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Berly Browses Books - 3

1Berly
Fev 7, 1:42 pm



Hi! I'm Kim and I've been on LT since 2008. Happily married for over 30 years, I'm a mom of 3, one of them married, and we all live in Oregon. I have an eclectic work history: nerve regeneration research at Boston Children's Hospital; advertising account exec; editor and writer (Milkweed Editions and Portland Parent Magazine); MN Timberwolves Community Relation Mgr and 501C3 Account Exec; accounting, client acquisition and website development for Clarus (a water cleaning company my Husband started here in Portland); and recently Business and HR Mgr for a Montessori school. Also, I am a third degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. And I am on two Advisory Councils for Literary Arts here in Portland. I read almost everything, although I lean towards Fiction.

Let's Talk Books!!

2Berly
Editado: Fev 21, 5:54 pm



So many choices!! What should I read?
Reading Now
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (🎧 4.25 hours) by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Everything Inside (B 223 pages) by Edwidge Danticat
The Body (B 452 pages) by Bill Bryson

Ideas...

Source
✔ = Off the shelf (not acquired this year)
L = Library
↩ = Reread
@ = Acquired this year
✗ = DNF
? = Need to get
IR = Indiespensable Readers
ER = LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Media
B = Printed Book
🎧 = Audio
K = Kindle
GN = Graphic Novel

3Berly
Editado: Fev 23, 12:04 am



Read in February ?? pages / ?? 🎧 hours
2024 Total ?? pages / ?? 🎧 hours
20. @ Dr. Anderson's Nanny (B 227 pages) by Amy Hahn 2.75
19. ✔ The Heart's Invisible Furies (B 580 pages) by John Boyne 3.8
❤️ ✔ Anne Frank:The Diary of a Young Girl (🎧 11 hours, Selma Blair) by Anne Frank 5.0
17. @ Moriarty: The silent Order (🎧 5 hours) by Charles Kindinger 4.0
16. ✔ Moriarty: The Devil's Game by Charles Kindinger 4.5
15. Last Night (K 319 pages) by Luanne Rice 3.5
14. @ Shutter (B 300 pages) by Ramona Emerson 3.5
❤️ @ The Measure (🎧 11 hours) by Nikki Erlick 4.5
❤️ @ Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting (K 352 pages) by Clare Pooley 4.5
11. @ The Bee Sting (K 658 pages) by Paul Murray 2.75
10. @ Stay Close (🎧 11 hours) by Harlan Coben 3.5

Read in January ?? pages / ?? 🎧 hours
2024 Total ?? pages / ?? 🎧 hours
9. L Chenneville (B 307 pages) by Juliette Jiles 4.0
❤️ @ Deaf Utopia (🎧 11 hours) by Nyle DiMarco 4.25
7. @ Cormoran Strike Series #6 The Ink Black Heart (🎧 33 hours) by Robert Galbraith 3.5
❤️ ✔ What To Say Next (B 293 pages) by Julie Buxbaum 5.0
5. @ Exit Strategy Murderbot #4 (🎧 4 hours) by Martha Wells - 4.0
4. ✔ Fight Night (B 100/251 pages) by Miriam Toews - DNF
❤️ @ Yellowface (🎧 8.5 hours) by R.F. Kuang 4.5
2. ✔ Tom Lake by (🎧 11.5 hours) Ann Patchett, read by Meryl Streep 4.0
1. ✔ Twelve Slays of Christmas (🎧 8.25 hours) by Jacqueline Frost 3.5

Ratings
❤️ Favorite(s) of the month
Loved it! 5.0
Really Good 4.0
Good 3.0
Hmmmm 2.0
Don't Bother 1.0

Source
IR = Indiespensable Readers
LT = LibraryThing Early Reviewer
✔ = Off the shelf (not acquired this year)
L = Library
↩ = Reread
@ = Acquired this year
✗ = DNF
? = Need to get

Media
B = Printed Book
🎧 = Audio
K = Kindle
GN = Graphic Novel

4Berly
Editado: Fev 21, 5:54 pm


To motivate me to read off my shelves

For those interested, I found the Bingo Card here!
https://www.librarything.com/topic/354729, >100 Berly:
1- Food or Cooking
✔ - Ugly Cover - Fight Night
3 - Only Title and Author On Cover
4 - Featuring Twins
5 - Topic with Specific Knowledge
6 - Publication Year Ending in 23 (Trying for ROOT)
✔ 7 - Epistolary or Diary - Anne Frank
8 - "Big" or "Little" in Title
9 - LT Similar Library
✔ 10 - About Friendship - What to Say Next
11 - Three-Word Title
✔ 12 - Paper Based Item in Plot - Yellowface
13 - Read a CAT
14 - Short Story Collection - Everything Inside
15 - Person's Name in Title - Amy & Isabelle
16 - Set in a City
17 - Less Than 100 Copies on LT
18 - POC Author
19 - Author 65 or Older
✔ 20 - Featuring Water - Tom Lake
21 - Warriors or Mercenaries
22 - Reread a Favorite Book
23 - Written in Another Cultural Tradition
✔ 24 - Set in Multiple Countries The Heart's Invisible Furies
25 - Current or Recent Bestseller

5Berly
Editado: Fev 7, 1:51 pm



Berly's Best of 2023
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (Children's Book)
Demon Copperhead Barbara Kingsolver
Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes
Roadkill by Dennis E. Taylor
The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng
A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris

6Berly
Editado: Fev 23, 12:06 am



I can't resist buying books!!
I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies, except in 2019 where I (ahem) added a few more books to my collection than normal. But I killed it in 2020 when I read almost 75% of my newbies and in 2022 I read 70%!!

2017 47/85
2018 45/88
2019 45/128
2020 78/103
2021 50/105
2022 54/77
2023 56/88

Let's see how I do this year...

2024 13/24 Read
The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
Yellowface by R.F. Huang
Last Night by Luanne Rice *
4. The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz *
5. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (From Hil) *
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells *
✅ Cormoran Strike Series #6 The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
Deaf Utopia by Nyle DiMarco *
Stay Close by Harlan Coben *
10. Not That Bad by Roxanne Gay (From BLBera) *
11. Courting His Royal Highness by Amy Hahn (From BLBera) *
Dr. Anderson's Nanny by Amy Hahn (From BLBera) *
13. Knight of the Amulet by Amy Hahn (From BLBera) *
14. Wizard of Earthsea by Ursala LeGuin
The Measure by Nikki Erlick
Shutter by Ramona Emerson
Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley
18. Hypnotized by Love by Sariah Wilson *
19. River of Darkness by Rennie Airth *
Moriarty: The Devil's Game by Charles Kindinger *
Moriarty: The Silent Order by Charles Kindinger *
22. World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil *
23. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu *
24. Heading North by Holly M. Wendt * (Thank you Stasia)
25. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (Thank you Rhonda) *

✅ Read
* Free or gift

7Owltherian
Fev 7, 1:42 pm

Hello Kim! My names Owl, nice to meet you!

