Roni Reads in 2019: Part 7

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Editado: Nov 21, 2019, 11:40pm

This is my output from the pottery studio today, small plates at 5" and 4.5" in diameter. (Coaster size, really)

Hi, I'm Roni. I live in San Diego with one husband, one small dog and way too many cats in a small bungalow with a garden and lots of books. I'm retired these days, after a long career as a school psychologist.

I've been a member of LT since 2008 and an active member of the 75 Book Challenge groups for that long as well. I read mostly in genre, science fiction and fantasy, but also try to read some nonfiction and mystery.

Welcome to my thread. I love visitors and promise to visit you back.

My final thread of 2018 is here:

Editado: Dic 26, 2019, 3:30pm

Editado: Dic 29, 2019, 9:33pm

New Goals for 2019:

My goals generally stay pretty stable, and this year will be no exception.

1. Read 150 books and 50,000 pages.
2. Read at least 40 books off my own bookshelves (BOMBs).
3. Acquire no more than 80 books.
4. 50 books out the door once more. GOAL MET1


Nonfiction Challenge

January: Prizewinners (and Nominees!): These Truths by Jill Lapore (already reading for a group read)
February: Science and Technology: Innovations and Innovators
March: True Crime, Misdemeanors and Justice, Past and Present Day
April: Comfort Reads: Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
May: History: Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
June: The Pictures Have It!: March by John Lewis
July: Biography & First Person Yarns: Becoming by Michelle Obama
August: Raw Materials: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
September: Books by Journalists: Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
October: Other Worlds: From Spiritual to Fantastical
November: Creators and Creativity
December: I've Always Been Curious About...


January: Read an SFF you meant to read in 2018, but never started/completed: The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
February: Colonization
March: Mystery/police procedural/detective Science Fiction or Fantasy
April: Sword & Sorcery: Swords Against Sorcery by Fritz Leiber
May: International Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Non-US/UK authors
June: Road-trip
July: Space Opera: The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle
August: Alternate History: The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
September: Series: The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
October: Comedy
November: Award Winners
December: End-of-the-Year Wrap Up


January: Series in translation: The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke
February: YA/Children's: Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
March: Series by a favorite author: Snake Agent by Liz Williams
April: Series You've Been Meaning to Get Back To
May: Newest book in a favorite series: The Landlady by Diane Duane
June: Series that are definitely complete: The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
July: Genre: fantasy: The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
August: Series set in a country/region where you do not live: The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch Done
September: Genre: Mystery: The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton
October: Historical Series:The Rat Catchers' Olympics by Colin Cotterill
November: Series with a female protagonist
December: Series that's new to you


January: First in, last out - read one of the oldest members of your tbr: Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov Done
February: A book you borrowed to read and still haven't got to
March: Book acquired on/for trips or for a special occasion: Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee Done
April: Book originally acquired for an LT group read or challenge: These Truths by Jill Lapore Done
May: Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open: Quatrain by Sharon Shinn Done
June: Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT): Tamsin by Peter Beagle Done
July: Book by an author with more than one book on your TBR shelf: The Price of the Stars, Starpilot's Grave, By Honor Betray'd by Debra Doyle Done
August: Book purchased with great excitement and with plans to read right away that is somehow still on my tbr a year later: Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip Done
September: Classics I feel I should read
October: Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)
November: Book given to me as a gift: Mort(e) by Robert Repino
December: A book I bought because it was so cheap (library sale, remainder table, etc): A Dangerous Nativity by Caroline Warfield

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 4:58pm

Books Read in 2019

1. Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
2. The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman
3. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher
4. The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher
5. Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
6. Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny
7. Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov
8. The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke
9. Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold

10. Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara
11. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
12. The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
13. Darkness on his Bones by Barbara Hambly
14. Stars Uncharted by S. K. Dunstall
15. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
16. Beyond the Empire by K. B. Wagers
17. Last Friends by Jane Gardam
18. Witches Incorporated
19. In the Vanishers’ Palace

20. The Goblin Emperor
21. The Reluctant Widow
22. Bryony and Roses
23. These Old Shades
24. That Ain’t Witchcraft
25. The Dubious Hills
26. Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field
27. Devil’s Cub
28. Roar of Sky
29. Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows
30. The Secret Witch
31. The Exile and the Sorcerer
32. The Traitor and the Chalice
33. The Empress and the Acolyte
34. Quatrain
35. Year of the Griffin
36. A Bachelor Establishment
37. Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana White
38. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
39. Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
40. Snake Agent by Liz Williams
41. Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
42. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
43. A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

44. The Queen's Gambit by Jessie Mihalik
45. Alliance Rising by C. J. Cherryh
46. Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
47. The Collected Kagan by Janet Kagan
48. The True Queen by Zen Cho
49. The Book of Boy by Catherine Murdock
50. Mirabile by Janet Kagan
51. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
53. Swords Against Wizardry by Fritz Leiber
54. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
55. Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
56. Agent of Change by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
57. Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
58. Plan B by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
59. I Dare! by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
60. Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

61. Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip
62. The Landlady by Diane Duane
63. The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
64. By Demons Possessed by P. C. Hodgell
65. Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
66. Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear
67. The Origins of Constantine by D. C. Gomez
68. The Hub: Dangerous Territory by James H. Schmitz
69. Gods, MOnsters and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
70. The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz
71. The Wizard of Karres by Lackey, Flint and Freer
72. The Sorceress of Karres by Flint and Freer
73. Biss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas
74. Telzey Amberdon by James H. Schmitz
75. TNT by James H. Schmitz
76. Trigger and Friends by James H. Schmitz

77. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
78. St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate by Karen Armstrong
79. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
80. The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George
DNF The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
81. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
82. A Memory Called Empire by Arcady Martine
83. A Liaden Universe Constellation 4 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
84. Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis
85. The Hidden City by Michelle West
86. Fractured Symmetry by Fernando Salazar
87. Pawsitively Poisonous by Melissa Jackson

88. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
89. March: Book One by John Lewis
90. The Women's War by Jenna Glass
91. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
92. Bibliophile by Tom Bruno
93. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
94. Chalice by Robin McKinley
95. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
96. The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey
97. Oathbreakers by Mercedes Lackey
98. Oathblood by Mercedes Lackey
99. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey
100. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
101. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
102. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
103. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
104. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
105. First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
106. Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
107. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
108. One of our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde

109. The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
110. Water Witch by Cynthia Felice and Connie Willis
111. Forsaken Kingdom by J. Rasmussen
112. Justice Calling by Annie Bellet
113. A Murder of Crows by Annie Bellet
114. What Fate Portends by Clara Coulson
115. The Uplift War by David Brin
116. Prostho Plus by Piers Anthony
117. The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle
118. Starpilot's Grave by Debra Doyle
119. By Honor Betray'd by Debral Doyle
120. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
121. Best of British Fantasy 2018 edited by Jared Shurin
122. Starfarers by Vonda McIntyre
123. Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
124. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
125. Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

126. The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
127. Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
128. Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz by Garth Nix
129. A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark by Harry Connolly
130. The Vine Witch by Luanne Smith
131. The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton
132. Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
133. The Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker
134. Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker
135. Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher

136. Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee
137. Tamsin by Peter Beagle
138. The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch
139. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
140. The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith
DNF Wicked and the Wildflower by Sarah MacLean
141. These Truths by Jill Lepore
142. The Rat Catchers' Olympics by Colin Cotterill
143. The Orc of Many Questions by Shane Murray
144. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

145. Factfulness by Hans Rosling
146. A Shift in Time by Lena Einhorn
147. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbie Waxman
148. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason
149. The Three Christmases of William Spencer by Derek Blount
150. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
151. The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter
152. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
153. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
154. Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
155. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

156. Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin
157. God is Not One by Stephen Prosthero
158. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
159. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
160. The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Bertman
DNF Mort(e) by Robert Repino
161. The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
162. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
163. Winning Lady Jane by Isabella Thorne
164. Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede
165. Searching for Dragons by Patricia Wrede
166. Calling on Dragons by Patricia Wrede
167. Talking to Dragons by Patricia Wrede
168. Book of Enchantments by Patricia Wrede
169. Reticence by Gail Carriger
170. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
171. Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
172. A Dangerous Nativity by Caroline Warfield
173. All She Wants for Christmas by Amy Bennett
174. Holiday Heat by Noelle Adams
175. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Buxton
176. David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Okungbowa

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 5:43pm

Books acquired in 2019

1. These Truths by Jill Lepore
2. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher
3. The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher
4. Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
5. New Spring by Robert Jordan
6. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
8. Time's Shadow by Arnold Bauer
9. Consequences by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
10. The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan
11. Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold
12. Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara
13. The Witches of London Trilogy by Alyxandra Harvey

14. Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J. M. Bergen
15. The Queen's Gambit by Jessie Mihalik
16. In the Vanisher's Palace by Aliette de Bodard
17. A Shift in Time by Lena Einhorn
18. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
19. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon
20. The High, Green Hills by Jan Karon
21. Out to Canaan by Jan Karon
22. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

23. That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire
24. A Bachelor Establishment by Isabella Barclay
25. Duplicate Effort by Katherine Rusch
26. Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
27. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

28. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
29. Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
30. Mirabile by Janet Kagan

31. The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
32. By Demons Possessed by P. C. Hodgell
33. Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
34. The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz
35. The Wizard of Karres by Mercedes Lackey etal.
36. The Sorceress of Karres by Eric Flint etal.

37. A Liaden Universe Constellation 4 by Sharon Lee
38. Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis
39. Pawsitively Poisonous by Melissa Jackson

40. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
41. Blackfish City by Sam Miller
42. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold
43. Bibliophile
44. Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara
45. Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara

46. Murder of Crows by Annie Bellet
47. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
48. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
49. The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire

50. Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz by Garth Nix
51. A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark by Harry Connolly
52. David Mogo Godhunter by Suyi Okungbowa
53. Dark Currents by Lincoln Buroker
54. Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher

55. The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch
56. The Library of the Unwritten by A. Hackwith
57. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
58. The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher
59. The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
60. Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

61. The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstrong
62. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
63. The Marianne Trilogy by Sheri Tepper
64. Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett
65. Judgment Day by Terry Pratchett
66. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
67. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
68. Magic of Wind and Mist by Cassandra Rose Clarke
69. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon
70. A Liaden Universe Constellation 3 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
71. The Paladin by C. J. Cherryh
72. The Goblin Mirror by C. J. Cherryh
73. Queen Victoria's Children by John van der Kiste

74. The Globe by Terry Pratchett
75. Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
76. The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
77. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
78. Flames by Robby Arnett
79. The War That Saved my Live by Kimberly Bradley
80. Winter Wishes by Cheryl Bolen
81. Christmas Revels IV by Hannah Meredith

Nov 21, 2019, 11:39pm

Welcome to my fellow LT readers! I thought the last thread might be my last of the year but, at 275 messages with over a month to go, clearly it was time for yet another. The holiday season begins--enjoy!

Nov 21, 2019, 11:42pm

Happy new thread!

It's great to see your work!

Nov 21, 2019, 11:50pm

Ooooo! I almost never get here in time to wish you Happy New Thread! I do! I do!
LOVE that calico cat!!!!!

Nov 22, 2019, 3:21am

Happy new one Roni! Are you making special festive things?

Nov 22, 2019, 4:35am

Happy new thread, Roni!

You are very close to your goal of 150 books and 50,000 pages.

Nov 22, 2019, 4:37am

Happy new thread, Roni.

Those plates are so good up top that it is no pain to see them twice!

Nov 22, 2019, 6:33am

Happy new one, Roni!

Nov 22, 2019, 9:46am

Happy new thread!

Nov 22, 2019, 9:46am

Hi Roni, I like how you list your "books read" by the month.
A thought for my book lists arrangement in 2020, if I remember!

You have great stamina for craft shows. I help The Man twice a year at his book sale tables and am utterly exhausted by the end of the second day. He usually does Sundays by himself. Fortunately Sundays are always very slow, so there's no problem with my being absent.

Nov 22, 2019, 9:56am

Love all your cat pottery!

Editado: Nov 22, 2019, 10:06am

Wilkommen, Susan, Peggy, Charlotte, Anita, Paul and Katie.

Paul, thanks. I hadn't even realized the first post double-posted. Don't know how that happened but I'll let it stand for the moment.

Charlotte, I'll be making some Christmas earrings today. I only sold 2 of my 4 tree ornaments--we'll see if the others go tomorrow.

Anita, you are right! And here it is!

Book #150 The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher (237 pp.)

A retelling of the Blackbeard's wives fairy tale with Kingfisher's patented eerie touches. Her characters just come alive for me. I discovered this author (pen name for Ursula Vernon in January with her Clockwork Boys and have read six of her books this year.

And that makes 50,143 pages read in 2019, also meeting that goal.

Nov 22, 2019, 10:02am

And cross-posting while I wrote the above:

Thanks, foggi. A whole bunch of these reads are your fault responsibility.

That's why I limit my shows to seasons, Sandy. The husband keeps wanting to add more shows and do them year-round. I say no. 4 or 5 in the spring, 6-7 in the fall, and that is plenty for me. And all but one are only one day, and that one we can leave set up for all three days which is very nice. They are exhausting, you are right.

Thank you, Lori.

Nov 22, 2019, 10:05am

Happy new thread!

Nov 22, 2019, 11:07am

Happy new thread, Roni. Yes, 10-12 shows per year sounds like plenty!

Nov 22, 2019, 11:24am

>16 ronincats: Congratulations reaching 2 x 75 and 50,000+ pages, Roni!

Nov 22, 2019, 12:33pm

>18 The_Hibernator:, >19 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Rachel and Reba.
>20 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita, who has doubled this!

Book #151 The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter (189 pp.)

Stephen (sirfurboy) recently recommended the revised and updated version of this book on his thread. My library, unfortunately, only has the original publication of 1981. I am curious as to the changes made in the newer version but still learned a lot about the literary construction of the Bible stories from this one.

Nov 22, 2019, 12:54pm

>1 ronincats: Love that cat!

Nov 22, 2019, 2:30pm

Happy new thread, Roni. I love the plates.

Nov 22, 2019, 2:43pm

Happy new thread, Roni, and a belated Happy Birthday!

Nov 22, 2019, 3:17pm

>21 ronincats: My goal is indeed the double number in pages, Roni, but I am not there yet.

Nov 23, 2019, 6:14am

Happy new thread, Roni - and a beautiful weekend.
>2 ronincats: These beautiful pictures can be viewed twice!

Nov 23, 2019, 8:34am

2x75 up already - congratulations, Roni.

Have a lovely weekend.

Nov 23, 2019, 12:11pm

Happy New Thread, Roni!

Lovely toppers up there. Wouldn't it be great to be able to make something like those? Oh, wait . . . :-)

I plan to start The Bookish Life of Nina Hill soonish (once I'm through the current reads).

Nov 24, 2019, 8:32am

Happy new thread Roni - beautiful plates!

>16 ronincats: Glad you enjoyed The Seventh Bride - I think that's my favourite of her fairytale retellings so far.

Nov 24, 2019, 8:18pm

Happy new thread Roni. Love those plates.

>16 ronincats: Congratulations, 2x 75! And it looks like a good one. Read for Halloween?

Nov 24, 2019, 9:47pm

Happy New Thread, Roni, and happy belated birthday! I'm sorry you had to spend it waiting for a worker.
I also wanted to say that I loved the meme about the Oxford Comma on your last thread. Very amusing.

I love both plates in >1 ronincats:, especially the cat. The colors are charming.

