karenmarie's eclectic reading - chapter 11
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Welcome to my eleventh thread of 2019.
There’s nothing like NOT being retired to make one appreciate how much one loves being retired. My 13-week 3-days-a-week stint of office work is done.
Here’s how much I love being retired:
It’s dilly! It’s the Lollapalooza. 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. Once again, I do 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 have now joined the book sort team on Tuesday mornings to sort donations to the book sales. I also 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’re now making Two Kitty noises for Christmas… we and Inara need more kitties in the house. 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. I was looking for a picture of my sibs and me at Marineland of the Pacific, taken when I was about 11 or so but found this one first. I’ve seen it before, but didn’t have it scanned yet. This is circa 1960. My sister looks about 3. This was taken in Iowa at my Great-grandmother’s house in Swisher. This ties in with my memory of a train trip about that time. Mom is standing on the left, Grandma is standing on the right, and Doug, Laura, Great-Grandma and I are seated/kneeling.
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.
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.
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
85. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep 10/5/19 10/25/19 ****1/2 279 pages hardcover
86. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan 10/15/19 10/27/19 *** 369 pages hardcover
87. Busman's Honeymoon: A Love Story with Detective Interruptions by Dorothy L. Sayers 10/27/19 11/1/19 **** 381 pages hardcover
88. The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers edited by Carole Vanderhoof 11/10/18 11/1/19 **** 235 pages trade paperbook
89. Blue Moon by Lee Child 11/1/19 11/4/19 **** 356 pages hardcover
90. The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill 11/4/19 11/5/19 **** 305 pages hardcover
91. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton 11/5/19 11/10/19 **** 1/2 308 pages hardcover
The War Poems of Sigfried Sassoon ed. Rupert Hart-Davis 1983 10/20/19 139 pages hardcover, Kindle
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
287. FoL Fall Book Sale - Kipling: A Selection of His Stories and Poems Volume I by John Beecroft
288. FoL Fall Book Sale - Kipling: A Selection of His Stories and Poems Volume II by John Beecroft
289. FoL Fall Book Sale - A Killer angels Companion by D. Scott Hartwig
290. Amazon - The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
291. Louise - Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
292. Louise - At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
293. LT Early Reviewers Program - Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates
294. Amazon - Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, audiobook
295. Amazon - Buddhism Plain & Simple by Steve Hagen
296. Book sort reject - creased covers and all pages, upper right - Descartes' Bones by Russell Shorto
297. Thrift Shop - The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
298. Jessica Adam - The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
299. Amazon - Blue Moon by Lee Child
300. Friend Mark - Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
301. Book sort reject - The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
302. Book sort reject - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
303. Book sort reject - The Invisibles by Jesse J. Holland
304. Amazon - Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
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
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
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
242. A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King - gift for friend Karen
243. Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
244. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
245. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
246. Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King
247. Merlin by Norma Lorre Goodrich
248. King Arthur by Norma Lorre Goodrich
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
US Born 37%
Foreign Born 63%
Trade Pback 35%
Mass Market 17%
My Library 85%
Library or Other 14%
Author Birth Country
Original Decade Published
Graphic Novel 1%
Historical Fiction 2%
Speculative Fiction 9%
84. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak
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.
Happy new thread, Karen! And I see you've culled almost as many books as you've bough, so far. Well done! A bit more culling and you're no longer in the red!
Hi Karen my dear, happy new thread and hope you, Bill and Jenna are well dear friend.
Happy new thread, Karen!
>1 karenmarie: Four generations at one picture, how special!
Happy new one, Karen! You've got me interested in the Shafak.... Nice review.
>8 PawsforThought: Thanks, Paws! I have lots of old romances that can be culled, along with a few authors I’m done with.
>9 johnsimpson: Hi John, thank you. We’re all doing pretty well, all things considered – I’m back to being retired full time and although it’s only the second day, am already feeling calmer and more myself.
>10 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I know – four generations. I’m glad I found that picture.
>11 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! And thanks re my review. I hope you get a chance to read it.
Well, I don’t know exactly how I did it – whether it while I was doing some furniture moving and serious cleaning yesterday or at book sort this morning as I was carrying some largish loads of books (I know, I know… ) but my lower back is really giving me fits right now. It’ll be fine by tomorrow, most likely. I’ve used heat and my TENS machine, and just took some ibuprophen.
I’ve started The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan for November’s book club discussion.
Yes (>10 FAMeulstee:), definitely very special to have a four-generation photo with all your sibs as well. Your thread will fill at the speed of light now.
Happy New Thread, Karen. Good review of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds. I plan on starting my copy, on Thursday.
>13 quondame: Thanks, Susan!
>14 SandyAMcPherson: I never thought about it that way, with the sibs, I guess it would have seemed strange to me to have one without the sibs. *smile*
>15 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita! It’s lots better – ibuprophen usually does the trick for me. It just took longer than I expected this time.
>16 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I hope you like it.
>17 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley! Now I’m wondering who took it…
We are watching Shitts Creek - probably everybody else has watched it before. We're alternately fascinated and repulsed, but lots of belly laughs.
>18 karenmarie:, by the time my brother came along, my great-grandma was too ill to travel, so there's only me with my Grandmother and Gr-grand. My mom took the picture.
I guess I was admiring that your family organized themselves properly for the memorable photo. And I'm probably from an era when cameras and photos weren't so prevalent. Anyway, your photo is a treasure and so thanks for sharing!
Love the new picture, Karen. As always, you look like yourself. Happy Reading and Reviewing!
All those books!!!!! Our annual library sale was last week, and I forgot about it. I guess I don't really need any FoL books. I'll be comforted by the couple on their way from PBS. Hmmm. It was also just my birthday, and I received a bit of $. Hmmmmmmm.
Nope. We have not only not watched Shitt's Creek; I had never heard of it. Sounds like a thing I could watch with my DH.
Happy new thread, Karen. Good to see you enjoying retired life - again!
Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. Blustery and chilly today. Oh, joy. Hooray, for seeing the hummingbirds. I am taking mine down. I have not seen any activity in a few weeks.
>19 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul.
>20 SandyAMcPherson: My g-grandma was about 79 in this pic. We had traveled from California to Iowa. I know I’m lucky to have this picture.
It’s easy to get pics now with cell phones, but cameras, film, developing, and getting them to folks was a much bigger deal. I have a lot of photos of my mother when she was young, even a lovely one of my grandma and grandpa about the time they got married. No wedding photo because they eloped and got married across the county line.
>21 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy. Yup. Way too many books. *smile* I will have them all on shelves, even though it means culling others, by Thanksgiving. At least that’s my goal.
Birthday money should always be used on something special. Books are good.
Do you watch TV with your DH? I know you’re always so busy with your mother but like the idea of you sitting down with dog and kitties nearby watching TV.
>22 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. So far so good on round II.
>23 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark, and happy Wednesday to you, too. It’s 57 here and raining. Once I don’t see a hummingbird for 2 days in a row I’ll take the feeders down. No joy yet this morning, and only one Cardinal so far.
I’m getting my flu shot and a haircut this afternoon, leaving the house around 4. Until then lots of hanging out and reading.
Happy New Thread, Karen!
Good for you for getting your flu shot. We got ours, too.
Nice mini-review of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds. It's in my future.
I saw up there among your acquisitions Killer Angels Companion. What a good idea for a book. I may try to track that down. I loved the Michael Schaara book, but of course it left a lot of bigger picture questions, some of which, at least, I'm sure are addressed in the companion.
Happy new thread! I'm all anti-flu'd as well. Not that I've had flu in decades...this spring's viral pneumonia was hellish enough, I'll do what I need to to avoid the flu.
>26 richardderus: - There is relatively new pneumonia vaccine out these days, Richard. Can you take that? My doctor suggested it to me last year but I didn't do it. I might this year, though, even though I have never had pneumonia in my life. But I am getting older so prevention is probably worth more than a pound of whatever! I will get the flu shot, thanks for the reminder, Karen! I get it every year. Now that I am no longer working with young kids, it probably isn't as urgent but still.
Thanks. Last year's flu shot was a salutory lesson in Getting Old - at age 65 they want you to get the High-Dose vaccine. More of the same this year. My doctor's office didn't have a flu shot clinic this year, and Walgreen's is apparently in a pissing contest with BlueCross Advantage and won't cover the flu shot if taken there - you'd have to pay and get reimbursed. Fortunately my doctor's office scheduled it for me at their office.
Thanks re 10 Minutes 38 Seconds. I'll be interested in your opinion.
I just happened to see the companion. The Killer Angels is one of only 7 books I've rated 5 stars. I may reread it next year with the companion right next to it.
I'm also toying with the idea of a Jane Austen read. I've read 5 of the 6 novels. I never finished Emma, and I have Sanditon The Watsons, Lady Susan & Other Miscellanea in a beautiful little hardcover British Everyman's Library edition, 1978. Bill and Jenna bought me beautiful Easton Press editions of the 6 novels for Christmas 2008 which I've never cracked, so I think it's time. One book and one entry of Sanditon every 2 months sounds like a good pace.
My my. Take a few minutes to respond to Joe and I get more visitors! Yay.
>26 richardderus: Thanks, RD! Anything to avoid the flu, and you don’t need another serious illness after all you’ve gone through this year. *smooch*
>27 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! My doctor insisted that I get the two-dose-one-year-apart pneumonia vaccine last year, and I got the second dose last week.
My insurance covers flu and pneumonia vaccines and since I don’t have a needle phobia, there’s absolutely no anxiety with either for me. I've been with this doctor since 1998 so trust him.
Yes, get your flu shot. And pneumonia is so debilitating – I’ve never had it but don’t want it. Sinusitis/Bronchitis in my senior year of high school 1971 and 2 or 3 times a year for the first 8 years I moved to NC was bad enough. Thank goodness for Claritin then and its generic loratadine now, which I take every day.
>28 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen. Austen: I've read them all, except some of her Juvenalia, although of that I've read Love and Freindship (sic) and some others. Lady Susan is hilarious, IMO, and I recommend it a lot to those who don't know about it. The Kate Beckinsale movie, misnamed "Love And Friendship", is based on Lady Susan.
I do worry that you'll find Sandition disappointing. I did. She didn't finish it, as I'm sure you know; I guess Marie Dobbs' completion of it in the 1970s is the best known. And I feel that Austen would've reworked her first 11 chapters of it if she'd lived long enough.
It's interesting to ask people to put in order her books from favorite to least favorite. So many variations! I've seen many people put Emma first, which wouldn't be my choice. (P & P followed by Persuasion for me).
Ugh, flu. I got the flu shot last year, but am probably not going to get it this year. They usually run out of vaccines and it's better that those who need it the most (elderly and immunocompromised people) get it than me - who is young and healthy.
And those of you who haven't had to suffer through pneumonia - be very thankful and hope you never have to go through it. I had it as a teenager and despite being at my peak physically I was bedridden for weeks and couldn't even sit up without passing out the first few days. It took a week before I was even diagnosed because I couldn't stand up for long enough to go to the doctor before then. And after I had recovered my immune system was shot and I was pretty badly ill (bedridden, near-hospital high fever, etc.)three more times in the following six months.
>29 karenmarie: - I will probably do the pneumonia vaccine this year. I get the flu shot every year and last year I also did the 2-shot shingles vaccine. I had had the original years ago but this newer version is supposed to be better and I didn't want to over-do it with all the shots. I had a mild case of shingles several years ago and would never want to have another so that vaccine was the priority for me.
Flu shots are free here (well, covered by our health insurance) though the shingles one was only partially covered. But it was worth every penny if it prevents me from ever getting shingles again! I have to check about the coverage for the pneumonia shots. I have a pretty good health plan so even if our regular health care doesn't cover it all, my insurance will provide at least partial coverage.
>27 jessibud2: >31 PawsforThought: >32 jessibud2: In my mid 30s, having lost lots of weight on the stupid diet1, I caught pneumonia, and got bronchitis, and had asthma attacks for a few years following, which I'd never had before and still get under stress.
1As much V8 juice with soda water, popcorn, and picked vegetables as I liked, with one protein meal and no vitamins.
>33 quondame: Ugh, sounds horrendous. I'm glad to say the only after effect I still have of my pneumonia is that I faint easily when I get even a mild fever.
