TIFFIN'S Second for 2020

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Discussão75 Books Challenge for 2020

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TIFFIN'S Second for 2020

1tiffin
Editado: Ago 10, 2020, 12:27pm

I've been making masks. Here's my book mask:

2tiffin
Editado: Ago 12, 2020, 10:55am

109: Axeman's Jazz, Book Two of the Skip Langdon mysteries, by Julie Smith

Kindle edition



Just a shade on the noir side for moi, who likes her mysteries more on the English cosy side. Or perhaps it's the New Orleans heat.

3drneutron
Ago 10, 2020, 2:52pm

Happy new thread!

4Caroline_McElwee
Ago 10, 2020, 3:01pm

>1 tiffin: That's a gem Tui.

5lauralkeet
Ago 10, 2020, 3:13pm

Happy new thread! I love the mask.

6CDVicarage
Ago 10, 2020, 4:59pm

That's a lovely mask!

7PaulCranswick
Ago 10, 2020, 7:15pm

Happy new one, Tui. xx

8tiffin
Ago 10, 2020, 9:24pm

Thanks, Jim. Thanks, Caro. Thanks, Laura. Thanks, Kerry. Thanks, Paul.

9LizzieD
Ago 10, 2020, 10:40pm

Sorry you're not loving Skip as much as I did, Tui. Otoh, I love that mask! Quite a handsome statement!
There's an earlier series set in San Francisco with a feminist lawyer that may be a little lighter, and a later series with a woman P.I. in New Orleans that I didn't follow far. I keep all of them because I like having them, and I do plan to reread them all someday. *sigh*
Anyway, I look forward to this new thread!

10tiffin
Editado: Ago 12, 2020, 10:52am

Skip is ok, Peggy. I'm starting to get the hang of her now. Perhaps it was just first book syndrome.

11tiffin
Editado: Ago 12, 2020, 10:54am

110: Jazz Funeral, Book three of the Skip Langdon mysteries, by Julie Smith

Kindle edition

12tiffin
Editado: Ago 13, 2020, 11:17pm

111: Death Before Facebook, Book four of the Skip Langdon mysteries, by Julie Smith

Kindle edition



Skip Langdon is definitely growing on me and I'm starting to get a better grasp of New Orleans. It's like it's on another planet for this Canuck.

13richardderus
Ago 13, 2020, 10:33pm

Hiya, Tui, love the book mask!

>12 tiffin: I ought to read the series because of that title alone.

14tiffin
Ago 13, 2020, 11:16pm

You'd probably relate to New Orleans better than me, Richard. The series is best read in order, as things progress. I think you'd like Skip's landlord, Dee Dee.

15tiffin
Editado: Ago 13, 2020, 11:25pm

112: House of Blues, Book five of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith

Kindle edition



Well, that wraps up that boxed set but it doesn't wrap up the series. Off to see if there is more available.

ETA: Just got 6-10 for free via Prime!

16FAMeulstee
Ago 14, 2020, 5:32pm

Happy new thread, Tui!

>1 tiffin: It is fun to see all kind of different masks, I like it.
Over here masks are still rare, only required in public transportation, and since last week in the center of the big cities.

17lauralkeet
Ago 24, 2020, 8:01am

Tui, prompted by LT 75er chatter I just started a new (to me) series, the Sebastian St Cyr Mysteries. I thought of you because you're the person who introduced me to Matthew Shardlake, and these are also historical mysteries, set in Regency England. I enjoyed the first St Cyr book and I see you have them in your library. Just thought I'd put in a plug in case you're casting about looking for something to read. 😀

18tiffin
Ago 24, 2020, 7:55pm

113: The Kindness of Strangers, Vol. 6 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith

114: Crescent City Connection, Vol. 7 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith

115: 82 Desire, Vol. 8 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith

116: Mean Woman Blues, Vol. 9 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith

117: Murder on Magazine, Vol. 10 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith

Kindle edition



I had to complete the series because I had to know what happened between Skip Langdon and her arch nemesis.

19tiffin
Ago 24, 2020, 7:57pm

>17 lauralkeet:: Laura, I really like the St. Cyr series! I can't remember how many I've read. They get you hooked and then as you go on in the series, they get more expensive, so I may not have read them all. Thank you!

20tiffin
Ago 24, 2020, 7:59pm

118: Miss Seeton Cracks the Case, Book 9, by Hamilton Crane

Kindle edition



More freebies!

