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Cammykitty's 75 books challenge 2015

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1cammykitty
Editat: des. 31, 2014, 4:32pm

I'm back again because I enjoy the people in this group. I'm doing the category challenge too, and thought I'd steal their bingo challenge and move it over here. Why? I don't know. Because a challenge within a challenge within a challenge seems too much? For some reason, it feels less challenging over here.

Have a lost you yet?

You'll see Sage & Wanda, my two Irish Water Spaniels, over here.

Sage is the one near me on the long line. He's a fence jumper! And so chicken he doesn't know what to do once he's on the other side of the fence. He usually will come to a gate and whine because he certainly couldn't just jump back in.

and lots of books. This year, I've put in many panel discussions at Diversicon, a science fiction & fantasy convention I attend every year, so a lot of my reading will be focused to prepare for that. Around July, you'll either see me panic or sigh with relief, depending on how many of the panel ideas are going to fly.

No ticker here. I didn't quite make it to 75 last year and want to hide the possibility that I won't make it this year.

2cammykitty
Editat: abr. 3, 2015, 11:28pm

Bingo!!! I guess it's time to start. How do you yell bingo on-line?

3cammykitty
Editat: des. 31, 2014, 4:11pm

This is for TIOLI's and group reads if I decide to do them.

4cammykitty
des. 31, 2014, 4:10pm

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7cammykitty
des. 31, 2014, 4:17pm

And #9 on the Bingo card, a book centered around a major historical event, is The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr which centers on the Civil Rights Movement in the US. It's very simplified, since it is made up of his speeches and some of his personal notes about each of the protests. It isn't really an autobiography at all since it shares very little personal information. These are all words thought out very carefully by an active leader. Still, it's a fantastic book. Very humble, yet awe-inspiring account of the many people who gave so much to improve their lives and the lives of others.

8cammykitty
des. 31, 2014, 7:14pm

And #25 on the Bingo card, Feed, read for my Future Problem Solving Team. The upcoming FPS topic is propaganda, and this one is filled with target advertisements and a consumer mindset while the world is dying all around them. As for the protagonist of the opposite gender, it may be a stretch to call him a protag. Main character yes, but hero material, he ain't.

9PaulCranswick
des. 31, 2014, 9:56pm

Katie,



Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur

10The_Hibernator
des. 31, 2014, 10:20pm

Happy New Year Katie!

11drneutron
gen. 1, 2015, 10:16am

Welcome back! It was challenge, but I think I followed that first post. :)

12lkernagh
gen. 1, 2015, 2:02pm

Happy New Year, Katie! So happy that I have now found and starred your thread! I love the thread topper picture. It is such a great picture of the three of you. I can see all Sage and Wanda are interested in are the tennis balls in your hands. They must be quite the handful to exercise!

13banjo123
Editat: gen. 1, 2015, 2:23pm



love the thread-topper!

14scaifea
gen. 1, 2015, 3:58pm

Happy New Year, Katie!

15DorsVenabili
Editat: gen. 1, 2015, 4:48pm

Happy New Year! Looking forward to another year of Katie!



>1 cammykitty: Love this photo of the kids and the strategically hidden face. :-)

16arubabookwoman
gen. 1, 2015, 4:35pm

Happy New Year! I will be following your thread, and trying to delurk once in a while.

17cammykitty
gen. 1, 2015, 8:53pm

#5 on the bingo card Blackbirds. Animals have to be important in a book if they are in the title, right? Well, they were more a symbol. The main character, Miriam, made her living by pick-pocketing dead people, therefore more like a carrion crow than a blackbird. Birds did show up frequently as a symbol.

The book was a fast-paced, foul-mouthed romantic fantasy with two groups of villains, the villains with hearts of gold and the villains who were so bad it was okay to kill them. The book had a message about fate/chaos too, but I don't think the message holds up to close scrutiny. Of course you can cheat fate. The book says you have to swap a life for a life and then fate will be happy. That works in this novel, but if it had been a novel with true depth in characterization, no. Life isn't that simple. But I've been reading MLK, Jr lately.

18ronincats
gen. 1, 2015, 8:59pm

19Berly
gen. 1, 2015, 9:13pm

Katie--Best wishes for a happy, healthy year filled with good friends and books. : )

20brenzi
gen. 1, 2015, 10:36pm

Happy New Year Katie! I'll bet your beautiful Sage and Wanda keep you pretty busy:-)

21cammykitty
gen. 1, 2015, 11:40pm

Thanks for the new years wishes everyone! & Sage & Wanda are blushing. They keep me busy, but they also like lying on the bed while I read. Wanda's nose gets in the way sometimes, but we make it work. ;)

22cammykitty
gen. 2, 2015, 12:59pm

I'm staring at my bingo square, fully intending to play a round of blackout, and wondering what that square #20 "a book completely outside of your comfort zone" means. A book on fighting dogs? That would be, but because I find it morally reprehensible and why would I want to read a book about something like that? I've already seen the movie "Amores Perros." I quit watching it in the first five minutes the first time I saw it because of the dog fighting but finally forced myself to watch it because a friend insisted and said it was her favorite movie. Well, it actually is a good movie, but it's the worst Gael Garcia Bernal has ever looked so I'm not watching it again!

I quit reading Altered Carbon years ago because it was set in a world where bodies were disposable so the violence was unlimited.

I've read Dhalgren and Tropic of Cancer and The Well of Loneliness. It takes a lot of sex, and weird sex, before I'm "completely" uncomfortable.

I've also quit reading books because they were too technical, too slow paced or too difficult linguistically (especially if in Spanish).

I've read a fair amount of experimental fiction. Yes, I read The Sound and the Fury. That doesn't make me uncomfortable. Perhaps bored, but not uncomfortable.

I'm slightly suspicious that The Windup Girl might work for this category. Any suggestions for possible candidates? What sort of ideas/subject matter puts you out of your comfort zone? But still in a way that makes it worth persevering.

23cammykitty
gen. 2, 2015, 1:04pm

And just to be fair to Gael Garcia Bernal, here he is in his role as a femme fatal in Almodovar's Bad Education.

24cammykitty
gen. 2, 2015, 6:47pm

Okay, consulted the unsuggester. Umm yeah - mostly books I wouldn't be caught dead with so much so that I won't tell you what most of them were. But it does think chick lit is out of my comfort zone. The Shopaholic books, and Sarah Dessen's Someone Like You. Cringe! And for some reason Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne. Why that one? It's the historic Elizabeth, so it doesn't involve shoving chihuahuas into little purses and going to the mall wearing sparkly high heels. No offense, Gael Garcia Bernal. Those aren't sparkly high heels, but I wouldn't be caught dead in those either.

25ronincats
gen. 2, 2015, 6:58pm

I would think it could simply be a book outside the areas you normally read in--like a science fiction if you rarely read that genre, or a thriller, or historical fiction. I must confess, I have the bingo boards from last January pinned to my bulletin board and still haven't seen how many of them I blacked out.

26Whisper1
gen. 2, 2015, 7:16pm

Hi Katie. I love the image of you with your dogs. What a lovely picture. I send all good wishes for a wonderful New Year.

>24 cammykitty: Regarding Elizabeth: The Struggle For the Throne, I read this years ago. David Starkey is fine writer and historian. My love of Tudor history dates way back to college days when a history professor loved Elizabeth I, and his love was infectious.

27cammykitty
gen. 2, 2015, 10:34pm

LOL, Roni. So you're telling me I'm taking this far too seriously. All I need to do is find a classic western and I'm good to go. No need to squirm while reading - although a western really could make me squirm. Probably not as much as Shopaholic and Baby though.

Linda, thanks! Good to remind myself about what it's like to play with the dogs when it is warm outside! & good to know Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne is pretty good. It didn't really look like it belonged with my unsuggestions. I may use it though, even though reading English history isn't outside my comfort zone. Genocide histories, sometimes. Monarchies, that's a kind of bloody I can handle.

28The_Hibernator
gen. 3, 2015, 11:19am

Hi Katie! I agree that the "outside the comfort zone" is a difficult one for people who read a great variety. I was thinking of How to Win Friends and Influence People because it's the opposite view as Quiet which Morphy, Liz, and I read (or at least, I got half-way through and intend on finishing) before you joined the club. I figured that's WAY outside my comfort zone, because even the title makes my inner introvert shudder.

29cammykitty
gen. 3, 2015, 3:00pm

I read Quiet too. Yup, anything Dale Carnegie would be a real struggle for me! Especially since I worked for a business mag and his company was a big advertiser. Any of that stuff, make friends so you can gain money and power.... brrrrr.

30luvamystery65
gen. 3, 2015, 3:51pm

Happy New Year Katie! I didn't start a thread here in 75 this year. I have a thread in 2015 Challenge. I did start a thread for my Navajo Mystery/Longmire challenge. I saw over in Kim's thread you might be interested.

Here is the link http://www.librarything.com/topic/185185

It's not a challenge, just a personal project that has turned into a huge shared read. Pop in and out as you please and comments are certainly most welcome.

31tymfos
gen. 3, 2015, 6:21pm

Happy New Year, Katie! Love the thread-topper photo. Sage and Wanda are great!

32DorsVenabili
gen. 3, 2015, 6:33pm

>24 cammykitty: There's an unsuggester? I'll have to check that out.

What sort of ideas/subject matter puts you out of your comfort zone? I think romance, westerns, and YA are the main ones, although I sometimes end up reading YA for various reasons, but it's rare. I guess those were genres, rather than ideas though.

33banjo123
gen. 3, 2015, 9:20pm

I think you totally have to read Shopaholic and Baby.

34cammykitty
Editat: gen. 4, 2015, 12:02am

Luv, it would be a good excuse to revisit some Hillerman. He died last year, didn't he? I remember hearing that he'd gone, but I can't remember if it was 2014 or 2013. Always sad to lose a good author.

Okay Rhonda, but I'd almost talked myself into reading Zane Grey. So you think hardened little me will "get" the humor in Shopaholic and Baby."

Terry! Hi! Are you doing the category challenge too this year? I don't think I've seen you over there, but I'm kind of struggling to find my feet and keep up this year. Isn't everyone?

Dors - Yes! There is an unsuggester. Go to the recommendations tab and it's the last thing listed in the left column. It's usually pretty scary, although once in awhile it has books on it that I've read and liked. Marley and Me? Why wouldn't I read that book - unless the LT stats computer thinks I can't handle a dog dying in the end - which I nearly can't. I agree on the Romance and Westerns! YA, there's such a variety in it, but I can see why always reading about a teen protag could get annoying!

35cammykitty
gen. 3, 2015, 11:58pm

And for a book totally in my comfort zone: Blacksad: Amarillo. Sadly, it isn't worth a new bingo square, although all the characters are animals but they are very human. I'm amazed at how the artist can take a lion and just visually make it clear that he's a late twenties, insecure, energetic, handsome man who does really impulsive, stupid things.



For those of you who haven't heard of Blacksad before, it's Kitty Noir from Spain set in the US, usually New Orleans. The art is watercolor, painstakingly done. He uses photos from the time period to get his settings down.

And here's our hero. Stylin'

36LauraBrook
gen. 4, 2015, 2:24pm

Happy New Year to you and the lovely pups!

37luvamystery65
gen. 4, 2015, 3:02pm

>34 cammykitty: Hillerman passed in 2008. Where does the time go?

38cammykitty
gen. 4, 2015, 9:53pm

Omg! So I lost 6 or 7 years? Wow, luv! Never ask me when something happened!

Laura, thanks! They just got to finish off my chicken soup, so they think it's a good year so far.

39brenzi
gen. 6, 2015, 10:04pm

Hi Katie. I'm kind of giggling at your interpretation of "out of your comfort zone." Although the books you suggested would certainly be out of my comfort zone too LOL. I read a fantasy for that category and then went on to read another one because I found I actually liked them. I never would have guessed that if I hadn't stepped out of my comfort zone:-)

40cammykitty
gen. 8, 2015, 10:26pm

Bonnie, yes, it's a good thing to step outside of the zone once in awhile! Shopaholic vs Zane Grey? Still a dilemma!

41ronincats
gen. 8, 2015, 10:39pm

LOL! I just went to check out the Unsuggestor, and Shopaholic was #2 on the list!

42Berly
Editat: gen. 9, 2015, 1:44am

Okay, where exactly is the "Unsuggestor?" LOL

43cammykitty
gen. 9, 2015, 12:49pm

LOL Roni!!! They must think a lot of us hate that kind of fluff. I remember when I worked for Borders, I got an ARC of Shopaholic no strings attached, for a teacher I worked with and she was ecstatic! She loved them!

Berly, do check the "Unsuggestor" out. I'd found it years ago, and then I think they got rid of it for awhile. If so, back by popular demand. On the home screen, there is that line of blue words at the top "Home Profile Connections Recommendations" etc. Click on recommendations. Then on the left side there's a column that says "Library Thing Recommendations, Read-Alikes for Berly" etc. If you go to the last thing on that list, it's the Unsuggestor. Let us know if you got Shopaholic too. ;)

44banjo123
gen. 9, 2015, 7:19pm

My unsuggested books tend toward the religious. The top one is "The Purpose-Driven Church". Honestly, I would never read that , so it's a good unsuggestion.

