Tess is Tilling her Tomes Part 4
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1. Shogun by James Clavell 1192 pages 5 stars
2. Learning from Shogun/Japanese History and Western Fantasy, 90 pages, 5 stars. (USC/UCLA PDF)
3. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell 193 pages 5 stars
4. The Warden by Anthony Trollope 206 pages 3 stars
5. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon 896 pages 5 stars
6. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee 296 pages 2 stars
7. The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker 250 pages 2 1/2 stars
8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville 396 pages 1 1/2 stars
9. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 170 pages 2 1/2 stars
10. The Woman on the Orient Express by Lyndsay Jayne Ashford 332 pages 3 stars
11. The Eight by Katherine Neville 610 pages 4 stars
12. Blood Pressure Down byJanet Bond Brill 303 pages 5 stars
13. Barchester Towers b7 Anthony Trollope 791 pages 4 stars
14. Written in my Own Heart's Blood Diana Gabaldon 842 pages 4 1/2 stars
15. Villette by Charlotte Bronte read onlly 207/739 pages so bad 1 star
16. Most Dangerous Place: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando 368 pages 3 stars
17. The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro 384 pages 5 stars
18. 1929: Book One (The 1929 Series) by M.L. Gardner 465 pages 4 1/2 stars
19. The Life we Bury by Allen Eskens 305 pages 3 stars
20. Take my With you by Catherine Hyde. 363 pages, 2 1/2 stars
21. Margaret I: A Novel by Danielle Dutton 176 pages, 2 stars
22. The Great Bicycle Experiment by Kay Moore 72 pages, 5 stars
23. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 302 pages 5 stars
24. The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni 352 pages 3 stars
25. Various- Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson, a 10 page article written by Henry Wiencek for The Smithsonian Magazine (Oct. 2012), Jefferson’s Inaugural Address of 1801, Notes on the State of Virginia (1785), Thomas Jefferson on Politics, The Personal Papers (University of Virginia) and Thomas Jefferson, “Letter to William Short” (Jan 3, 1793), Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress, Series 1, Reel 17, about 65 pages, 5 stars!
26. The Bees by Laline Paull 352 pages 3 1/2 stars
27. He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope 872 pages 4 1/2 stars
28. The Living Reed by Pearl S. Buck, 472 pages 2 1/2 stars
29. The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin 276 pages 2 stars
30. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider. 225 pages, 4 stars
31. Not A Drop to Drink 325 pages, 4 stars
32. Federalist Papers written by James Madison only 265 pages, 4 1/2 stars
33. Orphan Train Rider by Andrea Warren 74 pages, 4 stars
34. The Lake House by Marci Nault 376 pages, 3 stars
35. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood 294 pages 3 1/2 stars
36. The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly 396 pages, 5 stars
37. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift 240 pages 2 1/2 stars
38. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 326 pages 2 1/2 stars
39. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine 362 pages 3 1/2 stars
40. Year of Wonders: The Plague by Geraldine Brooks 323 pages 3 stars
41. The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice 402 pages 2 stars
42. The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido 494 pages 3 stars
43. Daily Truth: A 365-Day Devotiona by John Hagee 424 pages 3 stars
44. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards 401 pages 4 stars
45. ! Will It Skillet?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Cast-Iron Skillet (Will It...? 217 pages 3 stars
46. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 401 pages 2 1/2 stars
47. Dawn Girl by Leslie Wolf 225 pages 4 stars
48. We Were The Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates 468 pages 4 stars
49. The Green Bay Tree by Louis Bromfield 352 pages 4 1/2 stars
50. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hamishi 452 pages 5 stars
51. Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land by Sara Nomberg-Pryzytyk 180 pages 5 stars
52. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel 566 pages 5 stars
53. Bring up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel 436 pages 5 stars
54. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, The Adventure of the Red Circle, The Adventure of the Dying Detective by Arthur Conan Doyle. 60 pages 2 1/2 stars
55. The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards 376 pages 5 stars
