Laytonwoman's Bookin' to the Finish Line of 2015 (Fourth Quarter)
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Captured this lot at the Friends of the Library book sale this morning. I was good, though...this is approximately half of what was in my sack before I did my sit-down-and-get-real assessment.
Links to my previous threads for the last 7 years, as much for me as for anyone else (following the link above this thread will get you back through the previous ones for 2015, some of which start with my biographical sketch, if you don't know me yet) :
First thread for 2014.
Chapter Two is here.
And Chapter Three.
The Fourth and final chapter for 2014 is here.
This is my last thread for 2013.
My first thread for 2013 is here.
Here's where I began my 2012 reading record. And I continued with a second thread for 2012. Yet one more thread for 2012 can be found here.
My first 2011 thread is here. and Part Two and Third and final thread for 2011.
My 2010 reading thread can be found Here. and Here and
Links to my 2009 threads at Laytonwoman3rd ups the ante for 2009
and its spin-off here with yet another extension here.
My 50 Book Challenge thread for 2008 is here
This is my 2007 thread
Total books read in 2015 86
Off the Shelf: 38
Titles will link to the post where I commented on the book. ROOT means it's been on my shelf for a year or more; LOA means it was read from a Library of America edition. Library books are marked with an *
86. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
85. Translation is a Love Affiar by Jacques Poulin
84. Sweet Land Stories by E. L. Doctorow ROOT, AAC
*83. Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel by Robert B. Parker and Helen Brann
82. Leave it to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse ROOT, BAC
81. Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
*80. Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey Audio performed by Cassandra Campbell NF
79. Hard Row by Margaret Maron
78. Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples
*77. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
76. The Fugitive Wife by Peter C. Brown ROOT
75. The Rural Schools of Manchester Township, and The Rural Schools of Buckingham Township by Mimi Steffen NF
74. Dickey Chapelle Under Fire by John Garafolo NF, ER
73. A Legacy by Sybille Bedford ROOT
72. Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
*71. Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
70. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore ROOT, BAC
*69. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury AAC
68. Winter's Child by Margaret Maron
67. Kingfishers Catch Fire by Rumer Godden ROOT
(Titles link to the post in an earlier thread where I commented on the book.)
SEPTEMBER When the autumn weather, turns the leaves to flame...
(Series and Sequels month)
66. A Question of Identity by Susan Hill S&S
65. The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill S&S
64. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
*63. A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd S&S
62. Flannery O'Connor, A Memorial by J.J. Quinn, SJ
61. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor ROOT, AAC, LOA
60. X by Sue Grafton S&S
AUGUST Lazy, hazy days...
59. The Nine Mile Circle by Pati Hill ROOT
58. This Gun For Hire by Graham Greene ROOT, BAC
57. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver ROOT
*56. Bad Boy Brawly Brown by Walter Mosley Audio
55. Crazy Horse by Larry McMurtry AAC, ROOT
54. Frost in May by Antonia White ROOT, Virago
53. Frances & Bernard by Carlene Bauer ROOT
*52. The Murder of Roger Akroyd by Agatha Christie
51. Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell
50. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
49. The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
*48. Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail by Bobbie Ann Mason
47. Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
46.5 DNF's Three non-starters that almost make a book
*46. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
45. Virginia Military Institute (Campus History) by Keith E. Gibson
44. The Unvanquished by William Faulkner ROOT, LOA
JUNE This 'n' that...as I am moved.
43. Disarmed by Ginger T. Manley
42. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner ROOT, AAC
41. A Lucky Life Interrupted by Tom Brokaw
40. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
39. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
MAY Murder & Mayhem; finish my Erdrich selection for April's AAC; perhaps read Dodsworth for May.
*38. Sycamore Row by John Grisham Audio, with some print reading to speed it along
DNF Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis ROOT, AAC
37. The Bedquilt and Other Stories by Dorothy Canfield Fisher ROOT
36. Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen ROOT
35. The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds by Matt Adrian
34. Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron, ROOT
33. Burning Bright by Ron Rash e-book
DNF With a Crack in Her Voice by Judi Dench and The Christmas Carol Murders by Christopher Lord 2 ROOTs
*32. The Shadows in the Streets by Susan Hill
31. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich for AAC, ROOT
APRIL Atwood April; finish Julius left over from March's BAC; Maugham for April's BAC; Louise Erdrich for the AAC (Can I do all that?)
