Deedledee reads in the 50th year

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Deedledee reads in the 50th year

1Deedledee
Editado: Dez 22, 2023, 7:54 pm

Hi folks,

I'm Dee, a librarian in rural Nova Scotia turning 50!!! this year. I live with two evil cats in a house that looks like it might be a craft store.

This year I'm only going to set one reading goal to complete the Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge.

You can also follow more of my reading at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mytwofavouritelibrarians

2Deedledee
Editado: Fev 19, 9:46 am

The Booklist Queen Reading Challenge 2024
1. You Meant to Read Last Year
2. Goodreads Winner in 2023
3. About Mental Health
4. Five-Star Read
5. An Audiobook
6. Set in the 1950s
7. Unreliable Narrator
8. Book Becoming Movie in 2024
*9. With an Epilogue - Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone (Jan 18)
*10. About Starting Over - The Hunger by Alma Katsu (Jan 21)
11. Author You Love
*12. Flowers on the Cover - Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (Feb 8)
*13. Title Starts with “B” - Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey (Jan 11)
14. Published in 2014
15. Purple Cover
16. Historical Mystery
*17. With Multiple Points of View - The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (Jan 1)
18. A Book You Couldn’t Put Down
*19. One Word Title - Beloved by Toni Morrison (Feb 14)
*20. Debut Author - The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters (Feb 17)
21. 2023 Bestseller
22. Intriguing Premise
23. A Friend’s Favorite Book
24. Author from the Southern Hemisphere
25. About Secrets
26. Bottom of Your To-Read List
27. Your Favorite Genre
28. Character Who is an Actor
29. Recommended on a Podcast
*30. Set in Paris - Adèle by Leila Slimani (Jan 2)
31. Ugly Cover
*32. Set in a Small Town - Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (Jan 14)
33. Three Books by the Same Author (1)
34. Three Books by the Same Author (2)
35. Three Books by the Same Author (3)
*36. A Quick Read - Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo (Feb 17)
37. Set During Autumn
*38. Classic by a Female Author - Passing by Nella Larsen (Jan 20)
39. Memoir by a Person You Admire
40. About a Historical Event
41. Written Under a Pseudonym
42. Legal Thriller
43. Fantasy Book
44. Popular Book You’ve Never Read
45. Inspiring Nonfiction
46. 2024 New Release
*47. Genre You Don’t Usually Read - Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James (Jan 20)
*48. You Own But Haven’t Read - Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (Jan 26)
*49. Book About Books - Yellowface by R.F. Kuang (Feb 12)
50. Book Everyone Is Talking About
*51. With a Place in the Title - Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality by Michael Haynes (Feb 18)
52. Reread a Favorite

15/52

3Deedledee
Editado: Ontem, 6:33 pm

January
1. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (read by Joshua Boone, Dani Cervone, Peter Ganim, Dan Green, Jenna Hellmuth, Khristine Hvam - Libby)
2. Adèle by Leila Slimani
3. Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey (read by Peter Ganim - hoopla)
4. Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson
5. Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone (read by January Lavoy - CD)
6. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James (ebook - hoopla)
7. Passing by Nella Larsen
8. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
9. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
February
10. Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill (JGN)
11. Yellowface by R.F. Kuang (read by Helen Laser - hoopla)
12. Beloved by Toni Morrison (read by Toni Morrison - CD)
13. The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
14. Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo
15. Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality by Michael Haynes
March
16. Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

4Deedledee
Editado: Jan 2, 3:31 pm

Book 1
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
A super creepy thriller in which a serial killer travels through time via a house in Chicago. In this house he finds the names of women he must kill.
I know it sounds odd but it is very atmospheric and dark.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: With Multiple Points of View

5drneutron
Dez 22, 2023, 9:17 pm

Hiyah, Dee! Glad you made it over to the new group!

6richardderus
Dez 23, 2023, 7:41 am

>1 Deedledee: Greetings, Dee, and a very happy holiday season. I'm Richard, and my fist visit is occasioned by your thread title: I thought reading in the 50th year was a reference to how long you'd been in the group.

My excuse is that I haven't had any coffee yet today.

Happy half-century from fourteen years up the road.

