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Lori's (thornton37814) Cat-Filled 2020 Category Challenge

2020 Category Challenge

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Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 12:44pm Top

(L-R: Sherlock, Mr. B, and Barney)

I'm simplifying my challenge. As the years increase past the original 9-9-9 or 10-10 challenges, the amount of categories is just too unwieldy. I'm going back to 10 categories this year. I'll also name my abandoned reads category. I will track journal and magazine articles read as well as book chapters or essays, but I will not count those toward my overall total.

This year's theme is cats. I randomly selected the cat for each category name.

1. Maine Coon - Mysteries
2. Siamese - Historical Fiction
3. Norwegian Forest - Other Fiction & Literature
4. Persian - History & Genealogy
5. Scottish Fold - Travel
6. Ragamuffin - Food & Drink
7. American Shorthair / Tabby - Cats
8. Russian Blue - Poetry
9. Ragdoll - Juvenile/YA
10. Bengal - Other Non-Fiction

Shelter Cats = Abandoned Reads

Edited: Jan 17, 9:14pm Top

Image credit: Circe Denyer, "Maine Coon Cat," Public Domain Pictures (https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/en/view-image.php?image=158855&picture=... : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC0

Category 1: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

1. Facets of Death by Michael Stanley - completed 1 January 2020
2. Much Ado About Nutmeg by Sarah Fox - completed 1 January 2020
3. Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie - completed 2 January 2020
4. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers - completed 5 January 2020
5. Off the Grid by John Hunt - completed 6 January 2020
6. Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon - completed 13 January 2020
7. Death Finds a Way by Lorine McGinnis Schulze - completed 17 January 2020

Edited: Jan 12, 2:51pm Top

Image credit: Andreas Lischa (aka webandi), "Siamese Cat," 2017, Pixabay ( https://pixabay.com/photos/cat-siamese-cat-fur-kitten-2068462/ : accessed 7 Dec 2019). Pixabay License. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

Category 2: Siamese (Historical Fiction)

1. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw - completed 12 January 2020

Edited: Jan 14, 1:15pm Top

Image credit: Bfe, "Norwegische Waldkatze," 2005, Wikimedia Commons ( https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Norwegian_forest_cat.jpg : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC BY-SA 3.0.

Category 3: Norwegian Forest (Other Fiction & Literature)

1. Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler - completed 4 January 2020
2. Two Steps Forward by Suzanne Woods Fisher - completed 9 January 2020
3. Waterland by Graham Swift - completed 14 January 2020

Edited: Jan 12, 10:27pm Top

Image credit: Magnus Brath, "Grey Persian Cat - Chilerito," 2011, Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/magnusbrath/5339239144 : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC BY 2.0.

Category 4: Persian - History & Genealogy

1. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle - completed 12 January 2020

Edited: Jan 16, 1:01pm Top

Image credit: Dr. LP9339, "Sweetie, the Sweetest Scottish Fold," 2018, Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sweetie_Scottish_fold.jpg : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC BY-SA 4.0.

Category 5: Scottish Fold - Travel

1. The Hidden Ways: Scotland's Forgotten Roads by Alistair Moffat - completed 16 January 2020

Edited: Jan 7, 7:54am Top

Image credit: Togle1, "Ragamuffin Kitten from Ragamuffin Cat World," 2016, Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ragamuffin_kitten-GRACIE.png : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC BY-SA 4.0.

Category 6: Ragamuffin - Food & Drink

1. The Art of Uzbek Cooking by Lynn Visson - completed 2 January 2020
2. The Little Berlin Cookbook by Rose Marie Schulze - completed 5 January 2020
3. Laurel Mercantile Co.: Recipes & Stories (vol. 1) edited by Erin Napier - completed 7 January 2020

Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 9:12pm Top

Image credit: "Orange Tabby Cat," Pxfuel (https://www.pxfuel.com/en/free-photo-ozxro : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC0 1.0.

Category 7: American Shorthair/Tabby - Cats


Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 9:14pm Top

Image credit: Vereskaya, "Russian Blue Male Cat," 2009, Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Russian_Blue_cat.jpg : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC BY-SA 3.0.

Category 8: Russian Blue - Poetry


Edited: Jan 6, 4:14pm Top

Image credit: Peter Jo, "Ragdoll Cat," 2018, Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/photos/cat-animal-ragdolls-ragdoll-cat-4008189/ : accessed 7 Dec 2019). Pixabay License. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

Category 9: Ragdoll - Juvenile & YA

1. Keep Calm and Carry On, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew - completed 6 January 2020

Edited: Jan 17, 8:20am Top

Image credit: V. Sauvaget, "Brown Spotted Tabby Bengal Cat," 2007, Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brown_spotted_tabby_bengal_cat.jpg : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC BY-SA 3.0.

