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Once again found on Facebook

Finally sat down to update my bookshelf
Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Minerology, Anatomy and the Arts - Patrick Syme Single Malt Murder: A Whisky Business Mystery - Melinda Mullet, Gemma Dawson The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World - A.J. Baime, Tony Messano Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art - Euan Morton, Christopher Moore


It has been a while since I have updated my shelves or even downloaded my purchases to my computer (a process even slower these days than adding them to my bookshelf here). But today had been housekeeping day and at least here I am up-to-date. Now I can go spend the rest of my credits. Or, perhaps I should invest some effort into finishing the books I have already bought. In other words, it is time to attack Mount TBR. <dashing knight in armor, on horseback and a flourish of trumpets>


The truth of the matter is that Mt. TBR is just not as daunting when it doesn't take up much needed physical space thus lacking the imperative to "get these books read and put away already." Moreover, I just am not inclined to read anything new right now or to even finish any of the three or four titles that I have begun and abandoned but am not ready to declare DNF. I have been enjoying a prolonged and relaxing period of working my way through my re-read list and it seems that the only thing that will be getting me out of this groove is that I am quickly reaching the end of the alphabet and thus the end of the list. Yes, I read the list A-Z and then start over; it saves having to choose what to read next or answering that age old question, "what do I feel like reading."


All told, I added one reference book, five books and six selections from the Great Courses catalog. I hope I chose well.



ARRGHHH. Trying to add but can't find
  • Storing here so I don't lose the info. Not for sale on the amazon uk. Not in the DB, that I can find.
  • Lion by Saroo Brierley, narrated by LarryButtrose
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 33 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Release Date: November 18, 2016
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01NA6SV1B
2018 Books -- 92 and counting
  1. Whip Hand --re-read
  2. Venetia --re-read
  3. The Unknown Ajax -- re-read
  4. The Unfinished Clue -- re-read 
  5. Twice Shy -- re-read
  6. Trustee from the Toolroom -- re-read
  7. Trial Run -- re-read
  8. The Toll Gate --re-read
  9. These Old Shades -- re-read
  10. The Talisman Ring -- re-read
  11. Sylvester, ... --re-read
  12. Sprig Muslin -- re-read
  13. So Disdained -- re-read
  14. Smokescreen --re-read
  15. Shattered -- re-read
  16. Second Wind - re-read
  17. Ruined City -- re-read
  18. Round the Bend -- re-read
  19. Risk -- re-read
  20. The Reluctant Widow -- re-read
  21. Regency Buck --re-read
  22. Reflex -- re-read
  23. Rat Race -- re-read
  24. The Rainbow and the Rose --re-read
  25. The Quiet Gentleman --re-read
  26. Proof -- re-read
  27. Pastoral -- re-read
  28. An Old Captivity -- re-read
  29. Odds Against -- re-read
  30. No Highway -- re-read
  31. Nonesuch -- re-read
  32. Nerve --re-read
  33. The Masqueraders -- re-read 
  34. Longshot --re-read
  35. Lonely Road -- re-read
  36. Landfall -- re-read
  37. Steppenwolf --re-read
  38. Zorba the Greek -- NEW38
  39. The Virginian -- NEW37
  40. Three Men in a Boat... --NEW36
  41. Roughing It -- NEW35
  42. The Railway Children -- NEW34
  43. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk --NEW33
  44. Lady of Quality -- re-read
  45. In the wet -- re-read
  46. In the Frame -- re-read 
  47. Cider House Rules -- NEW32
  48. Matriarch -- NEW31 HISTORY6
  49. Misbehaving -- NEW30
  50. Cat's Cradle --re-read
  51. All Creatures Great and Small -- NEW29
  52. Pale Blue Dot -- NEW28
  53. Hot Money -- re-read  
  54. High Stakes -- re-read
  55. Friday's Child -- re-read
  56. Frederica -- re-read 
  57. Flying Finish -- re-read
  58. The Wizard of Menlo Park -- NEW27 HISTORY5
  59. On Power -- NEW26
  60. In This Bright Future -- NEW25
  61. Thursday the Rabbi..  -- NEW24
  62. Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet -- NEW23
  63. Code Girls -- NEW22 HISTORY4
  64. The Foundling --re-read
  65. Faro's Daughter -- re-read
  66. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler --NEW21
  67. Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red -- NEW20
  68. The Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons -- NEW18
  69. The Secret of Chimneys -- NEW18
  70. A Nun in the Closet -- NEW17
  71. Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness -- NEW16
  72. Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Traveler -- NEW15
  73. Monday the Rabbi Took Off --NEW14
  74. The LIghthouse Keeper -- NEW13
  75. The Great Train Robbery --re-read
  76. The Great Courses: Food -- NEW12 HISTORY3
  77. Cosmos -- NEW11  SCIENCE2
  78. Amadeus -- NEW10
  79. The Far Country -- re-read
  80. False Colours -- re-read
  81. Even Money - re-read
  82. Enquiry -- re-read
  83. Driving Force -- re-read
  84. Dick Francis's Bloodlines -- re-read
  85. The Great Courses: Redefining Reality -- NEW9
  86. The Pun Also Rises -- NEW8
  87. M. Butterfly -- NEW7
  88. A Hologram for the King --NEW6  
  89. The Fountain of Paradise --NEW5
  90. Fire and Rain -- NEW4 -- HISTORY2
  91. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night --NEW3
  92. Consider the Fork -- NEW2   HISTORY1
  93. Consciousness and the Brain: -- NEW1  SCIENCE1 DNF
Books are ... ??

For me books are my escape, entertainment and ...  night lamp. How about you? 


