Laytonwoman3rd's Thirteenth Year: Season Four
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Fall...isn't really fall anymore---although it's a while until winter officially hits, the weather today is very white, so I decided it might be time for some new pictures. These are not current, although this one
does fairly well portray the view outside my window right now.
Greetings, from 1953:
Hi! I'm Linda, a retired paralegal living in Northeastern Pennsylvania with my husband flamingrabbit (a retired broadcast engineer), and our sweet kitty, Molly O'Del, who we rescued from The Barn. Our daughter, lycomayflower, hangs around this group as well.
This is my 13th year of keeping track of my reading on LT. I have been a member of the 75 Book Challenge Group for most of that time. If you'd like to explore my reading backwards from here, there are links on my profile page to my earlier threads. Here is my last thread from 2018.
My goal is always to read more of the books I already own, and to acquire fewer books than I remove from the house. As you will see from subsequent posts where I keep track of that kind of thing, I'm rubbish at it. I just like browsing and buying books. Besides, as a board member of the Scranton Public Library (and now VP) I'm duty bound to attend ALL their book sales and bring stuff home, eh? They also have a nifty little independent bookstore/library branch which gets the best donations of used books, like art books, Folio editions, and such. And people keep GIVING me books...what's a woman to do?
I'll use these tickers to keep track of total books read, the number of those that I've had on my own shelves for at least a year at the time I read them, and the number of books I actually move OUT of the house in 2019.
In this post I'll keep monthly lists of my completed reads for the rest of 2019. (January through September can be found in No. 3 below)
I use some shorthand to help me keep track of my reading trends: ROOT identifies a book that I have owned for at least a year at the time I read it. CULL means I put the book in my donation box for the library book sale after finishing it, or otherwise gave it away. DNF means I didn't finish the book, for one reason or another, usually explained in the related post. ER means I received the book from LT's Early Reviewer program. GN refers to a graphic novel, GM a graphic memoir (don't expect to see a lot of those!) An *asterisk indicates a library book; LOA means I read a Library of America edition; SF means the book was a Slightly Foxed edition, (NOT science fiction, which I so rarely read); FOLIO, of course, indicates a Folio Society edition. AUDIO and e-Book are self-explanatory, and probably won't appear very often. AAC and BIAC refer to the American and British Isles Author Challenges. (See more on those below). NF indicates a non-fiction read.
Clicking on titles in this post will take you to the message in which I reviewed or commented on that book.
104. Just William by Richmal Crompton
103. A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
102. The Dry by Jane Harper ROOT, CULL
101. Vanity Dies Hard by Ruth Rendell ROOT, CULL
100. A Gipsy in the Parlor by Margery Sharp ROOT
99. The Last Giants by Francoise Place
*98. Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson
*97. Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson
*96. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
95. The Quest for the Silver Fleece by W. E. B. DuBois AAC
94. Mighty Justice by Dovey Johnson Roundtree NF, ARC, CULL
*93. Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past by Sharyn McCrumb
*92. Death Without Company by Craig Johnson
91. Affinity by Sarah Waters CULL
90. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ROOT
89. An Enemy of the People by Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen ROOT, AAC
88. Marley by Jon Clinch
87. Sergeant Billy by Mireille Messier ER
86. The Wych Elm by Tana French ROOT, CULL
85. Unicorn v. Goblins by Dana Simpson
*84. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
83. How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery NF
82. Phoebe on a Roll by Dana Simpson
81. Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson AAC
*80. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
79. All Waiting is Long by Barbara J. Taylor
78. Walkin' the Dog by Walter Mosley ROOT
77. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko AAC, ROOT
*76. They Called us Enemy by George Takei et al. GM, NF
75. Lobster is the Best Medicine by Liz Climo
74. The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
*73. Unicorn Bowling by Dana Simpson
72. The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb ROOT, CULL
71. The Tragedy of Brady Sims by Ernest J. Gaines AAC
70. The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill
69. Conversations with Jay Parini Ed. by Michael Lackey NF
68. The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill ROOT
67. Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor ROOT
66. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines AAC
65. The Quiet American by Graham Greene ROOT
64. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee ROOT
