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Berly's Books Chapter Eight

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's Books Chapter Seven.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 5:22pm Top



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. ; )

2Berly
Edited: Sep 16, 1:15am Top



Reading Now
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (K) (417 pages) by Claire North
Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story (A) by Jacob Tobia
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (196 pages) by Robin Sharma for TKD belt test

And Maybes...
October--Courtship After Marriage (240 pages) by Zig Ziglar for TKD belt test
October--There, There by Tommy Orange RL Bookclub
December--Pachinko (Twin and Ellen and Morphy will already have read)

3Berly
Edited: Sep 18, 6:58pm Top






Read in September / ??? pages / Total Read
61. 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

A=Audio
L=Library
GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
K=Kindle
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer



Books Freed = 115



Catalogued 37/52 shelves

4Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 5:02pm Top

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

5Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 5:03pm Top

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

6Berly
Edited: Sep 16, 11:05pm Top



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) 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

7Berly
Edited: Sep 16, 11:04pm Top



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:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/301060#

Maybes
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

Done
✅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.
11.
12.

8Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 5:05pm Top



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
d
e -- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
f -- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
g
h -- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
i
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)
n
o -- Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
p
q
r
s -- Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
t
u
v
w -- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
x
y
z

9Berly
Edited: Sep 16, 11:13pm Top



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 25/72 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
62. 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
66. Courtship After Marriage by Zig Ziglar
67. Tracks by Louise Erdrich
68. The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin (From Twin)*
69. The Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason )From Twin)*
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!)

* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!)
G=Gift
I=INDIESpensable (Gifts from my Hubby)
AC=Audible monthly credit
AP=Amazon Prime Kindle Read

10Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 5:10pm Top



Favorites from 2018:
Fiction
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

Non-Fiction
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

11Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 5:11pm Top

12figsfromthistle
Sep 2, 5:13pm Top

Happy new one!

13Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 5:25pm Top

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

14Berly
Sep 2, 5:27pm Top

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

15BLBera
Edited: Sep 2, 5:31pm Top

>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!

16Berly
Edited: Sep 2, 6:44pm Top

>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

17jessibud2
Edited: Sep 2, 8:37pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim

Just wanted to add that I LOVE the topper!

18Carmenere
Sep 2, 6:52pm Top

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

19BLBera
Sep 2, 8:16pm Top

>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.

20karenmarie
Sep 2, 8:16pm Top

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

21banjo123
Sep 2, 8:21pm Top

Happy new thread!

22quondame
Sep 2, 9:49pm Top

Happy new thread!

23msf59
Sep 2, 10:03pm Top

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

24PaulCranswick
Sep 2, 10:14pm Top

That is a lovely topper, Kimmers.

Happy new thread!

25drneutron
Sep 2, 10:36pm Top

Happy new thread!

26humouress
Sep 2, 11:26pm Top

*delurking to say* Happy new thread Kim!

27Berly
Sep 3, 12:06am Top

>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.

28Berly
Sep 3, 12:10am Top

>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

29Berly
Sep 3, 12:13am Top

>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!

30Berly
Sep 3, 12:29am Top

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!!

31richardderus
Sep 3, 1:28am Top

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

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

32Berly
Sep 3, 1:31am Top

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

33humouress
Sep 3, 2:52am Top

>30 Berly: Ooh! That looks like fun.

34jnwelch
Sep 3, 4:42am Top

>30 Berly:. Like!

Happy New Thread, Kim! Lovely topper.

35EBT1002
Edited: Sep 3, 8:14am Top

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!

36thornton37814
Sep 3, 8:28am Top

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

37Dianekeenoy
Sep 3, 8:56am Top

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!

38Berly
Edited: Sep 3, 10:05am Top

>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!! : )

39Berly
Sep 3, 10:11am Top

>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 walls...it 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.

40RebaRelishesReading
Sep 3, 10:58am Top

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 :)

41Caroline_McElwee
Sep 3, 1:24pm Top

>1 Berly: Stunning autumn photo Kim.

42Familyhistorian
Sep 3, 2:39pm Top

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

43johnsimpson
Sep 3, 3:31pm Top

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.

44FAMeulstee
Sep 3, 3:31pm Top

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 :-)

45charl08
Sep 3, 4:00pm Top

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).

46LauraBrook
Sep 3, 6:50pm Top

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? ;)

47EBT1002
Edited: Sep 3, 8:32pm Top

>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!

