Berly's 100 for 2009
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My Rating System:
***** excellent, go get it!
**** very good
*** still enjoyable
* not worth finishing
65. Into the Beautiful North, Luis Alberto Urea reading
64. The Almost Moon, Alice Sebold ***
63. The Twin, Gerbrand Bakker *****
62. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Austen and Smith *
61. A Will and A Way, Nora Roberts ***
60. Opposites Attract, Nora Roberts ***
59. Same Kind of Different as Me, Ron Hall & Denver Moore ****
58. The 39 Clues, One False Note, Gordon Kormon ROL
57. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett ****
56. The Lost City of Z, David Grann ****
55. Guarding the Rock, Ernest Larson **
54. Inkspell, Cornelia Funke *****
53. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Sherman Alexie *****
52. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz *
51. Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors, Jenny Nimmo ***1/2
50. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson ****
49. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy ****
48. Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox ****
47. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke *****
46. Lucky Girl, Mei-Ling Hopgood ***
45. A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick ****
44. Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 5, Diterlizzi ****
43. Second Glance, Jodi Picoult ***1/2
42. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri **
41. Treasures, Nora Roberts **1/2
40. The Girls From Ames, Jeffrey Zaslow *
39. Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith **
38. Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett ***1/2
37. Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 4 ****
(I do read out loud to my kids at night)
36. Last Night in Montreal, Emily St John Mandel ****1/2
35. The Last Bridge, Teri Coyne ****1/2
34. The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry ****
33. Handle with Care, Jodi Picoult ****
32. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon *** 1/2
31. Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3 *** 1/2
30. Sunnyside reading
29. Wall of White, Jennifer Woodlief ****
28. Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff ****
23-27. House of Night Series, Books 1-5 *** to ****
22. Passing Strange, Martha Sandweiss **
21. Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult **** 1/2
20. The McKade Brothers, Nora Roberts *** 1/2
19. Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy, Nimmo ****
18. The River of Doubt, Candice Millard ****
17. The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2, Diterlizzi ****
16. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini ****1/2
15. The Omnivore's Dilemma ***1/2
14. Lamb, Christopher Moore *****
13. The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1, Diterlizzi ***1/2
12. Tinkers, Paul Harding *****
11. Outliers, The Story of Success, M. Gladwell ****1/2
10. Dewey,The Smalltown Library Cat, Vicki Myron ***
9. The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak *****
8. Alcatraz, The True End of the Line, Darwin Coon **1/2
7. Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama ****
6. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, Julia Alvarez ***
5. Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels **
4. In Defense of Food, Pollan ****
3. The Shack by William P. Young *****
2. Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling **1/2
1. Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell ***
Welcome and enjoy.
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
This memoir shares the friendship between Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy, both writers. Lucy had cancer as a child and as a result lost most of her jaw and teeth. She is a pixie, both slight of weight and full of energy. Her ongoing struggles with medical issues are second to her emotional instability: there is never enough love to make Lucy feel treasured and beautiful. She is most comfortable in the hospital and around doctors because she understands the rules there: be stoic, follow the rules, don't question the doctors, be a good patient. She feels special and unique in the medical setting. In life, she strives to always surround herself with people and forget her ever-changing face and her loneliness.
The book lives in the space where these two lives intersected, and portrays their friendship as very tight, even possessively so at times. " 'Do you love me? She threw one leg over mine and in doing so managed to swallow up all the air in the restaurant.' " This obsessive need for Ann's undying affection is also reflected in Lucy's letters (which I loved), interspersed throughout the book. I have heard that Ann is not mentioned very much in Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face and I am interested to read that soon and see how the two stories diverge. A good read.
Then I read Treasures, by Nora Roberts. Okay, it's totally romantic drivel: every now and then I enjoy some. But this one was a dud. Sigh.
The third is a charm, so they say, so I am off to my next book with unbounded optimism!
I, on the other hand, have been on a roll!! I loved Slow Reading, adored Mistress of the Art of Death, and am enchanted (so far) with With Music and Justice for All.
Nyah nyah nyah.
This is me being jealous of you...or at least it will be if the artwork shows up!
I can't post them even on the PMs because the site thinks I am trying to post a picture or make a hyperlink and it gets too confusing to write instructions on what to take out if I make sneaky changes.
How different a book looks to different people! What a delight it is to know that others, reading the same words that you are, come up with such divergent takes on them. Keeps me interested in reading, writing, and people.
I don't ask stories to be hopeful or positive or redemptive, if that's not consistent with the author's created world. I want to get into the head of a character, to experience the world as the character does, to make this kind of inward-spiral novel satisfying to me. I think Lahiri does this with Gogol (I don't buy any other name for him, sorry, don't care what he calls himself, nope he's Gogol) in a very intense and moving way.
That said, there are books that I tire of which do this sort of despair-and-depression thing (eg, Death on the Installment Plan) and simply stop caring about their protagonists. That wasn't the case here, though I can see the story isn't for everyone.
