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CollectionsMagazines & booklets (1), e-books (46), Your library (375), Read but unowned (215), Currently reading (5), To read (10), Wishlist (6), All collections (520)

Reviews494 reviews

TagsFiction (154), Non-fiction (124), 2019 75-challenge (108), Fantasy (103), 2020 75-Book Challenge (88), Murder mystery (70), Historical fiction (70), Magical Adventure (69), Strong Female lead (49), Family dynamics (46) — see all tags

MediaBook (524), Paper Book (454), Ebook (70)

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About meRetired from research and embracing all the pursuits that took a backseat to the 40+ years as a scientist ☛ ☛

* Reading for pure pleasure, such as mysteries, fantasy and historical fiction
* Exploring non-fiction, especially the adventures of intrepid female explorers in the 1800's - early 1900's
* Creative artwork, largely in textiles and mixed media
* Learning to draw whimsical illustrations
* Gardening
* Hiking and identifying those LBJ's properly
* Travelling to spend time with far-flung family

You can explore what my past reading history featured:
2019 Talk thread, starts here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/303911#
I managed 109 books read in 2019.

My 2020 75-book challenge threads start ~here.

About my libraryBookshelf philosophy: my library has fantasy, mysteries [crime and psychological], literature [like Penelope Lively], historical fiction [largely Georgette Heyer], non-fiction adventure and many reference books.

I use the public library as much as possible to conserve book shelf space. I only buy something if I adore a particular book and know I will re-read it many times. This acticvity has led to a great many culls.

In reviews for books awarded by ARC, ER, you can count on my giving candid reflections!

Interpreting my star ratings:
No ★
I need to re-read the book or I was too conflicted to decide.

to
Story/plot was not particularly well-written or didn't live up its public synopsis (and maybe I just didn't like it, because tastes vary).


'Meh' for me, generally meaning I didn't find the theme/plot very engaging; or that the plot became too elaborate or drawn-out to enjoy. I might keep a 3-star book to re-read in case a second reading improves my opinion, so a '3' isn't actually dissing the book.


If this genre or author appeals to you, be sure to give it a try. I enjoyed the read and thought the plot had lots of merit. On a personal level, 3½ stars means I am unlikely to re-read this book, mainly because the story wasn't compelling enough to warrant space on my bookshelves.

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I loved the story and would return to re-read it through the years. Beware that I'm often immune to the flaws in 4 & 5 star books, if I just happen to love the writing anyway.

Progress, as of the dog-days of summer ~



Record of titles/authors read for 2020

JANUARY
1. Smoke & Mirrors (Elly Griffiths)
2. A Dream of Death (Connie Berry)
3. Same Place, More Space (Karl Champley, Karen Kelly, Arthur Mount)
4. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (Lynda Barry)
5. Finding Moon (Tony Hillerman
6. A Legacy of Murder (Connie Berry)
7. The Codfish Dream (David Giblin)
8. A History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia (DJ Rankin)
9. Liquid Rules (Mark Miodownik)
10. Echo in Onyx (Sharon Shinn)
11. Still Waters (Viveca Sten)
12. Echo in Emerald (Sharon Shin)
13. Echo in Amethyst (Sharon Shinn)
14. The Minimalist Cooks at Home (Mark Bittman)

FEBRUARY
15. A Death in Chelsea ............(Lynn Brittney)
16. After the Hector ................(Lucille Campey)
17. Inevitable Illusions .............(Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini)
18. Harpist in the Wind ............(Patricia McKillip)
19. The Clairvoyant Countess ...(Dorothy Gilman)
20. The Unravelled Knot ..........(Baroness Orczy)
21. Kaleidoscope .....................(Dorothy Gilman)
22. Polar Bears: .......................(Jason Viola)
23. Armada Boy .......................(Kate Ellis)
24. Deep Secret .......................(Diana Wynn Jones)
25. Back to Blakeney ................(McGrane, Romanow et al.)
26. The Merchant's House ........(Kate Ellis)
27. The Gauguin Connection ......(Estelle Ryan)

MARCH
28. Steal Like An Artist ...............(Austin Kleon)
29. The Bodies in the Library ......(Marty Wingate)
30. Lost Future of Pepperharrow ..(Natasha Pulley)
31. Safecracker .................... .....(Ryan Wick)
32. Hotel du Lac .........................(Anita Brookner)
33. The Dante Connection ..........(Estelle Ryan)
34. Kissing the Demons ...............(Kate Ellis)
35. The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax ......(Dorothy Gilman)

