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For those of you who don't know me, I am a mom of 3, married to a great guy (he introduced me to LT) and besides books, I love TKD, working in glass, and chocolate. I have had an eclectic "career" in nerve regeneration research, advertising, the NBA, and editing. Now I work with my husband cleaning industrial processed water and stormwater, getting it up to EPA standards. I do the marketing and the financial stuff.
There are more books coming in than going out and I am making but a small dent in the TBR piles; I haven't given up hope yet though! I can't because books are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. ; )
Read in October / ??? pages / Total Read
65. The Storyteller (177/460 pages) by Jodi Picoult DNF
64. Courtship After Marriage (240 pages) by Zig Ziglar for TKD belt test
Read in September / ??? pages / Total Read
63. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (171 pages) by David Sedaris 4.0
⭐️ Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (A) by Jacob Tobia 5.0
62. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (196 pages) by Robin Sharma for TKD belt test 4.0
⭐️ The Nickel Boys (213 pages) by Colson Whitehead 5.0
60. If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name (281 pages) by Heather Lende 3.75
59. Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerrieri Book 1) (290 pages) (K) by Gianrico Carofilgio 3.0
Read in August / 1,723 pages / Total Read 19,807
58. The Favorite Daughter (K) (368 pages) by Kaira Rouda 3.0
57. The Immortalists (350 pages) by Chloe Benjamin,RL Bookclub #1, 3.5
56. Finding Dorothy (352 pages) by Elizabeth Letts, RL Bookclub #2, 3.75
55. Matchmaking for Beginners (K) (378 pages) by Maddie Dawson 3.75
54. Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (K) (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance 3.75
Read in July / 1,852 pages / Total Read 18,084
53. Roses of May (A) (302 pages) by Dot Hutchison 3.75
⭐️ Where the Crawdads Sing (370 pages) 5.0
51. A Killer in King's Cove (410 pages) by Iona Whishaw 4.0
⭐️ These Truths by Jilll Lepore, Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) FINISHED!! 4.5
49. Big Sky (Jackson Brodie Book 5) (401 pages) (K) by Kate Atkinson 4.0
48. The Dispatcher (128 pages) by John Scalzi 4.0
⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Very Good 3.5
Don't Bother 1.5
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer
Books Freed = 115
Catalogued 37/52 shelves
47. Divide Me By Zero (352 pages) by Lara Vapnyar
⭐️ Circe (400 pages) (A) by Madeline Miller 4.5
45. Less (272 pages) by Andrew Sean Greer, RL Bookclub DNF
44. Inheriting Edith (320 pages) by Zoe Fishman 3.0
43. Magpie Murders (494 pages) by Anthony Horowitz 4.5
42. In the Midst of Winter (352 pages) Isabel Allende 3.0
Read in May / 2,621 pages / Total Read 14,042
41. E is for Evidence (208 pages) by Sue Grafton
40. Half-Moon Investigations (290 pages) by Eoin Colfer 3.75
⭐️ A Spark of Light (366 pages) by Jodi Picoult 4.25
38. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (K) (304 pages) by Kathleen Rooney 4.0
37. Fluke (321 pages) by Christopher Moore 3.75
36. The Library Book (326 pages) by Susan Orlean -- RL #1 bookclub April 4.0
⭐️ Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (400 pages?) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.5
34. Everything I Never Told You (306 pages) by Celeste Ng RL Bookclub 4.0
33. A Mind of Her Own (A) (100 pages?? not in print) by Paula McLain 3.5
Read in April / 1,433 pages / Total Read 11,421
C) These Truths Part 3 (109 pages)
32. The Orphan Daughter (A) by Cari Noga DNF (read 150)
31. Irma Voth (215 pages) by Miriam Toews with Twin
30. The Chemist (A) (528 pages) by Stephanie Meyer 3.0
29. The Great Believers (K) (431 pages) by Rebecca Makkai -- RL #2 bookclub April 3.75
C) These Truths Part 3 (308-517, only read 100 pages)
28. I'm Fine and Neither Are You (266 pages) by Camille Pagan 3.5
27. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (306 pages) by Darynda Jones 3.75
26. Her Royal Spyness (348 pages) (K) by Rhys Bowen 3.5
25. The Twin (343 pages) by Gerbrand Bakker 3.0
24. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (321 pages) (A)(Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones 4.0
23. The Sympathizer (Pearl Ruled at 50 pages) by Viet Thanh Nguyen
⭐️ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (337 pages) by Gail Honeyman 4.5
21. Fatal Remedies (272 pages) (A) by Donna Leon 3.0
20. Stitches: A Memoir (333 pages) by David Small 4.0
