"Oh, the places you'll go!" w/Carmenere #3 (Cruising Altitude)

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"Oh, the places you'll go!" w/Carmenere #3 (Cruising Altitude)

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Editat: oct. 17, 2015, 3:02pm

It took awhile, but we're finally at cruising altitude. You may turn on your electronic devices and you are free to walk throughout the cabin. The beverage cart is now serving. Enjoy the remainder of your flight!

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Editat: oct. 18, 2015, 10:56pm

January Thread #1 (Boarding)
#1 Shadow of the Wind 5/5 Post #54 ROOT January's Favorite Read
#2 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 4.25 #79 ROOT
#3 Station Eleven 3.5/5 #121
#4 When we were Orphans 3.5/5 #126 ROOT
#5 My Accidental Jihad 3/5 #140
#6 Through the Woods 4/5 #141
#7 33 Men 4/5 #156
#8 The Invention of Wings 4.5/5 #173 January's close second
#9 The Mockingbird Next Door 3.75/5 #189
#10The Europeans 4/5 ROOT
#11Tolstoy and the Purple Chair 3.5/5 ROOT
#12Necessary Lies 4.75/5 February's Favorie read
#13The Little Stranger 3.75/5 ROOT February's close second
#14Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 4/5 Audio

March Thread #2 Take Off)
#15 Brideshead Revisited 4/5 March favorite by default
#16 Rock Springs 3.75/5
#17 The City & The City 2.5/5
#18 Skinny Legs and All 5/5 April favorite #1
#19 The Painted Veil 5/5 April favorite tied for #1
#20 A Clash of Kings 4/5
#21 Outlaw Pete 3/5
#22 Pecos Bill Colossal Cowboy 5/5
#23 Glitz 3/5
#24 Steve Jobs Genius by Design 4.5/5
#25 The First Phone Call from Heaven 4/5
#26 The Round House 4/5
#27 The Strange Library 3/5
The Year of the Flood Abandoned
#28 Unbroken 5 May favorite
#29 Just Kids 3.75
#30 Secret Smile 3.5
#31 To Have and Have Not 3.5
#32 Before I Go To Sleep3.5/5
#33 Main Street 4/5 June favorite
#34 Dance Hall of the Dead 2.5/5

Late June Thread #3 Cruising Altitude
#35 Time's Arrow 3/5
#36 Catwings 5/5
#37 The Room
#38 Fall on your knees
#39 Buried Giant
#40 The Nature of the Beast
#41 The Night Sister
#42 H is for Hawk
#43 The Astronaut Wives Club
#44 I am Malala
#45 The Crossing Places

Books purchased along the way
#1 War and Peace Penguin Deluxe edition 1-10-15 (for next years GR)
#2 In the Lake of the Woods 2-12-15 Rec by Judy & Morphy
#3 Benediction 2-12-15 rec by Mark
#4 Crossing to Safety 2-12-15 for Mark's AACII challenge
#5 City of Glass Volume One of the New York Trilogy 2-12-15
#6 Blood Meridian 2-12-15
#7 Enduring Love 2-12-15
#8 The Crossing 4-24-15
#9 The Best of the West An Anthology of Classic Writing from the American West 4-24-15
#10 Anil's Ghost #10 - 19 purchased 5-6-15 BB Library Sale
#11 Kavalier & Clay
#12 Kennedy's Last Days
#13 State of Wonder
#14 Zeitoun
#15 The Presidency of Martin Van Buren
#16 The Presidency of Grover Cleveland
#17 In the Garden of Beasts
#18 No Ordinary Time
#19 Grant A Biography
#20 Decision Points
#21 The Book of Virtue #21 - 30 purchased 5-9-15 CF Library Sale
#22 The Light Between Oceans
#23 The Fall Albert Camus
#24 The Orphan Master's Son
#25 Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia
#26 Life & Times of Michael K
#27 The Glass Palace
#28 The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
#29 Holy Fools
#30 Deadlocked
#31 The Zookeepers Wife
#32 Shantaram

Editat: jul. 2, 2015, 8:21am

Mark's AACII

January - McCullers - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
February - James - THE EUROPEANS
March - Ford - ROCK SPRINGS
April - Endrich - The Round House
June - Stegner -Crossing to Safety
July - Le Guin - Catwings
September - O'Connor Everything that rises must converge
October - ----------
November - Kingsolver - Homeland and other stories
December - Doctorow - LIVES OF THE POETS

Paul's BAC

January - Ishiguro When We Were Orphans
February - Waters The Little Stranger
& Waugh Brideshead Revisited
March - Du Maurier Hungry Hill
& Mieville The City & The City
April - Maugham The Painted Veil
June - Burgess A Clockwork Orange
July - Woolf Mrs Dalloway
October - -----------
December - Mantel The Giant O'Brien

Lynda's Pasta Pick Not sophisticated, in the least! Strips of paper, each w/a book from my library on it, resembling noodles stick out of a lasagna box. I pull one a month to read and remove from my bookshelf.

January - Shadow of the Wind 1-5-15
February - Tolstoy and the Purple Chair 2-14-15
March - Glitz 4-22-15
April -Secret Smile 5-23-15
May - To Have and Have Not 5-31-15
June - Brave Genius
July - Living Dead in Dallas

Neighborhood Book Exchange

My selection currently in circulation is...
All The Light We Cannot See
December - Still Life with Bread Crumbs
January - The Invention of Wings
February - Necessary Lies
March - Skinny Legs and All
April - The First Phone Call from Heaven
May - Unbroken
June - Before I go to Sleep

And a late addition: Hillerman/Longmire Project ROOTs

March - Dance Hall of the Dead

May - Listening Woman

July - People of Darkness

September - The Dark Wind

Editat: juny 25, 2015, 3:08pm

Coffee, Tea, fiction or non?

Editat: juny 25, 2015, 3:12pm

What I really think: Tod Friendly dies in his garden in Massachusetts not far from the Alpha and Omega of highways, Route 6. He's not really Tod Friendly though because he is really John Young, but not for long as he changes his name several times before he is born. He dies a doctor and has been for many years, regardless of where or when he lived it all appears that he is a good doctor yet remember we're moving in the reverse so it all looks acceptable. The reader however knows where this is leading and mid century his career has taken him down a different path.
At books conclusion, I'm disheartened. Aka Tod doesn't seem to comprehend what he has done and the punishment involved with it is never realized. If all our good seems bad and all our bad appears good, what does it all mean in the end. This arrow misses the target for me and leaves me befuddled.

Synopsis in 15 words or less: Dead man and his spirit/soul retrace his life from the end to the beginning

Extras: ROOT

Why: Paul's BAC Challenge

165 pages
Martin Amis
Time's Arrow

Solingen, Germany



Vatican City, Italy

Lisbon, Portugal

New York City

The beginning and the end of Route 6, Massachussets

Destination # 35

If my review is confusing to you, imagine how I felt reading 165 pages of this. Often times reading it left to right than having to go back and read it all agin right to left.

juny 25, 2015, 4:54pm

Happy new thread, Lynda. I love your spaghetti challenge. New threads are so great; it's fun to look at your reading so far -- some great books there!

As always, I love the pictures.

juny 26, 2015, 8:14am

Welcome to my new thread, Beth! I'm finding my Pasta Pick Challenge to be a terrific way to randomly choose a book from my shelf that I probably wouldn't have chosen to read right now.

The rotator cuff issue: My shoulder and arm hurt ceaselessly while on vacation so before I left Mexico I phoned my GP and told her I want xrays to see what's going on inside my arm. The order was waiting for me when I got home and had them done this past Monday. GP called to tell me I have calcium deposits in my shoulder and suggested I see as Orthopedic Dr. who I see July 6th. I'm seeking away to control the pain, hopefully thru therapy and not meds. I also want my old mobility back. Is that too much to ask?

Today Will has his impacted wisdom teeth extracted....all four. Poor kid, he's inherited my mouth.

I'm currently reading Brave Genius. It's a bigger so I won't be posting a review anytime soon.

I met with the previous Volunteer Co-ord for the High School's Music Association yesterday and I've got lots of work to do before August so I'll be here less than even before.

Hope your all enjoying your summer or winter, whatever the case may be. Our summer is off to wet, soggy and rainy. I always considered the end of summer to be July 4th and everything is all down hill by then. It's an awful way to look at it I know.

juny 27, 2015, 5:35am

Happy new thread Lynda! Sorry to hear about your shoulder and poor Will with his wisdom teeth :-(

juny 27, 2015, 6:26am

Morning Hearher! I'm trying not to dwell too much on the shoulder and I'm trying to adapt n order to do things myself. and if I keep my arm straight and close to my body and avoid sudden movements, it's tolerable.
So looking forward to meeting the ortho guy.

Will came through the extractions like a champ!

Editat: juny 27, 2015, 7:32am

Morning Lynda! Happy New thread! Love the Cruising Altitude toppers. LOL.

Sorry, to hear about the rotator cuff issues! Ouch. Hope the therapy is successful.

