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1Donna828
Editat: des. 5, 2015, 5:08pm

Wrapping up 2015…


Looking forward to more good times
with Book Friends in 2016…









Both goals reached. I guess I can quit reading for the year!

2Donna828
Editat: des. 31, 2015, 2:56pm


Books Read in December:
100. We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride. 4.5 ⭐️ comments
101. Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson. 3.8 comment
102. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. 4 comments
103. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Audio by Carolyn McCormick. 4 comments
104. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Audio by Carolyn McCormick. 3.4 comments
105. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Audio by Carolyn McCormick. 2.6 comments
106. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami. comments


Books Read in November:
92. Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold; read by Grover Gardner. 3.7 ⭐️ comment
93. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates. 4.1 ⭐️ comments
94. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. 4.1 ⭐️ comment
95. The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. 4 ⭐️ Comments
96. Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
97. The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
98. 🏆Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Glegg. 4.6 ⭐️ comments
99. The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman. 4.1 ⭐️ comments

Books Read in October:
82. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness. 4 ⭐️ comments
83. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Conner. 4 ⭐️ short comment
84. 🏆A Land More Kind than Home - Wiley Cash. 4.3 ⭐️ comments
85. Kafka On the Shore - Haruki Murakami. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
86. Our Spoons Came From Woolworths - Barbara Comyns. 3.4 ⭐️ comments
87. Your Blue-Eyed Boy - Helen Dunmore. 3.7 ⭐️ comments
88. 🏆 Empire of the Summer Moon - S. C. Gwynne. 4.4 ⭐️ comments
89. The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury. 3.8 ⭐️ short comment
90. The Secret Chord - Geraldine Brooks. 3.2 ⭐️ comment
91. Etta and Otto and Russell and James - Emma Hooper. 4.1⭐️ comments

Books Read in September:
75. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. 4.1⭐️ comments
76. Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming. 4.1⭐️ comments
77. 👎The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. 2.8⭐️ short comment
78. The Secret Place by Tana French. 3.3⭐️ comments
79. 🏆Homestead by Ronia Lippi (reread). 4.2⭐️ comments
80. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny. 4.1⭐️ comments
81. The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman. 3.9⭐️ comments

Books Read in August:
67. Mirror Dance by LM Bujold; read by Grover Gardner. 3.6 ⭐️ No comment
68. Some Luck by Jane Smiley. (read for Book Group) 3.7 ⭐️ comments
69. Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry. 3.8 ⭐️ comments
70. 🏆Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh. 4.6 ⭐️ comments
71. The Shore by Sara Taylor. 4 ⭐️ comments
72. One Was A Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming; read by Suzanne Toren. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
73. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
74.Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson. 3.6 ⭐️ comments

Books Read in July:
58. 🏆A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson. 4.5 ⭐️ comments
59. Academy Street by Mary Costello. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
60. People of Darkness by Tony Hillerman. 3.4 ⭐️ comments
61. The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
62. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; audio read by Josh Cohen. 4 ⭐️ comments
63. The Little Free Library Book by Margaret Aldrich. 3.8 ⭐️ comments
64. The Short History Of A Prince by Jane Hamilton. 3.7 ⭐️ comments
65. The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold. Audio by Grover Gardner. 3.7 ⭐️ short comment
66. Dewey: The Library Cat by Vicki Myron. 4 ⭐️ short comment

3Donna828
Editat: des. 31, 2015, 2:54pm

Books Read in June:
50. Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
51. The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill. 3.5 ⭐️ comments
52. 🏆I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. 4.5 ⭐️ comments
53. Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
54. The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
55. 🏆The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (reread). 4.5 ⭐️ comments
56. 🏆Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (reread). 5 ⭐️ comments
57. H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald. 4 ⭐️ comments

Books Read in May:
40. 🏆Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. 4.2⭐️ comments
41. Broken Harbor by Tana French. 4.1 ⭐️ comments
42. Outline by Rachel Cusk. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
43. 👎 A Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble. 3.1 ⭐️ comments
44. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. 4⭐️ comments
45. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. 3.8 ⭐️ comments
46. The Bees by Laline Paull. 3.4 ⭐️ comments
47. Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman 3.9 ⭐️ comments
48. Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian. 4.1 ⭐️ comments
49. 🏆Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo. 4.4 ⭐️ comments

Books Read in April:
28. My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff. 4.1 ⭐️ comments
29. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. 3.2 ⭐️ comments
30. 🏆 The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. 4.5 ⭐️ comments
31. Books & Islands in Ojibwe Country by Louise Erdrich. Reread. 4 ⭐️ comments
32. 🏆 The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. 4.5 ⭐️ comments
33. Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold. Audio by George Guidall. 3.9 ⭐️ comment
34. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 3.3 ⭐️ comment
35. Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford. Audio read by Richard Poe. 3.4 ⭐️ comments
36. Lunch with Buddha by Roland Merullo; audio read by Sean Runnette. 4 ⭐️ comments
37. A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
38. 👎 The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford. 3 ⭐️ comments
39. At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. 3.3 ⭐️. comments

Books Read in March:
20. 🏆Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden. 4.4⭐️ comments
21. Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah. 4.2⭐️ comments
22. The Season of Migration by Nellie Hermann. 4.3⭐️ comments
23.🏆 Lamentation by C. J. Sansom. 4.5⭐️ comments
24. The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford. 3.5⭐️ comments
25. Death Without Company by Craig Johnson; audio read by George Guidall. 3.7 ⭐️ comments
26. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. 4 ⭐️
27.
The Cove by Ron Rash; audio read by Merritt Hicks. 3.3 ⭐️ comments

Books Read in February:
11. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Graphic memoir. 4.1 ⭐️ comments
12. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. Longmire #1. 3.7 ⭐️ comments
13.🏆 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Audio read by George Newbem. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
14. Lexicon by Max Barry. 3.5 ⭐️ comments
15. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
16.🏆 The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
17. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. 3.6 ⭐️ comments
18.👎 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh. 3 ⭐️ comments
19. Revival by Stephen King. 3.4 ⭐️ comments

2,975 Pages Read in February
Four Books Off My Shelves.

