Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2019 #3

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Edited: Sep 9, 2019, 6:03pm

Loki at 10 weeks of age.
Like babies, when puppies are sleeping, they are especially cute!

We have many names for her right now.
-The Black Crocodile because of the tingly teeth
-Curious George
-Ty (short for Tyrant)

Hello, my name is Mary. I live in Comox, on Vancouver Island. I have been a member of LT since 2011 and I love it here. It is great to see what people are reading, to follow threads and to have new friends. I am a slow reader (it will be a miracle to reach 75!). Please don't kick me out of this wonderful group! I love to hold a book in my hands so haven't yet experienced the wonder of audio books. Almost all my books are from the library. I love cookbooks and do get lots of them too but do not list them in my grand total count. SadlyI don't think my cooking has improved but I love to see trends what others are passionate about. So if I am "springing" for a book at the bookstore, it is usually a cookbook! I have 4 daughters who have all flown the coop. They are all living far away and they now have little ones. I was passionate about kids' books when our kids were little and still read lots of the newly published ones too. I am a retired Speech/Language Pathologist.

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I am reading Robert Macfarlane Underland: a Deep Time Journey and I can see why it is winning prizes. I did see the amazing film Anthropocene and the book is reminding me of the images from the film.

Sep 8, 2019, 8:48pm

Sooooo cute!

Sep 8, 2019, 9:11pm

Happy new thread, Mary.

Sep 8, 2019, 9:21pm

Happy new thread, Mary. Have fun with Loki and I hope you get back to sleeping through the night soon.

Sep 8, 2019, 9:52pm

Happy new thread!

Sep 8, 2019, 10:00pm

Happy new one!

Loki is soo adorable.

Sep 9, 2019, 1:47am

Yes, Loki is adorable Mary.

>2 mdoris: I have that in my pile, and may get to it soon.

Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 1:43pm

Harry Bliss

Sep 10, 2019, 7:07pm

Thank you Shelley, Paul, Meg, Jim, Anita and Caroline. Life is busy these days.

Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 1:43pm

Normal People by Sally Rooney V.I. Regional Library p. 273

i zoomed through this book telling the story of young love/friendship in its vulnerability. Rooney, who is Irish, did a good job telling the characters' stories especially how family violence/abuse shapes a person and how love and support shapes a person too.

The novel was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. It was voted as the 2018 Waterstones' Book of the Year, and won 'Best Novel' at the 2018 Costa Book Awards. In 2019, it was longlisted for the Women's Prize for fiction.

Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 1:30pm

New Minimalism Decluttering and Design for Sustainable Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin V.I. Regional Library p. 183

This was a helpful book giving good references and recommendations of websites to help manage our stuff. The main message is to vastly reduce volume. I'm heading for my cupboards and closets and drawers……well maybe I'll pick up another library book instead.

Puppy is sound asleep at my feet.

Sep 12, 2019, 1:38pm

cookbooks by Brian Hart Hoffman V.I. Regional Library

These are outstanding cookbooks for bakers. Each book has amazing recipes and each book is thick and weighs a ton. Hoffman also has a monthly baking magazine. Bake from Scratch.

Sep 12, 2019, 4:06pm

Happy New Thread, Mary!

Tyr Loki is adorable. I'm looking forward to many more photos.

Sep 12, 2019, 5:40pm

Happy New Thread, Mary. Love the puppy topper and I have Normal People on my TBR.

Sep 14, 2019, 4:55pm

Happy new thread, Mary!
Keep the Loki pictures coming, she is adorable!

Sep 14, 2019, 7:43pm

Thanks Janet, Mark and Anita. Here's a new pic after a long walk (for her) today.

Sep 14, 2019, 10:08pm

SO cute! She is growing !! :-)

Sep 16, 2019, 3:48pm

>17 mdoris: Those eyes! I bet she is a handful ;-)

Sep 19, 2019, 8:45am

Happy new thread, Mary. Loki is adorable.

I also loved Normal People. I will read more by Rooney.

Edited: Sep 21, 2019, 1:48pm

This is an interesting link I found on LIterary Hub.

Here are some intersting statistics.....

Some research from 5 years ago " 23 percent of American adults were “light” readers (finishing one to five titles per year), 10 percent were “moderate” (six to 11 titles), 13 percent were “frequent” (12 to 49 titles), and a dedicated 5 percent were “avid” (50 books and up)." To my calculations that means that 49% read NO BOOKS......yikes!

Sounds like more information can be found in How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul ( a newly published book)

In another book Raising Kids Who Read by Daniel T. Willingham, he explains the learning to read process, all the critical elements.
This has always interested me!

Edited: Sep 21, 2019, 2:03pm

>18 jessibud2:, >19 FAMeulstee:, >20 BLBera: Thanks Shelley, Anita and Beth for your visits and your lovely comments. I have been tied to the kitchen with visitors, and getting wonderful cuddles with baby Emily from Denver now 9 weeks old. I will post pictures soon. Loki is full beans and mischief. It's a good thing she's cute!

Beth I will read more of Rooney too. I decided to read her book after reading her short story "Color and Light" in the March 12, 2019 New Yorker mag.

Anita you are right Loki is a handful and then she has a very redeeming sweet side too.

Now back to The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami a wonderful book about the history of the tough population in the Burin Peninsula southern Newfoundland written by Linden MacIntyre. I must read more of his books! It was titled The Wake because of a devastating tsunami in 1929.

