Lori's (thornton37814) Cincinnati Tribute - thread 1

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Lori's (thornton37814) Cincinnati Tribute - thread 1

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Attribution: Ynsalh, Cincinnati Skyline from Devou Park, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

My 2022 reading will mainly focus on my TBR list which includes books from the library and books from my print and electronic stashes.

Those who follow me will know mysteries will always outweigh all other reading. I also love historical fiction, and I've recently been drawn to Amish fiction--partly because of my own Amish ancestry and partly because it is just clean, wholesome, and pure escape reading. I sometimes read literary fiction and will also read poetry, drama, and maybe even a few essays this year.

As far as non-fiction, you'll most often find me picking up history or social history books, books on Christianity and the Christian faith, and cookbooks. I occasionally pick up travel books, craft books, books on nature, and whatever else strikes my fancy at the time.

Each year I struggle to come up with a theme for the year's reading. Since the focus was on making a dent in my reading lists, I thought about using a cleaning theme. I even came up with potential categories, but it never felt right. I've grown pretty nostalgic about Cincinnati over the last few months, so I decided to create my categories featuring all things Cincinnati.

2022 Cincinnati Themed Categories

1. Great American Ballpark - First in series mysteries
2. Paul Brown Stadium - Second or third in series mysteries
3. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park - Fourth to seventh in series mysteries
4. Taft Theatre - Eighth and beyond in series mysteries
5. Kings Island - Children's or YA literature
6. Busken Bakery - Amish fiction
7. Skyline Chili - Cookbooks or other culinary books
8. Music Hall - Historical fiction
9. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Other fiction & literature
10. Holy Cross Monastery & Church - Christianity
11. Cincinnati Museum Center - History & Social History
12. Cincinnati City Hall - Other non-fiction
13. Cincinnati Public Library - Shiny & new books that grab my attention
14. Fountain Square - Book Club Picks & Group Reads
15. Findlay Market - Impulse Reads
Abandoned Category: Cincinnati Subway

I'll try to provide info on each landmark as it is introduced below.

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Attribution: redlegsfan21, Great American Ball Park, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The Great American Ballpark is the home of the Cincinnati Reds. When I lived in Cincinnati, the Reds still played at Riverfront Stadium. Since the Reds always want to play in the World Series, I knew this had to go with one of the series categories. I still have my shirt from when the Reds won the 1990 World Series, sweeping the Oakland A's.

Great American Ballpark (First in series mysteries)

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Attribution: JonRidinger, Paul Brown Stadium interior 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Paul Brown Stadium is home to the Cincinnati Bengals. Although it was under construction when I lived in Cincinnati, it did not open until the year after I moved to Tennessee.

Paul Brown Stadium (Second or third in series mysteries)

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Attribution: Greg5030 at en.wikipedia, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The Playhouse in the Park is located in Eden Park which is one of my favorite city parks. It's a great place to catch a musical or other play.

Playhouse in the Park (Fourth to seventh in series mysteries)

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Attribution: Warren LeMay from Cincinnati, OH, United States, Taft Theatre, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Taft Theatre was the main place one went to watch theatre arts events during my time in Cincinnati. The Aronoff Center opened a few years before I moved away and many of the off-Broadway plays moved to it. Today the Taft houses many of the plays designed for juvenile audiences.

Taft Theatre (Eight and beyond in series mysteries)

1. Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs - completed 4 January 2022
2. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny - completed 14 January 2022

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Attribution: Jeremy Thompson from United States of America, Paramount Kings Island, 1996, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Kings Island was featured on an episode of The Brady Bunch back in the 1970s. The park is known for its roller coasters. I purchased a season pass most years so I could go whenever friends wanted to go.

Kings Island (Children's or YA literature)

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Attribution: Yelp, Inc., Yelp @ Busken 8708, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/, via Flickr

Busken Bakery makes some of the tastiest baked goods in the Cincinnati area. It is local but offers several locations. They also sell to some stores such as Jungle Jim's.

Busken Bakery (Amish fiction)

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Attribution: Derek Jensen (Tysto), Skyline Chili location on Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati, 2009, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Skyline Chili is my go-to chili. When I first arrived in Cincinnati, new friends took me to Skyline almost immediately. I was not quite sure what to think of that first bite. It was unlike any other chili I'd ever eaten. It grew on me. Today it's my favorite chili of any variety. This is the Skyline nearest the Cincinnati Public Library. Whenever I spend a long day researching there, this is where I usually eat lunch.

Skyline Chili (Cookbooks or other culinary books)

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Attribution: Cincinnati Music Hall 2002a, Uploader has written permission to license as GNU-FDL., CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Music Hall is the home of the musical arts in Cincinnati. It houses the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati Opera, and the May Festival Chorus. The building first opened in 1878.

Music Hall (Historical fiction)

1. My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk - completed 16 January 2022

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Attribution: Kabir Bakie, Orangutan, Cincinnati Zoo, CC BY-SA 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden houses some great animals as well as gardens. It is the U.S.'s second oldest zoo and is located in the Avondale neighborhood.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Other Fiction & Literature)

1. Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic edited by Alice Quinn - completed 4 January 2022
2. King Lear by William Shakespeare - completed 12 January 2022

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Attribution: Photo by Greg Hume (Greg5030), Holy Cross Monastery, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Holy Cross Monastery & Church is located on Mount Adams. While the buildings have been converted for other use now, they are on the historic register. During my Cincinnati days, I always admired the buildings when I went to eat in the nearby historic Rookwood Pottery.

Holy Cross Monastery & Church (Christianity)

1. The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament by Frank Viola - completed 9 January 2022

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Attribution: Greg Hume, Union Terminal, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Cincinnati Museum Center is housed in the historic Union Terminal. It houses the Cincinnati Historical Society and its collections of artifacts and books. The building housed the train center in its former life.

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (History & Social History)

1. The Inclines of Cincinnati by Melissa Kramer - completed 1 January 2022
2. The Radical Potter: The Life and Times of Josiah Wedgwood by Tristram Hunt - completed 11 January 2022
3. The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Martyn Rady - completed 16 December 2022

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Attribution: EEJCC, Cincinnati City Hall, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Cincinnati City Hall houses part of the city's government offices. Construction was completed in 1893. I think it is a beautiful building.

Cincinnati City Hall (Other non-fiction)

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Attribution: Valereee, Main Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (Ohio), CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Cincinnati Public Library (aka Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County) housed one of the top ten genealogical libraries in the country during my Cincinnati days. The main branch occupied an entire block during my days but has now expanded across the street. They had other great collections, and I discovered some of my favorite books while browsing its shelves. While I used some branch locations, I used this main library the most because I went there to do genealogical research or use their other collections for research while pursuing a second master's degree.

Cincinnati Public Library (Shiny & new)

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Attribution: Niagara66, Cincinnati Tyler Davidson Fountain, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Fountain Square's trademark feature is the Tyler Davidson Fountain dedicated in 1871. It was relocated from its original location several years after I moved away, and it always seems like it is in the wrong place when I visit the city now.

