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jessibud2 WILL read off her own shelves in 2020! - Chapter 1

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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1 - Welcome to my first 2020 thread. 2020 sounds so sci-fi, doesn't it?

Because I failed so spectacularly last year to follow my own promise of reading off my own shelves, I am determined to do so this year. I will be hit by BBs; that goes without saying but I will read ONLY books from my own shelves (unless there is an emergency exception that forces me to cruise on over to the library, or a bookstore). Goodness knows I have enough books, and enough shelves, to find something for every challenge and every mood or whim that might hit me throughout the year. 2020 will be my year of MY books! You are all witnesses to this declaration. Please hold me to it!

I am Shelley, a retired teacher and I have more books in my house than I probably have years left to read them. But that doesn't bother me one bit, nor does it seem to prevent me from adding more. I can't remember not reading and not being surrounded by books and I wouldn't have it any other way. Some people think I am obsessive about reading but, well, I don't think I'll find that criticism/opinion here, will I?

I am a member of a local documentary movie theatre called Hot Docs. When I first moved to Toronto in 1980, it was a repertory theatre that showed old films and film festivals. I remember one of the first shows I went to there was the Rocky and Bullwinkle film festival. Let me just say, I loved it as a kid, when it was a tv program, but I really understood it as an adult, the political satire, the literary satire (think, the Fractured Fairy Tales segments). About 10 years ago or so, it was converted to a dedicated Doc cinema and I've been going to this theatre ever since. I love documentaries, as, to me, they are an extension of my love of non-fiction storytelling. So, on my thread you will find reviews of some of the great films I see as well as the books I read.


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Some favourite (among many) book quotes that speak to me:

Reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out - Pam Allyn

There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting that the text. The world is one of these books - George Santayana

Books are such private experiences to read but then create such bonds afterwards through sharing and discussion.

Reading is the bread of life: it feeds my brain and nourishes my soul.

When I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing - Desiderius Erasmus

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life
- W. Somerset Maugham


I wish I knew the source of all of these quotes so I could properly credit them but I don't. If anyone recognizes a legit source, please let me know and I will edit it in.

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I will participate, as I can, in the Non-Fiction challenge, and will dip in and out of the AAC if I can find books on my shelves to read for it. Other than that, no commitments. I am such a *whim* reader, that it's just as well not to commit too much. I also avoid guilt that way.

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Open for business!

Dec 30, 2019, 5:35pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 30, 2019, 5:39pm Top

Hi Shelley! Happy 2020 reading, which clearly needs to include a lot more sci fi. Cuz it's a sci fi year.

Dec 30, 2019, 5:43pm Top

>7 drneutron: - Thanks, Jim!

>8 richardderus: - Well, we shall see. Don't hold your breath, though... ;-)

Dec 30, 2019, 8:14pm Top

Hi Shelley! Happy new year and happy new thread!

Dec 30, 2019, 9:42pm Top

Thanks, Katie!

Dec 30, 2019, 11:02pm Top

I see that determination, Shelley. I hope we can support you in reading off those shelves in 2020!

Dec 31, 2019, 1:02am Top

Wonderful new thread Shelley. All the best in 2020 to meet your reading goals. Look forward too to your movie reviews.

Dec 31, 2019, 1:19am Top

Good luck with your plan of reading from your own shelves in 2020, Shelley.

Dec 31, 2019, 5:42am Top

Best wishes for 2020!

Dec 31, 2019, 7:46am Top

>12 EBT1002:, >13 mdoris:, >14 Familyhistorian:, >15 DianaNL: - Thanks, Ellen, Mary, Meg and Diana!

Dec 31, 2019, 8:56am Top

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

Dec 31, 2019, 11:46am Top

>17 PaulCranswick: - Thanks, Paul! And the same right back atcha!

And, apropos to absolutely nothing, this is a fun interview! Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speak to xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe:


Dec 31, 2019, 12:45pm Top

Happy New Year, and happy new thread, Shelley.

Yes to those Doc reviews...

Dec 31, 2019, 5:46pm Top

Yes, Shelley, 2020 does sound sci-fi :-)
Happy reading!

Dec 31, 2019, 6:13pm Top

Hi Shelley my dear, wishing you a very Happy New Year from both of us dear friend.

Dec 31, 2019, 6:15pm Top

I like the determination in your topper name and your lack of challenges, which should make it easier to read a shelf book on a whim. Good luck!!

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, 6:46pm Top

Thank you, Ella, Anita, John and Ki. Happy new year to you all!

Dec 31, 2019, 6:53pm Top

Happy New Year, Shelley!

Wishing you a wonderful year of reading.

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And Happy New Thread, Shelley! Looking forward to spending another bookish year with you!

