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Chelle tries again in 2020

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Edited: Yesterday, 10:08pm Top


Happy almost 2020, friends!
I am back for another year of potentially sporadic posting and life updates and hopefully lots of books!
Once again my goal is to read 150 books. Perhaps this year will be the year I make it! 2019 ended with 126 books.

Hope 2020 brings much happiness and love to your lives. Thanks for joining me for another year.

This is the year that I introduce my oldest to Harry Potter! We gave her the illustrated version of the first book for Christmas and we will read it at bedtime this year. Could take a while with only a few pages a night.


For those that don't know me I am Chelle from Ontario, Canada. Late 30's, wife, mother of two busy girls and a police dispatcher. Hubby is an officer and between our two shift work schedules we share in all duties of house and children. I read at work when it is slow and after our daughters are in bed or playing quietly.
My reading ebbs and flows pretty badly at times. Some years I have read as low as 36 books and in 2018 I hit 140. I tend to read heavily in the first half of the year and Autumn usually brings a pretty big reading funk. Hopefully 2020 is the year I break that trend.

Currently Reading:

Print 📗:

Audio 🎧:


Finished Reading
1) The Water Cure by Sophie MacIntosh
🎧2) Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
3) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
4) The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
5) Still Mine by Amy Stuart
6) Final Girls by Riley Sager
🎧7) Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
8) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
9) Lumberjanes vol 1

Edited: Jan 14, 3:43pm Top

Audio Books Read in 2020: (Goal is 2 per month=24 )
Currently reading Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

🎧1) Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
🎧2) Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

Edited: Jan 17, 11:49am Top

2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge

1) A book that's published in 2020
2) A book by a trans or nonbinary author
3) A book with a great first line - The Water Cure by Sophie MacIntosh
4) A book about a book club
5) A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
6) A bildungsroman
7) The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
8) A book with an upside-down image on the cover
9) A book with a map
10) A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
11) An anthology
12) A book that passes the Bechdel test - Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
13) A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it - Still Mine by Amy Stuart
14) A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
15) A book about or involving social media
16) A book that has a book on the cover
17) A medical thriller
18) A book with a made-up language
19) A book set in a country beginning with "C"
20) A book you picked because the title caught your attention
21) A book published the month of your birthday
22) A book about or by a woman in STEM
23) A book that won an award in 2019
24) A book on a subject you know nothing about
25) A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
26) A book with a pun in the title
27) A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
28) A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
29) A book with a bird on the cover
30) A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
31) A book with "gold," "silver," or "bronze" in the title
32) A book by a WOC
33) A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (4.12⭐️)
34) A book you meant to read in 2019
35) A book with a three-word title - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
36) A book with a pink cover
37) A Western
38) A book by or about a journalist
39) Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
40) Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

41) A book written by an author in their 20s
42) A book with "20" or "twenty" in the title
43) A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) - The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
44) A book set in the 1920s
45) A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
46) A book by an author who has written more than 20 books
47) A book with more than 20 letters in its title
48) A book published in the 20th century
49) A book from a series with more than 20 books
50) A book with a main character in their 20s

Finished in January
3) A book with a great first line - The Water Cure by Sophie MacIntosh
12) A book that passes the Bechdel test - Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
43) A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) - The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
35) A book with a three-word title - The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
13) A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it - Still Mine by Amy Stuart
33) A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads - The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (4.12⭐️)


2) A book by a trans or nonbinary author
*Confessions of the fox
*All the Birds in the sky

4) A book about a book club

5) A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics

6) A bildungsroman

7) The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed

8) A book with an upside-down image on the cover
*Fleishman Is in Trouble

9) A book with a map
**already own - The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

10) A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club

11) An anthology
*Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
*My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

14) A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name

15) A book about or involving social media
*The Circle
*So You've Been Publicly Shamed

16) A book that has a book on the cover
*The Shadow of the Wind

17) A medical thriller

18) A book with a made-up language

19) A book set in a country beginning with "C"

20) A book you picked because the title caught your attention

21) A book published the month of your birthday

22) A book about or by a woman in STEM

23) A book that won an award in 2019

24) A book on a subject you know nothing about

25) A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics

26) A book with a pun in the title

27) A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins

28) A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character

29) A book with a bird on the cover

30) A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader

31) A book with "gold," "silver," or "bronze" in the title

32) A book by a WOC

34) A book you meant to read in 2019

36) A book with a pink cover

37) A Western
*Inland by Téa Obreht

38) A book by or about a journalist

39) Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
*Looking for Alaska by John Green

40) Your favoUrite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

41) A book written by an author in their 20s

42) A book with "20" or "twenty" in the title

44) A book set in the 1920s

45) A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
*A Quiet Place Paperback by Seicho Matsumoto (purchased)

46) A book by an author who has written more than 20 books

47) A book with more than 20 letters in its title

48) A book published in the 20th century

49) A book from a series with more than 20 books

50) A book with a main character in their 20s

Edited: Dec 28, 2019, 9:55am Top

My other threads are sad and lonely. I'd like to try and add a few books to each this year, perhaps these ones that I've listed below:

Women's Prize for Fiction

1001 books list

Booker Prize

Dec 28, 2019, 9:58am Top

Hope I'm not too early to drop a star over here, Chelle!

Dec 28, 2019, 12:55pm Top

Hi Chelle!

Dec 28, 2019, 2:11pm Top

Hi Chelle - found you!

Dec 28, 2019, 3:15pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 28, 2019, 3:49pm Top

Great to see you posting again, Chelle. I've dropped my star and I'm looking forward to following along for another year.

Dec 28, 2019, 4:03pm Top

Hi Chelle my dear, just starred you once again dear friend.

Dec 28, 2019, 4:31pm Top

Dropping a star. Such sweet toppers!

Dec 28, 2019, 7:01pm Top

Happy 2020, Chelle! I hope you, Nate, and the beautiful girls are headed into the best decade yet.

Dec 29, 2019, 4:02am Top

I'll be checking your challenge reading for suggestions for my own!! : )

Dec 29, 2019, 12:39pm Top

Hi Chelle -- dropping my star and wishing you a fine 2020 (I love the photos in topper)

Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 5:07pm Top

Hey there Chelle ... I'm so glad to find another potentially sporadic poster in the group... makes me feel less anxious. Starred you so I don't lose you. Your girls are so adorable!

Dec 30, 2019, 6:58pm Top

Happy New Thread, Chelle! I hope you and the family have a wonderful year. Good luck with those reading challenges and I hope to see you around more often in 2020. I always enjoy your visits.

Dec 31, 2019, 5:38am Top

Best wishes for 2020!

Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 9:24pm Top

Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2019, 11:15am Top

Happy New Year, Chelle!
Nice to see Stevie from Schitt's Creek up there representin'.

Dec 31, 2019, 3:56pm Top

Happy New Year Chelle!

Dec 31, 2019, 4:10pm Top

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2019, 5:27pm Top

Wishing you 12 months of success
52 weeks of laughter
366 days of fun (leap year!)
8,784 hours of joy
527,040 minutes of good luck
and 31,622,400 seconds of happiness!!

Dec 31, 2019, 6:00pm Top

Hi Chelle my dear, wishing you, Nate, Chloe and Elissa a very Happy New Year from both of us dear friend.

