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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.



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Lincoln's Lieutenants: The High Command of the Army of the Potomac by Stephen W. Sears (May 2017 Early Reviewer)
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love by Carl Anderson & Msgr. Eduardo Chavez (Member Giveaways)
The Lives of Dillon Ripley: Natural Scientist, Wartime Spy, and Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian by Roger D. Stone (June 2017 Early Reviewer)

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

1. Snow Island: A Novel by Katherine Towler (I can only hope that every book I read this year turns out to be as engaging and enjoyable as this one.)
2. I Will Be Cleopatra: An Actress's Journey by Zoe Caldwell (A pleasant surprise. Informal and engaging. And I learned a lot about theater and repertory companies.)
3. The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program: An Illustrated History by Patrick Phillips-Schrock (October 2016 Early Reviewer) (Reviewed)
4. Lost Horizon by James Hilton (Another book that's been sitting on the shelf unread for years. I should have read it sooner. Liked it a lot!)
5. Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung by Min Kym (December Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
6. Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck (I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. At one point, he goes on and on about someone he just met letting him see the inside of a mobile home... uh, very dated. But his encounter with US and Canada border guards is worth reading the entire book.)
7. June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (January 2017 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: An American Hero by Ronald D. Lankford (November 2016 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
9. The Baker's Secret: A Novel by Stephen Kiernan (February 2017 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
10. Death's Darkest Face by Julian Symons
11. Life into Mist by Haidji (Member Giveaway)(Reviewed)
12. Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy's Reflections on Water by Jerry Apps (Member Giveaway)(Reviewed)
13. One's Company: Reflections on Living Alone by Barbara Holland (I started out liking this a lot. But the more I read, the more I realized that I enjoy living alone a lot more than Barbara Holland does, and the amateur psychology annoyed me. Finished, but not a keeper.)
14. Europe Looks at the Civil War, edited by Belle Becker Sideman and Lillian Friedman
15. Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea by Catherine Goldhammer (This has been sitting on the shelf for years, but there was always something else to read first. Finally got around to it, and enjoyed it - a lot!)
16. The Microscope by Maxine Kumin (author) and Arnold Lobel (illustrator)
17. The Wonderful Toys by Anna Braune with Savilla Sloan
18. Margaret Rutherford: A Blithe Spirit by Dawn Langley Simmons (Interesting to a point, but I confess to some skimming, too.)
19. An African Millionaire: Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay by Grant Allen
20. Philosophy Made Simple, A Novel by Robert Hellenga (Liked this a lot, but ending sort of petered out.)
21. The Accomplice by Elizabeth Ironside (I've read and liked other Ironside books, but after two attempts, am letting this one go. Not interested. Did not finish.)
22. Good Morning, Midnight (Dalziel and Pascoe #21) by Reginald Hill (This is my fourth D&P, and it seems that I like each one less than the one before. This is the first I've not finished, though, and may be the last one attempted - there are too many things I like a lot more than this series, which I keep hoping will be as good as Hill's stand-alone books.)
23. Freud’s Trip to Orvieto by Nicholas Fox Weber (March 2017 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
24. The Word Detective: Solving the Mysteries Behind Those Pesky Words and Phrases by Evan Morris
25. Harables: Short Stories 2 by Haidji (Member Giveaway)(Reviewed)

SOME of the BOOKS READ IN 2016
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.)
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.)
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.)
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!)
29. The Shortest Way to Hades (Hilary Tamar #2) by Sarah Caudwell (Liked this one a lot.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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! Thank you to the Bookmooch member who sent it to me out of the blue - for no points - and then gave me some more points, to boot!)
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.)
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.)
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?)
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.)
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.)
71. Death of A Dormouse by Reginald Hill (Another of Hill's excellent non-series books. Loved it!)
75. Disorderly Elements by Bob Cook (Hate the cover, but LOVED the book! Reviewed.)
77. A Gathering of Saints by Christopher Hyde (Back to the stacks and a book that is riveting - except for the epilogue that felt tacked-on and flat, and did nothing to enhance the book. Made me wonder if Hyde was laying the ground for a sequel that never happened.)

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