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Katie Commits to Nothing in 2019, Part 15

This is a continuation of the topic Katie Commits to Nothing in 2019, Part 14.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Sep 6, 11:40am Top

"Autumn Glow" by Jacobus Baas


Hello Old Friends and Welcome New Ones!

I'm Katie, and I've been with the 75ers since 2011. I live just outside New York City with my husband, "The" Wayne, and our cat, Leonard. I work from home for a global engineering association, which allows me to scratch my travel itch a few times a year. In addition to reading and traveling, I enjoy taking advantage of all that my current location has to offer, from bars and restaurants to theater and museums to seasides and mountainsides. I lived 12 years in "exile" in Texas and am glad to be back in the northeast :)

My only "goal" for this reading year is to not have any goals. I am hoping to read more of the 3500 books I currently own rather than shiny new ones, but I'll just be happy with a year of excellent reads, regardless of where they come from.

Edited: Yesterday, 1:04pm Top

(audio) (Kindle) (Paperback) (Kindle)

Off my shelf (pre-2019): 17
Off my Kindle (pre-2019): 12

79. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (audio) (3 stars)
78. The Chain by Adrian McKinty (3 stars)
77. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (3 stars)
76. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (4 stars)

75. The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton (audio) (4 stars)
74. The Body Lies by Jo Baker (4 stars)
73. Plainsong by Kent Haruf (4.5 stars)
72. The Courtship by Grace Burrowes (audio) (2.5 stars)
71. Heartburn by Nora Ephron (audio) (5 stars)
70. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (3.5 stars)
69. Janesville by Amy Goldstein (audio) (3.5 stars)
68. The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook (3.5 stars)
67. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (audio) (4 stars)
66. A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (3 stars)
65. A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie (3 stars)
64. Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins (3.5 stars)
63. Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller (4 stars)
62. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan (audio) (4 stars)
61. Tin Man by Sarah Winman (4.5 stars)

DID NOT FINISH (Year to date)
1. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
2. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
4. Census by Jesse Ball
5. Nickel Mountain by John Gardner
6. In the Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib
7. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
8. Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
9. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Edited: Sep 6, 11:44am Top


60. Bleachers by John Grisham (audio) (3.5 stars)
59. Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen (4 stars)
58. The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich (audio) (3 stars)
57. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (3.5 stars)
56. Star of the North by D.B. John (3.5 stars)
55. Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade (3 stars)
54. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (audio) (3.5 stars)
53. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (audio) (4 stars)
52. A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell (audio) (3.5 stars)
51. Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (audio) (3 stars)
50. Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins (3 stars)
49. Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington (audio) (3 stars)
48. The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh (3 stars)
47. I Can't Complain by Elinor Lipman (audio) (3.5 stars)
46. How To Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry (audio) (4 stars)

45. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows (4.5 stars)
44. Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie (4 stars)
43. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (audio) (3.5 stars)
42. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms (3.5 stars)
41. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (audio) (3.5 stars)
40. Imagined London by Anna Quindlen (3 stars)
39. These Truths by Jill Lepore (4.5 stars)
38. The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye (4 stars)
37. Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen (audio) (3 stars)
36. Black Out by Lisa Unger (2 stars)
35. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (audio) (4 stars)
34. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward (4.5 stars)
33. The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer (3.5 stars)
32. Unbelievable by Katy Tur (audio) (3 stars)
31. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (audio) (3.5 stars)

30. Drop Shot by Harlan Coben (3 stars)
29. All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan (audio)
28. A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan (audio) (4 stars)
27. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (2.5 stars)
26. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley (audio) (3 stars)
25. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro (4.5 stars)
24. Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch (4.5 stars)
23. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (audio) (4 stars)
22. My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd (4 stars)
21. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan (audio) (3 stars)
20. Anything for You by Kristan Higgins (3.5 stars)
19. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (4 stars)
18. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco (audio) (4 stars)
17. Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg (3 stars)
16. Lucky Suit by Lauren Blakely (audio) (3.5 stars)

