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About meRetired bookmobile librarian and retired specialty board game and puzzle store owner. Now a member of our library board of trustees.

About my libraryWaiting for the moment when my subconscious acknowledges the fact that there is no more room for more books and I actually stop accumulating them. (That may never happen)

About my ratings: I seldom buy a book I haven't already read, and want to read again, so my ratings tend to be high. Lower ratings are probably books I got from the library and read, or they were books that were given to me. I am also generous. If the book truly entertained me and/or gave something important to me and the way I think it has a four or five. If it was so-so it's a 3 to 4 (I do actually own those, too) and if it was pretty bad it's a 2 and if I hated it is a 1 (so far there's only one of those!)

Mysterymax's 12 in 12 Plus 26 - Part 2

Max - in the library - with a book - for 2013

Max - in the library - with a book - for 2013, page 2

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Best Reads of 2013
Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Runner by Patrick Lee
Rose by Martin Cruz Smith
Best Junior Fiction Book: The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy
The Best Teen Book Black Ice by Andrew Lane

Best Reads of 2012
Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald
Fire on the Beach by David Wright
The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow
The Best Junior Fiction Book: The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin
The Best Teen Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

Best Reads of 2011
Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz
Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry
Junkyard Dog by Craig Johnson
The Lotus Eaters by Tajana Soli
Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley
Best Junior Fiction Book: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Best Teen Book: Voyages of Brian Sea-Worthy by Ralph Nading Hill

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Favorite authorsFrankie Y. Bailey, Earl Derr Biggers, Cara Black, Lawrence Block, Alan Bradley, Jim Butcher, Andrea Camilleri, Colin Cotterill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Janet Evanovich, Allan Folsom, Alan Furst, Paul Gallico, Catherine Webb, Charlaine Harris, Mark Hodder, P. D. James, Craig Johnson, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, David Liss, Marc Lovell, William F. Love, Peter Mayle, Walter Mosley, Robert Olmstead, Félix J. Palma, Matthew Pearl, Louise Penny, Anne Perry, Daniel Manus Pinkwater, Laurens van der Post, Mike Resnick, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Nevil Shute, Georges Simenon, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Michael Stanley, Rex Stout, Amy Tan, Josephine Tey, Charles Todd, Arthur Upfield, Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Shared favorites)


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Thanks for marking me as an interesting library. I love the configuration of the children's reading corner in your local library. That's one that may well give us some inspiration in our small building.
Thanks for the link. And yeah, I'm both too young and too European to have been introduced to Rocky and Bullwinkle. (1959? Sweden only had cartoon on Christmas back then!)
i'm only about 1/4 of the way through Shadows in the Vineyard, but already i agree with you that there is a lot of extraneous material included. hope you're having a good summer. Betty
Thank you so much and the same to you and Rich! Do you also "celebrate" ( if that's the right word) Boxing Day?
Got your card today! Thanks! It is a perfect picture for a freezing cold day like today. Tea and books -- ahhh!
Also, how did you manage to find one without glitter? For years I've thought there was some sort of legislative requirement for all Christmas cards to be coated in glitter. Maybe that's just a Canadian thing ;)

We'll have to try the Billings Estate next year!

Merry Christmas!

Just did a search on female detectives ( going through a phase ) ans your name cane up quite a thought I'd say hi :)
Just found Sue Grafton, and about to actually read Sara Paresky as opposed to listen to on the radio.
All the best. :)
Thanks for the genre descriptions, mysteryMax.
When I don't read in terms of genre it is difficult to know what other people put into each specific box. And I imagine there will be a grey area at the edge of each box depending on how each individual classifies the subject matter. So I'd have had no idea what Noir or cozies might be, and now I have a clue, at least.
Sorry about that. I'm glad you caught it quickly! I even have a suitable book if that one makes it -- involving Daphne du Maurier as the sleuth. Of course, that will also work as a historical mystery or as a book-themed mystery. Guess I'm reading it this year.
I noticed in a thread that you have recently

been at a Pawrucket Red Sox game, and you

will be glued to the PawSox/Bulls (playoff?) game.

Before living in Hawaii,

I used to try to follow the PawSox in the

Sporting News, mainly to get an idea of future

Red Sox teams. (I can even remember when

"Sporting News" was ALL baseball. Now I rarely see

an issue. Iʻm not even sure what city the Bulls

play in. What do you think of this yearʻs

PawSox as prospects* for the Boston Red Sox

--especially in pitching?

