Berly's Books Chapter Eight

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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. ; )

Edited: Oct 13, 2019, 7:41pm

Reading Now

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (K) (417 pages) by Claire North
Land of Wolves (A) (336 pages) by Craig Johnson

And Maybes...
October--There, There by Tommy Orange RL Bookclub
December--Pachinko (Twin and Ellen and Morphy will already have read)

Edited: Oct 13, 2019, 7:42pm

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
Masterpiece 5.0
Stunning 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Eh 2.0
Don't Bother 1.5
Bad 1.0
Anathema 0.5

GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Books Freed = 115

Catalogued 37/52 shelves

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 5:02pm

Read in June / 2,190 pages / Total Read 16,232
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

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 5:03pm

Read in March / 3,763 pages / Total Read 9,988 pages
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

Edited: Sep 16, 2019, 11:05pm

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
October -
November -

Four-month LT Group read
These Truths by Jill Lepore
✅ Jan Part 1 (1-150 pages)
✅ Feb Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages)
✅ March Part 3 (308-517, 209 pages)
✅ April Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages)

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

Edited: Sep 25, 2019, 2:28pm

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

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 5:05pm

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

Edited: Oct 10, 2019, 7:28pm

I can't resist buying new books!!

I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies.

2017 47/85
2018 45/88

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

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 9:10pm

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

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 5:11pm

Sep 2, 2019, 5:13pm

Happy new one!

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 5:25pm

>11 Berly: First prize!! Thank you for your promptness and enthusiasm!! : )

Sep 2, 2019, 5:27pm

Today is all about...

Doing laundry so I can pack (I leave for Mpls on Wednesday night!)
Watching tennis
Downloading books for the plane
Not much else! LOL

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 5:31pm

>2 Berly: Love this! I've read the Lende and the North and enjoyed both of them. Nickel Boys soon.

Happy new thread and see you SOON!!!

Are you still thinking to meet downtown? The Vikings play that day. Just saying... Parking and traffic might be pretty awful, but I'm game if you are.

Go Rafa!

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 6:44pm

>14 Berly: Too tired to even think about where to meet. Don't want to deal with traffic, so yes, we should choose a new bookstore. Let me think on it...

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

Edited: Sep 2, 2019, 8:37pm

Happy new thread, Kim

Just wanted to add that I LOVE the topper!

Sep 2, 2019, 6:52pm

Happy new thread, Kim! Safe travels! ps: I love your Fall topper

Sep 2, 2019, 8:16pm

>16 Berly: Perfect. I'll go wherever you want.

Do you want me to tell you who is left? :)

Take care of yourself. I don't want you to get sick and cancel.

Sep 2, 2019, 8:16pm

Hi Kim and happy new thread! Safe travels, happy meet up.

Sep 2, 2019, 8:21pm

Happy new thread!

Sep 2, 2019, 9:49pm

Happy new thread!

Sep 2, 2019, 10:03pm

Happy New Thread, Kimmers! Love the topper! Miss seeing you around!

Sep 2, 2019, 10:14pm

That is a lovely topper, Kimmers.

Happy new thread!

Sep 2, 2019, 10:36pm

Happy new thread!

Sep 2, 2019, 11:26pm

*delurking to say* Happy new thread Kim!

Sep 3, 2019, 12:06am

>17 jessibud2: Thanks!! Fall is one of my favorite seasons--just so pretty. : )

>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.

Sep 3, 2019, 12:10am

>21 banjo123: Hello!

>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

Sep 3, 2019, 12:13am

>24 PaulCranswick: Hello there, Paul! I am sure a lot has happened in your life, too. I will do my best to catch up, but know I am sending best wishes in the meantime.

>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!

Sep 3, 2019, 12:29am

So, I did all sorts of crazy, fun things with all my visitors. I will try to post some pictures of a few of them.

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!!

Sep 3, 2019, 1:28am

>28 Berly: That's excellent news! Brava!

Safe travels, fun visits, and happy homecoming to you sweetiedarling.

Sep 3, 2019, 1:31am

>31 richardderus: Thank you, dahlink. Smooches. : )

Sep 3, 2019, 2:52am

>30 Berly: Ooh! That looks like fun.

Sep 3, 2019, 4:42am

>30 Berly:. Like!

Happy New Thread, Kim! Lovely topper.

Edited: Sep 3, 2019, 8:14am

IFly looks like fun! I would enjoy that sort of thing.

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!

Sep 3, 2019, 8:28am

I would have loved iFly in my teens or twenties--maybe even to the mid-30s, but I can't imagine doing it now.

Sep 3, 2019, 8:56am

Hi Kim. Well, I read The Nickel Boys straight through! Of course, it's not a really long book but harrowing. I have had the ARC for two months but after reading that it was based on truth, it was hard for me to start. Thanks for giving me the nudge I needed! It's an incredible book!