15. Enlightening Delilah by M.C. Beaton (audio) (3 stars)
14. The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut (4 stars)
13. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie (4 stars)
12. Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott (audio) (2.5 stars)
11. The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur (4 stars)
10. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (audio) (3 stars)
9. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld (4 stars)
8. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (4 stars)
7. Blood on the Forge by William Attaway (4.5 stars)
6. Boo by Neil Smith (audio) (3 stars)
5. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwan (3.5 stars)
4. Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn (4 stars)
3. A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (audio) (3.5 stars)
2. By the Book by Julia Sonneborn (3 stars)
1. Going Back by Penelope Lively (3.5 stars)

Edited: Sep 6, 11:45am Top

My Ratings (revised, once again, as I continue the fruitless search for the perfect scale...)

2 stars = below average
3 stars = average
4 stars = above average
5 stars = perfect *for me*

(Anything below 2 stars is unlikely to be finished)

Edited: Sep 6, 11:45am Top

CARP! I saved too many spots.

Edited: Sep 6, 11:44am Top

And with that, we are open for business!

Sep 6, 12:02pm Top

Yay! Happy new thread Katie. The image at the top is lovely and autumnal. I'm hoping we get an Indian summer but even I can't deny the season is on the turn.

Sep 6, 2:17pm Top

Happy New Thread! I'm forever behind on most everyone's threads, but at least today I'll be able to delurk early and say Hey!

Sep 6, 2:28pm Top

Happy new thread!

Sep 6, 2:47pm Top

Hope you have easy travels back home! Any interest in Colson Whitehead on 12/31 at Symphony Space (Upper West Side)? There's also a great program there in January with Colm Toibin and Min Jin Leediscussing The Age of Innocence - I might get tickets for that too.

Sep 6, 3:00pm Top

Jacobus Baas gets my seal of approval. That's gorgeous!

Are you BakeOffing when you get home? Biscuit week was weird. Well, weirder than usual. This is not the week for arachnophobes.

Sep 6, 3:11pm Top

Happy new one

Sep 6, 3:14pm Top

>7 Helenliz: - Hi Helen! I've had my extension of summer by coming to Dallas for a week :) I'm ready for fall!

>8 mahsdad: - Hey Jeff! Thanks for de-lurking.

>9 drneutron: - Thank you, Jim :)

>10 vivians: - I am NOT going into the city on New Years Eve (is that really the date?!?!). But the Toibin-Jin sounds interesting and might get me to FINALLY read TAoI. What's the date in January? I am back here in Dallas the week of MLK day.

>11 richardderus: - We watched the first episode last weekend, so will tune in for the second sometime this weekend, I'm sure. I usually like biscuit week, so now I'm worried....

>12 figsfromthistle: - Thank you, Anita!

Sep 6, 3:51pm Top

Happy new thread, Katie! Looking forward to hearing all about settling into your new house.

Sep 6, 3:58pm Top

Happy new thread, Katie. Love the autumn painting.

Sep 6, 4:26pm Top

Happy new thread, Katie!

>1 katiekrug: Such a lovely painting, so I HAD to do a search for the artist. The painting is for sale, I wish I had the funds to buy it.

Sep 6, 6:09pm Top

Congrats on the new thread!! And on 75!! Love your topper!! Okay, that's enough enthusiasm for now. ; )

Sep 6, 9:26pm Top

Happy New Thread, Katie. Love that autumn topper. Congrats on hitting 75. Our magic number.

Sep 6, 9:47pm Top

Happy new thread, Katie.

>1 katiekrug: That is a lovely topper.

Sep 6, 9:48pm Top

>13 katiekrug: That was a tough goodbye last week. *I* felt the weaker show-stopper Jamie's slapped-together thingummy should have left, not the cool waterfall!

No worries until the show-stopper this week. But it's from exactly who you think it'll be from.

Sep 6, 10:17pm Top

Happy new thread, Katie!

Sep 6, 10:43pm Top

Happy new thread, Katie. Hope you are feeling better now that you are home. See you soon.

Sep 7, 7:12am Top

Happy New Thread, Katie!

