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Welcome to my fifth thread. 2016 is getting close to ending, and I am very happy with my reading for the year. My number of books read is down because so far I've read 16 books with 500 plus pages. My Mount TBR is 1,691 (only up 6 from the start of my last thread).

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

Currently reading:

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

Modifié : Déc 30, 2016, 3:31pm

2016 acquisitions

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
Amazon Yuge
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.

Modifié : Déc 17, 2016, 11:49am

Here are my culls for the year. Most of them have gone to the thrift store after daughter picked through them. There are about 30 ready to go through the same process sitting on the little yellow table in the sunroom, which she will go through today before heading back to Wilmington after a nice long Thanksgiving weekend visit.

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

Modifié : Jan 2, 2017, 10:45am

2016 Statistics, Final

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!


Male 44%
Female 56%

Living 73%
Dead 27%

US Born 69%
Foreign Born 31%

Hardcover 45%
Trade Pback 26%
Mass Market 18%
Audiobook 10%
e-Book 1%

My Library 99%
Other 1%

Re-read 20%
Series 42%

Fiction 87%
NonFiction 13%

Author Birth Country
Australia 2%
Denmark 1%
England 23%
Ireland 1%
Netherlands 1%
Scotland 1%
Switzerland 1%
US 69%
Zimbabwe 1%

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%
1990 1%

Nov 27, 2016, 9:41am

Welcome friends!

Nov 27, 2016, 10:08am

Happy New Thread, Karen!

Nov 27, 2016, 12:41pm

Hey! New thread! I love it.

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.

Nov 27, 2016, 12:57pm

I'm 4 chapters from the end of Righteous Mind and I'm loving it. I was hoping to finish by the end of the month. What do you think of it?

Nov 27, 2016, 1:31pm

Stellar posting year here Karen - finally your thread is getting the traffic it has always deserved. xx

Happy new thread.

Nov 27, 2016, 3:19pm

>6 msf59: Thanks, Mark!

>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.

Nov 27, 2016, 3:45pm

Happy new thread, Karen. That is an impressive list of book culls!

Modifié : Nov 28, 2016, 8:09am

>11 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! Thank you. Today my daughter went through the culls that were on the little yellow table, took a few, and that means that the rest go to the thrift store on Monday. The little yellow table will be back to borrowed books only.

Here are my current statistics: YTD statistics

Nov 27, 2016, 4:31pm

Hi Karen, happy new thread my dear, sending love and hugs.

Nov 27, 2016, 6:59pm

Happy new thread!

Nov 27, 2016, 11:30pm

Happy New Thread, Karen! It's an impressive one!!!
Read on, my friend, read on!

Nov 28, 2016, 7:51am

Happy new thread, Karen!
I am starting some serious culling myself...

Modifié : Nov 28, 2016, 9:29am

>13 johnsimpson: Hi John and thank you. Sending love and hugs back to you and Karen!

>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.

Nov 29, 2016, 9:16am

I'm taking Kitty William to the vet today - he has a bad cold and can't seem to get over it. Every once in a while he wheezes, and he's sneezing big time.

Nov 29, 2016, 11:09am

Morning, Karen! A pleasant day in the Midwest, after a soaker yesterday.

Good luck at the vet.

Nov 29, 2016, 11:16am

Thanks, Mark! The appointment is at 4:10. My sister's a hoot - she asked if Kitty was driving himself or if I was driving. I told her that we didn't let him renew his license because he's become a menace on the roads..... my sister always makes me laugh.

Nov 29, 2016, 11:49am

>20 karenmarie: Too funny, Karen! Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

And Happy New Thread!

Nov 29, 2016, 11:51am

You're welcome, Janet, and thank you.

Nov 29, 2016, 6:32pm

>20 karenmarie: People who make you laugh are always good :-)
Good luck at the vet with Kitty William.

Nov 29, 2016, 6:40pm

It can be scary when pets get sick because they can act less sick than they are! And they can't talk. Good luck with the vet appointment.

Nov 29, 2016, 10:31pm

>23 FAMeulstee: and >24 The_Hibernator: Thank you Anita and Rachel!

