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Thank you booboo123 for February's theme which is ....* ta dah*...
...THE WINTER OLYMPICS

It’s more or less the same “rules” as when we did the Summer Olympics but as that was six years ago, here they are again to refresh your memory….

The name of a country, city or nationality that's hosted the Winter Olympics is okay - - so “NORWEGIAN by Night”, "The Flames over NORWAY" or "Death in OSLO " would all be fine. Here’s a list which might help…
http://www.topendsports.com/---/hosts

The name of a sport, event or an essential piece of equipment is fine - just remember it MUST be relevant to the Winter Olympics, no other sports allowed!
A lot of the events have two words in them so either word is fine. For example, all the following words are okay:

Alpine or jump/jumping which go with ski/skiing
Bob or sleigh
Cross or country
Ice & snow go with hockey (good luck with that one!) & board/boarding
Figure & speed go with skate/skating
Curl/curling
…& don’t forget skeleton.

As the winners get awards, you can also have: medal , gold, silver or bronze, first, second & third (but NOT one, two or three)
…as well as any colour of an Olympic ring (blue, yellow, black, green & red)

Finally any cover that depicts an Olympic sport in some form eg:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10294931
is good as is the word "winter"… don't try & get away with man/woman as in sportsman it won’t be allowed ;o)

So let's see how we get on with this one…

 

So let's see how we get on with this one…

Yes, lets!!! Another good one! I do love these Threads :-)

 

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Second Life by S.J. Watson
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Gutterson
Fire and Ice: The Cascade Volcanoes

All the rest of my TBR (10 boxes so far) is going in storage as we are moving into a small apartment. I'll be going to the storage unit every month when the theme comes out. I've finally realized I have enough books (for now).

 

and then Nu-Knees and others will give me a few more twists, and then I'll be perusing the stacks again!

 

and then Nu-Knees and others will give me a few more twists

I haven't come up with any twists so far. In fact the only title I've found on the Kindle as yet is Amy Snow by Tracy Rees!

 

In fact the only title I've found on the Kindle as yet is Amy Snow by Tracy Rees!

Which I've now read and enjoyed - but there's not another single title/author on my Kindle that I can make fit, even with a bit (or even a lot!) of lateral thinking/jiggery-pokery/what have you . . . . :-)

 

Thanks to Plum-crazy & booboo123

 

STONES from the River by Ursula Hegi.

Stones are what they slide down the ice in curling so is therefore a piece of Winter Olympic equipment.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12226303/

 

STONES from the River by Ursula Hegi.

Stones are what they slide down the ice in curling so is therefore a piece of Winter Olympic equipment.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12226303/



OOOhhh - I'm reading the same book, so I'll claim it too!

 

I've still got a January backlog so I've only picked out one for now.

ICEbound by Dean Koontz

 

booboo123 9 mos ago
Thank You
for accepting my suggestion. Now off to find some books to read. As I'll be leaving on holiday at the end of the week I need to make sure I have a good stack of books.

 

booboo123 9 mos ago
I'm Back
and I found:

Golden Lies by Barbara Freethy
SILVER Wedding by Maeve Binchy
A Week In WINTER by Maeve Binchy
and...
My Sergi A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva (husband and wife pairs ICE skaters) from Russia who were GOLD medal winners

 

so probably reading less than usual. But anyway, off to see what is on my shelf that will match this theme.

 

I aim to read a couple of nonfictions a month and count it a bonus if I can make them fit our themes! This month I've chosen:
The World of Samuel Pepys, extracts from his diaries edited by Robert and Linnet Latham
because the World comes together for the Games, and I'm sure his mummy called Robert Bob when he was a little boy, even if nobody does now, and I think there's a Net involved in Ice Hockey

and The Last Word by Ben Macintyre
because nobody wants to come Last, although somebody has to, and they sometimes gain a fame of their own. What Englishman can forget the exploits of Eddie the Eagle?

Last also means I can count The Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin which I started for the January theme and am nowhere near finishing!

Other suitable novels are a bit thin on the ground, unfortunately!!
A Matter of Trust by Robin Pilcher
because I'm guessing he was also called Bob sometimes! No? Well, maybe not! I'm not going to talk about Trust because that would be to go off at a tangent (me? never!) but I'm in awe in the amount of Trust sportsmen have in their own abilities, and those of their colleagues, when they throw themselves off ski jumps and down bob sleigh runs and such like! Amazing!

