AlcottAcre's Only 2014 Thread
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That being said, I discussed with a couple of members whose opinion I respect on whether I should have a thread for 2014 and was told unreservedly "Yes." So, here it is. I am not promising that I will keep up with the group in any way, shape or form, but I will do my best to at least check in weekly. I cannot do without the encouragement this group has given me in my decision to finally get my college degree. For that reason alone I am beholden to you - and there are many other reasons as well.
I managed to finish 150 books in 2013 (helped in large part with a re-read of the entire In Death series), finishing my last read for the year on Christmas Day. I did not count text books in my 150. Here were my top reads of the year:
1. A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher
2. The Journal of a Disappointed Man by W.N.P. Barbellion
3. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
6. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
7. Our Hidden Lives by Simon Garfield
8. Halsey's Typhoon by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
#4: Thanks, Susan. I am happy to be back. I am hoping to be able to check in a little more often this year than I did last :)
For those who do not know, I am taking 2 classes this session, one on US History Post-Civil War and the other on World Religions. For the latter class I watched this video last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhHJ4DRZNZM
I thought about this group of people, the boundaries that we cross socially, economically, etc and you know what? I think the world could learn a lot from us!
Have a wonderful weekend!
*smooch* so happy to have your thread up at last! (There was, of course, no question whatsoever that it would happen. We would've sent a posse to your house and forced you to make one if you'd waited much longer.)
Tells me what a loved individual you are here my dear.
Have a lovely weekend.
I need to echo what everyone has already said. Your presence in this group would be greatly missed. I am glad that you decided to join again. Best of luck with your classes this semester!
I've also got most of her books.
So glad you are here with us once again!
Great to see you have a thread we can drop by to and visit.
Happy reading again in 2014- I worry it'll get too big for you to keep it to only one for the year. I'm sure you will need more than that. :)
Book #2 for the year: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter - I think I first saw this recommended on Mark's thread, although to be honest, I do not remember for sure, but I am glad I finally got it read; I enjoyed this book, told in a series of vignettes, just snippets of time, until everything is pulled together at the last; my biggest frustration with the book was in losing track of some of the characters at times - my fault, not the book's, just because I had to spread out the reading time of it so much; Recommended (4 stars) Library Book
Book #3 is read and it was a dandy: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink - nonfiction; a terrific example of investigative reporting at its best, this is a look at what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans at the height of Hurricane Katrina; I found the book absolutely riveting and once I picked it up, could not put it down; Highly Recommended (5 Stars) Library Book
I'm awfully glad to find the thread and slap my star on it even if I'm a little late to the party!
#60: Yes, do get to it, Amy!
#61: Well, seeing as to how I am late to everyone's party, Peggy, I am not too worried about you :)
OK, as I mentioned before I am not counting textbooks as far as my reads go, but I am counting everything else if I read it for a course. My next book is a juvenile book, but I am counting it!
Book Number 4: The Tipitaka and Buddhism by Anita Ganeri - juvenile nonfiction; since I know next to nothing about Eastern religions, I started with the kids' stuff and in this book, I thought Ganeri did a very good job of explaining (without going into a ton of detail) the basic beliefs of Buddhism and the various sacred texts that Buddhists hold dear; I am not going to rate this book but if you have an interest in the subject and do not know where to start, this is not a bad place Library Book
#64: Hey, Prue! Thanks. Unfortunately school is now in high gear (unlike last week when it was just starting up), so the posts are going to be infrequent yet again.
To say I'm glad you decided to be with us is an understatement.
I finished another book:
#5: Among Others by Jo Walton - this is a book I had high hopes for but, when I tried to read it last year, could not get past the first 40 pages or so; I tried it again this year and got to the end, but for all that, found the book disappointing - I am not sure what I was expecting, but the entire book I was disconcerted. We get everything from Mori's perspective, nobody else's, so I was not sure if I was supposed to accept what she was saying about fairies and her mother being a witch as gospel or if I was supposed to doubt her or what; anyhow, I found it a decent read but nothing earth shattering, although I must say I loved all the books she read and really need to make a list of them all (in my spare time!); Guardedly Recommended (3.5 stars) Mine
On a completely different topic: I am writing a paper for my Religions of the World class on answers to existential questions from the perspective of Orthodox Judaism and Theravada Buddhism. Anyone want to give me some input?
