Barefeet4 Tries Again

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Barefeet4 Tries Again

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1barefeet4
gen. 3, 2015, 12:03am

Did this a few years ago and ended somewhere in the mid 50s I think. Don't think I'll make 75 but I tend to be competitive (mainly with myself) so figure this will be that extra kick I need to finish some of those books that I've been picking at for months.

2drneutron
gen. 3, 2015, 9:10am

Welcome back!

3barefeet4
gen. 4, 2015, 11:06am

Currently Reading:
The Court-Martial of Paul Revere by Michael Greenburg - An ER book about a part of Revolutionary War history I didn't know about
Mary Poppins - saw saving Mr. Banks and was inspired to actually read the book(s)-it turns out there are 6 or 7 of them
Presidential Wives - this is my read at work book so I've been working my way through it for a while.

4scaifea
gen. 4, 2015, 12:50pm

Hi, April! I read all of the Poppins books a few years ago and loved them - I hope you do, too!

5barefeet4
gen. 9, 2015, 9:34pm

1) Mary Poppins - I love the movie and had some issues with the times that Mary Poppins is kind of mean and self absorbed; Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins wouldn't have done that!

6scaifea
gen. 10, 2015, 9:12am

>5 barefeet4: I took me a little while to get used to the book version of Mary, too, but then I decided that I loved her, because she's a much more complex (and therefore interesting) character than her movie counterpart. Don't get me wrong - I still absolutely love the movie. I just love the movie and the book for different reasons.

7barefeet4
gen. 10, 2015, 10:34am

Last night I was inspired to reorganize all of my books so that my TBRs were together rather than grouped in with their themes. Pulled several hundred books off the shelves and then couldn't decide how I wanted to categorize them, so they are just lying, indefinitely on my floor.

8barefeet4
gen. 15, 2015, 10:58am

Got my books reorganized (though not all on shelves) and finished 2) Mary Poppins Comes Back with time to spare to go play in our very short-lived snow. All in all a productive weekend.

9barefeet4
feb. 3, 2015, 11:43pm

Almost done with the Mary Poppins books 3)Mary Poppins Opens the Door 4) Mary Poppins in the Park 5) Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane.
Went on vacation to visit my family. Finished 6) The Court-Martial of Paul Revere on the cross-country plane ride. Arrived in PA to a pile of 10 or so books that my sister-in-law had ready for me. My niece and nephew were pretty distracting so only managed to finish three of them: 7) Eleanor and Park 8) Keeping the Castle and 9) Seraphina.
Keeping the Castle was a nice light read after the darker side of Eleanor and Park. I'm not usually a fan of YA fantasy and it took me 100 pages or so to get into Seraphina but I did enjoy the story and was impressed by the intricacy of the world that Rachel Hartman created.
I love non-fiction that focuses on very narrow topics but I do tend to get bogged down in them; I did not find this the case with The Court-Martial of Paul Revere. It was interesting to read a less-than-glowing report of someone who I have visited statues of and memorized poems praising.

10barefeet4
Editat: març 30, 2015, 9:41pm

10) finished the Mary Poppins series with Mary Poppins and the House Next Door; she is a big fan of meteing out justice. 11) Finally made it through the Reagans in Presidential Wives: An Anecdotal History; mostly things I already knew but some fun anecdotes about each First Lady. So many of them were very smart and strong but too many of their husbands were chauvinists, even by the standard of the day.

11barefeet4
març 30, 2015, 9:41pm

12) Orlando by Virginia Woolf- I hadn't realized that it was kind of a fantasy book and was a little surprised when Orlando woke up and was a woman; it also took me awhile to figure out that time was moving in history but not in Orlando's life. Got a little bogged down toward the end in her perusal of all of literature and endless revisions of her poem.
13) The Cruelest Miles by Gay and Laney Salisbury- an overview of the race to bring the antitoxin to Nome. I figured it was apropos to read it during the Iditarod. I learned that there are several reasons that the mushers of today can cover the route so much faster: one-the route is packed down by snow machines so the mushers don't have to go out ahead of their dogs to do that and two-the dogs of today are interbred to be faster but are not as tolerant of the cold.

12barefeet4
abr. 6, 2015, 11:18pm

14) Yarn Harlot by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee- A coworker passed it on to me because I spend a lot of my down time at work knitting. It was a fun collection of anecdotes about knitting; some of the terms were kind of over my head because I am a fairly beginning knitter so I probably missed out on the full humor of the moment but I did still enjoy the stories. Also, it was nice to be able to say-I'm not that bad.

13barefeet4
abr. 20, 2015, 12:00am

15) Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins - Given to me as a Christmas gift; I have never read anything by Robbins before. The preface had me thoroughly confused but once I got into the body of the story it started to make sense and I ended up enjoying the book. I liked his play on words with Dickie's song about Villa Incognito.

14barefeet4
maig 11, 2015, 11:28am

16) The Professor by Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre is my favorite book so I am trying to get through her other books. I enjoyed this one though I think I miss a lot because I know zero French and sometimes the passage in French seem like they might be kind of important to the story. I found William to be a bit self-righteous and his disdain for other nationalities was a little horrifying but also kind of entertaining.

