Familyhistorian's 2019 Reading Adventure part 9
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2. 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.
My latest posts are articles about a variety of topics related to history and genealogy. You can see the posts at: A Genealogist's Path to History
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
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" - The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy by Micheal F. Patton and Kevin Cannon DONE
September: “Women Pioneers” - Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Trail by Charlotte Gray - DONE
October: “Something Lost” - Bright Young Things: A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties by Alison Maloney
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 - A Brief History of Tea: The Extraordinary Story of the World's Favourite Drink by Roy Moxham - DONE
September: Books by Journalists - Blood, Sweat and Fear by Eve Lazarus - DONE
October: Other Worlds: From Spiritual to Fantastical
November: Creators and Creativity
December: I’ve Always Been Curious About…
Books read in 2019
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
Books Read in 2019
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
Books read in 2019
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
The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
Gin and Panic by Maia Chance
The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
Scholars of Mayhem by Daniel C. Guiet and Timothy K. Smith
Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America by François Weil
Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout
The World According to Fannie Davis by Bridgett M. Davis
An Old, Cold Grave by Iona Whishaw
The Corpse with the Diamond Hand by Cathy Ace
Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley
A Brief History of Tea: The Extraordinary Story of the World’s Favourite Drink by Roy Moxham
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
love in lowercase by Frances Miralles
The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy by Micheal F. Patton and Kevin Cannon
‘Til Death Us Do Part by Amanda Quick
Fat Mutton and Liberty of Conscience: Society in Rhode Island, 1636-1690 by Carl Bridenbaugh
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Souvenir Guidebook by Victoria Ingles
Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden
Mesmerized by Candace Camp
Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
The Union Street Bakery by Mary Ellen Taylor
Sully: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley B Sully Sullenberger III with Jeffrey Zaslow
IQ by Joe Ide
Crime Scene by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman
Books read in 2019
Blood, Sweat and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver's First Forensic Investigator by Eve Lazarus
Calamity in Kent by John Rowland
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill by Charlotte Gray
Somebody Killed His Editor by Josh Lanyon
The Gendered Brain: The new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain by Gina Rippon
A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder by Victoria Hamilton
Malice in the Palace by Rhys Bowen
The House on Tradd Street by Karen White
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux
Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Antony McCarten
Bright Young Things: A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties by Alison Maloney
The Howard Hughes Affair by Stuart Kaminsky
Books acquired in September
Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes
The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin
A Necessary Murder by J.J. Tjia
The American Boy by Andrew Taylor
Pastels by Leslie B. DeMille
Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton
Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount
Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
The Women's Land Army by Vita Sackville-West
The Second Coming of the KKK by Linda Gordon
Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada by Ken McGoogan
Books acquired in October
Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens by Eve Lazarus
Cold Day in July by Stella Cameron
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
A Short History of the Railroad by Christian Wolmar
The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden
Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law by Beverly McLachlin
Cut You Down by Sam Wiebe
Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise by Charlotte Gray
Investing in Murder by E J Lister
The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maas
Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern
Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart
How the Scots Created Canada by Paul Cowan
Britain Yesterday & Today by Janice Anderson & Edmund Swinglehurst
Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt
Direct Action Gets the Goods: A Graphic History of the Strike in Canada by the Graphic History Collective
>14 ronincats: Quick? It felt like it took forever to set it up, Roni! Thanks for the new thread wishes.
Happy new thread. I noticed the link to your blog and have bookmarked it.
Happy New Thread, Meg!
Lovely hotel lobby display up there - Utah?
We saw the Darkest Hour film, which the author of the book also wrote, I'm pretty sure. I haven't read the book, but the film was excellent. It caused to visit Churchill's underground war rooms, which was quite an experience.
>20 jnwelch: Hi Joe, the photo is of the lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City. They always have a good display in their lobby. The building is very interesting and we got a more behind the scenes tour when we got to talking to one of the volunteers after we went there for lunch one day.
I was impressed by the book of the Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink. I didn't realize there was a film. I'll have to hunt that out and plan a trip to the underground war rooms - sounds interesting.
>26 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. Good luck with your reading plans for the rest of the year!
Happy new thread, Meg. I haven't been around much lately but I am finding that I sit a little longer at my computer everyday so I am finally getting some visiting done.
>30 DeltaQueen50: Hi Judy, good to see that you are able to spend longer on the computer now. I'm behind too but I don't have as good an excuse as you do.
Happy new thread, Meg! I've gotten hopelessly behind on threads myself and will be somewhat sporadic in posting anywhere but my own thread for the rest of the year.
Thanks for reminding me about Dreaming in Code, the Ada Lovelace book.
Always fascinated to read more about her and her role in the early years of Computer Programming
169. Still Me by Jojo Moyes
There weren’t very many books for sale at the Salt Lake City airport when I picked up Still Me. I didn’t look that closely or I would have noticed that it was the middle book in a trilogy. But that probably wouldn’t have stopped me from buying it. As I said, there weren’t very many books for sale.
