2021*3: Lizzie Reads with New Hope

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2021*3: Lizzie Reads with New Hope

Editado: Jul 13, 11:29pm

Having just read The Overstory, here are our two beautiful oaks before we lopped out the crowns to keep them from killing us in the next big hurricane. It had to be done, but it broke my heart.

Editado: Set 9, 11:27pm

24. Bonecrack (reread)
25. Home Fires (reread)
26. The Overstory
27. Storm Track (reread)
28. The Galaxy and the Ground Within
29. Kesrith

Into the House in July
37. The Rise of Io - Kindle Daily Deal through BB
38. An Autobiography: Anthony Trollope - Kindle freebie
39. Walking to Samarkand - Kindle Deal through BB

30. Uncommon Clay (reread)
31. Pride and Prejudice (reread AGAIN)
32. Slow Dollar (reread)
33. Quarter Share (reread)
34. Half Share (reread)
35. Full Share (reread)
36. Behind Closed Doors

Into the House in August
40. Sniper's Eye - Kindle Deal through Richard
41. Hench - Kindle Deal through BB and Richard
42. The Plague of Doves - Thanks to Karen
43. Field Gray - More Thanks to Karen
44. A Master of Djinn
45. The Night Gate - Kindle Deal through BookBub
46. In the Bleak Midwinter - AMP
47. Project Hail Mary - Kindle, pretty good deal
48. A Deadly Education - Kindle deal, long ignored; finally succumbed to

37. Double Share (reread)
38. High Country Fall (reread)

Into the House in September
49. The Road from the Past - AMP
50. Piranesi - Kindle Deal through BookBub

*Review on Book Page

Editado: Set 2, 1:42pm

Open for September Reading

(Just because they're open doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to get to them this month - *sigh* - nor will I show here the quick little things I'm actually spending time in.)

Editado: Jul 20, 11:20pm

BEST OF THE FIRST QUARTER - with best wishes to myself for reading more really good books for the rest of the year!!


Jul 13, 11:29pm

Happy new thread!

Jul 13, 11:30pm

Why thank you, Susan!!! I'm glad to see you.

Jul 13, 11:44pm

Peggy, your thread is now short enough for me to read in its entirety! I've been terrible at making any rounds.

Happy new thread!

Jul 14, 2:56am

Happy new thread. Look, 7 posts and I'm all caught up >;-)

Jul 14, 4:17am

Happy new thread, Peggy!

>1 LizzieD: I understand your feeling about the oaks. We had to remove some trees when we came to this house, as there were to many next to eachother. I remember the pear tree going down and the sound of many insects loosing their home :'(

Jul 14, 7:45am

Hi Peggy, lovely new thread you have here.

We're having tree work done in August. While some of it is in preparation for other landscaping work, a lot of it is dealing with tree health and overall safety issues. There will be much "crown cleaning". But we have one tree that could kill us while we sleep, given the right weather conditions. It looks lovely in the garden but it needs to go.

For what it's worth, like you I had trouble coming up with things to say about The Overstory. And some parts of the book worked better for me than others.

Jul 14, 8:11am

Hi Peggy, and happy new thread.

Taking trees down so they don't kill us in hurricanes was a new concept for me, being from SoCal, but we've done quite a bit of that, too, and recently took out a gorgeous pine for that reason. We had to take out our glorious River Burch because it was planted too close to the house and was threatening the foundation. Sigh.

Anyway, I hope you're having a good week and are reading some wonderful books.

Jul 14, 8:30am

Happy new one!

Jul 14, 11:13am

Happy new thread, Peggy. What lovely trees. Great comments about The Overstory. I loved much of it but thought it was too long and some of the stories seem more relevant to the thread running through the novel than others.

Jul 14, 11:37am

Happy new thread, dear Peggy.

Jul 14, 1:21pm

I do love starting a new thread and having visits from friends whom I don't get to visit and from the faithful ones I drop in on occasionally! Thank you for coming, Paul, Beth, Jim, Karen, Laura, Anita (both for going to the old thread and coming here!), Helen, and Anne!!!!!

Trees! From the sixth floor of our hospital tower (our highest building!), we can see why we are designated a "tree city." It's a lovely sight to see such a cover of trees and know that it is true for 360°. In fact, that picture shows my beloved black walnut in the back, already losing leaves in early fall. The walnut had to go too; it was too close to house and cars and was diseased. How I miss it!

Jul 14, 1:35pm

Ooohhh, that Perec...quite the experience to read, that was.

Lovely new tree-y thread, dearest, clearly Overstory didn't traumatize you. That's good.

Jul 14, 1:51pm

Happy new thread!
We don't have any trees on our property anymore. The neighbors repeatedly drained their pool into our backyard and killed them.

Jul 14, 8:01pm

Happy new thread, Peggy.
I appreciated your comments about Overstory. I enjoyed parts of it but some stories developed so slowly that I had a hard time staying with it.

Jul 15, 12:05am

Richard, every time I look at the Perec I want to read on, but I don't because I'm lazy and unfocused. I think that I didn't let *Overstory* traumatize me because I'm old. My last years will not be as comfortable as my first ones, but I'm ready for somebody else to pick up the challenge to preserve this beautiful earth. Thank you for your visit!!!!!