56. The Rains Came by Louis Bromfield 425 pages 5 stars
57. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo 577 pages 3 stars
58. Maigret and the Black Sheep by Georges Simenon. 158 pages 3 stars
59. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson 450 pages 5 stars
60. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald 126 pages 3 stars
61. I Am A Star by Inge Auerbacher 86 pages 4 stars
62. The First Four Years Laura Ingalls Wilder 134 pages 5 stars
63. Dissolution: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery by C.J. Sansom 456 pages 3 1/2 stars
64. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orzcy 306 pages 5 stars
65. The Story of Passover by Frank Finamore 38 pages 3 stars
66. The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas by William J. Bennett 114 pages 2 1/2 stars
67. Herbert Hoover's Hideaway by Darwin Lambert 143 pages 5 stars
68. Faultlines by Barbara Taylor Sissel 305 pages 2 1/2 stars
69. Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings by Jody Taylor 51 pages 2 1/2 stars
70. the Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor 384 pages 2 1/2 stars
71. Gone with the Wind The Great American Movie 75 Years Later by Time-Life
110 pages 5 stars
72. Don Quixote by Cervanza 405 pages in book, did NOT finish, read 12 chapters, 96 pages. 2 stars
73. Nagasaki Journey The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata August 10, 1945 121 pages 5 stars
74. Dubliners by James Joyce did NOT finish, read 4/20 short stories, 20 pages 2 stars
75. The Treasures of the Uffizi by Luisa Bechrucci 64 pages 5 stars
76. The Tempest by William Shakespeare 30 pages 3 stars
77. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill 388 pages 3 stars
78. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington 180 pages 3 1/2 stars
79. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 23 pages 3 1/2 stars
80. Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani 370 pages 3 stars
81. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks 368 pages 3 stars
82. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson 256 pages 2 1/2 stars
83. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth 89 pages 2 1/2 stars
84. The Winter's Tale by Shakespeare. 36 pages 3 stars
85. The Year of Counting Souls by Michael Wallace 334 pages 2 1/2 stars
86. The Life and Work of Gustav Klimt by Nathaniel Harris 79 pages 4 stars
87. Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare 34 pages 3 stars
88. The Bridges at Toko-Ri by James Michener 123 pages 3 stars
89. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton 128 pages 5 stars
90. A Stranger in My Grave by Margaret Millar 312 pages 2 1/2 stars
91. The Neon Lawyer 178 pages 4 stars
92. Mighty and Strong by Michael Wallace 341 pages 4 1/2 stars.
93. A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson 397 pages 3 stars
94. The Mutual Admiration Society by Leslie Kagan 284 pages 2 stars
95. His Kidnapper's Shoes by Maggie James 334 pages 2 stars
96. The Twelfth Physician by Willa Gibbs 278 pages 4 stars
97. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan 526 pages 4 1/2 stars
98. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 560 pages 3 stars
99. Hammerhead Six: How Green Berets Waged an Unconventional War Against the Taliban to Win in Afghanistan's Deadly Pech Valley Ron Fry 382 pages 2 1/2 stars
100. The Demon in the Freezer by Robert Preson 240 pages 4 stars
101. Lamentation over the Destruction of Sumer and Ur (Mesopotamian Civilizations Vol 1 219 pages
102. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope 800 pages 3 1/2 stars
103. The House of 7 Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne 276 pages 4 stars
104. Two Gentlemen From Verona William Shakespeare 29 pages
105. Another Day Gone by Eliza Graham 320 pages 3 stars
106. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 521 pages 3 1/2 stars
107. A Perfect Poison by Lydia Kang 350 pages 3 stars
108. Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless 386 pages 3 stars
109. Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley 470 pages 4 1/2 stars
110. The Suspect: A true story of love, betrayal, marriage and murder by Jenny Friel 288 pages 3 stars
111. The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane 370 pages 5 stars
112. Evelyn After: A Novel 256 pages 3 stars
113. The Children of Hamelin byTheresa Dawn Sinclair 228 pgs. 2 1/2 stars
114. From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey 298 pages 3 1/2 stars
115. Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant by Shrabani Basu 226 pages 4 stars
