Kristel's Reading 75 in 2023, 4th quarter

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Kristel's Reading 75 in 2023, 4th quarter

Editado: Nov 4, 9:49 am

I am starting my fourth quarter thread a couple days early as I am leaving on a trip with some friends and won't be having easy access.
A half a year has gone by. I made 75 books in June.

I've been a part of 75 Books Challenge since 2018. I am a recent widow (2 years now), retired, and a lover of lists and books. I try to read 1001 books, Pulitzer, Booker, SFF, and horror and participate in various challenges here and there. I am on GR and moderate the group Reading 1001. I also am on Litsy and enjoy Bookspin, Double Spin and Bookspin Bingo. I spend time in Florida and Minnesota but mostly Minnesota which is where my family resides.

I also enjoy Wordle, Antiwordle, and Quordle and Connections


I also have been working at reading 1001 books which really is more than 1001 books now. I started running a group on Shelfari before Amazon took them down. We then migrated to Goodreads which unfortunately is badly neglected by Amazon as well. Our group is Reading 1001.

Here's my ticker for 1001 books. It's probably not accurate but close enough.

Editado: Ontem, 4:31 pm

1. 1969: P. H. Newby, Something to Answer For - Own
2. 1970: Bernice Rubens, The Elected Member - OWN
✅. 1970: J. G. Farrell, Troubles (awarded in 2010 as the Lost Man Booker Prize) -OWN
4. 1971: V. S. Naipaul, In a Free State
5. 1972: John Berger, G. - OWN-K
✔6. 1973: J. G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur - READ
7. 1974 ✔ The Conservationist and Holiday - Stanley Middleton
✅ 8. 1975: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust -
9. 1976: David Storey, Saville
10 . 1977: Paul Scott, Staying On read 2021
✔11. 1978: Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea READ
12. 1979: Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore -
✔13. 1980: William Golding, Rites of Passage - READ
✔14. 1981: Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children - READ
✔15. 1982: Thomas Keneally, Schindler's Ark - READ
✔16. 1983: J. M. Coetzee, Life & Times of Michael K READ
17. 1984: Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac - OWN
18. 1985: Keri Hulme, The Bone People
19. 1986: Kingsley Amis, The Old Devils -
20. 1987: Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger -
✔21. 1988: Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda OWN
✔22. 1989: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day READ
✔23. 1990: A. S. Byatt, Possession: A Romance
✅24. 1991: Ben Okri, The Famished Road
✔25. 1992: Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient READ
... and Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger
26. 1993: Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha OWN
✔27. 1994: James Kelman, How late it was, how lateREAD 2021
28. 1995: Pat Barker, The Ghost Road
✅29. 1996: Graham Swift, Last Orders
✔30. 1997: Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things READ
✔31. 1998: Ian McEwan, Amsterdam - READ
32. 1999: J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace - OWN
✔33. 2000: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin READ
34. 2001: Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang-
✔35. 2002: Yann Martel, Life of Pi READ
36. 2003: DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little
✔37. 2004: Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty READ
✔38. 2005: John Banville, The Sea - READ
✔39. 2006: Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss OWN
✔40. 2007: Anne Enright, The Gathering - OWN COMPLETED 3/22
✔41. 2008: Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger - READ
✔42. 2009: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall - READ
43. 2010: Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question
✔44. 2011: Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending - READ
✔45. 2012: Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies - COMPLETED 3/2020
46. 2013: Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
✔47. 2014: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North - READ
✔48. 2015: Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings - READ
✔49. 2016: Paul Beatty, The Sellout - READ
✔50. 2017: George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo READ
✔51. 2018: Anna Burns Milkman
✔52. 2019: Margaret Atwood, The Testaments, or Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other
✔53. 2020. Shuggie Bain Douglas Stewart COMPLETED 3/24/22
54. 2021, The Promise by Damon Galgut
55. 2022, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilakaurns
56. 2023 Prophet Song - Paul Lynch

Read in 2023
Heat and Dust (1975) - 2/27/23
The Famished Road (1991) - 7/10/23
Last Orders - 9/3/23
Troubles - 11/23

Booker International
✔ 2016- The Vegetarian - Han Kang South Korea, Read
✔ 2017- A Horse Walks Into a Bar - David Grossman - Israel Read
2018 - Flights - Olga Tokarczuk - Poland
Hoopla 2019 - Celestial Bodies - Jokha al-Harthi - Oman
2020 - The Discomfort of Evening - Marieke Lucas Rijneveld - Netherlands
2021 - At Night All Blood is Black - David Diop - France
Hoopla 2022 - Tomb of Sand - Geetanjali Shree - India
✔2023- Time Shelter - Georgi Gospodinov - Bulgaria READ
3 of 8 books read

Editado: Nov 8, 3:11 pm

1. 1918 HIS FAMILY - Ernest Poole
✔2. 1919 THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS - Booth Tarkington Hoopla, 11/20/22
3. ✔1921 THE AGE OF INNOCENCE - Edith Wharton
4. 1922 ALICE ADAMS - Booth Tarkington
5. 1923 ONE OF OURS - Willa Cather
6. 1924 THE ABLE MCLAUGHLINS - Margaret Wilson
7. 1925 SO BIG - Edna Ferber
8. 1926 ARROWSMITH - Sinclair Lewis (Declined) library
9. 1927 EARLY AUTUMN - Louis Bromfield
10. ✔1928 THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY - Thornton Wilder
11. 1929 SCARLET SISTER MARY - Julia Peterkin
12. 1930 LAUGHING BOY - Oliver Lafarge Own
13. 1931 YEARS OF GRACE - Margaret Ayer Barnes
14. ✔1932 THE GOOD EARTH - Pearl Buck
15. 1933 THE STORE - Thomas Sigismund Stribling
16. 1934 LAMB IN HIS BOSOM - Caroline Miller
17. ✔1935 NOW IN NOVEMBER - Josephine Winslow Johnson 5/27/21
18. 1936 HONEY IN THE HORN - Harold L Davis
19. ✔1937 GONE WITH THE WIND - Margaret Mitchell
20. 1938 THE LATE GEORGE APLEY - John Phillips Marquand
21. 1939 THE YEARLING - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
22. ✔1940 THE GRAPES OF WRATH - John Steinbeck
23. 1942 IN THIS OUR LIFE - Ellen Glasgow
24. 1943 DRAGON'S TEETH - Upton Sinclair
25. 1944 JOURNEY IN THE DARK - Martin Flavin
26. 1945 A BELL FOR ADANO - John Hersey
27. 1947 ALL THE KING'S MEN - Robert Penn Warren
28. 1948 TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC - James Michener
29. 1949 GUARD OF HONOR - James Gould Cozzens
30. 1950 THE WAY WEST - A.B. Guthrie
31. 1951 THE TOWN - Conrad Richter
32. 1952 THE CAINE MUTINY - Herman Wouk
33. ✔1953 THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA - Ernest Hemingway
34. 1955 A FABLE - William Faulkner
35. 1956 ANDERSONVILLE - McKinlay Kantor
36. A DEATH IN THE FAMILY - James Agee
37. 1959 THE TRAVELS OF JAIMIE McPHEETERS - Robert Lewis Taylor
38. ✔1960 ADVISE AND CONSENT - Allen Drury 3/27/21
39. ✔1961 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Harper Lee
40. 1962 THE EDGE OF SADNESS - Edwin O'Connor
41. 1963 THE REIVERS - William Faulkner
✅. 1965 THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE - Shirley Ann Grau OWN audible play 3/23
✔44. 1967 THE FIXER - Bernard Malamud
45. 1968 THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER - William Styron
✅. 1969 HOUSE MADE OF DAWN - N Scott Momaday, Nov 2023
✅. 1972 ANGLE OF REPOSE - Wallace Stegner OWN 2/11/23
49. ✔1973 THE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTER - Eudora Welty
50. 1975 THE KILLER ANGELS - Jeff Shaara
51. ✔1976 HUMBOLDT'S GIFT - Saul Bellow
52. 1978 ELBOW ROOM - James Alan McPherson
53. 1979 THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER - John Cheever Read some
54. ✔1980 THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG - Norman Mailer
55. ✔1981 A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES - John Kennedy Toole
56. ✔1982 RABBIT IS RICH - John Updike
57. ✔1983 THE COLOR PURPLE - Alice Walker
58. 1984 IRONWEED - William Kennedy OWN
59. 1985 FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Alison Lurie
60. 1986 LONESOME DOVE - Larry McMurtry
61. 1987 A SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS - Peter Taylor
62. ✔1988 BELOVED - Toni Morrison
67. 1989 BREATHING LESSONS - Anne Tyler OWN
68. 1990 THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE - Oscar Hijuelos70.
69. 1991 RABBIT AT REST - John Updike
✔70. 1992 A THOUSAND ACRES - Jane Smiley OWN 4/20/21
71. 1993 A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN - Robert Olen Butler
72. ✔1994 THE SHIPPING NEWS - E Annie Proulx
73. ✔1995 THE STONE DIARIES - Carol Shields
74. 1996 INDEPENDENCE DAY - Richard Ford
75. 1997 MARTIN DRESSLER - Steven Millhauser
76. ✔1998 AMERICAN PASTORAL - Philip Roth
77. ✔1999 THE HOURS - Michael Cunningham
78. 2000 INTERPRETER OF MALADIES - Jumpha Lahiri
80. 2002 EMPIRE FALLS - Richard Russo
81. ✔2003 MIDDLESEX - Jeffrey Eugenides
✔82. 2004 THE KNOWN WORLD - Edward P. Jones
83. ✔2005 GILEAD - Marilynne Robinson
84. ✔2006 MARCH - Geraldine Brooks
85. ✔2007 THE ROAD - Cormac McCarthy
87. ✔2009 OLIVE KITTERIDGE - Elizabeth Strout
88. 2010 TINKERS - Paul Harding
89. ✔2011 A VISIT FROM THE GOOD SQUAD - Jennifer Egan
90 ✔2013 ORPHAN MASTER'S SON - Adam Johnson OWN
91. ✔2014 THE GOLDFINCH - Donna Tartt
92. ✔2015 ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE - Anthony Doerr
✔93. 2016 THE SYMPATHIZER - Viet Thanh Nguyen
94. ✔2017 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - Colson Whitehead
95. ✔2018 LESS - Andrew Sean Greer READ 12/22/21
✅. 2019 THE OVERSTORY - Richard Powers OWN
97. 2020 THE NICKEL BOYS - Colson Whitehead OWN
✔98. 2021 The Night Watchman (hoopla, audio) COMPLETED 1/3/21
99. 2022 The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen
100. 2023 Trust - Hernan Diaz & Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver.

