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Tricia is still here in 2021

1hailelib
Jan 1, 4:42pm

This year I've decided to stay fairly simple and read by the month. Some months may have a particular focus but some may be just for reading whatever strikes my fancy on any given day.

Some Cats and Kits will show up if that month's topic sounds interesting and I'll probably have a few Bingo squares filled in at the end of the year.

The main goal will be to read a variety and still have fun.

2hailelib
Editado: Abr 11, 7:35pm

JANUARY:

1. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford - finished January 2 - own
2. Death of a Red Mandarin by Christopher West - finished January 4 - own
3. Shadow of Victory by David Weber - own
4. Mission of Honor by David Weber - own
5. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers - own
6. A Rising Thunder by David Weber - own
7. Uncompromising Honor by David Weber - Finished January 21 - own
8. Written in Blood by Caroline Graham - Finished January 22 - own
9. A Thief or Two by Sara Wood - Finished January 24 - own
10. The Tenth Life by Richard Lockridge - Finished January 26 - own
11. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie - Finished January 28 - own
12. Final Diagnosis by James White - Finished January 30 - own

3hailelib
Editado: Fev 28, 8:01pm

FEBRUARY

1. Trader's Leap by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - February 2, 2021 - own
2. Arrow Pointing Nowhere by Elizabeth Daly - February 2021 - own
3. Curses! by Aaron Elkins - February 2021 - own
4. Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steven Miller - February - own
5. The Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin - February 2021 -own
6. Death and Letters by Elizabeth Daly - February 2021 - own
7. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie - February 2021 - own
8. Unexpected Night by Elizabeth Daly - February 2021 - own
9. All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming - Finished February 13, 2021 - own
10. The Bloody Book of Law by Sara Woods - Finished February 14, 2021 - own
11. A Heinlein Trio by Robert A. Heinlein - Finished February 2021 - own - contains 3 novels
12. An Alien Light by Nancy Kress - Finished February - own
13. Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - Finished February - ebook - own
14. Splinter Universe Presents by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - February - ebook - own
15. Plan B by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - February - own
16. Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - own
17. Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - own
18. A Liaden Constellation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - own
19. One Coffee With by Margaret Maron - ebook - own
20. Act of Mercy by Peter Tremayne - own
21. Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron - own
22. Killer Market by Margaret Maron - own
23. Home Fires by Margaret Maron - own
24. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides - own
25. Gently with the Innocents by Alan Hunter - Finished February 28 - own

4hailelib
Editado: Abr 2, 5:26pm

MARCH

1. How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr - Finished March 7 - own
2. The Locked Room by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - Finished March 10 - own
3. Selections from Lord Peter by Dorothy L. Sayers and edited and introduced by James Sandoe - March 11 - own
4. In the Teeth of the Evidence by Dorothy L. Sayers - March 11 - own
5. Myth Adventures an anthology by Robert Lynn Asprin - March 12 - own
6. Myth Alliances an anthology by Robert Lynn Asprin - March 14 - own
7. Death in Time by Mignon Warner - March 15 - own
8. A Medium for Murder by Mignon Warner - March 16 - own
9. The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace - finished March 19 - own
10. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester - March 21 - own
11. Next to Last Stand by Craig Johnson - March 23 - own
12. Mercury by Ben Bova - March 25 - own
13. A Holiday for Murder - by Agatha Christie - March 26 - own
14. Treachery in Type by Josephine Bell - March 28 - own
15. The Other Side of Time by Keith Laumer - March 29 - own
16. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George - March 31 - own

5hailelib
Editado: Maio 2, 2:46pm

APRIL - no particular plans except to finish at least one nonfiction book.

1. A Coffin from the Past by Gwendoline Butler - April 1 - own
2. Major Operation by James White - April 2 - own
3. The Robin & the Kestrel by Mercedes Lackey - April 3 - own
4. The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley - April 4 - own
5. The Piccadilly Murder by Anthony Berkeley - April 5 - own
6. The Murder at Sissingham Hall - by Clara Benson - ?- own - ebook
7. The Mystery at Underwood House by Clara Benson - ? - own - ebook
8. The Treasure at Poldarrow Point by Clara Benson - ? - own - ebook
9. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne - April 7 - own
10. The Layton Court Mystery by Anthony Berkeley - April 9 - own - ebook
11. The Lake District Murder by John Bude - April 11 - own - ebook
12. At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie - April 10 - own
13. Monsters and Medics by James White - April 12 - own
14. Beyond Blame by Stephen Greenleaf - April - own
15. Toll Call by Stephen Greenleaf - April - own
16. Miles in Love by Lois McMaster Bujold - April - own - ebook
17. Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold - April - own
18. Banker by Dick Francis - April - own
19. Any Shape or Form by Elizabeth Daly - April - own
20. Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A Spellberg - nonfiction - April - own
21. The Roads of Heaven by Melissa Scott - April - own
22.Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie - April 30 - own

6hailelib
Editado: Jun 1, 5:47pm

MAY

1. Murder in Gray and White by Corinne Holt Sawyer - finished May 2 - own
2. Asimov on Science Fiction by Isaac Asimov - finished May 11 - own
3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie - Finished May 4 - own in omnibus
4. The Vanishing by David J. Delaney - finished May 14 - own - ebook
5. The Emperor's Snuff-box by John D. Carr - May 13 - own - ebook
6. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey - May 12 - own - ebook
7. Big Sick Heart by Mike Markel - May 5 - own - ebook
8. Deviations by Mike Markel - May 6 - own - ebook
9. The Broken Saint by Mike Markel - May 7 - own - ebook
10. Three-Ways by Mike Markel - May 9 - own - ebook
11. The Book of the Dead by Elizabeth Daly - May ? - own - ebook
12. The Newton Code by Liam Fialkov - May ? - own - ebook
13. Asimov on Science Fiction by Isaac Asimov - May 20 - own - nonfiction
14. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie - May? - own in Masterpieces of Murder
15. The Family Tomb by Michael Gilbert - May? - own
16. With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare - May? - own
17. Death Walks the Woods by Cyril Hare - May? - own
18. Suicide Excepted by Cyril Hare - May? - own
19. Untimely Death by Cyril Hare - May? - own
20. Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 20 - own - ebook - reread
21. Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 21 - own - ebook
22. Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 21 - own - ebook
23. Masquerade in Lodi by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 22 - own - ebook
24. Penric's Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 22 - own - ebook
25. Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 23 - own - ebook
26. The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 24 - own - ebook
27. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 25 - own - ebook
28. The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 25 - own - ebook
29. The assassins of Thasalon by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 27 - own - ebook
30. The Book of the Lion by Elizabeth Daly - May 28 - own - ebook
31. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 29 - own - reread
32. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 30 - own - reread
33. Mauve by Simon Garfield - May 31 - own - nonfiction
34. White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz - May ? - own

