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Familyhistorian's Bookish Thread part 1

This topic was continued by Familyhistorian's Bookish Thread part 2.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1Familyhistorian
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 5:23pm Top



A view from my window.

2Familyhistorian
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3Familyhistorian
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 5:19pm Top

My name is Meg and this is my fifth year as one of the 75ers. 2017 brought some changes for me as I retired from my day job at the end of September. Retirement should give me more time to explore my many interests, at least in theory. I am interested in history and genealogy and actively research, read and write about those areas. When I talk about active research, I mean the type that involves travel and I hope to do more of that this year.

4Familyhistorian
Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 5:17pm Top

BLOG



My blog is called A Genealogist's Path to History where I write about history that I have uncovered in my family related and other research. Check it out at A Genealogist's Path to History

5Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 14, 11:54pm Top



Little Free Library

Number culled in January

Total 2018 culls


6Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 14, 11:55pm Top

I said that I would do fewer challenges in 2018 but they are so tempting. Looks like I will be attempting more challenges in 2017 than I did in 2018.

Challenges I will do my best to partake of in 2018

AAC 2018

January- Joan Didion
February- Colson Whitehead
March- Tobias Wolff
April- Alice Walker
May- Peter Hamil
June - Walter Mosley
July- Amy Tan
August- Louis L'Amour
September- Pat Conroy
October- Stephen King
November- Narrative Nonfiction
December- F. Scott Fitzgerald

BAC 2018

JANUARY - DEBUT NOVELS -
FEBRUARY - THE 1970s -
MARCH - CLASSIC THRILLERS -
APRIL - FOLKLORE, FABLES AND LEGENDS -
MAY - QUEENS OF CRIME -
JUNE - TRAVEL WRITING -
JULY - THE ANGRY YOUNG MEN -
AUGUST - BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION -
SEPTEMBER - HISTORICAL FICTION -
OCTOBER - COMEDIC NOVELS -
NOVEMBER - WORLD WAR ONE -
DECEMBER - BRITISH SERIES -

WILDCARD - THE ROMANTICS -

2018 MysteryCAT

January: Nordic Mysteries - The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo - DONE
February: Female Cop/Sleuth/Detective
March: Global Mysteries
April: Classic and Golden Age Mysteries
May: Mysteries involving Transit
June: True Crime
July: Police Procedurals
August: Historical Mysteries
September: Noir and Hard-Boiled Mysteries
October: Espionage
November: Cozy Mysteries
December: Futuristic/Fantastical Mysteries

2018 Nonfiction Challenge

January - Prize Winning Books
February -- Biographies
March – Far, Far Away: Traveling
April – History
May – Boundaries: Geography, Geopolitics and Maps
June – The Great Outdoors
July – The Arts
August – Short and Sweet: Essays and Other Longform Narratives
September – Gods, Demons, Spirits, and Supernatural Beliefs
October – First Person Singular
November – Politics, Economics & Business
December – 2018 In Review

7Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 14, 11:56pm Top

More challenges

Reading Through Time

Quarterly

January-March 2018 - 19th Century Europe (& rest of the world, excluding Northern America)
April-June 2018 - 19th Century Northern America (includes Civil War; excluding the Old West)
July-September 2018 - The Old West
October-December 2018 - 20th Century: Before WW1 (1900-1913)

Monthly

January 2018: "Baby, It's Cold Out There!"
February 2018: "Going Hollywood"
March 2018: "Something Sporty"
April 2018: "Clash of Cultures"
May 2018: "Southeast Asia"
June 2018: "Digging Up the Past"
July 2018: "Nautical"
August 2018: "Europe Between the Wars, 1918 - 1939"
September 2018:
October 2018: "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
November 2018: "She Blinded Me with Science"

I'm not going out of my way (much) to fill in the following non-LT challenges. Just interested to see what I can do.

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen
2. True crime
3. The next book in a series you started
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir - The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
6. A novel based on a real person
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
8. A book with a time of day in the title
9. A book about a villain or antihero
10. A book about death or grief
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
15. A book about feminism
16. A book about mental health
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
18. A book by two authors
19. A book about or involving a sport
20. A book by a local author -
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
22. A book with alliteration in the title
23. A book about time travel
24. A book with a weather element in the title
25. A book set at sea
26. A book with an animal in the title
27. A book set on a different planet
28. A book with song lyrics in the title
29. A book about or set on Halloween
30. A book with characters who are twins
31. A book mentioned in another book
32. A book from a celebrity book club
33. A childhood classic you've never read
34. A book that's published in 2018
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
36. A book set in the decade you were born
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)

Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
2. A cyberpunk book
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
8. A microhistory
9. A book about a problem facing society today
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge

1. A book published posthumously
2. A book of true crime
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
6. A book about nature
7. A western
8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
11. A children’s classic published before 1980
12. A celebrity memoir
13. An Oprah Book Club selection
14. A book of social science
15. A one-sitting book
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
19. A book of genre fiction in translation
20. A book with a cover you hate
21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
22. An essay anthology
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

8Familyhistorian
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Books read in 2018

9Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 14, 11:59pm Top

Book stats

10Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 15, 12:02am Top

Books acquired in 2018


11Ameise1
Dec 26, 2017, 5:15pm Top

Happy reading 2018, Meg. I dropped a .

12Familyhistorian
Dec 26, 2017, 5:24pm Top

Hi Barbara, you are fast off the mark. Good to have you following along.

13drneutron
Dec 26, 2017, 8:25pm Top

Welcome back!

14Familyhistorian
Dec 26, 2017, 8:51pm Top

>13 drneutron: Thank's Jim. I'm looking forward to maybe keeping up better with the 75ers this year.

15The_Hibernator
Dec 26, 2017, 10:25pm Top

Halloo!

