qebo's 2018 books (1)
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#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*
#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*
#06: Artemis by Andy Weir -- (Mar 10) - new (e-book)
#07: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout -- (Mar 13) - new (e-book) *book group*
#08: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle -- (Apr ?) - new
#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
#12: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent -- (Jun ?) - new (e-book) *book group*
#13: Plot 29 by Allan Jenkins -- (Jun 19) - new *book group*
#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*
#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*
#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*
#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*
#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)
#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)
A request: Greetings are nice! but I expect this thread to remain for the entire year, so no images please.
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.
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.
>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.
I hope the new year is starting off well for you, and that your 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.
#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.
#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.
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.
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. :)
Alas, it does not seem that we've reached the end of shameful chapters in American history.
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!
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.
>35 EBT1002: Yeah. Sigh. But it's under 300 pages so I should be able to zip through it.
#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.
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.
#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.
#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.
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.