7hailelib
Editado: Jul 8, 5:06pm

JUNE

1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - own
2. Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer - own
3. Finders by Melissa Scott - own
4. The Singing Heart by Elizabeth Cadell - own - aka The Lark Shall Sing
5. The Wheel Turns by Elizabeth Lemarchand - own
6. Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon - recent purchase
7. The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara w. Tuchman - June 12 - own - nonfiction
8. Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh- June 13 - public library
9. Crimson Lake by Candice Fox - June 14 - public library
10. Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs - own
11. Warlord of Mars by Edgar rice Burroughs - own
12. Deadly Nightshade by Elizabeth Daly - recent purchase - ebook
13. There is No Justice by R. B. Dominic aka Emma Lathen - recent purchase - ebook
14. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho - June 18 - public library
15. The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey - June 19 - public library - reread
16. Murder in High Place by R. B. Dominic - June 20 - own
17. Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh - June 21 - own
18. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - by Douglas Adams - June 22 - own
19. Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker - June 24 - public library
20. Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer - June 25 - public library
21. Through the Wall by Patricia Wentworth - June 26 - own
22. The Shakespeare Murders by A. G. Macdonell - June 28 - recent ebook purchase
23. The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey - June 28 - own
24. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey - June 30 - own

8hailelib
Editado: Jul 22, 8:30pm

JULY

1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine - July 1 - public library
2. Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith - July 4 - public library
3. Lost History by Michael H. Morgan - July 4 - own
4. Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart - July 6 - own
5. The Vanishing by Jayne Anne Krentz - July 7 - public library
6. Golden in Death by J. D. Robb - July 8 - public library
7. Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey - July 11 - own
8. Deadly Valentine by Carolyn G. Hart - July 13 - own
9. Murder at The Mena House - by Erica Ruth Neubauer - July 15 - own - new
10. The Summerhouse by Patricia Wentworth - July 17 - own - original title: The Gazebo
11. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin - July - public library
12. The Mermaids Madness by Jim C. Hines - July - own - new
13. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson - July 19 - public library
14. Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz - July 20 - own
15. The Stepsister Scheme - July - own
16. Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey - July 22 - own

9hailelib
Jan 1, 4:44pm

AUGUST

10hailelib
Jan 1, 4:45pm

SEPTEMBER

11hailelib
Jan 1, 4:45pm

OCTOBER

12hailelib
Jan 1, 4:45pm

NOVEMBER

13hailelib
Jan 1, 4:45pm

DECEMBER

14hailelib
Editado: Jul 17, 3:58pm

BINGO



1.
2.
3. contains love story - Miles in Love
4. recommend - How to Hide an Empire
5. impulse read - The Tenth Life
6.
7. about time - Death in time
8.
9. 20 or fewer copies - Treachery in type
10.
11. would like to visit - Murder at The Mena House
12. dark or light in title - Footsteps in the Dark
13. Read a Cat or Kit - Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
14. New to you author - Written in Blood
15.
16. Senior citizen - The Body in the Library
17. building in title - At Bertram's Hotel
18. Less than 200 pages - Death of a Red Mandarin
19. 2 or more authors - Trader's Leap
20.
21. one word title - Curses!
22. history - Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
23. made you laugh - Myth Adventures
24.
25. involves magic - The Roads of Heaven

15hailelib
Editado: Jan 2, 3:10pm

CATS

GenreCAT
January - Nonfiction - Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

HistoryCAT
January: The Middle Ages -

RandomCAT
January: - Theme: LOL

16hailelib
Editado: Jan 3, 2:30pm

KITS

AlphaKIT
Year long - X and Z
January - P and M - Death of a Red Mandarin

GeoKIT
1. Asia - Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

MysteryKIT
January - Featuring water - Death of a Red Mandarin

SSFKIT
January - never completed -

17hailelib
Jan 1, 4:47pm

AND STILL MORE

18hailelib
Editado: Jan 1, 4:48pm

OTHER AND DONE

19lkernagh
Jan 1, 5:41pm

Happy New Year, Tricia! Lovely to see your thread in place. Wishing you wonderful reading in 2021!

20rabbitprincess
Jan 1, 6:23pm

Welcome back, Tricia! Looking forward to seeing where your reading will take you!

21pammab
Jan 1, 7:14pm

Welcome back! I heartily support the idea of reading with variety and for fun.

22VivienneR
Jan 1, 7:20pm

Good to see you again for 2021. Happy new year and good reading.

23thornton37814
Jan 1, 9:31pm

Hope you have a great year of reading!

24Crazymamie
Jan 2, 3:49pm

Happy new Year! Looking forward to following your reading.

25DeltaQueen50
Jan 3, 2:36pm

Hayy New Year, Tricia, great to see you back!

26Zozette
Jan 3, 2:44pm

I am currently about 1/3 of the way through Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. It is proving to be an excellent book.

27hailelib
Editado: Jan 3, 3:26pm

January - The focus this month will be on partially finished books left over from 2020 and perhaps some of the ones that I meant to read but never actually started. I've completed two so far.

1. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern Worldby Jack Weatherford - finished January 3 - own
GenreCat, GeoKit-Asia, Bingo square for read a Cat

This book covers some history that I knew very little about and seems to me to be very readable. The author is a bit obsessed with his research into the lives of Genghis and his children and grandchildren but he still makes his case that they had a great influence on the history of Asia and to a lessor extent on Eastern Europe. However his more extravagant claims might be taken with a grain of salt. Weatherford begins with describing the homelands of the Mongol clans and the childhood of the man who became Genghis Khan and continues to the Yuan Dynasty of Khubilai Khan and his family in a united China.

2. Death of a Red Mandarin by Christopher West - finished January 4 - own
AlphaKit, MysteryKit, Bingo square for under 200 pages

This mystery takes place in Hong Kong shortly before the British hand it over to the Chinese government. A Party official has been found dead by drowning in the water between Kowloon and Hong Kong and Beijing sends Inspector Wang Anzhuang and his boss to Hong Kong to assist in the investigation. The Party officials overseeing the transfer want to blame the murder on British agents but Wang doesn't believe that to be the case and undertakes a real investigation. Apparently this is part of a series featuring Wang.

3. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides - just restarted

28MissBrangwen
Jan 4, 9:13am

Great start! I have a few books left from 2020 that I would like to finish this month, too. Death of a Red Mandarin sounds very intriguing!