116. The Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles 454 pages 4 1/2 stars
117. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton 25 pages 5 stars
118. The Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell 391 pages 4 1/2 stars
119. Glass House: The 1% Economy and the shattering of the All-American Town by Brian Alexander 320 pages 4 stars
120. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 216 pages 3 1/2 stars
121. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier 352 pages 3 1/2 stars
122. The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare 36 pages
123. Cymbeline Shakespeare 41 pages
124. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels 304 pages 4 stars
125. Tigers are Better Looking by Jean Rhys 220 pages (I read 100), 2 stars
126. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte 542 pages 3 1/2 stars
127. Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller 258 pages 4 stars
128. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy 736 pages 3 1/2 stars
Collective Stars This Year
1 1/2 stars-1
2 1/2 stars-19
3 1/2 stars-13
4 1/2 stars-11
1 star--waste of paper and ink
2 stars-Is this literature? -major flaws or mind numbing boring
2 1/2 stars-not so bad I had to stop reading
3 stars-average, but may still be quite enjoyable
3 1/2 fun, informative, thought provoking
4 stars-excellent read
4 1/2 exceptionally good, among my favorites
5 stars-in all ways a superior read
Just for my info (at an easy glance)...for my Reading Through Time Group
January-First Encounters-Shogun by James Clavell COMPLETED
February-Storico Italia The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker COMPLETED
March-Asst writings and Papers, original documents concerning Thomas Jefferson COMPLETED
April-The Living Reed COMPLETED
May The Green Bay Tree by Louis Bromfield COMPLETED
June Auschwitz: Tales From a Grotesque Land COMPLETED
July The Scarlet Pimpernel COMPLETED
August The Life and Works of Gustav Klimt COMPLETED
September Hammerhead Six: How Green Berets Fought the Taliban in Afghanistan in the Pech Valley COMPLETED
October-Gothic The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne COMPLETED
November-Noir or Dark The Suspect: A true story of love, betrayal, marriage and murder by Jenny Friel COMPLETED
December Twisted Fairy Tales--Children of Hamelin COMPLETED
January-16th Century-Shogun by James Clavell COMPLETED
Apr-Jun - 17th Century Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks COMPLETED
Jul-Sep - 18th Century Castle Rackrent COMPLETED
Oct-Dec - Napoleonic Era The 12th Physician COMPLETED
CHUNKSTERS to read 2017 (physically or mentally!)
Moby Dick COMPLETED
The Hunchback of Notre Dame COMPLETED
Don Quixote DID NOT FINISH
And good to hear you are past the worst with the bronchitis.
1 1/2 -- .09%
2 1/2-- 16%
3 1/2 --9%
I'm of the opinion that there are way too many 1-3 stars-49% That is way too much mediocrity. One reason is that in years past I got a bunch of free ebooks on Kindle, just because I could. If they sounded the least bit interesting, I got them! I have read a lot of them this year and hence I do believe, for the most part, I got what I paid for! That being said, I want the majority (at least 75%) of my books in the 4-5 stars area. Other than taking hints from respected LT'ers, and following my heart, how can I do that? I know there is no guarantee.
How do you read the "good" ones and sort out the stinkers?
When it comes to history, which I know you love to read too, I like to read "best" authors. And that reminds me that Ron Chernow has a new biography out on Grant if you are interested in Civil War or presidents. It's over 1000 pages so I'll have to "schedule" it or I'll never get it read! It's getting fantastic reviews.
I didn't read much for several years and didn't acquire much - just some random bestsellers and books my mother gave me when she'd finished them. So there was no 'method' involved. Though fortunately I didn't get involved in Kindle freebies!
At the end of last year I culled as I catalogued my books on LT so eliminated the worst (which was only one bag to the charity shop) - most of my reads are now 4-5*. To maintain that standard my acquisitions are:
- by authors I already like and admire
- on the 1001 BYMRBYD list that appeal to me (I use the app)
- recommendations that really stand out (like SPQR!)
To encourage my forays into non-fiction I'm picking themes such as history or philosophy, of which there are a few on our shelves already but need eking out to fill gaps and I'll be looking for 'best' authors as Clue suggests.
