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I Love Fall!

For those of you who don't know me, I am a mom of 3, married to a great guy (he introduced me to LT) and besides books, I love TKD, working in glass, and chocolate. I have had an eclectic "career" in nerve regeneration research, advertising, the NBA, and editing. Now I work with my husband cleaning industrial processed water and stormwater, getting it up to EPA standards. I do the marketing and the financial stuff.

There are more books coming in than going out and I am making but a small dent in the TBR piles; I haven't given up hope yet though! I can't because books are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. ; )

Edited: Nov 30, 2019, 5:54pm

Reading Now
The Price of Time (A) by Tim Tigner
There, There by Tommy Orange RL Bookclub
Robin (Williams) (447 pages) by Dave Itzkoff
What You Did (278 pages) (K) by Claire McGowan
The Topeka School (282 pages) by Ben Lerner

And Later...
December--Pachinko (Twin and Ellen and Morphy will already have read)
December--Victorian Secrets (A) by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry

Edited: Nov 21, 2019, 4:43am

Read in November / ??? pages / Total Read
76. Where the Forest Meets the Sky (328 pages) (A) by Glendy Vanderah
75. An Act of God (A) by David Javerbaum
74. "F" is for Fugitive (320 pages) (K) by Sue Grafton
73. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (448 pages0 (K) by Melanie Benjamin 4.5

Read in October / ??? pages / Total Read
72. Carmilla (A) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu 3.75
71. Time's Convert (434 pages) by Deborah Harkness 3.75
70. The Puzzle of You (285 pages) (K) by Leah Mercer 4.0
69. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (K) (76/417 pages) by Claire North--DNF
68. Emma (A) by Jane Austen 4.0 ( I liked the print version better)
⭐️ The Graveyard Book (356 pages) GN by New Gaiman and P. Craig Russell 4.0
66. Land of Wolves (A) (336 pages) by Craig Johnson 3.75
65. The Storyteller (177/460 pages) by Jodi Picoult DNF
64. Courtship After Marriage (240 pages) by Zig Ziglar for TKD belt test 2.5

⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Masterpiece 5.0
Stunning 4.5
Excellent 4.0
Very Good 3.5
Good 3.0
Average 2.5
Eh 2.0
Don't Bother 1.5
Bad 1.0
Anathema 0.5

GN=Graphic Novel
IR=Indiespensable Readers
LT=LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Books Freed = 115

Catalogued 37/52 shelves

Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 5:14pm

Read in September / 1,067 pages / Total Read 20,874
63. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (171 pages) by David Sedaris 4.0
⭐️ Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (A) (336 pages) by Jacob Tobia 5.0
62. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (196 pages) by Robin Sharma for TKD belt test 4.0
⭐️ The Nickel Boys (213 pages) by Colson Whitehead 5.0
60. If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name (281 pages) by Heather Lende 3.75
59. Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerrieri Book 1) (290 pages) (K) by Gianrico Carofilgio 3.0

Read in August / 1,723 pages / Total Read 19,807
58. The Favorite Daughter (K) (368 pages) by Kaira Rouda 3.0
57. The Immortalists (350 pages) by Chloe Benjamin,RL Bookclub #1, 3.5
56. Finding Dorothy (352 pages) by Elizabeth Letts, RL Bookclub #2, 3.75
55. Matchmaking for Beginners (K) (378 pages) by Maddie Dawson 3.75
54. Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (K) (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance 3.75

Read in July / 1,852 pages / Total Read 18,084
53. Roses of May (A) (302 pages) by Dot Hutchison 3.75
⭐️ Where the Crawdads Sing (370 pages) 5.0
51. A Killer in King's Cove (410 pages) by Iona Whishaw 4.0
⭐️ These Truths by Jilll Lepore, Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) FINISHED!! 4.5
49. Big Sky (Jackson Brodie Book 5) (401 pages) (K) by Kate Atkinson 4.0
48. The Dispatcher (128 pages) by John Scalzi 4.0

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 1:01am

Read in June / 2,190 pages / Total Read 16,232
47. Divide Me By Zero (352 pages) by Lara Vapnyar
⭐️ Circe (400 pages) (A) by Madeline Miller 4.5
45. Less (272 pages) by Andrew Sean Greer, RL Bookclub DNF
44. Inheriting Edith (320 pages) by Zoe Fishman 3.0
43. Magpie Murders (494 pages) by Anthony Horowitz 4.5
42. In the Midst of Winter (352 pages) Isabel Allende 3.0

Read in May / 2,621 pages / Total Read 14,042
41. E is for Evidence (208 pages) by Sue Grafton
40. Half-Moon Investigations (290 pages) by Eoin Colfer 3.75
⭐️ A Spark of Light (366 pages) by Jodi Picoult 4.25
38. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (K) (304 pages) by Kathleen Rooney 4.0
37. Fluke (321 pages) by Christopher Moore 3.75
36. The Library Book (326 pages) by Susan Orlean -- RL #1 bookclub April 4.0
⭐️ Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave (400 pages?) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.5
34. Everything I Never Told You (306 pages) by Celeste Ng RL Bookclub 4.0
33. A Mind of Her Own (A) (100 pages?? not in print) by Paula McLain 3.5

Read in April / 1,433 pages / Total Read 11,421
C) These Truths Part 3 (109 pages)
32. The Orphan Daughter (A) by Cari Noga DNF (read 150)
31. Irma Voth (215 pages) by Miriam Toews with Twin
30. The Chemist (A) (528 pages) by Stephanie Meyer 3.0
29. The Great Believers (K) (431 pages) by Rebecca Makkai -- RL #2 bookclub April 3.75

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 1:04am

Read in March / 3,763 pages / Total Read 9,988 pages
C) These Truths Part 3 (308-517, only read 100 pages)
28. I'm Fine and Neither Are You (266 pages) by Camille Pagan 3.5
27. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (306 pages) by Darynda Jones 3.75
26. Her Royal Spyness (348 pages) (K) by Rhys Bowen 3.5
25. The Twin (343 pages) by Gerbrand Bakker 3.0
24. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (321 pages) (A)(Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones 4.0
23. The Sympathizer (Pearl Ruled at 50 pages) by Viet Thanh Nguyen
⭐️ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (337 pages) by Gail Honeyman 4.5
21. Fatal Remedies (272 pages) (A) by Donna Leon 3.0
20. Stitches: A Memoir (333 pages) by David Small 4.0
19. Freedom Road (377 pages) (K) by William Lashner 3.0

Read in February / 3,570 pages / Total Read 6,225 pages
B) These Truths Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages)
18. I Will Never Leave You (K) (338 pages) by SM Thayer 2
⭐️ The Snakes (438 pages) by Sadie Jones 4.25
16. Noir: A Novel (A) by Christopher Moore (PR after 1 1/2 hrs or 100 pages)
⭐️ The Fire This Time (224 pages) by Jesmyn Ward with Twin 4.5
14. One Good Turn (541 pages) by Kate Atkinson, Jackson Brodie #2, 4.0
13. Preacher (436 pages) by Camilla Lackberg #2, 3.75
12. Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot (Pearl Ruled at 71 pages)
11. Start without Me (288 pages) by Joshua Max Feldman, LTER, 3.5
10. Nerve (313 pages) by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) 3.5
9. Rock Needs River (K) (185 pages) by Vanessa McGrady 3.0
8. Once Upon A River (480 pages) by Diane Setterfield 3.75

Read in January / 2655 pages
A) These Truths (150 pages -- Section One) by Jill Lepore 4.25
7. A Ladder to the Sky (384 pages) by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 4.0
6. How To Be A Woman (320 pages) (A) by Caitlin Moran 4.0
⭐️ Sometimes I Lie (264 pages) (K) by Alice Feeney 4.25
4. Pavillion of Women (316 pages) (K) by Pearl S. Buck 3.75
3. Ice Princess (420 pages) (K) by Camilla Lackberg 3.5
2. Becoming (448 pages) by Michelle Obama 4.0
1. The Curse of Tenth Grave (353 pages) (A) by Darynda Jones 4.0

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 1:05am

RL Book Club #1
✅ February - Becoming by Michelle Obama
✅ April - The Library Book - Susan Orlean
✅ June - In the Midst of Winter - Isabel Allende
✅ August - The Immortalist - Chloe Benjamin
October - There There - Tommy Orange
December - Choose books!!