Jennifer, what an awful story! I'm sorry, sorry, sorry! Thank you for coming by.

Jan, it's lovely to see you here. I took forever to read *Os*, but that's typical of my reading these days. *sigh*

I'm having a bit of fun with the 18th century English social history, but her writing is pretentious. I hate to have to reread a sentence to pin down what the author is saying. I rebel against, "This chapter translates metaphysical abstractions like the public and the private into everyday rituals and physical objects, though revealing that these procedures were themselves freighted with conceptual meaning for the protagonists." Come on. It's not that deep a thought! I can just about abide, "The doorway was the archetypal liminal boundary, where servants loitered and respectable housewives took up post." Bah! On the other hand, I'm fascinated that landladies/lords locked their lodgers and servants in their rooms at night or that well into the century people buried talismans against witches at hearth or entrance, including in one case, '2 shoes, a candlestick, a goblet, 2 strangled chickens, and 2 live ones.' I'll keep reading.

Jul 18, 11:37pm

STORM TRACK by Margaret Maron

Yet another good entry in the Deborah Knott series! Hurricane Fran maintains her strength and goes inland, doing damage in Colleton County. Before the storm Deborah is semi-involved with the murder of a local lawyer's wife (her cousin Reid is marginally a suspect) and with her new friend, Cyl DeGraffenried, who is in love with the wrong man. The two plot lines merge and make a fine mystery that sucked me in.
On to the next!

I also put a free copy of A. Trollope's autobiography on my Kindle, thanks to the 17th century book in progress.

Jul 20, 9:29am

Hmm have to go look for that free bio.

>17 mstrust: What an awful tale -- the neighbors wrecking your trees.

I saw your oaks before they were lopped, lucky me!

At this very moment some tree lopping dudes are taking down a very very dead white pine that is next to the barn . . . we kept hoping it would burst back into life, but nunh-unh. We have an ash also, that has died already, not probably of the ash-borer but something. Ironically we have a new oak and a new (sort of) American chestnut, carefully bred at the ag school at UVM and hardy coming along. I am guessing this will be the thing now, one group of trees are stressed and failing and then new ones are evolved, tougher (elms that will last more than 40 years are coming along in that same program) and then the cycle will go around and around. All the oaks are, for some reason, on the other side of the valley, facing east. We have ONE that we know of on our property and now our new one that we hope we have planted somewhere it will thrive. We face west and are mostly pine, beech, maple, poplar and the occasional something-else.

Jul 20, 11:30pm

Oh, Lucy! A chestnut and elms!!!! Our two main streets are Chestnut and Elm, and not one of either survived in my lifetime. We do still have Walnuts - the third main street.


I absolutely loved this book, a fitting end to her using this universe. I need to go back and read them all again. I am now feeling exactly the joy I felt when I finished The Enchanted April!!!! Five individuals from four species of aliens are marooned together for five days (with only the brief appearance of a human), and they are kind to each other. Because they are, they become involved with each other, honest with each other, and each one grows. I hope that this doesn't sound sappy. I loved it!

Jul 21, 10:08am

Loving the love for the final Wayfarers book! I just finished the 2nd one, A Closed and Common Orbit, and I can't wait to continue on. I liked the first one fine, but this second one really wowed me (and gave me all the feelings).

Jul 21, 2:28pm

April, how good of you to visit and comment! I was most excited by the first two Wayfarers, I think, but each of them is different from the others and just plain good!

Jul 21, 2:51pm

Hi Peggy! I came to be evil:

The publisher thought I'd like it (?!), but I suspect you might.
"For readers of Alice Munro, Elizabeth Strout, and Claire Lombardo, Chorus shepherds seven siblings through two life-altering events—their mother’s untimely death, and a shocking teenage pregnancy—that ultimately follow them through their lives as individuals and as a family.

The seven Shaw siblings have long been haunted by two early and profoundly consequential events. Told in turn back and forth over time, from the early twentieth century through the 1950s, each sibling relays their own version of the memories that surround both their mother’s mysterious death and the circumstances leading up to and beyond one sister’s scandalous teenage pregnancy. As they move into adulthood, the siblings assume various new roles: caretaker to their aging father, addict, enabler, academic, decorated veteran, widow, and mothers and fathers to the next generation.

A family knot of entanglement, each sibling encounters divorce, drama, and death, while haunted by a mother who was never truly there. Through this lens, they all seek to not only understand how her death shaped their family, but also to illuminate the insoluble nature of the many familial experiences we all encounter—the concept of home, the tenacity that is a family’s love, and the unexpected ways through which healing can occur.

Chorus is a hopeful story of family, of loss and recovery, of complicated relationships forged between brothers and sisters as they move through life together, and the unlikely forces that first drive them away and then ultimately back home."
The book lives here.

Jul 21, 4:39pm

Thank you for the kind thought, Richard. I'm not sure that you've hit me. I've never read Munro, Strout (but I do own one), or Lombardo. I'll keep an eye on it though!