Read in 2023
Angle of Repose 4/11/23
The Overstory 4/23/23
The Keeper's of the House 3/25/23
House Made of Dawn (1968), 11/2023

Set 28, 6:59 am

SFF and Horror
Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books August 11, 2011

✔1. The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien, Read
✔2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams read
✔3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card READ
4. The Dune Chronicles By Frank Herbert, READ 1
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
✔6. 1984 A Novel y George Orwell READ
✔7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury READ
8.The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov READ 2
✔9.Brave New World by Aldous Huxley READ
10. American Gods By Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman
12.The Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan, At 13 volumes and counting
✔13. Animal Farm by George Orwell READ
✔14. Neuromancer By William Gibson READ
✔15. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons READ
✔16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov READ
✔17. Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein READ
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles BY by Patrick Rothfuss READ
✔19. Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut READ
✔20. Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley READ
✔21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick READ
✔22. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood READ
23. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King Book 1, 11/21
✔24. 2001: A Space Odyssey BY by Arthur C. Clarke
✔25. The Stand By Stephen King READ
✔26. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson READ
✔27. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury READ
✔28. Cat's Cradle By Kurt Vonnegut READ
29. The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman 75-issue comic book series, now collected in ten trade volumes. READ VOL 1
✔30. A Clockwork Orange BY by Anthony Burgess READ
✔31. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein READ
✔32. Watership Down by Richard Adams READ
✔33. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey READ
✔34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein READ
✔35. A Canticle For Leibowitz By Walter M. Miller Jr. READ
✔36. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells READ
✔37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea By Jules Verne READ 8/20/21
✔38. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes READ
✔39. The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells READ
40. The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny READ 1
✔41. The Belgariad By David Eddings 5 VOLUMES, READ
✔42. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley READ
43. Mistborn Trilogy Brandon Sanderson
✔44. Ringworld by LARRY NIVEN, READ
✔45. The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin READ
✔46. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien READ
✔47. The Once And Future King BY by T.H. White READ
✔48. Neverwhere by NEIL GAIMAN READ
✔49. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke READ
✔50. Contact by Carl Sagan READ
✔51. The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons READ
52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
✔53. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson READ
54. World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
✔55. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle READ 1/24/21
✔56. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman READ
57. Small Gods A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. READ 4
60. Going Postal A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
✔63. The Road BY by Cormac McCarthy READ
✔64. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke READ
✔65. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson READ
66. The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
69. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb, read book #1 10/21 # 2 1/22
✔70. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger READ
71. The Way Of Kings y Brandon Sanderson
✔72. Journey To The Center Of The Earth by Jules Verne READ
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series by R. A. Salvatore READ 1M
74. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
✔76. Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke READ
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey
✔78. The Dispossessed An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin READ
✔79. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury READ
✔80. Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire READ
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen series by Steven Erikson READ 1
✔82. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde READ
83. The Culture Series by Iain Banks READ 1,2
✔84. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart READ
✔85. Anathem by Neal Stephenson READ
86. The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe A SERIES
88. The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
90. The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
✔91. The Illustrated Man By Ray Bradbury short works collection READ 5/5/21
92. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
✔93. A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge READ
94. The Caves Of Steel by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
✔97. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis READ
98. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
99. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

Horror100 Favorite Horror Stories
✔1. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley READ
✔2. Dracula by Bram Stoker READ
✔3. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne READ
✔4. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe READ
✔5.Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu READ
✔6. The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James READ
✔7.The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen READ
✔8. The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs READ 3/9/21
✔9. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
✔10. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman READ
11. Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James and Darryl Jones
12.The Werewolf Of Paris By Guy Endore
✔13. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson READ
14. Let The Right One In By John Ajvide Lindqvist
✔15. The Vampire Chronicles (First Triology) by Anne Rice READ
16. Minion (Vampire Huntress Legend Series) by L. A. Banks
✔17. The Hunger by Alma Katsu READ 12/21
18. Those Across The River by Christopher Buehlman
✔19. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
20. Feed (Newsflesh Series) by Mira Grant
21. World War Z by Max Brooks
✔22. The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
23. The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft
✔24.The Ballad Of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle
25. The Fisherman by John Langan
26. Laundry Files (Series) by Charles Stross READ 1
27.The Cipher By Kathe Koja
✔28. John Dies At The End by David Wong READ 12/21/21
✔29. At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft READ
30. All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts by Sonya Taaffe
31. Uzumaki by Junji Ito
32. Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber OR Majestic by Whitley Strieber
33. The Repairer Of Reputations by Robert W. Chambers
✔34. The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
35. The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
36. Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
✔37. The Shining by Stephen King
38. House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
✔39.The Elementals by Michael McDowell READ
✔40. The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
41. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
42. The Bone Key by Sarah Monette
43. Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
44. Infidel by Aaron Campbell, Jose Villarrubia, Pornsak Pichetshote and Jeff Powell comic
45. The Ruins by Scott Smith
✔46. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier READ
47. 'Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' by Joyce Carol Oates
48. The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan
✔49. Swan Song by Robert McCammon READ
50. 'The Screwfly Solution' by James Tiptree Jr.n short story
51. 'Left Foot, Right' by Nalo Hopkinson
52. Come Closer by Sara Gran
53. Furnace by Livia Llewellyn
✔54. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter READ
55. Through The Woods by Emily Carroll
56. Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III and Sam Kieth graphic novel
57. Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado collection
58. White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
59. 'Goblin Market' by Christina Georgina Rossetti
60. Experimental Film by Gemma Files
61. 'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson READ
✔62. The Collector by John Fowles READ
✔63. The Terror by Dan Simmons
64. Intensity by Dean R. Koontz
65. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
66. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
67. "Night They Missed the Horror Show" by Joe R. Lansdale
68. Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
69. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
70. 'Bloodchild' by Octavia E. Butler
✔71. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding READ
✔72. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood READ
✔73. Beloved by Toni Morrison
74. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings and Damian Duffy
75. The Devil In America by Kai Ashante Wilson
✔76. 'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream' by Harlan Ellison
77. Books Of Blood by Clive Barker anthology
78. The October Country: Stories by Ray Bradbury collection
79. The Weird: A Compendium Of Strange And Dark Stories by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff VanDermeer
80. The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron
81. Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991 by Ramsey Campbell
82. Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez collection
83. Shadowland by Peter Straub
✔84. A Head Full Of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
85. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
86. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
87. 'The Body' by Stephen King
88. 'It's A Good Life' by Jerome Bixby
89. The Other by Thomas Tryon
90. The Troop by Nick Cutter
91. Elizabeth by Ken Greenhall
92. Please, Momma by Chesya Burke
93. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell - children
94. Goosebumps (Series) by R. L. Stine children
95. Rotters by Daniel Kraus children
96. ✔Jumbies
Rise Of The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste children
97. The House With A Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs children
98. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh children
99. Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean children
100. Down A Dark Hall by Lois Duncan children

