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Lori (thornton37814) Reads 75 x 2 in 2020 (Thread 3)

This is a continuation of the topic Lori (thornton37814) Reads 75 x 2 in 2020 (Thread 2).

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Mar 13, 10:55am Top

I'm well on my way to 150 in 2020 with over 80 reads to date. I'm surprised the pace kept up, but the last few days it is beginning to slow. Preparing conference presentations and genealogical society board duties are taking some of my time. I'm also exhausted when I'm sitting down to read so I'm not making much progress. I'm still chipping away at things that are being read daily.

For fiction mystery is my favorite genre. Historical fiction is a close second. I do read other genres. For non-fiction, I probably will read history or genealogy books most, but I'm quite eclectic there as well.

I also participate in the Category Challenge, and my categories there may give you an idea of some of my plans for the year. My theme for the category challenge is cats, and I usually post the category here in this thread as I read things too.

1. Maine Coon - Mysteries
2. Siamese - Historical Fiction
3. Norwegian Forest - Other Fiction & Literature
4. Persian - History & Genealogy
5. Scottish Fold - Travel
6. Ragamuffin - Food & Drink
7. American Shorthair / Tabby - Cats
8. Russian Blue - Poetry
9. Ragdoll - Juvenile/YA
10. Bengal - Other Non-Fiction

Shelter Cats = Abandoned Reads

I will also track journal articles, book chapters, and other shorter things read, but these will not count as "books read." You'll begin seeing these appear on the thread, and they will detract from the overall book pace.

I participate in some challenges each month from this group and the Category Challenge group, although I pick and choose. I'm also participating in the BingoDog challenge from the Category Challenge group.

Edited: Mar 13, 10:58am Top

Books 1-10:

1. Facets of Death by Michael Stanley- completed 1 January 2020
2. Much Ado About Nutmeg by Sarah Fox - completed 1 January 2020
3. Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie - completed 2 January 2020
4. The Art of Uzbek Cooking by Lynn Visson - completed 2 January 2020
5. Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler - completed 4 January 2020
6. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers - completed 5 January 2020
7. The Little Berlin Cookbook by Rose Marie Schulze - completed 5 January 2020
8. Keep Calm and Carry On, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew - completed 6 January 2020
9. Off the Grid by John Hunt - completed 6 January 2020
10. Laurel Mercantile Co.: Family Recipes & Stories (vol. 1) edited by Erin Napier - completed 7 January 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 10:59am Top

Books 11-20:

11. Bible Personalities: A Treasury of Insights for Personal Growth and Ministry by Warren W. Wiersbe - completed 7 January 2020
12. Two Steps Forward by Suzanne Woods Fisher - completed 9 January 2020
13. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw - completed 12 January 2020
14. Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle - completed 12 January 2020
15. Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon - completed 13 January 2020
16. Waterland by Graham Swift - completed 14 January 2020
17. The Hidden Ways: Scotland's Forgotten Roads by Alistair Moffat - completed 16 January 2020
18. An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest by Alan Fadling - completed 17 January 2020
19. Death Finds a Way by Lorine McGinnis Schulze - completed 17 January 2020
20. She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge - completed 20 January 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 11:00am Top

Books 21-30:

21. Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson - completed 20 January 2020
22. Generations and Change: Genealogical Perspectives in Social History edited by Robert M. Taylor, Jr. and Ralph J. Crandall - completed 21 January 2020
23. The Asylum by Nathan Dylan Goodwin - completed 21 January 2020
24. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier- completed 22 January 2020
25. Good Mews: Inspirational Stories for Cat Lovers by Kitty Chappell - completed 23 January 2020
26. An Incomplete Obituary for Damien Stewart Wilson by Sean Rose - completed 23 January 2020
27. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro - completed 24 January 2020
28. Clue by Paul Allor and Nelson Daniel; lettered by Neil Uyetake and Gilberto Lazcano - completed 24 January 2020
29. Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit - completed 25 January 2020
30. The Witch Elm by Tana French - completed 26 January 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 11:06am Top

Books 31-40:

31. Be Free: Exchange Legalism for True Spirituality by Warren W. Wiersbe - completed 27 January 2020
32. Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds - completed 27 January 2020
33. Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal by David Kline - completed 28 January 2020
34. Stepping Into Rural Wisconsin: Grandpa Charly's Life Vignettes, from Prussia to the Midwest by Edward J. Kuehn and Linda T. Ruggeri - completed 28 January 2020
35. The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch - completed 30 January 2020
36. The St. Valentine's Day Cookie Massacre by Elisabeth Crabtree - completed 30 January 2020
37. Borrowed Crime by Laurie Cass - completed 3 February 2020
38. The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill - completed 3 February 2020
39. Perfect Pie and Pastry Recipes: Homemade Dessert Pies Made Easy Cookbook by Katherine Hupp - completed 3 February 2020
40. Julio Bunny Goes to the Library by Nicoletta Costa - completed 3 February 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 11:10am Top