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Not because Circling looks like Curling if you squint a bit, although it does, but because it's a sort of mixture between Circles and Rings and reminds me of the Olympic symbol :-)

 

...Circling looks like Curling if you squint a bit...


Nu-knees, you made me laugh out loud this morning! I had to read this out loud to my husband and explain that you are trying to make a book fit the theme.

 

...Circling looks like Curling if you squint a bit...

Nu-knees, you made me laugh out loud this morning! I had to read this out loud to my husband and explain that you are trying to make a book fit the theme.

Ha, ha! I aim to please :-) And it does, especially if it's handwritten in dodgy handwriting!!!!

 

Last also means I can count The Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin which I started for the January theme and am nowhere near finishing!

I spoke too soon! With a bit of time and effort I got it finished today while it's still January!

 

Your random thoughts made me laugh too Nu-Knees! Well done with all your scheming to make the titles fit. I've been out so I'll be off to have a rummage through my shelves and Kindle very soon.

 

Your random thoughts made me laugh too Nu-Knees! Well done with all your scheming to make the titles fit

I had so little that would work without scheming that I was positively forced to scheme!!!!

 

Yep, she's a schemer alright ....definitely the gold medal winner at getting titles to fit :o)

 

Yep, she's a schemer alright ....definitely the gold medal winner at getting titles to fit :o)

Wow! Thank you (I think!) :-)

 


Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Not because Circling looks like Curling if you squint a bit, although it does, but because it's a sort of mixture between Circles and Rings and reminds me of the Olympic symbol :-)


Oh my gosh, I'm listening to this book on tape now and didn't see the connection between circles and rings. It makes sense to me, and I guess if you can get away with it, I can too LOL

 

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Not because Circling looks like Curling if you squint a bit, although it does, but because it's a sort of mixture between Circles and Rings and reminds me of the Olympic symbol :-)

Oh my gosh, I'm listening to this book on tape now and didn't see the connection between circles and rings. It makes sense to me, and I guess if you can get away with it, I can too LOL

Of course you can! Free free (LOL!!!)

 

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Not because Circling looks like Curling if you squint a bit, although it does, but because it's a sort of mixture between Circles and Rings and reminds me of the Olympic symbol :-)

Whether it really counts or not, I've now finished this amazing tale of love and adventure :-)
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14886331

 

A Matter of Trust by Robin Pilcher
because I'm guessing he was also called Bob sometimes! No? Well, maybe not! I'm not going to talk about Trust because that would be to go off at a tangent (me? never!) but I'm in awe in the amount of Trust sportsmen have in their own abilities, and those of their colleagues, when they throw themselves off ski jumps and down bob sleigh runs and such like! Amazing!

Whether it counts or not, I've now finished it!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14894762

 

The Last Word by Ben Macintyre
because nobody wants to come Last, although somebody has to, and they sometimes gain a fame of their own. What Englishman can forget the exploits of Eddie the Eagle?

I've now finsihed this nonfiction
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14895200

 

The World of Samuel Pepys, extracts from his diaries edited by Robert and Linnet Latham
because the World comes together for the Games, and I'm sure his mummy called Robert Bob when he was a little boy, even if nobody does now, and I think there's a Net involved in Ice Hockey

Yes, I know it's now the 9th of March but it's taken me this long to work my way through this history book!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14894772

 

Found The FRENCH House by Nick Alexander on my Kindle
plus Tempting Fate by Jane GREEN (which also fitted January's theme) and
A Girl in WINTER by Philip Larkin. The last two are real books.

That will do for a start. I also have over 100 pages of my last January book to finish first.

 

..."The SECOND Life of Amy Archer" by R S Pateman.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14346584

 

but isn't archer (archery) an Olympic sport, Plum? Alas, it is a summer sport though. I will have to check my shelves as well.

 

'Twas one of my better ones, that's for sure!

 

Death Comes To The The Ballets RUSSES by David Dickinson

n, adj, pl Russ or Russes
1. (Peoples) an archaic word for Russian

 

slalom (slä′ləm)
n.
1. The act or sport of moving or racing in a zigzag course, as in skiing or kayaking.
2. A race that follows a zigzag course, laid out with markers such as flags.
intr.v. sla·lomed, sla·lom·ing, sla·loms
1. To move or race in a slalom.