21tiffin
Ago 24, 2020, 8:03pm

119: Miss Seeton Paints the Town, Book 10, by Hamilton Crane

Kindle edition



Not a freebie but relatively inexpensive,

22tiffin
Editado: Ago 24, 2020, 8:08pm

120: The Big Crazy, Book 11 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith

Kindle edition



This one was set during Hurricane Katrina, and is a pretty vivid account of what was going on as great parts of New Orleans got flooded and destroyed. It isn't in sequence with the boxed set above, however. I think author Smith just felt it was a story that had to be told.

23lauralkeet
Ago 24, 2020, 8:30pm

>19 tiffin: ahhh, I'm not surprised to see you've read some of them already!

24tiffin
Ago 24, 2020, 8:50pm

I think there are about 15 of them. I think I've only read about four.

25tiffin
Editado: Ago 29, 2020, 1:54pm

121: Promised to the Shadow King, Book 1, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark
122: Trial for the Shadow King, Book 2, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark
123: Awakened by the Shadow King, Book 3, Captive of Shadows Series, by Bailey Dark
124: Battle for the Shadow King, Book 4, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark
125: Eternity with the Shadow King, Book 5, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark


Kindle edition, all free with Prime

Well, hey. I read them, so I'm counting them. I would only recommend this series if you are in the middle of a pandemic, you've just read your last book and aren't quite ready to go to sleep yet, you can handle a YA bodice ripper style story featuring Death, the king of the Underworld and his affianced human, promised to him by her father who wants to exact revenge on said king, It isn't the worst thing I've ever read but not a single brain cell was stretched in its reading. I won't bother posting the covers, all sporting a mega torsoed, long haired, broody Death.

I read cereal boxes as a kid, what can I say.

26lauralkeet
Set 15, 2020, 9:15pm

LOL that made me laugh Tui.

27richardderus
Set 16, 2020, 11:59am

Hi Tui, your girl Deryn Lake has a freebie on American Amazon so maybe it's free on y'all's as well? https://www.amazon.com/Sutton-Place-Deryn-Lake-ebook/dp/B00U8QZWIQ

It's Sutton Place (no LT touchstone) and it begins an historical trilogy.

28Caroline_McElwee
Set 18, 2020, 5:52pm

>25 tiffin: pffft. I'll pass this time...

29tiffin
Set 18, 2020, 11:15pm

>27 richardderus:: thanks, Richard, I'll have a look.
>28 Caroline_McElwee:: I took one for the team, Caro!

30tiffin
Set 19, 2020, 1:56pm

Read but not counted:

Slightly Foxed Quarterly, No. 62, Summer 2019.

Soothing bedtime reading and catching up with back issues.

31LizzieD
Set 19, 2020, 11:35pm

Hi, Tui. I don't know if you've read Roni's thread lately, but she read and liked The Wizard's Butler. I'm about to finish it, and I'm loving it. Seems to me that you would love it too.
My mama is in a good place right now, at least mentally if not physically. I'm vastly grateful.
Hope you're well!

32tiffin
Set 20, 2020, 10:57am

Thanks, Peggy, I'll look it up. Glad your mom is doing well. My mom is in total lockdown again, so I can only do phone visits. It's been a hard year that way.

33LizzieD
Set 20, 2020, 12:01pm

I hesitate to ask about your mom if you don't mention her, Tui. My mother moved across the street from us a year after my father died, the best resettlement ever. I'm doing my best to keep her safe and healthy enough that she can stay here and not be isolated elsewhere. I'm sorry you're in that position now.

34tiffin
Set 23, 2020, 12:57am

126: The Black Chalice, by Marie Jakober

Kindle edition



Set in the 1100s in Germany. Old gods, the new God, power struggles between Rome and the warrior dukes of Germany, but with wonderful injections of sorcery, and old magic vying to hold the balance as well. A really well written and interesting story.

35tiffin
Set 24, 2020, 1:26pm

Got a hold of The Wizard's Butler, and am loving it. Thanks so much, Peggy!

36tiffin
Set 24, 2020, 5:12pm

127: The Wizard's Butler, by Nathan Lowell

Kindle edition



This was quite delightful. I wonder if there is a sequel?

37tiffin
Set 26, 2020, 12:28am

128: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

Kindle edition



Oh this is fun! And it's a series too.

38tiffin
Editado: Set 26, 2020, 12:36am

129: Rogue Protocol, Book 3 of the Murderbot series, by Martha Wells

Kindle edition



Inadvertently read Book 3 before Book 2.

39tiffin
Set 26, 2020, 8:54pm

130: Artificial Condition, Book 2 of the Murderbot series, by Martha Wells

Kindle edition



Thoroughly enjoying this series.

