QuestingA reads TBR books 2021

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QuestingA reads TBR books 2021

Editado: Hoje, 11:08am

New books: 38
Books from sister: 7
Total new books: 45
Updated 24 July

Books read: 42
Fiction: 35
Non-Fiction: 7

Jan 10, 11:39am

1. Weird Woods: Tales from the Haunted Forests of Britain edited by John Miller

I bought this near the end of last year and we're reading it for my bookgroup this month. My suggestion. I've adopted the practice of reading ghost stories over winter. There weren't many ghosts in this collection but most of the stories were interesting.

Jan 10, 11:46am

Happy ROOTing!

Jan 10, 12:09pm

Hi QA, welcome to the ROOTers. Happy reading.

Jan 10, 12:33pm

Welcome back, happy reading!

Jan 10, 3:29pm

Welcome back! Neat idea to read ghost stories over the winter :)

Editado: Jan 14, 6:18pm

>3 MissWatson:, >4 connie53:, >5 Jackie_K: and >6 rabbitprincess: - thanks!! I'm happy to be back with you all again to read through my piles of books! And they are literally piles at the moment, on the floor. We moved last year and are short on furniture.

Jan 14, 6:20pm

2. Elephants can Remember by Agatha Christie

I picked this up last year outside someone's house, along with a few other mysteries.

Editado: Fev 3, 4:14am

3. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

My sister read this last year for one of her book groups, then passed it to me. My book group is doing it this month. A classic for a reason. Very good.

Fev 3, 4:16am

4. When Rich Men Die by Harold Adams

This was outside someone's house, along with the Agatha Christie above.

Fev 3, 4:41am

>9 QuestingA: I loved that book too.

Editado: Fev 8, 11:06am

>11 connie53: hi connie! It was one of those rare books - one that everyone in the book group liked. We all agreed that it covered interesting aspects of life and how to live it.

5. Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif

This was very interesting, looking at the effect of the Americans looking for oil on a fictitious area in Saudi Arabia, sometime after 1947. Mostly episodic in nature, it presented a lot of different stories and was easy to read. There were virtually no women, and those included were mostly unnamed, driven mad by absent male family members, or prostitutes.

Editado: Fev 13, 4:37am

6. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

My sister picked this up second hand a few years ago. Very good, very depressing.

Editado: Fev 16, 4:19am

7. A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

From my sister who read it for her bookgroup. This has been on the pile since last year. It was very good.

Editado: Fev 20, 1:00pm

8. Send for Paul Temple by Francis Durbridge

This was quite poorly written. Unbelievable that "one of the greatest criminal organisations in Europe" would focus their attentions on the midlands in England, but I suppose that's part of the fun. It was a good thriller and had me engaged to the tension-filled end. I cannot believe how much they all smoked!!

Editado: Fev 17, 1:46pm

9. Pimp State: Sex, Money and the Future of Equality by Kat Banyard

I bought this in May 2017, according to the docket inside it. Very good.

Fev 18, 1:04pm

9 ROOTs all ready. You are moving to your goal nicely, QA.

Fev 20, 1:03pm

>17 connie53: thanks Connie! It's easier at the beginning of the year to read books already owned, and being unable to visit book shops helps!

10. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

I bought this last year after reading The Hunting Party, and having it recommended to me by a friend. It's basically The Hunting Party, but better.

Fev 22, 3:11am

>18 QuestingA:. The Guest List added to the wish-list. It's translated so it must be easy to find.

Mar 1, 5:37pm

>19 connie53: I hope you like it Connie. I read it over the weekend, so I had time to get into it properly.

11. The Outcast and Other Dark Tales by E. F. Benson, edited by Mike Ashley

Short stories I've been reading over a few weeks. I didn't think they were particularly good, although not terrible. I bought this book last year.

Editado: Mar 15, 7:54pm

12. The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

I bought this many years ago at a literary festival, although I didn't hear the author speak. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped. The story was good but the characters were slightly annoying. The main couple lived entirely separate lives.

