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Berly has a few books to read...#2

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75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Edited: Jan 9, 12:32am Top

Artwork depicting St Johns Bridge in Portland OR in front of dictionary words.

For those of you who don't know me, I am a mom of 3, married to a great guy (he introduced me to LT) and besides books, I love TKD (Just got my 3rd Degree Black Belt), working in glass, and chocolate. I have had an eclectic "career" in nerve regeneration research, advertising, the NBA, and editing. Now I work with my husband cleaning industrial processed water and stormwater, getting it up to EPA standards. I do the marketing and the financial stuff. I am on the Patron Advisory Committee on Literary Arts--love it!!

There are more books coming in than going out and I am making but a small dent in the TBR piles; I haven't given up hope yet though! I can't because books are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. ; )

Last year I re-homed 115 books, but I bought more than that. Oops!!

Edited: Jan 16, 7:40pm Top

Reading Now
A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (/L 492 pages)
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (B 504 pages)
Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef by Aaron Sanchez (🎧 9 hours)

And Later...
February--Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders, Book 1 ( 448 pages) by Viveca Sten (with ChelleBearss)
February--There, There by Tommy Orange, RL Bookclub
February--The Yellow House by Sarah Broom, RL Bookclub
February--Every Dead Thing by John Connolly (with luvamystery)
March--Tracks by Louise Erdrich with EBT1002, Twin and Laurelkeet

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

Edited: Jan 14, 4:57pm Top

Read in January / ??? pages / 🎧 hours / Total
4. When I Was You by Kent Minka ( 282 pages) 3.75
3. Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik (🎧 7.25 hrs) ✔ 4.5
2. Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (B, 624 pages) with Triplets Beth and Ellen ✔ 3.75
1. Victorian Secrets by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry (🎧 7.5 hrs) ✔ 3.75

⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Loved it! 5.0
Really Good 4.0
Good 3.0
Hmmmm 2.0
Don't Bother 1.0

B = Printed Book
🎧 = Audio
= Kindle
= Graphic Novel

IR = Indiespensable Readers
LT = LibraryThing Early Reviewer
✔ = Off the shelf
✿ = Library
↩ = Reread
$ = bought this year
✗ = DNF

Books Freed = 0

Catalogued 37/52 shelves -- I really hope I finish this soon!

Edited: Jan 14, 5:06pm Top

RL Book Club #1
February - The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah Broom
April - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
June - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
August - Rabbits For Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum
October - The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates
December - Choose books!!

RL Book Club #2
✅ January - Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
February - There, There by Tommy Orange

Literary Arts 2019-2020
October 24, 2019 -- Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
November 14, 2019 -- Rules of Civility and ✅ A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
January 15, 2020 -- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
February 20, 2020 -- ✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
May 7, 2020 -- ✅The Nickel Boys and ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Edited: Jan 12, 2:06am Top

Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge

Hubby signed me up for this. Over the years I have received over 80 installments, but I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 12 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:


There, There by Tommy Orange--reading

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy -- Month TBD
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Edited: Jan 9, 12:10am Top

And another effort to read off my shelves...

v -- Victorian Secrets (🎧 7.5 hrs) by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry


Category Challenge #6: Alphabetical Order – The author’s first initial preceeds the author’s last initial in the alphabet. (eg: Arthur Beckman (a,b), Lisa Mitchell (l,m)

Edited: Jan 9, 12:10am Top

And maybe one more challenge...Taken from the Advanced Pop Sugar Challenge


A book...

Written by an author in their 20s
With "20"or "twenty" in the title
With a character with vision impairment or enhancement (20/20 vision--get it?)
Set in Japan, the host of the 2020 Winter Olympics
Set in the 1920s
By an author who has written more than 20 books
With more than 20 letters in its title
Published in the 20th century
From a series with more than 20 books
With a main character in their 20s

Edited: Jan 9, 12:11am Top

I can't resist buying new books!!

I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies, except last year where I (ahem) added a few more books to my collection than normal.

2017 47/85
2018 45/88
2019 45/128

Let's see how I do this year!!

2020 0/0 Read
1. The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock by Jane Riley -- AP *
2. When I Was You by Minka Kent -- AP *
3-9. Viveca Sten Sandhamn Murders #2-8 (Katie and Laura's fault)

* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!)
I=INDIESpensable (Gifts from my Hubby)
AC=Audible monthly credit
AP=Amazon Prime Kindle Read

Edited: Jan 9, 12:12am Top

Favorites from 2019
An Act of God (A) by David Javerbaum
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Charlie Davidson series Darynda Jones
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jilll Lepore
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (A) by Jacob Tobia
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Edited: Jan 9, 12:19am Top

Come one...jump right in!! : )

Jan 9, 12:19am Top

Hello, again, happy new thread!

Jan 9, 12:42am Top

Happy new one, Kim. Wishing you a lovely day.