 

Very readable non-fiction.

 

Death Comes To The The Ballets RUSSES by David Dickinson

n, adj, pl Russ or Russes
1. (Peoples) an archaic word for Russian



Finished it a couple of weeks but have been too busy to record it.

 

Only February and another opportunity to slot in another Patrick O'Brian.
I'm reading them consecutively whenever one fits the theme.
This book is number 11

 

by Philip Larkin which I haven't started yet.

 

shugga 9 mos ago
I found,
Moving Target, by Elizabeth Lowell.

I know the winter Biathalon combines skiing and target shooting. So this book fits the category.

 

Just realised my next read for another bookring will also fit into this theme.

In The WINTER Dark by Tim Winton

And I'm just finishing off The SNOW Child by Eowyn Ivey. So I've fitted in 2 extra books for this theme by accident.

 

Got this author mixed up witb another Tony! Gave up on the last book I tried by this author, hope I have more success with this....

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14744461

 

Got this author mixed up witb another Tony! Gave up on the last book I tried by this author, hope I have more success with this....

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14744461


Given up on this...

 

The Wedding Deception by Carolyn (Green)e http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11242235/ a light formula romance
The (RED) Hat Society's Domestic Goddess by Regina Hale Sutherland http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4925731 is making good on my goal of reading more ABC TBRs this year. Just getting started on this humorous one.

 

pinklady60 9 mos ago
YELLOW
The YELLOW Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World by Kim Dinan

After the author and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don't overthink it; share your experiences; don't feel pressured to give it all away.

 

 

Because when you are learning to ice skate, you hold on to a big plastic penguin and it is therefore a piece of equipment for ice skating.

Although probably not needed by Olympic skaters!

 

Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

No link - an e-book

 

Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

No link - an e-book


Intriguing book. Read it once in a bookray & again for book club

 

Also set in Norway so counts on two scores :o)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14678356

 

On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry which I'm reading as my oldest unread download, although I can't make it fit the theme!
Even I wouldn't claim that Barry in South Wales has, or ever would, host the Winter Olympics :-)
And similarly the modern-day equivalent of Canaan is in an unlikely part of the world for a major Winter sports event!
I don't know whether there's any possibility with Side. Are curling or hockey or other teams known as Sides? Saying the skiers ski down the Side of a mountain seems a bit lame . . . .
Kindle so no link when I've finished it.
*********************************************
Which I now have! Superb!

 

The GRAND Tour by Adam O'Fallon Price

 

By Jane Green
Details to follow
Enjoyed both these books but can’t do links at the moment.
Next up is The ICE Queen by Alice Hoffman which has conveniently been sent me by my cousin Daffodil3

 

The Ice Twins
Snowcrash

I'm currently reading Second Life.

Nothing is registered yet but I will get to that soon.

 

Will be interested in your thoughts on Second Life which is by Author of Before I Go To Sleep I think. I was disappointed with it.

 

no link - an e-book

 

finished Kindred Spirits by Sarah Strohmeyer link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11327676

 

Because the snow and ice and stuff the Winter Olympics relies on needs plenty of Cold!

 

Because the snow and ice and stuff the Winter Olympics relies on needs plenty of Cold!

Finished it. Absolutely wonderful!
Library book so no link

 

could have also had cold mountain which is the top of my mount to be read list, however I have read too many intense, sad books, so not quite yet!

 

could have also had cold mountain which is the top of my mount to be read list, however I have read too many intense, sad books, so not quite yet!

That is one book I never finished.

 

could have also had cold mountain which is the top of my mount to be read list, however I have read too many intense, sad books, so not quite yet!

That is one book I never finished.

I couldn't get to the end of Cold Mountain while loving the Miss Smilia, so jax98(etc) made the right choice in my book!

 

have just finished it and am glad that someone else found it hard going. Such a complex storyline and characters and I'm not sure even at the end I really knew what was going on. I think this is one time when an abridged story is better .. I think some of the detail and running around the ship could have been left out.

 

 

By Alice Hoffman and am now reading The Pyjama Girl Case by Hugh Geddes. Not sure how I can fit this into the theme?? However I’ve just read about several CASES of drugs and doping occurring already....

 

Didn't think this fit but have just been watching Jayne Torvill talking about winning gold in Ice DANCING :o)

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14797297

 

Really enjoyed this memoir, which won a National Book Award for nonfiction.