I went to an art supply store while in Seattle last week. I keep having this impulse to do something creative so I've spent a bit of time this weekend on drawing exercises. I get frustrated too easily, I think. I really need to find a class so I'm not just doing it on my own.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2019, 9:59pm

Thank you, Cassie, Beth, and Meg!
You are way ahead of the doubled mark for books read though, Anita.
Thanks, Paul.
Hope you like it, Joe. I do think some of my liking was identifying with the kind of introvert woman she was, so I hope it clicks for you.
Heather, I would still rank Bryony and Roses above The Seventh Bride though.
Thank you, Ella. No, I read The Halloween Tree for Halloween. I read The Seventh Bride because it was on special for 99¢ last week and I have no self-control!

Today was mostly rest and relaxation after what is probably my last craft show of the season. We did unload the truck into the she-shack this afternoon, after it had remained loaded with craft stuff for the last three weeks over the last three craft shows. That is a good feeling, to have it back on the shelves and organized, although I would love to figure out a way to have the pottery displayed in my craft room so I could better see what I need to make to fill out my inventory, without spending a bundle on lumber. The craft show was a well-established one at an elementary school to fund the PTA and it had a lot of traffic. I sold a lot of pottery--cereal bowl sized was popular (7), but my large lotus blue bowl, three cat plates and my next-to-last cat mug as well, and 6 pairs of earrings and two of the ceramic tree ornaments, so it was a successful day! I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and couldn't get back to sleep, so I was really tired by the time we got home. It was a gorgeous day though, sunny and in the low 70s.

Editado: Nov 24, 2019, 10:04pm

Ellen, you posted as I was composing the above. What all did you get at the art supply store? I am a good copyist, but I have always had trouble with original work and especially with colors. When I drew, charcoal was my favorite medium, with pen and ink next. How ironic that now the heart of my glazing directly involves color combinations! I do like the cat plate combo though, and now I can reproduce that. I'm thinking about doing a set of different cat faces at that size (5" diameter) in the psychedelic mode.

Nov 25, 2019, 10:11am

Happy new thread!

Nov 25, 2019, 12:09pm

>32 ronincats: Glad you ended the season on a high note :)

Nov 27, 2019, 6:28am

Hi Roni and a belated happy new thread to you.

The cat and sunflower plates are beautiful. Glad you had such a successful sale at the elementary school.

Nov 27, 2019, 5:54pm

Happy Turkey Day! Rob's working, so I'll see him Friday. He's requested green goddess seafood rice for our dinner. Carrot cake with pineapple cream cheese frosting *drool* and whatever he brings to drink. And no effin' Old Stuff (gone to visit his son in Connecticut)!! Yay!!

Nov 27, 2019, 8:48pm

>34 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.
>35 RebaRelishesReading: That is always nice, Reba.
>36 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen.
>37 richardderus: I saw on your thread that Old Stuff was gone for the nonce, leaving you to enjoy sole possession of the lodgings. And I took a BB from you and ordered the Tudor book from the library forthwith!

It's been a quiet couple of days around this household after running off on errands on Monday. There's been a basketball game every day (MTW) as KU was playing in the Maui Classic. Three games in three days, and today the team finally was hitting on all cylinders and playing well together. Won the championship game in overtime--Dayton was GOOD! We were better.

During the days I got the house picked up and baked a pumpkin pie, defrosted the turkey, played computer games. The only reading I've done all three days is my bath time read, God Is Not One. Tomorrow will be: rise, make oyster stuffing, stuff turkey and place in paper bag and in oven, prep yams and beans for some previously unprepared recipes that sound really good (I'll post links to the recipes if they are as good as advertised), and watch the parade.

The rain started at 2:00 this afternoon and has been coming down steadily ever since. The heavier rain is still supposed to be tomorrow. We aren't planning on going anywhere!

Editado: Dic 26, 2019, 10:39pm

Well, broke through my reading slump with a vengeance. Sat down at 8:00 with a new library book, since Chilling Effect just wasn't doing it for me, and at 10:30 turned the final page.

Book #152 An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (300 pp.)

This is a library book recommended by Natalie (curioussquared) and I enjoyed it very much. It has a relatively unorthodox view of the Fae, while still conforming to the general outlines of the mythology, and Rogerson writes very well. I particularly enjoyed the POV character Isobel, who reminds me a lot of another favorite character, Janet in Elizabeth Marie Pope's The Perilous Gard, with her common-sense approach. Highly recommended!

And all unknown, I had ordered the second book of this author, Sorcery of Thorns from the library when foggidawn reviewed it in August, and it came in at the same time. It has magical libraries and sounds really good and I think I'll dive into it right away!

The turkey is in the oven, due out at 1:45, and so a break for a couple of hours before I get busy with side dishes...maybe some reading time?

Nov 28, 2019, 4:15pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Roni!

Nov 30, 2019, 10:02pm

Roni--Hope you are still enjoying leftovers!! : )

Editado: Dic 22, 2019, 10:57pm

After several stay-at-home days during the rain, we got out for Small Business Saturday. Stopped by the library and returned a batch of books, then up to Mysterious Galaxy to supposedly cash in on my Loyalty Loot for the year's purchases, but their computer system was acting up so that didn't happen. I did pick up several books and a pair of socks (see below) and got to pick a freebie from a cart of books for their SBS celebration. Then we went to the mall to Penney's--big mistake as the place was wall-to-wall cars driving through the parking areas all around the mall, with police directing traffic. Did luck into a parking spot and used my $10 off when you spend at least $10 coupon that expired on the 30th. Went by the pottery studio to see how the plate for my sister turned out (since I didn't have class on Thursday due to Thanksgiving) and then stopped by a used bookstore on 30th St. that I've been meaning to check out for several months as we pass it on the way home from the pottery. Picked up three more books and got a reusable Verbatim Books bag as part of their celebration of SBS. Then when I got home, Susan (quondame) reviewed a Nina Kiriki Hoffman novella of which I was unaware, so I bought that for my Kindle and finished it off last night. So I acquired 7 books just yesterday. That's just the way it goes, some days.

This back wall in one of their two rooms simply blew me away!! Those are all old, leather-bound books.

What I bought yesterday:
66. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
67. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
68. Magic of Wind and Mist by Cassandra Rose Clarke
69. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon
70. A Liaden Universe Constellation 3 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
71. The Paladin by C. J. Cherryh
72. The Goblin Mirror by C. J. Cherryh

My final reads for November:

Book #153 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (456 pp.)

This is the second book by Rogerson, following her first that I read up above. We have a naive orphan girl who grew up in a library of magical books, caught up in power struggles that throw her out of her library home and make her a pawn. I loved the obvious love of books and libraries and it's a good fantasy. I just didn't make the connection with the heroine that I did in An Enchantment of Ravens, so that remains my favorite of the two.

Book #154 Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (416 pp.)

This should have been a sure-fire winner: bad-ass heroine, telepathic cats, space opera. But it wasn't. Definitely nonstop action, but lots of haphazardly thrown together elements with no character development, and the cats were basically non-actors. Ha, cats, Merlin of Korval looks down his nose at your impotence! This is supposed to be the first of a series and it may be that, having gotten the kitchen sink and all its contents out of the way in this first book, the author will settle down and develop a more cohesive story. I will try it.

One element that kept throwing me out of the story involved the copious Spanish phrases thrown in by the main character--not that the Spanish was there but that I didn't recognize most of it. Turns out to be mostly Cuban idioms of an impolite nature. Natural since the author is Cuban-American but I kept trying to make sense of it.

Book #155 The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (51 pp.)

This is basically a short story in the Chapel Hill series, not recommended if you haven't read the novels. I love Hoffman's imagination, so I'd recommend you start there.

Dic 1, 2019, 8:31pm

>42 ronincats: Love the pottery and the books!