19. Freedom Road (377 pages) (K) by William Lashner 3.0
Read in February / 3,570 pages / Total Read 6,225 pages
B) These Truths Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages)
18. I Will Never Leave You (K) (338 pages) by SM Thayer 2
⭐️ The Snakes (438 pages) by Sadie Jones 4.25
16. Noir: A Novel (A) by Christopher Moore (PR after 1 1/2 hrs or 100 pages)
⭐️ The Fire This Time (224 pages) by Jesmyn Ward with Twin 4.5
14. One Good Turn (541 pages) by Kate Atkinson, Jackson Brodie #2, 4.0
13. Preacher (436 pages) by Camilla Lackberg #2, 3.75
12. Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot (Pearl Ruled at 71 pages)
11. Start without Me (288 pages) by Joshua Max Feldman, LTER, 3.5
10. Nerve (313 pages) by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) 3.5
9. Rock Needs River (K) (185 pages) by Vanessa McGrady 3.0
8. Once Upon A River (480 pages) by Diane Setterfield 3.75
Read in January / 2655 pages
A) These Truths (150 pages -- Section One) by Jill Lepore 4.25
7. A Ladder to the Sky (384 pages) by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 4.0
6. How To Be A Woman (320 pages) (A) by Caitlin Moran 4.0
⭐️ Sometimes I Lie (264 pages) (K) by Alice Feeney 4.25
4. Pavillion of Women (316 pages) (K) by Pearl S. Buck 3.75
3. Ice Princess (420 pages) (K) by Camilla Lackberg 3.5
2. Becoming (448 pages) by Michelle Obama 4.0
1. The Curse of Tenth Grave (353 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.0
RL Book Club #1
✅ February - Becoming by Michelle Obama
✅ April - The Library Book - Susan Orlean
✅ June - In the Midst of Winter - Isabel Allende
✅ August - The Immortalist - Chloe Benjamin
October - There There - Tommy Orange
December - Choose books!!
RL Book Club #2
✅ January - Becoming by Michelle Obama
February - The Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
✅ March - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
✅ April - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
✅ May- Everything I Never Told Youby Celeste Ng
✅ June - Less by Andrew Sean Greer
✅ September - Finding Dorothy
Four-month LT Group read
These Truths by Jill Lepore
✅ Jan Part 1 (1-150 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/301417
✅ Feb Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/303118
✅ March Part 3 (308-517, 209 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/304319
✅ April Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/305408#
Literary Arts 2019-2020
October 24, 2019 -- Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
November 14, 2019 -- Rules of Civility and ✅ A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
January 15, 2020 -- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
February 20, 2020 -- ✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
May 7, 2020 -- ✅The Nickel Boys and ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge
Hubby signed me up for this. Over the years I have received 80 installments, but I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 12 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy -- Month TBD
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
✅1. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
✅2. The Fire This Time in February
✅3. The Snakes by Sadie Jones
✅4. Stitches by David Small
✅5. The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
✅6. Irma Voth by Miriam Towes with Twin
✅7. Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar
✅8. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
9. There, There by Tommy Orange
10. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
And another effort to read off my shelves...
a -- One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
b -- Pavillion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
c -- Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio
e -- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
f -- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
h -- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
j -- The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
k -- A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
l -- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
m -- How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran (Crazy & Katie's Fault)
o -- Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
s -- Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
w -- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I can't resist buying new books!!
I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies.
Let's see how I do this year!!
