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1Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 21, 2015, 8:49am



Looking for a final image for this year, and this one made me wish I was hosting a fabulous bash for all of you. Welcome to my final thread of 2015!

2Crazymamie
Editat: des. 22, 2015, 10:58am



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Books Completed in December:
92. Burning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew Ervin
93. The Christmas Cottage by Samantha Chase, borrowed ebook, contemporary romance - meh
94. Black Echo by Michael Connelly (reread) - LOVE this series

Books Completed in November:
85. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, 2015 acquired ebook/audiobook, detective fiction, LOVED this!
86. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly, 2015 acquired ebook, historical fiction - recommended by Katie and Susan
87. Twain's End by Lynn Cullen, 2015 acquired hardback, historical fiction
88. Bruno, CHief of Police by Martin Walker, 2014 acquired paperback, police procedural
89. Sweetland by Michael Crummey, 2015 acquired ebook, contemporary fiction
90. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan, reread, 2013 acquired paperback sent to me by Ellen, contemporary fiction
91. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper, 2015 acquired ebook, pure fluff - urban fantasy

3Crazymamie
Editat: des. 15, 2015, 1:30pm



Don’t laugh. Okay, go ahead and laugh. I want to read more from my own shelves and from the library this year, so I am going to try to keep my 2015 purchased books to just fifty. That’s right. You heard me. Fifty. I arrived at this magic number by taking my age (47) and rounding up to a nice even number. This is where I will post my purchases.

These books were pre-ordered in 2014, so I am not counting them in my tally:

Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch - comes out Jan. 6th COMPLETED 1/15
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen - comes out Jan. 20th COMPLETED 1/23
Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings by Jane Austen - comes out Jan. 27th (this is a clothbound classic, which I collect)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer - comes out Jan. 27th
The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen - comes out Feb. 24th
Prudence by Gail Carringer - comes out March 17th

1. Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller - used an Amazon gift card that I got fro Christmas from Rae. Thanks, Rae! Purchased on 1/19/15, book comes out on 1/22/15 COMPLETED 2/3
2. V-Wars edited by Jonathon Maberry ($9.99 paperback bought in physical bookstore) Purchased on 2/3/15
3. Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris ($1.99 on Kindle) Purchased on 1/30/15 - recommended by Carrie
4. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (Penguin version was $.99 on Kindle, added the audio for $3.49) - recommended by Katie and Mark COMPLETED 3/11/15
5. Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan ($6.29 on Kindle, 2nd book in The Gas-Lit Empire series) Pre-ordered on 1/27/15, scheduled for release on 5/5/15
6. Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick - ($5.58 on Kindle) - recommended by Dejah COMPLETED 2/11
7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - Pre-ordered on 2/4/15 ($9.23 hardback with deckled edge pages!), scheduled for release on 7/14/15 - read about this in Joe's Cafe
8. Written in Red by Anne Bishop ($1.99 on Kindle) Purchased on 2/8/15 - recommended by Morphy
9. Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh - Pre-ordered on 2/16/15 ($12.99 on Kindle) - scheduled for release on 8/4/15
10. The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer ($2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/20/15
11. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan ($2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 3/1/15 COMPLETED 3/13/15
12. Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy - recommended by Jacqui
13. The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher - recommended by Jim
14. Dancehall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman Purchased on 3/8/15 ($8.89 on Kindle) COMPLETED 3/14/15
15. What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton - recommended by Heather
16. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ($1.99 Kindle Daily Deal) - recommended by Donna and Susan
17. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear - mentioned on Roni's thread COMPLETED 6/3/15
18. The Fat of the Land by R. Allen Chappell ($2.99 on Kindle)
19. Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell ($2.99 on Kindle) COMPLETED 4/3/15
20. Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham ($4.99 on Kindle) - recommended by Heather
21. The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling by Kate Westbrook ($9.09 on Kindle) COMPLETED 4/5/15
22.The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel by Kate Westbrook
23. The Moneypenny Diaries: Secret Servant by Kate Westbrook
24. Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
25. Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
--- So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures by Maureen Corrigan - Mother's Day gift from Rae Completed 6/11/15
26. West of Sunset by Stuart O'Nan
27. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters - recommended by Katie and Charlotte, ebook/audio combo COMPLETED 6/14/15
28. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Birthday purchase
29. The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Videla Vida - Birthday purchase
30. The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne - recommended by Joe
31. In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow - recommended by Heather and Susan (hardback)
32. The News From Waterloo by Brian Cathcart - recommended by Susan (hardback)
33. I was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley - Birthday purchase (trade paperback)
34. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose - Birthday purchase (trade paperback)
35. Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry - Birthday purchase (ebook)
36. Countdown City by Ben H. Winters - recommended by Katie and Charlotte, ebook/audio combo
37. Careless People by Sarah Churchwell - recommended by Charlotte (ebook) COMPLETED 7/14/15
38. The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink - because I loved Mislaid and the library doesn't have this one (ebook)
39. Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker ($2.99 on Kindle) COMPLETED 7/27/15
40. Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost it to the Revolution by T. J. English ($1.99 on Kindle) COMPLETED 10/18/15
41. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett ($1.99 on Kindle) COMPLETED 8/23/15
42. Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński - was loving the library copy so much that I had t buy my own! (trade paperback)COMPLETED 8/20/15
43. The Penguin History of the World by J M Roberts ($1.99 on Kindle)
44. The Histories by Herodutus - Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition! (which I collect)
45. Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans - recommended by Charlotte and Susan (hardback)
46. The Penguin Arthur Miller: Collected Plays by Arthur Miller - Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition!
47. Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt (ebook)
48. The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley ($4.99 on Kindle)
49. Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill - book #10 in the Dr. Siri series ($1.99 on Kindle)
50. Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black - book #15 in the Aimée Leduc series ($1.99 on Kindle)
51. Infinity Lost by S. Harrison - Kindle free book for October
52. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - book #3 in the Cormoran Strike series COMPLETED
53. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - heard abut this on Mark's thread ($1.99 on Kindle)
54. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - book #2 ($1.99 on Kindle)
55. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss - recommended by Carrie ($1.99 on Kindle)
56. Game of Thrones boxed set - Columbus Barnes and Noble (faux leather/cloth)
57. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - already read this, but I wanted my own copy - Columbus Barnes and Noble (trade paperback)
58. Djibouti by Elmore Leonard - Columbus Barnes and Noble (trade paperback)
59. Flow My Tears the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick - Albany BAM (trade paperback)
60. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King - Albany BAM (trae paperback)
61. The Quick by Lauren Owen - Albany BAM (trade paperback)
62. Twain's End by Lynn Cullen - Albany BAM (hardback) COMPLETED 11/14/15
63. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick - recommended by Joe (Kindle)
64. World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters - book #3 in The Last Policeman series ($3.03 on Kindle)
65. Winter by Marissa Meyer - last book in The Lunar Chronicles (hardback/audiobook)
66. The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons - Kindle free book for November
67. Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman ($.99 Kindle deal)
68. The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker - the second book in the Bruno, Chief of Police series
69. Black Diamond by Martin Walker - the third book
70. Burning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew Ervin ($1.99 on Kindle) COMPLETED

4Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 20, 2015, 1:00pm



Katie’s Dirty Dozen – KAK has earned her own category on my thread because she has been recommending books that I cannot resist adding to my stacks. Books placed in this category will not count toward my 50 books purchased this year. For those of you *cough, Jenny, cough* who think this is cheating, you are absolutely right – I am patting myself on the back for my brilliance in thinking of it! Books placed here must be: recommended by Katie (duh), less than $4, and digital (so on Kindle). Because Katie is a rebel, there will of course NOT be twelve books in her dirty dozen.

1. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey ($1.99 on Kindle), purchase on 2/18/15
2. Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter (2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/23/15
3. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly ($3.79 on Kindle), purchased on 3/31/15 COMPLETED 11/7/15 4.2 stars
4. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler ($12.77 trade paperback), purchased on 4/1/15
5. Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker ($.99 on Kindle), purchased on 4/9/15 - second book in a series, first book Dreamland was recommended by Katie and purchased last year
6. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing - used an Audible credit COMPLETED 6/16/15 4.9 stars
7. Academy Street by Mary Costello ($9.99 on Kindle), purchased on 6/12/15
8. Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn ($5.99 on Kindle), purchased on 8/28/15
9. Sweetland by Michael Crummey ($.99 on Kindle), purchased 9/5/15 COMPLETED 11/19/15 4.5 stars
10. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins ($7.99 on Kindle), purchased on 10/26/15

5Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 12:07pm

Favorite reads so far this year:

6Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 12:10pm

January Reads: (16 books)

1. Dead and Gone by Charline Harris (reread, 9th in the Sookie Stackhouse series), ROOT ebook, urban fantasy
2. Walking Shadow by Robert B. Parker (21st in the Spenser series), (3 stars), library ebook, mystery
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (4.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, dystopian
4. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (3.75 stars), library hardback, short stories
5. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (4 stars), 2014 acquired audiobook, novella and short stories
6. King Lear by William Shakespeare (5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, play
7. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, urban fantasy, police procedural
8. The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman (3.2 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, mystery
9. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (4.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, literary fiction, historical fiction
10. Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan (4 stars), library hardback, literary fiction, historical fiction - recommended by Katie
11. Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Winningham (3.5 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy
12. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (5 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, contemporary fiction, magical realism
13. Chocolat by Joanne Harris (reread), ROOT paperback, contemporary fiction, magical realism
14. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (3.5 stars), library paperback, dystopian
15. Fables, Volume Two: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham (3.5 stars), library hardback, GN - fantasy
16. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (4.5 stars), library audiobook, memoir, YA - recommended by Mark

