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Familyhistorian's 2019 Reading Adventure part 7

This is a continuation of the topic Familyhistorian's 2019 Reading Adventure part 6.

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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My name is Meg and this is my sixth year as one of the 75ers. At the end of last year, I became overwhelmed with finishing off my challenge books and library holds. Somehow the joy of reading lost some of its sparkle and the books on my shelves kept growing. That wasn't working so this year I signed up for fewer challenges and have set myself a personal challenge of reading more from my own shelves. I also couldn't keep up with all the threads I had starred last year so I have to be smarter about LT time as I want to keep up with the threads I follow as well as find more time for my writing, genealogy and other adventures. With over half the year gone, reading my own books seems to be taking a back seat to library holds and keeping up with threads is still beyond me.

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My latest posts are a mixed bag of articles related to history and genealogy. You can see the posts at: A Genealogist's Path to History

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Little Free Library

Books culled in 2019

January 3

February 6

March 8

April 11

May 7

June 11

July 3

August 6

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Reading Through Time

January-March 2019 - 20th Century: World War I (1914-1918) - A Question of Honor by Charles Todd - DONE
April-June 2019 - 20th Century: Between Wars (1919-1938) - So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernieres - DONE
July-September 2019 - 20th Century: WW2 (1939-1945) - Scholars of Mayhem by Daniel C. Guiet and Timothy K. Smith
October-December 2019 - Modern History (1946-present day)


January: "I Will Survive" - Krakatoa by Simon Winchester - DONE
February: "Be My Valentine" - The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty DONE
March: "Downtown" - The Blitz Detective: Fifth Column by Mike Hollow
April: "The Wonderful Emptiness" - The Great Central Plains of America - Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John Philip Colletta DONE
May: "Myths"
June: "Cryptography & Code Breaking" - Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shatterly DONE
July: "Travel" - The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason - DONE - Road Through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move by Mary Soderstrom
August: "Philosophy and Religion"
September: “Women Pioneers”
October: “Something Lost”
November: “Marginalized People”
December: “Let’s Go Retro”

2019 Nonfiction Challenge

January: Prizewinning books, and runners up. - The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray - DONE
February: Science and Technology: Innovations and Innovators. - The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carrey - DONE
March: True Crime, Misdemeanors and Justice, Past and Present Day - A Treasury of Victorian Murder: Compendium Vol. 1 by Rick Geary - DONE - Murder by Milkshake by Eve Lazarus - DONE
April: Comfort Reads - Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John Philip Colletta - DONE Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings by Jean Manco - DONE
May: History. In this case, my cutoff date is 1950. Viking Britain: A History by Thomas Williams DONE
June: The Pictures Have It! - Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge - DONE - Two of The Talented Thomsons by John A. Libby Fine Art - DONE - An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisely - DONE
July: Biography & First Person Yarns - Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro - DONE - The Road Through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move by Mary Soderstrom
August: Raw Materials: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
September: Books by Journalists
October: Other Worlds: From Spiritual to Fantastical
November: Creators and Creativity
December: I’ve Always Been Curious About…

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Books read in 2019

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Books read in 2019

First quarter


The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
All True Not a Lie In It by Alix Hawley
A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie
Ravished by Amanda Quick
Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae
The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray
Murder on Millionaires Row by Erin Lindsay
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze by Svend Brinkmann
The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum
Things I Don't Want to Know: A Living Autobiography by Deborah Levy
A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester


A Midsummer Night's Scream by Jill Churchill
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson
Anne of Green Gables: a graphic novel by Mariah Marsden
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson
Evil Under the Sun adapted by Didier Quella-Guyot
The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
Last Friends by Jane Gardam
The Wrong Kind of Blood by Declan Hughes
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es
Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
The Epigenetics Revolution by Nassa Carey
Exiles of Erin: Irish Migrants in Victorian London by Lynn Hollen Lees