Books 41-50:

41. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - completed 5 February 2020
42. File M for Murder by Miranda James - completed 7 February 2020
43. Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark - completed 7 February 2020
44. Putting Flesh on the Bones: Bringing Your Ancestors to Life by Mark W. Swarthout - completed 9 February 2020
45. Romney Marsh: Eighth Wonder of the World by Roderick Leyland - completed 9 February 2020
46. Traditional Recipes of Reunion Island by Yohann Maillot - completed 9 February 2020
47. Speaking Chileno: A Guide to Spanish from Chile by Jared Romey - completed 9 February 2020
48. Evernote: Your Second Brain by James Keaton - completed 9 February 2020
49. Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon - completed 13 February 2020
50. Still Waters by Viveca Sten - completed 13 February 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 11:14am Top

Books 51-60:

51. Yorkshire: A Story of Invasion, Uprising and Conflict by Paul C. Levitt - completed 14 February 2020
52. Flubby Is Not a Good Pet by J. E. Morris - completed 15 February 2020
53. Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves - completed 15 February 2020
54. Corned Beef and Casualties by Lynn Cahoon - completed 15 February 2020
55. Fidelity: Poems by Grace Paley - completed 15 February 2020
56. Journey to the Alcarria: Travels Through the Spanish Countryside by Camilo José Cela - completed 16 February 2020
57. Luke: The Gospel of Amazement by Michael Card - completed 17 February 2020
58. Chocolat by Joanne Harris - completed 17 February 2020
59. Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke - completed 18 February 2020
60. The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon - completed 21 February 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 11:19am Top

Books 61-70:

61. Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson - completed 22 February 2020
62. Circle of Friends Cookbook: 25 Mac & Cheese Recipes by Gooseberry Patch - completed 22 February 2020
63. Branching Out: How to Research Your Family's History by Simon Fowler - completed 22 February 2020
64. English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier - completed 24 February 2020
65. Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves - completed 24 February 2020
66. Seasoned by Salt: A Historical Album of the Outer Banks by Rodney Barfield - completed 25 February 2020
67. British Manor Murder by Leslie Meier - completed 25 February 2020
68. Rainbows Are Made: Poems by Carl Sandburg - completed 26 February 2020
69. The Possibility of Prayer: Finding Stillness with God in a Restless World by John Starke - completed 27 February 2020
70. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers - completed 29 February 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 11:25am Top

Edited: Mar 13, 11:27am Top

Books 81-84:

81. High Country by Nevada Barr - completed 7 March 2020
82. Final Account by Peter Robinson - completed 8 March 2020
83. The Prairie Schoolhouse by John Martin Campbell - completed 9 March 2020
84. Geography and Genealogy: Locating Personal Pasts edited by Dallen J. Timothy and Jeanne Kay Guelke - completed 10 March 2020

Edited: Mar 13, 11:21am Top

Abandoned Reads:

1. Ribbon of Sand: The Amazing Conversion of the Ocean and the Outer Banks by John Alexander and James D. Lazell - abandoned 25 February 2020
2. A Body in the Bookshop by Helen Cox - abandoned 3 March 2020
3. Force of Nature by Jane Harper - abandoned 11 March 2020

Edited: Mar 29, 3:03pm Top


1. File M for Murder by Miranda James
2. Rounding the Mark by Andrea Camilleri
3. An Incomplete Obituary for Damien Stewart Wilson by Sean Rose
6. Letters, 1796-1817 by Jane Austen; edited by R. W. Chapman
7. The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch
8. Death Finds a Way by Lorine McGinnis Schulze
11. Corned Beef and Casualties by Lynn Cahoon
12. Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott
13. The Art of Uzbek Cooking by Lynn Visson (GeoCAT)
15. Julio Bunny Goes to the Library by Nicoletta Costa
16. The Little Berlin Cookbook by Rose Marie Schulze (Berlin native)
17. The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill
18. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
21. The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth by Thomas Morris
23. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (Arthur Ransome's Legacy Library)
24. Much Ado About Nutmeg by Sarah Fox
25. Keep Calm and Carry On, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew (World War II evacuation of children from London)

Mar 13, 2:21pm Top

Love your cat pictures!

When I woke up this morning I discovered my 17yo Moonpie sleeping next to my legs (I'm a side-sleeper) and looking very pleased with himself...he's NOT allowed in the bedroom since he had an "accident" on the bed, and due to his tendency to yowl at 3am. I think Cleo let him in (she's the dog who sleeps on her rug at the food of our bed).

Baaad kitty!

Mar 13, 2:25pm Top

Happy new one!

Mar 13, 7:53pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori. x

Mar 13, 7:54pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori!

Mar 13, 8:00pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori!

Mar 13, 8:54pm Top

>13 fuzzi: I'm a side sleeper too. Barney gets where I have difficulty switching sides.

