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Update August 2021 in Review with Note on #20BooksofSummer

 Monthly Recap Time!

  • 10 books; 87 for the year (1 book cover not included above – a pie cookbook)
  • 1548 pages, ~14 hours | 19333 total pages, 186 hours
  • Hardcovers – 1, 5 Tradebacks, 0 eBooks, 4 Audiobooks (though 3 would likely be the equivalent of a magazine article?!)
  • 3 from the Library, 2 purchased from an Indie Bookstore, 1 Audible Credit and 3 more Included with Audible Membership, 1 gift
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My favorite was … I don’t have a favorite this month! I can tell you that I voted for Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch for my TOB Summer Camp favorite. And I really did like Housekeeping – it was SO unique! and I really enjoyed Jess Walter’s The Financial Lives of the Poets… Black Gold, too, was a pleasant listen.

I gave 2 slices to The Orphan Collector but left the rating blank on goodreads because I just can’t figure out what didn’t work. I only know that I experienced that “blech, I don’t want to read this” feeling. Maybe it is a coconut book.

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Locations and travels:

  • early 1600s Germany EKYMiaW
  • the Pacific Northwest (specifics unknown, 2 books: TFLotP and Housekeeping)
  • Georgia and the Olympics (basketball, Black Gold)
  • the future I,Autohouse
  • early 1900s Philadelphia TOC
  • 1970s NYC IBSCT
  • on tour with Sting, but mostly England

“If you look steadily into that unblinking blue, into that pinpoint at the center of the eye, you discover a bottomless cruelty, a viciousness, cold and icy.

… if you do exist in the unbelievably frozen winter which lives behind that eye, you are marked, marked, marked.”

If beale street could talk
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UPDATE on #20BooksofSummer:

  • I finished a total of 27 book-books (kicked out the kids books, short audiobooks, and the cookbook)
  • I read 18 of the original 20 books I wanted to read June/July/Aug
  • The two from my original list I did not get to:
    • Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
    • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Pie was mentioned in four of this month’s reads. Sweetie pie, a pie seller thrown in jail, all sorts of good fond pie mentions in Housekeeping, and a shop that sold pie and sandwiches. YUM.

August 20 is Chocolate Pecan Pie Day, August 24 is Peach Pie Day; I don’t know if Plum Tart has a day but I had plums on hand so… I made a mini Plum Tart.

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What was YOUR favorite book of August?

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August ON PAUSE

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Not my month, apparently…

Hello ALL, I have barely read a page this month.
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Yesterday, Aug 15, was Lemon Meringue Pie Day. I didn’t make one. I didn’t seek out one in a restaurant or bakery. I only dreamed of it. (Actually, I made Chocolate Pudding, instead!)

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**** Now, it is August 18- National Ice Cream Pie Day. Look it up – it is!

and I’m still not reading, still not posting and just not “feelin’-it”.

Cheers to . . . Bring on September?!

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Update July 2021 in Review

 Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _13_ books in July. Total for the year: _77_ (33 mention pie)

Total page count (including print page count for books I listen-read) = __3022__, 18039 TOTAL pages for the year.

The 77 or 78 issue is because gr prompted me about a pie recipe book I had said I “finished” so it added it into my totals. Whatever, I will take it! I’m SO ahead of my goal – I mean it’s just August. WOWZA! There is also a chance I manage to finish another book before Saturday but since it’s not a Murderbot, I’m not making that bet. I have to run to the library to pick up Walter’s The Financial Lives of Poets…

Finished __ 1__ audiobook (~10 hours) 

Hardcover = 2

eBook (Audible/Kindle or Libby) = 6

Tradeback = __4__

Count from the library =  _8_, 1 purchased, 1 was my Audible credit, 3 were loans/borrows/gifts? that I’ve had for a decade plus. yea, so?

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My favorite was One True Thing, but I must say I am glad to finally have read The Diary of Anne Frank.

I would say a lot are 4 star reads. I DNF’d one due to mood and time and lack of intense interest? One flip-through skim and realization not for me for a 2 slice.