Would I dare pick something that I think you'd like? We'll have to see -------

Jul 21, 5:32pm

Long ago, in a galaxy far away, LT member Charles Boyd said he could never envision reading Slaughterhouse Five and I said I could never envision reading The Rapture of Canaan, so we had a personal challenge, which was wildly successful and which we both enjoyed immensely. After that I created a group called I'll Read Yours if You'll Read Mine. It includes a link to our original challenge thread and several folks set up their own challenges, although the group went dormant 10 years ago.

However, Peggy, your comment Would I dare pick something that I think you'd like? to Richard made me think of this group and what a fun activity it was.

Here's the group link: I'll-Read-Yours-if-Youll-Read-Mine

Jul 21, 11:48pm

What a fun idea, Karen! Thanks for the link!

Jul 22, 7:51am

>27 karenmarie: ohhh, tempting. I need another book challenge like I need a hole in the head, mind.

>25 richardderus: hmmm, possible.

Jul 22, 1:38pm

Hi, Helen! Oh, the need/want conundrum!!!!! I'm in the same place.

Jul 22, 11:30pm

Here's a thing. Duke and Carolina Hospitals are requiring vaccinations for their employees at last! WHY has it taken so long??? The two docs interviewed that I've heard (one of them my doctor's partner) both said how thrilled and relieved they are and noted that "First, do no harm," mandates getting those shots before now.

Jul 24, 9:29am

>31 LizzieD: Great news, Peggy. I suspect more and more hospitals will go this way.

Jul 24, 9:59am

Hi Peggy!

I know, finally. It should have been months ago.

Jul 24, 2:34pm

Hi, Beth and Karen. I am especially thrilled to hear this because our local hospital is an adjunct of UNC-CH. I've had a hard time thinking about their employees not being vaccinated. DH and I are still being as conservative as we can be. I have an appointment for another eye shot Wednesday and dread going (although it's like a vacation to be away with my boy for even an hour or two) and also having somebody in to stay with my mama.

Jul 24, 11:08pm

Hi Pegy. Been awhile since I was 'on the threads'. Loved your tree theme happening in the topper and beyond.
I, like others, am appalled that those neighbours got away with draining their blankety blank pool wherevever they felt like it. Disrespectful and such dreadful consequences.

>31 LizzieD: It is a scndal isn't it, that healthcare workers weren't head of the line for vaccinations. So glad to hear this is rolling out in your area.

Jul 25, 12:04am

Welcome and thanks for being here, Sandy! (As you see, I am not getting to threads in any meaningful way at all.) The pool draining had to have been awful. I'm not sure but what my local friend's situation was not equally as bad. She couldn't get into her garden or pool for a whole summer because her neighbors refused to drain theirs, and the mosquitos in her yard came in clouds. She complained to the city counsel the whole summer, and they did nothing at all.

My reading time has changed my habits so that I fidget. I am currently reading only two books: Behind Closed Doors and Kesrith. They are both good, and I'd love to finish at least one of them this month!

Jul 25, 8:22am

Belated happy new thread Peggy and I'm sad to see that means I completely missed commenting on your last thread. So pleased you enjoyed the latest Becky Chambers!

Jul 25, 11:59am

I'm glad to see you on this one, Heather. I have less and less to say anywhere, but I love this place and delight to see visitors. Yep. B. Chambers is a keeper for rereading for sure!

Jul 29, 8:59am

Happy Thursday, Peggy! I hope you're still keeping well and safe, especially now that the delta variant is rearing its ugly head.

Jul 29, 1:34pm

Thank you, Karen, and the same back to you. I begin to realize that I've probably missed my window for being bolder about going out. Otoh, our vaccination levels have been and remain miserably low, so it was never really "safe." *sigh*

Jul 30, 10:39am

Yes, I think the window is closing again. Personally, I don't like it but am resigned. I'm now very worried about our August 7th Children's and Audiovisual book sale and the planned end of September full sale. Headaches about how to try to hold safe book sales on top of worries about staying safe personally.

Jul 30, 1:35pm

Yikes! I would be uneasy about the August sale for sure but hopeful for some definitive idea of what to do about the September one. That's probably just dreaming.

Be safe! (Yesterday at least with a barricade between us I watched a woman's nostrils peeking out of the mask she was sort of wearing as she checked me out of the eye clinic. I almost said something to her about it, but then I didn't. I can think of words for people like me.)

Time to stop watching CNN and MSNBC again.

Jul 31, 12:43am

I'm with you, Peggy. I can't watch any more Covid news. It is just too depressing. I have an unvaccinated niece in Missouri who thinks she won't get sick because God won't allow it. Such ignorance and arrogance is hard to bear in someone I was close to.
So more escaping in reading my mysteries! I think you would really like The Thursday Murder Club. It has good characters, good plotting, and lots of humor.
Stay safe.

Jul 31, 11:38pm

Hi, Jan. I think that all my family are vaccinated although way too many of them buy the Trumpery package with their mental money. I'll add that the new minister of our town's largest church, Southern Baptist, is sick with COVID at the moment. The gossip is that he has a light case, but I think that what the medical community sees as light and what ordinary folks do is not the same thing. I hope that your niece changes her mind! Thanks for the further recommendation of *Thursday Club*. I'm a bit overwhelmed now, but I'll look into it!!!!!