Anyway, happy weekend Katie!

45cammykitty
gen. 9, 2015, 9:13pm

Banjo, that's the top one on mine too. Yup, good weekend to you too!

46Crazymamie
gen. 10, 2015, 1:30pm

Coming over to say thanks so much for visiting my thread, Katie. Your dogs are gorgeous! And I learned something new - I had no idea about the unsuggester! Definitely have to check that out. I've dropped my star so that I can find my way back.

47Berly
gen. 10, 2015, 1:41pm

>43 cammykitty: Hi Katie--Thanks for explaining where the Unsuggestor is. It gave me a big smile! So the first one is the same for me: The Purpose-driven Growth Without Compromising Your Message And Mission by Rick Warren. That's three of us with the same book! What does that say about the book? LOL. The next 100 or so are all pretty much religion based, and, no, those would not be great reads for me. Although it also said I would not like The Tree. I have nothing against trees!! But the one that really made me laugh is A Book in Hand Is Worth Two in the Library: Quotations on Books and Librarianship by Les Harding because that really does describe me. One of my New Year's Resolution is to try to use the library more. I just seem to be in bookstores, grocery stores, the airport more than the library. ; )

48DorsVenabili
gen. 10, 2015, 6:42pm

>35 cammykitty: I think I recall reading about Blacksad on your thread at some point! I suppose you can't go wrong with kitties on motorcycles, right? :-)

49cammykitty
gen. 10, 2015, 9:46pm

@46 Mamie, glad to share the unsuggestor! It puts new meaning into "outside" of one's comfort zone! Statistics hurt sometime!

@47 Yup, Berly. LT thinks I wouldn't be able to stand the Purpose-Driven anything. They're probably right. I've got a bit of the anarchist in me. Not total anarchy, but enough where I sometimes feel myself becoming one of the students rather than the staff at the middle school I work at. And I don't mean the good students. ;)

@48 Dors, I'm sure you've heard about Blacksad from me before although I'm far from the only fan on LT. Guy looks good on a bike, doesn't he. Sadly, he's usually in search of reliable transportation.

50AMQS
gen. 10, 2015, 11:00pm

Hi Katie! I just found your thread and starred it, so Happy New Year!

51cammykitty
gen. 11, 2015, 1:19am

Glad you found me, Anne!

52cammykitty
gen. 12, 2015, 9:37am

For #4 of the bingo dog, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is this month's real life book club read chosen by our Morphy. I'm liking this book club and most of the books we've been choosing. Everyone is an LT member, which is part of the reason for the high quality of books. Who else knows how to pick a good book as well as we do?

I won't say much about Coldest since I'll be discussing it this weekend except it is Holly Black's latest, and like most of her work, it pushes the envelope for what adults think teens are able to handle. Hah! They handle vampires munching up bus loads of teens better than we adults do! From a writer's standpoint, I have to admire Black because every bit of information we need planted before it's really used is in fact planted. Yet, it isn't telegraphed. The novel still has lots of unexpected twists and turns. As for the vampire romance angle, even that is planted ahead of time. We meet Tana's previous boyfriend and he's no prize, so a vampire? That's an improvement.

53cammykitty
Editat: gen. 17, 2015, 8:00am

And now for #7 on the bingo board, a book I've owned for well over a year. Matter of fact, it's taken me at least a year to complete it. I'll stop grumbling now. Although this one wasn't "completely outside my comfort zone," it was soundly in my uncomfortable zone. I'm still glad I finished it though, and might have enjoyed it more if I'd excepted what it was a lot sooner. Oh, I should tell you the name of the book. Woman of the Iron People. It is a book with meticulous world building, but no pacing and very little plot. It shared the first Tiptree Award with Gwenyth Jones's White Queen. The Tiptree website says this about it. “Four-square grumpy humor and effortless inventiveness. It explores the situation of a people much more obviously (if not more deeply) fixed in mammalian psycho-sexual wiring than we are (or think we are). No easy answers, no question begging, just a clean, clever job.”

I'll agree with that. Plot is that anthropologists from Earth meet furry aliens on another planet. In the furry society, men become solitary at adolescence and are generally regarded as bad-tempered. I should have known what I was getting into. I believe this is Eleanor's first novel, and Eleanor has always been far more interested in the social and political workings of an overall society than in what happens to who when. It is the perfect book for someone who likes to get lost in world-building. For me, I wanted some of that day to day stuff on the chopping room floor. It was a chore to complete it. Sorry, Eleanor.

And for a laugh, here's one of the novel covers.
I have no idea where all the well-washed and moussed hair, the skull and the sexy purple leather clothes came from. Eleanor's description of Lixia was hard-working, grubby because she was in the field, and wearing a borrowed native tunic.

Bingo Dog 12, a book with scientists.

54Berly
gen. 12, 2015, 6:15pm

Don't you love covers that are designed to grab your attention (or maybe a guy's in this case), but have nothing to do with the book? Grrr! ; )

55cammykitty
gen. 12, 2015, 8:51pm

Yup, Berly. I feel for Eleanor. I'll bet she didn't know what to say when she got the artwork for her cover and thought perhaps they were marketing a sexy gypsy fortune teller thriller-romance.

56cammykitty
Editat: gen. 13, 2015, 11:39am

Insomnia reading. At about 11:00 pm, I snuck onto the library's website and downloaded Flat Stanley: Framed in France so someone could read me a bedtime story. Cute. I stayed awake until the very end. And it fills bingo spot #1.

57thornton37814
gen. 13, 2015, 9:49pm

>56 cammykitty: Usually by the time I finally pick up a book because I can't go to sleep, I find that I'm now too sleepy to read and fall asleep quickly.

58bruce_krafft
gen. 14, 2015, 6:19am

How about Diana Galbadon's Outlander series? Time-travel romance. . .

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

59Donna828
Editat: gen. 14, 2015, 11:16am

Katie, I can see you are a dog lover. I love your opening picture, and now I know what an Irish Water Spaniel looks like. I am thinking about reading American Salvage for a book out of my comfort zone as it has some backyard dog fighting in it. I heard the book is excellent but I don't condone that "sport" to put it mildly. Or, I might chicken out and read a graphic novel. I'm having fun with my bingo card.

ETA touchstone.

60cammykitty
gen. 17, 2015, 2:55am

Lori, that's the way it usually works for me too. Smash nose!

Di - as outside of my comfort zone? I think not. Read plenty of time travel, but I think Gabaldon is the one that one of my friends threw across the room because the romantic couple were in a chase for their lives but still found time to stop behind a bit of heather for a quickie. I think I'd get in trouble for reading that one. ;)

Donna, I just went to the page for American Salvage and the first line in the first review said These short stories left me feeling a bit eerie and melancholy, as I suppose they were intended to do. Sounds like it may be a collection with a deliberate ick factor??? And it might actually be good. It's a possiblity, which makes me think of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's The Golden Cock which may be a short story??? It's about cock fighting, which has been big in Latin American countries and it shows up often enough in their movies. I've tried watching that movie a couple times and can't do it, and the fight scenes aren't even that graphic. There's always Coetzee's Disgrace. That story deliberately challenges everyone's comfort zone. If the main character doesn't get you in the first few pages, don't worry. Something else in that novel will get to you. It's a brilliant, but unpleasant, book.

61cammykitty
gen. 17, 2015, 3:01am

Update on me - been plagued by weird viruses!!! What have I done in a past life to deserve this!!! Okay, Thursday night, I was the patient in ER for my first time ever. I got some stomach bug and hadn't been able to eat or drink for three days. Hence, the insomnia and the low brain functioning and the flat stanley. By the time I got to ER, this plump little thing was looking a bit like flat stanley herself. I'd lost 5 lbs between the drs visit for "some virus" the week before and the drs visit on Thursday and another pound between the drs office and the ER. ??? Huh? They couldn't have drawn that much blood! Anyway, my brain now functions somewhat and I will live. I started getting brave today and tried soda crackers and apple sauce. Wow, apple sauce tastes so much better than gatorade!

So sick person "reading" A toZ Mysteries L-K. Ya know, these must be popular with kids but I've never seen anyone in the middle school reading them. When I worked at Borders, we carried all of them. I found them annoying except for the Basset Hound. The world needs more Basset Hounds.

And bingo # 16, a book with a mythical creature = The Mark of the Dragonfly I underestimated this one and was impatient with it early on. I figured it was a version of fantasy plot #1, Return of the rightful heir - but like Tolkein, it was going to take at least three books to do it. Nope. It's not that. It's a meandering little steampunkish novel about finding family in a capitalist/monarchist world that crushes people into slaves for the sake of technology. And it had a cute little romance in it with no sucking of blood. The mythical creature was a shape shifter, not a blood sucker. Cross-species romance is so much more convincing when one of the partners isn't also a prey animal.

62tymfos
gen. 17, 2015, 9:28pm

Ooh, sorry to hear about all the sickness!

63AMQS
gen. 17, 2015, 9:41pm

Oh Katie, I'm so sorry you have been so sick! And I sympathize -- both my husband and I have been really sick... going on 10 days now. Ugh. But A to Z Mysteries? Dear God, do you need me to overnight some better 3rd grade books?

Courage, friend.

64Berly
gen. 18, 2015, 1:51am

>63 AMQS: LOL on the A to Z Mysteries.

>61 cammykitty: Katie--I hope you feel better soon and you really should find a better way to diet! ; ) Take care. Big hugs.

65Donna828
gen. 18, 2015, 11:59am

Katie, sorry about the Sick Bug. I hope you are well on the way to recovery. I did read and like Disgrace despite the disturbing animal cruelty…that is what I wrote in my review. I am still working up the courage to read American Salvage, though. I will gladly skip "The Golden Cock", at least as a movie. I do think it is easier to read about disturbing things than to watch them.

66banjo123
gen. 18, 2015, 1:07pm

Feel better soon!

67cammykitty
gen. 18, 2015, 1:43pm

Thanks for all the well-wishes!

Anne, so glad to know A to Z Mysteries are closer to the bottom of the barrel than the top. I mean, what American children's writer names a kid "Dink" to rhyme with "think" unless they want the novel to be a tragedy that ends in suicide. 3rd grade suicide! And of course these are audio books, and the reader made everything the girl said sound petulant. And some of the clues! Geeze Louise, talk about circumstantial! Some of the mysteries are better than others, but really, kid's series shouldn't be inconsistent in quality. Adults, we can take it. Kids... well, maybe they can take it or maybe it just turns them off reading.

Donna - the very end was what really got me in Disgrace. Of course, I didn't like the main character. It was pretty hard to like him, but I was hoping for some redemption . Really sad thing is what I've heard, Disgrace is a reasonably fair portrait of what is going on in South Africa today. I have a friend whose wife just left there about a year ago. If you can handle that, I think American Salvage certainly isn't an impossible read.

As for me, I've got three dogs keeping me company now. Di (alias Bruce Krafft) has loaned me her little Gracie as a cuddle companion while she shops for rugs in the streets of Istanbul. I'm going to be bold and try a little cooked veggies with my rice today!!! The bonito flakes from Oriental Noodle were smoked and just seemed gross today. I'm wondering if it is a sign that I'm sick or perhaps they are just kind of blechy.

As for third grade reading, last night I listened to Henry Huggins. Sure, it was a different life back then when Cleary was writing and all the prices have to be multiplied by ten, but some things stay the same. Henry Huggins was her first sold novel, and she talks about the boys being sent to the library because they were squirrelly and the teachers/parents hoped that she as librarian could do something with them but she found very few books about boys just like them. So she wrote down their stories. And a lot of the stories are pretty universal - wanting to have a dog, losing a friend's super something expensive, getting guppies - yup, we all know what guppies do. Dink in the A to Z Mysteries has a cell phone, but Henry's life is much closer and probably more interesting to the diverse boys I know. I really enjoyed it. Of course I read a lot of Cleary as a kid, but other than Runaway Ralph, I'd forgotten how good it was. I remember Ribsy being my favorite though. Bingo #3, a book that reminds me of my childhood - of course. But John Stenjham had the guppies that bred! Our fish always ate the babies.

68banjo123
gen. 18, 2015, 1:47pm

Beverly Cleary's work is all set in Portland, so we love it here! There's a statue/fountain for her in Grant Park.

69ronincats
gen. 18, 2015, 1:52pm

Sorry to hear you've been so ill, and hope you are better by now. The only thing that got me to the ER room was migraines that had me doing cyclic dry heaves--ER is pretty miserable all by itself.

70scaifea
gen. 18, 2015, 3:58pm

Oh, Beverly Cleary! Love her. Charlie has a complete set of her works on his shelves just waiting for him!

71cammykitty
gen. 18, 2015, 10:09pm

I'm actually feeling pretty good today! I think we have tomorrow off, so one more day to perhaps try to adjust to eating at regular intervals rather than little bits every hour or so. I successfully ate rice with peas and a bit of swai fish!!! Yeah, and look ma, no nausea pills!