APRIL
36. And Dangerous to Know.......... (Darcie Wilde)
37. Watching the Ghosts ...............(Kate Ellis)
38. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore ..(Matthew Sullivan)
39. The Cow in the Parking Lot ......(Leonard Scheff)
40. Lessons in Enchantment ..........(Patricia Rice)
41. A Killer in King's Cove ..............(Iona Whishaw)
42. Me and Banksy ........................(Tanya L. Kyi)
43. Death in a Darkening Mist .......(Iona Whishaw)
44. Maisie Dobbs ..........................(Jaqueline Winspear)
45. Indian in the Cupboard ...........(Lynne Reid Banks)
46. The Secret of the Indian .........(Lynne Reid Banks)
47. The Mystery of the Cupboard ..(Lynne Reid Banks)
48. The Key to the Indian ..............(Lynne Reid Banks)
49. The Paper Garden ...................(Molly Peacock)
50. Case Histories .........................(Kate Atkinson)

MAY
51. A Darker Shade of Magic ..............(VE Schwab)
52. Books Can Be Deceiving ..............(Jenn McKinlay)
53. The Dangerous River ...................(RM Patterson)
54. Life in the Open ...........................(CF Holder)
55. A Royal Pain ..................................(Rhys Bowen)
56. Redhead by the Side of the Road ...(Anne Tyler)
57. A Spool of Blue Thread ..................(Anne Tyler)
58. One Good Turn ..............................(Kate Atkinson)
59. Harpist in the Wind ........................(Patricia McKillip)
60. Death in a Strange Country.............(Donna Leon)
61. The Waters of Eternal Youth ...........(Donna Leon)

JUNE
62. The Stranger Diaries ......................(Elly Griffiths)
63. Birds of a Feather ..........................(Jacqueline Winspear)
64. Motorcycles and Sweetgrass ......... (Drew Hayden Taylor)
65. Miles, Mystery & Mayhem ............ (Lois McMaster Bujold)
66. Park Avenue Summer ...................... (Renée Rosen)
67. The Lamorna Wink ......................... (Martha Grimes)
68. What Angels Fear ......................... (C. S. Harris)
69. When Gods Die ............................ (C. S. Harris)
70. Why Mermaids Sing ..................... (C. S. Harris)
71. An Old, Cold Grave ...................... (Iona Whishaw)

JULY
72. Lois Hole's Favorite Trees & Shrubs ....... (Lois Hole)
73. Crazy Rich Asians ..................... .... (Kevin Kwan)
74. Where Serpents Sleep ................... (C. S. Harris)
75. When Maidens Mourn ........... (CS Harris)
76. How to Read Islamic Carpets .............. (WB Denny)
77. Where Shadows Dance ...................... (CS Harris)
78. The Ten Thousand Doors of January ..(Alix Harrow)
79. Why Kings Confess ...................... (CS Harris)
80. The Bookshop of Yesterdays ......... (Amy Meyerson)
81. Why Kings Confess ....................... (CS Harris)

AUGUST
82. What Remains of Heaven ................(CS Harris)
83. The Blood Card ............. (Elly Griffiths)
84. Remodelista: the organised home ..... (J. Carlson & M. Guralnick)
85. Who Buries the Dead ......................(CS Harris)

The DNF graveyard
1. Food, genes, and culture : eating right for your origins (Gary Paul Nabhan)
2. A Year By the Sea: thoughts of an unfinished woman (Joan Anderson)
3. Inevitable Illusions (Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini)
(counted it for the 75-challenge --- I read enough to formulate an opinion)
4. Oath of Fealty (Elizabeth Moon)
5. The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman)
6. The Dutch House (Ann Patchett
7. Pictures from an Institution (Randall Jarrell)
8. Madame Fourcade's Secret War (Lynne Olson)
9. A Woman of No Importance (Sonia Purnell)

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2019, 75 Books Challenge for 2020

Favorite authorsSusan Cooper, Terry Fallis, John Grisham, Georgette Heyer, Tony Hillerman, Diana Wynne Jones, Penelope Lively, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, Susin Nielsen, Tamora Pierce, Sharon Shinn, Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Shared favorites)

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LocationSaskatchewan and occasionally, British Columbia, Canada

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Member sinceApr 24, 2017

Currently readingTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Perfect Happiness by Penelope Lively
Kings Blood Four by Sheri S. Tepper
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles
The scent of water by Elizabeth Goudge

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