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Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 9:42pm

Welcome to my twelfth thread of 2019!

My love affair with being retired is fully rekindled.

It’s dilly! It’s the Lollapalooza. It’s the lobster’s dress shirt! It's the snail's ankles. It’s bonaroo! It’s the berries! It’s aces, snazzy, hot, smooth, sweet, swell, keen, and cool. It’s also the fox’s socks, the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, the eel’s hips, the monkey’s eyebrows, the sardine’s whiskers, the gnat’s whistle. It's the razzmatazz and the chipmunk's cheeks. I do not miss working at all. Once again, I do happy dance every morning I don’t have to wake up to an alarm.

I read, am a charter member of the Redbud and Beyond Book Club, now in its 22nd year, am Treasurer for our local Friends of the Library (henceforth abbreviated FoL), and have now joined the book sort team on Tuesday mornings to sort donations to the book sales. I also manage our home, finances and etc. as my husband heads off to work Monday – Friday. I love having the house to myself to recharge my batteries and having huge blocks of time to read.

I have been married to Bill for 28 years and am mother to Jenna, 26, living about 3 hours away and working on a 2-year business administration program at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. We have one kitty, almost 12-year-old Inara Starbuck. We’re now making Two Kitty noises for Christmas… we and Inara need more kitties in the house. We live in our own little corner of paradise on 8 acres in central North Carolina USA.

This year’s picture theme Children of the Family. I still can’t find the picture of my sibs and me at Marineland of the Pacific, but found this picture of my brother Doug and me in the back yard of our house in Hawthorne, CA. Circa 1965, I think. Those rangy items behind me are poinsettias .

My goal is to read 100 books in 2019, down 5 from 2018. Of those 100, I’m going to try to read 45 that were on my shelves prior to January 1, 2019. I am only going to count pages, not strive for pages this year, so have set a counter for 30,000.

A few quotes from one of my favorite authors. I plan on reading all her fiction works in published order this year. I give you Dorothy Leigh Sayers, 1893-1957, one of the most intelligent and articulate writers I have ever been privileged to read.
The popular mind has grown so confused that it is no longer able to receive any statement of fact except as an expression of personal feeling.

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.

A society in which consumption has to be artificially stimulated in order to keep production going is a society founded on trash and waste, for such a society is a house built upon sand.

Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him – or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.

My theme for 2019 is eclecticism – picking and choosing what to read from a wide variety of genres, styles, centuries. I always try to do this, but last year ended up being mostly American writers and mostly mysteries. Within the scope of my goal of reading what is fun and challenging yet pleasurable, I want to read more from my shelves – books I have acquired by non-US writers and that I don’t automatically go to when looking for something new.

This year hasn’t gone well eclectically speaking – almost exclusively English and American writers, almost all mysteries. I don’t anticipate balancing and next year’s theme will probably be ‘All American, All English, All the Time!’ so that if I do go out of my comfort zone it will be the exception to the rule.

Edited: Dec 12, 2019, 12:06pm

Books Read

1. The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam 1/1/19 1/3/19 ****1/2 233 pages trade paperback
2. Nerve by Dick Francis 1/3/19 1/5/19 ***1/2 313 pages mass market paperback
3. The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams 1/7/19 1/8/19 *** 1/2 206 pages mass market paperback
4. Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers 1/8/19 1/9/19 **** 137 pages hardcover
5. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers 1/9/19 1/14/19 **** 296 pages hardcover
6. Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston 1/13/19 1/16/19 ****1/2 121 of 176 pages Kindle
7. Kindred by Octavia Butler 1/16/19 1/18/19 ****1/2 306 pages hardcover **Kindle**
8. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann b. Ross 1/18/19 1/20/19 **** 273 pages hardcover
9. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 1/20/19 1/22/19 **** 180 pages mass market paperback
10. Relic by Preston & Child 1/22/19 1/25/19 **** 468 pages mass market paperback
11. Reliquary by Preston & Child 1/27/19 1/30/18 ***1/2 464 pages mass market paperback
12. Last Friends by Jane Gardam 2/1/19 2/5/19 **** 1/2 205 pages trade paperback
13. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry 1/30/19 2/8/19 **** 420 pages hardcover
14. Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic by Mark Blake 1/5/19 2/9/19 ****1/2 206 pages hardcover
15. The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie 2/9/19 2/11/19 **** 207 pages hardcover
16. The Great Believers by Rebeca Makkai 2/11/19 2/13/19 ***** 2018 421 pages hardcover
**abandoned Octavia Butler's Kindred - a graphic novel adaption by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
17. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 2/13/19 2/15/19 **** 211 pages trade paperback
18. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle 2/15/19 2/16/19 ****1/2 211 pages trade paperback
19. The Arrival by Shaun Tan 2/19/19 2/19/19 **** hardcover
20. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle 2/16/19 2/21/19 **1/2 278 pages trade paperback
**abandoned Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle - I did not care about Sandy and Dennys's story and do not care about any more of L'Engle's fiction
21. Waiting for Wednesday by Nicci French 2/22/19 2/26/19 **** 372 pages hardcover
22. Thursday's Children by Nicci French 2/26/19 2/28/19 ***1/2 336 pages hardcover Kindle
23. Friday on My Mind by Nicci French 2/28/19 3/2/19 **** 301 pages trade paperback
24. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer 3/3/19 3/7/19 **** 315 pages mass market paperback
25. Dark Saturday by Nicci French 3/3/19 3/12/19 390 pages ****1/2 Kindle
26. Sunday Silence by Nicci French 3/12/19 3/13/19 **** 403 pages trade paperback
27. The Day of the Dead by Nicci French 3/13/19 3/15/19 ****1/2 404 pages trade paperback
28. Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie) 3/17/19 3/23/19 ***1/2 182 pages hardcover
29. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 3/23/19 3/26/19 **1/2 185 pages trade paperback
30. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers 3/26/19 3/29/19 **** 191 pages hardcover
31. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers 4/1/19 4/8/19 **** 188 pages hardcover
32. The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace 4/9/19 to 4/13/19 221 **** mass market paperback
33. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney 4/2/19 4/15/19 **** 277 pages trade paperback
34. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers 4/14/19 4/16/19 **** 192 pages mass market paperback
35. These Truths by Jill Lepore 1/5/19 to 4/22/19 ****1/2 789 pages hardcover 2018
36. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler 4/16/19 4/24/19 *** 356 pages trade paperback 2003
37. Forfeit by Dick Francis 4/25/19 4/26/19 **** 282 pages mass market paperback
38. Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb 4/27/19 4/29/19 **** 323 pages mass market paperback
39. Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb 4/29/19 5/1/19 ****1/2 388 pages hardcover
40. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 5/3/19 5/4/19 **** 223 pages hardcover
41. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 05/4/19 5/16/19 ****1/2 368 pages hardcover
42. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers 5/17/19 5/19/19 ** 338 pages trade paperback, with 14 pages of afterward
43. Reflex by Dick Francis 5/20/19 5/22/19 **** 346 pages mass market paperback
44. Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession and the President's War Powers by James F. Simon 10/24/18 5/22/19 (!) **** 11.5 hours, audiobook
45. Educated by Tara Westover 5/16/19 5/25/19 ****1/2 334 pages hardcover
46. The Lost Man by Jane Harper 5/25/19 5/28/19 352 **** pages hardcover
47. Malice: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino 5/28/19 6/1/19 ***1/2 296 pages hardcover
48. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht 5/28/19 6/2/19 ***1/2 174 pages trade paperback
49. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers 6/1/19 6/6/19 ****1/2 448 pages hardcover
50. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 6/6/19 6/10/19 **** 307 pages hardcover
51. The Dry by Jane Harper 6/10/19 6/13/19 **** 352 pages trade paperback, Kindle
52. Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger 6/13/19 6/16/19 **** 328 pages trade paperback
53. The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein 06/18/19 6/21/19 **** 356 pages trade paperback
54. Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger 6/21/19 6/22/19 402 pages trade paperback
55. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson 6/30/19 7/5/19 **** 308 pages trade paperback
56. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers 7/6/19 7/7/19 ****1/2 295 pages hardcover 1933
57. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 6/22/19 7/12/19 ***1/2 474 pages mass market paperback
58. The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths 7/12/19 7/14/19 **** 327 pages trade paperback
59. MASH by Richard Hooker 7/14/19 7/16/19 **** 218 pages trade paperback
60. The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths 7/18/19 7/21/19 ***1/2 390 pages trade paperback
61. Circe by Madeline Miller 7/21/19 7/25/19 ****1/2 393 pages hardcover
62. A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths 7/25/19 7/27/19 ***1/2 346 pages trade paperback
63. A Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths 7/27/19 7/30/19 ***1/2 392 pages trade paperback 2013
64. John Adams by David McCullough 7/17/19 to 8/1/19 **** audiobook 9 hours
65. The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffith 7/30/19 8/1/19 **** 374 pages trade paperback
66. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths 8/1/19 8/7/19 **** 370 pages hardcover
67. The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths 8/8/19 8/11/19 **** 368 pages hardcover Kindle
68. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths 8/11/19 8/15/19 **** 360 pages hardcover
69. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths 8/15/19 8/16/19 **** 345 pages hardcover
70. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths 8/16/19 8/17/19 **** 364 pages hardcover
Ruth's First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths 8/18/19 8/18/19 **** 29 pages Kindle
71. The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths 08/18/19 8/20/19 ***1/2 328 pages trade paperback
72. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron 8/21/19 8/22/19 **** 137 pages hardcover
73. Rat Race by Dick Francis 8/22/19 8/22/19 **** 216 pages mass market paperback
**abandoned David Copperfield by Charles Dickens nope nope and nope
**abandoned A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth 1/17/19 with the best intentions in the world, I always felt like this book was homework
**abandoned 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz audiobook - couldn't keep track of the characters and got bored
74. Glass by Sam Savage 8/23/19 8/28/19 ***1/2 223 pages trade paperback
75. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld 8/28/19 8/31/19 ****1/2 273 pages trade paperback
76. Break In by Dick Francis 8/31/19 9/2/19 **** 371 pages mass market paperback
77. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers 9/2/19 9/7/2019 **** 280 pages hardcover
78. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North 9/7/19 9/13/19 405 pages trade paperback
79. The Story of Language by Dr. John McWhorter 9/1/19 9/20/19 ****1/2 audiobook 18.5 hours
80. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz 9/19/19 9/24/19 **** 387 pages trade paperback
81. Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead 9/24/19 9/26/19 **** 201 pages hardcover
82. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith 9/21/19 10/9/19 **** audiobook 16 hours
**abandoned A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
83. Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers 10/1/19 10/10/19 ****1/2 469 pages hardcover
84. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shalak 10/12/19 10/15/19 **** 308 pages hardcover
85. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep 10/5/19 10/25/19 ****1/2 279 pages hardcover
86. The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan 10/15/19 10/27/19 *** 369 pages hardcover
87. Busman's Honeymoon: A Love Story with Detective Interruptions by Dorothy L. Sayers 10/27/19 11/1/19 **** 381 pages hardcover
88. The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers edited by Carole Vanderhoof 11/10/18 11/1/19 **** 235 pages trade paperbook
89. Blue Moon by Lee Child 11/1/19 11/4/19 **** 356 pages hardcover
90. The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill 11/4/19 11/5/19 **** 305 pages hardcover
91. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton 11/5/19 11/10/19 **** 1/2 308 pages hardcover
92. Bolt by Dick Francis 11/11/19 11/12/19 *** 312 pages mass market paperback 1986
93. Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 10/10/19 11/16/19 **** audiobook, 17.5 hours
94. Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik 11/5/19 11/22/19 **** 231 pages hardcover
95. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 11/12/19 11/23/19 ****1/2 289 pages hardcover
**abandoned The Witch Elm by Tana French
96. Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers 11/11/19 11/25/19 *** edited by Joyce Carol Oates 238 pages trade paperback
97. Lord Peter: A Collection of all the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers compiled by James Sandoe 3/30/19 11/28/19 **** 469 pages (didn't read E.C. Bentley's Greedy Night parody.
98. Racing the Devil by Charles Todd 11/26/19 12/1/19 *** 341 pages hardcover
99. The Wimsey Papers—The Wartime Letters and Documents of the Wimsey Family by Dorothy L. Sayers - articles in The Spectator 11/4/19 12/4/19 **** 1939-1940 ~174 pages
100. Hangman's Holiday by Dorothy L. Sayers 11/15/19 12/7/19 **** 182 pages mass market paperback 103 pages not duplicated in Lord Peter
101. In the Teeth of Evidence by Dorothy L. Sayers 11/19/19 12/9/19 **** 221 pages mass market paperback 193 pages not duplicated in Lord Peter
102. The War Poems by Siegfried Sassoon 10/20/19 12/12/19 **** 139 pages hardcover, Kindle

Currently Reading:
The Gatekeeper by Charles Todd 12/2/19 305 pages trade paperback 2018
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 12/3/19 374 pages hardcover 1859
Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches? by Mike O'Connor 11/24/19 211 pages trade paperback 2007
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith 11/17/19 audiobook 17 hours 2015
The Unfortunate Fursey by Mervyn Wall 7/20/2019 215 pages trade paperback, 1946
Red:A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey 6/28/18 218 pages hardcover
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari 5/5/18 464 pages hardcover, Kindle

Edited: Dec 14, 2019, 11:08pm

Books added - goal: Less than the 422 *winces* added last year. Note: Any books acquired before 1/1/19 but added now will be noted and not counted against this year's total.

1. Louise - Betrayed by Lisa Scottaline
2. Louise - If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin
3. Louise - Accused by Lisa Scottaline
4. BookMooch - Bookmooch - The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams by Jeanne M. Dams
5. Louise - The Snow Globe by Judith Kinghorn
6. Louise - Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
7. Jenna - Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic by Mark Blake
8. Amazon - These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
9. Habitat - The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
00. Kindle - The Dry by Jane Harper - acquired 11/19/18 added to catalog 1/13/19
10. Louise - Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
11. Louise - Orchids For Dummies by Steven A. Frowine
12. BookMooch - The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
13. Habitat - The Day of Atonement by David Liss
14. FoL Sale - Winny de Puh (Winnie the Pooh in Spanish) by A.A. Milne
15. FoL Sale - Cattus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin by Dr. Seuss
16. FoL Sale - Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
17. FoL Sale - Intensive Latin First Year & Review: A User's Manual by Carl A.P. Ruck
18. FoL Sale - The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
19. FoL Sale - 1492: The Year the World Began by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
20. FoL Sale - Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
21. FoL Sale - Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill
22. FoL Sale - How Language Works by David Crystall
23. FoL Sale - Latin Reader. First Part. by Friedrich Jacobs
24. Amazon - Last Friends by Jane Gardam

25. reconsidered from cull - The Red Breast by Jo Nesbo
26. Amazon - The Lost Man by Jane Harper
00. Bill - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - acquired 12/25/19 added to catalog 2/21/19
27. Amazon - Thursday's Children by Nicci French Kindle
28. Louise - Every Fifteen Minuts by Lisa Scottaline
29. Louise - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
30. Louise - The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
31. Amazon - Dark Saturday by Nicci French Kindle

32. Amazon - Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
33. Karen - Are You Somebody? by Nuala O'Faolain
34. Amazon - Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
35. Amazon - The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill
35. Early Reviewers - Dubious Documents by Nick Bantock
36. FoL Spring Book Sale - Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (audiobook)
37. FoL Spring Book Sale - Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews
38. FoL Spring Book Sale - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
39. FoL Spring Book Sale - Brilliant by Jane Brox
40. FoL Spring Book Sale - The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton
41. FoL Spring Book Sale - Missing You by Harlan Coben
42. FoL Spring Book Sale - 95 Poems by e. e. cummings
43. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Gentleman of Fortune by Anna Dean
44. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Place of Confinement by Anna Dean
45. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Woman of Consequence by Anna Dean
46. FoL Spring Book Sale - Autobiography of Mark Twain by editor Harriet Elinor Smith
47. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: Volume III: A Supplement to The Oxford English Dictionary, Volumes I-IV by editor R.W. Burchfield
48. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Hidden Charles Dickens by editor Stefan R. Dziemianowicz
49. FoL Spring Book Sale - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
50. FoL Spring Book Sale - Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
51. FoL Spring Book Sale - One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
52. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Stories of Jane Gardam by Jane Gardam
53. FoL Spring Book Sale - Amphigorey Again by Edward Gorey
54. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
55. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
56. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
57. FoL Spring Book Sale - Dashiell Hammett: Complete Novels by Dashiell Hammett
58. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Lazarus Project by Aleksander Hemow
59. FoL Spring Book Sale - Malice by Keigo Higashino
60. FoL Spring Book Sale - Death Comes for the Fat Man by Reginald Hill
61. FoL Spring Book Sale - Advice on Dying and Living a Better Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
62. FoL Spring Book Sale - Hillbilly Elegy by J.A. Vance
63. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Western Star by Craig Johnson
64. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
65. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman
66. FoL Spring Book Sale - Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie
67. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
68. FoL Spring Book Sale - Caravans by James Michener
69. FoL Spring Book Sale - Lightening Men by Thomas Mullen
70. FoL Spring Book Sale - Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh
71. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Book on the Book Shelf by Henry Petroski
72. FoL Spring Book Sale - Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
73. FoL Spring Book Sale - Crimson Shore by Preston & Child
74. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Pharoah Key by Preston & Child
75. FoL Spring Book Sale - Going Wrong by Ruth Rendell
76. FoL Spring Book Sale - The World According to Fred Rogers by Fred Rogers
77. FoL Spring Book Sale - Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
78. FoL Spring Book Sale - Adventures of the Mind by Saturday Evening Post
79. FoL Spring Book Sale - 1066 and All That by W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman
80. FoL Spring Book Sale - Sixteen Short Novels by Wilfrid Sheed
81. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Teaching of Buddah by The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism
82. FoL Spring Book Sale - Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
83. FoL Spring Book Sale - Whose Boat Is This Boat? by Donald J. Trump (by accident)
84. FoL Spring Book Sale - Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
85. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester
86. FoL Spring Book Sale - Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
87. FoL Spring Book Sale - My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
88. FoL Spring Book Sale - An Elizabethan Bestiary Retold by Jeffery Beam, Ippy Patterson, M.J. Sharp
89. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
90. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
91. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
92. FoL Spring Book Sale - Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves
93. FoL Spring Book Sale - Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves
94. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Lost Letter of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
95. FoL Spring Book Sale - Bibliomysteries by editor Otto Penzler
96. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Penguin Book of Bird Poetry by editor Peggy Munsterberg
97. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler
98. FoL Spring Book Sale - When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
99. FoL Spring Book Sale - Tinkers by Paul Harding
100. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Guide to Jane Austen by Michael Hardwick
101. FoL Spring Book Sale - False Colours by Georgette Heyer
102. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
103. FoL Spring Book Sale - Death Without Company by Craig Johnson
104. FoL Spring Book Sale - Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson
105. FoL Spring Book Sale - Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson
106. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson
107. FoL Spring Book Sale - Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson
108. FoL Spring Book Sale - Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson
109. FoL Spring Book Sale - As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
110. FoL Spring Book Sale - A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson
111. FoL Spring Book Sale - Any Other Name by Craig Johnson
112. FoL Spring Book Sale - Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
113. FoL Spring Book Sale - An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson
114. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt
115. FoL Spring Book Sale - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
116. FoL Spring Book Sale - The Complete Idiot's Guide to Kabbalah by Rav Michael Laitman Ph.D. with Collin Camright
117. FoL Spring Book Sale - Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
118. FoL Spring Book Sale - West with the Night by Beryl Markham
119. FoL Spring Book Sale - All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
120. FoL Spring Book Sale - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
121. FoL Spring Book Sale - My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain
122. FoL Spring Book Sale - One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
123. FoL Spring Book Sale - Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
124. FoL Spring Book Sale - When the Music's Over by Peter Robinson
125. FoL Spring Book Sale - Corrupted by Lisa Scottaline
126. FoL Spring Book Sale - Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
127. FoL Spring Book Sale - Low Country Boil by Carl T. Smith

