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About meContinuing to read the books in my 'stacks' - or not, as the case may be. Sending a lot of 'space-takers' that I thought I had to have - since they only cost a quarter - directly to the Goodwill. Also sending many that I've read and will never look at again. I read an article several years ago by someone who went through the same process, and thought, no, I'd never do that. Never get rid of any books. But now that I look at my shelves and see that more and more of the books lining them are those I really value, I understand.

About my libraryCURRENT READING LIST:
Shackleton's Boat Journey by F. A. Worsley, Captain of H.M.S. Endurance, with a Narrative Introduction by Sir Edmund Hillary
Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith
The Terrible Indian Wars of the West: A History from the Whitman Massacre to Wounded Knee, 1846-1890 by Jerry Keenan (September 2016 Early Reviewer)

TO BE RECEIVED
The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program by Patrick Phillips-Schrock (October 2016 Early Reviewer)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: An American Hero by Ronald D. Lankford (November 2016 Early Reviewer)

EARLY REVIEWER NOT RECEIVED
The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney (August 2014 Early Reviewer)

BOOKS READ IN 2016
1. Dr. Martha: The Life of a Pioneer Physician, Politician, and Polygamist by Mari Grana (October 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
2. The Coldest Winter: A Stringer in Liberated Europe by Paula Fox (Meh. Lots of name dropping at unexpected places. Sort of drifts along until it stops.)
3. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley (I've read other Mosley books, but this one does not work for me. Did not finish.)
4. A Pale Horse: A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries #10) by Charles Todd (More roundabout than I was expecting, and Rutledge didn't so much solve the case, as follow events to the end. Good reading.)
5. To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design by Henry Petroski (I didn't find it as 'delightful' and 'refreshingly eclectic' as the blurbers. Did not finish.)
6. Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries #4) by Charles Todd (Liked this a lot - all the way up to the non-ending. Seriously. It JUST STOPPED! Way too many loose ends. Suppose this means I should hunt up a copy of book 5... not any time soon.)
7. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs (Intermittently interesting.)
8. Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough (Kind of disappointing. Hit and miss biographical sketches. I finally read the ones I was really interested in and called it a day.)
9. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals by Rupert Sheldrake
10. A Bohemian Brigade: The Civil War Correspondents—Mostly Rough, Sometimes Ready by James M. Perry (Made a good-faith effort, but wasn't able to get interested. Did not finish.)
11. Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr (Lovely prose. I should have read this book as soon as I got it, instead of letting it sit on the shelf all these years.)
12. You Are Not Forgotten: The Story of a Lost World War II Pilot and a Twenty-First-Century Soldier's Mission to Bring Him Home by Bryan Bender (November 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
13. The Long Walk Home: A Novel by Will North (More of a romance than I would have preferred, but an okay book.)
14. The Distinguished Guest by Sue Miller (Slow and tedious. Did not finish.
15. The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014, with a Guide to Artists by Christina M. Knopf (December 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
16. The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde (January 2016 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
17. The Paperboy by Pete Dexter (Good reviews notwithstanding, could not get into this novel. Did not finish.)
18. The Most Beautiful House in the World by Witold Rybczynski (Finally read this gem of a book that's been sitting on a bookshelf for too many years.)
19. The Dogs of Babel: A Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst (I almost passed on this book because I had doubts that I'd like it... I was wrong. Loved it!)
20. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (I was expecting a novel, not a collection of short stories. I didn't care for Olive, but thankfully, she was just a bit player in many of the stories.)
21. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (I've always loved this book title, but loving the title and actually reading the book are two different things. Did not like and did not finish.)
22. Gramercy Park: A Novel by Paula Cohen (Read to page 62, and knew I'd never make it to 357. Skipped to the last chapter and prologue, and finished it off. Too slow and romance-y for my taste, with verb tenses that changed from past to present to past again from page to page. Didn't anyone edit this book?)
23. Undue Influence by Anita Brookner (I used to consider Anita Brookner one of my favorite authors, but it's been some time since I've read one. Finished this book, but it was sad and dull and dreary, and made me wonder what it was I liked about Brookner in the first place.)
24. Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America's Most Storied Shipwreck by David O. Dowling (March 2016 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
25. Trick of the Eye by Jane Stanton Hitchcock (Wasn't too bad until the stalking, manipulative boyfriend came back into the picture, and he and our heroine decided to f*** - their word, not mine. Did not finish.)
26. An Irish Country Childhood by Marrie Walsh
27. The Mary Gilliatt Book of Color by Mary Gilliatt
28. The Complete Book of Paint:A Comprehensive Guide to Paint Techniques for Walls, Floors, Furniture, Fabrics, and Metalwork by David Carter, text by Charles Hemming
29. The Shortest Way to Hades (Hilary Tamar #2) by Sarah Caudwell (Liked this one a lot.)
30. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (Made a good start (100+ pages), but find myself increasingly put off by the characters and storyline. Haven't picked it up in about two weeks. Consider it done. Did not finish.)
31. Fat Man in the Middle Seat: Forty Years of Covering Politics by Jack W. Germond
32. The Unburied by Charles Palliser (Disappointing. Seems to be all talk and atmospherics. Lots of fog - speaking of both the weather and the plot. Did not finish.)
33. The Book of Famous Iowans by Douglas Bauer (Would have made a better short story than novel. Started out great, but then devolved into constant conversations of the 'did not/did so' variety - repetitious and tedious. I did finish it, and then immediately deleted from my books and dropped it in the Goodwill bag.)
