ReneeMarie tries to be habitual in 2024

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ReneeMarie tries to be habitual in 2024

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 4:23 pm

My name's Renee and I've been kicking around LT since 2008. I live in southeastern Wisconsin where I survive on 26-28 hours per week as a bookseller. I have two cats (Bertha and One-Eyed Jack, aka Jack) that I adopted in 2022 after losing my last surviving cat, Sweet William (aka William), to pancreatitis a few months before.

I was full-time at the bookstore I've worked at since 1995, but in 2014 they cut my hours so I wouldn't be eligible for health insurance. I didn't make enough to keep a car running, so I parked mine in 2017 and now use the bus to get to and from work. My vision isn't great, and during my last visit to an eye doctor I was told if it got any worse I wouldn't be able to renew my driver's license anyway. The bus isn't optimal, because of how long the commute time is. I live 25 minutes by car from my job, but round trip takes 2-3 hours depending on time of day and day of week.

I've been told at my current rank I'm eligible for more hours if I want them, but commute time turns a 40-hour week into 60 to 70 hours. From 1995-1998 I worked 70 hours a week between two full-time jobs. It did horrible things to my body and brain. And my manager doesn't like me. He's often critical, nasty, or bullying. Being around him isn't great for my health, either.

In addition to 29 years at the bookstore, I worked 9 years in desktop publishing. And I worked 25 years as a costumed interpreter at a living history museum. I've cooked on woodstoves, churned butter, chased escaping farm animals, and once set myself on fire doing laundry. But only once. All this makes me sound older than I am, but most of the jobs were concurrent, not consecutive.

I spend lots of time daily on two things: puzzles and Duolingo. Some puzzles I do in print, and some online. On Duolingo I've been studying French, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, and Greek. I've always loved languages and when I was younger I had penpals everywhere from Trinidad to England to France to Italy to Greece to Malaysia to New Zealand.

I love history. Most of my reading is history and historical fiction of all kinds. Science also pops up. Politics. Fantasy more than science fiction. And I read middle grade and some young adult titles, too. Work is one of the reasons I read so widely.

I'm opinionated, honest, fair, and a goody two shoes. My biggest dislike is cults: religious (those full of discrimination and intolerance), corporations (Amazon, Apple, Disney, etc.), and personalities (like Trump and other dictators and wannabes). In reading, horror and true crime are what I avoid.

So, officially here now, hello.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 12:30 pm

My book-related goals in 2024:
-- Tsundoku less: read more of the books that I bought or brought home as ARCs
-- Tsundoku less: buy fewer books because I have enough to read for the rest of my life even if I never bought another one and never went to the library again
-- Resell or donate or recycle the books and ARCs that I don't need to keep after reading them, or no longer want to read
-- Start putting my books and ARCs into my LT account (also my CDs and audiobooks and DVDs -- and cassettes and VHS maybe)
-- Turn my mini legal pads full of books I wish to read into a collection in my LT account so I can recycle the legal pads

All of this ties into a larger goal of decluttering my home.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 2:58 pm

Favorite adult fiction since recordkeeping began in fall of 2010:

* The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
* What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris
* The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (she's an autobuy, so basically anything she writes)
* The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
* The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey (everything she wrote)
* Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson
* The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
* A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (pretty much everything)
* The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins (anything in this series)
* The Survivors' Club series by Mary Balogh, beginning with The Escape
* Mr. and Mrs. North series by Richard and Frances Lockridge, beginning with The Norths Meet Murder
* Home Sweet Homicide by Craig Rice (but really anything she wrote)
* Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths, beginning with The Crossing Places
* Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann, but really the whole Troubleshooters series
* The 7-1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
* We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
* Foundation by Isaac Asimov
* The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan (but pretty much anything she writes)
* The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
* The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
* The Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman, beginning with The Thursday Murder Club
* She Goes to War by Edith Pargeter
* Westcott Family series by Mary Balogh, beginning with Someone to Love
* The Empyrean series by Rebecca Yarros, beginning with Fourth Wing
* The Excitements by CJ Wray

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 1:26 pm

Favorite middle grade or younger books:

* The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
* Refugee by Alan Gratz
* The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (really, anything she writes)
* Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
* The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
* Charlie Thorne series by Stuart Gibbs, beginning with Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation
* The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart (really, anything he writes)
* A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 11:54 am

Favorite young adult books:

* Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
* The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (or pretty much anything she writes)
* Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
* This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
* Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
* And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin (partly because it reminds me of an old favorite, The Grounding of Group Six by Julian F. Thompson)
* Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson, beginning with Truly Devious
* Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
* The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
* The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He
* One Person, No Vote: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally by Carol Anderson and Tanya Bolden