128. Thrift Shop - Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
129. Thrift Shop - Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer
130. Louise - Years of Dreams by Gloria Goldreich
131. Louise - Lovers and Friends by Camile Marchetta
132. Amazon - A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean
133. Larry - Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler
134. BookMooch - When I Was Old by Georges Simenon
135. Louise - City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
136. Thrift Shop - The Assassin's Accomplice by Kate Clifford Larson
137. Marelli IT guy - 5 years ago - The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
00. Bill - Mastering the Art of French Cooking 2-vol set by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck

138. Bookmooch - Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh
139. Amazon - The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers - replacement for worn out copy
140. Biltmore Estate - Biltmore: An American Masterpiece by the Biltmore Company
141. Karen - The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich
142. Karen - Killing Custer by James Welch
143. ER - The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht
144. Amazon - Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz
145. Jenn - Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier
00. From Bill's Mama's desk - Quotable Women by Running Press

146. Bookmooch - Glass by Sam Savage
147. Amazon - Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
148. Bookmooch - The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
149. Amazon - The Unfortunate Fursey by Mervyn Wall
150. FoL Book Sort Team - free - The Ascent of Everest by John Hunt
151. Amazon - Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
152. Amazon - Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
153. Karen Crowell - The Five Red Herrings and Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
154. Tamsie Hughes - The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

155. Thrift Shop - Moby Dick by Herman Melville - World's Greatest Literature
156. Thrift Shop - Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - World's Greatest Literature
157. Thrift Shop - The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper - World's Greatest Literature
158. FoL Book Sort Team - free - The Architecture of Los Angeles by Paul Gleye
159. Montana Karen - Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer
160. Montana Karen - Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman
161. Montana Karen - The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
162. Montana Karen - Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer
163. Montana Karen - Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton by Sara Wheeler
164. Montana Karen - Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
165. Montana Karen - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
166 .Montana Karen - The Pope's Last Crusade: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler by Peter Eisner
167. Montana Karen - The Gold of Exodus by Howard Blumm
168. Amazon - The Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky
169. Costco - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
170. Montana Karen - Books on Fire by Lucien X Polastron
171. Jan - The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
172. Jan - Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger
173. Jan - This America by Jill Lepore
174. Peggy - The Pope Who Quit by Jon M. Sweeney
175. Peggy - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
176. Peggy - The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
177. Amazon - The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths
178. Thrift Shop - Pride by Ibi Zoboi
179. Thrift Shop - Jane Austen & The State by Mary Evans
180. Thrift Shop - Infinitesimal by Amir Alexander
181. Thrift Shop - Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger
182. Thrift Shop - The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
183. Habitat - Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
184. BookMooch - The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick
185. BookMooch - The Ice Princes by Camilla Lackberg

186. FoL book sort book - Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels
187. Amazon - The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths Kindle
188. Bookmooch - Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
189. Amazon - The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths - hardcover
190. Amazon - The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
191. Book sort - freebie - The Book of the Dead by Preston & Child
192. Cole Park Thrift Shop - The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
193. Cole Park Thrift Shop - Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
194. Cole Park Thrift Shop - Portobello by Ruth Rendell
195. Cole Park Thrift Shop - Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
196. Amazon - Ruth's First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths Kindle short story
197. Amazon - The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
198. Amazon - The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
199. Book sort - freebie - The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe in One Volume
200. Circle City Books - The Western Star by Craig Johnson - trade paper to go with rest of my collection, offset by removing hardcover from catalog
201. Circle City Books - Slay Ridd by Dick Francis
202. Circle City Books - Proof by Dick Francis
203. Circle City Books - Risk by Dick Francis
204. Friend Sherry - Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

205. Amazon - A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
206. Amazon - Clear Springs by Bobbie Ann Mason
207. Amazon - Beloved by Toni Morrison
208. Amazon - The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier
209. Thrift Shop - Cemetary Dance by Preston & Child
210. Thrift Shop - The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
211. Thrift Shop - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
212. Amazon - The Frangipani Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu
213. FoL Fall Book Sale volunteer book - The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
214. FoL Fall Book Sale gift book - In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
215. FoL Fall Book Sale volunteer book - These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
216. Amazon - Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
217. Amazon - The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
218. FoL Fall Book Sale - This Simian World by Clarence Day
219. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Peking Man Is Missing by Claire Taschdjian
220. FoL Fall Book Sale - Free Reign by Rosemary Aubert
221. FoL Fall Book Sale - Unnatural Fire by Fidelis Morgan
222. FoL Fall Book Sale - Justice by Larry Watson
223. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Last Judgement by Iain Pears
224. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Last Basselope: One Ferocious Story by Berke Breathed
225. FoL Fall Book Sale - Southern Living Christmas in the Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking for the Holidays by Southern Living
226. FoL Fall Book Sale - Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten
227. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
228. FoL Fall Book Sale - God Is an Englishman by R.F. Delderfield
229. FoL Fall Book Sale - On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao by Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz
230. FoL Fall Book Sale - Night by Bernard Minier
231. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Chalon Heads by Barry Maitland
232. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Romeo Flag by Carolyn Hougan
233. FoL Fall Book Sale - Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry
234. FoL Fall Book Sale - Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu
235. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville by Shelby Foote
236. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote
237. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 3: Red River to Appomattox by Shelby Foote
238. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood
239. FoL Fall Book Sale - Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
240. FoL Fall Book Sale - Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
241. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After by Patricia C. Wrede
242. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Dry by Jane Harper
243. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Essential Art of War by Sun-Tzu Ping-Fa
244. FoL Fall Book Sale - The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and that other guy
245. FoL Fall Book Sale - Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely
246. FoL Fall Book Sale - A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
247. FoL Fall Book Sale - Little Bee by Chris Cleave
248. FoL Fall Book Sale - Incendiary by Chris Cleave
249. FoL Fall Book Sale - Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson
250. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Wasp Cookbook by Alexandra Wentworth
251. FoL Fall Book Sale - War with the Newts by Karel Capek
252. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
253. FoL Fall Book Sale - Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly
254. FoL Fall Book Sale - Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly
255. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
256. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell
257. FoL Fall Book Sale - Copper River by William Kent Krueger
258. FoL Fall Book Sale - Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
259. FoL Fall Book Sale - Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers by James F. Simon
260. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
261. FoL Fall Book Sale - December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith
262. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
263. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Witch Elm by Tana French
264. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Master by Colm Tóibín
265. FoL Fall Book Sale - Entry Island by Peter May
266. FoL Fall Book Sale - Tulipomania : The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash
267. FoL Fall Book Sale - My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
268. FoL Fall Book Sale - Mapmakers by John Noble Wilford
269. FoL Fall Book Sale - Open Season by C.J. Box
270. FoL Fall Book Sale - Sanditon, the Watsons, Miss by Jane Austen
271. FoL Fall Book Sale - Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount
272. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Horns of Ramadan by Arthur Train
273. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Adventures of Gerard by A. Conan Doyle
274. FoL Fall Book Sale - Lawrence of Arabia and his world by Richard Perceval Graves
275. FoL Fall Book Sale - Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
276. FoL Fall Book Sale - Dexter Is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay
277. FoL Fall Book Sale - Signal Loss by Garry Disher
278. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Son by Jo Nesbo
279. FoL Fall Book Sale - Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
280. FoL Fall Book Sale - Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic by David Howard
281. FoL Fall Book Sale - Raylan by Elmore Leonard
282. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Disappearance of Sherlock Holmes by Larry Millett
283. FoL Fall Book Sale - Darktown by Thomas Mullen
284. FoL Fall Book Sale - Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger
285. FoL Fall Book Sale - The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman
286. FoL Fall Book Sale - David O. Selznick's Hollywood by Ronald Haver
287. FoL Fall Book Sale - Kipling: A Selection of His Stories and Poems Volume I by John Beecroft
288. FoL Fall Book Sale - Kipling: A Selection of His Stories and Poems Volume II by John Beecroft
289. FoL Fall Book Sale - A Killer angels Companion by D. Scott Hartwig

290. Amazon - The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
291. Louise - Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
292. Louise - At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
293. LT Early Reviewers Program - Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates
294. Amazon - Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, audiobook
295. Amazon - Buddhism Plain & Simple by Steve Hagen
296. Book sort reject - creased covers and all pages, upper right - Descartes' Bones by Russell Shorto
297. Thrift Shop - The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
298. Jessica Adam - The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag

299. Amazon - Blue Moon by Lee Child
300. Friend Mark - Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
301. Book sort reject - The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
302. Book sort reject - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
303. Book sort reject - The Invisibles by Jesse J. Holland
304. Amazon - Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
305. Amazon - The Nicholas Blake Treasurey Volume 2 by Nicholas Blake
306. Amazon - Kindle - We of the Never-Never by Mrs. Aeneas Gunn - recommended by MissWatson

307. Bookmooch - The Vegetarian by Han Kang
308. Mark Dawson website - free download - Kindle 1000 Yards by Mark Dawson
309. Mark Dawson website - free download - Kindle Tarantula by Mark Dawson
310. Amazon - either anonymous gift or Ammie mistake - White Oleander by Janet Fitch
311. ? - Confessions of a Common Reader by Ann Fadiman
312. Cousin Rebecca and Family - The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

Edited: Nov 25, 2019, 12:45pm

Books culled goal: More than the 84 from last year.

The Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo:
1. The Bat - hardcover
2. Cockroaches - paperback
3. Cockroaches - audiobook
4. Nemesis - hardcover
5. The Devil's Star - paperback
6. Redeemer - paperback
7. The Snowman - hardcover
8. The Leopard - paperback
9. Phantom - hardcover
10. Police - paperback
11. The Redbreast - paperback

12. White Noise by Don DeLillo - started it, didn't like it
13. The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams
14. The Shimmering Stones of Winter's Light by Constance Walker
15. A Man without Breath by Philip Kerr
16. Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear
17. Betty-Anne's Helpful Household Hints by
18. Billy Budd by Coxe and Chapman
19. Death of a Greedy Woman by M.C. Beaton
20. Death of a Bore by M.C. Beaton
21. Death of a Charming Man by M.C. Beaton
22. Death of a Dentist by M.C. Beaton
23. Death of a Dreamer by M.C. Beaton
24. Death of a Dustman by M.C. Beaton
25. Death of a Gentle Lady by M.C. Beaton
26. Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
27. Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton
28. Death of a Prankster by M.C. Beaton
29. Death of a Scriptwriter by M.C. Beaton
30. Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton
31. Death of an Outsider by M.C. Beaton
32. Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens
33. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
34. Hard Courts by John Feinstein
35. In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches
36. Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley
37. Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
38. Summerland by Michael Chabon
39. Summerland -audiobook by Michael Chabon
40. Teach Yourself Beginner's Dutch by Gerdi Quist and Leslie Gilbert
41. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
42. The Appeal by John Grisham
43. The Case of the Deadly Toy by Erle Stanley Gardner
44. The Case of the Fan-Dancer's Horse by Erle Stanley Gardner
45. The Case of the Howling Dog by Erle Stanley Gardner
46. The Case of the Substitute Face by Erle Stanley Gardner
47. The Case of the Troubled Trustee by Erle Stanley Gardner
48. The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
49. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
50. The New Yorker Album 1925-1950 by
51. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
52. The Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enquist
53. You Can't Be Serious by John McEnroe
54. Fiddlers by Ed McBain
55. Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
56. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
57. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
58. With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
59. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
60. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
61. Crampton Hodnet by Barbara Pym
62. The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig
63. Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price
64. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
65. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by Daviud Wroblewski
66. The Pink Irish Rose by Hazel Rash Fleming
67. Bliss, Remembered by Frank DeFord
68. Grafton Square by Alfred J. Batty
69. Dandy Dutch Recipes by Mina Baker-Roelofs
70. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
71. The Cherry Blossom Corpse by Robert Barnard
72. The List of Seven by Mark Frost
73. Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke
74. Death of an Old Goat by Robert Barnard
75. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
76. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
77. The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig
78. The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig
79. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
80. The Skeleton in the Grass by Robert Branard
81. A City of Strangers by Robert Bernard
82. Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle
83. An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
84. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle


85. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
86. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
87. Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle
88. A Live Coal in the Sea by Madeleine L'Engle
89. Coffeemakers by Ambrogio Fumagalli
90. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
91. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer
92. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - re-culling
Joanna Brady series - won't read
93. Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance
94. Dead Wrong by J.A. Jance
95. Damage Control by J.A. Jance
96. Judgment Call by J.A. Jance
97. Desert Heat by J.A. Jance
98. Outlaw Mountain by J.A. Jance
99. Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson
100. Miss Julia Delivers the Goods by Ann B. Ross
101. Miss Julia Paints the Town by Ann B. Ross
102. Miss Julia Renews her Vows by Ann B. Ross
103. Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline
104. Career of Evil - culled damaged-box copy, kept one acquired in March
105. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers - old, worn out copy, replaced
106. Malice by Keigo Higashino - mailed to jnwelch
107. Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer - outdated
108. In Too Deep by Cherry Adair
109. Out of Sight by Cherry Adair
110. Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair
111. Hide and Seek by Cherry Adair
112. On Thin Ice by Cherry Adair
113. Edge of Fear by Cherry Adair
114. Edge of Darkness by Cherry Adair
115. Edge of Danger by Cherry Adair
116. Hot Ice by Cherry Adair
117. Hush by Cherry Adair
118. The Mercenary by Cherry Adair
119. White Heat by Cherry Adair
120. Night Fall by Cherry Adair
121. Night Shadow by Cherry Adair
122. Night Secrets by Cherry Adair
123. To the Limit by Cindy Gerard
124. Into the Dark by Cindy Gerard
125. To the Brink by Cindy Gerard
126. Under the Wire by Cindy Gerard
127. To the Edge by Cindy Gerard
128. Over the Line by Cindy Gerard
129. Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard
130. Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard
131. Whisper No Lies by Cindy Gerard
132. Feel the Heat by Cindy Gerard
133. Risk No Secrets by Cindy Gerard
134. With No Remorse by Cindy Gerard
135. Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel
136. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers, old, worn out copy, replaced
137. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
138. A Widow's Curse by Phillip DePoy
139. A Minister's Ghost by Phillip DePoy
140. The Drifter's Wheel by Phillip DePoy
141. A Garden of Vipers by Jack Kerley
142. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly
143. Numbered Account by Christopher Reich
144. A Calculated Risk by Katherine Neville
145. The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
146. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
147. Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich
148. The Witch's Grave by Phillip DePoy
149. The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley
150. The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley
151. Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
152. Blood Brother by Jack Kerley
153. The Devil's Hearth by Phillip DePoy
154. America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis - CDs - listened to, won't listen to again
155. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch - CDs
156. Cattus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin by Dr. Seuss, translated by Terentio Tunberg (gift to Peggy)
157. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - duplicate
158. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
159. The Killing of Karen Silkwood by Richard Rashke
160. A Gentleman's Mistress by Mary Brendan
161. Suddenly by Candace Camp
162. A Stolen Heart by Candace Camp
163. Secrets Of The Heart by Candace Camp
164. The Hidden Heart by Candace Camp
165. The Marriage Wager by Candace Camp
166. Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase
167. The Lion's Daughter by Loretta Chase
168. Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase
169. Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase
170. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
171. With All My Heart by Jo Goodman
172. My Reckless Heart by Jo Goodman
173. All I Ever Needed by Jo Goodman
174. One Forbidden Evening by Jo Goodman
175. Everything I Ever Wanted by Jo Goodman
176. Let Me Be The One by Jo Goodman
177. My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman
178. Beyond A Wicked Kiss by Jo Goodman
179. Lucky's Lady by Tami Hoag
180. Crazy Sweet by Tara Janzen
181. Crazy Love by Tara Janzen
182. Reap the Wind by Iris Johansen
183. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas
184. Autumn Lover by Elizabeth Lowell
185. The Legacy of the Rose by Kasey Michaels
186. My Beloved by Karen Ranney
187. The Rescue by Suzanne Robinson
188. Annalise by Libby Sydes
189. Whisper His Name by Elizabeth Thornton
190. Velvet Is The Night by Elizabeth Thornton
191. You Only Love Twice by Elizabeth Thornton
192. Strangers at Dawn by Elizabeth Thornton
193. Love Only Once by Johanna Lindsey
194. Love Me Forever by Johanna Lindsey
195. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz - audiobook
196. Innocence by Dean Koontz - audiobook
197. John Adams by David McCullough - audiobook
198. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine - audiobook
199. No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life by Robert Soloman - audiobook
200. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson - audiobook
201. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd - audiobook
202. Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen - audiobook
203. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad - audiobook
204. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough - audiobook
205. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - audiobook
206. The History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons - audiobook
207. The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh - audiobook
208. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - audiobook
209. The Rathbones by Janice Clark - audiobook
210. Transmission by Hari Kunzru - audiobook
211. West With the Night by Beryl Markhan - audiobook
212. Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
213. A Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling
214. Against the Tide of Years by S.M. Stirling
215. On the Oceans of Eternity by S.M. Stirling
216. The Peshawar Lancers by S.M. Stirling
217. Conquistador: A Novel of Alternate History by S.M. Stirling
218. The Protector's War: A Novel of the Change by S.M. Stirling
219. The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling
220. The Western Star by Craig Johnson replaced wit trade paperback to match rest of series
221. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
222. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
223. Foods that Hal by Maureen Salaman
224. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
225. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Will never read it, will never watch the series.
226. West with the Night by Beryl Markham
227. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
228. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
229. Virginia Woolf: A Biography by Quentin Bell
230. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
231. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer - mass market paperback
232. A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King
233. Pirate King by Laurie R. King
234. Sanditon by Jane Austen - upgraded to a better copy
235. Britt-Marie was here by Fredrik Backman
236. My Grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry by Fredrik Backman
237. S. by John Updike
238. Terrorist by John Updike
239. Licks of Love by John Updike
240. The Bird Songs Anthology by Lee Beletsky
241. Memoirs of a Russian Lady: Drawings and Tales of Life Before the Revolution by Mariamna Davydoff
242. A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King - gift for friend Karen
243. Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
244. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
245. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
246. Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King
247. Merlin by Norma Lorre Goodrich
248. King Arthur by Norma Lorre Goodrich
249. Dead in the Scrub by B.J. Oliphant
250. The Witch Elm by Tana French
251. A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
252. An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
253. Cutting Edge edited by Joyce Carol Oates

Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 9:41pm

Statistics Through October 31

86 books read
7 books abandoned, 684 pages
1 standalone short story
26016 pages read
76 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 86
Avg pages read per month, YTD = 2602
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 303
Avg rating of all books read, YTD= 3.99
Month-end TBR (incl started) 2198

Male 33%
Female 67%

Living 67%
Dead 33%

US Born 37%
Foreign Born 63%

Hardcover 40%
Trade Pback 33%
Mass Market 16%
Audiobook 5%
e-Book 7%

My Library 85%
Library or Other 15%

Re-read 28%
Series 58%

Fiction 90%
NonFiction 10%

Author Birth Country
Australia 3%
England 53%
France 1%
Israel 1%
Japan 1%
Nigeria 1%
US 38%

Original Decade Published
1920-1929 5%
1930-1939 10%
1940-1949 1%
1950-1959 1%
1960-1969 5%
1970-1979 5%
1980-1989 2%
1990-1999 10%
2000-2009 9%
2010-2019 51%

Biography 2%
Essays 1%
Fiction 15%
Graphic Novel 1%
Historical Fiction 2%
History 5%
Humor 1%
Linguistics 1%
Memoir 1%
Mystery 56%
Romance 1%
Speculative Fiction 8%
Thriller 3%
YA 1%

Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 9:42pm

Welcome! Next message is yours.