Banjo - I'd love to see that fountain for her! It does sound very like Portland, and a nice safe suburban life where dogs could run down the street carrying their weeks worth of horse meat in their mouth. That time is gone! Not that you can ever trust a dog to carry it's own dinner home.

Roni - migraines! ick! That's one thing, knock on wood, I've never had and never want to have! Actually, I find ERs kind of interesting people watching - well when there's nothing too traumatic going on.

Amber - lucky Charlie!!! I downloaded all the Henry & Ribsy books, but now I feel like I shouldn't gulp them down without coming up for air. Besides, today I'm well enough to actually read my books to myself which means my Early Review novel, not to be confused with Emergency Room novel - about the kingship in Thailand, and almost equally sensationalist, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon.

72The_Hibernator
gen. 18, 2015, 10:48pm

Hi Katie! I'm glad you're feeling so much better! Happy rest of the weekend!

73cammykitty
gen. 19, 2015, 11:28am

Thanks Rachel! Happy MLK day! Hope things are going well for you.

74cammykitty
gen. 19, 2015, 11:31am

And #23 on Bingo Dog, a book on something I know very little about. I was shocked to receive A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for democracy in the Twenty-First Century because I didn't think I had enough similar books in my library for the LT magic to match it with me. Here's my official review:

I'll start off by saying I don't have much background knowledge on Thailand, just what I know from speaking to Hmong- and Thai-Americans, from reading a biography or two and from researching the ghost Mae Nak. I knew that the Thai language had a special "case" to be used in royalty. One man I met was left with royalty as a child while his parents were out of the country. He found it easier to pretend he didn't speak Thai than to deal with the special version of the language to be spoken around royalty. That said, I'm not a fact checker but what Marshall describes in A Kingdom in Crisis sounds perfectly plausible. He describes a monarchy challenged by two things: the call of the people to democratize and the succession of the crown. He describes Thailand as an oligarchy run by old families, some of which just recently gave up the harems, that are fighting to keep power in a world where the "peasants" are educated and the internet circumvents the governments control of the media. If Orwell and been interested in monarchies instead of communist states, this is the kind of world he would have depicted in his fiction.

75banjo123
Editat: gen. 19, 2015, 12:32pm



Here is a picture of the fountain! It's great for little kids especially in hot weather. (the figures are Henry, Ramona and Ribsy)

76cammykitty
gen. 19, 2015, 2:00pm

Banjo, that's so cute!!! Love Ribsy!!! And the way all the water splashes all over the place.

77DorsVenabili
gen. 19, 2015, 4:20pm

>59 Donna828: and >60 cammykitty: I read American Salvage a long time ago and remember liking it (although it's short stories and I always have trouble with those). I don't remember a high ick factor at all - the focus is on the lives of down and out folks in rural Michigan. My point is that I think Donna is safe. :-)

I glad to hear you're feeling better, Katie! That sounded nasty!

78cammykitty
gen. 19, 2015, 7:12pm

>77 DorsVenabili: Thanks Kerri! I'm not sure "safe" is the best way to describe a book outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps American Salvage has been slandered! Right now I'm reading The Savage Detectives which may very well be outside of someone's comfort zone. It started out hysterical, poets pontificating on the Importance of Poetry, which having done my time as a poet in university is right in my comfort zone. Then our naive narrator ranks the educations he wants to get, and a sexual one is pretty high up there. LOL, that's what we're getting so far. But, like I said, I've read Dhalgren. Actually, linking an education in poetry and an education in sex is a pretty funny and fairly accurate concept. Ask Allen Ginsberg. He'll back me up on that statement.

79Morphidae
gen. 20, 2015, 7:59pm

I tried to look up my Unsuggestions but it's being cranky and giving me an error message.

*pouts*

I'm so glad you are feeling better!

80cammykitty
gen. 20, 2015, 9:06pm

*Pout* I'd love what the Unsuggestor had to offer you, Morhpy.

I made it through school today! Had to carry soda crackers with me, and one of the kids had to pick on me for "not sharing." & it was during an m&m lab where they count the different colors and then eat the m&ms. !!! I'm sure he wouldn't have traded the m&ms for the crackers.

81cammykitty
gen. 21, 2015, 9:32pm

And for Bingo Dog 19 - a book about language - All Art is Propaganda by George Orwell. This is a collection of book reviews and essays, often cranky, written in Orwell's clear, crisp style. It includes his essay that discusses how governments obfuscate the language for their own uses. He hypothesizes that if governments were forced to use clearer language, they would be more careful about their actions. Sounds likely to me.

82cammykitty
gen. 22, 2015, 9:34pm

And the 13th book of the year, Henry and Beezus. Still a bit sick but I'm making it to school. When I come home, this is about what speed I'm on.

As for the book, it is read by a male, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ramona is a pest, but when you hear this obviously adult male voice imitating that of a whiny toddler. Oh, she's really annoying! Funny.

& what do you think was on my table when I got home today? A package, with yes of course, a book in it! My Spanish edition of Blacksad: Arctic Nation. It had a sticker in Spanish on it that indicated it was the 9th edition. Obviously way more popular in Europe than over here.

83Berly
Editat: gen. 26, 2015, 12:20pm

> Still not feeling 100%? Dang it! Hoping you get healthy soon. I bet Harris would be great as Ramona!! LOL. How are you already on your 13th book?! WOW!

84scaifea
gen. 23, 2015, 7:22am

Neil Patrick Harris reading Henry and Beezus?! Oh, I love that idea!

85banjo123
gen. 23, 2015, 1:32pm

>84 scaifea: Me, too! I may have to find it!

86cammykitty
gen. 23, 2015, 9:57pm

Berly, Nope, not 100%. That virus or whatever really kicked me in the teeth! But I'm back to work and daring a new food each day. & as for the 13th book, a few short easy ones and a lot of time at home! Actually, a lot of them were books I was trying to finish in December to make my 75, which alas, I didn't.

& yes, Neil Patrick Harris does a great job. Rhonda & Amber, I hope your library has it. It's all the Henry Huggins books together.

87Morphidae
gen. 24, 2015, 9:54am

Neil Patrick Harris is currently on Broadway doing a supposedly great job in Hedwig and the Angry Itch.

88DorsVenabili
gen. 25, 2015, 7:54am

>78 cammykitty: Did Dhalgren scar you for life? You've mentioned it more than once. :-) I have it and would like to get to it at some point. I actually loved Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand, which explores some interesting gender issues. I would say I'm a Delany enthusiast. There was something else I read too, but I can't remember...

89banjo123
gen. 25, 2015, 2:18pm

I liked Dhalgren when I read it. But I was a teenager then, it would probably scar me if I read it now.

90lkernagh
Editat: gen. 26, 2015, 5:38am

Saw the mention above about you being plagued by weird viruses.... I hope you are feeling better!

91cammykitty
gen. 26, 2015, 10:52am

Morphy - Henry Huggins to Hedwig??? LOL. Should we say that shows range in his career?

Dors & Banjo - Dhalgren didn't scar me for life! It's just one of those books that is so long and so you know Delaney - intellectual while in the gutter - that you get bragging rights once you've finished it. It's kind of goofy '60s free love and frankly, you could summarize it this way. You can do all the kinky, weird stuff you can imagine and no one cares, but the minute a black man has sex with a blonde girl the world falls apart.

Lori - Thanks! I'm getting there. I'm in that awkward stage where I'm feeling a bit week and adding foods back into my diet too slowly for my liking. But once in awhile, one of the foods isn't a great idea.

92Berly
gen. 26, 2015, 12:20pm

Hang in there. Slow and steady. Man this has lasted a long time! Hugs.

93cammykitty
gen. 27, 2015, 6:31pm

Yup, Berly, and I want to eat chocolate!!!

94cammykitty
gen. 31, 2015, 5:33pm

Proud coach moment! The Future Problem Solving team I coach just received the 2-6 award. They were one of 5 junior teams to receive this and it is called 2-6 because it means there step 2 and step 6, underlying problem and action plan, were solid. Too soon to know if we go to state, but that means we are seriously in the running.

95banjo123
gen. 31, 2015, 6:20pm

>94 cammykitty: Congratulations!

96cammykitty
feb. 1, 2015, 2:51pm

Thanks Rhonda!

97AMQS
feb. 1, 2015, 5:00pm

Congratulations! Any news on the adding-chocolate-back-to-the-diet front?

98cammykitty
feb. 1, 2015, 8:51pm

Thanks Anne! Low-fat chocolate okay. My goal is to be able to eat my chocolate raspberry cheesecake in two weeks! I managed a Chinese buffet today, complete with vegetarian sushi! But dairy and fat and large quantities of raw veggies are still issues. Getting there!

99The_Hibernator
feb. 2, 2015, 12:51am

>94 cammykitty: Good job! Happy weekend!

100bruce_krafft
feb. 3, 2015, 6:43am

>98 cammykitty: You're getting me chocolate raspberry cheesecake for my b-day?!?!?! :-)

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

101cammykitty
feb. 3, 2015, 8:44pm

Thanks Rachel! Happy week to you! Getting anywhere with Perks yet? I still haven't rustled up a copy.

Di, I was thinking for my birthday, but hey, any excuse. Certainly if that's what you want. Ginkgo Coffee House carries Muddy Paws Bakery cheesecake. Beats the @$%* out of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake.

102cammykitty
feb. 3, 2015, 8:49pm

#14 from Chile. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano. I'm having a mixed reaction to this. Parts of it were brilliant. At times I was laughing. Some of the character sketches and personal stories were fantastic, but it felt Literary with a capital L. This novel reconstructs the life of "Visceral Realists" which is a poetry movement in Mexico. Much time is spent on accounts about Cesaria Tinajero, and that of Ulises Lima and Arturo Bolano, told by a mix of people, both real and fictional. Octavio Paz makes his appearance. Sometimes the novel felt tedious, but I was bound and determined to finish it. Right when I couldn't take it anymore, a section would come up that was truly diverting. I "read" it on audio and wonder if I would have liked it more if I'd read it. I doubt it, but it's possible because sometimes when I'm listening I zone out and am not even aware of it. It might be worth a re-read now that I know the ending. I think knowing the end might significantly alter the way I interpret the middle.

103cammykitty
feb. 4, 2015, 9:02pm

#15 is a novella by Terry Bisson TVA Baby. Violent, funny and sarcastic, this grown baby acts exactly as you would expect someone who has been grown with a steady diet of action TV.

104lkernagh
feb. 7, 2015, 7:45am

>102 cammykitty: - but it felt Literary with a capital L.

That is the impression I have been left with by each Bolano book I have read.

105cammykitty
feb. 7, 2015, 1:37pm

Lori - Okay, no 2666 for me then! Literary is good when you are unaware of how literary it is. You just think wow, that was a fantastic book. Like a lot of A.S. Byatt's work. Terribly literary, but the average reader doesn't finish it thinking it was pretentious.

106banjo123
feb. 7, 2015, 2:24pm

I want to read Bolano, but keep putting it off. Now I will put it off a little longer.

Congrats on the problem solving coaching!

107cammykitty
feb. 7, 2015, 8:37pm

Rhonda, just find something short by Bolano. That will probably showcase what's good about his writing without room for the literary to go nuts. Thanks for the congrats!

108cammykitty
Editat: feb. 7, 2015, 8:44pm

#16 on audio, on the unliterary easy side of things Henry and Ribsy! I remember this being my favorite Cleary book when I was young next to The Mouse and the Motorcycle. I loved Ribsy. I remember loving Cleary too, but oddly, I didn't remember any of the stories! I, personally, think Ribsy is a saint for not taking a chunk out of Ramona. As for the icecream cone, she practically offered it to him. Fortunately for the human race, there are a lot of real life dogs with a saint-like tolerance for toddlers and their nonsense.

109DorsVenabili
feb. 8, 2015, 6:21pm

>102 cammykitty: Roberto Bolano is on my list of authors to get to...soon...and I'm not sure where to start. The only one I own is 2666 and that seems to get rather mixed reactions. And it's a doorstopper too!

110cammykitty
feb. 9, 2015, 1:37am

Well, if you have 2666, you could see what you think of the first 40 pages. Its concept sounds really cool, but I've read the reviews too. Seems most people, ultimately, were baffled by it.

111Berly
Editat: feb. 10, 2015, 3:32am

I just found The Savage Detectives on the shelf today. (I was cataloging my TBRs.) After your review, I think it might languish a little while longer....

112cammykitty
feb. 9, 2015, 5:17pm

Berly, other people loved it but Wolfy said exactly what I was thinking on my category thread challenge. Moments of brilliance but too many "interviews" in the middle and the end wasn't quite the same quality as the beginning. So I guess as long as other books keep leaping in your arms, yes, it can languish.

113cammykitty
feb. 9, 2015, 5:18pm

Happy dance! Happy dance! The Future Problem Solving team I coach received 2nd place in their regionals and has been invited to compete at State. We made State! I haven't had a chance to tell the girls yet.