Poor Will! I think he is going to be laying low for a little while.

ETA: Brave Genius sounds interesting.

juny 27, 2015, 7:48am

Morning Mark! I'm embracing this lazy, rainy morning. What an outstanding day to read a book!

In other news, I harvested our rhubarb plant yesterday and plan on making a strawberry-rhubarb pie either today or tomorrow, Mmmm the taste of summer!

juny 27, 2015, 11:38am

Wah! I want some strawberry-rhubarb pie!!

juny 27, 2015, 8:12pm

Sorry about your rotator cuff Lynda. My wife has been suffering from that for a while, had to have surgery on both shoulders- one turned out OK but the last one was more damaged, plus she tripped and feel right after the surgery, further damaging the shoulder. So now she has limited mobility on that arm. So I know what you must be going through, it's not fun.
But hope you heal good!

juny 27, 2015, 9:47pm

>12 msf59: mark, you'll have to take my word on this, it was the best straw-rhubarb pie I've made, ever!! YUM!

>13 xieouyang: Manuel, I really feel for your wife. It's so frustrating to be unable to do what used to come so naturally. How is she coping, does she have much pain, does medication help?
I'm sitting here w/a heating pad on my shoulder and arm trying to convince myself that it's helping but know the relief is only temporary.

juny 27, 2015, 10:56pm


jul. 1, 2015, 8:16pm

>15 msf59: Tissue, Mark? I froze another batch of rhubarb for the weeks ahead and I do believe I'll have another harvest before fall. I'm hoping to serve it at T-day or Christmas.
Oh and Mark, I just finished LeGuin's Catwings. What a nice story with fantastic illustrations. I'll give a brief review tomorrow.


I told my husband this evening as we were having wine on the deck that my calcium deposits must come from the amount of cork in my wine. Yuk, yuk, yuk! Billiam, believes the bottles were not stored properly at the store. Well, to be sure, we had no choice but to uncork another ;0)

jul. 1, 2015, 8:26pm

I have Catwings ready to read later this evening. I'd sure love to have some strawberry-rhubarb pie to go with it. ;)

jul. 2, 2015, 7:47am

>17 cbl_tn: Lol, I assure you, Carrie, Catwings is a sweet read with or without S-R pie ;0)

I was inspired to create a TIOLI challenge, I think it's #9 asking readers to read a book which includes head, shoulders, knees and toes in the title. Then I thought "Oh, my gosh" I should put a book of my own in this challenge. So I quickly searched my your books tab and found one I had on my shelf since 2010, Fall on your Knees. Well, wow! I just can't put it down, the writing is so good and the story so intriguing.

Editat: jul. 2, 2015, 8:19am

Destination #36 Dumpsters and woods

Ursula K. Le Guin
40 pages

Why: Mark's AACII Challenge

Extras: TIOLI Challenge #4: Read a work by an individual mentioned in the Science Fiction Awards Database www.sfadb.com

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Kitties can and do have the ability to better their lives regardless of their lowly beginnings.

What I really think: Le Guin tells an inspiring story of a mother's desire to have her young litter improve their lives. With or without wings, I think, the author is encouraging readers to not settle, you can leave your past behind despite the obstacles.
I hope I'm not over simplifying this story but I Love, love, love the message I took away from it.

jul. 6, 2015, 7:46am

Destination #37 Stockholm - Offices in Sweden

The Room
Jonas Karlsson
2015 Translation

Why: 75ers have been talking about it and was finally available @ my library

Extras: TIOLI Challenge #5. Read a book with a title that could drive you to drink (water, tea, beer, wine, your choice) -

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: In order to function properly at work, Bjorn needs a quite room to de-stress.

What I really think: Karlsson tells you all you need to know about Bjorn in the second chapter. The warning flags rise and the reader has doubts about him from the start. You see Bjorn, after being gently dismissed from his former employer, begins a new, low level job at The Authority. He's strict with his "personal strategic framework" other wise known as a routine and meticulous with his desk. In his mind, he is superior to others. He's like the person who plumps up their resume with big words and big accomplishments that mean absolutely nothing. He does not form friendships easily.
When he is stressed or has a little free time he goes to the room he's discovered in the corridor. We all need a space to regroup but his co-workers contend this room doesn't exist and his belief that it does annoys them. Yet, in this room he excels in his work and becomes a top performer. So, where does he go? Is "the room" a figurative or literal place? And if it helps him, why can't Bjorn continue to go there? You, the reader, can decide.
The author's writing is as minimalist, stark and functional as Bjorn's office. It's a gem and should have readers discussing it for years to come.

jul. 6, 2015, 10:23pm

Hi Lynda, just catching up with your thread. Sorry to read of your rotator cuff issues and I sure hope that gets better soon. I've been experiencing a little wrist pain when I use the keyboard so I am trying not to spend as much time on LT and let it rest more. Less time on LT = more reading time, so it's working out quite well!

jul. 7, 2015, 10:45am

>21 DeltaQueen50: Well, Judy, my rotator cuff issue is an evolving situation. I saw an orthopedic dr yesterday, he asked me what happened, asked me to move my arms this way and that and declared that I have a frozen shoulder. I can do one of three things: surgery, cortisone injection or just therapy. I was opting for just therapy but when I got home and told that to the guys they insisted I get the cortisone as frozen shoulder can take up to 24 months or longer to thaw out. So, I'll get the injection first week of August.

jul. 8, 2015, 9:41am

Eeek, I'm shaking like a leaf! I've just sent out my first email as a volunteer coordinator. Please keep your fingers crossed that I did it all correctly and get some volunteers.

Chest puffed out since yesterday! Will received his AP test result for American History yesterday and rec'd a 5! He was stunned. Knew he did ok but didn't expect a 5! For those unfamiliar with AP results 5 practically guarantees that your advanced placement high school course will be accepted for college credit.

Before the results where released we had planned on visiting President Garfield's home in Mentor, Ohio
He died at the age of 50 due to an assassins bullet. His presidency only lasted a few months but through his past accomplishments he was very well known and admired. Donations were sent to his widow Lucretia which allowed her to build a library onto the house making it, in many ways, a precursor to future Presidential Libraries.

My reading has stalled. Busy, busy, busy. I'm so sorry I haven't been able to visit. Hope you're all well and having a wonderful summer despite the heat and rain in many locations in the US.

jul. 8, 2015, 10:27am

>23 Carmenere: That was a lovely home! Congrats to Will on his accomplishment!

jul. 8, 2015, 10:38am

Hi, Lynda! Just checking in with my pal. Hope all is well.

Good review of The Room. Fortunately I have it saved on audio and it is a shorty. These things help.

And yah, for Will!!

jul. 8, 2015, 1:25pm

WooHoo for Will! That's wonderful!

I'd love to visit the Garfield house someday, too.

jul. 8, 2015, 3:35pm

Nice review of The Room, Lynda. I've added it to my wish list.

Congratulations on Will's "high 5"!

Editat: jul. 9, 2015, 7:19am

>24 thornton37814: Then, You've been there, Lori?! We thought it very well maintained and impressed that it's been brought back to its late 19th century decor. The library is gorgeous!

>25 msf59: Hey Mark! Everything well, just a bit (good) crazy. Hope you enjoy The Room.

>26 scaifea: Hope you get there, Amber. I think you'll like perusing the books he had in his library.

>27 kidzdoc: Alright, Darryl! It's nice to, once and awhile, add to a friends wish list :0)

Will thanks all of you for your kind remarks!
You can uncross you fingers for me, the volunteers are flowing in. Let's hope that continues throughout the year.

Set up my first therapy session for Monday. I can not wait, but I fear they're going to hurt me :0(

jul. 9, 2015, 8:30am

Glad to hear those volunteers are signing up. And congrats to Will. How great to start higher education with some credits under the belt. The Room sounds good, I'll look for it.

Editat: jul. 14, 2015, 1:15pm

>23 Carmenere: I would love to visit the Garfield house some time, and especially so since reading Destiny of the Republic, about his assassination. On the off chance you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

jul. 14, 2015, 10:08am

>29 charl08: Hi Charlotte! Yes, the sign up for lunch servers is almost completely full! I'm currently making other sign ups for concessions @ athletic events which I'm not so optimistic about but I'm hoping to motivate the troops!

>30 rosalita: Oooooo Julia! thanks for the heads up regarding Destiny of the Republic. I have not read it but will certainly look for it. I'm curious to learn why physicians couldn't save his life. He lingered for months, surely something's amiss.

Will attended the National Balalaika conference for a day. Balalaika? Well, this is it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH5znHQ9QRY. Because of his interest in music and Russian Language he rec'd a tiny scholarship to attend for the day. Overall, he thought it rather interesting but was surprised that no Russian was spoken at the seminar. So much for immersion.

This week he's putting in some hours for community service at our church during the day and in the evening attending the classroom portion of Drivers ed.

Bill had dental surgery. I had my first therapy session which felt pretty good.

All's crazy so little time to read.

jul. 14, 2015, 11:09am

Hi Lynda!