These days, I'm more conscious of using my precious reading time on things I get deep satisfaction from and/or learn from - though that said, there's always a place for the odd bit of fluff! ;)
The last two or three years, I've found keeping track of my acquisitions has been really interesting, not just from the numbers point of view (which is why I first started keeping track) or the cost (though that's been really helpful), but also looking back it's been more obvious to me that although I'm not actively seeking out the freebie regardless of quality, my head can still be turned by what looks like a bargain. I've read a few of these more recent acquisitions, some of them have been outstanding and others really have been quite indifferent or even disappointing. So this year I have tried to be more honest with myself about whether I would be prepared to take a punt on a bargain or not. I've utilised amazon reviews to get a rough idea of how other readers felt about a book, which has helped winnow some of the guff out, and I've also created an extra amazon wishlist, so the main list has the books I know I would really like to own (and is the one I tell people about if they want to get me a gift), and the other is books that sound interesting but I am more likely to not be so bothered about keeping them, so I call that my library wishlist. I'm wanting to support my local library more, so I think that from next year I'm going to maybe request some of those books (maybe just one a month) and then they can go off the list (unless they're amazing, in which case I'd buy myself a copy, but at least it wouldn't be a new ROOT as I'd already read it!).
I suppose the short answer to the question is I'm trying to be stricter with myself, whilst not wanting to cut out the taking a punt on an unknown author sometimes. Reviews from people I trust (or, as floremolla notes above, standout reviews on LT) also help a lot.
It also occurs to me that I'm starting to notice certain publishers too will likely have something that I will enjoy. Verso is an obvious one for me (and I know that every so often they have a 90% off sale, so if I see a new book of theirs I want I put it on my wishlist and wait. However hard the wait is, it's worth it!). I've also read three books this year, all of which have been 4* or above, by a Scottish publisher called Birlinn, so now I think if I see something catch my eye and know it's been published by them, that that will be a point in the book's favour.
I also abandon books once I figure out that they aren't going to get any better and/or I don't care for the storyline/characters. That way I don't rate them. I get them out of my mind, out of my catalog, and out of my house. I did finish Louise Penny's latest, Glass Houses because I was curious about the mystery but was irritated the entire time.
It's funny about Glass Houses because I have a book on my wish list Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town, which is about the town in which I teach.
Every so often I look at the 1001 BYMRBYD Group threads and see what's being discussed but I've no intention of trying to read them all - as I mentioned, just the ones that appeal to me.
From what everyone's saying it looks like I was lucky in a way to miss out on the kindle freebies! As it happens my husband uses my kindle account so it's already got quite enough books I'm never likely to read.
My goal for 2018 is to read 25 of them.
Looking at and holding books is a joy, so I'm glad you got some quality time with them today.
Root #113, was a real dud, The Children of Hamelin (can't get the correct touchstone to work) by Theresa Sinclair. (Sorry girlfriend!) I purchased this book sometime ago because I played euchre with the author who is from Brighton, England. I knew when I purchased it that it was not my genre of reading, fantasy. I read it now because in the Reading Through Time group the theme for December is "Fractured Fairytales." This was the closest I had that would fit that category. I'm not sure if The Pied Piper is a fairy tale or a folk tale. This is the story of what happened to the children after they were lead out of Hamelin by the Pied Piper. It is told from the view of two different individuals: Sam Pullit, who was well educated and Jessop who was not. Either way, it was the same story and I could barely distinguish the two. If one word could describe this book it is: fornication! The entire plot of the book is the girls wanted to be mothers and they hijacked or captured young men to make that happen. The young men (boys) soon became tired of this (really?) and went back to live in nature, wild-like. I never knew the term "brindie boy" until I read this book. Sorry, Theresa, I just couldn't get into this book at all! 231 pages 2 1/2 stars.
I'm trying to recognize when I'm not enjoying a book and just stop reading it ... still easier said than done. I also notice I've been reading books that seem easy to clear off the shelves, rather than ones that really call to me, and am trying to stop that. Anything I rate 3.5 stars or higher is generally a book I'm glad to have read.
As far as ratings go, I'm with you. 3 is an average good read for me. I'm trying to raise the level of the quality of book I read or enjoy. Have gotten too many stinkers this year that I probably purchased 4-5 years ago when I got my first e-reader, a Kindle, and got the free Kindle daily deal (free) just because I could. I've also been know to haunt bookstores for bargains and pick them up if they sound good. I'm not doing that anymore; trying to buy with purpose and make thoughtful purchases.
