Lynda(Carmenere)'s Book Resort - 2

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Lynda(Carmenere)'s Book Resort - 2

Redigeret: maj 13, 10:15am


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ROOTS ticker:

Goal #1 - Read Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series
"A" is for Alibi ✔️
"B" is for Burglar ✔️
"C" is for Corpse ✔️
"D" is for Deadbeat ✔︎
"E" is for Evidence ✔️
"F" is for Fugitive
"G" is for Gumshoe
"H" is for Homicide
"I" is for Innocent
"J" is for Judgment
"K" is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" is for Malice
"N" is for Noose
"O" is for Outlaw
"P" is for Peril
"Q" is for Quarry
"R" is for Ricochet
"S" is for Silence
"T" is for Trespass
"U" is for Undertow
"V" is for Vengeance
"W" is for Wasted
"Y" is for Yesterday
Then move on to another series I own........

Goal #2 - NetGalley's kept up to date

The Geometry of Holding Hands
Alexander McCall Smith

1. The Other Side of the Door ✔️
Nicci French

The Buddha and the Bee
Cory Mortensen

The Darkest Evening
Ann Cleeves

Philippa Gregory

The Last Agent
Robert Dugoni

3. (Per Mamie) The Last Tourist ✔️
Olen Steinhauer

A Good Neighborhood
Therese Anne Fowler

Alex Landragin

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals
Becky Mandelbaum

All Quiet on the Western Front
By Erich Maria Remarque; Adapted by Wayne Vansant

The Tenant
Katrine Engberg

The Old Success
Martha Grimes

Big Lies in a Small Town
Diane Chamberlain

There You Are
Mathea Morais

The Book of Science and Antiquities
Thomas Keneally

2. (per drneutron) The Long Call ✔️
Ann Cleeves

Goal #3 - Timely completion of Neighborhood Bookswap books

What I Know for Sure - Oprah Winfrey
When We Believed In Mermaids/Barbara O'Neil ✔️
Anxious People/ Backman. - Reread ✔️
The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown ✓
Behind the Beautiful Forevers-Katherine Boo ✔️
The Midnight Library - Matt Haig✔️
Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
The Poisonwood Bible - by Barbara Kinsolver
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple - Reread
This Tender Land by William Krueger
The Poppy War by RF Kuang
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
The woman in cabin 10- Ruth Ware - Reread

Goal #4 Library Book Club
February: 142 Ostriches ✔️
March: Ordinary Grace ✔️
April: If you lived here, you'd be home by now ✔️
May: The Royal Governess ✔️
June: La Rose

What's up for January:
A is for Alibi ✔️
B is for Burglar ✔️
The Other Side of the Door NetGalley ✔️
The Midnight Library My submission for NBS ✔️

What's up for February
142 Ostriches Library book club✔️
C is for Corpse✔️
Behind the Beautiful Forevers NBS✔️
The Long Call ✔️
The Last Season ✔️

What's up for March
The Indifferent Stars Above NBS ✔︎
Ordinary Grace Library Book Club ✔️
D is for Deadbeat
The Last Tourist Netgalley ✔️
The Dark Wind ✔️

What's up for April
If You Lived Here, You'd be Home by Now Library book group ✔️
Anxious People Neighborhood Book Swap ✔️
My Name is Red Berly is hosting a group read and since it's my favorite book of all time......✔️
E is for Evidence ✔️
Return of the God Hypothesis NetGalley

What's up for May
The Royal Duchess Library book group ✔️
When We believed in Mermaids - Neighborhood Book Swap ✔️
F is for Fugitive
Return of the God Hypotheses NetGalley

Redigeret: jun 6, 6:57am

Books Completed:


1. A is for Alibi ROOT
2. B is for Burglar ROOT
3. The Midnight Library - NBS - ROOT
4. The Other Side of the Door - NG - ROOT

5. 142 Ostriches - Library book club
6. The Lost Season - ROOT
7. The Long Call - ROOT & NG
8. Beyond the Beautiful Forevers - NBS
9. C is for Corpse - ROOT

10. The Indifferent Stars Above - NBS
11. Ordinary Grace - Library Book Club
12. D is for Deadbeat - ROOT
13. The Last Tourist - NetGalley ROOT
14. The Dark Wind - ROOT

15. If you lived here you'd be home by now - Library Book Club
16. Anxious People - Reread NBS
17. E is for Evidence - ROOT

18. The Royal Duchess Library book group ✔️
19. When We believed in Mermaids - Neighborhood Book Swap ✔️
20. My Name is Red - reread
21. Whereabouts
22. Paper Girls 1
23. Alone

24. What I know for sure

Redigeret: mar 25, 4:05pm

What's up for March.....