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 -


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.

Nov 30, 2016, 12:28am

I'm so behind! Sorry to hear about Kitty William! I'm glad that he is feeling better and I hope that it is nothing more than a cold, like your vet has said. I know what you mean about not always knowing how soon to see a vet. It is hard to know if you dog or cat is only showing mild problems. Our dog occasionally gets an upset tummy, but it seem to right itself in 8 hours or so. Back when she was a 4 - 6 lb puppy, a bit of diarrhea and off her food had me hoping to the vet really quickly. Now that she is 3 years old and 15 lbs, I worry a lot less.

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. :)

Nov 30, 2016, 3:58am

>25 karenmarie: Glad to read Kitty William will be fine.
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.

Modifié : Nov 30, 2016, 7:34am

>26 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah! Thanks. We rarely take the kitties to the vet because they rarely have problems, but Dr. Cindy said was optimistic. I didn't realize Poppy is a small dog. I did the same with our daughter - probably taking her more often than was strictly necessary - but as she got older and could communicate verbally it was easier to make a more intelligent doctor visit decision.

>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*

Nov 30, 2016, 8:05am

I'm happy to hear that Kitty W. is eating and drinking - always a good sign! I hope the good vet finds him much improved and that he keeps on getting better! Such a worry! And I love the instructions for giving a cat a pill. That would be my experience except that I give up much more easily and give thanks for DH who can do it. I can pill the dog.
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!

Nov 30, 2016, 8:14am

Best instructions ever!

Modifié : Nov 30, 2016, 9:07am

>29 LizzieD: Good morning, Peggy! Worry it is, with such a senior citizen kitty. I absolutely dread the day I have to call our daughter in Wilmington and tell her that KW has gone to kitty heaven. She and I have had several discussions that this will come, probably rather sooner than later since he's 16-17, but I know it will devastate her regardless. Fortunately she was just home for 4 days and they hung out together a lot:

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.

Nov 30, 2016, 9:39am

Sounds like you're in for an interesting morning...

Nov 30, 2016, 6:36pm

>32 beeg: Fortunately, beeg, it was interesting for my husband. I told him the situation as soon as he came out of the bedroom first thing. Then the morning went by, we went to eat lunch, go to the bank, and go to the dump (major excitement!), then hung out in the afternoon. Just before I took Kitty William back to the vet about 3:45 p.m. he told me that he had gotten the critter - which turns out to have been a shrew, not a vole - by trapping it between the fire screen and the brick woodstove surround. We are now shrewless.

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. :)

Nov 30, 2016, 6:47pm

"I am a good cat pill giver." You are the best, Karen! Hooray for Kitty William!

I wish we lived out in the country but I definitely see a few drawbacks.

Nov 30, 2016, 11:37pm

Love the picture!!! A cat is exactly the correct weight for a bad lower back --- I know.
Hooray for the shrew! Hooray for Kitty William! Hooray for Inara Starbuck on general principles!
And of course, HOORAY for you!

Modifié : Déc 1, 2016, 1:15am

Glad Kitty William is gradually feeling better. I know the feeling of knowing that sometime " it will be time.' Our first dog , a border terrier lived to the age of 15. At the age of 12 1/2 he got what the vet thought was pancreatitis, though despite the blood tests she was never sure if it was a bad bout of IBS or pancreatitis. Anyway, we had Geordie treated at the Animal Hospital for 2-3 days - IV fluids, pain killers, no food, antibiotics and I don't know what all. Then when Geordie was 15 , he got another attack. That time we treated it conservatively, but after a couple of days, it became clear it was " time. " With our second dog, it was a more difficult declension. Daisy was just 13 and she started peeing all over the place. We though it might be diabetes, but it was an endocrine disease., Cushing's Disease . The vet recommended against treating her as she was also deaf and partly blind. So we used diapers on her and took it very easy for her, but finally I felt she was in so much pain, that it was time. Took us a few months to get to that decision. My best to Kitty William and you.

Déc 1, 2016, 3:51am

>31 karenmarie: Lovely picture of your daughter with Kitty William on the couch.

