Berly's 2nd Thread, Aiming for 100 in 2009
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My original goal was 100 and I squeaked it in on December 31st. How fun!
My Rating System:
***** excellent, go get it!
**** very good
*** still enjoyable
* not worth finishing
100!!!! Fool, Christopher Moore *****
99. The Front, Patricia Cornwell **1/2
98. The Countess, Catherine Coulter ***
97. The Maze, Catherine Coulter ****1/2
96. Illustrated Green Guide, Reference ****
95. Annie Leibowitz at Work, Annie Leibowitz ****
94. My Life in France, Julia Childs ****
93. A Lion Called Christian, Anthony Bourke ***1/2
92. Charlie Bone and the Beast, Jenny Nimmo ****
91. Silverwing, Kenneth Oppel ****
90. Paul Newman, A Life, Shawn Levy **1/2
89. The Time Paradox, Eoin Colfer ****
88. Loving What Is, Byron Katie reading
87. The Cry of the Sloth, Sam Savage ****1/2
86. The Witch of Portobello, Paulo Coelho ***
85. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry ***1/2
84. Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom ****1/2
83. People of the Book, group read Geraldine Brooks *****
82. Half Broke Horses, Jeanette Walls *****
81. Spellbinder, by L.J. Smith ***
80. Daughters of Darkness, by L.J. Smith ***1/2
79. Secret Vampire, by L.J. Smith ***1/2
78. The Taking, Dean R. Koontz ***1/2
77. The Vampire Diaries, Dark Reunion LJ Smith ****
76. The Vampire Diaries, The Fury LJ Smith ***1/2
75. The Power Deck, Lynn V. Andrews ****
74. The Vampire Diaries, The Struggle, LJ Smith ***1/2
73. The Vampire Diaries, The Awakening, LJ Smith ***1/2
72. Tailspin, by Catherine Coulter **1/2
71. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown ****1/2
70. Odd Hours, Dean Koontz ****
69. Simple Genius, David Baldacci ***1/2
68. Charlie Bone, The Shadow of the King ROL ****
67. How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer ****
66. Inkdeath, Cornelia Funke ***1/2
65. Into the Beautiful North, Luis Alberto Urea ****
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 ***
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 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 Dilema ***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 ***
I am in on People of the Book. I have no idea what it is about, but you are in charge so I am in! (It does help that I so enjoyed the first group read of Pillars of the Earth.) Thanks. :)
I really enjoyed The Eyre Affair when it first came out. Thought is was wonderfully imaginative and playful. Enjoyed the next two as well. Then I think it got old, but I might just revisit the series and see what I think now.
Okay, I took this quiz from Belva's thread. Obviously I enjoyed it or I wouldn't have stolen it! You have to answer the following questions with titles from books you have read this year.
Describe yourself: Lucky Girl
How do you feel: Always Looking Up
Describe where you currently live: Into the Beautiful North
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Last Night in Montreal
Your favorite form of transportation: A Reliable Wife. Wait, that’s me! How about a Reliable Car!
Your best friend is: (A)Treasure(s)
You and your friends are: Same Kind of Different as Me
What’s the weather like: A Thousand Splendid Suns (95 two days ago!)
What is the best advice you have to give: A Will And A Way
Thought for the day: Speak
How I would like to die: (With) Blue Shoes and Happiness
My soul’s present condition: Truth and Beauty
It's way cool and it's a time-eater so watch out...but it's worth it. And I just discovered that "Belletrista" is an LT member in itself! I intend to shop its shelves rapaciously.
Definitely downgrading to 75 for the year. I don't need reading to be a pressure thing. It is supposed to be my joyous escape. I will keep my thread here so I don't lose any friends. :) Miss you all!!
Just finished Simple Genius, by David Baldacci. No, the book does not live up to its title, but it was a perfect mindless spy/thriller novel to read right now. Action, adventure, a little romance, buff guys and pretty girls, CIA, FBI, a few deaths, code-breaking and a little history on WW2 thrown in. A good read. 3 and 1/2.
