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Lynda's (aka Carmenere's) Book Nook - Spring Nook

This is a continuation of the topic Lynda's (aka Carmenere's) Book Nook .

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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1Carmenere
Edited: Mar 30, 12:11am Top



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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2Carmenere
Edited: Mar 30, 12:05am Top



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
12: ?
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 When We Were Vikings
3. 👍Recommendation by source you trust Where the Crawdads Sing
4. Local Author
5. Genre outside your comfort zone Garden Spells (Romance)
6. A book in translation
7. Nominated for an award in 2020
8. 👍A re-read Wolf Hall
9. 👍Classic not read in school - The Little Prince
10. Three books by the same author
a. Trace Elements Donna Leon
b.
c.

County Library 100 book challenge
29/100 complete by 1-28-21 (71 to go)
1. Animal Farm
2. 1984
3. Yes, Please
4. Bossypants
5. The Bear & the Nightengale
6. Beowulf
7. Maus
8. Gilgamesh
9. Calico Joe
10. Cannery Row
11. City of Thieves
12. The Color of Magic
13. Crossing to Safety
14. The Dead Key
15. Farenheit 451
16. Fish! sticks
17. Five People you meet in Heaven
18. Garden Spells
19. Seedfolks
20. News of the World
21. Night
22. Old Man and the Sea
23. Olive Kitteridge
24. The Outsiders
25. Push/Precious
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26. Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
27. The Sun Also Rises
28. Their Eyes were Watching God
29. The Traveler's Gift
30. Travels with Charley
31. Watchmen
32. Where'd you go, Bernadette?
33. Without You, There is no Us
34. West of Sunset
35. The Book Thief
36. The Light Between the Ocean
37. A Walk in the Woods
38. Of Human Bondage
39. Room
40. Behold the Dreamer
41. Outlier's
42. My Name is Asher Lev
43. The Goldfinch
44. The Elegant Universe
45. Snow Falling on Cedars
46. And the Mtns. Echoed
47. To Kill a Mockingbird
48. Cry, the Beloved Country
49. Poisonwood Bible
50. The Kingdom of Ice
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51. Home Fire
52. Hillbilly Elegy
53. Lillian Boxfish takes a walk
54. Magpie Murders
55. The Manual for Cleaning Women
56. The Snow Child
57. The Red Tent
58. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
59. Devil in the White City
60. The Gilead
61. Boys in the Boat
62. Necessary Lies
63. Family Jewels
64. The Color of Water
65. The Girls of Atomic City
66. The Hidden
67. Irish Sports Page
68. God Help the Children
69. The Martian
70. The Last Lecture
71. Murder at the Maple Festival
72. Murder on the Orient Express
73. Salvage the Bones

Recommendations from John E (cousin)
1. The Rook
2. Stiletto

NetGalley's to read and review

The Old Success
Martha Grimes
15 Nov 2019

Big Lies in a Small Town
Diane Chamberlain
14 Jan 2020

A Good Neighborhood
Therese Anne Fowler
10 Mar 2020

There You Are
Mathea Morais
22 Oct 2019

The Book of Science and Antiquities
Thomas Keneally
10 Dec 2019

The Long Call
Ann Cleeves
03 Sep 2019

All Quiet on the Western Front
By Erich Maria Remarque; Adapted by Wayne Vansant
12 Jun 2019

The Tenant
Katrine Engberg
14 Jan 2020

The Family Upstairs
Lisa Jewell
05 Nov 2019

Apeirogon
Colum McCann
February, 2020 Reading

3Carmenere
Edited: Mar 30, 12:06am Top



January

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
5. Where the Crawdads Sing - Neighborhool book swap
6. Equinoxes - GN
7. Trace Elements NetGalley

February
8. When We Were Vikings NetGalley
9. The Worst Hard Time Library discussion group
10. Wolf Hall 100 book challenge - 75 to go
11. Here 100 book challenge - 74 to go
12. American Dirt
13. Wham!, George Michael and Me
14. The Jew Store Neighborhood book swap

March
15. The Calculating Stars
16. Animal Farm Library 100 book challenge - 73 to go
17. Maus I: A Survivors Tale Library 100 book challenge-72 to go
18. Bourbon Curious NetGalley
19. Gilgamesh Library 100 book challenge - 71 to go
20. Seedfolks Library 100 book challenge - 70 to go
21. Garden Spells - 69 to go
22. The Sun Also Rises - 68 to go

4Carmenere
Edited: Feb 29, 8:41pm Top



Welcome!

5Carmenere
Edited: Feb 29, 8:45pm Top

My TBR for March:
I'm about half way through Women Talking. I'll probably finish it tomorrow and get back to Apeirogon . Should be a good reading day.

6figsfromthistle
Feb 29, 8:47pm Top

Happy new thread!

7Carmenere
Feb 29, 9:02pm Top

8PaulCranswick
Feb 29, 9:03pm Top

Happy new one, Lynda.

9Berly
Feb 29, 9:09pm Top

>2 Carmenere: I am glad to see you are still in a committed relationship.

>3 Carmenere: GO Sponge Bob!

>4 Carmenere: LOVE it!! Beautiful. Happy new thread. : )

10BLBera
Mar 1, 8:14am Top

Happy new one, Lynda. I love your topper.

11Ameise1
Mar 1, 8:20am Top

Happy new thread, Lynda. I love the topper and the beautiful narcissusses.

