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countrylife’s 2015 reading (2)

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1countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 9:35am



Reading through a lifetime:
The young girl: 'Alice with Thoughtful Eyes' by Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935).
The maiden: Summertime. Joseph Farquharson (Scottish Painter, 1846-1935).
The woman: Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Edward Dufner, 1938, (1872 – 1957).

For the first time since we moved here four and a half years ago, the weather folk say that we’re above average on rain. It is beautifully green here now and I am celebrating with readers in green art.

2countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 9:35am

Hello and welcome to any who stumble in!

(This thread is continued from here.)

About my '75 Books Challenge for 2015' Reading List:

This is my main reading list; anything read for other challenges will be included and tallied up here. Ratings are purely arbitrary, and subject to change. I seldom return to a post to change a rating after further thought has prompted me to do so in my catalog. Discrepancies abound! To keep track of my own self:

My Current Challenges:

Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Reading Challenge:
..........The group. and My thread.

Reading Through Time:
..........The group. and My thread.

2015 Category Challenge:
..........The group. and My thread.

3countrylife
Editat: des. 6, 2015, 9:29am

AMERICAN AUTHORS

After plowing through some AA authors that I didn’t care for last year, I’m giving myself permission to abandon those this time around, after giving all of them a try.

January:
Carson McCullers - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (2.1 stars) 1/28/15
February:
Henry James - The Turn of the Screw (3.6 stars) 2/10/15
Henry James - Washington Square (3.3 stars) 2/20/15
March:
Richard Ford - Women with Men (3 stars) 3/18/15
April:
Louise Erdrich - The Birchbark House (3.6 stars) 4/1/15
May:
Sinclair Lewis - Elmer Gantry (abandoned) (5/15)
June:
Wallace Stegner - Crossing to Safety (4.5 stars) 6/8/15
July:
Ursula K. Le Guin - A Wizard of Earthsea (3.3 stars) 7/13/15
August:
Larry McMurtry - By Sorrow's River (2.5 stars) 8/3/15
September:
Flannery O' Connor - The Violent Bear it Away (3 stars) 9/5/15
October:
Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes (3.5 stars) 10/4/15
November:
Barbara Kingsolver - Prodigal Summer (2 stars) 11/4/15
December:
E.L. Doctorow - Homer and Langley (3.8 stars) 12/2/15

4countrylife
Editat: des. 8, 2015, 7:51am

BRITISH AUTHORS

Planning to try both authors each month, with permission to abandon what I don't like.

January:
Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day (5 stars) 1/2/15
Penelope Lively - In Search of a Homeland (3.5 stars) 1/8/15
February:
Sarah Waters - The Little Stranger (3.6 stars) 2/10/15
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited (3.2 stars) 2/23/15
March:
Aldous Huxley - (wild card) - Brave New World (3.1 stars) 3/3/15
Daphne Du Maurier - The Doll: The Lost Short Stories (2.9 stars) 3/5/15
China Mieville - The City and the City (3.6 stars) 3/18/15
April:
W. Somerset Maugham - The Magician (2.9 stars) 4/3/15
Angela Carter - Wise Children (3.2 stars) 4/21/15
May:
Margaret Drabble – The Pattern in the Carpet (2.5 stars) 5/8/15
Martin Amis - Planned: The Pregnant Widow (didn't get to it)

Moving on - Will try for ONE author a month.

June:
Beryl Bainbridge - The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress (2.2 stars) 6/20/15
Anthony Burgess
July:
Virginia Woolf - Jacob's Room (2 stars) 7/11/15
B.S. Johnson
August:
Iris Murdoch - Something Special: A Story (2.8 stars) 8/28/15
Graham Greene
September:
Andrea Levy
Salman Rushdie - Haroun and the Sea of Stories (3.5 stars) 9/25/15
October:
Helen Dunmore - The Lie (3.3 stars) 10/12/15
David Mitchell
November:
Muriel Spark
William Boyd - Restless (4.2 stars) 11/5/15
December:
Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall (4.8 stars) 12/5/15
P.G. Wodehouse
Wild:
Bernice Rubens

5countrylife
Editat: des. 10, 2015, 9:57am

ANZAC AUTHORS

Planning on one or the other of the month's authors.

Jan:Aus: Richard Flanagan - The Narrow Road to the Deep North (3.6 stars) 1/31/15
Jan:NZ: Fiona Kidman
Feb:Aus: Cate Kennedy - The World Beneath (3.4 stars) 2/13/15
Feb:NZ: Maurice Shadbolt
Mar:Aus: Michelle De Kretser - The Lost Dog (3 stars) 3/30/15
Mar:NZ: Elizabeth Knox
Apr:Aus: Roger McDonald - Mr. Darwin's Shooter (3.3 stars) 4/28/15
Apr:NZ: Alan Duff
May:Aus: Christina Stead
May:NZ: Katherine Mansfield - Option: The Garden Party, and Other Stories (didn't get to it) 5/15
Jun:Aus: Kim Scott
Jun:NZ: Witi Ihimaera - The Whale Rider (3.5 stars) 6/24/15
Jul:Aus: Peter Carey
Jul:NZ: Lloyd Jones - Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance (3.3 stars) 7/21/15
Aug:Aus: Helen Garner - The Spare Room (3.1) 8/27/15
Aug:NZ: Keri Hulme
Sep:Aus: Ruth Park - Things in Corners (2.5) 9/28/15
Sep:NZ: Michael King
Oct:Aus: Robert Hughes
Oct:NZ: Patricia Grace - Tu (4 stars) 10/30/15
Nov:Aus: Kerry Greenwood
Nov:NZ: Ngaio Marsh - Spinsters in Jeopardy (3.3 stars) 11/12/15
Dec:Aus: Matthew Reilly - Seven Deadly Wonders (3.5 stars) 12/10/15
Dec:NZ: Paul Cleave

6countrylife
Editat: des. 28, 2015, 3:09pm

Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads

January - The Blessing Way, Hillerman (read previously - 8/27/13)
February - The Cold Dish, Johnson (read previously - 1/1/15)
March - Dance Hall of the Dead, Hillerman (3.5 stars) 3/7/15
April - Death Without Company, Johnson (3.8) - 5/22/15
May - Listening Woman, Hillerman (3.8) - 5/24/15
June - Kindness Goes Unpunished, Johnson (3.2) - 6/14/15
July - People of Darkness, Hillerman (3.6) - 7/23/15
August - Another Man's Moccasins, Johnson (3.3) - 8/16/15
September - The Dark Wind, Hillerman (3.5) - 9/30/15
October - The Dark Horse, Johnson (3.8) - 10/11/15
November - The Ghostway, Hillerman (3.6) - 11/27/15
December - Junkyard Dogs, Johnson (3/7) - 12/16/15

7countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 9:44am



Book # 56. Unleashed by David Rosenfelt (3.6) (5/1/15)

MAY TIOLI #2: Series Next Challenge (Andy Carpenter, #11)
75 Theme: May Murder and Mayhem
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (dog)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

8countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 9:45am



Book # 57. Saint Francis of Assisi by Demi (3.6) (5/3/15)

MAY TIOLI #4: set in a city, region or country you haven't visited but would like to (Italy)
Category Challenge: BioKIT: Religious Leaders
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Place Name in Title
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Italy)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

9countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 9:45am



Book # 58. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (5) (5/4/15)

MAY TIOLI # 18: author whose first name starts with a J, or whose surname starts with a D
Group Read
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

10countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 10:51am



Book # 59. An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell (3.7) (5/5/15)

MAY TIOLI #7: a regional novel (Sweden)
75 Theme: May Murder and Mayhem
BingoDOG: 8. Translated (Swedish)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

11countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 10:51am



Book # 60. The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble (2.5) (5/8/15)

MAY TIOLI #18: author whose first name starts with a J, or whose surname starts with a D
Authors Challenges: British: Margaret Drabble and Martin Amis
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

Notes:
This is a rambly part-memoir, part-jigsaw-informational, part-game-history mess of a book. She acknowledges this near the end of the book:

"I have strayed far from my plan, which was to write a brief illustrated history of the jigsaw puzzle. I find myself with a bucket full of leftover tesserae, some with jagged and uneven edges encrusted with old mastic and resin, which do not fit into my original design."

But gracious - the territory she covers!. I lost count of all the authors she's read (complete with their excerpts) who mentioned anything about jigsaws (or other games), all the visits she's made to museums, libraries, the art, tapestries, movies... If there was any kind of minutiae to be found about puzzles or games, she found a place to put it in this book.

I didn't love it, but I finished it, which is more than I can say for the only one of her sister's books that I started and abandoned forever.

12countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 10:51am



Book # 61. Stuff matters: exploring the marvelous materials that shape our man-made world by Mark Miodownik (4.5) (5/11/15)

MAY TIOLI # 1: title has at least three words starting with same letter
BingoDOG: 12. Scientists
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (fuzzi)

Notes:

Materials science – Mark Miodownik made it very interesting! I was fascinated from the get-go by how he came by his interest in metals, and thence to other materials. And hooked by the first chapter – metals. The porcelain, concrete/cement chapters were also interesting. The only chapter that didn’t grab me was Paper; I guess there was nothing new to me there, or else the author wasn’t as interested, because his enthusiasm was felt in all the other chapters but this one. Most fascinating to me was the chapter which discussed the 3D printer and its application to organ transplants.

”At present the technology can print in a hundred different materials, including metals, glass, and plastic. Using a 3D printer, Professor Alex Seifalian and his team created an exact replica of his patient’s windpipe made from a special scaffold material they had developed, one that was tailor-made to accommodate the patient’s stem cells.”

A BBC article about that transplant is here.

The author kept my attention throughout the whole book. Well written, engaging presentation of materials science.

13countrylife
maig 22, 2015, 10:52am



Book # 62. The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright (3.5) (5/13/15)

MAY TIOLI # 5: with a Sentimental Dedication
BingoDOG: 7. Owned for more than 1 year
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

14scaifea
maig 23, 2015, 7:20am

Happy new thread!!

15tymfos
maig 23, 2015, 7:45pm

Happy new thread! You've done some great reading. I read An Event in Autumn not long ago, and liked it.