>27 jessibud2:, >29 karenmarie: The pneumonia vaccine is for bacterial, ie pneumococcal, variants. I had the viral sort. Old Stuff, my deeply beloathed roommate, got the galloping flu epidemic here this Spring; I bypassed the flu but since the vile old tobacco smoker was hacking his damn lungs up a meter away from me day and night, it was unsurprising that I got the thing there isn't a vaccine for. Even being flu-vaccinated can't stop the virus from entering your lungs and playing merry hell with your immune system.
>30 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I can’t think of a single author I love who hasn’t written something that is meh, but having proclaimed Austen one of my favorite authors and not having read everything published, I will risk a bit of disappointment, I think. I’m not 100% sure I’ll make 2020 the Austen year, but I’m flirting with it.
I think I’ll wait to rank her works – I haven’t read most of them in more than a decade.
>31 PawsforThought: I’m sorry you were so ill with pneumonia, Paws. Sounds awful.
>32 jessibud2: Pneumonia vaccine is a good idea – since it’s a 2-dose and, at least here in the US, a year apart for the doses, you should probably get it started.
I need to get the new 2-shot shingles vaccine. I, too, had the original years ago, but my doctor says I should get this one.
>33 quondame: That diet sounds awful, Susan, in addition to obviously being dangerous. And you still get asthma attacks. *shudder*
>34 PawsforThought: Long-term after effects, Paws, wow.
>35 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!
>36 richardderus: I hope that Old Stuff, and therefore you, don’t get sick this winter.
Flu shot received, hair cut. Tomorrow is a day with no obligations or commitments.
Happy day, Karen. I got Mama's flu shot too but had to be content with the regular trivalent dose because the hospital and its clinics are saving their small supply of quad. for cancer & other high-risk patients. I could have gone to a pharmacy, but the doc's nurse was willing to come out to the car to give it to her. I'm not sure she could have walked the distance into the pharmacy or tolerated waiting on an uncomfortable bench. Anyway, that's done. (I got mine last week.)
I keep putting off the shingle vaccine. My DH was hit hard with it both times, and I can't afford to be out of commission for even two days.
*sigh* We don't watch TV together these days. By the time I'm home and showered, he's napping.
You remind me that I wasn't crazy about Safak's *Bastard of I*, so I doubt that I'll be trying to get her latest any time soon.
The Big Austens in My Order
1. Tie - *P&P* and *Persuasion*
2. Tie - *S&S* and *Emma*
3. Tie - *N Abbey* and *Mf Park*
>36 richardderus: I also had the viral version of pneumonia.
>37 karenmarie: It was pretty awful, and that was still considered a "milder" case! I only had it in the bottom half of one lung. Imagine if it had been the whole lung or - shudder to think - double-sided!
I has had a good consequence too - I'm much better at taking care of myself when I'm feeling poorly. While I still power through colds and the like and exceedingly rarely stay home from work, I make sure I drink a lot of warm liquids, eat extra nutritious food, dress extra comfortably and warm, take paracetamol of I have even an inkling of fever, take it much easier than normal, and get plenty of sleep to recover.
>38 BLBera: Thank you, Beth.
>39 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! My doctor's office didn't even give me the option of getting the regular dose even though the quad, as you put it, seems harder to come by. It was absolutely fantastic of your doctor's nurse to come out to the car for your mama. I'm pretty sure my doctor's office would have done that even though they are getting bigger and more impersonal every day.
I haven't read anything else by Shafak. I really did have mixed feelings about 10 Minutes 38 Seconds even though I rated it 4 stars. The stories are wonderful and heartwarming and that overrode what I put in the spoiler in my review. I won't go out of my way for her, but if I see any of her books at thrift shops or the FoL sale, I'll try one more.
>40 PawsforThought: Taking care of oneself should start early for sure. I'm glad you do that, Paws. I always had earaches when I was little, then bronchitis in high school - I had to drag myself upstairs because I couldn't breathe - and then severe colds, so although I don't think I'm a hypochondriac, I am always aware of what's going on with my body.
I just looked up paracetamol. I'm re-listening to The Silkworm and 'Robert Galbraith' mentions frequently that Cormoran Strike takes it when he hurts his leg. I didn't realize it was another name for aceteminophen, brand name Tylenol here in the US. Ibuprophen works well for me, naproxen not at all, and ibuprophen a little bit. Live and learn.
Today will be updating the FoL membership database with info gathered at the recent book sale. There are probably 75 or so, should take a while. I'm also going to continue with the interior window-washing access prep.
In the meantime, coffee and a bit of reading. I'm actually enjoying The Kitchen God's Wife when I didn't think I would.
Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Thanks for the reminder- I need to get my flu shot too. Maybe tomorrow. I am enjoying the day off. Despite the chilly temps, I hope to get a walk in and I plan on spending some time with the books, including starting 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds.
ETA- I read and enjoyed the Amy Tan book, but it has been many, many years.
Thanks, Mark! Yes, who knows how many times we haven't gotten flu because of the flu shot.
Happy day off to you.
>41 karenmarie: Oh, earaches. I'm well acquainted with those. I was a so-called "ear-child" - i.e. prone to ear infections. I think I had three in one year.
And I forgot that you don't use the term paracetamol.
I've become more wary of what pain killers I use when and why because of side effects they may have. Paracetamol is generally considered the "safest" so that's what I use most of the time. Ibuprophen can cause stomach problems and I've notised that so I'm restricting my use of it. I used to use a combination of ibuprophen and paracetamol for severe pain (tip from a pharmacist) but now use a combination of naproxen and ibuprophen instead because the effect of naproxen lasts longer, so you don't need to take as many pills. Naproxen on its own doesn't do much for me either.
Hey Horrible, how's by you? It's a blustery, sunshiney day wherein I need not set trotter outside my door. I actually used a cotton blanky for the first time this season! Amazing. Usually it's November before I haul one out.
Spend a happy one. *smooch*
>44 PawsforThought: Probably a good idea to skip the aceteminophen on a regular basis. I was doing an aceto and ibuprophen combination to help me sleep, thinking it was a bit harmless, until my doctor exclaimed that my liver enzymes were too high and warned me off the acete. My standard surgery after care recommended it, I assume because it doesn't encourage bleeding, but as I wasn't in pain anyway, I ignored it.
Now I have what seems like a back spasm that is not doing well with any of my various painkillers. Sigh. Maybe it will ease up by the end of the weekend. I'm tired of being an invalid.
>46 ffortsa: I'm not skipping the paracetamol. I would never do that - it's a life saver. I'm avoiding the ibuprophen because it made a mess of my stomach when I took it more regularly and it's know for doing that. The only time I take pain killers on a "regular basis" is when I have period cramps. I used to take tons of pain killers for that but because of diagnosis and treatment I don't have to take so many any more. And compared to ibuprophen, naproxen and aspirin paracetamol is much safer. As long as you don't combine it with alcohol, but I drink maybe one beer a month so it's not really an issue.
Hi Karen my dear, thanks for visiting my thread, it was nice to read your comment. Over the last few weeks things have been busy despite the illness bug for Karen and then her night shifts this week. My reading is going well and I should finish book 72 by Saturday and so I am still on track to hit 75 by month end.
Amy is enjoying her new job and today they must have been having some sort of fancy dress competition and she won it, she did look I have to say even though I am biased. The only blott on the landscape is the weather, since the beginning of October it has done nothing but rain, sometimes not all day but even so it seems it is just rain, rain and more rain.
I hope you continue to enjoy your retirement my dear and I see you have had your Flu shot, I get my mine a week on Saturday.
Sending love and hugs to you, Bill and Jenna from both of us dear friend.
Dear friend, I have nothing interesting to say other than I love you. Until life kicks it up a bit. Oh, and Marie Kondo is my new household god.
I got my flu shot yesterday and made the mistake of doing nunchucks in class later that night (not that I had a choice) -- one of the forms hits right on the upper arm--ouchie!! LOL
>51 Berly: Hmmmm. Kim, I was regretting that I got my flu shot after I swam rather than before. I was told to keep my arm moving to avoid soreness. Maybe I got away with one.
Paws and Karen and everybody, I hate to say it for fear the cold gods may notice, but my sinus wash has kept me free of upper respiratory complaints for years. I heartily recommend the practice. (Of course, nothing but atrovent works on my post-nasal drip, and I'm given to understand that it doesn't work for everybody.)
>52 LizzieD: I would if I could, but water in my nose is a recipe for panic attacks.
Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Mostly sunny and 60 today. It should be a good day on the route. My feeders have been hopping with the usual suspects. There was a sparrow birdbath party going on yesterday. 4 or 5, splashing away.
>53 PawsforThought:. Uh oh. That means you can't enjoy another of my life's great pleasures, swimming. I'm really sorry.
Good morning, Karen - real fall weather! I'm pretending that we don't have a tropical storm coming over the weekend.
>44 PawsforThought: Earaches are no fun at all, are they? Insult to injury – when I was 14 I was in Camp Fire Girls and we took water ballet. And, of course, I got swimmer’s ear. *shudder*
I have no problems with ibuprophen and stomach problems, fortunately.
>45 richardderus: Hi RichardDear! I just got up and have had a few sips of coffee. It’s a nice, bright 45. It was 58 in the Sunroom when I got up, so have cranked my little propane heater on and it’s now up to 61. I’ll keep it about 66 or so, I think. I just need the major chill off. My, my. A winter blanky. I’m going to switch over to winter sheets this weekend – microfleece, yummy.
>46 ffortsa: Hi Judy! I use ibuprophen and a muscle relaxant to help me sleep. The ibuprophen also calms my back and hip so that I can GET to sleep too.
You mentioned your back spasm on your thread. I’m sorry you still have it. I have a little TENS machine that I use when things are spasming – if you don’t have one you might consider it.
>47 PawsforThought: Go for it if paracetamol works for you Paws.
>48 ffortsa: I don’t use acetaminophen regularly either, Judy. Only in alternating rounds with ibuprophen when things get really tough or for a sinus headache.
>49 johnsimpson: Hi John! Nice to see you out and about, as it were. Yay for 72 by Saturday and 75 by month end. Compared to your 2018 Chunkster year you’re really moving along. Glad Amy enjoys her new job, sorry about all the rain. Glad you’ll be getting your flu shot, too. Sending love and hugs back to you and Karen.
>50 SomeGuyInVirginia: Visits are good, hearing that one is loved is always quite wonderful. Ah, Marie Kondo. Just as long as you don’t accidentally get rid of Parker in a moment he isn’t giving you joy! Love back to you and give the fur kid a skritch from me.
>51 Berly: Ouch, Kim! I hope that the lingering effect of the flu shot is gone today.
>52 LizzieD: So far my arm isn’t hurting, Peggy – maybe NC flu shots are side-effectless! Whatever works for you to prevent URIs, go for it. Cold gods ignore the following – I haven’t had a URI for years and years. Claratin-wanna-be and drinking lots of water every day seem to be my key for success.
>53 PawsforThought: I agree, Paws – I’ve tried it several times in desperation over the years and without significant immediate signs that it works I’ve stopped even trying. I don’t get panic attacks, but do shudder a bit.
>54 msf59: Hi Mark! Good crisp mail delivery weather, for sure. I need to fill my sunflower feeder this morning. I didn’t see a Hummingbird yesterday and if I don’t see one today, the feeders are coming down, getting washed, and getting put up for next year.
>55 LizzieD: Hi Peggy, this morning! Yesterday I got busy with FoL stuff, visiting Louise, and cleaning up the Sunroom. Not much reading or LT time at all.
I knew we were getting rain, but didn’t/don’t watch TV news so didn’t realize that the rain’s attached to a TS. #16, as a matter of fact. Looks like you’re in line to get double our 1-2 inches. We really need the rain, so unless it’s terribly windy or intensifies, it’s good.
>56 PawsforThought: I just looked up swimming strokes and there are literally dozens of them!
I’ll be leaving in a while to have lunch with one of the FoL board members and give her all the membership forms I worked on yesterday. Her husband has MS with rapidly progressing symptoms and she’s getting out less and less frequently.
Ah, the Sunroom’s now 64. Between the heat and coffee my nose isn’t cold to the touch any more.
>57 karenmarie: I know chest stroke and back stroke (those are the two you have to learn at school here) and that's it. I get by just fine with those. I do really admire people who are frequent swimmers and to the crawl and such.
It's not quite 60° here, and positively sunstruck, so I am as happy as I know how to be with the environment. Taking my exerwalk along the boardwalk today was a pleasure I savored extra hard because this sweet spot won't last...colder days are coming.
Sounds like you're enjoying your first week of re-retirement! It's 69 degrees here and we'll be taking the dog out for a walk later. Supposed to warm up over the weekend into another Santa Ana. Happy New Thread!