In honor of October and my favorite holiday, Halloween, I am going to try to read some spooky books and authors. I just started Odd Hours by Dean Koontz. It is apparently the fourth book for this characters, so I am starting it out of sequence, but it doesn't seem to be a problem. If I like it I will go back and read the others in order.
But we will try!
(Honestly, I think he's doing pretty well. But one never looks a gift horse in the mouth in terms of extra teaching! I'm mostly curious to find out where his problems lie, from the point of view of a teacher.)
I've got a couple of ghost stories lined up for October too. I'm looking forward to them!
And this week is Showcase, and I get to see Mr Bear be a card soldier, since his class is doing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. *proud*
^ It's a public school, so if you're in the school zone, you're automatically in the school (although you can choose to go elsewhere, if there's another school that offers you a place). So it's rather funny that they had to "sell" the school to us, but I did also get an offer from another - smaller, closer - school, but that literacy program won me over completely.
Hope Mr. Bear proves to be an excellent card soldier!
Best wishes to all. Wish me a good night sleep. LOL!
Now, as to knocking on wood...I have five answers for you from Morris's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins. I'll try to keep them brief!
1) In a game of "tag," touching a tree frees one from capture,
2) Biblical symbol: forgiveness from the cross of Jesus,
3) Ancient belief that rapping on a tree will summon the good spirits within,
4) Irish belief -- thanking leprechauns for their good luck, and
5) Jews in flight during Spanish Inquisition (1490's) developed a code to knock on wooden doors to gain refuge.
Other big news...we are now a three car family!! My oldest is so excited (and so am I!). Freedom. :) It's a manual transmission and she is doing super! Only killed it once so far.
Youngest recovered from the Swine Flu, back in school. Trying to catch up on everything I fell behind on last week...Oldest drove herself to school this morning. I am wildly swinging between a feeling of relief (less driving for me!) and sadness (less talk time with her). Okay, back to my 200+ emails...
Hugs to all!
I can't make it to the Pearl-Rule point with any of her books so far. I keep groaning and snorting and swearing at them. It annoys the librarians.
I started cataloging and bar coding the library at my daughter's school. Also trying to create a manual for my volunteers to help with this task. Training them next week. So glad to have their help--I had nightmares about it this summer! It's not like I get paid for this either. Just another volunteer hat I wear. :)
Good on you for volunteering at the school! Although I do have to say that it sounds like almost a fun thing you're volunteering for there... :)
oh dear, is rdear being snobby about books again?
I am continuing with my October spooky theme and read two YA books by LJ Smith this weekend, The Vampire Diaries:The Awakening and The Struggle. Very light reading. Perfect for my sleep-deprived brain. My son had his birthday party this weekend and it included a sleepover, light on the "sleep." Most importantly, a good time was had by all.
Mark, you'll be glad to know I have my copy of People of the Book so I am now ready for the November read! Yeah.
Hear ye, hear ye!! A group read of People of the Book begins in November. For more details, check out this thread...http://www.librarything.com/topic/73347
Unless you have some strong desire to smell like you've been locked in a disused root cellar, abandon ship.
And I am NOT a snob. I merely have erudite, well-informed opinions that you commoners haven't the equipment or acuity to appreciate.
Rdear, when I call you a "snob," with great affection, of course, the blatant underlying meaning is "connoisseur." And as such, it is your duty to be brutally honest with regards to the worthiness of books. Your startlingly clear discernment is one of the few stalwart safeguards I have: it keeps my TBR from falling over!
I shall follow the Pearl Rule for My Name is Red.
>49 Berly: Well. All right. That explanation makes perfect sense. (Read: Pleases my vanity)
I was supposed to join a group read when I got a book as a prize from a previous group read, which I now can't remember what it was. Is People of the Book the one? Anywho, I think I'll have to skip all group reads in November since I'm doing National Novel Writing Month for the fifth time! 50,000 words in 30 days. It's quite a challenge!
I have continued reading my trashy, quick read Vampire books: The Vampire Diaries, The Fury and Dark Reunion. It is a rainy, cold day outside and all the leaves are falling. Perfect reading day!
