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majkia drinks tea and reads

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Hello! I'm Jean, welcome to my tea and books thread. Despite 20 years in the US Air Force, I never could learn to drink coffee (and believe it that the US military runs on coffee). So, long time tea drinker, long time book reader!

This year my challenges are:
1. Focus Series: Science Fiction -
2. Focus Series: SFF -
3. Focus Series: Mystery/Thriller -
4. Books written before 1950 -
5. Big Fat Books (books >500 pages) -
6. Bookspin -
TBR Deck of Cards -
7. Library Books (trying desperately to read the stuff in my library wishlist) -
8. Dog, KITs and CATs (selected options here, and just dipping a toe in where the topic fits my TBR) -

Challenges I'm scheduled for:
March: MysteryKIT
August: MysteryKIT
November: RandomKIT
December: SFFKIT


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Books Read First Quarter

January (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )
1. Dying to Sin - Stephen Booth - Series: Cooper&Fry #8 - ROOT, MysteryKIT, Focus:Mystery
2. The Executor - Margaret Oliphant - Series: Calingford #1 - ROOT, Classic
3. City of Dragons - Robin Hobb - Series: Rainwilds #3 - ROOT, Focus-SFF, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, BingoDOG
4. This Immortal - Roger Zelazny - ☑ (Read by: Victor Levine) - ROOT, TBRCARDS, AlphaKIT
5. Inspector French's Greatest Case - F.W. Crofts - Series: Insp French #1 - ROOT, Classic, MysteryKIT
6. The Rector - Margaret Oliphant - Series: Carlingford #2 - ROOT, AlphaKIT, Classic
7. City of Stairs - Robert J. Bennett - Series: Devine Cities#1 - ROOT, Focus:SFF, Bookspin
8. The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman - Series: Thursday Murder Club #1 - ☑ (Read by: Leslie Manville ) - AlphaKIT, #NYWHODIS, Library Book
9. The Blessing Way - Tony Hillerman - Series: Leaphorn #1 - ROOT, mysteryKIT
10. The House in the Cerulean Sea - TJ Kline - ☑ (Read by: Daniel Henning ) - ROOT, Bookspin (December), RandomCAT

February (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )
March (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

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Books Read Second Quarter

April (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

May (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

June (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

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Books Read Third Quarter

July (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

August (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

September (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

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Books Read Fourth Quarter

October (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

November (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

December (I'll 🖤 the month's favorite book )

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Challenge 1 : Focus Series: Science Fiction - Read:

Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
#3 - Redemption Ark
#4 - Absolution Gap - Tantor
#5 - The Prefect - Tantor
#6 - Elysium Fire

Greg Mandel -Peter F. Hamilton
#1 - Mindstar Rising
#2 - The Quantum Murder
#3 - The Nano Flower

Confederation - Tanya Huff
#7 - A Peace Divided
#8 - The Priviledge of Peace

The Retrieval Artist - K.K. Rusch
#7 - Duplicate Effort
#8 - Anniversary Day
#9 - Blowback
#10 - A Murder of Clones
#11 - Search and Recovery
#12 - The Peyti Crisis
#13 - Vigilantes
#14 - Starbase Human
#15 - Masterminds

The Lost Fleet - Jack Campbell
#7 - Dreadnaught
#8 - Invincible
#9 - Guardian
#10 - Steadfast
#11 - Leviathan

Saga of Seven Suns - Kevin J. Anderson
#8 - Veiled Alliances
#9 - The Dark Between the Stars
#10 Blood of the Cosmos
#11 - Eternity's Mind

Spin - F. Paul Wilson
#1. Spin
#2. Axis
#3. Vortex

Embers of War - Garth Powell
#1. Embers of War
#2. Fleet of Knives
#3. Light of Impossible Stars

Corporation Wars - Ken McLeod
#1. Dissidence
#2. Insurgence
#3. Emergence

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Challenge 2: Focus Series: SFF - Read: 2