>61 karenmarie: Hi Karen, we have the same temperature inside the house (still without heating), and outside it is a bit below. Some rain and this afternoon it was dry long enough to do our walk, perfect day!
We've been bobbing around 0 C for a few weeks now, with down to a couple of degrees below at night and up to 5-6-7 degrees above during the day. No significant changes predicted for the next two weeks. It's pretty much normal for the season, but it has been a very grey October - it's usually a fairly sunny month.
Morning, Karen. Beautiful sunrise, on my way in to work. Looks to be a lovely weekend in Chicagoland. Also, I am really enjoying 10 Minutes.
Enjoy your day!
'Morning to you, too, Mark! Glad you've got an excellent weekend coming - we're going to get some fallout from Tropical storm Nestor starting tonight. Looks like 1-2 inches and some light winds.
Hi Horrible. I'm taking a break from warbling my fool lungs out about Flames in a blog review. I put up a para from the projected post here so others can catch the Tasmanian Magical Realism fever. I was up until 2am finishing the book and am still not mad at it.
The TL;DR is up if you're game to read it. https://tinyurl.com/yy8uqtmh
Apart from that, I'm enjoying a quiet, cool, cloudy Sunday of solitude. *bliss*
*blinks* I thought I responded to yesterday's post but obviously didn't. I've caught the Flames fever enough to download a sample to my Kindle.
Heh. I'm enjoying a semi-quiet (German soccer game in the other room), cool, cloudy Sunday of semi-solitude.
I need to finish getting all the interior windows accessible to be cleaned tomorrow. The two worst rooms are out of the way, the rest easy-peasy.
But first a few more poems by Siegfried Sassoon, another chapter of The Kitchen God's Wife.
Morning, Karen. We are going for a bird walk and then going over to Bree's to watch the Bears game. It should be a good day.
Hi Mark! I hope you have a wonderful day - as I wrote on your thread "birds, Bree, Bears, brews, books".
Morning, Karen. Yep, got all of those Bs out of the way yesterday. The only disappointment was the Bears. A dismal performance, but I enjoyed visiting with Bree, Sean and the dogs.
'Morning, Mark! Yay for a successful Sunday excepting the Bears. We wanted them to win, too, because the Saints are in our division and always give us fits.
Friend and professional window cleaner Dwain is coming over at 8:30 to wash the interior and exterior windows. I've just had a few sips of coffee and am trying to wake up.
>72 karenmarie: Just don't go back to sleep...imagine the terror of waking up to a face in the window.
I stayed awake. Dwain did all the interior windows and we then made the executive decision that he should powerwash the whole house before doing the exterior windows. Sigh. More money, but we have the house painted 3 years ago and it's time. Then he'll do the exterior windows. We also decided to take all the screens down and keep them off. Louise had mentioned that that's what she did, and Dwain said he doesn't keep screens on his windows either, so there it is. Less chances for spiders to build cobwebs, more visibility outside.
A friend of mine is with her mom and stepmother in Brittany right now and posted this on FB:
Gorgeous cobwebs, no?
Hi Karen. Congrats on being retired again!
Back on your prior thread, you're right that one shouldn't have to have a Tumblr account to order a Harper Perennial Olive Edition. That is where the link was taking me but I've found alternatives. It's a silly obsession.
So are you thinking about an Austen read in 2020?
Morning, Karen. Happy Tuesday! Back to chilly and damp here. At least it is a short work week, with my weekend off coming up. Enjoy your day.
>77 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen. I'm glad you found an alternative.
I'm toying with the idea. I've had year-long challenges for the last 3 years:
2017 - the Bible, group read
2018 - Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone A-Y
2019 - Dorothy Sayers's fiction
I like the idea of a year-long something, haven't read Austen in forever and indeed haven't even ever finished Emma, so 2020 might be the time.
>78 msf59: Hi Mark! Happy Tuesday to you, too. Today will get to 73. It's 62 now. Glad your weekend is coming up.
This morning is book sort and a quick run to the Post Office to mail a box of books to friend Karen in Montana. In the meantime, my first mug of coffee is calling me, so I'd better answer.
>79 karenmarie: Mustn't keep the coffee waiting! Pleasantly active day ahead. It's cloudy here, probably going to rain again, so it's indoors for me.
Ugh, I've felt unwell for weeks now. Stress, no doubt. I've been watching TV when I get home. It's weird having a tee-bee after not having one for over a decade.
My brother's birthday is Nov 3 and I'm going down on the 2nd to take him and several of Mom and Dad's friends out to lunch at a place in W'burg. I just couldn't face going to the place where they lived even though the dining room is really damn good.
I've never read Austen, although I started Pride and Prejudice a long time ago. I liked it but it was awfully...frilly? Worth another crack.
I like to get Parker so wound up when I get home with skritches and combing and singing the Parker song that he does that thing where he jumps straight up in the air then comes at me sideways. It's the little things in life.
>80 richardderus: The coffee and I bonded. Books were sorted. Rain came down. Inara visited. My Christmas cards arrived.
I hope your day was as pleasant, RD! *smooch*
>81 SomeGuyInVirginia: You're not supposed to make yourself ill with stress, Larry. TV's a good antidote sometimes, glad you like it.
I'm glad you're celebrating your brother's birthday. I know it's painful, missing your Mom and Dad, but you will get through it and be glad you celebrated.
Well, Austen may not be for everyone. Early 18th century writing/dialog can seem frilly in this streamlined age. P&P is my personal favorite. And Colin Firth is absolutely yummy as Darcy in the BBC production with Jennifer Ehle.
Can you share the words to the Parker song or do they vary day by day? Give him skritches from me.
Hey, happy threadness, Karen. Been out of it so long. I think maybe I had the flu: a three-four day sore throat, a couple of coughing days, then a week-and-a-half of extreme muscle aches, mostly in my back, neck, and shoulders, but around my chest too. So today, Judi and I had prescriptions to pick up and we asked to get flu shots. I got rejected. It's that Advantage plan I have; they'll only pay for a physician administered shot.
Anyway, I've broken the 90-book barrier. Reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea right now.
>82 karenmarie: Christmas cards already?! I have them at work, but not my personal ones. You are ahead of the game. On your books, too. 84/100! Enjoy your clean house. : )
Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. 2 more work days left in the week, so that should give me an extra skip in my step today. Nothing to report on the bird front- home or work.
>83 weird_O: Hi Bill. I’m sorry you (probably) had the flu – it sounds terrible. It also sounds very early in the season, too. My Advantage plan and the only pharmacy in town won’t cooperate on shots either – flu and otherwise. The pharmacy will let me take it, charge me full price, and then I can try to recoup the cost from my Advantage plan. However, my doctor’s office makes it very easy to get one, and although they were out of the high-dose vaccine the day I had my annual exam they scheduled me an appointment for last week. I was in and out in about 10 minutes.
Congrats on the 90 book barrier. I really liked Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I have the US Naval Institute Press (1993) translation.
>84 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy! Hugs are always welcome.
>85 Berly: Hi Kim! I just got a bee in my bonnet about my Christmas cards. I opened a drawer where I still have last year's leftovers and that reminded me to get them early. If I wait ‘til after Thanksgiving there isn’t as good a selection. This is the 3rd year that I’ve gotten Peter Pauper Press cards and I love them. I also love the boxes they come in.
I’m also comfortable with where I am on my goal, too, thanks!
>86 msf59: Hi Mark! Glad you’re in the middle of your work week. No exciting bird sightings here either although I did see a rare Ivory-Billed Woodpecker on somebody’s thread… *smile*
Today is mammogram day – yuck – but with the reward of having lunch with my former colleagues from the IT department where I worked. We’re eating at the quintessential Southern Ladies Luncheon restaurant, Mrs. Lacy’s in Sanford. The service is always slow – we gave up going there when most of us still worked – but only 1 of 6 still works so there’s not as much need for rushing.
In addition to reading The Kitchen God’s Wife I’m reading Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. It’s fascinating.
Pretty boxes! I'm all up in arms, it's so lovely outside and I can't go! Knee issues flared up. *grumble* That after-the-rain washed air is too nice to waste but I must. did I say *grumble* yet?
I finally reviewed Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears. Likeded it jusfine.
You are very early with your Christmas cards, Karen!
We never send those, in the week after Christmas we post New Year cards to a few friends. I suppose we could send out earlier and include Midwinter wishes ;-)
Wow, you are really early with Christmas cards!
I only send out about five and since we only really write "Merry Christmas from XX" on them it doesn't take much time to do so I don't feel like I have to be super early. You have to post them before Dec 16th if you want to use the cheaper Christmas stamps, but that's my only deadline.
Mrs. Lacy's! Holy cow, that does sound Suthun. It's a gorgeous sunny day, clear, cool, and windy, and a perfect intro to Halloween.
The Parker song varies but I have to keep it up until he gets this Simba the Lion King thing going and struts around like the King of the World. Srsly, those brain parasites in cat feces that turn us into their slaves has got to be a thing because I'm not usually this much of a sap.
Christmas cards already? Although, if I start now maybe I would get some sent out this year. Thanks for the reminder, Karen.
>88 richardderus: Thanks, RD! I usually put Christmas cookies in the boxes to give to folks. Perfect size for more than a tease and less than the entire batch.
Sorry about your knee. Grumble away…
The Wheaton has been added to my wish list. *smooch*
>89 FAMeulstee: I am and can only say that this is probably the earliest I’ve bought them EVER. I won’t work on them until after Thanksgiving (Nov 28th this year). Interesting, New Year cards. My list right now, delicious spreadsheet that it is, is at 72.
>90 PawsforThought: Yes. I’m proud of myself. 5 is a manageable number. We don’t have cheaper Christmas stamps, so it’s $.50 each. But, my list is down from the high of 110.
>91 SomeGuyInVirginia: And Suthun it was. Kazuko had pimento cheese, Robin had 7-layer salad… get the idea?
I love the idea of the Parker song. You’re a good cat daddy. Ah yes, the brain parasites. You should hear Bill croon to Inara Starbuck every day when he gets home from work. Same brain parasites.
>92 Familyhistorian: Yup. I’ve got everybody’s attention with the Christmas cards, don’t I? And I saw folks coming out of the thrift shop this morning with Christmas paraphernalia. At least I didn’t do that – an anonymous brown box arrived at the house yesterday without fanfare.
You’re welcome, Meg!
>93 karenmarie: Christmas stamps are just Christmas themed stamps. They used to be B-post (two extra days delivery) stamps, which were cheaper, but I see they've scrapped them. The post office is not doing well financially so they're raising all prices. Regular stamps here are SEK 9 (about $0.9) and they're set to be raised after the new year.
>95 karenmarie: That's just domestic stamps. A stamp for abroad is around $2.5
And then the post office complain that peole aren't sending enough letters!
Last year our international stamps were $1.00. We have 'forever' stamps - you buy them at the current rate and can use them without additional postage even when the rate goes up. I still have 8 forever Christmas stamps from last year.
>97 karenmarie: Oh, we have that too, but I don't know anyone who has a stash of them to use. Maybe 2-3, but no more than that.
...so it's up to 50¢ now...I'm makin' that last 44¢ Forever stamp count!
Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday! I am so glad to hear you are enjoying Furious Hours. This is going to be a top read of the year for me. She juggles everything so perfectly.
Close to the end of Jules Verne's travelogue Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Never read it, but I have recollections of Disney's movie version. Walt's screenwriter created the most memorable action, including the giant squid. To me, the story is awfully claustrophobic.
>99 richardderus: Stamp prices have gone up again? Only a government could call a stamp forever and continue to raise the price of stamps each year. They should just call it 'For Now', or 'You should have bought more earlier'. Eventually the USPS is going to issue a statement that 'after X date, forever stamps will no longer be supported. Please download our app to secure real-time pricing.'
>102 SomeGuyInVirginia: - Canada Post raises stamp prices pretty much every January. Pay more for less (service), seems to be their motto.
>103 jessibud2: Nice (or rather, not at all nice) so see that the same thing is happening elsewhere too, and that it's not just us.
I've always regretted not having long term penpals abroad, it's just the kind of thing that would be "my thing" but the ones I had as a kid never "stuck". Now, with stamp prices I'm starting to think it's a good thing I don't hav penpals, or I'd ruin myself on stamps!
>102 SomeGuyInVirginia: No no, dear, the forevers I bought for 44¢ still work even though replacements will cost me 50¢—I'm whining about the cost of replacing them, see? xo
>82 karenmarie: "...Colin Firth is absolutely yummy as Darcy in the BBC production with Jennifer Ehle." Agreed!!!
