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karenmarie's eclectic reading - chapter 10

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75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1karenmarie
Edited: Oct 13, 3:34pm Top

Welcome to my tenth thread of 2019.

There’s a temporary crimp in the retirement joy as I’ve offered to do some office work 3 days a week to help a friend out, probably through the end of October until October 11th. And I also agreed to work on the book sort team every Tuesday 9 – 11 a.m., so all of a sudden I’m way overcommitted. Be careful about the YES word.

When I’m feeling it more,


Here’s how much I love being retired:

It’s the lobster’s dress shirt! It's the snail's ankles. It’s bonaroo! It’s the berries! It’s aces, snazzy, hot, smooth, sweet, swell, keen, and cool. It’s also the fox’s socks, the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, the eel’s hips, the monkey’s eyebrows, the sardine’s whiskers, the gnat’s whistle. It's the razzmatazz and the chipmunk's cheeks. I do not miss working at all. I still do a happy dance every morning I don’t have to wake up to an alarm.



I read, am a charter member of the Redbud and Beyond Book Club, now in its 22nd year, am Treasurer for our local Friends of the Library (henceforth abbreviated FoL), and manage our home, finances and etc. as my husband heads off to work Monday – Friday. I love having the house to myself to recharge my batteries and have huge blocks of time to read.

I have been married to Bill for 28 years and am mother to Jenna, 26, living about 3 hours away and working on a 2-year business administration program at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. We have one kitty, almost 12-year-old Inara Starbuck. We live in our own little corner of paradise on 8 acres in central North Carolina USA.

This year’s picture theme Children of the Family. This is one of me, probably about 3-4, with Rocky the Rocking Horse. I've been reliably informed by our dear friend Peggy that 'redhead no more' is not accurate, so - Alas, redhead no more, rather a reddish brown faded strawberry blonde with a few white ones creeping in at the crown.



My goal is to read 100 books in 2019, down 5 from 2018. Of those 100, I’m going to try to read 45 that were on my shelves prior to January 1, 2019. I am only going to count pages, not strive for pages this year, so have set a counter for 30,000.







A few quotes from one of my favorite authors. I plan on reading all her fiction works in published order this year. I give you Dorothy Leigh Sayers, 1893-1957, one of the most intelligent and articulate writers I have ever been privileged to read.
The popular mind has grown so confused that it is no longer able to receive any statement of fact except as an expression of personal feeling.

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.

A society in which consumption has to be artificially stimulated in order to keep production going is a society founded on trash and waste, for such a society is a house built upon sand.

Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him – or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.


My theme for 2019 is eclecticism – picking and choosing what to read from a wide variety of genres, styles, centuries. I always try to do this, but last year ended up being mostly American writers and mostly mysteries. Within the scope of my goal of reading what is fun and challenging yet pleasurable, I want to read more from my shelves – books I have acquired by non-US writers and that I don’t automatically go to when looking for something new.

This year hasn’t gone well eclectically speaking – almost exclusively English and American writers, almost all mysteries. I don’t anticipate balancing and next year’s theme will probably be ‘All American, All English, All the Time!’ so that if I do go out of my comfort zone it will be the exception to the rule.

2karenmarie
Edited: Oct 15, 3:49pm Top

Books Read

1. The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam 1/1/19 1/3/19 ****1/2 233 pages trade paperback
2. Nerve by Dick Francis 1/3/19 1/5/19 ***1/2 313 pages mass market paperback
3. The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams 1/7/19 1/8/19 *** 1/2 206 pages mass market paperback
4. Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers 1/8/19 1/9/19 **** 137 pages hardcover
5. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers 1/9/19 1/14/19 **** 296 pages hardcover
6. Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston 1/13/19 1/16/19 ****1/2 121 of 176 pages Kindle
7. Kindred by Octavia Butler 1/16/19 1/18/19 ****1/2 306 pages hardcover **Kindle**
8. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann b. Ross 1/18/19 1/20/19 **** 273 pages hardcover
9. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 1/20/19 1/22/19 **** 180 pages mass market paperback
10. Relic by Preston & Child 1/22/19 1/25/19 **** 468 pages mass market paperback
11. Reliquary by Preston & Child 1/27/19 1/30/18 ***1/2 464 pages mass market paperback
12. Last Friends by Jane Gardam 2/1/19 2/5/19 **** 1/2 205 pages trade paperback
13. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry 1/30/19 2/8/19 **** 420 pages hardcover
14. Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic by Mark Blake 1/5/19 2/9/19 ****1/2 206 pages hardcover
15. The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie 2/9/19 2/11/19 **** 207 pages hardcover
16. The Great Believers by Rebeca Makkai 2/11/19 2/13/19 ***** 2018 421 pages hardcover
**abandoned Octavia Butler's Kindred - a graphic novel adaption by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
17. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 2/13/19 2/15/19 **** 211 pages trade paperback
18. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle 2/15/19 2/16/19 ****1/2 211 pages trade paperback
19. The Arrival by Shaun Tan 2/19/19 2/19/19 **** hardcover
20. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle 2/16/19 2/21/19 **1/2 278 pages trade paperback
**abandoned Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle - I did not care about Sandy and Dennys's story and do not care about any more of L'Engle's fiction
21. Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French 2/22/19 2/26/19 **** 372 pages hardcover
22. Thursday's Children by Nicci French 2/26/19 2/28/19 ***1/2 336 pages hardcover Kindle
23. Friday on My Mind by Nicci French 2/28/19 3/2/19 **** 301 pages trade paperback
24. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer 3/3/19 3/7/19 **** 315 pages mass market paperback
25. Dark Saturday by Nicci French 3/3/19 3/12/19 390 pages ****1/2 Kindle
26. Sunday Silence by Nicci French 3/12/19 3/13/19 **** 403 pages trade paperback
27. The Day of the Dead by Nicci French 3/13/19 3/15/19 ****1/2 404 pages trade paperback
28. Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie) 3/17/19 3/23/19 ***1/2 182 pages hardcover
29. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 3/23/19 3/26/19 **1/2 185 pages trade paperback
30. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers 3/26/19 3/29/19 **** 191 pages hardcover
31. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers 4/1/19 4/8/19 **** 188 pages hardcover
32. The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace 4/9/19 to 4/13/19 221 **** mass market paperback
33. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney 4/2/19 4/15/19 **** 277 pages trade paperback
34. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers 4/14/19 4/16/19 **** 192 pages mass market paperback
35. These Truths by Jill Lepore 1/5/19 to 4/22/19 ****1/2 789 pages hardcover 2018
36. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler 4/16/19 4/24/19 *** 356 pages trade paperback 2003
37. Forfeit by Dick Francis 4/25/19 4/26/19 **** 282 pages mass market paperback
38. Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb 4/27/19 4/29/19 **** 323 pages mass market paperback
39. Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb 4/29/19 5/1/19 ****1/2 388 pages hardcover
40. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 5/3/19 5/4/19 **** 223 pages hardcover
41. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 05/4/19 5/16/19 ****1/2 368 pages hardcover
42. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers 5/17/19 5/19/19 ** 338 pages trade paperback, with 14 pages of afterward
43. Reflex by Dick Francis 5/20/19 5/22/19 **** 346 pages mass market paperback
44. Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession and the President's War Powers by James F. Simon 10/24/18 5/22/19 (!) **** 11.5 hours, audiobook
45. Educated by Tara Westover 5/16/19 5/25/19 ****1/2 334 pages hardcover
46. The Lost Man by Jane Harper 5/25/19 5/28/19 352 **** pages hardcover
47. Malice: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino 5/28/19 6/1/19 ***1/2 296 pages hardcover
48. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht 5/28/19 6/2/19 ***1/2 174 pages trade paperback
49. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers 6/1/19 6/6/19 ****1/2 448 pages hardcover
50. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 6/6/19 6/10/19 **** 307 pages hardcover
51. The Dry by Jane Harper 6/10/19 6/13/19 **** 352 pages trade paperback, Kindle
52. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger 6/13/19 6/16/19 **** 328 pages trade paperback
53. The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein 06/18/19 6/21/19 **** 356 pages trade paperback
54. Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger 6/21/19 6/22/19 402 pages trade paperback
55. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson 6/30/19 7/5/19 **** 308 pages trade paperback
56. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers 7/6/19 7/7/19 ****1/2 295 pages hardcover 1933
57. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 6/22/19 7/12/19 ***1/2 474 pages mass market paperback
58. The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths 7/12/19 7/14/19 **** 327 pages trade paperback
59. MASH by Richard Hooker 7/14/19 7/16/19 **** 218 pages trade paperback
60. The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths 7/18/19 7/21/19 ***1/2 390 pages trade paperback
61. Circe by Madeline Miller 7/21/19 7/25/19 ****1/2 393 pages hardcover
62. A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths 7/25/19 7/27/19 ***1/2 346 pages trade paperback
63. A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths 7/27/19 7/30/19 ***1/2 392 pages trade paperback 2013
64. John Adams by David McCullough 7/17/19 to 8/1/19 **** audiobook 9 hours
65. The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffith 7/30/19 8/1/19 **** 374 pages trade paperback
66. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths 8/1/19 8/7/19 **** 370 pages hardcover
67. The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths 8/8/19 8/11/19 **** 368 pages hardcover Kindle
68. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths 8/11/19 8/15/19 **** 360 pages hardcover
69. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths 8/15/19 8/16/19 **** 345 pages hardcover
70. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths 8/16/19 8/17/19 **** 364 pages hardcover
Ruth's First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths 8/18/19 8/18/19 **** 29 pages Kindle
71. The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths 08/18/19 8/20/19 ***1/2 328 pages trade paperback
72. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron 8/21/19 8/22/19 **** 137 pages hardcover
73. Rat Race by Dick Francis 8/22/19 8/22/19 **** 216 pages mass market paperback
**abandoned David Copperfield by Charles Dickens nope nope and nope
**abandoned A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth 1/17/19 with the best intentions in the world, I always felt like this book was homework
**abandoned 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz audiobook - couldn't keep track of the characters and got bored
74. Glass by Sam Savage 8/23/19 8/28/19 ***1/2 223 pages trade paperback
75. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld 8/28/19 8/31/19 ****1/2 273 pages trade paperback
76. Break In by Dick Francis 8/31/19 9/2/19 **** 371 pages mass market paperback
77. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers 9/2/19 9/7/2019 **** 280 pages hardcover
78. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North 9/7/19 9/13/19 405 pages trade paperback
79. The Story of Language by Dr. John McWhorter 9/1/19 9/20/19 ****1/2 audiobook 18.5 hours
80. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz 9/19/19 9/24/19 **** 387 pages trade paperback
81. Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead 9/24/19 9/26/19 **** 201 pages hardcover
82. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith 9/21/19 10/9/19 **** audiobook 16 hours
**abandoned A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
83. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers 10/1/19 10/10/19 ****1/2 469 pages hardcover
84. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shalak 10/12/19 10/15/19 **** 308 pages hardcover

Currently Reading:
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep 279 pages hardcover 2019
Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 10/10/19 audiobook, 17.5 hours, 2014
The Unfortunate Fursey by Mervyn Wall 7/20/2019 215 pages trade paperback, 1946
The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers edited by Carole Vanderhoof 11/10/18 235 pages trade paperbook 2018
Red:A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey 6/28/18 218 pages hardcover
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 5/5/18 464 pages hardcover, Kindle

3karenmarie
Edited: Oct 5, 10:04am Top

Books added - goal: Less than the 422 *winces* added last year. Note: Any books acquired before 1/1/19 but added now will be noted and not counted against this year's total.

January
1. Louise - Betrayed by Lisa Scottaline
2. Louise - If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin
3. Louise - Accused by Lisa Scottaline
4. BookMooch - Bookmooch - The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams by Jeanne M. Dams
5. Louise - The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn
6. Louise - Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
7. Jenna - Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic by Mark Blake
8. Amazon - These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
9. Habitat - The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
00. Kindle - The Dry by Jane Harper - acquired 11/19/18 added to catalog 1/13/19
10. Louise - Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
11. Louise - Orchids For Dummies by Steven A. Frowine
12. BookMooch - The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
13. Habitat - The Day of Atonement by David Liss
14. FoL Sale - Winny de Puh (Winnie the Pooh in Spanish) by A.A. Milne
15. FoL Sale - Cattus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin by Dr. Seuss
16. FoL Sale - Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
17. FoL Sale - Intensive Latin First Year & Review: A User's Manual by Carl A.P. Ruck
18. FoL Sale - The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
19. FoL Sale - 1492: The Year the World Began by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
20. FoL Sale - Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
21. FoL Sale - Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill
22. FoL Sale - How Language Works by David Crystall
23. FoL Sale - Latin Reader. First Part. by Friedrich Jacobs
24. Amazon - Last Friends by Jane Gardam

February
25. reconsidered from cull - The Red Breast by Jo Nesbo
26. Amazon - The Lost Man by Jane Harper
00. Bill - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - acquired 12/25/19 added to catalog 2/21/19
27. Amazon - Thursday's Children by Nicci French Kindle
28. Louise - Every Fifteen Minuts by Lisa Scottaline
29. Louise - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
30. Louise - The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
31. Amazon - Dark Saturday by Nicci French Kindle

March
32. Amazon - Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
33. Karen - Are You Somebody? by Nuala O'Faolain
34. Amazon - Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
35. Amazon - The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill
35. Early Reviewers - Dubious Documents by Nick Bantock
36. FoL Spring Book Sale - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (audiobook)
37. FoL Spring Book Sale - Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews
38. FoL Spring Book Sale - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
39. FoL Spring Book Sale - Brilliant by Jane Brox
40. FoL Spring Book Sale - The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton
41. FoL Spring Book Sale - Missing You by Harlan Coben
42. FoL Spring Book Sale - 95 Poems by e. e. cummings
43. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Gentleman of Fortune by Anna Dean
44. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Place of Confinement by Anna Dean
45. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Woman of Consequence by Anna Dean
46. FoL Spring Book Sale - Autobiography of Mark Twain by editor Harriet Elinor Smith
47. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: Volume III: A Supplement to The Oxford English Dictionary, Volumes I-IV by editor R.W. Burchfield
48. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Hidden Charles Dickens by editor Stefan R. Dziemianowicz
49. FoL Spring Book Sale - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
50. FoL Spring Book Sale - Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
51. FoL Spring Book Sale - One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
52. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Stories of Jane Gardam by Jane Gardam
53. FoL Spring Book Sale - Amphigorey Again by Edward Gorey
54. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
55. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
56. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
57. FoL Spring Book Sale - Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels by Dashiell Hammett
58. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Lazarus Project by Aleksander Hemow
59. FoL Spring Book Sale - Malice by Keigo Higashino
60. FoL Spring Book Sale - Death Comes for the Fat Man by Reginald Hill
61. FoL Spring Book Sale - Advice on Dying and Living a Better Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
62. FoL Spring Book Sale - Hillbilly Elegy by J.A. Vance
63. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Western Star by Craig Johnson
64. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
65. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman
66. FoL Spring Book Sale - Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie
67. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
68. FoL Spring Book Sale - Caravans by James Michener
69. FoL Spring Book Sale - Lightening Men by Thomas Mullen
70. FoL Spring Book Sale - Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh
71. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Book on the Book Shelf by Henry Petroski
72. FoL Spring Book Sale - Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
73. FoL Spring Book Sale - Crimson Shore by Preston & Child
74. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Pharoah Key by Preston & Child
75. FoL Spring Book Sale - Going Wrong by Ruth Rendell
76. FoL Spring Book Sale - The World According to Fred Rogers by Fred Rogers
77. FoL Spring Book Sale - Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
78. FoL Spring Book Sale - Adventures of the Mind by Saturday Evening Post
79. FoL Spring Book Sale - 1066 and All That by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman
80. FoL Spring Book Sale - Sixteen Short Novels by Wilfrid Sheed
81. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Teaching of Buddah by The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism
82. FoL Spring Book Sale - Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
83. FoL Spring Book Sale - Whose Boat Is This Boat? by Donald J. Trump (by accident)
84. FoL Spring Book Sale - Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
85. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester
86. FoL Spring Book Sale - Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
87. FoL Spring Book Sale - My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
88. FoL Spring Book Sale - An Elizabethan Bestiary Retold by Jeffery Beam, Ippy Patterson, M.J. Sharp
89. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
90. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
91. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
92. FoL Spring Book Sale - Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves
93. FoL Spring Book Sale - Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves
94. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Lost Letter of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
95. FoL Spring Book Sale - Bibliomysteries by editor Otto Penzler
96. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Penguin Book of Bird Poetry by editor Peggy Munsterberg
97. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler
98. FoL Spring Book Sale - When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
99. FoL Spring Book Sale - Tinkers by Paul Harding
100. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Guide to Jane Austen by Michael Hardwick
101. FoL Spring Book Sale - False Colours by Georgette Heyer
102. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
103. FoL Spring Book Sale - Death Without Company by Craig Johnson
104. FoL Spring Book Sale - Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson
105. FoL Spring Book Sale - Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson
106. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson
107. FoL Spring Book Sale - Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson
108. FoL Spring Book Sale - Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson
109. FoL Spring Book Sale - As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
110. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson
111. FoL Spring Book Sale - Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
112. FoL Spring Book Sale - Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
113. FoL Spring Book Sale - An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson
114. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt
115. FoL Spring Book Sale - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
116. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Kabbalah by Rav Michael Laitman Ph.D. with Collin Camright
117. FoL Spring Book Sale - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
118. FoL Spring Book Sale - West with the Night by Beryl Markham
119. FoL Spring Book Sale - All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
120. FoL Spring Book Sale - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
121. FoL Spring Book Sale - My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain
122. FoL Spring Book Sale - One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
123. FoL Spring Book Sale - Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
124. FoL Spring Book Sale - When the Music's Over by Peter Robinson
125. FoL Spring Book Sale - Corrupted by Lisa Scottaline
126. FoL Spring Book Sale - Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
127. FoL Spring Book Sale - Low Country Boil by Carl T. Smith

April
128. Thrift Shop - Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
129. Thrift Shop - Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer
130. Louise - Years of Dreams by Gloria Goldreich
131. Louise - Lovers and Friends by Camile Marchetta
132. Amazon - A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean
133. Larry - Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler
134. BookMooch - When I Was Old by Georges Simenon
135. Louise - City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
136. Thrift Shop - The Assassin's Accomplice by Kate Clifford Larson
137. Marelli IT guy - 5 years ago - The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
00. Bill - Mastering the Art of French Cooking 2-vol set by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck

May
138. Bookmooch - Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh
139. Amazon - The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers - replacement for worn out copy
140. Biltmore Estate - Biltmore: An American Masterpiece by the Biltmore Company
141. Karen - The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich
142. Karen - Killing Custer by James Welch
143. ER - The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht
144. Amazon - Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz
145. Jenn - Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier
00. From Bill's Mama's desk - Quotable Women by Running Press

June
146. Bookmooch - Glass by Sam Savage
147. Amazon - Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
148. Bookmooch - The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
149. Amazon - The Unfortunate Fursey by Mervyn Wall
150. FoL Book Sort Team - free - The Ascent of Everest by John Hunt
151. Amazon - Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
152. Amazon - Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
153. Karen Crowell - The Five Red Herrings and Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
154. Tamsie Hughes - The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

July
155. Thrift Shop - Moby Dick by Herman Melville - World's Greatest Literature
156. Thrift Shop - Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - World's Greatest Literature
157. Thrift Shop - The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper - World's Greatest Literature
158. FoL Book Sort Team - free - The Architecture of Los Angeles by Paul Gleye
159. Montana Karen - Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer
160. Montana Karen - Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman
161. Montana Karen - The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
162. Montana Karen - Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer
163. Montana Karen - Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton by Sara Wheeler
164. Montana Karen - Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
165. Montana Karen - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
166 .Montana Karen - The Pope's Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler by Peter Eisner
167. Montana Karen - The Gold of Exodus by Howard Blumm
168. Amazon - The Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky
169. Costco - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
170. Montana Karen - Books on Fire by Lucien X Polastron
171. Jan - The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
172. Jan - Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger
173. Jan - This America by Jill Lepore
174. Peggy - The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney
175. Peggy - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
176. Peggy - The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
177. Amazon - The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
178. Thrift Shop - Pride by Ibi Zoboi
179. Thrift Shop - Jane Austen & The State by Mary Evans
180. Thrift Shop - Infinitesimal by Amir Alexander
181. Thrift Shop - Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger
182. Thrift Shop - The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
183. Habitat - Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
184. BookMooch - The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick
185. BookMooch - The Ice Princes by Camilla Lackberg