Set 28, 7:01 am

Another list!!! Walter Scott Prize (Historical Fiction)
READ 2010 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.
2011 The Long Song by Andrea Levy
2012 On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry(Libby)
READ 2013 The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
READ 2014 An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris READ
2015 Ten Thousand Thing by John Spurling
2016 Tightrope by Simon Mawer e-b, Hoopla
READ 2017 Days Without End by Sebastian Barry e-b ✅
2018 The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers e-b
2019 The Long Take by Robin Robertson
2020 The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey e-b
2021 The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel -Libby’s
2022 News of the Dead by James Robertson
2023 These Days, Ludy Caldwell

Editado: Ontem, 4:43 pm

The Thief and the Dogs Naguib Mahfouz
The Golden Ass Apuleius

A General Theory of Oblivion = José Eduardo Agualusa

Purple Hibiscus
April - THE HORN OF AFRICA All Our Names - Dinaw Mengestu
Black Mamba Boy Nadifa Mohamed

The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing (South Africa)

June - EAST AFRICA - The Dance of the Jakaranda Peter Kimani

July - ACHEBE or Okri
Reading The Arrow of God - Achebe
Plans The Famished Road Ben Okri



Ngugi wa Thiong'o - The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi

November - AFRICAN THRILLERS / CRIME WRITERS Snake by James McClure

December - WEST AFRICA

Editado: Out 31, 12:50 pm

American Author Challenge
January - Children Classics

February - Richard Powers
The Overstory

March - Poetry -
Howl and Other Poems - Allen Ginsberg

April - Ursula Hegi -
The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls


June - Mary Gordon
Reading Jesus

JULY: US Presidents as authors
Rough Riders - Theodore Roosevelt

AUGUST: Percival Everett
The Trees
So Much Blue

SEPT: American Ladies of Crime
A Death of No Importance

OCT,: Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The Home-Maker
Understood Betsy

NOV.: Canadian authors

DEC.: Benjamin Alire Saenz


Set 28, 8:43 am

Happy new thread, Kristel, enjoy your trip!

Set 28, 1:41 pm

Happy new thread, Kristel. I hope you have a great time on your trip!

Set 28, 10:50 pm

Happy new thread, Kristel & safe travels. xx

Editado: Set 29, 7:37 am

We made it to Hannibal, MO yesterday.
Travels were safe.
>8 FAMeulstee: Thank you Anita, >9 alcottacre: Thank you Stasia, >10 PaulCranswick: Thank you Paul.

Puzzle #110

Wordle 832 5/6


Set 30, 7:50 pm

Happy new thread!

Out 1, 5:07 pm

>12 drneutron:, Thank you, Jim

Out 2, 8:32 pm

October 2, Monday
Arrived at our air BnB.
Puzzle #113

Wordle 835 5/6


I haven’t had any time to really read. Off to a very slow start in October but we are having great weather and enjoyed our visit in the Charleston area.

Out 3, 6:16 am

Wordle 836 5/6


Out 3, 6:16 am

Puzzle #114

Editado: Out 9, 2:28 pm


Book Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Format: book/audiobook
Original publication date: 2010
Acquisition date/place: 2012
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: two men’s lives in small town Mississippi
Challenge(s): root
Author: US
List book: No
Genre southern lit
Liked: nice ending
Disliked: mild sexual content

Out 3, 6:42 am

Summary for September

Books read: 13
Best Days Without End
Least Agents of Dreamland

1001 Books Read 3
Booker 1

BAC: The Maidens (academia)
AAC: A Death of No Importance crime
ANC: none

Out 3, 6:54 am

Plans for October
1001 Books
Eyeless in Gaza
The Fox
The Well Of Loneliness
Seize the Day

American Author Challenge
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

British Author Challenge

African Novel Challenge
The Perfect Nine Nguni wa’Thiong’o

Bookclub reads
The Last Thing He Told Me
Shadow of the Wind

Out 4, 6:46 am

It Wednesday, Spending time in South Carolina. Mostly relaxing. Yesterday, walked along the beach. Currently reading Seize the Day and Clarissa.
Puzzle #115
🟦🟪🟪🟪Could not do it today.

Wordle 837 4/6


Out 5, 7:10 am

Thursday, last day here in Hilton Head. Will head south tomorrow for a day before we start heading back home.

Puzzle #116

Wordle 838 4/6


Finished Seize the Day yesterday and started The Perfect Nine, Ngugi wa’Thiong’o.

Editado: Out 9, 2:29 pm


Book Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Format: book, audio
Original publication date: 1956
Acquisition date/place: 6/6/2022
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: man hits bottom - no one cares
Challenge(s): Reading 1001, TBR takedown, ROOT, TIOLI
Author: US
List book: 1001
Genre literary fiction
Liked: it was short
Disliked: nothing to like or dislike -

Out 6, 6:21 am

Friday, heading to Savannah, Georgia. It’s been nice here in Hilton Head.
Sun everyday but today we have clouds. Weather is cooler at home too.
Currently reading The Perfect Nine.
Puzzle #117

Wordle 839 4/6


Editado: Out 7, 6:11 am

Saturday on our way back home. Weather is cooling off. We had such wonderful weather!
We are in South Carolina.
Puzzle #118
Too hard today, yesterday too.

Wordle 840 3/6


Finished The Perfect Nine. Haven’t read anything sense then. Will be driving today.

Purchased Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Savannah.

Out 8, 7:08 am

Sunday finds me in the bottom of Illinois. It’s 42 degrees here , 43 back home. Clear/Partly cloudy.

Puzzle #119

Wordle 841 4/6


Out 9, 9:08 am

Monday and I am back home. Time to settle back into my routines. Got home late so slept in today.

Wordle 842 3/6


Puzzle #120

Temperatures have cooled off since the time we left. This morning is 39 degrees. A mixture of sun and clouds and a high of only 56 predicted.

Leaves are more yellow since the time I left. Grass is green and probably needs mowing.

Plans: take a walk with my dog Lucy and catch up on reading.

Currently reading The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Clarissa of course but I will need to set that aside and work at reading Eyeless in Gaza.

Editado: Out 9, 2:34 pm

Book The Perfect Nine - Ngugi wa'Thiong'o.
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 6/2022
Acquisition date/place: AudioFile Sync program
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: African mythology, creation story
Challenge(s): ANC, root
Author: African
List book: no
Genre folktale, mythology
Liked: interesting female centered story
Disliked: I found it hard to engage with story

Out 9, 2:41 pm


Book The Home-Maker - Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 1924
Acquisition date/place: October 2023, Hoopla Digital
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.12 stars
Book description/summary: a tragic act of providence brings joy
Challenge(s): read AAC
Author: American
List book: no
Genre feminism
Liked: I liked the story of finding your gifting in life
Disliked: to be happy one must live a lie seems a sad statement

Editado: Out 10, 7:28 am

Puzzle #121

Wordle 843 4/6


Reading Eyeless in Gaza and Clarissa or the history of a young lady.
Cold morning, probably will freeze. 34 degrees. Clear.

