Betty (dudes22) is Looking for a Father
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I’m Betty and I’ve been on LT since 2008. I’m back for another year and my categories this year are going to be based on “Fathers”. I think this year I’m going to just dip into the Cats and Kits and have a real loose structure. I might even do some author binge reading. I’m not planning on any particular number for each category. I know some books might overlap categories, but I’ll just pick one.
Besides reading, I spend a lot of time quilting and have another thread over in the Needlearts group where I keep track of what is going on cloth-wise. Here's my link if you'd like to stop by: https://www.librarything.com/topic/314444
Note: Giving credit – most of my facts here are from Wikipedia, although I did look at a few other web sites . So if the wording sounds a little like an encyclopedia, that’s why.
1: Frank W. Cyr (1900-1995)– Father of the Yellow School Bus – Children’s/YA books –
Frank W. Cyr, is considered the 'Father of the Yellow School Bus'. He was a professor emeritus of rural education. In 1939, with a $5,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, he organized a conference including transportation officials from the (then) 48 states, specialists in school bus manufacture, and paint companies to develop national construction standards for a school bus.
I’ll be using this for children and young adult books.
1. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Maas
2. Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein
2: 2. Sir George Cayley (1773-1857) – Father of Aviation – Travel
Sir George Cayley, born in 1773, is sometimes called the of Father of Aviation even though the Wright brothers eventually invented, built and flew an airplane in 1903 and are more well-known. A pioneer in his field, Cayley is credited with the first major breakthrough in heavier-than-air flight, understanding the relationship between weight, lift, drag, and thrust.
I’ll be traveling to other countries or reading foreign authors in this category.
1. The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
2. Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill
3. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
4. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
3: Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)– Father (Inventor) of the Dewey Decimal System – Non-Fiction
Melvil Dewey was an American librarian who devised the Dewey Decimal Classification for library cataloging and, probably more than any other individual, was responsible for the development of library science in the United States.
My non-fiction books will go here.
1. D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose
2. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
3. Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
4: 4. Henri-Gustave Delivigne (1800-1876)– Inventor of Bullets – Book Bullets
The modern bullet is based on a version invented in 1826 by Henri-Gustave Delvigne, a French infantry officer. Delvigne's bullet had a spherical shape and was rammed into a breech's rifling grooves.
I’m really excited about the BBs I took in 2019 (there were 55 as of the time I’m posting this, 30 from LT and 20 other places) so I’ll be using this category to finally read some of the book bullets I’ve taken over the years.
1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Cheryl)
2. Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman (Nan)
3. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (Carol)
5: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) – Father of the Detective Story – mysteries
Edgar Allan Poe is considered the undisputed "Father" of the Detective Story. He created so much that is of importance in the field -- literally creating the template for all of detective fiction to follow.
I’ll be putting my mysteries of all sorts in here.
1. Aunt Bessie Assumes by Diana Xarissa
2. Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
3. L. A. Requiem by Robert Crais
4. 61 Hours by Lee Child
6: Johannes Gutenberg (c.1400 – 1468) – Father of Modern Printing – Other Fiction
Gutenberg’s invention—printing with movable type—transformed the art of communication, and started the printing revolution. He used a number of things that advanced printing: oil-based ink, adjustable molds, mechanical moveable type, and a wooden press similar to the agricultural screw press. Because of the kind of metal type he used, it was faster and more economical.
I’ll be putting fiction that doesn’t fit elsewhere in this category.
1. Montauk by Nicola Harrison (SSV book club)
2. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
3. The Recipe Club by Andrea Isreal
4. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
5. Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
7: Louis le Prince (1841-1890) – Father of Cinematography – books made into movies
While the Lumiere brothers and Thomas Edison get much of the credit as being the forefathers of the moving image, Louis Le Prince, widely known as “The Father of Cinematography” was right there with the creators of the movie medium. He invented an early motion picture camera, although his invention did not influence the commercial development of cinema.
I’ll be putting books that were made into movies into this group.
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2. The Martian by Andy Weir
8: Vint Cerf (1943-) – Father of the Internet – E-books
Vint Cerf is an American Internet pioneer, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with TCP/IP co-inventor Bob Kahn.
I’ll use this category to keep track of my e-book reading.
1. The Flinck Connection by Estelle Ryan
9: Charles Dickens (1812-1870) – Father of Serial Novels – Series reading
Even though I could put them elsewhere, I wanted a category to keep track of my series reading so I’m using this very loosely but I did find this in Wikipedia: “The wild success of Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers, first published in 1836, is widely considered to have established the viability and appeal of the serialized format within periodical literature.”
So I’ll put most of my series in here.
1. Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson
2. Scones and Bones by Laura Childs
3. The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
4. The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus
5. Worth Dying For by Lee Child
10: Alfred Nobel – Inventor of Dynamite – Nobel Prize Winners
"I would not leave anything to a man of action as he would be tempted to give up work; on the other hand, I would like to help dreamers as they find it difficult to get on in life." - Alfred Nobel
Alfred Nobel is best know for leaving his fortune to establish the Nobel Prizes. The reason he did so was because he read a premature obituary of his death (his brother had died and the paper published the wrong obituary) which criticized him for profiting from the sale of arms. He was a chemist, engineer, and inventor besides being a businessman. Nobel held 355 different patents, the most famous of which was the patent for dynamite.
The Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to a person rather than a book so I will use this category to read books from some of the “dynamite” Nobel Prize winners.
1. The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago (1998)
11: Alpha Kit:
I use the author’s last name as my criteria for this Kit. I try to read from my TBR pile but sometimes have to resort to the library. I had a few letters that didn’t get done last year so I’m hoping to do better this year and actually get all the letters done.
Jan - A - The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Jan - U - Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson
Feb - F - The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus
Feb - B - The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Mar - G - Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Mar - C = Worth Dying For by Lee Child
Apr - S
Apr - T
May - L
May - P
Jun - K
Jun - Y
Jul - J
Jul - R
Aug - O
Aug - H
Sep - M
Sep – E
Oct - D
Oct - V
Nov - I
Nov - Q
Dec - W
Dec - N
Yearlong – X - Aunt Bessie Assumes by Diana Xarissa
Yearlong – Z
12: Random Cat:
This has been one of my favorite Cats since I started doing this challenge. I’m a very big planner so this provides at least one element of surprise every month through the year.
Jan - New Year's Resolution - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Feb - Still Leaping - The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
Mar - Seasons of Love - A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Apr - Showers and Flowers
14: BINGO Dog:
1. Title contains a pun
2. Book with "library" or "thing" in the title or subtitle
3. Scones and Bones by Laura Childs
4. Book about books, bookstores, or libraries
5. Book by a woman from a country other than the US/UK
6. The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus
7. Book with a periodic table element in the title
8. Book that's in a Legacy Library
9. Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
10. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wnedy Maas
11. Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
12. Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill
13. The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
14. Book published in the year of your birth
15. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
16. Book published in 1820 or 1920
17. Book not set on Earth
18. Book published in 2020
19. Book about birth or death
20. Montauk by Nicola Harrison
21. Weird book title
22. The Flinck Connection by Estelle Ryan
23. Book involving a real historical event (fiction or nonfiction)
24. Book written by an LT author
25. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Very clever description of categories. Once again, I adore your picture of the kittens for RandomCAT as well as the cat looking at a book for other CATs and the bogs for BingoDOG.
Hope you enjoy your reading.
>Thanks, Allison. The Cat/Dog are all pictures I've used before, but I keep liking them.
I just thought I'd add that this idea started a few years ago when I heard/read something about "the father of the yellow school bus". I thought that would be a great idea for a YA category and have been holding it for a few years.
Love your theme, Betty and you've got some great categories. I am looking forward to following along.
Oh wow - this is great! Love that there is a father of bullets for the book bullets category.
How many ways do I like your new thread?
>5 dudes22: 1. Besides librarianship, Melvil Dewey tried to change spelling forever. He mostly did not succeed, fortunately.
>6 dudes22: 2. Inventor of bullets for Book Bullets—perfect!
>14 dudes22: 3. RandomCAT row o' cats.
>15 dudes22: 4. Kitten peeking over books, too cute.
Have a great year of reading!
>9 dudes22: Love this category! I had thought of doing the same. I was thinking of reading the book first, the watching the movie to compare. Are you planning on reviewing both?
>26 LittleTaiko: - I really expected it to be someone associated with guns, i.e. Colt, Winchester, etc.
>27 rabbitprincess: - I think most of us in the US automatically think of the Wright brothers and think all flight begins there.
>28 NinieB: - Thanks so much!
>29 JayneCM: - Not sure about reviewing both. Some of the books I've thought about, I've already seen the movie. Others I might try to see after I read the book.
>30 MissWatson: - Thanks!
Interesting categories. I've dropped my star. I'm still trying to decide if I want to use the categories on which I settled or if I want to go in a different direction.
>32 thornton37814: - Yes - sometimes when I see what others are doing, I wonder if I should change.
>33 dudes22: I was never 100% satisfied with my theme. I did change it. It may not be perfect, but it fits me better at this point in time.
I like the idea of the Book Bullets category. I was just going over my list from this year a couple of days ago and I was wondering how I could work them in. I'm not participating in as many Cats/Kits this and I hope it helps. of course I know there will be more coming!
I think I could just read book bullets since I took so many this year. Not to mention what I already had on my list.
What a great challenge idea! I learned some new information just stopping by. Best wishes for your 2020 reading plans!
Your categories are so interesting! I've never stopped to think about why school buses look the same throughout the country- who knew!! Happy reading!
>41 jennyifer24: - Thanks, I hope to have a good year although it's starting out slow.
Book 1: Montauk by Nicola Harrison
Category: Johannes Gutenberg – General Fiction
BingoDog: Proper Name in Title
This debut novel by Nicola Harrison just didn’t do it for me. A little more “chick-litty” than I usually read. And somewhat predictable. And it could have used more editing – the author loves semi-colons.
