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January AlphaKIT: Q and A

2019 Category Challenge

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1majkia
Dec 14, 2018, 4:41pm Top

Welcome to AlphaKIT for 2019.

The rules are... none! Use the letters however you like to choose your reads for the month. Well, okay, there is one rule: Have Fun!

January AlphaKIT letters are : Q and A.

and

Please remember to update the wiki and enter books alphabetically: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2019_AlphaKIT#January:_-_Letters:_Q_and_...

2Robertgreaves
Dec 14, 2018, 8:02pm Top

The possibilities for Q are The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton and Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Lots of possibiities for A. I'll have to see how they fit in with other challenges.

3jeanned
Edited: Dec 14, 2018, 10:37pm Top

I'll be reading The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hancock, You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (finally entering previously unread territory after re-reading the Vorkosigan saga in 2018--yay!!), and possibly Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright.

4LibraryCin
Dec 15, 2018, 12:47am Top

I don't think anything I'm planning for Jan (yet) has either of these letters, so I might have to do some digging.

5Tanya-dogearedcopy
Dec 15, 2018, 2:13am Top

Hopefully, I'll be finishing up August 1914 by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn) by mid-January. I started it a couple of weeks ago with the idea of reading a chapter a day, finishing in early January, but I've gotten behind a little bit. We'll see if I can catch up over the holidays a bit :-)

I also have The Art Forger (by B. A. Shapiro) on hand. I took a peek at the first chapter and it looks doable in January on the provision that I get caught up with the Solzhenitsyn tome!

In audio, I have The Wife of the Gods (by Kwei Quartey; narrated by Simon Prebble) which I've had for a while and would love to start the New Year off with :-)

6dudes22
Dec 15, 2018, 5:56am Top

I'm hoping to get to Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert and The Right Side by Spencer Quinn.

7majkia
Dec 15, 2018, 7:34am Top

I'm planning on listening to The Queen of Blood and reading Amberlough .

8JayneCM
Dec 15, 2018, 7:46am Top

I am reading Quiet by Susan Cain and The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup.

9whitewavedarling
Dec 15, 2018, 11:35am Top

I'm planning on reading Terra Nova by Shane Arbuthnott and Monster of God by David Quammen.

10VivienneR
Dec 15, 2018, 3:01pm Top

I haven't made a firm choice yet but these are the books I'm considering: Queenpin by Megan Abbott, The Address by Fiona Davis, A Murder of Quality by John le Carré.

11beebeereads
Dec 15, 2018, 3:41pm Top

Nobody's mentioned Anna Quindlen yet...she seems to be tailor-made for this KIT. ;-) I've been wanting to read Alternate Side but the reviews are disappointing. I'll see what else fits from my TBR.

12dudes22
Dec 15, 2018, 6:25pm Top

>11 beebeereads: - You're right - and I've got her book Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake already on my TBR pile. I'll have to think about that.

13JayneCM
Edited: Dec 16, 2018, 3:36am Top

The book I really wanted to read for this was Q & A by Vikas Swarup, but my library doesn't have it. Sad! I may just have to buy it!

14majkia
Dec 15, 2018, 7:50pm Top

>13 JayneCM: Whoa! I can see why!

15DeltaQueen50
Dec 16, 2018, 12:25pm Top

I am planning on reading American War by Omar El Akkad and The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

16LittleTaiko
Dec 16, 2018, 4:02pm Top

>15 DeltaQueen50: - I'm also planning on reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - it's perfect for this challenge.

In addition, I would like to get to The Death of Achilles by Boris Akunin, The Appeal by John Grisham, and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams.

17Helenliz
Dec 16, 2018, 4:03pm Top

I use AlphaKit to pick Orange prize winners and shortlisted book by author name. I have an Ali Smith on reserve at the library.

18LisaMorr
Dec 16, 2018, 8:42pm Top

I've got three books in January that will hit A: All Together Dead, Still Alice and I'm Travelling Alone. I don't have anything for Q yet.

19JayneCM
Dec 17, 2018, 3:14am Top

Hooray! Just found a copy of Q & A at my favourite online bookshop - Brotherhood Books. So this will be my choice now.