"Because I failed so spectacularly last year to follow my own promise of reading off my own shelves, I am determined to do so this year." Me and you both. This will be my main objective in 2020. Lets dodge those BBs together.

Jan 1, 2:05am Top

Hi Shelley.
Dropping a star, so I can fiollow you!

My 2020 75-book challenge thread is here

Jan 1, 4:49pm Top

Happy New Year, Shelley.

Jan 1, 5:19pm Top

Hi and thanks, Anita, Mark, Sandy, and Beth.

Jan 1, 5:45pm Top

Happy New Year, Shelley! 2020 sounds so sci-fi, doesn't it? Yes! I'm a bit surprised that I'm alive in this sci-fi year. It seemed impossibly far away when I was a kid.

Documentaries: have you seen the Fred Rogers one? Way better than we expected. We haven't seen the Tom Hanks movie yet.

Good luck with your reading-from-your-shelves project. It's tough when so many good new ones come out during the year!

Jan 1, 6:21pm Top

>29 jnwelch: - I saw the original documentary on Fred Rogers when it came out last year. I thought it was excellent. I saw the Tom Hanks bio pic a couple of weeks ago and it was good. not what I expected but then, I am not sure what I expected. I did not know the story of the journalist and this film is more about that than anything. Still, Hanks was, as expected, really good.

The last doc I saw was last week, 63 Up and I wrote about it and dropped some links on my last thread, as you know. I can't recommend that series enough. Next week, I am going to see a doc about Golda Meir.

So far, I am one for one in the reading off my shelves, lol. I should finish it tonight or tomorrow and will post it then. It's a book from the *Last Interview* series, this one with MLK. It's a good series.

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Did anyone watch Jeopardy tonight? There was a category on graphic Novels and I knew the answer to who wrote They Called Us Enemy (though not to the other 4 in that category). I also knew, in the other Literary category, that it was George Eliot who wrote Middlemarch.

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First book done: The Last Interview Martin Luther King Jr. This is the fifth book in this excellent Last Interview series that I have read. What the series does is publish transcripts from interviews done from various times during the subject's life, usually 4 or 5, with the last one being the actual final interview conducted in his or her life. In this book, the final interview took place on March 25, 1968, less than 2 weeks before King was murdered. The other interviews were one from 1957, 2 from 1958, one of which was an unpublished interview with Mike Wallace before he moved to 60 Minutes, one from 1964 with Robert Penn Warren and the final one at the 68th Annual Convention of the Rabbinical Assembly.

What strikes me as so tragic, apart from his murder, of course, is that so much of what he dedicated his life to, and spoke so eloquently of in these interviews, is still so current and relevant today. Yes, slavery and segregation are now outlawed, but racism is alive and well. Poverty and access to basic dignity and human rights (food, education, housing, jobs) are still huge issues, and yes, governments move far too slowly and are far too apathetic to the plights of their own citizens. He spoke of the millions spent on space, Vietnam, and technology but how little if any, spent on addressing the domestic problem of poverty.

A sobering first book of this new decade. I wonder if these issues will still persist into the 2030s...

Edited to add the other books in this Last Interview series I have read so far: Nora Ephron, David Bowie, Oliver Sacks, and Jane Jacobs. I thought there was another but apparently not. The one I am looking for next is James Baldwin

Jan 2, 10:36am Top

Jan 2, 11:08am Top

Hope 2020 is kind to you, Shelley

Jan 2, 11:11am Top

>32 jessibud2: Interesting series and nice review of the books and concept.

Jan 2, 1:03pm Top

>Thank you, Paul and Chelle.
>35 Berly: - Thanks, Kim. I edited in some other titles in the series and corrected a number. This is my 5th, not 6th, that I've read. >32 jessibud2:

Jan 2, 9:40pm Top

Hi Shelley, and happy New Year!

Brava for being a ‘whim’ reader. I’m one too, except for my RL book club’s 11 books/year and the occasional personal challenge.

>32 jessibud2: Congrats on your first book of the new year.

Jan 2, 10:24pm Top

>32 jessibud2: That series sounds very interesting. Yay for a good first read!

Jan 3, 11:05am Top

>32 jessibud2: OMG you finished a book already, maybe even more by now.
I haven't opened a single thing this past week, except some recipe books... to consult. Old favourites, already in my LT catalogue.

I feel so "far behind" as so many 75-ers are already listing books-read for 2020. Sheesh!

Jan 3, 12:38pm Top

Hi Shelley! Happy New Year! I too am surrounded by books I haven't yet read. I hope to get to them this year, but you know, BBs happen.

Jan 3, 12:44pm Top

>32 jessibud2: Sounds really interesting, Shelley. Wouldn't it be nice if this book was a documentary and we could also listen to him speak?

