T(erri)LOeffler--75 Challenge for 2015
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But friends are always welcome, old and new! Happy 2015 to everyone!
I don't do much thread-hopping these days, but I did want to stop by to say happy new year. Good luck with your 2015 challenge!
This is my second year with the group and I'm hoping to get to know a few more of the regulars a bit better this year.
A New Year's Welcome to Carrie, Madeline, Darryl, Mamie, Rachel (*chuckle*), Linda, Paul (my ONLY friend in Kuala Lumpur--I should get on the ball and find some more), Judy, Beth, Roni, Mamie again, Steve, Juli and Amber!!!
I love you all!
PS If you read something that I absolutely must read, put a note over here in case I don't make it to your thread before it overwhelms me. Otherwise, I might run out of reading ideas. (NOT!)
Now I'm going to go finish up my 2014 thread...
1. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. This one ran a little hot & cold for me. First of all, I think I'm kind of done with dystopia--there just doesn't seem to be much new to be said about it. There were parts of this book that I was rapt with attention, and other parts where I cursed him to just get on with it. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it, but I wouldn't insist either. It just didn't do it for me.
Iowa City Meet-up Thread
I hope your reading improves for you! Happy 2015! Is it time for Joplin yet? :)
Julia! How will I know what's going on with you??? I'm sure that at a different time, I might have liked The Dog Stars better, but it was just too inconsistent for me, and although I dearly love dogs, I just wanted him to get over the dog! That sounds awful, doesn't it? But you're right, we can't all like the same books--that would be dull, and I don't do dull.
Julia again! Thanks for the link to the Iowa City thread. You know I'd love to go (I'm always up for an adventure), but that is my scrapbooking weekend this year (until Valentine's Day moves further away from Presidents Day weekend). Hopefully, October will work for me. And maybe July can work for you to come to St. Charles? That would also be fun!
I can accept that, Donna. I've found that I like books a lot better after I've seen the author in person. Especially if he's cute!
No, Stasia, it's not time for Joplin yet. Only 47 more weeks!
Thank you, Sandy. I think I read the Introductions Thread once, and never got back to it (imagine that), so I've starred your thread in the Category Challenge and I'll pop around occasionally. I managed to keep up with my thread here last year, but no one else's. Still, I trudge along...
Happy New Year, Joanne! I hope no one thinks I hated The Dog Stars, because overall it was a good story. Maybe the running on was more obvious to me since I was listening to the audio book. Sometimes, I think that makes a difference. Still. I'm not sorry I read it!
Happy New Year, Terri, too!
Thank you, Linda! So far it's been sketchy in the love and laughter departments, but I've got a lot of good reads going! One out of three isn't bad!
Happy New Year to you too, Laura! Hope it's a good one for you!
2. Five Things I Know by Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie. (Touchstone & ISBN very wonky on this book). This is the most recent Concord Free Press book. Just a little inspirational book, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. If anyone would like to have it, PM me and I will send it off to you if you promise to make a charitable donation of some kind & pass it along when you're done!
3. Coming Down the Mountain by Thomas Hart. I went on a weekend retreat back in November, and at the end they gave us this book, which has reflections, Bible quotes, and a small action item for each day of the 6 weeks following the retreat. I'm not terribly religious, but I am very spiritual, and I found both the retreat and the book extremely thought-provoking. If you ever go on a retreat, you should get a copy of this to read when you get home.
Happy New Year to you, Sandra!
4. The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler. My favorite detectives are at it again! Some bizarre killings involving Punch & Judy puppets, an acting troupe, and friendly neighborhood Peculiar Crimes Unit! I love this series...
5. The Mitfords by Charlotte Mosley. Whew. This was a chunkster. 800+ pages. Recommended by Stasia about 4 years ago...Mosley is the daughter-in-law of Diana Mitford, and she has collected the correspondence between the five sisters from 1925 to 2002. And there was a lot! I mostly enjoyed this book--I may not have agreed with everything they did or said, but they lived in a interesting place during an interesting century, and it was fun to hear everyday talk about people like the Queen Mother and Hitler. Once two of the sisters had died, though, it started to drag for me. I was glad to finally finish.
Describe yourself: Mother Night
Describe how you feel: Happy This Year!
Describe where you currently live: Across the Wide Missouri
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Judgment of Paris
Your favorite form of transportation: Last Bus to Woodstock
Your best friend is: The Songcatcher
You and your friends are: My Family and Other Animals
What’s the weather like: Isaac’s Storm
You fear: The Interrupted Tale
What is the best advice you have to give: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Thought for the day: Tell The Wolves I’m Home
How I would like to die: Flight of Aquavit
My soul’s present condition: Getting to Yes
I really should get back to the Bryant & May series.