16Familyhistorian
Dec 26, 2017, 11:35pm Top

>15 The_Hibernator: Hey Rachel! Good to see you here.

17Eyejaybee
Dec 27, 2017, 8:00am Top

Best wishes for a great year of reading, Meg.

18richardderus
Dec 27, 2017, 8:59am Top

Happy 2018 threading!

19susanj67
Dec 27, 2017, 10:38am Top

Hi Meg! I've starred you and look forward to visiting. That sky in >1 Familyhistorian: looks very serious - I hope you didn't get a soaking.

20RebaRelishesReading
Dec 27, 2017, 10:52am Top

Hi Meg, glad you're back :)

21Crazymamie
Dec 27, 2017, 12:09pm Top

Dropping a star, Meg!

22Familyhistorian
Dec 27, 2017, 2:23pm Top

Thanks James, Richard, Susan, Reba and Mamie.

>19 susanj67: That's a photo from about a month back, Susan, which would make it November when it rained for 27 of the days so chances are we did get wet. Now the view is covered in snow, again. They said we would have a white Christmas for the first time in ages, they didn't say it last all week!

23mstrust
Dec 27, 2017, 3:28pm Top

Happy New Year and happy new thread!
>1 Familyhistorian: Ominous skies!

24Berly
Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 4:24pm Top



Starred, of course!! I like the skies behind the little free library better! ; )

25EBT1002
Dec 27, 2017, 4:28pm Top

Dropping off my star. Happy happy new year, Meg!

26johnsimpson
Dec 27, 2017, 4:36pm Top

Dropping my star off and happy new 2018 thread my dear.

27Familyhistorian
Dec 27, 2017, 8:23pm Top

>23 mstrust: The clouds get caught on the mountains and pile up. Looks kind of dramatic doesn't it? Good to see you here, Jennifer.

28Familyhistorian
Dec 27, 2017, 8:30pm Top

>24 Berly: Well, of course, that's because it's spring or summer in that shot. LOL. There is sunshine in the top shot as well! Very starry there, Kim!

29Familyhistorian
Dec 27, 2017, 8:31pm Top

>25 EBT1002: Happy new year, Ellen. Hope it's a good one!

30Familyhistorian
Dec 27, 2017, 8:32pm Top

>26 johnsimpson: I hope you and Karen are having a great holiday season, John. Good to see you here.

31katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 1:20pm Top

Hi Meg! Happy new reading year!

Also: http://www.librarything.com/topic/279363.

32thornton37814
Dec 28, 2017, 3:01pm Top

Dropping my star here! Hope you have a great year of reading in 2018!

33jessibud2
Dec 28, 2017, 4:02pm Top

Hi Meg, happy new thread!!

34Familyhistorian
Dec 29, 2017, 1:42am Top

>31 katiekrug: >32 thornton37814: >33 jessibud2: Hi Katie, Lori and Shelley. Good to see you all here. Now to hunt down your 2018 threads.

35Carmenere
Dec 30, 2017, 9:16am Top

Happy New Year, Meg and best wishes for a wonderful year of reading.

36Familyhistorian
Dec 30, 2017, 6:02pm Top

>35 Carmenere: Thanks Lynda. I hope your New Year is a good one. (The year of reading is a given, isn't it?)

37FAMeulstee
Dec 31, 2017, 11:43am Top

Happy reading in 2018, Meg!

38The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2017, 12:26pm Top



Happy New Year! I wish you to read many good books in 2018.

39cushlareads
Dec 31, 2017, 2:41pm Top

Happy New Year, Meg! I’m going to try to keep up with your thread better this year!

40SandDune
Dec 31, 2017, 2:52pm Top

Happy New Year Meg! Here's to a great year of reading!

41cameling
Dec 31, 2017, 3:59pm Top

Happy new year, Meg. Starred you so I don't lose you once this group really gets going.

42Ameise1
Dec 31, 2017, 5:15pm Top


view from Zürich's landmark mountain Üetliberg

43Familyhistorian
Dec 31, 2017, 9:24pm Top

>37 FAMeulstee: All the best to you in 2018, Anita. Happy New Year!

44Familyhistorian
Dec 31, 2017, 9:25pm Top

>38 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel. That's quite the celebratory pooch! Have a Happy New Year!

45Familyhistorian
Dec 31, 2017, 9:26pm Top

>39 cushlareads: Good to see you here, Cushla. I look forward to seeing more of you in 2018!

46Familyhistorian
Dec 31, 2017, 9:27pm Top

>40 SandDune: Hi Rhian. I hope that your New Year was/is happy!

47Familyhistorian
Dec 31, 2017, 9:28pm Top

>41 cameling: Hi Caroline, glad to have you follow along. Have a Happy New Year!

48Familyhistorian
Dec 31, 2017, 9:29pm Top

>42 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara. I hope your wishes for 2018 come true as well. Have a Happy New Year!

49PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 2, 12:47am Top



Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

50karenmarie
Jan 1, 7:02am Top

Hi Meg!

>4 Familyhistorian: I love your artwork.

Good luck with all your challenges this year! Oh, yeah, and being retired. *smile*

51Carmenere
Jan 1, 7:10am Top

52msf59
Jan 1, 8:26am Top



^Looking forward to another year of books and other delights, Meg!

53susanj67
Jan 1, 8:55am Top

Happy new year, Meg! What do you think will be your first finish for 2018 from all those challenges?!

54mdoris
Jan 1, 11:56am Top

Hi Meg, It looks like an amazing year of reading that you have planned. All the best!

55jnwelch
Jan 1, 2:31pm Top

Happy 2018, Meg, and Happy Continued Retirement!

56Berly
Jan 1, 6:54pm Top



Happy 2018!!

57Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:31am Top

>49 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. I hope that you had a great New Years celebration. All the best in 2018.

58Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:34am Top

>50 karenmarie: Thanks Karen. I enjoy doing many of the illustrations for my blog and one of the things that I will be exploring in my retirement is art. I signed up for a half day class on water colour but have coupons that allow me to take a few more classes.

59Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:37am Top

>51 Carmenere: I hope every one of your days in 2018 is happy too, Lynda.

60Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:37am Top

>52 msf59: Thanks Mark for the greetings from you and your buddies. LOL

61Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:39am Top

>53 susanj67: I already know that, Susan because I finished my first book this morning. It was a Nordic mystery The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo.

62Familyhistorian
Edited: Mar 23, 9:47pm Top

1. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo

One of the first challenges I signed up for, in this year of fewer challenges (yeah, right) was the MysteryCAT. The first category was Nordic mysteries and I didn't have any on the shelf. Being proactive I went to the library in December and picked up a book by Jo Nesbo, The Devil's Star. I had an idea that Nesbo was popular because there were very few of his books on the library shelves but as soon as I brought the book home someone put a hold on it. I hate when that happens. The book is due January 2nd. *sigh*

The Devil's Star was the first Harry Hole book that I have read. I didn't know what to expect. It was about serial murders which seemed to be solved about half way through but wait, there was more to it than that. There was a whole greater plot which put Harry and his family in danger. It was almost like watching a movie like Die Hard. A very action packed, edge of your seat type of read.

63Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:55am Top

>54 mdoris: My plan was actually not to do any challenges this year but I was overcome by temptation, Mary. We'll see how I do. Best of luck with your reading in 2018.

64Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:58am Top

>55 jnwelch: Happy Continued Retirement right back at you, Joe. Unlike you, I don't have an event director/partner in crime so I am playing it by ear.

65Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 12:59am Top

>56 Berly: Thanks Kim. Happy 2018!

66Ameise1
Jan 2, 5:05am Top

I haven't read any Nesbø yet. I know lots of people who like his books very much. I probably should start reading him one day.

67thornton37814
Jan 2, 9:33am Top

>62 Familyhistorian: I have that one in a stash around here. I have only read #7 The Snowman. I think I didn't read it right away because I wanted to read the earlier installments. I guess I need to see if the library has those. If not, I may see if I have time to tackle a second Nordic mystery this time and join you on that one.

68Crazymamie
Jan 2, 11:22am Top

OH! You started with a good one, Meg! I love Harry Hole. If you are at all interested go back and read books two and three - trust me, you can safely skip the first two books in the series. (Um...but don't tell Susan I said that)

69Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 1:48pm Top

>66 Ameise1: This was my first Nesbo, Barbara. I think they are good if you like thrillers.

70Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 1:55pm Top

>67 thornton37814: I don't usually read Nordic mysteries but was reading it for a challenge. It was very action packed and Harry Hole is an interesting character. I started Snowblind just after the Nesbo book and it seems to be more mystery than thriller.

71Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 1:58pm Top

>68 Crazymamie: I picked up Cockroaches. Is that one of the good ones, Mamie? I am ok with reading out of order (I won't let Susan know).

72richardderus
Jan 2, 2:04pm Top

>62 Familyhistorian: I am still completely unable to get past my adolescent response to a detective named Harry Hole. Just cannot do it. I, too, hate the hold-dictates-read-time syndrome that library books impose...I'll read it when I'm ready!! But nooo.

73brodiew2
Jan 2, 2:05pm Top

Hello Familyhistorian and Happy new year!

74Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 2:36pm Top

>72 richardderus: Yeah, Harry Hole, but it is a name you are not likely to forget. The holds get to me, especially if I have found a book on the shelf and then a hold comes on it when I get the book home. If I get the book through a hold myself then I know I have to read it quickly. I just don't understand why all the holds come in at once!

75Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 2:36pm Top

>73 brodiew2: Hey Brodie, I hope your 2018 is a good one!

76richardderus
Jan 2, 4:14pm Top

>74 Familyhistorian: Because the gods are cruel and whimsical and hate us inexpressibly.

It's really the only explanation for the Universe as it is.

77Crazymamie
Jan 2, 4:47pm Top

>71 Familyhistorian: That's the very first one - the first two are the losers of the bunch, I think, just because the writing and plotting is so much better starting with book three - The Redbreast. But Cockroaches does provide good background that you don't have to have but comes in handy.

78thornton37814
Jan 2, 4:51pm Top

It's always my luck that my holds all come in at once so I'm careful not to put too many on e-books at once.

79cameling
Jan 2, 5:30pm Top

I like dark Scandi crime fiction because they don't pull any punches about exploring the darker side of human nature. Harry Hole, though, I found really annoying at first, but then I started reading them out of order and what do you know.. he became a much nicer (IMO) person in the later books, so I changed my opinion of him.

80Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 6:53pm Top

>76 richardderus: And here I thought it was some more earthly power, like the librarians snickering in the background while they stick all the holds for one patron on the shelf.

81Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 6:54pm Top

>77 Crazymamie: Oh well, at least it was my free book in a 3 for 2 deal. Thanks for the heads up, Mamie.

82richardderus
Jan 2, 7:00pm Top

>80 Familyhistorian: *snerk* Shows what YOU know.

83Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 2, 7:10pm Top

>78 thornton37814: I don't usually put too many holds on at once, Lori. But nothing was coming in and it looked like there were lots of people in front of me on things I had requested, then, of course, everything came in at once. On top of that a non-hold I had out was put on hold by someone else once I took it home.

I saw that you read Where I Was From for the AAC and gave it a good review. I have that to read for this month as well. It probably appealed to us for the same reason. LOL

84Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 7:19pm Top

>79 cameling: Huh, seems like I was on the right track when I started reading out of order from the beginning. Harry Hole didn't annoy me in The Devil's Star.

85Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 7:21pm Top

>80 Familyhistorian: Ok, cruel gods it is but if that's all they get up to then I'm not complaining.

86richardderus
Jan 2, 7:28pm Top

>85 Familyhistorian: ...you DO recall the events of the 8th of November 2016...?

87thornton37814
Jan 2, 9:36pm Top

>83 Familyhistorian: Yes. I read why it appealed to you, and that's why I'd already downloaded it when I saw your message. On the subject of Harry Hole, I think I may not worry about those earlier installments and just try to locate that one in my stash. I kind of think it's in a box upstairs instead of downstairs. I need to affix the contents to the side of each box, but there is a sheet with the contents of each box in the top of the box.

88Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 10:03pm Top

>86 richardderus: Somewhat tempered in my view by the events of October 19, 2015.

89richardderus
Jan 2, 10:06pm Top

>88 Familyhistorian: *happy sigh* It's nice when the good are also good to look at, innit?

90Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 10:08pm Top

>87 thornton37814: From the sounds of Mamie's post it sounds like it is ok to start at book 3 of the Harry Hole series. You are doing better than me by having labeled boxes, Lori. I don't have any strategy for finding my fiction books. The only books I have shelved in their correct places are nonfiction.

91Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 10:15pm Top

>89 richardderus: So much better than his counterpart to the south, looks at all.

92thornton37814
Jan 2, 11:15pm Top

>91 Familyhistorian: It's only because I knew I'd never find them unless I did that!

93Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 1:19am Top

>92 thornton37814: Where is your sense of adventure, Lori? I hardly ever know where to find the books I am looking for but I do find a lot of other interesting reads when I am hunting.

94Crazymamie
Jan 3, 9:26am Top

>93 Familyhistorian: This made me laugh, Meg! Happy Wednesday to you.

95The_Hibernator
Jan 3, 10:04am Top

>83 Familyhistorian: Yeah, I'm the same way about holds at the library. I don't like it when too many books come in at once, so I generally only put one book on hold at a time. I can read other books in the mean-time.

96Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 2:56pm Top

>94 Crazymamie: But so true, Mamie. It's good to be organized but when you aren't you have the potential to find hidden treasure.

97Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 3:01pm Top

>95 The_Hibernator: I used to put holds on one at a time but I just got carried away at one point. It was probably because of those new books that aren't at the library yet and have 40 holds ahead of me. Somehow when the wait is more than 3 months another hold request or 3 snuck in there.

98BLBera
Jan 3, 7:14pm Top

Happy New Year, Meg. I Hope 2018 is a stellar year for you.

99msf59
Jan 3, 7:28pm Top

>62 Familyhistorian: I have only read a few of the Harry Hole series, including The Devil's Star, but my first was The Redbreast and it remains my favorite, by a long shot. Just sayin'...I still want to get to The Snowman.

100Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 7:53pm Top

>98 BLBera: Hi Beth and thanks. I hope you have a wonderful 2018!

101Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 7:58pm Top

>99 msf59: I'll have to check The Redbreast out, Mark. Thanks for the heads up.

102Familyhistorian
Jan 4, 9:35pm Top

In BC real estate is almost a sport so our annual property assessments make the news. I received mine today and this year it included a graph which showed the increases since 2014, so 5 years. I added them all up and in 5 years the assessed value has increased by 71%. I wish other investments increased like that!

104Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 1:52am Top

>103 thornton37814: Kind of unbelievable isn't it. It was the 31% last year and 21% this year that did it.

105mdoris
Jan 5, 2:18am Top

>102 Familyhistorian: One of the sad parts of this 71% is that the children who have grown up in Vancouver/B.C. can not afford to stay or are living lives burdened with debt. It's not right!

106Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 1:40pm Top

>105 mdoris: When I added up all the increases, that was the first thing that I thought of. Homes are for living in not for investment.

107vancouverdeb
Jan 5, 7:01pm Top

>104 Familyhistorian: Wow! That's a lot over the last year. Our place increased in value by 58 % over the past 5 years. 29 % and 11% over the past couple of year and the rest the previous years. Since we live in our place, I take it with a grain of salt. I'm not quite sure how my 27 year old son and his similarly aged wife were able to purchase a brand new townhouse last spring. $960,00 .00 for a 1300 square feet 3 bedroom 2 1/2 baths. And they are expecting their first ( maybe only child?) in March . My son does have a good job with Telus as a developer / analyst and my DIL teaches elementary school. Even so, I'm not sure how they were able to afford that. My other son rents a basement suite here in Richmond. It's a struggle for him, I think , but at least he seems to have a nice landlord - steady , reasonable people and he is good tenant, quiet, neat . He is fortunate to have his own laundry room on the premises. We do help out our elder son , who rents though. Here and there he has lost a job and had a bit of trouble finding a new one. Kids, you always love them and try to help out.

Happy Reading, Meg!

108DeltaQueen50
Jan 5, 11:31pm Top

Hi Meg, I'm a little late in arriving but I've spent the last couple of days catching up. I too, have signed up for too many challenges, but I am giving myself plenty of leeway to skip a few along the way if it proves to be too much for me. I've placed my star and I am looking forward to another year of good books and good chat. :)

109Familyhistorian
Jan 6, 2:11am Top

>107 vancouverdeb: It's probably high here for last year because of the Evergreen Line, Deb. We are within walking distance of 2 or 3 of the stations. I think that the value of my place may have doubled since I bought in 2009 but, when I think about it, it really isn't out of line with what has happened in recent history. We lived in our last place for 23 years and over that time it increase to 5 times the former value. Shocking, and why didn't I invest in real estate? I really feel for young people who are buying into this market but if it keeps on going... Good for your son and his wife for getting in before they changed the rules.