Jan 3, 2:36pm Top

>37 karenmarie: - I am most definitely a whim reader, Karen, though sometimes I get obsessed by a topic or author and spend a god deal of time googling after a book, and following that thread to wherever it leads. I am nothing if not a tangent-follower...;-)

>38 richardderus: - I stumbled onto it by accident, which is always a fun thing when it turns out good. There are some good ones in the series, too. They are slim volumes and I find them rather pricey for their size so I tend to seek them out at used books stores or sales tables.

>39 SandyAMcPherson: - To be fair, it's such a slim volume (115 pages( and I had started it and hoped to finish it the night before so instead, I finished it yesterday. But it's nice to have that first done and under my belt. The book I am currently reading is a hold from the library that came in (with 4 more on the way, heaven help me), and is a good deal bigger.

>40 ffortsa: - Hi Judy. Thanks for visiting. I see you everywhere on other threads and have lurked on yours but I will head over shortly and drop a star. BBs. Yes, well, they haven't yet invented a vest bullet proof for around here, have they? ;-)

>41 EllaTim: - Wow, that's a great idea. I think some of the interviews in this series of books were originally print interviews for publication, rather than tv or radio interviews, but that would be very cool if there was some video or audio component to them. Just today, I went to a wonderful museum exhibit of Nelson Mandela and there were exactly what you have proposed: lots of visuals and reading but also audio and video clips of him. I will write more on that shortly.

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Re: Book Hangover:

AAC Frazier book choices have been a challenge because I'm still living
with Alessandro Giuliani, his horse, Enrico, and his father in A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR.

For MLK, the Taylor Branch Pulitzer Prize PARTING THE WATERS
is off to an amazing start with King's early years.

Jan 3, 10:01pm Top

That Last Interview series looks so good, Shelley. I am going to look for those. Are you finding them at your library?

Jan 3, 11:20pm Top

Happy New Year, Shelley!

Jan 4, 8:12am Top

>43 m.belljackson: - Parting the Waters looks good, Marianne!

>44 EBT1002: - The first one was given to me by a friend and the rest that I've read I've found at used book stores. They seem scarce but I'm always on the lookout for them.

Thanks, Roni, and to you too!

Jan 4, 8:20am Top

Since a few days ago, I have been binge-watching Mad About You on tv. I found a channel that seems to be showing it 24/7. 25 years ago I adored that show. Silly, funny, clever and sweet. I also just found out that there is a brand new season, in real time, so to speak. But it will apparently only be on streaming networks! NO FAIR! The series ended when they had a baby and now, 20 some years alter, she is off to college so this is where it picks up.

I love that they always seem to have someone famous on each episode. Since last night, I saw episodes with Yoko Ono, Lyle Lovett, Eric Stoltz, Carl Reiner, to name a few. Such fun!

Jan 4, 10:42am Top

I liked Mad About You, too, way back when. I was a teenager when it was on; I'd like to see how it strikes me now. I'd probably find it even better.

Jan 4, 11:02am Top

>47 jessibud2: Never saw that one, but now I have to take a peek. Sounds like fun! Book Bullets, TV arrows....

Jan 4, 11:06am Top

>47 jessibud2: Ah, It was one of the shows we used to watch as a pair of newly weds who thought that there was little better than cuddling up next to the TV and smiling incessantly before bedtime when the belly-laughs would begin.

Jan 4, 5:46pm Top

Hi Shelley, sorry to be so late finding your thread! Happy 2020.

>32 jessibud2: These sound fascinating, I've not heard of this series before. Thanks for the review.

Jan 4, 6:55pm Top

Folly fun on the year's first weekend. I stacked all the books I read in 2019 (except for six) and the stack is taller than me. It's at least 6' 8"; the six missing books would push it above 7". I posted a pic.

Jan 5, 12:42am Top

>47 jessibud2: I didn't watch the show when it was first out but I've been seeing the previews for it. I'm not sure if it was just aging but she looks like she maybe had some poorly done plastic surgery. I think my mom will really like the new season as she was big into it back then.

Jan 5, 7:21pm Top

I was a huge fan of Mad About You way back when, as well. It would be fun to go back and watch some of them.

Jan 5, 7:41pm Top

Ok, I have finished binge-watching Mad About You. It ended this afternoon when the station switched over to Golden Globe coverage. Part of me was sad because I adored that show (though, admittedly, it was annoying that they weren't being aired necessarily in sequence, which makes no sense to me). But part of me was glad because my neck hurt and my bum hurt from so much sitting. I am not used to sitting on the couch for so many hours. I am generally not a big tv watcher. It was totally worth it, mind you, but still. I don't think I read more than 3 pages of my book in the last few days!