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 12:20 pm

Books I loved enough to reread between fall of 2010 and now, from different times in my life:

* Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
* My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
* The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
* Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish
* The Active-Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch by E.W. Hildick
* The Secret Museum by Sheila Greenwald
* Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer
* What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew
* Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 12:19 pm

* Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarrow (623pp)
* Always, in December by Emily Stone (404pp)
* Becoming the Earl's Convenient Wife by Louise Allen (HH 1123, 282pp)
* The Excitements by CJ Wray (292pp)

* The Expectant Detectives by Kat Ailes (367pp)
* A Royal Conundrum by Lisa Yee (The Misfits #1, 269pp)

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 14, 6:33 pm

* 1000 Words: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round by Jami Attenberg (239pp)
* Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh (236pp)
* A Traitor in Whitehall by Julia Kelly (291pp)
* Nothing Else But Miracles by Kate Albus (270pp)

* The Underground Library by Jennifer Ryan (344pp)
* She Shall Have Murder by Delano Ames (192pp)
* The Love Remedy by Elizabeth Everett (318pp)

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I'm considering subscribing to a streaming service, but only one, with some of my tax refund. Anyone have comments to make about BritBox, Acorn, or MHzChoice?

huhtikuu 10, 1:25 pm

Nice lists Renee and I am pleased to find (or be guided to) your thread.

I also like the Ruth Galloway series.

Interestingly, I don't think that I have read a single one of your non-fiction picks so I will have to see if I can find some of them.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 7:32 pm

>15 PaulCranswick: I didn't realize how many primary sources I had read until I put the list together (aka How I Spent Saturday) from my records, so thanks for that.

Also, FYI that on my mother's father's side my family came from Yorkshire (surname Smart, from East Riding) to Wisconsin in the 1830s. Do you know of a book that would tell me what was going on in that area (or even more generally England) and time that would explain the motivation to leave?

Terima kasih. Selamat tinggal (or should that be selamat jalan?).

huhtikuu 10, 2:21 pm

Happy first thread, Renee!

I also found LT in March 2008 :-)

huhtikuu 10, 5:00 pm

Strands #38
“In closing”

Strands was good, but only got green & yellow in Connections today.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 5:08 pm

>17 FAMeulstee: I think I read about LT in a magazine, probably one about books or writing, while sitting in a café that has since closed/moved. And I know of at least 3 people who joined because I told them about it. I joined pre-Amazon's tentacles reaching LT. Apologies to octopuses for my word choice.

huhtikuu 10, 7:17 pm

Hi, Renee! Happy first thread on LT! Great Strands today—I had to use a couple hints to solve it.

I’ve set down a star, so I’ll be readin* every day.

Karen O

huhtikuu 10, 7:17 pm

Happy first thread on LT!

huhtikuu 10, 7:30 pm

>20 klobrien2: >21 Owltherian: Haven't I seen you two somewhere before? Oh, yeah, I remember, when I dropped in on your threads in this group!

Now that mine's set up, & I've ordered grocery delivery for tomorrow, I can move on to dinner & actual reading. Tomorrow I'll build a nest in the category challenge, where I've hung out in past years.

huhtikuu 10, 7:30 pm

Welcome Renee! Somehow I've managed to not read a single book on your favourite lists although I do see a couple I have on my want-to-read-at-some-point list!

huhtikuu 10, 7:50 pm

>23 hannah7097: And, from your profile page, Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean is on my read someday list.

huhtikuu 10, 7:54 pm

>16 ReneeMarie: Let me have a little think about books set in that part of the world and at that approximate time period. The problem s of course that the ordinary men and women would have been fairly voiceless at the time.

Selamat tinggal is a greeting for staying where you are
Selamat jalan is the giving of good wishes to someone starting a journey

tinggal means stay
jalan literally means walk.

huhtikuu 10, 7:59 pm

>25 PaulCranswick: Add in "apa khabar" and I've exhausted my knowledge of Bahasa Malay. Unless you count mo far kor, if I'm remembering that correctly, which my Malaysian penpal told me was a condiment.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 8:07 pm

>24 ReneeMarie: I received that book as a gift so I rescued it from the unhaul pile (that never gets unhauled) because I thought I should read a book someone picked out for me. I am wary of reading it though as the last book I read of the author's is one of those books that sticks with you forever for how bad it was!

On your list I am most interested in the Guernsey Literary Society book, and a different book of Fredrik Backman's (Beartown).

huhtikuu 10, 8:16 pm

>27 hannah7097: I have never read McCaughrean yet.