The Indifferent Stars Above NBS ✓
Ordinary Grace Library Book Club ✓
D is for Deadbeat ✔️
The Last Tourist Netgalley✔️
Joshua in the Holy Land
The Dark Wind

mar 1, 2:33pm

Happy new thread, Lynda.

>1 Carmenere: Also a nice plea to the year to play fair for a change. x

mar 1, 3:58pm

Happy new one!

mar 1, 4:09pm

Thank you, Paul! You are numero uno!

Thank you, figsfromthistle!

True to form, March is coming in like a lion. Extremely windy and I'm hoping power stays on. (fingers crossed)
Should be a good night to plunge into The Indifferent Stars Above. It's by the same author who wrote The Boys in the Boat and I thought that was well done.

mar 1, 5:09pm

Happy new thread, Lynda!
Looks like the remodeling bug has bitten you! I got one room re-done and now I'm wheedling for a second :-D

mar 1, 5:23pm

Happy new thread!

mar 1, 5:45pm

>7 mstrust: Yup, Jennifer, bitten for sure. I can only do so much then I have to call in the pros which I'll do in the spring.
Isn't it great to re-do?! It's so liberating!

>8 drneutron: Thanks Jim! BTW I just finished The Long Call which you had mentioned you had read and liked. I liked it too. My first one in the Ann Cleeves series and I have another netgalley of hers in my queue for later this year.

mar 1, 6:16pm

Happy new thread, Lynda!

mar 1, 8:56pm

Thanks, Anita!

mar 1, 8:59pm

#9 The Long Call
Ann Cleves

Not only is The Long Call the first installment of Ann Cleves new Two Rivers series it is also the first book by this author that I have read.
It appears to have all the elements that I've come to expect in a mystery; atmospheric English towns, sketchy characters, murder, missing persons and a police department with a few characters of its own.
Detective Matt Venn has returned to Devon, the town of his upbringing, yet he's estranged by almost everyone he once new including his family, friends and church. Yet, he's determined to try again, this time with his partner Jonathan who manages Woodyard an artsy establishment which helps out the community and those with mental or physical disabilities. Unfortunately, it is also the venue which employed the person who was murdered.
The novel seemed a bit longer than it should have been but it was good enough to want me coming back to Devon for more.

mar 1, 11:02pm

Happy new thread, Lynda.

I am also a fan of The Long Call; I'm waiting for the next one in the series.

mar 2, 9:16am

>13 BLBera: Morning, Beth! Oh, that's cool! I'm glad the publisher allowed me access to the ARC, too bad I waited almost a year to read and review it. Thanks to Jim's (drneutron) praise, I didn't put it off any longer.

mar 2, 10:06am

Morning, Lynda! Happy New Thread! How is everything in OH? Are you keeping up with your feeders? I have definitely seen an uptick in activity these past few days.

mar 2, 10:10am

Howdy, Mark! The sun is shining and everything is great! Gov DeWine is opening up covid vaccines to those 60 and older so in 20 days I will be eligible. Yay.....I guess? Yes, feathered ones are busy and the feeders and I think they're beginning to pair up. Ahhh, gotta love spring!

mar 4, 9:58am

>9 Carmenere: I hope the remodel goes well. I'm excited about having a job because it means I get the recycled glass countertops installed this year! So pretty! But first, finish the painting...

mar 4, 10:51am

Hi Chris, hahaha I just spent the last half hour looking at recycled glass countertops. What a cool concept. Then that drew me to bathtub websites and I haven't done anything at all this morning. Home improvement is so fun but so time consuming. Enjoy your new countertops.

mar 4, 1:22pm

Happy New Thread, Lynda!

Oh, I'm glad your Gov is lowering the age threshold for covid vaccines. They did that here in Illinois and it made it possible for Debbi and I to get ours. Good luck with the remodeling.

mar 4, 1:29pm

Hi Lynda, The Long Call is on my list but I am going to try to finish off her Shetland Island series before I start a new one. She's very good at describing the locations and atmosphere. Good luck with your vaccine.

mar 4, 4:29pm

>19 jnwelch: Welcome Joe and thank you. Happy to read you've been vaccinated. I've tried, but I can't even register for the vaccine till I turn 60. I'll just have to be patient.
I've been starting some projects on my own but I really want to be vaccinated before I allow a bunch of strangers in my house to do the major work.

