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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:

With Walt Whitman, Himself: In the Nineteenth Century, in America by Jean Huets March 2019 Early Reviewer)

How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle by Eric LeClair and Susan Anderson (April 2019 Early Reviewer)

An Army Doctor's Wife on the Frontier: The Letters of Emily McCorkle FitzGerald from Alaska and the Far West, 1874-78 by Emily McCorkle FitzGerald

+Pot luck - Stay tuned to the Books Read list.

TO BE RECEIVED

EARLY REVIEWER NOT RECEIVED
The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney (August 2014 Early Reviewer)
Montana Noir edited by James Grady and Keir Graff (July 2017 Early Reviewer)

BOOKS READ IN 2019
1. Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle to Protect the Louvre and Its Treasures From the Nazis by Gerri Chanel (November 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
2. Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles by Gary Dexter (Okay. Not as interesting as I was expecting.)
3. Tri-Five Chevrolet Data and ID Guide: 1955, 1956, 1957 by Patrick Hill (December 2018 Early Reviewer)(reviewed)
4. Miss Bishop by Bess Streeter Aldrich (Utterly predictable... and charming. I enjoyed it.)
5. New Hemi Engines 2003-Present: How to Rebuild by Larry Shepard (January 2019 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
6. The Invisible Garden by Dorothy Sucher (I liked this a lot, especially her memories of her mother, but was a little put off by her always paying someone else to do most of the dirty work - even housework and mowing the grass.)
7. Caught in the Middle (Amhearst Mystery Series #1) by Gayle Roper (I should know by now to avoid mysteries with 'feisty' female detectives. Did not finish.)
8. Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America by Ivan Doig (This sounded great, but I couldn't get into it. Did not finish.)
9. The Whistling Season: A Novel by Ivan Doig (The more I read, the more it grew on me.)
10. Songs to Birds: Essays by Jake Page (I wish I had liked this book better, but after half a dozen essays, my interest seemed to peter out. Finished at a skim rate.)
11. Victory Over Japan: A Book of Stories by Ellen Gilchrist (American Book Award winner or not, it's not for me. Did not finish.)
12. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (I need the sequels!)
13. Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford (I meant to read this and discard it because the book's so tatty, but I liked it well enough that it's back on the shelf.)
14. The Goat Lady's Daughter (Nunatak First Fiction Series) by Rosella M. Leslie (Made it through 40 pages of poorly edited, endless, pointless dialogue and a totally unrealistic situation given the timeframe - it would have made sense 100 years earlier, but not 1960-70. Did not finish.)
15. Death in the Truffle Wood (Commissaire Laviolette Mystery) by Pierre Magnan (I only finished it because I wanted to know what happened to the dachshund.)
16. Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence: A Novel by David Samuel Levinson (Tries for mysteriousness, but I think it's mostly just convoluted and confusing - and moving out of my house to the Goodwill stacks.)
17. A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
18. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story - With Wings by Mark Bittner
19. Living at the End of Time by John Hanson Mitchell
20. A Bottomless Grave: and Other Victorian Tales of Terror (Dover Thrift Editions) edited by Hugh Lamb (They didn't seem particularly scary to me.)
21. Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer
22. The Master Butchers Singing Club: A Novel by Louise Erdrich (Did not finish.)
23. Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi by Dean Faulkner Wells (Intermittently (mostly) interesting. Shelby Foote appeared twice and restored my interest when it was flagging.)
24. On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue, M.D.(Not nearly as interesting as I was expecting. Did not finish.)
25. Beauty Before Comfort: A Memoir by Allison Glock (A real disappointment. I did not have any problem at all resisting this 'irresistable' memoir. Did not finish.)
26. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett (The first-half coming of age was much more interesting than the downward spiral of heroin addiction/suicide attempts of the second half. You knew it would end badly.)
27. Three Days with Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg by Paxton Davis (Found this on the shelves and decided to read it before discarding. Basic, short, mostly from Robert E. Lee's point of view.)
28. Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O'Connor (I was surprised, but not in a good way. This seemed dry, slow, and smug. Did not finish.)
29. Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank by Robert W. Fuller (Seems so timely... and then you notice it was published 16 years ago.)
30. Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life by Ira Byock, MD (Did not finish.)
31. Patina: How to Create & Preserve by Kevin Tetz (February 2019 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
32. Leaving the Land by Douglas Unger (Intermittently interesting, but there's no ending. The book just stops. Really... Just stops. And they did not leave.)
33. The Tenth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders (Commandment Series #2)(Re-reading an old favorite.)
34. Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time by David Prerau
35. Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull (Did not finish.)
36. The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte (I felt let down by the ending, a long, drawn-out 'tell.' I'd have preferred more 'show.')
37. Eat Cake: A Novel by Jeanne Ray
38. Radios: Short Takes on Life and Culture by Jerome Stern
39. The Club Dumas by Arturo Preez-Reverte (Did not finish.)
40. The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean (Skimming can be your friend. Parts of this were a real slog.)