RL Book Club #2
✅ January - Becoming by Michelle Obama
February - The Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
✅ March - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
✅ April - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
✅ May- Everything I Never Told Youby Celeste Ng
✅ June - Less by Andrew Sean Greer
✅ September - Finding Dorothy
✅ October - A Gentleman in Moscow
✅ November - Where the Crawdads Sing

Four-month LT Group read
These Truths by Jill Lepore
✅ Jan Part 1 (1-150 pages)
✅ Feb Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages)
✅ March Part 3 (308-517, 209 pages)
✅ April Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages)

Literary Arts 2019-2020
October 24, 2019 -- Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
November 14, 2019 -- Rules of Civility and ✅ A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
January 15, 2020 -- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
February 20, 2020 -- ✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
May 7, 2020 -- ✅The Nickel Boys and ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 1:06am

Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge

Hubby signed me up for this. Over the years I have received 80 installments, but I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 12 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy -- Month TBD
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

✅1. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
✅2. The Fire This Time in February
✅3. The Snakes by Sadie Jones
✅4. Stitches by David Small
✅5. The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
✅6. Irma Voth by Miriam Towes with Twin
✅7. Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar
✅8. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

9. There, There by Tommy Orange
10. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 5:04pm

And another effort to read off my shelves...

a -- One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
b -- Pavillion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
c -- Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio
e -- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
f -- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
h -- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
j -- The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
k -- A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
l -- Less by Andrew Sean Greer
m -- How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran (Crazy & Katie's Fault)
n -- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
o -- Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
s -- Start Without Me by Joshua Max Feldman
v -- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
w -- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Edited: Nov 29, 2019, 11:19pm

I can't resist buying new books!!

I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies.

2017 47/85
2018 45/88

Let's see how I do this year!!

2019 38/117 Read

Becoming by Michelle Obama, G*
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (Thank you, SS Paul!) G*
3. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (Thanks, SS Paul!) G*
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
5. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne, INDIEspensable #77 *
How To Be A Woman by Caitlan Moran* (Crazy & Katie's Fault) AC*
Rock Needs River: A Memoir About a Very Open Adoption by Vanessa McGrady AP*
8. Smoke and Summons (Numina Book 1) by Charlie Holmberg AP*
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel Kathleen Rooney
Nerve by Dick Francis (Thank you Mamie!) G*
11. Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Thank you Paul!) G*
12. Self-Care for the Self-Aware by Dave Markowitz
13. Empathipedia by Dave Markowitz
Fluke by Christopher Moore
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (Reba got this one, too)
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
18. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
A Killer In King's Cove by Iona Whishaw (Thanks, Twin!)
20. Reader, I Married Him edited by Tracy Chevalier (And this one, too!)
21. Audacity of Hope by Barrack Obama
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
23. Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley, INDIEspensable #78 *
The Snakes by Sadie Jones, INDIEspensable #78 *
25. The Bold World by Jodi Patterson, ARC *
26. Freedom Road by William Lashner *
27. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
28. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Wendy Vanderah AP*
31. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
32. Calypso by David Sedaris
✅. I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan AP*
34. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Lyiselli, INDIEspensable #79 *
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones AC*
Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones AP*
37. How Music Works by David Byrne
38. brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, INDIEspensable #35 missing book acquired
39. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugani AP*
The Orphan Daughter by Cari Noga
Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman
42. The Parent's Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker
43. Dangerous Subjects by Kenneth R. Coleman
44. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib
45. Dementia Reimagined by Tia Powell, MD
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
47. Divergent by Veronica Roth AP*
In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende
49. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett INDIEspensable #80 *
Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapnyar INDIEspensable #80 *
51. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain (275 pages) by Sarah Vallance, AP*
53. What You Did by Claire McGowan, AP*
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
55. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
56. Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
59. Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell
60. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett
61. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
63. Robin (Williams) by Dave Itzkoff
64. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
65. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
Courtship After Marriage by Zig Ziglar
67. Tracks by Louise Erdrich
The Red Collar by Jean-Christophe Rufin (From Twin) -- G
69. The Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason )From Twin) -- G
70. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
71. The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele
72. Underland by Robert McFarlane (Oberon's Fault!)
73. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
74. All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve *
75. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah *
76. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda -- G
77. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah -- G
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, INDIEspensable #81 *
79. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead, INDIEspensable #81 *
80. Small Days and Nights by Tishani Doshi, INDIEspensable #82 *
81. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, INDIEspensable #82 *
The Graveyard Book GN by Neil Gaiman
83. Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness
84. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
85. Creatures of Light and Darkness by Roger Zelazny
86. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
87. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu * AC
89. Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American Century by George Packer
90. Eden Mine by S.M. Hulse (uncorrected proof) INDIEspensable #83 *
91. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner INDIEspensable #83 *
92. A Song for You: My Life With Whiteney Houston (A) by Robyn Crawford
93. The Brand New Catastrophe (A) by Mike Scales
An Act of God (A) by David Javerbaum
95. The Price of Time (A) by Tim Tigner
96. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder , Family Secrets and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood (K) by Gregg Olsen
97. Quantum: A Thriller (Captain Chase Book 1) (K) by Patricia Cornwell
98. Life and other Near-Death Experiences (K) by Camille Pagan
99. The Gold-Son (K) by Carrie Ann Noble
100. Phantom Limb (K) by Lucinda Berry, AP *
"F" is for Fugitive (K) by Sue Grafton
102. The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb (K) by Melanie Benjamin
103. The Puzzle of You (K) by Leah Mercer
104. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (K) by Claire North
105. Little Voices (K) by Vanessa Lillie
106. The Favorite Daughter (K) by Kaira Rouda
107. Matchmaking for Beginners (K) Maddie Dawson
108. Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerreri Book 1) (K) by Gianrico Carofiglio
109. Here to Stay (K) by Mark Edwards
110. What You Did (K) by Claire McGowan
111. Big Sky (Jackson Brodie Book 5) (K) Kate Atkinson
Circe (K) by Madeline Miller
113. The Blue Period (K) by Luke Jerod Hummer
114. Inheriting Edith (K) by Zoe Fishman
"E" is for Evidence (K) by Sue Grafton
The Great Believers (K) by Rebecca Makkai
117. The Space Between (K) by Date Meserve

* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!)
I=INDIESpensable (Gifts from my Hubby)
AC=Audible monthly credit
AP=Amazon Prime Kindle Read

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 1:11am

Favorites from 2018:
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Queen of the Tearling (the whole series! -- done) by Erika Johansen
First Grave on the Right (the whole series!!) by Darynda jones
Beartown by Fredrick Backman
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrew Cummins

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Oct 18, 2019, 1:13am

Oct 18, 2019, 1:16am


Happy new thread :)

Oct 18, 2019, 1:18am


Thanks. : )

Oct 18, 2019, 1:19am

>12 Berly: Ha! Lovely new place, Kimmers. *smooch*

Oct 18, 2019, 1:29am

>15 richardderus: Welcome, dearest Ricardo!

This is my current spooky October read:

It's the GN version and I am loving it!

Oct 18, 2019, 2:33am

Happy Friday, Kimmers! Happy New Thread! Love the spooky topper!

Oct 18, 2019, 2:50am

>17 msf59: Happy Friday, Mark!! Very happy to see you here.