Beatrice goes out from New York City to spend the summer in the new playground of the rich – Montauk. In 1938, the original builder Fisher has fallen on hard times after a hurricane has destroyed some of his property in Miami, and Beatrice’s husband is hoping to invest in the resort destination of Montauk, seeing a future where more people will travel out in the summer. Beatrice is hoping to reignite the passion in her marriage but soon finds that Harry has very little interest and spends more and more time back in the city.
Beatrice, meanwhile, finds herself spending more time with the local laundress for the resort and then meets the lighthouse keeper. Turns out he knew her brother who had died and she finds herself more and more attracted to him.
This might make an ok beach read, but it just wasn’t for me. I would have quit but it was chosen for our book club read this month. Now it looks like I won’t even be there to hear what others think of it.
So I spent a portion of this evening finding answers to the second meme that's been going around (based on my 2019 reads) while I was watching football. Here's what I've come up with:
What would you call the event? The Quilter’s Homecoming
How did they find their way? The Dark Horse
How did they know they'd arrived? Little Fires Everywhere
Any special activities? Beach Music
Did your guests stay over? Mudbound
Were there servants to help? Visionary Women
Was there turn down service? Nothing to Lose
How were the guests greeted? A Dog Named Slugger
Was dinner held for late comers? Left Neglected
And dinner was? Bad Luck and Trouble
Afterward? Gone Tomorrow
Book 2: D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose
Category: Melvil Dewey - Non-Fiction
With most of the men already away fighting in WWII, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) agency decided to train women to work behind the lines in France as spies and helpers for the Resistance. There's a lot to this book: a list of the women in the book with their multiple/alternate many names and there's a map of where the action is taking place. And although there are only 290 pages to the story, there are also 59 pages of footnotes, a 21-page bibliography, and a 12-page index.
The book tells the story of three of the women who participated in the SOE operation and how they worked to help the Resistance by blowing things up, creating prison breaks, and gathered information that would help England win the war. I found it very interesting.
Love the meme answers, Betty. I would love to be welcomed by a dog called Slugger!
>47 dudes22: I have this one on my list - planning a WWII category next year.
>48 DeltaQueen50: - Thanks, Judy. I don't read as prolifically as you so have less to choose from, but somehow it all works out.
>49 Tess_W: - >50 JayneCM: - It really was an interesting book and maybe deserved better than the 3.5* I gave it. But I found the tremendous amount of footnotes and flipping to the back of the book to see them interrupted the flow of the story.
Turns out my Thingaversary was 2 days ago and I was so busy getting ready to go away, I completely missed it. 12 years for me now. But no time to buy books before we go. I'll probably wait til one of the library sales in the spring after we get back before I indulge in some buying.
ETA: For some reason, I always think it's the 8th, but it's the 6th.
While hubby and I were traveling down here to Fla, we decided to take the Merritt Parkway through Connecticut instead of RT 95. It runs basically parallel. Built between 1934 -1940, The Merritt Parkway was built as a limited access highway and still does not allow commercial vehicles because the bridges are low. There are 42 bridges that cross over the Merritt Parkway, most of them in the Art Deco style of the 1930s. Here are a few pictures of the types of bridges you see:
How much more fun it is to take the back roads when one has the time. Happy belated Thingaversary!
I love how all the bridges have distinct personality. Happy Thingaversary to you as well!
I'm all for the actual travelling being a good part of the journey, those bridges are very coo, each one so unique!
Secondary routes are always more scenic (IMO) than the routes that the commercial drivers use. Nice to see the bridge styles!
>59 RidgewayGirl: - Yes, Kay. As one of the first limited access roads, it was very much not a back road when built. And although only 2 lanes in each direction, it feels very intimate when you drive it.
>60 pammab: - I think there are a few that are the same (or very, very similar).
>61 DeltaQueen50: - Yes, Judy, that section is probably the best of the trip. Other than that, all interstate.
>62 lkernagh: - Thanks, Lori. I thought they might be of some interest.
It's fun to go off the beaten route sometimes. I get so tired of big trucks that I like to do that sometimes.
Book 3: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Category: Louis le Prince - books made into movies
Jan Random: New Year's Resolution
There are over 600 reviews of this book, so I'm just going to put down a few of my reactions to this book. I picked it up from my TBR for the Jan Random because I had found the size somewhat intimidating (750+ pages) and because I was thinking I should read it before I saw the movie. I realize it won the Pulitzer Prize and I think the writing is probably excellent, but there was just to much stream-of-consciousness type passages and I'm just not a fan of that style of writing. I can see why it worked for this book, but still had me wanting to skip a lot (although I didn't). Even the last few pages where everything was being tied up was just to wordy for me. And I won't be going to see the movie.
>65 dudes22: I have started this book twice and just couldn't get into it. I will have to persevere one day!
>66 JayneCM: - The writing style can be somewhat off-putting. There were times when I thought about quitting.
Book 4: The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Category: Sir George Cayley - Father of Aviation - Travel (takes place in Denmark)
Alpha Kit : A
I really like this series which I originally took as a BB from Judy a way long time ago. Even though I'm only on the second book, I'm looking forward to continuing with the next book soon.
Detective Carl Morck was a great detective until he was involved in an incident that left one of his colleges dead and one paralyzed and Carl believes he was to blame. Now he's been put in charge of Dept Q to solve cold cases.