Sep 7, 12:04pm Top

I've lost track of if you're at home or not - but wondered if you'd seen Dina Nayeri is in NY for a reading this week. I heard her speak in Liverpool and she was really good (must pick up her book again).


Sep 7, 4:41pm Top

Beautiful autumn painting to top off your first autumn thread, Katie.

Sep 7, 4:47pm Top

Thanks for the new thread wishes, everyone, and I'm glad that painting is so appealing :)

I'm not going to respond individually - forgive me - but I am dead tired and not feeling great. My flight home was delayed, but I am home, so hopefully I'll start feeling better soon!

Have a great weekend, friends.

Sep 7, 4:52pm Top

No need to respond individually to "happy new thread" posts, Katie. At least, I think that should be an LT etiquette thing -- it's nice of us all to stop by and get your thread warmed up but you hardly need to say individual "thank yous."

I have a friend who said that jet lag mimics the flu. I think it is sometimes true. Rest up and feel better soon!

Sep 7, 9:09pm Top

Happy new thread from me, too. Not necessary to respond. I hope you feel better soon.

Edited: Sep 8, 7:01am Top

Sorry you're feeling grim, Katie.

I brought chicken soup...

Sep 8, 10:09am Top

After a good night's sleep, I am feeling somewhat more human :)

We have a busy Sunday planned - house stuff, possible couch shopping, laundry, football, fun, fun, fun.

Yesterday on the plane, I finished Moxie which was delightful. I'd love to see more people read it. Yes, it's YA, but it tackles important issues about girls and boys, double standards, misogyny, feminism...

A quote:
"{Feminism's} not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that's always finding ways to tell them they're not."

Also, describing her high school early in the morning:
"It seems like a cavernous, creepy space on the outskirts of some parallel universe, full of the spirits of teenage dreams that died sad, tragic deaths involving multiple-choice quizzes and prom-night disasters."

Moxie is on sale for Kindle for $2.99.

Sep 8, 4:10pm Top

Love your topper and that quote from Moxie - I might buy it, even though I'm not fond of YA. And I'm glad you're home and hope you feel really well soon.

Sep 9, 10:24am Top

>31 ffortsa: - I found it better written than a lot of YA novels, Judy. It was a fun, quick read.

Sep 9, 10:27am Top

Welcome home - oops, the Colson Whitehead is 12/3. And the January event is 1/21.

Sep 9, 11:00am Top

>33 vivians: - January is out, but I think I can do the Whitehead! Are you for sure going?

Sep 10, 12:08pm Top

We now have lovely new berber carpet in the family room of the new house. I can't believe how much better it looks. I'd post pictures, but it's a pain and I don't feel like it right now. They are on FB and IG, though (yes, I know, not everyone is on those platforms, so sue me ;-) ). It's gotten me very excited to do more improvements and how awesome this house is going to be. I'm already plotting the new kitchen, which will be a spring project, I think.

In books, I started Anne of Avonlea on audio, mostly because I wanted something easy. It's not my favortie of the Annes, but it'll do. And I am almost done with God Help the Child by Toni Morrison, which is good (of course) but not destined to be one of my favorites.

Sep 11, 5:26am Top

Woot for new carpet! Tomm has decided that the next project after finishing my bookshelves is to tear up the carpet in his office and put down hardwood floors. It's a smaller space, so and easier first try before other, bigger change-to-hardwood areas in the house.

Sep 11, 7:47am Top

>35 katiekrug: woo hoo for new house improvements! Remind me, have the movers been scheduled yet?

Sep 11, 10:09am Top

>36 scaifea: - Woot! indeed. It looks SO much better. I actually prefer hardwood floors, but this room abuts the dining room (which will be something else when we move in) which has beautiful, real hardwoods, and there was no way I could match them, and I didn't want mismatched, so decided to go with a nice, low pile berber. I wasn't sure about it, but it looks great and I like how cozy it has made the family room. We installed some hardwoods in our house in Dallas and it took *FOREVER* to do a small hallway, but that's mostly because The Wayne's estimation of his own abilities exceeds the reality :) I'm sure Tomm will be way better at it!

