Berly Turns the Page #4

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Berly Turns the Page #4

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:05pm

IT'S OFFICIAL -- I am now an empty nester!

Which makes me happy and sad at the same time. : )

Redigeret: I går, 5:45pm

So many choices!! What should I read?

Reading Now
Detransition, Baby (🎧 12.5 hrs) by Torrey Peters
Ancient Bones (B 294 pages) by Madelaine Bohme, ARC
In the Puma Years: A Memoir (K 298 pages) by Laura Coleman
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent (B 395 pages) by Isabel Wilkerson

Odds Against from the 1960s, first in the Sid Halley series, Dick Francis, LT Group
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi with ffortsa/Judy
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett with Vikzen July/Aug??
??? Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater (SouloftheRose's fault)
The Topeka School (B 287 pages) by Ben Lerner with Twin/BLBera

Redigeret: I går, 6:14pm

The turtle is very appropriate because this is the worst reading year I have had in ages!!

Read in June ?? pages / ?? 🎧 hours
2021 Total // pages / ?? hours
28. @ The Immune Mystery: A Doctor's Impassioned Quest to Solve the Puzzle of Autoimmune Disease by Anita Kass 4.0
27. ✔ Voyagers (B 414 pages) by Robert Silverberg ARC 4.5

Read in May 763 pages / 4 🎧 hours
2021 Total // 5,733 pages / 55 hours
26. @ Billie Eilish (🎧 2.0 hours) by Billie Eilish 3.5
❤️ @ Klara and the Sun (B 303 pages) by Kazuo Ishiguro, RL Bookclub 4.5
24. @ I'm Not Dying With You Tonight (2 of 🎧 5.5 hours) by Kimberly Jones - ✗
23. @ Special Circumstances (K 460 pages) by Sheldon Siegel with my Dad 3.0

Read in April 0 pages / 23 🎧 hours
2021 Total // 4,970 pages / 51 hours
❤️ @ Later (🎧 6.5 hours) by Stephen King 4.5
22. @ Beginner's Mind (🎧 1.5 hours) by Yo-Yo Ma 4.0
21. @ Between Two Kingdoms (🎧 13 hours) by Suleika Jaouad 4.0
20. @ Sleeping Dogs Lie (🎧 2 hours) by Samantha Downing 3.75

❤️ Favorite(s) of the month
Loved it! 5.0
Really Good 4.0
Good 3.0
Hmmmm 2.0
Don't Bother 1.0

IR = Indiespensable Readers
LT = LibraryThing Early Reviewer
✔ = Off the shelf (not acquired this year)
L = Library
↩ = Reread
@ = Acquired this year
✗ = DNF

B = Printed Book
🎧 = Audio
K = Kindle
= Graphic Novel

Redigeret: I går, 4:44pm

Read in March 1,495 pages / 3 🎧 hours
2021 Total // 4,970 pages / 28 hours
19. ✔ In the Name of Truth (K 459 pagers) by Viveca Sten 3.5
❤️ @ Anxious People (K 349 pages) by Fredrik Backman, RL Bookclub 4.5
17. ✔ The Sandman (🎧 3 of 8.5 hours) by Neil Gaiman ✗
16. @ IR Leave the World Behind (B 256 pages) by Rumaan Alam 4.0
15. @ In the Woods (B 431 pages) by Tana French 4.0

Read in February 1,802 pages / 25 🎧 hours
2021 Total // 3,475 pages / 50 hours
❤️ @ Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island (B 310 pages) by Will Harlan 5.0
14. @ The Book of Delights (B 141/274 pages) by Ross Gay ✗
13. @ The Cipher (K 325 pages) by Isabella Maldonado 3.75
12. ✔ IR Did You Ever Have a Family (B 295 pages) by Bill Clegg IR #55 with Paul 4.0
11. ✔ In the Shadow of Power (K 393 pages) Book #7 by Viveca Sten 3.5
10. ✔ In Search of Black History (🎧 5.5 hours) by Bonnie Greer 3.75
9. @ Dead Heat (B 338 pages) by Patricia Briggs 3.5

Read in January 1,673 pages / 25 🎧 hours
8. @ Keep Sharp (🎧 8 hrs) by Sanjay Gupta 4.0
7. @ The Viscount Who Loved Me (K 344 pages) by Julia Quinn 3.75
6. ✔ Squeeze Me (B 336 pages) by Carl Hiaasen 4.0
5. @ Banker (K 323 pages) by Dick Francis 3.5
4. ✔ Heaven's River (🎧 17 hrs) Bobiverse #4 by Dennis Taylor 3.75
❤️ @ Themes and Variations (K 17 pages) Essay by David Sedaris 4.0
2. ↩ Jazz (K 244 pages) by Toni Morrison 3.0
❤️ ✔ Girl Waits With Gun (B 409 pages) by Amy Stewart 4.25

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:10pm

Catalogued shelves -- I am determined to finish this in 2021 and I am off to a good start.

