karenmarie's book journey of 2016, thread #5
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Here's the list of what I've read so far this year:
1. van Loon's Geography by Hendrik Willem van Loon 11/1/15 01/02/16 ***1/2 505 pages hardcover
2. *reread* The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto 12/9/15 1/7/16 ***1/2 **audiobook** 622 pages hardcover
3. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay 1/2/16 1/8/16 ***1/2 292 pages trade paperback
4. Pacific: Silicon Chips by Simon Winchester 1/3/16 1/24/16 ***1/2 444 pages hardcover
5. At Home by Bill Bryson 1/8/16 1/28/16 **audiobook** **** 560 pages hardcover
6. The Unstrung Harp by Edward Gorey 1/24/16 1/24/16 **** 64 pages hardcover
7. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker 1/24/16 2/2/16 **** 640 pages trade paperback
8. *reread* Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 2/2/16 2/3/16 **** 212 pages hardcover
9. Desert Heat by J.A. Jance 2/3/16 2/4/16 *** 373 pages MM paperback
10. The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson 2/4/16 2/8/16 *** 376 pages hardcover
11. A Key into the Language of America by Roger Williams 2/8/16 4/4/16 *** 205 pages trade paperback
12. *reread* Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories by J. Sheridan LeFanu 2/8/16 2/9/15 **1/2 92 pages trade paperback
13. Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews 2/9/16 2/12/16 ***1/2 427 pages hardcover
14. *reread* The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith 2/1/16 3/4/16 **** **audiobook** 464 pages hardcover
15. The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink by Erle Stanley Gardner 2/14/16 2/15/16 **1/2 226 pages mass market paperback
16. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin 2/13/16 2/16/16 ***1/2 228 pages mass market paperback
17. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 2/16/16 2/17/16 **** 323 pages hardcover
18. Fox Evil by Minette Walters 2/17/16 2/24/16 **** 369 pages hardcover
19. No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd 2/24/16 2/26/16 **** 341 pages hardcover
20. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham 2/27/16 3/1/16 ****1/2 455 pages trade paperback
21. Demelza by Winston Graham 3/3/16 3/4/16 **** 432 pages trade paperback
22. Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews 3/8/16 3/11/16 *** 464 pages trade paperback
23. My American Duchess by Eloisa James 3/12/16 3/15/16 **1/2 404 pages mass market paperback
24. Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson 3/18/16 3/21/16 ***1/2 218 pages trade paperback
25. *reread* The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 3/21/16 **** *audiobook** 455 pages hardcover
26. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben 3/25/16 3/27/16 **** 387 pages hardcover
27. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver 3/27/16 3/31/16 **** 437 pages hardcover
28. Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews 3/31/16 4/2/16 *** 419 pages hardcover
29. *reread* Funerals are Fatal by Agatha Christie 4/4/16 4/5/16 ***1/2 226 pages hardcover
30. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer 4/8/16 4/10/16 ***1/2 316 pages trade paperback
31. *reread* Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 4/10/16 4/14/16 **** 850 pages mass market paperback
32. *reread* Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon 4/15/16 4/24/16 **** 947 pages mass market paperback
33. On the Choice of a Mistress by Benjamin Franklin 4/22/16 5/24/16 ***1/2 59 pages mass market paperback
34. *reread* Voyager by Diana Gabaldon 4/24/16 4/30/16 **** 1059 pages mass market paperback
35. *reread* Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock 4/29/16 4/29/16 **** 48 pages hardcover
36. Sabine's Notebook by Nick Bantock 4/29/16 4/29/16 **** 48 pages hardcover
37. The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock 4/29/16 4/29/16 **** 48 pages hardcover
38. *reread* Drums of Autumn by Diane Gabaldon 4/30/16 5/8/16 1070 pages **** mass market paperback
39. The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock 5/8/16 5/9/16 **** 60 pages hardcover
40. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon 5/8/16 5/17/16 ****1/2 979 pages hardcover
41. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler 5/25/16 5/30/16 ****1/2 375 pages hardcover
42. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon 5/17/16 6/2/16 **** 980 pages hardcover
43. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon 6/2/16 6/23/16 **** 820 pages hardcover
44. Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon 6/23/16 7/1/16 ***1/2 825 pages hardcover
45. The Fireman by Joe Hill 7/2/16 7/14/16 ***1/2 748 pages hardcover
46. Hot Guys and Kittens by Audrey Kuhner 7/7/16 7/7/16 ****
47. Enough Rope by Dorothy Parker 7/14/16 7/14/16 **** 110 pages hardcover
48. Who Stole Sassi Manoon? by Donald E. Westlake 7/13/16 7/14/16 ***1/2 178 pages hardcover
49. String Theory by David Foster Wallace with an introduction by John Jeremiah Sullivan 07/14/16 07/15/16 **** 138 pages hardcover
50. *reread* Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith 7/18/16 8/4/16 **** **audiobook** 512 pages hardcover
51. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters 07/15/16 07/25/16 **** 326 pages hardcover
52. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman 07/24/16 7/30/16 ****1/2 343 pages trade paperback
53. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 7/30/16 8/1/16 ***** 255 pages hardcover
54. But Nellie Was So Nice by Mary McCullen 08/03/16 08/04/16 ***1/2 183 pages hardcover
55. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling et. al. 8/5/16 8/6/16 **** 308 pages hardcover
56. Rooms by Lauren Oliver 08/06/16 8/9/16 **** 303 pages trade paperback
57. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny 8/9/16 8/14/16 *** 386 pages trade paperback (ARC)
58. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones 8/15/16 8/18/16 ** 420 pages trade paperback
59. Where God Was Born by Bruce Feiler 7/30/16 8/18/16 *** **audiobook** 381 pages trade paperback
60. The Night of the Mary Kay Commandos Featuring Smell O-Toons by Berke Breathed 8/25/16 8/26/16 **** 96 pages paperback
61. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson 8/19/16 8/28/16 **** 864 pages trade paperback
62. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear 8/28/16 8/31/16 *** 294 pages trade paperback
63. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee 9/1/16 9/3/16 ***1/2 278 pages hardcover
64. Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer 9/4/16 9/4/16 *** 368 pages trade paperback
65. A Gentleman's Mistress by Mary Brendan 9/5/16 9/5/16 ***1/2 206 pages mass market paperback
66. The Wary Spinster by April Kihlstrom 9/8/16 9/8/16 *** 222 pages mass market paperback
67. The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham 9/8/16 9/9/16 **1/2 208 pages mass market paperback
68. A Radical Arrangement by Jane Ashford 9/9/16 9/10/16 ***222 pages mass market paperback
69. Miss Dornton's Hero by Elisabeth Fairchild 9/10/16 9/11/16 *** 1/2 212 pages mass market paperback incl Author's Note
70. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 8/5/16 9/14/16 ***** **audiobook** 255 pages hardcover
71. Yukon Ho! by Bill Watterson 09/14/16 09/14/16 **** 128 pages paperback
72. All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen 9/11/16 9/18/16 ****1/2 330 pages trade paperback (ARC)
73. The Lonely Dwarf by Rosemary Lamkey 9/18/16 9/18/16 ** 49 pages hardcover
74. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty 9/19/16 9/20/16 **** 464 pages trade paperback
75. Yuge! by Gary Trudeau 9/20/16 9/26/16 **** 111 pages trade paperback 2016
76. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 9/1/16 9/28/16 ***1/2 472 pages hardcover
77. Until I Find You by John Irving 9/1/16 9/29/16 ****1/2 820 pages hardcover
78. The Dinosaur Feather by S. J. Gazan 9/29/16 10/5/16 ***1/2 431 pages hardcover 2008
79. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 10/5/16 10/17/16 **** 484 pages trade paperback
80. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer 10/17/16 10/25/16 **** 337 pages trade paperback
81. America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis 9/15/16 11/3/16 **** **audiobook** 288 pages hardcover
82. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis 10/30/16 11/5/16 **** 493 pages mass market paperback
83. Cakewalk by Rita Mae Brown 11/5/16 11/7/16 **1/2 301 pages hardcover