August
186. FoL book sort book - Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels
187. Amazon - The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths Kindle
188. Bookmooch - Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
189. Amazon - The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths - hardcover
190. Amazon - The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
191. Book sort - freebie - The Book of the Dead by Preston & Child
192. Cole Park Thrift Shop - The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
193. Cole Park Thrift Shop - Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
194. Cole Park Thrift Shop - Portobello by Ruth Rendell
195. Cole Park Thrift Shop - Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
196. Amazon - Ruth's First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths Kindle short story
197. Amazon - The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
198. Amazon - The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
199. Book sort - freebie - The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe in One Volume
200. Circle City Books - The Western Star by Craig Johnson - trade paper to go with rest of my collection, offset by removing hardcover from catalog
201. Circle City Books - Slay Ridd by Dick Francis
202. Circle City Books - Proof by Dick Francis
203. Circle City Books - Risk by Dick Francis
204. Friend Sherry - Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

September
205. Amazon - A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
206. Amazon - Clear Springs by Bobbie Ann Mason
207. Amazon - Beloved by Toni Morrison
208. Amazon - The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier
209. Thrift Shop - Cemetary Dance by Preston & Child
210. Thrift Shop - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
211. Thrift Shop - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
212. Amazon - The Frangipani Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu
213. FoL Fall Book Sale volunteer book - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
214. FoL Fall Book Sale gift book - In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
215. FoL Fall Book Sale volunteer book - These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
216. Amazon - Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
217. Amazon - The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
218. FoL Fall Book Sale - This Simian World by Clarence Day
219. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Peking Man Is Missing by Claire Taschdjian
220. FoL Fall Book Sale - Free Reign by Rosemary Aubert
221. FoL Fall Book Sale - Unnatural Fire by Fidelis Morgan
222. FoL Fall Book Sale - Justice by Larry Watson
223. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Last Judgement by Iain Pears
224. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Last Basselope: One Ferocious Story by Berke Breathed
225. FoL Fall Book Sale - Southern Living Christmas in the Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking for the Holidays by Southern Living
226. FoL Fall Book Sale - Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten
227. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
228. FoL Fall Book Sale - God Is an Englishman by R.F. Delderfield
229. FoL Fall Book Sale - On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao by Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz
230. FoL Fall Book Sale - Night by Bernard Minier
231. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Chalon Heads by Barry Maitland
232. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Romeo Flag by Carolyn Hougan
233. FoL Fall Book Sale - Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry
234. FoL Fall Book Sale - Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu
235. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote
236. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote
237. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox by Shelby Foote
238. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood
239. FoL Fall Book Sale - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
240. FoL Fall Book Sale - Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
241. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After by Patricia C. Wrede
242. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Dry by Jane Harper
243. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Essential Art of War by Sun-Tzu Ping-Fa
244. FoL Fall Book Sale - The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and that other guy
245. FoL Fall Book Sale - Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely
246. FoL Fall Book Sale - A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
247. FoL Fall Book Sale - Little Bee by Chris Cleave
248. FoL Fall Book Sale - Incendiary by Chris Cleave
249. FoL Fall Book Sale - Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson
250. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Wasp Cookbook by Alexandra Wentworth
251. FoL Fall Book Sale - War with the Newts by Karel Capek
252. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
253. FoL Fall Book Sale - Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly
254. FoL Fall Book Sale - Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly
255. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
256. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell
257. FoL Fall Book Sale - Copper River by William Kent Krueger
258. FoL Fall Book Sale - Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
259. FoL Fall Book Sale - Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers by James F. Simon
260. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
261. FoL Fall Book Sale - December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith
262. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
263. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Witch Elm by Tana French
264. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Master by Colm Tóibín
265. FoL Fall Book Sale - Entry Island by Peter May
266. FoL Fall Book Sale - Tulipomania : The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash
267. FoL Fall Book Sale - My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
268. FoL Fall Book Sale - Mapmakers by John Noble Wilford
269. FoL Fall Book Sale - Open Season by C.J. Box
270. FoL Fall Book Sale - Sanditon, the Watsons, Miss by Jane Austen
271. FoL Fall Book Sale - Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount
272. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Horns of Ramadan by Arthur Train
273. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Adventures of Gerard by A. Conan Doyle
274. FoL Fall Book Sale - Lawrence of Arabia and his world by Richard Perceval Graves
275. FoL Fall Book Sale - Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
276. FoL Fall Book Sale - Dexter Is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay
277. FoL Fall Book Sale - Signal Loss by Garry Disher
278. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Son by Jo Nesbo
279. FoL Fall Book Sale - Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
280. FoL Fall Book Sale - Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic by David Howard
281. FoL Fall Book Sale - Raylan by Elmore Leonard
282. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes by Larry Millett
283. FoL Fall Book Sale - Darktown by Thomas Mullen
284. FoL Fall Book Sale - Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger
285. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman
286. FoL Fall Book Sale - David O. Selznick's Hollywood by Ronald Haver

October

4karenmarie
Edited: Oct 8, 4:16pm Top

Books culled goal: More than the 84 from last year.

The Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo:
1. The Bat - hardcover
2. Cockroaches - paperback
3. Cockroaches - audiobook
4. Nemesis - hardcover
5. The Devil's Star - paperback
6. Redeemer - paperback
7. The Snowman - hardcover
8. The Leopard - paperback
9. Phantom - hardcover
10. Police - paperback
11. The Redbreast - paperback

12. White Noise by Don DeLillo - started it, didn't like it
13. The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams
14. The Shimmering Stones of Winter's Light by Constance Walker
15. A Man without Breath by Philip Kerr
16. Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear
17. Betty-Anne's Helpful Household Hints by
18. Billy Budd by Coxe and Chapman
19. Death of a Greedy Woman by M.C. Beaton
20. Death of a Bore by M.C. Beaton
21. Death of a Charming Man by M.C. Beaton
22. Death of a Dentist by M.C. Beaton
23. Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton
24. Death of a Dustman by M.C. Beaton
25. Death of a Gentle Lady by M.C. Beaton
26. Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
27. Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton
28. Death of a Prankster by M.C. Beaton
29. Death of a Scriptwriter by M.C. Beaton
30. Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton
31. Death of an Outsider by M.C. Beaton
32. Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens
33. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
34. Hard Courts by John Feinstein
35. In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches
36. Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley
37. Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
38. Summerland by Michael Chabon
39. Summerland -audiobook by Michael Chabon
40. Teach Yourself Beginner's Dutch by Gerdi Quist and Leslie Gilbert
41. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
42. The Appeal by John Grisham
43. The Case of the Deadly Toy by Erle Stanley Gardner
44. The Case of the Fan-Dancer's Horse by Erle Stanley Gardner
45. The Case of the Howling Dog by Erle Stanley Gardner
46. The Case of the Substitute Face by Erle Stanley Gardner
47. The Case of the Troubled Trustee by Erle Stanley Gardner
48. The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
49. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
50. The New Yorker Album 1925-1950 by
51. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
52. The Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enquist
53. You Can't Be Serious by John McEnroe
54. Fiddlers by Ed McBain
55. Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
56. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
57. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
58. With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
59. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
60. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
61. Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym
62. The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig
63. Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price
64. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
65. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by Daviud Wroblewski
66. The Pink Irish Rose by Hazel Rash Fleming
67. Bliss, Remembered by Frank DeFord
68. Grafton Square by Alfred J. Batty
69. Dandy Dutch Recipes by Mina Baker-Roelofs
70. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
71. The Cherry Blossom Corpse by Robert Barnard
72. The List of Seven by Mark Frost
73. Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke
74. Death of an Old Goat by Robert Barnard
75. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
76. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
77. The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig
78. The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig
79. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
80. The Skeleton in the Grass by Robert Branard
81. A City of Strangers by Robert Bernard
82. Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
83. An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
84. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Yay!

85. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
86. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
87. Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle
88. A Live Coal in the Sea by Madeleine L'Engle
89. Coffeemakers by Ambrogio Fumagalli
90. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
91. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer
92. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - re-culling
Joanna Brady series - won't read
93. Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance
94. Dead Wrong by J.A. Jance
95. Damage Control by J.A. Jance
96. Judgment Call by J.A. Jance
97. Desert Heat by J.A. Jance
98. Outlaw Mountain by J.A. Jance
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99. Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson
100. Miss Julia Delivers the Goods by Ann B. Ross
101. Miss Julia Paints the Town by Ann B. Ross
102. Miss Julia Renews her Vows by Ann B. Ross
103. Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline
104. Career of Evil - culled damaged-box copy, kept one acquired in March
105. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers - old, worn out copy, replaced
106. Malice by Keigo Higashino - mailed to jnwelch
107. Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer - outdated
108. In Too Deep by Cherry Adair
109. Out of Sight by Cherry Adair
110. Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair
111. Hide and Seek by Cherry Adair
112. On Thin Ice by Cherry Adair
113. Edge of Fear by Cherry Adair
114. Edge of Darkness by Cherry Adair
115. Edge of Danger by Cherry Adair
116. Hot Ice by Cherry Adair
117. Hush by Cherry Adair
118. The Mercenary by Cherry Adair
119. White Heat by Cherry Adair
120. Night Fall by Cherry Adair
121. Night Shadow by Cherry Adair
122. Night Secrets by Cherry Adair
123. To the Limit by Cindy Gerard
124. Into the Dark by Cindy Gerard
125. To the Brink by Cindy Gerard
126. Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard
127. To the Edge by Cindy Gerard
128. Over the Line by Cindy Gerard
129. Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard
130. Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard
131. Whisper No Lies by Cindy Gerard
132. Feel the Heat by Cindy Gerard
133. Risk No Secrets by Cindy Gerard
134. With No Remorse by Cindy Gerard
135. Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel
136. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers, old, worn out copy, replaced
137. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
138. A Widow's Curse by Phillip DePoy
139. A Minister's Ghost by Phillip DePoy
140. The Drifter's Wheel by Phillip DePoy
141. A Garden of Vipers by Jack Kerley
142. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly
143. Numbered Account by Christopher Reich
144. A Calculated Risk by Katherine Neville
145. The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
146. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
147. Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich
148. The Witch's Grave by Phillip DePoy
149. The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley
150. The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley
151. Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
152. Blood Brother by Jack Kerley
153. The Devil's Hearth by Phillip DePoy
154. America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis - CDs - listened to, won't listen to again
155. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch - CDs
156. Cattus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin by Dr. Seuss, translated by Terentio Tunberg (gift to Peggy)
157. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - duplicate
158. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
159. The Killing of Karen Silkwood by Richard Rashke
160. A Gentleman's Mistress by Mary Brendan
161. Suddenly by Candace Camp
162. A Stolen Heart by Candace Camp
163. Secrets Of The Heart by Candace Camp
164. The Hidden Heart by Candace Camp
165. The Marriage Wager by Candace Camp
166. Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase
167. The Lion's Daughter by Loretta Chase
168. Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase
169. Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase
170. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
171. With All My Heart by Jo Goodman
172. My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
173. All I Ever Needed by Jo Goodman
174. One Forbidden Evening by Jo Goodman
175. Everything I Ever Wanted by Jo Goodman
176. Let Me Be The One by Jo Goodman
177. My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman
178. Beyond A Wicked Kiss by Jo Goodman
179. Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag
180. Crazy Sweet by Tara Janzen
181. Crazy Love by Tara Janzen
182. Reap the Wind by Iris Johansen
183. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas
184. Autumn Lover by Elizabeth Lowell
185. The Legacy of the Rose by Kasey Michaels
186. My Beloved by Karen Ranney
187. The Rescue by Suzanne Robinson
188. Annalise by Libby Sydes
189. Whisper His Name by Elizabeth Thornton
190. Velvet Is The Night by Elizabeth Thornton
191. You Only Love Twice by Elizabeth Thornton
192. Strangers at Dawn by Elizabeth Thornton
193. Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey
194. Love Me Forever by Johanna Lindsey
195. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz - audiobook
196. Innocence by Dean Koontz - audiobook
197. John Adams by David McCullough - audiobook
198. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine - audiobook
199. No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life by Robert Soloman - audiobook
200. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson - audiobook
201. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd - audiobook
202. Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen - audiobook
203. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad - audiobook
204. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough - audiobook
205. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - audiobook
206. The History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons - audiobook
207. The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh - audiobook
208. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - audiobook
209. The Rathbones by Janice Clark - audiobook
210. Transmission by Hari Kunzru - audiobook
211. West With the Night by Beryl Markhan - audiobook
212. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
213. A Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling
214. Against the Tide of Years by S.M. Stirling
215. On the Oceans of Eternity by S.M. Stirling
216. The Peshawar Lancers by S.M. Stirling
217. Conquistador: A Novel of Alternate History by S.M. Stirling
218. The Protector's War: A Novel of the Change by S.M. Stirling
219. The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling
220. The Western Star by Craig Johnson replaced wit trade paperback to match rest of series
221. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
222. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
223. Foods that Hal by Maureen Salaman
224. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
225. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Will never read it, will never watch the series.
226. West with the Night by Beryl Markham
227. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
228. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
229. Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin Bell
230. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
231. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer - mass market paperback
232. A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King
233. Pirate King by Laurie R. King
234. Sanditon by Jane Austen - upgraded to a better copy
235. Britt-Marie was here by Fredrik Backman
236. My Grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry by Fredrik Backman
237. S. by John Updike
238. Terrorist by John Updike
239. Licks of Love by John Updike
240. The Bird Songs Anthology by Lee Beletsky
241. Memoirs of a Russian Lady: Drawings and Tales of Life Before the Revolution by Mariamna Davydoff

5karenmarie
Edited: Sep 6, 9:23pm Top

Statistics Through August 31

75 books read
5 books abandoned, 610 pages
1 standalone short story
22869 pages read
34.5 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 94
Avg pages read per month, YTD = 2859
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 305
Avg rating of all books read, YTD= 3.96
Month-end TBR (incl started) 2154

Author
Male 34%
Female 66%

Living 66%
Dead 34%

US Born 37%
Foreign Born 63%

Platform
Hardcover 37%
Trade Pback 35%
Mass Market 17%
Audiobook 3%
e-Book 8%

Source
My Library 84%
Library or Other 15%

Misc
ARC/ER 4%
Re-read 27%
Series 60%

Fiction 91%
NonFiction 9%

Author Birth Country
Australia 4%
England 53%
Israel 1%
Japan 1%
Nigeria 1%
US 39%

Original Decade Published
1920-1929 5%
1930-1939 9%
1940-1949 1%
1950-1959 1%
1960-1969 5%
1970-1979 5%
1980-1989 1%
1990-1999 11%
2000-2009 9%
2010-2019 51%

Genre
Biography 3%
Essays 1%
Fiction 15%
Graphic Novel 1%
Historical Fiction 3%
History 4%
Humor 1%
Memoir 1%
Mystery 57%
Romance 1%
Speculative Fiction 8%
Thriller 4%

6karenmarie
Sep 6, 9:20pm Top

The next one is yours!

7msf59
Sep 6, 9:32pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen. To answer your question from your last thread. We will be visiting family in South Carolina and then visiting my brother, who recently moved to Hendersonville, NC, just east of Asheville. It should be a great trip.

8PaulCranswick
Sep 6, 9:46pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen.

Also wishing you a wonderful weekend.

I will get some stats up on my thread this weekend.

9BLBera
Sep 6, 9:59pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen. I hope you are staying dry.

10figsfromthistle
Sep 6, 10:02pm Top

Happy new thread!

11jessibud2
Sep 6, 10:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Karen!

12LizzieD
Sep 6, 11:38pm Top

You think you're not a red-head any longer? You could have fooled me!
I look forward to your new thread.

13karenmarie
Sep 7, 5:02am Top

>7 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I have a friend who recently moved to Hendersonville with her wife and loves it there. They’re perched on the side of a mountain. I am hoping that I can visit them in November after all this foof of working part time ends. Have fun!

>8 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. Jenna will return to Wilmington today, then we can settle into the rest of the weekend. Yay for stats!

>9 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. We barely got an inch of rain and by yesterday afternoon all the roads on my commute were dry. There was a bit of standing water in some ditches, but that’s to be expected at this time of year anyway.

>10 figsfromthistle: and >11 jessibud2: Thanks Anita and Shelley.

>12 LizzieD: Hmm. Faded redhead, then, Peggy. I’ll amend the topper…


Drat. Insomnia struck at 3:30. I’m sipping coffee and reading The Nine Tailors and decided to look up the word fantods, as in
”After a bit, with still not a sound, I sort of pulled myself together and put my torch on. Say, have you ever been up in that place? Ever seen those bells? I’m not what you’d call fanciful in a general way, but there was something about the bells that gave me the fantods.” Nobby Cranton, p 224
It’s pretty easy to guess from context, but I wanted to know. Fantods definition: a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually preceded by the).

14FAMeulstee
Sep 7, 5:23am Top

Happy new thread, Karen!

>1 karenmarie: You look so happy one that picture, I can feel the joy just looking at it :-)

15msf59
Sep 7, 6:43am Top

Happy Saturday, Karen. Enjoying your time with Jenna? How has the storm impacted her area?

16karenmarie
Sep 7, 6:47am Top

>14 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! I remember being told that I loved that dress - I think it was a pale lavender - and of course, Rocky! I have another picture somewhere of me actually riding Rocky. Perhaps for next thread.

>15 msf59: Thanks, Mark. Happy Saturday to you, too. Oh yes, we have lots of fun with Jenna. She and I haven't gotten any Yahtzee time in, but watched The Nine Tailors, did hurricane prep - thankfully not needed - and have enjoyed Walking Through History.

She should be able to go back today, having not gotten any notifications from her apartment complex that there's any damage to her building or apartment. I don't know about Wilmington in general.

17karenmarie
Sep 7, 7:39am Top

77. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers





From booksummaries.me:

While ringing in the New Year, Lord Peter Wimsey discovers some old crimes: “A rattling good mystery” (Kirkus Reviews).

Lord Peter Wimsey and his manservant Bunter are halfway across the wild flatlands of East Anglia when they make a wrong turn, straight into a ditch. They scramble over the rough country to the nearest church, where they find hospitality, dinner, and an invitation to go bell-ringing. This ancient art is steeped in mathematical complexities, and tonight the rector and his friends plan to embark on a 9-hour marathon session to welcome the New Year. Lord Peter joins them, taking a step into a society whose cheerful exterior hides a dark, deadly past.

During their stay in this unfamiliar countryside, Lord Peter and Bunter encounter murder, a mutilated corpse, and a decades-old jewel theft for which locals continue to die. In this land where bells toll for the dead, the ancient chimes never seem to stop.


Why I wanted to read it: Next up in my year-long personal challenge to re-read all of Dorothy L. Sayers fiction.

Rich, evocative, deeply satisfying. This book proves again that Dorothy Sayers could write like no other, bringing to life a period in time between wars in a small country parish. Big ideas, vivid characters, and a mystery so complex and with so many facets that it just keeps expanding, like ripples in water, before settling back down with every clue explained, every action accounted for, everything resolved just as it should be.

The full title of the book is The Nine Tailors: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals.

Dorothy Sayers could learn enough about a subject to present it intelligently and meaningfully to a lay person and the change-ringing of church bells is no exception. It is at the heart of the book.
From time to time complaints are made about the ringing of church bells. It seems strange that a generation which tolerates the uproar of the internal combustion engine and the wailing of the jazz band should be so sensitive to the one loud noise that is made to the glory of God. England, alone in the world, has perfected the art of change-ringing and the true ringing of bells by rope and wheel, and will not lightly surrender her unique heritage. From the Foreword

Mr. Ashton was a farmer of the old school. He might have been fifty years old, or sixty or seventy, or any age. He spoke in a series of gruff barks, and held himself so rigidly that if he had swallowed a poker it could only have produced unseemly curves and flexions in his figure. Wimsey, casting a thoughtful eye upon his hands, with their gnarled and chalky joints, concluded, however, that his unbending aspect was due less to austerity than to chronic arthritis. p 123

The bells gave tongue: Gaude, Sabaoth, John, Jericho, Jubilee, Dimity, Batty Thomas and Tailor Paul, rioting and exulting high up in the dark tower, wide mouths rising and falling, brazen tongues clamouring, huge wheels turning to the dance of the leaping ropes. ... Up and down went the shadows of the ringers upon the walls, up and down went the scarlet sallies flickering roofwards and floorwards, up and down, hunting in their courses, went the bells of Fenchurch St. Paul. p 26
It can be read as a standalone mystery quite easily.