Books Completed in February: (14 books)
17. Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller (4.25 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, memoir
18. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (4 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy - recommended by Joe and Mark
19. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (4 stars), library paperback, police procedural
20. Homecoming: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (3.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, GN - urban fantasy
21. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Knight (4 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy
22. Fables: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham (4 stars), library paperback, GN - fantasy
23. Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick (thinking), 2015 acquired ebook, fantasy - recommended by Dejah
24. Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan (4 stars), borrowed paperback, GN - fantasy
25. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (reread), 2013 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
26. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (thinking), 2014 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
27. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (4 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, historical fiction
28. Dark Roots by Cate Kennedy (4.75 stars), library paperback, short stories, contemporary fiction
29. March: Book One by John Lewis (4.5 stars), library hardback, GN - memoir
30. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Crowell (5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, fantasy - audiobook recommended by Katie and Jenn

Books Completed in March: (14 books)
31. The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller (4.5 stars), library hardback, non-fiction, recommended by Mark
32. How to be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell (4.5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, children's literature - fantasy
33. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (3.5 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook/ebook, literary fiction - recommended by Mark and Katie
34. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, fantasy - recommended by Roni
35. Dancehall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook
36. How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, children's literature - fantasy
37. The Goblin Emperor by Kate Addison (5 stars), library hardback, fantasy - recommended by Jim
38. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (3.5 stars), 2014 acquired ebook, urban fantasy
39. Trapped by Kevin Hearne (4 stars), 2014 acquired audiobook/ebook, urban fantasy
40. Garlic, Mint, and Sweet Basil by Jean-Claude Izzo (4 stars), 2014 acquired Europa paperback, non-fiction - essays
41. Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich (4 stars), library hardback, read in one sitting
42. Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (3.5 stars), ROOT paperback
43. The City & the City by China Miéville (4.5 stars), ROOT ebook - recommended by Rhian
44. Rock Springs by Richard Ford (3 stars), library paperback - read for Mark's AAC

7Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 12:10pm

Books Completed in April: (8 books)
45. Navajo Autumn by R. Allen Chappell (3 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, police procedural
46. For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming (4 stars), ROOT paperback, short stories
47. The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling by Kate Westbrook (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, espionage
48. The Church of Dead Girls by Stephen Dobyns (4 stars), library paperback - recommended by Katie
49. Thunderball by Ian Fleming (4 stars), ROOT paperback, espionage
50. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook
51. The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming (3 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook
52. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (4 stars), 2014 acquired paperback, short stories

Books Completed in May: (8 books)
53. The Gracekeepers by Kristy Logan (4 stars), ER paperback, 2015 acquired paperback, dystopian
54. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (5 stars), library paperback - recommended by Katie and Julia
55. All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer (4.2 stars), library hardback, espionage
56. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (4 stars), 2013 acquired ebook, sf - cyberpunk
57. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø (4.3 stars), library hardback, thriller?
58. World War Z by Max Brooks (3.75 stars), library audiobook (and I also read part of it from my 2012 acquired paperback - thank you, Stasia!!), dystopian, post-apocalyptic
59. Hell's Bottom, Colorado by Laura Pritchett (5 stars), library paperback, linked short stories - recommended by Katie
60. Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver (4 stars), library hardback, poetry

Books Completed in June: (5 books)
61. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, steampunk - recommended by Roni
62. So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures by Maureen Corrigan (4.25 stars), non-fiction, literary criticism
63. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook/audiobook, apocalyptic police procedural - recommended by Katie and Charlotte
64. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (4.9 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, non-fiction, polar exploration - recommended by Katie
65. Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (reread - always 5 stars for me), 2015 acquired audiobook, children's literature

8Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 12:11pm

Books Completed in July:
66. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reread), 2015 acquired audiobook, classic literary fiction
67. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (4 stars), 2015 acquired audiobook, humorous science fiction
68. Mislaid by Nell Zink (4.5 stars), library hardback - heard about this on Charlotte's thread, contemporary fiction
69. Careless People by Sarah Churchwell (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook - recommended by Charlotte, non-fiction
70. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (4 stars), 2014 acquired audiobook - recommended by Susan and Karen, fiction - interconnected vignettes
71. Goldeneye: Where Bond Was born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker (4.5 stars), 2015 acquired ebook, non-fiction

Books Completed in August:
72. Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński (5 stars), library hardback - but I immediately purchased my own copy because I loved it so much!
73. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (4 stars), 2015 acquired ebook
74. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (reread with the girls)
75. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (reread)
76. The Courtiers by Lucy Worsley (4 stars), library hardback - recommended by Charlotte and Susan
77. Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews (4 stars), ROOT ebook - recommended by Katie
78. Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey (4.5 stars), ER paperback/2015 acquired audiobook

Books Completed in September:
79. West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan, 2015 acquired ebook, historical fiction
80. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (reread), borrowed audiobook - loved the narrator!