40LizzieD
Editado: Set 27, 2020, 12:12pm

HOORAY for Murderbot!!!! I've read only two of them, and I'm more or less hoarding the rest.
>36 tiffin: I'm tickled that you liked the Lowell, Tui. I think you and I both enjoyed it more than Roni, who put me on to it. He certainly left ample opportunities for a sequel, but I haven't seen anything about it. I fully intend to invest in his early space opera trio that starts with Quarter Share soon. (There are two trilogy omnibuses for Kindle. Roni has read all six now.)

41lauralkeet
Editado: Set 27, 2020, 8:00am

Tui, just wanted to mention that your cover images are not displaying for me. I tried to open the image in a new tab and received a "403 Forbidden" error message, which means I'm not permitted to access the image. Images have been weird in Talk for a while, and I've found using LT's member-uploaded covers instead of Amazon covers is more reliable.

But then again, maybe I'm the only one who can't see your images, in which case don't worry about it!

42tiffin
Set 27, 2020, 12:07pm

Thanks for the space opera tip, Peggy. Laura, I'm sorry you can't see the covers. No one else has said a word so I don't know where the glitch might be?

43tiffin
Set 27, 2020, 12:11pm

131: Exit Strategy, Book 4 of the Murderbot series, by Martha Wells

Kindle edition



Well, that was fun and highly entertaining. There is a fifth book out but it's out of budget at the moment, so I've wishlisted it.

44tiffin
Editado: Set 29, 2020, 11:01am

Slightly Foxed No. 65, Spring 2020. I still have a lot of these to read. I had all the issues from the moment I joined but after discovering how much I love reading them, I purchased all the issues I didn't have, back to the beginning of the quarterlies, so I still have twenty back issues to read, in addition to the current ones coming in. They are all about 95 pages in length.

45richardderus
Set 29, 2020, 11:05am

>44 tiffin: The best investment in entertainment a biblioholic can make.

Well, that and Murderbot. I can't believe how addictive that series is!

46tiffin
Set 29, 2020, 3:14pm

Richard, I just love Murderbot! So well conceived and thought out.

47richardderus
Set 29, 2020, 3:32pm

Exactly the thing I love about them, too. I feel so enrapt when I'm reading about this world Martha Wells has created because it's very thought out. When Murderbot is property, and behaves subversively, it comes across to me as Wells working out the exact salt point where consciousness eddies into self-determination.

Such a pleasure to experience someone's care and craft of that high a level.

48tiffin
Set 29, 2020, 5:30pm

Yes, exactly!

49tiffin
Editado: Set 29, 2020, 9:45pm

132: The Heron Kings, by Eric Lewis

Kindle edition



Gory in the way that societies which use swords, crossbows and regular bows can be, but a good tale regardless.

50lauralkeet
Set 30, 2020, 7:00am

Not that you're losing sleep over this, but I can see your cover images again. No idea what the problem was!

51tiffin
Set 30, 2020, 11:50am

Hooray, Laura! ho ho

52tiffin
Out 6, 2020, 3:24pm

133: Steamborn, Steamborn Series Book 1, by Eric Asher

Kindle edition



Although I suspect this was written to be a YA book, it is a good story nonetheless, at least so far.

53tiffin
Out 6, 2020, 3:26pm

134: Steamforged, Steamborn Series Book 2, by Eric Asher

Kindle edition



You know I like steampunk--this is a well written steampunk tale.

54tiffin
Out 6, 2020, 3:30pm

135: Steamsworn, Steamborn Series Book 3, by Eric Asher

Kindle edition



Well, you know you've enjoyed a series when you don't want to see it end. I would like to know what happens next with these characters, how they get their society rebuilt, how they fare against a distant threat. Asher didn't entirely wrap things up, leaving the potential there for a continuation of the tale.

55richardderus
Out 7, 2020, 1:35pm

>52 tiffin: AND the Kindle edition is free! I read a sample and was hooked. It didn't feel like a YA book to me, is that something that develops over time?

56tiffin
Out 7, 2020, 4:25pm

No, it's just that the main protagonists were 15/16, so that's probably the target audience. A lot of YA can be read by adults, as long as it's well written, which this is. Good characters, good story line.

57PaulCranswick
Out 10, 2020, 10:24pm

Happy thanksgiving weekend, Tui.

58LizzieD
Out 10, 2020, 11:53pm

FREE is my favorite price. Onto the Kindle it goes with thanks to you and Richard, Tui.

59richardderus
Out 11, 2020, 4:06pm

>56 tiffin: I take your point, though these teens have flown under my "oh forevermore!!" radar to date.

I hope you and Des and sons are having a delicious Thanksgiving weekend.

60tiffin
Nov 11, 2020, 7:26pm

136: Name of the Wind, Book I of the Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss

Kindle edition



Pretty interesting.

