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Familyhistorian's 2019 Reading Adventure part 1

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1Familyhistorian
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2Familyhistorian
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I'm still following a line of London ancestors back through history hoping that I will find their link to Ireland. My fingers are crossed. Will I find anything to give me a clue to the specific place they came from on the Emerald Isle? There have been a few distractions on the way. Check out the weekly posts at: A Genealogist's Path to History

3Familyhistorian
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Books read in 2019


4Familyhistorian
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Little Free Library

Books culled in 2019

January 3



5Familyhistorian
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My name is Meg and this is my sixth year as one of the 75ers. At the end of last year I became overwhelmed with finishing off my challenge books and library holds. Somehow the joy of read lost some of its sparkle and the books on my shelves kept growing. That wasn't working so this year I am signing up for less of the challenges and have set myself a personal challenge of reading more from my own shelves. I also couldn't keep up with all the threads I had starred last year so I have to be smarter about LT time as I want to keep up with the threads I follow as well as find more time for my writing, genealogy and other adventures.

6Familyhistorian
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Challenges

Reading Through Time

Quarterly

Monthly

January: "I Will Survive"
February: "Be My Valentine"
March: "Downtown"
April: "The Wonderful Emptiness" - The Great Central Plains of America
May: "Myths"
June: "Cryptography & Code Breaking"
July: "Travel"
August: "Philosophy and Religion"
September:
October:
November:
December:

2019 Nonfiction Challenge

January: Prizewinning books, and runners up. - The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray - DONE
February: Science and Technology: Innovations and Innovators.
March: True Crime, Misdemeanors and Justice, Past and Present Day
April: Comfort Reads
May: History. In this case, my cutoff date is 1950.
June: The Pictures Have It!
July: Biography & First Person Yarns
August: Raw Materials: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
September: Books by Journalists
October: Other Worlds: From Spiritual to Fantastical
November: Creators and Creativity
December: I’ve Always Been Curious About…

7Familyhistorian
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Books read in 2018

Fourth quarter

October

The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington by Charles Rosenberg
The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker
French Exit by Patrick deWitt
Death in Devon by Ian Sansom
Happiness by Aminatta Forna
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Secret Sister: From Nazi-occupied Jersey to Wartime London, One Woman's Search for the Truth by Cherry Durbin
I Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh
Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness accounts from the greatest medical holocaust in modern history by Catharine Arnold
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
Uneasy Money by P. G. Wodenhouse
Murder in E Minor by Robert Goldsborough
On Writing by Stephen King

November

Salt of the Earth: The story of the homesteaders in Western Canada by Heather Robertson
Women Talking: A Novel by Miriam Toews
The Case is Closed by Patricia Wentworth
Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
Murder in Focus by Medora Sale
The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva
The Clairvoyant Countess by Dorothy Gilman
Lamarck's Revenge by Peter Ward
Played by the Book by Lucy Arlington
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger

December

The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry
Dead Lions by Mark Herron
Slow Recoil by C.B. Forrest
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Blue Monday by Nicci French
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss
The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
A Double Life by Flynn Berry
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
The Cowkeeper's Wish by Tracy Kasaboski
A Murder in Music City by Michael Bishop
She Has Her Mother's Laugh by Carl Zimmer
Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
Travelers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd
The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

8Familyhistorian
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Books acquired in 2019

9Familyhistorian
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Welcome everybody to a new year and my new thread.

10SandDune
Jan 1, 4:23am Top

Happy New Thread & New Year Meg!

11susanj67
Jan 1, 4:26am Top

Happy New Year, Meg!

12Ameise1
Jan 1, 10:17am Top



I wish you from my heart a healthy 2019 filled with happiness, satisfaction, laughter and lots of good books.

13Carmenere
Jan 1, 10:29am Top

Happy new year, Meg! Hope 2019 is filled with everything delightful!

14The_Hibernator
Jan 1, 10:44am Top

Happy New Year!

15richardderus
Jan 1, 10:51am Top

Happy 2019 reading, Meg!

16katiekrug
Jan 1, 11:05am Top

Happy new reading year, Meg!

17msf59
Jan 1, 11:34am Top

Happy New Year, Meg and Happy New Thread. I like that peaceful topper. Looking forward to sharing another year of books, birds and chit-chat with you!

18drneutron
Jan 1, 12:34pm Top

Welcome back, Meg!

19FAMeulstee
Jan 1, 3:48pm Top

Happy reading in 2019, Meg!

20cbl_tn
Jan 1, 5:15pm Top

Happy new year! Wishing you a year filled with great reading.

21PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 6:26pm Top



Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Meg, this year.

22mdoris
Jan 1, 8:17pm Top

Look forward to following your reading and adventures in 2019 Meg. All the best!

23ronincats
Jan 1, 8:59pm Top

Dropping off my star, Meg!

24EBT1002
Jan 1, 9:43pm Top

Happy New Year, Meg!! I'm dropping off my star and looking forward to continuing our reading in community in 2019.

25Familyhistorian
Jan 1, 11:26pm Top

>10 SandDune: Thanks, Rhian.

>11 susanj67: Thanks, Susan.

I had to laugh when I saw you clocked in within minutes of each other both already starting the first day in the new year when 2019 was less than 2 hours old where I am. I love the magic of LT that brings readers from all over together.

26Familyhistorian
Jan 1, 11:33pm Top

>12 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, I hope the new year brings your complete recovery.

>13 Carmenere: Thanks Lynda, I hope you have fantastic 2019!

>14 The_Hibernator: I hope you had a Happy New Year, Rachel. All the best in 2019!

27Familyhistorian
Jan 1, 11:37pm Top

>15 richardderus: Good to see you here, Richard. Happy reading in 2019!

>16 katiekrug: Hi Katie, I hope 2019 is a great reading year for us both!

>17 msf59: Ah, Mark, that once again is Lafarge Lake at a peaceful moment. Happy New Year!

28Familyhistorian
Jan 1, 11:40pm Top

>18 drneutron: Thanks for setting us up again, Jim.

>19 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita, hope it's a good reading year for you too, but I don't know if you can top 2018.

>20 cbl_tn: Hi Carrie, good to see you here. I hope you will have more LT time this coming year.

29Familyhistorian
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>21 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul and thanks. I hope that you are able to work out a better work/life balance in 2019.

>22 mdoris: All the best to you in 2019, Mary!

>23 ronincats: Good to see you here, Roni. Happy 2019!

30BLBera
Jan 2, 6:07am Top

Happy New Year, Meg. I look forward to following your journey this year. I totally understand the need for time management. I also was overwhelmed last year.

31kidzdoc
Jan 2, 9:52am Top

Happy New Year, Meg!

32Familyhistorian
Jan 2, 2:08pm Top

>30 BLBera: Hi Beth, believe it or not time management becomes more of a challenge when you are retired! I'm not sure why I can't fit in everything I want to do or read.

>31 kidzdoc: Happy New Year to you Darryl!

33Familyhistorian
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1. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The sequeal to The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. This story was told by Monty's sister, Felicity whose dream was to become a doctor. Not something that was open to females in the era the story was set in. She was willing to go to extreme lengths to follow her dream which, in the case of a Montague, involves some piracy.

It was a fun romp through Britain, the Continent and parts further afield. It was just as lively as the first book in the series, at least I hope it's a series because I would like to read more books in the same vein.