8Berly
Editado: Fev 21, 5:58 pm



LT Reads
✅ Jan - The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff with Beth and Ellen
✅ Feb - Chenneville by Paulette Jiles with Beth and Ellen
✅ Feb - The Bee Sting by Paul Murray with Mark and Others
✅ Feb - The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne with Stasia
March - Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer with Mark and Mahsdad
March - The Lost Journals of Sacajewea Debra Magpie Earling with Beth and Ellen
March - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Watch movie)
April - Monster: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer with Ellen and Beth
May - Here I Am with Stasia
June - The Known World by Edward P Jones with Ellen, Bill (WeirdO), Judy, Katie, Jim (MagiciansNephew), Judy (ffortsa)

Literary Arts
January 25, 2024 -- David Grann Killers of the Flower Moon, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder
February 29, 2024 -- Charles Yu Interior Chinatown, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
April 18, 2024 -- Aimee Nezhukamatathil World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments and book of poetry Oceanic

RL Book Club 2024
✅ February Rules for Commuting by Iona Iverson
April The Wolves at the Door by Judith Pearson
June The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
August Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
October The Librarianist by Patrick DeWitt

And Honorable Mentions
The Physics of Everyday Things James Kakalios
No Two Persons Erica Bauermeister
Crying in H-Mart Michelle Zauner
Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
Evil Eye Etaf Rum
James Percival Everett
Hello Beautiful Ann Napolitano
Spare Prince Harry
Go As A River Shelley Read
Everything Inside Edwidge Danticat
Tom Lake Ann Patchett

9Berly
Editado: Fev 7, 1:57 pm



I am going to try and keep track of series I am currently enjoying here:

Series/Author/Next Book
A Royal Spyness Mystery // Rhys Bowen // #2 A Royal Pain
Bobiverse / Dennis E. Taylor / #5 not yet published
Bridgerton / Julia Quinn / #3 An Offer From A Gentleman
Commisario Brunetti by Donna Leon / read 1,2,4,8 next #3 The Anonymous Venetian
Cormoran Strike Series / Robert Galbraith / #7 The Running Grave
Elizabeth Cage / Jodi Taylor #4 ???
Finley O'Sullivan / Debra Webb #3 All the Little Truths
In Death Series / JD Robb / Naked in Death #1 (I have been reading out of order)
Kinsey Millhone Mystery Series / Sue Grafton / Read ABCDEFGQX / Next H
Kopp Series / Amy Stewart / #2 Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Mickey Bolitar / Harlen Coben / #4 not yet published
Murderbot Diaries / Martha Wells / #5 Fugitive Telemetry
Quantum Earth / Dennis E. Taylor / #3 ??
Sandham Murders / Viveca Sten / #11 not yet published
Sunshine Vicram / Darynda Jones / #4 ??
Sweep Series / Ilona Andrews / #6 not yet published
The Åre Murders / Viveca Sten / #2 Hidden in Shadows Dec '23
The Chronicles of St Mary's / Jodi Taylor / #7
The Christmas Tree Farm Mysteries / Jacqueline Frost / #2
The Time Police / Jodi Taylor #5 ???, Santa Grit 4.5
The Thursday Murder Club / Richard Osman / #3 The Bullet That Missed

10Berly
Editado: Fev 7, 1:57 pm



Hubby signed me up for this (Thank you!!). Over the years I have received over 90 installments (some with two or three books), and I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close!

2024 Indispensable Reader Challenge
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne -- February with Stasia

Next up??
Silas Marner by George Eliot (a classic with a new afterward)
Running the Rift by Naomi Benson (Stasia really liked it)
The Listeners by Leni Zumas
How Music Works by David Byrne
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
The New & Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer with Stasia but super long...
A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The complete list can be found here --

https://www.librarything.com/topic/336987#n7662792

11Berly
Editado: Fev 7, 1:58 pm



You know, in case I need more ideas for books to read!

Total Read - 46
✅ 2023 - Demon Copperhead
2023 - Trust (Diaz)
2022 - The Netanyahus
* 2021 - The Night Watchman
✅ 2020 - The Nickel Boys
✅ 2019 - The Overstory
✅ 2018 - Less
✅ 2017 - Underground Railroad
* 2016 - The Sympathizer
✅ 2015 - All the Light We Cannot See
✅ 2014 - The Goldfinch
✅ 2013 - The Orphan Master's Son
✅ 2012 - NO AWARD - Swamplandia - Nominee
✅ 2011 - A Visit from the Goon Squad
✅ 2010 - Tinkers
✅ 2009 - Olive Kitterridge
✅ 2008 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
✅ 2007 - The Road
2006 - March
✅ 2005 - Gilead
2004 - The Known World
✅ 2003 - Middlesex
✅ 2002 - Empire Falls
✅ 2001 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
✅ 2000 - The Interpreter of Maladies
✅ 1999 - The Hours
1998 - American Pastoral
1997 - Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer -- reading in March
1996 - Independence Day
✅ 1995 - The Stone Diaries
✅ 1994 - The Shipping News
1993 - A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
✅ 1992 - A Thousand Acres
1991 - Rabbit at Rest
1990 - The Mambo Kings
✅ 1989 - Breathing Lessons
✅ 1988 - Beloved
✅ 1987 - A Summons to Memphis
✅ 1986 - Lonesome Dove
1985 - Foreign Affairs
1984 - Ironweed
✅ 1983 - The Color Purple
1982 - Rabbit is Rich
✅ 1981 - A Confederacy of Dunces
✅ 1980 - The Executioner's Song
1979 - The Stories of John Cheever
1978 - Elbow Room
✅ 1977 - NO AWARD
✅ 1976 - Humboldt's Gift
1975 - The Killer Angels
✅ 1974 - NO AWARD
1973 - The Optimist's Daughter
✅ 1972 - Angle of Repose
✅ 1971 - NO AWARD
1970 - The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
1969 - House Made of Dawn
* 1968 - The Confessions of Nat Turner
1967 - The Fixer
1966 - The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
1965 - The Keepers of the House
✅ 1964 - NO AWARD
1963 - The Reivers
1962 - The Edge of Sadness
✅ 1961 - To Kill a Mockingbird
1960 - Advise and Consent
1959 - The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
1958 - A Death in the Family
✅ 1957 - NO AWARD
1956 - Andersonville
1955 - A Fable
✅ 1954 - NO AWARD
✅ 1953 - The Old Man and the Sea
✅ 1952 - The Caine Mutiny
1951 - The Town
1950 - The Way West
1949 - Guard of Honor
✅ 1948 - Tales of the South Pacific
✅ 1947 - All the King's Men
✅ 1946 - NO AWARD
1945 - A Bell
1944 - Journey in the Dark
1943 - Dragon's Teeth
1942 - In This Our Life
✅ 1941 - NO AWARD
✅ 1940 - The Grapes of Wrath
1928 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey

* Have on hand
✅ Read

12Berly
Editado: Fev 7, 1:59 pm



Please join us if you are interested in Reusing and Recycling. People are sharing brand and book suggestions and also keeping track of their efforts. Check it out!

https://www.librarything.com/topic/339326

Below is my personal list of what I am doing and want to be doing. I plan to keep updating this as I make improvements in my lifestyle this year. Brands listed are my choices and more suggestions are listed in the above thread.

