PensiveCat Makes Like a Tree and Reads for 2015

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PensiveCat Makes Like a Tree and Reads for 2015

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Editat: gen. 2, 2015, 7:19pm

A really bad Back to the Future Reference...

des. 29, 2014, 11:15am

Dropping by to add a star, just because PensiveCat and Evilmoose sound like some sort of excellent crime fighting duo - what could possibly go wrong?

des. 29, 2014, 11:43am

2 - Evilmoose: love that name!!!

gen. 1, 2015, 9:57am

*snork!* I love the Back to the Future reference!

gen. 2, 2015, 7:08pm

4 Scaifea - I was hoping someone would get it!!!

gen. 3, 2015, 7:08am

So, apparently in the 2nd movie they traveled to 2015... I think we're not quite up to all of the technological advances they had. I mean, where are the hovercraft-type skateboards? Ha!

gen. 3, 2015, 11:42am

*puts hand up* I got it too! It's just that my husband has created some sort of immunity, so I no longer react to Back to the Future references. And Amber, apparently we have a few more months before we need to start using those skateboards. There's still time!

gen. 3, 2015, 6:34pm

October, I think, right? Or sometime in the fall, I think. Our resident rocket scientist should drop everything and get right on that skateboard project, no...?

gen. 4, 2015, 6:45am

>9 drneutron: Just one more reason why you are the sauciest of the awesomesauce!

gen. 5, 2015, 12:44pm

Nice! Now all we need is Mr. Fusion!

gen. 5, 2015, 12:47pm

1. The Blood Cell by James Goss
Finished 14 with a Doctor Who book, thought I'd even it out by reading this one in one day.

2. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
An ER book - I could have used this the times I went to Comic Con!

gen. 9, 2015, 9:51am

3. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
So good. If you like reading about books, and mysteries, and creepy police dudes, and tragic love stories, and Barcelona, go for it!

gen. 12, 2015, 11:16am

4. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Loved this origin story.

5. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A good story if you like bookshop stories, though I thought time progressed too fast, and some moments were just glossed over.

gen. 13, 2015, 12:00pm

6. Engines of War by George Mann
Filling up the hiatus with another Doctor Who book...this time the War Doctor.

gen. 13, 2015, 9:44pm

>13 PensiveCat: I loved that when I read it.

gen. 14, 2015, 9:49am

>16 thornton37814:: I wanted to visit that Cemetery of Forgotten Books!

gen. 15, 2015, 9:43am

7. French Milk by Lucy Knisley
A travel journal of a 22 year old woman spending a month with her mom in Paris.

gen. 19, 2015, 7:58pm

8. First Impressions by Charles C. Lovett
In case you haven't noticed, it has something to do with Jane Austen.

gen. 20, 2015, 9:43am

9. The Victorian City by Judith Flanders
Started it last year, and it was good for a while, but I started to lag a bit by the end.

Editat: gen. 25, 2015, 3:58pm

10. Strange Fruit - by Joel Christian Gill a graphic novel telling little - known stories of black history (in the US)

gen. 25, 2015, 3:58pm

11. People I want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann - based off a blog about motherhood, for the most part.
Pretty funny, and I can't believe I've finished 11 books already!

gen. 25, 2015, 10:18pm

Okay, I like history, but not a fan of 'historical' blizzards... At least I can get more reading in!

gen. 27, 2015, 7:29pm

12. Portlandia Cookbook
A quick read that's fun if you watch the show. Doubt I'll use any of the recipes.

Snow didn't turn out to be such a big deal, but we did get the day off. I wound up reorganizing some of my books.

gen. 28, 2015, 11:04am

13, Shining Darkness by Mark Michalowski
Snow Day read. DoctorDonna story.

gen. 31, 2015, 8:54pm

14! Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
Piecing a woman, and a family, back together.

feb. 19, 2015, 9:17am

15. Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
I'd been to the Mutter Museum a few years back, and though it made me a little queasy, it was a great place. Glad I could read the biography of the man behind the collection. I can't believe I've read so little about him up until this point. He was an excellent, forward thinking doctor with an admirable bedside manner. The medical world of Philadelphia and the world in general in the mid 1800s is really brought to life here.

feb. 23, 2015, 11:24am

16. Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton
It's hard to imagine leaving New York, but here's some perspective, I guess.

feb. 25, 2015, 9:31am

17. How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
Going back to one's formative books to see if the heroines remain that. Some were taken down, some held fast.

març 11, 2015, 3:05pm

18. Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar
And all the other people around them.

març 16, 2015, 10:30am

19. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
A novel, based on the finding of a real Haggadah in Sarajevo, but with some fictional conjecture. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

abr. 2, 2015, 2:55pm

20. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
An excellent sci-fi story, if a bit gloomy - and no, I haven't seen Blade Runner.

abr. 7, 2015, 9:50am

21. The Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole
My first audiobook here, I think. I'm not that big on audiobooks - I prefer turning pages of a book - but I found this on Youtube and thought it would accompany my spring cleaning, which it did. The story wasn't the best, but the voices were hilarious.

