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75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1tymfos
Edited: Aug 18, 12:05am Top


Old Mackinac Point Light, Michigan

Hello, everyone! I'm Terri. This is my tenth year on LT and in the 75 Books Challenge. I'm not as active here as I used to be, due to moving from part-time to full-time employment, plus pursuing a Masters degree in library science. I still manage to read a fair bit, though I count my textbooks as part of my reading total, and also include quite a few audio books in the mix.

I've always loved mysteries, and tend to read a lot of them -- especially when my brain is overtaxed, as it's been lately. They're comfort food for my brain.

I also love lighthouses, so I'm making it my theme for the year.

Current reads:


Knife by Jo Nesbo (eBook)
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon AUDIO reread
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Suspended reading: (Library loan expired, on hold list to get again, another hold came up and had to be read, or just lost interest)

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb (e-book)
Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep by Rett MacPherson (eBook)

2tymfos
Edited: Aug 15, 10:34am Top

My Third Quarter Reading

Books completed in AUGUST

27. The Conception of Terror: Tales inspired by M.R. James, Volume 1 AUDIO, Audible Original (8-15-19)
26. Secret Undertaking by Mark de Castrique (8-12-19)
25. The Crash Detectives by Christine Negroni (8-9-19)
24. Macbeth by Jo Nesbo AUDIO (8-8-19)
23. Night Stalks the Mansion by Harold Cameron (8-7-19)

books completed in JULY

22. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (7-18-19)

3tymfos
Edited: Jul 4, 1:53pm Top

My Second Quarter Reading

Books completed in JUNE

21. The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion (textbook) by John J. Burke (6-30-19)
20. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny AUDIO (6-27-19)
19. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (audio) 6-18-19
18. The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman AUDIO (6-15-19)
17. Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh (6-14-19)

Books completed in MAY

16. Angry People in Local Newspapers by Alistair Coleman 5-25-19

Books completed in APRIL

15. The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George 4-19-19

My First Quarter Reading

books completed in MARCH

14. The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy 3-15-19
13. Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White 3-11-19

books completed in FEBRUARY

12. Cast a Blue Shadow by P.L. Gaus (audio) 2-19-19
11. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (audio) 2-12-19
10. Pandemic, 1918 by Catharine Arnold (eBook) 2-9-19

books completed in JANUARY

9. Secrets by the Knoll by Julie Metros (LT ER e-book) 1-31-19
8. White River Burning by John Verdon (e-book) 1-30-19
7. New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke (audio) 1-28-19
6. Close to Home (aka The Summer that Never Was) by Peter Robinson completed 1-20-19
5. Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene completed 1-17-19
4. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey (eBook) completed 1-11-19
3. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen (audio)
2. Orlando's Historic Haunts by Thomas Cook (eBook)
1. Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves (eBook)

4tymfos
Edited: Aug 15, 1:16am Top

Two frequently-conflicting goals:

A. To read books off my own shelves (regardless of when they were acquired)

1. New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke
2. Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White

currently reading:

B. To catch up with more of my series reading. These mark the most recent in series at time of reading.
1. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen (most recent in Mick Stranahan series -- still more to go in Skink series, to which it also belongs)
2. New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux series)
3. White River Burning by John Verdon (Dave Gurney series)
4. The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman
5. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (Armand Gamache series/Three Pines)
6. Secret Undertaking by Mark De Castrique (Burryin' Barry series)

currently reading:
Knife by Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole series)

5tymfos
Edited: Aug 15, 5:09pm Top

Books acquired this year, all formats. I'm trying to keep this list small!

1. Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White (LT ER book)
2. Secrets by the Knoll by Julie Metros (LT ER eBook)
3. New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke (Audible audiobook)
4. Cast a Blue Shadow by P.L. Gaus (audio)
5. Maxwell's Handbook for RDA by Robert L. Maxwell (Library Science)
6. The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon (Audible original)
7. Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep by Rett MacPherson (eBook)
8. The Listener's Bible -- NIV
9. The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion by John Burke (textbook)
10. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audio) -- this is an all-time favorite audio, purchased to have and keep
11. The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge (Audible original)
12. Foggy Mountain Breakdown and other stories by Sharyn McCrumb
13. The Drifter's Wheel by Philip DePoy (previously read, wanted a copy)
15. The Black Swan by Benjamin Black
16. The Diamonds of Ghost Bayou by Kent Conway
17. Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMarier
18. The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon by Todd Zwilich (Audible original)
19. The War that Forged a Nation by David MacPherson
20. The Gutenberg Guide (no touchstone) by William Clarkson (eBook)
21. The Conception of Terror inspired by M.R. James (Audible Original)
22. A Gospel of Hope by Walter Brueggeman (Audible original)
23. Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson
24. Tried by War by James MacPherson (audio book) I own a copy of this in print, but decided to also get the audio book

6tymfos
Edited: Jan 4, 11:19pm Top

My favorite reading buddy:



7tymfos
Edited: Jan 4, 11:20pm Top

I guess I"m ready for visitors! Welcome!

8tymfos
Edited: Jan 5, 12:17am Top

Book #1 Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

I love Cleeves' Shetland series, and this was a good one -- a nice twisty mystery, with many surprises. As is often the case with mysteries, the solution wasn't up to the quality of what preceded it, but it was still a good read.

Book #2 Orlando's Historic Haunts by Thomas Cook

This was a nice little tour of Orlando, Florida's spooky folklore. There was a lot of good historical information in it.

Book #3 Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

This is the second Mick Stranahan book, and also is part of the Skink series. Skink makes brief but significant appearances. It's Hiaasen's usual satire of Florida's crooked politicians, developers, and other shady characters. I liked this one a lot except for some of the sexual humor. A sleazy fake scientist throws his wife overboard on their anniversary cruise because he thinks she's found out he's a fraud. He thinks she's dead. He's in for a surprise.

9tymfos
Edited: Jan 5, 12:14am Top

There were several books at the end of 2018 about which I didn't have an opportunity to comment in my 2018 thread before everyone moved over into 2019.

2018 Books #
96. My Antonia by Willa Cather (12-14-18)
97. A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon (12-25-18)
98. Florida Ghost Stories by Robert Jones (12-26-18)
99. Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson (12-27-18)
100. Midnight Guardians by Jonathon King (12-28-18)
101. Don't Lose Her by Jonathon King (12-31-18)

My Antonia is a classic.

A Noble Radiance was a fairly good installment in the Brunetti series.

Florida Ghost Stories was not one I liked. The preface began thus: "The following stories are of ghosts, spirits, and tall tales of strange events that have, or may have taken place in this area of Florida over the past three hundred years. You must be the judge as to their truth or not. Some have been told to me as truths." And that was the confusion -- which ones were told to him as truths? Or did he just make up most of them? It sure seemed that way. He told many of them as though they had happened to him directly, or to close friends or family -- in which case he and his associates have done more time travel than Dr. Who, and had more extensive conversations with ghosts than even the most famous psychic mediums would claim.

Depth of Winter -- I'll call it Depth of Disappointment for me. I love the Longmire series, but this book lacked all the elements that made me love the series. Walt is far from Absaroka County. The cast of normal supporting characters is absent. Walt seems like a different person -- more like a caricature of a cross between the Terminator and John Wayne. The book is much more violent than usual, and I found the whole thing implausible. I just hated it. I want my old Walt back!

Midnight Guardians and Don't Lose Her. These entries in the Max Freeman series were nicely suspenseful

10lkernagh
Jan 5, 1:10am Top

Hi Terri! Happy to locate your thread. Happy New Year and dropping a star!

>6 tymfos: - Love the pic! What a sweetie!

11Ameise1
Jan 5, 3:25am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Terri. What a beautiful topper.

12PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 3:28am 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, Terri, this year.

13BLBera
Jan 5, 11:29am Top

Happy New Year, Terri. Three books already! You're off to a good start.

I love the lighthouse.

14Whisper1
Jan 5, 11:53am Top

>1 tymfos: What a beautiful lighthouse. Thanks for the introduction of the Old Mackinac Point Light, Michigan.

