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Ellen seeks balance in 2019 - Thread 9

This is a continuation of the topic Ellen seeks balance in 2019 - Thread 8.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1EBT1002
Edited: Nov 3, 1:08am Top



Autumn Of Rolling Hills Photograph by Eunice Kim

2EBT1002
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Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA

3EBT1002
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My Rating Scale:

= Breathtaking. Maybe a masterpiece.
= Excellent! Among my favorites of the year.
= Particularly enjoyable, kept me reading.
= So good. I'm glad I read this.
= A solid read. Generally recommended.
= This was an okay read.
= Meh. Pretty much a waste of time.
= Nearly no redeeming qualities. Really rather bad.
= Among the worst books I've ever read.

Honestly, I'm rarely going to complete any book earning fewer than two stars but I reserve the right to rate them based on my experience.

8EBT1002
Edited: Nov 8, 1:59am Top



RandomCAT

January: Your name in print ~ The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
February: We need a break! ~ Hotel Brasil by Frei Betto
March: Brexit Madness ~ Faithful Place by Tana French
April: Greetings from the Rooster! ~ The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
May = I Could Have Danced All Night... ~ Dancing Fish and Ammonites by Penelope Lively
June = Pick a card, any card...Q♠️ ~ The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett and Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
July = All about birds ~ Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Life and Writing by Anne Lamont
August = Back to School ~ An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
September = Equinox ~ Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss
October = Knock-offs, Follow-ups, Tributes, Parodies ~ Longbourn by Jo Baker
November = Childhood Memories ~ poetry and my dad ~ The Long Take by Robin Robertson
December =

9EBT1002
Edited: Nov 9, 1:46pm Top

SeriesCAT ~ Hoping to whittle away on my TBR shelves

January: Series in translation ~ Blessed Are Those Who Thirst by Anne Holt, Anne Bruce (Translator)
February: YA/Children's ~ The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
March: Series by a favorite author ~ Faithful Place by Tana French
April: Series You've Been Meaning to Get Back To ~ Dark Fire 2nd in series by C. J. Sansom
May: Newest book in a favorite series ~ Benediction by Kent Haruf
June: Series that are definitely complete ~ The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
July: Genre: fantasy ~ Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
August: Series set in a country/region where you do not live ~ A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths
September: Genre: Mystery (cozy and seaside) ~ A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths
October: Historical Series ~ Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
November: Series with a female protagonist ~ Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
December: Series that's new to you ~ The Horseman by Tim Pears? Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley?

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1. Author uses middle name or middle initial ~ Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom
2. Debut novel ~ The Marauders by Tom Cooper
3. Book about/featuring siblings ~ True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
4. Read a book bullet (meaning another LT member inspired you to read it) - House of Broken Angels (Joe)
5. Book mentioned in another book you have read ~
..... The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (in How to Love a Jamaican) OR
..... Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid (in Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim}
6. Topic or character related to medicine/health ~ The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
7. Animal on cover/in title/plays a significant role ~ The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
8. Book with an artistic character ~ Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada ~ violin maker and musician(s)
9. Eastern European author or setting ~ The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
10. Children’s/YA book ~ The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
11. Alliterative title ~ Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont
12. Part of a series ~ Death in a Darkening Mist by Iona Whishaw
13. Read a CAT ~ The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (January RandomCAT)
14. Prize-winning book ~ The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens ~ 1970 Booker Prize winner
15. Weather (title contains a weather word, or book involves/centers around a weather event) ~ Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Frances Strachey
16. Short stories or essays ~ Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
17. Book made into a movie ~ Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
18. Fairy tale (classic or reworked) ~ Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
19. Graphic novel ~ The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs by Étienne Davodeau
20. Main title has 6 or more words ~ A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
21. Cover has at least two human figures ~ Last Friends by Jane Gardam
22. Book in translation ~ Blessed are Those Who Thirst by Anne Holt
23. Food-related title or topic ~ The Proof of the Honey by Salwa Al Neimi
24. Book has an LT rating of 4.0 or more ~ Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
25. Title contains a homophone word ~ Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