Edited: Sep 3, 2019, 10:05am

>33 humouress: So much fun! Hubby and I want to keep going. There are different levels where they teach you to turn, roll over, etc. The teacher gave a show at the end and it was amazing the tricks he could do!! I am so in.

>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!! : )

Sep 3, 2019, 10:11am

>36 thornton37814: Well, it doesn't really require a lot of exertion on the first lesson. It is mostly just trying to get the arms and legs in the right position to hold steady and the air does all the work. You might still be up for it. ; ) I would go again just to watch the teacher's show. He did flips and soared up and down, walked on the side of the was amazing!

>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.

Sep 3, 2019, 10:58am

Congratulations to you and your daughter. I hope she has a wonderful experience at Oregon State. Happy new thread as well. I can see you're having a great trip so I'll skip that wish :)

Sep 3, 2019, 1:24pm

>1 Berly: Stunning autumn photo Kim.

Sep 3, 2019, 2:39pm

Happy new thread, Kim. Looks like you are doing some exciting stuff. Have a great time on your trip.

Sep 3, 2019, 3:31pm

Happy new thread Kim my dear, the iFLY looked really good and glad you enjoyed it. Hope you are having a great trip and that you are feeling a lot better after recent illness. I will be making more of an effort to get around the threads now we are in the final third of the year. Sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

Sep 3, 2019, 3:31pm

Happy new thread, Kim!

>3 Berly: Fun fact: your yellow note "HERE" to keep track of cataloguing your shelves is at Lethal White, wich I just have been reading :-)

Sep 3, 2019, 4:00pm

The flying looked terrifying, glad it was you and not me. Big congrats to your daughter: will she be far away? (Terrible US geography, apologies).

Sep 3, 2019, 6:50pm

Hi Kim, and Happy New Thread! Have fun in MN and WI - I'd say let's try and meet-up but this is super-de-duper last minute and I'm way over by Milwaukee, so I doubt you're heading my direction. Enjoy bein' Up Nort, den, ya? ;)

Edited: Sep 3, 2019, 8:32pm

>37 Dianekeenoy: and >38 Berly: Hmm, it looks like The Nickel Boys would be a good read for my flight back on Friday. I might complete it in one trip across the country!

Sep 3, 2019, 8:37pm

I'm way too old to fly even though George Bush did it when he was 90 but not too old to try to keep up with your thread Kim.

Sep 4, 2019, 12:04am

>40 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you! She is very excited to start school this fall at Oregon State. We got most of her shopping done already, so I don't have to worry while I am away. Her job while I am gone is to go through her clothes and decide what to bring.

Go Beavers!!!

Sep 4, 2019, 12:10am

>41 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks! Glad you like my fall topper. And my thread. And me!! : )

>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.

Sep 4, 2019, 12:14am

>45 charl08: The flying was so much fun and there is not much danger in the indoor version. But one of my nieces decided it was definitely not for her and I respect that. And you. : )

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

Sep 4, 2019, 12:16am

>47 EBT1002: Join in on Nickel Boys! I have mine ready for the airplane tomorrow. : ) Twin (BLBera) is joining in soonish.

>48 brenzi: Well, personally, I'd rather you keep up here with me than go flying! Thanks!

Sep 4, 2019, 12:24am

Happy New Thread, Kimmers, and safe travels!

Sep 4, 2019, 12:26am

>53 ronincats: Thank you, Roni!! : )

Sep 4, 2019, 12:32am

So another crazy adventure with my last visitors...Alpine sliding down Mt Hood!!! The course goes way up in the trees to the top of the chair lift and then you sit on this little wheeled sled to come down. Just like Olympic bobsledding without the snow and ice! The sled has a bar in front that you pull up on to brake. Walt and I raced each other in the two side-by-side lanes, but I caught up to the person in front of me and had to brake so he won by default.

Sep 4, 2019, 12:39am

>51 Berly: Congratulations to your daughter! That looks like the perfect distance; far enough away so she can be independent but close enough so she can pop home easily.

>55 Berly: More fun!

Sep 4, 2019, 10:32am

I was playing bridge with a retired MD and we got to talking about allergies. So of course I told her about this friend I have in Oregon. She asked if you were taking montelukast, and I got all excited to tell you about it until I looked it up and discovered its brand name is Singulair. Well-known stuff. I doubt your allergist hasn't considered it. Sigh. I so wanted to be a hero.

I hope your health continues uninterrupted this trip, and you have a great time.

Sep 4, 2019, 12:57pm

>55 Berly: OOOOOOO
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.

Edited: Sep 7, 2019, 4:53pm

>49 Berly: You mean Go Beavs!!!!!

