Thoughts. In motion.
Something different. Something fun? More? Maybe NOT? Keep trying?
Thoughts. In motion.
Something different. Something fun? More? Maybe NOT? Keep trying?
Last fall, I discovered that Jenny of Reading the End posted a very good blog idea for Sundays. The idea is to share good things. To Quote Miss Gin-Jenny, “to talk about things that kept me moving forward or gave me some joy.” I’m borrowing a few of her categories for inspiration:
Touched by: I had dinner with a friend last night and she gave me a very sweet compliment. I told her that I very much treasured her friendship. We are going to start a book club together for the summer! I suggested we start with Tayari Jones’ smash bestseller everyone seems to be talking about, An American Marriage.
Proud and Wowed by: All the wit and courage and feistiness of the March For Our Lives citizens. “Guns are not school supplies.”
Sad about: K-State Wildcats lost to Loyola last night. But HEY! We made the Elite Eight!!! WOO HOOOOO
Self-cared for: Uh, does it count in this category that I completed my first 5K yesterday? I had walked in many-a fund-raiser walk but this was the first that I entered that took official times and gave a shirt. I finished in under 1 hour; was 626 our of 636. LOL (Had to set a baseline.)
Itching to tell you: I have missed blogging! But I haven’t finished a book in weeks, it seems. My audiobook (The Zero by Jess Walters) is fascinating but I haven’t had long stretches alone in a car to listen.
Excited by: All the people who have asked me about the TOB! I do occasional Facebook updates on it… AND I think I finally picked my favorite book of the tourney: Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong. It was knocked out by Exit West – a book that I admired but didn’t get charmed by. GV oozed charm. I read so many books that I liked but couldn’t really choose my bestest favoritist until I watched the booktube commentary by @daejin_v2! (Loved it. Impressive – I want to make a book review video…)
FYI – I downloaded Stephen Florida but I don’t think I will read it. I might open it and look at it… I never could get my hands on Dear Cyborg – my library didn’t have it. I put a hold on The Book of Joan but it still hasn’t come to me yet. I’ll probably pass on that, too. Otherwise, I read everything! I think.
Looking forward to: SPRING. Warmer temperatures. Longer days of sunshine. Boat season. Common sense in politics. We can hope, yes?
I am on vacation and today kicks off the Tournament,
(Edited that 3/7 was Play-in Round; Opening Round is 3/8)
I am writing this on my phone so I might be challenged with links and stuff. (No, looks like I managed it, click on “Round 1”.)
I managed to read the first third of Lucky Boy and am enjoying it. Gotta love ✈️ travel for dedicated reading time.
And, sorry Ruthiella – I might (probably) DNF Savage Theories. It’s entertaining in a way but also exhausting. Since it won’t be advancing…
The Idiot moves on!
I managed to read all but Joan, Cyborgs, Steve FLORIDA (where I am right now, escaping Storm Quinn), and DNFing Savage. I’m OK with it. You? Did you read ‘em all and if not, are you OK?
I didn’t fill out a bracket…
See ya in the commentary!
Mar 9: number 3 selected; thus, I get to read Cold Comfort Farm. [My review]
It’s another SPIN! My favorite… This button has the information post:
Drawing and number announcement will be March 9; book at that number from this list must be read by the end of April. Let’s do this!
Here are my 20:
I was planning on getting to The House of the Seven Gables sooner than later so let’s all hope the spin number is TEN!
My original list and progress page is linked here for my own convenience.
My favorite challenge! This button will take you to the host blog, The Worm Hole.
Here are the categories (with hyperlinks back to host blog) and my possible choices:
The word ‘the’ used twice – From my Classics Club 50: The House of the Seven Gables by Nat Hawthorne.
A fruit or vegetable – I’m committing to Elaine Dundy‘s The Dud Avocado, also on my Classics Club 50.
A shape – SO EXCITED to announce another Classics Club 50 will fit this one: The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilberg Clark. An ox-bow is defined as
A title that begins with Z – Darn that I read Z last year (book about Zelda Fitzgerald) so I’m going to try The Zero by Jess Walter – I absolutely loved his Beautiful Ruins.
A nationality – Not sure here. Had American War for this spot when it was on the TOB long list but since it didn’t make the short. I have a lot of great nonfiction options about women that history forgot and I might go that route. Or perhaps American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang which would be a graphic novel and I want more of these. Any other suggestions?
A season – Cruel Winter by Sheila Connelly. I purchased this book for a friend’s birthday because it sounded like something she would enjoy and she promised to let me read it after (and then I’ll give it back so she can loan to her mom.)
I have created a goodreads list of done-reads and possibles for my 2018 tracking here…
Jenny of Reading the End has a terrific meme idea for Sundays. The idea is to share good things. To Quote Miss Gin-Jenny, “to talk about things that kept me moving forward or gave me some joy.”