If you are in Australia, this is absolutely the best place for secondhand books. And it helps the Brotherhood of St Laurence - win, win!

Does anyone else buy books here?

20christina_reads
Dec 17, 2018, 11:52am Top

>15 DeltaQueen50: >16 LittleTaiko: Hmm, The Alice Network is on my shelves too! Maybe I'll join you both. :)

21DeltaQueen50
Dec 17, 2018, 12:57pm Top

>16 LittleTaiko: & >20 christina_reads: The more the merrier! :)

22jlshall
Dec 17, 2018, 6:25pm Top

I've done the Category Challenge since 2012, but never have tried any of the "extras" (CATs, KITs, DOGs). Not officially, anyway. So this is my first real attempt at the AlphaKIT.

I've got a lot of ideas for January reads, but it's looking like it'll be either Murder in the Queen's Armes by Aaron Elkins, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton, or Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym (which would be a re-read).

I do love the idea of finding one book that uses both letters for the month. Hope that's an OK thing to do?

23Tanya-dogearedcopy
Dec 17, 2018, 6:44pm Top

>22 jlshall: LOL, Not only is it OK, it's like bonus points for you! :-)

24Robertgreaves
Dec 17, 2018, 6:50pm Top

>22 jlshall: Once you achieved that, then you can start looking for both letters in author name and in title. I've only ever managed it once, when we had F and R as the letters and I read The Racing Factions by Robert Fabbri.

25jlshall
Dec 17, 2018, 11:46pm Top

>23 Tanya-dogearedcopy: Thanks -- good to know!

>24 Robertgreaves: Wow! I never thought of that. I'll have to start making another list.

26JayneCM
Dec 18, 2018, 12:35am Top

>22 jlshall: That is why I choose Q & A for mine!

27jlshall
Dec 18, 2018, 11:00am Top

>26 JayneCM: Yes, that one would be a perfect pick!

28Kristelh
Dec 19, 2018, 1:10pm Top

I have thought of reading After the Quake for this one. Which would be both letters.

29mnleona
Edited: Dec 19, 2018, 5:39pm Top

I have The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend on my shelf of TBR.

30owlie13
Dec 19, 2018, 5:43pm Top

Since there are no rules, I'm going to use The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen for both A and Q, since it's the first book of the Department Q series.

31LadyoftheLodge
Edited: Dec 20, 2018, 4:15pm Top

I am planning to go with my Newbery Award list--Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Whittington by Alan Armstrong.

Question--How do I go about adding pictures to my messages?

32JayneCM
Dec 19, 2018, 8:02pm Top

>31 LadyoftheLodge: I successfully added a picture for the first time yesterday!

This is where I found out how to do it.

How To Do Cool Stuff In Your Thread

Plus I learned how to add a link there as well!

33joriestory
Dec 20, 2018, 2:58am Top

I've picked a re-read A Poisoned Season as I want to read the rest of the series for my #BeatTheBackList Challenge - however, Q is remaining elusive! Except then I saw it! The Queen of Water these are my selections!

34fuzzi
Dec 20, 2018, 1:28pm Top

>31 LadyoftheLodge: I love the Ramona books, though I didn't discover them until I had children. They watched the TV series, which led us to the books.

35LadyoftheLodge
Dec 20, 2018, 4:14pm Top

>32 JayneCM: Thanks so much for your help!

36JayneCM
Dec 20, 2018, 4:41pm Top

>35 LadyoftheLodge: Hope it helped! I would never have been able to work out anything without it!

37LadyoftheLodge
Dec 20, 2018, 4:51pm Top

I did it! posted a pic in my own challenge thread!

38JayneCM
Dec 20, 2018, 5:18pm Top

>37 LadyoftheLodge: Yay! Love it! Which is your thread? I'm not sure if I have seen it?

39Kristelh
Dec 20, 2018, 5:57pm Top

40fuzzi
Dec 21, 2018, 12:54pm Top

>37 LadyoftheLodge: good job!