I adore that meme. Sometimes it's a struggle to find answers, but by golly, I did it! Sooo....
Thanks for stopping by, Carrie, Amber, Stasia, Berly, Sandra, Terri and Ellen! And here's what little I've read in January:
6. The Boston Raphael by Belinda Rathbone. The author's father, Perry Rathbone, was museum director at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and involved in a bit of a scandal about a painting absconded from Italy, ostensibly a previously unknown Raphael. Prior to Boston, Rathbone was director of the St. Louis Art Museum, so our Art Museum Book Club read this and invited his daughter to our gathering. She did an excellent job of keeping the book even-handed, and it really was a fascinating story. Plus there were pages & pages of art. I would definitely recommend it!
7. Waiting for Gertrude by Bill Richardson. I love this book. This was a re-read, since I suggested it for my Book Group. They all HATED it. I was so sad. I re-read it to make sure I still liked it, and I think I liked it more, and it just broke my heart that they didn't. Anyway, it takes place in Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. It turns out that the cats who populate the cemetery are "translations" of famous people buried there (Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Modigliani, Isadora Duncan, Sarah Bernhardt) but especially Alice Toklas, who is, of course, "waiting for Gertrude." A delight for the imagination. But don't take my word for it. Apparently, I have no idea what I'm talking about....
8. Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene. A true story about North Platte, Nebraska, where they opened a canteen in WWII for servicemen whose trains stopped there. Greene went there, and interspersed stores of how it was then with people's remembrances of it now. It was okay. Not great. Everyone kept saying the same thing.
9. Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow. One of the things I'm doing this year is reading Pulitzer Prize winners (fiction, non-fiction, biography, history only). I used my random number generator and chose 1976. This was the fiction book this year. I really didn't like it at all. I finished it, but it was a slog for me.
That's all for now! Let's see what else I can do in February!
I'm reading through the Pulitzers, too, and I also thought Humbolt's Gift was a bit of a slog. I'm just not a big Saul Bellow fan, I'm afraid...
Hang in there. You will be so proud of yourself when you are finished with yet another degree!
Thank you Kim! I need all of the luck I can get...
Amber,that was the first (and probably last) Saul Bellow I've read. sometimes you have to wonder who votes on these things?
Hi, Mamie! I think we figured out that the key to enjoying Waiting for Gertrude is to know the people that the cats are representing. Most of my fellow book-clubbers didn't. Although my cousin Chris, God bless her, looked them up while she was reading it and she enjoyed it a lot more than the others did.
Oh, Connie, I just don't even try any more. If I have a few minutes, and I see that there are minimal posts in my top-starred threads, I'll look at them. But as you can see, I haven't even looked at my own thread in a month! And I probably shouldn't be doing it now, but I am anyway...You do a much better job than I do!
Thank you, Linda! Hope things are getting better every day for you!
Ah, my new friend Julia! You were right; I didn't get to read your post until my March Drop In. I'm stressing myself a little less since I decided to take Mondays off work to concentrate on my paper. Just knowing I have that extra time has taken a load off my mind. I'll still be glad when it's over.
Hi, Roni! Me too!
Oh, Donna, I wish I could have been there! I would love it if you guys could come. I promise, the convention center is air-conditioned, as are all of the local restaurants (like Ginghams, Brenda...). If it's too hot, we can stay inside, but if not, we could stroll down Main Street. I would be so excited.
Thank you, Terri! I'm stressed, and spend a lot of time working on my project, but the instructor told me last week that he has no concerns about me at all, so that's encouraging!
And I did read/listen to a few more books this month...
11. Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri's German-American Community during World War I by Petra DeWitt. A fairly short book (more of a thesis, actually) about the German community in Missouri during World War I, and were they highly discriminated against. She thought not, but I didn't think it was well-supported. There wasn't a big push in the state to oust them, but most of them were smart enough to keep a low profile and settle in predominantly German communities.
12. Civil War in St. Louis by William C. Winter. A guided tour of Civil War sites in St. Louis. The directions were vague and mostly out of date, and I knew a lot of the stories, so it was okay but not great.
13. In the Days of McKinley by Margaret Leech. A very thorough (and very large) biography of President William McKinley. Although I thought I'd never finish it, and it was incredibly detailed, I did enjoy reading it and I learned a lot about those times in America.