So, our next topic is "Enhancing Human Potential," otherwise known as Transhumanism in some circles. Any reading suggestions for precocious 6th graders? I'm thinking Feed, any Cordwainer Smith, The Speed of Dark which is about a company that is paying to have their employees who have Autism take a treatment that will make them neurotypically normal, and Flowers for Algernon.

114cammykitty
feb. 9, 2015, 8:54pm

#17 James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon was an interesting biography of one of the strangest science fiction writers ever. Her younger life read like fiction, until she settled in to her older life of marriage, dexedrine, double life and depression. It ended, as you know from the beginning of the biography, in a murder/suicide - a death like that of one of her own short stories. Solidly researched and written, this book sheds light on the oddly-gendered life of a woman who has become a feminist icon.

115ronincats
feb. 9, 2015, 9:22pm

>114 cammykitty: I read that a couple of years ago, Katie, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. And congrats for your team making State!

116Berly
feb. 10, 2015, 3:36am

Whoohoo on making state!! What a coach! I googled books and this one looked interesting, though it might be a tad advanced: Being Me: What it Means to be Human.

117PaulCranswick
feb. 10, 2015, 11:23pm

>113 cammykitty: Well done, Katie.

118cammykitty
feb. 11, 2015, 9:37pm

Thanks Roni, Berly and Paul. I might look at Being Me: What it Means to be Human for myself. Part of being a coach is reading up on the topics and summarizing little bits and pieces of it for them. A lot of the source material, even the stuff from the Future Problem Solving association, isn't written at their level. Usually they can understand the words perfectly well, but are missing some background knowledge that makes it all make sense. For example, today we were talking about a scientist who is developing a way to use the patient's cells to make replacement organs and they didn't understand where organs for organ transplants usually come from, and that the body will reject an organ that isn't a genetically close match. Once they know that, they can understand how ground-breaking this scientists work could be.

And speaking of Future Problem Solving, last night I finished reading a little e-book (#18) by a pen name Mike Beachem who is a psychiatrist, a front for a Transhumanist organization, and also no one particular person. So how can he be a psychiatrist? Part of him is one? I don't know. Anyway, the book is called Transformative Transhumanism and it would work well as a future scene document. I can see lots of problems in this one. It outlines the Transhumanist philosophy, which for some people is a religion. It states that people are adaptable and have adapted to live in almost every environment, and it is our duty to continue in this, to the poles, the deserts, mars and beyond. So, I'm imagining humans traveling as a swarm of locusts. I'll agree with the adaptable and need to keep adapting statement, but the Manifest Destiny part of this makes me really nervous.

Also, there was a section about the soul, which they do not believe in, and the personality which they do. The personality is something that outlives the body (so it is different from the soul how?) and people can have multiple ones. They develop multiple ones from trauma such as childhood sexual abuse. (Okay, that you can verify with the DSM.) Then they go on to say that it isn't a disorder, it is just a way some people are and that it is misguided of us to think that these people with multiple personalities need treatment. ???Huh??? Multiple Personality Disorder is pretty rare, but from what I've heard, once the initial trauma is gone it is pretty maladaptive and difficult to live with untreated. For all I know, the treatment is no joyride either - but nothing wrong with it??? They weren't talking Tiptree/Sheldon personality splits here. They were talking about people with a Hyde personality that they had to imagine in chains in order to cope.

So, this book comes quite dis-recommended. Hopefully I can find/have time for a Transhumanist book that is a little more grounded in science.

119avatiakh
feb. 12, 2015, 12:31am

Congratulations on polishing off The Savage Detectives, I agree that parts are great and other parts less so. I'm still to attempt 2666. Apologies for taking so long to find your thread but this year has gotten off to a slow start LT-wise.

120banjo123
feb. 13, 2015, 4:45pm

Congratulations to you and your team! I don't think that I have ever heard of transhumanism before, so your kids will be ahead of me.

121cammykitty
feb. 15, 2015, 11:58am

Thanks for stopping buy Kerry! I noticed life was getting in the way of your LT-time. I hope it's good life mostly!

Banjo, thanks! I don't think they are quite "getting" transhumanism but I read them the passage of people being adaptable and it was our job to adapt, explore the universe and then deal with the possible aliens as we see fit. I'm sure they made the connection to westward expansion and the Native Americans without me even mentioning it.

122cammykitty
Editat: feb. 15, 2015, 12:12pm

On prednisone for the latest respiratory ick that's going around. I'm much better now, but those of you who have been on prednisone can guess what I'm about to say. Did a lot of insomnia reading last night! Finished book 19 and 20, Shouldn't you be in school which was on audio and supposed to be soothing and boring and put me to sleep. Nope. I liked it a lot except the reader's voice wasn't very convincing as a 12 year old Lemony Snicket. This book is about third in a series I haven't read, but I've read some of the Unfortunate Events series. This has a very different tone, not Victorian spoof, but very educated while at the same time defining every big word and weird allusion for the younger reader. I think The Wrong Questions series is a sort of prequel for the Unfortunate Events that sets up the secret organization that the parents were involved in.

Book 20 was The Perks of Being a Wallflower which is about being a loner growing up in the '80s. Very well-done, meandering plot about sex and friendships which comes to an odd, but not completely unexpected conclusion. It rang true to me. And it fits Bingo 6, although we never do find out who he is writing too.

123The_Hibernator
feb. 15, 2015, 11:11pm

Sorry you're feeling so sick Katie! I wish you could have been there for our discussion of Perks. It was a great book, wasn't it? We discussed that Charlie's voice seemed really naive - like not knowing what masturbation was - but that was probably done purposefully. What do you think?

124cammykitty
feb. 16, 2015, 3:18pm

Rachel, I totally agree. I think the character of Charlie was deliberately naive, like he checked out every time they started talking about sex in a health class. No way could a bright student in high school in the 80s not know what masturbation was unless he was trying not to know it. Perhaps it was a flaw in the writing. Perhaps not. It made him seem kind of odd, like he was accepting things and learning about things when he was ready to accept them. And with child sexual abuse, this fits. Often people don't remember the abuse until much later, sometimes in their 20s and 30s, but it affects the way they live their lives even though they don't remember. - His not knowing what masturbation was is also a clue for the reader. We're dealing with an unreliable narrator here.

125Berly
feb. 16, 2015, 4:31pm

Hope you are feeling better! I have a love/hate relationship with prednisone.... Also enjoyed Perks and nice job on Bingo.

126cammykitty
feb. 16, 2015, 7:56pm

Berly, love/hate describes it well! I seem to have a new side effect now - depression. Reminds me of the first and last time I took a cough syrup with codeine in it. I got weep depression that wore off every four hours until I took the next dose. People take that for fun? Really?

Perks is good, isn't it. It's kind of a sleeper and then hits you on the head. & as for Bingo, looks like I'm going for a black out!

127Berly
feb. 16, 2015, 8:00pm

Yup. Gotta love the prednisone depression. Ain't medicine fun? I am making progress on my Bingo, but not quite as much as I would like. Maybe if I actively tried to find titles that fit the squares....! ; )

128cammykitty
feb. 16, 2015, 10:39pm

Love medicine! The dose goes down tomorrow, so hopefully I'll feel better. Knowing it's the pred and not really me helps too. The bingo is great and I haven't been working too hard to fit the squares. I'm doing all the easy ones first! To finish it though, I'll have to start looking for books that fit the squares. My ancestor names aren't that uncommon, but with the multitude of author names out there, it isn't going to happen without some thought. Wallace, Gladys, Lucille, Gideon, Stuart, Dorothy - Dorothy Sayers!

129cammykitty
feb. 17, 2015, 5:19pm

#21 The Moffats - Nice little before bed audio. It's very episodic, so if you find yourself listening to it after you fell asleep and you've got no clue what's going on, it's pretty easy to find the last chapter that makes sense. Or move on. I remembered really liking The Moffats as a kid, but as an adult I wonder why??? I like it as an adult, but don't see what the kid appeal would be. It's a nice, comfortable story about life when there were still hitching posts in front of houses. Cars and horses were both on the street. Not all the houses had electricity. I must have loved the setting and the "cozy" feel, because nothing much happens in the plot, especially compared to the overly plotted, crash bang plots that are popular now.

130cammykitty
feb. 18, 2015, 9:44pm

#22 Blacksad: Arctic Nation Oh sadness, I'm all caught up with Blacksad. Loved this one of course - but it was less successful with race issues than the first one. I think it was the first one. I believe there was one character from the first one that dies in the second. Yup, "people" die in Blacksad. There was a Nazi white supremacist group in this one. Instead of a swastika, they had a very stylized snowflake symbol. Clever. But I started thinking too hard. Many of the white supremacists were arctic animals, and often animals like weasels/ermine who are only white in the winter. I was thinking that they are such a minority, and in the dog world a genetically unfortunate (deafness and blindness) minority, that I couldn't really see them terrorizing a town. That said, the plot had some nice twists and turns and subtleties. Definitely worth it.

Here's one villain, el zorro Huk.

131The_Hibernator
feb. 23, 2015, 12:57am

Hope you're feeling better Katie!

132cammykitty
feb. 25, 2015, 6:38pm

Thanks Rachel! I'm getting there! Mostly better. :) It's been an icky winter!

133cammykitty
Editat: feb. 26, 2015, 6:23pm

Finished Love from Paddington on audio. It's the old, familiar Paddington tales told a different way - in letters to Paddington's aunt. Cute, and just right for a bedtime story.

And also finished Red Equinox, my ER novel. Bingo Dog #22, fiction inspired by other fiction. I wanted to like this, but so did not care. Perhaps I'm going through a book funk and it's my fault, but I think it's more likely a fault in the novel combined with not a good match. It's a "Lovecraft" novel and I don't like Lovecraft. Too purple. I thought that I would like something set in his mythos though, and I would, but not this book. Egyptian scarabs, mad reincarnations of pharoahs and squidgy aquatic monsters are all up my alley, but something was missing from this novel. The main character didn't seem to have much emotional connection to the chaos around her, so I didn't either. I read it with more detachment than I would have watching an old Godzilla movie while munching on some buttery popcorn.

134Berly
feb. 25, 2015, 11:26pm

Well, that's no good. I think I shall skip that one if you don't mind. Better luck on the next one!

135cammykitty
feb. 26, 2015, 5:57pm

Berly, the next one is The Upstairs Wife which looks good, but I think I'm going to read a sure thing next! I think I'm in the mood for something futuristic and fast paced rather than something contemplative, which The Upstairs Wife might be. We do have a new student from Afghanistan through Pakistan though, and The Upstairs Wife may be more interesting to me now because I know her. Not well yet though. She barely speaks English. I think she understands a fair amount of it but has trouble putting her own sentences together.

136cammykitty
feb. 26, 2015, 6:28pm

And Bingo Dog #?? Something outside of my comfort zone. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Seraphs and Chimera are totally in my comfort zone, but interspecies teen romance, nope. I enjoyed this one, actually quite a bit, but found my eyes rolling every time the teen romance part came to the fore. Many, many, many characters were described as "beautiful." I'd like to challenge the author to write a book in this particular series without once using the word "beautiful." No fair just changing to "gorgeous," "perfect" or "flawless." Matter of fact, the only character that was not "beautiful" was Brimstone the resurrectionist. Yup, he built bodies to house the souls of the dead. So, if you like a bit of fantasy with your romance, this book comes highly recommended. If you like a little romance with your fantasy, not so much.

137banjo123
feb. 27, 2015, 5:02pm

I am reading The Upstairs Wife now. So far, it's pretty good.

138Berly
feb. 28, 2015, 1:33pm

Katie...passing through,catching up...!

139The_Hibernator
març 2, 2015, 3:31pm

>136 cammykitty: sounds like your feelings about Daughter of Smoke and Bone were similar to mine. I rolled my eyes at the romance, but I thought the fact that they'd actually known each-other beforehand rather than insta-love was better than most teen romances these days. I was wondering if I was meh about the book because I really didn't like it, or because of my mood, so it's good to have someone else with the same feelings. :)

140Morphidae
març 2, 2015, 9:19pm

Is someone wishy-washy? :D

141bruce_krafft
març 3, 2015, 6:23am

The Upstairs Wife is on my wish list.

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

142cammykitty
març 5, 2015, 9:37pm

Banjo! Glad to know The Upstairs Wife is good. I'll probably start it as soon as I'm done reading Ammonite, my "real" book.

Rachel & Morphy! Glad it's not just me. because they'd known each other before, I cut it some slack too. I always have trouble with a thousand-year-old vampire falling for a sweet sixteen. It's close enough to the real-life aging rock star marries the barely-legal playboy bunny. The fact that they'd known each other "before" made it so much better, but I still had my little bullshit meter saying those two came from such prejudiced circumstances that the romance didn't have a chance to even start. We're talking more obstacles than Romeo and Juliet here!

And maybe "wimpy wimpy wimpy" "hefty hefty hefty" but not really wishy-washy. :)


Di, I'll hand off Thailand and when you're done with that, I should be ready to hand off The Upstairs Wife too. As for the girl who speaks no English, she's starting to speak a little and her classwork is beginning to put some of the English-speaking students to shame.