I'm also sorry that you didn't like *Others* more. I just sort of went with the flow and enjoyed it a little more than you, I think.
#75: Thanks, Mamie. Have a wonderful week!
#76: Thanks for the offer anyway, Pat!
#77: I would never let anyone read anything I wrote! Too insecure.
#78: An esoteric swamp indeed, Peggy. It will be interesting though!
#81: I am glad to know it is not just me, Judy.
I finished yet another book. This is one I started last year and have been taking my own sweet time about finishing:
#6: Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum - nonfiction; I love true life adventure stories and Slocum's book does not disappoint - he sailed around the world on the sloop Spray in 1895 and the journey took 3 years and he traveled an estimated 46,000 miles!; I found Slocum's book to be well-written and enjoyed it overall very much although (in keeping with the times) there is mild racism present in some of the narrative; Recommended (4.25 stars) Mine - Nook
I got nothing. Lots of luck with that one, stasia!
#86: Thanks for the recommendation, Joe. I checked and my local library does not have a copy of that book though. Unfortunately, I do not think I have time to get it shipped to me and read before I have to turn in my paper.
#87: *sigh* I am not having good luck tonight with my library carrying books recommended to me. Unfortunately it does not have the Salvaneschi book either. Thanks for the recommendation, Tony. I will have just have to search further afield.
I like the idea of Sailing Alone Around the World. I'll have to see if I can find it. After months of living in fairly tight quarters with my family, I might just sail off though.
#7: The Box of Delights by John Masefield - Juvenile; I had never before read this children's classic and I am sorry I did not discover it as a child; for those not familiar with the book, it is a fantasy novel about Kay Harker who gets inadvertently drawn into a battle over the Box of Delights, which allows its owner to shrink, to go swiftly, and to go into the past; I had a good time reading this one!; Recommended (4 stars) Mine
Trust that coursework won't intrude to the extent of spoiling your weekend.
Love you to pieces!!!
Richard, I wish I had some days off, but no such luck. I am in week 7 of 8 for my courses. I immediately start my next session the day after I finish this one.
The books that I have been dipping into for my Religion paper, Existential Questions Answered by Judaism and Buddhism, include the following (only one of which I actually completely read):
I And Thou by Martin Buber
We Jews by Efraim M. Rosenzweig
Eastern Definitions by Edward Rice
Buddhism edited by Richard A. Gard
Entering the Stream edited by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Kohn
Emptiness by Frederick J. Streng
Essential Judaism by George Robinson
A History of Christian Thought by Paul Tillich
and the book I did finish, which becomes my book #8: Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen - nonfiction; a good introduction to Zen Buddhism
#9: The Next Always by Nora Roberts - fluff, but I enjoy Roberts' fluff and reading it now keeps my mind off titles like "What is Life's Purpose?" and "Existentialism's Meaning for Judaism" :(
#109: Thanks, Rebecca! Honestly, I have found some of the reading very interesting, if a bit obtuse (? I think that is the word I am searching for)
So, my final report for my Religion class is turned in. I have yet to turn in the one for my History course, but I have until Sunday to do that.
I do not have a final exam in my History course, but I do in my Religion course, but that is next week. Whew.
Though I'm afraid I'm no use on religion either!
#112: Hey, Mark! Miss you too.
#113: No worries about the religion class, Bekka. I learned enough for the two of us :)
#114: ((Hugs)) and xx smooches xx back at you, RD!
I finished up another book for the year, another BC book:
#10: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts - the second book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy - only 1 more to go!
I am currently reading the newest "In Death" book, another good antidote for Finals week. I will be spending a lot of this week with my nose in my textbook trying to mush all the information in my brain before I have to take the exams. I am also anxiously awaiting the results on my Final papers.
You are missed. Heck, my tbr pile isn't growing as much as it did previously.
#126: I understand where you are coming from completely, Joe. Every time I get to the end of the series I feel, for lack of a better word, a loss. Even though the last book was somewhat of a disappointment to me, I still am looking forward to the next one!