>20 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy! I'll be jumping into a Vera Stanhope novel soon, Ugh the 9th of 9 in that series, it's another NetGalley. I hope it's just as atmospheric as The Long Call and I'll definitely put the Shetland Island series on my TBR. I think atmosphere is just as much a character as the people in the novel.

mar 4, 9:48pm

>18 Carmenere: Yup. Home improvement rabbit hole. More like worm hole, then you find yourself in the Delta Quadrant...

mar 5, 12:09pm

>22 justchris: hahaha Too funny but so true!!

mar 6, 10:43am

I just got my first shot, Lynda, and what a relief. It sounds like supplies are ramping up, so I hope you get yours soon.

Home improvement is on my mind as well. After spending so much time here, I want to gut the place. :)

mar 6, 2:04pm

>24 BLBera: Yay! That's great to read, Beth! A convention center in downtown Cleveland is going to begin vaccinating thousands a day next week. I'm not about to drive down there twice, so I'll just keep checking the local pharmacies.
Hahaha, I know what you mean! I want to gut the first floor but I know it would gut my bank account too so I'll just take care of the necessities.

mar 6, 5:17pm

#10 Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger
Library Book Group

Wow! That's the book in a nutshell but I'll expand on that just a bit.
It's the summer of '61 and the lives of two families are about to change in drastic and tragic ways but also in ways beyond description.
The phenomenal writing of the author leverages the tragic with humor and the brotherly love shared by Frank and Jake.
I'm not saying any more, you need to experience this well developed story,rich characters and sense of place yourself.
Obviously, I highly recommend it.

mar 8, 9:32am

Dropping in to say "Morning, Lynda!"

mar 8, 9:55am

>27 mstrust: Good morning, Jennifer! I'm just hanging around until zoom library discussion begins at 10. Have a great day!

mar 8, 11:04am

Well, that Zoom went well. There were about 10 participants and we all loved Ordinary Grace. So much to discuss.

mar 8, 11:58am

William Kent Kreuger is a native of Minnesota, so I see him sometimes at bookstores. He seems like a pretty nice guy.

mar 8, 3:13pm

Wow, that's cool! I'd peak to see what he was buying ;0)

mar 8, 7:59pm

Hi Lynda! Ordinary Grace sounds like a good read. I'll have to keep an eye out for it!

mar 8, 9:19pm

I think you might like it, Carrie.

mar 9, 11:48am

Hi Lynda - Yes, gutting is not in the budget, especially as I am thinking about retiring.

I must get to Ordinary Grace. I've heard so many good things about it. Have you read any of his Cork O'Connor series? I really like those as well, which reminds me, I should get back to it.

I need to retire to be able to do all the reading I want!

mar 9, 2:59pm

>34 BLBera: Oooo, retirement! what a sweet word! hahaha But don't think you'll have more time to read, well maybe a little more but there are so many other things, mainly good things, that will vie for your time. But I'm happy to read you're considering it.
One of the ladies in the library book discussion group mentioned Cork O'Conner. If you like the series then I must put it on my to read list.

mar 10, 9:49am

So now my new time sponge is Virgin River on Netflix. I love the location and the characters are troubled but the viewer tends to care about them. Also, more dimples.

mar 10, 11:25am

I think our next drama on Netflix will be Hap & Leonard but I'll look for Virgin River.
We started Truth Seekers on Prime last night and I like that. It's a half hour sci-fi comedy starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

mar 10, 5:09pm

>37 mstrust: I don't have Prime but I will check out Hap & Leonard. So many of these non network shows are so well done.
I've got to check out Nomadland too. I guess that one's just a movie so not a huge time guzzler.

mar 11, 1:22pm

#11 The Indifferent Stars Above
Daniel James Brown

When you think you're having a bad day, read The Indifferent Stars above and learn what it was like to be traveler in the Donner Party in the 1840's.
Moving west on foot and covered wagons from Illinois to their intended destination, California, the party became separated from their guide. Lost between mountains and more mountains, snowed in and with little or no provisions their fortitude and willingness to survive beyond the imaginable are disclosed.
Interspersed with the events of the journey, the author offers historical information of what life in the mid 19th century entailed. He also includes other instances of people in similar circumstances.
An engrossing read, for sure!

mar 11, 1:58pm

Trying to get an appointment for a covid vaccine is a complete joke. That is all.