34Familyhistorian
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2. All True Not a Lie In It by Alix Hawley

I saw Alix Hawley at the Vancouver Writers Festival when she was promoting her second book about the life of Daniel Boone. Her reading from that book intrigued me but I thought that I would start with the first book in the series, All True Not a Lie In It. This took Daniel Boone from his early days as a kid growing up in a Quaker colony to his exploration of Kentucky and the struggle between the settlers and the tribes who already lived there. It was interesting to realize that the exploration was set around the time of the American Revolution with many different powers vying for control of the west (well, as far west as they were at that point.)

This was no Disneyfication, the story of Daniel Boone was told warts and all. But it only related his life so far and I didn't know what to make of the ending. Guess I will just have to read the next book.

35Familyhistorian
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3. A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel

A Fever of the Blood was the second book in the mystery series featuring the rugged Nine-Nails' McGray and displaced Londoner, Ian Frey. This mismatched duo work together although they are frequently at each other's throats. They are based in Edinburgh although Frey feels out of place there.

They specialize in murders involving the occult, a speciality of McGray much to Frey's chagrin. When murder happens in a lunatic asylum they are assigned the case which leads them a fine dance eventually ending up in Lancashire the scene of many earlier witch trials which centred around Pendle, the current source of witchley power. Will our dynamic duo thwart the killers or turn on each other with fatal consequences? It's great fun waiting to see how it will turn out.

36Berly
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3 books already?!?! Wow!

37Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 12:51am Top

Hi Kim, Happy New Year. Yeah, 3 books in so far. I did start a couple of them last year.

38cushlareads
Jan 3, 1:05am Top

Hi, Meg! And happy New Year!

I believe you have got my First Book Bullet prize of 2019. Congratulations. Have never heard of All True Not a Lie in It but it sounds really good, and a good follow-up book from Days without End.

39Ameise1
Jan 3, 3:47am Top

Oh dear, already three books finished. You are very quick. Dang >35 Familyhistorian: a BB.

40Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 3:25pm Top

>38 cushlareads: Hi Cushla, good to see you making the rounds. Yay for the first BB of 2019!

41Familyhistorian
Jan 3, 3:29pm Top

>39 Ameise1: Hi Barbara, I think the reading rate is a hangover from last month when I was trying to finish up all my library holds. Ooh, did I get you with a BB for A Fever of the Blood? That's the second book in the series. The first one is The Strings of Murder and it's also a good one.

42Ameise1
Jan 3, 4:13pm Top

>41 Familyhistorian: My library has both books. :-)

43karenmarie
Jan 3, 4:53pm Top

Hi Meg, and happy new year to you!

Congratulations on finishing 3 books already in the new year.

44bell7
Jan 3, 7:16pm Top

Wow, look at you go with 3 books finished already!

45Familyhistorian
Jan 4, 12:01am Top

>42 Ameise1: Ah, good Barbara. I hope you enjoy them.

>43 karenmarie: Hi Karen, I am spending more time reading books than keeping up with threads. I am already behind on the 2019 threads.

>44 bell7: Will see if I can keep this up, Mary. Good to see you here.

46Familyhistorian
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4. Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass

My next book was a Santa Thing book from last year. Lending a Paw was the first book in the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries featuring librarian Minnie and Eddie, the cat who followed her home and has become her companion at home and on the bookmobile. Eddie was the one who found the body but Minnie was the one who figured out who the murderer was. It was a good start for a new series with engaging characters and an interesting mystery to solve.

47karenmarie
Jan 4, 9:10am Top

>45 Familyhistorian: I'm way behind on threads too, but just keep plugging away.

48thornton37814
Jan 4, 9:28am Top

You are on a roll! I've starred your thread and followed your blog.

49EllaTim
Jan 4, 10:41am Top

Happy New Year, Meg!

I don't know how anyone can keep up with all the threads here, I sure can't. I'm just reading the top thread each time I open LT at the moment, and saying Happy New Year to all:-)

Love your topper, and your first book read sounds like a good one.

50Crazymamie
Jan 4, 11:26am Top

Happy New Year, Meg! That is a GORGEOUS topper! You are off to a flying start with 2019 - four books already is most excellent.

>33 Familyhistorian: I wondered about this one as I did enjoy the first one.

51Familyhistorian
Jan 4, 1:51pm Top

>47 karenmarie: As soon as I finishing reading one thread another one takes off on me. Remind me when it slows down again, Karen.

>48 thornton37814: Hi Lori, I am slowly working my way through the threads. Yours is starred but not read yet. Hope you enjoy the blog.

52Familyhistorian
Jan 4, 1:59pm Top

>49 EllaTim: Hi Ella, I only follow the threads I have starred but the number of those has increased exponentially over the years and everybody is so excited at the beginning of the year. Good luck with your thread following and the first book was a fun one.

>50 Crazymamie: Thanks re the topper, Mamie. It's another shot of the local scenery. You should read The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy if you liked the first one. I found it as fun as the first one and Monty and Percy do appear although the focus is on Monty's sister, Felicity.

53thornton37814
Jan 4, 2:10pm Top

>51 Familyhistorian: I've been trying to read the titles of the books in that pile. I found The Cowkeeper's Wish is forthcoming at both Amazon and Book Depository. How did you get an early copy? Was it published at a small Canadian press first? It looks interesting, and I've added it to wishlists at both sites. (It is presently cheaper at Book Depository.)

54jnwelch
Jan 4, 2:34pm Top

Happy New Year, and Happy New Thread, Meg! Should be another fun year on LT.

55DeltaQueen50
Jan 4, 3:06pm Top

Hi Meg, here we go again - I am already behind with the threads but I will slowly catch up. Wishing you a great year with many excellent reads!

56johnsimpson
Jan 4, 5:12pm Top

Hi Meg, just dropped my star off my dear.

57jessibud2
Jan 4, 8:26pm Top

Hi Meg. Not sure how I missed it but I am only now finding your thread. Starred! Happy new year! I am definitely noticing a trend around the threads this year: many of us are aiming to read off our own shelves! Let's keep one another accountable! :-)

58Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 1:30am Top

>53 thornton37814: Not an early copy, Lori, a copy from my library and I had to wait for the hold to come through. We probably got The Cowkeeper's Wish early as it was published in the same province. It was really good.

59Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 1:32am Top

>54 jnwelch: Hi Joe, good to see you on the 2019 threads. I'm hoping for good things for all of us this year.

>55 DeltaQueen50: Good to see you here, Judy. I know what you mean about being behind on the threads and I am not sure I will ever catch up.

60Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 1:37am Top

>56 johnsimpson: Hi John, I hope to tempt you with a few smaller reads this year now that your reading time is no longer dedicated to chunksters.

>57 jessibud2: Good to see you found me, Shelley. It's easy to miss people in the initial start up of the year and I didn't actually start until January 1 which has already put me behind. I've notice that reading off our own shelves trend too. In my case it is really need because I am running out of places to stack my books - the shelves have been full for a while now.

61BLBera
Jan 5, 11:21am Top

>34 Familyhistorian: This looks interesting, Meg. I did not know it is part of a series. I'll add it to my list.

62Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 3:58pm Top

>61 BLBera: I don't know if it is a series, Beth, but she was promoting her second book which was also about Daniel Boone. She really has the speech of the time down because she read with his inflection.

63Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 4:02pm Top

It is not raining today and I actually saw some sun. I am at my volunteer gig at the BCGS library and I think I just got volunteered for something else. How does that happen? The reads are going well but I am behind on reviews, not to mention threads, as usual.