Books Read in January:
1. 🏆 The Ghost Road by Pat Barker. 4.2 ⭐️ comments
2. Christine Falls by Benjamin Black. 3.6 ⭐️ comments
3. Stuck In the Middle With You by Jennifer Boylan. 3.5 ⭐️ comments
4. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Audio read by Cassandra Campbell. 3.3 ⭐️ comments
5. The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. 3.9 ⭐️ comments
6. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. 4.1 ⭐️ comments
7. The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman. 3.3 ⭐️ comments
8. Family Album by Penelope Lively. Audio read by Josephine Bailey. 3.3 ⭐️ comments
9.👎 The Confabulist by Steven Galloway. 2.9 ⭐️ comments
10. Euphoria by Lily King. Audio read by Simon Vance and Xe Sands. 4.1 ⭐️ comments

2,741 Pages Read in January.
Three Books Off My Shelves.

4Donna828
Editat: des. 5, 2015, 5:34pm

There are so many worthy choices on LT that it's hard to narrow my challenges down to a manageable few. This year my reading will be guided by TIOLI (Take It Or Leave It) as it has been for the past five years. I love this no-pressure group with varied challenges each month that inspire me to read my books on the shelf and library holds as they come in.

I was a completist in Mark's American Author Challenge in 2014 and was very happy to see twelve new authors lined up for the new year. I'll do my best, but as I am also pondering Paul's new British Author Challenge, I'll probably have to make compromises some months.

I am looking forward to the Hillerman/Longmire Project. I am listing the books here to help me keep track of them:
January - The Blessing Way ✔️
February - The Cold Dish ✔️
March - Dance Hall of the Dead ✔️ (Read in 2013)
April - Death Without Company ✔️
May - Listening Woman ✔️
June - Kindness Goes Unpunished ✔️
July - People of Darkness ✔️
August - Another Man's Moccasins ✔️
September - The Dark Wind ✔️
October - The Dark Horse ✔️
November - The Ghostway ✔️
December - Junkyard Dogs

American Author Challenge 🇺🇸

Carson McCullers- January: The Member of the Wedding ✔️
Henry James- February: The Turn of the Screw ✔️
Richard Ford- March: The Lay of the Land ✔️
Louise Erdrich- April: Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country ✔️
Sinclair Lewis- May: Babbitt ✔️
Wallace Stegner- June: Angle of Repose ✔️
Ursula K. Le Guin - July: The Dispossessed ✔️
Larry McMurtry- August - Dead Man's Walk ✔️
Flannery O' Connor- September: A Good Man Is Hard to Find ✔️
Ray Bradbury- October: The Halloween Tree ✔️
Barbara Kingsolver- November - I have read all her fiction books.
E.L. Doctorow- December: Ragtime

British Author Challenge 🇬🇧 (Not a Purist)
January Penelope Lively: Family Album ✔️
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day ✔️
February Sarah Waters: The Little Stranger ✔️
Evelyn Waugh: Scoop ✔️
March Daphne Du Maurier: Jamaica Inn ✔️
China Mieville
April Angela Carter:
W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor's Edge ✔️
May Margaret Drabble: The Pure Gold Baby ✔️
Martin Amis
June Beryl Bainbridge: The Birthday Boys ✔️
Anthony Burgess:
July Virginia Woolf: Jacob's Room - DNF
B.S. Johnson
August Iris Murdoch:
Graham Greene: Brighton Rock ✔️
September Andrea Levy:
Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses
October Helen Dunmore: Your Blue-Eyed Boy ✔️
David Mitchell:
November Muriel Spark:
William Boyd: An Ice Cream War
December Hilary Mantel:
P.G. Wodehouse:

I fell off the Challenge Bandwagon in November because of time constraints. I'm not certain if I will try and make up for it this month, but I do plan to read Ragtime for the AAC and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street for the BAC. Of course, I will read Junkyard Dogs so I will be a completist in that challenge. Love those books about Longmire!

5Donna828
Editat: des. 31, 2015, 10:24pm


I love a CHALLENGE!

These are the challenges that will challenge me in 2016!

As in previous years, my monthly reading is decided by the library books that call to me and the TIOLI -Take It Or Leave It - Challenge that gives me another opportunity to read my own books. In addition, I will be influenced by the following challenges.


Navajo Mystery/Walt Longmire Project - Thank you, Roberta!
Jan: Skinwalkers*
Feb: Hell Is Empty
March: A Thief of Time*
April: As the Crow Flies
May: Talking God*
June: A Serpent's Tooth
July: Coyote Waits*
Aug: Any Other Name
Sept: Sacred Clowns
Oct: Dry Bones
Nov: The Fallen Man
Dec: Wait for Signs


American Author Challenge - Thank you, Mark!
Jan: Anne Tyler - Morgan's Passing*
Feb: Richard Russo - considering Elsewhere: A Memoir
March: Jane Smiley - Early Warning
April: Poetry Month - Collections by Mary Oliver, Billy Collins
May: Ivan Doig - This House of Sky*
June: Annie Proulx - Close Range*
July: John Steinbeck - ??? - I think I've read them all
Aug: Joyce Carol Oates - The Falls*
Sept: John Irving - A Son of the Circus*
Oct: Michael Chabon - Wonder Boys
Nov: Annie Dillard - The Living
Dec: Don DeLilo - White Noise*


British Author Challenge - Thank you, Paul!
Jan: Susan Hill
Barry Unsworth - Sacred Hunger*
Feb: Agatha Christie
William Dalyrmple
March: Ali Smith
Thomas Hardy - The Return of the Native*
April: George Eliot
Hanif Kureishi
May: Jane Gardam - God on the Rocks*
Robert Goddard
June: Antonia Frasier
Joseph Conrad - Lord Jim*
July: Bernice Rubens -
H. G. Wells
Aug: Diana Wynne Jones
Ian McEwan
Sept: Doris Lessing
Laurie Lee -
Oct: Kate Atkinson - Human Croquet*
William Golding
Nov: Rebecca West
Len Deighton
Dec: West Yorkshire Authors