14. Living Your Strengths by Albert L. Winseman, Donald O. Clifton, and Curt Liesveld. My sister & I took a 7 week class based on this book. We took a long test, and it told us what our five top strengths were. Me? Learner, Input (collects things & information), Communication, Positivity (really?), and WOO (Winning Others Over). It was mostly spot-on.
15. Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear. I didn't care for this one as much as the Maisie Dobbs series. The story of 2 girl friends in the early 20th century. One marries the other's brother and becomes a farmer's wife, the other stays in London and becomes a suffragette, then a pacifist, then in a panicked fear of being arrested, becomes an ambulance driver in WWI, at the same time her brother enlists. I just didn't care for it that much.
16. How To Be Both by Ali Smith. Read for my Book Group. Apparently, the hook is that some books begin with "Eyes" and some begin with "Camera," and how does your perception of the book differ based on which part comes first. I'm pretty sure that if I had read the second part first, I wouldn't have finished it, but neither part impressed me at all, so I will be having my revenge this afternoon on those who didn't like Waiting for Gertrude (as long as the snow doesn't keep me away from Book Group. And it shouldn't).
17. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey. A cute, short little book about the wedding day of Dolly Thatcham: her doubts, the anxiety of the man who loves her (but hasn't told her), and the rest of the family as they flit to & fro about the house getting ready. I thoroughly enjoyed it, almost enough to watch the movie...but not quite.
Meg, I gave up trying to catch up a long time ago. Until after May, I'm lucky to read my own thread! I don't expect I'll be spending too much time playing hooky from homework. I'll be too stressed about the 40-page research paper due in May! But after that--PARTYTIME!
Thank you, Linda! And thank you for taking time away from a rough period of your own to come over and be nice to me! I hope you're doing better every day...
Don't bother, Laura. Although just because I didn't like it, someone else might...but probably not. My cousin Chris made me laugh, though, when she told me that while everyone else was slamming my book, she said "Well, I think you'd have to be very intelligent like Terri to understand this book..."
Hi, Kim! It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it--thanks for stepping up!
And I have read some books. I must spend an hour a night reading or I just can't sleep.
19. Empire of Sin by Gary Krist. This was an LT Early Reviewer (that I was very late with). It tells the story of the rise and fall of Storyville in New Orleans, along with the beginnings of jazz. Very interesting, and a good character study of a lot of the people involved. I shaved a point off for overuse of the word "ubiquitous." At least once a chapter in the first half of the book. It's one of my favorite words, but it was WAY overused. The rest of it was good though! Recommended if you like stories from that time & place.
20. The Enemy Among Us by David Fiedler. A book about the German & Italian POW camps in Missouri during World War II. I met the author a couple of years back, and he was so delightful that I bought the book. Then let it sit on the table for years. But I read it. It was interesting. I didn't even know that there were any POW camps in Missouri.
21. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente. First full book in a series about a girl who has adventures (and misadventures) in Fairyland. Good fun and a welcome respite from heavy-duty books.
22. The Absolutist by John Boyne. Really, I am totally in love with John Boyne. He's so darned cute, and he has the most awesome Irish accent. Plus he writes really, really good books. This one takes place in World War I, and is the story of a young gay man in the trenches. So powerful and absorbing, that I blew off homework and read it in 2 nights. Highly recommended.
23. Dead Wake by Erik Larson. Another one of my favorite authors to read (although I didn't find him nearly so delightful in person). This was another LT Early Reviewer that I did better with. Larson tells a detailed story of the passengers on the Lusitania on its final voyage, interspersed with diary ("war log") entries of the captain of the submarine that sank the Lusitania. Utterly fascinating. Also highly recommended.
24. The Ragtime Kid by Larry Karp. I read this for February's MO Readers book. It was a murder mystery book, taking place in Sedalia MO when Scott Joplin was there. Most of the characters had the names of real people, although not necessarily their story, and it was kind of fun the way he worked it around. Brun Campbell is a 13 year old boy who runs away from home to learn to play piano like Scott Joplin. He arrives in time to discover a dead body, and tries to cover up the evidence that Joplin may have been involved in the murder. He spends the rest of the story doing things that aren't sensible (except, I guess, to a 13 year old boy), but it all comes around in the end. It didn't provoke me to read any more in the series, but this was something different.
Found out the JoCo Book Sale is Jun 3-6 (JoCo Community College Fieldhouse) this year. Just a heads up, in case we want to meet-up for that, OR we could opt, instead, for the St. Charles sale in July. Either way, I'm in for either or both.
Meg, it really was a good book, once I got past his ubiquitous "ubiquitous." And I was pleasantly surprised by The Ragtime Kid.
