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Harry Potter illustrations by Jim Kay
Welcome to the year-end cafe!
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Tokyo Decadence by Ryu Murakami (finally available in the U.S.)
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Top 5 Second Quarter 2016
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi
Without: Poems by Donald Hall
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Top 5 Third Quarter
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Strike Sparks by Sharon Olds
Top graphic novels so far in '16:
Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
The Sleeper Omnibus by Ed Brubaker
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Pocket Full of Rain by Jason
How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman
Saga Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
Ms. Marvel Volume 5 by G. Willow Wilson
Velvet Volume 3 by Ed Brubaker
March Book 3 by John Lewis
1. Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson
2. Saint Odd by Dean Koontz
3. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
5. Cold Mountain by Han Shan (re-read)
6. Bryant & May and the Burning Man by Christopher Fowler
7. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
8. Valis by Philip K. Dick
9. Neon Vernacular by Yusef Komunyaka
10. Tokyo Decadence by Ryu Murakami
11. The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
12. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
13. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
14. Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
15. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
16. Natural Birth by Toi Derricotte
17. A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
18. Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
19. Heap House by Edward Carey
20. Evicted by Matthew Desmond
21. Paxby Sara Pennypacker
22. Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis
23. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
24. Dead Man's Mirror by Agatha Christie
25. White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones
26. Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
27. Divine Invasion by Philip K. Dick
28. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
29. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
30. Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
31. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
32. Venetia by Georgette Heyer
33. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
34. Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
35. Off the Grid by C.J. Box
36. Lighthead by Terrence Hayes
37. At The Threshold of Memory by Marjorie Agosin
38. A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
39. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
40. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
41. Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
42. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Inga Moore (re-read)
43. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick
44. In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan
45. Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
46. The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
47. Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer
48. The Bangkok Asset by John Burdett
49. The Swallows by Adriana Ramirez
50. The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
51. The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
52. The Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
53. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
54. Shaman Pass by Stan Jones
55. Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Gregson
56. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
57. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
58. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
59. Without: Poems by Donald Hall
60. Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig
61. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
62. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
63. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
64. Zero World by Jason M. Hough
65. The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich
66. The Highwayman by Craig Johnson
67. Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson
68. The Royal Wulff Murders by Keith McCafferty
69. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
70. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
71. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
72. Dodgers by Bill Beverly
73. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
74. Application for Release from the Dream by Tony Hoagland
75. Waterloo: The History of Four Days by Bernard Cornwell
76. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
77. Silence in the Snowy Fields by Robert Bly
78. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
79. An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
80. The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison by Maggie Smith
81. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
82. What is This Thing Called Love by Kim Addonizio
83. Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley
84. Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
85. The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
86. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
87. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
88. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
89. The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck
90. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
91. The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
92. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
93. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
94. Aeneid Book VI by Seamus Heaney
95. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy
96. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
97. Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
98. Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
99. Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee
100. I Shot the Buddha by Colin Cotterill
101. A Question of Death by Kerry Greenwood
102. Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee
103. Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre
104. Strike Sparks by Sharon Olds
105. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
106. A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer
107. Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
108. Pines by Blake Crouch
109. Wayward by Blake Crouch
110. The Last Town by Blake Crouch
111. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
112. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison
113. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
114. Gods of Gotham by Lyndsey Faye
115. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
116. How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman
117. Disasterology by Maggie Smith
118. The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
119. The Bookseller by Mark Pryor
120. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
121. An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
122. The Crypt Thief by Mark Pryor
123. Zen City by Gregoire Hervier
124. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
125. Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
126. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith
127. An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson
128. The Hard Way by Lee Child
129. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
130. The Lost Leader by Mick Imlah
131. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
132. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
133. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
134. Way Station by Clifford Simak
135. Slow Burn by Ace Atkins
136. Great North Road by Peter Hamilton
137. Dead Boys by Adriana Ramirez
138. The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
139. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
140. Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer
141. Night School by Lee Child
142. The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
143. Florence Nightingale by Catherine Reef
144. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
145. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
146. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
147. Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard
148. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
149. The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
150. Zero K by Don DeLillo
151. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer
152. The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll
153. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
154. Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat
155. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham
156. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
157. Darktown by Thomas Mullen
158. A Love Story, and Murder by Harry Bingham
1. The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker
2. Concrete Park by Tony Puryear
3. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
4. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
5. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
6. Sleeper by Ed Brubaker
7. Where is Jake Ellis by Nathan Edmondson
8. Lucifer by Mike Carey
9. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus by Philip K. Dick
10. Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
11. The Fade Out Volume 2 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
12. Low Moon by Jason
13. The Fade Out Volume 3 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
14. Fatale by Ed Brubaker
15. Demo by Brian Wood
16. Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna
17. Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton
18. The Property by Rutu Modan
19. Descender by Jeff Lemire
20. Ms. Marvel Vol. 4 by G. Willow Wilson
21. The Sleeper Omnibus by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
22. Lucifer Volume 2 by Mike Carey
23. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan
24. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
25. Ruins by Peter Kuper
26. Harrow County by Cullen Bunn
27. The Story of Mu by James Cordova
28. Torpedo Volume 1 by Enrique Sanchez Abuli
29. Lucifer Book Three by Mike Carey
30. Pocket Full of Rain by Jason
31. Batgirl by Gail Simone
32. Descender Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
34. Deadly Class by Rick Remender
35. How to Fall Forever (Black Science) by Rick Remender
36. Hawkeye Volume 3 and Hawkeye Volume 4 by Matt Fraction
37. Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison
38. The Planetary Omnibus by Warren Ellis
39. Princess Black by Shannon Hale
40. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Amy Corzine
41. The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan
42. Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall
43. Patience by Daniel Clowes
44. How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman
45. Maggie the Mechanic by Gilbert Hernandez
46. Almost Silent by Jason
47. Saga Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
48. Lucifer Book Four by Mike Carey
49. Ms. Marvel Vol. 5 by G. Willow Wilson
50. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and Lewis Helfland
51. Jessica Jones: Alias Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
52. Lumberjanes Vol. 4 by Shannon Watters and Noelle Stevenson
53. Lady Killer by Jamie S. Rich
54. Morning Glories Volume 5 by Nick Spencer
55. Morning Glories Volume 6 by Nick Spencer
56. Jessica Jones Alias Vol. 2 by Brian M. Bendis
57. The New York Four by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
58. Rivers of London Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch
59. Velvet Volume 3 by Ed Brubaker
60. Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider by Devin Grayson
61. The Bronx Kill by Peter Milligan
62. Lazarus by Greg Rucka
63. Lazarus Volume 2 by Greg Rucka
64. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
65. Bandette by Paul Tobin
66. Morning Glories Volume 6 by Nick Spencer
67. The Unwritten Vol. 4 by Mike Carey
68. March Book Three by John Lewis
69. Serenity Better Days by Joss Whedon
70. Hack/Slash Omnibus Volume 5 by Elena Casagrande
71. Emma Frost Vol. 2 by Karl Bollers
Ten Times Ten
We were all dead before, we'll be dead again.
