Marell is Booked for 2022

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Marell is Booked for 2022

1marell
Bewerkt: jan 4, 10:47pm

Hi, my name is Mary. I’m retired and living in a very small town with my husband, and only two houses away from my son, daughter-in-law and seven-year-old grandson. Daughter-in-law is not only my friend, but my book friend as well, as we share many of the same interests. I read mostly fiction and mysteries, many of them historical, and non-fiction, along with poetry, some short stories and classics. I’m new to the group and excited to be here. I believe this will be my favorite group, along with “Reading Through Time.” Thank you to all the hard-working hosts who make the group possible for all.

2marell
Bewerkt: Gisteren, 7:12pm



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6. Children’s or Young Adult: Classic Tales from India: How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head and Other Stories by Vatsala Sperling & Harish Johari
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8. The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith
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14. Features a Dog: The Speckled Beauty by Rick Bragg
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19. Pub. Year Ending in 2: Pied Piper by Nevil Shute - Published 1942.
20. About Sisters or Brothers: Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
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4marell
Bewerkt: jan 4, 10:47pm

EVERYTHING ELSE

5marell
Bewerkt: nov 20, 2021, 7:23pm

SCANDINAVIAN AUTHORS

7marell
Bewerkt: jan 8, 7:08pm

8marell
Bewerkt: jan 15, 9:06pm

CATWoman


January: BIO, AUTOBIO, MEMOIR: As Long as Life: The Memoirs of a Frontier Woman Doctor by Mary Canaga Rowland, M.D.
February:WOMEN IN TRANSLATION:
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9marell
Bewerkt: jan 15, 9:08pm

MysteryKIT


January: SERIES: The Darling Dahlias and the Voodoo Lily by Susan Wittig Albert
February: COLD CASE CRIMES:
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10marell
Bewerkt: jan 15, 9:06pm

RandomKIT


January: HOME SWEET HOME: In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
February: CATS:
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11MissWatson
nov 21, 2021, 6:33am

Love the kitty picture! Enjoy your reading!

12NinieB
nov 21, 2021, 6:55am

Excited to have you here, Mary! Welcome!

13Helenliz
nov 21, 2021, 7:30am

Welcome to the group, Mary, glad to have you along. Hope you enjoy the year's reading. I love the pictures you've chosen to illustrate your categories. I think I like >9 marell: the best. >:-)

14Tess_W
nov 21, 2021, 8:10am

Good luck with your 2022 reading!

15rabbitprincess
nov 21, 2021, 8:54am

Hi Mary, welcome to the group! We do have a lot of fun here :) Have a great reading year!

16majkia
nov 21, 2021, 9:12am

Best of luck, Mary. Welcome to the group. We're 'mostly harmless'.

17Jackie_K
nov 21, 2021, 11:06am

Welcome to the group from me too! :)

18DeltaQueen50
nov 21, 2021, 1:02pm

Hi Mary, great to see you here. Thanks for the nod to the "Reading Through Time" group.

19marell
nov 21, 2021, 2:37pm

>11 MissWatson: Thanks, MissWatson. Looking forward to seeing what you read here and in Reading Through Time!

20marell
nov 21, 2021, 2:41pm

>12 NinieB: Thank you, NinieB. Your rose pictures are gorgeous! Looking forward to your Mystery reads. Always on the lookout for good ones, and I love me a series.

21marell
nov 21, 2021, 2:47pm

>13 Helenliz: Thanks so much, Helenliz. I love your Translations category.

22marell
nov 21, 2021, 2:52pm

>14 Tess_W: Thanks for the welcome, Tess_W. What a clever theme idea, and I really like your categories.

23marell
Bewerkt: nov 21, 2021, 3:14pm

>15 rabbitprincess: Thanks, rabbitprincess. I am indeed looking to have fun here. Thanks again!

24VivienneR
nov 21, 2021, 3:01pm

Looking forward to following along with your reading in 2022!

