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Happy New Year! To each I wish in 2020....
So....I'm Lynda, retired since June 5, '09, LTer since October 14, '08, mom since April 5, '99 and wife since October 2nd '93....reader since..... forever! Reading companions may be wine - usually read in winter, white in summer. Cerveza (sounds better than just beer) as the mood fits. I look forward to deck reading, fireplace reading, vacation reading, ok, just about anywhere reading.
I have reading hopes and dreams any of which can change at any moment but for now...below are my plans.
Good luck everyone!
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Hoped for alliances in 2020:
Library book discussion group:
January: The Island of Sea Women ✔
February: The Worst Hard Times
March: The Calculating Stars
April: The Elephant in the Room
Neighborhood Book Swap:
1: Where the Crawdads Sing
2: The Jew Store
3: The Giver of Stars
4: The Tuscan Child
5: North Wind
6: The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes
7: The Orphan Train
8: Tattooist of Auschwitz
9: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
10: The Silent Patient
11: The Nightingale
13: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (my submission)
Modern Miss Darcy's Challenge
1. Decade you were born (1961)
2. Debut Novel
3. Recommendation by source you trust
4. Local Author
5. Genre outside your comfort zone
6. A book in translation
7. Nominated for an award in 2020
8. A re-read
9. Classic not read in school - The Little Prince
10. Three books by the same author
County Library 100 book challenge
24/100 complete by 1-28-21 (76 to go)
Recommendations from John E (cousin)
1. The Rook
NetGalley's to read and review
03 Sep 2019
The Old Success
15 Nov 2019
Big Lies in a Small Town
14 Jan 2020
When We Were Vikings
Andrew David MacDonald
01 Feb 2020
A Good Neighborhood
Therese Anne Fowler
10 Mar 2020
There You Are
22 Oct 2019
The Book of Science and Antiquities
10 Dec 2019
The Long Call
03 Sep 2019
03 Mar 2020
All Quiet on the Western Front
By Erich Maria Remarque; Adapted by Wayne Vansant
12 Jun 2019
14 Jan 2020
The Family Upstairs
05 Nov 2019
1. The Radium Girls - 100 book challenge (county library) 78 to go
2. The Island of Sea Women - Library discussion group
3. Ghosts - 100 book challenge (county library) 77 to go
4. The Little Prince - 100 book challenge (county library) 76 to go
Since you are using the same gif I have been liberally sprinkling around the group, Lynda, I won't reproduce it again here but I will of course be following your thread as always in 2020.
Happy new year. xx
>5 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle and to you and yours as well!
>6 calm: Happy New Year, calm! Thanks, I hope you do too!
>7 DianaNL: Thank you, Diana! Happy 2020 to you!
>8 Ameise1: Happy New Year, Barbara, Thanks! Happy Reading to us all!!
>9 paulstalder: Happy New Year, Paul S! Looking forward to more of your fun TIOLI Challenges in 2020!
>10 PaulCranswick: Happy 2020, Paul C! I'm about to peruse the new threads right now. Isn't that a great gif?! I've used it on my FB page and on my 2019 thread. It's perfect!
Wishing you 12 months of reading
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!!
>12 Berly: Woo hoo! I'm all for that! Thanks, Kim, I wish the same for you!
>11 Carmenere: Thanks - let's see what comes to mind concerning challenges :)
>25 Ameise1: Ahh, that's interesting, Barbara!
>26 calm: Would you say that's accurate, calm?
>27 paulstalder: Do you think that fits you, Paul?
Today begins the annual Star Wars Marathon. Will is having 7 friends over to watch all 8 episodes and will cap it off with a trip to the theater to watch Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker. They're pretty self sufficient so I don't think they'll need much.
Perfect time for me to head back to the fitness center and walk off all the holiday goodies.
>28 Carmenere: I don't think that I could sit through all 8 Star Wars episodes, Lynda, but then again I'd sooner read it than watch it.