Ten times ten years and back again.
Pour it all away now, girl.
Pour it all away.
You're a sweet cashier, counting the change.
Change is a mighty force, here's your lemonade.
If the heavens shouted really loud at us
Would we all begin anew.
Change is a cup of life, drink is what we do.
Twelve times twelve will build a shelf.
Zero times zero will make it melt.
If everyone asks a single why
Will each one get enlightened by and by.
If everyone refuses to ask
Will each one get to slip the mask.
Given two chances, we'll always need three
Given three chances, we're still hard to please.
If you find a way, don't bother reporting.
Dogs growl in the attic, memos in the morning.
Three times three, it's time for tea.
Cakes and custard, glum and glee.
Knocking heads, cursing, howling.
Here tomorrow, foolish, cowering.
Slow down, slow down, you'll hear the wind.
Ten times ten and back again.
Slow down, sit still, you'll find the way.
Accept the outrageous, then go out and play.
I believe he also illustrated the very different A Monster Calls, and those were knockouts, too.
Oops, you deserve some on-the-house treatment for finding the new place and being the first in. Congrats! Here you go:
Yeah, I know what you mean. I toyed with the idea of not starting a new thread, but I'm so used to changing around 250 posts. It starts taking awfully long to load.
Let's get you that hot coffee, Turkish.
I saw you might move back to the UK. As regular visitors to the UK, but not Malaysia, we're all for it!
And I missed the chance to congratulate you on the near-retirement. Sounds great. Will you be doing more travelling, perhaps to British shores?
>15 drneutron: Great! Thanks, Jim. You're the best. Thank you again for all you do in making the 75er group happen!
I'll start one there as we teeter on the edge of '17, or maybe when we've fallen right into it.
St J does her last deployment on the morrow so i shall be holding down the critters.
have a good day, you fine-feathered fellow. :-)
Last of the year, my friend. At least we've had a good year on LT. It's been a tough one in many other ways, yes?
Glad you like the HP toppers. I've got a soft spot for those books, and love the fact that illustrated ones are starting to come out. Yes, them muffles should prevent kerfuffles. I can never have enuffles of them mufffles. Please handcuffle me to one of them muffles? OK, don't bother, I'll put myself in timeout. Jeesh.
Last deployment sounds good for the St of the Little Pigeon River. She could probably use a few moments to catch her breath. Critter duty is happy duty in my book. Hope you have a good time.
Thanks for the good day wishes, o warbler of the southeast. I'm enjoying the wearin' of the feathers.
Hey, I finished the most excellent Create Dangerously. Thanks again! I'm going to try to put together a short review.
P.S. Please take a look at that tweaked poem up there when you have a minute. I tried to make it more accessible - I'd like this one not to be too elusively mysterious.
"Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. This is what I've always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them. Coming from where I come from, with the history I have - having spent the first twelve years of my life under both dictatorships of Papa Doc and his son, Jean-Claude - this is what I've always seen as the unifying principle among all writers."
What a powerful way to look at being a writer!
Create Dangerously is Edwidge Danticat's collection of essays about her Haitian roots She struggles internally with living in the U.S. and writing about Haiti, even though her roots are strong and her trips back seemingly frequent. She sees a duty to write, and the alternative unthinkable, but nonetheless is "anguished by my own sense of guilt." The guilt seems to stem from her ability to live well elsewhere, and benefit from her writing, while so many in her country suffer. Yet she sees her duty as bearing witness to them, and her country.
The book begins with the 1964 firing squad executions of CIA-supported Marcel Numa and Louis Drouin, who had hoped to overthrow Papa Doc. Her fascination with those two, and the way they are remembered in Haiti, threads throughout the book. They both had lived comfortably elsewhere, but came back to help Haiti. Exile, diaspora, and return, are central themes in the book. Her passion is compelling on every page. When she returns to Haiti, her visits are vivid for the reader. For example, she (arduously) and her cousin and uncle (easily) climb a picturesque mountain and visit her aunt in an isolated remote village that is filled with daily beauty and small miracles, e.g. making coffee, grinding corn, the noisy hens and roosters. She re-enters peaceful rural life, and for a while, the country's turmoil is forgotten.