30. An Open Life by Joseph Campbell and Michael Toms
29. Doc by Mary Doria Russell
28. Arthur and Guen by Jon Koons
*27. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood for Atwood April
26. Julius by Daphne DuMaurier BAC, ROOT
MARCH Mystery March, DuMaurier for the BAC, and Richard Ford for the AAC
25. The Secret Place by Tana French
24. Canada by Richard Ford for the AAC
23. The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler LOA ROOT
22. The Upstairs Wife by Rafia Zakaria ER, ROOT
*21. Wings of Fire by Charles Todd
20. The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy
FEBRUARY Short month=short books
DNF Pepper, Silk & Ivory by Marvin Tokayer ER, ROOT
19. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh Audio & print, BAC, ROOT
18. Bayou Suzette by Lois Lenski
*17. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
16. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters OK, not so short, but a fast read just the same. For the BAC, ROOT
15. The Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett
14. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri ROOT
13. The Aspern Papers by Henry James LOA, for the AAC, ROOT
*12. A Little yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
11. Life & Death on the Loxahatchee by James Snyder ROOT
10. Negotiating With the Dead by Margaret Atwood ROOT
*9 Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
*8. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively for the BAC
*7. If You Ask Me by Betty White Audio
6. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke ROOT
*5. Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
4. A Commonplace Book of Pie by Kate Lebo
3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers LOA, for the AAC, ROOT
2. Practise to Deceive by Frances & Richard Lockridge ROOT
1. Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan
I haven't kept track of this information by the numbers before; I'm scaring myself!
1. H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
2. Virginia Military Institute (The Campus History Series) by Keith E. Gibson
3. Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow
4. Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard by Isak Dinesen
5. Nashville 1864 by Madison Jones
6. Bruno, Chief of Police by martin walker
7. Margaret Mitchell, Reporter by Margaret Mitchell, edited by Patrick Allen
8. The Velvet Horn by Andrew Lytle
9. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
10. Meanwhile There are Letters edited by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan
11. Belzoni Dreams of Egypt by Jon Clinch
1. Troubles by J. G. Farrell
2. The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick
3. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
4. Swallowing the World, New and Selected Poems by Don Freas
5. Disarmed, An Exceptional Journey by Ginger T. Manley
6. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
7. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
8. The Classic Rockers' Reunion With Death by R. J. McDonnell (Kindle edition)
9. Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson
10. Jews, God and History by Max I. Dimont
11. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
12. Zealot by Reza Aslan
13. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
1. Seasoned Timber by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
2. The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds
3. The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
4. A Distant Trumpet by Paul Horgan
5. Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
April (These are nearly all my daughter's fault too--she's HERE, and we have to visit all the book shops and library sale shelves...)
1. Doc by Mary Doria Russell
2. Jacob's Oath by Martin Fletcher
3. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
4. This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
5. My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
6. Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
7. Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples
8. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
9. Stuart Little by E. B. White
10. Arthur and Guen by Jon Koons
11. Christmas Mourning by Margaret Maron
12. Vanity Dies Hard by Ruth Rendell
13. Colonel Jack by Daniel DeFoe
14. The Confederate Reader edited by Richard B. harwell
15. A Question of Identity by Susan Hill
16. The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill
17. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
18. Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell
ONLY ONE! (And that's my daughter's fault; she sent it to me)
The Secret Place by Tana French
1. Death's Half Acre by Margaret Maron
2. The Lilies of the Field by William E. Barrett
3. Bayou Suzette by Lois Lenski
4. Judy's Journey by Lois Lenski
5. The Upstairs Wife by Rafia Zakaria (An ER book)
6. The Essential Tales of Chekhov Edited by Richard Ford
7. Winter's Child by Margaret Maron
8. Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery
9. Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey
10. Hard Row by Margaret Maron
11.- 14. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings leather-bound boxed set