29This-n-That
Jan 4, 10:39am

Enjoy your challenges and BingoDOG.

30MissWatson
Jan 5, 11:16am

Happy reading in 2021!

31Tess_W
Jan 5, 10:36pm

Good luck with your 2021 reading!

32lowelibrary
Jan 8, 12:33am

A nice and simple concept. What a great idea. Good luck with your reading.

33hailelib
Jan 31, 3:13pm

Additional books read in January:

JANUARY

3. Shadow of Victory by David Weber - own
4. Mission of Honor by David Weber - own --Both of these are part of the Honor Harrington series (space opera)

5. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers - own -- the last Peter Wimsey novel by Sayers

6. A Rising Thunder by David Weber - own
7. Uncompromising Honor by David Weber - Finished January 21 - own -- two more Honor Harrington novels

8. Written in Blood by Caroline Graham - Finished January 22 - own -- One of the episodes of Midsommer Murders was based on this book. I noticed that Gavin Troy was a more likable character in the TV series.

9. A Thief or Two by Sara Wood - Finished January 24 - own -- British courtroom drama where Antony Maitland is a bit of a British Perry Mason

10. The Tenth Life by Richard Lockridge - Finished January 26 - own -- Confirmed my opinion that most 70's era American mysteries were not as much to my taste as British mysteries of the same period.

11. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie - Finished January 28 - own -- I had recently seen Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in this and was curious as to how closely the screenwriter followed the book. It was closer than a lot of book to film productions and I enjoyed both.

12. Final Diagnosis by James White - Finished January 30 - own -- A Sector General novel

34hailelib
Editado: Jan 31, 3:24pm

My original reading plans for January were somewhat derailed by the events of earlier this month and retreating into binge rereading the later Honor Harrington novels . While there was a lot of political talk between space battles I skimmed some of that and skipped the bad guys making their plans entirely. Then I largely switched to older mysteries. This last week I've read some of my polar exploration book and I also read the first chapter of The Three Kingdoms and definitely intend to continue both.

35MissBrangwen
Fev 1, 5:59am

It looks like you had a great reading month albeit not sticking to your plans!

I want to read The Body in the Library this year, too. And I admire you for reading The Three Kingdoms, I think it is so intimidating!

36rabbitprincess
Fev 1, 4:44pm

The Joan Hickson Marples are great for their fidelity to the source material.

37hailelib
Editado: Mar 1, 3:06pm

It would seem that I haven't posted all month but I have been reading. A lot! Here's the list:

1. Trader's Leap by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - February 2, 2021 - ebook - own -The latest novel in the Liaden Universe and some new characters

2. Arrow Pointing Nowhere by Elizabeth Daly - February 2021 - own
3. Curses! by Aaron Elkins - February 2021 - own
I liked both of these older mysteries.

4. Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steven Miller - February - own
The Liaden rereads were inspired by the new novel and by the stories in Splinter Universe Presents which I had been reading once in a while.

5. The Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin - February 2021 -own
6. Death and Letters by Elizabeth Daly - February 2021 - own
7. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie - February 2021 - own
8. Unexpected Night by Elizabeth Daly - February 2021 - own
More older mysteries which fit my mood and were fast reads.

9. All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming - Finished February 13, 2021 - own
A new to me author and not the first in the series but I liked it well enough II may look for the earlier ones.

10. The Bloody Book of Law by Sara Woods - Finished February 14, 2021 - own
Older mystery series with lots of courtroom scenes in London.
11. A Heinlein Trio by Robert A. Heinlein - Finished February 2021 - own - contains 3 novels: The Puppet Masters, Double Star, The Door into Summer. I liked the last two though they are somewhat dated, but I grew up reading Heinlein.

12. An Alien Light by Nancy Kress - Finished February - own - interesting and supposedly broke new ground when published in 1988.

13. Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - Finished February - ebook - own
14. Splinter Universe Presents by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - February - ebook - own
15. Plan B by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - February - own
16. Conflict of Honors by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - own
17. Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - own
18. A Liaden Constellation by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - own - short stories

19. One Coffee With by Margaret Maron - ebook - own
Had some of her books but had never read them. Inspired by mention of her death and several people talking about how they enjoyed her mystery series.

20. Act of Mercy by Peter Tremayne - own - good medieval story

21. Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron - own
22. Killer Market by Margaret Maron - own
23. Home Fires by Margaret Maron - own

24. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides - own - good book about Arctic exploration

25. Gently with the Innocents by Alan Hunter - Finished February 28 - own - a quick read but not as good as the other older ones I read in February.

I'll try to come back and make a few comments. And here they are.

38pammab
Fev 28, 11:41pm

Lots of Liaden! Sounds comforting.

39Tess_W
Mar 1, 5:16am

February was good for you, reading-wise!

40DeltaQueen50
Mar 1, 12:36pm

You have been reading a lot! I need to spend less time on my computer and more time actually reading this month as I have quite a stack to get through.

41rabbitprincess
Mar 1, 9:37pm

Wow, that's a great reading month! Glad you had a good bunch of older mysteries. A Murder is Announced is one of my favourite Marples :)

42hailelib
Mar 7, 7:53pm

I finished my first book for this month today and it is one I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in U.S. history. And I put it in the book I would recommend square.

How to Hide an Empire: A Short History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

A good but somewhat long book chock full of information that I didn't know and that certainly wasn't taught in the American history I learned in school. Easy to read with extensive notes on his sources.

43hailelib
Mar 7, 8:17pm

The past week has been busy and full of things we didn't want to do as well as things we did.
Monday - house cleaning and odd jobs as well as making an appointment for the Honda.
Tuesday - recovering from too much Monday for me and Jim taking the car and finding that it was NOT a small problem. Then walking home (not a short distance).
Wednesday - more chores and in the afternoon picking up the car. We both went in the other vehicle and I had to drive the Honda home even though it was technically illegal since my new glasses had not yet arrived. (My cataract surgery made me less near-sighted and the glasses were for distance vision.) Then making up a grocery order for Friday curbside pickup.
Thursday - Early morning (7:30) Jim went to the store to look for items not eligible for pickup and also flowers and chocolates. Two big bunches of flowers which I wasn't expecting. They are really good ones, roses in one and mixed bouquet for the other. Then a rush to Greenville for my doctor appointment. By the time we came home we were beat.
Friday - My glasses had arrived as well as new prescriptions so the morning was filled by various Wal-Mart departments. Came home and put up groceries, lunch, then made rolls and ice cream but didn't get to the cake. At some point there was also polishing silverware and getting out our original china which hadn't been used in years.
Saturday - March 6 is our anniversary and this was the one for fifty years.
We made an applesauce cake - one of our favorites - in the morning, then took most of the afternoon off and had a celebration dinner in the evening.
Today, I rested most of the day finishing a book and then had some really good left-overs for dinner.