Oct 18, 2019, 2:51am

Happy new thread!

>1 Berly: I prefer to eye my books rather than having them eye me!

Edited: Oct 18, 2019, 2:59am

>19 quondame: Hello there!! Yes, I am glad they are only on my thread and not on my shelves!!!

Oct 18, 2019, 3:11am

Happy New Thread, Kimmers!

Oct 18, 2019, 3:27am

Happy new one, Kimmers. Trust you'll have a lovely weekend.

Oct 18, 2019, 3:53am

Thank you Roni and Paul. And a lovely weekend to both of you.

Oct 19, 2019, 5:57am

>8 Berly: Ooh, what a lovely gift- and a great list of read books too.
Happy new thread!

Oct 19, 2019, 6:14am

>24 charl08: Thanks for stopping in. My Hubby is the best!! : ) And they are really great books, too.

Oct 19, 2019, 10:41am

Happy new spooky thread Kim!

I love The Graveyard Book.

Oct 19, 2019, 12:12pm

Happy new one, Kim! Have a great weekend!

Oct 19, 2019, 12:59pm

Happy new thread Kim (and Happy Halloween too) :)

Oct 19, 2019, 1:07pm

Happy new thread, Kim!

I was wondering do you put those Indiespensable books between the other books, or do they have their own shelf?

Oct 19, 2019, 1:10pm

Happy new one, Twin. I love the Halloween topper. I took Scout to get a costume yesterday. She started out wanting to be scary and her first choice was a vampire, but then she saw all the sequins on the mermaid costume and chose that instead.

You will love Red Clocks.

Oct 19, 2019, 1:11pm

Happy new thread, Kim!

Oct 19, 2019, 2:31pm

Happy New Thread, Kim!

Oh, what a topper up there. Perfect.

>16 Berly: I love the two GNs of The Graveyard Book! They do such an excellent job of adapting it. I just re-read the first GN, and have the second on tap. Go Bod!

Oct 19, 2019, 5:46pm

Happy new thread! Hope you enjoy those Halloween reads! I may see if I can find a Halloween mystery to read.

Oct 19, 2019, 6:20pm

The Graveyard Book is a goodie. The GN is just icing on a very tasty cake

Oct 19, 2019, 2:53am

Happy new thread, Kim. Looks like you all had a great time refereeing at TKD!

Oct 20, 2019, 5:30am

>26 humouress: Glad you like my spooky October thread. Me too!!

>27 katiekrug: Thanks and happy weekend to you, too.

>28 RebaRelishesReading: Happy Halloween! I am trying not to eat too many orange chocolate kisses. I refuse to buy my handout candy until right before Haooloween because I have no will power! LOL

Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 5:41am

>29 FAMeulstee: Ha! My Indiespensable Books have an entire bookcase all to themselves!!! In fact, I am just about out of room and may have to spill over into another one. That's okay by me.

>30 BLBera: Who can say no to sequins? Mermaids are pretty darn cool.

I do want to get to Red Clocks, but I just finished Red Collar which you gave me. Thank you! I loved the dog character and how the book explores commitment and loyalty from so many angles. It was a short but memorable read. 4 stars

Edited: Oct 20, 2019, 5:54am

>31 karenmarie: Hi, Karen!!

>32 jnwelch: Glad you liked my scary book topper. ; )

I just finished the first Graveyard Book and mine is an all-in-one, so I have the second ready to go!!

>33 thornton37814: I love me a great Halloween read, so I have a few more to fit in in the next week. Hope you manage to fit one in, too.

Oct 20, 2019, 5:52am

>34 magicians_nephew: Icing on the cake indeed!! I don't read very many GNs and I am really enjoying The Graveyard Book a lot.

Oct 20, 2019, 5:53am

>35 Familyhistorian: TKD reffing was lots of fun. Especially all the little kids. So cute!!

Oct 20, 2019, 1:03pm

>39 Berly: Did you make that cake, Kim? It's adorable!

I've never been all that into Halloween and for the past ten years we've lived in a city-center mid-rise and never get any trick or treaters. We'll be at Chautauqua this year and won't have any either. So no tempting hand-out candy around. If there were orange-chocolate kisses around I would send them to you because orange and chocolate just don't go together in the opinion of my taste buds :)

Oct 20, 2019, 2:02pm

I'm glad you loved The Red Collar. I like your little alphabet motivation to read books from your shelves. I might steal that idea from you next year. I need to work harder to reduce my inventory :)

Oct 20, 2019, 7:22pm

Happy new thread Kim my dear, I hope you and the family are all well and that you are having a really good weekend, sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

Oct 20, 2019, 12:08am

I love your Halloween topper, Kim! Happy New Thread!

I'm glad you loved The Red Collar! I want more people to become aware of that one.

I quite enjoyed The Graveyard Book and could see that it would translate well into the graphic format.

Oct 20, 2019, 12:18am

Howdy Kim! I just turned in my first paper for my evidenced based practice course. Dropping by to say hello and thanks for peeping in on me.

Oct 21, 2019, 2:41pm

Happy new thread!

Oct 21, 2019, 3:38pm

Hey, there, Kim! Nice to catch up. I just asked Jim if he had a copy of The Graveyard Boo, and now it's on my desk. Such service!

Oct 21, 2019, 9:08pm

Apologies...slammed at work today and having fun this evening. I will answer all of you as soon as I can!!

Spent the entire weekend with son pursuing his modeling dream. He was chosen to attend an upcoming series of weekend seminars on modeling and acting starting next weekend. 25 out of 300 in-person applicants made the cut. He is psyched!!

Tonight I am meeting my oldest daughter for dinner and !!!

Love you all. : )

Oct 21, 2019, 10:23pm

Have a great time, Kim! I am sure Ta-Nehisi Coates will be fantastic. I WANT to read The Water Dancer!

Oct 21, 2019, 11:59pm

>48 Berly: Have fun, Twinnie!

Oct 21, 2019, 12:50am

>48 Berly: How great! Wonderful busy-ness. *smooch*

Oct 22, 2019, 4:15pm

>48 Berly: Great! Can't wait to hear about the Ta-Nehisi Coates gathering. Very exciting for your son!

Oct 22, 2019, 5:25pm

>41 RebaRelishesReading: I do love to cook, but baking? Muffins and banana bread are about my best effort. It is a cute cake though, right?

Oh, and they are not orange and chocolate candies, they are chocolate in an orange wrapper!! Don't send me any. LOL

>42 BLBera: Yeah, I am not doing very well reading from my stacks; course, I am not going to make 100 this year either. 75 is doable and I am going to try to fit in a few more. Steal away on the alphabet idea!!

Oct 22, 2019, 5:25pm

I borrowed The Graveyard Book GN from the library, and after reading both volumes, I got to wondering what the non-graphic version was like. I voiced this interest at the home of Son the Elder and asked if, by chance, anyone in his family had a copy I could borrow. After a moment's thought, he got up and ran upstairs, soon to return with the very book. "Ahhh," he said. "I believe this is yours." Seems that he borrowed it from our shelves and never returned. My wife didn't remember she had it, and the borrow was made before I joined LT and cataloged most of our books.

So I got the book. But then I never read it. *sad trombone sound*

Anyway, Kim, I see that you are reading Emma now-ish and expect (hope?) to read Pachinko yet this year. I've got both on my TBR in 2019 list (along with 12 other titles). I started the latter a month or two ago, then got diverted into other reads. Reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea now; one of the TBR 12.

But maybe I can wedge in a reading of The Graveyard Book.

Oct 22, 2019, 5:37pm

>43 johnsimpson: Hi John. So nice to see you here. I am still working my way back up to speed on the LT threads. I will hit yours sooner than later. : )

>44 EBT1002: Hey there! It figures that us twin3 would like the same book. lol.

Just finished GN version of The Graveyard Book. Definitely a fun read and perfect for an October scary read!