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).

Modifié : Déc 1, 2016, 9:52am

>34 msf59: Hi Mark! Since I'm only really squeamish about bugs and spiders, I tolerate the gifts, living and dead.

>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.

Déc 1, 2016, 6:59pm

Great news about Kitty William. So glad to hear it! Glad to hear you are succeding in getting the pills down Kitty William's throat. No small feat! BTW - great picture of your daughter and the kitty. I hear you as far as having family discussions as far as ' when it's time." We did that too, most especially with Geordie, who we had gotten when our sons were aged 8 and 4. They all kind of grew up together.

Déc 1, 2016, 7:17pm

Glad Kitty William is getting better. I just fixed my Hero, and she's doing pretty well. I took the collar off right away, though, because she was so upset by it. Naughty me!

Déc 2, 2016, 8:30am

>39 vancouverdeb: Hi Deborah! KW was doing quite well last night - I assume he still is, as I got up at 6 a.m. and left him sleeping in my Retreat. Thanks re the pic. We've gone through losing 3 kitties since my daughter was old enough to understand death and her kitties being gone forever, and each one really gets to her. She's very private in her emotions so I only know she cares deeply about the kitties in bits and snippets.

>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.

Déc 2, 2016, 12:51pm

You have The Touch to be able to give a cat a pill, I've never managed to do it. Parker's just 2 but I know one day he'll need pills, so I bought kitty pill pockets, these hollow treats I can p wrap a pill in, and feed His Persnickitiness a few every now and then so he's used to them.

I hope Kitty William continues to feel better!

Déc 3, 2016, 5:37am

Yesterday's Cat Pill Story is a bit more interesting only in that I couldn't sit next to husband on the couch because Inara was there on her special red microfleece blanket (I know, I know.....) so KW and I were on the sofa. The first attempt was unsuccessful, with the pill flying about a foot or so. He didn't break the skin on my index finger, just chomped down unexpectedly. And it doesn't hurt any more. The second attempt was successful.

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.

Déc 3, 2016, 7:06am

Morning Karen! Happy Saturday! I hope you were able to go back to bed for awhile. I am finishing up my breakfast and getting ready to head to work.

Déc 3, 2016, 10:25am

Hi Mark! I tried but couldn't get back to sleep, so finished Travels with My Aunt, played on my cell phone, cleaned up the kitchen a bit, Pilled the Cat, and am getting ready for our Saturday errands run.

We might also get a Christmas tree today.....

Modifié : Déc 3, 2016, 10:41am


Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene
11/27/16 to 12/3/16

From Amazon:
"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 in Paraguay, living with his biological mother and her lover of 30 or more years, and running an illegal smuggling operation. Oh, and he is also, in his mid-50s, going to marry a girl of 16.

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.

Déc 4, 2016, 7:31am

>46 karenmarie: So pleased to see that the Graham Greene was a success. By no means his most serious work but I recall finding it an entertaining read.

Have a great weekend, Karen.

Déc 4, 2016, 8:11am

Yay! for Kitty William feeling better. I hate when animals get sick. Parker is having his butt shaved and his nails clipped Monday night. Pray for me and for all sinners.

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.

Déc 4, 2016, 8:41am

Happy Sunday, Karen. I'm so far behind threads and probably won't catch up. Just saying HELLO.

Modifié : Déc 4, 2016, 8:54am

>47 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul! Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed Travels With My Aunt. The only other book of his that I've read is The Quiet American, which was excellent. I have 11 other books of his on my shelves, surprisingly, and will endeavor to read another one soon. 'Soon' in this case will probably be the next 6 months.

>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.

Déc 4, 2016, 8:58am

Morning Karen! Happy Sunday! Good review of Travels With My Aunt. I have not read that one. This is an author I have neglected and I want to read more of his work.

Déc 4, 2016, 9:16am

Good morning, Mark! Thank you and thank you. Travels With My Aunt is my selection for my RL book club, meeting tonight. I'll speak a few minutes about Graham Greene, where TWMA fits in to his prolific output, and then we'll go around the room letting each person have her own say. Should be fun!