This time he finds a file on his desk for an old case. Except it's not a cold case. It was solved, someone confessed and is in jail. In trying to find out who and why it's been left, it seems that maybe all is not as it seems. The book is fairly dark and gruesome in some places. But the author also interjects a little levity here and there so the story doesn't get too depressing.
Book 5; The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Category: Melvil Dewey - Father of Dewey Decimal System - non-fiction
Bingo Block: Book by journalist or about journalism
Non-Fiction Cat: Jan - Journalism and News
”The Tipping Point” is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”
Malcolm Gladwell, who is a writer for The New Yorker, has written an interesting book analyzing (basically) how what he calls “epidemics” start. For example, in his intro he talks about how when Hush Puppies made a comeback after the company was thinking of phasing out the shoes that made them famous. Apparently at a fashion shoot, a stylist mentioned that Hush Puppies had suddenly become hip in the clubs in downtown Manhattan where kids had found them in vintage shops and thought they were cool. Then a designer called and wanted to use them in his spring collection. Then it spiraled up from there until they were once again popular.
He explores different phenomena and aspects of what can cause the tipping point, from one thing to many. He looks at what factors contribute to making a trend and what key components help to make this happen. Some of the examples he talks about are Sesame Street, the Gore Company, teen smoking and Columbia Records.
One thing that made me smile was that in one part he mentions calling 411 for information. Somewhat a dated reference.
I'm glad that you still enjoyingthe Jussi Adler-Olsen series. I am now only a book ahead of you as somehow this series has slipped through my radar. Need to get back to it!
>70 DeltaQueen50: - It's sometimes hard, Judy, to keep up with series with so many interesting books out there.
Book 6: Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson
Category: Charles Dickens - Father of Serial Reading - Series
Alpha Kit: Jan - U
I quite enjoy this mystery series based on the life of Josephine Tey. This time she is writing a book about Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, two women who were hanged in 1903 for killing babies. Amelia Sach operated a home where unwed women could come to have their babies and then tuned them over to Annie Walters who killed them. While doing her research, a young women who works for Josephine's friends as a seamstress is killed. There was at least one big twist in the story near the end which was unexpected.
Aunt Bessie Assumes by Diana Xarissa
Category: Edgar Allen Poe - Father of Detective Story - Mysteries
Alpha Kit: Year-long - X
This is the first in a cozy mystery series that takes place on the Isle of Man. Aunt Bessie finds a dead man on the bach while she's taking her morning walk and ends up involved in the mystery. Just what you'd expect from a cozy. A pleasant diversion for a read.
Book 8: Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
Category: Edgar Allen Poe - Father of Detective Story - Mysteries
BINGO Block: Mystery or True Crime
Although I've just started the series and am only on book 2, I like it a lot. I know it's good for me when I need to close the book periodically because I get so nervous about what's going to happen. Which is odd because I know the hero wins (the series continues) which means the person in trouble doesn't end up dead either.
Cork O'Connor is asked by the sheriff ti help Arkansas Willie Raye find his daughter who has been living in the local wilderness for a few months. Pretty soon the FBI and the Mob are also involved all looking for Shilo out in the wilderness around Boundary Waters. Then people start dying and it's a race to find her before the bad guys.
>75 thornton37814: - I know. I'm wondering if I can fit in another one this year.
>77 clue: - I've read both stand-alones also, Luanne and they both made my top books of the year list when I read them.
Book 9: Scones and Bones by Laura Childs
Category: Charles Dickens - Father of Serial Novel - Series
Bingo Block: Pen Name or Anonymous Author
Although I like this cozy series about a tea shop in Charleston, SC, this one isn't one of my favorites. It seemed I was finding errors which diluted my pleasure. The cook in the tea shop flung her long, blonde hair away from her face (or something like that). What cook in a commercial enterprise is ever allowed to have her hair loose? And the amount of time that Theodosia and Drayton can spend running around town instead of working grated on me this time. I'll keep reading though - I can't resist the tea references.
>79 dudes22: I love that series. I was probably a little generous with 4 stars in 2011, and it would probably translate as 3.5 now, but I think I still liked it better than you. Of course, Charleston is just about my favorite city in the U.S., and I always mourn the fact Theodosia's shop isn't real when I am in the area. I really want to sample Haley's creations.
>80 thornton37814: - I usually give most cozies a 3.5, but this one just didn't make it for me.
Book 10: Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill
Category: Sir George Cayley - Father of Aviation - travel - foreign authors or places
Bingo Block: Set in Asia (Laos)
This is the 8th book in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series about a coroner in Laos after the end of the Vietnam War who is inhabited by an ancient spirit who helps him solve mysteries. I think one the things I like best is the humor in the book.
Ex: “Peach’s eyes had rolled so many times they should technically have been on the other side of the room by now.”
Book 11: The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)
Category: Alfred Nobel - Father of Dynamite - Nobel Prize Winners - 1998
Jose Saramago was a Portuguese writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. “His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events.” (wikipedia) The Nobel Prize description – “who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality.” (Nobel prize archives)
The Elephant’s Journey is actually based on a true event. In 1551, King Joao III of Portugal decided to give an elephant, that he had received as a gift, to Archduke Maximillian of Austria. The story recounts the journey made by the elephant and his caretaker from Portugal to Vienna.
