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rretzler (Robin) Reads Reams in 2018 - Chapter 3

This is a continuation of the topic rretzler (Robin) Reads Reams in 2018 - Chapter 2.

This topic was continued by rretzler (Robin) Reads Reams in 2018 - Chapter 4.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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About Me



Hi, I'm Robin, and this is my 7th or 8th year with the 75'ers Group. I'm 54, and I've been married to Ed (54) for 26 years. We have two sons, Beckham (16) and Keegan (almost 13), and four cats, Picasso (12) and the kittens, Mycroft, Bandit, and J'Zargo (8 months.) Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus (the capital of Ohio) has been our home for the past 20 years. Our boys are involved in travel soccer and many school activities, and they keep us very busy driving them around. That may change when Beckham gets his driver's license soon.

I own a tax practice which I have run out of my house for the past ten years - prior to that, I was the Tax Director for one of the top 100 accounting firms in the US for five years, a shareholder in a small accounting firm for five years, and worked at Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm for 12 years where I headed the local tax compliance department. I have been slowing down my tax practice for the past few years intending to retire soon to spend time with my boys before they go off to college. Ed is in IT at Huntington Bank, a national bank headquartered in Columbus. Beckham is in 10th grade and is accelerated in math - he finished his high school math credits while he was still in middle school. He is currently taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses at one of our local high schools. Keegan is in 7th grade at a local middle school and is accelerated two years in math. He has been struggling with hearing issues since he was about four months old and has been wearing hearing aids in both ears for two years. He has been diagnosed with dyslexia, but he also does very well in school.

I learned to read at a very young age, and have rarely been without a book (or many) since then. My library on LT reflects those books that I have kept track of since I started as a member seven years ago. I am slowly trying to capture books I have read before that time, but I'm guessing that a lot of books that I have read will never be recorded as I have forgotten them. I am totally an addict, and the daily deals on Amazon for $1.99 will probably be my financial ruin. I just cannot help myself when it comes to a bargain of that sort!

I mainly read mysteries, science fiction, fantasy and children's/young adult books (along with my sons.) Specifically, most of the mysteries that I read are British mysteries in the style of the Golden Age of Detection, and I enjoy soft sci-fi, especially dystopian, a bit more than hard sci-fi. Until this past year, Beckham, Keegan and I read together every night, but it has been difficult with Beckham's course load to do this. I hope to start reading together again this year, but realistically it will be weekly, not nightly. In school, I never had to read many of the classics, so I am slowly going back to read some of those. I also try to read several best sellers each year. Additionally, I have been working my way through the Newbery, Hugo, and Nebula awards.

I proudly consider myself to be a geek (okay, maybe a nerd too). My favorite TV shows are Sherlock (BBC version) and Doctor Who (both classic and new series). We enjoy Marvel movies - The Avengers, Captain America, Doctor Strange, etc. - and also the Marvel TV series - Agents of Shield, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, The Punisher, etc. My other hobbies include making beaded jewelry and sometimes knitting. I love to travel, but since we have children who are quickly approaching college age, we don't do as much as we used to.

If we would win the lottery, the first thing I would do (aside from paying off the mortgage and setting aside the funds for college for my sons) is to go back to school myself! I love to learn and would probably take lots of psychology, philosophy and literature courses.

I'm so glad to be back with the 75'ers again this year and am going to attempt to visit more than I have in the past.

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Family Pictures

I thought I would share some pictures of our family.


Ed and I on vacation on the beach at Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2017


Keegan and Beckham in Massachusetts showing our vacation tradition of trying on gift shop hats - here they try on Pilgrim hats in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


Picasso


Bandit, Mycroft and J'Zargo inspecting the snowflakes outside

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Edited: Jun 1, 3:46pm Top

Challenges, Group Reads, etc.



Group Reads

January
The God Stalk Group Read
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens Group Read
Two Giudo's - Brunetti and Guerrieri - Mystery Read-Along- I'll just participate in the Donna Leon series - every other month - Death at La Fenice
Goodreads - Reading the Detectives - The Abbey Court Murder

February
Group Read of Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy - Assassin's Apprentice
Group Read Arthur & George
Goodreads - Reading the Detectives - Mystery Mile

March
Group Read of Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy - Royal Assassin -
Two Guido's - Brunetti and Guerrier - Mystery Read-Along - Death in a Strange Country

May
Group Read of Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy - Assassin's Quest
Two Guido's - Brunetti and Guerrier - Mystery Read-Along - Dressed for Death


Challenges

I plan only to loosely follow the challenges - if I read a book and it fits, I'll count it, but I am not going to plan my reading to complete a challenge. If I need a book to read, I'll consider something that fits the challenge.

PopReadHarderSugarEtc Challenges


PopSugar Reading Challenge
  1. Book made into a movie I've already seen - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  2. True crime -
  3. Next book in series I've started - The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  4. Book involving a heist -
  5. Nordic noir -
  6. Novel based on a real person - A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill - based on Egon Kirsh's visit to Australia
  7. Book set in a country that fascinates me - No Man Dies Twice by Michael Smith - Germany
  8. Book with the time of day in the title -
  9. Book about a villian or antihero - Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi - Jack Holloway as antihero
  10. Book about death or grief - Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  11. Book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym -
  12. Book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist -
  13. Book that is a stage play or musical -
  14. Book by an author with a different ethnicity - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  15. Book about feminism - Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry
  16. Book about mental health - The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin
  17. Book borrowed or given to me as a gift - The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths - Christmas gift
  18. Book by 2 authors - Last Train to London by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  19. Book involving a sport -
  20. Book by a local author -
  21. Book with my favorite color in the title -
  22. Book with alliteration in the title - Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  23. Book about time travel -
  24. Book with weather element in the title -
  25. Book set at sea - Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham - starts out on an ocean liner at sea
  26. Book with an animal in the title -
  27. Book set on a different planet - Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper
  28. Book with song lyrics in the title - The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
  29. Book set on Halloween - The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
  30. Book with characters who are twins - God Stalk by PC Hodgell
  31. Book mentioned in another book - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  32. Book from a celebrity book club - The Road by Cormac McCarthy - Oprah
  33. Childhood classic I've never read -
  34. Book published in 2018 - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  35. Past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  36. Book set in the decade I was born -
  37. Book I meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate
  38. Book with an ugly cover - Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim
  39. Book that involves a bookstore or library -
  40. Favorite prompt from 2015, 2016, 2017 Popsugar Challenge - Book with a title that's a character's name - Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

  41. Best seller from the year I graduated HS -
  42. Cyberpunk book -
  43. Book being read by a stranger in a public place -
  44. Book tied to my ancestry - Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M Reade - takes place in Wales, my Grandmother's maiden name was Evans which is a Welsh name
  45. Book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
  46. An allegory - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (likely debatable as an allegory, but I think perhaps it meets the definition)
  47. Book by an author with the same first or last name as me - Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  48. A microhistory - Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett - gives a little of the history of Operation Fortitude and the First United States Army Group during WWII
  49. Book about a problem facing society today - Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon
  50. Book recommended by someone else taking the Popsugar Challenge -


Read Harder Challenge
  1. Book published posthumously - The Book of Merlyn by TH White
  2. Book of true crime -
  3. Classic of genre fiction - The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin
  4. Comic written and drawn by the same person -
  5. Book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries -
  6. Book about nature -
  7. A western -
  8. Comic written or drawn by a person of color -
  9. Book of colonial or postcolonial literature -
  10. Romance novel by or about a person of color -
  11. Children’s classic published before 1980 -
  12. Celebrity memoir -
  13. Oprah Book Club selection - The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  14. Book of social science -
  15. One sitting book - The Man on the Train by Clara Benson
  16. First book in new to me middle grade or YA series - Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  17. SciFi with female protagonist and female author - God Stalk by PC Hodgell (equating SciFi with Fantasy here)
  18. Comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image -
  19. Genre fiction in translation - The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  20. Book with a cover I hate - Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim
  21. Mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author -
  22. Essay anthology -
  23. Book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. Assigned book you hated (or never finished)


Modern Mrs Darcy
  1. Classic I've been meaning to read - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  2. Book recommended by someone with great taste- God Stalk by PC Hodgell - recommended by Roni
  3. Book in translation - The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  4. Book nominated for an award in 2018 -
  5. Book of poetry, a play or an essay collection - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  6. Book I can read in a day - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  7. Book that's more than 500 pages - Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  8. Book by a favorite author - Island of the Mad by Laurie R King
  9. Book recommended by librarian or bookseller - Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer - Keegan's school librarian/teacher
  10. A banned book-
  11. Memoir, biography or book of creative nonfiction-
  12. Book by an author with a different race, ethnicity or religion - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia


Just the Facts, Ma'am Vintage Mystery Challenge
  1. Why - an author I've never tried - The Abbey Court Murder by Annie Haynes
  2. How - at least two deaths with different means - Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  3. Where - set in a small village - Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate
  4. What - title containing two words beginning with the same letter - Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham
  5. When - during a special event - Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude
  6. Who - journalist - Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon
  7. When - during a recognized holiday - Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
  8. How - death by drowning - A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
  9. What - pseudonymous author - So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan - William Underhill


New Release Challenge
  1. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  2. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  3. Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
  4. Murder in an Irish Churchyard by carlene O'Connor
  5. The Man on the Train by Clara Benson
  6. Murder in Bloomsbury by D M Quincy
  7. No Man Dies Twice by Michael Smith
  8. The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
  9. Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M Reade
  10. Island of the Mad by Laurie R King
  11. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
  12. The Roubaud Connection by Estelle Ryan
  13. The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
  14. To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
  15. A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards
  16. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J Duncan
  17. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry
  18. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
  19. Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
  20. The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
  21. Head On by John Scalzi
  22. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis


Audiobook Challenge
  1. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  2. Last Train to London by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  3. The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  4. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  5. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin
  6. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
  7. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
  8. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  9. Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper
  10. Between Planets by Robert Heinlein


NetGalley Review Challenge
  1. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  2. Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim
  3. Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate
  4. A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill
  5. Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
  6. Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O'Connor
  7. Murder in Bloomsbury by D M Quincy
  8. No Man Dies Twice by Michael Smith
  9. Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude
  10. Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill
  11. The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
  12. Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon
  13. Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M Reade
  14. Island of the Mad by Laurie R King
  15. A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards
  16. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J Duncan
  17. Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
  18. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry
  19. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
  20. Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton


British Book Challenge
  1. The Abbey Court Murder by Annie Haynes
  2. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  4. Last Train to London by Neil Richards
  5. The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards
  6. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  7. Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate
  8. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  9. Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham
  10. Some Die Eloquent by Catherine Aird
  11. The Man on the Train by Clara Benson
  12. No Man Dies Twice by Michael Smith
  13. The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths
  14. Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude
  15. Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon
  16. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  17. To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
  18. A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards
  19. Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
  20. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry
  21. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
  22. The Book of Merlyn by TH White
  23. Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves
  24. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
  25. So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan


Family Tree Reading Challenge
  1. Keegan - 2005 - Arthur and George by Julian Barnes


Newbery Reading Challenge
  1. Medal - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  2. Honor - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia


British Author Theme Challenge
  1. Debut - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  2. 1970s - Some Die Eloquent by Catherine Aird
  3. Classic Thriller - Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  4. Folklore - The Book of Merlyn by TH White
  5. Wildcard - Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats
  6. Wildcard - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  7. Wildcard - La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats
  8. Queens of Crime - A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey


Classics-I-Have-Not-Read Challenge
  1. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


Pick and Mix Reading Challenge
  1. God Stalk by PC Hodgell
  2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  3. Head On by John Scalzi
  4. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  5. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy


Space Opera Reading Challenge



Choose Your Own Adventure Reading Challenge - award winners
  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  3. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu


Men of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge
  1. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  2. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  3. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy


Read the Sequel



I Just Have to Read More of That Author
  1. Head On by John Scalzi


The Unloved - Sci-fi/Fantasy books that have not won an award
  1. God Stalk by PC Hodgell
  2. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin
  3. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  4. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

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January to March Books Read



    January
  1. The Abbey Court Murder by Annie Haynes -
  2. God Stalk by PC Hodgell -
  3. Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon -
  4. The Talisman's Trinket (short story) by PC Hodgell -
  5. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens -
  6. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith -
  7. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn -
  8. Last Train to London by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello -
  9. The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello -
  10. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan -
  11. Number Four: The Zero Finger Option by Colin Cotterill -
  12. Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim -
  13. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer -
  14. Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate -
    February
  15. A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill -
  16. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes -
  17. Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham -
  18. Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke -
  19. Some Die Eloquent by Catherine Aird -
  20. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin -
  21. Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O'Connor -
  22. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb -
  23. The Man on the Train by Clara Benson -
  24. Murder in Bloomsbury by D M Quincy -
  25. No Man Dies Twice by Michael Smith -
  26. The Long Arm of the Law by Martin Edwards -
  27. The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths -
  28. Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude -
  29. Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill -
  30. The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch -
    March
  31. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon -
  32. Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon -
  33. The Prodigal Son by Sulari Gentill -
  34. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck -
  35. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb -
  36. Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M Reade -
  37. Island of the Mad by Laurie R King -
  38. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi -
  39. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen -
  40. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett -
  41. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill -
  42. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer -

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April to June Books Read



    April
  1. The Roubaud Connection by Estelle Ryan -
  2. The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George -
  3. To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear -
  4. A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello -
  5. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J Duncan -
  6. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi -
  7. Usher II by Ray Bradbury -
  8. There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury -
  9. Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith -
  10. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry -
  11. The President's Brain is Missing by John Scalzi -
  12. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths -
  13. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia -
  14. Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton -
  15. The Book of Merlyn by TH White -
  16. The Knowledge by Martha Grimes -
  17. "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison -
  18. Head On by John Scalzi -
  19. Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves -
  20. Number Five: Trash by Colin Cotterill -
  21. Dressed for Death by Donna Leon -
    May
  22. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce -
  23. When by Victoria Laurie -
  24. Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats -
  25. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge -
  26. La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats -
  27. Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper -
  28. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb -
  29. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu -
  30. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey -
  31. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi -
  32. Murder in Mayfair by D M Quincy -
  33. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis -
  34. Between Planets by Robert Heinlein -
  35. So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan -
  36. The Road by Cormac McCarthy -
  37. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng -

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My Kindle Preorders


This is where I keep up with the books that I have preordered on amazon.com. These are mostly series books for which I am waiting for the next installment