15. Burning Bright by Ron Rash (e-book)
16. The Town by William Faulkner First UK edition, because I NEEDED another copy of this novel!
17. The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy
18. Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andrei Makine
19. In the Salt Marsh by Nancy Willard (poetry)
20. A Bit on the Side by William Trevor
21. My Old Sweetheart by Susanna Moore
1. The Christmas Carol Murders by Christopher Lord
2. Fear and What Follows by Tim Parrish
3. Children of the Dark House by Noel Polk
4. The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case by Michael A. Ross
5. Rituals of the Season by Margaret Maron from PBS
6. A Commonplace Book of Pie by Kate Lebo
I'm participating in both the British Authors Challenge and the American Authors Challenge, and will keep track of my progress here
2015 British Authors Challenge
The monthly choices are:
January : Penelope Lively & Kazuo Ishiguro
February : Sarah Waters & Evelyn Waugh
March : Daphne Du Maurier & China Mieville
April : Angela Carter & W. Somerset Maugham
May : Margaret Drabble & Martin Amis
June : Beryl Bainbridge & Anthony Burgess
July: Virginia Woolf and B. S. Johnson
August: Iris Murdoch and Graham Greene
September: Andrea Levy and Salman Rushdie
October: Helen Dunmore and David Mitchell
November: Muriel Spark and William Boyd
December Hilary Mantel and P. G. Wodehouse
Penelope Lively -- Read The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Sarah Waters -- The Little Stranger finished 02-16-15
Evelyn Waugh -- Brideshead Revisited Listened to the audio version narrated by Jeremy Irons in conjunction with some print reading. Finished 2-26-15
Daphne duMaurier -- Julius finished
Somerset Maugham -- Of Human Bondage currently reading
Beryl Bainbridge -- Watson's Apology tried, abandoned it; Mum and Mr. Armitage read the title selection
Virginia Woolf -- Three Guineas gave it a try, found it too "of its time" and set it aside;
Iris Murdoch -- Skipped our Iris
Graham Greene-- This Gun For Hire Finished 8-30-15
Salman Rushdie-- Midnight's Children Reading
Helen Dunmore -- A Spell of Winter Finished 10-21-15
P. G. Wodehouse -- Leave it to Psmith finished
I definitely hope to finish both Midnight's Children and Of Human Bondage, but it won't be before the end of the year. Skipped May and November entirely (well, I did read a few pages of The Mandelbaum Gate, but decided the time wasn't right.) Maybe I can claim 60% of this challenge, as I did both of the February authors.
2015 American Author Challenge
This is the second year of this challenge, hosted by Mark, msf59. It's a marvelous way to read books I already own, reacquaint myself with old favorites among the Americans, and get around to some of those authors I haven't sampled yet.
January Carson McCullers -- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter finished 1-15-15
February Henry James --The Aspern Papers finished 2-7-15
March Richard Ford -- Canada finished 3-21-15
April Louise Erdrich -- The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse finished 5-3-15
May Sinclair Lewis -- Dodsworth DNF
June Wallace Stegner -- Angle of Repose finished 6-19-15
July Ursula K. Le Guin Skipped
August Larry McMurtry Crazy Horse finished 8-19-15
Sept. Flannery O' Connor Wise Blood finished 9-6-15
October Ray Bradbury "The April Witch" 10-1-15; "Pillar of Fire" 10-3-15 (Meh. Some interesting concepts explored, but it lacked something, and strained my credulity waaaaay past the point where I'm willing to suspend disbelief.) Dandelion Wine Finished 10-14-15
November Barbara Kingsolver Animal, Vegetable, Miracle finished 8-27-15
December E.L. Doctorow Sweet Land Stories finished
So, I'd say I did 93% of this one.
1. Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr
2. The Vermont Country Store Cookbook by Andrea Diehl
3. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
4. Fault Lines by Nancy Huston
5. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
6. The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
7. Translation is a Love Affair by Jacques Poulin
8. Journey into Childhood by Lois Lenski
9. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
10. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald
11. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm by Betty MacDonald
12. Downton Abbey, A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons by Jessica Fellowes
1. The Peregrine by J. A. Baker
2. The Man Who Spoke Snakish by Andrus Kivirahk
3. The Writer's Art by James J. Kilpatrick
4. On the Side of the Angels by Betty Miller
5. Ride With Me, Mariah Montana by Ivan Doig
6. M.F.K. Fisher, A Life in Letters
1. Ulysses by James Joyce (ML)
2. True Grit by Charles Portis
3. Silk by Alessandro Baricco
4. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
5. A Watery Grave by Joan Druett
6. Shark Island by Joan Druett
7. Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful by Alan Paton
8. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving
9. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
10. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
11. A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
12. Up In the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
13. Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
14. Hiding My Candy by The Lady Chablis with Theodore Bouloukos
15. Emma by Jane Austen (Word Cloud Classic edition with faux
leather cover; I'm going to fall in love with these)
16. The Quiet Don
17. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
18. The Devil's Workshop by Alex Grecian
19. Wolves & Honey by Susan Brind Morrow
20. Primo Levi's Resistance by Sergio Luzzatto
21. Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine by Jesse Graves
22. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
23. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
24. Kurt Vonnegut: Novels 1987-1997 LOA
1. Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill
2. The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill
3. The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham
4. Murder in a Hurry by Frances & Richard Lockridge
5. Stand Up and Die by Richard and Frances Lockridge
6. Robert Penn Warren, a Biography by Joseph Blotner
7. Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman
8. Prosper by Pati Hill
9. Impossible Dreams by Pati Hill
10. Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake
11. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Word Cloud Classic faux leather-bound
12. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
13. Demelza by Winston Graham
14. Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham
15. The Black Moon by Winston Graham
16. The Four Swans by Winston Graham
17. The Angry Tide by Winston Graham
18. The Stranger from the Sea by Winston Graham
19. The Loving Cup by Winston Graham
20. The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham
21. Women Crime Writers; Four Suspense Novels of the 1950s Library of America
1. Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s: Laura / The Horizontal Man / In a Lonely Place / The Blank Wall (Library of America) by Vera Caspary and others
2. The Straight and Narrow Path by Honor Tracy
3. Edith Wharton: Four Novels of the 1920s: The Glimpses of the Moon / A Son at the Front / Twilight Sleep / The Children (Library of America)
4. X: A Kinsey Millhone novel by Sue Grafton
>11 charl08: There were more of those there, but I'm still deciding how I feel about the Peter Wimsey series, so I only took the two earliest ones. I've read Whose Body? already, and I didn't see it at the sale.
Interestingly, these particular covers don't seem to be in the mix on LT yet. I'll have to scan mine and add them.
Libraries having sales all over the place. My daughter just posted her stack o' buys from the Boston P Library on Facebook.
Anyway, good start on the new thread.
I love your "my sit-down-and-get-real assessment" because I have made myself do it more and more. It is too easy to get carried away but all I have to do is look at my current overstuffed bookshelves to get real. Our next library sale is this coming week. One of the best (and worst) things about LT is seeing the great books that others have found and enjoyed. When I run across some of these at library sales it is nearly impossible to resist. My list of LT recs has been growing this spring and summer.
That Treasury of Great Science Fiction collection is I believe the very first science fiction I ever purchased, along with Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, courtesy of joining the Science Fiction Book club as a teenager. The Bradbury story in there is possibly the first one of his I ever read.
EDIT: Could not get that whole post to load the touchstones. I think I was overloading the system. So I cut the last three months out, and put them in a separate post, >7 laytonwoman3rd: above. That worked.
>14 kidzdoc: Thank, Darryl. The Mitchell was a serendipitous find...I remember knowing about it, but it wasn't on my wishlist or my radar...it just popped out at me and begged to follow me home.
>15 weird_O: Yes, Amazon has a set of the Lord Peter Wimsey adaptations from Masterpiece Mystery of that time period...there were five different titles, beginning with The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. (Can be had for a mere $224.00!) I sure do miss Alistair Cooke.
>17 RBeffa: I've actually skipped a couple library sales in the past 2 or 3 years...very unlike me, but there comes a saturation point, I guess. Even though I've dispatched a couple boxes back to the library sale this year, you can see by >5 laytonwoman3rd: above that I really am nowhere near moving my in-house totals downward.
That 2 volume treasury of science fiction was a book my husband brought to our collection from his teenage years. A treasure for that reason alone. He has two favorites in there..."Rebirth" (don't remember who wrote that one off-hand) and "Waldo" by Heinlein. He encouraged me to read both of those while we were dating...I was polite, but unenthusiastic (I did read both), but he married me anyway!