61tiffin
Nov 11, 2020, 7:28pm

137: The Wise Man's Fear, Book II of the Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss

Kindle edition



Surely to goodness this isn't the last book? There must be a Book III somewhere!

62tiffin
Nov 11, 2020, 7:35pm

There is a third book, "The Doors of Stone", but it hasn't been released yet. *whew* Book 2 really left me hanging.

63drneutron
Nov 11, 2020, 9:35pm

Yeah, Rothfuss is following in George RR Martin’s footsteps with taking a *really* long time to finish the story. *sigh*

64tiffin
Nov 11, 2020, 10:08pm

So Kvothe isn't the only one waiting to die, eh Jim?

65FAMeulstee
Nov 12, 2020, 2:28pm

Hi Tui, I have left FB so now rely on your thread here.
Also waiting for book 3, I loved both The name of the wind and The wise man's fear.

66tiffin
Nov 12, 2020, 6:21pm

Hi Anita: thanks for letting me know. You are always welcome here. I have just read his novelette about Auri, The Slow Regard of Silent Things. I loved it, as I loved the character of Auri.

67tiffin
Nov 12, 2020, 6:24pm

138: The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss

Kindle edition



This isn't a full novel, probably just a novelette, but I loved it. It is the story of one of the characters in "The Kingkiller Chronicle", Auri. She is fey and secret, living under the university in the many miles of tunnels and passages. But she has her own kind of power, of magic, and she is deeply lovely.

68tiffin
Nov 14, 2020, 4:51pm

139: Stolen Enchantress, Book 1 of the Forbidden Forest series by Amber Argyle

Kindle edition



Better than the title might suggest.

69tiffin
Nov 14, 2020, 4:52pm

140: Piper Prince, Book 2 of the Forbidden Forest series by Amber Argyle

Kindle edition

70richardderus
Nov 14, 2020, 5:09pm

Tui, the newly-late Rachel Caine's Great Library series' first two books are on Kindlesale today. Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire are very good stories and the setting is most agreeable.

For your consideration.

71tiffin
Nov 14, 2020, 5:17pm

Thanks, Richard!

72richardderus
Nov 17, 2020, 6:24pm

TUITUITUI!!!
LOST ACRE IS OUT TODAY! (That's Rotherweird 3 if you've mislaid that title.) Only $4.99 on Kindle.

73tiffin
Nov 17, 2020, 8:19pm

I've got the whole set in hardbound, Richard. I loved it so much I had to have it in a good set.

74richardderus
Nov 17, 2020, 9:26pm

>73 tiffin: Excellent. I'm so glad you told me about them!

75LizzieD
Nov 17, 2020, 11:06pm

Must. Read. Rotherweird. Must. Thanks for the initial tip and the reminder, Tui. Glad to see you reading and reading!

76tiffin
Nov 19, 2020, 1:52pm

141: Wraith King, Book 3 of the Forbidden Forest series, by Amber Argyle

Kindle edition



I passed over this series a few times because the author's name kind of put me off. I finally caved when the first two books were offered on Prime for free. It wasn't bad, actually, and it appears that Amber Argyle is her real name.

77tiffin
Nov 20, 2020, 12:13pm

>70 richardderus:: Richard, I wasn't able to get the Library series on sale in Canada but I did get all four (five?) books regardless for our shared Kindle Christmas file that I set up every year for the family. I finished the first book last night and boy it's good!

78richardderus
Nov 20, 2020, 3:54pm

>77 tiffin: Oh yay! I love it when people like books I have enjoyed as much as I've enjoyed her series. I hope it stays fun reading.

79tiffin
Nov 25, 2020, 12:54pm

142: Ink and Bone, Book 1 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine

Kindle edition



Oh boy, is this ever good!

80tiffin
Nov 25, 2020, 12:55pm

143: Paper and Fire, Book 2 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine

Kindle edition



I like the characters, I like the plot, I like the whole ball of wax!

81tiffin
Nov 25, 2020, 12:57pm

144: Ash and Quill, Book 3 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine

Kindle edition



I'm devouring this series!

82richardderus
Nov 25, 2020, 12:58pm

YAY for a Rachel Caine convert!

83tiffin
Nov 25, 2020, 12:58pm

145: Smoke and Iron, Book 4 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine

Kindle edition



One more to go!

84tiffin
Nov 25, 2020, 12:59pm

>82 richardderus:: Richard, have you read anything else by her? This is making me want to explore her further. I haven't read anything so meaty or satisfying in a while!