>19 Carmenere: I've also joined in and read Catwings this month which I'd never heard of until everyone listed it for this month's TIOLI challenges. I love the images you include in your review and I also loved the book. Have just ordered all the others in the series from Book Depository.

>23 Carmenere: Great news about Will's test results - well done Will!

jul. 14, 2015, 11:57am

Hi Lynda! I'll second Julia's recommendation of Destiny of the Republic. I listened to the audio version a few years ago and loved it.

jul. 14, 2015, 12:11pm

And I'll third it.

jul. 14, 2015, 1:18pm

>31 Carmenere: I'm curious to learn why physicians couldn't save his life.

Yep, medical malpractice (a loaded term perhaps given the state of medical knowledge of the day) is a very big part of the book. You may be as surprised as I was to learn how large a role Alexander Graham Bell (yep, that guy) played in Garfield's post-shooting treatment.

Editat: jul. 16, 2015, 7:20pm

My morning reading spot

Will and I at Muyil - Mayan ruins south of Tulum - newly excavated with more to go

The view from our balcony

and then the storm that would become Hurricane Bill hit.

I promised some pics so that's what I had in my camera. Will has yet downloaded his.

>32 souloftherose: Yeah, Heather, I hope to read the sequels to Catwings and maybe delve into other Le Guin's as well.

>33 cbl_tn: & >34 drneutron: Ooo, two more recommendations whose opinions I trust. Thanks Carrie and Jim, I'll check my library for either format.

>35 rosalita: Really Julia, AGB too?! This sounds like a fascinating story. I've got to try to squish it in somewhere in my tbr!

Gotta run. Have a bookstacular weekend!!

jul. 16, 2015, 11:01pm

I'll add an "amen" to the recommendation of Destiny of the Republic. I thought it was very, very good!

I'm very sorry to hear about your shoulder. Congrats to Will on his AP test score!

jul. 17, 2015, 1:08am

Love that reading spot. The ocean looks an impossible turquoise to me, used to the grey of the coastal water here!

jul. 17, 2015, 7:20am

Happy Friday, Lynda! Are you currently on vacation? I love those photos, especially that reading spot.

I will jump into the Conga Line for Destiny of the Republic. It is excellent. I have a biblio-crush on Millard.

jul. 17, 2015, 9:49am

Love the photos Lynda! Thanks for sharing.

jul. 17, 2015, 11:29pm

Love the reading spot, Lynda. But the hurricane? Not fun.

Wow, lots of love for Destiny of the Republic around here. I guessI'd better add it to my NF wish list.

jul. 18, 2015, 7:18am

Nice photos, Lynda (except the last one)!

jul. 18, 2015, 4:54pm

Hi Lynda, I hope the frozen shoulder is beginning to "thaw". And, congrats, to Will on his #5 on AP History. It is fun to get those college credits ahead of time. I didn't realize Bill tried to ruin your time in Mexico. He brought us lots of rain for which I was truly grateful. Nothing like Cleveland rain, though! This has been a wild and crazy year in more ways than one. I hope you are having a good week end and get to do something bookish for part of the time.

jul. 19, 2015, 9:54am

Eeesh, I just lost my comments cause I walked away from my iPad to make coffee. I'm going to answer a few then go to brunch.

>37 tymfos: Hi Terri! Garfield must have suffered tremendously! The museum at Garfield's home displayed his death mask and it's very obvious he'd lost a lot of weight.

Editat: jul. 19, 2015, 6:13pm

Ok, as I was saying......

>38 charl08: Charlotte, I've become so spoiled by the clear warm waters of the Carribbean. It's near perfect for even a wader like me .

>39 msf59: happy Sunday, Mark. Yes, currently on vacation but those pics above were taken in Cancun in May. Right now I'm on New Orleans. Wow! What an incredible city. We have to squeeze in vacations before Band Camp begins.

>40 BLBera: You're quite welcome Beth.

>41 EBT1002: we've seen a few of these tropical storms, Ellen. Thankfully, none very dangerous or life threatening only a bit inconvenient.

>42 kidzdoc: Lol! When I called down to the front desk for assistance they asked if I needed towels. I said nooooo, a squeegee. They sent up that and a dri vac too. By the time they came to our room the water was triple what you see and affected three rooms. I must say maintenance did a heck of a job when they arrived.

>43 Donna828: Hi Donna! I've had one week of therapy so far and the pain seems to have subsided a bit but mobility is still a major problem. I'm to receive a cortisone injection in August and hoping it will be a success.
The Cleveland rain has set records! Last week I had trouble getting home due to road closures. The little creeks and streams by us partnered with the saturated ground and flooded local streets. It seems the snow we recd this past winter continues in another form. ☔️

Reading slump continues.

PS wouldn't you know, my copy of Go Set Watchmen is waiting for me at the library and I'm out of town! I was # 18 of 80, how'd that happen?

jul. 19, 2015, 8:09pm

Hey Lynda. Regarding the copy of Go Set a Watchman being available when. you. are. out. of. town.... isn't that just the way things go??? Frustrating.

Sorry you're in a reading slump!

jul. 20, 2015, 7:10pm

>46 EBT1002: Lol You're right Ellen! It is definately an "it figures" moment. Soooooo, back to the end of the line I go :0}

jul. 22, 2015, 12:02pm

Hey ya all! N Orleans has some awesome food. Sorry, Darryl we have not tried any of your recommendations as yet but there's still plenty of time to do so. My SIL and physical therapist had some recs too but we've tried a few of our own as we'be explored the French Qrtr.
We had a great dinner our first night @ Felix's seafood a 100 yr old establishment on Royal Str @ Bourbon. I had a shrimp Po Boy the guys chargrilled oysters and fried sea food platter.
Next day Drago's @ the Hilton more chargrilled oysters for all. Shrimp and eggplant stack, shrimp n pasta, beef fillets.
Another one off the radar was Star Steak and Lobster. I had to die for shrimp Alfredo with a delicate sauce of white wine and unidentified cheese the guys had steaks.
Last night Creole Cookery with more chargrilled oysters.

I'll Talk about the sights and sounds of NOLA later.

jul. 22, 2015, 8:12pm

Walked to the house where Tennessee Williams wrote street car named desire. A street away Faulkner wrote his first. Book Soldiers Pay. The place is nowFaulner's Bookstore. I purchased 3 books there Soldier's Pay, Mosquitos and A Confederacy of Dunces .

The House of the Rising Sun, well, a couple establishments claim to be the one in the song and we saw one of them.

shopping @ French Market and Canal Street, St Louis Cathedral, The Cibildo and U.S. Mint. People watched in Jackson Square while dining at Murial's. Loving the story each building holds though some are sad.

jul. 24, 2015, 3:40pm

Hi Lynda, sounds you are having a great time in New Orleans! That is one of my dream destinations so I am enjoying the food and bookish destinations vicariously through you! Continue having a great time. :)

Editat: jul. 25, 2015, 12:07pm

Hi Judy! There is history everywhere in NO. Thursday we took a paddle wheel boat down river to Chalmette a decisive battlefield from the war of 1812. Park ranger gave us a great synopsis of the battle then had an outstanding southern buffet back on the boat.
Definately a place for history buffs or lovers of good food.

NO is certainly a mixed bag. Very old and very new. Smelly in spots. The morning street sweepers do a very good job cleaning up from the night before but it still feels a bit unclean. Many storefronts remain boarded while other establishments came back strong from Katerina. Homeless people can be found in doorways and under bridges.
Yet, I must say the locals we've spoken to were very nice and helpful.

Drat! The St Charles street car is closed for maintenance and we've down Lot of walking or catching busses.

Saw the civil war museum yesterday but discovered on return to condo that there's a boil alert for us on the east shore. Still in effect today until test results come in later today.

jul. 25, 2015, 9:33pm

>51 Carmenere: I don't think I'd want to be in NOLA when the St. Charles Street Car is not running.

jul. 26, 2015, 7:34pm

The St. Charles Streetcar isn't running?!? Wow...I don't think that ever happened in the 3+ years that I lived in NOLA.

jul. 30, 2015, 10:13pm

>52 thornton37814: oh, it hasn't been so bad, Lori. We weren't able to get to the many restaurant's which were recommended to us but the French Quarter has more than enough of its own which are fabulous.

>53 kidzdoc: yeah, wouldn't you know it, Darryl! Although, much shorter ride, we took the Riverfront streetcar just to experience it.
It's similar to Clevelands rapid transit system but way cuter.
The water is safe to drink again, yay!