>18 NanaCC: I don't believe I had heard of this particular Doyle title before. Glad to know you enjoyed it, Colleen. I have a couple others and always snatch his books when I find them on sale shelves. I took the Druetts because rebeccanyc has recently been reading them with pleasure.
Here's the first stanza in full:
As king fishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves -- goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.
I wanted to read something non-sci-fi for Bradbury month in the AAC, and this was it. Good choice, Linda! Summer begins for Douglas and his younger brother Tom, as always, with the gathering of dandelions for his grandfather's press. As summer progresses, the ketchup bottles full of golden wine line the basement shelves, and the boys do what boys do when allowed to run blissfully free all summer...they explore, they imagine, they learn things, some of which they'd rather not know, some of which will color their lives forever. Along with a growing sense of his own "aliveness", inevitably Douglas comes to face his own mortality as well, and in the hideous heat of late August, with the help of a caring friend, shakes it off. "June dawns, July noons, August evenings over, finished, done, and gone forever with only the sense of it all left here in his head...And if he should forget, the dandelion wine stood in the cellar, numbered huge for each and every day. He would go there often, stare straight into the sun until he could stare no more, then close his eyes and consider the burned spots, the fleeting scars left dancing on his warm eyelids; arranging, rearranging each fire and reflection until the pattern was clear..."
In the beginning, I struggled a bit with Bradbury's poetic style, which seemed wrong for the subject matter. I felt I was wading through hip-deep rose petals to find the dandelions. But either he eased up or I grew accustomed, because I soon found myself totally absorbed in the summer of 1928 in Green Town, Illinois. Many of the chapters of this novel could easily stand alone as short stories, and I think I will need to find a keeper copy of the book so that I can revisit some of them from time to time.
I like the way they do that reading challenge, with broad categorizing rather than titles; "you may be surprised by what you find you enjoy!" Makes me think of my trying and enjoying Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, like The Grand Sophy. As soon as I told my daughter that I liked them, she said she had to tell her brother, so they could tease me. :-) (I actually think she would enjoy them, if I ever persuade her).
But I'm not likely to do that sort of thing next year.
>48 weird_O: I think I'll just see what fits in the various categories as I read, rather than trying to choose things that fit the categories. But, as I said, the point of a challenge is to stretch your horizons and surprise yourself with new things.
I finished this several days ago, and have been letting it perk. My initial reaction to it was, it was a good read, one I was always eager to get back to, but upon completion I wasn't sure what I was supposed to make of it. It's a 20th century tale in the gothic mode, with an isolated home falling on hard times; insanity (mostly hinted at--no madwoman chained in the attic here); incest; unwanted babies; an innocent-seeming heroine (is she an unreliable narrator?); an overbearing older woman; a mysterious missing mother; a rich man who could, maybe, make everything fine; murder and secrets.....so many secrets. The writing is superb, the setting and tone DO make you think of Jane Eyre or Rebecca. And yet, something is lacking. There's no BIG secret, no great reveal, no climax, really. I can't say I was disappointed by this, as nothing in the story misled me into expecting a startling revelation...but I did expect SOMETHING. The ending just fizzled, I thought. 3 stars for the marvelous sensual experience....Dunmore made me see, hear, smell, touch... everything.
>61 lauralkeet:, >63 rebeccanyc:, >64 lauralkeet: In line with what I said to Amber, I guess if a copy of The Siege should fall into my possession (yes, that kind of thing does happen, sometimes), I'll read it. But I won't actively seek out more Dunmore.