25marell
Bewerkt: nov 21, 2021, 3:13pm

>16 majkia: Thank you, majkia. Like you, I am a transplant, only I’m from Southern California, born and raised, until my retirement in 2012, when we moved to this tiny town in Illinois, where son No. 2 and family live, as well as my husband’s sister and brother. They are transplants as well. We have two sons and two grand-daughters still in California, avid readers all, I’m happy to say. I’ll be following you here and on the other groups we have in common. Happy reading!

26marell
nov 21, 2021, 3:13pm

>17 Jackie_K: Thanks, Jackie_K. My daughter-in-law and I visited England in 2019, a dream trip for both of us, and we are hoping to visit Scotland in the future. Here’s to a year of fantastic reading!

27marell
nov 21, 2021, 3:20pm

>18 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, DeltaQueen50. I especially like your Stories from the American West category. I’ll be avidly following that one for sure.

28marell
nov 21, 2021, 3:28pm

>24 VivienneR: Thanks for your welcome, VivienneR. Looking forward to following along with you, too. 2022 will be here before we know it! Thanks again.

29hailelib
nov 21, 2021, 3:33pm

I like the picture with the cats especially. Enjoy reading your categories in 2022.

30marell
nov 21, 2021, 4:06pm

>29 hailelib: Thanks for the welcome, hailelib! I hope you have a wonderful reading year.

31beebeereads
nov 24, 2021, 12:26pm

Hoping to follow along this year. I don't do my own thread, but will be reading others in preparation for my own one of these years. Hope you have a great 2022 reading year!

32marell
nov 25, 2021, 8:16am

>31 beebeereads: Thank you so much beebeereads! I hope you find some inspiration here and have a great reading year as well.

33thornton37814
dec 4, 2021, 3:29pm

Best wishes on your 2022 reading, Mary!

34marell
dec 4, 2021, 6:40pm

>33 thornton37814: Thank you, Lori! I wish you a happy year of reading as well. Your theme is so clever. Makes me want to take a trip to Cincinnati!

35thornton37814
dec 9, 2021, 7:11pm

>34 marell: I want to go back for a nice long visit myself and probably will do so at some point. I haven't decided if it will be spring break or in the summer.

36marell
dec 26, 2021, 11:25am

Last evening I read a few selections from a book my mother gave me for Christmas one year A Christmas Treasury of Yuletide Stories & Poems, and read the short story Where Love Is, There God Is Also by Leo Tolstoy. It cheered my heart so, I’m adding it to my Russian Authors category as the first book of my 2022 category challenge reading year.

37Crazymamie
Bewerkt: dec 28, 2021, 10:27am

Love the images you picked for your categories. Like you, in 2012, we moved across the country - from Indiana to Georgia. I'm still adjusting to the heat.

*edited to change the year - I meant 2012, not 2021!

38marell
dec 27, 2021, 6:45pm

>37 Crazymamie: Thank you! I hear you. From dry Southern California to the humid Midwest definitely was an adjustment. I need to visit Georgia in the near future. My dad was born and raised there and my favorite cousin settled there after his career in the army. Happy reading in 2022!

39MissBrangwen
dec 28, 2021, 1:30pm

Welcome and I hope you enjoy your reading in 2022! This is just my second year in this group, so I am still somewhat of a newbie, too. I have never looked back since I joined, though!

>36 marell: This sounds wonderful! How heartwarming to have such a special reading experience at Christmas.

40marell
dec 28, 2021, 3:00pm

>39 MissBrangwen: Thank you so much! I really have the feeling this will be my favorite group. It’s such a great idea to have goals. It’s so easy to get in a rut and never read the books you’ve always wanted\meant to. My other favorite group is Reading Through Time. Happy reading in 2022!

41marell
jan 4, 9:58pm

RandomKit - January - Home Sweet Home:
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden - Fiction - 638 pages, plus Notes and Questions for Reflection and Discussion.

The house of Brede is a Benedictine monastery in the south of England. The story is an intimate portrait of the religious life. The story begins with successful businesswoman Philippa Talbot, who at age 42, much older than most, leaves her home and everything else behind her, and enters the House of Brede as a postulant. I loved this book from start to finish. I began reading it sometime after Christmas. What a lovely way to end the year and begin the new.