One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
The Body in the Wardrobe by Katherine Hall Page
King Arthur: The Making of the Legend by Nicholas J. Higham
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
Death on the Family Tree by Patricia Sprinkle
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
A Treasury of Victorian Murder: Compendium Vol. 1 by Rick Geary
How the Marquess Was Won by Julie Anne Long
The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Murder by Milkshake by Eve Lazarus
Killing the SS by Bill O'Reilly
Murder at the Manor by Lesley Cookman
The Chess Men by Peter May
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Fifth Column by Mike Hollow

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Books Read in 2019

Second Quarter


Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister
Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer by Emily Arnold McCully
The Stylist by Rosie Nixon
Burden of Memory by Vicki Delany
Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan
This is What Happened by Mick Herron
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait
The Canadian Receipt Book
Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
Hidden Heart by Nora Roberts
Elyza by Clare Darcy
The Escape by Mary Balogh
A Nose for Death by Glynis Whiting
Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings by Jean Manco
Dark in Death by J. D. Robb
Courting Mr Emerson by Melody Carson
Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and its Aftermath by John Philip Colletta
Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lapore


Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
The Hangman's Row Enquiry by Ann Purser
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid
The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh
Murder in the Merchant City by Angus McAllister
So Much Life Left Over Louis De Bernieres


Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge
Braking for Bodies by Duffy Brown
Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais
Death in a Darkening Mist by Iona Whishaw
Not Fade Away: How to Thrive in Retirement by Celia Dodd
Two of the Talented Thomsons by John A. Libby Fine Art
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt
The Earl’s Mistress by Liz Carlyle
Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet by Will Hunt
An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisely
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

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Books read in 2019

Third quarter


Dangerous to Know by Renee Patrick
Instructions for a Funeral by David Means
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
Heat Wave by Maureen Jennings
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Black Sheep by Georgetta Heyer
The List by Mick Herron
Over my Dead Body by Rex Stout
The Armada Boy by Kate Ellis
The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths
A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain
The Darwin Affair: A Novel by Tim Mason
Report for Murder by Val McDermid
Road Through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move by Mary Soderstrom
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo
Arrowood by Mick Finlay
The Unquiet Heart by Kaite Welsh

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121. The Unquiet Heart by Kaite Welsh

The second book in the Sarah Gilchrist series was The Unquiet Heart and it was another good one. Still continuing her medical studies in Victorian Edinburgh, Sarah was afraid that she would be unable to continue as she had become betrothed to the second son in a well-connected family. She didn’t want to become a married woman, that would bring the end to her dreams and she didn’t want to spend the rest of her life with Miles, whose intellect doesn’t compare with hers.

The mystery began with a servant in Miles’ family home turning up dead. Not that that changed much of anything, not like the next death which happened at Miles and Sarah’s engagement party. Once again, Sarah and her professor, Gregory Merchiston, were compelled to solve the mystery as they were drawn to each other. I can’t wait for the next instalment in this series but it looks like it will be a while.

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This thread is open for business!

Aug 4, 12:50am Top

Happy new thread, Meg.

Hope that the stairway in your topper is to a destination of your dreams. Have a lovely Sunday.

Aug 4, 1:18am Top

>13 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. No, it's a stairway in a tenement museum, I doubt if it was ever the stairway to anyone's dreams.

Aug 4, 1:34am Top

>14 Familyhistorian: I didn't quite mean literally so, Meg.

Aug 4, 2:25am Top

Happy new thread Meg.

Aug 4, 3:36am Top

Happy new thread, Meg.

Aug 4, 6:32am Top

Happy ew one, Meg You are on a tear!!

Aug 4, 6:49am Top

Happy new thread, Meg!
It is hard to resist the library books, I know ;-)

Aug 4, 8:52am Top

Happy New Thread, Meg!

What's at the top of those mysteries stairs up there? A library?

Your comment about the challenges last year taking some of the joy from reading is so important. Some folks love challenges and setting goals, and that's fine of course, but if it starts to weigh on the reading soul, get shut of it!