64alcottacre
Jan 5, 4:05pm Top

>33 Familyhistorian: Looks right up my alley, Meg. Thanks for the recommendation!

65Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 8:04pm Top

>64 alcottacre: It's a fun one, Stasia. There are not enough books like that as far as I can see. I have your thread starred but it taking me a while to work my way through them.

66Whisper1
Jan 5, 8:45pm Top

You are off to a great start...four books already!

67Familyhistorian
Jan 5, 8:47pm Top

>66 Whisper1: Hi Linda, good to see you here and with more time for visiting after joining the retired folk.

68lkernagh
Jan 5, 11:50pm Top

Hi Meg. Slowly making my way through the crush of threads and happy to have found yours. Happy New Year!

>33 Familyhistorian: - Oh, I am always on the look out for fun romp reads, so making note of the Montague Siblings books!

69Familyhistorian
Jan 6, 12:01am Top

>68 lkernagh: It is a crush of threads, isn't it Lori. If you love fun romp reads the Montague Siblings books are a must.

70Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 4:30pm Top

Still behind on reviews. I should get to them soon but reading threads is taking up a lot of time! It is sunny but cold here today but I think the plants are somewhat confused as to what season it is. I saw dandelions in the grass on Saturday!

I am looking forward to the first program of Finding Your Roots on PBS tomorrow night.

71Familyhistorian
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5. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen



The YA book, No Fixed Address was very relevant to the homeless problem in Vancouver. Twelve year old Felix lived with his single mom. Her combative nature made it hard to hold down jobs but she was good at spinning a yarn. They ended up living in a van. She got Felix into a French Immersion school in Kitsilano, one of the better parts of town. He just had to keep his nose clean and not let on where he was living but it was hard keeping that secret from friends and Felix kept digging himself in deeper.

It was a really well imagined story and the author reached out to the right people to find out the reality of the safety nets in place for the homeless, especially the young homeless. It was also nice to know the areas that were written about.

72brodiew2
Jan 7, 7:57pm Top

Hello familyhistorian! I hope all is well with you.

I've been reading much less socially relevant middle grade books such as Dactyl Hill Squad and Project Terra with my son. He likes adventure stories. Or, maybe that's just me. :-)

73Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 8:49pm Top

>72 brodiew2: Ha, maybe it's both of you, Brodie. My next YA will be less socially relevant. I have to read The Dark Days Club and get it back to the library. Someone just put a hold on it.

74brodiew2
Jan 7, 9:00pm Top

>73 Familyhistorian: Cool cover on your next one. Is is ok to call you Meg from now on. :-P

75Familyhistorian
Jan 7, 10:58pm Top

>74 brodiew2: I think the cover was one of the things that attracted me to the book, Brodie. For sure you can call me Meg.

76BLBera
Jan 8, 8:56am Top

>71 Familyhistorian: This one sounds good, Meg. Onto the list it goes.

77richardderus
Jan 8, 11:34am Top

>71 Familyhistorian: That does sound good, Meg, and while Relevance is usually wolfsbane to me, I might hunt that one up at the library.

Happy reading!

78Familyhistorian
Jan 8, 5:58pm Top

>76 BLBera: It's a good one, Beth. I hope your list isn't as big as mine!

>77 richardderus: Well, it might not have as much relevance for you as for me, Richard, so you might be safe. The book is set in Vancouver where the cost of living is high, the homeless are evident and which is close to where I live.

Hope the books are treating you well.

79Familyhistorian
Jan 10, 1:18am Top

I met some co-workers for lunch today - some of them are still working so they could only stay for a short time, us relaxed retired types then stayed on for another two hours after they left. It was fun catching up.

80BekkaJo
Jan 10, 2:59am Top

Found you! Just dropping in a star - I'm still trying to get to grips with this whole '2019' malarkey...

81RebaRelishesReading
Jan 10, 12:13pm Top

I saw your post about Dublin on Beth's thread and though I would jump in (hope you don't mind). We were in Dublin for a week last October. I lived in Dublin in the early '80's and hadn't been back since so it was amazing to see the changes. Anyway, we stayed at the edge of Temple Bar which is the happen' place right now (hence stay at the edge not in the middle). We could easily walk to a huge choice of restaurants and were very near transit. We were only a block or so from The Queen of Tarts which is wonderful for breakfast or tea (we had breakfast there every morning but one) -- you MUST try it at least once :) From my earlier experiences I would say that the Kilmainham Gaol is very interesting historically. This time we took a student led tour of Trinity College (includes the Book of Kells exhibit). Shopping on Grafton Street (which leads from Trinity to St. Stephen's Green) is fun especially with a side trip to Powerscourt Center for lunch or tea at the restaurant on the ground level there. There's a highly-rated museum on Irish emigration (we didn't make it to it though). If you have nice weather, a train trip to the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire is pleasant.

Have a great time!!

82Familyhistorian
Jan 10, 12:54pm Top

>80 BekkaJo: Hi Bekka, good to see you here. I'm sure 2019 will keep on keeping on, hope you get to grips with it soon.

83Familyhistorian
Jan 10, 2:13pm Top

>81 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks for chiming in, Reba. I forgot about your recent trip to Ireland. All of that advice will come in very handy!

84Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 26, 2:37am Top

6. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Their mother has left their father in charge with specific instructions so, of course, things go wrong. The two children, a brother and sister, have no milk for their cereal so dad has to go to the store. He picks up the milk and then a series of strange adventures ensue.

It was a fun tale reminiscent of Jack in the Beanstalk or stories of that ilk. There was great artwork and through all fortunately, the milk was saved.

85Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 26, 2:38am Top

7. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

It started like a Regency romance but there was more going on than upper crust boy meets girl story in The Dark Days Club. Lady Helen was not only the right age to find a husband among the ton, she was the right age to come into her powers as a Reclaimer, one of those who fought the powers of darkness who fed upon the unsuspecting members of society. She had the potential to become more powerful than the others of the Dark Days Club because she inherited her abilities from her mother who was viewed by many as a traitor before her death.

By making the main protagonist a female who was hemmed in by society's dictates and an oppressive guardian the author heightened the tension. Not only did Lady Helen have to cope with her new abilities but she had to find a way to slip away from the conventions and people that blocked her moves.

This was the first in a series and, while I don't usually read fantasy novels, I liked the setting and tension in this YA novel. I will probably search for the next book in the series.

86Whisper1
Edited: Jan 12, 12:27am Top

>71 Familyhistorian: Meg, No Fixed Address is now on my tbr pile. You read a lot of books thus far! Congratulations!

87Familyhistorian
Jan 12, 2:13am Top

>86 Whisper1: Thanks Linda, the reads are going down easy at the beginning of the year which is probably why I am going through them quickly. I hope you enjoy No Fixed Address.

88vancouverdeb
Edited: Jan 12, 7:10am Top

Meg, a bout of insomnia has me awake and around the threads. No Fixed Address sounds really excellent, and as you say, so relevant for those of us living in the Vancouver area. It was touching to read about a fellow who lived in the Anavet Housing in Steveston. An older man who changed his name to Teddy Bear passed away just prior to Christmas. I did not know him well, but he had a small dog that he took around Steveston and both me and my husband often ran into him. He looked like a homeless person , but was very friendly , if a little eccentric. I thought it was wonderful that the community came together and celebrated his passing , and our local newspaper had a story about him. It is heartening to learn of the acceptance and love that the community had for Teddy. And someone saw to it that his dog was rehomed.