2019 28/81 Read
✅ Becoming by Michelle Obama, G*
✅ One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (Thank you, SS Paul!) G*
3. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (Thanks, SS Paul!) G*
✅ A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
5. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
✅ How To Be A Woman by Caitlan Moran* (Crazy & Katie's Fault) AC*
✅ Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption by Vanessa McGrady AP*
8. Smoke and Summons (Numina Book 1) by Charlie Holmberg AP*
✅ Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel Kathleen Rooney
✅ Nerve by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) G*
11. Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Thank you Paul!) G*
12. Self-Care for the Self-Aware by Dave Markowitz
13. Empathipedia by Dave Markowitz
✅ Fluke by Christopher Moore
✅ Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (Reba got this one, too)
✅ A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
✅ Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
18. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
19. A Killer In King's Cove by Iona Whishaw (Thanks, Twin!)
20. Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier (And this one, too!)
21. Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
23. Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley, INDIEspensable #78 *
✅ The Snakes by Sadie Jones, INDIEspensable #78 *
25. The Bold World by Jodi Patterson, ARC *
26. Freedom Road by William Lashner *
27. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
28. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
✅ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
30. Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Wendy Vanderah AP*
31. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
32. Calypso by David Sedaris
✅. I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan AP*
34. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Lyiselli, INDIEspensable #79 *
✅ Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones AC*
✅ Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones AP*
37. How Music Works by David Byrne
38. brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, INDIEspensable #35 missing book acquired
39. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugani AP*
40. The Orphan Daughter by Cari Noga
✅ Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman
42. The Parent's Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker
43. Dangerous Subjects by Kenneth R. Coleman
44. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib
45. Dementia Reimagined by Tia Powell, MD
✅ Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
47. Divergent by Veronica Roth AP*
✅ In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende
49. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett INDIEspensable #80 *
✅ Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar INDIEspensable #80 *
51. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
✅ Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance, AP*
53. What You Did by Claire McGowan, AP*
✅ The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
55. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
56. Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart
✅ Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
✅ They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
59. Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell
60. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett
61. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
✅ Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
63. Robin (Williams) by Dave Itzkoff
64. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
65. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
✅ Courtship After Marriage by Zig Ziglar
67. Tracks by Louise Erdrich
68. The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin (From Twin) -- G
69. The Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason )From Twin) -- G
70. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
71. The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele
72. Underland by Robert McFarlane (Oberon's Fault!)
73. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
74. All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve *
75. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah *
76. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda -- G
77. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah -- G
✅ The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, INDIEspensable #81 *
79. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead, INDIEspensable #81 *
80. Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi, INDIEspensable #82 *
81. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, INDIEspensable #82 *
* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!)
I=INDIESpensable (Gifts from my Hubby)
AC=Audible monthly credit
AP=Amazon Prime Kindle Read
Favorites from 2018:
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Queen of the Tearling (the whole series! -- done) by Erika Johansen
First Grave on the Right (the whole series!!) by Darynda jones
Beartown by Fredrick Backman
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrew Cummins
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
Doing laundry so I can pack (I leave for Mpls on Wednesday night!)
Downloading books for the plane
Not much else! LOL
Can't wait to see you! : )
I have no idea who is even left in the tournament at this point. I am days behind watching...LOL
Just wanted to add that I LOVE the topper!
Do you want me to tell you who is left? :)
Take care of yourself. I don't want you to get sick and cancel.
>18 Carmenere: Hello! Thanks for the safe travel wishes. And glad you liked my topper, too. We have just a few trees starting to change color here.
>19 BLBera: No! Don't tell me who's left. I am caught up to the round of 16 and just say an upset on the men's side. I won't cancel. ; )
>20 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. I am headed to work tomorrow to try and leave things in good shape before I take off.
>22 quondame: Thank you!
>23 msf59: Thanks for missing me. I am hoping to be more of a regular, certainly after my trip. On top of all my visitors, my middle daughter just found out she was accepted to Oregon State (she was taking classes at a community college) and she starts in three weeks!! One of those weeks I am in MN and WI. So, we have been running around like crazy getting supplies for her dorm room and sorting through clothes, etc. She is super excited. Life is great but not calm. LOL
>25 drneutron: Hi Doc N!! So nice to see you. I have certainly missed my LT time. : )
>26 humouress: Delurking so soon! LOL. Well, make it a habit. Love seeing you here. Thanks!