The Daevabad Series - S.A. Chakraborty
#1. City of Brass
#2. Kingdom of Copper (Library)
#3. Empire of Gold (Library)

A Chorus of Dragons - Jen Lyons
#1. The Ruin of Kings (K)
#2. The Name of All Things
#3. The Memory of Souls
#4. The House of Always

The Devine Cities Trilogy- Robert Bennett
✅ #1 - City of Stairs (re-read)
#2 - City of Blades
#3- City of Miracles

Repairman Jack - F Paul Wilson
#7 - Gateways (K)
#8 - Crisscross
#9 - Infernal
#10 - Harbingers
#11 - Bloodline
#12 - By the Sword
#13 - Ground Zero
#14 -Fatal Error
#15 - The Dark at the End
#16 - Nightworld

Realm of Elderlings - Robin Hobb
✅ #12 - City of Dragons
#13 - Blood of Dragons
#14 - The Fool's Assassin - library audio
#15 - Fool's Quest - library audio
#16 - Assassin's Fate - library audio

Deeds of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon
#1 - The Sheepfarmer's Daughter
#2 - Divided Allegiance
#3 - Oath of Gold

Book of the Ancestor - Mark Lawrence
#1 - Red Sister
#2 - Grey Sister
#3 - Holy Sister

The Sacred Throne - Myke Cole
#1 - The Armored Saint
#2 - Queen of Crows
#3 - The Falling Light

Merchant Princes - Charles Stross
#1 - The Family Trade
#2 - The Hidden Family
#3 - The Clan Corporate
#4 - The Merchant's War
#5 - The Revolution Business

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Challenge 3: Focus Series: Mystery/Thriller - Read: 1

Ian Rutledge - Charles Todd
#20 - The Gate Keeper
#21 - The Black Ascot
#22 - A Divided Loyalty
#23 - A Fatal Lie

Seb St Cyr - C.S. Harris
#12 - Where the Dead Lie
#13 - Why Kill the Innocent
#14 - Who Slays the Wicked
#15 - Who Speaks for the Damned
#16 - What the Devil Knows

Pendergast - Preston/Child
#15 - Crimson Shore (Library)
#16 - Obsidian Chamber (Library)
#17 - City of Endless Night (Library)
#18 - Verses for the Dead (Library)
#19 - Crooked River (Library)
#20 - Thunderhead

Gamache - Louise Penny
#13 - Glass Houses (Library)
#14 - Kingdom of the Blind (Library)
#15 - A Better Man (Library)
#16 - All the Devils Are Here (library)

Cooper & Fry - Stephen Booth

✅ #8 - Dying to Sin
#9 - The Kill Call
#10- Lost River
#11 - The Devil's Edge
#12 - Dead and Buried
#13 - Already Dead
#14 - The Corpse Bridge
#15 - The Murder Road
#16 - Secrets of Death
#17 - Dead in the Dark
#18 - Fall Down Dead

Lynley/Havers- Elizabeth George
#12 - A Place of Hiding
#13 - With No One As Witness
#14 - What Came Before He Shot Her
#15 - Careless in Red (Library)
#16 - The Body of Death
#17 - Believing the Lie
#18 - Just One Evil Act
#19 - A Banquet of Consequences (Library)
#20 - A Punishment She Deserves (Library)

Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen
#11 - On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service
#12 - Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
#13 - Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
#14 - The Last Mrs Summers

Max Tudor - G. M Malliet
#1. Wiked Autumn
#2. A Fatal Winter
#3. Pagan Spring
#4. A Demon Summer
#5. The Haunted Season

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Challenge 4: Books written before 1950. - Granted, an arbitrary date, but one that's close to the year I was born.