Mar 9, 4:45am

13. Fell Murder: A Lancashire Mystery by E.C.R. Lorac

I bought this in 2019. It was very good. Now in my favourites from the British Library's crime classics.

Mar 13, 10:29am

14. Why I'm no Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

I bought this last year. It was very good.

Mar 13, 11:46am

>23 QuestingA: Yes, I read this last year and thought it was excellent. It was good to read a book looking at race/racism from a UK perspective, as many of the really good books out there are primarily from a US perspective.

Editado: Mar 15, 8:02pm

>24 Jackie_K: totally agree. I have a book on the Civil Right Act in America on my pile, but moved this one ahead because of its UK focus.

15. Death in Captivity: A Second World War Mystery by Michael Gilbert

Another one from 2019. Really good. Well written and I gather from the introduction, written from personal experience. I feel churlish complaining that it was a war story with a mystery rather than a mystery with a war setting. Pretty sure I've seen the movie too, which was also good.

Mar 21, 8:03am

16. The Woman in the Wardrobe by Peter Shaffer

Another book from 2019. Fun.

Editado: Mar 27, 8:20am

17. Death has Deep Roots by Michael Gilbert

Another book on the pile since 2019. This was great. A satisfying mystery.

Abr 4, 5:22am

Just popping in to wish you and yours a Happy Easter, QA!

Abr 11, 11:28am

>28 connie53: Hi Connie, thanks. It was good to have a break, even though we're stuck at home. I hope you and your family had a good Easter.

Abr 11, 11:29am

18. Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates

An important book. I bought this last year.

Abr 14, 3:30am

19. To Be a Cat by Matt Haig

I bought this in September 2019. Seems a lifetime ago.

Abr 15, 7:28am

>29 QuestingA: Yes we did, quiet but nice and cozy. Thank you.

Abr 16, 5:25am

20. The Measure of Malice: Scientific Detection Stories edited by Martin Edwards

Bought in 2019. I've been reading these at night.

Abr 25, 5:45am

21. The Crime Club by Frank Froest and George Dilnot

I've had this for several years and enjoyed reading it now.

Maio 15, 9:55am

22. The Groote Park Murder by Freeman Wills Crofts

I've had this possibly for four years. It was good.

Maio 24, 4:26am

Your reading is going great, QA! Only 13 more books to go!

Maio 24, 6:13pm

>36 connie53: thanks Connie!

23. The Wink of the Mona Lisa and Other Stories from the Gulf by Mohammad Al Murr and translated by Jack Briggs

According to the receipt inside I bought this in 2016 in Dubai. These were good.

Maio 29, 6:17pm

24. The Lost Gallows: A London Mystery by John Dickson Carr

I bought this last year.

Maio 31, 5:55am

25. Promethean Horrors: Classic Tales of Mad Science edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes

I got this last year or 2019. I think the latter. Pretty good.

Jun 10, 7:29am

26. The Terror by Edgar Wallace

Not sure how long I've had this. Several years. It also contains a second, longer story, White Face. Amazingly these are the first Edgar Wallace stories I think I've read, although I've seen a lot on tv and film.

Jun 16, 6:48pm

27. The Spoilt Kill by Mary Kelly

I bought this last year. Thought it was very good.

Jun 18, 4:44am

28. Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Arms Trade by Paul Holden et al.

This one came from my sister. No idea how long it's been on my pile.

Jun 27, 4:50pm

29. A Loving Enchantment by Cynthia Sinclair

A re-read. A romance from my teens.

Jul 1, 4:47am

30. Bodies from the Library edited by Tony Medawar

A good anthology. Bought in 2018.

Jul 5, 6:27am

And now only 5! Great job, QA!

Jul 5, 5:32pm

>45 connie53: thanks!

31. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

I must've picked this up over the 2019/2020 new year break. If not, I've no idea where it came from.