Category 10. Bengal - Other Non-Fiction

1. Bible Personalities: A Treasury of Insights for Personal Growth and Ministry by Warren W. Wiersbe - completed 7 January 2020
2. An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest by Alan Fadling - completed 17 January 2020

Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 9:21pm Top

Image credit: Mendocino County Animal Care Service, "Shelter Cats Looking for a Home in Mendocino County," 2011, Flickr ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/animalcareservices/5371946659/in/photostream/ : accessed 7 Dec 2019). CC BY 2.0.

Shelter Cats - Abandoned Reads


Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 9:22pm Top

Magazine and Journal Articles Read


Edited: Dec 7, 2019, 9:22pm Top

Book Chapters and Essays Read


Edited: Jan 17, 9:20pm Top

I've never tried the BINGODOG before. I think I'll hit a lot of these during the year although one or two may be difficult for me. (I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi so the "not on earth" may be hard. However, I do think I've got a non-fiction read planned that will hit that square.) Books here will be duplicated from categories above.

8. Death Finds a Way by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
13. The Art of Uzbek Cooking by Lynn Visson (GeoCAT)
16. The Little Berlin Cookbook by Rose Marie Schulze (Berlin native)
18. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
23. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (Arthur Ransome's Legacy Library)
24. Much Ado About Nutmeg by Sarah Fox
25. Keep Calm and Carry On, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew (World War II evacuation of children from London)

Dec 7, 2019, 11:02pm Top

You had me at CATS. Thanks for curating such great cat pix, and I look forward to following along!

Dec 8, 2019, 2:19am Top

I love the cat theme as I am very much a cat person.

Dec 8, 2019, 5:48am Top

Cats all the way! It just seems that reading and cats go together!

I love the Bengal. My son's teacher brought her Ragdoll kittens to school the other day - she breeds them. They are so adorable!

Dec 8, 2019, 9:16am Top

>16 NinieB: Thanks. I love my fur babies.

>17 Zozette: I'm glad the theme strikes a chord.

>18 JayneCM: How fun to bring kittens to school!

Dec 8, 2019, 9:17am Top

Lovely cats, all of them. Have a great reading year!

Dec 8, 2019, 10:54am Top

Awwww! Love all the cat photos, but especially the one of your boys! :)

Dec 8, 2019, 12:26pm Top

>20 MissWatson: Thanks. I'm hoping for a great year.

>21 rabbitprincess: I like the one of my boys best too!

Dec 8, 2019, 2:42pm Top

So many beautiful cats! Great to see you all set up and ready for 2020, Lori.

Dec 8, 2019, 3:10pm Top

You found some beautiful cats to decorate your thread!

Dec 8, 2019, 3:26pm Top

Nice cat pictures, but arghh! I'm deathly allergic, even went into shock once and they had to perform a tracheotomy!

Dec 8, 2019, 3:46pm Top

>23 DeltaQueen50: Meow!

>24 hailelib: I did, especially those three at the top!

>25 tess_schoolmarm: I hear they are coming up with ways to mitigate cat allergies now, but yours sounds more extreme than many.

Dec 8, 2019, 8:48pm Top

Glad to see you here again. Have you starred. Happy reading!

Dec 9, 2019, 10:28am Top

Very nice pics! Good luck with your challenge.

Dec 9, 2019, 11:32am Top

>27 dudes22: Thanks, Betty!

>28 majkia: Glad you enjoyed them, Jean!

Dec 9, 2019, 11:37am Top

The moderator of the Genealogy@LT Group appears to no longer be active on LibraryThing. It's been several years since the person posted anything. In an effort to resuscitate the group, I posed a question there about Christmas genealogy wishes. If you are a member of the group, I invite you to help me resuscitate it. If you are interested in genealogy, I invite you to join us over there. I have another question up my sleeve to be introduced closer to New Year's Day, but I'd love to see this group active!

Dec 9, 2019, 12:03pm Top

Love the cat pictures - especially the orange tabby one. I have a soft spot in my heart for them since the cat we had when I was growing up was one.

Happy reading!

Dec 9, 2019, 12:18pm Top

>31 LittleTaiko: I hunted hard to find an orange tabby unless I just used one of Barney. I was tempted to do that, but I didn't want to single him out from his brothers. I did know I wanted a photo of an orange tabby there though.

Dec 10, 2019, 9:00am Top

KITTIES!!!!! I love the pictures, especially of your boys. I had a ragdoll cat up until several years ago. She was a tiny 4.5 pound ball of fluff with no teeth who was absolutely the boss of her much larger brothers.

