Lori (thornton37814) Reads 75 + ??? More in 2021 - Thread 3

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Lori (thornton37814) Reads 75 + ??? More in 2021 - Thread 3

1thornton37814
Apr 15, 10:25pm



(L-R: Sherlock, Mr. B, Barney)

Welcome to my 3rd thread!

I'm Lori, a librarian and professional genealogist based in East Tennessee. I'm owned by 3 cats who enjoy poking their heads in on the thread from time to time. They also enjoy parking their bodies between me and a book or device if they think I neglect them too long.

Mysteries are my "go to" genre, and I read more than 75 of them in 2020. I also enjoy historical fiction. I plan to read more history and social history in 2021.

My posts will often mention my categories from the Category Challenge, and I include them in this post for your reference.

My 2021 Categories:

1. Bald Eagle - Mysteries with a United States setting
2. Puffin - Mysteries set in the United Kingdom or Ireland
3. Peacock - Mysteries set in the Rest of the World
4. Bluebird - Children's & Young Adult Literature
5. Flamingo - Poetry
6. Goldfinch - Historical Fiction
7. Cardinal - History & Genealogy
8. Hummingbird - Domestic Arts (Food, Drink, Needlework, etc.)
9. Sparrow - Religion & Spirituality
10. Penguin - First published more than 50 Years
11. Lorikeet - Other Fiction and Literature
12. Owl - Other non-fiction

Abandoned reads go into "Raven" (for "Nevermore")

2thornton37814
Modificato: Apr 15, 10:29pm

Books 1-10:

1. Dear Miss Kopp by Amy Stewart - completed 1 January 2021
2. The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask - completed 2 January 2021
3. Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters - completed 4 January 2021
4. The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer - completed 5 January 2021
5. Murder on Cape Cod by Maddie Day - completed 9 January 2021
6. Anchored in Jesus: Holding on to Truth in a Drifting World by Johnny Hunt - completed 10 January 2021
7. The Golden Egg by Donna Leon - completed 13 January 2021
8. The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James - completed 14 January 2021
9. The Space Child's Mother Goose by Frederick Winsor; illustrated by Marian Perry - completed 14 January 2021
10. What Though the Field Be Lost: Poems by Christopher Kempf - completed 15 January 2021

3thornton37814
Modificato: Apr 15, 10:31pm

Books 11-20:

11. Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton - completed 16 January 2021
12. The Conquering Family by Thomas B. Costain - completed 17 January 2021
13. Bathed in Prayer by Jan Karon - completed 17 January 2021
14. Murder on the Lake by Bruce Beckham - completed 20 January 2021
15. A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates - completed 23 January 2021
16. The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes - completed 26 January 2021
17. Child Whispers by Enid Blyton - completed 26 January 2021
18. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers - completed 28 January 2021
19. A Real Southern Cook: In Her Savannah Kitchen by Dora Charles- completed 29 January 2021
20. The Gospel at Work: How the Gospel Gives New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert - completed 29 January 2021

4thornton37814
Modificato: Apr 15, 10:36pm

Books 21-30:

21. Gone to the Grave: Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850-1950 by Abby Burnett - completed 31 January 2021
22. I Escaped the Donner Party: Pioneers on the Oregon Trail, 1846 by Ellie Crowe and Scott Peters - completed 1 February 2021
23. Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker - completed 2 February 2021
24. The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha; illustrated by Yuko Shimizu - completed 4 February 2021
25. A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel - completed 7 February 2021
26. In the Teeth of the Evidence: And Other Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers - completed 7 February 2021
27. Uncommon Church: Community Transformation for the Common Good by Alvin Sanders - completed 9 February 2021
28. Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay - completed 9 February 2021
29. In the Shadow of Power by Viveca Sten - completed 12 February 2021
30. They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers - completed 12 February 2021

5thornton37814
Modificato: Apr 15, 10:41pm

Books 31-40:

31. An Amish Surprise by Shelley Shepard Gray - completed 13 February 2021
32. The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler - completed 14 February 2021
33. Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs - completed 14 February 2021
34. The Passion of Anne Hutchinson: An Extraordinary Woman, the Puritan Patriarchs, and the World They Made and Lost by Marilyn Westerkamp - completed 18 February 2021
35. The Tombigbee River Steamboats: Rolladores, Dead Heads and Side-Wheelers by Rufus Ward - completed 18 February 2021
36. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz - completed 24 February 2021
37. Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates - completed 26 February 2021
38. Magnify His Name by Ed White - completed 27 February 2021
39. Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope - completed 27 February 2021
40. Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers - completed 1 March 2021

6thornton37814
Modificato: Apr 15, 10:46pm

Books 41-50:

41. Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them by Adrienne Raphel - completed 1 March 2021
42. The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury - completed 3 March 2021
43. The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Khan - completed 7 March 2021
44. By Its Cover by Donna Leon - completed 8 March 2021
45. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict - completed 10 March 2021
46. Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert - completed 13 March 2021
47. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life by Lois Tverberg - completed 13 March 2021
48. Snap: A Happy Book of Colors by Patricia Hegarty; illustrated by Fhiona Galloway - completed 14 March 2021
49. Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams - completed 15 March 2021
50. The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate - completed 20 March 2021

8thornton37814
Modificato: Giu 21, 7:25am

BINGO CAT


1. Portobello by Ruth Rendell
2. The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera
3. The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker
4. Bathed in Prayer by Jan Karon
5. Falling in Love by Donna Leon
6.
7. A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates
8.
9.
10. The Gospel at Work: How the Gospel Gives New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert
11. The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes
12. A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel
13. Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters
14.
15. The Space Child's Mother Goose by Frederick Winsor; illustrated by Marian Parry
16.
17. Murder on the Lake by Bruce Beckham
18. The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James
19. The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
20. Anchored in Jesus by Johnny Hunt
21. What Though the Field Be Lost: Poems by Christopher Kempf
22. Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
23. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
24. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day
25. Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams

9thornton37814
Apr 15, 10:26pm

I think that's all I need to reserved, but I'll type in this one to say the next is yours--just in case I miscounted.

10quondame
Apr 15, 10:43pm

Happy new thread!

11PaulCranswick
Apr 15, 11:13pm

Happy new one, Lori xx

12FAMeulstee
Apr 16, 5:20am

Happy new thread, Lori!

13thornton37814
Apr 16, 10:54am

>10 quondame: >11 PaulCranswick: >12 FAMeulstee: Thank you all so much! I hope book reading will pick up over the summer. It's been a little down lately.

14bell7
Apr 16, 1:58pm

Happy new thread, Lori!

15drneutron
Apr 16, 2:08pm

Happy new thread!

16Oregonreader
Apr 16, 5:27pm

Happy new thread, Lori. You've been reading some great books.

17msf59
Apr 16, 6:12pm

Happy Friday, Lori! Happy New Thread. I hope all is well. Enjoy your weekend.

18richardderus
Apr 16, 7:25pm

New thread and weekend orisons, Lori!

19magicians_nephew
Apr 17, 9:15am

Driving by honking the horn and waving

Happy new thread, Lori

20karenmarie
Apr 17, 9:27am

Hi Lori! Happy new thread.

From your last thread, I love Simon Winchester’s books but Land doesn’t appeal – both for the subject matter and your review.

>1 thornton37814: Sweet pic of the boys.

21thornton37814
Apr 17, 9:16pm

>14 bell7: >15 drneutron: Thanks for dropping by!

>16 Oregonreader: Well, some have been better than others!

>17 msf59: Thanks. I've been enjoying time with my cats!

22thornton37814
Apr 17, 9:20pm

>18 richardderus: Thanks! I believe you are going Shakespearean on me there!

>19 magicians_nephew: Honking and waving back!

>20 karenmarie: I don't think I'd read anything by Winchester previously. The book failed to meet my expectations for it. I guess my view of "land" is shaped by my genealogical and historical work. This one just didn't work for me.

23thornton37814
Apr 17, 9:24pm



Book 61. In the Name of Truth by Viveca Sten

Date Completed: 17 April 2021

Category: Peacock (Mysteries set outside U.S. and British Isles)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Nora Linde serves as prosecutor in an economic crime case in which a former partner's key testimony will likely indict. She receives threatening emails. Benjamin, an eleven-year-old boy, goes to sailing camp at his father's insistence. Two other boys immediately begin bullying him, but the inexperienced group leader fails to notice. This boy's father, as the reader knows, is the key witness in Nora's case. Thomas first goes to the camp when a girl disappears. When the girl shows up back at home, Thomas returns to Nacka. The Nacka unit will relocate as part of restructuring soon. His partner Margit received a promotion when he left the force, but she persuaded the powers-that-be to rehire Thomas when he found himself pushing paper in his new private sector position. Thomas' new partner is Aram. When Benjamin fails to show up for breakfast one day, Thomas and Aram go back to the island. Is it a case of a runaway child? Is it a case of bullying gone bad? Is it a case of kidnapping? Thomas and Aram must investigate all this as Nora finds her key witness does not share the same story he told the police once he takes the stand. Her chances of promotion look bleak. At the same time both Thomas and Nora experience trouble in relationships. Thomas and his wife find jobs getting in the way of life. When Jonah takes a flight to Thailand days before the wedding with promises of returning in time, she becomes upset. There is much going on in the installments. I'm tiring of all the personal issues in the novels and wish they would stick to the investigations. However, the mystery and the trial were both satisfying. Both story lines improved over the previous installment characterized by a "stuck in a familiar rut" scenario.

24figsfromthistle
Apr 17, 9:40pm

HAppy new one!

26humouress
Apr 18, 6:59am

Happy new thread, Lori!