The new revived season of Mad About You is said to air this Tuesday at 10 pm. When I googled, it seemed to say that it would only be on streaming (pay) channels but I was watching on a regular station and saw the commercial promos for it so maybe I will be able to see it after all. I had forgotten how fun it was to see famous people have guest roles or even recurring roles in this show. Carol Burnett and Carroll O'Connor played Jamie's parents. Mel Brooks played Paul's Uncle Phil. I never watched Friends but the airhead waitress from that show played that same airhead waitress on M.A.Y. I had turned off the tv to do some laundry and some cleaning this afternoon and kicked myself when I turned it back on to see the ending credits of an episode I had just missed where Alex Trebek played himself. Anyhow, just a whole lot of fun.

Back to the books this week! I need to focus because 3 more are waiting for me to pick up at the library, with a fourth on its way.

Jan 5, 7:49pm Top

>48 katiekrug: - I was surprised at how good it was, even now, after not seeing it for at least 20 year, Katie. The writing is so clever. Sometimes silly, but clever.

>49 Berly: - Ha! You are probably too young! I bet you'd love it, though, Kim.

>50 PaulCranswick: - :-). Did the American humour translate well over there, Paul?

>51 charl08: - I stumbled on this book series by accident, Charlotte. A friend gave me the first one I read, the Last Interview with Nora Ephron. Then I found one in the used bookstore and after that, I just always have my eyes open for them. They seem pricey to me, (around $22 Canadian) for a slim (under 200 pages) paperback volume so I have been seeking them out at used bookstores. The fact that they seem difficult to find, I guess, makes the *hunt* more like a treasure hunt! ;-)

>52 weird_O: - Saw it and responded! Fantastic!

>53 ChelleBearss: - You, for sure, Chelle, would have been too young, first time around! ;-)

>54 EBT1002: - I stumbled upon this bingefest last Thursday, Ellen. It is one of those stations that shows all old nostalgia tv and although I always see it in the listings, I never bothered to watch anything there. Until this time. Completely worth it.

Jan 5, 8:35pm Top

Hope you have a great year of reading.

Jan 6, 9:45pm Top

Hi Shelley.
I'm finally off the mark and have finished 2 books.

I thought I was going to be in a reading-funk at first because the initial 2 books were DNFers. Bleagh!

Anyway, I had a fine old time, and the next two were great fun, both mysteries.

Jan 7, 12:22am Top

Happy new year of reading!

Jan 7, 9:11am Top

>57 thornton37814:, >58 SandyAMcPherson:, >59 banjo123: - Thanks, Lori, Sandy, Rhonda. Well, I finished that first book nice and quickly, but have been slacking a bit on the second one, a library book, and I will blame that on my recent tv bingefest. I have to pick up 3 more from there today, though 2 are kids' books so that should help my numbers. And another library book is in transit which means it might even be there today. Next week, I have another trip to Montreal, so I may have to renew a book or two if I can't finish ahead of the trip. But a 5-hour train ride bodes well for reading so you know there will be books in my suitcase!

Jan 7, 10:49am Top

Dropping a star, Shelley. Happy New Year to you! I am also wanting to read from my own shelves this year, and so far, so good. Ha! I am hoping to just make a note of book bullets for future reference and mainly concentrate on my own stacks. I failed miserably at this last year, so...

So funny about that last interview series because I was going to comment that I thought I had heard about them on Charlotte's thread but apparently not. Heh. I am really wanting to read the PKD one.

Jan 7, 12:43pm Top

>61 Crazymamie: - Hi Mamie. Yep, he's in there. At the back of each book is a list of others in the series. Here is the list at the back of my most recent one: Kurt Vonnegut, Jacques Derrida, Roberto Bolano, David Foster Wallace, Jorge Luis Borges, Hannah Arendt, Ray Bradbury, James Baldwin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lou Reed, Ernest Hemingway, Philip K. Dick, Nora Ephron, Jane Jacobs, JD Salinger, Davie Bowie, Oliver Sacks, MLK. As mentioned, I have read 5 so far of this series.

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Toronto writer/illustrator, Teva Harrison, has died at the far too young age of 42. She had lived with cancer for the last 5 years of her life and wrote a graphic comic book about her journey called In-Between Days. I read and reviewed it a few years ago. This morning, her husband was on the radio, talking about her new book of poetry, which is being released today.


Jan 7, 10:03pm Top

>63 jessibud2: Thanks for this link. I've never heard of Teva Harrison, but I will be sure to read In-Between Day. Thanks for the recommendation! And thanks for your frequent visits to my thread.

Jan 8, 2:43pm Top

>63 jessibud2: Bummer that Teva H didn't make it past 42. Cancer is a cruel disease for the young. So challenging medically when this disease has strong genetic links. Just saying... having lost young relatives too soon. Her husband was brave (strong) to be interviewed about her poetry. I couldn't manage the raw emotion in her In-Between Days, so didn't read more than a synopsis.