KESRITH by C.J. Cherryh

This first of the *Faded Sun* trilogy is a testament to loss. It was not the thing that I needed to read right now. Otoh, it was so good that I'll have to keep going. Cherryh knows how to create an alien culture! It's so apparent in this book that the humans are the ones we know little of and feel for the least.

Ago 1, 8:10am

Hi Peggy, and happy Sunday to you!

We cancelled the August sale. The book sale team voted unanimously to do so.

way too many of them buy the Trumpery package with their mental money. Great way to put it. My brother-in-law is not vaccinated but my sister is. There's a woman who used to be on the Friends Board who got one dose but decided against the second. Here's what she sent to me the other day: I am sorry, but I am a firm believer the shots (not vaccines) can cause much more damage now and/or in the future to prevent Covid of which you have a 99% chance of surviving and with the correct treatment of Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin is amazingly enabling for survival and cost prohibitive.. She's drunk the Cool-aid. She also wrote that cancelling the August sale was unnecessary. You simply cannot reason with people like her.

Ago 1, 11:58am

I'm relieved that you have canceled the August sale, Karen. Yikes for your board member!!!! She has not only drunk the Cool-aid, she's mainlining it. I think that the only thing that might possibly convince such a person is somebody's story. Even so, unless it's somebody that she trusts, even that might not be enough. Meanwhile, I'll stay in and hope that the mysterious lessening of the delta-v may happen here sooner rather than later.

Ago 1, 3:13pm

...Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug...COVID is a virus...gawd these people are stupid.

As to survivors, where are the forty people who used to live here in my building but now don't? (Live, that is.)

Hoping y'all stay safe and mask up every time you go inside a public place, Peggy. *smooch*

Ago 1, 10:05pm

>45 karenmarie: >47 richardderus: What I have never understood is why folks who never took any education in virology or epidemiology suddenly think they know best. How does that happen? Is it because they believe somea politician's claims and their stance on vaccines somehow makes the politician suddenly a medical specialist?

I'm not trolling here, I just really do-not-understand.

Ago 1, 11:49pm

Life's absurdities, Richard. It's a sad thing that they should be deadly, and especially that they should be deadly for other people. Certainly, if I were to go inside a public place, I would mask. As it is, doctor's offices are the only public places I'll risk.

Sandy, it's beyond me too. One incredible thing is that they can't understand why we don't see what they see.
Since we're moaning, I don't understand how they think that evil US politicians control the rest of the world. OR if the evil politicians (to get political) are so slick that they can throw a presidential election, why they were so stupid as not to throw an additional Senate race or 10 for a super majority. Never mind. It's late and I'm going to bed.

Ago 2, 12:13am

>48 SandyAMcPherson: & >49 LizzieD: etc I think it is clear to a statistician such as I that the vaccinations have been working steadily and successfully to reduce fatalities from COVID without necessarily providing perfect protection from contracting each and every strain or mutation. Virology not needed here the empirical evidence is overwhelming.

Misinformation on treatments and safety on all sides is dangerous and public and politician alike should be watched carefully. We had:

Chump's famous "disinfectant injections" suggestion which would have almost certainly killed people in their droves.

We also had Joe Biden's careless statement (CNN Cincinnati Town Hall) that once you have your vaccines you cannot catch COVID. Certainly not as bad as what Chump said but not exactly helpful or true either.

I sometimes wish they would all just shut up and stop playing politics with people's lives.

Have a good rest, Peggy.

Ago 2, 1:08pm

Hi, Paul!

I sometimes wish they would all just shut up and stop playing politics with people's lives. Wouldn't that be something?????

Ago 2, 5:18pm

>49 LizzieD: and >50 PaulCranswick: Loved these replies. And Paul has nailed a 'hit'.
Statistically, absolutely correct. The numbers of serious ICU cases and the hospitalizations have taken a significant dive. I know active cases are bulging again, but if there are the unvaxed folks out there ~ what a great propagation pool!

A past colleague in Med Research told me back in the late winter that in all her 30+ years of association with clinicians, she had never seen such a non-event for the flu season as last winter. Simply hand-washing, staying home when you are unwell and wearing a mask were moderately effective for those illnesses.

Unfortunately, those measure do not confer any immunity to Mr. Coronavirus infections, so can be regarded as good hygiene but not a substitute for vaccinations. That's the anti-vax attitude I've encountered.

Also agree that the politicians should be censored for making health-related comments. Stick to their script and no off-the-cuff chatter in a public forum.

Ago 4, 10:06am

Hi Peggy!

>49 LizzieD: I don't understand how they think that evil US politicians control the rest of the world. OR if the evil politicians (to get political) are so slick that they can throw a presidential election, why they were so stupid as not to throw an additional Senate race or 10 for a super majority. You know, I never thought about it that way.

On the upside, I hope you've got a good book or two going, that your ma is thriving, and that your DH is continuing to do well and stay safe.

Ago 4, 1:25pm

Thank you for those good wishes, Karen! We're good on all counts except that the good books have to go very slowly. *sigh*

On the upside, I get to wish the same for you, Bill, and Jenna!

