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Roni Reads in 2019: Part 7

This is a continuation of the topic Roni Reads in 2019: Part 6.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1ronincats
Edited: Nov 21, 11:40pm Top


This is my output from the pottery studio today, small plates at 5" and 4.5" in diameter. (Coaster size, really)

Hi, I'm Roni. I live in San Diego with one husband, one small dog and way too many cats in a small bungalow with a garden and lots of books. I'm retired these days, after a long career as a school psychologist.

I've been a member of LT since 2008 and an active member of the 75 Book Challenge groups for that long as well. I read mostly in genre, science fiction and fantasy, but also try to read some nonfiction and mystery.

Welcome to my thread. I love visitors and promise to visit you back.

My final thread of 2018 is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/298278

2ronincats
Edited: Nov 22, 10:07am Top


This is my output from the pottery studio today, small plates at 5" and 4.5" in diameter.

Inadvertent double post here, but I'll leave the duplicated photo until I have something new to replace it with.

3ronincats
Nov 21, 11:36pm Top

New Goals for 2019:

My goals generally stay pretty stable, and this year will be no exception.

1. Read 150 books and 50,000 pages.
2. Read at least 40 books off my own bookshelves (BOMBs).
3. Acquire no more than 80 books.
4. 50 books out the door once more. GOAL MET1
















Challenges

Nonfiction Challenge

January: Prizewinners (and Nominees!): These Truths by Jill Lapore (already reading for a group read)
February: Science and Technology: Innovations and Innovators
March: True Crime, Misdemeanors and Justice, Past and Present Day
April: Comfort Reads: Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
May: History: Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
June: The Pictures Have It!: March by John Lewis
July: Biography & First Person Yarns: Becoming by Michelle Obama
August: Raw Materials: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
September: Books by Journalists: Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
October: Other Worlds: From Spiritual to Fantastical
November: Creators and Creativity
December: I've Always Been Curious About...

SFFKit: https://www.librarything.com/topic/299184

January: Read an SFF you meant to read in 2018, but never started/completed: The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
https://www.librarything.com/topic/301204
February: Colonization
March: Mystery/police procedural/detective Science Fiction or Fantasy
April: Sword & Sorcery: Swords Against Sorcery by Fritz Leiber
May: International Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Non-US/UK authors
June: Road-trip
July: Space Opera: The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle
August: Alternate History: The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
September: Series: The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
October: Comedy
November: Award Winners
December: End-of-the-Year Wrap Up

SeriesCAT: https://www.librarything.com/topic/298613#

January: Series in translation: The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke https://www.librarything.com/topic/299976
February: YA/Children's: Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
March: Series by a favorite author: Snake Agent by Liz Williams
April: Series You've Been Meaning to Get Back To
May: Newest book in a favorite series: The Landlady by Diane Duane
June: Series that are definitely complete: The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
July: Genre: fantasy: The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
August: Series set in a country/region where you do not live: The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch Done
September: Genre: Mystery: The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton
October: Historical Series:The Rat Catchers' Olympics by Colin Cotterill
November: Series with a female protagonist
December: Series that's new to you

TBR CAT: https://www.librarything.com/topic/298605

January: First in, last out - read one of the oldest members of your tbr: Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov Done
February: A book you borrowed to read and still haven't got to
March: Book acquired on/for trips or for a special occasion: Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee Done
April: Book originally acquired for an LT group read or challenge: These Truths by Jill Lapore Done
May: Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open: Quatrain by Sharon Shinn Done
June: Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT): Tamsin by Peter Beagle Done
July: Book by an author with more than one book on your TBR shelf: The Price of the Stars, Starpilot's Grave, By Honor Betray'd by Debra Doyle Done
August: Book purchased with great excitement and with plans to read right away that is somehow still on my tbr a year later: Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip Done
September: Classics I feel I should read
October: Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)
November: Book given to me as a gift
December: A book I bought because it was so cheap (library sale, remainder table, etc)