1/5 -- I am now in the M's.
1/25 -- In the N's.
3/19 -- In the P's.
3/22 -- In the R's
3/25 -- In the S's.
4/19 -- More S's.

Books Freed = 0
Powell's isn't open for drop-offs....although I do have a bag waiting to go and I just found out I can enter them by ISBN and see if they are willing to take them. Another project!!! : )

Redigeret: maj 14, 1:53am

RL Book Club #1
✅ February - News of the World by Paulette Jiles
✅ April - Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
June - Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
August - The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
October - The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

RL Book Club #2
February - Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
June - Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Literary Arts 2020-2021
September, 2020 -- ✅ The Nickel Boys & ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
October 13, 2020 -- H is for Hawk and ✅ Vesper Flights by Helen McDonald
January 28, 2021 -- ✅ Circe by Madeline Miller
February 18, 2021 -- ✅ How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
April 8, 2021 -- ✅ The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay
April 20, 2021 -- An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo
May 18, 2021 -- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:28pm

Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge

Hubby signed me up for this (Thank you!!). Over the years I have received over 90 installments (some with two books), and I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 8 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:

Let me know if you want to read one with me!!

2021 Shared Reads
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner with Twin/BLBera
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi with ffortsa/Judy

1. Did You Ever Have A Family with Paul
2. Leave the World Behind

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:12pm

The Nerd 2021 Reading Challenge
To help motivate me to set off BOMBs!! (Books Off My Bookshelf) There are 52 categories and I have chosen 26 and made a few changes ('cuz this is supposed to be fun and not a chore!).

1) An Audiobook
2) An LT Trending Book
3) Gold on the Cover
4) Two Word Title
5) Author Starting with E
✅ Part of a Trilogy - Jazz by Toni Morrison
7) NYT Bestseller - The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
8) Debut Author
✅ Title Starts with G or K - Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
✅ Multiple Perspectives - Heaven's River by Dennis E. Taylor
11) Features Traveling
✅ Standalone - In Search of Black History by Bonnie Greer
13) Set in Winter
14) SF or Mystery
15) A New-To-Me Author
16) Over 400 pages
17) Food on the Cover
18) Same First Initial as Me (K)
19) Romance or YA
20) Set in the Future
✅ Released in 2020 - Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen
22) Purchased Years Ago
23) A Book Gifted To Me
24) A Book I Never Finished
✅ Five Word Title - In the Shadow of Power by Viveca Sten
26) Body Part in the Title

Redigeret: I går, 4:42pm

I can't resist buying books!!

I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies, except in 2019 where I (ahem) added a few more books to my collection than normal. But then in 2020 I killed it and read almost 75% of my newbies!!

2017 47/85
2018 45/88
2019 45/128
2020 75/103

Let's see how I do this year...

2021 17/37 Read

Keep Sharp by Sanja Gupta MD
2. Paradise by Toni Morrison
Themes and Variations: An Essay by David Sedaris *
4. Hadley and Grace by Suzanne Redfearn *
5. Cold Earth by Sarah Moss (Thank you TwinB!) *
6. The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams
The Book of Delights by Ross Gay - DNF
8. Effie by Suzanne Fagence Cooper (Thank you Whisper1!) *
9. Infinite by Brian Freeman *
10. Voyagers by Robert Silverberg * ARC
The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado
12. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan
14. In the Woods by Tana French
15. In Bad Company by Viveca Sten
16. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
19. The Light Through the Leaves by Glendy Vanderah *
20. My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee * IR # 90 (Thank you Hubby!)
21. Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer
Beginner's Mind by Yo-Yo Ma *
Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad *
Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing *
Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish 3.5
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones
Special Circumstances by Sheldon Siegel with my Dad 3.0
Later by Stephen King
Beginner's Mind by Yo-Yo Ma *
30. The Murmer of Bees by Sofia Segovia
The Immune Mystery by Anita Kass *
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
33. The Puma Years:A Memoir by Laura Coleman
34. The Pact by Jodi Piccoult *
35. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier *
36. Shelter by Harlan Coben *
37. Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters *

* Free or gift

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:15pm

Favorites from 2020
Miss Suzy by Miriam Young (Childhood Favorite)
The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett (Christmas Tradition)
The Institute by Stephen King
There, There by Tommy Orange
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty
Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:19pm