Out 10, 7:46 am

>26 Kristelh: Looking at your brief reports you had a good time on your trip, Kristel.
Glad to see your are back home safe.

Out 10, 7:57 am

>30 FAMeulstee:. It was a whirlwind time, Anita, with little time to read or even be on-line. Weather was great, and the our roads and traffic not bad. Not nearly enough time to get out and do some walking except when I was in Hilton head and then I could walk the beach. Good to be back home.

Out 10, 8:34 am

Currently reading
The Last Thing He Told Me Laura Dave, started
Clarissa or the History of a Young Lady 65%.

Out 11, 7:31 am

Wednesday, last sunny day and a full one too.
Puzzle #122

Wordle 844 4/6


Out 12, 8:09 am

Puzzle #123

Wordle 845 3/6


I did finish The Last Thing He Told Me yesterday.
Made some progress in Eyeless in Gaza.

Wind and rain on the horizon for me. Also want to go to the gym today. Haven’t been there since returning from vacation.

Out 13, 7:11 am

Friday, cold, wet, windy
Wordle 846 4/6


Puzzle #124

Out 13, 7:55 am

Book The Last Thing He Told Me - Laura Dave
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2021
Acquisition date/place: 2023, Oct. Audible
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.2
Book description/summary: now you have him, now you don't
Challenge(s): LH book group read
Author: US
List book: No
Genre Mystery
Liked: it was a nice story about mother/daughter relationship
Disliked: how can you be so smart

Out 13, 8:08 am


Book Understood Betsy - Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Format: audio book
Original publication date: 1916
Acquisition date/place: October 2023, Hoopla Digital
Decimal/ Star rating: 4 stars
Book description/summary: coming of age in the country
Challenge(s): AAC
Author: American
List book: no
Genre middle school reader
Liked: wish I could have attended a one room school house
Disliked: would you really leave your child alone 8 miles from home without making arrangements before you leave???

Editado: Out 31, 12:57 pm

Books acquired 2023
Atrocity Exhibition - Ballard, READ
Correction - Bernhard, READ
Wittgenstein's Nephew - Bernhard, READ
Threepenny Opera - Brecht, READ
The Stechlin - Fontane, READ
Hideous Kinky - Freud, 1001, book
I'm not Stiller - Frisch, READ
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, Goethe, READ
To Have and Have Not - Hemingway, READ
Tropic of Cancer - Miller, 1001, book
Tropic of Capricorn - Miller, 1001, book
Star of the Sea - O'Connor, book (Florida)
Life: a Users Manual - Perec, kindle
Men at Arms - Pratchett, book
Knots and Crosses - Rankin, book (Florida)
The Satanic Verses- Rushdie, 1001, book
Voss - White, 1001, book
Literature of the Western World, anthology, (florida)
Arrow of God - Achebe, READ
No Longer at Ease - Achebe, kindle
Between the Acts - Woolf, 1001, book

The Keeper of Night - Baker, Sora, free
The School that Escaped the Nazis - Cadbury, Sora free
Faraway; Fairy Tale Collection for the here and now - Rowell, contributor, Sora, Free
The Truth about White Lies - Cole, Sora, free
The Immoralist - Gide, READ
Arsene Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes - Leblanc, Sora, free
The Republic - Plato, Sora free
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow - Zevin, READ
Poor Matza - Reisen, Sora, free

Red Hood - Arnold, Sora, Free
Hurricane Song - Volpani, Sora, free
Hamlet - Shakespeare, book
The Wonderland Collection - Carroll, Sora, Freee
Cyteen - Cherryh, audible
Middlemarch - Eliot, book
The Promise - Galgut, audible (Booker)
The Lantern's Ember - Houck, Sora, Free
Not Without Laughter - Huges, SORA, free
Eyeless in Gaza - Huxley, 1001, currently reading
Shylock is My Name - Jocobson, book
Friday the Rabbi Slept - Kemelman, Nook
This Rebel Heart - Locke, Sora, Free
Fractured Tide - Lutz, Sora, Free
Freedom, the story of the Black Panthers - Martin, Sora, free
The Woman Who Split the Atom - Moss, Sora, free
The Collected Stories of Katherine Ann Porter - Porter, book
Against the Day, Pynchon, audible
Leaves of Grass - Whitman, book for the shelf
Aenied - Virgil, for my shelf, book
Catcher in the Rye - Salinger, 1001, book

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Berendt, book
The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, audible
The Shadow of the Wind - Zafon, owned the book, bought the audio
Clear Light of Day - Anita Desai

Editado: Out 14, 7:46 am

Saturday, yesterday we celebrated my youngest granddaughters birthday. She is 15. The rain has stopped. We got an October soaker for sure. Can’t wait to get outside and check the rain gauge. It was so cold, windy and wet yesterday.

Wordle 847 5/6


Puzzle #125

Currently reading
Clarissa (no progress)
The Shadow of the Wind, for bookclub
Eyeless in Gaza botm 1001

Too many large tomes in progress.

Out 15, 8:30 am

Sunday, Aaron left last evening, house back to somewhat normal. Weather is improved as well. We got 2.8 tenths of rain after Friday. So a total of 5 inches or so, so far in October. We needed it but oh so cold to the bones.

Puzzle #126
🟦🟦🟦🟦 better luck today.

Wordle 848 5/6


Out 15, 8:31 am

Out 16, 7:27 am

Monday; clear day, really not sure what I will do with my day. Go to the gym, pickleball? Mow grass? Clean the house. So many options.

Puzzle #127

And Wordle 849 3/6


Out 17, 7:24 am

Tuesday, another busy day with lots of options but number one is my hair/pedi appt. That takes a chunk out of the day.

Puzzle #128

Wordle 850 3/6


I am 60% done with The Shadow of the Wind and I wish I could say that I am enjoying it but I am not. I will finish because it is my book group read and I am the lead so it will be accomplished. I hope it gets better.

Out 18, 7:31 am

Wednesday, cloudy maybe some rain today.
Puzzle #129
Wordle 851 5/6


Today, gym, then off to meet up with friend before she heads south for winter.

Out 19, 8:17 am

Puzzle #130

Wordle 852 5/6


Finished The Shadow of the Wind, starting Small Worlds.

Editado: Out 19, 4:19 pm


Book The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruis Zafron
Format: book/audio
Original publication date: 2001
Acquisition date/place: 2st016
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.8 stars but I did not enjoy it
Book description/summary: story within story, star crossed lovers in Gothic setting
Challenge(s): WCf2f book group read
Author: Spanish
List book: its on lists but none that are relevant
Genre literary fiction/mystery
Liked: I liked that there was a cemetery of forgotten books. Would be nice to be a card holder to that library
Disliked: sexual content, story was convoluted, pretty wordy.

Out 19, 4:23 pm

Book Small Worlds - Caleb Azumah Nelson
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2023
Acquisition date/place: 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: finding ones place
Challenge(s): shared read?
Author: Ghana/English author
List book: no
Genre literary fiction
Liked: it was easy to follow the story
Disliked: nothing really new here

Out 20, 6:21 am

>46 Kristelh: I had similair thoughts about The Shadow of the Wind, Kristel.
I kept it at 3 stars, and removed the sequels from my list.

Out 20, 7:49 am

>48 FAMeulstee: Anita, with the way I rate books, it came out to 4 stars but it was less than that for me and I will not read any of the sequels. I don’t even understand how people can rate it so high.

Out 20, 8:20 am

Friday, and predicted to be a very nice October day. No definite plans for the day.

Puzzle #131
🟪🟪🟪🟪It was easy today, except the last one and that was I get by default.

Decided I am taking a small road trip, may see some fall foliage.

Out 20, 9:46 pm

Wordle 853 4/6


Out 21, 7:05 am

Saturday finds me in Duluth. We had a successful day in Wisconsin. Saw some very nice fall colors. Spent some time on Lake Superior, went to Madeleine Island.
We will check out the bookstore here in Duluth and head towards home today.
Wordle 854 5/6


Puzzle #132

Read a bit of Clarissa yesterday and listened a bit to Nightmare Abbey by Peacock. Not sure why I am reading this but it is for some challenge. It’s really more satire than real horror.