Greene was prolific, so there are lots of choices for you.

Déc 5, 2016, 8:46pm

I really like him, but have only read a handful of his books.

I think I saw one of his books on the shelves that was easy to get to...

Déc 5, 2016, 8:49pm

Well, my mother is not doing well at all and I've been summoned to California. We have a cousin who works for American Airlines and she was gracious enough to help me get a standby flight tomorrow morning at 5:49 a.m. EST, so my husband will be driving me to the airport at 3:30 a.m.

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.

Déc 5, 2016, 8:50pm

>53 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hi Larry! Saw this after I posted >54 karenmarie:. I've now read two of his books and loved them both. Let me know which one you see.....

Déc 6, 2016, 3:34am

Oh, Karen, I am very sorry you have to go to your mother again.
Take care of yourself, safe travels & sending hugs

Déc 6, 2016, 7:03am

Good luck on your travels, Karen. Keep us posted, my friend.

Déc 6, 2016, 7:11am

I am so sorry Karen. Please let is know how your Mom is, and how you are. I'll be thinking of you both.

Déc 6, 2016, 11:29am

I'm very sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending hugs and strength.

Déc 6, 2016, 2:06pm

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom and wish you safe travels. I'll be thinking of you.

Modifié : Déc 7, 2016, 8:38am

Thank you Anita, Mark, Larry, Janet, Mary.

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.

Déc 7, 2016, 9:23am

>61 karenmarie: I am so sorry that you lost your mother. My condolences to you and your family.

Déc 7, 2016, 10:09am

So sorry for your loss

Déc 7, 2016, 10:14am

>61 karenmarie: My condolences, Karen, I perfectly understand that you prefer to stay at a hotel right now.

Déc 7, 2016, 10:16am

I am so sorry.

Déc 7, 2016, 11:10am

My deepest condolences, Karen. Good luck getting everything taken care of. Gentle hug to my pal.

Déc 7, 2016, 1:49pm

>61 karenmarie: I'm sorry.

Déc 7, 2016, 3:34pm

Hi Karen, we are both so sorry that you lost your mum and though you didn't manage to get there in time I believe she knew you were on your way my dear. There is no good time to lose someone but at this time of year it does seem to be a little worse. We will be thinking of you and your family at this time my dear and send love and hugs.

Déc 7, 2016, 5:20pm

Karen, you are in our thoughts and prayers. It was good that you were able to have that conversation by telephone and I am sure that as a family the arrangements and the house et al will get done without too much stress and strain. Hugs aplenty from here, dear lady. xx

Déc 7, 2016, 11:26pm

Karen, I am so sorry, my friend. Like everybody else here, I'll have you and your sister and the rest of your family on my mind and in my heart - in my prayers too. Find comfort in each other. Much love.

Déc 7, 2016, 11:32pm

So sorry to hear that you lost your mom, Karen.My condolences. I think it is precious that you had the good conversation together. We can never know for sure when we will lose someone. Gentle hugs. I'll be thinking of you.

Déc 8, 2016, 9:22am

So sorry for your loss, Karen

Déc 8, 2016, 11:49am

My heartfelt condolences. Hugs and strength as you get through this week and beyond.

Déc 9, 2016, 12:05pm

Sorry about your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

Déc 11, 2016, 6:48am

Dear Karen, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of positive energies. Love and hugs xx

Modifié : Déc 15, 2016, 10:20am

Thank you Diane, beeg, Anita, Larry, Mark, Katherine, John, Paul, Peggy, Deborah, Chelle, Janet, Rachel, Barbara.

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.

Déc 15, 2016, 10:21am

Hugs, hugs, a million hugs.

That's really awful about the crematorium. No words. Just more hugs.

I've been thinking of you a lot.

Déc 15, 2016, 11:50am

>76 karenmarie: distraught AND furious
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.

Déc 15, 2016, 3:51pm

>76 karenmarie: I am so sorry, Karen, that is a huge mistake of them. Not calling back makes it even worse :'(
Big hugs & sending love.

Déc 15, 2016, 5:13pm

Much love, kiddo.

