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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1PensiveCat
Editat: gen. 2, 2015, 7:19pm

A really bad Back to the Future Reference...



2evilmoose
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?

3PensiveCat
des. 29, 2014, 11:43am

2 - Evilmoose: love that name!!!

4scaifea
gen. 1, 2015, 9:57am

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

5PensiveCat
gen. 2, 2015, 7:08pm

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

6scaifea
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!

7evilmoose
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!

8scaifea
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...?

10scaifea
gen. 4, 2015, 6:45am

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

11PensiveCat
gen. 5, 2015, 12:44pm

Nice! Now all we need is Mr. Fusion!

12PensiveCat
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!

13PensiveCat
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!

14PensiveCat
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.

15PensiveCat
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.

16thornton37814
gen. 13, 2015, 9:44pm

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

17PensiveCat
gen. 14, 2015, 9:49am

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

18PensiveCat
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.

19PensiveCat
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.

20PensiveCat
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.

21PensiveCat
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)

22PensiveCat
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!

23PensiveCat
gen. 25, 2015, 10:18pm

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

24PensiveCat
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.

25PensiveCat
gen. 28, 2015, 11:04am

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

26PensiveCat
gen. 31, 2015, 8:54pm

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

27PensiveCat
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.

28PensiveCat
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.

29PensiveCat
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.

30PensiveCat
març 11, 2015, 3:05pm

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

31PensiveCat
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!

32PensiveCat
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.

33PensiveCat
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.

34PensiveCat
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.

35xymon81
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?

36PensiveCat
abr. 7, 2015, 2:56pm

>35 xymon81: xymon81: Which book?

37xymon81
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.

38PensiveCat
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.

39PensiveCat
abr. 13, 2015, 11:31am

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

40PensiveCat
abr. 14, 2015, 10:06am

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

41PensiveCat
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!

42PensiveCat
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.

43PensiveCat
maig 6, 2015, 10:12am

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

44PensiveCat
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!

45PensiveCat
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?

46PensiveCat
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.

47PensiveCat
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.

48PensiveCat
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.

49PensiveCat
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.

50PensiveCat
juny 2, 2015, 3:24pm

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

51PensiveCat
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.

52PensiveCat
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) :)

53PensiveCat
juny 19, 2015, 10:16am

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

54PensiveCat
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!

55drneutron
juny 26, 2015, 10:44pm

Excellent!

56PensiveCat
juny 27, 2015, 10:26am

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

57PensiveCat
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.

58PensiveCat
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???

59PensiveCat
jul. 16, 2015, 4:55pm

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

60tymfos
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.

61PensiveCat
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.

62PensiveCat
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.

63PensiveCat
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.

64PensiveCat
ag. 13, 2015, 10:02am

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

65PensiveCat
ag. 17, 2015, 2:15pm

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

66PensiveCat
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.

67PensiveCat
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.

68PensiveCat
set. 12, 2015, 5:58pm

69PensiveCat
set. 13, 2015, 7:38pm

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

70drneutron
set. 14, 2015, 8:27am

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

71PensiveCat
set. 14, 2015, 4:14pm

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

72xymon81
set. 14, 2015, 6:43pm

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

73PensiveCat
set. 15, 2015, 11:31am

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

74PensiveCat
set. 19, 2015, 4:59pm

75PensiveCat
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!

76PensiveCat
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.

77PensiveCat
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.

78PensiveCat
oct. 17, 2015, 8:55pm

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

79PensiveCat
oct. 23, 2015, 11:31am

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

80PensiveCat
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.

81PensiveCat
oct. 29, 2015, 11:08pm

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

82PensiveCat
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.

83PensiveCat
nov. 10, 2015, 10:03am

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

84PensiveCat
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.

85PensiveCat
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.

86PensiveCat
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.)

87drneutron
des. 16, 2015, 7:29pm

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

88PensiveCat
des. 17, 2015, 9:39am

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

89PensiveCat
des. 17, 2015, 6:54pm

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

90PensiveCat
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

91PensiveCat
Editat: des. 21, 2015, 9:28pm

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

72. Not the Met

92PensiveCat
des. 27, 2015, 3:17pm

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

93PensiveCat
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!!!!

94drneutron
des. 28, 2015, 9:59am

Awesome!

95PensiveCat
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!!!

96drneutron
des. 29, 2015, 6:43pm

Congrats!

97lkernagh
des. 30, 2015, 8:45pm

Congratulations on 75!

98PensiveCat
des. 30, 2015, 10:13pm

Thanks!!!

99xymon81
des. 30, 2015, 11:51pm

Congrats