Linda, that makes me feel a little less bad about being so late reading it! Let me know if you'd like mine. I enjoyed it, but I'm trying to be a little less possessive about my books, and I'll be glad to send it to you.
Hi, Connie! I spent almost $100 at his book-signing. I bought all of them that I didn't already have. He laughed at me, which made me happy because he has such a DARLING smile!
Thanks, Amber! Hey, guess what? It looks like I'll be in Wisconsin July 27-29 (hopefully by myself) taking a class at Epic. Maybe we can hook up?
I'm not gonna lie, Kim--the first few weeks of my current class weren't too bad, because I had done so much prep work in the last class. The reason I'm on here tonight is because I need to buckle down and get my paper done by May 6, so I'm procrastinating. :/ Plus, the only way I can survive is to read for an hour a night. Besides, I made a pledge at the library to read 20 minutes every day. I can't let them down...
You will, Stasia. You can't resist me. Face it.
Brenda!!! You know, I looked it up the other day, and if we want to get together for JoCo, I'm in. I might have to go to Mexico (MO) for work the following week, but I'm good between Wednesday at 5:00 and Saturday night (I have to make some pulled pork for my nieces' graduation party on Sunday). Let me know (probably a text--as you can see, I'm a real slacker here). And I'd love for you guys to come over for the St. Charles sale in July! I've taken that whole week off (not just for the book sale, but partly), so bring it on! We can have lunch and/or dinner at Pio's!
Pio's, Sandy! Is that incentive enough? I'm in for both too!
And I have been reading, so I guess I'll have to list out the books I've read since last time. Dang it. I wanted to work on my paper tonight.....NOT.
You are working full time, going back for another degree, and reading a lot of books...plus spending time with your family.
Are you tired?
26. Soldier's Heart BY Gary Paulsen. My 17 year old grandson asked me to get him this book for his birthday in May, and since I'm always buying junk for the younger ones, I just bought it for him and gave it to him at Easter. Of course, I had to read it first, to make sure it was appropriate. It was. My grandson David is big on wars and weapons and being in the Army. This novel is told by Charley Goddard, a young man who lies about his age to join the Union army in the Civil War. It is absolutely straightforward about what the war was like from the standpoint of a boy, and it pulled no punches. It was pretty graphic, which I think is good, because it was a pretty graphic war.
27. Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. We read this for my RL book group. Hari "investigates" the war on drugs, how it came about (Henry Anslinger) and how we should legalize marijuana and make safe heroin available to addicts. Now, I have no qualms about legalizing drugs. I tried pot once when I was young, and it didn't affect me one way or the other, so I never bothered with it again, but I know that two of my sons smoke regularly, and I'm good with that as long as they don't get caught by the authorities (both of them got caught anyway). But this book just wasn't it for me. I found the author's style annoying, the footnotes in the back were ridiculous (one was 3 pages long. Really?). Almost all of his references were websites, which, on their own, I don't always consider to be gospel. He kept asking himself stupid questions and I was just annoyed the whole way through. Mandi said I was just getting back at her for "the cat book," but I just really didn't like this book.
28. The Atlantic Sound by Caryl Phillips. Someone once recommended this book to me, and it came up in the random number lottery, so I read it. Another book that I just couldn't figure out where it was going. A lot of talk about the slave trade, but from an African and British standpoint. It's probably a really good book, but it just didn't do it for me.
29. Art Quilts of the Midwest by Linzee Kull McCray. I bought this book because my cousin is featured in it. Luanne is a "fiber artist," and her specialty is photographing statuary, printing it on flour sacks, and hand-quilting it (my profile picture is one of her works). Anyway, McCray chose 20 quilt artists across the Midwest, and interviewed them about their craft. There are two written pages on each artist, and pictures of several of their art quilts. They are all different, and they are all beautiful. I enjoyed reading how they got into something like this--I know people make quilts for beds, but these are not for beds, and who thinks one day, "Hmm. I think I'll quilt some wall art." Not me, but that's probably because I have no talent. These people DO.
30. Embrace the Grim Reaper by Judy Clemens. Another series I found myself starting. Casey Maldonado survived car crash that killed her husband and baby, and she has run away from life. Her companion on the road is Death, a rather interesting character, who seems to prod her to places where suspicious deaths have taken place, and she solves the mystery. It sounds simplistic, and I guess it is, but I enjoyed reading it and I'll keep the series on my list.
31. Bryant and May and the Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler. I just can't get enough of the PCU. This was a good one...