12msf59
Mar 1, 8:41am Top

Happy Sunday, Lynda. Happy New Thread. Looks like another nice day in the Midwest. You asked if Elton John narrated his memoir. He does the introduction and the afterword but the actor, who played him in the biopic, narrates the bulk of it. He does a terrific job.

For a good mystery/thriller, give Long bright River a try.

13FAMeulstee
Mar 1, 2:30pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda!

>4 Carmenere: Spring is starting, over here daffodils and crocusses are blooming. And my hubby is sneezing ;-)

14Carmenere
Edited: Mar 1, 5:38pm Top

>8 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! Thank you

>9 Berly: Hey Kim! Thanks! hehehe Yes, the books and I are still in a very happy relationship. Gosh, they're so patient.

>10 BLBera: Welcome, Beth! Thanks

>11 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, Thanks Aren't they lovely? Yellow flowers of any kind make me so happy!

>12 msf59: Happy Sunday, Mark! Aaaaah, Egerton! Well, that's perfect! It's been great to have sunshine back. The snow is melting and the upcoming week looks springlike.

>13 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! It's too early for flowers in Northern Ohio, maybe mid-March. Gesundheit, Frank!

15drneutron
Mar 2, 12:17pm Top

Happy new thread!

16thornton37814
Mar 2, 6:29pm Top

Happy new thread! Love the bookshop in the topper. I've visited a couple branches of Island Bookstore here on the Outer Banks. I went to the one in Corolla and the one in Duck. There is one in Kitty Hawk too. I'd planned to go to Hatteras tomorrow, but I'm putting the trip off a day as I continue to recover from food poisoning. I think I'd rather be a little closer to the hotel tomorrow so I'll head to Manteo which had been on today's agenda. The cats were happy to have me here except for when I went to the bagel shop for a late breakfast (just a plain toasted bagel) and to the grocery store to pick up stuff I could eat in the hotel room. I'll be up to a little more tomorrow, but I'll have to watch what I eat.

17alcottacre
Mar 2, 7:59pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda!

18Carmenere
Edited: Mar 8, 8:26am Top

>15 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>16 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori! Oh my!! So sorry to read of your bout of food poisoning and while traveling!! Ugh! I hope your recovering continues to go well. Buy books - for medicinal purposes, of course.
Aren't book stores incredible?! I get a feel of the store as soon as I walk in. Something that says "Yeah, here is where I want to shop till I drop"

>17 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia!

I'm sure by now you've all seen the long list for Women's Prize for Fiction but here goes anyway:

The longlist of 16 novels follow in alphabetical order by author’s surname:

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
*Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
*Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Actress by Anne Enright
*Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
Girl by Edna O’ Brien
Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
Weather by Jenny Offill
*The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

I haven't read any of them but I just rec'd Girl, Woman, Other from Book Depository
I have Dominicana on my Kindle and The Dutch House is on order. And I'll pick up Mantel from my local bookstore soon.

19Crazymamie
Mar 3, 11:43am Top

Morning, Lynda! Happy new one!

>4 Carmenere: So cheerful!

I saw this list also on Charlotte's thread - I have only read one of them (Dutch House), but I am currently listening to Girl, Woman, Other, and I have Dominicana in the stacks.

20BLBera
Mar 3, 3:17pm Top

>18 Carmenere: Lots of good reading ahead, Lynda.

21Carmenere
Mar 3, 6:24pm Top

>19 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! So many good books but I just can't get to them all. I really have a time management problem. *sigh*

>20 BLBera: Isn't that the truth, Beth! Their just coming at me from all directions.

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I've got to put the pedal to the metal and read a big chunk of my library discussion book. So I'm not going to sleep tonight till I read 100 pages. (even if I have to use toothpicks to keep my eyelids from closing)

22alcottacre
Mar 3, 6:41pm Top

>18 Carmenere: Thanks for sharing the list, Lynda. I had not seen it. My local library actually has several of the books on the list, so hopefully I can get to some of them soon.

23Carmenere
Mar 3, 6:42pm Top

>22 alcottacre: I'm hopeful too, Stasia! For you and me :0)

24Carmenere
Mar 6, 10:06am Top

Hey all, just touching base while catching up on a few threads. Making a quick run to Campus to pick up Will for Spring Break. No plans, just wants to relax before the final countdown to graduation.

I'm still working on my Library discussion book The Calculating Stars At this point, it's just ok.
It's holding me back from Apeirogon. Yay, I can get the spelling of that word correctly, finally!
Then, I also need to begin my neighborhood book swap book. *sigh*

Spring is coming, I just know it! but doesn't look like it out my window today. ******** (that's snow)

25msf59
Mar 6, 10:26am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Friday. Cold & blustery here too. Sighs...I enjoyed The Calculating Stars, so I hope it picks up for you. I read a less than favorable review of the new McCann. I hope you supply an opposite viewpoint.

26EBT1002
Mar 6, 6:02pm Top

Hi Lynda. I love the mug at the top of your thread.

I'm glad you posted the long list for the Women's Prize. I've read four of them and I have one more on my shelves. I'm tempted to go toodling off to amazon to order as many of the others as I can but perhaps I'll go to the library website instead. :-D

Sorry about the snow. Our snowdrops are blooming and the daffodil greens are popping up. That said, they are predicting a bit of snow tomorrow. It's still officially winter but I can feel spring's approach!

Did you enjoy Women Talking? I have looked at it several times and it has gotten some love by the critics.