27thornton37814
Apr 18, 11:30am

28johnsimpson
Apr 18, 3:53pm

Hi Lori my dear, happy new thread.

29fuzzi
Apr 18, 7:14pm

Found and starred!!

30thornton37814
Apr 18, 9:29pm

>28 johnsimpson: Thanks a lot!

>29 fuzzi: Thank you. I get so confused sometimes when I follow people in multiple groups. I think I have them starred in both places but only have one starred. It can be confusing--especially as to whether or not you've commented on a particular thread. Sometimes one thread gets more comments than the other.

31thornton37814
Apr 19, 11:05am



Book 62. The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen

Date Completed: 18 April 2021

Category: Bluebird (Children's & YA Literature)

Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: A five-year-old boy sees more than someone his age should witness. His father serves in the military during World War II. His mother, back home in Chicago, cheats on her spouse. After the boy caught the mother and his "uncle" making strange noises, his mother sends him to his grandmother who cooks for men building a road into Canada. While he loves his grandmother and the great adventures with the camp men, he misses his mother. I do not consider this book age appropriate.

32fuzzi
Apr 19, 9:40pm

>31 thornton37814: what about it did you find inappropriate? I'm curious.

33thornton37814
Apr 20, 8:44am

>32 fuzzi: The strange noises part. The cheating mom (for readers that age).

34fuzzi
Apr 20, 2:41pm

>33 thornton37814: I thought it was subtly noted by the young child, but do understand your concern.

35thornton37814
Apr 20, 4:11pm

>34 fuzzi: I had fewer problems with the second in the series which I'll be reviewing soon.

36thornton37814
Apr 20, 4:14pm



Book 63. Alida's Song by Gary Paulsen

Date Completed: 19 April 2021

Category: Bluebird (Children's & YA Literature)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Now a young and somewhat troubled teen, a boy discovers his grandmother found him a job on a farm working for Gunnar and Olaf. She serves as the men's private cook. The boy's home life leaves much to be desired with two alcoholic parents who show no interest in him. The boy spends all his time working, has no time to study, and passes to the next grade only "because they don't want to keep him around another year." Years later the boy discovers the truth about that summer job which endears his grandmother to him all the more.

37thornton37814
Apr 20, 8:02pm



Book 64. The Quilt by Gary Paulsen

Date Completed: 20 April 2021

Category: Bluebird (Children's & YA Literature)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: In this third installment, the story goes back to a time when the boy was six. He goes to spend the summer with his grandmother in northern Minnesota. It isn't long until she receives a call from an expectant mother who needs help on the farm. The boy and grandmother soon arrive where he meets farm animals galore. His grandmother calls in other women. He hears a very scary sound as the birth pangs begin. As the women sit in the kitchen, they bring out a quilt and share stories of those who passed. Before the story ends, the women will need to sew another square on the quilt. It's a touching story--a tribute to the author's own grandmother.

38connie53
Apr 21, 5:14am

Happy new thread, Lori.

39fuzzi
Modificato: Apr 21, 9:18am

>37 thornton37814: lovely reviews, thank you for giving the books a chance.

You do realize that the series is autobiographical?

40thornton37814
Apr 22, 8:05am

>38 connie53: Thanks.

>39 fuzzi: I noticed that.

41thornton37814
Apr 22, 8:19am

The second COVID vaccine really knocked me for a loop. I ran fever of two or three degrees most of the day. I threw up twice. I had a headache all day long. I was miserable. The fever finally broke sometime between midnight and 6:30 a.m. I'm feeling better this morning, but I can't go into work because I haven't been fever-free for 24 hours. I will be monitoring reference chat from home. I don't feel 100% yet. I still have a little bit of headache, but it's not as bad it was yesterday. It's also not like my usual sinus headache so I know this one is vaccine-related. I managed to eat some crackers last night. I ate dry toast this morning. I'm hoping for chicken noodle soup at lunch--even if I have to make it from scratch. (If I have a can, I'll use it because my skinless chicken won't give as rich a broth.)

42thornton37814
Apr 22, 9:24am



Book 65. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Date Completed: 20 April 2021

Category: Puffin (Murders set in UK or Ireland)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: In this short Miss Marple mystery, a young couple purchased a home. It invokes a memory in the young woman of a strangled woman named Helen. After meeting Miss Marple who encourages the woman to write to someone who may know if she'd ever lived in England, she finds the woman she saw was probably her stepmother. However, no one ever suspected the woman dead. The story told at the time was the woman ran off. Untangling eighteen years of lies, the couple, with the help of Miss Marple, find the truth. I knew from the moment we first met the guilty party who it was, but it was still a fun romp with Miss Marple via a Full Cast BBC production audiobook.

43thornton37814
Apr 22, 10:06am



Book 66. The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories: From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce edited by Michael Newton

Date Completed: 21 April 2021

Category: Lorikeet (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: While some of the stories were interesting (such as "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs and "Afterward" by Edith Wharton), others just fell flat (such as the overly long Henry James story, "The Jolly Corner," and Edward Bulwer Lytton's "The Haunted and the Haunters: or, The House and the Brain.") We read this as a group, and most of us even questioned whether some of the stories were true ghost stories. Almost all the stories are available in the public domain, so this collection is a bit pricy when that is considered. Purchasers essential pay for the editor's additions--an introduction, a nice bibliography, a bit on each author, and a few end notes. I really wish the author introductions had been at the beginning of each story instead of with the end notes. I wish the end notes had been true footnotes. Most notes explained a word in the text, and it would have been nice not to have to flip on the rare occasion I actually needed to see a definition. I wish the anthology included several contemporary stories.

44connie53
Apr 25, 6:08am

I hope you are feeling better now, Lori.

45thornton37814
Apr 25, 11:53am

>44 connie53: The symptoms lasted somewhere around 30-36 hours.

46thornton37814
Apr 25, 11:57am



Book 67. At Lighthouse Point by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Date Completed: 24 April 2021

Category: Lorikeet (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: While I missed the previous installment in the series, I found myself able to pick up fairly well with the story of three sisters and their father Paul who purchased Camp Kicking Moose near Bar Harbor, Maine, to bring it back to the glory days remembered by the father. The oldest two daughters are both expecting children. Oldest daughter Cam finds herself at odds with the town over a proposed cellular tower. Middle daughter Maddie's husband endangers his health by stretching himself too then to serve pastoral needs of the area. Recent Cordon Bleu graduate and youngest daughter Blaine returns to find renovations of the kitchen make it impossible to realize her dream of opening a restaurant. Blaine also brings along friend Jean Paul from France who needs time away from his father to reflect on his life's dreams. He seems to be accident-prone, but his mouth voices spiritual wisdom each character needs to hear. Blaine discovers Artie serves the island and several others via a medical transport boat. Paul's father comes for a visit, hoping to get to know his granddaughters and repair a damaged relationship with his son. There's a lot going on in this Christian fiction novel, but it seems to work together pretty well. Readers may wish to begin with the first in the series to see the changes and growth in characters over time. I received an advance review copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

47thornton37814
Apr 26, 10:29pm



Book 68. 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith by Michelle Derusha

Date Completed: 25 April 2021

Category: Sparrow (Religion & Spirituality)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: While most of the selections are women most Christians admire, a few make you scratch your head and ask why she included them--even after she explained her reasoning. A couple of the included women were not Christians; therefore, they cannot be a "heroine of the faith." The author included information on each women, but in some cases, her story mostly came from a single source. In other cases, she drew from varied sources. Some selections interested me more than others. I read two sketches per day most days until I finished the book. I did not want to draw it out 50 days. I found that to be a good pace.

48PaulCranswick
Apr 27, 6:08pm

The Gary Paulsen books are calling to me Lori.

49fuzzi
Apr 27, 8:39pm

>48 PaulCranswick: do it! Do it!

50thornton37814
Apr 27, 10:02pm

>48 PaulCranswick: Enjoy! They are quick reads.

>49 fuzzi: The real source of Paul's book bullets!

51thornton37814
Apr 27, 10:02pm



Abandoned Book 1. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Date Abandoned: 27 April 2021

Category: Raven (Abandoned Reads)

Comments: Abandoned. The story wasn't drawing me in, and the overuse of the "F" word turned me off.

52PaulCranswick
Apr 27, 11:17pm

>49 fuzzi: & >50 thornton37814: Hahaha. As you, erm, may know, I have been giving a book prize each month for the hottest book bullet I was hit with in the month previous. So far Mark, Adrienne and Bonnie have received a book each. April 2021 no decision has been made as yet!!

53fuzzi
Apr 28, 8:47am

>52 PaulCranswick: I'm not trying for a prize, Paulsen IS the prize as far as I'm concerned.

I just checked, I have 39 of his books listed here on LT, 31 of them I've read and reviewed, 6 owned unread, 2 on the wishlist.

I've reviewed all his books I've read, without spoilers, so feel free to check out my reviews and ratings.

54thornton37814
Apr 28, 1:49pm

>53 fuzzi: I haven't read nearly as much Paulsen as you. I liked Hatchet though.

55thornton37814
Apr 28, 6:29pm

I'm both looking forward to and dreading a visit from the Charter/Spectrum serviceperson tomorrow. I want my Internet fixed. (Upload speed is .03 mbps which makes it impossible to do a lot of things. The download speed is running under what it should be but not so drastically.) However, I still don't really want a serviceperson who may or may not have been vaccinated in my home. I know there is a COVID outbreak at the local Charter/Spectrum store. One of the intermediary steps was to replace my modem. I went yesterday at 5:45 pm. They were supposed to be open until 8 pm. The clerk told me I came just in time because they were closing at 6 pm. He said 2 employees tested positive, and two more were waiting on their results and quarantined until they had them. I'm not sure if he was safe to be around, but I kept my distance. He put the modem on the counter, and I picked it up. No contact. I think it did improve the download speed a bit, but it didn't solve the upload problem. The problem may be on the cable line itself as I've had some issues with cable channels sometimes saying they were offline. I didn't really think about it at the time. Hopefully everything will be fixed tomorrow morning.

