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Tagsmystery (457), england (301), non-fiction (263), project: going through the stacks (196), united states (193), general fiction (192), canada (175), read in 2013 (146), read in 2012 (138), history (131) — see all tags

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About meReader, Canadian music fan, unrepentant maker of horrible puns, sporadic knitter, occasional baker, avid snowshoer and hiker.

About my libraryI call this the "property insurance account" -- this is to track books I own in case something horrible happens and I need to replace them. At least that is the primary goal. I also include library books and books I've borrowed from other people, and I have a fair few books lingering at my parents' place.

I probably have more mysteries than anything else but I don't read them exclusively, or at least not nearly as exclusively as I did in the past. Areas of interest include Canada, the United Kingdom, historical fiction, Westerns (a new interest this year... thanks, Jeff Bridges version of True Grit!), science and military history.

I get recommendations from book blogs, random library browsing, friends and family, the odd newspaper or magazine, and my boyfriend's mum's book club. I'm not actually a member, but she usually sends me the lists in case I have any of their selections. Anything in my library tagged "book club" was either read by the club or at least up for consideration.

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ROOTS - Read Our Own Tomes 2014

2014 Category Challenge: The Cumber-Challenge
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Rating System

For the most part the star system is based on how I felt reading the book, although sometimes affection for an author or the person recommending it may lead me to round up when I may otherwise round down. (Sometimes I qualify these stars in my reviews, e.g. "A respectful four stars" or "A pleasantly surprised 3.5".) In general, this is how it stacks up:

1 = Didn't like it. Quite probably did not finish, or finished under extreme duress. If I really hated a book I may delete it from my catalogue entirely to forget the whole experience, so there shouldn't be too many 1-stars.

1.5 = There may have been promise in pockets, but overall I can't say this was a particularly good book.

2 = It was okay. Any problems I had with it were not small enough to overlook but not big enough to make me angry.

2.5 = Almost liked it, but not quite.

3 = I liked it. Usually this means the book has met whatever expectations I had, but did not necessarily exceed them. (This is not necessarily a bad thing.)

3.5 = Above average (even though this is the halfway point between 1 and 5…this is subjective stuff, not math!). Meaning I liked this book and really liked other aspects, but it was not quite causing me to jump for joy around the apartment.

4 = I really liked it. I finished the book with a smile, or I laughed aloud quite a lot, or learned a few interesting facts.

4.5 = Really, really good, but just short of perfection. Either that or I am worried that a five-star rating may be influenced by other, non-book factors (e.g. for True Grit, where my love of the movies hung very heavily over my reading of the book)

5 = Excellent! I was left breathless by the end, had my expectations exceeded and beyond, or gushed about it to everyone I knew. (There are a few books where the five-star rating was awarded in the heat of the moment. Some of these may be adjusted at a later date, if I think of it.)

Groups2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Canadian Bookworms, Canadian Literature, CBC's Canada Reads Fans, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, En français, Go Review That Book!, Lectures des francophonesshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Linwood Barclay, Dave Barry, John le Carré, Agatha Christie, Douglas Coupland, Len Deighton, C. S. Forester, Graham Greene, Reginald Hill, Arnaldur Indriðason, Ross Macdonald, Ben Macintyre, Hugh MacLennan, L. M. Montgomery, Louise Penny, Ian Rankin, Edward Rutherfurd, Sarah Vowell (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAll Books, Argosy Books, Ben McNally Books, Benjamin Books, Berry & Peterson Booksellers, Book Bazaar, Books on View, Chapters - Rideau, Chapters - World's Biggest Book Store, Chapters Bookstore, Dragan Tail Bookshop, Foyles, Novel Idea, Patrick McGahern Books Inc., Russell Books, Strand Bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, Waterstone's Glasgow Sauchiehall Street, Waterstone's Trafalgar Square

Favorite librariesLibrary and Archives Canada - Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, Library of Parliament - Centre Block, Morriset Library, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library - Carlingwood Branch, Ottawa Public Library - Main Library, Ottawa Public Library - Nepean Centrepointe Branch, Ottawa Public Library - Rideau Branch

Favorite listsBest Science Books for Non-Scientists, The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