Aug 4, 9:43am Top

Happy new thread, Meg. July was a great month of reading for you!

Aug 4, 2:59pm Top

>11 Familyhistorian: You make it sound so tempting, Meg. *sigh* I'll see if the library has a copy of the first one.

So The Wages of Sin awaits me at the main library.

Aug 4, 5:00pm Top

Happy new thread, Meg.

Aug 4, 7:20pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 4, 8:46pm Top

Hi Meg! Just making my rounds while I'm feeling motivated. :) Hope all is well!

Aug 4, 9:07pm Top

>17 mdoris: Thanks Mary!

>18 Ameise1: Hi Barbara and thanks!

>19 jessibud2: I'm glad you think so, Shelley. I have to be active somewhere!

>20 FAMeulstee: Those library holds seem to all come in at the same time, don't they Anita. I've put most of mine on pause as I will be going away for short stints in both September and October and I just know that holds will come in at some inopportune time then.

>21 jnwelch: Unfortunately no library at the top of those stairs, Joe. They are in a tenement museum and, I believe, they led to the rooms that showed what it was like when the more well to do tenants lived there.

So true about the challenges. I seemed to be spending time getting reads to satisfy their categories and never picking up the books that were steadily piling up on my shelves.

Aug 4, 9:16pm Top

>22 BLBera: Hi Beth, I had to go back and count my July reads and I actually read more books than I brought in to the house in the month. Now if only they had been my own books instead of library books.

>23 richardderus: I really enjoy the series, Richard. I actually took my last copy over to a friend who is recovering from getting hardware taken out of her foot. Somehow I seem to have acquired The Wages of Sin three times. I guess there was something in the blurb that spoke to me.

>24 katiekrug: Thanks Katie!

>25 drneutron: Thanks Jim!

>26 The_Hibernator: Good to see you here, Rachel!

Aug 4, 10:07pm Top

Happy new thread, Meg!

Aug 5, 12:53am Top

>29 Carmenere: Thanks Lynda!

Aug 5, 9:41am Top

Happy new thread! Spent last week researching for a client. Spent the weekend visiting with living relatives. I plan to work on tweaking my presentations for FGS some this week. I still have a lot of photos to insert into one and may have a few more to insert before the week ends because a local historical society has some holdings on one of the topics. I may also see if I can find others in this area. I may be suppressing slides before it's all over to get them closer to the time frame.

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>11 Familyhistorian: Sounds intriguing: historical Edinburgh must make for a rich backdrop for a crime novel.

Happy new thread!

Aug 5, 5:55pm Top

>27 Familyhistorian: I use holds a bit different, Meg, only books of other libraries in our province that are available when I request them. Almost always they come within a week. We can't pause a hold, so I don't even try the more popular books. We only get a week to pick them up after arrival, so if we are away I have to request again.

Aug 5, 6:14pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 5, 6:53pm Top

Happy new thread, Meg!

Aug 5, 9:16pm Top

Happy New Thread, Meg. Trying to make the rounds, after my camping weekend. I hope all is well.

Aug 5, 9:17pm Top

Happy New Thread, Meg! You are on fire.

Aug 6, 1:01am Top

>31 thornton37814: Sounds like you are busy with genealogy, Lori. I had to look up FGS as I am not that familiar with the US genealogy organizations. Good luck with rejigging your slides.

Aug 6, 1:23am Top

>32 charl08: Historic Edinburgh makes a very good setting for mystery novels, Charlotte. I've read a few of them lately besides the ones by Kaite Welsh. Have you read The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry or Oscar de Muriel's books about an transplanted Englishman helping to solve crime in the historic city?

Aug 6, 1:24am Top

>33 FAMeulstee: We only have a week to pick up our books too, Anita. If you don't pick them up within the week you are charged a fine.

Aug 6, 1:28am Top

>34 figsfromthistle: Thanks Anita!