Books Completed in October:
81. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (reread), 2015 acquired audiobook, detective mystery
82. Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost it to the Revolution by T. J. English, 2015 acquired ebook, non-fiction
83. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, 2013 acquired paperback, espionage, humor
84. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, alternate history

9Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 12:13pm



Mamie's Sweet Sixteen from 2014 (in no particular order)

1. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
2. *Middlemarch by George Eliot
3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
4. *The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
5. Vanessa and Her Sister by Prima Parmar
6. *The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
7. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
8. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
9. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
10. *The Martian by Andy Weir
11. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
12. *The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
13. The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan
14. *The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
15. In Paradise by Peter Mathiesen
16. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

* denotes that I listened to the audiobook

10Crazymamie
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 12:16pm



So, excellent news for me - went to my surgical consul this morning, and they can actually fit me in before Thanksgiving! They had one slot left, and I jumped at it - next Wednesday afternoon. I was really hoping to get it taken care of before Christmas, so I was absolutely thrilled when they offered me next Wednesday. *does happy dance*

This should do it - next one's yours!

11susanj67
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 12:20pm

Mamie, that's great news! And happy new thread!

ETA: And I'm first!!

12cbl_tn
nov. 19, 2015, 12:34pm

Happy New Thread! And great news about the surgery schedule! I don't think you'll regret this.

13katiekrug
nov. 19, 2015, 1:18pm

Happy new thread! And great news about the surgery - something definitely to be thankful for!

Hmmm, two slots left in my Dirty Dozen.... I better get a move on ;-)

14RebaRelishesReading
nov. 19, 2015, 1:22pm

Happy dance indeed!! You'll have a lot to be thankful for on Thursday -- no fear of ever having another gall bladder attack!! So glad they were able to fit you in so quickly.

15jnwelch
nov. 19, 2015, 2:50pm

Happy New Thread, Mamie, and congrats on the good news re surgery!

16charl08
nov. 19, 2015, 3:28pm

>10 Crazymamie: Good news. So great that you don't have to wait any longer.

17msf59
Editat: nov. 19, 2015, 6:24pm

Duh! I did not realize you started a new thread. Happy New Thread, Mamie, my dear!

Ooh, Sweetland, it was sooooooooooooo good.

18ronincats
nov. 19, 2015, 7:28pm

Yay for the early surgery date, Mamie!!

19lkernagh
nov. 20, 2015, 12:13am

Happy new thread and Double Happiness for early surgery date!

20scaifea
nov. 20, 2015, 6:45am

Congrats on the surgery date - and the new thread! WOOT!!

21Crazymamie
nov. 20, 2015, 12:22pm

>11 susanj67: Nicely done, Susan! For your prize I award you the King size Reese's Cups, which have four of the original size (my personal favorite) in one package:



>12 cbl_tn: Welcome, Carrie, and thank you! I had another less potent attack last night, so really, the surgery can't come too soon for me.

>13 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! So true about being thankful - I could not believe that I was able to get it scheduled before Thanksgiving. And I would LOVE to hear what other recommendations you would make. I plan to carry your dirty dozen slot again in my 2016 thread because it has been so fun.

>14 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba! I will be one happy camper, that's for sure. Um...as long as I don't have to actually camp...

>15 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!

22Crazymamie
nov. 20, 2015, 12:25pm

>16 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte! Just four more days...

>17 msf59: You were right on time, Mark, as usual. I thank you! And I LOVED Sweetland - more on that in a bit.

>18 ronincats: Hooray indeed, Roni! Thanks for that!

>19 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori!

>20 scaifea: Thank you, Amber! I am very excited both!

23Whisper1
nov. 20, 2015, 12:28pm

Such great, good news regarding the date of your surgery. I'll be praying and sending lots of positive energy your way.

24cbl_tn
nov. 20, 2015, 12:42pm

Before my surgery, my diet was limited to poached eggs and toast, canned chicken, saltines, animal crackers, and canned peaches. Just about anything else could trigger an attack.

25Crazymamie
nov. 20, 2015, 12:54pm

>23 Whisper1: Hello, Linda! I so appreciate the prayer and the positive energy - thank you!

>24 cbl_tn: Yep. Same here, Carrie - just a limited list of foods that are safe, and I am SO sick of eating them

26Smiler69
nov. 20, 2015, 1:01pm

Hi Mamie, Happy New (Final) Thread (of the year)! I hadn't dropped by in a long time, but then I haven't been very active in the group this year, just dropping by a thread here and there once in a while. I'm thrilled that you loved Travels With Herodotus so much. It's among my all-time favourites too (I just revised my rating from 4.5 to 5 stars thanks to you reminding me of that), and definitely made me want to read more by Kapuściński AND read The Histories too, which I've got to fit in somehow in not too distant future.

Sorry to hear about your health troubles, but glad it can get taken care of so soon. Wishing you the very best with that surgery. xx

27Crazymamie
nov. 20, 2015, 4:09pm

Hello, Ilana! Lovely to see you here! I have not been keeping up with the threads this year, either - real life has been a bit crazy. I truly adored Travels With Herodotus - such a great read! I know that I will reread it at some point - have you read any of his other stuff? I started Shadow of the Sun, but I had to return it to the library before I finished it, so now I need to request it again. And YES - I want to read The Histories! I bought the new Penguin Deluxe Classics edition, and I need to get to it - still following up on that list of books that I compiled while reading the English Patient.