Nov 13, 2019, 9:43pm

Mine! All mine!

Happy new thread!

Nov 13, 2019, 9:58pm

>6 karenmarie: I couldn't figure why the thread wasn't loading! Oh - new thread!! Ha ha ha...
I see Hobbes and Calvin are still boogying around. ;)

Edited: Nov 13, 2019, 10:09pm

I'm fourth! ETA: I mean third!

Nov 13, 2019, 10:53pm

Ha! I made a thread! :)

Nov 13, 2019, 11:20pm

Yay for late-night check-ins! Happy twelfth.

Nov 14, 2019, 7:00am

Morning, Karen. Happy New Thread! I hope you have another day of puttering and reading. Yep, I am jealous.

Nov 14, 2019, 7:41am

Happy new thread!

Nov 14, 2019, 8:45am

Happy new thread!

Nov 14, 2019, 9:04am

>7 quondame: Yay, Susan. And for being first, a star of the natural world.

Nov 14, 2019, 9:07am

Happy new thread!

Nov 14, 2019, 9:11am

>8 SandyAMcPherson: Yes, Calvin and Hobbes are still boogying. I’ll have to find some other exuberant happy dance for 2020, having used Snoopy last year.

>9 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel!

>10 nittnut: Hi Jenn! I'm already getting excited about our December meet up with Peggy.

>11 richardderus: Thanks! *smooch* from your own Horrible

>12 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Mostly puttering and reading – I do have to get the kitchen perfect so that when the Jenn Aire repairman comes back with the new porcelain striker for the right front burner and the bulb or light housing for my oven I won’t be embarrassed. Not that he’ll care, but I will. It will be your turn sooner than you think. I remember being jealous and al of a sudden it was my turn.

>13 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley!

>14 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita!

Nov 14, 2019, 9:12am

Happy new thread, Karen!

Nov 14, 2019, 10:41am

Another thread! Congratulations.

Nov 14, 2019, 10:54am

>18 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie! The best part about a new thread, above and beyond the pleasure I derive from finding pics that I don't even remember having here at the house is that people come to visit. Visitors give me great joy.

>19 ffortsa: Thanks, Judy. I'll probably end up with 13, in which case it will be 3 years in a row.

I'm reading about chocolate in Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik. The chapter is absolutely fascinating. I did not realize that when the cocoa pods are chopped down they need to ferment before being able to be processed. And converting bitter cocoa into addictive chocolate is an amazing chemical process.

Nov 14, 2019, 11:04am

Aha! My library had the Kindle version of Stuff Matters available. Makes life SOO easy.

Nov 14, 2019, 11:20am

I'm so glad you have gotten hold of Stuff Matters, Judy - I just came back here to my thread to share the last paragraph of the chocolate chapter:
Personally, I eat chocolate obsessively every afternoon and every night. Whether this is down to the brainwashing I received watching Flake adverts or a psychophysical addiction, or sexual repression due to a Northern European upbringing, I am not sure. I prefer to think it's because I truly appreciate that chocolate is one of our greatest engineering creations. It is certainly no less remarkable and technically sophisticated than concrete or steel. Through sheer ingenuity, we have found a way to turn an unpromising tropical rainforest nut that tastes revolting into a cold, dark, brittle solid designed for one purpose only: to melt in your mouth, flood your senses with warm, fragrant, bittersweet flavors, and ignite the pleasure centers of the brain. Despte our scientific understanding, words or formulae are not enough to describe it. It is as close as we get, I would say, to a material poem, as complex and beautiful as a sonnet. Which is why the Linnaean name for the stuff, theobroma, is so appropriate. It means "the food of the gods."

The next chapter is foam. *smile*

Nov 14, 2019, 2:03pm

>17 karenmarie:, I saved some dancing illustrations for e-cards awhile ago. Would be happy to share but hate to post them to member's walls. We're so restricted (I've discovered) in posting comments.
I could e-mail them, if you want some vintage sort of illustrations.

Edited: Nov 14, 2019, 3:21pm

Thanks, Sandy, I'd love to have them! I just PM'd you my e-mail address.

Nov 14, 2019, 3:20pm

$264.98 to replace an oven light bulb and a burner assembly. Oh well, at least now my stove is fully functional again. I can see in the oven to check on things baking and don't need to use a utility lighter to light the burner.

Nov 14, 2019, 3:40pm

>22 karenmarie: Chocolate, about which, there is no praise adequate!

>25 karenmarie: We are such hostages to our equipment (and pets). One reason I hesitated so long before getting a smart phone was that I knew it meant a lumpy expense every few years, and that if I was lucky and didn't break it every few months. But being stranded with a crashed car because the people at Auto Club can no longer figure locations from dazed instructions, convinced me that it was indeed necessary.

Nov 14, 2019, 4:20pm

Happy new thread, Karen!

>25 karenmarie: Ouch! At least it is working again.

Nov 14, 2019, 4:31pm

Hi Karen my dear, happy new thread dear friend.

Nov 14, 2019, 8:19pm

>26 quondame: Chocolate is one of my favorite things, but I haven't had any in 2 months - trying to cut out sugar. Sigh. I am looking forward to pies on Thanksgiving and some treats at Christmas - including the best chocolates in the world, See's Dark Chocolates. My sister, bless her generous heart, always sends us one pound of custom mix each. I always remind her of our order. Mine's all dark chocolate, Bill's is always milk chocolate, and Jenna likes some of each.

Technology does have us ensorcelled. I'm sitting here at my laptop computer, with my smart phone less than a foot away in case daughter or sister texts. Bill got me a cell phone, only a flip phone at the time, when Jenna was little so I could make emergency calls in the wilds of rural NC if I had to. Now I am twitchy if I accidentally leave it at home. It would be nice if we could manage technology, but I'm afraid it's really managing us.

>27 FAMeulstee: Yes. I showed Bill that the burner and oven light both worked properly again. He didn't ask how much it cost, fortunately, but after snarling a bit he would have just shrugged his shoulders anyway - it was necessary.

>28 johnsimpson: Hi John! I need to visit you - thank for new thread wishes. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

Bill and I just finished watching the first season of Doctor Foster on Nextflix. Absolutely stunning.

Nov 14, 2019, 8:44pm

The first season of Dr. Foster was amazing. Let me know what you think of season two Karen.

Happy new thread.

Nov 14, 2019, 8:44pm

Nov 14, 2019, 9:46pm

Very bad no good day. Go look at my Facebook wall. So to speak.


Nov 15, 2019, 7:03am

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. I had to take the day off for a doctor's appointment. I have been having shoulder issues. You asked me if I was still using pepper suet. I do, but not currently. It is more expensive, so I wait for a sale. It definitely works. Inching closer to 40F today. A bit better.

Nov 15, 2019, 7:33am

>30 brenzi: Hi Bonnie. Agreed. Suspenseful and had us guessing in the first couple of episodes whether he was actually having an affair or not. So well done and suspenseful. We will probably start season 2 tonight.

>31 SandyAMcPherson: Thank you Sandy!

>32 richardderus: Yikes. At least you were able to get your artwork to safety. It looks a right mess and I hope it gets back to normal very soon. *smooch*

>33 msf59: Hi Mark! I’m very sorry to hear about your shoulder issues and hope that the doctor visit is productive. Is this related to the fall you took recently or shoulder issues in general?

Just checked out the pepper suet – it is definitely more expensive for sure. Louise was complaining yesterday about the squirrels getting to her bird feeders and coming on to the deck to get the pan of sunflower seeds she leaves out. She tries to chase them away but they always return. As we were talking she had a hawk land on her deck rail, which chased the birds away, of course. Then the squirrel came back and she said that hawks are never there when you want them. I didn’t laugh when on the phone with her, but had to laugh after.

Nov 15, 2019, 7:46am

Here you are moving on. Happy New Thread to you, dear Karen, on this my mama's 98th birthday!

Edited: Nov 15, 2019, 7:58am

Hi Peggy, and thank you. I hope you have a good day with your mama on her 98th birthday.

I'm looking forward to coming down there with Jenn for our meet up on December 5th!!!

Before then, though, it looks like there will be 10 of us, possibly 11, for Thanksgiving. I love having a houseful.

Nov 15, 2019, 9:40am

Happy Friday Karen!

Nov 15, 2019, 9:47am

Thanks, Rachel! I hope your day has started well.

Nov 15, 2019, 9:53am

It has! Except for M hurting my feelings a little bit, as I described on my thread. I should have a relaxing day cleaning up a bit and reading.

Nov 15, 2019, 4:15pm

Happy new thread, Karen. You're almost even with books acquired and books culled! That's always my goal, never yet attained.

Nov 15, 2019, 6:03pm

Happy new thread, Karen!

Nov 15, 2019, 8:32pm

>39 The_Hibernator: Sorry about M hurting your feelings and hope the rest of your day has gone well.

>40 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! 305 acquired, 248 culled. There are quite a few books I will be culling, before the end of the year, I hope. I'd like to end up with it 1:1.

>41 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella.

Nov 15, 2019, 8:38pm

Happy new thread, Karen! I am amazed both at the number of your acquisitions AND the number of culls. Must have something to do with being part of those big library sales!

Nov 15, 2019, 8:43pm

Happy new thread, Karen.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nov 15, 2019, 9:04pm

Well, I guess when my computer froze, it zeroed out my post here. Happy new thread, Karen!

Nov 15, 2019, 11:49pm

>40 BLBera: I've never come close, Karen and Beth, even factoring in "books read." I guess one day the house will explode with books, taking us with it. DH might disagree, but I can think of worse ways to go.....
We had a great day, Karen, but I am SO looking forward to the 5th!

Nov 16, 2019, 6:42am

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Yes, my shoulder issues, are related to the fall, I took 2 weeks ago. I am going to first try meds and PT and see how that goes. At least, it doesn't look serious at this point. Let me know if you are going to try the pepper suet.

Nov 16, 2019, 8:13am

>43 ronincats: Thanks, Roni. It absolutely has to do with the book sales, although 2018 was also the year my friend Karen sent me home with duplicates from her library. Book sale-wise, I acquire way too many in the spring and fall. It’s gotten worse since I became Treasurer of the Friends – now I’m always there all 3 days and not busy all the time. It is easy to wander around and find a book here and there and put them in a bag with my name on it in the book park. I buy whatever I’ve found at the end of each day.

Have you ever looked at your Stats/Memes? There’s lots of interesting info there, including month of entry with a horizontal green bar and number entered that month.

>44 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. I hope your weekend is going well with Hani back and your books surrounding you.

>45 ronincats: Computers do occasionally do what they want rather than what we want. *smile*

>46 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. I’ve become shamelessly self-indulgent since we moved into this house. Books acquired = 110% of shelf space. When we built this house in 1998 we sacrificed a bedroom by taking out the closet and putting in two walls of floor-to-ceiling book shelves. When we changed the Sun Porch (which we never used) into the Sunroom, Bill had friend and neighbor Larry build a half-wall of floor-to-ceiling shelves. A few years later he had him do the other half of the wall, with a shelf across the top uniting them. And now that I’ve taken over Jenna’s playroom and renamed it to my Retreat, I’ve got that additional 60 linear feet. Those shelves are about 18" deep, and since I keep books read there, I double-and triple-shelve them. That's let me keep my unread books in the Library and Sunroom single-shelved so every title is visible. I've got 130 books on the little yellow table in the Sunroom tagged to-be-shelved, and have been eyeing one of the recessed book shelves in Bill’s Media Room, which he doesn’t use any more, for those books. I just haven’t done it yet.

I hope some of the fallout wafts over my house if your house explodes with books…

I’m glad you had a great day for your mama’s 98th birthday. The 5th will be lots of fun.

>47 msf59: ‘Morning and happy Saturday to you, too, Mark. I hope the meds and PT work, glad it’s apparently not too serious.

At the risk of goading the Squirrels into taking on a challenge, I don’t need pepper suet because they absolutely cannot get to my suet feeder. It’s on our “Squirrel Stopper SQC05 Black Squirrel Stopper Pole and Baffle Set”, which, even though it’s set under trees, isn’t close enough to any tree or branch for a squirrel to jump directly on the suet feeder itself.

I just searched ‘squirrel-proof suet feeders’ on Amazon and just discovered that in addition to squirrel-proof poles and bird feeders, Brome makes a squirrel-proof suet feeder. It holds 2 cakes. It isn’t cheap, but may be a good solution for you.

Squirrel-Proof Suet Feeder

Today will be a normal errand day. I'm getting a bit antsy just reading short story or short story-equivalent books (Stuff Matters and Olive, Again) and this general unease confirms that short stories don't really cut it for me. I've just pulled a fiction and a nonfiction - let's see if either or both work out.

Edited: Nov 16, 2019, 8:54am

Test of junk drawer photos. SandyAMcPherson says on Roni's thread that you can delete a photo from your junk drawer and it still shows up in threads. Here's a junk drawer photo:

We'll see if it's still here after I delete it from my junk drawer.

eta - deleted from my junk drawer, and signed out and back in. It's still here so far...

Nov 16, 2019, 8:55am

Happy new one, Karen. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Nov 16, 2019, 9:00am

>48 karenmarie: I have shelf envy, Karen although my dad has made me some beautiful shelves. I just wish I had a dedicated space for them.

Nov 16, 2019, 9:33am

>48 karenmarie: I really enjoyed your link to the Brome Squirrel Buster. As you say, expensive but worth it given the problem with urban squirrels.

>49 karenmarie:, I can still see your image (I had to look up what the heck a horcrux was/is...) *grin*

I long since deleted these images from my junk drawer (thread #6, #68 and all the book covers I've discussed) but they are still on my thread (even when I am not logged in). Maybe I'm fooling myself, though and no one else can see them?

Nov 16, 2019, 9:34am

>50 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! So far so good - coffee, LT, books. Errands in a while, including the rare indulgence of pizza for lunch.

>51 BLBera: I realize how fortunate I am, Beth. My husband knows how much I love books and reading. What a precious thing to have - something made for you by your dad. I didn't have a make-things dad, alas.

Nov 16, 2019, 9:41am

>49 karenmarie: interesting. And here I drop things on my blog or Facebook in order to get them over here. My friends on FB probably wonder why I post stuff sometimes. lol.

Nov 16, 2019, 9:49am

There's a very slim chance that we'll be neighbors! I spoke with HR about transferring to other offices, and one of the places they listed was Raleigh. The job wasn't particularly exciting, but it would allow me to get to my brother pretty quickly if anything went South with him. Plus, there are a ton of options in the Dallas metro area, in Manhattan, and Tennessee.

Much love.

Nov 16, 2019, 10:05am

>54 The_Hibernator: Since I don't have a blog and rarely use FB any more, LT's picture capability really appealed to me once I figured out how to upload pictures.

>55 SomeGuyInVirginia: Larry! Come to Raleigh! Pretty please. Dallas, Manhattan, Tennessee, all duds! You don't want to live there! You want to live near your brother and me. Parker votes for Raleigh too, I just know it.

Nov 16, 2019, 10:09am

He especially likes to do woodworking projects in the winter; he recently asked me if I needed more shelves (I do), but I don't have any room for them! I might have to juggle things around a bit...

Nov 16, 2019, 10:17am

It might be fun to try to figure out how to get more shelves, Beth.

Nov 16, 2019, 11:52am

*hmmff* Yeah, Raleigh is SO much better than Manhattan (25mi from me) suuure it is, mmm hmm

Hey Horrible, I still have skin attached as the scary, clanging pipes failed to burst and scald me to death. Not that I'd've placed money on that at 4 this morning. *sigh* I so don't like irregular interruptions to my schedule.

Nov 16, 2019, 1:29pm

Raleigh isn't particularly thrilling, RD, but being near ME is. We don't have as much theater and ballet, but we have some. *smile*

I lived in CT for 3 years and was in Manhattan a fair few times, mostly to see shows. I was also there once for business in 1977. It's okay but not really my thing. Mind you, I wouldn't turn down a vacation there, but I'm a homebody.

So glad you weren't scalded to death. I can understand not liking that kind of irregular interruption to your schedule.

Nov 17, 2019, 8:16am

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Wow! That Squirrel-Proof Suet Feeder looks amazing and effective. I will have to balance the cost. Thanks for sharing that. Funny, the last block of suet I put out, lasted exactly one day. Yikes!

Looks to be a very lazy day at home today. Looking forward to it.

Nov 17, 2019, 8:31am

^That Brome was 90 bucks. This one is $22 and I decided to go with it. Thanks for the nudge.

Nov 17, 2019, 8:40am

>60 karenmarie: *smooch*

Happy Sunday! Any Earth-shattering plans for the day?

Nov 17, 2019, 9:34am

'Morning, Mark and happy Sunday off to you. I hope you have a great day with a few of your favorite Bs.

I'm glad you're getting a squirrel-proof suet feeder. Let me know how it works out.

>63 richardderus: Hi RD! Making a pot of soup sometime today, watching the Panthers at 1, watching some Doctor Foster with Bill. I think we only have two episodes to go in season 2.

I just made brekkie for Bill - 3 over-easy eggs on 2 pieces of toast. I didn't get up 'til about 8:30 and haven't gotten through enough coffee yet to find food attractive.

Nov 17, 2019, 3:24pm

>22 karenmarie: Ooh, that sounds good, Karen. Stuff Matters goes onto the bottomless library wish list. Why their blurb talks about glass, elastics and paperclips when the chapter on chocolate would be the true enticement to read the book, I don't know.

Happy new thread!

Nov 17, 2019, 9:42pm

Good point Meg. Chocolate might be a better draw.

And, thank you re my new thread!

Nov 17, 2019, 9:57pm

I can't resist - she was having a serious attack of cute-i-tude.

Nov 18, 2019, 6:40am

Morning, Karen. I had a perfectly lazy day with the books yesterday. My Bears and your Panthers lost. Pffffftttt...Hope to start my PT tomorrow afternoon.