Jan 8, 7:23pm Top

>64 Whisper1:, >65 SandyAMcPherson: - Yes, I read her first book a couple of years ago. She was certainly a brave soul.

The Canada Reads longlist just came out:


I haven't read any of them but I did hear a terrific interview with Jesse Thistle about his book. Not sure I will actually read any of these but as always, I will certainly follow the competition when it airs. I know that one of the books, Small Game Hunting was a finalist for the Giller Prize

Jan 8, 9:00pm Top

Speaking of women dying of cancer too young, Elizabeth Wurtzel was only 52 when she died this week. Metastatic breast cancer. Very sad.

Jan 8, 9:05pm Top

>66 jessibud2: Thanks for the list. I always look forward to Canada reads.

BTW Did you see the Jeopardy champion game today? Soo good :)

Jan 8, 9:13pm Top

>67 richardderus: - I did see that in the news, Richard, and though I had heard of her book, I will admit that I didn't know her name. Still, anyone dying young is a terrible thing.

Yes, Anita, I have been glued to the tv. I am absolutely LOVING this tournament. I actually really like all three contestants a lot and can't decide who to root for. I am just a bit surprised that Brad hasn't been quicker and more active. Still, it's a nail-biter and I love it that way! I am even impressed at how many (not that many) I am guessing right! I expected that this tournament would be harder than the regular games and that I would know nothing but surprisingly, I am actually getting about as many as I usually do. Which is often easier from the comfort of my couch ;-)

Jan 8, 11:15pm Top

Shelley thanks for the info over on Mark's thread. We are here for another week and then back to reality. Puppy (Loki) has had her first taste of the kennel so we shall see how that goes. Here's some info about the java finch/java sparrow.

The Java sparrow, also known as Java finch, Java rice sparrow or Java rice bird, is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Java, Bali and Bawean in Indonesia. It is a popular cage bird, and has been introduced into many other countries. (Wikipedia)

Jan 10, 11:55am Top

Hi Shelley!

I'd never heard of Mad About You. It's not on Prime or Netflix, more's the pity.

Jan 11, 12:59pm Top

Hi Shelley. I've been too-much reading the Talk threads and occasionally posting, BUT not getting on with *reading*. Looks like they're hopefully slowing to a simmer now. Or maybe that's because it is Saturday.

Snowing to beat the band here, but those teensy-tiny flakes that take no time to sweep off the walk. I was sorry to see the Toronto and Vancouver weather - slushy rainy snow or freezing rain. Yuck. Only the unknowing say "my" weather is unbearable. Yeah, now I'm going to ensure a weather critique, cause I was posting some -30's and worse comments a few days ago. Ha ha.

Hope your premises are not flooded or leaking in the basement this year.

Jan 11, 1:12pm Top

>72 SandyAMcPherson: - Well, it's pouring rain here right now, Sandy and will remain so for the weekend. It's also insanely warm for January - we have been above zero for what feels like ages. It will dip below, tomorrow, thus the mess of ice or freezing rain. But there is no snow on my lawn at all.

As for my basement, it was exactly last January that I first noticed the water. It took my condo board till October to finally get the ball rolling to begin the backyard work: digging down, repairing the foundation, waterproofing the foundation, removal of the massive tree which caused the roots to crack the foundation, regrading the yard. My handyman is finally set to begin to repair and rebuild the basement this Monday. I have ordered the vinyl plank flooring and we should have it within a week. Meantime, he will repair the wall that had to be broken to find the source of the water. Then he will paint, and then do the floor. I can't wait to move all the basement furniture back down there from where it has been sitting for a year, in my tiny living room and upstairs bedroom.

I guess the timing of this rain is good. I hope it proves the foundation repair and waterproofing to be solid. It had better be, that's all I can say!

Jan 11, 1:45pm Top

Fingers crossed Shelley that the repairs are all done correctly and you have no more leakage. it will be nice to get the flooring and painting done soon as I know you have been putting up with this for ages.

Jan 11, 11:24pm Top

I hope you are able to get the new production of Mad About You, Shelley. I should see if I can find the old series to watch while I walk on the treadmill. I usually listen to an audiobook but they aren't always distracting enough.

We got about 5" of beautiful snow on Friday but today it warmed up to 35F and we got a fair amount of wintry mix, as they call it. It's supposed to start snowing again around midnight but I think the earlier predictions of 8 inches or so have been downgraded. We'll see. The Palouse needs snow as the winter wheat depends on it in this relatively arid climate. And honestly, snow is one of the three things I like about my current "home town." The other two are my 7-minute commute and that we have a Dairy Queen. *rolls eyes at self*

I have been surprised and a little disappointed by Brad's performance on the Jeopardy! GOAT tournament, but no more than he, I am sure. I wouldn't mind seeing him win the next match so the tournament can continue. Ultimately, I want Ken to win but not just yet.

