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Acerca de míContinuing to read the books in my 'stacks' - or not, as the case may be. Sending a lot of 'space-takers' that I thought I had to have - since they only cost a quarter - directly to the Goodwill. Also sending many that I've read and will never look at again. I read an article several years ago by someone who went through the same process, and thought, no, I'd never do that. Never get rid of any books. But now that I look at my shelves and see that more and more of the books lining them are those I really value, I understand.

Acerca de mi bibliotecaCURRENT READING LIST:

100 Malicious Little Mysteries by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)

+Pot luck - Stay tuned to the Books Read list.

The Essence of Nathan Biddle by William J. Lewis (April 2021 Early Reviewer)

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)

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)
13. The Suicide Club and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson

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
12. How to Build Killer Chevy Small-Block Engines by Mike Mavrigian (December 2019 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
13. Twice Shy by Dick Francis (A re-reading. I liked this many, many years ago, but this time, I did not finish it.)
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.)
16. How to Restore Your Chevy Truck: 1947-1955 by Deve Krehbiel (January 2020 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
17. Women of the Four Winds: The Adventures of Four of America's First Women Explorers by Elizabeth Fagg Olds (Two of which I found very interesting, and two of lesser interest to me where I did a lot of skimming.)
18. So Much to Be Done: Women Settlers on the Mining and Ranching Frontier (Women in the West) by Ruth Barnes Moynihan (There has to be something more readable than this. Did not finish.)
19. Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds by Christopher Cokinos (aka How We Drove These Birds to Extinction. I don't want to read 350 pages of how things went terribly wrong for these birds. Did not finish.)
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. Regions of the Heart: The Triumph and Tragedy of Alison Hargreaves by David Rose and Ed Douglas (A complicated life. She couldn't/wouldn't leave an abusive husband, and died on a mountain hoping luck would see her through. It didn't.)
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.)
23. The Cable: The Wire That Changed the World by Gillian Cookson (Should have been an interesting read. It's not. Did not finish.)
24. Near Death in the Desert: True Stories of Disaster and Survival edited by Cecil Kuhne (Scant context renders most of these excerpts something of a muddle. The disasters and survivals seem to be missing from what's presented here. Who picked these bits and pieces? Did not finish.)
25. A Good Poor Man's Wife: Being A Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson by Claudia L. Bushman (Mrs. Hanson is a bit player in her own chronicle. Did not finish.)
26. The Mountains We Have Crossed: Diaries and Letters of the Oregon Mission, 1838 edited by Clifford Merrill Drury (Finished the first, longest diary, which is half the book, and am calling it a day. Naive, self-righteous people who had no idea. The footnotes/observations are more interesting than the diary. Did not finish.)
27. Down to A Soundless Sea: Stories by Thomas Steinbeck
28. Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death by Katherine Ramsland
29. Converting the West: A Biography of Narcissa Whitman (Oklahoma Western Biographies) by Julie Roy Jeffrey (I tried working up some interest in this book, but it's difficult when the person is as unlikable as Narcissa Whitman. Did not finish.)
30. Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett
31. The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes by Christopher Bram (About a third of the way, and tired of waiting for something to happen, something to move this story along. Did not finish.)
31. 1001 Steve McQueen Facts: The Rides, Roles and Realities of the King of Cool by Tyler Greenblatt (May 2020 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
32. They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers by Sarah Scoles (March 2020 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
33. Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives by Jim Sheeler
34. Beginnings: A Memoir by Horton Foote (More than halfway through, I am still waiting on something of interest to happen... Did not finish.)
35. Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House: Memoirs of an African-American Seamstress by Elizabeth Keckley (Did not finish.)
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
38. General Howe's Dog: George Washington, the Battle of Germantown, and the Dog Who Crossed Enemy Lines by Caroline Tiger (Intermittently interesting. Caroline Tiger worked really hard getting a book out of what was essentially an anecdote, which she managed to stretch to 10 pages. Otherwise, lots of filler.)
39. Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore by Ed Griffin-Nolan (August 2020 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
40. The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver by Tommye McClure Scanlin (September 2020 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)
41. The Tuesday Club Murders (Miss Marple Short Stories) by Agatha Christie
42. Girl on A Pony by LaVerne Hanners (Did not finish.)
43. Berlin Diaries 1940-1945 by Marie Vassiltchikov (Did not finish.)
44. Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb? A Tour of Presidential Gravesites by Brian Lamb
45. Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills
46. The Crash Palace by Andrew Wedderburn (November 2020 Early Reviewer)(Reviewed)