Dic 1, 2019, 8:38pm

November stats:

Books read: 11
Pages read: 2989
Average pages per day: 100
Average pages per book: 272

New reads: 11
Rereads: 0
Library books: 7
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 1
New acquisitions read: 3
Did Not Finish (DNF): 0

science fiction 2
fantasy 4
children's 1
nonfiction 3
fiction 2
romance 0
mystery 0

Author gender: 8 female, 3 male

Media: 4 Kindle, 5 hardback, 2 trade paperback

Books acquired: 12 (3 were birthday gifts)
Read: 3/12, all were Kindle
Genre: 1-science fiction, 9-fantasy, 3-nonfiction, 0-fiction, 0-romance, 0-mystery
Cost: $66.24

61. The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstrong
62. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
63. The Marianne Trilogy by Sheri Tepper
64. Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett
65. Judgment Day by Terry Pratchett
66. The Spirit in the Clay by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
67. The Resurrectionist of Caligo by Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
68. Magic of Wind and Mist by Cassandra Rose Clarke
69. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon
70. A Liaden Universe Constellation 3 by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
71. The Paladin by C. J. Cherryh
72. The Goblin Mirror by C. J. Cherryh

Books out the door: 2

Waves to Susan and Kim for visiting above!

Dic 1, 2019, 9:29pm

Hope you enjoy what's left of your Thanksgiving weekend, Roni.

Editado: Dic 1, 2019, 10:31pm

>42 ronincats: Cool bookstore display!

I have those 2 Margaret Rogerson books requested in the library (along with about 6 other requests). Luckily the other requests are so recently published, I'll have some breathing space. I think I'll enjoy getting to know Rogerson. She's a 'new-to-me' author.

There are two books on hold now which I need to pick up this week: finally, finally! The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and one that was a BB from a thread I didn't note on LT, The Miniaturist.

Dic 2, 2019, 10:15am

>42 ronincats: I got into the Fashion Valley traffic mess on Friday on my way to get gas at Costco. YeeGads!!

Is that the bookstore a block or two south of University? If so, I went there on the bookstore tour last year and really liked it. I see I should definitely go back.

Dic 2, 2019, 1:44pm

>39 ronincats: I really need to read that one. I suspect I might like it more than Sorcery of Thorns, too.

>42 ronincats: Sounds like a fabulous day of shopping and fun!

Dic 2, 2019, 2:00pm

Hi Roni!

Yay for acquiring 7 books in one day.

Good November reading stats, too.

Dic 2, 2019, 4:45pm

Looks like you are enjoying your “free” time now that the craft shows are over, Roni. Seven books in one day is a good haul!

Dic 2, 2019, 4:52pm

Hi, Roni. I'm little over halfway through The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, and I'm very much enjoying it. So many funny lines in it!

Dic 2, 2019, 8:31pm

>42 ronincats: Ave Roni, the plate for Sister-Lady is beautimus, the binge awe-inspiring, the SBS goodies discounts!...and the socks hilarious.

I just put up in my thread three reviews appearing on my blog tomorrow. Lisa Henry, an Aussie writer of an MM space opera series, gave me the third one in it so I binge-reviewed them all after a straight (!) read-through. Much more satisfying to read them that way, in fact, and I'm glad I finally could.

Dic 2, 2019, 10:21pm

Hi Roni, how on earth did it get to be December already! I have two belated wishes for you - belated Happy Birthday and belated Happy new thread!

Dic 3, 2019, 8:16am

Catching up -- I love your themes, cats, sunflowers and what you are doing with them!

Enjoy relaxing and regrouping and having lots more reading time! So wonderful how your sales seem to be taking off.

Editado: Dic 3, 2019, 10:10am

Happy New Thread! As well as a belated 70th (!) birthday and congrats on meeting your pages read goal as well as your 2 x 75 goal.

I love the two plates at the top. Very cool to see them as a work in progress (unfired) on the previous page.

Love the Verbatim Books wall with the logo done out of leatherbound books.

Do you have another craft sale lined up in December?

Dic 5, 2019, 9:42pm

>45 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!
>46 SandyAMcPherson: Sandy, if you go to a book's Work page and look in the left margin, you'll see (among others) Conversations. You can click on that and see all the threads where the book has been mentioned, and sometimes that helps me recreate where I learned about a Book Bullet.
>47 RebaRelishesReading: Except that the getting gas line at that Costco is ALWAYS a nightmare. But yes. And yes, that's the bookstore, at 30th St. and North Park Way, 1 block south of University.
>48 foggidawn: I hope you can get it and like it, foggi.
>49 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen.
>50 Familyhistorian: I am, Meg, except that now I'm making stuff for Christmas presents. Reminds me I need to take a picture of the tote bag I made today!
>51 jnwelch: I read your review, Joe, and I'm so happy you enjoyed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill as much as I did!
>52 richardderus: Read your reviews, Richard, and enjoyed your inimitable wordage.
>53 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy.
>54 sibylline: Thanks, Lucy.
>55 streamsong: No more craft shows, Janet. Had opportunities, decided I was ready for a break. And THANK YOU for noticing the book wall. That just amazes me and no one was mentioning it. I'm going to re-post it for emphasis--this is entirely created from real-life leather-bound books across an entire WALL. LOOK at it, people! It's AMAZING!!!

Dic 5, 2019, 10:09pm

Book #156 Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin (33 pp.)

This is one of Amazon's Forward collection of original stories, and Jemisin does her usual quality time in this story about a space traveler returning to Earth (excuse me, Tellus) from a long-established colony.

Book #157 God is Not One by Stephen Prothero (342 pp.)

The subtitle says it all. The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter. Very interesting.

This is the tote bag I made today for my friend who uses the walker caddies to give to a mutual friend for Christmas. Lined in blue.

Glazed two mugs and a bowl at pottery today. Threw 5 small plates/coasters to use for doing a set of cats based off the one at the top of the thread.

Had rain all day yesterday--we are caught up for the weather year, which started October 1, and the plants are all loving it!

Dic 6, 2019, 11:43am

>57 ronincats: Beautiful tote! You got me with a BB on God is Not One -- sounds interesting.

Happy sunshiny day :)

Dic 6, 2019, 12:20pm

>56 ronincats:!

>57 ronincats: Love the tote-bag idea! And I'm glad you enjoyed Emergency Skin.

Yay for rain! Burgeon, ye tomatoes, and give a hearty winter crop unto thy mater matuta.

Editado: Dic 6, 2019, 4:36pm

>56 ronincats: Actually, I did mention the books in post 43 :)

The wall is certainly very cool!

Dic 6, 2019, 5:18pm

>58 RebaRelishesReading: Looking gloomy out there today, Reba. Have you gotten any walking done since you got home?
>59 richardderus: The tomato plants are gone, although I've still a counter full of the fruits. I need to get my winter garden in--I have been terribly remiss.
>60 figsfromthistle: I completely missed your entire post, Anita, in betwixt my two long ones! Sorry.

I've been out for lunch with a friend (the one the tote bag is for) and now the sky is becoming increasingly overcast and it smells like rain. *yawn*

Dic 7, 2019, 11:04am

>61 ronincats: I have hardly walked any since I got home from the U.K.!! Too much time spent in the car and then working to get reinstalled here (teeth cleaned, flu shot, hair cut, pedicure, drivers' license test, etc.) I did get about 4500 steps in yesterday plus an hour chair-yoga class (which nearly killed me) so that's a start back. I hope to do the yoga 2x per week and walk other days.

Dic 10, 2019, 10:54pm

>57 ronincats: Not just your own Christmas presents, I see, Roni. Enjoy your rain, we can send you more if you want it. *sigh*

Editado: Dic 22, 2019, 3:24pm

I'm still around, if anyone wonders. Rainy weekend kept me at home, plus a couple of KU games, Saturday and tonight. We're #2 in the nation (NCAA Men's College Basketball, for those not familiar) and #1 just lost, so we'll probably be #1 next week--although I really prefer not to be up in that top spot at this point in the season! I've been to my financial advisor and balanced my funds for the year, got lights on the tree the hubby brought home Saturday (and the cats haven't knocked it over yet) and Christmas linens out and tablecloth on the dining room table. I'll try ornaments on the top half tomorrow--unbreakable ones. Ordered the Christmas gifts for the Florida part of the family, still have to do the Abilene ones. Spent hours on the phone negotiating new terms with my AT&T internet, phone, and TV, then trouble shooting one of the minibox connections for the tv, then reconnecting the internet after all the account changes interrupted that! Whew! But I still like the services better than Cox and I got $50 off what I had been paying monthly. But it takes SO much phone time...