7Tess_W
Dez 28, 2023, 1:20 pm

Just a youngun'! Good luck with your 2024 reading.

8BLBera
Jan 1, 3:10 pm

Happy New Year, Dee. I hope 2024 is a good year for you. I look forward to following your reading.

9FAMeulstee
Jan 2, 4:14 am

Happy reading in 2024, Dee!

10Deedledee
Jan 2, 3:40 pm

Book 2.
Adèle by Leila Slimani
Although it's a short novel it took me over a month to finish. Everyone in this book is reprehensible.
Adele is a 35 year old woman, married to a surgeon with a small child, and working at a newspaper in Paris. But she has a dark secret. She feels compelled to have sex. Sometimes it's a tryst with a coworker, sometimes a stranger she has just met. She hides this from her husband with lies, living a double life.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Set in Paris

11Deedledee
Jan 14, 2:05 pm

Book 3
Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
In the deep edges of space a veteran with PTSD operates a beacon (a lighthouse of sorts) to ensure space ships don't hit debris. This unnamed protagonist completely alone out there, per his wishes, because of his severe psychological trauma.
It sounds dark, and does have some dark parts, but you see him slowly heal. And the level of sarcasm does help.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Title Starts with “B”

12Deedledee
Editado: Jan 15, 5:05 pm

Book 4
Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson
Going though the year, this novella focuses on the full moon each month when the werewolf came to take a victim.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Set in a Small Town

13Deedledee
Jan 18, 9:38 pm

Book 5
Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone

Ariel wakes up in a Portugal hotel room alone. Her new husband John is nowhere to be found. Although it's still early she knows that something is wrong. She starts by talking to hotel security, then the local police and the US Embassy.
No one takes her concerns seriously at first but then the ransom demand comes.
In the investigation Ariel is asked questions she has a hard time answering — Why is John here in Portugal? Why did she come with him? Which clients is he meeting with? They've known each other for less than a year and there is lots she doesn't know about him.
While the book had a lot of twists and turns and an ending I wasn't expecting, it just felt overly long. I think it could have been more impactful with less length.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: With an Epilogue

14Deedledee
Jan 21, 9:23 pm

Book 6
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
Why oh why did I do this to myself?
Last month my friend and I did a buddy read of Twilight after watching a very amusing review by Dominic Noble.
Then another friend suggested we should read Fifty Shades together. And I agreed. Even though I know this is the only book I've ever punched.
Somehow it wasn't as terrible this time around, likely because I knew others were suffering through it with me and we were complaining to each other about the book.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Genre You Don’t Usually Read

15Deedledee
Jan 21, 10:31 pm

Book 7
Passing by Nella Larsen
Irene Redfield and Clare Kendry were childhood friends but haven't seen each other in over 12 years, when a chance encounter brings them back into each other's lives.
Irene lives in Harlem, part of the affluent black community, with her husband and two boys. She is very light skinned and can "pass". Clare, meanwhile, has been "passing" for years. She's married to a very rich, racist man, who does not realize that she is black.
Set in the 1920s during the height of the Harlem Renaissance and when strict racial segregation was enforced, this short novel explores what it is to fit in with a community and race relations.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Classic by a Female Author

16Deedledee
Jan 21, 11:24 pm

Book 8
The Hunger by Alma Katsu
We've all heard about the tragedy of the Donner Party and how their trip to California to seek their fortune ended with more than half of the group's death. The Donner party, made up of many families, has nothing but misfortune on the way. There is a drought, a shortage of food, and in the midst of this they take a path that is supposed to be a "shortcut". Winter hits them hard and they are trapped in the mountains.
In this novel, Katsu explores a different reason for the deaths of so many. It is that there was a type of monster hunting them, something like a wendigo. These monsters are hungry for human flesh.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: About Starting Over

17Deedledee
Jan 27, 6:39 pm

Book 9
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
I bought this from the library book sale last summer and it's been sitting on my shelf languishing since then.
I finished this book yesterday and I'm still not sure what I think about it.
We follow William Bellman from the age of 10. He is out playing with his friends and hits and kills a rook with his catapult. This childish act will cast a shadow over his whole life. As a young man, William seems to have everything he could want, he is handsome, charming and, a hit with the ladies. When his uncle decides to take him under his wing he becomes very successful at the family mill. Later when tragedy strikes, he throws himself even more strongly into work, until it is all that he does and is.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: You Own But Haven’t Read