All good wishes for a wonderful 2019. And congratulations on pursuing a master's degree in library science. Congratulations for reading three books already. I added Orlando's Historic Haunts to my tbr pile.

15Crazymamie
Jan 5, 2:05pm Top

Happy New Year, Terri! Gorgeous topper - I have been there! And I love the Sig photo as well - he is just so handsome.

I love those Shetland mysteries, and just have the very last one to read, which makes me sad, so I am saving it. Have you watched the tv series they made of it - different from the books, but very good.

16thornton37814
Jan 5, 4:53pm Top

Dropping my star! Looks like you started the New Year with one of my favorite series!

17tymfos
Jan 5, 8:42pm Top

>10 lkernagh: Happy New Year, Lori! Sig is usually a sweetie, except when I've been away from home a few days. Then, no matter how much attention our cat-sitter has given him, he always seems to get in one good claw swipe at me upon my return, just to show his disapproval of having left him.

>11 Ameise1: Hi, Barbara, and happy reading to you, too!

>12 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul, and Happy New Year. I can't promise to keep up with anyone, but I'll at least drop by once in a while!

>13 BLBera: Happy New Year, Beth. I got in some good reading the last few days of 2018 and the first few of 2019 because I was on vacation. Now back to work and soon back to studies, and reading will drop off!

>14 Whisper1: Happy New Year, Linda! I think you'll like Orlando's Historic Haunts. BTW, if your library happens to have Hoopla, it is part of the Hoopla e-book collection.

>15 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie, and Happy New Year. Lighthouse photography is a long-time hobby of mine, though I've sadly neglected it in recent years. I am sad to have just one more Shetland book to go, but I'll probably go on and catch up/finish the series soon. I haven't watched the TV series.

>16 thornton37814: Happy New Year, Lori. It was a good way to start off the year.

18Familyhistorian
Jan 6, 1:31am Top

Good for you for getting in some reads before getting back to your regular routine, Terri. Too bad they weren't all 5 star reads.

19FAMeulstee
Jan 6, 9:02am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Terri!

20brenzi
Jan 6, 4:14pm Top

Found you Terri. And happy reading to you as you try to fit it into your busy schedule.

21alcottacre
Jan 6, 4:18pm Top

Happy New Year, Terri!

22Copperskye
Jan 9, 9:54pm Top

Hi Terri! Happy 2019!

I loved both Cold Earth (I’m going to miss that series) and Skinny Dip (what a hoot!).

23tymfos
Edited: Jan 19, 9:21pm Top

>19 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!
>20 brenzi: Happy Reading to you, too, Bonnie!
>21 alcottacre: I hope 2019 is a great year for you, Stasia!
>22 Copperskye: Yes, Joanne, I'm going to miss that series, too. One left . . .

Book #4 To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey (1-11-19)

This was another interesting installment by Tey about Detective Alan Grant. This involves a stranger who involves himself in the life of a family, then vanishes. Has there been a murder? A rather unusual mystery.

24tymfos
Jan 13, 12:24am Top

I didn't realize that I still had the box checked that I was willing to receive 2 books in a month for the LT Early Reviewer program. So I got two from the December batch:
1. Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White (LT ER book)
2. Secrets by the Knoll by Julie Metros (LT ER eBook)

Unfortunately, the second book is actually #8 in a series. I HATE reading series out of order -- if I'd known that, I wouldn't have requested it. I really don't think there was any indication of that in the listing.

25tymfos
Edited: Jan 13, 1:05am Top

Finally starting to visit threads, I was reminded of this meme, and had to try it again with books completed last year. Unfortunately, the books on my list weren't always a good fit.

Describe Yourself: Stranger in the Room

Describe How You Feel: Reasonable Doubts

Describe Where You Currently Live: Desolation Mountain

If You Could Go Anywhere, Where Would You Go: I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia

Your Favorite Form of Transportation: A Walk in the Dark

Your Best Friend is: The Woman in the Photo

You and Your Friends are: Mudbound

What's the Weather Like: Depth of Winter

You Fear: Shadow Men

What's the Best Advice Your Have to Give: You Need More Sleep

Thought for the Day: Don't Talk to Strangers

How I Would Like to Die: Quietly in Their Sleep

My Soul's Present Condition: Where Memories Lie

I'm tempted to do the meme a second time using books I plan to read this year. That might be fun -- and a neat way to organize part of my TBR list!

26Crazymamie
Jan 13, 10:48am Top

Terri, I love your best advise! Hoping your Sunday is full of fabulous!

27thornton37814
Jan 13, 2:50pm Top

>25 tymfos: I agree with your advice. I wanted to just turn over and go back this morning, but I knew I needed to get up and get ready for church. Besides, the cats realized it was time for me to be up so there would be no peace once I began stirring.

28tymfos
Jan 13, 11:35pm Top

>26 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie! That answer was my favorite one on the meme.

>27 thornton37814: Lori, those feline alarm clocks are very reliable!

29tymfos
Edited: Jan 19, 9:31pm Top

Book #5 Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene

I enjoyed this little book. I had never heard of the North Platte Canteen. During World War II, the people of North Platte, Nebraska and the surrounding area operated a canteen out of the local railroad depot, giving free food, magazines, and friendship to soldiers on all the troop trains passing through town. The soldiers would only have ten minutes or so to enjoy the hospitality, but it was so memorable that the memory of it brought tears to the eyes of veterans decades later.

It's amazing that these folks met all those troops on all those trains with such an abundance of food, given the rationing in effect. Of course, many were farm families who raised a lot of the food themselves, but it was still a tremendous sacrifice.

It was poignant how he compared the North Platte of those years and the town as it exists today. The train depot is gone, and the town has met the fate of many small towns in America, with a shrinking Main Street and a Wal-Mart at the edge of town.

30thornton37814
Jan 20, 1:37pm Top

>29 tymfos: Sounds like an interesting book. I found it in my library's Overdrive collection and added it to the wish list.

31tymfos
Jan 20, 7:28pm Top

I think you'd enjoy it, Lori, and it was a quick read.

32alcottacre
Jan 20, 7:50pm Top

>29 tymfos: Wish I had found it in my library's Overdrive collection. Into the BlackHole it goes!

Happy Sunday, Terri!

33rretzler
Jan 21, 1:33am Top

Hi, Terri. Dropping a star. >6 tymfos: Love your reading buddy - Picasso, Mycroft, Bandit and J'zargo send lots of purrs. >8 tymfos: I finished the Shetland series last year with Wild Fire - it was very sad to be seeing the last of Jimmy and gang. I so wish she would continue the series.

34Berly
Jan 21, 3:45am Top

Happy new thread, Terri! Starred. Also, I should listen to you: "What's the Best Advice Your Have to Give: You Need More Sleep." (It is currently 12:45am...)

35tymfos
Edited: Jan 21, 9:57pm Top

>33 rretzler: Sig sends purrs to your furkids!

>34 Berly: I know, Kim -- I never take my own advice on that subject!

Book #6 Close to Home (aka The Summer that Never Was) by Peter Robinson.

If you've followed the previous 12 installments of the Inspector Banks series, you'll know that one of the formative events of Banks' life, when he was young, was the disappearance of his friend and neighbor Graham Marshall. In this book, Banks is in Greece on holiday when he hears word that there may have been a development in that long-ago crime. Of course, he has to try to get involved. This is juxtaposed with a fresh disappearance, that of the son of a model and a now-deceased (suicide) famous singer-songwriter, a sensitive boy who is stepson to a well-known and volatile retired footballer.

The two cases -- one on Banks proper work turf, and one on his old home turf, out of his jurisdiction -- have him dealing with police politics and old memories.

This is one of those books that seemed like a better idea (dealing with the personal "cold case") than it actually turned out to be as I read it. It's one of my less-favorite books in the series.

36thornton37814
Jan 22, 8:29am Top

>35 tymfos: I have a half-dozen to read/listen to before I get to that one.