56fuzzi
Apr 28, 7:29pm

>54 thornton37814: I have been finding Paulsen's books at the local thrift and used book stores, which has helped me read more.

57thornton37814
Apr 28, 7:38pm

>56 fuzzi: I rarely look in the children's/YA aisle at McKays. When I do, I'm usually specifically seeking something. I'm not very successful in finding the ones I want though at that reading level.

58bell7
Apr 28, 7:52pm

So sorry to hear about your Internet challenges, and hope they get sorted out soon! I have the slowest Internet possible on a pay-as-you-go plan and I've noticed that my book club freezes up on me from time to time. I'm counting down to not having to do it at home anymore and, if nothing else, using the library's Internet!

59thornton37814
Apr 28, 8:42pm

>58 bell7: I've never had any problems until the last couple of weeks. I kept trying to diagnose it and repair it. I finally called them because I'd about decided it was the modem. They thought so too, but that didn't repair it. Hopefully he can repair it tomorrow.

60johnsimpson
Apr 30, 3:38pm

Hi Lori my dear, sorry to hear you have been having internet problems but so glad to see via Facebook that you now have internet, yay.

We are still waiting for Amy to give birth, she was due yesterday, oh well it will come when it is ready.

We both wish you a lovely weekend and send love and hugs to you dear friend.

61richardderus
Apr 30, 3:43pm

>59 thornton37814: ...am a bit concerned that it got more broken since it's now the 30th and I've seen hide nor hair of you, Lori...

62thornton37814
Apr 30, 3:59pm

>60 johnsimpson: I wasn't completely without Internet. It just wouldn't work with sites requiring me to send them information. It was slow otherwise. Fortunately it all works now. It's hard to wait on those babies!

>61 richardderus: I'm just way behind on everything. It was after 6 p.m. yesterday when the tech finally left. He showed up more than 5 hours late and it took over 3 hours to repair. Even after he left, he'd managed to mess up my TV. Fortunately he accidentally left the old coaxial cable lying on my coffee table since the HDMI wasn't working. I just plugged the old cable in, and it worked. I went online to try to troubleshoot the HDMI cable. It appeared to be plugged in properly. I'd selected HDMI. It just wasn't working. However, he should have tested that when he swapped it out.

63humouress
Apr 30, 4:09pm

Eurgh! cable speeds. Our cable/ internet company keeps pushing (eg via ads on cable) the 'latest thing' and I'm not techy enough to know whether it's better. Until we get it installed and then I decide it isn't better.

64thornton37814
Maggio 1, 10:04am

>63 humouress: I understand. While I wish I had even faster Internet, I know that some is not the fault of my service. Some is limited by overstressed servers at sites I frequent (such as Ancestry).

65thornton37814
Maggio 1, 10:12am



Book 69. The Glass Universe: How the Women of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

Date Completed: 1 May 2021

Category: Cardinal (History & Genealogy)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Sobel discusses the admission of women to the Harvard Observatory even in the day when Harvard's student population consisted of males only. The women cataloged and observed the stars, making important contributions to the field of astronomy. While it is nice to see women play an important role beginning in the late nineteenth century, the book suffers from a dry narrative which takes us mainly through the end of the World War II with the main subjects. The book discusses astronomy prizes in the women's honors which continues their legacy to the near present. Although a handful of footnotes pepper its pages, the book mainly includes two sections of narrative notes for each chapter. It also includes a glossary of astronomic terms, short biographies of persons who worked at the Harvard Observatory, both male and female, and a timeline. It also included a section of photographs. Perhaps the saddest photograph shows the now idle observatory refractor. The city's expansion means it never grows dark enough in the evening to make observations. The author includes an extensive bibliography, but the lack of documentation throughout the book limits its academic appeal. The dry narrative will not engage a popular audience. Only those with a genuine interest in astronomy will likely complete their attempted read of this one.

66thornton37814
Maggio 1, 10:15am



Book 70. Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber

Date Completed: 1 May 2021

Category: Hummingbird (Domestic Arts)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Barber's book focuses on the history of spinning and weaving in ancient civilizations. Most of what we know came through archaeological discoveries. While some consider this book scholarly, its lack of citation footnotes or end notes limits its usefulness in academia. Most footnotes used are explanatory in nature. The author provides notes on her sources by chapter, but facts lack individual citation. Some of the source comments do describe how she used the work in her narrative. Extensive illustrations are used, but in the paperback edition, all appear in black and white. It is unknown if the hardcover edition makes use of needed color illustrations of some of the discovered textiles. I expected the book to be a little broader in scope than it was, but it seemed to focus mainly on spinning and weaving. Those who adhere to "young earth" theories will question the dating of materials as they do with most works focusing on this era.

67humouress
Modificato: Maggio 1, 11:13am

>65 thornton37814: 'The city's expansion means it never grows dark enough in the evening to make observations.'

Ah, light pollution! We took the kids to Hawai'i last year so they could see what a night sky full of stars looks like. The island has a 'dark skies' policy so the observatories can take meaningful readings. And then we came back to Singapore and - with the world-wide lockdowns a few months later - finally we could see stars!

Of course, not as many as in the skies above Hawai'i, but still. Before last year, the night sky here used to be an orange glow, whether or not there were clouds in the sky, and I could only count about 11 stars on a good day night. Sadly, the hazy night skies are returning; white rather than orange at the moment, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. I heard a BBC WS report that environmental pollution levels are expected to hit a record high this year as economies push for recovery (as there was about a decade ago after the financial crisis) and readings are already high for 2021 :0(

68karenmarie
Maggio 1, 12:51pm

>41 thornton37814: I’m sorry you had such a strong reaction to the vaccine, Lori. I hope you’re fully recovered now.

>62 thornton37814: Internet woes are awful. We got rid of our awful Centurylink last October and got Spectrum and so far so good. We’re also part of a 50-home ‘neighborhood’. Spectrum ran all the newest fiber to us and we’re only paying $53/month the first year for high speed internet and their Platinum TV package, going up to $109/month for the next 9 years. I realize they did this to get a foothold in our area of the county, so am not complaining. After some initial hiccups it’s fantastic.

69thornton37814
Maggio 1, 2:34pm

>67 humouress: Yes. I know we need lights, but I always enjoy getting away from town where I can see the stars.

>68 karenmarie: I really can't complain too much about Spectrum. It's really the best option in the area. I hear horror stories regularly from people with other providers. With Spectrum, the main problem seems to be they are never on time for service appointments. I hate to think what happened to the people scheduled the rest of the day with that tech.

70quondame
Modificato: Maggio 1, 6:55pm

>66 thornton37814: I do love this book. I've been known to send to authors who, while otherwise worthwhile, don't have a clue as to the economic importance of women and their work in the ancient world.

71thornton37814
Maggio 1, 6:52pm

>70 quondame: It was interesting, and she'd definitely studied archaeological reports and many other things.

72thornton37814
Maggio 2, 6:06pm



Book 71. The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn

Date Completed: 2 May 2021

Category: Lorikeet (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: In 1951 a woman's husband commits her to a mental asylum in one of the Scilly Isles. She becomes attracted to the doctor. In 2018 a marine scientist discovers letters addressed to Esther Durrant from "R." when she becomes marooned on the island. She becomes determined to reunite them to the parties. While a lot more happens in the novel, this summarizes the main story line. The remainder involves the life of the marine biologist, the female patient and her granddaughter, and the other patients and staff of the asylum, including a tragic moment. I'm not a fan of the alternating time periods that seem to be all the rage at the moment, and this one had moments it worked better than at others.

73magicians_nephew
Maggio 3, 10:41am

Ive like a lot of books by Dana Sobel - I'll be looking out for this one.

And the "Woman's Work" book too - thanks for the tip Lori!

Still can remember the shriek and whistle of my old 56KB Audible Modem connecting over regular phone lines. Those were the days!

Technology is a good servant and sometimes a cruel Master

74thornton37814
Maggio 3, 12:30pm

>73 magicians_nephew: Yes. The Dava Sobel book was for a book club that met last night. We found plenty to discuss last night although the book only really appealed to a couple of members.

75richardderus
Maggio 5, 9:57am

Hi Lori! Happy Humpday. I have a genealogy-adjacent query: Megan Smolenyak wrote Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing and it's on sale $2.99 on Kindle today. Have you heard of/read this book? If so, is it a good place to get a broad overview of the practice today? It sounds like the author has a sense of humor and I'm not looking for a deep dive into the topic.

76thornton37814
Maggio 5, 6:30pm

>75 richardderus: Megan is a well-known genealogist. That's an older book, but it was well-received. It's probably fine for what you want.

77thornton37814
Maggio 7, 5:55pm



Book 72. Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer

Date Completed: 7 May 2021

Category: Peacock (Mysteries set in locations other than US & British Isles)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: 1920s Egypt provides the setting for this debut novel featuring Jane Wunderly. Jane accompanied her Aunt Millie to Cairo where they stayed at the Mena House. When Anna, a colonel's daughter, dies, Jane becomes a suspect. She meets Redvers, an intriguing man who assists her in her sleuthing efforts while pursuing his own interests which remain mysterious for much of the novel. A second murder occurs. Guests' travel plans force Jane and Redvers to step up their sleuthing efforts before parties of interest leave the country. This is the best debut mystery I've read in a long time. I wish the author many more well-written and well-plotted mysteries featuring Jane and Redvers. The Egyptian setting for this one reminds me of the Amelia Peabody series, but I suspect similarities will not be present when the series moves from that location. I listened to the audio book well read by Sarah Zimmerman.