32. Lamy of Santa Fe by Paul Horgan. One of my Pulitzer books from 1976. Does a book have to be over 400 pages to qualify for a Pulitzer? Seems like it. But this was a good book. John Lamy is the model for the main character in Death Comes for the Archbishop, and this is a real biography of him. A fascinating character, in fascinating times, Lamy was the first bishop of the New Mexico/Colorado/thereabouts territory before they were states, and it's just interesting to read about all their traveling.
33. The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward, Random House sent this to me randomly (he-he) so I read it. I didn't expect to like it, but I really did. It tracks the stories of a young couple trying to adopt a baby, and a teenaged girl with her younger brother, trying to work her way to the United States (and her mother) from Honduras after her grandmother dies. Sad, but still well written, and the ending was a bit of a surprise for me. Recommended.
34. The Little World of Liz Climo by Liz Climo. My son Keith handed this to me and told me to read it. Apparently Liz Climo is a cartoonist of some kind, and this was a book of some of her drawings and cartoons. Some of them had me laughing out loud. A cute book.
35. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver . I read this for my Art Museum Book Club. Marisa Silver has taken the iconic picture by Dorothea Lange, "Migrant Woman," and fashioned a story around her and Florence Owens Thompson (the woman in the picture). Names changed, of course, and mostly fiction, based loosely on Lange's life, I loved the way the story flipped from one perspective to another. The characters were not perfect people, so they seemed very real, and I could see the woman in the picture saying and doing the things she did. It was hard to convince myself that it was fiction. I loved this book. And Saturday, we're going to discuss it among the print collections in the back room of the museum, where they have a print of the picture.
ETA: What fun! Today is Marisa Silver's birthday!
36. A History of Loneliness by (who else?) John Boyne. This is Boyne's most recent book. In his first "Irish" novel, John Boyne takes on the abuses in the Catholic Church in Ireland during the 1970s & 1980s. Told from the standpoint of Odran Yates, an Irish priest, and moving back and forth across his life, we learn no one is blameless.
A fascinating story, rather like a train wreck that you can't take your eyes off, Boyne looks at all sides of this difficult story and, as in most of his books, leaves you stunned at the end. Excellent book. HIGHLY recommended.
37. The Kansas City Athletics by Ernest Mehl. May's book for the Missouri Readers, and if you want to know what I thought, you'll just have to pop over there around the 17th and you'll find out!
Am I tired? Heavens no. At least, not until 10:30 or 11:00 at night. And ALWAYS in the morning--I hate to get up.
How are you? It sounds like you're crawling out, slowly but surely, from your surgery. Maybe we'll see you in Joplin this year? ;-)
Hugs to you
I am aiming for Joplin this year. Enough of these crazy surgeries that keep me from doing things I really want to do.
I am very proud of you!!!!
I'm still waiting for The Kansas City Athletics, but have added A History of Loneliness to the wishlist. And went straight to the library and placed a hold on Art Quilts of the Midwest.
I've started Waiting for Gertrude, as you recommended on my thread a couple of weeks ago. Remembering what you said about your book group reactions, I've been slow to get going in the book because I keep taking time out to read the wikipedia entries on every new character who is introduced. So glad to read about Chris doing the same and what a difference it made for her. (I got something right!)
Get back to work on the paper! I want you to do a good job, because after you turn it in you're going to go out and treat yourself to something nice. May 6 is my birthday, so you'll have 2 things to celebrate! I'll probably go for something chocolate, but you can pick what you'd like to have.
>77 Whisper1: hoping Joplin works out for you this year - I would love to finally meet you face to face!
This means we'll see more of you here now, right...? *grins*
I'm finished. Yep, I graduated with my Masters in Management last week, and this is as smart as I'm going to get. Although I REALLY liked the robes that the PhDs got to wear....but NO. DONE.
And I'm so far behind with everything else that I'll never catch up. So if you don't see me here much, it's because I'm doing all the stuff that I haven't done for the last two years. I have no idea what's going on with any of you, and I'm really sorry, but I won't promise to catch up. That road leads to frustration...
Linda, my friend, I do hope you can make it to Joplin this year, but I'm not going to hope too loud. Every time I do, you end up with another surgery and I don't have the heart to do that to you again...
Sandy, I totally agree about Pio's. I had dinner there last week, and I had the salmon. Yum! I'm glad I told you how Chris handled Waiting for Gertrude--I would have been sad if you hated it too. I finished the paper, and got 300/300 points on it, even though it was seven pages under the minimum. I sent the instructor an email and said, You can have a really good paper that's only 23 pages long, or you can have a crap paper that's 30 pages long. He said don't worry about the pages--I expect you've done a great job. And I did. I'm sorry I missed your birthday. I'll have to make that up to you somehow. Dessert at Pio's?