1. The Executor - Margaret Oliphant - 1861 - 01/22
2. The Rector - Margaret Oliphant - 1863 - 01/22
3. Inspector French's Greatest Case - F.W. Crofts - 01/22

Footsteps in the Dark - Georgette Heyer
Why Shoot a Butler - Georgette Heyer
The Unfinished Clue - Georgette Heyer
Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Appleby's End = Michael Innes
A Night of Errors - Michael Innes
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
Enter a Murderer - Ngaio Marsh
He'd Rather Be Dead - George Bellairs
Murder Underground - Mavis Doriel Hay
The Middle Temple murder - J S Fletcher
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson
The Executor (1861) - Margaret Oliphant
The Rector (1861) - Margaret Oliphant
The Doctor's Family (1862 / 1863) - Margaret Oliphant
Salem Chapel (1863) - Margaret Oliphant
The Perpetual Curate (1864) - Margaret Oliphant
Inspector French's Greatest Case - Freeman Wills Crofts (1924)

Agatha Christie

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Challenge 5: Big Fat Books (books larger than 500 pages)


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Challenge 6: Bookspin (from and #TBRDeckofCards from
Bookspin and Doublespin
1. January - #8 Closed Circles ✅ #15 City of Stairs
TBR Deck Of Cards - READ: 1
Hearts: Classics:
Ace - Dickens
2 -Georgette Heyer
3 - Mystery/Thriller
4 - Supernatural
5 - Manners
6 - WWI
7 - WWII
8 - Ancient World
9 - Spies
10 - Country House
Jack - Exploration
Queen - Mythos
King - Victorian

Spades: SciFi
Ace - Military
2 -Space Opera
3 - Indy in Space
4 - Heist
5 - Science SciFi
6 - Hard SciFi
7 - Classic
8 - Focus Series
9 - Generation Ship
10 - Colonization
✅ Jack - Dying Earth - January - This Immortal - Roger Zelazny
Queen - Focus Series
King - Punks

Diamonds: Mystery/Thriller
Ace - Cozy
2 - Historical
3 - Focus Series
4 - British Mystery
5 - Nordic
6 - Technothriller
7 - Caper
8 - Gothic
9 - Golden Age
10 - Focus Series
Jack - Science Thriller
Queen - Psychological
King - Supernatural

Clubs: SFF
Ace - Dragons
2 - Ghosts
3 - Alt History
4 - Focus Series
5 - Epic
6 - Urban
7 - Sword and Sorcery
8 - Focus Series
9 - Grimdark
10 - Dystopian/ Apocalyptic
Jack - Retelling
Queen - Flintlock/Gaslight
King - Portal Fantasy

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Challenge 7: Library Books from my wishlist or newbies.


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Challenge 8: A Dog, and several KITs and CATs

Jan: R and H - City of Dragons , This Immortal , The City of Stairs
Feb: A and B
Mar: P and S
Apr: L and J
May: O and D
Jun: Q and C
Jul: E and T
Aug: M and F
Sep: K and I
Oct: V and N
Nov: G and U
Dec: Y and W
Yearlong X and Z - This Immortal


Jan: City of Dragons, The City of Stairs


Jan: Dying to Sin , Inspector French's Greatest Case



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✅ 1. An Award Winning book - This Immortal
✅ 2. Published in a year ending 2 City of Dragons
3. A modern retelling of an older story
4. A book you'd love to see as a movie (maybe starring your favourite actor)
5. A book that features a dog
6. The title contains the letter Z
7. Published the year you joined LT
8. A book by a favourite author
9. A long book (long for you)
10. A book you received as a gift
11. The title contains a month
12. A weather word in the title
13. Read a CAT
14. Contains travel or a journey
15. A book about sisters or brothers
16. A book club read (real or online)
17. A book with flowers on the cover
18. A book in translation
19. A work of non-fiction
20. A book where a character shares a name of a friend
21. A book set in a capital city
22. A children's or YA book
23. A book set in a country other than the one you live
24. A book by an LGBTQ+ author
25. A book with silver or gold on the cover

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Year Book Published:
January: 1861 , 1863, 1966, 2012 , 2014,

January: 4/2

Group Reads


Okt. 29, 2021, 12:44pm

Nice pictures decorating your categories. Good luck with the series reading.

Okt. 29, 2021, 1:01pm

Pretty pictures.
Very challenging thread with so many books listed. Hope you enjoy your reading (and do not pressure yourself too much to meet your goals).