My health troubles are about to be fixed, thank goodness. I thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes. Hoping that life has been kind to you - I'll come over to catch up with you soon! xx

28DeltaQueen50
nov. 20, 2015, 6:58pm

Great news about the quick surgery date, Mamie. Looks like it's going to be gourmet Christmas at the Pecan Paradiso!

29tymfos
nov. 21, 2015, 1:01am

Hi, Mamie! Happy new thread, and good luck with your surgery!

30PaulCranswick
nov. 21, 2015, 4:27am

Don't see why this should be your last thread of the year Mamie, dear!

Have a lovely weekend and I am pleased that your hospital system seems to work with scheduling you promptly.

31susanj67
nov. 21, 2015, 4:35am

>21 Crazymamie: Mamie, thank you for my prize! I'll save a couple for you, for after your surgery :-)

32Ameise1
nov. 21, 2015, 8:25am

Hi Mamie, congrats on your shiny new thread. I finally find time to do some weekend greetings. Wishing you a most lovely weekend.

33charl08
nov. 21, 2015, 5:00pm

>27 Crazymamie: Intrigued by the Travels with Herodotus love. I have Kapuscinski's new (ish) bio sitting half-read. Perhaps I will try to get back to it in the new year. Such a complex character.

34sibylline
Editat: nov. 22, 2015, 9:55am

You got me with multiple WL additions, the Addison and the Kapuschinski!

Hooray that you have your surgery date set!

35souloftherose
nov. 24, 2015, 8:43am

Happy new thread, Mamie, and great news about your surgery date! That means it's tomorrow? Will be thinking of you.

36jnwelch
nov. 24, 2015, 9:30am

*waves to Mamie*

37scaifea
nov. 25, 2015, 6:35am

Thinking of you today, Mamie!

38susanj67
nov. 25, 2015, 6:47am

Mamie, all the best with the surgery today. Take plenty of time to rest up afterwards, and I'm not just saying that so my Fitbit stats improve :-)

39cbl_tn
nov. 25, 2015, 7:32am

Hi Mamie! Thinking of you today.

40Crazymamie
nov. 25, 2015, 7:53am

>28 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy! Christmas promises to be even better with no threat of a naughty GB. Most exciting!

>29 tymfos: Terri! Lovely to see you! And thank you!

>30 PaulCranswick: You are so sweet, Paul, but I am betting that this is my last thread of the year. Hoping to put in a better appearance next year - this one got away from me! I thank you for those kind thoughts.

>31 susanj67: I knew you would like them, Susan! No need to save me some - they are readily available here, so you enjoy all to yourself. They are Rae's favorite candy, by the way.

>32 Ameise1: Gorgeous! Thank you, Barbara!

>33 charl08: I think you would love it, Charlotte. I have not read the bio, but I bet it would be interesting - I don't know anything about his personal life, but he sure wrote beautifully.

>34 sibylline: Oh, hooray for that, Lucy! I am very excited that the surgery day is finally here - ready to go!

41Crazymamie
nov. 25, 2015, 7:58am

>35 souloftherose: Hello, Heather! Yep - surgery is today. Scheduled for 1pm, and it should be on time as I am the first one on the afternoon schedule - the doctor has clinic in the morning. I really lucked into the spot - they saved it for an emergency, and let me have it as the date was almost here and no emergency had filled the spot.

>36 jnwelch: *waves back to Joe*

>37 scaifea: Thanks so much for that, Amber!

>38 susanj67: Thank you, Susan! You made me laugh - hoping to get my steps in today before surgery, but we'll see. Tomorrow you should be able to beat me for sure!

>39 cbl_tn: Hi Carrie! Thank you so much for thinking of me!

Surgery is at 1pm, and I have to check in at 11:30am. I will be sure to report back in after or have one of the kids do it for me - thanks so much, everyone, for your kind thoughts and good wishes.

42katiekrug
nov. 25, 2015, 10:33am

Thinking of you, my friend!

43jnwelch
nov. 25, 2015, 10:37am

Good luck today, Mamie!

44Ameise1
nov. 25, 2015, 11:09am

Thinking of you, Mamie. Hugs xx

45bell7
nov. 25, 2015, 12:56pm

Definitely thinking of you as you head into surgery.

I most likely will not make it to anyone's threads tomorrow, so if I don't "see" you before then, Happy Thanksgiving!

46souloftherose
nov. 25, 2015, 2:38pm

Hope the surgery went OK, Mamie.

47charl08
nov. 25, 2015, 3:25pm

Just adding to the well wishes.

48Crazymamie
nov. 25, 2015, 5:44pm

This is Abby- Mom wanted to let you know that she is home and doing fine. The surgery went very smoothly.

49LovingLit
nov. 25, 2015, 5:53pm

>21 Crazymamie: we have that product here in NZ now! I tried it, but I think the kiwi palate Doesn't trust the salt sweet combo!

50cbl_tn
nov. 25, 2015, 5:55pm

>48 Crazymamie: That's good news! Thanks for letting us know!