44MissWatson
Mar 8, 3:28am

Congratulations on your anniversary. That is an amazing number of years.

45spiralsheep
Mar 8, 6:42am

>43 hailelib: "My cataract surgery made me less near-sighted and the glasses were for distance vision."

I'm glad to hear your sight has improved so much that it's now illegal. :-)

Congratulations on your golden anniversary!

46DeltaQueen50
Mar 8, 12:59pm

Congratulations on your 50 years together - that's a great milestone!

47Tess_W
Mar 8, 7:42pm

I found you! Happy anniversary! I've been told that I will need cataract surgery in 1-2 years.

48rabbitprincess
Mar 8, 8:43pm

Happy 50th anniversary! Congratulations :)

49MissBrangwen
Mar 10, 12:09pm

Happy anniversary! And I hope you were able to get some more rest. It sounds like a very full week indeed.

50christina_reads
Mar 15, 2:47pm

Wow, happy 50th anniversary! I hope you enjoyed your celebration.

51RidgewayGirl
Mar 15, 2:51pm

Happy 50th Anniversary!

53hailelib
Mar 15, 4:23pm

More mysteries and fantasy:

2. The Locked Room by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - Finished March 10 - own - mentioned here on LT and sounded interesting. I had an old paperback copy but I don't think I read this one though I did read others by these authors back in the 70s.

3. Selections from Lord Peter by Dorothy L. Sayers and edited and introduced by James Sandoe - March 11 - own - 5 stories, an essay and a parody
4. In the Teeth of the Evidence by Dorothy L. Sayers - March 11 - own - read the stories not in Lord Peter.

5. Myth Adventures an anthology by Robert Lynn Asprin - March 12 - own
6. Myth Alliances an anthology by Robert Lynn Asprin - March 14 - own - When I first got these books from the SF book Club in the 80s and tried them I didn't get very far but this time I loved them although there is a lot of silliness in the stories. I think the difference is that I've read a lot more authors at this point and so got a lot more of the puns and allusions. One example was a couple of characters who were based on Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

7. Death in Time by Mignon Warner - March 15 - own - owned long time but never read - an OK mystery.

54hailelib
Editado: Mar 15, 5:05pm

Though its rather cool today and there will be a kinda cold rain tomorrow it would seem that spring is here. Not only are the daffodils blooming but when we were out earlier for a doctor appointment we both noticed that the Bradford pears were at their peak and everyone's forsythias are also in full bloom. I'm really ready for warm weather.

Currently reading:

The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace
A Medium for Murder by Mignon Warner
Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Foundersby Denise A. Spellberg

And I need to get back to The Three Kingdoms.

55hailelib
Mar 16, 4:46pm

March #8

A Medium for Murder by Mignon Warner - finished March 16

The first book in the Mrs. Charles series. I liked the other one better and don't think I'll actually look for any more of this series. The two books were just OK and nothing special. These were from the mid to late 70s and Mrs. Charles is a clairvoyant who is suspected of murder in the first book and helps investigate crimes later on.

56pammab
Mar 19, 11:35pm

Congratulations and happy anniversary! Sounds like a busy week last week with a nice culmination. I hope this week has treated you well too.

57Tess_W
Mar 20, 1:05am

Glad you got to enjoy the greenery! Will be a couple more weeks here before that happens.

58spiralsheep
Mar 20, 8:08am

>54 hailelib: Spring hasn't fully sprung here yet but there are signs. The early blooming flowers are slowly arriving, the birds have paired off to sing for their territories, and our postie has removed the thermals from under his year-round shorts, lol.

59hailelib
Mar 20, 3:36pm

>56 pammab: -- Thanks. A couple of doctor appointments that went well. Otherwise lots of reading.

>57 Tess_W: -- We're still having cool, even cold, temperatures and a frost is still possible but occasional warm days are becoming more frequent. I'm hoping the dogwoods and azaleas have a good year!

>58 spiralsheep: -- We've been hearing more birds this year than usual, at least half a dozen different calls are heard if we go for a walk.

Another book read -

9. The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers and Robert Eustace - finished March 19 - own

Rather different from the Peter Wimsey novels and not one I'm likely to reread like I do her others. A somewhat interesting mystery but dragged a bit in the middle. The authors told the story mostly in the form of letters, notes, reports, and newspaper clippings. I found the characters of Miss Milsom and Mrs. Harrison a bit irritating. However, the form of the novel lets the reader hear both sides of the story.

60hailelib
Editado: Mar 21, 10:48am

Mensagem removida pelo autor.

61spiralsheep
Mar 21, 10:00am

>60 hailelib: It looks as if your original comment was saved too. :-)

62hailelib
Mar 21, 10:49am

Just one of those LT glitches!

63hailelib
Mar 22, 3:47pm

10. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester - March 21 - own

This is a classic SF reprinted by Vintage in 1996 and has an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
It was originally published in 1956 and while somewhat dated it reads surprisingly well. In some ways The Stars My Destination is a retelling of The Count of Monte Christo and leads with a quote from Blake - "Tiger, tiger burning bright in the forests of the night" and was published in the UK as Tiger, Tiger. Gaiman's introduction talks a little about Alfred Bester and why this book is still readable and even a little relevant. I really thought that I had read this in the sixties but now think it was The Demolished Man that I read all those years ago as I had no memory of any of the book. It was a fast read at 258 pages and immediately sucked me in to Gully Foyle's world.

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In other news my doctors all agree that I'm "stable" whatever that means and I have appointments for the Covid vaccine. Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to going somewhere for fun instead of only going out for medical related stuff.

64spiralsheep
Mar 22, 3:56pm

>63 hailelib: I think I've only read short stories by Alfred Bester.

Congratulations on the vaccination appointment, my first is on Wednesday. I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

65Tess_W
Mar 22, 7:19pm

>63 hailelib: Glad you are able to schedule. I have had both of mine and while I will still mask, it does feel "freeing." I hope that I do not have an over-confidence.

66MissBrangwen
Mar 23, 1:42pm

>63 hailelib: Great to hear about your appointments!

67RidgewayGirl
Mar 23, 2:01pm

Glad your doctors think you're doing better. I hope you're feeling well, or well enough.

