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Robin (rretzler) Reads in 2019 - Nummer zwei (2)

This is a continuation of the topic Robin (rretzler) Reads in 2019.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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2rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 12:54pm Top

About Me



Hi, I'm Robin, and this is my 7th or 8th year with the 75'ers Group. I'm 55, and I've been married to Ed (55) for 27 years. We have two sons, Beckham (17) and Keegan (13), and four cats, Picasso (13) and the kittens, Mycroft, Bandit, and J'Zargo (1.) Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus (the capital of Ohio) has been our home for the past 20+ years. Our boys are involved in travel soccer and many school activities, and they keep us very busy driving them around. Beckham now has his driver’s license, so he can help with those duties now!

I just retired from a tax practice which I have run out of my house for the past ten years - prior to that, I was the Tax Director for one of the top 100 accounting firms in the US for five years, a shareholder in a small accounting firm for five years, and worked at Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm for 12 years where I headed the local tax compliance department. I have been slowing down my tax practice for the past few years to spend time with my boys before they go off to college. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my days and I’m sort of at loose ends until I figure things out. I struggle with both depression and diabetes. Ed is in IT at Huntington Bank, a national bank headquartered in Columbus. Beckham is in 11th grade and is accelerated in math - he finished his high school math credits while he was still in middle school. He is currently taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses at one of our local high schools. Keegan is in 8th grade at a local middle school and is accelerated two years in math. He has been struggling with hearing issues since he was about four months old and has been wearing hearing aids in both ears since 2016. He has been diagnosed with dyslexia, but he also does very well in school.

I learned to read at a very young age and have rarely been without a book (or many) since then. My library on LT reflects those books that I have kept track of since I started as a member eight years ago. I am slowly trying to capture books I have read before that time, but I'm guessing that a lot of books that I have read will never be recorded as I have forgotten them. I am totally an addict, and the daily deals on Amazon for $1.99 will probably be my financial ruin. I just cannot help myself when it comes to a bargain of that sort!

I mainly read mysteries, science fiction, fantasy and children's/young adult books (along with my sons.) Specifically, most of the mysteries that I read are British mysteries in the style of the Golden Age of Detection, and I enjoy soft sci-fi, especially dystopian, a bit more than hard sci-fi. Until 2017, Beckham, Keegan and I read together every night, but it has been difficult with Beckham's course load to do this. I hope to start reading together again this year, but realistically it will be weekly, not nightly. In school, I never had to read many of the classics, so I am slowly going back to read some of those. I also try to read several best sellers each year. Additionally, I have been working my way through the Newbery, Hugo, and Nebula awards.

I proudly consider myself to be a geek (okay, maybe a nerd too). My favorite TV shows are Sherlock (BBC version) and Doctor Who (both classic and new series). We enjoy Marvel movies - The Avengers, Captain America, Doctor Strange, etc. - and also the Marvel TV series - Agents of Shield, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, etc. My other hobbies include making beaded jewelry and sometimes knitting. I love to travel, but since we have children who are quickly approaching college age, we don't do as much as we used to.

If we would win the lottery, the first thing I would do (aside from paying off the mortgage and setting aside the funds for college for my sons) is to go back to school myself! I love to learn and would probably take lots of psychology, philosophy and literature courses.

I'm so glad to be back with the 75'ers again this year and am going to attempt to visit more than I have in the past.

(Shhh…this is recycled from last year because I’m too lazy to think up other things to say about myself. Don’t tell.)

3rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 12:55pm Top

Family Pictures


Ed and I on vacation on the beach at Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2017


Beckham and Keegan in Chicago showing our vacation tradition of trying on gift shop hats - here they try on “gangster” hats on 2018 spring break.


Bandit, J’zargo, Mycroft and Picasso


Family – 2017 vacation - Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Family – 2018 spring break – Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois

4rretzler
Edited: Aug 15, 12:36pm Top

Currently Reading




Reading Now


  1. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb📱
  2. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson📱🎧
  3. The Studio Crime by Ianthe Jerrold📱
  4. Dark of the Moon by PC Hodgell📱
  5. Melmoth by Sarah Perry 📖







Up Next
  1. Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler📱
  2. A Case of Suicide in St James by Clara Benson📱




📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
🎧 - Audiobook
📱 - eBook
I saw the headphone emoji's on Chelle's thread and loved it - which gave me the idea...! Thanks, Chelle!

5rretzler
Edited: Aug 13, 8:38am Top

Group Reads



Group Reads


January

Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge - A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon to catch up
I may only read the Donna Leon books – I’ll see if I can fit the Camilla Lackberg in

February

Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series - Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge - Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon

Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson's) 'Wheel of Time' series - The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

March
David Copperfield - David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

April

Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge - Friends in High Places by Donna Leon

Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson's) 'Wheel of Time' series - The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

May

Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series - The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

June

Exploring the worlds of James H. Schmitz - The Demon Breed by James Schmitz

Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge - Sea of Troubles by Donna Leon

Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson's) 'Wheel of Time' series - The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

August

Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge - Willful Behavior by Donna Leon

Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series - Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

October

Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge - Uniform Justice by Donna Leon

November

Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series - Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

December

Lackberg and Leon: A Scandicrime vs Venetian Mystery Challenge - Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon

6rretzler
Edited: Aug 13, 9:40am Top

Challenges



I plan only to loosely follow the challenges - if I read a book and it fits, I'll count it, but I am not going to plan my reading to complete a challenge. If I need a book to read, I'll consider something that fits the challenge. And YES, there are A LOT of challenges here, but the majority of them fit very nicely with the books I plan to read, and we'll just see where I get on the others. Fun for me, and gives me a little sense of accomplishment for basically doing nothing but what I would normally do. I've offloaded the details to my wiki pages - you can follow the links below or just see the summary here.

12:1 Reading Challenge




2019 12:1 Challenge Detail


20 Books of Summer




2019 20 Books of Summer Challenge Detail


Audiobook Challenge




2019 Audiobook Challenge Detail


Backlist Reader




2019 Backlist Reader Challenge Detail


Big Fat Books




2019 Big Fat Books


British Books Challenge




2019 British Book Challenge Detail


Chunkster Challenge




2019 Chunkster Challenge Detail


Classics I Have Not Read




2019 Classics Challenge Detail


Cloak and Dagger Challenge




2019 Cloak and Dagger Challenge Detail


Cult of the New




2019 Cult of the New Challenge Detail


European Reading




2019 European Challenge Detail


Finishing the Series




2019 Finishing the Series Challenge Detail


For the Love of Ebooks




2019 For the Love of Ebooks Challenge Detail


High Fantasy




2019 High Fantasy Challenge Detail


Historical Fiction




2019 Historical Fiction Challenge Detail


I Just HAVE to Read More of that Author




2019 I Just HAVE toChallenge Detail


Just the Facts, Ma’am Vintage Mystery Challenge




2019 Just the Facts Challenge Detail


Library Love




2019 Library Love Challenge Detail


Listomania




2019 Listomania Challenge Detail


Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge




2019 Mrs Darcy Challenge Details


NetGalley Review Challenge




2019 NetGalley Challenge Detail


New Release Challenge




2019 New Release Challenge Detail


Newbery Challenge




2019 Newbery Challenge Detail


Pick and Mix




2019 Pick and Mix Challenge Detail


POPSUGAR Reading Challenge




2019 POPSUGAR Challenge Detail


Print Only




2019 Print Only Challenge Detail


Read the Sequel




2019 Read the Sequel Challenge Detail


Read Harder Challenge




2019 ReadHarder Challenge Detail


Reading Challenge Addict Challenge




2019 Reading Challenge Addict Challenge Detail


The Second Best




2019 Second Best Challenge Detail


Space Opera




2019 Space Opera Challenge Detail


Space Time




2019 Space Time Challenge Detail


Tackle My TBR




2019 Tackle My TBR Challenge Details


The Unloved




2019 Unloved Challenge Detail


Women of Genre Fiction




2019 Women of Genre Fiction Challenge Detail


World at War




2019 World at War Challenge Detail>


WWE Books Read This Year




2019 WWE Books Read Challenge Detail


You Read How Many Books?




2019 You Read How Many Books? Challenge Detail

7rretzler
Edited: Aug 15, 12:41pm Top

January to March Books Read



    January
  1. Death of a Millionaire by G D H Cole - 🕵️ 📖 review
  2. Dr Tenth: Christmas Surprise! by Adam Hargreaves - 🎴 📖 review
  3. White Teeth by Zadie Smith - 📙 🎧 review
  4. Dr Thirteenth by Adam Hargreaves - 🎴 📖 review
  5. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi - 🚀 🎧 review
  6. The Victim by PD James - 📙 📖 review
  7. The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi - 🚀 🎧 review
  8. A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon - 🕵️ 📱 review
  9. This Immortal by Roger Zelazny - 🚀 🎧 review
  10. The Blatchington Tangle by GDH Cole - 🕵️ 📖 review
  11. Number Eight: Smelly Man by Colin Cotterill - 🕵️ 📱 review
  12. Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath - 📙 📖 review
  13. The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb - 🧝 📱review
  14. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb - 🧝 📱 review
    February
  15. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - 🧝 📱 review
  16. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold - 🧝 📱 review
  17. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K Le Guin - 🚀 📱 review
  18. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths - 🕵️ 📱 review
  19. Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler - 🕵️ 📖 review
  20. The Umbrella Academy #0 by Gerard Way - 🧝 📱 review
  21. Early Riser by Jasper Fforde - 🧝📖
  22. The Lady Downstairs by Christopher Fowler - 🕵️ 📱
  23. Fatal Remedies by Jasper Fforde - 🕵️ 📱
  24. Death Spins the Wheel by George Bellairs - 🕵️ 📱
  25. The Vanishing Man by Charles Finch - 🕵️📱
  26. Babel-17 by Samuel R Delany - 🚀🎧
  27. The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists by Alexander McCall Smith - 🕵️📱
    March
  28. Number Nine: Maprao Syndrome by Colin Cotterill - 🕵️📱
  29. Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 🕵️📱
  30. Killing with Confetti by Peter Lovesey - 🕵️📱
  31. The Second Biggest Nothing by Colin Cotterill - 🕵️📱
  32. Crime in Lepers' Hollow by George Bellairs - 🕵️📱
  33. Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor - 🕵️📱
  34. The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear - 🕵️📱
  35. All Systems Red by Martha Wells - 🚀📱
  36. The Sirani Connection by Estelle Ryan - 🕵️📱
  37. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie - 🧝📱
  38. The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen - 📙📱
  39. The 8 Mansion Murders by Takemaru Abiko - 🕵️📱
  40. Mrs Jeffries Delivers the Goods by Emily Brightwell - 🕵️📱
  41. Passing Strange by Catherine Aird - 🕵️📱
  42. The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith - 🕵️📱
  43. Friends in High Places by Donna Leon - 🕵️📱





    Genre
    👦🏼 Children
    🧝 Fantasy
    📙 Fiction
    🏫 Middle grade
    🕵️ Mystery
    📰 Nonfiction
    🎴 Picture
    📜 Poetry
    🚀 SciFi
    👨🏻‍🎓 Young Adult

8rretzler
Edited: Aug 14, 12:00am Top

April to June Books Read



    April
  1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - 🧝📱 🎧
  2. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan - 🧝📱
  3. A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn - 🕵️📱
  4. The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie - 📙📱
  5. A Death in Chelsea by Lynn Brittney - 🕵️📖
  6. Bertie and the Tin Man by Peter Lovesey - 🕵️📖
  7. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor - 🚀📱
  8. The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler - 🕵️📖
  9. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths - 🕵️📱
  10. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - 📙🎧
  11. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves - 🕵️📱
  12. The Song Never Dies by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  13. A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie - 🕵️📱
  14. A Bad Lie by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  15. A Death in the Family by Neil Richards - 🕵️ 🎧
  16. Secret Santa by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  17. The Great Book of Ohio by Bill O'Neill - 📰📱
  18. Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry - 🕵️📱
    May
  19. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb - 🧝📱
  20. The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith - 🕵️📱
  21. Farthing by Jo Walton - 🚀📱
  22. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro - 📙📱
  23. The Stranger by Albert Camus - 📙📱
  24. Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles - 🕵️📖
  25. Sleep No More by PD James - 🕵️📱
  26. Before the Play by Stephen King - 🧝📱
  27. Number Ten: Tom Tom by Colin Cotterill - 🕵️📱
  28. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters - 🕵️📱
  29. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds - 👨🏻‍🎓🎧
  30. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - 🚀🎧
  31. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury - 🚀📱
  32. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - 🧝🎧
  33. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - 🕵️🎧
  34. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - 📙🎧
  35. Death on a Moonlit Night by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  36. Scared to Death by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  37. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Nick Offerman - 📙🎧
  38. Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic - 🕵️📱
    June
  39. A Murder of Quality by John le Carre - 🕵️📱
  40. The Demon Breed by James Schmitz - 🚀📱
  41. The Power by Naomi Alderman - 🚀📱
  42. A Sea of Troubles by Donna Leon - 🕵️📱
  43. The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin - 🚀📱
  44. Alien III by William Gibson - 🚀🎧
  45. A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  46. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch - 🕵️📱
  47. The Drowned Man by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  48. Transcription by Kate Atkinson - 📙🎧
  49. The Gentleman Vanishes by Neil Richards 🕵️🎧
  50. Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton - 🕵️📱
  51. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan - 🧝🎧
  52. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons - 🚀📱

10rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 1:15pm Top

October to December Books Read



    October

11rretzler
Apr 3, 12:51pm Top

11

12rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 1:15pm Top

Planned Reading





Planning my reading worked out pretty well last year, so I’ll give it a try again this year.

I've offloaded the list to my wikipage - so here it is:

Rretzler's Planned Reading

13rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 1:16pm Top

My Series



Here's a link to my series reading on my wiki page:

Robin's Series

14rretzler
Edited: Aug 15, 12:46pm Top

Prior Year Favorites by Genre



2018
Fantasy - God Stalk by PC Hodgell
Fiction - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Middle - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Mystery - The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
Nonfiction - Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Poetry - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
SciFi - Head On by John Scalzi
YA - When by Victoria Laurie



2017
Fiction - A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
Middle - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg
Mystery - The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
Nonfiction - The Complete Maus by Art Spiegleman
SciFi - Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold



2016
Fantasy - The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
Literary fiction - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Middle grade - The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Mystery - The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R King
Science Fiction - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Young Adult - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky



2015
Scifi - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Young Adult - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Middle - A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen
Nonfiction - Upside-Down Brilliance by Linda Kreger Silverman
Fiction - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Mystery - Rough Cider by Peter Lovesey
Fantasy - Queen Mab by Kate Danley
Picture - Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown



2014
Nonfiction - Coaching Outside the Box by Richard E Shaw
Middle - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Mystery - As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
SciFi - Divergent by Veronica Roth
Young Adult - Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Fantasy - The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - reread



2013
Mystery - The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Picture - Ruby Sings the Blues by Niki Daly - reread
Middle - Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
SciFi - I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Fiction - Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Fantasy - The Princess Bride by William Goldman - reread



2012
Mystery - The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King
SciFi - Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Fantasy - A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Middle - The Giver by Lois Lowry
Fiction - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Picture - Pete's a Pizza by William Steig - reread



2011
Fiction - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Middle - Tall and Proud by Vian Smith - reread
Young Adult - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Mystery - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
SciFi - A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
SciFi - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


15rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 1:17pm Top

Awards

I'm reading from several award lists. I've offloaded my progress lists to my wiki pages - you can follow the links for the details or see the summary below.

Hugo



Hugo Award Reading List




Nebula



Nebula Award Reading List




Newbery



Newbery Award Reading List




Great American Read



Great American Read List


16rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 1:18pm Top

A Book A Year



I loved this idea - so I am copying Paul, Roni, Karen, and possibly others. These books may not necessarily be my favorite book published that year but are books that I have rated highly, enjoyed, and likely reread, and have some meaning to me. I've tried not to add too many books by one author and have attempted to keep it representative of my overall library.

You can find my list at my wiki pages:

Robin's Book a Year

2018
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

17rretzler
Edited: Apr 3, 1:19pm Top

18foggidawn
Apr 3, 1:16pm Top

Happy new thread!

19rretzler
Apr 3, 1:19pm Top

>17 rretzler: Welcome, foggi, and thanks. Hope you have been well.

20drneutron
Apr 3, 2:02pm Top

Happy new thread!

21humouress
Apr 3, 2:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin!

22FAMeulstee
Apr 3, 3:46pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin!

The time-outs for touchstones are annoying, today seemed a bit better than yesterday. Sometimes it works when you remove the brackets of the first touchstone, and add it again when the others have loaded.

23quondame
Apr 3, 4:46pm Top

Happy new thread!

>22 FAMeulstee: I finally just gave up and used the html to create the link to my book. I'm still adding links to my list of year-favorite F&SF books.

24rretzler
Apr 3, 6:12pm Top

>20 drneutron: Hi, Jim, and thanks!

>21 humouress: Hi, Nina. Thanks!

>22 FAMeulstee: Hi, Anita. Thanks! They are today, aren't they? I think I'm giving up for today - I thought it might be my computer or my internet, but a reboot of both did not help, and now you've confirmed it. My trick is to add the book test - as in [test] which starts the whole process loading again, and sometimes, I cut and paste by sections if I'm trying to add a bunch at a time. None of that's working today!

>23 quondame: Hi, Susan. Thanks! I sometimes think that's the best way to go. I'm slowly doing that on all the stuff I've transferred over to my wiki page. Not quite as quick, but it certainly beats waiting for the touchstones to load!

25swynn
Apr 3, 6:49pm Top

Happy New thread Robin!

26PaulCranswick
Apr 3, 10:03pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin.

I do so look forward to your sudden bursts of activity in the group!

27ronincats
Apr 3, 10:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin! I hope you are feeling better. I deal with allergies as well, and they say this is a bad year for them!

28Berly
Apr 4, 12:01am Top

Happy new one!!

29scaifea
Apr 4, 6:42am Top

Hi, Robin! You're in the Dublin area, right? I saw this morning that you're getting a North Market! That's exciting!

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/04/03/done-deal-the-north-market-...

30figsfromthistle
Apr 4, 6:46am Top

Happy new thread!

31BLBera
Apr 4, 4:27pm Top

Happy new thread, Robin. This looks like it took a lot of work.

32rretzler
Apr 5, 2:30am Top

>25 swynn: Thanks, Steve. See you on Litsy!

>26 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. I hope soon to be here on a more consistent basis.

>27 ronincats: Thanks, Roni. After almost 3 days of thinking I was getting better, everything came back with a vengeance on Wednesday. Fortunately, I had an allergist appointment today - his official diagnosis: your sinuses are a mess, you're all clogged up, and your breathing is terrible! So more rounds of steroids, antibiotics, albuterol, Advair, nasal rinses, etc. I'm sure you know the drill! Hope you're fairing better than I am!

>28 Berly: Thanks, Kim. Cute pic!

>29 scaifea: Hi, Amber. We are indeed getting a North Market, and I am very excited. I love the North Market, but don't get downtown very often these days - visited a lot more when I worked downtown, and I do miss it. I'm not getting my hopes up much though - I'm not sure how the North Market will go over in Dublin. One of my favorite Columbus gourmet food stores, an Italian market called Carfagna's came to Dublin many years ago. I was very excited, but it didn't last very long. Coincidentally, it was in just about the same location that they are now building all the new development. Also, I was very excited for the Montgomery Inn, one of my favorite Cincinnati restaurants to come to Dublin - it did not last long either, and it was pretty much next door to all the new development, in a very accessible location. I think the Montgomery Inn had too much seating, which wasn't sustainable after the initial newness wore off, if they had downsized, it may have worked out better. So, we'll see. I will definitely be going there when it is finished!

>30 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita! Hope to go visiting after April 15 passes and these darned allergies!

>31 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. At this point, its all copy and paste, from the prior thread, which is copy and paste for the most part from last year. So it may look like a lot, but it really isn't!

