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1Whisper1
Editado: Ene 3, 4:01pm



My name is Linda. I joined this group in 2008. A co-worker mentioned it as a great way to catalog books. I immediately, searched and found this 75 challenge group.

I've met many great people! This is a wonderful, and healthy social media group of friendly, kind and lovely folk.

I retired two years ago from 36 years of teaching/advising publications at a local university -- Lehigh, located in Bethlehem, PA --. I met many wonderful students, and I always smile this time of year when I receive lovely Christmas cards from many who keep in touch

Shortly after my retirement, my partner of 18 years had heart surgery. Sadly, he died three months after the surgery from complications regarding sarcoidosis and copd. When I am sad, I remember how fortunate I was to know such a loving, intelligent, kind man.

I look forward to learning about books read by group members, which usually equates to adding more books to my library.

2Whisper1
Editado: Feb 2, 1:58pm

BOOK #1 OF 2021

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

This is a wonderful young adult book. The premise is that nine children live on an island. When a blue boat arrives, one member must leave, and another currently in the boat becomes a new member. When one of the group members refuses to leave when the boat comes for her, major changes occur on the island.

3Whisper1
Ene 3, 3:34pm

BOOK #2 OF 2021


The Duchess by Penny Junor

I found this book regarding the long-awaited wife of Prince Charles of England, to be boring and filled with titles, unimportant details, and a long-winded story of the affair of Camilla Parker Bowles and Price Charles while they were both married.

4FAMeulstee
Ene 3, 4:46pm

Happy reading in 2021, Linda!

>2 Whisper1: Sounds like a good read to me, I hope it will be translated.

5Whisper1
Ene 3, 4:47pm

>4 FAMeulstee: Anita, I waited, and today was able to join the group.. What a fiasco yesterday was. Many thanks for your help.

6johnsimpson
Ene 3, 5:05pm

Hi Linda my dear, i have dropped my star off and look forward to many visits to your thread my very dear friend.

7quondame
Ene 3, 5:17pm

Ah, here you are in a properly labeled thread!
It looks like you've already been quite busy!

8cbl_tn
Ene 3, 6:32pm

Happy New Year Linda! Orphan Island sounds interesting. I'll keep an eye out for it!

9PaulCranswick
Ene 3, 6:35pm



And keep up with my friends here, Linda (again). Have a great 2021.

10jessibud2
Ene 3, 6:55pm

Found you! Happy new year and new thread, Linda. I look forward to following your reading and wonderful illustrated books, too.

11thornton37814
Ene 3, 7:13pm

Looking forward to following along and seeing how many of your book bullets hit me. Have a great year of reading.

12Whisper1
Ene 3, 9:25pm

>6 johnsimpson: It is so good to see your name on my thread. I look forward to visiting you in 2021, learning about your adventures with Karen.

I know you like to read clunkers...large books. I await learning which ones you read.

All good wishes to you and Karen!

13Whisper1
Ene 3, 9:26pm

>7 quondame: Susan, it was quite an adventure to finally get the correct title for my thread for this year. I look forward to visiting your thread and learning of the books you read.

14Whisper1
Ene 3, 9:27pm

>8 cbl_tn: Hi Carrie. I'm sorry I lost touch with you last year. I vow to visit your thread more often and not lose contact. All good wishes for 2021.

15Whisper1
Ene 3, 9:29pm

>15 Whisper1: Hello Dear Friend Paul! Thanks for stopping by. I like the list of commitments for this year. I'll try my best to keep up. I vow to get back to walking and volunteering when this nasty virus leaves us for good.

I look forward to learning what you read. When I visited your thread early this afternoon, I noted you read four books already!

16Whisper1
Ene 3, 9:32pm

>10 jessibud2: Hi Shelley. I look forward to visiting threads more often this year. I realize that I've been grieving Will's passing. It is time to move forward. I hope that the covid virus leaves us so that we can all get back to a "normal" life.

I will be reading a lot of illustrated books this year, as my little buddy Andres loves to learn.

17Whisper1
Ene 3, 9:33pm

>11 thornton37814: Hi Lori. I am always in awe of both the quality and the number of books you read every year. I look forward to visiting your thread and keeping more active this year.

18figsfromthistle
Ene 3, 9:35pm

Happy New year!

19Whisper1
Ene 3, 9:42pm

And, the same to you Anita!

20drneutron
Ene 3, 10:08pm

I’ve edited the Threadbook to point to this thread instead of the mislabeled one. Glad you got it sorted!

21RBeffa
Ene 3, 11:19pm

I've dropped off a star on your new, new thread. Orphan Island has piqued my interest and I look forward to what else you are reading this year.

I'm very sorry you lost your partner two years ago Linda.

22Foxen
Ene 3, 11:47pm

Happy new year, Linda! Starring your thread and adding Orphan Island to the wishlist!

23curioussquared
Ene 4, 12:28am

Hi Linda! I liked Orphan Island when I read it a few years ago, too :) Glad to see you're starting off the year with a good read!

24scaifea
Ene 4, 8:00am

Hi, Linda!

>2 Whisper1: Orphan Island is on my list already - I'm happy to see that you enjoyed it!

25JadeJordan
Ene 4, 8:12am

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26jnwelch
Ene 4, 9:42am

Happy New Year, Linda! Looking forward to a fun 2021 on LT.

27streamsong
Ene 4, 11:36am

Whoops posted on the wrong thread!

Happy New Year, Linda! How is the pain?

I look forward to following your reading and seeing all the lovely illustrations you post.

28cyderry
Ene 4, 12:10pm

Wonderful to "see" you!

29allthesedarnbooks
Ene 4, 2:02pm

Ooh, Orphan Island looks good Linda! Onto the TBR pile it goes! :)

30Whisper1
Ene 4, 5:22pm

>20 drneutron: Thanks so much for your help Jim. I appreciate all you do to make this group run so smoothly.

31Whisper1
Ene 4, 5:32pm

>21 RBeffa: Thanks for your kind words Ron. I still grieve, but I know that the 18 years we had were pretty darn good.

I look forward to keeping track of what you are reading.

32msf59
Ene 4, 5:34pm

Happy New Year, Linda! Happy New thread. Looking forward to a better and healthier 2021.

*I posted this on your 2010 thread, (grins) and did not realize you started a new one.

33Whisper1
Editado: Ene 4, 6:20pm

>22 Foxen: Happy New Year Katie. I look forward to visiting your thread and learning what you like to read.

>23 curioussquared: Hi Natalie. Good luck with your three Greyhound dogs. And, congratulations on your engagement and new job.

>24 scaifea: Hi Amber. Happy 2020! I will be sure to visit your thread regularly.

>26 jnwelch: Hi Joe. Happy New Year of spending time with those adorable grand children!

>27 streamsong: Janet, I made a big mistake when I created my opening thread for this group. I'm glad you found this corrected link. All good wishes for a wonderful 2021.

Thanks for asking about my pain. I admit that I thought the radiofrequency ablation would help with the pain. It has caused more. But, the pain management surgeon said that sometimes it does take awhile for the burnt nerves to calm down. I am very positive in thinking it will eventually work. The success rate is high 60-80%.

>28 cyderry: Hello Friend. I think of you and wonder how you are doing.

34ronincats
Ene 4, 6:16pm

Dropping off my and wishing you the best of new years in 2021!

35Whisper1
Ene 4, 6:21pm

>34 ronincats: Dear Roni. Not a day goes by when I don't send positive thoughts your way. Your star is bring, but not as bright as you!

36Whisper1
Editado: Ene 10, 4:16pm

BOOK #3 OF 2021


The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

This book would be a lot better if there wasn't so much rambling by the sixth grade student who experiences the world off it's axis as day becomes night and night grows longer and longer.

People long for normalcy, and are perplexed and worried that as the time changes, there are more car accidents, more people are exceedingly disoriented.

There are splinter groups who refuse to listen to the government ruling how they should change their clocks. These people become ostracized, some move away, some are punished for not following the new rules.

The premise was interesting, but the writing was too disjointed.

37Carmenere
Ene 4, 7:59pm

Happy new year, Linda! Hope it's way better than you can ever imagine!

38thornton37814
Ene 4, 9:23pm

>36 Whisper1: Hopefully your next one will ramble a bit less.

39jayde1599
Ene 4, 9:45pm

>2 Whisper1: I will need to put Orphan Island on the wishlist!

40Whisper1
Ene 4, 9:45pm

>37 Carmenere: Lynda I think of you so often and naturally think of the grief we both have. The year of the "firsts" can be vey difficult. Hang in there. I once read that the grief we have is in proportion to the love we shared. I wish all good things for you n 2020. The first year of Will's passing was easier because I had a wonderful friend/neighbor who listened. It helped.

>38 thornton37814: Thanks Lori. I hope you have a lot of good reads in 2021.

41Whisper1
Editado: Feb 12, 6:41pm

BOOKS PURCHASED IN 2021

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42SirThomas
Ene 5, 12:58am

Happy New Year, Happy New second first Thread and a good life with a lot of books!
And the best wishes for your health, Linda!