68hailelib
Mar 23, 5:54pm

>64 spiralsheep:, >65 Tess_W:, >66 MissBrangwen:, >67 RidgewayGirl: -- Thanks for dropping by. I hope we can all see a little more normality by summer but meanwhile I still intend to be careful out of the house.

More reading -

11. Next to Last Stand by Craig Johnson - March 23 - own

I enjoyed visiting with Walt Longmire and the other characters but I do agree with the LT reviewers who found it to be a bit weaker than a lot of the other books in the series. Still, for those who are following Walt's adventures it's an OK read with some new characters that play a part in the mystery.

69hailelib
Editado: Abr 6, 4:09pm

A few more books finished in March -

12. Mercury by Ben Bova - March 25 - own - Ok, but I thought while reading it that Bova may have been a better editor (Analog) than writer

13. A Holiday for Murder - by Agatha Christie - March 26 - own - A good Poirot story originally published as Murder for Christmas

14. Treachery in Type by Josephine Bell - March 28 - own - An interesting mystery from 1978 involving a plagiarized manuscript with a different title in the US from the original UK edition

15. The Other Side of Time by Keith Laumer - March 29 - own - SF with an odd version of time travel from 1965

16. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George - March 31 - own - The first Lynley/Havers book. The first I've read from this series but I have seen some of the videos based on these characters. I'll probably read some more of this series.

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It turns out that I haven't followed any particular reading plan so far this year but just read what appealed to me at the moment. The total for the year up to March 31st is 53 books with one nonfiction each month. The fiction books have been a mix of SFF and mystery and many of them were short and from the decades before 1980. Also, except for a few Amazon buys, I've been reading from my own shelves books that have been there a long time - some rereads and some for the first time.

70hailelib
Abr 6, 4:31pm

April: Lots of reading so far. No plans beyond finishing at least one nonfiction book though I'm still in the mood for older mysteries and sff.

1. A Coffin from the Past by Gwendoline Butler - April 1 - own - acceptable but I probably won't look for any more of these. From 1970

2. Major Operation by James White - April 2 - own - A Sector General book. I need to find the rest of these.

3. The Robin & the Kestrel by Mercedes Lackey - April 3 - own - I enjoyed this fantasy book even though I haven't read the previous one in the series.

4. The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley - April 4 - own - From 1929 and sometimes considered a classic. A group of amateurs try to solve a case that Scotland Yard has given up on.

5. The Piccadilly Murder by Anthony Berkeley - April 5 - own - Also from 1929 but in a Dover edition based on the first American edition. One of those amateurs gets his very own case when he witnesses a murder. I enjoyed both of these.

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Currently reading the Penguin Classics edition of Around the World in Eighty Days.

71Tess_W
Abr 6, 6:14pm

For not having a reading plan, you are doing great~! I love Elizabeth George but was unaware of the series of which you write--I'm going to go purchase the very first one right now!

72spiralsheep
Abr 7, 7:09am

>69 hailelib: "The fiction books have been a mix of SFF and mystery and many of them were short and from the decades before 1980."

I realised a couple of years ago that one of the reasons I appreciate older fiction, from before the 1980s blockbusters, is that writers were expected to tell the same amount of story in fewer words and it made them edit with more care. While I've been reading my way around the world I've found the same blessed economy in books published in the developing world where funds were limited and novels were often shorter.

73MissBrangwen
Abr 10, 9:01am

You have been reading so many interesting mysteries! I haven't heard about most of them before. I especially like the sound of "The Poisoned Chocolates Cases" - great title!

>72 spiralsheep: "I realised a couple of years ago that one of the reasons I appreciate older fiction, from before the 1980s blockbusters, is that writers were expected to tell the same amount of story in fewer words and it made them edit with more care. While I've been reading my way around the world I've found the same blessed economy in books published in the developing world where funds were limited and novels were often shorter."

That is an interesting observation!

74christina_reads
Abr 10, 4:57pm

>73 MissBrangwen: I really liked The Poisoned Chocolate Case too, if that helps -- it's a lot of fun, especially if you're a mystery lover!

75MissBrangwen
Abr 11, 6:29am

>74 christina_reads: I noted it down on my mystery wishlist!

76hailelib
Abr 11, 8:09pm

>71 Tess_W:, >72 spiralsheep:, >73 MissBrangwen:, >74 christina_reads: - Thanks for stopping by.

After some serious reading I have a few books to report.

6. The Murder at Sissingham Hall - by Clara Benson - ?- own - ebook
7. The Mystery at Underwood House by Clara Benson - ? - own - ebook
8. The Treasure at Poldarrow Point by Clara Benson - ? - own - ebook
I'm not sure which dates I read them on, whether it was late March or very early in April but for some reason I didn't add them. They were written in the 1920's and are fairly simple mysteries with a somewhat reluctant female amateur detective. I did enjoy them and may eventually read the rest of the series.

9. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne - April 7 - own
I read this in the Penguin Classic edition with translation by Michael Glencross and an introduction by Brian Aldiss. For some reason I kept picturing David Niven as Phileas Fogg even though I've seen the two more recent movie versions in video. A great adventure story.

10. The Layton Court Mystery by Anthony Berkeley - April 9 - own - ebook
This may be Berkeley's first book and it is the first one with Roger Sheringham who is one of the amateur detectives in The Poisoned Chocolates Case. Here Roger is rather full of himself but he does figure out what happened. It's a locked room murder with a twist at the end but a careful reader will see the murderers identity. OK, but not as good as the other two I have read.

11. The Lake District Murder by John Bude - April 11 - own - ebook
This was a fairly good mystery but I haven't decided about reading more of Bude's work.

12 . At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie - April 10 - own
I always enjoy Miss Marple and it gave me a Bingo square and a filled row.

77Tess_W
Abr 11, 10:07pm

Happy bingo!

78spiralsheep
Abr 12, 3:18am

>76 hailelib: Congratulations on your bingo row!

79pammab
Abr 13, 12:21am

>76 hailelib: I tried to read Around the World in Eighty Days when I was much younger and I remember hating it, especially the pacing and random details. I wonder if I'd enjoy it more now, being more worldly and having more context to attach it to.

Congrats on filling 5-in-a-row!

80hailelib
Abr 13, 2:30pm

>79 pammab:

I didn't really think of the various happenings as being random while I was reading it but I can see why some people would get that impression.

13. Monsters and Medics by James White - April 12 - own
This book is an anthology containing a short novel and a group of short stories published in 1977. The short novel is a last man on earth story. It took we a while to read these stories as none of them really excited me. Probably read better in the seventies but for several I could see the ending before I got there. I much prefer White's Sector General series.