Canadian Author Challenge - Thank you, Ilana!
Jan: Robertson Davies - The Rebel Angels*
Kim Thuy - Re
Feb: Helen Humphreys - The Frozen Thames*
Stephen Leacock -
March: Farley Mowat -
Anita Rau Badami -
April: Margaret Atwood
Michael Crummy - Galore
May: Michel Tremblay -
Emily St. John Mandel
June: Timothy Findley
Joseph Boyden - Three Day Road
July: L. M. Montgomery
Pierre Berton -
Aug: Mordechai Richler -
Gabrielle Roy
Sept: Miriam Toews - All My Puny Sorrows
Dany Leferriere -
Oct: Lawrence Hill
Jane Urquhart
Nov: Michael Ondaatje - Anil's Ghost*
Margaret Lawrence
Dec: Alice Munro - The Love Of A Good Woman*
Rawi Hage -
(My knowledge of Canadian authors is sorely lacking)


Pulitzer Challenge - Thank you, Bill!
I plan to read at least six of these in 2016 in no particular order.
All are on my shelves. I have read 44 PP winners according to my stats.
1928 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey
1945 - A Bell for Adano
1947 - All the King's Men
1948 - Tales of the South Pacific
1952 - The Caine Mutiny
1958 - A Death in the Family
1965 - The Keepers of the House - (on Kindle)
1977 - Roots - (Special Citation)
1980 - The Executioner's Song
1981 - A Confederacy of Dunces
1984 - Ironweed
1993 - A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain
2008 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

*On my shelves

6thornton37814
des. 5, 2015, 3:37pm

In that case, I'm going to say "Hi" just so I can be first.

7Ameise1
des. 5, 2015, 4:27pm

Happy New Thread, Donna.

8Carmenere
des. 5, 2015, 5:56pm

Hi stranger! Happy New Thread!!!!!

9dallenbaugh
des. 5, 2015, 6:11pm

Hi Donna, It looks like you have read some great books for 2015. I too am hooked by the TIOLI group and the Hillerman/Longmire group so I will continue these in 2016 and try to join some of the American and British challenges.

Happy Holidays and here's to great reading in the new year.

10BLBera
des. 5, 2015, 6:26pm

Congratulations on reaching 100, Donna. And happy new thread.

11scaifea
des. 6, 2015, 7:48am

Happy new thread, Donna!

12msf59
des. 6, 2015, 9:02am

Happy Sunday, Donna! Happy New thread! It looks like you have been busy but it also looks like you are getting some fine reading in.

Hugs to my pal!

13PaulCranswick
des. 6, 2015, 9:59am

Congratulations on your latest thread, Donna.

Have a lovely Sunday. xx

14RebaRelishesReading
des. 6, 2015, 10:30am

Happy new thread, Donna!

15streamsong
des. 6, 2015, 11:39am

Love the pics uptop! And congrats on meeting your goals! Woot! Woot! (But to stop reading - HA or maybe HOHOHO!)

16cbl_tn
des. 6, 2015, 11:54am

Happy new thread Donna!

17Donna828
des. 6, 2015, 1:59pm

>5 Donna828: I hope I can keep up with all those challenges. I may need to be committed before the end of the year by trying to read all the books I've listed!

>6 thornton37814:
It's good to be first for some things. Unfortunately, I don't offer a prize. However, I'm very glad you are here, Lori!

>7 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara.

>8 Carmenere: Haha, are you saying I don't visit often enough, Lynda? I've been very bad about keeping up lately. I will be over to see you soon.

>9 dallenbaugh: I just listed my grandiose plans for challenges, Donna, but I refuse to feel guilty if I can't keep up. I pretty much read what I want to read and I do want to trim down my home library some more. I hope 2016 is a very good reading year for you, too!

>10 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. Last year I read exactly 100 so anything above that is a bonus!

>11 scaifea: Thank you, Amber. Good to see you here.

18Donna828
des. 6, 2015, 2:04pm

>12 msf59: I'm so glad we are still reading Pals, Mark, even though I have fallen way behind you. You are my Reading Hero…plus you keep up with the threads amazingly well. Do you sleep?

>13 PaulCranswick: I hope your Sunday is going well, Paul. Thanks for hosting the BAC again. That is the toughest challenge for me for some reason.

>14 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba!

>15 streamsong: HoHoHo! Of course I was kidding about stopping at 100. Sitting down with a book will help me keep my sanity over the holidays. Thanks for the visit, Janet.

>16 cbl_tn: Thanks, Carrie!

19EBT1002
des. 6, 2015, 2:16pm

Hi Donna and Happy New Thread! Hearkening back to your prior thread, I'm glad you enjoyed Did You Ever Have a Family. I had a quibble or two with the incorrect geographical descriptions but I really liked the story and the characters.

20LizzieD
des. 6, 2015, 2:32pm

Oh my - at least I can get in at the beginning. Happy New Thread, Donna, and don'T stop reading, you happy goal-meeter, you!

21ronincats
des. 6, 2015, 11:48pm

Hi, Donna!

22Donna828
des. 7, 2015, 11:13am

>19 EBT1002: I remember your comments on that, Ellen. I hate it when something like that happens due to sloppy writing and/or editing. It's so easy to check out locations these days. Maybe Mr. Glegg should write about the part of the country he is most familiar with! Still liked the book, though, as you did.

>20 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Yes, I am always happy to reach my goals especially when they involve reading. I didn't fare as well with the many challenges, but then I didn't expect to read everything suggested. Gotta leave room for free will!

>21 ronincats: Hello there, Roni!

23Donna828
Editat: des. 7, 2015, 11:44am



Book No. 100: We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride. 4.5 stars.

"“It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing. What is most beautiful is least acknowledged. What is worth dying for is barely noticed.”