89Familyhistorian
Jan 12, 3:26pm Top

>88 vancouverdeb: Hi, Deborah I was just thinking about you as I started A Killer in King's Cove this morning. So I guess it was only right that I got you with a BB as well. What a heart warming story to hear about the community getting together in the wake of Teddy's passing.

90charl08
Jan 12, 3:43pm Top

Hi Meg, I thought I had visited your thread but there's no sign of my post so I guess not: sorry! Looks like your reading is matching on in 2019. Wishing you a great year.

91Familyhistorian
Jan 12, 4:04pm Top

>90 charl08: Funny Charlotte, I thought you had been here before too but I guess that was me on your thread. lol. Thanks for dropping in.

92EBT1002
Jan 13, 12:54am Top

Hi Meg. All True Not a Lie In It sounds interesting. Your cryptic comment about the end got my attention; I'll be interested in how the second in the series lands on you.

93Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 1:50am Top

>92 EBT1002: The ending itself was kind of cryptic, Ellen. Not sure when I will get to the second book but it will happen eventually.

94Donna828
Jan 13, 7:34pm Top

Seven books already, Meg? You are off to a flying start. I'm looking forward to following your reading and walks about your city again this year.

95alcottacre
Jan 13, 7:41pm Top

>71 Familyhistorian: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Meg.

96richardderus
Jan 13, 7:57pm Top

Hi Meg, happy new week ahead...since we're retired, who cares that it's Monday? Enjoying the days as they come is wonderful.

97vancouverdeb
Jan 13, 9:26pm Top

I do hope you enjoy A Killer In King's Cove. I really did , and the books in the series that followed. A nice sunny day today!

98Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 10:06pm Top

>94 Donna828: Hi Donna, well actually I am 4 reviews behind so guess that is even more of a flying start and the library holds are coming in as multiples again with other readers waiting for them so that should speed things up as well. I haven't taken any photos of my recent walks but I should start doing that soon as the flowers are starting to bloom.

99Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 10:08pm Top

>95 alcottacre: It's a good one Stasia. I'd like to see what's in that BlackHole - seems like a lot of books get added.

100Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 10:39pm Top

>96 richardderus: Thanks Richard, isn't retirement grand especially when it comes to Mondays? Hope you have a wonderful week too.

101Familyhistorian
Jan 13, 10:43pm Top

>97 vancouverdeb: I'm a fair way into A Killer in King's Cove, Deborah, and it is very good so far. I really like the interactions between Darling and his sargent. The author has a good handle on how to write relationships. Good to hear that you enjoyed the books that follow in the series.

102Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 24, 1:01am Top

8. Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie

LT has expanded my reading horizons so that I read more widely and in more genres than I used to in pre-LT days but I still love a good mystery. Even in that genre I have been introduced to new authors one of them being Deborah Crombie. I picked up Kissed a Sad Goodbye which was billed as a Duncan Kincaid/Gemma Jones novel. I have no idea if it was the first or tenth in the series. The main characters have a well established back story in that DS Kincaid and Sergeant Jones don't just work together but are lovers. This background adds more depth to the story of the discovery of the body of a beautiful woman in a park on the Isle of Dogs. Her beauty and the setting both have a part to play in the story which was a well told murder mystery and also informative about the history of the Isle of Dogs and the changes which happened there since WWII.

103richardderus
Jan 14, 1:25am Top

>102 Familyhistorian: It's #6, in case you're curious. Good come-on review!

104The_Hibernator
Jan 14, 6:27am Top

>85 Familyhistorian: Looks good. I'll keep an eye out for it.

105thornton37814
Jan 14, 8:54am Top

>102 Familyhistorian: There's a place in that series where you probably want to read them in order, and you're probably in that area. I'd advise not skipping too far ahead, although you'd be okay with going back. That's one of my favorite series.

106Whisper1
Jan 14, 9:17am Top

>97 vancouverdeb: A Killer in King's Cove is now on the tbr pile.

I'm adding a lot of books thus far this year. It seems as though everyone whose thread I check has some very good books!

I rationalize adding so many by noting I am retired and should have a lot of time to read them. I've also been pretty compulsive about purchasing books as well. Bookoutlet.com had a wonderful boxer day sale...Then, I found great books on our local library book sale cart. Oh, and a trip to Ollie's discount warehouse led to adding many books that I found for $2.99 and $3.99, many of which were on my tbr list. And that was my justification to buy them.

I wonder if there is a book on book addiction....

107Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 12:10pm Top

>103 richardderus: Number 6 you say. I'll have to scour the library for the rest. Thanks Richard.

108Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 12:14pm Top

>104 The_Hibernator: The Dark Days Club is the first book in an interesting series, Rachel. I'm reading another along similar lines of mystery with paranormal overtones although it is set in historic New York. It's called Murder on Millionaires' Row.

109Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 12:15pm Top

>105 thornton37814: I thought it was on your thread that I read about the mysteries by Deborah Crombie. Thanks for the advice. I will see if I can find earlier books in the series at this point.

110Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 12:18pm Top

>106 Whisper1: Retirement is really hard on the book acquisition front, Linda. It seems like you will have lots of time to read everything you acquire but even though you have more time for yourself there are still only so many reading hours in the day and so much shelf space. lol
I'm sure there must be a book on book addiction, somewhere.

111DeltaQueen50
Jan 14, 2:13pm Top

Meg, I have to admit that your starting a series with book number 6 gives me a slight case of the twitches! I am just a wee bit addicted to reading a series in order although I do know there are plenty of people who don't religiously follow the proper way to read a series and I usually just look the other way. I am also reading the Deborah Crombie series and, in fact, the last one I read was the sixth, Kissed a Sad Goodbye, I hope to read the next one at some point during the year.

112Familyhistorian
Jan 14, 10:16pm Top

>111 DeltaQueen50: I prefer to start series at the beginning but I hadn't read anything by Crombie before and it was a book from a Little Free Library, Judy. I had no idea if I was going to like it or be interested in the series and wanted to get the book read and out of the TBR stack. Turns out I did like the book and will go back and start the series from the beginning if it is available at my library.

113Familyhistorian
Jan 15, 3:48pm Top

Another sunny day here but it is cold from the looks of my frosty car. Off to Costco in a few. Is it a forlorn hope that no books follow me home?

114karenmarie
Jan 15, 5:08pm Top

>51 Familyhistorian: The threads haven't slowed down yet, alas. At least people understand when visits are few and far between.

Congrats on the great start to the year.

>113 Familyhistorian: I usually end up with a book from Costco about every 3rd of 4th time, but WANT a book from Costco EVERY time. Let us know if you succumbed...

115Familyhistorian
Jan 15, 9:13pm Top

>114 karenmarie: I was good this time, Karen. There were a lot of January type books, you know fitness, diet etc and nothing really appealed except Becoming but I am on the library hold list for that one and there are now only about 700 or so readers ahead of me. It's coming down very quickly and they have 69 books so it will get to me eventually.

116Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 24, 1:02am Top

9. Ravished by Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick is a romance novelist whose books I enjoy and I recently found one of her older novels in my LFL. It was Ravished a bit of a riff on the beauty and the beast theme with a touch of mystery thrown in. It was good for a quick read.