Okt. 29, 2021, 1:37pm

Great to see you all set up and ready for 2022. I'm starring your thread and I'm ready to follow along.

Okt. 29, 2021, 2:27pm

>17 sallylou61: Oh, I don't believe I can read all that many of them, but if I put them up on the thread I'll keep checking them and hopefully have more incentive to read from my series than from the new and shiny.

Okt. 29, 2021, 2:53pm

I like your theme this year. Although I learned to drink and enjoy coffee when I was in the Air Force (and I do drink it black), I still start my day with a cup of tea and like a nice cup mid-afternoon. Your pictures are great and I look forward to following your reading this year.

Okt. 29, 2021, 3:16pm

Beautiful pics! Good luck with your 2022 reading!

Okt. 29, 2021, 3:47pm

Beautiful theme! I'm looking forward to following your reading especially the mystery series. However, I've never developed a liking for tea so I'll have black coffee.

Okt. 29, 2021, 4:51pm

Unfortunately I can't drink coffee - it makes me go lightheaded and I end up with a horrific hangover, but without the nice giggly bit beforehand that you get the night before a wine hangover. I have to be careful with tea too, as the tannins give me a headache, but I will have the odd cup of Lapsang Souchong or Earl Grey, or a tannin/caffeine-free one like Rooibos. I also have all my tea without milk, which makes some people question my true Brit credentials!

Okt. 29, 2021, 6:45pm

Looking forward to following along with your cups of tea!

Okt. 29, 2021, 6:52pm

Happy reading and tea drinking in 2022.

Okt. 29, 2021, 7:10pm

I love every single one of those teacups! And I am Team Tea as well -- the only coffee drinks I really like are lattes, but I can't have them unless I want to mess up my sleep for a couple of days :)

Okt. 29, 2021, 7:44pm

I don't drink coffee but I like my tea a little weak and sometimes add a bit of lemon weather it is hot or with ice.

A lot of those teacups look vintage to me.

Okt. 30, 2021, 10:26am

Beautiful pictures! I enjoy coffee in the morning or an occasional espresso after dinner out at a restaurant. Then I switch to tea for the rest of the day. Mint teas are my favorite!

I started drinking coffee and tea when I was a kid. There was always a pot of coffee perking at our house. School teachers are also notorious coffee drinkers and there was always coffee in the office or teacher’s lounge!

Okt. 30, 2021, 11:29am

Nice theme and pictures, Jean. I think I'll go off and brew some Assam...

Okt. 30, 2021, 4:24pm

I like how your thread is organized. And good luck with those series!

Okt. 31, 2021, 8:15am

Great layout. So organized. I am really intrigued by the Bookspin. I want to join that one. How does it work?

Okt. 31, 2021, 8:25am

>31 Kristelh: On litsy look for the tag #bookspin. There's an explanation also by the user TheAromaofBooks who runs it. You pick 20 books each month and list them on Litsy tagging them #bookspin and #TheAromaofBooks. Then, on the second of each month TheAromaofBooks selects two numbers. One for #bookspin and a second if you want to do two books for #doublespin. There's also a #bookspinbingo but I'm not participating in that one.

Okt. 31, 2021, 8:29am

Thanks for the comments everybody, tea and coffee drinkers both! And a few cola breakfast drinkers that I know are out there!

I always start out organized but tend to fall away from keeping things up toward the end of the year. Hoping this year I can keep the act together all the way through!

This year I didn't read as many of my series as I'd hoped. So this time I'm going to ignore more KITs and CATs and be tempted less to read off my series list. We'll see how that works.

Okt. 31, 2021, 9:28am

>32N Thank you so much. Great idea.

Okt. 31, 2021, 12:05pm

>33 majkia: - I used the Alpha Kit this year for just my series books and so I got 26 out of the way. And I'm planning the same thing for next year. I think I probably have too many series.