18Deedledee
Editado: Fev 8, 8:20 pm

Book 10
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill
I'm reading some challenged books in advance of Freedom to Read week (https://www.freedomtoread.ca). This book was challenged at a Canadian public library in 2022 because the complainant felt it was too advanced for 5-year-old and shouldn't expose children to same-sex relationships between women.
Sadie is trapped in a tower by her evil sister. She's rescued by the Princess Amira. They go on an adventure. In the end, the two princess get married (there's stuff in the middle but I'm not going to ruin it). It's very cute. And chaste.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Flowers on the Cover

19Deedledee
Fev 12, 9:34 pm

Book 11
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
June Hayward's writing career is going nowhere. She's published one book that didn't do very well and she's working tutoring kids on the SAT. While her friend Athena Liu is doing really well. She's had a huge cross-over literary hit. One of her novel's has been optioned by Netflix. She's big and only getting bigger.
When June and Athena (mostly Athena) are celebrating tragedy strikes and Athena dies. June does what any distraught friend would do - she steals the unfinished work of her friend whose dead body is being carried away by paramedics. Then she makes major edits to the work and publishes it as her own.
What follows is an insane story of her defending herself from stealing the work, an insider view of the publishing industry, and cancel culture.
Every character in this book was loathsome. They were all just absolutely terrible. But June Hayward, or she becomes known, Juniper Song, is the worst. Being inside her thoughts is awful. Toward the end of the book I was yelling at her.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Book About Books

20Deedledee
Fev 14, 7:54 pm

Book 12
Beloved by Toni Morrison
I last read this book back in university and I'm glad I revisited it. This powerful book examines the psychological impacts of slavery.
The main story of the novel is Sethe's murder of her baby. She did this because a slave catcher has come to bring her and her children back to "Sweet Home", Kentucky. Sethe won't go back but she especially won't let her children be taken to that life.
Later, the house that Sethe lives in is haunted by the ghost of her dead child. When a girl shows up the question is, is she the embodiment of the baby ghost?

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: One Word Title

21Deedledee
Fev 18, 10:13 pm

Book 13
The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters

Joe has spent his life dealing with the disappearance of his little sister. She went missing when she was 4 and their family was in Maine to pick berries as they did every year. Joe was only 6 but he felt responsible for Ruthie's disappearance.
Norma has been plagued by dreams of a family that was not hers. Dreams her overprotective mother told her to forget. When she discovers very late in life that she was kidnapped as a child she tries to find her biological family.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: Debut Author

22Deedledee
Fev 18, 10:32 pm

Book 14
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo
I'm reading some challenged books in advance of Freedom to Read week (https://www.freedomtoread.ca). This book was challenged at a Canadian public library in 2022 because of ableist language - specifically the use of the term "nut job".
Francine Poulet comes from a long line of Animal Control Officers. She is fearless and unflappable. She's won 47 awards. When Mrs. Bissinger calls her to catch a ghostly raccoon haunting her roof, Francine has no doubts that she can do it. But this raccoon is different. This raccoon actually scares her. Will Francine be able to recover her self-confidence and catch the raccoon?

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: A Quick Read

23Deedledee
Fev 19, 9:50 am

Book 15
Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality by Michael Haynes
Love this overview of trails in Halifax. I've walked some of these and plan to try a few new ones out.

Booklist Queen Reading Challenge: With a Place in the Title

24Deedledee
Ontem, 6:39 pm

Book 16.
Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
This is not what I was expecting from a Canada Reads book, it was a pretty straightforward contemporary romance.
Fern meets Will and they spend one perfect day in Toronto. Both are young and trying to figure out what to do with their lives. They make a pact to meet in a year .... and Will doesn't show up. Fast forward 10 years and Fern grieving the loss of her mother runs into Will again. This time as a consultant trying to turn around her mom's resort business.