Fountain Square (Book Club Picks & Group Reads)

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Attribution: Wholtone, Findlay Market East Entrance, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Findlay Market is the historic farmer's market located in Over-the-Rhine. While it contains more flea market stuff than produce nowadays, it remains an important feature in the Cincinnati landscape.

Findlay Market (Impulse Reads)

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Attribution: Jonathan Warren, Cincinnati Subway, Race Street Station, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The Cincinnati Subway is probably the most famous abandoned feature in the city. The subway is only a little over two miles in length. Let's hope the list of books in this category is as short as the system!

Cincinnati Subway (Abandoned Reads)

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Category notes:

1. Great American Ballpark - First in series mysteries

The books in this category are the first in their series. In some cases I may have read later installments, but I want to go back to the beginning. I intend for all these books to be on my existing wish list.

2. Paul Brown Stadium - Second or third in series mysteries

The books in this category are either the second of third books in their series. All of these should be series in progress. In most cases I will have read the first in the series. In some cases I may have read later books in the series. These books will not be new on my radar.

3. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park - Fourth to seventh in series mysteries

The books in this category fall somewhere between the fourth and seventh installments in the series. They are series that I've liked well enough to continue. These will be comfortable friends.

4. Taft Theatre - Eighth and beyond in series mysteries

The books in this category are old friends. I've liked the series well enough to stick with it to this point!

5. Kings Island - Children's or YA literature

I suspect most of the books in this category will be children's picture books, but I sometimes get the urge to read books that are a little longer and designed for elementary school, middle school, or high school readers. This category is not restricted to things already on my TBR list.

6. Busken Bakery - Amish fiction

I want to read from series in progress or books that are on my Kindle or on my TBR list for this category. If it's brand new, it will go in the "Shiny & new" category. I might even find something that is an "Impulse read" that isn't on my list.

7. Skyline Chili - Cookbooks or other culinary books

I have lots of unread cookbooks and culinary books in the house, on my Kindle, and on my wish list. I'm going to other ones in "Shiny & new" or "Impulse reads" and leave this to the ones already on my radar.

8. Music Hall - Historical fiction

I'm generally going to use this for historical fiction that is non-mystery but that is already in my possession or on my radar. New works can go into "Shiny & new." Some older works might go into "Impulse reads."

9. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Other fiction & literature

I have several non-series mysteries, fiction that doesn't fit one of my other categories, and things like poetry and drama on my radar. Essays could also fit here. Shakespearean works read for the ShakespeareCAT will go here. I'm sure some things will go into "Shiny & new" or "Impulse reads" that might otherwise fit here.

10. Holy Cross Monastery & Church - Christianity

I enjoy reading books that enrich my faith or books about church history. I have a huge TBR list for these. I have enough books on my TBR list or downloaded on my Kindle or in my personal library to restrict this one to those titles.

11. Cincinnati Museum Center - History & Social History

I own so many unread books in this category that I really want to focus on those. However, I do have a lot on my TBR list as well. Either will work for the category, but I would like to read what is on hand.

12. Cincinnati City Hall - Other non-fiction

This is where my eclectic taste in books takes over. I have a lot of books on TBR lists as well as some owned print and Kindle books that fit here.

13. Cincinnati Public Library - Shiny & new books that grab my attention

I know I won't be able to resist some shiny & new books! This is where 2021 and 2022 copyright books can fall if they are not on my TBR list or owned.

14. Fountain Square - Book Club Picks & Group Reads

I participate in a faculty book club at work that reads one book per semester spread out over the semester. I'm also taking part in a book discussion with a group of Christian librarians. We'll finish up sometime in spring. Then I belong to an online book club that general reads women's social history or sometimes historical fiction with a good dose of social history or genealogy infused. I'll also put LT group reads in this category except the Bruno and Brunetti ones which I'll put in the mystery categories.

15. Findlay Market - Impulse Reads

I know I'll get a book bullet or two from you all. The ones with copyright dates prior to 2021 can go in this category. This will be for books not on my TBR lists or in my possession.

Abandoned Category: Cincinnati Subway

As stated earlier, I hope this is a short list of Abandoned Reads!

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I look forward to participating in ShakespeareCAT.

January - King Lear
February - Much Ado about Nothing
March - a book based on a Shakespeare play. I think I have one book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series remaining and will probably read it.
April - Hamlet
May - Shakespeare's Kings - not sure whether I'll read several or just one
June - Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus - will read at least one
July - Measure for Measure, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice - will read at least one
August - Lesser Known Works - Not sure yet how this one is being define.
September - Shakespeare's sonnets or poems. (I'm hosting this one.)
October - Macbeth
November - Books about Shakespeare or the Globe Theater (fiction or non-fiction) - not sure yet what I'll select
December - A Winter's Tale

I'll probably dip in and out of the other two CATs. I'll try to post some options as I go through my TBR lists.

CATWoman

Jan - Biography/Autobiography/Memoir by women
Feb - Women in translation
Mar - Women pioneers
Apr - Women of color
May - Classics by women
Jun - Books set in cities or about cities by women
Jul - Women and crime
Aug - children's/YA/graphic novels
Sep - Women during war
Oct - Women in science
Nov - Issues as seen through women's eyes
Dec - Prize winner by a woman

AuthorCAT

Jan - Indigenous writers
Feb - 19th century authors (I'm hosting this one)
Mar - Authors first published at age 40 or later
Apr - debut authors
May - authors from your own country
Jun - non-fiction authors
Jul - Asian authors
Aug - prize-winning authors
Sep - African authors
Oct - authors in translation
Nov - authors who set their books against real events
Dec - favorite authors

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Reserved for musings about the KIT challenges.

MysteryKIT

Jan - Series
Feb - Cold case crimes
Mar - Small towns, big secrets
Apr - Noir/Hard-boiled (Hoping I can find one on my TBR list; otherwise I'll probably skip it)
May - Detectives in translation
Jun - Historical fiction mysteries
Jul - Golden Age
Aug - Technothrillers (may not read anything this month)
Sep - Animal mystery
Oct - Mysteries featuring food
Nov - Gothic
Dec - Holiday mysteries (I'm hosting this one.)

Paul's Asian Challenge (75 group)

Jan - Europe of Asia - Turkish Authors
Feb - The Holy Land - Israeli & Palestinian Authors
Mar - The Arab World - Writers from the Arab world
Apr - Persia - Iranian writers
May - The Stans - There are 7 states all in the same region all ending in "Stan"
Jun - The Indian Sub-Continent - Essentially authors from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
Jul - The Asian Superpower - Chinese Authors
Aug - Nippon - Japanese Authors
Sep - Kimchi - Korean Authors
Oct - INDO CHINA PLUS - Authors from Indo-China and other countries neighbouring China
Nov - The Malay Archipelago - Malaysian, Singaporean and Indonesian Authors
Dec - The Asian Diaspora - Ethnic Asian writers from elsewhere

Next is yours

21MissWatson
Dez. 5, 2021, 5:30am

That is a great theme, Lori. I hope you end up with zero books in that scary subway!