43BLBera
Ene 5, 6:21pm

Happy New Year, Linda, for your second thread. :)

44Whisper1
Ene 5, 9:44pm

>42 SirThomas:...Tom, thanks for stopping by
>43 BLBera: ..Yes, it was quite a mistake I made. With the help of Jim (Dr. Neutron) the moderator of our group, I was able to get on track. Lesson learned

45Berly
Ene 6, 3:13am

Linda--Found you again!! : ) I look forward to reading about all your wonderful reads this year. Your thread always fills me with happiness.

46streamsong
Ene 6, 12:44pm

>33 Whisper1: Linda, I'm sorry to read that the radiofrequency ablation has still not produced the results you need. Here's praying that the nerves will calm down soon!

47LizzieD
Ene 6, 12:49pm

Glad to be here and set up my star at last! I'm sorry that the ablation wasn't immediately helpful and glad that you, as usual, are staying positive. I am too. I think that you're going to be very glad that you did it!

Happy New Year! Happy New Thread! Very Happy Reading, Linda dear!

48karenmarie
Ene 7, 12:59pm

Hi Linda! I, too, was a bit confused with the threads, but here I am, ready to enjoy another year with you.

I, too, hope that the nerves settle down and the ablation gives you the solution you need.

49bell7
Ene 8, 7:57pm

Happy 2021, Linda!

50Whisper1
Ene 9, 10:59am

Hi Mary

I hope your projects with your new house are going well.

51Whisper1
Editado: Ene 10, 4:15pm

BOOK # FOUR OF 2021


Fatal Throne by a team of seven writers who are Katharine of Araogan by by Candance Fleming, Henry VIII by M.T. Anderson, Anne Boleyn by Stephanie Hemphill, Jane Seymour by Lisa Ann Sandell, Anna of Cleves by Jennifer Donnelly, Catherine Howard by Linda Sue Park, Katheryn Parr by Deborah Hopkinson

I didn't expect this book to be so filled with facts, and so wonderfully pulled together with each Young Adult writer carefully examining the life of the Queen they wrote about. I've read many books about Henry's fated queens, and this one, though a novel, is very good.

Henry VIII had six wives, and many mistresses. His drive to have a son to pass on his Crown was successful for a short amount of time until his sickly heir died of what today is believed as TB.

Wife #1 Catherine Katharine of Aragon, was brought to England to meld the powers of Spain and England, hers is a sad tale. She married Edward, brother of Henry. While younger Henry was robust, physically strong, his scrawny son was too weak to consummate the marriage and did not live long after the marriage.

Catherine was kept in England, husbandless while Henry's father continually called for more funding from Catherine's Spanish parents, Queen and King of Aaron. She married Henry, bore a string of sickly, babies that could not thrive, then gave Henry his daughter Mary.

When Henry became infatuated with Anne Boleyn, a long legal battle occurred.
Stating that it was non moral to marry the wife of a brother, Henry tore apart his life and religion to marry Anne. Sickly, old, Catherine was sent to a castle, away from her beloved daughter.

Wife #2 The taunting, cunning Anne was given many jewels and stole Henry's heart. When she also had many babies who did not live, Henry continuously became less enamored. When finally, she became pregnant again, it was a girl, Elizabeth.

In order to get rid of her false accusations were made that were sexually scandalous. Anne's head was severed at the sharp cut of a French swordsman.

Wife #3 Finally, Jane Seymour, plain and young, gave Henry his son. While the son lived, then died later in life, Jane died shortly after birth of Edward

Wife #4 Anne of Cleves, by court standards, ugly, plain and not capable of learning the ways of court, she was painted as pretty by a portrait by court painter Hals Holbein. When Henry noted the large amount of differences between the painting and reality, he made Anne i his "dear sister." She survived and sent to live in her own homes given by Henry.

Wife #5 Cousin of Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard was a flitty, unwisely simply lovely young lady. When Henry learned that she was not a virgin when she came to him, and while a wife to him, had various meetings with court men. When indiscretions were discovered, she too lost her pretty little head.

Wife #6 Katherine Parr, the final wife of Henry who outlived him and married shortly after his death. Old, fat, puss flowing from a suppurating wound, Henry was no handsome king when he set eyes of the previously widowed Katherine Parr,. She nearly lost her head when members in his court convinced Henry she was too brazen in her religious, protestant leanings. She was able to discover the plot, and got to Henry in time to remind him that only he knew the correct biblical ways, and that she was merely a woman not capable of being as smart as Henry.

Well written, with each author writing about a specific wife, this was fascinating.

52Whisper1
Ene 9, 11:58am

>45 Berly: Kim, all good wishes to you both for good health and good reading.
>46 streamsong:, 47, 48 Through the pain, I really think the ablation will work. I'm leaning more on medical marijuana and it is helping.

53Whisper1
Editado: Ene 10, 4:15pm

BOOK #5 OF 2021


The Day The World Went Nuclear by Bill O'Reilly

Filled with details of building the atomic bombs that would produce terrible annihilation of people and buildings in Japan.

The book lists some of the battles of WWII, but mainly explores decisions that led to the use of the bomb that would forever change the world.

On August 6th, 8:16 Colonel Paul Tibbets has traveled six hours to reach Hiroshima, Japan and is about to unleash terror unlike any experienced before.

All crew members must wear specially designed glasses that would render anyone not wearing them blind.

Heavy, loaded with fuel and a very heavy payload, as Tibbets turns sharply to the right, the Enola Gay (named after his mother) , lurches and now is rid of the heavy bomb. The bomb wobbles that then straightens, missing the intended target of a t-shaped bridge, it is only three hundred yards from the target.

Successful, Tibbet and his crew deem the mission successful. Later they will learn of the bodies immediately seared with their internal organs boiling. Approximately 70,000 are dead within seconds. Those who did not die are doomed to incredible pain from the radiation burns and skin that peals off various body parts.

Still the Emperor of Japan does not give any sign of surrender. He walls in his gardens while his people die.

Now, the second bomb, named Bockscar , is ready to leave from the North field of Tnian, Mariana islands. The date is August 9. Unlike the smooth run of the Enola Gay, this run to target Kokura, does not begin well and various issues occur throughout the journey to the intended target, making the necessity to change to drop the bomb in Nagasaki.

Bad weather has plagued the bomb. And, on their return flight, the Almost out of fuel, the trip home is tenuous. Landing so hard that upon arrival the bomber bounced 25 feet into the air. Lacking fuel, the engines one by one shut down. Remarkably, they are successful at landing at Okinawa, which was not the intended landing site.

Now, the world has changed forever. We deem these missions as justifiable by usingU Japan's surprise attack of US Pearl Harbor, and calculating the number of lives saved if the bombs were not used, Still, years later, we debate if it was necessary to use these bomb. While now, other countries have this potential as well.

54jayde1599
Ene 9, 8:37pm

>52 Whisper1:: I am glad you are finding some relief from the pain. Just before Christmas, my FIL fell off of a roof he was fixing. He broke his ribs and clavicle and said that MM really helped to ease the pain he was in. He still has a long road to heal, but he was able to function.

55SirThomas
Ene 10, 5:01am

I hope you get better soon and the pain subsides greatly.
Have a wonderful Sunday anyway, Linda.

56msf59
Ene 10, 3:57pm

Happy Sunday, Linda. I hope you are feeling okay. I did wish you a Happy New Year up there. You may have missed me.
Not a fan of Bill O'Reilly, so I have avoided his books.

57Whisper1
Ene 10, 4:14pm

>54 jayde1599: Jess, I send wishes to your father in law for healing. It sound like he has a long journey to heal. Thank God though that he did not have a fatal ending.
>55 SirThomas: Thanks Tom! I read a lot this week. Being sedentary and reading as well as taking medical marijuana helps. I appreciate your kind words.
>56 msf59: Hi Mark. Hi. I am not a fall of Bill O'Reilly either. I dislike the man, but he is a good writer. I learned a lot from reading this book. I'm not tempted to read any of his other books.

58Whisper1
Editado: Ene 10, 4:33pm

BOOK #6 OF 2021


Tyrannosaurus Sue:The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought After T. Rex Ever Found by Steve Fiffer

What an interesting book!!! Sue is the largest complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Named Sue after the paleontologist who found her in the South Dakota bad lands.
She is quoted as saying that the dinosaur called to her. She walked seven miles and found the bones embedded in the soil.

This is a story of not only finding the mega fossil, but the major happenings that occurred as a result of fighting mainly with the federal government over ownership.
A friend and fellow lover of discovery, was jailed for two years because he fought over the right of ownership.

In the end, Sue was placed on auction by Sotheby's in New York City. With the financial support of McDonalds and Disney, when the gavel was finally hit, the total for this incredible discovery was 8.3 million dollars.

Sue is displayed at the Field Museum in Chicago. The journey of 65 million years from when Sue rested in the cretaceous earth, discovered, battled over viciously, she now is housed in a museum where millions can discover her history, this was a fascinating story.