Reblogged from Kate says
And Yet Another "Found on Facebook"

More sweet thoughts about reading and readers from my friends on the Georgette Heyer group I follow on FB:


"Found on Facebook" Strikes Again

(If the 3rd party art is missing, I can only assume that the OP has deleted it or figured out how not to let it be shared. Sorry.)

Even More Found on Facebook!!!!

Another Found on Facebook

Please feel free to share!


Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative - Danielle Krysa

Yes, I know. It says right in the tag line, "No self-help" and yet here it is. Even worse, I can't believe that not only did I listened to the whole thing but I even went as far as checking out the price of the print edition. There are some quotes and some lists that I would like to have in front of me for future reference. I will also say that just because I was checking out the price does mean I am telling you to go out and buy this book. I'm not. I still don't like self-help books--and that's why this isn't a review and I haven't given it any gold stars. 


So, why did I buy it, besides the very cheap price and because I liked the title? Because I started to paint four years ago and wanted see if the author had anything helpful to say about the creative process and making art. The answer is yes, she does. 

Audible Two-fer-1 Revisted
Collected Fictions - Andrew Hurley, Jorge Luis Borges, George Guidall Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) - Jerome K. Jerome, Steven Crossley Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis, George Guidall The Railway Children - E. Nesbit, Virginia Leishman

I went back to the sale pile to see if I missed anything and found another 4 books. This is making up for all of those sales where I walk away with nothing.


Zorba is another one of those titles from my teen years while Railway is one of those childhood classics that I never read (that I can remember). Three Men in a Boat I chose because the name rang a bell (lol, it came through on BL feed).


The Borges I chose with mixed emotions. Reading it English is a sign of defeat, a sign that I have given up on trying to read it in Spanish. But, I want to read those stories, so time to stop procastinating and just get it done!


May I also please note that I am thrilled that George Guidall reads two of the 8 titles and Grover Gardner another. It always makes it so much easier to choose when one of my favorite narrators is at the microphone. At least I know that I won't be yelling at the book to pronounce things properly or complaining about the voicing of a particular character; these two always get it right.

Another Audible 2-for-1 Sale: Classic Works
The Virginian - Owen Wister, Jack Garrett Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature - Arnold Weinstein, Professor Arnold Weinstein Ph.D. Harvard University Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse, Peter Weller Roughing It - Mark Twain, Grover Gardner

I do enjoy the 2-for-1 sales. Audible never makes its entire inventory available in these sales but selects a couple of hundred titles to offer. Some sales I find nothing and some I walk away with hours worth of listening. 


Please don't read anything into my choosing both Roughing It and The Virginian. Slowly but surely, I seem to be consuming more and more Twain, and I especially like his travelogues. Meanwhile, The Virginian (and Steppenwolf, too) are returns to high school reads.


Then, to round out my choices, there is a "Great Courses" lecture series on Classic Novels, which will either be very enlightening or just simply pompous beyond bearing. 



Shelving Audiobooks

I am adding new audiobooks to my shelf this morning. With the shelve it button only working with the UK site, it is more complicated to find a book and shelve it, especially when starting from AudibleUS, which defaults to AmazonUS. In the process, I am digging up housekeeping chores galore for the Librarians--missing cover art, editions to combine, etc.-- and learning new things.


I've learned that some of the titles I am looking for have different ASINs in US and UK. I'm now reporting the multiple ASINs, figuring that the Librarians will handle it anyway they see fit. It is very time consuming/inefficient to curate a multi-million entry database one entry at a time, especially when the curators are volunteers. So, many, many thanks to the LIbrarians! I am your biggest fan!


I'm also learning that even if the audiobook is actually already in the database, searching by ASIN on BL won't necessarily find it. (Oh dear, that's not good. Too many false negatives leads to duplicate entries for the same ASIN). Audiobooks are even harder to find because most of the time the narrator is listed as an author and the editions have not been combined with print or other digital edition. The only definitive way to find a specific edition is using the shelve it button from the website. If shelve it can't find it, it isn't there.


Please do not think I am complaining. Booklikes is a free service and I am grateful to the owners for its continued existence. We all would not be here, together otherwise. In the meantime, I'm sharing what I have learned about how things work and hoping that others will find the insights helpful.


Filched from Facebook

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut, Tony Roberts

I first read this one as a naive teenager and have not returned to it in the intervening 50 years. The only thing that I remember from 50 years ago was the ice-9 and its catastrophic results. This go-round, it was an entirely different read. The book is dated and yet it isn't; it seems shallow and silly until you realize just how deep it really goes. 


"We are gathered here, friends," he said, "to honor _lo Hoon-yera Mora-toorz tut Zamoo-cratz-ya_, children dead, all dead, all murdered in war. It is customary on days like this to call such lost children men. I am unable to call them men for this simple reason: that in the same war in which _lo Hoon-yera Mora-toorz tut Zamoo-cratz-ya_ died, my own son died. 

"My soul insists that I mourn not a man but a child. 

"I do not say that children at war do not die like men, if they have to die. To their everlasting honor and our everlasting shame they _do_ die like men, thus making possible the manly jubilation of patriotic holidays. 

"But they are murdered children all the same. 

"And I propose to you that if we are to pay our sincere respects to the hundred lost children of San Lorenzo, that we might best spend the day despising what killed them; which is to say, the stupidity and viciousness of all mankind. 


Today's Daily Deal
Paris in the Present Tense - Bronson Pinchot, Mark Helprin

I was on the fence about this one. I've read other books by Helprin and just wasn't sure. But the reviews on Amazon were lyrical and now there is another book in the TBR 'pile.'