48brenzi
Sep 3, 8:37pm Top

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.

49Berly
Sep 4, 12:04am Top

>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!!!



50Berly
Sep 4, 12:10am Top

>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.

51Berly
Sep 4, 12:14am Top

>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

52Berly
Sep 4, 12:16am Top

>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!

53ronincats
Sep 4, 12:24am Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers, and safe travels!

54Berly
Sep 4, 12:26am Top

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

55Berly
Sep 4, 12:32am Top

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.

56humouress
Sep 4, 12:39am Top

>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!

57ffortsa
Sep 4, 10:32am Top

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.

58richardderus
Sep 4, 12:57pm Top

>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.

59EBT1002
Edited: Sep 7, 4:53pm Top

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

60BLBera
Sep 4, 9:57pm Top

>30 Berly: You are crazy.

Congrats to your daughter.

Counting the days...

61banjo123
Sep 4, 11:28pm Top

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

62lindapanzo
Sep 5, 2:31pm Top

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.

63figsfromthistle
Sep 5, 6:17pm Top

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

64witchyrichy
Sep 5, 7:43pm Top

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

Hope all is well!

65drneutron
Sep 5, 9:12pm Top

Wow, that alpine ride looks great!

66Berly
Sep 6, 3:30pm Top

>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!

67Berly
Sep 6, 3:34pm Top

>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.

68Berly
Edited: Sep 6, 5:52pm Top

>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?

69BLBera
Sep 6, 4:00pm Top

Counting down, Twin. The more the merrier.

70quondame
Sep 6, 4:03pm Top

>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.

71Berly
Sep 6, 5:47pm Top

>69 BLBera: : )

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

72Berly
Edited: Sep 6, 5:51pm Top



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!

73humouress
Sep 7, 5:56am Top

>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.

74RebaRelishesReading
Sep 7, 9:16am Top

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

75jessibud2
Sep 7, 9:53am Top

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

76BLBera
Sep 7, 11:15am Top

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

77Caroline_McElwee
Sep 7, 2:24pm Top

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

78richardderus
Sep 7, 3:27pm Top

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

79EBT1002
Sep 7, 4:54pm Top

>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....).

80johnsimpson
Sep 8, 4:16pm Top

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.

81Donna828
Sep 8, 6:43pm Top

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

82Berly
Sep 9, 10:57am Top

>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.

83Berly
Sep 9, 11:05am Top

>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.

84Berly
Sep 9, 11:08am Top

>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!!

85Berly
Edited: Sep 9, 12:27pm Top

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!

86Donna828
Sep 9, 4:39pm Top

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.

87BLBera
Sep 9, 9:03pm Top

>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!

88Oberon
Sep 9, 10:04pm Top

>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.

89jnwelch
Sep 10, 8:51am Top

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

90Berly
Sep 10, 10:26am Top

>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.

91streamsong
Sep 10, 10:30am Top

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

92msf59
Edited: Sep 10, 10:42am Top

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.

93witchyrichy
Edited: Sep 10, 11:09am Top

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.

94Berly
Sep 10, 11:16am Top

>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!

95Berly
Sep 10, 11:26am Top

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

From Twin



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

96Caroline_McElwee
Edited: Sep 10, 12:20pm Top

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

97richardderus
Sep 10, 3:57pm Top

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

98Berly
Sep 10, 6:54pm Top

>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*

99brenzi
Sep 10, 8:18pm Top

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

100lauralkeet
Sep 11, 7:43am Top

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.

101Berly
Sep 11, 11:47am Top

>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.

102ffortsa
Sep 11, 6:24pm Top

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

103ChelleBearss
Sep 13, 6:43pm Top

>85 Berly: Great meet-up pic!

104FAMeulstee
Sep 14, 5:09pm Top

>85 Berly: Meet up fun!

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

105magicians_nephew
Sep 16, 12:56pm Top

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

106Familyhistorian
Sep 16, 11:37pm Top

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

107Berly
Edited: Sep 16, 11:46pm Top

>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.

108Berly
Sep 16, 11:56pm Top

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. : )

109nittnut
Sep 17, 10:32pm Top

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!

110Berly
Sep 18, 7:01pm Top

>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!!

111nittnut
Sep 18, 10:24pm Top

>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.

112BLBera
Yesterday, 8:35am Top

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.

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