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Wild Rose (a film)

Saw the first of the local fall Film Circuit movies and it was fabulous! It's the story of a young woman newly released from prison who has 2 young kids who have been looked after by gramma. Mom sets her goal to be a country singer in Nashville but meanwhile lives in Glasgow. I loved this film! The music is amazing.

Angel from Montgomery/Bonnie Raitt

Sep 22, 2019, 3:52pm

HI Mary - It looks like I can get Wild Rose through Netflix, so I've added it to my queue. I'm glad you mentioned it.

Baby Emily came to visit? That sounds like pure joy!

Edited: Sep 22, 2019, 6:09pm

HI Janet, I guess Netflix in Canada has different availability because Wild Rose is not available on Netflix here. Drats! I was mentioning it on my morning hike with a friend and he was hoping it was available. This week I'm seeing a Gordon Lightfoot doc and it should be good too!

Yes "pure joy" is a very good description. It was a long trip back yesterday for the young family from Victoria to Denver.

Loki just poked her little head above the screen and wants puppy time RIGHT NOW! And I was hoping to finish my book. Not happening!

Edited: Sep 22, 2019, 6:36pm

The Wake The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami by Linden MacIntyre V.I. Library System p. 336

This was such a good book, so well written and with a firm personal connection (the author's father was a miner in the community). MacIntyre tells the history of small isolated communities in southern Newfoundland, the Burin peninsula that was rocked by a tsunami in 1929 with loss of life, had to endure a change of employment from fishing to mining and as a poor population was disadvantaged by employers and government. They gravely suffered from health concerns, lung cancers from radiation and silicosis from the mining dust. It is quite a story.

p. 322 "Aubrey Farrell recalls that when he graduated from high school that year twenty-six of the forty-four students in his class were fatherless."

p. 321 As of 2007 The unofficial number of miners who had died from work related accidents and illnesses in the St. Lawrence mines had reached 313 and that total, 191 had died "hard" from cancer of the lung. The total doesn't include the heart attacks resulting from the inefficiencies of lungs damaged by silicosis and bronchitis."

I will read more of this author who has won prizes for his fiction. The Bishop's Man

Sep 23, 2019, 2:25pm

>22 mdoris: Loki is full beans and mischief. It's a good thing she's cute! It is my theory that puppies, kittens and toddlers were made cute for just that reason!

>26 mdoris: It is amazing the hardships that some communities had to endure especially the miners and fishermen in the maritime provinces.

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>27 Familyhistorian: Yes, Meg in our house we refer to that as "protective camouflage", that being cute when they are kind of a challenge. Daughter Claire visited recently and we got such a laugh when she regularly called Emily a "crybaby"! She is 11 weeks old with a good set of lungs.

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The babies.....

Sep 23, 2019, 10:18pm

>29 mdoris: - Aww, so sweet! ALL of you! :-)

Sep 23, 2019, 10:27pm

>30 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley!

Sep 24, 2019, 6:32am

>29 mdoris: Love these babies, Mary! Nice photos!

It looks like you got me with The Wake The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami. Sounds like my cuppa.

Sep 24, 2019, 11:52am

>32 msf59:. Mark, it sure was my cuppa! Hope you like it when you get to it.

Sep 24, 2019, 1:46pm

I just saw the MacIntyre book at Costco when I was there this morning, picking up a prescription. I didn't get it, though. I am still trying to get through the library books and then, really want to attack the TBR piles on the floor before they attack me!

(which, of course, did not prevent me from purchasing a few books recently at Word on the Street and a university book sale...;-)

Sep 24, 2019, 3:35pm

>29 mdoris: Lovely photos Mary.

Of course, pumpkin time.

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Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech you'll never hear by Carl Hiaasen V.I. Regional Library

This book is funny, full of simple but gem advice and best of all it is illustrated by Roz Chast my all time fav. cartoonist. She rocks!

The end is near....don't make things worse!

Sep 24, 2019, 5:54pm

>34 jessibud2: Shelley not sure where I read about the MacIntyre book but it's a good one. There probably won't be a big library wait if you are tempted. I brought 9 books home today from the library (help!!!) and will have to rearrange my bookshelves as naughty puppy chews on any at her mouth and jump level. Any whose idea was it to get a puppy?

Sep 24, 2019, 5:56pm

>35 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline we have a marvelous daily farmers market all summer long in our community and this pumpkin patch is a good photo draw from there.

Edited: Sep 27, 2019, 1:01am

The second in the Film Circuit series was The Farewell.

It's the story of a young Chinese woman raised in the U.S. who makes a trip back to China to visit her ailing gramma. There were lots of interesting famly dynamics and culture contrasts portrayed.

Edited: Sep 27, 2019, 1:02am

Lucky me going to movies 2 nights in a row!
This was a doc about Gordon Lightfoot. It was well done with great footage, wonderful interviews and superb music. What a Canadian icon he is! So gifted.

If You Could Read My MInd

Sep 27, 2019, 2:04am

I'm very late to say so, but lovely family pictures. Your documentary & film watching is inspiring too - I want to see them all! Assume the worst sounds like my kind of humour, I will look out for it.

Edited: Sep 27, 2019, 6:26am

I agree with everything you said about the Lightfoot film, Mary. I loved it! I am going to see the new doc about Linda Ronstadt next week. It also looks great (from what I see of the previews). Is that one coming your way, too?

Sep 27, 2019, 1:33pm

>39 mdoris: I get a sense this was less of a success for you Mary. I had it on my radar, but my bro said they left part way through.