Dec 10, 2019, 9:03am Top

What beautiful cats. I think I'd be frozen to the spot if I was actually stared at by that Siamese with the piercing blue eyes.

Dec 10, 2019, 9:09am Top

>33 casvelyn: Ragdolls are cute.

>34 Jackie_K: I looked at several Siamese photos, but that one won me over too!

Dec 11, 2019, 11:15am Top

I've never tried the BingoDOG, but I think I can hit most of the squares, so I posted it in my "extra" spot up top.

Dec 11, 2019, 11:39pm Top

>36 thornton37814: I really enjoy the Bingo Dog, Lori. It's one that you work at your own pace and I have found that it fills up fairly easily. About halfway through the year, I start to actually look for books that will fit. Hope it works for you.

Dec 12, 2019, 7:33am Top

Dec 12, 2019, 3:36pm Top

>36 thornton37814: I am also doing my first BingoDog and am enthusiastically looking for books to fit. Happy searching!

Dec 12, 2019, 7:33pm Top

>36 thornton37814: Good luck with your first BingoDOG! I love adding the colored markers to the card and having a whole year to read books without any assigned months.

Dec 12, 2019, 7:53pm Top

>39 pamelad: I suspect most will be easy to fill, but there are a couple that may be harder. The specific older year ones will difficult in some ways and not in others.

>40 This-n-That: I'll see how it goes. In the past, there were some categories I knew I would never deliberately seek a book to fill (far various reasons). I honestly never looked at the cards last year. I knew I was not going to do any challenges.

Dec 13, 2019, 10:30am Top

>41 thornton37814: I understand what you mean about not deliberately seeking a book to fill a square for various reasons. As the years pass, I sometimes do the same thing and just skip a few categories. (That is part of the reason I don't do the PopSugar or Bookriot challenges anymore.) It seems you could also consider just going for a couple of BINGOs across or down. I have done that before when I participated in quarterly bingo challenges, as there was no way I could fill in the entire square. Just getting a BINGO gave me a sense of accomplishment, as silly as that sounds. : )

Dec 13, 2019, 11:10am Top

>42 This-n-That: Sounds like a good plan.

Edited: Dec 13, 2019, 9:03pm Top

Love the cats and the categories, although I'm still trying to figure out why you wouldn't choose tabbies for the food category - they choose food all the time. =^..^=

Dec 13, 2019, 9:55pm Top

>44 BookLizard: I think I did tabbies on cats because mine are tabbies.

Dec 13, 2019, 10:17pm Top

I love all your cat pictures! They are so pretty, with their own unique facial features. I bet their personalities are really interesting too! Good luck with the challenges this year too:-)

Dec 13, 2019, 11:25pm Top

>46 seascape: Thanks. It was fun locating cat pictures!

Dec 14, 2019, 9:54am Top

Love the pictures of the cats, especially your own cats.

I have found I enjoy reading for the BingoDOG more than for the CATS since one can read something that fills a square at any time of the year. I often find that reading for bookclubs, CATS, adult education courses, etc. fills a square relatively early in the year. Although I try to use books from my tbr collection for BingoDOG, I usually find I also need to use library books, and occasionally buy a book with the aim of filling a square. Also, as >42 This-n-That: states, you could just try to do a line or two of the bingo card -- something I did the first time I played.

Have fun reading this year.

Dec 14, 2019, 11:57am Top

>48 sallylou61: Thanks. Just prefer cats to dogs! Meow! (Sherlock typed that.)

Dec 27, 2019, 9:38am Top

Great "Read Around the World" program for Knox County (Tennessee) students: https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/as-seen-on-tv/read-city-usa-launching-ne...

Dec 29, 2019, 6:44am Top

Cats for our CATegory challenges - the perfect fit! And you have chosen adorable pictures. Enjoy your reading, and have fun with your first Bingo!

Dec 29, 2019, 6:08pm Top

Dec 31, 2019, 9:06pm Top

2019 Year-End Meme:

Describe yourself: The Family Tree Problem Solver

Describe how you feel: Plum Tea Crazy

Describe where you currently live: Glass Houses

Your favorite time of day is: The Darkness

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Library at the Edge of the World

Your favorite form of transportation: The Long Flight Home

Your best friend is: Sworn to Silence

You and your friends are: The Chosen

What’s the weather like: The Dry

You fear: Wild Fire

What is the best advice you have to give: Grow Your Own Herbs

Thought for the day: The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

How you would like to die: Assaulted Caramel

Your soul’s present condition: A Sea of Troubles

What is life for you: Tracing Your Ancestors in Lunatic Asylums

Dec 31, 2019, 9:52pm Top

It's always a treat to see a picture of your boys!