63. Marrying Out by Harold Carlton ROOT, SF, NF
62. Past Imperfect by Margaret Maron ROOT
61. American Gospel by Jon Meacham ROOT, AAC, NF
60. Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz NF
59. The Rose Garden by Susan Kearsley
*58. The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
57. Candide by Voltaire ROOT, CULL
56. Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
55.*Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
54. *M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
53. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin ROOT
52. *L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
51. *The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
50. Well-Read Black Girl NF
49. The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer
48. Imperial Woman by Pearl Buck AAC, ROOT
*47. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
46. Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
45. Provence 1970 by Luke Barr ROOT, NF
44. Furious Hours by Casey Cep NF
43. Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
42. Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi CULL
41. Seaglass Summer by Michelle Houts
40. The Passages of H. M. by Jay Parini AAC, ROOT
*39. J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
38. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
37. The Hawk of the Castle by Danna Smith
36. *The Absolutely Essential Heloise by Kay Thompson and Marie Brenner
35. Stories in the End by Jay Eldred and Tom Poole NF
34. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
*33. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
32. Predator and Prey by Susannah Burhman Deever ER
31. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell ROOT, CULL
30. Ghost Riders by Sharyn McCrumb ROOT, AAC
29. Bear by Marian Engel
28. I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton CULL
27. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward AAC
26. The Murder Room by P. D. James ROOT
25. Oranges by John McPhee CULL, NF
24. The Mothers by Brit Bennett CULL
23. H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton CULL
22. A Stricken Field by Martha Gellhorn ROOT
21. Sabbaths 2016 by Wendell Berry
20. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton CULL
19. Recruiters by Silas House
18. F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton CULL
17*. Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
16. The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch ROOT, AAC
15. English Creek by Ivan Doig ROOT
14. Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott AAC, CULL
13. *A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
12. * E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton CULL
11. Mind You, I've Said Nothing!" by Honor Tracy ROOT
10.* From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
9. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan ROOT
8.* The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris BIAC
7.* My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok AAC
6. The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple NF, ROOT
5. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton CULL
4. Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith
3.* Nerve by Dick Francis
2. How to See Fairies by Charles van Sandwyk FOLIO
1.* The Chosen by Chaim Potok AAC
BOOKS ADDED TO THE HOUSEHOLD IN 2019
The lists for January through June are in an earlier thread.
48. Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz
49. The Tragedy of Brady Sims by Ernest J. Gaines
50. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
51. Mighty Justice by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe
52. Begin Again: Collected Poems by Grace Paley
53. African Myths of Origin
54. All Waiting is Long by Barbara J. Taylor
55. The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
56. Prairie Fever by Michael Parker
57. Silver Ley by Adrian Bell
58. The Cherry Tree by Adrian Bell
59. Lobster is the Best Medicine by Liz Climo
60. Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
61. Affinity by Sarah Waters
62. The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham
63. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
64.-66. The Young Wan, The Chisellers and The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll
67. Sergeant Billy by Mireille Messier
68. Jean Stafford Complete Novels LOA
69. A Journey from Pennsylvania to Onondaga John Bartram
70. Wyoming Valley History Revisited by Sheldon Spear
71. Marley by Jon Clinch
72. The House at Tyneford
73. Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson
74. The Highwayman by Craig Johnson
75. Women with Men by Richard Ford
76. The Living Reed by Pearl S. Buck
77. Albert of Adelaide by Howard Anderson
78. The Rag and Bone Shop by Jeff Rackham
79. Conversations with Jay Parini (September, actually)
80. The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman
81. Snapshot by Garry Disher
82. Chain of Evidence by Garry Disher
83. Life and Deeds of General Sherman by Henry Davenport Northrop
84. The Last Giants by Francoise Place
85. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