Dec 31, 2019, 6:28pm Top

Happy reading in 2020, Chelle!

Dec 31, 2019, 9:18pm Top

Happy New Year!

May you complete all your reading goals :)

Jan 1, 7:35am Top

Happy New Year Chelle. I hope you have a great year of reading.

Jan 1, 10:20am Top

Happy New Year, Chelle. Your girls keep getting cuter and cuter. I hope 2020 is a wonderful year for you.

Jan 1, 1:24pm Top

Happy New year, folks!
I spent New Year’s Eve on nightshift and was happy when nothing much happened! We had a buffet at work purchased for us and I spent the majority of my shift finishing up the last book of 2019 Black Chalk.

I’m just waking up slowly and hiding from my kids while I drink a coffee and come alive. (Nate has them doing bug something fun so I don’t feel bad:)
Starting my New Year reading a book I had meant to read in 2019, gifted to me by our own lovely Mark! The Water Cure.

Hope you all have a wonderful 2020!

Jan 1, 1:27pm Top

Happy new year to you and your lovely family Chelle!

Jan 1, 1:28pm Top

>5 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! Hope 2020 is kind to you!

>6 DianaNL: Hi Diana! Thanks for visiting

>7 cushlareads: thanks for popping by, Cushla!

>8 drneutron: thanks, Jim! This place is hard to stay away from for too long.

Jan 1, 1:32pm Top

>9 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy! I think I still need to find your thread. I’m on my iPad today bough which I don’t find to be super easy lol

>10 johnsimpson: Thanks for stopping by, John!

>11 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley! They are pretty cute. Less cute once they realize I’m awake and start hounding me lol

>12 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! I imagine this next decade is going to hold many changes for us! By the end of this decade we will have *gasp* teenagers in this house. Help me now!

Jan 1, 1:36pm Top

>13 Berly: Thanks, Kim! Hope I can help you find some good bed! I used the GoodReads group page for Pop Sugar if I’m struggling with a category. Lots of people post suggestions there. I am starting the year with Best opening line which is The Water Cure. Pretty great opening line!

>14 RebaRelishesReading: thanks, Reba! Hope you have a great year! I’d like to try and spend at least 20 mins a day staying somewhat caught up here but I think that’s just a losing battle

>15 cameling: Thanks for visiting, Caro! Don’t feel bad about being sporadic, at least you are here when you can :)

>16 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I’m usually better with visiting at the beginning of the year. For some reason I suck at reading and being social come autumn.

Jan 1, 1:39pm Top

>17 DianaNL: you as well, Diane!

>18 PaulCranswick: I love that your list starts with more sleep!!! Yes!!
Same to you, friend!

>19 mstrust: yes, glad to see another Schitt’s Creek fan! I bc ant believe the final season will be starting soon. So sad

>20 SandDune: Happy Nee Year, Rhian!

>21 jayde1599: same to you, Jess! Thanks for visiting

Jan 1, 1:42pm Top

>22 Berly: oh that’s great! Thanks, Kim! Same to you and yours :)

>23 johnsimpson: same to you, John. Hope 2020 is kind to you and Karen!

>24 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! To you as well

>25 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Figs! I don’t have many goals this year, Pop Sugar to start and I really need to organize my books on the shelves and purge some kids books from my shelf. I need to get Elissa a shelf for her room. Perhaps I’ll start this weekend when the kids are away with their grandparents.

Jan 1, 1:43pm Top

>26 calm: to you as well, Calm!

>27 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! They are cute but they are a handful! Keep me on my toes most days

>29 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! To you as well

Jan 1, 2:21pm Top

Hi Chelle!

Happy New Year and happy first thread of 2020!

>1 ChelleBearss: Ah, Stevie! We love Schitt’s Creek and are excited about the new season.

Jan 1, 4:12pm Top

Happy 2020, Chelle! Those are sweet photos of the girls. I'm glad your New Year's Eve shift went okay; I'm sure there have been years when that's been crazy.

Jan 1, 4:45pm Top

Happy New Year, ChelleBearss! I hop all is well with you.

I'm hoping to be more present and productive this year.

Dropping a star.

Jan 2, 8:40am Top

>36 karenmarie: I'm excited for the new season, but sad too. Nate won't watch it with me so it's been one of my alone time shows.

>37 jnwelch: thanks, Joe! Other dispatchers were busy, but I got lucky my desk wasn't bad at all!

>38 brodiew2: thanks, Brodie! I'll need to find your thread today

Jan 2, 10:20am Top

This is the year that I introduce my oldest, Chloe, to Harry Potter! We gave her the illustrated version of the first book for Christmas and we will read it at bedtime this year. Could take a while with only a few pages a night. Five may be a bit young for the long books but the illustrated version is so awesome and she is enjoying it so far

Jan 2, 10:31am Top

Happy 2020, Chelle! How fun to experience HP with Chloe! I'll look forward to hearing what she thinks about it and how it is for you too this time around.

Jan 2, 10:45am Top

Happy new year and new thread, Chelle!

Have fun with the illustrated edition of HP with Chloe. :)

Jan 2, 10:53am Top

Jan 2, 11:20am Top

Happy new year of reading Chelle! I hope to be more active in 2020. I'll be sure to return regularly.

Much love to you.

Jan 2, 1:23pm Top

>41 Carmenere: We gave her the book for Christmas but in reality it's as much as gift for me LOL! She seems to be loving it so far, but we are only on chapter two. Once we get to a bit more serious or scary parts we will see.

>42 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky! It's an awesome book to look through. I am glad that we ended up buying it despite the cost

>43 Berly: YES :)

>44 Whisper1: Thanks, Lynda! I am hoping to be more active as well. I got in a TV only funk in the fall and stopped being social and stopped reading *gasp*

Jan 2, 2:36pm Top

I read the first 4 or 5 HP aloud to my son, and then he was ready to read the last couple himself. Great memories! Enjoy, and how great for your daughter to experience the wonderful Potter books. My daughter read them herself, and reread the series over and over and over.

Jan 2, 3:34pm Top

My wife read all of the HP books, right as they came out, to me and our kids - even as the books got longer and longer. It was a wonderful experience.

Jan 2, 5:08pm Top

>40 ChelleBearss: Hi and Happy New Year Chelle! I love that you are introducing Chloe to the wonders of HP. We started reading aloud to my eldest daughter when she was about 6. She turned 27 today, so the books were still pretty new back then and as parents we were discovering them at the same time. I'm sure you'll have a blast reading them together.

Jan 2, 5:32pm Top

I think I have managed to find most of the usual peeps (that have started a thread). If you've got a thread started and I haven't found you yet, and you wish for me to find you, please drop me a link to yours!

>46 raidergirl3: I am hoping that Chloe will be old enough to enjoy them and not be afraid of the scary parts (she is 5). She should be 6 by the time we reach the end of the first book.

>47 jnwelch: That's sounds great! That must have been great family time!

Jan 2, 5:33pm Top

>48 lauralkeet: Thanks for visiting! Chloe is turning 6 in May and I'm sure we will still be reading this by then. It's slow going at only a couple pages a night, and not every night

Jan 2, 7:27pm Top

Happy New Year Chelle. I hope to be a more reliable LTer this year. Love the pics of your beautiful girls.