27Carmenere
Mar 8, 8:43am Top

>25 msf59: Happy Sunday, Mark!! Such a beautiful morning. Still chilly but the promise of 60's for two days is like a life preserver.
It saddens me I am such a slow reader. I haven't looked at any reviews on the McCann. It's going to be awhile before I finish it and submit my thoughts, but I can say, it's working for me thus far.

>26 EBT1002: Hey Ellen, Speaking of Women's long list, Amazon is offering Fleishman in Trouble for 2.99. Of course, I clicked on it. :0)
We won't see any flowers peaking through the soil for another week or two. *sigh*
I'm half way through Women Talking but had to put it aside to read books which had pressing deadlines for book clubs. So far it was pretty good read.
----------------------
Will is home for spring break and needs a suit for a project he's involved in at school. So, that and a few other items to wear will be his 21st birthday presents. We're going shopping today. I love this, so fun!

28EBT1002
Mar 9, 9:13am Top

Wow, 21 years old. That is a big deal.

I'll go see if amazon is still offering Fleishman in Trouble for that excellent low price. Thanks for the tip.

29Carmenere
Mar 9, 4:19pm Top

>28 EBT1002: Yes, Ellen, a big deal, for sure! The years go by so quickly.
I hope you find Fleishman is still available at that great price.

30Carmenere
Edited: Mar 9, 4:43pm Top

The Calculating Stars
Mary Robinette Kowal
2018
431 pages
3.5/5
Library Book Discussion Group

The premise of this novel looked interesting, an alternate history, of sorts. Something plummets through the earth's atmosphere, crashes into the ocean and obliterates Washington DC, Maryland and the entire eastern seaboard of the United States.
At first, the government and military personnel (what little remains) believes it a surprise attack from Russia. Dr Elma York, mathematician and former WWII WASP, has done the math and she believes differently. Problem is, it's the mid 1950's and what women believe holds little water. Thankfully, through husband's connections at the same agency and with the help of other women, humanity may still survive.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters and loved the final chapters but the middle portion was, for me, too long winded, pedestrian and predictable. I hear the second in the series is a bit more exciting and I'll probably give it a chance.

31alcottacre
Mar 9, 4:26pm Top

I am curious to see what you think of Fleishman is in Trouble. My local library does not have that one.

>30 Carmenere: Dodging that BB as I have already read it.

32Carmenere
Mar 9, 6:18pm Top

>31 alcottacre: Stasia, It may be awhile before I get to Fleishman. I'm sure many other great reviews on LT will get to is much sooner than I.
>30 Carmenere: Did you like it? (The Calculating Stars)?

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Today I'm getting back to Women Talking. Looking forward to what the decision the women choose.

33Carmenere
Edited: Mar 11, 9:36am Top

Wow, since 2 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in Ohio things have changed.
1. Will rec'd an email yesterday that all classes after spring break will be online. Return to campus if you need to but if able stay at home and attend class online.

2. Mom's Long term care facility called me yesterday and requests per CDC et al that all visitations be put on hold til further notice.

Both directives sound prudent.

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Big change in reading plans - Eek, I've put it off too long - and since I really want a library vest, I must complete 73 books on the 100 book challenge by 1-30-21.
I've just completed a reread of Animal Farm and will proceed with 1984. I'll make a list of my intended reads and post in post >2 Carmenere: when complete.
I'll continue to read NetGalley's, ER's etc as well as Neighborhood Swap and Library Discussion books.

It's cool, I work best under pressure :0) and a few will be rereads just to refresh my memory.

34msf59
Mar 11, 10:54am Top

Morning, Lynda. Good luck with the reading challenge. I am sure you can do it and we look forward to seeing what you read.

35Carmenere
Mar 11, 11:01am Top

>34 msf59: I think I can do it, Mark. I'm searching audio versions from my library and books under 200 pages. When that runs out I'll move to books over 250p etc. etc.
This is truly the ultimate challenge.

36Carmenere
Mar 11, 12:04pm Top

Amazon Kindle has Recursion by Blake Crouch is on sale today for 2.99. If you haven't read Crouch I highly recommend you start. Great Sci-Fi in my opinion :0)

37Carmenere
Edited: Mar 11, 3:27pm Top

Animal Farm
George Orwell
1945
audio
5/5
Library 100 book challenge - 73 to go

Animal Farm is an absolutely moo-valous allegorical tale. Pigs, cows, horses and sheep are incited by Major, a Middle White Boar, to overthrow the owner of Manor Farm, Mr. Jones. He promises that without human intervention the animals will run their farm efficiently. Unlike present circumstances they will not be treated as slaves, they will be free. Their rebellion starts out smoothly enough until Major dies and a certain swinish character named Napoleon takes charge – facts are spun, accusations fly, lies are told, gossip is rampant and fear reigns supreme.
This little gem might be understood in several different ways but my take away in this, my second read, is the importance of literacy. The literate animals have the ability to lead, misinform and lie to the illiterate so easily and with little or no question.
Although this little story was written 64 years ago it is still very relevant in 2020. Many a character will seem familiar to you – many a situation will seem typical of the human condition today. I really can not see any reason not to give this engaging book five stars. It’s timeless.

38Carmenere
Mar 11, 3:31pm Top

>37 Carmenere: I'll finish Women Talking soon. Literate vs Illiterate is key in this novel too.