The first, was iFly, which is basically like parachuting from a plane (which I have done!), inside, without the plane and only the wind generated by a huge fan located in the floor below the net. SOOOO much fun!
The trainer attempts to get me to balance.
Before launching us up into the air!!
Safe travels, fun visits, and happy homecoming to you sweetiedarling.
I purchased a copy of The Nickel Boys in the Chicago airport on my way through last Saturday. How are you liking it?
When I return to Pullman, I plan to talk with my co-AVPs as there are two fall conferences coming up. We can't all go to all of them but one of them is in Portland (the other is in Eugene) and I'm going to suggest that I get to go to that one. We'll see..... With our boss out on extended leave, it's up to us to divvy up the conference-going in an equitable and cost-effective manner. :-)
Oh, and Happy New Thread!
>34 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. You should give iFly a try and it shouldn't be too hard to find one--they have many locations. I think my siblings and I are going to go to one in MN this week when I am out there. Fun!
>35 EBT1002: I haven't even started The Nickel Boys, but plan to at the airport tomorrow. Diane really enjoyed it though (see >37 Dianekeenoy:).
Oh, I hope you can schedule one of your conferences out this way. Crossing my fingers! And we could go to iFLY!! : )
>37 Dianekeenoy: Yay! So glad you liked it. I think reading it straight through is the way to go and I plan to read it tomorrow at the airport and on the plane. We can talk more in a few days. I think Beth and Ellen are planning on reading it, too.
>42 Familyhistorian: Lots of fun stuff; so much fun stuff that I haven't had any down time this summer! LOL And tomorrow I leave for MN and WI. But I am not complaining! Just finished packing.
>43 johnsimpson: Feeling pretty good right now, John. I have a midday flight, so I can sleep in a little and take it easy. Hopefully you and I will both be around LT a little more the rest of the year!! Hugs.
>44 FAMeulstee: Hi there! You have an eagle eye noticing my place holder is right in front of your current book. Hope you are enjoying Lethal White and the series. And maybe after my trip I can get back to logging in my shelves.
My daughter will be about and hour and a half away at Oregon State. She might take a car with her, but even by bus it is not bad. She can come home for Thanksgiving or if she forgets something or wants some homecoming. Also, I know her siblings will be dropping in to visit her. Perfect.
>46 LauraBrook: Dang! Milwaukie is not in the trip this time. I will be staying mostly in the Mpls area and then just over the border on the very west side of WI. Nice accent!! LOL
I hope your health continues uninterrupted this trip, and you have a great time.
That looks SO FUN!!
I went paraflying or whatever they call it with dearly missed dead Betsy in 1999. It was a major hoot. Since we were both quite hefty, it took them some time to fit us suits...hers was a medium-sized man's suit with flapping arms and legs duct-taped to the main fabric, mine was in storage somewhere so they had to dig for it...but they pooh-poohed our fears of being earthbound. "It holds up jet parts! You'll get some air."
We did. What a day that was.
Congrats to your daughter.
Counting the days...
I'll be in Wisconsin, too, for a bit. Every year around this time, we have our annual family get-together in Montello, which isn't too far from the Dells.
Hope all is well!
>57 ffortsa: Yes, I have tried that Singulair, but it doesn't help with food allergies. Unfortunately. You are still my hero!!!
>58 richardderus: So, you know exactly what I am talking about! So much fun, right?! And no one looks good in those flight suits. And I have such plump cheeks, I look like chipmunk when the air pushes them up. LOL I am going again with my brother and sister tomorrow. Yippee!
>60 BLBera: Two days, Twin!! See you soon. I pm:ed you details....Rachel and Erik might come. Also my brother.
>61 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda!! It is going to be quiet house without her around. She has such a great sense of humor and always makes me laugh--she will definitely be missed.
>62 lindapanzo: Have fun in WI, too!! I am looking forward to seeing my parents there. I just hope the weather turns out better than the forecast. Right now every day says rain, but the first two have turned out hot and sunny, so who knows.