Dec 31, 2019, 10:17pm Top

>54 RidgewayGirl: They were quite photogenic for me the other day so I'll have some good ones to use on the next thread!

Jan 1, 11:35am Top

Book 1. Facets of Death by Michael Stanley

Date Completed: 1 January 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: In this prequel to Kubu Bengu series, a heist at the world's largest diamond mine sends the straight-out-of-the-university Bengu and CID colleagues into investigation mode, especially when the robbers are killed but the diamonds remain missing. Suspicion falls to a local witch doctor, but the young officer comes up with a plan to solve the case. Will he succeed or fail? The novel felt disjointed to me because the chapters were so short. Ultimately the mystery itself was gratifying, but the novel's flow stymied by the writing. I received an advance review electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jan 1, 10:51pm Top

Book 2. Much Ado About Nutmeg by Sarah Fox

Date Completed: 1 January 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: When a man goes overboard on a yacht and a vicious sports writer's body emerges from the same waters, Marley McKinney, the owner of Flip Side, a pancake house in Wildwood Cove, begins pursuing the case. In spite of reminders from the sheriff about dangers of her involvement, she questions people she encounters who are in town for the Golden Oldies Games. Marley prepares for her wedding with Brett as she runs her business and pokes her nose into the investigation. Although I did not read the previous five installments, I really enjoyed the setting and the central characters for this series. I want to go back and read the earlier installments. It's a perfect read for when you need something on the cozy side. I received an advance electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jan 2, 1:35am Top

Wonderful theme! Cats, who would have thought of it?

I'll look forward to seeing some photos of your boys. We can never have too many cat photos.

Jan 2, 8:19am Top

And 2 books already.

Jan 2, 5:16pm Top

Lovely to see the three furkids as the opening picture to your 2020 thread, Lori! I am always amazed whenever I see a picture of a Scottish Fold cat. Those ears!

Look at you go... two books read and it is only Jan 2. ;-)

Jan 2, 6:27pm Top

>59 VivienneR: I've got some ready to go atop the next thread!

>60 hailelib: About to add the third--an audiobook I completed on the drive home.

>61 lkernagh: Scottish folds are cute. Several years ago I read a book about a man who took his Scottish fold cat with him everywhere.

Jan 2, 6:30pm Top

3. Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Date Completed: 2 January 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Gemma at the request of the investigating officer works outside her own beat on a case in which a nanny is found murdered in a garden. She became involved because her good friend was a friend of the woman employing the nanny. This leaves Melody in charge at their precinct. When Chief Supt. Dennis Childs is critically injured following a meeting with Duncan in which he told Duncan the reason he transferred him before going to Singapore for medical treatment was to keep him safe, Duncan begins to piece together events of the last few investigations. He isn't certain who he can trust so he keeps much to himself until he needs Doug's assistance. He fears he could be a target. Gemma feels Duncan is shutting her out as he tries to protect her and their children by keeping the investigation quiet. Duncan, with the help of Doug and Melody, slowly pieces together the corruption case, but they must figure out how to blow it open without ending up as victims. Both threads would make excellent separate installments. The two together is almost too much of a good thing. I listened to the audio version read by Gerard Doyle.

Jan 2, 10:36pm Top

Book 4. The Art of Uzbek Cooking by Lynn Visson

Date Completed: 2 January 2020

Category: Ragamuffin (Food & Drink)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: This installment in Hippocrene's International Cookbooks series focuses on Uzbekistan's cuisine. Their cuisine's influences come from many Asian countries as well as Russia. The author suggests New York and Seattle as cities where one can sample Uzbek cuisine. While I wouldn't mind sampling some dishes in the volume, none struck me as things I really wanted to make. The desserts looked tastiest to me. The book needs photographs to accompany the dishes in the unfamiliar cuisine as well as to accompany the information on typical Uzbek life and the place of food in the culture. The font used seemed to be an older font with less appeal to modern readers.

Jan 3, 11:08am Top

I saw this one on Cheli's thread:

Did you have guests during the holidays, Answer the questions with titles of books you read in 2019

What would you call the event? A Christmas Memory

How did they find their way? Ship of Fools

How did they know they'd arrived? The Liar in the Library

Any special activities? Whimsical Cross-Stitch

Did your guests stay over? Iced Inn

Were there servants to help? Little Women

Was there turn down service? Knot on Your Life

How were the guests greeted? Homemade Root Beer, Soda, and Pop

Was dinner held for late comers? Only For You

And dinner was? Eggs on Ice

Afterward? Chats with Cats

Jan 3, 12:52pm Top

Looks like Mr. B may have designs on my 2019 SantaThing haul:

Jan 3, 1:14pm Top

Ooh, nice haul! I read The Hidden Ways last year and really liked it.