86. The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart
87. Double Jeopardy by Jean Echenoz
88. The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
89. Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P. Jones
90. By the Waters of Manhattan by Charles Reznikoff
91. Saint Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton
92. Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass by Gary Paulsen
93. Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy by the Edward Clown Family
94. A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin
95. The Overstory by Richard Powers
96. Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama
97. Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
98. Constance Fenimore Woolson Collected Stories
99. Varina by Charles Frazier
100. The Gulf by Jack E. Davis
101. Summer Half by Angela Thirkell
102. The Demon in the House by Angela Thirkell
103. A History of the Indians of the United States by Angie Debo
104. The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
105. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Eagen
106. The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley
107. A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell
108. Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
109. A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington
110. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
111. The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
BOOKS REMOVED FROM THE HOUSEHOLD IN 2019
With the walls bulging and the shelves groaning, I need to have a good reason to hang on to a book these days, and I try very hard to remove as many as come into the house. So here I will keep track of those I let fly in 2019. Through the end of June, I managed to move out 34 books, which are listed here on a previous thread. That's not nearly half of my overall goal of 100, and not as many as have come into the house in the same period, so I'll need to concentrate on that for the rest of the year.
35.-36. Two Taste of Home cookbooks donated to library sale.
37. Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill
38. My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain
39. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
40. First Time Ever by Peggy Seeger
41. Candide by Voltaire
42. In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
43. Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
44. Catskill Crafts by Jane Smiley
45. Skinner's Drift by Lisa Fugard
46. The Devil Amongst the Lawyers by Sharyn McCrumb
47. The Devil's Workshop by Jachym Topol
48. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
49. Affinity by Sarah Waters
50. Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
51. N is for Noose; O is for Outlaw omnibus by Sue Grafton
52. The Witch Elm by Tana French
53.-56. The Mammy, The Chisellers, The Granny, The Young Wan by Brendan O'Carroll
57. Mighty Justice by Dovey Johnson Roundtree
58. Vanity Dies hard by Ruth Rendell
59. The Dry by Jane Harper
60. Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
61. The Dark Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
62. Just William by Richmal Crompton
63. Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
I've long considered myself an "Americanist", with William Faulkner being No.1 on my list of favorite authors. I love regional writing, and am particularly drawn to the literature of the Appalachian South. This year, I am hosting the American Authors Challenge, which has been so ably managed for the last five years by Mark msf59.
Here is the General Discussion Thread for the 2019 AAC.
My own finished reads for this challenge will be noted in this post as we go along.
Here is the schedule of Authors we'll be reading in 2019:
(I'll add links to the individual monthly threads as they are activated.)
January: Chaim Potok Here is His thread.
Finished The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev
February: Louisa May Alcott Here is her AAC thread.
Finished Under the Lilacs
March: Jon Clinch Here is the Clinch thread.
Finished The Thief of Auschwitz Strongly considering a re-read of Finn
April: Jesmyn Ward Here is the discussion thread for Ward. Finished Sing, Unburied, Sing
May: Jay Parini Finished The Passages of H. M.
June: Pearl Buck Finished Imperial Woman
July: Founding Fathers (and Mothers) Currently reading A History of the Supreme Court by Bernard Schwartz Finished American Gospel by Jon Meacham
August: Ernest J. Gaines Finished The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and The Tragedy of Brady Sims
September: Leslie Marmon Silko Finished Ceremony, and re-read it during September as well.
October: DRAMA The Drama thread is here Finished Arthur Miller's Enemy of the People and August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean
November: W. E. B. DuBois Finished The Quest for the Silver Fleece
December: Marilynne Robinson Currently reading Why Are We Here?
BONUS/WILD CARD: Genre Fiction.
I have totally failed at all the other challenges I thought I would participate in this year. If you go back to my last thread, you can see what I managed before throwing in the towel. I won't devote a post to them here.