Jan 2, 7:44pm Top

We read the first HP to m son at 7. He was not interested in it before then. Maybe if we had the illustrated version. He is now 8 and loving it - we are on the second book

Jan 3, 5:46am Top

Woot for Harry Potter!! I think Charlie was six? when we started reading them aloud.

Jan 3, 12:40pm Top

🌟Happy New Year, Chelle. What a great idea introducing Chloe to Harry Potter with an illustrated book. Reading together is a wonderful way to create special memories. I wish you all lots of memory-making experiences in 2020.

Jan 3, 2:55pm Top

I'm moving quite slowly around the threads but am glad to find you! Wishing you a good year of reading: sounds like you are off to a great start with HP!

Jan 3, 3:03pm Top

I know how confusing a new year can be here on the threads! Here's a link to my thread over on the Category Challenge: https://www.librarything.com/topic/313184#

Jan 3, 3:59pm Top

Hi and happy reading this year! I can't wait until my children are old enough for Harry Potter (and lots of other books I want to read aloud to them). What fun for you and Chloe!

Jan 3, 4:05pm Top

Happy New Year, Chelle! Hurrah for Harry Potter--Chloe has the most beautiful eyes, just like her mom.

Jan 3, 4:20pm Top

I did not know there is an illustrated version of HP.... you're a lifesaver, Chelle! I know the perfect birthday present for my 5 year old nephew now! I know everyone else will be giving him toys, so I did so want to keep with the book giving tradition ... or rather, it's a tradition only on my end, it appears. But so far, he's enjoyed the other books I've given in the past (I'm not sure his parents enjoyed them quite as much since they had to read his favorite ones to him repeatedly)

Edited: Jan 3, 5:08pm Top

>40 ChelleBearss:
I just listened to the first Harry Potter book while I was driving back to Kansas before Christmas. This is the year I listen to this series. In the meantime I have started another series that I am enjoying very much. I listened to the first book in the “Thief” series by Megan Whalen Turner. I thought it was very good. I just started the Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff and am getting into it, so I will have plenty of fantasy series to finish through the year.

Good to see you posting again.

Jan 3, 7:09pm Top

Happy Friday(?) folks! I am on night shift tonight and kind of feeling like I don't know what day it is. Looking forward to a long sleep in a quiet, kid free house tomorrow as the girls are at their grandparents and Nate will be at work. I am hoping the public, and officers, behave tonight and allow me some reading time and recipe research time. I started weight watchers this week and am searching for low fat side recipes. Every side I've found lately is heavy on the cheese or mayo, or light on flavour.

>51 brenzi: Happy new year, Bonnie! I'm a sporadic LT'er too, so don't feel bad about being absent!

>52 jayde1599: Hi Jess. I find that Chloe does well with long books as long as there is something for her to look at. We tried some of Roald Dalh's books but she lost interest.

>53 scaifea: Awesome! So we are a bit early but with only a couple pages a night and at over 200 pages we will be working on it past her sixth birthday. She is a bit on the nervous side about monsters and such so I'm wondering if the troll in the dungeon may be the spot that scares her first.

Jan 3, 7:12pm Top

>61 ChelleBearss: Hope you get some reading/recipe time in today. Can't wait to see how HP progresses. Now you have to tell us what spots (if any) she finds scary!! LOL. Hopefully only a little.

Jan 3, 7:12pm Top

>54 Donna828: Chloe is obsessed with being read too and we read every night. She is starting to read herself as well, so some nights we start with her reading her beginner Pinkalicious books to us before we read to her.

>55 charl08: Thanks for finding me, Char! I have more people to hunt down tonight as time permits :)

>56 DeltaQueen50: Thanks! I'll put over and drop my star!

Jan 3, 7:21pm Top

>57 aktakukac: I know the feeling, Rachel! I've been waiting to introduce Chloe to HP for five years LOL!

>58 ronincats: Awww, thanks Roni!

>59 cameling: It's a really beautifully done edition. I bought the Sorcerer Stone from Amazon canada. I just looked on amazon.com and saw they have a different edition, the Philosopher's Stone and it looks like there are less drawings. Not sure which one you will have access too.

Jan 3, 7:32pm Top

>60 benitastrnad: I relistened to the whole series last year. Which narrator do you have? Mine was Stephen Fry and I loved it!
I will add Nevernight to my wishlist, thanks. Looks interesting.

>62 Berly: I will for sure report in :) We just started chapter three and the snake at the zoo didn't bother her. I'm hoping the being scared of cartoon monsters (and bears, what??) is just a visual thing. I'm like that too. I can not watch a horror movie but I love horror books. She may be just as weird as her Mama

Jan 3, 10:51pm Top

Hi Chelle. I'm just dropping off my star and wishing you a wonderful new year!

Jan 3, 11:23pm Top

>66 EBT1002: Thanks! Same to you :)

Edited: Jan 6, 12:46am Top

First book finished in 2020 and I have Mark to thank for it! I believe this was one gifted to me at Christmas 2018!

1) The Water Cure by Sophie MacIntosh
PopSugar Challenge: 3) A book with a great first line

This was excellent. It took me a bit to get into it and I had already put it down once last year when I found I wasn't in the mood for the slow build. It ended up being different than what I though, which is always awesome!
I can't say too much without ruining it but I do recommend it to anyone who likes apocalyptic fiction.

Edited: Jan 4, 12:45pm Top

Next up:

Edited: Jan 4, 12:09pm Top

>63 ChelleBearss: I am still reading aloud to my 11 year old. He gets headaches if he reads for too long. We just finished The Phantom Tollbooth.

Edited: Jan 4, 12:08pm Top

Hi Chelle! Sorry if I missed this...how old is your oldest? My step-kids' mother tried reading Harry Potter to them. D, who was 7 at the time that they started, LOVES them! M, who was 5 with undiagnosed ADHD at the time, hated being read to at all. But now he's admitting that he likes the movies, so there's hope for him yet. And he'll listen when read to. Their dad and I have a nice system: I pick books out, and he reads to them at bedtime. (He's better at reading aloud than I am, which is important.) Right now, he's reading Warriors and Percy Jackson to the kids.

Jan 4, 12:32pm Top

>69 ChelleBearss: Ooo! *popcorn bowl* Can't wait to hear what you thought.

Edited: Jan 4, 1:11pm Top

The narrator for the first book I listened to in the Harry Potter series was Jim Dale. He was the original narrator for the series. I have listened to other rides narrated by him and he does an excellent job.

Th Nevernight series is by Jay Kristoff and it is listed as YA but I think it really should be classed as adult. The public library here has it as YA but the public library in Birmingham, Alabama has it as Adult. Lots of violence and some sex in it. It is a good fantasy series but I liked the Thief book better. Turner is a really good author. I got that BB from Ronnie and she was correct when she said that the Queen’s Thief series was good. It is a really good YA fantasy series. The first book in the series The Thief was a Newbery Honor book back in 1997.

Jan 4, 1:17pm Top

It looks like you are starting the year strong, Chelle. I've had The Water Cure on my list for a while. Maybe this year?

I'll watch for your comments on A Starless Sea. I read it last year.