I am going to try and keep track of series I am currently enjoying here:

Series/Author/Next Book
Bobiverse / Dennis E. Taylor / #5 not yet published
Bridgerton / Julia Quinn / #3 An Offer From A Gentleman
The Chronicles of St Mary's / Jodi Taylor / #6 What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Cormoran Strike Series / Robert Galbraith / #5 Troubled Blood
Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series / Sue Grafton / Read ABCDEQX / Next F is for Fugitive
Kopp Series / Amy Stewart / #2 Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Sandham Murders / Viveca Sten / #8

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:19pm

maj 13, 11:17pm

Are you open? Congrats on getting your second jab! School is done. Just a bit of grading left to do. I should finish tomorrow.

maj 13, 11:18pm

Oh, and happy new thread!

maj 13, 11:21pm

If you are open, Kimmers, which I guess you must be by now - HAPPY NEW THREAD!

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:27pm

>13 BLBera: Hi! Yes, I'm open. : ) Glad to have the second jab! Everyone in my immediate family, including their significant others, are fully vaccinated. Just waiting for my niece and her fiancée to get their second.

And, in big oldest got engaged this past weekend!! Whoohoo!

Redigeret: maj 13, 11:27pm

>14 BLBera: Good luck finishing up the grading!! It's almost summer!

>15 PaulCranswick: Thank you , Paul!! I am ready to have a fresh start on LT and that starts with a new thread. : )

maj 13, 11:35pm

Happy new thread!

>16 Berly: Felicitations to your eldest!

Redigeret: maj 14, 1:51am

>18 quondame: Thank you! She also moved last weekend. Life is a blur right now! Very happy about the engagement and her new house is only 15 minutes away from me. Hurray!! : )

maj 14, 3:25am

>16 Berly: Congratulations to your daughter, Kimmers.

maj 14, 4:00am

Happy new thread Kim! Lovely to hear the engagement news.

I love your cataloguing update: does reaching 'S' mean you are nearly there?

maj 14, 7:36am

Congratulations on your daughter's engagement, Kim!

maj 14, 7:39am

Happy New Thread, Kim. Hooray for being empty nesters! And congrats to your daughter's engagement. How exciting.

Redigeret: maj 14, 7:43am

Hi Kim, and happy new thread!

>16 Berly: Excellent news!

I'm going to be a non-empty-nester for the first time in 16 months this weekend as Jenna will visit tomorrow and Sunday and head off to Asheville early Monday morning for some training at her new job. She'll start full time sometime down the road and settle into a new apartment June 14th.

maj 14, 7:42am

Happy new thread, Kim!

Hooray for vaccinations and the engagement of your oldest.

maj 14, 9:34am

Hooray for happy developments!

maj 14, 9:57am

Happy new thread, Kim, and congrats to your daughter!

maj 14, 11:14am

Happy new thread!

maj 14, 11:33am

Such happy news! Congratulations to everyone, for jabs as well as engagement!!

maj 14, 12:11pm

Happy new thread, Kim, and congratulations on your daughter's engagement. Lovely news!

maj 14, 12:33pm

Hooray for the engagement. How is the empty house?

maj 14, 1:05pm

Happy new thread! Welcome to the empty-nester club! Er, except now we have the mother-in-law living with us...

maj 14, 4:27pm

Hi Kim my dear, Happy new thread and congrats on getting the jabs done with, Big congratulations on your Daughter's engagement.

Thank you for the congratulations my dear, Elliott Robert Welch was born on May 4th (I am sure Andy planned this as he is a big Star Wars fan) at 8.11 am, weighing in at 8lb 4oz, he is gorgeous. All the family are coming over on Sunday, Karen is doing a High Tea to celebrate her 60th birthday which is on the 18th May and new up to date photos will be taken of Elliott and i will post one or two on Sunday night.

We are going to Harrogate on Tuesday for Karen's birthday, we are staying overnight and then going on to York on Wednesday. I will make sure she is well treated while we are out and about.

Hope all is well with all the family and we both send love and hugs to you all dear friend.

maj 14, 5:30pm

Happy new one!

maj 14, 6:29pm

Happy new thread, Kim and big congrats for your daughter! Hope you are doing better this week!

maj 14, 7:03pm

Hey Kim, just catching up. Congratulations to your daughter on her engagement.

maj 14, 7:23pm

>20 PaulCranswick: Thank you!! She is a very happy woman. : )

>21 charl08: Thanks! "S" means I have made significant progress. But those are my read books and then there are still all the TBRs and one or two special collections. But progress!

