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CollectionsMagazines & booklets (6), e-books (91), Your library (493), Read but unowned (283), Currently reading (4), To read (17), Wishlist (4), All collections (637)

Reviews603 reviews

TagsFiction (157), Non-fiction (140), 2020 75-Book Challenge (139), Fantasy (110), 2019 75-challenge (107), Murder mystery (102), Historical fiction (92), Magical Adventure (75), Strong Female lead (53), Family dynamics (52) — see all tags

MediaNot set (1), Book (636), Paper Book (519), Ebook (117)

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About meRetired from research and embracing all the pursuits that took a backseat to the Daily Grind. Thus, reading for pure pleasure ~~

* Fiction ~ mysteries, fantasy, historical fiction
* Non-fiction ~ Biographies, memoirs, intrepid female explorers in the 1800's - early 1900's
* Literary fiction ~ Penelope Lively, Anne Tyler, Anita Brookner are favourites.

Occasionally I receive advance book copies from NetGallery

My Talk history in the 75-Book Challenge Group:
2019 Talk: https://www.librarything.com/topic/303911#
Reading total, 109 in 2019.
2020 Talk: starts here. And the last thread is here.
Reading total, 142 in 2020.
2021 Talk: 2021.

About my libraryBookshelf philosophy:
* Keep only that which I will re-read or use for reference
* Buy the book only if I adore it and know I will re-read it many times.

Interpreting my star ratings:
No Stars, I was too conflicted to decide.

to Not particularly well-written or didn't live up its public synopsis; maybe I just didn't like it (because tastes vary).


Meh, generally meaning the theme/plot was not very engaging; or, the plot was too elaborate or drawn-out to enjoy.


If this genre or author appeals to you, be sure to give it a try. I enjoyed the read and thought the plot had lots of merit.

to
I loved the story and would return to re-read it through the years. Beware that I'm often immune to the flaws in 4 & 5 star books, if I just happen to love the writing anyway.

Record of authors/titles read for 2021

JANUARY
1. Hammond Innes ~ Doomed Oasis ~
2. Lee Schnebly ~ Out Of Apples ~
3. Mary Stewart ~ Thornyhold ~
4. Adrian McKinty ~ I Hear the Sirens in the Street ~
5. Margery Allingham ~ The White Cottage Mystery ~
6. David D. Burns ~ Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy ~
7. Shaun Harris ~ The Hemingway Thief ~
8. Martin Cruz Smith ~ The Siberian Dilemma ~
9. Hilary McKay ~ The Time of Green Magic ~
10. Bessel van der Kolk ~ The Body Keeps the Score ~
11. Colleen Oakley ~ The Invisible Husband of Frick Island ~
12. Gail Carriger ~ Etiquette & Espionage ~

FEBRUARY
1. Jon Muth ~ Zen Shorts ~
2. Mary Stewart ~ Madam, Will You Talk? ~
3. Gail Carriger ~ Curtsies & Conspiracies ~
4. Alice Boyes ~ The Anxiety Toolkit ~
5. Paige Rien ~ Love the House You're In ~
6. Baroness Orczy ~ The Scarlet Pimpernel ~
7. Seanan McGuire ~ Every Heart A Doorway ~
8. Thomas King ~ Indians on Vacation ~
9. Gary Paulsen ~ Winterdance ~

MARCH
1. Serena Kent ~ Death in Provence ~
2. Graham Robb ~ The Debatable Land ~
3. Ambrose Parry ~ The Way of All Flesh ~
4. Kent Serena ~ Death in Provence ~
5. Cornell Woolrich ~ The Bride Wore Black ~

APRIL
1. Elly Griffiths ~ The Postscript Murders ~
2. CS Harris ~ What the Devil Knows ~
3. Wendy Mass ~ Bob ~
4. Nev March ~ Murder in Old Bombay ~
5. Jane Harper ~ The Survivors ~
6. A. M. Stuart ~ Singapore Sapphire ~
7. Jane Harper ~ The Dry ~
8. Bel Kaufman ~ Up the Down Staircase (rapid dip & skim; not rated)
9. A. M. Stuart ~ Revenge in Rubies ~
10. Marija A. Gimbutas ~ The Language of the Goddess ~

MAY
1. Freya Stark ~ A Winter in Arabia ~
2. Victoria Laurie ~ Better Read than Dead ~
3.

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DECEMBER

The DNF graveyard
Because there will be some....
1. Colleen Oakley ~ The Invisible Husband of Frick Island
2. Graham Robb ~ The Debatable Land
3. Bel Kaufman ~ Up the Down Staircase (rapid dip & skim)

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2019, 75 Books Challenge for 2020, 75 Books Challenge for 2021, Book Recommendations Requests

Favorite authorsSusan Cooper, Terry Fallis, John Grisham, Georgette Heyer, Tony Hillerman, Diana Wynne Jones, Penelope Lively, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, Susin Nielsen, Tamora Pierce, Sharon Shinn, Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Shared favorites)

VenuesVisited

MembershipER. LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

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LocationSaskatchewan and occasionally, British Columbia, Canada

Account typepublic

URLs /profile/SandyAMcPherson (profile)
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Member sinceApr 24, 2017

Currently readingTo Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas
A Winter in Arabia by Freya Stark
Revenge in Rubies by A. M. Stuart
The Portable Door: J.W. Wells & Co. Book 1 by Tom Holt

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