I keep saying that each book is my favorite (always excepting The Five Red Herrings), and I do so again after rereading this one. I have two more novels and will undoubtedly say the same after rereading each of them.

18thornton37814
Sep 7, 2:56pm Top

Happy new thread!

19EBT1002
Sep 7, 4:43pm Top

Happy New Thread, Karen!

20EllaTim
Sep 7, 8:04pm Top

Happy new thread Karen.

>17 karenmarie: I loved The Nine Tailors. That quote you gave : "rioting and exulting. " She writes so well.

21karenmarie
Sep 7, 8:24pm Top

>18 thornton37814: Thank you , Lori! and >19 EBT1002: Ellen!

>20 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella. I have loved DLS's writing ever since reading the first book. I can't remember which one, unfortunately. Thank God it wasn't The Five Red Herrings or I would have been off her permanently!

...
Jenna went back to Wilmington. No problems with her apartment and no problems in her part of town that she could see.

22richardderus
Sep 7, 9:33pm Top

Yay for damage-free Dorian, and for your delightful re-read, and a happy new thread.

I'm pretty miserable with my finger's infection, the antibiotics used to treat it make me feel crummy, and Old Stuff rolled in drunk and stinking filling my air with anger and fumes.

Grump.

23Familyhistorian
Sep 8, 2:30am Top

Happy new thread, Karen. Glad to see that Dorian didn't do much where you or Jenna are. It's now busy in Nova Scotia according to the news that I saw this evening. You are making me want to reread my Lord Peter Wimsey books.

24karenmarie
Sep 8, 9:29am Top

>22 richardderus: Yay indeed, and thanks. I'm so sorry about your finger, RD - somehow I missed that in my recent, admittedly slapdash, thread visits. Boo hiss to Old Stuff.

*smooch* from your own Horrible

>23 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg! I can hardly believe that Dorian is still going strong. I hope and think they'll retire the name. So much death and destruction in its path.

I'm thoroughly enjoying my year-long re-read of DLS's fiction. Two more novels and most of her short stories. I'm not nearly as fond of her short stories as I am of her novels, but most of them are clever and some of them are good insights into Peter and/or Bunter.

...
I was surprised that Serena lost to Andreescu - we watched from 6-3, 2-0. Bill has been totally disgusted with Ms. Williams since the 2010 US Open fiasco and refuses to watch her at all until yesterday. I think he wanted to watch her lose. I wanted to watch to see what could be happening to the woman who steamrolled everybody to get to the final. I don't think Andreescue was hungrier for it, so wonder what happened. I've been disgusted with her off and on since 2010, including last year at the Open, but wanted her to win for some reason.

Today is American Gridiron Football - the Rams vs my Panthers at 1 p.m. And I bailed on going to book club tonight because it's been a stressful week and I read no more than 10 pages of the book. So I'll probably watch the Dallas game at 4:25 if Bill can get it here, out of its region.

I've started a very interesting and provocative book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. 34 pages in and so far so good.

25msf59
Sep 8, 12:01pm Top

Happy Sunday, Karen. A cool, wet one here, so I am glad I am curled up inside for the rest of the day. My Bears played Thursday, (they lost!) so not much football watching for the Old Warbler!

26karenmarie
Sep 8, 12:32pm Top

Hi Mark! Thanks. Sorry your Bears lost. Feel better, and glad you don't have to work today.

27jnwelch
Sep 8, 1:34pm Top

Sending greetings from across the pond, Karen. I hope it's been a good weekend; I'll be pulling for your Panthers over the Rams.

28karenmarie
Sep 8, 2:45pm Top

Thanks, Joe! We're down 13-3 at the half, so pull hard!

29johnsimpson
Sep 8, 4:49pm Top

Hi Karen my dear, happy new thread. Hope you are having a really good weekend and send love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

30EBT1002
Edited: Sep 8, 6:34pm Top

>24 karenmarie: 2010 US Open fiasco? Do you mean 2018? And if so, does Bill know that Serena has shared that she went to therapy after that whole thing and that she reached out to Naomi Osaka and apologized, that the two of them have become friends subsequent to the incident? Saying all that, I still think the chair empire was out of line, but a professional should conduct oneself professionally and Serena herself has admitted that she did not. Anyway, I don't mean to get all defensive, but just thought I would share (for Bill's sake -- heh). And after all this, maybe something happened in 2010 that I'm not remembering.... *rolls eyes at self*

Last I checked the Rams were way ahead of the Panthers; sorry about that. I am not a Rams fan. And I think the Panther logo looks like our dear Abby so I tend to root for them unless they are playing Seattle. Now I'm watching my Seahawks alternate between brilliance and playing like poop. Being a sports fan is hard! :-)

I've not heard of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and will be interesting in how you like it. It's an intriguing title.

31karenmarie
Sep 8, 7:42pm Top

>29 johnsimpson: Hi John. Good weekend, pretty busy with Friends of the Library stuff, actually.

>30 EBT1002: Hi Ellen. I meant the 2009 US Open fiasco. I got the year wrong. It's the foot fault fiasco during her semi-final match with Clijsters. In the 2009 incident twice she walked towards the line judge, not close, but pointed her racket at her and whatever she said caused the line judge to go to the chair ump and complain. It went downhill from there. I've watched it on YouTube a couple of times.

Serena Tantrums at the US Open

Serena can get pretty ugly when things are called against her. I'm not going to get into an argument whether those things are correct or not, but she can be one mean customer. Unsportsmanlike conduct is pretty unacceptable to both of us.

I'm happy that Serena went into therapy and worked it out and apologized to Osaka, but Osaka cried during the awards. Her win was bittersweet because the focus was on Serena. If I was Serena I'd writhe everytime I looked at tapes of either match.

Having said that, I really wanted her to beat Andreescu yesterday for a lot of reasons. I hope she can win at least one more grand slam event. And not melt down when she's doing it.

Sigh. The Panthers lost 27-30. Had the new field goal kicker hit his first field goal, they would have gone into overtime... but it was his first NFL game and oh well. Graham Gano will be out all season, so this new kid needs to sharpen up.

Being a sport fan IS hard sometimes.

32drneutron
Edited: Sep 8, 9:42pm Top

Happy new thread!

33msf59
Edited: Sep 9, 6:42am Top

Morning, Karen. Still feeling rough around the old edges but I hope being out in the fresh air will give me a boost, plus 4 more work days until vacay. Enjoy your day.

Boo, about the Panthers loss.

34karenmarie
Sep 9, 7:09am Top

>32 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>33 msf59: 'Morning Mark! I hope you feel back to normal by the end of the day. And it's always fun to be on a vay-cay count down.

Sad about the Panthers, but oh well.

35richardderus
Sep 9, 9:59am Top

Imagine typing with this thing. So, no one wonder if they don't see more than an occasional drop-in.

36quondame
Edited: Sep 9, 10:39am Top

>35 richardderus: Ack! I do wish there is good hope of recovery soon!

37SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 9, 2:48pm Top

Some...individual...hit the fire alarm this morning at 4:00am and it wound up Parker tighter than a drum. And if Parker's not sleeping nobody's sleeping. So tired I'm in some kind of weird, strung-out whoo-whoo zone. People pay money to feel the way I do right now, and all I want to do is go to sleep.

And for Richard to get some relief. I'm so sorry.

38karenmarie
Sep 9, 6:02pm Top

>35 richardderus: Gentle pats and hugs, RD! I'm so sorry. This is all gout-related, right? *smooches* from your own Horrible

>36 quondame: Hi Susan.

>37 SomeGuyInVirginia: It is absolutely awful when you're woken up in the night, quite possibly having good dreams. I must admit that over the years I've flung kitties into remote rooms and shut the door on them until I could cope with their antics. I hope you get some good alarm-and-drummed-Parker-free sleep.

...
I'm whupped but for a different reason - Friends of the Library Board Meeting today, lots of blah blah. Tomorrow is book sorting though, which I like much better. Work was dreary because Vanessa is totally distraught by the decision she felt she had to make to get a job in FL so she could live with her husband. Her 3 adult children are up here, though, and I know that upsets her, and the main boss at work Tom isn't making it easy on her. He shouldn't, really, though, IMO, because she's only given him 2 weeks to find an office manager. She'll do critical bits remotely until he hires/trains someone, but still. I fully intended to stay this evening to help her, but she had gotten in at 6 a.m. and left at 4:15. So I did, too.

39msf59
Sep 10, 6:53am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Tuesday. Back to August weather here. Pushing 90 today and humid. Ugh. Good luck with the book sorting today.

40karenmarie
Sep 10, 7:36am Top

'Morning, Mark, and happy Tuesday to you, too. Sorry about the hot and humid weather.

41witchyrichy
Sep 10, 11:12am Top

Good morning and happy new thread!

Dorian kicked us all off the Outer Banks before I even had a chance to get there so staycationing a bit. Mostly thinking about just diving into work.

42SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 10, 4:22pm Top

I've booted Parker when I absolutely had to get some sleep. And I always boot him when he chews on wires. He could get badly hurt and it costs a fortune to replace those things. Someone told me I should swat his nose and I was genuinely shocked, I'd never hit an animal that wasn't trying to eat me.

How goes work?! Hehe. Have you made it clear that the future office manager isn't you? That you'd rather chew on tin foil than go back to work? Oh my god you're working now aren't you???!!!

I upgraded my interwebs at home and now I have to have a tech come out and do something techy thing to the wiring. They've turned my internet connection off until they can get out here, why I have no idea. I tried using my phone as a hot spot to run the tee-bee last night because I'm almost through the third season of The Good Place, but the screen continually froze up. Now if I want to know what time it is I have to look at the clock, and I turn the lights on and off by myself like in pioneer days.

43karenmarie
Sep 10, 4:55pm Top

>41 witchyrichy: Hi Karen and thanks. It's good that you weren't actually on the Outer Banks when Dorian hit. Staycation shouldn't be spent thinking about work. :(

>42 SomeGuyInVirginia: You're much sweeter than I am - I've bopped kitties on the nose and whacked their butts when they do things that aren't cool. This will jinx me, but I've never had a cat who chewed wires. There's lots of stuff on the interwebs about keeping kitties from chewing wires, don't know if any of it works.

Work is become less and less attractive since I know Vanessa will be gone next Friday, 9/20, and I've promised to stay 'til Christina at least comes back part time at the end of October. Le big sigh. Bill said the same thing to me about not letting them talk me into being the office manager. Lots of reasons why I wouldn't do it, not least of which is that I'm already coming unglued at not having enough alone time. The money would absolutely not be worth it, even if they gave me a salary equal to what Vanessa makes. Also, I don't know anything about payroll or taxes, so wouldn't actually be qualified. Nope and nope and nope.

I hope you get your interwebs back sooner than soon. I would have thought the hot spot would work... I do that sometimes here at the house for my computer if Bill's on the TV and sucking up all our bandwidth.

44ffortsa
Sep 10, 6:26pm Top

>43 karenmarie: oh, this is getting to be one of those sticky situations, isn't it? you try to do a good turn and end up having to say no more and more loudly. That said, Vanessa's two weeks notice is pretty standard, isn't it? Maybe the boss could get some sort of experienced temp in, and you could stay home.

45karenmarie
Sep 10, 9:01pm Top

I don't think it's going to get to the point of me having to say no, Judy. I certainly hope so. They're already trying to find a permanent replacement for Vanessa. It's really not my problem

46Berly
Sep 11, 12:24am Top

Hi Karen! Happy new one. Good luck with the office crisis. DOn't get sucked in...repeat after me: "no, No, NO!!" That should cover it. Hugs.

47msf59
Sep 11, 6:41am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. Another warm and humid one, but I am not complaining. 2 more work days and all my books are treating me well.

48karenmarie
Sep 11, 6:54am Top

>46 Berly: Hi Kim! Thanks. "no, No, NO!!" My new mantra.

>47 msf59: Hi Mark! It's amazing what we can tolerate when we've got the prospect of a vacation to look forward to. Yay for only 2 more work days.

49katiekrug
Sep 11, 10:17am Top

Just playing catch-up, Karen! Glad Dorian stayed well away from you and that Jenna's apartment was unscathed.

Have you started noting the days until the end of your part-time engagement on a sticky note yet? :)

50richardderus
Sep 11, 10:53am Top

Happy Salt-Mining Day, dear lady. *smooch*

51msf59
Sep 12, 6:59am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Stormy over night, but I think I will stay mostly dry through the work day. There will be a beer waiting for me, at the end of the shift. I am going to try and finish Beloved today, even if I switch to print.

52karenmarie
Sep 12, 7:13am Top

Hi Mark! You deserve a light load, dry, not humid last day before your vacation. As I wrote on your thread, you finally got me with Beloved and although I tried to check it out from the library or at least reserve it, all three of their copies were out, so broke down and bought it. I think it is supposed to arrive on Saturday.

53richardderus
Sep 12, 2:18pm Top

Hoping today's not a hideously humid one there like it is here. The weekend will bring gorgeous high-sixties and low-seventies days! Bring the jubilee.

*smooch*

54karenmarie
Sep 12, 9:03pm Top

I barely poked my nose out today, RD. And we had a pretty good rain shower late afternoon.

Glad you're going to get beautiful weekend weather. Looks like we're going to be in the mid-80s.

55LizzieD
Edited: Sep 12, 11:27pm Top

No rain here. Just heat and humidity; I wish that were not my September song. Anything is better than a hurricane though.
Happy to hear that all is well with Jenna in W'ton!
I'm sorry that le job is becoming less and less tolerable. You are no less dear for hanging in though.
I suspect that Beloved will blow you away, Karen - by which I mean that it blew me away.
The weekend is on its way!

56karenmarie
Sep 13, 6:57am Top

The job is okay when I'm there. The people are nice, the work isn't taxing. I'm just twitchy about my time and dealing with the weirdness of Vanessa leaving. The next two weeks will be even busier because I have to train Square users for the Friends of the Library book sale AND spend time setting up the book sale and then being at the book sale all Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Sept 26, 27, and 28.

Unfortunately it looks like there might be another storm - "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine" is out there. Right now they're not even showing it becoming a hurricane, but it's tracking similarly to Dorian.

57karenmarie
Sep 13, 5:15pm Top

78. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
9/7/19 to 9/13/19





From Amazon:

Wildly original, funny and moving, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an extraordinary story of a life lived again and again from World Fantasy Award-winning author Claire North.

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message."

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.


Why I wanted to read it: I wanted to read something that was Not a Mystery and Not Nonfiction but that had a bit of meat on its bones.

You cannot read this book without paying strict attention or you will miss a lot of plot, historical references, switches among Harry’s lives, and how his lives interweave with other characters and their lives. Harry is one of a small minority of humans who are what he calls Kalachakras, which is interesting use of a term used in Vajrayana Buddhism that means wheel of time or "time-cycles". Some Kalachakras remember everything from every life, some don’t. Those who do, interestingly called mnemonics, keep this information a secret within the secret of their being a Kalachakra. Kalachakras communicate backward and forward in time by sharing information just before a Kalachakra dies and is reborn again. When that child is old enough to understand and can pass on the information to another Kalachakra before she/he dies, the information/question moves back in time. It’s a fascinating concept and takes a while to wrap your mind around.

Harry worries about the message received, and he eventually comes to understand who and what may be the reason the message was necessary.

Too much more gives too much away, alas.

However, I can say that the writing is captivating. Harry is no more or less than what most of us are – a combination of good and bad tendencies and impulses, occasionally able to be altruistic, occasionally to be selfish. He is informative, engaging, and devastatingly honest with us.

My edition of the book has several interesting book club questions that by their nature give you an idea of some of the issues of the book. Here are a few:
Do you envy Harry August in any way? If you were destined to live your life over and over again, would you see it as a blessing or a curse?

“There is no loss, if you cannot remember what you have lost.” Discuss.

To what extent do you feel the choices you make in life are determined by fact you know your existence is finite?

Did the book make you see any of the events of the twentieth century in a different light?


There is a lot to think about if you are so inclined; if not, it’s a fun and challenging read with an ending that was satisfying.

58richardderus
Sep 13, 6:08pm Top

>57 karenmarie: You. Rotten. Horrible. Person.

How can I possibly resist FOUR AND A HALF STARS for a non-mystery, not-non-fiction read from you.

*trudges off to Ammy it up*

59karenmarie
Sep 13, 6:27pm Top

Ah, gotcha! Now, of course, there's the worry of hoping you love it as much as I did. *smooch*

And for those of you who might have wondered why RD calls me Horrible, now you know. *smile*

...
Something got me today - driving back from the bank/P.O. for work all of a sudden my eyes started itching and I started sneezing. 3 hours later it's a bit better after one Benadryl, but I still have itchy eyes and had a sneezing fit only about 20 minutes ago. What the heck?!!???

61ChelleBearss
Sep 13, 7:17pm Top

Happy new thread! Hope you enjoy your weekend

62EllaTim
Sep 14, 5:32am Top

>57 karenmarie: Interesting review, Karen!

Have a good weekend.

63msf59
Sep 14, 7:38am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday! Good review of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. I have been meaning to get to that one. Heading to your part of the country. Looking forward to revisiting the Carolinas.

64SandyAMcPherson
Sep 14, 8:33am Top

>59 karenmarie: all of a sudden my eyes started itching and ...

Happens that food allergies can do this. Might be a good idea to write a list of the food and beverages you had in the several hours before. One always thinks "I'll remember that" and then when it happens again, can't remember... (experience speaking here).

Good luck with figuring this out!

65karenmarie
Sep 14, 8:45am Top

>60 richardderus: *smooch*

>61 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle. No major plans, thank goodness – I still have a sinus headache from yesterday’s allergic attack.

>62 EllaTim: Thank you Ella.

>63 msf59: Happy vacation Saturday to you, Mark! Thanks re my review.

>64 SandyAMcPherson: Hi Sandy. I hadn’t eaten anything at all yesterday that I’d not eaten before. Brekkie was the exact same as Thursday, and, strangely enough, yesterday’s lunch was out at the same restaurant as I went to on Wednesday. Boringly enough, I got the exact same thing. Thinking it over, though, I had ½ of a fortune cookie about 12:45 and hadn’t touched the fortune cookie on Wednesday. But this was two and a half hours later and I’ve had fortune cookies before. The only other thing I can think of is that I was on the shop floor for about 10 minutes with one of the owners looking at some material called 3-form. The shop is dusty and I’m usually only out in it for the thirty seconds it takes for me to take timeclock reports to be approved by the guys. That was less than an hour before the attack… hmmm.

66karenmarie
Sep 14, 10:07am Top

I just spoke with my husband Bill about the shop dust theory and he thinks it's probably the right one. He works upstairs at the company I'm temping at (friend Vanessa got him the interview when he needed a job almost 3 years ago, for which I'm forever grateful) and has had sneezing fits off and on over the almost 3 years he's been there. It's very fine corian, quartz, granite, and 3-form dust and something must have triggered in me.

And I'm putting this cartoon here, just to keep note of it. I just found it on Sandy's thread. It's already in LT, so I won't import it again, but want to keep track of it for an appropriate day.

67jessibud2
Sep 14, 10:42am Top

>66 karenmarie: - Interesting theory. Why doesn't the company supply/provide face masks. People in high pollution cities wear them all the time. Even here in Toronto I sometimes see people wearing them (I always assume they have allergies or sensitivities because our air is generally ok, except around constructions sites or the like). Also, maybe they need to be alerted to what happened to you and Bill. If no one says anything, they may legitimately not know and if they don't know, they can't do anything. But if they know and still don't acknowledge or do anything, well, seems that would be a case for some sort of action.

And thanks for that cartoon. I have just copied it, myself, and I am quite sure it will come in handy for me, lol!

68streamsong
Sep 14, 12:08pm Top

Good morning, Karen!

Great, intriguing review of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. I'll add it to the neverendlinglist.

The allergy thing sounds scary (ack! - while driving) and uncomfortable. Hope you figure it out soon.

And I'm of course wishing the best for all with the tropical storms forming along the coast.

