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Joined February 2019

Musician, statistician, aspiring librarian, and inquisitive mind. And Staff to cats, of course.
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Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by C. S. Lewis, Henri J. M. Nouwen, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Day, Orbis Books, Eberhard Arnold
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The Code of the Woosters | P. G. Wodehouse
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Oh, Plum: how you could turn a phrase!!

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North Korea Journal | Michael Palin
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Continuing my tour of the world — and of autographed first editions.

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Next read. Alan Doyle tells a damned fine yarn.

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The Walpole Orange | Frank Muir
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Daisy Waugh is right: I‘d forgotten since my first reading how utterly brilliant Frank Muir was. Were he not such a distinctive writer on his own merit, I‘d draw comparisons to PG Wodehouse.

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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas | Annie Dillard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Stearns Eliot, C S Lewis, Edith Stein, Philip Yancey, John Donne, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Thomas Aquinas, Henri J M Nouwen, Meister Eckhart
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One of my favorite T.S. Eliot poems. Reading it is an annual tradition on the 11th day of Christmas.

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Where I Belong | Alan Doyle
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Twelve pages in, and I‘m already hooked. Add to my bucket list “Visit St. John‘s, buy Alan Doyle a beer, and listen to his stories.” At least I can sort of do the third one now.

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Except the Dying | Maureen Jennings
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I‘ve seen the series: time to read the books. And I‘m sorry, Maureen Jennings: regardless of how you originally wrote Constable Crabtree, he‘s going to have a Newfoundland accent when I read him! Hello, winter break! Hello, leisure reading!

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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith
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OMG, AMS! You really wrote this! 😆

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Liberty: The History | Marie-Therese Rieber
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Hello again, leisure reading! I‘ve missed you!

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Littens, I‘ve found my new mantra!

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Did I mention my current read?

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This one caught my eye because my godson and his wife moved last autumn from San Diego to Veijle (he works for LEGO), because I‘m studying Danish, and because one of my current YouTube buddies is Anglo-Danish writer and actor Sandi Toksvig (check our her “Tox Vox” series there). IMHO, I think the Danes are on to something.

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#7Days7Books Day 3
Seven books that left a deep impression on me and changed me.
@SpaceCowboyBooks , Want to play?

SpaceCowboyBooks I am kind of naive on how the games on here work... 2y
barbwire So am I, @SpaceCowboyBooks ! I rely on @Lcsmcat for my cues. 🙂 2y
Lcsmcat @SpaceCowboyBooks @barbwire You can always jump in on any that look like fun to you. 2y
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Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas | Annie Dillard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Stearns Eliot, C S Lewis, Edith Stein, Philip Yancey, John Donne, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Thomas Aquinas, Henri J M Nouwen, Meister Eckhart
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#7Days7Books Day 2 (catchup because I got busy yesterday)
Seven books that left a deep impression on me and changed me.
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PickwickPlockPlock Thank you for the tag, I already played and finished my 7 days 🙂 2y
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Bread & Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter | Madeleine L'Engle, C S Lewis, Kahlil Gibran, G K Chesterton, Soren Kierkegaard, Philip Yancey, Frederick Buechner, Kathleen Norris, Dorothy Day, Henri J M Nouwen, Meister Eckhart
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#7Days7Books Day 1
Seven books that left a deep impression on me and changed me.
@MrsWatsonReads Want to play?

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One of many reasons why we love Phryne.

barbwire I giggle every time now.... 2y
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“I‘m not afraid of storms, for I‘m learning how to sail my ship.”

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The Art of Language | Lonely Planet
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1. Wine, yes; books, no. Unless there‘s a cat on the cover.
2. See above.
3. NPR, BBC, WaPo, Times (NY and London)
4. Generally don‘t need one, as my portly calico cat knows when breakfast time is!
5. @annamatopoetry , @SpaceCowboyBooks

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Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter | C. S. Lewis, Henri J. M. Nouwen, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Day, Orbis Books, Eberhard Arnold
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One of my annual Lenten disciplines. The book, not the coffee. 😏

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My next read, starting...now.

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😁😁😁

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A good way to start off the reading year! Frustrating at first, as I was expecting a bit more depth about each language, but if that notion had come to fruition, the book would have to occupy multiple volumes! What “Lingo” ends up being is a sampler, much like a box of candy, with tasty examples of the quirks and appeals of each of Europe‘s 60 main languages. A fun overview with only a couple of conceits that don‘t quite hit their mark.