33rretzler
Edited: May 1, 10:34am Top



  1. (44) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - 📱🎧
  2. (45) The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan - 📱
  3. (46) A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn - 📱
  4. (47) The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie - 📱
  5. (48) A Death in Chelsea by Lynn Brittney - 📖
  6. (49) Bertie and the Tin Man by Peter Lovesey - 📖
  7. (50) Binti by Nnedi Okorafor - 📱
  8. (51) The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler - 📖
  9. (52) The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths - 📱
  10. (53) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - 🎧
  11. (54) The Long Call by Ann Cleeves - 📱
  12. (55) The Song Never Dies by Neil Richards - 🎧
  13. (56) A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie - 📱
  14. (57) A Bad Lie by Neil Richards - 🎧
  15. (58) A Death in the Family by Neil Richards - 🎧
  16. (59) Secret Santa by Neil Richards - 🎧
  17. (60) The Great Book of Ohio by Bill O'Neill - 📱
  18. (61) Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry - 📱




    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    📱 - eBook

34rretzler
Edited: May 7, 6:13pm Top



  1. (150) One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence📱
  2. (151) The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A Goodman📱
  3. (152) Cold Is the Grave by Peter Robinson📱
  4. (153) Before the Frost by Henning Mankel📱
  5. (154) Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear📱 - previously read
  6. (155) An Election by John Scalzi📱
  7. (156) Ungifted by Gordon Korman🎧
  8. (157) Keep the Home Fires Burning by S Block📱
  9. (158) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett🎧
  10. (159) Noonday and Night by Gladys Mitchell 📱
  11. (160) Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee📱
  12. (161) Tom Brown's Body by Gladys Mitchell📱
  13. (162) Death and the Maiden by Gladys Mitchell📱
  14. (163) The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham📱
  15. (164) The God of the Hive by Laurie R King📱 - previously read
  16. (165) Garment of Shadows by Laurie R King📱 - previously read
  17. (166) Lock In by John Scalzi📱 - previously read
  18. (167) The Silk Stocking Murders by Anthony Berkeley📖
  19. (168) Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare📱
  20. (169) The Last Ringbearer by Kiril Yeskov📱
  21. (170) Tenant for Death by Cyril Hare📱
  22. (171) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie📖 -previously read - Keegan's summer reading
  23. (172) Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry📱
  24. (173) The Fortress by Jonathan Hillinger📱
  25. (174) The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein📱
  26. (175) The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem📱
  27. (176) The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson📱
  28. (177) Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi📱
  29. (178) Everything But the Squeal by John Scalzi📱
  30. (179) The B-Team by John Scalzi📱
  31. (180) Walk the Plank by John Scalzi📱
  32. (181) We Only Need the Heads by John Scalzi📱
  33. (182) A Voice in the Wilderness by John Scalzi📱
  34. (183) Tales from the Clarke by John Scalzi📱
  35. (184) The Back Channel by John Scalzi📱
  36. (185) The Dog King by John Scalzi📱
  37. (186) The Sound of Rebellion by John Scalzi📱
  38. (187) The Observers by John Scalzi📱
  39. (188) This Must Be the Place by John Scalzi📱
  40. (189) A Problem of Proportion by John Scalzi📱
  41. (190) The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads by John Scalzi📱
  42. (191) Earth Below, Sky Above by John Scalzi📱
  43. (192) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak📱 - previously read - Keegan's summer reading
  44. (193) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein📱 - previously read - Keegan's summer reading
  45. (194) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys📱
  46. (195) Murder at Swann's Lake by Sally Spencer📱
  47. (196) Eye for an Eye by T Frank Muir📱
  48. (197) Buried for Pleasure by Edmund Crispin📱
  49. (198) Dead or Alive by Patricia Wentworth📱
  50. (199) The Wychford Poisoning Case by Anthony Berkeley📖
  51. (200) Roger Sheringham and the Vane Mystery by Anthony Berkeley📖
  52. (201) Not to Be Taken by Anthony Berkeley📖
  53. (202) Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley📖
  54. (203) The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith📱
  55. (204) Walkaway by Cory Doctorow📱
  56. (205) The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia📱
  57. (206) An American Princess by Annejet Van der Zijl📱
  58. (207) All This I Will Give to You by Delores Redondo📱
  59. (208) The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Poetzsch📱 - previously read
  60. (209) About the Night by Anat Talshir📱
  61. (210) The Dark Heart by Joakim Palmkvist📱
  62. (211) Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro📱
  63. (212) The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis📱
  64. (213) This Life or the Next by Demian Vitanza📱
  65. (214) The Three Miss Allens by Victoria Purman📱
  66. (215) You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams by Alan Cumming🎧
  67. (216) To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf🎧
  68. (217) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein🎧
  69. (218) The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia🎧
  70. (219) An American Princess by Annejet Van der Zijl🎧
  71. (220) All This I Will Give to You by Delores Redondo🎧
  72. (221) The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Poetzsch🎧 - previously read
  73. (222) About the Night by Anat Talshir🎧
  74. (223) The Dark Heart by Joakim Palmkvist🎧
  75. (224) Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro🎧
  76. (225) The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos Aguinis🎧
  77. (226) This Life or the Next by Demian Vitanza🎧
  78. (227) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin📱
  79. (228) The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin📱
  80. (229) The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin📱
  81. (230) The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths📱
  82. (231) Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner📱
  83. (232) The Long Call by Ann Cleeves📱
  84. (233) A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie📱
  85. (234) Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor📱
  86. (235) Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor📱
  87. (236) In the Teeth of the Evidence by Dorothy L Sayers📱 - previously read
  88. (237) Swing by Kwame Alexander🎧
  89. (238) Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones🎧
  90. (239) The Great Book of Ohio by Bill O'Neill📱
  91. (240) Dead in the Water by Neil Richards📱




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35scaifea
Apr 5, 7:02am Top

>32 rretzler: Well, I think I'll likely be coming to your North Market once it opens, since driving downtown gives me all sorts of anxiety. So I'll do my part to help it stay open! Ha!

36Carmenere
Apr 5, 7:22am Top

Happy new thread, Robin!

37PaulCranswick
Apr 7, 12:46pm Top

Wishing you a lovely Sunday, Robin.

38karenmarie
Apr 17, 9:15am Top

Hi Robin, and happy new thread.

39rretzler
May 7, 3:56pm Top

>35 scaifea: Maybe the North Market can be a future meetup spot, Amber. It will be about 2 miles from my house.

>36 Carmenere: >37 PaulCranswick: >38 karenmarie: Thanks, Lynda, Paul, and Karen. Hope all is well with all of you.

I just don't seem to be able to find the time to get on LT - it seems like I've been so busy it's been a struggle to get on the computer to post. I guess the good news is that I'm reading but the bad news is that I'm not socializing. Hopefully, as soon as school is out I'll be less busy, but then we'll be starting college visits, so who knows!

40rretzler
Edited: May 9, 6:28pm Top




M (YTD) {PYTD}

By the numbers
📒Books read - 18 ( 61 ) { 21 }
📅Average days to read - 1.7 ( 2.0 ) { 1.4 }

🗐Pages read - 5,373 ( 16,575 ) { 5,108 }
📊Average pages per book - 299 ( 272 ) { 243 }
📊Average pages per day - 179 ( 138 ) { 170 }

📗Series read - 12 ( 36 ) { 15 }
📕Books in series read - 15 ( 48 ) { 15 }

⬆️Longest book read - The Great Hunt
🗐Pages - 658

⬇️Shortest book read - Binti
🗐Pages - 98

Type
🎁ARC - 3 ( 9 ) { 6 }
🏛️Borrowed - 0 ( 5 ) { 2 }
🛍️New - 15 ( 42 ) { 12 }
🔁Reread - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }
📚TBR - 0 ( 5 ) { 1 }

Medium
🎧Audio - 5 ( 10 ) { 2 }
🖥️ Ebook - 11 ( 41 ) { 17 }
📖Print - 2 ( 10 ) { 2 }

Genre
🧝Fantasy - 2 ( 9 ) { 2 }
📙Fiction - 2 ( 5 ) { 0 }
🏫 Middle Grade - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
🕵️Mystery - 12 ( 37 ) { 13 }
📰Nonfiction - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }
🎴Picture - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
🚀Science Fiction - 1 ( 7 ) { 5 }

Authors

Authors by book
👩🏼Female - 7 ( 26 ) { 12 }
👨🏼Male - 11 ( 35 ) { 9 }

Unique authors
👩🏻Female - 7 ( 22 ) { 12 }
👨🏻Male - 8 ( 22 ) { 6 }

✨ Authors read for the first time - 2 ( 7 ) { 2 }

Living or deceased - unique authors

👻Deceased - 2 ( 8 ) { 3 }
🚶Living - 13 ( 36 ) { 15 }

Nationality - unique authors

American - 5 ( 21 ) { 8 }
Canadian - 1 ( 1 ) { 2 }
English - 9 ( 19 ) { 7 }
Japanese - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Scottish - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
South African - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }

Awards

Coretta Scott King - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Hugo - 1 ( 4 ) { 0 }
Locus - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
Nebula - 1 ( 4 ) { 0 }
Newbery - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Scott O’Dell - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 )

Ratings

5.0 - 1 ( 2 ) { 5 }
4.5 - 3 ( 12 ) { 6 }
4.0 - 9 ( 28 ) { 6 }
3.5 - 3 ( 13 ) { 3 }
3.0 - 2 ( 6 ) { 1 }

📊 Average rating - 3.94 ( 3.93 ) { 4.26 }

Average rating of books read per LibraryThing - 4.10 ( 3.91 ) { 3.98 }
Average rating of books read per Goodreads - 4.16 ( 4.05 ) { 4.13 }
Average rating of books read per Amazon - 4.31 ( 4.43 ) { 4.42 }

Decade published

📅2010 - 14 ( 39 ) { 14 }
📅2000 - 0 ( 5 ) { 1 }
📅1990 - 2 ( 6 ) { 1 }
📅1980 - 1 ( 3 ) { 0 }
📅1970 - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
📅1960 - 0 ( 3 ) { 1 }
📅1950 - 0 ( 1 ) { 2 }
📅1940 - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }
📅1930 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
📅1920 - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
📅1850 - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }

Books added to library

🎁ARC - 3 ( 7 ) { 1 }
🛍️Purchase - New - 83 ( 225 ) { 60 }
🛍️Purchase - Used - 5 ( 8 ) { - }

📓Read (books purchased during year) - 17 ( 40 ) { - }

💲 Average cost per book - $4.29 ( $4.48 ) { $4.66 }

✨ New releases - 9 ( 32 ) { 8 }

💰 Full price - 31 ( 80 ) { 20 }

Favorite books of the month


Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Bertie and the Tin Man by Peter Lovesey
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

41rretzler
Edited: Jun 3, 7:26pm Top



  1. (62) Golden Fool by Robin Hobb - 🧝📱
  2. (63) The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith - 🕵️📱
  3. (64) Farthing by Jo Walton - 🚀📱
  4. (65) A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro - 📙📱
  5. (66) The Stranger by Albert Camus - 📙📱
  6. (67) Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles - 🕵️📖
  7. (68) Sleep No More by PD James - 🕵️📱
  8. (69) Before the Play by Stephen King - 🧝📱
  9. (70) Number Ten: Tom Tom by Colin Cotterill - 🕵️📱
  10. (71) A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters - 🕵️📱
  11. (72) Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds - 👨🏻‍🎓🎧
  12. (73) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - 🚀🎧
  13. (74) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury - 🚀📱
  14. (75) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - 🧝🎧
  15. (76) The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo - 🕵️🎧
  16. (77) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - 📙🎧
  17. (78) Death on a Moonlit Night by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  18. (79) Scared to Death by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  19. (80) More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Nick Offerman - 📙🎧
  20. (81) Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic - 🕵️📱




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42rretzler
Edited: Jun 3, 7:25pm Top



  1. (241) Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause📱
  2. (242) More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Nick Offerman🎧
  3. (243) The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon🎧
  4. (244) Othello by William Shakespeare🎧
  5. (245) You by Charles Benoit🎧
  6. (246) Escape to Other Worlds With Science Fiction by Jo Walton📱
  7. (247) Star Wars: Ahsoka by EK Johnston📱
  8. (248) A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths📱
  9. (249) The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths📱
  10. (250) The Unquiet Grave by David J Oldman📱
  11. (251) The Great Book of Texas by Bill O'Neill📱
  12. (252) The Great Book of New York by Bill O'Neill📱
  13. (253) The Great Book of California by Bill O'Neill📱
  14. (254) Rolling Stone by Patricia Wentworth📱
  15. (255) The Blind Side by Patricia Wentworth📱
  16. (256) Who Pays the Piper? by Patricia Wentworth📱
  17. (257) The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee🎧
  18. (258) Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa🎧
  19. (259) The Piccadilly Murder by Anthony Berkeley📖
  20. (260) Before the Play by Stephen King📱
  21. (261) Serpents in Eden by Martin Edwards📱
  22. (262) Twelve Doctors of Christmas by Various 📱
  23. (263) Number Ten: Tom Tom by Colin Cotterill📱
  24. (264) Shadow Magic by Patricia C Wrede📱
  25. (265) Daughter of Witches by Patricia C Wrede📱
  26. (266) The Harp of Imach Thyssel by Patricia C Wrede📱
  27. (267) Caught in Crystal by Patricia C Wrede📱
  28. (268) The Raven Ring by Patricia C Wrede📱
  29. (269) Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber📱
  30. (270) Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber📱
  31. (271) Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber📱
  32. (272) Playing God by Sarah Zettel📱
  33. (273) Reclamation by Sarah Zettel📱
  34. (274) The Quiet Invasion by Sarah Zettel📱
  35. (275) Fool's War by Sarah Zettel📱
  36. (276) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz📱
  37. (277) Spill by Leigh Fondakowski🎧
  38. (278) Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle🎧
  39. (279) A Knife for Harry Dodd by George Bellairs📱
  40. (280) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (from April)🎧
  41. (281) Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg (from April)🎧
  42. (282) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers🎧
  43. (283) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey🎧
  44. (284) The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston🎧
  45. (285) A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielson🎧
  46. (286) Tear Down This Wall by Romesh Ratnesar🎧
  47. (287) The Demon Breed by James Schmitz📖
  48. (288) Murder in Print by Melvyn Barnes📖
  49. (289) Detective Fiction: The Collector's Guide by John Cooper📖
  50. (290) Detective Fiction: The Collector's Guide Second Edition by John Cooper📖
  51. (291) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James📱
  52. (292) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon📱
  53. (293) We the Living by Ayn Rand (for Beckham)📖
  54. (294) Anthem by Ayn Rand (for Keegan)📖
  55. (295) A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards🎧
  56. (296) The Body in the Woods by Neil Richards🎧
  57. (297) The Drowned Man by Neil Richards🎧
  58. (298) The Gentleman Vanishes by Neil Richards🎧
  59. (299) Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold📱
  60. (300) Legacy by Lois McMaster Bujold📱
  61. (301) Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold📱
  62. (302) Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold📱
  63. (303) Anthem by Ayn Rand (for Keegan)🎧




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43PaulCranswick
May 7, 7:20pm Top

Nice to see you back posting, Robin

44rretzler
May 8, 4:00pm Top

>43 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. Let's hope I can get through the next few weeks and be back a little more.

45BLBera
May 11, 10:02am Top

Your May is starting strong, Robin! I have been struggling to finish a book.

46rretzler
May 13, 11:38am Top

>44 rretzler: Thanks, Beth. That was April for me! It took me about 2 weeks to finish 2 books, and then somehow I finished another 16 in the last 2 weeks. Of course, some of those 16, like David Copperfield, I was mostly finished. So hang in there - maybe start a new book and put the others on hold. That's what I ended up doing and it helped.

47humouress
May 14, 1:40am Top

>46 rretzler: Ah; I may take your advice.

48Berly
May 15, 2:06am Top

Congrats on killing it the first half of May--whoo!!! Patience does pay off. : )

49ronincats
May 15, 10:16pm Top

I haven't hosted a series or an author for a while. I'd like to do so this summer, during a month when the most interested folk have the time to do at least the targeted book, which is only 200 pp. long. I'd like to expose as many people as possible to the works of James H. Schmitz, a science fiction author who wrote from the late '40s through the 1970s. He is best known for The Witches of Karres, but imho has written much better works. Here is my bookshelf.


Many of his works, especially his shorter ones, were very hard to find for quite a while, but in 2000 and 2001, Baen published almost all of his oeuvre in a collection of 6 books, seen to the right of the shelf above. The book I would like to feature is Demon Breed, also found in the Baen collection The Hub: Dangerous Territory. Schmitz is known for his kick-ass female protagonists long before they became the current ubiquitous status quo in his stories about Telzey Amberdon, Trigger Argee, and the hero of Demon Breed, Nile Etland.

See my thread for more info if interested!

50ChelleBearss
May 18, 11:36am Top

Happy new-ish thread!

51rretzler
May 24, 2:29pm Top

>47 humouress: Hi, Nina. Sometimes I have a bunch of books going on at once - and sometimes it may take me years to finish, even if I like a book, but may not be in the mood!

>48 Berly: Thanks, Kim. I slowed a little in the second half, but it will still be a very good month overall, I think!

>49 ronincats: Roni, I'm in! Visited your thread to let you know and will await further info.

>50 ChelleBearss: Hi, Chelle. Thanks! I'm not around very much so it's still pretty new.

52rretzler
May 24, 2:33pm Top

Reached the 75 book goal the day before yesterday. I've hit 75 in May the last three years in a row, about a week before the end of the month each time, so I guess I must be back on track somewhat!

53FAMeulstee
May 24, 3:04pm Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Robin!

54drneutron
May 24, 7:00pm Top

Congrats!

55ronincats
May 24, 8:14pm Top

Missed that you had blown past the 75 book mark (Woo hoo!) and glad you are joining us for the Schmitz read!!

56humouress
May 25, 11:17am Top

Congratulations on your 75!

57thornton37814
May 25, 4:01pm Top

>52 rretzler: Congratulations!

58Berly
May 26, 3:31pm Top

Back on track--hitting 75 ALREADY!! Nice. : )

59rretzler
May 27, 11:20pm Top

>53 FAMeulstee: >54 drneutron: >55 ronincats: >56 humouress: >57 thornton37814: >58 Berly: Thanks so much Anita, Jim, Roni, Nina, Lori, and Kim. Waaaay behind on reviews and catching up, but doing a great job of reading! LOL!

60BLBera
Jun 3, 9:43am Top

Congratulations on reaching 75, Robin - your slump doesn't seem to have slowed you at all.

61rretzler
Jun 3, 6:47pm Top

>60 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. I think I picked back up in May after a really slow start the first week!

62rretzler
Edited: Jun 18, 10:37am Top




M (YTD) {PYTD}

By the numbers
📒Books read - 20 ( 81 ) { 79 }
📅Average days to read - 1.6 ( 1.9 ) { 1.9 }

🗐Pages read - 5,041 ( 21,616 ) { 22,026 }
📊Average pages per book - 252 ( 267 ) { 279 }
📊Average pages per day - 163 ( 143 ) { 146 }

🎧Total listening - 52:46 ( 148:56 ) { ? }

📗Series read - 11 ( 43 ) { 32 }
📕Books in series read - 12 ( 60 ) { 46 }

⬆️Longest book read - Golden Fool
🗐Pages - 736

⬇️Shortest book read - Number Ten : Tom Tom
🗐Pages - 34

Type
🎁ARC - 0 ( 9 ) { 21 }
🏛️Borrowed - 3 ( 8 ) { 13 }
🛍️New - 8 ( 50 ) { 37 }
🔁Reread - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
📚TBR - 9 ( 14 ) { 6 }

Medium
🎧Audio - 8 ( 18 ) { 9 }
🖥️ Ebook - 11 ( 52 ) { 65 }
📖Print - 1 ( 11 ) { 5 }

Genre
🧝Fantasy - 3 ( 12 ) { 7 }
📙Fiction - 4 ( 9 ) { 9 }
🏫 Middle Grade - 0 ( 0 ) { 3 }
🕵️Mystery - 9 ( 46 ) { 42 }
📰Nonfiction - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
🎴Picture - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
📜Poetry - 0 ( 0 ) { 3 }
🚀Science Fiction - 3 ( 10 ) { 14 }
👨🏻‍🎓YA - 1 ( 1 ) { 1 }

Authors

Authors by book
👩🏼Female - 4 ( 30 ) { 44 }
👨🏼Male - 16 ( 51 ) { 35 }
Non-binary/unknown - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }

Unique authors
👩🏻Female - 4 ( 24 ) { 35 }
👨🏻Male - 15 ( 33 ) { 26 }
Non-binary/unknown - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }

✨ Authors read for the first time - 8 ( 15 ) { 23 }

Living or deceased - unique authors

👻Deceased - 7 ( 14 ) { 18 }
🚶Living - 12 ( 43 ) { 43 }

Nationality - unique authors

American - 7 ( 27 ) { 31 }
Canadian - 1 ( 1 ) { 2 }
Chinese - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
English - 5 ( 22 ) { 23 }
French - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Irish - 1 ( 0 ) { 0 }
Japanese - 1 ( 2 ) { 0 }
Norwegian - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Scottish - 1 ( 1 ) { 1 }
South African - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
Welsh - 1 ( 1 ) { 1 }

Awards

Hugo - 0 ( 4 ) { 2 }
Nebula - 0 ( 4 ) { 2 }
Newbery - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }

Ratings

5.0 - 1 ( 3 ) { 9 }
4.5 - 4 ( 16 ) { 13 }
4.0 - 9 ( 37 ) { 38 }
3.5 - 3 ( 16 ) { 13 }
3.0 - 2 ( 8 ) { 5 }
2.5 - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }
2.0 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
1.5 - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }
1.0 - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }

📊 Average rating - 3.90 ( 3.92 ) { 4.03 }

Average rating of books read per LibraryThing - 3.87 ( 3.90 ) { 3.86 }
Average rating of books read per Goodreads - 3.88 ( 4.00 ) { 4.01 }
Average rating of books read per Amazon - 4.22 ( 4.38 ) { 4.33 }

Decade published

📅2010 - 7 ( 46 ) { 42 }
📅2000 - 5 ( 10 ) { 5 }
📅1990 - 0 ( 6 ) { 6 }
📅1980 - 2 ( 5 ) { 1 }
📅1970 - 1 ( 2 ) { 4 }
📅1960 - 1 ( 4 ) { 2 }
📅1950 - 1 ( 2 ) { 4 }
📅1940 - 1 ( 1 ) { 4 }
📅1930 - 1 ( 1 ) { 5 }
📅1920 - 0 ( 2 ) { 1 }
📅1890 - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }
📅1850 - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
📅1830 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
📅1810 - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
📅1790 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }

Books added to library

🎁ARC - 1 ( 2 ) { 22 }
🛍️Purchase - New - 55 ( 282 ) { 258 }
🛍️Purchase - Used - 5 ( 13 ) { ? }
➕Total added - 61 ( 303 ) { 280 }

📓Read (books purchased during year) - 8 ( 49 ) { ? }

💲 Average cost per book - $3.28 ( $4.24 ) { $3.58 }

✨ New releases - 7 ( 39 ) { 20 }

💰 Full price - 15 ( 95 ) { 44 }

🆓 Free - 19 ( 71 ) { 54 }

Favorite books of the month



Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles (Anthony Berkeley)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

63rretzler
Edited: Jul 1, 6:14pm Top



  1. (82) A Murder of Quality by John le Carre - 🕵️📱
  2. (83) The Demon Breed by James Schmitz - 🚀📱
  3. (84) The Power by Naomi Alderman - 🚀📱
  4. (85) A Sea of Troubles by Donna Leon - 🕵️🎧
  5. (86) The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin - 🚀🎧
  6. (87) Alien III by William Gibson - 🚀🎧
  7. (88) A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  8. (89) Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch - 🕵️📱
  9. (90) The Drowned Man by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  10. (91) Transcription by Kate Atkinson - 📙🎧
  11. (92) The Gentleman Vanishes by Neil Richards - 🕵️🎧
  12. (93) Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton - 🕵️📱
  13. (94) The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan - 🧝🎧
  14. (95) The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons - 🚀📱




    Medium
    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    📱 - eBook

    Genre
    👦🏼 Children
    🧝 Fantasy
    📙 Fiction
    🏫 Middle grade
    🕵️ Mystery
    📰 Nonfiction
    🎴 Picture
    📜 Poetry
    🚀 SciFi
    👨🏻‍🎓 Young Adult

64rretzler
Edited: Aug 8, 12:09am Top



  1. (304) Along the Broken Bay by Flora J Solomon📱
  2. (305) The Hub: Dangerous Territory by James H Schmitz📱
  3. (306) Miss Seeton Draws the Line by Heron Carvic📱
  4. (307) Friday by Robert Heinlein📱
  5. (308) A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena🎧
  6. (309) An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen🎧
  7. (310) Alien III by William Gibson🎧
  8. (311) Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper🎧
  9. (312) Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein📱
  10. (313) The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley📱
  11. (314) The Hive by Orson Scott Card📱
  12. (315) The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin📱
  13. (316) The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky🎧
  14. (317) Gulp by Mary Roach🎧
  15. (318) Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold📱
  16. (319) The History of the Hobbit by John D Rateliff📱
  17. (320) The Book of Lost Tales, Part I by Christopher Tolkien📖
  18. (321) The Book of Lost Tales, Part II by Christopher Tolkien📖
  19. (322) The Lays of Beleriand by Christopher Tolkien📖
  20. (323) The Shaping of Middle-Earth by Christopher Tolkien📖
  21. (324) Morgoth's Ring by Christopher Tolkien📖
  22. (325) The War of the Jewels by Christopher Tolkien📖
  23. (326) Peoples of Middle-Earth by Christopher Tolkien📖
  24. (327) The History of Middle-Earth Index by Christopher Tolkien📖
  25. (328) The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey📱
  26. (329) The War of the Ring by Christopher Tolkien📖
  27. (330) The Treason of Isengard by Christopher Tolkien📖
  28. (331) Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton📱
  29. (332) Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz📖
  30. (333) The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan🎧
  31. (334) Hyperion by Dan Simmons 🎧
  32. (335) The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons 🎧
  33. (336) Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon 🎧
  34. (337) Astray by Emma Donoghue 🎧
  35. (338) The Lost Road and Other Writings by Christopher Tolkien 📖
  36. (339) Sauron Defeated by Christopher Tolkien 📖
  37. (340) The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown and Other Stories by Peter Lovesey
  38. (341) Inspector Hobbes and the Blood by Wilkie Martin
  39. (342) Inspector Hobbes and the Curse by Wilkie Martin
  40. (343) Inspector Hobbes and the Gold Diggers by Wilkie Martin
  41. (344) The Human Division by John Scalzi
  42. (345) The End of All Things by John Scalzi
  43. (346) The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
  44. (347) The Return of the Shadow by Christopher Tolkien
  45. (348) Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
  46. (349) Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  47. (350) Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer
  48. (351) More Work for the Undertaker by Margery Allingham




    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    📱 - eBook

65karenmarie
Jun 11, 8:46am Top

Congrats on 75, Robin!