Okt. 31, 2021, 12:16pm

>35 dudes22: 'I probably have too many series.'
heh. Yeah, me too.

Okt. 31, 2021, 3:47pm

>36 majkia: Ditto. Reading my series is a challenge I am considering.

Nov. 1, 2021, 9:35am

I've never been a coffee drinker either.
They look at me like I’m an alien or something, so it's nice to find my people! 😂

Nov. 11, 2021, 2:05pm

Following along here. I'm going to try to catch up on a few series myself this year. Some are on a little longer catch-up plan.

Nov. 11, 2021, 2:55pm

>39 thornton37814: I am trying desperately to be more disciplined about series. I have way too many started.

Nov. 11, 2021, 3:18pm

>40 majkia: Me too, but I know that some of the series will never be finished. I actually have some marked as DO NOT READ in my own files now. (I do give a reason so I can revisit that if I change my mind based on information on later installments.)

Nov. 25, 2021, 5:19pm

Well, doggonit. I would go out to Litsy and find a challenge I'm wanting to add to my thread. I should know better.

#TBRDeckofCards. Assign a prompt, or a specific book, or a genre or something to each card. Then each month shuffle the deck and pick however many you want to read that month.

Nov. 25, 2021, 9:59pm

>42 majkia: ooohhhh, that's a good one!

Nov. 26, 2021, 4:41am

>42 majkia: That's an exciting concept. If you assign a specific book, do you dismiss the card after reading or do you read it twice if it comes up again?

Nov. 26, 2021, 7:17am

>44 MissWatson: LOL. I'm certainly going to dismiss those cards.

Nov. 26, 2021, 9:24am

>45 majkia: As you can tell, I've been mulling this idea in my mind. A 52-card-deck could last a whole year...

Nov. 26, 2021, 9:27am

>46 MissWatson: I've added mine to my challenges above. I assigned a genre to each suit, then used a prompt or a subgenre for each card.

Nov. 26, 2021, 9:54am

>47 majkia: - That makes a lot of sense. When I first read what you were doing, I was thinking how long it would take to assign books, but that makes it more doable.

Nov. 26, 2021, 3:51pm

This is a great set up! Love the tea cups...tea drinker here. My mother's tea cup collection is lost in the family archives somewhere. No one claims to have it - LOL! There weren't a lot but these pics make me think of her! Thanks for the memory. I will follow along with your reading year. Enjoy your year!

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What a pretty thread! I drank coffee when I worked but now rarely drink anything but tea of varying temperatures. I worked primarily with engineers, all men most of my career, and I got lots of ribbing in when I came in one morning and discovered they had bought a big coffee maker and plumbed it in so they wouldn't have to fill a pot with water!

I just started reading the Lynley/Havers series, I think I've read three, maybe two, but I've enjoyed them and plan to read on. I hope you have a very pleasurable reading year!

Nov. 27, 2021, 7:25am

>49 beebeereads: You are welcome! I hope your reading year goes wonderfully.
>50 clue: I soooo Identify with the working with mostly men. For most of my career I was often the only female in the outfit.

I really enjoy the Lynley/Havers books. I read a lot of them quite a few years ago, got away from the series, and recently returned to it. I'm very glad I did.

Nov. 27, 2021, 11:20am

>47 majkia: Ohhh, great idea! I've been thinking along similar lines for my ROOTing next year.

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January plans: Hoping to get to all of them. We'll see!

Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds - Focus Sci Fi series, AlphaKIT
City of Dragons - Robin Hobb (pub 2012 - BingoDOG) - Focus SFF series, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT
Racing the Devil - Charles Todd - MysteryKIT, Focus Mystery Series, AlphaKIT
Where the Dead Lie - C.S. Harris - MysteryKIT, Focus Mystery Series, AlphaKIT
Inspector French's Greatest Case - F W Crofts - Classics
Mindstar Rising - Peter F. Hamilton - Focus Sci Fi series, AlphaKIT
The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman #NYWHODIS - AlphaKIT, LibraryBook
Caraval - Stephanie Garber #NYWHODIS, LibraryBook
The Blessing Way - Tony Hillerman - AlphaKIT
This Immortal - Roger Zelazny - TBRCards - Jack of Spades- Dying Earth

Dez. 10, 2021, 12:44pm

What beautiful images! Just browsing your thread is calming.