Jan 9, 12:58am Top

>11 quondame: Last and first on my threads!! Thank you. : )

Jan 9, 12:59am Top

>12 Ameise1: Welcome! Wishing you the same, today and tomorrow and the day after that....!

Jan 9, 3:01am Top

Happy new one, Kim.

Jan 9, 3:25am Top

A new one already? You are an overachiever, Twin.

Jan 9, 3:28am Top

Happy new thread, Kimmers.

Leading lady so far!

Edited: Jan 9, 3:42am Top

>15 DianaNL: Thanks, Diana!! You are cruising on the books already. You go, woman!

>16 BLBera: Ummm...sorry? I am not!

>17 PaulCranswick: So far....yup. : )

But this is not a race. I am #5. Just saying.

Jan 9, 5:52am Top

>18 Berly: Good to know you're not feeling competitive!!

Happy new thread. I'm not even trying to pretend to keep up.

Jan 9, 7:46am Top

Happy new thread!!!

Jan 9, 8:05am Top

Happy second thread!! The year isn't even 2 weeks old yet!

Jan 9, 8:08am Top

Happy new thread, Kim. Week 2 - thread 2 - I hope I do not lose the track.

Jan 9, 8:09am Top

'Morning, Kim!

>10 Berly: That cracks me up.

Jan 9, 8:12am Top

2 threads all ready? And it is only January 9th? OMG! Happy New Thread! Go Kimmers! Still enjoying There, There?

Jan 9, 8:49am Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 9, 8:57am Top

Hi again... just discovered after posting this morning on #1 that... oh, thread #2 has started.

Anyway, to refer back on thread 1, I was enchanted with the quote from Liquid Rules, emotional ones (tears) actually lower guys' testosterone levels.

This I have to explore...

Jan 9, 9:36am Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!

>26 SandyAMcPherson: Now I understand why I felt like my testosterone levels were dropping while watching the Little Women movie . . .

Jan 9, 9:45am Top

Happy new one, Kim!

Jan 9, 9:59am Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 9, 10:04am Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 9, 12:11pm Top

You're moving right along with this new thread!

Jan 9, 12:12pm Top

Wow, a new thread already!

Jan 9, 12:19pm Top

>19 charl08: In TKD, I am competitive, but not here. LT is about the company, the conversation. Not the numbers. : )

>20 figsfromthistle: Thank you! Having fun here.

>21 jessibud2: No, but it is the second week!

>22 SirThomas: Stay on course my man! ; )

Jan 9, 12:21pm Top

>23 karenmarie: Mornin'. Glad to provide a smile.

>24 msf59: Look who's talking! If you have't started your second thread yet, you should. : P

>25 witchyrichy: Hey Witchy!

>26 SandyAMcPherson: Right? I had no idea there were 3 kinds of tears or the effect they had. LOL

Jan 9, 12:23pm Top

>27 jnwelch:

>28 Crazymamie: Crazy--I love seeing you back on the threads! Yay!

>29 drneutron: Hello!

>30 foggidawn: Thank you!

Jan 9, 12:25pm Top

>31 thornton37814: I have very little to do with the pace of this thread--it is all you wonderful visitors!! Thank you.

>32 The_Hibernator: Indeed. Now if I could just find a little reading time....

Jan 9, 12:26pm Top

>36 Berly: Me too! Need some time!

Edited: Jan 9, 12:41pm Top

Off to work. And to get another blood test. Blech.

For those of you new to my thread, I have a recently diagnosed clotting problem and have to go on meds and I am still not consistently "in the zone" test-wise. Just before this diagnosis, I passed my 3rd Degree black belt test in TKD. I don't want to give it up, but I also don't want to be super at risk, so I want to be at the right dosage level before I start up TKD again.

I did talk with my Master who said we could come up with something to substitute for sparring (which my doctor forbade me to do anymore) at my level testing or maybe I can just do non-contact. Still don't know what to do about breaking boards--that can lead to some bruising for sure. Apparently there are some gloves I can get as well as some lighter protective gear. I have to look into that. Or maybe I can break smaller boards to show technique. Anyhow, glad he gave the okay. I will just have to give it a try and cross my fingers.

Jan 9, 12:38pm Top

I really hope that you get to keep up your TKD. I should really try out something like that, but can't afford it right now. I HAD a membership at LifeTime until yesterday, so that was something, but then my dad's finances changed (my sister needs more help than I do) so I broke off the membership and will try to use his treadmill instead. When I can.

Jan 9, 12:42pm Top

>39 The_Hibernator: Bummer about the finances. I hope the treadmill works for you. When you have time...!

Jan 9, 12:49pm Top

Happy new thread Kim. Love the topper. My favorite bridge!!

I'm finally reading The Song of the Quarkbeast. I started this series because of you. I need to wind up this trilogy so that I can start his Thursday Next series.

Jan 9, 1:16pm Top

Take care, Twin. I'm glad you will be able to keep up with TKD, at least TKD light.