143cammykitty
març 5, 2015, 9:44pm

# next The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket. Reading that Lemony prequel made me want to get back to the Unfortunate Events series so I started where I thought I left off and then remembered I'd read this one before. I'd forgotten enough that it still made it interesting, and I even was able to use it for coaching Future Problem Solving. Our current problem involves genetically enhanced babies, so I asked the group "Would you disown your child if they couldn't write grammatically?" Hah! That got an interesting response.

#and next next Ghoulish Song by William Alexander was a fun twist on the musical instrument made from a human bone tale. A girl does a favor for some goblins and is rewarded with a bone flute, but the music of the flute separates her from her shadow - which in her culture means she must be dead. Never mind she is still talking and breathing, she must be dead. The story gets weirder after that.

144cammykitty
març 7, 2015, 11:31pm

#28 House of Robots. Sammy's mother is into robotics and he's gotten used to having them all over the house, but when she creates a "brother" for him that will go to school, it's just too much for him. What she isn't saying is that the robot is really for his sister who can't go to school because she has an immune deficiency disease. Sad reason for a fun and funny book. #28 - I'm doing it again! Sleepy so I listen to an audio book. Maybe my main book just hasn't got rolling yet. Anyway, this one was House of Robots. Sammy's mother is into robotics and he's gotten used to having them all over the house, but when she creates a "brother" for him that will go to school, it's just too much for him. What she isn't saying is that the robot is really for his sister who can't go to school because she has an immune deficiency disease. Sad reason for a fun and funny book.

145The_Hibernator
Editat: març 8, 2015, 7:51pm

>140 Morphidae: Perhaps Morphy meant I was being wishy-washy by being "meh" about the book, but not knowing whether it was me or the book that was actually "meh."

146cammykitty
març 9, 2015, 10:43pm

145 Nah! You've got to be a protagonist to be truly wishy-washy.

147cammykitty
març 9, 2015, 11:44pm

#29 The Miserable Mill continues on the Lemony Snicket thing. I'm pretty well convinced that Lemony is Count Olaf but don't tell me if I'm right. I loved the moment when Phil the optimist (love having an optimist in the middle of all this misery!) is reading the town constitution and says "I'm pretty sure paying people with coupons is illegal." Yup, it's slavery. And I love having the "stupid" optimist being the one with the smarts to figure it out.

148bruce_krafft
març 13, 2015, 5:57am

Too bad your The Future Problem Solving team is done with dystopia, The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations would be a great book for that.

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

149cammykitty
març 14, 2015, 10:02pm

Would be awesome! Next week is the FPS Bowl, so they know most of what they are going to know now. I'm putting it on my WL though.

150Morphidae
març 22, 2015, 5:18pm

>145 The_Hibernator: >146 cammykitty: Yeah, I was talking about a protagonist and how you all tease me about complaining about wishy-washy characters.

151AMQS
març 22, 2015, 6:24pm

Hi Katie! Just catching up -- congratulations to you and your Future Problem Solving team!

Sorry you were having meds troubles. My youngest daughter (13) had to start taking prednisone while she is being tested for some kind of arthritis. The side effects can be scary -- fortunately her dose decreases little by little. Hope she won't have to take it long.

Kids absolutely love The Series of Unfortunate Events, but All the Wrong Questions hasn't taken off in my library. I need to read at least the first of the Questions series.

152Berly
març 23, 2015, 12:45am

Hi Katie--just catching up here. I loved reading The Series of Unfortunate Events to my kids. It was a real favorite. Sometimes I even read ahead, when they fell asleep too soon!

Have fun solving future problems...!

153cammykitty
març 29, 2015, 11:06pm

Hi Morphy, Anne & Berly!
I'm still reading the Series of Unfortunate Events. I'm on the Ersatz Elevator right now. The Beaudelaire orphans are stuck in the elevator at the moment, if you know what I mean.

I've been super busy, sick and a bit on the crabby side lately so haven't kept up-to-date on my thread. In the meantime, I've read The Austere Academy where the orphans make some orphan friends, When did you see her last where Lemony gets in trouble for pestering the police, Crandall's Castle in which a family decides to turn a haunted house into a bed and breakfast. I'm still reading Ammonite but it's been slow going because The Series of Unfortunate Events keeps calling my name louder. I'm still sick, but on spring break now, so things should get better.

As for Future Problems, we are done for the season. They did a decent job at state, and did not embarrass me. Some of the teams there certainly embarrassed their coaches. One team had a solution involving flying monkeys and another team had one involving screeching hamsters. Two teams from our school district will be going on to internationals, one 4th grade team and one 5th grade team so the twin brother of one of the girls has been teasing her about being beaten out by 4th graders, but she doesn't care. She's actually excited for the 4th graders.

154banjo123
març 29, 2015, 11:18pm

>153 cammykitty: I think flying monkeys are probably the solution to most of the world's problems. Or at least those problems that aren't solved by chocolate.

Have a great spring break! Feel better soon.

155ronincats
març 29, 2015, 11:25pm

Hope you are feeling better soon! Spring break should help.

156cammykitty
Editat: abr. 3, 2015, 11:30pm

Banjo: I far prefer solutions solved by chocolate. The flying monkey solution sounded quite terrifying. The monkeys broke into peoples' homes and forced them to take a shot that made them grow wings so they would never be hurt because they could just fly out of danger. Now what this had to do with the future scene, I couldn't say.

Roni: I'm getting there!

I finished reading Ammonite and had kind of a meh reaction and wondering why. The theme and plot etc were all good. The pacing was just too slow. Not as good as Slow River from a pacing point of view. In Ammonite, Marghe goes to a planet to test out a vaccine for the virus that kills all the men who have landed on the planet and changes the women who survive. They can have babies with women. That's just a small portion of the plot. What makes the book is the different cultures that have sprung up on the planet. And of course it works for Bingo, a GLBT main character - Heck, the whole planet was lesbian.

And on audio, I read Gordon Korman's The Memory Maze. It was fun, just as Korman usually is, but not terribly funny. In it, Jacks is double heir of two families that have the power of hypnotism. He can even hypnotize over the internet, which means people with more power than he has want him as a weapon.

157PaulCranswick
abr. 5, 2015, 9:38am

Happy Easter, Katie. xx

158cammykitty
abr. 8, 2015, 9:59pm

Thanks Paul!!! I celebrated Easter early with my brother, and then it went to the dogs... In other words, I worked at the Doggy Daycare on Sunday, and they made a jailbreak. The dogs were supposed to be in the basement playroom, but some of them managed to run around upstairs and all over the place for about an hour. I hang my head in shame... but then again, we have several fail-safes that failed that day! Including someone other than me who must have left a gate and a door open. Dogs had a great Easter!!!

I've finished "reading" Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman. As is true with all of her novels, it was interesting from a history point-of-view. I learned something about ballads I should have known, but didn't. At one time, they were a common way to tell the news. The story, I almost didn't finish. At first, Meggy is a sharp-tongued harpy that deserves half of what comes her way. I got tired of that, but stuck with it because I've loved some of Cushman's novels and trusted her as a writer. I'm glad I did because the sharpness soon lost its sting and became funny.

For real books, I'm still reading The Upstairs Wife which is quite interesting and a fast read compared to Ammonite and Feeling Outnumbered which is a training book for people who own more than one dog. Right now, Sage and I are feeling lonely. Wanda is visiting the Convent for Wayward Grrls. We miss her, but Sage is going to have a new set of trained behaviors (ha ha) before she comes back.

159Berly
abr. 13, 2015, 3:18am

Hi Katie--Sounds like a rowdy Easter, LOL.

160The_Hibernator
abr. 18, 2015, 12:56am

Sounds like you had an interesting Easter. :) Hope you have a great weekend, too!

161cammykitty
abr. 27, 2015, 10:45pm

Hi Rachel! It was a good easter. Sorry I missed book group! And the book didn't come from the library on time. :(

Been a bit moody lately, and also ran over my wifi plan. ???? When I first got wifi, I used about 1 GB a month. Now I'm over 10??? Huh? Anyway, excuses for not being here much. Besides, not reading much. I've finished Feeling Outnumbered which is how to train/handle more than one resident dogs. I have this weird feeling I've read it before? Not too much new. Just made me resolve to do a better job training/handling my own pack. Wanda is now registered for an intermediate obedience class.

Also read Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things which was kind of a cute story about a boy who is left behind when his actor parents sail off to open a theater for a maharaja who doesn't exist. It's about achieving independence, and finding lost things of course. Although some things remain lost.

162cammykitty
abr. 30, 2015, 11:18pm

#38 The Upstairs Wife I'm still thinking about what I want to write for my official ER review. I'd like to say I liked the book, but I found myself on the meh to dislike side once I finished. I liked the more official/historic part of the book and thought it did a wonderful job explaining what it was like to be a woman living in Pakistan. Yuck. But that's part of my problem with the book. I found myself annoyed with Aunt Amina and wishing she'd been more generous in accepting the second wife. That said, this is real life and not fiction. If it had been fiction, Aunt Amina would have undergone a more significant character change. She did grow in that she learned to enjoy her weeks without her husband eventually but if the book had been fiction she would have at least made a show of accepting her husband's if not accepting the second wifes' overture of friendship. In real life though, this kind of thing is so messy that it isn't anyone's place to judge. I grew up next to a household with a similar situation - although add alcoholism into the mix. The first wife tolerated the "second" who eventually truly became the second wife after the first died. We always got to hear the first wife mock the second. It was her way of coping. The second though always came over, cleaned the kitchen and made sure there were enough meals in the refrigerator for when the first wife would be home alone. Even with the mocking, it was clear that they didn't really hate each other. The one just resented the second and the second understood and responded with patience.

Anyway, the book was interesting and beautifully done. It's just the dissatisfaction of the main lives of the memoir made me feel dissatisfied too.

163The_Hibernator
maig 2, 2015, 12:56am

Hi Katie! No worries about missing the bookclub, Katie, Liz, and I enjoyed ourselves. Sorry you can't make it to the next one, either! I'm really enjoying Death Note so far.

164banjo123
maig 2, 2015, 7:04pm

>162 cammykitty: Interesting review of The Upstairs Wife. That is so interesting that you knew a similar situation.

165cammykitty
maig 5, 2015, 9:34pm

Hi Rachel! Death Note is on my netflix anime WL and has been for a little while. It's one of the ones Wolfy recommended.

Banjo - I saw your review too. I think we kind of agree. Yes, it was similar and terribly complicated. Wife #2 was Catholic and wouldn't hear of him divorcing #1 so he was constantly "staying late at work." Even I figured out what that meant, though.

166bruce_krafft
maig 15, 2015, 6:37am

165> kind of off topic, but the 'Catholic and wouldn't hear of him divorcing' reminded me of something I read last night - "getting a PhD is like getting married in a Catholic church in a Latin American country. It's a real commitment." Thankfully I am neither Catholic or planning on pursuing a PhD.

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

167cammykitty
maig 17, 2015, 10:35pm

LOL! That's about right! & I've known too many unemployed PhDs!

168Berly
maig 18, 2015, 8:32pm

Popping in to say Hi!

169cammykitty
maig 19, 2015, 9:53pm

Hi Berly!!! Hope things are well in your end of the world. Right now I've got a cold, and I'm reading about Sun Ra, a lesser great of the jazz world.

170banjo123
maig 23, 2015, 7:48pm

Hope your cold is better and wishing you a good weekend.

171cammykitty
maig 27, 2015, 12:29am

Thanks Rhonda, this is the hanger on cold from double-toothpick land! Still in need of tissues, but mostly better.

And in the news today, I forgot to check the lock on the freezer this morning when I left! When I came home, one water spaniel greeted me at the door, and one waited to see if it was safe before he greeted me. Why? Because he had ice cream on his face. How? He broke into the freezer. They also ate 1 bag potstickers, 2 bags frozen mixed vegetables, 1/2 bag samosas, 1 tray meat of some kind. Couldn't tel what kind, because they ate the label too. No dinner tonight for those two!

172scaifea
maig 27, 2015, 6:41am

Ohmygosh! How did they get into the freezer?! Smart dogs!

173cammykitty
maig 27, 2015, 10:15pm

It must have been a bit of a handler error! I locked the freezer today and all the food was safe. Not that they are hungry. They're still working on yesterday's binge.

174cammykitty
maig 28, 2015, 10:46pm

And now Sage is climbing on the counter to get in the cupboard where the rawhides are when Wanda and I are gone! Jerome thinks Sage is "nervous eating." He needs comfort when he's home alone! I think he's a brat!

As for reading, I actually finished one. Space is the Place a biography of Sun Ra. Sun Ra was a jazz musician who claimed to be born on Saturn, so much so that the passport people gave in and let his birthplace be Saturn. I think he was eccentric, not insane. If he was insane, he held it together a lot better than other insane jazz musicians did. Monk's end of life was tragic with mental illness. This bio was interesting because Sun Ra wasn't a Duke Ellington or a Coltrane. He was a working musician without much aptitude for making money but he managed to keep a band going, and his band almost looked like a cult. Quite interesting to see how they managed or failed to make ends meet.