85tiffin
Nov 25, 2020, 1:08pm

146: Sword and Pen, Book 5 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine

Kindle edition



Every Christmas I accumulate a pile of books for the family to share. I can't stay out of the pile myself, of course. This year the winner series is the Great Library series by Rachel Caine. The Great Library has become, over thousands of years, a power greater than nations and rulers. As such, its power attracts not only the noble and pure of heart, who want to protect knowledge but the malignant and evil who want its power for themselves. So yes, this is a classic good versus evil tale but with books at its heart.

Caine has created a wonderful cast of characters. She has spun a tale sweeping in its scope, and powerful in its ability to make us suspend disbelief and carry us along. I do so love being told a wonderful story which allows me to be totally immersed in its words. This, folks, is a total winner!

86richardderus
Nov 25, 2020, 3:14pm

>84 tiffin: I read Stillhouse Lake, about a housewife (her own term) unknowingly married to a serial killer, who reinvents herself as an Avenging Angel.

I ***HATED*** it, and would not read the sequels (4) on a bet or for cash money. After that I stopped even trying any of her stuff.

87tiffin
Nov 25, 2020, 4:42pm

That sounds awful!

88Caroline_McElwee
Nov 26, 2020, 4:58am

>79 tiffin: I'm taking a punt on this for my bro, based on your enthusiasm Tui. I also ordered a copy for myself.

89tiffin
Dez 2, 2020, 8:51pm

147: Network Effect, the Murderbot Diaries Book 5, by Martha Wells

Kindle edition



I do like Murderbot.

90CDVicarage
Dez 3, 2020, 3:49am

>79 tiffin: I thought I'd try Ink and Bone (on your recommendation) as it was available on Kindle Unlimited and I'm enjoying it but disappointed that the next ones in the series aren't on KU...

91tiffin
Dez 3, 2020, 11:43am

I know, Kerry. I bit the bullet and bought them at the higher price. I get so much good reading for free though, so I guess I can't complain.

I always get nervous when someone gets a book I really enjoy because I'm not sure that my taste for being purely entertained will work for others who might want something of more substance. I should add this caveat to things: having paid my dues to the gods and goddesses of Great Literature, I only want to read for entertainment in my senior years. Outer space and alternative realities it is!

92richardderus
Dez 3, 2020, 3:19pm

>89 tiffin: And we have to wait until April 2021 for Fugitive Telemetry, darn it.

93tiffin
Dez 3, 2020, 4:09pm

94richardderus
Dez 3, 2020, 4:53pm

>93 tiffin: I'd rip my hair out but Old Stepmother Nature already did it for me.

95richardderus
Dez 21, 2020, 1:30pm

I got the *best* gift today! And it arrived spang on Yule, too:

This was an excellent surprise. Many, many thanks!

96tiffin
Dez 21, 2020, 3:04pm

Hooray! Happy Solstice, Richard.

97richardderus
Dez 21, 2020, 3:25pm

>96 tiffin: It *almost* is enough to make me retract the curses on 2020 I've been posting everywhere.

98SandDune
Dez 24, 2020, 8:48am



Or in other words, Happy Christmas! And have a great New Year as well. Here’s hoping 2021 is better than 2020.

99tiffin
Dez 24, 2020, 10:52am

>98 SandDune: Blwyddyn Newydd Dda to you too, Rhian! Thank you.

100tkstudy
Dez 24, 2020, 10:56am

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101SandDune
Dez 24, 2020, 10:57am

>99 tiffin: Very impressive!

102tiffin
Dez 24, 2020, 10:58am

>101 SandDune: I'm a dab hand at online translations. hehehe

103Caroline_McElwee
Dez 24, 2020, 4:53pm



I hope there are some treats, some relaxation, and some reading over the festive season, and that 2021 is a kinder year to everyone.

Wishing you plenty of happy reading in 2021 Tui.

104tiffin
Dez 24, 2020, 4:56pm

Thanks so much, Caro. I love that little house ornament!

105PaulCranswick
Dez 25, 2020, 12:22pm



I hope you get some of those at least, Tui, as we all look forward to a better 2021.

106tiffin
Dez 25, 2020, 1:11pm

Thank you, Paul! Best wishes for you and yours as well.

107tiffin
Dez 28, 2020, 1:03pm

<148>: The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin

Kindle edition



Only the first book is out so far. I really enjoyed this and am eagerly waiting for book 2.

108tiffin
Dez 28, 2020, 1:05pm

149: The Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott

Kindle edition



I suspect this is a YA. I might read on in the series, perhaps, maybe, sometime.

109tiffin
Dez 28, 2020, 1:06pm

Read but not counting: Slightly Foxed Autumn 2020 journal. As always, very enjoyable.

110tiffin
Dez 28, 2020, 1:08pm

150: The Night Tiger, by Yangsze Choo

Kindle edition



A nicely told story.