  1. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan - Mordecai Tremaine - January 2, 2018 - received, read
  2. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn - Veronica Speedwell - January 16, 2018 - received, read
  3. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley - Flavia de Luce - January 30, 2018 - received, read
  4. Death of an Honest Man by MC Beaton - Hamish MacBeth - February 1, 2018 - received, read
  5. Beau Death by Peter Lovesey - Peter Diamond - February 6, 2018 - received, read
  6. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen - February 20, 2018 - received, read
  7. Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O'Connor - February 27, 2018 - received, read
  8. Money in the Morgue by Stella Duffy and Ngaio Marsh - Roderick Alleyn - March 8, 2017 (in UK)
  9. The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George - Inspector Lynley - March 20, 2018 - received, read
  10. The Roubaud Connection by Estelle Ryan - Genevieve Lenard - March 22, 2018 - received, read
  11. To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear - Maisie Dobbs - March 27, 2018 - received, read
  12. The Knowledge by Martha Grimes - Richard Jury - April 10, 2018 - received, read
  13. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry - Daniel Pitt (new series) - April 10, 2018 - received, read
  14. The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith - April 10, 2018 - received
  15. Head On by John Scalzi - Lock In - April 17, 2018 - received, read
  16. Number Five: Trash by Colin Cotterill - Jimm Juree Case Files - April 28, 2018 - received, read
  17. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis - April 30, 2018 - received, read
  18. So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan - Mordecai Tremaine - May 1, 2018 - received, read
  19. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths - Ruth Galloway - May 15, 2017 - received, read
  20. Island of the Mad by Laurie R King - Mary Russell - June 12, 2018 - received, read
  21. Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom by Nancy Atherton - Aunt Dimity - June 12, 2018 - received, read
  22. The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith - Isabel Dalhousie - July 31, 2018 - received, read
  23. Early Riser by Jasper Fforde - August 2, 2018 - received
  24. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen - Royal Spyness - August 7, 2018 - received, read
  25. The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal - Maggie Hope - August 7, 2018 - received read
  26. Don't Eat Me by Colin Cotterill - Siri Paiboun - August 14, 2018 - received read
  27. The Paddington Mystery by John Rhode - Dr. Priestley - August 14, 2018 - received read
  28. Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves - Shetland Island- September 6, 2018 - received, read
  29. Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry - William Monk - September 18, 2018 - received read
  30. The Dead Ringer by MC Beaton - Agatha Raisin- October 4, 2018 - received, read
  31. The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths - Stephens & Mephisto - November 2, 2018 - received, read
  32. What Child is This by Rhys Bowen - November 6, 2019
  33. The Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts - November 16, 2018
  34. Number Seven: Sex on the Beach by Colin Cotterill - Jimm Jurree Case Files - November 18, 2018
  35. Fire and Blood by George RR Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire prequel - November 20, 2018
  36. Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler - Bryant & May - December 4, 2018 - received
  37. The Arsenal Stadium Mystery by Leonard Grible - Anthony Slade and Department X2 - December 4, 2018
  38. Behold a Fair Woman by Francis Duncan – Mordecai Tremain – January 1, 2019
  39. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley – Flavia de Luce – January 22, 2019 - received
  40. The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen – February 12, 2019
  41. The Vanishing Man by Charles Finch – Charles Lenox – February 19, 2019
  42. Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O’Connor – Irish Village – February 26, 2019
  43. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – March 5, 2019 - received
  44. Mrs Jeffries Delivers the Goods by Emily Brightwell – Mrs Jeffries – March 12, 2019
  45. A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn – Veronica Speedwell – March 12, 2019
  46. Bertie and the Tin Man by Peter Lovesey (reprint) – Albert Edward, Prince of Wales – March 12, 2019
  47. The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear – Maisie Dobbs – March 19, 2019
  48. Sidney Chambers and the Road to Grantchester by James Runcie – Grantchester – March 21, 2019 (UK)
  49. The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler – Bryant & May – March 21, 2019 (UK)
  50. Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry – Daniel Pitt – April 9, 2019
  51. The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith – Detective Varg – April 16, 2019
  52. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths – Ruth Galloway – May 7, 2019
  53. Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton - Aunt Dimity - June 18, 2019
  54. Killing with Confetti by Peter Lovesey - Peter Diamond - July 9, 2019
  55. The Autobiography of Mr. Spock by David Goodman - Star Trek Autobiographies - August 6, 2019

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Planned Reading





I've never planned out what I read before. I've just had a vague idea of books that I might like to read, and I just picked my next books based on a whim. This year, I have decided to try to plan my reading a little. There are many books that I have wanted to read, but I never get around to, and I'd also like to plan to participate in various challenges. So...here is my attempt to plan my reading.

Planned Reading

    January
  1. The Abbey Court Murder by Annie Haynes
  2. God Stalk by PC Hodgell - group read
  3. Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens - group read
  4. Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon - group read
  5. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  6. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  7. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  8. Last Train to London by Neil Richards
  9. The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards - series
  10. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan - ARC
  11. Alpine Alpha by Mary Daheim- ARC
  12. Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate - ARC
    Feburary
  13. A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill - ARC
  14. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin
  15. Arthur and George by Julian Barnes - group read
  16. Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham - series, challenge
  17. Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb - group read
  18. Some Die Eloquent by Catherine Aird - series, challenge
  19. Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude - ARC
  20. The Long Arm of the Law by Martin Edwards - ARC
  21. Murder in Bloomsbury by D M Quincy - ARC
  22. No Man Dies Twice by Michael Smith - ARC
  23. The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch - ARC
  24. Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke - ARC
  25. Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O'Connor - ARC
  26. Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths
  27. Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill - ARC
    March
  28. Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon - group
  29. The Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb - group
  30. Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon - ARC
  31. The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett - challenge
  32. Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M Reade - ARC
  33. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen - preorder
  34. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  35. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill- Newbery
  36. Island of the Mad by Laurie R King - preorder
    April
  37. The Roubaud Connection by Estelle Ryan - preorder
  38. The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George - preorder
  39. To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear - preorder
  40. A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards - ARC
  41. The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J Duncan - ARC -
  42. The Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith - ARC
  43. The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths - preorder, ARC
  44. Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry - ARC
  45. Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton - ARC
  46. Book of Merlyn by TH White - challenge
  47. The Knowledge by Martha Grimes - preorder
  48. Head On by John Scalzi - preorder
  49. Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves - series
  50. Dressed for Death by Donna Leon - group
    May
  51. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb - group
  52. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey - series, challenge
  53. The Windup Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi - Hugo, Nebula
  54. Murder in Mayfair by D M Quincy
  55. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu - Hugo
  56. So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan - preorder
  57. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis - preorder
  58. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  59. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
    June
  60. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson - challenge
  61. The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet - ARC
  62. Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold - series
  63. Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves - series
  64. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
  65. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
    July
  66. Death and Judgement by Donna Leon - group
  67. Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom by Nancy Atherton - preorder
  68. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis - challenge
  69. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb - group
  70. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold - series
    August
  71. The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith - preorder
  72. The Children of Men by PD James - challenge
  73. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen - preorder
  74. The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal - preorder
  75. Don't Eat Me by Colin Cotterill - preorder
  76. Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold - series
  77. The Paddington Mystery by John Rhode - preorder
    September
  78. Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry - preorder
  79. Acqua Alta by Donna Leon - group
  80. The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - series, challenge
  81. Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves - preorder
  82. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton - ARC
  83. The Mad Ship by Robin Hobbs - group
  84. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold - series
    October
  85. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome - challenge
  86. The Dead Ringer by MC Beaton - preorder
    November
  87. Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon - group
  88. Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney - challenge
  89. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb - group
  90. The Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling - preorder
  91. Fire and Blood by George RR Martin - preorder
    December
  92. The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter - series
  93. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre - series, challenge
    Unspecified
  94. The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves - series
  95. The Once and Future King by T H White- currently reading, challenge
  96. The Dreadful Hollow by Nicholas Blake
  97. The Daffodil Affair by Michael Innes
  98. The Rich Detective by HRF Keating
  99. The Secret Vanguard by Michael Innes
  100. There Came Both Mist and Snow by Michael Innes
  101. Hyperion by Dan Simmons - Hugo
  102. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Poetzsch - currently reading
  103. On the Beach by Nevil Shute - currently reading
  104. Provenance by Ann Leckie
  105. The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo
  106. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  107. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
  108. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  109. Death in the Shadows by Paul McCusker - Xmas
  110. Lonesome Road by Patricia Wentworth - series
  111. The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop by Gladys Mitchell - series
  112. Inferno by Dan Brown - series
  113. The Water Room by Christopher Fowler - series
  114. The Case of the Famished Parson by George Bellairs - series
  115. The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries by Emily Brightwell - series
  116. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
  117. Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card - series
  118. Sleep No More by PD James
  119. Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton - SantaThing
  120. Dead Scared by Sharon Bolton - SantaThing
  121. A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis - ARC
  122. Dark of the Moon by PC Hodgell - group
  123. Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh - preorder
  124. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli - Newbery
  125. The Tenant of Wildfeld Hall by Anne Bronte - group
  126. Way Station by Clifford D Simak - challenge
  127. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith - challenge
  128. The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Revisited and revised each month as I complete or do not complete the planned books for the month.

10rretzler
Edited: Jun 2, 7:55am Top

My Series



My Series on FictFact.com

Next Book List on FictFact.com

Reading and Current

Peter Diamond by Peter Lovesey
Inspector Lynley by Elizabeth George
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James by Deborah Crombie
Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley
Mary Russell by Laurie R King
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Hamish MacBeth by MC Beaton
Agatha Raisin by MC Beaton
Siri Paiboun by Colin Cotterill
Genevieve Lenard by Estelle Ryan
Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor
Freddy Pilkington-Soames by Clara Benson
Rosalind Thorne by Darcie Wilde
Aunt Dimity by Nancy Atherton
Isabel Dalhousie by Alexander McCall Smith
Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie
Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
Clare Fergusson by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Maggie Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal
Grantchester by James Runcie
Ruth Galloway by Elly Griffiths
A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
Veronica Speedwell by Deanna Raybourn
Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde
Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde
Shetland by Ann Cleeves
Richard Jury by Martha Grimes
Stephens & Mephisto by Elly Griffiths
Atlas Catesby by D M Quincy

Reading

Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold - Diplomatic Immunity
Robert Langdon by Dan Brown - Inferno
Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter - The Wench is Dead
Touchstone by Laurie R King - Touchstone
Inspector Richardson by Basil Thomson - The Case of Naomi Clynes
Bryant & May by Christopher Fowler - The Water Room
Alan Grant by Josephine Tey - The Franchise Affair
Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters - The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
Albert Campion by Margery Allingham - Look to the Lady
Inspector Sloan by Catherine Aird - Passing Strange
Fethering by Simon Brett - Death on the Downs
Mrs Jeffries by Emily Brightwell - The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries
Jimm Juree by Colin Cotterill - Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach
Alexandra Gladstone by Paula Paul - Symptoms of Death
Inspector Banks by Peter Robinson - Past Reason Hated
Detective Lavender by Karen Charlton - The Sans Pareil Mystery
Sergeant Cribb by Peter Lovesey - The Detective Wore Silk Drawers
Miss Silver by Patricia Wentworth - Lonesome Road
Mrs Bradley by Gladys Mitchell - The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop
Inspector William Meredith by John Bude - The Lake District Murder
Inspector Wexford by Ruth Rendell - Sins of the Fathers
Roger Sheringham by Anthony Berkeley - The Wychford Poisoning Case
Inspector Gamache by Louise Penny - A Fatal Grace
Discworld by Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
Desmond Merrion by Miles Burton - Menace on the Downs
Father Gilbert by Paul McCusker - Death in the Shadows
Inspector Ramsey by Ann Cleeves - A Day In The Death Of Dorothea Cassidy
George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves - Come Death and High Water
Vera Stanhope by Ann Cleeves - Silent Voices
Inspector Littlejohn by George Bellairs - He'd Rather Be Dead
Inspector Pointer by A Fielding - The Charteris Mystery
Guido Brunetti by Donna Leon - Death and Judgement
Kencyrath by PC Hodgell - Dark of the Moon
Cherringham by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello - The Body in the Lake
Mordecai Tremaine by Francis Duncan - In at the Death
Realms of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb - Ship of Magic
Charles Lenox by Charles Finch - A Beautiful Blue Death

Finished - Too numerous to list all, but here are several

Adam Dalgleish by PD James
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Goldy Schultz by Diane Davidson Mott
Chief Inspector Barnaby by Caroline Graham
Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie
Miss Marple by Agatha Christie
Peter Wimsey by Dorothy Sayers
Constable Evan Evans by Rhys Bowen
Oliver Swithin by Alan Beechy
Roderick Alleyn by Ngaio Marsh
Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Burford Family by James Anderson
Angela Marchmont by Clara Benson
Foundation and Extended Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Robot by Isaac Asimov
Empire by Isaac Asimov
Integral Trees by Larry Niven
Oxford Time Travel by Connie Willis
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Dalziel and Pascoe by Reginald Hill
The Cat Who by Lilian Jackson Braun
Ender by Orson Scott Card
Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie
Lady Julia Grey by Deanna Raybourn
Very English Mystery by Elizabeth Edmondson

11rretzler
Edited: May 12, 4:11pm Top

Prior Year Favorites by Genre



2017
Fiction - A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
Middle - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg
Mystery - The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
Nonfiction - The Complete Maus by Art Spiegleman
SciFi - Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold



2016
Fantasy - The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
Literary fiction - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Middle grade - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Mystery - The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R King
Science Fiction - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Young Adult - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky



2015
Scifi - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Young Adult - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Middle - A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen
Nonfiction - Upside-Down Brilliance by Linda Kreger Silverman
Fiction - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Mystery - Rough Cider by Peter Lovesey
Fantasy - Queen Mab by Kate Danley
Picture - Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown



2014
Nonfiction - Coaching Outside the Box by Richard E Shaw
Middle - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Mystery - As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
SciFi - Divergent by Veronica Roth
Young Adult - Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Fantasy - The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - reread



2013
Mystery - The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Picture - Ruby Sings the Blues by Niki Daly - reread
Middle - Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
SciFi - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Fiction - Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Fantasy - The Princess Bride by William Goldman - reread



2012
Mystery - The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King
SciFi - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Fantasy - A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Middle - The Giver by Lois Lowry
Fiction - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Picture - Pete's a Pizza by William Steig - reread



2011
Fiction - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Middle - Tall and Proud by Vian Smith - reread
Young Adult - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Mystery - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
SciFi - A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
SciFi - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



12rretzler
Edited: Apr 20, 12:44pm Top

Newbery Awards



ala.org Newbery Medal and Honors List 1922 to Present

Medal Winners

2018 -
2017 - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
2016 - Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
2015 -
2014 - Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
2013 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012 -
2011 -
2010 - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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2004 - The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
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2002 - A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
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1978 - The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
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1968 - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E L Konigsburg
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1963 - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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Honors Books

2016 Honors - Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
2016 Honors - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
2015 Honors - El Deafo by Cece Bell
2014 Honors - The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
2011 Honors - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
2007 Honors - Rules by Cynthia Lord
1983 Honors - Doctor DeSoto by William Steig
1966 Honors - The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
1964 Honors - Rascal by Sterling North
1957 Honors - Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
1953 Honors - Charlotte's Web by EB White
1949 Honors - My Father's Dragon by Ruth Gannett
1948 Honors - Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
1944 Honors - These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1942 Honors - Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1941 Honors - The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1940 Honors - By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1939 Honors - Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
1938 Honors - On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1929 Honors - Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag




13rretzler
Edited: May 22, 1:47am Top

Hugo Awards



Hugo Award for Best Novel List

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2015 - The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
2014 - Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
2013 - Redshirts by John Scalzi
2012 -
2011 - Blackout by Connie Willis
2011 - All Clear by Connie Willis
2010 - The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
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2009 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008 - The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
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2005 - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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2001 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
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1999 - To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
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1995 - Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
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1993 - Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
1992 - Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
1991 - The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
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1987 - Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
1986 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
1985 - Neuromancer by William Gibson
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1983 - Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
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1977 - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
1976 - The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
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1974 - Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke
1973 - The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
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1971 - Ringworld by Larry Niven
1970 - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
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1966 - Dune by Frank Herbert
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1962 - Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
1961 - A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller
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14rretzler
Edited: May 22, 1:49am Top

Nebula Awards



Nebula Award for Best Novel List

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2017 - All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
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2015 - Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
2014 - Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
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2011 - All Clear by Connie Willis
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1970 - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
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15rretzler
Edited: May 30, 11:59am Top

A Book A Year



I loved this idea - so I am copying Paul, Roni, Karen and possibly others. These books may not necessarily be my favorite book published that year, but are books that I have rated highly, enjoyed, and likely reread, and have some meaning to me. I've tried not to add too many books by one author and have tried to keep it representative of my overall library.