Things I was already doing
*Carry reusable shopping bags
*Reuse packaging and don't overwrap (I have a whole closet of boxes and packing material I recycle)
*Use recyclable paper and cardboard instead of styrofoam packing material
*Buy my veggies in cardboard crates instead of plastic containers whenever possible
*Use a home soda maker with reusable bottle
*Dishwasher detergent -- Planet
*Silicone and beeswax dish toppers/wraps
*Garbage Bags -- Seventh Generation
*Compost Collector under sink that goes into city Compost Bin
*Cloth Napkins
*Wider comfort range for heating and cooling house
*Motion detectors on lights to keep them off when not in use
*Keeping a reusable water bottle and cup in the car
*And a reusable utensil kit in my glove compartment
*And a reusable metal straw
*Phone Case -- Switched to compostable case by Pela
*Toilet Paper -- Who Gives A Crap (recycled) Grove (bamboo)
*Laundry Detergent sheets -- TruEarth
*Cloth "Paper" Towels -- Marley's Monsters
*Recycled Paper Towels -- Who Gives A Crap
*Sponges compostable -- If You Care
*Scrub Cloths cotton and cellulose -- Down to Earth Basics
*Blueland Toilet Bowl Cleaner--works great!! https://www.blueland.com/products/toilet-cleaner-starter-set

Next steps
*Transitioning from liquid soap, shower gels and shampoo to solid versions not packaged in plastic. This one may be a bit harder for me with my skin allergies, but I am going to try. I am using up what I have left and then I will try to make the switch.
*Toothpaste
*Composter -- outside
*Ridwell for recycling things



450 years for a plastic bottle to break down in the ocean
114* years since first plastic was invented
90 percent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs
80 percent of plastic in the ocean originates on land
59* years since the first plastic bag was created
1 rubbish truck of plastics enters the ocean every minute
We typically use a plastic bag for less than 15 minutes
Most tampons have plastic in them
*(+5 years since publication)


How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum. Awesome book!! Read it!

13Berly
Editado: Fev 7, 2:04 pm

14Berly
Fev 7, 2:05 pm

>7 Owltherian: Hi Owl! Welcome!

15Owltherian
Fev 7, 2:06 pm

>14 Berly: How are you doing today?

16Berly
Fev 7, 2:08 pm

>15 Owltherian: Good! Just trying to keep on top of things here, there and everywhere! LOL. How about you?

17Owltherian
Fev 7, 2:10 pm

>16 Berly: Other than stressed about grades and the firedrill we will have later, I'm good.

18drneutron
Fev 7, 2:23 pm

Happy new one, Kim!

19foggidawn
Fev 7, 2:25 pm

Happy new thread!

20quondame
Fev 7, 2:40 pm

Happy new thread Kim!

21weird_O
Editado: Fev 7, 2:47 pm

>8 Berly: I've been thinking that I agreed to read The Known World, but I couldn't remember who The ReadMeister for it is. Now I know. Mark clued me this morning, and now I here I am. I even tried telling Ellen. I have ± four months to lay hands on the book. It's floating around here somewhere. But where?

22katiekrug
Fev 7, 3:27 pm

Happy new thread, Kim!

23Familyhistorian
Fev 7, 4:11 pm

Nice to see your threads changing much faster than last year. Happy new one, Kim!

24vancouverdeb
Fev 7, 4:35 pm

Happy New 🧵, Kim ! Many happy reads ahead.

25curioussquared
Fev 7, 4:36 pm

Happy new thread, Kim!

26arubabookwoman
Fev 7, 4:50 pm

>10 Berly: I followed your link, and that's a great list from Powell's. I was very impressed by all the green check in >11 Berly: and by how many of the Powell's books you've read. I must be very satisfying to see all those green checks!

27Berly
Fev 7, 5:02 pm

>17 Owltherian: Good luck with the fire drill and just do your best for the grades. ; )

>18 drneutron: >19 foggidawn: >20 quondame: Hi! Hello! Hey There!!

>21 weird_O: Yes, you signed on the dotted line and you have to read The Known World in June!! As The ReadMeister I am holding you to it! LOL. Four months should be enough time to find it?

28Berly
Fev 7, 5:04 pm

>22 katiekrug: Hi Katie!

>23 Familyhistorian: Thanks for the encouragement -- I am so enjoying being back here on a more regular basis. : )

>24 vancouverdeb: Thank you and nice thread symbol -- I like it.

29Berly
Fev 7, 5:05 pm

>25 curioussquared: Hi there! Nice to see you.

>26 arubabookwoman: The Powell's books have been very satisfying. I haven't loved all of them, but a very large percentage for sure. And, yes, I do love checking them off!

30ffortsa
Editado: Fev 7, 5:41 pm

The Known World in June? I think I can do that. I might even have the book.

Yes, I do. It's been in my 'to read' bucket since 2010.

31Owltherian
Fev 7, 5:40 pm

>27 Berly: I got yelled at for my grades, and my phone got taken until i get my grades up

32Berly
Fev 7, 5:50 pm

>30 ffortsa: Added you to the list for The Known World in June!! yay! Happy to help out with your 'to read' pile. : )

>31 Owltherian: Well, take that as a compliment in that people think you have more potential and can get better grades. Besides, annoying as they are, better grades will give you more options in life. Good luck limiting your phone and computer time -- get the homework done first and then have fun!! Or, have fun doing your homework and then have more fun!!

33msf59
Fev 7, 6:05 pm

Happy Wednesday, Kim. Happy New Thread. Sorry to hear that The Bee Sting didn't work for you. There always has to be at least one outlier! 😁

Can you add Bill to The Known World group list? He showed interest. BTW- GREAT BOOK!

34PaulCranswick
Fev 7, 6:17 pm

Happy new one, Kimmers!

35Owltherian
Fev 7, 6:25 pm

>32 Berly: Yeah, i'm currently doing an overdue essay that i am halfway done with so far

36EllaTim
Fev 7, 6:34 pm

Happy new one, Kim.

Hey, I learned a new word, the ReadMeister!

37alcottacre
Fev 7, 6:55 pm

Checking in on the new thread before I get hopelessly behind again :)

38figsfromthistle
Fev 7, 8:01 pm

Happy new one!

39BLBera
Fev 8, 12:50 am

Happy new one, TwinK!

The Measure sounds intriguing.

40EBT1002
Fev 8, 1:08 am

Happy New Thread, Kim. It was good to "see" you today and I'm glad we had a book we unanimously liked for our discussion! Hoping your health matters get sorted out soon....
xoxoxo

41humouress
Fev 8, 1:58 am

Happy new thread Kim!

42FAMeulstee
Fev 8, 2:57 am

Happy new thread, Kim!

43SirThomas
Fev 8, 3:26 am

Happy new thread, Kim - on to new BBs!

44ChelleBearss
Fev 8, 10:48 am

Happy new thread!

45atozgrl
Fev 8, 11:50 am

Happy new thread, Kim!

46RebaRelishesReading
Fev 8, 8:14 pm

OK, here I am at post #45 wishing you "happy new one" -- wow!! Talk about taking off like a shot!

47Berly
Fev 9, 2:44 am

>33 msf59: Well, at least I form my own opinions, LOL. Curious to see what other people think about The Bee Sting and maybe it will improve my opinion.

Added Bill to The Known World!

>34 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul! Always love seeing you here.

48Berly
Fev 9, 2:46 am

>35 Owltherian: How's the essay going?

>36 EllaTim: Thank you!! I cannot take credit for ReadMeister, LOL. Bill came up with first in >21 weird_O:.