>35 kidzdoc: Thanks Darryl!

>36 msf59: Good to see you here, Mark. I hope that you enjoyed all of your camping adventure!

>37 ronincats: Hi Roni, not sure about being on fire since I am struggling to keep up!

Aug 6, 4:12pm Top

Somehow last week turned into a busy one and this week looks to be going that way too. Last weekend was a long one with Monday being BC Day. I volunteered for the BCGS, my genealogy society who we set up in the Real Estate Office of Burnaby Village Museum to promote genealogy to the visitors who came through. I got to wander around the village a bit before and during my volunteer stint. Here are a couple of pics from before.

I didn't get to move around much while I was there but made up for it afterwards by going for a walk. I didn't realize how close I was to Deer Lake Park until I saw a path way into the woods that led to this:

Aug 6, 4:28pm Top

122. The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan

Like her last book, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, Jennifer Ryan set The Spies of Shilling Lane in WWII. Mrs. Braithwaite was ousted from her position as the head of the women’s group in her village. Not only was she bossy but a brazen hussy, after all, she was a divorced woman. She goes in search of her daughter, Betty, who was living in London. But, when she got to the house where her daughter was living, the girl was no where to be found.

In the course of looking for her daughter Mrs. Braithwaite upends the life of her daughter’s repressed middle-aged landlord. Soon after they met, they were on the trail of Betty and battling against fascists and spies, trying to find out who was on their side. It was a very fast moving and heart warming story with some very unlikely but likable heroes.

Aug 7, 1:02pm Top

I love following your reading adventures, Meg. Congratulations on your new thread…and reading 122 books!

Aug 7, 4:42pm Top

>44 Donna828: Thanks Donna. I'm actually a bit behind in posting about my books. I think I might even get to 200 books this year unless something slows me down.

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123. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson

It took me a while to get into When Will There Be Good News?, the third book in the Jackson Brodie series. The initial chapters were written from so many different character’s points of view that it was hard to see how they fit together. Once some of the characters started interacting with each other, the story started to pick up the pace and the different story lines started to make sense. Once that happen the book was un-put-downable.

I certainly hope that some of the characters I got to know in this book, such as Louise and Reggie, will show up in another down the road. Maybe I should pick up the next one asap while the characters are fresh in my mind.

Aug 8, 9:02am Top

>38 Familyhistorian: The two main traditional-style U.S. conferences are National Genealogical Society Family History Conference (which will be in Salt Lake City next May) and Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (which will be in Kansas City in 2020). Their focuses are slightly different, but both conferences draw beginners to advanced researchers. I think NGS offers more for the advanced researcher. FGS offers a lot of things geared toward society management so it's really designed for the common person involved in leadership at a local society. A few newer and less traditional conferences such as "RootsTech" now exist as well as a few specialized ones. Some of the state or regional conferences such as Ohio Genealogical Society Conference (OGS) and Southern California Genealogy Jamboree (usually just referred to as "the Jamboree") also draw national crowds.

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>42 Familyhistorian: Thanks Lori, I think that you have tried to set me straight on the US genealogy conferences before. I know that I had asked about GRIP which you also attended. Have you ever gone to RootsTech? I have heard more about that than the traditional conferences. Are you planning on attending GRIP in 2020?

Aug 8, 10:35pm Top

>42 Familyhistorian: Oh, what a lovely locale! It looks idyllic.

Happy weekend reads ahead!

Aug 9, 12:32am Top

Happy new thread, Meg.

>42 Familyhistorian: Lovely photos!

Aug 9, 12:16pm Top

>48 Familyhistorian: I will probably attend IGHR instead of GRIP. I don't think I can afford both. I would, however, really like the forensic genealogy hands-on course being offered at GRIP. Facilities are better at IGHR, and it is closer. Since I want to attend NGS in Salt Lake City in May, I don't think I can afford both GRIP and IGHR.