I visited Newfoundland. I visited space colonies. I was in PA near NY, in Italy, on a train in England, Martha’s Vineyard to Boston NEW England, LACA, and a poetry book referencing Sarah and Hagar of the Old Testament connected to slavery times of the good ol’ US of A. And Amsterdam the Netherlands. That’s a big span of time and territory.

Three nonfiction, one poetry. 2+3+4+5 in series (what?!) One for my Classics Club 50. Three from my shelves for YEARS. Only one book by a man. That man worked with Jess Walter so that was an interesting unexpected connection to what is appearing to be a 2021 Jess Walter Project Year. Two translated works. Way too much Murderbot.

Fave quote?

None. But watch out for next month!

This summer month was another FULL on #20BooksofSummer! I still have 6 to read by the list I hoped to read for that challenge but also squeezing in one more for the TOB SummerCamp which I apparently am going to buy because my hold position hasn’t moved off 3rd in line.

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Pie? Only three books mention pie. The Day the World Came to Town of course had pie! Neighbors helping strangers bringing food?! somebody was going to bring a pie. One True Thing is about family and if Thanksgiving is an event, pumpkin pie will be dropped onto the menu. Anne Frank had a pie reference, too, which was endearing to me.

I made Cherry Pie with Almond Crumble for the 4th of July and Peach Pie – for my grandnephew’s baptism bbq last weekend.

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What was YOUR favorite book of July?

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One True Thing

Thoughts by Anna Quindlen, Delta 1994, 289 pages

Challenge: 20 books of Summer, What’s in a Name / “ONE” Category

Genre/Theme: Contemporary Lit / Child-Parent Relationships

Type/Source: Tradeback/Gift from a friend

What It’s About: Ellen is young and ambitious, making her father proud. But then her Mom gets sick and her father basically orders her to quit her job – her career – her life to move home and care for Mom. She does but she does it to prove a point to her dad more than because she even slightly wants to do it.

But her Mom is the smartest and the bestest of them all. Ellen has to figure it out the hard way.

Your father was better at it. Much better,” she looked at me and added, “I’m sorry.”

That’s all right, I said, a little mystified because I was not sure what the apology was for. For so long I thought about myself as a girl who walked away from her mother’s life, that it would be a long time before I would start to think about the other part of the bargain, how easily she’d let me go.

Thoughts: Wow – what a story! Heart-wrenching. Not only does Mom die a horrible death by cancer but then Ellen is accused of murdering her. She spends a night in jail because . . . apparently Dear Dad didn’t even know about the arrest. The trial, the aftermath, the reconnection. Just wow.

I loved it.

Thank you Trish of Love Laughter Insanity for sending this book to me in 2012.

Rating: __5__slices of pie. Cherry once and pumpkin twice!

I cooked and cleaned and read; I simmered casseroles and made pies.

 

What’s in a Name host site: Carolina Book Nook

 

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Whereabouts

Thoughts by Jhumpa Lahiri, Alfred A. Knopf 2021, 163 pages

Translated from Italian.

Challenge: 20 Books of Summer, TOB Summer Camp

Genre/Theme: Contemporary Lit, Woman Thinking About Life

Type/Source: Hardcover, Library

What It’s About: Our unnamed main character narrates these vignettes of her days and the places these days take her. She excels at solitude.

“The tenderness he sets aside for me is enough.“

Her father was stingy, stingy at love and felt his family was a burden. Her mother never found her footing and took it out on the daughter. Each chapter seemed to have powerful last lines.

I mourned those wasted tickets, and that trip never taken, more than I mourned for you.

Thoughts: Provocatively written. Is provocative too strong a word? I could not stop reading; it was an insistent little book. It “evok[ed my] interest, attention, or and admiration in a powerfully irresistible way.” (the definition of compelling.)

Disoriented, lost, at sea, at odds, astray, bewildered, confused, uprooted, turned around.