I don't ask for happiness from my books -- I am enthralled by my depressing Russian authors! However, I never felt a closeness to Gogol (and, yes, I agree with you: he was not Nikhil) and was never swept into his world. Of course, I did approach this book with a chip on my shoulder. It was never a book that beckoned to me, rather it badgered me into reading it. It looked at me sullenly from my TBR pile for months before I caved in to guilt and read it.
In contrast, I am thoroughly enjoying A Reliable Wife (thanks for the comment Nancy!). These people wade through lives drowning in regret. They long to touch, to love, and yet they each have their unique prisons of loneliness. The plot never seems to quite go where I expect it to, which is a real feat. Although the continuous sexuality hangs a little heavy, I am turning the pages as fast as I can steal away to read it!
And I have to thank my very cool husband for this book. It is part of a program through Powell's Book Store called Indiespensible Books and I receive one about every month or two. They have been some of my best reads this year. Thanks!
>20 Donna828: Donna, ain't that the sad-but-common truth. Chains dominate, as inevitably they must, because they have a commanding advantage in funding. Where is there a recovery plan for towns and cities that offers grants, not loans, to businesses like bookstores?! Why is this not a public priority?!
>19 Berly: Berly my dove, if a book glowers sullenly at you, pass it on to a deserving stranger, put it in the bin, or simply chuck it in the fireplace...but don't read it! Too many books, too little time. I have a finite number of eyeblinks to spend, and off-peak experiences (unless Early Reviewer or Member Giveaway titles) ain't worth it. Cultivate this attitude sooner rather than later, and you won't be dandling a grandchild on one knee and grumpily reading a crappy book propped on the other (this actually happened to me, it was a wake-up call!).
Book #47 "Every book should begin with attractive endpapers," he had once told Meggie. "Preferably in a dark color: dark red or dark blue, depending on the binding. When you open the book it's like going to the theater. First you see the curtain. Then it's pulled aside and the show begins." Silvertongue/Mo from Inkheart
An unforgettable cast of characters, great adventure, and lots of imagination make this one of my new favorite books. Meggie's Dad, Mo, has the gift of reading characters to life, from their world into ours. Some want nothing more than to go back home, others enjoy their new world, and still others will stop at nothing to control Silvertongue's power. First rate! I didn't want the show to end. ( )
And start an entirely new way of life at this age?! Heeelll no!
And can I just say I love that "Indispensible" program! My local bookshop just suckers me in with tempting displays and green "staff recommendation" stickers (and they're yet to steer me wrong, it's a rare day I get out of there with my budget unscathed), but I love the idea of a surprise package in the mail! I signed up to a similar thing many years ago with a jazz music shop in the city and once a month got a great CD from them. Alas, that was pre-children, when my disposable income was disposable, instead of being spent on childcare and all the other costs of small children!
Belva -- Don't encourage him to give up being curmudgeonly, even if he finds a good book. I don't want him to change his witty, scathing, insightful reviews -- they are so wonderful!
Wookie-- I think moms need to stay sane and put a little something aside for themselves (like surprise book packages!): it makes them much nicer to their children. LOL. And thanks for dropping in!
I am currently reading Always Looking Up. Not a stellar read, but enjoyable thus far. More later...
As to being scathingly curmudgeonly, anyone who's known me for long can tell you there is not the slightest risk I will change that ingrained characteristic. I am the one who, when his then-son-in-law made a ruckus, said to the man's mother, "Why must the lower classes shout? We certainly don't need to hear their every so-called thought."
Actually, I prettied that up some...I said, "soi-disant thought" to a woman whose cultural furniture comes from Wal-Mart. I think my curmudgeonhood is running as deep as my elitism.
Richard-- and I am happy he is so.
Wookie-- LOL. Yes, visiting the bookstore without kids is especially nice. It's like the difference between a) giving the kids a bath after they have played a muddy soccer game and b) taking a bubble bath, alone, by candlelight, with a nice glass of wine. The latter is FAR more rejuvenating.
Don't get me wrong...I love to explore the kid's section and I read aloud to my youngest two, but I am also thrilled that my oldest and I are now swapping books.
Back to Richard-- Always Looking Up reveals an intelligent man dealing with a horrific disease in a truly optimistic way, but so far it's just kinda dry...dry, self-depracating sense of humor (on Michael's part), dry eyes (on my part). Of course I am just starting the section on politics and our last President's administration, which might just get me all worked up...
I despair some days.
Breath in ...breath out...
Have a nice day!
That cheat sheet is a life saver, ain't she?
I wanna cheat sheet too!~!
Does it show you how to put those cool stuffs on the threads? And how to use italics? (kind of feeling left out here you guys)
He is an amazingly nice curmudgeon. **shhh**
(we cannot allow the loss of his rep to occur)
He enjoys being "evil".
You go girl!~!
One more point before I go. Patchett also wrote a book, entitled Truth and Beauty in which she shares Lucy’s life from her point of view as a friend in college and graduate school. Several people have said that they found it strange that Patchett is not mentioned in Grealy’s book. Not so much. Autobiography of a Face is centered far more on Lucy’s childhood and her family and Patchett entered the picture much later. I will say that I far prefer the character of Grealy in her own book, rather than the needy, sex-driven girl portrayed in Patchett’s book. An interesting contrast none-the-less.