>22 lauralkeet: Thank you! Their realtor gave them a photography session as a new home present, so I should get a photo or two soon. I'll post.

maj 14, 7:26pm

>23 msf59: All good news, Mark. Hubby and I are very happy. And my hummingbirds are loving all the new flowers blooming.

>24 karenmarie: Hurray for a Jenna visit!! I know you will enjoy your time with her while you have her. Congrats. And to her for the new job!

>25 FAMeulstee: Yes, it's so nice to have some joy in the midst of this crummy COVID stuff. : )

maj 14, 7:30pm

>26 laytonwoman3rd: It's so nice to have some happiness, now more than ever. I hope my LT friends like you get some vicarious joy out of hearing about my happy events.

>27 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! I actually went on a walk with my daughter today on a trail by her new house and...WE DIDN'T WEAR MASKS!! It was so nice to see her smile. We are both vaccinated and it was outside so we felt safe. It felt so good!

maj 14, 7:42pm

>16 Berly: YAY! Now, of course, Nonniehood is around the corner.

Say hallelujah and bring the jubilee!

Happy new thread, smoochling.

maj 14, 9:43pm

>28 thornton37814: Thanks Lori!

>29 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you! Everyone knows that an engagement ring is worth getting excited about; who knew jabs would fill us with such joy?!

>30 MickyFine: Definitely good news worth sharing. : )

maj 14, 9:46pm

>31 BLBera: Have to admit the house is pretty quiet. I am getting more sleep and eating better--not buying all those cookies and snacks!! LOL

>32 drneutron: So close Doc! As long as the kids don't ghost me and I still have contact, I am sure I will enjoy a little peace and quiet. : )

>33 johnsimpson: So happy for you and Karen!! And how nice that you get to celebrate in person. : ) I look forward to your pictures. Congrats. xoxo

maj 14, 9:51pm

>34 figsfromthistle: Thank you and welcome!

>35 jessibud2: Thanks! Should be feeling better in a few days--got antibiotics. Yay! One remaining problem that will take a few weeks to fix, but I have a plan. : )

>36 brenzi: Thank you! We are very exited for the two of them.

maj 14, 9:52pm

>40 richardderus: LOL. Not sure on the timing of that, but I hope they don't take too long--I want to be a young grandma!! Happy weekend and smooches.

maj 15, 12:13am

Being a grandma rocks!

maj 15, 4:25am

Happy new thread, Kim - and congratulations to your daughter on her engagement.
Enjoy your empty nest and have a good time.

maj 15, 6:13pm

Congratulations to the happy couple and to you, and to a quiet house!

maj 16, 6:14pm

Congrats to your daughter! Hope you enjoy your quiet house.

maj 16, 10:53pm

Hi Kim and congratulations on your daughter's engagement.

maj 17, 2:19am

Happy new thread Kim!

Congratulations on your second shot, your daughter's engagement and her moving closer to you, your cataloguing and congratulations/ commiserations on being an empty nester.


maj 18, 5:02pm

I hope Spring continues to love up to its name, and you are enjoying the warmer days. My littlest has lost one of my Mother's Day slippers, so one of my feet is cold. It is discombobulating, to say the least!!!

maj 19, 8:04am

Hi Kim!

Just passing through. Nice to not wear masks around our children, isn't it?

maj 21, 1:13pm

Hello my friend. Joining Karen in just passing through. We've already touched base about all that is going on in our lives -- but I need to plan a trip to Portland!!!!

maj 22, 2:55pm

>45 BLBera: And you are good at it, too!

>46 SirThomas: Thank you, Thomas. Not quite empty nesting, since we had 3 of 4 households over separately for dinner last week, but it was so nice to see everyone without masks on!! Loved it.

>47 ffortsa: Thank you! Hoping the empty nesting will help me lose some weight, without all the kid snacks around tempting me. ; )

maj 22, 2:57pm

>48 banjo123: Getting caught up on lots of things, I actually picked up a book this week!! Yay!

>49 DeltaQueen50: Thank you very much. Everyone is very happy about the engagement.

>50 humouress: Exactly!! You understand so well. : )

maj 22, 2:59pm

>51 LovingLit: Oh no! Cold feet!! My sympathies. : ( You didn't get to enjoy the slippers for very long did you? LOL

>52 karenmarie: Loving not wearing masks around my family!! Looking forward to a little normality with the nicer weather and friends and family vaccinated. Yay!