>14 figsfromthistle: >15 PaulCranswick: >16 alcottacre: >17 FAMeulstee: Thanks everyone! I'm hoping to read a bit tonight. I hope to finish a book tonight but I suspect it will be in the morning.

I spent the day doing COVID-19 library services planning with everyone else. When I could, I listened to the virtual conference. (I'm on the board of the sponsoring organization and on the committee that put it together.) I will have to watch all them later because I rarely could look at the slides. The conference continues tomorrow, so I should be able to watch it.

Mar 13, 9:58pm Top

>18 thornton37814: A bit of a drama here at the 118 site office this morning as one of the staff had attended a religious gathering last week following which 30 people have contracted the Coronavirus. He was also not feeling well. He has been tested yesterday and his first test is negative but all staff are being sent home until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Mar 13, 10:12pm Top

>19 PaulCranswick: So is it the "self-quarantine" of 14 days like it is in the U.S. for that type contact?

Mar 13, 11:06pm Top

>20 thornton37814: I don't think we know yet, Lori.

Any staff arriving from overseas have to "self-isolate" for 14 days. I have a feeling that we might not be over busy next week.

Mar 14, 1:02am Top

Happy New Thread Lori, another cute topper :))

I think if the other tests are negative they can all return to work, but otherwise yes, that would be a self-isolation situation.

Mar 14, 2:00am Top

Happy new thread! I see you have plenty of company!

Mar 14, 7:55am Top

>21 PaulCranswick: Sounds like you might have more time for reading!

>22 Deern: We had a number of students and a visiting professor who self-isolated after our early spring break. We just completed the first week after. Although things like music studios or in-person labs will still meet, most classes are moving to online on Wednesday with Monday and Tuesday off to give faculty time to prepare for the switch. They encourage students to go home until after Easter, but are not requiring it. There are financial implications for the students if classes are completely called off; there are financial implications for the institution if dorms are closed. Work-study students are allowed to work if they wish. At least half the library's student workers reside locally. Since we are to remain open with reduced hours to the campus community (although closed to the public), we'll adjust schedules for the ones wanting to work so we can cover most hours.

>23 quondame: Yes. When I took that photo, I'd planned to go back over to the couch, but I had to sit in one of the uncomfortable chairs at the table. I wish that hotel room had a desk and comfy desk chair, but it didn't.

Mar 14, 8:01am Top

Happy new thread, Lori! >1 thornton37814: That looks like a cozy place to self-isolate if you need to (which I hope you don't)
My son's university is going completely on-line till end of semester and all dormers must move out within the week.

Mar 14, 8:18am Top

>24 thornton37814: If it is paid leave I will glory in my reading. I will probably get up to half your pace gazooks!

Mar 14, 8:43am Top

>25 Carmenere: Unfortunately I'm not in the Outer Banks now so if I need to self-isolate, it will be at home. I still have to go in to work at least according to the current plans. If we do cancel, I'll need to go pick up some stuff to work on from home. Issuing refunds for half a semester of dorm-living can be problematic for institutions without large endowments so I'm glad your son's is able to do that.

>26 PaulCranswick: LOL. If I'm lucky, I'll complete two books today. One is a second Jane Austen--a collection of letters. The other is an advance review copy. Then I plan to tackle the biography for the non-fiction challenge (or whichever one it's for) and perhaps the GeoCAT one. I'll probably do one of the cookbooks for it. I'll look over what other monthly commitments I have anyway. I'm doing the reading between sessions of our virtual conference. We had 30 minutes scheduled between sessions to give time to set up with the next speaker.

Mar 14, 10:28am Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 14, 5:04pm Top

Hi Lori my dear, happy new thread and a great thread topper photo. Hope your weekend is off to a good start and we both send love and hugs to you dear friend.

Mar 14, 7:08pm Top

>28 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.

>29 johnsimpson: Thanks, John. I'll make that a friendly transatlantic wave to you since they are encouraging social distancing. I think "hugs" are out. LOL

Mar 14, 8:27pm Top

Book 85. Letters, 1796-1817 by Jane Austen; edited by R. W. Chapman

Date Completed: 14 March 2020

Category: Bengal (Other Non-Fiction)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Jane Austen scholars and superfans will enjoy this collection of letters written by the noted author to family and friends. She discusses a multitude of things from the local gossip to gardening to her books. Two letters written during her final illness appear at the end along with a letter written by Jane's sister Cassandra to one of Jane's frequent correspondents. As with most collections of this nature, some letters appeal more than others. Scholars will find this more useful than casual readers as they seek to support points in their own Austen research.

Mar 15, 10:27am Top

Book 86. Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott

Date Completed: 14 March 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Addie opens a used and antiquarian bookstore when she inherits an unknown great aunt's estate. A break-in occurs, and a cheap edition of Alice in Wonderland appears to be missing. When police chief Marc, brother of her new friend Serena who owns a tea shop next to the bookstore, takes his own sister into custody for a murder at the shop, Addie decides to help him investigate to free his sister. Although a promising series premiere, the novel contained a few too many coincidences to feel plausible to readers. I liked many of the recurring characters so I'm sure I'll continue with the next installment.