16countrylife
maig 30, 2015, 7:53am



Book # 63. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (3.3) (5/18/15)

MAY TIOLI # 10: author is different gender and ethnicity
75 Theme: May Murder and Mayhem
BingoDOG: 16. Mythical creature (ogres, pixies, dragons)
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy

17countrylife
maig 30, 2015, 7:54am



Book # 64. Death Without Company by Craig Johnson (3.8) (5/22/15)

MAY TIOLI # 9: a book that you started in April, 2015, but did not finish
BingoDOG: 4. Chosen by someone else (75 group reads Western Project)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project
75 Theme: May Murder and Mayhem

18countrylife
maig 30, 2015, 7:54am



Book # 65. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbø (3.8) (5/23/15)

MAY TIOLI #18: author whose first name starts with a J, or whose surname starts with a D
75 Theme: May Murder and Mayhem
BingoDOG: 8. Translated (Norwegian)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

19countrylife
maig 30, 2015, 7:55am



Book # 66. Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman (3.8) (5/24/15)

MAY TIOLI # 8: A Word In Title That Means A Female
75 Theme: May Murder and Mayhem
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States

20countrylife
maig 30, 2015, 7:55am



Book # 67. All-Time Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes by Marcia Stanley (3) (5/26/15)

MAY TIOLI # 2: Series Next Challenge (Better Homes & Gardens All-Time Favorites - #9)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Cooking with KIT)
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

21countrylife
maig 30, 2015, 7:55am



Book # 68. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (3.9) (5/28/15)

MAY TIOLI # 9: a book that you started in April, 2015, but did not finish (match)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1300-1500 / Theme: Plagues & Disasters
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: By or with strong Woman character
Reading Through Time: Month: Time – 1300-1500
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (1348/back death)
My Category Challenge Category: 10. About Medical fiction & nonfiction (plague epidemic)

22countrylife
maig 30, 2015, 7:56am



Book # 69. Native Tongue by author (2.9) (5/30/15)

MAY TIOLI # 15: a book that involves 'aliens'
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: By or with strong Woman character
BingoDOG: 19. About Language
My Category Challenge Category: 12. Out of my comfort zone (science fiction)

23countrylife
juny 1, 2015, 11:07pm

MAY READING RECAP:

56 Unleashed by David Rosenfelt - 3.6
57 Saint Francis of Assisi by Demi - 3.6
58 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - 5
59 An Event In Autumn by Henning Mankell - 3.7
60 The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble - 2.5
61 Stuff matters: exploring the marvelous materials that shape our man-made world by Mark Miodownik - 4.5
62 The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright - 3.5
63 The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro - 3.3
64 Death Without Company by Craig Johnson - 3.8
65 Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo - 3.8
66 Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman - 3.8
67 All-Time Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes by Marcia Stanley - 3
68 Doomsday Book by Connie Willis - 3.9
69 Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin - 2.9
x Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (abandoned)

Books read: 14
Breakdown: audio books-5, eBooks-4, paper-5
Average rating: 3.6
Pages read: 3,901
Total shared TIOLIS: 4
Number of TIOLIs Completed: 10 of 23 challenges: 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10,15,18 Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads:
My progress.
Favorite book from April: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

24Tess_W
juny 6, 2015, 4:19pm

What great pictures and books!

25thornton37814
juny 18, 2015, 8:36pm

Somehow I lost my star on your thread, but I've remedied that.

>13 countrylife: Do they still put on the Shepherd of the Hills play out in the Branson area? I saw the play before I read the book.

26tymfos
juny 21, 2015, 4:22pm

Hi! I think a lot of us lost you because we depend so much on the continuation feature to take care of starring people's next thread! But I've got you starred now. Some great reading here!


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27countrylife
juny 28, 2015, 10:35am

Good to meet you, Tess!

Whoops! My fault, Terri. I didn't realize that the continuation feature automatically starred threads. That's what I get for my impatience! Thanks for the LT-lesson!

Lori, I don't know about the Shepherd of the Hills play these days. I saw it there thirty-five years before I read the book; so long ago that my memory of the play had very little resemblance to the book.

28countrylife
Editat: juny 28, 2015, 12:16pm



June has been busy for me! We took a road trip to see our oldest child and his family in Washington before they are sent to Germany next month. We decided to drive this time, in order to bring along our three youngest, two of whom had never been to the Pacific Northwest and one of whom had not yet met her niece.

Four days and three nights on the road each way. We covered a lot of territory as a (partial) family that we'd never seen before. On the way up, we took the southern route shown on google maps, which took us largely along the Oregon Trail. Stopped at some Oregon Trail interpretive centers; gained an even bigger appreciation for what these pioneers accomplished. (Eastern Oregon is a moonscape.) Our return trip was along the northern route. (Northern Idaho is gorgeous!) One place I hope to never see again is Denver. Three and a half hours through greater Denver at an average of 18 miles per hour. That was the worst part of our trip.

We left before the US Open started, but husband and son walked over to Chambers Bay to watch some of the practice rounds. That was a highlight for my golfer husband. Son has finished his residency and is now - officially! - an MD. We got to be there for his graduation, the top highlight! His next assignment is for three years in Germany, and we shall miss them so much!

He took us out to dinner on our last night in town - waterside tables on Puget Sound. It was very special - we had four of our children, daughter-in-law and granddaughter all around the table together. It was a busy time, and we are so very glad we were able to be there.

29Tess_W
juny 28, 2015, 11:31am

Sounds like a wonderful vacation and family time!

30thornton37814
juny 28, 2015, 12:46pm

>27 countrylife: My biggest memory of the play has to do with my then quite small nephew who went with us. The house fire scared him. I think I'm the one who finally got him called down.

31countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:52pm



Book # 70. Sacrilege by S. J. Parris (4) (6/5/15)

JUNE TIOLI #24: a book by one of your favourite authors
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

32countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:52pm



Book # 71. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (4.5) (6/8)

JUNE TIOLI # 4: a book with your 6th and/or 15th most popular/used tags (matched)
Authors Challenges: American: Wallace Stegner
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

Notes:

”But we all hoped, in whatever way our capacities permitted, to define and illustrate the worthy life. . . . Leave a mark on the world. Instead, the world has left marks on us.” Crossing to Safety

I'm one who loved Angle of Repose. And it is a book that's really stayed with me, so I was very much looking forward to Stegner month in the American Authors Challenge.

My read for AAC this month was Crossing to Safety. I thought it was very good, but not as strong as AoR. I didn't research it before I read it, and was surprised to find that it wasn't set in the west. This story takes place partly in Madison, Wisconsin, but mostly in Vermont, from the 1930s through the 1970s. Though I thought he did well drawing these settings, it wasn't as rich a mind-view as he made with AoR. The story is relationship - husbands and wives and friends and family. At character descriptions, Stegner excelled again. Coming back to see an old friend with cancer, after many years absence:

"True, she was thin, and for sure she was held together by will. But there was nothing feeble about her looks or her manner. Hers is a face that does not depend on flesh; it is built from the bones outward. And her skin was tanned, and her brown freckled hands took hold of me with a bird’s strength when I bent to kiss her. Her voice piped and cracked with excitement, her smile was a window onto an internal incandescence. Her spirit gushed and overflowed and swept us up, making us forget pity, caution, concern, everything but the pleasure of her presence."

33countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:53pm



Book # 72. Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson (3.2) (6/14)

JUNE TIOLI # 4: a book with your 6th and/or 15th most popular/used tags (match)
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States

Notes:

Like many others, I didn’t care for this installment as well. I guess I like Walt back in his own environment. Didn’t like the mother/daughter thing. I guess it was interesting to see a bit of background to Vic, but she’s still my least favorite character.

34countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:53pm



Book # 73. The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge (2.2) (6/20/15)

JUNE TIOLI # 12: a word in the title that starts with either D, I, or Y
Authors Challenges: British: Beryl Bainbridge and Anthony Burgess
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

Notes:

I chose The Girl in the Polka-dot Dress For the British Author Challenge this month because it was available in audio.

I did not realize until the end that it was an unfinished work. But the story itself was so jerky, that the ending didn't seem to matter. Two odd ducks - an awkward English girl and a secretive American guy, a camper road-trip from Baltimore to California to find the missing Mr. Wheeler, strange characters met along the way, political discussions with said strange characters. This odd assemblage of people, conversation and non-events seem to rumble toward Robert Kennedy's assassination, without quite getting there.

An odd story, thankfully short. 2.2 stars.

35countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:54pm



Book # 74. The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera (3.5) (6/24/15)

JUNE TIOLI # 7: about people and wild animals
Authors Challenges: Australia: Kim Scott or New Zealand: Witi Ihimaera
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: On the Water
BingoDOG: 11. Prophecy, signs, portents
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

36countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:55pm



Book # 75. The Davis Family History and Recipe Book by Davis Descendants (6/25/15)

JUNE TIOLI # 22: a Self-Published Work
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Side Dishes & Salads
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (CookingKIT)
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

Notes:

My mother and I compiled this “cookbook” 26 years ago. We requested favorite family recipes and family memories and photos from the descendants of the fourteen children of my great-great grandparents who married in 1868. It was a fun project and others have since published updates for it.

For the CookingKIT category challenge this month for Side Dishes, I made Mama’s “Make Ahead Slaw”. She originally found a version of this recipe in one of her Foxfire books, where it is called Six-Week Slaw, because it keeps so well. (Not in my house! My husband devours this stuff and then drinks the dregs.)

3 lb. cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
2 onions, shredded
1 green pepper, shredded
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup vinegar
2 tsp. celery seed
1 Tbsp. salt
½ Tbsp. black pepper

Combine vegetables. Add sugar and let stand. Mix remaining ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil. While hot, pour over slaw. Toss well. Let set to room temperature. Toss again. Store covered tightly in refrigerator. (I’ve been gradually cutting back on the sugar, and so far hubs hasn’t noticed, but it does not test well with Splenda and the like.)

37countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:55pm



Book # 76. Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear (3.9) (6/27/15)

JUNE TIOLI #24: a book by one of your favourite authors
Reading Through Time: Quarter: Between the Wars
BingoDOG: 12. Scientists
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

38countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:56pm



Book # 77. Windflower by Gabrielle Roy (4) (6/28/15)

JUNE TIOLI # 9: something in the title makes you think of flowers
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (thornton37814/Sep 2011)

Notes:

Loved how the author rendered the Labrador setting. Her depiction of eskimo life was very interesting, and sad to see their ways disappearing as “advancements” are embraced; how it changes their culture and each individual. A haunting story.

39countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 5:57pm



Book # 78. Ghost of the Ozarks by Brooks Blevins (3.1) (6/29/15)

JUNE TIOLI # 4: a book with your 6th most popular/used tags (6th, non-fiction)
Reading Through Time: Quarter: Between the Wars
Category Challenge: BioKIT: Murder Victims
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (BioKIT)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

40countrylife
juny 29, 2015, 6:16pm

JUNE READING RECAP:

70 Sacrilege by S.J. Parris - 4
71 Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner - 4.5
72 Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson - 3.2
73 The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge - 2.2
74 The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera - 3.5
75 The Davis Family History and Recipe Book by Davis descendants
76 Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear - 3.9
77 Windflower by Gabrielle Roy - 4
78 Ghost of the Ozarks by Brooks Blevins - 3.1

Books read: 9
Breakdown: audio books-3, eBooks-3, paper-3
Average rating: 3.6
Pages read: 2,143
Total shared TIOLIS: 4
Number of TIOLIs Completed: 6 of 24 challenges: 4,7,9,12,22,24
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads:
My progress.
Favorite book from JUNE: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

41thornton37814
juny 29, 2015, 7:04pm

>26 tymfos: Family cookbooks are so much fun! I know I always enjoy finding recipes that have been in the family for generations. We did one for one of the Thornton reunions. I would love to find some recipes from the Lantz side (besides my Mom's) to compile them. I have a few of Aunt Daisy's recipes. I also have some that Aunt Marie had contributed to community cookbooks.