84. Love Story with Murders by Harry Bingham 11/8/16 11/15/16 **** 387 pages hardcover
85. The Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato 11/15/16 11/16/16 ***1/2 266 pages trade paperback
86. Night School by Lee Child 11/17/16 11/20/16 ***1/2 369 pages hardcover
87. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris 11/3/16 11/21/16 ***1/2 **audiobook**
88. Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene 11/27/16 12/3/16 **** 254 pages trade paperback
89. The Nobody by Diane Farr 13/4/16 12/7/16 *** 223 pages mass market papererback
90. Lord Avery's Legacy by Allison Lane 12/8/16 12/13/16 ** 224 pages mass market paperback
91. The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner 12/15/16 12/17/16 *** 262 pages mass market paperback
92. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain 12/18/16 12/25/16 **1/2 497 pages hardcover
93. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 12/25/16 12/31/16 **** 441 pages trade paperback
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt 11/15/16 318 pages hardcover 2012
Defining the Wind by Scott Huler 277 pages trade paperback 2004
End of Watch by Stephen King 12/31/16 429 pages hardcover 2016
January - 16
Amazon Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Amazon The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
AbeBooks Shooting Stars by Stephan Zweig
Bookmooch Pay Dirt by Rita Mae Brown
Bookmooch Murder at Monticello by Rita Mae Brown
Thrift Store Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews
Thrift Store The Pope's Rhinoceros by Lawrence Norfolk
Thrift Store The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
Amazon A Catholic Interlinear Old Testament Polyglot Volume 6 by Paul A. Boer Sr.
Journal Subscription Lapham's Quarterly Volume IX, Number 1, Winter 2016:Spies by Lewis Lapham
Amazon The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson
Thrift Store The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black
Thrift Store The Stolen Bride by Jo Beverly
Thrift Store The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
Thrift Store The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
Amazon The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
February - 9
Circle City Books Used Books Desert Heat by J.A. Jance
Circle City Books Used Books The Arrangement by Suzanne Forster
Amazon Dead in the Scrub by B.J. Oliphant
Bookmooch The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
Amazon - Christmas Money No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd
Bookmooch Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance
Bookmooch Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell
Amazon A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
Amazon Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
March - 10
Amazon Demelza by Winston Graham
Amazon Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham
Thrift Store Dark Places Gillian Flynn
Thrift Store Outlaw Mountain by J.A. Jance
Thrift Store Damage Control by J.A. Jance
Thrift Store Dead Wrong by J.A. Jance
Amazon Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Neighbor Larry Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
Neighbor Larry The Talisman by Stephen King
Costco Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
April - 80 (76 Friends of the Library Sale, 4 Amazon)
Amazon Lexicon by Max Barry
Amazon And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Amazon Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Amazon The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
Easton Press 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" leather-bound books of poems by: Browning, Burns, Byron, Coleridge, Longfellow, Shakespeare, Shelley, Tennyson
The Friendly Jane Austen by Natalie Tyler
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Life for a Life by T. Frank Muir touchstone not working
Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Love Story, with Murders by Harry Bingham
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer
Night Train by Martin Amis
The Arts by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews
On the Choice of a Mistress by Benjamin Franklin
The Chessmen by Peter May
Blowback by Peter May
The Lewis Man by Peter May
Exit Lines by Reginald Hill
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
Bruno Chief of Police by Martin Walker
The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland
Police by Jo Nesbo
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
One Man's Flag by David Downing
Dark Mirror by Barry Maitland
Folly du Jour by Barbara Cleverly
The Blood Royal by Barbara Cleverly
The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization by Hornblower and Spawforth
How to Do Everything by Courtney Rosen & the eHow Editors
Three Exemplary Novels by Miguel de Cervantes
King of the Confessors by Thomas Hoving
Heloise & Abelard by James Burge
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sheryl
Jefferson's Legacy A Brief History of the Library of Congress by John Y. Cole
Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry
Passing on by Penelope Lively
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
The Illustrious Dead by Stephan Talty
Impulse & Initiative by Abigail Reynolds
The Game of Thirty by William Kotzwinkle
Autumn, All The Cats Return by Philippe Georget
The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg
The Spellmans Strike Again by Lisa Lutz
Fiddlers by Ed McBain
In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie
A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell
Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
Where God Was Born by Bruce Feiler audiobook
America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis audiobook
His Excellency George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis audiobook
Paris by Edward Rutherford audiobook
May - 19
Family 9 Bibles
Family 2 New Testaments
Neighbor Louise Cold Vengeance by Preston & Child
Amazon The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock
Bookmooch Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue
Amazon The Prague Cemetary by Umberto Eco
Amazon The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
Amazon The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
Friend Karen Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
Friend Karen The Moor by Laurie R. King
June - 18
Thrift Store Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cookie Book
Amazon The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
Friend Karen North Carolina Architecture
Friend Karen North Carolina Pottery
Amazon The Romantic Egoists
Amazon 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse
Amazon To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Amazon - Christmas Money End of Watch by Stephen King
Amazon The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
Thrift Store lightning by Dean Koontz
Thrift Store Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
Thrift Store Ape House by Sara Gruen
Costco The Fireman by Joe Hill
Amazon The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Amazon Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
Amazon Written in My Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Amazon The Outlandish Companion Volume 2 by Diana Gabaldon
Amazon Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
July - 7
Amazon Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
Friend Karen Hot Guys and Kittens by Audrey Khuner
Showed up on Shelves - probably from Friends of the Library Sale Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Amazon Who Stole Sassi Manoon? by Donald E. Westlake
Amazon String Theory by David Foster Wallace
msf59 Crow Lake by Mary Larson
msf59 Astray by Emma Donoghue
August - 19
Amazon - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Friend Teresa When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
Friend Sarah A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Friend Louise The Divide by Nicholas Evans
Friend Louise A God in Ruins by Leon Uris
Friend Louise Regulated for Murder bu Suzanne Adair
Thrift Store Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe
Thrift Store A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horowitz
Thrift Store The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones
Thrift Store In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Thrift Store Sentenced to Die by J.A. Jance