Mar 15, 8:39pm Top

Happy New Thread, Lori! Congrats on getting the year off to such a great reading start.

Mar 15, 10:48pm Top

Happy new thread and congrats on breezing past 75, Lori. Have any of your upcoming genealogy conferences been cancelled? It is just crazy the patchwork of things that remain open and the ones that are being closed.

Mar 16, 9:29am Top

>33 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe.

>34 Familyhistorian: Not yet. NGS is about 9 weeks out, and some are speculating it may be cancelled since CDC recommends all gatherings of more than 50 be cancelled for next 8 weeks. I don't think they'll cancel this quickly, but I think they'll see how the social isolation experiment is working and make a call in the next month. I have picked up a local event for summer. NCGS did a virtual conference so it wasn't affected. We were all able to isolate this weekend and enjoy speakers.

Mar 16, 9:37am Top

Hi Lori. Happy new thread!

>13 fuzzi: Very cute kitty name, fuzzi. 'Moonpie' is a winner.

>27 thornton37814: Yikes. Your mention of Jane Austen has reminded me that I need to start a re-read of Pride and Prejudice.

Mar 16, 11:01am Top

>36 karenmarie: Thanks! Now's a good time to do it. Looks like we'll mostly be "cooped up" for awhile.

Edited: Mar 16, 2:27pm Top

Book 87. Conan Doyle, Detective: The True Crimes Investigated by the Creator of Sherlock Holmes by Peter Costello

Date Completed: 16 March 2020

Category: Bengal (Other Non-Fiction)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Conan Doyle not only created the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, beloved sleuths of generations of mystery fans, but also enjoyed lending his aid to real criminal investigations. The author begins by presenting information on Doyle's life. Apparently the real man possessed some attributes of both detective team members, but his own success as a sleuth was not as great as that of his creations. The author devotes uneven attention to each crime which interested Doyle. I don't know if that is because Doyle spent different amounts of effort on the cases or because Costello's interested varied. The wide disparity in chapter lengths made it less readable. Perhaps the author should combine similar shorter cases into a single chapter? A bibliography for each chapter appears in the back of the book, but the author's not tying specific pieces to precise sources make it less valuable for academics although it still remains useful.

Mar 16, 4:07pm Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 16, 8:16pm Top

Mar 16, 9:47pm Top

>36 karenmarie: he's Moonpie as he's black with a cream filling spot on his chest...and the spot even looked like a crescent moon when we first adopted him. We call him plain "Moon" or "Moon-moon" when he's a baaaad kitty!

Mar 17, 7:52am Top

>41 fuzzi: He'd either have to be Moonpie or Oreo with a name like that! I like Moonpie because it's used less as a cat name!

Mar 17, 10:10am Top

A belated happy new thread, Lori! Nice to see your cats, as always.

Mar 17, 12:55pm Top

>43 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! The boys may get to spend a lot of time with me if they shut the library down. I don't think they'd mind, and I know I wouldn't mind.

Mar 18, 12:39pm Top

>44 thornton37814: our library is shut down...with my book on hold inside!

I just got a phone call from a staff member at the library, telling me that if I call them ahead of time I can pick up my book at the door. Unfortunately between the hours of 10 and 4...and I work until 4. :(

Mar 18, 1:41pm Top

>45 fuzzi: That's too bad. I was able to leave early the other day to take care of some business I would normally have taken care of that morning. (It was the night I usually worked late.) Maybe your employer will be generous or perhaps come in early, leave late, or shorten a lunch hour to a half hour?

Mar 18, 2:36pm Top

>46 thornton37814: I'm hoping to leave a little early on Friday so I can stop by on the way home.

Mar 18, 4:24pm Top

Love the topper picture, Lori. How environmentally correct for Barney and Mr. B (or is that Sherlock?) to be at opposite ends of the sofa.

So your library is still open? I guess the remaining students need the services…or a place other than the dorm to hang out in. What strange times for them and their instructors…in fact, for all of us. All the things in life I participate in -- church, bridge studio, library -- are closed at least until the end of the month. More time for reading. However, I don't think I can catch up to you! ;-)

Mar 18, 5:29pm Top

>47 fuzzi: That will be good.

>48 Donna828: The library remains open. They closed the dorm lounges from what I heard. We've got enforced social distancing in the library. We put signs on every other computer saying "Do not use" to enforce distance on them, and if we see them too close anywhere, we will say something. I'm falling behind on reading because I'm too distracted.

Mar 19, 11:27am Top

>49 thornton37814: Completely understandable that you'd be distracted in the current environment of uncertainty. Stay safe.