It took me a few pages to get used to the style of writing. Saramago writes sentences that are rather run-on, but not stream-of-consciousness. He uses few periods but lots of commas to separate. No paragraphs and no quote marks for conversation. The book is also written as the author talking to the reader, just telling a story with asides here and there. After I got used that, I enjoyed the story. This is one of his later books.
>83 dudes22: I just put this on my TBR last week - good to hear it is enjoyed it.
>84 JayneCM: - The style of writing can take a little getting used to and there were times I had to re-read a little.
>83 dudes22: - So happy to see you enjoyed the Saramago book! It is very different from other books I have read by the author.
>83 dudes22: - I usually enjoy his books so will definitely being adding this one to my wishlist.
I did very poorly last year with month-end summaries. There were a few months when I only read 2 books – so it didn’t make much sense to do one some months. I’m going to try and do better this year.
Books Read - 11 (7 physical, 4 ebook)
Books off TBR – 6 (6 physical, 1 ebook)
Books from Library – 5 (2 physical, 2 ebooks)
Books added to TBR – 8 (5 physical, 3 ebooks)
Pages read: 4066
Bingo Blocks: 5
Best Book: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Least Liked: Montauk by Nicola Harrison
I’ve had a good reading start to this year. Being away from home has limited the distractions and responsibilities that sometimes interfere. But I found I didn’t bring enough physical books with me and have hit the FOL shelf at the local library to find a few more.
Book 12: The Martian by Andy Weir
Category: Louis le Prince - Father of Cinematography - Books made into Movies
“Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.”
After only 6 days on Mars, a huge dust storm has the crew abandoning Mars. Except Mark Watney gets blown away by the wind and an antenna pierces his suit. Although it seals because his blood freezes to seal the wound, the rest of the crew think he is dead and leave. The rest of the book is how he survives and how he gets rescued. There is a lot of scientific stuff to how he survives which is interesting even if you don't quite follow the formulas. Must have taken a ton of research.
I've seen the movie a couple of times and it follows the book pretty much. The only thing was I couldn't get Matt Damon's voice out of my head as I read.
So you all know about my computer issues right before Christmas. So this morning I can't get my computer to turn on. Looks like I'll have to try and find some place to get it looked at.
>92 JayneCM: - Thanks. I have my iPad, but we'll be gone from home another month and I really need to have it.
>91 dudes22: Oh no, not again! I hope the computer people can figure out what's wrong and fix it for you.
OK - I started to call and the automated voice asked if I had tried holding the start button for 30 seconds. I thought it was only 5. So it came on. Things are good again.
Book 13: L. A. Requiem by Robert Crais
Category: Edgar Allen Poe - Father of the Detective Story - Mysteries
“…looked at me with all the expression of a dinner plate.“
This next novel (for me) in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike, private investigator, series is one in which Joe Pike is more prominent. The book finally reveals his background which explains a lot about why he is the way he is. The novel starts when Cole & Pike are hired to shadow the police and find out why Karen Garcia – an ex-lover of Pike – is murdered. They are hired by her father who has a lot of clout and the police are obviously not happy about this and make things as difficult as they can. Turns out the lead guy really doesn’t like Pike and eventually finds a way to arrest him for the murder of one of the witnesses in the case.
Although I generally like this series, I found some of the events were disturbing this time and there was a lot of violence; more than I remember in previous books. There were also a few side stories that came together in the end.
Book 14: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Category: Johannes Gutenberg - Father of the Printing Press - Fiction
Alpha Kit: Feb - B
I’ve read all of Geraldine Brooks’ fiction and liked them all. There is a variety in her subject matter and a lot of research is obvious.
This time she has written the story of King David from the Bible. Most people who have been brought up in a Jewish or Christian environment will at least recognize him as the boy who slew Goliath with his slingshot. I was a bit intimidated when I saw the list of characters at the front of the book, but the story flows in such a way that it’s easy to follow who is who. And although she uses the translation of names from the Hebrew, I found it rather easy to figure out who they were in the more common forms I am used to.
The story is told from the point of view of his prophet Natan who was captured when he was a boy by David. Natan is writing a biography of David and this is how we learn of his early life as a shepherd boy and his rise to power through King Saul. It’s often violent as David seeks to consolidate his power and become king.
David’s eventual downfall comes because he has a blind spot where his sons are concerned and refuses to see how their quest for power and to be named the next king will cause problems.
>97 dudes22: I'm certain that one is already on my wish list. I'm glad it was that strong of a read for you!
Book 15: The Tale of Hill Top Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
Category: Charles Dickens - Father of the Serial Novel - Series
Feb Random Cat: Still Leaping into the New Year
Bingo Block: Read a Cat
I've started a new series. This one by Susan Wittig Albert is The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Based on the life of Beatrix Potter, author of children's books, the first one tells of how she came to buy Hill Top Farm. It includes talking animals and I found it quite cute.