January: Robertson Davies (multiple titles on my shelves)
Kim Thúy (Library has a copy of Ru)
February: Helen Humphreys (Library has Coventry and Leaving Earth; would probably prefer to find The Frozen Thames)
Stephen Leacock (Nothing in the library system but his bio of Dickens Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and Literary Lapses now on my Kindle)
March: Farley Mowat (have Farfarers; may want to try some of his YA fiction)
Anita Rau Badami (have read 2 of hers already)
April: Margaret Atwood (have Surfacing unread);
Michael Crummey (Three of his novels available in Library system)
May: Michel Tremblay (1 novel available in library system, French only)
Emily St. John Mandel
June: Timothy Findley
Joseph Boyden (Library has Three Day Road in print and audio)
July: LM Montgomery (some Anne of Green Gables, perhaps)
Pierre Berton (Library has a few titles, including Niagara)
August: Mordechai Richler
Gabrielle Roy (available in French only in library system)
September: Miriam Toews (Library has a few of her titles, in print and in audio)
October: Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes is on my wishlist, but library does not have it; they do have Someone Knows My Name in print and on audio)
Jane Urquhart (4 of her novels available in Library system)
November: Michael Ondaatje (various choices available in library system)
December: Alice Munro (several volumes of hers unread on my shelves)
Rawi Hage (Cockroach available in print and audio in library system)
>73 msf59: I may have read my Kingsolver in advance---I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in August. I still have Flight Behavior unread, but I don't know whether I'll get to it in November or not.
>79 charl08: I remember reading several glowing reviews of The Frozen Thames. I hope to get to it next year. It's one that may break my "read what you own or can borrow" rule for this challenge, if I can find a used copy somewhere.
>80 msf59: Hmmm. What can you be referring to? (As if I didn't know, really.)
>83 sibylline: Thanks, Lucy. I want to read more of the Goddens on my shelf soon...I bought a pile of them, all vintage book club editions, when a beloved indie.secondhand bookstore liquidated its stock a few years ago.
Susan Hill is one of the series writers I may dedicate much of 2016 to reading. I've only read the first.
AND I'm very much looking forward to finally reading some Helen Humphreys. I expect to like her work a great deal.
What a great description Linda, it tells me exactly what I need to know. I can take a pass on this one for sure.
>90 EBT1002: Thanks, Ellen. I tried hard to parcel out the Hill novels, but in the end, ARCS of the last 3 titles fell into my possession (well, you know...) and I just couldn't leave them alone.
I loved Dandelion Wine.
>95 tymfos: It was tough, wasn't it, Terri? I wonder what she's going to do with Simon now.
>96 RBeffa:, >99 RBeffa: Thank you and thank you!
^Congrats on hitting our favorite number, Linda! Hope you are having a good weekend. Happy reading!
>104 msf59: Not as much reading as I'd like so far this weekend, Mark, but I hope to get more in tomorrow! Thanks.
Only seven weeks left - only 6 weeks until Christmas - maybe I should start doing something about that!
Sometimes the deaths made sense. At least they cut down on the cast of characters.
As with Meg, I couldn't suppress a guffaw.
Have a lovely Sunday.
>112 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. Glad I could give you a chuckle with Bedford----she wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs for me!
January- Anne Tyler
February- Richard Russo
March- Jane Smiley
April- Poetry Month
May- Ivan Doig
June- Annie Proulx
July- John Steinbeck
August- Joyce Carol Oates
September- John Irving
October- Michael Chabon
November- Annie Dillard
December- Don DeLillo
Have you read Oates? I have not.
I have never read Trying to Save Piggy Sneed and have not seen much buzz on it. There are several of Irving's books I still need to get to.
I have read all the 2016 AAC selections except Don DeLillo. I intend to read more of each of them, as I believe I have at least one unread book on hand for every author. I have read some Oates---short fiction, I Lock My Door Upon Myself (excellent), and We Were the Mulvaneys (meh). I'm looking forward to a collection of her fiction called The Museum of Dr. Moses. Also highly anticipating reading more of Annie Proulx, Ivan Doig, and Annie Dillard. I have many to choose from for each of them.
The Cider House Rules, Last Night in Twisted River and A Prayer for Owen Meany. I also enjoyed Widow For One Year.
Looking forward to finally trying J.C.O.
>133 NanaCC: Hope you can join us, for a few.
>130 laytonwoman3rd: hmmm interesting, split between favourites and some authors I haven't read. I'm so bad at challenges though. Having one reading group dictated choice a month is about as much as I can manage. I may dip in and out of AAC intentionally next year, and not by tardiness.
>138 rebeccanyc: I intended to read Greenlanders on your recommendation, a couple of years go Rebecca, but somehow I haven't got to it yet.