2019 Book Meme
Borrowed from other threads: Thanks, Paul S
Describe yourself: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World
Describe how you feel: Being Mortal
Describe where you currently live: Inland
Your favourite time of day is: Homegoing
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Your favorite form of transportation: Small Great Things
Your best friend is: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
You and your friends are: The Last Romantics
What’s the weather like: Turbulence
You fear: Sharp Objects
What is the best advice you have to give: Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and InstantPot®
Thought for the day: Infinity in the Palm of your Hand
How you would like to die: Educated
Your soul’s present condition: Sourdough
What is life for you: The Good People
>29 PaulCranswick: I couldn't either Paul. Not watching, not reading. I like Star Wars in small doses.
>30 Carmenere: She's my best friend, too! It's funny we haven't run into each other. ;-)
>32 cbl_tn: Hahaha, nice to know we travel in the same circle of friends :0)
🌟 Hi Lynda, your topper had me nodding to all those wonderful “more” intentions. Also love the “committed relationship” mug. My book group will be discussing The Island of Sea Women on January 14. I’m picking up my copy at the library later today.
>21 Carmenere: Yep, I'm an English Major too. Though there were a couple of questions that I could have checked multiple answers for.
>34 Donna828: We meet on Jan 13th, Donna! I'll look forward to what you and your group think about it. I've read and enjoyed Lisa See in the past and after a little hiatus I'm enjoying her style once again.
>35 mstrust: I absolutely agree with you on that, Jennifer! I took the quiz twice with somewhat different answers but each time, English Major.
Happy New Year, Lynda. I've placed my star so I can follow along with your reading. BTW I took the quiz and I am an "Escapist" which I totally agree with.
>28 Carmenere: If Social Reader fits me? If it means to like to be among people, yes I am social, it it's more about politics and interests, no. Some questions I had no clue to the choice of answers (i.e. the personas to chose from, or the quotes), so my answers there are not counting actually :)
I agree with Paul that the other Paul could not sit through all these episodes ....
>30 Carmenere: Ive seen it at Paul C's (other places I don't remember). Now I embellished mine with some more subjects.
I hope that Your soul’s present condition will change ... it needs some baking or it will rot ...
>37 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy! I need to look for your thread so I'll be popping in soon. I'm glad the quiz described you perfectly!!
>38 paulstalder: Yes, the term "Social Reader" is rather vague. Googleing the term brought me to a term described as "“Social reading,” as a concept, is actually quite simple: people want to share what they have read with other people and receive feedback about their thoughts and ideas. ... Social reading exists because of the interactions between two or more persons and the text, whether in-person or digitally." I think that fits most of us perfectly.
The guys just started Episode 4. They hope to finish 6 today, have pizza, sleep and start again tomorrow morning.
No, no Paul! When I think of sourdough, I think of something more benign. In the book Sourdough it describes the dough as a base, a starter, for the actual dough that will become bread. As a starter, it doesn't really die but one must tend to it regularly so it's ready when needed.
So pizza was delivered and the guys are finishing up Episode 5. Episode 6 takes about 2.5 hours so they're right on track.
>21 Carmenere: I am An Explorer: The Explorer knows that a reader lives a thousand lives. This type enjoys experiencing a world of possibilities and firmly agrees that reading builds empathy. Explorers are thoughtful about what they read next. They are likely to get their book recommendations from their fellow readers and sometimes fellow travelers, the issues of the day, and their own research.
>30 Carmenere: Love: "How you would like to die: Educated" and "Your favourite time of day is: Homegoing". These are always so much fun to fill out!
>40 Carmenere: I could never sit still that long!! Hope they are having fun and you are, too. I do want to see the newest movie and I'm sure I;ll get to it, someday....
Happy New Year and best wishes for 2020, Lynda! Looking forward to following your 2020 reading.