I now know that I must read this book. I would ordinarily give it a wide berth because it sounds like one of those "oh-poor-me" tales, but your review puts a precise, pin-point accurate picture of the beauty your found here into my head.
Well done, and thanks.
I just read Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson and it was really, really good! Rather than voice the truth, Melinda chokes back her words until they don’t come anymore. An amazing look at how trauma can isolate the victim from friends and family as well as a fiendishly realistic immersion in high school drama, lingo and insecurities. The book has a certain lightness to it that makes the tragedy bearable: I mean, how can you NOT laugh at such characters as Hairwoman (her English teacher) and Mr. Neck (Social Studies)? I definitely want my sixteen-year-old to read it. An absolute 5 Star!
That's what high school meant to me.
A long, long, long time later, I can forgive everyone except my father. So to me, it feels like forever ago. And good riddance to auld lang syne!
Not, of course, that you asked.
I give you kudos for figuring out your orientation at a young age...my brother didn't until grad school at which point he fearfully came out to me and I was like, "Took you long enough!"
I must say, the end result -- the man your are today -- is simply stellar! Your wit and unrivaled honesty have completely won me over. I so enjoy your company. In fact, I must officially ask you to be my LT Friend (not to compete with the Divine Miss!). You'll have to check your profile page...
I typed a long response to your post, and LT in its infinite unstable wisdom, ate it.
I can summarize as follows: 1) You are quite extraordinary among people; 2) you have my full and engaged attention; 3) you make me think that, in the Cosmic Scheme, there is such a thing as beauty; and 4) if life had justice in it, you and I would live close enough to share real, fresh coffee followed by real, fresh shortbread (I refer you to cameling for references as to my shortbread) on a daily basis.
When and if your own reasons for difference want to be known, you can count on me to be there to listen with love.
"The Divine Miss has no competition, dear Berly." Exactly what I meant by my unclear parenthetical!
As for the rest, I am really touched. No, seriously Richard, I got teary. Thank you.
Here's to someday sharing fresh coffee and shortbread.
So I am a third of the way through The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The Prologue was off-putting. All that tiny print about people I have never heard of (which should be educational, but didn't really sink in...) and Spanish phrases thrown in (huh?). The story, is weird so far, and told in three voices, no four -- I forgot the Prologue. I have to finish the darn thing for my book group next week. Maybe it gets better?
Also wrapping up a ROL book with my daughter, Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors. More on that one later...
Loved the YA book, Speak, both for how the author portrayed high school, but also for how "the event" (don't want to be a spoiler), and why people are treating her the way they are, and why she is behaving the way she is, is slowly revealed. It just put me, the reader, right into the middle of her shock, confusion, discomfort, shame, etc., and was so effective for getting across that this is how people behave when these kinds of things happen to them. I know a lot of girls who have read it--I wish it was required reading for freshman boys!
I'm not going to comment on every book you've read here, but can say that I totally agree with your comments about Ann Patchett's description of her friend. I remember questioning why Patchett wrote her book. Do you think there was a bit of passive agressiveness/jealousy/martyrdom going on there? And some "What you see is who you are" kind of thinking and talking? I didn't really like the book or I'd go back and read a bit to try to remember what I thought. I remember I eventually got bored with the book and don't understand at all its favorable reviews.
Well, on that positive note... :-) will end by saying, you won't get away from me again!
You can also import book covers on your 100 challenge group, using the same instructions given yesterday.
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
It is so nice to see you on my thread. :) I look forward to our conversations here, but that doesn't mean we get to skip on our profile meetings. Deal?
#68 McKait, is that like a stadium wave or a princess in a motorcade wave? Nice to see you here, too!
#69 Thanks W1. I know that...I just need a review to go with it! LOL
Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors, book four in the series, continues the story of the children of the Red King, who are all endowed with magical powers of one kind or another. Charlie, the main character, can look at pictures and hear the subject’s thoughts therin. The children all attend Bloor’s Academy and the good children battle the evil ones, solving mysteries and saving other people. The series is entertaining and bears a lot of resemblance to Harry Potter, but it is written on a much more simplistic level, both in terms of plot and vocabulary. I have been reading it out loud (ROL) to my daughter and it has been a very enjoyable bedtime ritual. She wants the next one for her upcoming birthday, so I’d say that’s a strong endorsement!
LOL! Edited to register witnessing second amazing trick! Does that work with people? I'm ready to be your guinea pig!
No, my sainted Aunt only weighs 200lb. And she's 4ft11in. Poor lamb. It's hard for her to move that much avoirdupois around.
The Divine Miss, far from being bald, is in medias res of changing hair colors. From dark, to less dark with pretty blondish highlights. Ultimately, back to blondish brownish...a kind of pongee shade, I think is the best description, but whenever I use it, she smacks me.
*mutters into beard*
wimp indeed, I'll fix her little red wagon, I'l hit the ignore button on her profile, yeah that's it
#82 It's the left wheel on the back. Needs a little oiling I think.
I'm enjoying your thread and the laughter. I see that members of our 75 challenge group have found you and delight in your warm, wonderful personality.