Sep 4, 2019, 9:57pm

>30 Berly: You are crazy.

Congrats to your daughter.

Counting the days...

Sep 4, 2019, 11:28pm

Hi Kim, looks like you are having fun. And congrats to Sarah on going to OSU! That is awesome.

Sep 5, 2019, 2:31pm

Congrats to your daughter on being accepted to Oregon State. Very exciting.

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.

Sep 5, 2019, 6:17pm

>55 Berly: That looks soo fun! How fast did you end up going down?

Sep 5, 2019, 7:43pm

I would do the alpine ride but not the iFly! Looks like you had lots of fun.

Hope all is well!

Sep 5, 2019, 9:12pm

Wow, that alpine ride looks great!

Sep 6, 2019, 3:30pm

>56 humouress: Exactly the right distance from home!! She is super excited. And I am excited for her. : )

>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!

Sep 6, 2019, 3:34pm

>59 EBT1002: Sorry. GO BEAVS!!! : )

>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.

Edited: Sep 6, 2019, 5:52pm

>63 figsfromthistle: I have no idea how fast we were going down the alpine slide, but it felt fast. I know that I had to brake a few times because I was riding the very top of the curve and I didn't want to go flying off the track!

>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?

Sep 6, 2019, 4:00pm

Counting down, Twin. The more the merrier.

Sep 6, 2019, 4:03pm

>28 Berly: Congratulations to your daughter!

>66 Berly: Of course the perfect distance from home varies - I found 600 miles about right, my daughter went for 2000 miles. My husband managed under 3 miles, which was handy for dinner.

Sep 6, 2019, 5:47pm

>69 BLBera: : )

>70 quondame: LOL. Right--each to his or her own.

Edited: Sep 6, 2019, 5:51pm

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!

Sep 7, 2019, 5:56am

>64 witchyrichy: Whereas I (think I) prefer the iFly to the alpine slide. Though I'd be willing to have a go at both. Or at least take a look.

>70 quondame: That's why it's perfect. (Until parent's distance varies wildly from child's.)

>72 Berly: And more fun! How nice to spend time with family.

Sep 7, 2019, 9:16am

So glad you're feeling well and able to enjoy yourself. You really do know how to have fun!!

Sep 7, 2019, 9:53am

Great pics, Kim. You always know how to enjoy yourself! :-)

Sep 7, 2019, 11:15am

>72 Berly: It looks like you're having fun; I hope we have as much fun TOMORROW! Counting down.

Sep 7, 2019, 2:24pm

>72 Berly: Good to see you having fun Kim.

Sep 7, 2019, 3:27pm

>72 Berly: What a great time that looks to have been! *smooch*

Sep 7, 2019, 4:54pm

>72 Berly: You look like you're having a blast!! I hope it continues. And good for you for getting so many steps (says she who gave up on her fitbit....).

Sep 8, 2019, 4:16pm

Hi Kim my dear, it looks like you are having a very good time and hope it continues, your weekend looks like it is fun and I send love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

Sep 8, 2019, 6:43pm

Kim, It looks like a wonderful meetup will take place in Minnesota tomorrow. Post lost of pictures and Have FUN!

Sep 9, 2019, 10:57am

>73 humouress: : )

>74 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you! I try hard. LOL

>75 jessibud2: It wasn't hard to have fun--I was in good company.

>76 BLBera: Twin--it was so great to see you. Next time we should make a day of it. The time just flew by!! Picture will be posted below.

Sep 9, 2019, 11:05am

>77 Caroline_McElwee: I have been having great fun! So much, in fact, that I have done very little reading. I did manage to finish The Nickel Boys on my plane ride out. It was a GREAT read--more on that later when I get a chance.

>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.

Sep 9, 2019, 11:08am

>80 johnsimpson: So much fun being with family! Now I am in WI seeing my parents. I have today and tomorrow with them before I head back to Portland. Hugs back to you and Karen.

>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!!

Edited: Sep 9, 2019, 12:27pm

So, our meet-up included Rachel (Hibernator), Beth (BLBera) and Erik (Oberon) and me. Here we are at lunch after book buying, lists to be provided later. ; ) It was great to see everyone and to finally meet Erik in person!

Sep 9, 2019, 4:39pm

Baby Ian was a bonus. Sign him up for LT! Birchbark Books is such a cool store. Love the ambiance. Thanks for posting a picture, Kim. Enjoy the rest of your family time in MN.

Sep 9, 2019, 9:03pm

>82 Berly: Time did fly - you're right, next time we should spend the day. It was great to met the bro Eric. Have fun with mom and dad. :) And how about that US Open final. I didn't sleep well last night. I felt like I was playing along with them!