She is so transparent here, this book is like talking to her directly. She has a profound mind, and gave me many new perspectives on Haiti (including the 2010 earthquake) and Haitians. Many thanks to Ellie for sending this my way.
Back to your prior thread.... "We're going to be questing for good cafes to hang out in."
There are some lovely cafes in Seattle. Just sayin'. ;-)
>21 jnwelch: Wow. Onto the wish list it goes. And you get a thumb from me.
I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday! Thanks for your posts on my thread throughout 2017, even when I didn't post on your thread as often as I wanted.
May 2017 be a wonderful year for you.
>4 jnwelch: The poem is deep and challenging. Thanks for sharing. I will have to return to it a couple more times and see how it takes shape my little postal mind. Does this come together all at once or in fragments?
It looks as though my usual trip to London in September will take place a bit earlier this year. Margaret (wandering_star), Fliss (flissp) and I will meet up in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival in late August; I'll be there from August 22-25. I'll almost certainly travel to London by train afterward, and plan to spend roughly two weeks there. I'll need to be back in the US by mid September, as my medical school class's 20th reunion will be held in Pittsburgh starting on the 15th, and the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics will be held in your fair city from the 16th through the 19th.
Looks like 2017 is the start of:
for the Welch clan. Enjoy!
>21 jnwelch: wonderful job on a book i couldn't possibly review. i'd just have to say something ovular like, "wow. you gotta read this" or similar. review thumbled.
i'm at the part where she's talking about the things that bring people together and how 9/11 caused her to want to be a part of the USA and the man from, where, Afghanistan? who found himself wanting to wave the US flag. she also talks about how folks came together in the plane when a passenger went into crisis.
i mentioned this elsewhere, i believe. she's talking about community and its spontaneous creation, about inclusivity and what brings these things about. it is strange reading this material when, in my opinion, we've never in my life lived in a country so divided and with so little interest in creating inclusiveness. it's difficult when we know the earth and the biosphere are wounded and in crisis everywhere, and yet we are not sufficiently equipped, and the wounds too horrifying, deep and ever-present, for us to find a way to the greater good.
thanks for reading it, mi compadre.
>21 jnwelch: Nice review - giving it my thumb. And adding that one to the Big List.
Oh good. You're a natural for Create Dangerously, so I'm glad that review grabbed you. Danticat at her most accessible. Thank you for the thumb!
>23 Whisper1: Thanks, Linda! Happy Holidays to you and yours! So happy your pain situation has improved, and you're with your family for the holidays.
Love that street scene. Makes me feel like caroling. :-)
>25 charl08: Glad to hear it, Charlotte! Knowing you, you can probably finish Create Dangerously) during breakfast. :-) I look forward to your reaction to it.
Thanks re the poem, buddy. I'm still working toward what it's supposed to be, I think. For me, they normally come together as a whole (I "hear" them), but then need work to get out the dross and get closer to what they're supposed to be. I don't think they ever first come in fragments, although occasionally a short one will develop into something longer. More common is they're longer at the start, and taking out the dross tightens them. Kind of like a painter doing a drawing first for the painting, and then erasing parts, rearranging, introducing new elements, and then pulling it together in a finished painting.
>27 msf59: Ah, excellent, Mark. Thanks for the thumb! This was a tip from Ellie, as you can tell. I need to read more Danticat, too. I loved Claire of the Sea Light.
Hey, great to hear you've read Create Dangerously and loved it, too! I will look for Brother, I'm Dying. Glad you liked the review of it.
OK, I'm going to pass on your earlier-than-usual London schedule to the lovely Debbi. I'm happy to hear you're going to Edinburgh and seeing the Fringe festival; we did that with the kids a few years back, and it was one of our favorite trips ever. Have you been to the Military Tattoo at the castle? Squeeze that one in, too, if you can. Oddball and great fun.
>29 kac522: Ha! Thanks, Kathy!
You got it - the Life of Riley, coming up. Can't wait!
I'm very happy you liked the review, and thanks much for the thumb. "wow, you gotta read this" would've worked, too, I think. Thanks again for getting me to read it.
You know, I'm a great believer in, you've got to get the ugly stuff out into the light so we can see it clearly and make choices. All these divisive and destructive developments you mention are right there inside us - thinking tribal (us and them), being self-centered and thoughtless of others, trashing where we are and leaving it behind (except we can't leave it behind any more; we're trashing our own home). It's awful to see and experience, but it does present us with a whole lot of choices, dunnit?
We're not going to significantly change until enough of us say, "that's not us", and even then, we're going to have some twisted louses and ignoramuses running around. This ain't an easy planet. Why was it all of us chose it again? There must have been a reason. Probably because it's also so darn beautiful.
Ah, thanking me for reading Create Dangerously - I appreciate it, but thank you for sending it to me, mi compadre.
Ha! Of course you do! Isn't it great that they're releasing illustrated Harry Potter editions now? Jim Kay also did those terrific illustrations for A Monster Calls, so he should handle the darker HPs just fine.
>32 Caroline_McElwee: Good to see you, Caroline.
Thanks re the poem. I'm glad it grabbed you for cogitations. Any thoughts would be welcome from my fellow poet - I still think there's more to be done with it.