You know, I haven't had decent pominto cheese since my grandmother died. Was what your friend had made from Velveta cheese? Do they even make Velveta any more? God, what was in it? I remember Velveta, mayonnaise, red pepper. There had to be more than that. That's it, imma but the White Trash Cookbook. Has to be at least one recipe for pominto cheese in that. I bought some pominto cheese from Costco but they used mild chedder and that was just wrong. Oh oh oh! I have all my grandmother's recipes! Now just to find them.
>103 jessibud2: Mail service on DC is so bad I'll pay extra for UPS.
>98 PawsforThought: I also have non-Christmas forever stamps. I forget what I paid for them.
>99 richardderus: Go for it, RD! A couple of years ago I used my last $.29 Christmas stamps with whatever additional postage was required.
>100 msf59: Hi Mark! Oh yes, Furious Hours is fascinating. I’m just about 2/3 of the way through. You’re right about Cep juggling things perfectly.
>101 weird_O: Glad you’re finishing up, Bill. I found it fascinating, frankly. My edition has footnotes. Here’s my review from Feb of 2008:
>102 SomeGuyInVirginia: No, see RD’s answer below. You’re ‘dorable.
>103 jessibud2: It’s become much easier for our Postal Service to increase rates since you just keep buying Forever Stamps and don’t pay strict attention unless you’re mailing a package. Sorry about the annual increases, Shelley.
>104 PawsforThought: You have us as penpals, sort of, Paws.
My mother had a penpal from New Zealand. I think they were penpals for 50 or more years until my mother passed away in 2016. I still send Christmas cards to Minn. Last year her daughter wrote that her mother couldn’t send cards any more, but I’ll send one anyway and tell her that it just gives me pleasure keeping in touch with Mom’s dear friend and to please not worry about replying.
>105 richardderus: *smooch*
>106 EBT1002: Heart throb. Especially when he comes back to Pemberley when Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle are there.
>107 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yes you are, literally. ‘Dorable and blonde.
>108 SomeGuyInVirginia: When you find your grandmother’s recipes, and even though I do not usually eat pimento cheese, please share. Also, any other scrummy recipes (as RD would say), please.
We finished season 4 of Schitt’s Creek. Dare I admit that I had tears in my eyes
Tomorrow I have absolutely no commitments. No wake up alarm. No homework. I’m happy.
>109 karenmarie: Thanks for the link to your 20,000 Leagues... review. The edition I'm reading is Mercier Lewis's translation and has lovely illustrations by Edward Wilson. No footnotes. No backstory on Nemo.* I looked up the Disney film version (which I'm certain I saw on the big screen when it came out—and I was 10 years old. What I remember is the design of the Nautilus and Nemo's use of it as a ram. Well, and the squid.
Edited to Correct...
So I finished, and damn if Jules didn't slip several squids (which my book called poulps)**, the ramming, and a two-sentence backstory* into the final 35 pages. Pontificated too soon. :-(
Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Let my 3-day weekend begin! Yah! We have a wedding tonight and staying over night at a hotel, so that will take care of a chunk of it. I may not even get a bird stroll in but I hope to bookhorn in plenty of reading. Enjoy your day.
ETA- I did not forget about the Winterson. I will get it out to you next week.
Happy Friday, Horrible, and a shed-load of good reading on your last day of solitude.
Whew. I didn’t even wake up until 8:56 this morning and have just had my first few sips of coffee trying to clear the fog.
>110 richardderus: I know… *smooch*
>111 weird_O: You’re welcome, Bill. Damn Jules and his squids after all. Glad you finished it, and am assuming you liked it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the movie, but I remember going on the Submarine Ride at Disneyland when I was little. I remember climbing down into the submarine and the mermaid! Here’s a fun link: Submarine Ride
>112 msf59: Good morning, Mark, and happy 3 days off. Enjoy the wedding and I hope you get large chunks of reading in. Thanks for the update on the Winterson.
>113 richardderus: Happy Friday to you, too, RichardDear! I plan on finishing Furious Hours since it’s due back at the library tomorrow (thank goodness for e-mail reminders!). I’ve got about 75 pages to go. The weekend will be nice – normal errands tomorrow, Panthers football Sunday.
>114 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe, the same to you! I have Mysterious Island on my shelves, but haven't read it yet.
85. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
10/5/19 to 10/25/19
Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.
Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.
Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.
Why I wanted to read it: I heard of it in January of this year from a list of new books for 2019. I reserved it at the library and it was my turn.
This is just the detail-rich, informative, and interesting type of book I love. It is a book about a murderer, a lawyer, and an author, with a section about each. Totally absorbing, totally fascinating, never a lull, never a wrong note.
The Reverend Willie Maxwell’s deeds and misdeeds are amazing to read about. It’s shocking to realize how much he got away with.
Big Tom Radney the lawyer served as both Maxwell’s lawyer and then his murderer’s. It’s fascinating to see how Big Tom got Burns acquitted. Big Tom was larger than life.
And the author. I’ve been fascinated with Nelle Harper Lee since reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman in August of 2016.
Cep’s biography of Lee is masterful. She brings Lee’s qualities to life – her journalistic excellence, her one brilliant spell of writing that became TKaM, her work with Truman Capote on In Cold Blood, her eccentricities, and her writer’s block and drinking.
Here are two examples of Cep's writing and a link to the recording of Newquist interviewing Lee.
To be fair, Lee let her novel do the talking about almost everything. In 1964, when Mockingbird was four years old and she was thirty-seven, she embarked on a fifty-year silence. Her final interview of any length was with a book critic named Roy Newquist who had also sat down with Jessica Mitford, Ian Fleming, John Fowles, Doris Lessing, Lillian Ross, and scores of other notable writers for his radio program, Counterpoint. Newquist met Lee at the Plaza Hotel, turned on his tape recorder, and for the next hour asked her questions about her childhood and education, literary craft and discipline, her life in New York City and her ambitions as a writer. p 202I love photos, and there are 16 pages of them.
Well worth the effort,
>116 karenmarie: I am eager for my hold to come due! C'mon y'all finish the darn book!
>116 karenmarie: I'm looking forward to reading that one before too long.
Happy Weekend, Karen!
I'll just add - Colin Firth in the wet shirt - yum! But --- I totally fell in love with David Rintoul as Darcy in the 70s version, screenplay by Fay Weldon, who kept a good deal of JA's dialog. He was as stiff as you'd expect Darcy to be - until he smiled. I was almost equally smitten by Elizabeth Garvey as Elizabeth, and the rest of the cast provided a fine setting for them.
>119 LizzieD: I have come to think better of Colin Firth's Darcy, but I don't believe any was more true to the book than David Rintoul, and well, I'd really loved Elizabeth Garvey, even if she lacked spectacular eyes, because her expressions were utterly Lizzy.
>117 richardderus: It was a quick read for me, RD, I hope it is for the people ahead of you on the hold list.
>118 thornton37814: Hi Lori. I hope you like it as much as I did.
>119 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. I just looked on Amazon Prime and can watch it as part of my membership. I watched and skimmed to find Darcy, and he's quite fine. I'll probably watch it through next week. Thanks!
>120 quondame: Hi Susan. I'll have to watch a bit more to figure it out.
Errands today. Bill's incensed because Sinclair now owns the rights to the Duke Carolina football game for today and he has no way of watching it. Last week's game, with 6 overtimes, was unavailable too.
Less content available on each of more platforms. If you don't buy a particular streaming service, you're going to be out of luck.
>121 karenmarie: Less content available on each of more platforms. If you don't buy a particular streaming service, you're going to be out of luck.
I'm awfully glad I took full advantage of streaming before the greedy mo-fos got their claws sunk in so deep. Sending condolences to Bill.
>116 karenmarie: Thanks for a good report, Karen. But I already have this book on my wish list. Along with 49 others. Plus the 5 I picked up from drneutron earlier today. Can't stop the flow of books, don't want to stop the flow of books. But my God, how to keep up?
>119 LizzieD: Oh, I'm so glad someone else remembers Elizabeth Garvey in that series. I thought P&P was well served by that production, especially by her and the actor who played her father.
Hi, Karen! Sorry for Bill's lack of Carolina football but hoping that you both are enjoying your weekend.
I'm thrilled beyond saying that both Susan and Judy remember the earlier P&P as superior. I thought the whole cast was pretty wonderful and remember ? Rennie as a perfect Mr. Collins. In fact, I'm going to need to make time to watch this one again.
Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I am enjoying the long weekend, but it has been cold and wet here, so staying mostly indoors, which includes the books, so not all is lost. Some chores and food shopping today, but books and football will rule the day.
>122 richardderus: Thanks, RD! *smooch* Do you have a secret way of getting everything for nothing?
>123 Familyhistorian: I hope it pops up soon for you, Meg. The more I think about it, the more I realize how much I truly enjoyed reading it.
>124 weird_O: You’re welcome, Bill. Only 49 other books on your wish list? Tsk, tsk. I agree about not being able to stop the flow of books nor wanting to. There is no way to keep up – resistance is futile. In addition to being a bibliophile, you are a bibliomaniac, as am I. Gotta have ‘em regardless of whether we’ll be able to read them in this life or not.
>125 ffortsa: Hi Judy! I’m gonna carve out time next week to watch.
>126 LizzieD: Pegg, we did something rarely done in our household or in many households anymore, I suspect. Bill put on the radio and we listened to the game. It was strangely peaceful – I played games and read articles on my cell phone, listening to it when the crowd got wild or Bill groaned or cheered.
And when Duke threw an interception with 14 seconds to go, happiness reigned. 20-17 Carolina.
>128 karenmarie: Hi Mark, happy Sunday to you, too. Yay for books and football. Good luck to your Bears. We’re looking forward to football at 4 this afternoon – our Panthers play the 49ers in SF. In time before and after I’ll be puttering and reading, most likely. It’s overcast but muggy here, with showers and thunderstorms, possibly even a tornado, predicted.
Oh, you're having our drizzly damps, too. Well...worse ways to spend a Sunday. We're not fighting fires!
Drizzly then blue skies. It actually got up to 86.
As well as college Carolina did, professional Carolina didn't. They lost 13-51 to the 49ers. Painful.
86. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
10/15/19 to 10/27/19
"Remarkable...mesmerizing...compelling.... An entire world unfolds in Tolstoyan tide of event and detail....Give yourself over to the world Ms. Tan creates for you." —The New York Times Book Review
Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past—including the terrible truth even Helen does not know. And so begins Winnie's story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events that led to Winnie's coming to America in 1949. The Kitchen God's Wife is "a beautiful book" (Los Angeles Times) from the author of bestselling novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement, and the new memoir, Where the Past Begins.
Why I wanted to read it: November’s book club discussion book.
I liked this book. I didn't love it. It took quite a while for me to get invested in it, perhaps 100 pages, but then my interest held. I thought Winnie’s telling of her story was well done. It is sandwiched between a questionable storyline of her daughter Pearl, her issues, her spoiled children, the chip she carries on her shoulder about Winnie;
Telling Winnie’s story as a straight story would have made more sense to me and probably been a stronger book. The stereotypes run rampant, too, but as I was discussing the book today with a fellow book clubber, since it was written in 1991, did Tan promulgate stereotypes or create what we now see as stereotypes? It’s probably the former, alas, as with the exception of two men all others are
I kept talking myself out of stars - racial and gender stereotypes and the beginning/ending storyline with Pearl. It went from 4 to 3.
Having said that, I found Winnie’s description of a China invaded by the Japanese interesting, believable, and quite possibly historically accurate.
I don’t really need to read any more books by Tan. Can you say cull? I have three on my shelves that can be donated to the FoL.
>131 karenmarie:, I think this is a very thoughtful look at Tan's novel.
I originally read The Kitchen God’s Wife when it came out (1991). Amy Tan was high in my want-to-read list because I had really liked The Joy Luck Club. First reading, and I liked K-G-W quite a lot and kept the book until my big YHUGE cull in 2016.
I re-read K-G-W at that time, and I developed a different perspective. I grappled with similar issues that Karen outlines, especially the prevalence of nastiness deriving from selfish interests and the lack of personal freedom for women.
I'm now wondering ~ was it a theme running through the author's work? That the women she writes about are a capsule of the women she mingled with and observed as she grew up? And that these family hierarchies persist as do the cultural standards, even after immigration?
I still have the Joy Luck novel but I'm reluctant to re-read it, because... you know, I don't want to be disappointed. Now there's an ostrich position, if ever!