11EBT1002
Edited: Nov 3, 12:39am Top

Personal Reading Challenge: Every winner of the Booker Prize since its inception in 1969

1969: P. H. Newby, Something to Answer For
1970: Bernice Rubens, The Elected Member
1970: J. G. Farrell, Troubles (awarded in 2010 as the Lost Man Booker Prize)
1971: V. S. Naipaul, In a Free State
1972: John Berger, G.
1973: J. G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur
1974: Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist ... and Stanley Middleton, Holiday
1975: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust
1976: David Storey, Saville
1977: Paul Scott, Staying On
1978: Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea
1979: Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore
1980: William Golding, Rites of Passage
1981: Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
1982: Thomas Keneally, Schindler's Ark
1983: J. M. Coetzee, Life & Times of Michael K
1984: Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac
1985: Keri Hulme, The Bone People
1986: Kingsley Amis, The Old Devils
1987: Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
1988: Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda
1989: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
1990: A. S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance
1991: Ben Okri, The Famished Road
1992: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient ... and Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger
1993: Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
1994: James Kelman, How late it was, how late
1995: Pat Barker, The Ghost Road
1996: Graham Swift, Last Orders
1997: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
1998: Ian McEwan, Amsterdam
1999: J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
2000: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
2001: Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang
2002: Yann Martel, Life of Pi
2003: DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little
2004: Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty
2005: John Banville, The Sea
2006: Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
2007: Anne Enright, The Gathering
2008: Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
2009: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
2010: Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question
2011: Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
2012: Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
2013: Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
2014: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
2015: Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings
2016: Paul Beatty, The Sellout
2017: George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
2018: Anna Burns, Milkman
2019: Margaret Atwood, The Testaments, and Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other

12EBT1002
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.. ..

Abby, whom I miss every single day

13EBT1002
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Currently reading:

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

and

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson audio

14EBT1002
Nov 3, 12:38am Top

15Familyhistorian
Nov 3, 1:03am Top

Happy new thread, Ellen, and congrats on reading 75!

16EBT1002
Nov 3, 1:09am Top

Thanks Meg! You are FIRST to visit my new thread!

17ronincats
Nov 3, 1:10am Top

Happy New thread, Ellen!

18Caroline_McElwee
Nov 3, 4:14am Top

Loving the topper Ellen.

19figsfromthistle
Nov 3, 7:42am Top

Happy new thread!

20jessibud2
Nov 3, 7:45am Top

Wow, gorgeous topper! Happy new thread, Ellen.

21BLBera
Nov 3, 8:52am Top

Happy new thread, Ellen.

>12 EBT1002: Love all the kitties.

The topper is lovely.

Enjoy San Diego!

22laytonwoman3rd
Nov 3, 10:27am Top

*waves* Glad to hear you enjoyed Harriet. I'm looking forward to seeing that.

23EBT1002
Edited: Nov 3, 1:06pm Top

76. The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan




As mysteries go, the Cormac Reilly series is a good one so far. Set in Galway, Scotland, the series features Detective Cormac Reilly and his (life, not work) partner Emma Sweeney. They left Dublin under something of a cloud and are working to establish credibility and happiness in Galway despite a trail of trauma and skepticism on the part of Cormac's new colleagues. As is true of all mysteries, there is a bit of formula emerging in these first two but the characters are interesting and the mysteries new. Definitely recommended for mystery lovers.

24EBT1002
Nov 3, 12:59pm Top

>17 ronincats: Hi Roni!

>18 Caroline_McElwee: Isn't that a lovely photo of the Palouse in autumn, Caroline?

>19 figsfromthistle: Thank you!

>20 jessibud2: Hi Shelley and thanks for visiting.

>21 BLBera: Thanks Beth. I'm SO looking forward to a few days in San Diego. Saturday will be a LONG day at the conference but Sunday will be light and Monday is free day! Yay! It's looking like a meet-up with Roni and a trip to the zoo are shaping up for that day. And sunshine and warmth!