Isn't that Danticat quote a knockout? Well worth your time to read Create Dangerously, and it's not a particularly long one.
>34 Crazymamie: Morning, Mamie!
I could start every day with a latte and a muffin. Or a latte and some pizza. :-)
Oh, I'm glad Create Dangerously is making the Big List. It's a keeper. Thanks for the thumb!
Ha! I love being referred to as being "at a young age." I still have some people call me "young man", and it always makes me smile. I know that Madame MBH enjoys being called "Miss".
Yeah, I'm always bound by confidentiality, so no need for that kind of warning letter. It was very nice that they wanted to stay connected; it sure makes it easier on my end, as I don't have to go through all that packing up or switch insurance. Plus I can get tech help when needed.
Yeah, Madame MBH and I have been together 33 years now, and we've helped each other through all the ups and downs. We had our kids while in our 30s, and I'm so glad. I would've been such an amateur parent in my 20s, particularly the early years. I think our kids benefited from our being older and wiser. Although there were times I wished I had the energy I had in my 20s!
A big part of this is the kids being able to take care of themselves. We're lucky in many different ways.
So great that you get to retire toward the end of next year! I'm sure you're really looking forward to it.
I think on your last thread someone asked where the thread was for people to record their 5 best books of 2016? If someone hasn't already responded it's here:
And there's also a list for people to add their books to:
Have you been to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?
Not bad out here at all. Now to get rid of some of this snow...
I suspect that dilemma is pretty common in the creative process.
>45 souloftherose: Thank you, Heather!
Oh good, thanks for the "5 best books of the year" links. That was Anne. I'll check them out, too.
I haven't seen Rogue One. Have you? We sure plan to - maybe over the holidays.
>47 msf59: Morning Mark!
Happy Wednesday! I am indeed savoring these final days - or, to put it another way, I'm savoring the idea of not having to get up early and take the train downtown, and not having to use my noggin and wiles (the few I have) to solve problems. :-)
It's not bad out there, is it. I'm going to get out and run an errand at lunchtime. I'm hoping any significant snow holds off until we're done driving on Friday.
They've been showing the original three on cable here, and I'm reminded how good and ground-breaking they were.
non-wall wall art. huh! thanks to Microsoft's ad in the Ta-Nehisi Coates article in the Times. they conveniently provided it (er, the article not the image) in audio. very nice. and they didn't block screencapping. must say, they certainly know their audience.
>40 jnwelch: "We're not going to significantly change until enough of us say, "that's not us", and even then, we're going to have some twisted louses and ignoramuses running around." to me the idea is to say, "i am that" and recognize that i, too, am, if not totally twisted, then occasionally a bit bent and endlessly ignorant about, intolerant toward and dismissive of people who aren't like i am in certain respects. i've learned hugely since moving out of my Bay Area comfort zone 40 years ago into east Tennessee and ultimately getting married to a mountain woman.
can't remember when you're gonna light out for the holidays. when are you?
I like the idea of "I am that" and "I am this", in addition to "that's not us" (e.g. hatred and discrimination ain't us), although as far as I know, we're supposed to kick out the "I am" part. No soul, no self, etc. So, then what we have left is "this" and "that". That sounds about right. :-)
What I was trying to get at was, no matter how many of us learn to be kind and compassionate and inclusive, we're going to have folks who don't and won't. You're right, I need to be open-minded about them, too. Everyone's a Buddha, right?
Yes. Me too. If anything positive comes out of this horrible election, it may be the recognition of the underlying attitudes, opinions and pain of people across the country. We can't fix what we can't see.
Retiring to the life of consulting sounds good, and it's always good to feel you're well-regarded by the people with whom you work. Enjoy all that flexibility.
>55 ffortsa: "If anything positive comes out of this horrible election, it may be the recognition of the underlying attitudes, opinions and pain of people across the country." i agree, Judy, and am focusing on that as best i can. i'm not sure the situation is completely "fixable" in the way that we've come to expect, though.
compassion, open-mindedness and notions of "spectrum" should include everyone but it's pretty difficult for our animal brains to do that. it may be impossible. discrimination (the cerebral act not the political one) is hard-wired and essential to survival and that makes it diffy. we stereotype for a reason and we pre-judge b/c it has served the species well. we fear the "other" for the same reason and we have hard-wiring to make that a pre-cognitive event.
we're pack animals and pack animals innately, cognitively distinguish between "we" and "they" and we do it before we know we've done it and because that's how we've stayed alive for millennia. therefore, tolerance, inclusivity and broad-mindedness take constant effort and vigilance. we obviously can do it, but we have to want to and to find positives in doing so. that requires education of some sort.
i have hope that somehow, the people of the world younger than i will be able to bring about something positive beyond my imagining but i'm afraid, like drunks, we'll have to hit a very hard bottom first and we may just be in the midst of doing that. oddly, that very fact itself gives me hope and engages my curiosity. i wonder what's coming next. "what rough beast, its hour come round at last," and so forth.
shutting up now. :-)
here, have a cinnamon apple crisp muffin.
>54 jnwelch: Is fun too - I have vol 5 of Ms Marvel coming from the library - hopefully early in the new year.
If anything positive comes out of this horrible election, it may be the recognition of the underlying attitudes, opinions and pain of people across the country. We can't fix what we can't see. Well put.