Amber, I am going to do everything I can to work out a visit with you in July. I will let you know as it gets closer!
Julia, if Linda comes, maybe we can play teams!!!
Thanks, Terri. I feel a little guilty, but not a lot. Nothing personal, but I kind of like reading more than I like typing...
Yes, Sandy, an A+ and I did celebrate appropriately. I took my mom & kids & grandkids to lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, went home to take a nap, then joined some folks that I graduated from grade school (!) with at a beer garden until it closed. Then I picked up a hot fudge sundae on the way home...
Last Saturday, Roni! Sooner than we think!
Thanks, Bren! It was a lovely day, in spite of the rain and a cranky daughter-in-law and a diabetic mother who forgot to bring herself a snack...
Thank you, Donna! I do plan to come to the book sale Thursday/Friday, although I can't stay over the weekend. We have another hospital going live on the computer system June 6, so I get to go to Mexico! Missouri, that is...
Thanks, Terri and Amber, and Kim! And Mary, of course. You're not too late--I'm still celebrating....
38. Family Skeletons by Rett MacPherson. A fun little mystery series starring a genealogist and set in small town Missouri.
39. The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara Tuchman. Funny story. I found this at the book fair last year in the paperback mysteries section. Lucky me--if it had been in history, someone else would have gotten it. A great story of, well, of the Zimmerman telegram, partly responsible for America's entry into WWI, where the Germans sent a telegram to Mexico's president suggesting that if they joined the Germans and helped them win the war, Germany would give them back the states we "stole" from Mexico. Tuchman can really tell a story.
40. A Lion in the White House by Aida D. Donald. A good introduction to Theodore Roosevelt. Not incredibly long; kind of a summary, but a good summary. I think I have 3 or 4 more to read on him.
41. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I decided to read the Discworld series in order. On audiobook, preferably. Good fun!
42. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. A bit of a novelization of a murder trial in Canada a while back. I liked it a lot.
43. Sabotaged by Margaret Haddix Peterson. I don't know why I keep reading this series. Too many inconsistencies and confusing parts about young time-travelers. This one went back to Roanoke Island. Meh.
44. The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel. I've had this book for years, and it came up in my random numbers. Actually a very good book about St. Bernadette & Lourdes.
45. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. What's with me and Bernadettes this month? I read this for my Book Group. It was also very good. I read it in one night.
46. Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. Somehow, I got voluntold to lead a prayer group, and they chose this book to discuss. It was okay. I sure don't know how I'm going to lead a prayer group about it, though.
47. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage. Fascinating book, tracing the history of the world through beer, wine, tea, coffee, Coke and water. Recommended.
48. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett. Discworld #2.
That's all, Folks! Be back soon!
And no, I wouldn't recommend pursuing a PhD for the outfit. They're ridiculously hot, anyway. And when (WHEN!) you come to visit in July, you can try mine on, if you like. Ha!
Thanks, Darryl & Jim! I'm a proud li'l puppy, that's for sure!
Thanks for the M & M's, Linda! I wish they were real ones--peanut butter are my very favorite. I can't buy them though. I will eat however many I buy. I was okay when they had one of those little gumball-like machines in our kitchen at work where a quarter would get you just enough to kill the beast, but it's gone, so I have to buy (and eat!) a whole bag of them.
50. Why Survive? Being Old in America by Robert N. Butler. This was probably a revolutionary book in 1976 about the way the elderly (I really hate that word) are (were) treated in the United States. Fortunately, many of the woes from then have been at least somewhat toned down. Still, it was interesting to read how things were in "the old days..."
51. The Way of the Fairy Godmother by Jennifer Morse. My Dad used to tease my young goddaughter about me being her "Fairy Godmother," and she & I still joke about it, so I thought this would be a fun book to read. It's a self-help book that rewrites the Cinderella story and goes on about how following the way that the Fairy Godmother teaches. It had some good thoughts, but wasn't very coherent or well-organized, and desperately needed some editing.
52. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett. These books are so fun on audio. I'm so glad my library has most of them in that format! I'm enjoying my travels through DiscWorld.
53. The Truth About the Titanic by Archibald Gracie. Colonel Gracie was one of the more prolific survivors of the Titanic. In this book, he combines his own story with some of the trial transcripts, and he really brings the whole tragedy home.