>39 Carmenere: Thanks for checking the 'social reader'. I can live with that. I always want to talk books :)
Okay, in that case it sounds better to 'be' sourdough. My wife used sourdough sometimes but that was always to be used pretty fast otherwise it started to smell ...
>41 Berly: "The Explorer" sounds perfect for you, Kim! I like to think we all have a little bit of each type in our reading personality.
Actually, I think this was the first meme I filled out completely! Yes, fun and kinda thought provoking.
The Marathoners seem to be having a good time. Most went home to sleep but a couple stuck around. They'll be back at it soon enough.
>42 lkernagh: Thank you, Lori!
>43 paulstalder: Ewe, there's nothing worse than a smelly soul! Just in case I'll keep that starter fresh and stored appropriately. ;0)
Coffee with the neighborhood ladies this morning. Most are readers so conversation usually touches upon that subject and lots to catch up on since we met in early December.
Hi Lynda, I took the quiz twice, once on Paul S' thread and once here. I got Discoverer and Escapist. I think maybe the Escapist is a better description but the Discoverer also fits because I like to find new worlds to escape to!
Happy reading in 2020!
>45 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! Both scenarios sound good. Glad they confirmed what you probably already knew :0)
Thanks, Happy 2020 reading to you too!
And the SW Marathon continues. I think they're on episode 8 now and will soon leave to go to theater for episode 9. Will saw it already but it's my understanding they are going for the 3D version.
The Christmas decorations are just about put away. Just a bare artificial tree in my living room that I'm too pooped to take down to the basement. So, after a hard days work going to go back to The Island of Sea Women and finish those pudding shots are friends brought over for New Years Eve.
Dropping my star! I'm really behind on threads this year. Have a great year of reading!
The Radium Girls
100 book library Challenge
This book reveals the incredibly sad story of the young women who trusted their employers, United States Radium Corporation (USRC) in Orange, New Jersey and the Radium Dial Co of Ottawa, Illinois.
The 1920's saw many changes for women in the United States one of which was women entering the work force. Some young ladies were hired to paint radium on watches to make them luminous. They were taught a technique known as "lip, dip, paint" or "lip pointing". Essentially, redipping the brush in radium and continuing lip, dip and paint clock dials over and over again.
When the girls enquired if this practice was safe, they were repeatedly reassured that it was perfectly safe. Even when the employees began loosing teeth, breaking bones, limping and even dying the effects of radium were hidden from them. At one point, cause of death was reported as syphilis.
The painful and harrowing journey of the young ladies affected by what later was referred to as Radium Poisoning is remarkable and the contribution they made to science, often posthumously , is a testament to their fortitude and strength, demonstrated at their weakest point.
ETA: The audio version's narrator sounds like a robot and almost unemotional.
Happy New Year, Lynda! Looking forward to following your reading adventures again.
>49 Carmenere: I read that one. So sad what happened to those unknowing women. A really great book though.
>51 Crazymamie: Thanks and Happy New Year, to you Mamie! May you have an absolutely fabulous 2020.
>52 Ameise1: Yes, Barbara, a very good start to the new year. I would have preferred the book to the audio but the tragic story would have been the same.....even more so if the book included pictures.
>53 Berly: Terribly sad, Kim, especially because it was allowed to continue for so long.
Visit to dermatologist was quick and painless. Moles are benign - no reason for concern or intervention. :0)
Short visit with mom - a stop at fitness center for treadmill/eliptical and then to dentist for the ongoing drama known as "The Crown" Fingers crossed it works this time.
Thanks, Mamie! I'm seriously thinking of changing dentists. I don't know what to do. Sadly, I think if this crown fails me, that's the end of our relationship.
>56 Carmenere: I would not hesitate to get a new dentist - I have been through dental woes like that, and when I finally switched, I had to have a bunch of dental work redone because it was not done right.
>57 Dejah_Thoris: Yes, you may, Dejah. Thank you and the same to you!!
TRG, very well done indeed! Such an atrocity!
"The Crown" saga went well. Check back in a week. If it's still on then it went very, very well!!