59Whisper1
Editado: Ene 11, 10:08pm

BOOK #7 OF 2021


Effie The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millias by Suzanne Fagence Cooper

This is an utterly fascinating book, not only regarding the sexless marriage of John Ruskin and Effie Gray, but most importantly the social roles of women in Victorian age.

John Ruskin wanted to marry the much younger Effie Gray. He toyed and played games regarding his commitment and possible love of Effie. Finally, he tried to put aside his penchant for little girls, but continued to allow his parents, particularly his mommy, to rule his life and marriage.

Ruskin was the foremost art critic of his time. Well admired and an opinion that mattered greatly in the art world. He gradually grew to like and admire the art of the Pre Raphaelite painters, of which handsome, intelligent and accomplished Millais was well respected.

He solidified his role in the Pre Raphaelite world by painting one of the most respected works of Ophelia.



Effie Gray was a mere 19 years old when she married Ruskin, a much older dapper man. On the night of her honeymoon, there was no intimacy. Through the years, this continued. Despite her attempts to woe him, she was told that her body abhorred him and brought no desire to touch her.

In the Victorian courts, it was exceedingly difficult for a woman to seek and win a divorce. With her parents assistance, she fought the courts and gradually won a split from Ruskin on the grounds of impotence.

A man who was attached to his parents, loving only his mommy, the divorce brought scandal to Ruskin.

Ruskin admired the works of Millais, and during a summer vacation to Scotland, Effie's home of origin, he asked Millais to paint him. This too became one of the famous paintings of Millais.



The three shared a small house, and while Millias left them behind most of the day, Effie and Millais grew to admire and love each other. Sensing her extreme unhappiness, Effie disclosed hers was a seven year marriage with no intimacy.

This is a fascinating look of Victorian mores and rules. Effie did win a divorce, and she and Millias married and produced eight children.

If you, like me admire the works of the Pre Raphelites, this is a must read.

60curioussquared
Ene 11, 12:56pm

>51 Whisper1: What an interesting concept for a book! I'm going to have to put this one on the list :)
>59 Whisper1: This one too!

You are on a roll with seven books down already!

61BLBera
Ene 11, 2:13pm

Wow, Linda, you are really reading a lot these first few days of 2021. I hope the pain is better. The book about the wives of Henry VIII sounds fun. My sister taught me a rhyme to remember: Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

Effie also sounds interesting.

62Berly
Ene 11, 7:20pm

>51 Whisper1: That one sounds really good! I have read a few books about Henry's many wives, but I like the take on this one.

>61 BLBera: What a rhyme!!

>59 Whisper1: And another BB! You are a dangerous woman, Linda! : )

63figsfromthistle
Ene 11, 8:37pm

Wow! You are on a roll with fantastic books! 2 BB for me!

64AMQS
Ene 12, 9:58am

Linda, you are off to a fantastic reading start. Best wishes to you - I hope you have a good day.

65Whisper1
Ene 13, 12:07pm

Good Morning Beth, Kim, Anita, and Anne, Thanks for visiting! Happy 2021 to all with wishes that your books will be wonderful!

66Whisper1
Editado: Ene 16, 3:29pm

BOOK #8 OF 2021


The Art of the Con by Anthony M. Amore

This was an interesting and in depth study of the seedy underworld of fraud of some of the most well-known masters.

Art fraud arrives in many ways, those who study well noted works of art in museums, galleries, and private owners. It was noted by the former head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY that it well may be that approximately 40% of works of art in museums may be frauds.

I found it interesting how well known curators knew there is a smooth-running underbelly of scams, some of which were paintings that were sold for millions at famous institutions who laud these fake works as the gavel hits after bids for higher and higher amounts.

67jessibud2
Ene 13, 12:22pm

>66 Whisper1: - Linda, I saw a really interesting documentary not long ago about art forgery in New York City. It was called *Made You Look*. Here is an article about it:

https://observer.com/2020/04/knoedler-gallery-forgery-scandal-documentary-made-y...

68streamsong
Ene 13, 12:53pm

Hi Linda! I'm glad you are finding some pain relief.

>58 Whisper1: Tyrannosaurus Sue sounds interesting. This past year there was a very short series called Dino Hunters on one of the Discovery Channels about dino hunting in Montana. I thought it was fascinating. I hope they do a season two and I'll keep an eye out for this book.

>59 Whisper1: Beautiful review! Thank you for all the gorgeous illustrations.

I love the variety of books that you read.

69Berly
Ene 14, 7:44am

>66 Whisper1: >68 streamsong: I will echo streamsong -- I love the variety in your reading so far! : )

70FAMeulstee
Ene 14, 3:43pm

I noticed that today is your 13th Thingaversary, Linda, congratulations!
You came to LT just before I did, I joined in March that year.

71tututhefirst
Ene 14, 9:01pm

Hello Linda,

Sorry I've been absent this past year, but I'm sure Cheli has kept you up to date. We are now in a closer spot, and I hope when the world opens up again to take a drive up (maybe with Cheli) to see your beautiful town.

and Happy Thingaversary! 13 years...It's amazing how we have kept up this group for so long. Looking forward to all the wonderful book recommendations I always get from you.

72BLBera
Ene 15, 9:55am

Happy Thingaversary, Linda.

73magicians_nephew
Editado: Ene 15, 4:03pm

For some reason I had not gotten you onto my starred list for this year Linda - just rushing in to catch up and drop my star and wish you well

>59 Whisper1: The main bombing plane for the Nagasaki rad was called Bock's Car for the pilot

The second bomb was Fat Man - Little Boy was the bomb dropped on Hiroshima

I've always hesitated in reading Bill O'Reilly's history books for fear of running into his heavy handed political commentary in them. They say his book on Lincoln was pretty good.

Richard Rhodes's The Making of the Atomic Bomb is a pretty good discussion of the Bomb and where it came from and what it did.

>59 Whisper1: they always say about Rushkin that he say his bride undressed for the first time on their wedding night and the fact that she had a woman's body and pubic hair sent him running out of the room. Her second marriage fared better.

74johnsimpson
Ene 15, 5:14pm

Hi Linda my dear, happy Thingaversary dear friend.

75Whisper1
Ene 16, 3:05pm

>67 jessibud2: Hi Shelley, Thanks for the link regarding art forgery in NYC. I appreciate it. One of my favorite things to do is to take my grand daughter via bus into NYC to the Natural History Museum. She loves the dinosaurs, but most importantly the large whale image attached to the wall of the exhibit of sea animals. She is 17 now and may enjoy the art museum. We will go to both when the pandemic is under control.

>68 streamsong: Janet, I will try to find the special regarding dinosaur bone hunting in Montana. Thanks for mentioning this.

>69 Berly: Thanks Kim!

>70 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita. I may have mentioned that a co-worker found LT through an ad posted on Goodreads. I began to use it in the way she did, for an accounting of books read. She mentioned she read 50 books a year, but did not join any of the groups. I found my way to the 75 group, and I'm glad I did. I've met many wonderful people, like you!

>71 tututhefirst: Hi Tina, In a phone call, Cheli mentioned you were moving away from Maine and closer to where she lived. It would be wonderful to see both of you!

>72 BLBera: Thanks Beth!

>73 magicians_nephew: Jim, Thanks for mentioning the Rhodes book. I will be sure to look for it. And, thanks for visiting my thread.

While Ruskin was a well-known art critic who supported the Pre Raphaelites, he really was an odd duck. Way too attached to mommy, and in my readings I found that he had a penchant for little girls, I think him a cruel man.

>74 johnsimpson: Thanks John!

76Whisper1
Editado: Ene 19, 9:00pm

BOOK #9 OF 2021


A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

This is an interesting and lovely illustrated Caldecott Honor Book. Incorporating the Chinese tradition of the art of making moon cakes, in this story Little Star and her mother made a large Moon Cake. She was told not to eat any of the cake.

Drawn to the cake, she snuck out of bed each night to each just a little piece. Then, she ate so much that the cake gradually took on the shapes of the moon, full, 3/4, 1/2 and then 1/4 until, the moon cake is finished eating. Then, another is made!

77ronincats
Ene 16, 3:19pm

(((((Linda)))))

78Whisper1
Ene 16, 3:20pm

>76 Whisper1: Hi Dear Friend Roni. Thinking of you!

79Whisper1
Editado: Ene 16, 3:28pm

BOOK #10 OF 2021


Sleep Like a Tiger

80Whisper1
Editado: Ene 17, 10:34am

BOOK #10 OF 2021


Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue with illustrations of Pamela Zagarenski

This is a beautifully illustrated book! From the first through the last pages, I smiled when I saw the incredible illustrations. If you appreciate illustrated books, this one is not to be missed as the author and illustrator take us on a journey through the land of animals living in the world.

A little girl has difficulty sleeping, until each night she tries to sleep like a different animal. Finally, it is the tiger that mesmerizes her into sleep!

Well worth the Caldecott Honor it received!
Highly Recommended -- Five Stars!