25EBT1002
Nov 3, 1:00pm Top

From my prior thread:



I highly recommend the film Harriet. We saw it yesterday and it was truly wonderful. Stay for the song at the end.

26EBT1002
Edited: Nov 3, 1:02pm Top

I'm still slowly listening to An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson.

I also started The Long Take by Robin Robertson this morning and I'll be reading Messenger of Truth, fourth in the Maisie Dobbs series, on my kindle.

27ffortsa
Nov 3, 3:58pm Top

That topper is awe-inspiring!

28jnwelch
Nov 3, 4:38pm Top

I'm a late arriver - Happy New Thread, Ellen!

Great topper, and it looks like Pullman has a nice public library.

I've made a mental note about "Harriet". I'm glad it turned out to be good. What a story.

29johnsimpson
Nov 3, 4:41pm Top

Happy new thread Ellen.

30SandDune
Nov 3, 5:27pm Top

Happy New Thread Ellen!

31BLBera
Nov 3, 5:56pm Top

>25 EBT1002: Harriet goes on my list!

Safe travels.

>23 EBT1002: I just picked up the first book in the series from the library! So much for reading from my shelves in November. Oh well.

32PaulCranswick
Nov 3, 9:45pm Top

>1 EBT1002: Not really sure that the topper is Autumnal, Ellen, but it sure is striking.

Looks more like a desert-scape but I love the colours.

Happy new thread. xx

33ronincats
Edited: Nov 3, 9:48pm Top

I'm taking Ellen and P to the zoo a week from tomorrow! So exciting! I'll be exhausted after my three day show over the weekend, but what better way to spend a day (other than reading). But really, the San Diego Zoo! And no rain in sight!

ETA Truth to tell, they would have gone without me...but why?

34PaulCranswick
Nov 4, 1:11am Top

By the way I think your addition on your books read is wrong my dear.
>5 EBT1002: Finishes with your 44th book
>6 EBT1002: Starts with your 44th book

By my reckoning you have read 77 books not 76.

Well done belatedly on reaching 75 by the way.

35charl08
Nov 4, 2:40am Top

Happy new (ish) thread. Lovely pottery figure in your topper, a beautiful tribute.

Hope you have fun at the zoo. I really enjoyed spending time with Roni and Reba in SD last year.

36karenmarie
Nov 4, 9:48am Top

Hi Ellen! Happy new thread.

From your previous thread I didn't get to see Judy last Friday, may go this week.

>33 ronincats: Being from SoCal, the San Diego Zoo was a highlight of my childhood. We went several times over the years, always by train.

37Caroline_McElwee
Nov 4, 2:26pm Top

>25 EBT1002: Looking forward to this, it opens in the U.K. at the end of the month Ellen.

38vivians
Nov 4, 3:04pm Top

>23 EBT1002: ooh - someone in my office just recommended this series to me. Apparently there was an Audible freebie (possibly already expired?) which is a short story prequel to the series and is also supposed to be great.

39jnwelch
Nov 4, 3:09pm Top

We loved the San Diego zoo. Have fun with Roni!

40drneutron
Nov 4, 4:43pm Top

Happy new thread!

41msf59
Nov 4, 5:02pm Top

Happy New Thread, Ellen. LOVE the Kim topper! Ooh, The Long Take. What a treat that book is. Enjoy! Glad you enjoyed "Harriet". I will have to see that. I am starting The Man Who Saw Everything tomorrow. Another Booker long list title.

42EBT1002
Nov 4, 6:55pm Top

>27 ffortsa: and >28 jnwelch: and >29 johnsimpson: and >30 SandDune:
Thank you Judy, Joe, John, and Rhian!

>31 BLBera: I have to get through four (now three) days at work first, Beth. Today was really tough. I'm experiencing some pain related to some skin treatment I'm doing on my forehead and I was just grumpy and did not want to be there. I left about 90 minutes early and I'm home now. The week should get better and then Friday we're San Diego bound! Yay!