Like you, I'm hoping that's the silver lining. I would never have guessed we had this many folks who thought they weren't being sufficiently listened to, and therefore were willing to take a chance on such an unqualified candidate. So we need to listen better to them. (I don't think their candidate actually has any interest in that). Videos of police abuse and murder also come to mind - while recognizing the overwhelming number of police out there who do their jobs right.
Thanks re retirement. I sure am looking forward to all that flexibility. I've been coming to work downtown here for more than 32 years (after working elsewhere before that). I'm going to enjoy not getting up early and doing that.
>56 mirrordrum: Hiya, Ellie. It is Sweet Thursday! And the last day of the work week for me.
I'm a shy and retiring guy all right.
I know, lots to think about. Doing things the right way ain't easy, for the reasons you mention. I do wonder whether having nothing left to "defend" opens up the world and makes the hard work easy. We sure spend a lot of time patrolling the castle parapets.
I place a lot of hope in the young 'uns following us, too. They've seen a lot, and the ones I know are impressive.
i'm afraid, like drunks, we'll have to hit a very hard bottom first and we may just be in the midst of doing that. Nicely said. That may be it. Our collective destructive behavior is hard to fathom, but hopefully it's an inspiration to find a way to do what's needed to get off that hard bottom and to where we want to be.
Thank you for the cinnamon apple crisp muffin. You know me well - those look delish.
As you probably could tell, >54 jnwelch: is from the wonderful Saga series. I LOVE the Ms. Marvel series, did I mention that? You'll have a good time with #5.
BTW, I just saw the second Paper Girls came out in the U.S. That may be a gift card treat for meself these holidays.
>58 Carmenere: Ha! Thanks, Lynda. If it's new to you, then it's Happy New Thread as far as I'm concerned. Nothing wussalous about having RL intervene, or even unreal life.
Do you leave four MI tomorrow?
Yes, we drive over to Ann Arbor tomorrow. Looks like we won't be dealing with a lot of snow on the way, I'm glad to say.
Happy travelling. Will you be visiting Sherlock and his Watson?
>67 Caroline_McElwee: I felt the same way, Caroline. I went out and got myself an Inga Moore one. They're such great illustrations, aren't they?
Ha! Sherlock and his Watson (Becca) will be sitting in our far back seat, reading while we drive to Ann Arbor, MI. He likes to rest and muse about the many cases he's helping solve.
>61 jnwelch: Love that one, Joe! All of the illustrations from that story, really.
"far back seat?" how far back is it?
cheery Hanumas, merry Chrismakkah, and happy trails to you, Mme. MBH, Becca and the furry fellow.
I don't generally do talking animals on the whole, but this book is a special one.
The far back seat - I made it sound like a bus, didn't I? We have a minivan, so there are three rows of seats - "premium" seating in the front, for which we charge extra, economy seating in the middle, which can be had for a reasonable price, and "esteemed Sherlock and Becca" seating in the back, for which we pay them for the honor.
Cheery Hanumas and Merry Chrismakkah to you and JB, Ellie! We are indeed celebrating both at the same time this year, so we're bringing the minorah to put by the Christmas tree. The Buddhists are bringing "nothing", as usual. Hope you have a most grand holiday in your beautiful and healing part of the country.
>73 EBT1002: So true, Ellen. Being a book nerd sure has its rewards. At some point I have to figure out my top 5 of the year. I know Evicted remains my #1 (what a book!), but there have been so many good ones again this year, that'll take some sorting out. I'll probably do top 5 fiction, top 5 nonfiction, and top 5 graphic novels. Something like that.
*does double take* What did you just say about Wind in the Willows?
>74 Caroline_McElwee: Oof, can it be true, Caroline? Our poor Ellen. She needs to be visited by the Reader of Holiday Books to Surprising Boat Missers, preferably with an Inga Moore illustrated Wind in the Willows in hand.
Agreed. I find myself with talking animals all the time (perhaps I should trim that back a bit?), but this is a very special one.
*resisting impulse to go straight to amazon site*
thinking about this, however, i consider Judy and Ellen pretty damn good company so i don't think i'll fret too much.
i just added Evicted to my audible basket. very good narrator and the bit i listened to was magnetic. just snapped right into my basket and clamped there like a resolute, loquacious limpet.
Due to your warbling, I started the audio of Hidden Figures. I really like it and I am so glad to see this written by an African American author.
We're packing up for the drive. Happy Friday, everyone!
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!
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!
I hope you and yours have a great Christmas!
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Sorry about the prop being awol so much. We're having a great time with the gathered family. Off to B&N with gift cards in hand soon.
I loved A Gentleman in Moscow. What a charmer. Darktown was really good, too. Now I'm reading the second Fiona Griffith mystery, with the unusual detective in Wales. Hmm. Touchstone won't work. It's by Harry Bingham.
Son #1 and Adri arrived last night, and had a good time with Grandpa. Jesse got me a two volume edition of the first decade of Usagi Yojimbo, tales of a samurai rabbit we both enjoyed when he was young.
At B & N I got Rules of Civility, the first one by the guy who wrote A Gentleman in Moscow, the first Peter Diamond mystery by Peter Lovesey, and M Station by Patti Smith.
I'm nearing the end of the second Fiona Griffiths mystery, and it's been another corker.
Hope everyone's been having a great holiday break!
We drive back tomorrow, and I should be back in the cafe on Thursday.
Nice book picks. With any luck, you'll have a good time with those.
We're packing up for the drive home. Hope everybody has a good one today!
Let's catch up a bit.