4ronincats
Edited: Dec 1, 12:02pm Top

Books Read in 2019

January
1. Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
2. The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman
3. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher
4. The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher
5. Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
6. Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny
7. Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov
8. The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke
9. Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold

February
10. Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara
11. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
12. The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
13. Darkness on his Bones by Barbara Hambly
14. Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall
15. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
16. Beyond the Empire by K. B. Wagers
17. Last Friends by Jane Gardam
18. Witches Incorporated
19. In the Vanishers’ Palace

March
20. The Goblin Emperor
21. The Reluctant Widow
22. Bryony and Roses
23. These Old Shades
24. That Ain’t Witchcraft
25. The Dubious Hills
26. Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field
27. Devil’s Cub
28. Roar of Sky
29. Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows
30. The Secret Witch
31. The Exile and the Sorcerer
32. The Traitor and the Chalice
33. The Empress and the Acolyte
34. Quatrain
35. Year of the Griffin
36. A Bachelor Establishment
37. Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana White
38. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
39. Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
40. Snake Agent by Liz Williams
41. Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
42. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
43. A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

April
44. The Queen's Gambit by Jessie Mihalik
45. Alliance Rising by C. J. Cherryh
46. Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
47. The Collected Kagan by Janet Kagan
48. The True Queen by Zen Cho
49. The Book of Boy by Catherine Murdock
50. Mirabile by Janet Kagan
51. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
53. Swords Against Wizardry by Fritz Leiber
54. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
55. Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
56. Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
57. Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
58. Plan B by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
59. I Dare! by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
60. Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

May
61. Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip
62. The Landlady by Diane Duane
63. The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
64. By Demons Possessed by P. C. Hodgell
65. Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
66. Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear
67. The Origins of Constantine by D. C. Gomez
68. The Hub: Dangerous Territory by James H. Schmitz
69. Gods, MOnsters and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
70. The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz
71. The Wizard of Karres by Lackey, Flint and Freer
72. The Sorceress of Karres by Flint and Freer
73. Biss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas
74. Telzey Amberdon by James H. Schmitz
75. TNT by James H. Schmitz
76. Trigger and Friends by James H. Schmitz

June
77. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
78. St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate by Karen Armstrong
79. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
80. The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George
DNF The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
81. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
82. A Memory Called Empire by Arcady Martine
83. A Liaden Universe Constellation 4 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
84. Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis
85. The Hidden City by Michelle West
86. Fractured Symmetry by Fernando Salazar
87. Pawsitively Poisonous by Melissa Jackson

July
88. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
89. March: Book One by John Lewis
90. The Women's War by Jenna Glass
91. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
92. Bibliophile by Tom Bruno
93. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
94. Chalice by Robin McKinley
95. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
96. The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey
97. Oathbreakers by Mercedes Lackey
98. Oathblood by Mercedes Lackey
99. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey
100. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
101. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
102. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
103. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
104. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
105. First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
106. Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
107. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
108. One of our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde

August
109. The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
110. Water Witch by Cynthia Felice and Connie Willis
111. Forsaken Kingdom by J. Rasmussen
112. Justice Calling by Annie Bellet
113. A Murder of Crows by Annie Bellet
114. What Fate Portends by Clara Coulson
115. The Uplift War by David Brin
116. Prostho Plus by Piers Anthony
117. The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle
118. Starpilot's Grave by Debra Doyle
119. By Honor Betray'd by Debral Doyle
120. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
121. Best of British Fantasy 2018 edited by Jared Shurin
122. Starfarers by Vonda McIntyre
123. Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
124. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
125. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

September
126. The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
127. Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
128. Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz by Garth Nix
129. A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark by Harry Connolly
130. The Vine Witch by Luanne Smith
131. The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton
132. Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
133. The Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker
134. Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker
135. Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher

October
136. Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
137. Tamsin by Peter Beagle
138. The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch
139. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
140. The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith
DNF Wicked and the Wildflower by Sarah MacLean
141. These Truths by Jill Lepore
142. The Rat Catchers' Olympics by Colin Cotterill
143. The Orc of Many Questions by Shane Murray
144. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