Edited: Mar 19, 7:26pm Top

>50 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. I'm trying to stay as safe as possible. We're still reporting in person to the library, but spending the majority of the time in our own offices. They are beginning to ask questions about availability of a computer and Internet at home so we expect to be allowed to work from home soon. I've been gathering work to do from home and pulling it together.

Mar 19, 7:29pm Top

Book 88. Be Comforted by Warren W. Wiersbe

Date Completed: 19 March 2020

Category: Bengal (Other Non-Fiction)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: I enjoy Wiersbe's devotional commentaries. This one provided an overview of the book of Isaiah. Anytime a Bible book with 66 chapters is covered in only 13 chapters, something will be omitted. I missed the depth he provides in commentaries covering shorter Bible books and wish he'd chosen to break Isaiah into multiple volumes to provide more insights into one of my favorite Old Testament books. If you are seeking a broad overview of the book, this volume will serve well. If you want deeper coverage of specific passages, seek a longer readable commentary.

Mar 19, 7:34pm Top

Happy New Thread, Lori. Sorry, for the delay getting over here. I will blame the pandemic. I hope you are doing well. You have read 84 books all ready? Wow. I haven't hit 40 yet. better get crackin'.

Mar 19, 7:38pm Top

>53 msf59: Actually 88--and I've abandoned 3. Definitely craziness with the pandemic. We don't know what our schedule is from one day to the next at the moment. I'm expecting them to allow us to work from home soon. I think my cats will enjoy that set-up.

Mar 21, 7:13am Top

Hi Lori. I hope that things settle down for you and that your kitties enjoy their mom being home more.

Mar 21, 7:43am Top

>55 karenmarie: Well, they are getting me at home one more day next week (as of now). So far the only day we are getting to work from home is the day we man reference chat from 4-7 p.m.

Mar 22, 10:46pm Top

>51 thornton37814: Hope you are allowed to work from home soon, Lori or that even better the pandemic blows itself out.

Mar 23, 9:39am Top

>57 PaulCranswick: Doctors are encouraging our governor to issue a shelter in place order lasting a couple weeks starting this week. So far he's not taking the doctors' advice. I saw something about encouragement for the entire country to do the same for five weeks. Will be interesting to see what happens.

Mar 23, 3:34pm Top

Book 89. Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman

Date Completed: 23 March 2020

Category: Norwegian Forest (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Interesting psychological thriller in which a psychiatrist treats a patient with memory recall issues. The patient knows things about the doctor's past no one should know since she herself operates under a new identity. The situation creates many fearful moments as she continues to treat him. She returned to the area where the incident occurred which prompted her identity change to treat this patient. She now finds herself in danger there once again. I do not usually read books in this genre, but I needed something a little different, and this one provided a change. I found the ending a little disappointing, but the book maintained my interest at a time when the CoronaVirus distracts the entire world. I received a copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

Mar 23, 7:15pm Top

Just completed a reference shift from home. Not a single question. Two of the boys helped--one on either side. Finally the third came up and just walked between me and the computer.

Mar 23, 8:06pm Top

Yesterday my book for the KITastrophe, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, arrived digitally. Today a non-fiction book I'd forgotten I requested, but for which I think I picked up the book bullet from a genealogist interested in the history of medicine, arrived--The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine by Thomas Morris.

Mar 24, 2:38pm Top

I'm so frustrated! Students will not listen to us when we tell them to keep 6 feet apart. When I went out while ago, there was a group of 12 all huddled in a group about 6 feet in diameter (around a 3 or 4 foot table), a group of 3 seated around a small table practically touching one another, and a pair of people on a sofa only a couple feet apart. Two of us tried to get them to listen, but we are powerless to enforce it. They won't let us close the library as long as the university hasn't mandated that we work from home.

Edited: Mar 24, 3:05pm Top

Well, we are under shelter-in-place orders, although I have been trying to do that for two weeks already. Sorry your students are so clueless. My son took a little bit to truly get it--I think it is the I am yours and invincible thing and the initial misinformation that young people didn't seem to be getting sick. Hang in there. And just to lighten the mood....

'Cause why not? : )

Mar 24, 5:25pm Top

>63 Berly: They just don't have a clue.

Edited: Mar 24, 5:28pm Top

>64 thornton37814: most younger people think they are immortal, invincible.

Time teaches us that our youthful assumptions are just that, assumptions.

Humor break:


Mar 24, 5:44pm Top

>65 fuzzi: LOL - They definitely think they are invincible.

Mar 25, 11:06am Top

Book 90. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Date Completed: 24 March 2020

Category: Siamese (Historical Fiction)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: This story focuses on Anna Frith, a resident of a village where contaminated fabric wrought havoc during the Plague. Anna's boarder, George Viccars, a tailor, purchased the fabric from London. As he was dying, he asked them to burn all the garments, but villagers wanting their merchandise insisted on taking pieces made for them. The plague began spreading. The village self-isolated, much as we witness with today's COVID-19 crisis. Brooks created a well-written novel with well-drawn characters that emphasizes things important in today's crisis, such as hygiene and self-distancing. I thought this might be a five-star read until I reached the closing pages. This epilogue and events associated with it weakened the overall story.