>37 lauralkeet: - Funny you should ask, Laura. We just scheduled them yesterday. They will come on the 24th of this month, which is the day I leave on my next trip, so I don't have to deal with any of it. YAY!

Sep 11, 10:12am Top

I finished God Help the Child last night. I gave it 3 stars. It's good, because of course it is, written by Ms. Morrison, but it didn't quite hang together well for me. I'm still glad I read it, but it won't join Beloved, Sula, and The Bluest Eye in my pantheon of favorite Morrisons.

I'm now reading a thriller - The Chain by Adrian McKinty - which is off to a good start.

Sep 11, 10:57am Top

>38 katiekrug: YAY MOVERS!!

>39 katiekrug: McKinty's story is the pull I needed to request The Chain from the library. I'm fifth on the holds list.

Sep 11, 11:12am Top

>40 richardderus: - Thanks for sharing that article! I had no idea...

Sep 11, 11:54am Top

>40 richardderus: Thanks for the link to that article, BigDaddy! That is just so cool. I am a huge fan of his Sean Duffy books set during the Troubles in Ireland. I can't believe he wasn't making a living off of those - they are full of fabulous. And excellent on audio. Just saying...I know you don't do audio, but Katie does.

Hi, Katie. *waves madly* I love the idea of your Berber carpet, which I cannot see because I am not on any other social media...*sniff* Your comments about The Wayne's estimation of his abilities made me laugh. Craig resembles those comments.

Sep 11, 12:03pm Top

>42 Crazymamie: - Holy CARP, it's Mamie! I will move the photos here just so you can see. That way you will have to come back :)

Miss you, my friend, and only hope regular life and nothing bad is keeping you busy!

Sep 11, 12:09pm Top

Old carpet being removed:

New carpet installed:

Camouflaged Leonard:

Sep 11, 12:37pm Top

That looks great, Katie! Also, if you need to match it to anything and you don't have offcuts, you'll be able to take Leonard along and say "Please match it to the back of this cat". Good thinking!

Sep 11, 12:55pm Top

Oh, I love how it looks!! Thanks for posting the photos. I am touched. And Leonard in stealth mode is awesomeness.

Thanks for missing me - 2019 has been kicking our butts. Mostly annoying trivial things when looking at the Big Picture, but also something truly awful. On the bright side, we also had something full of wonder, so I guess life mostly tries to balance things out. That being said, I will be beyond thrilled if 2020 decides to behave itself.

>45 susanj67: Your post made me laugh, Susan!!

Sep 11, 1:28pm Top

>45 susanj67: - Susan, I don't like to brag, but I am obviously a genius ;-)

>46 Crazymamie: - I don't like the sound of "truly awful" but "full of wonder" sounds good. I will keep my fingers crossed for 2020 for you. xo

Sep 11, 1:50pm Top

It...it...can't BE!! Mamie!! Wow, I'm so glad to see you posting here.

I'm sad about the tragedy and delighted by the wonder, so I'm left all a-dither. Just happy to see you here.

I'm also a berber boy AND a fan of the natural-cotton color, so I give my personal Seal of Approval to the new carpet.

Sep 11, 2:11pm Top

>48 richardderus: - Awwwwww. He looks kind of like Leonard when he gets his belly rubbed :)

Sep 11, 4:27pm Top

>38 katiekrug: Thanks Katie, moving day will be here before you know it. I love that TW is willing to deal with it all on the day.

Sep 12, 9:10am Top

>50 lauralkeet: - I love it, too, Laura! *grin*

Sep 12, 9:12am Top

Boring day of work today, followed by an LT meet-up! Meg (familyhistorian) is visiting NYC with a friend, and Judy (ffortsa), Jim (magiciansnephew) and I will meet them for dinner. Looking forward to it!

Sep 12, 9:13am Top

Say hi to Meg for me! And enjoy the meetup, Katie!