Thrift Store Impulse & Initiative by Abigail Reynolds
Amazon Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Amazon The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
Friend Louise Unquiet by John Connolly
Amazon Vanishing Point by Michael Roessner
McIntyres Fine Books and Bookends A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
McIntyres Fine Books and Bookends Let it Bleed by Ian Rankin
McIntyres Fine Books and Bookends River of Darkness by Rennie Airth - returned and replaced with
McIntyres Fine Books and Bookends Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard
September – 56
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard J. Carwardine
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – I’m sad because the box is seriously damaged, but the CDs are immaculate
Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
Summerland by Michael Chabon
Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
The Greater Journey by David McCullough
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
The Old Devils by Kinglsey Amis
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
The Portable Dorothy Parker with an introduction by Brendan Gill
Euphoria by Lily King
The Enormous Room by e.e. cummings
In One Person by John Irving
The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
The Teachings of Don Juan
A Separate Reality
Journey to Ixtlan
Tales of Power
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell
The Real Jane Austen by Paula Byrne
A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay
Redemption Road by John Hart
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
This Fabulous Century: 1910-1920 by the Editors of Time-Life Books
The Distant Echo by Val McDermid - hardcover
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works by Jonathan Swift - trade paperback
Three Complete Novels in One Book: O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather- hardcover
The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White - hardcover
Kim by Rudyard Kipling - hardcover
Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride - trade paperback
Voltaire's Calligrapher by Pablo de Santis - trade paperback
The Dream-Detective by Sax Rohmer - trade paperback
The Chameleon's Shadow by Minette Walters - hardcover
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks - hardcover
Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes - hardcover
Nelson's complete book of Bible Maps & Charts - Thomas Nelson Publishers - trade paperback
Ask Your Angels by Alma Daniel, Timothy Wyllie, and Andrew Ramer - trade paperback
The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by the Editors of American Heritage The Magazine of History - two hardcover volumes slipcased
Amazon We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
Bookmooch The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan
Amazon Like Water on Stone by Grant Steen
Amazon The Grand Tour by Matthew Prichard
October - 3 237 ytd
Amazon The Horse and His boy by C.S. Lewis
Lapham's Quarterly Volume IX, Number 4, Fall 2016:Flesh
Amazon The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
November - 12 249 ytd
? That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx - it was on the little yellow table and I don't know how it got there
Amazon Cakewalk by Rita Mae Brown
Thrift Store The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Thrift Store Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Thrift Store A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Thrift Store The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Vick Levy Krupp
Amazon The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Amazon Night School by Lee Child
Bookmooch Blood, Tears and Folly by Len Deighton
Amazon The Literary Study Bible
Bookmooch A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Quail Ridge Books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
December - 3 so far
DFW Airport Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Xmas Present A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
Amazon Defining the Wind by Scott Huler
Xmas Present The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Xmas Present I Let You Go by Claire MacIntosh
Thrift Store I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
Thrift Store Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Thrift Store Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner
257 so far. Yikes.
1. Angel Face by Suzanne Forster. I liked some of her thrillers, but started this one and realized this wasn't a keeper.
2. The History of Ancient Egypt by Professor Bob Brier. Dull as ditch water. Dry. Sahara-like, even with photos. Abandoned.
3. Bathroom Reading: Short Stories for Short Visits by Rick Bylina. Where in heaven's name did I get this one?
4. Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay. Thought I'd like it when I found it at the thrift store. Looked at the back cover and NO.
5. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner. Read it, liked it, time for it to go.
6. Faithful Place by Tana French. Duplicate copy.
7. Accused by Mark Giminez. Read, liked.
8. Con Law by Mark Giminez. Started twice, didn't like.
9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Bought it but am not reading this type of fiction now.
10. The Shack by William P. Young. Christian fiction. I'm not Christian, so don't know why I bookmooched it.
11. The Witch's Boy by Alex Beecroft. Fantasy. I'm past my (admittedly short) fantasy phase.
12. Raising Abel by W Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear. Too many thrillers, too little time.
13. To the Power of Three by Laura Lippman. thought it was part of her Tess Monaghan series, but it wasn't.
14. E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton. Found a hardcover to replace.
15. I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton. Found a hardcover to replace.
16. Passage by Connie Willis. Won't ever read again, need the shelf space.
17. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Found a lovely hardcover copy for daughter, so don't need to keep on my shelves. I'll never read it again.
18. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell. First of a series, terrific, won't continue the series.
19. Under the Beetle's Cellar by Mary Willis Walker. Don't want to read about buried children.
20. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. fantasy. See #11.
21. Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories by J. Sheridan LeFanu. Read twice.
22. As Husbands Go by Susan Isaacs
23. good in bed by Jennifer Weiner. A very good book, just don't want to keep it any more.
24. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner.
25 The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner. Bought at a thrift store, now don't know why.
26. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
27. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. Saw the movie, hated it, will never read the book.
28. Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt. Loved this book, but hated others in the series.
29. The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink by Erle Stanley Gardner - I must have read it in my early teens because I read ALL the Perry Mason books but don't remember a single thing about it. I just re-read it and don't want it on my shelves any more.
30. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton. Duplicate.
31. One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz. Duplicate.
32. Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston. Read it for bookclub and disliked it.
33. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Read it, don't need it cluttering up my shelves.
34. The True Darcy Spirit by Elizabeth Aston. duplicate.
35. Black Fly Season by Giles Blunt. Abandoned the series with this one.
36. The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte.
37. Leonardo's Swans by Karen Essex. I'm less inclined to read historical fiction.
38. Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser.
39. The Jester by James Patterson and Andrew Gross.
40. Calamity Town by Ellery Queen. I liked his older stuff, not so much his newer stuff.
41-52. The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton, hardcovers: A,B,C,D,G,H,J,K,L,M,N,O. Duplicates.
53. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. Duplicate.
54. Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner. Read it, don't need it cluttering up my shelves.
55. These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon. I don't know how I got this on my shelves, but don't read Jan Karon.
56. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
57. Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer. Bought both of these at the thrift store for daughter when she was about 12 or so - 10 years on my shelves is more than enough.
58. Murder Being Once Done by Ruth Rendell. duplicate copy.
59. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh. duplicate copy.
60. Jade Island by Elizabeth Lowell. Had the trilogy, got rid of the first and third. Here goes number two.
61. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. Just because.
62. Murphy's Law by Lori Foster. silly romance.
63. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Blech. Tried reading it and was irritated beyond measure. got these CDs at the library sale and don't even want to try them.
64. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. Dated. won't ever read again.
65. Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews. Vacation read. Off to the thrift store.
66. My American Dutchess by Eloisa James. Vacation read. Off to the thrift store.
67. Revenge by Lisa Jackson. Read 2/3 of it and just couldn't continue.
68. Favorite Brand Name low-carb magic by Publications International, LTD
69. The Charlotte Cookbook duplicate
70. Nourshing Traditions
71. The Chapel Hill Cook Book duplicate
72. Favorite Recipes from our Best Cooks Cookbook by Woman's Club and Jr. Woman's Club of Diamond Bar
73. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
74. Umbrella by Will Self
75. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
76. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
77. Bad Men by John Connolly
78. King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
79. Long Lost by Harlan Coben
80. Presidential Quiz Book by E. H. Gwynne Thomas
81. The Pursuit of Pleasure by Elizabeth Essex
82. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
83. The Source by James Michener An old faded, creased copy. I have two others
84. Lady Fortune by Anne Stuart Not worth carrying upstairs to my retreat.
85. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley duplicate copy, sent to daughter for her shelves
86. The Endangered Arctic by Fredrick Granath
87. Night of Sin by Julia Ross
88. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones read and found wanting
89. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris audiobook
90. The Ice Master by Jennifer Niven audiobook
91. Lost in the Amazon by Stephen Kirkpatrick and Marlo Carter Patrick
92. The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce started and ugh!
93. The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell will never read the rest of the series
94. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie duplicate copy
95. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen duplicate copy
96. The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter duplicate copy
97. The Celestine Prophecy: An Experimental Guide by James Redfield
98. Where God Was Born by Bruce Feiler audiobook
99. Death of an Expert Witness by P.D. James duplicate copy
100. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux duplicate copy
101. Miss Grantham's One True Sin by Melynda Beth Skinner started and abandoned
102. The Wary Spinster by April Kilhstrom read and don't need to keep on my shelves
103. The Masked Heiress by Vanessa Gray started and abandoned
104. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson bought soft cover, this is a duplicate
105. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick duplicate purchased at FOCCL sale
106. The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig duplicate purchased at FOCCL sale
107. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer duplicate
108. April Lady by Georgette Heyer duplicate
109. Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer duplicate
110. The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer duplicate
111. The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer duplicate
112. Tempting Harriet by Mary Balogh duplicate
113. The Gilded Web by Mary Balogh duplicate
114. The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie duplicate
115. The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories by Agatha Christie duplicate
116. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens triplicate
117. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens triplicate
118. So Well Remembered by James Hilton duplicate
119. River of Darkness by Rennie Airth abandoned after 202 pages
120. Lord Avery's Legacy by Allison Lane read, not worth keeping
121. The Nobody by Diane Farr read, not worth keeping
121. The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner read, not worth keeping
Note: This does not include books/pages/hours abandoned. I'm going to keep track of those separately in 2017.
YTD average pages read per day 87
YTD average pages per book 341
YTD Audiobook hours 104
YTD Physical pages read 31,717
YTD Page Equivalents read 34,951
257 books acquired in 2016
121 books culled in 2016
Culls were given to daughter or donated to the thrifts store or given to our cleaning crew! Little Yellow Table in the Sunroom ready to go for 2017 culls. The only books on it are books loaned to me, absolutely none of which I'm interested in, and need to return soon!
US Born 69%
Foreign Born 31%
Trade Pback 26%
Mass Market 18%
My Library 99%
Author Birth Country
Original Year Published
1643 1% / 1991 2%
1861 1% / 1992 2%
1926 1% / 1993 3%
1929 1% / 1995 1%
1932 1% / 1996 1%
1934 1% / 1998 2%
1939 1% / 1999 1%
1945 2% / 2001 1%
1946 2% / 2002 1%
1952 1% / 2003 2%
1953 2% / 2004 2%
1955 1% / 2005 5%
1958 1% / 2006 1%
1960 2% / 2008 2%
1962 1% / 2009 2%
1969 2% / 2010 1%
1974 1% / 2011 1%
1979 1% / 2012 3%
1983 2% / 2013 5%
1987 1% / 2014 6%
1988 1% / 2015 6%
1989 1% / 2016 15%
Here: Now the thread is just...well..ducky. Or....
Sorry you bailed on Dutch. I just counted, and I've got 31 of his novels on my shelves, all of which I have read. That's not all of his output. Have you seen the film of "Get Shorty". That's one of our keepers; Travolta, DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Hackman, Gandolfini, Dennis Farina. A lot of the movie dialogue is straight out of the book. Leonard reportedly said that he didn't realize how funny the story was until he saw the movie.
Happy new thread.
>7 weird_O: Thanks, Bill. It took me a couple of glances to see what you mean.....
So I checked on Bookmooch, a book swap website I use, and found two books by Elmore Leonard that I just mooched (I've earned points by sending books to other folks, so can use points to mooch books.....) - Touch and Bandits.
I forgot that he wrote the Raylan Givens novels - I'm sure it wasn't nearly as good as the books but we saw the series Justified and really liked it.
>8 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Thanksgiving has interrupted any serious reading, but I will start up again tomorrow. I'm ashamed to say I'm still on the first chapter, but oh well. I'm so glad you love it. It's dense material and thought provoking. I think I'll treat it like I did Great Expectations - either a chapter or so many pages a day, otherwise I'll probably feel overwhelmed.
>9 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul! I love having visitors.
Daughter's gone back to Wilmington, the house is almost back to normal from Thanksgiving and daughter's visit. Whew. Time to relax this afternoon.
I've got two books going right now - the book Rachel mentioned above, The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, and the book for our December 4th book club discussion, Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene.
Here are my current statistics: YTD statistics
Read on, my friend, read on!
I am starting some serious culling myself...
>14 drneutron: Thanks, doc.
>15 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. Thank you and Thank you.
>16 FAMeulstee: Hello Anita. The good thing about culling is that it provides more shelf space for new arrivals. Good luck and have fun!