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.)
14. The Goat Lady's Daughter (Nunatak First Fiction Series) by Rosella M. Leslie (Made it through 40 pages of poorly edited, endless, pointless dialogue and a totally unrealistic situation given the timeframe - it would have made sense 100 years earlier, but not 1960-70. Did not finish.)
15. Death in the Truffle Wood (Commissaire Laviolette Mystery) by Pierre Magnan (I only finished it because I wanted to know what happened to the dachshund.)
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
25. Beauty Before Comfort: A Memoir by Allison Glock (A real disappointment. I did not have any problem at all resisting this 'irresistable' memoir. Did not finish.)
26. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett (The first-half coming of age was much more interesting than the downward spiral of heroin addiction/suicide attempts of the second half. You knew it would end badly.)
28. Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O'Connor (I was surprised, but not in a good way. This seemed dry, slow, and smug. Did not finish.)
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.)
44. Death in the Air (Hercule Poirot 12) by Agatha Christie (Some reading 'comfort food.')
45. They Do It With Mirrors (Miss Jane Marple #5) by Agatha Christie
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!)
61. A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home by Phoebe Goodell Judson, who crossed the Plains in 1853 and became a resident on Puget Sound before the organization of Washington Territory: A Book of Personal Memoirs (A great account of her early life, but by the end, I was past ready to be done.)
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.)
70. Hercule Poirot's Christmas: A Holiday Mystery (Hercule Poirot 20) by Agatha Christie
74. The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple 1) by Agatha Christie
78. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot 4) by Agatha Christie
81. A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple 4) by Agatha Christie
82. 4:50 From Paddington/What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (Miss Marple 7) by Agatha Christie
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.)
98. A Hole in the Heart: A Novel by Christopher Marquis (Some of this book I loved while other other parts were extraordinarily stupid and totally improbable. I wanted it to be better than it ultimately was because I really liked the characters, warts and all.)
99. A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece by Hannah Breece, edited by Jane Jacobs (Very interesting, but also very opinionated.)
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.)
105. The Log of the Skipper's Wife by James Balano (I don't understand why this book isn't "by Dorothea Moulton Balano." I enjoyed reading her diary.)
107. Arctic Schoolteacher: Kulukak, Alaska, 1931-1933 (Western Frontier Library) by Abbie Morgan Madenwald (Another Alaska schoolteacher's memoir. I enjoyed this one much more than the Jacobs book (#99). Started yesterday and finished today.)
112. Remembered Death (Colonel Race 4) by Agatha Christie (I'd read this before, but forgotten the ending, which comes out of left field. An interesting puzzle.)
113. Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway 1) by John Dunning (Some nostalgia. I read this entire series years ago and find I still like it a lot.)
114. The Sign of the Book (Cliff Janeway 4) by John Dunning (Another re-read. This was slow to get started and I was beginning to wonder what it was I liked about it when the story finally took off. If I'd read this one first, I don't think I would have gone on to any of the others.)
115. Book Case (John Marshall Tanner 7) by Stephen Greenleaf (Another re-read, I liked this a lot, even though the ending was a mess that barely hung together.)
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.)
14. Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino
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.)
47. Robbing Banks: An American History, 1831-1999 by L. R. Kirchner
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.)
26. The Wood Beyond (Dalziel and Pascoe #15) by Reginald Hill (I swore off D&P last year after three successively disappointing books, but this one caught my eye because of the World War I angle, and I liked it a lot, probably because it seemed to delve more into the personal lives of the characters.)
27. Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman (I got bogged down in some of the presidential politics, but overall, this was an interesting look at not just Polk, but a lot of his contemporaries.)
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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