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Night and Fear: A Centenary Collection of Stories by Cornell Woolrich edited by Francis M. Nevins

Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan: An Illustrated History by Andrew Alpern

A Naturalist Buys An Old Farm by Edwin Way Teale

I'll Always Have Paris: A Memoir by Art Buchwald


Everything Is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels (November Early Reviewer)

1. The List of Adrian Messenger by Philip MacDonald (Colonel Anthony Gethryn 12)(Read the first time many years ago. I enjoyed it a lot. Better than I remembered.)
2. Mystery of The Dead Police by Philip MacDonald
3. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
4. Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
5. The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart (December 2021 Early Reviewer)
6. The Bookman's Promise: A Cliff Janeway Novel by John Dunning (Cliff Janeway 3)
7. The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel by John Dunning (Cliff Janeway 5)
8. Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward
9. Brain Worms: How Right-Wing Propaganda Destroys Reason, Conscience, and Democracy by Adam Glenn (Member Giveaways)Need to add review
10. Some Deaths Before Dying by Peter Dickinson
11. The Yellow Room Conspiracy by Peter Dickinson (Disappointing. Lots of skimming to get through the book. Discarded.)
12.The Bookman's Wake: A Cliff Janeway Novel by John Dunning (Cliff Janeway 2) (I marked this 5 stars the first time I read it - don't ask me why because this time through, it just seems a hot mess.)
13. The Sign of the Book: A Cliff Janeway Novel by John Dunning (Cliff Janeway 4)(Finished the series a second (and last) time. They haven't aged well for me.)
14. The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
15. Greenmantle (Wordsworth Classics) by John Buchan (Richard Hannay stories 2)
16. The Three Hostages (Wordsworth Classics) by John Buchan (Richard Hannay stories 4)(I didn't care for the ending. It didn't fit the rest of the book and seemed tacked on to me. Sometimes a writer needs to know when to stop. Otherwise, the best Hannay book I've read.)
17. How To Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward (I don't know why I liked this book so much the first time I read it. About all the characters do is drink a lot and complain about their lives. I feel grumpy just reading it. Did not finish.)
18. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
19. The Irish Sports Pages by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich 13)

20. Detective Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) by Peter Washington (Editor)(Disappointing selection of stories.)
21. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
22. Too Many Ghosts by Paul Gallico (Alexander Hero 1)

23. The Franchise Affair (Alan Grant 3) by Josephine Tey

24. The Man in the Queue (Alan Grant 1) by Josephine Tey

25. To Love and Be Wise (Alan Grant 4) by Josephine Tey

26. The Daughter of Time (Alan Grant 5) by Josephine Tey

27. A Shilling for Candles (Alan Grant 2) by Josephine Tey

28. The Singing Sands (Alan Grant 6) by Josephine Tey

29. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

30. Brat Farrer by Josephine Tey

31. Not That Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley

32. The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
33. The Skeleton in the Grass (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Robert Barnard

34. A Gathering of Saints by Christopher Hyde

35. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

36. Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols (Merry Hall Trilogy #1)

37. Garden Open Today by Beverley Nichols (Sudbrook Trilogy #1)

38. No Life for a Lady by Agnes Morley Cleaveland (I expected to like this, but her know-it-all, holier-than-thou attitude got the better of me. Did not finish.)

39. Garden Open Tomorrow by Beverley Nichols (Sudbrook Trilogy #3)

40. Green Grows the Garden by Beverley Nichols

41. Bachelor Brothers Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson

42. Laughter on the Stairs (Merry Hall Trilogy #2) by Beverley Nichols

43. The Joy of Murder (Daiya Wu Mysteries #2) by Gloria Oliver (June Early Reviewer) (reviewed)

44. Alaska is for the Birds! Fourteen Favorite Feathered Friends by Susan Ewing (April Early Reviewer)

45. Sunlight on the Lawn (Merry Hall Trilogy #3) by Beverley Nichols

46. The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor (An early reviewer I received in 2010 that I've decided to read again.)

47. Personal History by Katharine Graham

48. Katharine Graham's Washington by Katharine Graham (Did not finish because in part, holding this 800-page "brick" is too uncomfortable.)

