NinieB Enjoys the Roses in 2022

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NinieB Enjoys the Roses in 2022

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I'm Ninie (rhymes with shiny) and I'm an avid reader in beautiful upstate New York.

I love roses--the way they smell (the good ones anyways), their beauty, everything about them. The thread celebrates some beautiful roses that match my categories.

My categories this year are somewhat changed from last year. I'm trying to move away from obsessively listing my books by the year they were published. I have a Classics (pre-1900) category, a 20th-century category, and a 21st-century category. I'm also giving two categories to mysteries, one for the Keating list (I've read over 50%!) and one for all other mysteries. CATs and KITs are getting a category of their own, as is BingoDOG.

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20th Century

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1. The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
2. In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

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21st Century

1. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

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Other Mysteries

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1. Appleby and the Ospreys by Michael Innes
2. Death of a Swagman by Arthur W. Upfield

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CATs and KITs

January (indigenous authors): Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

January (auto/biography): The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley

January (R, H): In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

January (series): Appleby and the Ospreys by Michael Innes

January (home): In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

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4. (love to see the movie) The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
14. (travel or a journey) Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
23. (set in another country) Appleby and the Ospreys by Michael Innes

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Special Projects

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Welcome, everyone--the door is open!

nov 17, 2021, 4:22pm

Stopping by to admire the roses -- and drop my star, of course! Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the Keating mysteries especially.

nov 17, 2021, 4:33pm

Love the roses. Hoping to follow along for another year's great reading.

nov 17, 2021, 4:35pm

I love roses as well although I never had much luck in growing them. Gorgeous pictures and great categories!

nov 17, 2021, 7:46pm

Beautiful photos! I can't choose my favourite but the one in CATs category might take the prize. Looking forward to following along.

nov 18, 2021, 5:22am

Lovely theme and such gorgeous roses! I would love to have some, but the potted ones on the balcony always wither away. Happy reading!

nov 18, 2021, 5:54am

Great categories and beautiful roses! I see you are from upstate New best friend was born and raised in Saugerties.

nov 18, 2021, 8:19am

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes!

>11 christina_reads: So happy you'll be coming by this year, Christina! I'm looking forward to more Keating choices as well.

>12 Helenliz: Happy to have you here again, Helen!

>13 DeltaQueen50: Right now I have hardy roses, Judy. They seem to be doing their thing just fine without much help from me, which is for the best!

>14 VivienneR: I'm a sucker for a cat picture, Vivienne, I admit it!

>15 MissWatson: It's so hard to keep potted roses adequately nourished, Birgit. I've had mixed success myself.

>16 Tess_W: As a transplant, I still have much exploring of New York in my future. I've been to the Hudson Valley and marveled at the size of the river--I'd love to go again!

nov 18, 2021, 9:01am

Best of luck with the challenges. I love the roses. Oh... special projects? Sounds mysterious!

nov 18, 2021, 10:24am

>18 majkia: Thanks, Jean! Special Projects gives me space to track something that comes up during the year, like a one month challenge.

nov 18, 2021, 10:49am

>19 NinieB: Oh, good idea!

nov 18, 2021, 2:31pm

Happy reading in 2022. I'll be checking out your mysteries and classics categories in particular.

nov 18, 2021, 3:15pm

>21 pamelad: Thanks Pam--looking forward to having you along!

nov 18, 2021, 6:40pm

Ooh, the special projects rose is probably my favourite! I love that delicate shade of pink. Hope everything comes up roses in 2022!

nov 18, 2021, 7:29pm

>23 rabbitprincess: I agree, it's a lovely shade! Thanks for the good wishes!

nov 19, 2021, 7:20am

Hi, Ninie!

I need another list like I need...something I really don't need, but that Keating's list is so tempting...

nov 19, 2021, 9:20am

>25 scaifea: Muahaha . . . temptation lurks in every post, Amber!

nov 20, 2021, 4:05pm

Great pictures of the roses.

nov 20, 2021, 4:56pm

>27 hailelib: Glad you enjoy them too! I had fun adding color to my new thread.

dec 4, 2021, 3:21pm

Best wishes on your category. Looking forward to your mystery categories especially.

dec 6, 2021, 5:36pm

>29 thornton37814: Thanks Lori! I always watch your mystery categories too!

dec 23, 2021, 10:53pm

Gorgeous images! Looking forward to following your reading. Like Amber, I am tempted by that Keating's list.

dec 24, 2021, 7:55pm

>31 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie, happy to have you along. I should be reading more Keating honorees soon!

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dec 30, 2021, 2:21pm

>34 NinieB: Gorgeous pic, and a healthy, peaceful and amazing reading year to you, too!

dec 30, 2021, 4:00pm

>35 kac522: Thanks, Kathy, for such good wishes! I hope you have the same!

dec 30, 2021, 6:15pm

>34 NinieB: Beautiful card! Wishing you a happy new year as well :)

dec 30, 2021, 7:09pm

>34 NinieB: Happy 2022!

dec 30, 2021, 7:23pm

>37 rabbitprincess: I like the rosiness of it :) Happy New Year!