51drneutron
nov. 25, 2015, 9:48pm

>48 Crazymamie: Awesome! Let her know we're thinking of her.

52DeltaQueen50
nov. 25, 2015, 9:50pm

Wonderful news that everything went well. Enjoy a restful, relaxing Thanksgiving, Mamie & family!

53souloftherose
nov. 26, 2015, 2:34am

>48 Crazymamie: Great news - thanks for letting us know. Hope you all enjoy Thanksgiving.

54Berly
nov. 26, 2015, 3:01am

Crazy--So sorry you have been struggling with this and so glad they fit you in!!! Hope you have a quick recovery and are back here soon. I should be around. Really!! Big hugs. Abby--thanks for the update. : )

55susanj67
nov. 26, 2015, 4:15am

>48 Crazymamie: Thanks for the update, Abby.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all :-)

56msf59
nov. 26, 2015, 7:55am



^I hope you have a wonderful holiday down there in Mamieland! Gentle hugs to my pal!

>48 Crazymamie: We appreciate the update, Abby!

57jnwelch
nov. 26, 2015, 9:15am

>48 Crazymamie: Thanks, Abby! Wonderful to hear. Please tell your Mom we send our best, and have a great Thanksgiving!

58EBT1002
nov. 26, 2015, 11:46am

59sibylline
nov. 27, 2015, 10:54am

Stopping by to see how you are! Hope things are going well.

60maggie1944
nov. 28, 2015, 1:53pm

Well, I missed out on the rounds of Good Luck wishes, so I'm here now for the Rapid Recovery for You sentiments! Nice to have this out of the way and a clear road to the big holiday at the end of this month, winter solstice, of course. Then the days start getting longer. I'm looking forward to it!!!

61scaifea
nov. 29, 2015, 8:15am

Yay! I'm so glad to hear that you're home and on the mend, Mamie!

62Crazymamie
nov. 29, 2015, 11:10am



I'm back! And feeling so great that I am practically giddy with thankfulness. Cannot believe how well everything went, and I am so grateful to all of you who were wishing me well and sending me positive vibes and for everyone who was part of my surgery experience - I was treated with an abundance of care and kindness and respect the whole way through. And I have not missed a day of getting my 10,000 steps, which has been an added bonus. SO far no side effects or worries - everything has gone even better than I expected or hoped. I just want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to those of you who shared your stories and helped to ease my mind about saying goodbye to my gallbladder. You were right! I look forward to continuing my weight loss journey and to sharing my reading adventures with all of you remarkable people. Wishing for each of you a day filled with fabulous!

63charl08
nov. 29, 2015, 11:15am

Glad to hear it all went so well.

Hope that the step success continues!

64Crazymamie
nov. 29, 2015, 11:17am

>42 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie!

>43 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!

>44 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! Hugs back to you. oo

>45 bell7: Thank you, Mary! Our Thanksgiving was slow and lovely - we made the sweet potato casserole (no marshmallows!) and the stuffing up ahead of time, ordered the turkey, ham and pies, and the girls made the rest of the feast. We watched Miracle on 34th Street (the original version) in the morning, like we always do and played board game s throughout the afternoon while watching the football games. Indulgent and fun! Hoping that yours was full of fabulous!

>46 souloftherose: It went really well, Heather. Thanks for thinking of me!

>47 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte! They worked!!

65Crazymamie
nov. 29, 2015, 11:18am

>63 charl08: Hello, Charlotte! And thank you - really, I cannot believe how smoothly things have gone. Not even taking any pain killers yesterday or today, and I feel great.

66Crazymamie
nov. 29, 2015, 11:26am

>49 LovingLit: Oh, Megan! Really?! I LOVE a sweet/salty combo!

>50 cbl_tn: You're welcome, Carrie - and thank you for all the info that you shared before I headed into surgery.

>51 drneutron: Thank you, Jim! I firmly believe that this group works miracles with all of their positive thinking!

>52 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy! We did just that.

>53 souloftherose: It was a lovely Thanksgiving, Heather, thanks!

>54 Berly: I was truly thrilled to be able to get it done before Thanksgiving, Kim! My surgery got delayed by about an hour and a half because of an emergency, but that is the only slight snag that I hit. Returning those hugs and delighted to hear that you should be around!! I'll drop by and catch up with you very soon. Thanks, my friend!

>55 susanj67: Thank you, Susan!

67Crazymamie
nov. 29, 2015, 11:34am

>56 msf59: Thank you, Mark - it was a really fun Thanksgiving. And you and Ellen made me smile big with those graphics because Peanuts was a favorite of my Dad's, so you made me think of him. Sending you back some hugs in return to the ones you sent me - thanks for that! oo

>57 jnwelch: Thank you for those thoughts, Joe! Our Thanksgiving was full of fabulous! And I got to eat pie!!!

>58 EBT1002: Thank you, Ellen! Guess what book I took to the hospital with me? Last Night at the Lobster! So it was like you and Katie were there with me!

>59 sibylline: Thank you, Lucy. Truly, I could not be doing better. Feeling really great.