Jan 9, 1:42pm Top

Wow, thread 2 already! Congratulations! Also, 37 of 52 isn't bad. You'll be done before you know it :)

Jan 9, 2:01pm Top


I will make a special trip to the Bardo to beat you severely if you don't! And don't think I won't...or can't!

*damned clotting factor imbalances*

Jan 9, 3:57pm Top

>45 richardderus: always listen to Richard, he speaks wise words.

Please take good care of yourself, Kimster xxx

Jan 9, 4:15pm Top

Gosh, Kimmers, do please be careful. I'm glad your Master will be able to find some alternatives that will allow you to continue with TKD without putting yourself at risk. Have you thought of perhaps picking up Kendo? That has the discipline common among all martial arts practices, but since you wear good armor and wield a stick, there may be less risk of you bruising yourself compared with TKD?

Jan 9, 4:20pm Top

Hi Kim my dear, happy new thread, second thread already you are racing away at the start of the new decade. Hope you are having a good week so far and sending love and hugs to you and the family from both of us dear friend.

Jan 9, 4:47pm Top

How have you just made new thread and are at 50 posts already? Makes my thread feel sad and neglected lol

Sorry to see you aren't able to do your TKD right now. Hopefully your meds get to proper levels soon!

Jan 9, 7:46pm Top

Oh boy take care of yourself Kim. Hopefully you can get this behind you and keep up with your TKD.

Jan 9, 8:31pm Top

>38 Berly: Sad to read that one, but you do need to listen to the medical practitioners. Black belt 3rd Dan is a tremendous achievement and I am sure that you can work something out with your TKD Master to find a regime that works for you.

Take care, Kimmers.

Jan 9, 8:45pm Top

You are zooming along here, Kim! Happy 2nd thread!!

I've got my fingers crossed for you too. It's reassuring your Master has some alternate ideas for you. Good luck and by all means....be careful!

Jan 10, 12:04am Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 10, 12:57am Top

>1 Berly: I love these artworks on old dictionary pages! I have a few, and give them to people from time to time.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead has been on my radar for a while, and They called us Enemy by George Takei also sounds interesting....

Jan 10, 1:57am Top

Kim, I couldn't believe it when I searched out your thread and found that you were on #2 already. Wow! I'm so sorry to hear about your condition but it is encouraging that your Master is working on coming up with a new routine for you.

If at any point you find you can't do contact, you might consider Tai Chi. It is contact free and is amazing at building muscle strength and improving balance. I've been doing it for several years now and it has made a big difference to me.

I'm starting radiation next week and everyone has told me I'll be fatigued so I've been stockpiling books. I plan to lounge about reading all day!

Jan 10, 4:16pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!
Threads are moving fast this year.

Jan 10, 7:49pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim!!

Jan 11, 2:28am Top

>38 Berly: Oh dear, please take care of yourself.

Jan 11, 11:10am Top

Hi Kim, wow, thread number 2 already?!?

Sorry to hear about your clotting problem. This past autumn, my elderly mother was diagnosed with A-Fib and put on warfarin. Had to go in for Pro Time testing every few days, then every week, now every two weeks. Bleeding is a danger and they want to keep her numbers in a certain range so she doesn't clot but also doesn't bleed. They've been steady but when she had bad bronchitis right before the holidays and wasn't eating, her numbers were out of whack but they've since re-stabilized.

Hope they can come up with an alternative for you.

My niece is doing well at her first year of college. Didn't join the swim team but does club swimming just for the exercise. More importantly, has a 4.0 after her first semester (with mostly science classes). She went back early this week for sorority rush. I heard she got cut by her top choice during the cut from 3 to 2 yesterday. Not sure what she plans to do now.

Jan 11, 11:44am Top

Where are you, Kimmers? 2 days already without you here!

Hope all is well. xx

Jan 11, 1:37pm Top

Just popped in to report that my copy of Still Waters has arrived, but I see you are MIA now. Hope all is well!

Jan 11, 5:07pm Top

Whoo - Happy New Thread!

I also have a copy of Still Waters as a Kindle freebie, so mayhaps I'll join you.

Glad DD is doing well and that your TKD is merely on hold.

Jan 11, 5:59pm Top

Hey Twin. I hope all is well with you. Twin 3 and I are finished with The Bone Clocks. No pressure, just saying.

Jan 11, 10:40pm Top

Hi Kim. I finished The Bone Clocks. It ate up a bunch of my January reading time but it was worth it.

Jan 12, 2:10am Top

>63 BLBera: >64 EBT1002: I just finished!! : )

Jan 12, 2:40am Top

>65 Berly: Kimmers is back!

Jan 12, 9:13am Top

>40 Berly: I love that painting.
The image is so evocative of how I feel about 'time'.

Jan 12, 4:13pm Top

>65 Berly: Woo hoo! Comments?

Jan 12, 7:31pm Top

>42 SuziQoregon: I do love all the bridges we have here in Portland and that one is also a favorite!

