Roni Reads in 2020: Chapter 5
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Sheltering at home during the pandemic, my excitement is watching my tomatoes grow!
Hi, I'm Roni. I live in San Diego with one husband, one small dog and way too many cats in a small bungalow with a garden and lots of books. I'm retired these days, after a long career as a school psychologist. Since retiring, I've made time for throwing pottery, wirework, crochet, and sewing in addition to reading and share photos of my work on my threads.
I've been a member of LT since 2008 and an active member of the 75 Book Challenge groups for that long as well. I read mostly in genre, science fiction and fantasy, but also try to read some nonfiction, mystery, and regency romance.
Welcome to my thread. I love visitors and promise to visit you back.
My final thread of 2019 is here:https://www.librarything.com/topic/313220
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Goals for 2020
Read 150 books and 50,000 pages.
Read at least 30 books off my own bookshelves.
Acquire no more than 80 books.
Send 50 books out the door.
Read at least 12 nonfiction books--I usually do this, but it's important to me and I want to be sure I prioritize it.
My Goals for 2019:
1. Read 150 books and 50,000 pages.. Goal Met: 175 books and 57,
2. Read at least 40 books off my own bookshelves (BOMBs). NOT Met: 22 books
3. Acquire no more than 80 books. Goal Met: 78 books acquired, 43 read! Close one.
4. 50 books out the door once more. Goal Met: 115 books, exceeded expectations!
That does mean that I read 65 of my own books, just that 43 of them were acquired this calendar year.
Books Read in 2020
1. The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
2. Christmas Revels VI by Hannah Meredith
3. Spoilers: Things Get Worse by Galen Surlak-Ramsey
4. The Clairvoyant Countess by Dorothy Gilman
5. The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle
6. Kaleidoscope by Dorothy Gilman
7. The Globe by Terry Pratchett
8. Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer
9. Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White
10. Bridge of Birds by Barry Hugheart
11. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
12. The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher
13. Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara
14. Crown of Renewal by Elizabeth Moon
15. Close Kin By Clare Dunkle
16. Religious Literacy by Stephen Prothero
17. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
18. The Goblin Mirror by C. J. Cherryh
19. In the Coils of the Snake by Clare Dunkle
20. A Study in Honor by Claire O'Dell
21. Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones
22. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark
23. Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher
24. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
25. The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark
26. Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire
27. Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest
28. Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins by Bella Forrest
29. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow
30. Comet Weather by Liz Williams
31. Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
32. The Gate That Locks the Tree by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
33. Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
34. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsin Muir
35. The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Horwitz
36. Echoes in Onyx by Sharon Shinn
37. A Woman of Consequence by Anna Dean
38. Wyrde and Wayward by Charlotte English
39. Wyrde and Wicked by Charlotte English
40. The Road to Farringale by Charlotte English
41. The Chronicles of Amber: Volume 1 by Roger Zelazny
42. The Chronicles of Amber: Volume 2 by Roger Zelazny
43. The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstrong
44. Baker's Magic by Diane Zahler
45. Lessons in Enchantment by Patricia Rice
46. Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz
47. Changer by Jane Lindskold
48. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
49. The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss
50. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
51. Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen
52. Broken Places & Outer Spaces by Nnedi Okorafor
53. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon
54. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
55. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
56. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
57. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
58. Network Effect by Martha Wells
59. The Physicians of Vilnic by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Changeling by Molly Harper
61. All These Worlds by Dennis Taylor
62. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
63. The Med Series by Murray Leinster
64. Star Surgeon by Alan Nourse
65. Hospital Station by James White
66. Star Surgeon by James White
67. Major Operation by James White
68 Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer
69 Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Revelations by Lydia Sherrer
Books Acquired in 2020
1. Flame Bringer by Elle Katharine White
2. Arkad's World by James Cambias
3. From Sea to Stormy Sea edited by Lawrence Block
4. Love, One Regency Christmas by Arietta Richmond
5. Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn
6. Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara
7. Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
8. A Study in Honor by Claire O'Dell
9. Stars Beyond by S. K. Dunstall
10. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark
11. Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
12. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
13. Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire
14. The Hound of Justice by Claire O'Dell
15. Comet Weather by Liz Williams
16. The Gate that Locks the Tree by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
17. Wyrde and Wayward by Charlotte English
18. Wyrde and Wicked by Charlotte English
19. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
20. Broken Places & Outer Spaces by Nnedi Okorafor
21. The Innkeeper Chronicles: Vol. 1 by Ilona Andrews
22. Hand Made by Melissa Norris
23. Network Effect by Martha Wells
24. The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold
25. Eye of the Wizard by Daniel Arenson
26. Changeling by Molly Harper
You have to look at how much the tomato looms over the top of the tomato cage to get a sense of how much it is growing each day. Many, many fruits have set on, so we anticipate a great harvest. And a cucumber almost ready to harvest--it's the only one on the vine so is absorbing all the growth. And two of my arugula are bolting already!! Bah!
I've got all my books together for the Sector General read. I'll start reading them this week so I can make recommendations for readers new to the series, before posting the link to the thread next weekend.
Fruits on the tomato plants!!!!! That's so grand. Sometimes we have them, and sometimes we have only glorious bushes. This year we won't have either.
I am up for joining the Sector General read when the group gets to where I am, which is not too far into the series.
I look forward to the wonders of the new thread, (((((Roni)))))!
Happy new thread, Roni!
My tomatoes got a late start, but I have two very cute squash I'm hoping the deer pass on.
Happy new thread!
>1 ronincats: How soon before you could fry those tomatoes?
Happy new one, Roni.
your garden looks great! Fingers crossed The Wayne has half your success.... :)
Happy new thread, Roni! I see you're almost to 75 and it's still May. Good going! Also most impressed by your tomato plants. If I liked tomatoes better I would be right envious :)
Happy new thread, Roni. I'm admiring the greenery at the top of your thread. I never had too much success with tomatoes but love the fresh from the garden taste.
Happy new tomatoey thread! I came to ruin your serenity, I'm afraid. I'm convinced that you need to know about this essay.
Many of y'all love Marilynne Robinson immoderately. I have never been among you. However, her essay "What Kind of Country Do We Want?" in the New York Review of Books has made me willing to purchase her entire catalog simply to express my support for what she writes. For example:
How is it that we can be told, and believe, that we are the richest country in history, and at the same time that we cannot share benefits our grandparents enjoyed? When did we become too poor to welcome immigrants? The psychology of scarcity encourages resentment, a zero-sum notion that all real wealth is private and is diminished by the claims of community. The entire phenomenon is reinforced by the fact that much of the capital that accumulates in these conditions disappears, into Mexico or China or those luridly discreet banks offshore.
I want to sob and cheer and generally create a ruckus as I read this. Simple, direct statements of our shriveled vision of our country's wealth and potential have never had the effect of eliciting the emotional response that these questions have had.
I adore tomatoes, ripened on the vine. Deeelicious.
And when there are too many ~ love sliced, fried green tomatoes. Always makes me think of Jessica Tandy now, although the green tomato dish was a feature of my childhood. (In case that was an obscure comment, the movie).
Edited to add that >19 richardderus: RD's message resonates in the north as well. We sure have our share of the same angst.
Hey Roni, Happy new thread.
Those tomatoes look fabulous! Will you be canning any, or will they all be eaten fresh?
Happy new thread, Roni! Love your tomato plants - there is nothing better than a garden-fresh tomato.
Happy new thread Roni
>1 ronincats: They look beautiful. What does it mean when arugula is bolting? Doesn't it mean more produce for you to eat? You don't sound too happy about it. (You can tell I'm an experienced gardener.)
