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Good to hear from you! Glad things are getting better for you. Nothing exciting here. We are still working on the house...a never ending task. My hubby is adding a 9x19 pantry to the kitchen. I'll finally be able to take the groceries out of the laundry room. But the floor of the hall and laundry room have to be torn up as they are soft. I think the former owners didn't do a proper underlayment on the former porch. Scares me to think of what we will find under there! 121 yr old homes are nice, but they require so much upkeep. I finally got the original hardwood floors in my library! However the shelving trim is piled. Whine the door. Upstairs is needing doors all around. Found some great old ones at an auction. Now I'm scouring flea markets for old brass doorknobs with plates. Keeps me busy during retirement. Of course, I've been reading! Have more time for that since I got my hubby hooked on audio books! Pop his earphones on and I get silence to read by! I love it! I got him the Brotherhood of war series for Christmas; over 100 hours of listening. It makes us both happy! We just adopted our 17th housecat. Abby is a Manx who was at the pound for almost a year. Poor kitty needed a home. She doesn't care for her housemates so she hangs out in my stepson's bedroom. She is exploring more and more. Well, that's my non-exciting life. Glad you are back!
Just dropped by to say "hi!" Things are going quite well, considering my family has decided to function via Murphy's Law! I just dive into a book when things are a bit dicey...works for me! Hubby falls down a lot, boke a couple ribs last month, and managed to fall a few more times and have compression fractures in a few of his vertibrae. Step-daughter is on her way to becoming a drop-out (her Senior year) as she is too lazy to get up in the morning. Other than that, life is swell! LOL. We got a ton of work done on the house this summer. I love our new front porch railings! It's a great place to read. I'm still debating over my hubby's choice of a pale pinkish color in the family room...he's evidently in touch with his feminine side. Oh well, fresh paint and new walls always looks nice. Hope things are going well for you!!
Hi Faith! I am recommending "Dispatches from Bedlam Farm" by John Katz. I read this one about 3 months ago and I really fell in love with Bedlam Farm and all of its inhabitants. His dogs, cat, sheep, donkeys, and a steer named Elvis are charming and so much fun. I don't know if you read much nonfiction but I think you would enjoy this one. I understand that he has written several other books and I think I need to find some of them as well. Happy reading!
See, and so many people think the animals tag is only kids' books! I was a little concerned about choosing this one, as I did have a broader tag in mind as well, but I went with this because I'm hoping someone else will choose the other one later.
I've been lucky. My top two tags came in August and now (only had to wait 3-1/2 years for them to be chosen!)! :-) Although a lot of my books overlap the two tags, even.
Been offline for a few weeks, as school finally got out. Can't seem to get anything read. Instead, I'm redoing my bathroom, floor, vanity, stool, walls...what a mess! After that I intend to paper the dining room...ick! It will feel good when it all gets done. The grandkids are doing very well, but I haven't been able to get up north to see them yet. 500 mile drive. Hope the summer is going well for you!
No worries! Just because you're in the group, you don't have to read an author every month. You can participate when you want to. You could always sign up to choose an author and, assuming you get to choose the main author and have no restrictions, anyway, you can choose someone you plan to read anyway. But, it's totally up to you. Either way, maybe those Kingsolver reviews could help, anyway.
Hi! I'm just skimming through the Barbara Kingsolver discussion at PBT. I wondered if you are part of the Author Author group? I'm not suggesting you join or anything (unless you want to), but she was one of our featured authors a couple of months ago, so you might just want to pop by and take a look at some of the reviews. Let me find a link for you...
Thanks! Liam is doing very well!!! He still has a lot of doctoring to do, but things look good. It's amazing how resiliant children are. Today's the last day of school!!! Yippee! I'm coming back tomorrow to finish my mess of a room for end of the year sign out. I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Welcome to the group based on the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
There is a general explanation of the group under the discussion thread GROUP GUIDELINES.
The books of the month (BOTM) that the group is reading are pinned to the top. June’s BOTM are The God of Small Things by Roy, Wide Sargasso Sea by Rhys and Midnight’s Children by Rushdie. I will post new discussion questions in June.
We are also starting something new. It will be a Long Read consisting of books from the list that are greater than a 1000 pages. The group will be starting with War and Peace by Tolstoy. Which is a May, June and July read.