Sep 27, 2019, 3:09pm

>43 Caroline_McElwee: Very perceptive Caroline! It was a a bit too droopy for me with just a single plot line. I ended up being a bit bored and was looking instead at the family dynamics with some interest.

Sep 27, 2019, 3:21pm

>41 charl08: Thank you Charlotte. Hope you like Assume the Worst when you get to it!

>42 jessibud2: Shelley our doc series is kind of sporadic not part of Film Circuit although there might be some docs with that. FC is weekly now and I love that idea. So I have not seen the Linda Ronstadt doc listed but will keep my eyes peeled and should get out some of her old records. When we moved we didn't pass on any of our old music (thank heavens)! Will have to put some Gordon lIghtfoot on to listen to this weekend. What a guy!

Sep 27, 2019, 4:31pm

>42 jessibud2:, >45 mdoris:
I read about the Linda Rondatat documentary, and I am so hoping it comes to PEI! We have an independent cinema that shows these types of movies, so my fingers are crossed. It could be a few months. They showed the Gordon Lightfoot doc, so I have hope.

Sep 27, 2019, 5:05pm

I think I posted it somewhere (maybe on my own thread somewhere) but here is a link to the trailer for the Linda Ronstadt biopic:

The Sound of My Voice

Scroll once to the right for the trailer, and down, for the blurb. It looks good. I think I am going on Tuesday.

Edited: Sep 28, 2019, 10:57pm

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips V.I. Regional Library p. 256

This was an interesting and different kind of book. It's stucture of short stories that in the end made some connected sense was unusual. it's location was unusual, the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. The writing was unsual too, a kind of staccato quality. The many characters all had some struggling in their lives with jobs and/or relationships. Not an easy life in location or in existence. It touched on city vs. rural and white vs. first indigenous tensions and class hierarchy.

Sep 28, 2019, 12:10pm

>46 raidergirl3: Hi Elizabeth, Sounds like you have a good film series in your community!

>47 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley for the link to the Linda Ronstadt film. Hope you enjoy it on Tues.!

Edited: Sep 29, 2019, 5:45pm

These are for Shelley! They are pictures from a talented cousin of P's who does amazing rug hooking. Some of her pieces are copies of Maud Lewis the folk artist. She has become quite an authoriiy on Lewis and gives workshops all over.

In one of Maud's there is artistic license! You will notice an airedale terrier doing the chase! This is Pam's dog.

The last one shows the family's Norwegian roots.

Edited: Sep 29, 2019, 4:27pm

Thanks, Mary! Very beautiful work. Did you see the wonderful bio pic film from a couple of years ago, of Maud, called Maudie? It was excellent! A colleague of mine who I used to teach with was a huge Maud Lewis fan and she was also a rug hooker, giving workshops all over the place. Wouldn't it be a small world if she knew P's cousin?

Edited: Sep 29, 2019, 5:44pm

>51 jessibud2: Hi Shelley, Yes, I did see the Maud Lewis film and I found it completely captivating. I bet P's cousin and your former colleague know each other.

Sep 29, 2019, 5:40pm

>51 jessibud2: >52 mdoris: I really liked that movie, I had never heard of the artist.

Impressive work in >50 mdoris:, Mary. P has a talented cousin.

Sep 29, 2019, 8:36pm

>53 Caroline_McElwee: Hi Caroline, I really liked the Maud Lewis movie too. I thought Sally Hawkins did an amazing job of portraying the artist.

Oct 3, 2019, 1:05pm

What beautiful work in >50 mdoris:.

I had forgotten about the movie Maudie. I put it in my Netflix queue, but haven't watched it. I need to remedy that.

Edited: Oct 4, 2019, 5:34pm

The third movie in the Film Circuit series was A Colony. It is from a first time director from Quebec, Genevieve Dulude-De Celles, (32 years old) and the plot closely follows her own experience of grownng up in small town Quebec and feeling ostracized from her peer group. In the movie she does make friends with a classmate and must get over some prejudices concerning his aboriginal community. Three of us saw this movie and wanted to give it a bit of a pass, not from the theme and story but from the filming. The coming of a age theme is often interesting but such a single minded focus!

Oct 4, 2019, 6:20pm

>56 mdoris: - Hmm, I haven't heard of this one, Mary. But I saw the Linda Ronstadt doc this afternoon and it's wonderful! If it comes your way, don't miss it. What a voice and what a talent!

Oct 6, 2019, 11:35pm

Caught up, I think, Mary.

Trying to figure out how many books you've read so far in 2019. I counted 49. Am I right?

Oct 7, 2019, 12:03am

>58 PaulCranswick: HI Paul, i just polished off #51 and it was a good one!

Edited: Oct 7, 2019, 12:47am

>55 streamsong: Janet I hope you like the movie about Maude Lewis as much as I did when you get to it.

>57 jessibud2: Shelley I will have to keep an eye open for the Linda Ronstadt doc. Thanks for the recommendation.

Edited: Oct 9, 2019, 12:07pm

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett V.I. Regional Library p. 337

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a brother and sister and their close relationship. My take on this book was that it was about family bonds and forgiveness. I didn't want it to end. This is the 6th Ann Patchett book that i have read,

Here's an interesting interview with A.Patchett about the book.

Oct 11, 2019, 9:05am

>61 mdoris: Thanks for the link, Mary. I am a Patchett fan as well.

Baby Emily is growing! What a cutie. I love the photos.

I will search for the documentary on Gordon Lightfoot. I have been a fan for years.

Oct 11, 2019, 4:03pm

>50 mdoris: Those are very impressive rugs, Mary. Love the photos up thread as well!

