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Mar 1, 7:39pm Top

Quiet Meg by Sherry Lynn Ferguson. Somebody told me Ferguson is considered Georgette Heyer's heir. Thought I'd pass my own judgment and sample what may be her best Regency romance. Maybe my memories of Heyer are overblown, 'cause book seems rather thin in character development compared to my nostalgic memories.

Haven't read in this genre since my misspent youth. Now misspending some old age.

Edited: Mar 2, 6:38pm Top

Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso - graphic novel

Mar 2, 6:39pm Top

Koan Kreativity by Tim Ljunggren.

Mar 3, 1:48pm Top

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Mar 3, 1:49pm Top

The Horseman by Tim Pears
The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee

Mar 5, 5:50pm Top

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Mar 8, 9:43am Top

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Mar 8, 12:04pm Top

South and West by Joan Didion
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Mar 8, 3:40pm Top

Mar 9, 4:17pm Top

Went to an author event at my local indie bookseller on Tuesday and snagged a signed first edition of The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler.

Mar 12, 4:31pm Top

I, too, downloaded A House Without Windows. I've only read one of Hashimi's books, but really enjoyed it and have two or three others on Kindle waiting. This one sounds particularly intriguing.

Picked up The Murder Stone from the library.

Mar 12, 7:56pm Top

>17 whymaggiemay: A House Without Windows will be my first Hashimi read. It did sound interesting, didn't it?

Downloaded The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny.

Edited: Mar 13, 2:02pm Top

I got Arizona 100 Years Grand 1912-2012 by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger used, My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem for my book club, and Rocks, Minerals & Gems by Sean Callery from the Scholastic book order.

Mar 15, 11:22am Top

Received an ARC of Fateful Mornings by Tom Bouman.

Mar 16, 2:52pm Top

Arrived this week:

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
99 Poems: New & Selected by Dana Gioia
James Merrill: Life and Art by Langoon Hammer
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
Nights at the Alexandra by William Trevor

Mar 16, 5:40pm Top

My preorder of In this Grave Hour downloaded.

Edited: Mar 18, 2:03pm Top

Mar 19, 11:52pm Top

Today I got Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami from a used bookstore, and inherited a 1911 copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Mar 21, 3:06pm Top

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim by Megan Fontanella and the Guggenheim Foundation

Mar 21, 8:13pm Top

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

Mar 23, 3:11pm Top

Starting Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek quilting series, so picked up:

The Quilter's Apprentice
Round Robin
and downloaded
The Aloha Quilt

I also downloaded The Hiroshima Maidens

Edited: Mar 23, 8:05pm Top

>32 mollygrace: I'm reading Katherine Kuh's book, My Love Affair with Modern Art: Behind the scenes with a Legendary Curator. I know Katherine from her time as the art critic for The Saturday Review. Before that she was modern art curator at the Art Institute of Chicago for many years. An introductory chapter deals with her life as a curator, dealing with the whims of potential donors and the timidity of board members. The following chapters focus on individual artists including Brancusi, Van Gogh's nephew, Mark Rothko, Mark Toby, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Toby, Franz Kline and Fernand Leger, among others.

It's outstanding, full of affection and insight.

Tell me a little about your Guggenheim book.

Mar 23, 10:27pm Top

>35 lansingsexton: I know and respect the name Katherine Kuh. I'm not sure where I first encountered her -- perhaps in The Saturday Review. Thank you for putting me back on her trail -- the book you're reading sounds like something I would enjoy.

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim is the book that accompanies the current exhibit at New York's Guggenheim. This link includes a wonderful video which tells about the exhibit and the six visionary collectors whose gifts to the museum are being honored. There is also a slide show of exhibition views.


Mar 24, 3:38am Top

Wrath by T.R. Ragan

This is the 3rd book in the Faith McMann series. In the first book Faith's children get abducted and her husband gets murdered by sex traffickers. Faith is on a mission to get her kids back. In this final book I am hoping that all will turn out well. I was waiting for this book with bated breath, as both book 1 and 2 were fantastic.

I would highly recommend it for murder/mystery thrill seekers.

Mar 27, 6:08pm Top

Arrived today:

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
Merrill - poetry by James Merrill
The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald

Edited: Mar 28, 12:28pm Top

Mar 28, 3:03pm Top

After recently hearing the author speak, I bought Test-and-Punish: How the Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity. As a teacher, I see way too many people focused on testing, both teachers and students and I wonder just how far the ill effects will go.

Mar 28, 3:08pm Top

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg which I brought home from the library. Last week I read K.C. Constantine Bottom Liner Blues so I felt kind of bad about borrowing from a library but hey, I'm retired, it's the best I can do - haha

Mar 29, 2:23am Top

Mar 29, 12:31pm Top

>42 ahef1963: This sounds like a fun book to read!