>78 EBT1002: Ellen, I hope the ROHBTSBM visited, and you're closer to reading The Wind in the Willows. It's not Moby-Dick, but I think the celestial librarian will be raising her eyebrow if you don't have that one read before you move on to the next dimension.
>79 NarratorLady: Thank you, Anne. We just let Becca and Sherlock out of the "back-back" at her place. He was saying "murr" a good bit as soon as we got off the highway, his way of saying, "I know we're close to home now".
Good for you for passing the Christmas hosting baton to your daughter. How'd it go? I hope you were able to relax and just enjoy.
4 days to semi-retirement! We're getting close. It was quite a fine Christmas, and we're glad to be back home. More present-opening to come with our son and his wife here, as they come to visit for a couple of days.
>81 mirrordrum: What's going on around here, Ellie? How did so many of our esteemed readers grow up without reading Wind in the Willows? I think you should fret about it a whole bunch and read it, that's what I think. Dagnabbit. Although it may feel a bit junior now, I don't know.
Oh, Evicted is such an Ellie book. It'll knock your socks off. clamped there like a resolute, loquacious limpet. You bring the best lines!
>82 msf59: Hiya, Mark! Oh, I'm so glad you're reading Hidden Figures! I must've done my worst job of warbling ever for that one. If an LTer warbles in the woods, and no one hears, does it do any good? I don't think so.
>85 EBT1002: Oh good, Ellen. I hope everyone reads/listens to Evicted. I'm glad the narrator is excellent.
>86 EBT1002: Thanks for leaving the lovely holiday wishes, Ellen. Peace sounds awfully good right now, doesn't it.
My apologies to you and everyone else for not stopping by your threads with holiday wishes. When the Welch clan gathers, the gabbling is non-stop, although intelligible for the most part.
>88 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. Well said, and a lovely image. I think we're all wishing for some peace, and I like being open to, and aspiring to, all you say in the new year.
>90 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! Merry Christmas!
>91 Storeetllr: Thanks, Mary! We had a most excellent Christmas, with good books showing up, and more, I imagine, showing up soon, as we continue Christmas and Hanukkah with our son and DIL in town. I hope yours was filled with joy and books, too. :-)
Ha! Thanks, Mamie. Happy Holidays! Becca gave me ten little figures from My Neighbor Totoro, including the cat bus and Totoro with an umbrella - my favorite scene.
>93 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy! Happy Holidays to you and the Judy family.
>94 laytonwoman3rd: Ha! Merry Christmas, Linda! I'm liking the Coon/Koons. Both mighty good-looking, right?
Thank you for the good wishes, too, for all your LT friends. Vice versa, my friend. Yes, peace and good will - let's do it!
>96 Ameise1: Ha, great photo, Barbara. Happy Holidays!
>97 msf59: Merry Christmas, Mark! We did have a great time with ol' Dad and the rest of the clan. We even got him to play the harmonica twice, and had a good time talking about his musical mother and what she passed down to him.
Hope your gathering was merry and joyful.
>100 LovingLit: Thanks, Megan. We did have and expect to continue having a great time, with a little work interspersed tomorrow. We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, and have various gatherings, so it's an ongoing affair.
Hope you've been having a great one y'self.
>101 Carmenere: Ha! Thanks, Lynda. It was a good Boxing Day, with a successful trip to B & N, and a treasure trove of leftovers from Christmas dinner.
Hope you're having a good holiday season.
Hope you and yours have been having a most excellent holiday, too.
>104 roundballnz: Thanks, Alex. Same to you, buddy. Yes, we have Boxing Day here, too, and I successfully journeyed to Barnes and Noble with our daughter.
Did you read the second one by Becky Chambers yet, A Closed and Common Orbit? I liked it as much as the first one.
>105 charl08: I can't say I found bargains with the B & N gift cards/vouchers, Charlotte, but I did find ones I'm very happy with - Rules of Civility, the first Lovesey Peter Diamond mystery, and Patti Smith's M Train.
I suspect more books will be showing up as the family celebration shifts to Chicago.
>111 Caroline_McElwee: Oh my, Caroline. I think you'll love A Gentleman in Moscow. I'm going the other way 'round, as you can tell. I loved AGIM, and that made me want to get Rules of Civility. Good to have your endorsement of M Train. It'll be the first book of hers I've read.
>112 msf59: Thanks, Mark. Yes, the weather was nice for the drive back, and the traveling surprisingly smooth.
>113 brodiew2: Hiya, Brodie. Thanks.
I've ordered A Gentleman in Moscow from the library; I've read Rules of Civility but all I remember is enjoying it. Can't remember a thing about the plot! I think I've got too many stories in my head and not enough memory available in my brain to store them.
Maybe I'll add The Wind in the Willows and The Secret Garden to my January reads.
For me, I'm not going to forget A Gentleman in Moscow any time soon. That was one vivid reading experience.
>127 ffortsa: I read A Secret Garden for the first time as a grown-up, and really liked it, Judy. Ditto with her A Little Princess. I haven't read Poor Little Rich Girl, but I liked those George Macdonalds you read a lot when I was a lad.
Yeah, I think A Gentleman in Moscow is going to make my top 5, too. What a work of art he created. Thanks for the warbling. I'm looking forward to reading his first one now.
Happy New Year!
I will be trying to read the last 2 volumes of the John Lewis civil rights movement trilogy today and tomorrow. I'm liking the illustrations and the writing both. Good job and I hope it does well in schools. I'm also working on The Unwinding which I am liking a good deal, also. Interesting way to look at the phenomena of Trump voters. And finally, the real life book group decided to read Ancillary Justice for our January meeting so I need to work on it, too. How do you find time to juggle multiple reads and finish so many, so fast?