>60 maggie1944: Thanks, Karen! The recovery is going great! And I love winter solstice, so I am thrilled to have my surgery behind me and just look forward to sitting back and enjoying the rest of the year play out.

>61 scaifea: I though of you and your eating a cheeseburger on the way home from surgery, Amber. I did not attempt that, so I stand in awe of your prowess!! I thank you so much for your good wishes!

68msf59
nov. 29, 2015, 11:52am

Morning Mamie! Happy Sunday! Glad to see you check in and glad to hear you are doing so well. Hooray!

69Crazymamie
nov. 29, 2015, 11:59am

Morning, Mark! Happy Sunday to you! Thank you for those kind words.

70jnwelch
nov. 29, 2015, 2:30pm

Happy Sunday, Mamie! Glad to hear you're doing well - it's got to feel great to get that surgery successfully done and behind you.

71katiekrug
nov. 29, 2015, 9:37pm

So glad everything went well and you had a nice Thanksgiving!

72Berly
nov. 29, 2015, 10:26pm

Crazy--So glad to hear you are up and about and that you didn't miss a step (literally!) and now you are giddy with health and happiness! Yay!!! Your Thanksgiving sounded perfect. Big hugs.

73luvamystery65
nov. 30, 2015, 11:34am

So glad that your surgery went well Mamie! Happy Belated Thanksgiving.

74susanj67
nov. 30, 2015, 11:57am

And I have not missed a day of getting my 10,000 steps

Sigh.

:-)

No, but seriously, that's great news, Mamie. And now you have Christmas to look forward to, with all those foods that didn't agree with you before. I'm wondering now whether my grandmother had gall bladder trouble. Whatever it was, she refused to have surgery for it and managed it with diet, but she couldn't eat very much, and vegetables with "shells" (or maybe I mean skins) like peas and corn were off the menu. If we had peas, there were always beans for Grandma.

75connie53
nov. 30, 2015, 12:21pm

Hi Mamie! That's very good news about your surgery! So good to hear it went even better than you expected.

76tymfos
nov. 30, 2015, 11:17pm

Yay! So glad your surgery went well and that you're feeling so great!

77RebaRelishesReading
des. 2, 2015, 11:09am

>62 Crazymamie: not missed a day!! My gosh, I know that surgery is relatively easy but I did feel a little "punk" for a day or two and certainly wasn't up for 10,000 steps the next day. I'm guessing you did them on Wednesday before you went for the surgery...but the next day, on Thanksgiving!?!?! You're truly amazing, Mamie. All that said, so glad to hear it went so well....now I'd better think about taking my perfectly healthy, no-recent-surgery body out for a walk.

78msf59
des. 2, 2015, 11:40am

Morning Mamie! Happy Hump Day! Hope the week is going well. Hugs to my pal!

79Whisper1
des. 2, 2015, 12:33pm

Such great, good news regarding your surgery. Sending more positive thoughts with lots of wishes for continued recovery!

80charl08
des. 2, 2015, 3:54pm

Stollen bite delivery...

81jnwelch
des. 2, 2015, 4:04pm

Some mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

82EBT1002
des. 4, 2015, 12:29am

Joining the chorus of gratitude for your successful surgery experience and the coming-out-the-other side. I hope you keep feeling better and better.

Mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins will likely help.

83Ameise1
des. 5, 2015, 6:53am

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Mamie.

84tymfos
des. 6, 2015, 1:47pm

Waving hello, Mamie!

85ronincats
des. 6, 2015, 11:24pm

Great to hear about how smoothly your surgery went and how well your recovery is going, Mamie!

86bell7
des. 7, 2015, 10:19am

So glad to hear that everything went well with your surgery and Thanksgiving!

87sibylline
des. 15, 2015, 9:37pm

Hmmm. Things seem very quiet here. Hope you are ok?

88jnwelch
des. 16, 2015, 10:44am



Mamie?

89lkernagh
des. 21, 2015, 7:57am

Getting caught up after a bit of an absence from LT and happy to see that the surgery went well!

90drneutron
des. 21, 2015, 1:23pm

Spread the word - the 2016 group is up!

http://www.librarything.com/groups/75booksin2016

91Carmenere
des. 22, 2015, 8:30am

Merry Christmas, Mamie

92Crazymamie
des. 22, 2015, 10:25am



Sorry to be absent for so long, but life has been very busy - I would love to hibernate for a week or two! And the weather! Sultry! It's supposed to be 83F on Christmas! I had to wait in line for almost an hour at the post office yesterday, and it was so humid we were all slowly wilting in the small space. Although it was highly entertaining - one man was trying to mail a gun priority, which the postal employee was trying to explain was not allowed. Another man was mailing a crystal vase with no packing materials in his box, so it was just clunking around in there. The woman in front of me had a very large package, and when the postal guy told her that she needed to fill out the customs form, she replied, "Oh, but it's just going to Canada." The remarkable thing was that everyone was very well behaved and polite.