>101 dudes22: I read this whole series a few years ago when my youngest was born. I would read in the middle of the night while feeding and these were perfect easy reading for that. I remember loving them, but who knows?! Although when my middle son was born my nighttime reading was Anna Karenina and I actually remember it. Obviously I wasn't as tired with him!
>102 JayneCM: - I can see how they would make good middle-of-the-night reading. And I'm sure I won't remember much in a year or so either.
>102 JayneCM: I'm very impressed you were able to read during night feeds! I'm so cack-handed (and was so tired) I never managed that, if I'd tried to hold anything else I'd probably have dropped the baby! I used to just have the radio on very quietly, as middle-of-the-night talk radio was pretty soothing. I listened to everything from Dr Karl to South American football. I even remember hearing someone I went to uni with interviewed on the news at some unearthly hour (our dept specialised in Central & East European studies, and this was during and just after the Maidan protests in Ukraine in early 2014).
>104 Jackie_K: I still don't sleep much - must have just got used to no or disturbed sleep for so many years! There were times I had to flick back, sometimes whole chapters, because I had absolutely no recollection of what I had read. So it wasn't always terribly efficient reading!
Book 16: The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus
Category: Charles Dickens - Father of Serial Fiction - Series
Alpha Kit: Feb "F"
BINGO Block: Epistolary Novel
This book is a sequel to Jim Fergus's novel 1,000 White Women which started the story of the government program in 1873 to promote peace between The US government and the Cheyenne Nation by having women marry Cheyenne men and have babies. This book continues by following what happens to the last group of women who are sent out west. It's hard for me to say much without giving away parts of the first book, so I'll just say that if you've read the first book, the second is just as good.
>106 dudes22: I have never heard of this program. I will definitely need to read both these.
>106 dudes22: I get so aggravated at myself...I bought this the first time I saw it in 2018, thought I would read it immediately but no, it's still on the shelf! Got to get to it soon. My "get to it soon list" seems to grow bigger instead of smaller!
>111 dudes22: that message was really for Jayne. I know she's from Australia and I think she left with the impression it was a real program! No problem!
>109 Tess_W: >112 Tess_W: I did wonder as it seemed an extremely peculiar idea and not something that would have fit with the viewpoint of the time. But there have been some crazy policies all over the world in the past, so you never know!
I always laugh at a comment I read a while ago - 'remember that time the British decided to turn a whole continent into a prison! That was crazy!'
Oh no... not a return of the computer issues but great job in learning that you have to hold down the start button for so long. I will keep that in mind!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend (or what is left of it).
>115 lkernagh: - Thanks. I think I was most annoyed because we're not home and I didn't have access to my regular computer people. But - all's well, stress averted.
Book 17: The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel
Categpry: Johannes Gutenberg - Inventor of the Printing Press - Other Fiction
Val and Lilly were friends and pen pals from the time they were in elementary school and Val moves across New York City. They decide to form a recipe club and trade recipes with their letters. At the books opening there has been a rift in their friendship that has lasted 26 years. The book is a series of letters and recipes , the majority of it before the rift takes places. Seeing how the girls change as they get older and they develop differently was ok. The recipes are basic but do reflect what was being eaten in the 60s/70s. Just an ok read.
Book 18: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Maas
Category: Frank W Cyr - Father of the Yellow School Bus - Children's/YA books
Bingo Block: 3+ letters in Bingo (ingo)
Jeremy Fink, who is turning 13 in just one month, receives a mysterious box one day which was left to him from his father who died 5 years ago. On the top is engraved "The Meaning of Life: For Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday". The box can only be opened with 4 keys which appear to have been lost. So Jeremy and his friend Lizzy need to figure out how to find the four keys which will open the box.
The is a great story of coming of age and trying to figure out what's what in the world and growing up just at that time when things begin to change and kids become teenagers.
Book 19: Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Category: Melvil Dewey - Father of the Dewey Decimal System - Non-Fiction
Feb Geo Cat: Travel
I'm going to have to call this done even though I haven't quite finished it. My e-book library loan can't be renewed because someone is waiting for it so I've put myself back on the hold list so I can finish it later.
Written back in 1978 and published in 1982, this book is the author's impressions as he decided to take his van and travel what were then the blue roads on a highway map. Secondary roads away from the interstates and through some of the smaller towns that lost business as more and more people traveled the major highways.
The book is written as a series of vignettes - short little chapters, sometimes with a picture of a person he talked to. Interesting facts about the places he travels through and some of the history of a place sometimes. I'll be looking forward to getting it back when I get to the top of the list again in a couple of months.
>119 dudes22: I read this when it first came out and a couple of more times after that. The worn original still sits on my shelf. I know you would have preferred to be able to finish it right now, but it makes my heart zing to know people are in line for it after all this time.
Book 20: 61 Hours by Lee Child
Category: Edgar Allen Poe - Father of the Detective Story - mysteries
Another excellent book in the Jack Reacher series. I like how he exhibits the traits he learned in the Army. I do think this time he should have figured out who the local bad guy was faster than he did. I figured it out and I'm usually wrong. Not this time! I also found the ending strange. That's all I can say without giving something away.