Déc 15, 2016, 11:11pm

Dear Karen. I'm truly speechless. I echo that guy ..... much love to you.

Déc 16, 2016, 12:48am

Oh so sorry about all of the complications. Big hugs. No words. Just so sorry .

Déc 17, 2016, 3:51am

>76 karenmarie: That is a terrible, terrible story about your Mom's cremation. You shouldn't need a lawyer to have them not charge you for the obvious distress their thoughtlessness occasioned.

Being safely back home, I hope you will have a restful weekend, my dear. xx

Déc 17, 2016, 11:42am

Hi Janet, Katherine, Anita, Larry, Peggy, Deborah, Paul.

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.

Déc 17, 2016, 11:48am

>84 karenmarie: Take things at your own pace, Karen. xx


Déc 17, 2016, 11:53am

Hi Paul!

Thanks for the hugs!

Right now my pace is to not do our normal Saturday errands, so husband is out doing them by himself. :)

Déc 17, 2016, 12:22pm

Oh Karen, I'm so sorry to read what mess4 you're confronted in CA. Sending you lots of positive ebergies. Love and hugsxx

Déc 17, 2016, 4:55pm

Hi Karen, I cannot believe what you have had to go through my dear, just what were they thinking they were doing, how insensitive and thoughtless. Then when the manager promised to contact you and not to do it just compounds the felony they have committed. I am so sorry for you and your family and that you have to go through getting a lawyer to get all this sorted out when none of this need to have happened. We are sending lots of love and hugs to you and your family.

Déc 18, 2016, 2:49am

So sorry to hear about your mom and all the complications after her passing, Karen. I hope that being at home will give you the support you need to get through the things that need to be done. It is reprehensible what the funeral home has done but sometimes it is best to just move on from the anger to find the calm to continue on. Sending hope and strength to you and your family at this time.

Déc 18, 2016, 12:22pm

>87 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara. Being home has helped somewhat with the stress. The craziness is put on hold until we get death certificates, frankly, and that will take a bit of time.

>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.

Déc 18, 2016, 2:26pm

>90 karenmarie: Nice looking tree, Karen. Looks like you have some decorations with memories there.

Déc 18, 2016, 2:29pm

Happy Sunday, Karen. Thanks for keeping us updated. Glad you are home safely and enjoying the time with your family.

Déc 18, 2016, 2:30pm

>76 karenmarie: Oh how awful! I'm sorry you had to go through that ordeal with the cremation service!

On a higher note, I just finished The Righteous Mind and loved it. My review will probably come next week.

Déc 19, 2016, 6:22am

>90 karenmarie: Glad the family get together was nice, Karen, and hooray for the right books ;-)

Déc 19, 2016, 10:30am

>91 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg! Yes, each ornament is meaningful either because of who gave it to us or a special family memory. The tree looks different every year because we don't use all the ornaments.

>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.

Déc 20, 2016, 4:00am

Way cool tree, kiddo!

Déc 20, 2016, 9:11am

Thanks, Larry! We do love our real trees.

Déc 20, 2016, 10:16am

I'm not doing a tree this year, but I have decorated. I'll be at Dad's for Christmas and he has a tree already up. Parker loves it down there, and always stomps around my place for a few days when we get back in town.

Déc 20, 2016, 9:45pm

Our cat children do let us know when they disapprove, don't they? My Kitty William literally stands facing a wall and pouts when he doesn't approve.

Déc 21, 2016, 9:09am

Fur babies! Yes, critters do make their minds known.

Déc 21, 2016, 11:29pm

Glad you're doing well, Karen. You are, however you may feel at any given moment.
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.......

Déc 22, 2016, 10:46am

Just want to add my condolences to those offered by other LT friends.

Déc 23, 2016, 4:56pm

Hi Karen, Karen and I would like to wish you and the family a very merry Christmas and whilst we celebrate take a moment to think of those less fortunate than ourselves due to war, starvation and natural disasters. Sending love and hugs.

Déc 23, 2016, 10:33pm

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!

Déc 24, 2016, 9:08am

>100 SomeGuyInVirginia: They own us.