If anyone is headed to New Orleans I highly recommend the National WW II museum. It's fantastic and very extensive! Tom Hanks provides the narration for "Beyond All Boundries" a well done production.

ag. 10, 2015, 1:55pm

We keep saying we're going to make a trek to Nola to visit our nephew and his (as of two days ago) wife. Probably not in August though.... ha. When we do get there, I'll add the National WWII museum to the list of sights to see. I've been in that city a couple of times on business and would love to have more time for playing tourist!

set. 7, 2015, 7:46am

#55 Yes, July was indeed hot! Yet we paced ourselves by choosing 1 attraction a day though sometimes while walking we'd spot something else that drew us in. This especially works if you're there for two weeks. My thoughts go back to NOLA often and though hot, sometimes run down and smelly I'd go back in a heartbeat. Hope you make that trek some day, Ellen.

set. 8, 2015, 3:14pm

Destination #38 Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Fall On Your Knees
512 pages

Why: July TIOLI Challenge (Read a book with the word head, shoulders, knees or toes in the title) - ROOT

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Five generations of the Piper family live and die in Cape Breton

What I really think: This book is written as though it would be the authors first and last. This story encompasses almost every special interest imaginable including but not limited to sexual identity, ethnicity, nationalism, fidelity, incest, race, religion, physical and mental abuse, the supernatural and labor relations. This is not to say it was a badly written book, it's actually quite good which is what kept me reading, yet, it could have been pared down and more focused on one or two issues which she really wanted to address. As the amount of issues increased much eye rolling ensued. If you're willing to invest a substantial amount of time reading a family history which covers approximately 100 years and a plethora of characters on two continents, go for it.

set. 8, 2015, 11:02pm

>57 Carmenere: Hmm, methinks I'll be skipping that one. The photo is lovely, though, and I'd like to visit the Atlantic coast of Canada one of these days.

set. 10, 2015, 3:25pm

Brilliant description of Fall on Your Knees, Lynda. You captured my experience perfectly.

Editat: set. 13, 2015, 3:52pm

#58 Methinks you've made a good decision, Ellen!
#59 Why thank you Beth! I'm glad your thoughts were similar to mine for there are many reviews of this book that gave it 4 stars and I began to doubt myself.

Sunday thoughts:
1. I think it's time I pick a new football team. The Browns disgust me.
2. Politics aside, as mature men go, Biden is one sexy dude.
3. I've been reading three books for the past 2 months and haven't progressed much. :0(
4. Overall malaise. Sigh

Editat: set. 13, 2015, 11:04pm

>60 Carmenere: Well, if your team would play better, the overall malaise might ease, yes? But I know I hate how much my Sunday afternoon mood depends on how my Seahawks played. Such powerlessness. It can't be healthy.

Three books, none of which have really grabbed you. Is that what I'm hearing?

I don't know if it would be your cup of tea, but I started reading H is for Hawk in ernest today and I'm very pleasantly surprised by how engrossing and engaging it is!

I hope your week improves, Lynda. Take good care.

Editat: set. 15, 2015, 7:45am

#61 Ellen, I can not find one redeeming feature of the Browns. To put it bluntly, they su*K! and they have for most of my life. I'll most likely just put my heart into Ohio State football and just watch the NFL intermittently.
I'm reading 3 very good books The Nature of the Beast, The Martian & A Brave Genius. Also listening to The Buried Giant. Thanks to you it may be four very shortly for I've just requested H is for Hawk. I just wish I could sit for a few hours and read but general malaise and other obligations pull me away. But i've got to concentrate and finished TNotB because it's due back to the library on the 18th and can't renew BUT I may return it a little late. Oh yeah, I've just taken out The Night Sister and I loved The Winter People so I'm really looking forward to McMahon's new one.

Brighter notes include: Will having his NHS interview today (whatever happens with the interview, we know and accept it's not the be all and end all for scholarships and grants and Will is so busy that more volunteer projects would really be a challenge, so we'll see) and our house is being vinyl sided this week.. Yay! going from yellow aluminum to white and the 1970's brick work is being covered up with vinyl. New entrance lights and new garage door too!

I regret that I've been absent from LT - haven't felt like talking much but I'll try to get around a bit.

set. 15, 2015, 11:46pm

>62 Carmenere: Well, Lynda, you can hardly go wrong giving your football love to the Buckeyes. I mean, I usually root against them (except when they play the Ducks) but they are a solid college football team to follow.

I enjoyed The Martian and I absolutely loved, loved, loved The Buried Giant. Ironically, I listened to the former and read the latter (you're doing it the other way around, right?). Regardless, and as different as they are, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. And I'm very happy to influence you to read H is for Hawk. I am only halfway through and the first couple of chapters had me wondering, but it is really a lovely work (so far).

Congrats on getting new siding. I really want to do that with our house. It's a 1931 depression-era bungalow (read: missing all those charming Craftsman touches) and it has snow white vinyl siding. The siding is easy to maintain but I do wish it had a little bit of color. Pale sage green, perhaps. And it sounds like you're going to white. Sort of makes me chuckle: often, just a change is good.

It sounds like you have been perhaps feeling a bit isolationist (and blue?). I hope things look up soon if that is the case.

set. 18, 2015, 8:00am

Destination #39 Somewhere in Britain a long time ago

The Buried Giant
Kazuo Ishiguro

Why: The promise of Arthurian Legend intrigued me

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: When a memory is to horrible to remember what does one do but forget it.

What I really think: A very touching novel of Axl and Beatrice, an elderly couple who in their waning years decide to set out to find their son who left home so many years ago. They can not recall as to why he left and the reader is also taken on a quest to discover what happened to him. Their travels are circuitous and wrought with ogres, knights and dragons. Enchanting story well narrated by David Horovitch. This is an allegorical story and readers may interpret it in different ways so be prepared to take away something totally different.

set. 18, 2015, 8:08am

#63 Well, Ellen, we've been contemplating changing our color for quite a long time. Most homes in the area seem to be going for a darker, more natural look, like your sage or other woodsy hue. We finally decided to go with a color which will stand the test of time and white seems to hold up pretty well.

Isolationist vs blue? You are very astute. I would say I'm firstly blue and I suppose that does make me an isolationist of sorts. I also hope that I can shake this off.

set. 19, 2015, 12:24pm

Lynda - Nice comments on The Buried Giant; I also loved it.

I hope you're feeling more in the pink soon.

set. 20, 2015, 9:46am

>64 Carmenere: A fascinating book, I really enjoyed it. Thought Ishiguro 's gamble in changing genre had paid off. I wondered what he would write next?

set. 20, 2015, 11:55pm

I'm glad you liked The Buried Giant. I think it's one of my favorite reads of the year so far.

Editat: set. 22, 2015, 8:39am

Destination #40 Rural Quebec, Canada

The Nature of the Beast
Louise Penny
376 pages

Why: Newest Three Pines mystery

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: More murder and mayhem in quaint Canadian village keeps retired cop busy.

What I really think: Firstly, I love Three Pines and its authentic inhabitants but in this one the author brings in the not too distant past to create a contrived story involving Canadian artillery expert, Gerald Bull and Project Babylon. It is a huge "what if" scenario involving a missal launcher, its missing plans and a play.
I understand Ms. Penny's desire to try different things in her writing but I read her novels to get away from the real world and don't much care for this somewhat historical fiction.

set. 22, 2015, 8:33am

#66 Still not quite in the pink, Beth, though I'm working on it.

#67 You're right, Charlotte! I love being caught off guard by an author and I too look forward to Ishiguro's next one.

#68 It's certainly one of my favorite audio experiences, Ellen and should I have a little extra jingle in my pocket, I'd love to add it to my permanent library.

set. 22, 2015, 9:38am

Currently reading

Editat: set. 23, 2015, 8:43am

RIP Jackie Collins - I read Lucky about ack 30 years ago, back when I was young enough to still believe that I too could live like the rich and famous. Ha! I remember it as a fun read and I'm planning to read her again just for the fun of it. Maybe they'll be the remedy I need to cure my blues.
I'll begin that after I clear off my nightstand of current to be read now books.

At my mindfullness meeting last night, our guide asked what's going on with us and I mentioned my burdensome blues and she talked about what's going on in the world and talked about this http://www.ascensionsymptoms.com/ Some may find it hokey and unbelievable but then again, maybe there's something to it.

set. 26, 2015, 2:23pm

>72 Carmenere: I think there may be something to it. I also think it's cool that you go to a mindfulness meeting. I'm a believer.

set. 30, 2015, 7:49am

#73 Yeah, Ellen, for better or worse I do feel a bit more enlightened these days. I'm learning about myself and others and questioning so much. Certainly a growing process.
In other news: the house is almost finished. The contractors are meticulous and doing a terrific job. Bill and Will surprised me by removing our old green little tikes material mailbox and replaced it with a classy black wrought ironish mail box embedded with our address on the sides and our initial on the door. Very elegant to match our new sophisticated looking siding.

Finished The Night Sister and just beginning H is for Hawk recommended by (Ellen EBT1002)

set. 30, 2015, 8:10am

Destination #41 London, Vermont

The Night Sister
319 pages

Why: Heard about this on Books on the Nightstand podcast and I loved McMahon's previous novel The Winter People so jumped at the chance to read her newest

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: "If you hold up a mirror, you shall see that he(Death) is you and you are he."