November
145. Factfulness by Hans Rosling
146. A Shift in Time by Lena Einhorn
147. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbie Waxman
148. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason
149. The Three Christmases of William Spencer by Derek Blount
150. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
151. The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter
152. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
153. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
154. Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
155. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

5ronincats
Edited: Dec 1, 8:06pm Top

Books acquired in 2019

January
1. These Truths by Jill Lepore
2. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher
3. The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher
4. Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
5. New Spring by Robert Jordan
6. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
8. Time's Shadow by Arnold Bauer
9. Consequences by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
10. The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan
11. Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold
12. Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara
13. The Witches of London Trilogy by Alyxandra Harvey

February
14. Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J. M. Bergen
15. The Queen's Gambit by Jessie Mihalik
16. In the Vanisher's Palace by Aliette de Bodard
17. A Shift in Time by Lena Einhorn
18. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
19. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon
20. The High, Green Hills by Jan Karon
21. Out to Canaan by Jan Karon
22. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

March
23. That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire
24. A Bachelor Establishment by Isabella Barclay
25. Duplicate Effort by Katherine Rusch
26. Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
27. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

April
28. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
29. Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
30. Mirabile by Janet Kagan

May
31. The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
32. By Demons Possessed by P. C. Hodgell
33. Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
34. The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz
35. The Wizard of Karres by Mercedes Lackey etal.
36. The Sorceress of Karres by Eric Flint etal.

June
37. A Liaden Universe Constellation 4 by Sharon Lee
38. Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis
39. Pawsitively Poisonous by Melissa Jackson

July
40. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
41. Blackfish City by Sam Miller
42. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
43. Bibliophile
44. Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara
45. Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara

August
46. Murder of Crows by Annie Bellet
47. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
48. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
49. The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire

September
50. Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz by Garth Nix
51. A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark by Harry Connolly
52. David Mogo Godhunter by Suyi Okungbowa
53. Dark Currents by Lincoln Buroker
54. Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher

October
55. The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch
56. The Library of the Unwritten by A. Hackwith
57. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
58. The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher
59. The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
60. Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

November
61. The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstrong
62. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
63. The Marianne Trilogy by Sheri Tepper
64. Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett
65. Judgment Day by Terry Pratchett
66. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
67. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
68. Magic of Wind and Mist by Cassandra Rose Clarke
69. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon
70. A Liaden Universe Constellation 3 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
71. The Paladin by C. J. Cherryh
72. The Goblin Mirror by C. J. Cherryh

6ronincats
Nov 21, 11:39pm Top

Welcome to my fellow LT readers! I thought the last thread might be my last of the year but, at 275 messages with over a month to go, clearly it was time for yet another. The holiday season begins--enjoy!

7quondame
Nov 21, 11:42pm Top

Happy new thread!

It's great to see your work!

8LizzieD
Nov 21, 11:50pm Top

Ooooo! I almost never get here in time to wish you Happy New Thread! I do! I do!
LOVE that calico cat!!!!!

9charl08
Nov 22, 3:21am Top

Happy new one Roni! Are you making special festive things?

10FAMeulstee
Nov 22, 4:35am Top

Happy new thread, Roni!

You are very close to your goal of 150 books and 50,000 pages.

11PaulCranswick
Nov 22, 4:37am Top

Happy new thread, Roni.

Those plates are so good up top that it is no pain to see them twice!

12katiekrug
Nov 22, 6:33am Top

Happy new one, Roni!

13foggidawn
Nov 22, 9:46am Top

Happy new thread!

14SandyAMcPherson
Nov 22, 9:46am Top

Hi Roni, I like how you list your "books read" by the month.
A thought for my book lists arrangement in 2020, if I remember!