Brenzi-- coming to say Hi!
Cameling-- let me know if you find it and what you think of the deck.
Hi Bonnie. :)
Rdear, when I call you a "snob," with great affection, of course, I do mean snob...
but there you are.
Wookie.. I too tend to zone out when on the phone.. Thankfully not at work, I never get near a phone there!
I found some on Amazon. So does it work along the lines of a tarot deck?
Unless for some reason you can't see it, in which case it's:
Synopsis: Death in Blue and White
What should a widowed gay man do about his stepson's stepfather's murder? Especially since it's the young man's mother who looks likely to be the killer?
Roll up his sleeves and find the real killer?
All of the above?
I know what my guy's gonna do, but I don't know what he's gonna find out yet....
Richard--I vote for "All of the Above!" I see lots of opportunities for your personality and history to shine through in this book, and I think that will be essential to the success of your book. Hurry up and write it so I can read it!!
So, the Expendable thing...it's a group of lefty nutballs I used to hang around with years ago. My main friend in that circle was killed by a careless driver while he was biking down a busy street in Queens not long ago, and I sorta lost interest in the rest of the nutballs.
Why does everyone assume it's from "curmudgeon"? It's actually not. It's from...ummm...it's...
Kidding aside, I am so sorry about your friend.
I loved him (in an impatient-older-brother way) and did what I knew how to do to make his life a little more fun. Mostly I listened. He never felt like he was heard, so I listened. He dithered and stammered and generally made it hard on me! But listen I did, and I know that meant a lot to him.
I miss James. I hope I'm right, and the laws of karma will bring him back...this time happier, please!
Berly, of course you're a genius trainer.
2) Repetitive mindless task = laudry. Not to mention "Sisyphean" since it's endlessly recurring.
3) So when do I show up, and what's Walt getting for a single-malt?
Don't talk to me about Sisyphean laundry. I am really good at washing. It's just the folding I suck at!
I'll get back to you on Walt' collection. Show up ASAP, of course. ;)
So, I am starting the much anticipated People of the Book group read this week (yeah!)and I have started in with Jeannette Wall's Half Broke Horses. I loved Glass Castles also by her and love the way Horses is going.
We had balmy and dry weather for trick or treating this year, which was AWESOME and unusual. I have managed to do some serious candy trading with my kids (course I get to draw from all the leftover candy from the bucket, too) and so I am in serious candy heaven. They get to eat pretty much whatever they want, because I only let them keep the candy for a week and then we donate it or throw it out. 100 Grand or Milky Way are my faves, but I wouldn't turn down a Tootsie Pop. LOL
Hugs to all.
I can't thank you enough for being my friend. It's a joy to see your posts, brimming with fun and joie de vivre, and to know that you, smiling and laughing thousands of miles away, are well and happy thereby. It's a warmer, friendlier world with you in it.
I, too, enjoy knowing that over on the other coast you, my friend, are living life to the fullest, enjoying your food and wine, happily penning words we all want to read. Thanks for your wit, your vocabulary and your truly awesome reviews. Keep shining the literary light my way!
With love and laughter,
So, I successfully installed the scanner at the library. It was logistically harder than one might expect because the school is part of a hospital system and we had to get around their really strict firewall. Right now the kids can't even research butterflies because the computer safety patrol sees B-U-T-T and cuts off the search.
I registered all the staff and students. I am training in the staff next week and we are aiming for a December dedication ceremony. My Volunteers seem to be doing very well inputting the books -- it's so exciting!! Kids keep popping in to ask when they are going to get their library card.
Since there is no full-time volunteer librarian, I create a dummy person called Check In/Out who only has search options and In/Out privileges, as the name implies. I couldn't use my name, for instance, because I have the capacity to change passwords and log in new books, run reports, etc, and that would be BAD in the hands of the students. So, I am learning as I go and it is really quite fun. I spent all day there yesterday. :)
It is great fun and so encouraging to read your posts about the project at the school library. What a difference the work you are doing and the training you are directing is going to make for the students and for the librarians.