>23 humouress: "Bolting" means that a plant has stopped storing sugar, water, nutrients in its leaves and is shipping them into its flowers, pollen, and seeds. The tasty bits are now no longer tasty, and as the plant is an annual it will now begin the long slide into death.
>23 humouress: You made me laugh, Nina! I know it's not what you meant, but once I thought about possible interpretations for 'bolting', I suddenly had visions of Roni's arugula madly running away, lol.
>26 Dejah_Thoris: I know enough to know that 'bolting' is a gardening term - but I'm pretty sure that image was lurking in the back of my mind too.
Happy new thread, Roni! Gorgeous tomatoes, absolutely a joy to look at.
Of course they'd be lovely to eat, too, but oh well! I can occasionally find heirloom German Johnson tomatoes here in NC.
Just so you'll know, my old granny swore that "run-up" collards were the best. There was something about having them after the first frost too, but I'm not so sure about that one.
>1 ronincats: Those tomatoes are looking nice. You'll be able to enjoy a nice plate of fried green tomatoes soon!
>29 LizzieD: Collards are always sweeter after a frost. Actually any cruciferous vegetable - broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc - will be sweeter after the first frost.
I finished Book 3 All These Worlds in the Bobiverse. Great and wonderful quarantine reading. I had lots of fun with this series and now will have to start casting about for something else to grab me for reading next month.
These were sure lots of fun to read and I have to thank Joe for writing about them several years ago. I regret that it took me so long to get to them, but perhaps if I had read them at a different time they wouldn't have been so much fun.
Okay, two days since I've posted, although I've been by to read the threads!
>7 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul.
>8 LizzieD: This is looking like a good year, Peggy, so it is good that we won't be traveling anywhere and missing any of the harvest.
>9 Dejah_Thoris: I have a cucumber ready to harvest! Photo tomorrow!
>10 quondame: Probably another week before they have the diameter to make it worth it, Susan. More likely 3 weeks to ripen.
>11 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita.
>12 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. I think so too.
>13 katiekrug: I hope your new garden beds produce a bunch, Katie.
>14 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.
>15 BLBera: Don't always do as well here as in the Midwest, Beth, so glad to have such healthy plants and production this year.
>16 RebaRelishesReading: Lex LOVES tomatoes--me, only the fresh, right out of the garden type, Reba.
>17 Familyhistorian: Our success is variable here, Meg, but this is looking to be a good year.
>18 curioussquared: Thanks, Natalie
>19 richardderus: I've never read Robinson, but your quote makes me want to, Richard.
>20 SandyAMcPherson: Me too, Sandy.
>21 charl08: I don't can, but I do puree the extra tomatoes and make sauce to freeze, Charlotte.
>22 bell7: I agree, Mary.
>23 humouress:, >24 richardderus:, >25 humouress: Richard gave you the answer much better than I would probably would have, Nina.
>26 Dejah_Thoris:, >27 humouress: Funny image!
>28 karenmarie: Hope you can find some good tomatoes there, Karen.
>29 LizzieD:, >31 SilverWolf28: Didn't know that, but good to know.
>30 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori.
>32 benitastrnad: Glad you enjoyed them so much, Benita.
I have been reading. I've read the first three Sector General books in prep for next month so I can make recommendations. But I'll wait to review until that thread starts.
I did get to go to the pottery studio today and brought home this plate. Fortunately the husband loved it because I was not happy with the green face. I now have a regular studio time with one other partner in the studio so am glad to be getting back to some regular wheel time.
Happy new thread, Roni.
It's wonderful when you can do again what you love.
The plate is beautiful - I think the face is a very good allusion to the present time, where many faces are hidden.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.
Love the plate! We have a goldfish/koi pond and one of the barn cats loves to dream about snatching one out of it. :)
Roni, I have picked up a James White Omnibus called Beginning Operations which has the first three Sector General books. I am looking forward to giving this series a try but I probably won't be able to start reading it until July.
Happy new thread! Watching tomatoes grow is always a thrill, Roni, quarantine or not. I hope our babies grow fast. I got them in late this year because of our cold spring.
Happy New Thread, Roni! Congrats on your garden doing so well. We're still pretty much just out of the starting blocks here in the north country, with cherry tomatoes and peppers. It's been surprisingly hard to find cucumbers, so we're still hoping to find some and plant them.
>1 ronincats: Look at those tomatoes!! I just planted little cherry tomatoes and a couple of herbs this year. First time, so we'll see how they/I do. ; )
>33 ronincats: Glad you got a chance to get your pottery--I know how much that means to you. Love the cat and fish motif.
Happy wekkend, happy reading, happy new thread!
>34 SirThomas: Hey, Sir Tom, thank you, thank you, and thank you!
>35 CassieBash: Thanks, Cassie.
>36 lkernagh: They are indeed, Lori.
>37 DeltaQueen50: That's fine, Judy--I'm doing a three-month window on these. I'll be posting the thread tomorrow, probably, and you'll want to check it out for additional info and context.
>38 SandyAMcPherson: Me too, Sandy!
>39 richardderus: Same to ya, Richard.
>40 Storeetllr: Tomatoes are still growing, Mary, as are cucumbers (see below) and okra and swiss chard, and the green beans are blooming like crazy.
>41 jnwelch: Just picked my first cucumber of the season, Joe!
>42 Berly: Hey, Kimmers! Thank you so much.
Working on setting up the Sector General summer read thread, while doing some house cleaning and baking some sourdough bread and tending my garden. Have to get around to some threads myself, but I surely do appreciate all my visitors here.
>43 ronincats: The promised cucumber! I only have the tiniest cucumbers a squash - my tomatoes haven't even bloomed yet. What varieties of cucumber do you grow?
>43 ronincats: Great lookin' cuke! I sense a really delish chopped salad in y'all's future.
>44 Dejah_Thoris: I do not know. I took whatever type my local nursery was selling that day, and their varieties have been limited because of the cut-back of employees and hours. And I just looked through my receipts and I can't find the one for that purchase.
>45 richardderus: I think so too, Richard.
beautiful cucumber, Roni -- now that's a vegetable I can appreciate :)
>47 AMQS: Hi, Anne. Glad your hormone therapy appears to be working well and wishing you the best!
>48 RebaRelishesReading: Not actually one of my favorites, Reba, but the husband loves them almost as much as tomatoes.
>49 FAMeulstee: Hi, Anita! Thank you.
Pages read: 4543
Average pages/book: 247
Average pages/day: 135
Mine (2020): 11
Books Off the Shelf: 1
- Science Fiction: 11
- Fantasy: 5
- Children's: 0
- General/Popular: 1
- Romance: 0
- Mystery: 0
US authors: 14
Other countries: Ireland - 3
Acquired: 13, all ebooks
Source: Online, various sources
Books out the door: 0 No one will take them right now!
>43 ronincats: Yay for your first cucumber. We have a few old yardsticks like that around, advertising businesses.
>50 ronincats: Fantastic reading month, congrats. Books out the door: 0 No one will take them right now! You’ve got that right – I’ve got 2 bags of books in the car that have been there since February. I don’t want to bring them back in the house.
>51 karenmarie: I've got some bags myself, Karen.
This month's free ebook from University of Chicago Press, for 5 days:
Chicago has a long history of police violence. The starkest evidence is seen in the hundreds of recent cases of torture of suspects in custody—overwhelmingly African-American men. Our latest free e-book, available until noon on June 6, is The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence by Laurence Ralph. The book is based on ten years of interviews and archival research and takes the form of open letters to victims, witnesses, participants, activists, mayors, and police. With compassion and careful skill, Ralph traces institutional racism through law enforcement, the political machine, and the courts in Chicago, amplifying the voices of torture victims who are still with us and lending a voice to those deceased.