37rretzler
Jan 26, 3:08pm Top

>35 tymfos: I started reading that series many years ago, and for some reason, just stopped, even though I enjoyed it. I'll have to pick them up again, although I suppose I'll have to reread to remember what's happening. I recently finished watching the British Inspector Banks TV series, and loved it, even though I don't think it followed the books at all.

38mstrust
Jan 27, 1:21pm Top

Dropping in to wish you happy reading this year, and good for you in being able to fit reading into such a busy schedule. I love Josephine Tey's mysteries.

39tymfos
Edited: Jan 30, 11:15am Top

>36 thornton37814: Happy reading, Lori!
>37 rretzler: For some reason, I let that series sit for a while, too, even with the next one sitting on the shelf. The series was worth picking up, though this one wasn't a favorite. So far, I think my favorite of the 13 I've read was In a Dry Season.
>38 mstrust: Hi! Thanks for dropping by. Happy reading to you, too!

Book #7 New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke AUDIO completed 1-27-19. Dave Robicheaux series.

This was very compelling. I listened to the audio, narrated by Will Patton. I always enjoy his readings of the Robicheaux novels.

eta to continue:
I had a hard time thinking of a way to describe the plot of this one. In some ways, it's confusing, but it puts one in the mindset of Dave facing crimes and situations that are confusing. It involves a New Iberia native who is a successful movie producer, returned home to film on location, and his strange companion who has a reputation as a bit of a sadist. The movies may have shady financing involving some wise guys from New Jersey, and other unsavory characters. There is also an escaped convict on the loose who was convicted of killing his family. (Did he really do it?) A series of killings happen with elements that appear ritualistic. There is also police corruption. There is also a return of contract killer Smiley, who has appeared previously in the series. It all equals a situation where no one trusts anyone. Meanwhile, Dave is feeling his advancing age as he's attracted to the new young female partner the sheriff has assigned to him. Through it all, Burke's prose shines, and reflects upon life, nature, Louisiana, good and evil, darkness and light, and his own mortality.

40tymfos
Jan 31, 12:39am Top

Book #8 White River Burning by John Verdon (completed 1-30-19) Dave Gurney series

This book fits right in with current events. It starts with racial unrest on the anniversary of the shooting of an unarmed young African American man. A police officer is shot. The news media is on it, exploiting the issues and fanning the flames of unrest. Dave Gurney is invited to help with the investigation of the policeman's death, serving as a special investigator through the District Attorney's office. Dave is soon convinced that things are not as they seem.

I still think that the first book in the Dave Gurney series was one of the cleverest mysteries I've read. Unfortunately, the subsequent books haven't been nearly as satisfying. Some have been better than others, all have been decent reads, but this one is probably my least favorite of the series. Verdon was pretty heavy-handed with the characterizations of the news media, corrupt cops, and others. The book had its moments, but it got too convoluted.

41tymfos
Edited: Jan 31, 2:52pm Top

Book #9 Secrets by the Knoll by Julie Metros (1-31-19)

Lukas, Claire, and their children live in Iowa near the turn of the 20th century. They are a farm family. Lukas loves his youngest son Timmy to the exclusion of his other children, and emotionally abuses his son Jacob. The author gives us no clue as to why this is so.

Timmy and his sister Grace are murdered. Lukas falls apart because Timmy is dead -- he doesn't seem to care about Grace's death. Again, we are given no real insight into why he devalues his children other than Timmy. This book has almost no character development. Everyone feels like a stereotype. There is much detail about aspects of early 20th century rural life, but no fleshing out of the people living that life. They are like stick figures going through the motions. Of course, the locals first want to blame those unlike themselves -- such as the "Negro" miners on the edge of town -- but the depiction of the prejudice is shallow and without insight.

I admit, by the time I got to the funeral, I was starting to skim through the book. Given the lack of character development, I didn't know these people, and couldn't really care about them.

This book was awful. Just awful. The writing was amateurish, with grammar errors. ("She had saw..." Really?) Worst of all, the book had no ending. Yes, in a series, there is often a plot line that is continued from story to story, but each book should contain some semblance of a complete story. This did not. It even ended with the line "to be continued..."

This is the second LT eBook I've received, and both had this "part of a story" approach. I don't think I'll request any more eBooks through the program.

I received a copy of this eBook from the publisher through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

42mstrust
Jan 31, 11:24am Top

>41 tymfos: Sounds like there wasn't an editor, or at least proofreader, involved. Sorry it was a lousy book, but the next is bound to be better. :-)

43BLBera
Jan 31, 2:36pm Top

>41 tymfos: Thanks for taking one for the team, Terri. It sounds terrible.

44tymfos
Edited: Jan 31, 2:44pm Top

Hi, Jennifer and Beth!

>41 tymfos:, >42 mstrust:, >43 BLBera: I'm probably being a little unfair, and I actually softened my review a little when I formally posted it on the book page, and I went back after a while and raised my rating from a half star to one star. (Three others had reviewed it on LT, all at 1 star.) The story had potential. It just didn't work as executed -- and the cliffhanger ending was inexcusable. I saw one of the reviewers refer to the writing as "clunky," and that's exactly the word that came to my mind from the start as I was reading. I was in the kind of mood to not want to waste time reading poor writing. I think the book was supposedly based on a true story. I'd like to see that story told in its entirety by someone with a lot more writing skill.

45tymfos
Edited: Jan 31, 2:51pm Top

Having dispatched my ER eBook, I've downloaded a book about the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. Pandemic 1918 looks very interesting.

I'm also reading another ER book, Such a Perfect Wife. So far, this one is much better. My copy is uncorrected proofs, so I could excuse minor errors much more easily if they were there.

46FAMeulstee
Jan 31, 6:06pm Top

>35 tymfos: I really liked the Inspector Banks books, and read them all in 2017 (except book 8 and 9, they were never translated).

47Berly
Feb 7, 3:28pm Top

>44 tymfos: Sorry the last ER book was such a disaster. Hope this one is MUCH better!

48tymfos
Edited: Feb 9, 9:51pm Top

>46 FAMeulstee: Anita, it is a great series. Thanks for stopping by!

>47 Berly: The other ER book is better, Kim, though I've been slow to finish it because I got fascinated by the book I'm about to describe below. Plus, I'm trying to finish the Lackberg book for that challenge.

Book #10 Pandemic, 1918 by Catharine Arnold.

We recently had a program about the 1918 Influenza pandemic at our library, and it was very interesting. It's amazing how little awareness there seems to be about this horrible, lethal pandemic. The statistics, as well as the stories of individuals, organizations, and towns afflicted by the "Spanish Lady," are absolutely overwhelming.

So when I spotted this book in our library Overdrive collection, I couldn't resist it. It's reasonably well-written and has a great many endnotes for documentation. It describes how the pandemic visited places all over the globe with its deadly impact. It ends with medical influenza research conducted in the decades since, because the possibility of a repeat of such a pandemic is not an unlikely prospect -- and that's a chilling thought.

There are also photos and images of news articles and advertisements from the time of the pandemic -- fascinating stuff.

49Berly
Feb 9, 9:55pm Top

>48 tymfos: Interesting, especially in light of the Measles outbreak here and in WA. I would enjoy that one.

As to Lackberg, I got the second one in the series from the library before I got the Donna Leon one, so I read it today! I don't want to ruin anything so more comments on that one later. : )

50tymfos
Feb 15, 11:16pm Top

Book #11 The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg. completed 2-12-19

This was a surprisingly tame story for the first in a series by the Queen of Scandicrime novels, or whatever they call her. It was pretty much a regular police procedural. A decent mystery, but not terribly memorable. I started out reading the eBook, but when that expired I checked out and listened to the audio.

51tymfos
Feb 20, 12:40am Top

Book #12 Cast a Blue Shadow by P.L. Gaus (AUDIO) completed 2-19-2019

I've generally enjoyed books in this Ohio Amish mystery series, some more than others, but none less than this. It just didn't work for me at all. A nasty woman is murdered, and a young, emotionally fragile woman she was nasty toward, turns up unable/unwilling to speak at her former therapist's door with blood on her apron. The girl is conservative Mennonite, and formerly Amish.