I have a small version of that print hanging in my office at work. :)

41LadyoftheLodge
Dec 21, 2018, 8:08pm Top

>38 JayneCM: It is LadyoftheLodge 5 CATS. I had great fun searching for and playing with the pictures and resizing them.

42witchyrichy
Dec 24, 2018, 5:22pm Top

I added Squirm, Blessings by Anna Quindlan and The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street to my January reading list.

43VivienneR
Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 4:48pm Top

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44NinieB
Jan 1, 2:01am Top

I plan to read either Foe-Farrell by Arthur Quiller-Couch or
Imagined London by Anna Quindlen. It will probably come down to which one I can find first (Mount TBR has many hidden nooks and crannies that are unmapped!).

45LisaMorr
Jan 3, 7:00pm Top

The first book I've finished wasn't exactly in my plans for January, but does work for A: Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich.

46Samqua
Edited: Jan 4, 10:07am Top

> 11 beebeereads Yes! I'm going to read her Black and Blue. I've had this book for quite awhile.

47Samqua
Jan 4, 10:10am Top

My choices are Black and Blue by Anne Quinlan. I'm almost finished w/ The Outlander by Gil Adamson.

48fuzzi
Jan 4, 10:12am Top

I've already gotten two "A" books read this month, both written by Astrid Lindgren.

49Samqua
Jan 4, 10:16am Top

> 23 Tanya-dogearedcopy & > 22 jlshall Now that would be a huge challenge to accomplish that! Extra points for sure! That's like a 3 pointer from the NBA line.

50clue
Jan 4, 10:38am Top

I've read I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel.

51staci426
Jan 4, 2:52pm Top

I am starting the year off with two A reads:
Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon 3.5*
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer 4*

52JayneCM
Jan 4, 5:52pm Top

>49 Samqua: I am a bit of a nerd like that, so I am choosing either a book title or an author name each month that has both letters in it. That's just how I be!

53beebeereads
Jan 4, 8:44pm Top

>46 Samqua: Black and Blue was my first Anna Quindlen read. I still think about it often and I read it in 2001! She is a compelling storyteller. Hope you like your choice. Starting Alternate Side tonight.

54lkernagh
Jan 4, 11:18pm Top

Two AlphaKITs read so far this month (both "A" reads based on the authors names):

The Fourth Secret by Andrea Camilleri
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

55fuzzi
Jan 5, 6:53am Top

Anyone else use an iPad to enter books in the Wiki? Would love input.

The apostrophe key on my new iPad won’t type a straight apostrophe, but automatically turns it into either a right or left type apostrophe. I had to copy and paste someone else’s text to make the formatting work.

And I can’t find a solution online. Argh.

56Kristelh
Jan 5, 9:04am Top

>55 fuzzi: I haven’t used my I-pad for awhile. Truth be told, I’ve gotten lazy about the wiki. I have a keyboard for my I pad and I think that is what I had to use. Just don’t remember. I try to use the computer for most things. Even the touchstones are difficult with the I pad.

57fuzzi
Jan 5, 1:02pm Top

>56 Kristelh: I can do most anything with the iPad, but not “right mouse click” copying of image locations.

What I am unable to complete with the iPad I do later on the laptop.

58Kristelh
Jan 5, 3:42pm Top

Finished Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie for A (in title and last name of author). I enjoyed it. Read it for Reading 1001 GR BOTM. 3.833 stars.

59NinieB
Jan 6, 1:12am Top

>55 fuzzi: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard and turn off Smart Punctuation. No more curly quotation marks.

60fuzzi
Jan 6, 9:56am Top

>59 NinieB: done, thank you!

61Tanya-dogearedcopy
Jan 6, 12:46pm Top

Title begins with an "A" (Artifice)

Artifice (The Silver Ships Book 12) (by S.H. Jucha) - Alex Racine has led his expeditionary force to the edges of Federacy space to confront Artifice, an omnipotent digital entity that poses an existential threat to the Omnians. This is the twelfth installment in Jucha's family-friendly space opera and has First Contact with not one, but no less than four "alien" species! In this story, there is a lot more action and less exposition, which makes sense since, if you've come this far into the series, you know everyone by now! BUT, the technology is a bit anachronistic, the aliens more than a little familiar for being "aliens", the logic behind one of Alex's major decisions a bit obtuse, and quite frankly, the climax was paradoxically, anticlimactic. That all said, for those following the Silver Ships overarching saga, it concludes the Nu'all story arc satisfactorily (even if we do see more of them in future stories,) and sets the stage for further adventures.