39Carmenere
Edited: Mar 11, 7:23pm Top

#17-2020
Bourbon Curious
Fred Minnick
2019
NetGalley
5/5

Being a newcomer to the subtleties of Bourbon, I was beyond thrilled to receive this e-book from NetGalley!
This easy to read guide to understanding and enjoying Bourbon is broken down into three parts.
Part One - History, Legends and Contemporary Truths explains useful information as to the types of bourbon produced and its importance to the United States. Part Two - Sources of Flavor focuses on the production of the liquor. Lastly, Part Three - Tasting, identifies quite a few distilleries, the attributes of the bourbon they produce and what you should expect of it in a tasting, the color, nose, palate and finish.
I love this book and have already purchased a copy for my son. I may even purchase a few more for the men in my life as gifts throughout the year.
If you're interested in this type of beverage, I highly recommend this book.
Thank you Netgalley, the author and publisher for the e-book of this superb book.

40alcottacre
Edited: Mar 11, 7:35pm Top

>37 Carmenere: I read that one in the recent past and I was surprised by how relevant the book still is.

ETA: Good luck with your reading challenge!

41Carmenere
Mar 11, 7:56pm Top

>40 alcottacre: Yes, Stasia, it's so relevant it's almost scary.
Thanks, I need all the luck I can get

42Carmenere
Edited: Mar 12, 9:36am Top

So mom just called, another nose bleed. She said she should just die. They're trying to stop it at her facility but I know an ER visit is the only thing that will stop it. I'm so distraught too. her place is on lockdown - I just don't know - I don't know........waiting for call back from her nurse hoping she can advise.

ETA: Nurse Lisa brought nosebleed down to a trickle. I'm hoping and praying this will work.

43Carmenere
Edited: Mar 12, 5:23pm Top

Success! Nurse Lisa spent a lot of time with my mom to avoid going to ER. Nosebleed stopped.

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Stopped at grocery store, no TP, another - limited supply, the third and some with 2 pack limit. Seems everyone is out shopping and stocking up. Coffee, wine, beer, bourbon and pasta - ok, some other essentials too.
When I came home I learned that our governor is closing all schools starting Monday for 30 days.

It's getting crazy out there but it was refreshing to see some still have a sense of humor. A mom took a pic of her two (adult) daughters one holding a 6 pack of toilet paper and the other, a case of Corona.

ETA: doing a reread of Maus for library challenge. Talk about things getting bad - what we're living through is nothing!

44alcottacre
Mar 12, 7:23pm Top

>43 Carmenere: Yay for Nurse Lisa!

Maus is terrrific - and you are right, what are living through is nothing.

45Deern
Mar 13, 8:49am Top

Hi Lynda, both directives in >33 Carmenere: are prudent, the earlier places with many people (especially young ones as super spreaders and elderly as most affected) are closed, the better.

I don‘t know where the TP wars started, it must have been Australia. When I did my first little ‚panic‘ purchase some weeks ago (basically just rice to go with the beans I already had in the house), TP was hardly touched. I bought a pack then, but the shelves were full. Since about 10 days the shelves are always half empty. Never completely empty though, it might be the presence of bidets in Italian bathrooms? In Germany however, and as I‘m just reading in Austria, people buy it like crazy. My parents buy it whenever they find it. They even bought flour although they never used the oven in their kitchen.

Glad your mum didn‘t have to go to the ER!

46Carmenere
Edited: Mar 14, 8:19am Top

>44 alcottacre: Stasia, I'm so impressed and relieved that my mom's facility is doing everything in their power to keep their residents safe during the Covid-19 outbreak.
It's shear talent that Spiegelman's band of mice can wield such emotion in the reader.

>45 Deern: Nathalie! Where have you been?! Happy to see you!
>35 Carmenere: Our state governor has been proactive and seems to be on top of things. Taking the situation so seriously at the top has trickled down to the cities and towns across Ohio and people have become more mindful of their particular situations. Seems Ohio is it's own containment zone.
Hahaha, I recently learned that a close friend always keeps a healthy supply of TP in the house.
Your parents buying flour but don't use their oven is a real hoot! I suppose in case of emergency, they'll have to start.

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So news is Columbus, Ohio's Metropolitan Library is closing it's doors until April 6th. We'll see if other systems in the state follow suit.

47Carmenere
Edited: Mar 14, 10:05am Top

Saturday musings --------
Thinking about the good in this pandemic:
Since Ohio is virtually closed for business, we're doing our bit to self-isolate as much as possible.
Technically, Will is still on spring break, he's waiting on emails from his professors as to online classes. In the meantime, we're doing a lot of reading, movie watching, puzzles and Netflix. Online gaming keeps Will connected to his buddies.

Last night the guys grilled a boneless leg of lamb. Not being a big lamb eater I couldn't resist saying "Ya know, this isn't baaaaaaad" :D

Perfect time for me to work on the library's 100 book challenge. Just finished Maus and working on Gilgamesh today. Reviews to come.

Star Wars Monopoly could be today's entertainment.

Mom reports she is lonely in lock down at her facility but finds it's a good time to talk with fellow residents who are also missing visitors.

Hoping all settles down by May. The beaches of Cancun are calling me. They say "We have Margarita's waiting for youuuuuuu"

48BLBera
Mar 14, 11:08am Top

Stay healthy, Lynda. My college will also continue the rest of the semester online, so I will be creating a bunch of course content in the next few days!