Edited: Jan 4, 1:31pm Top

Morning (ok, afternoon), folks! I am just waking up from my nightshift snooze and starting my day with a heavily creamer'ed cup of coffee (cafe mocha cream, 2 ww points :)
I'm trying to get up the energy to drive over to a nearby grocery store to pick up some special cheese roll up thing that Chloe's friends eat for lunch that she just has to have!! I'm debating being that mom or just giving her the regular cheese that I buy at our regular grocery store instead of having to make a trip to the other grocery store that I don't normally visit. And yes, I realize how ridiculous my dilemma really is lol. I do need to return a book to the library that is very overdue so it's an excuse to go to that store, which is very close by.
I'm back in for nightshift tonight and I will try and get caught up on all the threads while I am there. I did get my slow night last night, so it would probably be asking too much for another slow night tonight :)

>70 brodiew2: I love that! I wonder if Chloe will still let me read to her once she is off and reading on her own. I can only hope so.

>71 The_Hibernator: Chloe is five and loves being read to at bedtime. She won't often sit still during the day, but that's ok with me as they have so many other things to do around here to use their imagination with. We usually read at least two Pinkalicious books at bedtime, or a chapter of her books. Harry Potter is slow going, but I was happy to see that when I was on nightshift last week Nate still read her HP to her! I was sad to have missed out on a few pages but happy to see that Nate likes them too, although secretly.

>72 richardderus: Did you read it? Were you in camp The Night Circus? I looooooved The Night Circus and kept pushing it on my coworkers.

>73 benitastrnad: Yes, I listened to one done by Jim Dale and did enjoy it, but I loved Stephen Fry!
I actually have finished all of the Queen's Thief series and am waiting for the final instalment, which I believe is due out in August. I think I have Amber to thank for getting me hooked on that series.

Jan 4, 1:33pm Top

>74 BLBera: Thanks! I think with only one book finished at this point GoodReads says I am behind on my goal already, but oh well.
I had a hard time into The Water Cure, so if you can try and stick it out past the first 50 pages. Around the halfway mark it because worth it for me to finish it and I ended up loving it.

What did you think of The Starless Sea?

Jan 4, 2:19pm Top

>75 ChelleBearss: Yep, I read it and was decidedly and firmly in Camp Night Circus...one of the first six-stars-of-five books I read.

Jan 4, 5:00pm Top

Hi Chelle, I am slowly making my way through the threads. Love the holiday thread topper pictures. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2020!

Jan 4, 6:54pm Top

>77 richardderus: Yes! Happy to see more The Night Circus love!
I am enjoying The Starless Sea so far but I'm not very far into it.

>78 lkernagh: Thanks for visiting :)

Edited: Jan 4, 7:24pm Top

new books purchased today!
At kim's suggestion, which came originally from Katie I believe, I have purchased Still Waters by Viveca Sten

Then I stopped at Chapters for a latte and a perusal and ended up buying a $7 copy of This Census-Taker by Chine Mieville, which I didn't realize was third in a series. So of course I then needed to buy the first two
So from Abe Books I have purchased:
Perdido Street Station
The Scar
You by Caroline Kepnes (because we are addicted to the show)
The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn (Because Bookriot says I'll like it)

Jan 4, 7:22pm Top

>80 ChelleBearss: LOL. That one has really sucked a lot of people in -- Happy to float in the Still Waters with you. And nice shopping there!!

Also a big fan of Night Circus and I am just the same as you--scary books are WAY better than scary movies.

Jan 5, 4:42am Top

Hi Chelle! I hope you had another peaceful nightshift :-) That sounds like a good book haul. Everyone is (still) talking about You, so I'm going to have to add it to my giant Netflix list.

Jan 5, 7:37pm Top

Hi Chelle. I also gave in to the Viveca Sten craze and look forward to getting to the series.

I purchased The Water Cure back when it was nominated for the Booker but haven't read it. I think your review is the first thing I've really seen about it since then. So, I will keep it and get to it one of these days.

Jan 5, 7:37pm Top

Oh, and I also loved The Night Circus.

Jan 5, 8:01pm Top

Hey folks.
I am at work for my LAST NIGHT SHIFT before I start working straight day shifts!! Whoot whoot! Hopefully this new rotation works for our supervisors and they let me keep the straight days for a long time!
It's starting off to be a very busy night. We are in the middle of a snow storm, so of course that means all cars on the road immediately drive into the ditch ;-p

>81 Berly: Glad to join you! Hopefully my copy arrives quickly :) Are you starting a group read thread for it?
Scary books are the best! My next audio is a Joe Hill and I hope I can listen to a scary book lol. Haven't tried that yet

>82 susanj67: Thanks, last night was a lovely slow night, unlike tonight!
Nate and I need to start the second season of You, but I've heard it starts off with a bang!

Jan 5, 8:02pm Top

>83 EBT1002: Hopefully you enjoy it once you start it! It was worth the read for me!

Jan 5, 8:34pm Top

Hope you have a great 2020 reading year!

Jan 6, 12:40am Top

>87 thornton37814: Thanks! I still need to find you on the threads!

Edited: Jan 6, 5:55pm Top

🎧2) Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
PopSugar Challenge: 12) A book that passes the Bechdel test

First audio of the year and I'm off to a good start with a solid 4 star book. I have downloaded the next book from Audible to start right away.

Jan 6, 3:47am Top

Happy New Year, Chelle!

Jan 6, 7:12am Top

Hi, Chelle! Yay for day shifts!! Fingers crossed that they let you keep them.

Jan 6, 7:31am Top

Hi Chelle!

Yay for Harry Potter. Our daughter was 8 when the movie was released. She wanted to see it. I insisted that we read the book first, so I read it out loud to her from a tattered $.25 thrift-shop copy. I now have all the books in hardcopy and the audiobooks. I read all the books out loud to her, we’ve watched all the movies multiple times. I hope Chloe likes it, and hope that Nate continues to secretly like it.

Glad you’re on days and hope you get to keep them.

Jan 6, 8:54am Top

>89 ChelleBearss: Oh good, Chelle. My wife and I both liked Akata Witch a lot. We both thought the sequel was just as good. She's one of my favorite "new" writers (new to me, anyway - we started with the Binti books).

Jan 6, 9:44am Top

Days! YAY DAYS!! Makes family life so much more doable to work days. Sending happy hugs.

Jan 6, 3:35pm Top

Morning, friends.
I had big hopes of being much more productive today and I failed. Hard. I ended up waking up after a few hours of sleep to help Nate get the kids ready for back to school and day care. My original plan was to stay up, have a coffee and read for a bit before getting into some household chores. Instead after the husband and kids left I fell back to sleep on the couch. For the whole day. Darn.

At least I don't have to work again until Friday so I have lots of time to do stuff and things around the house.

>90 kidzdoc: Happy new year, Darryl!

>91 scaifea: Thanks, Amber! I think they said as long as our sick time doesn't increase then the plan is to keep it. The problem is I am partnered with someone that wants straight nights. So if she changes her mind, quits, goes of sick etc, then I would have to go back to rotation.

>92 karenmarie: That's awesome! So glad that you read the book first before seeing the movie! Chloe isn't old enough for the movie as I know she would get scared, but perhaps once we have finished the book she won't find those parts scary any longer because she will know what to expect.