Nov 18, 2019, 6:49am

'Morning, Mark! Glad you had a lazy day with the books - I ended up watching almost as much of your Bears as my Panthers. I got disgusted with Carolina about halfway through the 2nd quarter and talked with my sister instead. I hope you have a good day and am glad to hear that you're starting PT so quickly.

Nov 18, 2019, 7:35am

>67 karenmarie: - So adorable! :-)

Nov 18, 2019, 8:20am

>70 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley!

Well, I had a rude shock Saturday when I truly realized that what I sloppily thought were all of Dorothy L. Sayers short stories (Lord Peter), didn't include the Montague Egg and other stories. I've got In the Teeth of the Evidence and Hangman's Holiday out now. 29 short stories to go. They're very good short stories, and I'm amazed at how much I remember of some of them.

Nov 18, 2019, 11:40am

Happy Kinda Sorta New Thread, Karen!

You make me want to re-read those Lord Peter Short Stories. Hmm.

>67 karenmarie: Ha! I can see why you couldn't resist. What a cutie!

You're reading Career of Evil, so you must've liked Silkworm, yes? I'm a fan of that series.

Nov 18, 2019, 1:16pm

Hi Joe, and thank you.

As far as short stories go, Sayers' are good. As a rule, and as you probably know from my wide publication of the fact, I don't like most short stories.

Thanks re Inara Starbuck. Currently she's an only kitty, but we're thinking of adding to the feline family at Christmas.

I just finished re-listening to The Silkworm and have brought out the Career of Evil audiobook. I may actually listen to some in the house today on my laptop.

Nov 18, 2019, 3:48pm

I'm back in my room...another round of plastering tomorrow.

Rob surprised me again! He came to surf (there's a storm off the coast) and was all pumped to get good waves. By the time he'd changed out of his wetsuit, he was so tired from six days' working that I had to send him home. Couldn't ask him to nap with me as I would've if the bedroom hadn't been being fixed.

But man, am I a lucky old bastard.

Nov 18, 2019, 6:16pm

Hi RD.

You are a lucky old bastard indeed. Give Rob my kind regards.

Nov 18, 2019, 7:46pm

>67 karenmarie: My cats do not like to be under the covers. I so wish I could get a pose with them "tucked in."

Edited: Nov 18, 2019, 8:58pm

Inara tucks herself in, Lori. I used to have a boy kitty named Magic who would sleep completely under the covers tucked into my right side.

I must say that I'm really enjoying The Witch Elm by Tana French. I bogged down on the Dublin Murder Squad after reading the first, excellent, In The Woods. For some reason this is absolutely hitting the spot. It offsets all the damned short stories I'm reading.

Nov 18, 2019, 9:34pm

"damned short stories" *gasp* the horror, the horror!

Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 6:59am

Morning, Karen. Glad you are enjoying The Witch Elm. I liked it well enough but she needs to start editing herself. These last few books have got long-winded, IMHO.

Damp and chilly here once again. Ugh! First PT session this afternoon. Looking forward to it.

ETA- Short story hater!!

Nov 19, 2019, 7:07am

'Morning Mark! We cross-posted. I hope your PT goes well.

It's not my theory, but I agree with it - word processing software has let writers write larger and larger books and editors don't rein them in. Some books irritate me with their length and clear lack of editing, but some reason I'm enjoying Toby's first-person account. I've just gotten to the discovery of the skull.

This morning is book sort team, possibly lunch with the group, then a few more errands in town, one of them being grocery shopping for all the non-perishable items for Thanksgiving. Turkey too, frozen, hoping to get a 20-lb big boy.

Not a short story hater as much as a short-story avoider usually. I'm in a weird vortex of short stories right now for some reason, if you count Olive, Again.

Nov 19, 2019, 7:17am

>80 karenmarie: Completely agree that a lot of writers today write books that are too long and should have been edited down. The same problem exists in the movie industry - far too many films are 2.5+ hours long now. There is not a single movie of 2+ hours that couldn't have at least a few minutes edited out.

Nov 19, 2019, 8:59am

>67 karenmarie: She is irresistible ;-)

Nov 19, 2019, 12:05pm

>80 karenmarie: Hi Horrible the Hater of Stories. I hope you had fun at the sorting beano and don't, oh I dunno, drop that turkey on your foot or something else that would make a *great* comeuppance short story.


Nov 19, 2019, 1:51pm

>81 PawsforThought: Hi Paws. I didn't think about films, so much.

>82 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita.

>83 richardderus: Hi RD! sorting was fun, saw lots of books I drooled over, but only borrowed two and got to keep one that was going to the thrift store anyway.

The short story I should write is the one where there were 11 of us for Thanksgiving in 2013, the turkey was 15 minutes from being ready to take out of the oven and Jenna said "Mom, why is the oven lock light on?" We couldn't unlock the oven until Bill had the bright idea of cutting off the circuit to the stove. By the time we got that all figured out the turkey came out perfectly. Jenna said she still remembers the expression on my face - one of horror - and I got a new stove out of it.

Speaking of ovens - the oven repair guy will be here in about 10 minutes to replace the push panel on my wall oven. They found one for my 21-year old wall oven and I'll be able to set the clock properly and use the timer again. More than that, I was afraid that the other controls - bake, clean, broil, temperature up/down - would stop working so it's totally worth it rather than have to buy a new one.

Nov 19, 2019, 1:55pm

>84 karenmarie: Ha! Talk about the cook/host's worst nightmare! Oh my gawd, I get palpitations even thinking about it.

I am so totally with you on the repair-not-replace of otherwise functional items. If it still works, replace the parts!

Nov 19, 2019, 2:33pm

Sad story. They brought the wrong part, but in taking the wall unit apart he made the sensitivity a bit better. Still charged me for a service call. I Am Not Happy.

But he came and went and now the rest of my afternoon is free. I won't ever use them again, you can bet on it.

Nov 19, 2019, 2:48pm

>80 karenmarie: >81 PawsforThought: I am convinced that about 60% of Children of Time, my almost finished current read, could have been edited out.

Nov 19, 2019, 4:26pm

That's an amazing percentage of unnecessary words, Susan.

I tend to abandon books that irritate me, and loosely written and/or verbal diarrhea are way up on my Abandon It list.

Nov 19, 2019, 4:52pm

>87 quondame: Urgh, sounds horrible. I would probably have abandoned that book fairly quickly.

Nov 19, 2019, 8:39pm

I ask this question of people all the time - Susan and Paws, do you abandon books or finish them regardless?

Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 10:11pm

>90 karenmarie: Mostly I abandon very early or read through. It is more specific content that causes me to abandon a book - total disregard for any plausibility within the genre framework.

Nov 19, 2019, 11:17pm

Just speaking.... You know that I'm not a lover of the short story form either. I confess that I was quickly sated when I read through the Sayers ones years and years ago.
I am so provincial. I didn't know that ovens could have a lock. (I hesitate to mention it, but maybe the appliance gods will miss the comment. We are still using the electric stove that was in the house when I moved in 49 years ago this December, and it was old then. DH has replaced elements, but it keeps right on going.)
As to abandoning books, I'm a weasel. I leave the book mark in and say to myself, "I'll get back to it." Sometimes I mean it.

Nov 20, 2019, 4:51am

>90 karenmarie: I'll abandon any book I'm not enjoying. Very rarely do I finish something if I don't like it. I don't want to waste my time reading somethign I don't like. Reading is supposed to be for pleasure - not pain.

Nov 20, 2019, 7:12am

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. I am enjoying the day off. Not much planned. I might slip away and see a matinee, since it is damp and cool again. Meeting Bree for dinner later. PT went well. I go again tomorrow.

Nov 20, 2019, 7:58am

>91 quondame: Sort of all or nothing. Gotcha.

>92 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! The appliance gods are still hovering around here, upset on my behalf because of yesterday. First world problem, but mine own.

The oven lock is there for the self-cleaning feature. You have a Genuine Antique Oven there Peggy.

I always used to keep a book if I abandoned it, now I’m getting rid of ones that I can honestly say I won’t ever come back to. Speaking of book marks in abandoned books – I’ve learned at book sorting for the FoL that people leave all sorts of things in books. I haven’t found any money yet, drat, but I’ve found book marks, boarding passes, receipts, notes about the book, etc. More frequently than I would have thought, I find the front flap of a dust jacket used for a book mark.

>93 PawsforThought: I’m with you, Paws.

>94 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark, and happy Wednesday to you. Yay for your day off with nothing much planned. Those kind of days are lots of fun. Have fun with Bree, glad PT went well.

I was jazzed yesterday - got a 19.8 lb turkey for Thanksgiving.

These are the books I’ve abandoned this year, with the number of pages read and reason.

Octavia Butler’s Kindred, gn by Damian Duffy & John Jennings, 90 pages, final confirmation that I do not like gns. Library book.
Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle, 24 pages, I did not care about Sandy and Dennys's story and do not care about any more of L'Engle's fiction. Culled.
77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz, audiobook, disc 2, couldn't keep track of the characters and got bored. Culled.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 234 pages, with the best intentions in the world, I always felt like this book was homework. Back on the shelves. It's such a lovely edition, published in English for the market in India. Price in rupees.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, 262 pages, not in the right frame of mind for it. Back on the shelves.
A Better Man by Louise Penny , 52 pages, the terrible and chaotic writing became too painful. Friend Rhoda.
A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua, 22 pages, not the right frame of mind for it. Back on the shelves.

Haircut at 2. Nothing else planned.

Nov 20, 2019, 8:16am

Hi Horrible! I need to get back to cataloging my Pearl Rules. There have been many in the past month or so but the reasons I Pearl Ruled them were almost exclusively EXternal so I've been holding off on official declarations of DNFdom. INternal reasons, ones related to the read and its effects on me, haven't happened as much this year as usual. Another sign of what a stellar year this has been reading-wise.

Nov 20, 2019, 8:35am

I am trying to "let" myself abandon books that aren't engaging me. That's the main reason I put something aside. I am rarely offended by content or anything like that, but if I find myself *not* wanting to pick the book up to read more, I have a serious conversation with myself about just letting it go. It's been getting easier, and I think I've abandoned about 12 books this year...

Nov 20, 2019, 9:34am

I've only abandoned 3 this year, but I should have abandoned about 3 others.

Nov 20, 2019, 9:34am

I used to be the person who felt like a quitter if I didn't finish a book I started, even if it was torture to read it. Then I joined bookcrossing, and realized that I didn't have enough years left in my life to read everything I wanted to read (truer, the older I get!), so I decided that mindset was no longer valid for me. I set myself a rule: 50 pages or one week, whichever came first, and if I wasn't enjoying a book by then, I moved on to something else. I still mostly abide by that but not always. Sometimes (like this year!), real life just gets in the way and I have to make exceptions. But still, I no longer have those old issues of abandoning a book if it isn't holding my interest. I want to love my reading experiences and have learned to give myself a break. Not *everything* is for me, and what is, changes with my mood and with what's going on in my life at any given moment.

Nov 20, 2019, 10:09am

>96 richardderus: Hi RDear! So glad you don’t have (m)any internal DNFs. A stellar reading year is wonderful, isn’t it?

>97 katiekrug: Yay for abandoning 12 books so far this year, Katie. It takes great strength to let go of the idea that a book might get better – very few do once there’s something in it that isn’t appealing.

>98 thornton37814: Hi Lori! Awareness is a start. *smile*

>99 jessibud2: Sounds like you’ve found a rule that works, Shelley, even if you don’t always follow it. When I’m stressed I usually re-read my favorite authors – Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie.

Karen's Reading Rule: "If for any reason you don't want to continue reading a book, put it down. You may keep it, get rid of it, re-start it, never finish it, finish it from where you left off, but put it down." A different way of saying it is that I abandon books with glee, because there is always another book that will appeal.

Nov 20, 2019, 5:05pm

I'm getting antsy. Keyed up. Books sale on Saturday. Almost stopped at Goodwill to see what they have, just a take the edge off.

Nov 20, 2019, 6:01pm

I can totally relate to that pre-book-buying tension, hoping that you'll find so many wonderful books that you'll need to rent a U-Haul. Anticipation is half the pleasure..

Nov 20, 2019, 6:58pm

I very rarely abandon a book, I think I abandoned 2 books in the last 10 years. If the book doesn't start well, I am always hoping it will get better if I read on. And I am incurable curious ;-)

Nov 20, 2019, 9:12pm

That's amazing, Anita. Brava. Of course, you're such a fast reader that you can get through anything in a couple of days, too.

Nov 20, 2019, 10:45pm

>99 jessibud2: I loved reading this comment. I appreciated others as well, all of them insightful and helpful.
But Shelley's saying, "I want to love my reading experiences..." is really resonating with me in a way that I needed.

I was left with wondering how "bookcrossing" helped with deciding to consign a book to the DNF-graveyard?

Nov 20, 2019, 11:36pm

I have to say that I'm in a weird place with my reading right now. Nothing attracts but less than admirable books that I've read before. I hope that when I finish the current Tepper and R. Jordan that I'll be able to pick up the new-to-me ones that I really (somewhere in my sub-conscious) want to read. OTOH, I am enjoying The Comforts of Home, and I think that is due to your influence, so thank you, Karen.

Nov 21, 2019, 6:11am

>105 SandyAMcPherson: Hi Sandy!

>106 LizzieD: Glad you are enjoying TCoH, Peggy. I hope you get to an un-weird place with your reading soon. I know that I get terribly stressed when I'm not reading something that truly appeals.

Well, here I am, 6:08 a.m., awake and just taking first sips of coffee. At least it wasn't to an alarm. Still pitch black out, Bill's not even awake yet.

Today's my monthly massage. If I could afford it, I'd get one every week.

Nov 21, 2019, 6:31am

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. Enjoy that massage. I am way overdue. I did get my new suet feeder yesterday, but it came in late. Hopefully I get set it up today. It is a double-sided one.

Like, Anita, I also rarely abandon a book. Not sure if I have this year. Maybe, if an audiobook narrator is getting on my nerves.

Nov 21, 2019, 6:50am

'Morning to you, Mark! Oh, I will - it's an hour and a half, peaceful, sometimes painful as she finds knots and adhesions.

Yay for your new suet feeder - I hope you get a chance to set it up. Pic please, either here or on your own thread, once it's up?

Audiobook narrators make or break it for me. And, except for Roses Pritchard's narration of To Kill a Mockingbird, I can't think of a single female narrator I've truly enjoyed.

Nov 21, 2019, 1:11pm

Happy massaging Thursday! Hope it was a good experience.


Nov 21, 2019, 1:28pm

It was fantastic. *smooch* back from your own Horrible

Nov 21, 2019, 2:01pm

Hi, Karen. Glad the massage was good. I could use one myself.

I don't often consciously abandon books, but I do drift away from them, especially if they are non-fiction and even more if they are on my Kindle list, as other books, games, email, etc are right at hand on my tablet. But right now, I don't seem to be reading much of anything. I did go through an edition of a New Yorker from many years ago that was so good I was glad I missed it the first time. But I've also been listening to Sapiens as if it were new to me, when I see I read and reviewed it in February! Uh oh. It's a bit of a weird time.

Nov 21, 2019, 8:11pm

Judy, you should make it so! Massages are good mental and physical health.

Sorry it's a weird reading time for you. I hope you find a perfect book soon.

Nov 21, 2019, 8:35pm

Jealous of your massage. I could like one every now and then.

I finished The Master and Margarita, including the commentary and afterword. Parts of it are over the top, much of it is obscure as to the author's intended meaning, but on the whole, it's good reading. Just going to take time and musing, and likely a second reading to enhance the understanding. (Oh, sure.)

Anyway, I've been putting effort into reporting on more of the books I've read. Digging into ...Tristram Shandy once again. Past the halfway point.

>102 karenmarie: Renting a U-Haul certainly runs counter to the economics of library-sale purchasing. I could go in the pickup, but it's supposed to be raining. The Forester will have to do.

Nov 21, 2019, 10:11pm

*wave* I am fiercely protecting our day to visit Peggy! So looking forward to it.

Nov 21, 2019, 11:52pm

YAY Jenn and Karen!!!!!
I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 22, 2019, 6:39am

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Pt went well. I am glad I am not sore. It was a bit more aggressive. I have plenty of exercises to do at home, now too. Did not get a chance to put up the suet feeder. Hopefully today.

Nov 22, 2019, 8:29am

>114 weird_O: Hi Bill! There are different types of massage. Sheri calls the type she practices therapeutic massage because she doesn’t adhere to a specific protocol, but basically it’s a form of Active Release Techniques, a form of deep tissue manipulation. Some of it’s relaxing, some of it’s painful, all of it’s good. I'm sure a massage would be good for you.

I’ve got Tristram Shandy on my shelves, just waiting for the right time … or year. I’d forgotten I had it.

Fill the Forester!

>115 nittnut: I’m sure there’s lots of pressure for you to do other things, Jenn, you’ve always got so much going on. We appreciate your efforts in protecting our meet up day.

>116 LizzieD: Well, Peggy, you’re not looking forward to our visit at all, are you? *smile*

>117 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark, and happy Friday to you, too. Glad PT is going well so far.

Coffee in hand, a bit of reading in a bit. Some Fol check writing and deposit prep, and I’ve got a 1 p.m. meeting with FoL President and potential Wild Apricot implementer Emily. Prez Pete loaded our data in February, we paid, and now we’re basically not doing anything with it.

Nov 22, 2019, 10:04am

Hi Karen! Hope you're having a lovely day.

Nov 22, 2019, 10:18am

Just now recognizing the parallels between Laurence Sterne's narrative thread and my own penchant for straying off point because I feel the need to give the backstory on this element and that person.

Nov 22, 2019, 11:29am

>119 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Far so good - coffee, brekkie, FoL checks written, going to prepare deposit. Listening to NPR, always good. I hope you're having a good day too!

>120 weird_O: Self-awareness is always good, Bill! Hope you're having a good day.

Nov 22, 2019, 3:23pm

>120 weird_O: Thanks for the warning, Bill! I've had an illustrated fine print of Tristram on my shelf for decades. I'll have to wait until I have a break from my friends who have that same discursive energy. Have fun buying books.

Nov 22, 2019, 4:03pm

I'm beginning to realize, Judy, that fine print books are not working very well for me any more. I don't need large print, but still. A tad disconcerting.

Nov 23, 2019, 7:09am

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. Getting ready to shove off. I did get the new suet feeder up. It looks great. I'll post a photo.

Nov 23, 2019, 7:57am

>114 weird_O: & >118 karenmarie: That is one on my bucket list to read, and I digress.......have a lovely weekend, Karen.

Nov 23, 2019, 8:01am

>124 msf59: Happy Saturday to you, too, Mark! Yay for the new suet feeder. I hope your work day goes well.

>125 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! Thank you. Yours is already half over and I hope it's a good one so far.

Today is a normal errands day. We're looking at a high of 54, with rain starting around lunchtime. We'll probably get a bit wet.

Nov 23, 2019, 8:10am

>126 karenmarie: Finally close to finishing a book and then I go and leave it in the car after lending the car to my sister-in-law until tomorrow evening!

Nov 23, 2019, 9:09am

That's high on my list of frustrations - leaving a book I need somewhere I can't get to it quickly. At least you should be able to finish it this month.

Nov 23, 2019, 9:11am

>128 karenmarie: I am thankful at least that Yabo, my sister-in-law, is a careful driver!