>37 alcottacre: Well, we are even because I am always behind on your thread, try as I might. : )

49Berly
Fev 9, 2:51 am

>38 figsfromthistle: Hi Figs! Thanks for popping in.

>39 BLBera: Hi TwinB! The Measure was a great read. I finished it and will do a more thorough writeup this weekend, but what a really interesting premise and a new platform from which to explore discrimination and what we value in life.

50Berly
Editado: Fev 9, 2:57 am

>40 EBT1002: Loved our discussion of Chenneville and it really was a solid read. Loved how the main character exemplified "Actions speak louder than words." And the twist at the end was just perfect. : ) Now, on to The Lost Journals of Sacajewea! I saw Debra Magpie Earling speak this fall at the Portland Book Festival and I liked her a lot.

51Berly
Fev 9, 2:55 am

>41 humouress: >42 FAMeulstee: >43 SirThomas: >44 ChelleBearss: >45 atozgrl: >46 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks to all you wonderful people for dropping in to say hi and light up my thread!! You are the best. : ) I'll catch up on your thread this weekend. Happy Friday!!

52BLBera
Fev 9, 8:22 am

>50 Berly: Yes, I love our discussions.

My library has The Measure and I reserved it; I don't think the wait will be too long.

53RebaRelishesReading
Fev 9, 1:12 pm

>50 Berly: I finished Chenneville yesterday and definitely enjoyed it. I'm no longer sure who brought it to my attention but I'm certainly glad they did.

54SirThomas
Fev 11, 4:48 am

Speaking of BB's...
Thank you for What to say next - it is a great book!

55msf59
Fev 11, 8:37 am

I finished The Bee Sting. Review on my thread. I hope you are having a good weekend.

56BLBera
Fev 11, 10:28 am

I hope you are feeling better, TwinK.

57Berly
Fev 12, 3:30 pm

>52 BLBera: Hope you get your copy of The Measure soon -- love to hear what you think of it.

>53 RebaRelishesReading: Glad you enjoyed Chenneville!

>54 SirThomas: And that you enjoyed What To Say Next!!

I love when book bullets works out. ; )

58Berly
Fev 12, 3:36 pm

>55 msf59: Ohh! I will pop over and see what you thought of it.

>56 BLBera: Rough weekend. I had a pretty bad allergic reaction. I ate a leftover dessert cookie from a restaurant where I had specifically asked that a sugar cookie be substituted for the walnut one, but apparently they did not make the switch.

59Berly
Editado: Fev 12, 3:38 pm

I just started The Heart's Invisible Furies and I am loving it!!

60BLBera
Fev 12, 7:50 pm

Boo to the allergic reaction.

>59 Berly: Darn, I wish I could read this with you, but I am overbooked. ;) (I couldn't resist).

61vancouverdeb
Fev 12, 10:03 pm

>59 Berly: I loved The Heart's Invisible Furies, Kim . I'm glad you are enjoying it. I also really loved his book, All The Broken Places. He's a good writer. Oh no about the allergic reaction.

62humouress
Fev 13, 4:17 am

>58 Berly: Oh no! I hope you've fully recovered now.

63curioussquared
Fev 13, 1:02 pm

Sorry about the allergic reaction!! How frustrating :(

64Berly
Fev 13, 2:32 pm

>60 BLBera: Lol. "Overbooked." But aren't we all? : )

>61 vancouverdeb: Yes, still enjoying The Heart's Invisible Furies. I have also read A Ladder to the Sky and I gave that one 4 stars. I'll have to keep All the Broken Places in mind!

65Berly
Fev 13, 2:36 pm

>62 humouress: >63 curioussquared: Recovered from the allergic reaction and actually kinda pleased -- it was the least serious reaction I have ever had to eating nuts. No hives in the mouth or throat, just lower GI. I only used Benadryl and no epipen. Weird though. Wonder why my reaction was so different?

66BLBera
Fev 13, 3:06 pm

Maybe your nut allergy is going away?!

67ffortsa
Fev 13, 3:53 pm

>65 Berly: i'm always greatful when it's only GI problems, since once the matter is out, the reaction quiets down. But damn. You specified. Not fair.

68vivians
Fev 13, 4:53 pm

>59 Berly: I hope you're loving The Heart's invisible Furies - it's one of my all-time favorites. I'm looking forward to reading his new one, Water, which I think is a novella and part of a series. I thought A History of Loneliness was terrific, but was not a fan of The boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

69Berly
Fev 13, 4:59 pm

>66 BLBera: I sincerely doubt it, but who knows?!

>67 ffortsa: LOL. I have had too many GI problems to be grateful when it's that, and, yeah, I am not happy with the restaurant since I specified no nuts. Grrrr.

>68 vivians: I forgot I had read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas! And I actually enjoyed that one, too. Added to my LT catalog and I guess that means Boynes is a favorite author then. : ) Still enjoying The Heart's Invisible Furies.

70witchyrichy
Fev 13, 5:03 pm

Happy newish thread! I'll admit to being a little overwhelmed by your lists! So many good books to read.

>4 Berly: I like your choice of Bingo card.

>9 Berly: I have started using the LibraryThing wiki as a place to track series outside of the threads. You can check out my page here. I think you can also edit it which is a drawback but I am a trusting human plus I can also use the history function.

71Berly
Editado: Fev 13, 5:25 pm

Hi there!! I never mean to overwhelm with my lists -- just share so you can get inspired or save yourself from a bad one, LOL.

I am trying to use my Bingo Card to inspire reading books off my shelf. I think I need to actually go through my books and come up with suggestions and then move them to my bedroom where my must-read-soon books are.

Checked out your lists -- fun! And I promise I didn't change anything. : )

72RebaRelishesReading
Fev 13, 5:20 pm

So sorry about the cookie switch!! Glad it wasn't a terrible reaction at least. Hope you're enjoying this beautiful day!!

73msf59
Fev 13, 6:45 pm

I also loved The Heart's Invisible Furies. Enjoy!

74mckait
Fev 13, 7:07 pm

>58 Berly: oh no! That's scary. I'm sorry to hear that happened to you

75vancouverdeb
Fev 13, 7:22 pm

Lot of love for John Boyne here . That is great, Kim.

76ArlieS
Fev 13, 10:10 pm

Very belated happy new thread, Kim

77Pendrainllwyn
Fev 13, 11:33 pm

>5 Berly: Added three of "Berly's Best of 2023" to my rather lengthy wish-list. Mad Honey, All the Light We Cannot See, and Horse.

78Berly
Fev 14, 1:27 am

>72 RebaRelishesReading: Today was gorgeous out here, wasn't it? : )

>73 msf59: Another trusted voice who enjoyed The Heart's Invisible Furies!! I'm about a third of the way in and it's still great.

79Berly
Fev 14, 1:29 am

>74 mckait: Kath!! No hospital visit and over the reaction, so all is good. Nice to see you. : )

>75 vancouverdeb: Another fan! What took me so long to read this? At least I have Stasia reading it at the same time, so I am not the last. LOL

80Berly
Fev 14, 1:31 am

>76 ArlieS: Hi Arlie! Never too late to pop in. I can't keep up with everyone either. But that just means there are so many great people here -- a nice problem to have. : )

>77 Pendrainllwyn: Glad I could help grow the all important Wish List! And honored you chose 3. Thanks. And happy reading.