111tiffin
Dez 28, 2020, 1:10pm

151: Henrietta Who, The Calleshire Chronicles Book 2, by Catherine Aird

Kindle edition



A cosy English myster.

112FAMeulstee
Dez 28, 2020, 5:29pm

>110 tiffin: Congratulations on reaching 2 x 75, Tui!

113tiffin
Dez 28, 2020, 9:05pm

Thanks, Anita! Nothing like a pandemic for upping one's reading time.

114richardderus
Dez 28, 2020, 9:46pm

>110 tiffin: Yay!


I'll see you in the 2021 group soon, I hope.

115tiffin
Dez 28, 2020, 10:08pm

116tiffin
Editado: Dez 31, 2020, 12:16pm

152: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, Raincoast Books

153: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, Raincoast Books

154: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, Raincoast Books

155: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, Raincoast Books

156: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, Raincoast Books

Yeah, I know. So many books, so little time, and I'm rereading these ones. Christmas Day evening we watched the first Harry Potter movie en famille and, as we have the whole movie series on dvds, Himself and I kept on watching one per evening. I knew that *things* had been left out for the movie format, so picked up and read the first three quickly (they are small books) to see what might be missing. The Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Phoenix left out much more, definite cases of the books being better, except for the special effects.

But the truth is that I kept reading because some part of me is craving good to triumph over evil after four years of He Who Shall Not Be Named and a pandemic the like of which hasn't been seen in a century. My friends in the UK are still battling Boris the Boggle. Like most, I am mentally and emotionally battle weary from it. So Harry Potter it has been to end off the year. I shall wave my metaphorical wand and shout "Expelliarmus" to 2020. I just might keep on rereading the series through into 2021, sitting reading by the tree with its cheering lights until Little Christmas on January 6th.

So whether it's Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, or whatever, I hope you all have a comfort read to tide you into the new year, soothing your troubled spirits and keeping the flames of your hope alive.

117lauralkeet
Dez 31, 2020, 12:27pm

Ooh, Harry Potter would be a fun re-read. I completely understand the value of comfort reads these days. I've ended the year with a P.G. Wodehouse Blandings novel for exactly that reason.

118PaulCranswick
Dez 31, 2020, 9:48pm



Tui

As the year turns, friendship continues

119tiffin
Editado: Jan 2, 12:33am

Books Read in 2020
This is a list for quick access to titles for myself. I may (or might not have) put more details under each title. Unless otherwise stated, these were all 3.0 to 4.5 reads.