So, the first day of June, I finally got all the flannel sheets and blankets and winter clothes up the ladder into the attic and cleaned out my office and cleared my desk. I still need to dust my shelves, though. But still, a productive day and a glass of wine out on the deck at dusk. I think I'll read some Ambulance Ship until bedtime.
>53 ronincats: I love that title! How charmingly hopeful the series is...right now I more than half expect to learn that the actual ambulances aren't running anymore.
FINALLY able to go pick up my holds at a regional library--not my home one but about 3 miles away. AND can now post holds again on the website.
That's a nifty library haul, Roni! Enjoy!!!!
Meanwhile, I can't find my *Sector General* collection. They're not where I thought they were. They're not where I tagged them as being. I did something with them - again. Alas.
The New York Times today calls attention to an article written three years ago.
"Three years ago, Ibram X. Kendi, a National Book Award-winning-author and professor, compiled a history of race and racism in America through 24 books for The Times Book Review. He highlighted influential works about the black experience for each decade of the nation’s existence, including the poems of Phillis Wheatley and Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-winning novel “Beloved.”
Together, he writes, the books 'tell the history of anti-black racism in the United States as painfully, as eloquently, as disturbingly as words can. In many ways, they also tell its present.' "
I know you're also a fan, so I wanted to mention the Kindle version of Summers at Castle Auburn is $1.99 for at least today.
I couldn't resist....
>60 ronincats: Very interesting article/list. Can I as a white woman ever truly understand?
From Victoria Alexander: “I’ve been getting a lot of questions from my non-Black friends about how to be a better ally to Black people. I suggest unlearning and relearning through literature as just one good jumping off point, and have broken up my anti-racist reading list into sections.”
Anti-Racist Starter Kit:
Stamped from the Beginning - Ibram X Kendi
A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn (There is a "young people's" version for elementary and middle school readers)
White Fragility - Robin Diangelo
So you want to talk about race - Ijeoma Oluo
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown
Me and White Supremcy - Layla F Saad
Stamped - Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Anti-Racist Intermediate Kit:
The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America - Anders Walker
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
The Condemnation of Blackness - Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Dying of Whiteness - Jonathan Metzl
A Different Mirror - Ronald Takaki
How to be an AntiRacist - Ibram X Kendi
How the South Wont the Civil War - Heather Cox Richardson
Anti-Racist Topic Specifics:
Evicted - Matthew Desmond
Nobody - Marc Lamont Hill
Lies My Teacher Told Me - James W Loewen
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria - Berver Doniel Tatum, PhD
The Color of Law - Richard Rothstein
Blackballed - Darryl Pinkney
Lies My Teacher Told Me - James W. Loewen
Anti-Racist Lit; Bios, Non-fiction, novels, personal narratives:
The Warmth of Other Sons - Isabel Wilkerson
The Fire Next time - James Baldwin
Malcolm X - Alex Haley
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Killing Rage Ending Racism - Bell Hooks
Becoming - Michelle Obama
An American By Marriage - Tayari Jones
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota -
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
The Myth Of Race - Robert Sussman
Anti-Racist Lit - Black Feminism:
How we Get Free - Keeanga-Yamhtta Taylor
Black Feminits Thought - Patricia Hill Collins
Ain't I a Woman Black Women and Feminism - Bell Hooks
Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
Eloquent Rage - Brittney Cooper
In Search of Our Mothers Gardens - Alice Walker
Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde
Women Race & Class - Angela Y Davis
Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur
To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe - Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande
Anti Racist List Black LGBTQ+:
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
Zami - Audre Lorde
Real Life - Brandon Taylor
Unapologetic A black, queer, and feminist Mandate for Radical Movements - Charlene A Carruthers
No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies - E. Patrick Johnson
Since I Laid My Burden Down - Brontez Purnell
The Other Side of Paradise - Staceyann Chin
No Ashes in the Fire - Darnell L. Moore
The Summer We Got Free - Mia McKenzie
Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin
Rising Out of Hatred - Eli Saslow
Black On Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identiy - C. Riley Snorton
Copied here for my own benefit so I can find it as needed.
Add Jim Wallis's America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, Roni.
>64 ronincats: - Great list, Roni, thanks for sharing. All of the ones I've read (only 8), have been excellent. I've copied the list to a doc for my own reference...
>64 ronincats: - Great lists, thanks, Roni. Of the total lists, I have read 5 and own 3 others. And have read others that aren't on these lists. Plenty to get to, that's for sure.
>64 ronincats: Thanks for posting this, Roni. I've read a few of these, but not enough.
Yes, as others have said, informative lists Roni. Thanks for the summary of titles.
I have read very few of those. Becoming was one of my best reads in 2019. In my more-local reading on the racial tolerance imperatives, I've been exploring Thomas King. His The Inconvenient Indian is quite history-data heavy, so not easy to finish.
This year, I wanted to read about the history of African-Canadians because I don't know much of this heritage. Then the libraries shut down, so I couldn't select books during African Nova Scotian History month. The library is so crucial for me ~ I'm not in a position to be buying books "on spec", partly financial but also for storage-space-related problems.
There's a similar racial clash in Canada as well as in the USA, right now. The news out of Toronto has appalled me, because this situation is so murky.
Thank you, Roni. That's quite a list. I've hardly made a dent in it but now I have some great suggestions for where to go next.
My weekly tomato photo:
compared to last week:
Note the height of the plants against the trellis in back for comparison. The husband counted 45 tomatoes set on--and from past experience, I'm sure he missed a fair number!
>56 Dejah_Thoris: I have to get back in the habit of reading my library books, Dejah! I still have three from my March batch I haven't read yet.
>57 bell7: Hope so too, Mary.
>58 LizzieD: Oh,no! I hope you can find them, Peggy.
>59 RebaRelishesReading: An important one, Reba.
>61 Dejah_Thoris: I just picked it up at the author's website at that price last week, Princess.
>62 curioussquared:, >63 RebaRelishesReading: Yes, an interesting and important article.
>64 ronincats: This Victoria Alexander evidently has a Twitter account where she posted this. I don't do Twitter, but someone posted it on Facebook and I appropriated it. Katie, Shelley, Beth, Dejah, Sandy and Reba, I posted it so I'd have access to it permanently but I'm glad to be of service for you as well.
>65 LizzieD: Consider it done, Peggy.
I've only read four of them and have another on my shelves, but it will be a resource for future reading.
>64 ronincats: Thank you for providing that list, Roni. I am still doing reading about the Civil Rights era and will be adding books from that list to my ever expanding list.
I love the garden photos. Makes me wish I could actually grow something!
Love the tomato plant shots - sounds like you're going to have a great crop!
Of the list you posted I haven't read as many as I would like, but I loved The Warmth of Other Suns which I read because others recommended it here. A wonderfully written history. The Colour of Water is a much smaller scale but I found it an honest and touching read.
Thursdays are pottery day once again, albeit a few hours later in the day and with only one other person in the studio. Here's what I picked up today:
The plates are 7.5 inches in diameter (19 cm.) and I have found a new favorite background color! Although today I didn't check my notes and so the smaller plates I glazed today will have sky blue in the background rather than the ice blue of these plates. Will be interesting. But I love this ice blue.
>74 alcottacre: HI, Stasia. Growing things in many parts of Texas is HARD!
>75 Dejah_Thoris: Thanks, Dejah.
>76 charl08: Thanks for the input, Charlotte.
Found another resource: https://daily.jstor.org/institutionalized-racism-a-syllabus/?utm_campaign=genera...
>78 richardderus: Ha! KNEW you wouldn't comment on the pottery because of the subject matter!
>79 SandyAMcPherson: Thanks, Sandy.