>140 Caroline_McElwee: I don't do great with the challenges Caroline. I start out thinking I "how hard can it be" but always my intentions get ground into the dirt. I like to follow along with them, though, and see what others are reading, even when I'm not participating. And with this AAC list, I have a fair chance of knowing what people are talking about, as I have read some of most of the authors, and a lot of a few of them. (You can quote me on that!)
ETA: I see that it has a mixture of reviews. Some like it, others don't. Still, I'm interested in what you thought.
I think I better start the Cormoran Strike series. It seems like all my LT pals are fans.
>159 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! It's all over but the nibblin' now.
>160 EBT1002: Most of those things are what I'm thankful for as well...I'm a little less than enthusiastic lately about the "meaningful work" part!
Thanksgiving for us means a trip to "the farm", where my brother, sister-in-law, niece and her husband and two little girls live. It is our ancestral home near the Delaware river in northern Wayne County, PA. My great-grandfather came there in the late 19th century from Slovakia, and now my grand nieces are the sixth generation of our family to live there. It is where my dad grew up, where I stayed with my grandmother as a child, where my parents lived for approximately 20 years. We gather for a dinner that can't be beat; for a wee drop of something excellent and aged; for toe-tapping sing-along music with my brother and my nephew on guitars; for reminiscing with the ancients (my uncle who is 94, my mother who is 85, and my mother-in-law, who is 87); for playing with babies and making them laugh; for jeep rides around the lower meadow and up along the creek to the cabin with at least one dog running alongside; for collapsing at home in the evening with tea and leftovers...in my case usually just a piece of pie I was too full to eat at dinnertime. Thankful doesn't begin to describe the way I feel.
Have a lovely long Thanksgiving weekend. xx
>141 laytonwoman3rd: I don't do well with the challenges, either. I'm a rather moody reader, and generally prefer to go my own way in reading, except for very broad themes like Mystery March or the September sequels and series. Reading designated authors in designated months just doesn't work well for me. The one exception this year was reading the Hillerman books for that group read. (I'd already read all the Longmire novels.) I plan to continue with that next year.
Me, either. I, too, have decided that that is OK.
Thankfully, Casey concluded her book with visits to ancient Minoan sites on the Isle of Crete, where back in the Bronze Age they apparently appreciated and lived in harmony with nature and its other creatures, particularly those dwelling in the sea around them. Their art is glorious, even after all these centuries buried under rock and ash from the volcanic eruption that apparently eradicated their civilization. Here's a small example I found to lift our spirits:
I believe this is one of the frescoes referred to by Casey in her book. Her writing is very fine, and the reading performance by Cassandra Campbell was outstanding. This is important stuff, and if you can stand it, I recommend it.
I watched a documentary about the Sea life centres and their treatment of killer whales, and could well believe that a similar study of Dolphins would be grim reading. I was amazed to hear that there are some theories suggesting group consciousness across whale/ dolphin/ killer whale populations, and that may explain the group beaching phenomena. I understand that the sealife centres are claiming to be moving away from exhibition shows, so perhaps things are moving in the right direction?
>176 laytonwoman3rd: You're right: I don't want to read that. But if there's a Reading Further list with any more general titles, sharesies plox.
And yeah, see, the book thing...I'm almost at critical mass, and with Santa coming I expect there will be some new additions. So. See comment below in response to >179 Caroline_McElwee:.
>180 charl08: Yes, Charlotte, Casey did mention that at least one of the major marine world attractions is eliminating "performance" shows and that there is some heightening awareness of the wrongheadedness of a lot of what's been happening in that area. I think the documentary you refer to may have been one she mentioned in the book as well. It worked well on audio, but I could have used a print version at hand at the same time, to go back and make note of certain facts and references. I may see if the library has the print book and do that for myself when I return the discs. She really fired me up to investigate the Minoan civilization and its art. I was only vaguely aware of it before, and now I must see much much more.
>179 Caroline_McElwee: You know, Caroline, I think I'm going to "bank" it all, and withdraw it after the hols when I will have some time on my hands, as you are aware!
>178 scaifea: Thanks, Amber!
I started reading Homer and Langley and I am completely seduced by it.
>186 lauralkeet: I don't know if it's noble, but it sure is practical, and I may give it a try myself.