49. The Hand of Mary Constable (Alexander Hero 1) by Paul Gallico

50. Snow Island by Katherine Towler

51. You Know Exactly: The Third Collection of All Over Coffee by Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee 3)(July Early Reviewer) (reviewed)

52. Bachelor Brothers Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book by Bill Richardson

53. Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

54. Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea by Catherine Goldhammer

55. Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan

56. The Shortest Way to Hades by Sarah L. Caudwell
57. The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova

58. The Soloist by Mark Salzman

59. Seven Cats and the Art of Living by Jo Coudert

60. A Hole in the Heart: A Novel by Christopher Marquis

61. Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton by Richard Horan (Did not finish this second reading)

62. The Greatest Polar Expedition of All Time: The Arctic Mission to the Epicenter of Climate Change by Markus Rex, Sarah Pybus (August Early Reviewer) (reviewed)
63. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart

64. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

65. Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham (I would love for this book to be interesting, but unfortunately, it is not. Did not finish.)

66. The Tipping Point: How Little Thing Can Make A Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (Interesting to a point - my tipping point of disinterest! Did not finish.)

67. Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor

68. Granite Kingdom by Eric Pope (September Early Reviewer) (reviewed)

69. The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies

70. Babble!: And How Punctuation Saved It by Caroline Adderson, Roman Muradov (October Early Reviewer) (reviewed)

1. Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering by Rebecca A. Brown
2. Elvis and The Dearly Departed (Southern Cousins Mysteries #1) by Peggy Webb (One and done for this series.)
3. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
4. The Big Sky by A. B. Guthrie, Jr. (Guthrie's Western Sequence Book 1)
5. South of Broad by Pat Conroy (I've read and enjoyed Conroy books, but life's too short for the 500 pages of this one. Did not finish.)
6. James Herriot's Animal Stories by James Herriot
7. And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat (Did not finish.)
8-11. Miss Pinkerton: Adventures of A Nurse Detective (The Buckled Bag / Locked Doors / Miss Pinkerton / Haunted Lady) by Mary Roberts Rinehart (Hilda Adams Omnibus 1-4)
12. Do Something for Nothing: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness, through the Simple Act of a Haircut by Joshua Coombes (March Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
13. The Suicide Club and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
14. The Essence of Nathan Biddle by William J. Lewis (April 2021 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
15. The Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
16. The Trees: First Book In Awakening Land Trilogy by Conrad Richter
17. The Fields: Second Book In Awakening Land Trilogy by Conrad Richter
18. The Town: Third Book In Awakening Land Trilogy by Conrad Richter
19. The Wrong Box (Oxford Popular Fiction) by Robert Louis Stevenson (I fully expected to struggle through a few pages, maybe the first chapter, enough to see I didn't like it all, and then move on. Instead, to my great surprise, I liked it a lot.)
20. The Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles by Mary Swander (Intermittently interesting. Skimming was my friend in some sections.)
21. Trial by Terror by Paul Gallico (This got off to a very slow start, and I might have quit reading except that I've read and enjoyed so many other books by Gallico. And this was no exception - a plot explosion, tense drama, another plot twist, and a race to the end. What's not to like?)
22-24. Airman's Odyssey (Wind, Sand and Stars; Night Flight; and Flight to Arras) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
25. 100 Malicious Little Mysteries by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)
26. 100 Menacing Little Murder Stories by Robert Weinberg (Editor), Stefan Dziemianowicz (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)
27. Death's Darkest Face by Julian Symons (A re-read. I'd forgotten how dry and dull the middle is, but the beginning is good, and the end is great - well worth the slog to get there. I downgraded the star assessment to how I feel now.)
28. The Writer in the Garden edited by Jane Garmey (I thought I'd enjoy is more, but skimmed a lot of it.)
29. A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple 7) by Agatha Christie
30. The Body In The Library (Miss Marple 3) by Agatha Christie
31. Heroic Measures (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jill Ciment
32.-33. 84 Charing Cross Road / The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street (Omnibus - Virago Modern Classics) by Helene Hanff
34. Manhattan, When I Was Young by Mary Cantwell (Compulsively readable memoir of someone I don't even particularly like... and this is the second time I've read it.)
35. The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne (I wish A.A. Milne had written more mysteries. This was a second reading and still lots of fun.)
36. Trent's Last Case by E. C. Bentley (Author), Dorothy L. Sayers (Introduction)
37. The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald A. Knox (Miles Bredon 2)
38. Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge (Another re-reading, but 90 pages in, I am done. Ten years ago, I loved this book, but now, this silly woman just makes me irritated. It's time to move on to something else. Did not finish - this time.)
39. Caroline Minuscule by Andrew Taylor (William Dougal 1)
40. Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache 1)
41. A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache 2)
42. The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache 3) (I'm reading the Penny books as fast as I can because I enjoy them so much.)
43. A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache 4)
44. The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache 5)(I love that this series goes to book 17 now, but hate that I can't find my copy of #6 and don't have any of the others... yet...)
45. Raven Black: A Thriller by Ann Cleeves (Shetland 1)
46. White Nights: A Thriller by Ann Cleeves (Shetland 2)
47. Red Bones: A Thriller by Ann Cleeves (Shetland 3)
48. Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery by Ann Cleeves (Shetland 5)
49. Disorderly Elements (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Bob Cook (I love this book! Started my re-read yesterday and finished today.)
50. The Last Billable Hour (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Susan Wolfe (Another quick re-read. Enjoyed a lot!)
51. The Life and Times of Jo Mora : Iconic Artist of the American West by Peter Hiller (July 2021 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
52. The Second Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders (The Deadly Sins Series 2, Edward X. Delaney 3)
53. The Fourth Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders (The Deadly Sins Series 4, Edward X. Delaney 5)
54. The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders (The Deadly Sins Series 1, Edward X. Delaney 2)
55. The Seventh Commandment by Lawrence Sanders (Commandment series 4 - Dora Conti)
56. The Sixth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders (Commandment series 1)
57. The Eighth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders (Commandment series 3 - Mary Lou Bateson)
58. The Tenth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders (Commandment series 2 - Joshua Bigg)
59. Book Case by Stephen Greenleaf (John Marshall Tanner #7)
60. Collision Bend by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich 7)
61. The Cleveland Local by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich 8)
62. Pepper Pike by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich 1)
63. The Dutch by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich #12)
64, Full Cleveland by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich 2)
65. Deep Shaker by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich 3)(30 pages in, I remember this was not a series favorite, and I'm moving on to something better. No need to slog through not-that-good a book a second time! Did not finish.)
66. The Duke of Cleveland by Les Roberts (Milan Jacovich 6)
67. Season of Snows and Sins by Patricia Moyes (Inspector Henry Tibbett Mysteries 10)
68. There Are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union: A Novella and Five Stories by Reginald Hill (I usually like Hill's books, but this just did not work for me. Did not finish.)
69. The Coconut Killings by Patricia Moyes (Inspector Henry Tibbett Mysteries 13)(Finished - a re-reading - but never again. I like the characters, but not this book, which seems dated and way too convoluted.)
70. A Six-Letter Word for Death by Patricia Moyes (Inspector Henry Tibbett Mysteries 16)
71. The Rasp by Philip MacDonald (Colonel Anthony Gethryn 1)
72. Mac & Irene: A WWII Saga by Margot McMahon (November 2021 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)