abr. 7, 2015, 2:16pm

22. Lamentation by C.J. Sansom
This long-awaited continuation of the Shardlake adventures was as good as the rest of them, though I feel like he can't catch a break. Then again, few did in the Tudor era.

abr. 7, 2015, 2:32pm

>15 PensiveCat: I have tried to find that one and have been unsuccessful so far. How did you enjoy it?

abr. 7, 2015, 2:56pm

>35 xymon81: xymon81: Which book?

abr. 7, 2015, 3:13pm

>36 PensiveCat: Engines of War. It is in the same series as Wheel of Ice. It is not a easy book to find.

abr. 7, 2015, 4:38pm

>37 xymon81:: Oh right. I found it in my local library, can't remember if it was Queens or Manhattan. I've seen it in Barnes and Noble though.

abr. 13, 2015, 11:31am

23. Companion Piece by Nina Allen and others.
Taking my Whovian nerdiness up a notch or two...

abr. 14, 2015, 10:06am

24. Ms. Marvel: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
I'm really enjoying these.

abr. 22, 2015, 9:30am

25. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
If the language is this good in English, I can only imagine what it's like in Spanish!

maig 3, 2015, 11:35am

26. The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
I seem to read a lot about Widowers in the book world.

maig 6, 2015, 10:12am

27. Never Can Say Goodbye by Sari Botton
More about people who stayed in NY this time.

maig 15, 2015, 11:29am

28. Doctor Who: After Life by Al Ewing
Additional adventures with the Eleventh Doctor, a Library Assistant and a stand-in for David Bowie!

maig 17, 2015, 8:26pm

29. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
The lie detector test inventor who basically had two feminists in his life acting as wives also created Wonder Woman. Why not?

maig 25, 2015, 2:23pm

30. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Somehow I never got around to reading this growing up. Finished it on a day convalescing with the (hopeful) end of a cold that jackknifed my entire long weekend.

maig 26, 2015, 10:02am

31. Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue Deconnick
Pretty good, with Avengers and Guardians, though I still prefer the recent Ms. Marvel.

maig 28, 2015, 4:05pm

32. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
Funny, though sometimes repetitive if you've watched any of his stand-up.

maig 29, 2015, 2:49pm

33. Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery
I loved Elegance of the Hedgehog, but this one was slightly disappointing. Gets you in the mood for food, though.

juny 2, 2015, 3:24pm

34. That's Not English by Erin Moore
An ER book that was fun to read.

juny 16, 2015, 10:37am

35. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
I read this entire novel thinking it was a memoir. Way to pay attention.

juny 18, 2015, 12:12pm

36. Gotham City Sirens Book One
Fun seeing the ladies trying to stay on the right side of things while the bat's away (and the Joker) :)

juny 19, 2015, 10:16am

37. Show Your Work! BY Austin Kleon
Some advice on how to put your stuff out there.

juny 26, 2015, 2:55pm

38. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Off to a good start!

And halfway through the year, I'm actually on the right track to making 75 by December!

juny 26, 2015, 10:44pm


juny 27, 2015, 10:26am

Thanks!!! Also just realized it's my 9th Thingaversary - will celebrate by reading!!!

jul. 6, 2015, 9:49am

39. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair Nina Sankovitch
A woman reads a book a day for a year as a way to recover from her sister's death. I'll be honest, I'm not crazy about the premise. Most people don't have the luxury of taking a year off for anything.

jul. 9, 2015, 11:15am

40. The Good, the Bad and the Furry by Tom Cox
On loving cats, having a dad that seems to talk like Owen Meany, and a particularly serious and ponderous cat named The Bear. Dare I say he's a pensive cat???

jul. 16, 2015, 4:55pm

41. The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
a more witty and less self-indulgent reading memoir.

Editat: jul. 16, 2015, 10:54pm

Belated Happy Thingaversary greetings! You're indeed right on track for 75 books. The Good, the Bad and the Furry sounds interesting!

>57 PensiveCat: re: your Book #39 I'll be honest, I'm not crazy about the premise. Most people don't have the luxury of taking a year off for anything.
I'll be honest, I feel the same way.

jul. 17, 2015, 10:13am

>60 tymfos: tymfos: It wasn't a terrible book, and I sympathize: losing a sister at any age is hard. Still, when my father died I got less than 2 weeks off, and then I had to work to live. I still read avidly, which helped me cope, but bills needed to be paid! A co-worker lost her sister a couple of years ago, and she's barely had a week to herself since then. Even with a supportive husband, the self-indulgence of reading a book a day is a bit much.

jul. 29, 2015, 11:21am

42. The Art of Forgery by Noah Charney
It seems almost profitable to be a forger at times. Not that I'm encouraged to do so. Nor do I have the skills.

jul. 30, 2015, 12:08pm

43. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
I liked the idea of the book, with the floating Literary Apothecary and the eventual voyage, but it got a little far fetched to me after a while.