(Published dates according to Wikipedia)

1963
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
1964
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
1965
Dune by Frank Herbert
1966
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
Tall and Proud by Vian Smith
1967
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg
1968
The Queen's Confession by Victoria Holt
That Barbara! by Wilma Thompson
1969
Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
1970
Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
1971
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
1972
Watership Down by Richard Adams
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott
1973
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
1974
Carrie by Stephen King
Centennial by James Michner
1975
Curtain by Agatha Christie
1976
Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter
1977
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
The Shining by Stephen King
1978
The Stand by Stephen King
1979
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
1980
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
1981
The Man With a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes
1982
Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
1983
The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
Deadheads by Reginald Hill
1984
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
1985
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Robots and Empire by Isaac Asimov
1986
The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
1987
The Sign of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
1988
Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
1989
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
1990
Robot Visions by Isaac Asimov
Devices and Desires by PD James
1991
The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey
1992
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
1993
The Giver by Lois Lowry
1994
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King
1995
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
1996
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
1997
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
1998
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
1999
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
2000
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
2001
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
2002
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spatial Learner by Linda Kreger Silverman
2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2004
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2005
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
2006
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
2008
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
2009
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2010
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
2011
Headhunters by Jo Nesbo
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
2012
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
2013
Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie
2014
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2015
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
2016
Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie
2017
The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

I can't seem to get the touchstones working on this post!

16rretzler
Edited: Mar 1, 2:08pm Top

17harrygbutler
Mar 1, 2:14pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin!

18BLBera
Mar 1, 2:20pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin.

Nice February round up from your previous thread.

19FAMeulstee
Mar 1, 2:22pm Top

Happy third thread, Robin!

20foggidawn
Mar 1, 2:59pm Top

Happy new thread!

21rretzler
Mar 1, 3:24pm Top

>17 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry.

>18 BLBera: Thanks and thanks, Beth

>19 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita

>20 foggidawn: Thanks, foggi

22ChelleBearss
Mar 1, 3:46pm Top

Happy new thread!

23jnwelch
Mar 1, 4:05pm Top

Happy New Thread, Robin!

Good to see a fellow Jessica Jones appreciator. We can't wait for the new season to start up. Have you seen the Black Panther movie? One of the best from Marvel.

24drneutron
Mar 1, 6:11pm Top

Happy new thread!

25EllaTim
Mar 1, 7:09pm Top

Happy new thread Robin!

I like your lists. Those Hugo and Nebula lists are an inspiration, I might want to do those lists as well, some really good reading there!

26Crazymamie
Mar 1, 7:16pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin! I enjoyed reading through your stats on the previous thread.

27rretzler
Mar 1, 7:31pm Top

>22 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle.

>23 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. We went to see Black Panther on opening night (was it last weekend or the weekend before last?) and I agree it was one of the best - Marvel's movies just seem to keep getting better and better. One more week for Jessica!

>24 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.

>25 EllaTim: Thanks, Ella. I really do enjoy reading the Hugos and Nebulas - I haven't read many lately, but I have several coming up soon that I'm planning to read.

>26 Crazymamie: Thanks, Mamie.

28PaulCranswick
Mar 1, 9:03pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin.

Plenty going on here already. Of course i love all the lists. xx

29humouress
Mar 1, 10:56pm Top

Happy new thread Robin!

30LizzieD
Mar 1, 11:46pm Top

Happy Reading, Robin! I wish it were not so, but I'm with you in not loving either *Gstalk* or *A's Apprentice*. I'm still struggling with the former, and I will finish it, but no love. It's a comfort to find a comrade in taste.

31rretzler
Mar 2, 1:08am Top

>28 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul. Thanks for stopping by - I need to return the favor soon. I'm still trying to catch up on reviews.

>29 humouress: Thanks, Nina.

>30 LizzieD: Hi, Peggy. I actually really enjoyed both GodStalk and AA, so, unfortunately, and sadly, no comfort from me 😓? I think you may have gotten that impression because I said that LT didn't seem to think I would like AA when ironically I rated it 5-stars!

32rretzler
Mar 2, 1:52am Top

Honestly, these days, it seems like there is always some drama at our house and I absolutely abhor drama!

On Tuesday night, I had to take Beckham to the urgent care for conjunctivitis (pink-eye), which is very contagious. It turns out that when they took his blood pressure it was high and when they tested again, it was still high. Urgent care doctor was very concerned and asked if Beckham had ever tested with high blood pressure before. Apparently, he also tested with high blood pressure at the controversial pediatrician appointment a couple of weeks ago... Now I feel that was something that should have been communicated with me, and so did the urgent care physician, who says that we need to follow up and stay on top of the issue.

Keegan has been having a lot of trouble in school recently with projects. He doesn't seem to be able to organize the project and sometimes isn't even clear on the expectations. He had a recent math project that he was allowed to re-do - the details are just too long and complicated to go into, but it looks like its back to the school for another round of meetings with his instructional support specialist. Since Keegan is both gifted and learning disabled, it is a struggle for everyone, because I think most teachers don't understand this concept. Keegan's ability is very high, but he has some reading and writing issues, and I think there are likely some executive functioning issues as well. He has the potential to be very successful, but the learning difficulties are holding him back. We want him to learn the skills and have the tools that he needs to be able to achieve to the level of his potential. He does get good grades but has very poor writing and organizational skills. Also, his dyslexia at times hampers his reading comprehension, and his hearing issues don't do him any favors either. I am just incredibly frustrated with the school right now.

33Berly
Edited: Mar 2, 1:54am Top

Robin--Happy new thread! Your lists are over the top, intimidating, and wonderful, all at the same time. I spent a lot of time looking them over. Keep it up! Go nerds! : )

Edited to add--good luck with the school issues facing Keegan. So frustrating.

34rretzler
Edited: Mar 2, 1:55am Top

>33 Berly: Thanks, Kim! They are over the top, aren't they? 😜 Gotta love data (what true nerd doesn't)?!?!

Off to bed - its way too late!

35scaifea
Mar 2, 7:53am Top

Happy new thread, Robin!

Big hugs to both of your boys, and one for Momma, too.

And I'm excited to see The Girl Who Drank the Moon on your March reading list - I hope you love it as much as I did!

36rretzler
Mar 2, 7:57am Top

>35 scaifea: Thanks, Amber. Hugs are especially appreciated right now. I'm looking forward to The Girl Who Drank the Moon

37thornton37814
Mar 2, 12:43pm Top

>32 rretzler: I'm sorry you seem to be having such difficulty with your doctor. I hope things improve. I think I quit going to the pediatrician somewhere around 5th grade. The pediatrician who was my favorite went to Africa as a medical missionary. Mom know I didn't really like his partner, so she just began taking me to the "family doctor." I liked him much better.

38rretzler
Edited: Mar 4, 1:26am Top

17. Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham



Original publication date: 1930
Genre: Mystery
Source: Amazon
Format: Ebook
Type: New
Series: Albert Campion #2
Page count: 248
Challenge(s): Just the Facts Ma’am, British Book, PopSugar
Finished: 2/7/18

Returning home to London from the United States on a steamship, the vacuous-seeming Albert Campion saves Judge Crowdy Lobbett from death by electrocution from a poorly-wired magician’s cabinet. Judge Lobbett, as Campion learns from a fellow passenger, Alistair Ferguson Babar, has recently escaped death four times – accidents that killed individuals close to him. Lobbett is the judge attempting to take down the infamous Simister gang. The gang operates internationally, and no one has ever seen Simister, the leader of the gang, except for one man who was killed shortly afterward. In London, Campion is visited by Lobbett’s son, Malcolm, who enlists Campion’s help to keep his father alive. Thinking of his friends Giles and Biddy Paget and their secluded home on Mystery Mile, a tiny village surrounded by marshes, Campion convinces the Lobbett family to rent the Padget’s home for the next few weeks. However, after dinner on the very night the Lobbetts arrive, the Lobetts, Pagets, Campion and the village’s vicar are visited by a wandering palmist who seems to know more about them than he should. The next day, Judge Lobbett disappears from the center of a maze on the Paget’s property, and soon afterward, Biddy is kidnapped. Campion knows that it is the work of the Simister gang and to protect his friends and the Judge, he must stop Simister himself at any cost.

Mystery Mile is the second book in Margery Allingham’s Campion series, but is the first to feature Albert Campion as the main character. We know little of Campion as a character after the first book, as Allingham intended to have another character feature in her mystery series. Campion is a very intelligent and resourceful individual; however, he frequently plays the part of a very fatuous well-to-do Englishman, who, as a result, is underestimated by the villain in the book. I also think he is underestimated by readers, especially in the early books, before Allingham matures him as a man and a detective, and he loses his silliness in later books.

Although Allingham was considered one of the “Queens of Crime” during the Golden Age of Detection, Mystery Mile is not a typical whodunit of the period. It has some whodunit elements, as well as some spy elements and is also something of an adventure story. There is the obligatory death, but this is not a typical murder mystery. I realize there are many who don’t like Allingham as much as Christie or Sayers, but I find Campion’s silliness fun – there are so many serious detectives, and Campion can be serious, but he does have an irreverent side that I find very refreshing. I honestly did not catch on to the identity of the villain and there were one or two other “red herrings” that worked on me and contributed to my enjoyment.


39thornton37814
Mar 2, 2:19pm Top

Allingham is a mixed bag for me. I like some installments more than others.

40rretzler
Mar 2, 2:41pm Top

>39 thornton37814: Lori, its funny for me - I like her books quite a bit more now than I did 30 years ago, which is the last time I read several of them. I guess my tastes have changed over the years.

41rretzler
Mar 2, 4:34pm Top

18. Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke



Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery
Source: NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Type: ARC
Series: Hannah Swenson #22
Page count: 385
Challenge(s): PopSugar, NetGalley, New Release
Finished: 2/8/18

Hannah Swenson, who owns the bakery in small-town Lake Eden, Minnesota, has not heard from her new husband, Ross Barton, in over two weeks. He left home one day, leaving his house keys and car behind with no indication of where he has gone. One evening, Hannah lets P.K., Ross’s assistant, borrow Ross’s car and P.K. ends up dead, wrecking the car after being poisoned. Hannah immediately jumps in to investigate, aided by her best friend, Norman, the dentist. She soon finds that Ross has left her more than just the keys and his car.

Raspberry Danish Murder is the 22nd book in Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series. I have read a few of the books in this series before reading this one, and I believe that this book could be read as a stand-alone, but the reader may be missing the background on most of the characters. The Hannah Swenson series seems to be a very popular cozy mystery series, but I can say after reading this that I am not a fan. First, I find it a little hard to believe that Hannah, a baker, would be allowed to involve herself in a police investigation the way she does in this book, trading clues with her former boyfriend, a policeman, and being able to question witnesses. Second, there wasn’t anything of interest happening in this story – there was nothing that made me care about any of the characters. The characters were all a little annoying to me and a little one-dimensional. Third, I find it difficult to believe that a bakery in such a small town could afford to employ as many people as seem to work there, and still provide enough income for the livelihood of both owners. There were several other things in the story that didn’t make sense to me but I won’t share them because they are spoilers.

In a few places, I wondered who the author thinks might be reading her books when she proceeds to explain that the quote “it never rains, but it pours” means that everything happens at once. Another example occurs when Hannah goes to check her telephone messages, and she sees a blinking light and the numeral five, Fluke explains to the reader that this meant five people had called. Sigh.

Aside from the recipes, which although they sound delicious, seem to feature quite a few bar cookies, it was hard for me to find much to recommend about this book.

42harrygbutler
Mar 2, 4:44pm Top

>38 rretzler: I've been enjoying the Campions, including Mystery Mile, which I read a few years ago. I'm glad you're finding them appealing. Next for me is The Case of the Late Pig as I tackle them in publication order.

43rretzler
Mar 2, 4:47pm Top

>42 harrygbutler: Harry, I'm also trying to read them in publication order this time. I read several of them years ago, and liked them, but not nearly as much as I do now!

44brodiew2
Mar 2, 4:56pm Top

Happy new one, Robin!

You have have a lot of different stuff going on that all looks fun. I want to play. Sadly, I read at such a low volume per year I should probably be in a 25ers group rather than a 75ers. I hope all is well.

Have you got a discussion question prepped for this thread?

45rretzler
Mar 2, 5:32pm Top

>44 brodiew2: Thanks, Brodie. The great thing about this group is that it doesn't really matter how many books you read!

I'm trying to think of a good discussion question for this thread - it will be hard to top the interesting discussion from the last one.

46rretzler
Mar 2, 5:36pm Top

19. Some Die Eloquent by Catherine Aird



Original publication date: 1979
Genre: Mystery
Source: Amazon
Format: Ebook
Type: New
Series: Inspector CD Sloan #8
Page count: 198
Challenge(s): British Author Theme, British Book
Finished: 2/10/18

Beatrice Wansdyke, chemistry mistress at an all girl’s school in Berebury, England, is found dead in her home due to complications from diabetes, from which she had suffered for many years. Her only living relatives were two nephews, one the co-owner of a plastics company and the other a ne’er do well, and a niece who is a nurse. Her death appeared to be from natural causes until the police find that her bank account contained a quarter of a million pounds, recently deposited into her account. Inspector CD Sloan has been called upon to investigate, but he has other challenges as well – his wife is expecting their first child at any moment.

Some Die Eloquent is the 8th book in the Inspector CD Sloan series by Catherine Aird. This series is a delightful example of a Britsh police procedural. Sloan is a modest, but effective, police inspector who is hampered in his investigations by his boss, Superintendent Leeyes, and his subordinate, Detective-Constable Crosby. He is a very likable character and both Leeyes and Crosby provide comic relief. The much-maligned Crosby usually unknowingly provides an insight that aids Sloan in finding the culprit, thereby making himself somewhat valuable to the team. Superintendent Leeyes spends his personal time taking classes at the local college and wants to share his knowledge with his subordinates, who usually find ways to avoid him.