>45 luvamystery65: I am sure you will get an "A" on that paper! SO nice to see you here. Hoping one of these days, you will be back in full force. ; )

Oct 22, 2019, 5:39pm

>46 drneutron: Hi Doc!! I am glad to be back in the LT swing of things and seeing all my buddies. Thanks for stopping by.

>47 ffortsa: Oh, Jim gets points!! Have fun in the graveyard.

Oct 22, 2019, 5:40pm

Hi Kim, I'm just stopping by to say hi. Lucky you getting to see Ta-Nehisi Coates. I'd love to hear about it.

Oct 22, 2019, 5:52pm

>49 msf59: Hi Mark.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

LOVED his talk last night. What a humble, funny, smart, caring guy. Water Dancer is his first fiction book and I can not wait to read it! This book deals with slavery, but he has put a few twists in. There's a bit of magic and he has really tried to limit the use of the word "slave" because he said two things: 1) use of this word immediately reduces a person into a thing, an object, and 2) the reader's preconceived notions make it hard to see the actual person behind the word. He coins a new term in his book, Tasked. And then he proceeded to talk about how names for things are in flux right now (he/she/they as an example) and how we should appreciate people for who they are not what they are called. Of course, he was much more eloquent and explained things more deeply but I was really moved by this.

I also picked up Between the World and Me. : )

Oct 22, 2019, 5:58pm

^Sounds lovely, Kim. What a great point he makes. I think if we all went around with "no assumptions" (period) about other people we'd have a much better world.

I thought Between the World and Me was terrific. Can't wait to read that new one, hopefully by the end of the year.

Yay for The Graveyard Book GN! Isn't that well done? I hope Bill gets to read the original - even better, IMO.

Oct 22, 2019, 6:01pm

>50 BLBera: I did!!!

Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 6:11pm

>51 richardderus: Yes, it certainly was. My "busyness" has no end in sight though. Just trying to keep up!!

>52 jnwelch: My son is very excited! Now he just has to learn the lines for two commercials, one monologue and one-min of a song by Saturday.

>54 weird_O: Too funny about your son making off with your copy, LOL. I really enjoyed the GN version of The Graveyard Book and I think (maybe next year same time of year?) I would like to read the word version, too.

I am listening to Emma on audio, and it is so different than reading it! There are several actors performing with small subtle background tracks (tea cups clinking, a fire roaring, horse sounds, etc). I am enjoying it.

Pachinko is a December read because Min Jin Lee is coming to Portland in January.

And I love Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I think I have read that one at least 3 times.

We could be reading buddies. Wait...we are!!

Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 6:32pm

>57 Oregonreader: Hi Jan--I wish I could be a friend of Coates. He is so smart and funny and kind. Literary Arts had over 150 kids as guests come hear him talk and I love that we are growing new readers this way. Also, it was the most diverse audience I have ever seen at LA and he got standing O before he even started speaking. Gotta love that. One of my top 5 favorite talks and I have been going to this series for about 20 years!

He is a huge basketball fan, he loves poetry and started out writing that; he welcomes input from readers and from all levels of literary sophistication, race and sexes. This book took 10 years to write and it didn't start off well. He had to stop and go do a lot of research in order to bring it together. He believes in the importance of words and that they make the difference between reporting the facts and drawing the reader in and touching their hearts. He said so much more and there were so many pearls of wisdom.

Also, read >58 Berly:!!

>59 jnwelch: Joe--Coates had so many good points. ^^

I can't wait for the podcast to come out so I can listen to it again. I hope to fit in The Water Dancer before the end of the year and I want to suggest it to my book club for next year.

I hope Bill read the original of The Graveyard Book and I want to as well. I am thinking a re-read next year around this time would be perfect. ; )

Edited: Oct 22, 2019, 9:15pm

There was an after reception at the Portland Art Museum and we got a chance to see an exhibit by Hank Willis Thomas. Really powerful stuff and if you get the chance to see it, do!!!

Each star represents a person killed by gunfire last year in the US. 14,719 people. This made me tear up.

It's kinda hard to see, but notice the clenched fist at the top of the hair pick, a symbol of solidarity and support or also used as a salute to express unity, strength, defiance, or resistance. I had no idea this symbolic gesture had such a long history:

Oct 22, 2019, 8:40pm

Wow. Looks like a brilliant exhibition (and a great talk) Kim. I love that your organisation got so many kids along too. Marvellous.

Oct 23, 2019, 6:51am

>64 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte! It was truly a great evening. Even better, today my daughter called to thank me for taking her and making her so "cool." She told me she had so many jealous friends!!

Oct 23, 2019, 11:09am

A talk by Ta-Nehisi Coates and an impressing exhibition, looks like an evening well spend, Kim!

Oct 23, 2019, 11:27am

I would have loved to see Coates! And that exhibit looks so interesting! Well done, Kim!

Oct 23, 2019, 4:09pm

>63 Berly: That's one amazing show. Wow. The stars...well...if a person can look at that unmoved, that's not a human inside that skin.

Flutter on by my thread, sweetness, I reviewed Sweet as Cane, Salty as Tears and even the author liked it.

Oct 23, 2019, 11:30pm

>66 FAMeulstee: It was a wonderful evening and I was so glad to share it with my oldest. We had a fun girl's night out.

>67 jessibud2: It was a completely sold out event and I LOVED that an author talk inspired such enthusiasm. In fact, the Literary Arts series is sold out for the entire year. Go books!!!

>68 richardderus: Exactly. It was very moving to stand inside the circle of banners and take in the seemingly endless stars surrounding me. So many people. So little reason for it.

It comes as no surprise that the author would like a review of yours, I mean given that you liked their book. Because if you don't like a book, well...

Off to read it!

Oct 23, 2019, 12:01am

>58 Berly: It sounds amazing. I loved his We Were Eight Years in Power essays. I loved seeing how he changed and grew as a writer over that time. I will definitely read more by him.

Oct 23, 2019, 12:03am

I saw this bumper sticker today. It made me smile.

Oct 23, 2019, 12:31am

>70 BLBera: Yeah, I think we read his We Were Eight Years in Power essays together, didn't we? They were so good. I am looking forward to reading these two new books by him.

>71 BLBera: I want that bumper sticker!!!

Oct 23, 2019, 12:50am

>71 BLBera:, >72 Berly: Kristin Centorcelli tweeted today:
My Booookish Ways
Replying to
i'd vote for a disembodied cat butt over trump

Me. Too.

Oct 23, 2019, 12:52am

>71 BLBera: - Everyone needs this bumper sticker!

Oct 24, 2019, 8:26pm

Hi Kim my dear, hope all is well with you and the family, we are both well apart from the odd aches and pains but I think some of that is weather related as it has been wet and cold for most of October and over the next 48 hours we are due to have some heavy rain with potential for flooding but luckily not any where near us. Karen has had a baking splurge over the last few days and all the Christmas baking is done now.

I should finish book 74 by the end of tomorrow and so should get to 75 by month end, with that in mind I hope to reach 90 by year end.

Sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

Oct 25, 2019, 1:34am

>73 richardderus: LOL!! Wow, that certainly says it all.

>74 jessibud2: Right?! : )

>75 johnsimpson: Sorry about the odd aches and pains; I hope you have been able to sneak some baking goods! Here's to 75. (See? That was your thread number too--very propitious!) Hugs to you both.

Edited: Oct 25, 2019, 1:47am

I had the pleasure of attending another LA lecture last night. I brought my FIL because he is a big fan of history and presidential books. Robert Holbrooke, the subject of George Packer's latest book, served under several Democratic Presidents, was married three times and was with Diane Sawyer for seven years. He was apparently quite the character. Packer uses an unknown voice describing the life of Holbrook, making it a more intimate, storylike presentation. Major events include the Marshall Plan, Vietnam, peace at Dayton and the Afghan War. So my FIL gets his history and I get a story!! Hopefully we will both like it.