42Tess_W
jan 4, 10:03pm

>41 marell: Sounds like a beautiful read. On my WL it goes!

43marell
Bewerkt: jan 7, 11:56am

MysteryKit - January - Series:
The Darling Dahlias and the Voodoo Lily by Susan Wittig Albert
Mystery - 266 pages, including Author’s Note

This is the ninth book in one of my very favorite cozy mystery series set during the Great Depression in the small town of Darling, Alabama, involving happenings in the town and among the members of the Darling Dahlias Garden Club. It is 1935 and a cantakerous old woman dies in her bed at Magnolia Manor, a boardinghouse for genteel elderly ladies. Was it a stroke or was it murder? And can Voodoo Lil’s magic help Violet get what she wants? Just two of the knotty problems facing the characters in this little corner of the South. I really enjoy keeping up with the lives and goings-on in these books. The period details are true to the time period, something important to me in historical fiction.

44marell
Bewerkt: jan 9, 2:57pm

Books About Books:
Morningstar: Growing Up with Books by Ann Hood
Non-Fiction - 184 pages

A very personal book about how reading books transformed and helped shape her life, and showed her the way to become a writer. There are ten “lessons”in the book, each showcasing a particular book. She was a precocious reader from a very early age. This book was okay, some funny bits, a lot of angst. I have read only two of the books she showcased and only one of them was memorable for me and I will most likely never read the others, so I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this book more than I did. Her thoughts on books and reading in general resonated with me, but like I said, it is a very personal book so everyone has a different story to tell.

Last year I read and really enjoyed her book Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food, so already knew some of her story.

45marell
Bewerkt: jan 10, 1:13pm

CatWoman - January - Biograpy, Autobiography, Memoir
As Long as Life: The Memoirs of a Frontier Woman Doctor by Mary Canaga Rowland, M.D.
169 pages, plus Chronology, Glossary and Index

This was a book I couldn’t put down. It is written in an odd style, which is explained by the editor, the author’s great-great nephew. Dr. Rowland received her first M.D. in 1901. She practiced in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oregon for 50 years. It is an absorbing account of her life and practice. She lived an extraordinary life.

46marell
Bewerkt: jan 12, 9:49pm

BingoDog - Children’s or Young Adult
Classic Tales from India: How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head and Other Stories by Vatsala Sperling & Harish Johari
235 pages

This book was written for Western children. It is a book for kids from 9 to 90! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute reading this book and studying the beautiful artwork. These ancient stories are taken from the grand epics of ancient India, such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, an epic poem, and ancient text in the Sanskrit language, the Srimad Bhagavatam. It is gorgeously illustrated using a nine-step traditional Indian process.

47marell
Bewerkt: jan 21, 9:37pm

BingoDog - Pub. year Ending in 2
Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
Fiction - 306 pages

Mr. Howard tells his story to an acquaintance at their London club as they sit out an air raid in comfortable chairs drinking Marsala. Mr. Howard is an old man, who, against all odds, just as France is overrun by the Germans in 1940, attempts to shepherd some children from Dijon to England. The story is full of peril and action but reads calmly and steadily, rather like Mr. Howard himself. This book was all I had hoped for and more, having read On the Beach and A Town Like Alice years ago. So glad I found it.

48marell
Bewerkt: jan 19, 8:14pm

Non-Fiction
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World by Adm. William H. McRaven, U.S. Navy, Retired
e-book, 86 pages

This short book of essays is an expansion of the author’s 2014 commencement ceremony speech at U. of Texas, Austin (speech included at the end of essays). He draws on his training and experiences as a U.S. Navy SEAL to impart practical life lessons and encouragement for everyone. Food for thought and action to begin the New Year.

49thornton37814
jan 18, 6:47pm

>43 marell: I've never read any from that series although I've read some of the author's other series.