I found this book well-plotted and the storyline very interesting. I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that there was a murder committed, but Sloan first had to prove that it was murder before he could narrow down the murderer from several plausible suspects. Sloan is not afraid to use his intuition and follow hunches, which typically turn out to be correct.

Although this is considered a police procedural and was written in 1979, it has many of the elements found in Golden Age mysteries, and I think fans of the genre would enjoy this book. Some of the book – the portion taking place in the hospital – is a little dated, but not enough to hamper one’s enjoyment.


47ChelleBearss
Mar 2, 6:48pm Top

>41 rretzler: Sorry to see that one was a bust. I enjoyed the first two books in the series but then got mad when the third one got spoiled for me before I got past the first page. I’m not sure I’ll go back.

48rretzler
Mar 2, 7:23pm Top

>47 ChelleBearss: Yeah, I read a couple of her earlier ones that were better than this one, but I honestly wasn't sure I was ever going to be a big fan. I think with some of the cozy series it gets harder to have a plausible mystery - how many ways can a baker in a small town actually get involved in a murder investigation that actually makes sense - same goes for caterers, tea-shop owners and the like. There are a few series like that I've read over the years, which start out fairly good, but tend to drop off fairly quickly unless they can take the act on the road, so to speak.

49rretzler
Edited: Mar 2, 11:55pm Top



Per Brodie's request 😉, here is my question for this thread, although I think nothing will prompt as good a discussion as the question from the last thread.



Question: We're all friends here, so is there any book that you are embarrassed to say that you have never read? (Or maybe embarrassed is not the right word, so perhaps a book that everyone else seems to have read and discussed and you have not?)


50thornton37814
Mar 2, 8:06pm Top

>41 rretzler: The Fluke series is pretty uneven, and it sounds like this one is not one of the better installments. I avoided requesting it from NetGalley, and it didn't make the cut this month with the library's book order. I'm sure I can count on the public library getting a copy if I change my mind and read it later.

51rretzler
Mar 2, 8:07pm Top

>49 rretzler: I think my answer would probably be either The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger or The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

My grandmother was an English teacher and had just about every classic you could think of on her bookshelves - and I honestly can still remember the location of quite a few of those books and what her copies looked like. I never really liked the descriptions of either of those books, and I was never required to read them, so I haven't. Most well-read people that I know have, of course, read them and raved about both, and although I know I probably "should" read them, I just haven't quite been able to make myself read them.

I think for me it may even go back to the discussion about whether old classics are relevant - perhaps these have some societal relevance, but I never saw the relevance to me, enough to give me a burning desire to read either of them.

I expect that most of you will have read both of them.

52rretzler
Mar 2, 8:09pm Top

>50 thornton37814: Lori, I'm not sure what actually made me request it from NetGalley, other than optimistically thinking that perhaps the series would somehow get better instead of worse. I've read a lot of negative reviews about it as well, so I'm fairly certain its not just me (for what it's worth.) I think if someone was invested in the series, they would probably want to read it as there are a couple of things that happen to advance the series.

53thornton37814
Mar 2, 8:58pm Top

>52 rretzler: For me, it's more of when I'm in the mood for brain candy with food, and I'm up-to-date on the Laura Childs tea shop series. Fortunately, her Plum Tea Crazy was just released, so I'll be able to read it instead when that mood arrives.

54thornton37814
Mar 2, 9:00pm Top

>49 rretzler: I'm not really embarrassed to say I've never read just about anything, but most people are shocked I've never read any of the Harry Potter books.

55quondame
Mar 2, 9:06pm Top

>49 rretzler: The Grapes of Wrath is an embarrassing haven't read for me. I have read a number of other books by John Steinbeck, but that one seemed both long and unrelentingly grim.

>51 rretzler: My mother taught French, so I've read a fair amount of Camus and Sartre (in English) because that was her thing, and Dumas, because that was mine.

56ronincats
Mar 2, 10:22pm Top

57Berly
Mar 2, 10:59pm Top

Hi, Roni. I am not embarrassed by any specific book I haven't read. Just the many TBR piles.

58LizzieD
Mar 2, 11:02pm Top

>5 rretzler: Oh! I see. "The Unloved" is a category not your personal opinion. So there's one person less with me on God Stalk and Assassin's Apprentice. I can live with that if you can!

59rretzler
Edited: Mar 3, 2:51pm Top

>53 thornton37814: I also have some series that are like that for me - sort of a non-challenging guilty pleasure. One series like that in particular for me is Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye series - but it has started wearing on me a little lately too.

>54 thornton37814: Lori, I guess embarrassed is probably not the right term, because I don't feel exactly embarrassed either about my picks, it's just that it seems like most everyone has read them and I have not. And I don't think it's shocking about Harry Potter - if you don't think you would like the books, then there's no reason to read them just because everyone else has - which is my reason for not reading Catcher and Grapes.

>55 quondame: Susan, good to know that I'm not alone. I took French in HS and college, and one of my college professors was crazy about Sartre, so we read Huis Clos (No Exit) and several of his stories in class in French. My grandmother had several of Camus' books, but they didn't seem to appeal to my young self, although I suspect that I might enjoy Camus now.

>56 ronincats: Thanks for the recommendation, Roni. I've had that particular book for several years and had started to read it, but stopped for some reason. I'll have to pull it out again.

Unfortunately, the problem with Keegan is that he doesn't take helpful suggestions or constructive criticism well at all. He tends to shut down the minute he even thinks that someone is approaching him with a suggestion, which is very frustrating for everyone involved. I suspect that Keegan feels that Beckham doesn't seem to need "extra" help, and perhaps he feels that he shouldn't either. But while Beckham might not need help in the areas that Keegan does, I also suspect that Keegan doesn't see the issues that Beckham struggles with (procrastination and perfectionism are the biggies and go hand-in-hand for him.) Keegan wants to work on his schoolwork independently, so we just let him do what he's going to do 99% of the time. Once or twice this year, we've asked a particular teacher to get involved because we can tell that he is struggling. I communicate with the teacher and then ask Keegan to send the teacher an email asking for help, so he is learning to advocate for himself to some extent. When the teacher can provide him with a little more guidance, he does an excellent job, and he seems to accept the help better that way - perhaps because he's asked for it himself, or perhaps because it is coming from the proper person. His other issue is that his memory (and therefore sometimes his executive functioning) seems to be very selective, or perhaps just variable. He tends to recall things that are meaningful to him, and school projects are not necessarily meaningful. He has a great memory for some things and is terrible at remembering others. So everything is just very hit or miss at times. I'm sure it seems more frustrating to me than it really is because I live with it on a day to day basis.

60rretzler
Mar 2, 11:54pm Top

>57 Berly: Kim, don't we all have those large TBR piles? Fortunately, no one can see mine because they're hidden in my Kindle.

>58 LizzieD: Peggy, yes "The Unloved" is a category for a book challenge that means SciFi/Fantasy books that haven't won awards. So, no, I'm not with you on GS or AA, sadly, but I too can live with that. I guess that's what makes the world interesting - how boring it would be if we all liked the same books.

62rretzler
Edited: Apr 1, 11:45pm Top




  1. (111) The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald - actually came in February but I forgot to record it then since it went straight to Beckham (oops!)
  2. (112) The Devil's Elbow by Gladys Mitchell
  3. (113) The Echoing Strangers by Gladys Mitchell
  4. (114) Merlin's Furlong by Gladys Mitchell
  5. (115) Twelve Horses and the Hangman's Noose by Gladys Mitchell
  6. (116) The Twenty-Third Man by Gladys Mitchell
  7. (117) Spotted Hemlock by Gladys Mitchell
  8. (118) The Man Who Grew Tomatoes by Gladys Mitchell
  9. (119) A Perilous Promise by Kate Kingsbury
  10. (120) Room with a Clue by Kate Kingsbury
  11. (121) Do Not Disturb by Kate Kingsbury
  12. (122) Service for Two by Kate Kingsbury
  13. (123) Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  14. (124) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  15. (125) Hue and Cry by Patricia Wentworth
  16. (126) Red Death by Jeff Altabef
  17. (127) The Prodigal Son by Sulari Gentill
  18. (128) Visual Intelligence by Amy E Herman
  19. (129) The Millenium Problems by Keith J Devlin
  20. (130) The Case of the Seven Whistlers by George Bellairs
  21. (131) A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill
  22. (132) Island of the Mad by Laurie R King
  23. (133) Double Blind by Carrie Bedford
  24. (134) Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
  25. (135) Between Planets by Robert Heinlein
  26. (136) Murder at the Wake by Bruce Beckham
  27. (137) The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
  28. (138) Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  29. (139) The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
  30. (140) The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
  31. (141) The Roubaud Connection by Estelle Ryan
  32. (142) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  33. (143) True Fiction by Lee Goldberg
  34. (144) Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  35. (145) The White Album by Joan Didion
  36. (146) After Henry by Joan Didion
  37. (147) Paragon Walk by Anne Perry
  38. (148) Rutland Place by Anne Perry
  39. (149) Resurrection Row by Anne Perry
  40. (150) She Came Back by Patricia Wentworth
  41. (151) To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
  42. (152) Death of a Stranger by Anne Perry
  43. (153) Coffin, Scarcely Used by Colin Watson


63rretzler
Mar 3, 1:18am Top



Robin reading - (see >4 rretzler: in case I don't update this) Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon

Robin listening - Solaris by Stanislaw Lem

Ed - Midworld by Alan Dean Foster - I think he's going very slowly on this one

Beckham - A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford for pleasure. He just finished The Great Gatsby for school and will soon be starting Of Mice and Men. Since I've never read it, and it's short, I'll probably read it with him.

Keegan - Gravity Falls graphic novel for pleasure. He is between books for school

Keegan and Robin listening - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Beckham, Keegan and Robin - reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling - no active reading so far this year - we're going to have to make a plan to read again.

64rretzler
Mar 3, 1:54am Top



For many years, our family really didn't watch much television, only movies on Friday nights, the boys would watch an occasional Disney channel show, and Ed watched The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad, and I watched Doctor Who and Sherlock. Now that the boys are older, we are watching more TV (I'm not sure that's a good thing.) We now tend to watch series on either Amazon Prime or Netflix so I thought I would share some of what we are watching currently.

At home

Currently watching
The Office - season 7
Parks and Recreation - season 3
Game of Thrones - season 1 (just Ed & Robin)

Just finished
Marvel's The Punisher - season 1
The Detectorists - season 2
Stranger Things - season 2

Next up
The Detectorists - season 3
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD - season 5
Battlestar Galactica

In the theater

Recently watched
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel's Black Panther

Next up
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Ready Player One - releasing March 29
Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War - releasing April 27
Star Wars: Solo - releasing May 25

Robin's viewing

Currently watching
Marvel's Agent Carter - season 2
Doctor Who - classic - season 1 rewatch

Next up
Marvel's Jessica Jones - season 2

65FAMeulstee
Mar 3, 1:48pm Top

>49 rretzler: Never, one day I will read it, or not ;-)
I find it more problematic when everyone seems to love a book and I read it and don't like it.

66humouress
Mar 3, 2:01pm Top

>59 rretzler: Procrastination and perfectionism are not a good combination. I put things off for forever because they have to be done exactly correctly.

67rretzler
Mar 3, 2:50pm Top

>65 FAMeulstee: Anita, I agree - when everyone else loves a book and I don't, I always wonder what I have missed (or privately whether there are others who only say they like it because they think everyone else does!)

>66 humouress: Yep, Nina, you are so right. I am like that as well, so at least we know where Beckham gets it. Unfortunately, I have no way to help him because I have never been able to help myself! Interestingly, he is the first born and I am an only child - if you tend to believe in birth order, then it all makes some sense. (This is likely why I can't seem to get around to getting all of my reviews written 😜!)

68BLBera
Mar 3, 4:56pm Top

Hi Robin - Good luck with the blood pressure and the school woes. You are probably ready for a break. Do you have a spring break?

Great comments on the Allingham and the Aird. I've read and liked both of them. Fluke I could never get into, and it sounds like I'm not missing much.

Have a great weekend.

69humouress
Mar 3, 5:53pm Top

>67 rretzler: *sigh* Agreed. Sometimes I wonder who I’m doing it for, because I’m the only one who’ll ever see it (like the inside of my cupboards). But then I know that if I don’t put things away neatly, I’ll just end up being frustrated with the way it looks and pulling everything out to tidy up. Which could then take months ....

My kids don’t seem to have the same problems, though I wouldn’t mind a bit of perfectionism.

70EllaTim
Edited: Mar 3, 6:58pm Top

I'm not embarassed by any book in particular I haven't read. There are so many of them, and tastes are so different!

Looking at the list of 1001 books you should read before you die, there are lots in there that I know I wouldn't like, and don't want to read.

71foggidawn
Mar 3, 7:11pm Top

I’m working on filling in some gaps in my reading this year, but I can’t say that there’s any one book I feel I ought to read, or that is surprising that I haven’t read.

72karenmarie
Mar 3, 8:55pm Top

Hi Robin!

I wish I could send more than good wishes and healing vibes for Keegan's conjunctivitis and high blood pressure problems. It is unconscionable that the pediatrician didn't report Keegan's high blood pressure to you and that you had to find out about it at an urgent care visit. Hugs for you, Mom, as you work so hard to take best care of your son.

>49 rretzler: I don't have a problem having not read a book read by other LTers, but I am seriously embarrassed that I've never read any Plato, Homer, Euripides, Aristophanes, Dante, Aristotle, Voltaire, and other authors of classical and philosophical works.

73souloftherose
Mar 4, 5:34pm Top

Belated happy new thread Robin! I'm sorry to hear that doctors and schools for the boys are being generally frustrating at the moment :-(

You hit me with a book bullet for Raymond Postgate's Somebody at the Door on your last thread - I really enjoyed Postgate's Verdict of Twelve last year.

>38 rretzler: I'm glad you enjoyed Mystery Mile. I have been working my way through all the Campion books but very slowly. I like the fact that she varies the style she's writing in so much. You've reminded me I need to get back to that series.

>49 rretzler: I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't read War and Peace but mainly because I think it's the book I own that's been on my TBR the longest (maybe 20 years now? Yikes!)

74Kassilem
Mar 4, 7:23pm Top

Fantastic new thread Robin. I'll try to catch up a little later.

75rretzler
Mar 4, 7:37pm Top

I guess I'm having trouble posting too - I answered everyone last night and now it appears that my post has disappeared. *sigh* It makes me wonder if any of my visiting posts are still there or if they too are lost.

>68 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. Our schools do have a spring break which this year is the last week of March. I think I'm done with Fluke also. I've now read several and given them a chance, and they just don't appeal. Unfortunately, I find that sometimes I have this compulsion that I need to keep reading a series once I've started it, so I hope I can avoid that this time.

>69 humouress: Nina, I'm the same.

>70 EllaTim: Ella, it's good that you don't feel compelled to read books that you know you aren't going to like.