I'm also a tea-drinker. I have tea every day--right now I'm rather addicted to London Fogs. I've never had a cup of coffee--I don't even like that coffee-brewing aroma that most people love.

Love the deck-of-cards thingy! I like the randomness of it, which is why I like RandomCAT/Kit best of all the challenges.

Have a fun reading year!

Dez. 15, 2021, 11:30pm

Beautiful teacups. Good luck with your 2022 reading.

Dez. 26, 2021, 7:06pm

The teacups are pretty. One year my daughter and I made candles in the teacups we found at Goodwill for my church's bazaar in December.

Jan. 1, 6:08pm

1. Dying to Sin - Stephen Booth - Series: Cooper&Fry #8 - ROOT, MysteryKIT, Focus:Mystery

This series uses the intriguing setting, weather and people of the Peak District to set the mood and heighten suspense and confusion. Such an interesting series.

Jan. 1, 6:17pm

>57 majkia: Glad your first book was a hit!

Jan. 1, 7:27pm

>58 thornton37814: That's always a good sign!

Jan. 2, 12:40pm

2. The Executor - Margaret Oliphant - Series: Calingford #1 - ROOT, Classic

Short intro to Calingford. A bit contrived but enjoyable.

Jan. 2, 3:14pm

Happy New Year, Jean! Tea is always a good choice, especially when combined with flowers and books.

Jan. 2, 3:43pm

Jan. 3, 1:55am

>60 majkia: I have the first six books in this series in an omnibus. I don't think I can get to it this year, but maybe next! I will be watching for further reviews on this series!

Jan. 3, 7:11am

>63 Tess_W: lyzard is leading a group read of these in the Virago Book group. I'm too far behind to catch up I think, but the threads are there to peruse if you like when you get 'roundtuit'.

Jan. 4, 3:42pm

3. City of Dragons - Robin Hobb - Series: Rainwilds #3 - ROOT, Focus-SFF, AlphaKIT, SFFKIT, BingoDOG

Excellent as usual. The City of Dragons is found in ruins. But, will it awake for the dragons? Meanwhile, once they learn of it, the traders will hurry to pull it to pieces to sell off everything. How to stop them...

Hobb is so very good at mixing plot lines and creating such complex characters.

Jan. 5, 1:11pm

4. This Immortal - Roger Zelazny - ☑ (Read by: Victor Levine) - ROOT, TBRCARDS, AlphaKIT

Hmm.. Not my favorite Zelazny. Not much of a plot, llthough parts of the story were very good. The mythology mainly.

Jan. 9, 1:05pm

5. Inspector French's Greatest Case - F.W. Crofts - Series: Insp French #1 - ROOT, Classic, MysteryKIT

Lots of travel for the good detective as he attempts to solve a diamond robbery and murder. Not much in the way of suspense, just a concentration on detecting.

I enjoyed it, especially somebody running around London and getting anywhere he wished to be in a matter of minutes!

Jan. 9, 1:10pm

>67 majkia: It's been awhile since I read it but I recall plenty of good detecting but no not much suspense. Usually in Crofts the "suspense" is about how Inspector French will break down the alibi.

Jan. 9, 5:37pm

6. The Rector - Margaret Oliphant - Series: Carlingford #2 - ROOT, AlphaKIT, Classic

Interesting to see a book about a male doubting his calling and putting his mother first.

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7. City of Stairs - Robert J. Bennett - Series: Devine Cities#1 - ROOT, Focus:SFF, Bookspin, alphaKIT

I listened to the Audio version read, very ably, by Alma Cuervo

What is reality? Is it something solid and independent of us, each and every one of us? Or is it created by what we believe, and how we think it is? Can we make the world change by merely creating a shared reality that we all agree to live within? And if so, how can that be altered? Can it be?