69SandyAMcPherson
Sep 14, 9:33pm Top

>66 karenmarie:, >67 jessibud2: Good ol' Luce!
"I post to serve" ~

while probably breaking all the copyright rules in every jurisdiction that has an English language forum. Snag away! I assumed (perhaps erroneously) that y'all could snag the location out of my junk drawer, no?

The Peanuts gang are such a poignant, visual source of emotional persona. I love how philosophical the kids are and that Lucy is patently going to be "in your face" when she's mad or crabby.

70karenmarie
Sep 14, 11:25pm Top

>67 jessibud2: Very small company, not that is really an excuse. I’ll mention it to Vanessa on Monday, but she’s leaving. I don’t know what, if anything else, I’ll do.

You’re welcome for the cartoon.

>68 streamsong: Hi Janet! Thank you re Harry August. Ha. The neverendinglist. That’s how I feel. Within this last week the following books have come into the house that I want to read RIGHT NOW: the new Louise Penny (borrowed from a friend), Beloved by Toni Morrison and The Body Lies by Jo Baker, both from Amazon. I also need to read A Woman in Jerusalem by A.J. Yehoshua for next month’s book club.

A surfeit of potentially good reads.

I’m almost 100% confident that it was the shop dust. I feel fully recovered. I don’t plan on testing the hypothesis by spending any more time out there than I have to in order to drop off time clock reports on Mondays. In fact, I’m going to clock in and out at my desk using the software on the server instead.

The storm now named Humberto is supposed to veer east way before the US Eastern Coast. Keeping fingers crossed.

>69 SandyAMcPherson: Thank you kindly, Sandy, for Lucy. I didn’t go to your junk drawer, I simply right clicked on the image, left clicked on the bottom option, Properties, which opened a Properties window, displaying the url. I copied it, closed the Properties window, went to my thread, did the chevron enclosed “img src=” code with the pasted url. Voila! I use a PC with Windows 8.1, don't know how it works on fruit products.

Well, Bill finally talked me into watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I'm so glad he did. We watched 3 episodes and will watch more tomorrow. We laughed uproariously.

71karenmarie
Edited: Sep 15, 9:13am Top

I've picked up A Better Man by Louise Penny. She's at it again.
Gamache spoke clearly. And slowly. Choosing his words carefully and swallowing the ones that were screaming to get out. Though his outrage was evident. In his extreme stillness. And in each tightly. Controlled. Word. pp. 40-41
Heavy. Sigh.

72BLBera
Sep 15, 11:11am Top

>71 karenmarie: Yes, she could definitely lose some of the fragments. I just finished and enjoyed the book, but would like some more editing.

I also loved The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, very original.

Serena should keep her cool, but there is no tennis player who has received more bad calls than she has. In fact, that is one of the reason they instituted the challenge system. Here's an essay by Claudia Rankin about her. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/magazine/the-meaning-of-serena-williams.html

73karenmarie
Sep 15, 12:40pm Top

Hi Beth!

Have you read anything else by North?

Thanks for the article about Serena, but I can't read it without creating a NYTimes account, which I really don't want to do. It appears that Rankine has written a lot about her, so might try to get her ideas from other sources.

74BLBera
Sep 15, 1:41pm Top

Some of the articles are similar, Karen. Sorry the link didn't work for you. She brings up a lot of examples of the racist attitudes that Serena has endured, as well as unfair calls.

I haven't read other things by North, but several of her books sound interesting. I have 84K on my shelf. One of these days...

75drneutron
Sep 15, 9:02pm Top

Great review of First 15 Lives. I loved it when I read it last year!

76karenmarie
Edited: Sep 15, 10:08pm Top

>74 BLBera: I'll look for her articles. I'll be interested in what she says.

84K sounds interesting. I'll keep my eyes peeled for other adult fiction by North - she also writes YA under her real name of Catherine Webb and under Kate Griffin.

>75 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. It was the right book at the right time.

Today I started a book that quickly became the wrong book at the wrong time. I got to page 53 before realizing I just could not cope with A Better Man, the newest in the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny. I found myself being more critical of her writing than appreciative of the story. Back it goes to Rhoda, who will donate it to the book sale.

Hmmm. Gotta find another read.

77nittnut
Sep 15, 10:13pm Top

Hi Karen! Lots to catch up with here.
I am rooting for the end of October and the end of the temp job. :) Funny thing - we have been in Florida and the Keys, etc. for the last week. Last night, driving home, we hopped out of the car in South Carolina for dinner. Half an hour later, we were all sneezing and stuffed up. The kids theory is that we are allergic to the Carolinas, but OK in Florida. It's possible. I have no idea about Georgia, we never got out of the car there...

I am sorry that the Penny was a disappointment. *SIGH* I may just listen to it. It might be easier not to have to read fragments. We are hoping to make the book sale on Thursday. It being the only day we can come. I just have to move an allergist appointment. Only problem is I can't remember the allergist's name. Drat these once a year appointments.

78LizzieD
Sep 15, 11:45pm Top

O.K. Doggone, Horrible. *15 Lives* is solidly on the wish list.
I'm sorry about that allergy, and I'm pretty sure you're right about that dust. Sounds really bad.
>76 karenmarie: You know I can't read Penny for just that reason. I keep hoping that I'll get back to her and find the love, but that snippit makes me doubt.
Hope you're off to a good week that will bring you that much closer to the end of October.

79karenmarie
Sep 16, 7:18am Top

>77 nittnut: Hi Jenn! Ha. Allergic to the Carolinas. You've already mentioned that Mr. E is allergic to NC, looks like it's the whole family!

When I lived in California and lived in the first house I ever bought on my own, my drive to work got interesting in the spring because there was something on my route that brought on itchy eyes, streaming nose, and sneezing. By the time I got to work I was fine.

Penny might be fine to listen to - you'll have to report back. For now, once again, I'm done with her. I haven't bought the last two books but read Kingdom of the Blind and liked but not loved it. This one was unreadable.

>78 LizzieD: 'Morning, Peggy! I'd say I'm sorry about giving you a BB, but I'm not... *smile*

I'm fully recovered from the Shop Dust Allergic Reaction.

You would go crazy with A Better Man, in my opinion. With so many books on your shelves and so many at libraries and book stores, you won't be missing anything.

Coffee's made and first two sips taken. It's going to be a busy, busy week - after work I have to do some credit card processing training for the book sale. I've got 3 folks coming to the library at 6:30. It's not worth it to go to home then backtrack 8 miles to the library, so I think I'll make a Costco run after leaving work at 4:30. Should give me enough time.

80ffortsa
Sep 16, 1:15pm Top

Oof. Another Penny. I'm sure she doesn't get closely edited - most successful writers don't. But I'll probably read it anyway. It's the sanctimoniousness that gets to me, but I like the supporting cast.

81karenmarie
Sep 16, 3:48pm Top

I think that an editor should take care of their author and edit them to achieve their best. I've never been an editor and don't know how it would be dealing with a Very Successful Writer and trying to curb their worse impulses.

Personally, I think Penny's characters have become caricatures of themselves. And she definitely doesn't write a character with either subtlety or complexity anymore, except for Gamache.

82FAMeulstee
Sep 16, 5:14pm Top

Thank you, Karen, for making me less sorry for myself as the publisher quitted translating Louise Penny's books after book 9 ;-)

83karenmarie
Sep 16, 10:01pm Top

You're very welcome Anita, glad my complaints make you feel better about missing out on the later Penny books. Of course, being absolutely honest, there would be a good chance that a good translator would make her shine in Dutch... but there are so many other books, so many other authors.

I don't know how a translator would render the example in my >71 karenmarie: above, but here's Google Translate's attempt:
Gamache sprak duidelijk. En langzaam. Kies zijn woorden zorgvuldig en slik degenen die schreeuwden eruit. Hoewel zijn verontwaardiging duidelijk was. In zijn extreme stilte. En in elk strak. Gecontroleerd. Woord.
Good or bad?

84msf59
Sep 17, 7:37am Top

Morning, Karen. Greetings from South Carolina. Having a very good time. This is a beautiful part of the country. We head to my brother's house in Hendersonville tomorrow.

Hope all is well with you.

85karenmarie
Sep 17, 7:49am Top

Hi Mark! So glad you're having a good time. Safe travels to Hendersonville.

Doing well - getting busy with FoL book sale stuff. Lots of training for Square cashier volunteers. It never takes any more than about 15 minutes each, but has to be scheduled and attended.

Yesterday I learned that the woman out on maternity leave will be returning October 14th - full time 5 hrs/day at work and 3 hrs/day from home. So I'll be done on the 11th. There's 0% chance I'll agree to continue working for them. no. No. NO. NO!!! (I'm practicing my No.)

86PawsforThought
Sep 17, 8:47am Top

>85 karenmarie: Oh, great news about the end of work in sight! October 14th - that's less than a month.

87FAMeulstee
Sep 17, 4:21pm Top

>83 karenmarie: LOL!
Google translate makes terrible faults, but you made the point clear ;-)

>85 karenmarie: Yes, Karen, you can say "NO"!

88brenzi
Sep 17, 9:49pm Top

Interesting that so many of us are put off by Louise Penny's writing and yet continue to read and enjoy the books. I would guess those on LT are much more critical of her than the thousands who show up at her readings and personal appearances. I still enjoy her characters and the cozy setting she creates so I'll probably continue reading her. Yet I'd never tolerate this kind of stuff from other writers. 🤷‍♀️

As far as Serena goes, I agree with John McEnroe who described her as the best all around athlete to ever grace this earth. I read Claudia Rankine's NY Times piece and the awful racist taunts she's had to deal with alone give her a lot of latitude in my book. I'd just like to see her break the hateful Margaret Court's record.

89LizzieD
Sep 17, 11:08pm Top

WOW! WOW! WOW! CONGRATULATIONS on getting off work early!!!! I'm happy for you. I've decided that the retired should stay retired. You're doing way more than enough for the FoL.
Hmmm. Maybe I should put my Pennys on PBS. I'll think about it.

90jnwelch
Sep 18, 6:02am Top

Hiya, Karen. Here's to your finishing for good on the 11th!

We head back to U.S. shores tomorrow. It's been a grand time.

91karenmarie
Sep 18, 7:21am Top

>86 PawsforThought: Yes! Ten days, to be exact because I will not be able to work on Friday the 27th – book sale.

Here’s the official countdown note.



>87 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita. I’m rather excited about getting back to true retirement, so I hope they don’t even ask. If they do, though, I will say NO!

>88 brenzi: It might be the magic of Three Pines, although that doesn’t even work for me anymore, Bonnie.

Serena is definitely the female GOAT, but my personal fav, Roger Federer, is the male GOAT, and even if his Grand Slam record gets equaled or broken, will still remain the most graceful tennis player to ever play. So I don’t exactly agree with Johnnie Mac, but can see his point. Serena can’t be beat for sheer athleticism, Roger can’t be beat for sheer grace.

Anybody willing to copy the article to a word document and e-mail it to me?

>89 LizzieD: Thanks, dear friend. That’s a good quote – The Retired Should Stay Retired. Yes the FoL keeps me busy. I want to give up the Treasurer's job at the end of this fiscal year, which will be June 30, 2020.

Drastic move to get rid of the Pennys, but as she’s now unreadable for me, I might need to cull them too. I would get depressed reading the early ones again, knowing the devolution of her writing style to what is for me, an inability to continue the series.

>90 jnwelch: Hiya Joe! Thanks. (practices the word NO! again) Safe trip home to you.


Work today then a 6 pm. Square training session for one of my returning Square Squad members.

92PawsforThought
Sep 18, 8:09am Top

>91 karenmarie: Love the countdown note!

93figsfromthistle
Sep 18, 8:24am Top

>91 karenmarie: Hooray! Ten days left till you retire! Enjoy :)

94richardderus
Sep 18, 11:23am Top

Hey Horrible! *smooch* Here's to the end of unretirement.

95weird_O
Sep 18, 12:11pm Top

Keep on keepin' on, Karen. I imagine it'll be nice to retire for the second time. This time you'll be experienced and know the pitfalls, so it'll be a better experience. No backsliding, you hear?

Hit the book sale in Bethlehem last Saturday, which had a smaller than usual crowd (which was nice for browsing though not nice for proceeds). I found some nice stuff: Jo Nesbo's Hogarth Shakespeare version of Macbeth, Mary Roach's sex book (Bonk), The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker...well complete as of 10 years ago.

This Saturday is a $5-a-bag sale in Pottstown, which gives me a chance to visit my brother. The following Saturday is another $5-a-bag sale in Kutztown.

I sure do appreciate the fine work volunteers (like you) do to mount these sales for me...uh, I mean, to raise money for the libraries.

96SandDune
Sep 18, 3:45pm Top

>57 karenmarie: I very much enjoyed The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August as well. I've also enjoyed Touch, although not quite as good as Harry August.

97Familyhistorian
Sep 18, 6:46pm Top

Hi Karen, it must feel like such a relief to have a definite date to leave. I bet you won’t be tempted if someone offers you a temporary job again.

98msf59
Sep 19, 7:45am Top

Morning, Karen. We are in Hendersonville. I love your state. I hope I can convince my wife to move here, in a few years. We are visiting Chimney Rock today.

Congrats, on the second retirement. How exciting.

99karenmarie
Sep 19, 8:07am Top

>92 PawsforThought: I just made a new countdown post-it note and … well… posted it on my monitor. Slow and steady wins the race.

>93 figsfromthistle: Now that I’m in the home stretch, so to speak, I am getting a bit of my exuberance back.

>94 richardderus: Hiya, RD! I like that. The End of Unretirement.

>95 weird_O: This stint of working after retirement makes me appreciate retirement even more, if that’s possible. As my husband says, NAVY – Never Again Volunteer Yourself.

Yay for all the book sales coming up for you. Bag days and brother visits sound wonderful. You’re welcome regarding the sales FoLs have – personally I love watching people find books that excite them. I love finding books that excite me, too.

>96 SandDune: Hi Rhian! I’ll be keeping my eye out for other books by Claire North. It’s like when I bought my first Volvo in 1987 – I never saw them on the road until I had one myself. Then I saw them everywhere – I hope it’s the same for Claire North books.

>97 Familyhistorian: Meg, it reminds me how much I value my alone time. See above – NAVY – and I can’t think of any reason for me to want to ever work again. I even want to end my tenure as Treasurer of our FoL in June, which is the end of our fiscal year. Three years is enough.

>98 msf59: So glad you love NC, Mark. You’re in a beautiful part of the state. Most parts are beautiful, come to think of it… Have fun at Chimney Rock.

Yup. Second retirement. 9 work days to go.


No plans today until 5:15 p.m., when I’ll meet Bill and friend Carl for dinner. Joy. Rapture.

And now to go get my first mug of coffee.

100SandyAMcPherson
Sep 19, 11:02am Top

Delurking here to say Hi. It's been a busy round of appointments, mostly done now.

Re Louise Penny: I was so done by Book 3 although I did go on to read Book 4... it made me sad that (IRL), the Sûreté du Québec was (is?) so corrupt. It was a real fact that whoever Gamache 'represents' was indeed treated similarly to the non-fictional character.

101karenmarie
Sep 19, 11:28am Top

Hi! Nice to see you here.

I don't remember in which book I actually started noticing the poor writing/editing, but it was definitely before I finally stopped buying them.

102richardderus
Sep 19, 1:21pm Top

*smooch* I finished up (and even blogged!) my review of Lie With Me: A Novel which goodness knows it isn't (a novel, that is, it's a récit). My hands are worse with this not-quite-gone infection. An hour spent sitting tomorrow to see the doc...sigh...but at least I don't have to leave the building!

I'm going to copy Mark and do some Lightning Round stuff and Pearl Rule stuff here soon.

103karenmarie
Sep 19, 2:28pm Top

Hi RD!

I love the Lightning Round idea, will be happy to read your entries. I've Karen Rule'd the following:
77 Shadow Street Dean Koontz audiobook 3.5 hrs
A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth 234 pages
David Copperfield Charles Dickens 262 pages
A Better Man Louise Penny 52 pages

*smooch*

104richardderus
Sep 19, 2:45pm Top

>103 karenmarie: Yay you for eliminating books that don't bring you joy! Toodle-oo tedium.

105BLBera
Sep 19, 7:47pm Top

Sorry A Better Man didn't work for you, Karen. I read on someone else's thread that they listened to it, and that it was much better.

My philosophy about grammatical errors if I don't have to grade it, I can live with it. :) And, let's face it, I read much worse stuff from my students every day.

106karenmarie
Sep 19, 10:13pm Top

>104 richardderus: Thanks, RD! I even prefer folding clothes to finishing those books... *smooch*

>105 BLBera: Me too, Beth. I realize I'm in the minority here. I just listened to the Audible sample but it sounded like Dudley Moore in Milo and Otis... Good thought, but nope.

Your philosophy is good. Your comparison with what you read from your students makes it acceptable. I have no students and compare it to Dorothy Sayers's writing which prevents it from being acceptable.

...
I'm in a ratty mood. All first world problems, all irritating and making me mad at myself for letting them get to me.

Blech. It's time to go read my totally excellent book, The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz and get a good night's sleep in order to finish Day Nine. Tomorrow evening's joy will be changing the post it note to 8.

107weird_O
Sep 19, 10:21pm Top

Sales three Saturdays in a row doesn't seem to be enough. My errands route happened to take me past a Goodwill store and the car—I didn't realize it was one of those self-driving models—steered me into the parking lot. What could I do?

Naturally, a couple of titles I already have were slipped into the shopping cart while my attention was diverted. Boy, I hate that.

108LizzieD
Sep 19, 11:14pm Top

>106 karenmarie: I am so with you on being mad at myself for being down about first world problems. Could it be that we're both human????
>105 BLBera: I disagree a bit, Beth. I never had to pay good $ to read my students' lousy writing. Because my $ is a relatively scarce commodity, I think I deserve decent editing even if the author doesn't care about writing well. I feel the same about my own writing ..... nobody has to pay to read it, so I don't worry about it.

109richardderus
Sep 20, 9:49am Top

110quondame
Sep 20, 5:33pm Top

>109 richardderus: You're being graphic today!

111karenmarie
Edited: Sep 20, 8:44pm Top

>107 weird_O: A self-driving car, you say? Bravo! And, it knows exactly where to go. Too bad those dups just jumped into your shopping cart. (I love the LT app - shows me what's on my shelves and has saved dozens and dozens of dup purchases since I installed it.)

You are a bibliomaniac, Bill. Bibliomaniac: one who has an excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books.

>108 LizzieD: Yes we are human, dear Peggy. Some problems are worse than others, granted, but stress is stress regardless of how acquired.

I was never a teacher. However, I do remember some of my ah, literary? efforts in Honors English and now feel sad for Mrs. Miller, Mr. Tidgewell, and Mr. … Larry something... My 11th grade year book is upstairs and I can’t remember his name. And let’s not get started on the poetry I wrote in high school, which I have saved, and which I made the mistake of showing to Jenna about 7 or 8 years ago. She still snickers at some of my more ridiculous efforts. Heck, I snicker at some of them, too.

>109 richardderus: Yesss!!! I’ve changed the 9 to an 8. After Monday I’ll need a new post it because 8 won’t change to 7 and still be aesthetically pleasing.

>110 quondame: It’s a very pretty 9, Susan, don’t you think? Crisp lines, shiny.


So work was okay if tiring. Lunch out, paid for by one of the bosses, for Vanessa’s last day. Bill and I couldn’t come back onto our street until after 6 p.m. because of some scheduled road repairs. We had dinner in town then tried to turn into our street at about 6:10 and were met with Orange Cones blocking the road and a sign that said “Please do not drive on the road until Saturday 6 a.m.” Apparently the patches needed more curing time than had been calculated. This was not a good thing to see after a tiring day, plus Bill’s knee isn’t happy with anything longer than about fifty yards or so before hurting and puffing up. We live ½ mile away from that blasted sign. I called neighbor Larry because he’d called me at about 5:50 and I hadn't heard my phone buzz. I thought it was about the road being blocked. It wasn’t – he told me that he’d walked an Amazon package down to our house and left it on the side porch. I asked him how we were expected to get home when Bill couldn’t possibly walk half a mile. He said he’d get other neighbor Corey to drive his golf cart to pick us up. Corey showed up about 5 minutes later and we were whisked home. Very stressful. And since I thought we’d have to walk all the way home, I left the pizza in the car. I was looking forward to breakfast pizza. However, thanks all around to Corey, Larry, and other neighbor Bruce who had Corey’s cell phone number. Thank goodness we don’t have to be on the road before 6 a.m. tomorrow!