Jan 3, 1:16pm Top

>66 thornton37814: He looks better behaved than my cat, who likes to chew on the corners of books! He's especially fond of library books for whatever reason.

Jan 3, 1:37pm Top

>65 thornton37814: That's a fun meme, Lori!

Jan 3, 2:27pm Top

>67 Jackie_K: I may have added it to my Book Depository wish list after seeing your review. I provided a link to my Book Depository wish list in SantaThing, and that's one of the titles I got.

>68 casvelyn: Mr. B is a cuddle buddy! He likes snuggling and lap-occupying!

>69 DeltaQueen50: I liked it just because it was different!

Jan 3, 2:32pm Top

Spotted Mississippi Library Commission's 2020 Reading Challenge on my Facebook feed: https://mlcref.blogspot.com/2019/12/mlc-2020-reading-challenge.html

Jan 3, 8:22pm Top

>66 thornton37814: Nice haul and great photo!

Jan 4, 8:10pm Top

>72 rabbitprincess: I do love my cats! That one is my snuggle buddy!

Jan 5, 12:28pm Top

Dropped by to say hi.

Jan 5, 12:46pm Top

>74 mysterymax: Thanks, Max. I still haven't made it to all the threads. I hope I can do that in the next couple of days. I'm feeling more and more behind every day that passes.

Jan 5, 12:50pm Top

Book 5. Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

Date Completed: 4 January 2020

Category: Norwegian Forest (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, you'll enjoy this novel and may have viewed it. It's the typical workaholic female learning to achieve a life-work balance scenario. Haley wants to become a partner in her firm, but her boss tells her she must first attend a Christmas camp he attended the prior year. The camp, held at an inn somewhere within driving distance of Boston, allows visitors to experience a traditional Christmas and possibly form new traditions of their own. Haley finds herself drawn to Jeff, the inn owner's son. Jeff views this as his father's last Christmas camp because the inn is losing money. He plans to move his father to a corner apartment in a development he oversees. Can Haley let go enough to enjoy the season? Will her plan to save the inn drive an irreparable wedge between her and Jeff? I really enjoyed this one. I'd expected it to arrive via Overdrive before Christmas. When it arrived in the closing days of the year, I debated whether or not to return it unread or read it. I'm glad I chose to read it. It's probably my favorite Christmas story of those read for the 2019 season (even if it was read entirely in 2020).

Jan 5, 7:55pm Top

Book 6. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Date Completed: 5 January 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: In this first Lord Peter Wimsey mystery, his mother interests him in a case in which a corpse is found in a man's bathtub. Then his friend Detective Parker of Scotland Yard seeks his assistance in locating a missing man. Although Inspector Sugg suggested the man in the tub and Levy were one and the same, Detective Parker and Lord Peter knew evidence suggested otherwise. While the book is well-plotted, the writing style takes a while to engage the reader. I listened to the version read by Nadia May, a pseudonym for Wanda McCaddon. She read a bit more rapidly in places than the ideal speed.

Jan 5, 8:23pm Top

Book 7. The Little Berlin Cookbook by Rose Marie Schulze

Date Completed: 5 January 2020

Category: Ragamuffin (Food & Drink)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: This small cookbook provides tourists with a take home souvenir of their time in Berlin by providing a way to remember dishes they tasted. I would never make a very good German because I'm not a huge fan of mustard or the pickled taste. The desserts appeal to me most, and I'm not likely to make those. The book did not contain a recipe for stollen which is a fairly common German Christmas fruitcake.

Jan 5, 8:29pm Top

>76 thornton37814: I have this one on my list for my Christmas through the year category as it keeps coming up on my library recommendations!

>78 thornton37814: Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte - as long as there is a recipe for Black Forest cake! Not from Berlin, but probably the most common German food most people would think of. I agree that the desserts are the best thing! And Bienenstich - bee sting cake - my other favourite.

Jan 5, 9:12pm Top

Hi Lori, your set up is definitely one I can appreciate! Love the grumpy looking Scottish Fold. It looks like your reading for the year is off to a good start.

Jan 5, 9:50pm Top

>79 JayneCM: I didn't make Christmas through the year a category, but I'm considering reading a Christmas book each month. They'll be easier to catch in Overdrive/Libby that way! No black forest cake either! However, bee sting cake made the book!

>80 SouthernKiwi: It was a cute Scottish Fold. I know my pace will slow down because I have syllabus deadlines later in the month and indexing due the first of next month for a journal index. I also need to keep plugging away at genealogy client research.

Jan 5, 9:53pm Top

>81 thornton37814: Yes, there are lots of Christmas books available now! Although my library sometimes boxes them away until later in the year to save shelf room. Bee sting cake is soooo good - if you have a sweet tooth!