This was a terrific read. A strong female protagonist, a complex plot, world-building that was deep and elaborate and well-planned. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a fantasy that has depth and thought behind it.

Jan. 15, 8:26am

>71 majkia: I know! I often use either the used bookstore or purchase cheaper Kindle titles for most and then splurge on a few.

Jan. 15, 8:34am

Happy Thingaversary!

Jan. 15, 10:24am

>71 majkia: I've started saying "the first X books I buy this year are Thingaversary books", where X is my Thingaversary number. This year mine will be #11.

Jan. 15, 11:10am

Happy Thingaversary! Since mine is early too (the 6th), I used to forget all about it until the last minute and then not remember the books I wanted. Now when I buy books, if I don't think I'll be reading them before my next Thingaversary, I hold them aside and count them with a few right at the end. But they must be Thingaversary "worthy".

Jan. 15, 11:52am

Happy Thingaversary, Jean!

Jan. 15, 12:49pm

>74 rabbitprincess: That's what I do too (I think it's easier because my Thingaversary is later on in the year)! I'll be 10 years in August, and I'm sure I'll have bought more than 11 books by then, so that'll be my Thingaversary quotient for the year :)

Jan. 15, 2:42pm

Happy Thingaversary, Jean. I, too, spread my Thingaversary purchases out over 3 or 4 months but I note that none of us considers not buying the books!!

Jan. 15, 2:44pm

>78 DeltaQueen50: - ha, ha - you're so funny!

Jan. 15, 3:30pm

8. The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman - Series: Thursday Murder Club #1 - ☑ (Read by: Leslie Manville ) - AlphaKIT, #NYWHODIS, Library Book

This was fun. What do retired folks do to entertain themselves. Well, solving murders sounds like a great way to stay active.

Nicely written, lots of humor and just a touch of melancholy.

Jan. 15, 3:56pm

>71 majkia: Happy Thingaversary! I celebrated my 15th in November, and still have three purchases up my sleeve.

Jan. 15, 6:34pm

9. The Blessing Way - Tony Hillerman - Series: Leaphorn #1 - ROOT, mysteryKIT

Interesting with lots of local color and Navajo background. Surprised at how little Leaphorn appeared in the story.

Jan. 16, 5:41pm

Today is special for our family. We're increasing our numbers by one. Meet little Buffy the Dragon Rider (second cousin to a certain vampire slayer).

She was born November 1st and is 3/4 standard poodle, 1/4 Golden Retriever.

Our other doodle, L.C., isn't all that happy with this new state of affairs but it's only been a couple of hours. Hopefully they'll bond fine.

Jan. 16, 6:04pm

Oh, she's gorgeous! Congratulations!!!

Jan. 16, 9:22pm


Jan. 16, 11:45pm

What a beauty! Hopefully L.C. and Buffy will become great friends.

Jan. 17, 4:53am

Congrats! She looks lovely!

Jan. 17, 6:44am

I thought I had posted last night but I must not have hit "save". She's really adorable. Looks similar to the do our neighbors have.

Gestern, 4:47pm

10. The House in the Cerulean Sea - TJ Kline - ☑ (Read by: Daniel Henning ) - ROOT, Bookspin (December), RandomCAT

A very sweet, sometimes a bit too sweet, if I'm honest, tale of finding one's place in the world, no matter who you are.

Gestern, 9:09pm

>83 majkia: So precious! She has a look alike up the street from me too but Ginger is much, much bigger!

Gestern, 10:22pm

Just catching up on your thread. Congrats on the new puppy! :)

Heute, 1:38pm

It's hard to get a picture of Buffy. She's hell on wheels or out cold, not much in-between time, LOL.

She doing well, and L.C. is even staying closer than before, although no playing together yet, but then Buffy tries to chew on her, so I don't blame L.C, one bit. And I have the tooth marks and scars to prove I'm dealing with a puppy!

Thanks for all the kind words about her. She's a sweetheart.