Don't let this preachy title scare you off. It's taken from a Dickinson poem:

We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies—

The book is told in four narrative voices. Bashkim is an old soul in an 8-year-old body; Luis is his pen pal who is haunted by PTSD; Avis is suffering from a broken marriage and her son's erratic behavior; Roberta is a CASA (court appointed special advocate) volunteer who goes the extra mile. All of the characters are called to rise in their own ways, no matter how large or small. This is a book that needs to be read with the heart. There are some flaws in this debut novel…a few too many coincidences and an improbable ending, but the characters get under the reader's skin and reach out to even the most curmudgeonly reader.

I've been thinking about the book since our book group discussed it. We had one member who didn't like the structure of four different narrators. The rest of us loved it wholeheartedly. I had a colorful array of post-it notes marking the many passages that called out to me. Laura McBride is a compassionate author who takes a raw, emotional story out of the daily newspaper and fleshes it out into a tale of beauty and hope.

24katiekrug
des. 7, 2015, 11:16am

>23 Donna828: - Oooh, 4.5 stars! I'll eagerly await your comments, Donna, as I have that one on my Kindle.

25Donna828
des. 7, 2015, 11:45am

>23 Donna828: Katie, I hope you can tell how much I loved this book from my comments. It will surely be on my Top Ten list for the year.

26katiekrug
des. 7, 2015, 12:06pm

>25 Donna828: - Yes, indeed, Donna. Sounds like a good one! Maybe I can squeeze it in around Christmas.

27Smiler69
des. 7, 2015, 12:29pm

Hi Donna, Happy New Thread! I'm glad to see we'll be sharing a few books in 2016, aka the year of the challenge. I had fun looking over your lists and adding you as a recommender for those books you've read this year which were your favourites, and that are still waiting on my tbr. Can you believe the year is at an end in just three weeks? Where did all that time go??

28vivians
des. 7, 2015, 2:34pm

Hi Donna - congrats on 100! You are so well organized for 2016 - and your line-up sounds terrific. I enjoyed the Longmire series a lot and hope Johnson will be writing more. I've never read any Hillerman though. I'm going to try to follow along with the British author challenge. I added We are Called to Rise to my TBR - thanks for your review!

29Ameise1
des. 7, 2015, 3:14pm

100!!! Congrats. Well done, Donna.

30ronincats
des. 7, 2015, 6:43pm

Woo hoo! Congratulations on hitting the 100 book mark!

31thornton37814
des. 7, 2015, 6:52pm

Adding my congratulations to everyone else's.

32scaifea
des. 8, 2015, 6:38am

>23 Donna828: Whelp, that one looks amazing. Wishlisted!

33RebaRelishesReading
des. 8, 2015, 2:53pm

110 books -- congratulations! I hope to do that again some day.

34Ameise1
des. 12, 2015, 6:13am

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Donna.

35Donna828
Editat: des. 12, 2015, 5:00pm

>26 katiekrug: Let me know how you like it, Katie.

>27 Smiler69: Yes, the time does fly, doesn't it, Ilana? Wait until you get to be my age. The birthdays come quickly. Thank you for setting up the Canadian Author Challenge. I look forward to learning about some new authors.

>28 vivians: Vivian, I am trying to be organized on LT because real life is a mess right now. Lists and unwrapped presents are occupying my space and my reading time. Not happy. Thanks for your visit.

>29 Ameise1: Thanks, Barb!

>30 ronincats: More thanks to you, Roni.

>31 thornton37814: And to you, Lori.

>32 scaifea: Amber, I do hope you get around to reading We Are Called to Rise. I think we'll be hearing more from Laura McBride after her debut novel.

>33 RebaRelishesReading: 100 books seems about right for me, Reba. It even allows me to read some of the longer tomes that call to me.

>34 Ameise1: Ooh, pretty picture. I wish you a happy weekend, too, Barbara.

36Donna828
Editat: des. 12, 2015, 5:15pm



Book No. 101: Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson. 3.8 stars.

"We could put it in the lost and found." I stared at him as he scratched his substantial beard. "Are you sure it's a finger, Geo? 'Cause if we drive all the way out there, and it's the end of a leftover bratwurst…"

"Not 'less they started putting' fingernails on hot dogs."
(22)

Those two dogs on the cover are named Butch and Sundance. They are nice enough to their friends, but don't mess around on the junkyard property if you want to stay in one piece. And that's just where Sheriff Longmire has to go to investigate the lost appendage that turns out to be a thumb. The book also contains a lot of loose beginnings and ends that were hard to keep track of. A few twists here and a turn or two there…and one has the makings of another Longmire mystery. Book No. 6 kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out who was the worst of the bad guys.

37msf59
des. 13, 2015, 8:13am

Happy Sunday, Donna! Wet one today but very mild. I will take it for mid-December.

I see you keeping up with the Longmire series. I plan on bookhorning in book 8, early next year.

BTW: LOVED Our Souls at Night. This man could do no wrong. He will be missed.

38Carmenere
des. 13, 2015, 8:48am

Nice shiny new thread you have here, Donna! I look forward to being one of your book friend in 2016 :0)

39The_Hibernator
des. 13, 2015, 7:54pm

Happy Sunday Donna! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! And happy new thread. I've been looking for the 2016 group so I can get a head-start on my new thread, but it's nowhere to be seen. That's probably for the best - otherwise people might start ignoring their 2015 threads!

40EBT1002
des. 14, 2015, 12:50am

>23 Donna828: What a great 100th book for the year! Congratulations!

I'm listening to Hell is Empty which is the 7th Walt Longmire (right after Junkyard Dogs). Very fun.

41Deern
des. 14, 2015, 7:44am

That sounds like such a worthy #100 - and it's a BB for me, of course. :)
Wishing you a very happy week!

42streamsong
des. 14, 2015, 11:09am

>Great review of Junkyard Dogs. I'm not quite done (currently listening to the last disc) but so far, this is my favorite of the series. Lots of humor and Walt trying to be such a good, kind person.

43bell7
des. 14, 2015, 11:11am

>36 Donna828: I've been hearing such good things about Craig Johnson's books, I really should add that to my list of series to try.

44lit_chick
des. 15, 2015, 10:22am

I really do need to pay more attention, Donna! Completely missed this last 2015 thread until just now. Wonderful review of We Are Called to Rise.