62scaifea
Jan 6, 3:26pm Top

Completed my Q selection today:



Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele
A boy who has lived his entire life on a raft on a river which flows in a circle through a vast collection of underground caves accidentally finds a way out into the world and goes on a journey of discovery.
This is easily the most philosophical Newbery Honor Book I've ever read; think Plato's Cave for middle grade readers. And you know? It works. Happily recommended.

63JayneCM
Jan 6, 5:46pm Top

>62 scaifea: Now on my list! Thanks!

64christina_reads
Jan 6, 10:46pm Top

For "Q," I'm starting Julia Quinn's What Happens in London.

65lkernagh
Jan 6, 11:52pm Top

Continuing my binge read of Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series, I have completed another "A" author read:

A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri. Not the best story in the series but it kind of helps to know that the story was written a number of years before it was published, something Camilleri refers to in his Author's Note as the "secret alchemy of publisher's schedules". :-)

66scaifea
Jan 7, 6:20am Top

>63 JayneCM: Yay! I hope you love it!

67cyderry
Edited: Jan 27, 10:44am Top

This does not bode well for the year..I am just now add my list of possible books for January.

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles
Assault and Beadery
Body in the Attic
✔Dancing at Midnight by Julia Quinn
Dead As a Door Knocker
✔In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon
Lady Risks All
✔Murder and Metaphors by Amanda Flower
Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower
✔Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower
Room Service by RochelleAlers
Walking Bread by Winnie Archer

68LittleTaiko
Jan 7, 4:03pm Top

I finished a reread of Anne of Green Gables which works for this challenge. Hoping to get a few more read this month.

69Roro8
Jan 7, 7:22pm Top

I am reading The Queen’s Colonial by Peter Watt. It is the first book in a new series and was a Christmas gift from my husband.

70LittleTaiko
Jan 9, 10:38am Top

One more A book down - The Death of Achilles by Boris Akunin.

71christina_reads
Jan 9, 12:01pm Top

I'm now reading Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene for "A."

72VivienneR
Jan 10, 2:51pm Top

Hitting both letters, I just finished Queenpin by Megan Abbott, a noir, hard-boiled novel with a feminine twist. Very enjoyable.

73LittleTaiko
Jan 10, 4:29pm Top

74LittleTaiko
Jan 11, 11:54am Top

Lol, not sure why every book I pick up has an A, but it's really helping with this challenge. One more finished last night - The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea.

75beebeereads
Edited: Jan 11, 3:33pm Top

>74 LittleTaiko: That was a four star read for me as well. Can't count it this month, but glad I made time for it last year. I would like to read more from Luis Alberto Urrea

76LittleTaiko
Jan 11, 3:09pm Top

He's definitely somebody I'd like to read more by.

77dudes22
Jan 11, 4:05pm Top

I've finished Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert, number 11 in her China Bayles series. One of the better cozies I've read.

78whitewavedarling
Jan 12, 11:40am Top

Finished Terra Nova by Shane Arbuthnott--it was absolutely fabulous. MG Science Fiction/Fantasy, it's the follow-up to the author's debut novel, Dominion, which was also simply wonderful. Full reviews written for both.

79lkernagh
Jan 13, 5:47pm Top

Forgot to report in that I finished my "Q" read: Quiet by Susan Cain.

80LadyoftheLodge
Jan 13, 7:15pm Top

Just got back from a 15 day Caribbean trip, returning to cold and snow in the Midwest! Yuck! Here is what i am reading for January:
Whittington by Alan Armstrong
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

81thornton37814
Jan 13, 9:50pm Top

>80 LadyoftheLodge: The Caribbean sounds more enticing than the snow!