Ago 4, 11:37pm

UNCOMMON CLAY by Margaret Maron

Deborah is in Seagrove. N.C., sitting in for a sick judge in a couple of divorce settlements. Lots about pottery and lots about divorces. I've never been to Seagrove , nor have I been to the NC zoo nearby. I'd love to do both!
This is really a pretty good mystery. I'm looking forward to the next one because I know that Deborah finds her true love in it. *sentimental!*

The only other thing I'm really reading is *P&P*. I haven't read it since I joined LT, and Ms. Austen's wit is a much a treat as ever!

Ago 7, 11:26am

You are tempting me with Maron! Re Kesrith, the humans are NOT the worst!

Ago 7, 2:00pm

>56 sibylline: ??? I didn't mean to imply anything about the humans in *Kesrith*. At this point in the trilogy, we've met only two of them, and Sten Duncan seems to be quite a good fellow. We know a lot about the mri and the regul though. The lack of attention to humankind was all I was pointing out.

I'll keep trying to get you into Maron for sure, Lucy - and anybody else (Karen?) mystery-minded who hasn't read her.

Still giving my little reading time to *P&P* with brief forays into the Georgian book.

Ago 7, 7:24pm

Ah. The regul really are . . . uh . . . something else. No worries! Yes, it is true that there wasn't much focus on the humans except Duncan.

Ago 11, 2:10pm


What to say about my most-reread of all comfort reads? I have nothing new except that I just corrected *Pried and* and thought that might be a good start on the title of a parody if anybody dared.

JA is not Wodehouse (who, I understand, hung each page on the wall as he wrote and then took them down to edit until he had a laugh on every page), but there's at least a wry smile on every page. I don't think the woman could help it. I grin, for example, every time I read about Lady Catherine's company sitting with her while she decided what the weather would be for the next day.

You're welcome.

Ago 11, 2:13pm

>59 LizzieD: A book that hasn't finished saying what it had to say after 200+ years is a joy and a pleasure, isn't it?

Ago 11, 11:57pm

Amen to that, Richard!

Ago 12, 10:39am

How is everything Peggy? I got a friend request from you on FB and of course accepted it but there is no photos and just a couple of our FB friends there. Is it your only FB account?

Editado: Ago 12, 2:25pm

Uh oh, Paul. Apparently my real account has been hacked again. I just went through it - changed my password, notified fb, warned current friends. Maybe I just need to get off the platform for a bit, but I do enjoy seeing other people's posts, including Hani's..... that is to say, "Hanni's."
Thanks for letting me know. Please delete that new account.
I'm not at home and don't know my new fb password, so I can't do anything there until later.

Ago 12, 7:15pm

>63 LizzieD: I should have realised, Peggy, as there was no photo for the page. I have deleted it already and it does underscore why I don't use FB that much.

Ago 12, 11:44pm

>63 LizzieD: Perhaps this tip could help you with your FB woes, Peggy.

My kids are on FB and were shown by a smart geeky friend that "2FA" (two factor identification) stops the hacking because the person doesn't gain access. I use 2FA for all my banking and e-mail.

How it works is from your settings, you provide your mobile phone number and select "send text" then a text is sent for you to authenticate the log in (basically, you are confirming that yes, it was me that logged in).

The key thing is to not leave yourself logged in and if I understand FB policy, you are logged out automatically if the browser is closed or there is a period of no activity. Just like the banking website. (I never use my mobile phone for banking, though).

Maybe you know all this and I am offering unsolicited advice.

Ago 13, 9:18am

>65 SandyAMcPherson: Two factor authentication is a royal pain sometimes, but it does work. That said, I've seen a number of my friends hacked on FB lately. I always check to see if we are already friends on FB, as is often the case.

Ago 13, 1:33pm

Thank you, Sandy. I'm not sure that I'm up to the hassle of 2FA, which I didn't really know about. I'll have to decide how eager I am to stay on the site. I'm afraid that I do stay logged in, which I see leaves me more vulnerable to hacking. I am willing to listen to all good advice, so keep it coming!
Judy, that's what I do too. But both times my account has been hacked, I've had at least a couple of people respond to the invitation. Grrr.

Ago 13, 4:14pm

Considering what that scum Zuckerberg did/is doing to the country, the only thing preventing me from closing my account is the fact that it's been hacked and I can't get into it to close it!

Ago 13, 5:14pm

>68 richardderus: Hi RD, I moseyed on over to your thread with some suggestions about that problem of closing a hacked account.

Ago 14, 12:23am

>68 richardderus: >69 SandyAMcPherson: Hmmm. I think I'll mosey over to Richard's thread to read those suggestions, Sandy. (You're right, Richard, but it's the way I keep up with my cousins, and I hate to lose the contact completely.)

Ago 14, 10:35am

>70 LizzieD: Hi Peggy. I decided to PM you, since you might find it easier to keep what I was suggesting in your 'wall' comments.

Ago 14, 11:39am

Thank you, thank you, Sandy! I appreciate your taking time to do that for me.

Meanwhile, my friend has lent me a copy of A Master of Djinn. I don't know why this one is calling me so insistently, but I'm ready to answer - and there goes my other reading for awhile.