Redigeret: mar 11, 2:07pm

Next up, The Last Tourist, thanks Mamie for giving me a gentle shove to it and also the next in the Grafton series, D is for Deadbeat.

mar 12, 9:53am

>40 Carmenere: It's all in the approach. I sat down at my computer yesterday sang a little vaccine song and bam! a timeslot pops up at my local Giant Eagle. I did not hesitate one second and registered immediately. Yeah me! now I can get back to doing other things :0)

mar 12, 12:21pm

Hooray for a vaccine appointment! I got my first jab last week through my health care provider. He sent me an email telling me to sign up for a time. Then, the next day, our state portal told me I had been chosen and also asked me to sign up! Suddenly everyone wants to vaccinate me!

mar 14, 7:23pm

Good to see that you enjoyed The Long Call. I think that was my favourite of her series so far. Maybe that's just because I was in at the beginning. Yay for getting your vaccine appointment. Ours are months away. They're doing the 90 year olds now.

mar 15, 8:26am

Morning, Lynda. Happy Monday. We can say that now, right? I have wanted to read Ordinary Grace since it came out and it keeps getting crowded out. The Indifferent Stars Above sounds like a good one too.

Redigeret: mar 15, 2:58pm

>43 BLBera: Hi Beth! yay for 1 vaccine down! I have not heard from my provider, my county, nobody! So, I repeatedly checked drug store and grocery stores. When a slot opened up it was for a store across town and I know if Bill were here he'd of taken it and we would have made a day of it but I'm not crazy about driving out of my comfort zone so I was overjoyed, when after 4 days of trying, my Giant Eagle popped up. It's funny, I happened to sing a little affirmative song while I was logging in to check and BAM! there it was. The power of music hehehe

>44 Familyhistorian: It could be Meg, the beginning of a series is the best place to start, for sure! Wow! I'm a little surprised - Canada always seems to be on top of things. Shrugs
My state, Ohio, just opened up the vaccine to those 50+ so rather having to wait a few more weeks for 60+ I was able to get one earlier.

>45 msf59: hahaha, most definitely, Mark! For us, any day of the week is a happy one. Yeah, Krueger's been on my radar for awhile and this year I've been pushed to OG by library book club and later this year, This Tender Land by my neighborhood book group. Perfect timing. I think I've read The Indifferent Stars Above or something like it. I thought it had to do with Mormons crossing the mountains. hmmm

Redigeret: mar 19, 9:39am

#12 D is for Deadbeat
Sue Grafton

I think I'm changing my middle initial to B for blindsided. For the second time this year, a novel took me off guard. D is for Deadbeat did just that and I'd even venture to say this book in the ABC series has been the best so far.
It starts off with an ex-con wanting a cashier's check for $25,000 delivered to a 15 year old boy. Before Kinsey can deliver the check, the deadbeat is murdered and the suspects are numerous. Could the deadbeat's sins of the past have played into it or maybe some under the table drug deals in prison has some revenge minded criminals seeking their cash back? Hmm. Definitely worth the time to read this one and find out.

mar 19, 9:46am

I'm midway through The Last Tourist it contains enough locations and characters to make my head spin and yes, I'm intrigued.
I've started The Dark Wind by Hillerman. One of my favorite deceased authors who never disappoints when it comes to descriptive scenery and native american traditions.

Redigeret: mar 19, 5:56pm

My NCCA bracket is busted. That's what happens when you choose with your heart and not your head :(

mar 22, 12:55pm

Have a great day, Lynda! Celebrate with a few refreshments and get out for some fresh air. Spring is inching it's way here.

Redigeret: mar 23, 10:52am

Thanks, Mark! It turned out to be the sunniest March 22Thend in recent memory. I got some fresh air on a long with my SIL and her SIL then later enjoyed a birthday beverage on my neighbors deck to watch the sunset.
Prezzies to myself include: The Golden Gate Mstrust's review book bulletted me
Shattered Air I'm intrigued by people hiking Yosemite's Half Dome

Redigeret: mar 23, 10:56am

Thanks, Mark! It turned out to be the sunniest March 22Thend in recent memory. I got some fresh air on a long with my SIL and her SIL then later enjoyed a birthday beverage on my neighbors deck to watch the sunset.
Prezzies to myself include: The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth, mstrust's review book bulletted me
Shattered Air I'm intrigued by people hiking Yosemite's Half Dome
My Name is Red a reread of my favorite book for Berly's group read

mar 23, 1:34pm

Happy birthday, Lynda! I hope you enjoy The Golden Gate.

mar 23, 3:10pm

Thanks, Jennifer! I have a feeling I will. I usually like being introduced to a new to me author :0)

mar 23, 3:45pm

Happy birthday, Lynda. Many happy returns. It sounds like you had a great day.

mar 23, 6:39pm

Thanks, Beth. Let me put it this way, it was better than I thought it might be. I have really terrific neighbors, friends and family who made sure I kept busy and wasn't alone. When Will comes home we will celebrate my birthday, his and Easter so the fun's not over yet.