What I really think: I don't get them very often but this story was a real page turner. A snail reader like me knocked this one off in 2 days.
The novel opens with a murder/suicide and as the story develops you discover more about the woman, Amy, who is suspected of committing the crime and the friends who knew her and of the secret they shared about the 29 rooms in a 28 room hotel owned by Amy's family. McMahon has a wonderful talent of writing creepy stories in desolate areas with a bunch of suspicious characters. Highly recommend this one!

Editat: oct. 18, 2015, 7:24pm

>74 Carmenere: I hope you enjoy H is for Hawk and I'm adding The Night Sister to my wish list.

oct. 4, 2015, 10:19am

>75 Carmenere: Vermont is definitely on my list of places to visit.

Have a lovely Sunday, Lynda.

oct. 10, 2015, 7:56am

>76 EBT1002: I did enjoy it, Ellen, as you'll see in my upcoming review

>77 PaulCranswick: Hi there, Paul! Thanks for stopping by my oh so quiet thread. We've driven through Vermont twice. Basically, a lot of trees and beautiful Lake Champlain. I'd love to stay there for a weekend in autumn. It would be so phenomenal!


So just when my frozen shoulder is almost back to normal, I've sprained my left ankle. Now I'm limping about everywhere. Plus, I've broken off 1/2 a molar! Off to the dentist this morning to see what kind of pain he'll inflict on me and my wallet :o(

oct. 10, 2015, 8:55am

Destination #42 England: Cambridge
and Brecklands

H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
283 pages

Why: Recommended to me by Ellen EBT1002 THANKS!

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Through the singularity of grief the author connects with the wild kingdom shared with her father.

What I really think: Grief is a lonely place to be and Macdonald's writing exemplifies all she experienced after her father's untimely passing.
She depicts it in her apartment, the loneliness of the wide and wild landscape of northern England and through her beautiful prose.
Macdonald shared a love of nature and wildlife with her father and she became an experience falconer, herself.
In attempting to keep the closeness she felt with her father and to work through her grief, she purchases a young goshawk, the most reptilian of birds, to raise and train.
Just as grief sometimes needs patience and solitude so too does living and training a hawk. Imagine raising a miniature T-Rex with feathers and you've got the picture. She learns much about herself through Mabel (the name she bestowed upon her goshawk) and ultimately connects with this unlikely creature.

This is a book I would not have normally picked up. Seems rather boring. But no! Not boring at all, Macdonald gives life and attitude to Mabel. You can't help falling in love with her.

oct. 10, 2015, 9:01am

Hey, I think through this book I've discovered what I've been mourning and just couldn't put a face to it, is my youth. Does that sound conceited? I hope not.
At 50+ the body changes, my son is looking at colleges and one begins to think, What's next?, What's my purpose now?
What is my goshawk?

Editat: oct. 10, 2015, 2:49pm

So, what's on my nightstand?

I've wanted to read this series for quite some time because England + Archaeology = a perfect match

Ohio State Buckeyes on a roll in beautiful sun drenched Columbus, O H I O

oct. 12, 2015, 4:59pm

>80 Carmenere: Lynda, I totally understand your feeling of mourning your youth. I went through a bad spell in my early fifties when my girls moved out and I was left wondering what's next? Luckily, I had my husband to help pull me through the rough patches, my reading helped a lot as well and then the grandchildren started arriving! The ending of phase of life means the beginning of another. :)

oct. 14, 2015, 7:31pm

Lynda - I'm watching for your comments on THe Crossing Places; I love the series. But I am a sucker for Archaeology + mysteries.

OR, as one of my friends once observed: "Getting old is not for sissies."

oct. 18, 2015, 12:57pm

>82 DeltaQueen50: Your post is reassuring, Judy, the future looks bright and travels with the hubsters are sure to fill up our time. Maybe we'll even be able to coax our son to come along when he's able. He's lots of fun to travel with once you persuade him historical sites are involved. It's Also been a time for retrospection. The why didn't I's? Now, I know why bucket lists were created!
The position of volunteer co-ordinator hasn't been a whole lot of fun either! It's the same ole people who will work concessions making it hard on them. Concessions is a big money maker for our group and there's no way we can just say to our members "ok, give us $50 bucks and that will do it" It won't.

>83 BLBera: I'm almost done with TCP, Beth, and I'm loving it. I have The Janus Stone from the library too and will jump into that as soon as I'm done.
Do you know of any other archaeology based fiction? I've read one by Preston, I guess you can consider his semi-arch books.


i've just finished two audio's worth commenting on so let's go! :0)

oct. 18, 2015, 1:09pm

>83 BLBera: I felt a bit of an old fogey today as my boy Kyran became 16. Ageing sucks but then again I am enjoying watching my three evolve into grown-ups.

Have a lovely Sunday, Lynda

Editat: oct. 18, 2015, 2:00pm

Destination #43 Houston, Texas

Cape Canaveral/Cape Kennedy, Florida

The Astronaut Wives Club
Lily Koppel

Why: A wedge of history that puts I Dream of Jeanie into perspective

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: NASA takes off and takes wives and children with them.

What I really think: I don't know much, if anything, about NASA's Gemini program and barely remember the beginnings of the Apollo program let alone the trials and tribulations of being married to an astronaut. This book sheds light on all three. It seems the culture of NASA in the 1950's through the early 70's was, naturally. a good ole boys group dominated by testosterone. Their wives were close knit and supportive as only women going through a new phase of history can be. An extraterrestrial coffee klatche, so to speak. On the outskirts of Houston, the families broke ground in new housing developments which were virtual cocoons. They were welcomed into Houston society and invited to allied nations and all looks good until the real world catches up and brings infidelity and war. I really enjoyed the audio of this book and the narration by Orlagh Cassidy was captivating.

Editat: oct. 18, 2015, 1:50pm

>85 PaulCranswick: Happy birthday to Kyran! My Will turned 16 in April and it's a fickle time. Sometimes he needs hugs and cuddles and then bam! he wants privacy.
It's a wobbly line yet I love, as you do, watching them discover their future. I like what Beth said, "Getting old is not for sissies." That is truer than I would have imagined.

I'm really happy today as I've got a roast in the crockpot, autumnal weather outdoors, family within reach and books waiting to be read, which I will have time to do now that the meals practically cooking itself.

Ok, next audio review

Ooops, I just realized I didn't post any destination pics. Must go back.

oct. 18, 2015, 2:25pm

Destination #44 Pakistan

I Am Malala Young Reader’s Edition: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Malala Yousafzai

Why: I was curious to know more about this courageous young woman

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Books, education, friends and family are all threatened in Taliban controlled Pakistan.

What I really think: Young Malala loves school. She loves books and learning. She has earned many awards and trophies for her scholarship. When what she loves is denied her, her right to an education taken away from her, she does not sit quietly. She speaks out and informs others of the life her and her friends are now subject to. She becomes a target to those who want her silenced and almost succeed but she comes back stronger and louder than ever. A new Mother Theresa of our times, a female Gandhi who desires peace through knowledge is a encouraging statement from the generation that just may change the world.
I grabbed the Young Readers Audio by mistake, which was great, but want to read the other version as well.

oct. 18, 2015, 6:41pm

As always, I love your photos and reviews, Lynda. I know I've read other archeology-based fiction, but I'll have to think a while. Sometimes the descriptions are better than the actual works...

I'll think about it and look back on my lists to see if I can find some titles for you.

oct. 18, 2015, 7:27pm

Oh good, I'm glad you enjoyed H is for Hawk!

I had The Night Sister but had to return it to the library; I have put it back on hold for another attempt. :-)

oct. 19, 2015, 9:22am

>89 BLBera: Glad you like the photos, Beth. I had a difficult time finding pictures of Pakistan which did not include violence, angry men and blood shed. The serene pic of P-stan is beautiful and a vision of what it can be.

>90 EBT1002: I can't tell you how many good books end up going back to the library unread, Ellen. It's comforting to know they were part of my household for even a short period of time. Is that goofy or what?!

Quick synopsis of my latest read is coming up.

Editat: oct. 19, 2015, 10:12am

Destination #45 North Norfolk, UK

Holme-Next-the-Sea, UK

The Crossing Places
Elly Griffiths
303 pages

Why: I've been wanting to read this series for quite a long time. Feeds my love of archaeology.

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Archaeologist, Ruth Galloway becomes involved in a missing child case after bones are discovered near her property.

What I really think: Wonderfully atmospheric mystery similar to the likes of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black and Susanna Kearsley's The Shadowy Horses. Griffith's series opens on the shores of northern Norfolk. In the past, the nearby salt marsh has revealed archaeological finds and protagonist/archaeologist, Ruth Galloway, makes this mysterious location her home. She loves the desolate landscape and isolation. Her quiet lifestyle is disrupted when bones are found near her property which may be those of a missing child and she is drawn into a murder investigation by Detective Chief Inspector Nelson. Plenty of characters that could be potential murders and lots of mist, rain and darkness to slowly reveal the perpetrator. Kept me on my toes to the exciting conclusion. On to The Janus Stone.

oct. 19, 2015, 10:13am

New to my nightstand is.............

oct. 19, 2015, 10:16am

but also on my nightstand..............