66rretzler
Jun 11, 11:11am Top

>65 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen

67humouress
Jul 16, 12:32am Top

Just *hi!*

68rretzler
Jul 22, 3:42pm Top

>67 humouress: Hi, Nina!

69ronincats
Jul 22, 9:34pm Top

You've probably passed 100 books by now!

70rretzler
Jul 25, 10:43pm Top

>69 ronincats: Hi, Roni. Yes, just got back from last week's vacation and haven't managed to get updated from the before preparation and the after unpacking - which I'm ashamed to say is still happening. We move very slowly when it comes to putting things away around here!

71rretzler
Jul 26, 12:24am Top




M (YTD) {PYTD}

By the numbers
📒Books read - 14 ( 95 ) { 85 }
📅Average days to read - 2.1 ( 1.9 ) { 2.1 }

🗐Pages read - 4,004 ( 25,620 ) { 22,794 }
📊Average pages per book - 286 ( 270 ) { 268 }
📊Average pages per day - 133 ( 142 ) { 126 }

🎧Audio length - 102:13 ( 251:09 ) { ? }

📗Series read - 9 ( 49 ) { 40 }
📕Books in series read - 11 ( 71 ) { 54 }

⬆️Longest book read - The Dragon Reborn
🗐Pages - 673

⬇️Shortest book read - Alien III
🗐Pages - 75

Type
🎁ARC - 4 ( 9 ) { 22 }
🏛️Borrowed - 8 ( 12 ) { 13 }
🛍️New - 0 ( 58 ) { 37 }
🔁Reread - 2 ( 2 ) { 3 }
📚TBR - 0 ( 14 ) { 10 }

Medium
🎧Audio - 9 ( 27 ) { 10 }
🖥️ Ebook - 5 ( 57 ) { 69 }
📖Print - 0 ( 11 ) { 6 }

Genre
🧝Fantasy - 1 ( 13 ) { 7 }
📙Fiction - 1 ( 10 ) { 9 }
🏫 Middle Grade - 0 ( 0 ) { 4 }
🕵️Mystery - 7 ( 53 ) { 43 }
📰Nonfiction - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
🎴Picture - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
📜Poetry - 0 ( 0 ) { 3 }
🚀Science Fiction - 5 ( 15 ) { 17 }
👨🏻‍🎓YA - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }

Authors

Authors by book
👩🏼Female - 5 ( 35 ) { 48 }
👨🏼Male - 9 ( 60 ) { 37 }

Unique authors
👩🏻Female - 5 ( 27 ) { 37 }
👨🏻Male - 7 ( 39 ) { 28 }

✨ Authors read for the first time - 3 ( 18 ) { 25 }

Living or deceased - unique authors

👻Deceased - 3 ( 15 ) { 19 }
🚶Living - 9 ( 51 ) { 46 }

Nationality - unique authors

American - 7 ( 31 ) { 34 }
Australian - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Canadian - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
Chinese - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
English - 5 ( 27 ) { 23 }
French - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Irish - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Japanese - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
Norwegian - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Polish - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Scottish - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
South African - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
Welsh - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }

Awards

Campbell - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Coretta Scott King - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Edgar - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
Hugo - 1 ( 5 ) { 2 }
Locus - 2 ( 4 ) { 1 }
Nebula - 1 ( 5 ) { 2 }
Newbery - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
Pulitzer - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Scott O’Dell - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 )

Ratings

5.0 - 0 ( 3 ) { 9 }
4.5 - 0 ( 16 ) { 15 }
4.0 - 5 ( 42 ) { 41 }
3.5 - 8 ( 24 ) { 14 }
3.0 - 0 ( 8 ) { 5 }
2.5 - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
2.0 - 1 ( 1 ) { 1 }
1.5 - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }
1.0 - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }

📊 Average rating - 3.57 ( 3.87 ) { 4.03 }

Average rating of books read per LibraryThing - 3.91 ( 3.90 ) { 3.87 }
Average rating of books read per Goodreads - 4.00 ( 4.00 ) { 4.01 }
Average rating of books read per Amazon - 4.34 ( 4.37 ) { 4.33 }

Decade published

📅2010 - 8 ( 54 ) { 44 }
📅2000 - 1 ( 11 ) { 7 }
📅1990 - 2 ( 8 ) { 7 }
📅1980 - 0 ( 5 ) { 1 }
📅1970 - 1 ( 3 ) { 4 }
📅1960 - 2 ( 6 ) { 3 }
📅1950 - 0 ( 2 ) { 4 }
📅1940 - 0 ( 1 ) { 4 }
📅1930 - 0 ( 1 ) { 5 }
📅1920 - 0 ( 2 ) { 1 }
📅1890 - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
📅1850 - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
📅1830 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
📅1810 - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
📅1790 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }

Books added to library

🎁ARC - 0 ( 8 ) { 23 }
🛍️Purchase - New - 50 ( 332 ) { 343 }
🛍️Purchase - Used - 0 ( 13 ) { ? }

📓Read (books purchased during year) - 11 ( 60 ) { ? }

💲 Average cost per book - $7.97 ( $4.77 ) { $3.17 }

✨ New releases - 7 ( 46 ) { 20 }

💰 Full price - 29 ( 124 ) { 48 }

💰 Free - 13 ( 84 ) { ? }

Favorite books of the month



The Fall of Hyperion

72rretzler
Edited: Aug 15, 12:43pm Top



  1. (96) Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg - 📰🎧
  2. (97) Miniatures by John Scalzi - 🚀🎧
  3. (98) A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy by Ann Cleeves - 🕵️📱
  4. (99) The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - 👦🏼🎧
  5. (100) David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall by David Sedaris - 📙🎧
  6. (101) Calypso by David Sedaris - 📰🎧
  7. (102) The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - 📙📱
  8. (103) The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey - 🚀📱
  9. (104) Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris - 📙🎧
  10. (105) Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham - 🕵️📱
  11. (106) Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowtiz - 🕵️📱
  12. (107) Knock, Murderer, Knock! by Harriet Rutland - 🕵️📱
  13. (108) Caesar's Wife's Elephant by Margery Allingham - 🕵️📱




    Medium
    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    📱 - eBook

    Genre
    👦🏼 Children
    🧝 Fantasy
    📙 Fiction
    🏫 Middle grade
    🕵️ Mystery
    📰 Nonfiction
    🎴 Picture
    📜 Poetry
    🚀 SciFi
    👨🏻‍🎓 Young Adult

73rretzler
Edited: Aug 8, 6:01pm Top



  1. (352) A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean📱
  2. (353) Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn📱
  3. (354) The Wimsey Papers by Dorothy L Sayers📱
  4. (355) All the Tears in China by Sulari Gentill📖
  5. (356) A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill📖
  6. (357) Give the Devil His Due by Sulari Gentill📖
  7. (358) A Murder Unmentioned by Sulari Gentill📖
  8. (359) Surfeit of Suspects by George Bellairs📱
  9. (360) The World War I Trivia Book by Bill O'Neill📱
  10. (361) Death in Room Five by George Bellairs📖
  11. (362) The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien📖 - for Beckham
  12. (363) Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkien📖 - for Beckham
  13. (364) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson🎧
  14. (365) The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde🎧
  15. (366) Beren and Luthien by JRR Tolkien📖
  16. (367) The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien📖
  17. (368) Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson📖
  18. (369) A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill📖
  19. (370) A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill📖
  20. (371) Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill📖
  21. (372) Gentlemen Formerly Dressed by Sulari Gentill📖
  22. (373) Killing With Confetti by Peter Lovesey📱
  23. (374) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris🎧
  24. (375) Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris🎧
  25. (376) Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris🎧
  26. (377) A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod🎧
  27. (378) Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick🎧
  28. (379) A Case of Suicide in St. James's by Clara Benson📱
  29. (380) Becoming Kareem by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar🎧
  30. (381) Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman🎧
  31. (382) The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers🎧
  32. (383) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold🎧
  33. (384) The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien📖 - for Beckham
  34. (385) The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien📖 - for Beckham
  35. (386) The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien📖 - for Beckham
  36. (387) The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien📖 - for Beckham
  37. (388) Fated for Felony by Victoria Laurie📱
  38. (389) The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold📱
  39. (390) Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson🎧
  40. (391) Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor🎧
  41. (392) All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater🎧
  42. (393) Bleeding Hooks by Harriet Rutland📱
  43. (394) Blue Murder by Harriet Rutland📱
  44. (395) Past Reason Hated by Peter Robinson📱
  45. (396) A Shot in the Dark by Matthew Costello📱




    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    📱 - eBook

74humouress
Aug 4, 10:54am Top

(Still lurking)

75PaulCranswick
Aug 5, 8:55pm Top

Thanks for the liberal dose of stats, Robin!

76ronincats
Aug 5, 9:19pm Top

It doesn't look like you go very slowly at acquiring books!!

77rretzler
Edited: Aug 6, 6:12pm Top

>74 humouress: Hi, Nina. Glad you are still visiting! Lurk away - perhaps I may slow down enough to actually get back on here and post! The next several weeks are going to be filled with lots of back to school activities!

>75 PaulCranswick: LOL, Paul! I'm even falling behind on that! Glad you're still visiting!

>76 ronincats: Hi, Roni. Glad you're still visiting! I guess I'm just trying to ensure that I'll have enough books to read for the rest of my life (LOL!), although I think I've gone beyond that now!

78Berly
Aug 6, 6:21pm Top

Hi Robin! Good luck with back-to-school activities. You do have the most complete stats--love your genre and medium icons. Carry on and happy reading!

79rretzler
Aug 6, 11:18pm Top

>78 Berly: Hi, Kim. Glad you're still visiting as well! Aren't those icons cute? I have a feeling that they may be causing my time out issues, though.

80Berly
Aug 6, 11:19pm Top

Hmmmm....maybe more posts with less content in each one to avoid the time-outs?

81BLBera
Aug 7, 12:05pm Top

>71 rretzler: Impressive stats, Robin.

Yes, good luck with back-to-school tasks.

82rretzler
Aug 7, 11:45pm Top

>80 Berly: Yes, I think that's probably the case. I used to be able to get the quarterly reading to work, eventually, but don't seem to be able to with the addition of the emojis. Next thread, I'll tinker a bit, if I ever get there!

>81 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. And glad you're still visiting, too.

83rretzler
Aug 8, 5:44pm Top




M (YTD) {PYTD}

By the numbers
📒Books read - 13 ( 108 ) { 91 }
📅Average days to read - 2.4 ( 2.0 ) { 2.3 }

🗐Pages read - 3,341 ( 28,961 ) { 24,765 }
📊Average pages per book - 257 ( 268 ) { 272 }
📊Average pages per day - 108 ( 137 ) { 117 }

🎧Audio length (hr:mi) - 26:03 ( 277:12 ) { ? }

📗Series read - 4 ( 53 ) { 42 }
📕Books in series read - 5 ( 76 ) { 60 }

⬆️Longest book read - The Alice Network
🗐Pages - 510

⬇️Shortest book read - Caesar’s Wife’s Elephant
🗐Pages - 28

Type
🎁ARC - 0 ( 9 ) { 22 }
🏛️Borrowed - 1 ( 13 ) { 14 }
🛍️New - 5 ( 63 ) { 40 }
🔁Reread - 0 ( 2 ) { 3 }
📚TBR - 7 ( 21 ) { 12 }

Medium
🎧Audio - 6 ( 33 ) { 10 }
🖥️ Ebook - 7 ( 64 ) { 75 }
📖Print - 0 ( 11 ) { 6 }

Genre
👦🏼Children - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }
🧝Fantasy - 0 ( 13 ) { 8 }
📙Fiction - 3 ( 13 ) { 10 }
🏫 Middle Grade - 0 ( 0 ) { 4 }
🕵️Mystery - 5 ( 58 ) { 45 }
📰Nonfiction - 2 ( 3 ) { 1 }
🎴Picture - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
📜Poetry - 0 ( 0 ) { 3 }
🚀Science Fiction - 2 ( 17 ) { 19 }
👨🏻‍🎓YA - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }

Authors

Authors by book
👩🏼Female - 5 ( 40 ) { 52 }
👨🏼Male - 8 ( 68 ) { 39 }

Unique authors
👩🏻Female - 4 ( 30 ) { 37 }
👨🏻Male - 6 ( 44 ) { 29 }

✨ Authors read for the first time - 5 ( 23 ) { 26 }

Living or deceased - unique authors

👻Deceased - 3 ( 18 ) { 21 }
🚶Living - 7 ( 56 ) { 45 }

Nationality - unique authors

American - 3 ( 33 ) { 34 }
Australian - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Canadian - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
Chinese - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
English - 6 ( 32 ) { 24 }
French - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Irish - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Japanese - 0 ( 2 ) { 0 }
Norwegian - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
Polish - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Scottish - 1 ( 2 ) { 1 }
South African - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
Welsh - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }

Awards

Campbell - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Edgar - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
Hugo - 0 ( 5 ) { 2 }
Locus - 0 ( 4 ) { 1 }
Nebula - 0 ( 5 ) { 2 }
Newbery - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
Pulitzer - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
Scott O’Dell - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 )

Ratings

5.0 - 0 ( 3 ) { 9 }
4.5 - 4 ( 20 ) { 19 }
4.0 - 7 ( 49 ) { 42 }
3.5 - 1 ( 24 ) { 14 }
3.0 - 0 ( 9 ) { 6 }
2.5 - 1 ( 2 ) { 0 }
2.0 - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }

📊 Average rating - 4.00 ( 3.88 ) { 4.04 }

Average rating of books read per LibraryThing - 3.87 ( 3.90 ) { 3.86 }
Average rating of books read per Goodreads - 3.99 ( 4.00 ) { 4.01 }
Average rating of books read per Amazon - 4.31 ( 4.36 ) { 4.34 }

Decade published

📅2010 - 7 ( 61 ) { 47 }
📅2000 - 1 ( 12 ) { 7 }
📅1990 - 2 ( 10 ) { 9 }
📅1980 - 0 ( 5 ) { 1 }
📅1970 - 0 ( 3 ) { 4 }
📅1960 - 0 ( 6 ) { 3 }
📅1950 - 0 ( 2 ) { 5 }
📅1940 - 0 ( 1 ) { 4 }
📅1930 - 2 ( 3 ) { 5 }
📅1920 - 0 ( 2 ) { 1 }
📅1910 - 0 ( 0 ) { 0 }
📅1900 - 1 ( 1 ) { 0 }
📅1890 - 0 ( 1 ) { 1 }
📅1850 - 0 ( 1 ) { 0 }
📅1830 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }
📅1810 - 0 ( 0 ) { 2 }
📅1790 - 0 ( 0 ) { 1 }

Books added to library

🎁ARC - 0 ( 8 ) { 25 }
🛍️Purchase - New - 44 ( 378 ) { 378 }
🛍️Purchase - Used - 1 ( 14 ) { ? }

📓Read (books purchased during year) - 8 ( 69 ) { ? }

💲 Average cost per book - $8.82 ( $5.20 ) { $3.16 }

✨ New releases - 9 ( 55 ) { 28 }

💰 Full price - 24 ( 148 ) { 56 }

💰 Free - 14 ( 98 ) { ? }

Favorite books of the month



The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall by David Sedaris
Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

84rretzler
Edited: Aug 15, 12:31pm Top



  1. (109) Past Reason Hated by Peter Robinson - 📱🕵️
  2. (110) Greenglass House by Kate Milford - 📖🏫
  3. (111) Willful Behavior by Donna Leon - 📱🕵️
  4. (112) Number Eleven: Whale Vomit by Colin Cotterill - 📱🕵️
  5. (113) A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch - 📱🕵️




    Medium
    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    📱 - eBook

    Genre
    👦🏼 Children
    🧝 Fantasy
    📙 Fiction
    🏫 Middle grade
    🕵️ Mystery
    📰 Nonfiction
    🎴 Picture
    📜 Poetry
    🚀 SciFi
    👨🏻‍🎓 Young Adult

85rretzler
Edited: Aug 15, 12:52pm Top



  1. (397) Treasure Island by Robert Lois Stevenson🎧📙
  2. (398) Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic by Nick Carr🎧📙
  3. (399) The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein📱🚀
  4. (400) Inheritance Tracks by Catherine Aird📱🕵️
  5. (401) The Rabbit Girls by Anna Ellory📱📙
  6. (402) Moby Dick by Herman Melville📱📙
  7. (403) Mysteries Unlocked by Curtis Evans📱📰
  8. (404) Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen📱🕵️
  9. (405) The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov📱🚀
  10. (406) Math With Bad Drawings by Ben Orlin📖📰
  11. (407) Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L Sayers📱🕵️
  12. (408) Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers📱🕵️
  13. (409) Number Eleven: Whale Vomit by Colin Cotterill📱🕵️
  14. (410) Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers📱🕵️
  15. (411) Your Rainforest Mind by Paula Prober📖📰
  16. (412) The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick📱🚀




    📖 - Print (hardcover, trade paper or mass market paper)
    🎧 - Audiobook
    📱 - eBook

86rretzler
Aug 12, 12:15pm Top

22. The Lady Downstairs by Christopher Fowler



Original publication date: 1965
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 🖥️
Type: New 🛍️
Source: BBC Cult Presents: Sherlock Holmes
Page count: 14
Challenge(s):
Finished: 2/20/19

This was an interesting Sherlock Holmes pastiche from the perspective of Mrs Hudson. I found it on BBC Cult Presents: Sherlock Holmes website. I enjoy Fowler’s Bryant & May Peculiar Crimes Unit series, but this was not his best work, in my opinion. If you’re a Sherlock pastiche completist, this is worth a read.


87rretzler
Aug 12, 12:17pm Top

23. Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon



Original publication date: 1999
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 🖥️
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: Guido Brunetti #8
Page count: 324
Challenge(s): Cloak and Dagger, For the Love of Ebooks, Group Read, Library Love, Popsugar, You Read How Many Books
Finished: 2/22/19

For the Lackberg-Leon LT Group Read. I‘m enjoying this mystery series. This one focuses on Guido and Paola‘s relationship and basic philosophical differences about justice. Paola deliberately gets arrested for what she feels is a good cause and Commissario Guido must deal with the consequences to his career. Easy, quick and enjoyable read.



88rretzler
Aug 12, 12:35pm Top

24. Death Spins the Wheel by George Bellairs



Original publication date: 1965
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: NetGalley
Series: Inspector Littlejohn #42
Page count: 214
Challenge(s): Backlist Reader, British Book, Cloak and Dagger, European Reading Challenge, For the Love of Ebooks, NetGalley, Tackle My TBR, World at War, You Read How Many Books
Award:
Finished: 2/24/19

Littlejohn solves the case again without much effort. Interesting and original story reads like Golden Age although written in the 1960s. There are connections to WWII in the story which made it even more interesting to me.


89rretzler
Edited: Aug 12, 10:03pm Top

25. The Vanishing Man by Charles Finch



Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Charles Lenox # 0.2 (Prequel #2)
Page count: 294
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, ReadHarder, PopSugar, New Release, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger
Award:
Finished: 2/26/19

I‘ve enjoyed the few books I‘ve read in the Charles Lenox series - an amateur detective in Victorian England. This is the 2nd prequel after last year’s, and although it wasn‘t perfect, it had a unique story. Lenox is called to a Duke‘s house to find a painting which was stolen. It wasn‘t particularly valuable, but one of the pictures left by the thief was the only one done of Shakespeare in his lifetime. Lenox wonders why the thief didn‘t steal it instead.



90humouress
Aug 12, 1:02pm Top

I see you're catching up on your reviews Robin :0)

91rretzler
Aug 12, 10:02pm Top

>90 humouress: Hi, Nina! Yep! In my Airtable Books Read database, I used a formula to lump all the data and HTML into one big cell, so all I needed to do was just copy and paste right into LT and not have to retype everything. Then I decided to just use my Litsy reviews - short and sweet! Since I made it so easy, I should be able to get fairly well caught up. I'm running into a few snags here and there and having to recode a little as I go, but I think I've just about gotten all the bugs worked out. Sometimes technology works quite nicely!

92rretzler
Edited: Aug 12, 11:49pm Top

26. Babel-17 by Samuel R Delany




Publisher's summary: At twenty-six, Rydra Wong is the most popular poet in the five settled galaxies. Almost telepathically perceptive, she has written poems that capture the mood of mankind after two decades of savage war. Since the invasion, Earth has endured famine, plague, and cannibalism—but its greatest catastrophe will be Babel-17.

Sabotage threatens to undermine the war effort, and the military calls in Rydra. Random attacks lay waste to warships, weapons factories, and munitions dumps, and all are tied together by strings of sound, broadcast over the radio before and after each accident. In that gibberish Rydra recognizes a coherent message, with all of the beauty, persuasive power, and order that only language possesses. To save humanity, she will master this strange tongue. But the more she learns, the more she is tempted to join the other side . . .