>38 Tess_W: Happy 2022 to you as well!

dec 30, 2021, 8:20pm

Happy New Year!

dec 30, 2021, 10:31pm

>40 DeltaQueen50: Thanks Judy, and happy new year to you!

dec 31, 2021, 5:29pm

Hi, Ninie - best wishes for the New Year! I love your gorgeous roses. I'll be looking forward to hearing about your reading and hopefully sharing a few books with you. :)

dec 31, 2021, 10:54pm

Hi Liz, thanks for stopping by, and for the good wishes. I'm sure we'll enjoy some good books together!

jan 1, 7:46pm

Beautiful. Happy New Year.

jan 2, 6:50am

>44 mnleona: So glad you like the roses, Leona! Happy new year to you as well.

jan 3, 5:59pm

For some reason it took me several days (I started it in 2021) to finish Appleby and the Ospreys by Michael Innes.

Another one of Sir John Appleby's neighbors, Lord Osprey, manages to get himself murdered in his library. With reluctance, Sir John visits the scene of the crime and ends up helping Detective-Inspector Ringwood to solve whodunnit. It's a pretty good mystery, complete with red herrings and a surplusage of numismatists. I'd call it better than the previous one in the series.

It's the last novel in the Inspector Appleby series and therefore I'm counting it for MysteryKIT's January challenge of a book in a series. It's also set in England so it occupies the "set in another country" Bingo square.

Bewerkt: jan 8, 6:46pm

The Flame Trees of Thika is Elspeth Huxley's fictionalized memoir of living in East Africa (now Kenya) during the years 1912-1914, as a small child (age 5 to 7). Her parents started a coffee plantation and to some extent this is the story of European pioneering in east Africa. It is also Huxley's lyrical tribute to the nature and peoples of the east African world, and I loved all these aspects of the book.

Given the place and setting, it's not surprising that some, not all, of Huxley's characters express the racist attitudes of the early 20th century. A couple of them use offensive, derogatory terms to refer to the indigenous peoples. Therefore, while I can't recommend this book for everyone, I most heartily recommend it for those who are prepared for this encounter.

jan 7, 2:52pm

>47 NinieB: I really enjoyed The Flame Trees of Thika and went on to the read the sequel, The Mottled Lizard, which I also liked. Your Elspeth Huxley reminder has led me to the third book in the series, Out in the Midday Sun, which I now plan to read for this month's CATWoman. Thank you.

jan 7, 3:01pm

>48 pamelad: Awesome! Yes, I read this for CATwoman. And I have a copy of The Mottled Lizard waiting so I'm glad to hear it's also worth reading.

Bewerkt: jan 7, 7:24pm

>47 NinieB: We were assigned that novel in college--I did not read it! Perhaps I should now.....just about 40 years later!

jan 7, 9:06pm

You got me with The Flame Trees. Adding that to The List. Lovely review.

jan 8, 12:40pm

>50 Tess_W: Better late than never!

>51 Crazymamie: Thanks--I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

jan 8, 6:53pm

In This House of Brede (1969) by Rumer Godden, a novel, tells about the nuns at the monastery of Brede in England during the 1950s and 1960s. There's a soft focus on Philippa Talbot, who first comes to Brede as a postulant when she is a 42-year-old widow, but we get successive focuses on many of the nuns including their back stories. A few, like Dame Catherine Ismay and Sister Cecily Scallon, we see across the years, as we do Philippa.

This novel is quite lovely. I cared deeply about the characters and I'd still like to know more about them.

jan 8, 7:06pm

This is on my Mount TBR. I really need to get to it! A beautiful review!

jan 9, 1:54am

>53 NinieB: This books seems to be getting around lately. My library doesn't have it, but I think I can get it via ILL. Of course after I read the other way-too-many books from the library.

jan 9, 2:16am

>54 Tess_W: Thanks Tess! Yes, I do recommend it highly! I have yet to read a bad book by Rumer Godden.

>55 kac522: It checked several boxes this month--your RandomKIT, AlphaKIT, Virago . . . hope you can find it and fit it in soon!

jan 9, 3:39am

>53 NinieB: That was my I introduction to Godden more than a decade ago - I fell in love with her style but for one reason or another failed to read much more by her. Thanks for reminding me of her. :)

jan 9, 12:54pm

>57 AnnieMod: You're welcome! My first introduction to Godden was through her children's books when I was small, but I hadn't returned to her until last year.

Bewerkt: jan 18, 12:05am

A few days ago I finished Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. In this novel by an indigenous author, the kid--16-year-old Franklin Starlight--takes his dying father Eldon to a remote spot in the mountains. Franklin has little relationship with Eldon, having been raised by an older white man. Eldon has done much damage to their relationship through his alcoholism, which is now killing him.

Wagamese wrote the novel in a beautifully clear fashion. Thanks to the several Canadian readers in the category challenge who have brought him to my attention. I look forward to reading more by him.

jan 18, 12:12am

Death of a Swagman by Arthur W. Upfield, a Bony novel, is set in the southwest of New South Wales in the small township of Merino, where Bony investigates undercover the murder of a stockman. Bony himself then discovers the dead body of a swagman at the same location.

A typical Upfield mystery set in a bush location. The motive is a little far-fetched but Bony's detection in the natural setting is always interesting.