>93 jnwelch: Glad to hear that the second book is just as good. I started it on my way home from work this morning and the first 40 mins of it was pretty decent. I'm hoping to have some listening time while I clean this week, but I may not get back to it until my commute Friday.

>94 richardderus: yes, it really does. Nate says I am a happier person and less likely to lose my patience with the littles when I am on straight days.

Edited: Jan 6, 4:16pm Top

Chloe is very excited that I won an ER book for her The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle.

We just bought her the first two books in the series for Christmas and haven't read them yet. We will have to get on that soon so that we can read the ER book when it arrives!

Jan 6, 4:14pm Top

>96 ChelleBearss: - I gave that one to my niece-let for Christmas (per a tip from her mom, as I'd never heard of the series!).

Jan 6, 7:14pm Top

Hi, Chelle. Sorry, to hear you slept the day away. It sounds like you needed it. Glad you are going back on the day shift for awhile. Hooray for Chloe and her very first ER win! Yah!

Jan 6, 7:22pm Top

>97 katiekrug: I hadn’t heard of it until either until I started Christmas shopping. I always make a point of getting them a small box of books that they should be age appropriate for in the next coming year so they have books ready for them as they need them.

>98 msf59: hopefully I still manage to get to sleep at a decent hour tonight.
That is actually the fifth book I’ve won for the girls over the years. I stopped getting books for myself as the options for Canada have been poor lately. The only one I wanted for myself was a Kelley Armstrong that I would have bought anyway, but I didn’t win :(

Jan 6, 7:23pm Top

Chelle, your girls are getting so big! And they are adorable. I think you must have really needed the sleep, so count it as a win. Now you will feel better prepared for the rest of the week. Crossing my fingers you get to keep the day shift.

Jan 6, 8:27pm Top

Sounds like you needed the rest. I've needed a little more lately because of the sinus infection/cold. Fortunately I'm beginning to be a bit more normal--just in time to return to work Wednesday. The cats won't let me sleep in that late!

Jan 6, 9:59pm Top

I hope you get to stay on the day shift Chelle because I can't imagine having to work nights AND raise a family. But you obviously have it figured out.

Jan 7, 6:47am Top

If you slept the day through, it seems to me you likely needed it. I'm a big fan of the idea that self care is an important and necessary task, and shouldn't make us feel guilty or that we've failed to get something done. That *is* getting something done!

I read the first Princess in Black book a while ago and really enjoyed it; I'm not sure why I haven't picked up any of the others...

Edited: Jan 7, 10:00am Top

Morning, friends
Very tired today. I managed to fall asleep by 11, but then woke at 130 when Nate came home to get something. Chloe yelled in her sleep at 3, which of course woke me again, then up at 6. Very zombie like today.

>100 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! Glad to see you here
I'll have to pass on a nap today to get back on track for tonight.

>101 thornton37814: lol the kids don't let me sleep in either!

>102 brenzi: thanks. I don't mind the nightshift itself as it tends to be slower and better for reading, but day shift is better for the home life.

,>103 scaifea: usually I agree, but sometimes I struggle with getting turned around from night shift to day shift. If I don't get turned around I'll stay up all night and be tired and cranky with the kids in the morning!

Jan 7, 12:10pm Top

Hi Chelle - sorry to hear you're still tired, but it's good news about all-days if it works out. No more full moons for you! I giggled when you said there was snow so everyone was crashing. You'd be horrified if you had to do a shift in London when the s-word was mentioned! Everyone starts panicking well in advance :-)

Jan 7, 1:50pm Top

Glad you got caught up on your sleep (at least it sounds like you did) and happy that you will be on days-only. Good planning to keep some books handy for when the girls are ready. Gosh they're cute!

Jan 7, 1:57pm Top

3) The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
PopSugar Challenge:43) A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)

While this felt a lot longer than The Night Circus, and sometimes felt a little too long, it definitely had all the same feels as the first novel by Morgenstern. Very magical! I did get lost at a couple spots and had to reread a few pages to figure out what was happening, but overall this was a four star read.
These two books are not connected in any way, so someone that has not read The Night Circus could pick this up and read it. Although anyone who hasn't tried reading the The Night Circus should immediately do that!

Jan 7, 2:17pm Top

>105 susanj67: it would be nice if people here dealers snow a bit more, but we get so much that sometimes people forget how slippery it can be. It was a decent storm with a quick build up and many cars skidding off into the ditch.

>106 RebaRelishesReading: Chloe seems be maturing quickly into older books, which is nice after 5 years of board books!

Jan 7, 3:45pm Top

Hi Chelle!!!

Dropping by for my first visit :) Slow to the party (again), but hopefully a regular visitor.
I agree with >103 scaifea:, sleep if you need it, when you can.

Jan 8, 9:15am Top

Morning, folks!

Today is a low key day here. Just me and the wee-est one hanging out. Nate is sleeping after his nightshift. I've got a little cleaning and some meal prep for tomorrow and then for my five dayshifts. Since I am doing weight watchers, and doing well with it, I need to plan my meals and snacks in advance so I don't feel the need to cheat if get snackish.
So if anyone has super healthy recipes that involve ways to make vegetables not taste like vegetables please share :)

>109 LovingLit: Yay, Megan is here!
My sleep seems to be all messed up this week. I couldn't get to sleep last night, even though I was clearly exhausted. I ended up taking a melatonin to get to sleep and feel ok today. Hopefully tonight I can sleep like normal as my set of 5 dayshifts starts Friday!

Jan 8, 1:26pm Top

Hi Chelle!

Have you tried cauliflower rice? It's easy to substitute into rice recipes and there are also quite a few recipes for it specifically. I made some for book club last summer, and it was a hit, although I can't find the recipe I used.

Jan 8, 1:40pm Top

>110 ChelleBearss: - I find it quite hard to eat enough veg in the winter because so much is out of season. I have no problem chomping on raw veggies in the summer when everything tastes so good!

I've been eating a lot of baby carrots and celery sticks with a light dill dip I found at the store.

Jan 8, 2:37pm Top

>111 karenmarie: we tried it in a cauliflower mashed potato and it was ok. I don’t think we’ve used it in place of rice yet.

>112 katiekrug: I seem to do better at work because I pack my lunch and have no other food choices there. At home I have too many other things to choose to eat instead of my fruit and veg. Like the sugar cookie I just ate. Damn.

I actually found a recipe for ranch dip using Greek yogurt and ranch spice mix. It’s quite good and zero points on weight watchers which is awesome. Chloe even declared it delicious so that was a huge win! So I keep a dish of that and my dish of veggies at my desk at work and I usually end up eating them all by the end of the day

Jan 8, 2:38pm Top

Chloe is having two friends over after school for a short play date and pizza dinner. Wish me luck!

Jan 8, 4:17pm Top

Good luck, Chelle!

Jan 8, 5:04pm Top

Have you tried roasted chickpeas? You can make them savory or sweet. Even my picky eater likes to snack in them.

Jan 8, 5:21pm Top

>113 ChelleBearss: I thought that starting back to work would help with my eating habits - keep me from grazing on sweet stuff - but there are so many sweet older ladies who bring us homemade cookies here at the library! Yoicks.