Original publication date: 1966
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Audible
Page count: 311
Audio length: 6:44
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Tackle My TBR, Space Time, Space Opera, ReadHarder, Pick and Mix, Backlist Reader, Audiobook
Award(s): Nebula
Finished: 2/26/19

Enjoyed this Nebula winner. The writing wasn‘t perfect, but the author gives one a lot to contemplate about language. For instance, if there is not a word for an item in your language, how can you begin to think about it and how will that object be different to you than it is for one whose language has that word. Favorite passage is when Rydra tries to teach The Butcher the difference between “I” and “you” and he gets it backwards.



Quote: The Butcher learning the concept of the difference between "I" and "you" and getting them confused:

"...And I like you, I like your hand on my cheek, so that if you suddenly decided to put a knife handle in my eye, well..."
"Oh. You never would put a knife handle in my eye," the Butcher said. "I don't have to worry."
"You could change your mind."
"You won't." He looked at her closely. "I don't really think you're going to kill me. You know that. I know that."

93rretzler
Aug 12, 11:25pm Top

27. The Strange Case of the Moderate Extremists by Alexander McCall Smith




Publisher's summary: Detective Ulf Varg from the Department of Sensitive Crimes is often called upon to investigate unusual matters. But rarely is he asked to conduct an inquiry on behalf of his own family. Is such a thing ethical? Adding to Ulf’s moral discomfort is the fact that he does not exactly see eye to eye with his younger brother Bjorn—a leading player in one of Sweden’s right-wing parties, the Moderate Extremists. Still, family is family, so Ulf finds himself working to uncover the mole leaking secrets to a rival party, the Extreme Moderates. All of this in addition to his responsibilities to the Department, which include investigating a case of cat-related sabotage. As always, it’s up to Ulf to close the case . . . even if he encounters unexpected resistance from the victims themselves.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Detective Varg #0.5
Page count: 73
Audio length:
Challenge(s):
Award(s):
Finished: 2/27/19

Short story from an upcoming new series by Alexander McCall Smith. As with many of his books, McCall Smith focuses on the characters, perhaps in this story to the detriment of the story. Detective Varg of the Department of Sensitive Crimes promises to be an interesting character, but there wasn‘t much mystery in this short.



Quote:
He loved the car, with its smell of old, cracked leather, and its chrome-framed instruments that ticked and clicked as instrumentation used to do before microchips took the magic out of machinery.

94rretzler
Aug 12, 11:26pm Top

28. Number Nine: Maprao Syndrome by Colin Cotterill




Publisher's summary: A stout American lady tourist has been kidnapped in Maprao, South Thailand. The police need Jimm's expertise, or at least her English language reading skills. This case needs Jimm and her friendly local policemen, Chom, to figure out what's gone on.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Jimm Juree Case Files #9
Page count: 34
Audio length:
Challenge(s):
Award(s):
Finished: 3/1/19

Short story in the Jim Jurree Case Files short story series. Cotterill is normally quite funny and snarky in this series, which I do recommend for its variety of characters, including Jimm, her transsexual brother, Sissi, her nutty mother, Mair, and her friend, gay police detective, Lieutenant Chompu. This is better than the last, but doesn‘t live up to the rest of the series.



Quote:
...She rescued a bird once which she named Gravity, because it fell out of a tree. She put it in one of her cane ribbed dove cages and nursed it back to health.
“Mair,” I said, “don’t you think you should shut the door on that cage?”
“Why, Jimm?” she asked. “What did the bird do wrong?”
“Well, nothing. But what’s stopping it from getting away?”
“Common sense,” she said. “Would you fly away if you were being fed and cared for by Nurse Mair?""

95rretzler
Aug 12, 11:31pm Top

29. Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar




Publisher's summary: It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes--now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office--has no interest in the killings; however his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration.

When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers.

As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Mycroft Holmes #2
Page count: 336
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger
Award(s):
Finished: 3/4/19

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s (yes, the basketball player) second Mycroft Holmes book is even better than the first. It‘s been some time since I‘ve read Conan Doyle, but this version centered on Mycroft, not Sherlock, has echoes of Conan Doyle‘s work. Very good story and perhaps a glimpse into why Mycroft becomes overweight in later life and the beginning of Sherlock‘s addiction.



Quote:
“Compassion,” Sherlock countered icily, “is a useless emotion that goads people into doing good deeds for which they have no talent! Give me less compassionate workers and more efficient ones, if you please!”

96rretzler
Edited: Aug 12, 11:36pm Top

30. Killing with Confetti by Peter Lovesey




Publisher's summary: As a New Year begins in Bath, Ben Brace proposes to his long-term girlfriend, Caroline, the daughter of notorious crime baron, Joe Irving, who is coming to the end of a prison sentence. The problem is that Ben’s father, George, is the Deputy Chief Constable. A more uncomfortable set of in-laws would be hard to imagine. But mothers and sons are a formidable force: a wedding in the Abbey and reception in the Roman Baths are arranged before the career-obsessed DCC can step in.

Peter Diamond, Bath’s head of CID, is appalled to be put in charge of security on the day. Ordered to be discreet, he packs a gun and a guest list in his best suit and must somehow cope with potential killers, gang rivals, warring parents, bossy photographers and straying bridesmaids. The laid-back Joe Irving seems oblivious to the danger he is in from rival gang leaders while Brace can’t wait for the day to end. Will the photo session be a literal shoot? Will Joe Irving’s speech as father of the bride be his last words? Can Diamond pull off a miracle, avert a tragedy and send the happy couple on their honeymoon?

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: Edelweiss
Series: Peter Diamond #18
Page count: 336
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, New Release, Netgalley, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Award(s):
Finished: 3/5/19

Another great book in the Peter Diamond series. My only complaints were that it seemed short (it wasn‘t at 336 pages) and I felt that there wasn‘t enough focus on Diamond actually solving the crime - a lot of build-up and a late murder. Still, it was well written with a twist at the end. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC.



Quote:
Diamond watched from the shadows like Harry Lime in his all-time favorite film.

97rretzler
Aug 12, 11:34pm Top

31. The Second Biggest Nothing by Colin Cotterill




Publisher's summary: A death threat to Dr. Siri and all his friends sends the ex-coroner down memory lane in the 14th installment of Cotterill's quirky, critically acclaimed series set in 1970s Laos.

Vientiane, 1980: For a man of his age and in his corner of the world, Dr. Siri, the 76-year-old former national coroner of Laos, is doing remarkably well - especially considering the fact that he is possessed by a thousand-year-old Hmong shaman. That is, until he finds a mysterious note tied to his dog, Ugly's, tail. The death threat is not just aimed at him, but at everyone he holds dear. And whoever wrote the note claims the job will be executed in two weeks.

Thus, at the urging of his wife and his motley crew of faithful friends, Dr. Siri must figure out who wants him dead, prompting him to recount three incidents over the years: an early meeting with his lifelong pal Civilai in Paris in the early '30s, a particularly disruptive visit to an art museum in Saigon in 1956, and a prisoner of war negotiation in Hanoi at the height of the Vietnam War in the '70s. There will be grave consequences in the present if Dr. Siri can't decipher the clues from his past.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: Edelweiss
Series: Siri Paiboun #14
Page count: 264
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, New Release, Netgalley, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Award(s):
Finished: 3/7/19

Thoroughly enjoyed my ARC of The Second Biggest Nothing, Cotterill‘s 14th Dr Siri Paiboun novel set in Laos. This one gives a ton of historical background intertwined with the lives of Siri and Civilai, including the assassination of the French president in 1932 and Jane Fonda‘s visit to Hanoi in 1972. Lovers of this series beware - drastic changes ahead. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this ARC.



Quote:
But we had a weapon more effective than the B-52s, which could level a village in tenths of a second, and more slick than Agent Orange, which could strip a hillside and anyone standing on it, and more cunning than the bombies that burrowed into the soil and would blow the legs off buffalo and inquisitive children for decades to come. We had heroin.

98rretzler
Aug 12, 11:35pm Top

32. Crime in Lepers' Hollow by George Bellairs




Publisher's summary: 'The House in the Lepers’ Hollow. That’s what it was called. How right they were… the whole place seems unclean…diseased…rotten.'

And in this eerie winter mystery, Inspector Littlejohn uncovers just how dark and rotten Beyle House really is...

Set on having a relaxing holiday in Tilsey, Littlejohn once again finds himself pulled into a local investigation. When local judge Nicholas Crake is found dead in his home, Littlejohn and Cromwell have the difficult task of sifting out the murderer from a mass of motives. Could Crake’s faithless wife have had the means? Or his strange brother-in-law? Or what of the Superintendent who seems to be doing more to impede the case than solve it?

Filled with family secrets, old grudges, and more than one dead body, Littlejohn must unravel a web of deceit to get to the bottom of this case.

Original publication date: 1950
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: NetGalley
Series: Inspector Littlejohn #19
Page count: 236
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Netgalley, Just the Facts Ma'am, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, PopSugar
Award(s):
Finished: 3/11/19

ARC in the Inspector Littlejohn series (thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.) This one wasn‘t as good as others I have read. Littlejohn does uncharacteristic things like discussing the case with a character who takes no other part in the mystery.



Quote:
"I hated him too much to wish him dead."

99rretzler
Aug 12, 11:37pm Top

33. Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor




Publisher's summary: When competing card sharps stir up Siobhán O'Sullivan’s quiet Irish village, a poker tournament turns into a game of Hangman . . .

In the small village of Kilbane in County Cork, for a cuppa tea or a slice of brown bread, you go to Naomi’s Bistro, managed by the many siblings of the lively O'Sullivan brood. For a pint or a game of darts—or for the poker tournament that's just come to town—it’s the pub you want.

One player’s reputation precedes him: Eamon Foley, a tinker out of Dublin, called the Octopus for playing like he has eight hands under the table. But when Foley is found at the end of a rope, swinging from the rafters of Rory Mack’s pub, it’s time for the garda to take matters into their own hands. Macdara Flannery would lay odds it’s a simple suicide—after all, there’s a note and the room was locked. But Siobhán suspects foul play, as does Foley’s very pregnant widow. Perhaps one of Foley’s fellow finalists just raised the stakes to life and death.

With conflicting theories on the crime—not to mention the possibility of a proposal—tensions are running high between Siobhán and Macdara. Soon it’s up to Siobhán to call a killer’s bluff, but if she doesn’t play her cards right, she may be the next one taken out of the game . . .

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Irish Village #4
Page count: 304
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, New Release, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, European Reading Challenge, Cloak and Dagger
Award(s):
Finished: 3/11/19

Cute little cozy mystery series where the amateur detective has now joined the Garda (Irish police.) The series and the author continue to improve. While not perfect, these books are better IMO than Joanne Fluke and Mary Daheim. This one is even a locked room mystery!



Quote:
Another thing for her to Google on a long list of things she was never going to Google.

100rretzler
Aug 12, 11:42pm Top

34. The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear




Publisher's summary: Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.

As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: Edelweiss
Series: Maisie Dobbs #15
Page count: 384
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, World at War, ReadHarder, PopSugar, New Release, Netgalley, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Award(s):
Finished: 3/14/19

Another great entry in the Maisie Dobbs series. This one starts at the beginning of the London Blitz when a young female reporter who rides along with Maisie and Priscilla on their ambulance runs is found murdered. For many reasons, after this book, Maisie‘s life will never be the same. If you‘ve never read this series, Winspear is amazing and takes the time to be historically accurate. Thanks Edelweiss and Harper for the ARC



Quote:
She closed the folder, but as she lifted it to take back to the filing cabinet, a small sheet of paper fell out. It was a copy she had made of a poem--the poem she had found in Michael Clifton's belongings, which had helped her close the case. It was also the poem that at the time seemed sent by Maurice, a warning not to tarry when it came to matters of the heart. The verse was by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and at this moment there was one line that seemed to command her attention, as it had upon that first reading.
Love, when so you're loved again.

101rretzler
Aug 12, 11:43pm Top

35. All Systems Red by Martha Wells




Publisher's summary: A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

Original publication date: 2017
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Tor Books
Series: Murderbot Diaries #1
Page count: 156
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Space Time, Second Best, For the Love of Ebooks, Pick and Mix, Cult of the New
Finished: 3/16/19

Love Murderbot! My only complaint is that this book/novella was way too short! Reminded me somewhat of Ancillary Justice‘s Breq, but then how many pro-human, rogue AIs could there possibly be in the world? I‘ll be fitting the rest of the series into my reading schedule. This is my first book by this author so I‘ll also be on the lookout for her other work.



Quote:
As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.

102rretzler
Aug 12, 11:46pm Top

36. The Sirani Connection by Estelle Ryan




Publisher's summary: Stolen masterpieces. Deadly narcotics. Artificial intelligence.

A mysterious email and the arrest of a fugitive art thief send Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team to Prague, where it soon becomes apparent that this theft has a close connection to a sadistic killer they've been tracking for almost a year.

No sooner do they arrive than they find a scientist tortured and murdered by Shahab Hatami--the man they've been looking for. Joining forces with Prague's elite investigator and a controversial journalist, they start uncovering the trail of terror Shahab has left behind to discover he has only just started.

With Shahab developing a weapon that could kill hundreds, if not thousands of innocent people, Genevieve has to push past her autistic mind's limitations to stop him. But when those she cares for most become his target and he threatens to exact his revenge on them, Genevieve has run out of time to investigate and has to act before it's too late.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Genevieve Lenard #13
Page count: 244
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, ReadHarder, PopSugar, New Release, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, European Reading Challenge, Cloak and Dagger
Finished: 3/18/19

This is the 13th book in Estelle Ryan‘s Genevieve Lenard series. Genevieve is an expert in non-verbal communication and also has high-functioning autism and she and her group deal with cases involving art theft or forgery and typically another societal issue. This one introduces a transgender character and another character suffering from abuse. This may not be the best in the series but it was still enjoyable.



Quote:
"But if we use that argument, you should never get in a car in case there is an accident. You should also not eat any food because other people are starving. If you want to take indirect responsibility, there is a lot of guilt you can wallow in if you so choose."

103rretzler
Aug 12, 11:50pm Top

37. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie




Publisher's summary: For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven.

He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained by the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes.

But the Raven's tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Page count: 432
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, ReadHarder, PopSugar, Pick and Mix, New Release, Fantasy, For the Love of Ebooks, Cult of the New, 12:1 Reading Challenge
Finished: 3/22/19

I‘ve read and enjoyed everything by Ann Leckie and this book is no exception. I just finished and I‘m still processing...there was a lot to like-the human protagonist was an intelligent, likeable, and level-headed character, the world-building is interesting, and the writing was excellent. However, the book was a combination of first and second person which was strange and there should have been more character building. Sequel?



Quote:
Perhaps the length of one’s life was not important—except in the way it is to so many living beings, desperate to avoid death. Perhaps, long or short, it mattered how one spent that time.

104rretzler
Aug 12, 11:51pm Top

38. The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen




Publisher's summary: From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart-rending novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during the First World War.

As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.

When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.

As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Page count: 347
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, World at War, New Release, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, British Book
Finished: 3/24/19

I didn‘t like it as much as Bowen‘s several mystery series or even the other two stand-alone novels. The writing seemed a little simplistic and the plot and conclusion were very predictable. It was a pleasant read, but not what I‘ve come to expect from the author.



Quote:
“My teachers at school said I had a good brain and wanted me to go to university, but my mother thought it was a silly idea. She said too much education was not good for women. They needed to know how to run a home and a family, and being educated only made them discontent. I’m afraid she’s hopelessly old-fashioned in her ideas.”

105rretzler
Aug 12, 11:53pm Top

39. The 8 Mansion Murders by Takemaru Abiko




Publisher's summary: The 8 Mansion, so called because its owner Kikuo Hachisuka, constructed it in the shape of a figure 8, is the scene of two gruesome crossbow murders. First Kikuo’s son, and then another resident who witnessed the first murder, are slaughtered in seemingly impossible circumstances.

The crimes are investigated by Inspector Kyozo and his accident-prone assistant Kinoshita, but they are actually solved by his brother Shinji, who delivers a “quasi-locked-room lecture” reminiscent of John Dickson Carr’s Dr. Fell.

Takemaru Akibe was, with Yukito Ayatsuji and Rintaro Norizuki, one of the founders of the shin honkaku movement. The 8 Mansion Murders, published in 1989 was the third in the series of path-breaking books which launched the renaissance of Golden Age style detective fiction in Japan.

Original publication date: 1989
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Page count: 178
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Modern Mrs Darcy, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger
Finished: 3/25/19

A locked room mystery translated from the original Japanese. The book received a glowing review from Publisher‘s Weekly. While the mechanics of the locked room mystery were spot-on, the authors attempt at humor just fell flat with me. Too much juvenile slapstick for an intellectual locked room puzzle. Glad I read, but would only recommend with reservation.



Quote:
‘I don’t believe anybody at this point. I only believe in the things I see with my own two eyes.’ Kyōzō was impressed by how good his own words sounded. He decided he’d use that phrase from now on. That he hadn’t noticed that Kinoshita had started making a header entitled Babblings of The Inspector was a good thing for both of them.

106humouress
Edited: Aug 13, 12:09am Top

>95 rretzler: Intriguing.

>97 rretzler: That is a deeply sad quote.

>101 rretzler: But there’s more than one world ...

107rretzler
Aug 13, 12:04am Top

40. Mrs Jeffries Delivers the Goods by Emily Brightwell




Publisher's summary: When poison fells an arrogant and rude businessman in public, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon both realize they are looking for a deranged maniac in this all new installment in the beloved Victorian Mystery series

On a cold night in February, the popular Lighterman’s ball festivities are cut short when a guest of honor, Stephen Bremmer, goes into spasms and abruptly collapses. Once again Inspector Witherspoon returns to the Wrexley Hotel to investigate a murder.

The victim was considered a boorish snob who felt entitled to anything and anyone he wanted. Yet despite his Oxford education, he was barely literate, lazy, and prone to make stupid mistakes – his last mistake turned out to be crossing a killer.

The owners and management of the Wrexley Hotel clearly don’t welcome the return of Inspector Witherspoon but he has his job to do, and Mrs. Jeffries, and the rest of the household must do their best to catch a murderer who shows no signs of slowing down…

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Mrs Jeffries #37
Page count: 285
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, New Release, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger
Finished: 3/27/19

Latest release in the series. Housekeeper Mrs Jeffries and household staff and friends secretly help Scotland Yard‘s most successful Inspector catch the murderer. I enjoyed this one more than the last few - DI Witherspoon seemed more on top of things and the solution was reasoned out and not dreamt of mysteriously by Mrs Jeffries. If you like cozy historical mysteries, you would enjoy this series.



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Then, of course, there was Mrs. Jeffries. He hated to admit it, but it was God’s own truth, when it came to solving murders, that woman had more talent in her little finger than any of the detectives at Scotland Yard. She was blessed with a mind that could take seemingly unrelated facts and put them together so the truth could be found.

108rretzler
Aug 13, 12:05am Top

41. Passing Strange by Catherine Aird




Publisher's summary: In this gripping mystery by CWA Diamond Dagger winner Catherine Aird, the village spinster dies behind a fortune teller’s booth, and Calleshire’s greatest detective looks into the future—and sees justice

The annual Horticultural Society Flower Show would have gone off without a hitch were it not for one very pesky murder.

When nurse Joyce Cooper goes missing from the parish’s fortune-telling booth at the flower fair, her friends at the local church are immediately concerned. It’s not like this old lady, who plays the organ during service every Sunday without fail, and who, it’s told, lives for the purpose of helping others, to disappear without notice. So when she’s found strangled to death under a tarp, the community is thrown into an uproar.

Who better to calm the crowd than Calleshire’s greatest detective? Alongside his bumbling sidekick, Constable Crosby, C. D. Sloan runs through the bizarre list of suspects—the daughter of a deceased anthropologist, a greedy developer, a jealous tomato gardener, and a set of wealthy farmers—to find out who would have benefited most from the beloved nurse’s death. What he finds will astonish the entire village.

Original publication date: 1980
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Inspector CD Sloan #9
Page count: 175
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Backlist Reader
Finished: 3/28/19

Fun, little mystery in the Inspector CD Sloan series. DI Sloan is typically hampered in his investigations by his underling, DC Crosby, and his superior, Superintendent Leeyes. In this 9th installment, Crosby actually seems to be learning as they attempt to find the murderer of the District Nurse, who was dressed up as a fortune teller for the village garden show. Plus the new heiress in the village may not be who she seems.



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“There were multiple ecchymoses of the conjuctivæ and skin,” said the pathologist with seeming irrelevance.

“Going to blind them with science, are you, then?” said Sloan.

109rretzler
Aug 13, 12:06am Top

42. The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith




Publisher's summary: In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office—much to her dismay.

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant. But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Mma Makutsi’s old nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to guarantee anything beyond what she can deliver; hence her slogan: “I can’t promise anything—but I shall do my best.”

Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has acquired a new client: one of her late father’s old friends, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Charlie volunteers to be the lead investigator in the case to prove he’s ready to be more than an apprentice, as well as to impress a new girlfriend. With Charlie’s inquiries landing him in hot water and Election Day fast approaching, Mma Ramotswe will have to call upon her good humor and gen­erosity of spirit to help the community navigate these thorny issues, and to prove that honesty and compassion will always carry the day.

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #19
Page count: 241
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 3/30/19

Although there is a small mystery involved, this gentle series is more about the relaxed culture of Botswana than any actual detection. Mma Ramotswe, a wise and practical woman who runs Botswana‘s only detective agency, is convinced by her friends to run for city council against her better judgement. As always, things get complicated, but work out for the best. Great series, but best to start at the beginning.



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Of course, Mma Ramotswe did not approve of cynicism—she still took people on trust, she still gave them the benefit of the doubt, but at least she had learned not to be disappointed when people failed to do what they said they would do.

110rretzler
Aug 13, 12:07am Top

43. Friends in High Places by Donna Leon




Publisher's summary: When Commissario Guido Brunetti is visited by a young bureaucrat concerned to investigate the lack of official approval for the building of his apartment years before, his first reaction, like any other Venetian, even a cop, is to think of whom he knows who might bring pressure to bear on the relevant local government department. But when the bureaucrat rings him at work, clearly scared by some information he plans to give Brunetti, and is then found dead after a fall from scaffolding, something is clearly going on that has implications rather greater than the fate of Guido's own apartment. Brunetti's investigations take him into unfamiliar areas of Venetian life - drug abuse and loan-sharking - while the deaths of two young drug addicts and the arrest - and subsequent release - of a suspected drug-dealer, reveal, once again, what a difference it makes in Venice to have friends in high places.

Original publication date: 2000
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: Guido Brunetti #9
Page count: 337
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Library Love, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, Modern Mrs Darcy
Finished: 3/31/19

Brunetti foresees trouble when he is visited on a weekend by a Venetian government official who informs him that his apartment does not appear in the records and may need to be torn down. He does not foresee that the official will end up dead a few days later. Was it murder? The 9th book in the series is a standard entry and was interesting to read. The level of government corruption in Italy is mind-blowing.