81JoeB1934
Fev 14, 9:11 am

>77 Pendrainllwyn: I read all of them and loved them all. Seeing Mad Honey on the list was a very welcome surprise as I was really impressed by the book, and this was the first time I saw it mentioned.

82Ravenwoodwitch
Fev 14, 1:30 pm

Happy new thread, Kim!
>58 Berly: THAT sucks, I'm so sorry. I wouldn't go back if that was me.

83RebaRelishesReading
Fev 14, 2:32 pm

>5 Berly:, >77 Pendrainllwyn:, >81 JoeB1934: -- I'll add to the chorus of praise for those three -- they are high on my list of favs too

84Berly
Fev 14, 2:39 pm

>81 JoeB1934: Hi Joe and welcome!! Glad you've enjoyed some of my 2023 Faves as well. Guess that means I'll have to check out your list. ; )

>82 Ravenwoodwitch: Hi Raven! Thanks for popping in. I've actually eaten at this restaurant many times before and never had a problem, so I'll give them another chance, but I'll emphasize that the allergy is a 911 one -- that usually gets their attention.

>83 RebaRelishesReading: And that's why I get so many book bullets from you! LOL

85Berly
Fev 14, 2:45 pm



To my wonderful LT friends!!

On Valentine's Day,
I think of people
Who make life better,
happier, just by being around,
people whose good nature,
ready smile and eagerness to help
enrich everyone they meet.
On Valentine's Day,
I remember
what a pleasure it is to know you.

Anon

86Pendrainllwyn
Fev 14, 3:02 pm

>81 JoeB1934: >83 RebaRelishesReading: Oh good. That's reassuring. Thank you. Berly Browses is a reliable source of good ideas it seems! Choosing books to read is a pleasure. It could well be a year before I read one of these but one day I hope i'll be back on here thanking you again.

87BLBera
Fev 14, 3:05 pm

Happy Valentine's Day to you, TwinK!

88johnsimpson
Fev 14, 4:43 pm

Hi Kim my dear, a belated Happy New Thread my dear friend.

89JoeB1934
Fev 14, 5:53 pm

>84 Berly: If you want to glance at my list of Memorable Books 0f 2023 you can easily see it at:

https://www.librarything.com/topic/353845#n8332661

90Berly
Fev 14, 6:21 pm

>86 Pendrainllwyn: No rush!! I just like to have a long WL and a couple of stacks of TBR books -- they are kinda my security blankets. LOL

>87 BLBera: Happy Valentine's, TwinB! We playing it low key, since we have another storm warning starting tonight. Sigh. Gonna make a fun meal at home. Pork Sirloin (hubby) and Potato Gratin (me) with some sort of veggie. : )

91Berly
Fev 14, 6:22 pm

>88 johnsimpson: Hello John! Nice to see you and Happy Valentine's! Say Hi to Karen for me.

>89 JoeB1934: Nice list of books for 2023!! I have read 11 of them, have 3 in my TBR pile, and want to get another 3. I think we could be friends! LOL

92Carmenere
Fev 14, 6:37 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day! >58 Berly: I can’t stand it when waiters don’t take allergies seriously. But they don’t care, you’ll be gone in 10 minutes and it will be upon you to deal with it.
Glad you got through it.

93JoeB1934
Editado: Fev 14, 7:39 pm

>91 Berly: I thought that I first saw your name in one of the small group of members that I follow, but I'm not sure which one. Whatever the reason I went to your profile and saw that we share quite a large number of books. So pleased that you like my list. By the way that list was created by my applying the following test. "Do I really need to tell someone about this book?"

94Berly
Fev 15, 1:52 am

>92 Carmenere: Happy Valentine's Day!! Yeah, eating out comes with certain risks. But I refuse to stay at home all the time. ; ) What really drives me crazy is the new packaging listing ingredients as this/or this/or maybe this. Like cottonseed/sunflower/or olive oil. I can't eat 2 of the 3 so that means it's a no go. : P

>93 JoeB1934: Glad you found me and I saw that was your criteria on your thread! "Do I really need to tell someone about this book?" I rate all my books, but usually wind up only doing reviews for ones I strongly recommend or want to warn people off of. Similar thought process. : )

95SirThomas
Fev 15, 1:58 am

>87 BLBera: That goes for you too, my friend. Happy belated Valentine's Day.
I'm glad that your allergic reaction went smoothly - all the best for you!

96Berly
Fev 15, 2:03 am

>95 SirThomas: Happy Valentine's Day, Thomas!!

97Berly
Fev 16, 6:32 pm

Still lots of pieces to go and I stalled out a little trying to figure out where the wires for the lighting went, but making progress!!


98Berly
Editado: Fev 16, 10:56 pm



So I just started listening to Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl narrated by Selma Blair and it is awesome!! I know I read this when I was in high school, but I think I am appreciating it even more now. What a mature, fun voice she had, filled with amazing personal insights and resilience. I am sorry she had to go through all that she did, but I am so glad her voice survived in this book.

99ChrisG1
Fev 16, 11:16 pm

>98 Berly: When I was in High School, I was in the play The Diary of Anne Frank - it made quite an impression on me.

100Berly
Fev 16, 11:25 pm

>99 ChrisG1: Wow! That would have been incredible to see! What was your role in the play?

101Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:27 pm

Hi Kim! How are you?

102Berly
Fev 16, 11:31 pm

Hi Lily! Happy Friday! I am good. I went to my TKD class tonight and I have another one in the morning. Next test is in April. Any plans for the weekend?

103Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:33 pm

>102 Berly: Not much, had to deal with my homophobic grandparents for 3 hours but at least I'm home.

104Berly
Fev 16, 11:37 pm

Well, glad that you are home again. What's the next book on your radar?

105Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:38 pm

I am currently reading Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts and i like it so far...sort of murder romance

106Berly
Fev 16, 11:44 pm

Oh! I am definitely a Nora Roberts Fan. I looked at my books and I've read 14 of hers. Typically a 3 to 4-star read. Haven't read Midnight Bayou yet, so you'll have to let me know what you think of it in the end. Have fun!

107justchris
Fev 16, 11:45 pm

>97 Berly: Good progress on the project! But still so much to do! That's a lot of hours invested, and it'll be beautiful when it's done.

>103 Owltherian: Sorry you had to deal with problematic family. I hope your home is a place of comfort after that.

108Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:46 pm

>106 Berly: Yeah, i am still trying to understand what happened in the Chronicles of The One series due to how big the time jump was between books

109Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:47 pm

>107 justchris: Yeah, my family has been like that for years, I've definitely been told i cant be bisexual (when i thought i liked men) and that it was a joke so that's just yeah it sucks

110justchris
Fev 16, 11:54 pm

>109 Owltherian: Sorry to hear that. Then I hope you have love and support outside the home, and I hope your family learns to fix their hearts, sometimes it takes time but they get there.

111Owltherian
Fev 16, 11:55 pm

>110 justchris: Everyone exept for my stepmum's side of the family is great, my dads pan, my brother is trans, and my stepmum is nonbinary & her gf is trans.

112vancouverdeb
Fev 16, 11:57 pm

>97 Berly: I love it, Kim. My sister in law did something similar, I think it was a coffee house. I'll be keen to see the finished product. I read Anne Frank when I was around 12 years old so, and I really loved it. Glad you are enjoying it too.

