I've had this one sitting around for a while - diaries from the London Blitz and WWII. This seems like a good time to read about REAL hardship, as opposed to what I'm experiencing right now, with the "hardship" of boredom and having to buy frozen chicken breasts instead of the packages of fresh ones that I prefer.
I think I'll just read a few entries a day.
Good book, wrong time to read it. I can't focus on anything that isn't just pulp, genre fiction. I'm setting it aside for now.
I've picked up several in this series over the years when they've gone on sale, without ever reading any of them, including the first one. I thought that the series would appeal to me, and I wasn't wrong.
I liked the main characters. It's a very British mystery, which I also liked (in spite of the fact that Crombie is actually a Texan, which is weird).
I liked it - it's a keeper, although I have no idea when I will be able to really dive in. I typically only buy books like this when they are deeply discounted (like $1.99 each), or when I can get them from the library. The library is a no go right now.
I'm in a bookish organizational mood all of the sudden, so I've decided to put together a new page for my blog with links to all of my update/tracking posts.
You can find the page by linking directly to my blog, if you're interested.
This is the page for my ongoing series tracking. My general plan is to identify the series that I am planning to continue reading, with a note to identify where I am at in the series. If I decide to quit a series, I'll move it from the "active" list to the "closed" list.
Active (listed alphabetically by author name):
Alexander, Tasha: Lady Emily. Next book Dangerous To Know.
Black, Cara: Aimee Leduc Investigations. Next book Murder in the Clichy
Box, C.J.: Joe Pickett. Up to date as of 3/31/2020. Last book read: Long Range.
Briggs, Patricia: Mercy Thompson. Next book Frost Burned.
Cleeves, Ann: Two Rivers. Up to date as of 3/31/2020. Last book read: The Long Call.
Cogman, Genevieve: Invisible Library. Next book The Masked City.
Connelly, Michael: Harry Bosch. Next book: The Wrong Side of Goodbye.
Crombie, Deborah: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. Next book: All Shall Be Well.
French, Tana: Dublin Murder Squad. Next book: Broken Harbor.
Grafton, Sue: Kinsey Milhone. Next book: I is for Innocent.
Griffiths, Elly: Ruth Galloway. Next book: The Lantern Men.
Harris, C.S.: Sebastian St. Cyr. Next book: What Darkness Brings.
Huber, Anna Lee: Lady Darby Mysteries. Next book: Up to date as of 3/31/2020. Last book read An Artless Demise.
Locke, Attica: Highway 59. Next book: Heaven, My Home.
McGuire, Seanan: InCryptids. Up to date as of 3/31/2020. Last book read: Imaginary Numbers.
McGuire, Seanan: October Daye. Next book One Salt Sea.
Moyes, Patricia: Inspector Henry Tibbets. Next book Death on the Agenda.
Penny, Louise: Three Pines. Next book A Better Man.
Peters, Ellis: Brother Cadfael. Next book The Confessions of Brother Haluin.
Raybourn, Deanna: Veronica Speedwell. Next book: A Murderous Relation.
Sansom, C.J.: Matthew Shardlake. Next book Sovereign.
Silva, Daniel: Gabriel Allon. Next book: Prince of Fire
Spencer-Fleming, Julia: Rev. Clare Fergusson and Russ Alstyne. Up to date as of 3/31/2020. Last book read: Through the Evil Days.
Todd, Charles: Bess Crawford. Next book: A Forgotten Place
Wentworth, Patricia: Miss Silver. Next book: Mr. Brading's Collection
I will be adding to the list over the next few days. I just have to get back to work right now!
As BrokenTune said, I do love a master tracking post. I also have a bunch of first in series on my TBR list that I've been planning on getting to - so I can decide if I want to move on, or if I want to just take them off my list. This seems like a great time to make some progress on that project.
I'm going to add to this as I go along, but this is a good starting point. These are all books I currently own.