Repotted my porch plants after I came home from the pottery today, with fresh soil and new pots for some of them. Tomorrow is supposed to be another cool and cloudy day and I'll do the same for the deck plants out back.
>72 ronincats: So excited because my tomatoes were budding yesterday. Can't wait to have some of my own!
>77 ronincats: That cup looks very familiar :)
p.s. watch those tomatoes, they may try to take over the house soon!
>77 ronincats: Love them every one!
Since I now have my Sector Generals lined up, I'm off to the group read thread. Tra la la.
I like the red cat’s expression in>77 ronincats:. It’s a very contented cat face. And I like the color. My cat Peppa says that she likes the Siamese-like one, the top right with the pointy face and large ears, even though she says it should be in black and white. Then it would look like her.
>77 ronincats: Oooh, nice new pottery! I love the ice blue of the plates, and the mug came out great.
Love, love, LOVE the new cat plates Roni! Very Fauvist! And I'm another one adding thanks for the reading list. I've just today bought How To Be an Anti-Racist and Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race (which is a recommended read for those interested in these issues from a UK perspective I believe), but like many people I'm realising this is a journey that I should have started a long time ago and I'm eager to get traveling!
>77 ronincats: I have a tomato! Just one, but still!
I love the red of the cat on the mug - such an unusual shade.
>91 ronincats: Thank you. I'm sitting here literally laughing out loud. Haven't done that in weeks!
>91 ronincats: Looks like they came on their own units of library shelving!
Pottery day! Here's what I brought home. Won't be bringing anything home next week except some bisque plates to design, but I threw 9 bowls today, 4 soup bowl size, 4 teacup size, and one larger bowl that got weak on one side so a bit lopsided. These are 5 inch plates, btw.
And now to catch up. A whole week's worth!! I've been getting on and reading messages, but not doing much posting. It hit 92 here the last two days--I've been doing lots of watering and not much else. Remember, coastal zone, no air conditioning, just fans. Today is 10 degrees cooler, which is delightful!
>81 thornton37814: Lori, I hope you've had plenty of tomatoes set on by now!
>82 RebaRelishesReading: Similar but not the same, Reba. No cat tail handle for one, and the red.
>83 richardderus: You could have commented on the colors and ignored the subject matter!
>84 LizzieD: Thanks, Peggy.
>85 CassieBash: I have a black and white kitty on a cup in my gallery pictures, Cassie, if Peppa's feelings are too hurt.
>86 humouress: That's telling him, Nina!
>87 bell7: I love that blue so much too, Mary.
>88 HanGerg: Thank you, Hannah!
>89 charl08: Hope your tomatoes are appearing too, Charlotte.
>90 richardderus: Hmmmm.
>92 SandyAMcPherson:, >93 Dejah_Thoris:, >94 CassieBash:, >96 RebaRelishesReading: Yes, that made me laugh.
>97 karenmarie: Glad to be of service, Karen.
>98 richardderus:, >99 CassieBash:, >100 thornton37814: I knew that would hit home around here.
>101 BLBera: Thanks, Beth.
>102 Storeetllr: Hi, Mary!
>103 Kassilem: And good to see you here too, Melissa.
Okay, that's caught up the people. I still have a batch of books to post.
Good grief! Did you realize that I had not reviewed a single book on this thread so far? I didn't! It's not that I haven't been reading, just not posting them. So, to catch up!
Book #65 Hospital Station by James White (191 pp.)
Book #66 Star Surgeon by James White (160 pp.)
Book #67 Major Operation by James White (183 pp.)
These are the first three books in the Sector General series, books about the operation of a HUGE multi-species hospital in outer space, and of the problems in diagnosing and treating such a diverse population, some of whom have never been encountered before. The first two books were published in the early 60s and reflect some of the non-woke sexism of the times as well as their initial publications as short stories or serializations in the pulp magazines (mainly through the repetition of established facts or procedures of the hospital). By the third book, published in 1971, Nurse Murchison has become a pathologist and kept her own name when marrying a senior doctor. This is problem-solving science fiction that reflects the biases of its Northern Ireland author in its equal treatment of all aliens and pacifist approach to dealing with conflict.
Book #68 Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer (240 pp.)
Book #69 Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Revelations by Lydia Sherrer (288 pp.)
Book #70 Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Allies by Lydia Sherrer (347 pp.)
Book #71 Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus: Legends by Lydia Sherrer (341 pp.)
Okay, it is what it is. The author had a Facebook offer for 4 of her books, a series featuring a female librarian wizard, her disreputable witch friend, a talking cat and a lot of snark. All for $9.99 while each is $7.99 on Amazon. If I had loved the first, wouldn't I have kicked myself, hard, for not getting the set?
It was...okay. Nothing wrong with it, just typical average urban fantasy without much snark. I'm passing on the last two books in the series, which I would have to buy at regular price. I'm too old for this stuff--truly for a younger crowd, I think.
Book #72 False Value by Ben Aaronovitch (297 pp.)
Book 8 of the Rivers of London series. I love Peter Grant's voice almost as much as I love Murderbot's. This is a all-out police procedural involving an American software company that has relocated to London and the Mary Box that Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage created plans for. It is great! I loved it, so much fun. But read the whole series.
Book #73 Ambulance Ship by James White (192 pp.)
There were a number of Sector General books that I missed back in those pre-Internet days, and I think this was one of them. Our team has now been moved from the great hospital to an Ambulance Ship, designed to respond to distress signals in space. Each episode takes the ship to a different disaster with different problems that need to be solved. Still good stuff with such interesting aliens!
Book #74 Resting Witch Face by Rebecca Regnier (244 pp.)
Okay, another free ebook. This one is mostly set-up for the rest of the series about an almost-40 newly single woman returning to her home town in the Upper Michigan peninsula only to encounter both a murder (she's a reporter) and lots of supernatural creatures. Again, okay, but it didn't ring my bell.
Book #75 The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman (334 pp.)
Book 6 of the Invisible Library series, this is just a fun romp. Nothing deep but more layers that the ebooks above for sure. Irene and Kai are involved in a heist story involving both dragons and fae and of course mayhem ensues.
>106 ronincats: I'm looking forward to more Peter Grant. It's still weeks away according to the holds list.
>104 ronincats: Love the kitty with the chin!
I'll make my one Sector General comment on the thread itself.
Congratulations on hitting the 75-mark, Roni. I’m envious of your tomato crop and so glad you are back in the pottery studio. Love the 5-inch plates you’ve been posting.
Congratulations on #75 -- I'm so impressed by those of you who have reached this mark even before the middle of the year!
>114 ronincats: Your tomatoes are looking great! I've got one little plant and it won't grow:-(
Congratulations on reaching 75!
Wow! Did I congratulate you on 75? CONGRATULATIONS! Also congratulations of the tomatoes!
Congratulations on reaching the magic 75, Roni.
I wish you a wonderful sunday!
>107 quondame: Hope it gets to you soon, Susan.
>108 LizzieD: Hey, Peggy, see you there.
>109 CassieBash: You do that, Cassie.
>110 Donna828:, >111 RebaRelishesReading:, >112 quondame:, >113 Dejah_Thoris:, >116 EllaTim:, >117 richardderus:, >118 LizzieD:, >119 bell7:, >120 CassieBash: and >121 SirThomas: Thank you very much, all of you!
>115 Dejah_Thoris: And the first one to set on started to turn color yesterday! Talk about excitement!
Book #76 Sector General by James White (196 pp.)
This book is a collection of four stories, all of the"encounter an alien(s) who is unconscious and presumably injured and figure out how to fix it" variety. This is starting to get a little old, despite considerable ingenuity, but fortunately the next book starts the full length novels in the series, allowing more depth and variety.