45AMQS
des. 15, 2015, 3:54pm

Hi Donna -- congratulations on 100 books! I added We Are Called to Rise to my wish list -- your quote alone sold it! Hope everyone is well. We are snowed in today!

46Ameise1
des. 19, 2015, 7:41am

Donna, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

47Donna828
des. 19, 2015, 10:41am

>37 msf59: Those Longmire books keep on delivering the goods, don't they Mark? I'll get caught up with you soon I hope. I am with you on Kent Haruf, too. He has left a wonderful reading legacy.

>38 Carmenere: Lynda, it's always good to have friends. I have loved following your travels in books and in real life this year and will gladly continue in 2016.

>39 The_Hibernator: Rachel, I remember the log jam a few years ago when Jim started the new group a few weeks early. Many people had two threads going for awhile. I think I'll wait until the first day of the new year to begin my new thread. I've already done the hard work of listing the challenges I'm interested in so I can just copy and paste and jump right in!

>40 EBT1002: Ellen, it's good to know I have another fun Longmire book to look forward to. I have really enjoyed the series so far.

>41 Deern: It's been a busy and happy week, Nathalie. My Christmas shopping and wrapping are all done so I can relax a bit and enjoy the days leading up to Christmas. Went to our company Christmas dinner yesterday followed by some group games and handing out the bonus checks. It's always good when we have a profitable year and can share the bounty with the people who make it happen.

>42 streamsong: Janet, I really like Walt Longmire as a protagonist. He always tries hard to do the right thing. I like to think he represents the average law enforcer in the U.S. rather than the disgruntled few who make the national news and give a bad image to the good guys.

>43 bell7: Mary, I think you would like the Craig Johnson series. They make fun in-between books. I need to take an occasional break from the literary tomes I love to read.

>44 lit_chick: I'm glad you liked my review, Nancy. I haven't kept my thread too active lately so it gets lost in the lineup. Thanks for finding me again.

>45 AMQS: Hi Anne! I hope there is some snow left for a White Christmas for you. Our last one was in 2009, and it doesn't look like a possibility for this year. There are many quotable lines in We Are Called to Rise. I'm pretty sure you will love it.

>46 Ameise1: Thank you for that elegant scene, Barbara. It looks very peaceful…something we all need more of this time of year.

48Donna828
des. 19, 2015, 11:32am



Book No. 102: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. 4 stars.

"This haint had always been a presence. He was willing to accept that as fact. A blue thing on the edge of his life. But was it a menace, or merely a benign constant that he'd misinterpreted as threatening?"
(137)

This debut novel told the story about the Turner family raised in eastern Detroit before it became an area to avoid because of the crime. The thirteen Turner children spanned a 20-year time frame. Cha Cha (Charles) was the oldest and always did his best to be a good example for his younger siblings. He was haunted by a ghost that his father denied by emphatically stating "There ain't no haints in Detroit" The youngest Turner child, Lelah, hadn't even been born then, but she grew up with the family "myth".

In a family of this size, there can be found plenty of drama, but most of it centered around Cha Cha and Lelah…and what to do with a crumbling house full of memories that was almost worthless but still had a mortgage. Cha Cha dutifully paid this bill each month for his ailing mother Viola who, in her heart, knew she would never be strong enough to return there. It proved to be a haven of sorts for Lelah who lost her job and her apartment. A house that holds so many memories must be revered and not allowed to become another crack house in a neighborhood that represents the deterioration of Detroit as people flocked to the suburbs. At least that's what some of the children think. Others just want to take the loss and move on. They are still a close-knit family despite being spread out and living in different circumstances. Flournoy does a good job juggling this many characters and creating the sense of togetherness despite the usual differences that occur in a family of this size. Telling the story of a decaying neighborhood through the eyes of one family seems like a formidable task, but Flournoy carries it off well. I wouldn't mind it at all if she decided to write more stories about the Turner Family.

49BLBera
des. 19, 2015, 12:07pm

Nice comments on The Turner House, Donna. It seems like there have been many excellent first novels this year.

50The_Hibernator
des. 20, 2015, 11:53pm

>47 Donna828: Yeah, I know why he doesn't want to start the group until the last moment, but I just keep wanting to make a new thread because I've got so many challenges that I want to just write out. But I started a Club Read thread (I'm not usually in Club Read), so maybe I've gotten the new thread thing out of my system. Now I can just copy and paste. :)

51jnwelch
des. 21, 2015, 12:28pm

Happy New Thread, Donna!

Good comments on The Turner House. That's a new one for me. I grew up near Detroit, so that adds to my interest.

52Carmenere
des. 22, 2015, 8:31am

Hi there, Donna

53Donna828
des. 22, 2015, 3:49pm

>49 BLBera: Isn't that great, Beth? Just think of all the books these new authors can write in the future. We'll never run out!

>50 The_Hibernator: Ohoh, I spoke too soon. The new group is up. I think I'll continue to play dumb until the new year, though. You are ambitious, Rachel, planning on keeping two threads alive. I tried one year to have an additional thread in the Category Challenge. I liked the group but couldn't keep up with myself!

>51 jnwelch: Detroit is definitely a big part of The Turner House, Joe. I'm sure you will recognize the areas highlighted. We have good friends who still live in Detroit. It was interesting to see the changes in the neighborhoods they grew up in when we visited several years ago. They live in Bloomfield Hills now so I don't think they have to worry about urban decay.

>52 Carmenere: Aw thanks, Lynda. Books and a warm beverage make a lovely combo. Merry Christmas to you as well, my friend.

54Whisper1
des. 22, 2015, 4:01pm

Congratulations on reading so many books in 2015. I send all good wishes for a lovely holiday.

55Donna828
Editat: des. 22, 2015, 5:37pm



Book No. 103: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 4 stars.

I have been listening to these books off and on for the past few months on the recommendation of my 13-year-old granddaughter. I had a lot of trouble thinking about Sadie and Audrey reading books centered on the idea of children killing other children. However, they have both read all three books and don't seem tainted in any way.

