Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2019 #3
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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
-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.
>2 mdoris: I have that in my pile, and may get to it soon.
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.
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.
Keep the Loki pictures coming, she is adorable!
I also loved Normal People. I will read more by Rooney.
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!
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.
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
Baby Emily came to visit? That sounds like pure joy!
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!
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
>26 mdoris: It is amazing the hardships that some communities had to endure especially the miners and fishermen in the maritime provinces.
It looks like you got me with The Wake The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami. Sounds like my cuppa.
(which, of course, did not prevent me from purchasing a few books recently at Word on the Street and a university book sale...;-)
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!
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.
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
>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!
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.
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.
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.
I had forgotten about the movie Maudie. I put it in my Netflix queue, but haven't watched it. I need to remedy that.
Trying to figure out how many books you've read so far in 2019. I counted 49. Am I right?
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.
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.
>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?
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.
>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!
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!
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.
>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.
.......and many more.....
>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!
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!
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."
p.s. As you can imagine not much reading is being done. I will be kicked out of the 75ers soon I fear!
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 ;-)
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.
Boy she has certainly grown. It might be some years before she is as mellow as Maggie though.
The Gordon Lightfoot doc is back next week for a few showings; I’ll definitely try to get to it.
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.
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.
So far I have read 3 of them and have a few more waiting and on the hold list at the library.
ETA: thanks for the TOB list!
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.
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.
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.
I guess they can't catch them all...! ;-)
Where are you seeing the Wednesday films, Mary? I hope it was a good one this week.
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
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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!
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"
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.
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?
"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........
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.
Looking forward to another year of great conversations about books!
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.
>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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Wishing you a wonderful New Year - hoping to get more into reading and posting on LT next year. See you on your new thread. :)