>64 witchyrichy: Come on out here and I'll go down the alpine slide again with you. : )
>65 drneutron: So much fun! So now you know there's the alpine slide AND Powell's bookstore. When are you coming?
I have definitely hit my step goals these past two days!! Over 16,000 today and it's only 5:00! This was a short breather looking out on the Mississippi River downtown Minneapolis. Me and my brother.
And here we are playing a CRAZY game of putt putt golf on top of the Minneapolis Art Center. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!
>78 richardderus: My sister scored the only hole-in-one, but I won overall. Yay me! My brother, who is very good at many things, is awful at putt putt. He is the reason I laughed so hard. His ball left the course several times and he took 20 tries to sink his ball on the last hole. You are supposed to max out at 6, but no one was behind us, so we didn't make anyone wait.
>79 EBT1002: I actually broke 20,000 steps that day! A record for me, not including days that I go for a hike. Sorry you are having a tough time fixing that heal and that you are not able to do your runs. I know how much you like them.
>81 Donna828: I was late to the meetup so I didn't have quite as much time at Birchbark Books, but I still managed find a few. Beth pointed me in the right direction several times and also brought two books for me. Thanks, Twin!!
Birchbark is a very cool bookstore with tons of staff recommendations. I listened. LOL
>87 BLBera: Yes, next time, more time. LOL I am having fun with mom and dad. We went to Turtle Lake Casino yesterday. It is only a 20 minute drive from their place, but they had never been. I tried a dice game, but could never understand the rules. Seven was always a bad roll and you had to establish a lucky number. That's about all I took in. Then we went over to the Black Jack table. We didn't strike it rich, but we came out $15 ahead, so I'll take it!
>88 Oberon: Erik, I am so glad you were able to come. It was so great to meet you in person. Yes, I think we all agree, it just wasn't a long enough meetup. LOL. Glad you had some books to occupy you during the rainy soccer practice. Score!
>89 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Yup, Birchbark is not a big store, but it has a great atmosphere and I love Erdirch so I am happy to support. Also the restaurant right next door is pretty good. And,if the weather cooperates, there are several pretty lakes to walk around just blocks away.
Continue to have a great trip.
Signed Louise Erdrich
Signed Louise Erdrich
>100 lauralkeet: Oh, there you are! I have been hit and miss myself the last couple of months on LT. Real life keeps getting in the way. Hoping to be back on track now. I am about to leave to catch my plane back to Oregon, so I will make the LT rounds later. Welcome back--really glad you found me again.
>103 ChelleBearss: Good subject matter!
>104 FAMeulstee: Yay, a strong endorsement for my gift books. Thanks, Twin!
>105 magicians_nephew: My pleasure. And Hi!
>106 Familyhistorian: Life is a little TOO busy right now, but all good reasons....see below.
Saturday night was the wedding of one my daughter's friends. The next cycle has begun! It was very nice and I got all mushy and squeezed my husband's hand endlessly. I feel so lucky to have him. And then after the ceremony we had great fun on the dance floor.
Sunday I spent getting our Jeep ready for travel, which included getting new ignition keys, since one set got stolen out of a friend's car and that left us with only one key. This also meant I had to go the bank on Friday to get the Proof of Ownership Cert. Then the hood has a lock on it, too, but I went to a general locksmith to get that one replaced. We also got new tires put on. I also cooked for about 6 kid friends for brunch and dinner. Made two lasagnas from scratch and they were hit! One had Ricotta cheese added, because my son loves that. Me, not so much.
Today, Sarah and Jack and friends spent an hour cleaning the tire rims and they look sparkly!! I spent the rest of the day getting a few last minute things for Sarah at college -- she moves in this Sunday. And doing laundry. And picking up prescriptions so she is all set.
Tomorrow is dentist and doctor appt before she heads off to school. Someday soon, I hope I get MY life back!! LOL. Seriously though, I am going to miss her a ton.
Yes, I have read books. Yes, I have bought books. I will get back to talking about these things soon. Promise!!
Hugs to all. : )
Great meet up photos. Looks like everyone had fun, and how fun to have baby Ian along!