There are so many people with motive for murder in this one, you can't turn around without bumping into a suspect. But it didn't feel plausible. Meh.

52thornton37814
Edited: Feb 20, 2:27pm Top

>51 tymfos: That's probably my least favorite installment of the series. I'm ready for #8. I try to listen to them, but I think it wasn't available as an audiobook at our library last time I checked. (It isn't available to suggest for purchase either, so it may not be available in audio.)

53tymfos
Edited: Feb 21, 11:34pm Top

>52 thornton37814: I couldn't find Cast a Blue Shadow through Overdrive at any of the libraries where I have a card. I got it on audio through an Audible trial subscription. They had a special where you could get two free books (plus two of their monthly Audible Originals -- none of which appealed to me) the first month. I feel like I wasted a credit.

ETA to add It looks like #8 isn't available through Audible, so you're right, it's probably not out in audio format.

54Ameise1
Feb 22, 4:19am Top

Happy Friday, Terri. You did some fantastic reading.

55thornton37814
Feb 22, 8:53am Top

>53 tymfos: I saw a note on the publisher's or author's site that said it was coming, but there was no date provided for when it would be.

56Familyhistorian
Mar 5, 1:56am Top

>48 tymfos: I really liked how Pandemic 1918 looked at the effects of the flu on a global scale in that one. So many accounts just look at one or two countries.

57tymfos
Mar 5, 10:45pm Top

>56 Familyhistorian: That was a good one, Meg. Nothing I've tried reading since has quite measured up.

I seem to have slipped into a bit of a book funk. I quit one short story audio after the first line -- that has to be a record for me.

58lkernagh
Mar 6, 12:23am Top

>57 tymfos: - Book funks happen. Wishing your next reading choice is a goody! Give Sig a loving scratch/pet for me.

59tymfos
Mar 6, 5:21pm Top

>58 lkernagh: Thanks! I gave Sig a nice scratch under the chin for you. He stared at me for a moment and headed for the food dish. Some gratitude! :)

60lkernagh
Mar 7, 10:31pm Top

>59 tymfos: - LOL! Having had feline companions myself, I am used to the indifference. ;-)

61tymfos
Mar 9, 10:39am Top

>60 lkernagh: Cats are really good at indifference, aren't they?

This week was "winter holiday" (semester break) so I thought it might be a little relaxing, but turned out hectic anyway with work, family, and church happenings. I thought I'd try to visit a little on LT, and got to a few threads so far . . . not as many as I'd like . . . I need to finish the ER book I'm reading, so I can focus on the one for our book discussion group.

62thornton37814
Mar 10, 12:41pm Top

>61 tymfos: Our "Spring Break" (in winter) was last week too, but with flooding, more rain, an earthquake, and snow, it was not very relaxing. I did a bit of genealogy client research at the end of the week after receiving an agreement in the mail mid-week. We also had genealogical institute registration which ruined quite a bit of two days for me. We crashed their web site the first scheduled registration day. After they rescheduled, those registering for courses during the first two registration periods had no problems, but demand was high for the single course in the third period. There was so much traffic to the web site that the web host cut off access to their site. We kept getting "database error" on our end. Having wasted one day already and without as many updates as we got the first time, I decided to go ahead with my lunch plans and went to the Amish store (which makes great sandwiches). I'd just walked in the store when Carrie texted me she'd just gotten registered. It was another 45 minutes before I got home, and by then, the class I'd wanted in was sold out. I had to register for my second choice and put myself on the wait list for the first choice. Carrie and I wanted to take the same class. At the moment we are in different ones, but those with the institute think someone will cancel, and I'll get in. I don't know how far down the wait list I am, but it must be "close enough" that I can expect to get in because they advised me not to purchase the print syllabus for the course in which I'm currently enrolled and told me they think I'll get in the other course.

63tymfos
Mar 11, 1:41am Top

>62 thornton37814: Sounds like a pretty awful week, Lori. I hope you're able to get into the class you want!

Book #13 Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White

This was an ER book, so I'll need to think about it and write a proper review. For now, it was a pretty good mystery/suspense novel that I started reading at a bad time. It would have been much easier to review it if I'd read it straight through in a few days, instead of dragging it out over almost a month. It was no fault of the book -- I'm just not reading much these days.

Bailey Weggins is a reporter for an online crime journal. She's sent to Lake George, NY, to report on the disappearance of a young housewife. She's thrust into the midst of the case when someone makes an anonymous call to her that leads to a gruesome discovery.

This is the 8th book in a series, but it read just fine as a stand-alone novel.

64SandyAMcPherson
Mar 15, 9:59am Top

Hello tymfos. I'm glad I found you, thanks for the thread link on the Introductions.

I finished the Anne Hillerman, Song of the Lion and it was reasonably good, but I gave it only 3 stars on my review. I am trying to read more widely for the 75-book challenge, so I've read a rather eclectic group of books and less of the British police procedural novels and fantasies. My thread is here, to see what else I've been reading.

I see you are a Peter Robinson fan. We really enjoyed most of the Insp. Banks books; but I moved on after awhile when they became (for me) too gruesome for brain-candy reads. Robinson is a heck of a good writer, though.

My most unexpected enjoyed-read was The Private World of Georgette Heyer. It was a well-researched and nicely-paced biography. My most surprising read (still in progress) is Rogue Heroes (Ben MacIntyre). This is really pushing my reading boundaries!

65tymfos
Edited: Mar 17, 12:22am Top

>64 SandyAMcPherson: Hi, Sandy, thanks for visiting!

Book #14 The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy completed 3-15-19

This was historical fiction, a novel imagining the life of Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, who was executed following his raid on the Harper's Ferry arsenal prior to the US Civil War.

It's known that Sarah was an artist. The author built on that to imagine her as using her artistic talents in service to the Underground Railroad, working symbols into paintings to guide those escaping from slavery.

There is also a modern thread, about a woman living in New Charlestown, West Virginia, who finds an antique doll's head in a hidden root cellar beneath her kitchen. Through much of the book I found this woman pretty annoying, but character development made her more likable.

The connection between the historical and modern threads was in some ways predictable, but held some surprises. I'm not sure how to rate this one.

66tymfos
Edited: Mar 28, 12:03am Top

My brain just isn't working for reading right now, between work and school that's about as much reading as I can handle. I am enjoying a color-by-number app which is pretty much a mindless pastime with fun results. Here are a couple of favorites:



If you look at the spines on the bookshelf picture, there are some really cute titles: "50 Shades of Meow," "The Catfather," "Lord of the Mice," and (my favorite) "The Silence of the Dogs."

67thornton37814
Mar 28, 8:10am Top

68mstrust
Mar 28, 3:31pm Top

>66 tymfos: It happens. I was doing really well reading books on Kindle while I rode my cycle every day, but I've gotten hooked on several podcasts over the last few weeks and that's cut down on my reading.

69tymfos
Apr 8, 10:00pm Top

>67 thornton37814: Meow to you too, Lori! :)

>68 mstrust: I'm still in that reading funk. (sigh)

70tymfos
Edited: Apr 11, 11:36pm Top

Abandoned/suspended reading:

Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon
The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg (eBook)
A Beam of Light by Andrea Camilleri (audio)



There's nothing really wrong with them. I'm just finding myself in a book funk, and they aren't what I'm in the mood for. Maybe if I put these aside I'll find something I want to read.

Because when you open the right book . . . you never know what you'll find!

71Copperskye
Apr 11, 11:39pm Top

>66 tymfos: Well, those are cute! I’ve been mindlessly doing an online crossword puzzle everyday. Good for a break!

Sorry to see you’re in a book funk. :( The last Camilleri book I tried to read (Angelica’s Smile), I abandoned. I do hope to continue to the next one since I liked all the previous ones well enough. I hope you find a keeper soon!