>58 Crazymamie: Normally, Mamie, I wouldn't hesitate either. We'll see if this crown lasts. Fact is, I'm really too lazy to search for and begin a new relationship. Hope I can continue to wallow in my lazyiness.
OK cozy mystery readers! Throw out some good ones in the vein of the tv show Murder, She Wrote.
Mom requested a Kindle and I want to load it with reads she will enjoy. Ready, Set....Go
>59 Carmenere: I enjoyed the Nancy Atherton Aunt Dimity Series. Aunt Dimity's Death is the first one and there are 24 in the series.
There is also the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke. The first is Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. I gave up on that after a few but I know it's a very popular series.
>49 Carmenere: This one sounds great, Lynda. Lucky it's already on my list. I want to read more nonfiction this year, so I might even get to it.
>60 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! I will consider both but who can resist a title like Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.
>61 Dejah_Thoris: Ha! Glad I was able to trigger your memory, Dejah! That's 2 for Aunt Dimity, thanks for your input.
>62 BLBera: It's superb, Beth! I hope you can squeeze it in soon.
>63 mstrust: Really, Murder, She Wrote? That's good to know, Jennifer. I'll run all of your ideas past her.
-----Never did make it to the gym today. It was so dang cold, I just wanted to get home. Shredded pork in the InstantPot was perfect for a cozy home cooked meal.
Maybe I'll finish The Island of Sea Women tonight. It should be a good book for discussion on Monday.
Happy New Thread, Lynda. Somehow, I did not have you starred. Bad Mark. I have to drop over to the 75, 2020 Group now and then and star the folks, I have missed. It is tough to keep up.
I hope your year is off to a good start, and that you are enjoying those books.
Happy New Year and happy reading in 2020 Lynda. It may have taken me a while to get here but here I am lol.
>21 Carmenere: I'm an Escapist according to the quiz which is probably accurate. I mean why not escape to a wonderful or scary or educational or mysterious world when you have a chance?
>54 Carmenere: Isn't The Crown a Netflix series?...
>65 msf59: Welcome, Mark! I'm still finding threads myself. In any case, I'm glad you found me.
>66 brenzi: Congratulations, Bonnie, the Escapist! That's what reading is all about, isn't it? I consider myself an escapist in some respects but I suppose I didn't click on all the answers which pointed in that direction.
Yes, the original and wonderful The Crown is indeed on Netflix. My personal saga of The Crown involves my dental woes. :'(
Couldn't finish Sea Women last night but I will today.
The Island of Sea Women
Library book group
In true Lisa See fashion, The Island of Sea Women is a history lesson wrapped in a human interest story.
Today's lesson brings the reader to Korea circa late 1930's. Koreans are living under Japanese control and wish for the day when Korea will some day regain there independence. Forward to World War II. Japan is out but through the spoils of war Korea is divided in half. The north to the Soviets, the South to the Americans. By focusing on the south, where Jeju Island is located, the author illustrates the horrific days of Korean independence with intervention from the US.
Into this turmoil, See, tells us the human interest side of the story. We are introduced to Young-sook as an 80 year old grandmother working near the sea. A casual acquaintance on the beach triggers memories of her childhood friend Mi-ja. Friends since birth, they are closer than sisters but for some reason Young-sook denies knowing Mi-ja. This is the catalyst which propels the reader forward. The memories begin......Young-sook and Hi-ja were haenyeo, underwater divers who helped support their families with earnings from what they harvest from the sea surrounding the island of Jeju. The somewhat dystopian lifestyle of a haenyeo is very enlightening, their story adventurous yet dangerous. What could have possibly gone wrong? The author will enthrall you with the details of their lives and you'll find you'll probably want to take a dip with Lisa See again and again.
The first of my book gifts to myself arrived today. Women Talking paperback from Book Depository. It will be one of my February reads.