Impassioned by: Pie. SO, here’s what I did: I gave away a gift certificate for a pie of choice for my work department’s Yankee Swap. The person who won was confused but once explained, she seemed quite thrilled by the idea. She asked for Dutch Apple Pie. “Great!” I said. “Yay!!” I thought, as I rushed home to pull out all my pie books and look for a good Dutch Apple Pie. But then I got confused because some have raisins, some have egg in the crust, some have pastry topping when I thought the Crumb Topping was what made it ‘Dutch Apple’. Sigh, what IS a Dutch Apple Pie? I did some #scientific-based research (I posted a poll) and then just asked the recipient what she expects for Dutch Apple. That should clear up this confusion. I know it will have apples and butter and cinnamon and sugar. All good.
Happy about: I found my Pecan Pie recipe! I have this crazy loose leaf recipe collection barely stuffed into a three ring binder and the sugar-splattered copy of my Cook’s Country Pecan was missing. Is missing still. But the husband has a digital copy (it’s his favorite and he never fails to remind me that I didn’t make it for his birthday last year for whatever reason I can’t recall) and I also found it in my emails to my friend Karen many years ago. I wonder if she ever made it?
And if you want to see my Old Fashioned Pecan Pie recipe, I’ve loaded into Google Docs.
(Jeanne helped me out with a link lookup request which has been fixed by the above sentence… Thanks NonNecromancer!)
Super charmed by: My friend Heather asked me about Christmas Pie and we had a lovely FB-Messenger chat about Pumpkin (Dec 25 has been designated “Pumpkin Pie Day”) and Apple and a Crustless Cranberry. Let me know if you, too, would like me to post this recipe. I think I best start creating my resource online. Might as well be here at Care’s Books and Pie, right?
Excited for: Winter Solstice is coming. The shortest day of the year. Which means the days start to get longer. and longer and LONGER! and then it will be spring!
Enjoying: I’m enjoying researching and searching for where to give some of our charity dollars most needed, most effective.
Jenny of Reading the End has a new Sunday meme. The idea is to share good things.
Touched by: How many participated in yesterday’s post asking for favorite Christmas movies! I have watched Rudolph, Elf (a few times, bits and pieces here and there), Love Actually. I would like to watch Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, too.
Happy about: I think Oscar is on the mend. He’s been playing more. We have him on the rice diet and will re-introduce him soon back to his food and see if all returns to ‘normal’.
Self-cared for: I’m going to get out my yoga mat as soon as I post this. Then I’m going to re-read this week’s pie recipe. I have pie construction scheduled for Tuesday! A coworker’s birthday…
Proud of: I finished another book! I’m proud that I managed to read as many books this year despite the ‘diversion’ of a job. I think I can manage at least two more by New Years. Should be more but I really haven’t had the reading mojo lately.
I also made a terrific batch of Four Cheese Scalloped Potatoes this afternoon. Mmmmmmm.
Looking forward to: Getting my Rhode Island driver’s license. I will be sure to bring a book with me and enjoy the wait. It took my husband many hours when he did this chore. Ah the joys of moving…
Jenny of Reading the End has a new blog idea for Sundays. The idea is to share good things.
Touched by: The color blue. I just read Percival Everett’s So Much Blue and gave it 5 stars and question why I rated it so high. Oh, I do know what and why I did, but am not confident I can debate it as ‘reasonable’. Whatever. AND THEN! I was reading an article in The Guardian of authors who share their best reads of 2017; one of the authors cited Bluets – a book of poetry I almost purchased! but didn’t. Why did I not? oh well, I didn’t and now I want it more.
Happy about: That I made it home for Thanksgiving and saw so many loved ones and happy that I made it back home to where home is NOW.
Inspired by: Anyone who can be calm and rational and hopeful.
Proud of: Myself that I didn’t say things to loved ones that I would be sad and shamed to have said and equally sad that I didn’t have the courage to say things I might have should have said. Sigh.
People are so damn complicated.
Enjoyed: Husband cooked so many amazing meals tonight and day before yesterday and for Thanksgiving! such yummy food. MMmmmmm
Giggling over: Esther talking in her sleep. I really missed my pups while we were away.
Jenny of Reading the End has a new blog idea for Sundays. The idea is to share good things. To Quote Miss Gin-Jenny, “to talk about things that kept me moving forward or gave me some joy.” I’m borrowing a few of her categories for inspiration:
Touched by: Even though I’ve bombarded my Facebook timeline lately with a lot of posts about my wedding anniversary, it really does surprise me how many people LIKE or HEART or leave a comment “Happy Anniversary”. IF you want to share in that joy, you must know that D and I went to see Badfinger as part of our wedded-bliss celebration. AND THUS, you must tell me which of Badfinger’s songs is your favorite! Here’s a link to help you if you can’t remember any… (and no, I was young when this band was ‘hot’ – I’m not THAT old… just sayin’.)