Mar 26, 7:58am Top

Hi Lori.

>62 thornton37814: I'm sorry that the kids haven't figured out yet how serious this is.

Hang in there.

Mar 26, 2:54pm Top

>67 thornton37814: Hi Lori - I loved that one too but I don't recall the epilogue you're referring to. I think itis one of her best, along with March.

Mar 26, 5:55pm Top

>68 karenmarie: Our state will be at over 1000 cases tomorrow (967 today), and the governor refuses to listen to medical recommendations.

>69 vivians: Probably best that you don't remember it! Until I got to it, it was probably going to be my first 5 star read of the year. I think it's my first 4.5 star read, so it's still going to be one of the top 2020 reads.

Mar 26, 6:29pm Top

Book 91. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers

Date Completed: 26 March 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Lord Peter Wimsey investigates a murder in which the method perplexes everyone. On the surface it appears, the woman died of natural causes, but a few irregularities exist. Detective Parker needs enough evidence to convict the obvious suspect, but without the "means," the case cannot be prosecuted. I loved the introduction of Miss Climpson, a sidekick who reminds me of Miss Marple, although perhaps not quite as astute. I loved the name Hallelujah Dawson given to a distant dark-skinned relative of the deceased. My favorite section of the novel dealt with changes in the law which created a little ambiguity as to the heir--a little forensic genealogy! Ian Carmichael supplied excellent narration to the novel.

Mar 26, 8:03pm Top

Book 92. Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture: Ancient Festivals, Significant Ceremonies, and Modern Celebrations by Amy Riolo

Date Completed: 26 March 2020

Category: Ragamuffin (Food & Drink)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: The comments on cultural aspects make this an interesting cookbook. While I'm not a huge fan of chickpeas which figure prominently in Egyptian cuisine, I could find a few recipes that seemed interesting enough to consider making. I'm most likely to try some of the ones which really were simple dishes and similar to recipes of other cultures with a little twist. The author included recipes significant to several religions practiced in Egypt. She also included recipes for other celebrations in the country's life.

Mar 28, 8:59am Top

Book 93. The Call to Holiness: Pursuing the Heart of God for the Love of the World by Timothy C. Tennent

Date Completed: 28 March 2020

Category: Bengal (Other Non-Fiction)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Asbury Theological Seminary president Timothy C. Tennent offers a volume on Wesleyan views of holiness. The book's vocabulary seemed a bit more advanced in places than a typical lay reader's comfort although I think he designed the book for use in churches. Calvinistic adherents view holiness under a slightly different lens. The book concludes with a beautiful hymn written by the author's wife.

Mar 28, 1:02pm Top

>72 thornton37814: Oh goody! I am a big chickpea fan, so I think I'd get a lot out of it.

Hoping you're well and stocked up.

Mar 28, 3:27pm Top

>74 richardderus: I'll eat them, but I don't really enjoy them. I'm fine at the moment. I have plenty on hand and keep a running list of things to acquire when I begin to see a need rather than when I'm "out." I found the grocery store with few cars the other day and ran in with my small list, keeping the requisite distance. I've usually just been ordering for pick up. I think InstaCart delivers in the area too. Next weekend I plan to plant (or begin planting) a container garden. I need to decide what I want to include and what needs to be planted early (like asparagus). I figure if I'm going to be stuck here all summer that will be a good activity for me as well as providing lots of good eats!

Mar 28, 3:33pm Top

Book 94. The Haunted Lady by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Date Completed: 28 March 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: When repeated attempts to rattle or kill wealthy widow Eliza Fairbanks occur, the police send nurse Hilda Adams to care for her. Greeted by a swarm of relatives with motives to kill the woman, Adams knows Eliza's imagination did not get carried away. When the woman turns up dead, the police and nurse Adams must sift through lies and clues to come up with the real murderer. Roberts drops too many obvious hints of future events. The mystery shows its age in some aspects, but it still presents an interesting puzzle for modern readers. I received an advance review copy through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

Mar 28, 3:41pm Top

>75 thornton37814: Like I feel about chicken: yes, I'll eat it; no, I'll never ask for it. The fact that it's cheaper than tuna in cans is what keeps it on my menu!

>76 thornton37814: I read some of her stuff, but ended up thinking it was too much older than my preferred "Golden Age" style for me to make a diet of it.

Edited: Mar 29, 8:38am Top

>77 richardderus: I never liked her stuff as well as Phyllis Whitney's but I read most of it back in the 1970s. I picked this one up because it was reprinted and available on NetGalley.