Book 21: Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein
Category: Frank W. Cyr - Father of the Yellow School Bus - Children's and YA books
“Books are sometimes windows, offering a view of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or re-created by the author…A window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience."
Dr Rudine Sims Bishop, winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott-King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement for her work related to African American children’s literature. As quoted by the author in his note at the end of the book.
The author, Chris Grabenstein writes a number of different children and YA series, one of which is the Mr Lemoncello series. This series is about books and libraries and how reading and learning can be fun. The characters are in middle school with all of the angst that middle school brings.
In this book, Mr Lemoncello has created a new game for his television network and to introduce it he has a team challenge in his library. Each team has to make it through 5 rooms based on genres in fiction. And each person on the team will make a discovery about themselves while they do it. I found it lots of fun. Oh yes – and it involves windows, mirrors and sliding glass doors.
>125 dudes22: The first one is on hold at the library - I cannot wait to start this series. Puzzles to solve and books and libraries - how can I not love it?!
Book 22: Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
Category: Johannes Gutenberg - Father of Modern Printing - General Fiction
This story follows the path and ownership of an imagined Vermeer painting through it's history from most current owner to the original painting by Vermeer. I found that I had a little trouble in the first few chapters following what was going on. The most interesting to me was the last chapter about the actual painting and the girl who posed for it.
My biggest gripe was that the painting is described as a girl sitting at a window in profile with a sewing basket on her lap which is not at all what the cover illustration shows. How hard would that have been?
>128 dudes22: True! As it is an imagined painting and not an actual Vermeer painting, they could have designed the cover to fit very easily.
Book 23: The Flinck Connection by Estelle Ryan
Category: Vint Cerf - One of the Fathers of the Internet - E-books
BINGO Block: Small Press or Self-Published
After a politician is murdered and her team is ordered not to investigate, they do anyway. Dr Genevieve Leonard, an art expert and an expert in non-verbal communication discovers that the painting stolen from the murdered politician's house may be a painting that was stolen from the Isabella Gardner Museum back in 1990. The more they look into it, the more it seems that it may also involve a charity doing work in Gabon and the president of France. These books are always have a lot of moving parts that all come together at the end and I enjoy this series a lot.
As an aside: A group of us went to Boston last spring to go to the Isabella Gardner Museum. One of the caveats of her will was that nothing could be moved and so there are empty frames on the walls where the art work was stolen. The mystery of who stole it is still not solved and the paintings have never been found.
Book 24: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Category - Henri-Gustave Delivigne - Father of the Bullet - Book Bullets
“After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone?”
The book begins in 1922 just when the Bolsheviks are establishing the Soviet Union and doing away with the aristocracy. So the idea that Count Alexander Rostov would be exiled to live within the attics of the Hotel Metropol instead of being shot is probably “unlikely”. If you can suspend belief and accept this, then the story becomes interesting, spanning 32 years. There are many characters to enjoy and philosophical musings, observations and intrigues.
Book 25: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Category: Sir George Cayley - Father of Aviation - Travel (Author is English)
BINGO Block: Red cover or red prominent
This is written as a book-within-a-book. When Susan Ryeland, an editor for Cloverleaf books, returns from a week on the road with one of her authors, she finds that her boss has left her a manuscript to read of the latest book by one of their better-know authors of a mystery series. She settles in to read it over the weekend. The book then becomes the story she is reading. When she gets to the end, she finds the last chapter is missing. And when she gets to work on Monday, it seems the author has committed suicide. Except Susan decides to start looking into whether or not he may have been murdered. It's an interesting tale as the stories intertwine.
Book 26: Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Category: Sir Henri-Gustave Delivigne - Inventor of Bullets - Book Bullets
Alpha Kit - Mar - "G"
This is the first book in a PI series featuring Nils Shapiro (Shap) which was recommended to me by a friend from Minnesota that we see while we're in Mexico each year. She and I spend a couple of hours by the pool talking about the books we've read over the past year and which ones we particularly like. She belongs to a very large book club that doesn't really meet to discuss books, but rather has guest speakers, usually authors from Minnesota. This book was one that she recommended last year.
Shap is called by a friend from back when he was in the Police Dept to help the police department with a murder that has just occurred. A woman is found dead in her house and the whole house is covered with dust like you would find in a vacuum cleaner bag. I wasn't that thrilled with the beginning as I felt that the PI was just a little too flip. But the story seemed to even out after a while and I'll at least try the next book in the series.
I've decided to jump right into another Jack Reacher book - Worth Dying For by Lee Child because I was confused/concerned about the ending of the last one and wanted to see if there was an explanation in the next book. Only took about 100 pages, but at least I know.
Book 27: Worth Dying For by Lee Child
Category: Charles Dickens - Father of Serial Publishing - Series
Alpha Kit: March - C
As I said, I decided to start this because the end of the last book left me a little confused. I finally got an explanation. Jack arrives in a small Nebraska town to find everyone bends to the will of one family of three brothers who are hiding a secret. There is also a sub story that goes back 25 years about a missing girl.
My reading has really slowed down since we got back from being away this winter. Things like laundry, going through the mail, getting prepped for taxes are all cutting into my reading time. Hopefully, with limited social interaction, I'll catch up again.