Aug 9, 2:13pm Top

>49 richardderus: Just one of the many great hiking spots in BC, Richard. It did look idyllic, at least until I saw this sign.

Just another reminder that even in paradise there is a sting in Mother Nature's tail.

Aug 9, 2:13pm Top

>50 tymfos: Thanks Terri!

Aug 9, 2:23pm Top

>51 thornton37814: Genealogy has a lot in common with writing that way, Lori. You could spending all of your time going to great conferences rather than actually doing the genealogy or writing. It is tempting though!

Aug 9, 3:53pm Top

>52 Familyhistorian: WILDCATS!! Yikes. I'm scared of big cats but not of coyotes, little fraidydogs that they are.

Still, we're in their territory when out in Nature so they get to set the terms. Happy weekend reading!

Aug 9, 4:54pm Top

>55 richardderus: Yep, the big cats scare me even more than bears and we are practically out in nature when we go out our front doors here. Maybe that is a good excuse to stay in and read! Hope your reads are keeping you happy, Richard.

Aug 9, 5:42pm Top

Happy Friday, Meg. I like the photos of the Deer Path Park and that boardwalk. I do not think you have to worry about bobcats, my friend. Super shy but I sure would love to see one.

Aug 10, 3:42pm Top

>57 msf59: Deer Lake is a nice walk. I'll have to go back and explore it some more. It wasn't so much the bobcats that worry me, Mark, but the cougars. They have been known to stalk people.

Aug 11, 1:43am Top

124. Gin and Panic by Maia Chance

Lola Woodby and Berta were once again on the case in Gin and Panic the third book in the series. They were invited to a house party by one of the guests, Lord Sudley, to find a hunting trophy which he claimed was rightfully his. Things got complicated when diamonds were discovered and then the house party host was murdered.

This book didn’t draw me in like the first two in the series. I think it was just too much like the previous ones with the women as house guests, bumbling through the case but coming up with the solution in the end.

Aug 11, 1:54am Top

It rained here today and I am glad that it was today instead of yesterday. A friend and I went to see Bard on the Beach which we have done annually for a while now. This time we saw The Taming of the Shrew set in the Wild West. So fun.

Today was a catch up day; finishing up some of the sessions in my online courses and starting an article for my genealogy society. Somehow everything takes longer than I think it will.

Aug 11, 1:14pm Top

Arriving to your new thread a little late, Meg, but I have been dealing with arthritis issues in my right wrist, but it seems to be clearing up as long as I avoid a lot of scrolling. Luckily less computer time converts into more reading time!

Aug 11, 4:22pm Top

Big cats are my favorites at the zoo, but notice I said "at the zoo." I'm not sure I'd want them "up close and personal." I'd like to think they'd be my friends like other cats, but I don't think it is a risk I'm willing to take.

Aug 11, 4:57pm Top

>61 DeltaQueen50: Sorry to hear about the arthritis issues with your right wrist, Judy. I can see where the scrolling action might cause issues. Does that mean your increased reading will mean more BBs? I better wear my bullet proof vest when I visit your thread!

Aug 11, 5:00pm Top

>62 thornton37814: I think the issue with big cats like cougars is that you don't see them until it is too late, Lori. The risk isn't that great as they aren't around that often.

Aug 11, 7:13pm Top

Good reads ahead, Meg, as we skate into a new week.

Aug 11, 9:06pm Top

Loved your park photos, Meg!

Aug 11, 10:23pm Top

>65 richardderus: Same to you, Richard. I might even read something from my own shelves since I have paused my library holds and just picked up the two that showed up before I did that.

Aug 11, 10:24pm Top

>66 ronincats: Thanks Roni. It was a very scenic spot for a walk.

Aug 12, 2:53pm Top

Hi Meg, happy new thread my dear. I am now in the process of going through all the threads and catching up what has gone on in my absence and will soon be back to posting. We had a wonderful holiday and I am posting some details without boring everyone and hope to post some photos. Hope you had a good weekend my dear and send love and hugs from both of us dear friend.