Currently reading for fiction: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

81hailelib
Abr 13, 3:08pm

>77 Tess_W: & >78 spiralsheep: - Thanks for stopping by.

We took a walk a little way down our road yesterday and today. Along the edge of the road the violets and wild strawberries were in full bloom and the woods are full of dogwoods just coming to full bloom. We also saw that the miniature iris that grow wild here were coming up and there were even a couple of tiny blooms there already. Usually when its a good year for dogwoods its also a good year for our mountain laurels and rhododendrons but we won't know for sure for a while. Our azaleas are also in bloom but I forgot to look and see if the native azaleas are also blooming. They don't do as well as the cultivated ones and tend to look like young and rather spindly trees and are well away from the house so takes some looking to locate them.

82spiralsheep
Abr 13, 3:26pm

>81 hailelib: Your spring is ahead of ours. I'm glad you had a good walk. Few of life's simple experiences are better than some gentle exercise and natural eye pleasers.

83DeltaQueen50
Abr 13, 10:19pm

>81 hailelib: It was a beautiful spring day here on the West Coast and we also went for a short walk in our neighbourhood and admired all the spring blossoms.

84hailelib
Maio 2, 3:37pm

It's been longer than I thought since I last posted but here's the reading I've done since then.

14. Beyond Blame by Stephen Greenleaf - April - own
15. Toll Call by Stephen Greenleaf - April - own

Beyond Blame along with some others by Greenleaf had been on my shelf for years, most likely brought by my mother when she came for a visit. She always brought me bags of books that everyone she traded with weren't interested in keeping and I generally kept the mysteries rather than trading them at the bring two-get one store. Tanner is a private investigator and much of the story takes place in Berkeley, California.
there as been a murder and the victim's parents ask Tanner to investigate the presumed killer. At first I was a bit skeptical about the book but it did finally draw me in and I think it is a bit above average. At any rate good enough for me to try Toll Call. I'll probably get around to the others on my shelf eventually.

16. Miles in Love by Lois McMaster Bujold - April - own - ebook
17. Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold - April - own

There was a discussion of A Civil Campaign and I thought why not read some of the Vorkosigan series. Miles in Love contains Komarr, A Civil Campaign and Winterfair Gifts while Cordelia's Honor contains Shards of Honor and Barrayar. Very enjoyable rereads.

18. Banker by Dick Francis - April - own - Another reread for a change of pace. I always enjoy Dick Francis

19. Any Shape or Form by Elizabeth Daly - April - own - Another that has been on my shelves for a long time. Good but not my favorite of the ones by Daly that I have read so far this year.

20. Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders by Denise A Spellberg - nonfiction - April - own

It took me a while to get into this nonfiction book but I learned a lot. The author spent the first two chapters, over 80 pages exploring European ideas about and attitudes towards Islam and how they shaped American ideas prior to 1800. Then she explored Jefferson's approach to Islam and the idea that a Muslim could become a citizen as he developed the idea that US society should be one of complete religious freedom and that state should be separate from religion. Therefore no government sponsored religion. Towards the end she brings us almost up to date with the election of Keith Ellison and his using Jefferson's copy of the Qur'an for his private oath. A lot of research went into this book and I was slowed by all the new facts and new names I encountered but I glad I kept on reading to the end.

21. The Roads of Heaven by Melissa Scott - April - own

Another omnibus with three moderate length novels that could be considered space opera although the travel between stars was based on the Art which was a mix of astrology and magic. A bit strange but interesting enough and quick enough to read that I finished all three. The primary society was very restrictive about was was proper for women who must always be veiled and under the guardianship of a close relative. However, two of the six main characters in the trilogy were women who managed to become more. One was a star pilot and a magus; the other was a royal princess who wasn't content to let others decide her fate.

22.Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie - April 30 - own

Mrs. Oliver and Poirot investigate a very cold case. Not a particularly good example of a Christie novel.

85hailelib
Editado: Jun 1, 8:16pm

A quick list of May reads:

1. Murder in Gray and White by Corinne Holt Sawyer - finished May 2 - own
2. Asimov on Science Fiction by Isaac Asimov - finished May 11 - own
3. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie - Finished May 4 - own in omnibus
4. The Vanishing by David J. Delaney - finished May 14 - own - ebook
5. The Emperor's Snuff-box by John D. Carr - May 13 - own - ebook
6. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey - May 12 - own - ebook
7. Big Sick Heart by Mike Markel - May 5 - own - ebook
8. Deviations by Mike Markel - May 6 - own - ebook
9. The Broken Saint by Mike Markel - May 7 - own - ebook
10. Three-Ways by Mike Markel - May 9 - own - ebook
11. The Book of the Dead by Elizabeth Daly - May ? - own - ebook
12. The Newton Code by Liam Fialkov - May ? - own - ebook
13. The Family Tomb by Michael Gilbert - May? - own - aka The Etruscan Net
14. With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare - May? - own
15. Death Walks the Woods by Cyril Hare - May? - own
16. Suicide Excepted by Cyril Hare - May? - own
17. Untimely Death by Cyril Hare - May? - own
18. Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 20 - own - ebook - reread
19. Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 21 - own - ebook
20. Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 21 - own - ebook
21. Masquerade in Lodi by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 22 - own - ebook
22. Penric's Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 22 - own - ebook
23. Mira's Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 23 - own - ebook
24. The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 24 - own - ebook
25. The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 25 - own - ebook
26. The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 25 - own - ebook
27. The assassins of Thasalon by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 27 - own - ebook
28. The Book of the Lion by Elizabeth Daly - May 28 - own - ebook
29. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 29 - own - reread
30. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold - May 30 - own - reread
31. Mauve by Simon Garfield - May 31 - own - nonfiction
32. White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz - May ? - own

86spiralsheep
Jun 1, 5:54pm

>85 hailelib: Congratulations on your May reading!

I remember thinking Paladin of Souls was one of Bujold's best books when I read it but I can't remember why now or even what it's about, apart from Ista being a great character.

87hailelib
Editado: Jun 1, 8:26pm

I spent a lot of time reading in May (instead of following LT!) although a lot of the books were short and some were novella length. They were mostly mystery and sff again but there were two nonfiction.

Asimov on Science Fiction was a group of mostly previously published short essays about definitions of SF, various writers, the magazines, and Asimov's own experiences. Best read only a couple at a time.

At the end of May I finished reading Mauve: How one man invented a color that changed the world. Very interesting history of science and technology and full of good anecdotes. Recommended.

The best mysteries were The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and a couple of the ones by Cyril Hare. The worst were Murder in Gray and White and The Newton Code.

