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1qebo
Jan. 2, 2018, 8:30pm

Topper TBD

2qebo
Bearbeitet: Dez. 31, 2018, 5:45pm

January
#01: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford -- (Jan 10) - new (e-book) *book group*
#02: The Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl -- (Jan 14) - online
#03: The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson -- (Jan 17) - new *book group*

February
#04: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout -- (Feb 2) - new (e-book) *book group*
#05: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi -- (Feb 11) - new *book group*

March
#06: Artemis by Andy Weir -- (Mar 10) - new (e-book)
#07: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout -- (Mar 13) - new (e-book) *book group*

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April
#08: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle -- (Apr ?) - new

May
#09: The Rent Collector by Camron Wright -- (May 2) - new (e-book) *book group*
#10: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie -- (May 16) - new *book group*
#11: The Hounds of Spring by Lucy Andrews Cummin -- (May 26) - new

June
#12: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent -- (Jun ?) - new (e-book) *book group*
#13: Plot 29 by Allan Jenkins -- (Jun 19) - new *book group*

4qebo
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July
#14: Less by Andrew Sean Greer -- (Jul 6) - new (e-book) *book group*
#15: Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David von Drehle -- (Jul 17) - ROOT *book group*

August
#16: The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott -- (Aug 7) - new (e-book) *book group*
#17: I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara -- (Aug 14) - new *book group*

September
#18: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George -- (Sep 4) - LFL
#19: Jackdaws by Ken Follett -- (Sep 11) - new (e-book) *book group*
#20: The Shift by Theresa Brown -- (Sep 18) - new *book group*

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October
#21: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier -- (Oct 9) - ROOT *book group*
#22: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg -- (Oct 16) - new *book group*

November
#23: Critical Mass by Sarah Paretsky -- (Nov ? ) - new (e-book)
#24: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson -- (Nov 13) - new (e-book) *book group*
#25: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick -- (Nov ? ) - new (e-book)

December
#26: The Witch Elm by Tana French -- (Dec ? ) - new (e-book)
#27: Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich -- (Dec 9) - new *seminar*
#28: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki -- (Dec 11) - new (e-book) *book group*
#29: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry -- (Dec 18) - new *book group*
#30: Every Note Played by Lisa Genova -- (Dec 23) - new (e-book)

6qebo
Jan. 2, 2018, 8:32pm

I'm Katherine, a computer programmer in Lancaster PA. I joined LibraryThing in 2007, and participated in the 75 Books Challenge from 2011-2016. I was on target from 2011-2015, but fell significantly short of 75 in 2016 and was relieved not to feel the pressure. So in 2017 I switched to Club Read. Alas, my 2017 book thread fizzled out after May and my 2017 garden thread fizzled out after June. What with Master Gardener obligations and a major uptick in local political activity, and no remotely realistic hope of achieving a numerical goal, I often opted for movies rather than books. Not so much has changed for 2018, but let's see if I can manage a low level of continuity on LibraryThing...

A request: Greetings are nice! but I expect this thread to remain for the entire year, so no images please.

7qebo
Jan. 2, 2018, 8:34pm

January plans

The Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl : I'm falling into technological obsolescence, and this is an attempt to catch up with the modern world.
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford : The mostly-fiction book group selection for January.
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy Tyson : The mostly-nonfiction book group selection for January.
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben : The native plant garden club topic for January.

82wonderY
Jan. 3, 2018, 9:02am

Hi! I'm here. **gets comfy**

Now see, I missed recording The Hidden Life of Trees in my last year's tally. Or, I spoke about it but missed adding it to my library. Thanks for the nudge. I look forward to your notes.

9norabelle414
Jan. 3, 2018, 9:18am

Happy New Year, Katherine! Have you seen any notable movies lately?

10qebo
Jan. 3, 2018, 8:13pm

>8 2wonderY: Skipping over to your garden thread... Oh, I checked conversations for The Hidden Life of Trees and there you are with a list in a group I didn't know existed.
>9 norabelle414: The point of movies is I don't have to remember... I rarely go out to movies, too much trouble to schedule. I do have watch lists, will skim through and see if anything stands out.

11karspeak
Jan. 7, 2018, 8:55am

Hi, Katherine:)

12qebo
Jan. 7, 2018, 9:01am

13labfs39
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:10am

I understand how life can interfere with our virtual lives on LT. Last year I gave up on reviewing or reading threads altogether and simply tried to keep my list of books read up-to-date. This year I'm hoping to be a little more active, but who knows.

I hope the new year is starting off well for you, and that your garden is surviving the unusually cold winter.

14qebo
Jan. 8, 2018, 6:08pm

>13 labfs39: garden is surviving the unusually cold winter
Well, I guess I'll find out in the spring. Meanwhile, I have lots of native plant seeds to start inside.

15wandering_star
Jan. 9, 2018, 7:04pm

>7 qebo: Golden Hill was one of my top three books of last year - I hope you enjoy it!