Happy New Year! Here's a virtual toast, using morning coffee, to a very fine reading year ahead!
Thanks again for the effective nudge on the Fiona Griffiths mysteries. A Love Story, with Murders, was another really good one. The next one has the intriguing title of The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths.
>134 Familyhistorian: Ha! I am a bit giddy, Meg. Just made my last commute downtown for a long time. Yes, we counted all the days. So it'll become official after midnight on Saturday. But this is my last work day. Yippee!
>136 roundballnz: Ha! Die Hard is a Christmas movie, I know, Alex. Madame MBH loves that one, and all the other Die Hard movies. I wish we had that tradition with The Wind in the Willows. We did see a quite good small theater musical adaptation of it here. And Dr. Who - there you have me. I watched a fair amount in the David Tennant years, but less with Matt Smith and even less with the current one. Is there a Christmas tradition with Dr. Who?
>138 maggie1944: Sweet Thursday, Karen! I am indeed looking forward to semi-retirement. Preponderance-retirement? Lion's share retirement? Mostly retired?
I can promise you, I'm jumping into the pool of no worries. Others get to do the worrying now; I'll just be there for sage advice if needed. I've spent 32 years here, and it feels right to keep a connection.
I'm looking forward to not rushing around, and enjoying that leisure you've been experiencing for 16 years. Having everything paid up and the kids taking care of themselves just fine is a great feeling.
I'll look forward to hearing what you think of The Unwinding. I couldn't read a book about politics right now; I'm still filled with shock over the election results. Kudos to you for being able to do it. I loved Ancillary Justice - cut yourself a lot of slack at the beginning in getting yourself situated with what's going on. It's a very unusual premise that took me a while to sink into. The rest of the series is really good, too.
I've juggled multiple books all my life. I just enjoy doing it that way, having choices based on my whim of the moment. I'm pretty fast, but nothing like Charlotte or Morphy or some others. Seasonsoflove (Becca) has read over 200 this year, while teaching those lovable little gremlins!
Sweet Thursday, my friend!
>148 brodiew2: Good morning, Brodie! Isn't Darktown excellent? I'm so glad you're enjoying it. It keeps up that high quality the whole way through. I was saying to Charlotte, I'd welcome Mullen doing another one with these characters.
>149 weird_O: The Secret Garden is one of those that gets cherished generation after generation, isn't it, Bill. I enjoyed reading it again at my advanced age; you might give it a try some time. It's pitched to a younger age group, of course, but that can be a pleasure when done well.
>156 NarratorLady: Oh, good to know, Anne, thanks. As you know, I've become a big Heyer fan. I haven't read many author bios, but I've done it multiple times for Austen, and at some point I'd like to learn more about Heyer. I'll add The Private World of Georgette Heyer to the WL.
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What Makes Us Fat: Change Your Lifestyle In 7 Days Kindle Edition by Gen Gale (Author)
Although now I have an e-reader, I need less space for books when we are away. I only have 7 physical books with me now (and 5 on the e-reader)...
My GN reading has really slowed down the past couple of months, (poetry is making up for it, though) but I am enjoying Tetris: The Games People Play. This is a lot of fun about the creation of the hit video game Tetris. Jesse might like this one too.
I am also enjoying the ride-along with Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure. You might like this one too. Harry Rules!
>162 msf59: Morning Mark! This is a Happy Friday indeed. :-)
It's going to be Mondays, I suspect, when I most strongly feel my blessings. Your schedule varies a lot, but for me, that was always a time of saying good-bye to another excellent weekend, and hello to . . . work. Actually, for a lot of my work life, I always worked Saturday morning, too, and in the fall/winter, prepared on Sunday to teach a Monday afternoon class. Plus raising them kids. It's a good feeling to be where we are now!
We had a great time at that Liquor and Latkes event last night, and got to bed at midnight. But then we could sleep in today - yes!
P.S. I'll tell Jesse about that Tetris book - I suspect he'll be all over that one. I got what looks to be an excellent GN for Christmas - Jane, the Fox and Me. I'll keep you posted on that. I'll take a look at Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure - love the title. I gave our Winston Churchill-loving DIL Hero of the Empire, and she was so excited!
I do find that inability to share/borrow frustrating, although I can share with other designated Kindle readers - Madame MBH and I share all our Kindle books. She's reading my Another Brooklyn right now. The other thing I'd say is that Kindle books are cheaper, so I'll try ones on the Kindle and, if I really like them, I'll try to later get them in hard copy, often from a used bookstore. I'll definitely be getting a hard copy of Another Brooklyn. Plus we read a ton of hard copy books to this day.
P.S. And some excellent books/pieces are only published in e-form, like our DIL's Kindle Single, Dead Boys.
>155 laytonwoman3rd: >157 jnwelch: I am enjoying Darktown greatly, laytonwoman3rd! It is an excellent noir thriller with brilliant writing and a emotively intimate view of race relations at the time.
>167 jnwelch: Love the lower level library, Joy. Alliteration too! ;-P
I'm so glad you're enjoying Darktown. an excellent noir thriller with brilliant writing and a emotively intimate view of race relations at the time. Wow - well put!
And that's an impressive pocketful of alliteration so early in the day. Lots of lasting love for the lower level library, I say in response.