But I am getting back on track my cataloguing! I really want to finish by the end of the year. SO here are my current stats:
Catalogued 37/52 shelves!! (The picture is not accurate. I am on "M".)
So if I can get 5 a month done, I will succeed. Doable!!
Take care of yourself. It sounds like you might be overdoing it a wee bit.
Tonight we are having a family dinner to wish Sarah luck on her new college adventure. So far the menu includes (her requests) two kinds of quiches, deviled eggs, sausages, grilled asparagus, fruit salad, and cauliflower mash.
Tomorrow will be final packing and then we drive down to Corvallis on Sunday for move-in day. Whoohoo!!!
...I'll be there at 5...
>85 Berly: Yay! A meet-up! I wish I could have joined you.
>95 Berly: As much as I love Louise Erdrich's work, I would love to visit the bookstore. I don't know if it existed yet back when I lived in the midwest and made occasional treks to Minneapolis. I remember a feminist bookstore, but I don't remember it's name.
I hope you like The Red Collar. I think I might have encouraged your twin to read it (past self on back).
And you got signed Louise Erdrich editions! *swoons* I loved Tracks many years ago and would like to reread it.
Good luck to your daughter. She has great taste - that menu sounds wonderful.
I hope you get a chance to breathe soon...
>118 richardderus: I think suitcases just keep getting smaller and smaller...!
>119 Familyhistorian: Thanks! It was hectic but great. : )
>120 EBT1002: Hi you! Yes, we need to get a meetup in here this year. :)
I better get cracking on these Louise Erdrich books then!
>122 karenmarie: >123 jnwelch: So speaking of breathing...doctor visit yesterday and back on meds. Argh. At least this time I went in right away.
Spent the morning today trying to get Sarah's 504 plan submitted (a plan for people with learning differences, etc, explaining what tools they are entitled to get in order to succeed in college and jobs) to Oregon State. This would have been done sooner, but she was admitted so close to the start date that we are a little behind.
And TONIGHT I am going to see Margaret Atwood talk. CAN NOT WAIT!!!
Tomorrow I am spending the day helping Literary Arts get set up for their annual fundraiser. Life has not calmed down yet!! LOL
I am actually a bit surprised she is doing speaking engagements as her partner just passed away a few days ago, Graham Gibson, himself an accomplished author.
But I hope you enjoy
I once tried to listen to her narrate one of her books, thinking it might be less of a slog for me as I am not a fan. I lasted perhaps 10 minutes. She is smart, witty and, to probably most others, a brilliant writer. She just never captured my fancy. I know I am in a minority. C'est la vie.
Her very first opportunity to sign books was actually a small table set up in a store near the escalator, which they thought would give her some visibility. Sadly the table was in the men's underwear section and she was promoting The Edible Woman. She only sold two books. LOL
>127 richardderus: Nope. You should be jealous--I thought it was an outstanding appearance! And I feel very luck--I guess she is only doing 5 shows in the US.
>128 jessibud2: I did not know about her partner passing. That is so sad. It did not come up in the interview.
It okay that you are not a fan of her books; we can't all like the same things--that would just be boring. ; )
I very much enjoy her writing. I have read 8 books of hers ( I had to look up the list):
The Blind Assassin
Oryx and Crake
Year of the Flood
The Handmaid's Tale
I had no idea she has written so much either!! I mean fiction yes, but also short stories, a graphic novel, picture books, anthologies and a cook book (compilation of other author's recipes, some of whom she said were not very good cooks as evidenced by a recipe submission for toast and another for grapefruit!) Here is a complete list of her works:
And I still have to get my hands on The Testaments. The line was just too long last night...
>129 msf59: I went with three of my bookclub friends and it was so much fun. We went out for dinner beforehand and pretty much ordered lots and lots of appetizers and then shared them. So yummy! I had bought two tix to Atwood as soon as I knew she was coming and then I got comped two tix for helping out at the fundraiser, which I will be doing all day today. I will try to remember to let people know when her talk is available on iTunes through the Literary Arts Archive Project. She was a riot!
She has also written children's books, with alliterative titles, just fyi.