You have great stamina for craft shows. I help The Man twice a year at his book sale tables and am utterly exhausted by the end of the second day. He usually does Sundays by himself. Fortunately Sundays are always very slow, so there's no problem with my being absent.

15thornton37814
Nov 22, 9:56am Top

Love all your cat pottery!

16ronincats
Edited: Nov 22, 10:06am Top

Wilkommen, Susan, Peggy, Charlotte, Anita, Paul and Katie.

Paul, thanks. I hadn't even realized the first post double-posted. Don't know how that happened but I'll let it stand for the moment.

Charlotte, I'll be making some Christmas earrings today. I only sold 2 of my 4 tree ornaments--we'll see if the others go tomorrow.

Anita, you are right! And here it is!



Book #150 The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher (237 pp.)

A retelling of the Blackbeard's wives fairy tale with Kingfisher's patented eerie touches. Her characters just come alive for me. I discovered this author (pen name for Ursula Vernon in January with her Clockwork Boys and have read six of her books this year.

And that makes 50,143 pages read in 2019, also meeting that goal.

17ronincats
Nov 22, 10:02am Top

And cross-posting while I wrote the above:

Thanks, foggi. A whole bunch of these reads are your fault responsibility.

That's why I limit my shows to seasons, Sandy. The husband keeps wanting to add more shows and do them year-round. I say no. 4 or 5 in the spring, 6-7 in the fall, and that is plenty for me. And all but one are only one day, and that one we can leave set up for all three days which is very nice. They are exhausting, you are right.

Thank you, Lori.

18The_Hibernator
Nov 22, 10:05am Top

Happy new thread!

19RebaRelishesReading
Nov 22, 11:07am Top

Happy new thread, Roni. Yes, 10-12 shows per year sounds like plenty!

20FAMeulstee
Nov 22, 11:24am Top

>16 ronincats: Congratulations reaching 2 x 75 and 50,000+ pages, Roni!

21ronincats
Nov 22, 12:33pm Top

>18 The_Hibernator:, >19 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Rachel and Reba.
>20 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita, who has doubled this!



Book #151 The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter (189 pp.)

Stephen (sirfurboy) recently recommended the revised and updated version of this book on his thread. My library, unfortunately, only has the original publication of 1981. I am curious as to the changes made in the newer version but still learned a lot about the literary construction of the Bible stories from this one.

22CassieBash
Nov 22, 12:54pm Top

>1 ronincats: Love that cat!

23BLBera
Nov 22, 2:30pm Top

Happy new thread, Roni. I love the plates.

24Familyhistorian
Nov 22, 2:43pm Top

Happy new thread, Roni, and a belated Happy Birthday!

25FAMeulstee
Nov 22, 3:17pm Top

>21 ronincats: My goal is indeed the double number in pages, Roni, but I am not there yet.

26SirThomas
Nov 23, 6:14am Top

Happy new thread, Roni - and a beautiful weekend.
>2 ronincats: These beautiful pictures can be viewed twice!

27PaulCranswick
Nov 23, 8:34am Top

2x75 up already - congratulations, Roni.

Have a lovely weekend.

28jnwelch
Nov 23, 12:11pm Top

Happy New Thread, Roni!

Lovely toppers up there. Wouldn't it be great to be able to make something like those? Oh, wait . . . :-)

I plan to start The Bookish Life of Nina Hill soonish (once I'm through the current reads).

29souloftherose
Nov 24, 8:32am Top

Happy new thread Roni - beautiful plates!

>16 ronincats: Glad you enjoyed The Seventh Bride - I think that's my favourite of her fairytale retellings so far.

30EllaTim
Nov 24, 8:18pm Top

Happy new thread Roni. Love those plates.

>16 ronincats: Congratulations, 2x 75! And it looks like a good one. Read for Halloween?

31EBT1002
Nov 24, 9:47pm Top

Happy New Thread, Roni, and happy belated birthday! I'm sorry you had to spend it waiting for a worker.
I also wanted to say that I loved the meme about the Oxford Comma on your last thread. Very amusing.