117Berly
Jan 15, 9:49pm Top

>84 Familyhistorian: I love Gaiman and so Fortunately the Milk grabbed my attention. He just writes fun stuff!

118Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 12:01am Top

>117 Berly: It was a good one, Kim, short and illustrated.

119Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 26, 2:39am Top

10. Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae

Plaid and Plagiarism was the first book in the Highland Bookshop Mystery series. Two mature women moved from the US to operate a bookshop in a Highland village. One brought along her daughter who brought along a friend. These four women were trying to start up their business which will include the bookshop, a tea room and a bed and breakfast but starting out was rougher than they bargained for with a dead “agony aunt” reporter ending up in the shed of one of the women's homes.

It was an interesting start to a new series which seems to have a lot of potential with the four transplanted women involved.

120Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 26, 2:40am Top

11. The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray

It was eye opening to see Toronto in 1915 and to find out about the attitudes which played into the murder and trial portrayed in The Massey Murder. Even though all eyes were on Europe in 1915, the murder of one of the well known Massey family by his maid made the front page. What happened to the murderer and how she was treated were unique to the times.

Charlotte Gray was hampered by a lack of sources on the trial but she put the newspaper reports and the history of the country and of Toronto itself to good use to show what it was like. This background was necessary to understand the outcome of the trial. It was an absorbing account.

121Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 1:45am Top



Spring is on the way, I took this on my walk on Tuesday.

122msf59
Jan 16, 6:38am Top

>121 Familyhistorian: LIKE!

Happy Wednesday, Meg. Hope your week is going well. The Massey Murder sounds like a good true crime read.

It looks like we are getting hit with a winter blast this weekend. I know it is January in the Midwest but still...Ugh!

123jessibud2
Jan 16, 7:44am Top

>120 Familyhistorian: - Good to hear you liked it, Meg. I am nearly at the half-way point and liking it but had to put it aside for a bit as the flood of library holds all came in. I am also nearly finished Brother by David Chariandy so will get back to Gray probably by tomorrow. I decided to return Washington Black unread as I just have too many others right now and I know I wouldn't be able to renew that one due to demand. Maybe by the time I have time to read it, it might be out in paperback and I'll just buy it.

124alcottacre
Jan 16, 7:51am Top

>99 Familyhistorian: I'd like to see what's in that BlackHole - seems like a lot of books get added More than I can possibly read in this or any other lifetime!

>119 Familyhistorian: Sounds like I might enjoy that one, so into the BlackHole it goes!

>120 Familyhistorian: I get to dodge that BB as I already have that in the BlackHole. Whew!

Happy Wednesday, Meg!

125mdoris
Jan 16, 11:12am Top

>121 Familyhistorian: That is so great Meg the early signs of spring near you. We are blanketed in fog and no signs of spring yet although I have seen my mini daffs pushing up a bit. I must put The Massey Murder on my library list. Wow, you have got off to a great reading start for 2019!

126richardderus
Jan 16, 11:32am Top

>119 Familyhistorian: *owowow* Book-bulleted.

>120 Familyhistorian: Thankfully already on my library holds list. *nyah*

>121 Familyhistorian: Pretty!

Have a happy Humpday.

127Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 3:47pm Top

>122 msf59: Hope your Wednesday is going well, Mark, and that the weather gets better soon. The Massey Murder was a good one. The treatment of women was a lot different back then.

128Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 3:51pm Top

>123 jessibud2: The results of the trial were a bit of a surprise, Shelley, but you will find that out for yourself when you get back to The Massey Murder. I think I saw Washington Black at Costco when I was there yesterday. Sometimes their prizes are close to paperback prices. That was a good one too. I know what you mean about the library holds all coming in at once. I have two holds at home with people waiting and a further four either to be picked up or in transit when I last looked.

129Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 3:55pm Top

>124 alcottacre: Well, Plaid and Plagiarism is the start of a new series, Stascia, so you might just add a whole bunch more books to that BlackHole.

130Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 3:56pm Top

>126 richardderus: Did you get hit with a BB, Richard? Then it is probably pay back time. Hope your Wednesday is going well.

131richardderus
Jan 16, 5:17pm Top

>130 Familyhistorian: *grumble* It *was* going fine until someone applied Undue Influence and got me interested in a new series.

132brodiew2
Jan 16, 7:30pm Top

Hello Meg! I hope your day is going well.

>120 Familyhistorian: The Massey Murder sounds like a good one.

I'm wanting to do something completely different for my next audiobook, but I"m not sure what direction to go in. I went through a phase few years ago listening to a few of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books on audio. they were fun, and exceeded my expectations. Either a light romance or a humorous mystery seem like a plan. any ideas?

133Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 8:03pm Top

>131 richardderus: Ha, well I am behind on book posts and another recent read was the first in a new series as well. One that I am going to follow up on.

134Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 8:08pm Top

>132 brodiew2: Hi Brodie, The Massey Murder is a good one. Charlotte Gray has written quite a few books based on events in Canadian history. I really should take more down from my shelves.

I can't help you on the audiobook front as I don't listen to books at all, something about going in one ear and out the other. I am a visual person and don't even do well remembering phone conversations.

135Familyhistorian
Jan 16, 8:10pm Top

>131 richardderus: Oops, Richard, make that two posts with first books in new-to-me series.

136jessibud2
Jan 18, 6:11am Top

Meg, I just heard on the news that tonight on CBC tv's show, Marketplace, they are doing an in-depth investigation of a number of DNA-testing companies. The host of the show, Charlsie Agro, is an identical twin (her sister works for TSN) and they submitted their DNA to various companies, with some startling and inconsistent results.

I thought this might be of interest to you, given your hobbies/work, etc.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/dna-ancestry-kits-twins-marketplace-1.4980976

137Carmenere
Jan 18, 7:01am Top

Happy Friday, Meg! You are really reading up a storm!! I'm retired and can't seem to squeeze in additional reads. The voice of the internet seems to be stronger than that of the books. *sigh*
The Massey Murder sounds like a must read.

138The_Hibernator
Jan 18, 11:31am Top

139alcottacre
Jan 18, 11:36am Top

>129 Familyhistorian: Nope, I only add the books, even if a series, to the BlackHole one at a time :)

I got my copy of The Massey Murder a couple of days ago, so I will be starting that one soon (which is, after all, a relative term)

140BLBera
Jan 18, 12:16pm Top

>119 Familyhistorian:. >120 Familyhistorian: These sound good, Meg.

Spring?!?

141katiekrug
Jan 18, 3:38pm Top

Hi Meg, just checking in after being gone. I'm glad you enjoyed your first Crombie. It is one of my favorite series.

142Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 5:23pm Top

>136 jessibud2: Thanks for the link, Shelley. It was very interesting but it was all about the ethnicity estimates which are the hook that the testing companies use to sell the kits. The ethnicity tests are iffy, change frequently and vary from company to company. The results are fun and interesting but not the main reason that genealogists use DNA testing. We use it to prove our links to various family lines, to find new matches and to, hopefully, find our way beyond brickwalls. In fact, it is very frustrating that so many people do the test just for ethnicity estimates because they don't respond to queries from genealogists who want to use the info for family history purposes.

143Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 5:26pm Top

>137 Carmenere: Give it time, Lynda. My reads didn't start increasing much until the end of the first year of retirement. I am reading when I really should be doing other stuff, like writing, genealogy and housecleaning. (I am sure there are a few other things that come before housecleaning too.)

144Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 5:28pm Top

>138 The_Hibernator: It has been springlike here for a while, Rachel. I saw some bulbs coming up in December and a few weeks ago I was in Surrey and there were dandelions in bloom.

145Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 5:30pm Top

>139 alcottacre: Oh, does that mean I have to read them and post about them so that you can see if they should be added to the BlackHole? lol. Soon is a relative term that I seem to use frequently as well.

146Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 5:32pm Top

>140 BLBera: They are both very good, Beth. Stay tuned, I have more to post about. Spring isn't far off, is it?

147Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 5:33pm Top

>141 katiekrug: Hi Katie, good call getting home before the storm. I hadn't read any Crombie before and didn't realize that one was so far into the series. It was good.

148Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 7:02pm Top

OMG so I just finished the two library holds that I have out which have people waiting for them and now there are five more waiting for me to pick up. Why do they all come at once?

149jessibud2
Edited: Jan 18, 7:10pm Top

>148 Familyhistorian: - I know what you mean! I finished and returned one to the library today, I have one audiobook in the car, another here in this room and another on my kitchen table. And 2 more holds are *in transit*!

I need to pace my requests! But you read faster than I do, Meg, so good for you!

150Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 7:19pm Top

>149 jessibud2: I don't know how to pace the requests, Shelley. Some of them just sit there for months and don't look like they are going to show up and others show up within a couple of days.

151richardderus
Jan 18, 7:20pm Top

>148 Familyhistorian: I just got a call...8 (eight) holds are ready! EIGHT! I forgot about some, they were for newnewnew books with oodles of folk ahead of me for the copies. And it's revolting out there on top!

152Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 26, 2:41am Top

12. Murder on Millionaires Row by Erin Lindsay

Rose Gallagher was a maid in a nice house on Fifth Avenue when her employer, who she had a secret crush on, disappeared. The police were slow to act and she wanted to find out what was going on so what was a girl to do? Why, find him herself, of course. No one can fool a girl from downtrodden Five Points but for a time there, it looked like she had more on her hands than she knew what to do with especially when some people were playing with hidden powers.

This was a fun and fast moving mystery set in New York's Gilded Age, when people knew where they stood in New York society but some of them stepped out of bounds. It was the first book in a new series which I look forward to following.

153Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 26, 2:42am Top

13. Old Fifth by Jane Gardam

I read Old Fifth because of LT and I was glad that I did. Gardam has put together the story of the boy who became Old Filth in a masterful way that shows glimpses of character forged by the unfeeling practice of fostering out children of the Raj back in England. What a system and what a story. It made me glad that the branch of my family who went to India decided to decamp to Australia before any of those practices manifested themselves.

154Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 7:36pm Top

>151 richardderus: Good luck with all those holds, Richard. I think there is some library devil who tests us by giving all those books to us at once to see if we will crack!

155Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 26, 2:43am Top

14. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw

I have Deborah to thank for my next book, A Killer in King's Cove. It was the first book in a series featuring Lane Winslow. Lane hopes to leave WWII behind her and make a fresh start far away from Europe where she acted as an intelligence officer. She was just getting to know the people in her small village in BC when a body showed up in her creek and the police soon followed. The police especially, Inspector Darling, didn't know if she was a suspect but, in his case, he hoped not.

It was a good start to a new series. Kind of like a Miss Marple in a small village with limited suspects except the protagonist was a lot younger and the village was a bit wilder.

156msf59
Jan 18, 8:40pm Top

Happy Friday, Meg. Hooray for Old Filth. I am so glad so many are finally reading and enjoying this one.

157richardderus
Jan 18, 8:44pm Top

>153 Familyhistorian: *happy sigh* I love it when Filth spreads!

>155 Familyhistorian: Iiiiiiiiiiiiignooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrr​ yooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuu

158Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 9:12pm Top

>156 msf59: I was surprise by Old Filth, Mark and can understand what all the buzz was about now.

159Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 9:13pm Top

>157 richardderus: I think you are one of the reasons I read Old Filth, Richard. Oh, did I get you again?

160richardderus
Jan 18, 9:30pm Top

>159 Familyhistorian: ...hmmm? Sorry, I was over here lalalalalaing away. Happy weekend!

161BLBera
Jan 18, 9:36pm Top

I recently read Killer in King's Cove as well, Meg, and thought it was an excellent start to a series. Ellen says the second one is even better.

I love Gardam, and the Old Filth trilogy is one of my favorite things.

Spring? We are in the midst of a snow storm right now; my daughter got off school early today.

162Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 9:57pm Top

>160 richardderus: Have a great weekend, Richard. lol

163Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 9:59pm Top

>161 BLBera: Good to hear the next one in the series is even better, Beth. Sorry about the snowstorm but it really is starting to look like spring here but, you never now, it could turn around and snow on us but at this point it would probably be one of those snow and disappear in one day kind of things - how fast snow disappears is one of the best things about living here.

164Familyhistorian
Jan 19, 2:00am Top

I met the ladies for book club tonight. What a nice group they are. Our book for tonight was French Exit which I had already read a while ago but, for some reason this one stayed with me very well and I was able to discuss it, not that there was much discussion of books! The next book will be Eleanor Oliphant is Fine which I have been seeing some buzz about on LT. Looks very popular too as all of my libraries have too many holds for me to get it to read in time for next month. Looks like I will have to add it to my book purchases.

165thornton37814
Jan 19, 9:37am Top

Around here, they predict we'll get snow about 2 weeks out and change the forecast about 75 times. By the time the day arrives, the snow usually doesn't come. We had some big heavy flakes Thursday, I think it was. However, as the day warmed, it turned to rain so nothing accumulated.

166karenmarie
Jan 19, 1:41pm Top

Hi Meg!

>153 Familyhistorian: So glad you liked Old Filth. We're going to have a group read of the third in the series, Last Friends starting mid-February of first of March. If you can get and read the second one, The Man in the Wooden Hat you could join us if you wanted to.

>164 Familyhistorian: EO is on my short list late winter/spring.

167alcottacre
Jan 19, 1:49pm Top

>145 Familyhistorian: Yep!

>152 Familyhistorian: Got me with that BB!

>153 Familyhistorian: I already read that one, so I get to dodge that BB!

>155 Familyhistorian: Got me again!

168Familyhistorian
Jan 19, 1:56pm Top

>165 thornton37814: I thought that they were better at weather prediction in land, Lori. Here their excuse is that the weather is so changeable on the coast. I have noticed when they are caught out by snow that every forecast after that predicts snow just in case. lol.

169Familyhistorian
Jan 19, 2:03pm Top

>166 karenmarie: I was pleasantly surprised by Old Filth but LTers seldom steer me wrong. I'll see if I can fit The Man in the Wooden Hat into the mix before you get to the third one, Last Friends. It might be a stretch with the five holds coming in and the book club book but I'll do my best. I saw that EO is one of your upcoming book club books, Karen, and I had to laugh when they chose the same one last night at my book club.

170Familyhistorian
Jan 19, 2:08pm Top

>167 alcottacre: Well, I already have the second book in the Highland Bookshop mysteries on order so I might get to it soonish. lol. Murder on Millionaires Row was a bit of a departure for me but I loved it and from the review I read, I knew that the Lane Winslow mysteries would be good ones. I hope you enjoy them, Stasia.