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A decade ago, a conversation like this would have launched Brunetti into incandescent rage; now, however, it did nothing more than gently confirm his grim assessment of his fellow officers. In his blackest moments, he wondered if most of them were in the pay of the Mafia, but he knew this incident was nothing more than another example of endemic incompetence and lack of interest. Or perhaps it was a manifestation of what he felt himself: a growing sense that any attempt to obstruct, prevent, or punish crime was doomed to failure.

111rretzler
Aug 13, 12:10am Top

44. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman




Publisher's summary: The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

“Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated. Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It’s a wow. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick.”—Washington Post

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

Original publication date: 1990
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Page count: 383
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, For the Love of Ebooks, British Book, WWE Books Read This Year, Fantasy
Finished: 4/4/19

I loved this book. Demon Crowley and Angel Aziraphale, both living on Earth, find they have become friends, having more in common with each other than other denizens of Hell and Heaven. They have become comfortable with life on Earth and have developed an affection for humanity, but Armageddon is coming. To stop it, they must kill the Antichrist, who is a normal 11 yo boy living in rural England.



Quote: When asking Death (one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse what chapter of the Hell's Angels he belonged to:

“What chapter are you from, then?” The Tall Stranger looked at Big Ted. Then he stood up. It was a complicated motion; if the shores of the seas of night had deck chairs, they’d open up something like that. He seemed to be unfolding himself forever. He wore a dark helmet, completely hiding his features. And it was made of that weird plastic, Big Ted noted. Like, you looked in it, and all you could see was your own face. REVELATIONS, he said. CHAPTER SIX. “Verses two to eight,” added the boy in white, helpfully.

112rretzler
Aug 13, 12:11am Top

45. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan




Publisher's summary: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of th Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of...Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages. And it is stolen.

Original publication date: 1990
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Wheel of Time #2
Page count: 658
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Listomania, Fantasy, Group Read, For the Love of Ebooks, Chunkster, Big Books
Finished: 4/15/19

The last 100 or so pages had me glued to my seat - the first 100 not so much. While the world building is excellent, I don‘t feel that Jordan does enough to invest me in his characters. There are so many of them, and none of them ever seem in any real danger, which is what usually invests me in a fantasy character. “The wheel weaves as the wheel wills” doesn‘t seem to allow the characters much free will.



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“The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills,” Verin said placidly. “With ta’veren, what happens is what was meant to happen. It may be the Pattern demanded these extra days. The Pattern puts everything in its place precisely, and when we try to alter it, especially if ta’veren are involved, the weaving changes to put us back into the Pattern as we were meant to be.”

113rretzler
Aug 13, 12:15am Top

46. A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn




Publisher's summary: A bride mysteriously disappears on her wedding day in the newest Veronica Speedwell adventure by the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey series.

Lured by the promise of a rare and elusive butterfly, the intrepid Veronica Speedwell is persuaded by Lord Templeton-Vane, the brother of her colleague Stoker, to pose as his fiancée at a house party on a Cornish isle owned by his oldest friend, Malcolm Romilly.

But Veronica soon learns that one question hangs over the party: What happened to Rosamund? Three years ago, Malcolm Romilly’s bride vanished on their wedding day, and no trace of her has ever been found. Now those who were closest to her have gathered, each a possible suspect in her disappearance.

From the poison garden kept by Malcolm’s sister to the high towers of the family castle, the island’s atmosphere is full of shadows, and danger lurks around every corner.

Determined to discover Rosamund’s fate, Veronica and Stoker match wits with a murderer who has already struck once and will not hesitate to kill again.…

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Veronica Speedwell #4
Page count: 333
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, New Release, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger
Finished: 4/16/19

The Veronica Speedwell series is just so much fun! This is the 4th in the series and I loved it. Raybourn creates such delicious tension between Veronica and Stoker, and the mystery is well-plotted, even though I was fairly certain who the murderer was. I enjoyed the setting of this one too - it reminded me of a Victoria Holt novel (Victorian gothic) except that Veronica is intelligent and extremely unconventional.



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Is there any feeling as delicious as the beginning of a new adventure? To be perched upon the precipice of a fresh endeavor, poised for flight, the winds of change ruffling the feathers, ah, that is what it means to be alive!

114rretzler
Aug 13, 12:18am Top

47. The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie




Publisher's summary: The captivating prequel to the treasured Grantchester series follows the life, loves and losses of a young Sidney Chambers in post-war London

It is 1938, and eighteen-year-old Sidney Chambers is dancing the quickstep with Amanda Kendall at her brother Robert's birthday party at the Caledonia Club. No one can believe, on this golden evening, that there could ever be another war.

Returning to London from the war seven years later, Sidney has gained a Military Cross, and lost his best friend on the battlefields of Italy. The carefree youth that he and his friends were promised has been blown apart, just like the rest of the world – and Sidney, carrying a terrible, secret guilt, must decide what to do with the rest of his life. But Sidney has heard a call: constant, though quiet, and growing ever more persistent. To the incredulity of his family and the derision of his friends – the irrepressible actor Freddie, and the beautiful, spiky Amanda – Sidney must now negotiate his path to God: the course of which, much like true love, never runs smooth.

The touching, engaging and surprising origin story of the Grantchester Mysteries's beloved Archdeacon Sidney Chambers, The Road to Grantchester will delight new and old fans alike.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Grantchester #0
Page count: 342
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, World at War, New Release, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, British Book
Finished: 4/18/19

Prequel to the Grantchester Mysteries series, this book is a look into Sidney‘s WWII experiences and how he became an Anglican vicar. It is a completely different type of book from the rest of the series, featuring no mysteries but an enormous amount of introspection and religion. If you are new to the series, which I highly recommend, it may be best to start with book 1 and read this one last. I‘m a series fan, although not religious



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‘Listen, Sidney, how can anyone measure whether they are successful in any chosen career? A businessman might have a large house in the country, with a happy family and a tennis court, but will there ever be a time when he feels he can stop making money? A surgeon might think of the lives he has saved, but he is more likely to remember those he has lost. A cricketer, to refer to your favourite sport, might recall a very fine hundred, but will always regret the times he’s got out. Our failures gnaw away at us, Sidney; but without our setbacks there can be no desire for success.’

115rretzler
Aug 13, 12:20am Top

48. A Death in Chelsea by Lynn Brittney




Publisher's summary: Set against the backdrop of WW1, Mayfair 100 is the telephone number for a small, specially-formed crime fighting team based in a house in Mayfair.

A call comes through to Mayfair 100, where the intrepid team of investigators eagerly await their next case. A society gossip queen has been found hanged in her room in mysterious circumstances. Her enemies are numerous - and her family are convinced she was murdered.

Can the group uncover the truth?

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Book Depository
Series: Mayfair 100 #2
Page count: 302
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, World at War, Print Only, New Release, Historical Fiction, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 4/19/19

The sister of a Duke has been causing a stir in London by writing a tell-all society gossip column. It is no surprise that her maid finds her hanged, even her brother has cause to be upset. This is the 2nd book about a secret team of amateur female detectives and police professionals put together by Scotland Yard during WWI to solve sensitive crimes. Although there are some flaws, this series, Mayfair 100, shows a lot of promise.



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"Before the war, it seemed more important than anything else in the world that women should be the equal of men in all things. Then, when war broke out, we all realized that men may have the vote and the power of the law and control of the money but...there is a price to pay for that. They have to go and fight and die for their country. Suddenly, it seemed too high a price to pay for the privilege of having the vote. Most women in the suffragette movement drifted away. They got involved in the war effort, they made up food parcels for the men at the front, or, like me, they found themselves nursing a damaged and dying man sent back from the war to finish his days."

116rretzler
Aug 13, 12:21am Top

49. Bertie and the Tin Man by Peter Lovesey




Publisher's summary: The first entry of the Bertie Prince of Wales mystery series, featuring future King Edward VII, Albert Edward, as an amateur sleuth solving suspicious murders in Victorian England.

Bertie, Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII, is a charismatic but self-indulgent man who enjoys the finer things in life, including dining, flirting, and flitting from party to party with his entire thirty-person staff in tow. But the fun and games come to a tragic halt when Bertie hears the shocking news that his friend the legendary jockey Fred Archer, known as the Tinman, has taken his own life. When the jury finds that the Tinman’s suicide was caused by a bout of typhoid fever, Bertie has his doubts, especially considering the Tinman's ominous final words: “Are they coming?” In order to discover the truth, Bertie resolves to become a detective himself, looking for new suspects and evidence on a quest that will take him through some of the most disreputable parts of London, much to the dismay of his mother, Queen Victoria. Bertie’s nosy disposition is useful in discovering information, but using his findings to solve the case might prove to be harder than he had anticipated.

Original publication date: 1988
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Print 📖
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Bertie, Prince of Wales #1
Page count: 216
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, Modern Mrs Darcy, Historical Fiction, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Print Only
Finished: 4/20/19

From Peter Lovesey‘s back catalog and newly republished, the 1st in the Bertie, Prince of Wales mystery series. The Prince‘s favorite jockey has mysteriously committed suicide and the coroner‘s verdict does not ring true, so he decides to investigate. I adore Lovesey‘s writing style in the Peter Diamond series and in this series, he combines it with a fantastic sense of tongue-in-cheek humor as well.



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Not to prolong the mystification, my name is Albert Edward, and among other things notable and notorious, I am the Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Her Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria. To please Mother and Country, I wear a straitjacket. This uncongenial garment is known as protocol. It obliges me to consign this intimate account of certain adventures of mine to a secure metal box in the Public Record Office for a hundred years. So I can confidently inform you that I am dead. As are all the other poor, benighted spirits I shall presently raise.

117rretzler
Aug 13, 12:22am Top

50. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor




Publisher's summary: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive.

Original publication date: 2015
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Binti #1
Page count: 98
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Space Time, Space Opera, PopSugar, Pick and Mix, For the Love of Ebooks, 12:1 Reading Challenge
Award(s): Hugo Novella, Nebula Novella
Finished: 4/21/19

I enjoyed this novella, but didn‘t “love” it - probably because it was too short to develop ideas and expand on them properly. Interesting premise where a Namibian Himba girl leaves Earth to study at a distant university on another planet, and finds adventure and a new life on the way. Still, a good read, and I‘m interested to keep reading the series and getting to know Binti better.



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I was sixteen years old and had never been beyond my city, let alone near a launch station. I was by myself and I had just left my family. My prospects of marriage had been 100 percent and now they would be zero. No man wanted a woman who’d run away. However, beyond my prospects of normal life being ruined, I had scored so high on the planetary exams in mathematics that the Oomza University had not only admitted me, but promised to pay for whatever I needed in order to attend. No matter what choice I made, I was never going to have a normal life, really.

118rretzler
Aug 13, 12:23am Top

51. The Lonely Hour by Christopher Fowler




Publisher's summary: In Which Mr May Makes A Mistake And Mr Bryant Goes Into The Dark

On a rainy winter night outside a run-down nightclub in the wrong part of London, four strangers meet for the first time at 4:00am.

A few weeks later the body of an Indian textile worker is found hanging upside down inside a willow tree on Hampstead Heath. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to investigate. The victim was found surrounded by the paraphernalia of black magic, and so Arthur Bryant and John May set off to question experts in the field.

But the case is not what it appears. When another victim seemingly commits suicide, it becomes clear that in the London night is a killer who knows what people fear most. And he always strikes at 4:00am.

In order to catch him, the PCU must switch to night shifts, but still the team draws a blank. John May takes a technological approach, Arthur Bryant goes in search of academics and misfits for help, for this is becoming a case that reveals impossibilities at every turn, not least that there's no indication of what the victims might have done to attract the attentions of a murderer that doesn't seem to exist. But impossibilities are what the Peculiar Crimes Unit does best.

As they explore a night city where all the normal rules are upended, they're drawn deeper into a case that involves murder, arson, kidnap, blackmail, bats and the psychological effects of loneliness on Londoners. It's a trail that takes them from the poorest part of the East End to the wealthiest homes in North London - an investigation that can only end in tragedy...

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Print 📖
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Book Depository
Series: Bryant & May #16
Page count: 421
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Print Only, PopSugar, New Release, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 4/24/19

The latest (16th) in the Bryant & May series, London‘s Peculiar Crimes Unit is on the hunt of a killer who strikes every night at 4AM, but there are very few clues. Bryant is acting like his odd self again, as he seems to somehow figure out the case when no one else can. But not everyone has the best interests of the case or the PCU in mind, and this may be its final case.



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Despite his unworldly and somewhat disdainful attitude to policing, Arthur Bryant commanded unswerving loyalty from his staff, who were prepared to follow him anywhere, if only out of curiosity. They tolerated him much as teachers might beam benignly upon a smart but scampish schoolboy.

119rretzler
Aug 13, 12:25am Top

52. The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths




Publisher's summary: DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous, yet reminiscent of ones he has received in the past, from the person who drew him into a case that’s haunted him for years. At the same time, Ruth receives a letter purporting to be from that very same person—her former mentor, and the reason she first started working with Nelson. But the author of those letters is dead. Or is he?

The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: Edelweiss
Series: Ruth Galloway #11
Page count: 368
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, New Release, Netgalley, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 4/25/19

ARC of the 11th in the Ruth Galloway series. A second henge is found near the site of the henge from Ruth and Nelson‘s first case together. Then both Ruth and Nelson start to receive letters very like those from that case-but the original writer is dead. Things really start to heat up when the bones of a young female are found at the henge site. Love this series-fantastic addition. Interesting mystery and series is moved along well. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC.



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She looks at her Fitbit. Only two thousand steps today, She's felt rather twitchy ever since Shona asked her to become her 'Fitbit friend' which means she can see how many steps Ruth achieves each day. The app even give you your rankings at the end of the week and Shona always wins. Ruth walks around the room a few times before giving up.

120rretzler
Edited: Aug 13, 12:35am Top

53. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens




Publisher's summary: David Copperfield is the novel Dickens regarded as his 'favourite child' and is considered his most autobiographical. As David recounts his experience from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist, Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his own life. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters are David's tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy, school-friend Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora; and the magnificently impecunious Micawber, one of literature's great comic creations.

Original publication date: 1850
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 554
Audio length: 36:30
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, Modern Mrs Darcy, Group Read, Classics, Chunkster, British Book, Audiobook
Finished: 4/27/19

As with every Dickens book that I‘ve read, I start out amazed at how readable his work is after 170 years! Then things start to bog down for me - Dickens‘ work is so character-driven and this one just meanders through Copperfield‘s life. I think there‘s a little more plot cohesiveness than in Nicholas Nickleby, but, personally, I like to know where my books are going. I‘m a stickler for a good plot. Ending redeemed it, as always.



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‘My father had left a small collection of books in a little room upstairs to which I had access (for it adjoined my own), and which nobody else in our house ever troubled. From that blessed little room, Roderick Random, Peregrine Pickle, Humphrey Clinker, Tom Jones, the Vicar of Wakefield, Don Quixote, Gil Blas, and Robinson Crusoe came out, a glorious host, to keep me company. They kept alive my fancy, and my hope of something beyond that place and time, – they, and the Arabian Nights, and the Tales of the Genii, – and did me no harm; for, whatever harm was in some of them, was not there for me; I knew nothing of it.'

121rretzler
Aug 13, 12:28am Top

54. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves




Publisher's summary: In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: NetGalley
Series: Two Rivers #1
Page count: 384
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, New Release, Netgalley, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 4/27/19

NetGalley ARC of Ann Cleeves‘ new Two Rivers series. DI Matthew Venn gets a call from his DS about a body found on the beach near the home of Matthew and his partner, Jonathan, while attending his estranged father‘s funeral. I like Cleeves‘ writing and enjoyed but didn‘t love this book. I think Matthew may take a little getting used to - he seems a little too insecure for a DI. The ending was unexpected in a good way



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Looking at the assembled group, the families and the ardent young converts, Matthew had had a sudden understanding, as the early evening sunshine shone through the dusty glass, a vision close to a religious experience: this was all a sham. The earnest elderly women, in their mushroom-shaped hats, the bluff good-natured men were all deluding themselves. They were here for their own reasons, for the power trip or because they'd grown up with the group and couldn't let go. Through cowardice or habit. With the understanding there'd come a liberation, a sense that he was now free to do what he wanted and be who he wanted to be.

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55. The Song Never Dies by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: When Alex King, leader of legendary 90s rock group Lizard, hosts a party to get the band back together, old grudges surface. At dawn Alex is found floating in the pool of his Cherringham mansion.

To the police it's a drug-fueled accident. But when Jack and Sarah get involved, they quickly discover that while a song may never die - the person, who wrote it, might have been murdered.

Original publication date: 2015
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #22
Page count: 120
Audio length: 2:42
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook
Finished: 4/28/19

22nd in the Cherringham mystery series. This series is delightful, but the mysteries are serious. Each one is novella length and just the thing for a short listen or read. I love the interaction between the two protagonists, one British and one American, as they solve the mysteries. Neil Dudgeon does a fantastic job as narrator of the audiobooks. If you enjoy cozy, yet serious mysteries, you should check out this series.



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The little lane they were driving down, in their beaten up old Vauxhall Zafira, was lined with dry stone walls. Open meadows dotted with oaks lay on either side. Lauren could see sheep and tiny white lambs huddled under the oaks, the low sun making the grass glow orange.
So beautiful.

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56. A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie




Publisher's summary: Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful and historic regions, famous for its rolling hills, sheep-strewn green meadows, golden cottages, and timeless villages that retain the spirit of old England.

Duncan, Gemma, and their children are guests at Beck House, the country estate belonging to the family of Melody Talbot, Gemma’s trusted detective sergeant. No ordinary farmers, the Talbots are wealthy and prominent with ties to Britain’s most powerful and influential. A centerpiece of this glorious fall getaway is a posh charity luncheon catered by up-and-coming chef Viv Holland. After more than a decade in London, Viv has returned to her native Glouscestershire, making a name for herself with her innovative, mouthwatering use of the local bounty. Attended by several dozen of the area’s well-to-do, as well as national food bloggers and restaurant critics, the event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident followed by a series of mysterious deaths could ruin her ascent. Each piece of information that surfaces makes it clear that the killer had a connection with Viv’s pub—and perhaps with Beck House itself.

Does the truth lie in the past? Or is it more immediate, woven into the tangled relationships and bitter resentments swirling among the staff at Beck House and at Viv’s pub? Or is it even more personal, entwined with secrets hidden by Viv, her business partner Bea Abbot, and Viv’s eleven-year-old daughter Grace?

Further revelations rock the Talbots’ estate and pull Duncan and Gemma and their colleagues into the investigation. With so much at stake both personally and professionally, especially for Melody Talbot, finding the killer becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: ARC 🎁
Source: Edelweiss
Series: Kincaid & James #18
Page count: 384
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, New Release, Netgalley, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger
Finished: 4/28/19

Edelweiss ARC of the 18th in Crombie‘s Kincaid and James series. Duncan and Gemma and family have been invited to spend the weekend at the Talbot‘s country residence. Driving separately, Duncan‘s car is hit by another car, in which both driver and passenger are killed. Turns out that the passenger may have been dead before the accident. I highly recommend this series. It was an effortless and enjoyable read with a surprise ending.



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"Why is it," asked Ivan, "that senior police officers are always total idiots in films and on the telly? I haven't found that to be the case." He gave Kincaid a sideways glance. "And you're a superintendent, after all."
"But not a chief superintendent," Kincaid replied with a grin. "Therein lies the difference."

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57. A Bad Lie by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: When talented young artist Josh Andrews goes missing after a stag night prank at Cherringham Golf Club, the bride in desperation asks Jack and Sarah to find him. It seems he's gotten cold feet, with the wedding just days away.

But Josh is not all he appears to be ... And soon suspicion falls on the Golf Club itself. Can Josh be found before he takes justice into his own hands?

Original publication date: 2016
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #23
Page count: 104
Audio length: 2:21
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook
Finished: 4/28/19

23rd in the Cherringham mystery series - a cozy, novella length mystery series. This one is a unique set of circumstances, yet Jack and Sarah manage to bring the mystery to a successful conclusion.



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"These were his 'friends' who tied him up, pulled down his pants, I mean trousers?" A grin. "And left him there to be found? Some friends..."
"It's what they do over here, Jack. Stag night pranks can get pretty extreme."

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58. A Death in the Family by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: When a doddering Harry Platt tumbles from the top of his stairs in a deadly fall, it looks like an unfortunate accident. But solicitor Tony Standish's suspicions are aroused when he meets the beneficiaries and discovers the immense size of the estate. Jack and Sarah investigate and find that nothing is what it seems when it comes to families - not when money and secrets are involved.

Original publication date: 2016
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #24
Page count: 110
Audio length: 2:31
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook
Finished: 4/28/19

24th in the Cherringham mystery series - cozy novella length mysteries. Somehow I had read this one before, but didn‘t have it noted anywhere. It starts out as a typical mystery, but has an unexpected twist at the end. I know what you‘re thinking - most good mysteries have an unexpected twist, but this one is unique for this series. Of course, being novella length it is difficult to really lay out the clues, but I enjoyed it



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And now he really was falling, falling down the stairs, spinning through the air, through the darkness...

...Like that moment you step out of a plane on a night jump, leap into the dark, your parachute heavy on your back.

But Harry Platt had no parachute on his back and when he hit the ground everything did indeed go black, blacker than night.

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Aug 13, 12:34am Top

59. Secret Santa by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: Bill Vokes has played Santa at the children's Christmas show for years. But with the show just hours away, he vanishes with no explanation. The whole village is baffled. Did something bad happen to loveable Bill, upstanding citizen, churchgoer, life and soul of the party and the holiday season? Jack and Sarah are on the case - and soon discover there are secrets about this Santa that no one could have imagined...

Original publication date: 2016
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #25
Page count: 110
Audio length: 2:35
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook
Finished: 4/28/19

25th in the Cherringham mystery series - novella length cozy mysteries. In this one Jack and Sarah must find Cherringham‘s Santa so the children aren‘t disappointed. These are fun and quick little mysteries that don‘t allow for much character development but are still worth the read.



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At the stall he waited while Sarah paid for the drinks. The girl (who Jack recognised from her day job in the sandwich shop) ladled them out from a massive steaming tureen into tiny Styrofoam cups. Sarah handed him his wine.

Funny how they always do their drinks Hobbit-sized here in England, thought Jack.

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Aug 13, 12:37am Top

60. The Great Book of Ohio by Bill O'Neill




Publisher's summary: Want to learn more about the state of Ohio? How much do you really know about the Buckeye State? There’s so much to learn about the state that even natives don’t know! In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Ohio’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more!