BOOKS READ IN 2018
1. Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher (October Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
2. A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice by William E. Glassley (December 2017 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
3. The Definitive Firebird & Trans Am Guide: 1970 1/2 - 1981 by Rocky Rotella (January 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
4. White Rose: Una Rosa Blanca by Amy Ephron (Disappointing. I've read two of her other books and enjoyed them a lot. This one, not so much.)
5. The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature by Sharon Butala (The blurbs on the book are wonderful. The book is not. I should have read the LT reviews - no one there liked it either. Did not finish.)
6. The Definitive Chevelle SS Guide 1964-1972 by Dale McIntosh (February 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
7. Let Me Finish by Roger Angell
8. Jeep Wrangler JK 2007 - Present: Performance Upgrades by Don Alexander (March 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
9. The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot #12) by Agatha Christie
10. The Hand of Mary Constable (Alexander Hero #2) by Paul Gallico (An old favorite I decided to read again. Still a favorite!)
11. 1970 Plymouth Superbird: Muscle Cars In Detail No. 11 by Geoff Stunkard (April 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
12. Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits by Tim Boyd (May 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
13. I Knew a Phoenix: Sketches for an Autobiography by May Sarton (This may be what I consider her best book.)
14. Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino
15. Plant Dreaming Deep by May Sarton (Another favorite. Not as 'name-droppy' as a lot of her journals.
16. At Seventy: A Journal (The Journals of May Sarton) by May Sarton
17. Orchestrated Death (Bill Slider #1)(Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (Enjoyed this a lot and am actively looking for more in the Slider series.)
18. Humble Pie: Musings on What Lies Beneath the Crust by Anne Dimock
19. The Cambridge Theorem by Tony Cape (Very intricate mystery, which unfortunately was so intricate the detective had to spend an entire chapter telling us all about it - but I liked it nonetheless.)
20. The Smoke (Jethro Mysteries #1) by Tony Broadbent (I actually did not finish this book, but gave myself full credit for getting through 280 pages out of 412 before deciding I'd had enough. I really liked some parts, others not so much. Done.)
21. The Art of Deception by Elizabeth Ironside (A great beginning, an okay middle, and a third act that defied reason and makes this a disappointment. Deleted and soon to be found at a thrift store near you.)
22. The Danger Tree: Memory, War and the Search for a Family's Past by David Macfarlane
23. The Romeo Flag (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Carolyn Hougan
24. Thrumpton Hall: A Memoir of Life in My Father's House by Miranda Seymour (Nice cover, great reviews, but 50 pages in, I want to be rid of everyone in this family. Did not finish.)
25. Encore: A Journal of the Eightieth Year by May Sarton
26. Dyno Don: The Cars and Career of Dyno Don Nicholson by Doug Boyce (July 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
27. Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown
28. A Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place by Marietta and Ernie O'Byrne (June 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
29. By Frequent Anguish (Professor Neil Kelly Mysteries) by S.F.X. Dean (Neil Kelly #1)(The amount of filler/drivel in this book is astounding. Did not finish.)
30. The Floor of the Sky by Pamela Carter Joern (Started - and finished - this book yesterday. I think the ending was too abrupt, but overall I enjoyed this one very much.)
31. The Body of a Young Man by Mildred Walker (Just sort of meandered along until it stopped, but very engaging.)
32. The Curlew's Cry by Mildred Walker (This started slowly, but became more interesting as it went along - and now at the end, I see that beginning was necessary.)
33. Medical Meeting by Mildred Walker (Finished it, but am disappointed in one of my favorite writers. Overlong and repetitious with an ending that's all wrong.)
34. Endgame: A Journal of the Seventy-Ninth Year by May Sarton
35. Montana 1948: A Novel by Larry Watson (A quick read, but no complaints - just the right length.)
36. At Eighty-Two: A Journal (Sarton Journals book 13) by May Sarton
37. Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker (Some bright spots, but overall, a depressing book. Disappointed because I expected to enjoy this, and I did not.)
38. Small Rocks Rising by Susan Lang (Slow and just not very interesting. Did not finish.)
39. The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright by Noah Adams
40. The Double Adventure of John Singleton Copley, First Major Painter of the New World by James Thomas Flexner
41. Blue Ridge: A Novel by T. R. Pearson (Could not get into it. A lot of the sentence structure seemed odd and confusing. Did not finish.)
42. Daphne du Maurier, Haunted Heiress by Nina Auerbach (Disappointing because this seemed more about Auerbach than her subject. Did not finish.)
43. The Muse Asylum by David Czuchlewski (Terrible cover, but a great story.)
44. Marriage and Other Acts of Charity: A Memoir by Kate Braestrup (Something of a disappointment. Not nearly as good as Here If You Need Me.)
45. The Miss Dennis School of Writing: And Other Lessons from a Woman's Life by Alice Steinbach (Meh. Intermittently interesting.)
46. Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures by Noah Adams (The second of two books by Adams that I've had forever and just now got around to reading. I should done so sooner - enjoyed both of them a lot.)
47. Robbing Banks: An American History, 1831-1999 by L. R. Kirchner
48. Jeep TJ 1997-2006: How to Build & Modify by Michael Hanssen (August 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
49. Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain by Michael Paterniti (Overlong, slow. Could have been a really great medium length article. I finally skipped to the end just to be done with this.)
50. Corvette Special Editions: Includes Pace Cars, L88s, Callaways, Z06s and More by Keith Cornett (October 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
51. The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays, edited by Carole Vanderhoof (September 2018 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)