>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.

Déc 24, 2016, 9:10am

Merry Christmas!!

Déc 24, 2016, 9:17am

>106 ChelleBearss: How lovely, Chelle! Thank you.

Déc 24, 2016, 9:36am

That is great, Karen, that your husband got a job!! Congratulations!!!

Déc 24, 2016, 9:37am

Thank you, Anita! We're thrilled.

Déc 24, 2016, 10:01am

>105 karenmarie: Congrats to your husband. I bet that's a relief.

Déc 24, 2016, 10:22am

>110 qebo: Huge, huge relief. It's hard to find a good job with benefits when you're 60 and don't have a college degree.

Déc 24, 2016, 10:55am

Merry Christmas, Karen! I hope you are able to make the best of the holidays.

Great news about your husband's job. Perfect.

Déc 24, 2016, 11:51pm

Great news about your husband's job, Karen. What a great Christmas present!

Déc 25, 2016, 12:28am

This is the Christmas tree at the end of the Pacific Beach Pier here in San Diego, a Christmas tradition.

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!

Déc 25, 2016, 6:55am

Merry Christmas, Karen.

Déc 25, 2016, 4:37pm

>112 msf59: Thank you, Mark! The three of us are having a nice, quiet, fun, family Christmas. It's our usual Christmas, so at least that's normal.

>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.

Modifié : Déc 26, 2016, 4:50pm

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
12/18/16 to 12/25/16

From Amazon:

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 She would never have become a Lady’s Companion. The language is pseudo-Regency-period English. Can I have $1 for every time a character says ‘Tis? Or Mayhap? And Bloody Hell was considered profane. The language just didn’t ring true.

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.

Déc 26, 2016, 3:51pm

>117 karenmarie: Hoping your next read will be (much) better, Karen!

Modifié : Déc 26, 2016, 4:51pm

Thanks, Anita, me too! I'm looking for just the right book..... I've got quite a few on my shelves to choose from.

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.

Déc 26, 2016, 10:20pm

>117 karenmarie: Too bad A Murder in Time didn't work for you, Karen. I enjoyed it when I read it but agree that the reader needed to suspend belief in a lot of places. Good luck on finding a better read.

Déc 26, 2016, 11:05pm

Dear Karen, I'm rejoicing with you that your husband has found such a great job and can start so soon. I know he's vastly relieved! (You too.) Hope it works beautifully.
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!

Déc 26, 2016, 11:06pm

Hi Meg! Thanks. I've started a book my daughter gave me for Christmas - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I only read a few pages last night and haven't read any today so far, but am getting ready to go up to bed and read before turning in.

Déc 26, 2016, 11:11pm

Hi Peggy! You and I posted at just about the same time - I clicked Post Message and yours showed up just above mine.

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.

Déc 27, 2016, 2:40am

Hi Karen, chiming in to congratulate on your hubster's new job. Life will be getting better.

Déc 27, 2016, 9:46am

Thank you Barbara. You're right, it will be getting better.

Right now I'm just trying to wake up. I was sleeping hard and having bizarre dreams. *shudder*

Déc 27, 2016, 9:49am

Hi Karen, big congratulations on your husband getting a new job my dear, what a lovely Christmas present after all that has happened in 2016 to you all. Great news that he starts on the 9th January and that will set 2017 off nicely for you all and hope it continues in a good vein throughout the year, love and hugs.

Déc 27, 2016, 9:56am

Thank you, John! Sending love and hugs back to you and Karen, too.

Déc 27, 2016, 10:25am

Hoping 2017 is a happier, more peaceful year for you and yours. : )

Déc 27, 2016, 10:27am

Thank you, Berly.

Déc 27, 2016, 6:26pm

Karen, I've been catching up before the New Year to find you've had a dramatic mix of happy and sad news all at once. Please accept my condolences on losing your mother, and congratulations to your husband for finding a new job. I hope 2017 is filled with happiness for you and your family.