82majkia
Jan 14, 9:05am Top

84Kristelh
Edited: Jan 14, 12:58pm Top

I read Squeezed by Alissa Quart which has an A and Q together. It is fairly new, new to my library and there isn't many reviews of the book. I can't say I liked it much, another book on what is wrong with USA.

85hailelib
Jan 14, 2:57pm Top

I read Alif the Unseen which is a contemporary fantasy.

86scaifea
Jan 15, 6:20am Top

>83 LittleTaiko: Oooh, good one!

87Robertgreaves
Jan 15, 6:33am Top

Starting T. Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Alvarez

88Helenliz
Jan 15, 12:58pm Top

Finished How to be Both by Ali Smith.

89LadyoftheLodge
Edited: Jan 15, 3:18pm Top

>81 thornton37814: The temperatures were between 77 and 80 degrees F. Sunny too. Then it was back to real life of delayed flights and slippery roads. . . .

90majkia
Jan 15, 6:22pm Top

Finished Artificial Condition second in the Murderbot series. It is such a hoot!

92lkernagh
Jan 16, 10:07pm Top

Continuing my Inspector Montalbano binge read, I have completed another "A" read:

A Nest of Vipers by Andrea Camilleri

93LittleTaiko
Jan 17, 11:08am Top

Finally got a Q book read, actually it's an A and a Q so that worked out well - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

94fuzzi
Jan 17, 12:53pm Top

>93 LittleTaiko: I believe that's called a double-kit!

95Kristelh
Edited: Jan 18, 6:35pm Top

Finished after the quake by Haruki Murakami. Both A & Q in title.

96LisaMorr
Jan 19, 7:03am Top

Another A book for me: Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

97majkia
Jan 19, 8:38am Top

Finished Quantum Lens - by Richards. It was interesting, but I had issues with it.

98scaifea
Edited: Jan 19, 4:39pm Top

Finished my 'A' selection:



All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
The members of the Soria family specialize in performing miracles, and pilgrims come to the Colorado desert from all over for their services. Lately, though, those pilgrims haven't been leaving, because they find the *second* miracle - which they must perform themselves to rid themselves of their personal darknesses (made flesh by the first miracle) - is not an easy thing to create. The Sorias themselves fear their own darknesses, and when the younger generation starts breaking the taboo of helping the pilgrims heal themselves, old fears and truths start coming out of the woodwork.

I admit that I didn't fall in love with this one as right-from-the-first-page-immediately as I did with the Raven Boys books, but I got there eventually and I do love this story and its characters. Stiefvater is fabulous at what she does (creating amazingly relatable and real characters nestled in a supernatural story that nevertheless seems totally plausible because why not?) and I'll be here for it every time.

99BookLizard
Jan 19, 10:25pm Top

So far I've read:

The Duel at Araluen by John Flanagan
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Looking at my Kindle, I have Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines loaded, so I guess I'll read that next.

100Robertgreaves
Jan 20, 8:32am Top

COMPLETED The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (original title L'armée furieuse) by Fred Vargas (pen name of Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau).

101LadyoftheLodge
Edited: Jan 20, 1:53pm Top

Finished both of my books for this challenge! Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Whittington by Alan Armstrong.

102LisaMorr
Jan 20, 2:19pm Top

Another A book: I'm Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork.

103fuzzi
Jan 20, 4:21pm Top

>101 LadyoftheLodge: I love the Ramona books...

104lkernagh
Jan 21, 10:32am Top

Two more AlphaKIT reads completed (both "A" reads):

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
The Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri

105DeltaQueen50
Jan 21, 11:39am Top

I have completed The Alice Network by Kate Quinn for my "Q" read.

106LadyoftheLodge
Jan 21, 5:01pm Top

>103 fuzzi: I am trying to re-read all of them this year, since I have a boxed set of them that is brand new. Also maybe the Betsy-Tacy books--I read two of those recently.

107LibraryCin
Jan 21, 11:03pm Top

Finally finished one! (And Q is next...)