I’m related to these related terms. These words are my abode, my only foothold.

(from Nowhere, page 153)

Rating: Four slices of pie. No pie mentioned. However, there is a chapter that mentions pastry often and another had me searching for cat’s tongue cookies.

We say goodbye, separate. Then we, too, become two shadows projected onto the wall: a routine spectacle, impossible to capture.

 

 

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Update June 2021 in Review

 Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _13_ books in June. Total for the year: 62 (29 mention pie)

Total page count (including print page count for books I listen-read) = __2848__, 14967 TOTAL pages for the year.

Finished __4__ audiobook (~29 hours!!) 

Hardcover = 2

eBook (Kindle or Libby) = 4

Tradeback = __3___

Count from the library =  _7_, 4 purchased , 2 freebies

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My favorite was Jack.

A lot of really good 4-5 star reads, too. And only one 3-slice ratings that was a stellar book that just didn’t hit me right, perhaps. I stand by my 2 for Klara and the Sun.

I visited North Dakota, Spokane Washington (again), England, an invented Tropical island and the tropics of the South Pacific, St. Louis MO, an outer space planet, up a tree, around the globe and a bit of Mars with Helen Macdonald, and a college town with Ann Patchett.

Fave quote?

Had my heart an unbroken string, your touch would set it trembling.

from Jack by marilynne robinson

It was an amazing month. FULL on #20BooksofSummer!

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Pie? Stephen Florida had cherry pie, The House in the Cerulean had pie, Hamnet mentions pie as did Klara – but more reference to pie triangles. Jack has pie.

I made a Cherry Rhubarb Pie – for Father’s Day and an Apple Pie for some reason I forget.

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“Hate is loud, but I think you’ll learn it’s because it’s only a few people shouting, desperate to be heard. You might not ever be able to change their minds, but so long as your remember you’re not alone, you will overcome.”

From The House in the Cerulean sea

What was YOUR favorite book of June?

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Update May 2021 in Review

 Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _8_ books in May. Total for the year: 48 (19 mention pie)

Total page count (including print page count for books I listen-read) = __3216__, + Q1+ May = 12119 TOTAL pages for the year.

Finished __2__ audiobook (47.13 hours!!) 

Hardcover = 3

eBook (Kindle or Libby) = 3

Tradeback = __0___were paperback

Count from the library =  _2_, TCM and D,T — 5 purchased , 1 given to me (Thanks Ellen!)

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My favorite was The Cold Millions, maybe? Huh, a lot of really good 4 star reads, too. Detransition, Baby was great. Swann was one I was glad to read; Salvage the Bones, too. And The Book of Longings! I really can’t say ANY of these 8 were in any way disappointing.

I visited France and I visited the Middle East at the time of Christ. Mississippi by the coast, Dublin Ireland, Brooklyn NYC, Ontario Canada, Spokane Washington at the turn of the century, and Ohio.

I want to count No One is Talking About This as nonfiction; apparently it is an novel.

Fave quote?

“It isn’t important.” “Everything’s important.” “I can’t remember what I was going to say.” She looked down at her rhubarb pie and pledged herself not to jeopardize what was left of the evening.

from SWANN by Carol shields

It was a good month. Bring on #20BooksofSummer!

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Pie? Swann had pie. So did Salvage the Bones and The Cold Millions. and the Lockwood had a pie chart. It counts.

I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a friend last week. Will have to make another for June 9, this pie’s official day.

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No One Is Talking About This

Thoughts by Patricia Lockwood, Riverhead Books 2021, 210 pages

Challenge: TOB Summer Camp 2021

Genre/Theme: Internet-novel / family

Type/Source: Hardcover / Riff Raff Books PVD – Indie Bookstore Day purchase

The TOB Summer Camp started today.

What It’s About: It’s been called genre-defying. It’s been forewarned as a book that must be read in totality, recognizing Part One and Part Two are unique to themselves but support each other to complete the book. Its author has been called a genius. She does have a way with words and a fascinating perspective.