113Berly
Fev 16, 11:58 pm

>108 Owltherian: Keep reading and I hope it starts to make more sense. ; )

>109 Owltherian: I am sorry you are not getting the support you need from family. I wish you the strength to stay true to who you are and I hope you find love elsewhere. "Family" does not have to be limited to just blood relatives.

>110 justchris: Yes!

114Berly
Fev 17, 12:01 am

>111 Owltherian: Okay then!! Most of your family will be accepting of whoever you are. That's good. : )

115Owltherian
Fev 17, 12:01 am

>113 Berly: Yeah, thankfully i havent been bullied for being a nonbinary lesbian yet but i just hope that my grandparents come around to it.

116Berly
Fev 17, 12:02 am

>112 vancouverdeb: Still having fun with it. The other side is the bookstore, so I am excited to work on it some more this weekend. : ) I'll keep posting picture updates.

It is so interesting reading Anne Frank again as an adult. I highly recommend it!

117justchris
Fev 17, 12:43 am

>111 Owltherian: Glad most of your family are loving and supportive. Can only hope the others do better, or they'll miss out.

>116 Berly: I was one of the many schoolchildren who read it in class. Perhaps too young to trily appreciate it. I've been expanding to other accounts, such as Night and Maus rather than going back to Anne Frank. But I don't doubt rereading it as an adult offers a very illuminating perspective in terms of comparing and contrasting with remembered childhood takes.

118Owltherian
Fev 17, 12:43 am

>117 justchris: Yeah, im glad to know that but honestly i am terrified about what they will say if i ever deem it is time to tell them.

119humouress
Editado: Fev 17, 4:57 am

>97 Berly: It's looking good already. And it lights up, too?

>98 Berly: That's a nice cover. I've never read The Diary of a Young Girl - I tend to shy away from traumatic stuff - but maybe some day.

120figsfromthistle
Fev 17, 5:47 am

>98 Berly: I read this one as a pre teen. It is something that sticks with you for life. I came across another book The betrayal of Anne Frank and will read it soon.

Happy weekend!

121drneutron
Fev 17, 8:28 am

>97 Berly: my detective agency kit similar to yours is well on its way, but not as far along as yours is. I’ll post some pics on my thread too!

122alcottacre
Fev 17, 8:49 am

>58 Berly: One of the reasons that I rarely go out to eat is because of the possibility of my food allergies flaring up. I am sorry that you got hit!

Very happy to see so much love for The Heart's Invisible Furies here as I am loving it too. I think I will be finishing it up either today or tomorrow.

Have a wonderful weekend!

123BLBera
Fev 17, 8:54 am

>97 Berly: Wow! Seriously, you have to do one for me. :) Any big weekend plans?

124RebaRelishesReading
Fev 17, 12:47 pm

>97 Berly: Wow, that is adorable and you're doing an amazing, perfect job of putting it together!! Kudos!!

125curioussquared
Editado: Fev 17, 6:07 pm

I never read Anne Frank in school but listened to the same audiobook read by Blair last year and had the same reaction as you. So powerful. I was most struck by how normal she sounds at the beginning -- the diary could almost be written by a modern preteen!

126Berly
Fev 17, 2:41 pm

>117 justchris: Maus is definitely one I'd like to get to someday. I've heard great things about it.

>118 Owltherian: You have control over the timing of when to tell them. And, yes, there is the real risk that they might never understand. My niece and nephew have a father that does not accept that they are gay. Actually, to make it even worse, he doesn't care that his daughter is gay. Only his son. Needless to say, we are not close. I wish you luck. Hugs from afar.

127Berly
Fev 17, 2:46 pm

>119 humouress: Yes, it's coming along nicely. And, if all goes well, it is supposed to light up!!

So far, Anne Frank is more about family relationships and being a teenager, with occasional reminders of food shortages and fear of discovery. It hasn't been heart-breaking so far. Rather I am in awe of her insights, honesty and writing skills. I know the ending will be tough.

128Berly
Fev 17, 2:50 pm

>120 figsfromthistle: You'll have to let me know if you like The Betrayal of Anne Frank -- I'd be interested if it's any good. Happy weekend back to you!!

>121 drneutron: Yes, post some pics! I'll look forward to seeing them.

>122 alcottacre: I definitely have to be careful of allergies when I eat out. But I have so much fun with the company and the good food, that I do risk it. And I always have my epi-pen.

Halfway through The Heart's Invisible Furies!!

129Berly
Fev 17, 2:55 pm

>123 BLBera: Dinner out tonight with my whole family and my sister and her kids to celebrate me and my Hubby's birthdays next week. Going to Pastini's, may favorite pasta place!!

>124 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you!! Having fun putting it together, but it is definitely taking way more than the 7 hours the directions says it will take. LOL

>125 curioussquared: Right? Anne Frank sounds so much like a modern-day teen what with her crush and not getting along with her mom. It is such a good read.

130LovingLit
Editado: Fev 17, 3:18 pm

>59 Berly: I feel like we haven't heard much from this author, in spite of the massive success of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas...or am I just not paying attention?

>98 Berly: Selma Blair? Cool. I reread Anne Frank within the last decade and was pretty much in awe. ETA- I see Winona Ryder and Helena Bonham Carter have also narrated versions of Anne Frank's diary...acting heavyweights!

131Berly
Editado: Fev 17, 7:31 pm

>130 LovingLit: Wow! How many audio versions of Anne Frank are there?! : )

As to Boyne, I know. That's my take, too. Although actually he has written lots of other books. After investigating his oeuvre, I think I might be a tad behind!! LOL. I have only read 3 (*).

The Thief of Time (2000)
The Congress of Rough Riders (2001)
Crippen (2004)
Next of Kin (2006)
* The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2006)
Mutiny on the Bounty (2008)
The House of Special Purpose (2009)
Noah Barleywater Runs Away (2010)
The Absolutist (2011)
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket (2012)
This House Is Haunted (2013)
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave (2013)
A History of Loneliness (2014)
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain (2015)
* The Heart's Invisible Furies (2017)
* A Ladder to the Sky (2018)
My Brother's Name is Jessica (2019)
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom (2020)
The Echo Chamber (2021)
All the Broken Places (2022)
Water (2023)
Earth (2024)

132Owltherian
Fev 17, 3:57 pm

>126 Berly: I'm not very close with my grandparents but i have to go to their house every Tuesday which it gets very annoying to say the least.

133BLBera
Fev 17, 4:42 pm

Oh, Happy Birthday to Walt, too. Have a great evening.

134Ravenwoodwitch
Fev 17, 4:54 pm

The miniature is looking good!

And I feel I had the same experience with the Anne Frank Diary when I was in school. Maybe I'll go back now, like I did with animal farm.

135ChrisG1
Fev 17, 5:16 pm

>100 Berly: I was Mr. Van Daan, who was one of the people living with the Frank family in the attic. I was a bit of a crabby, selfish old dude - took a lot of make-up to do that to a 15 year old boy...

136PaulCranswick
Fev 17, 5:59 pm

>131 Berly: He is actually quite prolific, Kimmers, right?
Apart from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, I have read his debut novel The Thief of Time which is about someone unable to age as I remember.

Have a great weekend.