Ago 14, 11:47am

>72 LizzieD: Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Ago 14, 7:58pm


Editado: Ago 14, 11:05pm

>72 LizzieD: I've been eyeing that title myself. Lots of discussion in the 75-er group encourages me to try it out.

I just borrowed the acclaimed Afterparties: Stories (e-book) today. It will be going with me as my airplane/airport reading material.

P.S. >72 LizzieD: You are most welcome. Lots of people here (like Laura) likely could be more informative, but I thought this FB difficulty was something to which I could contribute some ideas.

Ago 15, 12:02am

Richard, and Kim, and Sandy! Thank you all for brightening my thread!!! If only I could stay awake to read more than 3 pages at a time! I see that it's after midnight, and I have to be up by 7:15. Could that possibly have something to do with my chronic sleepiness?

Ago 17, 11:47pm

SLOW DOLLAR by Margaret Maron

I don't read much these days, but at least MM keeps my eyes in practice. I like this one. Deborah is involved in the lives of a small carnival that comes to Colleton County (a handy little glossary of carny jargon is included), and she begins to find her true love. *beam*
I'll be on to the next in fits and starts.

Ago 18, 9:10am

Hi Peggy!

Sorry you aren't reading much these days. I'm halfway through Hot Money by Dick Francis and really enjoying it.

Gentle hugs to your ma, hello to your DH, and many hugs to your own dear self.

Ago 18, 1:54pm

>77 LizzieD: At least the reading you *can* do is cherce, Peggy, so it's all good...but could be better if the sleep issues would let go, obvs.

Ago 18, 11:54pm

Dear Karen and Richard! You are both that! Thank you!!!!!

Ago 19, 4:42pm

Hi Peggy. Thought I’d do a return visit.

I see you are a fellow tree lover. Those are two beautiful oaks, I am sorry about the lopping that had to be done! I know how it feels, this week the tree guys have been working on the trees in the back garden of our city housing complex. They started with the beautiful ginkgo behind my direct neighbor’s house. He sent me a panicky app at 8.30 in the morning about it. The tree has been pruned down so much, we can only hope they knew what they were doing.

Putting the last Becky Chambers on the wishlist! Thanks.

Ago 20, 12:27pm

Welcome, Ella! Yep. I love trees. I cried for our oaks and wailed for days after we lost our wonderful black walnut. It was diseased, but we lost it earlier than we might have because it endangered the house and the vehicles. I can't say how much I miss its friendly shade and beautiful leaf pattern against the sky from our back porch - where I no longer sit in the summer.
I do hope that ginkgo comes back stronger than before. They are such lovely trees! The best one in our town blew over in Matthew five years ago.
Enjoy That B. Chambers!

QUARTER SHARE by Nathan Lowell

This is likely my favorite of the Solar Clipper series. I don't care that nothing happens. I simply sink into the routine of the galley aboard the Lois McKendrick, spiced with early forays into personal trading, and am comforted and enchanted. You bet I'll go on to *½* share, but maybe I'll be able to read something else too.

Ago 24, 11:56am

HALF SHARE by Nathan Lowell

Ish is going from a sweet, mature boy to a sweet, increasingly mature young man. This necessarily involves his handling his sexuality aboard the Lois McKindrick where sexual relationships between shipmates is forbidden. If all the innuendo gets tedious to a grown woman, it's still a fair recreation of adolescence. Ish is perfect, but I still find him an appealing character and still relax into his world of environmental support and portside shenanigans.

On to the next. Then I think I may be ready for something else.

Ago 24, 4:42pm

>82 LizzieD:, >83 LizzieD: Your pleasure in the reads is a strong recommendation, Peggy. I'm so glad you're able to see that it's time to take a break too.

Ago 26, 11:46pm

Hi Peggy, I'm just stopping by to say hello. I'm still reading my mysteries but manage to include a few other things. Keep well.

Ago 27, 1:44pm

>84 richardderus: Richard, I recommend these with strong caveats.... I think my love for them is idiosyncratic. Readers who are not me may easily see the flaws more strongly than the strengths. I do sort of say, "just one more," but we'll see. The first three are definitely my favorites.

Hi, Jan! Thanks for stopping by! We're doing our best to stay well all around. Hope you are too.

Ago 28, 8:26pm

Hmm. You are reminding me I have to get to the next Maron!

Editado: Ago 29, 11:27pm

Whoo Hooo, Lucy. Do it! (Read Porter Osborne too!!!)

FULL SHARE by Nathan Lowell

Ishmael spends his last few months on the Lois McKendrick, earns his full share classification in every section, saves the ship - maybe a couple of times - and leaves Lois for the spacer academy. I love him, and I love the next three, but this is enough for now. I do believe that I can read something else!

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: At Home in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery

I did enjoy the book although I took an unconscionable time to get through it. A. Vickery is doing what I think historical research should be, and I hadn't read anything quite like this. To understand how people lived, she read court records, household accounts, business accounts and correspondence as well as the more traditional letters and literature. I learned a lot: "taste" became a governing concept during this period; this was when manufacturers started making gendered furniture - ladies' desks and men's shaving stations. I almost wrote etc. and remembered how I enjoyed seeing contemporary documents with "& c." as an abbreviation.