78PaulCranswick
Maggio 7, 8:59pm


This is the best debut mystery I've read in a long time.

Recommendation, indeed!

Have a lovely book-filled weekend, Lori.

79humouress
Maggio 8, 11:48am

Hmm 🤔

80thornton37814
Maggio 8, 6:04pm

>78 PaulCranswick: It's really a good one!

>79 humouress: Thanks for dropping in!

81richardderus
Maggio 8, 8:09pm

>77 thornton37814: How interesting this is to me. Egypt is recrudescing in the public awareness as a good setting for English-language fiction at a greater rate than since Dame Agatha got her licks in in the 1930s.

Anyway, happy weekend's reads, Lori!

82thornton37814
Maggio 9, 7:19pm

>81 richardderus: This is a good one, Richard.

83thornton37814
Maggio 9, 7:19pm



Book 73. Murder by Milk Bottle by Lynne Truss

Date Completed: 9 May 2021

Category: Puffin (Mystery set in UK or Ireland)

Rating: 1 stars

Review: I simply fail to connect with the characters and plots in the Constable Twitten series. I began reading this one a couple months ago. I decided I had too much else on my mind to continue it and would pause it until I was past some things that demanded more of my attention. Unfortunately I never felt I understood what was going on other than that someone had been murdered by a milk bottle. I think I'll stick to Truss' non-fiction in the future. I received an advance review copy through NetGalley with a hope, but not requirement of, an honest review. Mine is very tardy. Frankly, if I had not won this book and felt obligated to review it, I would have abandoned it.

84thornton37814
Maggio 9, 7:28pm



Book 74. Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion by Anne Graham Lotz

Date Completed: 9 May 2021

Category: Sparrow (Religion & Spirituality)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: In one of the most engaging Christian books I've read in months, Anne Graham Lotz discusses the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. Drawing heavily from Scripture and relating life experiences to which the reader can relate, she examines the Spirit's role as a constant companion and takes us through the roles Scripture gives to this part of the Trinity. She encourages readers to spend time in the Word and in prayer. I will seek other books by Lotz to use in my devotional times as I appreciated her writing style.

85humouress
Maggio 10, 5:26am

>83 thornton37814: Well, it's an intriguing title :0)

86fuzzi
Maggio 10, 8:56am

>84 thornton37814: I've not read anything by that author, but her premise appears scripturally sound.

87thornton37814
Maggio 10, 2:26pm

>85 humouress: Yes--and I'm the one who has given it the lowest rating here at LT, so I am in the minority with my dislike of it. I didn't like the first in the series when I read it--and if I'd remembered that, I would not have requested it from GoodReads. Then I would not have won it and felt obligated to finish it.

>86 fuzzi: Yes. She is Billy Graham's daughter. I really enjoyed it.

88thornton37814
Maggio 10, 2:26pm



Book 75. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Date Completed: 10 May 2021

Category: Lorikeet (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Cute and well-illustrated fable that focuses on kindness. The horse seems to be the wisest in this one.

89fuzzi
Modificato: Maggio 10, 2:53pm

>88 thornton37814: ouch...

ETA: the local public library has a copy, yippee!

90thornton37814
Maggio 10, 3:30pm

>89 fuzzi: We were sending our lease copy back, and I decided to read it since it is a quick read.

91johnsimpson
Maggio 10, 4:20pm

Hi Lori my dear, congrats on reaching 75 books read for the year so far.

92FAMeulstee
Maggio 10, 6:25pm

>88 thornton37814: Congratulations on reaching 75, Lori!

93thornton37814
Maggio 10, 6:37pm

>91 johnsimpson: Thanks, John!

>92 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!

94drneutron
Maggio 10, 8:27pm

Congrats!

95bell7
Maggio 10, 9:14pm

Congrats on reaching 75, Lori!

96thornton37814
Maggio 11, 7:29am

>94 drneutron: >95 bell7: Thanks to both of you!

97karenmarie
Maggio 12, 7:59am

Hi Lori!

>88 thornton37814: Congrats on reaching your first 75 of the year.

98thornton37814
Maggio 12, 9:18pm

99thornton37814
Maggio 14, 10:09am



Book 76. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from the Best Little Bakery in the South by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day with Amy Paige Condon

Date Completed: 13 May 2021

Category: Hummingbird (Domestic Arts)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: An interesting collection of recipes from a Savannah bakery. Its recipes include both sweet and savory recipes. Recipes are grouped by 1) Breakfast, 2) Coffee Cakes, Quick Breads, and Sweet Yeast Breads, 3) Cupcakes and Cakes, 4) Pies, Cobblers, Crisps, and Tarts, 5) Puddings and Custards, 6) Cookies, 7) Brownies and Bars, 8) Confections, and 9) Savories. Most people will find at least a few recipes of interest. Many recipes include variations that can be incorporated. I will try to remember to visit the bakery the next time I'm in Savannah.

100thornton37814
Maggio 14, 10:43am



Book 77. Deadly Anniversaries edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Date Completed: 14 May 2021

Category: Bald Eagle (Mysteries with U.S. setting)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Each short story occurs on an event anniversary in this anthology compiled by the Mystery Writers of America and edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Few mystery short stories work well for me because authors simply lack time to build an interesting plot. About three worked really well for me, and a couple of others seemed better than average. I tried one author's series in the past and found I hated her short story just as much as her series. One story alternated between the past and the present--an over-used style I hate more and more each time I encounter it. Overall it is an average to slightly above average mystery short story collection.

101richardderus
Maggio 14, 7:08pm

>88 thornton37814:

Have a great weekend's reads!

102thornton37814
Maggio 15, 8:54am

>101 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! I've got a 4 to 6 hour board meeting today (hoping for the 4 hour side but fearing the 6 hour one). I also host a genealogy chat this evening. I hope to read some in between. I've already read a few minutes this morning, and I might get another half hour in before the meeting begins.

103connie53
Maggio 16, 5:39am

>85 humouress: That's what I thought. Congrats on reaching 75! Great job.

104humouress
Maggio 16, 10:05am

>88 thornton37814: Congratulations on your 75, Lori!

105richardderus
Maggio 16, 5:33pm

>102 thornton37814: I hope it was a less-than-four-hour Board-fest and you've been out celebrating with a bookstore binge, but fear it was a six-plus one and you're huddled under the bed with a shaker of aspirin and gallons of sweet tea.

106thornton37814
Maggio 16, 7:07pm

>103 connie53: >104 humouress: Thanks for the wishes.

>105 richardderus: It was actually the shortest one we've ever had. The thing I feared would take longest is going to be handled by executive committee so we just mentioned what the issue was and that they would handle it.

107thornton37814
Maggio 16, 9:37pm



Book 78. The Soul of the Family Tree: Ancestors, Stories, and the Spirits We Inherit by Lori Erickson

Date Completed: 15 May 2021

Category: Cardinal (History and Genealogy)

Rating: 2.5 stars

Review: Lori Erickson became interested in her family history, but her infatuation focused more on the Norwegian ethnicity and potential connection to Leif Ericson than to correctly tracing her ancestry or a true exploration of her spiritual heritage. For most of the book she focused on what she wanted to learn rather than verifying the information first. While the narrative does not bore, it fails to demonstrate sound genealogical research. It does perhaps emphasize the influence of epigenetics. She finally visited a museum, hiring a research to investigate one line. Although she mentions the conversion of many Norwegians to the Lutheran faith and Norse mythology, she never really explored those connections in the light of her own family history. It seemed to be more at a macro level than the micro level. I found myself disappointed a Christian publishing house published this book whose author's own statements fail to acknowledge the power of the Cross, opting instead for a dualistic-type religion. This review is based on an advance readers' edition provided through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

108thornton37814
Modificato: Giu 21, 7:09am



Book 79. An Amish Husband for Tillie by Amy Lillard

Date Completed: 16 May 2021

Category: Lorikeet (Other Fiction & Literature)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Near Christmas Tillie Gingerich returns to her Pontotoc County, Mississippi Amish home without the father of her soon-to-be-born child. She followed Melvin to Columbus when he left the Amish, working in a day care while he followed his dream to work with engines. She knew she wanted her child to grow up in the Amish country rather than the English world. Her dream, however, is impossible unless Melvin returns and marries her. She faces excommunication and shunning. Levi Yoder wanted nothing more than to hibernate after his wife and unborn child died a few months earlier. His sister Mims tries to help him, but he retreats more and more. Although much of the plot seems predictable, I felt connected to the characters and wanted the best for Tillie and her child. I wanted the Christmas miracle I knew would happen. I knew a specific death must take place for the miracle to take place so that did not catch me by surprise. I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway. While a review was not required, one is appreciated.

109thornton37814
Maggio 21, 9:51am



Book 80. All That's Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment by Hannah Anderson

Date Completed: 21 May 2021

Category: Sparrow (Religion & Spirituality)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: This readable book based on Philippians 4:8 is great for personal or group Bible study. Some may ask how an author can write an entire book on a single verse. The answer lies in the book's organization. Part one's chapters bear these titles: Taste and See, The Good Earth, and Worldly Wise; part two's are: Whatever Is True, Whatever Is Honorable, Whatever Is Just, Whatever Is Pure, Whatever Is Lovely, Whatever I Commendable; and part three's are: Every Good Gift and Our Common Good. i only discovered the questions for discussion when I got to the end of the e-book, but they help readers focus on the main point of the chapter. Sometimes the main point got lost in the personal illustrations when reading alone. I will look for other Bible studies by this author.