For some reason, none of the usual suspects can give me a page length on this book!
More congrats from me on the 75. I must pick up the Rivers of London series at some point, I've only ever heard good things.
Your tomatoes look lovely. Still only one here, but *finally* some beans have popped their heads through the soil, so fingers crossed for a crop this year. Raspberries and strawberries just ripening now: had first raspberries with ice cream last night. Fingers also crossed that they survive the birds!
Hi Roni - just catching up finally. Your tomato plants look wonderful and I'm happy that you are back in the pottery studio.
I need to get back into the Peter Grant series, I was bogged down with books last year so didn't get #7 read. Have just read the first Bobiverse book and my library has the other two sitting on the shelves so I need to take a quick trip down the road.
Hi, Charlotte and Kerry! Lovely to have you visit. Yes, Peter Grant rocks! Read them!
Just sat in on this: TorCon 2020: Cory Doctorow and Nnedi Okorafor In Conversation
Hi Roni - just dropping by to see what's up in your LT world. Lovely tomatoes and *lots* of reading.
I'm not very far along with even reaching 75 yet, but well done you. Are you aiming for the double-75?
I have tomatoes setting on, but nothing like the numbers you have. Or any that are that big.
>95 ronincats: Love that one!
>106 ronincats: I thought that the group read of the James White books was not happening until the summer? Have I gotten my dates confused? I have an omnibus with the first three books in it. I am waiting to see if I like them before I purchase the rest.
I just finished book 4 in the Rivers of London series, trying to catch up with books that I missed while I was in school. I will be starting book 5 tomorrow. I had no idea that there were at least 8 books in the series. I have a ways to go yet!
I am loving all the cat pottery, Roni! Oh and. . .
Congratulations on reaching 75, Roni!
Ooh, I am soooo jealous of your tomatoes. One of these days I'll garden again. Your pottery is AMAZING!
Your Tommies are beautiful. I'm envious. Mine are still pretty small. I do have some small amounts of lettuce and zucchini tho. and a gazillion santa rosa plums.
stay safe and healthy
>129 SandyAMcPherson: Thanks, Sandy. Yes, generally I do aim at the twice-75 mark.
>130 benitastrnad:, >134 AMQS:, >135 RBeffa: First ripe tomatoes came in this morning--smaller ones from a plant in a pot, but the big ones should be coming along soon.
>131 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia. Yes, we started June 1 for the summer read here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/320907 but it's totally unregulated and self-paced, so join us there when you can.
>133 curioussquared: Thanks, Natalie.
This morning's haul:
>1 ronincats: Watching your tomatoes grow is a lovely thing to do when you are retired! And, I see from the above photo that your gardening is netting a lot of wonderful things for great meals!
>136 ronincats: Those are some nice veggies! We have sadly let the veggie garden go unplanted the past two years; while mom is sick, it just didn't seem to be something we could devote the time to. An acquaintance is donating a cherry tomato plant and I put in a couple of fennel plants (more for black swallowtail caterpillars than for us, but still....), and we're going to do some lettuce in an old horse tank, but that's the extent of our edibles this year. So I will vicariously enjoy looking at your plants and produce instead. :)
>136 ronincats: And OKRA!!!!!! Wow! WOW!! WOW!!!!! My favorite farmer at our local market had a sign advertising his ORKS.
>137 Whisper1: It is indeed, Linda.
>138 CassieBash: Please do enjoy, Cassie.
>139 RebaRelishesReading: Glad to keep you amused, Reba.
>140 lkernagh: Thank you, Lori--glad I don't have your growing season!
>141 LizzieD: The okra needs to grow, a LOT, to be producing enough for a serving, but I am hopeful.
Yesterday I trimmed at the pottery studio. The only things I brought home were bisque ware to design during the week for glazing. So it won't be until the week AFTER next that I have any new glazed pieces to bring home.
Yesterday evening at dusk, I was closing the window in my office that looks out at the deck and saw some very brushy tails over by the feral cats' food dishes mid-deck. Couldn't get a clear view so went around to the back door, and there were two young skunks, with VERY bushy tails, cleaning up on the leftover dry cat food in the bowls there. Very handsome. Not necessarily neighbors I want to encourage.
Book #77 Star Healer by James White (217 pp.)
The last novel in the second omnibus, Alien Emergencies, this is the first book written as a full-length novel. Conway is learning to deal with having 5 different species' educator tapes in his brain as well as dealing with a number of serious medical emergencies. Well, that's the only type Diagnosticians deal with, after all!
>136 ronincats: Thanks for the clarification, Roni. Somehow I missed the June 1 starting date. I will start in July though :)
I love the veggies. I am a huge cucumber fan, lol, but those might be a bit huge even for me.
Congrats on reading 75 books! Also, those cucumbers look quite yummy!
And it's Midsummer Eve, so tonight I will be reading Puck of Pook's Hill.
"Puck of Pook's Hill (1906) is Rudyard Kipling's paean to England and history and youth, as Puck, "the oldest Old Thing in England," introduces to two children, siblings Dan and Una, various figures and events from throughout three thousand or so years of British history." And it takes place on Midsummer Eve.
Downloadable at Project Gutenberg here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/557
>143 alcottacre: Whenever you get there, Stasia, you will be welcome.
>144 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita. And they are!
We took Molly for a walk at Balboa Park today. The central plateau opened up last weekend finally, but none of the museums are open yet and the zoo opens tomorrow. Parking was plentiful and it wasn't crowded at all. I wouldn't go there on the weekend, though. But for a June day, it was deserted--usually it is full of tourists every day of the week this time of year.
Hi Roni, I've been a little tardy in my visiting rounds the last little while so a belated congratulations on reaching 75 books . Your garden is producing some mighty fine looking veggies - tomatoes and cucumbers are so good when home grown. I will be joining Stasia for the James White Group read in July and I am looking forward to it. We went for a short drive yesterday, it was nice to be out and about, and then we even went to a restaurant for dinner which I enjoyed but was a little nervous about. This evening we went down to our local beach and watched our daughter and her two kids out on the water with their kayaks, it was a lovely evening and the water was perfectly calm.
>145 ronincats: I walked over to the fountain (not on) this morning and the park was pleasantly busy but not hard to "distance" -- of course June Gloom was in full swing so that may have kept things quieter.
I hope the skunks have absconded and Puck of Pook's Hill has wrought his ancient magic upon you!
Hi Roni! Happy Sunday to you.
>132 ronincats: Clever. I’m not that adventuresome, though, so wouldn’t be inclined to say “I’ll pick one and just buy it!”
>106 ronincats: Congrats on 75.
>114 ronincats: Beautiful tomatoes. You’ve got a green thumb, as the saying goes.
>136 ronincats: Home grown cucumbers are always the sweetest.
>142 ronincats: If I left cat food out it would get eaten by the raccoons, possums, squirrels, and skunks, all of which I want to discourage from hanging out on our property.
SUMMERTIME, and the living is easy...
>146 LizzieD: HI, Peggy!! Always fun to revisit.
>147 DeltaQueen50: That sounds lovely, Judy!
>148 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita.
>149 RebaRelishesReading: I bet it was busy down at the zoo end though, Reba, with the re-opening!
>150 richardderus: Thank goodness someone finally reacted to the skunks! Haven't seen them since that evening, Richard.
>151 karenmarie: Hope you had a good one too, Karen. Usually the ferals eat it all up pretty quickly, but not that night.
A pretty laid-back weekend. We've had our June Gloom so no sunshine until mid-afternoon and cooler temps, have my sinuses acting up a bit. As you see, the tomatoes have started turning. I have an iris blooming in the side garden, the first of four buds on the one stalk, a nice yellow one.