Aug 12, 3:07pm Top

>69 johnsimpson: Hi John, good to see that you are back after a wonderful holiday. I look forward to reading about it and seeing your pictures.

Aug 12, 9:24pm Top

125. The Foundling by Georgette Heyer

Georgette Heyer’s regency romances usually feature the romantic couple as the main protagonists. The Foundling was different as it was the story of Gilly, the young Duke of Sale who had been wrapped in cotton wool all of his life. He was able to slip away from the people who constantly surrounded him to find out if he could make his own way in the world. Along the way he once again gathered a retinue of a different kind; a grubby school aged boy and the breathtakingly lovely Belinda, the foundling. He also was able to get himself out of quite a few scrapes.

This was more of an adventure story than a romance but it still delivered the dialogue and characters that Heyer does so well.

Aug 12, 9:59pm Top

126. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

In How the Light Gets In the ongoing story of Chief Inspector Gamache and his crew takes a dark turn. With his trusty sidekick, Beauvoir, no longer at his side and most of his officers transferred out of his unit, Gamache appears to be on his own as he battles the forces within the Sûreté who have him in their sights as they unfold their plan to take over control.

All of that is happening as Gamache investigates a murder with ties to Three Pines. This time the victim was the last of the Ouette Quints, a set of 5 sisters important to Quebec history, in a nod to Quebec’s famous Dionne Quintuplets.

In this episode of the series there seemed to be more at stake than usual. I liked the darkness and the fact of permanent changes to the character’s lives. I am eager to see what happens next with the series.

Aug 13, 5:40pm Top

>71 Familyhistorian: Oh dear, I'll have to move that one up the queue. Sounds like my favorite kind of Heyer!

>72 Familyhistorian: It was a very dark entry into the series indeed.

Aug 13, 7:32pm Top

>73 richardderus: What, a Heyer that you haven't read recently, Richard? It was a pretty good one.
I knew that Inspector Gamache book wouldn't be all sweetness and light after reading A Beautiful Mystery which was kind of the lead in. There were a lot of elements that I was not expecting, however.

Aug 13, 8:16pm Top

>74 Familyhistorian: Be alert for twists and turns when you go down the Three Pines Turnpike, Meg. Always!

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Happy Wednesday, Meg. I hope the week is treating you fine, as well as those books. Getting out for any strolls?

Aug 14, 8:47am Top

Hi, Meg.

The Foundling is a Heyer I haven't read yet. It sounds different but good. I'll add it to the WL

I've gotten two books behind on the Inspector Gamache books. I need to catch up at some point.

Aug 14, 3:26pm Top

>71 Familyhistorian: This one sounds like fun, Meg. I'll add it to the list of Heyers I want to read.

I think How the Light Gets In is one of my favorite in the series.

Aug 14, 5:52pm Top

>75 richardderus: I am always alert when I go down the Three Pines Turnpike, Richard. You never know what you are going to find there, or anywhere in Quebec. I should know as I spent many of my formative years there.

Aug 14, 5:55pm Top

>76 msf59: I hope you are having a great Wednesday, Mark. My stroll will be later on today as I met friends/ex co-workers for lunch and will head off to my genealogy society meeting early to fit in a long stroll with a book store at the end. Funny how that seems to be a common walk destination.

Aug 14, 5:57pm Top

>77 jnwelch: I think you will like The Foundling, Joe. I prefer the more adventurous Heyers. I am still quite far behind on the Gamache books but that just means I have more to look forward to. Those two books will be waiting for you when you get to them.

Aug 14, 5:59pm Top

>78 BLBera: The Foundling is a good one, Beth. At least, I thought so. How the Light Gets In was a lot darker than I anticipated so I really appreciated the ending!

Aug 14, 6:02pm Top

For any of you who follow my blog, somehow the new blog post didn't come out last Saturday although it was already to go. I have now activated it so you can see it at: A Genealogist's Path to History
I hope to get the next one out by Sunday, that is, if the computer gods allow.