I am fine with not liking her as an author but I sort-of feel guilty, as a Canadian, since she is such an icon. Whatever, lol
(She's live here at the end of next month: sold out!)
Alias Grace was the first book of our newly-inaugurated-book-club in 1997. I loved it, but haven't read anything else by her although I have several on my shelves. Funny old world.
Good luck to your daughter at Oregon State.
I'm sure though that her book reading may well be entertaining.
I hope you are well, my friend!
It's still just as good as when it was published!
>132 jnwelch: I still have to get my hands on The Testaments. Dang it! I need more time in the day to read. Soooo far behind. Stacks are growing everywhere....
>133 charl08: There was a clip of her before the talk started and it was quite good. Is there a documentary about her coming out soon? When? I would love to see that.
>135 BLBera: Hi Twin!! Life should be calmer this week. Last week, after the Atwood talk, I spent the day helping to set up for Bookmark, the Literary Arts annual fundraiser. It was only the 4th year we have done this and we went from 100K the first year, to over 200K in the second, broke 400K last year and this year we raised over 500K!!! It was an awesome event and I am thrilled that we can have more money to support the Oregon Book Awards and all the great school programs we do. Whoohoo!!
And then on Saturday, my daughter is on the Young Professional's Board of the Children's Cancer Society and they put on an after party fundraiser with cocktails and dancing for the younger crowd. It was a lot of fun and her boyfriend and I were outbidding each other on some books. I finally let him win and then he gave them to me!! All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. And they came with a snuggly pair of socks. I think she should keep him. : )
My daughter is loving Oregon State so far. You know thing are going well when they don't have a lot of time to talk. LOL
>137 ffortsa: Yes, I always help out at the Portland Book Festival. Last year I walked panels of authors from the Green Room to their event,. It was fun, but this year I decided to only volunteer with setup the day before the event, so I can actually go and see some of the authors this year. Can't wait. Hope your cousin, Bonnie, has fun.
>138 PaulCranswick: Nope. You do not want to hear her read the books. Talk about them, yes!!! Her inflection is too monotone and the pace is off for reading, but her sarcasm and timing work well as a presenter.
>139 The_Hibernator: Yeah...Oryx and Crake is a great book, but not a light one. Save it for later when you are up for it. Hope you find something more uplifting for now.
>142 Dianekeenoy: I was thinking I might watch the series of The Handmaid's Tale rather than reread the book. Enough time has passed since I read it that I might be able to watch now and not cringe at casting or small spot changes. If it doesn't work for me, I'll reread. And THEN I want to get to The Testaments.
I don't know even if the doc is going to be out beyond Canada (but surely hope so!)
Your book events sound like a lot of fun. When will you know which authors are visiting?
I think it's wonderful that you got to hear Atwood. I'll definitely look for her talk online.
I might join in the read of Tracks. It sounds like a good one!
>153 BLBera: >154 streamsong: Yes, you did "force" me to buy Tracks, you
>154 streamsong: So glad to see you! Life after knee is going well. Now I have one month to get in testing shape and re-memorize all my forms. Yikes!!
I don't think OPB has finished editing Atwood's talk here, but this is the link to the podcasts of previous author talks at Literary Arts:
>155 richardderus: Smooches!!! I am equally happy to see you here. : )
I am having a great time with Deep Creek & Frankissstein. Just sayin'...
>And another Tracks reader! Happy to help you catch up on your Erdrich reading. Oooh, this is gonna be fun. : )
My copy of The Handmaid's Tale GN should come tomorrow. I am rubbing my hands together in anticipation! I'll let you know what I think of it.
>165 Familyhistorian: We are about 10 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year, but we still haven't hit freezing or anything, so I can't complain too much. ; )
>166 banjo123: Yes, dang that money thing! Luckily, the podcasts are indeed good. Are you going to attend the Porltand Book Festival in November? I am volunteering on setup the day before so I can actually go to the lectures day of. Also, I think you can get single tickets instead of the whole lineup, at least for the Everybody Reads author.
Lovely to read all the enthusiasm for Erdrich's books. I look forward to reading your twin3 reviews and catching the enthusiasm to pick more of them up.