>152 ronincats: That termayter plant is a happy, happy soul. I can *barely* discern the cage! Good eatin' on the way.
...though I'd still pickle some greenies...
>154 ronincats: Feh, it comes out to a high-school reading list. I wonder why there isn't a text version of this online though. I did all kinds of searches, oh, for all of 10 minutes or so, and it remained elusive.
>154 ronincats: I figured them all out pretty quickly. I passed one up on the way, but when I came back to it, I got it quickly.
Hi, Roni! I fell of the map for a while, and haven't posted on people's threads much for months and months. Your tomato jungle is amazing! Mine are just starting to look respectable and get a few blossoms. I'll have to remember to post a picture on my thread.
So envious of your tomatoes!!! We are starting to get fresh local ones, but they are hydroponic -- very good, better than store-bought, no question. We've had asparagus, rhubarb (just finishing up) and strawberries are coming in. Kind of slow around here. We need rain or the blueberries won't be very good later on. My theory is that around when I'm supposed to walk around a lot to reshape the new bone matter it will turn cold and rainy. That is Vermont. There's a lot about people moving up here from the cities, but you what? They will last one or two seasons. Guaranteed.
I really want to get back to James White!!!
In college I read widely in Kipling's oeuvre and then wrote about his well, colonial appropriation of a culture, (wayyyyy back in 1974 or so) -- although not so much negatively as simply, what he did and how he did it. Complex man, amazing writer, truly amazing. I loved Puck!
>154 ronincats: I printed the list off and took it to my favorite chair when I sat down for the evening -- pretty sure I got them all right. It was fun!! Thank you!
>154 ronincats: Darn it. I absolutely cannot figure out #17. Can someone put it inside spoiler syntax for me?
No worries. I couldn't think what a "muscadine" was so had to cheat and look it up :)
>155 quondame: But if they weren't books nearly everyone was familiar with, it wouldn't be much fun.
>156 thornton37814:, >157 LizzieD: Good for a giggle!
>158 foggidawn: Hey, foggi, good to see you and I'll be looking for tomatoes on your thread.
>159 sibylline: Hey, Lucy. hope you are healing quickly!
>160 RebaRelishesReading:, >161 karenmarie:, >162 katiekrug:, >163 karenmarie:, >164 katiekrug: They do come up with some torturous language, don't they?
Book #78 The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (398 pp.)
Sweet. Charming--everyone says charming. But the life of the book is in the depiction of the children's characters. A good antidote to our world today.
>165 ronincats: Beautiful! If we ever could get tomatoes to grow that big, the squirrels would declare them perfect right at that stage and eat them for us.
>165 ronincats: Lovely tomatoes! An acquaintance of mine gave us two plants as gifts because he over-bought and couldn't find room for them at his place. They are cherries so they won't be so big but we're looking forward to using them on one of our favorite home-made pizza recipes: fresh spinach, halved cherry tomatoes, and shredded Swiss cheese. Yum!
>166 ronincats: I think this is one of my favorite 2020 reads so far -- it was just the perfect thing for quarantine blues.
>166 ronincats: Unfortunately for me, Natalie's singing it's praises means that the e-book isn't currently available at any of my libraries. But I have it on hold for when it is.
>166 ronincats: word play is my favorite kind of humor so I loved them all - torturous or not :)
>167 AMQS: Fortunately no rats here--maybe due to the feral cats!
>168 CassieBash: Sounds delicious, Cassie.
>169 curioussquared: Exactly, Natalie.
>170 humouress: Hope it comes soon, Nina.
>171 RebaRelishesReading: Definitely!
Nothing home from the pottery today, as I told you last week. I spent the entire studio time glazing these, which I drew and waxed yesterday, so next week they should be ready to bring home.
>172 ronincats: Just out of curiosity, how will the look of them change after the glazing when you get them back? I love the look of the sunflower bowl and the two cats on the left especially :)
>166 ronincats: Glad to see that was a pretty good one. It's been getting some notice as having crossover teen/adult appeal, so I bought it for the library on our teen librarian's recommendation and I'd like to get to it at some point. I have a ridiculous pile on my nightstand right now, though, so it'll be awhile.
>173 bell7: The colors will change a lot, Mary. The background color for all the pieces will be the same as in the plates in >77 ronincats:, and many of the colors in the cats there and in >104 ronincats: are present in these cats too, but in different patterns and intensities. Always interesting to see how they come out. The Sunflower pie plate is more predictable with the yellow petals with some melon shading and the brown center, and then that blue you see in >77 ronincats:.
>166 ronincats: It's a very sweet book although the gay romance may raise issues with some people, and very well done.
Book #79 Code Blue--Emergency by James White (280 pp.)
White was originally going to end the series after Star Healer, the sixth in the series, where Conway reached his highest possible promotion. But his publisher pressed him for more, and he responded by having a non-human protagonist in the remaining stories. All of these later stories are written as full novels and lack the more episodic structure of the earlier books. This one traces the adventures and misadventures of Cho Thrat, the first of her species to come to Sector General as a student, and is tremendously entertaining in all respects.
Book #80 Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (502 pp.)
This is the first of a five book series written between 2005 and 2010. I have the first three books, and have had the first since shortly after it came out. I tried to get into it once and stalled out four chapters in after bad things are happening to everyone. There's a group read of this series going on right now, which inspired me to move this off my Books on My Shelves. I made it my bathtub book which allowed me to read a chapter a day and space out all the dire circumstances that hit our viewpoint characters. About halfway in, I picked up the pace a bit at 2 chapters a day, even though a couple days ago at the end of Chapter 29 every single one of those characters were in the absolute direst of straits imaginable. Figured it could only go up from there. And I finished the first book today. It is good second-world fantasy, gritty but not straying too far from the classic tropes of medieval type political structure and with good characters that you learn to care for. I will be up for the second--after I finish some library books!!
>172 ronincats:: Yes, it’s delicious but hard to eat because we always go overboard with the spinach, mounding it up in heaps. You have to be half snake and unhinge your jaw to eat it, lol! Nice pottery, as always!
>175 ronincats:: Maybe White decided to go stand-alone with the stories hoping that after each one his publisher might decide to let him call it quits....
>172 ronincats: Wow, that will be a big change in color. I love them all and have to keep reminding myself that I do..not..need...more...dishes!
I have not been able to locate any of my sector general books, Roni, so I think I must have donated them all away. I don't have any in my catalog.
>172 ronincats: your cat plates are really nice.
>166 ronincats: This one has caught my eye. Our library has it available so I may pick it up one day. They are having limited operating hours at our main branch and seniors can reserve an hour in the mornings if you make an appointment.
>172 ronincats: The finished ones will be lovely, but what would it take to get those pale, less intense colors permanently????
Book #81 The Great American Deception by Scott Stein
This is a take-off on the great noir detective novels with a huge dose of word play and ridiculousness throw in. I'm not the target audience, I fear, and Arjay never really caught my fancy, but it's clever (too many footnotes) and a quick read. It takes place in the Great American Mall, which stretches coast to coast.
>176 CassieBash: You sound like my husband. I don't like to do home-made pizzas with him because he always loads on the ingredients to a couple of inches thick!
>177 RebaRelishesReading: They'll be much more vibrant. And you don't...until you do.
>178 RBeffa: Sorry you won't be joining us, Ron. Glad you like the plates. Our libraries are still curbside delivery only from holds made through the online system.
>179 LizzieD: It would take using lighter colored glazes, Peggy. I don't have any plates in the system at the moment, but the next time I do I'll do a pastel for you.