Jan 5, 9:55pm Top

>82 JayneCM: Maybe I'll try that--or see if Hannelore will make one!

Jan 5, 10:03pm Top

>83 thornton37814: A bit of a process but worth it. Makes me want to make one now!

Jan 5, 10:07pm Top

>84 JayneCM: If it's a bit of a process, it won't happen any time soon. I love to cook, but I just don't have time right now.

Jan 6, 11:10am Top

>78 thornton37814: If it is a book focusing on Berlin cooking, Stollen would not be included because it comes from Saxony, Dresden in particular.

Jan 6, 11:41am Top

>86 MissWatson: That explains it then. I just thought it was German and should be in there!

Jan 6, 4:11pm Top

>76 thornton37814: Christmas Camp does sound like a movie I would watch! :)

Jan 6, 4:14pm Top

>88 christina_reads: I would like to see the movie. A friend who read my review saw the movie and said it was equally charming!

Jan 6, 4:16pm Top

Book 8. Keep Calm and Carry On, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew

Date Completed: 6 January 2020

Category: Ragdoll

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Sisters Joyce and Gina, forced to evacuate London amidst nightly German air raids, make friends on the train who will end up in the same village. One of these friends ends up in the home of a bad man, and the sisters and friend Molly determine to find a way to rescue him. In the midst of doing so, they uncover some illegal activity in the village. The story's rather abrupt ending sets the book up for at least one future installment. The story appears to be written at a 4th grade level for the most part. Narrator Joyce is a little older, but many 4th graders enjoy reading stories with slightly older protagonists. It lacks the impact of other books dealing with the evacuation such as Good Night, Mr. Tom. I received an electronic copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers with the expectation of an honest review.

Jan 6, 4:29pm Top

Wow. 8 books finished! Way to read, Lori!

Jan 6, 5:57pm Top

>91 lkernagh: It will slow down soon. I head back to work Wednesday.

Jan 6, 9:57pm Top

Book 9. Off the Grid by John Hunt

Date Completed: 6 January 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 2 stars

Review: The author started with a story line focusing on a kidnapping and then switched to another story line involving the detective and a suspect from the earlier investigation in a relationship. The detective was called to investigate a dangerous situation. The action was set in northern Ontario. The plot really didn't flow and was rather confusing. The book contained more violence than I expected. The title didn't seem to fit the second and larger portion of the book. The writing left much to be desired. I received an electronic copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

Edited: Jan 7, 7:59am Top

Book 10. Laurel Mercantile Co.: Family Recipes & Stories (vol. 1) edited by Erin Napier

Date Completed: 7 January 2020

Category: Ragamuffin (Food & Drink)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: This little souvenir recipe book contains many dishes Mississippians encounter at church pot luck dinners. The recipes come from Erin Napier's family. Since the family resides in the Southern part of the state, several recipes show a New Orleans influence. Versions of many dishes in the book already fill my own recipe box. It serves as an introduction to Southern foods for tourists visiting the Laurel area because of the HGTV show set in the town.

Jan 7, 9:51am Top

Book 11. Bible Personalities: A Treasury of Insights for Personal Growth and Ministry by Warren W. Wiersbe

Date Completed: 7 January 2020

Category: Bengal (Other Non-Fiction)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Wiersbe provides clergy a resource on preaching biographical sermons. He includes tips for the sermon as well as "notes" he made throughout the years on various Biblical persons. This section is not highly readable. It seems more like "note cards" with sound bites taken from other sermons, commentaries, and Christian books with information pertaining to the subject or some aspect of the subject's life. Perhaps my favorite takeaway from the entire book is a quote by C. H. Spurgeon on Paul pertaining to 2 Timothy 4:13:

He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has been preaching for at least thirty years, and yet he wants books! He has seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He had a wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books! He has been caught up into the third heaven, and had heard things which it was unlawful for a man to utter, yet he wants books! He had written the major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books! The apostles says to Timothy and so he says to every preacher, "Give thyself unto reading."

I actually looked up the passage in Spurgeon's sermon, and I think Wiersbe should have added a couple more lines to his note card for the next sentences in that selection state: The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.

Jan 9, 9:54pm Top

Book 12. Two Steps Forward by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Date Completed: 9 January 2020

Category: Norwegian Forest (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 3 stars

Review:Jimmy returns home to Lancaster County after the ranch where he worked closed. He meets Sylvie, young widow of Jake, and her young son. Sylvie wants to breed her Arabian horse with an Amish carriage horse, but Jimmy knows the horse is worth much more. The two are drawn to each other, but will Jimmy get cold feet or be able to go against his mother's wishes? The book contains a pro-life message. Readers of earlier installments in the series will be happy to find Bishop David as well as Luke and Izzy in this one. With the horse breeding angle, the story didn't feel as "Amish" as some books, but many readers will enjoy it. I received an advance review copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program with the expectation of an honest review.