Aug 16, 8:52pm Top

It is a gloomy day here, almost a perfect day for cleaning house, if there ever is such a time. That is finally done (well, at least some of it, the rest will have to wait until later, much.) I have just finished the draft of my blog post for Sunday and now some time for LT. I am way behind on reviews and need to get some done before I take my library books back tomorrow.

Aug 16, 9:13pm Top

127. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths

I finally read the third book in the Fiona Griffiths series,
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths. With that title I didn’t know what to expect. It definitely wasn’t Fiona going under cover. Fiona being what she is, her reaction to playing the part of someone else was odd. Odd, but oddly effective because, as usual her methods solve the case and then some.

Spending time as someone else had a more permanent affect on Fiona and changes come to her personal life in this book. What is next for Fiona? I’ll have to pick up the next one soon and find out.

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128. Scholars of Mayhem by Daniel C. Guiet and Timothy K. Smith

I didn’t know much about the effects of WWII in France and now I that I have read Scholars of Mayhem, I know much more.

This was the story of Guiet’s father’s war. His father was an American who spoke French like a native. He and three others were dropped in France to aid the résistance after D Day so that the allies’ foothold in Europe could gain traction.

The odds of survival were not good for the group of four. If they were caught, they would most likely be tortured and killed. In fact, that is what happened to the woman in their group. It wasn’t much better for the civilians in the area. Whole towns of people were put to death in the region in some cases.

It was an interesting book and makes me want to read more about what happened in the region during the war.

Aug 16, 10:03pm Top

129. Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America by François Weil

A history of genealogy? I couldn’t not read this as it hit two of my interests, history and genealogy. It was an interesting and well-done overview of the state of genealogical research in the US from colonial times to the present day.

We have come a long way from the search for noble family links that dominated the early days of family history research. Thankfully we have passed the racially motivated phase that next took hold, where the only lineage of any worth was an Anglo-Saxon one.

From colonial days to Alex Haley’s Roots, the American interest in Family Trees has changed with attitudes which reflect the contemporary way that family history was practiced.

Aug 16, 10:51pm Top

>87 Familyhistorian: That one is in my stash, but I haven't read it yet.

Aug 17, 1:45am Top

>88 thornton37814: It is very readable, Lori. I enjoyed it.

Aug 17, 10:20am Top

A very belated happy new thread, Meg!

You're reading Ruth Galloway, I'm reading Ruth Galloway. You read Heyer and Bingham, I'm all caught up on both for the moment.

I tried to jumpstart myself on the Jackson Brodie series by re-reading Case Histories so I'd continue, but RG has gotten in the way. *smile*

Have a wonderful weekend.

Aug 17, 12:08pm Top

>86 Familyhistorian: *owowow* Book bulleted by French history, not for the first time. Library site ho!

Aug 17, 1:59pm Top

>90 karenmarie: They're all very good series, Karen, but I am far behind you in all of them. I like the feeling of having more reads in the series to look forward to. My tardy entry into reading the Jackson Brodie series seems to be working in my favour with the huge gap between the fourth and fifth book in the series. I didn't start reading that series until I attended a talk by Kate Atkinson. She was on a book tour for Transcription but when she told the audience there was a new Jackson Brodie book coming out, their response told me I had to check out the series, so I did.

Aug 17, 2:01pm Top

>86 Familyhistorian: It is a very interesting history and one that I didn't know much about, Richard. So hard to think that it actually happened.

Aug 17, 2:09pm Top

Along with my book addiction, I have an addiction to magazines, mostly genealogy ones. I was reading my way through the June/July issue of Internet Genealogy and found Sue Lisk's article "Finding the Perfect Fit: Genealogy Blogs that Suit Your Fancy". The first blog was one of my favs - Genealogy a la Carte, there were other interesting looking entries as well but then I turned the page and there it was A Genealogist's Path to History, my blog and it was written up in a magazine! I was gobsmacked!!