Nov 23, 2019, 9:23am

>129 PaulCranswick: Then I'm sure you'll get both your car AND book back safely.

Nov 23, 2019, 9:33am

Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 3:00pm

95. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
11/12/19 to 11/23/19

From Amazon:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions.

“Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith, The Guardian

“Just as wonderful as the original . . . Olive, Again poignantly reminds us that empathy, a requirement for love, helps make life ‘not unhappy.’”—NPR

NAMED ONE OF FALL’S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS BY People • Time • Entertainment Weekly • Vanity Fair • BuzzFeed • Vogue • USA Today • The Seattle Times • HuffPost • Newsday • Vulture • Bustle • Vox • PopSugar • Good Housekeeping • LitHub • Book Riot

Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us—in Strout’s words—“to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can.”

Praise for Olive, Again

“Olive is a brilliant creation not only because of her eternal cantankerousness but because she’s as brutally candid with herself about her shortcomings as she is with others. Her honesty makes people strangely willing to confide in her, and the raw power of Ms. Strout’s writing comes from these unvarnished exchanges, in which characters reveal themselves in all of their sadness and badness and confusion. . . . The great, terrible mess of living is spilled out across the pages of this moving book. Ms. Strout may not have any answers for it, but she isn’t afraid of it either.”—The Wall Street Journal

Why I wanted to read it: I loved Olive Kitteridge and wondered if the second book could be as good.

It is.

For some reason Olive appeals to me. In many ways she’s clueless, but she eventually figures out that she should have done something differently or that she hurt someone. If she can address it, she does. How many of us are that brutally honest and willing to be rebuffed?

And she just keeps plugging away, writing her memoir on a typewriter, getting Depends when she needs them, apologizing to the husband of a woman who just died for how she treated the woman the first time they met.

She misses Henry, she misses Jack, she’s glad that her son is still talking to her. Simple pleasures, health issues, fond memories, sad memories.

That’s Olive.

Nov 23, 2019, 5:48pm

>132 karenmarie: What a wonderful read! I hope you're treated as well by your next one.


Nov 23, 2019, 6:34pm

>132 karenmarie: This one isn't translated yet, but I just got Olive Kitteridge from the e-library.

Nov 24, 2019, 6:04am

>133 richardderus: Hi RD! Insomnia has struck for some reason. Blech.

I did love Olive, Again. Unfortunately, my 'next' read, which I had started before OA, has just been officially abandoned. The Witch Elm was moving along nicely until about half an hour ago my liking for it suddenly vanished. I've read 308 of 509 pages and even tried to skim the ending to see if it made enough sense to go back and continue, something I rarely do. But no, the wordiness and huge paragraphs finally got to me. I didn't care anymore about Toby, Melissa, Leon, Susanna, or even Hugo.

Done and dusted. Another one for the cull pile.

Coffee in hand, I'll read some more short stories for a while and try to figure out my next non-short-story read.

>134 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I do hope you like Olive Kitteridge! It seems to be hit or miss about whether something gets translated and when. If you like OK, then I hope the translation is soon.

Nov 24, 2019, 7:49am

>135 karenmarie: Yuck, insomnia! What a pity, having to abandon a book more than halfway through. But it's better than wrestling your way through. Or the old remedy of skim-reading.

>132 karenmarie: I like your review.

Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 8:05am

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. Just started my second cup of coffee, as I visit a few threads. Hooray, for Olive, Again. I share your joy of Olive and Strout. It looks like we also have similar feelings about The Witch Elm. Her books begin to be a chore. This is too bad, since she can write, when she sets her mind to it. 500 pages? Come on!!

Nov 24, 2019, 8:28am

>136 EllaTim: Hi Ella! I actually woke up about 4:15, tried to sleep again, failed, and finally came downstairs and made coffee. I may take a nap today.

This is my 8th abandoned book of the year. 992 pages total. Oh well.

Thank you re Olive, Again.

>137 msf59: 'Morning, Mark, and the same to you. There might be a good book in there somewhere, perhaps about 250-300 pages, but I agree. 500 pages. I'll donate it to the book sale.

I received an ER book last week, A Divided Loyalty, #22 in the Ian Rutledge series. Unfortunately I am a few behind, so will start Racing the Devil, #19 this morning. I have #20 on my shelves, was supposed to get #21 from Early Reviewers in September of 2018 but never did. I've just put a library hold on it, should get it around Dec 3rd. After reading that one, I'll finally be able to get to #22 and satisfy the ER gods.

I have the first two in Charles Todd's Bess Crawford series if anybody wants them. I read the first but am not interested in continuing the series. PM me with your name and address if you want them.

Nov 24, 2019, 8:38am

>30 brenzi: I just realized I never answered you with my opinion of the second season of Doctor Foster, Bonnie. I ended up liking it more than Bill did. It was taut, suspenseful, unpredictable. Bill did not like it that their son ran away at the end. Neither of us liked that she was willing to leave poison, syringes, and instructions so her ex-husband could kill himself even though she came back and talked him out of it. She did make several other questionable decisions that called into question her ethics, too.

Nov 24, 2019, 10:56am

Happy to note that you're abandoning a read turned curdled. It's just not worth the eyeblinks when the magic is gone, at least not after 50. And now the ever-looming "problem" of What to Read Next.


Nov 24, 2019, 12:01pm

Pearl Ruled! I get it now! It's from the librarian Nancy Pearl!

For a long time I have been thinking, "Who's Pearl?!"

Nov 24, 2019, 2:37pm

>140 richardderus: I have no regrets about abandoning it. I've saved my eyeblinks, as you say. *smile*

>141 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Yes, you got it! I don't follow Pearl's rule, or Nancy's rule, I follow my own - abandon with glee when it feels right.

Well, halftime, and the Panthers are only down 2, 15-17 to the Saints at NO. They played a decent second half and scored at the end of the half but missed the two-point conversion. We must might pull it off.

Nov 24, 2019, 3:14pm

I was listening to the podcast Bokacklisted, and they had Nancy Pearl on as a guest. I really loved her, she was so great!. And that's when I put two and two together and came up with 'Pearl Ruled.

I really had no idea.

Nov 24, 2019, 3:23pm

Honestly, in my life Dolly Parton is a personal saint. Not that she's good, forgiven, or ordained.

No, I think if the universe werea av wasteland, Dolly Parton would point the way to sanctuary.

it's Sunday. I don't know what kind of religion I believe in, but if it doesn't include Dolly Parton I don't want to have any part to do with it.

Nov 24, 2019, 7:53pm

Nov 24, 2019, 8:22pm

>143 SomeGuyInVirginia: Blacklisted podcast?

>144 SomeGuyInVirginia: Interesting take on Dolly Parton. I think she's genuinely sweet and I'd follow her to sanctuary.

>145 EllaTim: He's our own precious Larry, isn't he?

Well my Panthers lost because of their field goal/point after touchdown kicker. 2 field goals, 1 missed field goal, TWO missed conversion points. And the dratted Saints won, 34-31.

And Bill's Cowboys lost to the dratted Patriots too.

But I did walk up to the top of the cul-de-sac and hung out with the neighbors for a while. It was kinda nice for introverted me. Not long, and it was a very small crowd, but still.

Nov 24, 2019, 8:55pm

>144 SomeGuyInVirginia: Dolly has done a lot of good for her home county (Sevier County).

Nov 25, 2019, 6:40am

Morning, Karen. Bummer about your Panthers and Bill's Cowboys. My Bears did win but it wasn't always pretty and it was against another awful team. The chickadees were really bombarding the feeders yesterday. Such cute little guys.

Nov 25, 2019, 7:47am

>147 thornton37814: Hi Lori!

>148 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! Glad your Bears won, so there was at least some football joy yesterday. Yay for the chickadees.

We're getting the last of the mulch spread this morning, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Nov 25, 2019, 11:26am

Let us all be thankful for mulch. Without it there would be no gardens, only weedstravaganzas and depressed gardeners.

Larry is such a card, isn't he?

We ALL know that Saint Dolly de Parton will be canonized after The Fall, don't we.

Nov 25, 2019, 1:01pm

>67 karenmarie: Ah, real cute-i-tude! My last cat, Sally, used to "help" me make the bed. She would place herself in the middle of the bed and I could put the rest of the bedclothes on top of her until she was just a lump in the middle.

Hope your current reads are treating you well, Karen, even if some are short stories.

Nov 25, 2019, 1:57pm

>150 richardderus: Nice photoshopping, RD !

Edited: Nov 25, 2019, 6:01pm

>150 richardderus: Thankful for free mulch in this case – of course we paid the Tree Service Company $8K for all the work they did in May, but by God! we got a crap ton of mulch out of it.

Larry is such a card, isn't he? The pot calling the kettle black, RD. *smooch*

>151 Familyhistorian: Aww, Sally. Sounds like a cutie. Inara likes to help Jenna, only she just plops herself down and we have to move her.

My current reads are treating me well, thank you. I finished Cutting Edge this morning and wrote the required-for-ER review. I guess I could put it back on my thread here, but was busy this morning and afternoon. Just got home about 4.

>152 SandyAMcPherson: Hi Sandy!

Edited: Nov 25, 2019, 6:22pm

96. Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates

From Amazon:

"But of course, in the end, it isn't the themes or the innovations on the format of the short story anthology that make the tales collected in Cutting Edge most 'feel' as if you were reading Joyce Carol Oates herself. It is the writing. The tight plots and fresh, flowing prose that go about their business until--snap!--the story's well-oiled mousetrap does its job."
--New York Journal of Books

"This collection of feminist crime tales edited by the one and only Joyce Carol Oates is marketed to 'readers who are sick and tired of the status quo, or who just want to have a little bit of fun at the expense of a crumbling patriarchal society.' Well, isn't that everyone?"
--CrimeReads, included in the Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019

"Oates' stellar anthology of female noir...is an inclusive homage to the female/feminist perspective...Taken as a whole, the collection is a surreal yet satisfying journey into the darker side of the female consciousness, a book that, for all its murk and mayhem, celebrates feminine strength, cunning, and determination."

"The 15 stories and six poems in this slim yet weighty all-original noir anthology--contributors include Margaret Atwood and Edwidge Danticat--are razor-sharp and relentless in their portrayal of life, offering snapshots of dysfunction, everyday toil, and brief joy...Each story sears but does not cauterize, leaving protagonists and readers raw. As Oates points out in her introduction, and the stories hauntingly evoke, noir's strength has very little to do with man-centric plots and everything to do with female ascendance. Fans of contemporary crime fiction won't want to miss this one."
--Publishers Weekly

"'Is there a distinctive female noir?' asks Oates in her introduction. This collection may not settle that question, but it goes a long way toward supplying candidates for an emerging canon. There are 15 stories here, all but one of them new, and half a dozen new poems...the average story is high enough to satisfy readers of all genders."
--Kirkus Reviews

Joyce Carol Oates, a queenpin of the noir genre, has brought her keen and discerning eye to the curation of an outstanding anthology of brand-new top-shelf short stories (and poems by Margaret Atwood!). While bad men are not always the victims in these tales, they get their due often enough to satisfy readers who are sick and tired of the gendered status quo, or who just want to have a little bit of fun at the expense of a crumbling patriarchal society. This stylistically diverse collection will make you squirm in your seat, stay up at night, laugh out loud, and inevitably wish for more.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood (poems), Valerie Martin, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, Sheila Kohler, S.A. Solomon, S.J. Rozan, Lucy Taylor, Cassandra Khaw, Bernice L. McFadden, Jennifer Morales, Elizabeth McCracken, Livia Llewellyn, Lisa Lim, and Steph Cha.

Why I wanted to read it: I had a slight lapse in judgment and requested this anthology of short stories from ER. I won it, received it, and thought I should take my medicine like a big girl and read it and write a meaningful review in a timely manner.

I made a word document with a few pithy phrases about each story as soon as I had finished it. I then highlighted the stories in green that I liked.

Here’s what I put in my official review:
The organization and variety of this collection are well done. There is a thought-provoking introduction that asks the question Is there a female noir?, 15 stories and one set of six poems, and a section called About the Contributors with brief biographies and thumbnail B&W photos. Surprisingly, I liked 9 of 15 of these short stories. They varied in theme and content, length and point of view. There are also 6 poems by Margaret Atwood, if you're a fan.
The poems were free verse, anathema to me as a rule. None of the poems appealed and I must admit that I did read them with my nose figuratively held, like taking castor oil. Or, in my case, Peptol Bismol.

I’ve culled the book from my shelves but have to keep it in my catalog to keep the ER gods happy. PM me with your name and address if you'd like to have it, and I'll send it to you.

Nov 25, 2019, 6:31pm

>153 karenmarie: That is a mountain of mulch! Yowza.

>154 karenmarie: Um. Well. Uh, yeah, no, I think maybe not for me. Just so overbooked! Heh.

Nov 26, 2019, 6:39am

>153 karenmarie: Hooray for the mountains of mulch! Everything looks good!

Morning, Karen. Rain moves in later today, but I should be done. Fingers crossed. I have PT tonight. Unfortunately, the only time I can get in this week, with the holiday schedule.

Nov 26, 2019, 8:10am

>155 richardderus: It was indeed. I'm glad to be able to see the shed again.

Overbooked - heh. Aren't we all!

>156 msf59: Thanks, Mark, and good morning to you, too. I hope you do get done before the rain. Sorry your PT's in the evening. I hope your day is uneventful and goes well.

Nothing like getting a call at 7:18 that the electrician is on his way. The appt's for 9, and it won't take an hour and 40 minutes to get here. Fortunately I'd already showered, but rushed through straightening the kitchen and living room, and am in that unhappily remembered state when I worked and had to rush around in the morning.

Coffee inhaling has begun.

Nov 26, 2019, 9:43am

>157 karenmarie: Thank goodness you'd showered! While I mutter "serves ya right" as I guiltlessly exhale coffee breath over early visitors (YGC doesn't even *call* me before 8), I think unshowered person is a bit beyond the pale. More accurately "pail," as in "garbage."

Have an adequately electrical Tuesday! *smooch*

Nov 26, 2019, 10:25am

So far so good - they are almost done with the spots. Next the porch lights, then some inside stuff. One of the electricians is a woman - always good to see.

Jenna's on her way, so the $$ is offset by the daughter.

Nov 26, 2019, 11:01am

Yeah, it always works that way...oh well, money's gone but kid's home so on balance it's a win.

Nov 26, 2019, 1:11pm

Hi Karen! It's funny, but I hardly ever officially abandon books. Instead I still have them on my 'currently reading' list and mean to circle back to them. And then along comes the next library book due soonish or a read for book club and I push them back again and start something new.

HOORAY for Jenna being on her way! Let Thanksgiving begin!

Nov 26, 2019, 5:52pm

Jenna made it safe and sound, the electricians left about 1:45. Tomorrow morning the Thanksgiving prep begins!

Nov 27, 2019, 7:04am

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. It looks like the rain has moved on but it will be very windy today, with dropping temps. PT went well. I have a sh*tload of exercises to do at home, which is good, since I don't go back until next Wednesday.

Glad we will be doing a shared read of Spying on the South in January.

Nov 27, 2019, 9:27pm

Hi Mark! Today got away from me - busy-ness with Jenna.

So glad you're off 'til next Wednesday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I like the idea of the shared read with you.

Nov 27, 2019, 11:17pm

YAY! Jenna's home and Karen is happy! Enjoy! Enjoy!
In fact, Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2019, 1:55am

Karen--Happy Thanksgiving! Have fun with Jenna and Bill. And the food. : )

Nov 28, 2019, 6:39am

>165 LizzieD: Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Peggy! I am happy to have Jenna at home. We've had fun and gotten a few T-day things done - baked 2 pies and put the extra leaf into the table in the dining room. There will be a smallish mad rush today before folks arrive about 2 p.m. For now, a few quiet minutes stolen - coffee, LT, books.

>166 Berly: Thanks, Kim, and the same to you!

Today I will allow myself pie, first time since Sept 7th that I've had any official sweets. Ketchup and other inadvertent sugars don't count. *smile*

Mr. Turkey goes into the oven at 11:15 for 3:30 dinner touch down. I use a hot-oven method that's worked for me for 40 years so far. And sweet potato casserole (NO marshmallows, thank you very much!), relish plates, mashed potatoes and gravy, wine, coffee, tea. Everybody else is bringing everything else.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our US friends!

Nov 28, 2019, 7:26am

>167 karenmarie: Everybody else is bringing everything

There's more?

Hope you have a good Thanksgiving, Karen. I will be having a decent (snowy!) Thursday.

Edited: Nov 28, 2019, 7:32am

^Enjoy the holiday, Karen. Sorry, I should have clarified. I do not have PT until next Wed. I return to work tomorrow. Sad face.

Nov 28, 2019, 7:35am

Happy Thanksgiving, Karen!

Nov 28, 2019, 7:37am

>168 PawsforThought: Hi Paws! Thank you.The rest of the menu: corn bread/sausage dressing, corn bread/mushroom dressing (for those of us who like our sausage unadaulterated and our stuffing un-pork-like), deviled eggs, green bean casserole, rolls. Another pie, sweet tea, sparkling grape juice for the 20-somethings, all of whom do not drink alcohol. I think that's it...

I wouldn't mind snow, although not today. Saturday would be a good day for snow - no errands that can't be delayed, daughter home. I hope you enjoy your snowy day.

>169 msf59: I was a tad confused - thought you had said you only had Thursday off this week. *sad face* indeed. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!

Well, the family is up. I need to go visit and start the prep.

Nov 28, 2019, 3:27pm

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

Nov 28, 2019, 4:06pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Karen!

Nov 29, 2019, 4:49am

Happy Turkey Sammich Day!

Nov 29, 2019, 5:43am

>170 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley!

>172 johnsimpson: Thank you, John! We absolutely had a wonderful day. Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

>173 quondame: Perfect turkey, Susan!

>174 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thank you, Larry! Turkey sammichs, leftover everything. Your insomnia beat my insomnia by almost an hour. Coffee, books, and perhaps back to sleep a bit for me.

Everybody arrived within 3 minutes or so of each other and total, lovely pandemonium ensued. We were so happy to see our cousins. They hadn't come in 2 years but the whole family made it this time. David and Rebecca from Raleigh, their daughter Cassidy who is going to school in Indiana, and their son Jordon who is in the Air Force and stationed in Florida. Plus David's mother Aunt Ann and our dear friends Geoff and Diane, who live in Raleigh and Apex respectively.

Jenna and Cassidy lifted the turkey out of the oven and successfully transferred it to the carving board. Gravy was made, potatoes mashed, sweet potato and green bean casseroles baked. Blessings said, the buffet line formed. Eventually Rebecca, Jenna, and Cassidy did the dishes. We played Harry Potter trivia games. Football was watched. Jordan snuck outside for a bit and called his girlfriend Laura. Like I said above, I love Thanksgiving, and am happy that it's The Day After Thanksgiving.

Coffee is being sipped, and I will be reading in a few minutes.

Nov 29, 2019, 6:31am

Happy day after Thanksgiving, Karen!

Is everybody gone, or did some stay overnight?

Nov 29, 2019, 6:40am

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Your Thanksgiving gathering sounds like it went off perfectly. Sweet. We had a nice holiday too and my wife did a superb job with everything. She deserves the next 3 days off. Plus, we got to watch our beleaguered Bears win on national TV.