This two-part book is first a collection of snippets and deep thoughts relating to our culture’s obsession with the internet. Or the world that exists in “the portal”. Some flashes of keen insight. Some off the wall observations of weird stuff. Can a dog be twins? Why did that take off? Thus, what this is.

I had heard that the second part “makes” the book. I was willing to keep going.

Thoughts: I am not sure the second part was really all that different – not in style but certainly more poignant and sad in a personal way to the author and her family. Love was in full evidence.

“Surely there must be exceptions,” her father ventured, the man who had spent his entire existence crusading against the exception.

He did not want to live in the world he had made,…

Rating: Three slices of pie. Lockwood drops in a pie chart.

…, you would see a little pie chart that told you how much of your life had been spent in the shower arguing with people you had never met.

 

 

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20 Books of Summer

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From Cathy746’s blog

So in my attempt to show you a book montage of the 20+ books I hope to read this summer by incorporating a Widget from goodreads, I got this:

Care’s 2021-books-of-summer book montage

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I was hoping for a more compact layout but I don’t know enough about html to alter the code:

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All good. Still shows the books. Many of these are library holds that will likely all come in all at once and I will only have 14 days to read. LOL The link to my list for this in goodreads is here.

Wish me luck! (This list doesn’t even have any poetry options – I don’t have one lined up after my current. Yikes.)

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Update April 2021 in Review

 Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _13_ books in April. Total for the year: 41 (only 19 mention pie)

Total page count (including print page count for books I listen-read) = __2418__, + Q1 = 8903 TOTAL pages for the year.

One audiobook. 

Hardcover = 2

eBook (Kindle or Libby) = 1

Tradeback = 3, 6 series books (The Green Mile) were paperback

Count from the library =  _2_, remainder purchased , 2 given to me.

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My favorite was A Tale for the Time Being. But all of them were 4-5 stars! no, that isn’t accurate but even my 3 stars were enjoyable. A really cool literary-coinky-dink wasa couple of times King mentioned “for the time being” and I fondly thought of the Ozeki. I will likely always smile when I see that phrase now.

I visited North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Delaware in Proud Shoes; The Green Mile was Southern (was it Alabama?) The Tenth Muse got me into Indiana again and over to Germany; A Tale for the Time Being was set in Japan and British Columbia. Slamming Open the Door, a poetry collection processing the poet’s grief for the murder of her daughter, brought me to a crime scene and a funeral. Four books nonfiction.

AND THE READALONG #GREENMILEALONG WITH Melissa was a great time! Thank you Ti, Laurie, Maree, and Sandy for joining in! (and thank you to the rest for putting up with my many posts.)

My TOB Fan page now shows the short list titles highlighted in teal font. I have procured Stephen Florida as the last of what I need for that – I’m still slogging through the audio of Skippy Dies. (Ugh – I’m not really into it.) I am tempted to reread a few, too, but not sure how realistic.

A few classics – Proud Shoes pub’d in 1956 and the Pie Cookbook, a gift to me from my aunt and a gift to her from my grandmother, was introduced in 1965. I love it! It has some really interesting combinations and new-to-me techniques. I am looking forward to trying a lot of the selections. Especially, because, as all of us good housewives know, men like fruit pie. LOL

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Three featured a pie mention, with The Green Mile mentioning pie, moon pie and our narrator’s wife’s famous apple pie. King never disappoints. I seriously wonder if all his books have a pie mention… Proud Shoes had a particularly nice pie story – British books and US Southern books often have pie. Of course, the pie cookbook has pie! Are you ready for pie?

April had a birthday where the required pie served is Pecan. April 28 is Blueberry Pie Day and I missed April 3rd’s Chocolate Mousse Pie Day. I made Pineapple because; [thinking…] I don’t remember why. It was yummy and I liked the post linking it to books. ICYMI.

Pineapple Pie
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 May 8 is Coconut Cream Pie Day, May 13 is Apple Pie Day. I think I’m going to make this for Mother’s Day.

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