1: The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
2: The Invisible Library, by Genevieve Cogman
3: The Masked City, The Invisible Library Vol. 2 by Genevieve Cogman
4: The Lives of Tao, Book 1 of the Tao novels by Wesley Chu
5: The Deaths of Tao, Book II of the Tao novels by Wesley Chu
6: The Rebirths of Tao, Book III of the Tao novels by Wesley Chu
7: Ash Princess, Book One, by Laura Sebastian
8: Lady Smoke, Ash Princess Book Two, by Laura Sebastian
9: Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown, by Anne Glenconner
10: A Sea of Troubles, Book 10 in the Commissario Brunetti series, by Donna Leon
11: The Course of True Love, in the Monstrous Little Voices series, by Kate Heartfield
12, 13, 14, 15: Extensis Vitae, books 1, 2, 3 & 4, by Gregory Mattix
16: Natural Causes, Book I of the Inspector McLean mystery series, by James Oswald
17: The Unkindest Cut, a Monstrous Little Voices book 3, by Emma Newman
18: The Book of Souls, Book 2 of the Inspector McLean series, by James Oswald
19: The Hangman's Song, Book 3 of the Inspector McLean series, by James Oswald
20: Dead Men's Bones, Book 4 of the Inspector McLean Series, by James Oswald
21: Prayer for the Dead, Book 5 of the Inspector McLean series, by James Oswald
22: The Damage Done, Book 6 of the Inspector McLean series, by James Oswald
23: Written in Bones, Book 7 of the Inspector McLean series, by James Oswald
24: Safe and Sound by Fern Michaels (DO NOT RECOMMEND)
25: Pilgrim of Hate, by Ellis Peters
26: Rotherweird, by Andrew Caldecott FIVE STAR
27: Wyntertide, Book II of the Rotherweird series by Andrew Caldecott FIVE STAR
28: Lost Acre, Book III of the Rotherweird series by Andrew Caldecott FIVE STAR
29: Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen
30: Kurintor Nyusi, by Aaron-Michael Hall (DO NOT RECOMMEND)
31: The Night they Killed Joss Varran, by George Bellairs
32: Murder on Wheels, by Stuart Palmer
33: Forced Conversion, by Donald J. Bingle (MEH)
34: Three Shot Burst, by Phillip DePoy, Foggy Moscowitz mystery Book 2
35: Icepick, by Philip DePoy, a Foggy Moscowitz mystery Book 3
36: Cold Florida, by Phillip DePoy, Book 1 in the Foggy Moscowitz mystery series
37: Easy, A Flap Tucker mystery, by Phillip DePoy
38: Too Easy, Book 2 of the Flap Tucker mysteries, by Phillip DePoy
39: Easy as One, Two, Three, Book 3 of the Flap Tucker mysteries, by Phillip DePoy
40: Dancing Made Easy, Book 4 of the Flap Tucker Mysteries, by Phillip DePoy
41: Dead Easy, Book 5 of the Flap Tucker mysteries, by Phillip DePoy
42: The Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley
43: Death in Room Five, by George Bellairs
44: Daughter of Time, Book 1 of the After Cilmeri series by Sarah Woodbury (MEH)
45: Waters of Eternal Youth, by Donna Leon, Book 25 in the series
46: The Good Knight, The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries Book 1, by Sarah Woodbury
47: The Samurai's Daughter, by John J. Healey
48: Mystery on Hidden Lane, Book 1 of the Eve Mallow mysteries, by Clare Chase
49: Mystery at Apple Tree Cottage, Book II of the Eve Mallow mysteries, by Clare Chase
50: Brimstone Angels, Neverwinter Nights, Book I, by Erin M. Evans
51: The Mapmaker's Daughter, by Katherine Nouri Hughes
52: Hidden by Linda Gillard (MEH)
53: A Bloody Hot Summer, by Trevor D'Silva
54: A Case of Blackmail in Belgravia, a Freddy Pilkington-Soames AdventreBook 1, by Clara Benson
55: The Sword & Shield, by Emma Khoury
56: The Fear Hunter, by Elise Sax
57: Some Like it Shot, by Elise Sax
58: Miss Seeton's Finest Hour, by Hamilton Crane
59: The Queen of the Tearling, Book I, by Erika Johansen
60: The Invasion of the Tearling, Book II, by Erika Johansen
61: The Fate of the Tearling, Book III, by Erika Johansen
62, 63, 64: The Miss Seeton Series: Books 1-3, by Heron Carvic
65: Resurrection Row, by Anne Perry
66: The Eye of Love: A Novel, by Margery Sharp
67: Stolen Songbird, Malediction Trilogy Book One, by Danielle L. Jensen
68: Hidden Huntress, Malediction Trilogy Book Two, by Danielle Jensen
69: Warrior Witch, Malediction Trilogy Book Three, by Danielle Jensen
70: Between Mountain and Sea, Book I of the Paradise Chronicles, by Louisa Locke
71: Under Two Moons, Book II of the Paradise Chronicles, by Louisa Locke
72: Through Ddaera's Touch, Book III of the Paradise Chronicles, by Louisa Locke
73: Master of Sorrows, The Silent Gods series Book I, by Justin Travis Call
74: A Reputation Dies, the Rutherford Trilogy Book I, by Alice Chetwynd Ley
75: Eleanor, the Books of the Five, Book I, by S.F. Burgess

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Jan 1, 4:28pm

Next year I'm going to put the books of 2021 at the start of the topic, rather than hopping around copying and pasting. This is tarsome!

