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CollectionsYour library (2,240), Early Reviewers Rec'd (63), MemberGiveawaysSent (16), Reviewed/Not Owned (69), All collections (2,350)

Reviews219 reviews

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Recommendations22 recommendations

About meThis year (2015), I've been making an effort to really look at the books I've accumulated and really think about which ones I want to keep. A lot of them are nickel and dime books I've picked up from thrift stores, sometimes mainly because they were so cheap - why not? But I've come to the conclusion that some of them are just so much clutter (to me), and might be better off back at the Goodwill.

Aside from Early Reviewers, I've been reading books from my to-be-read stacks. I've been pleasantly surprised by some, and disappointed by others. There will be a few more 'did not finish' books this year than usual - see italics below - but not without a good faith effort to rediscover what caught my attention when I bought the books in the first place.

Through A Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775 by Thomas A. Desjardin
Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier
Fallen Angel by Don J. Snyder
Brave Companions: Portraits in History by David McCullough
A History of the World in Sixteen Shipwrecks by Stewart Gordon (April 2015 Early Reviewer)


The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney (August 2014 Early Reviewer)

1. Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram by Charles W. Johnson (October 2014 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
2. From Palm to Pine: Rudyard Kipling Abroad and at Home by Marghanita Laski (Reviewed)
3. A Shilling for Candles (Alan Grant #2) by Josephine Tey
4. Sleep Toward Heaven: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
5. How to Be Lost: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
6. Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman by Philip White (November Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
7. John Wilkes Booth: Day-By-Day by Arthur F. Loux (January 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
8. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
9. Day of the Dachshund by Jim Dratfield
10. Dachshunds Short and Long by Amanda Jones
11. The Custodian of Paradise by Wayne Johnston (Did not finish. 60 pages in (out of 509), I have read enough about this unpleasant and depressing woman, and her unpleasant and depressing life.)
12. The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams by Phyllis Lee Levin (December 2014 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
13. Letters from Yellowstone by Diane Smith
14. Caroline Minuscule (William Dougal #1) by Andrew Taylor
15. Pictures from An Expedition by Diane Smith
16. The Angel's Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
17. Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper by Peter Hill (Did Not Finish. My opinion of the author's wit is not nearly as high as his own. Blah.)
18. Call the Dying (Lydmouth Crime #7) by Andrew Taylor
19. Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
20. Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet by Maria Mudd Ruth (Intermittently interesting, enough that I finished the book - which is not all that great a recommendation. An okay book.)
21. London Before the Blitz by Richard Trench
22. Naked to the Hangman (Lydmouth Crime #8) by Andrew Taylor (I enjoy Andrew Taylor's Dougal series and his historical fiction, but after two slow moving, meandering Lydmouth mysteries, I think I am done with that series.)
23. Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham
24. Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy by M. William Phelps (February 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
25. The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at A Time by Jonathan Kozol (March 2015 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
26. Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler (I liked what I was reading up to the totally unexpected ending of chapter one. Read a bit further and called it a day. Did not finish.)
27. The Bachelor's Cat: A Love Story by L. F. Hoffman
28. Rear Window (novelette) by William Irish (aka Cornell Woolrich)
29. Knock Wood by Candice Bergen (I've heard good things about this memoir, but it strikes me as stilted and name-droppy. Did not finish.)
30. ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man by Connie Schultz
31. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (Not as good as her "The Historian," but even so, I enjoyed this book a lot.)
32. A Suspension of Mercy by Patricia Highsmith
33. The End of the Pier by Martha Grimes (Meh. Disappointing. Its days of taking up space on my shelf are over.)
34. In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy #4) by Rhys Bowen ("Smart, feisty" Molly is also irritating to read about. Did not finish.)
35. Clem: The Story of A Raven by Jennifer Owings Dewey (Reviewed)
36. A Different Kind of Summer (Charmian Daniels #6) by Jennie Melville (Should be subtitled "An Odd Kind of Mystery." Characters roamed into and out of the story for the requisite number of pages, until (totally unexpectedly) the killer stepped forward to confess and put everyone out of their misery. Readable, but not recommended.)
37. The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley

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Law and Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice by Mark Olshaker (Member Giveaway - won 2/26/2013)
The Iron Duke by L. Ron Hubbard (Member Giveaway, won 3/26/2013)
The Red Dragon by L. Ron Hubbard (Member Giveaway won 4/18/2013)
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman (Member Giveaway - won 4/29/2013)
Hard Winter: The Novel by Neil Davies (Member Giveaway)(won 5/11/2013)
March Farm by Nancy McMillan (Member Giveaway)(won 06/27/2013)
Devil's Manhunt by L. Ron Hubbard (Member Giveaways)(Won 3/1/2014)
Huckleberry Delights Cookbook by Karen Jean Matsko Hood (Member Giveaways)(Won 5/1/2014)
Strawberry Delights Cookbook by Karen Jean Matsko Hood (Member Giveaways)(Won 5/1/2014)

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Favorite authorsAgatha Christie, Paul Gallico, James A. Michener, Roy Morris, Jr., Louise Penny, Josephine Tey, Mildred Walker, Amanda Eyre Ward (Shared favorites)


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Favorite publishersIndiana University Press, McFarland

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