Jan 9, 11:53am Top

Morning, folks. Today is my last day off before starting our new 5/4 work rotation. I head in tomorrow for 5 dayshifts and then will have 4 days off after that. It seems like a lot but I am really looking forward to the long stretches of days off.
This morning I went to school with Chloe for my monthly volunteer with the snack program. I'm home now and plan to spend the rest of the day meal prepping for my shifts and relaxing.

We survived the playdate last night and all three girls were very well behaved.

>115 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! We all survived and everyone played well together. One of the girls stayed home from school sick today so I imagine my whole family will be sick by next week lol

>116 jayde1599: I haven't tried making them myself in a long time. I make some cinnamon sugar ones years ago, but those wouldn't get good for trying to lose weight. I saw some store bought ones a while ago but they were really high in calories.
Do you have a recipe that you like?

>117 scaifea: Work is the worst for dieting in my world too! Someone always brings in treats and at every holiday we end up doing a potluck buffet. I will try and have some will power at the next one and just eat my own lunch but it's so hard when the place smells so good!

Edited: Jan 9, 12:10pm Top

Hi Chelle! I'm also working on the Popsugar Challenge. I think I have two books checked off already, of the three that I've read. Luck, really. I plan on attempting 3 a month, but in case my reading slows down, I plan on prioritizing my challenges as such 1) Listen to books that I already own (two a month), 2) Work on my personal fiction genre challenge, 3) Read 50% nonfiction, 4) Popsugar, 5) Read Harder. So it's pretty far down on my list.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

ETA: week?

Jan 9, 4:54pm Top

>119 The_Hibernator: Do you try and plan your books to fit the challenge or read what appeals and try to find a place to fit it in your challenge?

Well, this was my four days off so I guess it was my weekend lol. Work week stars tomorrow for five days.

Jan 9, 5:01pm Top

Chelle, have you ever gotten days mixed up and missed going to work because you thought you were still on your off days?

Jan 9, 6:02pm Top

>121 cameling: I did that once when I was new there. At this point we are scheduled to the max and I check our calender too frequently to get mixed up.
On my days off I often forget what day it is, though.

Jan 9, 6:12pm Top

>120 ChelleBearss: I plan my books to fit the challenge, while trying to include mostly books I wanted to read, anyway. That doesn't work for all prompts - especially in Read Harder, which gets weirdly specific in some prompts. Which is why I've never finished either challenge in the past.

Jan 9, 6:33pm Top

>123 The_Hibernator: that’s similar to me. I usually have books planned to fit each prompt but if I fancy something and it fits that prompt I’ll just slot it in and delete my plan. Towards August I always find myself trying to read the harder challenges. There are a few this year that I know I will struggle with.

Jan 9, 6:41pm Top

Chelle, the roasted chickpea recipe at Vegan Heaven is excellent and can be used as a master method for making them while experimenting with spices. My favorites all involve leaving out the salt and adding onion powder in the same proportion.

I've tried this with the smoked paprika in the recipe (yum), with ginger and lemon pepper, with turmeric and powdered lime, with Penzeys Green Goddess spice mix (hadda make a triple recipe or I'd've never had more than one or two), and with a packet of Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix.

Don't double the recipe. Make separate batches or there's a gluey nasty mess.

Jan 9, 7:32pm Top

Thanks! I tried making some today and half my batch is soft inside instead of crispy. Not sure what I did wrong. I’ll try again with your website. Thanks!

Jan 10, 2:37pm Top

Mmm. Roasted chickpeas...

Jan 10, 7:52pm Top

>127 kidzdoc: these ones were not mmmm . Quite yucky actually. I shall try again in my next days off

Edited: Jan 10, 8:34pm Top

Happy almost weekend, friends. It was back to the grind today and I was training all day so no reading or socializing on LT. I'm tuckered and just relaxing before bed.

Chloe and I are still loving our nightly Harry Potter read. She now knows that he is a wizard and I overheard her today playing with Ellie saying "yer a wizard!" . Happy Mama moment!

I think a large part of our enjoyment is the illustrations..they are wonderful. Here are my faves so far.

Chloe adored Hagrid's umbrella!

At bed tonight Chloe surprised me by asking for a new book that I've not heard of. I can't recall the exact name but it's something to do with evil pyjamas.

It’s actually Creepy Pair of Underwear

Jan 10, 8:44pm Top

>129 ChelleBearss: Hmmm, that creepy book looks good. I may have to try that out with M. And I love those HP illustrations!

Edited: Jan 11, 7:09am Top

Hi Chelle
I do not have a good chickpea recipe. It has been trial and error for me as well. I like the crispy ones but I have had mushy batches. I find if I rinse them and then dry them first I get less mush.
Richard’s recipe looks good - I want to try the Ranch flavored!

>129 ChelleBearss:: My son loved Creepy Pair of Underwear when he was five too! I think there is another book that goes with it....Creepy Carrots!

Jan 11, 7:39am Top

YES to Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear! They're so fun!!

Jan 11, 7:44am Top

4) The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
PopSugar Challenge: 35) A book with a three-word title

I love it when something I am reading completely tricks me and I don't see it coming. I will read more from Michaelides, when he writes more!

Jan 11, 9:46am Top

>128 ChelleBearss: I did try a new soup recipe late last year, vegan spicy carrot and chickpea soup, which includes crunchy roasted cumin chickpeas as a garnish to the soup. I think I'll make it again next week.

Jan 11, 11:01am Top

>130 The_Hibernator: Her teacher read it to them in class and apparently it was a big hit. I found a used copy on abe books in perfect condition so I've ordered it, and Creepy Carrots to give her whenever she deserves a little gift. I may save one of them for Vday or Easter

>131 jayde1599: That's why I was so annoyed at my batch as I had left them on a cloth for an hour to dry out a bit before I baked them. I can't eat them squishy like that. I will try again and cook them on a higher heat next time
I ordered both books when I found them used in good condition today. She will be excited! We have a large stack of books to start once we finish Harry Potter

>132 scaifea: I am glad to see you guys liked them too. I hadn't heard of them yet

>134 kidzdoc: Your recipe says to cook them on 400 instead of 350. I will try that next time! I miss snack foods that have crunch (like chips! mmm)

Jan 11, 11:53am Top

>131 jayde1599:, >135 ChelleBearss: Another reason for the occasional mushy batch is, I've discovered, too many on the baking sheet/in the skillet. Crowd them in any way and the steam they emit gets trapped in the congestion so they get slushplopgooshy.

Jan 11, 7:01pm Top

>136 richardderus: ahh perhaps that was my problem then. I was using two cans of beans. I’ll try just one can next week

Jan 11, 10:53pm Top

Have a lovely weekend, Chelle.

Jan 12, 11:15am Top

>138 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! I am at work today and we are short handed due to sick calls so instead of training I am covering a dispatch desk. But that's ok with me as my desk is not exciting and I'm getting some down time to read and LT

Although my visitors have dropped off a bit since the initial surge of the new year so I don't have much to do on my own thread. I'm going to pop around and visit everyone today. I think I still have some threads to find.

Jan 12, 1:27pm Top

>136 richardderus: What Richard said.

