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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.
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
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
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
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 -
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
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
Reading Through Time
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)
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"
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)
Hi Barbara, you are fast off the mark. Good to have you following along.
>13 drneutron: Thank's Jim. I'm looking forward to maybe keeping up better with the 75ers this year.
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.
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!
Happy New Year and happy new thread!
>1 Familyhistorian: Ominous skies!
Starred, of course!! I like the skies behind the little free library better! ; )
>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.
>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!
>26 johnsimpson: I hope you and Karen are having a great holiday season, John. Good to see you here.
Hi Meg! Happy new reading year!
Dropping my star here! Hope you have a great year of reading in 2018!
Happy New Year, Meg and best wishes for a wonderful year of reading.
>35 Carmenere: Thanks Lynda. I hope your New Year is a good one. (The year of reading is a given, isn't it?)
Happy New Year, Meg! I’m going to try to keep up with your thread better this year!
Happy new year, Meg. Starred you so I don't lose you once this group really gets going.
>37 FAMeulstee: All the best to you in 2018, Anita. Happy New Year!
>38 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel. That's quite the celebratory pooch! Have a Happy New Year!
>39 cushlareads: Good to see you here, Cushla. I look forward to seeing more of you in 2018!
>40 SandDune: Hi Rhian. I hope that your New Year was/is happy!
>41 cameling: Hi Caroline, glad to have you follow along. Have a Happy New Year!
>42 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara. I hope your wishes for 2018 come true as well. Have a Happy New Year!
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.
>4 Familyhistorian: I love your artwork.
Good luck with all your challenges this year! Oh, yeah, and being retired. *smile*
Happy new year, Meg! What do you think will be your first finish for 2018 from all those challenges?!
Hi Meg, It looks like an amazing year of reading that you have planned. All the best!
>49 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. I hope that you had a great New Years celebration. All the best in 2018.
>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.
>51 Carmenere: I hope every one of your days in 2018 is happy too, Lynda.
>52 msf59: Thanks Mark for the greetings from you and your buddies. LOL
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.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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.
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)
>66 Ameise1: This was my first Nesbo, Barbara. I think they are good if you like thrillers.
>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.
>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!
>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.
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.
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.
>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.
>77 Crazymamie: Oh well, at least it was my free book in a 3 for 2 deal. Thanks for the heads up, Mamie.
>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
>80 Familyhistorian: Ok, cruel gods it is but if that's all they get up to then I'm not complaining.
>85 Familyhistorian: ...you DO recall the events of the 8th of November 2016...?
>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.
>86 richardderus: Somewhat tempered in my view by the events of October 19, 2015.
>88 Familyhistorian: *happy sigh* It's nice when the good are also good to look at, innit?
>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.
>89 richardderus: So much better than his counterpart to the south, looks at all.
>91 Familyhistorian: It's only because I knew I'd never find them unless I did that!
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
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!
>103 thornton37814: Kind of unbelievable isn't it. It was the 31% last year and 21% this year that did it.
>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!
>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.
>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!
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. :)
>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.
>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?
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.
>113 Familyhistorian: Meg, did you like it? I have the second in that series, and I am hoping to get to it this month.
>113 Familyhistorian: Whew! Already on The List. Nice that it's getting such consistent praise.
>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.
>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.
>113 Familyhistorian: I read the srcond one last year and I liked it. Go for it.
>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.
>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).
>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?
>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.
>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?
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.
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
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.
>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.
>128 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. I am getting a lot of sleep and reading when I can keep my eyes open.
>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.
>133 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks Reba. I hope this sickness is over quickly.
>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.
Sending warm and healing vibes to Meg! I hope you get better soon, my friend.
>129 vancouverdeb: Deborah, you're the reason I read it!
Morning, Meg. I hope you are feeling better today.
>124 Familyhistorian: No, I haven't read the third one.
Get well soon, Meg.
>135 thornton37814: Yes, I did mark it "read but unowned" so maybe that is the confusion, Lori. It is worth reading.
>136 msf59: Thanks, Mark. Enjoy your illicit day off (somehow those days are the most satisfying.)
>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.
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.
>143 richardderus: Thanks for that Richard but one of the books is due tomorrow and I hate for any other reader to be disappointed.
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.
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.
>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.
>142 Familyhistorian: I've read the first two of this series. I hope you feel a bit better today, Meg. Sending healing vibes.
>145 Familyhistorian: Goodness, a strange void where there should be a post. How odd.
>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.
>149 Ameise1: It sounds as though you liked them both then, Barbara. Is there a third one out already? Thanks for the healing vibes.
>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?
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!
>154 msf59: Enjoy the mild weather while it lasts, Mark. Hopefully the next deep freeze will be short lived.
>157 karenmarie: You won't be sorry, Karen - the third one is very good.
Morning, Meg! Hoping you are feeling better today.
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.
>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.
Hope you feel better soon, Meg. Meanwhile, stay warm and drink lots of fluids and reading a book or two may help as well. :)
>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.
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.
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!
>163 DeltaQueen50: Good advice, Judy, especially the reading a book or two part.
>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.
>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).
>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.
>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.
>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.
>171 richardderus: If you let yourself, you might even enjoy it, Richard.
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.
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.
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.
>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.
>174 Familyhistorian: I'd never have taken you for a cockeyed optimist, Meg.
>179 richardderus: Ah well, it sometimes helps to have some strange power on my side.
>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.
>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.
>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.
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.
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...
>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.
>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!
>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.
>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.
>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.
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.
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."
>192 johnsimpson: Thanks John, I think I am out of the woods now. I hope that you and Karen are doing well.
>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.
>175 Familyhistorian: I have not heard of this series. I shall have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation, Meg!
>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!
>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.
>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!
Happy Sunday, Meg. Are you feeling any better? How are those books treating you?
>200 vancouverdeb: Well, I hope you have sun today, Deb. We are once again shrouded in mist. *sigh*
>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.
>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).
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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