>53 EBT1002: Hurry up and come to Portland!!! It's been too long. : )

maj 22, 3:30pm

So, news of the day, I did my first in-person TKD class this week!! It was so much fun to see everyone again, and the energy is just so much better than over Zoom. We all wore masks, and they took our temperature before entering the dojang. Amongst ourselves, we talked and everyone was vaccinated except for one 11-year-old, so that was reassuring. Man, doing it in-person vs over Zoom...I am not in shape! LOL.

Redigeret: maj 22, 3:39pm

Klara and the Sun by Ishiguro 4.5

So, I pretty much love anything by Ishiguro and this was no exception. This book explores a society split by whether or nor they are "lifted" and also explores Artificial Intelligence (AI), both it uses and its limitations. Klara is purchased to help care for a little girl who is sick, to be her companion, keep her company and watch out for her. We witness family dynamics through Klara's eyes. Klara is very observant and compassionate, but can she ever truly understand human interaction? Love? There are lots of mysteries in this novel, but I don't want to give anything away, so just read it! I can't wait to talk about this one with my RL book group.

Redigeret: maj 22, 4:10pm

Just started an ARC collection of short stories by Robert Silverberg: Voyagers: Twelve Journeys Through Space and Time. Sci-Fi with personalities uploaded, rebirths, time travel, etc. Really good so far. He has won four Hugo awards and six Nebullas and he is officially a Science Fiction Grand Master (2005). Just published end of April.

"Every science-fiction story is a voyage of some kind -- to a world of a far-off galaxy, to our own world of the distant future or the remote past, to some interior corner of the human soul."

maj 22, 5:28pm

Great comments on Klara and the Sun, TwinK! I think it would be a good discussion book. You'll have to report back.

Congrats on your RL TKD!

maj 22, 5:29pm

>58 Berly: I need to get back to this Kim. I set it aside to read a book group book, then got distracted. I was enjoying it.

maj 22, 5:51pm

>44 Berly: ...ummm...dear...I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that ship has sailed...

>57 Berly: YAY for the extra boost of a return to normalcy!!


maj 22, 10:12pm

>60 BLBera: RL bookclub is meeting in June, so I'll let you know then what the thoughts on K & the Sun are.

TKD -- woohoo!

>61 Caroline_McElwee: Go find Klara! : )

>62 richardderus: Not young, huh? How about younger? LOL. Yeah, well I didn't start off as a young mom either, so there's that. But ouch for pointing it out. I can't help it if I feel 32 inside! Smooch.

maj 22, 10:39pm

I have just started a new thread for all us Oregonians to track upcoming LT visits. Yes, we will have visitors again!! Rachel (The_Hibernator) is coming end of summer.....

Check it out!

maj 22, 10:54pm

Great to see you posting and reading, Kimmers!

Interested to see you enjoyed the Ishiguro. I am not sure about the premise of the book but he is some writer, isn't he?

maj 23, 1:25am

Glad you're getting to return to in-person TKD. Every step toward the old normal is so welcome, isn't it?

maj 23, 5:42am

Wow, now that you're vaccinated and masks can come off, you're going at it full tilt! I thought you were going to relax for a bit after those hectic months?

>62 richardderus: And again ... No villaining on my patch. This is your second transgression.

maj 23, 6:48am

>64 Berly: One day I'm going to get travelling again! Hope you have a good meetup.

maj 23, 2:43pm

>63 Berly: Oh well, I'm sure the eventual grands will enjoy clambering over the iron lung and romping through the corridors of the nursing home anyway.


*flees having distracted Berly-boo with bearded studmuffin Dean Winchester*

maj 23, 3:51pm

I'm a big fan of Robert Silverberg. Almost the last of that generation still above the earth

maj 23, 8:19pm

Happy Sunday, Kim. Nearing the halfway point in Klara. I am really enjoying it.

maj 23, 10:37pm

Hi Kim. Good luck with cataloging your books. I have so many throughout the house. I vow to find a way to locate the ones I want to read.

maj 24, 1:56am

>56 Berly: update on the missing slipper. I found it. It's been a few weeks since Mother's Day, so it was an overdue find!!
(so you can all stop worrying now, thank you)

maj 24, 12:04pm

I starred your Oregonian thread because I'm gonna get there ...

Another intriguing review for Klara. I hope my name comes up on the library hold list soon.

maj 24, 7:08pm

>65 PaulCranswick: Paul, it is nice to be posting here on LT!! And to get to my books. Game nights with the family were fun, but I could use a little reading time. Alone. LOL.

>66 RebaRelishesReading: I think life is swinging back towards "normal," so I should be able to pop in here more often. I certainly hope so!!