1. There Is a Tide (Hercule Poirot 28) by Agatha Christie
2. Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot 22) by Agatha Christie
3. The Moving Finger (Miss Marple 3) by Agatha Christie
4. Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot 8) by Agatha Christie
5. Funerals Are Fatal (Hercule Poirot 29) by Agatha Christie
6. Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot 19) by Agatha Christie
7. An Overdose of Death (Hercule Poirot 23) by Agatha Christie
8. Poirot Loses A Client (Hercule Poirot 16) by Agatha Christie
9. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot 1) by Agatha Christie
10. Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot 17, Colonel Race 3) by Agatha Christie
11. Endless Night by Agatha Christie
14. Curtain (Hercule Poirot 42) by Agatha Christie
15. Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her Notebooks by John Curran (Interesting to a point, but I'd rather just read her books.)
20. Murder After Hours (Hercule Poirot 26) by Agatha Christie
21. A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts (Disappointed to learn that his final first-person account of his travels was lost after his death and never published.)
22. Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Lawrence Hunt (A fascinating story. Disappointed to learn her family destroyed her unpublished memoir.)
28. Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death by Katherine Ramsland
33. Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives by Jim Sheeler
36. Pictures from an Expedition by Diane Smith (A re-reading, but one I enjoyed immensely. Can't understand why I originally gave the book only 3 stars!)
37. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (The Western Frontier Library, 14) by Isabella Lucy Bird
41. The Tuesday Club Murders (Miss Marple Short Stories) by Agatha Christie