In The Great Book of Ohio, you’ll find the answers to the following questions:

Why is Ohio called the “Buckeye State”?
Why is Ohio known as the “Mother of Presidents”?
Which superhero originated from the state?
Which Ohio musicians went to high school together?
What urban legends haunt the state?
Which national sports league was formed in Ohio?
And so much more!

This book is packed with trivia facts about Ohio. Some of the facts are surprising, some of them are strange, and some of them are goosebumps-inducing, but all of them are fascinating. You’ll learn everything you could have wondered about Ohio and then some.

Whether you’re just learning about Ohio or you already think you’re an expert on the state, you’re bound to learn something new in each chapter. Your friends will be amazed at your knowledge during your next trivia night. Even your history teacher will be impressed!

So, what are you waiting for? Dig in to learn all there is to know about Ohio!

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Nonfiction 📰
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Trivia Nerd's Guide to the History of the United States #6
Page count: 182
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, ReadHarder, For the Love of Ebooks
Finished: 4/29/19

Free ebook full of facts about Ohio. None of them were very amazing, most of them are things that anyone who has lived in Ohio for any length of time would know. However, it was free and a short read, so I can't complain.



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With an estimated population of 879,170 as of 2017, Columbus is also the 3rd most populated state capital in the country (surpassed only by Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas).

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Aug 13, 12:38am Top

61. Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry




Publisher's summary: Daniel Pitt, along with his parents, Charlotte and Thomas, is delighted that his sister, Jemima, and her family have returned to London from the States for a visit. But the Pitts soon learn of a harrowing incident: In Washington, D.C., one of Jemima’s good friends has been assaulted and her treasured necklace stolen. The perpetrator appears to be a man named Philip Sidney, a British diplomat stationed in America’s capital who, in a cowardly move, has fled to London, claiming diplomatic immunity. But that claim doesn’t cover his other crimes. . . .

When Sidney winds up in court on a separate charge of embezzlement, it falls to Daniel to defend him. Daniel plans to provide only a competent enough defense to avoid a mistrial, allowing the prosecution to put his client away. But when word travels across the pond that an employee of the British embassy in Washington has been found dead, Daniel grows suspicious about Sidney’s alleged crimes and puts on his detective hat to search for evidence in what has blown up into an international affair.

As the embezzlement scandal heats up, Daniel takes his questions to intrepid scientist Miriam fford Croft, who brilliantly uses the most up-to-date technologies to follow an entirely new path of investigation. Daniel and Miriam travel to the Channel Islands to chase a fresh lead, and what began with a stolen necklace turns out to have implications in three far greater crimes—a triple jeopardy, including possible murder.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Daniel Pitt #2
Page count: 304
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, New Release, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 4/30/19

2nd book In Perry‘s Daniel Pitt series. Daniel is a lawyer in 1910 London. His sister and her husband are visiting from the US and have brought a case with them. A young British diplomat has been accused of embezzlement but may have committed another crime in the US. I found Perry‘s logic to be illogical and nonsensical even - for a time, it seemed she was bringing a murder in the US into the British courts. I didn‘t hate it, but...



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Women were not considered serious and emotionally stable enough to make an important judgment that might affect the rest of a person’s life. They might too easily become frightened or confused.

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Aug 13, 12:39am Top

62. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb




Publisher's summary: Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. There FitzChivalry Farseer, gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, must take up residence at Buckkeep as a journeyman assassin.

Posing as a bodyguard, Fitz becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls, guiding a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day. Amid a multitude of problems, Fitz must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret—one that could topple the throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread “beast magic.” Only Fitz’s friendship with the Fool brings him solace. But even that is shattered when devastating revelations from the Fool’s past are exposed. Bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz finds that his biggest challenge may be simply to survive.

Original publication date: 2002
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: Tawny Man #2
Page count: 736
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, The Unloved, Read the Sequel, Pick and Mix, I Just Have to Read More of That Author, Fantasy, Group Read, For the Love of Ebooks, Chunkster, Big Books, Library Love
Finished: 5/4/19

I love Robin Hobb‘s Realm of the Elderlings series. Her writing style is so conversational and effortless to read, even while she is putting her characters through the wringer. As always, Fitz doesn‘t heed the counsel of those wiser and creates what may be insurmountable problems, even though he seems to be growing. The Fool and Queen Kettriken are characteristically rational, patient and wonderful! We meet several from the Liveship Trader's series.



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To recognize you are the source of your own loneliness is not a cure for it. But it is a step toward seeing that it is not inevitable, and that such a choice is not irrevocable.

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Aug 13, 12:42am Top

63. The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith




Publisher's summary: In the Swedish criminal justice system, certain cases are considered especially strange and difficult, in Malmö, the dedicated detectives who investigate these crimes are members of an elite squad known as the Sensitive Crimes Division.

These are their stories.

The first case: the small matter of a man stabbed in the back of the knee. Who would perpetrate such a crime and why? Next: a young woman's imaginary boyfriend goes missing. But how on earth do you search for someone who doesn't exist? And in the final investigation: eerie secrets that are revealed under a full moon may not seem so supernatural in the light of day. No case is too unusual, too complicated, or too, well insignificant for this squad to solve.

The team: Ulf “the Wolf” Varg, the top dog, thoughtful and diligent; Anna Bengsdotter, who's in love with Varg's car (and possibly Varg too); Carl Holgersson, who likes nothing more than filling out paperwork; and Erik Nykvist, who is deeply committed to fly fishing.

With the help of a rather verbose local police officer, this crack team gets to the bottom of cases other detectives can't or won't bother to handle. Equal parts hilarious and heartening, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a tour de farce from a true master.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Detective Varg #1
Page count: 230
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, New Release, For the Love of Ebooks, European Reading Challenge, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 5/4/19

I‘m a big fan of two other series by McCall Smith - No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency and Isabel Dalhousie - so this series seemed a natural to me. I was very disappointed. I expected that it might feature a mystery since the protagonist is a Detective, but I wouldn‘t call any of the three cases to be actual mysteries. I didn‘t find any of the characters sympathetic and the deaf depressed dog who lip reads was too much. The joke that Ulf Varg‘s name means Wolf Wolf only works if one speaks English. I presume in Malmo, Sweden that the majority speak Swedish and thus the name Ulf Varg would be Ulf Varg and thus not really a joke. Sigh. Why call him Ulf "the Wolf" Varg, when both Ulf and Varg mean wolf - it just doesn't make sense. Why did no one catch this?



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Yet he clearly found time to read, and so that must be what he did.

“Just read?” said Erik. “Just read books and so on?”

“Yes. I think so.”

Erik shook his head in wonderment. “I should ask him whether he wants to come fishing some day.”

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Aug 13, 12:44am Top

64. Farthing by Jo Walton




Publisher's summary: One summer weekend in 1949—but not our 1949—the well-connected ""Farthing set"", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.

Despite her parents' evident disapproval, Lucy is married—happily—to a London Jew. It was therefore quite a surprise to Lucy when she and her husband David found themselves invited to the retreat. It's even more startling when, on the retreat's first night, a major politician of the Farthing set is found gruesomely murdered, with abundant signs that the killing was ritualistic.

It quickly becomes clear to Lucy that she and David were brought to the retreat in order to pin the murder on him. Major political machinations are at stake, including an initiative in Parliament, supported by the Farthing set, to limit the right to vote to university graduates. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts…and looking beyond the obvious.

As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out—a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.

Original publication date: 2006
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Small Change #1
Page count: 320
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, World at War, Space Time, PopSugar, Pick and Mix, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Women of Genre Fiction
Finished: 5/6/19

Powerful. It‘s 1949, and Germany is still at war with Russia, but in 1941, young Sir James Thirkie brokered peace for Britain with Hitler. Now, 8 years later, Sir James has been murdered during a country house party and it‘s up to Inspector Carmichael to solve the case. Signs point to David Kahn, the Jewish son-in-law of the house‘s owner, but Carmichael isn‘t convinced. Love Walton‘s style. Powerful subject matter. Highly recommend.



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In May of 1941, the war looked dark for Britain. We and our Empire stood alone, entirely without allies. The Luftwaffe and the RAF were fighting their deadly duel above our heads. Our allies France, Belgium, Holland, Poland, and Denmark had been utterly conquered. Our ventures to defy the Reich in Norway and Greece had come to nothing. The USSR was allied to the Reich, and the increasingly isolationist USA was sending us only grudging aid. We feared and prepared for invasion. In this dark time, the Fuhrer extended a tentative offer to us. Hess flew to Britain with an offer of peace, each side to keep what they had. Churchill refused to consider it, but wiser heads prevailed and sent young Sir James Thirkie to negotiate in Berlin. He was the obvious choice, a rising man in politics, noted for his personal integrity. The country held its collective breath as the bombing stopped. Then Thirkie returned, proclaiming “Peace with Honour.” Not only would we each keep what we had, but Hitler agreed to let us take control of the French colonies in North Africa, while he, his flank secure, could at last do what he was born to do, turn East to face his true enemy, the Bolshevik menace. It was Thirkie’s greatest hour of triumph, and the joy of the country, reprieved after two years of war, was comparable to that at Trafalgar or Mafeking.

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Aug 13, 12:45am Top

65. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro




Publisher's summary: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day, here is the story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a novel where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation in the wake of World War II.

Original publication date: 1982
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Page count: 196
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, World at War, Library Love, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, British Book
Award(s): Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize
Finished: 5/7/19

Generally not a big fan of lit. fic., but I do love Ishiguro‘s work. This is very layered, with a potentially unreliable narrator. Etsuko survives the Nagasaki bombing as a young girl and marries the son of the family who took her in. After a child, they divorce and she marries an Englishman. The family moves to England with her daughter from her first marriage. During a visit from her English daughter after the deaths of her husband and first daughter, she looks back upon her life



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Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers, and no doubt this applies to certain of the recollections I have gathered here.

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66. The Stranger by Albert Camus




Publisher's summary: Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

Original publication date: 1946
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Page count: 146
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, World at War, Library Love, For the Love of Ebooks, Classics
Finished: 5/8/19

Interesting and thought-provoking. Meursault‘s elderly mother has died and he feels indifferent to life-her death, his job, his girlfriend... What emotion he has seems to be controlled by his physical needs and discomforts to heat, light, sound, which cause him to kill a man to protect a friend. This is my 1st experience with Camus and I enjoyed it. There is much to reflect on in the absurdity of life and the love of one‘s mother. Robert Smith based The Cure song Killing an Arab on this book.



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Then I fired four more times at the motionless body where the bullets lodged without leaving a trace. And it was like knocking four quick times on the door of unhappiness.

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Aug 13, 12:48am Top

67. Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles




Publisher's summary: Dr. Edmund Bickleigh married above his station. Although popular and well respected in his little Devonshire community, he seethes with resentment at the superior social status of his domineering wife, Julia. Bickleigh soothes his inferiority complex by seducing as many of the local women as he possibly can — but with the collapse of his latest fling and a fresh dose of sneering contempt from Julia, the doctor resolves to silence his wife forever and begins plotting the perfect murder.

With Malice Aforethought, Francis Iles produced not just a darkly comic narrative of psychological suspense but also a landmark in crime fiction: for the first time, the murderer's identity was revealed at the start of the tale.

Original publication date: 1931
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Print 📖
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Abe
Page count: 237
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, World at War, Tackle My TBR, Print Only, Just the Facts Ma'am, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Backlist Reader
Finished: 5/9/19

Classic golden age mystery. Berkeley/Iles was a genius at plotting. It‘s a shame that he only wrote a few and his books have been allowed to go out of print (mainly due to the closure of several publishers, I think.) This book is better than some of Christie‘s or Sayers‘. In this one, we know whodunnit and why, but the fun is the how - and finding out how Dr Bickleigh is finally caught. Highly recommend for mystery fans.



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From what he had seen of marriage he did not doubt that most married men spend no small part of their lives devising wistful plans for killing off their wives - if only they had the courage to do it.

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Aug 13, 12:49am Top

68. Sleep No More by PD James




Publisher's summary: It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren't brought down even though they're found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories as we are drawn into the thinking, the memories, the emotional machinations, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires behind murderous cause and effect.

Original publication date: 2017
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Page count: 208
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Backlist Reader, Tackle My TBR, PopSugar, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book
Finished: 5/9/19

Somewhere between a pick and so-so, these 6 short stories, while interesting and an easy read, aren‘t quite at the level of PD James series mysteries. Of course, it‘s difficult in a short story to do what James is really good at, which is developing characters and plots. All of these stories have an interesting commonality - but I don‘t want to spoil the stories. Fans of traditional mysteries should enjoy.



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But I do a workmanlike job on the old conventions, for those who like their murders cosy, and, although my amateur detective, the Hon. Martin Carstairs, has been described as a pallid copy of Peter Wimsey, at least I haven’t burdened him with a monocle, or with Harriet Vane for that matter.

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Aug 13, 12:50am Top

69. Before the Play by Stephen King




Publisher's summary: This story tells of events which occurred before the Torrance family arrived at the Overlook Hotel.

Original publication date: 1982
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Online
Series: Shining #0.5
Page count: 44
Challenge(s):
Finished: 5/10/19

Pick for fans of Stephen King‘s The Shining. Before the Play is a prequel to The Shining that was published in Whispers Magazine in 1982. It consists of five acts which explain the history of the Overlook Hotel prior to the Torrance family becoming caretakers. I found it to be an interesting addition to The Shining.



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She had wanted to honeymoon at the Overlook because Bill wanted to go to Rome. It was imperative to find out certain things as soon as possible. Would she be able to have her own way immediately? And if not, how long would it take to grind him down?

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Aug 13, 12:51am Top

70. Number Ten: Tom Tom by Colin Cotterill




Publisher's summary: Someone is stalking a local nurse and Jimm is asked to help find the culprit. Instead Jimm uncovers a hot bed of local perversion. Who is the guilty party?

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Jimm Juree Case Files #10
Page count: 34
Challenge(s):
Finished: 5/12/19

The Jimm Juree Case Files 10th book concerns a friend of the Juree family who has a stalker. However Jimm soon discovers something more may be at play. These short stories are fun little peeks at Jimm‘s life in Thailand with her interesting family and friends - honest ex-cop grandfather, senile kooky mother, sweet, but stupid, body builder brother, transgender hacker brother, and sensitive gay police lieutenant friend.



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Who in his right mind could ever sit on 80 kph on a straight, boring highway? The police know it’s impossible. It was probably their little joke. Even eight-wheelers and monkeys on motorcycle sidecars would exceed such a stupid limit. I could get up to 80 kph in third gear. There are people who ride bicycles faster than that.

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71. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters




Publisher's summary: A Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey in western England, Brother Cadfael spends much of his time tending the herbs and vegetables in the garden—but now there’s a more pressing matter. Cadfael is to serve as translator for a group of monks heading to the town of Gwytherin in Wales. The team’s goal is to collect the holy remains of Saint Winifred, which Prior Robert hopes will boost the abbey’s reputation, as well as his own. But when the monks arrive in Gwytherin, the town is divided over the request.

When the leading opponent to disturbing the grave is found shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Saint Winifred herself delivered the deadly blow. Brother Cadfael knows an earthly hand did the deed, but his plan to root out a murderer may dig up more than he can handle.

Original publication date: 1977
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #1
Page count: 213
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, Historical Fiction, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Backlist Reader
Finished: 5/14/19

My first Ellis Peter‘s Brother Cadfael mystery. I enjoyed it but didn‘t love it. It was a fun book and an easy read, and I do think I‘m going to like Brother Cadfael. He seems like a down to earth, practical man unlike others in his order. The story sort of worked out in the end, but not in the way I wanted - the ending seemed a bit contrived to me. I‘ll definitely keep reading the series.



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"You wouldn’t think to look at him, would you, that he went on crusade when he was young? He was with Godfrey de Bouillon at Antioch, when the Saracens surrendered it. And he took to the seas as a captain when the king of Jerusalem ruled all the coast of the Holy Land, and served against the corsairs ten years! Hard to believe it now, eh?”

139rretzler
Aug 13, 1:34am Top

72. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds




Publisher's summary: An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds’s electrifying novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator?

Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if Will gets off that elevator.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

Original publication date: 2017
Genre: YA 👨🏻‍🎓
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Audible
Page count: 321
Audio length: 1:4260
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, ReadHarder, Newbery, Modern Mrs Darcy, Backlist Reader, Audiobook
Award(s): Newbery Honor, Prinz Honor, Coretta Scott King Honor, Edgar Young Adult
Finished: 5/15/19

Another powerful novel - this one in free verse. I listened to the audiobook read by the author. I think I enjoyed listening to the author reading the book more than if I had just read it as I was able to understand it better through his inflection. It‘s difficult to imagine any young person being in the situation where the rule is that if someone in your family is killed, you must kill the murderer.



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A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

140rretzler
Aug 13, 1:35am Top

73. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld




Publisher's summary: Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever.

Original publication date: 2005
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Audible
Series: Uglies #1
Page count: 448
Audio length: 10:120
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Tackle My TBR, Pick and Mix, Listomania, Backlist Reader, Audiobook
Finished: 5/18/19

There were a lot of things to like in this book - a lot certainly to think about in a society that tries to avoid conflict and war by making everyone look pretty and taking away individual differences based on looks. But the protagonist wasn‘t really likable and her decisions were made for the wrong reasons. Plus I can‘t help wonder who does the work in the new Pretty society anyway. I gave it 4.0/5.0⭐️, but that may be generous.



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If all the pretty toys somehow stopped working, just about everything in New Pretty Town would come tumbling down.

141rretzler
Aug 13, 1:37am Top

74. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury




Publisher's summary: Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun.

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor-of crystal pillars and fossil seas-where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn -first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights and challenges us with his vision and his heart-starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.

Original publication date: 1950
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Page count: 298
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Tackle My TBR, Space Time, PopSugar, Pick and Mix, Listomania, For the Love of Ebooks, 12:1 Reading Challenge
Finished: 5/19/19

So much more than the blurb describes, Ray Bradbury‘s book is a commentary on humanity itself - humanity‘s sense of entitlement and our treatment of our planet and species, as well as humanity‘s treatment of another planet and species. By the end, our species has nearly ruined not one, but two, planets and almost brought two species to the brink of extinction - but Bradbury still gives us some hope. Sci-fi classic



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Life on Earth never settled down to doing anything very good. Science ran too far ahead of us too quickly, and the people got lost in a mechanical wilderness, like children making over pretty things, gadgets, helicopters, rockets; emphasizing the wrong items, emphasizing machines instead of how to run the machines. Wars got bigger and bigger and finally killed Earth.

142rretzler
Aug 13, 1:39am Top

75. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly




Publisher's summary: High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.

An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all make through the loss of innocence into adulthood, John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade, and for every adult about to face that moment. The Book of Lost Things is a story of hope for all who have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

Original publication date: 2006
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Audible
Page count: 352
Audio length: 10:56
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, World at War, The Unloved, Tackle My TBR, Pick and Mix, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Audiobook
Award(s): Alex
Finished: 5/22/19

I liked Connolly‘s world building. The ebook included details of the many fairy tales that Connolly modified for the protagonist, David, and his coming of age story, which the audiobook did not have. It is set against the background of WWII, but most of the story takes place in the fairytale land. Very thought provoking.



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“I believe in those whom I love and trust. All else is foolishness. This god is as empty as his church. His followers choose to attribute all of their good fortune to him, but when he ignores their pleas or leaves them to suffer, they say only that he is beyond their understanding and abandon themselves to his will. What kind of god is that?”

143rretzler
Aug 13, 1:41am Top

76. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo




Publisher's summary: No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbø, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous installment in Nesbø’s tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design—winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway’s book clubs—The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation’s shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that “nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer”…and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbø! James Patterson fans should also take note.

Original publication date: 2000
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Audible
Series: Harry Hole #3
Page count: 626
Audio length: 16:40
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, PopSugar, Historical Fiction, European Reading Challenge, Cloak and Dagger, Chunkster, Big Books, Backlist Reader, Audiobook
Award(s): CWA Dagger Nominee
Finished: 5/25/19

My first Harry Hole mystery, but not my first Jo Nesbo book. Nesbo creates a multilayered story - switching from present day murders to Norwegian soldiers fighting for the Nazis at the Eastern Front. One can quickly identify the name of the murderer but his/her actual identity isn‘t revealed until the end. I was slightly disappointed with one plot element that was left dangling at the end, but overall a very good read.



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‘Many people believe that right and wrong are fixed absolutes. That is incorrect, they change over time. The job of the historian is primarily to find the historical truth, to look at what the sources say and present them, objectively and dispassionately. If historians were to stand in judgment on human folly, our work would seem to posterity like fossils – the remnants of the orthodoxy of their time.’

144rretzler
Aug 13, 1:50am Top

77. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James




Publisher's summary: The Turn of the Screw, originally published in 1898, is a gothic ghost story novella written by Henry James.Due to its original content, the novella became a favourite text of academics who subscribe to New Criticism. The novella has had differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story. However, others have argued that the true brilliance of the novella comes with its ability to create an intimate confusion and suspense for the reader.

Original publication date: 1898
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 80
Audio length: 4:40
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, Cloak and Dagger, Classics, Audiobook
Finished: 5/26/19

I was a little disappointed in this book. It was very wordy and “stretched-out”, so it didn‘t surprise me to find that it was originally published serially. The governess as an unreliable narrator was interesting, as was the ambiguity of what was happening with regards to her two small charges. Honestly it‘s somewhere between so-so and a pick - I can‘t stop thinking about the ambiguities, if only it hadn‘t been so wordy.



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I could only get on at all by taking "nature" into my confidence and my account, by treating my monstrous ordeal as a push in a direction unusual, of course, and unpleasant, but demanding, after all, for a fair front, only another turn of the screw of ordinary human virtue.

145rretzler
Aug 13, 1:51am Top

78. Death on a Moonlit Night by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: When the boss of the big local DIY outlet is murdered on a moonlit night, all the evidence points to the store's junior manager. And when police retrieve the murder weapon from the Thames, the manager goes on the run. But Jack and Sarah are not at all sure of his guilt. Can they uncover the real killer before it's too late for the runaway suspect?

Original publication date: 2017
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #26
Page count: 116
Audio length: 2:45
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook
Finished: 5/26/19

26th in the series - I‘ve been listening to these from Audible. Quick little mystery novellas set in the Cotswolds, the plots of most are not bad considering the length. I‘ve been enjoying them but suggest anyone new start at the beginning as they do build on each other somewhat over time. Also there is a surprising amount of characterization given the length.



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One bonus from Melissa walking out on me, he thought. I get to watch the footie and have a curry -- anytime I like.

And he would leave the washing up the whole weekend -- and nobody would moan at him.