171vancouverdeb
Jan 19, 7:23pm Top

I'm delighted to have sent you a BB that you enjoyed, A Killer in King's Cove. I would have never heard of the series had I not read a review in the Globe and Mail and though I'd give the series a try. Unlike Ellen, I preferred the first in the series to the second one. But it's all opinion. I was a little disappointed in her latest installment, A Sorrowful Sanctuary, but I'm still keen to get her latest release that is due out in late April 2019 . It is A Deceptive Devotion.

Oh, I predict you'll enjoy Eleanor Oliphant. I really loved it when I read a year or two ago. It was on the Bailey's Women's short list for 2018, but it's a fun and interesting read.

172Familyhistorian
Jan 19, 9:00pm Top

>171 vancouverdeb: Thank you for that BB, Deborah. I really enjoyed the first book in the Lane Winslow series and the second on is on its way to me. I'm surprised that you read Eleanor Oliphant that long ago. It is still popular at the library as there were multiple holds when I tried three different library systems. I ended up buying a copy and it was the last one on the shelf at the Chapters on Robson.

173EBT1002
Jan 19, 11:44pm Top

>121 Familyhistorian: Spring! Hooray!

>155 Familyhistorian: I liked the second in the Lane Winslow series even better than the first.

>153 Familyhistorian: I'm glad you liked Old Filth. The second in the series is also good and I'm looking forward to reading Last Friends when Karen et al. get to it.

174Familyhistorian
Jan 20, 12:58am Top

>173 EBT1002: Yes, spring is on the way. I noticed a tree against a wall today and it had tight cherry blossom buds - I love cherry blossom time! I am waiting for the second Land Winslow book to arrive in the mail and for the book after Old Filth to come in as a library hold. I might be able to join you for the reading of the third book if the timing works out.

175ronincats
Jan 20, 1:02am Top

Hi, Meg. We just had a week of rain, which was great, but sun now and I have roses blooming.

176Familyhistorian
Jan 20, 1:16am Top

>175 ronincats: We are a long way away from blooming roses, Roni. We also wouldn't think a week of rain was great, just normal. lol

177vancouverdeb
Jan 20, 2:37am Top

Eleanor Oliphant was published in 2017 and then it was on the Women's Prize Long list and shortlist in 2018, Meg. I remember just pulling it off the shelf at the library perhaps before it became so popular, or else once I saw it on the Women's Longlist Prize, I might have grabbed it then. I do remember just pulling it off the new book wall at the library - no holds involved. I guess I got lucky! I just checked right now at my library and there a 7 holds on 5 copies. I might have read it before it became really popular. A lucky find for me.

178PaulCranswick
Jan 20, 7:38am Top

Trust that you'll have a wonderful Sunday, Meg.

179Familyhistorian
Jan 20, 5:57pm Top

>177 vancouverdeb: I remember seeing the book around for a while, Deborah, but I never actually picked it up. Maybe that's a good thing because I had already read the last two books my book club picked. Somehow I don't think they read as much or as quickly as the average LTer. Last meeting one of the women mentioned that she had read 5 books in a month.

180Familyhistorian
Jan 20, 5:58pm Top

>178 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, good to see you making the rounds. Does that mean you actually have some free time?

181lkernagh
Jan 21, 11:07am Top

Hi Meg, stopping by to get caught up.

>85 Familyhistorian: - Oh, that looks promising. Taking a BB for the Goodman book, even if it does mean adding yet another series to my burgeoning series list.

>153 Familyhistorian: - I plan to re-read Old Filth this year so that I can dive into the other two books in the trilogy. It has been about 4-5 years since I first read the book, so I figure a re-read is in order. ;-)

Wishing you a wonderful week.

182Familyhistorian
Jan 21, 11:36am Top

>181 lkernagh: Hi Lori, LT is good (or bad) for adding series. I got the Goodman series as a BB too. Glad to pass it along. I already have the second book in the Old Filth trilogy on order as there is going to be a group read on the third one - talk about time pressure especially as they will be library holds. Have a great week!

183Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 21, 12:18pm Top

I am busy on the reading front. I was working my way through Krakatoa for RTT and The Stylist just for fun as well as Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars, which is so good that it was hard to put down, when five library holds came in. They all have people waiting for them.

The hold books are:
Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze
Things I Don't Want to Know
Barracoon
The Poison Squad
Once Upon a River

184johnsimpson
Jan 21, 3:30pm Top

Hi Meg, hope you had a good weekend my dear, we had a really nice Sunday lunch with everyone except poor Andy who had to work. My reading is going well but I am not yet up to full speed but I am pleased with how I am progressing.

Sending love and hugs dear friend.

185Familyhistorian
Jan 21, 10:03pm Top

>184 johnsimpson: Poor Andy, at least Karen was there this time unlike some meet ups! You're probably not up to speed yet after reading all those huge books, John. I hope you all have a great week.

186vancouverdeb
Edited: Jan 21, 10:35pm Top

Doing nicely with the holds, Meg. I have Once Upon A River in my stacks, but have yet to read it. I think I'm a bit afraid that it might not hold up to The Thirteenth Tale. As for Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze I think I might also have that in the stack ( or piles ) and I know Carsten and Nancy aka Lit Chick both read it a year or two ago and enjoyed it. I confess for some reason I cannot get myself to read self - help books, not even anti self help books.

187Familyhistorian
Jan 22, 12:06am Top

>186 vancouverdeb: Self help seems to be a class onto itself, Deborah. I have a number of those books on my shelves but don't read them very often. I have to read both Once Upon a River and Stand Firm quickly because I don't own them. Too bad I don't read my own books as quickly because they are stacking up.

188Berly
Jan 22, 2:13am Top

>183 Familyhistorian: Uh-oh! Good luck with your library holds! Why do they always seem to come in all at once? ; )

189susanj67
Jan 22, 7:50am Top

Hi Meg! Your reading is going really well and I've picked up a lot of BBs, although nothing that is actually available from the here, by the look of it. Vexing. The Daniel Boone books in particular look excellent.

190The_Hibernator
Jan 22, 10:16am Top

Ah, another person reading Barracoon. I really should read that.

191richardderus
Jan 22, 5:48pm Top

*wheeee* on the Barracoon read! Happy week, Meg, from the newly rehabilitated me.

192Familyhistorian
Jan 22, 10:59pm Top

>188 Berly: At least there are some skinny ones in that list, Kim. But all the holds coming in at once happens to me on a regular basis no matter how I try to time them. *sigh*

193Familyhistorian
Jan 22, 11:02pm Top

>189 susanj67: I have the same problem with BBs on your thread, Susan. I get hit with them but then can't find the books in my library and sometimes not even on the online bookstores. That means I have to make note of the titles and then try to remember where I noted them down.

194Familyhistorian
Jan 22, 11:04pm Top

>190 The_Hibernator: You really should, Rachel, and it is a thin book too which, in theory, should make it easier to complete.

195Familyhistorian
Jan 23, 12:21am Top

>191 richardderus: You sound positively giddy, Richard, things must be getting back to normal!

196charl08
Jan 23, 7:10am Top

I like the sound of Stand Firm - although it reminds me that I have a similarly titled one by Oliver Burkeman that I didn't quite finish on my kindle... Good luck with getting through all your library holds in time.

197Familyhistorian
Jan 23, 1:35pm Top

>196 charl08: Both Stand Firm and The Antidote look to be a reaction against positive thinking, Charlotte. I am a few chapters in on the Brinkmann book and, so far, he is making a lot of good points. I'm working on the library holds. Too bad I couldn't just put RL on hold for a while.