The main character in the book was Louisa Clark who was coming to New York from England to take up a position in a household on Park Avenue. She got to experience the life of the super rich from afar but things went wrong, with both her long-distance relationship with the man she left behind in England and with her new job. How she dealt with her new circumstances and made a life for herself in New York was the main part of the story, one that was able to stand on its own with out the first or last book in the trilogy.
Meg--Happy newer thread! And belated congrats on passing 2x75. : ) Glad you lucked out with the 2nd in a trilogy read. Phew!
Happy New Thread, Meg. I accidentally went to your "other" new thread....
Have a great weekend!
>39 Berly: Hi Kim and thanks re my reading numbers. I'm aiming for 200 and looks like I might make it. Yeah, next time I'll check closer when I pick up a book in the airport, not like there was much choice though.
>40 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara, the books have been going down easy this year. Fast reads of all the library holds have also helped.
>41 EBT1002: Thanks Ellen, I don't know where that other thread came from. It just sort of cloned itself - weird.
>42 drneutron: Ha Jim, I thought you were maybe rehearsing for January early.
170. Becoming by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s story was at once interesting and readable. It was such a great reminder of a civilized and forward-thinking time in the White House. My knowledge of the US electoral process is limited so I found the parts about working the campaign trail enlightening. The parts about Michelle’s early life were as fascinating as the inside look at the family in the White House.
She also humanized the many White House staffers, a group who I had never really thought about. I wonder how they are fairing under the present administration?
This week's blog post is for remembrance day and is about a forgotten army, the Land Army. It's at A Genealogist's Path to History
171. The Body Lies by Jo Baker
The story begins with a short passage about an unnamed body in a wooded spot. Was it the main character in the future of someone else? With this in mind the story begins. Some of the events in The Body Lies you can see coming like what happens to the main character’s marriage but others rachet up the tension as it is hard to see how they will end. The story was a thriller with a literary edge and a very believable heroine. It was also a scarily true depiction of how women are seen in the world and how they are damned for following their own instincts.
>46 Familyhistorian: Jo Baker is rattling up quite a body of work. Three books in the last four years and all of which were well received.
Have a great Sunday, Meg.
>48 PaulCranswick: I didn't realize that Jo Baker had written three books, Paul. I've read two which were very different from each other. You have me curious about the one that I have missed so I will have to hunt it down. I'd wish you happy Sunday but yours is probably almost done by now, have a great week!
I just checked with my library's website and they have a few more than 3 books by Jo Baker. Not that I will be able to pick one up this time. I have 7 holds waiting for me to pick up, that's on top of the 3 that I have at home now. How did that happen?
That's a good and encouraging review of Becoming, Meg. We have it, but I haven't read it yet.
Hi Meg, have a great week ahead. I'm off to put on a new Fentanyl patch. It looks like I'm on day 4 of a 3-day patch, which explains my gout pain! Careless of me.
>56 jessibud2: Did the audiobook come with photos, Shelley? There were lots of photos in the book.
>57 richardderus: I hope the new patch does the trick, Richard. It's hard to keep track of all the end dates and deadlines, isn't it? There just seem to be more of them all the time.
I can't remember, Meg. There usually is a final disc with a pdf file of photos in such books though my computer hasn't always worked to allow me to see them in other such books. I did buy the hard copy because I wanted to own it (and see the photos) but borrowed the audio from the library because I wanted to have her read to me!
172. The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson
I almost bought The Bookshop of Yesterdays twice, the cover with all of its books signaled that it would be a book for me. It really was. It was about a bookshop so it ticked that box but it also included a family’s history and a mystery so definitely ticked those boxes too.
Miranda Brooks had her future all planned out with a job as a teacher and a live-in boyfriend soon to be husband but her life was thrown off kilter when her estranged uncle left her a failing bookshop. Why had he done that? She had to go and find out what it was all about and discovered there was a family mystery behind everything. The bookshop and the mystery were just the thing to change all her carefully laid plans.
>60 jessibud2: Well, it's good that photos are included in some form with that kind of a book, Shelley. I have never tried an audiobook and that would be a good one to start with if I were so inclined but I'm more of a visual person so I haven't been tempted.
>61 Familyhistorian: - I have this one on my shelf but haven't got to it yet (that's a familiar refrain around here...;-) The cover called my name, too!
>63 jessibud2: Maybe the cover designers know what catches our eyes. Books are an easier draw than all those naked male chests and female backs that seem to be on a lot of current covers, though.
>64 Familyhistorian: - I had a conversation about this on my last thread, I think but I have been noticing a TON of covers lately showing pictures of people from the back. I actually asked at several stores I was in if this was a deliberate thing or some sort of publishers trend. Many of the staff hadn't noticed until I pointed it out but on one front display table at Chapters, for example, I would guess that at least 80% of the books displayed on that one table had cover pictures of *backs*. It's all I notice now!!
Weird. And yeah, books about books, especially with cover pictures of books, will get me every time! :-)
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