110Familyhistorian
Jan 6, 2:13am Top

>108 DeltaQueen50: Thanks for posting and starring, Judy. Because you showed up I realized that I hadn't starred your 2018 thread. That's been done now. Are you moved yet?

111Ameise1
Jan 6, 4:13am Top

Happy weekend, Meg.

112Familyhistorian
Jan 6, 1:12pm Top

Same to you, Barbara.

113Familyhistorian
Edited: Mar 23, 9:49pm Top

2. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Ari Thor didn't know what he was getting in to when he accepted a job as a policeman in Siglufjordur, a town far to the north of his native Reykjavik. Not only was he far away from his live in girlfriend, who was upset that he had taken the job, he was in a small town where everyone knew each other and close to the Arctic Circle. Almost immediately, he feels claustrophobic, hemmed in by mountains, snow and the dark.

Ari was impulsive and less accepting of the status quo. He asks questions and shakes things up and blunders about. But still, he is likable and the reader wants him to find out the truth about the murders that are happening in town.

114Crazymamie
Jan 6, 6:11pm Top

>113 Familyhistorian: Meg, did you like it? I have the second in that series, and I am hoping to get to it this month.

115richardderus
Jan 6, 8:08pm Top

>113 Familyhistorian: Whew! Already on The List. Nice that it's getting such consistent praise.

116thornton37814
Jan 6, 8:09pm Top

>113 Familyhistorian: That one is in my "read but unowned" collection which means I took it back to McKays. I don't remember reading it though.

117DeltaQueen50
Jan 6, 10:21pm Top

>110 Familyhistorian: It's looking like our official moving day will be February 2nd, but we are loading up and taking stuff up to the apartment every day - it's amazing how empty our house now seems with the artwork, pictures and ornaments removed.

118Ameise1
Jan 7, 6:38am Top

>113 Familyhistorian: I read the srcond one last year and I liked it. Go for it.

119msf59
Jan 7, 7:07am Top

>113 Familyhistorian: Snowblind has been making the LT rounds. I have not read a good Scandinavian mystery in a couple of years. I am due.

Happy Sunday, Meg. Our warm-up begins today. Nearly 30 degrees difference by Wednesday.

120Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 7, 3:52pm Top

>114 Crazymamie: It was really good, Mamie. At least I thought so. What did you think of it? Hmm, I think I know what you thought of it. It was your review that got me to pick it up. My library has the second book on order and I am in the hold list.

121Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 3:56pm Top

>115 richardderus: Its a good, Richard. So atmospheric - cold, dark and snow. In a small town too, where everyone knows each other's business (that always gives me the willies).

122Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 4:00pm Top

>116 thornton37814: It was published at the beginning of 2017 so maybe it was an early read last year, Lori. I thought it was very good, maybe you weren't impressed?

123Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 4:01pm Top

>117 DeltaQueen50: It's nice to have the luxury of a slow move, Judy. That way, when the big stuff comes in, everything will be in place.

124Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 4:03pm Top

>118 Ameise1: I have a hold on the second at the library, Barbara. I'm looking forward to it. Did you get to read the first one?

125Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 4:05pm Top

>119 msf59: Snowblind would be an interesting Scandinavian mystery to put on your list, Mark.

I am sure you will be so happy when the deep freeze is over!

126Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 4:11pm Top

I am sick. I kind of feel like the wet noodle that Amber was threatening Joe with. I am trying to psych myself into going out in the cold and wet to drive to the grocery store.

127jessibud2
Jan 7, 4:28pm Top

Oh Meg. Sorry to hear this. Anything that can wait another day or so, to prevent your having to drag yourself out?
I feel I am fighting something, too, but so far, it hasn't hit full force yet. I guess tis the season... :-p

Feel better soon

128katiekrug
Jan 7, 4:43pm Top

Meg, sorry you are under the weather. Take care of yourself!

129vancouverdeb
Jan 7, 8:38pm Top

I enjoyed Snowblind and read a couple of others in the series. I think part of my enjoyment was that fact that I am 1/2 Icelandic and my son and his wife visited Iceland last March, and my mom and neice have also visited. My son and his wife went all around the Island of Iceland and they really loved the place and said, yes, that many of the places out of Reykjavik were extremely isolated. ( though not full of murder) . They went with another couple, which I think both I and they liked. At times they said they could not see the road for the snow and dark , and William and other fellow switched off the driving. Sorry to hear you are not feeling good, Meg. Would your son go out for you today? Take care and I hope you feel better soon.

130Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 8:45pm Top

>127 jessibud2: No Shelley, I went out to the store because I needed to get some prepackaged food. I didn't cook yesterday and I don't think my son ate. I ran into neighbours and as soon as I opened my mouth and said I was sick in that terrible sore throat voice, they waved and skedaddled.

131Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 8:47pm Top

>128 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. I am getting a lot of sleep and reading when I can keep my eyes open.

132Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 8:50pm Top

>129 vancouverdeb: It really gives a good idea what Iceland is like, especially the remoter parts. No, my son doesn't drive and some of the things I have to pick up are very heavy, so it is all up to me. *sigh* Thanks for the healing wishes, Deb.

133RebaRelishesReading
Jan 7, 8:51pm Top

Poor Meg!! Stay warm, get a lot of rest and get better soon!

134Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 9:32pm Top

>133 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks Reba. I hope this sickness is over quickly.

135thornton37814
Edited: Jan 7, 10:16pm Top

>122 Familyhistorian: I don't know how it ended up there. I'll investigate and try to figure out why. In the meantime, I'm just removing it. I know I didn't read or abandon it last year.