>71 foggidawn: foggi, perhaps that's a good way for me to look at those book I've neglected over the years, merely as gaps that I haven't filled. Of course, I'm guessing that some of my gaps will likely remain unfilled.

>72 karenmarie: Thanks for the hugs, Karen, they are much appreciated. Those authors and philosophers you have mentioned have likely not been read by many, many others, so I wouldn't be too embarassed about not reading them. I have read Homer and Dante, and there are several philosophers that I would like to read someday - Nietzsche, Kant, Schopenhauer, for a start - but I don't know if I'll ever get around to it.

>73 souloftherose: Thanks, Heather. Glad to hear you enjoyed Verdict of Twelve as well. I've had War and Peace on my TBR as well - maybe someday.

Let's hope this posts!

76rretzler
Mar 4, 7:38pm Top

>74 Kassilem: Thanks, Melissa!

77jolerie
Mar 5, 2:39pm Top

Robin, so glad you found me! I'm looking over your organization and lists in awe and wonder. So many stars meaning you are reading a lot of really good books. Looking forward to following your reading his year as well. :D

78rretzler
Mar 5, 4:32pm Top

>77 jolerie: Thanks, Valerie. For better or worse, I pick books that I think I'm going to like. On the one hand, that means I may not be challenging myself, but on the other, it means that I am enjoying myself! Glad you've stopped by.

79rretzler
Mar 5, 5:18pm Top

So, Beth had asked about spring break, and in the post that disappeared, I had expanded a little on my spring break situation. I was too tired last night to try to replicate that, but it is something important and current that's happening in my life, so I thought I would share.

I started my career in public accounting in January 1987 in tax during "busy season" (which is January through April.) While at my first job, Ernst & Young, I worked an average of 85-90+ hours a week during busy season - and no one was allowed to schedule time-off during that time. I was there for 11 years, and then at two other firms, one very small (25 people) and the other a Top 100 accounting firm with ten offices and over 100 people, until I left and started my own firm in January 2008. While my hours have decreased somewhat over the years, last year in 2017, I still worked around 80-90 hours between March 1 to April 15. In those 30 years, I have never been able to take time off for spring break. This has frustrated me the past 11 or so years, as many of my kid's friends got to go on great spring break trips and they had to stay at home. When they were in elementary school, we sent them to spring break camp for a few years, until my mother started staying with us during this time to cook, clean, do laundry and take the kids where they needed to go. Typically, during that 6 week time, I would see my family for the 30 minutes at dinner and at bedtime - which has always been extremely frustrating for me (especially as I realized many years ago that although I was good at it, accounting was not the right career for me.) 2017 was a particularly bad year, and Ed and I finally decided that perhaps I should call it quits.

So...in early January, I informed my clients that they would need to find someone else to help them out this year. So I guess I am officially retired. At some point in the next year or so, I may offer my services part-time to one of several firms I know, but if I do, I am going to make it very clear that I will only work 30 hours/week and will take spring break off (this may not be viable, but we'll see.)

Interestingly, although I have a lot more time on my hands this year, it seems to get filled very quickly with one thing and another - so I don't seem to have as much free-time as I thought I would, but I probably just need time to get into a better routine. Not having a routine at all right now is kind of like the letdown I get right after tax season is over, I have so much time on my hands that I feel at loose ends and have trouble settling to get anything done.

So after 30 years, I am free to go on spring break if I want to! And now since we have less money coming in and with Becks 2 years from college, I don't know if we can afford to go somewhere, but we may try to take a small trip for some part of the week. It's just nice to have the freedom, and even if we don't go somewhere, I can spend the week doing things with the boys, as long as I can pry them away from their computers. Now if I could just figure out how to win the lottery or find a genie in a bottle to grant me a few wishes...😜

80BLBera
Mar 5, 6:15pm Top

Robin - My sister worked with an accounting firm, so I understand what you mean when you talk about tax season. Good for you to decide enough is enough. Good luck with the next steps in your life.

81vancouverdeb
Mar 5, 6:42pm Top

I'm sorry to read about Keegan's high blood pressure. I hope you get that sorted out very soon. Could it be that so called " White Coat " high blood pressure? The sort where blood pressure goes up with the anxiety of seeing a doctor? I'm hoping so. I recall my younger son having some wild blood pressure reading of 170 / 110 when he was just 14 - mind you, he had been struck by a car and taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was just walking on the sidewalk when two cars collided and he hear it and was able to jump onto the hod of the car and his hip cracked the windshield. He was fine, but it was pretty scary. They told me his high blood pressure would be due to the anxiety. I think I took him back later to the doctor get his blood pressure re- checked. My youngest brother, a seemingly easy going guy also has " White Coat High Blood pressure, but it is actually fine away from the doctor's office.

82jolerie
Mar 5, 7:03pm Top

My friend who is also an accountant once told me it's like famine or feast. Either she is so busy she can't catch her breath or she is normal busy which by comparison seems like a famine when those few months in the year has her spinning circles.
Glad to see that you are making choices that work for you and your family!

83rretzler
Mar 6, 8:32am Top

>80 BLBera: Thanks, Beth.

>81 vancouverdeb: Thanks, Deb. It's actually Beckham with the high blood pressure (but no biggie 🙂.) It's possible that it is due to the anxiety of seeing the doctor - Beckham doesn't believe that he is anxious in any way, but we haven't taken enough readings at home to know if that's the case yet. Wow, how scary for your son (and I'm sure for you) - I'm glad that everything turned out fine and that he had the presence of mind to know what to do.

>82 jolerie: Valerie, that's a good description. I think when people decide in college that they want to be an accountant, it should come with a warning. Ironically, I changed my major from Pre-Med to accounting my 3rd year of college because I didn't want to deal with the crazy hours of internship and residency that go along with Med School. No one told me that those hours would only be a temporary part of life, while the accounting hours would go on for my entire career. Oh, well.

84rretzler
Mar 6, 8:33am Top

I'm only a month behind on my reviews - but trying to catch up! I'll try to get another couple done today.

85rretzler
Mar 6, 8:33am Top

20. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin



Original publication date: 1971
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Audible
Format: Audiobook
Type: TBR
Series:
Page count: 175
Audio length 6 hours, 48 minutes
Narrator George Guidall
Challenge(s): Audiobook, The Unloved, PopSugar, ReadHarder
Finished: 2/11/18

Living in Portland, Oregon in a future 2002, George Orr has been caught using drugs and is sentenced to “voluntary” therapy. George has “effective” dreams that change the reality and been taking drugs to prevent them. In one of George’s first dreams, his aunt had been visiting his family and causing problems for him. After a particularly stressful event, George dreamed that his aunt had died in a car accident near her home weeks before. Upon waking, he learns his aunt has never visited and has, in fact, died in a car crash. In the new reality, as in the dream, the visit had never taken place, and George is the only one to remember the former reality. Once George is able to convince his assigned therapist, William Haber, that his effective dreaming does change reality, Haber attempts to control George’s dreaming initially to make the world a better place. However, with each change that Haber tries to bring about, there is an unintended adverse consequence. As the world becomes more chaotic, Haber becomes more power-mad. George and his friend and lawyer, Heather, know they must stop Haber before he destroys the world.

The Lathe of Heaven was published in 1971, so the future 2002 in the book was still 30 years away. The dates are possibly the one thing that makes the book feel slightly outdated. I like the idea of this book, it is unique, and yet it is reminiscent of the many stories where one has three wishes, and with each wish, there is an unintended adverse consequence. I also like the messages that I think Le Guin is trying to send, that even the best intentions can go awry if one does not understand all of the consequences of their actions; and that one person may think they know what is best for others, but the others may not always agree. I felt that Le Guin did a great job of portraying George as an “every-man” that we want to succeed even though he essentially has a “super-power.” The reader may feel pity for him because he seems to be in a situation that is beyond his control.

I listened to The Lathe of Heaven as an audiobook and thought the narration was good, but not outstanding. Although the book is well-written and tells a good story, the many changes in the book’s reality sometimes made it challenging to keep up, especially when one is listening instead of reading.


86karenmarie
Mar 6, 8:50am Top

Congratulations, Robin, on being retired! You will figure out your routine.

We, too, experienced a reduction of income when I retired, and we're still trying to come up with a budget and decrease some expenditures. Also, I was always told at work that people brought stuff to me because "ask a busy person and it will get done." Now, I am way less driven to get things done RIGHT AWAY - most days are getting one or two things done and reading and puttering around the rest of the time. And you know what? It's okay.

You're putting your family and your sanity first and it takes more than a few months to settle down, relax into the big changes you and Ed are making, and enjoy Not Working.

87ChelleBearss
Mar 6, 9:09am Top

Congrats on deciding to retire! I'm sure you could do a bit from home if you desire to but the freedom to say no will be wonderful!

88humouress
Edited: Mar 6, 10:09am Top

Hoping all the health problems are resolved soon.

>79 rretzler: You sounds like my sister, who is a sole practitioner/ consultant. When she’s got a consulting gig, she’s too busy to take a holiday but when she’s between contracts, she has to budget for all her expenses and doesn’t have enough money to go on holiday. Which means we rarely get to see her, as she’s a continent away.

89rretzler
Mar 6, 11:00am Top

>86 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. You are so right about being able to be more efficient when you are busy - I have operated that way for at least the last 30 years. I'm also glad to know that there are others who only get one or two things done - frankly right now I feel a little guilty, but I'm sure that will pass as I get used to this feeling!

>87 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle.

>88 humouress: Nina, it can definitely be difficult to be a sole practitioner without help in the busy times and money coming in during the non-busy times, although there are many benefits, as well. Being your own boss is a big one! Even before I became a sole practitioner, I was a partner in the firms I worked in for the ten previous years, and a Senior Manager running a department for a couple of years before that, so I could call a lot of the shots even though I worked for a company. I think it would be extremely frustrating for me to have to work under someone else's supervision now - especially given that I dislike authority anyway! 😜 It's too bad that you don't get to see your sister often, but I guess we do live in an age where it's much easier to communicate instantaneously.

90rretzler
Mar 6, 11:01am Top

21. Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O’Connor



Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery
Source: NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Type: ARC
Series: Irish Village #3
Page count: 304
Challenge(s): NetGalley, New Release
Finished: 2/12/18

The night before Siobhán O’Sullivan is due to start her first day as a Garda (police) in her hometown of Kilbane, Ireland, Father Kearney, the local priest, knocks on the O’Sullivan family’s door at half past one AM. After hearing a gunshot, Father Kearney had investigated and found a dead body in the church graveyard. Although Siobhán is not yet technically a Garda, she has been successful in catching two previous murderers in Kilbane, and Father Kearney wants her to be the first on the scene. The next day when the case is officially assigned, Siobhán is chagrined to discover that she will be reporting to DS Macdara Flannery, her former boyfriend, who has moved to Dublin while she attended police college. Siobhán and Macdara learn that the murdered man and his family are from Dublin, Ohio and are visiting Ireland to research their family’s ties to Kilbane. They must put aside their feelings and work together to discover which of his family might have wanted him dead.

Murder in an Irish Churchyard is the 3rd book in Carlene O’Connor’s Irish Village series. Carlene is an American author whose great-grandmother emigrated from Ireland with many stories about Ireland. O’Connor also writes under her real name, Mary Carter. I’ve read the previous two books in the Irish Village series and was fortunate enough to receive this book courtesy of NetGalley and Kensington in exchange for an honest review.

I have enjoyed this cozy mystery series. While it is possible for this book to be read as a standalone, I think it makes the book more enjoyable to know the background from the previous two books. The mystery here is unique, well-plotted and holds together logically. The recurring characters, mainly Siobhán’s five brothers and sisters and a few townspeople, are fun and engaging characters, although there is less emphasis on the family in this book than in the prior books. I also appreciate that although the series started out centered around the family’s business, Naomi’s Bistro, O’Connor has progressed the main character, Siobhán. She has gone from primarily running the family business to becoming a Garda, so there is a logical reason for her to become involved in a criminal investigation.

I was also excited that Dublin, Ohio, my home, was mentioned in the book. Carlene graciously responded to my email, and I found that she has visited here for the annual Irish Fest. She also told me that she had signed another three-book deal for the series.

I recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a fun and well-written cozy mystery. I’m looking forward to the next three books in the series.


91BLBera
Mar 6, 12:00pm Top

You hit me with Murder in an Irish Churchyard, Robin. I will have to look up this series.

92rretzler
Mar 6, 3:44pm Top

>91 BLBera: It has grown on me, Beth. The first was not quite as good but showed a lot of promise. I went back and looked at my review of it and noticed that one thing I didn't like was that there was so much Irish dialogue, which I thought detracted from the story. I didn't get that at all with this book, so I feel as though the author is also growing as a writer.

93jnwelch
Mar 6, 4:05pm Top

Hi, Robin. I'm glad you're getting back some time for yourself. I know what you mean about it filling up faster than you'd guess.

Good review of Lathe of Heaven. That's the one I plan to re-read in her honor. There was a pretty good PBS(?) movie made of it years ago. https://smile.amazon.com/Lathe-Heaven-Bruce-Davison/dp/B00004U8P6/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1520370255&sr=1-2&keywords=lathe+of+heaven&dpID=412MNP77TGL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

94Carmenere
Mar 6, 8:31pm Top

Just got caught up on your thread..

Here ya go, Robin......

95thornton37814
Mar 7, 3:44pm Top

>90 rretzler: I'm glad to see a good review of that one. I need to read the earlier two.

96rretzler
Edited: Mar 7, 4:16pm Top

>93 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I haven't seen the movie yet; I'll have to check it out. This year I've been trying to watch some of the movies related to the books I'm reading. I've never made a conscious decision to do that before, so you link is very timely!

>94 Carmenere: Just what I need, Lynda. Thanks!

>95 thornton37814: Lori, you'll have to let me know what you think.

97thornton37814
Mar 7, 9:48pm Top

>96 rretzler: Well, I actually read the first one and gave it 3 stars. My review basically thought it had potential--maybe a bit too much conversation-driven. My review was based on a Netgalley copy. I forgot I'd already read it. The second one just showed up today off my hold list at the library so it's now one of the books I need to read this month.

98rretzler
Mar 8, 8:57am Top

>97 thornton37814: Lori, I think those were my thoughts on the first as well, though I gave it and the second a 3.5 - See >92 rretzler:. The series has really grown on me though as I found myself looking forward to getting the 3rd book.

99rretzler
Edited: Mar 9, 11:36am Top

So, it appears that we may finally know what happened to Amelia Earhart. In a study that just came out in the journal Forensic Anthropologist this month, a skeleton that was found and evaluated back in 1941 was reevaluated using modern anthropological methods. Unfortunately, the remains have been lost, so the photos of the skeleton taken during the initial evaluation were analyzed; otherwise, it might have been possible to do a DNA analysis. The initial study found the bones to have been male, but Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of University of Tennessee at Knoxville's Forensic Anthropology Center, believes that to have been an error. The recent study concludes that
This analysis reveals that Earhart is more similar to the Nikumaroro bones than 99% of individuals in a large reference sample. This strongly supports the conclusion that the Nikumaroro bones belonged to Amelia Earhart.
I suppose we may never know for certain.