So. Maybe I will actually read 75 books this year? I'm anxious to see if my numbers improve with all the free time I have now. Or if I spend that free time going to Book Fairs and accumulating them instead...
May all your summer reads be great ones!
55. The River of Doubt by Candice Millard. A great story of Theodore Roosevelt's journey down The River of Doubt, a previously unexplored tributary of the Amazon.
56. Bertie and the Tinman by Peter Lovesey. Total enjoyment. I immediately bought the next two in the series. It's kind of an old series, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
57. The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman. A story of a young woman's search for her mother's mysterious past. Great twists, and a satisfying read.
58. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. The real story of the Pilgrims settling in America, and the events leading up to King Phillip's War. I learned a lot that I didn't know.
59. Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan. A detailed account of the Peace Conference in Versailles following World War I. What arrogance. What in the world made Clemenceau, LLoyd-George, and Wilson think they were the Masters of the Universe? So many of the issues today could have been averted if they hadn't taken it upon themselves to portion out Europe according to their own whims.
Can you tell I was really pissed off by this book? Although it was very, very good (and very, very big).
60. The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill. The further adventures of Jimm Juree, one of my favorite fictional characters. A lot of fun.
61. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I can't remember who recommended this book to me, but my sincerest thanks to whoever it was. A total 5 Star book for me. Subtitled "A Biography of Cancer," it explores cancer from Galen's time to the present, discussing the causes, cures, preventions over the years. A lot of medical jargon, but so well written that even a yahoo like me found it fascinating. Another chunkster that was worth every page.
62. At the Waters Edge by Sara Gruen. A young, carefree, married couple and a friend of the husbands trek off to Scotland (after an embarrassing drunken display at a party) to capture definitive images of the Loch Ness monster. Set in the 1930s, secrets are revealed, lessons are learned, and although parts of it bring to mind a bodice-ripper, it's done well, and I enjoyed it.
63. Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie. Read for my St. Louis Art Museum Book Club, where the current exhibit is "Senufo: Art & Identity in West Africa." The book didn't really relate much to the exhibit, and the curator said she wished they had chosen a different book. So do I. I didn't much care for this one. I didn't like the characters, I didn't really like the way the story flowed. I would have been put completely off Adichie as a writer, but several people said that this is their least favorite of her books, so I will probably try another one at some future date.
64. Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre. Now this one I remember was recommended by Suzanne, so thank you very much. A fascinating account of an espionage trick in World War II, where a body washed up on the shore of Spain with important (but fake) papers, leading the Germans to prepare for an invasion of Greece rather than Sicily. How they pulled it off is ingenious and sometimes hilarious. Definitely recommend!
Darryl, I suspect that it probably WAS you. While I was reading it, I thought, "I'll bet Darryl is the one who recommended this." So Thanks! (just in case).
Still haven't recreated The Phantom Post, but I will soon...
Roni: What did I get at the book sale last month?
Herbert Hoover: American Quaker
The Looking Glass Brother
Mad Mary Lamb
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
If You Can't Say Something Nice
The Sweet Potato Queens' Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
The Frozen Thames
The Prophet (to replace the copy I loaned my son & he never returned...)
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon
Then the next day Brenda & I went to a couple of bookstores and I got:
Song of the Crow
The Sirens Sang of Murder
Shadows in Paradise
1913: The Year Before the Storm
And as long as I'm on a roll, here is what I got at the St. Charles Book Fair today (free bag for volunteering!):
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
The Portable Dad
The Joy of Christmas
How to Make Yourself Miserable
The Worst Hard Time
Mary Chesnut's Civil War
The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat
Terri, I just might make that 75. Especially since I keep reading instead of sitting on the computer chatting with all of you! Hopefully you will still be my friends, even if I'm one poor correspondent...And so far, most of my summer reads have been pretty great!
Hi, Connie! All is well. I just don't much feel like sitting on the computer at night when I've been there all day. I'm on vacation this week, so I'm trying to catch up a little bit, but failing miserably...
I also read a few more books:
65. Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo. Wow. Powerful book.
66. Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. A re-read for my Book Group. Still loved it. It brought back so many memories of the great time we had in Philadelphia some time back.
67. Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains by Washington Irving. An interesting (and very old) telling of the adventures of a group of men sent by John Jacob Astor to set up a fur trading post at the mouth of the Columbia River. It gives a different perspective on the difficulties experienced by those who went west to settle. Even though these were men with money, it didn't do them any good. I was stunned (although I shouldn't have been) at the number of animals killed for food and furs to trade.
I loved Dr. Mutter's Marvels, too!