The Guernsey book was technically also a reread, but a required one since it was a historical fiction book group pick. I first read it as an ARC -- and immediately contacted the publisher to ask if they could send our bookstore more copies (because there was no way I was giving mine up).

I read Beartown and its sequel. I always tell customers that if Backman stopped getting translated into English I would learn Swedish to keep reading him.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 10, 8:23 pm

>28 ReneeMarie: It's been over ten years since I last read one of her books so almost certainly due another chance. I recently read a non-fiction book about the Guernsey occupation so I'm craving more books about it. And I will read (or at least try) anything with hockey in. Added it to my to-buy list!

huhtikuu 10, 8:29 pm

Hi Renee! Dropping by to say hello and star your thread.

huhtikuu 10, 8:34 pm

>26 ReneeMarie: Hahaha I also have never tried mo far kor (which is Cantonese).

I am fluent in conversational Malay.

huhtikuu 10, 8:37 pm

>31 PaulCranswick: Makes sense: my Malaysian penpal was of Chinese ancestry.

huhtikuu 10, 11:22 pm

Hello Renee! I'm glad to see you have set up a thread. I'm dropping a star.

I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a while back for a book club we had at work, while I was still working. I remember liking that one very much.

Welcome aboard!

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 11, 2:02 pm

>30 curioussquared: >33 atozgrl: Hello back. I will try to be worthy. :^}

Cats are fed. Trash is out. Groceries delivered. Next cart started (the only meal planning I do). Two weeks of junk mail examined and recycled. Puzzles unpuzzled. Lunch et. Dishes done or soaking.

Only Duolingo, books, DVDs, and mags (read/clip/recycle) left on today's list. And nowhere to be until my first day back from vacation on Monday.

huhtikuu 11, 8:56 pm

Welcome, Renee! On your earlier streamer question - we’re big Britbox fans. If I had to pick one, that would probably be it.

huhtikuu 11, 9:17 pm

>35 drneutron: Yes, Britbox is one of my favorites. But it depends on what shows are your favorites. If you like British stuff, there you go.

Tough decision, to pick just one!

Karen O

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 11, 9:58 pm

>35 drneutron: >36 klobrien2: I am NOT a believer in signs, so I'm ignoring the ad for BritBox that just happened during the TV show I have on...

I mostly watch retro TV, NCIS/spinoffs, and The Voice. The only sport I watch is horse racing. Tons of PBS, which is where I met most British TV over the years. I prefer stupid British humor to stupid American humor. I like some Australian & New Zealand TV. But I've also been enjoying non-English-speaking foreign TV shows, mostly mysteries set in France or Denmark or Sweden.

On DVD I have all the modern & most of the classic Doctor Who. The Last Detective. Rosemary & Thyme. Some Death in Paradise and series 1 of Beyond Paradise. All of The Brokenwood Mysteries. The first 5 series of Shetland. At least 2/3 of Last of the Summer Wine series. Some Sharpe. Sapphire & Steel. Two series of The Coroner. Two of My Life Is Murder. All of Mr. & Mrs. Murder. At least half of Midsomer Murders.

Do you both only know BritBox, or do you know the other 2, too? Merci.

huhtikuu 11, 10:02 pm

>37 ReneeMarie: Holmfirth is the small town where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed. It is about eight miles or so from my home town of Wakefield and a strong candidate to house the Cranswick family if and when we are all relocated there.

huhtikuu 11, 10:16 pm

>38 PaulCranswick: It was a staple of my local PBS for decades, but no more. :-(

Yorkshire as shown on LotSW certainly has some sweeping vistas and open spaces.

huhtikuu 11, 10:40 pm

>39 ReneeMarie: Indeed it does, Renee. It isn't all grim and post-industrial.

huhtikuu 11, 11:17 pm

>37 ReneeMarie: ReneeMarie asked, “Do you both only know BritBox, or do you know the other 2, too?”

Speaking for myself, I have Acorn in addition to Britbox, and they have a lot of good British shows too. Haven’t heard of MHzChoice.

I have a lot of streaming services. I enjoy the heck out of them, but I’m trying to scale back. I just took advantage of Disney+ and Hulu’s merging thing, so that will save me a few bucks (well, it’s a start).

I’m a Doctor Who watcher, too! My husband and I started with the first Doctor (we used DVDs from the library to watch the early years) and I’m all caught up and waiting impatiently for the new shows. I wrote down 5/11/24, but that might just be wishful thinking. Doctor Who will be on Disney+.

Have you watched the Inspector Morse/Lewis/Endeavour sets? I watched out of order, but I watched all of Endeavour, then all of Inspector Morse, and I’m starting
Season 2 of Lewis. Lewis is on Britbox and I think the others were, too.