The excitement of daughter visiting and Thanksgiving are over. Today is a momentous day, the day I apply for Social Security, to begin January 1 with my first check/deposit or however it's done for February 1.
I went and visited them last week and by waiting one more month, from December to January, the $ became a copacetic number and increased by $12/month. Plus, I just wasn't ready to commit with the SS agent that day.
Today I also do some more work on my Mom's finances.
She's doing okay - alternates fuzzy and sharp and tires very easily and gets stressed very easily. This is perfectly understandable so my sister and I just roll with the punches.
Travels With My Aunt is a very good book and I'm really enjoying it.
Edited to add: I saw a 4-point buck walking our property line this morning. He ambled along, grazing, then crossed the field and came up the fence about 50 feet from the front door. Beautiful, elegant.
Good luck at the vet.
And Happy New Thread!
Good luck at the vet with Kitty William.
He just sneezed a couple of times on Saturday, a few more on Sunday, and by yesterday evening he was a mess. They can't tell you what's wrong, so you have to be on your toes. I feel a little bad because I should have taken him yesterday, but the vet says Kitty William will be fine - he was dehydrated and the vet took blood, hydrated him, and will make a plan after she gets the results of the blood work tomorrow morning. It will probably be antibiotics. She is such a good vet! She really cares about our kitties and always cracks up when she even says "Inara Starbuck" - our other kitty. She just loves that name.
We were at the vet about 1 1/4 hours all told. Kitty came home, ate, peed, and is asleep on the bed.
An interesting thing she told me to do after Kitty William is past all this sickness is that since he has arthritis to give him an uncoated 81-mg aspirin tablet every 3-4 days. It will help him a lot. I've never heard of that before, so we'll try it. I am very good at getting pills down cats, so it will be a snap. Which reminded me of the instructions below, a cute cat thing I've had forever -
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIVING YOUR CAT A PILL
Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding the pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold cat's head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.
Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with its head just visible from below spouse's armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.
Tie cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table. Find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Force cat's mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 1/2 pint of water down throat to wash pill down.
Get spouse to drive you to emergency room; sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Stop by furniture shop on way home to order new table.
Arrange for vet to make a house call.
Best of luck with giving your cat pills! A dog is challenging enough to give a pill too. Poppy seems to be able to sniff out a pill from any wrapping or cheese whiz etc. :)
The last year of her life Chimay was on a daily dose of one tablet of 100mg asperine. Asperine was used before other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) came on the market. Most younger vets are not aware that you can use asperine instead of those more costly medicines.
>27 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Asperine is aspirin, funny enough! So we're talking about the same NSAID. I'll probably head into town this morning after my phone chat with the vet and pick up what we call 'baby' aspirin - the 81mg dose.
Many doctors in the US prescribe aspirin to prevent heart attacks. Warning!!! Don't just start doing this by reading this on my thread - most doctors will only prescribe aspirin therapy if
•You've already had a heart attack or stroke
•You haven't had a heart attack, but you have had a stent placed in a coronary artery, you have had coronary bypass surgery, or you have chest pain due to coronary artery disease (angina)
•You've never had a heart attack, but you're at high risk of having one
•You have diabetes and at least one other heart disease risk factor — such as smoking or high blood pressure — and you're a man older than 50 or a woman older than 60
My husband is on daily aspirin therapy. He had quadruple bypass surgery 14 1/2 years ago.
This morning I carried Catman (one of his many nicknames) downstairs, and when he wouldn't eat the tasty beef shreds in gravy, I opened a can of human albacore tuna and put about half of it in a bowl. He immediately started in on it. The vet said to add broth or water to food since he's been dehydrated, so I put a little cup of barely warm chicken broth on the floor next to the food dish. He didn't want it, but when I put a bit of warm water into the tuna he continued eating and then lapped up some of the tuna-infused water. I added even more water (we're talking about perhaps 1/4 cup total), and he drank some more even after he stopped eating.
So at least he's eating and drinking, even if he is still droopy and had a sneezing fit. The vet will call this morning.
We're in a heat wave! Yesterday got to 68F and today is supposed to be 76F. Too warm for me. I want true fall weather. *grumble, grumble*
I take the low-dose aspirin every other day because I had what looked like an external blood clot on my leg some years ago which coincided with a follow-up visit to the doc.
Again, congratulations on the SS upcoming! We're basically living on ours and my state pension, so we haven't had to tap savings. Yay!
If my husband holds the cat, I can usually get the pill down. Sometimes it takes two tries, but I've gotten very good at cramming them down their throats.
>30 beeg: Hi beeg! Thank you. I've had that file since at least 2007, probably longer.
edited to add: Well Miss Inara Starbuck came bolting into the house through the kitty door and started making Interesting Noises in the living room. I thought it was Kitty William wheezing or sneezing so went to investigate and saw Inara crouched under the coffee table. As soon as I focused on what was in front of her, it scuttled off under the loveseat. Alas, a vole. A very active, not even close to death vole. As I left the living room precipitiously (being barefoot and not wanting a vole to skitter over my feet) I saw Inara run to the sofa and peer behind it. Yeesh.
However, we've had 2 mice in 2 weeks, too. That's what we get for having a kitty door and living in the country with a Bold Huntress Kitty.
Sick Boy Kitty William got another dose of subcutaneous fluids and a course of antibiotics. I gave him his first dose tonight. He was resting upstairs on one of the beds, sort of dozy, and I opened his jaw, popped it in, pushed it back, and he swallowed it. I am a good cat pill giver. :)
I wish we lived out in the country but I definitely see a few drawbacks.
Hooray for the shrew! Hooray for Kitty William! Hooray for Inara Starbuck on general principles!
And of course, HOORAY for you!
I am glad we live without cats who bring small critters in the house, good your husband took care of the shrew (I had to google that one).
>35 LizzieD: Thank you, Peggy! I do love that picture of our daughter and KW. I use a cornbag for my lower back, but a 10 pound kitty (down from 12 in the spring, :( ) works, too.
>36 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Deborah! It's always terribly sad to lose one of our fur kids. We have a cemetery for the hamsters and dumbo-ear rats and we even buried our pleicostumus there, Big Guy, who was 9 inches long after a 8-year life.
The other three kitties are scattered around the property.
>37 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Thanks re the picture. We do have a multiplicity of critters out here for sure. I only take care of the bodies or capture the live ones to escort outside if my husband isn't available.
Kitty William ate a bit of human canned chicken and drank quite a bit of the juice with some added warmed chicken stock. He actually did a bit of grooming, which is a very good sign, then took care of some bathroom business, another good sign. He was standing in a shaft of sunlight in the living room the last time I looked.
This morning's pill adventure required husband's help. He held KW and I managed to get it down KW's throat. He was Not Amused, another good sign. He was pretty passive yesterday.