22majkia
Dez. 5, 2021, 7:06am

Great thread! Go Cincy!

23davidpoole4
Dez. 5, 2021, 7:47am

Dieser Benutzer wurde wegen Spammens entfernt.

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>21 MissWatson: That would be a miracle!

>22 majkia: You know, it would be kind of nice to see the undefeated underdog Bearcats win the BCS Bowl Series, but I doubt it will happen.

25VivienneR
Dez. 5, 2021, 2:02pm

Lovely theme, Lori! Happy reading!

26pamelad
Dez. 5, 2021, 2:48pm

Happy reading in 2022!

27Jackie_K
Dez. 5, 2021, 3:44pm

Excellent theme! Hope you enjoy your 2022 reads!

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>25 VivienneR: Thank you!

>26 pamelad: Thanks!

>27 Jackie_K: Glad you like the theme!

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Abbreviated list of options for my Great American Ballpark category (First in series mysteries):

1. Ngaio Marsh / A Man Lay Dead
2. Edward Marson / The Railway Detective
3. Ellery Adams / Murder in the Mystery Suite
4. Lynn Cahoon / Who Moved My Goat Cheese?
5. Ann Cleeves / A Bird in the Hand
6. Ann Cleeves / A Lesson in Dying
7. Vicki Delany / Elementary, She Read
8. Sarah Fox / The Crepes of Wrath
9. Victoria Gilbert / Booked for Death
10. Maureen Jennings / Season of Darkness
11. Ragnar Jonasson / Snowblind
12. Karen MacInerney / Killer Jam
13. Elizabeth Edmondson / A Man of Some Repute
14. Sarah Ward / In Bitter Chill
15. Erika Chase / A Killer Read
16. Nicholas Rhea / Constable on the Hill
17. J. R. Ellis / The Body in the Dales
18. Ann Granger / A Rare Interest in Corpses
19. Faith Martin / Murder on the Oxford Canal
20. Joanna Cannon / They Rang Up the Police

I have many more on the list, but it gives you an idea of a few things I might use in that category. In some cases I've read later installments but not the first in series.

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Abbreviated List of Options for Paul Brown Stadium category (2nd-3rd in series mysteries):

1. Dan Waddell / The Blood Detective
2. Margery Allingham / Mystery Mile
3. Vicki Delany / Murder in a Teacup
4. Amanda Flower / Premeditated Peppermint
5. Nathan Dylan Goodwin / The America Ground
6. Lyn Hamilton / The Maltese Goddess
7. Victoria Hamilton / Muffin but Murder
8. Betty Hechtman / By Hook or By Crook
9. Charlotte Hinger / Lethal Lineage
10. Anna Lee Huber / Penny for Your Secrets
11. Julie Hyzy / Eggsecutive Orders
12. P. D. James / Unnatural Causes
13. Bruce Alexander / Murder in Grub Street
14. Iona Whishaw / Death in a Darkening Mist
15. Dana Stabenow / Dead in the Water
16. Steve Robinson / The Last Queen of England
17. Erica Ruth Neubauer / Danger on the Atlantic (due out 3-29-2022)
18. M. J. Lee / The Somme Legacy
19. Sofie Kelly / Sleight of Paw
20. Catherine Lloyd / Death Comes to Kurland Hall

Once again, the "potentials" list is much longer.

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Abbreviated List of Options for my Playhouse in the Park category (4th-7th in series mysteries):

1. Jenn McKinlay / Dark Chocolate Demise
2. Kwei Quartey / Gold of Our Fathers
3. Karen Rose Smith / Murder with Cherry Tarts
4. Jacqueline Winspear / The Mapping of Love and Death
5. Donna Andrews / Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
6. Cleo Coyle / French Pressed
7. Vicki Delany / A Cold White Sun
8. Victoria Gilbert / A Deadly Edition
9. Maggie Sefton / Dyer Consequences
10. Ann Cleeves / Silent Voices
11. Sheila Connolly / Cruel Winter
12. Mark de Castrique / Hidden Scars
13. Miranda James / Out of Circulation
14. William Kent Krueger / Blood Hollow
15. Sue Henry / Deadfall
16. Laurie Cass / Pouncing on Murder
17. Ellis Peters / Saint Peter's Fair
18. Tim Myers / Room for Murder
19. Tasha Alexander / Tears of Pearl
20. Vaseem Khan / Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

Again the list of potentials is longer and includes others in the same series. I could potentially read a few of these this month in which case I'd move to the next in series.

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Abbreviated list of options for my Taft Theatre category (8th or beyond in series mysteries):

1. Peter Robinson / Dead Right (or Blood at the Root)
2. Victoria Thompson / Murder on Fifth Avenue
3. Nevada Barr / Winter Study
4. Andrea Camilleri / The Paper Moon
5. Laura Childs / Twisted Tea Christmas (will probably read in 2021)
6. Margaret Coel / The Shadow Dancer
7. Deborah Crombie / The Killing of Innocents
8. Jeanne M. Dams / The Gentle Art of Murder
9. Monica Ferris / Darned If You Do
10. Joanne Fluke / Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
11. Eva Gates / Death by Beach Read
12. P. L. Gaus / The Names of Our Tears
13. Louise Penny / The Madness of Crowds (will probably read in 2021)

I'm probably missing a few here. I need to go back through my card file to see if there are others. I've read some later installments in a few of these series than the one mentioned. It's possible I'll finish one or two of these this month and be "caught up" so that the next in series will be the one read.

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Abbreviated list of options for Kings Island category (Children's & YA literature):

1. Annika Thor / Deep Sea (I've had trouble finding this 3rd one.)
2. Annika Thor / On Open Water
3. Jennifer L. Holm / Turtle in Paradise
4. Clare Vanderpool / Moon Over Manifest
5. Jean Van Leeuwen / Bound for Oregon
6. Laura Lee Hope / The Bobbsey Twins in the Country
7. Laura Lee Hope / The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore
8. Aranka Siegal / Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944 (if my public library doesn't discard its copy)
9. Lindsay Currie / What Lives in the Woods

I'll end up with others here, but these are a few I spotted on my list or on my Kindle.

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Abbreviated list of options for Busken Bakery category (Amish fiction):

1. Jennifer Beckstrand / The Amish Quiltmaker's Unexpected Baby
2. Wanda E. Brunstetter / The Hope Jar
3. Linda Byler / Christmas Visitor
4. Amy Clipston / The Forgotten Recipe
5. Amy Clipston / The Bake Shop
6. Suzanne Woods Fisher / Mending Fences
7. Kathleen Fuller / The Teacher's Bride
8. Rachel J. Good / Amish Teacher's Gift
9. Rachel J. Good / An Unexpected Amish Proposal
10. Tricia Goyer / Beside Still Waters
11. Shelley Shepard Gray / A Perfect Amish Romance
12. Ruth Hartzler / The Way Home
13. Kelly Irvin / Mountains of Grace
14. Molly Jebber / Hannah's Courage
15. Naomi King / Rosemary Opens Her Heart
16. Beverly Lewis / The Stone Wall

I'm certain I have a lot more on my Kindle or TBR list.