And I am ready to accept full blame for convincing you to read Jasper Fforde!! Did you finish witht the Quark Beast? Are you on to Thursday Next? I do love that series. So very quirky, mysterious and literary at the same time. : )

>43 BLBera: Crossing my fingers!! First I have to get two blood tests In The Zone. Got one and next test is Monday. I seem to get one and then blow the next one, so we shall see!

Jan 12, 7:35pm Top

>44 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba!! Thanks for the company and keeping my thread warm. : ) Just trying to keep up on my own thread is challenging, LOL.

>45 richardderus: Sigh. I am being careful. I swear.

Getting the right dosage has been challenging to say the least. And all sorts of foods affect it!! Like green tea, broccoli, cauliflower, and WINE!!! Sigh.

>46 DianaNL: Ooh! "Kimster" is a new one. I like it. : ) I am doing my best to take care. Other than not exercising much right now, it's okay.

Jan 12, 7:40pm Top

>47 cameling: I am not familiar with Kendo, but I have used Eskrima sticks in TKD; not in combat but learning a series of moves, kind of like a form or dance. And we do wear lots of protective gear when we spar, but my doctor said it's not enough. First I have to get my blood levels right and then I'll try a class or two and see how the bruising goes. If it's too much just in class exercises than I think I will be done. But I am still hoping! Otherwise I'll find a new hobby. I just don't want to lose all the friends I have made over the years.

>48 johnsimpson: Hi, John! The threads are indeed off to a great start this year. I am a tad behind on books because the chatter here is too much fun. ; )

>49 ChelleBearss: LOL. Your thread is not sad and neglected!! I've checked it out! : )

Jan 12, 7:44pm Top

>50 brenzi: Thank you for those well wishes B. I have been pretty safe lately -- long hours in the office trying to get all the accounting from last year tied up nice and neat. Made great progress this weekend.

>51 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. We'll see how it goes once I get back in the dojang. I am pretty sure my head is not at risk unless I spar, but I am not sure how much I will bruise on the arms and legs when I kick or punch the bag. Time will tell....

>52 Carmenere: Thank you!! I am happy to report that I have actually been doing some reading. I have another book to log after I get all caught up on my thread. Yay!

Jan 12, 7:48pm Top

>53 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda. : )

>54 LovingLit: You should definitely accept both of those as BBs. : )

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and They called us Enemy by George Takei have both been popular reads with many LT peeps, so you don't have to take just my word.

Jan 12, 7:50pm Top

>70 Berly: Good. Keep listening. I am appalled that so many delicious things (wine is Off The Menu for me, too, *sob*) have deleterious effects on our adjusted body chemistries. *smooch* stay safe! We CANNOT lose you!

Jan 12, 7:50pm Top

Happy Sunday, Kimmers. I hope you got your work done and you got some R & R in today. Hugs to my pal.

Jan 12, 8:20pm Top

Kim, it would be tough to give up a beloved hobby. Or perhaps TKD for you is more of a passion. I do hope a solution can be found so you can continue to advance in TKD. Or you could take up Duplicate Bridge and give your brain a workout. Believe me, I take some real beatings as I play each week. No bruising involved, however, just a pummeled ego. Lol. I think I remember you telling me that your husband is a bridge player so he can tell you how seductive the game can be. If you play in a bridge studio, you will be sure to make new friends.

Jan 12, 9:19pm Top

>55 Oregonreader: Jan--Best of luck this week with the radiation treatment. I am glad you have been stockpiling the books!!

I have done Tai Chi before and I like it, but it checks a different box. More meditative and not as cardio. Still, a fun thing to do and I appreciate the suggestion. I also like Ashtanga yoga, which is a more movement based practice.

Sending hugs!!

>56 FAMeulstee: Zoom!! The threads are flying and I am hanging on with both hands! LOL

Jan 12, 9:25pm Top

>57 ronincats: Hi Roni!!

>58 Ameise1: Trying. ; )

>59 lindapanzo: Yup. I can relate to your elderly mother (I am not that old yet!) and that's the situation I am in -- I am still on the every few days test. Ugh.

Congrats on your niece's 4.0!! I hope she finds a fit with the sorority and glad she is still doing the swimming; club is just fine.

Jan 12, 9:31pm Top

>60 PaulCranswick: Trying to balance LT threads, with reading and work. It's been a bit busy tying up business stuff from last year. Made great progress this weekend and should finish up this week and get everything off to the tax people. Phew!

>61 ChelleBearss: Ready to start Still Waters when you are!!! : ) Should we make a thread? Do you think others might join us for the read?

>62 streamsong: See ^^. What do you think?

Jan 12, 9:39pm Top

>66 PaulCranswick: Just a short MIA. I am back. ; )

>67 SandyAMcPherson: I am glad you like the painting about time. LOL It is a classic: "The Persistence of Memory" is a 1931 painting by artist Salvador Dalí, and one of the most recognizable works of Surrealism.

>68 BLBera: Comments coming, but not tonight! ; )

Edited: Jan 12, 10:28pm Top

>74 richardderus: I am feeling wanted!! Thank you. Smooch.