72thornton37814
Apr 13, 10:39am Top

I began a book last night that started well. I was just too tired to read. I've got other things I need to work on today. Hopefully I'll make enough progress I will have time to read this evening.

73Ameise1
Apr 21, 4:07am Top

Happy Easter weekend, Terri.

74tymfos
Edited: May 17, 7:49am Top

>71 Copperskye: Hi, Joanne! I'm finding that the Montalbano story lines are becoming too similar, one after the other. He keeps doing the same foolish things over and over. I've gotten impatient with him.

>72 thornton37814: I hope you enjoyed that book, Lori!

>73 Ameise1: That was a really cute Easter greeting, Barbara!

I have been absent from LT for over a month. My reading has been almost nonexistent. This has to be the worst book funk I've ever had. I thought when the semester ended, I'd want to read again, but that's not the case. I can't seem to get past the first few chapters of anything I try. Below is the only book I've managed to finish in over a month.

Book #15 (Gah! Only 15 books in 4 1/2 months?)
The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George.

I found the first chapter rather unappealing, but pushed on and the rest of the book was much better. It is 1989, and Ben and Nina set out to interview the only living survivor of the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Ellen had lost her twin in the flood, but is her sister really dead? She has never believed so.

I could have taken less of the Nina/Ben relationship and more about the flood, but this was pretty good.

75tymfos
Edited: May 18, 1:45am Top

As if my book funk wasn't bad enough, I went to check FictFact to see what was next in a series I'm reading, and there's a notice that they are CLOSED. Their main source of operating funds was apparently from being an Amazon Associate. According to the notice FictFact posted in place of their home page, they unknowingly had some technical breach of Amazon's terms, and even when they corrected it, Amazon denied their appeal. They can no longer afford to operate.

They must have just closed -- I'm sure I checked there about a series at work just the other day.

The notice says to download your data as a CSV file by July 1. However, I don't remember my password for FictFact; I had just stayed logged in. Now I need to log in, and there is no password reset option available. So all my series tracking is lost. I'll have to try to follow series via LT again.

Amazon is a big bully.

76SandyAMcPherson
Edited: May 18, 6:26pm Top

>75 tymfos:, Yes. ("Amazon is a big bully").
Because of the countless injustices detailed by small business people, I use www.bookdepository.com (on Guernsey nr the UK, but ships world-wide ~ free of charge). Difficulties with a partnership using Amazon were particularly evident in Diary of a Bookseller, a memoir which Shaun Bythell had published in 2018.
I hope LT doesn't censor this comment (transgressing the rules about advertising) because I believe in calling out these cyber-bullies.

For fiction series, I find this is helpful ~ www.fantasticfiction.com
I realise you like tracking your reading but maybe this will help find what was next in series titles, at least?

77tymfos
May 18, 11:49pm Top

>76 SandyAMcPherson: I will credit that Amazon responded to my email complaint (sent through the "comments" link on the Associates' page) saying that even after losing an appeal, if the website had been brought into compliance, they could reapply for an account. He even suggested that I tell FictFact that in case they didn't realize they could, but since I can't get logged in, I can't really do that. Anyway, shouldn't Amazon have told them that when they lost their appeal?

I'm rather found of Better World Books, which also ships free of charge. Using an overseas supplier would bother me on environmental grounds even more than using Amazon does. (In the marketplace, I always try to find a seller relatively close to where I live if possible to lessen the carbon footprint of the purchase delivery.)

Sometimes no matter how hard I look, Amazon is the only place that has what I'm looking for, especially when buying certain items for the library where I work. It is frustrating.

Thanks for the suggestion of Fantastic Fiction. As well as following the series I'm reading, we have a LOT of series readers at our library.

78SandyAMcPherson
May 19, 11:27am Top

>77 tymfos:, Hi again. I seem to be delurking big time these days!

I really respect your regarding the carbon foot print aspect of shipping. That's a consideration, for sure. I was told that Book Depository maintains big warehouses of books in Canada (and maybe USA?). Apparently they ship from these global placements. Australia has a shipping point as well.

I've never heard of "Better World Books" so thanks for that suggestion. I'd have to deal in USD, unfortunately, whereas I can spend CAD and have no transaction surcharges (+4%) in foreign currency on my credit card. I like that there's a straight forward used books access on 'Better World Books' and that they support literacy programs.

79Familyhistorian
May 26, 3:24am Top

Hi Terri, I hope you have found a book or two to cure your book funk. Interesting discussion about Amazon and other book sellers. >78 SandyAMcPherson: I didn't know that Book Depository has a large warehouse of books in Canada. You can't tell by their delivery times to BC! Their book deliveries take months to appear so I have given up on them.

80thornton37814
May 26, 7:29am Top

I really think Book Depository ships a lot of books to a location in New York which are then distributed in the U.S. Of course, it's possible they are sent to a warehouse. Perhaps they keep American imprints in stock there and just ship over the ones with British ones? I don't know. We get them in about a week to ten days usually. My last order may have had one book that took a couple weeks to arrive, but most came in as expected. They rarely arrive at the same time though.

81Berly
May 26, 3:19pm Top

Hi Terri--Glad to see you posting again and I hope your book funk is over. I didn't really use FictFact that much, but I understand it conceptually and I am sorry to see it closed. : (

Wishing you a wonderful day.

82tymfos
Edited: May 27, 11:48pm Top

>78 SandyAMcPherson: I'm delighted to see you de-lurking here, Sandy. Stop by and comment anytime!

>79 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg! I'm starting to read a little again -- just in time to start a 5-week intensive class which will take all my reading time . . .

>80 thornton37814: Hi, Lori!

>81 Berly: Hi, Kim! I'm posting a bit, but not really getting out and about on the threads. The book funk isn't over, but I'm dabbling into reading some different things . . . again, just in time to not have time for it.

Does anyone have experience with a library using the book download platform CloudLibrary? Our district is considering a switch to it from Overdrive. All the library directors in the district have been given demo accounts for staff to try it out, so I've been playing with it. I'm finding the app a little glitchy on my iPhone, but it works amazingly well on my ancient iPad, that so many apps don't work on at all anymore. Go figure!

83tymfos
Edited: May 27, 11:48pm Top

Wow, I read one whole book in April, and now I've read a book (a short one) in May.

Book #16
Angry People in Local Newspapers by Alistair Coleman (ebook, completed 5/25/19)

I was looking for something short to read in my demo account of CloudLibrary (see above post) and this caught my eye. The premise is that there are a lot of angry people who get their names and pet peeves into print in local newspapers. This isn't about the big, worldshaking issues, but the little things that drive us crazy. This book was focused on British newspapers, but the kinds of complaints seem a lot like the ones I see locally here in the US; it's just that the context and terminology is a bit different.

The book gives the text of local newspaper articles featuring angry people. The basic categories were:
Food
Transport
Crime
Anti-Social News
Money
Council Issues (US translation would probably be "local government hassles/failures")

The book was meant to be somewhat humorous. One of the devices used was taking a line and pulling it out in quotation marks (the way newspapers sometimes do) which was cute in the first few stories, and got grating as I went along. But it was a short read, and somehow reassuring that people across the big pond have so many of the same day-to-day hassles we face.

84mstrust
May 28, 11:28am Top

I would probably enjoy that one, as I really liked The Angry Island by A.A. Gill and Anger Management for Beginners by Giles Coren. Thanks!

85tymfos
May 30, 12:01am Top

>84 mstrust: There were also photos with some of the stories, and some of them were quite funny.

86lkernagh
May 31, 5:02pm Top

>82 tymfos: - I am an active user of CloudLibrary through my local library system. I have downloaded both ebooks and audiobooks through the service and have not experienced any difficulties. I find the app works well on my Samsung smart phone (although sometimes I have a difficult time finding a specific book using the search functionality). I have greater success with CloudLibrary than I do with RBDigital, another digital service offering through my local library. Of course, I am now a little concerned about your glitches with your iPhone. I will be taking over my other half's iPhone 6 (he has recently upgraded to a new iPhone) and hope I won't start having problems with the apps on the iPhone.