Reading has been a little slow for me lately. I am plodding through the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar and I have to finish by tomorrow for book group. It has picked up a little (p 170 or thereabouts) when some of the narrative voices started to repeat, but truly this book is a challenge for me. I'll be interested to see how it ends and if my group enlightens me...Will review forthwith.
I am leaving on a family vacation to San Fran early next week, so I will be MIA for a while. Not sure how much reading I will get done on Alcatraz Island (since I will be a tourist and not incarcerated, thank you very much!), but I will, of course, bring some books with me just in case! We are also seeing Wicked -- so excited!!
San Fran was my dads favorite city. I have never been.. but it does sound wonderful!
safe journey, ya hear?
You will have so much fun. I hope you really enjoy it. You will have to come back and tell us all about it.
We will be here waiting and wishing we were there.
Have a wonderful time!
#89 Great songs, Belva!! I forwarded them on to the family we are meeting there. My youngest (8-yr-old boy) loved the first one. I loved the second. :)
#90 R, so nice to see you! I missed you. Hope you are back to normal, YOUR normal! I will take the directions with me and see if I can find time to take a peek. ;)
But I haven't left yet...working on a review
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz.
So, I finally finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The Prologue was off-putting. All that tiny print about people I have never heard of (which should have been educational, but didn't really sink in...) and Spanish phrases thrown in (huh?) everywhere. This chica doesn’t ablo and I felt a lot of key points were made in Spanish and I missed them all! The story is weird and depressing, and told in three voices, no four -- I forgot the unidentified Prologue voice. Okay, well it is identified, but only much later. Did I learn anything about the Dominican Republic during this time period? Yes, but I would have rather read a textbook. The only reason I finished the darn thing was so I wouldn’t be a slacker in my book group. STOP. Skip the next paragraph if you don’t want the ending spoiled.
The characters all have tragic lives. There’s no real redemption at the end. Oscar finally finds “true love” and then dies for it. On second thought, it’s not really a spoiler: Oscar has a “Brief Wondrous Life,” remember? It says so in the title.
Spoiler over…There’s lots of crude language. The prominent family in the story is haunted by a fukú, which I guess means they are cursed, or fu**ed as the case may be. That’s how I felt having to read this book. Put me in a right bad mood. Normally I only give a one-star for books I don’t finish, and I did actually finish this, but it still gets only one star because I was so irritated by it.
Este chico habla espanol, pero no me gusto este libro. I don't find it incomprehensible to be confronted with Spanish words and phrases; I find it annoying to be confronted with pretentious, self-important maunderings bleated by silly little boys which are then presented as Quality Literature, which Gawd knows they are NOT.
"Drown" was published like 10-15 years ago, and it took him this arduously long to labor mightily and bring forth this mouse?! Mercy. One shudders to think what Tom-Wolfe-ian prodigies of word-vomit his hard drive contains.
I really like your German translation. ;)
And wait just a consarned minnit here, you double-X-chromosome-bearing meanies! What about faggot-to-hag empowerment, huh?!? HUH?!
get no respect around here, see if i ever post in EITHER of their threads again, rotten mean thing to say
McKait -- Not one I'd say "Here Kitty" to!
Lucky Message #100 Bonus Challenge in Honor of Richard (competition open to one and all): Say "You double-X-chromosome-bearing meanies" 7 times fast. Report back on times here.
My personal best is 10 seconds
Will there be prizes?
Let the fight commence!~!
I finished Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and I loved it! I think the review will have to wait. I am bringing Inkspell (loved the first one, Inkheart) and The Angels' Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon who wrote The Shadow of the Wind, which I also adored! Doubt I will get through both, but I'd hate to be caught without! This is definitely not a relaxing reading trip...more like hike, explore, and be a picture-snapping tourist. Happy reading!
Sorry it is taking so long. They are packed up and ready. It is just getting there with all the kids, etc.
You take care.
Sorry it is taking so long. They are packed up and ready. It is just getting there with all the kids, etc.
You take care.
Pettishly awaiting your next broadside,
B-- No worries on sending the book.
The redwoods, my dear, the redwoods...what incredible *living things* they are! And it's not the right season, but someday you must see the monarch butterfly grove. WOW.
Glad you are the fun having!
I got the book off to you today. It may take a while to get there as I sent it (cheap me) media mail.
Wanted to let you know.
Travel safely and have a good 4th.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Okay, can I just say that I loved this book! Junior, the hero of our story, lives on a reservation in Spokane, Washington. Although many of his peers also suffer from poverty, having alcoholic relatives and being American Indian, Junior also has medical issues and he is smart. He is the outcast among outcasts, picked on by everyone, except his family and his one best friend. Junior tries to change his life for the better and attend the neighboring all-white school to get a better education, which quickly changes his label from “loser” to “traitor.” He perseveres and rises above his personal tragedies and the trials and tribulations of adolescence with wit, humor and strength, rejecting the life laid out for him. The cartoon illustrations throughout the book are priceless. A must read.
#122 Yes, I think it is aimed at the YA adult market, but I still absolutely loved it. It made me laugh and cry. I am putting it on my pushy list for my oldest daughter (she is not big on reading, so I have to push it!). Are you enjoying it? What is your favorite part? I have several, but one that sticks with me particularly was when Junior took Penelope to the dance and he only had $5 and his Dad's ancient suit to wear.