I don't get to stop by your thread often, especially just lately, but I do want you to know that I benefit from reading your posts. We have many mutual friends here on LibraryThing and I consider you a friend also.
I picked up Half Broke Horses two or three days ago from the library, but, I won't get to start reading it for another day or two, as I need to finish Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for RL Book Club this coming Sunday.
Cheers to you, yours and to one of my favorite cities in the USA, Portland, OR .
My 9 year old niece had the same problem when she was trying to look up butterflies at the library. Luckily the computer let her type in mariposa (spanish for butterfly) and it brought up butterflies in English, so she was able to go from there. She added the experience to her paper.
#89 Brenzi-- I am just faking it, really!!
#90 -- Yes, that is what we had to do, too. Although we chose to put in specific types, like Monarch, and then branch out. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Come again!
You know, Berly, I did get into it after a while. The author succeeded in what he was trying to do in a pretty straightforward way and stuck to it throughout the book.
It was funny to me, sometimes laugh out loud funny, because we are so lured by the original prose of Jane Austen and her terrific story, and here is this guy (the author), respecting Ms. Austen and the story, but, giving us enough distance on the characters to laugh at what he introduces, which is, of course the Zombies.
The Zombies do not play a major role and are not really characters in the sense that they have any dialog or bearing on anyone's life, with the exception that they are a huge inconvenience in regard to traveling safely and that they go about killing people left and right. The really entertaining part of turning this classic on its head, is that the women are such warriors, especially our Elizabeth. To me, that, and the fact that she continues as thoughtful and intelligent, take away the passivity of the women of that time period. It is just a spoof, and a cleverly written one.
I kept imagining what the Zombie version would be like with the cast of the best version of P&P that I have ever watched on DVD, Pride and Prejudice, TV Mini-series - 1995* interacting with all the new twists and surprises. It would almost be like the actors swatting at flies with irritation, if you can imagine, while holding true to to plot of the original.
Probably way too much information, but, you asked how I liked it. tee hee.
*Here is a link to the terrific DVD version with a great cast:
The DVD is definitely worth anyone's time.
Lots of love to you and yours, Berly
I finished People of the Book and loved it! I enjoyed Brook's forays into the past just as much and perhaps more than the present day scaffolding holding the story together. Just enough history and just enough unknown to allow the author some real fun with her imagination. Five Stars.
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry ***1/2 A children's story about the Holocaust in Denmark. Not as good as The Giver (one of my favorites), but not bad.
Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom ****1/2 By the author of Tuesdays with Morrie. Very short and sweet. I turned down a lot of pages.
People of the Book LT group read Geraldine Brooks ***** Loved this book! And Mark, my favorite section was "White Hair." Can't wait for the next group read in Jan!
Half Broke Horses Jeanette Walls ***** Also, a great book by the author of Glass Castles. Just love her voice, or in this case, her grandmother's. What a pistol! Makes me realize just how easy I have it. I would recommend reading Glass Castle first, although they really are stand alone books. It was interesting to try and see just what it was about her upbringing that made the author's mother so dysfunctional and the bottom line is, I think she just came that way.
I started another book, The Witch of Portobello and have put all else aside to read it. Written from the point of view of a whole plethera of people who knew the main character. Similarities and differences from The Alchemist, another well-known book by this author. More later...
I am enjoying Cry of the Sloth. It is a story told through the main character's letters to all the people in his life: old high school friends, his ex-wife, tenants, and people who apply for publication in his literary magazine. So far, he is a man on the brink, but putting forth a brave face. Wonderful, amazing use of vocabulary (reminds me of Richard dear) and a quite delicious sense of irony. Not sure if Andrew will pull it together or self-annihilate...
What is everyone doing for Thanksgiving (those readers who are Americans)? We normally celebrate with my in-laws, but she just had her last chemo and is at rock bottom right now with few white cells to speak of, so they are wisely being reclusive just now. Instead we are going to a friends house and she has invited friends and family so there should be about 30 of us, which will officially make it the largest Thanksgiving I have been to. I am bringing a family recipe for yam souffle and mushroom rollups. It is just not the holidays without them and all three kids like to help make them. Yum!