>67 humouress: Relax? Was I supposed to do that? I am just so happy to be getting back to doing MY things, that I am jumping right in I guess. : )

>68 charl08: It's not until end of summer, so we will see how the whole COVID thing is going then...fingers crossed!

maj 24, 7:10pm

>69 richardderus: You are so mean!! LOL. Oh, and look who we have here...

>70 magicians_nephew: How have I missed Robert Silverberg before? I love Sci-Fi and I don't think I have read any of him. I am loving this short story collection. : )

>71 msf59: Hiya! Glad you are liking Klara. Now I need some advice. Bird advice. How do I keep the damn squirrels out of my feeders?!?!

Redigeret: maj 25, 1:06am

>72 Whisper1: I can usually find the ones I want to read, because they are only in 1 of two places: my bedroom or one bookshelf downstairs reserved solely for TBRs. They aren't necessarily catalogued yet, but they are alphabetically arranged so I can look through them quickly. After I finish with cataloging the Read books, I'll be tackling those. ; )

>73 LovingLit: Phew!! Slipper found! I was getting worried since it is so long after Mother's Day. Nice to know your feet are comfy and warm now.

>74 streamsong: Yay! Hope meetups can start happening again. I am ready!! And it would be great to see you. I also hope your name comes up soon, too. Good luck!

maj 25, 1:04am

Excited for next year's Literary Arts lineup!! Whoohoo!

Redigeret: maj 25, 7:11am

>78 Berly: - Wow, looks great. I recently read that Daniel James Brown has a new book coming out. It's called Facing the Mountain and I am eager to read it. I really loved The Boys in the Boat.

maj 25, 7:40am

>78 Berly: Ooh! That's a great line up.

Any word on if you will be doing f2f events as part of the festival?

maj 25, 4:12pm

"How do I keep the damn squirrels out of my feeders?!?!"

Keep the poles and feeders from trees or ledges, so squirrels can't leap from them. Add squirrel baffles, either from the pole itself or hang it above the feeder. Post a photo of your set up and I will try to give better pointers.

maj 25, 4:15pm

^This is my set up. Check out both baffles on the left pole. The right one does not need one, because the main feeder is squirrel proof and suet feeder is enclosed.

maj 25, 7:06pm

>79 jessibud2: Yes, he does have a new book coming out! I am excited to read Facing the Mountain, which is probably what he will be discussing next fall.

>80 charl08: Lit Arts has reserved space at our local auditorium for all dates and they will try to hold in-person events if COVID things go well. They shifted their schedule to have more events next spring to allow more time for COVID to be conquered. They are also filming all events for those who are not yet comfortable attending live. I already bought my tickets because I think they did such a great job virtually and I want to attend either way!! I hope it is in-person. Fingers crossed!!

Redigeret: maj 25, 7:10pm

>81 msf59: One feeder is on the bottom branch of a tree and I might just have to let them share some of the birdseeds. Another one is on a pole just as you have, but the darn squirrels just climbed right up it! So, I am going to try to slather on some olive oil and see if that thwarts them, or I may just have to get a baffle for that one.

Thanks for the tips! I'll keep you posted. ; )

maj 26, 7:40am

>84 Berly: They recommend not using anything to grease the poles, especially Vaseline type products. It gets in their fur and can be harmful, although I am not sure about olive oil. I think a baffle would be safer and more efficient.

maj 26, 3:34pm

>78 Berly: That is a great line up, TwinK! Danticat, especially! I love her.

maj 26, 4:30pm

I am going to have to find a copy of Klara and the Sun.

And thanks for getting the meet-ups organized.

maj 27, 7:57am

Hi Kim!

Sorry about the squirrel problem. I have squirrel-proof feeders for sunflower and wild bird seed. I now have a wire that goes through the top of the suet feeder to keep them from opening it, AND in order to keep them off the hanger with the hummingbird feeder I sprayed the hanger with cooking oil and sprinkled cayenne on it. Cayenne does not harm birds (think hot pepper suet) but might deter the squirrels if they take a lick. So spray away, but see if a sprinkle or two of cayenne helps.

maj 27, 4:52pm

An in-person TKD class! It sounds like things are opening up there, Kim. Congrats to your eldest daughter. Enjoy your empty nest!

maj 27, 8:27pm

>88 karenmarie: An arborist was at our house last week and noticed that squirrels have been chewing on the bark of our beautiful Japanese Maple. He recommended smearing some hot sauce on the branches because he said the squirrels will smell it and move on. Might work with the bird feeders too.

maj 28, 10:51am

>82 msf59: After saying up above that we never got squirrels what did I see yesterday in our garden but a squirrel eating the suet pellets! We moved into this house in 1995 and I’ve never seen one before: while there are quite a lot of bushes and shrubs and smaller trees on the estate, there aren’t a lot of the bigger trees that the squirrels like, so while there are squirrels fairly close by, I’d never seen one in our garden.