You know better than just about anyone we just have to do the best we can with what we've got, and ignore the pain and inconveniences. You are my role model. : )

>75 msf59: Got a lot of work done today, I finished my audio book and I am almost caught up here on LT, so win win! win!!

>76 Donna828: Oh, I am a bridge fan myself!! But I haven't ever played duplicate. I can see how fun and humbling that could be. : ) I'd love at some point to play on a more regular basis. SO much fun!

Edited: Jan 12, 10:57pm Top

#3 Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances that Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik 4.5

I loved this book on audio! It's funny, intelligent, insightful, intriguing. Tied together by our narrator's cross continental airplane ride, he takes us into the chemistry behind all sorts of liquids: coffee and tea, oceans, ink and pens, soap, tar (yes, it's a liquid!), glue and sticky pads, clouds, and much, much more. I was amused and I learned so much. Can't wait to find another of his books and download it. Recommended.

Edited: Jan 12, 11:24pm Top

#2 Bone Clocks by David Mitchell ✔ 3.75

Although not quite as good as Cloud Atlas (which I loved!), this one is still worth the read. Each chapter focuses on a different character, a runaway girl, a college-aged boy, a war correspondent, and a writer, all loosely tied together by Holly and a weird psychic phenomenon, some more, some less. The characters have such genuine voices, so unique from the others, that I was pulled into their stories. I didn't like all of them, but they were real. And I was eager to see if and how their stories and experiences would come together. (Warning to the reader -- be patient!!) One of the sections has a very serious look at what we as humans are doing to our earth, sobering. Have fun with this one!

Some favorite quotes (not spoilers):

"I loved X like he was a part of me, and he loved me like a stick of gum. He'd spat me out when the flavor went, unwrapped another, and stuffed it in..." p. 16

"Being born is a hell of a lottery." p. 56

"Power is lost or won, never created or destroyed. Power is a visitor to, not a possession of, those it empowers. The mad tend to crave it, many of the sane crave it, but the wise worry about its longterm side effects. Power is crack cocaine for your ego and battery acid for your soul. Power's comings and goings, from host to host, via war, marriage, ballot box, diktat, and accident of birth are the plot of history." p.100

Jan 13, 1:12am Top

Happy newish thread, Kim. Still Waters looks interesting. We had snow last night that disappeared today but now it has started again and looks deep and, the forecast says that it will be around for a while. Did you get the snow that was predicted?

Jan 13, 1:17am Top

>84 Familyhistorian: Not really supposed to get snow tonight, but later this week....Stay warm.

Okay, another potential reader for Still Waters!! One or two more readers and I will start a thread. : )

Jan 13, 12:29pm Top

Hi Kim!

Sorry about the health issues and them affecting your TKD routine. Glad there may be alternatives once you're back In The Zone.

>82 Berly: Sounds fantastic, and I heartily recommend Stuff Matters.

Jan 13, 12:40pm Top

>83 Berly: That's the single David Mitchell book I've read, and I remember liking it a lot, especially the terrific prose. I ought to read some more.

Jan 13, 2:35pm Top

>78 Berly: Niece got cut by her first choice sorority but picked by her second choice. Knowing her personality, what I read about the one she's joining is far more in keeping with who she is. She is very excited as her BFF is also joining. Notable alums include one of my literary heroes, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Also Joan Didion and Anne Rivers Siddon. I was never in a sorority, though my sister was. Had it all been presented to me as it is now, I might well have tried it. She seems extremely happy by it all.

Jan 13, 3:38pm Top

Kim, are there any meetups planned for Portland in March? We are planning to be in SF the end of February, and might be tempted to take a side trip. I know some folks are planning to be in Portland in 2020 but I don't know the dates.

Jan 13, 4:42pm Top

>85 Berly: I've put Still Waters on my list - it's a brand new list to do what I used to do by checking Conversations to see what's popular in this group - now if I see a book mentioned that looks interesting to me or that seems to be mentioned multiple times I add it on. I do hope that bug with touchstones gets fixed soon, though!

Edited: Jan 13, 6:56pm Top

Good review of The Bone clocks, Kim. Nice quotes too. Thumb! We had similar feelings about it.

Jan 13, 7:27pm Top

I liked your review of Bone Clocks, Kim. I managed to snag an e-copy on my Kindle and will read it during my upcoming travels.

Jan 13, 7:29pm Top

>83 Berly: Nice comments on The Bone Clocks, Twin. I agree the characters are the real standouts of this novel. I did like Cloud Atlas better.

Jan 13, 8:32pm Top

Stopping by to thank you for your frequent and kind visits to my thread. You remain a very special lady to me!

Edited: Jan 13, 8:52pm Top

I agree Still Waters looks interesting. I think it may be on my wish list, but I'll make sure!

ETA: Okay - it's already on my Kindle. I purchased it in 2018. Maybe I need to look at reading it. I've got so much going on right now. It might be next month.