Sep 12, 9:15am Top

Crikey! I'd not let mine take over moving day, there'd be a risk we'd end up in the wrong house and I'd never find anything in the kitchen.
Last time we moved, Mum came and unpacked my kitchen and, with the exception of a very few things, every thing was just where I'd have put it. There wasn't much we agreed on absolutely, but where to put the saucepans was clearly one of them. >:-)

>46 Crazymamie: howdy stranger! So glad you've got your head above water.

Sep 12, 9:43am Top

>54 Helenliz: I share your feelings, Helen! The last time we moved, one of my daughters was home from uni and took over the kitchen organizing. She did a fabulous job and also came up with the brilliant idea of a box labeled "check this s**t" which held items she "allowed" us to hang onto for a year to see if we actually needed them. Turns out she was right, and one year later we threw all but one small gadget away!

Sep 12, 9:46am Top

>46 Crazymamie: *waves* Nice to see you on the threads a little :)

>52 katiekrug: Have a great time at the meet up!

Sep 12, 10:20am Top

>53 jessibud2: - Will do, Shelley!

>54 Helenliz: - Well, he's not going to do all the unpacking, I expect. But the kitchen is more his domain anyway. The only problem would be if he tried to organize my books :)

>55 lauralkeet: - Laura, was it Kate who organized for you? If so, wouldn't she like to escape Brooklyn for the day and come over to Jersey to do mine?!?! :D

>56 bell7: - Thanks, Mary! Hope you are feeling better.

Edited: Sep 12, 10:30am Top

Hi Katie!

Great before, after, and Leonard pic. We love Berber carpets and have them in most of the house - in hindsight we should have gotten them in all of the house where we don't have hardwoods and tile.

Your meet up sounds like lots of fun!

Sep 12, 10:41am Top

>57 katiekrug: heh heh it was Julia but actually, she and Kate recently moved into a shared Brooklyn apartment. Perhaps if the price was right, LOL!

Sep 12, 11:36am Top

>58 karenmarie: - Hi Karen! I went over to the house after work yesterday and walked around on the carpet in my bare feet. I love it. If I ever do more carpet, I know what I want :)

>59 lauralkeet: - How considerate of them to decide to live together so parental visits are easier :) If things get dire, I may reach out for help - ha!

Sep 12, 12:38pm Top

Moving. U.G.H.

Other than that, I hope your a/c is blasting and the drippy air is chilled enough to endure the day.

Sep 12, 1:21pm Top

>61 richardderus: - Our second floor unit actually died yesterday, so last night was a bit warm for sleeping. It's all fixed now, though!

Sep 12, 2:14pm Top

>62 katiekrug: GAAAK

I'd've slept downstairs! It's so sticky. That last clutching grab of hateful summertime's humid stinking zombie-fingers.

Tomorrow and Saturday we're in for the kind of fall weather I adore!

Sep 12, 2:25pm Top

>63 richardderus: - It was warm, but not too bad. All the windows were open and we have a good fan. We'd also had a lot of wine, so sleep came easily :)

Edited: Sep 12, 5:52pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Katie. Hooray for a Meet Up. I have had the honor of meeting Jim & Judy but I hope to meet Meg one of these days. Enjoy!

BTW- I will be stopping in Asheville next week, for a quick stop. The first time I have been back since Booktopia.

Sep 12, 7:10pm Top

Wait I must be seeing things. Did you actually say you were going to let your wonderful husband manage the move on his own while you're out of town? No I must have read it wrong.


Omg that is what you said Katie. Bwahahaha

Sep 13, 9:57am Top

>65 msf59: - Hiya, Mark! We had a great time last night. Picture below...

Have fun in Asheville. I so want to go back. If time and plans allow, go to Biscuit Head!

>66 brenzi: - I sure did say that, Bonnie. I'm not "letting" him - I certainly don't want to do it!

Sep 13, 10:00am Top

Front row (l-r): Judy (ffortsa), Meg (familyhistorian), Meg's friend Rhea (probably spelled wrong...)
Back row (l-r): Jim (magiciansnephew), me
Photo credit: The Wayne

We had a fun dinner last night with lots of chatter, middling service, and good food. Book people - and specifically LT people (and friends!) - are the best people.