But I still think squirrels are cute. Rather than chase it off I just spent 5 minutes videoing it! Just as well Daisy didn’t see it as it’s her life’s ambition to catch a squirrel (she’s never managed it, I’m pleased to say).

maj 28, 11:15am

>91 SandDune: I was just about to write that I seem to be the only person here who welcomes squirrels at the bird feeders. The poor things have to eat, too!
There's been a slow-TV thing broadcasting here for the past few weeks showing nature and animals in their natural habitat from dozens of places around the country (it's been absolutely fascinating) and one of the highlights was a bid feeder station in the town next to where I live where a squirrel was constantly visiting. One day he was hanging upside down holding on with just one foot (how do they do that?) and munching away.

maj 30, 11:50am

Am I too late to wish you a new thread! Hopelessly behind in all things, it seems, but feeling like I am starting to get some focus.

>84 Berly: >91 SandDune: We have come to a truce with our squirrels, I guess. I let them chew a hole in the plastic tub of sunflower seeds and add to it now and then and they stop trying to take down my feeders.

maj 30, 11:59am

Pardon the hijack, but while there is probably no real solution, I thought I could entertain you with a little commiseration. This was before I bought the baffle:

Top, down:

From both ends:

and, Self-Serve on aisle 4:

jun 7, 12:23am

Heya Kim! Finally - long overdue - visit to your most recent thread! Sorry to hear about your squirrel issues.
I noticed your shared reads post, and I'm cool to read State of Wonder by Ann Patchett if you're interested!

jun 7, 7:17am

>94 jessibud2: OMG that "self serve" pic is priceless!

Hope all is well with you, Kim!

jun 7, 7:40am

>96 lauralkeet: - I added a few other *robber* pics on Mark's thread. The squirrels win, I have conceded. ;-)

Hope things are going well, Kim, and that your absence is *good* busy. We are in a stinkin' heat wave here. I leave my A/C only to go out to water my plants. It's like a thick soup out there and hard to breathe. Not fun. Yuck!

jun 10, 2:40pm

Beeerrrlllyyy-booooooo! Time to come home, sweetness. The 25th of May was a while back and this thread is getting cobwebby.

I går, 4:50pm

>85 msf59: Well, the olive oil only worked for about a day and a half and then the squirrels wore it off. I am not going to be able to coat the pole every other day(!), so that was a no-winner. LOL

Instead, I got this version of the bird feeder, a cage within a cage, so only the smaller birds can get in. The squirrels have not given up, but so far they are striking out.

Redigeret: I går, 4:56pm

And I changed my other one to Squirrel-Be-Gone version that slides the metal outside down and shuts the feeder windows if there is too much weight on the feeder. Another winner!

Redigeret: I går, 5:03pm

>86 BLBera: Thanks, Twin! I am excited, as usual. Literary Arts has great lineups. : )

Sorry Rafa is out at Roland Garros. Are you pulling for Djokovic or Tsitsipas??
It was wide open in the women's final and I didn't have a preference.

>87 banjo123: Definitely get a copy of Klara and the Sun! My book group buddies loved it.

And I cannot wait to have an actual LT meetup again!! Whoohoo!!

I går, 5:08pm

>88 karenmarie: Thanks! I will have to keep the cayenne pepper as a secret weapon just in case. So far, no problems with the hummingbird feeders.... (Fingers crossed.)

>89 Familyhistorian: Thanks! I thought I was keeping in shape, but this past week of in-person TKD class has broken that illusion. LOL. But really glad to be back in the dojang. Because there are so many black belts, we are limited to 16 per class and have to sign up in advance, to keep people socially distanced. The color belt classes are open. Still wearing masks.

Went to look at a wedding venue with my daughter yesterday. It had a barn theme and was very fun. Trying to help by asking questions but offering no opinion. Key word: TRYING!!

I går, 5:23pm

>100 Berly: - HI Kim. You might have noticed in my post at >94 jessibud2:, the feeder in my middle pic is the same as your second pic. Just saying. Generally speaking, that spring-loaded style works well but I think having a baffle above it will help enormously. Those pics were before I had a baffle. The feeder in my first and third is another spring-loaded one and I like it. My main problem now is the sudden appearance of pigeons so I have taken the feeder in altogether. They don't even go after the feeder, they just congregate in numbers. NOT Happening on my lawn, thanks. Twenty years I never had a pigeon and suddenly, voila. Not happy.