Oct 12, 2019, 9:04pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mary.

Oct 12, 2019, 10:03pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Mary.

Oct 16, 2019, 12:16pm

Mary, those rugs upthread are truly works of art. I hope nobody is walking on them!

>61 mdoris: Like you, I didn't want The Dutch House to end. I loved the "burning the cake" analogy in the interview with Ann Patchett. I'm glad she took out the best parts and started over. Good for her. I'm also elated that she has many more stories to tell.

Happy Thanksgiving! It always take me by surprise because the leaves aren't even changing color here yet. I'm curious about how you celebrate. Lots of food? And is turkey on the menu?

Edited: Oct 21, 2019, 11:54pm

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell V.I. Regional Library System p. 346

For me all M.Gladwell books are interesting and make the brain do an about face in looking at the ideas he presents. This book is no exception. Many of the stories are quite familiar, as they have been newsworthy and tragic but he puts a different spin on our ability to understand them. He writes about Bernie Madoff, Amanda Knox, Sylvia Plath, Jerry Sandusky and Sandra Bland looking at how we process information when we talk with strangers.

Oct 21, 2019, 11:48pm

>62 BLBera: Beth hope you like the Gordon Lightfoot doc when you watch it!

>63 Familyhistorian: Thanks Meg. The rugs really are spectacular.

>64 jessibud2:, >65 PaulCranswick: Thanks Shelley and Paul. This month is zooming by in a crazy way. Now Thanksgiving seems like ages ago.

>66 Donna828: Donna no one is walking on the rugs for sure. They are wall hangings or wall art.
Yes, Thanksgiving here is the full meal deal with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, veg and pumpkin pie. It's a delicious groaner! The Denver daughter celebrated the Canadian dates but cooked a big chicken. I'm sure she will celebrate again with the U.S. dates!

Edited: Oct 23, 2019, 11:15pm

All is True

Another Wednesday roles by with a Film Circuit movie viewing of a fabulous film about William Shakespeare's family. Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh were FANTATIC!

Oct 24, 2019, 7:23am

>69 mdoris: - Oh, that sounds great! I have not heard of this one! I will have to watch for it.

Oct 24, 2019, 7:33am

>61 mdoris: I'm waiting for this one from the library: can't wait!

>69 mdoris: This looks like fun, hopefully it will appear on the film channels here soon.

Oct 24, 2019, 12:58pm

How is your wee canine friend getting along Mary. She must have grown since our last update?

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 1:01am

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout V.I. Regional Library System p. 287

I loved the the first Olive book and this one did not disappoint. Strout sure "gets" family dynamics and aging. She is such a good writer. Her linked stories some with Olive as the main character and some with Olive as a peripheral character are such an interesting way to develop a character through the eyes of self and through the eyes of others.

Oct 27, 2019, 1:11am

>70 jessibud2: Shelley hope you enjoy the film if/when you watch it!

>71 charl08: I sure could have used closed captions on the film. There was such great dialogue and I'm sure I missed lots.

>72 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline, the wee canine friend is growing in leaps and bounds and we are having fun with her. We have had lots of visitors lately so our focus on puppy training has been a bit distracted. We are going to puppy classes and there is a LOT to learn for her and for us. Yikes! I'll try to post a picture of her soon.

Edited: Oct 27, 2019, 6:59pm

Three year old grandson has been visiting so we have been reading our favourite old Halloween books. They are so good!

.......and many more.....

Oct 28, 2019, 6:38am

Hi, Mary! I hope you had a nice weekend. Hooray for The Dutch House! Ms. Patchett delivers again. Glad to hear you enjoyed Olive, again. I am starting that one in a few days.

Oct 28, 2019, 6:27pm

>69 mdoris: This looks good. I'll make a note of it.

>75 mdoris: Room on the Broom is a favorite here... Halloween is so much fun with little kids.

>73 mdoris: I'm waiting for this one. Strout is good with families, and I love Olive.

Oct 28, 2019, 8:58pm

>76 msf59: Mark hope you enjoy Olive Again as much as I did!

>77 BLBera: Beth, I will keep my eyes peeled for Room on the Broom. I love kids' seasonal books. I have quite the collection that greatly impressed the 3 year old grandson. I had forgotten how many times, one after another, over and over again that a book NEEDS to be read! So nice!

Oct 30, 2019, 11:02pm

Wednesday is Film Circuit night and tonight's film was Before You Know It, a quirky "comedy" hmmmm (too many sad bits for me to agree) that takes place in New York city about 2 adult sisters, a dad and a teenaged grand daughter living together in the theatre world. It felt like a Woody Allen film. The sets and acting were wonderful but the plot was thin.

Nov 7, 2019, 5:35pm

A Better Man by Louise Penny V.I. Regional Library p. 433

This is the 10th Penny book that I have read. I did not read her early Gamache books and started reading at the 1/3 way mark. I have mostly enjoyed her books and was interested in the previous two as they dealt with the horrendous drug challenges of a big city. This current read was a disappointment for me however. I found it sloppy and choppy and long for the plot that was told. I think she wrote it in a hurry. I think I will be cautious about reading another Penny book. There are just too many good books out there!

Edited: Nov 7, 2019, 7:40pm

Another Wednesday for Film Circuit has rolled by and the film last night was One Day in the LIfe of Noah Piugattuk.

This film tells the story of Inuk people on Baffin Island leading their traditonal life being forced into settlements by the Canadian government. It is a story told in a slow telling and in a stunning environment.