Out 22, 9:40 pm


Puzzle #133

Wordle 855 4/6


Out 23, 7:41 am

Monday morning. Hit the gym and then get some chores done. I have a long list but really need some groceries, contacts, and check in to the library to update card.

Puzzle #134

Wordle 856 4/6


Currently reading: Eyeless in Gaza. Finished Nightmare Abbey. I am totally bewildered as why I read this but it was for some challenge.

Out 23, 7:44 am

>52 Kristelh: Oh the fall colours on lake superior must be fantastic! My area, the color change is at about 50%.

Happy week ahead!

Out 23, 7:45 am

>55 figsfromthistle: Thank you Anita. The colors were better up north in Wisconsin than they were here in South Central Minnesota. Most of our leaves are on the ground.

Editado: Out 24, 8:02 am

Tuesday. This is the day I need to mow grass as starting later today it gets rainy and then cold.

Puzzle #135

Wordle 857 5/6


Antiwordle #625
11 guesses

Daily Quordle 638
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It’s how my morning rolls out.

I’m 25% into Eyeless in Gaza. It could be better with less philosophizing on page after page, but it is about philosophizing.

Also reading On Friday the Rabbi Slept Late.

Out 24, 6:46 pm

Book NIghtmare Abby - Thomas Love Peacock
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 1818
Acquisition date/place: 10/18/23
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: satire with gothic setting and silly names
Challenge(s): ??? I don't know why I read this
Author: UK
List book:
The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read (597)
The Guardian's 100 greatest novels of all time
Harold Bloom - The Western Canon: C. The Democratic Age
The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written in English
Genre satire, Gothic
Liked: it was short
Disliked: a bit too silly and short on story

Out 24, 7:09 pm

Book Friday the Rabbi Slept Late - Harry Kemelmann
Format: audio/Nook
Original publication date: 1964
Acquisition date/place: 8/26/23
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.7 stars
Book description/summary: Rabbi Sherlock Holmes.
List book:
Crime Writers' Association Awards (Shortlist – Gold Dagger – 1965)
Edgar Award (Winner – First Novel – 1965)
Notable Lists
The Guardian 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read (Crime)
Genre mystery
Liked: I liked how the Rabbi used how he thinks about Talmud to solve the mystery
Disliked: it's dated

Out 25, 7:25 am

I am happy with my what I accomplished yesterday; I put away my flower pots for the season, filled water jugs and emptied rain barrow and put that away, and I mowed the grass and leaves. Not all leaves are off trees so will have to do another round at least.

Today I will go to brunch with my women’s Bible study group and then work at church for Kids Wednesday school. I will also be doing some prepping for my bookclub on Thursday.

Currently reading;
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro (JBC)
Eyeless In Gaza - Huxley, (1001)

Puzzle #136

Wordle 858 4/6


Out 26, 8:00 am

Wednesday was a bit of one step forward and two backwards. I did get my soup made but had to make another trip to the grocery store.

Puzzle #137

Wordle 859 3/6


Yesterday I finished Inheritance: a memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. I thought it was ok, interesting, but there is something that bothers me about an author that describes herself as an author of memoirs. How much can you write about yourself. But I am not a lover of reading memoirs so maybe that is my problem.

I read a little, 2 or 3 letters in Clarissa. I am on the 7th volume of 9. I would like to get it done sooner than later.

I am also reading Eyeless in Gaza which is too long. Too many words.

Today is my bookclub so I will finish up meal preps and need to figure out beverages and get questions ready for the discussion of The Shadow of the Wind.

Out 27, 7:47 am

Friday morning; cold and windy, 34 degrees. We have several days of very cold temps ahead. I hope we get a break before winter really sets in.

I read a bit in Clarissa yesterday and got to 70%. I’d really like to finish up. I have so many bigger books to read at the end of the year. It is feeling overwhelming.

I only read a few pages of Eyeless in Gaza.

Bookclub went over well. No one but myself had finished the book so discussion was limited. The food was good and the talk as well.

Today I might get some reading done but first I will go to the gym.

Puzzle #138

Wordle 860 4/6


Out 27, 8:29 pm

Book Inheritance;a memoir of Geneology, Paternity, and Love - Dani Shapiro
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2019
Acquisition date/place: October 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars, so so
Book description/summary: DNA might not be your friend
Challenge(s): JBC read for October
Author: American author
List book: no
Genre memoir
Liked: it was okay
Disliked: suspicious of someone who makes writing memoirs a career.

Out 28, 7:31 am

It’s cold, 24 degrees and the high is predicted to be 32 degrees with wind gusts again. Here’s hoping the wind blows the leaves away so I don’t have to think about getting the lawn mower out again this year.

Yesterday I watched a movie with the girls (the musical Newsies). Definitely historical fiction.

I read in Clarissa; Volume 7 through letter 29. 71%.
Eyeless in Gaza, 32%.

For the remaining days, this will be my reading focus.

Out 28, 8:06 am

Wordle 861 4/6


Puzzle #139

Out 29, 8:14 am

Sunday morning, colder at 21 today. But we might get to 35 and see a bit of sun.

Made progress on Eyeless in Gaza, at about 45%
Clarissa now at 75%.

Puzzle #140

Wordle 862 5/6


Today is church from 9 to 11:30 and birthday party at 2.

Out 30, 7:51 am

Monday, colder, 20 degrees today.

Puzzle #141

Wordle 863 4/6


I am trying to finish off Eyeless in Gaza which means a lot of sitting around and reading. Sometimes that just doesn’t work, like yesterday. Hope I can make up difference today.

Out 31, 8:16 am

Snow on the ground. Too early!!!! November should still be in the 50s. Grrrrr. I do hope we have a warm up but it’s going to be cold for the tricker treaters.

Wordle 864 5/6


Puzzle #142

Still reading Eyeless in Gaza which looks like it is not going to be done in October. and I am trying to finish off volume 7 of Clarissa.

Started The Authenticity Project (bookclub read) and have Little Monsters (another bookclub read) set to go.

On agenda today, might play pickleball, might go to Bible Study (Revelations).

Need to do some baking also.
Set up my new journal.
Post my November Reading Bingo Card.

Out 31, 1:06 pm

Summary for October. In October I struggled to find time to read. I had a road trip with 3 other ladies and there was more talking and less time for reading. I also made a shorter road trip to Wisconsin with my daughter and granddaughters and that is time well spent.

Books read: 11
Best: The Last Thing He Told Me
Least: Nightmare Abbey
Fiction: 10
Nonfiction: 1
1001 Books Read 1

Booker 0
Pulitzer 0

JBC: 2
BAC: 0
AAC: 1
ANC: 1

Editado: Nov 26, 7:05 am

Plans for November
1001 Books
1. Finish up Eyeless in Gaza COMPLETED
2. Home at the End of The World - Cunningham, tbr COMPLETED
3. Troubles - Farrell, BOTM COMPLETED
The Fox
Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 8 COMPLETED

Bookclub Reads
The Authenticity Project COMPLETED
Little Monsters - Adrienne Brodeur COMPLETED

American Author Challenge - Canadian Children of Earth and Sky - Guy Gavriel Kay

British Author Challenge: The Owl and the Nightingale - Simon Armitage COMPLETED

African Novel Challenge (Crime/deterctive)

TIOLI challenge possibilities
Challenges #1-6
1. Read a book (F or NF) by an Israeli or Palestinian author -
The Blue Mountain - Meir Shalev COMPLETED
What Makes an Apple - Amos Oz

2. Read a book where the title completes the phrase, "I am thankful for..." COMPLETED

3. Read a book where a color is part of the title -
The Blue Mountain
Red Hood - Elana Arnold COMPLETED
Bitter Greens - Kate Forsyth

4. Read a book whose title includes some kind of food
What Makes an Apple
Bitter Greens
Lion’s Honey David Grossman COMPLETED