16qebo
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#01: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford -- (Jan 10)

why now: January selection for mostly-fiction book group.

We were seeking something not too demanding but also not too frivolous to start the year, and this one did nicely. Setting is New York in 1746, population 7000.

17qebo
Jan. 14, 2018, 11:11am



#02: The Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl -- (Jan 14)
Actually here: https://www.railstutorial.org/ (The touchstone goes to an earlier edition.)

why now: Scouting around for ways to expand my repertoire I encountered an open source garden site written in Ruby on Rails, but didn't understand it to any useful degree, which intrigued me.

If you're seeking this sort of thing, which you probably aren't, this is one of relatively few frequently recommended tutorials, and I can see why. I'll want to step through again with experiments and supplemental reading, but I started from zero and now feel prepared to try something for real.

I was hoping this would be a casual thing off to the side while my job continues in uncertainty, but as of four days ago I have the certainty of no job. I did not expect this to be so abrupt. Apparently an investment fell through.

18labfs39
Jan. 14, 2018, 1:24pm

>17 qebo: Sorry to hear about your job, qebo, and although a blow, it must be a bit nice to not have to live with the uncertainty that has been going on for years. Will you look for another job? I am working part-time in digital asset management, and I get to telecommute, which is a HUGE perk right now.

19qebo
Jan. 14, 2018, 1:36pm

>18 labfs39: Yes, I absolutely will need to look for another job. I won't be out on the streets, but a lack of income does rather add to the stress level. I've been working at home for years now, and that's been a major up side to a job that has had encouraging moments but has often been dragging out with no clear direction.

20ipsoivan
Jan. 14, 2018, 2:21pm

>That sucks. Sorry to hear it.

21labfs39
Jan. 14, 2018, 2:44pm

I agree, job hunting sucks

22karspeak
Jan. 14, 2018, 11:48pm

>17 qebo: We are in a similar situation, with an unexpected and sudden change in employment status for my husband, the primary breadwinner for our family. Good times.

23markon
Jan. 16, 2018, 2:58pm

>17 qebo: Good luck with the job hunt.

24qebo
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#03: The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson -- (Jan 17)

why now: January selection for mostly-nonfiction book group.

I knew the gist but not details of either the trial or the civil rights organization and activism that coalesced. Emmett Till was murdered several years before I was born, but the same social forces remain recognizable.

25qebo
Bearbeitet: Feb. 3, 2018, 12:31pm

January Realities

See >7 qebo: for plans.

I read 3 of 4. Started The Hidden Life of Trees but didn't get very far before the garden club meeting, and then it was no longer an obligation. Maybe the mood will strike in the future.

26qebo
Feb. 2, 2018, 4:49pm

February plans

Programming Ruby by Dave Thomas : Though probably not cover to cover.
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout : The mostly-fiction book group selection for February.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi : The mostly-nonfiction book group selection for February.

27qebo
Feb. 2, 2018, 4:54pm



#04: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout -- (Feb 2)

why now: February selection for mostly-fiction book group.

Why is this a book?

28streamsong
Feb. 3, 2018, 11:23am

Hi Katherine!

Hope the perfect job is there waiting for you.

I learned a lot from the Emmett Till book when I read it last year. What a shameful chapter in American history and even sadder that that attitude is still prevalent today.

Loved your review of Lucy Barton. :)

29qebo
Feb. 3, 2018, 12:46pm

>28 streamsong: I contacted a bunch of former colleagues, and one has several tasks that have been languishing undone for lack of spare time, and since I'm a known entity who dropped from the sky, why not. Will take a couple weeks to get things organized, and it'll be some variant of part time / short term, but should be enough to slow the bank account drainage while I redirect, and may continue sporadically into the future.

Alas, it does not seem that we've reached the end of shameful chapters in American history.

30labfs39
Feb. 3, 2018, 11:43pm

>29 qebo: I hope your cobbled together work leads to something more permanent. My own part-time telecommuting job has dwindled away as interest in the project I was working on seems to have dissipated. Once the CEO loses interest, these things seem to happen.

I too chuckled at your review of Lucy Barton. That's why I stopped going to my book club - too many of those types of books!

31qebo
Feb. 4, 2018, 8:30am

>30 labfs39: Well, I like the people in the book group, and it's a pleasant evening of digressions from the task at hand. A few of the books have grabbed me enough that I went on to read others by the same author. Generally the books are not demanding, which has pros and cons, but as a practical matter means that a critical mass will show up for the meetings. I prefer the mostly-nonfiction book group but it's just barely sustainable.

32labfs39
Feb. 4, 2018, 7:44pm

>31 qebo: I think that's one of the things I find so captivating about LT. It's like a giant book club, but I get to choose what I read! (and I don't ever have to stress about being the host)

33qebo
Feb. 16, 2018, 11:02am

>28 streamsong:, >30 labfs39: Well, several people in the book group got curious about the hints of childhood events, so next on the agenda is the overlapping set of short stories Anything is Possible. Can't say I'm all that enthusiastic, but this meeting included one selection from each person to carry us through almost the rest of the year, and some of those should be good.