Jan 12, 1:18am Top

>66 jessibud2: I read Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club and it was really good. I also have Son of a Trickster in the stacks. I just had to get that one after seeing Eden Robinson, if she writes as well as she talks it has to be a winner.

>72 SandyAMcPherson: Well they were predicting snow or rain in Vancouver and it looks like it came out as rain, at least so far.

Jan 12, 9:03am Top

>73 jessibud2: Keeping my thumbs crossed, but it's better to find out now if they have repaired everything, or there is still some leaking patch somewhere.

Have a nice Sunday, Shelley!

Jan 12, 9:07am Top

Happy Sunday, Shelley. I have not stopped by in awhile. I hope you are doing well. We got some winter weather here, yesterday and my bird feeders are hopping. I need to get out there and freshen everything up. How are the books treating you?

Jan 12, 9:08am Top

Oh yes, fingers crossed is right.
Cracked foundations are a total nightmare. This heavy rain in your neck of the woods is a timely testing *before* the floor and painting work.

Jan 12, 10:41am Top

>63 jessibud2: I've added this to the wishlist. I wondered if you'd thought about adding your review to the work page - there are only two very short ones there at the moment. They do influence people (well, this person, anyway) to pick up books.

I had an ARC of We have always been here. Fascinating look at a culture I knew nothing about, and a relatively quick read.

Jan 12, 11:25am Top

>80 charl08: - Done, now, Charlotte. Thanks for the nudge. I often forget to add my reviews to the work page. Bad Shelley. And in going back through my threads to look for it, I am a bit startled at how many more reviews I did back then than I seem to do now. Not sure what that says about me, other than laziness on my part... I will try to remedy that this year. I am off to a slow start...

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>74 mdoris:, >77 EllaTim:, >79 SandyAMcPherson: - Thanks, Mary, Ella and Sandy. I checked this morning and all is dry downstairs. WHEW! So Gen, my handyman, will be here at 8 a.m. tomorrow to begin! I can't wait!

>75 EBT1002: - Somewhere in my googling, Ellen, I saw that all 7 seasons of Mad About You is available in dvd as a box set. I imagine it would be pricey so I checked at our local used bookstore because they often have such things in their downstairs (music.video) section. In fact, not long ago, I bought the entire 7 disc box set of Ken Burns' Baseball there for $35, which I consider to be very reasonable. But they didn't have M.A.Y. I will keep checking. ;-)

We had a ton of rain all day yesterday and when I woke up this morning, I see that it had turned to snow/ice overnight, leaving a white (shiny) coating on everything. I am hoping that by the time I go out later, the roads will have been salted or melted sufficiently so I won't have to worry.

Jan 12, 11:35am Top

>76 Familyhistorian: - Yes Meg, I thought I remembered you saying you had read that one.

>78 msf59: - Hi Mark. I topped up my feeder yesterday and the goldfinches were by to thank me. I think I counted 9 of them fighting for turns at the 4 ports of my feeder! I am not seeing much more than these guys, a few die-hard mourning doves, the good old Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal and the occasional downy woodpeckers. I haven't seen a single junco so far this winter and that makes me sad.

I will report on books shortly. I have 2 going at the moment and 4 on the table that have all come in at once from the library. Of course they have. So much for reading only my own books this year. Once the library ones are done though, I will try hard not to request more and return to my own shelves!

Jan 13, 10:32am Top

>83 jessibud2: Me too ("So much for reading only my own books this year").

Hope they are all 4- and 5-star reads!

Jan 13, 7:41pm Top

I hope that your roads were passable when you went out, Shelley. We got snow here overnight, about 5 to 6 inches I think and the city didn't plow the roads in our area so it is tricky to get around even when walking. Good to hear that your foundation is acting like it should finally.

Jan 13, 8:22pm Top

>85 Familyhistorian: Snow? Thus far in my area of Pennsylvania, we had a dusting one day..that's all. In fact, the temperatures over the weekend were 69!!!

Jan 13, 9:03pm Top

>84 SandyAMcPherson: - Well, I finished another one tonight but will post it up tomorrow as I want to try to add some pics to it. I feel as if I've cheated a bit as all 4 so far have been really small books. Oh well, they are books, I read them, they count!