A friend whose mother-in-law is in assisted care in Iowa was also informed that they can't visit. It has to be hard for the residents, but much safer.

49Carmenere
Mar 15, 7:36am Top

>48 BLBera: Hey Beth, good luck with creating you online course work. In your career, have you seen anything similar to this?
I've got to commend my mom's residence. Since, outside performers (and anybody else, for that matter) are prohibited from entering the facility - staff members have begun entertaining the residents with song. It's such a boost to their morale.

50Carmenere
Edited: Mar 15, 9:22am Top

#18-2020
Maus I
Art Spiegelman
1987
163 pages
5/5
Library 100 book challenge - 72 to go

What can I possibly say about Maus that hasn't already been said ? Well, I'm sure there's nothing, but personally, I was very impressed by Spiegelman's talent. His ability to use mice and pigs to illustrate the Jewish condition in Pre-WW II and onward is extraordinary. Who would have thought that a graphic novel could so succinctly capture the atrocities to befall the followers of this faith during the Holocaust? Somehow, Spiegelman makes it work as he retells and illustrates his father's memories of surviving the inhumanity and unspeakable brutality he and others of his ilk withstood.
An emotional read and highly recommended.

51msf59
Mar 15, 8:17am Top

>39 Carmenere: This one sounds good. I am a big bourbon/rye fan.

Morning, Lynda. Happy Sunday. I love the Maus books. Cloudy and chilly here at the moment, but I plan on getting out for a stroll later on.

52Carmenere
Mar 15, 8:38am Top

>51 msf59: Morning, Mark! >39 Carmenere: If your a big fan of bourbon/rye this book may be a little rudimentary for you but certainly worth a quick peak at the library.
I've read Maus a few years ago and still, it is a chilling read.
Enjoy that stroll :0)

53BLBera
Mar 15, 10:00am Top

Hi Lynda - No, in all of my years teaching, we have never had anything like this.

>50 Carmenere: Great comments. I think that was what started my interested in the graphic format.

54Carmenere
Mar 15, 4:18pm Top

>53 BLBera: Incredible, Beth! Good luck with it all!
>50 Carmenere: Thank you. Now that you've mentioned it I believe Maus was my first GN too.

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As I type this Ohio governor has just announced all dine-in restaurants and bars will be closed at 9pm tonight. Carry out will be available.

55Carmenere
Edited: Mar 16, 8:12am Top

This morning I learned my county has its first confirmed case of Covid-19 and the news tells me it's likely many more are affected just not showing symptoms as yet. *shudder*

For the most part, we've been hunkered down in our home for the past several days. I figure I won't need to shop till the milk runs out. In the meantime, I'm making a list so when I do, I'll remember what I need.

It's unfortunate but today Bill needs to renew his license at the BMV. He just left hoping to avoid a large crowd.

Ohio Governor DeWine has reassured parents - breakfasts and lunches will be available for kids home from school.
He's also suggesting Child Care facilities may be the next to close.

Now, I'm hearing peak for this may not be till late April, early May. *Sigh*

On the reading front - I've finished reread of Gilgamesh and will have a short review later today.
Today I'll begin 1984.

We started watching The Two Popes on Netflix. Probs will finish it today.

Sunshine looks inviting but it's too dang cold to read outdoors.

56ChelleBearss
Mar 16, 4:48pm Top

Happy new thread!

57Carmenere
Mar 17, 10:45pm Top

>56 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. Considering all things it is happy! Will's home for the remainder of the semester :D

58Carmenere
Edited: Mar 17, 11:14pm Top

#19-2020
Gilgamesh
Stephen Mitchell
2004
199 pages
4.5/5
Library 100 book challenge - 71 to go

Well, how cool is Gilgamesh?! It's really old, predating The Iliad and The Bible. Mitchell's Introduction tells us it is the story of how a man becomes civilized, rule himself and his people all while acting with temperance, wisdom and piety.
In a character named Enkidu, the gods create a double of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk. They become, according to Mitchell, what is believed to be the first great friendship in literature. Together they fight the monster of Cedar Forest, defeat a raging bull then once alone Gilgamesh struggles through his grief and searches to find the answer as to how he can attain eternal life.
I thought the translation very readable and, though pieces of the original are still missing, put together quite will.
The story is an ancient road trip, of sorts, and an easy read but do read the introduction first as it explains the text in detail.

59Carmenere
Edited: Mar 17, 11:18pm Top

Next up Seedfolks and 1984 on audio.

60BLBera
Mar 18, 10:45pm Top

Stay healthy, Lynda. I imagine you are VERY happy to have Will home.

Lots of reading time, right?

Graduation ceremonies have been canceled and today we were informed that the college buildings will be open for limited hours. Our classes won't start up again until March 30, and they will be virtual. We'll see how that goes.

61msf59
Mar 19, 6:34am Top

Morning, Lynda. Sweet Thursday. I hope you and the family are safe and sound. I have been thinking of you, because I have been reading The Pioneers and most of it takes place in the Ohio Country. It is hard to believe it was wilderness at one point.