(from the film description)....... "Piugattuk — a real-life Inuk elder who lived 1900–96 and who saw firsthand the erosion of his people’s language and lifestyle — imbues the film with an incredible vitality and urgency."

Edited: Nov 7, 2019, 7:42pm

>26 mdoris: This is an interesting interview by Shelagh Rogers with Linden MacIntyre about his recently published book The Wake The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami

Nov 7, 2019, 8:32pm

I posted that link on Meg's last thread, Mary. I own a few of MacIntyre's books, though not that one, but haven't read any yet. I used to watch him on The Fifth Estate. Have you read anything by him?

Nov 7, 2019, 10:28pm

>83 jessibud2: Shelley, I just saw it today in an email from CBC books. Maybe in the east you get it before it heads over the mountains in the west! No, I haven't read anything else by him but now I want to.

Nov 8, 2019, 7:36am

I actually heard it on the radio when it aired last week and then went to the site to get the link to post. I am a bit behind in my CBC books emails.

Nov 8, 2019, 3:57pm

How is Loki doing?

Edited: Nov 8, 2019, 5:29pm

>86 FAMeulstee: HI Anita, Thanks for the visit and asking about our new puppy. Loki is GREAT!!! but the last month has been a bit rocky as we have had non stop visitors (family) with babies and young kids so the mixture of kids/puppy/baby has been for sure a challenge. She is our 5th dog so we should know what we are doing but maybe we don't. She is a bit of hand full and we are about to finish our last of 6 puppy classes that have been hugely worthwhile. She is full of energy and mischief and quite strong minded......"I will do what you want if it's what I WANT!" but she is very young still (4 months) and growing like a weed. We love her but still miss our Maggie who was so easy and eager to please. Hmmmm! I will post pictures this weekend.

p.s. As you can imagine not much reading is being done. I will be kicked out of the 75ers soon I fear!

Nov 8, 2019, 5:49pm

>87 mdoris: Thank you for the Loki update, Mary.
Some puppies can be very strongwilled, maybe lure her more into thinking she wants what you want?

I was surprised to see you finished some books ;-)

Edited: Nov 9, 2019, 11:08am

Sorry that these pics are sideways. I tried to import them in a few different ways and they all headed in the wrong direction. Not sure how to fix this as the originals are the proper orientation.

Nov 8, 2019, 6:46pm

Happy Friday, Mary. Hooray for Loki. Sideways or not. And yes, I did love Olive, Again. I just posted my glowing mini-review.

Nov 8, 2019, 8:13pm

>90 msf59: Happy Friday to you too Mark! So glad that you liked Olive Again. I will go hunt for your mini-review.

Nov 8, 2019, 10:13pm

She's a beauty, Mary. She's just going through the terrible twos a bit early. Or maybe not, in dog years!

Nov 9, 2019, 1:25am

Thanks Shelley, she's a lot of fun and making us smile a lot!

Nov 9, 2019, 8:59am

>89 mdoris: it's an easy fix Mary, just make a tiny edit on each picture, and when you upload again it will be the right way round.

Boy she has certainly grown. It might be some years before she is as mellow as Maggie though.

Nov 9, 2019, 11:13am

Caroline, no such luck. I tried as you suggested and they are still sideways. Oh boy.......

Nov 9, 2019, 11:42am

Mary's little darlin...

Nov 9, 2019, 3:53pm

>89 mdoris: Adorable, even sideways! She is growing fast.

Nov 9, 2019, 6:09pm

Caroline you are an amazing magician. How did you do that? With thanks......

Nov 10, 2019, 8:22pm

>40 mdoris: >47 jessibud2: I got to see The Sound of My Voice, the Linda Ronstadt documentary. It was so good! I was a fan of Trio and the Aston Neville album back in the day and forgot about all her early hits.
The Gordon Lightfoot doc is back next week for a few showings; I’ll definitely try to get to it.

Nov 12, 2019, 11:15pm

Christmas with Maud Lewis bu Lance Woolaver V.I. Regional Library p 112

Maud Lewis was a folk artist in Nova Scotia (1903-1970). Her painting are captivating and her life story is too. This is a lovely book full of her wonderful paintings and stories about her life. She made a living by selling Christmas cards and paintings the size of postcards and doing commissions.

Nov 12, 2019, 11:18pm

>97 BLBera: Thanks Beth! We had our last of six puppy classes and hope we can cope on our own now.....

>99 raidergirl3: Elizabeth hope you can get to the LIghtfoot film and enjoy it as much as I did! I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for the Ronstadt one.

Nov 16, 2019, 4:46pm

Loki's adorable! - Right side up, sideways or even upside down.

Still contemplating whether new doghood is in my future. Between the horses and two cats I am already badly outnumbered by fourfoots. But none of them are DOGS.

Lucky you to have grandkids visit and to be able to share the childhood favorites.

I'm also enjoying your reviews of the film series. Unfortunately most don't seem available in the US.

Nov 18, 2019, 12:39pm

>102 streamsong: Thanks Janet. Loki is full of beans! It is a BIG decision to have a dog. I can see how the decision is a struggle for you. It sure sounds like you have lots on your plate!

Nov 18, 2019, 12:43pm

The Tournament of Books long list was announced today. Sounds like some very interesting books are being considered. The short list will be announced soon.
So far I have read 3 of them and have a few more waiting and on the hold list at the library.