110thornton37814
Maggio 22, 1:12pm



Book 81. Murder in Chianti by Camilla Trinchieri

Date Completed: 21 May 2021

Category: Peacock (World Mysteries)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: This excellent debut mystery features former NYPD police detective Nico Doyle who moves to his deceased wine's Italian town. A small dog alerts him to a problem in some wooded property adjoining his own. He calls the local carabinieri when he discovers a murdered man. Nico, fired from his position and with no other remaining family, moved near his wife's family where he helps them with a restaurant. He loves culinary experimentation. When Perillo, the local maresciallo, discovers Nico's background, he asks for his unofficial assistance in the investigation. In spite of his request for assistance, Perillo does appear to be a competent investigator. I loved this book which reminds me of Martin Walker's Bruno series with an Italian rather than French setting. I look forward to reading the next in series.

111thornton37814
Maggio 22, 1:37pm



Book 82. Falling in Love by Donna Leon

Date Completed: 22 May 2021

Category: Peacock (World Mysteries)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Opera diva Flavia Petrelli returns to Venice to star in Tosca. Guido Brunetti and wife Paola enjoy a performance. He learns a stalker sent large yellow rose bouquets to her dressing room and apartment. She feels violated the fan could find where she lives. When the stalker makes attempts to murder persons associated with the singer, Guido and his team step up their efforts to protect Flavia and catch a potential killer. It was nice to become reacquainted with Flavia and see where life took her over the years since her first encounter with Guido. While little time is spent on the wrap-up and readers may entertain lingering questions, the perpetrator received a measure of justice, whether ideal or not.

112richardderus
Maggio 22, 7:07pm

113PaulCranswick
Maggio 22, 11:34pm

>111 thornton37814: I used to follow the Brunetti series avidly, Lori, but I just looked at the work page and discovered that I don't have the latest ten books and I don't think that includes the one RD pointed out to be imminent. Time moves so quickly

114thornton37814
Maggio 23, 5:49pm

>112 richardderus: I noticed that one. I hope it's as good or better than the first in the series.

>113 PaulCranswick: Richard was pointing to another series. If you manage to snag those missing ones, you could join us in the group reads from this point on. You'd still have a few to go back and catch up on! We're reading them every other month, alternating with the Bruno series by Martin Walker.

115msf59
Maggio 23, 8:09pm

Happy Sunday, Lori. Congrats on hitting #75! I hope you are enjoying those current reads.

116thornton37814
Maggio 23, 8:42pm

>115 msf59: I'm doing fine on the current reads. I have a hardcover mystery, an audiobook mystery, and a history/collective biography in process. I need to pull out my next chapter-a-day religion book. If I don't start it tonight, I'll get to it tomorrow.

117thornton37814
Modificato: Maggio 26, 9:40pm



Book 83. The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson

Date Completed: 26 May 2021

Category: Peacock (World Mysteries)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Following her own daughter's suicide, Hulda is called to a remote eastern Icelandic farm to investigate a murder. During the course of the investigation, they stumble across something linking the case to a missing Reykjavik daughter and father. We also see what's happening as the story unfolds. I enjoyed the dark, suspenseful feel to this novel. The author did a great job of waiting until the perfect time to reveal certain things.

118thornton37814
Maggio 28, 8:07am

Yesterday morning my PC laptop gave up the ghost. It refuses to start again. Everything should be backed up to Carbonite so loss should be minimal. I'll pick up a new MacBook Pro later this afternoon (probably in the midst of a big predicted rainstorm). It will take me a bit to get things set up as I had a prescheduled Zoom Genealogy Chat this evening. I'll begin it via the iPad and work on getting things set up. I spent yesterday determining which of my subscription software will allow me to install without purchasing a license. Fortunately the Office 365, Adobe stuff, and my genealogy software are all on the good-to-go end. I've identified a couple of minor things for which I'll need alternatives, but I've got several suggestions and should be okay. After Memorial Day, I'll see if the PC laptop can be revived with more expert assistance or if I can rescue the hard drive, encasing it as an external drive.

119thornton37814
Maggio 29, 10:51pm



Book 84. Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton

Date Completed: 28 May 2021

Category: Bald Eagle (Mysteries with U.S. setting)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Jaymie loves vintage kitchenware. Jaymie took potato salad to the town picnic in a vintage depression glass bowl which someone used to kill Kathy Cooper, a long-time childhood friend who began feuding with her in high school for reasons unknown to Jaymie. Jaymie decides to help the local detective solve the case--since her bowl was the weapon. Since she's an amateur sleuth, you can expect her to get herself into trouble with her nosiness. The audio narration is a little too much on the "sweet" side for me. Still this is a fun series with lots of twists and turns. The solution was not immediately obvious and kept the reader guessing.

120thornton37814
Maggio 29, 11:12pm



Book 85. The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany by Gwen Strauss

Date Completed: 29 May 2021

Category: Cardinal (History & Genealogy)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Nine women who worked for the Resistance were captured and sent to camps. Their courage saved them when they fell out of line, hid, and fled the camp before they were sent to the crematorium. They faced many challenges while escaping, but these women already led remarkable lives. While the author favors her own relative Helene in this account, she references accounts written or told by the other women. I felt the documentation was sparse in this account, but most of it did come from the women's accounts or from interviews with their descendants. The advance review copy included some photographs which will hopefully be of better quality in the final book. At times the narrative did not flow well. Much of this was because of skipping between the current story and back story and because of telling the story of other women in chapters with a different one of the nine named in the chapter title. I received an advance review copy through GoodReads. Although reviews are appreciated, they are not required.

121richardderus
Maggio 30, 6:49pm

I hope you're satisfied with your new tech!

*dodges book-bullets on the way out*

122thornton37814
Giu 1, 3:22pm

>121 richardderus: LOL at the dodge book bullet. Loving the new MacBook Pro.

123thornton37814
Giu 1, 3:23pm



Book 86. Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd

Date Completed: 31 May 2021

Category: Puffin (Mysteries set in British Isles)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Major Robert Kurland goes to London where he will receive a noble title for his war valor. Lucy and Anna Harrington, daughters of Kurland St. Mary's rector, travel to London for the season, hoping to find a husband. Robert runs into an old army acquaintance. When the acquaintance's relative, the Dowager Countess of Broughton, dies under suspicious circumstances, the amateur sleuths (Robert and Lucy) use the developing scientific field of poison identification to determine how she met her death and who might be responsible. I found the book enjoyable although the mystery takes a back seat to some of the other less enjoyable plot elements, such as the pursuit of marriage.

124thornton37814
Giu 1, 3:34pm



Book 87. Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet: A Culinary Journey through Southeast Asia by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

Date Completed: 31 May 2021

Category: Hummingbird (Domestic Arts)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: I wanted to like this cookbook more than I did. The illustrations were lovely, and the authors present a variety of recipes for those wanting to make dishes from countries such as Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, and Laos in Southeast Asia. I just did not connect that much with the travel narrative section, and I did not find many recipes I would want to try in my own home. I'll probably stick to occasionally enjoying these cuisines in specialty restaurants.

125thornton37814
Giu 1, 4:01pm



Book 88. Journeys Home: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies to Find Your Family History featuring Andrew McCarthy, Joyce Maynard, Pico Iyer, Diane Johnson, & the National Geographic Travel Teams

Date Completed: 1 June 2021

Category: Cardinal (History and Genealogy)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: National Geographic brings us this book, published in 2015, on heritage tourism. Using journalists' stories about their family history, each takes a trip to an ancestral home. Some authors followed better genealogical practices than others did. Some simply relied on family stories which may or may not be correct. A few made their journey based on National Geographic's now-defunct DNA test. I was disappointed the well-documented stories of well-regarded genealogists who also know how to write were not included. Most stories contain a "Connections" sidebar which often includes restaurants or recipes and a "Get to Know" sidebar providing information about the country. A brief "Genealogy 101" section and country-specific research tips are included after the stories. The country-specific information is often too brief to be all that helpful, but it often points to the FamilySearch wiki which remains useful and updated as more and more microfilm and records are digitized around the world. Some information, of course, is dated. For example, National Geographic no longer offers their DNA test. There are a couple of new players in the field and a glaring omission of 23andMe as a DNA testing company. The best books on genetic genealogy have been written since the book's publication, making that section dated. Some major digital repositories for some countries seem to be missing, but some of these may have come online since the book's publication. The book appeals more to a recreational genealogist than addicted ones.

126magicians_nephew
Giu 1, 7:03pm

>123 thornton37814: Thanks for the heads up. I have been caught too many times by "romance" novel thinly disguised as "Mysteries"

127thornton37814
Giu 2, 6:06pm

>126 magicians_nephew: They seem to be getting worse and worse at doing that!

128thornton37814
Giu 2, 6:06pm



Book 89. Death Walks in Eastrepps by Francis Beeding

Date Completed: 2 June 2021

Category: Puffin (Mysteries set in British Isles)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Corresponding to the regular clandestine visits of a man to a married woman, a serial killer appears to target the victims who lost money in a venture. The whole town becomes fearful with regular patrols of the street. On the night of one such venture, an up-and-coming Scotland Yard sergeant makes an arrest. The evidence, while circumstantial, appears solid to those reviewing the rest. While the man admits to other crimes, he denies the murders. I spotted the solution pretty early in the novel, but the author did a pretty good job at making readers who came to that conclusion second-guess themselves. This classic golden age mystery provides readers with an interesting case.