 

Apprent(ICE) Father by Irene Hannon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7522231 Bachelor gets custody of his sister's children when she dies & needs a nanny to help out fast

Winter of Change by Betty Neels http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12292978
Mary Jane, 22 when her grandfather dies, was perfectly able to care for herself, so why is Mr. van der Blocq her guardian?

 

Squeezing this in as one of the skiing events (skiathlon?) has a PIT-stop
so the competitors can change their skis.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14797278

 

Because you need Hills for all sorts of skiing and snowboarding and sledging events :-)
It's a new download. I still can't think of any ways to get any of my existing Kindle titles to fit!

 

Because you need Hills for all sorts of skiing and snowboarding and sledging events :-)
It's a new download.

That I read and enjoyed while I was out and about today.
I still can't think of any ways to get any of my existing Kindle titles to fit!

My next non-counting title will be The Postcard by Fern Britton - I doubt the competitors will have the time or the inclination to send postcards home from the Olympic Village (LOL!)

 

By Hugh Geddes
And have just started Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi. Apparently the North Korean martial arts display met with silence at the present Olympics. I wonder why? (I can always fit the titles in somehow...😀😀)

 

(I can always fit the titles in somehow...😀😀)

You're doing a grand job!!! Keep it up :-)

 

And have now started A Day to Remember by Fiona Phillips. I reckon the Olympians will experience lots of memorable days but that’s the best I can do. Will try to do better in future...

 

It doesn't really count, and it's a library book so I can't do a link anyway, but I'm sure that all competitors, win or lose, will have some amazing tales to tell when they get home :-)

 

Has sat on my MTBR for far too long so is next up for me.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11130879/

 

the story of a Taiwanese family who survive the February 28 Incident of 1947 and are forced to live through the tumultuous decades that follow as Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (or Nationalist Party), begins its martial law rule of the island

(no link - a library book from my wishlist

 

finished Cross My Heart by James Patterson link: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13752579

 

Because the winner is the Victor!
The latest novel by an author I enjoy, one which I thought was due out in a couple of weeks but which appeared on my Kindle a couple of days ago :-)

 

Stone as in Curling stone.
I don't know why I didn't notice this on the TBR shelves when I first looked!

ETA: And, of course, Guns are involved in the Skiing and Shooting Biathlon (or whatever it's called) so that's two reasons why it should have jumped out at me!

 

I've finally finished this haunting tale with its curling stone and biathlon gun!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14886347

 

Behold the DREAMers by Imbolo Mbue - - as I'm sure every athlete has a DREAM of winning a medal.

This was a fabulous audiobook, which I highly recommend!

 

What? Stray? Us? Surely not !!!!!!!!!!!

 

booboo123 8 mos ago
Finished
A Week in WINTER by Maeve Binchy. Now it's on to GOLDEN Lies by Barbara Freethy, another new author for me.

 

SHATTERED: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.

I'm sure the losing athletes have their dreams SHATTERED after working 4 years or more just to make it to the Olympics. Also, I'm thinking in some of the falls that the athletes take (particularly in snowboarding and skiing), there may be some SHATTERED bones.

This was an e-book (no link)

 

Yup...that got right past me! Maybe I'll have to be a lot tougher next month :o)
Which reminds me I'd best get it posted, this short month is nearly over after all.....

 

so sharing s(PACE)s by Nadia Nichols Unusual in that it's set in Labrador, Canada

 

I will probably try to catch up on some magazines till the what to read for March theme appears.

 

For The Red-hot Chili Cookoff. Then I'll need to resort to possibilities and start marking the March books :-)

 

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Just finishing up this last book for February

 

OK, number 1: I'm a day late and number 2: it doesn't count but I decided it was a bit of a challenge to get through the 600 pages so I needed some credit for it: thus I say you often see competitors 'fall' in the Winter Olympics.

I did find 'The Boy in the Snow' by M.J. McGrath but didn't get to reading it - I shall be starting it now!

 

OK, number 1: I'm a day late and number 2: it doesn't count but I decided it was a bit of a challenge to get through the 600 pages so I needed some credit for it: thus I say you often see competitors 'fall' in the Winter Olympics.



They certainly did! ;o)

 

by M. J. McGrath - a thriller set in Alaska with a dog sled race. I have put the book prior to this one in the series on my wishlist as it was a good read.

 

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