I have not been getting my steps lately, but all is well - I haven't even been wearing my Fitbit full time because I didn't want to stress about it while trying to get all the holiday stuff done. I am happy to report that all the shopping is completed, so now I just have to finish up wrapping it all - I am a complete nut, so I actually like this part.

Poor Daniel has had a rough week - he took a shoulder to his face during his flag football championship, giving him quite the shiner and a LOT of swelling. He also had numbness that did not go away and pain when chewing, so yesterday he went to the doctor - they think he broke a bone in his face! He goes for a CT scan today to see if he fractured his eye orbital. To add insult to injury, his team lost by one point. Then, on Saturday, he was sitting completely stopped at a red light, and a lady rear-ended him, so now his car is all wonky in the back. Luckily, she was insured - now we wait on the paperwork to get it fixed. No one was hurt, so that was a blessing.

In other ground breaking and exciting news, I have had my very first mammogram, and it did not hurt at all. A bit of a surreal experience though, as I are not used to having that part of my anatomy gently placed on a plate as though it were a turkey on a platter. Made me giggle - I thought there should be a bit of garnish to finish it off, and mentioned to the tech that I felt some parsley or rosemary sprigs would not be remiss, and she just completely lost it. Yep. That's me, so mature. Anyway, this completes my testing required after not being to the doctor in seventeen years, so happy dance for me.

Hoping that all of you are well, and that your holiday season has been filled with fabulous so far.

93DeltaQueen50
des. 22, 2015, 10:39pm

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mamie.

94scaifea
des. 23, 2015, 7:20am

So good to hear from you, Mamie! Here's hoping Daniel has a better week and that you all have a wonderful Christmas!

95msf59
des. 23, 2015, 8:20am



^Good to see you check in, Mamie! We Miss YOU!!

96Ameise1
des. 23, 2015, 10:46am

97Deern
des. 23, 2015, 11:20am

tiptoeing in again after my worst LT year ever to wish you and your family the most wonderful Christmas. {{{hugs}}}
And so glad your mammogram went well!

98souloftherose
des. 23, 2015, 12:27pm

>92 Crazymamie: It does sound like you've had a lot on your plate recently Mamie. Your comments about your mammogram had me giggling but sorry to hear Daniel has had such a rough week.

Sending you and your family bookish Christmas wishes!

99cbl_tn
des. 23, 2015, 12:33pm

Merry Christmas Mamie! I hope Daniel's injury heals quickly with no additional treatment required.

100ronincats
des. 23, 2015, 3:14pm



For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!

101SandDune
des. 23, 2015, 3:16pm



Happy Christmas Mamie!

102tymfos
des. 23, 2015, 6:44pm

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas, Mamie!

103sibylline
des. 23, 2015, 8:49pm

So glad to hear all is well with you. Hope Daniel's face recovers quickly and that there is NOT a fracture!

104Whisper1
des. 23, 2015, 9:03pm

I'm stopping by to see how you are, and to say Merry Christmas. I'm spending the holidays in Beavercreek Ohio with my daughter and family. The weather here is unseasonably warm. We are having a thunder storm, with lightening.

I hope Dan will heal fast. May your holiday be shining and bright.

105susanj67
des. 24, 2015, 11:55am

Happy Christmas to you all, Mamie. I'm glad you've had all your tests done, but poor Dan with his face. Ow! I hope he didn't break anything, and the bruising soon fades.

106EBT1002
des. 24, 2015, 12:00pm



Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas, Mamie!

107lkernagh
des. 24, 2015, 12:50pm

Stopping by to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, Mamie!

108PaulCranswick
des. 24, 2015, 1:38pm



Have a lovely holiday Mamie and to all at the Pecan Paradisio

109katiekrug
des. 24, 2015, 2:17pm



Warm wishes for a magical holiday season, Mamie!

110RebaRelishesReading
des. 24, 2015, 3:01pm

<92 that part of your anatomy on a platter like a turkey -- perfect description and gave me a good laugh. I'm surprised it didn't hurt because the placement on the platter is generally followed by a machine trying to flatten said anatomical part into a cutlet I'm my experience...which HURTS!

All that aside, I'm glad you're well, hope you survive the heat and which you and yours a very merry Christmas!!


111luvamystery65
des. 24, 2015, 4:16pm



Merry Christmas

112sibylline
des. 25, 2015, 7:48pm

Merry Happy from the newest member of the clan!

Tenzing Norcat investigates the tree:

113Donna828
Editat: des. 25, 2015, 8:20pm

Mamie, I'll send you some winter snow to combat the sultry Georgia weather. Wishing you and your family the continuance of holiday joy as the year comes to an end. I'd like to join you in your hibernation. I'm looking forward to some peaceful January days.

114ChelleBearss
des. 26, 2015, 9:07am


Merry Christmas, Mamie!

115Berly
des. 26, 2015, 3:34pm


116jnwelch
des. 28, 2015, 1:32pm

Happy Holidays, Mamie!

Hope everyone at the Pecan Paradisio has been having a most excellent holiday break.

117LauraBrook
des. 28, 2015, 10:34pm

Happy Holidays, Mamie!