129thornton37814
Giu 7, 7:57pm



Abandoned Book #2: Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen

Date Abandoned: 3 June 2021

Category: Raven (Abandoned Reads)

Comments: Abandoned. This book was not for me. The language was too crude. The writing style just didn't work. It was supposed to be funny, but I never got far enough to determine it. I'm not sure whether a friend's review or a publisher's blurb placed it on my radar. It didn't live up to its promise.

130thornton37814
Giu 7, 9:38pm



Book 90. The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth by Karen Branan

Date Completed: 7 June 2021

Category: Cardinal (History & Genealogy)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Karen Branan relates the story of her family sparked by her discovery of a lynching in Hamilton, Georgia, her ancestral town. She found herself related to one of those hanged because of an ancestor's second family with a black woman. While it is obvious the author researched the story well, the story seemed to drag a little too much in places. In places she seems to include abstract information that could not come from an interviewed source and did not come from the cited account. It is an interesting read that shows a dark side of Southern history. I appreciated the author's family chart in the front of the book which helped place individuals. I detest the blind endnotes used in this book. Please give me footnotes or at least numbered endnotes so one is aware of their existence!

131thornton37814
Modificato: Giu 9, 10:28am



Book 91. The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera

Date Completed: 9 June 2021

Category: Goldfinch (Historical Fiction)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Beginning on the eve of the Spanish American war and continuing into the early years of the twentieth century, this work follows the story of Vicente Vega and Valentina Sanchez and Vicente's brother Raulito. The political situation and a hurricane in Puerto Rico makes it impossible for them to stay afloat with their small coffee plantation. After the war, many Puerto Ricans are promised a better outlook if they will go to Hawaii to work on the sugar cane plantations. Suffering many hardships along the way, the group lands in Hawaii where families are split apart by uncaring plantation management. Vicente and Valentina end up on the big island while Raulito lands in Oahu. They are treated little better than slaves. While promised payment in dollars, they are paid in scrip. The lunas whip the men even for any infraction including the need to pee. Unable to communicate with non-Spanish speaking plantation management, the situation sometimes seems hopeless. The shanties in which they live are poor excuses for homes. The description reminds me of Sugar Ditch, a poverty-stricken Mississippi area which gained national attention in the 1980s. Both Vicente and Raulito are jailed and sentenced to labor camps or chain gangs when they attempt to do something about their situation. The Japanese are in a similar situation as the Puerto Ricans, and Vicente and Valentina attempt to find a way to bridge the communication gap so the two groups can band together to obtain improvements. I didn't know much about the situations in Puerto Rico and Hawaii at this time prior to reading this novel. I wish the novel included a little more resolution in the story line, but not everything has a storybook ending.

132richardderus
Giu 9, 10:54am

>131 thornton37814: That sounds like a terrific, if unsettling, read. I'm glad you had one that took the bad taste of >129 thornton37814: out of your brain.

Happy Humpday...only two more work-days left.

133thornton37814
Giu 9, 11:00am

>132 richardderus: I did enjoy it! I'm actually attending a virtual conference this week so I'm home with kitties.

134Berly
Giu 13, 4:56pm

Hi there! Found you again and I will do my best to stay current here. Happy Sunday!

135thornton37814
Giu 14, 9:20am

>134 Berly: Thanks, Kim! It's hard to keep up with all the threads. I'm guilty of trying to run through threads quickly when I fall behind and not always commenting as I should.

136thornton37814
Giu 15, 8:46am



Book 92. All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

Date Completed: 14 June 2021

Category: Peacock (Mysteries set outside US and British Isles)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: When Armand's daughter Annie's baby is almost due, he and Reine-Marie travel to France to visit not only Annie and Jean-Guy, but also son Daniel and godfather Stephen Horowitz. Stephen is a wealthy and influential man. When Stephen joins the Gamache family at a cafe, tragedy strikes when a van deliberately plows into him. Gamache saw the incident and knows it is deliberate. Gamache notices unusual behavior on Stephen's part. For example, Stephen rented an expensive hotel suite even though he owned his own apartment. When he left Quebec, Jean-Guy went to work for a private firm in France, and it becomes a focus in the search for the killer. Gamache does not even trust his old friend Dussault whose department investigates the incident. He trusts only his own family which includes son-in-law Jean-Guy. I enjoyed seeing even Reine-Marie getting involved in the sleuthing. Penny's title, borrowed from Shakespeare, fits the story well. She pulls off a masterpiece filled with red herrings and suspense.

137humouress
Giu 15, 9:08am

Looks like the new laptop is working out well.

138LouisGoodwin
Giu 15, 9:25am

Questo utente è stato eliminato perché considerato spam.

139thornton37814
Giu 15, 10:49am

>137 humouress: I love the new MacBook Pro! The only thing not working out well is getting it to back up to Carbonite, but I think that's a Carbonite problem and not one with the MacBook Pro. I'm considering changing to BackBlaze if I can't get it to work.

140thornton37814
Giu 19, 7:37am



Book 93. Black Diamond by Martin Walker

Date Completed: 18 June 2021

Category: Peacock (Mysteries set outside U.S. or British Isles)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Bruno plans to go truffle hunting with his friend and expert truffle hunter Hercule. Instead of finding truffles, he and the baron accompanying him find Hercule's body. Asked to help determine how contamination is introduced into the region's high quality truffle market, Bruno goes to the plant to investigate. It appears the region's undocumented Chinese target Vietnamese settlers in several incidents. The mayor faces opposition from a father and son. Bruno, while not in danger of losing a job if the mayor loses, could be reassigned. Then there are the women: his English woman friend, a woman with children he helps find better employment as a science teacher, and his ex-lover Isabel who is working on the immigrant issue. All threads come together for a very satisfying mystery.

141msf59
Giu 19, 7:55am

Happy Saturday, Lori. I hope all is well. Good review of The Taste of Sugar. I will add that one to the list.

142thornton37814
Giu 20, 11:54am

>141 msf59: It was interesting because it's not a well-studied period.

143richardderus
Giu 20, 12:45pm

>140 thornton37814: I am always glad when Bruno gets someone going!

Happy new-week's reads.

144thornton37814
Giu 20, 6:52pm

>143 richardderus: Bruno is a great read!

145thornton37814
Giu 20, 6:53pm



Book 94. Women on the Civil War Battlefront by Richard H. Hall

Date Completed: 19 June 2021

Category: Cardinal (History & Genealogy)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: An interesting account of women, mostly disguised as men, who served during the Civil War. When they were found out, most were sent home. Some became nurses in field hospitals. It is clear the author did extensive research on the subject. One appendix lists the women he could identify by name as well as a few he cannot.

146thornton37814
Giu 20, 9:44pm



Book 95. Where the Heart Takes You by Virginia Wise

Date Completed: 20 June 2021

Category: Goldfinch (Historical Fiction)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Greta lost her father aboard the Charming Nancy on her way to the new world. Now she must find her place in her 18th-century frontier Amish community. Her neighbor Jacob always seems to be there when something goes awry--like when she fell into a mud puddle or sprained her ankle. Jacob lost his wife and infant son and blames himself for bringing them to the frontier where no midwife was present to potentially save them. Both deny feelings for one another. Both are being pressured by the Amish leaders to marry for the good of the community. As Greta finds a mission in teaching the children, a new family moves in--grandparents who converted late in life and their non-Amish granddaughter Catrina who seeks to find purpose to her life beyond what she found in her parents Philadelphia store. When Jacob begins to heal, will he choose the outwardly beautiful Catrina or the inwardly beautiful Greta?

147karenmarie
Giu 22, 8:41am

Hi Lori!

>118 thornton37814: Sorry about your laptop woes, glad that you’re fully backed up. My husband’s laptop died 5 years ago and the techs were able to rescue the hard drive, ‘encasing it as an external drive’ just as you’re hoping for.

>129 thornton37814: Just for the heck of it I looked at this book on Amazon and was amused to read this review of it: This book is like 2020: one star; would not recommend.

>145 thornton37814: Interesting topic – women who disguised themselves as men and served in the Civil War. I recently read The Widow of the South, a fictionalized account of the very real Battle of Franklin in your state of Tennessee.

148thornton37814
Giu 22, 6:29pm

>147 karenmarie: Well, I actually got the recommendation for the one in message 129 from someone. I don't remember who it was. It was awful as far as I was concerned--and apparently as far as the someone who wrote that review was concerned.

149thornton37814
Modificato: Giu 22, 9:01pm



Book 96. McTavish Takes the Cake by Meg Rosoff; illustrated by Grace Easton

Date Completed: 22 June 2021

Category: Bluebird (Children's & YA Literature)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: When Papa Peachey decides to tackle the family baking, his family wishes he'd find another hobby. He's horrible at it. When he decides to enter the town's baking contest by entering a gingerbread Palace of Versailles, they are certain the entire family will suffer embarrassment. Dog McTavish comes to the rescue. While younger readers, particularly those who follow the McTavish series, will enjoy this installment, others may find it a bit simplistic. With the exception of the cover illustration, all others are black and white/grayscale. The illustrations are well-done, but there are fewer than one per chapter. I received a copy through LibraryThing Early Reviewers with the expectation of an honest review.

150bell7
Giu 22, 9:47pm

>136 thornton37814: Hmmmm, maybe I'll have to give that one a chance. I stopped after A Better Man because I was annoyed with her misunderstanding of how Instagram works, but it sounds like this one worked better.

151thornton37814
Giu 24, 10:32pm

>150 bell7: This is the best one in several books. I recommend it.