ETA Washington Post article here

100BBGirl55
Mar 9, 6:34pm Top

>99 rretzler: Thats real intresting

Hope you have a wonderful weekend

101jolerie
Mar 9, 7:29pm Top

Crazy the stuff that science can do now!!

102rretzler
Mar 9, 7:48pm Top

>100 BBGirl55: Thanks, Bryony. You too!

>101 jolerie: Isn't it though? I can't imagine what things will be like when my boys are my age.

103vancouverdeb
Mar 9, 8:02pm Top

Stopping by to say hi! Sorry I mixed up your son earlier! And I confess that though I have heard of Amelia Earhart, I've not paid much attention to the whole story. I do enjoy a well written cozy, so I'll keep Murder in an Irish Churchyard in mind.

104rretzler
Mar 9, 9:51pm Top

>103 vancouverdeb: No biggie, Deb!

Ever since I was very young, I've been fascinated by women like Amelia Earhart, so I have always been on the lookout for news about her. It seems in recent years there has been a spate of information, which may be ended with this study. I suppose in a way I'm glad that the mystery might be solved but sad that she may have died on the island on which her plane wrecked.

105souloftherose
Mar 10, 3:15am Top

>79 rretzler: Sounds like a positive move Robin - I hope you and your family can enjoy some quality time together over Spring Break even if you can't go away.

>85 rretzler: That's a Le Guin I own but haven't read yet - glad you enjoyed it.

106BLBera
Mar 10, 11:15am Top

>99 rretzler: Interesting. Too bad they threw away the bones.

107thornton37814
Mar 10, 6:40pm Top

>99 rretzler: I saw the Earhart article in some of the Knoxville press. It was fascinating, but like you all, I wish they'd kept the bones.

108msf59
Mar 10, 8:13pm Top

Wow! Somehow I got behind over here. Happy New Thread, Robin. Sorry, for the long delay. You have some very interesting current reads going. Are you reading The Once and Future King? I am a big fan of this one. Not completely perfect but so much to enjoy.

Happy Saturday, my friend.

109rretzler
Mar 11, 10:58pm Top

>105 souloftherose: Thanks, Heather. I'm sure we'll end up doing something fun at least a day or two.

>106 BLBera: >107 thornton37814: I thought the same, Beth and Lori. I'd be interested to know how long they held on to the bones before disposing of them.

>108 msf59: Mark, I have been very slowly reading The Once and Future King - I was listening to the audiobook and was on The Candle in the Wind but got so tired of hearing about Lancelot (who was never my favorite) that I put it aside for awhile and never got back to it. My plan is to finally finish it this year - Lancelot and all. I'm really looking forward to The Book of Merlin so that should keep me going, I think.

110rretzler
Mar 11, 11:01pm Top

22. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb



Original publication date: 1995
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Amazon
Format: Ebook
Type: New
Series: Farseer #1
Page count: 464
Challenge(s): PopSugar, The Unloved
Finished: 2/16/18

Six-year-old Fitz is brought to the Buckkeep’s court because his family can no longer afford to keep him. His maternal grandfather claims that he is the bastard son of King-in-Waiting, Prince Chivalry, and no one who sees him can deny the likeness. To protect Fitz, Chivalry abdicates his place in the royal succession and leaves the Castle, giving the upbringing of his son to his trusted man at arms/stablemaster. King Shrewd, his grandfather, although not officially recognizing Fitz, desires that he attend school, be taught basic combat, and be trained as an assassin. As the Red-Ship Raiders from the Outislands attack the Six Dutchies coastline, and King Shrewd and Prince Verity attempt to find ways to strengthen their kingdom, Fitz’s new skills are called into play.

Assassin’s Apprentice drew me in from the beginning. I was delighted by Robin Hobb’s style of writing. Every sentence just kept me wanting to read more. The world-building was well thought out, especially the inclusion of two special abilities – the Skill and the Wit – of which Fitz may be capable. Hobb makes us care about Fitz and root for him as we watch him come of age. There is much intrigue and treachery in the book which keeps the plot moving along and the reader interested. It was very difficult for me to put this book down, as I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.


111rretzler
Edited: Mar 12, 12:55am Top

23. The Man on the Train by Clara Benson



Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery
Source: Amazon
Format: Ebook
Type: New
Series: Angela Marchmont prequel
Page count: 52
Challenge(s): New Release, British Book, ReadHarder
Finished: 2/17/18

It is 1925, and Angela Marchmont is traveling via train to Chicago. Due to inclement weather, the tracks are flooded, and when the train stops near a small town in Indiana, a young man hides in Angela’s train car. Acting on impulse, Angela hides the young man, William Tibbs, from the police as they search the train. William has been accused of the theft of a large sum of money from the manager of the vaudeville company for which he works, but he maintains his innocence. While the tracks remain flooded, Angela takes a room in the hotel in which the vaudeville company is staying and attempts to prove William’s innocence.

The Man on the Train is the short-story prequel to the Angela Marchmont series by Clara Benson. I have enjoyed all of the Angela Marchmont books and was happy to read more about Angela. Benson attempts to write her stories in the style of Golden Age detection and succeeds admirably. Although short, this story is a good example of her writing, although it doesn’t quite match the quality of her novels. Even though this is a prequel novel and could stand alone, it would be more meaningful to those who have already read a few books in the series.


112humouress
Edited: Mar 12, 2:53am Top

>109 rretzler: I always felt that the first book, The Sword in the Stone was a heartbreaker once you’ve finished reading it and realise that, having got to know Wat through his childhood, he becomes more remote in the following stories. Hmm, maybe another one to re-read.

113EllaTim
Mar 12, 6:30am Top

>110 rretzler: I love this book as well, but with such a glowing review why is it in the category The Unloved? (Maybe you have explained it before, but I don't get it?)

>112 humouress: I have read and reread The Sword in the Stone but the rest of the books are a lot darker and the last one was the heartbreaker to me. Never read The Book of Merlin though I still want to.

Have a nice week Robin. Not on spring break yet?

114rretzler
Mar 12, 10:41am Top

>112 humouress: Nina, I agree - it really seemed to me that there was way to much Lancelot and not enough Arthur especially as things went along.

>113 EllaTim: Ella, The Unloved is a category for sci-fi/fantasy books that haven't won any awards. I'm looking forward to The Book of Merlin because I think its a return to Arthur even though it will obviously be sad. No spring break yet - it's the last week of March.

115jolerie
Mar 12, 3:09pm Top

>110 rretzler: I haven't read anything by Hobb yet but this one sounds good! That's one I need...another series to add..haha!

116quondame
Mar 12, 3:45pm Top

>115 jolerie: The advantage with this series being that it has come to a good stopping place!

117rretzler
Mar 13, 1:54pm Top

>115 jolerie: Valerie, I understand completely!

>116 quondame: Susan, was the book published last year the last one then (as far as anyone knows?)

118rretzler
Mar 13, 1:55pm Top

24. Murder in Bloomsbury by DM Quincy



Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery
Source: NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Type: ARC
Series: Atlas Catesby #2
Page count: 304
Challenge(s): NetGalley, New Release
Finished: 2/18/18

In Regency London, Atlas Catesby, the fourth-born son of a Baron, has tried for nearly a year to get over his feelings for widowed Lady Lilliana Warwick. Unfortunately, when Lady Lilliana’s maid’s brother dies suddenly, Lady Lilliana summons Atlas to investigate. He soon finds that things are not what they seem. Although the coroner has ruled Gordon Davis’s death an accidental overdose of arsenic, Atlas has reason to believe that Davis has been murdered. Following the clues, Atlas finds that there are many who may have wanted Davis dead, including a high-born woman whom Davis was seducing to obtain her wealth. However, Atlas has his own problems – he realizes he still has feelings for Lady Lilliana when the Marquess of Roxbury, who wants to court her, warns Atlas away.

Murder in Bloomsbury is the second book in DM Quincy’s Atlas Catesby series. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review. Not having read the first in the series, I was still able to follow along quite well, and I believe that this book can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed it and plan to read the first book. I thought the story flowed well and it was easy to read. The mystery was well-plotted, and there were several suspects to keep one guessing. While I’m generally not a big fan of romance in a mystery unless it takes a very secondary role, I did discover myself rooting for Atlas to win Lady Lilliana’s affections, or perhaps for Lady Lilliana to win Atlas’s affections. I didn’t note any glaring historical inaccuracies which might distract me.

I recommend this to anyone who likes cozy historical mysteries, especially with a hint of romance.


119quondame
Edited: Mar 13, 8:20pm Top

>117 rretzler: While Assassin's Fate does leave room for more books in the world, it pretty well brings Fitz's adventures with Fool to a closure. I suspect that the dragons and associates can still find story worthy trouble to get into.

120rretzler
Mar 14, 12:49am Top

>119 quondame: I always hate it when a good series comes to an end - but perhaps that's better than lingering on and stagnating.

121rretzler
Mar 14, 12:56am Top

Just finished Royal Assassin and when I came to the computer to log it into my database found that Stephen Hawking had passed away earlier today. His was such a brilliant mind, and he was such an inspiration. RIP.

122rretzler
Mar 15, 11:28am Top

We're getting ready to go to Cincinnati, OH this weekend for the first soccer tournament of Keegan's spring season. He has two games on Saturday and one game on Sunday, with a second game also possible if they go to the final. Unfortunately, I don't think the team is strong enough to get to the final, so we will likely have time for lunch on Sunday at the Hofbräuhaus in Newport, KY (even though we could just go to the one here in Columbus.) I haven't looked at the weather yet, but if it's like most tournaments this time of year, it will be cold and likely rainy! Oh, well, I guess that's why we have lots of gear for bad weather.

Keegan's futsal team was in the finals last week but lost 8-9. I was proud of them and thought they did very well. The opposing team was sponsored by the league, having tryouts and practicing together starting in October/November while Keegan's team was a group of boys from his Club who rotated weekly and never practice together. The other team was better, but Keegan's team came together in the second half and almost pulled it out!

Beckham recently got his score back from the National German Exam (Level 3) that he took a month or so ago. He received a Gold Medal and was one of 29 (out of 301) in Ohio and one of 947 (out of 6,986) in the US to score in the 90th percentile or higher. It's his second year in a row to receive a Gold Medal (the exam is not given in first year German in his HS). Wir sind sehr stolz auf ihn! (or is it ihm? I guess I'll have to ask my expert!)

I think I'm going to start posting my reviews out of order - I have a few done for ARC books I've read which are waiting on me to get done with other books. I may just start to post them, since no one really cares, including me, about the order.

123humouress
Mar 15, 2:40pm Top

>122 rretzler: Congratulations! And congratulations!!

124jolerie
Mar 15, 3:06pm Top

Wonderful for both boys!

125harrygbutler
Mar 15, 3:34pm Top

>122 rretzler: Well done and sehr gut!

I have found that people sometimes notice when a review is posted out of order; in at least one case it helped me realize I had forgotten to write one. :-)

126ChelleBearss
Mar 15, 3:53pm Top

Congrats!
Have a good weekend away!

127thornton37814
Mar 15, 6:49pm Top

>122 rretzler: Hope you get some Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream while you are in Cincinnati and think of me when you are eating them!

128rretzler
Mar 15, 10:48pm Top

>127 thornton37814: Lori, fortunately or unfortunately, Dublin has our own Graeter's and Skyline, and we go to both quite often. Graeters is our favorite place for birthday cakes, and Skyline is just a favorite, period! So, I don't know if we'll get them when we're in Cinci, but the next time we visit here, I will certainly think of you!

As a matter of fact, the only restaurant that I can think of in Cinci that is not up here is Montgomery Inn - we even had one in Dublin for several years, but it closed a couple of years ago. It was about 2 miles from our house, and I thought we would go there more often, but we didn't. Come to think of it, since we can go to Hofbrauhaus any time we want, perhaps we'll have to make a stop at Montgomery Inn Boathouse.

129rretzler
Mar 15, 10:53pm Top

>123 humouress: > 124 Thanks, Nina and Valerie.

>125 harrygbutler: Danke, Mein Freund. You're right - and I had decided that I would probably confuse myself if I skipped around I'm sticking with posting them in order.

>126 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. It will be good to get out of the house and be somewhere else for a few days!

130rretzler
Mar 15, 10:56pm Top

I'm very excited - I've been very careful about requesting ARCs from NetGalley because I'm so backed up, but yesterday when I saw Island of the Mad by Laurie R King, I just had to request it. The Mary Russell series is one of my favorites. I received an email earlier this evening that I was approved, so I've already downloaded it and started to read it. I just love King's writing - it flows so well and I feel like I am right there with Mary and Sherlock!

131thornton37814
Mar 16, 7:41am Top

>128 rretzler: LaRosa's moved into the Knoxville area. I can enjoy canned or frozen Skyline here in East Tennessee, but Graeter's is not to be found.

132Berly
Mar 16, 10:16am Top

I hope you enjoy your first Spring Break, even if you just do something local. Congrats to Beckhamonteh German Gold and good luck on the soccer!

133harrygbutler
Mar 16, 10:37am Top

>130 rretzler: Hi, Robin! I'll have to make sure that Erika knows that book will be out soon, as she's a big fan of that series, too.

134Carmenere
Edited: Mar 16, 11:19am Top

Have a good time in Cincinnati and KY! Gooooo Keegan! and Congrats to Beckham!

I recently joined NetGalley but I've yet to request anything. I'm sure the new King will be just as good as her others.

135rretzler
Mar 16, 11:22am Top

>131 thornton37814: Lori, that's too bad about Graeter's not being near you - do they sell it in the grocery store at all? I do know that you can get it shipped in dry ice... We also have a LaRosa's up here too - the boys really like it, but it's not my favorite, the sauce is a little too sweet for me.

>132 Berly: Thanks, Kim.

>133 harrygbutler: Harry, fantastic to know that there's another fan of the series. Tell Erika its due out in early June and can be pre-ordered now if you guys are into pre-ordering.

>134 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda.

136karenmarie
Mar 17, 8:09am Top

Hi Robin!

I hope you all have a great time at the soccer tournament. Congrats to Beckham on his gold medal in the National German Exam. Very impressive.

137BLBera
Mar 17, 11:20am Top

Ooh - a new Mary Russell! I also love this series, Robin.

>122 rretzler: Congrats on your boys; they obviously have a great mom.

138The_Hibernator
Mar 19, 10:07am Top

>130 rretzler: Congrats! I am pretty backed up on Netgalley too - I'm at 75%. I'm trying not to request any more books until I catch up. Especially since I have so many other books to read. But it's so tempting, is it not?

139rretzler
Mar 19, 4:29pm Top

>136 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen and thanks from Beckham, too.

>137 BLBera: I'm happy to have found another fan, Beth! And thank you so very much for the nice compliment.

>138 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel. Yes, NetGalley is always very tempting - I'm not sure I'm anywhere near 75%, but I keep getting approved anyway!