Jan 12, 6:21pm Top

>129 ChelleBearss: Oooh thanks for sharing some of the illustrations, Chelle. Is that owl Hedwig? I too love Hagrid's pink brolly.

Jan 12, 7:23pm Top

Happy Sunday, Chelle. Are you home now? I hope so and I also hope you can get some reading in.

Edited: Jan 13, 9:44am Top

>140 kidzdoc: Thanks! I am on days off this week from Wednesday to Sunday so I plan on trying again. Nate was really disappointed that my first batch was mushy

>141 cameling: Chloe had a few minutes of giggles about Hagrid's undersized pink umbrella.
That owl is the owl that comes out of Hagrid's coat when they are in the hut on the rocks. Isn't it cute!
We reached Diagon Alley last night and the pictures are amazing! I'll try to take some pictures tonight

>142 msf59: Hiya, Mark! I am at work for two more days. I did get some reading time in this weekend and should finish my print book at work today (if all goes well and the planned protest on the highway doesn't go sideways) and possibly my audiobook on Wednesday.

Jan 13, 11:44am Top

Morning, Chelle! How fun to get to share Chloe's first exposure to the HP books - I remember those days!! I have been collecting those illustrated editions as they come out, too, and they are stunning.

Jan 13, 12:34pm Top

Hi Chelle! I'm glad tohear that Chloe is enjoying HP, I have that first book and should really pull it out and read it.

Edited: Jan 17, 7:48am Top

5) Still Mine by Amy Stuart
PopSugar Challenge: 13) A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it

Edited: Jan 17, 7:49am Top

>144 Crazymamie: I was surprised at how much Chloe likes it! Usually she wants Nate to do bedtime routine as he is more fun, but lately she has been asking for me because she wants me to read HP to her. :) I need to purchase the next book at some point

I am doing weight watchers and this week should be my first 5lbs lost. IF i hit that point on Friday's weigh in I'll be treating myself to this new HP wine glass!

>145 karenmarie: Yes! You really should! Like, right now! :)

Edited: Jan 14, 12:16pm Top

Congrats on your first 5lb loss! That's great. I never know how to measure my weight loss, since it can vary so much from day to day, even though I measure it right when I get up in the morning. I can vary as much as 5lbs in a few days! Yesterday I was 217, today I'm 220. *shrug

But enough about me, I'm glad you're losing weight. How is weight watchers? Does it help? What does the program actually do?

Edited: Jan 14, 12:30pm Top

Well, I'm not there yet but I had 0.8 to lose this week so I am crossing my fingers!

I like weight watchers a lot. The first time I lost a lot of weight it was with weight watchers. I like their app and the points systems. Instead of trying to figure out the nutrition of the things I eat to stay in a healthy range the ww app lets me scan the barcode and it takes the serving size and assigns it points based on the nutrition of the food. High carb and high fat food are more points. Since I'm on the smaller sized (petite, but chubby) I get the least amount of points allowed (23). For example my morning coffee with milk and sweetner would be one point, but if I use the low fat hazelnut creamer my coffee becomes two points. There is a HUGE list of zero point foods though so I am sure to make my snacks at work from that list. Like fruits and veg, or lean turkey breast or hard boiled eggs. I find it easy to track ahead of time if I plan a few days in advance. Nate is piggy backing on my plan too and just eating larger portions of my meals.
I weigh myself usually every couple days but only mark down the Friday weight. once a week at the same time is how I judge my progress, but weight does vary so much daily and depending on things like water intake or salty foods, or PMS.

Jan 14, 1:55pm Top

Thanks for that info Chelle! Personally, I have a graph dating from 2015. I try to put a monthly weight in it, and my goal is to lose 4lbs per month. Even weekly seems a bit too frequent given the large variations I see. I'm seeing a nutritionist, but she thinks I have an eating disorder - which I disagree with. Honestly, my weight started increasing when I started one of my meds in 2014. Until then, I was holding steady at 140. I just switched to another med in addition to some other changes which will hopefully help. Trying to get back to 140!

Edited: Jan 15, 10:13am Top

6) Final Girls by Riley Sager

This was a five star read for me and I managed to finish is in a 9 hour shift at work. Gobbled it right up and got smacked with the ending! wow!

🎧7) Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

I enjoyed listening to this series. Solid entries, but I wasn't blown away. Decent to listen to on my commute though

Jan 14, 4:50pm Top

>151 ChelleBearss: One of my coworkers was recommending Riley Sager to me a few weeks ago. I will have to keep this one in mind for when I feel like reading a thriller.

Jan 14, 9:02pm Top

Congratulations on your weight loss progress and I love your planned "reward".

Jan 14, 9:12pm Top

Congrats on your weight loss!

Glad that the program is a good fit for you.

Jan 14, 9:45pm Top

>107 ChelleBearss: I have that one home from the library now. I hope I enjoy it as much as I did The Night Circus.

>129 ChelleBearss: I love that artwork!

>151 ChelleBearss: Adding the Riley Sager book to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Chelle.

Congratulations on the weight loss! I hope you meet all your goals.

Jan 15, 9:15am Top

Final Girls was one thriller that I actually enjoyed. I generally don't like thrillers because they aren't very realistic, but this one held my attention. I really should try more thrillers, as "not realistic" isn't a good excuse. After all, I read fantasy and science fiction. Not realistic is just part of the genre.

Jan 15, 10:16am Top

Happy Wednesday, folks! Today is my first of five days off and the kids actually slept in until 8! I was asleep by 930 last night so it was a gloriously long sleep!
Today Ellie and I are on organizing duty. My resolution now that I'm on my new schedule and get either 4 or 5 days off is to make sure one of my days off is super super productive. So we cleaned the pantry room of all half empty boxes and organized the shelves and made a list of what needs to be filled and I'm taking a quick break before cleaning the fridge and kitchen food cupboard. Then while she naps I will run out to the grocery store. Nate should be home from his appointment by then, hopefully.

>150 The_Hibernator: Good luck with your weight goals. I have found that even working out doesn't help me lose weight if I am not very careful with what I eat. I only have luck with weight loss if I am tracking and sticking to my plan down to the last point. I've been snacking too much this week so I doubt I will hit my weigh in goal Friday. Nate had a package of Pecan Pie M&Ms last night that he so kindly shared with me lol

>152 aktakukac: I thought it was very well done and I didn't see the end coming. I found that on a list of the top thrillers. I think maybe BookRiot?

Jan 15, 10:33am Top

>153 lkernagh: Thanks! It may be next week if I don't stop snacking lol

>154 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita! I had good luck on it years ago so I know the program itself works as long as I stick with it well

>155 alcottacre: Don't be sad if you don't love it as much as The Night Circus. It's awesome but I didn't think it was quite as good

>156 The_Hibernator: I think it depends on which one you read. Sometimes I get annoyed at ones that involve police and the writer doesn't research actual police procedures.

Jan 15, 11:05am Top

Morning, Chelle. Enjoy your stretch of days off and I hope you can squeeze in some reading, along the way.

Edited: Jan 15, 11:17am Top

>159 msf59: Thanks! The girls should be in bed by 8 so I should get a few hours of reading before bed tonight. I think I may start the Bear and the Nightingale today and possibly Full Throttle on audio at the grocery store.

