SharronA's 75 for 2019

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SharronA's 75 for 2019

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Edited: Jan 19, 2019, 4:23pm

Happy New Year!

Back for my 7th year here! Many thanks to drneutron for making it happen.

2019 looks like it will be a good year for reading. Lately I've been enjoying more audiobooks, so I can "read" and work at the same time.

I'm usually very impressed to hear an author read his or her own book. After all, they aren't generally trained voice actors, and an 8-hour recording must take many times that to create. But some of what the author was thinking comes through in the way they emphasize or minimize various words and phrases.

The ability to sync an ebook and an audiobook is another guilty pleasure I discovered in 2018. Owning two different copies of the same book? Oh my. But it lets me immerse myself fully in a book. I listen while I work and drive, and read (on my phone) while waiting in line or during other still moments.

Last year I wrote that I would explore this group and learn more about Library Thing features. I did very little of that, but that leaves plenty of fun to anticipate for 2019 and future years.

P.S. This is my third or fourth attempt to post my first message of the year. Either LT is slow today or maybe I am. Let's see if it shows up multiple times.

Edited: Feb 1, 2019, 8:42am


1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, rereading after 50+ years
2. Verses for the Dead by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston, in their Pendergast series
3. The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny, latest in her Armand Gamache series
4. The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston

Jan 1, 2019, 10:55am

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2019, 12:08pm

I've got this one in the Threadbook - looks like LT was having some issues this morning! 😀

Jan 1, 2019, 3:53pm

Happy reading in 2019, Sharron!

Jan 1, 2019, 7:08pm

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, Sharron, this year.

Edited: Feb 27, 2019, 9:52am


5. The Cobra Event by Richard Preston, a novel about bioterrorism. After reading his two nonfiction books on this topic, I find the novel to be plausible. Very scary.
6. Angels: A Knitter's Dozen by Gerdine Strong
7. Joy of Zentangle by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
8. Inspired by Zentangle: Fabric Arts, Quilting, Embroidery by Suzanne McNeill, CZT
9. One Zentangle a Day: a 6-week course in creative drawing for relaxation, inspiration, and fun by Beckah Krahula
10. Ninth & Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver. Glad this was free through Amazon Prime Reading, so all I wasted was my time.
11. The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver, 13th in the Lincoln Rhyme series
12. The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith, 16th in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series
13. Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith, 17th in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series
14. Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book by Amanda Murphy
15. Zen Quilting Workbook by Pat Ferguson CZT
16. Get Addicted to Free-Motion Quilting: Go from Simple to Sensational by Sheila Sinclair Snyder
17. Quilting Possibilities: Freehand Filler Patterns by
18. Hooked on Feathers by Sally Terry
19. Half Log Cabin Plus! by Sharyn Craig
20. Points of View: Landscape Quilts to Stitch and Embellish by Valerie Hearder

Edited: Apr 1, 2019, 5:24pm


21. The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith, 18th in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series
22. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by j. D. Vance
23. Convergence Quilts: Mysterious, Magical, Easy, and Fun by Ricky Tims
24. Appliqué Mastery by Philippa Naylor
25. A New Twist on Strips ‘n Curves by Louisa l. Smith
26. Quilting Line + Color: Techniques and Designs for Abstract Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji
27. Blending Photos with Fabric 2 by Mary Ellen Kranz
28. Can’t See the Mountain (unpublished manuscript)
29. Death of a Policeman by M. C. Beaton, 29th in the Hamish Macbeth series
30. Death of a Liar by M. C. Beaton, 30th Hamish Macbeth
31. Death of a Nurse by M. C. Beaton, 31st Hamish Macbeth

Edited: May 4, 2019, 2:58pm


32. Death of a Ghost by M. C. Beaton, 32nd Hamish Macbeth
33. Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton, 33rd Hamish Macbeth, published in 2018 so I’ll have to wait impatiently for more.
34. The Other Woman by Daniel Silva, in the Gabriel Allon series, unabridged audio read by George Guidell
35. The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson
36. The Lost City of Z by David Grann, unabridged audio read by Mark Deakins
37. Death Come Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert, 22nd in her China Bayles series
38. Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson,a collection of short stories in the Walt Longmire series
39. The Ophelia Cut by John Lescroatt, in the Dismas Hardy series

Edited: Jun 8, 2019, 8:47am


40. The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon by Mel Starr
41. A Corpse at St. Andrew’s Chapel by Mel Starr, Second Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton
42. The Color of Fear by Marcia Muller, a Sharon McCone mystery, read by Elizabeth Evans
43. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien, unabridged audio version of an old favorite
44. A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr, Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton
45. Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child, unabridged audio read by Johnathan McClain, 5th novel about enigmologist Jeremy Logan
46. Unhallowed Ground by Mel Starr, Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton
47. Turning Angel by Greg Iles, 2nd Penn Cage novel, abridged audio (6 hrs) read by Dick Hill
48. The Tainted Coin: The Fifth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton by Mel Starr