Good October reading :0)

oct. 20, 2015, 1:19am

>94 Carmenere: I LOVE that cover!!!!!

nov. 1, 2015, 10:40am

>95 EBT1002: Isn't it great, Ellen?! Today, I hope to finally read many of the short stories. Egads, it's already time to bring it back to the library!

nov. 1, 2015, 11:47am

Destination #46 Historical, Norwich, UK

Swaffham, UK

Candle Dyke, Norfolk, UK

Janus Stone
Elly Griffiths

Why: Continuing with Elly Griffiths to feed my archaeology fetish

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Archaeologist, Ruth Galloway is called to carefully unearth more bones the size of a child's.

What I really think: I wish Griffith would have used a different subject from her previous book. It seems that when 2 books in a series are so similar one can hardly tell them apart. Nonetheless, Ruth and Detective Nelson work together to put the pieces together in what could be a modern homicide. Almost as atmospheric as The Crossing Places but it's really difficult to capture the same mood as a seaside marsh and disappearing paths. Still, The Janus Stone provides an exciting, time is of the essence, conclusion.

Editat: nov. 1, 2015, 12:13pm

I think there's nothing spookier than halloween decorations left out past the big night, so I stepped away to dutifully remove the ghosts and goblins from the front yard.

On my way back into the garage I rescued a big fat furry caterpillar. Totally black from head to tail. Off to google if it predicts the winter then another review.

Here is a picture of the little critter I got off the internet A Woolly Bear

Well here’s the scoop straight from the Old Farmer’s Almanac:

The longer the middle orange band on the woolly bear, the milder and shorter the winter will be. Conversely, the shorter the orange band, hence the more black on the woolly bear, the longer and harsher the winter will be.

If that's the case, whoopeee! More reading time!

nov. 1, 2015, 12:02pm

Glad to see you enjoyed the Ruth Galloway books Lynda - I've read the first four books and need to get back to this series.

nov. 1, 2015, 12:16pm

On my nightstand ...

nov. 1, 2015, 12:17pm

>99 souloftherose: Oooo, I'm glad to see you say that, Heather, as I have The House at Sea's End in my little hands and I'm looking forward to where it takes me this time!

nov. 1, 2015, 1:08pm

Hi Lynda! I have yet to get to the Ruth Galloway books. I love archaeology so I plan to get to them some day...

nov. 1, 2015, 2:11pm

Destination #47 Brookline, Massachussetes

Jefferson, Wisconsin

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Prof. Kate Clifford Larson

Why: I've heard so little about Rosemary Kennedy, I wanted to learn more about her.

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Despite questionable results, father permits surgeons to perform lobotomy on his daughter.

What I really think: Very well written book concerning Rosemary Kennedy, the first child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, her mild mental disability and subsequent lobotomy. Because of Rosemary, the Kennedy family, particularly Eunice, used their means and ability to enlighten people of mental illness and the need for more interaction and understanding of those afflicted.

nov. 1, 2015, 2:15pm

>102 cbl_tn: Hi Carrie! Oh! if you love archaeology you'll enjoy the Ruth Galloway mysteries. The moors, mist, fog and rain only add to the fun only antiquities can bring!

nov. 2, 2015, 12:25am

Well, I brought home a copy of Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories from the library so I'll read a story or two. I admit that right now I'm so focused on my goal of reaching 100 books this year that I may not be willing to spend too much time on it.

nov. 2, 2015, 8:33am

>105 EBT1002: funny you say that, Ellen! I'm really not one for short stories and read all in close proximity they all begin to sound alike. So, I too, will only read a couple of them and save the others for another time. Look forward to see the ones you've chosen!

nov. 2, 2015, 11:30am

>92 Carmenere: & >93 Carmenere: Lynda, I recently got hooked on the Ruth Galloway series thanks/no-thanks to Deborah, who read several in a row. I figured it they were good enough to stomach reading in a binge they'd probably be good. And they are, and now I've done the same thing, more or less (read them all in the space of a few months). The archaeology bits are fascinating, and I really like the characters that Elly Griffiths created. Much more nuance than I've come to expect in a mystery series.

nov. 3, 2015, 3:34pm

>107 rosalita: I'm glad you're also enjoying Ruth Galloway, Julia. I really get into the tidbits of archaeology information too. I just hope the next novel, The House at Sea's End does not involve a child's bones. 1 is ok, 2 is unfounded and 3 is just plain troublesome. Keeping my fingers crossed because otherwise they're great reads.

nov. 3, 2015, 4:07pm

Destination #48 There are just no pictures good enough to show you where these stories took me, blaaa haa haa ha ha

ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories
Introduced and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger
449 pages

Why: It's October!

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Collection of otherworldly stories meant to send shivers down your spine.

What I really think: Audrey Niffenegger "has brought together her selection of the very creepiest, weirdest and wittiest ghost stories around." And she did not disappoint. Because this book was due back at the library way before I was ready to return it, of the 16 stories included in the collection, I read 6 of them. Why? ?Well, they were the shortest and I wanted to read as many as I could to get a feel for the type of story Niffenegger was after.
I can't say that any one of them was better than the other. Poe and Niffenegger wrote stories which hit upon the otherworldlyness of cats. Gaiman literally walks into a young boys fetish. Two stories written by Saki were clever and gave you what you pretty much expected. Of the 6 Bradbury's was the eeriest simply because there were no people in it but many characters.
This book is so good I am immediately reserving it again to finish up the 10 tales I missed. Wodehouse, Wharton and Kipling will have to wait for another day.

nov. 4, 2015, 2:41pm

Such a beautiful, beautiful day in CLE! Started my day with coffee and muffins with my mindfulness group at a not so local coffee shop in the country.
What a great time with these ladies, we could talk for hours but as we all have places to be we kept it to 2 hours.

On my way home, I thought what a lovely day to go to my fave bookstore and pick up Scapegoat for my book swap which starts fresh on December 1st.
But I must have had a moment of clarity as my inner self said "Self, you have a ton of good books at home. Go there and see what you'd like to read now and what others may find interesting." So, I listened and pulled out these books which I need help narrowing down. What do you guys think?

The Orphan Master's Son
The Light Between Oceans
The Good Lord Bird
State of Wonder

Anticipate your feedback :0)

nov. 4, 2015, 6:55pm

I've read Zeitoun and State of Wonder. Both are recommended. Don't Google Zeitoun until after you've read the book.

I haven't read the others, but they are all on my list.

nov. 4, 2015, 7:14pm

Hi, Lynda! How are you? I know it has been a long time since my last visit, but I wanted to drop by and see how you are doing.

Wow! It has been beautiful in the Midwest, this past week or so. I hope it continues.

The Orphan Master's Son and Zeitoun are both excellent. I can not recommend either, high enough. I've been, meaning to read State of Wonder for ages.

nov. 5, 2015, 11:32pm

>110 Carmenere: Well, I've not read any of them but I have Zeitoun and The Orphan Master's Son in my TBR stacks. For what it's worth, the latter is pretty high on my wanttoreadsoon-o-meter.

nov. 8, 2015, 2:50pm

>109 Carmenere: I don't usually look out for ghost stories, but I am really tempted by this collection.

nov. 8, 2015, 8:14pm

>109 Carmenere: and >114 charl08: I thought it was interesting that, right around the time that I brought that collection of stories home from the library and then returned it, unread, due to Library Book Overwhelm (a serious medical condition), it was reviewed in The Guardian. And the otherworldliness of cats. That is intriguing!

nov. 9, 2015, 5:34pm

>108 Carmenere: My recollection is that At Sea's End does not deal with any "kid-jep" (that's my tag for books that put children in danger), so I think you'll be safe. I can't promise for the rest of the series, though.

>110 Carmenere: The Orphan Master's Son is one of those books I guess I'm glad I read but I will never ever re-read and try very hard not to think about. I just found it almost unrelentingly grim, even with the flashes of humor. I guess I don't like knowing that real people on this earth live in those sorts of conditions. Pitiful.

nov. 10, 2015, 1:50pm

>111 BLBera: Hi there Beth, I've started both Zeitoun and State of Wonder. I'm trying to get a feel for what the ladies might enjoy. Thanks for your input.
Still, no decision has been made.

>112 msf59: Mark! So good to hear from you. I've been down in the dumps lately and haven't done much talking myself. Hope your family is well.
Extraordinary autumn! Today we've cooled off about 20 degrees and the rains have set in. No complaints from me though.
I've also started reading Orphan Master's Son. Wow! Yet, still no decision

>113 EBT1002: Ellen, your wanttoreadsoon-o-meter means alot! I can not go wrong with any of these books. Decisions, decisions!

>114 charl08: Oh Charlotte! I hope you find the time to give Ghostly a look see. Nothing to scary, i would call it amusingly spooky.

>115 EBT1002: Ooooo, I need to look up the Guardian review, Ellen. Thanks for mentioning it.