>47 Tess_W: I'm so glad you liked it, Tess.
>48 Tess_W: Which Karen? Me? (I miss my mind!) Because if I did, it's because I absolutely adore this short story, and if it wasn't me, brava to Karen because it's one of my favorite short stories of all time.
It turns out that there are so many Karens on LT!
>48 Tess_W: I might give this one a try if I find it as a freebie, but my only experience of Wharton wasn't favourable, so I must admit I wouldn't rush to try another.
Root # 118 was a very good Medieval read about knighthood and such, The Fifth Knight. It was part history, part mystery, and part thriller. It included such characters as Henry II, Eleanor of Aquataine, actual knights such as Sir Fitzurse, and Thomas Beckett. This was your typical knight book, get caught, escape, get caught, escape, etc. However, it was still very enjoyable and readable. I really liked how the Church was interwoven into the storyline. I learned what an anchoress was and about their lifestyle and duties. There are 2 more books in this series that I will probably read after a short break. I mean a girl can only take so much swashbuckling at one time! 391 pages 4 1/2 stars
In the 1940's Forbes Magazine listed Lancaster, Ohio, as an up and coming industrial town; a bedroom community about 30 miles south of Columbus, Ohio. There were some major industrial players at that time, such as Anchor-Hocking, maker of all types of glassware from beer bottles to wine goblets, to dinner plates. Local schools were good, a hospital was built, and people were generally happy. However in the 1980's venture (vulture) capitalism hit Lancaster and several businesses closed and Anchor Hocking was sold to venture capitalists. That will happen about 11 times in the next 30 years. Each group of "investors" would only have one thing on their mind: how to extract capital from the company to pay off shareholders. There were two ways to do this: step up production or demand union concessions. The equipment at the plant was so old that production could not be stepped up. Also, cheap glass from China was available to Anchor customers. Concessions were to come from the unions. In 1980, the average glassworker made $16.00 per hour with health and retirement paid for by the company. Today, the average worker makes $9.45 per hour with no retirement and healthcare which costs the employee $300 per month; which most can't afford. Before 1980 there were 1500+ employees, today there are less than 500, and some of them temps.
Along with the devastating financial losses, comes the usual 80's crimes of the poor and unemployed: drugs, guns, children who can't perform in school. This could be the story of any American town who has been crippled by vulture capitalists. Those equity firms that controlled Anchor Hocking were brutal. For example, the advised the executives NOT to live in Lancaster, to live 30 miles away in Columbus and commute. The reason: so they would not be asked to attend and contribute to community functions.
"Corporate elites said they needed free-trade agreements, so they got them. Manufacturers said that they needed tax breaks and public-money incentives in order to keep their plants operating in the United States, so they got them. Banks and financiers needed looser regulations, so they got them. Employers said they needed weaker unions–or no unions at all–so they got them. Private equity firms said they needed carried interest and secrecy, so they got them. Everybody, including Lancastrians themselves, said they needed lower taxes, so they got them. What did Lancaster and a hundred other towns like it get? Job losses, slashed wages, poor civic leadership, social dysfunction, drugs." 320 pages, 4 stars.
Sounds like a good book, though!
>62 Tess_W: sweet baby and sweet names!