Sep 9, 2019, 10:04pm

>85 Berly: Thank you for setting this up and inviting me! It was fun - I just wish I wasn't quite so rushed. Plus. I had lots to read while I sat in the car at soccer practice to avoid the rain.

Sep 10, 2019, 8:51am

Nice meetup photo, Kim! I’ll have to remember Birchbark Books.

Sep 10, 2019, 10:26am

>86 Donna828: The baby made the visit for my brother (taking the photo). He has a granddaughter 9 months old and he came to check out the kid books because he wants to write a book for her first birthday. Baby L was absolutely adorable and a great inspiration!!!

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.

Sep 10, 2019, 10:30am

iFly and coasting down Mount Hood look like so much fun! And the meetup and bookbuying - oh my!

Edited: Sep 10, 2019, 10:42am

Hooray for the Meet Up, Kim. Nice looking group. I was fortunate to finally meet Rachel, Erik and the adorable baby, early this year. I only missed Beth, who I hope to meet someday.

Continue to have a great trip.

Edited: Sep 10, 2019, 11:09am

A wonderful picture of wonderful people! I'll add meetup to the alpine slide when I come out. Happy to watch others do the iFly.

Sep 10, 2019, 11:16am

>91 streamsong: I am a very lucky lady indeed!! : )

>92 msf59: I am so glad you got to see some of MN's special people! I have one more day with my parents and then I fly home tomorrow. Such a great trip.

>93 witchyrichy: Thank you. I had so much fun at the alpine slide. I'll go again with you!

Sep 10, 2019, 11:26am

Ok, books! Louise Erdrich's bookstore -- Birchbark

From Twin

Twin's Recommendation
Oberon's Recommendation
Signed Louise Erdrich
Signed Louise Erdrich

Edited: Sep 10, 2019, 12:20pm

>85 Berly: Another great LT meet up. >95 Berly: and a fine book haul too Kim.

Sep 10, 2019, 3:57pm

>95 Berly: Oh my heck! Excellent haul! *smooch*

Sep 10, 2019, 6:54pm

>96 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you! I had fun at the meet up and now I have lots (more) books to read. Happiness.

>97 richardderus: Why thank you, sir! I do agree. *Smooch*

Sep 10, 2019, 8:18pm

Oh nice meet up photo Kim. Looks like you all had a great time. And a nice haul to boot.

Sep 11, 2019, 7:43am

Kim! Kim! Somehow along the way I did a dumb thing and fat-fingered your thread into red x oblivion. I totally lost track of you, but thankfully Beth's mention of a meetup photo made me realize my mistake. It's great to see everyone, it looks like you had a wonderful meetup and most importantly I'm back following your thread again.

Sep 11, 2019, 11:47am

>99 brenzi: I'd say the trip was a complete success!! How could it not be? Books and LT people. : )

>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.

Sep 11, 2019, 6:24pm

>85 Berly: So nice to see everyone's shining faces.

Sep 13, 2019, 6:43pm

>85 Berly: Great meet-up pic!

Sep 14, 2019, 5:09pm

>85 Berly: Meet up fun!

>95 Berly: Nice haul, I have read both books you got from Beth, both were very good reads.

Sep 16, 2019, 12:56pm

A treat to see you and the Hibernator and the new baby - thanks for posting

Sep 16, 2019, 11:37pm

Looks like a great group at the meet up, Kim. I hope you are continuing to enjoy how busy your life is right now.

Edited: Sep 16, 2019, 11:46pm

>102 ffortsa: LT people are a happy group, right? : )

>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.

Sep 16, 2019, 11:56pm

So, I have stated up TKD again. I tried about 3 weeks ago, but it was too soon after surgery. This time seems to be going better. I have my 3rd Degree Black Belt Test in mid-November. Hoping I can pull this off!

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. : )

Sep 17, 2019, 10:32pm

So much fun on this thread! Congratulations to your daughter!
Great meet up photos. Looks like everyone had fun, and how fun to have baby Ian along!

Sep 18, 2019, 7:01pm

>109 nittnut: Hi there! It has been a wild, crazy fun summer. My reading has fallen a wee bit behind. LOL
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!!

Sep 18, 2019, 10:24pm

>110 Berly: Wow! Impressive. I am impressed with the progress. My reading has suffered too - but I will make it to 75. RL is just busy sometimes, and that's good too.

Sep 19, 2019, 8:35am

Twin, I think your 2020 resolution should be to visit me and finish my cataloguing. :) Good luck to Sarah on her new adventure.

Take care of yourself. It sounds like you might be overdoing it a wee bit.