Morning, Karen. How did the Panthers do? I have not checked. My Bears were awful once again. Losing to a bad team to boot. At least the rest of my day, spent with the books, was rewarding. I am having a terrific reading month.
>131 karenmarie: Everything I never said out loud in 1991. Good culling karma!
Monday, Monday...can't trust that day...
>132 SandyAMcPherson: Thank you for your thoughtful comments about KGW and Tan.
From Wikipedia, here's a bit about Tan's work. As I read the book I wasn't really aware of how Tan's Chinese-American views of Chinese culture might be misguided if one is trying to understand Chinese culture, which begs the double-barreled question "How much should we read about a book before actually reading it and how much does/can criticism of a book alter our perceptions after we've read a book?"
Sau-ling Cynthia Wong, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote that Tan's novels "appear to possess the authority of authenticity but are often products of the American-born writer's own heavily mediated understanding of things Chinese".
>133 msf59: 'Morning, Mark, and happy Monday to you. The Panthers were totally humiliated by the 49ers. You say that your Bears lost to a bad team. At least we lost to a 6-0 team, who are now 7-0. I'd love to see the 49ers play the Patriots at this stage of the season, as both are undefeated. I'd pull for the 49ers, of course, being from CA. *smile* Glad to hear about your good reading day and month.
>134 SomeGuyInVirginia: 'Morning, Larry! I hope yours is a good one, too. Today will be filled with having the house power washed, reading, vacuuming and etc. and perhaps a bit of FoL check writing.
I've just had my first few sips of coffee and am waiting for Dwain to come over to start the power washing. I had to get up to an alarm, boo hiss, but it's for a good cause.
Good morning, Karen. We get up early three times a week to work out, so I feel your pain. The days we don't are sweet.
Mark's right about the Bears losing to a bad team - and to make it worse, they lost because their kicker missed an easy field goal, the same thing that knocked them out of the playoffs last year. It would've been easier on the heart to lose to that good 49ers team like the Panthers.
I have to wonder about the Wikipedia entry. I haven't read Amy Tan, but China has an army of critics ready when anyone Western writes something unfavorable about the country and its people. Check out some of the vicious reader reviews for Bend Not Break on Amazon some time - although they had trouble understanding one star versus five stars.
Hi Joe! I admire you for getting up 3 times a week to work out. I wish I had that self-discipline, but the idea of driving 19 miles each way to get to a reasonable fitness center doesn't appeal.
Our kicker missed a field goal in one of the Panthers first two losses. For all the money they're getting and all the practicing, you'd think they could nail the easy ones, right?
I hadn't done my homework to check out the sources in the article above, but did so just now. The only one I could find details on without spending all morning working on it is Sau-ling Cynthia Wong, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, so I just took the rest out. Wong has a PhD from Stanford, is described on the UC Berkeley site as being a professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, and mobility, Anglophone and Sinophone Chinese American literatures, Asian American literature: transnationality, Canon formation, Gender and sexuality, globalization, Immigrant writing and film, The Chinese diaspora, Transnational reception studies. It's always good to be challenged - thanks.
>136 karenmarie:, >137 jnwelch: & #138, This is a really interesting discussion. Thanks for posting these insights.
Obviously I was struggling with my changing outlook/estimation of Amy Tan's writing. I didn't explore her credentials like this, but the author does have big creds in the literature around the Chinese diaspora, no?
I have a great liking for the literature around the resettlement of one cultural identity into another and how that plays out in changing the community that can embrace these cultural identities.
When I finish my currently reading library books, I think The Joy Luck Club should go back into my reading pile on the bedside shelf!
I enjoyed all the books Amy Tan has written, though I probably read them without removing my F&FS otherworld interpreter. Although, if my good friend's father is not outside the normal range of Chinese men, her choice to marry WASPs, though only partly an improvement, doesn't refute anything in Tan's narratives.
Morning, Karen. It looks like it will be wet and cold here, all week, with a slight chance of snow on Halloween. Oh, joy! I will persevere, though. I am bit of a pro at this.
>140 quondame: Hi Sandy. I don't know about the diaspora. From Wikipedia: Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese-American experience.
Her personal background apparently informs most of her work. This background is stunningly awful by any stretch of the imagination. Writing about her dysfunctional family may be taken as evincing stereotypes of Chinese culture. Regardless, if you reread The Joy Luck Club again, let me know what you think about the book now.
>140 quondame: F&FS otherworld interpreter.? So you're saying that at least with regard to Tan's depiction of Chinese men she's spot on? But isn't that going from one specific to group definition, Susan? Again, stereotyping?
I try very, very hard to not generalize a group from a specific in my daily life - I have a family member who does it all the time and I am constantly aware of the danger.
>141 msf59: Hi Mark! Yuck. Cold and wet, possibly snow on Halloween. Yes, you are a pro. Chicagoland is lucky to have you.
My friend Karen, near Bozeman Montana is currently experiencing an overnight temp of -10 and snow. Today's high is only going to be 4, I think.
Happy Tuesday, Horrible, and Bozeman's bone-chilling zeros make me all the more pleased to be where it's 60°!
Thanks, RD! A Good Tuesday so far. Books, lunch, two errands down.
Time for some Harriet and Peter, I think.
>142 karenmarie: As for Amy Tan's accuracy, she's going for a dramatic story, and has a set of themes that resonate for her. Personally I like stories that have environments, veiwpoints, and values different from my own, whether the difference is time, location, or species. Of course I shouldn't take one individual as definitive of a nation, but I've survived enough homegrown MCPs and dated, back in the day, rather widely among a very diverse group, that I'm pretty sure that cultures that systematically devalue women and girls tend to produce men whose actions are in tune with those (de)values. I noticed a major difference between my end of the baby boomers, all of whom I knew had stay-at-home moms, and my husband's end, a number of whom had working moms, major differences in both assumptions and treatment. Not all of the older group were vicious bastards, but few were capable of not being condescending jerks. Nor were all the younger guys sweethearts, but they sure were better at doing their own laundry.
Morning, Karen. We are waking up to snow this morning and this won't be a light coating either. It looks like a couple of inches all ready. WTH??
>145 quondame: Good points, Susan. cultures that systematically devalue women and girls tend to produce men whose actions are in tune with those (de)values. I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, most cultures systematically devalue women at many levels.
Baby boomers are typically defined as those who were born 1946-1964. I was born in 1953, my husband in 1956. I definitely went out with my own share of MCPs, but as soon as there was a hint of ownership or control, I bailed. Fortunately my husband and I treat each other as equal partners, and the only times I've done his laundry are when he's been too sick to do it himself. We've divided up things in a way that suits us both. *smile*
>146 msf59: Hi Mark! Wow, 1-3 inches according to weather.gov. Stay safe today.
Annual eye exam today, along with dinner with a girlfriend. It's foggy and 62 with a high of 70. More puttering and reading are on this morning's schedule...
Thanks, RD! *smooch*
I just decided to return the newest Jack Reacher for replacement - the pages were warped even though the cover and dust jacket were perfect. It came in a box, too, which usually prevents the kind of problems I had last week when a hardcover came in a mailing envelope and the corners had gotten damaged in transit.
I can't win. Fortunately I don't need the new Reacher for another couple of days while I finish Busman's Honeymoon, otherwise I'd be more upset.
>149 karenmarie: I really wonder what the heck is going on at Ammy. Now that they think they own the world service and exceeding expectations are honored in the breach, not the observance.
Ugh, book ordering is becoming a stressful rather than enjoyable thing for me lately.
I've bought from BookDepository for years and years, and have been very happy with them. I got a bit worried when they were acquired by Amazon, but nothing seemed to change much so I told myself to stop being so negative. But in my latest order, 3 of the ten books I ordered were damaged (and I had to spew gal before they'd agree to send me new copies) and one had a dustcover that seemed like it was meant for a book 30% larger but cut to "fit". I'm starting to wonder if I should take my book-buying business elsewhere but I'm not sure where. There are a couple of big Swedish sites that are pretty well-stocked, but not close to BD.
>150 richardderus: They do seem to have become too big for their britches. However, their customer service, both online and over the phone, exceeds expectations. The phone number is buried 'way down on their website, but I have it written down. I had to call on the book damaged in the envelope because they changed the screen that asks you how you want to return a book - the default used to be UPS-print a return label and drop off, but now the default is UPS - return to a UPS location. I unintentionally selected return to a UPS location, so I had to call them to get it switched to letting me print a return label. Everyone on the phone has always been very considerate and helpful.
>151 katiekrug: They are good at that, for sure, Katie. You're welcome re the eye appointment!
>152 PawsforThought: I've heard lots on LT about using Book Depository over the years, and it seems to be getting worse and worse for everybody. I've never used them. It's too bad that you had to fight with them about getting the damaged books replaced, Paws.
I just looked online about using Amazon in Sweden, and without looking detail it seems as though there are ways to make it work. I don't know if it's less or more expensive than other websites, but might be worth a look.
The best way to get it to rain is to get your outside windows cleaned. It's a gentle straight-down sort of rain, though, and will probably only affect the 3 skylights we have.
Even if it gets nasty quickly, at least I KNOW that the windows were just cleaned.
>153 karenmarie: Oh, we *can* use Amazon just fine (the UK website is easiest unless you're good at German or French), but I don't want to use Amazon. I've sworn never to shop from Amazon proper ever again. I consider them an evil corporation.
I can respect your boycott, Paws - one of the women in my book club refuses to use Amazon, too.
I'm not 100% happy with what they've become, but when I started using them in 1999 they were a welcome alternative to expensive book prices and access to things I needed that were hard to find locally.
>155 karenmarie: I completely get that it was a revolution when Amazon first arrived.
>147 karenmarie: We started the same here, Karen, laundry sepatated. With other household chores we both do what the other dislikes more. The laundry evolved and is now Franks task, together with cooking and shopping. I do the cleaning and the garden.
On online book buying, I try to order directly from Dutch publishers. If that isn't possible I use a large Dutch seller.
ETA Amazon never got popular here, because we have fixed book prizes.
>156 PawsforThought: I still like them because I can get things like little plastic adjustable shelf holders in the exact right size without calling and/or driving all over central North Carolina. Unhulled raw sesame seeds, truffle oil for niece, textbooks for daughter... the list is almost endless. My husband's OLED TV, reams of paper, the correct printer ink... okay, I'll stop.
>157 FAMeulstee: It's nice that the work has divided up along lines of liking/willingness for you and Frank.
Fixed book prices? Really? I guess Amazon uses book prices as temptations to buy more stuff - it used to be that I'd have to order $25 in stuff before I got free shipping. Now, although the shipping isn't free because I pay $119/year, I get 'free' shipping, Amazon streaming video, and etc. Totally worth the money, IMO.
I guess I'm old-fashioned, still preferring to buy books in a real shop. But of course I live near real bookshops!
I like Amazon's site, for browsing and reviews. We can order from their German site. Also for fun stuff they have, the world's largest store, selling all kinds of goodies. But I prefer to buy elsewhere, after hearing how they treat people.
Morning, Karen. Not-So-Sweet Thursday! More cold and snow today. High 34F. Halfway done with my work week. Ugh! At least, I am having a good time with the books.
>159 EllaTim: I prefer buying in shops too, but there's only one bookshop in town and they have to stick to the popular, newly poublished books. That's generally not what I buy, so I have to go online. Except when I go to Stockholm - then I pop into a few favourite places and pick up a few books.
>159 EllaTim: I like real book shops, too, Ella. I can’t get to anything except by car. The closest used book store is 9 miles away, 2 thrift shops with books about 9 miles away. The closest indie is 16 miles away, the closest Barnes and Noble is 31 miles away. Funny – I worked 3 days a week for 13 weeks and literally drove by Barnes & Noble and didn’t even think of stopping in. All I could think of was getting home. My largest source of books is our FoL sales, though. I browse for 3 days at each of two sales. I don’t get many of the current books, but always find lots of interesting things. You’re lucky you can buy elsewhere.
>160 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark! More snow? Poor you, poor Halloween kidlets this evening. We’ve got rain again. Sorry you’re only halfway through your work week.
>161 PawsforThought: We all use whatever sources we can, don’t we Paws? Gotta have those books!
Kindle/other e-reader users – what sources do you use?
Happy Halloween Karen! I am also not a fan of buying books from Amazon, though I often can't find the exact book I want in a bookstore, so order from Half Price Books or Barnes and Noble. I love the school year, because the Scholastic site is so inexpensive.