The Old Forsytes
Ann, the eldest of the family
Old Jolyon, the patriarch of the family, having made a fortune in tea
James, a solicitor, married to Emily, the most tranquil woman
Swithin, James's twin brother with aristocratic pretensions
Julia (Juley), a fluttery dowager
Hester, an old maid
Nicholas, the wealthiest in the family
Roger, "the original Forsyte"
Susan, married sister
Timothy, the most cautious man in England
The Young Forsytes
Young Jolyon, Old Jolyon's artistic and free-thinking son, married three times
Soames, James and Emily's son, a brutal and possessive solicitor, married to the unhappy Irene, who later marries Young Jolyon
Winifred, Soames's sister, one of the three daughters of James and Emily, married to the foppish and lethargic Montague Dartie
George, Roger's son, a dyed-in-the-wool mocker
Francie, George's sister and Roger's daughter, emancipated from God
June, Young Jolyon's defiant daughter from his first marriage, engaged to an architect, Philip Bosinney, who becomes Irene's lover
Jolly, Young Jolyon's son from his second marriage, dies during the Boer War
Holly, Young Jolyon's daughter from his second marriage
Jon, Young Jolyon's son from his third marriage to Irene
Fleur, Soames's daughter from his second marriage to a French Soho shopgirl Annette, Jon's lover, later marries a baronet, Michael Mont
Val, Winifred and Montague's son, fights in the Boer War, marries his cousin Holly
Imogen, Winifred and Montague's daughter
Parfitt, Old Jolyon's butler
Smither, Aunts Ann, Juley and Hester's housekeeper
Warmson, James and Emily's butler
Bilson, Soames's housemaid
Prosper Profond, Winifred's admirer and Annette's lover
Sigh....I'm on chapter 6 and know who 3 people are by the text. I'm going to give it another 100 pages and then decide if I continue or not. I'm not going to waste time by reading 612 pages of relationships I don't get!
>83 floremolla: The writing is delightful.....I'm on chapter 10 and have about 4 characters solidified in my mind, but it's difficult for me! Odd that I didn't have this trouble with War and Peace because that was a complaint from some of the readers.
>91 Tess_W: I have enjoyed all the Jane Austen books I've read (P&P, S&S and Persuasion) although they're basically all different versions of a very similar story, as far as I could tell! I haven't tried Northanger Abbey yet, but I think I might have a Project Gutenberg copy on my ancient ereader, so hopefully I will get to it eventually.
The Pentateuch (Genesis to Deuteronomy)
The Histories (Joshua to Esther)
Poetry and Wisdom (Job to Song of Solomon)
Prophets (Isaiah to Malachi)
The Gospels + Acts
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Tess!
Happy Thanksgiving, hope you have a lovely day with your family!
>88 Tess_W: I'm reading the Bible this year as part of the mostly-defunct-and-abandoned-by-the-group-leader Bible As Literature Group Read. I've never read the Bible completely before, am not a Christian, but joined the group read because it seemed like the right time to read it. I'm as far as Acts and will handily be done by year's end.
I personally am counting it as one book, all 1894 pages of it. I'm using the The Literary Study Bible as that was the book the group leader was going to use. It's the ESV with some good comments and insights and some really stupid comments and insights by the authors. I've been tracking pages read monthly. Year end, I'll have another book read and, more importantly for this group, one more ROOT.
>98 Tess_W: I think du Maurier is tame, too, now, but not when I was reading her when I was in high school in the 1968-1971 time frame (high school).
Sadly, I never read du Maurier in school so now it's just not really satisfying.
ty Ty TY She is a living dollbaby! And so good, never cries a bit!
root # 122 was The Merchant of Venice by Willy. Again, we have the cross dressing to fool others of sex identity. I believe this play has a bit more meat than the other comedies that I have read. It also portrays Jews in a very bad light--but Jews were occupying the ghetto in Venice at the time this play was written; so for its time, it would not be anything out of the ordinary. This play is where the "pound of flesh" saying originated. I like my anthology because it has some nice pencil or ink (I can't tell) drawings contained within.
I'm going to have themes - haven't decided which yet, but in an effort to get to some of the non-fiction I'll develop themes along what I've got....so, philosophy and history will be in there for 2018, plus some deep-rooted classic fiction. I'll also weave in some of the newer ROOTs which are on the BYMRBYD list. And some occasional 'fluff', because, well, everyone needs some light relief.
>107 Tess_W: I might add some Shakespeare to my 2018 reading as I've only read Julius Caesar and MacBeth and popular sonnets and Hamlet is languishing on the shelves...
I know you don't watch much tv but wonder if you'd like this https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upstart_Crow
Enjoy putting up your trees! Its getting festive here too. It's been snowing overnight, the sun's shining, and I'm off to the Clyde Valley to my favourite garden centre which, during the winter, turns into a massive Christmas shop. They also do good coffee and scones ;)
>96 Tess_W: She is a cutie!
I don't tend to include non-fiction at present - need to go through those and see what I actually want to read. I don't include reference books.
Looking forward to seeing your reading plans, Tess - and as always yours will be a rolling surprise, Jackie!