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“Armenian is to the family of Indo-European languages what the platypus is to mammals.” p 268

Lcsmcat 😂 3y
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Ooooooh, this‘un‘s gonna make my nerdy little heart very happy! 🥰

Lcsmcat Sounds fascinating ! 3y
barbwire The first chapter is about Lithuanian: what‘s not to love? 3y
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Thank you, @Lizpixie for all the Christmas goodies! I‘m looking forward to reading Brinkley, Pritchett, Greenwood, and Bradley. Best wishes for a peaceful and happy holiday!

Lizpixie You‘re very welcome! Merry Xmas❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚 3y
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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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What a hoot! If you like your classics spiced up a bit but Sense and Sensibility and Zombies is a bit much, give Jasper Fforde a go. His tongue-in-cheek introduction of LiteraTec Thursday Next is full of winks, nods, and knowing smiles. And as Thursday says, this is just the beginning.

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A #BookIHaveRead every Advent since it was published in 2001. Just started on my 19th journey. #GratefulReads

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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@Lcsmcat , by no small coincidence, it was just one week ago that I got to take this wonderful picture. #NCStateAtwoodLive #FavoriteAuthor

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God: A Biography | Jack Miles

Hello, Littens! I‘m conducting a quick poll here: have any of you read this book, and if so, would you recommend it? Margaret Atwood did when @Lcsmcat and I saw her last night at North Carolina State University, but I‘m interested to know what y‘all think. Thanks in advance!

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“It is possible to listen [to the New Orleans musical style] as Armstrong listened, to grant conviction and passion a place in the first line of valuation, with technical sophistication pushed slightly to the rear. One can value _willingness_ [original text italicized] and learn to hear it, even to think about it as carrying a glimpse of spiritual or artistic purity — at a certain point it does not seem to matter how this is phrased.” __p 48

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From Chapter 1, set-up to Armstrong‘s time in the Tuxedo Brass Band: “Many musicians hated marching no matter what the weather. Emile Barnes refused to parade unless he owed someone a personal favor. Hypolite Charles thought that marching had removed a few years from his life. Aaron Clark thought that he had contracted what would be his final illness from marching; his dying request was that his son never become a musician.”

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Ah, got it. A guaranteed no-bail. Tom was one of my professors at Duke, and took our class to New Orleans in April 2005 --yes, just before Hurricane Katrina — while he was researching this book.

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Astronauts on Parade | Gene Marianetti
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I think I‘d like to sit down over coffee with Mister Marianetti and listen to his story, because it‘s an important one, and his anecdotes seemed promising. This book really needed a more attentive editor, though. There was little cohesion in the narrative, and the mental energy of keeping track of the tangents was simply more than I can offer right now.

Two bails in a row. This doesn‘t bode well.

Lcsmcat There are too many good books in the world to waste time on bad books. I used to feel bad about bailing. I don‘t anymore. 3y
audraelizabeth I agree with @Lcsmcat 3y
barbwire I don‘t feel bad about bailing. I‘m just sorry the subject matter wasn‘t treated more respectfully by the publisher. Still got the MA short stories! 3y
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audraelizabeth I give it 50 pages if physical or 15 percent if digital 3y
barbwire Or two glaring inconsistencies or typos.... 3y
Lcsmcat @audraelizabeth I usually go 100 pages or three eye rolls. 🙄 3y
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Cronkite | Douglas Brinkley
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Gave up after a chapter and a half, largely because of infractions like this: “‘Not long after that year, the salt dome oil field known as Spindletop was producing more than over seventeen million barrels a year, while sparking a regional boom as other fields also yielded black gold.‘”

Walter Cronkite deserves better. Heck, he wrote better. Save yourself some time and money and go read one of his memoirs rather than this badly written piffle.

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Cronkite | Douglas Brinkley

Next read, because he was one of the great ones.

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Part memoir, part homage to books, “The Year of Reading Dangerously“ isn't is a set of book reviews, or a definitive set of criteria that define Literary Greatness. Andy Miller, quoting another Miller -- Henry, notes that what defines greatness is that a book speaks to him. That criterion is going to play out differently for each of us, and that's the point: we all need get to define “great“ for ourselves. We just keep reading and refining.