The next message is yours, friends. Glad to have you along for the reads.
I'm so envious of the all the red in your autumnal foliage. Around here it's mostly just yellow and brown, which is pretty but not as gorgeous as all your variety.
I found my copy of Ceremony so will get to that in the next month or so.
Thanks for the push on Ceremony. I don't know if I've completed it with that shaming you did.
>8 Caroline_McElwee: I'll be very interested in your take on Ceremony, Caroline. It seems to be giving some people more trouble than they find it worth.
>9 weird_O: Ha! The high school teacher in me is NOT dead (I kinda thought I had buried her when I gave up on the idea of pursuing that career in my 20's...)
>10 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura. Those are the pick of high points of several years---this year hasn't been much of a show so far.
>13 jessibud2: I love the autumn colors, Shelley. But we're just cold, raw and rainy here right now....a few spots of color out and about.
>14 msf59: I'm so glad you're finding it a rewarding read, Mark. After a rocky start, I became a steadfast fan.
>15 drneutron:, >16 Familyhistorian:, >17 kidzdoc: Welcome Jim, Meg and Darryl! Thanks for stopping by.
Over here the first leaves are turning their colors, I love this time of year.
Cheers on your Autumnal thread!
I hope to add a few more to my American Author Challenge before the year is out.
Any plans being formulated for 2020?
>26 BLBera: Welcome, Beth.
Violet Morgan has risen above the guilt she felt as a child over the death of her older sister, Daisy, partly as a result of taking on much of the responsibility of raising her new baby sister, Lily, in the face of their mother's emotional illness and their father's progressive work-related physical decline. Lily has been no easy charge. Spoiled from birth, and reckless with it, she now finds herself "in the family way" at 16, and being shuttled off to a Philadelphia home for unwed mothers, accompanied by Violet. Ostensibly, the girls are leaving Scranton to spend some time with their newly married aunt in Buffalo, to help her set up housekeeping. This is only the first of many deceptions, most of them equally well-intentioned, that move this story along. Naturally, secrets are found out, misunderstandings go unresolved, coincidences lead to revelations...everything you might expect to find in a good Dickens novel, in a tighter, more page-turning style. Again, the characters are well drawn, local history is incorporated almost seamlessly into the story, and nothing is quite predictable. Some larger historical events play a role here as well, as we learn about some positive medical advances, the unsavory beginnings of the eugenics movement, and internal disputes in labor organizations. Not Great Literature, but darned good reading. And I hope Ms. Taylor has another one incubating
>39 lauralkeet: I'm going to have to look for that, Laura. Thanks for mentioning it.
>38 msf59: Keep your handkerchief handy, Mark!
>37 BLBera: There is an excellent movie version, Beth. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The DVD is available on Netflix..
85. Unicorn vs. Goblins by Dana Simpson Some chuckles, but not quite as much fun as the others I've read in this series. Although lots of points for Marigold's "Dance of the Glittering Hindquarters" (what we'd call twerking, but SO much lovelier!).
Just kind of treading water with my reading while lycomayflower is here visiting. More interactive things to do, much of the time!
>46 thornton37814: It is definitely a stand-alone, Lori. On the other hand, I think the Dublin Murder Squad books, while definitely interconnected, could each be read alone as well.
>47 NanaCC: Yes, she can. And I hope she keeps it up for a long time.
The story of "Sergeant Billy", the goat from Saskatchewan who went to war (WWI) as a mascot of the Fifth Canadian Battalion and came home a decorated hero, should be great stuff. I'd love to read a more engaging version of it. I really like the illustrations in this book, and the end papers (a wash of poppy flowers) are particularly lovely and appropriate. But the text is just awkward, the simplicity of the telling at odds with the vocabulary as well as the subject matter. It is described as aimed at readers aged 4 to 8. I feel a 4-year-old would not "get" a lot of it, and an 8-year-old would want more detail. It's awfully hard to bring war experiences down to this age level but a goat in uniform ought to do a better job of it. I couldn't help comparing it unfavorably to Finding Winnie, a similar story beautifully told, and highly recommended for all ages. If the specific 4-8 year olds I know take a look at this one and disagree with me, I will revise my opinion. After all, they know goats pretty well.