Jan 10, 9:52pm Top

>15 thornton37814: Wow, you are making great progress with BingoDOG. Way to go! A nice review for Keep Calm and Carry On, Children. The title sounds interesting but based on what you said, it sounds a bit bland or simplistic, even for a forth grade level.

Jan 10, 10:55pm Top

>76 thornton37814: I LOVE those Hallmark Christmas movies. They're so ... I don't know ... wholesome? And the experience has the appeal of Christmas carols, because I know where they're going but the experience is the warm part. I never even thought to look for that same experience in books.

Jan 11, 9:14am Top

>97 This-n-That: I suspect it won't get rave reviews from child readers.

>98 pammab: This one was turned into a movie. Many of Debbie Macomber's books are Hallmark-style books.

Jan 11, 9:22pm Top

I'm just catching up with your thread and see that you're already off to a roaring start in January! I love your cat photos. :)

Jan 12, 2:50pm Top

>100 mathgirl40: Well, I think my January reading may be more like March allegedly comes--in like a lion and out like a lamb. I did finish a book today. I probably would have finished it last night if I'd realized the 36 pages remaining were really about 12 because there was a trailer for the next in series. I really should have suspected such and looked, but I didn't. I knew I was just too tired to continue much longer, got to the end of a chapter, and stopped for the night.

Jan 12, 2:54pm Top

Book 13. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw

Date Completed: 12 January 2020

Category: Siamese (Historical Fiction)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Lane Winslow left the British secret service and moved to King's Cove in rural British Columbia. She finds herself a suspect when a dead man is found in her creek. No one in the community knows the man. Inspector Darling and Constable Ames investigate. Because Lane is sworn to secrecy on many matters, she cannot always provide an answer to questions. Lane is held in the local jail until a man from Lane's past shows up confirming the man's identity and asserting Lane's innocence. Will that be enough to keep Lane out? Lane feels the need to clear her own name. The narrative includes flashback to WWI and WWII eras even though it is set just after WWII. I found this to be confusing at times and detract from the overall narrative. I think needed information from the past could come out in ways less disruptive to the novel's flow. Still the series shows promise. One cannot help but compare the series to Maisie Dobbs although that series begins a bit earlier. The author leaves an opening for a relationship to develop between the detective and Lane.

Jan 12, 10:29pm Top

Book 14. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle

Date Completed: 12 January 2020

Category: Persian (History & Genealogy)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Beginning with a garment worker's strike and then moving onto the day the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory went up in flames, the book tells the story of immigrant labor in unsafe conditions. The fire department could not reach building floors housing the factory. The fire escapes were flawed. Locked doors impeded exit for many. Some jumped to their deaths in efforts to escape the flames. The book goes on to detail the reforms brought about by the human tragedy and the trials of the plant's owners. The narrative holds the reader's attention. An annotated list of casualties appears before the "blind end notes." I hate blind end notes. Please number them so we know they exist!

Jan 13, 7:54am Top

>103 thornton37814: - I think I may have read this before I was on LT. Or, I started and never finished it. I hear you about blind end notes. I just finished a book that had 59 pages of them for a book that was only 290 pages. If I tried to keep track and read them as I went, the story was so choppy. I finally decided to ignore them. But I agree they should be numbered.

Jan 13, 9:05am Top

>104 dudes22: I really prefer old-fashioned footnotes. No page flipping required! I read it for one of the category challenges.

Jan 13, 7:38pm Top

Book 15. Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon

Date Completed: 13 January 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: In this installment, Commissario Brunetti investigates a case Lt. Scarpa dismissed based on circumstantial evidence. The old woman who was a nuisance to her neighbors because she listened to her television at a loud volume was assaulted and murdered. Money from her bank accounts disappeared almost instantaneously. His wife, reading their daughter's textbook, makes a remark about the seven deadly sins which guides his investigation. Suspects abound, but he identifies the person responsible for the crime, clearing the reputation of an immigrant woman. I listened to David Colacci's excellent audio narration. I enjoyed turning over Guido's wife's remark in my own head as well.

Jan 13, 7:53pm Top

>102 thornton37814: - You are on quite the reading roll. I’m definitely intrigued by this one and will add it to my wishlist.

Jan 13, 8:04pm Top

>107 LittleTaiko: It's a good start to the series. Meg commented on another thread that she prefers this series to Maisie Dobbs.

Jan 13, 8:59pm Top

>108 thornton37814: - I’ve only read the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series and stopped because I didn’t like it all that much. I’m trying hard to remember why but there was something about it that bugged me. Who knows?