175Berly
juny 6, 2015, 10:47pm

Hi there. Lots of ruckus going on in your house! LOL. Interesting biography of Sun Ra. What a character.

176cammykitty
juny 7, 2015, 9:33pm

Ruckus! Yes, Sage is the King of Ruckus! Yes, Sun Ra's bio was quite interesting and I'm looking forward to Erick's "channeling" of him at the Con.

177lkernagh
juny 14, 2015, 1:49pm

Stopping by to say Hi and noting the handful the furkids have become! Intelligent furkids, but it must be driving you crazy to lock the freezer to keep them out of it!

178tymfos
juny 21, 2015, 4:25pm

Hello to you and your furkids!


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179cammykitty
juny 21, 2015, 9:48pm

LOL! Yes, the furkids are naughty!!! Sage rummaged through the trash today, even though there was nothing but paper towels in it!!! I've got to clean out the coat closet so I can fit the trash in there. Let's hear it for dumb pets!!!

Thanks for stopping in Lori & Terry. Things have been a bit chaotic - today was my last day at the doggy day care and some other minor woes in my life. Yes, I'm the one who quit the daycare and I did it like an adult this time. I got another job first, 50 cents more (not much an hour still) and more flexibility on the hours. In the past, I've left places when I couldn't take it anymore, who cared if I'd found another job or not! & once I even took a manager out with me. So this is "maturing" for me. ;) So in other words, haven't been feeling LT lately but I will return!

180cammykitty
juny 21, 2015, 9:49pm

P.S. The manager really needed to be taken out. A lot of people had left because of him, and one guy had a solid harassment suit against him but didn't want to take it to court.

181tymfos
juny 26, 2015, 3:54pm

50 cents more (not much an hour still) and more flexibility on the hours.

Hey, that's an improvement -- and the more flexible hours can really be helpful sometimes!

182banjo123
juny 28, 2015, 3:04pm

Hooray for improvement on the job front!

183cammykitty
jul. 4, 2015, 3:57am

Thanks Terri & Banjo for the congrats! I'm loving the change so far. Have started looking for the "Scary Find" of the week. Today's scary find was a pair of antlers, real ones, the kind you find mounted at the lodge, spray painted with glitter. Poor Rudolph!

I finished The Left Hand of Darkness. Can't say I enjoyed it much. It read like a translation, the language was so inadequate to what she was trying to do. At least now. The use of the masculine pronoun seems dated by today's standards, and it also seemed as though she was talking about an all male society that somehow found a way to procreate. I know that wasn't the intent, but that was the effect. & I know Le Guin talks about her difficulties with the language of the time and says she wouldn't change it now, but that it would be a very different book if she were to write it now, after the English language has undergone some pressure to become less inherently sexist.

184cammykitty
jul. 9, 2015, 6:53pm

41. Redshirts If you've watched Star Trek over and over, you can guess what the title is referring to. In Science Fiction talk, "Redshirts" has become a critical term for writing. It means a character that's sole function is to die to move the plot forward. I had black & white tv when I was watching the original Star Trek, but if you had color I'm sure you knew that the members of the away team wearing red that didn't have any backstory weren't going to live long. So Redshirts is a meta-fiction about that. A bunch of new crew members on the Intrepid (remember the Intrepid?) realize that decisions made by the commanding officers don't make sense and that for a newbie to go on an away mission is practically a death sentence. The Intrepid's casualty rating far outpaces other ships in the fleet. So what is going on here? And how can they survive.

42. Rayla 2212 is a very Sun Ra inspired romp through time and space, complete with Egyptian royalty and lots of gold.

43. Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is a novela by local author, Michael Merriam. Michael is legally blind and therefore writes well about people with disabilities. This one is no exception. His main character is a woman who lost the use of her legs when she climbed onto a roof during a bombing. The US's environment was destroyed in the bombing and very little wildlife has survived, but the pair of loons that have survived need human sacrifices. I mean loons like everyone in Minnesota would think of, waterfowl that is very awkward on land, has red eyes and a white necklace around their necks. They have a prominent place in Ojibwe beliefs. This is a satisfying blend of science fiction and folklore.

185cammykitty
jul. 20, 2015, 2:40am

44. The Day it Snowed Tortillas is a bilingual folktale of mostly Mexican tales. Yup, La Llorona is in there as well as some other lesser known tales. For me, it was an easy read which is a relief after some of the harder stuff I've attempted or pushed through. I didn't have to check the English very often, and when I did, I found out I'd usually guessed right from the context. Definitely a good book for someone who is sharing folktales with kids or working on their "learned" language skills. (Apparently you don't learn your first language. Right now they say ELL, English as a Learned Language, instead of ESL, English as a second language because after all many people learning English already speak multiple languages.)

186scaifea
jul. 26, 2015, 6:25am

What a great idea, practicing reading a new language by reading folktales! *Note to self...*

187cammykitty
jul. 26, 2015, 10:19pm

Amber, it is one of the most pleasurable ways to do it!

And #45. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 by Dave Eggers and Ray Bradbury - I've been reading this one off and on since 2012, which tells you something about it. It was compelling enough that I finished it, but easy enough to put aside that it took almost three years to finish it. Some of the pieces were wonderful, some a slog.

I've been trying to do more with the dogs and have been reading When Pigs Fly!: Training Success with Impossible dogs and working on the "exercises" from it. My dogs are far from impossible, but it's a popular training book at my school. The author did a seminar in town a couple years ago which I missed. (Dog Training Seminars can be super expensive.) Right now we are doing the exercise with the box. The dog gets clicked and treated for doing anything with a box. This is a fairly old, at least to me, exercise and we've done it before but her version is you click anything at first, even if the dog has done it before. The Pryor version of the exercise is only new behaviors get clicked. The dogs like Killion's version much better, and a side breakthrough to this training? Sage is willingly going into a crate and letting me lock him in it for a few minutes. He had been crated in the house he lived in before mine, but once he came here when I crated him, he'd freak out, tip the crate over and houdini his way out of it some how. Often I'd find long scabs on his ears from where he squeezed through the bars. So we gave up on crates. It's been two years, and now I'm reintroducing him to it.

So, here's a dog pic! Sage went swimming in the Mississippi.

188banjo123
jul. 26, 2015, 11:00pm

>cute Sage!!

189cammykitty
jul. 27, 2015, 11:44pm

Thanks Rhonda! Wet dog with a fresh hair cut!

190tymfos
jul. 30, 2015, 1:25pm

Sage looks happy!

191cammykitty
jul. 30, 2015, 10:37pm

Thanks Terri! I think he was deliriously happy in that photo. All covered with stinky fish-swim-in type water.

192cammykitty
ag. 1, 2015, 11:45pm

Been in a bit of a reading slump lately, but not a buying slump. My 2nd job (replacing the doggy daycare) is cashiering/sales at a Goodwill and I try to be the one who puts the "new" to the store books out. I snagged the new Harper Lee!!! Heee hee hee!!! But I "hid" a copy of Persepolis at the end of a shelf, eye height but behind the little metal flange book cases sometimes have... and a Spanish Verb book right beside it. Both were gone before I could get them. But that's a sign. I don't want to get Cranswickian here. ;) Although, hmmmm, there is room in the basement for some more book shelves.

193scaifea
ag. 2, 2015, 7:58am

Ooof, yes, that would be a problem for me, too: I'd spend everything I earned on the books coming in!

194cammykitty
ag. 2, 2015, 9:44pm

I'm definitely trying to stick to buying only once a week! It was worse when I worked at Borders. There, they got you for $6.99 and up. When the box set coupons were out, that hurt.

195bruce_krafft
ag. 3, 2015, 6:20am

192> Bookcases, just what your basement needs to make it look more 'homey'....and I got some bookcases that are looking for a new home....:-)

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

196cammykitty
ag. 3, 2015, 2:21pm

Yikes!!! I don't need encouragement!

197cammykitty
ag. 7, 2015, 12:48am

46 and 47. Two children's audio books. George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl - yup, typical Roald Dahl. Funny, but not if you want no harm done to dumb beasts and elder relatives. And yes, there was some gastro-terrorism too. He specializes in that!

Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett - A mid-grade to ya mystery about an art theft in Chicago. The attention to actual sites and artworks in Chicaco was a treat in this book. One of the characters, Zoomie, was a bright, legally blind boy that reminds me of one of the kids I work with. He's sighted enough and bright enough that sometimes you forget that he can only see the board if he's no more than 5 feet away from it. But the detective work was very random and it got annoying at times. Honestly, it wasn't really detective work at all. And the teacher that was leading the 5 kids (8th graders) struck me as patronizing. So, it was a sort of meh read.

198cammykitty
ag. 9, 2015, 9:04pm

48. Say Cheese and Die - My first Goosebumps book. Not bad. Interesting to see how they keep up the tension, and just how far they'll go since the audience is around 4th grade or so.

199cammykitty
ag. 17, 2015, 2:38pm

49. Turing's Delirium by Edmundo Paz Soldan of Bolivia and US. He is a native of Bolivia but teaches part of the year in the US. This book is about self-perceptions and self-deceptions. What happens to the self when you find that your story of what you have done isn't quite right? And it's a story about espionage, hacking, revolts and cryptoanalysis (codebreaking). Other than that, it doesn't do much good to tell you the plot. It's too complicated, but well worth the read.

200tymfos
ag. 19, 2015, 10:57pm

That one sounds interesting . . .

201cammykitty
ag. 30, 2015, 1:26pm

Turing's Delirium is interesting! I'm going to pick up a book from Ecuador at the library today. In the next few years, I will have "traveled" all of South America. Except perhaps the Falklands! I'm not sure I can even get a book by a Falkland's native through inter-library loan.

So the latest are all audio books.
#50. Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull - was tied for best in the group. World is near future England, but there has been some sort of epidemic which makes ghosts very real, but only clearly seen by children. There is an industry around ghosts and ghost artifacts that throws the child labor laws out the window that gives the book a Victorian feel even though it isn't Victorian. Our heroine works for Lockwood, a teen in charge of his own ghost-busting agency, and has a skull in a jar that likes talking to her although she doesn't feel the same.

#51. One False Note Really? This is part of the hot series that has all the kids supposedly running to the next book? Blah. Pointless meandering. Annoying villains. Just in general, annoying. So did I like it? Will I read another? No.

52: Al Capone Does My Homework I generally avoid sequels like this one because the author clearly had a story that demanded to be written when she wrote Al Capone Does my Shirts. I figured it would be a let down, but I was wrong. Choldenko knows the world of Alcatraz and of Autism so well that she did have more than one book to write on it. She probably has several. Next AC Does My... book that comes past me, I'm going to grab it. & yes, this is the one Lockwood & Co tied for best.

53. Goosebumps: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp Not bad but certainly not as well done as the other Goosebump book I read. This one got annoying because the main character kept freaking out over werewolfy clues. Example - a rabbit ripped in two on his lawn. Could his nice stray dog have done that??? Nooooo, he's not a killer! (Close your eyes, ye of faint heart. All my dogs have killed a rabbit. Tons of dogs kill rabbits. It means they haven't lost their predatory instincts but it doesn't make them unnatural.) So, in other words, they kept building up nothing events imho into clear evidence of evile! Big whoopy ding. The dog didn't kill the rabbit. The werewolf did. That doesn't mean the dog didn't want to.

202cammykitty
set. 1, 2015, 1:47am

#54 The Boggart and the Monster was a kind of sweet take on Nessy. The family's Boggart is related to the Loch Ness Monster. The kid of the family has made friends with a scientist who is hunting Nessy, but everybody's lives will be upset with the increase of tourists and researchers etc. So Nessy has got to leave the Loch.

#55thatWasn't Gravity's Rainbow I was supposed to read it in college. The professor had assigned it thinking how bad can Pynchon be. It had just come out at the time and he hadn't had a chance to read it yet. When his 1st lecture on the book was "Why I do not like this book" I quit reading it. I didn't have much sense of humor when it came to the bawdy back then and could care less about whether bombs just happened to land wherever the American had sex or whether he was conditioned to respond erotically to bombs approaching. Yup, seriously. That's part of what the book is about. So I thought, I'm an adult now. I'll try it again. On Audio. When I spent over 15 minutes with one of the characters drunk, in a bathroom, fallen into the plumbing system, submerged with dingleberries... I can't do it. I just can't make myself finish this book. I swear, it's the literary version of Captain Underpants.

203cammykitty
set. 1, 2015, 5:00am

And the real #55 The Quinx Effect by Tyree Campbell is a little small press novel that is really a collection of related short stories. Tyree handed it to me saying it was YA, I would like it, but I should read it before I shared it with my students. Ha ha ha!!! Maybe two pages are appropriate for my students.

204tymfos
Editat: set. 5, 2015, 4:39pm

>201 cammykitty: Actually between the shirts book and the homework book, there was another: Al Capone Shines My Shoes. I haven't read it yet.