ETA: I think I just saw it in your "Read but Unowned" collection and assumed it was mine.

136msf59
Jan 7, 10:19pm Top

Sending warm and healing vibes to Meg! I hope you get better soon, my friend.

137Crazymamie
Jan 8, 9:47am Top

>129 vancouverdeb: Deborah, you're the reason I read it!

Morning, Meg. I hope you are feeling better today.

138Ameise1
Edited: Jan 8, 3:08pm Top

>124 Familyhistorian: No, I haven't read the third one.

Get well soon, Meg.

139Familyhistorian
Jan 8, 5:46pm Top

>135 thornton37814: Yes, I did mark it "read but unowned" so maybe that is the confusion, Lori. It is worth reading.

140Familyhistorian
Jan 8, 5:47pm Top

>136 msf59: Thanks, Mark. Enjoy your illicit day off (somehow those days are the most satisfying.)

141Familyhistorian
Jan 8, 5:54pm Top

>137 Crazymamie: Oh, that makes sense. Deb would be interested in the Icelandic angle. I don't remember her review but often I get a BB from the second review that I read. Maybe I need the first one to soften me up?

I'm telling myself that I feel better today because I have to take Snowblind back to the library tomorrow. I hope I can find the energy. It is a long trek. I see that your second thread is almost as long as your first by now, Mamie.

142Familyhistorian
Jan 8, 5:56pm Top

>138 Ameise1: Did you read Snowblind, the first one, Barbara? Thanks for the get well wishes.

143richardderus
Jan 8, 6:02pm Top

I'll heave a DeLurgification Ray® your way so the librarians won't beat you with stinging nettles and force you to eat Carolina reaper chili peppers when you bring it back.

144Familyhistorian
Jan 8, 10:32pm Top

>143 richardderus: Thanks for that Richard but one of the books is due tomorrow and I hate for any other reader to be disappointed.

145Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 11, 7:07pm Top

With apologies to Richard, my next review is a GN. LOL

3. Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

One of the library holds that all came in around the same time was Preludes & Nocturnes. Thanks for this book recommendation, Joe. I finished it in time to return it before the next hold comes due. It is great to know that I started at the beginning of the Sandman story and that Gaiman himself says that the story gets better as he becomes able to explore it further.

146vancouverdeb
Jan 8, 11:17pm Top

Oh, so sorry you are feeling so poorly, Meg. I had a bad month in December where I did really almost nohting useful, but I had great support from my husband. Despite him working, he was great about getting dinner and purchasing easy to cook foods etc. I sure hope you are feeling better soon.

147Familyhistorian
Jan 9, 2:32pm Top

>146 vancouverdeb: It would be nice to have that kind of support, Deb, so I hope that I don't feel poorly for a month because the things that get done depend on me for the most part.

148jessibud2
Jan 9, 3:16pm Top

Feeling any better today, Meg? Sure hope so!

149Ameise1
Jan 9, 4:10pm Top

>142 Familyhistorian: I've read the first two of this series. I hope you feel a bit better today, Meg. Sending healing vibes.

150richardderus
Jan 9, 7:04pm Top

>145 Familyhistorian: Goodness, a strange void where there should be a post. How odd.

151Familyhistorian
Jan 9, 9:03pm Top

>148 jessibud2: Well, I was able to walk to the Skytrain and go downtown and back. Although I headed for the couch as soon as I made it in the door. Thanks for the good wishes, Shelley. At least today it didn't rain so that made the trek a bit easier.

152Familyhistorian
Jan 9, 9:05pm Top

>149 Ameise1: It sounds as though you liked them both then, Barbara. Is there a third one out already? Thanks for the healing vibes.

153Familyhistorian
Jan 9, 9:07pm Top

>150 richardderus: LOL, Richard. I see that you are following the 2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge. How are you going to do that without reading any GNs?

154msf59
Jan 9, 9:19pm Top

Hi, Meg. Sorry, you are not feeling any better. I hope tomorrow brings some improvement. Fingers crossed. We are supposed to get some very mild weather the next 2 days and then back to the freeze. Ugh!

155Familyhistorian
Jan 10, 1:34am Top

>154 msf59: Enjoy the mild weather while it lasts, Mark. Hopefully the next deep freeze will be short lived.

156Berly
Jan 10, 1:58am Top

Meg--Delurking to wish you well!!

157karenmarie
Jan 10, 7:14am Top

Hi Meg!

I'm caught up here, finally. I hope you are feeling better.

>62 Familyhistorian: I've read 3 Harry Hole books and have more on my shelves.

>68 Crazymamie: Ha, Mamie. The I loved The Snowman, and disliked the first two. Maybe I'll give #3 a try this year.

158Crazymamie
Jan 10, 7:52am Top

>157 karenmarie: You won't be sorry, Karen - the third one is very good.

Morning, Meg! Hoping you are feeling better today.

159jnwelch
Jan 10, 8:30am Top

Sending healthy vibes, Meg. I hope you're feeling improved.

160EBT1002
Jan 10, 12:33pm Top

I'm so sorry you got the crud, Meg. I have watched your steps dwindle on Fitbit friends and I SO empathize!
Rest, rest, and more rest, my friend. It's the only way to get better.

161Familyhistorian
Jan 10, 2:42pm Top

>156 Berly: Thanks, Kim.

>157 karenmarie: A bit better, Karen. I'm telling myself it should be over on Friday as that will be 7 days and long enough. It isn't as if I am able to stay home from a job or anything. I am missing stuff I want to do. Yeah the good Harry Hole books start with The Redbreast, at least according to Mamie, like she says in >158 Crazymamie:.

>158 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie. I'm working on it.

162Familyhistorian
Jan 10, 2:49pm Top

>159 jnwelch: Thanks for the healthy vibes, Joe.