4. Miss Bishop by Bess Streeter Aldrich (Utterly predictable... and charming. I enjoyed it.)
6. The Invisible Garden by Dorothy Sucher (I liked this a lot, especially her memories of her mother, but was a little put off by her always paying someone else to do most of the dirty work - even housework and mowing the grass.)
12. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (I need the sequels!)
13. Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford (I meant to read this and discard it because the book's so tatty, but I liked it well enough that it's back on the shelf.)
17. A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
18. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story - With Wings by Mark Bittner
19. Living at the End of Time by John Hanson Mitchell
29. Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank by Robert W. Fuller (Seems so timely... and then you notice it was published 16 years ago.)
33. The Tenth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders (Commandment Series #2)(Re-reading an old favorite.)
37. Eat Cake: A Novel by Jeanne Ray
41. An Army Doctor's Wife on the Frontier: The Letters of Emily McCorkle FitzGerald from Alaska and the Far West, 1874-78 by Emily McCorkle FitzGerald (Reviewed)
42. A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me by Jon Katz (Some things, I liked a lot, while too many others struck me as just wrong. I found Jon Katz irritating and annoying. He seems to change dogs like he changes socks. I finished the book, but I'm not keeping it.)
43. A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz (The perfect antidote for Jon Katz. Thank you, Dean Koontz.)
49. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (It's supposed to be funny, but I found it stupid and irritating - maybe because I actually like to cook. Did not finish.)
52. The Singing Sands (Alan Grant 6) by Josephine Tey (Reading it again after many years.)
54. To Love and Be Wise (Alan Grant 4) by Josephine Tey
56. Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach (What she considers roughing it, I'd call a charmed life. Finished and deleted.)
59. Pasquale's Nose: Idle Days in an Italian Town by Michael Rips (An unexpected surprise. I really enjoyed this!)
64. Seven Cats and the Art of Living by Jo Coudert (Started and finished this book today. Good reading on a Saturday!)
66. The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
67. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart (Started this yesterday and finished it today - could hardly put it down!)
69. Gardening Letters To My Daughter by Anne Scott-James (Interesting and entertaining, but lots more serious than my and my mother's own efforts in the yard.)
91. The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys (I loved this book. I'm only sorry I let it sit on the shelf for years before getting around to reading it.)
94. Call It A Gift (Western Literature Series) by Valerie Hobbs (Another gem I've had for years and just now read.)
96. Bert Breen's Barn by Walter D. Edmonds (Award-winning children's literature, and not spell-binding, but I enjoyed it a lot. A pleasant, feel-good story.)
100. Vanished Arizona: Recollections of My Army Life by Martha Summerhayes (Enjoyed this very much, but kind of disappointed in this Cosimo edition - a footnote mentions the Historical Introduction written by Martha's son, Harry Summerhayes - which is nowhere to be found in my book.)
101. Hatteras Light by Philip Gerard (I've been putting this book off for years because I hate the cover, but finally started it yesterday - and finished it today. It's that good. Only nit is some loose ends that I wish had been tied up.)
116. The Seventh Commandment (Commandment Series 4) by Lawrence Sanders (Only thing better would be if this had been #1 of a series of Dora books.)
118. The Sixth Commandment (Commandment Series 1) by Lawrence Sanders (A slow start, too much drinking, but then I couldn't put it down.)
123. Cards On the Table (Hercule Poirot 15, Ariadne Oliver 2, Colonel Race 2, Superintendent Battle 3) by Agatha Christie

SOME of the BOOKS READ IN 2018
9. The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot #12) by Agatha Christie
10. The Hand of Mary Constable (Alexander Hero #2) by Paul Gallico (An old favorite I decided to read again. Still a favorite!)
13. I Knew a Phoenix: Sketches for an Autobiography by May Sarton (This may be what I consider her best book.)
15. Plant Dreaming Deep by May Sarton (Another favorite. Not as 'name-droppy' as a lot of her journals.
17. Orchestrated Death (Bill Slider #1)(Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (Enjoyed this a lot and am actively looking for more in the Slider series.)
22. The Danger Tree: Memory, War and the Search for a Family's Past by David Macfarlane
27. Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown
30. The Floor of the Sky by Pamela Carter Joern (Started - and finished - this book yesterday. The ending was too abrupt, but overall I enjoyed this one very much.)
32. The Curlew's Cry by Mildred Walker (This started slowly, but became more interesting as it went along - and now at the end, I see that beginning was necessary.)
35. Montana 1948: A Novel by Larry Watson (A quick read, but no complaints - just the right length.)
39. The Flyers: In Search of Wilbur and Orville Wright by Noah Adams
43. The Muse Asylum by David Czuchlewski (Terrible cover, but a great story.)
46. Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures by Noah Adams (The second of two books by Adams that I've had forever and just now got around to reading. I should done so sooner - enjoyed both of them a lot.)
49. Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain by Michael Paterniti (Overlong, slow. Could have been a really great medium length article. I finally skipped to the end just to be done with this.)