87tymfos
Jun 4, 11:45pm Top

>82 tymfos: Hi, Lori! I'm glad to hear CloudLibrry is working well for you.

Ah! Yesterday was my 10th Thingaversary, and I missed it! I knew it was this month, but lost track of the day.

88PaulCranswick
Jun 4, 11:52pm Top

Happy Thingamy, Terri.

89Familyhistorian
Jun 7, 11:24pm Top

Happy Thingaversary, Terri.

90mstrust
Jun 8, 9:35am Top

Happy Thingaversary!

91tymfos
Jun 10, 10:47pm Top

Thank you, Paul, Meg, and Jennifer!

92tymfos
Edited: Jun 16, 8:54pm Top

Book #17 Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh

An ambitious petroleum company executive sets his company's sights on drilling for gas from the Marcellus Shale deposit deep beneath the mountains of western Pennsylvania. Naive property owners sign leases with company representatives, not realizing the amount of disruption that will ensue. Neighbors turn on neighbors whose refusal to sign impedes the retrieval of gas that they are counting on for income. This story is told from the point of view of a number of people.

I found the many viewpoints made it a little difficult to follow at first, especially when I had to read in short time segments. Part of the story actually goes back to the 1970's and the Three Mile Island disaster near Harrisburg. There is a tie-in, both in the past of a character in the present-era story line, and in the overall theme of energy technology whose complex dangers aren't full understood.

It was a pretty interesting novel.

93tymfos
Edited: Jun 16, 9:02pm Top

Book #18 The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman (audio)

Navajo policeman Jim Chee is investigating a series of burglaries. His wife Bernie, also part of the police force, stumbles on a possible link at an outdoor market she visits with her mother -- a former neighbor has just retrieved a stolen item from a both at the market. Meanwhile, retired officer and sometime-PI Joe Leaphorn has been asked to investigate a case about Navajo artifacts, sent anonymously to a museum, which seem to be missing. While he is at the museum to meet with the museum director, the director's assistant becomes seriously ill.

The different threads of this story weave together like the threads on the missing garment. This was a good story, and I wouldn't have guessed the ending.

94tymfos
Jun 16, 9:01pm Top

I'm starting to feel like reading again. Time for reading is short until I finish my summer class in early July, but I've found some books that are holding my interest.

95thornton37814
Jun 17, 7:53am Top

>93 tymfos: I read many of that series back when her father wrote the series. I keep meaning to try some of her installments.

96BLBera
Jun 17, 8:52am Top

>92 tymfos: I enjoyed this one as well, Terri.

>93 tymfos: I also keep meaning to take a look at Anne Hillerman's take on the series.

97SandyAMcPherson
Jun 17, 7:11pm Top

>93 tymfos: I think The Tale Teller will be a BB for me.
I loved the Tony Hillerman stories but have read only 1 Anne H book so far. Thanks for the 'hook'.

98tymfos
Jun 18, 9:30pm Top

Hi, Lori, Beth, and Sandy!

After having read all of Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn/Chee books, it took me a couple of books to warm to Anne Hillerman's approach to the series. But she has grown as a writer, and I've grown to really like her books.

99tymfos
Jun 18, 9:42pm Top

Book #19 Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (audio) 6-18-19

Oh, this book has finally cracked my reading funk! It's even made me want to do housework and drive errands, as an excuse to spend time listening to the audiobook.

This book is almost two books in one. It tells the story of a man named Willie Maxwell -- "The Reverend" -- whose family members seemed to die suspicious deaths after he took out life insurance policies on them. People began to fear him and suspect him of voodoo. Then there was a surprising and violent end to that chain of events.

Years after penning To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee became fascinated with the story, and planned to write a non-fiction book about it. So the next portion of the book gives us biographical information about Lee -- leading up to her research into the Willie Maxwell case.

This odd mixture of true crime and literary biography really caught my interest. I thought the audio book was done very well, too.

100thornton37814
Jun 19, 9:21am Top

>99 tymfos: I'm glad that one is good. It's on my TBR list. Looking forward to reading it soon. Your review even makes me think I might want to put myself on the wait list for the audio.

101tymfos
Jun 21, 6:11am Top

>100 thornton37814: Lori, I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

102tymfos
Jun 29, 1:22am Top

20. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (audio) 6-27-19

I always read Louise Penny's books, and I enjoyed this one. Gamache is under suspension because of events in the previous book. He, Mona, and a young carpenter are named as -- I forget the term, in the U.S. it would be called the executors -- of a will for a woman they do not know. It's a very strange will, rooted in an old, old family dispute.

Meanwhile Gamache has a surveillance detail following a young cadet who was expelled from the Academy, hoping she will lead them to deadly drugs which are on the street because of how Gamache handled the previous case.

The action is mostly divided between charming Three Pines and its environs, and the seediest parts of Montreal.

All in all, I enjoyed this. (Though, after getting to the end, I kind of think I need to go back and reread it with different eyes.)

103SandyAMcPherson
Jun 30, 5:07pm Top

>102 tymfos: I admire your enjoyment and tenacity for L Penny's Gamache series.
I did start it back when it first appeared. My favourite part was that little village of Three Pines and it's rural ambience with a close-knit community. The initial stories were intriguing and well-written. Not to say that subsequent novels weren't...

My reason for dropping the series came at about book 4. Around that time, I realized many of the themes were factual, based on corruption in the Sûreté which was (and is) a very dismal reality. I felt that Gamache was a real person and so unfairly treated that I couldn't enjoy the stories. That's just a feeling of personal affront and disappointment with a Canadian law enforcement organization. Kind of naive, that I am...

104tymfos
Jul 4, 1:41pm Top

>103 SandyAMcPherson: Sandy, I can understand that. I always wondered how much the books reflected real problems in Canadian law enforcement. Being from "south of the border," I was clueless, and didn't pursue information on the subject.

105tymfos
Edited: Jul 4, 2:01pm Top

21. The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion by John J. Burke (6-30-19)

This is a basic introductory text about library technology. It includes some good, basic information.

106tymfos
Jul 4, 6:32pm Top

OK, I'm done my summer class, and may actually have some time to spend with reading and LT.

I bought some books from our library sale. One, I had read years ago and loved. (I really liked the whole series, but especially this one.) I need to catalog what I bought, and then I'll post the lot here on my thread.

107tymfos
Edited: Jul 4, 6:53pm Top



These are what I just bought. Some of them, I already had cataloged on my wishlist.

The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black
Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMarier
Diamonds of Ghost Bayou by Kent Conwell
The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd
The Drifter's Wheel by Philiip DePoy

108SandyAMcPherson
Jul 4, 7:57pm Top

>104 tymfos:, Not clueless. It is hard enough to find truth in news media in one's own country never mind another.

I was pretty naive about the in-fighting between Dems and the GOP until I got an eyefull reading Becoming. And there weren't very many sections where that appeared. I learned even more eye-opening situations reading The Spy in Moscow Station. At least the books I've mentioned here were non-fiction so I had an advantage knowing that the political aspects were a window on reality, so how can one know what lies behind a fantasy or a mystery?

109laytonwoman3rd
Jul 5, 10:59am Top

Seeing your post on my thread made me realize I've been missing you ---never found your thread this year. How awful is that?? And unless my eyes are failing me (not to be ruled out), I don't see it listed in the threadbook either. I've starred you now, and will catch up right away. I see Sig is as regal as ever.

110tymfos
Jul 7, 10:17pm Top

>108 SandyAMcPherson: It's always interesting to see the differences in how things are covered within a country and from outside the same country. And truth in media, in general, is limited. I don't know how the Canadian media is, but here in the US it seems like every outlet has its particular political slant, and it's really hard to find anything objective.

>109 laytonwoman3rd: You're right, Linda, I'm not listed in the threadbook! Mercy, I know I haven't been very active this year, but not that inactive! ! I thought it was there on the threadbook earlier, but can't imagine why it would be removed, so maybe it never was listed. Whatever. I'm not keeping up with threads at all, just a stab at it here and there.