>116 rosalita: >108 Carmenere: "My recollection is that At Sea's End does not deal with any "kid-jep" (that's my tag for books that put children in danger), so I think you'll be safe."
Well, praise the Lord!!! Thanks for letting me know, Julia. I was beginning to believe that Ms. Griffiths has some kind of small bones fetish. It's definitely time to move to another subject!
>116 rosalita: >110 Carmenere: Orphan Master's Son is quite a read thus far. I'm not sure if it's going to be too be the kind of read my book swappers will read through till the end. Still, no decision.

I love all the feed back you've offered! Thanks!! Soooooo, due to your comments, I've removed The Good Lord Bird from my possibles as well as The Light Between the Oceans.
But Yikes! As I was reshelving them I came across The Girl on the Train which I purchased at a book sale a couple of months ago. So besides reading
1. Zeitoun, 2. State of Wonder, 3. Orphan Master's Son, I've also started 4. The Girl on the Train. They are all so very, very good!! And the ones that do not get chosen for bookswap will still be read by moi, as I've got to know what happens.
And there's my 2 library books too. Egads!

nov. 10, 2015, 4:43pm

Ghostly was on the library shelf when I went in to, er, pick up some reservations. So I picked it up. Might not get to it until December though...

nov. 10, 2015, 5:57pm

Great Linda - I'll watch for your comments on all of these.

nov. 10, 2015, 6:50pm

>118 charl08: Ooooo, what a streak of luck, Charlotte! I do hope you like some of the stories, can't wait to read your comments :0)

>119 BLBera: It's gonna take some time to get through all of them, Beth, so you must act as if you're a book and be patient. ;0} he he he

Dinner and dishes are done, on to a book, which one, I'm not sure.

nov. 11, 2015, 11:36am

It was like fate really. I was *meant* to read it. Or something...

nov. 17, 2015, 10:47pm

You're sounding a bit overwhelmed with wonderful reads, which is not a terrible problem to have. ;-)

nov. 18, 2015, 8:02am

>121 charl08: Charlotte, it looks like Good ole serendipity strikes again!

>122 EBT1002: As if I didn't have enough, Ellen, I remembered I purchased The Martian months ago specifically for Book Swap. I left it half read as something else came along. But I'm reading it now and adding it to the possible choices. *SIGH*

Just sad.

Taking mom to dr 6 mth appt this morning

Meeting tonight

Clean house for T-day in between times.

Hope all are well.

nov. 18, 2015, 10:23am

>123 Carmenere: "Just sad." As we were chatting over on my thread, I think that you've nailed it with that pithy comment. Sometimes we are just sad. I think this is one of those times.

nov. 18, 2015, 10:57am

Its definitely that time of the year for me. Roll on Spring.

Ghostly is proving to be an enjoyable read - favourite so far the funny Wodehouse one. I'm almost at the point of buying the book for others for Xmas.

Editat: nov. 24, 2015, 8:36am

Finally, my son downloaded his iphone pics and I can show you that we did indeed visit New Orleans this summer. For food, entertainment and history there is no better place. Loved it.

Editat: nov. 24, 2015, 8:47am

Ok, what have we got in these pictures? Well, my son the trumpet player going nuts on the jazz exhibit at the Mint. Lucky for us the Satchmo festival was just about to begin so lots of displays. We've got me in front of some bookstores. Faulkner actually penned his first novel at what is now called Faulkner House. There's the cathedral and Jackson on a horse in, where else, Jackson Square taken aboard the Creole Queen. The Jazz venue, Preservation Hall. The only street car not shut down for maintenance. The beautiful courtyard of our historical hotel.

>124 EBT1002: Still sad, Ellen. How bout you?

>125 charl08: Glad you're enjoying Ghostly, Charlotte. I need to stop by your thread and read your review

nov. 24, 2015, 10:38am

>126 Carmenere: Great pictures. I loved New Orleans when I went but it has been decades now.

nov. 24, 2015, 12:22pm

Nice pics. Lynda. Have a great Thanksgiving.

nov. 24, 2015, 8:12pm

>128 Oberon: Thanks for stopping by! I liked Nola a lot. It was smelly and dirty and old but there's just something about it. Food was awesome. Did not have one bad meal.

>129 BLBera: Thanks Beth, same to you!


Eeek! I have to bath my turkey. It's a 21 pounder and I don't see it thawing out on it's own in the frig. So tomorrow, I'll keep him in a sink in cold water (which is changed every 30 minutes) to thaw out that sucker.

Almost done with The Martian. Good book. oooo, How will it end? I see different scenarios happening so let's see. Almost done with The Girl on the Train too. Good but a bit confusing. Different people speaking, different time span. Hmmm, how will that come together?

nov. 25, 2015, 6:44am

Excellent NOLA photos! I've even been to some of those very spots!

nov. 25, 2015, 7:26am

Hi, Lynda! How are you stranger? Looks like you had a fine time in New Orleans. Sadly, I have never been.

Looks like you have some good reads going. I also loved The Martian. The Girl on the Train was good too. It didn't bother me, as much on audio but I agree, you had to pay attention, during the many narrator shifts.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend.

nov. 25, 2015, 4:23pm

Good luck with the turkey. That's one reason I volunteer to do pies.

nov. 26, 2015, 3:57am

>127 Carmenere: True confessions: I bailed on Ghostly, although I did enjoy most of the stories I read. The modern twists on the old story ideas were the most enjoyable for me, I could have done with a few more of those.

Love the holiday photos. One day I will get to New Orleans (I hope). Hope the turkey made it.

nov. 26, 2015, 12:40pm

>126 Carmenere: Great pics, Lynda!

nov. 28, 2015, 8:47am

>131 scaifea: Thanks Amber! Bookstores or Jazz venues for you?

>132 msf59: Hey Mark, I've discovered that The Girl on the Train is much better when I read for long stretches of time. I'm really beginning to enjoy it more now that it's just about finished. All these couples are so screwed up!

>133 BLBera: Actually, Beth, this was my best turkey EVER! I only needed to bathe him for about 2 hours on Wednesday and by Thursday morning he was Thoroughly defrosted. Didn't need to chip out the gizzard bag and neck this year! What kind of pies did you make?

>134 charl08: Yeah, I know what you mean, Charlotte. I have Ghostly back again from the library and I hope to read a couple of more, specifically Wharton and Woodhouse. Turkey made it, guests didn't get sick, it was a good holiday :0)

>135 EBT1002: Thanks Ellen! Hope you and P had a wonderful Thanksgiving too.

Question: Every year we name our turkey. I feel since I get so intimate with him, we should be on a first name basis. Does anyone else do this or am I just too weird?

In transition today, put away the fall decorations - out come the Christmas decorations.

I've got two reviews to write........but not today.

Also planning my 2016 thread............is anyone else?

nov. 28, 2015, 9:20pm

Not for my thread, but already planning for the new group. :)

nov. 29, 2015, 7:57am

>137 drneutron: oooooo, your comment makes me tingle all over :0D

Editat: nov. 30, 2015, 8:49am

Destination #49 Mars

The Martian
Andy Weir
369 pages

Why: I like realistic Sci-Fi

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Stranded on the Red Planet, Astronaut Mark Watney, uses all his knowledge to survive and even thrive.

What I really think: Author Weir, captivates his audience from the first sentence, "I'm pretty much f***ed." He gives his space traveler a vivid and likable personality which sees the reader through all the scientific mumbo jumbo. The crew at Nasa back on earth as well as the astronauts, which left him for dead, preparing for their trip home offer great characterization as well. Sci-Fi is not my favorite genre but this amusing read kept me intrigued all the way to its exciting conclusion.

des. 1, 2015, 8:13am

Destination #50 London Euston Underground Station

The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
323 pages

Why: Curious. Some people compared it to Gone Girl. Don't!

Synopsis in 15 words give or take: Rachel Watson longs for her previous life, home and husband and becomes closer than imagined when she sticks her nose into other peoples lives.

What I really think: At first, this novel confused me. Different voices, different time-line, a lot of flipping of pages. But then, just about half way through, something strange happened. I could not put the book down. It all seemed to click when I read for longer periods of time and the three voices became united and very much connected. Very good debut novel from Hawkins and don't believe this novel is anywhere similar to Gone Girl It's, in my opinion, much better.

des. 1, 2015, 8:15am

So happy to be back in Norfolk and once again reading Elly Griffiths in The House at Sea's End Hope to cut a swatch of time out of the day to read and read and read!

des. 1, 2015, 2:47pm

I've taken a break from reading to get my 2016 books in order. My first thought was to focus on my 12 fave authors. Their books on my shelf total 67. But then I got carried away choosing other books I want to read already and the amount has blossomed to 89! LOL! Who am I kidding?!

des. 1, 2015, 3:50pm

Hi Lynda. Glad you enjoyed The Martian so much - I loved that one - and also encouraged to hear The Girl on the Train is not like Gone Girl. Hope you got some good reading time today.

des. 1, 2015, 10:09pm

Hi Lynda - I made the mistake of starting The Martian on my e-reader at the gym -- and now I am having a hard time putting it down. I'm guessing I'll be getting in my gym time over the next few days...

des. 2, 2015, 1:26am

>142 Carmenere: Love the sound of your ambitious plans - look forward to reading more.

des. 2, 2015, 7:58am

>143 souloftherose: Hi Heather! I loved The Martian so much that I've chosen it as my submission to my neighborhood book swap. It's always a tough decision to make but I think it will go over well. Meh- not as much reading time as I wanted - it's never enough time, right?!