The best sff were the Lois McMaster Bujold books in the World of the Five Gods series starting with Penric and Desdemona and their adventures and followed up with rereads of The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls. Great fantasy and recommended. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey was OK and I may some day read the rest of the trilogy.

May brings my total to 107 items.


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My main goal for June is to keep up with my thread and maybe even catch up on other treads!

88hailelib
Jun 1, 8:18pm

>86 spiralsheep:

I think that both Memory and Paladin of Souls are probably Bujold's masterpieces.

89Tess_W
Editado: Jun 2, 4:18am

>85 hailelib: What a great reading May, Trisha! I hope you are well, also.

90DeltaQueen50
Jun 2, 3:22am

You read some good ones in May, Trisha! I love Paladin of Souls, it was definitely a 5 star read for me. I have a couple of Cyril Hare books on my shelves so I need to give him a try one of these days!

91MissWatson
Jun 2, 8:42am

That's an amazing number of books for one month. I hope June has just as many great reads.

92hailelib
Jun 16, 8:06pm

JUNE so far in no particular order.

1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - own - not politically correct even with the changed title but an interesting idea for a mystery

2. Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer - own - not her best mystery, in my opinion, but got me a bingo square

3. Finders by Melissa Scott - own - liked this a lot. Scott creates some strange societies and ways to travel space.

4. The Singing Heart by Elizabeth Cadell - own - aka The Lark Shall Sing - The story of 6 siblings who have spent the time since their mother's death apart for financial reasons coming back home. It was very good; much better than I remember her books being. I will certainly read another since the library has several.

5. The Wheel Turns by Elizabeth Lemarchand - own - We know the criminal from the first chapter and the suspense comes from his efforts to cover up his crime. Part of the Inspector Pollard series.

6. Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon - recent purchase - space opera - part of the Vatta's War series with Ky Vatta learning more about the universe outside her home system and also more about her family.

7. The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara w. Tuchman - June 12 - own - nonfiction - events leading up to the US joining in WWI.

8. Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh- June 13 - public library - Peter and Harriet after the honeymoon and their settling down in London. Not quite Sayer but I did like it.

9. Crimson Lake by Candice Fox - June 14 - public library - I wasn't sure about this book at first but in the end it was very good and I will read the next one soon.

10. Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs - own - John Carter getting into trouble on Mars
11. Warlord of Mars by Edgar rice Burroughs - own - more of the same

12. Deadly Nightshade by Elizabeth Daly - recent purchase - ebook - second in Daly's series about Henry Gamadge and the murders he gets involved in.

13. There is No Justice by R. B. Dominic aka Emma Lathen - recent purchase - ebook - a political mystery featuring Rep. Ben Safford as detective.

14. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie - own - Poirot of course

93spiralsheep
Jun 17, 7:40am

>92 hailelib: I'm glad you enjoyed the Elizabeth Cadell!

I'm tempted by Finders, Melissa Scott, but it will have to go on my maybe 2022 list.

94Tess_W
Jun 17, 9:16am

>92 hailelib: June is off to a great reading start for you, Trish!

95hailelib
Jun 23, 7:57pm

>93 spiralsheep:

My local library has several Cadell titles so I'll read some more eventually.

>94 Tess_W:

Thanks for stopping by.

96hailelib
Editado: Jun 23, 8:30pm

More June reads:

14. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho - June 18 - public library -- I enjoyed this book and may read more by the author

15. The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey - June 19 - public library - reread -- A retelling of The Sleeping Beauty as one of the Elemental masters series.

16. Murder in High Place by R. B. Dominic - June 20 - own - - A political mystery from 1970 with a Congressman as amateur detective

17. Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh - June 21 - own -- She set this one in New Zeeland for most of the book. Troy is to paint a portrait and Alleyn is to give advice on how to discourage a photographer following an opera star around the world. Of course someone dies and Alleyn investigates. Since they have been marooned on an island by a severe storm one of either the guests or the staff must be guilty. (the flaps of the book jacket told me this much and more)

18. The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - by Douglas Adams - June 22 - own -- A Dirk Gently adventure. I had a little trouble getting into the story the first time I tried to start it a few weeks ago and put it aside until I was in the mood for the sort of book Adams writes. I might read more of Gently's adventures.

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Currently I'm reading Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists by Michael Hamilton Morgan and I've started The Years of Rice and Salt.

97Tess_W
Jun 23, 8:23pm

I'll be watching for your review of The Years of Rice and Salt as that is on my wish list.

98spiralsheep
Jun 24, 5:07am

>96 hailelib: I'm glad you enjoyed Zen Cho's novel as I'm considering reading The True Queen as a challenge fulfiller.

I love the Dirk Gently books. They remind me as much of the later/better books in Terry Pratchett's series about the Ankh-Morpork City Watch as they do of Hitch Hiker's Guide.

99RidgewayGirl
Jun 24, 2:12pm

I'm glad you liked Crimson Lake. It's fun when a book makes the rounds.

100DeltaQueen50
Jun 24, 5:53pm

What >99 RidgewayGirl: says, above. I found it different enough to totally catch my attention and I am looking forward to book #2.

101hailelib
Jun 29, 10:46am

>97 Tess_W: -- I've put The Years of Rice and Salt temporarily on hold though it is interesting as far as I've read.
>98 spiralsheep: -- I may read The True Queen eventually but probably not soon.
>99 RidgewayGirl: and >100 DeltaQueen50: -- I'll definitely try the second one at some point.

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

102hailelib
Editado: Jun 29, 11:12am

So, having been fully vaccinated for a while we've been cautiously going out some though still wearing masks most of the time. We made one trip to Greenville to visit Mr. K's Used Books and we've been doing some in-person grocery shopping instead of ordering for pick-up. I've also started using the library again and Jim has returned to swimming at the community center but choosing a time when few people are there. The most exciting thing is that we have tickets to fly to Boston to see our son and his family for the first time in two years. There was supposed to be a meetup way earlier but the lockdown stopped that. Pictures, phone calls ,etc. aren't the same as in person.

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This morning, as I was making a couple of requests for library books I though I should catch up here as well. I've read more of Lost History:The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists and some other books as well.

More June Reads;

19. Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker - June 24 - public library
20. Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer - June 25 - public library

Both of these are very good and I'll be continuing those series.

21. Through the Wall by Patricia Wentworth - June 26 - own
22. The Shakespeare Murders by A. G. Macdonell - June 28 - recent ebook purchase

Two golden age mysteries that I enjoyed. I had read the Wentworth before but so long ago that it was like a new book.