I don't often buy anything but books from Amazon, almost always ebooks. There's just no more room here. Otherwise, I much prefer local shops, if they have what I need.
>163 weird_O: Oooh, cool, Bill!
>164 The_Hibernator: Happy Halloween to you, too, Rachel. Scholastic is wonderful. I still have 3 or 4 Scholastic books I bought when I was in elementary school – in the early 60s!
>165 ffortsa: I don’t buy or read too many e-books, Judy, but occasionally that’s the best medium for what I want. If local shops had what I wanted, I’d get everything there. Alas.
>166 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks, Larry! It was a bust here – we have no trick-or-treaters and what with tornado watches and rain, lightning and thunder, stayed in the living room watching WRAL show where the tornadoes were. I do have a pumpkin on the stoop and Bill bought several bags of Candy Corn during October although I’m still successfully avoiding sugar and didn’t eat a single piece. I hope you and Parker are having a Snappy Wallowheen!
Statistics Through October 31
86 books read
7 books abandoned, 684 pages
1 standalone short story
26016 pages read
76 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 86
Avg pages read per month, YTD = 2602
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 303
Avg rating of all books read, YTD= 3.99
Month-end TBR (incl started) 2198
US Born 37%
Foreign Born 63%
Trade Pback 33%
Mass Market 16%
My Library 85%
Library or Other 15%
Author Birth Country
Original Decade Published
Graphic Novel 1%
Historical Fiction 2%
Speculative Fiction 8%
Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. No snow or rain in the forecast but still chilly with a 40F high. I am finally getting the book out for you today. Sorry, for the delay.
'Morning, Mark! Happy Friday to you, too. Glad there's no precip, but brrrr. It's 38 here, going to a high of 58.
I'll look forward to getting it - no apologies needed!
87. Busman’s Honeymoon: A Love Story with Detective Interruptions by Dorothy L. Sayers
10/27/19 to 11/1/19
From Edward Petherbridge’s website, description of the stage play put on in 1988:
Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane marry and go to spend their honeymoon at Talboys, an old farmhouse in Hertfordshire which he has bought her as a present. The honeymoon is intended as a break from their usual routine of solving crimes (him) and writing about them (her), but it turns into a murder investigation when the seller of the house is found dead at the bottom of the cellar steps with his head bashed in.
Why I wanted to read it: The last complete novel written by Dorothy L. Sayers, the final novel in my year-long challenge to reread all of her fiction. Now it’s only the short stories – 38 of them to be exact – to read through the end of the year.
Tears in my eyes again, at the end. This woman could write like no one’s business. Here’s one example. We find Peter and Harriet sitting on a bench at a ruined church.
He made the mental gesture of waving away an intrusive moth, and tightened his bodily hold on his wife as though to remind himself of the palpable presence of the flesh. She responded with a small contended sound like a snort – an absurd sound that seemed to lift the sealing stone and release some well-spring of laughter deep down within him. It came bubbling and leaping up in the most tremendous hurry to reach the sunlight, so that all his blood danced with it and his lungs were stifled with the rush and surge of this extraordinary fountain of delight. He felt himself at once ridiculous and omnipotent. He was exultant. He wanted to shout.
Peter and Harriet work through a murder and how to be married. Beautifully written, characters deftly illuminated through local dialect and vivid description. Clever plot, satisfactory murderer.
Sayers left an unfinished manuscript that was finished, with permission from her estate, by Jill Paton Walsh. Three more, written solely by Walsh but using Sayers’s characters, have been published. I’ve read all four with varying appreciation and approval, but don’t count them for purposes of my year-long challenge.
A Presumption of Death
The Attenbury Emeralds
The Late Scholar
I'm still proud of cutting sugar out of my life. I am looking forward to eating pies at Thanksgiving, though. *smile*
88. The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers edited by Carole Vanderhoof
11/10/18 to 11/1/19
In this anthology, renowned murder mystery writer Dorothy L. Sayers tackles faith, doubt, human nature, and the most dramatic story ever told.
For almost a century, a series of labyrinthine murder mysteries have kept fans turning pages hungrily as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane discover whodunit, again and again.
Detective novel enthusiasts may not know that for almost as many years, Christian thinkers have appreciated the same Dorothy L. Sayers for her acumen as an essayist, playwright, apologist, and preeminent translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Now, for the first time, an anthology brings together the best of both worlds. The selections uncover the gospel themes woven throughout Sayers’s popular fiction as well as her religious plays, correspondence, talks, and essays. Clues dropped throughout her detective stories reveal an attention to matters of faith that underlies all her work.
Those who know Sayers from her nonfiction writings may wonder how she could also write popular genre fiction. Sayers, like her friend G. K. Chesterton, found murder mysteries a vehicle to explore the choices characters make between good and evil. Along with C. S. Lewis and the other Inklings, with whom she maintained a lively correspondence, Sayers used her popular fiction to probe deeper questions. She addressed not only matters of guilt and innocence, sin and redemption, but also the cost of war, the role of the conscience, and the place of women in society.
None of these themes proved any hindrance to spinning a captivating yarn. Her murder mysteries are more reminiscent of Jane Austen than Arthur Conan Doyle, with all the tense interpersonal exploration of the modern novel.
Why I wanted to read it: I wanted to read something in conjunction with my year-long personal challenge to read all of DLS’s fiction, and this book has an essay on each novel plus essays on select plays, letters, and essays.
The thing I come away with this from this excellent book is the staggering intelligence of Dorothy L. Sayers and the savage honesty in everything she wrote. She was clever, she was opinionated, she was unapologetically Christian, and she was a brilliant thinker.
She wrote poetry, novels, short stories, essays, plays, lectures, war articles for the troops, and more.
She translated Dante’s Divine Comedy, dying unexpectedly at the age of 64 of a coronary thrombosis, having finished Inferno and Purgatorio, and leaving Paradiso only 2/3 translated. It was finished by Barbara Reynolds.
Each essay has an example of one of her works to illustrate a theme or aspect of Christian belief with commentary by the editor, Carole Vanderhoof.
This is a book to be read in small bites, to savor and try to keep up with a brilliant intellect.
Morning, Karen! Happy Saturday! Last work day of the work week! Yah! Looking forward to the next two days off. Still cold here, way below normal but I should stay dry.
Happy Saturday to you, too, Mark! Enjoy your weekend. It's 31 here, going to a high of 61.
I've just started reading the new Jack Reacher.
The first one they sent had wavy pages even though the cover and dust jacket looked okay. The second one is fine. I'm blessed if I'm going to keep a defective new book.
...from Wimsey to Reacher...there's some aesthetic whiplash...
*smooch* Happy Saturday!
A literary whiplash... you're right.
Off to run errands. Some friends of ours are coming over tonight to watch the Carolina game - they can't get the ACC network and we can so are driving 30 miles each way to watch with us. I'll be 'watching', too, and possibly playing my cell phone games...
She's absolutely one of my favorite authors, along with Agatha Christie, J.D. Salinger (short stories, meh on The Catcher in the Rye although I haven't read it in 50 years), and Georgette Heyer.
It is such a wonderful book, glad you're re-reading it.
I saw some Dorothy Sayers' books at our library book sale but they were so yellowed and warped that I wouldn't have enjoyed the reading experience. I kind of suspect she is not the author for me because I'm not too fond of Agatha Christie or Georgette Heyer. Not sure why exactly. Too "cozy" maybe? I'm just trying to catch up here. I love reading your threads, Karen. Now they are what I call "good reading"!!!
Yellowed and warped - a recipe for unreadability. I've been slowly getting rid of old, yellowed, foxed paperbacks. My eyes just can't read them well any more. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries are cozies, but Hercule Poirot is not. Sayers is intellectually challenging, but you have to like Golden Age Detective mysteries. I won't read Heyer's mysteries - I've always felt that they were Christie wanna-bes. But Heyer's Georgian and Regency Romances absolutely can't be beat for beautiful use of language and lively, entertaining stories.
Thanks re my threads, Donna - I'm flattered that you consider them good reading.
>182 karenmarie: Oh Karen, don't deprive yourself of the best of Heyer's mysteries. Penhallow is unreadable - at least by me - and the bridge one nearly so. On the other hand, I was totally charmed by Why Shoot a Butler? and Footsteps in the Dark, for instance. It's been a long time since I read any of them, but I look forward to another try soon.
Hi Peggy! In 2008 I read Envious Casca, Penhallow, and A Blunt Instrument. I had 11 of 12 on my shelves (didn't have Detection Unlimited) but decided that I wouldn't read them and so last summer gave them to a fellow LTer.
Today is Playmakers with Louise. We'll be seeing a matinee. Some friends who visited last night for the Carolina-Virginia game said they loved it. Carolina looked good, but Virginia looked one touchdown better, 38-31.
by Heidi Armbruster
Directed by Vivienne Benesch
World Premiere Comedy
Sometimes you really do put your foot in it
Raw from an office romance, stinging from a journalistic rivalry, and exhausted by a never-ending series of baby showers, Allie, a food writer in New York City, never expected to find herself on the wrong side of an epic food fight. When she escapes to her father’s dairy farm in Wisconsin, she meets a cow named Patches who promises to show her the way home.
Home again in the dark because of the switch back to EST then back out to book club to discuss The Kitchen God's Wife.
I'm thoroughy enjoying the new Jack Reacher, Blue Moon.
>167 karenmarie: the building I live in discourages trick or treating. Back when a family opened the property they always threw a party on Halloween for the kids, but now the place is owned by a corporation and we got bupkis. My first year here I remember watching a dad walk his toddler, dressed as a bumblebee, to the clubhouse for the party. It gave me heartache it was so beautiful.
Hi Larry. Proof of the inhumanity of corporations. Corporations are not people, regardless of what laws have been passed.
I'm glad the little bumblebee got her trick-or-treating in that year.
Oh, me too. That kid has become a Household God to me. Sooo adorable. I always think of them when I want to believe in hope.
I have to commute home through a public housing project to get home every night . As does everyone who takes Rt. 1 home and lives south of King Street in Alexandria. I'm looking at you, future Amazon employees.
Anyway, a projects dad was leading his kid across Rt 1 on Halloween and I passed them at a red light. I was on the phone with the windows up but of COURSE I waved and mouthed 'Aaaah, oh my God it's Jason!'. The dad immediately drew up and the kid just stared at me through his mask. Neither returned the wave. And I thought 'Oh hell. I hope they knew I was upping the kid, and they didn't just see some old white fart being a jerk'. Because I would have rather died than make any child uncomfortable for who they are, but ESPECIALLY a child who was dressed up. And so damn fierce! When that dad drew up I thought, 'Oh oh, what happened?:
Anyway, that's what I pray for in 2020. That the races come together.
Morning, Karen. Not much time on LT yesterday but I did stay busy doing my other interests. The only low point was another awful Bears performance. Our city very disappointed in this team. We had high hopes. I am enjoying the day off, and, of course a bird stroll is in the plans, since the weather will be decent. Then the afternoon will be reserved for the books.
Hi Mark and good morning to you, too. i'm glad you had a good time except for the Bears loss to the Eagles. :(
I see that there's a Chicago Bears fight song - Bear Down, Chicago Bears. Panthers' fight song is Stand and Cheer. Live and learn.
This morning we've got Carlos and his FiL coming to spread mulch and top dress all mulch beds with the last of the mulch we got with the tree work we had done in May. Remember my mass-o-mulch? At the time we estimated it was 70 cubic yards.
89. Blue Moon by Lee Child
11/1/19 to 11/4/19
In the next highly anticipated installment of Lee Child’s acclaimed suspense series, Jack Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple . . . and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet.
“Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of.”—Ken Follett
“This is a random universe,” Reacher says. “Once in a blue moon things turn out just right.”
This isn’t one of those times.
Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. Now Reacher wants to make it right.
An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.
Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks, the thugs, and the assassins. He teams up with a fed-up waitress who knows a little more than she’s letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It’s a long shot. The odds are against him. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice . . . the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.
Why I wanted to read it: It’s the newest Reacher. No choice.
This book does not disappoint. A couple of the more recent ones have been strident in Child’s overuse of and reliance of repetitive phrases over the course of the book, this one doesn’t. It’s classic Reacher, eminently satisfying.
I just went to Lee Child’s official website for the first time ever and learned two things.
1. Amazon is developing a Jack Reacher series. How cool is that? I’ll be very interested in seeing who they pick to play Reacher. It has to be someone tall, craggy, and powerfully built.