I love both plates in >1 ronincats:, especially the cat. The colors are charming.

I went to an art supply store while in Seattle last week. I keep having this impulse to do something creative so I've spent a bit of time this weekend on drawing exercises. I get frustrated too easily, I think. I really need to find a class so I'm not just doing it on my own.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

32ronincats
Nov 24, 9:59pm Top

Thank you, Cassie, Beth, and Meg!
You are way ahead of the doubled mark for books read though, Anita.
Thanks, Paul.
Hope you like it, Joe. I do think some of my liking was identifying with the kind of introvert woman she was, so I hope it clicks for you.
Heather, I would still rank Bryony and Roses above The Seventh Bride though.
Thank you, Ella. No, I read The Halloween Tree for Halloween. I read The Seventh Bride because it was on special for 99¢ last week and I have no self-control!

Today was mostly rest and relaxation after what is probably my last craft show of the season. We did unload the truck into the she-shack this afternoon, after it had remained loaded with craft stuff for the last three weeks over the last three craft shows. That is a good feeling, to have it back on the shelves and organized, although I would love to figure out a way to have the pottery displayed in my craft room so I could better see what I need to make to fill out my inventory, without spending a bundle on lumber. The craft show was a well-established one at an elementary school to fund the PTA and it had a lot of traffic. I sold a lot of pottery--cereal bowl sized was popular (7), but my large lotus blue bowl, three cat plates and my next-to-last cat mug as well, and 6 pairs of earrings and two of the ceramic tree ornaments, so it was a successful day! I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and couldn't get back to sleep, so I was really tired by the time we got home. It was a gorgeous day though, sunny and in the low 70s.

33ronincats
Edited: Nov 24, 10:04pm Top

Ellen, you posted as I was composing the above. What all did you get at the art supply store? I am a good copyist, but I have always had trouble with original work and especially with colors. When I drew, charcoal was my favorite medium, with pen and ink next. How ironic that now the heart of my glazing directly involves color combinations! I do like the cat plate combo though, and now I can reproduce that. I'm thinking about doing a set of different cat faces at that size (5" diameter) in the psychedelic mode.

34drneutron
Nov 25, 10:11am Top

Happy new thread!

35RebaRelishesReading
Nov 25, 12:09pm Top

>32 ronincats: Glad you ended the season on a high note :)

36karenmarie
Nov 27, 6:28am Top

Hi Roni and a belated happy new thread to you.

The cat and sunflower plates are beautiful. Glad you had such a successful sale at the elementary school.

37richardderus
Nov 27, 5:54pm Top

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

38ronincats
Nov 27, 8:48pm Top

>34 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.
>35 RebaRelishesReading: That is always nice, Reba.
>36 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen.
>37 richardderus: I saw on your thread that Old Stuff was gone for the nonce, leaving you to enjoy sole possession of the lodgings. And I took a BB from you and ordered the Tudor book from the library forthwith!

It's been a quiet couple of days around this household after running off on errands on Monday. There's been a basketball game every day (MTW) as KU was playing in the Maui Classic. Three games in three days, and today the team finally was hitting on all cylinders and playing well together. Won the championship game in overtime--Dayton was GOOD! We were better.

During the days I got the house picked up and baked a pumpkin pie, defrosted the turkey, played computer games. The only reading I've done all three days is my bath time read, God Is Not One. Tomorrow will be: rise, make oyster stuffing, stuff turkey and place in paper bag and in oven, prep yams and beans for some previously unprepared recipes that sound really good (I'll post links to the recipes if they are as good as advertised), and watch the parade.

The rain started at 2:00 this afternoon and has been coming down steadily ever since. The heavier rain is still supposed to be tomorrow. We aren't planning on going anywhere!

39ronincats
Edited: Nov 28, 4:44pm Top

Well, broke through my reading slump with a vengeance. Sat down at 8:00 with a new library book, since Chilling Effect just wasn't doing it for me, and at 10:30 turned the final page.