SOME of the BOOKS READ IN 2017
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!)
10. Death's Darkest Face by Julian Symons
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.)
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!)
20. Philosophy Made Simple, A Novel by Robert Hellenga (Liked this a lot, but ending sort of petered out.)
26. The Wood Beyond (Dalziel and Pascoe #15) by Reginald Hill (I swore off D&P last year after three successively disappointing books, but this one caught my eye because of the World War I angle, and I liked it a lot, probably because it seemed to delve more into the personal lives of the characters.)
27. Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman (I got bogged down in some of the presidential politics, but overall, this was an interesting look at not just Polk, but a lot of his contemporaries.)
30. Death and the Dutch Uncle (Inspector Henry Tibbett #9) by Patricia Moyes (A re-read of a book I just ran across on the shelves. I don't remember anything about the plot, so it's almost like reading a new book.)(Hate to say it, but this was disappointing - talky and convoluted.)
31. Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery (Shetland Island Mysteries #5) by Ann Cleeves (Liked this Cleeves book - as always. Must find book #3!)
37. A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot (Wonderful. I will read this one again.)
38. Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan (The early years when Stalin was still alive were fascinating to read, but her personal life after Stalin's death wasn't nearly as interesting. Did not finish.)

SOME of the BOOKS READ IN 2016
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!)
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.)
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.)
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?)
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.)
75. Disorderly Elements by Bob Cook (Hate the cover, but LOVED the book! Reviewed.)
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