#121 LOL I couldn't think what else to say after the "davening" comment and it just looks like a little love bird and besides I had to give the engaged couple a little grief! Nice fly-by, by the by. Thanks!
Thanks for the book Shanghai Girls! (I probably got it sooner, but I only retrieved my mail yesterday after our San Fran foray.) I will read it with lowered expectations as I, too, love Gail Tsukiyama's writing. If I try not to make the comparison, perhaps I will enjoy it more. :)
reading a book for its own merit instead of some other expectations. I rather preach that now and then. I just almost ranted in another thread about doing the opposite. It is a pet peeve of mine when books are not read for themselves.
Do you know what I mean?
I have no idea about the books or authors you are discussing here with Belva, but you saved my morning.. lol
So, after much urging by Richard, I am off to find a copy of the Lost City of Z. Expectations are high now, dear sir!
I also have to dig up my copy of Wicked. We saw the musical in San Fran at the Orpheum and it was Amazing! I have already read it (and the sequel, which was not quite as good as the original) and want to revisit it. My daughter has the soundtrack and we have been listening to it over and over again. Also, for any of you that have seen it, my son has been walking around the house doing the very stuck-up "Toss, toss, giggle, giggle" that Glinda perfected. (It is even funnier, because he has no long hair to toss!)
hugs n snugs to you too.
Just finished The Lost City of Z, by David Grann. (Suggested to me by Richard dear.) I also read about Roosevelt's adventure in the Amazon, River of Doubt earlier in the year. Z is written more colorfully and I love how the point of view kept switching from the past to the present. However, I enjoyed following Roosevelt more (than Fawcett) simply because I could actually picture him swatting mosquitoes in the jungle better. I am astonished at the fortitude of these explorers and their ability to map the wilderness given their lack of equipment. Both Fawcett and Roosevelt shared a lot of traits: they appear larger than life, they live for the challenge, they both bring a son on their adventure, and, of course, they have those huge moustaches! Disparities? The most obvious being the lack of funding Fawcett encountered on his final trek. Both books are excellent reads for anyone who wants to be a swash-buckling explorer from the safety of their recliner. I wish Z, in particular, had continued on, because I would love to hear more about the ancient civilizations that have been found in the Amazon. Anyone know of such a book?
I'm so glad you liked the Absolute Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It is one of my favorite reads thus far in 2009. Like you, I want to tell everyone to read it!
#130 -- Bonnie! Hi, yes, heading out soon, but I will have computer access so, hopefully, I will be more in touch than on my San Fran trip. (Fingers crossed.) Have a great visit and sorry I won't be here. :(
#131 -- Kath. I shall check out half.com and have fun w/ Z!
#132 -- Hi Linda. Yup. Great book.
Thanks everyone for stopping by!! I feel loved.
But from half.com, what'd ya lose, right dearie?
I have to schedule a trip to Texas, ickptui, soon. Gotta see my old rheumatologist, since the ones here are less up on my disease than he is and I need some serious help. I'm thinking birthday time, mid-September-ish, when it will only be stinking hot and not open-flames-of-hell hot.
If not, follow the dogs and look for one of these...
I forgot to mention that I read Inkspell while in San Fran. Loved it just as much as the first one. The characters continue to amuse me and I fell in love with a couple, enough that I cried when one of them met with tragedy. The story is inventive (as only a book with magic in it can be) and has several plot twists. It is a great young adult book and can even be enjoyed by the childish adult (case in point here). The book cries out "To Be Continued" at the end so I am sure the next in the series will appear here soon.
I'm laughing right out loud at the interchange between you, Richard and Kath....
Thanks for the humor at the end of a long day.
Take one of these:
But I have to go when we have alternate child care for our grandchildren that I watch while mommy works. And papa has the whole month of August off and he's volunteered to do daycare while I go and visit our eldest daughter. That is the only reason I am going at that time. I know the weather will suck, big time!~! But wasn't that wonderful of my husband? What a man!~!
And she knows that if we plan any outdoor activities they must be early in the day or later in the evening because nanny ain't steppin' out that door midday. I told her not to take many days off, that she might as well work because we won't be doing much during the heat of the day. I can stay home and read and she can save her vacation time. We can have fun in the evenings and I will be there 2 weekends, so we will get plenty of time together.
We just do what we can, ya know?
So we just have sucky timing Kath!~!
That must make us special or something like that, huh?
we are so many things.. all of us..ain't it grand!!
Yes, 14 people. Actually today we are down to 11 and then for 24 hours we will be down to 7, then we all change locations and move into MN for phase two of the trip. We are hitting the Mall of America (great indoor amusement park) and lunch at the Rainforest Cafe (kids love it). We are also going to lounge poolside and see who can make the biggest wave off thier cannonball. Also going to check out my brother's new backyard patio and christien it with a BBQ. Should all be fun!
Much love to all.
Louise Erdrich (author of Love Medicine, etc.) has a very cool, though small, bookstore there in the Lake of the Isles (or is it Isle of the Lakes?) part of the city. Send the kids on a hike around the lake and enjoy the Native American theme of a quaint independent bookstore. I was so enthralled with it that I put a picture on my Profile Page.