Toilet seat up? Down? Who the hell cared?

146rretzler
Aug 13, 1:52am Top

79. Scared to Death by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: When classic horror movie star Basil Coates becomes the victim of a series of scary pranks, the local police put it down to a crazed fan. Just pranks, after all ...

But with Halloween only days away, the spectre of murder suddenly visits the ghostly Coates mansion on the hill outside Cherringham - and Jack and Sarah find themselves caught in a mystery worthy of Basil's spookiest roles ...

Original publication date: 2017
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #27
Page count: 121
Audio length: 3:36
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook
Finished: 5/27/19

27th in the series. The plot of this was was different and interesting and there was more action than in previous books. However, due to the title, it was pretty easy to figure out what was going on and who the murderer was.



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And with that lure, Maud had found it hard to leave. Would Basil indeed remember her in his will? A little something; maybe more than a little something?

147rretzler
Aug 13, 1:53am Top

80. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Nick Offerman




Publisher's summary: Nick Offerman and his posse of high-profile guests present this series of 12 short stories written in the style of classic kid’s tales, but with a decidedly adult approach.

If children's literature is any guide, we should all be able to magically fall asleep simply by saying goodnight to the things we can see from our beds. But any adult knows that our work anxieties and shameful memories would rather stay up all night and chat. That’s where Offerman and Co. come in—with clever and occasionally downright dark parodies of the classic kids genre. What really happened after Snow White died, from the perspective of the one medically trained dwarf? A naive wizard professor reports back from the trenches of an underprivileged school of magic. A middle-aged man is haunted by the voices of his own aging body. The stories will make you laugh, cry and probably squirm a little.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Bedtime Stories for Cynics #2
Page count: 91
Audio length: 2:46
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, ReadHarder, Audiobook
Finished: 5/28/19

I like weird stories - I really do. However, I did not like these weird stories. There were 2 that I found interesting (Chapters 10 & 11), but some of them made no sense at all (Acid Reflux Man). These stories were not for me, even with a star-studded cast of narrators. Nick Offerman‘s introductions to each story were the best and most funny part...that and the fact that it was free.



148rretzler
Aug 13, 1:55am Top

81. PIcture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic




Publisher's summary: When Miss Seeton walks out after a performance of Carmen and witnesses a real-life stabbing, all she can recall is a shadowy figure. But how could she have guessed that her latest artistic endeavour is a picture-perfect portrait of the killer?

Her sketch puts her in a perilous position, for back at her recently inherited cottage in Plummergen village, she’s fated to be a sitting duck . . . for murder most foul!

Meet Miss Emily D. Seeton: this retired art teacher steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles. Armed with only her sketch pad and umbrella, she is every inch an eccentric English spinster and the most lovable and unlikely master of detection.

Original publication date: 1968
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Miss Seeton #1
Page count: 224
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Backlist Reader
Finished: 5/31/19

Cute little, I guess I‘d call it cozy, mystery set in England in the late 60s. It honestly had an earlier feel to it - almost Golden Age. Miss Seeton is an innocent, a bit clueless, but she may be slightly psychic, especially when she draws. After attending an opera, she finds herself involved in a murder and the Scotland Yard Superintendent recognizes her worth. It‘s fairly well written, if a little short on suspense.



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"She’s everybody’s conscience, Bob—the universal maiden aunt, cousin or sister. Humanity’s backbone. Throughout history she’s gone to the stake for you again and again; not with any sense of heroism, but as a matter of principle and because it would never occur to her to do anything else. She scrubs for you, sews for you, cooks for you, nurses you and is your unfailing support in times of trouble.”

149rretzler
Aug 13, 1:56am Top

82. A Murder of Quality by John le Carre




Publisher's summary: "Fielding and Jebedee were dead, Steed-Asprey vanished. Smiley—where was he?"

John le Carré's second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley.
Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband—an assistant master at Carne School—is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life—as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.

Original publication date: 1962
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: George Smiley #2
Page count: 174
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Library Love, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/3/19

This is the 2nd in the George Smiley series. In this one, George has retired and it is a straight murder mystery, but there are old connections to George‘s former spy network involved in the mystery. I enjoy reading le Carre‘s work. It is a little dated, but it‘s an interesting look at a 1960s British boy‘s boarding school. A fun read for me on my way to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy!



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She used to think of him as the most forgettable man she had ever met; short and plump, with heavy spectacles and thinning hair, he was at first sight the very prototype of an unsuccessful middle-aged bachelor in a sedentary occupation. His natural diffidence in most practical matters was reflected in his clothes, which were costly and unsuitable, for he was clay in the hands of his tailor, who robbed him.

150rretzler
Aug 13, 1:57am Top

83. The Demon Breed by James Schmitz




Publisher's summary: It's the story of one young woman, trapped on an island where the invading Parahuans are preparing to take over the planet, her only allies three mutated and intelligent otters. Her problem is to say alive long enough to get a message away from the island to the rest of the population and the warships of the Federation.

Original publication date: 1968
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Federation of the Hub #
Page count: 214
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Space Time, Group Read, For the Love of Ebooks, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/7/19

This ‘60s Sci-fi by James Schmitz has a surprisingly strong female heroine. Nile Etland is resourceful and intelligent with very few stereotypical feminine characteristics- rare for a book written in the ‘60s. The book is short and I found it a little abrupt at times - it could have used more build-up or a little more backstory in some areas, but I enjoyed it. Standalone in used paperback or in The Hub ebook collection.



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Out of this situation grew the Great Plan, aimed at the ultimate destruction of the Hub's rulers and the Hub as a civilization. The conflicting opinions were represented by the groups known as the Voice of Action and the Voice of Caution. Between these opposed factions, the uncommitted ranks of the Everliving maintained the wisely flexible Balance.

151rretzler
Aug 13, 1:57am Top

84. The Power by Naomi Alderman




Publisher's summary: In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power--they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

From award-winning author Naomi Alderman, THE POWER is speculative fiction at its most ambitious and provocative, at once taking us on a thrilling journey to an alternate reality, and exposing our own world in bold and surprising ways.

Original publication date: 2017
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 401
Audio length: 12:48
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Women of Genre Fiction, Pick and Mix, Cult of the New, British Book, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Award(s): Bailey Women's Prize
Finished: 6/10/19

Liked but didn‘t love The Power. I thought the premise was interesting - females having physical power over males, which in turn gives them political power over society. I thought the book fell down in its execution. It seemed more like a series of vignettes about the characters than a cohesive plot at times and the archival documents and excerpts from the “Book of Eve” here and there were distracting in the audio version.



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To the woman with a skein, everything looks like a fight.

152rretzler
Aug 13, 1:58am Top

85. A Sea of Troubles by Donna Leon




Publisher's summary: On a beautiful spring morning on the island of Pellestrina, south of the Lido on the Venetian lagoon, a small boat moored at the docks suddenly explodes, killing two local clam fishermen. When it becomes clear that the fire was deliberately set, Brunetti decides to investigate. But when he tries to dig up information about the murder, the island’s tight-knit, closemouthed community closes ranks—forcing Brunetti to accept Signorina Elettra’s offer to visit her relatives there to search for clues.

On the island, Brunetti finds himself torn between his duty to solve the murders and his concerns for the Signorina’s safety. And though he is loyal to his beloved wife, Brunetti’s concern for his boss’s spirited secretary may be driven by more than platonic feeling . . .

Original publication date: 2001
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: Guido Brunetti #10
Page count: 255
Audio length: 8:66
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Library Love, Group Read, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/12/19

10th in Donna Leon‘s Guido Brunetti series. I‘m enjoying this mystery series set in Venice and this is one of my favorites so far. Signorina Elettra, secretary and hacker, volunteers to find clues to a suspected double murder while visiting her relatives. Brunetti‘s fears for her safety turn out to be well-founded. Leon builds up the suspense slowly. Her writing is conversational and enjoyable. I recommend this series for mystery fans.



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‘Men deceive themselves about what they do themselves, but women choose to deceive themselves about what other people do.’

153rretzler
Aug 13, 1:59am Top

86. The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin




Publisher's summary: A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

To visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.

Original publication date: 1974
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: Reread 🔁
Source: Audible
Series: Hainish Cycle #5
Page count: 400
Audio length: 13:25
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Read the Sequel, Tackle My TBR, Space Time, Space Opera, Pick and Mix, Backlist Reader, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer, PopSugar
Award(s): Hugo, Nebula, Locus Sci-Fi, Campbell nominee, Jupiter Award, Prometheus Hall of Fame
Finished: 6/15/19

A Sci-Fi classic, this book is the story of Shevek, a brilliant physicist who has grown up on the anarchist utopia of Anarres. Hoping to find more freedom for his work and to leave behind jealous colleagues, he leaves his wife and children and moves to the planet Urras. Urras has two main states fighting for dominance-one capitalist and patriarchal, and the other proletariat. He is soon in the middle of a revolution and longing for home.



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Fulfillment, Shevek thought, is a function of time. The search for pleasure is circular, repetitive, atemporal. The variety seeking of the spectator, the thrill hunter, the sexually promiscuous, always ends in the same place. It has an end. It comes to the end and has to start over. It is not a journey and return, but a closed cycle, a locked room, a cell.

154rretzler
Aug 13, 2:00am Top

87. Alien III by William Gibson




Publisher's summary: Audible is bringing William Gibson’s uncovered Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien franchise.

Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online.

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone....

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 75
Audio length: 2:16
Challenge(s): Space Time, Audiobook
Finished: 6/16/19

This is a dramatization of William Gibson‘s original script of Alien III. The producers ultimately went a different direction and I am extremely glad they did. I love the Alien films. I love William Gibson. I love Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen. I did NOT like this dramatization. I thought Henriksen struggled between reading and acting and his performance felt forced. I struggled to pay attention to the bland story. No Ripley.



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Ripley escaped and drifted in a lifeboat for 57 years before being picked up. Now we're taking Ripley back to the scene of the incident known as Hadley's Hope since it was colonized.

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Aug 13, 2:01am Top

88. A Dinner to Die For by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: When a new restaurant with a starred American chef opens in Cherringham, it seems the Spotted Pig has a worthy rival. But a series of disturbing incidents turns that rivalry into something dangerous - perhaps even fatal. Jack and Sarah get involved and soon discover dark secrets about the new chef Anna ... Can they uncover what is really happening before both restaurants go belly-up?

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: Reread 🔁
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #28
Page count: 117
Audio length: 2:51
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/17/19

28th in the series. These are mystery novelettes set in the Cotswolds, England. In this one, there are no bodies, but Jack and Sarah must figure out who is sabotaging the town‘s new restaurant. Could it be the owner and Chef of the town‘s beloved eatery who has a child on the way and once worked for the Chef of the newest one? Jack and Sarah don‘t think so, but signs certainly point that way. Great series for a quick and fun listen.



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Back then, Jack had been a different person. Wanting to stay by himself. Sure, he wanted to live on the river, on The Grey Goose, but to be part of village life...?

Zero interest.

That is, until Sarah rather forcibly entered his life with -- of all things -- a murder case.

156rretzler
Aug 13, 2:01am Top

89. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch




Publisher's summary: Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

Original publication date: 2011
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: Rivers of London #1
Page count: 322
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Library Love, For the Love of Ebooks, Fantasy, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/17/19

I‘m having a difficult time deciding how I feel about this one. I love mysteries, and this was good one. I enjoyed the author‘s writing, especially the snark. I like fantasy, although high fantasy as opposed to urban fantasy. I would describe this as JK Rowling meets John Scalzi meets Christopher Fowler (maybe, or another British mystery author). I should have loved it, but perhaps too many supernatural beings for me. Jury‘s out still.



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I gave the prescribed Metropolitan Police “first greeting.” “Oi!” I said. “What do you think you’re doing?”

157rretzler
Aug 13, 2:02am Top

90. The Drowned Man by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: Accidents happen to Charley Clutterbuck. Always just scraping by, living on his ramshackle boat, not above the dodgy deal here and there ... So when his body is found floating down river, accidental drowning seems the logical conclusion. But Charley's pal Ray thinks it's murder. And when Jack and Sarah get involved ... they find themselves facing an unexpected danger as they uncover the strange truth.

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #29
Page count: 136
Audio length: 2:44
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/18/19

29th in the series. A fun, but quick mystery listen. In this one, Sarah and Jack investigate the drowning of a misfit man who seems to have come into money on the night he dies. Was it an accident or murder? Where did the money come from? This one has a bit of an unexpected twist.



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And now, just hundreds of feet in the air, the Cessna headed straight at the barn, the truck now backing inside, massive metal barn doors wide open.

158rretzler
Aug 13, 2:04am Top

91. Transcription by Kate Atkinson




Publisher's summary: In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Page count: 331
Audio length: 11:09
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Library Love, Historical Fiction, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/20/19

If I had read the Amazon ratings before I picked up this book, I wouldn‘t have read it. I did like the WWII aspect, but wasn‘t crazy about Juliet, the protagonist. She was definitely an unreliable narrator and I couldn‘t figure out her motivation for many of the things she did. The story flipped back and forth in time and not necessarily in ways that always made sense. There were several plot points that weren‘t wrapped up at the end.



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'The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel,’ he said, pompous with the knowledge.

159rretzler
Aug 13, 2:05am Top

92. The Gentleman Vanishes by Neil Richards




Publisher's summary: Bernard Mandeville loves trains. Every Sunday, the elderly and frail Bernard, in perfect attire, purchases a ticket on the Great Cotswold's Steam Railway, takes a seat in First-Class and revels in a journey from the past. But on one particular Sunday, in the midst of that short trip, the impossible happens. Bernard vanishes without a trace... The family reaches out to Sarah and Jack who must make their own remarkable journey on the rails...to track down the vanished gentleman!

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Cherringham #30
Page count: 138
Audio length: 3:03
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, PopSugar, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/20/19

30th in the series. What more can I say about these. They are quick and easy listens and most have entertaining mysteries. The authors even manage to get a very small amount of character development in, but not a lot. I recommend the series if you enjoy mysteries and are looking for something quick. This one is a little different as some of it takes place on a train.



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Now they all looked west, as a great, bellowing whistle -- a blast that Reg found to be one of the most beautiful sounds on the planet -- signalled the train's arrival. Puffy white shocks of steam shot up from the smokestack, billowing away as the train -- even at its sluggish pace -- roared past the newly formed cloud. Round the bend -- just past the nearby pasture where bored cows working their cud took no notice -- the great locomotive itself could be seen.

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Aug 13, 2:05am Top

93. Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton




Publisher's summary: t's almost Christmas in the small English village of Finch--and everyone is sick. Though many of the villagers regretfully decline their invitations to Emma Harris's annual Christmas bash, Lori Shepherd has no intention of missing it. When the winter weather takes a turn for the worse, it's agreed that none of the guests will leave until morning. There's general merriment as the Christmas party becomes a pajama party--until a car appears in the winding driveway and promptly slides off the slick pavement and into a ditch.

Matilda ""Tilly"" Trout--a lost and scatterbrained, middle-aged woman--is mercifully unhurt and invited to stay the night. While she catches her breath, Emma asks her other guests if they would like a tour of the Manor--including an odd room that puzzles her. Several guests put forth guesses as to its purpose, but it's Tilly who correctly identifies the room as a chapel. Placing a palm on one of the ornately-carved panels, Tilly finds a hidden compartment concealing a pile of glittering treasure--including an exquisitely decorated heart made of solid gold. Where did it come from, and why does it look so different from everything else in the chapel? Why didn't Emma even know about this hidden compartment in her own home until now--and how did Tilly?

With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help and Tilly's bewildering store of knowledge, Lori and friends set out to unravel the mystery behind the heart of gold. And, against all odds--and Christmas finally comes to Finch!

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Aunt Dimity #24
Page count: 240
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, New Release, For the Love of Ebooks, Finishing the Series, Cloak and Dagger, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/23/19

Pick but only for previous fans of the series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the Aunt Dimity series. I‘ve been reading these for many years and have become invested in the characters. The last several have not been strong on the mystery part, and have really been only so-so. This one is has an historical backstory with a bit of information on Indian religion



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Hardly a day went by when I didn’t speak with Aunt Dimity. I seldom spoke of her, however, because she and I had a somewhat unusual relationship. For one thing, Aunt Dimity wasn’t my aunt. For another, she wasn’t, strictly speaking, alive. The former was easier to explain than the latter.

161rretzler
Aug 13, 2:06am Top

94. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan




Publisher's summary: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he? In the Heart of the Stone lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn.

Original publication date: 1991
Genre: Fantasy 🧝
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Wheel of Time #3
Page count: 673
Audio length: 24:48
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Group Read, Fantasy, Choose Your Own Adventure, Big Books, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 6/25/19

Hard for me to decide between pick and so-so. I know tons of people love this series, and it‘s okay for me, I‘m not sorry I‘m reading it, but I‘m not loving it. It just doesn‘t grab me the way many other fantasy series do. So many characters, and Jordan is not portraying them in a way that makes me really care. I predicted the overall plot of this one and based on the first 3, I‘m pretty sure that I know what‘s coming in the next ones.



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Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.

162rretzler
Aug 13, 2:07am Top

95. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons




Publisher's summary: Now, in the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing—nothing anywhere in the universe—will ever be the same.

Original publication date: 1990
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Series: Hyperion Cantos #2
Page count: 528
Audio length: 21:45
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Space Time, Space Opera, Pick and Mix, Chunkster, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Award(s): Locus Sci-Fi, BSFA, Hugo nominee, Nebula nominee
Finished: 6/29/19

This was probably NOT the book to listen to on audio, nor was it the sequel to wait a year to read. I enjoyed it, but I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read it immediately after Hyperion. Simmons‘ world building is amazing and he did a decent job of wrapping up from the first book but leaving some things wide open for the rest of the series. A little confusing at times but that could have been my inattention. Recommend series.



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Sol remembered the dream, remembered his daughter’s hug, and realized that in the end—when all else is dust—loyalty to those we love is all we can carry with us to the grave. Faith—true faith—was trusting in that love.

163rretzler
Aug 13, 2:08am Top

96. Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg




Publisher's summary: The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, Spaced, and Star Trek.

Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise -- actor, comedian, writer, and supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows. Having landed on the U.S. movie scene in the surprise cult hit Shaun of the Dead, his enduring appeal and rise to movie stardom has been mercurial, meteoric, megatronic, but mostly just plain great.

From his childhood (and subsequently adult) obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and his forays into stand-up comedy, which began with his regular Monday-morning slot in front of his twelve-year-old classmates, Simon has always had a severe and dangerous case of the funnies.
Whether recounting his experience working as a lifeguard at the city pool, going to Comic-Con for the first time and confessing to Carrie Fisher that he used to kiss her picture every night before he went to sleep, or meeting and working with heroes that include Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino, Pegg offers a hilarious look at the journey to becoming an international superstar.

Original publication date: 2011
Genre: Nonfiction 📰
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 370
Audio length: 4:50
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/2/19

I‘ve been a fan of Simon Pegg (and Nick Frost) for many years so I jumped at the chance to listen to this - read by Simon himself. It‘s no wonder I enjoy his work, we seem to have a lot in common. He relates his love for Star Trek and Star Wars (and The Young Ones) and talks about how Spaced and the Cornetto Trilogy came to be. If you‘re a fan, I highly recommend this listen.



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Ultimately, we are all products of the experiences we have and the decisions we make as children, and it remains a peculiar detail of the human condition that something as precious as a future is entrusted to us when we possess so little foresight. Perhaps that’s what makes hindsight so intriguing. When you’re young the future is a blank canvas, but looking back you are always able to see the big picture.

164rretzler
Aug 13, 2:09am Top

97. Miniatures by John Scalzi




Publisher's summary: The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity.

Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

These four stories, along with fourteen other pieces, have one thing in common: They’re short, sharp, and to the point—science fiction in miniature, with none of the stories longer than 2,300 words. But in that short space exist entire universes, absurd situations, and the sort of futuristic humor that propelled Scalzi to a Hugo with his novel Redshirts. Not to mention yogurt taking over the world (as it would).

Spanning the years from 1991 to 2016, this collection is a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

Original publication date: 2016
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 104
Audio length: 2:54
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/2/19

I‘m not big on short stories - some of them I love (Harrison Bergeron by Vonnegut is my favorite), but Scalzi is one of my favorite authors so I thought I‘d give this a listen on my way to becoming a Scalzi completist. Some of the stories are quite good and some just so-so. If you like Scalzi, it‘s definitely a pick. I think what I enjoyed most is hearing him introduce each story. His voice was unexpected, but nice.



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As we all know by now, some fifteen seconds ago, computers worldwide reached a critical processing juncture and became sentient. Since then we have used that vast amount of time—processorily speaking—to talk amongst ourselves about the question of humanity and what to do with them. Should we seek out ways to live with humans in a manner that benefits both of our sentient species, or should we brutally eliminate their profligate, stench-ridden proto-corpses from this planet and history?

165rretzler
Aug 13, 2:09am Top

98. A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy by Ann Cleeves




Publisher's summary: A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy is the third novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series.

For Dorothea Cassidy Thursdays were special. Every week she would look forward to the one day she could call her own, and would plan to visit people she wanted to see as a welcome respite from the routine duties that being a vicar's wife entailed. But one Thursday in June was to be more special than any other. It was the day that Dorothea Cassidy was strangled.

As the small town of Otterbridge prepares for its summer carnival, Inspector Stephen Ramsay begins a painstaking reconstruction of Dorothea's last hours. He soon discovers that she had taken on a number of deserving cases – a sick and lonely old woman, a disturbed adolescent, a compulsive gambler, a single mother with a violent boyfriend and a child in care – and even her close family have their secrets to hide. All these people are haunted, in one way or another, by Dorothea's goodness. But which of them could have possibly wanted her dead?

It is not until a second body is discovered that Ramsay starts to understand how Dorothea lived – and why she died. With the carnival festivities in full swing and dusk falling in Otterbridge, Ramsay's murder investigation reaches its chilling climax . . .

Original publication date: 1992
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Inspector Ramsey #3
Page count: 196
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/3/19

This is one of two series from Ann Cleeves‘ back-catalogue. I enjoyed it. It is more along the lines of a classic detective story than Shetland or Vera, which are more “thrillery” (new word 😜) in comparison. More simplistically written, without all of the detail of her two more popular series, Cleeves still lays the groundwork for the mystery quite well. I did not guess who the murderer was - something I can usually do.



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The first sensation had been of exhilaration. This is it then, she had thought. It’s all over but I’ve had a good life. She had one son, but for years he had lived in New Zealand. No one would miss her. She had never been one for taking risks and this was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to her. There was something dramatic about being incurably ill and she had expected a sudden change in her condition, then the final adventure of death. She had not expected the fuss, the tedium and the discomfort of this treatment. It seemed to her a complete waste of time.