Edited: Nov 18, 2019, 6:17pm

>99 raidergirl3: the Gordon Lightfoot Doc was at my local cinema this weekend, but by Sunday night I was too tired to go. Then lo, on the doc channel on tv last night was If You Could Read My Mind. Glad I didn’t buy a ticket! Although I didn’t pay as much attention, still, it was good!

ETA: thanks for the TOB list!

Edited: Nov 21, 2019, 11:41am

Another Wednesday has rolled along and the film this week was Village Rockstars.
It takes place in rural India relating a young girl's experiences and dreams on the cusp of adolescence. The filming was stunning and was slow and the plot was minimal but it was enjoyed for its beauty and cultural contrasts.

Nov 21, 2019, 11:57am

>105 raidergirl3: That was very lucky Elizabeth to find the Gordon Lightfoot doc. Hope you enjoyed it. For me it was so great to have his music whirling around in my head again. I'm right now loving a group called Small Glories from Winnipeg. They are fabulous!

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Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge V.I. Library System p.144

This is a long essay about silence written by a Norwegian man who has walked/skied to the North Pole, the South Pole and summited Everest. He talks often about having 3 daughters and I am imagining that there is not much silence in his time with them! He writes in short segments, short ideas and it wasn't a barn burner for me.

Nov 23, 2019, 8:37am

>89 mdoris: & >96 Caroline_McElwee: They are cute ....even when they made my head spin!

Have a lovely weekend, Mary.

Nov 23, 2019, 12:28pm

>109 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. Loki is growing like a weed and full of fun and mischief.

Nov 23, 2019, 12:34pm

The Handmaid's Tale The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood art and adaptation by Rene Nault V.I. Regional Library

This was a very interesting adaptation. I have The Testaments on reserve at the library so thought I would brush up with a review of the Handmaid's Tale before I launched into Atwood's new work. It is such a tough, grim story.

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The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth V.I. Regional Library

This was a wonderful childrens book recommended by Charlotte. With thanks....! charl08

Nov 26, 2019, 9:54pm

Oh, Mary. A friend just sent this to me. Surely, you must know about this *typo*:

I guess they can't catch them all...! ;-)

Nov 26, 2019, 10:47pm

>113 jessibud2: Oh my goodness Shelley, Satan in my back yard and i didn't even know about it!

Nov 26, 2019, 11:00pm

Nov 27, 2019, 10:07am

>111 mdoris: Hi Mary. I thought the graphic adaptation was really good. Enjoy The Testaments!

Nov 27, 2019, 10:33pm

>116 BLBera: THanks Beth. It might take some time before the library copy rolls around in my direction. Must be patient!

Nov 28, 2019, 12:31am

I wonder how many people got their photo taken with Satan? Spell check wouldn't have picked that up, would it?

Where are you seeing the Wednesday films, Mary? I hope it was a good one this week.

Nov 28, 2019, 12:17pm

>118 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg, We have had the week off but there will be 2 more showings in Dec., So the Wed. films are at the local movie theatre with ultra wonderful seating which is new. It is organized by Film Circuit which is part of TIFF. Each community across Canada (and there are 150 of them) organizes their own series but dips into the films supplied by TIFF so they are very international choices which I love! Each community uses it for a fund raiser. Ours supports the Comox Valley Art Gallery. I see that there is a Film Circuit in Maple Ridge and one in New West and one in Port Moody. You might want to investigate! The films are fabulous! I used to live on the North Shore in Vancouver and there were 2 to choose from. Lucky!

It's funny as the last film I saw was a wee bit boring as I was watching it as there was very little plot but it has sat very well with me making me think and consider their life style in contrast to ours........

The ACT Arts Centre and Theatre
view location on map11944 Haney Pl, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 6G1

Nov 28, 2019, 12:36pm

Happy Thanksgiving Mary.

Nov 28, 2019, 11:11pm

The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith V.I. Library System p. 245

McCall Smith has written 60 books and I just counted and I have read 24 of them so I think that makes me a card carrying fan. This is #2 in the Paul Stuart series and I must now hunt out #1. This one is as delightful, fun and full of characters and of a kindly plot as his other books. How do you do it I want to ask McCall Smith!

Nov 28, 2019, 11:14pm

>120 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline. We enjoyed our Canadian one in mid October but always fun to think of it happening again in the U.S. No doubt our 2 daughters living in Denver will be celebrating today!

Dec 4, 2019, 11:57am

>119 mdoris: Hi Mary, thanks for the link. The venues around here seem to show the tiff films at film festivals. I like the idea of one night a week spread out like your theatre is doing it.

Happy reading!

Dec 4, 2019, 12:43pm

Yes, Meg I agree especially in this small community where there are few options. Tonight's film is The Maiden which is the film about a all women's crew in a sailing race around the world. It has sold out so promises to be a great movie!

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Another Wednesday has rolled around and this week's film was a documentary, The Maiden about an all women crew who were first to sail in the around the world race, the Whitbread. What a fantastic film this was. Tracy Edwards was awarded the first woman Yachtman's award for her risk taking, adventurous and against what was the grain and successful experience. The women were painted with the failure brush but triumphed beautifully. She and her crew were amazing, tough and very accomplished. The sea video footage is from their actual trip.

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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead V.I. Regional Library system p. 210

This is one tough read but a story (one of many) that needs to be told (based on a true story) and it was told so very well by Whitebread. I know it will stay with me a long time.

Dec 6, 2019, 11:28am

>126 mdoris: It is near the top of my pile Mary, maybe next week.

Dec 6, 2019, 11:49am

>127 Caroline_McElwee: I can see Caroline why it is making the "top" reads lists for 2019.