And now it’s off to do some reading and sleeping.

112quondame
Sep 20, 9:10pm Top

>111 karenmarie: richardderus always makes elegant choices.

Yeah for good neighbors!

113msf59
Edited: Sep 21, 7:05am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Last day in the Carolinas. We had a great day exploring a small chunk of the Blueridge Parkway yesterday with those magnificent vistas, and then hit downtown Asheville for a couple of brews. We head back to Greenville around noon,to catch our flight.

114karenmarie
Sep 21, 8:37am Top

>112 quondame: You're right, Susan! And last night I forgot to thank middleman Bruce so just now did so with an e-mail.

>113 msf59: Hi Mark! Happy Saturday to you, too. We love the Blueridge. Safe flight home after what sounds like a wonderful vacation.

...
Today I'll be training a person for the book sale at 1 p.m. at the library, then heading out to get my nails done because it will be the last time without inconvenience that I'll be able to do so before the sale.

For now it's coffee and my book for a bit.

Last night got down to 51 degrees. Yay.

115richardderus
Sep 21, 9:08am Top

Hey Horrible, sounds like an unpleasant Friday evening birthed a nice Saturday. Sip well, have an easy training, and *smooch*

>112 quondame: *blush*

116karenmarie
Sep 21, 9:43am Top

Thanks, RD! Time for leftover pizza for brekkie and a chapters of The Word is Murder.

117SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 21, 1:05pm Top

I was outside of Richmond last weekend and the trees have turned much more than outside of DC. I think the Eastern Shore, and you, are experiencing colder weather than we are, which is nuts because you are far further south than I.

>112 quondame: Ricardo has one of the most beautiful minds I've come across. He also had nice hands, which is even more important.

Hair cut, Boy Scout sale (Carmel corn, yum), making a donation to the local military charity, and catching up on episodes of Still Game on Netflix. My god, when will we stop sending 19 year olds to foreign lands? (No you can't smoke, drink, or look at porn but here's a gun to shoot bad guys with. Now git busy. Breaks my heart.)

I read a review of Gaudy Night in the Slightly Foxed quarterly and will give it another try. I absolutely hated it when I read it the first time!

Much love, Karen, you are very special.

118richardderus
Sep 21, 1:22pm Top

>117 SomeGuyInVirginia: *blush*

...wait...there's a minimum age for watching PORN?! Jeez, the boys only have to be 18 to make it!

119Familyhistorian
Sep 21, 4:28pm Top

Hope your countdown goes quickly, Karen, and good luck with your resignation from the FOL treasurer job!

120karenmarie
Sep 21, 5:26pm Top

>117 SomeGuyInVirginia: I’m looking around here at the house and only see a few leaves turning – mostly a few going paleish green in anticipation of yellow, I suppose. It was 51F at the house this morning. Joy.

We do love our RD, don’t we?

Boy Scout caramel corn is wonderful, but we got turned off by how much it started costing. Yes, cute boys and all and doing good stuff, but gouging shouldn’t be taught as a merit badge. Haven’t watched Still Game. We’re watching and loving The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel but Bill got a bee in his bonnet last night and we watched 3 10-minute episodes of State of the Union. It’s bizarre and clever.

Boys are always cannon fodder for the old men who wage war.

You should read Strong Poison and Have His Carcase before you read Gaudy Night, Larry. You won’t understand much of the dynamic between Peter and Harriet without the backstory. Just sayin’.

*blush* Thank you.

>118 richardderus: I know, I’m a copy cat for *blush*, but it’s entirely appropriate. Larry is dishing out the good stuff today.

>119 Familyhistorian: Thanks Meg! 8 more days. The Treasurer job will be a bit more difficult in that someone else really needs to take it over and I need to find my replacement. I’ve got 9 months to do so.

121EllaTim
Sep 21, 8:13pm Top

Hi Karen, congratulations on being able to quit the job! And hurray for neighbors with golf carts.

Good luck finding a new Treasurer!

122richardderus
Sep 21, 10:56pm Top

>120 karenmarie: I myownself think that Larry got into the cooking sherry. How he does talk!

123LizzieD
Sep 21, 11:44pm Top

I don't know, but I always look at men's hands..... just saying.
Today was wonderful again - we walked this afternoon. I hate to think of it heating back up even a little, but apparently it's going to.
Enjoy tomorrow too, dear Karen!

124EBT1002
Sep 22, 12:13am Top

Hi Karen. I Love that you are on a countdown to the end of the temp job. It sounds like it has not been a good place to be spending your time!

I'm also rather pleased to see your critical eye on the work of Louise Penny. I like but don't love her series and I haven't really been able to say why. I will continue with the series. My next one is The Brutal Telling. I just checked and I read A Rule Against Murder in 2017. Clearly I haven't been in a hurry to return to Three Pines!

125FAMeulstee
Sep 22, 7:37am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen!

>111 karenmarie: OMG, that would have send me right into panick mode. Not being able to return home, glad you have such nice neighbors.

126karenmarie
Sep 22, 7:58am Top

>121 EllaTim: Hi Ella. Yes, I’m so happy it’s ending earlier than later. I was expecting it to go until the end of October. I sorta thought the golf cart was ridiculous for our neighborhood before it rescued us, but no more. Thanks re the Treasurer’s job.

>122 richardderus: Cooking sherry? Nah. Champagne or something else effervescent. I’m all for it.

>123 LizzieD: ‘Morning, Peggy! I look at everybody’s hands. I’m so conscious of mine, but less so when I get my nails done. I like to see what other women do as far as manicures/colors/clear/none.

It’s quite gorgeous out, warmer than yesterday morning, but a nice crisp 67.

Today will be book sale set up from 9:30 to 4. I’m going to pace myself. I have two helpers and one additional sorter for fiction/mystery since the ‘leader’ of fiction/mystery, Rhoda, is in California with her husband. A niece is getting married, apparently, and they will also visit her husband’s mother, who is somewhere in the 99-101 range. Rhoda will turn 80 in November.

>124 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen. It hasn’t been bad as much as intrusive into my introvert Me time. I’ll appreciate the money – it goes into a Karen Slush Fund – and I know it helped Vanessa out.

I’ve loved the Three Pines series but gotten sick of the deterioration of her writing. Kingdom of the Blind was okay, but here’s a link to my review of Glass Houses if you’re interested in specifics. Glass Houses review

I started reading the series in 2010, got caught up, then have read one a year for 8 years before deciding to not read this year’s entry.

127msf59
Edited: Sep 22, 9:44am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Thanks, for keeping my thread warm, while I was away cavorting. We did not get home until almost 11pm, last night, so I am a bit frazzled, but I do have a pair of cushion days, to get some more R & R in, before returning to work on Tuesday. Enjoy your day.


128richardderus
Sep 22, 10:06am Top

>126 karenmarie: Hey Horrible, happy booksaling today. *smooch*

129karenmarie
Sep 22, 8:08pm Top

>127 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks and you're welcome. Yay for cavorting. And yay for 2 more days before you go back to work.

>128 richardderus: Thanks, RD! Busy and tiring, but I came home and my Panthers were tied 7-7 and went on to win it 38-20 with baby quarterback Kyle Allen in only his second start. I'm happy.

There's still a lot to do, but I have to go to work tomorrow so it's going to have to be Rhoda and whoever else can help her. I can go in Tuesday afternoon if they still need more sorting done. It's a long, complicated, and political story, but the upshot is that until Rhoda retires fiction and mystery are sorted separately. Fiction and mystery may be combined, at least for softcover, thereafter. It's a pain in the ass and there are always last minute adjustments depending on how much is softcover fiction and how much is softcover mystery. If they were combined it wouldn't matter, although we'd still probably sort hardcover fiction from mystery.

I was given a shiny brand new softcover copy of In the Garden of Beasts because the man who 'owns' history/nonfiction had another copy or two. For my volunteer book I took The Underground Railroad, a beautiful hardcover copy with perfect dust jacket. And for my second volunteer book (for my coming Wednesday get-the-cash efforts) I took a loverly trade softcover copy of These Old Shades.

130karenmarie
Sep 22, 8:14pm Top

Anybody want a mass market paperback copy of These Old Shades? Spine creased and pages very lightly tanned, but a good tight reading copy. PM me with your real name/address.

131msf59
Sep 23, 7:43am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Monday! I only utter those last words, every 5 weeks or so. Quiet day planned and it looks like a cool, comfortable day. A bird stroll or two and then the books.

132jnwelch
Sep 23, 8:49am Top

Hi, Karen. Just checking in. I'd take you up on These Old Shades (a good one!), but I already have it.

133richardderus
Sep 23, 5:56pm Top

>130 karenmarie: You already gifted me a fresh, clean MM edition! *smooch* for that again.

134karenmarie
Sep 23, 9:24pm Top

>131 msf59: Hi Mark! Happy (end of) Monday to you, too. Glad you're getting to relax after your vacation!

>132 jnwelch: Hi Joe.

>133 richardderus: Ah yes, RD. One of my absolute favs by Ms. Heyer.

...
SEVEN. Number of work days before I'm done. New post-it on monitor.

Came home a bit early, made a pot of vegetable beef soup. Tomorrow's busy, but with non-work stuff - getting my car serviced, getting a massage, checking in on the library to see what the status of the fiction/mystery sorting is, and then home.

135LizzieD
Sep 23, 11:22pm Top

You are one busy woman. I hope that when all this is over, you can retreat to your reading place and get yourself back!
Hands --- mine were pretty once before Arthur Ride Us got to work on the first knuckles.
Keep breathing and stand still every now and then!

136msf59
Sep 24, 6:54am Top

Morning, Karen. All good things come to an end. Off to work...At least the weather will be pleasant.

BTW- My feeders have been hopping. All the usual residents.

137karenmarie
Edited: Sep 24, 7:40am Top

>135 LizzieD: 'Morning, Peggy! I am busy, no doubt about it. I'd be busy this week with the book sale regardless of work, but combined makes me slightly crazy. I'm looking forward to October 14th.

My mom had ARU in her pinky fingers only, as I recall, and my dad not at all. I apparently have it in my thumbs according to my doctor and chiropractor, but so far they don't look ARU-y.

Stand still. Breathe. Listen to the birds - I've got a window open - feel Inara rubbing up against my legs, drink the first wonderful sips of coffee. It's all good.

>136 msf59: Hi Mark! I hope your day goes well. My feeders are absolutely quiet at the moment, but the seed is way down in both. I saw a hummingbird yesterday but none so far this morning.

ETA: Just saw a hummingbird take a nice long drink, and there's a male Cardinal at the sunflower seed feeder.

138richardderus
Sep 24, 11:28am Top

Happy mining, Salty. *smooch*

139karenmarie
Sep 24, 9:29pm Top

Hi RD!

Today was errands and reading. I finished The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz and really enjoyed it. I may or may not write a review, but I gave it 4*. It was interesting and fun.

Tomorrow is work but leaving early to go get cash for the cash boxes and taking it to the Library for the sale.

I'm also returning Rhoda's copy of A Better Man that she's donating to the sale and the copy of Bibliophile that I had borrowed from the donations that I was sorting 3 weeks ago. We're on the honor system, and we can borrow books if we return them. If it's still on the shelves Thursday at 10 a.m., one hour after the sale starts, I'll buy it.

140richardderus
Sep 24, 9:41pm Top

>139 karenmarie: I remembered you as training someone today, and thought that was entirely work-y enough. I hope you get to adopt Bibliophile permanently!

141msf59
Sep 25, 6:39am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. A little rain passing through but it should end up being a good day to walk the route.

142karenmarie
Edited: Sep 25, 12:23pm Top

>140 richardderus: I'm glad the training fell through, RD - I got home about 2 and had a few quiet hours before The Idiot Box got turned on. *smile*

>141 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! Happy Wednesday to you, too.

...
I've started Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. I took a BB from quondame and immediately acquired it.

143jnwelch
Sep 25, 8:51am Top

Yay for The Word is Murder! Our daughter and I had a great time with it, too. The Sentence is Death lives up to it. Is The Paragraph is a Gravesite next? (Credit to Bill (weird_o) for questioning what the next title will be).

I'm going to ask for Bibliophile as a gift for the holidays. I got to browse it in a store, and would like to own a copy.

I'll have to take a look at Bob - couldn't find the touchstone, but I've enjoyed Rebecca Stead before.

144karenmarie
Edited: Sep 25, 9:36pm Top

Hi Joe!

I've put The Sentence is Death on my wish list. Clever next book title, yay weird_o!

Bob is absolutely delightful. I'm on page 158 of 201.

...
Tomorrow up before dawn, go to get line tickets for Louise and myself at 7, eat brekkie out, come back to the Library at 8 and help get the Square cashiers all set up, help wherever else I can help, and then stand in line with Louise and hope I find some good books for myself and Jenna.

145msf59
Sep 26, 6:41am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. My work week is chugging along. My BBS was really hopping yesterday, but didn't see much other bird activity.

146LizzieD
Sep 26, 1:13pm Top

Hope you're mopping up the book acquisitions and that Bibliophile is safely yours!

147nittnut
Sep 26, 7:30pm Top

Hi! Sitting in my chair with my foot up and wondering how the book sales went today. I hope it was enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing your haul. :)

148karenmarie
Edited: Sep 26, 8:27pm Top

>145 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks. Glad the BBS was hopping.

>146 LizzieD: I mopped, Peggy, I mopped! And yes, Bibliophile is mine. Long story short, I took it to Rhoda to suggest it be up-priced. We agreed on $8. I asked her what section to put it in, and she said to just take it home and pay $8 for it on Thursday. Which I've done. $8 is a deal. Haul below.

>147 nittnut: Poor Jenn! Broken toes. I missed seeing you and at least Miss M - perhaps even Mr E. It was enjoyable, not totally exhausting, and our gross revenue for the day was $12,845.90.

The Haul:

Volunteer books, Sunday through today:
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Signal Loss by Garry Disher
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin for Jenna

Hardcover books:
Bibliophile by Jane Mount
Sanditon by Jane Austen - only had it on Kindle
The Dry by Jane Harper - only had it on Kindle
The Essential Art of War by Sun-Tzu
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & that other guy
Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely
Copper River by William Kent Krueger
Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney by James F. Simon - listened to the audiobook and loved it
The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
The Witch Elm by Tana French

Softcover books:
Open Season by C.J. Box
Entry Island by Peter May
The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland
Tulipomania by Mike Dash
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Mapmakers by John Noble Wilford
War with the Newts by Karel Capek
The Gift of rain by Tan Twan Eng
Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten
The Mislaid Magician by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
The Master by Colm Toibin

Audiobooks/CDs:
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow - 29 CDs, unabridged!
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Remains of Tom Lehrer - 3CDs and a booklet
The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote read by Grover Gardner, vols 1-3, 102 CDs total
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood

For Jenna:
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Best Loved Chinese Proverbs by Theodora Lau
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Why Pandas Do Handstands by Augustus Brown
The Bunnicula Collection by Deborah and James Howe, audiobook read by Victor Garber

I'm totally excited but too tired to catalog any of them tonight! Tomorrow I don't have to get there until 8:30 and we close an hour earlier - 6 p.m. Huzzah!

149LizzieD
Sep 26, 10:39pm Top

Wow! Wow! Wow! Congratulations, Karen!

150Familyhistorian
Sep 27, 12:45am Top

That's quite the book haul, Karen! Good luck with the second book sale day.

151msf59
Sep 27, 6:39am Top

>148 karenmarie: Love the book haul! You find a lot of good books, almost as well, as Weirdo Bill!

Morning, Karen! Happy Friday! Plenty of rain in the area here today. Wish me dry.

152karenmarie
Sep 27, 7:37am Top

>149 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy!

>150 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg!

>151 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! I'll probably find a few good ones today, too, and today they're half-price.

I wish dry upon Chicagoland. Send it down here on Monday. (after the book sale and my Sunday Playmakers Repertory matinee with Louise).

...
Coffee, brekkie, Day 2.

153jessibud2
Sep 27, 8:06am Top

Wow, nice book haul! And I thought I did well last week, at a university book sale and at our annual book and magazine fair, Word on the Street. I did, but you sure did, too!

Just saying, but one of the books you got for Jenna, The Invention of Wings, was superb on audio, absolutely outstanding. I own the book itself, but listened to a library audiobook version and LOVED it. I only after the fact learned it was based on a true story! I got that from the author interview at the end of the audio, and of course, had to google to further my education!

154thornton37814
Sep 27, 8:11am Top

>148 karenmarie: Nice haul!

155jnwelch
Sep 27, 8:30am Top

>148 karenmarie: Wow!! What a haul. I'm always happy when I see Tan Twan Eng on a list. We're due a new one from him, seems to me.

156PawsforThought
Sep 27, 8:36am Top

>148 karenmarie: That is a very impressive haul! Well done! I see a few titles I would like to get my hands on, too.

157richardderus
Sep 27, 1:12pm Top

>148 karenmarie: What a tremendous haul! *smooch*

I hope you love The Genius of Birds and War with the Newts as much as I did. Plus I'm a vibrating Day-Glo orange mass of jealousy over Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney!!

158karenmarie
Edited: Sep 27, 9:34pm Top

>153 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. All hauls are good because they mean more books for us, right?

I listened to The Invention of Wings on audio in May of last year and just like you thought it outstanding and just like you learned about the Grimke sisters via the author interview at the end. I researched them a bit, too.

>154 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori!

>155 jnwelch: Yes, I’m rather pleased. My friend Rhoda told me about The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng, and insisted I buy it. I’ve not read anything by him before. I always come home from a book sale with 5 or more books that Rhoda insists I buy.

>156 PawsforThought: Thanks, Paws. Not one of those books was specifically on my wish list, but all are welcome.

>157 richardderus: Thanks, RD! I have War with the Newts on my Kindle, but it didn’t appeal…. Perhaps now it will.

Like I wrote above, I’ve listened to the audiobook of Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney and couldn’t resist buying the book.

So. Today went well again. We had a dealer today who shopped for perhaps 4 hours. She brought her own bags, all identical, and had well over 50 by the time they finished tallying her total. I happened to be at the cashier table when our Counting House leader came over with her for her to pay. $695.50, and these were half price. She may have had a few up-priced books in there, but she probably paid no more than $1.50 for 95% of what she bought. Stunning, and it really helped today’s total.

My haul, on the other hand, was less than some years, but made me happy:

Hardcovers:
Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson – Longmire short stories
The Wasp Cookbook by Alexandra Wentworth – I couldn’t resist a beautiful little velvet-hardcovered book now, could I?
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers, my volunteer book for today
Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly – another Buy it! from Rhoda
Books to Die For edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell
David O. Selznick’s Hollywood written & produced by Ronald Haver
The Last Basselope: One Ferocious Story by Berkeley Breathed

Softcover:
The Peking Man is Missing by Claire Taschdjian
Free Reign by Rosemary Aubert
Unnatural Fire by Fidelis Morgan
Night by Bernard Minier
The Romeo Flag by Carolyn Hougan
The Chalon Heads by Barry Maitland
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry
Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu
The Children’s Book by AS. Byatt
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Incendiary by Chris Cleave
Southern Living: Christmas in the Kitchen edited by Susan Ray

and Long Time Gone by J.A. Jance for my friend Jan

And tomorrow is $5/bag day!

And I’m whupped and going to start next month’s book club discussion book, A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua and get some sleep.

159SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 28, 6:11am Top

Nice swag!

160EllaTim
Sep 28, 6:40am Top

Nice! Have fun browsing today. Are there any new books?

161msf59
Sep 28, 7:00am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Saturday! Hooray for another sweet book haul!

162karenmarie
Sep 28, 7:17am Top

>159 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry. I think so too. *smile*

>160 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella. The books are all donations from the community. Some look new, some are were published this year, but as a rule most of the books are at least several years old. We're getting less books published "this" year, whatever year the sale is, because there is a rich little seniors retirement home north of town who are now either using more e-readers or donating the new books to their own library; they used to donate everything to our sales.

>161 msf59: Hi Mark! Happy Saturday to you, too. I'm well pleased.