42lkernagh
juny 29, 2015, 7:05pm

Great batch of reviews!

43Tess_W
jul. 5, 2015, 11:07am

>36 countrylife: The recipe sounds delicious! My sister and I have been trying to get our family to participate in something like this but can't motivate them!

44Donna828
jul. 6, 2015, 6:07pm

>13 countrylife: I am ashamed that I have never read this book. Have seen the nearby pageant in Branson several times, but I should read about the Baldknobbers. I have owned the book for quite some time so I have NO excuse!

>28 countrylife: What a lovely family photo with a gorgeous background. Your road trip sound pretty wonderful to me, too, Cindy. Where will your son be in Germany? My husband and I were married there 47 years ago, and our oldest son was born there. We were stationed in Baumholder in the Black Forest area.

>36 countrylife: What a clever idea. Family recipes and memories together in one book. I loved your description of your husband drinking the dregs of the Make-Ahead Slaw. I will save this one to my recipe folder! Thanks for sharing.

45countrylife
jul. 6, 2015, 9:27pm

>41 thornton37814:: We did this cookbook for the paternal side; we were saddened that my mother's mother died shortly thereafter, so we never did Mama's side of the family. I hope you're able to make something happen for your Lantz side of the family.

>42 lkernagh:: Waving at Lori! "Hi."

>43 Tess_W:: Thanks, Tess. We love that recipe at our house. Maybe you can get your family on the family recipe book bandwagon; it really is a fun project.

>44 Donna828:: Hi, Donna. Did you get to do lots of sightseeing during your time in Germany? Our son is really looking forward to his time there. He's assigned to the hospital in Landstuhl.

46countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:15am



Book # 79. Catching the Eagle by Karen Charlton (3) (7/3/15)

JULY TIOLI #7: a "red letter" day book (title)
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (eagle)
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction (Based on the true story of her husband’s ancestors)

Notes:

Historical fiction based on a true story about the author’s husband’s ancestors. Interesting, but a little long-winded.

47countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:16am



Book # 80. Winslow Homer by Mary Judge (2.7) (7/5/15)

JULY TIOLI # 22: name of a city in the title (Homer, Alaska)
BingoDOG: 14. Author same name as mother/grand (Mary-paternal grandmother)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

48countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:16am



Book # 81. Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers (3.2) (7/6/15)

JULY TIOLI # 19: a story involving the formation of a Marriage
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1600-1700 / Theme: Immigration
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 1600s
Category Challenge: BioKIT: France (Based on true stories, but not a biography)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (France and Canada)
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

Notes:

I wanted to like it. The book has elements of true stories, but some elements are too far-fetched to seem real. It tells the story of the Filles du Roi (“brides” – orphans, poor, and mad girls and women) sent from France to wed fur traders and soldiers in Canada to further settlement there, but the protagonist is entirely unlikeable, and many of her actions seem entirely unlikely. As for the historical facts, yes, I was glad to read more about that period in the history of France and Canada. As for the way Laure was portrayed, not a fan.

49countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:17am



Book # 82. The Sound of Glass by Karen White (4.2) (7/7/15)

JULY TIOLI # 8: a book on a summer reading list (Deep South Magazine)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (South Carolina)

NOTES:

”My mama always said that to plant a garden meant that you believed in tomorrow.”

I know, I know – it’s just chick lit. But I loved this story.

Merritt Heyward, broken in spirit, having lost her mother at twelve, her husband two years ago, and now her father, moves from Maine to South Carolina to accept the ancestral home willed to her dead husband by his grandmother. On her doorstep show up the woman who married her father, along with their ten-year-old son. Loralee asks if they can stay for a couple of days so Owen can meet his half-sister. This unlikely trio – the educated, but broken woman, the “my mama always said” trailer park-raised woman, the smart, gawky child – form a halting household. But this is southern fiction, so of course we know that they will create close bonds. The way that the author, Karen White, weaves the story of these bonds is beautiful.

Her story is told in alternating chapters, Merritt’s in first person, Loralee’s in third person, with the occasional chapter of Edith, her husband’s grandmother, filling in the background of the story. Although the story turns on spousal abuse, the theme is healing. Loralee’s pink “Journal of Truths” is always with her, where she keeps notes about her mama’s truisms, and her own life lessons, to hand down to her son. Merritt even starts to internalize some of Loralee’s earthy wisdom in her own path to healing.

The Lowcountry setting is beautifully drawn, as are the relationships in their metamorphosis. I could almost hear the sound of the sea glass wind chimes while reading. This was a lovely, touching summertime read.

”…they’ve been tumbled about the ocean for many years, which gives them that cloudy look. That’s what she liked about them. Edith said that any glass that could withstand such a beating without crumbling was something to be celebrated.” He smiled to himself as if recalling an old conversation. “She always said that only fools thought all glass was fragile.” (p.31)

. . . we are all tumbled about by the waves of life, earning scars that show where we’ve been.” (p.419)

50countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:18am



Book # 83. Wreckage by Emily Bleeker (3.6) (7/11/15)

JULY TIOLI # 2: with a connection to water (island survival after a plane crash in the ocean)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Fiji – in the South Pacific Ocean)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters (plane crash)

Notes:

Wreckage is a believable story about a plane crash and island survival in the South Pacific. I thought it was a good effort for a first novel. Though the island portion could have been more thoroughly explored, the aftermath was well done. I felt empathy for the main characters during their ordeal during and after. Satisfying, but perhaps too tidy an ending. Overall, a nice beach read.

51countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:18am



Book # 84. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf (2) (7/11/15)

JULY TIOLI # 1: a book whose title is at least two words long with the first letter of the title words being in alphabetical order
Authors Challenges: British: Virginia Woolf and B.S. Johnson
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors

Notes:

Guess I’m not a stream-of-consciousness reader. Didn’t appeal to me at all.

52countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:18am



Book # 85. Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose (3.5) (7/12/15)

JULY TIOLI # 5 with a title that could drive you to drink (water, tea, beer, wine, your choice)
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Drinks & Snacks; focus: iced drinks (cantaloupe daiquiris, p.8)
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood (the sweet tea and many of the recipes)
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

Notes:

Lots of southern recipes, maybe half of them beautifully photographed. None of them read as if they’re too difficult for the normal kitchen. Plenty of notes and hints in the margins. For the cooking challenge, I chose the cantaloupe daiquiri on page 8. Loved it.

53countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:19am



Book # 86. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (3.3) (7/13/15)

JULY TIOLI # 4: a work by an individual mentioned in the Science Fiction Awards Database www.sfadb.com
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Non-Humans (dragons)
BingoDOG: 16. Mythical creature (dragons)
My Category Challenge Category: 12. Out of my comfort zone (science fiction and wizards)
Authors Challenges: American: Ursula K. Le Guin

54countrylife
jul. 21, 2015, 9:19am



Book # 87. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (4) (7/17/15)

JULY TIOLI # 18: title contains a noun from the 1st verse of your national anthem (night)
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Colorado)

Notes:

A poignant story about aging, loneliness and reaching out.

55thornton37814
jul. 22, 2015, 8:24am

>46 countrylife: How interesting to find an ancestral story in fiction! I read the description, and it sounds interesting although I see you didn't really love it that much.

>52 countrylife: I have that one! I think I liked it a bit better than you did, but it may be because I'm a native of Mississippi and knew about so many of the featured places.

56countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:17am

Lori, I did enjoy the ancestral story and thought she did an admirable job in building a story around the facts that she'd unearthed. I can't really put my finger on why it didn't resonate with me better than it did. I did find it good enough to bother to google the author to learn more about the background of that story.

57countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:18am



Book # 88. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (3.6) (7/20/15)

JULY TIOLI #8: a book on a summer reading list (crosswalk.com 2014)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (England)

58countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:18am



Book # 89. Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones (3.3) (7/21/15)

JULY TIOLI # 15: a W in the title
Authors Challenges: Australia: Peter Carey or New Zealand: Lloyd Jones
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Immigration
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (New Zealand, Argentina)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (New Zealand, Argentina)

59countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:19am



Book # 90. People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman (3.6) (7/23/15)

JULY TIOLI #7: a "red letter" day book (author)
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project
BingoDOG: 11. Prophecy, signs, portents
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (New Mexico)

60countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:19am



Book # 91. The Amazing Book of Mazes by Adrian Fisher (3.5) (7/24/15)

JULY TIOLI # 20: a book that has to do with a maze or labyrinth
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (My CATs)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

61countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:21am



Book # 92. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (3.3) (7/27/15)

JULY TIOLI # 16: a book which has inspired a recipe (Marilla's Plum Puffs)
Recipe for Marilla’s Plum Puffs.
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (Prince Edward Island)

62countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:21am



Book # 93. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (2.9) (7/28/15)

JULY TIOLI # 8: a book on a summer reading list (LA Times)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (My CATs)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Alabama)

63countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:21am



Book # 94. The Girl in the Lighthouse by Roxane Tepfer Sanford (3.1) (7/31/15)

JULY TIOLI # 2: with a connection to water
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Light
BingoDOG: 18. By an LT Author
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

64countrylife
jul. 31, 2015, 7:41am

JULY READING RECAP:

79 Catching the Eagle by Karen Charlton - 3
80 Winslow Homer by Mary Judge - 2.7
81 Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers - 3.2
82 The Sound of Glass by Karen White - 4.3
83 Wreckage by Emily Bleeker - 3.6
84 Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf - 2
85 Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose - 3.5
86 A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin - 3.3
87 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf - 4
88 The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - 3.6
89 Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones - 3.3
90 People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman - 3.6
91 The Amazing Book of Mazes by Adrian Fisher - 3.5
92 Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery - 3.3
93 Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - 2.9
94 The Girl in the Lighthouse by Roxane Tepfer Sanford - 3.1

Books read: 16
Breakdown: audio books-4, eBooks-4, paper-8
Average rating: 3.3
Pages read: 4,140
Total shared TIOLIS: 4
Number of TIOLIs Completed: 12 of 22 challenges: 1,2,4,5,7,8,15,16,18,19,20,22
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads: My progress.

Favorite book from JULY: The Sound of Glass by Karen White



65countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:04pm



Book # 95. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (3.8) (8/2/15)

AUGUST TIOLI #4: with either "first" or "last" in the title
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

66countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:04pm



Book # 96. By Sorrow’s River by Larry McMurtry (2.5) (8/3/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 1: an insect named on page 33 (fly)
Authors Challenges: American: Larry McMurtry
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors/1st in series

Notes:

I didn't like my American Author read this month. I've heard such good things about Lonesome Dove, both the book and the movie. I chose By Sorrow's River. It earned a 2.5 from me. The characters were too outlandish to seem real, and the story was mostly about bed-hopping. I don't see myself reading this author again.

67countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:04pm



Book # 97. The Black Count by Tom Reiss (4.3) (8/8/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 6: a book which fits a category of the Seattle Public Library's Summer Book Bingo (prize-winner)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1700-1800 (18th century)
BingoDOG: 4. Chosen by someone else (HistoryCAT group)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs
Group Read

68countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:05pm



Book # 98. Dr. Mütter's marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz (4.1) (8/9/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 5: by an author who has a Double-barrelled surname or one with two authors
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Medicine/Disease
BingoDOG: 12. Scientists
My Category Challenge Category: 10. About Medical fiction & nonfiction

69countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:05pm



Book # 99. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (3.5) (8/11/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 12 published prior to April 1972 (1920)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

70countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:05pm



Book # 100. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (3.3) (8/14/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 15: a book from the 2015 Booker Prize longlist
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

71countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:06pm



Book # 101. Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson (3.3) (8/16/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 1: an insect named on page 33 (ant, bee)
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project

BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender

My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

72countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:07pm



Book # 102. Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble (2.8) (8/18/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 6: a book which fits a category of the Seattle Public Library's Summer Book Bingo (checked out)
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood (my extended family’s neck of the woods)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover (because it shares a cover photo with another book I read recently – Skeletons at the feast )

73countrylife
ag. 24, 2015, 12:07pm



Book # 103. The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen (3.7) (8/19/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 5: by an author who has a Double-barrelled surname or one with two authors
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Denmark)
My Category Challenge Category: 11. Scary or chunksters (512 pages)

74lkernagh
ag. 24, 2015, 9:49pm

>66 countrylife: - Sorry to see that By Sorrow's River was dud. I have only read two McMurtry books - Lonesome Dove, which I absolutely loved, and The Last Kind Words Saloon which was a dud on par with your McMurtry read. I believe that some authors have one truly amazing story in them and everything else is just 'meh'.

>67 countrylife: - Glad to see another very positive review and rating for The Black Count. I do want to read that one at some point.

75countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:52am

>74 lkernagh: : Hope you get to The Black Count at some point. I highly recommend the audio version!

76countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:53am



Book # 104. The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal/Barbara Samuel (3) (8/21/15)

AUGUST TIOLI #21: title starts with, in rolling order, letters in the word SMILE
BingoDOG: 17. LGBTQ main character
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy

77countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:53am



Book # 105. Faithful Place by Tana French (3.8) (8/24/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 6: a book which fits a category of the Seattle Public Library's Summer Book Bingo (meaning to read)
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Ireland
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Ireland)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

78countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:53am



Book # 106. Emma by Jane Austen (4) (8/26/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 21: title starts with, in rolling order, letters in the word SMILE
BingoDOG: 7. Owned for more than 1 year
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

79countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:53am



Book # 107. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (3.7) (8/26/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 16: bird on the cover
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Other Worlds
BingoDOG: 19. About Language
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy

80countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:54am



Book # 108. The Spare Room by Helen Garner (3.1) (8/27/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 1: an insect named on page 33 (ant)
Authors Challenges: Australia: Helen Garner or New Zealand: Keri Hulme
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Medicine/Disease (cancer)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Ireland)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

81countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:54am



Book # 109. Something Special by Iris Murdoch (2.8) (8/27/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 2: a title word that makes you think of marriage (special)
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Ireland
Authors Challenges: British: Iris Murdoch, Graham Greene
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Australia)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

82countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:55am



Book # 110. Everyday Thai Cooking by Katie Chin (4) (8/28/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 6: a book which fits a category of the Seattle Public Library's Summer Book Bingo (checked out)
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: One-Pan Dishes; focus: curry (p.73 Braised Chicken in Thai Yellow Curry)
BingoDOG: 23. Unfamiliar Topic (Thai cooking)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

Notes:

Easy directions, mostly easily acquired ingredients. Most 2-page spreads contained 2 recipes, but one picture. Though the photography was beautiful, I prefer pictures of the finished product for every recipe, especially on dishes outside of my normal cooking range, and extra points for pictures that show the recipe in progress.

83countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:55am



Book # 111. The Royal Physician’s Visit by Per Olov Endquist (3.6) (8/30/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 18: author has a 3-letter name
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1700-1800 (1760s) / Theme: Medicine/Disease (mental illness)
BingoDOG: 8. Translated (from Swedish)
My Category Challenge Category: 10. About Medical fiction & nonfiction

84countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 11:55am



Book # 112. Three Days in Seattle by Debra Burroughs (2) (8/31/15)

AUGUST TIOLI # 10: Numbers in the Title
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Dog Days of Summer
BingoDOG: 7. Owned for more than 1 year
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

85countrylife
ag. 30, 2015, 12:17pm

AUGUST READING RECAP:

95 Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson - 3.8
96 By Sorrow's River by Larry McMurtry - 2.5
97 The Black Count by Tom Reiss - 4.3
98 Dr. Mutter's Marvels by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz - 4.1
99 The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie - 3.5
100 A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler - 3.3
101 Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson - 3.3
102 Maud's Line by Margaret Verble - 2.8
103 The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 3.7
104 The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara Samuel/Barbara O'Neal - 3
105 Faithful Place by Tana French - 3.8
106 Emma by Jane Austen - 4
107 The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell - 3.7
108 The Spare Room by Helen Garner - 3.1
109 Something Special by lIris Murdoch - 2.8
110 Everyday Thai Cooking by Katie Chin - 4
111 The Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enquist - 3.6
112 Three Days in Seattle by Debra Burroughs - 2
X First Best and Only by Barbara Delinsky (abandoned)

Books read: 18
Breakdown: audio books-7, eBooks-5, paper-6
Average rating: 3.2
Pages read: 5,828
Total shared TIOLIS: 7
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads: My progress.

Favorite book from AUGUST: The Black Count by Tom Reiss

86Donna828
ag. 30, 2015, 5:16pm

>51 countrylife: Cindy, I baled on Jacob's Room. I was trying to read it while in CO with Hope and just could not get into it. I typically like Virginia Woolf, at least the two books by her that I've read: Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse. Oops, almost forgot A Room of One's Own which I loved.

You are having a very good reading year. I've read some of the same books and am interested in others… You know how that goes. So many good books out there!

87countrylife
set. 2, 2015, 8:33am

Donna, I would have liked to have baled on Jacob's Room! But I was trying to be a completist on the author challenges.

I'm loving the pictures on your thread!

88countrylife
set. 2, 2015, 8:33am



Book # 113. Longbourn by Jo Baker (3) (9/1/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 13: 'September", 'Sept' or 'Ember' in the narrative (p.1 September)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1800-1850 (Early 19th century) / Theme: Lifestyles of ordinary people
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 1800-1850
BingoDOG: 22. Inspired by other fiction
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

Notes:

I loved this book for the gentle flow of the narrative, which was almost like reading Jane Austen. Jo Baker’s setting was more vividly described, both the home and locale, but with words which could have come from Miss Austen’s pencil.

I hated this book for veering me straight away from everything I was enjoying about so beautiful an Austen continuance into mere sexual descriptions. Her story would have worked better without inserting those scenes. They didn’t suit with so perfect an Austen-like book. Heading into a 4-star rating, I was jolted down to a 3.

89countrylife
set. 8, 2015, 3:10pm



Book # 114. Jack in the Pulpit by Cynthia Riggs (3.5) (9/2/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI #12: with a cover that looks like autumn
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Lifestyles of ordinary people (92 y.o. lady and friends)
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Martha's Vineyard Mysteries #4)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Massachusetts)

90countrylife
set. 8, 2015, 3:12pm



Book # 115. An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd (3.4) (9/4/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 6: author whose two initials form an two-letter acronym for a well-known phrase or name (CT:Computerized Tomography (imaging)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Lifestyles of ordinary people (WWI nurse)
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Bess Crawford #4)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England and France)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

91countrylife
Editat: set. 8, 2015, 3:22pm



Book # 116. The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O' Connor (3) (9/5/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 10: at least 3 consecutive vowels in alphabetical order in the title
Authors Challenges: American: Flannery O’Connor
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Lifestyles of ordinary people (backwoods folk and town folk)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors

Notes:

I didn’t like this story, I didn’t like these characters. As I read, it seemed to be just another bash-religion book. I was corrected by this review on Amazon:

“I think it's important to correct a common misperception that's been cropping up in the reviews here. I can understand how someone might come to the conclusion that The Violent Bear it Away is an exposure of, or an attack on, religious fanaticism, but I can say with almost absolute certainty that this was not the author's intention. Flannery O'Connor was a devout Roman Catholic, and nearly all of her stories (check out especially A Good Man is Hard to Find) carry a very extreme and uncompromising religious message. Everything connected with her - the other stories, her personal correspondence, and the text of Violent itself - suggest that it was meant as, crudely stated, an endorsement of fanaticism; or more accurately, a spiritual call to arms, and an attack of meek secularism.”

But I still didn’t like it.

92countrylife
set. 8, 2015, 3:13pm



Book # 117. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (4) (9/7/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 13: 'September", 'Sept' or 'Ember' in the narrative (p.56 september)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Lifestyles of ordinary people (slaves and indentured on plantation)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1800-1850 (1790s-1810s)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT
My Category Challenge Category: 5. Genre: Historical Fiction

93Whisper1
set. 8, 2015, 3:29pm

>88 countrylife: Cindy, Like you, I don't like it when authors feel they need to sneak sex into the story. Usually, this serves no purpose and I rebel against it. Similarly, I don't like it when authors have characters that unnecessarily swear.

I am in awe of your ability to read so many books. I fear I may not reach the 75 mark this year.

All good wishes to you,

94countrylife
Editat: set. 30, 2015, 6:04pm

Nice to see you here, Linda. Frankly, I don't know how you manage to read as much as you have with your pain levels AND surgeries AND going back to work! You are an inspiration to so many of us here on LT. For myself, though, I've been reading an awful lot of audiobooks while deep cleaning my house, so my numbers are sure to decrease when I get the job done.

95countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 8:58am



Book # 118. The Last September by Nina de Gramont (3.8) (9/7/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI #2: title includes "Autumn", "Fall", or "September", or a word which can be descriptive of the season
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (Mine)
My Category Challenge Category: 10. About Medical fiction & nonfiction (dealing with mental illness)

NOTES:

Two things drew me to this book – the Cape Cod setting and the character with a psychiatric problem. Nina de Gramont didn’t disappoint me in either instance. She drew the cape with words both beautifully loving of place and end-of-season melancholy, as fit her story. Her story – about the murder of the main character’s husband – flowed as if on the cape’s tides. Outgoing tides telling about the past – Brett’s college days with her best friend, Eli, how she met and fell in love with his brother, Charlie, their early married years, Eli’s descent into psychosis. Incoming tides with the story moving forward from the murder.

”Everything that comes before leads up to that moment. Everything that comes afterward springs from that moment. In my case, that moment – that middle – is my husband’s murder.” p.3

The author’s portrayal of Eli is sensitive as to the realities of having a loved one who is living with a mental illness, and to the devastation it causes in their lives. In her book, a promising pre-med student, turned into a person who, because of his disease, can’t manage to keep a job exercising the dogs at a kennel. She got it right, every bit.