Happy about: All the little things I’ve gotten done this weekend. Saw a friend for shopping and lunch, walked the dogs for a few miles each day, packed/organized/cleaned. You know, all the stuff you feel better having done but only after you’ve done it.
Self-cared for: Ice cream? I found Talenti on sale and bought the Vanilla Chai flavor. It’s actually gelato.
Proud of: My job, so far. I’m challenged, inspired, proud, energized. Never thought I could say that about a job and I’m hoping this isn’t just the honeymoon phase, but I do think it is going very very well. (I’m conducting leadership training and helping with the strategy for the department. I get to apply my tech skills and also ‘facilitate’ training (get up in front of people!) and help, just possibly, share a new thought and/or make their day a little brighter.)
Looking forward to: Tomorrow’s announcement of the Tournament of Books Long List. I think I’ll only have read one but I’m still thrilled!
and pie. This should be a pie-riffic week!
I read books in October. Let me tell ya!
The Magician’s Assistant / Ann Patchett A (1997,11′) *** 74
Textbook / Amy Krause Rosenthal HB (2016,368) **** 73
Lila / Marilynne Robinson A (2014,9′) **** 72
One Good Turn / Kate Atkinson Tb (2016,448) **** 71
Angle of Repose / Wallace Stegner Tb (1971,569) **** 70
Two audiobooks – so nice to get back to this medium. My new job often has me traveling so I have some car time. Plus the commute home is 30-40 minutes (which I expect will be on the longer side since I have to traverse the shopping district avenues which get congested this time of year.) With no traffic, I can get TO work in just over 15 minutes!
Let’s start: I read Angle of Repose because* I so very much enjoyed the first Stegner I treated myself to: (and click on this: –> to read my review) Crossing to Safety. AofR won the Pulitzer, doncha know, and as impressive an epic it is, I enjoyed Crossing to Safety more. That said, Angle is impressive. Oh, I said that. It’s full of big ideas and some great fabulous looks into our American History, the western expansion. Recommended if you like amazing writing, complicated characters and sweeping views of history. It was set in the late sixties, yet Stegner writes with a freshness that is … impressive. It felt fresh and not as someone now writing about then. Does that make sense? Hey, it’s my opinion. Golly gee, I miss blogging and putting myself OUT THERE! wee hoo. yee haw. [Rabbit pie and cowpie.]
Stegner is not talked about enough.
* I also read Angle of Repose because I have an engineering degree and the term suggests ‘engineering‘. Not at all to suggest to not-engineering geeks (so do not assume!) that this is science-heavy aka boring!! it is not. Please please don’t think that. ugh.
One Good Turn. I read this because…. LOTS of reasons! I love this author. I really enjoyed her first Brodie book and this is the second with this main character. whoops, maybe only 2 reasons. I found this book at my apartment complex! It was on the community shelf. Had to grab. I returned it (though not to the same spot.)
If you liked Case Histories, I can tell you to go ahead read this, too, if you haven’t yet. To click on this sentence, you will be transported to my goodreads notes for Case Histories because I didn’t review it here (on blog.) What a sad blogging summer I had… [I’m counting egg custard as ‘pie’.]
Lila. Oh Lila! What a fascinating amazing story. This month was chock full of the best author visits; now that I think about it, all return visits to these authors. What a comfortable heart-full reading month I have had this October. If you are like me and appreciate the soul-singing work of Marilynne Robinson (and can I only say to any of you that don’t have the same kind of spiritual ‘relationship’ that this author might espouse – all cool. I get it. I really don’t either at this moment in my life but wow oh wow do I appreciate what she does in her writing.) I want to put all of MR’s Gilead books on my “to-read-again all-at-once in-order someday list”. I’m mentally creating this list of books to read and probably need to create it in goodreads, right? Right. Will do…
NOT to suggest that listening to Lila‘s side of things was ‘comfortable’. Soul-singing provocative spiritual stuff is never comfortable. [Apple Pie]
Dear Reader, do you know of this? Feel free to click on the link just provided and read about it from the goodreads perspective.
I just want to start crying. Whoa.
Thank you Bybee for sending me this. I still have it. I want to send it to SOMEONE but don’t know who. Also, I don’t know if I want it to leave me. It could very well be all gimmick-schmimmick until life(/death) thrusts into the ‘plan’ and shows no guarantees.
(sniff, gulp. sob…)
[yes, pie… It was THIS that broke my freakin’ heart.]
Live, people. Don’t watch the crap on the news, hug your loved ones, recognize the humanity in every person, strive to be better and LIVE, goddammit. (talking to myself?)
The Magician’s Assistant. Ann Patchett you nutty adorable author book-store-owner lovely lady YOU. Love ya. Not your best book but that’s OK, I’m sure you learned much from the experience (of course you did, goofy-me. ha) and so glad you kept after the craft. I am still not sure the narrator captured Nebraska small town, but hey, “Whatever.” This is the author that inspires me, delights me, makes me think and entertains. One of my favorites.
I’ll forgive the no pie thing. This time.