I really, really reacted badly to her inflated style. For example, she's writing about needlework's replacing practical occupations in the lives of middle class women: "Fancy works played a totemic role in the commentary on the social impact of enclosure, symptomatic of the decay of homespun virtue in the farmhouse." O.K. Even so, this is a book worth your time if you have any interest at all in social history.

Ago 29, 11:16am

Hi Peggy! Happy Sunday to you.

Behind Closed Doors sounds fascinating. Onto the wish list it goes.

Ago 29, 11:28pm

Hi, Karen, and there you go. I wrote a word or two about the book!

Ago 30, 9:45am

Stopping by to say hello, and hope you, DH and your Ma are all keeping well and staying safe.

>88 LizzieD: I remember enjoying Behind Closed Doors when I read it a few years ago but I think I enjoyed Vickery's earlier book The Gentleman's Daughter more because it focused more on individual lives and less on furnishings. The style was probably the same though.

Ago 30, 1:21pm

Hi, Heather! I think you may have been my source for the Vickery. I have a copy of *GD's* available for Kindle and wonder whether I should have a paper one instead for the plates and figures. I loved the ones in *BCD* - was thrilled to see real early wallpaper designs, for example. I loved all that stuff.

We are all well, and I thank you for inquiring. We're back in earlier quarantine mode except that I do get fast food take-out a couple of times a week, and that's a real bonus.

Set 1, 2:01pm

I had commented about our hot spot status on Judy's thread. When I read our local paper this morning, I copied the following info. This is the reason we're staying in!

55 hospitalized locally, with 10 in the ICU on ventilators. One of the 55 was vaccinated. 829 cases reported since 8-24 in a population of 130,600; 19,000 of those in my town, the county seat. The hospital has just brought in a mobile morgue since the hospital's is full. No study club meeting in a restaurant for me in a couple of weeks.

Set 2, 11:00am

Set 2, 11:34am

Hi Peggy!

Yes, your county is particularly hard hit, and I'm sorry for it. We're not doing too well, either, statistics wise, in our county either. I saw a man going into the Post Office today without a mask. Stupid. Just plain stupid.

Set 2, 1:40pm

Hey, Judy and Karen. We're not noted for our smarts here. (Remember Lumosity? We were ranked at the very bottom of their national list when they were a thing.) I hope I don't have to rethink my picking up occasional fast food. More and more often, unmasked beggars walk along the lines in the drive-through. If they take to standing at the order mic where you have to put your window down, I guess it's back to cooking every meal every day. I know. Women have done it forever; just not me.

Meanwhile, I just got a copy of Ina Caro's The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France. She's Robert A. Caro's wife, who does his research. I didn't realize that she also was published.

Set 2, 2:27pm

Hi Peggy, the Caro book sounds interesting. Another book to add to my list.
I'm sorry to hear about the anti-maskers around you. I can't imagine having to order fast food while dodging the unmasked. Oregon has the same ignorance issue. All I can do is shake my head in despair!

Set 2, 2:56pm

Hi Peggy,
Love your tree photo up top.
How are all you folks doing in your area? I guess the rains (and hurricanes?) have really swept through the whole south.
I updated my new thread with my August reading today. The Goblin Emperor is certainly a fave read for me!

Set 2, 7:35pm

>93 LizzieD: That is just...dire. *smooch* for staying out of ALL those places.
Normally I am a person who Knows My Own Mind. Startling, I realize, for you to hear this...as I've always been such a soft-spoken crowd-goer-alonger.

Stop laughing.

Anyway. I need help. The wisdom of the crowd is sought to help be decide between two equally strong contenders for Read of the Month. I am simply incapable to unparalyzing myself from the FOMO I get thinking about this problem.

Please vote on the poll or you will be directly responsible for my re-admission to the Goofy Garage this birthmonth.

Set 3, 1:49pm

Hi, Jan! Heaven knows when I'll get to the Caro book, but I hope the one of us who reads it first will let the other one know how it is. What a world right now! I'm not surprised, I guess, that we're falling apart, but I'm terrified at how quickly it is all happening.

Hi, Sandy! I miss our trees although we do still have those in the picture leafed out but not crowned. I should take a picture. So far, so good right here in this hurricane season. We still have a lot of time to go. Up here on the river levee, we're really dry. Enjoy *GE*! I certainly did!!! I'm beginning to get into A Master of Djinn and have high hopes for it.

Hi, Richard! Thanks for the smooch and one back to you. We have some pretty good restaurants for such a small place, but I'm not about to risk our health for a serving of any favorite by going inside. The receptionist at the eye clinic always asks whether I've been anywhere COVID-risky, and I always want to say, "This is the riskiest thing I do." Apptmnt. next week.
And I have done my duty to keep you out of the GG.

Editado: Set 4, 1:23pm

DOUBLE SHARE by Nathan Lowell

Ish is third mate on a sick ship. Want to bet who starts the healing process?
I'll be on to the next except that I'm not in love with the first quarter or so of the book. It's releasing me to read other things!