34. The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master, Andrea Pallidio by Witold Wybczynski (Interesting to a point - the point where I would switch to skimming mode for a page or so until something else caught my eye.)
35. Ruling Passion (Dalziel and Pascoe #3) by Reginald Hill (Discovered a stack of D&P books in my stacks. Liked this one - the first I've read - a lot, and will be working on the others in short order.)
36. A Clubbable Woman (Dalziel and Pascoe #1) by Reginald Hill (Difficult to distinquish all the characters, but this picked up smartly when D&P left the Rugby club and got on with the investigation.)
37. Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith (April Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
38. A Pinch of Snuff (Dalziel & Pascoe #5) by Reginald Hill (Meh. The third D&P book I've read, and the one I've liked least. Wasn't sure I'd even finish it until about halfway through, when plots and characters started to gel. Very convoluted, and at the end, a little too much 'telling' versus 'showing' to make it all work.)
39. Funerals Are Fatal (Hercule Poirot #29) by Agatha Christie (One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Read it a dozen times at least, and in the last couple of days, once again. 'Comfort food' for the reader.)
40. Through Early Yellowstone: Adventuring by Bicycle, Covered Wagon, Foot, Horseback, and Skis by Janet Chapple (May 2016 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
41. Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot #14) by Agatha Christie (Another favorite, read many times.)
42. The Death of Achilles (Erast Fandorin #4) by Boris Akunin (I liked #1 and #2, but this one just isn't working for me. Did not finish.)
43. Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp (I've had dogs all my life, and never once gone to a training class, an obedience class, or play group, and nonetheless, I think we did great. This book is good in places, but you've got to slog through all the amateur psychology to find them. Finished the book. Deleted the book. I'm sure someone at the Goodwill will grab it, just like I did.)
44. A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple #4) by Agatha Christie (I'm suddenly sidetracked by all the A.G.'s I want to read again.)
45. What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (Miss Marple #7) by Agatha Christie (I've read this one several times, but it'd been so long that I'd forgotten 'whodunnit' - which made this rereading fun.)
46. Emily Hudson by Melissa Jones (I liked this book, but it was never one where I felt any urgency to see what happened next. Pleasant. Done. Moving along.)
47. Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alex Kershaw (July 2016 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
48. Russian Reader for Cooking by Vladyslava Zaiarna (Member Giveaways)(Reviewed)
49. First German Reader for Business Bilingual for Speakers of English by Vlada Tao (Member Giveaways)(Reviewed)
50. Karolina's Twins by Ronald H Balson (The Reading Room, won July 12, 2016; received July 26, 2016)(Big disappointment. I cannot imagine reading 300 pages of this stilted dialogue and clunky narrative. Did not finish.)
51. Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska by Miranda Weiss (Started out liking this a lot, but got tired of her insecurities, and sidetracks, and pages and pages of not much. Finished reading, but then deleted it.)
52. Marching Through Georgia: My Walk Along Sherman's Route by Jerry Ellis (Silly me. I was expecting a little (a lot?) more about Sherman, and a lot less about Mr. Ellis's desires to have sex with his girlfriend. I did enjoy many of the people he met on his journey, but the constant 'if you're not a Southerner, you probably won't get this' got old real quick.)
53. Not That Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley (Just my sort of book!)
54. Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
55. Library of Luminaries: Coco Chanel by Zena Alkayat (August Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
56. A Shower of Summer Days by May Sarton (I had been thinking to read this book, then discard it, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Definitely a keeper.)
57. The First Deadly Sin (Edward X. Delaney #2, Deadly Sins #1) by Lawrence Sanders (My second reading of this 600 page doorstop.)
58. The Second Deadly Sin (Edward X. Delaney #3, Deadly Sins #2) by Lawrence Sanders (Another very enjoyable second reading. Better than the First DS, in my humble opinion.)
59. The Fourth Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders (Edward X. Delaney #5, Deadly Sins #4) (I'm on a roll - another re-read - out of order, unfortunately. I need to find a copy of 3rd DS.)(Disappointed that Sanders didn't write a #5 in this series. I liked the McNally books, but the plotting and characterization of these are SO MUCH more satisfying.)
60. The Ageless Agatha Christie by J. C. Bernthal (June 2016 Early Reviewer)(FINALLY RECEIVED 10/27/2016 - Yay!)(Reviewed)
61. The Hollow (Murder After Hours)(Hercule Poirot 24) by Agatha Christie
62. The Last Billable Hour by Susan Wolfe (Very surprised at how much I liked this book. Breezy and fun. And a murder. Kind of strange that Susan Wolfe won the Edgar for best first novel of 1989 - and never wrote a second?)
63. Liberty Falling (Anna Pigeon #7) by Nevada Barr (I read this the first time years ago, and liked it a lot (5 star rating!). This time, not so much. This appears to be one of those series where it's time for me to move on.)
64. The Rainaldi Quartet (Gianni Castiglione #1)(Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Paul Adam (Like this quite a lot, especially the first person narrative style.)
65. A Good Death by Elizabeth Ironside (Fabulous!)
66. The Spy's Wife by Reginald Hill (Every time I read one of Hill's one-off books, I'm reminded again of how much I prefer them to his better-known D&P series. This was a lot more fun than I was expecting. Good reading.)
67. Unorthodox Practices (Nina Fischman #1) by Marissa Piesman (Are we having fun yet? No. Did not finish.)
68. Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside (I had doubts about making it through the 69 page opening section, but found the rest of the book thoroughly engrossing - although I had puzzled out the solution long before it finally came out near the end.)
69. The Skeleton in the Grass by Robert Barnard (One of those books where at a certain point in the revelations, you have the feeling you must read it again, given the insight you now have. Definitely a keeper.)
70. Out of the Blackout by Robert Barnard (Enjoyed the previous Barnard book, I decided to start another one - but 50 pages in, I'm done. Not interested. Did not finish.


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