152thornton37814
Giu 24, 10:34pm



Book 97. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrell

Date Completed: 24 June 2021

Category: Bluebird (Children's/YA Literature)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: I feel a little cheated. My library only had this book available as an audiobook, and while that was wonderful for hearing the spoken Cherokee, I missed out on the illustrations. The book comes from the perspective of the Cherokee people and takes them through each season to discuss things for which they are thankful. It also talks about things from their heritage for which they are thankful. The glossary goes into more depth to discuss the concepts than most glossaries. I appreciated the general information about the Cherokee people included after the glossary and before the note about the sources and information on the Cherokee language and pronunciation. The audio version would work wonderfully when paired with the print book.

153richardderus
Giu 26, 12:21am

>152 thornton37814: That sounds like one of the few times I'd actually want the audiobook, to pair with the print book; but I'd definitely feel cheated if I didn't get the pretty pictures!

Still, a very good topic and sounds like a worthy execution of it.

Happy-weekend's-reads whammys, Lori.

154jnwelch
Giu 26, 4:06pm

Hi, Lori. The Nine sounds like a fascinating story that deserves better research and a better telling. I hope some other author with the skills of Candice Millard or Erik Larson takes it up some time.

155thornton37814
Giu 27, 10:34pm

>153 richardderus: Hopefully one of the libraries will have it in print soon.

>154 jnwelch: That would be a good read!

156thornton37814
Giu 27, 10:37pm



Book 98. In Bad Company by Viveca Sten

Date Completed: 27 June 2021

Category: Peacock (Mysteries outside US and British Isles)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Nora's newest case focuses on a money laundering scheme. The defense attorney for the primary suspect Andreis is sharp so she knows she needs solid evidence to put him away. Andreis physically abuses his wife Mina. She knows leaving him will put her life and her child's life at risk if he finds her. Even her parents are in danger. Nora helps Mina move to Freya's Haven, a safe house. Thomas, of course, warns Nora of the danger she might be in and investigates tips she finds which help solidify the case. Every so often, a few pages focusing on a story of Andreis' family's past before they came to Sweden appears. These pages felt completely unnecessary, and I found them uninteresting. They seemed to lengthen the story without adding to it. As in previous installments, the author creates too many chapters which interrupt the flow. I think having Thomas, a police detective, and Nora, an economic crimes attorney, both as the principal characters weakens the series. The series becomes less believable with each installment. Both characters carry a lot of baggage.

157richardderus
Giu 29, 4:05pm

>156 thornton37814: Oh, that's too bad, Lori. Is this, in your considered opinion, a case of series sag, or are you simply getting a bit fed up with the joke, as it were?

158thornton37814
Lug 1, 2:27pm

>157 richardderus: I think it's series sag, but unfortunately it's been going on far too long. I'm all caught up with what is available in the U.S. until the next one is released next year. I think the series showed promise when it started, but I think the twin story lines of Thomas and Nora have weakened the series.

159thornton37814
Lug 1, 2:30pm



Book 99. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

Date Completed: 1 July 2021

Category: Goldfinch (Historical Fiction)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Jane Bell inherited her husband's inn upon her death. A year later, she discovers the inn owes a large amount to a local bank and must come up with a plan to repay it and make the inn profitable so the bank does not foreclose upon it. Jane is uncertain whom she may trust and must rely upon her own instincts to avoid disastrous results. The author presented a cast of village characters that are memorable and unique and certain to provide readers with some additional interesting stories in the future. I will look forward to future installments in this historical fiction series and hope the author's writing improves, making the series more appealing and captivating.

160thornton37814
Lug 1, 2:44pm



Book 100. See You on Sunday : A Cookbook for Family and Friends by Sam Sifton

Date Completed: 1 July 2021

Category: Hummingbird (Domestic Arts)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: This recipe collection focuses on foods one finds on Sunday menus around the country. While the illustrated recipes are nicely done, far too many of the recipes lack photos. The recipes which interested me were ones from my own heritage, and I'm unlikely to exchange my family favorite recipe for another. The book is probably best for younger or less-experienced cooks than for the more seasoned cook.

161richardderus
Lug 1, 3:39pm

Congratulations on breaking into triple digits!

162johnsimpson
Lug 1, 4:01pm

Hi Lori my dear, congratulations on reaching 100 books read for the year. Sending love and hugs dear friend.

163thornton37814
Lug 1, 4:50pm

>161 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! I'm a little behind where I would like to be, but I have no doubt I'll hit 150 for the year. The question is whether I can make it a triple and hit 225 or even double the present and hit 200.

164thornton37814
Lug 1, 4:51pm

>162 johnsimpson: Thanks, John. I am way behind on threads again. Life is just too busy at the moment.

165johnsimpson
Lug 1, 4:53pm

>164 thornton37814:, Hi Lori my dear, it certainly is at the moment for me as well.

166thornton37814
Lug 1, 9:35pm

>165 johnsimpson: Glad I'm not alone!

167thornton37814
Lug 4, 7:27am



Book 101. Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan

Date Completed: 3 July 2021

Category: Bald Eagle (Mysteries with U.S. setting)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Diner owner Charlie (female) and newspaper reporter Chris (male) once again find themselves assisting Trooper in his investigations when a college age boy who came to help at an area fishery for the summer dies before ever getting his food at the diner. The local doctor/medical examiner discovers he died by gradual mercury poisoning. One college intern (a friend of the deceased) has not been seen for a few days, and his mother flies in from Wisconsin to track him down. I found it implausible Trooper would leave the area in the midst of a murder investigation, leaving much of the work to his unofficial deputies, rather than to his real one. In spite of that, I really enjoyed this installment. Charlie's parents are visiting friends in San Diego in this installment, and Charlie worries they'll move there. Charlie's extremely spoiled cat Benny shows his intelligence by drawing attention to things. I feel the characters are beginning to gel a little better, and Elkview makes a great mystery setting.

168connie53
Lug 5, 10:45am

Hi Lori, Sorry to have neglected your thread and others because of the situation with Peet. I hope to visit more frequently and see what you are reading.

169thornton37814
Lug 5, 8:36pm

>168 connie53: No problem. I'm having trouble visiting and keeping up with threads too.

170connie53
Lug 6, 6:19am

>156 thornton37814: I loved the Sandhamn Murders series when it was on TV. I have to search for the books now.

171thornton37814
Lug 6, 12:50pm

>170 connie53: I didn't know they were on TV. We just completed a group read of those over the last year and a half--every other month.

172thornton37814
Lug 6, 9:08pm



Book 102. The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel

Date Completed: 6 July 2021

Category: Sparrow (Religion & Spirituality)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Journalist Lee Strobel sets out to examine many of the attacks against the historicity and deity of Jesus Christ. He approaches scholars respected by both liberal and conservative scholars as he attempts to verify that Jesus was Whom He claimed to be. He looks at the Biblical narratives and other contemporary sources as he examines allegations involving the text, the resurrection, Christianity's origins, Messianic prophecies, and postmodern interpretations. This book is written in such a way that laypersons will understand it.

173thornton37814
Lug 6, 9:23pm



Book 103. Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany

Date Completed: 6 July 2021

Category: Bald Eagle (Mysteries with U.S. setting)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Lily runs an English tea room on her grandmother Rose's Cape Cod bed and breakfast property. When a sleazy property developer falls to his death on the inn's property, a veteran police detective wants to place the blame on Rose. A newer female detective with Boston roots realizes his laziness and sometimes works behind his back to help achieve a successful outcome. Many people wanted the man dead, and more suspects continue to be unearthed throughout the course of the book. Delany writes with a sophistication that satisfies older cozy lovers but with enough modernity to attract younger cozy fans. The romantic angle exists in this one as it does in many newer cozies, but the mystery is still the star of the book. I began the book in print, but a headache forced me to switch to the audio book after a few chapters. The narrator did a good job with it. I look forward to future installments.

174magicians_nephew
Lug 7, 9:29am

>172 thornton37814: the Historical Jesus is a hard bird to chase after - so few records, filtered through the Roman lens, and almost no real "contemporary sources"

People get up in my face sometimes about the "census" that brought the Holy Family back to Bethlehem, and how un-historical it sounds in the cold light of day.

Just sorry that this is an issue still to be debated. But putting context around what we do know is probably a good thing.

175thornton37814
Lug 7, 5:32pm

>174 magicians_nephew: There is plenty of evidence. I don't really want my thread to turn into an argument though. I'm reporting what I read and my own evaluation of it.

176thornton37814
Lug 8, 4:18pm



Book 104. The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger

Date Completed: 8 July 2021

Category: Hummingbird (Domestic Arts)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: Birthed in the late nineteenth century, home economics originally encompassed far more than cooking and sewing. The field's pioneering women such as Annie Dewey, the wife of Dewey Decimal system founder Melvil Dewey, Ellen Swallow Richards, and Margaret Murray Washington, wife of renowned Booker T. Washington, brought science to women through the new discipline. The field encompassed family life, consumer economics, and much more. The book covers the origins of the field up to World War II fairly well. Its spotty coverage after World War II is a weakness. Think of this as macro home economics. It looks more at the field as a whole than it does as the field was lived out in the experiences of those living in specific states and counties or taking a course at a specific school. It would be interesting to see how experiences differed for a person taking a home economics course in rural Mississippi from those of one taking a similar course in New York City or Boston. I suspect the courses were tailored very much toward the climate in the area. The women pioneers of the field saw home economics as a means of elevating the position of women. That began to turn on them as they encompassed disciplines men though kept women at home and out of the workforce. The field is now called Family and Consumer Science. The author outlines her ideas for bringing back home economics education--and she wants it to take back its old moniker. While the book was interesting, I was disappointed in its coverage of the last half of the twentieth century to the present.

177streamsong
Lug 9, 12:48pm

Waving hi.