81magicians_nephew
Ene 16, 5:54pm

Beautiful, Linda

82BLBera
Ene 17, 10:25am

Sleep Like a Tiger looks charming, Linda. I love Grace Lin's illustrations as well.

83PaulCranswick
Ene 17, 10:27am

>80 Whisper1: That does look and sound charming, Linda.

Have a lovely Sunday dear lady.

84Whisper1
Ene 17, 10:36am

>82 BLBera: Beth, While I read Grace Lin's YA books, I had no idea she was such a wonderful artist!

>83 PaulCranswick: Ditto Friend Paul!

85Whisper1
Editado: Ene 17, 1:04pm

BOOK #11 OF 2021


The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Young Emily Winfield Martin, has already paved a way into an incredible artist of children's illustrated book. This book is a #1 New York Time Bestseller.

As the article notes, this is a story of a child with limitless possibilities. As the mother walks with her daughter she tells her the wonderment of what she may be. Asking, "Will you sand up for good by saving the day?" or Will you tell a story only you can know?" or " Will you know what it means to grow things?"
At the end of the story, the little girl is told she will be loved Whoever she grows up to be!

This is such a heartwarming story, filled with beautiful illustrations, that I chose, after reading it and purchasing it at Barnes and Nobel in 2016, that this is one worth reading again and again.



I enjoy children's illustrated books, a genre where artists can have their talents affirmed.
Please enjoy me on my journey of discovering beautiful art in an inspiring form.

86Whisper1
Editado: Ene 17, 1:28pm

BOOK #12 OF 2021


You and Me and the wishing tree by Nancy Tillman

I am fortunate to live in a wonderful neighborhood. The people are family to me. At the end of 2020, I vowed to tutor a little six year old in the neighborhood who is learning Kindergarten online.

Because there are no other little ones in the neighborhood, I had hoped he would be able to go to non online school, primarily because so many social skills are learned in school.

I am opening his mind to the beauty of reading. We meet twice a week to go over what he is learning on line, and also to learn words through pictures. This is the most recent book I read with him, and he liked it tremendously. We talked about what he would wish for if he awoke to a wishing tree outside his bedroom window.

He profoundly said, "I would wish everyone would be healthy, and I didn't have to worry about my abuela catching the virus and dying."

His comment reminded me that it isn't just adults who worry about this terrible pandemic, it is the young who think about this as well. And that while children wish for happy things, their minds also worry.

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You and Me and The Wishing Tree by Nancy Tillman

A parent and child awoke to a beautiful red/orange wishing tree on their lawn. Their double wishes joined as they journeyed through a poetic world of possibilities.

The young boy wants to fly, and up he, his dog and his mother went flying high over the wishing tree. They flew over the water where dolphins play, and to a carnival where a rabbit in a basket has the opportunity to travel as well.

There were bears, butterflies and large, beautiful sunflowers. And, as the day ended, the silly sleep head of the boy was wishing to be back in his bed. Before that occurred, he was transported there with huge colored balloons!

Nancy Tillman's children's books are well-known and given at baby showers to welcome a brand new world of a baby and all that awaits.



87Whisper1
Ene 17, 8:21pm

BOOK # 13 OF 2021


Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

This is the second book by the author. The first, Moon Over Manifest won a Newbery medal. I tremendously enjoyed that book.

While at times this book seems too full of detail, and it did drag at points. Yet, I am glad I stuck with it. It is a tremendous book of two aungust ridden young boys, both of whom recently had a major loss in their lives.

Sent to a private school in Maine, Jack Baker is traumatically uprooted from his home in Kansas, and placed near a large body of water in Maine. Accustomed to flat land, he struggles not to be ill from the motion. A loner who does not fit in, he is drawn to Early Auden, another person who tends to be by himself and not like to be in groups.

It is water that is one of the continual themes of the book. Jack doesn't like, then goes on a long journey of water. And when both boys go on their quest of healing, water and a tumbling, rapid, out of control events occurs.

The two bond. There is a quest, a bear, a medal, a boat, water, mountains and complex math running throughout.

The story It tugs at your heart and pulls you to the finish. I really liked this.

88RBeffa
Ene 17, 8:34pm

13 books already. My, you are doing well. I like illustrated children's books also. I need to pick them up more often. I hope our library has sleep like a tiger.

89thornton37814
Ene 17, 9:29pm

>87 Whisper1: I really love the cover illustration on that one.

90Berly
Editado: Ene 18, 1:58am

Happy belated 13th Thingaversary! I have completely lost track of when I joined and I think my day was back in December. Does that mean I am due more books? I think so!! Off to check...

I joined on Dec 2, 2008! That means I have ben here 12 years!

91msf59
Ene 18, 7:58am



Morning, Linda. There was a bit of activity at the feeders yesterday and the cardinals and house sparrows stopped by regularly. I hope you had a nice weekend and got some reading in.

92Whisper1
Ene 18, 10:10am

>88 RBeffa: Good Morning Ron. The illustrations in Sleep Like a Tiger are stunning, from first to last page.
>89 thornton37814: Hi Lori. I enjoy the artistry of children's illustrated books. Happy Monday to you!
>90 Berly: Kim, I think we are always in a mode of justification when it comes to buying books. I was fairly good last year at reading from my own stash, of which there are over a thousand (or two.) Still, I can't help adding and purchasing great recommendations that call me to buy. I found Thrift.Com. The books are used, but in great condition, and a fraction of the cost of what we would pay at a book store.
>91 msf59: Mark, Isn't is wonderful to have time to enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the birds because you can do that more now than you are retired! Thanks for the wonderful image of the early birds.

93RBeffa
Ene 18, 11:37am

>92 Whisper1: I checked the catalog for our local library branches and there are many copies of Sleep Like A Tiger available here. I have something to look forward to!

You are lucky to have those beautiful cardinals. I love it when the cedar waxwings migrate through twice a year. We don't get very many showoff birds like that. But we do have a lot of birds.

94Caroline_McElwee
Ene 18, 1:08pm

>87 Whisper1: Hi Linda. This writer is new to me, so adding her to the list.

I can't believe we are nearly two thirds through January already.

95Whisper1
Ene 18, 7:22pm

Caroline, I believe she only wrote two books, the one I recently read, and a former, wonderful book which was awarded a Newbery Medal.

She is a good writer, and I hope more will follow.

96Whisper1
Editado: Ene 20, 10:23am

BOOK #14 OF 2021


Majestie The King Behind The King James Bible by David Teems

It is amazing that King James survived his childhood. While still in his mother's womb, a sharped knife was placed against Queen Mary of Scots. Carefully, she saved herself and son, but her musician, Rizzio, was brutally killed by a group put together by her husband, Lord Robert Darnley.

Darnley is a pretty man/boy, that's about all he has going for himself. The father of James, is a weakling with eyes toward the throne of Scotland. The life of Mary and her baby were saved. The incident of her husband's stupidity was repaid when months later, he was blown to bits.

Mary made tremendous stupid mistakes. As my college history professor noted over and over, Mary ruled with her heart while her brilliant cousin Elizabeth I of England ruled with her intelligence.

Mary's fate was to be imprisoned under Elizabeth's careful watch. After many failed attempts to overthrow Elizabeth, it was her final communications to Scotland with a plea to make a plan to kill Elizabeth so she could gain the throne. Way too smart, Elizabeth adeptly proved Mary a fool, and she was executed. It too was a bloody undertaking with three attempts to chop her head. Finally, when the nasty task was finished, her head was raised, her wig fell to reveal a balding, sad woman, whose only true companion was her dog who, hidden, found his way out of the bloody gown.

When Elizabeth grew older and more frail, she still had not named a successor. Mary Queen of Scots son, James, would fulfill that duty. He brought to the throne what Elizabeth did not--heirs to continue the legacy. With a foot that turned sideways and a spindly composure, James learned quickly and relied on what he witnessed as a child.

A better, smarter ruler than his mother, his was the reign of trips to the new colonies by Sir Walter Raleigh who brought back a crop of tobacco . He too would eventually lose his head.

James was raised in violence and uncertainty. Scotland was a bloody land with blood and short lived reigns of those who tried to rule James, eventually they too were killed.

Intelligent, with the ability to smartly navigate, when James came to the English throne, he was aware of how religion tore apart both Scotland and England. He called for a middle ground, which was achieved by bringing together learned, intelligence men who worked to achieve what we now know as the King James Bible.


King James of Scotland and England


Queen Elizabeth I



97karenmarie
Ene 20, 9:24am

Hi Linda!

Congratulations on your 13th Thingaversary.

>59 Whisper1: And down another rabbit hole I went just now, reading online about Ruskin, Grey, and Millais. Fascinating.

>96 Whisper1: Wow. Fourteen books so far. I, on the other hand, have only finished three and am unsettled reading-wise.

I’m sorry that you’re having pain issues.

*hugs*

98Whisper1
Ene 20, 10:28am

>97 karenmarie: Good Morning! And, thanks for your visit. You are right, the story of Ruskin, Grey and Millais is a fascinating one.