Dec 8, 2019, 2:44pm

Yup, it was one of the best of the yer for me.

Dec 11, 2019, 12:26pm

>126 mdoris: The Nickel Boys is ready and waiting for me at the library. From the reviews that I have read, I'm looking forward to it but almost dreading it at the same time.

Dec 12, 2019, 9:00pm

The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last by Azra Raza V.I. Regional LIbrary p. 290

This interesting book is a plea by an accomplished oncologist whose specialty area is leukemia. The plea is to make a better assessment of where all the research dollars are going, to examine the research models and the politics around this and to get a better bang for the buck. She is an accomplished writer and did a very good job telling the human side of the stories that emphasize her position. I got the idea to read this book from rabbitprincess here on on L.T. Thank you! It did really make me think and empathize with those people greatly suffering from near death cancer about their choices for treatment and what choices they are being made to make. Raza quotes many literary pieces and is well read in the classics and poetry. This was quite the intriguing book for me. I am hoping for the sake of cancer research that she will be heard!

from the jacket....." . We spend $150 billion each year treating the disease, yet few innovations notwithstanding-a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it today as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one's life at agonizing physical and financial cost"

Dec 12, 2019, 9:07pm

>131 mdoris: - It does sound interesting though not very encouraging. Which is probably why it is an important book to read!

Dec 12, 2019, 10:26pm

>129 drneutron: Yes Jim, I can appreciate why you say Nickel Boys is a favourite for you.

>130 Familyhistorian: Meg it will be interesting to see what you think of it!

>132 jessibud2: Shelley it was not an easy read but it was so well done.

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i love Booth!

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My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith V.I. Library System p. 232

Shock. I read this out of order! This is the first in the Paul Stuart series and i had read the 2nd one first a few weeks ago. But it is again a delightful read, a human story full of descriptions of the hills of Tuscany, lovely Italian wine and delicious food and the struggles of challenging romance and the fun of new friendships.

Dec 16, 2019, 7:18pm

The Tournament of Books short list was announced today. Here is a spreadsheet. It is always fun in March to follow.

Dec 17, 2019, 11:10am

Love Alexander McCall Smith's books for when I need fluffy and hopeful. I have not read any of this series, though.

Thanks for posting the tournament of books selections. So far, I have only read one The Testaments. Hopefully I'll make it to a few more. So many books ... yada yada :) How many have you read?

Dec 17, 2019, 11:27am

>136 mdoris: Oh dear, the only one I've read was Normal People and I hated it! There are a few titles there on my TBR list already, maybe I'll try to read some more before the Tournament of Books. Even if I don't get to the books, I do enjoy reading the judges' rundowns!

Dec 17, 2019, 11:44am

>131 mdoris: Nice review of The First Cell, Mary. I'll add it to my holiday wish list.

Dec 20, 2019, 11:23pm

>134 mdoris: Those are fun seasonal covers!

Dec 21, 2019, 1:05pm

Always on the winter solstice I think of summer coming. Yeah for summer!

Dec 21, 2019, 1:14pm

>141 mdoris: - You are such an optimist! Summer feels so very far away right now. Mind you, it's bright and sunny here today and not nearly as cold as it was 2 days ago. So there's that! :-)

Dec 21, 2019, 1:14pm

>137 streamsong: Janet I have only read one book on the short list for the Tournament of Books so far but I have quite a few more on reserve at the library and patiently waiting. It is always fun for me to follow the discussions about the books when the time comes.

"Fluffy and hopeful" is a great way to describe. A. Mcall Smith. I love his books too! He spoke at our former library years ago and he was amazing. He speaks just the way he writes so I can see why he is so prolific!

>138 bell7: Mary, I enjoy the judges rundowns too for the T.of B. Maybe I can get a few more read before March!

>139 kidzdoc: Darryl hope you like The First Cell if you get to it. There was a lot of compassion in her telling.

>140 Familyhistorian: Thanks Meg. Booth always makes me smile. Maybe it's the dogs........

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On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux V.I. Library System p. 436

This is my second Theroux travel book that I have read and I loved it. I have been to Mexico five times. Once to the Puerto Vallarta area (an all inclusive resort), once to the Cancun area (again an all inclusive resort with trips out in our rental car off the beaten path) and once canoeing in the Sea of Cortez in our big canoe off the Baja and once crossing the border on foot with 15 gorgeous young female basketball players to go to a market across the border south from Tucson (gulp!!! when I was a chaperone). My fifth time was on foot at the crossing at Sasabe Arizona. We had been at a ranch to ride horses and rode up to the wall and viewed the misery of the migrant migration on the Arizona side of the border. My times in Mexico were as a tourist and I did not get to see the "real" Mexico except in the Baja area as we had driven down from California and explored "off-piste"en route to Loreto and in Arizona to see the empty water bottles and baby blankets discarded.

But this wonderful book from Theroux was a real eye opener for me. I read it slowly so I could savor his descriptions and his observations. At 76 years of age he drove south from his home in Massachusetts to the border and explored both sides of the border extensively then headed south. He spent a great deal of time at the border to see the influences of the wall and the devastating restrictions it imposes. He took Spanish lessons and gave writer's workshops, visited Mexico City and small villages, made new friends and got as far south to see the migrant camps of those people coming up from Guatemala and met the leaders of the Zapatista group. He became closely acquainted with the politics, the atmosphere, the poverty and the struggles of various language and native groups. He was always interested in the connection and stories people had to the U.S.A. There was certainly an edge of looming danger with his travels but he tells an amazing story!