137JoeB1934
Fev 17, 6:06 pm

>131 Berly: All the Broken Places was one of my Most Memorable Books of 2023. It was terrific

138BLBera
Fev 18, 12:07 pm

How was your dinner out, TwinK?

139Tess_W
Fev 18, 4:58 pm

I'm glad you liked Yellowface. It's on my TBR. Think I will move it up a bit!

140thornton37814
Fev 18, 5:22 pm

Trying to catch up on threads and comment a little! Hope you all had a great night out.

141EllaTim
Fev 18, 7:00 pm

Hi Kim! I hope you are over your allergic reaction.

All the Broken Places sounds interesting.

142EBT1002
Fev 19, 6:29 pm

>131 Berly: I had no idea Boyne had written so many books. I have read only The Heart's Invisible Furies and I loved it. I had The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on my shelves for a long time but never got around to reading it. I couldn't sort through the emotional baggage it seemed to have accumulated through controversy so I sold it to the local used bookstore. I can always pick up another copy if I decide to read it in future.

His oeuvre looks ripe for a year-long read-a-thon....

143Berly
Fev 21, 12:06 am

>132 Owltherian: Hope today went well.

>133 BLBera: He says thank you!!

>134 Ravenwoodwitch: Thank you. I totally recommend revisiting Anne Frank again as an adult and I loved the Selma Blair audio. Just finished it yesterday. Loved it all over again.

144Berly
Fev 21, 12:07 am

>135 ChrisG1: Yes, that is a cranky character -- I'd love to have seen you play him!! LOL

>136 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul!! It seems he just keeps writing great books!

>137 JoeB1934: I rest my case. I am going to have to keep Boyne on my radar.

145Berly
Fev 21, 12:09 am

>138 BLBera: Posting pictures after I respond to everyone here! Thanks for linking up my hubby with LT people. You are sneaky! And I love you. : )

>139 Tess_W: Definitely move it up! ; )

>140 thornton37814: So much fun!! Pictures coming....

146Berly
Fev 21, 12:11 am

>141 EllaTim: Over the reaction. Thanks. : ) I think several of Boyne's books look good and I'm sure I will continue to read him.

>142 EBT1002: Oooh! A year-long Boyne oeuvre!!! Should we wait 'till next year or just start up in March or April? I'd love that. : )

147Berly
Fev 21, 12:15 am

So, my Hubby, kids and sister all conspired to surprise me with a birthday party on Saturday!! They did a great job and I had friends from TKD and LT and bookclub and my awesome family. The theme was Back to the 80s and they brought me all sorts of cute stuff to wear. What a great way to get older!! Do you like my mini skirt? LOL



Wendy, Rhonda (banjo123) and Me!



Me and my kids. : )

148justchris
Fev 21, 12:26 am

>126 Berly: We discussed Maus in social justice book club last year. It was rewarding.

And that's the patriarchy for you--being ok with lesbians but not gay men. I hope you're able to have a relationship with niece and nephew even if you're not close to their father.

>131 Berly: That is a lot of books! I haven't ready any Boyne, so you're ahead of me.

149justchris
Fev 21, 12:26 am

>147 Berly: How fun! Congrats on the lovely surprise and happy birthday!

150Owltherian
Editado: Fev 21, 7:53 am

>143 Berly: So far my day is pretty easy, but my next period (which is Algebra I) is going to be a struggle as it was yesterday.

Also happy bday!

151SirThomas
Fev 21, 7:53 am

Happy Birthdya, Kim!
>247 I love the pics.

152BLBera
Fev 21, 8:42 am

Happy Birthday, TwinK! Love the mini. It's you. Thanks for sharing the pics.

153bell7
Fev 21, 9:21 am

Happy birthday! What a fun way to celebrate :D

154katiekrug
Fev 21, 9:57 am

Happy birthday, Kim!

155humouress
Fev 21, 10:03 am

>147 Berly: How lovely!

Very snazzy :0) Happy (early?) birthday to you both. It was my parents' birthdays on Monday (we may have had this discussion before).

>123 BLBera: Sneaky!

156jessibud2
Fev 21, 10:05 am

So fun, Kim! Great pics! And happy belated b'day!

157curioussquared
Fev 21, 12:45 pm

So much fun! Love the birthday photos!

158MickyFine
Fev 21, 2:35 pm

Happy belated birthday, Kim. Looks like it was a blast!

159witchyrichy
Fev 21, 4:37 pm

>147 Berly: Sounds like I picked just the right day to get caught up no threads. Happy birthday! What a fun surprise and they did a great job picking out your outfit.

160LovingLit
Fev 21, 6:08 pm

>131 Berly: Woah. OK, I see.

Happy birthday. Surely you're not yet the age I thought I saw on fb!??!

161msf59
Fev 21, 6:41 pm

Happy Birthday, Kimmers! Love the birthday party photos! LT pals are the best.

FYI- I picked up my copy of Martin Dressler from the library today. Just sayin'...

162ffortsa
Fev 21, 6:46 pm

Happy Birthday, Kim! Glad you had a good time at the party. The miniskirt looks fab!

163alcottacre
Fev 21, 8:14 pm

Happy belated birthday, Kim!

Count me in amongst the Maus lovers. I hope you get a chance to read both volumes of it.

164RebaRelishesReading
Fev 21, 8:42 pm

>147 Berly: Happy birthday, Kim! Sounds like a fun event and sorry we couldn't make it but our hearts were with you :)

165figsfromthistle
Fev 21, 8:46 pm

What a great birthday surprise/party! Happy birthday!

166BLBera
Fev 21, 9:46 pm

Sneaky is my middle name. 😂

167Berly
Fev 21, 11:00 pm

>148 justchris: So I guess I have to add Maus to my WL!!

I actually have a great relationship with my niece and nephew -- they have both moved to OR and my nephew actually lived with his Mom at my house during the beginning of Covid. And they were both at my bday party!!

So maybe a joint read of another Boyne later on? : )

168Owltherian
Fev 21, 11:02 pm

Hi Kim! I just started yet another book.

169justchris
Fev 21, 11:03 pm

>167 Berly: Glad you have a great relationship with the niblings. I had hoped for that with my brother's kids, but not so much because my brother and I just aren't close, and they've all moved out into their young adult lives. Glad you had them at your party. That's awesome!

170Berly
Fev 21, 11:05 pm

>150 Owltherian: Thanks Owl!! It was really fun. : ) Hang in there with the Algebra. Have you considered an online course to help you with it? Maybe you're just not clicking with your teacher?

>151 SirThomas: Thank you, Sir T!

>152 BLBera: Thank you TwinB. I am happy to be 60 now -- I think I represent pretty well. : )

171Owltherian
Fev 21, 11:06 pm

>170 Berly: I think its just the teacher because we are learning it more in another math class i have now and i am somewhat getting it compared to yesterday.

172Berly
Fev 21, 11:10 pm

>153 bell7: Right? And I didnt' have to do any of the planning or cleanup!! LOL. My kinda party. : )

>154 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie!

>155 humouress: Yes, Hubby's bday was the day before mine. It has always worked out well, because I wish him Happy Birthday and then he has 24 hours to get me something. LOL. No, as evidenced by this year, he remembers on his own. He's a keeper.

173Berly
Fev 21, 11:15 pm

>156 jessibud2: >157 curioussquared: >158 MickyFine: Thanks for the birthday wishes! And they are not late because the actual date is today!!