Aug 17, 4:06pm Top

>94 Familyhistorian: What a truly wonderful "discovery"! Congratulations Meg.

Aug 17, 4:18pm Top

>95 mdoris: Thanks Mary, it was very unexpected!

Aug 17, 4:54pm Top

>94 Familyhistorian: How wonderful! That's always a pleasure, to find one's own work got positive notice.

Aug 17, 5:29pm Top

>94 Familyhistorian: What a fun surprise!

Aug 17, 5:48pm Top

Congrats, Meg! What a fun surprise. I would think they might have notified you, though!

Aug 17, 11:44pm Top

>94 Familyhistorian: That's super, Meg! What a delightful turn of events!

Aug 18, 12:05am Top

>97 richardderus: How true, Richard, especially when most of the time it feels like you are whistling in the dark.

>98 bell7: I had no idea that my blog had been written about until I turned the page, Mary. Very much a surprise!

>99 jessibud2: It was a surprise, Shelley. One that I wouldn't have known about if I hadn't bought that magazine and read it. It would have been nice to have known to look for it.

>100 tymfos: Hi Terri, it was indeed delightful!

Aug 18, 3:22pm Top

What a great surprise for you, Meg! It is too bad that they didn't give you any advance notice about the writeup. I see you are moving along with your Fiona Griffiths - I am at the same place as you but with so many series on the go, who knows when I will get to the next one!

Aug 18, 5:27pm Top

>94 Familyhistorian: OMG Meg, that's so cool!

Aug 18, 11:30pm Top

>94 Familyhistorian: Yay! And well-deserved!

Aug 19, 12:27pm Top

>102 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy, it was kind of a fluke that I actually saw that article because my magazines are like my books, usually well aged by the time I get to them. I know what you mean about series, there are just so many good ones out there. I just started a new one, the Amory Ames mysteries which starts with Murder at the Brightwell. It's good and I will do a write up on it soon.

Aug 19, 12:29pm Top

>103 RebaRelishesReading: I was totally surprised when I turned that page, Reba. I had no idea my blog had gotten that kind of notice.

Aug 19, 12:30pm Top

>104 ronincats: Thanks so much, Roni. It's always so nice to get recognition, isn't it?

Today, 5:14pm Top

The big news today is that National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies will be merging. Both will hold separate conferences in 2020, but beginning in 2021 they will operate under the NGS name with a May conference.

Today, 5:17pm Top

>108 thornton37814: Interesting, Lori. Did you see that coming?

Today, 5:21pm Top

I am supposed to be writing, well I suppose I am in a way, but the writing I am supposed to be doing is not on LT. I have a couple of deadlines to meet by the end of the week, if not sooner. Thinks have been busy lately.

Sunday was the PoCo Car Show but I didn't actually look at the cars this year as I spent most of the time in PoCo Heritage's booth helping to sell tickets to our fund raiser which is a craft brew tasting. I did see these guys from our booth.

Today, 5:26pm Top

Monday was the Heritage Writer's session at PoCo Heritage. After the meeting was over, I helped to taking down part of the display which was up during the car show and then we had to try to figure out what had been on display before and set that up - a bit of a challenge.

Tuesday I went out to the BC Genealogy library to see if they had a book that I need for my NIGS course, according to the catalogue they did but it wasn't on the shelf. We looked high and low and not there.

Tonight is the social meeting for my women's group. We are supposed to go for a walk but that is kind of iffy because it decided to rain today. Not sure if it will clear up in time. We'll see.

Edited: Today, 5:32pm Top

Meg, do you get the CAA magazine? It arrived in my mailbox yesterday and in browsing, I noticed an article called Tracing Family History in Scotland. Not sure it is anything that would appeal to you (it may be more travel than anything else) but if you don't have it and are interested, email me your address and I'll mail it to you.

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