Edited to "tweak" touchstone and to add name of bookstore: Birchbark Books.
It sounds like you are having a wonderful time on your trip and catching up with a lot of family.
That is so lovely. So many don't or can't take the time any more or can't match up with their time away. So great that it all came together for you all.
I must admit I have never heard of "Farkle" but it sounds most interesting. Will have to google it.
Stay safe and enjoy the remainder of your trip.
That is a lovely little bookshop. I had to go and peek. Wouldn't we all love to go? Sadly we are losing most of our smaller independent bookshops. I try to shop my favorite but must admit the convenience of purchasing online sucks me in a lot of the time. So I guess I am part of the cause there as well.
Thanx for sharing the pic.
Federal law prohibits those exposed to toxic waste from crossing state lines, and as I understand it, the Lutefisk Detachment of the International Atomic Energy Association has special counters to identify potential sources of conntamination in Minnesota and Wisconsin airports. BE CAREFUL.
You will be all better tomorrow (I hope).
hugs (gentle ones)
I hope you are feeling much better. Hangovers can be debilitating. As I get older my body does not tolerate alcohol. Two glasses of Chardonny seems to be my limit. Plus, I suffer from migranes and alcohol can bring on a nasty headache.
It sounds like you are having such a wonderful family time! What a great way to spend lazy summer days.
hope you feel better today...
belva .. great , nasty graphic.
I think a bottle of Bailey's should be aed to my shopping list.
I need a nap
Did I mention hello to all? missed ya
I posted here and it vanished.
woe is me
Love the graphic, hi to the daughter! big hug to you!
rd... I am ashamed of you. srsly.
I don't think I have had a hang over since my 25th birthday.
It cured me, that one. Never again.
I'm back to "normal" thanks be, and I can't see myself drinking that much again. So much that I can't see, anyway! *chuckle*
And not to make anyone any more green around the gills, but I ran out of reading material and all my sister had was Nora Roberts, so I read two of her books on the plane ride home. No further review necessary.
Also played Crazy 8 for hours, because we got stuck in the Salt Lake City airport. What fun! Made it home 6 hours later than planned and now knee deep in laundry.
Back at the airport today to pick up a friend of my oldest daughters. She is here for a week. Whew!
Hope in the next week or two to find a car for her so I don't have to drive her to school and soccer practices this fall. Yeah!!
Missed you all. So glad to be back. :)
The Divine Miss invited the whole kit and caboodle from her hair salon to spend Sunday with us. Picnic lunch, drinking, much hilarity. The boyfriend of The Divine Miss's hairdresser made my gin and tonics without any perceptible tonic, and when I would go to add some, I'd suddenly have a fresh drink...with no tonic. It was Not A Good Thing.
Nora Roberts! Oh dear.
Independent teenaged driver. *WHEEE*
Berly...now that is just about the lowest thing I can think of. Boo hiss on his teenaged hide.
Missed ya Berly Boo!~!
P.S. never trust someone else to make your drink unless you know them really, really well.
Do you hear me Richard?
Not much reading going on here. Just about done with Pillars. And after that I am on to Almost Moon by Sebold for my book club next week. I have heard great things about the trailers for her other book, The Lovely Bones, but it was a disturbing book and I am not sure I am up to seeing it in the theater. Waiting for viewer feedback. Want to go see Julia, Julia.
Hugs to one and all! I will try and do a better job of staying in touch. :)
Among the many wonderful things about getting older is the diminishing need to feel one *must* do things. I speak as your elder, whippersnapperess, so heed me! Please, as a favor to a crotchety, grumpy old man, start your de-*must*-ing here, and play in the sandbox with the rest of us when you can!
Good. Good. Now did I tell you about the time back in the winter of '94 that I had to stay inside for three days cause the damned Fed'ral Gummint snowplowed six-foot drifts against my front door so they could keep the road in front of the gol-darned Federal Reserve Bank open in a blizzard?
No? Well, it goes like this....
Okay, no I can't.
And I kinda like Berlyner and being a jelly donut! LOL!
I finished Pillars of the Earth today. In general, I really like it. More elaborate comments to follow.
Teaching my daughter and her boyfriend how to make chicken kiev...gotta keep an eye on them!
Come to think of it, I haven't made pecan lace in a million years. Gotta dredge a copy of that one up soon.
The Turkish Delight made chicken scarpariello for dinner tonight. Lemon-wine sauce, sauteed garlic cloves, onions, green peppers, and snausages with chunks of chicken breast. It was nummers.
So you are enjoying the Turkish candy?
And, I have no idea what pecan lace is, but I think I might need some.
I miss pecan pie. It's all just somewhat wrong in Australia. I might dig up Mum's old recipe from one of those classic American cookbooks (I think it's The Joy of Cooking) and treat myself.
So what is the big dessert in Australia? And what is pecan lace? Sounds so pretty!
It's a big soft meringue, topped with whipped cream and a decadent array of fruit (passionfruit is a must). Fabulous stuff. Lazy people can just buy the base ready-made from the supermarket, so all you really need supply is whipped cream and fruit. (But homemade is best.)