>85 Familyhistorian: - Wow, you have more than we have had so far this winter, I think! At least in my part of the city, I have more grass showing on my lawn than anything. We have had a dusting the other night but it rained non-stop on Saturday. I think our temps are rising though we may get more snow toward the weekend. I can't say I am missing it, if I am honest...;-)

Jan 13, 9:09pm Top

>1 jessibud2: I am trying to figure out what defines "an emergency exception that forces me to cruise on over to the library, or a bookstore." There is a lot of leeway in there! :)

I am not doing any kind of challenges this year regarding my reading. I think it will take the pressure off me. Sounds like you are kind of in the same boat, except for the reading off your own shelf thing. Good luck, Shelley!

Jan 13, 9:10pm Top

In other news, my basement restoration has begun! I first noticed the water downstairs last January 25, so it's nearly a year. I have a small basement so it shouldn't take too long. Glen, my handyman, was here at 8am this morning. He drywalled and did the first coat of plastering the chunk of wall that had been removed when they were looking for the source of the water. After the next coat or so, he will paint 2 of the 4 walls that will need painting. I have decided against ordering new carpets. Instead, I have ordered what's called vinyl plank flooring. It looks good and is waterproof. Ha. That had better not be a feature I need, that's all I have to say. The flooring should arrive by the end of the week and Glen will install it and after that, replace the baseboards and finally - I can't wait!!! - bring the furniture back down from where it has been sitting for a year, half in my tiny living room and half in one of the upstairs bedrooms!

Jan 13, 10:21pm Top

>56 jessibud2: I'm not sure with most Malaysians, Shelley, but Hani and I enjoyed the show.

Good luck with the Basement.

Edited: Jan 14, 7:35am Top

Such an interesting article on how one New York Public Library librarian tried to ban Goodnight Moon from the library!


(it also links back to an article by Jill Lepore)

Jan 14, 2:36pm Top

>91 jessibud2: Shelley, that was a very interesting article. Imagine the power! Imagine not liking Goodnight Moon with its wonderful colours and rhythm. Ridiculous!

Edited: Jan 14, 2:43pm Top

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky.

I wouldn't call this a graphic novel, exactly, more like an illustrated book. And it's NF, not a novel, either. Still, it was a quick read and I really love the author's style of art.

Author/illustrator Rachel Ignotofsy first came onto my radar after I received a few postcards from this Women in Science series (I belong to postcrossing.com, a global postcard exchange group). I really loved them and found out the author's name after some googling. When I saw that she had a book, I requested it immediately from the library.

Ignotofsky is an artist who loves science and her mission is to encourage girls to become more involved in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. To this end, she began this series highlighting the contributions women have made to the sciences over the years. And I mean YEARS. She starts with Hypatia, who was an astronomer, mathematician and philosopher who lived around 350 CE and the books ends with mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, from Iran, born in 1977. Also included in this collection are, among others, Katherine Johnson (who was celebrated in the film Hidden Figures), Rachel Carson, Hedy Lamarr, Jane Goodall, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Grace Hopper, Elizabeth Blackwell, Mae Jemison, Mamie Phipps Clark, Jane Cooke Wright, Valentina Tereshkova.

Here are 2 of the postcards:

I love how Ignotofsky organized this book. The left side of each double page spread shows a stylized illustration of the women being profiled and the right side gives a one-page bio of her life and accomplishments. Here is the double page spread on Marjory Stoneman Douglas:

Interspersed between the profiles are statistical and info pages. I was particularly taken with this one:

I aplogize for the sideways images. I don't know why that happens. They are not sideways on my computer. However, I have exhausted my tech knowledge so am leaving well enough alone! ;-)

Jan 14, 6:03pm Top

Can't wait for the Jeopardy GOAT (greatest of all time) tournament to resume tonight. I hope James or Brad can pull off a win so it can be extended a bit. If Ken wins, that's it, it's over. It's been a great match so far! Any other watchers?

Jan 14, 9:20pm Top

>89 jessibud2: Wishing you all the best with your renovation! Very exciting :)

Also just finished watching Jeopardy. What did you think of James joke toward Brad?

Jan 14, 9:24pm Top

>95 figsfromthistle: - OUCH! I was disappointed in him. I thought it was unnecessarily mean and seemed a bit out of character for him. I was really rooting for him to win tonight if only to keep the tournament going. Oh well. It was a great tournament.

I ran the category of *Great Canadians*, myself! ;-)

Jan 14, 9:24pm Top

>93 jessibud2: You hit me with that BB! Thanks for the recommendation.

I hope your basement renovation goes smoothly, Shelley!

Jan 14, 9:28pm Top

>93 jessibud2: It's odd to me that non-fiction can readily be presented to today's readers in the graphic format and nary a curled lip or lifted brow is to be found. Good?

Happy Humpday.

Jan 14, 9:35pm Top

>95 figsfromthistle:, >97 alcottacre: - Thanks, re the basement. All I want is for it to look exactly as it did before the water. Hopefully, that will happen very soon.