>40 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! Thanks. I think those collars are usually more stressful than the behavior they are trying to prevent. We never had them until 'recently', and the animals always did fine. Good for you for getting her fixed and removing the Hateful Collar.
Inara Starbuck is visiting the Sunroom this morning. She's started spending more time indoors as it's gotten colder out and she's perched on top of the dresser.
I hope Kitty William continues to feel better!
He is feeling so much better that he's back to his old trick of coming up onto the desk and trying to sneak behind the computer from the printer side. I put up a blockade of a wine-shipment eggcrate-type insert. He then proceeded to try to come at it from the computer side, walking across the window ledge. I had to put up a second blockade, same type, on the ledge. When he realized he couldn't get across, he clambered down onto the desk. I gently escorted him in front of the computer back up onto the printer. He gave up completely and is probably now in the living room sleeping on a different microfleece blanket on the sofa. I'm glad he's feeling well enough to irritate the crap out of me.
Insomnia has struck. I woke up about an hour ago worrying about my Mom's Visa. So I got up, made coffee and have been reading Travels With My Aunt for book club meeting Sunday. 47 pages to go, a wonderfully satisfying but very dense read.
We might also get a Christmas tree today.....
Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene
11/27/16 to 12/3/16
"I met Aunt Augusta for the first time at my mother's funeral..."
Described by Graham Greene as "the only book I have written just for the fun of it," Travels with My Aunt is the story of Henry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Through Aunt Augusta, one of Greene's greatest comic creations, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society; mixes with hippies, war criminals, and CIA men; smokes pot; and breaks all currency regulations.
Originally published in 1970, Travels with My Aunt offers intoxicating entertainment, yet also confronts some of the most perplexing human dilemmas.
You can zoom through this book and enjoy it immensely or you can take your time, be patient through Aunt Augusta’s seemingly-interminable stories, and discover a truly excellent book that can make you laugh, think serious thoughts, and see life through Henry’s eyes.
If you look beyond that, however, you can see a man slowly learning to examine his own life. Henry starts off as stuffy as can be yet ends up
And Aunt Augusta? We see a woman slowly revealed as wild to a fault, upending all social, moral, and ethical conventions, and living a boisterous, full, loving life. Honest to a fault about her motives and actions, yet consistently larcenous without worrying about it, she inspires loyalty, love, and protectiveness from the men in her life.
This is an excellent book. It takes place in a time, 1969 or so, when the plot and details could be considered dated, but it is beautifully written and remains vividly fresh.
Have you ever read Auntie Mame? Since you liked Travels I bet you'd like that, too. Both are similar in concept, but Auntie tackles 50's stodginess and religious bigotry in a way that I don't remember Travels doing, at least so overtly.
>48 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! This morning there was a note on my coffee pot saying that Catman was in the garage. He has food, water, and a box there, and apparently wanted to go there last night, the first time since before he got sick. Another good sign.
So I gave Inara treats since she turned up her nose at the Trout Feast and let Catman in. I put him down in front of the Trout Feast and he started in. He's improving noticeably every day now. Thank goodness.
I have not read Auntie Mame, although it's on shelf L46 in my library.
I think Travels was more about Henry's personal enlightenment and growth, expressed through his exposure to Aunt Augusta Bohemian lifestyle and opinions. Societal mores are criticized and religion debunked, but it is subtle.
Greene was prolific, so there are lots of choices for you.
I think I saw one of his books on the shelves that was easy to get to...
Ticket's one way since I don't know how long I'll be there.
I'll be taking my computer, almost as a security blanket. I'll be staying at Mom's house because my sister now has her mother-in-law and a 24/7 caregiver living there, taking up the two spare bedrooms. My sister might spend some nights with me there. I hope so. I'm not sure I can deal with Mom's lodgers by myself.
It's only about 10 minutes away from where Mom's in the board-and-care facility.
Take care of yourself, safe travels & sending hugs
My mother passed away yesterday morning around 5 a.m. I didn't get into Ontario CA until 10:30. I missed saying good bye in person, but did get to speak with her on the phone Sunday - we had a very nice, coherent, loving conversation. Monday afternoon while my sister Laura and BiL Mike were there I also got to say hi, but she was rambling a bit and am not sure if she knew I was on the phone.
It is what it is. Laura and I went to get her belongings from the board-and-care center yesterday and went to make cremation and other arrangements.
I decided I just couldn't handle staying at Mom's house and have to deal with Ann and Terril, the lodgers, and Laura now has her Mother-in-Law and a caregiver living with them, taking up the two spare bedrooms, so I'm at a hotel. I don't mind at all, and actually am appreciating the aloneness right now.
My sister will come get me in about 3 1/2 hours to go to Mom's house. Her daughter, my niece Heather, is meeting us there.
The plane landed last night about 5 p.m., we stopped for a bite to eat, then I got home about 7 p.m.
Insult to injury - when my sister and I went to view Mom's body, they had already cremated her. So I didn't get to say good bye even after her death. My sister cried hysterically, but I'm not much of a crier. I've spoken with a manager or the crematorium once, a highly unsatisfactory call, and now my sister is having a lawyer friend craft a Demand Letter for full refund of the cremation expenses. It's not that we want the money per se, it's that we want them to feel their mistake in the only way they apparently understand. We also have a good lawsuit according to the lawyer friend, but we'll see about that. I've spoken with a manager once, and he apologized but took no personal blame. He only blamed the woman we worked with, and offered us cremation jewelry and/or an upgraded urn. He sounded scared. And then didn't do what he said he'd do. He said he'd call on Monday and hasn't called me since. We're distraught AND furious.
And we can't find Mom's will, but we have hired her lawyer to settle her estate. We've looked absolutely everywhere we can think of. We also looked in places that didn't make sense and found pictures, old high school year books, concert programs from when Mom was in bands/orchestras in high school and college, and various and sundry newspaper articles from 60 or so years ago. But no will.
We think the lawyer might have the original - he's semi-retired and has things stored several places. Once he finds their files, we'll hope it's there. If he doesn't have it, I do have the original of a codicil to her will and an official bound copy of her will. Maybe that will work. And if not, he'll guide us through what to do.
I love my parents deeply and realize that they were terrible at managing their money, bless their hearts. I'm going to be busy for several more months with financial things, then, of course, there will be taxes. Fortunately I found her accountant's name amongst her tax filings.
And so on and so on.
While in California I found it difficult to do much reading. I did read an unsatisfactory Regency romance.
I did, however, get a lot of good reading done on the plane trip to CA and back - a stunningly good book about Moral Psychology and how liberals and conservatives differ on which of the six foundations of Moral Psychology activate their political feelings/affiliations/voting activities. I'm about 1/3 of the way through it. It requires some thought but is written for the lay person. It's called The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (pronounced height).