5. Read a book where the author's name consists of 11 or fewer letters -
Authenticity Project - Clare Pooley (11)

6. Read a book where the last word of the title is an animal or plant
The Fox - Lawrence
The Owl and the Nightingale - Armitage
Lion’s Honey
What Makes an Apple
Bitter Greens
Moon Tiger

Challenges #7-12
7. Read a book you've been eagerly awaiting -
Little Monsters - Adrienne Bodeur COMPLETED

8. Read a book where a main character is at least 50 years old -
The Authenticity Project Clare Pooley COMPLETED

9. Read a book with a female detective character

10. In honor of Louisa May Alcott’s birthday on November 29th, read one of her novels, a biography of her, a pastiche or homage to her -

11. Read a book written by a Nobel Prize winner
The Other Name - Fosse (1923) COMPLETED
Secondhand Time (2015)

12. Read a book to escape your current situation

Challenge 13 -
Challenge #13: Read a book which features birds, flying, or migration in the title or text
The Owl & the Nightingale COMPLETED
Challenge #14: Read a book you bought this year
Eyeless in Gaza - Aldous Huxley bought September 2023 COMPLETED

15. Read a work of 100 pages or less - msg #36

16. Read a book that has either "yes" or "no" in the title - msg #57

Nov 1, 9:02 am

November, Wednesday

Wordle 865 3/6


Puzzle #143
I have made it to Volume 8 of Clarissa Harlowe
I am at 69% of Eyeless in Gaza.
I am 45% of Authentcity Project.

Nov 2, 7:15 am

Gym and some errands and then time at home. The high is predicted to be 42 which is going up a bit. Thank goodness.

Puzzle #144

Wordle 866 4/6


Nov 2, 10:48 pm

Book Eyeless in Gaza - Aldous Huxley
Format: book
Original publication date: 1936
Acquisition date/place: Sept 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 4 stars
Book description/summary: from cynic to pacifist
Challenge(s): botm Oct 23, Reading 1001
Author: British
List book: 1001 books
Genre literary fiction with a heavy sprinkling of philosophy
Liked: the writing
Disliked: the philosophizing

Editado: Nov 3, 7:31 am

Friday, temps a little warmer this morning, above freezing.Leaves are mostly down now.

I have a get together with ladies to celebrate one of our birthdays.

Currently reading
Clarissa Harlowe Volume 8, letter 35 (83%), I will finish volume 8 this month and maybe speed into 9.

The Authenticity Project, almost done, probably finish today. This is a story of a group of people who come together through a journal.It is set in England. It does go through a whole list of albums in part of the book. There’s food and it is hitting all the woke subjects. Book club read. I wonder how much there will be to discuss in this one.

I need to start The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. I need to read 12 pages a day to finish it and the font is so small that reading it will be challenging to say the least. 700 pages. 1001 Quarterly read.

I finished Eyeless in Gaza by Huxley. This one was worth the time spent on it, a negative was the large amount of philosophizing sprinkled throughout the story. Huxley can sure write.

Wordle 867 3/6


Struggled with this one; Connections
Puzzle #145

Nov 3, 7:43 am

>69 Kristelh: Good stats!

>70 Kristelh: Quite an ambitious reading month ahead!

Happy weekend ahead reads.

Nov 3, 9:34 am

>70 Kristelh: Thanks for listing the Jon Fosse book, Kristel, that will help me actually getting to The other name.
Btw your touchstone links to the Wes Moore book with a similair title.

Nov 3, 4:21 pm

>76 FAMeulstee:, Anita, Thanks for the heads up about touchstone. I need to check them. I had not done that.I added the Fosse book because I saw that others listed it and I was able to find a copy. I try hard to do shared reads.

Nov 4, 1:34 am

Stopping by to say hi, Kristel. Eleven books read in October, very impressive!

Nov 4, 7:48 am

👋 Hi Deborah, thanks. I guess it isn’t bad considering that I wasn’t reading for the first week of October.

Editado: Nov 4, 7:58 am

Saturday, 28 degrees today but a nice day is on board. Hope to spend time outside taking care of chores.

Puzzle #146

Wordle 868 4/6


Finished The Authenticity Project yesterday. Started Little Monsters by Adrienne Brodeur.
I am now on Vol 8, letter 46. 85% of Clarissa Harlowe.

Nov 4, 9:48 am

I was curious about how my reading has gone over the months in 2023 thus far;
January 17
February 11
March 15
April 12
May 12
June 15
July 15
August 18
Sept 13
Oct 11

My least read month was October. February was also 11 but only 28 days so better than October.
My best month so far was August with 18.
Average monthly books read 13.9 books.

Nov 4, 10:29 am

Book The Authenticity Project - Clare Pooley
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2021
Acquisition date/place: 2023, Libby EB
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: tell me lies
Challenge(s): LHBG
Author: British
List book: no
Genre contemporary romance, debut
Liked: fun characters
Disliked: but stereotyped

Editado: Nov 5, 6:45 am

Sunday morning
Yesterday was a beautiful day with mostly sun. Washed and hung out sheets. Chopped up leaves, gutters were cleaned out.

Current reads
Little Monsters
Clarissa Harlowe, vol 8
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll

Puzzle #147

Wordle 869 3/6


Nov 5, 9:25 am

Finished Clarissa Harlowe - volume 8 this morning. I will be advancing to volume 9. There are only 63 letters and conclusions.

Nov 6, 7:58 am

Monday morning, we have a warming trend at the moment. 45 degrees. Yesterday temps got to 60s but it felt cold. I think it is going to be windy today as well.

Finished Little Monsters: a novel by Adrienne Brodeur this morning.
Will start The Owl and The Nightengale - Simon Armitage. It won’t take long, then on to The House Made of Dawn - a Pulitzer winner. Also reading Clarissa vol 9, Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.

Puzzle #148

Wordle 870 3/6


Nov 6, 2:16 pm

Book Little Monsters - Brodeur
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2023
Acquisition date/place: November 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 2.4 stars
Book description/summary: contemporary dysfunction
Challenge(s): WC f2f
Author: American
List book: no
Genre contemporary fiction
Liked: interesting locations and bits of scientific info
Disliked: icky

Nov 6, 2:37 pm


Book The Owl and the Nightingale - Simon Armitage
Format: audiobook, read by Simon Armitage
Original publication date: 12 or 13 century but this is a translated edition
Acquisition date/place: Hoopla Digital, Nov 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 5 stars
Book description/summary: comic debate, hilarious
Challenge(s): BAC
Author: Simon Armitage
List book: no
Genre comic debate poetry
Liked: I liked the birds (both female) and their comments. Excellent translation and reading by author

Nov 7, 8:11 am

Tuesday. Cooler. Snow in forecast but it won’t do anything. The temperature is 36. Today is my day to concentrate on chores. It’s also Election Day though there are no major elections here.

Puzzle #149

Wordle 871 4/6


Currently reading The House Made of Dawn - N. Scott Momaday. Pulitzer winner, Indigenous Author. About 20% into it and can’t say I’ve engaged with it yet. Too early I suspect.
I am in the last volume of Clarissa Harlowe. It really is the conclusion now after the climax. Under 100 pages to go of 1783 pages. I read this on the Kindle so it is my nighttime read when I can’t sleep. I also listened to some on Librovox.
I recently started The adventures and misadventures of Maqroll which is book form with small, light font so it is a chore to read but I do like the writing.

Nov 8, 7:20 am

Wednesday morning; starting to sleep a bit better. I am definitely not getting things done this week. Did start doing some grocery shopping for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Puzzle #150
It was easier but trickier today.

Wordle 872 4/6


Currently reading
The House Made of Dawn by Momaday which I am not enjoying so I needed to do some research. This is considered a work that opened up Native American Literature. It started as poetry, then stories and eventually morphed to novel. You can feel this bumpy journey in the story telling. It’s very hard to engage with, perhaps because it is oral Native American culture. It is essentially a post WWII novel about a returning soldier’s alienation and journey back to the House of Dawn (the land and its people).

I’m close to the end of Clarissa Harlowe
I’m chipping away at The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.

Yesterday I made a favorite Lebanese Green Bean Stew. yahneh or lubieh.

Nov 8, 7:27 am

>81 Kristelh: Looks like all months were quite strong!

Happy mid week!