15barefeet4
maig 23, 2015, 6:50pm

17) The Blue Bear by Lynn Schooler. A coworker gave me this book and I loved it. I am trying to learn more about the area where I live (Southeast Alaska) and this was a great way to do that. Now I want to go visit all of the places that Lynn and Michio went in search of bears and whales.
18) Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. Got this free at Book Expo last year. Obviously aimed at a younger audience so it seemed a little unrealistic that each story had a happy ending but still well written and surprising at times.

16barefeet4
juny 6, 2015, 4:07pm

19) Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson. I loved A Walk in the Woods so I bought a couple of his other books but was kind of disappointed by this one. After reading it I know how expensive the hotels closest to the train stations are and whether or not they have tvs and hot showers. I didn't read this as a guide for visiting Europe but I felt like his descriptions of every city were either-"I hated it, loud and crowded, crappy food and too expensive" or "I loved the people but the food was crappy and the beer was expensive".

17barefeet4
Editat: juny 25, 2015, 9:24pm

20) Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. I had never read anything by her but she came to Juneau so I went to her talk and bought the book for my nephew. I, of course, decided I needed to read it before sending it to him and loved it. I am going to have to try to get the rest of her books out of the library now.

18Tess_W
juny 25, 2015, 9:29pm

Welcome back, although I'm new, just joined a couple of weeks ago. I don't know that I will complete 75, but this will hold me more accountable and I love to get good book ideas!

You have some very great reads there, I'm interested in The Professor as the Bronte sisters, especially Emily, are among some of my favorite reads.

19barefeet4
jul. 17, 2015, 10:09pm

Thanks for the comment; I know I won't get through 75 but this does help motivate me.
21) Fast and Loose by Edith Wharton-impressive for a story written when she was 15
22) The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton-I am sad that she didn't finish this book; based on her synopsis it wouldn't have ended quite as depressingly as most of her other books. I spent my time picking blueberries the other night trying to figure out how the elopement would have played out.

20barefeet4
jul. 19, 2015, 10:45am

23) The Boys in the Boat - 4 different people had recommended this to me so when I found myself at the airport without a book I decided to get it. It was a good mix of individual stories and sports info and the social setting in the US and Germany. Even though I knew how the book ended and assumed that they won most of their earlier races as well, Brown described each of the races in a way that had me anxious about the outcome.

21barefeet4
jul. 25, 2015, 9:52pm

24) Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World - an early reviewer book. I liked the concept but felt the execution was a bit lacking.

22barefeet4
Editat: set. 6, 2015, 12:55am

25) Into the Wild figured I should read this since I spend a fair amount of my time venturing into the Alaskan wilderness
26) Pat of Silverbush
27) Mistress Pat I keep finding books by LM Montgomery; they make me happy
28) Hark! a Vagrant fun comics that my sister-in-law picked up for me

23thornton37814
ag. 19, 2015, 3:51pm

>22 barefeet4: I read all of L. M. Montgomery's books when they were reissued in the late 1980s or early 1990s (over a period of several months). I still have my copies. I have the Anne books electronically now, so I suppose I may get rid of the paperback copies to save space. Maybe someone will issue a "complete works" electronically.

24barefeet4
set. 6, 2015, 12:57am

29) Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo - I think I only have one of his books left to read. They are always so depressing yet kind of hopeful

25barefeet4
set. 6, 2015, 12:58am

>23 thornton37814: I just take up lots of space with all of her books; at least they are skinny

26barefeet4
oct. 11, 2015, 6:16pm

30) Gateway to Yellowstone: The Raucous Town of Cinnabar on the Montana Frontier- I wanted to enjoy this book and just couldn't and then I read a review that I felt like summed up why: the author spent so much time trying to back up what he had written or providing disclaimers that there was no narrative flow and a lot of repetition.

31) Pioneer Girl - I was so excited when this early reviewer book finally came. I thoroughly enjoyed it though was a little distressed to have my perception of the Little House books contradicted; they are not straight non-fiction. But, I was still inspired to reread all of them.

27barefeet4
oct. 22, 2015, 10:04pm

32) Little House in the Big Woods - realized while reading Pioneer Girl that it had been awhile so rereading the series

33) What Makes Olga Run -my mom had recommended this book to me about a year ago and I never tracked it down. Found it at a library book sale and read it in 2 days. A fascinating look at the role that genetics, lifestyle and attitude play in aging. A little humbling when I discovered that the record holder for men 80-85 in the 10000 meters could probably beat me in a foot race.

29barefeet4
nov. 14, 2015, 9:55pm

37-41) By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, The First Four Years

42) Far From the Madding Crowd - watched the movie on a flight a few months ago and loved it. Found an audio version of the book read by a man with a wonderful accent. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Some of the plot happenings made much more sense with the character development included in the book but omitted in the movie. Perhaps I will have to reread Tess of the D'Urbervilles, I don't remember liking it but I thoroughly enjoyed Hardy's writing.

30barefeet4
nov. 22, 2015, 12:06am

43) Unbearable Lightness of Being - It took me a bit to get into this but then I enjoyed it thoroughly.

31barefeet4
Editat: des. 27, 2015, 1:49pm

44) Speed Kings by Andy Bull - an early reviewer book, similar in style and content to The Boys in the Boat. I enjoy the olympic history mixed with the personal stories mixed with the political history. The chapters introducing each player in the book read very casually, as if being told by a friend of the individual.

45 & 46) The Time Machine and The Invisible Man - I read the Great Illustrated Classics versions as a kid and knew the stories but it was nice to read the originals.