>160 EBT1002: I'm not so good at the rest, rest and more rest, Ellen. I'm starting to push myself a bit so my steps may pick up some.

163DeltaQueen50
Jan 10, 3:02pm Top

Hope you feel better soon, Meg. Meanwhile, stay warm and drink lots of fluids and reading a book or two may help as well. :)

164richardderus
Jan 10, 3:08pm Top

>153 Familyhistorian: I got hit by a book bullet on Nathalie/deern's thread: My Brother's Husband. Drat it. I tried reading GNs on my tablet but wasn't enamo(u)red of the experience. The library had this one in tree-book format so...

165Ameise1
Jan 10, 3:48pm Top

>152 Familyhistorian: I just look it online up. My library has got the third one. It was released in German in Oct 17. Sending more healing vibes your way.

166evilmoose
Jan 10, 7:01pm Top

Happy new reading year Meg! And oooh, the Sandman series. I started tentatively, and finally finished it this December, absolutely in love with the way Gaiman wove the story. I still don't enjoy the artwork as much as proper graphic novel lovers seem to, but oh, Gaiman's way with words rings my soul like a bell.

167vancouverdeb
Jan 10, 7:17pm Top

Ah, sorry to hear that you are still feeling poorly Meg. I have an upset stomach today, but I have only myself to blame- too much chocolate yesterday. My constitution is not what it was back in the day!

168Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 6:04pm Top

>163 DeltaQueen50: Good advice, Judy, especially the reading a book or two part.

169Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 6:09pm Top

>164 richardderus: I can't imagine reading a GN electronically. You really need those glossy pages to enjoy the art work. Maybe if they came up with something innovative, like interactive features, electronic GNs might become interesting. Enjoy My Brother's Husband, Richard. Ooh, there are multiple volumes.

170Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 6:12pm Top

>165 Ameise1: You are getting the translations more quickly than we are, Barbara, but then we are usually left behind here in Canada. Keep sending the healing vibes. The sickness should end soon (I hope).

171richardderus
Jan 11, 6:12pm Top

>169 Familyhistorian: The tree book has the first two stories in one hardcover, I'm pleased to report. At least it's a subject I care about, so I'm likely to have a minimally unpleasant time of it.

172Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 6:50pm Top

>166 evilmoose: I've only read the first volume in the Sandman series but the story is very interesting, Megan. I can't wait to find out what comes next. Good to see you back. I'll have to check for your thread.

173Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 6:52pm Top

>167 vancouverdeb: What, too much chocolate can hurt your stomach? I didn't know that could happen. I think, maybe, I have a high chocolate tolerance. A lot of food tastes a bit off since I've been sick but chocolate tastes just fine.

174Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 6:53pm Top

>171 richardderus: If you let yourself, you might even enjoy it, Richard.

175Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 7:10pm Top

4. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

This was another BB that I picked up from the threads. I was intrigued by the descriptions of Easy Rahlins in reviews that I read. This time I actually started the series at the beginning! A good thing too, because it lays the basis for Easy's character and his ability to fund his detective business.

176msf59
Jan 11, 7:14pm Top

Hi, Meg. Hope you are feeling better. Hooray for Devil in a Blue Dress. Do you realize Mosley is going to be an AAC author? Yep, in June. You are one ahead.

177Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 7:17pm Top

I'm a bit behind in reviews and way behind on the threads but I have to resist. My next blog post is due out tomorrow so I have to finish it. This time I am dealing with documents related to women which can be rare finds in history. The next one up is my 3 x great grandmother's petition to the courts for mercy for her husband and son who were sentenced to transportation.

178Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 7:20pm Top

>176 msf59: I put in the hold for the Mosley book before the AAC was cemented in place, Mark. If I time it right, I might get another Easy Rahlins book to read for June.

179richardderus
Jan 11, 7:37pm Top

>174 Familyhistorian: I'd never have taken you for a cockeyed optimist, Meg.

180Familyhistorian
Jan 11, 8:58pm Top

>179 richardderus: Ah well, it sometimes helps to have some strange power on my side.

181thornton37814
Jan 12, 8:02am Top

>175 Familyhistorian: I tried a Mosley once and didn't like it that much. I am not certain I'll read one of his books for AAC. I might skip that month.

182jnwelch
Jan 12, 9:05am Top

>175 Familyhistorian: Oh, I'm glad you read and liked Devil in the Blue Dress, Meg. They made a good Denzel Washington- Don Cheadle movie of it, too. I love the Easy Rawlins books.

183Familyhistorian
Jan 12, 3:32pm Top

>181 thornton37814: That's too bad, Lori. I really liked the Easy Rawlins character, reminded me a lot of some people I had contact with when working back in Dartmouth.

184Familyhistorian
Jan 12, 3:35pm Top

>182 jnwelch: I am a sucker for those true-to-themselves not true-to-the-law, type detectives, Joe. Easy Rawlins was a happy fit for me.

185Familyhistorian
Jan 12, 8:24pm Top

5. The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger by Victoria Alexander

Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe was a widow with a questionable reputation and shaky finances. Her dear departed husband put up a painting (her's, of course,) up as collatoral for a loan to finance their partying life style. Willie needed to collect the painting and sell it to shore up her finances. The problem was that the painting was in Venice. Then her aunt Poppy came up with the idea that Willie could lead a group of a few American mothers and daughters on a European tour. What could go wrong?

Then the last mother and daughter joined the group, surprisingly they were British and the woman's brother, Dante, tagged along. Dante coerced his sister into joining the group so that he could follow as he was after the same painting. This was a fun romp through late 19th century Europe with a group of naive but resourceful ladies and one deceptive gentleman.