Sep 20, 2019, 5:51pm

>111 nittnut: Yeah, 100 books is looking iffy this year, but 75 will happen. RL has definitely gotten in the way! LOL

>112 BLBera: Visit you, yes. But you can catalog your own dang books!! ; )

Edited: Sep 20, 2019, 6:10pm

Overdoing it? Me? well, maybe....

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!!!

Sep 20, 2019, 7:10pm

>114 Berly: So far the menu includes (her requests) two kinds of quiches, deviled eggs, sausages, grilled asparagus, fruit salad, and cauliflower mash.

...I'll be there at 5...

Sep 20, 2019, 8:07pm

It's 5:07...where are you!! : )

Sep 20, 2019, 8:13pm

Sorry I missed it, Twin.

Sep 20, 2019, 10:19pm

>116 Berly: ...dratted overweight charges...couldn't fit inside that suitcase after all. *sigh*

Sep 21, 2019, 4:18pm

Enjoy your busy weekend, Kim!

Sep 21, 2019, 11:07pm

Hi kim!

>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.

Sep 21, 2019, 11:08pm

>114 Berly: The menu sounds pretty wonderful. How did it go?

Sep 22, 2019, 8:42am

Hi Kim!

Good luck to your daughter. She has great taste - that menu sounds wonderful.

I hope you get a chance to breathe soon...

Sep 23, 2019, 8:53am

Adding my good luck wishes for Sarah, Kim, and hope for your breathing. :-)

Sep 25, 2019, 2:33pm

>117 BLBera: Come visit and I'll make some more!!

>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!

Edited: Sep 25, 2019, 2:43pm

>121 EBT1002: The college send-off dinner went well and there were lots of leftovers, too. She had a late check-in time, so we didn't get home until 11pm on Sunday, but she is all moved in and classes start today!

>122 karenmarie: >123 jnwelch: So speaking of 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

Sep 25, 2019, 6:04pm

>125 Berly: - Just a warning, Kim. If you have never heard Atwood speak, be prepared. She has an awful voice, rather monotone and droning.

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

Sep 25, 2019, 6:22pm

>125 Berly: I'm a little less jealous of you now that Shelley's made me aware that Atwood's not a great speaker.

Only a little, though.

>126 jessibud2: He's been failing for a long time, Shelley, from dementia; I suppose she's already said her goodbyes as she's had quite a while to do so.

Sep 25, 2019, 7:55pm

>127 richardderus: - He apparently had a stroke last week and that was it.
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.

Sep 25, 2019, 10:22pm

Looking forward to your thoughts on the Atwood event, Kimmers! I hope you had a great time. I am jealous.

Edited: Sep 26, 2019, 8:49am

>126 jessibud2: I have heard her speak before, so the voice was not a surprise. I would not want to hear her narrate her books, but as a speaker, she was very dry and witty and I laughed a lot. It helped that it was an interview style presentation and I thought Oregon author Omar El Akkad did a great job with his questions. There was also a Q&A session at the end and he had a stack of about 100 cards from the audience. I have never seen that many before...ever! He just held them up and laughed. I think he only made it through 4 or 5 before running out of time.

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):

Cat's Eye
Alias Grace
The Blind Assassin
Hag Seed
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!

Sep 26, 2019, 9:15am

>130 Berly: - I am very happy that you enjoyed it and yes, she is witty so as long as she wasn't *reading* or narrating, it was probably fine. Of your list, the first one of hers I ever read was Surfacing and that was very nearly the last. That was way back in the day before I learned how to ditch a book I wasn't liking and man, it was a slog to get through. I did like Cat's Eye (I think; I have no actual memory of what it was about), and definitely liked Alias Grace, which I listened to on audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Elizabeth McGovern. I think I attempted The Handmaid's Tale and didn't get far, though I did see the film and hated it.

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

Sep 26, 2019, 10:12am

Glad to hear the doc could help, Kim. Enjoy the Margaret Atwood talk! Debbi LOVED The Testaments, and I'll be reading it soonish.

Sep 26, 2019, 12:51pm

>130 Berly: Oh, I'm envious too! I went to hear the "encore" film view of her UK launch last night. I really enjoyed it, there were three actors reading from The Testaments and Samira Ahmed doing the compering was very good, had done her prep. I loved the clip from the new documentary too, hoping to catch the real thing when it comes out.
(She's live here at the end of next month: sold out!)

Edited: Sep 26, 2019, 5:49pm

>125 Berly: You won't be disappointed Kim. I have a ticket to see her read with the other Booker shortlist authors in October.

Sep 28, 2019, 12:13pm

The Margaret Atwood talk sounds wonderful. I do need to move to Portland. Life never seems to calm down, does it? Just take care and get plenty of rest. Oh, and remember, no more Milk Duds! 😢

Sep 29, 2019, 11:34am

Hi Kim!

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.