I går, 5:29pm

>90 RebaRelishesReading: Another great squirrel tip. Gracias!

My next big problem, is to keep the deers out. I moved my tomatoes onto the back deck, so they can't get at them and they were a big draw last summer. I think I found a recipe that is egg, yogurt, milk and some spices, and the smell keeps them away....working on that this weekend.

>91 SandDune: Yes, the squirrels are cute and do make me laugh. I think I will leave random treats out for them, but they were eating my bird food so fast, it was getting expensive!!! ; )

Redigeret: I går, 5:34pm

>92 PawsforThought: Yeah, I should be as nimble, strong and flexible as the squirrels!! Their antics are very cute, too. I love watching this video by Mark Rober (who is a former NASA guy, really smart and so funny!). It's a squirrel obstacle course and, yes, they get a reward at the end. They are so smart!!! LOL

Redigeret: I går, 5:45pm

>93 witchyrichy: Never too late!! And I am glad one of us is getting some focus in their life. It is still not happening here yet. LOL.

>94 jessibud2: Self-serve on Aisle 4!! ROFL. Yes!! Rascals.

>95 vikzen: Hey there! Nice to see you. : ) Yes, I would be into reading State of Wonder by Patchett How about July or August? I found my copy....

I går, 5:50pm

>105 Berly: Wow, that's brilliant. I love the picnic table at the end!

I går, 5:50pm

>96 lauralkeet: Right? Those pictures made me laugh. All is good here; I just have lost my rhythm in life. Now instead of seeing my kids everyday in my house, we are having frequent dinner get-togethers, which is fun but eating up my LT and reading time. What's a mom to do? ; )

>97 jessibud2: Our AC is broken. Hoping to get it fixed before the next heat wave...! And it looks like it is going to be another frickin' hot, dry summer here. Bad for our water business and really bad because we are going to get a lot of summer fires again. With bad air quality. Ugh.

I går, 5:56pm

Ricardo, why what do you mean?! LOL

I går, 5:58pm

>103 jessibud2: Yes, I did notice that. Sigh. So far so good though....

Sorry about the pigeon infestation. Ugh. And all that bird poop. Nasty. Glad they spared your lawn.

>107 charl08: Watch the video--it's hysterical. The guy does such a great job of editing the footage and narrating. : )

I går, 6:03pm

>105 Berly: Love it!

Redigeret: I går, 6:13pm

Okay, quick book update (I mean that IS the main reason we're here, right?)

Voyagers--loved this book of short Sci-Fi stories by Robert Silverberg. It was an ARC. Pub Date was April 2021. Get it!!

The Immune Mystery: A Doctor's Impassioned Quest to Solve the Puzzle of Autoimmune Disease by Anita Kass. Fascinating look at auto-immune diseases, their causes and research to find a cure. Emphasis on Rheumatoid Arthritis (because her mom suffered from it), but other diseases are explored as well. Learn about B and T cells, the hypothalamus and pituitary glands and much more. Autoimmune diseases are among the top ten causes of death in women under 65. And they were originally called, appropriately, horror autotoxicus. This book is fascinating and easily understandable.

I går, 6:09pm

I går, 8:35pm

So, I am still reading Caste and I am on the third pillar of Caste. 1) Divine Will 2) Heritability and 3) Endogamy and the Control of Marriage. I was appalled to learn that the Supreme Court did not overturn the illegality of marriage between blacks and whites until 1967 and worse (!) Alabama did not overturn its state law blocking interracial marriage until the year 2000!!! WTF?!?!

I går, 8:47pm

>99 Berly: >100 Berly: Happy Saturday, Kim. I have the same caged suet feeder. The larger woodpeckers just reach their necks in there and feast. I also like the slider feeder. Bye bye squirrels.

I går, 8:54pm

Hiya Mark! I do love the antics of the squirrels though. So I think I will put a treat out for them every now and then. ; ) Happy weekend!

I går, 9:13pm

>114 Berly: It was unenforceable and so was an easy way to shoot the bird at the Gummint.

>109 Berly: *shudder* I literally just put a book down because a character helped a spider move web instead of squishing it and then burning the house down to kill its progeny.


I går, 9:36pm

>117 richardderus: Not really a spider fan here either. But as long as they leave me alone, I leave them alone. Outside. Inside? They are not allowed!

Smooches. : )

I dag, 1:42am

Lovely to see you back Kimmers!

I think Malaysia maybe helps but spiders and lizards are creatures that I don't get too uptight about. Rats and snakes on the other hand...........