Okay, well this probably the longest post I have ever made and I am signing off now. :)
I am glad that you will be with your boys and your Mom for Thanksgiving. I agree with you, the turkey is just an excuse for all the great stuff around it. I love the mashed potatoes with gravy, and on my turkey I make a spicy cranberry sauce and I have a family recipe for stuffing and then the rum in the yam souffle is not bad either! Oh, I can hardly wait. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Bonnie!
That sounds awful. Take it easy for awhile. Sending up good thoughts for you to recover quickly.
Hope you heal fast!
So, The Witch of Portobello started off strong. I enjoyed the exploration of the feminine side of God and religion and the thought that we all know the answers to our questions deep inside ourselves if we only listen. I like how the main character was described only through the voices of others and their direct quotations of her. Skillfully done. Unfortunately, I found the ending a let down, not from a religious point of view but from a plot fizzle point of view. Still, a good book, but no Aha moments like I had with Coelho's other book, The Alchemist. Three stars.
I'm back, I won't even pretend to catch up on posts, it's too much. But hey, I don't want to cause collywobbles, I will be returning, so no kerfuffle over my joke.
Don't let rd push ya around.
I love books by Roald Dahl! However, I just saw the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp and it was AWFUL!! Very high creepiness factor. I adore the original movie with Gene Wilder.
McKait and Bonnie and Richard--So nice to see you. Don't be such strangers. LOL
Hugs to all (albeit gently as my ribs are still not healed). Off to decorate our Christmas tree. We got a hug 10 footer this year!
I'm looking for fun reads for the next month. Got any suggestions?
Bonnie--I thoroughly enjoyed Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Wells, the author of Glass Castles. Good story, main character is a gusty little lady with a great sense of adventure and humor.
Tames--Nice to meet you! Not very far into Katie, yet, but looking forward to it. Will wait on the YouTube videos until my ribs heal a little more (thanks for the suggestion.)
All my decoration are up, and now I have a week and a half to get all my shopping done...AAAHHHHHH!!
I'm in the same club. Funny it happens this way every year yet in the end it all works out. Of course by Christmas night I am exhausted and drowning myself in a bottle of wine with relief that it's over for another year. lol
Made a serious dent in the shopping. Haven't even started the cards yet...
My dear relative finished her chemo and is getting her port out today! Yeah! Waiting on radiation until after the holidays. Despite her current lack of hair, she looks good. We get to spend Christmas day together and my kids are very excited to see her. (Being a major germ house, with kids in three different schools, they have not really seen her for three months.)
Finished The Time Paradox in the Artemis Fowl series. It is a YA sci-fi magic book. I actually enjoyed the reforming evil genius teenager, his sidekick elf friend, and the dirt gobbling dwarf, appropriately called Mulch. They leap into the time stream headed for the past to capture a now extinct lemur with special healing properties. Of course, along the way, their simple plan meets with many difficulties. Fun, easy read.
Now, I am cracking open Paul Newman, A Life. Haven't heard anything good or bad about the book, but I have always liked the man. Should be interesting.
And how are you doing? Breathing better this week?
>133 Berly:: I actually took the time to translate the coded writing at the bottom of the first book of the Artimis Fowl series. Can't resist a "secret" code! :-)
I hope you are on the mend from your boarding accident. So sorry you were pounded, but, that comes with the territory of the sport, doesn't it. I bet you guys were having a blast up there together. Gathered some thrills before the fall, I hope.
It is good to breathe, but don't read ANY funny books or watch funny movies until the ribs heal a little more. I speak from experience, here.
>133 Berly: - That Brenzi/Bonnie. I feel the same way about her, you know? We three could meet up in the Mid-West somewhere in the Spring and have a mini-LibraryThing Face-to-Face Conference. Not to intrude, but I truly understand the whole kinship element you describe.