Bernie Gunther: March Violets by Philip Kerr
Inspector Ian Rutledge: A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
Jackson Brodie: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
The Enzo Files: Extraordinary People by Peter May
Paddy Mehan: Field of Blood by Denise Mina
Inspector Wexford: From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell
Jess Tennant: How to Fall by Jane Casey
Perveen Mistry: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
India Black: India Black by Carol Carr
Speculative Fiction (Fantasy & Sci Fi):
The Kingkiller Chronicle: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Gentleman Bastard: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Lightbringer: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
The Chronicles of St. Mary: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodie Taylor
Wayfarers: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Monsters of Verity: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Nightmare-Verse: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Nevernight Chronicles: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Folk of the Air: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Imperial Radch: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Legend: Legend by Marie Lu
Red Rising Saga: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Keepers will be added to my ongoing series list. Life's too short to keep reading this lame series will not be added to my ongoing series list.
Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James: A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
Life's Too Short:
This will round out the original list of proposed buddy reads.
For the following Saturday, I propose that we go with one of the Roderick Alleyn books by Ngaio Marsh. I would be fine with Scales of Justice, or pretty much any of them - I've only read a couple.
I pulled this from Wikipedia:
Miss Silver series
- Grey Mask, 1928; Read 8/16/17
- The Case Is Closed, 1937; Read 11/15/18
- Lonesome Road, 1939; Read 11/30/18
- Danger Point (USA: In the Balance), 1941
- The Chinese Shawl, 1943
- Miss Silver Intervenes (USA: Miss Silver Deals with Death), 1943
- The Clock Strikes Twelve, 1944; Read 10/16/18
- The Key, 1944
- The Traveller Returns (USA: She Came Back), 1945; Read 3/13/19
- Pilgrim's Rest (or: Dark Threat), 1946
- Latter End, 1947
- Spotlight (USA: Wicked Uncle), 1947
- The Case of William Smith, 1948
- Eternity Ring, 1948; Read 10/4/18
- The Catherine Wheel, 1949
- Miss Silver Comes to Stay, 1949
- The Brading Collection (or: Mr Brading's Collection), 1950
- The Ivory Dagger, 1951
- Through the Wall, 1950
- Anna, Where Are You? (or: Death At Deep End), 1951
- The Watersplash, 1951
- Ladies' Bane, 1952
- Out of the Past, 1953
- The Silent Pool, 1954
- Vanishing Point,, 1953
- The Benevent Treasure, 1953
- The Gazebo (or: The Summerhouse), 1955
- The Listening Eye, 1955
- Poison in the Pen, 1955; Read 3/24/19
- The Fingerprint (library), 1956
- The Alington Inheritance, 1958
- The Girl in the Cellar, 1961
Frank Garrett series
- Dead or Alive, 1936
- Rolling Stone, 1940
Ernest Lamb series
- The Blind Side, 1939
- Who Pays the Piper? (USA: Account Rendered), 1940
- Pursuit of a Parcel, 1942
- Fool Errant, 1929
- Danger Calling, 1931
- Walk with Care, 1933
- Down Under, 1937
- A Marriage under the Terror, 1910
- A Child's Rhyme Book, 1910
- A Little More Than Kin (or: More Than Kin), 1911
- The Devil's Wind, 1912
- The Fire Within, 1913
- Simon Heriot, 1914
- Queen Anne Is Dead, 1915
- Earl or Chieftain?, 1919
- The Astonishing Adventure of Jane Smith, 1923. Serialised, Baltimore Evening Sun, 1925
- The Red Lacquer Case, 1924
- The Annam Jewel, 1924
- The Black Cabinet, 1925; Read 3/13/19
- The Dower House Mystery, 1925; Read 10/14/17
- The Amazing Chance, 1926
- Hue and Cry, 1927
- Anne Belinda, 1927
- Will-o'-the-Wisp, 1928
- Beggar's Choice, 1930
- The Coldstone, 1930
- Kingdom Lost, 1931
- Nothing Venture, 1932; Read 12/2/18
- Red Danger (USA: Red Shadow), 1932
- Seven Green Stones (USA: Outrageous Fortune), 1933
- Devil-in-the-Dark (USA: Touch And Go), 1934
- Fear by Night, 1934
- Red Stefan, 1935
- Blindfold, 1935
- Hole and Corner, 1936
- Mr Zero, 1938
- Run!, 1938
- Unlawful Occasions (USA: Weekend with Death), 1941
- Beneath the Hunter's Moon, 1945
- Silence in Court, 1947
- The Pool of Dreams: Poems, 1953
MARCH 2020 UPDATE:
I know that I previously said that I wasn't going to do any games aside from Halloween Bingo in 2020, but that was Pre-COVID-19. Here we all are, stuck in our houses and reading like mad.