He actually modeled the jacket front after a movie poster, hoping that would make this book more inviting to fiction readers.

Oct 26, 2019, 5:33pm

Excellent stuff, Kim. Art exhibits, Ta-Nehisi Coates, George Packer, Richard Holbrooke. So many good books, so little time.

I located The Graveyard Book in the stacks and want to get to it, page-after-page, before year's end.

Oct 26, 2019, 7:50pm

>77 Berly: That'll be one interesting evening. Holbrooke was a monumental man who never got the monument he coveted. Since he did it to himself, it's hard to say "too bad."

Oct 26, 2019, 8:29pm

>77 Berly: We heard him interviewed at the NY Public Library some time in the spring, I think. Susan Rice did the interview, and in my view spoke too much herself, but it was an very interesting discussion with them both.

Oct 29, 2019, 2:35pm

>78 weird_O: So, how's the Graveyard treating you? And I think you just summarized the LT mantra, "So many good books, so little time." ; )

>79 richardderus: That would be my impression, too. I am looking forward to reading the book, but I won't get to it for a while....

>80 ffortsa: I would have liked to hear that one! Holbrooke sounds like a fascinating man. Not sure I would want him in my life, but fascinating.

Oct 29, 2019, 4:09pm

The Graveyard Book is scrolling past my eyes at an amazing clip, Kim. I expect to finish it today. I read the two-volume GN about three years ago, and some of the episodes are all new to me. Now I'd like to compare the two versions.

I've started Goethe's Faust. Another Halloween-y tale. I read Marlowe's version of the Faust story earlier this year, and I have Bulgakov's take to read in Nov-Dec. (The Master and Margarita).

Oct 29, 2019, 7:56pm

>77 Berly: Packer is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. The Unwinding is great and I fully intend to get to his treatment of Holbrooke.

Oct 29, 2019, 9:25pm

Your LA events sound so good, Kim. October I’d definitely time for the books. We had a few literary events here as well. Hope your son does well in memorizing his lines, so cool that he made the cut.

Oct 31, 2019, 3:06pm

Oct 31, 2019, 3:38pm

>48 Berly: A model, eh? What kind of model does he want to be? (I assume there is some choice in the matter, but maybe not.)

Happy Halloween

Edited: Nov 3, 2019, 4:17am

Hi Kim! I am a fan of Ta-Nehisi Coates. P and I saw Harriet at the cinema today and that meant some serious processing at dinner. It was an excellent film. At some point, I was remembering Coates' essay "The Case for Reparations," included in his We Were Eight Years in Power. It's one of the best essays I have ever read. It had an intellectual impact on me that is rare for a mere essay.

>73 richardderus: Me. Too.

Nov 4, 2019, 12:30am

Just stopping by to say HI KIM! :D

Nov 7, 2019, 2:44pm

>82 weird_O: So, what did you think of The Graveyard Book and Faust? The Master and the Margarita is quirky read for sure--enjoy!!

>83 Oberon: George Packer was an unknown to me--glad to hear he is one of your favorites! I am looking forward to getting to his book Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century in 2020.

>84 Familyhistorian: Hi there! This week's LA event is the Portland Book Festival. I am volunteering this Friday to help with setup, but I won't get to go the actual event because it also happens to be Family Weekend at Oregon State, so hubby and I are going down there to be with Daughter. : )

Edited: Nov 7, 2019, 3:16pm

>85 weird_O: Boo!! Halloween was lots of fun this year!

First, I went to a party on Saturday and I was a Scarecrow....

The random poster lady is a model from the theme of the party: The Fyre Festival Fraud (

And then on Halloween proper I got stuck on the highway when an oil truck got into an accident and closed down the entire highway ahead of me.

I was parked, with the engine off, on a bridge, for over a half hour (!)

and then I starting handing out candy in costume. Finally reversed back over the entire bridge to a fork headed another way and went backroads to my daugher's house to hand out candy. Phew! Pirate theme.

Edited: Nov 7, 2019, 3:15pm

>86 The_Hibernator: He wants to primarily be a print model. He did live runway and some print ads when he was a kid. For Nike and Columbia Sportswear. He doesn't really want to do the acting thing, so probably not commercials, but we'll see.

>87 EBT1002: He Ellen! I haven't even heard of that movie...need to check it out. But I have so much going on (as you can probably tell by my lack of presence here), it will probably be a home movie by the time I get to it!

>88 Ape: Look who's here!!! Wow. I am honored. ; ) Hope life is treating you well.

I promise to come visit all my LT friends....soon-ish!! Love you guys.

Nov 7, 2019, 10:27pm

Love the Halloween photos! You are a great scarecrow. Miss you!

Nov 7, 2019, 1:13am

>92 msf59: Thanks for missing me!! Life is just way too busy right now. I am cramming for my TKD test in a week and a half; this weekend is Family Weekend with Daughter #2, then my nephew is coming Thursday for a week.

I think I need a glass of wine!! LOL

Nov 7, 2019, 1:54am

Hey Twin! Good luck with the TKD test. You are the cutest scarecrow ever. :)

Nov 7, 2019, 2:08am

>94 BLBera: Thanks!!! Nine days and counting....!

You like my straw extensions? : )

Nov 8, 2019, 10:38am

Good luck for the test! I still don't know how you fit it all in. And I love the idea of getting sweets when stuck in a traffic jam. What a lovely thought.

Nov 8, 2019, 10:41am

>96 charl08: So, I just found out yesterday that the night before the TKD test, there is a group endurance challenge at the dojang. Soooo not happy! That means doing 100 setups, 100 pushups, 100 jumping jacks, 100 squats, etc, etc, etc. Ugh.

It was fun to hand out candy--I got several smiles.

Nov 8, 2019, 10:53am

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (448 pages) (K) by Melanie Benjamin 4.5

I am not normally a huge fan of historical fiction, but Benjamin did a great job telling this story. Lavinia Warren is a dwarf, but one of perfect proportions, impressive intellect, a good voice, and a spirit longing for adventure. With no great prospects for her future, Vinnie uses her diminutive size to her advantage and joins a roving troupe of performers and eventually comes to the attention of the Great Barnum and becomes the wife of Charles Stratton, aka General Tom Thumb. Alongside her life, there are fascinating entries from popular magazine and news articles that make the reader aware of the historical events happening in her life: the Civil War, the construction of the RR, the discovery of electricity, etc. A good read.

Nov 8, 2019, 12:48pm

Great Halloween costumes, Kim, and handing out candy at a traffic jam was a brilliant idea.

I hope all the busy things coming up go well, even the endurance test.

Nov 8, 2019, 12:52pm

>90 Berly: Great costumes!

Nov 8, 2019, 1:24pm

Love the Halloween photos, Kim. A tip of the hat for making that alternate route happen when stymied by the bridge. What a terrible time for that accident to happen.

Good luck with the endurance test (yikes!) and TKD test.

Nov 9, 2019, 6:37am

Good luck with the TKD test!

>96 charl08: So cool.

>97 Berly: Maybe to work off the Hallowe'en treats?

Nov 10, 2019, 5:03am

Hi Kim! Hope you are having fun at Family weekend!

Nov 10, 2019, 8:49pm

>89 Berly: Well, I guess I need to address both The Graveyard Book and Faust for you. Today even. At my place.

Short: Gaiman excellent; Goethe not excellent.

Nov 10, 2019, 9:48pm

Hi Kimmy..busy is good and yay for your son

Nov 10, 2019, 10:31pm

Hi Kim,

Pardon me while i hijack your thread to get the word out...

Its 75'er Christmas Swap Time! :

Nov 10, 2019, 1:41am

Just letting you know that I have now bought tickets for my Christmas trip to Oregon. I will be in Corvallis December 23 through 27, and can meet with the crew if people are able. If not, there's always next time!