And a bit of reading.

Book #158 Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron (336 pp.)

I do think that Barron channels Jane Austen as well as anybody and I have enjoyed her mysteries, although I haven't sought them out lately. I ran across this one as an ebook available immediately from the library and so tried their newest ebook system, which I can read on my Fire but not my Kindle. Also, I like to read Christmas Regencies during the season and this mystery fit that bill as well. I enjoyed the voice of Jane and the playing out of the mystery quite a bit.

Book #159 The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (470 pp.)

Here's one that's been sitting on the tbr shelf for 3 years. Fantasy, fairy-tale referential, coming of age, but not particularly enjoyable. I appreciated it and liked the reference materials on folk tales at the end, but again, didn't enjoy it.

Book #160 The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (353 pp.)

This is the second book in the Book Scavenger series for middle-school students (ages 9-13). I enjoyed the first mystery and so picked up this second one when I saw it. The mysteries are focused around books and codes and puzzles, with an evident love for them all, and a system somewhat like Book Crossing but where books are hidden and clues posted to lead people to find them, with points for being the first to locate one. This one started a little slow for me but soon picked up and I totally enjoyed it.

Dic 10, 2019, 11:21pm

Dic 10, 2019, 11:47pm

>64 ronincats: I think I threw a Baron book across the room when a Duke, or maybe an Earl, approached Austen with a plate from the buffet. Nope. People sat to dine.

Editado: Dic 11, 2019, 8:49am

>64 ronincats: I read The Book of Lost Things some years ago. As you say, a good read, but not necessarily an enjoyable one.

Dic 11, 2019, 10:43am

>64 ronincats:
Interesting about Book of Lost Things. That one was an Alex Award winner. That award is for adult books suitable for YA's and for use in a High School setting. I have had it on my TBR list for many years and just haven't gotten to it.

I went to the public library last night and checked out three children's books to listen to on the drive back to Kansas. I picked up Crenshaw and Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and decided it is now time for me to start listening to the Harry Potter books. I got the first one Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It is a reasonable length and will allow me to listen to some good books on the drive.

Dic 11, 2019, 1:00pm

>66 quondame: Always frustrating when an author gets historical details wrong, but I still like how she channels Jane's voice.
>67 foggidawn: Yep, glad I read it, glad it's off the tbr pile, glad to be done with it.
>68 benitastrnad: It would be a good discussion book, Benita; it's just not much fun.

So, ran across this list this morning that would be a children librarian's dream! By an author of books about reading with whom I am unfamiliar, Pernille Ripp.

And a DNF.

Unfinished book#3 Mort(e) by Robert Repino (60/358 pp.)

Just could NOT force myself to attend to this violent, post-apocalyptic, anthropomorphic tale. I read the first 40 pages, skimmed sections every 50 pages or so and read the last 20 pages. (I didn't like Watership Down either.)

Editado: Dic 11, 2019, 3:39pm

>69 ronincats: I didn't like Watership Down either.

Neither did I. And sacrilege! I didn't like the Wind in the Willows, either.
Never read these titles until I tried reading them to my kids. They couldn't enter into the era either.

Dic 11, 2019, 3:43pm

>69 ronincats: That is a good list! I'm up to my eyebrows in best-of lists at this time of year, rying to make sure that I didn't miss anything good before we stop ordering for the year.

Dic 11, 2019, 3:54pm

I just finished reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and ended up liking this book. It may be full of tropes and stereotypes, but the author shows how they are real and how they affect the lives of many Americans. I thought it was good and will be recommending it to others.

Dic 11, 2019, 4:15pm

>69 ronincats: Lovely list! I could happily spend lots on picture books.

Dic 11, 2019, 7:16pm

Changing providers...ugh

I'm almost ready for the whole shootin' match to be nationalized & run by inefficient government bureaucrats simply so we'll all have the same level of screeching frustration coast to coast.

Dic 11, 2019, 10:13pm

Okay, date bread baking is done, this is what's left (one big loaf eaten, two out to service providers). Also, Christmas roses. Tried to rotate this in editing, but it didn't work.

HEre's the top of the tree with ornaments. Ditto on the orientation.

And finally, this is the backpack book bag for my college age great niece which I finally assembled today.

Dic 11, 2019, 10:17pm

>70 SandyAMcPherson: Well, I read Wind in the Willows as a child and loved it, especially Mole.
>71 foggidawn: I thought it was a good one--glad it was helpful for you as I had you in mind as one of the targets.
>72 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita.
>73 charl08: Were I still working in an elementary school, I'd be buying for sure from that list, Charlotte.
>74 richardderus: Such a hassle, I agree, Richard!

Dic 12, 2019, 12:09pm

Rotating photos (or, actually, trying to rotate) is so frustrating !!

Thanks for sharing the book lists. I noted a dozen picture books to look at for little grandson :)

Dic 12, 2019, 8:25pm

>75 ronincats: Everything looks lovely (even sideways) but an especial WOW for the book backback - beautiful stitchery!

Dic 14, 2019, 3:11pm

I've been hanging fire on Mort(e) - looks interesting in bits and unbearable in bits. But if it reminded you of Watership Down and Wind in the Willows (wow, those are not similar...), both of which I love (though Watership Down more) maybe I will like it. Negative reviews are just as powerful as positive ones...

Dic 14, 2019, 3:21pm

>75 ronincats: That backpack is especially agreeable, as Mary mentions above.

Have a delight-filled weekend!

Editado: Dic 22, 2019, 3:24pm

<77 Wasn't that a great list of picture books, Reba?
>78 bell7: Thank you, Mary.
>79 jjmcgaffey: No, NOT Wind in the Willows!! That was Sandy. Just Watership Down and probably because of similar violence levels.
>80 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. Not the best photo because of the color, but I really liked the pattern when I saw it here:

Book #161 The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol (323 pp.)

This was an easy-reading middle-grade fantasy with a strong young woman character, just when I needed something light and positive!

Book #162 Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (338 pp.)

This book makes ample use of Mayan mythology in a 1920's setting as the characters move from Yucatan to Mexico City to El Paso to Baja California in a quest to reseat the Lord of Death on his rightful throne in Xibalba. I really liked the character of Casiopea and was immediately pulled into her world at first. Later I felt more apart from the story, but I still admire the author for her use of the mythology, the historical elements of the 20s, her refusal to do the easy resolutions, and Casiopea's stubbornness. The author was born in Mexico but is a Canadian by choice, living in Vancouver.

It's been a quiet day. I had a lot of sinus drainage yesterday and felt like I might be coming down with something, so have done little today except play games on my tablet, read, and watch KU play a mid-level conference team in Kansas City, and the latter was not at all stressful as we won 98 to 56. Since the number one team was defeated, come Monday we will probably be ranked #1 in the nation, a not-unmixed blessing.

Yesterday I mailed out everything that needed mailing and finished up my last commission, a tree of life pendant and earring set. All I have left to do now is Christmas cards and a walker caddy for my local friend.

Dic 15, 2019, 9:09am

I love the tree of life earrings and pendant, Roni! They are gorgeous.

Dic 15, 2019, 12:01pm

>81 ronincats: I love the necklace and earrings!

Dic 15, 2019, 3:07pm

>81 ronincats: Darker colors seldom photograph as well as lighter ones when seeing a texture is the point.

#161 is already on my list, thank goodness, but I have manymanymany things to read so I'm not spraining things to get it into my mitts.

LOVE the parure! Pretty amber beadrockthings.

Editado: Dic 22, 2019, 3:25pm

Thank you, Beth, Lori and Richard.

Book #163 Winning Lady Jane: A Christmas Regency Romance by Isabella Thorne (356 pp.)