Jan 13, 9:39pm Top

>109 LittleTaiko: Whatever it was that annoyed me did go away after a bit. I think it was something with the espionage angle because I'm not a huge espionage fan.

Jan 14, 9:03am Top

Exciting news! There will be an American equivalent of the British Library Crime Classics--The Library of Congress Crime Classics. Poisoned Pen Press will be collaborating with LC. See article in LCM: Library of Congress Magazine: https://www.loc.gov/lcm/pdf/LCM_2019_0910.pdf

Jan 14, 10:26am Top

>111 thornton37814: That is exciting! I have known about the LC magazine but haven't seen it lately. It's really good too isn't it? Thanks for the info.

Jan 14, 1:12pm Top

>112 clue: I'm thrilled they will do the same for American mystery, although I suspect I'll prefer the British ones overall because I tend to prefer British mysteries. It is a good magazine.

Edited: Jan 14, 1:16pm Top

Book 16. Waterland by Graham Swift

Date Completed: 14 January 2020

Category: Norwegian Forest (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Tom Crick, a middle-aged history teacher, faces job termination due to consolidation of history into a more general subject area. He spends more time discussing events local to the Fens and his own story than the subject of history. He also faces challenges at home as his wife suffered a mental breakdown. Swift's writing style is unique. This book would lend itself well to a book group for discussion as readers will engage with the narrative differently.

Jan 14, 3:33pm Top

>111 thornton37814: Interesting! I've been seeing some of these Penzler American Mystery Classics at the bookstores lately: https://penzlerpublishers.com/books/. Seems like more publishers are jumping on the "reissuing classic mysteries" idea, which is good news in my book!

Jan 14, 6:48pm Top

>115 christina_reads: I've read many of the ones pictured! Otto Penzler seems to be the American mystery anthologizer of choice. He also compiled the "Big Book of . . . Stories" (short story mysteries).

Jan 16, 1:02pm Top

Book 17. The Hidden Ways: Scotland's Forgotten Roads by Alistair Moffat

Date Completed: 16 January 2020

Category: Scottish Fold (Travel)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Moffat takes readers on a journey through some of Scotland's history by following ancient roads--or a rail route in one instance. From Robert the Bruce and Agricola to defending Scotland from German invasion during World War II, Moffat engages the reader by discussing not only the historic information but also the natural resources in the area. While each route contained an overview map of the route, the shortcoming of the book was the lack of photos to help readers unfamiliar with the area picture it. Some stories interested me more than others, but anyone who enjoys Scottish history will enjoy this travelogue.

Jan 16, 7:04pm Top

>116 thornton37814: I think my mum bought that book; she has several by Alistair Moffat. It sounds like she will like it!

Jan 16, 7:46pm Top

>118 rabbitprincess: Hope she enjoys it. This was one of my SantaThing gifts that fit the city vs. countryside theme for the travel challenge.

Jan 17, 8:22am Top

Book 18. An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest by Alan Fadling

Date Completed: 17 January 2020

Category: Bengal (Other Non-Fiction)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Alan Fadling shares insights learned which make time in our fast-paced society to wait on and listen to God. He shows the importance God placed on rest by emphasizing the Sabbath as well as the seven-year rests for the land itself. I really appreciated the insights offered by the author as well as his study of the subject evidenced by quotes from classic and modern authors. While I think his message is to be intentional in making a time alone with God, his guidance in helping people prioritize what is important and what needs to be dropped could perhaps be improved. I sometimes allow myself to become too overbooked, and Fadling's message showed me I need to slow down. I need to find time to enjoy life so I can hear God speak. I want to dig into some of the works cited.

Jan 17, 9:15pm Top

Book 19. Death Finds a Way by Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Date Completed: 17 January 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Reviewing a book written by someone you know can be a daunting task. I avoided reading this even though I owned it because I feared I might not like the book. Janie Riley, genealogist, travels to Salt Lake City where she meets Clarissa. Janie observes Clarissa's soon-to-be-ex-husband giving Clarissa a difficult time. Then she notices someone watching Clarissa. When Clarissa turns up dead, and her papers turn up missing, Janie feels the need to make sure the murderer does not get away. She begins investigating Clarissa's case with memories of stolen glances at her work as they researched side-by-side. Will she remember enough to help bring a murderer to justice?

I found the book a fun and surprisingly pleasurable read. The ancestral story resonates with the reader. The modern plot as the story unfolded seemed implausible, particularly in regards to the way the police handled the case. In fact questions regarding this remain with the reader after the mystery's solution. Most genealogists will enjoy this adventure, particularly if heading to Salt Lake City for a research trip.

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