I think you'll enjoy The Ruin. It took a couple of chapters for me to get into it but I enjoyed it.

"So much for reading from my shelves in November." LOL - story of our lives!

43EBT1002
Nov 4, 6:59pm Top

>32 PaulCranswick: The topper really is autumnal, Paul. Those are wheat fields. Whitman County is the top wheat producing county in the U.S. In the fall the stubble from the last crop takes on a golden hue. The small green shoots (we grow mostly "winter wheat" in these parts) aren't visible yet but when they start to show, the gold and green is a beautiful blend.

>33 ronincats: YAY!!!!!

>34 PaulCranswick: Paul! I think you are correct! Cool beans. I will go back and change the numbers. Thanks for seeing that!

44EBT1002
Nov 4, 7:07pm Top

>35 charl08: Roni actually made that little ceramic cat for me, Charlotte. It sits on the buffet in our living room next to the little jade cat we picked up in Taipei last spring. I absolutely love it.

Yay Zoo! Yay LT MeetUp! Yay San Diego!

>36 karenmarie: I hope you can squeeze in both Judy and Harriet, Karen. Both are excellent.

I've heard great things about the SD Zoo so we're pretty excited to see it! And to meet up with Roni! :-)

>37 Caroline_McElwee: Enjoy, Caroline!

>38 vivians: A bit in the Seattle Times turned me on to Dervla McTiernan's series, Vivian. I did not know about the short story but I've enjoyed both The Ruin and The Scholar.

>39 jnwelch: Thanks Joe! I'm looking forward to both the zoo and meeting Roni! And some good Mexican food. And some warm weather. As our friend Mark would say, *BAG*

>40 drneutron: Thanks Jim!

>41 msf59: Hi Mark! "LOVE the Kim topper!" ???

I'm really enjoying The Long Take. I remember you (and Joe, too, I think) warbling about it. I read more this morning with my coffee and had to force myself to put it down and get ready for work. I do hope you see Harriet; it is so good. And I've been eyeing The Man Who Saw Everything and will be interested in your thoughts.

45brenzi
Nov 4, 9:33pm Top

I also loved The Long Take Ellen. So good. And the San Diego Zoo was a memorable experience for me. And together with an LT meet up you can't go wrong. Have a great time.

46EBT1002
Nov 4, 10:36pm Top

>45 brenzi: Thanks Bonnie. I am very much enjoying The Long Take. Part poetry, part novel, and so far a wonderful character sketch.

47BLBera
Nov 4, 11:54pm Top

I hope tomorrow is better, Ellen. I've heard lots of good things about The Long Take.

48Familyhistorian
Edited: Nov 5, 1:28am Top

Enjoy your trip to San Diego, Ellen. A trip to the San Diego Zoo with Roni at the end sounds really good!

49jnwelch
Edited: Nov 5, 5:49pm Top

Yes, I was a warbler for The Long Take, maybe the first. Loved it! It is such an amazing piece of work. I'm still dumbfounded at what he has done.

50EBT1002
Edited: Nov 5, 8:11pm Top

This NPR review of The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern makes me want to read the book! I enjoyed The Night Circus back in 2012.

51thornton37814
Nov 6, 10:12pm Top

>50 EBT1002: When I read the description a month ago, I wanted to read it. The order for it was placed this week so hopefully it will arrive soon. I may need to fight another librarian over the book during Thanksgiving. She loved the description too.

52LizzieD
Nov 6, 11:30pm Top

Hi, Ellen! Late to the party, but oh my goodness - your topper! It looks more like painting than photo to my eye. No matter which, it is striking.
I just had a happy time looking at your list of Booker winners, of which I have read 14. I say, "Go for Possession as soon as you can!"
I'm glad for your trip to San Diego, and I don't even envy your meeting with Roni - much....
(I haven't read *Night Circus* yet, so I can't desire *Starless S* yet in good faith.)