Nov 29, 2019, 11:41am

>175 karenmarie: I've been up since 1. I woke up this morning and asked Alexa what time it was, and I thought she said 4:54 but she said instead 12:54. 4:54 is an okay time for me to get up. 1 in the morning is a weensy tad early. It's going to be an early night tonight.

I may buy one of those new Amazon 3-D Alexa streakers but I'm not sure. It's $200, and it's not like I need it or anything. That's one of those things I'm really thankful for, I don't need anything.

Edited: Nov 29, 2019, 11:45am

Speakers! God I'd for sure drop $200 on a streaker.

Nov 29, 2019, 1:17pm

>179 SomeGuyInVirginia: *whew* I was worried about you for a minute. Seems like a bargain for streakers.

Hi Horrible, happy day after. I'm left with nothing but carrot cake, which is one advantage of having a young man around to eat one's cooking. He snarfed 25% of the carrot cake this morning on the way back to Brooklyn, but other than that it's like I never plugged the crockpot in.

*happy sigh*

Nov 29, 2019, 1:22pm

Happy Day After! Sounds like Thanksgiving was a huge success. Now enjoy the quiet. : )

Nov 29, 2019, 4:28pm

>176 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! Cousins and friends left. Jenna’s here through Sunday, then she’s got 1 ½ weeks of school before the semester ends and will be home on the 12th or 13th of December through early January.

>177 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark! Yes, we had a great time. Glad yours was nice, too. Yay for the Bears. Bill’s Boys lost last night.

>178 SomeGuyInVirginia: You should try to program Alexa to say ‘Too early, Larry, go back to sleep’ if it’s any before 4:54 a.m. *smile*

A $200 streaker would be an interesting purchase.

>179 SomeGuyInVirginia: Because T and P are so close to one another on the keyoard….

>180 richardderus: Glad your YGC ate all the Green Goddess Rice – I do hope he shared some with you. Leftover carrot cake is not a bad thing at all.

>181 Berly: Thanks, Kim. We’ve been hanging out. Jenna and I watched bits of the Virginia Tech/Virginia game and played Yahtzee. I won the first game, Jenna the second. We did watch the last 5 minutes of the game and are happy that Virginia broke their 15-year losing streak against VT. VT’s offensive line completely blew it at the end. I loved watching happy Virginia fans storming the field at the end of the game.

Nov 29, 2019, 5:48pm

Happy late Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing you next week. :)

Nov 29, 2019, 10:26pm

Thanks, Jenn! Thursday will be fun for sure.

Nov 29, 2019, 11:12pm

Our Thanksgiving was most pleasurable, as yours seems to have been. Judi and I bought the food, our daughter cooked much of it. Most of the cleanup was done by family. And we have lots of leftovers, which we seldom complain about. Certainly not about the whole pumpkin pie.

Becky's leaving for home (Boston) tomorrow and avoiding the miserable weather that forecast.

You and Mark will be sharing a good read in Spying on the South. I'm halfway through and it is very engrossing. More than a few of Frederick Law Olmsted's observations were echoed in The Souls of Black Folk.

Nov 30, 2019, 7:28am

Hi Bill! So glad you had a good Thanksgiving. We have less leftovers than other years but I'm not complaining. I think I'll use the turkey carcass for turkey pot pie today. I can face cooking again.

January looms around the corner. Spying on the South and a personal challenge of reading Jane Austen are the only reading commitments I'm making so far. Book club chooses the next 12 reads in February. I've finished Stuff Matters for the December 8th discussion and am girding my loins to read A Tale of Two Cities for the January discussion.

I'm going to continue with The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon and The Souls of Black Folks as the impulse takes me - meaning I don't feel honor bound to finish them by year's end. The last 20 short stories by Dorothy L. Sayers and the new-to-me The Wimsey Papers-The Wartime Letters and Documents of the Wimsey Family will be read in December to complete this year's personal challenge of reading Sayers's fiction.

Nov 30, 2019, 8:37am

SinceI jobbed myself out for Thanksgiving, last night I had leftover Chinese food and I think it was a little older than I thought it was; stomach discomfort this morning. Note to self, clean out refrigerator.

I loved a Tale of Two Cities. I remember I picked it up on whim when I was in summer session in college, and sat down in a common room to read it because the light was better than it was in my dorm room. It was thrilling. Sort of like a modern potboiler.

Nov 30, 2019, 9:35am

Happy Holiday Weekend, Karen! I'm glad to hear your Thanksgiving went so well. We're still munching on leftovers, too.

Nov 30, 2019, 10:32am

Happy Saturday, Karen. Chilly, damp and gloomy here. I hope the books keep me distracted. Enjoy your weekend.

Nov 30, 2019, 12:16pm

>187 SomeGuyInVirginia: I love leftover Chinese food, Larry, but am sorry that you might have eaten some that's a tad old. Hope you feel better soon.

I've got A Tale of Two Cities pulled from the Library and it's staring at me.

>188 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! It's chilly, damp, and gloomy here, too. We've still got a little bit of everything left.

>189 msf59: Hi Mark, and thanks. It's not surprising that it's Chilly, damp and gloomy here. where you are too, since you live so close to Joe. We're having a wonderful time - watching Bundesliga soccer, US college football, and chatting. Jenna and I are making potholders - 2 for friend Jan, 2 for my sister. Jenna has more patience weaving than I do, and it's much easier if two do the last pull-from-the-loom-and-loop-the-loops-through-each-other together. Four hands are much better than two in this case.

I'm also talking with friend Karen in Montana - her cousin Helen is having PC problems and I'm "the expert". So I'll tell Karen something and we'll hang up, then she'll tell Helen, then come back to me that it hasn't worked. Helen was commenting on face book and her screen has gone all lines-only. So far Ctl-Alt-Delete hasn't given her control. Trying to power it down is next - waiting to see if that worked or not. If it doesn't, she's going to have to get a true PC repair person involved, I'm afraid.

Nov 30, 2019, 1:07pm

>190 karenmarie: Ha! Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches. What a great title!! Have fun with the potholders and I am glad the Virginia fans finally had something to cheer about. ; )

Nov 30, 2019, 1:55pm

>190 karenmarie: You might suggest to Helen that she check her monitor cables, if it's a real PC. If it's a laptop, power down, close screen, and leave it for 30min. Then boot it up.


Nov 30, 2019, 2:42pm

>191 Berly: Hi Kim! Bill got me Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches last Christmas and I've started it. It's a riot so far.

>192 richardderus: The power down worked. She had pushed the power button but not held it down long enough to actually power the computer down. Karen and I chatted a bit more, then I went into the kitchen to start cooking the turkey carcass for broth and meat to make a turkey pot pie.

All that was so exhausting that I took a catnap. They said I was snoring, but I don't snore. *smile*

Nov 30, 2019, 11:20pm

FWIW, I didn't hear you snoring, Karen. It was quiet all afternoon and evening.

Just looking at the weather forecast for us: Tomorrow starts with snow and sleet, turning to freezing rain, then non-freezing rain, then back to snow. Glad I don't have to drive anywhere until Tuesday. Glad also my daughter returned to Boston today.

Only 100 pages to go in Spying on the South. Still good reading.

Dec 1, 2019, 6:19am

>190 karenmarie: - I read Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches years ago and it WAS hilarious!

Dec 1, 2019, 7:29am

>190 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I can understand you maybe feeling a bit hesitant about starting another Dickens. I'm having trouble finishing any books at the moment. Have downloaded A tale of two cities from Librivox, as I seem to do a bit better with audio. Maybe do a shared read?

Dec 1, 2019, 7:57am

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. The house is perfectly quiet and I am working on my second cup of coffee. I am also starting to put my new thread together. Yes, it is that time. I have a nice day of "nothing" planned. I will help Sue pull out the Christmas decorations and will assist with a few other things, but most of the day will be devoted to the books. The Bears do not play today, so any football viewing will be with the sound turned off.

Enjoy your day.

Dec 1, 2019, 8:01am

>194 weird_O: Whew! Wouldn't want more accusations of something I don't do. Sorry the weather's so awful, but I'm glad your daughter made it home and you don't have to go out 'til Tuesday. Yay for Spying on the South.

>195 jessibud2: Good to know, Shelley - I'm just picking it up every once in a while and carrying on.

>196 EllaTim: Hi Ella! I had talked about a shared read earlier in the year, knowing I am supposed to read it for book club. It was originally scheduled for our December discussion, but got switched. Now our discussion will be January 8th. It sounds like I should make it so. Give me several days to get it started - Jenna goes back to Wilmington today and Bill's got tomorrow off.

Rain, wind, leaves falling. The Crepe Myrtles and some Oaks still have their leaves, but most everything else is bare now.

Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 11:21am

Statistics Through November 30

97 books read
8 books abandoned, 992 pages
1 standalone short story
29448 pages read
93.5 audiobook hours
Avg pages read per day, YTD = 88
Avg pages read per month, YTD = 2677
Avg pages read per book, YTD = 304
Avg rating of all books read, YTD= 3.97
Month-end TBR (incl started) 2145

Male 32%
Female 68%

Living 68%
Dead 32%

US Born 38%
Foreign Born 62%

Hardcover 42%
Trade Pback 31%
Mass Market 15%
Audiobook 5%
e-Book 6%

My Library 85%
Library or Other 15%

Re-read 28%
Series 59%

Fiction 89%
NonFiction 11%

Author Birth Country
Australia 3%
England 54%
France 1%
Israel 1%
Japan 1%
Nigeria 1%
US 39%

Original Decade Published
1920-1929 4%
1930-1939 10%
1940-1949 1%
1950-1959 1%
1960-1969 4%
1970-1979 4%
1980-1989 3%
1990-1999 10%
2000-2009 8%
2010-2019 54%

Biography 2%
Essays 2%
Fiction 14%
Graphic Novel 1%
Historical Fiction 2%
History 4%
Humor 1%
Linguistics 1%
Memoir 1%
Mystery 56%
Romance 1%
Science 1%
Speculative Fiction 8%
Thriller 4%
YA 1%

Dec 1, 2019, 11:11am

Happy Sunday to you!

>190 karenmarie: Quite a few interesting titles there.

Dec 1, 2019, 11:27am

Hi Anita! Thank you.

I finally put things I'm reading and anticipate reading soon on one shelf. It's definitely eclectic.

Made a bit of brekkie for the fam. Jenna's helping me (well, doing most of the work) make potholders for a friend and for my sister for Christmas - you know, the ones made of loops on a little metal loom. Jan expressed an interest in them a year ago and I've been dilatory, and my sister expressed interest last month. All Jenna and I have to do is finish the last one off - it can be done by one person but is much easier done with two.

I had to update my statistics - in the flurry of Thanksgiving activities I forgot to add two books to my spreadsheet. I read 97 of my 100 book goal for the year through yesterday but finished one this morning - 98 of 100!

Last year my goal was 105 and I didn't reach it until December 31st. This year will be much less stressful.

Dec 1, 2019, 11:49am

Interesting stats, Karen. We're almost opposites in author gender. I tend to male authors it seems; I swear I'm trying to be conscious about reading books written by women. Interesting that you don't venture further back that a century; nothing published prior to 1920. Hmmm.

Happy reading!

Dec 1, 2019, 12:33pm

Hi Horrible! Have a lovely loomy Sunday en famille. Yay for 98 books so far! Especially out of 100, and on 1 December.

Edited: Dec 1, 2019, 4:49pm

>202 weird_O: Hi Bill. Here's the detail on female/male:

2016 F 56% M 44%
2017 F 37% M 63%
2018 F 57% M 43% - Sue Grafton re-read

This year has been a lot of Dorothy Sayers and Elly Griffiths, hence more female this year too.

I may have one prior to 1920 if I actually finish A Tale of Two Cities, which I need to read for January's book club discussion. I'd like to get it done by the end of the year. Gotta start soon....

>202 weird_O: Hi RD! I'm happy with my books so far this year for sure. Jenna left a while ago and is safely home in Wilmington. I've given up on the Panthers and have come back to the Sunroom to do some reading.

Dec 1, 2019, 11:33pm

Those stats always look so interesting but a lot of work!

Dec 2, 2019, 6:57am

Morning, Karen. A cold, wintry day here, in the Midwest. It will be a short work week for me, though, since i have the weekend off. Yah!!

BTW- I think you missed me up there, yesterday, but I am hardly even mad. Grins...

Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 7:32am

>197 msf59: I’m sorry I missed this message, Mark! Quiet houses and second cups of coffee are a joy, aren’t they? I’m glad you’ve got a day devoted to the books, too. I think I already went over to your new thread yesterday and of course will go over there after I get done posting here.

I had every intention of going to get a Christmas tree last weekend, but we all lazy and happy to stay in with the bad weather. I guess we’ll get one this coming weekend unless I get a bee in my bonnet and get one by myself this week – I can at least get it off the roof of my car and into a bucket of water until Bill can help get it set up.

>205 SandyAMcPherson: Hi Sandy. Spreadsheet. It’s easy once you set it up one time – one line per book on one tab with totals, then a summary tab that pulls everything in except for the % by country, decade, and genre. I have to manually calculate books and pages abandoned, but do track them in the same tab but color code them so they're easy to see. I think I’ll make extra columns in next year’s spreadsheet so they populate the summary tab by themselves. All I have to do then is change the first line for the correct month and can copy and paste into LT. I was inspired by drneutron’s statistics several years ago.

>206 msf59: ‘Morning to you, Mark! Brrrr. It’s 39, going to a high of 50 today. Seasonal. Glad you’ve got a short work week, you definitely deserve it.

Bill's got the day off. We'll run the errands we normally run on Saturdays, take some extra porch lights back to Lowe's, and probably end up binge-watching the last 3 episodes of season 3 of The Crown. We are really liking it a lot. And, against my own inclination, I'm finding myself somewhat sympathetic to Prince Charles, who was never on my radar until he married Diana and then I took her side. Camilla's still a horror, though, IMO.

Dec 2, 2019, 10:22am

>207 karenmarie: Thanks for the details.
If I had set up a spreadsheet in January, I would have a better handle on the year's reading and could geek out on the data to my heart's content. However, there's always next year...

'Tis the season to do some baking and Christmas sewing, so I'll have to put geeky spreadsheets on the back burner.

Dec 2, 2019, 1:55pm

You're welcome, Sandy! Good timing for next year if you want to do it. If you use Excel, I'll send my template to you if you want it.

Baking! Still full here from pie and other sweets. I guess instead of Christmas sewing I'll have to do some Christmas shopping...

Dec 2, 2019, 7:49pm

Hiya Horrible, have a good sleep and a better Tuesday.

Dec 2, 2019, 9:13pm

>190 karenmarie: Love the stats as always, Karen and well done on a good reading year so far.

I am loving all the Crown talk on the various threads. I am not a Royalist by any stretch of the imagination but got drawn into the series by my LT pals! I am more than half-way through Season 2 and really enjoying it. Have to say though it is amazing that they haven't been abolished in these last 50 or so years!

Dec 3, 2019, 7:01am

Morning, Karen. Hooray for The Crown 3. I just finished ep 4 and it is getting better as it goes along. Charles hasn't really came into it yet, but Princess Anne has been a delight.

Edited: Dec 3, 2019, 7:29am

>210 richardderus: 'Morning, RD! I was sleeping along nicely until abruptly woken up by the sounds of Inara retching - she never got sick but boy howdy! did I spring out of bed to get a towel under her. Once that happened, the thought of coffee, LT, and reading won out over sleep.

>211 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, thank you. I'm pleased with my reading this year with one exception - I had planned on making it an eclectic year author nationality-wise, but it turns out that 93% of my reads are by English or American authors. I just prefer my comfort zone as a rule. This year's exceptions have been mostly quite wonderful, though:

The Arrival by Shaun Tan - confirmed my lack of interest in GN even though it was Joe's GN recommendation to get me to love the genre
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Malice: A Mystery by Keigo Higashino - okay, surprisingly too convoluted for my taste
The Dry by Jane Harper
The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

Bill and I finished season 3 of The Crown last night and it was absolutely stunning. Informative, too. I will be interested in your take on it, being British and all, even if not a Royalist.

How legally would the monarchy be abolished? I just read up on Parliament and it's tri-cameral with the Crown-in-Parliament being one third and probably against abolishing itself. And of the almost incalculable wealth of the Royal Family, how much of it is private to the individuals and how much of it is actually the country/government's? (I hope these aren't overly stupid questions.)

>214 'Morning, Mark! Happy Tuesday to you. The Crown has been wonderful. Of course, now I can't wait for season 4!! I said up above that I'm not normally a Charles fan, but if he's been honestly portrayed here, I do have more than a modicum of sympathy for him because of the Queen Mother and Mountbatten forcing the families to force Camilla Shand and Anthony Parker Bowles to marry while sending Charles away for 8 months on Navy business before he was even qualified. Of course it also shows Camilla 'cheating' on Charles during their relationship with Anthony, so she's still on my bad guy list.

Dec 3, 2019, 11:36am

It's a shame that you couldn't like The Arrival. It caught my eye at a book sale, and I read it promptly (I usually allow books to "breathe" in The TBR CellarTM before actually reading them.) Liked it. I admired the illustrations.

We may spring for an Android TV so we can view Netflix stuff on the big screen. But then again, maybe NOT. My brother was all enthusiastic about Netflix when I saw him before Thanksgiving, and he kept it up at Thanksgiving. I signed up for a free month and spent time last night scrolling through the offerings. And...eh. Not much I'd want to watch. Couldn't find a search box so I could look for specific flicks. Older stuff. 1930s, 1940s, 1950s. Is such fare on Netflix and I just missed it?

Dec 3, 2019, 11:59am

Hi Bill. I liked the illustrations in The Arrival, but I frankly consider them just that - illustrations - and kept waiting for words. I'm a sad case, aren't I?

Now Netflix is another matter. I can't remember how many series we've watched on it, but they are many and they are varied. I think that's also where we can watch all 46 seasons of Nova if we wish.

Dec 3, 2019, 12:27pm

Dear RichardDear: Please ignore the following:

My Love-Hate relationship with Dickens continues. My RL book club is reading A Tale of Two Cities for our January discussion, and since Ella has just downloaded it and may start reading it too, I thought I'd create a group read thread.

For everybody but RD, here's the thread link. I've also asked drneutron to add it to the wiki.

Group Read: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Dec 3, 2019, 12:27pm

>214 weird_O: - Bill, there is a search box on Netflix. Click on the magnifying glass icon at the top, and a box will appear.

Dec 3, 2019, 12:50pm

>214 weird_O: There's very little older stuff on Netflix - why that is I don't know.

Dec 3, 2019, 2:06pm

>216 karenmarie: ...hmmm...? Is that...wait...nope, plain ol' blue there. Weird.


Dec 3, 2019, 3:29pm

We just finished that moving Crown episode 3 in the third season. Good to hear the whole season is stunning, although I'm not surprised. I read somewhere that Charles is portrayed sympathetically. The acting has been exceptionally good throughout, hasn't it.

Dec 3, 2019, 4:04pm

Oh my yes, the acting has been superb. Even though it took a bit to get used to Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, et al.; they've lived up to the choosing of them and we are quite pleased.