* I realize they arenʻt the only source of

future Boston ML players.
When my sister finishes with them, will request your address and send them on to you. They are free but if you would like to cover the postage, it would be welcome. Would you also like some Rex Stout/Nero Wolfe books as well?
Just thought I'd stop by and say what a great time we had last night. It was great to meet you and Rich. Pete did manage to get up at 4; I rolled over and got I a coup,e more hours. Hope your time in RI is fun.
Ok - got your #. See you there.
Well - a couple of things from RI. I do have to work on Thur but I'm going to leave a couple of hours early so I can go home and pick up my husband and make it back through the city to the ball park. How about we meet at around 5:30 at McCoy? Would you like to meet in front of the ticket selling area and then we can decide if you want to eat at the park or the other option is there'a a Chinese restaurant across the street if you want ( the eggroll/chowmein kind of Chinese - no sushi or habachi). The game's not till 7 so I think that would be enough time. I've also got some more information for your husband. Even though he missed the event this past weekend, some of the exhibits they had about Lovecraft are going to be up until sometime in Sept i read in the paper. So he can drag you to some of those (I think there might be 3) in addition to the cemetary. I'm getting very excited about this and I'm off on Fri and next week for vacation so it will be a great start to my week off. YAHOO!!!Betty
The author's name is Michael Tougias and the story is about a Coast Guard rescue. He said the acoustics at the library were poor and he had trouble hearing the guy.
I added it to my wishlist after I saw the movie - I don't actually have the book yet. So I'm guessing the title I added is the re-write based on the movie. I did like the movie a lot - of course a great list of actors doesn't hurt. I'll have to keep your post so I can refer to it and try to find that movie. Sorry this will be short. I'm pooped! Had a party for my husband's and my cousin's birthdays. So much good food I'm on overload.
Coincidently, the front page of the arts section in the paper today and an article inside are about Lovecraft. Not sure how much the Journal will let you look at on- line, but I can keep it for your husband til we see you. Apparently Providence is hosting a first-ever "NecronomiCon" this week for 4 days.
That's right - I had forgotten about Lovecraft. I finally remembered to ask Pete about the clock. he didn't have any good ideas. I was thinking if you have plans to go to Newport there are a bunch of stores near the water there where you might find one. We had a great clock store here in town but they retired a few years ago.
Pete's gone off fishing with friends today, but I'll ask him later about a place to find a clock like that. Heaven knows there's plenty of good food around here. I'll get back to you later tonight. Get the name of that author from your hubby too - could it be Edgar Allen Poe?
Thank you so much. This is enormously helpful to me.
We've had a couple of "official heat waves" this summer - at least 3 days with temps over 90. And with the humidity from the ocean means they have been a couple of miserable periods where no one wanted to be out, but overall an average summer. This week is supposed to be really nice and today sure was. We had a couple of days of rain this past week, but I think overall not as much rain this summer as we probably needed.

Too bad you'll miss Waterfire. If you have to eat ballpark dinners, at least try to get in some good lunches. What kind of plans do you have for during the day? For a small state there's lots to see and do. With the Internet these days, this is probably a silly question - but can I send you any kind of information or is there anything you need to know before you come?
I'm getting excited about meeting you on the 29th even though it will mean summer is almost over. I just wanted to mention that if you're going to be here the Sat before (24?), there's a Waterfire that night and you can walk from the hotel you're at. Not sure if this is your first time in RI or not, so don't know if you've heard of it or not, but if it's a nice night, that might be something you'd want to do.
Hi Max, I've added you to my "interesting libraries" because you have such a fabulous collection of mysteries. I hope I can get some ideas from them. I am also a retired librarian and have been a member of our library board of trustees for several years.
Cheers, Vivienne
Would be nice to meet early if we can. Right now I'm not sure if I'll still be working and, if I am, I don't think I'd have time to go home, get Pete, meet you for a drink and still be at McCoy in time for the game. So let's put those plans on hold til we get closer. If we need to meet at McCoy, maybe we could grab a quick bite at the concession stands before. Well - plenty of time to decide that.
Talk to my husband and he says fine with him, so looks like a date. I've often thought how nice it would be meet some of the people on LT. Thanks for the invitation.
Wow! That's super nice of you. Let me check with my husband when he gets home and I'll get back to you.
Many of the reviewers liked 'Farewell, Dorothy Parker' more than I did, but thanks for the recommendation! I'll have to check out J J Murphy.
I was happy just to throw it on a flash and hand it over :) TO be honest if I was not in such a panic I would have been able to think better. I tend to have 30 things going at once then 20 more get dropped in my lap. I guess that is what being the Director is all about.
Never heard of William Love--I'll have to look for them. Haven't re-read any Stout for a while. I may have to do that, too.
I like your plan of an extra collection. That wouldn't interfere with any statistics and would be instantly available. Thanks for the idea! I can try to go back and see if I can remember others that I've read, too, like the Bacigalupi books.
There is no space or tag that I've come up with which is why I'm sticking them on the end of my posts. I can go back and review them at any time. It's easier than accessing each of the book records and reviewing the comments.