So, why wouldn't we play a game?
I decided to just repurpose Snakes & Ladders for this one! It's an easy, fun game and I don't have to do any work at all to get it ready.
RULES OF THE GAME:
Everyone starts on 1. There are two alternative ways to move forward.
1. Read a book that fits the description on the space number as listed below and you can roll two dice to move forward more quickly.
2. However, if you can't find a book to fit the square, don't worry about it. You can read any book, and roll one dice on random.org. This is to ensure that if a reader cannot find a book to fill the square, no one gets bogged down and can't move on.
All books must be at least 200 pages long. Short stories count, so long as you read enough of them from a collection to equal 200 pages.
You do not need to hit space 100 with an exact roll. In order to win, you must complete space 100 as written.
1. Author is a woman
2. Genre: mystery
3. Set in the twentieth century
4. Published in 2019
5. Published in 2018
6. Title has a color word in it
7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.
8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.
9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K
10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O
11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S
12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z
13. Author is a man
14. Author is dead
15. Genre: romance
16. Genre: fantasy
17. Genre: horror
18. Set in a school
19. Set in the UK
20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence
21. Set in Europe
22. Set in Asia
23. Set in Australia/Oceania
24. Set in Africa
25. Snake - go back to 5
26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long
27. Set during WWI or WWII
28. Written between 1900 and 1999
29. Someone travels by plane
30. Someone travels by train
31. Road trip
32. Genre: thriller
33. Set in North America
34. Snake - go back to 1
35. Has been adapted as a movie
36. Set in Central or South America
37. Has won an award
38. Newest release by a favorite author
39. A reread
40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry
41. Characters involved in politics
42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry
43. Characters involved in the law
44. Characters involved in cooking/baking
43. Characters involved in medicine
44. Characters involved in science/technology
45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year
46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years
47. Snake - go back to 19
48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.
49. Recommended by a friend
50. Has a domestic animal on the cover
51. Has a wild animal on the cover
52. Has a tree or flower on the cover
53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover
54. Is more than 400 pages long
55. Is more than 500 pages long
56. Was published more than 100 years ago
57. Was published more than 50 years ago
58. Was published more than 25 years ago
59. Was published more than 10 years ago
60. Was published last year
61. Cover is more than 50% red
62. Cover is more than 50% green
63. Cover is more than 50% blue
64. Cover is more than 50% yellow
65. Snake - go back to 52
66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long
67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)
68. Something related to weddings on the cover
69. Something related to travel on the cover
70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover
71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake
72. Involves the mountains/forests
73. Categorized as YA
74. Categorized as Middle Grade
75. Set in a fantasy world
76. Set in a world with magic
77. Has a "food" word in the title
78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)
79. Main character is a woman
80. Main character is a man
81. Ghost story
82. Genre: urban fantasy
83. Genre: cozy mystery
84. Genre: police procedural
85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books
86. Author's debut book
87. Snake - go back to 57
88. Comic/graphic novel
89. Published between 2000 and 2017
90. A new-to-you author
91. Snake - go back to 61
92. Reread of a childhood favorite
93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)
96. From your favorite genre
97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE
98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS
99. Snake - go back to 69
100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!
ADDITIONS TO THE RULES
See comments to the post for further explanations or to ask questions
When you start on square 1, you need to read a book before you can roll. If your book fills the square, you get to roll two dice. If your book doesn't not fit the square, roll one dice only.