Book #152 An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (300 pp.)

This is a library book recommended by Natalie (curioussquared) and I enjoyed it very much. It has a relatively unorthodox view of the Fae, while still conforming to the general outlines of the mythology, and Rogerson writes very well. I particularly enjoyed the POV character Isobel, who reminds me a lot of another favorite character, Janet in Elizabeth Marie Pope's The Perilous Gard, with her common-sense approach. Highly recommended!

And all unknown, I had ordered the second book of this author, Sorcery of Thorns from the library when foggidawn reviewed it in August, and it came in at the same time. It has magical libraries and sounds really good and I think I'll dive into it right away!

The turkey is in the oven, due out at 1:45, and so a break for a couple of hours before I get busy with side dishes...maybe some reading time?

40quondame
Nov 28, 4:15pm Top


Happy Thanksgiving, Roni!

41Berly
Nov 30, 10:02pm Top

Roni--Hope you are still enjoying leftovers!! : )

42ronincats
Dec 1, 8:29pm Top

After several stay-at-home days during the rain, we got out for Small Business Saturday. Stopped by the library and returned a batch of books, then up to Mysterious Galaxy to supposedly cash in on my Loyalty Loot for the year's purchases, but their computer system was acting up so that didn't happen. I did pick up several books and a pair of socks (see below) and got to pick a freebie from a cart of books for their SBS celebration. Then we went to the mall to Penney's--big mistake as the place was wall-to-wall cars driving through the parking areas all around the mall, with police directing traffic. Did luck into a parking spot and used my $10 off when you spend at least $10 coupon that expired on the 30th. Went by the pottery studio to see how the plate for my sister turned out (since I didn't have class on Thursday due to Thanksgiving) and then stopped by a used bookstore on 30th St. that I've been meaning to check out for several months as we pass it on the way home from the pottery. Picked up three more books and got a reusable Verbatim Books bag as part of their celebration of SBS. Then when I got home, Susan (quondame) reviewed a Nina Kiriki Hoffman novella of which I was unaware, so I bought that for my Kindle and finished it off last night. So I acquired 7 books just yesterday. That's just the way it goes, some days.






This back wall in one of their two rooms simply blew me away!! Those are all old, leather-bound books.

What I bought yesterday:
66. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
67. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
68. Magic of Wind and Mist by Cassandra Rose Clarke
69. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon
70. A Liaden Universe Constellation 3 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
71. The Paladin by C. J. Cherryh
72. The Goblin Mirror by C. J. Cherryh

My final reads for November:



Book #153 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (456 pp.)

This is the second book by Rogerson, following her first that I read up above. We have a naive orphan girl who grew up in a library of magical books, caught up in power struggles that throw her out of her library home and make her a pawn. I loved the obvious love of books and libraries and it's a good fantasy. I just didn't make the connection with the heroine that I did in An Enchantment of Ravens, so that remains my favorite of the two.



Book #154 Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (416 pp.)

This should have been a sure-fire winner: bad-ass heroine, telepathic cats, space opera. But it wasn't. Definitely nonstop action, but lots of haphazardly thrown together elements with no character development, and the cats were basically non-actors. Ha, cats, Merlin of Korval looks down his nose at your impotence! This is supposed to be the first of a series and it may be that, having gotten the kitchen sink and all its contents out of the way in this first book, the author will settle down and develop a more cohesive story. I will try it.

One element that kept throwing me out of the story involved the copious Spanish phrases thrown in by the main character--not that the Spanish was there but that I didn't recognize most of it. Turns out to be mostly Cuban idioms of an impolite nature. Natural since the author is Cuban-American but I kept trying to make sense of it.



Book #155 The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (51 pp.)

This is basically a short story in the Chapel Hill series, not recommended if you haven't read the novels. I love Hoffman's imagination, so I'd recommend you start there.

43figsfromthistle
Dec 1, 8:31pm Top

>42 ronincats: Love the pottery and the books!

