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Six in Six in Six Tries! With Pie

How did I miss this book blogging event? Oh well, better now than never? Thank you to Joann for bringing to my attention. I needed a post idea. The six tries refers to my trials and tribulations with getting the Block Editor to work the way I want it to. Perhaps, my theme and the editor are incompatible. I did a few iterations…

Choose SIX books from SIX categories:

from Jo at the Book jotter. (Nice to meet you Jo!)
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Six new to me authors
Lily King – Euphoria
Louise Gluck – A Village Life
Raven Leilani – Luster
Susanna Clark – Piranesi
Rumann Alam – Leave the World Behind
Douglas Stuart – Shuggie Bain


Six authors I have read before
Liz Moore – Long Bright River
Yaa Gyasi – Transcendent Kingdom
Brit Bennet – The Vanishing Half
Lydia Millet – A Children’s Bible
Carol Shield – Swann
Hari Kunzu – Red Pill


Six books I have enjoyed (not a ranking! just the first 5 slicers I grabbed from the list)
The Resisters – Gish Jen
The Complete Pie Cookbook – Farm Journal
The Cold Millions – Jess Walter
It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful – Lia Purpura
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Bill Martin
Jack – Marilynne Robinson


Six books with the best pie mentions (yeeaaaaaahh… the BEST?! oh dear)
Breasts & Eggs – Mieko Kawakami
Memorial – Bryan Washington
The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune
The Green Mile – Stephen King
Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
The Resisters – Gish Jen


Six books that took me on extraordinary journeys
Blind Dog – Caroline Levin
Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu
The Down Days – Ilze Hugo
The Library Book
Proud Shoes
Murderbot – Martha Wells


Six books I must mention that don’t fit nicely into any category
The Green Mile – Stephen King – readalong !!!
Tender is the Flesh – Augustine Bazterrica – TOB!
Stephen Florida -Gabe Habash – OK, this is just INTENSE
Whereabouts – Jhumpa Lahiri – translated from Italian
Detransition, Baby – Torrey Peters – trans knowledge fun
Telephone – Percival Everett – can you say, versions?

For my thoughts on any of these novels, please enter title in the search upper right -OR- page through my Books-Done-Read page. Thank you. Thank you for visiting. Have a super-dooper fabulous reading rest-of-the-year!

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Update June 2021 in Review

 Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _13_ books in May. 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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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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Classics Club Spin April 2021 #ccspin #MyCCSPINList

Time for another Spin! #26 – Number reveal 4/18, read by 5/31

Click the image above to go to the announcement post.

And this is the Selected Number Post!         ELEVEN ****   11  *****

My Spin List:

1 The Postman Always Rings Twice – JM Cain
2 Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup
3 Confederacy of Dunces – JKToole
4 If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin
5 Eileen Chang’s Love in a Fallen City
6 A Few Green Leaves – B. Pym
7 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – PK Dick
8 Under the Greenwood Tree – Hardy
9 The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
10 At the Mountains of Madness – Lovecraft
11 The Three Musketeers – Alex Dumas
12 Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
13 Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
14 Steppenwolf – Hesse
15 Death Comes for the Archbishop – W.Cather
16 Rabbit, Run – Updike
17 All Passion Spent – Vita Sackville West
18  American Pastoral – Philip Roth
19 The King Must Die – Mary Renault
20 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Here’s hoping all of these are immediately available at the library.  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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Update Mar 31 2021

 Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _12_ books in March. This makes 27 for the year, for first quarter. 

Total page count (including print page count for books I listen-read) = __2264__, + JanFeb = 6485 TOTAL pages for the year.

One audiobook plus two short stories plus 2 quick-memoirs summed to _~19__ hours. 

Hardcover = 1, signed by the author!

eBook (Kindle or Libby) = 3

Tradeback = 3

Count from the library =  _?_, remainder purchased or given to me. (I forget…)

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My favorite was The Resisters.

Three featured a pie mention, all of them were TOB: The Resisters had the BEST mentions, with Down Days mentioning Steak & Kidney Pie, The People in the Trees featured LEECH PIE. Ugh.

I visited South America, the Future East Coast US, Argentina Maybe, Italy, Germany, Scotland, France, California, Florida, Missouri, Chicago, Micronesia, Stanford/CA & Harvard/BostonMA&NIH/DC,  and Indiana? 

Most published in 2020 – all for the TOB. One in 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019.

TOB WRAPS UP TODAY! I submitted Interior Chinatown to win over The Vanishing Half 11-6. I rated both 4 stars but appreciate IC as unique. TVH has pie, though, so that is a point in favor.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu WINS! and I win at my guess but not the random draw…

Also, I created a TOB Fan page to track books from the long list that I still need to read for this fall’s Tourney of Faves. I think the shortlist will be pub’d soon.

March had Pi Day! 

I mailed 1 books to NC via BookMooch. I received 1 book — then realized I own a copy already. (So, if you would like a copy of Let the Great World Spin, hit me up.)

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 Chocolate Mousse Pie Day is April 3rd.

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TOB Update 2021 March Week 1

Hello!

Let’s talk Tournament of Books.

The first week is complete. I submitted a bracket to the #LitsyToB21 group but I’m not participating in the goodreads group because I can’t make heads-nor-tails of how the forums work there. [I comment occasionally.] WHOA! to that spreadsheet upon first glance and though I admire to the hills and valleys the person who prepped and is tracking that… WOW! Wow, very much wow.

Much fun! Let’s see if I can recap my thoughts…

oooooo! My newest TOB tee should arrive tomorrow.

Back to the TOB: Round 1 was the Play-In round and I was cheering for The Resisters. (they are in contention for the 2021 Lit Pie Award) but I also enjoyed The Down Days more than I expected. I was slowly agonizingly reluctantly easily-distracted-from reading Red Pill on Sunday, the day before #TOB21 started and thus I only read about 10% in.