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Meeting at FanExpo would be great! I'm not sure yet which day(s) I'll be there, but I'll be in touch once we get our plans figured out.
OMG! Did I not say I was on a diet??? Due to my recent lack of sweets I will probably go into a chocolate/sugar/whipped cream/whatever attack. My eyes will roll back in my head and you will never be able to get me out of the place. :-) See you there at four!!!
Back from my trip to VA and am now looking forward to Ottawa, why is summer going so much faster than winter??? I am leaving the tea 'where' up to you to fit into your schedule. I am game for anywhere!
Just read Rough Guide to Crime Fiction ...and so your review. Sine qua non and all that jazz haha :),x
I'm glad you liked the articles!
I thought you might be interested in this article on the Everly Brothers from a local weekly: http://www.metropulse.com/news/2014/jan/08/looking-back-everly-brothers-years-kn...
It was really icy this morning, but by late afternoon everything had more or less cleared up. What it is, is ruddy cold!
Have you seen this blog article on Benedict Cumberbatch's family tree?
http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/2013/10/famous-family-trees-benedict-cumberbatch/
Hi! I started an ARC of Ten Lords a-Leaping last night and the former Jane Bee is one of the characters in the book. I've only read the first three chapters and there hasn't been a murder yet so I'm still wondering if she's going to take part in the investigation along with Father Christmas.
There was one woman on our floor that was on the bus. She's alive but seriously injured. We don't know much more at the moment.
Hi Rabbit princess just dropping by to say thanks for the invite to read the London walks book .. A good choice as I enjoy walking London when I visit and have tried a few walks with different walk books in hand . Will get on with this Task. greetings

Hi! I've just heard that SmithBooks on Sparks is closing. Is that near your workplace? Might be some mighty good deals to be had in the next few days.
Hi! I've added you to my interesting libraries as you seem to have so many books that I'd like to read. Love your profile picture! I assume it was taken on the trip to Victoria last year, which we talked about on a thread. Cheers, Vivienne
I liked Eleven Pipers Piping better than the first book in the series. He didn't spend as much time on the background of the characters so the mystery plot didn't drag as much. The drummer theme felt contrived to fit the song, while the piper theme seemed more natural.
Death in Buckingham Palace is perfect! I discovered the series through his new series about a vicar (named Tom Christmas!) in a small English village. I've enjoyed the first two books in the new series and it made me want to try his other series. I found the first book on my last trip to the used bookstore. Thanks for picking for me!
Hi! I'm working on my July reading list and I wonder if you'd be willing to pick a book for me to read for my Draft Day category for my 13 in 13 challenge? Anything in my "To Read" collection is fair game. The TBRs I'm already planning to read are:

Old Bones by Aaron Elkins
The Ninth Daughter by Barbara Hamilton
Bundu by Chris Barnard
Many Deadly Returns by Patricia Moyes
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Thanks for the site of the game cafe! That will be on my list to do.
Lol, it's totally my fault. I did read it again recently and review it, then forgot to change the tags. I'm glad you're looking forward to the Hitchcock. I confess it didn't even occur to me that Halloween season was an appropriate time of year for recommending that type of book, but now that you point it out, I'm even more pleased with my pick! Short stories are great for buses and waiting rooms, etc, aren't they?
Cheers, Emily
Hi! I've been meaning to post a comment back to you for about a week and a half now, but laying around playing computer games and reading keeps winning over doing responsible things! We sure do share a lot of books, and it's wonderful to find someone who enjoys Douglas Coupland as much as I do. He's a seriously under-rated writer, in my opinion.

Agatha Christie's Autobiography is one of the best books ever. It's not just a memoir, it's an incredibly detailed social history of the upper middle class of her era. You learn so much about everything: clothing and food and pregnancy and what people talked about when they had friends to tea; it's really remarkable and has been used as primary source material many times. It's also tremendously entertaining. The one thing that always strikes me when I read it is how very much Agatha Christie enjoyed life. She made the very best out of everything, and it must have been a great joy to be in her company, for she was never bored and always had some sort of interesting scheme in her head. It made her the perfect wife for an archeologist as she could be as comfortable in a tent in the middle of a desert, writing out details about a pottery shard, as she was at her sumptuous home in Devonshire. "Adaptable" is the first word that comes to mind when I think about her.