>169 Ameise1: Isn't it, Barbara? I'd love to begin the day there. Wishing you a lovely day, too. I hope you get a chance to relax.
I do like my Kindle for the reasons you give. I also am sure they'll have even higher quality ones with vivid color some time in the future. I know there's Advanced Color e-Paper now - it may be there's a Kindle with it already.
I do still enjoy reading paper books — and more distressingly for my purse and my bookshelves, still very much enjoy browsing in bookstores (especially used bookstores) and finding treasures. And like you, Joe, I'm prone to purchasing in corporeal form ebooks that I have enjoyed and want to share widely.
Happy Friday, Joe!
>177 EBT1002: now there's a noir book title for ya: The last book addict. or possibly, The last book addict on earth. too horrible a thought to consider.
>141 jnwelch: BBC have always briought out a special Dr Who aired on Xmas day ...
Looking forward to your continued company in 2017.
Happy New Year, Joe
I thought of another negative, for me, with the Kindle. With hard copies, I can mark a passage I like with a post-it. Highlighting on the Kindle doesn't work very well, IMO.
>174 mirrordrum: Thanks, Ellie! And I appreciate your "selfish" wish for more Joe poems in the new year - will do. :-) More time for writing new ones and polishing old ones is something I'm very much looking forward to.
It's been a pleasure this past year - your visits are always a highlight!
I read Tale of Genji in hard copy, so I didn't have that problem with the footnotes, but I can imagine that would make it more difficult. You came up with a smart solution.
>176 Berly: Yeah, like you, I read whoppers on the Kindle, Kim. And you're right, another category is won't keeps, or may not keeps - usually trying a not-sure sci-fi or mystery for me. I want to get hard copy Georgette Heyers some day, as I've read most of hers on the Kindle, and it turns out I like them a lot.
You're certainly seeing the pros and cons here! I do think you and P will find it a plus, particularly with those several hundred books in your pocket, and traveling light.
>178 mirrordrum: Hiya, Ellie. The Last Book Addict on Earth. Horrifying, but we'd all make sure to get our hands on it - too tempting, with a title like that. :-)
>179 roundballnz: Interesting that you've drifted back to 90% physical books, Alex. I imagine the Kindle is useful to have when you hike?
I'm probably near 60% physical. I always have one going that's physical, and one that's on Kindle - but then I also always have going a physical poetry book and a physical GN.
The one genre I can't read on an e-reader is poetry. It changes it too much for me.
An annual Dr. Who Christmas special makes sense. I may look for that on On Demand here.
I'll set up a '17 cafe soon, so you can find us there. Yes, please set up a post drop box for the coming year - it's been great to have you in the 75ers. As Mark said, you were a natural (weirdly) for this group from the get-go.
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Enjoy too your semi-retirement, how 'semi' is it? Xx
Enjoy the semi-retirement missed that on the threads ......
Have a great day with the family, my friend!
You are a great fella and a mainstay of our little community here. Looking forward to the Cafe opening for business over the other side.
>190 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline. I'm looking forward to enjoying 2017 with Debbi. Happy New Year!
I guess my semi-retirement = vast majority retired. I don't plan to work, but I'll appear on the scene sometimes and advise if asked.
Our tradition is to give letters to each other on the last day of Hanukkah, and our son wrote a nice one that included a comment that I've given him a good model of "how to be a provider and still be awesome." :-) I love that guy!
We did have a good evening. Our tradition is to go to our friends' house for a party for the first half of the evening, then come home and make ourselves a dinner and watch an old-timey movie. Last night we watched Hitchcock's 39 Steps. Honestly, we found the movie a bit disappointing. Both the book and the play adaptation were better. But it was fun. And we celebrated my retirement at the party, and at home, after it turned midnight.
Hope you had a good celebration, and that 2017 treats you well.
>192 brodiew2: A rarely sighted double post, Brodie! Well done. That's become hard to do.
enjoy your retirement, it's the best thing ever in the whole world! Oh, I love that, Diane. You're inspiring. I'm already enjoying the heck out of it. Come Tuesday, when I don't go into work at an early hour, I'm going to know it's really happening. :-)
>194 ffortsa: Happy New Year, Judy. I'm liking it here on the other side. How about you?
I use my iPhone that way, too, although I don't hike as much as I like. Usually I use it when we're out and Madame MBH powders her nose, or something like that.
>196 Familyhistorian: Happy New Year, Meg.
That's the first time I've heard that one. You have an e-reader, and haven't been able to finish a book on it. Hmm. Sure sounds like you're meant to read paper books. As I said to Erik, I think you've got company for that one. I like the mixture, but many people want to read paper only.
Good reminder. After I finish answering these posts, I'll start the new year's cafe.
Hope you had a good celebration - enjoy the day, buddy.
That somehow reminded me - after learning it from Charlotte, last night I successfully said "Happy Hogmanay" to our Scottish friend. Hogmanay = the last day of the year.
>198 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. I'm at heart a sloth or an otter, so leaving work behind is A-OK with me. Maybe you can sort of retire with more work in the mix, when the time comes. Our son's godfather "retired" a year ago, which as far as we can tell, means he's only working three jobs (minority employment, construction dispute arbitrator and one other I can't remember), rather than the half dozen he was working before.
Thank you for the kind comments. I feel blessed to have found LT. My reading quality has increased dramatically, with all the recommendations of books I wouldn't have found on my own, and I've met so many great people this way, including yourownself. Book readers are the best, aren't they?