Hi Roni! Stopping by to admire the pottery and the tomatoes! We have finally started to lavish a bit of attention to our neglected allotment this year, but it happened after we went into lockdown and we had very few seeds to work with. We did manage to get one tomato plant in the ground but it doesn't look anything like yours yet - nor will it ever, I fear! Sweetcorn is looking promising though!
The House in the Cerulean Sea sounds lovely, but it has just come out over here by the look of it - one for the wishlist for now. I'm looking forward to seeing how the new plates and a bowl turn out once they are fired!
Thanks, Hannah. I don't have room for sweet corn, unfortunately.
I was trying to find the discrepancy in my numbering here compared to my spreadsheet, and figured out I never posted #78 here, the Kipling, although I talked about going to reread it in >145 ronincats:. So, rather than renumbering, it comes in at
Book #82 Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling (194 pp.)
In the perfect bedtime reading, a mischievous imp called Puck delights two precocious youngsters with 10 magical fables about the hidden histories of Old England. Written especially for Kipling's own children, each enchanting myth is followed by a selection of the master storyteller's spirited poetry.
I did indeed read it on Midsummer Eve, although I did not call Puck by reenacting A Midsummer Night's Dream three times in a fairy circle.
Just spent several hours pulling together the paperwork for my rental for last year (when we had all the legal problems and all the repairs) and my craft stuff, and finally going to my tax guy Monday. Good to have that done with!! I've been putting it off for 3 months! Don't have a book going at the moment and having trouble picking one to start. Going to have fried green tomatoes finally tonight with the salmon; we've been eating ripe ones now for several days.
I love all your garden pics and your pottery is so much fun! Like others have said, I'll be eagerly awaiting photos of the pieces in >172 ronincats: after they've been fired. I'm still sad that I didn't get to meet you in March.
I'll be starting Hospital Station soon.
Is there also another general read for 75'ers in July?
>186 ronincats: I always have trouble supporting tomatoes - have some cages that are pretty good, but you never know when really windy thunderstorm will take them out.
The tomatoes themselves are looking good, though!
>175 ronincats: I'm glad you managed to get through Furies of Calderon this time - remember, I think it's the weakest of the six.
>186 ronincats: I can't wait for my tomatoes to ripen. They are getting there, but all are still green.
>154 ronincats: That was fun, Roni. I got most of them immediately and all of them with a double take.
>184 streamsong: These are the ones the group wiki has listed as current group reads, Janet.
Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
James White's Sector General Books
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
The wiki has links to each of the threads: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/Groups:75booksin2020
>185 jnwelch: Grandkid visits take precedence over everything else, Joe. Enjoy!
>187 Dejah_Thoris: I'm kind of glad to know it is the weakest, Dejah.
>188 richardderus: As soon as those big ones fully ripen, Richard, that's what I'll be having. The slices will be bread-slice sized and perfect, with addition of some bacon and lettuce as well.
>189 thornton37814: I'm considerably further south than you are, Lori; your time will come.
>190 PaulCranswick: I would have expected no less, Paul.
Not been doing much at all, as having a recurrence of the dizziness I had last August when I am vertical. Also haven't managed to commit to the next book, even as I brought some more library books home yesterday after the visit to the tax man.
>191 ronincats: I had a miserable round of mystery vertigo last summer. I hope it resolves quickly. And that you find a book to distract you.
*waving* Morning, Roni -- hope all is well with you and your lovely garden!
>192 Dejah_Thoris: Thanks, Dejah. I put a patch on last night and it is much better this morning.
>193 RebaRelishesReading: *waving* Got to do some gardening today that I wasn't up to yesterday. Trimmed tomatoes, watered, planted some parsley and an eggplant and catnip, grubbed grass out of the side garden, picked pole beans and deadheaded roses. Hope you are having a good one.
Pages read: 3770
Average pages/book: 290
Average pages/day: 126
Mine (2020): 5
Books Off the Shelf: 3
- Science Fiction: 5
- Fantasy: 7
- Children's: 1
- General/Popular: 0
- Romance: 0
- Mystery: 0
US authors: 6
Other countries: Ireland - 4, England - 3
Books out the door: 0 No one will take them right now! Not even the library books although starting the 8th they will start taking returns. I'm getting quite a shelf full!
>194 ronincats: I'm glad to hear you're feeling better, Roni.
My library system has been accepting returns, but are quarantining them for four days. I've got some donations for the collections, but I'm not even bothering to try to get them to the right person yet - they'll keep.
>191 ronincats: - Thanks for all the info. It was actually the July Juvenile that I was wondering about, but I didn't know what the topic was. I see you've set up the thread now, so thanks!
It looks like I'll have several to choose from to join in the read.
Glad you're feeling better this morning. I had plans to go walking before the marine layer dissolved but I'm looking out at a lot of blue sky already so don't think I'm going to make it. Hope your gardening is going well and that you have a cool, restful afternoon.
>195 Dejah_Thoris: It makes sense to quarantine the books for a period, Princess, but some of mine could have been done with a 3 week period and I KNOW someone is just waiting for Gideon the Ninth!
>196 BLBera: Gardening is fun when the produce produces, Beth. See below.
>197 streamsong: Great! See you in the Juvenile July thread then, Janet.
>198 RebaRelishesReading: It got up to 80 here today, so definitely starting to warm up, Reba. It was pottery day so my afternoon was pretty busy.
I was very disappointed in my results today. That lovely blue background in >77 ronincats: didn't show up--the glaze must have been too thin. Here they are, with a touch of glare in the photo.
So I re-glazed the background of the cats hoping the thicker coat will give me the colors I want. You can see the start on the upper left plate. I didn't redo the sunflower pie plate as it looks fine with that brownish background. Compare the fired colors with the unfired ones here:
I glazed a bunch of stuff today, but all bowls so no cat designs.
And we had BLTs with cheese on toast tonight for the first time. The large tomato on the bottom right is the one sacrificed to the cause.
>154 ronincats: >160 RebaRelishesReading: My brain is like mush!
I got maybe two and then handed it off to The Man. No kidding, he reeled off titles just going down the list. One was maybe an extra thought or so.
Yes. I think I need to get more exercise, so I r-e-l-a-x!
I haven't been posting much so I thought I better make some comments! I'm totally salivating over the photos of your tomato production. Gorgeous prize-winners.
>155 quondame: >166 ronincats: Yeah, the book titles are not obscure.
Susan, I found it because the quiz has the person's name at the bottom.
I was so dense I went and looked at Laurie Parker's website which didn't have anything useful, but using her name and "book quiz" I found the best link ~~ here .
It had answers! You have to highlight the blank spot with your cursor (after the clue). I must be pandemic-anxiety-sedated to have had so much difficulty!
Hi Roni. That was a fun quiz at >154 ronincats:! Hard to believe it is July already - our weather this last couple of days is more like March - cloudy, cold with rain showers. I have a strange craving for Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches - I wonder why??? Serously, your produce looks great, I would love to reach in there and swipe a tomato or two!
>201 SandyAMcPherson: Thanks Sandy. I actually tried a number of searches but if that popped up I missed it.
>199 ronincats: Those tomatoes are looking good. I think I'll be able to pick my first cherry tomatoes when I go out later today. I noticed yesterday that a few were nearly ready. I think a couple more squash will be ready to pick also.
>199 ronincats: I agree - don't do anything to the sunflower plate -- it's spectacular as it is!!
Sorry the glaze didn't come out as you hoped, though I agree with Reba that the sunflower plate looks great. I am amazed at your abundance of tomatoes, and a BLT with cheese sounds like a perfect meal. Yum!
>199 ronincats: The plates look good in spite of the fact that you didn't get the colour you wanted. With the before and after pictures, it's no wonder you can't tell what the glaze will look like before they go in the oven.