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Abbreviated list of options for Skyline Chili category (Cookbooks or culinary books):

1. Dann Woellert / The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili
2. Polly Campbell / Cincinnati Food: A History of Queen City Cuisine
3. J. Wayne Fears / The Lodge Book of Dutch Oven Cooking
4. Karen Hulene Bartell / Fine Filipino Food
5. Gooseberry Patch / Circle of Friends Cookbook: 25 Burger Recipes
6. Gooseberry Patch / Tailgating Cookbook
7. Gooseberry Patch / Circle of Friends Cookbook: 25 Savory Pie Recipes
8. Rosemary Scott / Bread Made Easy: Delicious and Simple Homemade Artisan Bread
9. Taste of Home Soups, Stews & More
10. The Little Women Cookbook

I have lots more on hand, but these are a few options.

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Dez. 5, 2021, 5:16pm

Abbreviated list of options for my Music Hall category (Historical Fiction):

1. Kate Mosse / The City of Tears
2. Hazel Gaynor / The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
3. Rhys Bowen / The Victory Garden
4. Anya Seton / The Hearth and the Eagle
5. C. Pam Zhang / How Much of These Hills Is Gold
6. Emma Donoghue / The Pull of the Stars
7. Mary Beth Keane / Fever
8. Rhys Bowen / Above the Bay of Angels
9. Amy Stewart / Lady Cop Makes Trouble
10. Amy Stewart / Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

I'm sure I have lots more in my TBR list, but these are a few I quickly spotted.

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Abbreviated list of options for my Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden category (Other Fiction & Literature):

1. Shakespeare. (Lots of it for the ShakespeareCAT)
2. John Ahrens / Trace
3. William Faulkner / The Sound and the Fury
4. John Steinbeck / Tortilla Flat
5. Antonia White / Frost in May
6. Ian Frazier / Family
7. Niall Williams / This Is Happiness
8. Lawrence Wright / The End of October
9. Jeanette Winterson / Lighthousekeeping
10. Mary Alice Monroe / Second Star to the Right
11. Kent Haruf / Plainsong
12. Chris Riddell / Poems to Live Your Life By
13. Elizabeth Bishop / Poems
14. Karen L. Kilcup / Over the River and Through the Wood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children's Poetry
15. Lilian Harry / The Bells of Burracombe
16. Eve Houston / Secrets in Prior's Ford
17. Doris Lessing / The Grass Is Singing
18. Flannery O'Connor / A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
19. Angela Thirkell / High Rising
20. Barbara Pym / Some Tame Gazelle

I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg, but it offers an insight into what I might select from my list.

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Abbreviated list of options for my Holy Cross Monastery & Church category (Christianity):

1. M. Daniel Carroll R. / Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible
2. Lois Tverberg / Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus
3. Paul W. Meier / Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther: Finding Freedom in Love
4. Ben Witherington III / A Week in the Life of Corinth
5. Saint Teresa of Avila / Interior Castle
6. Abraham Joshua Heschel / The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
7. Warren W. Wiersbe / Be Dynamic (Acts)
8. Warren W. Wiersbe / Be Skillful (Proverbs)
9. Tish Harrison Warren / Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
10. God Hears Her: 365 Devotions for Women by Women (will use this as a daily devotional in 2022)
11. John MacArthur / Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the WorldWhat the Amish Teach Us

I will read many more that fit this category. I have lots on hand or on my TBR list.

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Abbreviated list of options for my Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal category (History and social history):

1. Thomas Bertram Costain / The Magnificent Century
2. Alison Weir / The Six Wives of Henry VIII
3. Anne L. MacDonald / No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting
4. Winifred Gallagher / How the Post Office Created America: A History
5. Ruth Walls Herndon and John E. Murray, eds. / Children Bound to Labor: The Pauper Apprentice System in Early America
6. David L. Weaver-Zercher, ed. / Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John A. Hostetler
7. Carolyn A. Kierner / Beyond the Household: Women's Place in the Early South, 1700-1835
8. James T. Lemon / The Best Poor Man's Country: Early Southwestern Pennsylvania
9. Norman F. Cantor / In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death & the World It Made
10. Carlo Ginzburg / The Cheese and the Worms: THe Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
11. Eric Jay Dolin / A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes
12. Edward Dolnick / The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853
13. Lisa See / On Gold Mountain
14. Alison Weir / Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
15. Mark Stein / How the States Got Their Shape Too: The People Behind the Borderlines
16. Paul B. Newman / Travel and Trade in the Middle Ages
17. Warren R. Hofstra / The Planting of New Virginia: Shenandoah Landscapes from Prehistory to the Present
18. Thomas G. Long / Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral
19. Olive Sharkey / Irish Country Life
20. Books on order from university presses and Arcadia Publishing (year-end sales)

40thornton37814
Dez. 5, 2021, 6:42pm

Abbreviated list of options for my Cincinnati City Hall (other non-fiction) category:

1. Joan Lock / Scotland Yard's First Cases
2. Ron McMillan / Between Weathers: Travels in 21st Century Shetland
3. Amber Richards / Preserve Your Family Pictures
4. Chris Pascoe / A Cat Called Birmingham
5. Yaron Reshef / Out of the Shoebox
6. Kevin Grace / Cincinnati's Literary Heritage: A History for Booklovers

I'll add to this as I explore my TBR list and on-hand print and electronic books.

41thornton37814
Dez. 5, 2021, 6:43pm

I'm not creating lists for the other categories. Although I know some of the book club picks, I don't know all of them. I don't know what "Shiny & New" books will grab my attention or what "Impulse Reads" I'll have.

42majkia
Dez. 5, 2021, 7:15pm

I'm no where near brave enough to list all my series possible. Man I miss FictFact.

43thornton37814
Dez. 5, 2021, 7:29pm

That's far from all my series! I'm just putting a few of them. I have 2 card-file boxes with them alphabetically arranged by author. I know I'll never get back to some of them. In fact, some of them have notes as to why I didn't like the series so I won't be tempted to try it again.

44DeltaQueen50
Dez. 5, 2021, 9:01pm

Great to see you all set up and ready for 2022, Lori! And, you've made room for plenty of mysteries! (rubs hands with glee)

45casvelyn
Bearbeitet: Dez. 5, 2021, 9:10pm

How did I not know Cincinnati has an abandoned subway?!?!?! That’s awesome!!!

You should totally read Snowblind next year. I’ve read the first three in that series, it’s a really interesting series. There’s some Agatha Christie vibes in his style that intrigued me - turns out that Jonasson has also translated several of Christie’s works into Icelandic. I did discover that the books were published in one order in Iceland and another in English-speaking countries, but Snowblind is the first either way. I’m reading them in the Icelandic order.