And there's also the humble lamington. A small square of sponge cake, dipped in chocolate sauce, and then rolled in dessicated coconut. Delightful.
I have heard that different flavoured lamingtons are big in Japan - green tea lamingtons, caramel lamingtons, etc. But it'll always be chocolate for me.
I'd love to stay and chat, but I have to go rummage in the kitchen now...yummy!
and a stack of delicious lamingtons, because one can never have just one:
I lost all my mother's cookbooks in the Great Moving Debacle, but fortunately a few copies of the cookie book she wrote back in the 70s survive with my family. I'll have my daughter email me a copy of that recipe and post it in my "75-Books Challenge" thread soon.
Berly, in between whipping up Chicken Kiev dinners and fabulous desserts, what are you reading?
After that, I think I will read The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, my next Indiespensible book from Powell's. (I get a book about every 6-8 weeks in the mail.) I just flipped open the book to read the inside flap, having no idea what the book is about, and I think I have to leave now to go start it!
Sad, isn't it, that someone is so angry, isolated, and stupid.
now I have to go and make french toast and sausage and bacon and.. well,you know..
I'll be there for breakfast on Monday, mckait...bacon well-done, oh and I just looove an over-easy egg or two...or three....
Can't you hear me whining?
Breakfast was indeed yummy though. For tomorrow I have wheat mini bagels and peanut butter ... and .. ? lunch will take some thought. I am not well prepared. :(
denial, you see. I would like to be as stay at home kath.....
Leaving to play Mah Jong.
Book reviews tomorrow...
But it does make for a nice easy lunch to pack, no thinking required. :)
And when we pick him up from school/aftercare, we come prepared with lots of crackers for that short ride home.
Pillars of the Earth. My first group read with LT (thanks Mark for organizing us all!). I enjoyed the process of reading it en masse, and although I didn't comment all that much, I loved reading everyone's comments. Thought the pacing was perfect (roughly 150pp a week). Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Great dastardly characters, strong women (perhaps a little too strong for the times, but it didn't detract for me), handsome intelligent protagonist guys and then the cathedral, which became a leading character by the end of the book. I look forward to the sequel in January. Four stars.
Argh! That SOOO does not cover it. Brilliant. Five stars.
I told you arubabookwoman and I met, right? We talked nonstop for three hours and are going to get together again in early September. And, get this, she's going to join my book group--my real-life one! Are you jealous? ;-)
I've been reading the 1010's the last couple of days. Can you believe those early birds? So creative, I wasn't going to do it, but am feeling drawn in.
Mark--Have to say I like The Lovely Bones better than The Almost Moon and the previews looked pretty good in the movie theater (I saw Julie and Julia which I loved!) so I might (might!) go see it. Which one did you add to your list?
Bonnie and I did have a great time talking--3 hours!--and I think it's nice when LT'ers having common interests can meet in real life.
Bonnie--I hope you were not feeling too bad and are fully recovered now.
I'll be lurking even if I end up not commenting much.
Mark--awaiting your review...
Enjoying Into the Beautiful North.
**oodles of healing energy beaming westward**
Thought I would return the favor and stop by. Sorry to hear about your relative's illness. Hope all will be well.
I looked through your books and I agree about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I read it last year. One of my book groups read In the Time of the Butterflies about the dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, and I found 2 companion books about the subject, Oscar was one. Another one was The Feast of the Goat. Both other books were referenced and slagged in the small print of the Oscar book. I didn't have a thread last year but wrote reviews on the book pages.
I also agree with Richard on White Tiger .
I have the Part-Time Indian book to read, and I wish I could have done the Pillars of Earth read, but I didn't have the time, and I couldn't find the book in my apartment.
Will be reading City of Thieves in January for a RL book group.
Thanks for the well-wishes. Family-member is doing well (she is very private and wouldn't want to be identified at all). I slept well last night and life seems a little more normal today. The out-of-town family members left post-surgery and chemo won't start for a couple of weeks. So, a little down time to enjoy the end of summer. Yeah!!
Off to youngest child's soccer tournament.
Who was reading the Urrea's? wonderful, both..
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli lives in a Mexican village bereft of men. They have all gone north into America to find jobs, even her father. After watching The Magnificent Seven at her local decrepit theater, she vows to cross the border and bring back seven men to help repopulate her village and ward off the invading nasty drug dealers. On her quest for warriors and her father, Nayeli enlists the aid of her girl posse and the local gay restaurant owner. This colorful rag-tag group travels north, encountering other truly memorable characters along the way. Filled with humor and beauty, this book explores the difficult life of some Mexicans and immigrants in the US. This book is funny, joyful and powerful, with some of my favorite characters ever. Not all the threads are neatly/happily tied up in the end, which is perhaps why I found it so satisfying. Four 1/2 stars.
There are now 198 items on my LT wishlist...it is, by itself, becoming close to a free member's entire allotment of catalogued items...and it is YOUR personal fault that it's increased by one, unnecessarily appealing sounding, item. Couldn't simply point out that the book is flawed, imperfect, bound by blind monkeys working in horrible conditions and rewarded with all the cigarettes they can smoke?