>144 BLBera: Ooooo Beth! The gravitational pull of The Martian is amazingly strong. There should be a warning on the cover :0)

>145 charl08: Charlotte, I'm not sure if they're ambitious plans or maniacal! I may still pare the list down before I make my 2016 thread. Keep fingers crossed I don't add to it!!

des. 2, 2015, 10:54am

>143 souloftherose: Hi Heather, Didn't get as much reading time as I wanted, isn't that always the case? I've chosen The Martian for my neighborhood book swap. I think the ladies will enjoy it.

>144 BLBera: hey Beth, there should be a warning on that book. The gravitational pull it has on readers is downright dangerous.

>145 charl08: ya know Charlotte, I'm not sure if it's ambitious or maniacal. The list might change before the new year but I hope it's to delete some books rather than add eye yi yi!

So I'm sitting in the waiting room of hospital, here to support my SIL who's having surgery today. I'll read Rock Star on my iPad while I wait.

des. 4, 2015, 7:44am

Feeling as if I want to crawl under my rock again. :0(

Editat: des. 4, 2015, 3:24pm

So, my favorite library book sale is held this weekend and there is another to the town south of me, but ya know what, I have no desire to go and add to books to the books I own. See how melancholy I am?! *Sigh*

I did however, go to my favorite book store and picked up Epitaph for me and a Star Wars novel for my son for Christmas using my remaining credit balance.

Slade House and A Room Full of Bones came in for me at the library. Soooo, good weekend reading.

des. 4, 2015, 4:06pm

Feel better, Lynda.

des. 4, 2015, 5:19pm

>149 Carmenere: Oh, my! You are feeling bad. Hope you snap out of it quickly.

des. 7, 2015, 8:42am

>150 BLBera: >151 thornton37814: Thanks Beth and Lori! I've been a bit blue since late summer and now the grey, foggy and dark days of November just make it worse. I'll muddle through.

My son, Will, told me on Saturday "Mom, you really NEED to go to the book sale!" So we went together and although I wasn't going to buy a bag, being as it was bag day, my son soon had an armful of books and I eventually joined in the fun. 30 minutes of bliss but I was quite a discriminating shopper.
My haul:
Loving Frank - I had just given my, unread, copy to my SIL to read during her recovery.
Cape Cod - I'm not a fan of Thoreau but I love Cape Cod.
Americanah - This has been on my radar for a while now.
I've never been a fan of the cozy mystery but lately I see where they have their benefits so I brought home,
The Right Attitude to Rain
Espresso Tales both by McCall Smith
two Montalbano Mysteries Angelica's Smile and Game of Mirrors
and The Hollow Agatha Christie

I'm really enjoying Slade House so just going to make Corn Beef sandwiches for dinner in order to read most of the day. I've put aside Elly Griffiths to for this so it better be good.

In other news, I'm going to begin War and Peace this week as the Category Challenge people are doing a group read in 2016 so I'm going to tag along.

Editat: des. 7, 2015, 9:16am

Morning Lynda! Hope you had a good weekend and I hope you are feeling a bit more "Up"!

I see you are doing some fine reading. I was also a fan of The Martian & The Girl on the Train, (although, I liked Gone Girl better. Smirks...)

I have wanted to bookhorn in Americanah forever. I hope I get to it, early next year.

ETA: I'll be watching for you over on the W & P G.R. Finally getting to this Monster!

des. 7, 2015, 1:24pm

Nice haul, Lynda. I loved both Loving Frank and Americanah. Reading all day sounds like a wonderful plan.

des. 7, 2015, 6:29pm

I had two people in the library this afternoon saying they wanted to read Americanah. I told them we had it. One of them looked up the call number only to discover it was checked out. It is due today though so she may get it before too long. The other one is going to wait until after the other one reads it.

des. 7, 2015, 6:36pm

>152 Carmenere: Nice haul! I have both of the Alexander McCall Smith books but I haven't read them yet. I listened to the audio of The Hollow recently and enjoyed it.

I hope you feel better soon. I had a really rough patch about 3 years ago and found out that my vitamin D level was way too low. One of my coworkers discovered the same thing a couple of months ago.

des. 8, 2015, 12:05am

Just cruisin' through to say "Hi" Lynda. I hope you are soon feeling better, sometimes I get the blues and it can take awhile to shake them off. Don't know of any miracle cure, mostly just time, family and friends.

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Editat: des. 8, 2015, 9:19am

>153 msf59: Hi Mark! Yes! fine reading indeed! So glad we'll be traveling to Russia together. I thoroughly enjoyed Anna Karenina and expect W&P to be just has enriching.

>154 BLBera: Yeah "reading all day" never goes as planned, Beth, however I did get a nice chunk of reading time in.

>155 thornton37814: Wow! still a popular title! That's good news, Lori, but knowing my reading capabilities it will be awhile before I get around to it.

>156 cbl_tn: I've been collecting AMS for awhile now, Carrie, and haven't cracked one open yet :0(. But, he is one of the authors I will focus on in 2016. No sense collecting if I don't know if I'll even like him. If I do, more reason to read them and move them off my shelf.

The blues could very likely be a hormonal thing, Carrie, and I just need to be patient and others hopefully will be patient with me.

>157 DeltaQueen50: "mostly just time, family and friends." Well said, Judy! Far better than any prescription on the market!!!!

>158 KeshavLpo: SPAM makes me sad.

WAR and PEACE Update: Whenever I get the chance I will post an update on my progress of this doorstop.
- Last night I opened the tome and read the intro. So good that my son Will, aka, Russian language student, history lover and trumpet player, can answer my questions. So the stupid in me asks him tongue in cheek, "oh, so 1812 music was written for this time period, huh?" he tells me that actually, it was composed by Tchaikovsky to celebrate the Russia's defense over Napoleon in 1812 not by some American composer to be played at 4th of July concerts. Duh!!!
- I highly recommend reading the intro, which I normally don't do. If offers a nice snapshot of the book and grounds the reader in the time and place of the story.
- This morning and every morning hereafter I plan on reading for one hour before I do anything else. Today read to page 21 Volume 1 half way through Chapter 4.

des. 8, 2015, 10:15am

I'm impressed that you're tackling War and Peace! That's one I keep putting off...

des. 8, 2015, 2:48pm

What translation are you reading? I've been wanting to reread because I heard the new one is really excellent. Good luck!

Editat: des. 8, 2015, 4:59pm

How lovely that you have your son at hand to ask those questions.

I am jealous of the library bag sales. I've not come across them here.

des. 9, 2015, 6:53am

>159 Carmenere: *Gets out the Tolstoy Pompoms* Go, Lynda, Go!!

des. 9, 2015, 8:34am

>163 scaifea: Can we order these on Etsy? I'm after some George Eliot ones...

des. 9, 2015, 11:09am

>164 charl08: oh, I suspect that it's likely...

des. 9, 2015, 11:52am

Hi, Lynda! Glad W & P is grabbing you in the early going. A good sign. I will not be starting for at least a month. I need to get mentally prepared. LOL.

des. 10, 2015, 6:42am

Hi Lynda, I think it's good that you are reading War and Peace, you'll like it, especially once you get used to all the Russian names. I've been wanting to read it again but seem to put it off all the time since there are so many other books that I have yet to read.
I'll follow your progress and perhaps that will inspire me to read it again.

des. 12, 2015, 9:54am

>160 cbl_tn: Lol, I'll even impress myself if I finish this tome. So far so good!

des. 12, 2015, 9:58am

>161 BLBera: Beth, I'm reading the Anthony Briggs translation published by Penguin. Although, Pevear translated Penguin's Anna Karenina I found it very readable with great notes and character identification so I wanted to stick with Penguin.

des. 12, 2015, 9:59am

>162 charl08: No bag sales! Charlotte, I weep for you!!!

des. 12, 2015, 10:01am

>163 scaifea: Tolstoy Pompoms! Amber, you crack me up!!

des. 12, 2015, 10:01am

>164 charl08: What's Etsy, Charlotte? Is that like Amazon?

des. 12, 2015, 10:02am

>166 msf59: Hey Mark, are you doing the audio version of W&P?

des. 12, 2015, 10:06am

>167 xieouyang: Nice to see you Manuel! I'm reading it nice and slowly, an uninterrupted hour every morning. It seems to help fix the names and locations in my old cranium.
I do not reread books, as you say, there are too many books waiting to be consumed.

des. 12, 2015, 10:10am

WAR and PEACE Update: Woo Hoo! I'm up to Chapter 18 and very much enjoying Tolstoy's art of creating a scene, of giving each character his or her own personality and quirks. He must have been a very observant man. So, 75 pages done 1,283 to go :0)