46thornton37814
Dez. 6, 2021, 7:38am

>44 DeltaQueen50: Always lots of room for mysteries! Just got to encourage myself to getting around to some of them.

>45 casvelyn: I loved the Hidden Iceland series. I've read the second in this one and was a bit lukewarm on it. I'm hoping it was because I'd not read the first. Somehow I can see you going to check out if the ghost rumors on the Cincinnati subway are true or not. LOL

47casvelyn
Bearbeitet: Dez. 6, 2021, 8:52pm

>46 thornton37814: I totally would go down there! Although I don't believe in ghosts, so I can answer that question from here. :)

Of the first three Hidden Dark Iceland books, the first is definitely the strongest. I wasn't satisfied with some of the translation decisions in the third book, but the plot was good.

48thornton37814
Dez. 6, 2021, 8:31am

>47 casvelyn: Good to know.

49casvelyn
Bearbeitet: Dez. 6, 2021, 11:01am

>48 thornton37814: And I realized I've confused myself. My comments in >47 casvelyn: should reference the Dark Iceland series. Too many series with similar names!

50thornton37814
Dez. 6, 2021, 5:14pm

>49 casvelyn: LOL - It is confusing!

51lindapanzo
Dez. 8, 2021, 7:41pm

Great categories, Lori. I've visited Cincinnati twice, both for weekends at the ballpark, and enjoyed it. Hot dogs with Skyline chili...yum!!

52thornton37814
Dez. 8, 2021, 8:43pm

>51 lindapanzo: Those chili cheese coneys are good! I make them at home sometimes. I need to pick up some more cans at Kroger, I think. I've got to run to Sevierville Friday so I can probably stock up then.

53dudes22
Dez. 9, 2021, 8:06am

I see some interesting possibilities in your lists, Lori. I'll be waiting for some BBs.

54Tess_W
Dez. 9, 2021, 8:50am

Great theme! I like to go to Cincy (about 2 hours from my home) as there is much to do. Been to Union Terminal many times. I also like the River Walk and cross the River to go into Newport.

55hailelib
Dez. 9, 2021, 11:05am

Great pictures to illustrate your theme!

I'll be interested in seeing what you read for the Asian challenge as I am considering an Asian/African category for my challenge.

56rabbitprincess
Dez. 9, 2021, 11:27am

Great theme and lots of possibilities for the coming year!

57thornton37814
Dez. 9, 2021, 3:13pm

>53 dudes22: I always get a few BBs from you too!

>54 Tess_W: There are so many things I miss about Cincinnati. There was no way to include them all as categories.

>55 hailelib: Paul has put several possibilities on his thread. I've been trying to find mystery authors from a country in the area (in translation) that will fit. I have a short list, and I'll see if I can locate them in a library. I may need to use ILL to fill a few. I don't think I want to permanently add any to my collection.

>56 rabbitprincess: Yes. It should keep me busy. I may hit a few of the books before the end of the year because I checked some out of the library before I left work yesterday.

58LadyoftheLodge
Dez. 11, 2021, 1:30pm

I enjoyed your photos! Happy reading in 2022.

59thornton37814
Dez. 11, 2021, 7:42pm

>58 LadyoftheLodge: Thanks! I hope it's a good year.

60clue
Dez. 12, 2021, 7:20pm

I very much enjoyed your photos too. I have a friend who lived here in the South for twenty years before moving about three years ago back to her hometown of of Cincin. I haven't been to visit due to Covid and your pictures make me want to go more than ever. Hopefully in 2022 I'll be able to.

61thornton37814
Dez. 13, 2021, 2:50pm

>60 clue: I'm hoping to get back for a visit in 2022 myself.

62lowelibrary
Dez. 17, 2021, 7:35pm

Great photos of a town I have never visited. Good luck with your 2022 reading

63thornton37814
Dez. 20, 2021, 12:37pm

>62 lowelibrary: You should visit sometime! I'm wearing my Skyline Chili t-shirt today.

64thornton37814
Dez. 20, 2021, 12:48pm

I drove to my brother's on Saturday. Visited my home town for several hours yesterday. My brother and I went to church where we'd grown up. Then we went to eat at one of our favorite places. After that we drove around town. Jim showed me all the houses he remembered living in when growing up--and where a few of the houses that no longer exist were. We also went out to the cemetery where my relatives are buried. I need to order some flowers for the graves. The ones on them are in bad shape--which is to be expected since I think I put them out before COVID. After that, we went to visit one of our dad's first cousins who is still alive. We noticed pretty quickly her short-term memory is not good. I wonder if she is in the early stages of Alzheimer's.

Today I've been making coated pretzels. I've already told the ones receiving the ones being mailed that they'll arrive after Christmas. I'm hoping to get them to the post office this afternoon. I need to run to get some packing tape to seal the packages before going to the post office, but a relatively tiny Walmart is on the way so that should not be a problem.

This afternoon I'll make the pretzels I'm leaving with my other brother's widow for that side of the family. I think this year all her kids will probably all be at her house at some point during the holidays.

65LadyoftheLodge
Dez. 21, 2021, 4:19pm

>64 thornton37814: Sounds like a nice start to your holiday. We will be just the two of us this year, but that is okay. We bought some deli salads at the grocery for Christmas Eve and will eat the prepared foods from our freezer for Christmas Day. (These are leftovers from Thanksgiving, so I am sure they will still taste good.) Looking forward to a lowkey holiday. My sisters sent us gift packages in the mail, so we will enjoy opening them too.

66thornton37814
Dez. 21, 2021, 5:11pm

>65 LadyoftheLodge: I discovered I'll be going home before one of her sons makes it down. He just moved to a place that is probably less than 15 minutes off my route home. They closed yesterday. His furniture doesn't arrive until January 6, so they are using air mattresses and camp chairs. He went this morning to get a refrigerator, washer, and dryer. I'm going to stop by to deliver his pretzels and visit with them in person for a few minutes. I told them I wouldn't stay long because my 3 cats will be in the car. (They have a dog who does not do well with cats, so they won't get out.)

67LadyoftheLodge
Dez. 23, 2021, 4:37pm

>66 thornton37814: I get that about the air mattresses and camp chairs! Sounds a bit like our 6 weeks in our one bedroom apartment, trying to figure out what we did with our stuff, although our apartment was furnished comfortably. I finally found some of my Christmas decorations that I wondered about--the tiny stuffed Grinch toy for sure! I was afraid he had gotten away. I am just a type-A person.

68thornton37814
Dez. 25, 2021, 7:29am

>67 LadyoftheLodge: I'm glad you're settled in now.

69mnleona
Dez. 26, 2021, 6:53pm

Traci Peterson writes clean books. I read one about Minnesota and how they carved ice blocks from the frozen lakes. My husband, who was from Minnesota, said he remembered they did it. I am from Texas and never saw a frozen lake until I moved here.

70thornton37814
Dez. 27, 2021, 12:48pm

>69 mnleona: Christian fiction is a genre that is still safe as far as being "clean." Unfortunately the poor quality of writing in many of them drives me nuts.