Dec 4, 2019, 7:00am

Morning, Karen. Happy Wednesday. I have been intending to read The Lost Man for months now. Just didn't get to it. I think I read, with diversity in mind, although, I am sure I could do better. I have definitely been reading books, by people of color, these past few months.

Hooray for finishing The Crown!

Dec 4, 2019, 7:58am

'Morning, Mark! Happy Wednesday to you, too. My goodness. If you could do better at reading with diversity, then I'm hopeless.

I read what I want to read because it sounds interesting, not for any sense of filling a quota, as it were. But, I might try to consider a personal challenge next year of a certain number of books by people of color. If I set up a ticker for it, it might keep prompting me.

The thing about binge watching anything is that you've always got to wait a long time for the next season. We're back to NCIS, Bull, and on the hunt for another series after the newest season of Poldark, which we might start tonight.

Dec 4, 2019, 10:39am

And here it is Wednesday the fourth! This decade romped past me in 1998!

Wait...that was 20 years ago...holy mother of chipmunks.


Dec 4, 2019, 10:42am

You are clearly time traveling, RD! Please share the secret immediately. *smooch*

Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 12:07pm

99. The Wimsey Papers—The Wartime Letters and Documents of the Wimsey Family
11-4-19 to 12-4-19

From Amazon:

The Wimsey Papers are a series of articles by Dorothy L. Sayers published between November 1939 and January 1940 in The Spectator. They had the form of letters exchanged by members of the Wimsey Family and other characters familiar to readers from the Lord Peter Wimsey detective novels, but were in fact intended to convey Sayers' opinions and commentaries on various aspects of public life in the early months of the Second World War, such as black-out, evacuation, rationing and the need of the public to take personal responsibility rather than wait for the government to guide them. The subjects range from very practical and detailed advice on such issues as how pedestrians can avoid being hit by cars in black-out to quite Utopian and far-reaching schemes for the post-war reconstruction of Britain.

Why I wanted to read it: I recently discovered this collection of letters from The Spectator and have it as an e-book on my Kindle.

Here are the letters and extracts. I love the fact that many of the characters from the novels are included. Their purpose - to espouse Sayers's opinions about how the war was being conducted and her vision for Britain - is clearly met. They also probably made Peter and Harriet's fans happy, as they have made me happy, 80 years later.

Fans of Dorothy Sayers should try to get hold of this epistolary volume.

Peter’s Mother to an American friend, 11-12-1939
Peter’s Uncle Paul Delagardie to Peter, 11-13-1939
Harriet to Peter, 11-17-1939
Rev. Theodore Venables, extract from sermon of 11-12-1939. Rev. Venables appeared in Nine Taylors.
Miss Agnes Twitterson to a friend, 11-19-1939. Miss Twitterton appeared in Busman’s Honeymoon.
Miss Katherine Climpson to Peter, 11-19-1939. Miss Climpson appears in Unnatural Death and Strong Poison.
Peter’s Private Diary, extracts
Peter’s Uncle Paul Delagardie to Harriet, 12-9-1939
Peter’s Mother to Harriet, 12-15-1939
Miss Letitia Martin to Harriet, 12-18-1939. Miss Martin appeared in Gaudy Night and Busman’s Honeymoon.
Colonel Marchbanks to Peter. 12-23-1939. Colonel Marchbanks appeared in The Unpleasantness of the Bellona Club.
Various letters to the Ministry of Instruction and Morale to Helen, Peter’s sister-in-law.
Mr. Ingleby to Mr. Hankin, 1-13-1940. Both appeared in Murder Must Adverise.
Harriet to Peter’s Uncle Paul Delagardie, 1-15-1940
Peter’s Uncle Paul Delagardie to Harriet, 1-2-1940
Peter to Harriet, undated

Dec 4, 2019, 5:55pm

>226 karenmarie: Oooh, you got me, Karen. I didn't even know this existed. More Harriet and Peter? Sold!

Dec 4, 2019, 6:07pm

>213 karenmarie: I also watched episode number three of The Crown. I enjoyed it tremendously. The actor portraying Charles is very good. And, I actually like the new actor portraying Elizabeth II. She was also in Broadchurch, which I highly recommend if you have not watched it. It is addictive.

All good wishes!

Dec 4, 2019, 6:54pm

>227 jnwelch: Hallo Joe! Yay for a BB. You'll appreciate them, I'm sure. I didn't even know they existed until very recently.

>228 Whisper1: Hi Linda! I love Olivia Colman, the "new" Queen. We loved her in Broadchurch and I loved her in The Favourite, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress. I watch her acceptance speech periodically for her sheer happiness and shock - here it is:

Oscar Acceptance Speech

Dec 4, 2019, 11:13pm

Thanks, Karen. I've resisted *Wimsey Papers* for a long time, but I think that I have to fork over the $3.?? to put them on my Kindle.
You're coming tomorrow. I. CAN'T. WAIT!!!!

Dec 5, 2019, 1:48am

The Wimsey Papers look tempting, Karen. I read A Tale of Two Cities many years ago and remember it as being very readable, not very Dickensy. I hope you find it that way too.

Dec 5, 2019, 2:13am

>226 karenmarie: Hmm, I might have to pick up The Wimsey Papers when I've finished reading all the regular novels and short stories.

Dec 5, 2019, 6:31am

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday! Last work day of the week. Yah! And the weather inches up into the mid-40s, which will be the warmest it has been all week. Enjoy your day.

Dec 5, 2019, 7:46am

>230 LizzieD: It's $3.20, with NC tax of $.22, for a total of $3.42. Not bad at all, although I'd prefer to have it in print.

Can't wait either, Peggy - it will be so much fun visiting you with Jenn.

>231 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! It's CDN$1.99 on Amazon.CA. I'm on chapter 4 of A Tale of Two Cities and it's not particularly interesting yet, but I will persevere.

>232 PawsforThought: Hi Paws! I snuck it in. I have 20 more short stories to go, all Montague Egg or just 'plain' short stories.

>233 msf59: Hi Mark! Yay for it being the last day of your work week. Mild weather too. Thanks re my day - it's Meet Up Day with Jenn and Peggy. I'm excited.

Inara Starbuck went to the vet yesterday because she has a UTI. We've got antibiotics. She's 12 1/2 now, and losing muscle mass in her thighs. Arthritis, too, but she's still an indoor-outdoor kitty and loves being outside. Probably less at it is getting colder and colder though. Inside she loves her fleece-lined basket and relaxing on the pavers in front of the propane stove when it's on.

I'm closing in on my goal of 100 books for the year. I've started reading the 21st Ian Rutledge by Charles Todd, The Gate Keeper. Next will be the one I picked up from the library yesterday, The Black Ascot, then my new ER read, A Divided Loyalty.

Still reading DLS short stories, poems by Siegfried Sassoon, Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches, and listening to Career of Evil, the 3rd Cormoran Strike mystery.

Dec 5, 2019, 9:21am

Good Thor's Day to you, milady, and may it present innumerable opportunities for delight and delectation.

Dec 5, 2019, 9:47am

>234 karenmarie: Yes, the price for The Wimsey Papers is not bad at all, but I hope someone brings it out in print.

Dec 5, 2019, 9:16pm

>235 richardderus: Why, thank 'ee kindly, RD. I had many lovely hours with Jenn and Peggy today - an NC Meet Up. We talked books and language and bibliomaniaphilia and education and etc. A lovely time was had by all, including a delectable Thai luncheon. Peggy's Mama is absolutely delightful and I was pleased to see her again.

>236 jnwelch: I'd love to have a hard copy of it, too, Joe, because as much as I enjoy the occasional e-book I prefer paper books.

Dec 5, 2019, 10:27pm

Speaking of Lord Pete, I snagged a copy of Lord Peter and Harriet, Part 1, published by the Mystery Guild. It has Strong Poison and Have His Carcase. Hoping Santa or one of his minions gives me Unnatural Death, so I have five Wimseys to read in order next year.

Got a tote of pretty good stuff, such as The Overstory and Evicted.

TGIF. Or so I hear.

Edited: Dec 6, 2019, 8:18am

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. I am a bit slow moving this A.M. Just finishing up my second cup of coffee. I have PT, chores and errands to run, but I hope to find some book time. I was hoping to get out for a bird stroll, but I do not think that will happen. Sad face.

How did the Meet Up go?

ETA- Sorry, about Bill's Cowboys! Great Bears win!

Dec 6, 2019, 9:18am

>238 weird_O: Hi Bill! Yay for 4, and possibly 5 if Santa is kind to you. I think I'm one of the few people in the 75ers who has absolutely no interest in reading The Overstory, but - Agree to Disagree - I hope you love it as most people here seem to love it.

TGIF. Or so I hear. Absolutely. Being retired is grand.

>239 msf59: Hi Mark, and happy not-working Friday to you. Slow starts are not a bad thing on a day off. Sounds like a bit of busy then hopefully some books. I didn't watch any of the game, but I know Bill gave up when the 'Boys didn't score a field goal when it was 7-7. At least I think that's the story. He got disgusted and gave up, I think.

I'm cautiously optimistic that the Panthers fired Rivera and have Perry Fewell in place as interim. Don't know anything about him, but hope he boosts their morale and fires them up for Sunday.

The meet up was fantastic. Props to Jenn for driving 6 hours round trip. She and I still haven't run out of things to talk about and probably never will, and once we got to Peggy's the conversation was lively and all over the place too. This is the second restaurant I've gone to in Peggy's hometown and both have been excellent. We stopped off at Starbucks on the way back to Peggy's Mama's house and Peggy and I got coffee and Jenn got some pumpkin bread to nibble on the way home from my place.

Today will be setting up the Christmas Gift Wrapping Station upstairs in the Parlour. Gotta get out the card table and one chair, paper, tissue paper, ribbon, tape, scissors, etc. and start wrapping. I want to have presents ready to send to CA and Montana by Monday if possible.

I'm meeting Rita the librarian at the local wine shop at 5 p.m. They have Friday evening wine tastings, we've done this once before, and it seems like a good time to do it again. I might write a few Friends checks and get a deposit ready today since I'll be in town anyway, but then again...

Dec 6, 2019, 10:45am

Busy Friday orisons, Horrible dear, may all the wine be wonderful instead of just the third glass on.


Oh, I reviewed a fun little time-travel book, Vintage 1954.

Dec 6, 2019, 11:11am

Thank you, RD! Busy indeed. My 'date' with Rita has been cancelled - sick staff and she's not feeling 100% herself, so I'm glad she's not sharing germs with me.

So I have the whole day without interruptions to putter and read and etc.

Dec 7, 2019, 8:12am

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday. So glad to here you had a nice visit with Peggy. Meet Ups are the best. I have been meaning to give you an update on my suet feeder, but I was trying give it more observation time. It definitely is a squirrel-buster. They don't even try. My suet blocks last forever now. With the wire caging around it, I just wanted to make sure the birds could get inside and feed. They can but it seems to be tight. I did see a Hairy Woodpecker inside there yesterday and they are pretty big and I also saw a red-bellied woodpecker, but he just stretched his long neck inside, while hanging on the outside. Mission accomplished. I also saw a Northern Flicker drink at the birdbath too, so it was a good woodpecker day.

Dec 7, 2019, 11:15am

'Morning to you, Mark! Thanks. It was my second time meeting with Peggy, my 4th, I think, with Jenn, although I don't really count chatting for a few minutes at the book sale a true meet up. I did get to meet her lovely daughter Miss M then, though, so there's that.

Excellent news about the suet feeder and Woodpecker Day. I had a teensy Woodpecker Day yesterday as a Red-Bellied hung off my sunflower seed feeder and grabbed them. He used his tail on the underside to give him leverage to propel himself up. Actually, thinking about it, I'm surprised he didn't weigh too much and close the feeding ports.

We ran errands early today and had brekkie out. We'll have dinner with some friends this evening. So a busy eating out day.

Dec 8, 2019, 8:14am

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. We had a fun family gathering last night and Sue did a wonderful job grilling up everyone steaks. Not much planned for today, which is perfectly fine with me. It is my turn to do the food shopping but I hope to get out for a bird stroll too. I am getting that itch.

Dec 8, 2019, 8:26am

'Morning, Mark! Thank you. Grilled steaks, yum. Yay for a day off.

Bill and I run errands every Saturday, which includes taking trash/recyclables to the dump, eating lunch out, then going grocery shopping and running any other errands.

I hope you get a bird stroll in. I didn't pay attention yesterday to the fact that we were supposed to get a hard freeze, so was surprised when it was 21 when I got up. An hour later, it's only 24. Brrr.

Speaking of birds, I saw this just before heading off to read last night.

Incest and affairs of Japan's scandalous penguins

And how cool is it that they've published a relationships chart?

Dec 8, 2019, 10:04am

Happy Sunday shivers! It's colder there than here, three states north. (But by the ocean.)

I'm thinking oatmeal for lunch, some lovely warm stodge sounds just right.

Dec 8, 2019, 11:14pm

Hi RD! I hope you enjoyed your lovely warm stodge.

I had a busy, good day. Cranberry/pecan cheese ball is ready except for the last minute toasted pecan rolling tomorrow for the Friends of the Library Holiday Party for the Librarians and Staff.

Ragtime was brilliant, and Book Club was enjoyable and interesting.

Only 6 more DLS short stories before I've met my challenge for the year.

Dec 8, 2019, 11:18pm

Um, where are the meet-up (mandatory) PICTURES, Karen?!??!

Dec 9, 2019, 6:41am

>246 karenmarie: Ooh, those devious penguins! Why was this not mentioned in Hollow Kingdom? Grins...

Morning, Karen. I really enjoyed my weekend and now I am looking at a long six days. Ugh! And the temps will drop in to the 20s tomorrow, for a couple of days. Oh, joy! But, hey, no snow in the forecast. Silver linings, my friend.

Dec 9, 2019, 7:30am

>249 ronincats: Roni, I only thought about a picture as we were walking back down the walkway to Jenn's car. By then we needed to get back so that Jenn could take Miss M somewhere, and the opportunity was lost. Next time I'll set multiple alarms on my cell phone. I most humbly apologize. I love meet up pics and so should have remembered earlier.

>250 msf59: 'Morning Mark! Ugh to 6 days with low temps. Unfortunately you still get major bad weather points. Shit Turd the Crow does have a major downer on Penguins, as you'll recall. He'd love this article prior to his appreciation of the help they provided.

Today is the FoL Holiday Party for the Librarians and Staff. Pecans are out of the freezer and will be toasted soon. In the meantime, coffee and Dorothy L. Sayers short stories.

Dec 9, 2019, 9:02am

Party hearty, you animal you!


Dec 9, 2019, 9:26am

Oh yes! I'm wild and crazy... NOT. Now, if we're thinking of my college days and time in New London Connecticut, well. Those are different stories and fond memories. *smile*


Edited: Dec 9, 2019, 2:36pm

97. Lord Peter: A Collection of all the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers compiled by James Sandoe 3/30/19 11/28/19
100. Hangman's Holiday by Dorothy L. Sayers 11/15/19 12/7/19
101. In the Teeth of Evidence by Dorothy L. Sayers 11/19/19 12/9/19

From Amazon:

Hangman’s Holiday: Amusing and absolutely appalling things happen on the way to the gallows when murder meets Lord Peter Wimsey and the delightful working-class sleuth Montague Egg. This sumptuous feast of criminal doings and undoings includes a vintage double identity and a horrid incident of feline assassination that will tease the minds of cat-lovers everywhere. Not to be missed are "The Incredible Elopement of Peter Wimsey" (with a lovely American woman-turned-zombie) and eight more puzzlers penned in inimitable style by the mistress of murder.

In the Teeth of Evidence: An irresistible collection of “truly remarkable” stories from the master of classic mysteries, featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and Montague Egg (The New York Times).

Most noblemen would prefer to avoid a charred corpse in a garage. But Lord Peter Wimsey has never seen such a body, and cannot resist the opportunity when it comes along. The corpse is burned beyond recognition, but the watch it wears remains pristine—stopped precisely at seven minutes past nine. These are the sorts of clues that great murder cases are built around, and few detectives are more adept at finding them than Wimsey, the famous creation of Dorothy L. Sayers. In this volume, two classic Wimsey stories appear alongside five starring Montague Egg, an eccentric wine salesman whose powers of deduction could give His Lordship a run for his money. A handful of other glittering puzzles round out the volume, serving as testament to Sayers’s enduring status as a star of crime fiction.

Lord Peter: One of the founding mothers of mystery, Dorothy L. Sayers first introduced the popular character Lord Peter Wimsey in 1923 with the publication of Whose Body? Over the next twenty years, more novels and short stories about the aristocratic amateur sleuth appeared, each one as cunningly written as the next. Now in a single volume, here are all of the Lord Peter Wimsey stories: a treasure for any mystery lover. From "The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag" to "The Image in the Mirror" and "Talboys," this collection is Lord Peter at his best—and a true testament to the art of detective fiction.

Why I wanted to read it: All of Dorothy L. Sayers’s short stories across three volumes, to finish off my personal year-long challenge to read all of her fiction.

Twenty-one short stories featuring Peter Wimsey, eleven featuring commercial traveler Montague Egg, and twelve miscellaneous short stories, for a total of forty-four.

I have read all of these short stories previously, B.L.T. – Before LibraryThing - so more than 12 years ago. I remembered perhaps eight of the stories, so it was like reading them afresh.

Short stories are not really my cuppa, but all were intelligently written, showcasing one or more of the Seven Deadly Sins – Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy or Pride. Many were atmospheric and built tension quickly and convincingly. Many had ironic twists at the end. All included deft and three-dimensional character portrayals, always more difficult to attain in a short story.

I’m glad I read them, glad that I’ve finished them.

Dec 9, 2019, 3:18pm

>249 ronincats: Pictures! WHOOPS!

Dec 9, 2019, 8:58pm

Roni did take us to task, didn't she? NEXT time for sure.

Dec 10, 2019, 7:00am

Morning, Karen. Thanks for the reminder on Shit-Turd and the penguins. Grins...Only 25F here today...grin fading.

Enjoy your day!

Dec 10, 2019, 7:16am

Stay warm, dear friend.

Book sort team this morning, 9-11, possibly lunch out with the group after but not necessarily since I'm eating out tonight. This week won't be as exciting as last week - I found a $100 bill in someone's donation of an old college textbook. We thought we knew who had donated the book but it turns out he hadn't, so I'm hoping we decide to keep the money for use by the book sort team for supplies (markers, pricing dots, etc.,) as opposed to giving it to the library since we already give them $80K/year.

Then I really must finish wrapping presents for my sister/family in California. I want to mail box/boxes today or tomorrow.

And tonight is a dinner with co-workers from my last job at a fancy-schmancy restaurant in Cary - Jimmy V's.

Dec 10, 2019, 7:56am

It does seem to me that, for a contribution of $80K, that $100 buying y'all supplies would make sense and be reasonable.

Sort hearty, enjoy the dinner, and *smooch*

Dec 10, 2019, 1:58pm

Way to go on finishing all the Lord Peter Wimsey short stories, Karen! You make me want to re-read them.

I finished The Wimsey Papers and enjoyed them, mainly as a contemporaneous take on WWII, although it was fun to have the connections with Lord Peter and Harriet. Thanks for the tip.

Dec 10, 2019, 3:50pm

80K! I'm really impressed with what your group manages to do.