103Tess_W
Jun 29, 11:00am

Yea to going to see son!

104hailelib
Editado: Jun 29, 11:16am

Tess_W --
And two grandchildren both under the age of three!

105DeltaQueen50
Jun 29, 11:49am

Great news that you are finally going to see your family! I am looking forward to finally getting to see my Mom and hopefully I will be able to do that sometime in July or August.

106Tess_W
Editado: Jun 30, 1:22am

>104 hailelib: How wonderful! I have 7 grandchildren: 4.5.13.16.18.19.21 I miss the younger ones, although I love them all!

107rabbitprincess
Jun 29, 7:19pm

Hurray for being able to see your son and his family soon! Enjoy :)

108MissWatson
Jun 30, 5:19am

Seeing the grandkids again after such a long time is a reason for celebration. Have fun!

109hailelib
Jul 8, 5:19pm

I finished off June with two fairy tale retellings by Mercedes Lackey: The Sleeping Beauty and The Fairy Godmother. These are both from The Five Hundred Kingdoms series. So she has written two retellings of the Sleeping Beauty story and two of Cinderella. Elena was supposed to be a Cinderella but there was no suitable prince in her kingdom and her Godmother offered her the chance of an apprenticeship since there was so much magic gathered around her. Her other Cinderella retelling is Phoenix and Ashes in the Elemental Masters series.

110hailelib
Editado: Jul 8, 5:50pm

July reading so far:

1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine - July 1 - public library - I liked the idea for an alternate world in this book and may continue the series.

2. Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith - July 4 - public library - A very long novel with multiple things going on. Both Strike and his partner have a lot happening in their personal lives and the very cold case they have taken on is looking difficult to solve. Then there's everything else ... I meant to read it a little at a time between other books but it got me and I powered through the over 900 pages.

3. Lost History by Michael H. Morgan - July 4 - own - finally finished - This is a very interesting look at the discoveries and thinkers of the Islamic cultures and their contributions that gradually filtered through to Europeans but it is best read in sections between other reads because there are so many names and events packed into each.

4. Singapore Sapphire by A. M. Stuart - July 6 - own - A good historical mystery taking place in Singapore and the first in a series.

5. The Vanishing by Jayne Anne Krentz - July 7 - public library - paranormal romantic suspense - her usual formula

6. Golden in Death by J. D. Robb - July 8 - public library - Lt. Eve Dallas future police procedural

Have started back on The Years of Rice And Salt and am going to start The Lost City of Z.

111Tess_W
Jul 8, 7:20pm

>110 hailelib: Seems as if July is off to a good start for you! I'm going to put Singapore Sapphire on my WL as I need a book taking place in Singapore for my reading around the world.

112hailelib
Jul 9, 6:40pm

>111 Tess_W:

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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This afternoon I decided to finish a book I had been reading in bits on my iPad over a couple of weeks.

7. Trouble in Nuala by Harriet Steel - finished July 9 - own - This is the first book in a series of historical mysteries set in a small town in Ceylon in the 1930's. Not a particularly complex mystery but good descriptions of life there. Inspector Shanti de Silva is a Ceylonese man married to an English woman and along with the mystery we have descriptions of local society and the foods, gardens, and amusements of the town's people. Not as good as the novel set in Singapore but I may read another one in the series.

Now back to my other books!

113pamelad
Jul 9, 9:13pm

>110 hailelib: Also adding Singapore Sapphire to the wish list, mainly because the writer lives in Australia. I read her Regency Romance, Lord Somerton's Heir, which was a mixed bag, and want to give her another try. Was there any noticeable religion in the Singapore book? Characters hanging around in churches contemplating stained glass windows?

114hailelib
Jul 9, 9:53pm

>113 pamelad:

Harriet lives with her brother who is a clergyman and headmaster of a school for boys but I don’t think that religion was overly emphasized.

115pamelad
Jul 10, 4:46pm

>114 hailelib: Thank you.

116hailelib
Editado: Jul 11, 3:15pm

Another book that sneaked in

7. Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey - July 11 - own - Not quite as good as the other books I've read from The Five Hundred Kingdoms series but still enjoyable.

117hailelib
Jul 17, 4:08pm

I took a break at the half-way point of The Years of Rice and Salt and read the following novels -

8. Deadly Valentine by Carolyn G. Hart - July 13 - own - From the Death on Demand series. I found the constant references to various titles, authors, and characters rather irritating but the setting was well described and the mystery OK.

9. Murder at The Mena House - by Erica Ruth Neubauer - July 15 - own - new - Read this right away as it was a b'day present from my son. A pretty good historical mystery in a very interesting place. I also read the wikipedia article on the real Mena House.

10. The Summerhouse by Patricia Wentworth - July 17 - own - original title: The Gazebo - A typical Miss Silver mystery, copyright 1955.

118hailelib
Editado: Jul 25, 3:04pm

More for July:

11. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin - July - public library - I really enjoyed this little book based on Chinese folklore and myth. It would be a great book for 8 to 10 year olds and a possible book to read aloud to rather younger children.

12. The Mermaids Madness by Jim C. Hines - July - own - new - The second in a series featuring 3 princesses of fairy tale fame. In this retelling of the Little Mermaid Daniella, Talia, and Snow (a.k.a. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White) encounter the mermaid who has descended into madness and is threatening their kingdom. They then set out to put things right and save the kingdom.

13. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson - July 19 - public library - A long and complicated alternative history but well worth investing some time in. The novel is told in ten parts or books, each set in a different time period beginning with the plague killing 99% of the population of Europe rather than the one-third that happened in our history. At first I wasn't sure that I wanted to continue but by the time I finished Part 5 I was thinking that Robinson had written a great book and that I should look for a copy for a permanent place on my shelves. I did take some breaks to intersperse some lighter reading between some of the sections. Recommended.

14. Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz - July 20 - own - typical Krentz Arcane society novel

15. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines- July - own - A reread of his first fairy tale retelling since I had forgotten a lot of it.

16. Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey - July 22 - own - a different retelling of Cinderella as part of the Elemental Masters book and takes place during WWI. Probably my favorite of this series.

119Tess_W
Jul 22, 8:40pm

>118 hailelib: Wow! Great job!

120mathgirl40
Jul 22, 10:53pm

I'll be interested in hearing what you think of The Years of Rice and Salt. This has been highly recommended to me by one of my friends, but I've not gotten around to it yet. I have enjoyed other books by KSR.

121hailelib
Jul 25, 3:06pm

Added some comments on the books in >118 hailelib: above.

>120 mathgirl40: -- I definitely recommend The Years of Rice and Salt.