53DeltaQueen50
Nov 7, 2:49pm Top

Hi Ellen, I am also a little late in wishing you a Happy New Thread, but I am very happy that I stopped by - that topper picture is amazing! Are you still in San Diego? Lucky you, getting to meet and spend some time with Roni. You are doing well with your Booker project, I am still reading books from the "1,001 List of Books to Read Before You Die" but it is going slowly.

54Berly
Nov 7, 8:24pm Top

Hi! Said with much love.

>10 EBT1002: Only one more for Bingo!!!

And belated congrats on reaching 75!! (I am two away....)

>41 msf59: >44 EBT1002: I love "the Kim topper," too! Even though I don't get it. LOL

>50 EBT1002: Ooooh. I really liked The Night Circus. Might have to get The Starless Sea....

Count down to San Diego--I'm jealous. : )

55ronincats
Nov 7, 8:30pm Top

Hope you got my weather bulletin, Ellen! Going to be 80 at the waterfront on Saturday, then a little cooler on Sunday and Monday, thank goodness! I'm at my three-day show starting tomorrow; hope your flight down goes smoothly.

56BLBera
Nov 7, 8:51pm Top

>50 EBT1002: Guess what I just picked up from the library today? Now, whether I'll have time to read it before it's due is a whole other story. It is quite a chunkster.

Have fun in San Diego. I hope the conference is a good one and that you enjoy the sun.

57EBT1002
Nov 8, 2:05am Top

78. The Long Take by Robin Robertson


A story told in poetic form, not poetry exactly but with poetic rhythms and images and form. Walker returns from war but his home on Nova Scotia feels alien. He settles first in New York and then makes his way to Los Angeles where he finds friends, a sense of place, a job. His PTSD is palpable and his tenuous balance between Skid Row and the press room is beautifully illuminated. This is a love poem to the city, a eulogy for the city's past, and a tribute to both the fragility and the resilience of the human spirit. Memorable and worthwhile.

58jnwelch
Nov 8, 8:42am Top

>57 EBT1002: Lovely comments on The Long Take, Ellen. Agreed.

59EBT1002
Nov 8, 2:24pm Top

>47 BLBera: My week got better, Beth, thank you.

>48 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg. I'm super excited about warm weather (although today is a lovely day on the Palouse!), good Mexican food, and the zoo with Roni!

>49 jnwelch: I thought I remembered you as one of the warblers for The Long Take, Joe. I thought of you when Joe Welch was quoted -- your father? grandfather?

60EBT1002
Edited: Nov 9, 1:51pm Top

>51 thornton37814: Lori, I love that you get to fight with other librarians for new books. I did put The Starless Sea on hold at the Seattle Public Library -- I'm number 117 in the queue for one of 13 e-copies. I may end up buying it before my turn comes up. Or maybe my little local library will have it in hard copy and I can obtain it that way.

>52 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. The topper is a photo which gives you an honest idea of how beautiful my new home territory is. I still don't plan to retire in this little town but I'm coming to love the Palouse.

I keep thinking I'll move Possession up on my TBR pile and I just haven't gotten to it yet. Maybe I'll fit it in before the end of 2019.

The Night Circus is a good one. I'm not always a fan of magical realism but I quite liked that on.

61EBT1002
Nov 8, 2:33pm Top

>53 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! Nice to see you. I fly to San Diego today and return on Tuesday. We are planning to spend Veterans Day visiting the zoo with Roni. I am very excited!

>54 Berly: Love right back atcha, Kim. I miss you lots, my friend! I AM going to make my way to Portland one of these days....

I'm going to finish my Bingo card very soon; I just downloaded Annie John from the library and it will be my "book mentioned in another book."

>55 ronincats: I saw it, Roni, and we have packed accordingly! I have to protect my face and forearms from the sun as much as possible so I may be in long sleeves but the lightest weight long sleeves I own!

>56 BLBera: Wow, you got a copy of The Starless Sea very quickly, Beth. I have put it on hold but I'm waaaay down in the queue for an e-copy so we'll see if I end up just buying it. It's not like I don't have plenty of other things to read while I wait... Ha.