111drneutron
Jul 7, 10:45pm Top

So, I’m pretty sure it was never there as I always comment on a new thread as a marker that it’s been incorporated into the Threadbook. I haven’t commented here this year, so I think I just missed you in the New Year startup rush. I’m very sorry for that - you’re in there now!

I also found a rather egregious alphabetization error too. I guess I’m having a bad year with the T’s... 😀

112tymfos
Jul 8, 6:33am Top

Thanks, Jim!

113tymfos
Edited: Jul 12, 9:06pm Top

Time for a Sig shot!



Sig likes to catnap at the foot of the bed in the morning before I get up.

What is it about the sight of a sleeping kitty that looks so peaceful and relaxing?

114laytonwoman3rd
Jul 12, 10:14pm Top

>113 tymfos: They are just so good at it!

115tymfos
Jul 13, 12:31am Top

>114 laytonwoman3rd: I guess they should be — they get lots of practice!

116Familyhistorian
Jul 14, 1:39am Top

Love the Sig shot. Looks like you got your reading mojo back just in time for your summer break from your studies, Terri. Hope you're able to get in some good ones.

117tymfos
Edited: Jul 18, 10:52pm Top

>116 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg! I'm still a bit slow with the reading, but doing better.

Book #22 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (7-18-19)

This was a truly odd book. It took me quite a while to get into it. It begins feeling like the story of a rather unusual woman -- diagnosis OCD? Aspbergers? Neurotic? -- but there are soon clues of something darker behind her odd opinions and actions. It eventually drew me in and had me staying up late to try and finish it.

118Familyhistorian
Jul 19, 1:36am Top

>117 tymfos: It takes a while to get back up to reading speed, Terri, then by the time you do it's time to go back to school. How much longer do you have to go in your course?

119tymfos
Jul 21, 12:03am Top

>118 Familyhistorian: Meg, I'm registered for one fall semester class, then I'll need just one spring semester class and a supervised practicum in the summer. I should be done at the end of next summer.

Like so much of the U.S., we are in a patch of horribly hot, humid weather. I was actually glad to have to work a Saturday today, because the library is air conditioned and my house isn't! Sig is spending a lot of time sprawled on our bed directly under the ceiling fan.

120Ameise1
Jul 21, 4:12am Top

Happy Sunday, Terri. I jnow how you must feel about the temps. We don't have AC and it's so hot here. The worst are the nights when it's too hot and I can't sleep.

121tymfos
Edited: Jul 23, 9:37am Top

>120 Ameise1: Hi, Barbara! Hot and humid nights are the worst! It was impossible to get a good night's sleep over the past week.

A cold front has brought some blessed relief. It was 61 degrees (Fahrenheit) when I woke up near dawn this morning. I actually curled up with a fleece throw, a cup of hot tea, and a book -- such a treat after the recent weather! It's warming up now, but not supposed to get so very hot as it has been. I'm off to work now. Today is my long day -- until 7 p.m.

122tymfos
Jul 24, 9:08pm Top

Today I was informed that the Fall class for which I was registered was cancelled due to low enrollment. There weren't many options left which I hadn't already taken that weren't closed or waitlisted. I didn't want to do a 7-week course in the second half of the semester, due to how crazy things are in our household in late November and early December. However, the best option was scheduled then. So I have an extra seven weeks without school -- and then a real struggle until mid-December.

123mstrust
Jul 25, 10:50am Top

Sorry it was cancelled. Seems that both classes and flights get cancelled now if they aren't full.

124thornton37814
Edited: Jul 27, 3:26pm Top

>122 tymfos: That's sad. It makes it more difficult for people to graduate on time when things are cancelled.

125tymfos
Jul 27, 10:41pm Top

>123 mstrust: Jennifer, this is the first time I've encountered a cancelled class in my current program, though I've experienced it at other schools.

>124 thornton37814: Lori, fortunately, it's an elective that doesn't fill any specific category -- a "free elective," as some schools would describe it. As the department head explained in her email, it's a course that the department was instructed to add by the administrative powers that be, and very few students seem to be interested in it, which is a shame.

I'm still spending too little of my precious spare time time reading, and too much in time sinks like my color by number app and watching silly cat videos. I fear that doing grad school at my advanced age has addled my brain!

126PaulCranswick
Jul 27, 11:34pm Top

Education can be so frustrating. It shouldn't all be about numbers. Are you able to fill those 7 weeks with any alternative study, Terri?

127tymfos
Aug 2, 8:40am Top

>126 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul! I understand the numbers thing. They have to be fiscally prudent -- I want them to be so. Tuition didn't go up this year, which is a good thing. I won't be using the time for other study for credit. Finances only allow one course per semester, and that will be the course I replaced the cancelled one with, that starts in October. I'll just shift the projects I'd planned to start in October, and do them before my class starts, rather than after it ends as I would have with the other course.

128tymfos
Edited: Aug 7, 10:04pm Top

Book #23 Night Stalks the Mansion by Harold Cameron (8-7-19).

This is a supposedly true account of a family's experiences when they leased an old mansion near Philadelphia for two years. Mysterious footsteps and other phenomena eventually convinced them that the house was haunted. Much of the story deals with the author's efforts to find out what happened in the house in the past to cause it to be haunted. I was surprised that his efforts didn't include any kind of research into the documented historical record. I do need to note that the book was first published in 1978 (reprinted in 2005) and recalls events much earlier, and that the house history went back to Civil War times.

I do have to note that (at least with a quick search of Google maps) I can't find a town in the area with the name of the town, Wynne, that they discuss. There is Gladwynne, and Wynnewood, for instance, but no Wynne. It could have been one of those tiny unincorporated villages that dropped off the map. Or maybe the whole thing was a figment of the author's imagination. There is no statement that names were changed.

It was a short, quick read that suited my mood.

Why did I read it now? I was in that section of library shelves, the title caught my eye, I pulled it out, the cover photo appealed to me (It reminded me of a house where I used to rent an apartment while in grad school the first time), I read a little bit and saw that it took place near Philadelphia, and I eventually went back to it and checked it out.

129figsfromthistle
Aug 7, 10:30pm Top

>117 tymfos: I have this on my nightstand. I've heard mixed reviews about it.

130tymfos
Aug 7, 10:33pm Top

>129 figsfromthistle: Mixed reviews? That's not surprising. I had mixed feelings about it. I did wind up needing to read to the end, drawn in, but still had a hard time deciding what to say about it, or even if I truly enjoyed it.

131Berly
Aug 8, 12:21am Top

Sorry about the cancelled class. Drats. You have a very good attitude about it!!

132tymfos
Edited: Aug 8, 10:28pm Top

>131 Berly: Hi, Kim! I think the class I've wound up with will be very useful, so that makes it easier to handle.

Book #24 Macbeth by Jo Nesbo. (8-8-19)

Nesbo's retelling of Macbeth, recast in contemporary times among drug lords and corrupt police and politicians, was interesting. It's another one of those books where I'm not quite sure of my opinion. The violence was over the top, but then so it was in Shakespeare's original.

133tymfos
Aug 8, 10:36pm Top

I'm doing a little more reading these days. I actually finished two books (one paper, one audio) this week so far. I've suspended two books that weren't drawing me in.

Current reads:


I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Secret Undertaking by Mark de Castrique
The Crash Detectives by Christine Negroni (eBook)

Suspended reading: (Library loan expired, on hold list to get again, or just lost interest)
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb (e-book)

134tymfos
Edited: Aug 9, 12:20pm Top

My most recent TV viewing craze has been the Smithsonian Channel's "Air Disasters" program. Thus, I found myself drawn to the book The Crash Detectives. However, so far it's not exactly what I expected. The subtitle was "Investigating the world's most mysterious air disasters." And while it does this, the real focus seems to be on presenting the author's theory as to what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March of 2014 after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

In the process of expounding her theory, she brings in other air disasters, including another flight that disappeared without a trace back in 1938. Frankly, her theory is probably as good as any I've heard, and fits a lot of the facts, so I keep reading. However, as she acknowledges, it is only a theory; no one knows (no one may ever know) what really happened. The author is a journalist who has covered a lot of air disasters and seems to have earned some respect from air accident investigators for her past work and her understanding of the issues.

eta The above applies to part 1 of the book. Diving into part 2, I find that the author begins to explore other air disasters more thoroughly.