Edited: Jul 2, 2019, 8:27am


49. Y Is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton, 25th (final) volume in the Kinsey Millhone series
50. Wolf Pack by C. J. Box, 19th Joe Pickett novel
51. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester — I wanted to finish reading this before seeing the movie
52. The Disappeared by C. J. Box, 18th Joe Pickett novel
53. Tarnished Icons by Stuart M. Kandinsky, narrated by John McClain, 11th Inspector Porfiry Rostnikiv mystery
54. Ben Bones and the Deadly Descendants by Michael F. Havelin, 1st Ben Bones genealogical mystery

Edited: Aug 1, 2019, 10:35pm


55. Ben Bones & the Galleon of Gold by Michael F. Havelin, 3rd in the Ben Bones series
56. Ben Bones & the Search for Paneta’s Crown by Michael F. Havelin, 2nd in the Ben Bones series
57. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, read by Alfred Molina and the author, abridged (9 hrs)
58. A Case of Need by Michael Crichton
59. The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
60. The Body in the Dales by J. R. Ellis, Yorkshire Murder Mysteries #1
61. The Quartet Murders by J. R. Ellis, Yorkshire Murder Mysteries #2

Edited: Sep 11, 2019, 4:44pm


62. Murder at Redmire Hall by J. R. Ellis, Yorkshire. Murder Mysteries #3
63. I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, unabridged audio read by Archie Punjabi, prologue read by the author
64. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien (enjoying it this time in unabridged audio format)
65. Regret the Dark Hour a Southern Gothic Noir Anti-Mystery by Richard Hood
66. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien, unabridged audio (I go back to Middle Earth every 2 or 3 years.)
67. A Better Man by Louise Penny, in the Gamache series
68. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien, unabridged audio
69. Origin by Dan Brown, 4th Robert Langdon story, disappointingly overlong, suspenseless, and anticlimactic.

Edited: Oct 1, 2019, 7:17am


70. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien, unabridged audio
71. Surprise Ending by Jeffery Deaver, unabridged audio
72. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, audio version
73. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves, first in her new Two Rivers series
74. Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves, 8th and final Jimmy Perez story in the Shetland series
75. The Royal Baths Murder by J. R. Ellis,
Yorkshire Murder Mystery Book 4
76. Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson, 16th WaltLongmire story
77. Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman, continuing the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito stories
78. The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman, continuing the Leaphorn, Chee, & Manuelito stories

Edited: Nov 2, 2019, 11:36am


79. The Last Teacher by Alan Lee, a prequel to his Mackenzie August series
80. Origins by Alan Lee, 1st Mackenzie August mystery
81. The Second Secret by Alan Lee, 2nd Mackenzie August mystery
82. Flawed Players by Alan Lee, 3rd Mackenzie August mystery
82. The Second Biggest Nothing by Colin Cotterill, a Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery #14
83. Blood on the Cowley Road by Peter Tickler, first Detective Susan Holden mystery (and the last for me: weak characters, unfinished plot, poor editing)
84. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen, unabridged audio read by Cassandra Campbell
85. The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons
86. The Colours of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith, in the No.#1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series
87. Don’t Lie to Me by Willow Rose, Eva Rae Thomas mystery #1

Oct 1, 2019, 3:55pm

Congratulations on reaching 75 and beyond, Sharron!

Oct 3, 2019, 10:16am


Edited: Nov 29, 2019, 11:41pm


88. Slice by David Hodges
89. The Divine Circle of Ladies Burning Their Bridges by Dolores Riccio
90. The Grey Horse by R. A. MacAvoy
91. Midnight Son by James Dominick Jr.
92. Lens of the World by R. A. MacAvoy, first of a trilogy
93. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
94. King of the Dead by R. A. MacAvoy, second book of the Lens of the World trilogy
95. The Belly of the Wolf by R. A. MacAvoy, third book in the Lens of the World trilogy
96. The Land of Long-Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith, 20th book in his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series

Edited: Jan 3, 2:00pm


97. Presumption of Guilt by Archer Mayor, 27th Joe Gunther story
98. A Warning by Anonymous
99. What Lies Beneath by Bill Kitson, 1st Detective Mike Nash novel
100. Vanish without Trace by Bill Kitson, 2nd Detective Mike Nash novel
101. The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
102. Playing with Fire by Bill Kitson, 3rd Detective Mike Nash novel

Edited: Jan 7, 6:36pm


1. Killing Christmas by Bill Kitson, 4th (of 4) Detective Mike Nash novel
2. Trace by Archer Mayor, 28th Joe Gunther novel
3. Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America by James Poniewozik
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