I have an extensive spreadsheet that I use for my statistics. I find it easier to use than LT to determine how many YA vs Adult books, different genres, how many from my Kindle or the public library, etc. I could add these references there if I wanted to but I don't think I will.

If you can think of any way to find books that mention other titles in them, I would be ever so appreciative to find out.

Happy New Year, Mystermax!

You've exactly figured out what that means. I work in a high school library and I have noticed that a lot of authors reference other books and authors in their own books. Recently I read Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi and he really included The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I started to keep track about books referenced in other books with the idea of setting up a display of linked books. Another example would be Mein Kampf with The Book Thief. The hope would be to encourage students to read a classic after they read a popular YA title. I'm sure that's what the authors original intent is anyway so I'll just help them along. Aren't I sneaky?

Thank you thank you for your help today. Even librarians need a hand once in a while :) Happy New Year!
". . .tied with Honus Wagner"

Thanks, mysterymax.

He was before my time, but

I don't know how I forgot him.

He was, like Ty Cobb,

still a "household word.
Thanks for the comment about Tigger. Even though he is an indoor kitty, he thinks he is a great hunter on the plains of the Serengeti.

With whom is Tony Gwynn tied for

most batting championships?

Guesses: Ty Cobb? Rod Carew?

George Sisler?
Well, the thread wasnʻt as remote
as I thought.
Many thanks for the link!
Iwonder if you know where I could find

the Thread: "Another silly Game #33"

It is NOT the current one which has

reached # 119.

The ldea of it was to answer a question

quoted from the book the previous poster

is reading FROM a book that YOU are reading;

> name the book (a different one) and close the post

with a question from that book.

The thread was current about 2-3 weeks ago;

I donʻt know know the overall title of the

Group that it comes under.
Thanks for mentioning the Parliamentary Library. I just googled it, and it is gorgeous. I daydream about taking a trip and visiting all those libraries.
I haven't read much of Beautiful Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder's Art since I just got it. However, there are numerous color photos printed on glossy paper. Most of the book follows this format: full page image, half page image with half a page of text. There is a ten page introduction with an overview of the topic.

Most of the books shown are very ornate. Twentieth Century books only cover thirty pages, so if you like modern bookbindings, this might not be the book for you. Also, most of the books shown are European with only few countries outside of Europe represented. One of the most stunning one from China done in red lacquer with the process also described. I'm guessing I'll rate the book with four stars. Let me know if you have questions.

I see you were also a librarian. You might enjoy The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World. It is a stunning book and a fascinating read. (I rated it a five star book.)
;Thanks for your message of Nov. 7

Iʻm okay.* Th last time I glanced at

the menu that has the "Famous" Thread,

my own name was on as the most

recent to have posted. Iʻll look again.

I hope some members other than the

two of us are keeping it going.

*In fact, given the Election results,
feeling better than I expected
to on Nov. 7. (I predicted a
Romney victory, and hoped to
be proved wrong.)
Oh no - I didn't mean to imply that - I definitely will be getting more books before the end of the year. The library sales for fall haven't even started yet. I just meant I've got my list of books I want to read for next year all made already and would rather not change my plan for other books I get between now and the end of year.
You know I have heard recently about Kevin J. Anderson and will give his books a try. They sound like they might be fun to read.

I have always loved Ngaio Marsh and read a lot of what she has written. Another favorite of mine is Margery Allingham. And I very much like Dorothy Sayers work.

I have not had a chance to fill in any favorites yet and intend to take the time to do that shortly. I am just getting started with this forum and have joined a couple others that are, so far, somewhat disappointing. Any suggestions more than welcome.

I appreciate your tip about Jump-Off Creek. It does look right up my alley and I've added it to my wishlist!

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