Redigeret: mar 25, 4:35pm

#13 The Last Tourist
Olen Steinhauer
Buckle up your seatbelts for this read, folks! As this was my first venture into this series I was not expecting so much travel, so many characters, or multiple issues. The story is far reaching and sometimes confusing but if you like espionage thrillers, this one's for you. I think to fully appreciate the depth of Steinbauer's writing, one should begin with "The Tourist' the first in the Milo Weaver series and that's just what I may do.

Redigeret: mar 30, 7:44am


mar 30, 2:15pm

You said it, Lynda.

mar 30, 7:41pm

>59 mstrust: And I'm not going to repeat myself ;0)

apr 3, 3:58pm

apr 4, 3:19am

Happy Easter, Lynda.

apr 4, 7:02am

>61 mstrust: >62 Ameise1: Thanks Jennifer and Barbara! Wishing you the same!

apr 12, 1:32pm

Okie dokie, bringing my thread up to date:
#14 The Dark Wind Tony Hillerman ROOT
Like most of Hillerman's reads this was also enjoyable to me simply because he captures the southwest in prose so succinctly making his novels a quick read yet perfectly escapist. He gives Sgt. Jim Chee a profound insight into native american traditions and culture as well as a keen knowledge of his natural world and a sharp sense of humor. These are just a few reasons why I return to Jim Chee and Tony Hillerman again and again.

#15 If you Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now Christopher Ingraham - Library Book Club
For me, just an ok read, a 3 star at most. A short memoir by Ingraham, data writer for the Washington Post. After visiting and then writing a short piece on Red Lake County, Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, the ugliest county in America, he decides that despite it has no lake, nor hills, nor falls, it may not be a bad place to relocate his family. Afterall, the people were so friendly and welcoming and the 9-5 grind and 2 hour commute in DC were getting to be rather tiresome and he and his wife were spending very little time with their two young boys. So off they went. Charles was able to submit his work to the Post online, his wife Briana quit her highly successful job to be a stay at home mom. The lower cost of living in Red Lake proved to be the catalyst for making the change. The memoir continues with tales of life in rural America where the temps get below -40f, pizza and chinese food are replaced by lutefisk and tater tot hot dish. A nice visit to Red Lake Falls but just a visit is just fine by me.

apr 12, 1:38pm

Will was home for a short break so we celebrated my March birthday, Easter and his April birthday in three days time. Fast but totally enjoyable. He gifted me with a sea glass windchime and a much needed new yoga mat. Love that kid - he knows just what I need.

So, since he's back on campus I work outside ev. ery. day! I think I pulled a muscle so today is recuperation on a rainy day. perfect!
I watched Hillbilly Elegy and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and did a little reading. Now, back to recuperating.

apr 12, 10:24pm

Hi, Lynda. I am glad you had a good visit with Will. I am sure you prize those moments. What did you think of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom? I really liked that film.

apr 13, 9:42am

>66 msf59: Hey there, Mark! I enjoyed Ma Rainey too. Great acting! The ending is so absurd and so unfair.

apr 14, 11:20pm

Hi Lynda, just passing through with well wishes. Hope the books are treating you well. :)

apr 16, 4:21pm

Hey Judy, Thanks for stopping by! Books are being delightfully patient while I binge Netflix and Youtube. They know I'll come back to them :0)

apr 16, 9:28pm

#16 Anxious People I finished a reread of Anxious People for my Neighborhood Book Exchange. Such a clever novel. I gave it 5 stars last year and I'd do the same again.

Redigeret: apr 30, 11:27am

#17 E is for Evidence
4 stars

I'm continuing to enjoy this series and the characters Grafton has created. Although, not a novella, it is a rather short novel yet packs a punch as private detective Millhone is a target, suspected of arson and embezzlement. To add to her problems her exhusband comes back into her life. Might she be lonely enough over the Christmas holidays to invite him back in? Lot's to stew over in this one and really quite enjoyable.

apr 30, 11:35am

Ya know, when you're not sure what the next step should be, one surely presents itself. Yesterday, I noticed my kitchen ceiling is dripping water. The upstairs bathroom is above the kitchen so I'm thinking pipe in wall or floor from sink (no water issues in bathroom). But thought I'd wait a day and it would all clear up. No such thing. Further drips today had me calling the plumber we usually use but can't come out till May 13th....unless it's an emergency they'll come out for $199 service call. Well I'm not doing that, so I took the 5/13 appt and in the meantime I'll check with friends and family if they can recommend someone.
Aaah life's little adventures!

maj 1, 7:53pm

Found another plumbing business and kitchen ceiling leak repaired and sump replaced. Don't be jealous, now. Girls just like to splurge sometimes.

maj 5, 5:08pm

#18 My Name is Red finished a reread of this gem. I loved it then, I love it now.