Jan 13, 8:53pm Top

>88 lindapanzo: Hurray!! That sounds great. I was the second class of women at Amherst, so they didn't have sororities, but they made all the frats go co-ed. So I am actually a member of the frat Theta Delta Chi!! LOL

>89 ffortsa: I don't know of any Portland meetups in Feb or March, but if you came, we'd make one!! Maybe I can get Ellen here if it coincides with her spring break and she doesn't already have plans. Please come!!!

>90 quondame: Awesome! I hope it is a good series. If not, we can blame laurelkeets and Katie, who started this whole thing. LOL

I add books by tagging them as WL on LT and then I usually add a tag explaining whose fault it was. LOL. Touchstones seem to be working now.

Jan 13, 8:58pm Top

>91 msf59: So you mean we are on the same page then. ; )

>92 cameling: So nice to see you here on LT again! Hope you like The Bone Clocks and I can't wait to see where you go and what you eat on your trip...!

>93 BLBera: I would have preferred more supernatural stuff in TBC, but I did really enjoy the different character voices.

Jan 13, 9:01pm Top

>94 Whisper1: And vice versa, Linda!! I always enjoy visits from you and seeing what fantastic illustrated reads you are into.

>95 thornton37814: Another Still Waters reader! Maybe I'll start up a thread beginning in a week or so, so more people can get their hands on the book. And then you can always get to it when you want. Nobody needs an extra reading assignment!!

Jan 13, 9:04pm Top

I have not yet read The Bone Clocks, although I loved Cloud Atlas. Into the BlackHole it goes!

Listen to your doctor, take it easy on the TKD, and get better soon!

Jan 13, 9:08pm Top

>96 Berly: You can put touchstones in your thread postings, but the thread postings for 75 Books Challenge for 2020 group threads with touchstones don't show up in the Conversations for the work, so the bug is only partly fixed.

Jan 13, 9:15pm Top

>99 alcottacre: I just found your thread!!! SOO nice to have you back. And, of course, I am happy to add to your BlackHole. You always do that for me. : )

>100 quondame: Ah, I see. Well then, I hope they fix it soon! Dang it.

Jan 13, 9:39pm Top

>98 Berly: Sounds good.

Jan 13, 10:02pm Top

>96 Berly: You trailblazer, you. Jill's first choice, the one that was in her 3-party but then dropped her for 2-party is actually a fraternity for women.

I was telling my mother, the one on warfarin (not that I have any other mothers!!) about doing Tae Kwan Do while on warfarin and she hopes you're extremely careful. Mom swims but has always been a bit accident prone and I'm a bit worried about her, come summer.

btw, I see that your RL book club will be reading Rules of Civility in April. That was a favorite the year I read it.

Jan 13, 10:11pm Top

>102 thornton37814: ; )

>103 lindapanzo: LOL. I get a co-ed fraternity (sort of, when in times of flux), but why a fraternity for women? Why not sorority? So confusing. LOL

I got my second test back and that's 2/2 IN THE ZONE! Hurray! I hope that means I can give TKD a try. Will hear from the anticoagulation team tomorrow and if they don't change my regimen than I might. I also see my doctor for a followup on all this garbage on Friday.

Glad you liked Rules of Civility. I am definitley looking forward to that read.

Jan 13, 10:15pm Top

>104 Berly: Congratulations! You are in the zone!!

Jan 13, 10:21pm Top

>105 alcottacre: Finally!! : )

Jan 14, 12:02am Top

Fingers crossed that TKD is a go, Kim.

Jan 14, 8:52am Top

>104 Berly: That's great news! Hope your TKD gets back to normal for you soon!

>97 Berly: I'm up for a group read anytime! I should finish my current book today or tomorrow. Is anyone else participating? Worth a thread?

Jan 14, 9:18am Top

2/2! Awesome, Kim. Hope all will be full steam ahead!

Jan 14, 12:48pm Top

Good reviews, Kim. I liked Bone Clocks the same way you did - it's not Cloud Atlas, but it's still awfully good. I want to gradually read all of his.

You hit me with a BB with Liquid Rules. It sounds like my kind of book. I added it to the WL.

Jan 14, 1:04pm Top

Speaking of meet-up's. We're planning a trip to Portland during the grandkid's spring break -- so around the first weekend in April. I would love to see the Portland group :)

Jan 14, 2:08pm Top

>93 BLBera: And I thought there was too much supernatural stuff! LOL. We'll have to do another; this was fun.

Edited: Jan 15, 3:21am Top

>107 Familyhistorian: Thank you! Mine, too.

>108 ChelleBearss: I think we have you, me, EBT1002, and SandyAMcPherson, and maybe thornton37814 and Familyhistorian. Ellen probably can't get to it until February. Do you want to wait or get going on Still Waters?

Jan 14, 5:28pm Top

>109 Carmenere: Thanks!! Me, too, cuz I am not doing too well with my New Year's workout resolutions yet! LOL

>110 jnwelch: I am looking forward to more books by David Mitchell and Karen said that Mark Miodownik's other book Stuff Matters is also really good. Want to get my hands on that one!!