"....one of those long, romantic novels, six hundred and fifty pages of small print, translated from French or German or Hungarian or something -- because few of the English ones have the exact feeling I mean. And you read one page of it or even one phrase of it, and then you gobble up all the rest and go about in a dream for weeks afterwards, for months afterwards -- perhaps all your life, who knows? -- surrounded by those six hundred and fifty pages, the houses, the streets, the snow, the river, the roses, the girls, the sun, the ladies' dresses and the gentlemen's voices, the old, wicked, hard-hearted women and the old, sad women, the waltz music -- everything. " 220 pages (I probably read 100) 2 stars just awful! I have taken Wide Sargasso Sea off my wish list!
For 2018, I want some part of my goal to be dealing with ROOTs I have low interest in ... read 'em or get rid of 'em. I've already purged some that I have no interest in.
Athill is an interesting character in her own right - she'll be 100 this month. I wonder if she'll climb out of a window....?
P.S. And I'm in the process of baking 48 scones today as we have been studying The Victorian Age in freshmen World History and what better way to wrap up the unit (post-test)???? Scones, clotted cream, and tea tis for Monday!
Our Christmas is just going to be the three of us here. Normally we'd go down south to England first to my in-laws, and later on in the week to my parents, but my husband has used up all of his holidays from work, so it's too far for us to travel for just a couple of days with the bank holidays. As usual our Christmas dinner will be vegetarian haggis as the meat substitute, plus roast veg and brussels sprouts, and then some of the usual puddings - Christmas pudding, and hopefully Christmas cake. I'd love a Yule log too, but I'd probably be the only one who ate it (not that I mind that, but my waistline really can't take much more!). But the main thing is it's all fairly low-maintenance food - the haggis goes in the microwave, and the veg is easy!
We were doing some Christmas shopping yesterday and went to our local Waterstones, and I directed my husband to the book that I want as a gift, so I know I'm getting at least one! (bless him, he even let me thrust my points card on him when he was paying for it, so I get extra points for money off later as well as the actual book!). I've also asked my parents for a kobo store voucher, and my in-laws usually get me a book or two from my wishlist, so I'm going to have to try and be restrained throughout December (although that reminds me I haven't checked the kobo daily deal yet today...!).
>131 Jackie_K: sounds lovely, Jackie, but I'd miss the turkey!
I hope to get a couple of books for Christmas but I've got plenty of ROOTs already for 2018 so will be careful to choose some that fit with my reading goals...which I'm trying to pin down now...
>130 Tess_W: It all sounds wonderful. I love scalloped potatoes but for some reason just don't ever make them. Good luck with all the food/dessert prep.
Our family is doing the same thing - husband's step-MiL's sister hosts a Christmas gathering with 2 of her sons/families and us. She took over after my husband's father passed away. There will be a total of 11. This year it will be on the 16th as she's flying to FL to be with her daughter/family at Christmas itself. We always have lots of fun and I'll bake and take pumpkin and pecan pie. It will be just husband, daughter, and me at Christmas, but we always manage to have fun together.
We celebrate Christmas here on the 26th of December, Just the 7 of us. We plan to have some light food, something between lunch and dinner. With games and talking around the dinner table.
I wish I had time to go through these threads and read all about what you've all been doing and reading! But, alas, I very much do not. But I think of you often!! And my "hello" is heartfelt and repeated often in my own head ;)
I'm not sure how I will remain involved next year, but I will be around in some fashion!
My heart, her 1st Christmas, 4 weeks old! Stealing Santa's cookies is tiring work@
I'm planning on 3 tickers next year. ROOTs and acquisitions (same as this year), plus total TBRs. My aim will be for the third one to be smaller at the end of the year than the beginning, but I will really have to reign in the acquisitions for that to happen, realistically!
I'd make Christmas cards out of that one. :)
Since I'm already more than doubled the number of roots I thought I could read, I'm signing off on this year. I've upped my 2018 by 5 books, which is what I think I will read between now and the New Year, so I'll count them in the new year.
Hope your Holidays are blessed and your New Year happy!
Happy holidays, Tess!
Stopping by to wish you and yours all good things this holiday season.
And LOL excellent strategizing for 2018!