With respect to the ladder squares: You must read a book in order to climb the ladder. Once you finish the book for the ladder square, climb the ladder to the ending square. If you read a book that fits the ending square, roll two dice to move on, otherwise, roll one dice.
For audiobook substitutions, either check the print book to determine if it is more than 200 pages long, or any audiobook that is a minimum of 5 hours & 30 minutes qualifies.
What should we buddy read next weekend? Anyone have any suggestions?
1. No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer
I think I enjoyed this even more the second time around. Miss Silver was largely absent, which is a bit of a bummer, so there wasn't as much coughing in this one as might have been expected, but I really liked Hilary. She's loyal and feisty, and Henry will be more bearable after she knocks him off his high horse a few more times. Or at least, that's what I'm telling myself.
I do like Wentworth's lighthearted romantic sensibility.
Seldom have I seen such unanimity on the odiousness of a character as the updates are showing directed towards Henry. I'd feel sorry for him if I, too, didn't find him utterly awful. Will he be redeemed by the end of the book? I really can't remember.
No Miss Silver yet.
I actually am finding the mystery quite intriguing, though. I've read enough of these in a short time that I can't remember whodunit or how it happened. I have a bit of a recollection, but I can't put it all together.
I'm also reading The Burning Room by Connelly at the same time - alternating from hour to hour. And I've made a list of about a hundred ten to fifteen minute projects and I''m trying to do five or six of them a day (drawers to declutter, cabinets to empty & wipe out, etc). This morning I pulled everything out of corner cabinet with a pair of lazy susans that had some spills on it ages ago that I never bothered to clean up - I just took them out of service. I decided to clean them and put them back into service as my pantry, storing my rice, dried beans, etc.
Next up I have four small drawers in my craft room that I don't even open because they are full of junk. Time to go through them & get rid of the stuff related to crafts I don't do any more and put them back into a full rotation as storage. That's the project for this afternoon.
I decided to go back to my Boschverse read. I got bogged down with The Gods of Guilt, which is one of Connelly's Mickey Haller books. I am not so much of a fan of those books, so I finally decided to just DNF it and move on. I'm back with Harry, and much happier!
I'm also still reading The Mirror and the Light, but this obviously is not the book I want to be reading right now, because I find myself avoiding picking it up. It's not that it's not a good back - it's just not what I'm in the mood for.
Which also goes for my reread of The House of Mirth. I love Lily Bart, but this is also one that I've been avoiding picking up. I'll probably try to focus on it over the weekend.
On tap for tomorrow is the buddy read of Patricia Wentworth's second Miss Silver book, The Case is Closed. I may also move on to Mr. Brading's Collection, which is the 17th Miss Silver, and is also the book that I am up for reading next.
Let's see your #fridayreads!
We're going to call this the "Miss Silver is contagious" buddy read. Please take note of her coughs. Hopefully she is practicing good coughing hygiene and frequently washing her hands.
Saturday sound good for everyone?
Shall we do another? As long as this thing lasts, buddy reads are bringing me life.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd be up for another Golden Age Mystery, which seem to go over well. Anything that is available on kindle for a reasonable price would be fine with me.
Some possibilities (including two of the losers on the last poll):
The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs
To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey
The Case is Closed by Patricia Wentworth
No Wind of Blame by Georgette Heyer
The House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels
I've been working on a cross-stitch project for most of the day while I listen, and I don't know quite where I am in the book. I've read the book before, so I know the plot, but I don't know if I am at the halfway point or more like 2/3 finished.
I really love the beginning of this one - I love the way that Christie has structured it by giving us the disparate storylines that all end up coming together. I think it's almost better on reread, because I'm not struggling to keep track of everyone and I can just enjoy the incredible cleverness of the plotting. Mr. Treves (I think that's how his name is spelled) was a wonderful character and his end was both sudden and shocking.
I think that my favorite character is Mary Alden, though. She's a middle-aged Lucy Eyelesbarrow, with a smidge of Katherine Grey. I'm enjoying her so much this time around because I can concentrate on her character, since I know how the book is going to end.
Agatha is supreme comfort reading for me - I don't think I will ever tire of rereading her!