>159 witchyrichy: Right? Great outfit! They picked out pink heart earrings, pink necklaces, 80's T-shirt, purple gloves and skirt and the cute head band with the pink bow on it!! It was so fun to go and get dressed up and then come out to applause. : )

>160 LovingLit: Yeah, Boyne has written a lot, hasn't he? Want to read on with me in the future?

And, yes, yesterday I was plenty-nine (my Dad's name for it! LOL) and today I am proud and happy to say I am 60. And thanks for sounding so surprised. : )

174Berly
Fev 21, 11:19 pm

>161 msf59: Yes, I have to find my copy of Martin Dressler! And LTers are indeed the best. You are a prime example.

>162 ffortsa: Thank you!! I plan on wearing the whole outfit again this May -- my daughters got us tickets to an Avril Lavigne concert!! I love the skirt.

>163 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia!! Maus is on my WL now. ; )

175Berly
Fev 21, 11:21 pm

>164 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you!! Yeah, sorry you couldn't make it to the party -- would have loved to see you. Another time though.

>165 figsfromthistle: I had no clue until we were driving there and then my Hubby said we should go the parking lot about 10 blocks away from the supposed place we were going and I'm like 1) there's no parking lot there and 2) why are you making me walk so far?!?!?! LOL.

>166 BLBera: I've got my eyes on you TwinB. xoxo

176Berly
Fev 21, 11:27 pm

>168 Owltherian: Awesome!! What's the new book?

>169 justchris: Yeah, I love my nieces and nephews. Another one is moving out here from MN end of April-ish. She is gonna stay with us while she figures out where she wants to settle. Slowly getting them all to move out here!!! ; )

>171 Owltherian: Oh good! Glad that it is starting to making a little more sense. Hope that continues.

177Owltherian
Fev 21, 11:30 pm

>176 Berly: The book is Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown by Jason Hawes & Grant Wilson and i am glad that is getting a little easier because i cried like 2-3 times yesterday due to it.

178Berly
Fev 21, 11:39 pm



I look the same, right? : )

179Berly
Fev 21, 11:40 pm

>177 Owltherian: I cried while reading Anne Frank, too. Sometimes you just gotta. Hope you enjoy the book.

180Owltherian
Fev 21, 11:41 pm

>179 Berly: Yeah, i have a few books that i cried to like Bluestar's Prophecy by Erin Hunter

181ChrisG1
Fev 22, 12:18 am

Happy 29th birthday! You're just a kid (at heart, at least)!

182BLBera
Fev 22, 12:40 am

>178 Berly: Yep! Same old.

183quondame
Fev 22, 12:57 am

>178 Berly: Absolutely!

184vancouverdeb
Fev 22, 1:17 am

Great outfit and I love the mini skirt, Kim! How young are you , anyway ? Happy belated Birthday!

185lauralkeet
Fev 22, 6:47 am

Hi Kim! I'm late to your milestone birthday party, but wanted to wish you a happy birthday nonetheless! I love the surprise party and the theme.

186RebaRelishesReading
Fev 22, 2:30 pm

>178 Berly: Pretty much :)

187humouress
Fev 23, 12:46 am

Happy 60th Kim!

>178 Berly: The same but nicer skirt.

>166 BLBera: TwinSneakyB? ;0)

188drneutron
Fev 23, 10:36 am

Hope you had a happy birthday!

189Berly
Fev 23, 3:12 pm

>181 ChrisG1: 29!! LOL. I knew I liked you!

>182 BLBera: xoxo

>183 quondame: : )

190Berly
Fev 23, 3:14 pm

>184 vancouverdeb: Thanks! I am 60 years young.

>185 lauralkeet: Thank you so much! It was a real surprise and a great way to celebrate. My family gets points!

>186 RebaRelishesReading: ; )

191Berly
Editado: Fev 23, 3:20 pm

>187 humouress: >188 drneutron: It was a great birthday celebration!!

The only down side is I seem to have picked up a cold. Sniffly and sore throat. Tested negative for COVID so far. I binge watched TV all day yesterday and I see more of the same in my future today. Sigh.

I also started reading Black Cake. So far, I like the writing, but there are so many characters all at once! Hoping to get a grip on it today. It has a 4.0 rating on LT and my friend who gave me the book loved it.

192SirThomas
Fev 24, 4:19 am

I'm sorry to hear that, I hope you feel better soon.

193vancouverdeb
Fev 24, 1:02 pm

I'm sorry that you are feeling unwell with a cold, Kim. Well, I hope you have some decent TV to binge on and that you are feeling better soon. 60 is young indeed, I was 63 in January. You look not a day over 39.

194RebaRelishesReading
Fev 24, 2:21 pm

Bummer -- sorry you got a virus for your birthday -- can you return it?

195Familyhistorian
Fev 24, 3:31 pm

Belated Happy Birthday, Kim. That looked like quite the fun and sneaky party your hubby and friends pulled off!

Hope you feel better soon.

196alcottacre
Fev 24, 3:58 pm

>191 Berly: I gave that one 3.75 stars when I read it last year. I will be curious to see that you think of it when you are done.

CFS is back. . .We can "sleep together" apart :)

197Caroline_McElwee
Fev 24, 4:02 pm

>147 Berly: Belated Happy Birthday Kim. >178 Berly: you do...

198banjo123
Fev 24, 4:53 pm

So sorry about the cold. The party was fun!

199richardderus
Fev 24, 7:12 pm

Saturday *smooch*

200bell7
Fev 24, 7:35 pm

Hope you're feeling better soon, Kim.

201Berly
Ontem, 7:40 pm

>192 SirThomas: Thanks. Feeling better today, but not yet well.

>193 vancouverdeb: You make it sound like 3 years difference is huge! LOL. And I love that you think I even look close to 39, but unfortunately I think that means you need new glasses. ; )

202Berly
Editado: Ontem, 7:42 pm

>194 RebaRelishesReading: LOL!! Good one. I wish, but I lost the receipt. : )

>195 Familyhistorian: He got major points for the birthday surprise!

I just found out another couple at the party is now sick, so I probably picked it up there. And, now, my hubby has it. : (

203Berly
Ontem, 7:45 pm

>196 alcottacre: Dang. I am still hitting 10+ hours and a nap each day. Hate long Covid and being sick on top of it. Hate CFS for you. Hope you have a good pillow! Mine is getting a little flat. LOL

>197 Caroline_McElwee: : ) Thank you!

204Berly
Ontem, 7:46 pm

>198 banjo123: Yay! Glad you had fun. Me too. : )

>199 richardderus: Sunday *smooch*

>200 bell7: You and me both!! Lol. I am better than yesterday, so moving in the right direction.

205Owltherian
Ontem, 7:47 pm

Hello Kim! How are ya?

206Berly
Ontem, 7:48 pm

Still trying to get over this dang cold. Mostly stayed in bed reading Black Cake. About halfway through. How about you?

207Owltherian
Ontem, 7:49 pm

Ah, i also have a little cold but I'm just listening to Celtic Woman on spotify and reading

208Berly
Ontem, 7:50 pm

Well, I hope we both feel better tomorrow. : )

209Owltherian
Ontem, 7:56 pm

I hope so as well

210BLBera
Ontem, 7:58 pm

Feel better, TwinK! Sending healing thoughts your way.