140rretzler
Mar 20, 2:32am Top

Keegan's soccer team, unfortunately, did not make it to the finals. They tied the first game, lost the second game by a close 2-3 and were blown out by the third team 0-6. Interestingly, the team that they tied also tied both teams that Keegan's team lost to (and all 3 games were 0-0) - which is quite strange. The good news, however, is that the 2 goals scored by our team were scored by Keegan. One was a PK and the other a very nice volley that he chipped right over the keeper's head. We knew our team wouldn't go on to the final, but we were happy anyway that Keegan played so well.

141souloftherose
Mar 20, 5:38am Top

Hi Robin. Congratulations to Beckham on his German results! And congrats to Keegan's soccer team for doing so well and to Keegan for scoring the goals even if they didn't make it to the final.

>130 rretzler: I've never read any of the Mary Russell series but it sounds like one I'd enjoy. I am really trying to stick to my goal of finishing series before starting new ones but those new series are sooo tempting!

142jolerie
Mar 20, 2:25pm Top

Hopefully Keegan wasn't too disappointed! Good for him for scoring a couple of goals and playing well! :)

143Oberon
Mar 20, 3:16pm Top

>140 rretzler: Impressive performance by Keegan!

144vancouverdeb
Mar 21, 5:28am Top

Good morning Robin. How exciting that Beckham did so well with his German Exam and congratulations also to Keegan for scoring the two goals, even if his team did not win.

145rretzler
Mar 21, 12:21pm Top

>141 souloftherose: Thanks, Heather from both boys. I went into the Mary Russell series very tentatively as I just couldn't see how the premise was going to work, but it just took that first book to hook me. As with any series, some books are better than others, but on the whole, it is probably one of my favorite ongoing series.

>142 jolerie: Thanks, Valerie.

Keegan's team, unfortunately, has a very wide range of skill levels and a very young inexperienced coach, so we knew that they would not make it to the final, but Keegan has fun, and we all hope we can get him on a team next year that is more in line with his ability.

>143 Oberon: Thanks, Erik. He was quite pleased!

>144 vancouverdeb: Thanks also to you Deb.

146humouress
Edited: Mar 21, 3:39pm Top

147rretzler
Mar 22, 7:16pm Top

>146 humouress: Thanks, Nina.

Island of the Mad was very good - a better review will come later - but it also had a weird vibe to it. It is very difficult to explain.

148humouress
Mar 23, 2:54pm Top

I’m keeping my head down in case I get hit by BBs for that series.

149rretzler
Mar 23, 2:56pm Top

>147 rretzler: It's a great series, Nina...

150humouress
Edited: Mar 23, 3:16pm Top

Ow

151rretzler
Edited: Mar 23, 4:33pm Top

152rretzler
Edited: Mar 23, 5:01pm Top

Tomorrow we're off to Chicago for our first spring break trip ever! We've got lots and lots of things to do - Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Robie House, Blue Man Group, Museum of Science and Industry and more! Plus we'll have to make our usual stops at Gino's East on the Mag Mile and Ed Debevics, also.

The last time we were in Chicago with the boys was when Beckham was 3 years old, and Keegan was just 1 month old. We drove up to watch the US Men's National Team (soccer) play the English National Team with the intent to see David Beckham play in person. We had great seats first-row mid-field, which we had to purchase months in advance. Unfortunately, a few weeks before the game, Real Madrid announced that they were not going to release him to play for that game.

The first time we tried to see David Beckham play was when Beckham was 18 months old. Manchester United played Juventus in an exhibition game in New Jersey, and we got tickets for that way ahead of time and also got tickets to see the teams practice the day before. A very long story about actually getting the tickets in hand - even though we purchased them far in advance, we didn't end up getting them until 20 minutes before the game was to start; I won't bore you with all the details. Unfortunately for that game, David Beckham was just in the process of being traded to Real Madrid, so of course, he wasn't there.

The third time we tried to see David Beckham play was when he was playing for the LA Galaxy, and we had season tickets for the Columbus Crew (now Crew SC). The Galaxy came to Columbus late in the season, but David Beckham was sick and didn't make the trip.

I'm not sure that we ever actually saw him play - other than on TV millions of times!

ETA - OH, NO. Ed Debevics is apparently moving, so they're closed right now. Bummer for us!

153BLBera
Mar 24, 9:19am Top

Have a fun spring break!

154karenmarie
Mar 24, 9:22am Top

Your trip sounds wonderful. Have a safe trip.

155ChelleBearss
Mar 26, 10:44am Top

Have a wonderful trip! I have fond memories of my trip to Chicago!

156Carmenere
Mar 31, 8:30am Top

Hey Robin! Hope you're all enjoying the spring break to Chicago!
So cool, Keegan made the teams only two goals! I could have easily been named MVP!

157souloftherose
Mar 31, 2:15pm Top

>152 rretzler: Hope you're all enjoying your spring break!

158lkernagh
Apr 1, 1:10pm Top

Hi Robin! Stopping by to get caught up with all that is happening in your world over the past two months (yes, it has been that long since I last found time for thread visits). Sorry to read that you have been dealing with health and school woes with your boys. Congratulations on scaling back your work and enjoying that free time!

Hope you have been having a wonderful time in Chicago for spring break and Happy Easter!

159rretzler
Edited: Apr 1, 5:44pm Top

>153 BLBera: >154 karenmarie: >155 ChelleBearss: >156 Carmenere: >157 souloftherose: >158 lkernagh: Thanks, Beth, Karen, Chelle, Lynda, Heather and Lori. Thanks for stopping by while I was gone. Spring break was fun - more on that later. It's going to be awhile before I can get caught up with everyone.

160rretzler
Edited: Apr 1, 7:05pm Top




M (YTD) {PYTD}

By the numbers
Books read - 12 (42) {45}
Average days to read - 2.6 (2.1) {2.0}

Pages read - 3,422 (12,064) {12,093}
Average pages per book - 285 (287) {269}
Average pages per day - 110 (134) {134}

Series read - 7 (24) {18}
Books in series read - 7 (30) {23}

Longest book read - Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Pages - 675

Shortest book read - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Pages - 73

Type
ARC - 3 (15) {4}
Borrowed - 4 (6) {10}
New - 5 (18) {18}
Reread - 0 (0) {1}
TBR - 0 (0) {12}

Medium
Audio - 1 (5) {2}
Ebook - 11 (36) {39}
Print - 0 (1) {4}

Genre
Children - 0 (0) {2}
Fantasy - 1 (4) {0}
Fiction - 4 (7) {4}
Middle Grade - 1 (2) {3}
Mystery - 4 (26) {17}
Nonfiction - 0 (0) {6}
Picture - 0 (0) {1}
Science Fiction - 2 (3) {12}

Authors

Authors by book

Female - 7 (26) {21}
Male - 5 (16) {23}
Unknown/other - 0 (0) {1}

Unique authors

Female - 7 (21) {18}
Male - 5 (15) {19}
Unknown/other - 0 (0) {1}

Authors read for the first time - 5 (15) {18}

Living or deceased - unique authors

Deceased - 1 (10) {7}
Living - 11 (26) {31}

Nationality - unique authors

American - 8 (17) {17}
Australian - 1 (1) {0}
Canadian - 0 (1) {0}
English - 2 (16) {15}
German - 0 (0) {0}
Irish - 0 (0) {1}
Portuguese - 0 (0) {0}
Scottish - 0 (0) {1}
South African - 0 (0) {1}
Swedish - 0 (0) {1}
Welsh - 1 (1) {0}
Unknown - 0 (0) {2}

Awards

Caldecott - 0 (0) {1}
Edgar - 1 (1) {0}
Eisner - 0 (0) {0}
Hugo - 0 (0) {3}
National Book Award - 0 (0) {0}
Nebula - 1 (1) {1}
Newbery - 1 (1) {4}
Pulitzer - 0 (0) {0}

Ratings

5.0 - 0 (3) {2}
4.5 - 2 (4) {9}
4.0 - 7 (23) {19}
3.5 - 2 (7) {6}
3.0 - 1 (4) {6}
2.5 - 0 (0) {1}
2.0 - 0 (1) {0}
1.5 - 0 (0) {1}
1.0 - 0 (0) {1}

Average rating - 3.92 (3.89) {3.79}

Average rating of books read per LibraryThing - 3.82 (3.81) {3.81}
Average rating of books read per Goodreads - 3.97 (3.96) {3.94}
Average rating of books read per Amazon - 4.29 (4.29) {4.30}

Decade published

1830 - 0 (1) {0}
1920 - 0 (1) {4}
1930 - 2 (3) {1}
1940 - 0 (4) {0}
1950 - 0 (0) {1}
1960 - 0 (0) {2}
1970 - 1 (3) {1}
1980 - 0 (1) {4}
1990 - 2 (4) {2}
2000 - 0 (2) {5}
2010 - 7 (23) {25}

Books added to library

ARC - 2 (21) {5}
Purchase - 41 (132) {95}

Average cost per book - $3.34 ($2.97) {$2.92}

New releases - 4 (11) {5}

Full price - 6 (18) {14}


Favorite books of the month



Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Island of the Mad by Laurie R King


161ChelleBearss
Apr 2, 9:12am Top

Great March stats!
I haven't read much of Follett other than his historical novels. I'll have to look into Eye of the Needle.

162rretzler
Apr 2, 3:24pm Top

>161 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle. I think I read some Follett or other many, many years ago, but I couldn't tell you which one. I did like it a lot - the writing style reminded me somewhat of a golden age mystery. I'm definitely going to pick up others by Follett.

164rretzler
Edited: May 29, 9:42pm Top



  1. (154) The Air Raid Killer by Frank Goldammer
  2. (155) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  3. (156) The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  4. (157) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - copy for Beckham
  5. (158) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - copy for Beckham
  6. (159) 1984 by George Orwell - copy for Beckham
  7. (160) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  8. (161) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
  9. (162) The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith
  10. (163) Little Fuzzy by H Beam Piper
  11. (164) Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert
  12. (165) The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  13. (166) The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  14. (167) Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
  15. (168) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury - replacement copy
  16. (169) Usher II by Ray Bradbury
  17. (170) There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
  18. (171) The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L Holm
  19. (172) Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente
  20. (173) The Body in the Lake by Neil Richards
  21. (174) Snowblind by Neil Richards
  22. (175) Playing Dead by Neil Richards
  23. (176) A Deadly Confession by Neil Richards
  24. (177) Blade in the Water by Neil Richards
  25. (178) Death on a Summer Night by Neil Richards
  26. (179) A Lesson in Murder by Neil Richards
  27. (180) The Secret of Combe Castle by Neil Richards
  28. (181) A Fatal Fall by Neil Richards
  29. (182) The Last Puzzle by Neil Richards
  30. (183) Final Cut by Neil Richards
  31. (184) The Vanishing Tourist by Neil Richards
  32. (185) The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven
  33. (186) The Rise and Fall of DODO by Neal Stephenson
  34. (187) The Book of Merlyn by TH White
  35. (188) Callander Square by Anne Perry
  36. (189) Head On by John Scalzi
  37. (190) The President's Brain is Missing by John Scalzi
  38. (191) A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa
  39. (192) The House by the River by Lena Manta
  40. (193) Still Waters by Viveca Sten
  41. (194) The Great Passage by Shion Miura
  42. (195) Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
  43. (196) The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan
  44. (197) The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak
  45. (198) The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
  46. (199) Ten Women by Marcela Serrano
  47. (200) The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender
  48. (201) The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites
  49. (202) Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi
  50. (203) The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
  51. (204) The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  52. (205) Among Others by Jo Walton
  53. (206) The Dead Mountaineer's Inn by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky
  54. (207) We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  55. (208) "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison
  56. (209) In the Beginning...Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis by Isaac Asimov
  57. (210) Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto - Beckham's summer reading
  58. (211) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - additional copy for Keegan's summer reading
  59. (212) Number Five: Trash by Colin Cotterill
  60. (213) Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy
  61. (214) I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis


165vancouverdeb
Apr 2, 8:35pm Top

I see you have To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear up soon, Robin. I currently reading it and really enjoying it . It's one of my favourite series

166rretzler
Apr 4, 6:28pm Top

>165 vancouverdeb: It's one of my favorites, too, Deb! I'm so glad you're enjoying it - I can't wait to read it.

167jolerie
Apr 5, 6:30pm Top

Sounds like you had a fun filled Spring break planned Robin! Our plans totally got sidetracked due to illnesses but it was nice to have the hubby around to share the load.
I have a few of Follet's books on my TBR mountain but I haven't actually read any of them yet...my bad! :)

168karenmarie
Apr 6, 4:15pm Top

Hi Robin! Just a quick hello.

I see you're reading Elizabeth George - I've read the first four and have the next 14, with two more out that I don't have. I wonder why I stopped.....?

169Berly
Apr 20, 11:39pm Top

Hi there! I am back. Where are you? Hope all is well. : )

170Carmenere
Apr 22, 8:05am Top

Hey Robin! I was on an Elizabeth George kick a few years ago. Seems like I have some catching up to do. Hope all's well over there.

171The_Hibernator
Apr 30, 5:35pm Top

Hi Robin! Hope you're well!

172rretzler
May 4, 12:42am Top

>167 jolerie: Hi, Valerie. Sorry to hear about the illnesses - hope everyone is all better now. I'm definitely going to read more Follett - I think I have a few more on the TBR pile, too.

>168 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. The Lynley series has been one of my favorites for many years. There was one book about half-way through that I didn't like because of what happened and the immediate next book that I have not read, but other than that I've been a loyal reader of the series. It has changed over the years though - the characters have had a lot of changes and growth in their lives, which I guess is a good thing because the books certainly don't get stale.

>169 Berly: Hi, Kim. A bout of depression hit, and when that happens, I just have a very difficult time being social, even online. Not quite sure its over, but I'm making an effort to get back into things.

>170 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda. This new Elizabeth George is a good one. I highly recommend getting caught up. Some are better than others - where are you in the series?

>171 The_Hibernator: Hi, Rachel. Just a bout of depression which comes and goes - working hard to make it out of this one.

Thanks to all of you who stopped by. I've suffered from depression for many years and at least once a year it seems to really hit, and during those times sleeping and reading (and my family, of course) are about all I can handle. Not quite through this one, but I'm at least at the point where I can feel like I can get back online again.

I hope all of you have been well. We have a soccer tournament out of town this weekend and once I get back to town, I'm going to try to make the rounds to every one else's threads - and to make some updates here as well.