This was an adequate if quite predictable regency romance that I picked up for free for my Kindle as I was in the mood for light and Christmasy! There are numerous homonym errors in the text--better editing would have been nice, but it is what it is and worth what I paid for it.

Editado: Dic 17, 2019, 11:54am

I am in Omaha and starting on my jaunt across the pond. For airport reading and airplane reading I brought Lies of Locke Lemora and a mystery.

I listened to the first Harry Potter book on the drive from Alabama to Kansas and thought it was average. I will continue listening to the series and have book 2 lined up to listen to on the trip back to Alabama.

Editado: Dic 22, 2019, 3:25pm

I tried to start The Wizards of Once but it was too, too cutesy to deal with, at least at the moment, so I turned to a reread of old favorites.

Book #164 Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (212 pp.)
Book #165 Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (242 pp.)

Always delightful, also addictive so I will undoubtedly read the next two as well.

Dic 17, 2019, 12:59pm

>87 ronincats: I just finished my reread of these :) Always so good!

Dic 17, 2019, 1:43pm

I hope you saw my warble of delight at Mysterious Galaxy being saved! (on FB)

Dic 17, 2019, 3:03pm

>87 ronincats: I find The Enchanted Forest Chronicles on the cute (though enjoyable) side, so likely The Wizards of Once would way too far into that territory for me.

Editado: Dic 26, 2019, 10:43pm

>88 curioussquared: Yes, I suspect that is what led me to pick them up. Did you reread the story about the Frying Pan of Doom* too?

*short story Utensile Strength found in Book of Enchantments.

>89 richardderus: I have now. We are all warbling in delight!

Book #166 Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (272 pp.)

This is probably my least favorite of the four books, not that the characters aren't as delightful as ever, but the entire book is simply a set-up for the fourth book, which was actually written first, and so a number of specific things have to happen and it has to end in an open-ended fashion.

Dic 17, 2019, 4:09pm

>91 ronincats: That one is next! I don't go in much for short stories, but I've always enjoyed the collection in Book of Enchantments.

Editado: Dic 22, 2019, 3:25pm

>90 quondame: Sorry, Susan, your message hadn't shown up when I posted >91 ronincats:. I only got a few pages into The Wizards of Once so it might get better, but I had no patience with the introductory pages.
>92 curioussquared: I'm finishing that off next. These are like cleaning my palette.

Book #167 Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Since this was the first book written, by 5 years no less, I think it makes most sense for someone new to the series to read this book first. It allows the reader to discover the world of the Enchanted Forest first along with Daystar, and then it is great fun to go back and fill in what happened before to set this up.

Editado: Dic 26, 2019, 10:43pm

Book #168 Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede (256 pp.)

Only the last of this book's short stories involves the Enchanted Forest, but they all are enchanting.

Dic 19, 2019, 2:41pm

>75 ronincats: That is a really nice backpack, Roni.

>81 ronincats: I just had a thought this morning about how we always refer to the '20s which invokes a era of flappers etc. but we will be going into the '20s January 1. I wonder if that will cause any confusion.

Dic 19, 2019, 9:11pm

>95 Familyhistorian: We'll just have to specify now, Meg!

Pottery day and here's what I brought home:

Getting low on mugs in my inventory, but this didn't help that much as the hubby commandeered the brown one immediately.

Not much reading being done. I started Hollow Kingdom only to discover that this is NOT The Hollow Kingdom: Book 1 that I had wishlisted thanks to foggi. This one has a plot-line much like Mort(e), which I just DNF, except with a crow as a protagonist instead of the cat. I may, however, keep it for my bathtub book and try to finish it--it seems to have a defter touch. Umm, maybe a more raucous touch? Despite having four more books waiting at the library for me to pick up.

Dic 19, 2019, 11:40pm

>96 ronincats: Oooh, I like the middle one up above. Fun colors! Hubby should get first dibs. LOL

Dic 20, 2019, 3:54pm

I would have grabbed that big brown mug too .

I remember reading and liking Watership Down but it sat on my shelf for years and it never called to me for a re-read as some other books do, so eventually i gave ut away.

A reviewer said the book (WD) was great story telling but without a sense of humor (or humanity) and that's why HE found it not re-readable.

But Wind in the Willows I have worn out many a tree book and now have it on kindle just for dipping into when i don't feel like tackling a new book. Timeless fun!

Dic 20, 2019, 4:10pm

>96 ronincats: When I saw several people posting about Hollow Kingdom, I wondered if there would ever be confusion about the two!

Dic 21, 2019, 3:52pm

>96 ronincats: I like *MY* mug's glaze better than either, but that bowl is gorgeous.

Soviet Santa says "Happy Yule!" Solstice Greetings to all. Read more here:

Dic 21, 2019, 6:20pm

Greetings to my fellow biblio-geeks! It has been a privilege to chatter here with you.

A winter solstice is the moment in time when the Earth's tilt away from the Sun is at its maximum and the Sun's maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest. Thus the ice crystals form magical lighting effects ~

Sundogs and a sunrise on the Winter Solstice

Dic 21, 2019, 11:23pm

I'm with hubster and Jim: I would have snagged that brown mug (although I really like your blues and greens).

You asked eons ago what I bought at the art supply store. I get sucked in by the colors of pens -- brush pens and markers and other such things. I did go back to my hotel room that evening and did a little color sketch of the sunset from my hotel room. Also, a friend who was traveling with me gave me contact info for a guy who teaches drawing in my area -- and I immediately panicked ("he'll see how bad I am!"). She said he is very nice and encouraged me to get in touch. I plan to do so after the new year. I figure I can do one or two (or more) lessons with him to see if I can get myself jump-started on some basic drawing. I've been using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and it has been interesting but I stalled when I got to an exercise I didn't really understand. I need a human to help.

We're hunkered down in windy and rainy Kauai, trying to enjoy the clear tropical air and, you know, just being on vacation. They do say the "windy" conditions will change to "breezy" conditions after tomorrow. Thank goodness.

Dic 21, 2019, 11:41pm

94 posts behind? Good grief! You can imagine how little I have caught up. I did enough to wish list the Biblical narrative book and look at another 2 or 3. I'm still Wheeling though, so I can't welcome another fantasy anytime soon.
I do so sympathize with your sinus drainage. I live in the sinus capital of the world, and if my Atro-Vent ever stops working for me, I'll be housebound because I can't inflict my coughing and sniffing on the world.
As usual, I'm very respectful of all that you manage to pack into your days - even games on your tablet. You go, Roni!!!!!

Editado: Dic 26, 2019, 10:44pm

Well, since we went walking the dog in the park last Monday, not an overly strenuous walk either, I'd been having pain behind my knee that I attributed to cramps, a Charley Horse perhaps. But Thursday, after two hours at the pottery studio and a shopping trip at Costco, it hurt enough that I took a closer look and found a swelling back there. A little research suggested it was a
"A Baker's cyst (or Baker cyst), also known as a popliteal cyst, is a swelling in the popliteal space, the space behind the knee. It causes stiffness and knee pain. The pain caused by the cyst typically worsens if the patient fully flexes or extends the knee, or moves around.">
I emailed my dr. and the dr. covering for her wanted me to check it out, but the doctor I saw Friday afternoon, after ruling out blood clot, agreed with my diagnosis. So I've been staying off my feet for the most part and have been on ibuprofen to deal with the inflammation. Not that painful when I'm off the joint and it is certainly conducing to reading!

Book #169 Reticence by Gail Carriger (343 pp.)

I've never been able to get into the Custard Protocol books, and the same is true for this fourth and final book of the series. I can see that this youngest generation is having awesome adventures and finding love along the way--but it doesn't really move me. That said, this is an adequate finale to the series and I do like the tip of the hat to the mavens from the Finishing School quartet, but the original Parasol Protectorate quintet is really the only series that I truly loved.

Book #170 The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson (366 pp.)

I had seen this book on several threads, including those of Joe, Meg and Lori, and requested it from the library. I loved the literary riddles but have to agree that elements of the plot seemed a little too obtuse. Still, it kept me reading and was entertaining.