Nov 11, 2019, 6:08am

Looks like you had great fun at Halloween even if you were held up by traffic. Good luck with your TKD test, Kim.

Nov 18, 2019, 4:32am

Hope you are doing well, Kim. Busy, I know!! xo

Nov 19, 2019, 5:03am

The Silly Season is upon us! I hope y'all're havin' a time. *smooch*

Nov 22, 2019, 12:01am

>99 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Okay, I made it through all my crazy stuff. Tons of fun and I am unscathed, well, except from some bruises from TKD sparring. More on everything later when I post some pics.

>100 figsfromthistle: : ) I do love Halloween.

>101 jnwelch: I passed!!! Now Third Degree Black Belt.

>102 humouress: Unfortunately, my TKD test is over and the candy isn't gone. So now I have to try and show restraint. Like that's gonna happen! LOL

Nov 22, 2019, 12:09am

Yay for passing, especially with the endurance contest the night before. You are awesome!

Nov 22, 2019, 12:26am

>111 Berly: I am seriously impressed!

Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 12:34am

>103 banjo123: Had a great time at Oregon State family weekend with my daughter and hubby. We went to the football game and then overnighted at the beach. Took a trip to the OR Coast Aquarium which had a cool display based on Steampunk called Seapunk. And I saw two bald eagles!! Great getaway!

Nov 22, 2019, 12:37am

>104 weird_O: Well, looks like I chose the right book to read!! LOL Thanks for the synopsis.

>105 mckait: Busy is good until it is just too busy!! My nephew also came to visit for a week. Phew! But we had a great time.

>106 mahsdad: A worthy cause! Thanks for the info on the 75er Christmas Swap.

I am in!! Now I just have to whittle down my WL a tad....

Nov 22, 2019, 12:41am

>107 The_Hibernator: December 23-27!!! Awesome. Can't wait to see you. I will add it to the Portland meetup thread....

Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 12:54am

>108 Familyhistorian: > 109 >110 richardderus: I am still enjoying leftover candy. : ) And I am officially a 3rd Degree Black Belt! Whoohoo! There were only 6 of us testing at that level and we had to do the more advanced forms in front of everybody, like 300 people and 15 Masters. I was so nervous!

Nov 22, 2019, 12:56am

Nov 23, 2019, 5:49am

Congrats badass! Remind me not to mess with you, Twinnie.

Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 10:12am

>119 BLBera: ^^ what I was going to say! Congratulations.

I love the aquarium pictures too.

Nov 23, 2019, 11:00am

>114 Berly: Looks like a fun xhibition Kim.

>117 Berly: Congratulations on that special belt.

Nov 23, 2019, 11:32am

Happy Saturday, Kim. I love all the family posts and photos. It looks like you guys have a good time together. Hope you find some time for the books this weekend.

Nov 23, 2019, 12:54pm

Congratulations on getting your 3rd degree black belt, Kim!! I'm glad to see that all is well in your world these days.

Nov 23, 2019, 1:11pm

>123 lauralkeet: Well done Kimmers.

When we finally do meet in person please remind me to be very careful in shaking your hands - lethal weapons both!

Have a lovely weekend.

Nov 23, 2019, 5:07pm

Congratulations on your 3rd degree black belt. I'm most impressed. Love the photos too.

Nov 23, 2019, 5:36pm

Love those family photos, Kim. Congrats on becoming a third degree Black Belt! That's impressive. How many years have you been doing this?

Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 5:23pm

Congratulation on the third degree (hm. Sounds suspicious). And your time at Oregon State looks like a lot if fun. And now a meet up in December! You're definitely a busy lady.

edited to correct 'duspicious' to suspicious. Gee, a joke fails because of a typo! I hang my head.

Nov 23, 2019, 10:54pm

Thanks for sharing all the pictures, Kim, and congratulations on 3rd degree black belt!

Nov 23, 2019, 12:17am

>117 Berly: Oh, how sweet the victory, right? I'm very happy for your victory!

Nov 24, 2019, 1:33am

>111 Berly: Congratulations!

Nov 25, 2019, 5:27am

>119 BLBera: I'm on YOUR team!!

>120 charl08: Thanks! Join the team--the more the merrier.

>121 Caroline_McElwee: It really was a great aquarium visit. I loved the SEApunk theme. SO fun.

>122 msf59: Life has been very fun and very busy, BUT there have been books involved, too!! I swear. I just need to find the time to talk about them....

Nov 25, 2019, 5:32am

>123 lauralkeet: Thank you! I am so psyched I passed the test and now I can relax a little. : )

>124 PaulCranswick: I would love to meet up in person one of these days!! And I promise to behave.

>125 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks. It was definitely a push--so glad it paid off! The next level is Master (4th degree), but that won't be for another 4 years. Just pretests every 6 months. And they are challenging, but not as tough.

>126 jnwelch: Glad you enjoyed the photos. It normally takes 3 years to earn 1st degree, 2 to earn 2nd, 3 for 3rd etc. So, it should have taken 8 years to get to where I am, but with my health stuff and surgeries, it has taken me more like 12 years to get to 3rd Degree BB. Perseverance is one of the core TKD values and I really resonate with that!! LOL

Nov 25, 2019, 5:36am

>127 ffortsa: What sounds "Duspicious"??? ; )

>128 FAMeulstee: You're welcome and thank you!!

>129 richardderus: Victory is so sweet! Now I just have to learn the dance moves for the TKD holiday show...yikes! We are having a makeup lesson tomorrow for those of us who have missed a lesson (or two in my case). I have to watch the google doc tonight and see what I can pick up.

>130 humouress: : )

Nov 25, 2019, 5:42am

So, a little more bookish news...

I took my nephew to see Amor Towles at the Literary Arts series and we got to actually talk to him at the after reception. What a great speaker!! He spent 45 minutes talking about the history going on in Russia during the time of A Gentleman in Moscow and is was fascinating. Why couldn't my high school history teachers have been this good? And then he talked about all sorts of other things. The man does like to talk! I can't wait until the podcast comes out--I'll try to let everyone know when it is up because his talk was just awesome.

Nov 25, 2019, 5:52am

Also, I got my latest INDIEspensable package today (thank you, Hubby!). Both books sound really good. : )

Eden Mine by S.M. Hulse (uncorrected proof)

From Amazon: In Eden Mine, the award-winning author of Black River examines the aftershocks of an act of domestic terrorism rooted in a small Montana town on the brink of abandonment, as it tears apart a family, tests the faith of a pastor and the loyalty of a sister, and mines the deep rifts that come when the reach of the government clashes with individual freedom

Jo Faber is packing up the home she and her brother Samuel inherited. For generations, the Fabers have lived near Eden Mine, but Jo and Samuel will be the last. Their family home has been seized by the state through eminent domain.

At the moment she hears the news of the bombing on the radio, Jo knows nothing, but she also knows that something isn’t right. The arrival of their friend and unofficial guardian, Sheriff Hawkins, confirms her suspicions. Samuel said he was going to find work. But soon it’s clear that he’s not gone, but missing―last seen by a security camera near the district courthouse at Elk Fork. And a nine-year-old girl, the daughter of a pastor of a storefront church, is in critical condition.

This isn’t the first time Jo and Samuel have seen the ravages of violence visit their family. Last time, they lost their mother and Jo lost her ability to walk. Samuel took care of her, outfitted their barn with special rigging so she could keep riding their mule. But he was never the same, falling in with a separatist group, getting a tattoo he’d flaunt, then spending years hiding. She thought he had finished with all that. But now he’s missing, and she can’t talk to the one person she trusts.

A timely story of the anger and disaffection tearing apart many communities in this country, S.M. Hulse's Eden Mine is also a beautiful novel of the West, of a deep love for the land, of faith in the face of evil, and of the terrible choices we make for the ones we love.