This is Unk, in what we call the "Ancestors' Chair"---it's been around as long as my brother and I can remember, and my Dad told us he's pretty sure it was in the house when he was a kid. (this picture is also a couple years old---Unk is much frailer these days.)
and my brother
(Yes, they are rather serious about their music!)
Lily telling her Mama something very important:
The story involves two young men, Emmet and Jeremey, who meet and fall in love. No, the conflict isn't that they are gay. It is that Emmet is autistic and Jeremey has severe clinical depression and suffers debilitating anxiety attacks. Emmet has an admirable grasp of his own abilities and needs. Supported by his rather incredible parents and an aunt who is also on the autism spectrum, he has worked out various signals and coping mechanisms, is attending college, and is quite possibly better adjusted than a lot of so-called "normal" people, or people "on the mean" as he often refers to us. Jeremey, on the other hand, is afflicted by his parents...they don't understand why he doesn't just "get over it"; they have spent most of his young life trying to cure him, fix what's wrong, turn him into a normal person, rather than seeking useful treatment that could help him function better and lead a fulfilling life on his own terms. They insist he will go to college, although he does not want to do so and is clearly unequipped to handle that environment. The idea of treating him as an individual with emotional needs they should meet, let alone with unconditional love and respect, seems beyond their understanding. His meltdowns embarrass them and they blame him for behavior that is impossible for him to control. And then they find out he's gay, and wants to move out of the house to live with his boyfriend. AY! Dio mio!
There are fascinating insights here into what I believe is called neuro-diversity, and i applaud the author for educating me without throwing me out of the story. Watching Jeremey and Emmet learn to relate to one another as loving partners is one of the best things about this book. It's all a journey of exploration and discovery and --fair warning--it includes some graphic descriptions of their sexual life, which has both a clinical aspect due to Emmet's detailed internet research on "how to do it", and a very moving tenderness as they are both utterly unselfish in their approach. Carry the Ocean is first and foremost a romance, so all the elements are designed to bring about a happy ending. One or two situations seem to resolve a little too easily, but you WANT that HEA so much that you just don't care.
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Congratulations on your 10th Thingaversary! You're "older" than me by about six months.
>203 Familyhistorian: Yup, I'm taking the plunge. About six months sooner that I had originally planned. I have calculated that I have 11 1/2 work days left. "Scarily fabulous" sums it up nicely. I'm quite happy to think that I won't need to be driving in the winter weather...should we ever get any. It's 60F and pouring rain in NE PA right now.
Retirement is awesome. You will love it!
Merry Christmas to you.
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!
I'm glad you like my selections. I have the Haruf myself, and like you, I'm saving it. It makes me very sad that there will be no more from him.
>220 Familyhistorian: Had to share that one with my husband, Meg. He's both a martini drinker and a James Bond fan.
>219 ronincats: How lovely, Roni. My sentiments exactly.
>218 NanaCC: You can DO it, Colleen! And you'll wonder why you waited so long once you get the hang of it.
>217 RBeffa: mmm...I expect there will not be as much time as I wish for either. And although I've done a lot of ancestry research in the past, my husband and I have plans to visit a few more courthouses, historical societies and cemeteries together hoping to fill in gaps on his side of the family; my brother and I did some road trips of that sort years ago, and turned up a few delightful surprises.
>216 SandDune: Is that your tree, Rhian? SO pretty. Thanks for sharing it with me.
>215 msf59: Books. Bookish friends. Yes. It will be so!
Congratulations on your retirement. Happy reading!
>236 Whisper1: Thanks for the good wishes and kind words, Linda. I hope 2016 allows you more thread time, more reading time, and much much less pain.
>237 rebeccanyc: I'm puzzled that The March doesn't show up in my library, Rebecca. I'm sure I read it. I probably borrowed it from the library, and it may have been BLT.
In no particular order, my favorites of 2015 are:
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
All the Light We Cannot See
Brown Girl Dreaming
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
H is for Hawk
Doc and Epitaph
Sweet Land Stories
Our Souls at Night
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris (I'm listening to this on audio when driving, and am not quite finished, but it has been wonderful so far, and deserves to be on this list.)
I am really hoping to read the McCullough in 2016. I was thinking of doing a Paris Wife/Hadley/Moveable Feast/Greater Journey plus? theme sequence at some point during the year.
and I still need to get to Doc.