Sep 29, 2019, 12:09pm

Hi, Kim. Do I recall you are involved with the Portland Book Festival? Is that the right name? My cousin Bonnie is a volunteer there and will be introducing someone this year.

Oct 1, 2019, 11:51pm

>128 jessibud2: I'm not a big fan either to be honest.

I'm sure though that her book reading may well be entertaining.

Oct 5, 2019, 9:35pm

The only Margaret Atwood book I've read is Handmaid's Tale. I'm trying to sink my teeth into Oryx and Crake, but I seem to want to read light literature right now. I should try listening to it instead.

Oct 7, 2019, 7:52pm

>130 Berly: That just sounds marvelous. I don't know about her voice so I'm going to google that. I've read fewer of her works. I read Surfacing eons ago (like, in graduate school?) but I remember loving it. I've read Alias Grace, The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin... Cat's Eye.... now I'm not sure of any of these. I must do some investigating. Most of them would have been BLT (Before LibraryThing) so I can't wholly rely on that.

I hope you are well, my friend!

Oct 7, 2019, 7:54pm

Okay, I read Alias Grace in 2013, The Blind Assassin in 2015.
Cat's Eye I'm not sure about. I might have to get a copy and, um, read it. :-)
I KNOW I read The Handmaid's Tale and Surfacing because I remember them more clearly.

Oct 8, 2019, 7:26pm

>125 Berly: Oh, I would love to hear Margaret Atwood! I've read every one of her books and own most of them. I have The Testaments standing by. I just reread The Handmaid's Tale since it's been a very long time since it came out.
It's still just as good as when it was published!

Oct 8, 2019, 9:22pm

>131 jessibud2: I think you should get over your Canadian author guilt. ; ) Atwood is just not everyone's cup of tea.

>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.

Oct 8, 2019, 9:31pm

>134 Caroline_McElwee: It was a very fun night. The interviewer had done his homework and she was very funny. I realize she has TONS of books I haven't read. Which is a good thing since I like her stuff.

>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. : )

Oct 8, 2019, 9:38pm

>136 karenmarie: Mmmmm... maybe you should take one of those Atwoods off your shelf. Just a thought!!

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.

Oct 8, 2019, 9:42pm

>140 EBT1002: >141 EBT1002: Ah!! You have read some of my favorites. : ) BLT--that made me laugh, but so true, right? I didn't keep very good records at all until I joined LT. Much better now. Hope all is well with you, too. I am SOOO far behind on LT. At least now I am caught up on my own thread. That's a start!

>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.

Oct 8, 2019, 9:57pm

Nice to see you back posting, Kimmers!

Atwood atrophy perhaps?

Edited: Oct 8, 2019, 11:31pm

Perhaps try the graphic novel of The Handmaid's Tale? It's excellent and will give you a refresher to read The Testaments. Like you, I now need to get my paws on a copy of that new one!

Oct 8, 2019, 11:36pm

>147 PaulCranswick: Hello, Paul! I promise to get to your thread soon, but I am determined, first and foremost, to keep current here! Atwood atrophy...that is not a thing. LOL

>148 EBT1002: Oooh! Graphic novel? That would be cool....thank you, Ellen!

Oct 8, 2019, 11:54pm

>149 Berly: You are welcome. I greatly enjoyed it. I think I got the touchstone right, too! :-)

Oct 9, 2019, 12:01am

Indeed you did!! And I just posted on your thread. ; )

Oct 9, 2019, 7:32am

Now I want to read the graphic novel version too.

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?

Oct 9, 2019, 9:48am

I second what Ellen says about the graphic novel of Handmaid's Tale. It's very good.

Hey Twin, Ellen, the other Twin is up for a group read of Tracks, the book I "forced" you to buy? Early next year?

Awesome news about your fundraiser. Your events can rise to a whole new level now.

Oct 9, 2019, 1:34pm

Hi Kim - It was good to catch up. It's so nice to know that there is life after knee; I'm glad to hear that you are back at TKD.

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!

Oct 9, 2019, 2:53pm

Smoochling! You're amongst us again. This is cause for happiness. xoxo

Oct 9, 2019, 11:29pm

>152 charl08: I just ordered the graphic novel version of The Handmaid's Tale!! Should get it by Friday.

>153 BLBera: >154 streamsong: Yes, you did "force" me to buy Tracks, you evil wonderful woman, you!! I'd love to do a group read early next year. : )

>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. : )

Oct 10, 2019, 12:20am

Hi Kim! it sounds like things are going well, if busy. I am jealous that you got to hear Atwood, though really I should have just got myself there.

Oct 10, 2019, 12:40am

Okay, so I think we are on for a group read of Tracks early in 2020. Yay!