44ronincats
Dec 1, 8:38pm Top

November stats:

Books read: 11
Pages read: 2989
Average pages per day: 100
Average pages per book: 272

New reads: 11
Rereads: 0
Library books: 7
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 1
New acquisitions read: 3
Did Not Finish (DNF): 0

Genre:
science fiction 2
fantasy 4
children's 1
nonfiction 3
fiction 2
romance 0
mystery 0

Author gender: 8 female, 3 male

Media: 4 Kindle, 5 hardback, 2 trade paperback

Books acquired: 12 (3 were birthday gifts)
Read: 3/12, all were Kindle
Genre: 1-science fiction, 9-fantasy, 3-nonfiction, 0-fiction, 0-romance, 0-mystery
Cost: $66.24

61. The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstrong
62. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
63. The Marianne Trilogy by Sheri Tepper
64. Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett
65. Judgment Day by Terry Pratchett
66. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
67. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
68. Magic of Wind and Mist by Cassandra Rose Clarke
69. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon
70. A Liaden Universe Constellation 3 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
71. The Paladin by C. J. Cherryh
72. The Goblin Mirror by C. J. Cherryh

Books out the door: 2

Waves to Susan and Kim for visiting above!

45PaulCranswick
Dec 1, 9:29pm Top

Hope you enjoy what's left of your Thanksgiving weekend, Roni.

46SandyAMcPherson
Edited: Dec 1, 10:31pm Top

>42 ronincats: Cool bookstore display!

I have those 2 Margaret Rogerson books requested in the library (along with about 6 other requests). Luckily the other requests are so recently published, I'll have some breathing space. I think I'll enjoy getting to know Rogerson. She's a 'new-to-me' author.

There are two books on hold now which I need to pick up this week: finally, finally! The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and one that was a BB from a thread I didn't note on LT, The Miniaturist.

47RebaRelishesReading
Dec 2, 10:15am Top

>42 ronincats: I got into the Fashion Valley traffic mess on Friday on my way to get gas at Costco. YeeGads!!

Is that the bookstore a block or two south of University? If so, I went there on the bookstore tour last year and really liked it. I see I should definitely go back.

48foggidawn
Dec 2, 1:44pm Top

>39 ronincats: I really need to read that one. I suspect I might like it more than Sorcery of Thorns, too.

>42 ronincats: Sounds like a fabulous day of shopping and fun!

49karenmarie
Dec 2, 2:00pm Top

Hi Roni!

Yay for acquiring 7 books in one day.

Good November reading stats, too.

50Familyhistorian
Dec 2, 4:45pm Top

Looks like you are enjoying your “free” time now that the craft shows are over, Roni. Seven books in one day is a good haul!

51jnwelch
Dec 2, 4:52pm Top

Hi, Roni. I'm little over halfway through The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, and I'm very much enjoying it. So many funny lines in it!

52richardderus
Dec 2, 8:31pm Top

>42 ronincats: Ave Roni, the plate for Sister-Lady is beautimus, the binge awe-inspiring, the SBS goodies delghtful...love discounts!...and the socks hilarious.

I just put up in my thread three reviews appearing on my blog tomorrow. Lisa Henry, an Aussie writer of an MM space opera series, gave me the third one in it so I binge-reviewed them all after a straight (!) read-through. Much more satisfying to read them that way, in fact, and I'm glad I finally could.

53DeltaQueen50
Dec 2, 10:21pm Top

Hi Roni, how on earth did it get to be December already! I have two belated wishes for you - belated Happy Birthday and belated Happy new thread!

54sibyx
Dec 3, 8:16am Top

Catching up -- I love your themes, cats, sunflowers and what you are doing with them!

Enjoy relaxing and regrouping and having lots more reading time! So wonderful how your sales seem to be taking off.

55streamsong
Edited: Dec 3, 10:10am Top

Happy New Thread! As well as a belated 70th (!) birthday and congrats on meeting your pages read goal as well as your 2 x 75 goal.