#127: Well, if that is your TBR pile, lovey, you do not need any more help from me!
#128: Thanks, Linda!
Which brings me to book #11: Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb - Everyone should know by now that this is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, book series, but I admit that I was a little disappointed in this book - Robb seems to be moving away from the core figures of the older books (especially Feeney, who I love) and I am not sure at this point how much I approve (as if she needs my approval!), but I think longterm fans such as myself will be understandably disappointed; still, it is a decent book (by my standards anyway), so I would definitely recommend it to those who have read the other books in the series; Guardedly recommended (3.5 stars) Mine
Have a lovely weekend.
#131: Yes, I can relax for today, but tomorrow I start my next term. I will have my final grades for this term late on Tuesday. I still do not have the grade on my final paper for my Religion class and the lack of knowing my grade is causing me anxiety! I am hoping to pull out As in both classes.
#12: The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts - more BC fluff Mine
#13: Farthest North by Todd Balf - nonfiction; while I enjoyed this book about Elisha Kent Kane, I highly recommend reading his accounts of the expeditions to find Sir John Franklin rather than reading secondhand retellings of it; still, this will do as a good overview of the true life story and - bonus! - it is short; Guardedly Recommended (3.5 stars) Mine - Nook
#135: I appreciate the vote of confidence, Lori!
Well, I received the final grade on my Religion paper: 200/200. I can certainly live with that! I do not think there is a way that I can get less than an A in that class. The jury is still out on my History class. I will have final grades for both classes on Tuesday, so we shall see what happens.
I'm sure you did splendidly in both of your classes!
Have a lovely weekend in the meanwhile.
I finished another book (in my whole 42 minutes off between sessions):
#14: The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz - juvenile; this book was recommended by Mary (storeetllr) a couple of years ago and while I do not think I enjoyed it quite as much as she did, I still thought that this story of Flory, the night fairy who decides to transform herself into a day fairy after an accident robs her of her wings, a very good one; Recommended for kids of all ages (4 stars) Library Book
Thanks to everyone for dropping by. The negligent landlord of this property appreciates the visitors!
I think I would have a celebration for those grades! :- D
Congrats on another great semester's work, Stasia.
#151: Thanks, Lori!
#152: Thank you, RD. ((Hugs)) and xx smooches xx for dropping by!
#160: Thanks, Linda!
#161: I did have a good day, sinuses notwithstanding. Spending time with Kerry and Beth is always good in my book!
#162: No birthday cake for me, Joe. I am really not a fan. When I was younger my mother used to bake a blueberry pie for me every year, but since I cannot make pie worth anything, I just do without.
#163: Wow, I am honored to share your grandmother's birthday, Linda. No cake left since I did not have one. . .
#164: Thanks, Peggy. I ended up with Veggie Sukiyaki rather than pizza for my birthday. It was very good though!
Nothing major to report here. I am starting work on my final projects (yes, already!) for both my classes. I will probably post the books I am using for sources here at some point should anyone be interested in what I am digging into. My Criminal Justice paper is going to be on the fallibility of eyewitness testimony. I am not sure yet about my Humanities paper.
Happy belated Birthday!!
May your final projects go smoothly. CJ topic sounds interesting. Have fun with it and the Humanities paper as well.
#167: I sure would feel better about my Humanities paper if I knew anything at all about art!
#168: Yes, Yoona, it was!
#169: Thanks, Rhian!
Good luck with your paper Stasia. Medea is an interesting topic, and of course rendered at the hands of the Pre raphaelites, she comes to glory:
Niece of Circe, vengeful woman who turns men into animals....
Happy Wednesday to you dear friend!
Have a lovely weekend basking in the glow of your scholarly accomplishments and looking forward to more future ones.
Thanks for the Easter wishes! Sorry I have not been around more. . .
#188: Thanks, Valerie! I hope everything is OK with you too. Not much reading going on here (other than textbooks) though :(
#189: Thanks, Rebecca!
Have a lovely weekend, dear lady.
I remain ever so proud of you and your accomplishments. You are missed, but, certainly we understand your priorities are solidly based in a wonderful goal of a college degree.
It's nice to see your posts now and again. We'll hang in there if you will.