163BLBera
Sep 28, 12:04pm Top

Nice book hauls, Karen!

164figsfromthistle
Sep 28, 3:30pm Top

>148 karenmarie: What a great haul!

165weird_O
Sep 28, 3:45pm Top

Wish I could match your acquisitions, Karen. Good for you!

My own shopping's been off the mark this September. The BIG sale in Bethlehem seemed to be less well stocked than usual. And my tote was pretty light. The following weekend, I had to take my sweetie to the doctor and forgo my scheduled sale and brotherly meet-up. This morning I hit the bag sale in Kutztown and got 10 books. Slim pickin's..

This cannot stand...

166richardderus
Sep 28, 4:03pm Top

>158 karenmarie: Quite the second haul! The $5/bag haul should be *epic*!

167FAMeulstee
Sep 28, 4:16pm Top

Looks like you had two good days at the booksale, Karen!

168karenmarie
Sep 28, 5:40pm Top

>163 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! Acquiring books makes bibliomaniac me extremely happy.

>164 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita.

>165 weird_O: I’m sorry that it’s been slim pickin’s and missed trips. I hope the next sale has so many books you want that you have to rent a U-haul!

>166 richardderus: I got 2 bags today, RD, with a few books at the last minute for friend Karen in Montana.

>167 FAMeulstee: It’s been good for sure.


So here’s today’s $5/bag haul – two bags worth. Not stunning, but fun anyway.

Softcover:
God is an Englishman by R.E. Delderfield
On the Chocolate Trail by Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Hardcover for Jenna:
Japanese Haiku published by the Peter Pauper Press, translated by Peter Bielenson 1956

Hardcover for friend Karen:
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King

Hardcover:
The Last Judgement by Iain Pears
Justice by Larry Watson
Kipling A Selection of His Stories and Poems by John Beecroft, vols I and II
The Adventures of Gerard by A. Conan Doyle – this one looked lonely, like it needed a home
The Horns of Ramadan by Arthur Train – this one also looked lonely
God and My Father by Clarence Day
This Simian World by Clarence Day
The Lord of Death by Eliot Pattison
Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger
Darktown by Thomas Mullen, signed
The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes by Larry Millett
Raylan by Elmore Leonard
Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
The Son by Jo Nesbo
Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay
Lawrence of Arabia and His World by Richard Perceval Graves

Audiovisual:
Secondhand Lions, DVD (Jenna snagged our copy and I wanted one of my own)
Chicago, DVD, still in shrinkwrap
Parkening plays Vivaldi, Warlock & Praetorius, CD
Mannheim Steamroller Fresh Aire 7, CD
No Absolute Time, Jean-Luc Ponty, CD
Julian Bream Music of Spain, CD

...
The adrenalin has stopped flowing, and I'm in a state of blissful collapse. Nothing else to do today except eat and watch The Closer with Bill after the Carolina-Clemson game is over. It's tied 14-14 halfway through the third. Clemson was/is expected to win by 38. Go Carolina!

169richardderus
Sep 28, 7:34pm Top

Good heavens! I haven't thought about Clarence Day in years! And Justice is a worthy intro to the world of Bentrock. One understands Julian much better after reading it.

170LizzieD
Sep 28, 11:07pm Top

What a great couple of bags!!!!
I've read and reread To Serve Them All My Days, so I guess that makes me a true Delderfield fan.

171SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 29, 5:26am Top

You have beautiful taste in books, Karen. I'd like to see you as Head Librarian in a perfect world.

Insomnia strikes. Will take sleepy time ibuprofen in a sec, hopefully get a free hours in.

AND, I wanted to recommend the Britcom W1A on Netflix. The BBC version of 30 Rock. Brilliantly funny.

Much love.

172karenmarie
Sep 29, 9:54am Top

>169 richardderus: I love Clarence Day, RichardDear. I’ve already read some by him. It turns out that I already had God and My Father on my shelves, but didn’t have This Simian World.

I knew you’d glom onto Larry Watson since you recommended Montana 1948 to me 9 years ago, although I still haven’t read it yet.

>170 LizzieD: It’s amazing how many good finds there still are on the last day, Peggy. Treasures get overlooked or even not ever seen because there are frequently boxes on the floor on the first days of the sale that get moved up as books disappear from the shelves and tables. I used to try to pull those boxes out and look at the titles, but now, working all 3 days of the sale, I get more than enough books without stressing that I’ll miss The Perfect Book.

Yay for Delderfield.

>171 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you, Larry. I’m actually amazed, in my 67th year of life, that I didn’t think to become a Librarian. I’ve had a grand passion for books since 3rd grade so it would have been a perfect fit. Ah well. I’ll take Head Librarian in a Perfect World.

I noticed the time stamp and hope you’ve gone back to sleep. W1A sounds great, and anything with Hugh Bonneville and David Tennant in it has to be good. Much love back’atcha.


Today is Playmakers with Louise – we’re going to see
Native Son

BY NAMBI E. KELLEY

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY RICHARD WRIGHT

DIRECTED BY COLETTE ROBERT

WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?

On Chicago’s South Side in the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world where systemic oppression and poverty make fear and violence the everyday currency of life.

Most famously adapted by Carolina’s own Paul Green, Richard Wright’s seminal novel is ready to capture the hearts and minds of another generation with Nambi E. Kelley’s heart-stopping and theatrical new adaptation.

“gutsy, powerful, relentless…”
Chicago Tribune
Sorry about the all-caps shouting - I'm too lazy to re-type.

Bad timing as far as my Panthers go – they play at 1. The game will be over by the time I get home, but QB Allen will start again today. Cam Newton is sitting this one out, and I’m actually glad. I hope Allen can make it tw in a row.

173ffortsa
Sep 29, 4:00pm Top

Hi, Karen. Whoo, I had a lot of catching up to do. A trip to D.C. and family taking up my time (but delightfully) and I haven't read much of the threads in the last week. Great book hauls, I see. And a countdown until retirement sets in again. Good for you!

174karenmarie
Sep 29, 8:16pm Top

Hi Judy! Glad you have had a good time recently. Thanks re the haul AND the countdown to retirement again.

6 days. *smile*

175ronincats
Sep 29, 9:26pm Top

Wow, Karen. I think you must need a new bookcase now to store it all!

Note that The Mislaid Magician is the third of a three book series.
I have that two-volume set of Kipling, although mine is so old that the dust covers have come apart. (I bought it new as a book club edition)
The Mannheim Steamroller cd is one of my favorite Christmas music albums.

176msf59
Sep 30, 6:54am Top

Morning, Karen. I hope you had an R & R Sunday! After a cool, damp weekend, we are back to warm & muggy. Roller-coaster weather.

177PaulCranswick
Sep 30, 7:04am Top

Well Karen, I still haven't produced any stats but it is nearing the end of Q3.

>168 karenmarie: Impressive haul. Certainly more Cranswickian than I am these days!

178karenmarie
Sep 30, 7:34am Top

>175 ronincats: Hi Roni! I'm pretty sure that I'm going to take over one of the built-in bookcases in Bill's Media Room. He doesn't go up there any more - his knee can't easily take it AND the TV downstairs is actually better now than the projection TV up there - so this one will be mine:



I bought The Grand Tour, the second in the series, because of the front cover alone, and until just now didn’t realize it was part of a fantasy series. Now, of course, I need the first one. Thank you for that info.

I’ve never ever read anything by Kipling and although I already have Kim and The Jungle Books on my shelves, was immediately attracted to the cover art and having the set.

I’ve always loved Mannheim Steamroller.

>176 msf59: Hi Mark! I was busy from 12:30 – 4:30 with Playmakers. Louise and I saw Native Son. Powerful and depressing and beautifully acted.

I came home to the happy news that the Panthers won. We watched a bit of the Bears game then watched The Closer until the Dallas game came on. I didn’t watch but a few minutes of it before heading off to the bedroom to read a bit and sleep.

Warm and muggy stinks. Yesterday we set a heat record, breaking the one set in 1941. It was 98 at the house.

>177 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! Ah, tantalizing stats at the end of the third quarter. I know you’ve had another stressful and busy year so don’t expect anything. Therefore anything would be a treat. Twice a year I have Cranswickian hauls. Twice a year I have to find places for them, but the above picture is a nudge to me to make co-opting one of the two media room book cases a reality this fall.


Today will be day 6, so will be down to 5 days by this evening.

179quondame
Sep 30, 3:17pm Top

>178 karenmarie: Sorcery and Cecelia is a true delight. I pretty much re-read my original to destruction and it was very hard to replace for ever so long. To be fair, my copy was really my father's first and what that man did to books was unspeakable.

180karenmarie
Edited: Sep 30, 9:19pm Top

Statistics Through September 30

81 books read
5 books abandoned, 610 pages
1 standalone short story
24565 pages read
56.5 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 90
Avg pages read per month, YTD = 2729
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 303
Avg rating of all books read, YTD= 3.99
Month-end TBR (incl started) 2144 (*) does not include book sale acquisitions

Author
Male 35%
Female 65%

Living 66%
Dead 34%

US Born 37%
Foreign Born 63%

Platform
Hardcover 37%
Trade Pback 35%
Mass Market 17%
Audiobook 4%
e-Book 7%

Source
My Library 85%
Library or Other 14%

Misc
ARC/ER 4%
Re-read 27%
Series 59%

Fiction 90%
NonFiction 10%

Author Birth Country
Australia 4%
England 54%
Israel 1%
Japan 1%
Nigeria 1%
US 38%

Original Decade Published
1920-1929 5%
1930-1939 10%
1940-1949 1%
1950-1959 1%
1960-1969 5%
1970-1979 5%
1980-1989 2%
1990-1999 10%
2000-2009 10%
2010-2019 51%

Genre
Biography 2%
Essays 1%
Fiction 14%
Graphic Novel 1%
Historical Fiction 2%
History 4%
Humor 1%
Linguistics 1%
Memoir 1%
Mystery 57%
Romance 1%
Speculative Fiction 9%
Thriller 4%
YA 1%

181richardderus
Sep 30, 9:40pm Top

*feeble hand-wave* I read 24 books this month...go me...?

182karenmarie
Oct 1, 6:45am Top

Definitely go you! Twenty-four books in a month is right up there. *smooch*

...
I'm fasting this morning - black coffee no sweetener - so that I can have them take blood and have the results available for the doctor to go over with me at my annual exam next week.

Then it's off to sort books. Usually they take a week off after a book sale, but not this week. Too many came in the week of the sale for us to let them go until next Tuesday. After that I'll spend time preparing the revenue/expenses report of the sale and getting the cash/checks ready for deposit and deposit them if I can get to the bank before about 4:30 or so.

And (happy dance is imminent)

183karenmarie
Edited: Oct 1, 8:57pm Top

81. Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
9/24/19 TO 9/26/19





From Amazon:

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.

It turns out she’s right.

Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who―or what―he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.

Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.


Why I wanted to read it: I took a BB from Susan (quondame) and immediately bought it and immediately read it.

I don’t read much YA, so when I find a book so sweet and funny without being too sentimental and mushy, I’m thrilled.

Bob is such a book. It is told in alternate chapters titled simply Livy and Bob. It’s the perfect way to tell this story. It also has beautiful sepia-toned illustrations. Not too many, but just enough to make it fun.



While waiting for Livy, Bob has been teaching himself to read and has read through the Ts in the dictionary. He is smart and articulate. He and Livy make a good team.

We slowly learn why Livy had forgotten Bob in the five years since she left and see adult problems through Livy’s and Bob’s eyes. There’s much more in this book than meets the eye, as most of YA fiction is – something for an 8–year old and something for this 66-year old.

184jnwelch
Edited: Oct 1, 10:50am Top

I read Susan's review of Bob, and the two of you have bbd me. It's on the WL.

185richardderus
Oct 1, 2:30pm Top

>182 karenmarie: Happy book-sorting, soon-to-be-re-retired one! *smooch*

186FAMeulstee
Oct 1, 4:33pm Top

>178 karenmarie: Down to 5 days, Karen, nearly there!

>180 karenmarie: You are doing much better than me on female writers and own books this year :-)

187EllaTim
Oct 1, 8:16pm Top

>183 karenmarie: Very sweet looking.
(Your touchstone seems to point to the wrong book)

188karenmarie
Oct 1, 9:11pm Top

>184 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I anticipate that you’ll really like it.

>185 richardderus: Thanks, RD! Retirement Redux, eh? *smooch* back

>186 FAMeulstee: Yes, Anita, I’m soooo happy that the end is in close sight. Every year’s different – this one has lots by Elly Griffiths and lots by Dorothy Sayers. As far as reading my own books, I rarely use the library. I’ve used the library more this year for paper books than in the last 20 combined, so my 86% “My Library” is actually a tad lower than usual.

>187 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella! Touchstone is now fixed.


Work tomorrow. Today I spent about 6 hours generating the revenue/expenses report for the book sale and counting/scanning/recording checks and counting cash. Got to the bank in time to make the deposit, which means that unless I really want to go out Thursday I don’t have to leave the house at all.

For now, though, it’s time to go read. I’m supposed to be reading A Woman in Jerusalem for Sunday’s book club discussion, but I’m on page 22 and stalling out. It’s very strange – I understand that the woman is anonymous in death and that the point is being made about anonymity by the living characters only being described by title or relationship to someone else, but it’s very disconcerting to not have names for anybody so far. We do find out the dead woman’s name rather quickly, but everybody else still isn’t named. I’m not thrilled.

So, it’s off to Gaudy Night, the penultimate novel by Dorothy L. Sayers in my year-long personal DLS fiction challenge. After Busman’s Honeymoon, I’ll only have 38 short stories to read.

189nittnut
Oct 1, 9:47pm Top

Very Impressive Book Haul! Good luck finding homes for them all. :)

190PawsforThought
Oct 2, 2:35am Top

>188 karenmarie: Karen, I get tired just reading about what you do for work and FoL, and I have a full-time job! I don't know how you do it!

I haven't the foggiest idea about my statistics re women/men authors etc. I'm guessing the percentage for women authors is pretty high due to my Christie/Sayers readings.

Ooh, and only two more Sayers novels left for you. Exciting and terrible in equal measure. Next up for me is Murder Must Advertise, but I'm not sure when I'll read it. November, maybe. I'm getting a bit reluctant to read them now, because I don't want it to end. The downside of Sayers is that she wrote too few books! I'll just have to re-read when the time comes.

191msf59
Oct 2, 6:32am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. I had a good day of. Birds and books kept me busy. I didn't even have enough time for my usual LT rounds. I was out of the door, yesterday, even earlier, than if I was going to work. Yep, Sue thinks I am nuts. She is probably right.

192karenmarie
Oct 2, 7:30am Top

>189 nittnut: Hi Jenn! I really need to cull some more books. In the meantime the haul is on a card table in the Sunroom – the little yellow table still has parts of April’s sale books and I can’t put all this haul there so might as well leave them all on the card table. Tomorrow I plan on starting to catalog.

>190 PawsforThought: It gets hectic at times, Paws, but the work will end next Friday, thank goodness, and I’ll just be back to FoL. That won’t be too much since budget time is over and this book sale is over. I did a lot of volunteer work when Jenna was little and I was working a 40-50 hour a week job – PTA Thrift Shop Rep 1999-2005, PTA Treasurer 2005-2007. Took a break when she was a fresher in high school, then was Band Boosters Treasurer 2008-2011. I was younger and had more energy… Then no volunteering until June 2016 when I joined the FoL Board. 2017 I became Treasurer. Now I’m also on the sort team.

I take very good vitamins and Claratin-wannabe every day and always get 7-8 hours of sleep, sometimes more. I think these things are important.

For stats, I keep a spreadsheet, inspired by our own drneutron. Once the new year’s spreadsheet is set up by simply clearing out all the data and saving it into a new file, it’s easy to maintain because when I finish a book I add it to the spreadsheet. I have a summary tab that pulls in stat fields from the data tab. A bit of manual tweaking and then copy and paste into LT.

I find these books eminently rereadable, Paws. The prose is beautiful, the mystery complex, the descriptions lush and characters well developed. This will be the third or fourth reading of DLS over my adulthood, and I would imagine that I’ll read them sometime again, always excepting Five Red Herrings which I will never read again. A real dud, IMO.


Off to the salt mines in half an hour. Just enough time for brekkie and getting ready/out the door.

>191 msf59: Hi Mark, and happy Wednesday to you. Your devotion to early morning bird walks is wonderful and crazy.

193richardderus
Oct 2, 12:40pm Top

Happy salting, o Horrible Miner! *smooch*

194PawsforThought
Oct 2, 12:52pm Top

>192 karenmarie: I'm excited on your behalf for the end of work next week.

I envy you your 7-8+ hours of sleep. I'm not good at getting enough sleep (closer to 6 hours), but it was a New Years resolution this year to do my best to get more sleep (it was less than 6 hours before). I'm making progress, but I still need to get better.

Agree about Sayers being eminently re-readable. Such wonderful writing, and such wonderful characters. It's all great (and I have the benefit of not hating Five Red Herrings!)

195SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 2, 1:29pm Top

My doc's put me on Ambien, but I'm scared to death of being addicted to it. Still, the sleep is lovely. I've had three bouts of insomnia that lasted more than 90 days, but this last one is by far the worst.

I'm at work to. Boo hiss.

196karenmarie
Oct 2, 3:18pm Top

>193 richardderus: I am salting! I am mining! I am clock watching! *smooch*

>194 PawsforThought: Thanks, Paws. I rarely have problems sleeping. Insomnia will strike for a night then I'll be fine for weeks and weeks. If I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep after 15 minutes I get up and read until I feel that I can get back to sleep. Almost always works. Sorry you're not getting enough sleep.

>195 SomeGuyInVirginia: I was on Ambien for 10 days in 1995. I loved it, but only needed it because I was a juror on a death-penalty case and was a wreck.

Just keep working with your doctor and worry about potential addiction if she/he worries about it...

I'm sorry you're having such a serious bout of insomnia, Larry. Hugs and kisses and love to you.

197richardderus
Oct 2, 3:31pm Top

Insomnia, the few times I've suffered from it, was torture, and with AmBien in the world I don't think anyone should have to suffer from it.

198Familyhistorian
Oct 2, 8:57pm Top

I knew you would have another great book haul in the last two days of the sale, Karen. I hope next Friday comes quickly for you!

199karenmarie
Oct 2, 9:12pm Top

>197 richardderus: I agree, RD.

>198 Familyhistorian: Yes, Meg, there are always books to find at the sale. What amazes me is that when I cashier, I always see books that I wonder how I missed, and I want them. But I have to smile and sell them to OTHER people. *smile*

...
FOUR more days of work, with tomorrow just me and the cat and the fish and books to catalog.

200LizzieD
Oct 2, 11:21pm Top

Hooray for only four more days! HOORAY for tomorrow with you and the cat and the fish and books!!!
I was so happy to retire and find that insomnia practically vanished that I now greet difficulty getting to sleep as child's play. That said, I stay up way too late; witness the time now since I will be up at 7:15 in the morning.

201msf59
Oct 3, 6:42am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday! Hooray for a day with the cat, the fish & the books! Enjoy! Back in the 60s here, for the rest the rest of the week. Big, cool down.

202nittnut
Oct 3, 8:24am Top

Two more days... *preparing the happy dance*

203karenmarie
Oct 3, 8:50am Top

>200 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! I just woke up about 25 minutes ago and am slowly wending my way out of the fog. First sip of coffee taken. Fish fed. Glad your insomnia mostly went away after you retired. You do keep late AND early hours taking care of your Ma.

>201 msf59: Sweet Thursday for sure, Mark!

>202 nittnut: Four more days, but I'm on the down side now, Jenn, so I'm happy.

204richardderus
Oct 3, 2:56pm Top

Damp, drizzly, chilly greetings from the Nawth. *smooch*

205karenmarie
Oct 3, 9:21pm Top

Hey RD! I hope you have had a good, if weathery day.

206richardderus
Oct 3, 9:51pm Top

It was quite spiffing, thanks, and yours?

207weird_O
Oct 3, 10:14pm Top

Happy days are coming, eh? Great great great.

Wednesday topped in the high 80s, today in the mid-50s. Twas good; I got a wear one of my new college sweat shirts. If it's chilly tomorrow, maybe I can wear the other one.