Nice tomatoes! I'm almost tempted to try and grow some myself.
>199 ronincats: Mmm! They're lovely looking and I'll bet yummy tasting, too.
I’m sorry the kitty plates didn’t come out the way you wanted them too. I absolutely adore the Sunflower dish.
>199 ronincats: Gorgeous tomatoes.
In this difficult year with an unprecedented pandemic and where the ills of the past intrude sadly upon the present there must still be room for positivity. Be rightly proud of your country. To all my American friends, enjoy your 4th of July weekend.
>199 ronincats: I loved that Sunflower dish as well! And wow, your tomatoes!
>199 ronincats: What a lot of lovely tomatoes Roni! We have planted tomatoes but they haven’t grown anything like as well as yours, and we haven’t had any crops yet. We did have our first cucumber today though, which was quite exciting.
Hey, everyone! Sandy, Judy, Susan--glad the quiz sparked some conversation. Lori, Mary, Nina, Richard, Karen, Ella, Beth and Rhian, loving the tomato love almost as much as the tomatoes! Reba, Mary, Nina, Karen and Ella, yes, I'm very happy with the sunflower pie plate. The studio is closed this week while Annie goes on vacation, so it won't be until next week that I can see if my retrograde with the plates worked, as well as the other items I glazed. Thank you, Paul for your good wishes.
Book #83 Sorcerous Rivalry by Kayleigh Nicol (294 pp.)
A Kindle Unlimited freebie that looked interesting. However, the POV character is a young, immature male mage and despite an interesting set-up and a well-developed m/m romantic theme, his character just didn't develop enough for me to invest in the plot.
Book #84 The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow (480 pp.)
I was very interested in the first part of the book, seeing P&P from Mary's perspective and how she came to be who she is in that book. The rest of the book was good--I can see the themes and situations carried on from Austen and Mary being who she is, don't expect the flashes of humour that Lizzie provided--but I feel that it could have been edited down considerably. Hadlow didn't need 480 pages to tell this story and I got impatient with the pacing in the second half. I have read Hadlow's other book (which I didn't realize when I picked this one up), which is a nonfiction account of George III and his wife and children, and thought it very informative and good, but this fictional novel doesn't need that degree of detail. And it bothered me that Mary was briskly walking all over Regency London on her own, when Georgette Heyer has made perfectly clear that one must be accompanied by a maid at least or ruin one's reputation!
#84 sounds like something that was a heartfelt passion project, so I guess she took liberties. I can't imagine that a writer of non-fiction about George III was unaware of social mores like chaperonage.
Still experiencing tomato envy....
>214 ronincats: When you started I thought "yikes, another one I need to read" but by the end of your comments I think I'll be comfortable letting it go. That said, you did get me with a BB on the bio of George III.
>215 richardderus: Very true, Richard. A puzzlement.
>216 RebaRelishesReading: That was very interesting reading, REba.
So I was able to return my read library books to my local branch via the book return chute, and from now on I can request my holds to come to the local branch for curbside pickup. Yay! And other readers will be glad to get False Value, Gideon the Ninth, and 5 other new and popular reads. Those I still have out, too many because I haven't been reading them, are not due until the end of August.
We made a Costco run today. Not much else got done, but I brought in a huge cucumber and will make refrigerator pickles with it tomorrow. Another warm one but not as bad as Sunday.
>214 ronincats: I'm glad it wasn't a total dud for you. I didn't know she was a historian too - I don't know how people fit everything in. As someone with a sister who is very different to me I think I had a lot of time for Mary's POV!
Those chaperone rules would have driven me crazy. I don't think any of my ancestors had enough £ to have to worry about that sort of thing though.
Book #85 The Genocidal Healer by James White (219 pp.)
I am more and more impressed by these later Sector General books that I hadn't read, both this one and the previous one included in General Practice. The novel-length stories are much richer with more detail and depth of thought than the earlier books and deal with really interesting issues.
I started the Sector General books and didn't persist and obviously need to -- this might be the right time for it too! (My brain is working again AND I can get upstairs fine on my own now and those are all upstairs!)
Good produce is coming in here to our local farmstand/store and I am loving it! We grow our own rhubarb, asparagus (for a couple of weeks), lettuce, herbs, onions, garlic, melon. -- no tomatoes because some tomato thing has been persistent, ditto potatoes (basic blight) which is sad as we used to have great crops of them.
We don't bother growing zucchini any more as there is just SO MUCH OF IT usually in baskets by people's mailboxes with a sign saying "FREE!!" starting around now.
>219 ronincats: I'm looking forward to getting up to that point in the series!
Hi everyone, especially Lucy, Peggy and Richard who have left evidence of their visits! It has been a hot weekend, in the 90s and, although the humidity has been low, we've had the window air conditioner on in the bedroom and I've been spending most of my time there rather than here in my office. Right now it's just 86 Fahrenheit, so I'm venturing out to update.
Book #86 The Galactic Gourmet by James White (288 pp.)
White returns to Sector General to tell the tale of the great Gurronsevas, a massive, six-legged alien of considerable dignity, who is the most renowned chef in all the galactic federation.
Chef? Just so. But now, at the peak of his career, Gurronsevas finds that fame, honor, and a large staff of scurrying minions aren't enough anymore. He wants to take on the greatest challenge of his professional life: making hospital food palatable.
And not just any hospital, either. Gurronsevas has come to Sector General. And interspecies understanding may never recover....
This one is a reread, and I enjoyed it just as much this time as the last time! And probably even more because, reading it in sequence, characters from the previous books have an additional depth and resonance that I would not have picked up on the first time.
Book #87 Final Diagnosis by Jame White (320 pp.)
This book refers not only to previous characters but to the events in Star Surgeon, the second book in the series. I love the way White ties in not only the characters but the plots of previous books and continues to develop novel and fascinating alien situations!
Book #88 The Little Grey Men by Denys Watkins-Pitchford (250 pp.)
This is the actual dust cover of my copy of this book, which was in my grandparents' bookcase when I went to visit them as a child. I brought it home a year or so ago from my mom's and had been meaning to reread it. Impetus given by the Juvenile July group read! This book was first publish in 1942, although the copy I have is from my birth year. It is a children's fantasy novel written by Denys Watkins-Pitchford under the nom de plume "BB" and illustrated by the author under his real name.It was first published by Eyre & Spottiswoode in 1942 and it has been reissued several times. Set in the English countryside, it features the adventures of four gnomes who may be the last of their race. At the same time it features the countryside during three seasons of the year.
Watkins-Pitchford won the 1942 Carnegie Medal recognizing The Little Grey Men as the year's best children's book by a British subject. It's pretty tame by today's standards, but will always be treasured by me for the sentimental connotations.
Book #89 Mind Changer by James White (301 pp.)
This reads like the final book of the series, although there will be one more. O'Mara, the chief other-species psychologist, has been there since Sector General was being built, a legend in his own time and behind the scenes in every book. But now he is appointed chief administrator, charged with choosing and then training his successor, and then retiring. Through a series of flashbacks interspersed with yet another medical mystery problem needing solving, we follow him throughout the history of Sector General, as well as dealing with the current-day issue. I didn't remember anything about the book except that when we reached the ultimate scene, I knew who and what it was and so must have read it before.
I will read the final book, featuring Dr. Prilicla, but this really reads like the culmination of the series and I am more impressed than ever before at what James White hath wrought.
HI Roni -- I love that you posted your actual dust cover of a childhood favorite. I don't have any of my childhood books which is sad but I think I left them at my Mom's too long after I left home and she decided I didn't want them.
It seems cooler this morning (and news last night said "heat advisory" was ending) so perhaps you'll get a chance to use your she shed today. Hope so.
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