Enchanting Lily / Anjali Banerjee
3.5 stars

When Lily’s husband dies, Lily drives away from the big city in California and finds herself on a small island on the Pacific Coast. She falls in love with a cottage that she buys and decides to turn into a business: she sells vintage clothing. A white cat happens by and makes herself at home with Lily and Lily decides to keep her as a shop cat while she tries to make a go of her new business.

This was good. Simple and quick to read, but enjoyable. No surprise that I loved the cat! Chapters alternated between Lily’s point of view and the cat’s. I have to comment on the well-chosen cover with a cat that actually matches the description of the cat in the book, right down to the two different-coloured eyes: green and blue.

108Robertgreaves
Jan 23, 2:59am Top

Starting "The Tiger Queens" by Stephanie Thornton

109LittleTaiko
Jan 23, 11:36am Top

Ended up with a couple more A's, The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz and The Appeal by John Grisham.

110fuzzi
Jan 23, 8:07pm Top

>106 LadyoftheLodge: both of those series are delightful.

111Kristelh
Edited: Jan 23, 8:42pm Top

Finished The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen.

112NinieB
Jan 23, 9:18pm Top

I finally completed my Q book: The Sunburnt Queen, about an 18th century European girl named Bessie who is castaway on the southeast coast of South Africa and marries a prince. No, this is not fiction! The first half was better than the second but an overall great read.

113NinieB
Jan 25, 8:44pm Top

I have completed my A book. I read Death in the Blue Lake by André Bjerke.

Death in the Blue Lake is a great mystery story. I haven't made up my mind how I feel about the solution, but it is a virtuoso performance. Four stars.

114Robertgreaves
Jan 26, 8:51am Top

COMPLETED The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton

Starting "Queer City" by Peter Ackroyd

115Kristelh
Edited: Jan 26, 9:52pm Top

Finished London Fields by Martin Amis

116Robertgreaves
Jan 27, 8:10am Top

COMPLETED Queer City by Peter Ackroyd

Starting Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

117christina_reads
Jan 28, 11:02am Top

I unintentionally ended up reading a few more Q and A books this month! For Q, Worth the Fall by Bria Quinlan. For A, Death of Anton by Alan Melville. And Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard works for both!

118LisaMorr
Jan 28, 11:35am Top

A third A book for January: All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris.

119fuzzi
Jan 28, 1:32pm Top

I got my "Q" book finished, Double or Quit by Joyce Stranger!



In this final book of the series, author Joyce Stranger has to make a decision: to double her "pack" by adding another dog, or quit field trial and obedience work altogether due to her dog Chita's advancing age. She takes on Josse, a young dog who with issues due to having several owners within a few months. Josse needs help adjusting, and how Joyce brings him closer to "normalcy" makes for an interesting and enjoyable story.

I wish there were more books about Josse.

121hailelib
Jan 29, 4:15pm Top

122LittleTaiko
Jan 29, 5:25pm Top

Few more A's for the month.

Small Island by Andrea Levy
A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams

123LadyoftheLodge
Jan 29, 7:13pm Top

Another A book--Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson

124dudes22
Jan 29, 7:56pm Top

I forgot to post here that I finished my "Q" book - The Right Side by Spencer Quinn, one of his books that is not part of his Chet and Bernie series.

125LibraryCin
Jan 29, 9:22pm Top

The Alienist / Caleb Carr
3 stars

It’s the late 19th century. A psychologist (aka “alienist”), a reporter, a secretary for the police (who wants to be an officer herself), and two detectives interested in pursuing new methods of solving crimes work together to find a serial killer – someone who’s been murdering young boy prostitutes. The psychologist is interested in profiling, something that’s not really been done before.

Overall, I’m rating this ok. It was slow moving, though it picked up somewhat in the last third to quarter of the book. There were times I found it a bit hard to follow, as sometimes a character’s first name, and sometimes their last name was used. I didn’t like the end, but I did enjoy reading about the beginning of profiling and “new” techniques of solving crimes – things like fingerprinting, photographing the imprint of last seen image on the victim’s eye, etc.