I've been reading a lot this month. It is a cold, rainy, snow showery kind of month. In an effort to have a successful nerve ablation surgery, I rest and read.

I am trying to read from the many, many books I own. I was successful last year, and hope to do the same in 2021.

I hope your day is a happy one!

99jessibud2
Ene 20, 2:17pm

Hope you are feeling better today, Linda. Congrats and relief on the successful inauguration. I watched on tv and feel much better now than I did earlier today. I was having nightmare visions that trumpty dumpty would show up at the last minute and steal the spotlight. Thankfully, that didn't happen.

100Whisper1
Ene 20, 10:02pm

Shelley, I believe history will prove him to be the worst president we've ever had. Both he and his wife were nasty, vulgar people. She noted that she didn't want to have anything to do with the F......ing Christmas decorations at the White House.

There were no Whitehouse dogs for them. Already, President Biden and the first lady adopted a rescue German Shephard.

101justchris
Ene 21, 12:18am

>100 Whisper1: Their second shepherd. They've been on Twitter since June: https://twitter.com/firstdogsusa

102Berly
Ene 21, 1:22am

Hi, my friend. I feel such a sense of relief today. Hurray!

>96 Whisper1: What a Royal mess. ; )

103fuzzi
Editado: Ene 21, 7:39am

>76 Whisper1: LOVE IT!

> this one too.

Etcetera.

What a dangerous thread.

104Whisper1
Ene 21, 10:48am

>101 justchris: Thanks for the information!
>102 Berly: Here's to feeling relief !!!
>103 fuzzi: Hi and thanks for stopping by!

105BLBera
Ene 21, 2:03pm

Happy Inauguration! We have adults in the White House!

106Whisper1
Ene 22, 10:16am

Beth, the swearing in ceremony was beautiful. The music, the vows, and the other three past presidents, not counting the disaster that was, were in attendance. I loved the dresses worn.

And, the young poet laureate was incredible.

107Whisper1
Ene 22, 10:32am

BOOK #15



Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig

Six female children, children who moved an incredible amount of time, and a sociopathic mother who left the children to fend for themselves while she, with cowboy boots and low cut blouse, sang and danced her way into too many honky tonk, down and out bars with men of suspicious character, while throughout, there are few who could deal with this tragic true story that ended with a mother who overdosed on drugs, and inadvertently killed the seventh child, a little two year old boy.

The author is a friend of Sue Monk Kid, and it was that author who encouraged Terry to put emotions on paper to tell those who read it, that there is hope, but it may take a long road of harsh smacks, rusted trailers, crowded beds and a mother who had children like puppies, but could not have the innate care that mother dogs possess.

This sad, tragic story is written by the eldest child. Difficult to read, this tugs at the heart strings, and leaves the reader praying surely something good can come of a group of rugged children longing for food, a stable parent, and a solid roof over their heads.

This was difficult to read, but worth the journey.

108johnsimpson
Ene 23, 5:01pm

Hi Linda my dear, i hope that all is well with you and that you are having a good start to the weekend. We both enjoyed watching the Inauguration and the poem by Amanda Gorman, what a young lady she is. We are both fine, Karen has been off all week taking some holiday time and keeping me busy, lol.

Sending love and hugs from both of us dear friend.

109figsfromthistle
Ene 24, 9:19am

Happy Sunday!

Wow! 15 books already! Good job :) A lot a good reads there.

110Whisper1
Ene 24, 7:03pm

>108 johnsimpson: John, I think Amanda Gorman stole the show! Not only the words she wove, but her incredible delivery.

Let's hope this country can mend. It will be refreshing not to hear constant words spew over and over again.

First, this terrible epidemic has to get under control.

>109 figsfromthistle: Hi Anita! Thanks for stopping by.

111Whisper1
Editado: Ene 28, 9:40am

BOOK #16 OF 2021


Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts

Those of you who watch Good Morning America (GMA), are familiar with Robin Roberts who sits prominently in the middle of the three key people who bring news, interesting health information, and a host of other tidbits that are fascinating.

Robin was at the 2012 Academy Awards where she hosted "Oscars Red Carpet Live, a pre Oscar show. she realized something was wrong, she simply did not feel well. After surviving breast cancer, Robin thought her body was through with cancer.

Sadly, tests showed she had a severe cancerous effect as a result of chemicals used during her fight with breast cancer. She now was in need of a marrow transplant. Needing a donor who would be willing to have healthy cells harvested and planted inside of Robin, after her cells had to be removed to make ready for the healthy ones.

The book primarily talks about her journey, and her faith, and the friends and family who got her through this gruesome procedure. Fortunately, her sister was a match and readily became the donor.

Robin's journey included the fact that her beloved mother died while Robin was getting prepared for the procedure.

This is a story of love, hope and spirit that shone through the very difficult illness.

112Carmenere
Ene 26, 2:48pm

Hi there, Linda! It looks like you've had a nice collection of books to keep you warm and comforted.
I hope you're doing well. The kittens keep me sane. How is Lilly? I'm sure she's great company for you.

>111 Whisper1: Nice review! Ms. Roberts has been through so much but still, her beautiful smile encourages others.

113BLBera
Ene 26, 9:32pm

Hi Linda - I did get to watch pieces of the inauguration after class. It was such a relief!

114Whisper1
Ene 27, 12:22pm

>112 Carmenere: Hi Lynda, I vow to go through all my books, and those that I collected, but no longer have an interest in reading, will be given away.
Lilly is great company. She goes crazy barking when my little six year old neighbor arrives. I guess she is tired sometimes of just her and the old lady!

I discovered a black mass in the front of her ruff the white fur around her neck and back of her head that is heavy and looks beautiful. The mass isn't dense or hard. The vet will remove this as Lilly undergoes surgery. The mass will be removed and sent away for a biopsy. The vet told me he is very sure it is not cancer...still, I am concerned.

She was set for surgery yesterday, but the ice storm was nasty and I wasn't going to drive in that. Surgery is rescheduled for mid February. .. Another good sign that the vet does not think surgery is critical right away.

>113 BLBera: Beth relief is the exact word to say regarding the feeling that someone sane is at the helm now. I don't mean to malign those who like Trump, I simply never cared for him. And, after the march to the capital, I am very glad he is no longer in charge.

Thinking back to the very peaceful march to Washington with people who walked from far away to basically call for voting rights and the right to have a job! Martin Luther King, Jr. did not have a speech that incited violence. After the march, JFK invited MLK and those who were instrumental in the fact that not one single person was violent, to the White House to congratulate them on a peaceful march.


115Whisper1
Editado: Ene 28, 9:41am

BOOK #17 OF 2021



I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell

This is a fascinating book wherein the author looks back at her life and the near misses that occurred--times when someone she loved, or she could have died....
Died at the hands of two hikers stumbling out of the woods, bent on causing damage to her, and perhaps her baby in the car. Finding the lock to the doors seconds before the hikers arrived to open the doors, O'Farrell, trembled at what could happen as out of frustration, they pounded on the roof.

A childhood case of viral encephalitis rendered her unable to walk and move. She listened as the nurse in the hall mentioned that most likely she would die. When walking on a road less taken, a shady character tried to tie his binocular strap around her neck. Intuitively, she knew she had to remain calm. Glad she had reported this incident to the police, a few days later, a young woman on the same path was found dead, raped and buried in a shallow grave.

While the occurrences might sound depressing, O'Farrell leads the reader to recognize the many times an angel is watching over us, allowing us to escape what would have been a disaster.

Well written, and insightful, this was a good read.

116jessibud2
Editado: Ene 28, 1:47pm

>115 Whisper1: - Oh, good to hear this. I have this one in my pile and am hoping to get to it soon.

Good luck with Lilly. Our fur babies can cause us a lot of worry, can't they? Fingers crossed that it turns out to be nothing.

117Carmenere
Ene 27, 6:16pm

>114 Whisper1: Funny, I've been purging books too. They were hot when I bought them but over the years they've lost their sizzle so I just want them to move on.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for Lilly as well.

118Whisper1
Ene 27, 7:40pm

I've been with this vet for both of my Shelties, Simon who passed away eight years ago, and now Lilly who will be nine on February 17th. I trust him. If he believes the mass is not cancer, I trust him. Still... I am concerned

119figsfromthistle
Ene 27, 7:45pm

Sorry to hear about Lilly's mass. The main thing is that your vet will remove it and it sounds like he knows what he is doing. May everything go smoothly.

120Whisper1
Ene 28, 9:37am

>116 jessibud2: Shelly, I've read other books written by Maggie O'Farrell. I think this is the best. It took me on the path of remembering times when I could have been harmed, but came out ok. I'm thinking of the many times I slid on a patch of ice and the 1972 Volkswagon spun around, landing me right back to the direction I came from. Or, of a time when my intuition was spot on and I listened to the voice that told me I was in potential danger, and found a way out of what could have been a terrible situation.

