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  1. Amy, the reading nook and the quilt are beautiful! Kudos also to all who helped you create this cozy refuge.
  2. Finished 3 books this week: 5. Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee / Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg - there were definitely some interesting bits in this book - I had never read anything that even touched on Denmark's colonialist attitudes toward Greenland and its people - but much of the plot didn't hang together that well for me. It seemed the baddies knew who Smilla was, but somehow they just let her go about her digging. And more than one guy seems to not be at all bothered by being badly beat up by her as they then still help her afterwards. Why? But this did check off a lot of boxes for the 10x10 challenge, and filled a Bingo square too. 3 stars. 6. Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian (audiobook) - A young Turkish man is left the family business by his grandfather (skipping his father, the default heir), and then leaves the family house to a woman in a nursing home in California. The young man goes to meet her to get her to sign the house back over and also figure out what his grandfather was up to. The Armenian genocide figures in to the plot, which is another piece of history I knew very few details of other than it happened. 4 stars. 7. God: A Human History by Reza Aslan (ebook) - didn't think I'd finish this this week, but then suddenly the book ended at 55%. Apparently the rest was bibliography and Notes! I really liked Aslan's Zealot when I read it last year. I liked this one too, but not quite as much - it's kind of an anthropological view of the human societies' thinking about gods/God. Some of it seemed a bit obvious for anyone who's read some history, but there were some chapters that had some fresh ideas (at least for me), so I'll give it 3.5 stars. Currently reading: - The Cross by Sigrid Undset (Kristin Lavransdatter #3) - back to Kristin after a break. Liking this third installment so far. - Ghostwritten by David Mitchell - enjoying this so far. First book in my attempted read through Mitchell's works this year. - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (audiobook) - will have to listen quickly, as it came through before I was ready to start it! A bit less than an hour in so far. - The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen (ebook) - just started this this morning, so not a lot to say yet. 😉
  3. LOL, I haven't read anything by Brecht in ages, but you're making me want to give that one a go... (and even give the Marlowe a try for comparison...)
  4. I listened to that book on audio, and I think it is a book that lends itself really well to that format, as it's pretty much all interviews. There were a host of narrators on the audio, many different voices - very well done. I really liked it as an audio, but honestly I'm not sure I would have gotten through it in text form, for the reasons you mention. As an audio, it was like sitting and listening in on her interviews.
  5. Finished two books this week: 3. Tomorrow's Kin by Nancy Kress - Really liked this book that ostensibly is about first contact with a spacefaring people, but is also very much about family. The protagonist is an older woman scientist with three grown children; she has a bit of a prickly relationship with two of them and all three of them with each other. Some people seem upset that much of the story was focused on that, but I liked it. I'm going to be interested to read the next two books in the series even though they don't appear to continue with the same characters, as it seems there's much more to the alien part of the story than is hinted at in the first book. 4 stars. 4. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (audiobook) - this was fun and silly. 3.5 stars. Currently reading: - Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee / Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter H¢eg - Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohnaesian (audiobook) - God: A Human History by Reza Aslan (ebook) And A Gentleman in Moscow just came in on Overdrive - I had my other stuff on hold so I could finish what I've got out now, but I had, I thought, been way down the list for this one! So, surprise! Guess I have to hurry up and finish my other audiobook...
  6. This is how you do it... If you hit return or type something into the message box *before* you hit the quote button - then you can write something above the first quote. 😊
  7. I read this last year and indeed did really like it. But I have to say that the wrong narrator can really ruin a book. Last year I switched to reading a book midway (not this one) from listening because the narrator just grated on me, but the book itself was fine. Considering what Kathy added about the narrator, maybe that's something to try. I read this book (ebook, actually), and it was very good that way.
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    Sleep deprivation from snoring spouse

    I'd love to ask a follow-on question to this. My dh has snored our whole marriage, and he used stay asleep and but roll over if I poked him, but more recently he's been harder to move and if he actually wakes up he gets ornery. He also sounded more and more apnea-y, so he finally agreed to get a sleep study and they gave him a CPAP. That thing was loud. And sounded like it was trying to drown him with air all night. I think we both got less sleep, rather than more. I would also have had to get earplugs or something, but since he wasn't sleeping well with it either, he gave it back. So then he tried one of those tennis ball shirts - tennis balls didn't work well, but some floral foam blocks have done the trick fairly well. He doesn't snore much at all if he's properly on his side. But might he still be getting apnea if he's not snoring? Now I'm a bit worried. If he's not snoring much on his side, should I still worry? My SIL has what she says is BiPAP, I think? She said that worked better for her than the CPAP. Do all of your dhs really have CPAPs, or one of those? She called it a CPAP until we asked her about his experience and she clarified. Was his broken? Why was it so loud and why did it seem like it was drowning him with air? Changing the pressure did nothing - it would ramp right back up. After his experience, I can't imagine anyone actually sleeping better with one of those... ETA: not sure if it makes any difference, but thought I should add that dh's snoring has nothing to do with weight. .. he's gone up one inch in waist size since we got married, to a 33...
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    Need new exercise