126LibraryCin
Jan 29, 9:46pm Top

The Queen's Lady / Barbara Kyle
3 stars

Honor is taken in, as a ward, by Sir Thomas More during Henry VIII’s reign in the 16th century. At this time, Henry is trying to find a way to get rid of his first wife Catherine, so he can marry Anne Boleyn. When Honor is old enough, she goes to Catherine and serves her. But, she gets caught up in the religious conflicts going on at the time, and things become dangerous.

It was ok, but I just lost interest at times (this was not an audio!). Some of it held my interest, but there were too many dry patches for my liking. The historical note at the end was nice. Obviously, Honor was fictional, as were her close friends, etc.

127Kristelh
Jan 30, 3:40pm Top

>125 LibraryCin:, I think I liked it a bit more than you but I did do the audio as well as had the book. Audios help sometimes with books that might seem to be slow when reading.

128amaranthe
Jan 30, 3:42pm Top

I am very late on this challenge! I am choosing Q and A books based on the acronym, LGBTQIA... etc. (Too many variations.)

Anyway, Q stands for "queer/questioning" and A for "asexual" so I read books with such characters.

Queer: The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember (completed). The main character and her love interest do not self-identify as queer but I would say they are (it isn't that they don't like the word queer, they are just in a fantasy/historical setting that does not use any such modern words).

Asexual: Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan. I just got this one and might not finish by the end of the month, since it is nearly 600 pages and I have to go to classes (and have other things to read for the classes). But I will read probably at least half of it and finish in February. It has a character on the asexual/graysexual spectrum.

129NinieB
Jan 30, 5:46pm Top

>125 LibraryCin: >127 Kristelh: It's been maybe 10 years since I read The Alienist, but I know I enjoyed it a lot. I frequently dislike historical mysteries due to anachronisms, but that was not an issue for me. I also liked the sequel, The Angel of Darkness. However, I really disliked The Italian Secretary, which is a Sherlock Holmes/paranormal mashup, enough that I haven't tried to read anything else by Carr.

130clue
Jan 30, 7:23pm Top

One more A for the month for a total of 3:

Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams

131LibraryCin
Jan 30, 7:57pm Top

>128 amaranthe: Great idea!

132LibraryCin
Jan 30, 7:59pm Top

>129 NinieB: I've always thought it odd that, although historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, and I usually quite enjoy mysteries, I'm not always a fan of historical mysteries (unless it's true crime, some of those really grip me!).

Have to admit, I don't plan to read the sequel. :-)

133NinieB
Jan 30, 9:10pm Top

>132 LibraryCin: I am a historical fiction fan and a mystery fan too! But somehow the demands of the two genres seem to conflict.

134Robertgreaves
Jan 30, 11:40pm Top

>132 LibraryCin: >133 NinieB: I think it depends on the period and how much research the author is prepared to put in. It is definitely more difficult than writing either genre straight.

135staci426
Jan 31, 6:23pm Top

I was able to finish two more A books: Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis and Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund. And I was able to manage only one Q, Quicksand by Nella Larsen.

136amaranthe
Jan 31, 7:15pm Top

I have managed to finish my A book Antisocial mentioned in >128 amaranthe: before February in my time zone after all. (The A is for asexual characters--one main character and one side char--and not the title, although it is a nice coincidence.)

137rabbitprincess
Jan 31, 9:24pm Top

"A"
All the Hidden Truths, by Claire Askew (a double A!)

"Q"
The Harper's Quine, by Pat McIntosh

138LibraryCin
Jan 31, 11:32pm Top

>134 Robertgreaves: That makes sense.

139scaifea
Feb 1, 5:46am Top

>128 amaranthe: What a great idea!

140LisaMorr
Feb 1, 1:28pm Top

>128 amaranthe: I like it too!

141whitewavedarling
Feb 3, 2:31pm Top

I'm behind on reviews, but the last book I finished in January was Arcade by Erica Hunt.

I never did finish my 'Q' book, Monster of God; I'm enjoying it when I have time to sit down and focus on nonfiction, but it's going to take more time...

142fuzzi
Feb 3, 7:48pm Top

To the person who added my reads to the Wiki: thank you.

143mnleona
Feb 3, 8:38pm Top

I finished Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer today. It was a very complicated book but a good read. It gets a 5 star rating from me.

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