Sep 13, 11:58am Top

Thanks for sharing your meet up photo, Katie!

>44 katiekrug: That old carpet looks disgusting - what an improvement!

Sep 13, 12:13pm Top

>69 BLBera: - Hi Beth! The meet up was fun, as always :)

Yes, that carpet was Not Nice. It's amazing how much better it looks now.

Sep 13, 4:16pm Top

It was a fun meet up, Katie. It was great to meet all of you!

Sep 13, 4:29pm Top

>68 katiekrug:. Great! So glad you all could get together!

Sep 13, 7:18pm Top

Happy new thread!
Great meet-up pic!

Sep 13, 8:34pm Top

>68 katiekrug: That looks like a fun group!

Edited: Sep 14, 1:46pm Top

I thought it was odd how quiet your thread had gotten; I figured you had been swallowed by Texas or some such, but it turns out I un-starred the wrong thread :(

I'm so excited you will complete moving this month AND not have to deal with the actual movers yourself!!! But I'm saddened that you will mos likely be too busy packing to come to the Brooklyn Book Festival on Saturday Sunday. :'(

(I posed my thoughts on the BBF on Judy's thread : http://www.librarything.com/topic/309902#6921402)

Sep 16, 7:28am Top

>68 katiekrug: The next best thing to actually attending a meet up is to get to see a photo (thanks for the name/username labeling!) and hear that it was a success.

Sep 16, 8:46am Top

>71 Familyhistorian: - I'm glad we were able to get together, Meg! Hope the rest of your time in NY was good!

>72 jnwelch: - Me too, Joe!

>73 ChelleBearss: - Thanks on both counts, Chelle :)

>74 rosalita: - It was!

>75 ELiz_M: - Hi Liz! I'm glad about the moving too, for sure. I won't be able to come to the BBF - it's our last weekend to get a bunch done before the movers come AND I leave Tuesday for 9 fun-filled days in Calgary for work :( One year, I'll get there....

>76 karenmarie: - Glad to oblige with the photo, Karen. I forget who remembered we should take one...

Sep 16, 8:49am Top

Happy Monday (ugh)!

We had a busy weekend with more house stuff, and then football yesterday. Both of our teams (Giants and Dolphins) are terrible, but I still like to watch. The Wayne continued to work while I lazed about.

We did manage to go shopping for a couch for the family room and were successful in finding what we wanted. It will be delivered tomorrow.

And I finished a book, so all in all it was a good weekend.

This week I have lots of work to get done, but now I can work from my new office, as we got everything set up and the internet connected. It's so nice to have windows and natural light in my work space.... :)

Sep 16, 9:08am Top

This move is really happening isn't it? Carpet, movers, couch, new office -- woo hoo! The new office space sounds nice too. IIRC you've been working out of your basement, so I can understand the desire for a better view (and lighting).

Sep 16, 9:10am Top

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

This was very readable and well-paced, but the dialogue was so wooden and the premise so ridiculous, that I ended up not loving it. When a child is kidnapped, the only way to get her back is to pay a ransom and kidnap another child. Victims become perpetrators and The Chain continues. I don't mind suspending disbelief for well-written thrillers, but after a strong start, this just became laughable and I was almost hate-reading it by the end. I'm probably being generous in my rating.

3 stars

Sep 16, 9:11am Top

>79 lauralkeet: - Hi Laura - yep, been working out of my basement bunker, and boy howdy, had that gotten old. My new space has windows on two sides, one of which overlooks the street so when I don't want to work, I can watch the world go by :)

Sep 16, 9:44am Top

Keep up the good work, Katie. You are getting it done! All of it.

I myself am doing just okay. Reasonably good day at a book sale Saturday. Already reading Bonk, 'cause, you know, Mary Roach. Making progress—slow, but steady—in Ceremony.

Sep 16, 11:04am Top

>81 katiekrug: that sounds nice Katie! This new house is such a win for you guys.