    Now I'm wondering if I'm living in the weird land of older people who exercise? Most of the exercise classes I've taken have been just full of people around my age (I'm almost 54 - I'd say most of the people are in their 40's - 60's). This has been true in the yoga and Pilates classes I've taken. A friend of mine does Crossfit, and she's my age, and from pics I've seen of her place on Facebook, it looks like she's not an unusual age. I row crew in the summers, and most of my fellow rowers are my age or older. And I just joined Orange Theory for the winter (need to do something while the river is frozen!) and I feel pretty darn average in terms of the age of the people in the classes. Sure, there are some younger people, but plenty that seem in my age cohort. I'm loving Orange Theory, by the way - I just did it because the winter rowing class I've done for the past two years looked like it might not run, and I needed to do something so I wouldn't be panting in the boat come spring. It is pricey, but I'm justifying it by going all the time - I'm up to 5 classes a week now (same price for 3 classes a week or 7...). I think I might even miss it this summer when I go back to rowing on the water (no way am I giving that up...) I'm another one who needs external motivation. I apparently will not exercise unless I have to be somewhere. Oh, and as far as your kid... I have no idea if Orange Theory would accommodate your son, but ours has space outside the studio with a staffed desk and lockers (glass doors look into the studio), and I know one person brings her service dog who stays out there during class. The Orange Theory workouts are designed to be able to accommodate various levels of fitness. Different weights, variations on exercises, and on the treadmills you can choose to run or 'power' walk and there are different instructions depending on which you want (I walk; I am not a runner). They also use rowing machines, which is why they caught my attention.
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    Goodreads 2019 reading challenge

    LOL, I guess if I had more of a life outside of WTM it might get more confusing... matchy avatars help, but probably not everyone wants to do that...
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    Goodreads 2019 reading challenge

    I am very active on GR in that I update my reading and add new books to my TR list almost daily. But I'm not on any groups there. All my talking about reading is done here at WTM on the BaW thread (and no need to actually read a book a week ). Almost every single one of my GR friends are WTM folk - this is where I first heard about it. I guess I'm not seeing what the point of such a group would be? To talk or just to keep a list match-up? My name there is different but I have the same avatar. I usually post my info once a year on the BaW thread for anyone who's new. I'm not sure I'd want a permanent link hanging out in the internet ether, though...?
  12. I love your list, Penguin! For next year, I'm going to also do the 10x10 challenge. Unfortunately, if part of the challenge to come up with cool titles for each category, I flunk that part of it. Here's my list of categories with no fun names (there will be some overlap)... Books over 500 pages Books in Spanish Books in German Science fiction Fantasy Translated Non-fiction (not biography or memoir) Biography-or-memoir Books from countries not yet visited in Read-the-World Challenge Books from series I started in a previous year I will also likely do Bingo again, as I don't seem to be able to help myself... I set myself up on Goodreads with 104 books for next year's challenge there. And speaking of Goodreads, I didn't post a complete list of what I read last year here, but if anyone wants to see the pretty Year-in-Books wrap-up Goodreads made for me, it's here.
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    Book a Week 2018 - BW52: Year End Wrap Up

    Hey, I read The Black Spider this year too - it was my German pick for Spooky October. That was hard to get through - I was very glad it was so short!
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    Book a Week 2018 - BW52: Year End Wrap Up

    Anyone who's not already my friend on Goodreads is more than welcome to friend me! The link to my profile is below. Just add a note that you're from BaW and/or WTM. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/63162900-erin
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    Book a Week 2018 - BW52: Year End Wrap Up

    Thank you! I am totally finding that one and listening to it this year! Yes!! I'm Erin H over there, with the same Matryoshka avatar as here. I may (ahem) update my books there almost daily. I love the way it sorts my to-read list. But I'm also friends with a lot of BaW people who give me lots of great book ideas! This is gorgeous! I can possibly paste a very old pic of my 'library' when it was less cluttered. Methinks yours holds way more books. I am jealous! I need more bookshelves!!! (If this works, those are my now 20yo twins in their jammies in that pic...) The wall on the right also has some bookshelves, but a piano and a closet take up most of it...
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