This was my team of refs. We had 5 teams with 5 arenas to manage. Long day but so much fun!
Oh, I am so glad you are back to retiring in OR!!! Corvalis is only an hour and a half away. I approve!
>174 EBT1002: Awesome. Let's do it! Tracks and The Night Watchman.
>175 charl08: How do I fit it all in? Well, I have to make sure I balance it out with days like today where I literally do NOTHING. LOL.
I have one month until my next TKD test and it was actually really helpful to judge all the forms because I reviewed them in my head as the contestants performed and it was way less draining them than actually performing them!! Now I just have to get going on the stamina stuff--pushups, sit-ups, squats, etc. Ugh. Not my favorite. Oh, and I have to get a 3-mile run in. I don't do distance running. Only sprints, like after soccer balls. Double ugh.
You should just join us for the Erdrich reads next year!!
The World Class Sparring (1 of the 5 arenas) was judged by the level 1 judges and Masters. Whereas my team had manual paper scoring, they had a really cool sophisticated computer scoring system, but I am still glad I wasn't on that team--too much stress for me!
I am only one level below that (current rank 2 out of 5) but I don't really ever want to be a level 1 center ref because you have to say all the commands in Korean and I blank on them. Competitors wear either a red or blue protective chest guards and you have to give instructions based on their color. I mean red and blue are Hong and Chong in Korean which are just too similar under pressure! I really need to attend some sparring classes and ask if I can practice reffing instead of competing.
I have been a corner judge, the timer and the score keeper and I did introduce competitors for the poomse forms and board breaking in Korean, but that is a set script and similar to the instructions we use in class everyday so they are pretty easy to remember. ; )
I hope you had a good weekend and squeezed some reading in.
Love the TKD photos, thanks for sharing.
I have never read any of Erdrich but have The Plague of Doves on my shelves. Looks like I need to pull it out!
>184 karenmarie: TKD was lots of fun. : ) And then tonight was back to classes and it was all about kicking technique. By the end of class my butt was killing me!! LOL
Get moving woman!! Read and Edrich. ; )
Ooo, I join Roni in giving a plug to A Night in the Lonesome October. I had a lot of fun with that one way back when.
I don't do humble at all well. It's ever so phony and can be spotted as such by unsighted persons fleeing masked mass-murdering chainsaw wielders.
>88 Oberon: Dude, you're missing the spirit of the beautiful game. You play whatever the weather unless it's a morass of mud - and then you play rugby.
>110 Berly: Are you using the LT phone app? I once catalogued our club library and typing in ISBNs manually I could only do about 10 books a day. Even the CatCue wasn't much faster because I had to take books off the shelf and over to the desk where the computer was. But once the phone app came along, I just got one of the kids to tip a book far enough off a shelf to scan the barcode, slide it back and on to the next while I sat at the computer and added tags and suchlike.
Yay for your daughter enjoying Oregon State!
There's another twin? *bemused*
>196 richardderus: You? Not humble? You astound me ;0)
I'm excited to hear that Louise Erdrich has a new book coming out in March. I may join the Tracks group. Her books stand up to rereads very well.
To actually fulfill my creepy October reading, I also purchased
Neil Gaiman's GN version of The Graveyard Book, which I am already enjoying. Ghosts, vampires, ghouls, etc. Perfect! : )
And then I also got book 3 of the The All Souls Trilogy, The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness as well as her book, Time's Convert.
I am a happy camper.
>197 ronincats: See >195 jnwelch: : )
>198 humouress: Oh, I definitely use the LT phone app to scan my books. SO much faster. It just doesn't work well on older books that don't have a barcode. Obviously. So those are manual enters.
Beth and Ellen and I are now twins. I know, you would think that we should be triplets, but no, twin3. Don't ask, because there is no real explanation. LOL
>201 Donna828: Ohhh! Another Tracks reader! Please do join us. I think we will also read her latest sometime later in the year.
>202 BLBera: Thank you. Yes, I was trying to look very official as a ref. I think it worked because no one argued with me.
I am totally in for the Atwood read next year. I will keep an eye out for it. Yay!