198DeltaQueen50
Jan 23, 11:51pm Top

You got some great reading on-going and in your immediate future, Meg! Can I just say that I love the name "Krakatoa" - it's the perfect name for a volcano!

199Familyhistorian
Jan 24, 12:11am Top

>198 DeltaQueen50: I'm sure that I heard of Krakatoa before Winchester wrote the book, Judy, because the name just says volcano. I'm still plugging away at that and the library holds but I have this urge to read something fast and light for some reason.

200Familyhistorian
Jan 24, 12:26am Top



I think that nature is confused because I saw this on Wednesday, the same day that they were taking down the Christmas lights in the park.

201vancouverdeb
Jan 24, 2:00am Top

I'm glad to read that you are enjoying Once Upon a River, Meg. I think I've been afraid it might not measure up to The Thirteenth Tale, which I loved. Once Dave retires, I imagine I will use the library more, but I'll still purchase books. Sometimes you cannot wait for a book that has a huge hold the library and only 3 weeks to read it. Dave is improving. He saw the doctor today and will go back in about 2 weeks to reassess his ability to go back to work.

202msf59
Jan 24, 6:41am Top

Sweet Thursday, Meg. I hope you are having a good week. We are dealing with a major winter blast here, so I am trying to stay positive. I am glad you are enjoying Once Upon a River. I want to get my mitts on that one.

203alcottacre
Jan 24, 6:54am Top

>183 Familyhistorian: I have a bunch of holds to pick up from my local library today too, Meg. I am having a hard time keeping up, lol.

204Crazymamie
Jan 24, 8:52am Top

Meg, my apologies for losing you - you had lost your star, and I am blaming my iPad. I have you starred again, and I will keep a closer eye out.

>102 Familyhistorian: I love this series, and this is the book I am ready for next. You should go back and read them from the beginning - the backstory is great.

>121 Familyhistorian: Hope springs eternal. I love when you post your Spring sightings!

>148 Familyhistorian: That always happens to me, too!

>152 Familyhistorian: Adding this to The List - sounds fun, and I love me a mystery and the Gilded Age setting.

>155 Familyhistorian: Another direct hit.

All caught up with you, and I had a fun time doing it, so thanks for that. Hoping that your Thursday is full of fabulous!

205Familyhistorian
Jan 24, 9:29pm Top

>201 vancouverdeb: Once Upon a River is shaping up well so far, Deborah. I know what you mean about reading library books quickly and, if you buy books, then you don't end up with a hold lot of holds to read at the same time. I hope that Dave recovers quickly but doesn't go back to work too soon.

206Familyhistorian
Edited: Jan 24, 9:32pm Top

>202 msf59: It has been a sweet Thursday, Mark. No rain and not really cold. I'm not making as much progress with Once Upon a River as The Poison Squad has been grabbing my attention. I should get back to the Setterfeld soon.

207Familyhistorian
Jan 24, 9:34pm Top

>203 alcottacre: Good luck with reading all those holds, Stasia. It can be challenging.

208Familyhistorian
Jan 24, 9:43pm Top

>204 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, I'm glad I updated all my book covers last night so that you could get the full effect (and maybe more BBs). I hope to get back to the beginning of the Crombie series now that I know that I liked the sixth book. I wouldn't have started there except that it was an LFL book.

209thornton37814
Jan 24, 10:04pm Top

>208 Familyhistorian: Hooray for its availability in the LFL!

210ronincats
Jan 24, 10:56pm Top

I have roses blooming--they have loved our rains! Supposed to be in the 70s tomorrow.

211Familyhistorian
Jan 25, 1:05am Top

>209 thornton37814: It was a good find in the LFL and I placed it back there yesterday. I hope someone else likes it as much as I did and that it actually stays fairly intact for a few more people although it is on its last legs.

212Familyhistorian
Jan 25, 1:07am Top

>210 ronincats: You said about your roses, Roni. They don't sound as unusual as your rain. We could do with some of your warmer weather, though.

213vancouverdeb
Jan 25, 1:07am Top

>205 Familyhistorian: Great news that Once Upon a River is shaping up so well. I am certainly looking forward to spring and longer days.

214richardderus
Jan 25, 1:20am Top

Meg, I read this in The King's Evil and it reminded me of you. I suppose because of your LT handle, obviously, but something about it made a thread vibrate with your music:
The human mind exists in chaos and is in love with meaning, so historians go back again and again to try to turn the multitudinous resistant facts into a story.

215thornton37814
Jan 25, 8:19am Top

>211 Familyhistorian: I really should check out some of the ones around here. I think there is one not far from work. Maybe I'll drop by it before heading home (if I remember).

216Familyhistorian
Jan 25, 10:30am Top

>213 vancouverdeb: Longer days would be so good, Deborah. I get impatient with the early evening at this time of year, probably because it feels later than it actually is. Yesterday I had a meeting at PoCo Heritage. I walked there because parking is a bit of an issue during the day - restricted to two hours in many places which doesn't work for a meeting that may last for longer. It was 4 hours and full dark by the time I started my trek home.

217Familyhistorian
Jan 25, 10:38am Top

>214 richardderus: Ooh, I like that quote, Richard. It is, in fact, what I do but I am not sure how resistant the facts are to be turned into a story. Sometimes the stories just fall into place. That is not always a good thing, as we have learned to our cost depending on who is creating the story out of historical facts and their motivation ie the myth of the purity of the Ayran race in the hands of Nazi propaganda masters.

218Familyhistorian
Jan 25, 10:40am Top

>215 thornton37814: I hope your local LFLs have a good stock of books for you, Lori. Inclement weather often leads to slim pickings.

219richardderus
Jan 25, 3:31pm Top

>217 Familyhistorian: Phew am I fatigued. I posted a TL;DR teaser for my review of The King's Evil. I'm still wrestling that bad boy to the ground. It was an intense read and I want to get all the way into it, wrench open the cupboard doors and saw the green logs into what *I* see as their proper form...and I know how MEGO-inducing that is for others. I'm pretty sure that this is a book you'd enjoy reading. Tomorrow's blog review will have more quotes in it. You could do worse things with your time than wander over there (link on my thread).

So now I'm taking an hour off the romp among the threads.

220Familyhistorian
Jan 25, 9:31pm Top

>219 richardderus: I'll have a look for The King's Evil, Richard. Your use of a double timed teaser on your review was well thought out.

221vancouverdeb
Jan 26, 1:58am Top

I just plain old like longer, brighter days, Meg. At least we are heading in the right direction. I started into Once Upon A River and so far, I am quite enjoying it

222Familyhistorian
Jan 26, 2:10am Top

>221 vancouverdeb: I'm with you on the longer, brighter days, Deborah. When does the time change? I have been distracted away from Once Upon a River by my other holds. Need to get back to it.

223msf59
Edited: Jan 26, 7:07am Top

Happy Saturday, Meg. It is below zero at the moment. I would rather sit right here, that go out THERE! The Poison Squad sounds really good too.

224Familyhistorian
Jan 26, 2:57pm Top

>223 msf59: I hope you are off today, Mark. I share your dread of cold temperatures. The Poison Squad is really interesting and scary. It is amazing how the health of the American public was basically ignored in the rush of unscrupulous food purveyors grubbing for profits. I also enjoyed the author's Poisoner's Handbook.

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