Lcsmcat I enjoyed this one a lot. (I remember laughing out loud during the chapter on Dan Brown.) And it exploded my TBR! 3y
barbwire Oddly enough, maybe because my take-home message was “Define for yourself what‘s great,” the only one I might add to my TBR is “War and Peace.” I‘ll admit I‘ve only read three of Miller‘s 50: one I loved, and one I threw across the room in frustration when I finished it (it was required reading for class, else I‘d never have plodded through it). That said, I‘m picking up a nice, virtually hefty biography of Walter Cronkite to read next. (edited) 3y
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“Somebody once described the Internet as a library where all the books have been taken off the shelves and dumped in the middle of the floor. Disorganization, however, is not the issue. The Internet is the greatest library in the universe; unfortunately someone has removed all the ‘no talking‘ signs.“ _pp 215 - 216.

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Oxford Book of Carols: Music Edition | Martin Shaw, Leighton Vaughan Williams, R Vaughan Williams, Vaughan Williams Leighton Vaughan Williams R Shaw Mamartin
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Post a cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation. Use the hashtags and tag someone else. (For my own accounting purposes, this is the seventh of seven.) #7days7covers #covercrush Join in, @megnews !

Lcsmcat I recognize that book. 😀 3y
barbwire @Lcsmcat , I thought you might. I suspect your copy may be more dog-eared than mine is! 3y
Lcsmcat @barbwire And it has a different cover. 3y
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Post a cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation. Use the hashtags and tag someone else. (For my own accounting purposes, this is the sixth of seven.) #7days7covers #covercrush Join in, @CoffeeNBooks !

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Blue: The History of a Color | Michel Pastoureau
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Post a cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation. Use the hashtags and tag someone else. (For my own accounting purposes, this is the fifth of seven.) #7days7covers #covercrush Join in, @belacat !

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Post a cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation. Use the hashtags and tag someone else. (For my own accounting purposes, this is the fourth of seven.) #7days7covers #covercrush Join in, @Ms.Story !

Lcsmcat Excellent choice! 3y
barbwire A first edition, too! I kinda want to get the second: I‘ve talked for the magic word “updated,” 3y
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Post a cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation. Use the hashtags and tag someone else. (For my own accounting purposes, this is the third of seven.) #7days7covers #covercrush Join in, @goodbyefrancie !

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Post a cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation. Use the hashtags and tag someone else. (For my own accounting purposes, this is the second of seven.) #7days7covers #covercrush Join in, @Lel2403 !

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“On two occasions we crossed over to East Berlin, which I much preferred to the decadent West. Yes, it was dour and repressed — but I was too.” __p 56

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I Am a Bunny | Richard Scarry
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Post a cover you love each day for 7 days, no explanation. Use the hashtags and tag someone else. (For my own accounting purposes, this is the first of seven.) #7days7covers #covercrush Join in, @mcctrish !

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Amen to the LA Times quote on the cover of my 1994 Penguin paperback edition: “The authoritative masterpiece.” Unlike many Apollo-era memories and histories, Chaikin hasn‘t limited his research to the astronauts themselves. As the astronauts have always maintained, they were the most public face of a venture that was made possible by hundreds of thousands of like-minded souls. Chaikin gets it, and his narrative conveys it superbly.

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Aaah, this is more like it! Palate cleanser after the train wreck of “Astronaut Wives‘ Club.”

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Panpan

My eyes are tired from rolling in exasperation. There's so much potential in this subject, and it's so squandered. There's little coherency to the capricious narrative, glaring omissions and errors (e.g., Apollo 8 orbiting the moon for “20 hours from late Christmas Eve to early Christmas Day,“ no mention of Valerie Anders or of Apollos 10, 15, or 16), and far too much cutesy language. Sadly, the best insights were in the epilogue.

marleed I own this book but showed up to my IRL bookclub without reading it. I think it was the only time where everyone was very disappointed in the book. So it‘s now on my ‘ I‘m never going to read this but like the pink spine‘ stack 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Bummer. I was afraid that was the case 😕 3y
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I was totally on board with this coastal North Carolina-based first entry in the series until a character said he'd driven to Raleigh to research in the Duke Library.

This native Tarheel can't forgive that sort of slip, not in her home state.

Lcsmcat 😱 3y
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