ag. 13, 2015, 10:02am

44. Earth 2: World's End Vol. 1
Good reading on the LIRR.

ag. 17, 2015, 2:15pm

45. Batgirl Volume 1: of Burnside
I guess even Gotham City has a hipster nabe?

ag. 18, 2015, 2:14pm

46. Red: A history of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey
I've always wanted to be a (natural) redhead. The PreRaphaelites didn't help. One way you can tell I'm not, apparently, is my sensitivity to spicy foods.

set. 9, 2015, 1:43pm

47. The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks
A correspondence between a woman in 1995 and 1895 leads to a murder investigation and other timey - wimey adventures.

set. 12, 2015, 5:58pm

set. 13, 2015, 7:38pm

49. Captain Marvel: in pursuit of flight
Wasn't even looking for time travel; it found me.

set. 14, 2015, 8:27am

>69 PensiveCat: Wasn't even looking for time travel; it found me. I may have to steal this line... :)

set. 14, 2015, 4:14pm

>70 drneutron: Go for it - I probably lifted it off my subconscious, after all that Doctor Who...

set. 14, 2015, 6:43pm

>71 PensiveCat: Are you ready for the the season premier?

set. 15, 2015, 11:31am

>72 xymon81: xymon81: Yes! I'm going to a friend's house, bringing jelly babies. Can't wait!

set. 19, 2015, 4:59pm

oct. 1, 2015, 3:05pm

51. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Unexpectedly touching. A journey of discovery. If he could do it, then surely I can complete 25 books in 3 months!

oct. 6, 2015, 1:39pm

52. The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry
-Translated from French, it's a short novella that's just one long rant from a middle-aged librarian to a man who spent the night in the library. A one-day read.

oct. 9, 2015, 10:50am

53. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Okay, this took much longer than a day to read. I loved it, and the sentences were sometimes downright lyrical. The ending was a little flat to me.

oct. 17, 2015, 8:55pm

54. Persuasion by Jane Austen
My second read of this favorite.

oct. 23, 2015, 11:31am

55. Stuff Brits Like by Fraser McAlpine
Perfect for all the Anglo/Britophiles out there.

oct. 29, 2015, 12:35pm

56. Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 2 by Al Ewing
Doing what Doctor Who does best: hating on corporations.

oct. 29, 2015, 11:08pm

57.Doctor Who 2015 Event: Four Doctors by Paul Cornell
A little too timey - wimey, but pretty good.

oct. 30, 2015, 1:36pm

58. Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Finished this a little while ago and forgot to enter it. So here it is.

nov. 10, 2015, 10:03am

59. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
I actually laughed out loud on the subway.

nov. 26, 2015, 8:11pm

60. Let's pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson
Reading out of order.

61. The Stranger and the Statesman
The namesake of the Smithsonian, still kind of a stranger.

des. 7, 2015, 2:08pm

62. The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen
Though the ending made sense, I was kind of sad at how it came to pass.

63. Tomorrow Never Learns
So my first X-Men graphic novel was a bit confusing.

des. 16, 2015, 10:45am

Two books finished on planes, to and from my trip to San Antonio - fyi, hit Half Price Books for the first time. They have SO MANY of them, as well as Barnes and Noble. No excuse to not be readers!

64. The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
Such a swift, cool read. A great pick from my book club.

65. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
Great memoir. (Put a bird on it.)

des. 16, 2015, 7:29pm

Ooo, San Antonio! I travel there every now and then. Great food!

des. 17, 2015, 9:39am

The air smells of barbecue - must be difficult to be vegetarian in that environment.

des. 17, 2015, 6:54pm

66. The Odd Woman and the City Vivian Gornick
A good book to return home to.

Editat: des. 30, 2015, 10:20pm

67. Doctor Who The Weeping Angels of Mons
68. Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor Volume Three
69. Psalms Bible - it's a book and a half
70. Ms Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days

Editat: des. 21, 2015, 9:28pm

71.Libraries through the ages
Good on the history, needs an update though.

72. Not the Met

des. 27, 2015, 3:17pm

73. Afternoon Tea by Glen G. Greenwalt
Lovely quotes and illustrations.

des. 28, 2015, 9:04am

74. Just Kids by Patti Smith
Captures a time and place quite well.

OK, looks like I'm gonna make it to 75 this year! What!!!!

des. 28, 2015, 9:59am


des. 28, 2015, 10:29pm

Here it is...
75. To the Letter: A Curious History of Correspondence by Simon Garfield
Excellent book, acquired at Waterstones, Islington. I've been reading it on and off, between other books, for about a year, almost like keeping up a postal correspondence. I just got a handwritten letter from my sister to say, which makes this timely.

So this is it! One thing off my pre-40 bucket list - I finally read 75 books in one year!!!! Patting own back!!!

des. 29, 2015, 6:43pm


des. 30, 2015, 8:45pm

Congratulations on 75!

des. 30, 2015, 10:13pm


des. 30, 2015, 11:51pm