Mar 29, 8:36am Top

Book 95. Rosie: Stronger Than Steel by Lindsay Ward

Date Completed: 29 March 2020

Category: Ragdoll (Juvenile & YA)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Rosie, the tractor, apparently was manufactured in a factory by Rosie the Riveter and went to live in a field worked by the Women's Land Army. I don't really like the juxtaposition of all these historical elements. While it's a cute children's book, it doesn't quite work if one wants a book with historical accuracy. This was offered in Kindle format as a benefit of Amazon Prime in March 2020. No review was required.

Mar 29, 9:08am Top

Happy Sunday, Lori. I hope you are doing well. Good review of Year of Wonders. Such a great one and perfect for these times. I don't remember the epilogue, so it stays a 5 star read for me.

Mar 29, 9:19am Top

>80 msf59: That's good! I saw someone else give it 5 stars in spite of the epilogue.

Mar 29, 3:01pm Top

Book 96. The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine by Thomas Morris

Date Completed: 29 March 2020

Category: Bengal (Other Non-Fiction)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Author Thomas Morris compiled cases from various sources--newspapers, books, medical journals, etc.--with some unusual twists. In some instances, things are grotesque, in others just odd. The treatments sometimes bring a little humor to the story. I enjoyed the glimpses of actual headlines or snippets of the books, but this was just a mediocre read for me. Some stories were revulsive. The author uses a lot of quotes from his sources so the original voices do not become lost to the modern reader. I do think it provides good diversion for those interested in the history of medicine. In these times of COVID-19, a look at some of the past's mysterious illnesses may bring a little comic relief--or it may be a little too much like current headlines.

Mar 30, 7:32pm Top

Today's my 13th Thingaversary. I altered my book plan somewhat because of COVID-19 and ordered mostly ebooks. I figured there is less chance of virus spread that way. I'm not going to try to make active links to the books, but I'll provide title and author for each.

Print books:

1) History of Grenada County, Mississippi by H. C. J. Hathorn (using for a client project)
2) Our Piece of Earth: The Story of Coffeeville and Adjacent Communities, 1813-1918 (2nd ed) by Eunice Harrison Weaver (using for client project)
3) The Old Country School: The Story of Rural Education in the Middle West by Wayne E. Fuller (using for presentation preparation)
4) Smoky Mountain Cemeteries by Mike Maples (just to add to my collection of Smoky Mountain area resources)


5) Welsh Genealogy by Bruce Durie (I have one Welsh line and with a $2.99 special while I was selecting books, how could I pass it up?)
6) The Orange Lilies by Nathan Dylan Goodwin (genealogical fiction; second next in series)
7) Closed Circles by Viveca Sten (for April group read)
8) Under an English Heaven by Alice K. Boatwright (from wish list)
9) Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson (from wish list)
10) When Beggars Dye by Peter Hey (from wish list; may have genealogy theme)
11) Off Kilter by Hannah Reed (from wish list; may have genealogy theme)
12) Frost in May by Antonia White (from wish list)
13) Murder with Cinnamon Scones by Karen Rose Smith (from wish list; next in series)
14) Murderous Roots by Virginia Winter (from wish list; genealogical theme)

I have the e-books and the second book already. First book was ordered from publisher and has shipped. The other two print books will likely be here by the end of the week.

I planned to order some books from Book Depository, but I decided I didn't want to see what was happening with transatlantic shipments at the moment. I saved those books so I can order a few when we can celebrate a return to whatever the new normal becomes. I decided e-books were the way to go.

Edited: Mar 30, 11:26pm Top

Happy Thingaversary, Lori!! And I wish you many more. Look at you--you already have the books!! But wait...it's your 13th anniversary and if my math is correct, that's 18 books!!

Nope, wait, you're right, second set starts at 5, so only 13 and one for good luck! ; )

Mar 30, 8:15pm Top

Happy Thingaversary!

Mar 30, 9:07pm Top

>84 Berly: No - I put 1-4 in the top set and 5-14 in the bottom, so only 14.

Mar 30, 9:07pm Top

Mar 30, 9:34pm Top

Happy Thingaversary!

Mar 30, 10:21pm Top

>83 thornton37814: Happy Thingaversary! Quite a wonderful haul, and very sensible to choose ebooks at this moment.

Mar 30, 10:37pm Top

>88 figsfromthistle: Thanks!

>89 richardderus: I thought it was a good one. I've got a variety although I did grab a bunch with genealogical themes I've been wanting. Of course, I'm on the screen so much now that I appreciate a real book! Fortunately I have some at home and can balance it out. I have a lot of ARCs I need to read too.

Mar 30, 10:48pm Top

>90 thornton37814: I'm missing not being able to buy any books, why I'm not sure as I have barely made a dent in the 4000+ unread books at home. It will be the first month that I have read more than I bought in any event.

Happy Thingaversary.

Mar 30, 11:26pm Top

>86 thornton37814: Duh. I am usually quite good at math. LOL

Mar 31, 11:58am Top

Happy Belated Thingaversary!