Redigeret: maj 10, 6:10pm

#19 The Royal Governess. I read this one for my library book club. Chosen because of Prince Philip's death last month. I think the majority liked it but found the protagonist unlikeable and questioned some of her decisions. Also, some who had read The Little Princesses thought this novel was basically a rewrite of that one.
As for me, I rather liked it, somewhat interesting but also sometimes rather contrived. Funny how the troubles of today's Royal Family mirror circumstances in the 1930's.

Redigeret: maj 11, 7:56pm

Hi Lynda, glad to read that your plumbing problems have been fixed - there's nothing worse than having a problem and then having to wait for someone to come and attend to it. I am adding The Royal Governess to my wishlist - yes, I am rather obsessed by the British Royal family!

maj 13, 10:11am

>76 DeltaQueen50: I hate to admit it, Judy, but I'm a bit addicted to the Royal Family too. Although, I've been pondering much about the need for them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not British or a resident of The Commonwealth, so what do I know, they seem to be lovely people and really good cheerleaders but are they all that necessary? I don't know.
Please, someone enlighten me :/

maj 13, 11:19am

Sweet Thursday, Lynda. I hope you are doing well. My feeders have been pretty slow lately. How have yours been? I just started Anxious People. I do like Backman.

maj 14, 10:33am

Hey Mark! Yes, feeders have been slow, even the suet looks untouched. Oh yeah, I like Backman too. I read Anxious People twice. I think it's masterful.
Enjoy the sunshine my friend.

maj 14, 10:38am

#20 When we believed in mermaids - I read this book for my neighborhood book exchange. A family saga where one member thought dead in a crash is resurrected with a new name and new life. A typical family drama filled with secrets and revelations but with the sea as a uniting force.

maj 14, 12:41pm

Hi Lynda! Happy Friday. I hope all is well with you.

maj 14, 1:31pm

>81 BLBera: Hey Beth! Are you on summer vacation? I'm doing well and at my best when I'm working outdoors. Sadly, it takes away from reading time and cross stitch time. What is a girl to do?!

maj 14, 2:13pm

I thought I knew how a hose mobile worked. Now I'm confused. Off to google

maj 16, 11:26pm

>77 Carmenere: I think the current Queen very popular, she's been dedicated to the "job" but I wonder about Charles, I don't think he or his wife are all that popular or admired. That said, I don't see Britain getting rid of the Royal Family any time soon.

maj 18, 8:24am

I tend to agree with you, Judy. It's going to be a very sad day when the Queen passes away. A British friend in my neighborhood said the Royal Family brings in too much money to disband "The Firm".

Redigeret: jun 16, 1:32pm

With a little inspiration from Goodreads and since my reading plans tend to change a bit anyway....Ta Da! Here is my summer read list taken from Goodreads summer reading recommendations. I chose several from each category and it's dependent upon what my library has available.

1. Readers Hottest Books of Summer
The Maidens
Malibu Rising
Survive the Light by Riley Sager
Velvet was the Night
A Slow Fire Burning

2. Armchair Travelling
Sharks in the Time of Saviors
The Nickel Boys
Little Fires Everywhere
News of the World
Dark Sky

3. Beach Read Royalty
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Homeland Elegies
Of Women and Salt
Bonjour Tristesse

4. Goodreads Employees
The Starless Sea
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Alone ✔️
Greenlights ✔️
The Biggest Bluff
The Golden Gate
Project Hail Mary

5. Ali Wongs summer books
The Best We Could Do
The Dot ✔️
The Vanishing Half
Paper Girls ✔️

maj 18, 10:13am

Good luck with your summer reading, Lynda. How is Whereabouts coming? I've been waiting for your comments.

maj 18, 10:17am

I'm on page 95, Beth, so I'll probably finish it tonight

maj 18, 1:26pm

So very organized! Enjoy your summer reads, I'll be keeping up with your reviews. The only book on your list that I've read is Bonjour Tristesse, which I really liked a few years ago.
I pulled together my stack of summer reads some days ago. It's big, and includes my travel books and anything to do with heat and vacations.

maj 18, 2:56pm

Wellll, I always have good intentions, Jennifer, but my reading is sometimes replaced with other activities. I'm gonna try my best.

maj 19, 7:58am

>86 Carmenere: Oh, summer reading! I just started The Nickel Boys today. Also, I *loved* News of the World!