SOME of the BOOKS READ IN 2017
1. Snow Island: A Novel by Katherine Towler (I can only hope that every book I read this year turns out to be as engaging and enjoyable as this one.)
2. I Will Be Cleopatra: An Actress's Journey by Zoe Caldwell (A pleasant surprise. Informal and engaging. And I learned a lot about theater and repertory companies.)
3. The Nixon White House Redecoration and Acquisition Program: An Illustrated History by Patrick Phillips-Schrock (October 2016 Early Reviewer) (Reviewed)
4. Lost Horizon by James Hilton (Another book that's been sitting on the shelf unread for years. I should have read it sooner. Liked it a lot!)
10. Death's Darkest Face by Julian Symons
13. One's Company: Reflections on Living Alone by Barbara Holland (I started out liking this a lot. But the more I read, the more I realized that I enjoy living alone a lot more than Barbara Holland does, and the amateur psychology annoyed me. Finished, but not a keeper.)
15. Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea by Catherine Goldhammer (This has been sitting on the shelf for years, but there was always something else to read first. Finally got around to it, and enjoyed it - a lot!)
20. Philosophy Made Simple, A Novel by Robert Hellenga (Liked this a lot, but ending sort of petered out.)
30. Death and the Dutch Uncle (Inspector Henry Tibbett #9) by Patricia Moyes (A re-read of a book I just ran across on the shelves. I don't remember anything about the plot, so it's almost like reading a new book.)(Hate to say it, but this was disappointing - talky and convoluted.)
31. Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery (Shetland Island Mysteries #5) by Ann Cleeves (Liked this Cleeves book - as always. Must find book #3!)
37. A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot (Wonderful. I will read this one again.)
38. Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan (The early years when Stalin was still alive were fascinating to read, but her personal life after Stalin's death wasn't nearly as interesting. Did not finish.)

SOME of the BOOKS READ IN 2016
11. Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr (Lovely prose. I should have read this book as soon as I got it, instead of letting it sit on the shelf all these years.)
18. The Most Beautiful House in the World by Witold Rybczynski (Finally read this gem of a book that's been sitting on a bookshelf for too many years.)
19. The Dogs of Babel: A Novel by Carolyn Parkhurst (I almost passed on this book because I had doubts that I'd like it... I was wrong. Loved it!)
39. Funerals Are Fatal (Hercule Poirot #29) by Agatha Christie (One of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Read it a dozen times at least, and in the last couple of days, once again. 'Comfort food' for the reader.)
43. Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp (I've had dogs all my life, and never once gone to a training class, an obedience class, or play group, and nonetheless, I think we did great. This book is good in places, but you've got to slog through all the amateur psychology to find them. Finished the book. Deleted the book. I'm sure someone at the Goodwill will grab it, just like I did.)
52. Marching Through Georgia: My Walk Along Sherman's Route by Jerry Ellis (Silly me. I was expecting a little (a lot?) more about Sherman, and a lot less about Mr. Ellis's desires to have sex with his girlfriend. I did enjoy many of the people he met on his journey, but the constant 'if you're not a Southerner, you probably won't get this' got old real quick.)
53. Not That Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley (Just my sort of book! Thank you to the Bookmooch member who sent it to me out of the blue - for no points - and then gave me some more points, to boot!)
56. A Shower of Summer Days by May Sarton (I had been thinking to read this book, then discard it, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Definitely a keeper.)
62. The Last Billable Hour by Susan Wolfe (Very surprised at how much I liked this book. Breezy and fun. And a murder. Kind of strange that Susan Wolfe won the Edgar for best first novel of 1989 - and never wrote a second?)
66. The Spy's Wife by Reginald Hill (Every time I read one of Hill's one-off books, I'm reminded again of how much I prefer them to his better-known D&P series. This was a lot more fun than I was expecting. Good reading.)
75. Disorderly Elements by Bob Cook (Hate the cover, but LOVED the book! Reviewed.)
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The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney (August 2014 Early Reviewer)

Montana Noir edited by James Grady and Keir Graff (July 2017 Early Reviewer)

Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, and the Rise of America's Xanadu by Les Standiford (November 2019 Early Reviewer)
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Many of the books I'm reading now are second readings of books I read some time ago and enjoyed very much...

But it's been so long since the first reading, that I don't remember that much about them, so it's almost like something new. Most of the time, I enjoy them very much again, but occasionally I wonder what it was I liked because I don't feel that way now.


I DETEST the new editing system - which seems to have a mind of its own...

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