Nov 8, 2:04 pm

>90 figsfromthistle:, Thank you Anita, and hopefully will finish out the last two months strong.

Editado: Ontem, 4:09 pm

Book House Made of Dawn
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 1968
Acquisition date/place: Nov 2023, Hoopla Digital
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.2
Book description/summary: struggles to fit in society
Challenge(s): Pulitzer
Author: US author - Native American
List book: Pulitzer Prize 1969
Genre Historical Fiction
Liked: cultural details
Disliked: sexual details

Nov 9, 7:50 am

Thursday, sleep is a little better every day. I won’t be doing much outside as it is predicted to be windy and therefor it will be cold but yesterday was quite nice until 3 pm.

Puzzle #151

Wordle 873 X/6


Currently reading Troubles which I started yesterday but decided to start over because I a am afraid I missed to much.

Nov 10, 7:21 am

Friday, cloudy, windy but less than yesterday. We have nicer weather on the way.

Puzzle #152

Wordle 874 4/6


Currently reading
Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll
Clarissa Harlowe, volume 9

Nov 11, 7:42 am

I was under the weather yesterday. I think I am back to normal today. I did read a little in Troubles but am behind in others.

Puzzle #153
🟦🟨🟦🟦No go today

Wordle 875 4/6


Nov 11, 5:27 pm

Book Troubles by J.G. Farrell
Format: kindle/audiobook
Original publication date: 1970
Acquisition date/place: 2013, March
Decimal/ Star rating: 5 star read, recommended
Book description/summary: Grand Hotel meets wrack and ruin.
Challenge(s): Reading 1001, Nov 2023 botm
Author: British
List book: 1001 books, Booker, Lost Man
Genre Historical Fiction
Liked: I liked this story and learning more about the troubles
Disliked: at first it was a bit hard to engage but starting over helped.

Editado: Nov 12, 8:53 am

Puzzle #154

Editado: Nov 13, 6:58 am

Yesterday I did some baking and it was a day of church and being with friends from church. Not much reading yesterday though I made progress with Red Hood which I do not like. You might like this if you want to read strong female characters who talk about their menses and kill wolves who turn into men and engage in sex with details. This is considered young adult and was given as a free book in the Summer SyncFile program. At 84%. Should finish today.

I am also reading The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. I find Alvaro Mutis easy to read. These really are novellas combined in one book with the Maqroll as th the main character.

Puzzle #155

Wordle 877 4/6


Nov 13, 4:38 pm

Book Red Hood - Elana K. Arnold
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2020
Acquisition date/place: 7/2023, AudioFileSYNC
Decimal/ Star rating: 2 stars
Book description/summary: girl takes on wolves
Challenge(s): #3 read a book with color in title
Author: American
List book: no
Genre fantasy
Liked: some good points for girls to consider for good self esteem
Disliked: details about menses, sexual content, killing

Nov 14, 8:12 am

Yesterday was such a nice day. Temps in the 50s and not windy. Today we might be warming but the wind is already blowing at 16 mph and it will only grow stronger.

Yesterday, I walked with a friend. Then I washed and hung clothes outside. Each time I think “this might be the last time for this year”. I did some vacuuming with rumba and I washed some windows. Made a pretty good supper but still not feeling 100%.

Puzzle #156

Wordle 878 4/6


Nov 15, 6:58 am

Wednesday. Yesterday was another wonderful day considering it is November. No coat needed even with a strong wind, temps in the sixties.

Wordle 879 4/6


I only got two lines of Connections today.

Currently reading

God of Creation; A study of Genesis 1-11 - Jen Wilkin. This is my Wednesday Bible Study.

Biblical Theology; How the Church Faithfully teaches the Gospel Sunday Study.

Clarissa Harlowe, volume 9 93%
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll 24%
The Other Name - Fosse (Nobel Prize 2023). 27%

Nov 16, 7:36 am

Thursday and the last day of our beautiful November weather. Woke to 50 degrees but by the end of the day it will be back to 30s (F). Windy too.

I should get outside today and enjoy the weather. Also will go to the gym.

I am enjoying The Other Name by Nobel Literature author Jon Fosse. I can recognize the Norwegianess of the work. I live in an area of Norwegians. Lots of things to think about here.
About 64% done with the first of 7 parts but no plans to read beyond the first of the Septology at this time.

Wordle 880 4/6


Puzzle #158

Nov 17, 9:11 pm

Friday, not a bad day. Cooler but we had sunshine and the wind wasn't so bad.

Nov 17, 9:15 pm

Book The Other Name: Septology I - II
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2019
Acquisition date/place: November 2023/Hoopla Digital
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.8 stars
Book description/summary: life, death, art, God
Challenge(s): TIOLI #11, read a Nobel prize winner
Author: Norwegian
List book: no
Genre lit fiction
Liked: I liked the story and the old men
Disliked: not knowing "why"

Nov 18, 3:54 am

>104 Kristelh: Glad to see you liked The Other Name, Kristel.
I hope to start it next week.

Nov 18, 7:51 am

Saturday. Count down to Thanksgiving. Life will get busy with prep.

Wordle 882 3/6


Puzzle #160

Currently reading
Clarissa Harlowe, vol 9 94%, Letter 38
Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll 30%; Un Bel Morir third novella in book
A Home at the End of the World 22%.

Books read in November to date 9

Editado: Nov 18, 7:40 pm

Book A Home at the End of the World - Michael Cunningham
Format: book/audio
Original publication date: 1990
Acquisition date/place: 2019
Decimal/ Star rating: 2.4 stars
Book description/summary: its the 60s/70s/80s drugs, sex
Challenge(s): tbr takedown
Author: US
List book: 1001
Genre Gay lit
Liked: I liked the aspects of dealing with death
Disliked: I did not like the female characters

Nov 19, 7:37 am

Wordle 883 4/6

Puzzle #161

I will start The Blue Mountain today, for TIOLI #1. Author Meir Shalev.

Nov 20, 8:37 am

Monday. Cloudy, maybe some light rain this morning.
I stated The Blue Mountain - Meir Shalev, and I am really liking it.

I am at 96% with Clarissa Harlowe and 34% of Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.

Nov 21, 6:56 am

Today will be windy and cool so not a pleasant day. Wind is out of NNW.

Today I will make some food for Thanksgiving; my cranberry sauce, pies. Tomorrow I will brine the turkey.

Puzzle #163

Wordle 885 3/6


Currently reading The Blue Mountain. I like it but not all the stories of the bull or the turkey. I do like the name of the bull.

I am nearing the end of Clarissa Harlowe about 4% or 70 pages.

I want to get to about 50% of Maqroll before the end of the month. I am at 37%

Nov 22, 7:41 am

Today will be a day of cooking and getting things ready for tomorrow. The family will start arriving. It will be the last day of somewhat warm days. Tomorrow it will all be done.

Puzzle #164

I hope to finish The Blue Mountain today. I liked it and I didn’t like it. It will be hard to review.

Nov 22, 7:43 am

Wordle 886 4/6


Nov 22, 3:43 pm

Book The Blue Mountain
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 1988
Acquisition date/place: 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 3 stars
Book description/summary: story of the pioneers from Russia and Ukraine
Challenge(s): TIOLI #1
Author: Jewish
List book: no
Genre literary fiction/magical realism
Liked: colorful characters
Disliked: sexual detail

Nov 22, 7:35 pm

Dear Kristel,

Happy Thanksgiving from an appreciative non-celebrator.

Nov 22, 8:47 pm

>114 PaulCranswick: Thank you Paul. I’d join any gang with you.

Nov 23, 7:31 am

Happy Thanksgiving! Today, starting yesterday we gather together enjoy family and food here at my place, thanking God.

Puzzle #165

Wordle 887 3/6


Nov 24, 8:29 am

Happy day after Thanksgiving. Not sure what I will be doing. There are a number of possibilities.
Cooking some more>I could start some soup stock from the carcass.
Shopping: this would be to spend time with my daughter and granddaughter.
Son and DIL will go home today. Pack them off with leftovers.
It's cold, 10 degrees F right now but wind might be such that I could get a walk in.
Read, I need to catch up on reading and get my December list set up as well.