maj 19, 11:01am

I've owned News of the World for quite some time, yet the moment never seemed right. Hopefully, now.
I love Whitehead's previous books and I've put this one off for way too long. Again, hopefully, now!

maj 19, 11:07am

#21 Whereabouts
Jhumpa Lahiri

This is Lahiri's newest and I've got to say, not quite what I expected. It is unlike her previous novels and may not be for everyone. Still, her writing is succinct and sense of place is spot on. At times, I found myself really relating to Lahiri's narrator but the novels melancholy atmosphere is definitely not a joyful read.

maj 20, 10:09am

Great comments, Lynda. I think I'll go back to a volume of stories and read some of those.

maj 20, 12:02pm

Enjoy, Beth and hope you can do so a nice shady spot.

maj 24, 7:03pm

#22 Paper Girls 1
Ali Wong's Goodreads Summer Recommendations'

I found the first in this series very similar to Lumberjanes. The Paper Girls are a group of very mature pre and early teens trying to do their job delivering newspapers in a suburb of Cleveland in 1988. On this particular night the girls are being harassed by older boys, stalked by foreign speaking zombies, shot at by aliens and rescued by a couple of guys in a spaceship from the future. It really is a crazy night and somewhat confusing but if you like graphic novels and non stop action, check it out.

maj 25, 7:40am

Morning, Lynda. I am not seeing exactly glowing reviews for Whereabouts but I am sure I will read it at some point. I hope you can slot in News of the World.

How are those feeders doing? Mine continue to be curiously slow. I did see a male hummer yesterday, though.

maj 25, 8:32am

Hey, Mark!
Yeah, if you generally like Jhumpa you'll want to read Whereabouts. I'd love to read your thoughts when you find your way to it.

Obvious signs of pecking at the suet but not much and it seems a night vagrant got to the bird feeder and not the birds. Sigh

Congrats on the hummer sighting!!

maj 29, 9:27pm

#23 Alone Megan E Freeman
Goodread's Employee's Summer Reading Suggestions

From Goodreads Employees summer '21 recommendations comes Alone by Megan E. Freeman. This book, meant for the YA crowd, was thoroughly enjoyed by this Baby Boomer who found it a page turner.
Maddie, 12 years old going on 13, plans a secret girls night out with her two best friends at her Grandma's unoccupied summer apartment. Surrounded by snacks and sodas and frozen pizzas she waits for her friends to arrive. As luck would have it, her friends can't make it so Maddie spends the night alone and wakes up to a national emergency. No cell service, can't reach parents, her divorced parents each think she's with the other......when in actuality she's.....alone.
What you have here is a very dystopian world where everyone is gone and Maddie is forced to fend for herself, alone, for months with only George, her neighbor's Rottweiler for companionship.
Great summer read that will keep you on the edge of your beach chair.

jun 6, 7:25am

#24 What I Know for Sure - Oprah Winfrey

A few years back movie critic Gene Siskel asked Ms. Winfrey a question that really had her stumped. When asked "What do you know for sure?" she stumbled to find an answer. Later, she contemplated of what, in fact, she did know for sure. What came out of those musings is this book.
Oprah shares with her reader the past 60 plus years of her life and what she has come to realize are aspects of that life that she knows to be certain.
As I was reading, I thought, Wow, Oprah's just like me! She has interstate anxiety, crossing a bridge anxiety, passing another vehicle anxiety...blah blah blah but then she goes on to reminisce about a New Year's Day sitting on her porch watching the sunrise in Maui then later that day hiking with another famous author and I thought, Ok, Welllll, she's not just like me, afterall. But the thing is with Oprah, despite being one of the world's wealthiest women, she is very relatable, and likable. I find there is more that unites us than separates us.
There are so many good Oprahisms in this recollection you'll want to stop reading to jot them down.
Definitely a worthy read.

jun 6, 8:17am

>86 Carmenere: I would join you for a few of those if and when you picked them out, Lynda.

Sharks in the Time of Saviours & The Vanishing Half are two near the top of my reading lists.

jun 7, 5:28pm

>99 Carmenere: Hi Lynda, I am a sucker for any kind of survivor story so I have picked up a copy of Alone for my Kindle - sounds like a story that I will enjoy. :)

jun 8, 7:38am

Hi, Lynda. I really enjoyed Strange Pilgrims. Thanks for chiming in on Marquez. I hope to read more of his work later this year and beyond.

jun 8, 10:51am

>101 PaulCranswick: Hey Paul! I've just picked up The Vanishing Half. Hard to say how soon I'll get to it because, naturally, all my holds came in at the same time. I'm reading LaRose for library book club and Greenlights from my list above.