119 Thanks for you kind words Anita!

121Whisper1
Editado: Ene 28, 6:06pm

Continuation of books acquired in January 2021

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122Whisper1
Editado: Ene 28, 3:10pm

BOOK #18 OF JANUARY 2021

A Dinosaur Named Sue the World's Most Complete T.Rexl by Pat Reiff

Like many, I've been fascinated by dinosaurs since I was young. My first trip to the New York City Natural History Museum for a school trip when I was ten, was scary, and amazing.

Looking at the darkened room where elephants were in the middle, surrounded by glass enclosed stuffed animals in their original African surroundings, was mesmerizing. I felt so small.

Yet, I truly felt tiny when the group traveled to the fourth floor where the dinosaur bones were exhibited. I admit to being scared and in awe at the same time.

And, now, these years later, the near complete structure of the world's largest T-Rex calls me back to the days of seeing dinosaurs in a room that echoed the sound of excited voices as we walked in a line to observe what seemed to me to be impossible. Many of those exhibited had white castings were bones were missing.

And, now years later, I read books about the largest, most complete and best preserved T-Rex known to exist. This book contains a plethora of information about Sue, named for Susan Hendrickson, a woman known for uncovering many wonders.

This is not a book about the huge bidding war and the arguments regarding who really owned the T Rex bones. Was it the America Indians whose land it was discovered? Or, did it belong to the people who discovered Sue? Or, did Sue belong to the person whose South Dakota land owned where Sue was discovered in the Bad Lands of South Dakota, USA?

In the end, the cost was 8.36 million dollars, paid by donations, but primarily funded in a joint venture by McDonalds and Disney. Most exciting is that the discovery occurred in our lifetime, and the huge, megaton T Rex is housed at the Chicago Field Natural History Museum. I do hope to see this colossal dinosaur some day!

This book is not about the biding wars, but it focuses on how the bones, once discovered, were sheltered and moved where they could be examined, and amazing here to fore amazing details were discovered.

The process of carefully cleaning by hand with the assistance of tools that when used microscopically, would uncover incredible details. Putting the puzzle pieces together was a grueling process of examining every small and large piece of the 67 million year bones. Making even a tiny mistakeable move could destroy this rare gem forever.

This book is the story of how the T Rex was excruciatingly put together. When the head was way too large to mount on the neck, a model was made, and the original was displayed in a large case for all to see.

Learning about the trucks that were needed to bring the bones from different locations until finally, it was carefully mounted and displayed for many to examine. And, today, a little girl with a curious mind, can walk through the halls of the Field Museum to find the scariest dinosaur discovered and preserved for the world to see.

123ronincats
Ene 28, 10:24pm

I'm sorry to hear about Lilly. Despite the vet's opinion, it is still worrying not to know for sure. I hope you are both doing a lot of cuddling while you wait for the surgery.

124Berly
Ene 29, 1:30am

Hi, Linda. Hoping it is indeed no big deal for Lilly. Glad that you enjoyed I Am, I Am, I Am--it's one of may favorites already this year! And book #18 is a winner, too. You are on a reading frenzy--look at you go! : )

125BLBera
Ene 29, 9:50am

I love Maggie O'Farrell and will be looking for I Am, I Am, Linda. The Book about T-rex Sue sounds good as well.

126karenmarie
Ene 29, 10:00am

Hi Linda!

>114 Whisper1: I am sorry to hear about Lilly’s mass, but agree that re-scheduling the surgery for mid-February is definitely a good sign that the vet is not worried.

>115 Whisper1: This book sounds fascinating to me. I seem to be ‘stuck’ at the beginning of Hamnet, but will settle down soon, I hope, and get back to it. Insurrection and inaugurations lend themselves to undemanding reads for me.

>121 Whisper1: One of these days I’ll read about Tyrannosaurus Sue. Great acquisitions!

>122 Whisper1: Great review.

127Whisper1
Ene 29, 12:24pm

>123 ronincats: Hi Roni. I think of you often. Mainly, I have always admired your creativity in making such incredible pottery. Then, the jewelry you make is detailed and beautiful. Finding something that calls you to weave magic is indeed a wonderful outlet of affirmation.
Thanks for your support of knowing Lilly is so very special to me!

>124 Berly: Kim, thanks for stopping by. The days and nights are cold, damp, and days when the sun doesn't shine, it is dreary. Lilly is my constant support of love since Will died almost two years ago. I very much respect the vet. He's taken good care of both Simon, my previous sheltie, and now Lilly. When he said "I'll bet money that this is not cancer." He knew I as trying to hide panic, and he also knew how to reassure me in an honest way.

I'm reading a lot because I need to stay still and let this rhizotomy heal. It's taking a long time, and in some ways, it created more pain than before I underwent the surgery. As always, reading is my solace.

I started Hamlet, but I just couldn't get into this book. Reading I Am, I Am brought me back to realize the beauty of Maggie O'Farrell's talent.

>125 BLBera: Hi Beth, I Am, I Am is a very good book. While she notes the many times that she could have died, there isn't horror or pity, simply the true story of the many times her life could have ended simply from everyday choices. I image Minnesota is cold this time of year. Am I right?

Happy Day to all!

128Whisper1
Ene 29, 12:40pm

BOOK NUMBER 19 OF 2021


All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

While the author is a very good writer, the subject matter was too dark for me. Wavy, an eight year old girl, who knows sadness, and the feeling that a good life is not in the cards for her! The book begins when social services pulls her away from her incredibly dysfunctional, mentally ill mother, and dumps her with her Aunt. She is almost feral when she arrives. She is unable to talk, and knows that once again she is in a situation where she isn't wanted. She is wise enough to navigate her troubled life.

While she doesn't eat the food given to her by her Aunt, Uncle and cousin, she finds bits and pieces in the garbage can. She doesn't talk, but she listens. She knows she isn't wanted in this family and hears the comments from her aunt's husband "take her back!" "My God, Why do we have to get involved?"

At night, she seeks solace in the stars. When she speaks, it is to let this family she is not stupid. She knows the constellations, and her first communication to them is to let her know she is not what they think she is -- mentally challenged to the point of no return.

When she is taken away to live with her grandmother, she understands that this is yet another person trying to make the best for this very troubled soul. When the grandmother dies, the social services give her back to her mother who is recently freed from jail.

As soon as she gets out of jail, another baby is born, and now, it is up to Wavy to take care of him.

Wavy meets up with a biker who had an accident in front of her, she develops a twisted relationship with this man, and sadly, this becomes her reference for salvation.

From here on out, there is trouble, drugs become a major part of the lives of those she lives with. There is a math lab in the barn, and her father is deep down into the drugs he sells.

Periodically, I put the book down because it was depressing and there was nastiness upon nastiness for Wavy and her small brother.

I finished the book, with a sense of sadness, knowing this ugliness does indeed occur in humanity, and Wavy represents a little girl, grown into womanhood who tries to get along the best she can, even if it means having sex with the biker who seems to understand her. And, he too is taken away from her life. But, since he is the man who seems to "love" her, she returns even though the social services lock him up.

129Whisper1
Editado: Ene 29, 1:24pm

BOOK #20 OF 2021


Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski

Young Henry loves his lion stuffed animal named Leo. In his mind, Leo is real. He and Leo have adventures and Leo listens to Henry. Dispite what his parents tell him, Henry holds fast to the knowledge that Leo is alive.

When the family goes on a trip into the woods, that night, Henry realizes Leo is still in the woods. Firm in his belief that Leo will find his way home, still, he is worried...deeply worried.

As the reader sees via the lovely illustrations. Leo finds his way home with the help of his woodland friends the bear and the fox.

The art work is mesmerizing, colorful, and I loved the colorful details and follow through on each page. The Lion's friends the bunny and fox are on each page. The clever artistry challenges the reader to find and enjoy each and every page . As a child, I had a cartoon friend Bertie the Bunyip. I knew he was real. When my mother told me adamantly that he was not, through tears, I phoned my beloved grandmother, who affirmed that if I knew Bertie was real, then he was indeed real. There is power in having someone who loves you, affirms you and believes your reality.

This story brought back many found memories. The illustrator takes the reader on a journey into childhood, and holds us there with a smile when we close the last page. This is an incredible story teller and artist, and when combined, the end result is magic!

130Caroline_McElwee
Ene 29, 2:38pm

>114 Whisper1: Crossing everything re Lily, Linda. Sounds positive though.

131Whisper1
Ene 29, 4:21pm

Thanks for your kind words Caroline. I try not to let my mind wander to what if. Everyone thinks their pet is special, and I am in that group as well. Lilly became depressed after Will died. For weeks and weeks, she sat at the bottom of the stairs, looking up to see if Will was coming down.

Will sold his practice and retired when he was 59. He and Lilly spent the days together. Whenever I brushed Lilly, she got lose and ran up the stairs to find Will. I can still hear Will's laughter asking Lilly if the nasty lady was after him again. Lilly stayed by Will until she thought the coast was clear.

There are so many memories of Lilly and Will. He didn't want another dog when Simon, our previous Sheltie died. The loss was too painful, he said he didn't want to ever go through that again.