I'm looking forward to your experience of the book about Paul Newman. He was so much more than the roles he played. The son of a good friend of mine worked at one of the "Hole in the Wall Camps" for young people and said he really saw, first hand, the good that came from Newman's generosity and caring. I like the Fig Newmans his daughter "makes", too. Let me know if it's worthy of a read.
Here's wishing you comfort and joy.
#136 Bonnie! I am so impressed you decoded the message in the Artemis Fowl Book! Now (in my spare time which probably won't happen until after the holiday) I will have to go back and give it a try. I always do the Sudoku and the anagram puzzles in the daily newspaper.
#137 Thanks Ruth. Sounds like you have been down the broken rib path before. No funny movies is right! Only sad melodramas. LQ (That means Laughing Quietly, instead of the painful LOL.) I had a great time boarding and can't wait to get back up there. And I am a BIG fan of Paul Newman food products. My latest is the pineapple salsa. Yum!
Okay, off to do more shopping, which BTW is really a pain (ha, ha, literally) when I can only use one arm to hold all the packages. I think I need another Christmas music CD for the car so I can get my Christmas spirit going at full tilt.
Have a great day.
Totally overwhelmed by the unbelievable # of threads now. I'm drowning. Help!
Okay, today's Christmas tradition was a ride through the racetrack. It's decorated with tons of lights and you get to drive, albeit at 5 mph, on the actual race track. The kids love it because they either get to sit on my husband's lap and drive the car or they climb up through the sun roof and sit on top of the car. They have light displays for the 12 days of Christmas and we all sing at the top of our lungs. Not in tune per se, but very joyous!
I couldn't resist posting after reading the three posts directly above.
Goodness, hot dogs sound good to me. I'm on a liquids only diet in preparation for an x-ray tomorrow. Just about anything solid sounds good.
I can't sleep either! Hence I'm here ... where else could I be? Bed? More likely the powder room,
not to put too fine a point on it.
YOU three are cracking me up. Bonnie in Seattle, good times and good memories.
Berly, I don't think that the nuts fall far from the tree ... ice cubes, flush ... = snow. Go figure.
Bonnie/Buffalo - time to cull the losers there dear one! I DO KNOW what you mean. Just three more days until vacation. Yea. Let's have some fun.
I wish all of you and all of yours well being. Be safe, comfortable and spread the joy.
Please stay in touch, my belly needs more laughing exercise.
Where is my lifesaver? Mango sounds good to me. Anything, anything ... I need food.
Just kidding. Not.
Oops! I didn't realize I was on your 100-book thread, Berly. As you can see, I follow 100's too! :-)
Ruth, here's a mango lifesaver for you, and Bonnie, how about grape and Richard, you haven't asked but it would have to be passion fruit for you dear sir. Mark, do you need one?
So, I was on track for 100, and then when life interfered, downgraded to 85, which I managed to meet and pass. I spent yesterday crosschecking my list of books. Some books I entered here, but not on my home page. Some I added to my library, but not the other two places, etc. So, after bringing everything up to date, I find that I am actually at book 96! I have 9 days to read four books....
P.S. I'll be going down to my sister's in Grant's Pass after Christmas, so I'll wave to you when I'm driving through S.W. Portland. :-)
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!
I'm into the countdown for that time. I'm thinking ...let's see...just about 72 hours from now.
Kimberly and Company, and all dear readers present ... your memories are wonderful to read about. They contribute to reviving the sweet, pleasant feelings and memories of Christmas' Past for me. Loved people and pets around. A fire in the fireplace. A darkened room illuminated only by firelight, tree lights and maybe a candle or two.
Wonderful ... let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Right? All is well with the world in those shared moments.
I hope each and everyone of us here on LT has a safe, relaxing and fun-filled Holiday.
You are the sparkly star on the on the very tip top of the tree, Miz 'berly. I will keep my eyes on
the prize of good health and having lots of fun soon! So there. *raspberry sound being made*
With love to you and yours -
Ruth aka Woofie aka womansheart
The Maze, an FBI Thriller, also by Catherine Coulter, was much more polished and actually quite good! Some serious plot twists and just an abundance of potential bad guys (I kept changing my mind as to "Who Dunnit"). Four and a half stars.