Mar 31, 5:59pm Top

>91 PaulCranswick: Well, I was obligated to buy books, or I probably would not have purchased anything but the ones needed for my client project and presentation. I actually ILL'd the book for the presentation earlier to see if I could get by with only the ILL or if it was something that was going to need a bit more attention. When I found a reasonably priced copy at Powell's I went on and ordered it. I wanted to try to get it back to the library that sent it before they closed. (It came that first week a few libraries began to close to the public but still work in the building.) There was enough in it that I couldn't just "copy a chapter."

>92 Berly: No problem. I think we are all a bit "discombobulated" at the moment.

>93 fuzzi: Thanks!

Mar 31, 9:53pm Top

Book 97. Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass

Date Completed: 31 March 2020

Category: Maine Coon (Mysteries)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: I love Eddie the Bookmobile Cat! Minnie's niece Katie comes north to spend the summer, taking on three jobs. Rafe, Katie's boyfriend, works on the home he's preparing for them. In the meantime, Minnie lives on the houseboat. After Katie stumbles over the corpse of a bookmobile patron, Minnie promises to help catch the man's murderer. Eddie helps locate a second corpse later. He plays additional roles later. It's a fun read for mystery lovers who are cat lovers. I caught a couple of typos in the advance review copy that I hope an editor corrects in the final version. I received the advance review copy through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.

Mar 31, 10:45pm Top

Happy thingaversary. Such a good load of books, I took note of Welsh Genealogy as there is a Welsh line in my family too.
Have you read A parcel of patterns? It's a YA by Jill Paton Walsh about the plague coming to the English village of Eyam.

Edited: Apr 1, 8:17am Top

>96 avatiakh: I haven't read that one, but I'll try to add it to either my Overdrive or Amazon wish list.

ETA: Not available on Overdrive so it's on my Amazon list.

Apr 1, 8:20am Top

Happy belated Thingaversary, Lori!

Ain't LT grand?

Apr 1, 8:41am Top

>98 karenmarie: LT is grand indeed!

Apr 2, 9:02am Top

Found one indie bookstore using creative means of getting books to customers: https://www.wcpo.com/entertainment/local-a-e/local-booksellers-find-creative-way...

Apr 2, 2:20pm Top

Happy belated Thingaversay, Lori! And for that matter, belated congratulations on knocking out your first 75 books (and then some).

While I didn't enjoy Year of Wonders as much as you did overall, I agree that the Epilogue was a mistake. To me, it somehow diminished all that had gone before.

Yesterday, 7:08am Top

>101 Dejah_Thoris: I kept debating whether to put 4 or 4.5 after that epilogue. It really was more of a 4.25 for me after the mistake of the epilogue; however, it's the best book I've read so far this year, and the highest rating I gave any other book was a 4, so I went with the 4.5.

Yesterday, 7:49pm Top

>102 thornton37814: The writing was beautiful and certainly motivates me to read more of her work. What's your favorite of hers?

Yesterday, 9:02pm Top

Happy belated Thingaversary, Lori!! I'll have my 13th in late October.

Today, 9:11am Top

>103 Dejah_Thoris: I'm pretty sure I read People of the Book before I was really using LibraryThing. I joined in 2007, but I probably didn't really use it as much until late 2008-early 2009. I remember really loving the book, but since I don't have a rating to go by, I can't really say which is my favorite.

>104 ronincats: I hope things are a bit more normal by then so you can enjoy browsing bookstores while selecting your haul.

Today, 11:47am Top

Had a sinus headache this morning so I decided to mostly get off the Internet for awhile and cross stitch. I also took Tylenol (or the generic of it). I usually watch Food Network on Saturday mornings. There's a new "quarantine edition" episode of the Kitchen. They are all cooking from their homes. Kind of interesting to see what they are creating. I'm making progress on the cross stitch project, but this one is a little larger and doesn't stitch quite as quickly as some things. I'm working on 32 count linen. I can see to cross stitch better without glasses so they come off. Fortunately with a larger screen digital television I can mostly see what's going on there. I need to work on a genealogy client project some today. I'm fortunate to be in a stage where I can work from home on this one.

I'm finding it more difficult to concentrate to read at the moment. I'm reading, but it's in short snippets. I'm reading a chapter a day in a couple of books, and I'm not reading as much in mysteries where I'd normally read at least 100 pages a day. If I get through 25-50 pages/day in them (depending on chapter length), I'm doing good. It's definitely slowing my overall reading progress, but at least I'm getting a little in. Is anyone else finding concentration difficult? I had a book become available to me, and I delayed it for a month because I had plenty of other things on hand. (It did not fit any of this month's challenges.)

I made biscuits and sausage gravy this morning. That's something I don't do often, but I do sometimes eat it out. I plan to cook Indian later today. I have a jar of Tikka Marsala sauce from Aldi. I'm going to add some chicken and new potatoes to it and serve it with rice. It may be "lupper" since I'm not hungry at the moment.

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