I met Choldenko at a conference shortly after the release of the first AC book. Best presenter at the conference, and wonderful to hear how her sister with autism inspired her work.

205banjo123
set. 6, 2015, 2:16pm

I couldn't make it through Gravity's Rainbow either.

206cammykitty
set. 7, 2015, 12:03am

Terry, I thought there was another Al Capone!!! I hope she keeps writing them.

Rhonda, I'd prefer to clean a litter box than read Gravity's Rainbow!

207cammykitty
set. 7, 2015, 12:35am

I finished books 56 and 57 on Audio and they were both a bit meh for me. The Girl on the Boat by PG Wodehouse didn't have Jeeves and Wooster in it, but it had a lot of the same tropes. The reader though sounded too snotty, snottier than Stephen Fry doing Jeeves. Always snotty. And I was thinking that Scott Thompson really should have been reading the part of the Aged Aunt.

Beware the Young Stranger by Ellery Queen. Mysteries were shaped differently back then. The front was filled with a lot of back story necessary to understand the murder, but the important murder didn't happen until we were well into the book. That's okay, I guess, but I found myself being impatient, and also found I'd missed some things because my attention wandered a bit while I was listening. Bad me.

208cammykitty
set. 10, 2015, 11:11pm

#58 Bruna and Her Sisters in the Sleeping City is an epic magical realism novel (and a mean true magical realism steeped in Catholocism) from Ecuador that reminds me a little of 100 years of Solitude. Original title makes much more sense - Bruna, Soroche y los tíos. Los tios means uncles and aunts, and this novel was very much about all her uncles, aunts, grandparents etc. This novel follows several generations starting with the Spaniard + Mayan (gasp) generation and shows the revising of family history to suit the purposes of the next generation. Soroche refers to an "illness" that is in the town. It's a kind of malaise that keeps people from fully participating in life. By the time Bruna comes around, the wealth in the family is no longer there and all they have is their prestigious history that was built on a lie anyway. Her use of Magical Realism is beautiful, but what really is interesting is how the generations of orphans (the children are always being raised by an uncle or aunt) subvert each others dreams to achieve some delusion of their own.

209Berly
set. 15, 2015, 12:55am

Delurking to say Hi!

210cammykitty
set. 17, 2015, 10:14pm

Hi Berly! I haven't been here much and thought I'd been forgotten by everyone!!! Hi back!

Read book #59 so I've got one more crossed off the Wishlist! . One Crazy Summer Three girls go to visit their mother (who doesn't really know how to be a mother) in Oakland, CA during the 60s. Bobby Kennedy is dead already and the Black Panthers are around - those crazy radicals, as they've learned in their east coast home. However, their mother sends them to a free breakfast program and school run by the Panthers. Yes, the experience changes them and it's well worth hanging out with them on their summer that won't make a good school essay. 5 star of course.

211Berly
set. 19, 2015, 6:42pm

Hey there! I am going to be out in Mpls for a wedding and have Sunday, October 4th wide open. Meetup?!

212cammykitty
set. 20, 2015, 12:57pm

Yes! Of course! That'll be great. I think I have that day off.

213cammykitty
set. 20, 2015, 10:50pm

#60 and in espanol, y no se lo trago la tierra by Tomas Rivera or in other words And the earth did not devour him was excellent, but I'm not sure how to tell you what it was. It was about Mexican-American immigrants based in a small town in Texas, which I believe is somewhat similar to Rivera's own personal background. Write what you know. The marketers describe the book as a novel, but it isn't. It isn't short stories either or vignettes. I'd like to call it an extended prose poem, one that spans a lifetime. It reminds me a little of the work of Tom McGrath who we read in poetry class when I was in college. It was Letter to an Imaginary Friend and the letter never did really end.

As for And the earth did not devour him, thank heavens it included good translations! I was okay most of the time, but I sure appreciate my training wheels... and I'm running out of bilingual books.

214cammykitty
set. 21, 2015, 10:35pm

#61 Guys Read: Other Worlds is a collection of action/adventure/humorous science fiction short stories, mostly for reluctant readers. Good solid collection not just for boys really.

215Berly
set. 23, 2015, 9:16pm

>212 cammykitty: Come check my thread to continue the meet-up discussion....!

216cammykitty
set. 24, 2015, 12:08am

Will do Berly!

#62 The Good Fortunes Gang by Margaret Mahy was a disappointment. I love Mahy's writing and she's hard to find in the US, so I snap up every book of hers I can find. This one just didn't have her intellectual, playful word-geek touch. It's about an extended family that moves back to the ancestral homestead in New Zealand. Some of t he cousins haze the other cousins because they aren't "Fortune" enough, Fortune being their surname.

217banjo123
set. 24, 2015, 12:17am

Nice review of One Crazy Summer. I should look for it--I grew up in Oakland during the 60's.

218cammykitty
set. 26, 2015, 12:31am

Rhonda - I'd love to hear if you recognize the Oakland of One Crazy Summer. It sounded like quite the place to be.

219cammykitty
oct. 4, 2015, 10:42pm

Met up with Berly and BLBera at Birchbark books!!! Great company, great place. I was in part doing research for my Future Problem Solving group who will be taking a look at endangered languages soon, of which Ojibwe is one of them. The staff there, I swear got a little offended not at me but my sources, and said the language was revitalized, not endangered. Alas, officially UNESCO has them at 8000 speakers which means it is endangered, but obviously it is biting and kicking it's way back to health.

Then Kim and Beth decided on their books while I was still struggling with mine. Kim is AWESOME at helping a person to whittle their pile down. I left behind That Guy Wolf Dancing and Fools Crow, all my adult fiction. Sigh!!! All the time we were eating yummy food next door, I was tempted to run back. The only thing that stopped me was the good company and the thought that the bookstore wasn't going anyplace. So my haul is Bringing our Languages Home, Moonshot; The Indigenous Comics Collection way cool!, Think Indian: Languages are beyond price and Beth's rec Rez Life. I must get reading!

220cammykitty
Editat: oct. 4, 2015, 11:09pm

I've also been reading both Feast of the Goat and Between shades of Gray while I've been feeling overworked and a bit sick - in other words, listening to audio books some parts over and over because I keep dozing off.

So the audio books are Wylding Hall which is a folkrock documentary, except there's something off with the band's lead singer and that girl he likes? Weird! She looks like she's fourteen and in some sort of medieval see-through fairy nightgown for a dress... Oddly, it read a lot like a documentary, complete with that ooh this is getting boring feeling but there's a bit of juicy gossip in there as soon as this guy stops reminiscing about his days back when he had hair.

Then, back to my Lemony Snicket. The Hostile Hospital out of order and then The Vile Village. I thought I'd already read the village one, but was pretty sure from the set up of Hostile that I'd missed one. So now I'm back reading Hostile in it's proper order, and I can't help thinking Mr. Author who calls himself Snicket, why on earth would a hospital have a file library that included newspaper clippings on seltzer, lions, and all sorts of people who didn't even live in the vicinity the hospital served??? It's the coolest file room ever, but wouldn't the hospital's file library be about patients? I'll forgive him though because the series isn't exactly believable. I've even seen it filed as "fantasy" although it isn't really that either. It's more a spoof of those old orphan stories like A Little Princess which I love.

221Berly
oct. 11, 2015, 1:12am

>219 cammykitty: Sorry Katie!!! You asked me to help you buy less!! : ) I can't believe we went to the same high school. You have to PM me your last name and your brother's so I can look us up in the yearbook and laugh at our youthfulness. : )

I posted the pictures on my thread. It was so great to meet you in person. And, yes, the poor women were not happy that you implied Ojibwe was an endangered language! Phew! I look forward to you discussions on Future Problem Solving. See ya around!

http://www.librarything.com/topic/192690

222cammykitty
oct. 11, 2015, 3:51am

Berly, you are up at odd hours! So am I. More on their reaction to my saying that there was only one fluent speaker of Ojibwe left! I went back to my source and she said, actually there isn't any. Her aunt went up to the reservation (didn't ask which one) to work with the elder before she died (I think she said she) and recorded a bunch of numbers and stories and other things. She also has an uncle who teaches the Ojibwe language but he isn't really fluent.

I think part of the disagreement comes from the definition of "fluent." My friend is obviously using it to mean something like "speaking the language from birth" or "doing most of your thinking in that language." I'd say in today's world, it probably isn't practical to do most of your thinking in Ojibwe. So one of the questions the Future Problem Solving question raises is does the language you think in form your perceptions of the world.

223cammykitty
oct. 11, 2015, 9:17pm

#66 Between Shades of Gray Fantastic book with an unfortunate title! It came out when the 50 Shades Cozy S&M series came out so I'm sure people passed over reviews of it and left it on the shelf because they thought it was something other than it is. It is the tale of Lina, a Lithuanian sent to the camps in Siberia because the Russians feel her family is "anti-communist." Her dad had helped her uncle escape to Germany. The book is well-done, gritty and realistic, yet there is enough feel of community united through hardship to keep the book bearable. Even at times enjoyable and funny. Most of the time, if a book jacket says a book is an "important book" I'm tempted to scoff at it, but this one is because it brings to life a part of history that has been well swept under the carpet.

224BLBera
oct. 11, 2015, 9:41pm

Nice comments on Between Shades of Gray, Katie. I'll check it out.

Watch the PBS special on First Speakers - lots of good info there.

225cammykitty
Editat: oct. 12, 2015, 11:29pm

Oh! Thanks for mentioning the special again, Beth. I'm heading over to netflix right now to see if they have it. The library ought to have it too, at least through interlibrary loan.

Just found it online! I'll probably watch it Wednesday when I'll have more time.

226Berly
oct. 12, 2015, 11:46pm

I will have to give this other Shades of Gray a try. ; ) Great review and thanks for mentioning the PBS special. I will look for it. By my MN cohorts!!

227bruce_krafft
oct. 13, 2015, 6:26am

223> maybe they were hoping to 'snag' some of the poor people who read the 50 Shades book....

DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

228cammykitty
oct. 13, 2015, 11:49pm

Kim, you'll like it although there certainly isn't as much sex in it as the 50 shades. ;) Tomorrow, I'll watch the special. Tonight, no matter how interesting it is, I'd fall asleep.

Di, LOL! Not exactly the same market!

229lkernagh
oct. 16, 2015, 8:35am

>223 cammykitty: - Great comments and as you say, unfortunate title giving the timing of the book's publication.

230cammykitty
oct. 18, 2015, 7:51pm

I just dragged two big bags of books I've acquired various places that I think haven't been logged into LT. Uh oh!!! These books are getting out of hand! Maybe I have to fill the living room with a maze of shelves. ;) I'll start entering them, and I think I better start paying attention to that books off the shelves part of my challenge.

Future Problem Solving news: I finally sent out my email to the parents (with a suggestion that they visit Birchbark Books) and found that one of the parents lived through a horrible flood in Des Moines Iowa. She's going to come in and talk to the kids when we get to the recovering from a natural disaster topic. Happy dance!!! Now, as far as speakers go, all I have to do is talk to my Ojibwe acquaintance and try to talk her into it. Of course, I don't have to get speakers, but I think it makes it more fun and the kids learn from it in a different way than they do looking at articles or surfing the net.

As for books, audio again! I whip through those faster than the print ones - but then again, my print book at the moment is The Feast of the Goat and I've gotten to the chapters that involve a lot of torture. 60 pages left, I like it but the subject matter is so dark that I can only handle one or two chapters a day. It's a good companion piece to In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.

#67 A Plague of Bogles by Catherine Jinks is a fun piece where we follow a newly apprenticed street urchin as he risks his life killing Bogles before they can eat more children. When he isn't doing that, he's risking his life searching for Sarah Pickles, his thief mistress, who is believed dead but he knows in his heart she isn't, and she isn't retired either. I really enjoyed this one, but my favorite Jinks has still got to be The Reformed Vampire Support Group.

#68 The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket. Yup, bad things happen to the orphans. I'm finding these addictive. Tim Curry does the voices, so I'm not sure if I'm getting an orphan-hardship fix or a Tim Curry fix.

Okay, off to entering some of these wayward books that have found their way into my home. Oh my. If the damage had been done all in one day, it would be approaching Cranswickian.

231BLBera
oct. 18, 2015, 8:02pm

Hi Katie - In the Time of the Butterflies and The Feast of the Goat are great companion books. Skim over the torture parts -- really awful, and unfortunately pretty accurate...

232cammykitty
oct. 19, 2015, 11:21pm

Actually, to be honest Beth, he probably held back a little on the torture scenes! I'm glad you said that and warned me about it though. It's like having a friend who lets you know right when you need to shut your eyes in a movie. I've been trying to pick out the important details in the torture scenes, who told who what and what so&sos father said. They are beautifully written, with the emotional side included right next to the pain, but yes, I can't handle them! I totally believe that they had an agreement to kill each other rather than to be caught.