I've just realized that I've practically written a book review here, and I may steal from this reply when I review it, which will happen today, all going well.

Do you mind if I add your library to my friend's list? I'd enjoy keeping up with your books and reviews.
Have a great day!
Allie. (ahef1963)
Hello RabbitPrincess
Love the name!
MJM is quite a character. Had her at my old bookclub a few yrs back and everyone enjoyed the evening. It's fun to read a book that takes place in your city or a city you know well. I just picked up another in her organizing series altho I haven't read any of them yet. I've read most of her others tho.
I sometimes pick up books for their titles alone!
Happy reading and let me know if you come across any more crazy title,
Clamato
Immediate update: the local library has a copy of this book. Guess who just put a hold on said book? *Devil horns*
OH MY GOD! This book was literally written with me in mind! Haha, that's too precious—thank you for sending this my way! :D
Thanks for the info re the release of a new Linwood Barclay. I listened to a " trailer" of it, and it sounds wonderful! My husband has just taken to reading Linwood Barclay too!

Deborah
And also, your user picture is fantastic! :D
DEFINITELY—I think I must have been confusing sound effects from Opening Night with the effects available on iMovie. I distinctly remember the sound of an audience gasping, and I'm thinking it was from Opening Night instead…I wonder if there might be some available on YouTube…? Could spice up these videos quite a bit if that's the case! ;)
Haha, I felt the need to warn people about the manga deluge, just in case they start feeling tricked later on. ;) You know, the iMovie on my computer doesn't have quite as many effects as the older versions. I was looking for a crowd's disappointed "Aaaaah…" noise, but there was none to be found. *Pout* But the space effects are pretty rad. ;)
Well hey there, Bunxena! ;) :) YAAAY, I'm glad you like the look of the re-booted book blog! I wrapped up an older blog I had going, so now I can dedicate more efforts to the bookish world. And, not gonna lie—I do love the videos. ;) I'll be making a new one on Saturday to post for Sunday (still jiggering with which day ought to be "vlog day", though…) And I'm glad Ben's interest was piqued by World War Z! I know you said he's not one to pick up novels as frequently, but I think he'll enjoy this one. I mean, it's zombie-related, who could resist? ;) Will definitely need updates on his thoughts with that one!
En plus des livres, je vois que nous partageons un amour pour les lapins! La mienne s'appelle Lili (abréviation de Lavina son nom d'origine) adoptée de New Moon Rescue dans notre région! Elle n'a pas le charme des longues oreilles du tien, mais nous l'aimons bien...
Hi Rabbitprincess--

I'm so sorry you lost Gizmo--we lost Saffron's sister (and best friend) Asuka in May, and will probably try to find him a new bondmate soon. They are wonderful creatures...

marissa
I ran across your review of Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter and had to click on your name...your bun is adorable! I'm a house rabbit devotee as well--our Saffron looks a lot like your fur-kid, but has lighter highlights on his face and white belly.

I think we need a House Rabbit group on LT. :)

cheers,
Marissa
Thanks for letting me know about Linwood Barclay memoir. I had no idea that he had one. I'll have to see if I can find one via an interlibray loan. I went on line -and could only find used copies starting at about $38.00 plus shipping! wow!

Deborah
Just thought I'd tell you that I'm loving The Accident by Linwood Barclay. I'm about 3/4 of the way through -and it's a fabulous escapist thriller. Well done, I think. I've read most of Linwood Barclay's books and I've liked all of them, I think.

BTW - I see you loved the Sisters Brothers. Me too! Such a fun fun intelligent read!

Deborah
Really enjoyed your review of The High Road by Terry Fallis!
excellent True Grit recommendation and my library has it..YAY! thank you :o)
Hey Rabbit, wasn't The Sisters Brothers just fantastic!? Saw your review a second ago and wanted to tell you that I too was confused about the "Intermissions" but I went back and reread them afterwards and the girl's dreams and prophecies really do contain interesting clues I think (dog loses his appendage for example, and the poison...). --really, really well done I thought --Jenny :o)
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