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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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Edited: Sep 12, 8:20am 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!

Sep 2, 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: ?

Edited: Sep 12, 8:18am Top


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
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

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

Sep 2, 9:27am Top

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

Sep 2, 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 ;-)

Edited: Sep 12, 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.


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!

Sep 2, 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.

Sep 2, 3:12pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 2, 3:24pm Top

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

Sep 2, 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. :)

Sep 2, 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/

I've got my eyes peeled for the Booker short list announcement. Stay tuned!

Sep 2, 10:23pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 2, 10:24pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda.

Sep 3, 12:58am Top

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

Edited: Sep 3, 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)

Sep 3, 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.

Sep 3, 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.

Sep 3, 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.

Edited: Sep 3, 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.

Sep 4, 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.

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.

Sep 4, 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!

Sep 5, 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)

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.

Sep 5, 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.

Sep 5, 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. 😂

Sep 11, 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.

Sep 11, 8:51am Top

The New Order: Stories
Karen E. Bender
283 pages
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!

Edited: Sep 11, 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.

Sep 12, 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.

Sep 12, 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!!!

Edited: Sep 12, 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!!!

Sep 13, 7:48am Top

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
321 pages

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.

Sep 13, 8:12pm Top

Happy new thread!

Edited: Sep 14, 9:11am Top

>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

Sep 14, 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!

Sep 14, 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

Sep 18, 9:05am Top

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

Sep 18, 11:32am Top

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

Sep 18, 4:49pm Top

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

Sep 19, 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.

Sep 19, 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.

Sep 20, 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)

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

Sep 20, 11:34am Top

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

Sep 20, 2:49pm Top

>42 mstrust: Snork!


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

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

Sep 20, 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!

Sep 20, 4:39pm Top

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

Sep 20, 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.

Sep 21, 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!

Sep 21, 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.

Sep 21, 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.

Yesterday, 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.

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