Jan 15, 7:27pm Top

Hey, thought I'd let you know that I've decided I'm going to try Weight Watchers too. Thought maybe it would work better than simple calorie counting since it takes into account what kinds of calories I'm eating. I'm running out of good ideas for weight loss, so I might as well try. 😁 I've known a few people that WW worked for. There's also something to be said for accountability at meetings.

Jan 16, 9:51am Top

>161 The_Hibernator: that’s great! Good luck with it. I find it works best for me to not cheat myself and if I eat poorly track it anyway. That way I know why I didn’t lose that week. Plus with the extra weekly points you do have extra for treats

If you use the app there is a way to connect with people. You can add me mbearss. I don’t post much but it’s a way to cheer people on.

Jan 17, 7:53am Top

Morning folks and Happy Friday!
Today is my day to relax without the kids as one has daycare and one is at school. Nate is sleeping from his nightshift so I will have a quiet house to relax! I have a little bit of laundry to do but otherwise I can't do any cleaning today because I don't want to wake up Nate. Oh darn, I guess I'll just read :)

Today is also my weigh in day for WW and I'm down 5.2 lbs now!! My first goal was 5lbs and since I just squeaked by that I get to buy myself the Harry Potter Wine glass that I chose as a goal prize.

Jan 17, 8:00am Top

Morning, Chelle. Did you start The Bear and the Nightingale? I remember really enjoying that one. I also want to read Full Throttle. This is Joe Hill, right?

Jan 17, 11:47am Top

>163 ChelleBearss: Congratulations on meeting your goal and getting your reward:) Man, do I wish I could get going on my planned weight loss :(

Jan 17, 11:50am Top

Heya Mark! I just finished The Bear and the Nightingale and it was a five star book for me!
I gave up on Full Throttle though. The narrator was very boring and was putting me to sleep. I'll have to grab it in print.
I've decided to try some
audio fluff today while I fold laundry. Starting a cozy mystery set in 1930's England Her Royal Spyness

PopSugar Challenge: 33) A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads (4.12⭐️)
8) The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Jan 17, 12:18pm Top

Congrats on the weight loss, Chelle - I love your reward to yourself!

Oh, those Royal Spyness books are great fun on audio.

Jan 17, 12:37pm Top

Congrats on hitting your goal, Chelle!

Jan 17, 3:55pm Top

You by Caroline Kepnes
This arrived in the mail today, so I've ditched the library book that I was about to start and this is going to be my weekend book :) I'm very excited!

>165 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks! I've been trying off and on half heartedly for years, but I'm determined this time because I don't want to buy new work pants! LOL. I figure Chloe is five, almost six, so perhaps I should make an effort to get back to somewhere near where I was.

>167 Crazymamie: Thanks! I saw it and knew I needed that in my life! :) My next reward is a chips and HeluvaGood Dip night :)
I instantly enjoyed the book, so I think it's going to be one I make time to listen to!

>168 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie!

Jan 17, 5:14pm Top

Hope you enjoy Her Royal Spyness and much as I did :)

Yesterday, 8:48am Top

Happy Saturday, folks. Today we were supposed to head into the city to visit my parents but we are in the middle of a winter storm so I think we are going to stay close to home. Chloe has dance class this morning and then hopefully we will just relax and have a quiet day at home.

>170 RebaRelishesReading: I think I will, I'm a couple hours in and it's fun

Yesterday, 8:52am Top

Morning, Chelle! Hooray for The Bear and the Nightingale but boo to giving up on Full Throttle. This is Joe Hill, right? If so, he has been very reliable.

Yesterday, 9:02am Top

>172 msf59: Yeah, I was disappointed but I do love Joe Hill's books so I think it was the narrator and not the book. I'll grab a print copy and give it another shot.

Yesterday, 9:15am Top

Hi Chelle! That's a lovely reward up there in >163 ChelleBearss:. My father did WW some years ago when he was trying to lose some weight before a joint replacement. He reckoned he could fit pretty much anything in to the points, apart from sausages. He never did find a way to have sausages :-)

I hope your storm stays "relax at home" stormy and not snow-shovelling stormy.

Yesterday, 9:44am Top

Yay for meeting your first goal and the Harry Potter Wine Glass reward, Chelle.

Too bad Nate was sleeping and you couldn't clean house. *smile*

Yesterday, 9:57am Top

>174 susanj67: Ha, no I don't suppose sausages would be low in points. I love cheddar filled sausages but they are about a half days worth of points so very much not worth it lol

It's snowing heavily now and has been steady since we woke up. I very much doubt we will make the trip into London today and risk the roads being poor. I know my mom will be sad to not be able to see the kids today but she gets a day with Chloe next week when her school is closed for strike action so at least she will get to visit one of the girls.

>175 karenmarie: I wasn't too heart broken LOL. I managed to relax with a coffee and finish my book that I was working on, then I switched the audio and put away laundry. All in all it was a decent day.

Yesterday, 2:38pm Top

It has been snowing nonstop since we woke at 7am. I would guess that we have at least the 15cm that they were calling for and it's still coming down

Jackson is not impressed and neither is Nate as he grumbles about going outside to shovel. Chloe is very excited and says she is going to help him with her Paw Patrol shovel but I think she will really just go play. Ellie has a fever so she is stuck inside hanging out with me. I may take her with me to the grocery store instead

Yesterday, 2:51pm Top

Still coming down here too, Chelle. It's pretty, from this side of the window, but I am happy not to have to go out.

Yesterday, 4:09pm Top

>178 jessibud2: It has turned to rain now, which is way worse IMO. The snow was pretty but the rain is cold and uncomfortable. I wouldn't have left but I needed a few things for dinner. The grocery store parking lot had not been plowed and people were struggling to get the carts through the lot. Thankfully I didn't have enough to need a cart and Ellie helped me carry my bags to the car

At least someone likes the snow!

Yesterday, 4:45pm Top

>179 ChelleBearss: Oh! Adorable! I remember those days - our kids would play outside for hours. I used to have to make them come in to warm up and get dry things on before they had another go at it. Poor Ellie - I hope she feels better soon.

Yesterday, 4:51pm Top

>179 ChelleBearss: - Ours is still coming down as snow though I hear it will turn to rain at some point. Ick

Yesterday, 5:40pm Top

We have a snowstorm going on here too. And congrats on meeting your goal. My first goal is to drop below 200. Second goal is to weigh less than Aaron, which I did before getting pregnant.

Yesterday, 6:50pm Top

>179 ChelleBearss: Adorable! She seems to have embraced the winter spirit! We just had a massive snowstorm. 15cm as well and more on the way. Right now we have a bout of ice/snow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Yesterday, 10:36pm Top

Hi Chelle, I was wondering how you all were fairing, what with the blizzard in St. John's and area (and we all know how these types of storms tend to travel distances). LOL Jackson (and Nate) not being impressed with the snow fall. I have fond memories of the surprise Christmas snow we had a couple of years back. I encountered a young couple with their still young pup along the waterfront walkway. They were trying to get a posed snow scene picture, but young pup was too busy frolicking in the snow (and visiting people like me encountered out walking) to stay still for them. Some dogs do seem revel in the snow. ;-)

Glad to see one your daughters likes the snow. What a sweet picture!

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