Things are not going well in the futuristic nation of Panem wherein the 12 districts are struggling to survive. Katniss Everdeen lives in one of the poorest districts and feeds her starving family using her hunting skills with a bow and arrow. She is a strong female protagonist which is a good thing as she is one of two 'tributes' from District 12 chosen to compete with other young people in an arena fight to the death. The book ceases to be a fantasy when one remembers Rome and the entertainments provided for the masses. To be continued...

56Donna828
Editat: des. 22, 2015, 4:15pm



Book No. 104: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. 3.6 stars.

This was a dark continuation of The Hunger Games featuring Katniss after her ordeal is over and she returns home. As most middle books in a trilogy, CF starts out slowly with some backstory and the not-too-exciting Victor Tour. President Snow shows up at K's home and convinces her she should still love Peeta, though she thinks she's in love with her childhood friend Gale. Kind of a lame love triangle. I was surprised to find out that Katniss and Peeta would return to the arena once again as a way to 'commemorate' the 25 years of Hunger Games. Here we go again...

57Donna828
Editat: des. 22, 2015, 4:42pm



Book No. 105: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. 2.9 stars.

Katniss becomes the face of rebellion in Panem and the action picks up quite a bit. Too much for me as it evolves into a bloodbath with some of my favorite characters dying in cruel ways. You will have to read the books to find out which ones! The concluding book was also disappointing because Katniss has become so passive and able to be manipulated by others. What happened to our Mockingjay with her power to persuade the people? Some major events are concluded too quickly without the involvement of our heroine. The love triangle is resolved (again, you will have to find out for yourself who "wins") and there is a real ending, flat though it was. As a whole, the trilogy was a good but not great read for me, although I can certainly see why my adolescent granddaughters were captivated by it. Now, if only I can get them to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn or one of the other books I loved at their age, the time I spent in Panem will pay off!

58Donna828
des. 22, 2015, 5:32pm

I'm going to be on the road tomorrow as we head north to Kansas City for an early Christmas celebration with five of our grandchildren. Hope will be missed! It should be a lot of fun even though we will hurry home the next day for a Christmas Eve party at my brother's house.

On Christmas Day we plan to see Star Wars. After that, life will slowly return to normal. I'd like to spend some quality time on LT before the New Year to catch up with many of you. Time is running out so I will have to do the group thing and wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS on my thread. For those who don't celebrate Christmas, Happy Winter Solstice! Here are a few pictures to share a little Christmas/Holiday Spirit…




We had a great visit to Silver Dollar City in Branson. Molly even had fun despite the pouty face!


Haley's Pre-K party was a blast! Especially after all those kids got a sugar buzz…


Gifts from the parents were too big to take to Dodge City so we had some pre-Christmas fun on Saturday.


Eureka! Found a B&N gift card in an unlikely place.
My splurge may inspire my 2016 LT Thread.


This decoration was created by a friend. I liked the message behind the crystal angel
and want to extend it to all my LibraryThing Friends:

The Magic of Christmas never ends
Because its greatest gifts are FAMILY & FRIENDS.


59rosalita
des. 22, 2015, 9:54pm

We had similar reactions to the Hunger Games trilogy, Donna. I also found them progressively worse after a very promising beginning in the first book. Have you read the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness? I found it a more thoughtful and more nuanced version of the YA dystopia thing.

And last but certainly not least, Merry Christmas to you and all your family, Donna!

60Donna828
Editat: des. 22, 2015, 10:34pm

>59 rosalita: Hi Julia and Merry Christmas to you! I really liked The Crane Wife by Ness so I might give his trilogy the green light one of these days. I am looking forward to discussing The Hunger Games with my grands in KC if we have time.

ETA: I was thinking I might need a new fountain pen to write with in My Favorite Things journal. Wouldn't that turquoise Pilot Metropolitan look fetching beside it? I think I like buying myself presents!

61Nancy618
des. 22, 2015, 10:38pm

Beautiful pictures, Donna! Thanks for sharing them! Merry Christmas!! ;-)

62lauralkeet
des. 23, 2015, 7:12am

>58 Donna828: I love the pictures, Donna. Have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas!

63cbl_tn
des. 23, 2015, 8:34am

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

64msf59
Editat: des. 23, 2015, 8:59am



^Have a great holiday season with the family, Donna. Hugs to my pal.

65Ameise1
des. 23, 2015, 10:46am

66rosalita
des. 23, 2015, 11:04am

>60 Donna828: That turquoise Metropolitan is beautiful — I definitely think you need to get it! I got the lime-green one last month, and I really like it. I paired it with green ink, of course.

67Deern
des. 23, 2015, 11:11am

>58 Donna828: What a lovely post!!
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!! {{{hugs}}}

68lit_chick
des. 23, 2015, 12:13pm

What a wonderful holiday post, Donna! Merry Christmas! May much love and laughter fill your family time.

69souloftherose
des. 23, 2015, 1:41pm

Merry Christmas Donna!



>55 Donna828:->57 Donna828: Re your comments on Mockingjay, that was my least favourite of the trilogy and I remember also finding Katniss quite frustrating in this book but I think Roni pointed out to me that she may well be experiencing something like PTSD which might explain her passivity. But still, not one I enjoyed as much as the others.

70nittnut
des. 23, 2015, 3:05pm

71ronincats
des. 23, 2015, 3:05pm



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!

72SandDune
des. 23, 2015, 3:12pm



Happy Christmas Donna!

73Copperskye
des. 24, 2015, 2:10am



Merry Christmas, Donna!

74brenpike
des. 24, 2015, 2:52am

Merry Christmas, Donna :)

75EBT1002
des. 24, 2015, 11:58am



Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas, Donna!

76lkernagh
des. 24, 2015, 12:51pm

There is no chance that I will manage to get caught up with the threads but I had to make sure that I stopped by your thread Donna to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

77catarina1
des. 24, 2015, 1:08pm

I'm hoping you have a happy Christmas and a year full of wonderful books.