Edited: Jan 14, 5:36pm Top

>111 RebaRelishesReading: You know we would love to see you! I will add it to the Portland meet-up thread, which I better create for this year....hold on....

Okay, here is the Visitors in Portland, OR 2020 thread


Judy/ffortsa is coming end of February/beginning of March
Reba beginning of April


Edited: Jan 14, 5:45pm Top

Just starting this one and very excited to hear Min Jin Lee talk tomorrow. I get to see her two times: informally at one of our local high schools and then in the evening at the Literary Arts formal presentation. : )

Jan 14, 6:03pm Top

>116 Berly: Oh, I envy you the opportunity!

Jan 14, 9:23pm Top

>116 Berly: I hope you adore the read, and Min Jin Lee's talks. Happy Humpday! *smooch*

Jan 14, 9:32pm Top

>69 Berly: I did finish The Song of the Quarkbeast. I've requested The Eye of Zoltar from the library. I want to finish that up before I start the Thursday Next series.

>89 ffortsa: If you show up in Portland then there will be a meetup!!

>111 RebaRelishesReading: Yay - early April is good for a meetup - We'll be at the coast at the end of the month.

Edited: Jan 14, 11:38pm Top

I got 2 BB here (for Liquid Rules and Still Waters)
Both just came in on my hold requests today.

Except I am now swamped! Yes, a common litany around these parts. I'm also reading from my Christmas gift stack. How come I do this to myself?

Jan 15, 6:47am Top

>120 SandyAMcPherson: - HA! Welcome to LT, Sandy! ;-)

Jan 15, 6:57am Top

Have a great time at the Min Jin Lee event, Kim. I liked Pachinko but did not love it as much as others have. Hopefully, you are the latter.

Jan 15, 10:08am Top

Getting caught up...

>38 Berly: Hope your numbers and your TKD are figuring out how to work together! It is nice to have the Master supporting you as your figure out what you can do.

Pachinko has been on my shelf for awhile. Looking forward to hearing about her visit.

Jan 15, 12:47pm Top

>115 Berly: Thank you Kim! I had kept the old one starred in case it would still be used but this is much better. Son and grands will be here this weekend and we plan to discuss plans for the trip so I should have a better idea exactly when we'll be there by Tuesday.

Edited: Jan 15, 1:50pm Top

>116 Berly: Wow! What a great opportunity. Hope you have had a good day.

Jan 15, 2:31pm Top

>116 Berly: have fun!

Jan 15, 2:34pm Top

>113 Berly: I don’t mind waiting until February so Ellen can join in. Probably not worth a thread for four people though. Perhaps we can just spam your thread with our comments? :)

Jan 15, 4:59pm Top

>112 BLBera: Absolutely!! I am in for another triplet read.

>117 quondame: >118 richardderus: The Jin Min Lee talk with HS students was awesome!! It actually was recorded by OPB so there was a moderator and some pre-chosen questions by like 8 HS students. I took notes and will share them later. Lots of areas covered about her writing and life. Tonight I will see the larger presentation--love to see the difference in materials.

Jan 15, 5:01pm Top

>119 SuziQoregon: Okay, enjoy Zoltar and hurray for meet ups!!

>120 SandyAMcPherson: BB? Here? You got hit? LOL. You're welcome!!!

Too many books? Never! Keep on doing this to yourself.

>121 jessibud2: Right? : )

Jan 15, 5:05pm Top

>122 msf59: I am excited to give Pachinko a try now that I know some of the writing and personal background. I will have her voice in my head when I read it.

>123 witchyrichy: Still crossing my fingers. Hoping after my talk with the doc I can give TKD a go next week...

I'll write up my notes about Min Jin Lee from both talks later this week. Promise.

>124 RebaRelishesReading: Awesome! And no rush--let us know your schedule when you can. Can't wait to see you again.

Jan 15, 5:07pm Top

>125 charl08: >126 The_Hibernator: I loved hearing her talk and learned so much about her as a person. I will share!!

>127 ChelleBearss: Okay, Still Waters February read it is. I think we have like 6 people interested, but I am happy to have the comments here.

Jan 15, 5:40pm Top

>120 SandyAMcPherson: What ^^^>129 Berly: said..."too many books" LOLOL why the very *idea* is ludicrous.

Edited: Jan 15, 6:58pm Top

Uh oh. My visiting plans are still very unformed - haven't even talked to Jim about it. But I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, I got a copy of Still Waters from the library, but I'm not sure of the due date and if I can take it with me on my trip first week of February. Liquid Rules sounds fascinating. But I DNF'd Pachinko when I tried it. Maybe another run is in order.

Fingers crossed that you can get back to TKD, and that you stay in the pink in all respects.

Jan 15, 8:28pm Top

>116 Berly: Lucky you - I have loved both of her books. Enjoy - and we do expect a report.