>131 thornton37814: The Taste of Sugar sounds very eye-opening. I know very little about Puerto Rico's history or the sugar trade in Hawaii.

I didn't exactly give up on the Sandhamn mysteries. But our library group only had the first five and I decided that instead of purchasing them, I would keep my eye out for them in used book shops etc. Still finding them enjoyable and I will go on reading them as I find them.

178richardderus
Lug 9, 1:42pm

>176 thornton37814: That does sound very interesting indeed. What a subverted, or otherwise wasted, opportunity that field represents.

Happy weekend's reads!

179thornton37814
Lug 11, 6:51pm

>177 streamsong: I enjoyed The Taste of Sugar. I think I got most of the series discounted on Kindle. I think our library didn't have very many--at least in e-book or audiobook format (which was all that was available during the pandemic).

>178 richardderus: Richard, you would probably enjoy it. I think I'll probably donate my copy to the academic library where I work. I don't think it's one I want to hang onto. I could probably get trade value for it at the used bookstore, but I think it might reach more readers in our library.

180thornton37814
Lug 11, 7:17pm



Book 105. The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

Date Completed: 11 July 2021

Category: Puffin (Mysteries set in British Isles)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: On a snowy evening, Vera Stanhope finds an abandoned car with a baby inside it. She suspects the mother may have gone in search of help. She leaves a note on the dashboard along with her business card saying she took the baby. She realizes she's not far from the estate where distant family members lived and wondered if the mother may have gone there in search of help. As she is about to leave, a neighbor who went to pick up his daughters finds the body and alerts the household. Since Vera is present, she calls out her team and begins to investigate. Eventually another person goes missing. While I have not read all the books in the series, this one is my favorite of the ones read. I felt I got to know Vera and her team members Holly and Joe as well as most of the families and people linked together by the unfortunate circumstances. While I had my suspicions about the person who committed the deed, I had just enough doubt to keep it interesting to the end.

181Whisper1
Lug 12, 12:56am

Hi Lori. Congratulations on reading 105 books!

182magicians_nephew
Lug 12, 9:31am

We watch and like the Vera mystery TV show on Public Broadcasting ; don't think i realized they were based on a book series. Something to track down.

183thornton37814
Lug 12, 12:40pm

>181 Whisper1: Thanks, Linda.

>182 magicians_nephew: Yes. I'm sure you'll like the books. This last one was certainly enjoyable. It's the most recent one.

184connie53
Lug 13, 3:40am

>171 thornton37814: I think it's a Norwegian or Swedish series. Dutch TV broadcasts a lot of those and also British series are popular in the Netherlands.

185thornton37814
Lug 13, 7:17am

>184 connie53: Maybe I'll find them sometime.

186msf59
Lug 13, 7:28am

Morning, Lori! How are things going in TN? I see the books are treating you well. I am continuing to enjoy retirement. I can't believe this is my 11th month. Wow!

187thornton37814
Lug 14, 9:59pm

>186 msf59: I am looking forward to retirement. I hate it is so many years away. It's been a hot year in Tennessee, although not as hot as the Pacific Northwest during all that intense heat. I just don't like hot weather at all. 50s to 70s are ideal for me.

188thornton37814
Lug 16, 9:57pm



Book 106. Outsider by Linda Castillo

Date Completed: 16 July 2021

Category: Bald Eagle (Mysteries set in U.S.)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: Fleeing Columbus in a blizzard, Kate's former roommate and now corrupt vice squad policewoman Gina Colorosa finds herself taking refuge on an Amish farm near Painters Mill. A warrant exists for her arrest. Kate distrusts Gina but knows the possibility exists Gina's account could be true so she calls upon Tomasetti with the BCI to help investigate Gina's claims. Gina insists the men want her dead. Will Tomasetti be able to resolve it before the men find Gina endangering the lives of Kate, the Amish man hosting her, and his two children? I am not a huge fan of the thriller genre, and this definitely leans toward it, but this is an interesting case. The blizzard creates an edgy atmosphere.

189karenmarie
Lug 17, 9:01am

Hi Lori!

>188 thornton37814: I've read the first three of this series and have 4-9 and 11 on my shelves. Looks like I need 10 and 12. I like them alot, but can't read them one after another.

190thornton37814
Modificato: Lug 18, 10:32am

>189 karenmarie: They are pretty intense. I'll wait awhile. I think I've read the first two. This one was on our lease book shelf and will soon go back, so I decided to try to read it before it goes back. We keep one out of every five books, but it is usually either non-fiction or literary fiction that we keep.

191thornton37814
Lug 18, 10:32am



Book 107. The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon

Date Completed: 16 July 2021

Category: Peacock (Mysteries set outside U.S. and British Isles)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: A thirty-year-old woman remains trapped in the body of a seven-year-old girl following a tragic water incident some fifteen years earlier. Her grandmother asks Brunetti to investigate. Since things are slow at the Questura, he receive permission to look into the case from a magistrate. He and Griffoni meet barriers at almost every turn until a man linked to the case turns up dead. I loved this installment. We got to learn a lot more about Griffoni and Signorina Elettra's character is always wonderful.

192thornton37814
Lug 19, 6:26pm



Book 108. Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First by Lisa Whittle

Date Completed: 17 July 2021

Category: Sparrow (Religion & Spirituality)

Rating: 3 stars

Review: Author Lisa Whittle shows the importance of giving Jesus first place in your life while showing it isn't an easy thing to do using examples from her own life. While many women will gain much from the book, I think women younger than baby boomers (such as myself) would appreciate its writing style more.

193thornton37814
Lug 22, 5:20pm



Book 109. A Specter of Justice by Mark DeCastrique

Date Completed: 21 July 2021

Category: Bald Eagle (Mysteries with U.S. setting)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: A fund-raising event turns into a murder investigation when two of the actors meet their deaths. Taking place at Helen's Bridge, a ghost was supposed to appear under the bridge, but instead, it dangles from the top. Although a group of Japanese tourists was present and their photos were taken as evidence, only a local photo journalist frames the shot perfectly. Against his better judgment, he framed it that way because a woman in his company asked him to do so. A second corpse appears soon afterwards. Asheville attorney Hewitt Donaldson becomes the chief suspect, and he asks Sam and Nakayla to help gather evidence to exonerate him. Sam and Nakayla attend a church service and hob nob with the pastor and a few members to gain insights. A local bar plays a key role as well. While one police investigator is ready to let Hewitt go to jail for the murders, another thinks things are stacking up a little too conveniently and suspects someone is framing the attorney. Will Sam and Nakayla find the killer(s) and exonerate Hewitt? They determine it may be linked to an old case, so they begin seeking connections from the various persons involved to that case. This book provides plenty of red herrings to make it enjoyable, even though I suspected the solution fairly early. There's just enough humor thrown in to make it fun. With a location about an hour and half's drive from my home, I really enjoy this series for the atmosphere. The strong character development adds to the enjoyability. I listened to the audio version and found it enjoyable.

194thornton37814
Modificato: Lug 22, 6:08pm



Book 110. Is God Speaking to Me?: How to Discern His Voice and Direction by Lysa TerKeurst

Date Completed: 21 July 2021

Category: Sparrow (Religion and Spirituality)

Rating: 4 stars

Review: I enjoyed this short Christian book that provided some great encouragement for Christians. I placed her daily prayer on a card so I too may pray this prayer: "God, I want to see You. God, I want to hear You. God, I want to know You. God, I want to follow You. And even before I know what I will face today, I say yes to You."

195connie53
Lug 24, 2:11pm

Hi Lori, trying to catch up on threads. I've been away from LT because of Peets surgery and things that happened after that.

I love the books by Linda Castillo. The Dutch publisher seems to have stopped translating after Kate Burkholder 3. So I fear this one will not be translated.

196thornton37814
Lug 25, 7:05am

>195 connie53: I'm sorry, Connie. I wish I could help you with a Dutch translation. Have you tried reading them in English? You obviously have some English language skills, so it seems you might be able to read them with minimal assistance from a dictionary. Of course, that might be more "work" than you want for your recreational reading.

197magicians_nephew
Ieri, 11:25am

>191 thornton37814: Have not really gotten into the Commissinario Brunetti books, though Judy likes them, but this one seems to have a lot going for it - added to the wish list

198richardderus
Ieri, 11:51am

>193 thornton37814: The series holds up, good! I've still got Blackman's Coffin on my TBR thanks to your pleasure in the series. As you're reading book 5 of 8, and still giving it good ratings, I'll bump it a bit higher.

Good week's reads ahead!

199thornton37814
Ieri, 6:14pm

>197 magicians_nephew: It took me a little bit to get into them, but I love the series. I wish the corruption were a bit less rampant so justice was served more often, but it may be realistic.

>198 richardderus: I love the series. Of course, it's somewhat local for me--just across the mountain--so I really love the setting too.

200thornton37814
Oggi, 9:24am



Book 111. The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

Date Completed: 26 July 2021

Category: Goldfinch (Historical Fiction)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: In the 1910s, Jack Lyon and his family reside in an apartment in the newly built New York Public Library as a benefit to his position as building superintendent. His wife Laura dreams of becoming a journalist and finds a way to attend Columbia's journalism school. When valuable books go missing, suspicion falls to Jack since he is one of a handful of persons with access to the rare books. In 1993, their granddaughter Sadie becomes the temporary curator of the valuable Berg Collection. Once again valuable books go missing, and suspicion falls to Sadie. Sadie must learn the truth behind the thefts of the past and present and find a connection if there is one. While I enjoyed the book overall, I felt some nonessential elements were added to the plot to fit what seems to be a current publishing agenda.