>98 richardderus: - All good. If that's what it takes for (any) people to access NF, and for them to WANT to read it, why not? And this one in particular, is lovely.

Jan 14, 10:09pm Top

>93 jessibud2:. Oh, Women in Science looks like a good one, Shelley. Adding it to the WL.

Jan 14, 10:46pm Top

>91 jessibud2: Whaaat?!! Ban Goodnight Moon?
No way. Massive favourite. Teaches children the rhythm of the English language and so beautifully illustrated (>92 mdoris: said...). *Grump*

And the Snowy Day, another wonderfully composed classic. What a strange approach that Moore person took in mandating what children might like.

Thanks so much for that interesting link, Shelley.

Jan 14, 11:32pm Top

Shelley, I'm watching the Tuesday match in Jeopardy! GOAT tournament. The first game of the match is over and it made me laugh out loud -- and I thought of you. WOW!! It's just so entertaining so far.

Edited: Jan 14, 11:54pm Top

I just have one thing to say: CHAD ---- it was such a great moment after the excitement of the first game!!

*spoiler topic is Jeopardy! tournament.

Edited: Jan 15, 6:00pm Top

HA! Coincidence or karma? Today's *Delancey Place* newsletter was this:


She is one of the women highlighted in Women in Science and indeed, that is the book they are excerpting!

Delancey Place is an online book newsletter I subscribe to.

(edited to correct my lousy sentence structure)

Jan 15, 5:54pm Top

>104 jessibud2: Ha! I read that today as well, and was peeved that yet another woman was eclipsed by a less-competent man in the credit-grabbing derby. Damn breast cancer all to hell and gone.

Jan 15, 6:08pm Top

>102 EBT1002:, >103 EBT1002: - So, who were you rooting for, Ellen? I got quite a few answers correct, certainly more than I expected to, given the level of this tournament. But I am blanking on *CHAD*. What did I miss?

I worry about Alex. Who will ever replace him? I doubt it can be done.

>105 richardderus: - So many, Richard, never got the credit they were due. And more than a few died young (though, not all! Marjory Stoneman Douglas lived to 108,, I think!)

Jan 15, 6:38pm Top

>93 jessibud2: Lovely Shelley. The illustrations make me want to read the book, or maybe just have it;-) They give an immediate impression of the kind of person this particular scientist is. So, yes, for me it works.

Jan 15, 8:48pm Top

>107 EllaTim: - Yes, Ella, it is that kind of book that I'd want on my shelf. I was more than half way through before I began to notice some of the artistic elements and then, of course, I had to go back and check out each page again. For example, on the right hand pages, where the bios were, the author/illustrator puts something in the 4 corners of the page that is relevant to the woman being profiled. It's hard to see on the pic I posted here, but I remember that I first noticed it on the page for jane Goodall; each corner showed a banana! Ignotofsky is clever that way. The visual art is subtle and not mentioned in the text but there are lots of little things like that that you can discover, over and over.

Jan 16, 12:16am Top

>93 jessibud2: This looks like a good one, Shelley. I'll have a look for it. I like gifting books like this.

>108 jessibud2: Love this, so clever.

Jan 16, 12:34pm Top

>91 jessibud2: Interesting article! I don't agree with banning books, obviously, but I also dislike Goodnight Moon greatly!
Chloe wanted it often when she was younger and it became the book that Nate always read to her at bedtime. I was found better books to read and managed to avoid that one often

Yesterday, 12:12pm Top

It's snowing here today. I had planned to go downtown to see a documentary film about Malcolm X. It's only playing this one day but I have decided not to go out in the storm so unless they bring it back another time, I will miss it. It looks good (scroll once to the right for a trailer):

Seven Songs For Malcolm X

I filled my bird feeder this morning so the birds could stock up for the storm. I looked out a little while ago and counted at least 25 to 30 goldfinches on the feeder and on the ground! I have never seen so many here at one time. I also saw a couple of juncos for the first time this winter, really late for them. Also a downy woodpecker and a few sparrows and mourning doves. I don't know how wildlife survives in such climates. Obviously, the ones who overwinter here must survive but I have no idea how!

I woke up with a brutal migraine today, no doubt thanks to the weather changes. I will never understand how the weather outside can so affect me inside. I just know that it does. I will try to read and watch a dvd today, if I don't nap. I have an avalanche of library holds sitting on my table. I've already renewed one and will hopefully finish that one this weekend. It's Volume Control, recommended by Madeline and I know Darryl is also reading it right now. It's about hearing in this noisy world of ours and while there is, of necessity, some medicalese, the author, David Owen, of The New Yorker magazine, is a great writer and has an light, easy anecdotal style that not only makes for good reading but has me laughing out loud at times.

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