A few months later, I found a local breeder of Sheltand Sheep Dogs, and visited her seven little puppies. There was no certainty that we would get a puppy, and if we did, we could not pick which one. When we were told that we could come and pick up what was the families favorite puppy, I was elated. The breeder shed tears when we came to get the puppy. She knew Will was retired and felt good about the match.

132fuzzi
Ene 29, 5:59pm

>129 Whisper1: BOOK BULLET!!!!!

133msf59
Ene 29, 6:40pm

>121 Whisper1: Hooray for the new books! I especially like the Birds book. Grins...

Happy Friday, Linda. I have been curious about All The Ugly and Wonderful Things. I like dark but I don't know...

134Oregonreader
Ene 30, 2:11am

Hi Linda, somehow I missed your thread and I'm glad I found it! You certainly have been doing an impressive amount of reading. I live alone with my dog, a Cairn Terrier named Bobby, and I know how close you become. I think my dog sees us as a pack of two. Fortunately, I'm the leader!
I'm sending good thoughts about Lilly.

135BLBera
Ene 30, 12:09pm

>129 Whisper1: How lovely, Linda. You find the best children's books.

136SandyAMcPherson
Ene 30, 12:32pm

Hi Linda, I finally made it through all the posts here. Wow, you take on some petty heavy reading material.
I love the illustrations you've captured, so we can see some of the great artwork in the stories. Clever illustrations really engage the kids, for example Sleep Like a Tiger and Henry & Leo really capture the story, don't they?

137PaulCranswick
Ene 30, 11:12pm

>131 Whisper1: Very touching and vivid anecdote dear Linda. Our pets do become so much part of the family don't they?

138FAMeulstee
Ene 31, 10:12am

>131 Whisper1: I remember you got Lilly, Linda :-)
Sending positive thoughts for you both.

139thornton37814
Ene 31, 7:23pm

I'm loving the colors in the illustrations in Henry & Leo.

140Whisper1
Editado: Ene 31, 8:08pm

BOOK #21 OF 2021


Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

Once I started, I couldn't put this book down. This reminds me of why I enjoy the Young Adult genre, which I discovered here in the 75 challenge group.. I first learned of YA books through our lovely Anita (Fameulstee).

The amazing strength manifested though the major character, Tate Elllerbee, carries her story in a wonderfully powerful way. Tate and her brother, Frog, live in rural Louisiana with their Aunt Patty Cake, and Uncle Jolly. Tate and her family listen to radio station KWKH every Saturday night, primarily to hear country star Hank Williams.
Tate is drawn to the voice and music of Hank Williams.

She and her brother are loved by their Aunt and Uncle, but are ostracized by the local town gossip. Believing her mother is away and studying her lines to be a movie star. She and her younger brother also believe their father is a famous photographer who needs to travel for his job. Letters and communications are non existent. Thus, in her loneliness, Tate creates a scenario of their life and their return when they are famous and rich.

During the first day of school, her teacher sets the assignment of finding a pen pal, and discussing their communications from the pen pal is part of the grade. Tate finds her Pen Pal in her hero, Hank Williams. She writes to him almost daily, and it is through these communications we journey through the her life. She shares memories and thoughts with Hank Williams that she would not share with others.

While she is steadfast in this one-way pen pal scenario, she longs for at least one letter from her radio hero. Just as she experiences abandonment and lack of communication from her mother and father, she now knows, Hank, might be capable of singing about love, but he does not know how to care about others who love him.

I didn't expect the ending.

This is a powerful book!

141fuzzi
Feb 1, 11:44am

>140 Whisper1: STOP WITH THE BOOK BULLETS!!! ARGH!!!!

142Whisper1
Feb 1, 4:29pm

>134 Oregonreader: Hi Jan. Lilly brings such peace and is wonderful company. I very much like this breed. Shetland Sheep dogs are highly intelligent, and loyal.

>135 BLBera: Beth, Periodically, I visit the local Barnes and Noble store. They have a large children's section with wonderful illustrated books. I discovered the illustrations of Pamela Zagarenski by looking through Sleep Like a Tiger. I got a cup of coffee, and sat and read the book. The illustrations are breath taking. I bought the book, then found others on Thriftbooks.com.

>136 SandyAMcPherson: Hi Sandy, How good to see a post from you!

>137 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul. You are amazing, and I am so glad you found the 75 challenge group. You are so kind and sensitive, and it is no wonder we flock to your threads.

>138 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita!

>139 thornton37814: Hi Lori. I very much like the artistry of illustrated books. And, feel happy when I find a new illustrator that calls to me.

143fuzzi
Feb 1, 4:33pm

I'll have you know, I found a copy of Henry and Leo online, used but like new. I ordered it, and IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT.

:)

144Whisper1
Feb 1, 5:16pm

>143 fuzzi: I usually find books at Thriftbook.com. I'm glad you were about to find it. You will be amazed at the beauty. Watch for how the artist continues to draw the same characters (smaller) in every page. You will find the lion, the fox and the rabbit.

This artist won a Caldcott award!

145Whisper1
Editado: Feb 2, 2:00pm

NOTES REGARDING BOOKS READ IN JANUARY 2021


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Purchased in January and read in January, Book off the Shelf

146Whisper1
Editado: Feb 2, 2:08pm

NOTES REGARDING BOOKS READ IN JANUARY 2021


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Purchased in January and read in January, Book off the Shelf

The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown by Penny Junor
Purchased in January and read in January, Book off the Shelf

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Library Book

147Whisper1
Editado: Feb 2, 3:15pm

NOTES REGARDING BOOKS READ IN JANUARY 2021


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Purchased in January and read in January, Gave Away

The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown by Penny Junor
Purchased in January and read in January, Gave Away

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Library Book

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace Fleming
Purchased in January and read in January, Gave Away

The Day The World Went Nuclear by Bill O'Reilly
Purchased in January and read in January, Gave Away

Tyrannosaurus Sue:The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought After T. Rex Ever Found by Steve Fiffer
Purchased in January and read in January, Kept in my library

Effie by Suzanne Fagence Cooper
Book off the Shelf, Gave Away

The Art of the Con by Anthony M. Amore
Book off the Shelf, Gave Away

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Read in January at Barnes and Noble

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue with illustrations of Pamela Zagarenski
Read in January at Barnes and Noble

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Read in January, Book from my library, kept in my collection

You and Me and the Wishing Tree by Nancy Tillman
Read in January, Book from my library, kept in my collection

Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
Read in January from my library, Gave Away

Majestie, the King Behind The King James Bible by David Teems
Read in January from my library, Gave Away

Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig
Read in January from my library, Gave Away
Purchased in January, Gave Away

I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell
Read in January, Library Book

Sue, The Story of the Collassal Fossil
Purchased in January, Kept in my library

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Read in January, from my library, Gave Away

Henry and Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
Purchased in January, Kept in My Library

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
Read in January, from my library, Gave Away

148EBT1002
Feb 2, 2:26pm

Finally making it to your first thread of 2021, Linda.

You mentioned the nearby B&N for browsing books. I went to the little Indie bookstore over in Moscow, ID, on Sunday. It's a sweet little store but the emphasis is on little so it does not satisfy the bookshop browsing need. Oh well. I know I am not alone here in missing real in-person book shopping!!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

149Whisper1
Feb 2, 3:58pm

>148 EBT1002: Hi Ellen!

Because of Covid, Barnes and Noble has cut back on space to relax and read. They still have some small tables and chairs.

Thanks for your visit!

150SandyAMcPherson
Feb 3, 11:03am

>147 Whisper1: Nice way to wrap up the January reading. I like seeing the small images of the book covers. I am a very visual-graphics sort of person, so that format clicks well for me.

151Whisper1
Feb 3, 11:56am

>150 SandyAMcPherson: Thanks for your kind words Sandy!

152streamsong
Feb 3, 12:36pm

Hi Linda!

As always thanks, for sharing the wonderful children's book illustrations.

>96 Whisper1: Great review! I definitely need to read more history. I am very deficient in this area.

>114 Whisper1: I'm glad that the vet isn't too worried about Lilly's mass, but I know how concerning this is for you. Sending good vibes. I think you were wise to put off the surgery until driving conditions were better.

>131 Whisper1: I love your memories of Will and Lilly. Such a good reminder to open our hearts to love.

I agree that I love the way you did your January wrap up. Great job in giving away books that you don't think you'll read again.

153Whisper1
Feb 3, 12:46pm

Janet, I appreciate that you read the entries of my thread, and you took time to respond. Thank you!!!!!

154SandyAMcPherson
Feb 3, 5:44pm

>140 Whisper1: Like fuzzi said, Stop with the book bullets

155Whisper1
Editado: Feb 28, 7:11pm

BOOK #22

The Whisper Written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

This is yet another stellar book with images that pull you in to the beauty on each page.
In this story, in school, a little girl spies a lovely book high up on a shelf. When asked what is in the book, the teacher tells her it is magical. As she walks home, the words in the book fly in the air and land in the net of a fox.

As the girl opens the book at home, she and finds a quiet place to read. And, as she opens page after page there are beautiful images with each page more beautiful than the last. But, there are NO words.