>73 Dejah_Thoris: Dejah, you are the first person I know to have read Women Talking! The synopsis sounds very intriguing to me. Hmmm, I'm interested in how you also found it frustrating. Here's another f word, I can't wait to read it in February!
>74 msf59: Happy Saturday, Mark! Stay tuned for more Women Talking chatter. I have a feeling it will be a great book for discussion.
I'm glad you're enjoying Nightwoods. I've already read it and Frazier has become one of my favorite authors.
Another rainy day but the forecast high is 64! Are we living in the matrix?! It's January!
100 Book Library Challenge
A young couple move to northern California with their two daughters in the hope the moist air will help the youngest daughter battle cystic fibrosis.
The family quickly learn the foggy days and nights of Bahia de la Luna is a ripe place for ghosts to congregate and a wonderful location for the family to get in touch with their Hispanic roots. Ghosts is a fun read and fairly spooky Graphic Novel.
>54 Carmenere: Nice to see that your skin doctor had good news.
Have a great weekend, Lynda.
>76 Carmenere: I really enjoyed Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel Drama, and I've been meaning to read more of her work. You've prompted me to request Ghosts from the library - hopefully, I'll get it in time to have a shared read with you for the TIOLI Challenges. Shared reads have been hard to come by this month!
I read Women Talking last year and really liked it Lynda. I hope you do as well.
>77 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul, can never be too careful where skin is concerned. We only gets one.
>78 Dejah_Thoris: Hi Dejah, I'll check availability of Drama and keep my fingers crossed you're able to get Ghosts.
>79 brenzi: Cool, Bonnie! I'm glad I'm beginning to read good things about Women Talking. I'm really looking forward to this read!
I was disappointed to miss this morning's library discussion of The Island of Sea Women. When I stopped in later in the day our moderator said the group was tired of Lisa Sea as her books are so similar to each other. On the good side, many were intrigued to read about the history of Korea from early 20th century to present.
I also picked up our February selection.......The Worst Hard Time............This sounds really good and I know many LTers have mentioned it favorably.
On recommendation, I picked up two GN's by Cyril Pedrosa, Portugal and Equinoxes. I'm excited and elated! I think they were mentioned by either Joe or Mark.
Oh, oh! Tonight I will watch the final episode of Game of Thrones! I still have no idea (well, I do have suspicions) who will sit on the Iron Throne but I can say the prospects are narrowing.
Morning, Lynda. Hooray for The Worst Hard Time. Great book. Great pick. I read and enjoyed Portugal but not the other. I do have copy from the library, though. Big book.
I gave up on Lisa See, awhile ago, for that very reason.
>82 msf59: Hey, good afternoon, Mark!! yeah, I'm pretty psyched about The Worst Hard Time. I think it will be great for discussion.
Lisa See is a great writer but to keep her audience she really needs to shake things up a bit.
I'm itching to get to Pedrosa but I have to finish my January planned reads first. Won't be long now :)
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
100 book challenge
I'm speechless. I just don't know what to say about The Little Prince. What I've heard and read make it seem like some existential gobbledygook. Well, perhaps it is or maybe your spiritual plane sees something in it others can not. I for one, tend to be a simple minded reader. I did not see the hidden nuances in The Little Prince. Basically, what I did see here is Saint-Exupery asking adults, 'Hey, where's your imagination!? Why does everything have to be only one way?' And that's the beauty of this book. It can be many things to you or nothing at all. Children see things from a different perspective, with an imaginative mind. They have a common sense that some adults seem to have lost along the way.
So, that's all I'll say about this book, open the cover and open your mind. If nothing else, it's beautifully written.
Lynda, I’m sorry you missed the discussion of The Island of Sea Women. My group all liked it very much and we focused on the Korean History quite a bit. Several in the group researched the confusion of the events of
>87 Donna828: Hi Donna, from what I've heard my library group thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspects of The Island of Sea Women, as did I. The divers were indeed fascinating - especially because they were the breadwinners of the family while their husbands watched the children and did household duties.