I just started one I bought at our meet up. :)

Jan 16, 4:52pm Top

So interesting that you get to see Min Jin Lee twice in one day and can compare notes. I love seeing authors before I read their works too. So February for Still Waters. I'll need to time my library hold right.

Jan 16, 8:56pm Top

>132 richardderus: : )

>133 ffortsa: NO worries. Keep us posted on your travel plans as they evolve.

I have my copy of Still Waters and also ready to go February 1!! Hope you can give Liquid Rules a go--so interesting and so much fun! I have been intimidated by Pachinko, but I am going to give it a go--will report back.

Jan 16, 8:59pm Top

>134 BLBera: >135 Familyhistorian: They talks were very different, but I enjoyed both of them. I took notes on the HS visit, which I will share when I can find the time, but not on the evening talk. Both were recorded, the first live and the second to be edited for the Archive Project.

Happy reading--which one?

Jan 16, 8:59pm Top

I am going to TKD for the first time in ages tonight...wish me luck!

Edited: Jan 16, 9:05pm Top

Enchanted Islands. It was one of the staff recommendations, I think. I'll send it to you when I'm done. It's excellent so far.

Good luck at TKD -- and take care.

Jan 16, 9:13pm Top

>138 Berly: Good luck! :)

Jan 16, 9:41pm Top

>138 Berly: Good luck, Kim!

Jan 17, 6:47am Top

I hope TKD went well last night, Kim.

Jan 17, 8:10am Top

Happy Friday, Kim. How are you feeling after your TKD workout?

Jan 17, 11:46am Top

It turns out our travel plans are somewhat constrained by plans for visitors to NYC, theater schedules, etc. So I don't think we will have time to get to Portland in February. But Jim noted that Mensa, to which he belongs, has a regional gathering in Portland toward the end of May, so we might think of coming your way then.

Jan 17, 1:52pm Top

Popping by to check out the latest hot reads!
(Just started Liquid Rules. Really well-written, imho.

Jan 17, 2:06pm Top

Eagerly awaiting TKD report.

>145 SandyAMcPherson: I was really taken by that book, gave it a 4-star review, and...my blog ate it! I lost 37 reviews when the EU's new data-protection rules required Blogger to make some behind-the-scenes changes. Gone forever and inadequate backing up of my own data bit hard.

I am vastly more careful now.

Jan 17, 7:57pm Top

Hope TKD went well!

Jan 17, 8:15pm Top

>139 BLBera: >140 figsfromthistle: >141 alcottacre: >142 lauralkeet: >143 msf59: >146 richardderus: >147 ChelleBearss:

Thanks you guys!! TKD went well, aside from the fact that I am out of shape again. LOL. Why does that happen so quickly?

There was not any contact stuff, so no bruising there. And I didn't get any bruises from the nunchucks either, which can pinch a little if you don't time things just right. So, yay!! I had to modify nunchuck form #12 though because long ago I named it "Hit YourSelf In The Back Of The Head"!! When I learned it I practiced it with my sparring helmet on, LOL. So, that one I did change up the middle sequence, but we did a complete run through of all 27 forms and the others all seem fine.

Still want to see how I do with some of the other things, like practicing punches and kicks on the punching bag and paddles. If I don't bruise much doing that then I think I will be good to go. : )

Jan 17, 8:18pm Top

>139 BLBera: I will happily take that off your hands when you finish!!

>144 ffortsa: No worries. Any time you get out this way, we will find time to meet up with you. I think you guys were last out here for a Mensa meetup.

Edited: Jan 17, 8:37pm Top

>145 SandyAMcPherson: Latest "hot reads" -- you are too kind!! : ) I do hope you enjoy Liquid Rules though. I can already tell it will be one of my favorites of the year.

>146 richardderus: That's awful! So sorry you lost all those reviews. And I am sure it has made you more careful about keeping a copy. Dang it. That's a hard way to learn a lesson!

Edited: Jan 17, 8:33pm Top

This is not the same as our #12, but it gives you an idea of how much fun nunchucks are!


Jan 17, 9:29pm Top

Hi Kim. Glad to see your TKD class when well. It is so annoying how quickly our bodies can revert to their less active/unfit form. ;-)

Jan 17, 9:55pm Top

>148 Berly: I had to modify nunchuck form #12 though because long ago I named it "Hit YourSelf In The Back Of The Head"!!

Yeah, that would be me!

Jan 17, 10:07pm Top

I'm glad things went well, Twinnie. Just take care, OK. I kind of like having you around.

Jan 17, 11:40pm Top

Hi Kim, I am slipping in to see how your reading year is going - and it looks like you are off to a great start. I've only read Black Swan Green by David Mitchell but Cloud Atlas is on my shelves and I will get to it one of these days, I am encouraged by the fact that you loved it. :)

Yesterday, 3:29pm Top

Hi Kim! Dropping by to wish you belatedly for the new year. I’m sorry we couldn’t meet in Seattle last month, but maybe another time. Now we have family there, I suspect this will be the first of many visits.

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