Mar 30, 7:40pm Top

>46 JulieLill: I've not read anything by Maggie O'Farrell but keep coming across praise for her writing, so I decided to buy a couple of her books. A friend had recommended The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox so I imagine I'll enjoy it. The friend mentioned that it's a mystery and that a "batty aunt" is involved. I tend to fill that role in our family so I'm hoping that particular character doesn't turn out to be the villain.

Mar 31, 1:57pm Top

A friend sent me My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece because I'd put it on a wish list. Don't you just love friends like that!

Edited: Mar 31, 3:48pm Top

>43 JulieLill: It's interesting, but not as enjoyable as I'd hoped. Some bits are very dull. It is very informative.

>48 whymaggiemay: I need friends like that!

As I can't resist Kate Morton's books I picked up another while out shopping with my mum, this time The Secret Keeper.

Apr 1, 4:41pm Top

Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Apr 1, 6:21pm Top

>48 whymaggiemay: Love the title- can't wait to hear how you like it!

Apr 1, 6:21pm Top

Probably am the last person to read The Girl on the Train by Hawkins but am enjoying it.

Edited: Apr 1, 8:41pm Top

>52 JulieLill: She has a new book coming out in May. Can't wait to read it as I loved The Girl on the Train.

Apr 2, 5:45pm Top

>53 framboise: Will have to look for it.

Apr 4, 4:46pm Top

Arrived today:

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (replacement for a book I lost long ago; I loved using this book with my students -- also long ago -- and missed having a copy in my library)

Apr 5, 1:43pm Top

Apr 6, 10:45am Top

Arrived this week:

California Dreamin' by Penelope Bagieu
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
My Darling Detective by Howard Norman
The Distance Between Us by Maggie O'Farrell
The American Lover by Rose Tremain

Edited: Apr 6, 11:36pm Top

>64 ahef1963: A Fatal Inversion is a particular favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy it.

Apr 7, 1:46pm Top

>64 ahef1963: & >66 mollygrace: A Fatal Inversion sounded really interesting so I downloaded a copy for myself. Also picked up Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg.

Edited: Apr 10, 1:24pm Top

Downloaded the Tor.com free book of the month: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.

Edited: Apr 12, 1:55pm Top

Apr 13, 2:15pm Top

>66 mollygrace: I've never read any Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine, and I'm looking forward to it. Rendell's plots are always twisted with really mentally unbalanced characters, which makes for interesting reading.

>67 seitherin: Good for you! Now we can compare notes once we've all read it. A Certain Justice is one of my favourites amongst P.D. James' novels.

Went to the mall, came home with an entirely unnecessary new book. I swear, my TBR pile is getting bigger than my already-read pile, and I ordered three books online last night. Sigh. Today's find was A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. It looks very intriguing.

Apr 13, 9:43pm Top

>70 ahef1963: The first Barbara Vine book, A Dark-Adapted Eye is another favorite of mine. I already liked Rendell, and wondered why she needed another name or author persona for some of her books, but upon reading that first one I believe I saw right away what she was doing. Though they share many qualities with the Rendells, the Vines have a certain something . . . I'll not say more; in fact, I'm not sure I know how to express it very well, but you'll see. I just know that after that first one, I was quite eager for more of that particular strain of Rendell. I saw why she needed to use another name. I thought of
Barbara as a strange, mysterious Vine growing in a dark corner of the garden -- deadly, no doubt . . . but. oh, so compelling.

Apr 14, 12:19pm Top

>71 mollygrace: I preferred the Vine stories over the Rendell ones.

Apr 15, 8:38pm Top

Today Summer of Night by Dan Simmons came in the mail. There's going to be a read along in July on Instagram.

Apr 16, 1:03pm Top

Shadowbridge by Gregory Frost

Apr 17, 3:19pm Top

>71 mollygrace: The Barbara Vine identity sounds intriguing; I look forward to reading it.

Just arrived in the mail:
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng

Apr 21, 3:41pm Top

>77 ahef1963: Read Everything I Never Told You for a library book club. Would love to know your opinion when you read it.

Picked up two fantasy novels this afternoon:

The Solaris Book of New Fantasy by George Mann to get a feel and taste of new fantasy authors.
The Quarters Novels: Volume II by Tanya Huff because I loved her previous novels.

Edited: Apr 25, 5:21pm Top

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Apr 27, 12:53am Top

The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler, the second book in the Shadow Campaigns series.

Apr 29, 5:21pm Top

Today is Independent Bookstore Day and our local store had to send workers home due to the pouring rain. Please support your local bookstores! You can access them also online!

Apr 30, 3:24pm Top

>86 JulieLill: I always wonder who decides on things like 'Independent Bookstore Day.' I don't object, certainly try to support my independents when possible (few though they are), just wondering. Is it a Hallmark day like Grandmothers day and Bosses Day, or did some governmental body actually name it that.

Edited: Apr 30, 5:28pm Top

Apr 30, 6:23pm Top

My friend just mailed me The Last Runaway because she knows Tracy Chevalier is one of my favorite authors.

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