”A close encounter with someone in the throes of psychosis creates a very particular state of fragility. Even when the person is removed, the madness stays behind, inflicted.” p.124

” . . . the two new versions of Eli – medicated (bloated, docile) and not medicated (wild, muttering) – did return again and again. But the original Eli, the real one . . . seemed to be gone forever.” p.137

”People grow weary of mental illness. The way it rises, again and again. The way it never gets cured, never goes away. . . . I couldn’t handle the reappearances of Eli, in all his various states, the way we’d martial ourselves to get him hospitalized, to get him well, get him working, only to land in precisely the same spot, over and over again.” p.274

What bothered me: how a grown woman could still be holding a candle for a guy she met in college, and with nothing to base it on but looks and a quickie.

A little extra to enjoy about this book: a bit of Emily Dickinson. Each of the four parts of The Last September begin with an epigraph by Emily Dickinson. The main character, Brett, is an American literature student, living in Amherst to immerse herself in Ms. Dickinson’s world, while doing her dissertation on Emily’s letters to her sister-in-law.

Altogether, I enjoyed this book very much – the writing, the descriptive setting, most things about the characters, and the story. I would definitely seek out more of this author’s work. (3.8 stars)

96countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 8:59am



Book # 119. A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (4.2) (9/10/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 22: a book you added to a previous TIOLI challenge, but never read (July 2015 # 18: title contains a noun from the 1st verse of your national anthem)
BingoDOG: 21. Autism
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (North Carolina)

97countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 8:59am



Book # 120. Healthy Latin eating : our favorite family recipes remixed by Angie Martinez & Angelo Sosa (3.6) (9/12/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI #6: author whose two initials form an two-letter acronym for a well-known phrase or name (A.M. - Ante Meridiem (period between midnight and noon)
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Ethnic: focus: Latin American
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (CookingKIT)
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors

98countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 9:26am



Book # 121. Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian (2.8) (9/13/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 9: a Series Book that has a 2 Word Title
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Cobweb bride #1)
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Slipstream, Interstitial (inc. magical realism, genre benders)
BingoDOG: 2. Genre bender
My Category Challenge Category: 11. Scary

99countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 9:26am



Book # 122. The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen (4.1) (9/15/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 15: a book that blurbs the author on the cover. (Author of the New York Times Bestsellers . . . )
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (DeptQ #5)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Denmark)
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

100countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 9:27am



Book # 123. Broken Harbor by Tana French (3.8) (9/20/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI #5: title includes something you might find on a map (harbor)
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Dublin Murder Squad #4)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Ireland)
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

101countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 9:51am



Book # 124. Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter by Lisa Patton(3) (9/21/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI #14: the name of a wind or type of wind in the title or author's name
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood (Peaches by the bushel!)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Weather

102countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 10:08am



Book # 125. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (3.3) (9/21/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 13: 'September", 'Sept' or 'Ember' in the narrative (September 11 times ex.p151)
BingoDOG: 21. Autism
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors/1st in series

NOTES:

Kid from a bad home breaks away to go to college, guilt-ridden for leaving his autistic brother behind in his unbalanced mother’s care. An English class writing assignment to interview on older person for their biography leads him to a nursing home, where he is introduced to Carl Iverson, a convicted murderer who was released from prison to die of cancer in the home. Joe comes to the conclusion that Carl is innocent, and sets out to find clues in the 30-year-old case.

Easy clues, easy solution, loose holes in past investigations. But, if you’re in the mood for a feel-good, instead of a deep read, you might enjoy this. I was and I did.

103countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 10:09am



Book # 126. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian(4) (9/23/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 10: at least 3 consecutive vowels in alphabetical order in the title
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (Armenian Genocide – 1915-1916)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters (WWI)

NOTES:

Historical fiction blending a contemporary story of a lady discovering the histories of her Armenian grandfather and her grandmother who had traveled to Syria on a relief mission with her father on behalf of the starving Armenians. I love historical fiction for the way it teaches so much more than a textbook. This was a story new to me. Well written and informative. Interesting tidbit: If your name ends in “ian”, you are likely to be of Armenian descent.

104countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 6:04pm



Book # 127. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (3.5) (9/25/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI #5: title includes something you might find on a map (sea)
Authors Challenges: British: Andrea Levy or Salmon Rushdie
BingoDOG: 16. Mythical creature (Lots of fanciful critters!)
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy

105countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 6:06pm



Book # 128. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø (3.9) (9/25/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 15: a book that blurbs the author on the cover (Author of The Snowman. The Next Stieg Larsson.)
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Harry Hole #3)
Reading Through Time: Quarter: WWII
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (WWII)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters

106countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 6:06pm



Book # 129. A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd (R) (9/26/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 6: author whose two initials form an two-letter acronym for a well-known phrase or name (CT:Computerized Tomography (imaging)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Weather
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Ian Rutledge #1)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

107countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 6:15pm



Book # 130. The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear (4) (9/27/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI #15: a book that blurbs the author on the cover (The NY Times Bestselling Author of …)
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Maisie Dobbs #7)
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (WWI)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters

108countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 6:18pm



Book # 131. Things in Corners by Ruth Park (2.5) (9/28/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 6: author whose two initials form an two-letter acronym for a well-known phrase or name (RP:Role Play)
Authors Challenges: Australia: Ruth Park or New Zealand: Michael King
BingoDOG: 20. Outside comfort zone
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy

109countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 6:19pm



Book # 132. The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman (3.5) (9/30/15)

SEPTEMBER TIOLI # 2: title includes "Autumn", "Fall", or "September", or a word which can be descriptive of the season
75 Theme: September Series & Sequels (Leaphorn/Chee #5)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Weather
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (New Mexico)

110countrylife
set. 30, 2015, 9:50pm

SEPTEMBER READING RECAP:

113 Longbourn by Jo Baker - 3
114 Jack in the Pulpit by Cynthia Riggs - 3.3
115 An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd - 3.4
116 The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O' Connor - 3
117 The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom - 4
118 The Last September by Nina de Gramont - 3.8
119 A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash - 4.2
120 Healthy Latin Eating by Angie Martinez - 3.6
121 Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian - 2.8
122 The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen - 4.1
123 Broken Harbor by Tana French - 3.8
124 Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton - 3
125 The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens - 3.3
126 The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian - 4
127 Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie - 3.5
128 The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø - 3.9
129 A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd -3.7
130 The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winsper - 4
131 Things in Corners by Ruth Park - 2.5
132 The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman - 3.5

Books read: 20
Breakdown: audio books-10, eBooks-4, paper-6
Average rating: 3.5
Pages read: 5,854
Total shared TIOLIS: 3
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads: My progress.

Favorite book from SEPTEMBER: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

111Donna828
Editat: oct. 2, 2015, 12:30pm

>102 countrylife: I've been curious about The Life We Bury, Cindy, and now I know to save it for a feel-good read. I can always benefit from one of those.

Wow, you sure have been busy with books. I saw you've been listening to books while cleaning your house. The place must be dazzling by now! It's funny, I pulled A Land More Kind than Home off the TBR stack this morning. It's good to know it was your best read--or listen--last month.

112tymfos
oct. 3, 2015, 1:55pm

You've done a lot of good reading! I'm glad that A Land More Kind Than Home was your favorite. I loved that book.

113thornton37814
oct. 5, 2015, 7:50pm

I'm impressed with the amount of reading you got done in September. I got behind again and am already behind this month. Too much going on in my family.

114countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:30pm

>111 Donna828: : Only wish my house was dazzling; mainly I'm decluttering. I tried to force everything from my big house into my little retirement house. That doesn't really work too well!

>112 tymfos: : I've noticed we share a lot of books, Terri! LT says we share 270; wonder how many actual reads we share?!

>113 thornton37814: : Lori, my heart goes out to you. I hope you find comfort in family during this time.

115countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:30pm



Book # 133. The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone (4) (10/1/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI #2: written/first published, set during or about the years of Queen Victoria of GB, etc.’s reign – 1837 to 1901 (1889 setting)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1850-1900 (Late 19th century) AND Theme: Science & Technology
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Science & Technology (medical science)
BingoDOG: 12. Scientists
My Category Challenge Category: 10. About Medical fiction & nonfiction

116countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:31pm



Book # 134. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (3) (10/2/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 6: a title word starts with K,L,M,N,O, or P
Category Challenge: BioKIT: Afro-Americans
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (BioKIT – black biography)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

117countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:31pm



Book # 135. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (3.5) (10/4/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 1: author's last name contains a three-letter combination which is an English word if spelled backward (rub)
Authors Challenges: American: Ray Bradbury
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Supernatural, Paranormal, Inexplicable (Fantasy, Gothic)
75 Theme: Halloween Theme
BingoDOG: 20. Outside comfort zone
My Category Challenge Category: 12. Out of my comfort zone (scifi)

118countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:31pm



Book # 136. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (5) (10/5/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 7: main character is a child
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Science & Technology (radio)
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (WWII)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters

119countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:32pm



Book # 137. The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman (3) (10/6/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 11: World Rugby chief Brett Gosper/main character Brett; list in title, lists of players
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (dog)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Chicago, Illinois)

120countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:32pm



Book # 138. An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd (3.2) (10/6/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 1: author's last name contains a three-letter combination which is an English word if spelled backward (dot)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

121countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:32pm



Book # 139. The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson (3.8) (10/11/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 17: one (and only one) title word has 4 letters
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (horse)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project

122countrylife
oct. 14, 2015, 1:33pm



Book # 140. The Lie by Helen Dunmore (3.3) (10/12/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 6: a title word starts with K,L,M,N,O, or P
Authors Challenges: British: Helen Dunmore or David Mitchell
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters (WWI)

123porch_reader
oct. 15, 2015, 7:40pm

Wow! You've been doing some great reading lately. Glad to see that you enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See. It is one of my favorites!

124thornton37814
oct. 15, 2015, 7:47pm

>122 countrylife: I was hoping that one would be rated a bit higher. I'm reading a non-fiction ARC at the moment, but that one is up next.

125PaulCranswick
oct. 23, 2015, 9:49pm

Some great reading as always going on over here Cindy. Thanks for plodding along with the BAC this year even though only Ishiguro really seemed to hit the mark!

Have a lovely weekend.

126cbl_tn
oct. 23, 2015, 10:08pm

I'm finally caught up here! Another 5 stars for All the Light We Cannot See! I really must try to get to that one soon.

127thornton37814
oct. 24, 2015, 1:26pm

>122 countrylife: I think I liked Dunmore's book a little better than you did. I finished it this morning.

128countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 8:55am

>123 porch_reader: : and >126 cbl_tn: : Amy and Lori, I don't think I've run across anyone who hasn't liked that book! Its such a good one!

>125 PaulCranswick: : Paul, it was kind of you to drop by. I'm really enjoying following allowing with your BAC, even though some of my reads haven't appealed to me, personally. You do a great job with that challenge!