Nov 25, 7:52 pm

Book Lion's Honey - David Grossman
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2005
Acquisition date/place: November 2023, Hoopla Digital
Decimal/ Star rating: 5 stars
Book description/summary: Samson spoiled or lonely?
Challenge(s): TIOLI#4
Author: Israeli
List book: no
Genre nonfiction, midrash
Liked: I really liked this exploration of the story of Samson by an Israeli
Disliked: I liked it all

Nov 26, 6:56 am

Wordle 890 3/6


Puzzle #168

Currently reading
The Fox - D.H. Lawrence which I should finish soon.
Clarissa Harlowe 99%, within finish
Maqroll 45%. I want to be at least 50% by end of month.

Nov 26, 10:16 pm

Book The Fox by D. H. Lawrence
Format: book/audio
Original publication date: 1922
Acquisition date/place: 2023, used book
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.6 stars
Book description/summary: triangle of love and hate
Challenge(s): animal in title, book under 100 pages
Author: British
List book: 1001
Genre short fiction; novella
Liked: short
Disliked: that the women were so helpless to deal with the man (fox).

Nov 27, 7:13 am

Monday morning and it’s back to the gym. A long week away and now it is so cold and windy that walking outdoors is unpleasant.

Puzzle #169

Wordle 891 4/6


Currently reading
Snake - James McClure

Also reading
Clarissa Harlowe my year long read soon to be done. I think I have only 1% to go. This was >1700 pages. Deciding if I want to finish it in November or wait for December.
Maqroll my 4th quarter read. Goal is to get to 50% in November. More would be better. I am at 46%.

December reading plans
A Pale View of Hills - TBR takedown
Amadis of Gaul - botm

Forster (BBC)
The Longest Journey or
The Machine Stops

Jewish Book Club
The Nesting Dolls

Nov 27, 7:17 am

>113 Kristelh: Belated congratulations on reaching double 75, Kristel!

Nov 27, 1:23 pm

>122 FAMeulstee: Thank you Anita

Editado: Nov 28, 8:03 am

Tuesday morning. Listening to Christmas classics and the outside temp is 7 F this morning. But it is suppose to warm up after today.

Cleaned up my emails this morning.

Yesterday took down the Thanksgiving fall decorations moving on to Christmas. Maybe put tree up this weekend.

I am reading Snake by James McClure for African Crime. This is set in South Africa.

I need to set up my December reading list.

Puzzle #170

Wordle 892 6/6


Nov 28, 8:06 pm

Book Snake - James McClure
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 1975
Acquisition date/place: Nov 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 3
Book description/summary: a lady and her snake die
Challenge(s): ANC; read Africa crime fiction
Author: South African
List book: no
Genre crime fiction
Liked: interesting facts about snakes, forensics
Disliked: a bit hard to follow

Ontem, 3:26 pm

Book The Heavens May Fall - Allen Eskens
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: 2016
Acquisition date/place: November 2023
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.2
Book description/summary: detective falls to do the job, lawyer is betrayed
Challenge(s): ??? I have no idea why I read this
Author: US, Minnesota
List book: no
Genre legal drama
Liked: interesting story
Disliked: I was mostly not happy with the detective.

Editado: Ontem, 4:15 pm

Thursday, Last Day of November
Books read: 15
1001 Books read: 4
Man Booker: 1 (Lost Man Booker)
Pulitzer: 1

Currently reading
Clarissa Harlowe at 99%, I hope to finish this one tomorrow.
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll My goal was to be >50 Kristelh:% and I am at 54%

TIOLI challenge completed
Challenges #1-6
1. Read a book (F or NF) by an Israeli or Palestinian author -
The Blue Mountain - Meir Shalev COMPLETED

2. Read a book where the title completes the phrase, "I am thankful for..." COMPLETED
A Home at the End of the World -

3. Read a book where a color is part of the title -
Red Hood - Elana Arnold COMPLETED

4. Read a book whose title includes some kind of food Lion’s HoneyDavid Grossman COMPLETED

5. Read a book where the author's name consists of 11 or fewer letters -
The Heavens May Fall - Allen Eskens (11)

6. Read a book where the last word of the title is an animal or plant
Snake - James McClure

Challenges #7-12
7. Read a book you've been eagerly awaiting -
Little Monsters - Adrienne Bodeur COMPLETED

8. Read a book where a main character is at least 50 years old -
The Authenticity Project Clare Pooley COMPLETED

9. Read a book with a female detective character

10. In honor of Louisa May Alcott’s birthday on November 29th, read one of her novels, a biography of her, a pastiche or homage to her -

11. Read a book written by a Nobel Prize winner
The Other Name - Fosse (1923) COMPLETED

12. Read a book to escape your current situation The House Made of Dawn

Challenge #13: Read a book which features birds, flying, or migration in the title or text
The Owl & the Nightingale COMPLETED

Challenge #14: Read a book you bought this year
Eyeless in Gaza - Aldous Huxley bought September 2023 COMPLETED

15. Read a work of 100 pages or less - msg #36
The Fox 84 pages, D.H. Lawrence

16. Read a book that has either "yes" or "no" in the title - msg #57

Ontem, 4:50 pm

November Book Haul:
The Elected Member Bernice Rubens (Booker)
Gosta Berling's Saga Selma Lagerlof (Nobel, 1001)
The Diviners 1001, Canadian
Melancholy of Resistance - Laszlo Krasznahorkai (in transit, hasn't arrived yet)
The Old Devils Kingsley Amis 1001 (two copies now)
The Green Man Kingsley Amis 1001
The Magician of Lublin 1001, Singer
Daniel Deronda 1001, George Eliot
The Betrothed Alessandro Manzoni 1001
The Buddha of Suburbia Hanif Kureishi 1001.

Ontem, 6:11 pm

>128 Kristelh: Nice haul, Kristel!

I have read three of them: The Elected Member, Gosta Berling's Saga, and Melancholy of Resistance.

Editado: Hoje, 8:27 am

Book Clarissa or the History of a Young Lady - Samuel Richardson
Format: Kindle
Original publication date: 1748
Acquisition date/place: 11/20/22
Decimal/ Star rating: 4.5 stars
Book description/summary: soap opera in the 18th century
Challenge(s): Reading 1001, year long read
Author: British
List book: 1001, Classic, Guardians, etc
Genre epistolary novel
Liked: I liked the middle part the best
Disliked: it was slow going in the beginning but the author sets you up with emotional engagement so it all works out.

Hoje, 8:57 am

December Greetings
Its pretty nice in Minnesota considering it is December.
Finished Clarissa Harlowe this morning.
Started Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which I had hoped to read in October but starting now.
Continuing with the 4th Q read; Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.
Hope to start Amadis of Gaul soon. I will be listening to it on Librovox.
Other plans
TBR takedown: Pale View of Hills
AAC: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club - Benjamin Alire Saenz
BAC: E M Forster, The Longest Journey
Malorie Blackman - My Friend's a Gris Kwok
African: ?
JBC: Katinka and The Nesting Dolls
and others, see TIOLI plans

Very tentative TIOLI plans
Challenge #1: Read a book with a word, phrase, clause, prefix or suffix of negation in its title
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll

Challenge #2: Read a book you meant to get to earlier in 2023
The Garden of Good and Evil

Challenge #3: Read a sequel to a book you read earlier in the year. Please name the original book.
The Deep Dark Descending

Challenge #4: Read a book that is a re-telling or based on another story or character
The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Challenge #5: Read a book with a connection to the number 3
I is another - Septology III-V, Jon Fosse

Challenge #6: Read a book connected to this season of the year
A Literary Christmas - Anthology

Challenge #7: Read a book that it's easy to dip in and out of
On Boards

Challenge #8: Read a book that fits any of the "page 2" challenges for 2023

January #7; a book where author uses initials instead of a first and second name. C. S. Lewis; Out of a Silent Planet

Challenge #9: Read a book with a musical instrument in the title or author's name
Jingle Bell Pop Bell

Challenge #10: Read a book with the word "tomorrow" or "future" in the title
The Future of Freedom Fareed Zakaria

Challenge #11: Read a book with at least three letters of "December" in the title
Tenth of December

#12: Read a book with some connection to 12