233bruce_krafft
oct. 20, 2015, 6:12am

230> I can help with the entering of books....I am guessing I am better at 10-key than you are. :-)
DS
(Bruce's evil twin :-))

234cammykitty
oct. 22, 2015, 12:06am

I've got almost all the books in! I'm a pretty decent typer, but I'll bet you are awesome at 10-key. Thanks for the offer Di!

235PaulCranswick
oct. 22, 2015, 11:06am

>230 cammykitty: I am not as "Cranswickian" as usual myself this year, Katie, but the Big Bad Wolf sale is imminent and my numbers are likely to explode!
One last push to the 75 my dear. xx

236cammykitty
oct. 24, 2015, 7:34am

LOL, Paul. I knew your goal was to put that behind you. Here's hoping you can't. ;) Good luck on the sale!

237cammykitty
nov. 2, 2015, 12:57am

I've been remiss!
The Slippery Slope
P.S. Be Eleven
The Terrible Two
The Grim Grotto

Yup, I'm on a Series of Unfortunate Events kick, partly because Tim Curry does the audio. I was just listening to a Freakazoid episode (yes, I'm a geek) and thinking what a wonderful voice the villain has! Sounds familiar like I should know who it is. It's not Ricardo Montalban. He's a different Freakazoid nemesis. It's ... OMG Tim Curry! Yes, he has a wonderful voice.

PS Be Eleven was fun, but if you are only going to read one book by Rita Williams-Garcia it would be better to choose One Crazy Summer which follows the same girls in a different situation.

The Terrible Two was hysterical! A Prankster moves into a school district to find out there is already a resident Prankster, who is far sneakier and far more clever than he is. And, to top it off, the resident Prankster is a nerd. So, if not a suitable friend he must be made a foe. Oh oh noes!

238cammykitty
nov. 2, 2015, 9:39pm

73? Al Capone Shines My Shoes! Wonderful continuation of the lives of Moose and his sister Nat who live on Alcatraz as civilians.

239cammykitty
nov. 3, 2015, 11:58pm

Ay! Just looked at the ER books. Is it my imagination, or are there no YA books on the list! One young reader/middle grade and a lot of GT curriculum books but no YA? Seems odd because usually there are quite a few.

240cammykitty
nov. 5, 2015, 6:55pm

#74 Bringing our Languages Home was an interesting book on revitalizing endangered languages. It had personal essays by people working to learn and pass on their heritage languages to their children. In some cases, the languages have no fluent speakers left. In some, only a few elders speak it. The book included languages from the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.

241cammykitty
nov. 7, 2015, 3:42pm

#75 #75 Why is this night different from all other nights I enjoyed the end to Dan Handler's All the Wrong Questions series in the town of Stained-by-the-Sea (past economy based on octopus ink production) but can easily see why this didn't take off as well as The Series of Unfortunate Events. Yes, we get to see a young Lemony running around, which is great but the series ends without feeling like it reached an end. Huh? And poor Qwerty. That just wasn't right!

242cammykitty
nov. 12, 2015, 8:58pm

#76 A little too Middle Grade for me. Aces Wild was a book with a dog and a grandfather, both named Ace, and you guessed it, the book dealt with grief. I really liked the characterization of the grandfather, but the plot... too much drama of the middle school kind.

243cammykitty
nov. 22, 2015, 9:22pm

#77 The case of the case of mistaken identity Gives a nod to Lemony Snicket with some really commando librarians, but it didn't quite do it for me.

#78 The Penultimate Peril brought all sorts of people from the Baudelaires' past together. Good humor.

244PaulCranswick
nov. 23, 2015, 7:39pm

Well done Katie on passing 75!

245drneutron
nov. 24, 2015, 9:44am

Congrats!

246BLBera
nov. 24, 2015, 12:26pm

Congrats on 75, Katie. Happy Thanksgiving.

247cammykitty
Editat: nov. 26, 2015, 5:00pm

Thanks everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Quite a few of them were easier books than usual so... I don't feel like it's a huge accomplishment to pass 75.

For example, #79 wasn't too difficult. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby I picked this up for the kids in my ALD class, but of course I had to read it first! Good humor. And no babies were harmed in the writing of this book.

I did just send an email to B&N that my copy of Arabian Nights (ebook) gets stuck halfway through, even if I archive/unarchive it. Maybe I can finish (ha ha) that book that I started for a group read two years ago!

248tymfos
nov. 27, 2015, 11:59pm

Yay for 75!!!

>247 cammykitty: Boo, hiss for the sticky e-book.

249cammykitty
nov. 29, 2015, 9:01am

Thanks Terry!

I finished book #80 A Different Key which is one of my early review books. It's a history of Autism, which was quite interesting except it was looooong. It read more like a multi-person biography than a history. It discussed more of the social history of autism than the science of it, although they did include a bit of science too. I've worked as an educational paraprofessional with kids with autism for ten years now. Not the ones that are disabled to the point that they can't speak. I've worked with those a little bit, but that isn't for me. I get frustrated if I think collectively we can't reach my goal, which is for the kid to grow up to be able to live independently. So I came to it with a lot of background, but I don't think that was really necessary to understanding the book although at 500+ pages, you've got to have an interest in psychology or research or something to keep you going. I enjoyed it immensely, except the stuff about the vaccination theory of autism. I've known that was bogus for years and it just annoys me to hear about it. Yes, the authors know it is bogus too, but it has been a focus of many parents for years. Not so much now, but you still do hear about it sometimes. Glad the doctor who started it has banned from practicing. Seriously. He has. Worse than a snake oil salesperson.

I'm channeling my dogs. Just got distracted because I saw, Kobe, the neighbor's dog, out for a walk. The dogs didn't notice, but I did. Kobe is a beautiful German Shepard Rottweiler mix. He's huge!!! Friendly. And gotten himself in trouble because he is huge. Yup, Kobe and I are friends.

Back to In a Different Key, it was quite well researched and well written. A few glitches that I'm sure will be fixed before final publication. Definitely worth reading if you have an interest in Autism, or the Spectrum as many of us call it now. Respectful, not sensationalized, thorough (perhaps too thorough) and has interesting anecdotes about people who have it and their parents. I won't do a spoiler, but will say the anecdote they end on is particularly satisfying.

250Berly
nov. 30, 2015, 2:01am

I am late to the 75 celebration--you are already on to 80!! Congrats anyways. : )

251cammykitty
nov. 30, 2015, 2:10am

Thanks Kim, and I'll be finishing up my indigenous comic book collection soon!

#81 Unstoppable by Bill Nye. I'll confess. I probably wouldn't have read this if it hadn't been by the Science Guy. I'm a total geek. He thinks like a future problem solver. See, there are solutions to global climate change.

252scaifea
nov. 30, 2015, 6:55am

>251 cammykitty: That one is on my Christmas wishlist - I love Bill Nye!

253cammykitty
nov. 30, 2015, 5:28pm

Amber, I do to. Get it on audio. He reads it, which of course makes it better.

254scaifea
des. 1, 2015, 6:42am

Oooh, thanks for the tip!

255BLBera
des. 2, 2015, 6:22pm

Another Bill Nye fan here.

256cammykitty
Editat: des. 5, 2015, 1:06am

Science Rules! Thanks for stopping by.

I finished another one of the books I got on our outing to Boneshaker Books. Moonshot which is a collection of comics by and about First Nation peoples from both Canada and the United States. Of course, some of them were better than others. All were beautifully illustrated, and some of them were absolutely fabulous. Most were variations of tradition tales, some set in the future with a science fiction twist. Obviously, volume 2 is planned. I hope they are able to do it. Clearly, it wasn't a cheap book to produce and I'm sure it doesn't have mass distribution.

Here's a page from a Coyote story:

257Berly
des. 7, 2015, 2:10am

That looks awesome!

258ronincats
des. 7, 2015, 11:33pm

Congrats on blowing past the 75 book mark!

259cammykitty
des. 12, 2015, 12:49am

Kim, it is awesome! I was going to take it to school, but I've decided to be selfish and keep it for myself.

Roni, thanks!

260BLBera
des. 12, 2015, 6:36am

Hi Katie - I might have to get a copy. It's beautiful.

261cammykitty
des. 12, 2015, 8:45am

Beth, if you ever feel like driving up to the cities to go to Birchbark to get your copy, let me know! I'll meet you there.

262cammykitty
des. 12, 2015, 8:52am

nooks and crannies I can't find the right touchstone for this!! I "read" it on audio - I've been using them to fall asleep instead of music. BTW, music works better for that purpose. Nooks and Crannies was a cute, but slightly predictable YA novel set in Edwardian England. A rich countess invites six children to her manor because she is sure one of them is her lost grandchild. Our heroine is a young sleuth who is not loved at all by her adoptive parents. And of course, there is definitely something worth sleuthing about. Also, there is a system of secret passages to sleuth from.

263BLBera
des. 12, 2015, 11:10am

Sounds like a plan, Katie. I've been trying to schedule a lunch for my sister at Kenwood. I'll let you know.

264cammykitty
des. 12, 2015, 3:01pm

Cool, Beth!

265cammykitty
des. 12, 2015, 3:08pm

Finished The Man who Fell to Earth, a book made famous by the movie based on it. The movie has very little to do with the book. It is more a vehicle for David Bowie. The book actually makes sense in a way the movie did not. I mean, why did David Bowie start bleeding from the eyes when he goes up in an elevator? In the book, it makes a bit more sense, although the author had to do a little semi-convincing handwaving about the same character being able to fly on a specially designed airplane when he couldn't even handle the air pressure change on an elevator. The book is a bit dated - literally - there is a chapter entitled "1990" but it is still an interesting book about alienation and failure.

266cammykitty
des. 14, 2015, 11:32pm

#85 is Nunca juegues con una bruja (in English, Never Play with a Witch) which is a little book of horror stories suitable for 8-12 year olds. One of them features a garbage truck prominently. Most was the standard fare of ghosts and witches, but it was definitely nice to see a scary garbage truck.

267ronincats
des. 23, 2015, 5:29pm



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!

268cammykitty
des. 24, 2015, 12:04am

Roni, that's a great photo! Thanks, and Merry Xmas to you too!

269cammykitty
des. 24, 2015, 12:10am

I finished The Series of Unfortunate Events with The End today. Very satisfying end. Now I know who Beatrice is/was and Lemony, and I think I know how Olaf fits into the thing too. That's what I really had to know.

270PaulCranswick
des. 24, 2015, 1:25pm



Have a lovely holiday, Katie

271cammykitty
des. 24, 2015, 2:09pm

Thanks Paul! That's funny,

272cammykitty
des. 24, 2015, 2:19pm

#89 My ER novel, And After Many Days. I almost pearl ruled it after 20 pages, and then remembered it was 40 pages and I'm not quite to the subtraction years. Then I started getting into it, and after finishing it, I'm said to say Ms. Pearl's advice is usually good. If I'm annoyed/disengaged enough to want to quit a book after a decent number of pages, my opinion probably isn't going to change much. Maybe if I set it down for a year, but not any time soon.

So, on to And After Many Days. It's a novel about Nigeria, and to be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if it is nominated for a Booker award. It does portray Nigeria as seen by a wealthy family that is not a member of the government. They have one foot in modern times and one foot in tribal culture. It starts when the oldest, the golden boy of the family, disappears as many people do in Nigeria at this time. Thing is, he is not known to be political. Then the story is told almost completely in flashback up to the point where we find out what happened. It also changes point of view characters regularly, so yes there are some characters I liked, I never felt I got to know any one person terribly well. So, for me a book I would have been just as happy not to have read. For others, I'm sure they will love it.

273cammykitty
des. 25, 2015, 3:55pm

#90 Training People is a satire on all the basic "When you get your dog" books. It covers choosing a person If you strongly prefer the gender traits of either male or female humans, consider acquiring a same-sex couple. how to treat human pups, how to train humans about feeding and playing, and what to do when your human gets old. Yup, all the stuff in a basic dog book. This one has cute photos of dog manipulation though.

274BLBera
des. 25, 2015, 9:51pm

Merry Christmas, Katie. Here's to a meet-up in 2016.

275Berly
des. 26, 2015, 3:56pm


276tymfos
des. 28, 2015, 10:38pm

I hope you had a good Christmas. Wishing you a happy New Year!

277AMQS
des. 29, 2015, 1:00am

Hi Katie -- hope you had a lovely Christmas.

>237 cammykitty: My daughter just checked out The Bad Beginning on audio, though she's nearly 17 and read the books a long, long time ago. She said she was in the mood for something fun to listen to, and of course, you can never go wrong with Tim Curry:)

278cammykitty
des. 29, 2015, 9:17am

Thanks for all the Christmas greetings and presents! Hope everyone had a great, book-filled Christmas. It's beautiful here with all the snow, but a bit late to be a white Christmas. Now, if it would just shovel itself.

Yes! Let's meet up again in 2016! Berly & Beth, it was a great day. Maybe it can become an annual thing.

Anne, I am soooo missing those audios! I have The Bad Beginning on request from the library because I'm having Tim Curry withdrawal. I'm sure your daughter will have a great time with it and she'll probably go through all 13 of them by 2017. Just look at what Rocky Horror began.