Sep 16, 12:24pm Top

>82 weird_O: - I saw your haul, Bill - looked better than "reasonably good!"

>83 lauralkeet: - We just love it, Laura, despite all the updating it needs.

Sep 16, 1:20pm Top

Great progress on the move.

Are you planning on attending the Brooklyn Book Festival? Liz (Eliz_M) is going but I'm out of town that weekend. Rats. Anyway, if you do plan to attend, you might meet up with her.

Sep 16, 1:25pm Top

>85 ffortsa: - Liz asked that very question in >75 ELiz_M:! I can't go, as it's the last weekend before the movers come, and the last weekend before I leave on a work trip :(

Sep 16, 2:27pm Top

Glad you got out to t meet-up. They’re such fun. Love hearing about your house progress. How exciting for you to come home to your new home after your trip.

Sep 16, 9:16pm Top

>81 katiekrug: My new space has windows on two sides, one of which overlooks the street so when I don't want to work, I can watch the world go by :)

Or go for a walk! Sweet!

Sep 17, 5:22am Top

Woot for an office with a view! the window in front of my desk doesn't look out upon mountains or anything, but I still love the homey, residential view and the sunlight.

Sep 17, 9:26am Top

>87 RebaRelishesReading: - Reba, I am looking forward to having everything in one place, even though I know it will be chaos for a while!

>88 brenzi: - That too, Bonnie, though if I actually leave the house during work hours, I feel slightly guilty. People sometimes think working at home is a joke, but I find that I am way more conscious of always working and being available than I ever was in an actual office environment :)

>89 scaifea: - Woot indeed!

Sep 17, 10:05am Top

I admire people who have the discipline to work from home. My husband was disciplined when he worked for Nortel from home. Me - I'd probably think I needed to clean a closet, or do some baking, or whatever. *smile*

Sep 17, 10:41am Top

>91 karenmarie: - Karen, it definitely took a while to figure out how to make it work. Some days are easier than others!

Sep 17, 11:03am Top

>91 karenmarie: I love working from home, it's the freedom. I usually wfh 3 days a week. I have a lovely study with a 180 degree window overlooking the garden. It's great during the winter when you don't see a lot of daylight.

Sep 17, 11:40am Top

>93 Helenliz: - I will also admit that I like being able to do laundry while working :)

Sep 17, 4:19pm Top

>94 katiekrug: oh yes! The ability to put a load of washing on the line and be able to nip out and bring it in if it starts to rain is fab.
The downside is that my dearest husband has a tendency to order things to be delivered on days he knows I am in - and they must have a 6th sense for when I am on the phone!

Sep 18, 1:04am Top

>77 katiekrug: All of our trip to New York was great, Katie. It was great to meet up with you all. Good luck with the rest of your move and your wonderful trip to Calgary!

Sep 18, 9:22am Top

>95 Helenliz: - My husband tends to think because I work from home, I can do all sorts of things during the day. I have to remind him that I am actually working and expected to put in a full day!

>96 Familyhistorian: - I'm so glad you had a good time, Meg! It was great to finally meet you.

Sep 18, 9:27am Top

I should perhaps give a short update about The Books.

I am almost done (I feel like I've been saying that for a while now...) with Anne of Avonlea on audio. Very little of it is familiar, though I know I read it way back when. I think most of my Anne memories come from the Megan Follows production which I watched as often as I could. Anyway, it's fine but I don't love it.

I've started Where Memories Lie, the 12th in the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. This may be my favorite series that I'm currently involved with. They are just so good. This one is proving no exception.

I am also making my way through Reader, I Married Him, a collection of short stories inspired by Jane Eyre. I'm quite enjoying it, and have only encountered one dud in the 9 or so I've read so far. The stories vary widely in themes and settings, which is fun.

And every now and then, I read a story in Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood. The stories are consistently excellent, but rather odd, so I find about one a week or so is enough.

Yesterday, 11:16am Top

Dancing Girls sounds interesting, Katie. I'm also a fan of the Kincaid/James series. Can't wait for the new one!

I hope we get to see a picture of your office at some point. It sounds lovely.