121tiffin
Editado: Jan 2, 7:41pm

Books Read 2020 cont'd

76: Will, the Books of the Five, Book II, by S.F. Burgess
77: Amelia, The Books of the Five, Book III, by S.F. Burgess
78: Dream London, by Tony Ballantyne
79, 80, 81: Modern Magick, Books 1-3, by Charlotte E. English. Book I: The Road to Farringale, Book II: Toil and Trouble, and Book III: The Striding Spire
82, 83, 84: Modern Magick, Vol. 3, Books 7-9, by Charlotte E. English, containing The Wonders of Vale, The Heart of Hyndorin, Alchemy and Argent
85: The Magick of Merlin, Modern Magick Vol. 10 by Charlotte E. English
86: The Scandal at Bletchley, the first in the Hilary Manningham-Butler mysteries by Jack Treby (MEH)
87: The Bridge Kingdom, by Danielle L. Jensen (MEH)
88: A Striking Similarity, Book 1 of the Ottawa Detective Series by Kevin Hopkins (MEH)
89: The Corner Shop, by Elizabeth Cadell
90: The Cuckoo in Spring, by Elizabeth Cadell
91, 92, 93, 94: Victorian San Francisco Mysteries, Books 1-4, by M. Louisa Lock. 1: Maids of Misfortune, 2: Uneasy Spirits, 3: Bloody Lessons, 4: Deadly Proof
95: Motley Tales, by Charlotte E. English
96: Fatal Assignation, Book 2 of the Rutherford Trilogy, by Alice Chetwynd Ley
97: Masquerade of Vengeance, Book 3 of the Rutherford Trilogy, by Alice Chetwynd Ley
98: Paragon Walk, by Anne Perry
99: Bessie Bell and the Goblin King, Tales of Aylfenhame, by Charlotte E. English
100: Die Noon, by Elise Sax
101: A Doom With a View by Elise Sax
102: Jurassic Dark by Elise Sax, Goodnight Mysteries Book 3
103: Coal Miner's Slaughter, by Elise Sax, Goodnight Mysteries Book 4
104: Wuthering Frights , by Elise Sax, Goodnight Mysteries Book 5
105: The Single Soldier by George Costigan
106: The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story, by Hyeonseo Lee
107: Miss Seeton at the Helm, by Hampton Charles
108: New Orleans Mourning, Book One in the Skip Langdon Mysteries boxed set, by Julie Smith
109: Axeman's Jazz, Book Two of the Skip Langdon mysteries, by Julie Smith
110: Jazz Funeral, Book three of the Skip Langdon mysteries, by Julie Smith
111: Death Before Facebook, Book four of the Skip Langdon mysteries, by Julie Smith
112: House of Blues, Book five of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith
113: The Kindness of Strangers, Vol. 6 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith
114: Crescent City Connection, Vol. 7 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith
115: 82 Desire, Vol. 8 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith
116: Mean Woman Blues, Vol. 9 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith
117: Murder on Magazine, Vol. 10 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith
118: Miss Seeton Cracks the Case, Book 9, by Hamilton Crane
119: Miss Seeton Paints the Town, Book 10, by Hamilton Crane
120: The Big Crazy, Book 11 of the Skip Langdon Mysteries, by Julie Smith
121: Promised to the Shadow King, Book 1, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark
122: Trial for the Shadow King, Book 2, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark
123: Awakened by the Shadow King, Book 3, Captive of Shadows Series, by Bailey Dark
124: Battle for the Shadow King, Book 4, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark
125: Eternity with the Shadow King, Book 5, Captive of Shadows series, by Bailey Dark
126: The Black Chalice, by Marie Jakober
127: The Wizard's Butler, by Nathan Lowell
128: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (FIVE STARS for fun and SF humour)
129: Rogue Protocol, Book 3 of the Murderbot series, by Martha Wells
130: Artificial Condition, Book 2 of the Murderbot series, by Martha Wells
131: Exit Strategy, Book 4 of the Murderbot series, by Martha Wells
132: The Heron Kings, by Eric Lewis
133: Steamborn, Steamborn Series Book 1, by Eric Asher
134: Steamforged, Steamborn Series Book 2, by Eric Asher
135: Steamsworn, Steamborn Series Book 3, by Eric Asher
136: Name of the Wind, Book I of the Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss
137: The Wise Man's Fear, Book II of the Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss
138: The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
139: Stolen Enchantress, Book 1 of the Forbidden Forest series by Amber Argyle
140: Piper Prince, Book 2 of the Forbidden Forest series by Amber Argyle
141: Wraith King, Book 3 of the Forbidden Forest series, by Amber Argyle
142: Ink and Bone, Book 1 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine (REALLY GOOD SERIES)
143: Paper and Fire, Book 2 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine
144: Ash and Quill, Book 3 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine
145: Smoke and Iron, Book 4 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine
146: Sword and Pen, Book 5 of the Great Library series, by Rachel Caine
147: Network Effect, the Murderbot Diaries Book 5, by Martha Wells
148: The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin (POTENTIAL TO BE FIVE STAR)
149: The Unconquerable Sun, by Kate Elliott
150: The Night Tiger, by Yangsze Choo
151: Henrietta Who, The Calleshire Chronicles Book 2, by Catherine Aird
152: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J.K. Rowling (REREAD)
153: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling (REREAD)
154: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling (REREAD)
155: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling (REREAD)
156: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling (REREAD)
157: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling (REREAD)

Discovered writers whose works I would continue to follow:
Charlotte E. English; Danielle L. Jensen; Elise Sax; Phillip DePoy; N.K. Jemisin; Nathan Lowell; Martha Wells; Rachel Caine;

122tiffin
Jan 2, 12:41pm

>118 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. So true, especially with a shared love of reading.

123tiffin
Jan 2, 1:02pm

157: The last one for 2020, although it did carry over to January 1st for a bit: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
I'm going to finish the last book, even though it seems wrongish to start 2021 with a reread.