My wife has had a brutal cold with a wicked cough. I had to skip a good $5 bag sale to take her to the express care outlet. It lingered and we saw the family doc mid-week, and it's final let go of her. But now it has me. Real sore throat. Channeling Eeyore. I'd kick it to the curb, but there're none within two or three miles of the house.

208LizzieD
Oct 3, 10:57pm Top

Today we broke a record set in 1911 - 98°, more like the first of July than the first of October. I am well and truly sick of it. I hope I don't long for it this winter.
Whooo Hoooo! You're in the short rows now!

209msf59
Oct 4, 6:35am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Only 58 today. Back to long pants. I am taking tomorrow off for a wedding, so last work day of the week for me. Yah!

Nothing much to report on the bird feeders. Mostly just a few regulars. I need to get out there and freshen everything up.

210karenmarie
Oct 4, 6:58am Top

>206 richardderus: So glad you had a spiffing day, RichardDear. Mine was loverly. I cataloged books, got the my laundry under control – I can wash things and get them dried, but damned if I can get them folded and put away in a timely manner. They sit in clean wrinkled heaps on the washer and dryer for days. Well, everything got refreshed in the dryer, folded, and put up yesterday. Side note: Bill has always done his laundry because when we got married I told him that he’d been doing it successfully for years and years and I didn’t feel ownership for his dirty sox. Part of the reason for yesterday’s cleanup was to make the washer and dryer available to Bill this weekend without my clothes all over the place.

I did spent a total of 3 ½ hours on the phone with Louise, Jenna, and friend Karen. It was good catch up.

>207 weird_O: I’m so sorry you’ve got the terrible cold your wife had, Bill. Sharing germs stinks. Yay for cooler weather. I hope you feel better soon.

>208 LizzieD: Yuck, Peggy. It was hot here too although I didn’t even poke my nose outside. I never long for NC summer weather in winter because of the humidity – SoCal girl likes her heat dry.

I remember it being in the low 90s on Halloween in 1994 – Jenna’s first toddler year and I had bought her a fleece dress and tights for Halloween. It was too hot to send her to daycare in that outfit.

After today it will be 3 days. I’m so looking forward to next Friday at 4:30.

>209 msf59: Hi Mark and happy Friday to you. Yay for your cooler weather and day off tomorrow. I’ve just got regulars, too. Your birds will appreciate the fresh feeders for sure – I need to do the same this weekend.

211msf59
Oct 5, 9:46am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. It was a great time, last night with friends but I didn't hit the sack until 1 am. That is very rare for me. Glad I have today off. I am sure tonight will be a late one too, with the wedding festivities. Tomorrow, will be a complete "chill" day.

212karenmarie
Oct 5, 10:09am Top

'Morning, Mark and happy Saturday to you too. Fun times for you - enjoy the wedding today and your 'chill' tomorrow.

...
Today is errands, a phone call with my aunt (mother's sister), and making a pot of chili in celebration of it being 25 degrees cooler today than yesterday.

213richardderus
Oct 5, 11:31am Top

>212 karenmarie: Ooo, chili! Yum. I got apple cider donuts at the Farmers' Market this morning to celebrate the pretty fall day we're having.

214karenmarie
Oct 5, 1:44pm Top

Hi RD! Donuts. Sigh. I haven't eaten a single sweet or eaten sugar in anything more than ketchup and salad dressings in a month. I feel better for sure, so sugar's been at least part of the culprit.

Donuts are a particular weakness of mine...

*smooch*

215The_Hibernator
Oct 5, 9:03pm Top

Oh, no sugar. Ugh. I should probably try such a diet. I'm trying to lose weight through calorie restriction, but it's not working. But I just don't want to make a life-style change so drastic that I can't eat a healthy meal with my family.

216karenmarie
Oct 5, 10:08pm Top

We'll see how long I can stay off sugar, but for right now it's been rather easy. I am hoping to get to Thanksgiving without added sugar and be able to splurge a bit on sweet potato casserole and pie then go back to no sweets 'til Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

I feel for you, Rachel. Dieting is thankless. I could write a book on my life-long efforts at dieting, both successes and failures, but bottom line for me is volume control. Which I'm not very good at, alas. For a long time I was very good at not eating too many sweets even if I didn't control the volume well, but recently both volume and sweets got out of control. Cutting sugar seems like the first step.

I know there are food issues at home with your stepson, which can't make it easy to cook for the family. Good luck.

217msf59
Oct 6, 11:03am Top

Happy Sunday, Karen. Excellent time at the wedding but another very late night for the Old Warbler! Today, will have to be a Chill Day! Football and books!

218richardderus
Oct 6, 11:18am Top

Sunday orisons, Horrible, may it be a perfect combination of reading and not needing to Pearl Rule anything.

219karenmarie
Oct 6, 11:53am Top

>217 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Chill away - B(ears) and books and dare I say it, brews? I hope you recharge your batteries and have a fun and relaxing time doing it.

>218 richardderus: Thank you, RD! I've read, started a pot of chili, and am happy with my dear friend Gaudy Night. Such lovely writing, such a mystery.

1 p.m. is Jaguars vs Panthers - a feline-themed day for sure. *smile* The chili will be ready for halftime's late lunch.

This evening is the discussion of the abandoned A Woman of Jerusalem. There may be a better time to read it, and I will keep it on my shelves just in case.

On the final countdown - one more Monday, one more Wednesday, one more Friday.

220FAMeulstee
Oct 7, 6:15pm Top

>219 karenmarie: One more Monday, one more Wednesday, one more Friday :-D

221msf59
Oct 7, 6:44pm Top

Hi, Karen. Late check in. Beautiful day here in Chicagoland. It sure made my Monday work day, go smoother. Birds were quiet though...

222richardderus
Oct 7, 8:38pm Top

A wearing day, dear lady? Only two more! Yay!

223karenmarie
Oct 7, 9:16pm Top

>220 FAMeulstee: I'm very glad that this is ending, Anita. I don't think I'll believe it until I don't have to get up to an alarm on Monday. :)

>221 msf59: Hi Mark! Yay for a good work day. Birds are quiet here, too, just a few of the usual suspects.

>222 richardderus: A bit tiring but I did go to the grocery store and buy 3 lovely red plums. I had one after dinner and it was absolutely perfect.

Tomorrow is book sorting, post book sale follow up meeting, then the always-to-be-dreaded annual exam. Last year I turned 65 and had the additional burden of the Medicare Wellness meeting, which I also have to go through again this year. Blech.

Home again, home again, jiggity-jig, probably about 4 pm.

224LizzieD
Oct 7, 11:01pm Top

Whoo Hooo!!!! Counting way down!
We're reveling in the relative cool! We've been able to walk May in the afternoon for the first time in months. Love it!
Get through your day tomorrow, and so will I.... It's book club and piano at the retirement home. That sounds like not much, but it wears me out. Meanwhile, I'm Wheeling and not finding any signs of wanting to make my next one anything but Wheel 2. I'll get over it.

225karenmarie
Oct 8, 7:26am Top

Hi Peggy!

I love the relative cool, too. It's 68 now and going to a high of 72. Whee!

I hope you have enough energy at the end of the day to do some Wheeling... by the way, what is Wheeling?

226msf59
Oct 8, 9:32am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Tuesday. Quickly shaping up to be another gorgeous day, after a chilly night. Love this time of year, when it cooperates, of course.

227EBT1002
Edited: Oct 8, 11:51pm Top

Hi Karen. You have been accumulating some wonderful book collections -- and I agree with Joe about Tan Twan Eng; he is an author worth reading and we need another by him soon.

You're almost done with The Job. Yay!

I'm also envious of your regular sleep. I take melatonin but I'm in a painful every-other-night insomnia pattern. One night a good sleep, the next only a couple of hours. And so on. I listen to sleep meditations on HeadSpace app, but honestly I'm on the verge of asking my doc for an Rx of ambien. I took it many years ago. I am about ready to try again.

228richardderus
Oct 9, 12:06am Top

Two more days! Only two! Yay hooray.

229Berly
Oct 9, 2:28am Top

>57 karenmarie: Just a tad behind here, almost 200 posts!! But this one caught my attention as I have already downloaded The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Good thing I didn't start it yet, because I would not have given it the proper attention it apparently deserves! Excited to get going on it now that I know how much you liked it.

>168 karenmarie: Excellent book haul!!

>219 karenmarie: Hurray for the countdown....!

230karenmarie
Oct 9, 7:21am Top

>226 msf59: Hi Mark! I never got back here yesterday what with book sort, book sale follow-up meeting, lunch out, annual physical exam, then an x-ray on my right hip, and phone calls with my sister and my daughter.

>227 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen. I’ve just tagged The Gift of Rain with ‘2019 read’.

Two more days! One Wednesday and one Friday. Getting up to the alarm this morning was brutal because I had taken a muscle relaxant and two ibuprophen at midnight, having fallen asleep with the light on about 10:30 and not done it before then.

I’ve (mostly) always been blessed with regular sleep. In the last several years I sometimes have problems if I consume caffeine after about 2 pm but even if I wake up in the middle of the night I don’t panic anymore – just give it 15 minutes then get up to read until I’m tired again. I’m sorry you’re in a painful insomnia pattern right now.

I used Ambien for 13 days in 1995. I was a juror on a death-penalty murder case and couldn’t sleep. The Ambien was wonderful and I recommend it. You should get it and see if it helps.

>228 richardderus: Anticipatory happy dance.



>229 Berly: Hi Kim! Glad to see you. I hope you like Harry August as much as I did.


Off to the salt mines for my last Wednesday.

231richardderus
Oct 9, 6:10pm Top

Was it a funfunfun time? Are you going to be sad to leave?

*chuckle*

232SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 9, 7:27pm Top

One more Friday! Yay!

233LizzieD
Oct 10, 12:00am Top

A day off and then THE DAY!!!
Wheeling, my dear, is flipping Robert Jordan's pages with *The Wheel of Time*, beginning with The Eye of the World. Unfortunately, I'm hooked at the moment, and about to proceed into monster volume #2. No matter how bad they are (and they are), I can't help loving them. Eventually, I'll top out and need to read some solid writing, but for now, fantasy is just what I need.
We're heating up again - maybe not into the 90s but way too hot for mid-October. It's been a relief to have some cool time.

234EBT1002
Oct 10, 12:43am Top

One. More. Day!!!!

235msf59
Oct 10, 6:36am Top

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Hooray for your last work day. How exciting. I had a busy day off yesterday, with little reading and less LT time. I will catch up.

236karenmarie
Oct 10, 7:42am Top

>231 richardderus: It was productive time mostly, although the last 2 hours dragged by. Two of the owners, the new bookkeeper, the site manager, and one of the installers were flirting/hanging out with two cute-in-an-obvious-way female customers for about the last hour and a half, just outside where I sit. Much frivolity occurred. But I got in my 7 hours.

I will not be sad to leave. Jessica and Christina will start getting used to each other on Monday, Jessica will shape the accounting/procedures to what she wants, and things will, frankly be an improvement. Vanessa still helps out a bit in the early mornings/late evenings. Jessica won’t need any help very soon. I won’t miss the drive although I will miss the almost 2 hours a day audiobook time. I usually don’t listen to audiobooks in the house, but may start. I’m looking forward to tomorrow at 4:30.

>232 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes!

>233 LizzieD: I’m getting happier and happier.

Wheeling. Ah. 14 volumes and a prequel. And companion books. Live and learn. Wheel away, my dear.

Yes, way too hot for mid-October, but right now it’s a nice bright 52, going to a high of 75 today.

>234 EBT1002: Now that the end is definitely in sight, I’m a bit calmer.

>235 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks. I’m thrilled on top of being calmer. I know you like to go on Birding Adventures, and will amble over to your thread in a minute. I’m way behind on threads, too.


I’m happily surprised that there’s nothing wrong with my right hip more than a slight bit of arthritis. It’s been waking me up in the night, but after reviewing 3 x-rays taken Tuesday my doctor says that he thinks it’s muscular and walking, swimming, and/or PT will help. So I’m not looking at hip-replacement surgery any time soon. And, because Bill and I talked about that last night, and I made the final push to ask him to get his doctor to take x-rays of his left knee, he agreed to insist on x-rays to make a REAL determination of what the problem might be. I believe in doctors being hands on, but his doctor feeling it and poking it and saying it was arthritis may be right, but may not be. I told Bill he could lay the blame at my door and say I was hounding him to death to get his knee x-rayed.

Today will be going through the mail and stuff that has accumulated because of book sale prep/book sale and work. And reading. And doing whatever I want to.

So far it’s been coffee and reading and LTing. Bliss.

237karenmarie
Oct 10, 9:37am Top

I'm excited - I mentioned to the Head Librarian at our FoL meeting last month that there was a book I was interested in that they did not have in their stacks - 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak and that I wanted to be first on the list.

Last night I got an automated e-mail from the library saying that it was on hold for me..... I'm pumped.

238jnwelch
Oct 10, 10:08am Top

Sweet, Sweet Thursday, Karen! I hope the freedom feels good. I suspect they'll consult with you once in a while?

I know what you mean about missing the audiobook time. I got some of my best reading done on the commuter train. (I had to learn to stand by my stop's door once stop ahead, as too many times I was so caught up in my book that I ended up leaping out the door at the last second - and, one time, missing my stop altogether!)

Great news about your hip. I'm the happy owner of two bionic ones, so if it does come to that, there's a happy ending. But a muscular problem remediable by exercise sounds way better than surgery.

239richardderus
Oct 10, 10:44am Top

>237 karenmarie: Oh, I *love* it when that happens! It's so lovely a way to recognize your tremendous and ongoing value to the library, and also *nyah*nyah*nyah* to the Mere Civilians who trudge dolefully in and out of Your Library who don't get such perks.

ahem

Or so I'm told.

240Familyhistorian
Oct 10, 1:46pm Top

Almost the last day, Karen! If you're tired of the heat send it this way. We are having unseasonably cold temperatures. It was just 1 C this morning when I headed out for a walk.

Sorry to hear about your hip problems. One of the ladies in my women's group was having problems with her knee and thought it was something she might need an operation for. She was told it was arthritis as well. Turns out a few of the ladies in the group have arthritis. One of the joys of getting older, I guess.

241karenmarie
Oct 10, 3:46pm Top

>238 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Today’s been wonderful.

I hope they do not consult me – Jessica has the accounting well in hand and I wouldn’t want to get in the middle of the relationship between Jessica and Christina; they have to work together and need to figure it out themselves.

My hip has done fine today. Some might even be psychological – worrying that there’s a serious problem when there’s only old Arthur making his presence known.

Two bionic hips, my my. Congrats.

>239 richardderus: I am happy that Rita considers the book of enough value to get it – I truly wouldn’t want her to get a book that she didn’t think a worthy addition to their Collections.

I know your Librarians are very helpful to you, RD. I’m glad for it. *smooch*

>240 Familyhistorian: Oh yes, Meg, tomorrow’s it. I’ve already rehearsed in my mind about getting my last things to bring back home, setting Christina’s desk back pretty much the way she had it, and riding off into the sunset only to reappear as Bill’s Wife if I’m ever there again.

Brrr. Today’s a mild ‘early’ fall day, greatly appreciated.

I think I’m pretty lucky, health-wise, so far. Mild arthritis in my thumbs from a full lifetime of typing, keypunching, and keyboarding; mild arthritis in my right hip. My doctor is suggesting a non-statin cholesterol drug but not insisting. I need to research it a bit – Zetia. I have moderate risk because of my numbers, but not to the point where he strongly suggests going on it – only moderately suggests. Keeping my fingers crossed, healthwise.

I just finished Gaudy Night, and even after reading it no fewer than five times in my lifetime, I still got tears in my eyes. Such powerful writing!

I’m going to start a library book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. Tomorrow afternoon I’ll pick up 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World, also from the library. This from a woman who has over 2000 books tagged 'tbr' on her shelves. .

Next month’s book club discussion book is The Kitchen God’s Wife. I read her first book when it came out, The Joy Luck Club, but can’t remember a single thing about it, and haven’t read anything else by Ms. Tan in the intervening years. I’ve got some time before I need to start it…

242jnwelch
Oct 10, 5:12pm Top

Oh, I love Gaudy Night. We saw it adapted on stage here and it was powerful in that form, too. And, of course, the Edward Petheridge/Harriet Walter tv version.

243Berly
Oct 10, 5:32pm Top

Hurray for in an with the librarians and getting to the top of the list!!

Also, yay for hip excercise vs surgery.

And one day left!!

244ronincats
Oct 10, 7:56pm Top

One more day, Karen, and then back to FREEDOM!!

245karenmarie
Oct 10, 8:46pm Top

>242 jnwelch: Isn't Gaudy Night the best? I'd love to see it on stage sometime. And, for those who don't know, the Edward Petheridge/Harriet Walter duo as Peter and Harriet was stunning. I'm only sorry that they didn't do all 4 books. For some reason they didn't do Busman's Honeymoon. But here are Edward/Harriet as Peter/Harriet from Have His Carcase:



>243 Berly: I know, I know, Kim. A very happy surprise. I'll try to work on my hip issue with walking. Having just written that, I'll be surprised if I do it, but you never know.

One day left.

>244 ronincats: Yes, Roni! I'm excited. Freedom. No alarms on Mon-Wed-Fri, no 2 hour roundtrip commute, back to more reading and getting things back under control.

...
I've started Furious Hours and so far so good.

246LizzieD
Oct 10, 11:00pm Top

I do believe (however warm the weekend may be) that we have finally broken summer's back here. I have my seasonal sore throat that heralds the change.
LOVE Petherbridge! He even has LP's beautiful hands!
LOVE Gaudy Night!
For the hip - and all - I recommend the pool. Water aerobics or swimming will make your joints sigh in pleasure. To quote a former student, "The pool cures everything!" I firmly believe that it's kept me going for the past 19 years.
ONE MORE DAY!!!!!!!!

247msf59
Oct 11, 6:37am Top

"So far it’s been coffee and reading and LTing." B.A.G.

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. A big cool down in store for us today. Starts out in the mid-60s and will drop to the 40s by the end of the day. I may be putting away my walking shorts for good. Sad face.

248karenmarie
Oct 11, 7:15am Top

>246 LizzieD: 'Morning, Peggy! Good way of putting it - finally broken summer's back. It's 45 here right now although the high will be 79.

After a brief look, I cannot find any gyms with pools in my county. I'll keep looking, although I'll be surprised if there is something. I don't particularly want to drive 45 minutes each way to go to Cary or Chapel Hill. *sad face*

I love the part where Harriet notices his hands, and he admits that they are a vanity of his. *smile*

Last day getting up to the 6:30 work alarm, hurray!

>247 msf59: Happy Friday to you, too, Mark! I know that quite a bit of the country is having a dramatic cool down. You're on the summer-work-shorts countdown, now, aren't you?

249richardderus
Oct 11, 8:09am Top

Re-retirement joyfulness bursting out all over!

250jnwelch
Oct 11, 9:07am Top

>245 karenmarie: The same company that adapted Gaudy Night as a play adapted all four, and won an award here for Busman's Honeymoon. So much fun! We just went to their adaptation of Whose Body, and it was another enjoyable time. Unfortunately, I guess, it was a new Lord Peter, and he wasn't as good as the one who did the previous four. No Harriet, either, of course, in this one. But it was still a kick - how did that dead stranger end up in the bathtub? :-)

251karenmarie
Edited: Oct 11, 10:18am Top

>250 jnwelch: A tad subdued, RD - everybody here today seems to be subdued or stressed. But, it ain't my problem!

>251 karenmarie: Getting Peter right is critical, sorry the new one isn't up to snuff, Joe.

Having read Whose Body? earlier this year I know the answer to that without even having to look it up: Sir Julian Freke carried it down there, thus tormenting poor Mr. Thipps, an eminently respectable, if timid, architect. The Dowager Duchess of Denver enlists Peter's aid.

Very quiet last day here at work. Nothing to do actually, as you can tell from my posting here. I asked Jessica what I could work on but she was in the middle of something, so I'll just sit here and look ornamental. *smile*

252BLBera
Oct 11, 11:48am Top

>245 karenmarie: I loved that version as well, Karen. It is too bad that they didn't do all of them.

253Familyhistorian
Oct 11, 1:38pm Top

Spending your time LTing on your last day sounds good, Karen. Kind of like they are easing you back into retirement.

254FAMeulstee
Oct 11, 4:54pm Top

I think you should be done by now, Karen, happy return to retirement!