Sorry for the long post!

Karen O

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 11, 11:54 pm

>41 klobrien2: Not going anywhere near Disney. If the next Doctor Who comes out on DVD, I'll buy it. If it's only ever on Disney+, then I guess I'm done with it.

My older sister loved Morse and watched Endeavour. We both watched Lewis.

Price and time are the reasons that I'm trying to be very sparing with streaming. I think the reason I'm even considering streaming is the disappearance of my favorites from local PBS, & their addition of a lot of new British shows that don't interest me. I've never had anything other than local broadcast TV.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 12, 12:51 am

Welcome to the 75's , Renee! I also enjoy Britbox and Acorn TV. I enjoy show set in other countries as well, especially Nordic countries. I'll have to think of what series I might recommend. I'm currently watching Hope Street on Britbox, which a cop show, but really mostly a drama and a bit lame at that. And slow paced for my tastes. I can't really recommend it unless you want some light diversion and not much else. I did enjoy " Time" but I'm not sure if it was on Britbox or Masterpiece PBS.

I checked and Time is one Britbox. It's dark though.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 12, 7:55 am

>43 vancouverdeb: Prisoners' Wives is probably enough of prison for me. Not familiar with Hope Street.

Do you do just BritBox, or Acorn, too? Where do you watch your foreign TV? Are you familiar with MHzChoice?

I've been thinking about trying a service for months. I'm a bit commitment phobic and not so much a satisficer, so may keep thinking for a while.

huhtikuu 12, 8:08 pm

We don’t do Acorn or the other one. Like Karen, we have the big ones - Netflix, Prime Video (because we have Amazon Prime), Britbox, Disney+/Hulu. Also Paramount+ for the various Star Treks. Mrsdrneutron gets some of them cheaper than usual with her Verizon phone.

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 13, 5:06 am

>45 drneutron: Two of those would absolutely never get my money, even if I had lots to throw about.

I think if I were to subscribe to all of those, I would feel like I had to be watching every minute to get my money's worth. (Hence the "time" factor in why I don't want multiple.) I already use TV for background/company, even when not actively watching.

Of course, I also haven't taken the time to even activate my PBS Passport yet, so I might waste a streaming service, too. Or become too tied to it -- subtitles from the foreign language service would require constant attention.

I think I need to keep thinking. Thanks for all the replies so far.

huhtikuu 15, 8:20 am

I started research over the weekend & I'm not sure that my phone hotspot will be enough (including speediness) to support streaming on my laptop. I've only looked at Acorn so far. My library gets a bunch of those shows on DVD. Need to look further into their catalog. Will probably see how streaming Passport goes. Maybe I'll try it tonight after work & the library.

I had a pretty good weekend. Participating in the readathon helped focus me a little. The books were from the library, so only the magazines helped with my death cleaning.

Today's my first day back to work. I'm the opening manager, & I'm not usually. I was terrified I'd oversleep or forget my keys. (They fell out of my purse once when I was a manager in the '90s. At least then I had a car to be able to go home & get them.) Crossing my fingers that it'll be an uneventful day until the next manager arrives at 1 o'clock.

I'm off tomorrow again, so that'll be recovery time if I need it. We have a big order going out to a school this week & I have to verify quantities, pack everything in boxes, ring it up, & label the boxes for shipping.

Looking forward to the end of my day.

huhtikuu 21, 11:08 pm

Hi. Many thanks for visiting my thread. I'll be sure to visit here more often.

huhtikuu 22, 12:54 am

I'm terrible, Renee. I have Britbox, Acorn, Amazon Prime, Netflix and yes, even Apple , as well as PBS Masterpiece. I should really cancel Apple tv since I really never watch anything on it, or haven't in a while. I don't feel pressure to watch though, I usually watch a hour or so in the evening.

huhtikuu 23, 11:32 am

Hi, ReneeMarie! Hope you’re doing well and getting lots of reading time.

Wanted to thank you for your recommendation of the Katherine Applegate books! Just finished Wishtree last night and loved it!

Karen O

huhtikuu 23, 6:16 pm

>49 vancouverdeb: Do you think you watch more Acorn, or more BritBox?

huhtikuu 24, 1:26 am

>52 vancouverdeb: I watch more Britbox than Acorn TV , and I think I watch Britbox most of all the streaming services that I have .

toukokuu 2, 12:39 pm

Hi Renee. I saw your post on the This Just In thread, and found myself curious about one of the books you listed. So I dropped a star here on the excuse of seeing what you say about the book once you read it.

kesäkuu 25, 11:34 am

Hello...ReneeMarie, you home? Hope all is well with you. Hope you are having a great week.

Karen O