50marell
jan 18, 7:24pm

>49 thornton37814: I have only read one other of her series, The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, which I liked very much.

51marell
Bewerkt: jan 21, 9:37pm

Russian Authors
The Funeral Party by Ludmila Ulitskaya
Fiction - 154 pages

This short book is full of characters, mostly Russian emigres, but all types of people flow through the pages, from an Italian neighbor, former lovers, friends and acquaintances, to three Paraguayan street musicians. All these people come together in a broiling New York City apartment, caring for and awaiting the death of charismatic artist, Alik. I don’t quite know how to describe this except to say it was a rather odd and different read for me.

52marell
Bewerkt: jan 24, 10:42am

BingoDog - About Sisters or Brothers
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
Mystery - 297 pages

Clark and Division is an intersection in Chicago. The Ito family is forced to move from Tropico in So. California to Manzanar. I grew up in the Tropico area so the first part of the book is quite nostalgic for me and I recognized so many of the places she describes, even though I was born several years after WWII. In my teen years I spent many happy hours at the Tropico branch public library. After two years in Manzanar the family is allowed to relocate to Chicago. When they arrive, they discover that Rose, the eldest daughter, who preceded them some months earlier, is not there to meet them. Aki, her younger sister, seeks to find the truth of what happened to Rose. While the main theme of the story is the Japanese-American experience during WWII, the relationship between the two sisters, Aki’s search for the truth, and her struggle to find her place in life without her sister is what drives the story.

53marell
Bewerkt: jan 24, 10:35am

BingoDog - Features a Dog
The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People by Rick Bragg
Non-Fiction - 238 pages

Speck is the shortened version of this dog’s name, The Speckled Beauty. He is an Australian Shepherd mix. The author rescued him, starving and injured. Speck is not your typical family pet, in fact, he is a terrible boy. This is the story of how Speck came to Mr. Bragg at a difficult time in his life and what the dog means to him. It’s a beautiful story, with laugh-out-loud humor. I loved this book and I love Rick Bragg’s writing. If you’ve never read any of his books, this one would be a perfect introduction.

54MissBrangwen
jan 24, 2:54pm

>53 marell: This sounds like a wonderful story! I just had a look at the cover - what a beautiful dog.

55charl08
jan 24, 3:36pm

Hi Mary, your thread popped up, hope it's ok to post. I read >51 marell: a while back, and it was sufficiently odd for me to remember something about it (not always a given for me!). Certainly packed a lot into a short book: rather like the flat (apartment).

56marell
jan 24, 4:59pm

>55 charl08: Hi Charlotte, it is absolutely okay to post! I just didn’t know how to describe my thoughts about that book. So you read the book at some time?

57marell
jan 24, 7:12pm

>55 charl08: Sorry I misread what you said. Yes, it was definitely odd.

58marell
Gisteren, 7:23pm

BingoDog - By a Favorite Author
The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith
Mystery - 229 pages

You’ve heard of Scandi Noir. Now there’s Scandi Blanc. Ulf, Anna, Carl and Erik work in Malmo, Sweden in the Department of Sensitive Crimes under the the Criminal Investigation Authority. As always, Mr. Smith’s books are the perfect quick escape. He pokes fun at the cultural trends and absurdities in modern life, but never in a mean way. This first book in a new series, like all the books I’ve read by him, is just so much fun to read.

59marell
Bewerkt: Gisteren, 11:37pm

Non-Fiction - Wandering Through Winter: A Naturalist’s 20,000-Mile Journey Through Winter by Edwin Way Teale
347 pages

This is one book of four in the American Seasons series. I began reading this last year sometime. It isn’t something I could read straight through, so I read a chapter here and there until I finished it tonight. There are a lot of facts to make your head spin a bit. Nature in all its diversity, people from the past whose legacies remain today, and people from the present, such as the witch-hazel gatherer, the makers of maple syrup, and people who go to a diamond farm in Arkansas, to name just three. It was published in 1965, so I’m sure some things have changed. Enjoyed this very much, but for me, slow and easy reading, not too much at once.