My goal is to read at least one of his travel books each year and the next on the list is Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads.

Dec 22, 2019, 3:21pm

Have a peek! A new nooks in minature.

Dec 22, 2019, 6:51pm

Happy Sunday, Mary. Good review of On the Plain of Snakes. I am way overdue to read a book by Theroux and this seems like a good fit for me.

Dec 24, 2019, 2:06pm

So glad you were also a fan of The Nickel Boys, Mary. That was one of those tough but important books to read for me. It will likely make my Top Ten for the year. I will wait until the very end of the year to decide on my very favorites. It's almost as bad as picking a favorite child. Haha.

Dec 24, 2019, 6:10pm

Merry Christmas Mary.

Dec 25, 2019, 12:50pm

Merry Christmas from Montana, Mary!

Looking forward to another year of great conversations about books!

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Who says a baby isn't cute with birthday cake smeared all over her face? Grand daughter Anouk on her first birthday yesterday! Yum chocolate.

Dec 25, 2019, 9:24pm

Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

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Frankissstein A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson V.I. LIbrary System p. 344

I was grateful that I had read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein a year or two ago so it was somewhat fresh in my mind but the weaving of her story and the story of contemporary research into Artificial Intelligence in this present novel left me pretty cold. I will be very interested to read some reviews and see what others readers thought of this book. For me it was weird and flat.

Dec 29, 2019, 1:10am

>146 msf59: Mark, I think you will like On A Plain of Snakes when/if you get to it.

>147 Donna828: Donna I will be very interested to see your top book choices for 2019. I will have to try and figure out mine too.

>148 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline. All the best in 2020 to you.

>149 streamsong: Janet love the Christmas ornament. Looking forward to book talk too in 2020.

>151 PaulCranswick: Paul all the best to you and family for 2020. I'll be visiting your new thread soon.

Dec 29, 2019, 10:19am

Hi Mary. I love the New Yorker covers.

I will read The Nickel Boys next year, I guess.

>144 mdoris: I love Theroux's travel books, but I haven't read this one. Onto the list it goes. My favorite is still The Old Patagonian Express; I think that may have been his first one.

I loved Frankissstein but recognize that it wouldn't appeal to everyone.

I hope you're having a wonderful holiday.

Edited: Dec 29, 2019, 12:29pm

>154 BLBera: Funny how books work Beth. I tried to like Frankissstein but just never engaged with the characters. I often like the two themes woven together but this time I just found it distracting.

I have only read 2 of Theroux's travel books but found them both amazing. I will read one every year from now on. My first one was Dark Star Safari and I found it fascinating. Now I will put The Old Patagonian Express to the top of the list, with thanks! Hope you enjoy his book about Mexico when you get to it. It is just recently published.

Glad that you like Booth. He is a real favourite of mine!

Dec 29, 2019, 12:28pm

Hope everyone here on L.T. is figuring out their "best of 2019" lists as i LOVE to look at those at this time of year.

A favourite site to have a peek at this time of year is from Largeheartedboy.....he puts together and updates lists from a zillion sources. It is pretty complete!

Dec 29, 2019, 12:34pm

>156 mdoris: - Yikes. I haven't heard of that link, Mary, but thanks. Or maybe not. I can see it being a HUGE time suck!!!! :-)

Dec 29, 2019, 12:52pm

>157 jessibud2: Oh Shelley,,,,,time suck BIG TIME! Maybe it's not quite completed as last year I saw "best of" from Canadian Geographic mag on his lists and followed up on some of those and they were very interesting but I don't see it listed yet so maybe more will be added later to his master list.

Dec 29, 2019, 1:00pm

>158 mdoris: - Is this guy Canadian? I see several CBC links.

Dec 29, 2019, 2:25pm

No I don't think so Shelley but he is pretty comprehensive. He does music too not just books. His lists are there from previous years too. I get buried in his lists this time every year!

Dec 29, 2019, 5:59pm

>152 mdoris: I actually quite enjoyed this Mary. It might have been enhanced by seeing her perform some of it (she really gets into it, so it is hardly just a reading), though I was already enjoying it by the time I saw the event. I'm also quite interested in AI. It's positive uses, and that fact we need to ensure we contain its potential negative uses.

Dec 29, 2019, 6:32pm

>161 Caroline_McElwee: Caroline I wanted to like it more than I did as I have read some of her other books and did really like them. Perhaps it was the mood i was in. Glad that it was a very good read for you. The performance would have enhanced things for sure. I once was captivated by Alexander McCall Smith who came to speak at our local library. HIs presence has certainly helped me enjoy his books more.

Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 8:35pm

Here are my favourite books for 2019. I read 64 books this year and it seems I loved many non fiction ones. My TBR pile has grown in monstrous proportions with 262 on that list for 2019 alone. Yikes! I better get reading........

Non fiction
Coddling of the American Mind by John Haigt and Greg Lukianoff
On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux
The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami by Linden MacIntyre
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane
Big Lonely Doug by Harley Rustad

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Dec 31, 2019, 4:22am

Hi Mary. Nice list. Seems you've been enjoying some fine nature writing and "sense of place" books. I have only read one by Patchett but have been meaning to read more of her.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year - hoping to get more into reading and posting on LT next year. See you on your new thread. :)

Dec 31, 2019, 12:01pm

>164 ctpress: Carsten, it's very nice to see you visit. See you on your new thread too!

Dec 31, 2019, 12:01pm

Please come and visit at my new thread for 2020.

Happy New Year!