Dec 11, 2019, 6:35am

Morning, Karen. Just plodding along through the work week. Very cold again today. Nothing much to report on the bird end either. Work or home. At least, my books are treating me fine and keeping me afloat.

Dec 11, 2019, 8:33am

>259 richardderus: Hallo, RD! We decided to keep the money but rather than creating an account to track reimbursements against, we’ll simply credit the next book sale’s revenue account. Less work for me, actually. *smile*

Dinner was fun. There were 8 of us – our original IT group, the CFO who was our next-up-the-chain manager, and the General-Manager-at-the-time. It was a lot of fun, although with larger groups I’d love to switch it up part way through a dinner to make sure everybody gets a chance to talk with everybody else. That would confuse the waiters, though, so I had to content myself with my to-the-left-and-to-the-right folks. Lots of hugs outside after, though. Fred, the GM, bought a bottle of wine. Only 3 of us drink wine – the rest are religious tea-totallers – and it was a very light red. I ignored the ‘rule’ for white wine with seafood and for dinner had a Jimmy V’s salad and a scallop appetizer for my meal. It was a substantial salad and 3 beautiful large scallops sauteed to perfection. No desserts or coffee – it’s not that kind of group – so was well on my home after a leisurely 2-hour meal.

Bill and I wrestled the Christmas tree into the garage before I went – I had gotten it into a bucket with water and leaning up next to the garage, but it’s supposed to get down to 28F tonight and although Christmas trees live in the mountains of NC, he decided it had to be in the garage. It’s a substantial 9-footer so it was rather comical – 2 not-strong seniors getting it tucked into a corner, with bucket, where it wouldn’t fall down. Water and aspirin in the bucket - it should be more than fine ‘til either Friday or Sunday when Jenna and I will bring it in and it will either fit in the 9’ dropped ceiling near the stairs where we normally put it or, a first, to the left of the front door, which has a two-story ceiling. Fun and games! Next year we’ll get a 7’ tree max.

>260 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! Make it so. Glad you liked The Wimsey Papers, and yes, they are as much DLS’s take on WWII as jam for her fiction readers. You’re very welcome.

>261 ffortsa: Thanks, Judy. We’re actually running deficits because the Librarians ask for more than income generated, plus the FoL has $8/9K expenses ourselves, but we have reserves of ~$220K. They’ll run out eventually unless the Librarians cut back and/or we find new ways to generate substantial revenue, but by the time it’s a problem I’ll be well out of it. We’ve had lots of discussions and lots of push back from Librarians AND some board members about the budget. I always vote against the proposed budget, lose, and just write the checks.

>262 msf59: 'Morning, Mark! I just looked at your weather forecast - brrrr!! Stay warm and dry. Books are always a comfort, aren't they? Even when the birds and weather let you down.

Today is Christmas present wrapping, general being home-alone-and-puttering, and possibly going out to mail a package or two if they get to that stage. Christmas cards to get started, too. My mother's sister, my Aunt Joyce, and I are scheduled to have a phone call today - between our schedules and 3-hour time difference it's best to schedule a call.

In the meantime, coffee, brekkie, and a bit of reading.

Edited: Dec 11, 2019, 9:43am

A random book showed up yesterday from Amazon. Incurably honest, I called them to report the issue, and Owen said to keep it. No gift tag, no indication that anybody sent it to me. So I now have a brand new copy of White Oleander by Janet Fitch, which actually sounds like a book I might like, being set in Los Angeles and all, my home town. It may turn out to be a gift, and if so, it sounds like a winner. If not, it's serendipity.

First paragraph, which is evocative of the LA I remember:
The Santa Anas blew in hot from the desert, shriveling the last of the spring grass into whiskers of pale straw. Only the oleanders thrived, their delicate poisonous blooms, their dagger green leaves. We could not sleep in the hot dry nights, my mother and I. I woke up at midnight to find her bed empty. I climbed to the roof and easily spotted her blond hair like a white flame in the light of the three-quarter moon.

Dec 11, 2019, 11:02am

>264 karenmarie: Serendipity books are wonderful surprises! My decade-older sister sent me that book in the early Aughties with a note saying it was, to her, like reading her own life. I don't know, I wasn't there, but it doesn't seem that unlikely.

Enjoy the read! *smooch*

Dec 11, 2019, 11:42am

>264 karenmarie: White Oleander is interesting and scary. It depicts a Los Angeles I do recognize.

Dec 11, 2019, 1:44pm

>265 richardderus: I've put an index card in the book with this info. *smile*

>266 quondame: Hi Susan! I left LA in 1991 to get married, so we'll see if my remembered LA matches up with the book LA.

Had a great talk with my Aunt Joyce, had to order Amway laundry soap but had to create a new ID since they've changed systems, whinged about them not having a product I've bought forever and the customer service rep sent me a free spray version of it, and finally was able to order the SA8 and Scrub Buds. Now it's back to wrapping Xmas presents for the California family and Montana friend.

Very little reading has been accomplished today... sigh.

Dec 11, 2019, 8:26pm

>256 karenmarie: All is forgiven. I was just...disappointed.

Dec 11, 2019, 8:58pm

I understand, Roni! I love meet up pics and promise to try to get one next time.

Dec 12, 2019, 1:43am

Yay for a meetup!!! Boo for no photos. It just means you need a re-do. : )

Dec 12, 2019, 6:33am

Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday! 3 work days down! 3 to go! I stalled out on The Crown 3. I will have to get caught up. Are you finished with it?

Dec 12, 2019, 6:53am

>270 Berly: I know, Kim, I know... we were negligent in our duty.

>271 msf59: Hi Mark! Sweet Thursday to you, and yay to halfway through your long work week.

Yes, Bill and I finished The Crown a while back. We loved it. Love Olivia Colman, am still conflicted about Tobias Menzies as Philip (he just doesn't look like Philip to me), and can't wait for season 4.

Dec 12, 2019, 8:36am

Taken through the window, this is a photo of the moon setting through the crepe myrtle and behind our back tree line. Fortuitious arrival of a female Cardinal at the wild bird seed feeder and male Cardinal at the (mostly) empty black oil sunflower feeder. (both feeders have since been filled)

Dec 12, 2019, 9:10am

Have a good day, why don't yas. I'm going to.

Edited: Dec 12, 2019, 10:23am

Okay, Bill, I'll choose a good day. *smile*

I'm actually fighting a cold right now - slight sore throat, slight congestion, slightly itchy eyes. Cancelled dinner plans, but will probably go out to the Post Office to mail 2 boxes. Other than that puttering, reading. So far today I've continued reading the increasingly irritating The Gatekeeper by Charles Todd, The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon, and Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches.

Dec 12, 2019, 11:14am

>275 karenmarie: So why *don't* woodpeckers get headaches? I can't say I've ever asked the question but it is a glaringly obvious one when it's finally enunciated.

Happy day of chill, thermal chill, and more battling a cold.

Edited: Dec 12, 2019, 11:55am

I'm on page 46 of Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches and the titular question/answer are on page 176. Do I dare read ahead to answer your query or should I continue in my OCD way and read the next question?
Dear Bird Folks:

It seems like you guys always write about birds I never see in my yard. I have a rather small yard and the most exotic birds I ever get to see are robins. Will you ever be writing about robins are are they just too boring to write about?

--Sharon, Nashua, NH
I think I'll hold out for the suspense and we'll both have to be patient, RD.

So far I've gotten the dishes under control, finished The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon, and made, refrigerated, sliced, and am currently baking cheese wafers to mail to friend Karen in Montana along with two books wrapped up for Christmas: Hollow Kingdom and High Hearts. HK because I think she'll get a kick out of it and HH because it's one of the few RMBs she doesn't own/hasn't read.

Dec 12, 2019, 12:48pm

>277 karenmarie: I would never, ever presume to prevail over OCD. Even if it happened, the aftermath would be too grisly to make the temporary satisfaction worth it.

So just remember to come and say what they told you and I'll be content.

Dec 13, 2019, 6:56am

>273 karenmarie: Love the feeder & cardinal shot! I love these guys too.

Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. I know have wintering robins here but I have not seen any, in a few weeks.

Dec 13, 2019, 9:32am

Hi Mark! Same to you, and thanks re Cardinal and feeder shot. I haven't seen any Robins. We used to get flocks of several hundred that would touch down in the pastures and front but none in the last several years. Only a stray one here or there.

Dec 13, 2019, 1:11pm

Annoying morning...waited two hours for the doc, ended up leaving with no resolution to my issue re: sleep study being scheduled, and generally wanted to shout at people for not being prepared to answer simple questions. "Who DOES order sleep studies? When will that person be in the building? Do I need to go to that person's office to make the arrangements? When will the podiatrist be here?"

"I don't know."

"Will you please find out and let me know?"

"Check with {person standing next to person I was talking to}."




Dec 13, 2019, 1:32pm

>281 richardderus: - Please excuse me for hijacking the thread a bit, Karen, but Richard, please be sure a sleep study is warranted. I have had this done and it was a horrendous experience for me. It is 2 years of my life I will never get back and more stress and anxiety than I needed. And it was unnecessary. Yes, I know sleep apnea is a real thing and for some people, it can be life-threatening and the CPAP (or C-crap, as I lovingly refer to it) machine is vital. For me, with the first quack I went to, it felt like the disease du jour, and the experience only got worse. Long story short, I am fine, and cleared of all *issues* (it was my dangerously low thyroid that caused the extreme low energy that had my GP send me for the sleep study in the first place.). I was threatened by the first sleep study *doctor*, then, over the next year and a half, had 2 more studies done, before being cleared (by a different doctor as I refused to return to the first one). I have also since changed GPs as I was very angry at and disappointed in her, that she did nothing to help me. So, ask questions till you get the answers you need and don't blindly agree to anything unless you yourself feel it is essential. Trust your own instincts. And yes, you have to go to a sleep lab, where they slather gluey crap all over your head and attach wires and monitors to you, as you sleep there. Fun stuff. NOT.

Ok, end of rant. You can pm me if you want more ranting, er, info.

Edited: Dec 13, 2019, 3:59pm

>281 richardderus: >282 jessibud2: Continuing the hijack... My CPAP has been a total blessing though the sleep study is a drag. For me the worst is that they have the mattresses protected from bed bugs so it is like trying to sleep in a plastic bag. I brought a cart full of my own bedding the last time. Still, if a CPAP will help, it is wonderful. Of course, I'm the sort that pulls the covers over my head and imagines being a octopod floating in space.

Dec 13, 2019, 6:56pm

Both my parents had sleep apnea, snored (as do I) stertorously, and both had strokes at 78. I've got *mumble*teen years to go before then, but would just as soon not wake up 6-10 times a night gasping and choking, then feel like hammered owl pellets all day. The study itself is miserable, I've heard from literally everyone, but this can not go on.

Back when I had delusions of living with Jeremy, I resisted the hint of needing to sleep in one of those rigs. Now I'm just fine with it because the wake-up headache is too hellish and doesn't go away when I have my coffee.

Dec 13, 2019, 7:04pm

>284 richardderus: - Well, then, for you it makes sense, especially if there is the chance that a machine WILL help and you can be made more comfortable and healthy. I just felt I had to warn you, after my own experience. I had no idea going in, what it involved, and was given no information beforehand about what the consequences were of whatever the outcome might be. Part of that I have to take the blame for, as I should have done my homework, something I almost always do about everything. But still. I really do hope it helps you, Richard. I can't imagine waking up that frequently, though I do know about wake-up headaches (mine are migraines).

Dec 13, 2019, 9:22pm

>285 jessibud2: Migraines! EW! I've only ever had a few eyegraines, with the visual disturbances, and once the pain was breathtaking; but regularly?! Horripilation.

This gettin' old lark rots on ice!

Hey Horrible, you controlling the cold? Was it worse today?

Dec 13, 2019, 9:52pm

>281 richardderus: - >286 richardderus: My father snored the house down and I swore I'd never marry someone who snored. That didn't work out, so I mostly sleep upstairs away from the din.

My sister has sleep apnea and loves her CPAP machine. She doesn't look particularly attractive in it (having spent 3 nights in the same hotel room with her last May), but she doesn't snore with it.

So I felt much better today, thanks for asking. Still a bit of congestion, but no sore throat and only a bit of itchy eyes. I'm sure another Nyquil night will make it all go away.

Jenna and I made boneless skinless grilled-on-the-stove teriyaki chicken thigh pieces, a wonderful smashed potatoes recipe from Chef John / Food Wishes, and green beans. Garlic-thyme-rosemary infused butter was the kicker for the potatoes, and those toasty garlic slices were heavenly.

Tomorrow is the family Christmas party. I have to wrap 5 presents and make a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, but we're not leaving until 3 p.m. so have plenty of time. Jenna will help with the cake, too, and always does the job I hate most - greasing and flouring the pan.

It's time to read a bit and go to sleep...

Dec 13, 2019, 11:44pm

Good night, Karen. I'm glad that you're feeling better. Also glad that Jenna is there to help.
(Unless you're a purist who boils her cocoa chocolate icing - you say "frosting"; I say "icing"), the Hershey's Syrup Chocolate Cake is the easiest, best chocolate cake in the whole wide world!!!!!) Do you do it?
Here it is.....

For the cake:

1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, softened
1 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz.) can (or pouch) Hershey's chocolate syrup

For the icing:

1 stick (1/2 c.) butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Prepare the Cake:

In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract; beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt; mixing until just combined. Pour in the Hershey's chocolate syrup and mix until thoroughly combined.
Pour batter into a 13x9" baking pan coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, begin preparing the icing.

Prepare the Icing:

Place the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat. Once the mixture reaches a full rolling boil, cook it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted.
Immediately pour the hot icing over the warm cake, spreading to cover the cake evenly. Allow cake to cool to room temperature before serving.

You're welcome.

Dec 14, 2019, 12:04am

Geez, Karen. That cake sounds like work. Unwrapping butter, cracking eggs. Could you just send one up? Overnight would be best. Thanks much. (My mouth is watering already!)

Edited: Dec 14, 2019, 7:14am

Morning, Karen. Happy Saturday! Hooray for my last work day of the week and having the next 2 off. Enjoy your day.


Dec 14, 2019, 8:06am

>288 LizzieD: And good morning, Peggy! Just had my first sip of coffee, so am definitely feeling better! But I’ve still got a teensy bit of a scratchy throat and a cold is lurking.

Thank you for the recipes – I’ve cut and pasted them into a word document and will try them very soon. I have everything in the house except the Hershey’s and won’t go out today but might make it a next-week effort.

>289 weird_O: All cakes are work, dear Bill. However, the wonderfulness of homemade makes the extra effort over boxed totally worth it.

>290 msf59: ‘Morning, Mark! Yay for Saturday. I’m glad your work week is almost over.

Beautiful pic of the Cardinal – thanks. I just saw a Red-Belllied Woodpecker on the wild bird seed feeder and I’ve got quite a few LBBs and LGBs – Little Brown Birds and Little Grey Birds having breakfast. Ah, there’s a Cardinal, and a Titmouse, too. And just as quickly the feeding frenzy is over for a while.

And gunshots in the distance – hunters.

Homemade buttermilk waffles and bacon for brekkie, present wrapping and cake making late morning. Family gathering at 4 about an hour away. I asked cousin Rebecca for The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz, so I’m hopeful for a book day.

Dec 14, 2019, 8:50am

>291 karenmarie: Boo hiss sniffles, leave Horrible alone! Your day sounds like it'll be a pleasant, unstressful one on the way to the capstone of the family holiday party. It can only be better when you're making that chocolate cake Peggy recommends.

The red-jellied wibblewobbler sighting should set you up for the rest of the day! They're rare, aren't they? Or is that the ivory-soap wibblewobbler? Dunno, they're all not-seagulls to me.


Dec 14, 2019, 2:24pm

'Morning, RD! Presents wrapped. Chocolate cake made and frosted. Bill and Jenna are watching Bundesliga soccer.

Bill wanted Jenna to see Schitt's Creek, so we watched the first four episodes before and after the soccer. She's already in love with it.

The ivory-soap wibblewobbler is more rare, of course.

Dec 14, 2019, 6:31pm

I hope that your family Christmas gathering was a fun one, that everyone enjoyed the cake and that you have some delicious leftovers, Karen.

Dec 14, 2019, 8:08pm

>291 karenmarie: I hope you can avoid a full blown cold and have a good weekend.

Dec 14, 2019, 11:05pm

>294 Familyhistorian: We had a marvelous time, Meg! Everybody had cake and I sent home extras with everybody. We have some leftovers, too - Rebecca brought large Glad containers and we filled one up. Lots of games, and I got The Sentence is Death from Rebecca and family. Family, fun, food, books. *smile*

>295 quondame: I'm holding my own against the cold, Susan, and so far the weekend's been marvelous.

Tonight Jenna and I started singing The Purple People Eater Song so I found it on YouTube and played it. Then I played They're Coming to Take Me Away, by Napoleon XIV. And then, of course, it devolved to Dr. Demento in the early 1970s in LA - listening Sunday nights to such marvies as Fish Heads, Shaving Cream, Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, etc. Tomorrow will be early Weird Al Yankovic...

Edited: Dec 15, 2019, 8:26am

Morning, Karen. Happy Sunday. We are going over to Bree's house to watch the Bears/Packers game. One of the great rivalries and our Bears will definitely have their hands full at Lambeau Field. It should be a good time, regardless of the outcome.

Are your LGJs, juncos? And do you see any chipping sparrows, as part of your LBJs?

Edited: Dec 15, 2019, 9:03am

>297 msf59: That's a chipping sparrow??! Who knew!

We've been too casual about deciding what those rufous topped LBJ's are named. Where do you take your photos and when do they appear for you? We usually don't see these until spring and then they disappear to "the parklands" (where the forests start, north-central of the province).

Dec 15, 2019, 9:06am

Hi Mark, and happy Sunday to you, too! Yay for going to Bree's house.

There are some errands I should run today, but may be lazy instead. Memo to self: chocolate cake with a cup of coffee in the evening is not conducive to good sleep. I may take a nap today.

We definitely get Chipping Sparrows. Louise has reported White-Throated Sparrows recently, but I haven't seen any.

Haven't seen any Juncos yet. Bill calls them snow birds.

Edited: Dec 15, 2019, 9:22am

>298 SandyAMcPherson: That is not my photo. I wish. They do winter here but I have not seen them at my feeders or on my route, so far this season.

>299 karenmarie: I wonder what your LGJs are then? Inquiring minds...

I did just see a hairy woodpecker navigate her way into the suet feeder. I like those guys!

Dec 15, 2019, 10:30am

>298 SandyAMcPherson: Hi Sandy!

>300 msf59: The feeders I see most of the time are usually in shadow - NW corner of the house under the eaves, so sometimes it's hard to identify them. Yay for the Hairy Woodpecker. And still glad that your new suet feeder is actually working out for the birds instead of the squirrels.

Dec 15, 2019, 11:05am

>297 msf59:- I LOVE chippies! I may have mentioned once, several years ago I had a chippie who was fostering (I use the term lightly) a baby cowbird. Cowbirds are known to lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. Baby Moo was twice the size of mama Chippie but following her around on my lawn as she pecked away and fed him. I even have photos somewhere! What a sight!

Dec 15, 2019, 11:28am

>302 jessibud2: More Chippie love! Hooray!