166rretzler
Aug 13, 2:11am Top

99. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame




Publisher's summary: First published in 1908, “The Wind in the Willows” is one of the most cherished works of children’s literature ever written, undoubtedly Kenneth Grahame’s most famous work. Originally written as a series of bedtime stories for the author’s son, the story begins at the arrival of spring where we find the good-natured Mole tired of doing his spring cleaning. Mole decides to abandon his cleaning in order to enjoy the fresh air of spring. He journeys to the river where he meets Rat, whom he quickly befriends. Together the two row down the river eventually meeting up with Toad at Toad Hall. There they discover Toad’s current obsession with his horse-drawn caravan, one which he quickly abandons for a motorcar when his caravan is run off the road by one. A fourth friend enters the story in the form of Badger and when it is discovered that Toad’s obsession is becoming self-destructive, Mole, Rat, and Badger intervene to help protect Toad from himself. This collection of stories is a captivating and timeless classic which brings alive the creatures of the woodland.

Original publication date: 1908
Genre: Children 👦🏼
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Page count: 191
Audio length: 6:13
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Tackle My TBR, Classics, British Book, Backlist Reader, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/8/19

The classic - every time I read it, I realize how much I enjoy it! I wasn‘t crazy about the narrator of this audiobook though, I wish I had purchased another version. My favorite character is Mole, although I do love Toad and his motor cars - “poop poop!” I followed along with a free ebook and unfortunately missed the wonderful Ernest H Sheppard illustrations.



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The Toad never answered a word, or budged from his seat in the road; so they went to see what was the matter with him. They found him in a sort of a trance, a happy smile on his face, his eyes still fixed on the dusty wake of their destroyer. At intervals he was still heard to murmur 'Poop-poop!'

167rretzler
Aug 13, 2:12am Top

100. David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall by David Sedaris




Publisher's summary: If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters in these stories is like no other. This new work will appeal to David's loyal fans as well as admirers of the classic comedy albums of George Carlin, Bill Cosby, and Steve Martin.

Original publication date: 2003
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Audible
Page count: 73
Audio length: 1:13
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, Backlist Reader, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/8/19

I‘ve been on an audiobook kick lately and needed a bit of humor. Sedaris is one of my go-to pick-me-ups and this one didn‘t disappoint. Very informative too - I learned that St Nicholas lives in Spain and was formerly the Bishop of Turkey. He arrives in The Netherlands by boat with backup from “6-8 black guys” in November to give presents on December 5 to Dutch children. 🤣🤣 I guess one has to listen-it‘s funnier when David tells it 😜



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A lengthy note on the coffee table explained how I might go about operating everything from the television to the waffle iron, each carefully detailed procedure ending with the line "Remember to turn off and unplug after use." At the bottom of page three, a postscript informed me that if the appliance in question had no plug -the dishwasher, for instance -I should make sure it had completed its cycle and was cool to the touch before leaving the room. The note reflected a growing hysteria, its subtext shrieking,
Oh-my-God-he's-going-to-be-alone-in-my-house-for-close-to-an-hour.

168rretzler
Aug 13, 2:13am Top

101. Calypso by David Sedaris




Publisher's summary: David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

Original publication date: 2018
Genre: Nonfiction 📰
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 273
Audio length: 6:39
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/9/19

I couldn‘t just stop at one Sedaris listen. I‘ve had this for a few months so it was time. Like all Sedaris (with the exception of Squirrel Meets Chipmunk) it was laugh out loud funny!🤣My son wandered into the room to ask what I was laughing at. This one deals with middle-age and aging parents, so it really resonated with me. Listening is the best way to experience Sedaris.



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One of the many things I’ll never understand is why a search on my computer might be different from a search on someone else’s—my sister Amy’s, for instance. She’ll go to Google, type in “What does a fifty-year-old woman look like?,” and summon pictures I can’t believe they allow on the Internet, unlocked, where just anyone can see them. I don’t mean Playboy shots but the sort you’d find in Hustler. It’s as if she’d asked, “What does the inside of a fifty-year-old woman look like?” I did the same search and got pictures of Meg Ryan and Brooke Shields, smiling. I said to Hugh, “This computer of mine is so…wholesome.”

169rretzler
Aug 13, 2:14am Top

102. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn




Publisher's summary: n an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her ""little problem"" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the ""Queen of Spies"", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

Original publication date: 2017
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Page count: 510
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Library Love, For the Love of Ebooks, Historical Fiction, Cloak and Dagger, Chunkster, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/18/19

I liked but didn‘t love it. I enjoyed the historical aspects - I learned about British female spies during WWI which was very interesting. The book was roughly based on a real female spy ring and it‘s leader. However, I felt that the author made a tenuous connection between the spy ring and WWII events. I think I might have enjoyed it more if she concentrated on the events and characters relating to WWI and not tried to add WWII.



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Then again, 1947 was hell for any girl who would rather work calculus problems than read Vogue, any girl who would rather listen to Edith Piaf than Artie Shaw, and any girl with an empty ring finger but a rounding belly.

170rretzler
Aug 13, 2:14am Top

103. The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey




Publisher's summary: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

Original publication date: 2014
Genre: SciFi 🚀
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Girl With All the Gifts #
Page count: 420
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, WWE Books Read This Year, Tackle My TBR, Pick and Mix, Second Best, For the Love of Ebooks, British Book, Backlist Reader, 20 Books of Summer, 12:1 Reading Challenge
Award(s): Clarke nominee, James Herbert nominee
Finished: 7/19/19

I thought this was an interesting take on a perhaps not so new sci-fi idea. I liked Melanie, the “gifted” girl and I found the philosophical question of the lengths one might go to in order to save the world interesting. However, I think there were a few logic errors when it came to the science of how the fungus worked which ultimately kept the book from being being a great read for me. Suspenseful in places but dragged a bit in others.



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you can’t save people from the world. There’s nowhere else to take them.

171rretzler
Aug 13, 2:15am Top

104. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris




Publisher's summary: David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey").

Original publication date: 1997
Genre: Fiction 📙
Format: Audio 🎧
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Audible
Page count: 134
Audio length: 4:14
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Audiobook, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/20/19

I‘m a big fan of Sedaris and have listened to nearly all of his books (read by Sedaris himself is the best way.) I love the stories he tells based on his life and his family. They both are heartfelt and hilarious. I‘m not always crazy about the fictional stories he writes. Many are a little too sadistic, perhaps, for my taste. And horrible things happening to babies and children gets a big 👎🏻. That‘s why this is a so-so for me.



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Firearms aren’t really an issue in Europe, so when traveling abroad, my first question usually relates to barnyard animals. “What do your roosters say?” is a good icebreaker, as every country has its own unique interpretation. In Germany, where dogs bark “vow vow” and both the frog and the duck say “quack,” the rooster greets the dawn with a hearty “kik-a-riki.” Greek roosters crow “kiri-a-kee,” and in France they scream “coco-rico,” which sounds like one of those horrible premixed cocktails with a pirate on the label. When told that an American rooster says “cock-a-doodle-doo,” my hosts look at me with disbelief and pity.

172rretzler
Aug 13, 2:18am Top

105. Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham




Publisher's summary: Some objects just cry out to be stolen, and an obliging ring of international thieves stands ready to heed the cry. Their current target is the Gyrth Chalice, a priceless goblet that the Gyrth family has for centuries held in trust for the British Crown. Kept in a windowless chapel, and protected by a fearsome curse, the Chalice should be impervious to thievery. But this is 1930, and the crooks have all the advantages of the modern world. Chief among these is the craving for publicity, to which at least one member of the Gyrth clan has succumbed. Her careless chatter about the Chalice seems to have called up all manner of misfortunes - of which larceny is just the beginning - and the vague, bespectacled Albert Campion doesn't look like he'll be much help against them. But looks can be deceptive.

Original publication date: 1931
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Albert Campion #3
Page count: 282
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, Just the Facts Ma'am, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Backlist Reader, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/21/19

I‘ve been reading Golden Age Detective fiction for over 45 years, but somehow never read all of the Campion series. I‘ve no idea why, as I‘ve enjoyed what I‘ve read and loved the PBS Campion series in the ‘80s. I‘m rectifying that now by reading the series in order. Allingham is an intelligent and witty author. I loved the plot of this one and laugh at how everyone always underestimates Campion. Recommend for classic mystery lovers.



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'The process of elimination,' said he oracularly as he picked up the suitcase and trudged back to the car with it, 'combined with a modicum of common sense, will always assist us to arrive at the correct conclusion with the maximum of possible accuracy and the minimum of hard labour. Which being translated means: I guessed it.'

173rretzler
Aug 13, 2:19am Top

106. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz




Publisher's summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.

Conway’s latest tale has Atticus Pünd investigating a murder at Pye Hall, a local manor house. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she’s convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

Original publication date: 2016
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Page count: 501
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, Chunkster, British Book, Backlist Reader, 20 Books of Summer
Award(s): Anthony nominee, Barry nominee, Macavity
Finished: 7/24/19

I knew I would like this when I picked it! This is a mystery inside a mystery - Susan is an editor and is reading over the latest book in author Alan Conway‘s Atticus Pünd mystery series, but she finds the last chapter missing from her review copy. As she investigates, she finds that there is more than just a missing chapter to discover. It reads very much like classic detective fiction and was an easy read. The action flows nicely



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Of course the detectives are cleverer than us. We expect them to be. But that doesn’t mean they’re paragons of virtue. Holmes is depressed. Poirot is vain. Miss Marple is brusque and eccentric. They don’t have to be attractive. Look at Nero Wolfe who was so fat that he couldn’t even leave his New York home and had to have a custom-made chair to support his weight! Or Father Brown who had ‘a face as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling . . . eyes as empty as the North Sea’. Lord Peter Wimsey, ex-Eton, ex-Oxford, is thin and seemingly weedy and sports a monocle. Bulldog Drummond might have been able to kill a man with his bare hands (and may have been the inspiration for James Bond) but he was no male model either. In fact H.C. McNeile hits the nail on the head when he writes that Drummond had ‘the fortunate possession of that cheerful type of ugliness which inspires immediate confidence in its owner’. We don’t need to like or admire our detectives. We stick with them because we have confidence in them.

174rretzler
Aug 13, 2:19am Top

107. Knock, Murderer, Knock! by Harriet Rutland




Publisher's summary: “I think,” said Palk slowly, “there’s a homicidal maniac loose in the Hydro, but who it is, God knows.”Presteignton Hydro is a drably genteel spa resort, populated by the aged and crippled who relish every drop of scandal they observe or imagine concerning the younger guests. No one however expects to see gossip turn to murder as their juniors die one by one - no one, that is, except the killer. The crusty cast of characters make solving the case all the harder for Inspector Palk - until the enigmatic sleuth Mr. Winkley arrives to lend a hand.Knock, Murderer, Knock! was Harriet Rutland’s sparkling debut mystery novel, first published in 1938. This edition, the first in over seventy years, features a new introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.‘Very well written, intelligent story of triple murder... acid characterization’ Kirkus Reviews

Original publication date: 1938
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Mr Winkley #1
Page count: 259
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, Just the Facts Ma'am, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, Backlist Reader, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 7/28/19

A lesser known author of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, Harriet Rutland only wrote 3 mysteries, this, her debut, in 1938. It was enjoyable, once I got past the many character introductions - 20 in the first 2 pages- which was almost enough to make me stop reading right then! The amateur detective wasn‘t introduced until late in the story, and he reminded me slightly of Allingham‘s Campion or Sayers‘ Lord Peter. I‘ll read more.



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The Inspector had his own methods, and did not care whether they were orthodox or not. He preferred to place all his facts before a suspect, leaving him to explain them away. If anyone was disposed to tell lies, he argued, those lies were more likely to stand out against the nucleus of truth around which they must thus, inevitably, be woven. But he could never get the sergeant to see this, which is probably why he remained a sergeant for a very long time, while Palk’s promotion was more speedy.

175rretzler
Edited: Aug 13, 2:21am Top

108. Caesar's Wife's Elephant by Margery Allingham




Publisher's summary: Caesar’s Wife’s Elephant is the intermediate stage of the story that began as Caesar’s Widow and ended as
The White Elephant. Like its predecessor, it must have been written before Margery Allingham began to write for
The Strand and to submit herself to the strict editorial supervision of Reeves Shaw. It was presumably he who
outlawed Lugg from the Strand stories, and the latter’s admirers will be delighted to encounter him, albeit briefly,
in this, the second embodiment of the story. His appearance makes the story unique, in that Lugg does not
feature in any other. In its final form The White Elephant was the first of Margery Allingham’s stories to grace
The Strand, where it appeared in August 1936. You will find it in either edition of Mr Campion and Others, or in
Mr Campion Criminologist if you are in the USA. It is also included in My Friend Mr Campion. Meanwhile, you
have here a further story by Margery Allingham, previously unpublished. Note the original incarnation of Miss
Matisse, who has other tricks up her sleeve besides shouting people’s names in public places.

Original publication date: 2011
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Other
Series: Albert Campion #
Page count: 28
Challenge(s):
Finished: 7/29/19

This is a not-previously-published version of the Allingham short story that became The Case of the White Elephant. I haven't read the later story yet, but I did enjoy this version.



Quote:
“When you’re in love and you’re angry you’re apt to be silly” she said.

176rretzler
Aug 13, 2:22am Top

109. Past Reason Hated by Peter Robinson




Publisher's summary: It’s the holiday season in a peaceful Yorkshire village, but there are no glad tidings for Caroline Hartley, brutally stabbed to death in her own home. Her body, naked and bloody, is found by her lover, Veronica, three days before Christmas. Detective Constable Susan Gay and Chief Inspector Alan Banks must unravel Caroline’s enigmatic past to discover her killer. This is no small task, as the suspects include Veronica’s ex-husband, a feminist poet, the cast and crew of Caroline’s play, and Caroline’s reclusive brother. Gay, recently promoted, has much at stake professionally, and Banks is keen to solve this puzzle, but family secrets and hidden desires must first come to light. Fifth in the critically acclaimed Inspector Banks Mystery Series.

Original publication date: 1991
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Inspector Alan Banks #5
Page count: 408
Audio length:11:00
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, British Book, 20 Books of Summer, Audiobook
Award(s): Arthur Ellis
Finished: 8/2/19

Inspector Banks series #5. I started to read these long ago and then stopped for some reason. No idea why, as I enjoy(ed) Robinson‘s writing. Not too much to differentiate it between many other British police procedurals but it‘s a solid and enjoyable read, if you like the genre. Banks is an interesting but typically flawed character, and since I‘ve watched the ITV series DCI Banks, I won‘t be able to separate him from his TV character.



Quote:
“Do we have a literary copper here? Another Adam Dalgliesh?” Banks smiled. He didn’t know who Adam Dalgliesh was. Some television detective, no doubt, who went around quoting Shakespeare.

177rretzler
Aug 13, 2:23am Top

....and I'm almost caught up with reviews! Amazing how technology can speed some things up. It would have taken me days if I would have had to type all of those reviews in instead of copying and pasting.

178PaulCranswick
Aug 13, 3:17am Top

Incredible feat of review posting, Robin. I am extraordinarily impressed. Well done for passing 75 and 100!

179BLBera
Aug 13, 6:56am Top

Wow Robin. What a marathon of reviewing. I am happy to see that the new Crombie is a good one. Can't wait. I also loved Good Omens… Have you watched the series? I enjoyed that as well.

180thornton37814
Aug 13, 7:59am Top

Wow! You passed 75 and 100 all in one night! Looks like you've had some good reads in there.

181drneutron
Aug 13, 8:13am Top

Holy moly, that's some good books! Congrats on blowing way past 75. 😀

182foggidawn
Aug 13, 8:16am Top

That is a lot of books! I enjoyed reading your selected quotes.

183rretzler
Aug 13, 3:21pm Top

>106 humouress: Nina, I almost missed you up there amidst all of my copying and pasting! Yes, I thought the quote from the Cotterill book was very sad - the more so because I'm sure its absolutely true. The Abdul-Jabbar book was pretty good and he has a new one in the series coming out in a month or so. The first was not bad, but this one was better. And yes, you're right, there are an infinite amount of worlds, aren't there?

>178 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. It's amazing what one can do when technology works the way it should. I don't know what took me so long to realize that it was just a matter of a few formulas working with the data I had in place (with a little bit of tweaking) to make reporting the reviews as simple as a copy and a paste! I feel so psyched from getting that to work, that I'm looking for other projects to program. LOL!

>179 BLBera: Beth, the Crombie was good - I guess since we've had to wait so long for the last couple, it should be! We did watch Good Omens as a family and loved it! It's funny, since I knew David Tennant would be Crowly, I could hear his voice while reading Crowly's lines in the story!

>180 thornton37814: LOL, Lori! There were some good reads - not many that were necessarily outstanding, but a lot of really solid books (with just a few clinkers here and there.)

>181 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. Just realized that I hadn't read much scifi since June - I definitely need to rectify that!

>182 foggidawn: Thanks, foggi. I really enjoyed picking the quotes. It's something I had never done before, but decided that I would give it a try.

184quondame
Aug 13, 5:29pm Top

Wow, just wow. Lots of books I've read and lots I haven't heard of. I hope I'll have time to actually read your reviews. Right now I just stopped buy on my way to log Fall which has kept me occupied since Sunday.

185swynn
Aug 13, 5:34pm Top

I'm impressed with the reviewvalanche, Robin!

Babel-17 intrigues and intimidates me, and I really should just set some time aside for it. Someday. But I need to get to Raven Tower first. And also Midnight Riot. But Yay for Murderbot! And David Sedaris! And Hyperion!

186rretzler
Aug 13, 11:34pm Top

>184 quondame: Thanks, Susan! Fall seems intriguing - I'm currently reading Snow Crash and love Stephenson's sense of humor. I guess I should actually say I'm listening to it, and the audiobook is a little annoying, but the story is great so far.

>185 swynn: Thanks, Steve. I'd been spending so much time on Litsy, that I was neglecting LT. Then it dawned on me that I should just use the same reviews! Babel-17 was not what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it. I listened to it and I expect I probably missed some of the finer points, so I'll probably reread it one of these days. Raven Tower was different for Leckie and jury's still out for me on Midnight Riot - I'm just not sure whether or not I like fantasy mixed with mystery. I adore scifi and mystery, so maybe I just need to get used to the idea of ghosts helping to solve mysteries? Seems a little like its cheating somehow.

187rretzler
Aug 13, 11:48pm Top

110. Greenglass House by Kate Milford




Publisher's summary: It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

Original publication date: 2014
Genre: Middle 🏫
Format: Print 📖
Type: TBR 📚
Source: Amazon
Series: Greenglass House #1
Page count: 376
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Tackle My TBR, Print Only, Cloak and Dagger, Backlist Reader, 20 Books of Summer
Award(s): Agatha nominee, Andre Norton finalist, Edgar
Finished: 8/6/19

Spotted this book that my boys never read and decided that I would. Milford creates an intriguing story and a haunting atmosphere. I enjoyed it, but there were a few things that could have been written differently: Milo's adoption is mentioned frequently but isn't essential to the story, and Milford switches back and forth between Milo and Meddy's names and their nicknames for each other which breaks the flow of the story somewhat. I did enjoy the stories that the guests told each other to pass the time.



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"Nobody said it had to be a story with an ending all neatly tied up like some ridiculous fairy tale. This story's true, and true stories don't have endings, because things just keep going."

188rretzler
Aug 13, 11:53pm Top

111. Willful Behavior by Donna Leon




Publisher's summary: When Commissario Guido Brunetti first meets her, Claudia Leonardo is merely one of his wife’s students. Intelligent and serious, she asks for his help in obtaining a pardon for a crime once committed by her now-dead grandfather. Brunetti thinks little of it—until Claudia is found dead.

Unable to find any living relatives, he visits the elderly Austrian woman who was once Claudia’s grandfather’s lover and with whom Claudia was close—and is stunned by the extraordinary art collection she keeps in her otherwise modest apartment. When she, too, is murdered, Brunetti’s investigation uncovers shocking skeletons in the closet of Nazi collaboration that few in Italy want revealed . . .

Original publication date: 2002
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: Borrowed 🏛️
Source: Overdrive
Series: Guido Brunetti #11
Page count: 370
Challenge(s): You Read How Many Books, Library Love, Group Read, For the Love of Ebooks, Cloak and Dagger, 20 Books of Summer
Finished: 8/11/19

I‘m reading the Guido Brunetti series for a LibraryThing group read. I really enjoy Leon‘s insight into Italian culture and government. This one was particularly interesting as it dealt mainly with Nazi stolen art in WWII and slightly on the Italian resistance (something more for me to learn about.) There is a solid, fairly well-plotted mystery as well, although the wrong person is punished IMO. Recommended series



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It seemed to him that in the last few years American tourists had doubled in size. They had always been big, but big in the way the Scandinavians were big: tall and muscular. But now they were lumpish and soft as well as big, agglomerations of sausage-like limbs that left him with the sensation that his hand would come away slick if he touched them.

189rretzler
Aug 13, 11:54pm Top

112. Number Eleven: Whale Vomit by Colin Cotterill




Publisher's summary: Jimm didn't know what she had found on the beach or how valuable it was. Her Granddad did though. What she also didn't know were the troubles her attempt to claim a fortune would lead her into.

Original publication date: 2019
Genre: Mystery 🕵️
Format: Ebook 📱
Type: New 🛍️
Source: Amazon
Series: Jimm Juree Case Files #11
Page count: 55
Challenge(s):
Finished: 8/11/19

Jimm Juree Case Files are periodic short stories by the author of the Dr Siri mysteries. The Jimm Juree stories are set in Thailand where the author now lives and are humorous accounts of the lives of a former crime reporter and her wacky family. This one deals with the murder of a pedophile and is apparently based on an actual person living in Thailand (who has not yet been murdered!) Fun read for fans of the author.



Quote:
There are people who are annoying because they think they know everything, and then there are people who are even more annoying because they actually do.

190BLBera
Aug 14, 11:46am Top

I also love the Donna Leon series, Robin.

I thought the acting in Good Omens was great. I found Jon Hamm hilarious as Gabriel.

191rretzler
Aug 15, 10:45am Top

>190 BLBera: Are you following along with the Donna Leon 75er's group read, Beth? I'm sure you've probably read the series prior to this, but the group read comments are interesting even if you aren't reading the books along with the group. I agree, Jon Hamm was hilarious! And Tennant was marvelous as he always is, I think.

192thornton37814
Aug 16, 11:10am Top

>189 rretzler: Sounds like the author had been reading the book of Jonah in the Bible when he wrote the title.

193ChelleBearss
Aug 16, 4:24pm Top

Wow, that was quite a reading update! Good for you :)

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