As the girl continued to enjoy the images, she heard the wind outside her bedroom. The wind blows, and carefully as she listens there is a small sounding whisper. And, it is the whisper that tells her the beauty of words can be found inside her and her imaginings will take her to magical places.

As she listens to the whisper, she is able to listen to the story she makes to match the pictures.

The blue bear surrounded by bees visits on the first day of spring, then the whispering voice and she again notes a rabbit and a fox on each page as page, one, then another can be filled with the words of her own story, of adventure and the hundred mile journey begins with the fox, an elephant and a lovely lion.

And so, with one word followed by another and another, an entire magical story is imagined. As the morning arrives, and as she walks to school, a fox hands her a bag of words that the fox collected at the beginning of the story.

The photos, the story, all of it is sheer magic. But, most importantly, this is a beautiful book of the power of imaging and the use of words.



INCREDIBLE!!!!

156Whisper1
Editado: Feb 5, 12:26pm

BOOK #23 OF 2021



Disosaurs: With Special Reference to the American Museum Collections by W.D. Matthew

The text is small, and the writing pedantic. This book outlines when and where dinosaurs were found in the late 1800's . Remains of dinosaurs were found in all continents, but mainly Europe and North America. Studies showed that there was enough fossilized bones throughout the world with the exception of Australia.

At the time of the writing of this book, most bones found in the United States were primarily in the western states, However, surprisingly in Boonton New Jersey, there were tracks of dinosaurs, which helped to differentiate meat eating and those that existed through eating the lush vegetation .

I don't have much to write about this difficult to read and understand book, which would be fine if you are a paleontologist, but certainly not for the unscientific mind.

2 stars.

157fuzzi
Feb 5, 5:40pm

>155 Whisper1: no no no no, another bullet!!!!!!!!!!!!

::opens another tab to see where this book can be ordered::

158m.belljackson
Editado: Feb 5, 6:08pm

>140 Whisper1:

Hello again, Linda - here are two YA you may come to enjoy and even love =

The Inexplicable Logic of Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz and Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.

CODE TALKER is also a powerful and revealing true story about the Navaho Code Talkers in World War II.

Sending prayers for your Lilly...

159quondame
Feb 5, 6:14pm

>155 Whisper1: Yes, yes, yes, a BB!

Available from my favorite library.

160Whisper1
Feb 5, 7:05pm

>155 Whisper1: Hi Fuzzi. Thanks for stopping by. I found Whisper by Pamela Zagerenski at Thriftbooks.com. I was a sligltly used copy of the book. The price was very reasonable.

>156 Whisper1: Hi Marianne. Thanks for recommending these books. I will add them to my tbr pile, and will see if my local library has copies. I appreciate that you thought of me! And, thanks for the prayers for Lilly. I know losing her would be beyond sad. I'm counting that the mass is non cancerous. It has grown slightly since it was first discovered, but not enough for me to be overly concerned. Her surgery is February 16th.

>157 fuzzi: Sue, I really think you will enjoy the clever and stunning images. I'm glad your local library has the book! My grand daughter picked up books from the library that I had on hold. I am very excited that another Pamela Zagarenski added book is here, and I can read it tonight. This one is titled Fabled life of Aesop written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Pam Zagarenski. I cannot wait until dinner is finished so I can slowly enjoy the illustrations.

My granddaughter will be 18 in mid February. She is a very sweet, kind, sensitive child.
She was born happy, and remains that way. She is here with me almost every week for at least three days. She has a very nice friend who usually comes with her. I've grown fond of Morgan. Sadly, her bipolar mother kicked her out of her house a few days ago.

My daughter and son in law immediately told Morgan she has a home with them. In addition, she knows she is always welcome here. When she arrived with Kayla today, before I heard the news, I could sense something happened to her. She seemed sad and depressed.

There is always room for another in my home. This kid has had a rough life, yet she remains spunky. Today, it was so darn sad to see her so down trodden.

161quondame
Feb 5, 7:27pm

>160 Whisper1: Oh, what happened to Morgan is devastating. Bipolar is so hard to manage and so hard to live with. It's plagued my family for over a century, going on two. I'm so glad she has people to go to.

162Whisper1
Feb 5, 7:41pm

>161 quondame: Morgan's grandmother refuses to treat her bi polar. Her behavior is very up and down. Overall, she is not nice to Morgan at all. As a result Morgan's life is up and down, wind blown. Her mother left her before she was one. Her father had a drug problem, which he now is working on not slipping backward, and has a steady job and is drug free for three years.
In the meantime, when he father was consuming drugs, the extended family members dropped her off at her father's mother's house.

Unfortunately, she is not alone in what is happening in this country as a result of drug abuse.

Morgan's been here with Kayla a few years. Because Morgan is not outgoing, it always brings a smile when I hear the laughter coming from the bedroom.

I will find a gentle way to invite Morgan to have more of a permanent life. She knows she is always welcome here, but I want to let her know that she can have a permanent life and can be with us and with Kayla's mom and dad, as she has felt comfortable with all of us.

163quondame
Feb 5, 8:02pm

>162 Whisper1: My niece is our family's current problem person - a fine artist who drops her medications periodically and creates seriously dangerous havoc. Her father is well enough off to bail her out but is nearing 80 and a cancer survivor, so he won't always be able to catch her. She avoided having kids because her brother has MS, so it's only her we worry about, well him too, but he has a full time attendant so that's a different suite of issues.
It is so good of you family to welcome Morgan and I hope you can be a bridge for her to reach a stable maturity. She is bound to have anger and self worth issues so I also hope there is good professional help to ease her way.

164BLBera
Feb 5, 8:27pm

>155 Whisper1: We like this one, too, Linda.

165Caroline_McElwee
Editado: Feb 6, 6:17am

>160 Whisper1: Such a sad thing to happen to your grand-daughters friend Linda. Wonderful you are all closing round her with live though, that is a game changer for her.

166Whisper1
Feb 6, 1:55pm

>163 quondame: I was a social worker for ten years. I learned that it was not uncommon for people, who when they are feeling stable, decide not to take their medications, the result is not pretty.

>164 BLBera: Beth, She is an incredible illustrator. I cannot draw a straight line when using a ruler. I really admire people who are gifted in their ability to make such incredible images.

>165 Caroline_McElwee: Hi Caroline. A close friend is a psychologist with a private practice of 35 years. She often says that statistic show if a younger person has even just one steady soul to help her/him, they have a good chance of not being like the ones who hurt them so terribly. As Sue notes above, when those who need medication do not take it, sad, sad results occur.

167quondame
Feb 6, 2:41pm

>166 Whisper1: I'm afraid that in some ways I'm a very bad role model. After being on many drugs and having a huge range of side effects and strange adjustments, I've gone with retiring from life enough to keep the stress on myself (though not always on others) at a level where I can stay within bounds unmedicated. Whenever I feel creative though, it gets rough and I burn though all sorts of energy until I collapse. These days it doesn't take long, less than a week, so little energy is available to me.

I do understand not being able to bear the yoke of drugs even if your true self isn't someone who can be lived with.
For someone whose entire self-worth is measured by her creativity, like my niece, it must be a real pain. But she doesn't eschew DUI and other violences, whereas I'm a more mild mannered sort.

168Whisper1
Feb 6, 3:44pm

Susan, Good for you for keeping stress on yourself, and not always on others!

I was always a saver, always the one in the family that people came to for money, a listening ear to hear their problems, and those whose problems seemed overwhelming. After nine spine and neck surgeries, I simply do not have the energy for high maintenance people.

I'm glad I retired from academia when I did. I really grew so weary of the group who always had a bad thing to say about another faculty member. But, when in meetings, there was always laughter as though these people were their best friends. Finally, when I knew I was retiring, I would ask the person who wanted to come into my office to complain about someone else, to keep the door open.
Then, I would nicely ask the person why they do not talk to the person who upsets them. After awhile, the visits stopped.

I knew if they were talking to me about others, then they were also talking about me to others. I grew so very weary of the pettiness.

169quondame
Feb 6, 4:03pm

>168 Whisper1: Alas, for them, it is the other way around! Mike and Becky have to deal with me being unwilling to accept stress. Fortunately, except what no-one can escape these days, there is little to stress me. A pet illness, a miss filled take out order, a repair of the house or car. I haven't worked in 20 years, haven't even considered it for 15. I burnt out the working parts of my brain at the last job which purchased the house, 3 cars, and my daughter's education as well as a couple of years to live well enough while my husband was between jobs.

170Whisper1
Feb 6, 4:48pm

Sue, I understand job related stress. At the risk of sounding dramatic, rarely was there a day and multiple things that needed to be addressed would occur simultaneously. I really liked being with students, but after awhile I knew that days of constant stress wore me down.

Alas, I was retired for three months before Will had his heart surgery. Then, after three grueling months, he passed away. The sadness is not only do I miss him, but also the lovely vacations taken with friends, holidays with family, and just plain laughing together.

Este tema fue continuado por Whisper1 Second thread of 2021.