34EBT1002
Feb. 22, 2018, 10:42pm

Hi Katherine. I'm looking forward to meeting you in Philly next month.

And I love your comment about My Name is Lucy Barton. I think her work is overrated but I am definitely in the minority on that.

35EBT1002
Feb. 22, 2018, 10:43pm

And I see your book group wants to read more Elizabeth Strout. Ha.

36qebo
Feb. 22, 2018, 11:17pm

>34 EBT1002: You too! I think I've met nearly everyone else who will be there, in Philadelphia or NYC or DC. Got my train and flower show tickets a few days ago. Neither is tied to a precise schedule. So I expect to meet you all for brunch and bookstore then split off.
>35 EBT1002: Yeah. Sigh. But it's under 300 pages so I should be able to zip through it.

37qebo
Mrz. 14, 2018, 10:52am



#05: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi -- (Feb 11)

why now: February selection for mostly-nonfiction book group.

The proportions of medical training vs cancer treatment are imbalanced, or not as I'd prefer, but this is because he was dying and unable to write all that he wanted. And it does show how much he lost when diagnosed with cancer just as he was about to launch into a thoughtfully chosen and intensely demanding career. I watched some videos afterward, one with his wife and one with his brother that I'd recommend to get a glimpse of the family style of humor, which his wife says didn't come through in the book.

38qebo
Mrz. 14, 2018, 11:02am

February Realities

See >26 qebo: for plans.

I read 2 of 3 (the book group selections). I got partway through Programming Ruby which includes tutorial exercises so it's slow going.

Job update: several discussions with a former colleague, tentatively picking up a specialized computer system later this week, a full day training session scheduled for next week. All for what may amount to sporadic part time employment, but the conditions are ideal so it's a high priority. Not yet clear what else I'll need to fill the gaps. The former employer reappeared briefly with an actual funded task that can mostly be done without me. A word of mouth contact at a company that's just a few blocks away but it's not yet clear whether a suitable position is actually open. An informational interview scheduled for next week that that's a speculative long shot. I haven't energetically pursued a smattering of other possibilities because they're not what I'd really want.

39qebo
Mrz. 14, 2018, 11:03am

March Plans

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout : The mostly-fiction book group selection for March.
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder : The mostly-nonfiction book group selection for March.
Programming Ruby by Dave Thomas : Continued from February.

40qebo
Mrz. 14, 2018, 11:05am



#06: Artemis by Andy Weir -- (Mar 10)

why now: Avoidance of RL.

Like The Martian, storified geeky science. Unlike The Martian, the smartass protagonist is a 20-something woman who is far too cavalier about sabotage of crucial infrastructure and at odds with authority for no persuasive reason; efforts at psychological explanation seem plucked from the modern checklist of soap opera plots. Would I read another? Yeah, probably, I'm not _that_ picky about character development if it's otherwise entertaining.

41qebo
Mrz. 14, 2018, 11:09am



#07: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout -- (Mar 13)

why now: March selection for mostly-fiction book group. Because questions arose from My Name is Lucy Barton.

And were not fully answered. Not that I especially cared. This is a series of interconnected stories, each focused on a different character, progressing gradually through time, bleak and creepy.

I am lacking whatever literary sensibility is necessary to appreciate the style.

42EBT1002
Mai 11, 2018, 1:34am

>41 qebo: I'm actually rather glad to find another soul who doesn't think Elizabeth Strout is the cat's meow.

43kidzdoc
Mai 12, 2018, 11:40pm

>41 qebo: I am lacking whatever literary sensibility is necessary to appreciate the style.

Same here. After I struggled to finish her dreadful novel My Name Is Lucy Barton you would have to pay me handsomely to get me to read anything else by Elizabeth Strout.

44labfs39
Jun. 8, 2018, 8:51pm

I read Olive Kitteridge and thought it was just me who "lacked whatever literary sensibility is necessary to appreciate the style," especially since this one won the Pulitzer. Glad I'm in good company with my lack of enthusiasm.

45qebo
Dez. 31, 2018, 5:59pm

Well this has been a pathetic year, reading-wise. Perhaps I will do better in 2019. Perhaps I won't.

46karspeak
Dez. 31, 2018, 9:44pm

Better that you read at least some books rather than none;).

472wonderY
Jan. 1, 2019, 6:27am

I hope all is well in the rest of your life. Blessings of the season to you!

48norabelle414
Jan. 1, 2019, 9:32am

Happy New Year, qebo!

49qebo
Jan. 1, 2019, 10:09am

>47 2wonderY: Thanks! Things are fine, just shifting priorities so I'm rarely on LT. Happy new year to you.

I created a new thread this morning but something's wonky w/ LT and it doesn't show up in lists and when I access it directly the posts are marked as deleted. A buncha bug reports about this so I guess I'll just wait.

50qebo
Jan. 1, 2019, 10:20am

>48 norabelle414: Thanks!

New thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/301495 .

Suddenly it showed up with posts intact.