62Carmenere
Mar 19, 8:12am Top

>60 BLBera: Good morning, Beth! Trying to stay healthy - We've been self isolating at home in large part because Bill and I are retired and Will doesn't want to be a carrier and bring it home to us.
We'll need food soon so I'm sort of excited to try Giant Eagle's online order and drive up pickup service.
It's funny but although I'm reading a tad more it's still not enough.
Will just learned Grad ceremonies for May 3rd are canceled but the college is hoping to move to another date....hopefully toward the end May or June. It's all tentative, but Will says he's ok
he'll get another chance at it when he completes his Masters.
*Good time to give Will a shout out, he just learned he rec'd a fellowship in the Master's Foreign Language Program. :0D
Good luck with the virtual program. I'm sure it will go well, maybe a few little kinks to start but this is new to everyone. It seems everyone is having their patience tested and learning something new from this major disruption.
Stay well!!

>61 msf59: Morning, Mark and Sweet Thursday to you too. (I had to check my watch and yup, it's Thursday alright.)
Thanks, we are and I hope the same for you and yours.
Yes, yes, I loved The Pioneers! Although much of it takes place near the Ohio River area, which is quite a distance from Cleveland, I still enjoyed it and learned quite a lot. One of these days, we'll need to take a road trip to Marietta.
Stay well!!

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My mom's in lock up at her long term care facility. She's scared and she's lonely and if I've learned one thing about her in the past 5 or so years, hehehe it's that she has no patience whatsoever. She want's this virus to be gone and she wants it gone yesterday. She told me she cried all afternoon because she misses us and she needs things she can't get there. I'm hesitant about dropping anything off to reception because what if those things carry germs? I do all I can but feel powerless now, then I get upset that she's upset yadda yadda yadda.

I love our development! Yesterday we rec'd a call from Women's Club asking if we're ok and if we needed anything. Hahaha, I know from fb they planned on calling residents 60 and over, (Bill's over 60, I am not) but it still makes me laugh cause I don't feel we're in that age group. Still, it's nice to know they've got our back if we need them.

Stay safe everyone and virus free too!!

63BLBera
Mar 19, 9:56am Top

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, Lynda. Still, it is much safer for her.

64Carmenere
Mar 19, 11:57am Top

>63 BLBera: Exactly! We continue to tell her she's in the best possible place. But, ya know..... I tell her this is like WWII and we have to do some tough things now, ration a bit, miss out on some comforts, some freedoms, etc just as she had to do in the 40's. Hahaha she's not buying it.

65Deern
Mar 19, 11:51pm Top

>62 Carmenere: shoutout to Will, that‘s great! :))

My 95 year old grandmother lives in a now locked-down facility and my uncle drops off her weekly crossword magazines and her chocolate bars.

Listened to a long podcast by a virologist yesterday about the longevity of the virus on surfaces, and he said reality is totally different (and better) than those few experiments they did (with a long explanation why). Anyway, he said after 24 hours (even less) things shouldn’t be contagious anymore. So maybe you can drop off sth and they just store it for 2-3 days to be safe and then pass it to your mum?

66figsfromthistle
Mar 20, 5:47am Top

Happy Friday!

It must be difficult for seniors to be on lock down. Not being able to see their loved ones it difficult. Hopefully, it will be over soon and things will go back to a normal routine.

67Carmenere
Mar 20, 7:47am Top

>65 Deern: I'll need to order groceries and necessities, soon so I'll be dropping off a care package shortly. I called her facility yesterday and they told me rooms facing outside (which my mom has) are being tagged with the room number on the windows so we can call ahead when we do the drop off and they'll make sure she's facing the window so we can have a visual visit.

>66 figsfromthistle: Happy Friday, back at cha! Last night, just before I fell asleep my husband told me about something he heard on the news. People in the know believe they have found the drug taken for Maleria may be effective in combating people from Covid-19. It helps in preventing pneumonia. I hope they're right.
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Off to do a little breakfast reading. It's to reach 68f today (at least for a couple of hours before the temps nosedive) so a little deck reading is in order and I'll walk over to a friends mailbox to deliver her b-day card.

Stay well and isolated if possible :0)

68BLBera
Mar 20, 11:45am Top

I woke up to snow on the ground, but I think it's supposed to melt today.

69Carmenere
Mar 20, 12:03pm Top

>68 BLBera: Ugh - but happy it will soon be history.

woo hoo, windows are open and a gentle breeze flowing through stale rooms. Love it!

70Carmenere
Edited: Mar 20, 9:50pm Top

#20-2020
Seedfolks
Paul Fleischman
1997
102 pages
4.5/5
Library 100 book challenge - 70 to go

Pleasantly surprised by this novella. Little girl in a poverty stricken Cleveland neighborhood decides to plant Lima beans in a neglected, trash filled lot. Others folks from the neighborhood all from different backgrounds and religions slowly begin to garden a patch of soil and become a new sort of family. Cute and uplifting.

71Carmenere
Mar 20, 9:56pm Top

Currently listening to audio of 1984 and beginning to read Garden Spells, both for the 100 book challenge.

72Carmenere
Edited: Mar 20, 10:07pm Top

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a local florist put to good use his flower arrangements from cancelled events. Nice to share the beauty.


Photo by Andrew Thomas Design

73PaulCranswick
Mar 21, 3:28pm Top

>72 Carmenere: Nice!

I'll take advantage of time zones and wish you Happy Birthday, Lynda xx

74msf59
Mar 22, 8:52am Top



^I hope you have a great Sunday, Lynda!

75BLBera
Mar 22, 7:00pm Top

Happy birthday, Lynda. Many happy returns. I hope the next one is more festive.

76Whisper1
Mar 22, 7:50pm Top

Happy Birthday! And, congratulations to Will!

