Familyhistorian's 2019 Reading Adventure part 1
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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
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.
Reading Through Time
January: "I Will Survive"
February: "Be My Valentine"
April: "The Wonderful Emptiness" - The Great Central Plains of America
June: "Cryptography & Code Breaking"
August: "Philosophy and Religion"
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…
Books read in 2018
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
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
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
I wish you from my heart a healthy 2019 filled with happiness, satisfaction, laughter and lots of good books.
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!
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.
Look forward to following your reading and adventures in 2019 Meg. All the best!
Happy New Year, Meg!! I'm dropping off my star and looking forward to continuing our reading in community in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi Kim, Happy New Year. Yeah, 3 books in so far. I did start a couple of them last year.
Oh dear, already three books finished. You are very quick. Dang >35 Familyhistorian: a BB.
>38 cushlareads: Hi Cushla, good to see you making the rounds. Yay for the first BB of 2019!
Hi Meg, and happy new year to you!
Congratulations on finishing 3 books already in the new year.
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.
>45 Familyhistorian: I'm way behind on threads too, but just keep plugging away.
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.
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.
>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.
>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.)
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!
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! :-)
>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.
>34 Familyhistorian: This looks interesting, Meg. I did not know it is part of a series. I'll add it to my list.
>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.
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.
>33 Familyhistorian: Looks right up my alley, Meg. Thanks for the recommendation!
>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.
>66 Whisper1: Hi Linda, good to see you here and with more time for visiting after joining the retired folk.
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!
>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.
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.
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.
>73 Familyhistorian: Cool cover on your next one. Is is ok to call you Meg from now on. :-P
>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.
>71 Familyhistorian: That does sound good, Meg, and while Relevance is usually wolfsbane to me, I might hunt that one up at the library.
>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.
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.
Found you! Just dropping in a star - I'm still trying to get to grips with this whole '2019' malarkey...
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!!
>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.
>81 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks for chiming in, Reba. I forgot about your recent trip to Ireland. All of that advice will come in very handy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
>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.
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.
>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.
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.
>71 Familyhistorian: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Meg.
Hi Meg, happy new week ahead...since we're retired, who cares that it's Monday? Enjoying the days as they come is wonderful.
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!
>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.
>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.
>96 richardderus: Thanks Richard, isn't retirement grand especially when it comes to Mondays? Hope you have a wonderful week too.
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.
>102 Familyhistorian: It's #6, in case you're curious. Good come-on review!
>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.
>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....
>103 richardderus: Number 6 you say. I'll have to scour the library for the rest. Thanks Richard.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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.
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?
>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...
>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.
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.
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.
>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.
>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!
>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.
>126 richardderus: Did you get hit with a BB, Richard? Then it is probably pay back time. Hope your Wednesday is going well.
>130 Familyhistorian: *grumble* It *was* going fine until someone applied Undue Influence and got me interested in a new series.
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?
>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.
>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.
>131 richardderus: Oops, Richard, make that two posts with first books in new-to-me series.
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.
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.
Hi Meg, just checking in after being gone. I'm glad you enjoyed your first Crombie. It is one of my favorite series.
>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.
>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.)
>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.
>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.
>140 BLBera: They are both very good, Beth. Stay tuned, I have more to post about. Spring isn't far off, is it?
>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.
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?
>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!
>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.
>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!
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.
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.
>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!
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.
Happy Friday, Meg. Hooray for Old Filth. I am so glad so many are finally reading and enjoying this one.
>159 Familyhistorian: ...hmmm? Sorry, I was over here lalalalalaing away. Happy weekend!
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.
>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.
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.
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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
Hi, Meg. We just had a week of rain, which was great, but sun now and I have roses blooming.
>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
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.
>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.
>178 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, good to see you making the rounds. Does that mean you actually have some free time?
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.
>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!
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
The Poison Squad
Once Upon a River
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.
>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.
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.
>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.
>183 Familyhistorian: Uh-oh! Good luck with your library holds! Why do they always seem to come in all at once? ; )
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.
*wheeee* on the Barracoon read! Happy week, Meg, from the newly rehabilitated me.
>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*
>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.
>190 The_Hibernator: You really should, Rachel, and it is a thin book too which, in theory, should make it easier to complete.
>191 richardderus: You sound positively giddy, Richard, things must be getting back to normal!
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!
>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.
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.
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.
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.
>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.
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!
>203 alcottacre: Good luck with reading all those holds, Stasia. It can be challenging.
>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.
I have roses blooming--they have loved our rains! Supposed to be in the 70s tomorrow.
>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.
>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.
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.
>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).
>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.
>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.
>215 thornton37814: I hope your local LFLs have a good stock of books for you, Lori. Inclement weather often leads to slim pickings.
>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.
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
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.
>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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