Dic 22, 2019, 3:39pm

Hey Roni, boo about the knee but glad you're getting some good reading in. I stopped reading the Custard Protocol books after the first one and it looks like I may have made the right choice there. I at least want to reread the original quintet before revisiting, because part of why (I think) I didn't *love* it was that I didn't remember a lot of the details and missed the nods to it.

Dic 22, 2019, 3:40pm

>104 ronincats: I hope your cyst resolves quickly and with minimal pain. What a bummer at any time, and moreso just now. It's good that there isn't ice to slip on in these parts.

Dic 22, 2019, 3:45pm

And now, to my visitors...

>97 Berly: The problem, Kim, is that he always wants to confiscate half of what I bring home for his own use. I have to put limits on--like he has to give up something if he wants a new piece!

>98 magicians_nephew: A reviewer said the book (WD) was great story telling but without a sense of humor (or humanity) and that's why HE found it not re-readable.. A good point, Jim, and very true of Mort(e) as well. And that's why I continue to love The Wind in the Willows as well.

>99 foggidawn: Oh yeah! I've got the other one requested now.

>100 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, and a lovely and hopeful Solstice to you as well!

>101 SandyAMcPherson: Lovely image, Sandy. Thank you.

>102 EBT1002: Hope your weather is improving in Kauai, Ellen. And thanks for letting me know what you got. I think I still have that book on my shelves--I should check it out!

>103 LizzieD: Hi, Peggy. Sorry to hear about your sinuses as well!

I think I'm going to check this book out. I love Susan Cooper.

And HEY, EVERYBODY!! Here's a podcast of Neal Gaiman reading A Christmas Carol!!!!

Dic 22, 2019, 3:46pm

Aaaand, hi to Mary and Susan, who snuck in while I was composing here.

Dic 22, 2019, 5:19pm

>104 ronincats: So I guess that goes under the heading of "every cloud has a silver lining". Hope your knee heals soon and that you get lot of great reading done in the meantime :)

Dic 22, 2019, 9:49pm

>42 ronincats: I love the back wall of the bookshop. And as always, your dishes are lovely. Glad you did good business at the last show of the season for you.

I read a preview of The Spirit in the Clay and would love to read the whole thing. I love the Chapel Hollow books.

ps, the touchstone for The Paladin is wrong.

Dic 22, 2019, 9:52pm

Dropping by to hope that your Sunday has been a lovely one, Roni.

Dic 23, 2019, 1:16am

Hi Roni, I came to offer sympathy for your poor knee. I am so tired of being "out of commission" although you are right - it's does give me plenty of reading time. I am just hoping that the new year will have some solutions for me.

Dic 23, 2019, 1:55am

>107 ronincats: Love that cover!

Sorry to read about the knee. I hope the rest will help and that the painkillers are sorting the pain. More reading time sounds bearable!

Dic 23, 2019, 9:32am

Sorry to hear about your knee, Roni. I hope you a have a good holiday, with plenty of time for resting and reading.

Dic 23, 2019, 9:37am

Hope you feel better soon. I don't see much reading in my future until after Christmas, so read a chapter or two for me, please! ;)

Dic 23, 2019, 2:51pm

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Dic 23, 2019, 6:11pm

Sorry to hear about your knee, Roni, but it looks like it is great for your reading. I'm currently reading Hollow Kingdom, the one with the crow. It definitely has a sense of humour.

>96 ronincats: I like the red one (the one on the right) and was looking for something like that without writing on it for a gift. I guess I should have gone to a craft show but I wasn't looking back when they were on.

Dic 24, 2019, 2:23am

Or in other words, Happy Christmas! And have a great New Year as well.

Dic 24, 2019, 6:08am

Get well soon, Rony.
A Baker's cyst is painful, but it will pass - very soon, I hope.

I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a peaceful time.

Dic 24, 2019, 11:23am

Hope you have pain-free, happy holidays, Roni! Stay cozy and read a lot :)

Dic 24, 2019, 12:38pm

Have a comfy, caring, and very

Merry Christmas!

Dic 24, 2019, 12:46pm

Hi, Roni - Just stopping by after a long hiatus from LT to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Hope you recover from your knee problem soon - it sounds painful and inconvenient, esp. around the holidays - but what a wonderful reason to take it easy and get some good reading done! Miss you and hope to spend more time on LT in 2020.

Dic 24, 2019, 12:52pm

I'm really behind on threads, Roni, but want to wish you a

Dic 24, 2019, 10:11pm

I am so enjoying everyone's holiday messages. By the time I get around the threads tomorrow, Christmas will practically be over for some of you, so I'll post this here for now. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, some other tradition or none at all, this is what I wish for you all!

Dic 25, 2019, 2:20am

Hi Roni! The weather has not improved but we're managing to enjoy! Tonight, Christmas eve, it is storming to beat the band. We're hoping the flash floods and power outages about which we have been warned do not come to pass. Still, we've been in the ocean a couple of times (even the quietest of coves has been washing machine like and many have "no swimming" signs with red flags out), have enjoyed Shave Ice twice, and are getting in some good reading time.

from "paradise"!!

Dic 25, 2019, 12:16pm

I hope your knee feels better soon!

Merry Christmas from Montana!

Editado: Dic 26, 2019, 10:45pm

Charlotte was my secret Santa and I received the following books thanks to her!!

Book #171 Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep (417 pp.)

Second book in a YA trilogy, this continues to be original enough to keep me reading. Those who enjoyed the Queen of the Tearling series should definitely like this.

I was looking for some holiday reading yesterday and found these three Kindle novellas that I put on my ebook at Christmas time back in 2016 and never finished. Sappy holiday romance-type reading--they were free, what can I say? The first was the best of the lot. The last was the worst (Ple-e-a-s-e-e!!) And now they can come off the Kindle.

Book #172 A Dangerous Nativity by Caroline Warfield (90 pp.)
Book #173 All She Wants for Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett (89 pp.)
Book #174 Holiday Heat by Noelle Adams (85 pp.)

Dic 25, 2019, 6:25pm

Thank you for coming by, Reba, Chris (fixed the touchstone, thanks!), Paul, Judy, Charlotte, Joe, Cassie, Chelle, Meg, Rhian, Thomas, Reba again, Susan, Mary (I was just thinking of you--delighted to hear you may be around next year), Karen, Ellen, and Janet (love that ornament). Merry Christmas to you all!!

Dic 25, 2019, 8:00pm

bad news about your knee Roni - I hope it heals well and fast. And thank you for your seasonal message.

Dic 25, 2019, 8:09pm

Here's a fitting book to wish you a Very Merry Christmas!

And a merry Christmas to you Roni!

I hope that knee heals fast.

Dic 25, 2019, 9:40pm

Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

Dic 26, 2019, 2:06am

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Editado: Dic 29, 2019, 3:17pm

calm and I could use some friends over here in this new joint...

The 2020 Group is up!

Dic 26, 2019, 12:59pm

Happy Holidays Roni! Hope you're having a great season. We'll see each other in 2020!

Dic 26, 2019, 10:19pm

Thanks, Ron and Ella. The knee was much better yesterday, but I fear I've been on it a bit too much today.

Thank you, Paul and Ann.

I've joined the group, Jim, and will set up a thread over the next few days. Hard to believe there are only 5 more days in 2019.

Thank you, Rachel. I know we will!!

Christmas was definitely quiet but peaceful. On Christmas Eve, my family opens their gifts over at my sister's house and I was able to Facetime with them during part of it. It would appear I chose wisely and people really liked their gifts, even the ones they didn't expect/request. We opened our gifts Christmas morning. My husband isn't into gifts so he gets mostly gift cards, but I got almost everything on my Amazon wishlist.