>102 DeltaQueen50: Hi there Judy! Oh, then I think you will surely enjoy Alone.

>103 msf59: As luck would have it, Mark, I found Love in the Time of Cholera Sunday at a local bookstore for 1.99. I hope to reread it sometime soonish! I'm glad you enjoyed Strange Pilgrims, I did too.

Redigeret: jun 12, 6:23pm

#25 Greenlights
Matthew McConaughey

In all honesty, I didn't become a fan of McConaughey until I saw his movie Interstellar and his pretty laid back Lincoln commercials. Up til then I thought him rather pompous and full of himself. At least that's how he appeared to me. It reminds me there is more to a book than the cover.
In reading his memoir he was indeed a confident teenager with a cool truck and dating the best looking girl in high school but as I read on he is actually deeper than that.
In writing his memoir, he used the diaries, post it notes and cocktail napkins he'd been saving for 35 years to share his thoughts on living right, stressing less, assorted observations, how to have a meaningful life as well as how to enjoy the greenlights when they pass your way, deal with the yellow lights and avoid the red lights
It's a good summertime read with lots of laughs, some Hollywood chatter and lots of insight.

jun 13, 4:39pm

>1 Carmenere: I am on Millhone's "F" book, too! Haven't read any in ages and I really should get back to them.
>70 Carmenere: Also a fan of Anxious People and all his other books, too.
>86 Carmenere: Organized summer reading there! I have only read 3 of them and they are in the armchair category. ; )
>100 Carmenere: Oprah fan -- might have to get that one.

Happy Sunday!

jun 14, 12:51pm

>106 Berly: Hey Kim! Happy Monday! I can not believe June is half over. I should start Millhone's book within the week. So much to read from so many different directions has me in a tithy. But I'm finished with book club obligations no so should be able to get to it.


Will and I went to a Cleveland Indians game yesterday and we thought we were in a dream. It's like Covid never happened. Fans sitting side by side, yelling and cheering. We did not see many masks - mainly on concession workers. All the while, I'm just thinking, "I hope these vaccines are working"

jun 14, 12:53pm

#26 LaRose
Louise Erdrich
Library Book Group

Like many of her novels, Ms. Erdrich tells a story of Native American culture, traditions and spiritual world.
This novel in particular deals with a tragic death and how a Native American father comes to reconcile the mishap. His young son, LaRose, is at the center of retribution and reconciliation.
I found the novel well constructed however some may find it a bit confusing at first, read on, the names and time periods will soon by understandable.
The characters are well drawn and developed well, as much is learned from past storylines.
The conclusion, in my opinion is sort of lackluster but a well told story nonetheless.

jun 14, 12:59pm

Hi Lynda - You've been doing a lot of reading. The Oprah book sounds interesting. I'm not usually a fan of celebrity-written books, but she is so amazing.

I finally read the "A" book of the Grafton series! We'll see how long it takes me to get to "B."

I thought LaRose was OK, not as good as some of her other books.

jun 14, 1:59pm

Hi Beth! Yup, reading more but yard work really is a time sponge.
Yay! Did you like "A" enough to want to continue?
I thought LaRose was really well written but I'd say the majority in my library book club thought the book a fair read. I admit the ending was way to sappyhappy. I thought "surely this can't be the end?" of course, it was.

jun 14, 7:23pm

I will continue, Lynda. It's just the problem of too many books.

jun 15, 12:37pm

>111 BLBera: You said it, Beth! New books continuously cut the line and before you know it, the new books are old books replaced by newer books and so on and so on. Such a vicious cycle :0)

jun 15, 8:32pm

Good review of LaRose, Lynda. I liked the book too. I have The Night Watchman, which just won the Pulitzer, all queued up. Love me some Erdrich!

jun 16, 12:55pm

Hey Mark! Have the birds returned to your feeders? Ours are still virtually empty :(
I've read The Round House and way back when, The Crown of Columbus which she co-wrote with her husband, I liked that one very much - who would've known then she'd have an outstanding career in writing focusing on Native Americans.

jun 16, 1:17pm

#27 The Dot
Peter H Reynolds

A very short book I discovered on Ali Wong's Goodreads summer reads list of recommendations. It is found in the Juvenile section of the library. What a great place for it! The story contains a message that kids are never to young to hear.
It is a story about talking yourself into believing you can not do something until one day, one wise individual shows you that you can.
Speaking of dots, there is a little surprise to this book that is quite appropriate for young kids you have a reason to believe they can't do something.