And it looks like you're on a reading roll! And, yes, we'll still be your friends, even if you'd rather read than be on LT. (I'm kind of in the same mindset this year. Today is a rare day for me, posting as much as I am.)
Good to know I'm not losing any friends over my absence! But I do have to get 20 more hours of reading in this week to earn another entry into the Summer Reading Contest at the Library! What's the prize, you ask? I have no idea. I'm just having a great time checking off all those boxes on the entry form!
Happy Reading Everyone!
Here is today's Book Fair Haul:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
God Rest Ye Grumpy Scroogeymen
A Family Christmas
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Butch Cassidy: A Biography
Capote: A Biography
The Orchid Thief
Jenniemae and James
Somebody to Love?
Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene
A completely fun day! Sandy drove over, and she, Chris & I had lunch at Steak 'n' Shake, followed by several hours at the Book Fair, followed by ice cream at Kilwin's. If I have to have a last day of my vacation, this is the way to spend it!
I don't think there is room on my new bookshelf for these books, and especially not for whatever I bring home from $5/bag day on Sunday. I guess if that's my most pressing problem, I can live with it!
The books you bought look enticing, but I really missed seeing you, Chris, and Sandy more than anything. I think it's great that you get to choose some books for volunteering. Nancy and I used to volunteer at our book sales. Not only did we get nothing but a hard time, but they had too many workers and the hours tended to drag. Enjoy your reading time! I forgot to check out what our adult summer reading program entailed. I've been busy reading to Haley and Molly so they can get their party and free book! I won the tote bag that was given away at last month's library book group for answering the most questions right on a literary quiz. Yay for me!
Okay, last day of the Book Fair. Thank heavens, because I'm beat. Plus I have no room to put these books now. But I got some good ones, for just $10!
The Crack in the Lens
The Blue Flower
The Fierce Dispute
A Spell of Winter
A Soldier of the Great War
The Making of the President 1960
The State of Jones
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind
The First Salute
Now I guess I'm going to have to go start reading them...
There are worse things, yes?
Meanwhile, I hope that you are well.
What am I doing with myself now that school is over, Roni? Well, reading, spending time with friends, tidying up my house...I finally got around to hanging all of my Poker Dogs pictures, and I am making a small but significant dent in all of the PBS programs I've recorded over the last 2 years.
I think of you guys often, but when I look at the volumes of posts I ought to be plowing through, I have a panic attack and need to sit down & read for a couple of hours. ;) Hope you're all well!
Here is what I have been reading, along with my ratings. I'm finally getting tired, so no reviews, just a few comments.
68. So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger. 4
69. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines byJanna Levin. 3.5
70. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 4.5. I loved this book. Plus I got another Pulitzer out of the way!
71. Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon. 4
72. This House is Haunted by John Boyne. 4
73. Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler. 4
74. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. 3
75. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny. 4.5. Finished the day after I got it.
Ding, ding, ding! I made it!
77. Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie. 3. I just didn't get it.
78. The Secret for Finding Peace by Kimberly Kay Day. 3. Some of you may remember the crazy lady I met on a plane to NYC several years back. She wrote a new book. The reason it scored so high was not because it was a great book, but because it provided so much laughter, which made me more peaceful.
79. Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker. 3
80. Miss Buncle Married by D. E. Stephenson. 4
81. Woodsburner by John Pipkin. 3
82. The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett. 3.75
83. Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn. 3.5
84. The Virginian by Owen Wister. 3
85. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde. 4
86. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. 2.75
87. Sourcery by Terry Pratchett. 4
88. A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger. 3
89. After Alice by Gregory Maguire. 3.5
90. Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear. 3.5
91. 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton. 2.5. Read for my Art Museum Book Club, but didn't get to go to the meeting. So it was a waste of my time...
92. Over Here by David M. Kennedy. 3. America during WWI. Not particularly interesting.
93. The League: The True Story of Average Americans on the Hunt for WWI Spies by Bill Mills. 3.5.
94. Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris. 3.75
95. The Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. 3. The first in the Discworld series that I really didn't care for much.
96. Bona Fide Balderdash by Walt Kelly. 5. Volume 2: All of the Pogo comic strips from 1951-1952. I GO POGO!!!
97. Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker. 3.5
98. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. 3.5
Be Happy, Y'all!!!
Bren, all is well on this side of the state. Probably the same as your side but more easterly!
Thanks, Roni! I've had some pretty good (and some pretty bad) reads this year. But I find as I grow older, I'm much less tolerant of a bad book, and I have an easier time of abandoning them.
I'm glad I could make you *snork*, though. :-D
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!