I love the two plates at the top. Very cool to see them as a work in progress (unfired) on the previous page.

Love the Verbatim Books wall with the logo done out of leatherbound books.

Do you have another craft sale lined up in December?

56ronincats
Dec 5, 9:42pm Top

>45 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!
>46 SandyAMcPherson: Sandy, if you go to a book's Work page and look in the left margin, you'll see (among others) Conversations. You can click on that and see all the threads where the book has been mentioned, and sometimes that helps me recreate where I learned about a Book Bullet.
>47 RebaRelishesReading: Except that the getting gas line at that Costco is ALWAYS a nightmare. But yes. And yes, that's the bookstore, at 30th St. and North Park Way, 1 block south of University.
>48 foggidawn: I hope you can get it and like it, foggi.
>49 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen.
>50 Familyhistorian: I am, Meg, except that now I'm making stuff for Christmas presents. Reminds me I need to take a picture of the tote bag I made today!
>51 jnwelch: I read your review, Joe, and I'm so happy you enjoyed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill as much as I did!
>52 richardderus: Read your reviews, Richard, and enjoyed your inimitable wordage.
>53 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy.
>54 sibyx: Thanks, Lucy.
>55 streamsong: No more craft shows, Janet. Had opportunities, decided I was ready for a break. And THANK YOU for noticing the book wall. That just amazes me and no one was mentioning it. I'm going to re-post it for emphasis--this is entirely created from real-life leather-bound books across an entire WALL. LOOK at it, people! It's AMAZING!!!

57ronincats
Dec 5, 10:09pm Top



Book #156 Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin (33 pp.)

This is one of Amazon's Forward collection of original stories, and Jemisin does her usual quality time in this story about a space traveler returning to Earth (excuse me, Tellus) from a long-established colony.



Book #157 God is Not One by Stephen Prothero (342 pp.)

The subtitle says it all. The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter. Very interesting.

This is the tote bag I made today for my friend who uses the walker caddies to give to a mutual friend for Christmas. Lined in blue.


Glazed two mugs and a bowl at pottery today. Threw 5 small plates/coasters to use for doing a set of cats based off the one at the top of the thread.

Had rain all day yesterday--we are caught up for the weather year, which started October 1, and the plants are all loving it!

58RebaRelishesReading
Yesterday, 11:43am Top

>57 ronincats: Beautiful tote! You got me with a BB on God is Not One -- sounds interesting.

Happy sunshiny day :)

59richardderus
Yesterday, 12:20pm Top

>56 ronincats: ...wow...that is...wow!

>57 ronincats: Love the tote-bag idea! And I'm glad you enjoyed Emergency Skin.

Yay for rain! Burgeon, ye tomatoes, and give a hearty winter crop unto thy mater matuta.

60figsfromthistle
Edited: Yesterday, 4:36pm Top

>56 ronincats: Actually, I did mention the books in post 43 :)

The wall is certainly very cool!

61ronincats
Yesterday, 5:18pm Top

>58 RebaRelishesReading: Looking gloomy out there today, Reba. Have you gotten any walking done since you got home?
>59 richardderus: The tomato plants are gone, although I've still a counter full of the fruits. I need to get my winter garden in--I have been terribly remiss.
>60 figsfromthistle: I completely missed your entire post, Anita, in betwixt my two long ones! Sorry.

I've been out for lunch with a friend (the one the tote bag is for) and now the sky is becoming increasingly overcast and it smells like rain. *yawn*

62RebaRelishesReading
Today, 11:04am Top

>61 ronincats: I have hardly walked any since I got home from the U.K.!! Too much time spent in the car and then working to get reinstalled here (teeth cleaned, flu shot, hair cut, pedicure, drivers' license test, etc.) I did get about 4500 steps in yesterday plus an hour chair-yoga class (which nearly killed me) so that's a start back. I hope to do the yoga 2x per week and walk other days.

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