62EBT1002
Edited: Nov 8, 2:35pm Top

>58 jnwelch: Thanks Joe! See my comment in >59 EBT1002: -- the Joe Welch who was quoted is your father or grandfather, right?

63EBT1002
Nov 8, 2:36pm Top

Okay, I'm at least caught up on my own thread now. It's time to top up the bird feeders to last them until Wednesday morning (ha) and head to the airport. San Diego, here I come! Yay!

64BLBera
Nov 8, 3:18pm Top

Hi Ellen - I quite enjoyed The Night Circus and reserved The Starless Sea a while ago. I hope I can get to it before it's due. Maybe I should Fed Ex it to you!

>60 EBT1002: When are you going to read Possession again? 1029? I might be up for a reread of that one, too. I loved it!

65jessibud2
Nov 8, 4:09pm Top

Have a great vaca!

66Caroline_McElwee
Nov 8, 4:29pm Top

>63 EBT1002: Happy travels Ellen.

67msf59
Edited: Nov 8, 10:33pm Top

Happy Friday, Ellen. You credit Eunice Kim for the artwork in your topper. That is what I was referring to. The Starless Sea sounds really good.

Have a great trip to San Diego! Jealous...

68EBT1002
Nov 9, 1:48pm Top

79. Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear


This was my least favorite of the Maisie Dobbs series so far. It was okay but not as compelling as some of the others. I'll keep reading because I know every series takes dips now and then.

69EBT1002
Nov 9, 1:51pm Top

>64 BLBera: LOL Beth. I will go fix that typo. I might finish Possession by the end of 2019. :-)

70lauralkeet
Nov 9, 3:43pm Top

>68 EBT1002: I'm watching your progress through this series with interest. I let it lapse for no good reason, other than being attracted by other series.

71EBT1002
Edited: Nov 9, 5:05pm Top

>65 jessibud2: Thanks Shelley. I'm spending some of my San Diego time (all of today!) attending a working conference. It's a bit hard to be inside a conference room when the view outside is AMAZING. Blue skies, blue water, green palm trees.... But I'm happy to be adding some vacation elements to the trip. *smile*

>66 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks Caroline.

>67 msf59: Oh dear, Mark, I am a bit embarrassed. I knew that photograph was a work by Eunice Kim and my brain still just went to our dear friend (Kim)Berly. LOL.

>70 lauralkeet: It's funny that I'm making my way through the Maisie Dobbs series so steadily, Laura. I like it but there are a couple of bugaboos I have with her writing, most notably Winspear's focus on what Maisie (and other characters) is wearing on any given day. I really don't care about the wool jacket and the green scarf and the whatever-whatever shoes.... But the march through post-WWI London is interesting and I'm curious to see how Hitler's increasing presence will manifest. So far it's a background warning bell.

72maggie1944
Nov 9, 6:42pm Top

Have a great time, Ellen!

73PaulCranswick
Nov 9, 7:45pm Top

>57 EBT1002: I enjoyed your review of The Long Take. Your "not quite poetry" comment made me smile as I have that feeling reading so many collections these days!

Have a lovely time in San Diego.

74banjo123
Nov 9, 11:31pm Top

Hi Ellen! Sounds like you have some good reading, and what a good time to go to San Diego.

75vivians
Yesterday, 12:41pm Top

>71 EBT1002: Hi Ellen - I've read the whole Maisie Dobbs series and I agree about the unevenness. I feel really invested in the characters and so will likely continue if she writes more, but I'm not finding them to be particularly memorable.

Hope you're having a great trip to San Diego and get some time outside the hotel!

76mahsdad
Yesterday, 5:35pm Top

Hi Ellen,

I'm hijacking the most popular threads to get word out, and you are one of them...

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

77jnwelch
Yesterday, 9:31pm Top

>62 EBT1002: Yes - I forgot! That was my grandfather he quoted. A cool surprise.

78Familyhistorian
Today, 1:18am Top

Enjoy the vacation part of your trip to San Diego, Ellen!

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