186Fourpawz2
Jan 13, 9:21am Top

So - from reading your blog, Meg - am I understanding correctly that Jane Tripp was an ancestor of yours? Find that kind of interesting as Tripps were once as thick as fleas around here.

Hope you have recovered and are back at full speed...

187karenmarie
Jan 13, 9:31am Top

Hi Meg!

>175 Familyhistorian: Added to my wishlist. I used to pick up series anywhere then go back, but now I like to start with the first book. I'll keep my eyes open for it.

188Whisper1
Jan 13, 9:45am Top

>3 Familyhistorian: Meg, I will retire in September of 2018. Eight spine/neck surgeries has left me weary. The university is changing rapidly, making it difficult to keep up with all the silly rules. Interestingly, I had lunch with my assistant before I return to the university at the end of the month. Usually a very upbeat person, she lamented about unnecessary changes that rendered it difficult to accomplish what needed to occur. And, the piles of work continue to grow.

Like you, I hope to have time to read more books and perhaps travel. My partner Will lived in Germany awhile back. He's been back a few times since then. I would like to see the country through his eyes.

Happy New Year to you!

189Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 11:48am Top

>186 Fourpawz2: Yes, Jane Tripp was my many times great-grandmother. Kind of interesting for me because the line goes back to at least the 1700s in America, not what I was expecting since I immigrated from the UK myself.

190Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 11:51am Top

>187 karenmarie: I am quite proud of myself for starting with the first book in the series. It doesn't happen that often. It's an interesting one.

191Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 12:08pm Top

>188 Whisper1: I am surprised that you have kept working this long given all the surgeries and recoveries you have gone through, Linda. A work place with unnecessary changes bringing in rules that get in the way of doing your work sounds very familiar. That is what was happening in my work place in the years before I left. Most people who have been there for a while great each other by saying "So when are you retiring?"

It has been good to be away from there except that I miss the people. My reading has increased as has my travel although I probably should start planning for this year. I am sure that retirement will take off some of the pressure for you. Happy new year to you as well.

192johnsimpson
Jan 13, 3:54pm Top

Hi Meg, sorry to hear you have been unwell for the last few days and hope this finds you in better health my dear. I have been a bit remiss in getting around to visiting threads so far this year but I am getting back into the swing of things.

Hope you are well and that you are having a good start to the weekend dear friend and send special healing love and hugs from both of us.

193thornton37814
Jan 13, 5:04pm Top

I think my problem is that my profession evolved into one less to my liking than what it was when I entered it. Some of my favorite aspects of the job no longer exist in academic libraries. However, most comparable positions paywise in public libraries where some of those aspects are still present require public library experience. Hoping I can make it to "early retirement."

194Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 7:11pm Top

>192 johnsimpson: Thanks John, I think I am out of the woods now. I hope that you and Karen are doing well.

195Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 7:19pm Top

>193 thornton37814: The evolution in most jobs these days doesn't seem to be a good fit for the people in place. I know that we used to actually meet and talk to people in my old job. That was hard to get used to but became one of my favourite parts of the job and then they took it away and gave us a new, frustrating computer system instead. I was able to last for about four years under the new system and then was able to retire. Good luck making it until "early retirement", Lori.

196alcottacre
Jan 13, 7:20pm Top

>175 Familyhistorian: I have not heard of this series. I shall have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation, Meg!

197Crazymamie
Jan 13, 7:28pm Top

>175 Familyhistorian: I liked that one, too, Meg. You are reminding me that I need to get back to that series.

Hoping your weekend is full of fabulous!

198Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 10:10pm Top

>196 alcottacre: It's a good one, Stascia. I hope you enjoy it

199Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 10:16pm Top

>197 Crazymamie: It was a good day, Mamie. I went to a workshop introduction to watercolours, bought some new sneakers and boots to replace the ones that I have worn out through stepping and now I'm on LT with dinner in the oven. And it didn't rain and it isn't supposed to rain tomorrow either so it looks like your wishes for the weekend are working.

I hope that you are feeling much better.

200vancouverdeb
Jan 14, 12:47am Top

>199 Familyhistorian: Sounds like fun, Meg! Glad you are feeling better! My dog walk was rain free, I am happy to report . Crosses fingers for tomorrow!

201Ameise1
Jan 14, 2:56am Top

Happy Sunday, Meg.

202msf59
Jan 14, 8:17am Top

Happy Sunday, Meg. Are you feeling any better? How are those books treating you?

203Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 4:53pm Top

>200 vancouverdeb: Well, I hope you have sun today, Deb. We are once again shrouded in mist. *sigh*

204Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 5:16pm Top

>201 Ameise1: I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Barbara!

205Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 5:21pm Top

>202 msf59: Hi Mark, slowly getting better but unfortunately the illness is still affecting my taste buds and my ability to be on the computer for long periods of time. Very annoying that last part, especially with LT exploding all over! I have picked up the pace on the Didion that I am reading because now someone has put a hold on that book as well and it is due back at the library on Friday.

206Storeetllr
Jan 26, 3:50pm Top

>186 Fourpawz2:, >189 Familyhistorian: I used to live on Tripp Street in Chicago when I was a kid! What part of America was Jane from? My ancestors also came over from the UK in the 17th and 18th centuries and settled in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

So glad you enjoyed Devil in a Blue Dress. I've read (and reread) the entire series and am excited for every new installment. I've also read his Fearless Jones books, but don't enjoy them quite as much, and I wasn't able to get into any of his other series (yet).

207Familyhistorian
Jan 26, 5:31pm Top

Jane was born in New York state, as far as I can tell. Her maiden name was Woodworth. She married Charles Tripp who was born in 1761 in Duchess County, New York. I am not sure when his family came to America.

I am looking forward to the next book in the Easy Rawlins series, The Devil in a Blue Dress was a good one.

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