>127 thornton37814: : Lori, I'm in a stage with my reading right now that isn't personally satisfying. I feel as though I'm not chewing enough, but swallowing my books whole. If I stopped to chew over The Lie, I think I would probably have rated it higher. After a year ends, I generally go back through my "read" books, sorted by rating, and see if anything wants changing. Wonder how this one will end up then?

129countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 8:56am



Book # 141. The Klondike Quest by Pierre Berton (4) (10/14/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 6: a title word starts with K,L,M,N,O, or P
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event – the Klondike Gold Rush
My Category Challenge Category: 11. Scary or chunksters
Canadian Fiction/Non-Fiction Challenge: Yukon

Notes:

This book is filled with images of the various phases of the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory of Western Canada. Do an image search and you can see how horrifying every part of this trip was for the participants. The book is divided into chapters for the various parts of the journey. Preparations of purchasing all the gear needed for a full year, thousands of pounds of it. Transporting it all by ship to the closest point, dragging it from ship to shore across long stretches of muddy marsh. The various passes up which all that gear had to be moved. One of the last parts was to build boats to cross the lake and manage the rapids to get to their final destinations, denuding the surrounding mountain of trees. The pictures below are of Chilkoot Pass, up which every miner had to climb about forty times in order to get all his gear over the top. Up on the left trail, sliding down on his shovel on the right trail and back up again.


Climbing Chilkoot

130countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 8:57am



Book # 142. White Nights by Ann Cleeves(3.5) (10/15/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 8: a coloured object in the title
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Scotland)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (Shetland Islands)

131countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 9:05am



Book # 143. Snow Angels by James Thompson (3.4) (10/15/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 19: a Scandinavian capital (in the narrative), in rolling order (Helsinki)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Finland)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

Notes:

Americans ramble on about politics but have a low voter turnout. Finns seldom talk about politics, but around eighty percent vote in presidential elections. We don’t talk about hatred, we hate in silence. It’s our way. We do everything in silence. (Chapter 2)

. . .I went to New York for a semester as an exchange student. What struck me most was the sky. On that side of the world, so far away from the North Pole, the sky is flat and gray, a one-dimensional universe. Here, the sky is arched, and there’s almost no pollution. In spring and fall the sky is dark blue or violet, and sunsets last for hours. The sun turns into a dim orange ball that transforms clouds into silver-rimmed red and violet towers. In winter, twenty-four hours a day, uncountable stars outline a vaulted ceiling of the great cathedral we live in. Finnish skies are the reason I believe in God. (Chapter 3)

James Thompson is really good at sense of place and sense of culture. The story was a little too gruesome for my taste, but his writing makes me want to give him another try.

132countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 9:06am



Book # 144. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (4) (10/18/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 3: title contains no repeated letters
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Russia)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 1946 to present (1950s)

133countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 9:06am



Book # 145. The Hanging Girl by Jussi Aadler-Olsen (4.1) (10/23/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 19: a Scandinavian capital (in the narrative), in rolling order (Copenhagen p.2)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (Denmark)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

134countrylife
Editat: oct. 27, 2015, 9:48am



Book # 146. The Telling by Jo Baker (3.3) (10/24/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 12: all title words, minimum 2, begins with same letter
BingoDOG: 20. Outside comfort zone
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy

Notes:

TheTelling is a book with two stories in dual timelines. The contemporary story features a wife and mother away from home for a week to sort out her deceased mother’s belongings in order to put her vacation cottage up for sale. There is hint about mental problems and this blurs the line with sensing more than can be seen.

In the 1830s, the family that lived in that cottage were basket makers, who took in a boarder for the income. He was a Chartist. I found this the most compelling story. Because I was completely ignorant of this movement, I copy here the author’s “Historical Note”:

”Despite massive popular support, the Chartist movement came to an end in 1854 without securing any of the aims set out in the Charter. Government repression of the movement had been harsh. The Chartists suffered mass arrests, show trials, transportation and imprisonment with hard labour. Submission of the Petition to Parliament was met with stonewalling: signatures were dismissed as either fakes, or as women’s, both of which were considered equally valueless. Following the rejection of their petitions, the various factions within the Chartist movement found it difficult to agree on what strategy to adopt, and these internal tensions contributed to the movement’s decline. Although the Chartists didn’t see their goals achieved, their ideas eventually triumphed: their main demands (with the exception of annual parliaments) now form the basis of our democratic system.”

135countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 9:24am



Book # 147. The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill (3.9) (10/25/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI #15: a "scary word" in the title or author's name (haunts)
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery

136countrylife
oct. 27, 2015, 9:24am



Book # 148. The Garlic Lovers’ Cookbook, Volume II by Gilroy Garlic Festival Committee (10/26/15)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 6: a title word starts with K,L,M,N,O, or P
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (CookingKIT)
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

137countrylife
Editat: oct. 27, 2015, 9:30am



Book # 149. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (5)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 3: title contains no repeated letters
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (RandomCAT – friend)
My Category Challenge Category: 10. About Medical fiction & nonfiction
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: In the Steps of a Friend (son/dr.)

138countrylife
Editat: oct. 27, 2015, 9:30am



Book # 150. Tu by Patricia Grace (4)

OCTOBER TIOLI # 1: author's last name contains a three-letter combination which is an English word if spelled backward (car)
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters
Authors Challenges: Australia: Robert Hughes or New Zealand: Patricia Grace

139countrylife
nov. 1, 2015, 3:56pm

OCTOBER READING RECAP:

133 The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone - 4
134 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - 3
135 Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – 3.5
136 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - 5
137 The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman - 3
138 An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd – 3.2
139 The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson – 3.8
140 The Lie by Helen Dunmore – 3.3
141 The Klondike Quest by Pierre Berton - 4
142 White Nights by Ann Cleeves – 3.5
143 Snow Angels by James Thompson – 3.4
144 Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith - 4
145 The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen – 4.1
146 The Telling by Jo Baker – 3.3
147 The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill – 3.9
148 The Garlic Lovers' Cookbook by Gilroy Garlic Festival Association
149 Being Mortal by Atul Gawande - 5
150 Tu by Patricia Grace - 4

Books read: 18
Breakdown: audio books-8, eBooks-4, paper-6
Average rating: 3.8
Pages read: 6,153
Total shared TIOLIS: 3
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads.

Favorite book from OCTOBER: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

140lkernagh
nov. 1, 2015, 4:14pm

>129 countrylife: - Ah, Pierre Burton. A national treasure as an author of Canada's historical past. The pictures of the Gold Rush trail are amazing!

Great reading here and WHOOT! for 18 books read in October!

141cbl_tn
nov. 1, 2015, 8:24pm

Lots of great stats here! I have I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings checked out from the library and ready to go soon. I see you rated it just so-so. I hope to listen to the audio of The Various Haunts of Men for Paul's BAC in January. I'm glad for an excuse to finally get to it!

142Whisper1
Editat: nov. 1, 2015, 8:29pm

WOW! How I wish I could read as fast and as many excellent books as you do.

>93 Whisper1: Thanks so much Cindy. I really appreciate your kind words!

143tymfos
nov. 7, 2015, 6:09pm

>114 countrylife: I've noticed we share a lot of books, Terri! LT says we share 270; wonder how many actual reads we share?!

I don't know the full count, but I counted eighteen books that I've read on this thread of yours alone!

144countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:39am

Cool, Terri!

145countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:39am



Book # 151. Hounded by David Rosenfelt (3.5) (11/1/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #3: the 11th (or later) book in a series (#12)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (New Jersey)

146countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:39am



Book # 152. Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran (3) (11/2/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #8: with red on the cover
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (cat)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Michigan)

Cozy murder mystery set in a cranberry bog cove in Michigan.

147countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:41am



Book # 153. Flora by Gail Godwin (3.7) (11/2/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #2: one of the characters is a military veteran or currently serving
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: Early 20th century (1945) / Theme: War and Peace (Oak Ridge)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (HistoryCAT)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (North Carolina)

Notes:

Eleven-year old Helen is left in the care of her deceased mother’s twenty-two year-old cousin for the summer while her father is away doing secret war work at Oak Ridge. Helen is too precocious for her own good, and Flora a bit too naïve. This is an eventful summer for them both. With a polio outbreak in town, they are confined to their house rather out of town up a mountainside. Their groceries are delivered on motorcycle by a vet on medical leave, who is befriended by both girls. During their mundane daily life, they each get to know the other.

”Embarrassingly ready to spill her shortcomings, she was the first older person I felt superior to. This had its gratifying moments but also its worrisome side. She was less restrained in her emotions than some children I knew. She was an instant crier. My grandmother Nonie, that mistress of layered language, had often remarked that Flora possessed “the gift of tears.” As far as I could tell, layers had been left out of Flora. All of her seemed to be on the same level, for anyone to see.”

I enjoyed the way the author opened up both girls’ characters very realistically as the story progressed. The setting of their home, an old consumption hospital which had been built and run by Helen’s grandfather, added an interesting back story. The very first sentence carries the word “remorse” and that is wrapped up in every thread of the story. I found another new (to me) author to enjoy.

148countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:41am



Book # 154. The 39 Steps by John Buchan (4) (11/3/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #19: Scottish-born author
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Early 20th century (1910s) / Theme: War and Peace
BingoDOG: 10. Published in 1915
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters (espionage leading to war)

YAY – this book completes my 2015 Category Challenge BingoDOG card!

149countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:42am



Book # 155. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (2) (11/4/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #14: first published at the end of a war (East Timorese crisis 2000)
Authors Challenges: American: Barbara Kingsolver
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (coyote)
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors

Notes:

Guess I'm the only one with no Kingsolver love here. Just finished my first - The Prodigal Summer. I found it saccharine and preachy. And the audio, read by the author, came across as holier-than-thou syrup.

150countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:42am



Book # 156. Restless by William Boyd (4.2) (11/5/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #2: one of the characters is a military veteran or currently serving
Authors Challenges: British: Muriel Spark or William Boyd
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1900-1945 (Early 20th century) / Theme: War and Peace
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been

Notes:

I just finished Restless. It was a four-star read for me. Set in 1939-41 and 1976, the main characters here are a mother who was a British spy as Europe goes to war, and her daughter, who is just being told about her mother's other life. Deception, disinformation, double agents, duplicity, deaths, drama and damn good story telling.

151countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:43am



Book # 157. Chocolate Fantasies by Southern Living (3) (11/5/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #9: title completes the phrase “I am thankful for”
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Desert; focus: chocolate
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (CookingKIT)
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves

152countrylife
nov. 8, 2015, 10:43am



Book # 158. The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick (3.4) (11/6/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #5: a fantasy
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1900-1945 (Early 20th century) / Theme: War and Peace
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century
BingoDOG: 11. Prophecy, signs, portents
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters (WWI)

153countrylife
nov. 10, 2015, 8:10am



Book # 159. Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl (3.8) (11/8/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #7: with some connection to the visual arts
Category Challenge: BioKIT: Literary Autobiography
BingoDOG: 5: animal is important (dead mouse)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

Notes:

Oh, my! The things that happened to this child! And the things this child did! At the beginning of this autobiography, Roald Dahl says, “Some are funny. Some are painful. Some are unpleasant. I suppose that is why I have always remembered them so vividly. All are true.” So, the dead mouse you see pictured on some of the covers – yep, it’s in there.

