioneers. Both go on the list. How is the Atwood, in the early going?
>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.
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
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!
>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!
Baby, Don't Hurt Me
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.
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
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.
>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.
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.
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.
Hi Lynda - Inland does sound good. Luckily, it's already on my WL.
Best of luck with your mom.
Ghost Signs: Clues to Downtown New York's Past
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ghost Signs sounds fascinating, Lynda. I love stuff like that.
>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).
>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.
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
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.
>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.
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.
>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.
Thinking of you, Lynda. I hope things calm down soon for you and that you can crawl out of that reading funk! *hugs*
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.
>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.
>86 Carmenere: I'm no stranger to the jittery anxiety feels. *more hugs*
Hahaha - It's not a comfortable place to be, is it? Hugs back at cha!
>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.)
>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.
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.
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!
Debbie Harry & Blondie Picture This
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.
>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.
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.
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.
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!
>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.
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.
>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.
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.
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.
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
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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)
>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
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.
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...
>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.
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.
The Elton John memoir does sound good, Lynda. Good luck with all the unsettled stuff.
>112 Carmenere: I will look out for Elton's book. Truly Captain Fantastic!
Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend, Lynda.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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.
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.
audio - 282 pages
Geauga Library 100 books challenge
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.
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.
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.
>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?
I'll havse another review in just a little bit. Stay tuned!
#55 Bowie: An Illustrated Life
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.
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!
>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.
>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.
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.
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!
>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.
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.
>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.
>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.
Willl comes home today for Winter break! Yay!
Still terribly unsettled.
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.
Star me to follow my Catchupuary progress, which will begin on December 26th.
Carmenere's Catchupuary, 2019
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.
>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.
I love that idea! Good luck. I love starting a book but quite often get distracted by the shiny new ones.
>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.
They Called Us Enemy
George Takei, Eisinger, Scott, Becker
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.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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.
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.
>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!
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......
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
Lost Children Archive *
Mary Toft; or, the Rabbit Queen
Normal People **
Nothing to See Here
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous **
The Testaments *
The Water Dancer **
We Cast a Shadow
Your House Will Pay
** Want to Read
Anything on the list, you'd recommend?
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.
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!
>156 Carmenere: That looks like a busy day. I hope you got it all done.
I like your Catchupuary idea.
>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!
>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.
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 ;)
>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.
>160 Carmenere: Mm, cookies. I haven't baked anything in a while maybe I should do some of that.
Just took a break from reading to place an order with Book Depository - among my purchases are :
Girl, Woman, Other - pre order paperback
Ask Again, Yes - pre order paperback
Mary Beth Keane
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - pre order paperback
The Dutch House- pre order paperback
Optic Nerve - pre order paperback
>174 Berly: Thanks, again, Kim! That's a great GIF!
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.
>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.
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.
>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.
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.
Life and Times of Michael K
J. M. Coetzee
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.
>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)
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!
>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?
>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.
Glad you got your power and water back just in time for your party. Happy New Year's!
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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