Yesterday, 11:19am Top

>99 BLBera: Beth, I have a NetGalley of the latest Crombie, A Bitter Feast, and it's killing me to have to read my library books that are imminently due instead of that one! Soon ...

Yesterday, 11:57am Top

>99 BLBera: - The office is lovely compared to the basement bunker. Otherwise, it's just a room with desks :) But I'll take a photo when The Wayne finishes getting everything set up.

>100 rosalita: - That is some admirable self-restraint, Julia!

Yesterday, 11:58am Top

Finally finished Anne of Avonlea on audio. Meh. Too many annoying kids (that Davey brat and angel-child Paul Irving got on my last nerve). Not enough Gilbert.

3 stars

Yesterday, 12:14pm Top

Hi Katie, I am back from our driving trip and now trying to catch up with everything. We will be home for a a couple of weeks and then off to Vancouver Island. I love your new carpet. We had a nubbed Berber in our family room at our old house and I loved both the look of it and how easy it was to keep clean. There is definitely a feeling of autumn in the air right now, it's funny how quickly the season changed.

Yesterday, 12:36pm Top

>102 katiekrug:" Not enough Gilbert." Agreed.

Yesterday, 1:00pm Top

>103 DeltaQueen50: - Today is a lovely fall day, but tomorrow and this weekend look like the last gasp of summer - highs in the mid 80s. Boo. Nice to see you, Judy!

>104 charl08: - There is never enough Gilbert :)

Yesterday, 1:17pm Top

Here by the sea, we're in the mid- to upper-70s all week next week. I'm okay with this...not that the Weather Goddess stopped in for a check or anything....

I'm recovered at last from a couple days with Rob in Williamsburg. A less-than-forty-mile round trip was *exhausting* even though it didn't take place all on one day! Thank goodness for restaurants having "dark days" on Mondays. I'm also envious of your destination...Calgary...though not of your need to work while there. I've never been to Calgary! I'm drooling after the FB photos.

I belong to Instagram, I oughta use it sometimes. Hm. *smooch*

Yesterday, 1:20pm Top

On thw way to work this morning I had an orange warning light on the dashboard. No, nothing to do with my driving; it was the low temperature warning, it was 4C. By the time I drove home it was 22C, so it's certainly coat in the morning and carry it home time of year.
I'd go for a bit more summer.

Edited: Yesterday, 1:26pm Top

>106 richardderus: - Calgary is pretty meh. Of course, I've only ever been there for work, so I'm probably a terrible judge. What FB photos made you drool?

You should use Instagram. It's a nice diversion when one is needed :)

ETA: I'm glad you got some quality time with Rob!

>107 Helenliz: - It was high 40s (sorry, can't do the conversion) this morning, and I was rather chilly without a coat. I love it though. Summer can head on out now, as far as I'm concerned!

Today, 1:12am Top

>105 katiekrug: A last gasp of summer would be very welcome here. It was a shock to the system to return to cold soggy weather on Monday after walking around Central Park in the warm sunshine on Sunday.

I lived in Calgary for almost a year once and don't have fond memories. I hope that you have a better time there than I did but, from what I hear, it has improved somewhat from when I lived there.

Today, 9:05am Top

>109 Familyhistorian: - I'll be working 9 days straight while there, and with that being the case, I might as well be anywhere I guess... And I am looking forward to seeing my colleagues, so yay for that.

Today, 9:09am Top

Not much to report. Work is really busy, but I'm reading when I can (still the Crombie mystery and collection of short stories). I started the audio of Shrill by Lindy West yesterday. I am enjoying her humor and her frankness.

This weekend is clearing out the dressers and such - any furniture with stuff in it - so the movers can move the furniture on Tuesday. Packing up my clothes is a bit complicated, since I also have to pack for my trip, so I can't just pile stuff into boxes. *sigh*

Leonard has made his permanent move to the new house (he had visited before), and seems to be doing well. He was all skittish and skulking around yesterday evening, but this morning he's playful and seems more relaxed. He also likes all the boxes strewn about the place :)

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