Sorry I am missing so much in these parts, folks. Believe me when I say I would much rather be cuddling up here with threads than with my current reading material - Artistotle and Nietzsche.
#213: Linda, I am writing a paper for my final one in my Philosophy class this week on Aristotle's morality vs. Nietzsche's amorality. Thoughts on the subject? You probably have more than I do at this point!
#214: Thanks, Heather.
#29: (Yes I know I did not list a bunch here, but I am too lazy to go back and do them at this point) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - Peggy recommended this book to me and I very much enjoyed this story of a man looking for the "perfect" wife and unexpectedly finding the one who was perfect for him; Recommended (3.75 stars) Library Book
I have 4 more weeks off school. Maybe I can manage to get another book read in that time?
Thanks everyone for dropping by. Roni, I still have a long time left of schooling. I do not graduate until 2017. Since I changed to both a 4-year school and a dual major, I just added to my misery, err I mean degree plans.
Some quotes from a book I am reading, A Reader's Guide Book by May Lamberton Becker, that I thought I would share:
"With books I slip out of my life and am with the choicest company."
"One book leads to another, the right book makes you hungry for more. . .To read like that is one of the high delights of being a human being, and like all high delights, there must be a certain noble recklessness about it."
I have also not been an ever-present recently so missed your long awaited return.
Have a great weekend.
#233: I hope you have a great weekend too, Paul!
#30: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - juvenile; I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for any child, say ages 10 and up; I think reading it as an adult, I can get more out of the quandary that the Tucks are in more than a child can, but the moralizing is not really prominent in the book itself; Recommended (4 stars) Mine
#31: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon - Having read several of Chabon's books and enjoyed them, I was looking forward to reading this one, his first book, but I was disappointed in it; I just could not relate or gain any sympathy for the main character and I think that is the reason I did not enjoy the book more; the writing was OK, nothing outstanding although glimpses of future writing of Chabon do come through; Not recommended (3 stars) Library Book
I am now reading a book on Irish folklore and I picked up a couple of books that May Lamberton Becker recommended in her book, which I am also still reading. I know that books will be "old fashioned," considering their ages, but I look forward to giving them a try: Trilby and The Cloister and the Hearth.
#237: I appreciate the cheers. I need all the help I can get!
#238: You are right, lovey. Those who look down on young adult books do not know what they are missing. There is some good stuff out there!
#239: I do not think it stands up well, Joe, but others might disagree. I certainly think he has grown as a writer since then.
#240: I am not sure why it took me so long to get to Tuck, Lori, especially since I know at least one of my daughters read it several years ago. I am glad I finally got to it.
Looks like all is well in your corner of the world, albeit busy. Hope and I know, you'll have an outstanding school year.
Be back later! (That could be either a promise or a threat, depending on how you look at it, lol)
#32: The Ashes of Waco by Dick J. Reavis - nonfiction; an investigative book looking into the fiasco in Waco, Texas between the ATF and the Branch Davidians; Recommended Library Book
#33: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein - juvenile; if you have a child who likes either books or board games, this is the book for them! It was great fun!; Highly recommended for kids and kids-at-heart Library Book
#34: Ripper by Stefan Petrucha - young adult; yes, the set up is contrived - the main protagonist turns out to be Jack the Ripper's son - but I thought that the author did a good job, all in all, setting up the story and capturing the time period as well as emphasizing the relationships between the young people; Recommended Library Book
#35: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan - a BC book, enough said Mine
#36: An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo - young adult; This is the first book by Morpurgo that I have read and hopefully it will not be the last - I really liked it!; Highly Recommended Library Book
#37: Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman - nonfiction; I love this book of essays, which I try and read annually; I encourage you, if you have not read it, do so immediately! It is a must read for book lovers; Highly, highly recommended Mine
#38: The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo - nonfiction; I really wanted to like this book much more than I did, but the author seemed to want to talk a little about everything and that scattered the focus of the book; Guardedly Recommended Library Book
OK, that catches me up for a bit!
One of these days I'll get to Ex Libris. Thanks for the reminder!