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY: Esquire, Vogue, Amazon, Kirkus

From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New Right

Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of ’97. His mother, Jane, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jonathan, is an expert at getting “lost boys” to open up. They both work at a psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world. Adam is a renowned debater, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college. He is one of the cool kids, ready to fight or, better, freestyle about fighting if it keeps his peers from thinking of him as weak. Adam is also one of the seniors who bring the loner Darren Eberheart—who is, unbeknownst to Adam, his father’s patient—into the social scene, to disastrous effect.

Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is the story of a family, its struggles and its strengths: Jane’s reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, Jonathan’s marital transgressions, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a riveting prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the trolls and tyrants of the New Right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men.

Nov 25, 2019, 6:02am

Also check out the latest at Literary Arts Archive Project. In conjunction with OR Public Broadcasting (OPB)...

Free podcasts of past speakers!

Recent programs include:

Nov 25, 2019, 6:34am

Congrats on the 3rd degree Black Belt!

Nov 25, 2019, 2:50pm

>135 Berly: - I'm so excited to see a new novel from S.M. Hulse. I loved her earlier Black River - it was a 5-star read for me!

Congrats on the successful TKD test!

Nov 25, 2019, 2:58pm

>117 Berly: Congrats, Kim! Fantastic accomplishment.

>134 Berly: I’m envious of your getting to speak with Amor Towles. I’ve loved everything of his. Thanks for sharing the book mark to the link to the Literary Arts Archive Project.

Nov 25, 2019, 4:18pm

Belated congrats, Kim, on your amazing achievement!
And thanks for the link to these podcasts. I will bookmark it for future enjoyment! That's quite a lineup!

Nov 25, 2019, 6:25pm

Eden Mine sounds terrific. SOMEone should go fix its LT pages. *tsk* shocking

*smooch* for a happy short workweek and The Feast to Follow.

Nov 25, 2019, 6:35pm

>134 Berly: Lucky you!

>135 Berly: Nice!

Nov 27, 2019, 6:30am

Congratulations on your 3rd degree black belt, Kim. I don't know how you fit it all in and we are heading into an even busier season. I hope you get in some relaxing and reading time.

Nov 27, 2019, 12:00pm

>117 Berly: So now you're even more badass than you already were!?

Nov 27, 2019, 7:07pm

>137 banjo123: Thank you, Rhonda!!

>138 katiekrug: Katie, I am very excited to hear that your read by S.M. Hulse was a 5-star!! I hope to get to Eden Mine even sooner now. : )

>139 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! Thank you and you're welcome. We made my Dad jealous, too, when we sent him the photo. He is hosting his book club read of A Gentleman in Moscow, but we got to meet Amor Towles!! Hopefully the podcast will have been released by then and he can tell his fellow bookclubbers to listen in on his talk.

Nov 27, 2019, 7:10pm

>140 jessibud2: Thank you, Jessie. And I hope you do get a chance to listen to the Archive Project podcasts. There are many more than the photos I showed. Have fun!

>141 richardderus: What is wrong with the LT pages? Uh oh....

Work week is already over for me this week. My oldest is coming over shortly to make mushroom rollups and yam souffle. For the first time in YEARS I am not hosting and I am quite all right with that. Less housecleaning. ; ) My SIL rented a B&B in Portland and everyone is meeting up there. And we have lots of extended family coming. Should be lots of fun.

>142 BLBera: Hi Twin!! xoxo

Nov 27, 2019, 7:12pm

>143 Familyhistorian: I am not sure how I fit it all in!! LOL. I am looking forward to good food and company tomorrow and then a nice relaxing long weekend. I need one.

>144 Ape: YES!! LOL. You are the best.

Nov 27, 2019, 7:13pm

>147 Berly: If I go Black Friday shopping, can I hire you as my personal bodyguard?

Nov 27, 2019, 7:36pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Twin!

Nov 27, 2019, 9:24pm

>148 Ape: Having worked retail in a previous life, I generally try to avoid Black Friday, but if you really need me I am there for you. ; )

>149 BLBera: Happy Thanksgiving, Twin! Who are you hanging out with tomorrow?

Nov 27, 2019, 10:38pm

Happy Turkey Day! Rob's working, so I'll see him Friday. He's requested green goddess seafood rice for our dinner. Carrot cake with pineapple cream cheese frosting *drool* and whatever he brings to drink. And no effin' Old Stuff!! Yay!!

Edited: Nov 27, 2019, 11:02pm

I'm hanging with my sisters, mom, dad, and of course, Scout, daughter and SIL.


I thought of you when I saw this.


Nov 27, 2019, 11:52pm

>150 Berly: I've never been either, and don't plan to any time soon, but I'm glad you have my back!

Nov 27, 2019, 12:40am

Hi, Kimmers. Love all the bookish news. Hooray for hearing and meeting Amor Towles. How very cool. Good review of Eden Mine and The Topeka School is all ready on my list. Sounds great.

Have a great Thanksgiving with the family.

Nov 28, 2019, 5:49am

>151 richardderus: Friday Thanksgiving works just fine, especially since your roommate will be in abstentia. Enjoy!!

>152 BLBera: That sounds like a lovely crowd. : ) As to allergies... I am usually in charge of the menu. This year I am not, so fingers crossed! Luckily my family is pretty used to and respectful of my allergies, so I fare pretty well.

>153 Ape: : ) Happy Thanksgiving!!

>154 msf59: Hiya Mark! Hope you have lots of great eats, friends, and maybe some beer tomorrow.

Nov 28, 2019, 11:41am

Happy Thanksgiving, Kim! Enjoy your day.

Nov 28, 2019, 12:42pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Kim!

Nov 28, 2019, 5:38pm

Happy Thanksgiving Kim.

Nov 28, 2019, 7:37pm

Thanks guys! Right back atcha and to all my LT friends...

Nov 28, 2019, 8:43pm

Hi Kim my dear, hope you and the family have a really lovely Thanksgiving Day and send love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

Nov 28, 2019, 9:08pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Kim!

Nov 29, 2019, 6:11pm

>160 johnsimpson: and >161 quondame: Thank you very much! I hope you both had a wonderful day, too. There was much much good food and great company on my end. : ) And there are leftovers!!!

Nov 29, 2019, 6:15pm

So, I have done an abysmal job of keeping track of all my audio and kindle purchases. Today I tried to update the list and here all the books (I think) I had previously neglected to catalog.

✅ Means I have read them.

✅ Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu * AC
89. Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American Century by George Packer
90. Eden Mine by S.M. Hulse (uncorrected proof) INDIEspensable #83 *
91. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner INDIEspensable #83 *
92. A Song for You: My Life With Whiteney Houston (A) by Robyn Crawford
93. The Brand New Catastrophe (A) by Mike Scales
✅ An Act of God (A) by David Javerbaum
95. The Price of Time (A) by Tim Tigner
96. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder , Family Secrets and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood (K) by Gregg Olsen
97. Quantum: A Thriller (Captain Chase Book 1) (K) by Patricia Cornwell
98. Life and other Near-Death Experiences (K) by Camille Pagan
99. The Gold-Son (K) by Carrie Ann Noble
100. Phantom Limb (K) by Lucinda Berry, AP *
101. "F" is for Fugitive (K) by Sue Grafton
102. The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb (K) by Melanie Benjamin
103. The Puzzle of You (K) by Leah Mercer
104. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (K) by Claire North
105. Little Voices (K) by Vanessa Lillie
106. The Favorite Daughter (K) by Kaira Rouda
107. Matchmaking for Beginners (K) Maddie Dawson
108. Involuntary Witness (Guido Guerreri Book 1) (K) by Gianrico Carofiglio
109. Here to Stay (K) by Mark Edwards
110. What You Did (K) by Claire McGowan
111. Big Sky (Jackson Brodie Book 5) (K) Kate Atkinson
✅ Circe (K) by Madeline Miller
113. The Blue Period (K) by Luke Jerod Hummer
114. Inheriting Edith (K) by Zoe Fishman
✅ "E" is for Evidence (K) by Sue Grafton
✅ The Great Believers (K) by Rebecca Makkai
117. The Space Between (K) by Date Meserve

The complete list is up at >10 Berly:

I usually read about half of the books I bring in each year. This year I think I will lucky to be at a quarter!!