Time to get more coffee and unpack....
Thank all of you again for your sympathy, condolences, energy, prayers, and etc. Every time I logged on and looked, I felt stronger and comforted.
That's really awful about the crematorium. No words. Just more hugs.
I've been thinking of you a lot.
I'll bet. How did they manage to make such an error? And they seem to be dealing with it in the worst possible way by avoiding accountability.
Big hugs & sending love.
Being safely back home, I hope you will have a restful weekend, my dear. xx
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and well wishes.
I've read another Regency era book, but this one is a mystery. The Hanover Square Affair is about Captain Lacey, returned to England and adrift with no plans and no money. Wounded, emotionally scarred, he stumbles on a series of missing/murdered young women and pursues the truth. Okay, but not stunning.
So far I've read or listened to 91 books this year, seriously down from what I wanted to get read, but I have read 30,779 pages and listened to 104 hours worth of audiobooks.
Today I'm absolutely drained of energy. Daughter is driving home, will be here in about 1 1/2 hours. Then the three of us are going to a family Christmas party (husband's side of the family). Presents are all wrapped, all I have to do is put together a salad. It will be nice to see everybody, but I am very sad today and although I know I'll be surrounded by love and caring, would just rather stay home. I won't, though, as it would upset everybody, not least my husband and daughter.
Thanks for the hugs!
Right now my pace is to not do our normal Saturday errands, so husband is out doing them by himself. :)
>88 johnsimpson: John! Thank you for your love and hugs. They are greatly appreciated.
>89 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg. We are somewhat calmer for sure.
The family party was nice. Expressions of sympathy and love abounded but didn't overshadow the Christmas get together. Lots of fun playing games, good food, some fantastic and some .... interesting.... presents. Anybody want some K-cups? A cousin knows I love coffee but doesn't realize I don't have a Keurig brewer. But I did get two coffee cups and some other thoughtful gifts, including A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain. Of course I asked for it - I learned that several years ago. Just ask for the books you want rather than stress people out by not knowing what you already have and just guessing.
We decorated the tree today. Husband and I had put the lights on before I went to CA, and with daughter home this morning we had fun decorating it.
On a higher note, I just finished The Righteous Mind and loved it. My review will probably come next week.
>92 msf59: Hi Mark! Thank you. I'll probably start posting on other threads in a day or so, starting with yours! Gotta catch up.
>93 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel. It's been upsetting, for sure. And I'm about halfway through The Righteous Mind and am so glad you loved it! It's eye-opening.
>94 FAMeulstee: Hello Anita. The Right Books - yes, indeed. I started A Murder in Time and am about 100 pages in. It's definitely a keeper.
I came home from my ma's tonight to find that DH had put up a tree for us. Since I'm mostly not here, I didn't expect one, so I was pleasantly surprised. It does smell so good! I haven't observed our cats with it yet, but generally they ignore a tree. I hope that KW and IS don't infect them with distrust.......
Wouldn't it be nice if 2017 was a year of peace and goodwill.
A year where people set aside their religious and racial differences.
A year where intolerance is given short shrift.
A year where hatred is replaced by, at the very least, respect.
A year where those in need are not looked upon as a burden but as a blessing.
A year where the commonality of man and woman rises up against those who would seek to subvert and divide.
A year without bombs, or shootings, or beheadings, or rape, or abuse, or spite.
Festive Greetings and a few wishes from Malaysia!
>101 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! How lovely of your DH. My cat children don't mess with the tree - don't even know why. Just lucky, I guess.
>102 weird_O: Thank you, Bill.
>103 johnsimpson: Hi John and thank you! I don't say it every day, but I do realize how fortunate I am and give thanks.
>104 PaulCranswick: I love 'PEACE', Paul, thank you for sharing with me.
Yesterday I finished writing, stuffing (letters and/or pictures), addressing, and return labeling/stamping 80 cards and mailed them. Bought food for tonight's dinner and Christmas dinner. Wrapped the last 3 presents and got the stocking stuffers organized. Put the Christmas cards we've received on the windows in the breakfast room:
I also reviewed my Mom's death certificate with my sister over the phone. There was one mistake on the address of the board-and-care facility she was at, and today got an e-mail from the lawyer saying to order corrected ones. Sigh.
Big, good news, though. My husband got offered an estimator's job at The Endeavour Fabrication Group, a custom surfaces company that my friend Vanessa works for. They make custom Corian, granite, slate, and other specialty counter tops. This was the best Christmas present we could get. They offered him more money than he was making at our old company, and said he could start either Tuesday the 3rd or Monday the 9th, his choice. They're flexible on start time because of the commute, too.
Our daughter is driving out today. She said she'd get here by dinnertime. I think she has to work on Monday so she'll leave late afternoon tomorrow. Short but sweet. She did spend last Saturday-Monday with us, so we're getting lots of time with her this month.
Great news about your husband's job. Perfect.
To all my friends here at Library Thing, I want you to know how much I value you and how much I wish you a very happy holiday, whatever one you celebrate, and the very best of New Years!
>113 Familyhistorian: Yes, indeed, it is, Meg! Our shoulders feel lighter from that perspective, even if still bowed with my mother's passing. I always speak with her on Christmas day and of course today that makes me a bit sad.
>114 ronincats: Hi Roni! I remember West Coast sunsets with fondness, having lived in Redondo Beach 2 blocks from the Pier from 1974-1977. Thank you for sharing.
>115 Ameise1: That picture brings a smile to my face, Barbara! Merry Christmas to you, too.
Daughter goes back home tonight, the adrenaline rush since December 5 is gone, tomorrow I will start on some things I've let go by the wayside since getting back on December 14th and ramping up for Christmas.
To all my dear friends here, thank you for accepting my absence from your threads recently and thank you for coming to visit me here. You are all very dear to me and give me strength and comfort when I need it. I'm going to get back in the groove soon, but in the meantime, I would be bereft without you.
12/18/16 to 12/25/16
When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life―200 years before she was even born.
Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.
While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.
Alas, too little of the present day story and too much of an 1815 world that just didn't jell for me.
I've read dozens of books about Regency England, from Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, and McElwain’s Regency England is just a clever contrivance to get modern investigative techniques into a time period before anything of the sort existed. Some books manage to embed the research seamlessly into the story. The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers comes to mind. This book doesn’t. Some sentences scream “research”.
Kendra Donovan would never have been allowed above stairs. She would never have gotten to spend time with the Duke or his heir Alec. Small
The romance is contrived, too. And one final thought: Kendra seemed conscious not doing or saying anything that would change the timeline, yet everything she did to use her FBI training shocked the people in 1815. She never stopped using her 21st century vocabulary and methodology in an overt in-your-face way. Not very clever for such a supposedly brilliant woman.