Oct 10, 2019, 1:16am

>157 banjo123: Hi, Rhonda. Busy is an understatement. Sigh. Did you not get LA tix this year?

>158 EBT1002: Well, triplet, this group read just keeps getting better and better now that I know you are in!

Oct 10, 2019, 6:34am

Hi, Kimmers. I see you are as busy, as usual. I am glad you find enough time to read a bit, here and there. Believe it or not, I think I read Tracks may have been my very first Erdrich. A work friend have gave me a copy, 25-plus years ago. I didn't pick up another of hers, until years later. I may just join in.

I am having a great time with Deep Creek & Frankissstein. Just sayin'...

Oct 10, 2019, 9:53am

Hiya, Kim. Hmm, I may join you all for that Group Read of Tracks. I'm woefully underread when it comes to Erdrich.

I really want to read that graphic novel of The Handmaid's Tale. It sounds like a very good adaptation. Debbi picked up Testaments, too, so that's in my soonish future.

Oct 10, 2019, 12:21pm

>160 msf59: Yay!! Another "Tracker"! It is one of the Erdrich titles I have yet to read. Frankissstein??? What is that all about? ( I can take a guess....)

>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.

Oct 10, 2019, 9:09pm

I already know you will love the GN of The Handmaid's Tale. :)

The more the merrier with the Tracks read, right Twinnie?

Edited: Oct 10, 2019, 10:08pm

I love the interest in the Tracks group read! I'm all about remedying Erdrich under-read-ness. Some may remember that a couple of years ago I dedicated a year to reading Erdrich. It was quite fun although I still have not read her entire oeuvre.

Oct 11, 2019, 12:32am

Looks like things are going in a positive direction, Kim. Enjoy your group read. Are you getting unseasonably cold weather there like we are here?

Oct 12, 2019, 12:22am

Hi Kim! I didn't do the Literary Arts this year; trying to save money. Oh well, I can listen to the podcasts.

Oct 12, 2019, 10:41am

>164 EBT1002: I also have a couple of books by Erdrich I haven't read... And she has a new one coming out next year.

Hi Twin!

Edited: Oct 12, 2019, 6:39pm

>167 BLBera: A new one coming out next year! Joy and yikes! Apart from some of her children's books, the two of note that I have not yet read are The Antelope Wife and Future Home of the Living God. The latter has pretty low ratings so I haven't been pulled to read it.

Hi Kim!

Edited: Oct 13, 2019, 7:14pm

>164 EBT1002: I am nowhere near reading Atwood's Erdrich's entire oeuvre, but I have really enjoyed the ones I have read! Glad you are on board for a re-read of Tracks.

>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.

Oct 12, 2019, 9:15pm

>167 BLBera: A new one? Yay!! Maybe we can do Tracks in the beginning of the year and the new one later on?

>168 EBT1002: Oh, Hi, Ellen!! LOL

I haven't read Future Home of the Living God either. A rating of 3.5 is not a total disaster though...

Oct 12, 2019, 9:17pm

I spent the day being a TKD referee for a friendly tournament. Drove up to Vancouver, WA and spent from 9-4 judging forms, sparring, and power board breaking, Picture to come I am out to dinner with a friend. Mexican!!

Oct 12, 2019, 10:01pm

Have a great weekend Ref - I mean Kimmers!

Oct 12, 2019, 10:15pm

>169 Berly: I'm guessing it's a typo, but just want to point you in the direction of Louise Erdrich rather than Margaret Atwood, both deserving all our love, of course.

>171 Berly: That sounds like a fun day!

BTW, we are now talking about retiring back to Corvallis..... 34 months and counting. :-)

Oct 12, 2019, 10:17pm

I just went to the Harper Collins Publisher website, found
The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich
On Sale: 03/03/2020

If we do Tracks in January, we could do The Night Watchman in March or April. :-)

Oct 13, 2019, 3:30pm

>171 Berly: How do you fit it in, Kim?

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.

Oct 13, 2019, 7:03pm

>172 PaulCranswick: Ref Kim here. Refereeing yesterday for World Champion TKD Tournament: sparring, forms, power board breaking and obstacle course.

This was my team of refs. We had 5 teams with 5 arenas to manage. Long day but so much fun!

Oct 13, 2019, 7:37pm

>173 EBT1002: Typos everywhere!! LOL. Fixed I hope. : )

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!!

Oct 13, 2019, 7:41pm

Also, I am giving up on Jodi Piccoult's The Storyteller. It is about a Nazi who has been hiding his past for decades and has become a model citizen; he tells his truth to someone and asks for help to end it all. It's just not hitting me right. I think I need a frivolous scary October read instead.

Any suggestions?

Oct 13, 2019, 8:08pm

>178 Berly: Ducks, Newburyport. A thousand-page sentence.