2. Jack Reacher coffee from the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company. It’s a dark roast, which I’m not usually fond of, but I may break down and get a pound anyway. Just because.
Hi RD! Thanks. Last week was way too busy. This week is more to my taste.
The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers had one letter, but I didn't pursue it as I should have. Thank you! Just downloaded to my Kindle.
>192 karenmarie: Yay! I found something DLS-related you hadn't read! Wheeeeeeeee
YAY! The management company did throw a Halloween party, after all. I'm really glad, kids need a chance to dress up and get free stuff. The beautiful ones will still be able to do it when they're in their 20s, but there's something very pleasing about seeing a bunch of kids dressed for trick or treating.
Here are the three winners. I'd have given a shared first prize to the two kids because, really, who wants to split an atom?
I'm glad there was a Halloween party for the kidlets, Larry. Thanks for sharing the pics, too. Pretty 'dorable...
Mark - Frankissstein arrived today! Fast for media mail, for sure. Thank you!!
Hi Karen. I'm late to the discussion about Amy Tan's work. I read The Joy Luck Club eons ago when it was pretty newly out in paperback. I don't remember a lot about it other than that I enjoyed it at the time.
I haven't read any Jack Reacher in a while, probably since before LT (I joined in January 2011). I know he is worth revisiting.
Morning, Karen. Back to the grind. Back to the chill...I hope the mulching went well and thanks for letting me know, you got Frankissstein. Enjoy, my friend.
>197 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! The people in my book club who read it and were at the meeting loved it. The person who dissed it to me didn't come to the meeting. I ended coming back around to liking it wholeheartedly and dissed her comments. I enjoyed The Joy Luck Club at the time, too.
I was introduced to Reacher in 2011 by friend Rhoda at the FoL book sale. She said I had to read Bad Luck and Trouble, which is #14, but she said they didn't need to be read in order. I agree with her. I immediately got caught up and have read every Reacher as it comes out now, starting in 2013, plus No Middle Name, a book of short stories. Sometimes there is nothing as satisfying as a book about the bad guys meeting a violent end and Reacher helping someone who really needs the help.
>198 msf59: Ugh. Sorry, Mark, that you're back to the chill. The mulching went well. Bill will have to use the tractor/bucket to distribute the last half pile as a top dressing, but everything else got smoothed and top dressed. I blew the leaves off the concrete so it looks pretty good. Thanks again re Frankissstein. There are 3 s's in it, which took me a bit to figure out for touchstone purposes.
>199 richardderus: Hiya RD! *smooch* back
Book sorting was fun and busy today - we didn't finish up til just about 11, two whole hours. If a book has writing in it, we don't keep it. If we don't keep it, members of the book sort team can take the books. One of them has underlining in pen and was dog-earred, but two of them were in pencil, one also dog-earred, so I took 'em. As a buyer of books I usually won't buy books with dog-earred pages, but for free I'm not quite so picky... I un-dog-ear them but the creases are still there. Harrumph.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse J. Holland
I swear to god, Parker will do anything to get on the tee-bee.
>190 karenmarie: Yes! Good comments on Blue Moon A Jack Reacher Novel, Karen. As you say, classic Jack Reacher. Unputdownable. The Amazon Reacher tv series: It has to be someone tall, craggy, and powerfully built. Amen! No tiny Tom Cruise-types please.
I do have a question:
>201 SomeGuyInVirginia: Larry, we were watching the game last night when that cat came onto the field. It took quite a while for them to herd it off. We were entranced. Bill sent this version this morning:
>202 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. To answer your question:
"Next to him was a guy maybe five years younger. Taller, but reedy. Stooped shoulders already, from typing too much.
Trulenko said something in Ukranian.
Vantresca said, "He just told his pal not to tell us anything."
Not a good start," Reacher said.
Barton and Hogan backed the two guys away from their keyboards.
And then, near the end of the chapter there's still no mention of the guy. So either he files out a prisoner of the other guys or he's still in the room when Reacher shoots Trulenko.
Reacher looked at the others. He said, "You guys go on ahead. I'll catch you by the elevator."
They all nodded. He thought only Abby knew why. They filed out. Past the dead guy. Vantresca was last. He looked back. Then he went.
I've been away, held at bay by Verizon's stellar maintenance/repair crews. Just Johnny-on-the-spot they are. Took them only four full days to get around to my neighborhood's internet outage.
So I tried reading books instead of staring at my computer. Huh? Well, who knew how entertaining books could be.
Finished The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes and Faust by Johann von Goethe. Started The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois and The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne.
Also good: my brother informed me that his local library will be having a two-day bag sale the week before Thanksgiving.
Hi Bill! Only four days? Sheesh.
Just think how many books all of us could read if we didn't dink around on LT and other sites all day...
Good for you!!
And good for another bag sale.
edited to add: Just finished The Comforts of Home, the 9th in the Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler series by Susan Hill. A very good book, just not in the mood to write a review about it.
I just picked up Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton at the library today, read the first chapter while waiting for friends at lunch, and will continue.
I've lurked for several nights now, Karen, so it's time to speak. I have a dr. apptmnt. tomorrow and will likely take my Kindle and have plenty of time to read something. I have *Comforts* on it, and that might be exactly what I need to be a foil to *WHEEL 4*.
Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday! Hooray for picking up Hollow Kingdom. That has been a big hit around here. I am sure you will have a good time with it.
Hi, Karen. Just skimming because I was really way too far behind to catch up properly. 2 items caught my eye, though, so I will drop a comment or two. The first Amy Tan book I read was The Joy Luck Club and I read it when it first came out. I don't remember much of the story now but I know I did like it. I have tried a couple of other titles by her and gave up but one other that I really loved, maybe because it was on audiobook and the readers were outstanding (though don't ask me who they were because I have no idea): The Bonesetter's Daughter. This was a really good story.
Amazon. I also don't use amazon, on principle. I try to buy locally, or, if I have to order a book, I go through Abebooks. And yes, I know amazon recently bought Abe's too, which annoys the hell out of me but it still goes through independent booksellers, I believe, so that's ok. A tiny indie book shop in Montreal, right near McGill University campus, has a basket on the cash counter. In the basket are stickers, offered for free, that say *I didn't buy it on Amazon!*. I grabbed a handful...;-)
>206 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! I started the series in 2010 and read the 8th in 2015, so it's been 4 years. It surprised me at how easily I slipped back into Simon, Cat, and her childrens' lives. I hope you enjoy it.
>207 msf59: Hi Mark! Happy Wednesday to you, too. I hope to get a lot of good reading in today, but I also want to watch Olive Kitteridge. I also picked it up at the library yesterday.
>208 jessibud2: Hi Shelley! Glad you liked The Bonesetter's Daughter.
I completely understand your boycotting Amazon, but it still works for me.
The one I've pretty much abandoned but still visit occasionally is Facebook. I've only posted once that I can remember, ever, liked stuff and commented on a few friend posts over the years, gotten increasingly bored with what most people post, and am more and more upset at the privacy breaches and livid that the site will deliberately let politicans lie to the American public, as per an article in the Washington Post on October 10th.
I'm having lunch with the women I used to work with in IT and then, as things usually work, also having dinner out with high school friend Jan. I'll be able to get a few errands done, though - personal banking at lunch and Costco before dinner.
Tomorrow and Friday are gloriously free.
>209 karenmarie: I detest Facebook and the only reason I still keep my account there is that it is the only way I have of contacting some people.
>203 karenmarie: Thanks so much, Karen. I thought I must've missed something, even after re-reading it myself. I found it weird - Lee Child was so careful
>210 PawsforThought: Hi Paws! My sister uses Messenger occasionally, like this morning, so after seeing the silly video she posted I decided to get in touch with a friend about lunch with him and his wife. I have his phone, but it was easy to send the message once I was there. Sigh.
>211 jnwelch: You're welcome, Joe! Looks like we have seen the same thing. I'd love to meet Lee Child. First one to do so should ask the question!
I went out this morning to get a feeder to refill with sunflower seeds and startled a 6-point buck in my pastures. Watched him for a bit before he sauntered off. Then, after I'd returned the filled feeder I looked into the paddock and there were five beautiful does. I love seeing deer on my property - they don't eat anything close to the house (well except for a few begonias after they were past their prime a couple of weeks ago).
Hi Horrible, it's University Press Week! Have you got your bunting strung up and your paper lanterns lit?
>203 karenmarie: I'm so used to P-Bitty that I forget the superstition about black cats. The announcers were hilarious about it.
I had a pizza delivery guy who sort of freaked when I opened the door and Parker ran into the hallway. When I couldn't get the damn cat back inside he said he'd take the stairs rather than risk crossing paths with Tinykin Skywalker.
I've never used Facebook for social media but I did set up a fake account to gather info on people in the industry. Username Nigel Strangeways.
Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Hooray for the 6-point buck and his lovely harem. Did you start Olive Kitteridge?
>213 richardderus: Hi RD! So ‘tis, I just looked it up and looked up their Read. Think. Act. Recommended reading list. Whew! My favorite title is There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years By Mike Berners-Lee (Cambridge University Press)
No bunting or paper lanterns, alas – I’ve only just had a first sip of coffee and haven’t gone upstairs for decorations yet.
>214 weird_O: Brief note to say hi back, Bill!
>215 SomeGuyInVirginia: I’ve never had a completely black kitty but have never worried about the superstition. Weird pizza delivery guy.
Speaking of Nigel Strangeways, I have vols 1, 3, and 4 of The Nicholas Blake Treasury, and because of you, have just bought vol 2.
>216 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark! I was so pleased to see him yesterday, and the does in the paddock were a treat, too. I did not start Olive Kitteridge, but plan on watching it today. I don’t have any errands to run today, Callooh! Callay!
I’m absolutely loving Hollow Kingdom. This is a quote I sent to Jenna yesterday – she describes things as types of potatoes and this quote reminded me of her quirky use of the word:
As the bear paced and then started to lumber away from the library, three brown blobs emerged from the doors to shadow her. Cubs. Great, she reproduced--there are more of those fuzzy death-potatoes out in society, helping themselves to public facilities that are funded by our hard earned tax dollars. Pffft. My mind belatedly translated the hummingbird's cry of 'Cheese cups, ass clubs, keep away!' to the more plausible 'She's up, has cubs, keep away!' I admit that I had been a bit quick to judge her sobriety.There’s something hilarious or striking or snarky on pretty much every page.
I just saw a Yellow-shafted Flicker. He landed in the Crepe Myrtle and was there for a good three or four minutes. Binoculars out, I had a fine visual feast.
NMP - from AllAboutBirds.Org
>219 weird_O: I thought I was lucky, too, Bill. Last time I saw a Flicker was January 11, 2018.
>220 richardderus: I did not see his yellow shaft... but I did see his forked tail feathers, red patch on nape, and black patch on chest. *smile*
I've watched the first episode of Olive Kitteridge. So good, so demanding. Back to Hollow Kingdom.
"I’m absolutely loving Hollow Kingdom." Yippee! Love the Shit Turd quote too.
Hooray for the northern flicker! Such a beauty.
>224 msf59: Hi Mark! Yesterday was a bird day between the Flicker and Hollow Kingdom. I also managed to watch half of Olive Kitteridge and will finish it today, I think. Very intense, very well done.
>225 jessibud2: Beautiful bird, isn't it, Shelley?
>226 Berly: We love our 8 acres 3 roads off a state hwy. We do hear some distant traffic, but it doesn't bother the animals and it doesn't bother us.
No errands, no obligations. I'm content.
Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. I am so glad you are enjoying the mini-series of O.K. What a cast, right?
>221 karenmarie: So glad you're watching Olive Kitteridge. Frances McDormand is perfect.
I just read Olive, Again and loved it. A great follow-up to Olive Kitteridge.
And Hollow Kingdom: A Novel is probably my favorite book this year! When I finished it, I wanted to immediately start reading it again.
*sigh* I feel so left out. I really disliked Olive. What did I not see? I am verschmeckeled.
She's not immediately likeable, RD, but if Henry likes and loves her then there must be something there, I thought. I remember being ready to put the book down until
>235 karenmarie: The spoiler moment is the exact one where I gave right up. It felt utterly disingenuous to me. But your take is certainly one I can see present in there as well.
>234 richardderus: verschmeckeled ??
Of course I googled that. And saw Richard's moniker all over the place.
So okay... I still don't know it means. Esp. not having read any of the associated books. But it's such a great word to throw around.
"verschmeckeled" is like being "gefilte" in Yiddish...all chopped into tiny little unrelated pieces and smooshed into a shape you didn't have before. Confused, bewildered, lost in time and space. Or so magicians_nephew etymologized for me.