71LadyoftheLodge
Dez. 30, 2021, 11:45am

72Crazymamie
Dez. 30, 2021, 3:44pm

Lori, I love your theme - great images! I did not do well with keeping up with the threads last year, but I am hoping to do better in 2022. Dropping a star.

73thornton37814
Dez. 30, 2021, 7:21pm

>71 LadyoftheLodge: Thanks!

>72 Crazymamie: Thanks! I got progressively worse at keeping up with threads last year myself. I'll be visiting and starring threads tomorrow. I just got in from a trip that was made longer by two huge delays of undetermined origin because whatever was causing it was gone by the time I arrived. It was already taking a little longer because I made a stop by my nephew's new home. He is in between his Air Force retirement and the start of his new job. He's arrived at his new house, and his furniture arrives January 6. He tells me that it's on a pod in a warehouse just 30 minutes away. They bought air mattresses, a folding table, and camping chairs and are making the best of it. They bought appliances locally so they'd start with new ones.

74thornton37814
Dez. 31, 2021, 9:24pm

Year-end meme based on 2021 reads:

Describe yourself: The Woman in the Mirror
Describe how you feel: Bowled Over
Describe where you currently live: Orley Farm
Your favorite time of day: The Nine
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Where the Heart Takes You
Your favorite form of transportation: The Tombigbee River Steamboats
Your best friend is: The Bookstore Cat
You and your friends are: Brabbling Women
Describe your job: The Family Tree
What are you eating: Murphy's Slaw
What's the weather like: The Mist
You fear: The Devil's Cave
What is the best advice you have to give: Magnify His Name
Thought for the day: If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name
How you would like to die: Sleeping Murder
Your soul's present condition: Anchored in Jesus: Holding on to Truth in a Drifting World
What is life for you: The Sweet Flypaper of Life
What do you want from 2022? Rediscovering God in America

Runners-up:
Describe yourself: A Real Southern Cook or The Only Woman in the Room
Describe how you feel: Bathed in Prayer
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: A Dance in Donegal
Your favorite form of transportation: The Happy Camper
You and your friends are: Fishing for Trouble
Describe your job: Lila Lou's Little Library
What's the weather like: Snow
What is the best advice you have to give: Read It and Weep
Thought for the day: All the Devils Are Here
How you would like to die: Unnatural Causes
Your soul's present condition: Near to the Heart of God
What do you want from 2022? All That's Good

75thornton37814
Dez. 31, 2021, 9:58pm

I first began doing the main year-end meme in 2011. I thought it would be fun to accumulate all my answers. I'm not going to bother with touchstones for this post. Some questions were not on earlier versions, and I kept doing the same ones until I figured out I was missing some new questions.

Describe yourself:

2011: Plum Gorgeous
2012: Maphead
2013: Daughter of the Loom
2014: The Girl of His Dreams
2015: Walking a Literary Labyrinth
2016: Waiting
2017: The Dream Stalker
2018: Keri Tarr, Cat Detective
2019: The Family Tree Problem Solver
2020: Sugar and Vice
2021: The Woman in the Mirror

Describe how you feel:

2011: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
2012: Southern Discomfort
2013: Rotten to the Core
2014: Love So Amazing
2015: Restless
2016: Sorrow without End
2017: Separate from the World
2018: Flat Broke with Two Goats
2019: Plum Tea Crazy
2020: Full of Beans
2021: Bowled Over

Describe where you currently live:

2011: The Land of the Smokies
2012: Town in a Lobster Stew
2013: The Family Mansion
2014: Where Memories Lie
2015: The Strange Library
2016: Appalachia
2017: City of Secrets
2018: My Life in a Cat House
2019: Glass Houses
2020: The Mountains Wild
2021: Orley Farm

Your favorite time of day:

2019: The Darkness
2020: The Enchanted Hour
2021: The Nine

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

2011: Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
2012: Let's Go Camping
2013: The Most Beautiful Country Towns of England
2014: The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
2015: Choosing Charleston
2016: Beneath the Book Tower
2017: The High Mountains of Portugal
2018: Over the Hills and Far Away
2019: The Library at the Edge of the World
2020: Off the Grid
2021: Where the Heart Takes You

Your favorite form of transportation:

2011: Parnassus on Wheels
2012: The Excursion Train
2013: Hearse and Buggy
2014: Killer Cruise
2015: Locomotive
2016: Gone Camping
2017: A Cruise to Die for
2018: Steering the Craft
2019: The Long Flight Home
2020: The Hidden Ways: Scotland's Forgotten Roads
2021: The Tombigbee River Steamboats

Your best friend is:

2011: Remembering Knoxville
2012: Homer, the Library Cat
2013: The Postmistress
2014: Nora Webster
2015: Daisy Miller
2016: Anne of Green Gables
2017: Somebody at the Door
2018: The Ice Princess
2019: Sworn to Silence
2020: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
2021: The Bookstore Cat

You and your friends are:

2011: Birds of a Feather
2012: Kindred Souls
2013: Mad as the Dickens
2014: The Forgotten Girls
2015: The Hurricane Sisters
2016: Tailing a Tabby
2017: Common People
2018: Friends in High Places
2019: The Chosen
2020: The Innocents
2021: Brabbling Women

Describe your job:

2020: Ancestry Quest
2021: The Family Tree

What are you eating?

2020: The Coroner's Lunch
2021: Murphy's Slaw

What's the Weather Like?

2011: A Dark and Stormy Night
2012: Hurricanes in Paradise
2013: Winter Chill
2014: The Summer Wind
2015: Clouds without Rain
2016: Reading Up a Storm
2017: Thin Air
2018: Rain
2019: The Dry
2020: Fog Magic
2021: The Mist

You fear:

2011: The Haunted Bookshop
2012: The Czar's Madman
2013: Lotions, Potions, and Deadly Elixirs
2014: The Curse of the Pharaohs
2015: Creepy Carrots
2016: A Fatal Winter
2017: War and Turpentine
2018: A Shot in the Dark
2019: Wild Fire
2020: A Killer in King's Cove
2021: The Devil's Cave

What is the best advice you have to give?

2011: A Praying Life
2012: Sunday Is for God
2013: Books Can Be Deceiving
2014: Go Tell It on the Mountain
2015: A Prayer Journal
2016: To Live Is Christ: Joining Paul's Journey of Faith
2017: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
2018: Anything Is Possible
2019: Grow Your Own Herbs
2020: Keep Calm and Carry On, Children
2021: Magnify His Name

Thought for the Day:

2011: If God, Why Evil?
2012: Who Do You Think You Are?
2013: Dead Men Don't Crochet
2014: Who's Picking Me Up from the Airport
2015: Why Was the Partridge in the Pear Tree?
2016: Things Fell Apart
2017: The Fish Can Sing
2018: Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful
2019: The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
2020: Owl Be Home for Christmas
2021: If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name

How I Would Like to Die:

2011: Shaking the Family Tree
2012: Quietly in Their Sleep
2013: Buried in a Book
2014: Out of the Blue
2015: Read and Buried
2016: Sudden Death
2017: Death Overdue
2018: Dying in the Wool
2019: Assaulted Caramel
2020: Murder with Cinnamon Scones
2021: Sleeping Murder

Your Soul's Present Condition:

2011: Book Lust
2012: A Darkly Hidden Truth
2013: Silent in the Sanctuary
2014: The Ponder Heart
2015: Journey
2016: Hand in Hand: Walking with the Psalms through Loneliness
2017: Dark Night of the Soul
2018: Gardenlust
2019: A Sea of Troubles
2020: Guiltless
2021: Anchored in Jesus: Holding on to Truth in a Drifting World

What Is Life for You?