Déc 28, 2016, 5:54am

Karen, wishing you the very best in 2017, and I hope it will be a lovely, pleasant year. So delighted to hear that your husband just got a job. I've had a bit too much family over the Christmas season . Bring on 2017! :)

Déc 28, 2016, 8:13am

>130 ffortsa: Hi Judy! Thank you. My year has been a series 180-degree opposites, for sure.

>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.

Déc 28, 2016, 11:12am

Morning Karen! Enjoy the film. I have heard good things. We hope to see it soon.

Déc 28, 2016, 7:39pm

Hi Mark! Please go see it soon! We loved it. It paid homage nicely, was a rollicking good story, and led directly to the first movie. Husband is a serious Star Wars fan and he could find no fault with it but even more important thought it a worthy addition to the Star Wars Universe.

Déc 28, 2016, 8:38pm

>134 karenmarie: Just saw it today as well with my daughter and two grandsons. We loved it!

Modifié : Déc 28, 2016, 8:41pm

I contributed my Top 5 Books of 2016 to the LT List, but then realized that I had not named any of the 12 nonfiction books I’d read this year. So I looked at all 12 and came up with a top 3 nonfiction.

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.

Modifié : Déc 31, 2016, 3:48pm

>135 Dianekeenoy: Hi Diane! So glad you did. A fun movie.

Déc 28, 2016, 8:47pm

I like your best of lists, Karen! I did not include rereads in my best of, otherwise TKAM and The Grapes of Wrath would have definitely been on there.

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.

Déc 28, 2016, 9:20pm

Why, thank you, Mark! None of my top 5 or top 3 nonfiction were re-reads.

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.....

Déc 28, 2016, 11:17pm

>117 karenmarie: I'll avoid that one.

>136 karenmarie: Love the list. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great one to be at the top!

Déc 28, 2016, 11:24pm

Love your end of year list! I'm so happy that you are a DFW fan. I think that he will turn out to be the most enduring writer of the 2nd half of the last century. I haven't read any of his essays, but I look forward to them.
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.
Oh well.
Now maybe I'll make my list.

Déc 29, 2016, 7:11am

Thank you, Peggy. I have loved DFW ever since I read 'Federer as Religious Experience', way back in 1996, I think it was. Poor, tragic, brilliant man.

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.

Déc 31, 2016, 6:58am

Looking forward to your continued company in 2017.
Happy New Year, Karen

Déc 31, 2016, 7:05am

Happy New Year, Karen! I have enjoyed following along with your reading life, along with your RL observations. Looking forward to doing this again in '17!

We are going to need all the friendly support, we can get.

Déc 31, 2016, 9:02am

>143 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, and thank you! I'm looking forward to your continued company, too, Paul! When I made my New Year's Resolution several years ago to follow each of your threads, I didn't realize how much I would enjoy getting to know you, your family, and your LT world. I'm lucky.

>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.

Modifié : Déc 31, 2016, 9:42am

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
12/25/16 to 12/31/16

From Amazon:
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.

Modifié : Déc 31, 2016, 10:13am

Here's the link to my final statistics for 2016 (message 3 above):

2016 final statistics

Déc 31, 2016, 11:07am

I love statistics, Karen, you did well with the female writers this year.

Déc 31, 2016, 3:57pm

>140 thornton37814: Yipes, Lori, I never responded to your post. I just checked out the LT reviews of the book, and mine is definitely the only really negative one.

And TKAM is only the 5th book out of my 1800+ rated books with five stars.

Déc 31, 2016, 10:42pm

Happy New Year, Karen! I've enjoyed your reviews this year and look forward to keeping up in 2017!

Jan 1, 2017, 11:22am

Thank you Diane, and thank you all for visiting my threads this year.

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!

Jan 1, 2017, 7:04pm

Happy New Year, Karen! All the best in 2017!

Modifié : Jan 1, 2017, 7:22pm

Thanks, Deborah! Here's my first thread of 2017:

75 Books Challenge, karenmarie's first thread"

Jan 2, 2017, 2:31am

>145 karenmarie: I had forgotten your Resolution, Karen - it is indeed I that is blessed!

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.

Jan 2, 2017, 4:09pm

Happy New Year, Karen! You are amazing!