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Berly's Books Chapter Nine

This is a continuation of the topic Berly's Books Chapter Eight.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Nov 7, 9:29am Top

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 7, 9:34am Top

Reading Now
"F" is for Fugitive (320 pages) (K) by Sue Grafton
There, There by Tommy Orange RL Bookclub
An Act of God by by David Javerbaum

And Maybes...
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 7, 9:13am Top

Read in November / ??? pages / Total Read
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, 1:14pm Top

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, 9:01pm Top

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, 9:04pm Top

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, 9:05pm Top

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) https://www.librarything.com/topic/301417
✅ Feb Part 2 (151-307, 156 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/303118
✅ March Part 3 (308-517, 209 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/304319
✅ April Part 4 (518-789, 271 pages) https://www.librarything.com/topic/305408#

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, 9:06pm Top

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, 1:04pm Top

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: Oct 25, 9:32pm Top

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 30/87 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
19. 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
30. 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*
40. 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
88. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu * AC
89. Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American Century by George Packer

* = 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, 9:11pm Top

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, 9:13pm Top

Oct 18, 9:16pm Top


Happy new thread :)

Oct 18, 9:18pm Top


Thanks. : )

Oct 18, 9:19pm Top

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

Oct 18, 9:29pm Top

>15 richardderus: Welcome, dearest Ricardo!

This is my current spooky October read:

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

Oct 18, 10:33pm Top

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

Oct 18, 10:50pm Top

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

Oct 18, 10:51pm Top

Happy new thread!

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

Edited: Oct 18, 10:59pm Top

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

Oct 18, 11:11pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kimmers!

Oct 18, 11:27pm Top

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

Oct 18, 11:53pm Top

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

Oct 19, 1:57am Top

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

Oct 19, 2:14am Top

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

Oct 19, 6:41am Top

Happy new spooky thread Kim!

I love The Graveyard Book.

Oct 19, 8:12am Top

Happy new one, Kim! Have a great weekend!

Oct 19, 8:59am Top

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

Oct 19, 9:07am Top

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, 9:10am Top

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, 9:11am Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

Oct 19, 10:31am Top

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, 1:46pm Top

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

Oct 19, 2:20pm Top

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

Oct 19, 10:53pm Top

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

Oct 20, 1:30am Top

>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, 1:41am Top

>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, 1:54am Top

>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, 1:52am Top

>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, 1:53am Top

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

Oct 20, 9:03am Top

>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, 10:02am Top

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, 3:22pm Top

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, 8:08pm Top

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, 8:18pm Top

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, 10:41am Top

Happy new thread!

Oct 21, 11:38am Top

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, 5:08pm Top

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, 6:23pm Top

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

Oct 21, 7:59pm Top

>48 Berly: Have fun, Twinnie!

Oct 21, 8:50pm Top

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

Oct 22, 12:15pm Top

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

Oct 22, 1:25pm Top

>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, 1:25pm Top

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, 1:37pm Top

>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, 1:39pm Top

>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, 1:40pm Top

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, 1:52pm Top

>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, 1:58pm Top

^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, 2:01pm Top

>50 BLBera: I did!!!

Edited: Oct 22, 2:11pm Top

>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, 2:32pm Top

>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, 5:15pm Top

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raised_fist

Oct 22, 4:40pm Top

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, 2:51am Top

>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, 7:09am Top

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

Oct 23, 7:27am Top

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

Oct 23, 12:09pm Top

>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, 7:30pm Top

>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, 8:01pm Top

>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, 8:03pm Top

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

Oct 23, 8:31pm Top

>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, 8:50pm Top

>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, 8:52pm Top

>71 BLBera: - Everyone needs this bumper sticker!

Oct 24, 4:26pm Top

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, 9:34pm Top

>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, 9:47pm Top

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, 1:33pm Top

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, 3:50pm Top

>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, 4:29pm Top

>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, 10:35am Top

>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, 12:09pm Top

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, 3:56pm Top

>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, 5:25pm Top

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, 11:06am Top

Oct 31, 11:38am Top

>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, 12:17am Top

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, 7:30pm Top

Just stopping by to say HI KIM! :D

Nov 7, 9:44am Top

>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, 10:16am Top

>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 (https://www.eonline.com/news/1006538/fyre-festival-s-failure-was-only-the-tip-of...)

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, 10:15am Top

>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, 5:27pm Top

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

Nov 7, 8:13pm Top

>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, 8:54pm Top

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

Nov 7, 9:08pm Top

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

You like my straw extensions? : )

Nov 8, 5:38am Top

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, 5:41am Top

>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, 5:53am Top

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, 7:48am Top

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, 7:52am Top

>90 Berly: Great costumes!

Nov 8, 8:24am Top

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, 1:37am Top

Good luck with the TKD test!

>96 charl08: So cool.

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

Yesterday, 12:03am Top

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

Yesterday, 3:49pm Top

>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.

Yesterday, 4:48pm Top

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

Yesterday, 5:31pm Top

Hi Kim,

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

Its 75'er Christmas Swap Time! : https://www.librarything.com/topic/312848

Yesterday, 8:41pm Top

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!

Today, 1:08am Top

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

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