135tymfos
Edited: Aug 9, 12:15pm Top

Book #24 The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters by Christine Negroni eBook (8-9-19)

Now that I've finished the book, I reiterate that part I (of V) was very much focused on Negroni's theory regarding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with accounts of other disasters used to explain her theory. This theme, and the examples, involve cabin decompression and the effects of hypoxia (oxygen deprivation). It is deadly at high altitude, as illustrated by the famous incident involving the Lear Jet carrying golfer Payne Stewart. (The plane, with all aboard unconscious/dead, carried on its flight path on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and crashed.) I knew about that aspect of hypoxia, but I hadn't realized that it was possible for supplemental oxygen masks to malfunction in such a way that pilots could have enough oxygen to stay conscious and do things, but not to make even remotely sensible decisions. It's an interesting theory, but also has flaws.

Starting with Part II, Negroni moved on to focus on other specific themes/factors that commonly occur in aviation accidents -- including human error -- and also on the uniquely human ability to often cope admirably with the unexpected when technology fails.

The book seems well-researched, and includes a bibliography that is adding to my own Ever-Expanding List of books to read, as well as a pretty thorough index and some brief footnotes. There is also a section of photos related to some of the incidents she describes.

136thornton37814
Aug 9, 12:11pm Top

>132 tymfos: I definitely prefer the Shakespeare version. I gave Nesbo's retelling a 3, but then I don't really enjoy books with "drug" angles. They tend to be too "noir" for my tastes.

137tymfos
Edited: Aug 9, 3:33pm Top

>136 thornton37814: Hi, Lori! I'd say I prefer Shakespeare, too.

138tymfos
Edited: Aug 9, 9:05pm Top

I'm realizing that I haven't done a good job in noting my book purchases in the list in post >5 tymfos:, and indeed I've not even put some into my LT catalog. I've taken the odd (for me) step of purchasing a few favorites that I've already read that I want to have handy for rereading. I need to try to get this all sorted out in the near future. (I also forgot to take out of the catalog a handful of books that I recycled. I need to try to sort that out, too!)

139tymfos
Edited: Aug 9, 11:22pm Top

I just typed a whole long message on my laptop about how I'm marking my tenth Thingaversary. (It was in June, but I'm making it a year-long celebration via an Audible membership.) My wrist accidentally hit something and deleted the whole thing. GRRRRRRRRR! I'm not inclined to type all those books again right now!

140thornton37814
Aug 11, 2:41pm Top

>139 tymfos: I've done that too. It's frustrating to lose an entire message--especially if it has a long list with touchstones.

>138 tymfos: I rarely note book purchases/acquisitions unless it is for Thingaversary or the Christmas exchanges. I'd probably do better at it if I kept a separate thread for acquisitions, but I know my numbering would get messed up because I'd forget to note some ebook, a NetGalley book, or a GoodReads giveaway win until I go back and purposefully check to make sure I added them. I just move the ones I no longer owned to read-but-owned. I used to mark the ones I traded at McKays with that collection, but as long as I know I don't have the book in my own collection, I don't care whether I previously owned it or not.

141mstrust
Aug 14, 12:38pm Top

>139 tymfos: Oooh, a year long Thingaversary! Good idea!

142tymfos
Aug 15, 1:23am Top

>140 thornton37814: Lori, I have a Read and Recycled LT collection for books I part with after reading. If I part with them without reading them (which happens sometimes, especially with gifts that don't suit my taste) I just delete them from my catalog. I'm finding that some books that I've acquired, I've failed to catalog, especially the audios.

>141 mstrust: I'm surprised how hard it is for me to decide what audios to use my credits for. Then there are the Audible Originals -- each month, they have a set that you can choose from to get a freebie if you want it.

Book #26 Secret Undertaking by Mark De Castrique (8-12-19)

I love this series set in the mountains of North Carolina. This time, an attempted shooting of a state official in Gainesboro precedes the execution-style slayings of local citizens. Barry is on the case. Meanwhile, his family is facing crisis and some transitions.

143tymfos
Edited: Aug 15, 10:42am Top

Book #27 The Conception of Terror: Tales inspired by M.R. James, Volume 1 AUDIO, Audible Original (8-16-19)

This audiobook was a dramatization of four M.R. James stories. As such, it lacked the narrative portion of those stories. It also updated the settings, so characters had access to things like cell phones which were not a part of James' era. The characters were portrayed by a cast of actors, and the production included atmospheric music and sound effects. The effect was probably much like an old-time radio thriller program. I rather enjoyed it. Of course, the stories were properly creepy.

I got this book as part of my Audible membership, as one of the monthly free Audible Originals included in the package.

144tymfos
Aug 15, 5:17pm Top

Ok, let's try this again. Since this year I was celebrating my 10th Thingaversary, I decided to celebrate by buying an Audible membership. In addition to the credit-per-month, plus one bonus credit for the membership plan I signed up for, they offer a small selection of free Audible Original items each month. As a result, I already have more than my one-per-year-plus-one-to-grow-on added from the membership. However, a number of the Audible Originals I would not have actually purchased if they required use of an Audible credit/money.

1. New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke
2. Cast a Blue Shadow by P.L. Gaus
3. The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon (Audible original)
4. The Listener's Bible -- NIV
5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon -- this is an all-time favorite audio, purchased to have and keep
6. The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge (Audible original)
7. The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon by Todd Zwilich (Audible original)
8. The War that Forged a Nation by David MacPherson (Audible original)
9. The Conception of Terror inspired by M.R. James (Audible Original)
10. A Gospel of Hope by Walter Brueggeman
11. Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson
12. Tried by War by James MacPherson (audio book) I own a copy of this in print, but decided to also get the audio book

145tymfos
Edited: Aug 15, 7:57pm Top

Books acquired this year, all formats. Comparing this list to my last post, you can see that half my acquisitions this year were my Audible titles.

1. Such a Perfect Wife by Kate White (LT ER book)
2. Secrets by the Knoll by Julie Metros (LT ER eBook)
3. New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke (Audible audiobook)
4. Cast a Blue Shadow by P.L. Gaus (audio)
5. Maxwell's Handbook for RDA by Robert L. Maxwell (Library Science)
6. The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon (Audible original)
7. Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep by Rett MacPherson (eBook)
8. The Listener's Bible -- NIV
9. The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion by John Burke (textbook)
10. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audio) -- this is an all-time favorite audio, purchased to have and keep
11. The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge (Audible original)
12. Foggy Mountain Breakdown and other stories by Sharyn McCrumb
13. The Drifter's Wheel by Philip DePoy (previously read, wanted a copy)
15. The Black Swan by Benjamin Black
16. The Diamonds of Ghost Bayou by Kent Conway
17. Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMarier
18. The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon by Todd Zwilich (Audible original)
19. The War that Forged a Nation by David MacPherson
20. The Gutenberg Guide (no touchstone) by William Clarkson (eBook)
21. The Conception of Terror inspired by M.R. James (Audible Original)
22. A Gospel of Hope by Walter Brueggeman (Audible original)
23. Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson
24. Tried by War by James MacPherson (audio book) I own a copy of this in print, but decided to also get the audio book

146tymfos
Aug 18, 12:03am Top

Book #28 I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever has lead a fascinating life, and has far more courage than I can imagine ever having. Her unhesitating activism promoting the right of girls and women to receive an education has not been deterred, and its reach was expanded worldwide after the Taliban shot her in the head as she rode home from school on her school bus.

Her description of life in her remote region of Pakistan and the impact of the Taliban upon it was a real eye opener, and very discouraging.

Highly recommended.

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