See? Your heart's racing and palms're sweating! Scary!

Oct 13, 2019, 11:38pm

Nope. That is too close to real-life scary. I need fiction fiction! But thanks for the suggestion and I liked your Booker hot list on your thread. Smooch.

Oct 13, 2019, 11:43pm

I love the ref photos. It looks like fun! Of course, referees can take a bit of abuse from competitors and/or fans. I hope that doesn't happen to you!

Edited: Oct 14, 2019, 3:40am

Luckily this was a friendly competition and my team had no complaints from the parents.

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. ; )

Edited: Oct 14, 2019, 7:36am

>174 EBT1002: Ooh, a new Erdrich! Sweet!

I hope you had a good weekend and squeezed some reading in.

Oct 14, 2019, 8:00am

Hi Kim!

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!

Oct 14, 2019, 8:41am

Hi, Kim. Congrats on the refereeing - sounds like a long but rewarding day. It couldn't have happened for the participants without you and your team of refs.

Edited: Oct 14, 2019, 3:05pm

>176 Berly: Yay Kim. And good luck with your next test too.

>179 richardderus: I think W G Sebald did a 2 sentence, 416 page novel in Austerlitz. I don't put Lucy Ellman in his league though Richard.

Oct 14, 2019, 4:13pm

>186 Caroline_McElwee: I don't think Austerlitz, with its enormous self-importance, comes off the winner in the comparo. YMMV, of course.

Edited: Oct 14, 2019, 8:03pm

>178 Berly: A Night in the Lonesome October is recommended for a frivolous scary read!

Oct 14, 2019, 9:22pm

>188 ronincats: A frivolous scary read. Hmm, that is tempting.

Hi Kim!

Oct 15, 2019, 12:10am

>183 msf59: Erdrich...hurray!! We are thinking Tracks in maybe January and then a few months later her new one, The Night Watchman. Join us!!

>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. ; )

Oct 15, 2019, 12:12am

>185 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. We had a great day and my team was lots of fun. You can probably tell from the photo.

>186 Caroline_McElwee: Thank you!! I have a month to get my act together.

I cannot even imagine sentences anywhere near that long! How is that possible???

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 12:28am

>187 richardderus: I love when we can share our humble opinions.....!

>188 ronincats: Thank you!!! Looking up your scary suggestion...oooh! Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny looks perfect. Off to find it.

>189 EBT1002: Hi Ellen!! Right?

Oct 15, 2019, 12:19am

Great pictures, Kim!

Oct 15, 2019, 12:21am

>193 banjo123: Hi Rhonda!! Glad you like the pics. : )

And I am super excited because my copy of the GN The Handmaid's Tale arrived today. Yay!!

Oct 15, 2019, 10:05am


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.

Oct 15, 2019, 11:30am

>192 Berly: "humble" LOL "humble" LMAO "humble" ROFL

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.

Oct 15, 2019, 9:55pm

Edited: Oct 15, 2019, 11:16pm

>85 Berly: thumb

>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)

Oct 15, 2019, 11:43pm

>198 humouress: Perkins! Fetch the sal volatile, loosen La Overkill's stays, she's a-goin' down!

Edited: Oct 16, 2019, 1:09am

Oct 16, 2019, 12:46pm

All caught up with you again, Kim. Glad to see you are back to TWD. Refereeing looks like a fun way to get back into it. Good luck with your upcoming event(s).

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.

Oct 17, 2019, 10:57am

>176 Berly: I bet you are an awesome ref - you certainly look very official, Twin.

Yes to Tracks in January and the new one whenever. We've also been floating a yearlong Atwood read, maybe six books, not one a month.

Oct 18, 2019, 8:44pm

>195 jnwelch: My son had a job interview which was just two blocks away from Powell's, so, of course, I went in while he was busy. I was looking for A Night in the Lonesome October, but unfortunately they didn't have a copy. Man, I had no idea Roger Zelazny had written soooo many books!! So, instead I got the creepy (good for October) title, Creatures of Light and Darkness, which is actually more of an Egyptian god kinda thing.

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.

Oct 18, 2019, 8:49pm

>196 richardderus: Aha! You heard my sarcasm within the typing. Glad you were amused.

>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

Oct 18, 2019, 8:52pm

>199 richardderus: >200 humouress: Great advice! Good catch!!

>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!

Oct 18, 2019, 9:21pm

Okay....moving on. Join me on my next thread.

Oct 24, 2019, 9:15pm

>194 Berly: I just finished a reread of the original Handmaid's Tale, so I rushed to request a copy of the graphic novel! Thanks for the "heads up"!

Karen O.

Oct 25, 2019, 1:48am

>207 klobrien2: Anytime!! : )
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