On a side note, back when I was a wee child, late '60's early 70's, I was mesmerized by the pearl divers in the Japanese Village at Sea World. You'd go to the counter, tell the clerk you'd like to purchase an oyster, you'd take the tag to the diver who would them dive for your very special oyster.
Then, you'd take it back to the clerk who'd have it opened in front of you and you could choose to pay extra and have it put into jewelry or take it home unmounted. My parents had it mounted onto a ring which I still have, but of course, no longer fits. I'd love to talk to one of those divers today and ask all sorts of questions about her life.
I watched the final episode of Game of Thrones last night and found the conclusion a little disappointing.
Yesterday, I listened to the first chapter of Wolf Hall on the treadmill. Wow, 30 minutes went so quickly! Today, chapter 2 is 47 minutes. Yeah - I can do 47 minutes! Off to the fitness center......
>88 Carmenere: - What a fascinating story about Sea World!
>89 Carmenere: - I am
>49 Carmenere: Although I knew the story, I am adding the book to the BlackHole as my knowledge is cursory. Thanks for the recommendation, Lynda!
>68 Carmenere: Already in the BlackHole, so I get to dodge that BB!
>80 Carmenere: I very much enjoyed The Worst Hard Time when I read it. I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it.
>90 lkernagh: Wolf Hall is a re-read for me too, Lori, although I'm re-reading it through the audio format this time around. I've had Bring Up the Bodies on my shelf since it was released so I'm eager to get to that and then jump into the 3rd in the trilogy. Now that I think of it, I should put a hold on it at the library. ETA: Good thing I did. I'm #34 on the wait list :0)
Hahaha: Chapter three is over one hour, I'll probably break that down to 2 thread mill sessions.
>91 alcottacre: Oh, Stasia, Radium Girls will not disappoint. What those poor young girls went through goes beyond the pale.
I'm so looking forward to The Worst Hard Time!
>92 brenzi: Woo Hoo! more love for The Worst Hard Time from Bonnie! February can not get hear fast enough!!
Yes, I am listening to Simon Slater. He's doing a wonderful job. Hmmm, perhaps if he's also narrating Bring Up the Bodies I'll listen to it as I read along.
I may have some interesting news about a volunteer opportunity that has just been presented to me. Stay tuned :0)
>93 Carmenere: - Smart move to place a hold on the second book now! I am 2nd on the list for the audio of Wolf Hall, and now scrambling to see if any of my library's digital offerings has the audio for Bring Up the Bodies. One of the service offering has everything Mantel has published BUT Bring Up the Bodies. Go figure.
>96 lkernagh: "One of the service offering has everything Mantel has published BUT Bring Up the Bodies. "
Whaaaat?! That's crazy! There's no figuring that at all! Good luck!
It's not easy being my son. Poor Will, I freaked him out telling him he has to file for graduation by Jan 24th in addition to everything he's working on for this semester. Turns out he's got till the middle of March to do so. :0/
This is a great link for those who want some backstory regarding Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the gang
Suzanne (Chatterbox) is a wealth of information.
>92 brenzi: "I absolutely loved The Worst Hard Time Lynda. It may be my favorite NF read ever." Did I ever tell you how much I like, Bonnie? B.A.G.
Happy Friday, Lynda. Snow arriving soon, including plummeting temps. Glad I am off until Tuesday. B.A.G.II!
>100 msf59: Woo Hoo, My 100th visitor! Mark, I can not wait to dive into The Worst Hard Time! I'm expecting amazing things!
Hahaha, no need to say it, we all like Bonnie!!
Hunker down it looks like it's going to be a snowy, icy, rainy, slushy mess! We are going to start seeing it about 9pm tonight and I'm anticipating a snow day for me tomorrow. Books and more books. Enjoy your days off!!
Hi Lynda: I want to read Wolf Hall this year as well. It sounds like listening to it works. I'll have to check to see if there is an audiobook available.
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