HIGH COUNTRY FALL by Margaret Maron

Another good one! Deborah is in the mountains of NC during leaf season. There's a pretty good mystery, and her personal life takes a romantic turn for the very, very good.

Set 4, 8:30am

Hi Peggy, and happy Saturday to you!

It's nice to see you finishing a read that lets you go to other series and reading another Margaret Maron.

I just finished The Plot and will return it to the Library and pick up Second Place by Rachel Cusk. I'm reading quite a bit of contemporary fiction recently, which surprises me.

Today's the first day of dove season, and there's apparently a good field nearby - lots of guns going off a mile or so away. Sigh.

Gentle hugs for your ma, warm greetings for your DH, and fierce hugs for your own dear self.

Set 4, 11:20am

>101 LizzieD: Happy that the reads are treating you well...I'm including "releasing you for other reads" in that. Series vacations can, and often do, make the heart grow fonder.

Set 4, 11:57pm

Good night to you both, Karen and Richard! it's a great pleasure to find that you've visited!

I wish I had something to say for myself, but No. I am making very slow progress in the E. Wharton bio that has been on my "current" list all year. At this rate, I'll have read it by the end of the year!

Set 9, 7:47am

Hi Peggy!

I hope your week has gone well. I've read another Miss Marple in my new personal challenge and am quite enthralled with Killing Kennedy, even though it was co-authored by the despicable Bill O'Reilly.

Set 9, 12:59pm

>104 LizzieD: Hi Peggy, I hear you on the slow progress in the E. Wharton bio .
I DNF'd that after less than 100 pages!

I think it was the one by by R. W. B. Lewis, but I didn't belong to LT in those days, if in fact, LT even existed back then. (I used to keep a spreadsheet of reading and the DNF column had an embarrassing number of biographies listed). A very literary type of friend was extolling Pulitzer winners at the time so I thought it merited a read. But just not my sort of non-fiction book, I have to admit.

Best wishes for a good weekend coming up. I'm hosting an end-of-summer gathering with my 5-member sewing & quilting group ~ outside on the back patio. We may have a very hot day, so last chance for 'people-ing'. We're not inviting folks indoors (although the lower level toilet facility will be cleaned to a fare-thee-well to accommodate urgent requirements).

OK, that was probably TMI!

Set 9, 1:59pm

Hi, Sandy. Not too much info at all. I like to know that my friends are being extra, extra careful!

I am a bit over 200 pp in the Wharton bio. It is my kind of thing, but very, very slowly.

Hi, Karen. I confess that I'm still spending most of my time in the #5 Ishmael. I was looking forward to a lot of waiting time to read the Wharton bio at Pinehurst for my eye shot. They pushed me right through. I read maybe 5 pages. Every little bit helps! As to the eye, the shot was fine again - amazing really. I'll find out how well it has responded to the treatment next month. Then I may get a little break.

Set 11, 12:05am

CAPTAIN'S SHARE by Nathan Lowell

I still love the series. Ish is put into the worst ship in the company and maybe in the whole sector. Of course, given a bit of time, he turns everything around and develops a crew who can live and work together smoothly and make money. I'll likely move on for one more book. Then maybe I'll be able to stop!

Set 11, 5:07pm

Hi Peggy. I just say ugh to the cases and hospitalizations. It is SO frustrating since we could have been out of this!!!

I'm not familiar with the Nathan Lowell series but it looks kind of fun.

I'm currently reading Once There Were Wolves, a painful and beautiful novel.

I hope you're having a good weekend!

Set 12, 12:13am

Ellen, how good of you to come calling!!!! I think of you often but visit seldom. *Once/Wolves* looks compelling, but I'm not able to read pain right now. I'll keep it in mind though for some kind of new normal.

We could have been out of this. How dependent we are on each other! How deep and wide is the current rift between us!

Nathan Lowell is wonderful fun for some people. I'm one of them, but I certainly see how dismissable he is by others.

Take care of yourself and P and the handsome Carson!

Set 12, 9:16am

'Morning, Peggy!

I hope you get a good result from all this eye stuff next month. Dare I say that my back's just a tad better today? I'm going to do a whole lot of nothing today and maybe this improvement will stick a bit.

Being Panthers fans, Bill and I will watch the game at 1 today.

Set 12, 4:51pm

>102 karenmarie: Dove season? Do people eat doves, or is this just for glory?

Set 12, 5:00pm

>112 ffortsa: People eat doves. My husband says that when he was little, he and his dad would go dove hunting and take whatever they killed to area churches, which would prepare them and distribute them along with whatever else to people in need. Lots of recipes online...

Editado: Set 15, 2:58pm

Hi Peggy, I got a copy of Ina Caro's The Road From the Past from the library and I've started it but I'm not sure I'm going to finish it. No pictures, not even drawings! A book like this has to have them. If you decide to try it, let me know what you think.

Have a good day.

Set 15, 11:38pm

Hi, Judy and Karen! Let us simply note that I do not eat doves. I've never been hungry either. Good for Bill!

Hi, Jan! I hadn't even looked in the I.Caro. If/when I get to her, I'll likely read it while checking out images on Google. That's my normal practice. Hope the book is worth the trouble!!!