>218 karenmarie: How GORGEOUS!!! I've never seen that bird - or if I did, I didn't see it well enough to appreciate those amazing marking.
>239 richardderus: Thank you for the definition, RD. I also didn't find a definition that made sense to me.
Hi, Karen! *Hollow K* goes on my wish list immediately with thanks to you! Meanwhile, I'm waiting for another Jane Harper to arrive from PBS, but I haven't read the first one yet.
>239 richardderus: Whew! My life is now complete.
>218 karenmarie: I love these Northern flickers. We have both yellows and reds visiting our garden. One pair raised a family in a hollow of a birch tree next door. It was so charming to see the parents apparently swapping off feeding duties. I missed the fledglings taking off though.
>237 SandyAMcPherson: I Google-equivalented verschmeckeled too. Didn’t see any Merriam-Webster link. *smile*
>238 quondame: Hi Susan.
>239 richardderus: Ah. Thanks RD and Jim.
>240 quondame: It’s a great word, isn’t it?
>241 LizzieD: They live year round in NC. From AllAboutBirds.Org:
Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump.I misspoke above. He was in a volunteer Black Walnut next to a Crepe Myrtle. I have the correct tree/pasture ratio, apparently.
Hollow Kingdom has been a joy so far. I’m not giving anything away when I say that humans turn feral and S.T. the crow sees the results – some of the descriptions are not for the squeamish. But, having read tales of murder, mayhem, torture, vampires, zombies, etc. for decades, it doesn’t faze me. I think I’ve become desensitized, although I will still never rewatch The Matrix, having never wanted to watch it but been coerced on Bill’s birthday because it’s what he wanted to watch one year.
>242 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark! Happy Saturday to you, too. Glad you’re on your last day of the work week.
Lots of Hollow Kingdom love…
It got down to 23F last night. Our newly-bush hogged pastures are white with frost.
Today’s errands and not much else, therefore reading. I will start Bolt to finish off the year-long 6-book Dick Francis shared read that rosalita so kindly set for us.
Thanks RD - just getting ready now to head out. Trash/recyclables to dump, lunch, grocery store, PO, pharmacy. Not necessarily in that order. *smooch*
Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. I am enjoying a leisurely A.M. I plan on doing some reading before I do the food shopping and then time for my lowly Bears.
Have a good day.
Hi Mark! Thank you - we did our food shopping yesterday, along with a few other errands. I hope you have a great day off.
Good luck to your Bears. I see that they play the 1 pm EST game against the Lions. Panthers play Green Bay today at 4:25 EST and Bill's beloved Dallas plays the Vikings for the late game at 8:20 EST.
I'm still happily reading Hollow Kingdom. I need to start Stuff Matters for our December book club meeting, and read 38 more short stories by Dorothy L. Sayers by year end. I'll probably read one today. Short stories are so not my favorite...
>248 karenmarie: Short stories are so not my favorite...
But at least they're DLS. That counts for something, no?
Oh, but I love short stories. Of course I love chills, and shock, and spooky stuff. Maybe that's why I love short stories. They really bring the thrills.
>249 richardderus: RD, you know pefectly well that I do not, as a rule, read collections of short stories. This year, so far, I've read zero short story collections, although it will probably be 1% when I finish up this collection of DLS short stories by the end of the year. I prefer novellas and novels for more in-depth experiences. I logically appreciate short stories and how they have to compress something meaningful into the shorter form, just don't go out of my way for them.
DLS short stories do count. I'm enjoying them. I liked the short stories in No Middle Name by Lee Child, too.
>250 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! I think it's easier to sustain chills, shock, and spooky stuff in th shorter form. Thrill seeker that you are.
Well. Bill and I are going to Lowe's to look for light fixtures for the porches. We need 7. The current ones are 21 years old and two have completely fallen apart. It seems a shame to have gotten so many good things done around the place and have rotten porch fixtures. Sigh.
Hum, I just watched the first episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I know it's a dramedy, and very manipulative. But I loved that first episode. And I think those times, where the edges of the worlds become broken up and still grind against each other, are back. I think this is a period of wild innovation. Heya Karen, and your kin the Wild Ones.
>244 karenmarie: "I think I’ve become desensitized, although I will still never rewatch The Matrix"
My husband and I are watching the trilogy, with just the last one left to go. I was puzzled at your comment until I remembered...oh, yes, I bet those were the scenes she's thinking of!
>253 SomeGuyInVirginia: We loved The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Wild innovation and wild discord and pain, I think. Heya back.
>254 klobrien2: If you've figured me out at all, you'll realize that it's the scenes that I've always called "The Blue Cheese" - those where there are icky medical-type things. Some that come to mind are weird worms crawling out of a Star Trek character's ear, veins on an arm looking like the blue mold that identifies blue cheese, scenes of humans connected... well. The Matrix. That's when I stopped watching it the first time. As with The Handmaid's Tale, I have an irrational dislike of it . At this point I do not want to like it, don't want to give it a second chance. And I just don't plan on reading The Handmaid's Tale ever. It radiates toxicity to me.
As I said, irrational.
But I haven't put down Hollow Kingdom even though the descriptions of
And, as I always tell Bill, I reserve the right to be inconsistent.
Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Someone said that. Dunno who.
With you on the short stories, Karen. Although I found this year a collection of very short stories I actaully liked, see my thread 8, msg 95. That was the first time ever I liked a short story collection...
>256 weird_O: Ralph Waldo Emerson, according to duckduckgo. Here's more of the quote:
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”Thank you, Bill!
>257 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I'm glad you found a collection you liked. Like I said, I do like some short stories, just very few and far between. Here's another inconsistency for you - I requested and won an ER book called Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates. I received it October 15th. I guess I need to read it and keep the ER gods happy with a review.
My Panthers lost to Green Bay. A few bad calls in Green Bay's favor, a few stupid Carolina plays. Now to see if the Cowboys can beat the Vikings.
Morning, Karen. Looks like a perfect day to be off, here in the wintery Midwest. Bitter cold and snow. No bird walks for me, but plenty of book time. We got to enjoy a rare Bears win yesterday but I am sorry to hear about your Panthers. It would have been nice to have beat the Packers.
Hi Mark! Looks like it's a good idea to hunker down in your Marky-Mark Man Cave and flip some pages.
Further south = milder, but it's still cool for us at 35F right now.
>259 msf59: Book time for me, too.
It's not snowy enough to protect the dormant garden; at -22 (a horrible -8 for the Fahrenheit folks).
Sadly, the perennials are so vulnerable without a really thick blanket of snow.
91. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
11/5/19 to 11/10/19
One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.
S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.
Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies--from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis--fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.
Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.
Why I wanted to read it: LT buzz.
I kept reading passages to my daughter and sending her texts of others. It is a book that cries out to be read out loud although I read a paper copy.
It is mostly told from S.T.’s point of view, but Winnie the Poodle, Genghis Cat, an unnamed Polar Bear, a Fairy Pitta, an elephant, a Highland Cow named Angus, and others make appearances, too. Their purpose? The situation is world-wide, and they are a wonderful contrast in style to S.T.
S.T. calls Humans MoFos, undoubtedly Big Jim’s influence. It is simultaneously an indictment and an unambiguous label.
The premise is stunning, the execution brilliant. Buxton may have been a crow in a previous life because she certainly nails the quirks that seem to be crow. She has the ability to see animals, MoFos and her viral crash landing of a vision of how humans lose preeminence and dominance on the Beautiful Blue in a scarily realistic new world order.
S.T.'s growth as a crow and insights into humans, animals, and plants are
Lyrical, biting, snarky, scary, disgusting, inspired. I was going to write hopeful, but since I’m a MoFo and undoubtedly would be
>262 karenmarie: - I wasn't sure about this one, despite all of Mark's warbling (Hi Mark!), but you've made me put it on my WL.
Have a good Monday, Karen!
>261 SandyAMcPherson: ‘Morning, Sandy. Yikes. You’re really getting that blast, aren’t you? I’m sorry your perennials are at risk.
I made the mistake of leaving a Wandering Jew out to two nights of a hard freeze, and I don’t think it’s going to survive.
Today is me, the house, the cat, the fish. Bill’s off to work although he grumbled all weekend that veterans should get the day off, not everybody else.
I have the happy problem of trying to figure out my next read. But first, I’ll read 2 short stories, one from my ER book Cutting Edge: New stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and one from Lord Peter: A Collection of All the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories compiled by James Sandoe. Then a few of The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon. And finally, book-decision time.
Good review of Hollow Kingdom, Karen, and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Me, too. The tone of it doesn't work for some people, but it did for me.
>263 katiekrug: Hi Katie! Almost overlooked you there. I hope you get a chance to read it soon.
My Monday is pretty good so far – brekkie, coffee, one short story down.
>265 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I usually know within a few pages if a book’s tone will work with me – sometimes I happily abandon them, other times I continue hoping for inspiration to read more. This one was easy. S.T. has a very persuasive voice. *smile*
Hi Beth! I borrowed my copy and will return it to the library tomorrow. I'm not going to buy a copy for me, but I think I'll buy a copy for my friend Karen in Montana for Christmas.
Instead of reading a short story or poems, I started Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that shape our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik for our December book club discussion.
This is such a logical book! His introduction tells why he became interested in man-made materials. His methodology is to use a photograph of himself taken on the roof of his flat. He then has a chapter for each of 10 materials shown in that photograph. How cool is that for those of us who revel in logic and structure? The first chapter is steel.
When you bend a paper clip, it is in fact the metal crystals that are bending. If they didn't bend, the paper clip would be brittle and snap like a stick. This plastic behavior is achieved by the dislocations moving within the crystal. As they move they transfer small bits of the material from one side of the crystal to the other. They do this at the speed of sound. As you bend a paper clip, you are causing approximately 100,000,000,000,000 dislocations to move at a speed of thousands of hundreds of meters per second. Although each only moves a tiny piece of the crystal (one atomic plane in fact), there are enough of them to allow the crystals to behave like a super-strong plastic rather than a brittle rock.
You *can* read poetry with shudder pleasure but not short stories...yes, you are indeed illogical and inconsistent, but you liked Hollow Kingdom so you're okay. *smooch*
Glad I have offsetting points, RD! I do read short stories with pleasure, but usually only authors I already love. And I'm phenomenally persnickity about poetry and don't like hardly anything that doesn't rhyme (excepting Haiku and e.e. cummings...) because it seems undisciplined and chaotic to me.
Cutting Edge:New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers sounds interesting. For some reason in this message the touchstone doesn't work, although it worked in >264 karenmarie:. Talk about inconsistency...
The introduction by Joyce Carol Oates discusses women noir writers and gives tempting tidbits about the stories. And there is poetry by Margaret Atwood - heaven help us.
For some reason I get as much pleasure out of short stories of essays as I do from longer works. Not sure why.
I'm glad you derive equal pleasure from all three types of writing. Do you like poetry, too? If so, what types?
>270 karenmarie: I'm the same way about pomes, I like them to rhyme. And I like music that's melodious and you can sing in the shower. One reason I don't most new musicals is that they try to impersonate Sondheim and succeed only in that nobody ever wanted to sing the songs, ever. Wicked? I don't remember there being any singing but I do remember the talky bits and special effects.
I do love short stories.
>268 karenmarie: Oh, that sounds like a book I would love.
And I'm all caught up again after a couple of months of disarrangement. Too many visitors, all of whom I love, but not one right after another. One more to go, starting Wednesday. Then I will be able to rejoice in days to myself as you do, at least for a while.
>273 SomeGuyInVirginia: Great minds, Larry! I also like melodious music, although my first love is J.S. Bach, which is more about structure than melody, IMO. I love musicals, and I loved the music of Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd. I also just learned that Sondheim wrote Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man) from Dick Tracy sung by Madonna. I love every song from that movie. In fact, I need to get that CD out and sing along in the car sometime soon. Ever tried to sing Sooner Or Later? Whew.
Never seen Wicked.
>274 ffortsa: Cool, Judy. I hope you're able to get hold of it. Not easy, but he makes science accessible to a non-scientific person like myself. I mean, how neat is it how he describes a paper clip bending?
I hope you get some good alone time soon.
Bill and I watched a Nova episode called "Rise of the Mammals". It was absolutely fascinating. Now he's watching fooseball and I'm going to go read more of Bolt, a Dick Francis that I've had on my shelves forever but had never read. Amazing. Counts as a ROOT!!!
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