255jnwelch
Oct 11, 5:53pm Top

>251 karenmarie: Yes! Frake wanted to divert attention from the murder he committed by putting the dressed-up homeless man in the tub, while he chopped up the husband (who stole his girl away twenty years prior) and let his medical students study the parts of what they thought was a dead homeless man!

256richardderus
Oct 11, 7:02pm Top



Funny there's an absolute void of "re-retirement" humor.

257PawsforThought
Oct 11, 7:10pm Top

Congratulations on being re-retired, Karen!

258karenmarie
Oct 11, 8:27pm Top

>252 BLBera: All they needed to do was Busman’s Honeymoon, just one more.

>253 Familyhistorian: I ended up doing quite a bit for Jessica and didn’t leave ‘til 4:15. Now it’s done, though!!

>254 FAMeulstee: I got home about 10 minutes after you posted, Anita. Thanks. I’ll be absolutely convinced on Monday.

I stopped off at the Library to pick up 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, which the Librarian ordered at my request AND gave me first. I’m seriously pumped.

>255 jnwelch: You nailed it, Joe!

>256 richardderus: I can re-retire in style – got a bit of a slush fund now. *smile*

>257 PawsforThought: Thanks, Paws! Yippee!!!


And, I’m absolutely exhausted. The adrenaline rush is over, the word NO re-enters my vocabulary, the alarm has been deleted for Mon-Wed-Fri @ 6:30 am. I’m going to read and sleep.

Thank you all for visiting and being supportive during this strange time in my life.

259LizzieD
Oct 11, 11:05pm Top

I'm thrilled for NO, Karen!!!! Have a wonderful weekend that goes on and on and on and on and on!

260msf59
Edited: Oct 12, 6:45am Top

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Good luck to making adjustments. I am sure it will get easier. Back to long pants and jackets today, although I think it will be mostly dry.

261karenmarie
Oct 12, 8:44am Top

>259 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! I'll have a good start to re-retirement - we're having lunch with some friends today and watching Panthers tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. - they're playing in England. Thanks - back to the Endless Weekend.

>260 msf59: 'Morning to you, Mark! I hope your work day goes well.

262richardderus
Oct 12, 9:59am Top

Hey Horrible! Still Melissa'd up here, waves are lovely and poor, restaurant-workin' Rob can't surf them. He's *dying* to get here on Sunday...I hope the waves stay exciting.

*smooch* for a weekend to decompress and realize there ain't no Mondays again!

263karenmarie
Oct 12, 10:15am Top

May the waves stay exciting and Rob arrive tomorrow.

In the meantime, I've started 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World and am on my second mug of coffee.

I've got Cardinals and Carolina Chickadees at the feeders. Life's good.

264EBT1002
Oct 12, 11:24am Top

Good morning, Karen! I hope you enjoy 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. I quite liked it. I'll be interested to see who is announced as the Booker winner on Monday although I have done a pretty poor job of reading the nominees this year.

I really need to return to Lord Whimsey. I think I have only read the first.

265richardderus
Oct 12, 1:23pm Top

So apparently there used to be some little old lady called Dorothy someone who wrote mysteries...like about 100 years ago or something? And she seems to have a pretty big deal back then when monks were still chained to library shelves to paint books or whatever it was they did. Anyway, I know you're interested in these stories so I thought you'd like to know about this snoozer biddy who edited anthologies and wrote reviews and stuff.

266karenmarie
Oct 12, 3:42pm Top

>264 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! So far so good - it must have been you whose mention of it got me interested. I never read the Booker nominees or the Pulitzer nominees as a group, but occasionally read one or two. This will be a one only effort, I'm afraid.

You should read Richard's link below - I just read the entire article and think anybody interested in DLS should read it. In fact, I cut and pasted it to Word and have kept it in my Documents/Books and LT folder. Although I didn't do so, I recommend reading them in order if possible.

>265 richardderus: Yes!! Wonderful!! Thank you so much. I've read one biography of her and knew much of what Neil Nyren wrote; to a serious fan it was all fantastic to read, warts, kudos, and all.

Back from lunch and errands.

Bill mentioned to me this morning that he and Jenna were talking yeterday and he's making noises about the three of us getting kitties at Christmas time, when Jenna will be home and Bill will have some time off. I think it makes sense although I was sorta hoping for sooner.

267SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 12, 4:48pm Top

Er.Mah.Gerd! Christmas kitties sound perfect! You could name then after saints, or reindeer, or... Oh my God, after David Sedaris's essay 'Six to eight black men'. Karen, for me, please name one of the cats Six to Eight Black Men!

I finally have internet! It's been a month without. Simple problem but I haven't had time from work to have the cable guy over. So you know it was serious...

I've been watching and loving Kim's Convenience, and The Boys. Do watch Kim's but you'd hate Boys. My brother seems to be improving, he's on one cane, and work continues to be an unbearable grind.

Much love my good friend. Imma take an Ambien in an hour and, hopefully, sleep until Monday .

268streamsong
Oct 12, 5:01pm Top

Yay! You made it to re-re! Second cup of copy and new book - I see you remember how to do it right!

269EBT1002
Oct 12, 5:05pm Top

I'm reading the article about DLS and it's quite good. The comment about Lord Peter Wimsey: "When first met, he seems somewhat fatuous and silly—the very caricature of a foolish dilettante aristocrat—and indeed there have been some readers who have never tried the Sayers books out of just such an impression" fits me, I think. It has been this impression which left me relatively uninterested in the series. The article is giving me a different perspective. :-)

270thornton37814
Oct 12, 5:55pm Top

There's a new book coming out about Dorothy Sayers. It's called The Mutual Admiration Society. It comes our next month.

271richardderus
Oct 12, 7:44pm Top

Oh good! I'd hoped it would be one of those reads. *smooch*

272karenmarie
Oct 12, 9:44pm Top

>267 SomeGuyInVirginia: Without internet for a MONTH??!?? You poor dear. I’m so glad your brother is improving, and it sucks that work is an unbearable grind.

Kim’s Convenience sounds intriguing, and The Boys is definitely something I’d hate. “Superheroes” is the clue, and you know me well.

Much love back. Give Parker some skritches from me. I hope Ambien does the job.

>268 streamsong: Thanks, Janet! Yes, re-re has arrived. Coffee and books are two of my favorite things. I aim to do some catching up in the next 2 months and 19 days although I’m comfortably at 83 of 100 books for my year goal. 25,056 pages read, too.

>269 EBT1002: I hope you can find your way to giving Peter a second chance, Ellen. I think you’ll find the writing intellectually stimulating yet fun, the mysteries clever and intricate.

>270 thornton37814: I just scoped it out, Lori, and just may ask for it for Christmas. *smile* It’s on my wish list now.

>271 richardderus: Oh my yes, RD! You nailed it. *smooch*

273LizzieD
Oct 12, 11:29pm Top

Yay, Karen! Enjoy the second retirement, knowing for sure how precious it is!
Many thanks to RD for the Sayers article. Good stuff! (Ellen should read the LP novels AT ONCE!!)

274karenmarie
Oct 13, 7:23am Top

I will appreciate retirement more, without a doubt.

And wouldn't you believe it, I woke up at 6 this morning. But, no alarm.

I agree about Ellen reading LP, and the Sayers article and Lori's info about the new DLS book.

Back to 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World and coffee...

275msf59
Oct 13, 7:44am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Sunday. I am looking forward to 2 days off, with the holiday tomorrow. Hooray for a short work week. I am also meeting Joe today, for lunch, brews and plenty of chatter. All good here.

How is 10 Minutes 38 Seconds coming along? I plan on starting it, later next week.

276karenmarie
Oct 13, 7:57am Top

10 Minutes 38 Seconds is not an easy or fun read, but it is emotionally detailed and satisfying so far.

277richardderus
Oct 13, 9:53am Top

>276 karenmarie: I won't get to it before the Booker is announced so, unless it wins, I don't see it making my rotation.

278Familyhistorian
Oct 13, 12:03pm Top

Ah, time to relax now, Karen. Xmas and new kitties will be here before you know it. I’ll have to remember to check out the DLS article when I’m not traveling.

279karenmarie
Oct 13, 1:32pm Top

>277 richardderus: I so rarely read books in a timely manner that I'm surprised that I'm actually reading this one right now. Maybe one of these days you'll get to it, especially if it wins, but even if it doesn't.

>278 Familyhistorian: Yes, Meg. I can feel muscles relaxing I didn't know I had clenched. The Panthers beat Tampa Bay just now and I've written an over-long review of Gaudy Night, next post. Two things that give me happiness.

I'm playing hookey tomorrow and not going to the FoL board meeting. Last meeting they said that they only wanted quarterly finance reports which, frankly, hurt my feelings; since it's not the end of a FoL fiscal quarter and the first day of my re-re, I'm not going. There are no big decisions to be made that I know of either.

280karenmarie
Oct 13, 1:37pm Top

83. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers





From Wikipedia’s entry for Gaudy Night, first part of plot synopsis:

Harriet Vane returns with trepidation to her alma mater, Shrewsbury College, Oxford to attend the Gaudy dinner. Expecting hostility because of her notoriety (she had stood trial for murder in an earlier novel, Strong Poison), she is surprised to be welcomed warmly by the dons, and rediscovers her old love of the academic life. Harriet's short stay is, however, marred by her discovery of a sheet of paper with an offensive drawing, and a poison pen message referring to her as a "dirty murderess".

Some time later the Dean of Shrewsbury writes to ask for her help. There has been an outbreak of vandalism and anonymous letters, and fearing for the college's reputation if this becomes public knowledge, the Dean wants someone to investigate confidentially. Harriet, herself a victim of poison-pen letters since her trial, reluctantly agrees, and returns to spend some months in residence, ostensibly to do research on Sheridan Le Fanu and to assist a don with her book.

As she wrestles with the case, trying to narrow down the list of suspects who might be responsible for poison-pen messages, obscene graffiti, wanton vandalism including the destruction of a set of scholarly proofs, and the crafting of vile effigies, she is forced to examine her ambivalent feelings about Wimsey, about love and marriage, and about her attraction to academia as an intellectual and emotional refuge. Wimsey eventually arrives in Oxford to help, and she gains a new perspective from those who know him, including his nephew, an undergraduate at the university.


Why I wanted to read it: Penultimate novel by DLS for my year-long personal challenge to read all of her fiction.

This is a serious look at women’s education and the apparent dichotomy between a woman dedicated to home, hearth, and children and a woman who has a vocation. There are intellectual conversations about this subject, as well as on other subjects.

This is also the third book in the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane quartet. It is easy and fun to read, intellectually challenging for both the mystery and subjects wrestled with, and highly satisfying to a fan of DLS.

The plot, themes, characters, and resolution of the murder and Peter and Harriet’s tumultuous relationship are displayed through beautiful prose, excellent plot movement, and an intricate structure that is deceptively easy to follow. I’ve read this book at least half a dozen times in my life, and each time I see more, learn more, and am more appreciative.

The Wimsey novels should be read in order to fully appreciate how Ms. Sayers conceived them but I didn’t read them in order the first few times through. At a minimum, the Wimsey/Vane novels need to be read in order.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from previous readings which I found again with joy, and some new ones too. I'd apologize for so many except that I could have used a dozen more.
”Detachment is a rare virtue, and very few people find it lovable, either in themselves or in others. If you ever find a person who likes you in spite of it – still more, because of it – that liking has very great value, because it is perfectly sincere, and because, with that person, you will never need to be anything but sincere yourself.”

It had not, after all, been so bad. Definitely not so bad as one had expected. Though it was melancholy to find that one had grown out of Mary Stokes, and a little tiresome, in a way, that Mary Stokes refused to recognize the fact. Harriet had long ago discovered that one could not like people any the better, merely because they were ill, or dead – still less because one had once liked them very much.

“And what are Beatrice and Carola going to be when they grow up?”
“I hope they’ll be good girls, madam, and good wives and mothers – that’s what I’ll bring them up to be.”
“I want to ride a motor-cycle when I’m bigger,” said Beatrice, shaking her curls assertively.
“Oh, no, darling. What things they say, don’t they, madam?”
“Yes, I do,” said Beatrice. “I’m going to have a motor-cycle and keep a garage.”
“Nonsense,” said her mother, a little sharply. You mustn’t talk so. That’s a boy’s job.”
“But lots of girls do boys’ jobs nowadays,” said Harriet.
“But they ought not, madam. It isn’t fair. The boys have hard enough work to get jobs of their own. Please don’t put such things into her head, madam. You’ll never get a husband, Beatrice if you mess about in a garage, getting all ugly and dirty.”
“I don’t want one,” said Beatrice firmly. “I’d rather have a motor-cycle.”

“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?”
“So easy that to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.”

“What would it matter, if it made a good book?”
She was taken aback, not by what he said, but by his saying it. She had never imagined that he regarded her work very seriously, and she had certainly not expected him to take this ruthless attitude about. The protective male? He was being about as protective as a can-opener.

“Your instinct is to clap the women and children under hatches.”
“Well,” he admitted, deprecatingly, “one can’t suppress one’s natural instincts altogether; even if one’s reason and self-interest are all the other way.”
“Peter it’s a shame. Let me introduce you to some nice little woman who adores being protected.”
“I should be wasted on her. Besides, she would always be deceiving me, in the kindest manner, for my own good; and that I could not stand. I object to being tactfully managed by somebody who ought to be my equal.”

“But probably you are not specially interested in all this question of women’s education.”
“Is it still a question? It ought not to be. I hope you are not going to ask me whether I approve of women’s doing this and that.”
“Why not?”
“You should not imply that I have any right either to approve or disapprove.”

Miss Pyke, of course, was still worried about Dr. Threep’s shirt-front, and determined on getting enlightenment. Harriet hoped that Wimsey would recognize her curiosity for what it was: not skittishness, but the embarrassing appetite for exact information which characterizes the scholarly mind.


Enough! You get the idea and these tidbits might, it’s to be hoped, entice you to read the eminently readable and thought-provoking fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers.

281EBT1002
Oct 13, 2:10pm Top

I have also favorited >265 richardderus: so I can find it again in the future, especially when I settle in to read the series. I'm toying with the idea of doing a year-long Dorothy L. Sayers read in 2020. Last time I did something like that it was a year-long Louise Erdrich focus.

Gaudy Night is one of this year's limited edition Harper Perennial Olive Editions. I thought about ordering it but I don't have a Tumblr account.

282PawsforThought
Oct 13, 3:03pm Top

>280 karenmarie: Oh, I'm really looking forward to when I get to read Gaudy Night.

283karenmarie
Oct 13, 3:43pm Top

>281 EBT1002: If you decide to do a year-long DLS read next year, Ellen, I'd be glad to send my spreadsheet - it has all her fiction - chronologically within short stories and chronologically within the novels so you wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel. Just sayin'...

I'm completely out of the loop - why would you have to have a Tumblr account in order to order a book? I just looked on the Harper Collins website / oliveeditions and it looks like you can order it from there... am I wrong?

>282 PawsforThought: I do hope you like it as much as I do, Paws.

284msf59
Oct 14, 7:40am Top

Morning, Karen. My wife and son are leaving for work and I am cheerily staying behind. I have some house chores and food shopping to do, but I hope to squeeze in a bird stroll and then a whole lot of reading time.

I had a great time with Joe in the city yesterday. No surprises there.

285karenmarie
Oct 14, 7:47am Top

'Morning to you, too, Mark! Yay for a day off. Chores and food shopping and books-and-birds - not a bad day at all up there in Chicagoland.

Coffee and whatever for me today, probably including lots of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.

286richardderus
Oct 14, 4:11pm Top

Happy "what? alarm? pfui on that!" day! *smooch*

287karenmarie
Oct 14, 5:10pm Top

Thanks, RichardDear!

Reading, a bit of housework. *smooch*

288ronincats
Oct 14, 9:53pm Top

Happy first real Re-retirement day, Karen. I hope you enjoyed it to the full.

289LizzieD
Oct 14, 10:40pm Top

Add my blessings too on your newly expanded time frame, Karen. Enjoy! Enjoy!

290msf59
Oct 15, 6:58am Top

Morning, Karen. Off to work, after a fine couple of days off. Hope the volume isn't crazy today. Another roller-coaster of weather this week, mostly cooler than normal, but that is the season, right?

291karenmarie
Oct 15, 7:33am Top

>288 ronincats: Thanks, Roni! It was lovely. I actually did a lot of work getting ready for the inside windows to be cleaned next week. Outside ones are going to be cleaned, too. Things sometimes accumulate...

>289 LizzieD: Thank you, Peggy!

>290 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! I hope the volume isn't crazy too. Cooler/roller coaster weather for sure, down here too. It's 42 outside and I had to scramble into my slippers.

I forgot to mention yesterday that I saw another female Hummingbird at the feeder, taking a long drink. They should be leaving any day now. Males left a while ago.

292richardderus
Oct 15, 9:05am Top

It astonishes me that hummingbirds migrate the distances that they do. Such tiny things! How does that energy keep flowing?!

*smooch* Happy Tiw's-Day reading.

293karenmarie
Oct 15, 12:47pm Top

It is rather a miracle, isn't it? She visited again this morning after I'd posted.

*smooch* back

294richardderus
Oct 15, 12:51pm Top

I decided to use up the last pint of somewhat squishy blueberries from last week's delivery, as well as the last of the almost-bad milk, in a cake-mix crockpot cake. Adding milk not water, and using 2 not 3 eggs, means I get a coffee-cakeish consistency. Making streusel out of oats and butter and brown sugar made a delish topping.

The problem is I've eaten almost half of it....

295karenmarie
Oct 15, 1:43pm Top

It sounds yummy. I'm still not eating added sugar - cane, beet, corn syrup, honey, artificial - and just had a tasty snack of some seedless red grapes.

Not as yummy as blueberry coffee cake.

296richardderus
Oct 15, 2:39pm Top

>295 karenmarie: ...but then, what is?

297PawsforThought
Oct 15, 3:16pm Top

>295 karenmarie: Seedless red grapes are THE BEST!

298karenmarie
Oct 15, 3:40pm Top

>296 richardderus: Not very many things. I make some wonderful blueberry muffins when I'm in sugar-mode, having found a luscious recipe out of a 1950s cookbook.

>297 PawsforThought: They are, Paws, icy cold, with crisp skins and firm flavorful insides. I've got more, just waiting for another snack time.

299karenmarie
Oct 15, 3:42pm Top

84. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak





From Amazon:

Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

A moving novel on the power of friendship in our darkest times, from internationally renowned writer and speaker Elif Shafak.

In the pulsating moments after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul, Tequila Leila enters a state of heightened awareness. Her heart has stopped beating but her brain is still active-for 10 minutes 38 seconds. While the Turkish sun rises and her friends sleep soundly nearby, she remembers her life-and the lives of others, outcasts like her.

Tequila Leila's memories bring us back to her childhood in the provinces, a highly oppressive milieu with religion and traditions, shaped by a polygamous family with two mothers and an increasingly authoritarian father. Escaping to Istanbul, Leila makes her way into the sordid industry of sex trafficking, finding a home in the city's historic Street of Brothels. This is a dark, violent world, but Leila is tough and open to beauty, light, and the essential bonds of friendship.

In Tequila Leila's death, the secrets and wonders of modern Istanbul come to life, painted vividly by the captivating tales of how Leila came to know and be loved by her friends. As her epic journey to the afterlife comes to an end, it is her chosen family who brings her story to a buoyant and breathtaking conclusion.


Why I wanted to read it: The title and description of the book intrigued me.

Rich, emotionally satisfying, with strangely humorous bits amongst the prejudices and tragedies of Leila and 5 friends. The end is a combination of satisfying and disappointing, as some of the subtle preachiness becomes a tad more overt. It seems like Ms. Shafak is trying to cram another two hundred pages in at the end, leaving me a somewhat irritated. Having said that, the book is also stunning and rings true.

There is a scene at the end, more than 24 hours after Leila’s brain has stopped functioning, when we are abruptly and shockingly put in touch with her soul as her body plunges 200 feet off a bridge and she meets up with a betta fish still alive from the day she was born. I’m not sure if I like this or dislike this, but it makes me feel cheated that although I got to spend 10 minutes and 38 seconds with Leila’s brain after she was murdered, I didn’t get to spend 10 minutes and 38 seconds with her soul. Strangely unsatisfying, actually.

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