No. Have to make it sound good, don't you, Siren of the Bookstacks?
No monkeys were harmed in the making of this thread.
But for how much longer remains to be seen....
How goes it?
I am sorry to hear about what your relative is going through as well as the entire family. When the big C strikes, it doesn't just hit the patient, but it happens to the whole family. Am praying for the best to come from this situation. Make sure that you take time to care for yourself as well. Caregiving takes a heavy toll on one.
You have been reading some good books and I got a few good recx from catching up on your thread plus my grandsons have been shushing me the whole time as I have been busting a gut laughing at you and the whole tribe up above!~! It sounds as if I have missed a lot of fun activity.
Richard is talking about food a lot these days. Is he not getting enuff to eat?????????/ Just askin'.
I noted you have been playing Mah Jong. Robbi (daughter in Tx) loves to play and sent me home with a disc of over 100 Mah Jong games as I have only played the free ones on the computer and they are the same over and over pretty much.
Well, I had better move on. Am trying to play catch up here and then get back to work on my 999 challenge as I have 6 more books to read by 9/9/9!~! Yikes!~!~!
luvs, hugs, n snugs,
P.S. I got to hook up with allcotacre while in Tx. and we had a great visit. She brought her Caty along with her and what a lovely young lady with a great personality. But we had some good chuckles and a really nice visit. She lives 2 hours N. of Robbi so we sort of met in the middle. I hope to see her again when I go back.
No reason for you and I not to hook up some time as we are only 2 hours from each other and the same with bonniebooks. I am not sure where arubabookwoman lives, but if it is close enough for her to join bonnie's book club she must be within a couple of hours from me as well. Perhaps we could all four get together one day, have lunch and hit a book shop. Twould be fun.
later my dear.
I live in the Seattle suburbs, so we are all close enough to make a day of it some time. I agree it would be fun.
Mark, glad you liked the review. Happy reading!
Belva, Stasia told me about your luncheon and how much she enjoyed it.
My Life In France, by Julia Child
After all the talk about food on various threads that I follow, this book seemed particularly appropriate. For those of you who are worried that you must be a graduate of the Cordon Bleu school of cooking or at least a gourmand, I am neither and I greatly enjoyed this book! Julia is a delightful person, who chats enthusiastically about people and places as well as food. I loved her descriptions of French food markets and all the personalities she encountered in her life as the wife of a US diplomat. Although I only remember watching her cook once or twice when I was very little (WAY before I could cook!), I appreciated hearing just how her famous book(s) came to be and how she transitioned to TV. Some of the material is similar to the current movie Julie and Julia (which I loved!), but differed enough to keep my interest. I am not sure how Julia remembered what she ate, when, where and with whom. She either took copious notes in a journal or she is a gastronomic genius!! I vote for the latter. An intelligent, witty and kind person. A most enjoyable read. Bon appétit!
I liked North as well, berly
So, I am on to a somewhat nerdy book How We Decide, which traces the human brain's decision making process (dopamine, neocortex, hyppocampus, etc). Lest you be scared away, it is very funny and told in simple layman's terms. Lehrer explores many everyday life situations, from a quarterback's, airline pilot's and fireman's split-second decisions, to the stock market and TV's Let's Make a Deal. He refers to the psychology of Freud and the philosophy of Aristotle and Plato. Quite a well-rounded read!
Halfway through the book, so more when I finish.
I no longer work. I do watch my grandsons but if you make the plans I can arrange for my daughter to make other plans for the boys after school that day if it is on a weekday. If on a week end, we rarely have plans that take us off our place. So I am yours whenever, pretty much. I could hook up with you at the junction of I-5 and Hwy 12 that cuts East to Yakima and just ride on down with you if that would be your pleasure. So those of you with commitments, let's work around your plans.
It would be so awesome to hook up with y'all.
Let's do it!~!
Bonnie--I am almost finished with How We Decide; 200 pages into the last book in the Funke trilogy, Inkdeath; halfway through a Read-Out-Loud (ROL) with my daughter, Charlie Bone and the Hidden King; and halfway through ROL the second book in the 39 Clues Series with my son. Waiting in the wings: The Angel's Game by Zafon author of Shadow of the Wind (which I LOVED!) and ADHD, Living Without Brakes (have a child with this and other learning differences.) But first I have to fill out all the parental forms in triplicated for three different schools... :)
The kids are all in school, I've finished the blechy forms in triplicate, whacked a bush back into a semblance of a ball shape, and done the dishes. Off to yoga to get my zen back. :)
Then the dentist.
I hate the dentist.
I've got How We Decide on my wishlist too. Sounds brilliant! (Ahah, and it's called The Decisive Moment : How The Brain Makes Up Its Mind here in Australia...)
And my dentist is nice, too. And so is the hygienist, and so is the receptionist. So I can't get mad at them, which leaves my teeth. They are VERY high maintenance. So I dread going because I frequently get bad news. But this time I got off scott free!! Yeah. Good for another six months. Phew!
Berly, congrats on the pain-free dentist visit!
Richard--You are evil.
The sequel will be out next year.. the movie too..but first savor HD.