So, tonight I did something I have not done in forever: I went into my library and as a book caught my eye, I pulled it down to read over the next few days - or at least, start to read it :) I am currently reading a book I need to finish up before I start on something else though as I am finding that while I am in school, having multiple books going at the same time is a thing of the past. I pulled off the shelves: The Moving Toyshop, which I have read before, Sputnik Sweetheart - all the Murakami talk amongst the threads has made me want to read more of his books!, Flights of Fancy, and Testaments of Time. I doubt seriously I will get more than one of them read, but at least reading is showing itself to be interesting to me again - for this week anyway. School starts again Monday. *sigh*
I finally finished a book this week - unfortunately, it is the one I have been reading for the past two weeks and not one of the ones I was hoping to get read this week.
#39: Empires in the Dust by Robert Silverberg - nonfiction; the subtitle of this book is "Ancient Civlizations Brought to Light" and that is basically what Silverberg does in this book - he gives general histories of several ancient civilizations: Egyptians, Hittites, Indus, Phoenicians, Etruscans, and Incas. While by no means in depth, Silverberg does give a good job of stating what was known about the civilization at the time the book was written (1963) and shedding some light about archaeological discoveries surrounding said civilizations; the book is dated, but I think what is there is worth reading, at least as a starting place for anyone with an interest in the subject; Recommended (4 stars) Mine
just found your thread and starred it. I am amazed that with all what you have going on in your life - degree and family matters - you still found the time to read 39 books. "Hat off" as we say in Germany. I wish you a remaining lovely Sunday and will carry on following your life on fb :)
#293: Happy Sunday to you too, Mary! Thanks for stopping by.
I hope to see many of you there!
#40: Flights of Fancy by Peter Tate - nonfiction; this book is all about folklore centered around birds (Who knew that Siberians took their swans so seriously? Don't you dare point at one in Siberia!); Richard did a full review of the book several years ago (https://www.librarything.com/work/5367459/reviews/63945423) and I echo his - it is a very good book; Recommended (4 stars) Mine
Just dropping by to see how the mega-thread is coming along :)
Nice to see you getting through some books lately!!
She received 2 blood transfusions Saturday, which helped with her potassium levels. Kerry told me Saturday when I spoke with him that she was extremely pale. However, by yesterday she had regained her normal color.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and good wishes!
Flights of Fancy sounds like something I would enjoy as well. WL :)
On another front: I am job hunting. Things at my current place of employment have gone from bad to worse, and I really need to get out of there. I am looking for an entry level position within the Security field. If you know anyone in the North Texas area who might be willing to hire a slightly-used, semi-intelligent person, please advise! I am hoping at some point to get into the cybersecurity field, but I am willing to work my way there! I really need to get out of my current job while the getting is good. Just one more thing on my plate. . .
On another note, only 1 more week until the Joplin meet up! Woot!!
I wish you all the best with your job hunting and hope that everything will go smoothly with the hospice care for your MIL.
Linda, I am holding you to your promise to make Joplin in 2015 :)
I noticed that you counted A Trip to the Stars as one of your favourites of the year. It was one of my favourites of last year as well! What an unknown little gem of a book. :)
It was wonderful to see you in Joplin. Wishing you all the best with school.
Thanks, BJ! It was great to see you again. Here's hoping you can make it again next year :)
Potential job interview this week. Please keep your fingers crossed!!
Thanks for all the good luck wishes, everyone!
This is my last week of school for this session. I am off from December 23-January 8. Woot!
ETA- You might even find time to start a new thread. LOL.
Mark, why do I need to start another thread? This one has done well so far :)
^Great point, Stasia! LOL. Have a great weekend and crack a book or 2.
Enjoy your break, Stasia, and I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015!
Merry Christmas and God's Blessings to you and your family, Stasia! Keep up the good work in your studies.
Julia, I look forward to it. We can break out SOS Titanic again if you like :)
Please pray for my mother-in-law. She was rehospitalized Sunday. Kerry is going to try and make a another trip to Louisiana for New Years. He could not spend Christmas with her because of his job, so it is very important that he visit her soon. Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts!
>418 alcottacre: Sorry to hear about your MIL - I will be praying.
Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur. Wishing your MIL a speedy recovery
You guys are the best!