Red Pill won. Of course it did. BUT! the good news is that I’m much more motivated to read it rather than rush through it just to finish before March 8.

First Round: Deacon King Kong was the first of the short list I read. I sit and think about that. I really rushed through these books! And wow. WOW. I did love it. I love McBride as an author. The challenger in this round was the most controversial: Tender is the Flesh. I gave it 3 stars to DKK’s 5. THANK GOD that DKK had pie, of course it would. But TY that TitF did NOT. A book about cannibalism with its message of humans against humanity and humans against climate and humans being horrid was not going to win against a book about the goodness of community and realizing that with flaws, humans *CAN* have some redeeming qualities. I loved Deacon. (Whew.)

Second Round: A Children’s Bible vs Memorial. I liked ACB. It had flaws, but I like the style and confidence that the author writes with. I did not like Memorial but I will give a hat tip to the qualities it is said to exemplify. I think the author did a disservice being the narrator for the first half. It felt staccato and unmoored. (I was bored listening to Memorial.) I am embarrassed how much of the biblical references of ACB – of which there were so many – -I must have been oblivious to rain in a thunderstorm, I just didn’t think about. I think I read this too fast? I am OK with M being advanced.

Third Round: TK (Transcendent Kingdom) vs. WRUS (We Ride Upon Sticks) – Holy Salem Witchcraft WRUS wins! I did not expect. And so, I’m set a bit adrift. Huh. I agreed with all the fans of TK that is worthy. May it ever be so zombie-able. But the love for WRUS had me cheering for that one all over again. I admired TK. I laughed with WRUS. I could, upon reflection, consider TK to be transcendent (yea yea) and thus “serious”. I seriously expected TK to win. I do not expect WRUS to move far. WRUS was too long. I loved the SAT essay.

Fourth Round: Interior Chinatown (IC) vs Luster. I gave Luster 5 stars. It took me some time to get used to the font of IC’s screenplay but I enjoyed it enough and see what is admirable. I did not have any sense which might prevail. I think, after reading through all day’s commentary, that I’m more a fan of Luster. It made me laugh. It made me laugh in shock and uncomfortableness, but what struck me the most, was that the MC never was whiny and never wallowed in self-pity and THAT was made me feel astonishment. Tim and I exchanged a quote-off. I highlighted a few and wanted to share.

So much goodness in the Commentariat. Judgments have been thoughtful and well-received.

My favorite time of the year.

GO ROOSTER!

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Update Feb 28 2021 Sunday

Monthly Recap Time!

I finished _9_ books in February. This makes 15 for the year so far.

Total page count (including print page count for books I listen-read) = __2736__, + 1485 Jan = 4221 TOTAL pages for the year so far. 35% of yearly goal? wow.

The three audiobooks summed to _~42__ hours. (and 18 minutes)

Hardcover = 2

eBook (Kindle or Libby) = 2

Tradeback = 2

Count from the library =  _3_, remainder purchased or given to me.

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Seven featured a pie mention: 2 Apple, Strawberry Tart, lots of generic “pie”.

I visited California a few times, New Mexico, a few days in Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and possibly New England (woot! for a Newport RI mention); international travels took me to Japan, Scotland and England, and possibly another out of this world dimension (Piranesi)

Most published in 2020 – all for the TOB. One in 2017, the one nonfiction; memoir/humor.

Cherry Pie Day was February 20th and here a photo of the meringue crust: then I filled it with cherry pie filling (from a can) and then, finally a slice of it:

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Stats for LetterMo:  I thank the many of you who wrote me! WOOT. I received _28_ pieces of correspondence. My tracking is usually suspect but my official chart says I mailed 112 pieces, averaging to 4 per day.

Mailed to 28 states and three countries: UK, New Zealand and Germany.

I mailed 3 books – one to RI (Deacon King Kong to Sarah), one to ME (The Vanishing Half to Auntie Lil), and one to NJ (Telephone to Ellen of the Garden State).

Happy Chocolate Soufflé Day! Banana Cream Pie Day is March 2nd.

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Update Jan 31 2021 Sunday

January Recap! Going to make this a habit. Maybe I create the last-day-of-the-month posts in advance and add to each with each book completed?  Always a goal, right?

I finished 6 books, have 3 underway right now.

If I count the hardcover page count rather than hours in my sums when I consider the books I listen-read, I get a total of 1485. Otherwise it is 901. I’m still wrestling with my attempt to keep THIS page count accurate with whatever goodreads calculates — they don’t do great at accurate hour counts for audiobooks.

The two audiobooks summed to 17 hours.

One in hardcover, one eBook (Kindle), two tradeback. Three library loans, three purchased.

My favorite has to be Luster by Raven Leilani. All were pretty worthy and enjoyable, recommendable. Memorial was my least favorite. Of course, A Village Life as a poetry collection received a high rating; quite moving and intense.

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Three of the six featured a pie mention: Apple, Caramel, Chitlin. I visited Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Texas, California and Georgia. Mostly US-centric but one hopped over to Ghana for a few scenes. Four books had black protagonists; one of these shared MCs with a Japanese American. This same title would be LGBTQ+.

Four published in 2020 – all for the TOB. One in 2009, one in 1999. One nonfiction; about dogs. One poetry. Only one author of the male gender, as far as I know.

I made a few pies – including the Elvis Pie I made for Christmas. See this post on my First Book 2021 (Long Bright River).

I made a RhuBlue (BlueRhu? RhuBerry?) for my mom’s birthday:

MR are her initials.

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Bring on February where my focus will be LetterMo. Write me a letter and I must reply in kind.

 

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