78The_Hibernator
des. 24, 2015, 1:19pm

>53 Donna828: Ambitious, yes. I've tried several times to do this, but never manage. The category challenge just doesn't work for me for some reason. And, anyway, I have enough trouble keeping one thread alive. However, I thought it would be interesting to head over to Club Read because there's such a different audience over there.

I haven't read the second or third books in the Hunger Games trilogy. The first one was too violent for me, and I heard the others were much the same, only not as good. So I quit. Maybe someday I'll pick it back up again, but probably not.



Merry Christmas Donna!

79PaulCranswick
des. 24, 2015, 1:40pm



Have a lovely holiday, Donna

80katiekrug
des. 24, 2015, 2:18pm



Warm wishes for a magical holiday season, Donna!

81RebaRelishesReading
des. 24, 2015, 2:56pm

Merry Christmas, Donna!


82streamsong
des. 25, 2015, 10:41am



And may you have a lovely New Year, Donna, filled with wonderful books, lots of grandkisses and cuddles and all your favorite things!

83LizzieD
des. 25, 2015, 8:30pm

Love all the pictures, Donna!

Merry Christmas and Happy, Happy New Year!

84luvamystery65
des. 25, 2015, 8:40pm



Merry Christmas

85ChelleBearss
des. 26, 2015, 9:16am


Merry Christmas, Donna!

86BLBera
des. 26, 2015, 11:52am

Merry Christmas, Donna. I know you are enjoying your family time. Thanks for sharing the pictures and stories. I look forward to 2016 and following your reading; I've gotten many good suggestions from your thread.

87Berly
des. 26, 2015, 4:02pm


88Donna828
des. 27, 2015, 2:58pm

Whew! I finally have some time for my favorite website. We had our extra dog picked up this morning so our life is getting back to normal today. It is raining here just like it did yesterday. I'm not going to complain, however, after seeing the tornado damage south of us and the blizzard to the southwest. Our kids got out of Dodge City a day early so they could miss that experience. I hope all our LT Peeps are safe from the storms.

It is heartwarming to get all these wonderful Christmas greetings. Thank you and Happy Holidays to Nancy, Laura, Carrie, Mark, Barbara, Julie, Nathalie, Nancy in Canada, Heather, Jenn, Roni, Rhian, Joanne, Brenda, Ellen, Lori, Catarina, Rachel, Paul, Katie, Reba, Janet, Peggy, and Roberta. I value the friendship from each and every one of you and look forward to another year of talking about books with you.

89Donna828
des. 27, 2015, 3:04pm

Whoops, adding Chelle, Beth, and Kim to that group love. My laptop must be as tired as I am because it hadn't updated yesterday's messages when I logged on.

So…we went to see The Force Awakens on Christmas. Got to the theater almost an hour early to get good seats, but at least they weren't sold out. It was packed by the time the movie started. It was everything I had hoped for. My husband is more discriminating than I am, however, and made the comment that "it won't be in my Top Ten"! He's like that with books, too. I'm just glad he still likes me after 47 years together!

90Donna828
des. 27, 2015, 3:59pm


I couldn't resist showing off the oldest three grandchildren: Griffin (8), Audrey (11), and Sadie (13).
Most of you "know" Molly (2.5) and Haley (5). They are bookended by two proud grandparents!

91RebaRelishesReading
des. 27, 2015, 5:26pm

Wonderful family photo -- thank you for sharing it.

92AMQS
des. 27, 2015, 6:15pm

Love the family photo! You are a very good person to read The Hunger Games books, though I agree with you that you should share your granddaughters' reading interests if you want them to share yours:) Like you, I liked the first best of all in the series, and like you, I LOVED A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, though I haven't been able to convince my daughters to read it. It probably doesn't help that my much-loved, much-read copy is falling apart. Happy New Year to you!

93vancouverdeb
des. 27, 2015, 7:47pm

What a lovely photo of you and your grandchildren and your husband! They are darling! A belated Merry Christmas! I am going to have to put We are Called to Rise on my wishlist. I am set up for the Canadian Author Challange with Man ( no touchstone) by Kim Thuy for January, but like you, no new thread as yet. One thread is all I can manage at a time.

94The_Hibernator
des. 27, 2015, 11:14pm

My nephew and I went to The Force Awakens on the 23rd and the theater was only half full. He sure did love it.

95jnwelch
des. 28, 2015, 11:24am

Happy Holidays, Donna!

Great photos in >58 Donna828: and >90 Donna828: - what a wonderful family you have.

It sounds like I enjoyed Mockingjay more than you did, but I also found it hard to lose those characters.

96BLBera
des. 28, 2015, 12:27pm

Great photo, Donna. I'll look forward to watching the grandkids grow even more in 2016. Wasn't Molly just born?

97thornton37814
des. 28, 2015, 9:16pm

Catching up here after being out of town. I haven't been to Silver Dollar City in years. Of course, we have Dollywood around here which was Silver Dollar City before it became Dollywood, but it's character has changed a lot over the years.

98LauraBrook
des. 28, 2015, 10:23pm

An early Happy New Year to you, Donna! Hope 2016 is an excellent year for all of us!

99Donna828
des. 30, 2015, 3:44pm

>91 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba!

>92 AMQS: Anne, I haven't asked them to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn yet. I might suggest I Captured the Castle first as it has a love story in it. I don't want to scare them away! Happy--and Healthy-- New Year to you and your family.

>93 vancouverdeb: I think I'll start my new thread tomorrow, Deborah. I imagine the 2016 group will be overwhelming for a few weeks, especially as I am already behind! I will be reading The Rebel Angels for the CAC. If it's anywhere near as good as the Deptford trilogy, I will be very happy.

>94 The_Hibernator: You are an awesome aunt, Rachel. Did you like the movie? I know it's kind of cheesy but I liked that they were able to bring back some of the old characters and that they melded so well with the new ones.

>95 jnwelch: Joe, Ms. Collins did well to make me care about her good guy characters and to detest Snow and the other villains. Violence done to children just gets to me. I don't think I'll be seeing the movies but I am glad I read the books. Thank you for those kind comments on my family. They are keepers!