Also in there are some illustrations, some photos of his family, and some scraps of letters which he wrote home to his mother from boarding school. And the boarding school episodes are part of the unpleasant and painful memories.

”By now I am sure you will be wondering why I lay so much emphasis upon school beatings in these pages. The answer is that I cannot help it. All through my school life I was appalled by the fact that masters and senior boys were allowed literally to wound other boys, and sometimes quite severely. I couldn’t get over it. I never have got over it. . . . And if someone had told me at the time that this flogging clergyman was one day to become the Archbishop of Canterbury, I would never have believed it.”

A good memory of boarding school was the chocolates. Occasionally, a box for every boy would come from Cadbury’s with new chocolate creations to test. ” It was a clever stunt. Cadbury’s were using some of the greatest chocolate-bar experts in the world to test out their new inventions.” And every child on the planet has been the recipient of where his imagination took that memory!

“Boy” is what his Norwegian nanny called him, and how he signed many of his letters to his mother. He was the only boy of 5 children. And Boy is a very interesting tale of some of the events that made this child into this author.

154countrylife
nov. 10, 2015, 8:11am



Book # 160. Florence Gordon by Brian Morton (1.5) (11/8/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 20: about a family with a name in the title
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: City in Title
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (RandomCAT)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States

Notes:

This is a story of a family of unlikeable characters all around, of whom Florence Gordon is the matriarch, and most unlovely of the bunch. She is an aging literary intellectual of the strident feminist camp, and as far as I could tell, her role in the book seemed to be to antagonize at every turn. I listened to the audio version, which completed the picture for me, with its shrill take on Florence. Hated. Every. Minute.

155Whisper1
nov. 10, 2015, 9:40am

>150 countrylife: This looks like a great book. I'll see if my library has a copy. Happy day to you Dear Cindy!

156scaifea
nov. 11, 2015, 6:29am

I *need* to get round to the Dahl book - I love all of this children's books so much.

157countrylife
nov. 20, 2015, 2:14pm



Book # 161. Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall & Becky Hepinstall (3.7) (11/10/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #20: about a family with a name in the title
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: War and Peace (Civil War)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: City in Title (Shiloh, TN/Shiloh, IL)
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (Civil War)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters

Notes:
Written by sisters Kathy and Becky Hepinstall, this is historical fiction about two sisters who join the army in disguise, one to vindicate her husband’s death, the other to protect her sister.

158countrylife
nov. 20, 2015, 2:14pm



Book # 162. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (3.5) (11/10/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 14: first published at the end of a war (1961-Campaign at the China–Burma Border)
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Heros, Superheroes, Puzzles and Epic Journeys
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy (talking animals)

159countrylife
nov. 20, 2015, 2:14pm



Book # 163. Spinsters in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh (3.3) (11/12/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 17: 'Don't be afraid' or 'Have no fear' in the narrative (have no fear, p117)
Authors Challenges: Australia: Kerry Greenwood or New Zealand: Ngaio Marsh
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (France)

160countrylife
nov. 20, 2015, 2:15pm



Book # 164. Cold Comfort by Charles Todd (3.4) (11/14/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 18: a word in the title that is not something to be thankful for (cold)
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (WWI)
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters (WWI)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1900-1945 (Early 20th century) AND Theme: War and Peace

161countrylife
nov. 20, 2015, 2:15pm



Book # 165. Wings of Fire by Charles Todd (3.7) (11/14/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 2: one of the characters is a military veteran or currently serving
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1900-1945 (Early 20th century) AND Theme: War and Peace
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (England)

162countrylife
nov. 20, 2015, 2:15pm



Book # 166. A Man Called Trent by Louis L’Amour (3) (11/15/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 12: about wilderness or frontier pioneers
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: City in Title (Trent, Italy)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 12. Out of my comfort zone (western)

163countrylife
nov. 20, 2015, 2:16pm



Book # 167. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly (4.4) (11/18/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 13: co-written by spouses
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (the great Mississippi flood of 1927)
My Category Challenge Category: 9. About: War / disasters

164Donna828
nov. 29, 2015, 9:54pm

>129 countrylife: Climbing Chilkoot Pass one time looks horrendous. But forty times? Gold fever must have made those men a little crazy!

>154 countrylife: Cindy, I had to give up on Florence Gordon. I salute you for being able to plod your way through it.

Will you and Janice be making the trip to Joplin on Tuesday? I should be there again with my friend Nancy.

165countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:06pm

>164 Donna828: : Donna, I'm glad I'm not the only one who HATED Florence Gordon.

I don't know if we'll be able to make it to Joplin this year. I'm hoping to, but hubs is a little put out with me for all my "goings" lately. Hope to be there, though!

166countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:06pm



Book # 168. I Kiss Your Hands Many Times by Marianne Szegedy-Maszák (3.8) (11/20/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 1: author's name contains a mark other than plain English letters
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1900-1945 (Early 20th century) AND Theme: War and Peace
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 1946 to present (WWII through post-WWII)
75 Theme: Nonfiction November (biography)
BingoDOG: 7. Owned for more than 1 year
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

NOTES:

Which TIOLI to choose? This book fit Challenges #1-author name markings, 2-vet, 4-challenging and 6-plural personal pronoun. I have so many pages flagged, I probably should have placed it in “challenging”! As an ER book, it needs a review, but, sheesh, there was a lot to digest, so that’ll come later.

167countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:07pm



Book # 169. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (4) (11/21/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 9: title completes the phrase "I am thankful for"
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century (1950s)
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 1946 to present
BingoDOG: 4. Chosen by someone else
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (Donna828)

168countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:07pm



Book # 170. In the president's secret service : behind the scenes with agents in the line of fire and the presidents they protect by Ronald Kessler (3.2) (11/21/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 16: with a subtitle at least twice as long as the title
75 Theme: Nonfiction November (history of the Secret Service)
BingoDOG: 4. Chosen by someone else (Papa)
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets

NOTES:

Very interesting were the parts where the agents talked about how they were treated by the presidents and their families that they protected. Less interesting, but more important were the interspersed chapters discussing the extra workload put upon agents with more protectees assigned, but no increase in budget to cover more agents, and other ways in which their protectees are more at risk now because of bad decisions in the agency. I suppose this is meant to be a warning that changes need to be made, and I hope that such has been the case since this book was published in 2009.

169countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:08pm



Book # 171. Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez (3.6) (11/22/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 6: a plural personal pronoun in the title
Reading Through Time: Month: Time: 20th Century (1961)
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 1946 to present
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (Dominican Republic)

170countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:08pm



Book # 172. A Fountain Filled With Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming (R) (11/23/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 1: author's name contains a mark other than plain English letters
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (dogs)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (New York Adirondacks)

171countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:08pm



Book # 173. Persuasion by Jane Austen (4.4) (11/24/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 2: one of the characters is a military veteran or currently serving
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (England)

172countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:09pm



Book # 174. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch (3.4) (11/26/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #15: a memoir or autobiography by a creative woman (folklorist)
75 Theme: Nonfiction November (memoir)
BingoDOG: 4. Chosen by someone else (Mama)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs

173countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:09pm



Book # 175. The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman (3.6) (11/27/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI # 10: by an author whose name contains no repeating vowels
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (New Mexico)
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project

174countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:10pm



Book # 176. A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller (3) (11/29/15)

NOVEMBER TIOLI #11: Read a play
BingoDOG: 20. Outside comfort zone (plays)
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors

175countrylife
nov. 29, 2015, 10:12pm

Yay for me! My first ever TIOLI SWEEP! A book for every single challenge!

1: author's name contains a mark other than plain English letters
.…I Kiss Your Hands Many Times, Marianne Szegedy-Maszák
.…A Fountain Filled with Blood, Julia Spencer-Fleming
2: one of the characters is a military veteran or currently serving
.…Restless, William Boyd
.…Flora, Gail Godwin
.…Wings of Fire, Charles Todd
.…Persuasion, Jane Austen
3: the 11th (or later) book in a series
.…Hounded, David Rosenfelt, (#12)
4: a challenging book.
.…Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
5: a Fantasy
.…The Foreshadowing, Marcus Sedgwick
6: a plural personal pronoun in the title
.…Before We Were Free, Julia Alvarez
7: with some connection to the visual arts
.…Boy: Tales of Childhood, Roald Dahl
8: with red on the cover
.…Berried Secrets, Peg Cochran
9: title completes the phrase "I am thankful for"
.…Chocolate Fantasies. Ann Harvey, Oxmoor House
.…My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
10: by an author whose name contains no repeating vowels
.…The Ghostway, Tony Hillerman
11: Read a play
.…A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller
12: about wilderness or frontier pioneers
.…A Man Called Trent, Louis L'Amour
13: co-written by spouses
.…The Tilted World, Tom Franklin
14: first published at the end of a war
.…The Incredible Journey , Sheila Every Burnford (1961-Campaign at the China–Burma Border)
15: a memoir or autobiography by a creative woman
.…The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book, Wendy Welch (folklorist)
17: 'Don't be afraid' or 'Have no fear' in the narrative
.…Spinsters in Jeopardy, Ngaio Marsh (have no fear, p117)
16: with a subtitle at least twice as long as the title
.…In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, Ronald Kessler
18: a word in the title that is not something to be thankful for
.…Cold Comfort, Charles Todd (cold)
19: Scottish-born author
.…The 39 Steps, John Buchan
20: about a family with a name in the title
.…Florence Gordon, Brian Morton
.…Sisters of Shiloh, Kathy Hepinstall

176scaifea
nov. 30, 2015, 6:45am

Wow, that's impressive! Congrats!!

177countrylife
Editat: des. 1, 2015, 12:45pm

Thanks! It's not something I've ever aspired to, but when I saw how close it happened to be filling in of itself, I ordered a play from the library and threw one more ebook on, and went for it!

NOVEMBER READING RECAP:

151 Hounded by David Rosenfelt – 3.5
152 Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran – 3
153 Flora by Gail Godwin – 3.7
154 The 39 Steps by John Buchan – 4
155 Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver – 2
156 Restless by William Boyd – 4.2
157 Chocolate Fantasies by Ann Harvey, Oxmoor House – 3
158 The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick – 3.4
159 Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl – 3.8
160 Florence Gordon by Brian Morton – 1.5
161 Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall – 3.7
162 The Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford – 3.5
163 Spinsters in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh – 3.3
164 Cold Comfort by Charles Todd – 3.4
165 Wings of Fire by Charles Todd – 3.7
166 A Man Called Trent by Louis L'Amour – 3
167 The Tilted World by Tom Franklin – 4.4
168 I Kiss Your Hands Many Times by Marianne Szegedy-Maszák – 3.8
169 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante – 4
170 In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler – 3.2
171 Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez – 3.6
172 A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming – 3.4
173 Persuasion by Jane Austen – 4.4
174 The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book by Wendy Welch – 3.4
175 The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman – 3.6
176 A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller – 3

Books read: 26
Breakdown: audio books-13, eBooks-45 paper-8
Average rating: 3.4
Pages read: 6,535
Total shared TIOLIS: 4
Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
British Authors.
ANZAC Authors.
Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads.