A bathtub tray and a new bath pillow for my morning reading time--no longer will I be in danger of dropping a library book or tablet into the tub! A puzzle caddy so I can do jigsaw puzzles in the she-shack, but move them out of the way when I need the table for cutting out fabric (and I have never been able to do puzzles in the main house thanks to the cats!). A new cat-themed mouse pad to replace the one (many years old, also cat-themed) that keeps leaving black marks on my desktop, and with a built-in wrist pad. New Olfa rotary cutter that works 500% BETTER than the cheap pair I initially bought! And some quirky kitchen stuff. And books from my secret Santa, Charlotte!

NO returns for me!!

Editado: Dic 27, 2019, 12:31am

>135 ronincats: Hurray for the right gifts all around!! Enjoy. : )

Best wishes for the rest of this holiday season!! See you in 2020!

Dic 27, 2019, 3:32pm

>135 ronincats: Looks like a wonderful Christmas haul Roni - merry Christmas!

Dic 28, 2019, 9:53am

Hi Roni!

It's always such a pleasure to have people love the gifts you give them, isn't it? And, of course getting what you want is fun, too.

Dic 28, 2019, 12:46pm

Happy to read that you had a good Christmas, Roni. Ours was quiet but also very good. How's that knee of yours? I am finding that my foot isn't as swollen as it was and it's not as painful to walk on so I am feeling more hopeful.

Dic 28, 2019, 3:36pm

Looks like a wonderful Christmas haul, Roni. I hope you are getting better.

Dic 28, 2019, 4:37pm

>135 ronincats: That is a great Christmas haul, Roni!
The puzzle caddy looks handy, I never knew those existed!

Dic 28, 2019, 5:59pm

Here's a post from Barack Obama with his favorite books of 2019--such a mensch!

>136 Berly: Thanks, Kim!
>137 souloftherose: Merry Christmas to you too, Heather.
>138 karenmarie: Greatest pleasure of all is when the unrequested gift you got them hits the mark, Karen. Nothing like it!
>139 DeltaQueen50: Yes, it does appear to be getting better, although it can flare up if I'm on it too much. Thanks for asking, Judy, and I'm glad your foot is also better.
>140 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg.
>141 FAMeulstee: I've had that on my wishlist for a couple of years, Anita, but with the she-shack out back, large complex puzzles have become a possibility!

Book #175 Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton (309 pp.)

This wasn't The Hollow Kingdom I was expecting from the library, but it was a very interesting read of the apocalypse from a tame crow's POV!

Editado: Dic 30, 2019, 2:23pm

This is the feature that started me using Goodreads regularly to track my books in addition to LibraryThing! It's a little previous, as I will probably finish one or two more books, but hey, it's here to enjoy. (And on Goodreads, you can click on the covers and they enlarge so you can actually read them!)

Dic 28, 2019, 7:09pm

Oh boy oh boy you got Flames! I do so love that book. Who knew Tasmanian magical realism was a thing?! My Texas friend Todd lives in Tasmania now, but is oddly reluctant to stalk Robbie Arnott for some reason...silly straight boy.

Dic 30, 2019, 2:22pm

>144 richardderus: Well, of course! The only reason it was on my wishlist was your enthusiastic recommendation of it.

Dic 30, 2019, 10:33pm

Hope you had a merry Christmas and wishing you the best for the new year!

Dic 30, 2019, 11:21pm

I can't catch up, but I'm glad that you're using your holiday to read, Roni! Happy New Year ahead of time!

Dic 31, 2019, 1:07am

>143 ronincats: Oooh! I like that feature! But I can't imagine trying to keep my book reads current on TWO sites--I can barely keep up on one. LOL

Dic 31, 2019, 8:04am

>143 ronincats: How did you get that display from Goodreads?
I can click the stats in my messages but have no idea how to export that graphic. It is way cool!

Dic 31, 2019, 1:42pm

Thank you, Cassie and Peggy.

>148 Berly: Goodreads does make it easy, Kim--I just need to search the book, click read and toggle the date and it does all the rest.

>149 SandyAMcPherson: Sandy, when I go to My Books and click on Stats, I then click on Details for 2019. When I get the graphic, if I right click in the corner above 2019, my Mac gives me as one of the options, "Take a Screenshot", which I do and then save it and then put it in my Gallery here.

Dic 31, 2019, 5:20pm

December stats:

Books read: 21
Pages read: 5950
Average pages per day: 192
Average pages per book: 280

New reads: 16
Rereads: 5
Library books: 8
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 5
New acquisitions read: 2
Did Not Finish (DNF): 1

science fiction 1
fantasy 12
children's 2
nonfiction 1
fiction 1
romance 4
mystery 2

Author gender: 17 female, 4 male

Media: 7 Kindle, 12 hardback, 3 trade paperback

Books acquired: 6 (4 were gifts)
Read: 0/6
Genre: 0-science fiction, 3-fantasy, 2-nonfiction, 1-fiction, 0-romance, 0-mystery
Cost: $6.49

Books out the door: 3

Dic 31, 2019, 5:22pm

Wishing you 12 months of success
52 weeks of laughter
366 days of fun (leap year!)
8,784 hours of joy
527,040 minutes of good luck
and 31,622,400 seconds of happiness!!

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 5:33pm

2019 Wrap-up

Goals for 2019:

1. Read 150 books and 50,000 pages. MET. I read 176 books and 57,505 pages.

2. Read at least 40 books off my own bookshelves (BOMBs). Nope, only managed 22 books off my shelves that were there prior to January 1.

3. Acquire no more than 80 books. Actually, I acquired 81. Bummer. But I did manage to read over half of them, 43 books. That still has me falling behind though, doesn't it?

4. 50 books out the door once more. GOAL MET in spades! I did a BIG cleanout early in the year of over 100 books, and then got my total up to 118 for the whole year. That makes up for acquiring one book over my limit, doesn't it?

2019 stats:

Books read: 176
Pages read: 57505
Average pages per day: 162
Average pages per book: 327

New reads: 126
Rereads: 51
Library books: 55
Books off the shelf (ROOTS): 22
New acquisitions read: 43
Did Not Finish (DNF): 3

science fiction 39
fantasy 102
children's 9
nonfiction 12
fiction 5
romance 12
mystery 7

Author gender: 130 female, 59 male

Books acquired: 81
Read: 43/81
Genre: 12-science fiction, 42-fantasy, 11-nonfiction, 8-fiction, 1-romance, 1-mystery
Cost: $358.19
Average Cost per Book: $4.53

Books out the door: 118

Complete lists of books read and acquired are here: >4 ronincats: and >5 ronincats:

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 6:58pm

>152 Berly: Thank you, Kimberly!

And my final book of 2019 was

Book #176 David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (386 pp.)

This was recommended by Richard. Set in a post-apocalyptic Lagos, Nigeria, this war between gods thrown out of their own plane of existence and humans, led by half-human, half-god David Mogo, has a high level of violence (although not deaths of named characters) and a rather subdued ending, but the setting is superb and the use of Yoruba religious concepts such as orishas is a welcome variation from traditional fantasy.

Editado: Dic 31, 2019, 6:53pm

>143 ronincats: Roni, thanks for posting how to find this feature on Goodreads.

I've never taken trouble to keep up on GR before, just mostly using it because some early reviewer publishers want 2 different places to see reviews. So besides LT, my main catalogue place, I started GR in 2018 but never bothered with the reading date field!

So today, I caught that aspect up and added some more of my 2019 reading. Not all of the books from the 75 challenge (I read 108), but I did add my newest reading of books from this year.

So I sure blew off HOURS of time today. I will do better for 2020, because I really like seeing the stats they provide. I don't have to mess with spreadsheets! Yay!

Slide over to my 2019 thread to see the visuals... (I haven't signed on to the 2020 thread for this group. I keep thinking I spend too much time reading threads instead of actually reading books! Except I know I'll read threads anyway because I'll miss all my new cyber-friends!)

All the best for good health and lots of splendid reading in 2020...

Editado: Ene 26, 2020, 11:55pm

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Ene 28, 2020, 6:53am

>21 ronincats: I am glad you got to read that book Roni. Thanks for the mention.

Now I need to read all these other reviews you have written :)