>96 BLBera: Yes, Molly was just born…at least it seems that way. I'm sure you feel the same way about Scout. It is a cliche for a good reason--they just grow up too darn fast!

>97 thornton37814: That's interesting about Dollywood being Silver Dollar City first. I used to love SDC when it first opened and emphasized the old way of doing things. Now is it just another amusement park, although one can still find the blacksmith and candy maker. I also enjoy the music festivals. Mostly, we try to avoid Branson and the tourists.

>98 LauraBrook: Hi Laura, so good to see you. I hope 2016 holds many good things in store for you.

100jnwelch
des. 30, 2015, 4:08pm

>99 Donna828: Totally understand your feelings about the violence done to children, Donna. That has put me off of more than one book, too. Not sure why I could handle it with these ones.

101thornton37814
des. 30, 2015, 4:16pm

>99 Donna828: Actually it got its early start as something like "Gold Rush Junction." Carrie (cbl_tn) can tell you because she remembers it back then. It was Silver Dollar City the first time I went there. I've been to the one in Branson too.

102Donna828
des. 30, 2015, 5:26pm

>100 jnwelch: Maybe because the violence was done by other children for the most part? It could have been a bigger part of the stories in the first two books. It was only in the third one that it really got through to me. On the whole, I thought the books were well done. I just wish they hadn't been marketed to such a young audience.

>101 thornton37814: Very interesting, Lori. I wonder how many other Silver Dollar Cities there are/were? I really liked Branson in the "old" days of the 70s when there was only a much smaller version of SDC and a very few music theaters. Now it's a mess. The outlet malls didn't help! We used to take the kids and have picnics by the dam and stop in at some of the shops downtown. The area is still beautiful with the rolling hills and lots of trees. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

103Donna828
Editat: des. 31, 2015, 2:57pm



Book No. 106: A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami. 3.7 stars.

"Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.”


So, what do doughnuts have to do with sheep? Not one thing. I just liked the thought and it made me think that Murakami seems to put a lot of random thoughts in his novels. The books are quirky enough that they seem to fit. As I've said before, his books have a dreamlike quality so that doughnuts and sheep make perfect sense in that in-between world.

I have to be in a certain mood to read one of M's books. I didn't have much quality reading time before Christmas so I had to begin again when my life slowed down. I still don't have much to say about this book. I couldn't buy into its premise that certain sheep want to take over the body of a man so that "sheep thought" can rule. I don't know much about sheep but they appear to be among the dumbest animals on earth. So I guess only the "smart" sheep have such aspirations… I rather like Murakami's books as long as I don't have to explain them! They're the type of books to read for entertainment and the interesting ideas. It doesn't hurt that Murakami is a good writer with a vivid imagination.

ETA: I just read the reviews on LT and learned that this was the end of a trilogy. Perhaps I would have gotten more out of it had I read the other two books first. As it stands, I am satisfied with my time in Murakami's weird world so will move on to something else.

104AMQS
des. 31, 2015, 2:08am

>100 jnwelch:, >102 Donna828: They're definitely YA books, but like many things meant for older kids, the younger kids want them too. I had a very hard time with the movie. The violence was hard for its own sake, but what the movie captures really well is the entertainment piece- what a diverting spectacle it is for the residents of the Capitol. That affected me more than what happened in the games, perhaps because it is so very like our reality-TV (and from what I can tell, really really awful and even exploitative reality TV) crazed culture.

105thornton37814
des. 31, 2015, 10:44am

>102 Donna828: As far as I know, there were only the two Silver Dollar City locations. I seem to remember some literature to that effect.

106lit_chick
des. 31, 2015, 12:09pm

Grogeous photo of you and DH with your beautiful grandchildren, Donna!

107Donna828
des. 31, 2015, 1:40pm

>104 AMQS: I agree about the younger kids, Anne. Sadie is almost 14 so can qualify as a young YA…but Audrey who is 2.5 years younger has to do everything big sister does, so she tends to read books above her age level, though not her reading level. My daughter is a lot like me as a mother. I didn't censor books, but tried to keep her in age-appropriate material.

>105 thornton37814: Well, that's one more SDC than I was aware of. I wonder if that happened during my Colorado years in the 90s.

>106 lit_chick: Thanks, Nancy. I wish Hope could have been in it. Maybe next year.

I am in the mood to begin a new thread for the new year. However, I have imposed a very boring task upon myself. I am linking up all the books read in 2015 to my comments on the various threads. Only three months to go now...

108Ameise1
des. 31, 2015, 3:38pm

109Donna828
des. 31, 2015, 3:59pm

Thanks, Barbara, and I wish the same for you!

It's been a good reading year for me. I think I say that every year which is a GoodThing! I have always considered reading my go-to hobby, sport, career, lifeline, etc. You get the picture! After thinking up several clever titles for my new thread, I have decided to go back to simplicity.

I joined LibraryThing in March of 2007. On April 1st of 2008, I tentatively started a thread in the 50 Books Challenge Group. When I saw how much fun the 75ers had, I joined the party in 2009. For the first two years I was simply known as DonnaReads. Then I got creative in 2011 and became 'Donna828 is Overbooked'. The next year I read 'Between the Lines'. I celebrated my 'Joy of Reading' in 2013, had 'High Hopes' dedicated to my youngest grandchild in 2014. Most recently, I confessed that I was a 'Book Junkie'.

So what's left? Like I said, I want to go back to a simple title so my new thread or threads will be named "Donna's Reading Life" until I come up with something I like better.

Come join me over here

110Storeetllr
des. 31, 2015, 6:39pm

>90 Donna828: Lovely family photo, Donna! Such beautiful little ones! Here's to another year of good times and good books!

111thornton37814
des. 31, 2015, 7:56pm

>109 Donna828: According to Wikipedia, it was Silver Dollar City from 1977 to 1986 when Dolly purchased it, and it opened for that season as Dollywood. Interestingly, the article says it was first Rebel Railroad and then Goldrush Junction. Apparently it became a sister park to the Branson one in 1976 when it was purchased by the Silver Dollar City folks and was just called "Goldrush" but then in 1977, they began calling it "Silver Dollar City."