Paul Newman, a Life, by Shawn Levy. Still love Paul, but not keen on this book. It was a litany of names: movies, directors, producers, fellow movie stars, and to be quite frank, I knew very few of them. I would have enjoyed it nonetheless, if only it had offered more personal observations and insights. I already knew he was a method actor, blah, blah. It just seemed very flat. I really wanted to know more about his later interests, the racing, which was covered pretty well and proved a lot more exciting and interesting than Levy's recitation of movie credits, and his charitable food brands, which was adequately covered. Didn't feel any closeness to Paul, his wife or his kids and I blame that on the author. Two and a half stars. Bummer!
Good luck making your goal. I remember Paul Newman inEmpire Falls and, needless to say he was very good (and oh so easy on the eyes) ;-)
Not that you should feel, oh I don't know, belittled in any way should you join the 100 Challenge rabble...I mean, group!...in preference to our little slice of heaven, you understand, but I *did* want to warn...I mean, advise!...you about your alternatives...with the highest and kindest of motives, of course!
Just finished #99 The Front by Patricia Cornwall. Police, Detective stuff. Not macabre like most of her stuff, but then also not up to par with most of her stuff. Just fair. Two and a half.
Two days to read Fool, and then maybe I can watch a movie with Paul in it.
Hi Mark, Brenzi and Richard. Thanks for keeping me company. And Donna! Where you been girl? Nice to see you too. Yes, I am practically a fan I am turning the pages so fast! I am not a plug-in through, I am a plop-down. Just put me on any couch or chair. LOL
Link us to your 2010 75 thread soon, okay?
This is the retelling of Shakespeare's play King Lear, and not in iambic pentameter, thank goodness. It is bawdy, and tawdry (in the best sense of the word), and absolute fun! I was tempted to go back and read the original, until I realized that this interpretation blends in several other Shakespeare elements, such as the witches from MacBeth etc, so I think it best to take it as a stand alone endeavor. In fact, in the Author's Note at the end -- entitled "You Cheeky Git" -- Moore admits to pilfering from no less than 12 of the Great Bard's plays. He says, "I have done this largely to throw off reviewers, who will be reluctant to cite and criticize passages of my writing, lest they were penned by the Bard hisownself."
In case the modern day reader has trouble with occasional use of old English (usually the bawdy parts), Moore helpfully provides footnotes. For example:
"Did you hear, Mary? Heinous fuckery afoot. Ain't that the dog's bullocks(2)?"
"2. The dog's bullock!--excellent! The bee's knees! The cat's pj's. Literally the dog's balls, which doesn't seem to be that great a thing, yet, there you are."
Or, one of my personal favorites: "3. Cofishes--other fish in a group, coworkers, cohorts, etc. Shut up, it's a word."
Yes, Moore takes liberties with Lear, the English language and with history (but then so did Shakespeare and aren't we glad he did!). Highly recommended tale. Five stars.
Happy New Year to all my LT friends! I cannot tell you how much fun it has been to read the year away with you all. Here's to our leaning towers of TBR! If they fall, may it be into our laps. :)
(Forgot to give credit where it is due: I stole the gif from jdthloue!)
PS -- You should read Fool. I was reminded throughout of your intelligent, debauched, curmudgeonly wit (and I say that with the utmost affection!).
I think Moore's stuff is funny as hell, except when it's not, which isn't all that often thank goodness. I think I'd like him if I met him in RL.
Now if you'll pardon me, I must go await Turkish Delight's imminent arrival with pizza, cannoli, and his eager, smiling self. You really *can* get anything delivered here in New York.
M--Hi! Thanks for the "amazing" compliment. You are too kind.
I have not read You Suck, but Lamb was one of my first reads in 2009 and I LOVED it! Hope you enjoy further reads by Moore.
Okay, and finally, here is my new home in the 75 group:
Come visit me!!