77Carmenere
Mar 23, 11:25am Top

>73 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul and Happiest 24th wedding anniversary to you and Hani! xx

>74 msf59: Thanks, Mark! Everyday is a great day!

>75 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! It was still a great birthday. The guys took me to the movies (albeit in the family room) we saw Avatar and Naked Gun. Both were delightful!

>76 Whisper1: Thanks on both counts, Linda!

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I've been reading a book for the 100 book library challenge - should be reviewing it by tomorrow.
In ten minutes I'll be doing a Silver Sneakers facebook live workout. I'm not yet a silver sneaker but I need to move.
Tonight, homemade pizza for dinner.

Yesterday, for the first time, I used online order and curbside pickup. I think I'll get my groceries this way post #stayathome. Amazingly convenient!

Stay well my friends :0)

78DeltaQueen50
Mar 23, 11:38am Top

Happy belated birthday, Lynda. I bet your best present is having Will home with the family!

79Carmenere
Mar 23, 9:18pm Top

>78 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy! You bet correctly! I'd have been a nervous gervous if Will had chosen to stay in his apartment. When we were moving him out, his parking lot was already virtually empty - the campus and everything around it was beginning to resemble a ghost town. Just creeped me out. I'm incredibly happy we're all together.

80scaifea
Mar 24, 6:02am Top

>77 Carmenere: I may be a grocery pickup convert after this, too, Lynda. It is *so* convenient!

81Carmenere
Mar 24, 11:12am Top

>80 scaifea: Yes! Definitely one good thing to come out of this virus. What a time saver!!!! - Also, this.....add products to the online line list as you need them. For me, this is a game changer. I'd always make lists and loose them. I'm sold!

82Carmenere
Mar 24, 11:14am Top

#21-2020
Garden Spells
Sarah Addison Allen
2007
290 pages
3/5
Library's 100 book challenge - 69 to go

I think, if you enjoy books by Maeve Binchy, Nicholas Sparks or Elizabeth Berg, you're going to love this one.
It contains magical apple trees and herbal potions, characters with names like Ariel and Lorelei, families who are known for particular attributes and 30 year old adults still referring to their High School days as if happened yesterday. There's also romance and danger and the little town atmosphere that brings everyone together and the town snob is there to leverage all the sugary sweetness, the character you'll love to hate.
Honestly, it's not the type of book I'd normally pick up but that's what you get when you don't read the back cover and go by title alone.

83Deern
Mar 26, 8:46am Top

Belated Happy Birthday Lynda!
I must also look for some workout classes, only yoga won’t do.

84Crazymamie
Mar 26, 9:10am Top

Morning, Lynda! Belated Happy Birthday wishes from the Pecan Paradisio!

Hooray for curbside pickup - I have not tried that yet.

Garden Spells is one of my favorite books - I tend to reread it every few years. Your comments made me smile because I do not particularly care for any of those authors that you mentioned in your review. Addison's writing reminds me more of Alice Hoffman or Joanne Harris.

I am curious about your library's 100 book challenge - is this a specific list of books?

85Carmenere
Edited: Mar 27, 10:16am Top

>83 Deern: Thanks, Nathalie! To be honest, I haven't done too much since everything closed in Ohio, my gym included. I walked a little, did some online yoga - but I I haven't been into it. Instead, mostly reading, Spring cleaning house etc. As the weather warms, I'll begin walking more.

>84 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie! Oh! You've got to try curbside pickup. I may never go back to anything else.
I said to myself, I should really like Garden Spells more than I did. I was thinking this is what nice people read. Guess, I've got some work to do.
Are you on Goodreads? If so you can see the list of books I'm able to choose from - this link may work, I'm not sure. https://www.goodreads.com/group/bookshelf/191041-geauga-county-public-library. I need to read 100 from the list and answer a question to have it marked off.
PS: I like Joanne Harris

86Familyhistorian
Mar 27, 1:15am Top

Belated happy birthday, Lynda! Sounds like you are coping well with this new strange adventure that has been thrust on us. Were you able to talk to your mum through her room window or just wave?

87Berly
Mar 27, 1:22am Top

Lynda--And another belated birthday wish!! Sorry you can't be with your mom, but glad you are finding things to do at home. Wishing you more happy reading.

88Carmenere
Mar 27, 9:49am Top

>86 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! Actually, we did both! I used my cell phone to call her and one of the aides wheeled her over to the window so we had a little conversation as we stood outside her window.

>87 Berly: Thanks, Kim! I'm really relishing this time and getting stuff done around the house. Hahaha and finding an open grocery pickup time has been an ongoing challenge too. Of course, everybody has the same idea.

I'm half way thru The Sun Also Rises for the 100 book challenge. I am enjoying it. What a heady lifestyle his group experienced.

89Carmenere
Mar 29, 1:47pm Top

The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
1926
251 pages
4.5/5
Library's 100 book challenge - 68 to go

It seems to me readers either love Hemingway or hate him. I tend to be in the love camp and now, after reading The Sun Also Rises, never more so.
A group of expatriates, residing in Paris, take a summer vacation in Pamplona to watch Running of the Bulls and enjoy it's 7 days of fiesta. Central to the story are Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. They love each other but because of medical reasons their future together, is just not feasible. So what's there to do but drink and party with your friends. In fact, many of the party members seem confused, unfulfilled and depressed. The result is a bunch of 30 year old adults on spring break, looking
for relief in booze and sex.
The thing is, this book was written in 1926 and women were thought of very differently so perhaps that's why Hemingway is not a favorite but I appreciate this book for the snapshot in time it provides. He writes of a post WWI world and a generation still coming to terms with the affects of the war. To leverage that he puts Jake and his friend, Bill, on a train and Hemingway's description of the French and Spanish countryside reads like a travelogue. Their sojourn in a small fishing town sounds idyllic and acts as a sharp contrast to the description he provides of the brutal bullfights they will shortly witness.
I enjoyed being a part of this crowd for a short spell but also glad to leave them in their sullen lives.

