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EtiquetesFiction (158), Non-fiction (149), 2020 75-Book Challenge (139), Murder mystery (134), Fantasy (117), Historical fiction (109), 2019 75-challenge (107), 2021 Reading (100), Magical Adventure (87), Strong Female lead (62) — mostra totes les etiquetes

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Retired from research and embracing all the pursuits that took a backseat to the Daily Grind. Thus, reading for pure pleasure ~~

* Fiction ~ mysteries, fantasy, historical fiction
* Non-fiction ~ Biographies, memoirs, intrepid female explorers in the 1800's - early 1900's
* Literary fiction ~ Penelope Lively, Anne Tyler, Anita Brookner are favourites.

Occasionally I receive advance book copies from NetGallery ~~

My Talk history in the 75-Book Challenge Group:
2019 Talk:
Reading total, 109 in 2019.

2020 Talk: starts here. And the last thread is here.
Reading total, 142 in 2020.

2021 Talk:
2021#1, 2021#2, 2021#3, 2021#4, 2021#5
Reading total, 101 in 2021

2022: An LT TALK sabbatical ~ the action is all here this year!

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Bookshelf philosophy:
* Keep only that which I will re-read or use for reference
* Buy the book only if I adore it and know I will re-read it many times.

Interpreting my star ratings: remember, this is a personal evaluation based solely on what I enjoyed (plotting, creative writing, technically sound construction)

~ or less ~ Life is too short to finish this one

~ Engaging and readable, although flawed workmanship.

~ Enjoyably readable. Solid workmanship, though unimpressed with aspects of plotline & 'reveals'.

~ Very good. Flashes of brilliance (engaging content, characters, plausible themes). Recommended.

~ Highly recommended, for engagement and thoroughly well-done construction.

~ an inspired work; compelling reading (wholly drawn into the narrative in all its aspects).

Books on the "next" pile
Swamplands:Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat (Edward Struzik)

Plus, Something I'm keeping in mind.

Record of authors/titles read and rated in 2022
All books are reviewed and can be found in the Your Library link.

1. Georgette Heyer ~ Black Sheep ~ (re-read; better than remembered)
2. Georgette Heyer ~ Devil's Cub ~ (re-read)
3. Abir Mukherjee ~ A Rising Man ~ (meh plotting)
4. Patricia Wrede ~ Snow White and Rose Red ~ (re-read, still 5*)
5. Ann Cleeves ~ The Heron's Cry ~ (bumbling action; muddled intrigue)
6. Abir Mukherjee ~ A Necessary Evil ~ (enjoyable even tho' a rushed dénouement)
7. Martin Walker ~ The Dark Vineyard ~ (comfortably-engaging; great characters and atmosphere)
8. Martin Walker ~ Black Diamond ~ (complex plot; mild suspense; surprising twists; new characters)
9. Jenny Colgan ~ The Christmas Bookshop ~ (brilliant storyline; engaging, complex characters)
10. Sujata Massey ~ The Widows of Malabar Hill ~ (irrelevant backstory marred flow; confused plot)
11. Geraldine Brooks ~ People of the book ~ (disruptive plotting structure; fizzled dénouement)
12. Jenn Granneman ~ The Secret Lives of Introverts ~ (excellent; identifies innate temperaments)
13. John Harwood ~ The Ghost Writer ~ (gothic weirdness; disruptive sidestories; confused plot)

14. Will McCallum ~ How to Give Up Plastic ~ (Eco-activism; lay science reporting; unrealistic "no-plastic" tropes)
15. Paige Gilchrist ~ Handcrafted Cards ~ (scant on details for the more complex designs; good ideas)
16. Martin Walker ~ The Crowded Grave ~ (suspenseful, complex mystery; great twists and reveals)
17. Martin Walker ~ The Resistance Man ~ (distracting side stories; good mystery, suspense)
18. Sarah MacLaughlin ~ Raising Humans with Heart ~ (non-punitive parenting; insightful tips)
19. Iain Pears ~ Arcadia ~ (dystopian; time-travel)
20. Martin Walker ~ The Devil's Cave ~ (ho-hum in places; suspenseful mystery)
21. Susan Juby ~ Mindful of Murder ~ (excellent mystery-plotting; engaging characterizations)
22. Lauren Layne ~ Passion on Park Avenue ~ (fun chick lit; well-crafted characterizations)
23. Martin Walker ~ The Patriarch ~ (poor plotting, character development, unsatisfactory dénouement)
24. Lauren Layne ~ Marriage on Madison Avenue ~ (Amy's perspective of events in Naomi's book)
25. Martin Walker ~ Fatal Pursuit ~ (Engaging characters and plot; interesting French history)
26. Peter Bridgford ~ Halfway to Schist ~ (tediously slow; 2-D characters; backwoods trope)
27. Lucy Foley ~ The Paris Apartment ~ (choppy perspective switches; poor character development)
28. Holly Black ~ The Darkest Part of the Forest ~ (tediously written, repetitive, slow)
29. Martin Walker ~ The Children Return ~ (Stale character development; repetitive plot tropes; an OK 'cosy')
30. Allison Montclair ~ The Right Sort of Man ~ (a re-read from 2020; same opinion with more tolerance)
31. Dorothy Gilman ~ The Clairvoyant Countess ~ ~ (fave re-read)
32. Andrea Carter ~ Death at Whitewater Church ~ (well-ploted; strong characterizations)
33. Martin Walker ~ The Templars' Last Secret ~ (contrived mystery; implausible scenarios with jihadis)

34. Andrea Carter ~ Treacherous Strand ~ (contrived plot; too many side stories)

35. Marie Benedict ~ The Personal Librarian ~ (tedious and dismal)

36. Sebastien De Castell ~ Spellslinger ~ (imaginative with flaws)









The 2022 DNF graveyard
1. Cue for Treason (skimmed; dated writing style too often losing focus)
2. The Bookshop on the Corner (Jenny Colgan)(couldn't stand the dithery MC, Nina)
3. The Darkest Part of the Forest (Holly Black)(boring Urban fantasy invoking faerie)
4. Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon (Lesley Adkins) (bombastic, mind-numbingly detailed)
5. <i>In Praise of Shadows</i> (Jun'ichirō Tanizaki) (opening chapter engaging; the rest too architecturally obscure)

Grups75 Books Challenge for 2019, 75 Books Challenge for 2020, 75 Books Challenge for 2021, 75 Books Challenge for 2022, Book Recommendations Requests

Autors preferitsSusan Cooper, Terry Fallis, John Grisham, Georgette Heyer, Tony Hillerman, Diana Wynne Jones, Penelope Lively, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, Susin Nielsen, Tamora Pierce, Sharon Shinn, Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Preferits compartits)


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Membre des deApr 24, 2017

Llegint actualmentThe Tenth Muse de Catherine Chung
The Last Princess de Shelley Wilson
When Blood Lies de C. S. Harris

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