173rretzler
Edited: May 10, 4:04pm Top




M (YTD) {PYTD}

By the numbers
Books read - 21 (63) {57}
Average days to read - 1.4 (1.9) {2.1}

Pages read - 5,108 (17,172) {16,043}
Average pages per book - 243 (273) {281}
Average pages per day - 170 (143) {134}

Series read - 15 (36) {21}
Books in series read - 15 (45) {32}

Longest book read - The Punishment She Deserves
Pages - 704

Shortest book read - There Will Come Soft Rains
Pages - 6

Type
ARC - 6 (21) {6}
Borrowed - 2 (8) {10}
New - 12 (30) {22}
Reread - 0 (0) {3}
TBR - 1 (4) {16}

Medium
Audio - 2 (7) {2}
Ebook - 17 (53) {50}
Print - 2 (3) {5}

Genre
Children - 0 () {2}
Fantasy - 2 (6) {0}
Fiction - 0 (7) {5}
Middle Grade - 1 (3) {4}
Mystery - 13 (39) {19}
Nonfiction - 0 (0) {6}
Picture - 0 (0) {1}
Science Fiction - 5 (8) {20}

Authors

Authors by book

Female - 12 (38) {29}
Male - 9 (25) {27}
Unknown/other - 0 (0) {1}

Unique authors

Female - 12 (31) {21}
Male - 6 (18) {22}
Unknown/other - 0 (0) {1}

Authors read for the first time - 2 (17) {21}

Living or deceased - unique authors

Deceased - 3 (13) {7}
Living - 15 (36) {37}

Nationality - unique authors

American - 8 (23) {21}
Australian - 0 (1) {0}
Canadian - 2 (2) {0}
English - 7 (21) {16}
German - 0 (0) {0}
Irish - 0 (0) {1}
Portuguese - 0 (0) {1}
Scottish - 0 (0) {1}
South African - 1 (1) {1}
Swedish - 0 (0) {1}
Welsh - 0 (1) {0}
Unknown - 0 (0) {2}

Awards

Caldecott - 0 (0) {1}
Coretta Scott King - 1 (1) {0}
Edgar - 0 (1) {0}
Eisner - 0 (0) {0}
Hugo - 0 (0) {4}
National Book Award - 0 (0) {0}
Nebula - 0 (1) {1}
Newbery - 0 (1) {4}
Pulitzer - 0 (0) {0}

Ratings

5.0 - 5 (8) {4}
4.5 - 6 (10) {14}
4.0 - 6 (29) {20}
3.5 - 3 (10) {10}
3.0 - 1 (5) {6}
2.5 - 0 (0) {1}
2.0 - 0 (1) {0}
1.5 - 0 (0) {1}
1.0 - 0 (0) {1}

Average rating - 4.26 (4.02) {3.88}

Average rating of books read per LibraryThing - 3.98 (3.87) {3.84}
Average rating of books read per Goodreads - 4.13 (4.01) {3.96}
Average rating of books read per Amazon - 4.42 (4.33) {4.30}

Decade published

1830 - 0 (1) {0}
1920 - 0 (1) {4}
1930 - 1 (4) {1}
1940 - 0 (4) {0}
1950 - 2 (2) {1}
1960 - 1 (1) {2}
1970 - 1 (4) {1}
1980 - 0 (1) {4}
1990 - 1 (5) {6}
2000 - 1 (3) {8}
2010 - 14 (37) {30}

Books added to library

ARC - 1 (22) {0}
Purchase - 60 (192) {23}
Other - 0 (0) {0}

Average cost per book - $4.66 ($3.45) {$3.87}

New releases - 8 (19) {1}

Full price - 20 (38) {20}

Favorite books of the month



The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George
To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
The Book of Merlyn by TH White
The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
Head On by John Scalzi

174rretzler
May 4, 1:10am Top

At least April was a great book month for me, some of my favorite authors released books in March/April which I was able to read in April - Elizabeth George, Jacqueline Winspear, John Scalzi, Martha Grimes. It was a 3 year wait for the Elizabeth George and a 4 year wait for the Martha Grimes. As Grimes is now 87 years old, I fear that this may have been the last Richard Jury novel. I feel as though Jury and Melrose Plant are old friends and I'm sad to think that there may be no new books.

176rretzler
Edited: Jul 6, 1:40am Top



  1. (215) An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
  2. (216) So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan
  3. (217) In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki - Beckham's summer reading
  4. (218) Okay for Now by Gary D Schmidt - Keegan's summer reading in print
  5. (219) When by Victoria Laurie - Keegan's summer reading in print
  6. (220) Murder at the Old Vicarage by Jill McGown
  7. (221) Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
  8. (222) Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  9. (223) Corpse in the Kitchen by Sarah J Mason
  10. (224) Judge Sn Goes Golfing by John Scalzi
  11. (225) Sins of the Fathers by Ruth Rendell
  12. (226) A Season for Murder by Ann Granger
  13. (227) Seeker's Mask by PC Hodgell
  14. (228) Okay for Now by Gary D Schmidt - audiobook for Keegan
  15. (229) When by Victoria Laurie - audiobook for Keegan
  16. (230) Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  17. (231) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  18. (232) The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  19. (233) Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  20. (234) Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
  21. (235) Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  22. (236) The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  23. (237) Artemis by Andy Weir
  24. (238) Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  25. (239) British Mysteries Boxed Set by Various authors
  26. (240) The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
  27. (241) Tennison by Lynda LaPlante
  28. (242) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  29. (243) Fallen into the Pit by Ellis Peters
  30. (244) Death and the Joyful Woman by Ellis Peters
  31. (245) Flight of a Witch by Ellis Peters
  32. (246) Starrbelow by Christianna Brand
  33. (247) The Honey Harlot by Christianna Brand
  34. (248) Buffet for Unwelcome Guests by Christianna Brand
  35. (249) Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah
  36. (250) The Frangipani Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu
  37. (251) The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  38. (252) Dark Threat by Patricia Wentworth
  39. (253) The Time Traders by Andre Norton
  40. (254) The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold
  41. (255) To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey
  42. (256) The Flaxborough Crab by Colin Watson
  43. (257) Broomsticks Over Flaxborough by Colin Watson
  44. (258) Bluegate Fields by Anne Perry
  45. (259) The Littlest Cowboy by Maggie Shayne
  46. (260) Manna City by Geoffrey Pierce
  47. (261) She by H Rider Haggard
  48. (262) John Dies at the End by David Wong
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177EllaTim
May 4, 11:12am Top

Hi Robin, good to see you liked The punishment she deserves. I read a number of Elizabeth George's books, but there was one, or some that didn't appeal. But I'll be trying this one again.

Sorry to hear about the depression, glad you're doing better at the moment. I have similar periods, for me it usually means fatigue, and I don't feel like leaving the house, and I do feel like lots of comfort reading ;-)

178rretzler
May 4, 12:46pm Top

>177 EllaTim: Hi, Ella. I wonder if the book you didn't like was With No One As Witness? That's the one that almost stopped me from continuing with the series and I didn't read the next book What Came Before He Shot Her because I don't think it featured either Lynley or Havers. The books definitely took a turn at that point, but I still like the series and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Elizabeth George's writing.

Yes, I think fatigue has a lot to do with it - although I'm never sure whether the fatigue brings on the depression or whether the depression brings the fatigue. At least I seem to be in good company.

179quondame
May 4, 1:35pm Top

>178 rretzler: Fatigue and depression are so intertwined I don't think there is any separating them. Even when I have restless depression bouts, I still feel lethargy and inertia. And that is without bringing up the total lack of motivation which is sort of the overriding characteristic of depression even when the pain is minimal. With no motivation, it's rare that anything even known to improve the situation is possible.

180EllaTim
May 4, 3:15pm Top

>178 rretzler: Yes, those two, you do get attached to the fictional people in such a long series. So then she goes and lets one of the nicest ones be murdered. And the next book suffers from too much message

I don't know Robin, it's for me not the kind of fatigue that can be helped by a good nights sleep. I've heard depression can be triggered by too much stress.

>179 quondame: Well said, intertwined.

181humouress
May 5, 12:28am Top

Hi Robin! I’m sorry to hear you’ve got these challenges but it is good to see you back on the threads. Racing away ahead of me, as usual :0)

182BLBera
May 5, 9:29am Top

Hi Robin - I'm also a Jury fan - I hadn't realized Grimes was 87. I may have to start a reread of the series from the beginning. I thought The Knowledge was really good.

183Carmenere
May 5, 11:36am Top

Hey Robin! Sorry to read about the bought of depression you're experiencing. My guess, and it seems this way with me, would be fatigue is the harbinger of depression and it doesn't have to be just physical fatigue, it could also be tired of things that are going on in the world or the job or just tired of people being mean to each other. Hope you find time to sit quietly and just breath.

I was first introduced to Lynley through our neighborhood book swap with In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner and I loved it! I see it's #10 in the series but at that time I didn't know it was a series. Ha! Than, I read the next three to come out and they didn't compare to IPotPS so I just stopped reading them.

184tymfos
May 6, 8:37pm Top

Just stopping by to wish you a good week, Robin.

I tend to think that depression and fatigue can be like a visious circle. Fatigue (especially mental fatigue) can make one more prone to depression, or makes depression worse; depression makes one feel exhausted -- but then it can interfere with getting proper, sound sleep, too, which is depressing in itself.

I hope that the depression continues to fade, and that you can find enjoyment in life again.

185ronincats
May 6, 11:37pm Top

I'm glad to hear you have enough in your resource pot to get back here, Robin. (((((hugs)))))

Okay for Now is a marvelous book! It's not just the story, but the way Schmidt structures it using artwork to set the themes in a way that is totally integrated in the story.

186vancouverdeb
May 7, 12:04am Top

Take care, Robin. I'm sorry to read that you have been contending with depression and fatigue. I've been battling with the same, with anxiety as well. I feel like I'm getting on the upside, but it's not easy . ((((hugs)))) Tomorrow - the dentist. I tell myself I'll make it.

187thornton37814
May 8, 10:16pm Top

Sorry to hear of your personal struggles, but hopefully you'll turn a corner soon. The George book is already on my radar.

188karenmarie
May 9, 7:43am Top

Hi Robin!

I, too, am sorry to hear about the depression and fatigue and hope that you can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

*hugs*

189ChelleBearss
May 9, 9:33am Top

Happy Wednesday, Robin. Sorry to see you are having some depression and fatigue. Hope things improve for you soon

190souloftherose
May 15, 2:59pm Top

Stopping by to say hi Robin. Sorry to hear you've been hit with a bout of depression. I feel like I have also been struggling with depression since the weekend and it is sucky. I hope yours passes soon - hugs.

191humouress
May 19, 5:05pm Top

Waving *hello* Robin!

192karenmarie
May 24, 8:27am Top

Hi Robin! Sending positive energy for both the depression and the fatigue.

193tymfos
May 25, 9:27pm Top

Hi, Robin! I'm adding my good wishes for you.

194ChelleBearss
Jun 2, 12:48pm Top

Hi Robin! Hope you are doing well!

195humouress
Jun 3, 6:03am Top

Hope everything is well with you.

196lkernagh
Jun 8, 6:29pm Top

Hi Robin, stopping by to get caught up. Joining the others in sending good wishes and positive energy your way.

197souloftherose
Jun 9, 8:44am Top

Stopping by to say hello Robin and hope you are starting to feel better. Hang in there.

198karenmarie
Jun 19, 8:01am Top

Thinking about you Robin, and sending positive energy to you and go-away-whammies to the depression and fatigue.

199Carmenere
Jun 19, 10:37am Top

Hey Robin! Hope things are better for you and you're enjoying a wonderful summer with your family. ....and good books, of course!

200Berly
Jun 29, 7:37pm Top

Hey there Robin. Hope the fatigue is lifting and taking the darn depression with it. Miss you around here.

201The_Hibernator
Jul 2, 7:33am Top

Hopefully your depression gets better soon! I've been having bouts of depression and fatigue during my pregnancy, so I can certainly relate. My Bipolar tends towards mania since I've been on a mood stabilizer, so this feels like a whole new beast.

202tymfos
Edited: Jul 6, 9:37pm Top

Wishing you brighter and better days.

203humouress
Jul 8, 2:22am Top

Hi Robin! Are you watching the World Cup? We're backing England in this house - though my husband's team is Germany and my younger son is Brazil. Thankfully, England got through against Sweden with no drama, but the Russian-Croatian match was hard fought!

204karenmarie
Sep 21, 6:11am Top

Hi Robin! You're missed.

205tymfos
Sep 23, 8:19pm Top

Sending good wishes your way!

206Berly
Oct 8, 2:46am Top

Still sending energy and happy mojo your way! Hugs.

207rretzler
Oct 26, 12:06pm Top

Finally made my way back - I've been reading, but just haven't felt that I could be social, even over the computer. Ready to give it a try though!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and all the good wishes. I'm going to get my thread caught up and then make my way to visit other's threads. I hope everyone is well and happily reading - I've missed you all! I so appreciate all of the good thoughts - it's nice to know that there are others thinking of me and to know that I'm not the only one who struggles with these issues.

>179 quondame: Susan, no motivation is indeed my problem, whether brought on by depression or not, sadly.

>180 EllaTim: Ella, Helen was one of my favorite characters and I don't like what George has done with Lynley's love life since, but I keep hoping it will get better. There has been a lot of focus on Barbara recently, which is kind of nice.

>181 humouress: >191 humouress: >195 humouress: >203 humouress: Nina, Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, I was glued to the TV during the WC. We always back Germany so we were quite sad this year. England is also a favorite, and I started to back Belgium and Croatia after the first round because they both had some very strong games. So the finals were very exciting for me!

>182 BLBera: Hi, Beth. Glad to know you're a Jury fan too - I was hooked immediately! I think a reread is definitely in order for me too.

>183 Carmenere: >199 Carmenere: Lynda, I would say George's earlier books are probably better than the newer ones, but I still enjoy dropping in on old friends. Hope you had a good summer, as well.

>184 tymfos: >193 tymfos: >202 tymfos: >205 tymfos: Terri, you are so right about the vicious circle of depression and fatigue. Thanks for the good wishes

>185 ronincats: Thanks for the hugs, Roni. Right back at you ((((hugs)))). I think Keegan enjoyed OK for Now, I still haven't managed to fit it in. We both enjoyed When by Victoria Laurie - it is a spec. fic. book about a teenage girl who sees everyone's death date above their head. I read it in an afternoon - couldn't put it down.

>186 vancouverdeb: Deb, sorry to hear you're battling with depression too - anxiety is a big problem for me as well, but if I bury myself in books, I can manage to quell the anxiety for the most part. Hope you made it to the dentist - when I'm like this, I hate to go to appointments, so I've been putting off the dentist, annual physical, etc - everything but the eye doctor because I need new contacts!

>187 thornton37814: Lori, hope you've gotten to the George book, love to know what you thought.

>188 karenmarie: >192 karenmarie: >198 karenmarie: >204 karenmarie: Thanks, so much Karen. I've missed all of you as well.

>189 ChelleBearss: >194 ChelleBearss: Hi, Chelle. Thanks. Hope those adorable girls of yours are doing well.

>190 souloftherose: >197 souloftherose: Thanks so much, Heather.

>196 lkernagh: Hi, Lori and thanks. Not much to catch up on, but the next thread is coming.

>200 Berly: >206 Berly: Hi, Kim and thanks.

>201 The_Hibernator: Rachel, sorry to hear that you're having those issues during pregnancy. I hope the wedding was wonderful - I need to stop by and catch up.

208rretzler
Oct 26, 12:06pm Top

On to my next thread - there will be a lot to catch up on!

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