There’s a sequel that I won’t be reading.
I am still reading The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, but it requires a great deal of concentration and I'm just not in the right frame of mind for it now.
Glad you had your daughter for Christmas..... I looked at I-95 traffic this afternoon and gave thanks that I wasn't in it.
I do so wish you a happy 2017!
Thank you, we're both relieved. He's carefully optimistic albeit a bit nervous. He'll start on the 9th.
And thank you re 2017. I can't imagine a more stressful 2016 had I made it up - retirement, husband loses job, mother has stroke and in declining health, and then passes, husband gets job offer 8 days before the new year. And that doesn't even get into minor things regarding various and sundry family members and friends.
Bring it on, 2017! I want 2016 to be O-V-E-R.
Right now I'm just trying to wake up. I was sleeping hard and having bizarre dreams. *shudder*
>131 vancouverdeb: Thank you, Deborah. I want it to be uneventful. Sorry you had a bit too much family over Christmas. We're both wanting to Bring On 2017!!!
This morning husband and I are going to go see the new Star Wars Movie, Rogue One:A Star Wars Story at 10 a.m., then go out to lunch.
First, here are my top 5 fiction reads of the year.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I’d never read it and in anticipation of reading Go Set a Watchman I figured I’d better. I am seriously stingy with five stars, but this one deserved them.
Until I Find You by John Irving.
I read this for the September American Authors Challenge and thought the depth of character and consistency of the book a marvel. I really liked Jack Burns and this story of his life, motivations, and revelations exquisite.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
The juxtaposition of the two women, a birth mother and an adoptive mother, with an honest man between them, was beautifully and emotionally written.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon.
The eighth of the Outlander series, I particularly loved this book because it realistically portrays a love that transcends the physical love of earlier in Claire and Jamie’s relationship and grapples with aging and slowing down.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.
They were both selfish and self-centered, yet I quickly became a member of Team Zelda as I realized how intelligent yet fragile she was. This book is a novel, yet if I hadn’t known it to be, would have sworn it was a biography.
And, now for my top 3 nonfiction reads of the year.
Van Loon’s Geography by Hendrik Willem van Loon.
This book was written in the 1930s and some of it is dated and racist. I found, however, that the first 100 or so pages of basic geography and the way he used a country’s geographical characteristics to help explain its people fascinating.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers by Simon Winchester.
Ten events from 1950 and later are used to illustrate the power of the Pacific Ocean to influence world history. Interesting, wide-ranging, and intelligent.
String Theory by David Foster Wallace, Introduction by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
I was drawn to DFW because he wrote a brilliant essay about Roger Federer, but all the essays, about one aspect or another of tennis, are equally brilliant. All require a level of concentration that makes finishing them a great achievement. They are intellectually challenging, funny, serious, and occasionally snarky. Just my cup of tea.
So glad you liked the Irving book so much.
I just started Finders Keepers. Have you read this trilogy yet? Sorry, if I have asked you before.
I loved the Irving book.
I have read the first two Bill Hodges books and have had the third one on my shelves since JUNE. For some reason it hasn't called to me yet, but I think after I finish a book daughter gave me for Christmas, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, I'll pick it up. I'll have to refresh myself on the series, though, so will do a bit of research first. *smile*
Nonfiction wise I am still happily engrossed with The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. It is alternately making me happy and angry - happy that I can finally understand some of the motivations of people who voted for the Orange Gasbag and not consider them evil or stupid, angry that the Democratic Party didn't tap into this truly stunning interpretation of political motivations.
I also have a nonfiction book for my RL book club, Defining the Wind by Scott Huler about weather and the Beaufort scale for measuring wind speed. What I just discovered is that the Beaufort scale is not based on measurements, but on observations. Oh yeah. I'm gonna like this one. Of course I have to have it read by January 8th.....
And I hope that you enjoy *Long Way* as much as I did. I'm pretty sure that I'll be spending some of my precious Christmas $ on the sequel even if it's a bit pricey for what it is on Kindle. Shoot. I'm going to do it now!
AND you make me happy that I somehow put Zelda on my Kindle by mistake. Oops... I see now that my Z is not your Z, so never mind.
Now maybe I'll make my list.
I love Long Way already. The characters are well drawn, the aliens believable and interesting, and the alternating viewpoints engaging.
I hate insomnia - been up since 5. This time it's not stress or upset, though, it's chocolate. And I should have known better, but NO. I just to eat those Peanut M&Ms at 10 p.m. Only myself to blame.
I might go back to sleep in a bit.
Looking forward to your continued company in 2017.
Happy New Year, Karen
We are going to need all the friendly support, we can get.
>144 msf59: Thank you, Mark! We have followed each other here on LT for a long time, haven't we? We've both grown in our reading, for sure. I'm looking forward to following along with you in 2017, too.
I just finished The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Excellent book. I'll be posting a review soon.
12/25/16 to 12/31/16
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
As the characters would say, “Stars!” My daughter got this book for me for Christmas. It was on my wishlist and I’m so glad she picked it!
Long Way is a fun romp in space, Firefly-like, with fully integrated and non-preachy inter-species relationships and prejudices. The characters are interesting, fully formed, and integrated into the crew of the Wayfarer. The Galactic Commons is an intriguing Universe, with Humans definitely not on top of the pecking order.
Rosemary Harper is running away and finds the Wayfarer, the farthest she can get from Mars and an unhappy secret. She comes to know Ashby, Corbin, Sissix, Kizzy, Jenks, Ohan, Lovey, and Dr. Chef as the crew gets a lucrative contract to tunnel a wormhole through distant space with a new Galactic Commons ally, a breakaway group of the Toremi. Rosemary and the crew come to realize that some things are more important than others, and although there is some sadness and unhappiness, I ended up feeling very good about the book and about fictional characters I came to really like.
The writing immediately pulls you in, and each new character introduced is intriguing and believable. I found that 441 pages went by in a heartbeat, full of life and adventures. There’s a ‘stand-alone sequel’ A Closed and Common Orbit that I’ve already pre-ordered, due out in March of 2017.
2016 final statistics
And TKAM is only the 5th book out of my 1800+ rated books with five stars.
I appreciated the interest, advice, commiseration, sympathy, and congratulations. As the year progressed I kept thinking "People are coming here to visit me! Hurray! Hoorah!"
See you on the 2017 threads!
75 Books Challenge, karenmarie's first thread"
Likewise it has been wonderful to get to know you better over time and even though we have both had tough spells recently, at least we have good friends to turn to for solace.