I enjoyed catching up on your thread and have taken BBs for Magpie Murders and the Mr. Lemoncello series.
>138 LisaMorr: - I recommend Mr Lemoncello a lot. Hope you enjoy them both.
>138 LisaMorr: I have just started - they have just arrived at the library. Cannot wait to read more but I am doing it as a read aloud with my boys at bedtime and sometimes I have to stop as they have both fallen asleep!
And I would love to get hold of Lemoncello's Bibliomania game - sounds FANTASTIC!
>141 dudes22: We are not too far in but yes. They have been asking for more when I say it is sleep time (and not falling asleep that much while I read!)
Book 28: The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
Category: Sir George Cayley - Father of Aviation - Travel (Norwegian Author)
I think one of the marks of a really good book in a series is when you know that the hero wins because there's a next book, but you panic that he won't make it out of one or more situations in the book. These books work on that level excellently. This series is pretty dark anyway, probably just about at my limit. In this book there is a serial killer that Harry is part of a team to catch, but it looks like his on-going drinking may ruin both his career and his relationship. The last paragraph leads to the next book, I assume, as it's somewhat strange.
Our library just posted that, although there's no loans with other libraries now, if they have the book, you can call, leave a message and they'll contact you to make arrangements for you to pick up the book.
A classmate of my husband has passed away (not from the virus) and I was surprised (amazed actually) to see that they're having calling hours and a graveside service. Most of the obituaries say "memorial service later" or "private funeral". I'm worried that he will want to go. Maybe the graveside service wouldn't be too bad as we could stand apart.
Book 29: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
Category: Henri-Gustave Delvigne - Father of the Bullet - Book Bullets
March Random Cat: Seasons of Love
A friend recommended this book to me because portions of it are set in Rhode Island loosely based on a place fairly close to where I live. You could probably call this chick-lit or a beach-read, but it was good for light reading at this time and took my mind off the constant barrage of news doom and gloom.
The book moves between 1931/32 and 1938 when there was a huge hurricane that devastated Rhode Island. Lily meets Nick at a football game in 1931 when she attends one at Dartmouth College with her best friend Budgie who is dating one of the football players. Lily is smitten and she and Nick begin to date and fall in love.
In 1938, Lily is spending the summer at Seaview as she has for all her life when Budgie and her husband Nick move into Budgie's old family home to restore it. Budgie tries to insinuate herself back into Lily's life and Lily tries to ignore Nick.
Told in alternating chapters, the author does a good job of keeping up the suspense about why Nick and Lily aren't together and what happened in 1931 and how it affects the 1938 story. I did figure out what one secret was before it was revealed.
>150 dudes22: - I'm glad you enjoyed it! Her books are ones I turn to when I need a bit of fun reading.
>145 dudes22: I've just read one of Nesbo's and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.
>146 dudes22: Oh, that is wonderful library service. I've heard our library employees are still at work although closed to patrons. Cataloguing and acquisitions keep on no matter.
>147 dudes22: No matter how much we prepare there is always one more situation to have to consider. I'm glad your husband decided not to attend the funeral. Much safer. I wish my husband would stay in more. He misses going to the library every day and now goes shopping for something unnecessary.
>153 JayneCM: - >154 DeltaQueen50: - >155 LittleTaiko: - I'm sure I'll be reading more from her. I checked Overdrive and all her books are checked out right now.
>156 VivienneR: - re: 145 -Nesbo can be a little violent at times but I always figure there's another book in the series so at least he doesn't die :)
re: 146 - My sister works there so I also can get a little better service. I think they're mostly doing book returns and the other stuff you mentioned.
re: 147 - I'm actually somewhat surprised that he's being as good about this as he is. While I was going to the market today, one of my windshield wipers broke, so that will give him a little project to do.
I'm confused about Beatriz Williams. I'm sure I started a book of hers once and it was so shallow and trite that I quit reading it. Several of my book club members like her a lot and think I've got her confused with someone else. Maybe I need to give her another try.
>158 clue: - Maybe. This is the first book of hers that I've read, so I can't say how her others are.
Book 30: Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
Category: Johannes Gutenberg - Father of Printing Press - General Fiction
BINGO Block: Book based on myth or folklore
A series of very short stories based on the Celtic myth of Dream Angus. Parts of the myth and then current stories based on the myth are told alternately. I confess - I didn't get it at all.
Books Read - 6
Books off TBR – 4
Books from Library – 2
Books added to TBR – 1
Pages read: 2055 (10389 total)
Best Book: The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
Least Liked: Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
Despite being home more, I manged to get less reading done this month. I have to admit I'm not finding it quite as distracting. Maybe I need some different books. I've certainly got enough to choose from. Spending more time sewing and organizing.
I've decided to quit on a book at about the half-way mark. I've been reading Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses. For those not familiar, Plath was a poet who committed suicide when she was only 30. It's a fictionalized story of the last few months of Plath's life with flashbacks to her life and marriage. I think the author's strength was also the weakness for me for the book. It's rather chaotic with swirling thoughts and actions, much as I expect it might have been. I think at this time with the barrage of news about the virus, it was just too depressing to continue.
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