Miller took what he suggests was a damned awful translation of the original, and reworked it into decent English, also changing 5 acts into 3, and making the scene changes less pronounced. Miller put his version out there in the midst of the McCarthy madness, when he himself was being denounced. The protagonist, Dr. Stockman, has discovered that the water supply in his hometown is being contaminated by an industry upstream, and despite the fact that he has previously promoted the town's springs as a tonic, he insists that they must be closed down until the water supply system can be modified to keep the poisons out of it. Financial and social pressures from the authorities and his own family nearly bring him down. Today, we'd call him a whistle-blower, and sadly this story is just as topical as it was in the 1950's. Unfortunately, there is little drama in it, as it is miserably clear from the start how this upright, slightly naive man will be treated when he tries to do the right thing.
>55 laytonwoman3rd: I read A Christmas Carol aloud every December. P is a patient listener. :-)
I might order a copy. We'll likely view the flick when our daughter visits for Christmas.
Hard to believe the director's other movie is Porky's, a juvenile lust-flick for teenage boys. And that Peter Billingsley, the youngster who played Ralphie, transformed that role into a career.
>75 laytonwoman3rd: Love the picture! I know exactly what you mean with the 'just like yesterday' comment.
94. Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights by Dovey Johnson Roundtree An ER selection; review below, and now on the book page.
95. The Quest for the Silver Fleece by W. E. B. DuBois My choice for the November American Authors Challenge. Again, I'm working on a review.
*96. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton I continue to read through this series for the second time. No significant developments in Kinsey's life in this one; just a lot of poor decisions and false moves as she investigates the disappearance of the medical director of a nursing home. Naturally, she escapes annihilation, and scopes out the truth in the end.
>106 scaifea: Isn't that nifty, Amber? It's a board book, in case that's not apparent from the photo. Destined for the littlest grandniece.
>107 Caroline_McElwee: Oh, good to have your endorsement, Caroline. Urquhart has been on my radar, in my effort to read more Canadian authors, but I'm not sure if this was the novel I'd heard about before or not. Maybe it was you who warbled in my vicinity!
>108 richardderus: That was one of the free ones, Richard. (Hope you didn't drool on yerself...)
Or in other words, Happy Christmas! And have a great New Year as well.
from stormy Kauai (flash floods and power outages predicted!).
>131 msf59: Thank you, Mark. Low-key here this year, and that's the way we wanted it. Enjoying a peaceful morning.
When I re-read it this year, I walked by Charlie with it in my hand on the way to my rocking chair and he said, "Mommy, do you have your handkerchief?" *snork*
Your daughter was my secret Santa this year, and I am compelled to report her to you. She inherited your knack for picking just the right book gifts. Tip o' the hat, Mother.
(Fill in the prompts using titles of books you've read this year)
Describe yourself: Imperial Woman
Describe how you feel: Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night
Describe where you currently live: The Comforts of Home
Your favorite time of day is: Furious Hours
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: English Creek
Your favorite form of transportation: Flying Too High
Your best friend is: The Devil Amongst the Lawyers
You and your friends are: The Mothers
What’s the weather like: Mudbound
You fear: The Enemy of the People
What is the best advice you have to give: Sing, Unburied, Sing
Thought for the day: Lobster is the Best Medicine
How you would like to die: Under the Lilacs
Your soul’s present condition: From a Low and Quiet Sea
What is life for you: A Thread of Grace
I put mine up in both threads.
This will be my last read of 2019. I will try to do some sort of round-up of my year's reading tomorrow, before plunging headfirst into 2020.
My new thread for the new year is here.