2019: Tracing Your Ancestors in Lunatic Asylums
2021: The Sweet Flypaper of Life

What Was 20XX Like for You?

2020: Garden of Lamentations

What Do You Want from 20XX new year?

2020: Year of Wonders
2021: Rediscovering God in America

76thornton37814
Dez. 31, 2021, 9:59pm

This is another meme someone introduced a few years ago.

Did you have guests during the holidays? Answer the questions with titles of books you read in 2021.

What would you call the event? A Plain & Simple Christmas
How did they find their way? Kitten and the Night Watchman
How did they know they'd arrived? Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
Any special activities? Bruno and the Carol Singers
Did your guests stay over? Darned If You Do
Were there servants to help? The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill
Was there turn down service? The Quilt
How were the guests greeted? The Robin's Greeting
Was dinner held for late comers? Pies and Prejudice
And dinner was? The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor
Afterward? Journeys Home

77thornton37814
Bearbeitet: Dez. 31, 2021, 10:35pm

Best & Worst of 2021

Best

5 stars
1. Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old compiled by Miriam LeBlanc; illustrated by David G. Klein
2. The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

4.5 stars
1. All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
2. The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
3. The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman
4. Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion by Anne Graham Lotz
5. Colonial Mississippi: A Borrowed Land by Christian Pinnen and Charles A. Weeks
6. The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha; illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

Worst

1 star
1. Murder by Milk Bottle by Lynne Truss

2 stars
1. Murder on Cape Cod by Maddie Day
2. What Though the Field Be Lost: Poems by Christopher Kempf
3. The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
4. Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester
5. If I Were an Evil Overlord edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Russell Davis
6. In the Teeth of the Evidence: and Other Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers
7. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
8. Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope

6 other books were abandoned.

78thornton37814
Jan. 1, 12:06am

My cats were concerned that I'm staying up too late. They failed to remember I always stay up to see the new year in! I guess I had better obey them and go to bed now that it's 6 minutes into the new year.

79thornton37814
Jan. 1, 2:05pm



I did my part to make 2022 successful.

80Tess_W
Jan. 1, 2:20pm

>79 thornton37814: Glad you "took one for the team!"

81thornton37814
Jan. 1, 5:49pm

82thornton37814
Jan. 1, 5:57pm



Book 1. The Inclines of Cincinnati by Melissa Kramer

Date Completed: 1 January 2022

Category Cincinnati Museum Center

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Cincinnati once boasted five incline railways. The inclines included Mount Auburn, Price Hill, Mount Adams, Bellevue, and Fairview. Many of them operated under variant names or were known as something else. In all the years the inclines operated, there was only one accident resulting in passenger fatalities although several workers died on the job. This mostly photographic book contains enough text that a reader becomes acquainted with the inclines, their operation, and the reasons for their demise. Most photographs came from private collections although a few came from historical societies pertaining to the incline's community or to the transit authority. I can't help but wonder what treasures the author missed by not visiting Cincinnati Public Library, Langsam Library's special collections at University of Cincinnati, or the Cincinnati Museum Center. She did mention consulting with librarians at University of Cincinnati's DAAP (Design, Art, Architecture, Photographs library), but no illustrations from there were included. Still it was an interesting collection.

83Tess_W
Jan. 1, 10:52pm

>82 thornton37814: What great info. I was unaware that Cincy had ever had any inclines, but makes sense.

84fuzzi
Bearbeitet: Jan. 2, 12:34pm

>43 thornton37814: I love this...

Did you ever see the film The Missionary with Michael Palin and Maggie Smith? The fiancé loved to file everything 😁

I am enjoying your theme. Cincinnati is where I was born, specifically in Mariemont. I don't remember it at all, I was three when we moved east.

85thornton37814
Jan. 2, 4:03pm

>83 Tess_W: Where I worked was very near the Price Hill incline. I heard stories of the inclines from some of the professors and various church members or others who remembered them.

86thornton37814
Jan. 2, 4:09pm

>84 fuzzi: I needed a better way to track series. Good old 3 x 5 cards seemed to be the best option. I write on front and back. A few series need a second card, but only if they go over 20 or so. I suspect you would only have a few vague memories of your time there. My paternal grandparents house burned when I was two. I actually have some memories of the house. People asked me to describe it, and I did. I said I was always confused later because I had a memory of the hallway from the kitchen to the garage that had the freezer in it--and that wasn't there later. They were convinced then I did have some memories of it.

87madhatter22
Jan. 3, 1:46am

Happy 2022 and good luck with your reading goals!
I already have quite a few mystery series I'm very behind on, but this looks like the place to pick up a few more.

88Tess_W
Jan. 3, 1:51am

>85 thornton37814: Very familiar with the two inclines in Pittsburgh and the one in Chattanooga. Just surprised I wasn't aware of the Cincy ones as I live just 90 minutes from there! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

89thornton37814
Jan. 3, 11:44am

>87 madhatter22: I'm very behind on many of mine. I'm reading one at the moment that will catch me up. I have two others checked out which will catch me up on those series. Then I'll begin tackling some of the ones I'm further behind on.

>88 Tess_W: They are no longer in use. You can see remnants of some of them if you know where to look. The stations are either gone or repurposed. They were too expensive to maintain, and they didn't foresee using them as tourist attractions. If they had, I suppose the Mount Adams one might have survived--and perhaps the Price Hill one.

90thornton37814
Jan. 4, 5:12pm



2. Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic edited by Alice Quinn

Date Completed: 4 January 2022

Category: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Compiled early during the COVID 19 pandemic, this collection of poems offers different perspectives on the strange times in which we were living. Most poems were written in free verse style. Sometimes what was offered as a poem seemed more like prose. As I read the collection, I pondered when poetry went from rhymes and meters to free verse--and why rhymes and meters are no longer favored. I enjoyed some poems more than others, which is true for almost any anthology and a reader. Some of the poems were so left-leaning politically that I disliked them; some were just so bloated and rambling I disliked them. I generally enjoyed the ones which more clearly reflected my own experiences during the pandemic.