90msf59
Mar 29, 2:11pm Top

Happy Sunday, Lynda. I hope you and the family are doing well. Good review of The Sun Also Rises. I would like to do a revisit of that one. I am also a fan of Hemingway but like you, he is not a true favorite, like, say...Steinbeck.

91thornton37814
Mar 29, 2:21pm Top

>89 Carmenere: I keep intending to re-read some Hemingway, and that's the one I've been saying I want to re-read. Maybe your review will push it up on my list.

92Carmenere
Edited: Mar 29, 2:38pm Top

>90 msf59: Hey Mark! We're doing ok. I've only gone out for curbside pickup of groceries. Today it's almost 70 but really breezy - I'll read on the deck a bit anyway. Oh yeah, no denying Steinbeck is numero uno but Hemingway a solid numero dos.

>91 thornton37814: Hahaha, I picked up the edition I read at a library book sale back in 2010. I kid you not, it actually fell apart in my hands. Glad I finally read it. It took the 100 book library challenge to do so.
I hope I have urged you on.

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Off for a bit of deck reading before rain plummets our temps once again.

93Deern
Apr 2, 6:45am Top

>89 Carmenere: I should reread that one. Might be a good book for a travel-free year.

94Crazymamie
Apr 2, 10:59am Top

Morning, Lynda!

>85 Carmenere: I am not on GoodReads, but I can access that, so thanks for the link.

"I said to myself, I should really like Garden Spells more than I did. I was thinking this is what nice people read." This totally cracked me up.

Nice review of The Sun Also Rises - I do not love Hemingway like you do. In fact, I do not like him very much. I read that one for the second time several years ago, and while I could appreciate what he had done with it, he will never be one of my favorites. The one piece of writing by him that is the exception to this rule is A Moveable Feast - I love that one. If you want to know more about the backstory behind The Sun Also Rises, I can recommend Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises - how's that for a lengthy title?!

Did you get your deck reading in?

95Carmenere
Apr 2, 11:56am Top

>89 Carmenere: I might be, Nathalie! As we just cancelled our reservations to Cancun for early May, The Sun Also Rises and others like it may be my only way to travel this summer. ACK!

>90 msf59: I also love A Moveable Feast! Oooo, I'll look into that recommendation, Mamie, thanks!
Deck reading? Ha! for all of 15 minutes. The wind picked up and temp dropped quickly. So that was that. When the sun shines, it's below 60 degrees. When it's 70, it rains. So is life in northern Ohio.
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Does anyone else have a tough time focusing? Not complaining but it's just weird.

Well, frugal ole me is finally going to try the more expensive brown egg. My instacart shopper told me store brand wasn't available is this substitute ok? Sureeeee I said not realizing they were twice the price of store brand. Anyone have a particular liking for brown free range eggs?

96ChelleBearss
Apr 2, 12:09pm Top

>95 Carmenere: To me an egg is an egg, but my husband prefers the free range eggs. I can't tell the difference in taste.

97FAMeulstee
Apr 2, 1:32pm Top

>95 Carmenere: Yes, Lynda, I have trouble focusing. My reading perked up a little with some YA books, but went down again. I am way to much occupied with the news.
On eggs, usually I like free range eggs better, not much difference between white or brown. The taste also depends on what kind of food the chickens get.

98BLBera
Apr 2, 2:39pm Top

Great comments on The Sun Also Rises, Lynda. That is not my favorite Hemingway, and while he would have been reviled today, I admire his writing.

99PaulCranswick
Yesterday, 9:25am Top

Have a lovely, peaceful, safe and healthy weekend, Lynda.

100Carmenere
Yesterday, 11:16am Top

Thanks for the the brown egg feedback!

>96 ChelleBearss: I haven't used the brown eggs as I still have plain ole white ones to use.... I'll let you know when I do. I guess some might prefer them for their humane treatment of hens. No hormones, no antibiotics. Which is all good but it's really unfair to those who can not afford even a .98 cent carton of eggs. Why can't all eggs be organic and available to all at a decent price.

>97 FAMeulstee: Listen to this, Anita! Talk about unfocused........I took out the clean dishes from the dishwasher and was about to store them in the microwave. Geez!
Hmm, that's interesting how the taste of free range eggs. I'll keep that in mind.

>98 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! Which Hemingway is your favorite?

>99 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul and I wish the same for you and yours xxx

101Carmenere
Today, 9:10am Top

It's First Saturday Coffee Day! Traditionally, BC (before Covid/Corona) a group of us ladies would meet at some local coffee shop. Today we're meeting via Zoom. Mark this up to another new adventure of #stayathome. See ya later.

102ChelleBearss
Today, 11:39am Top

>101 Carmenere: Enjoy your zoom date. Chloe's class is going to start using that next week so I had better figure out how to use it soon

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