Favorite book from NOVEMBER: The Tilted World by Tom Franklin

178Donna828
nov. 30, 2015, 3:12pm

>175 countrylife: that is awesome, Cindy! Going to Joplin would make a great celebration! I hope to see you tomorrow.

179thornton37814
nov. 30, 2015, 8:37pm

>172 countrylife: That one's been on my wish list for awhile. Some day.

180countrylife
des. 2, 2015, 7:11pm

>178 Donna828: : I hated to miss Joplin, Donna. Hope you all had a great time!

>179 thornton37814: : Lori, my mother has a friend who lives not too far from there. We're hoping to stop by on one of our next road trips.

181countrylife
des. 2, 2015, 7:12pm



Book # 177. Hiding Places by Erin M. Healy (3.6) (12/1/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI #14: Finish a book you started before 01/Dec/15
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1945-1990 (late 20th century) / Theme: Civil Rights and Equality
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Civil Rights / Equality (Japanese internment, homelessness)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (HistoryCAT)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Colorado)

NOTES:

A fascinating old mansion with hidden passageways and hidden rooms is built by the patriarch of the family for the purpose of helping people. He hides some Japanese friends to keep them safe from having to face internment camps. His own daughter, Pearl, was married to a Japanese man. Many years have passed. Pearl’s husband is long gone; they enjoyed only a short marriage before his death. Now the remaining family run a restaurant and inn in the beautiful old building in the woods of Colorado.

From the author’s blog:
”Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy as people think, her mother lives in the past, and her beloved grandfather might have killed his best friend. When all these secrets spin out into a dangerous web, young Kate puts all her childlike faith into one terrible hope: that the family who has never been able to protect her before might learn how to do it now.”

Because of events in nearby Denver, danger now threatens the family. The hidden passageways come into play. Family members learn a thing or two about each other and themselves.

I was pleasantly surprised by the characterization in this story; each felt true to their being and actions. Though it is called Christian Fiction, it didn’t feel like that, except for a couple of places where a Bible verse was referenced. Anyone who enjoys a fairly clean, cozy suspense story would enjoy this.

182countrylife
des. 2, 2015, 7:14pm



Book # 178. Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow (3.8) (12/2/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI #9: with the color blue on the cover or the word blue somewhere in the title
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Home for the Holidays (House/Home in Title)
Authors Challenges: American: E.L. Doctorow
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood (Read My Brother’s Keeper as a kid.)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (New York)

183thornton37814
des. 2, 2015, 9:30pm

>180 countrylife: It's less than 2 hours from here. I've also meant to do a road trip there, but I never seem to find the time.

184tymfos
Editat: des. 6, 2015, 12:15am

>175 countrylife: Wow! How ambitious!

>177 countrylife: You read up a storm in November!

185countrylife
des. 7, 2015, 11:29am

Yes, it was a great reading month for me. Lots of audiobooks to listen to while cooking up the feasts and during much driving. Worked out well for me!

186countrylife
des. 7, 2015, 11:29am



Book # 179. The Splendour Falls by Susannah Kearsley (3.6) (12/3/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI #10: a title starting with the next letter in Santa Claus
BingoDOG: 18. By an LT Author
My Category Challenge Category: 2. Favorite authors

187countrylife
des. 7, 2015, 11:30am



Book # 180. The Way Home by George Pelecanos (3.3) (12/3/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 7: dedicated to a family member (father)
BingoDOG: 25. Protagonist of the opposite gender
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Washington DC)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Home for the Holidays (House/Home in Title)

188countrylife
des. 7, 2015, 11:30am



Book # 181. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (4.8) (12/5/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 8: set in Tudor England
BingoDOG: 1. Set in a country not your own (England)
My Category Challenge Category: 11. Scary or chunksters (over 600p)
Authors Challenges: British: Hilary Mantel or P.G. Wodehouse

189Whisper1
des. 7, 2015, 11:34am

I am very impressed with all the books you have read! I feel fortunate that I was able to meet the 75 challenge, and surpass it with a few extra books.

Congratulations Cindy!

190thornton37814
des. 7, 2015, 6:03pm

>188 countrylife: I loved Wolf Hall when I read it. I downloaded Bring Up the Bodies but realized I'd already read it. I didn't love it quite as much as the first. I guess I can return that one to the library and find another Mantel book for the challenge. I'll see what the library has.

191countrylife
des. 10, 2015, 9:44am



Book # 182. We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg (3.5) (12/7/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 2: a book that was on your list at the beginning the year as "to read in 2015"

Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1945-1990 (1960s) AND Theme: Civil Rights and Equality
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Civil Rights / Equality
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 1946 to present (1960s)
BingoDOG: 14. Author same name as mother/grand (Elizabeth - Maternal Grand’s middle name)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

192countrylife
des. 10, 2015, 9:45am



Book # 183. Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly (3.5) (12/10/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 1: with “adventure” somewhere on the outside of the book (Back cover - "The great '''adventure''' has begun”)
BingoDOG: 11. Prophecy, signs, portents
My Category Challenge Category: 7. Genre: Fantasy
Authors Challenges: Australia: Matthew Reilly or New Zealand: Paul Cleave

193countrylife
des. 23, 2015, 9:01am



Book # 184. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (3.4) (12/12/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI #4: a mystery with something odd or unexpected in the title
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (Whisper1)
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (mine)

194countrylife
des. 23, 2015, 9:01am



Book # 185. Summer House by Nancy Thayer (3.2) (12/15/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 19: cover shows one or more people in bed
BingoDOG: 13. Read a CAT (RandomCAT)
My Category Challenge Category: 3. Setting: the States (Massachusetts)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Home for the Holidays (House/Home in Title)

195countrylife
des. 23, 2015, 9:02am



Book # 186. Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson (3.7) (12/16/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 3: no red or green on the front cover
BingoDOG: 5. Animal is important (dogs)
My Category Challenge Category: 6. Genre: Mystery
Group Read: Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project

196countrylife
des. 23, 2015, 9:02am



Book # 187. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende(3.7) (12/17/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 12: a work of fiction by a woman/women which was not written in English (Spanish)
BingoDOG: 8. Translated
My Category Challenge Category: 14. From: Book bullets (tututhefirst)
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Civil Rights and Equality
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Civil Rights / Equality (Japanese Americans during WWII)

197countrylife
des. 23, 2015, 10:37am



Book # 188. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (4) (12/20/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI #7: dedicated to a family member (Grandma, father, mother, sister and brother)
BingoDOG: 23. Unfamiliar Topic (Islam)
My Category Challenge Category: 8. Genre: BAM-Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Time: 1945-1990 (late 20th century) AND Theme: Civil Rights and Equality
Category Challenge: BioKIT: Civil Rights (muslim women’s rights)
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Civil Rights / Equality
Reading Through Time: Quarter: 1946 to present (1970s-2007)

198countrylife
des. 23, 2015, 10:37am



Book # 189. The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay (3.2) (12/21/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 17: with something Parisian in the title or plays in Paris
BingoDOG: 18. By an LT Author
My Category Challenge Category: 4. Setting: places I haven't been (Paris)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Home for the Holidays (House/Home in Title)

199PaulCranswick
des. 24, 2015, 1:35pm



Have a lovely holiday, Cindy

200countrylife
des. 28, 2015, 3:11pm

Thank you, Paul!



Book # 190. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (3.9) (12/23/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI #13: by an author who has published at least 12 books
Category Challenge: SFFFCAT: Influential / Award-Nominated/-Winning (Nebula)
BingoDOG: 21. Autism
My Category Challenge Category: 1. New to me authors
Category Challenge: HistoryCAT: Theme: Civil Rights and Equality
Reading Through Time: Month: Theme: Civil Rights / Equality (human rights/mental health)

201countrylife
des. 28, 2015, 3:11pm



Book # 191. Home Front by Kristin Hannah (4.1) (12/24/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 20: in which a party or celebration takes place or has such a word in the title (deployed mother's homecoming)
Category Challenge: RandomCAT: Home for the Holidays (House/Home in Title)
BingoDOG: 9. Major Historical Event (Iraq War)
My Category Challenge Category: 13. From: Caught by the cover

202countrylife
des. 28, 2015, 3:12pm



Book # 192. Greetings from Maine : Recipes from the Maine Kitchen by Fran Philip (12/25/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 9: with the color blue on the cover or the word blue somewhere in the title
BingoDOG: 7. Owned for more than 1 year
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves
Category Challenge: CookingKIT: Holiday Dishes; focus: meat (Filet Mignon, p.105)

203countrylife
des. 28, 2015, 3:12pm



Book # 193. The Substitute Guest by Grace Livingston Hill (3.5) (12/29/15)

DECEMBER TIOLI # 13: by an author who has published at least 12 books
BingoDOG: 3. Reminds of Childhood (Read a lot of GLH when I was a kid)
My Category Challenge Category: 15. From: Books off my shelves
A comfort read for my last book of the year.

204countrylife
des. 28, 2015, 3:20pm

DECEMBER READING RECAP:

177 Hiding Places by Erin M. Healy – 3.6
178 Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow – 3.8
179 The Splendour Falls by Susannah Kearsley – 3.6
180 The Way Home by George Pelecanos – 3.3
181 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – 4.8
182 We are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg – 3.5
183 Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly – 3.5
184 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – 3.4
185 Summer House by Nancy Thayer – 3.2
186 Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson – 3.7
187 The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende – 3.7
188 Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali – 4
189 The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay – 3.2
190 The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon – 3.9
191 Home Front by Kristin Hannah – 4.1
192 Greetings from Maine by Fran Philip
193 The Substitute Guest by Grace Livingston Hill – 3.5

Books read: 17
Breakdown: audio books-8, eBooks-4, paper-5
Average rating: 3.7
Pages read: 5,671
Total shared TIOLIS: 4

Author Challenges Progress:
American Authors.
….. 11 of 12 completed, avg rating 3.2, Favorite author read: Wallace Stegner

British Authors.
….. 17 of 24 authors completed, avg rating 3.3, Favorite author read: Kazuo Ishiguro

ANZAC Authors.
….. 11 of 12 authors completed, avg rating 3.3, Favorite author read: Patricia Grace, New Zealand.

Walt Longmire & Tony Hillerman Group Reads.
….. Read each month’s book (the first 2 previously). Avg rating 3.6.

Favorite book from DECEMBER: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

205thornton37814
des. 28, 2015, 9:37pm

You have really read a lot this year, Cindy!

206lkernagh
des. 29, 2015, 9:27pm

You had a great reading year, Cindy! *Whoot!*