91thornton37814
Jan. 4, 5:28pm



3. Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs

Date Completed: 4 January 2022

Category: Taft Theatre

Rating: 4 stars

Review: It's the lead-up to Christmas, a busy time of year for the Indigo Tea Shop. When Theodosia and her staff cater a private event for the elderly Drucilla Hayward, Theodosia finds the woman dead with a syringe in her throat. A Renoir painting is missing nearby and the woman's 5 gold and diamond rings are missing from her hand. Suspects abound, and just when Theodosia about settles on one, something changes her mind. Detective Burt Tidwell is on the case. Riley is out of town--in Vermont so another detective is assisting. Will they get this one solved before Christmas Day? The food, as always, sounds scrumptious! I always wish the Indigo Tea Shop was not a fictional place. I would love to dine there and meet the staff. I found this one more satisfying than some of the recent installments and would place it among the better series installments. Yes--Theodosia does the stupid things amateur sleuths always do, but with such glorious descriptions of food and one of my favorite cities, how can I not forgive her?

92thornton37814
Jan. 12, 9:07pm



Book 4. The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament by Frank Viola

Date Completed: 9 January 2022

Category: Holy Cross Monastery & Church

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Frank Viola tells the story of the New Testament church, beginning with the book of Acts and inserting insights from the Epistles and Revelation. He also includes historical information from the time period. While I liked the approach, he's not a very good storyteller. Sometimes the narrative seems a bit choppy. Each missionary journey was preceded by a map, helping readers visualize apostolic journeys. I'm not sure I would say this story is "untold" as most of it is written in the New Testament; however, the arrangement makes it useful for a chronological Bible study of this portion of the Bible.

93thornton37814
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Book 5. The Radical Potter: The Life and Times of Josiah Wedgwood by Tristram Hunt

Date Completed: 11 January 2022

Category: Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Josiah Wedgwood was a man ahead of his times in many ways. In spite of a physical disability, his remarkable ability to experiment scientifically with clays from various parts of the world and ability to market his products propelled the Wedgwood name in the pottery industry. The story itself is rather dry and academic. The author often used long quotations in telling the story. These were usually cited. However, when the author referred to records such an unspecified tax list or inventory, the citations were lacking. I found this a completely unacceptable practice. The genealogist in me wanted to remind the author that "Complete and accurate source citations" should be included to meet standards. Toward the end of the book, we meet the Erasmus Darwin. Wedgwood's daughter Susanna married Robert Waring Darwin, and they were parents of Charles Darwin. I found the family connection interesting. I received an advance review copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

94thornton37814
Jan. 12, 9:46pm



6. King Lear by William Shakespeare

Date Completed: 12 January 2022

Category: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: This full-cast audio recording tells the story of King Lear who unwisely divided his inheritance based on his perception of how much each daughter loved him. We see how this leads to a life of isolation and great tragedy within his own family. Some actors were more skilled in their role interpretations than others.

95thornton37814
Jan. 14, 10:18pm



Book 7. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

Date Completed: 14 January 2022

Category: Taft Theatre

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Although highly unusual to be assigned to a homicide division, Gamache and his team provide security for a lecture at a university who advocates euthanasia. The event is set post-pandemic. When shots are taken, they find footage showing the shooter, but they must find how the fireworks got in. Then a murder occurs, and Gamache, Lacoste, and Beauvoir must dig deep into the past to make the pieces all come together. Suspects abound--some from the Three Pines area and some from outside it. I found this one pretty easy to put down. I suspect it was because I really didn't like the person Gamache was protecting nor many of the other new characters. I didn't get enough of the Three Pines regulars even though they were sometimes present.

96thornton37814
Jan. 16, 4:39pm



Book 8. My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

Date Completed: 16 January 2022

Category: Music Hall

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Set during the time of the Ottomon Empire's sultans, this historical novel offers readers a different reading experience. Told through perspectives of the deceased, death, and objects as well as the suspects, their masters, and family members, a murder is unraveled. Readers know one of three men working as miniaturists committed the deed and must guess his identity before revealed in the final chapters. The novel's strengths lie in its unusual telling displaying beauty and creativity. Unfortunately that same strange beauty sometimes makes it difficult to follow and keep engaged.

97thornton37814
Jan. 16, 4:50pm



Book 9. The Habsburg Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Martyn Rady

Date Completed: 16 January 2022

Category: Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: This work on the Habsburg Empire provides just enough content to give readers a general overview of the empire which influenced central and Eastern Europe. Beginning with the rise of the Holy Roman Empire and continuing until the time of World War I, the author shows us the how the Habsburgs gained power and then how that influence waned. The book contained only two maps, and I think some additional ones depicting periods between those two would help readers understand some of the periods a little better.

98Tess_W
Jan. 16, 9:21pm

>96 thornton37814: That was the last book I ordered from my Thingaversary in 2021. I hope to get it read this year.

>97 thornton37814: Another good book on the waning of the Hapsburg Empire is a word of fiction by Joseph Roth, The Radetsky March.

99thornton37814
Jan. 17, 11:02am

>98 Tess_W: The Pamuk book is very different. Thanks for the tip on the other book. My main interest was genealogical, and I was just wanting an overview.

100thornton37814
Jan. 17, 8:48pm

After a 3-day weekend, it looks like I'll get to begin the work-week with a 2-hour delay tomorrow.

101pamelad
Jan. 17, 10:07pm

>98 Tess_W: Another on the decline of the Habsburg Empire is They Were Counted and the other two books in Miklos Banffy’s Transylvanian trilogy.

102Tess_W
Jan. 17, 11:18pm

>100 thornton37814: I only teach 1 class per semester, this year on Mon/Thur from 10-:11-10:57. We were off on Monday, so make up class on Tue, which is 2 hour delay; which means my class would only be 22 minutes. Rescheduled for Wednesday. Ah...teaching winter semester!

103thornton37814
Jan. 18, 8:05am

>101 pamelad: Thanks for the suggestions.

>102 Tess_W: It does make it difficult for teachers. I'm surprised they didn't just suggest the first two hours would be "online," but I suppose that makes it difficult for people who live off campus to arrive--although realistically classes don't begin until 10:30 today as 9:30 is chapel hour.

104VictoriaPL
Jan. 18, 8:18am

Just catching up on your thread :)

105thornton37814
Jan. 18, 10:22am

>104 VictoriaPL: Did you all get much snow? We officially had 3 inches in Morristown, but I think it was slightly less than that at my house--maybe 2.5.

106VictoriaPL
Jan. 18, 3:53pm

>105 thornton37814: we had 4” of snow, then sleet, then another 1” of snow. Still much of it hanging around although we did hit 50F today. The roads are still icy. We have more snow coming Friday.

107thornton37814
Jan. 18, 5:10pm

>106 VictoriaPL: They aren't quite sure what we will have later in the week. They never call it correctly anyway, so it doesn't really matter.

108casvelyn
Gestern, 10:15am

>96 thornton37814: That one sounds interesting, I'm adding it to my TBR!

109thornton37814
Gestern, 4:01pm

>108 casvelyn: It is memorable. Several of us read it for Paul's Asian challenge. January was "Turkey" month.