Nov 29, 2019, 6:33pm

>163 Berly: I doubt all my Kindle purchases are in my library. I need to do a better job than I do.

Nov 29, 2019, 6:50pm

>164 thornton37814: Hi, Lori! Happy Day After. : ) I am sure I didn't capture all my recent Kindle additions, and I still have to catalog them all to my Books owned list. That's just a thread entry! Guess I know what I am doing this afternoon. LOL

Nov 29, 2019, 10:52pm

>117 Berly: Congratulations on the TKD test! I'm happy to hear they gave you the 3rd Degree. (tee-hee)

I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one!

Nov 29, 2019, 11:17pm

>166 nittnut: Thanks! I am so glad that TKD test is successfully over. Whew! Now I only have pre-tests for four years until I test for Master. I use "only" somewhat sarcastically since the pre-tests are still about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. But far less pressure.

Thanksgiving was great with lots of family and food. The leftover are being enjoyed today. : )

Happy weekend!

Nov 29, 2019, 12:38am

I haven't even started to catalog the kindle and audible stuff. eeeek.

Nov 29, 2019, 12:44am

Oops! Sorry to remind you. LOL

Edited: Nov 30, 2019, 5:55pm

So, in case your were wondering... here are my current reads and a few December hopefuls.

Reading Now
The Price of Time (A) by Tim Tigner
There, There by Tommy Orange RL Bookclub
Robin (Williams) (447 pages) by Dave Itzkoff
What You Did (278 pages) (K) by Claire McGowan
The Topeka School (282 pages) by Ben Lerner

And Later...
December--Pachinko (Twin and Ellen and Morphy will already have read)
December--Victorian Secrets (A) by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry

Nov 30, 2019, 5:57pm

Off today to watch the Civil War (Football) between my daughters' two schools, Oregon State and University of Oregon. I will cheer appropriately for both! : )

Nov 30, 2019, 6:09pm

>170 Berly: I loved There, There, Twin.

Enjoy Pachinko - it was a good one.

Enjoy the football.

Nov 30, 2019, 6:17pm

Yay! Oh good. And I shall. : )

Nov 30, 2019, 11:46pm

Kim, congrats on being a 3rd degree black belt! That is awesome!!

We didn't watch the Civil War today but assuming the Ducks ran away with it. I did see that the Oregon women's basketball team lost to Louisville today. They were ranked number one in the country and had actually beaten the USA team!

I hope you enjoy The Topeka School. I quite liked it when I read it last month. I recently purchased There, There so I'll get to it one of these days. And Pachinko is good too!

Edited: Nov 30, 2019, 11:50pm

Hey, I just posted here and it disappeared. Dang it.

What I said was....
Congrats on being a 3rd degree black belt!!!!!
We didn't watch the civil war, assume Ducks ran away with it.
Ducks women lost in basketball to Louisville today; they had been ranked number one in the country and had actually beaten the USA team!

I loved The Topeka School and Pachinko. I recently purchased There, There and will read it soon.


Nov 30, 2019, 1:54am

>174 EBT1002: >175 EBT1002: Nice job recapturing the disappearing post which has now reappeared!! LOL

Yes, the Ducks won. It wasn't a beating though.

I am only on page 30 or so of The Topeka School. I have been too busy cooking and eating!

And I have a serious amount of books lined up for December, which has its own business. Wish me luck. ; )

Dec 1, 2019, 4:07pm

I need to get on our mystery book Kim! I'm working today, so I'll likely start tomorrow.

Dec 1, 2019, 4:19pm

Congrats on passing your 3rd degree blackbelt. Way to go!!!

Dec 1, 2019, 6:39pm

Seapunk, I like it.
Congrats on the TKD!

Dec 1, 2019, 9:05pm

>177 luvamystery65: Me, too!! Tomorrow sounds great.

>178 figsfromthistle: Thank you. : )

>179 RBeffa: It was definitely fun to attend a literary aquarium event. ; )

Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 9:09pm

>170 Berly: Ooh, great current reading list. I hope you are enjoying There, There. I loved that novel. I can't wait to get my greedy mitts on The Topeka School.

Happy Sunday, Kim. I hope you are having a great weekend.

Dec 1, 2019, 9:14pm

>181 msf59: LOL. I just posted on your thread. I don't know where the weekend went, but I didn't get half the stuff done I thought I would. Oh well. It was still really fun. : ) And today I am off to shop for ornaments. I have two ornament exchanges coming up: one is a friend holiday party and the other is for my book club.

Dec 2, 2019, 5:31pm

I have no idea how you do it all, although I'm sure it has something to do with your cheerful grin! Or else you're supremely organized. Or maybe you have elves?

Dec 2, 2019, 10:58pm

Hi Kim! I have a vague recollection of someone in this group talking about reading Louise Erdrich's Tracks early in 2020. Was it you? I just nominated it for one of my book clubs. I'm not sure yet exactly which month we'll be discussing it -- sometime after February -- but I'm up for a group read if there's going to be one!

Dec 2, 2019, 12:51am

>183 ffortsa: This past month it took all three!!! Now I just have to get going on Christmas stuff...minor panic going on here. I did make the smart move of dropping the TKD demo dance performance. I couldn't attend at least two of the practices and it was just one thing too many. Phew!

>184 lauralkeet: Was it me? IDK!! LOL. But I have that book and I would love to do a group read of it. Let me know what month your book club is going to read it. : )

Dec 2, 2019, 2:09am

>185 Berly: I found the reference! It was on your twin's thread starting here:

And you and Ellen are both implicated LOL. So let's do it!

Dec 2, 2019, 2:10am

Just stopping by to wish you well Kimmers and hope that your Thanksgiving weekend went splendidly.

Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 6:48am

>186 lauralkeet: Dang! You're good!! I am in. : )

Ellen? And what month do we want to do this?

>187 PaulCranswick: Paul!! So great to see you here. Thanks for popping in. Thanksgiving was great: Wonderful family and friends and lots of fun food. AND...I didn't host this year so no dishes!!!

To both of you....a happy dance!

Dec 3, 2019, 11:54am

>188 Berly: I remembered that each book page has a link to "Conversations" where you can see a list of threads that refer to the book. Very handy! From Beth's thread I noticed that she and Ellen would both be re-reading Tracks, where you and I would be reading for the first time.

As for timing, my book group has already chosen books for Jan & Feb so it will be March or later. Someone else is putting the schedule together and I don't know how quickly she'll send it out to us. But I don't need to time my reading precisely, as long as I've read it before we meet. We could read Tracks as early as January if you want. What works for you?

Dec 4, 2019, 1:16am

>185 Berly: Ah ha, so you can take it easy on yourself! Good luck with your reading plans, Kim.

Dec 5, 2019, 4:10pm

Happy reading, beautiful! I loved Pachinko. It was an engrossing, immersive read, and I'm so glad the story's going big on screen.


Dec 5, 2019, 2:18am

Wow, Twin, I am impressed with Laura's detective work. So, Tracks early next year. :) I love that book.

Dec 5, 2019, 4:01am

>189 lauralkeet: >192 BLBera: Let's do Tracks in March then! : )

>191 richardderus: Yay! Another fan of Pachinko! Now if I can just get to it...! Before I see it on screen.


Dec 5, 2019, 4:33am

Close enough to 200 posts...time for a new thread!!
This topic was continued by Berly's Books Chapter Ten.