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Subject: 2012 (WOW!) January and what are you reading?
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 8:51 AM ET
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I've started off the new year with what I hope is acceptable for the new challenge - Shamini Flint's Inspector Singh: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder. I'm about 1/3 of the way through it and I'm really, really enjoying it!



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Date Posted: 1/1/2012 10:14 AM ET
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I grabbed Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton last night after wishing my husband and son a Happy New Year and read for about a half an hour before packing it in.  I suppose I could use this one for the travel bonus in the challenge... :)

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 11:17 AM ET
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Happy New Year!!!!

Right now I have just started a mystery by Arthur Upfield about his aboriginal detective Napoleon Bonaparte.  Titled "The Sands of Windee".

Our New Year good news is that my granddaughter India is coming home from the hospital today.  She has done superbly with this second back surgery.  Thank you all for positive thoughts and prayers.

WOW Jeanne --- were you not the early bird girl today????

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:42 PM ET
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Happy and HEALTHY New Years wishes to all..............and Becky, that is great news............Reading "Harrowing Hats" by Joyce and Jim Lavene....will fit it in somewhere (in the travel bonus I think....South Carolina.....)

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 12:54 PM ET
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Happy New Year everyone! Hard to believe another year is gone! I finished "Mercedes Coffin" by Faye Kellerman. It was an okay book--the 17th in her Peter Decker series. It held my interest okay, but nothing stellar. I'd recommend reading it only if you're like me...in the middle of a series and feel like you. Must read every book in the series.

I also finished "Murder in Little Italy" by Victoria Thompson. Enjoyed this one as much or more than the previous ones in her Sarah Brandt series.

Now I'm reading "No Rest for the Dead". An interesting concept--a mystery written by 26 different mystery writers. Looking at the list of authors, I've actually read books by half of the authors. I'm hoping this'll give some exposure to authors I haven't read yet--not that I need anything else to add to my TBR pile! This book can also count as my "dead" book for the challenge.

I also started "A League of Frightened Men" by Rex Stout.  I could make use this as the second in a series book in the challenge, but think I'll stiick with my original choice of " A Superior Death" by Nevada Barr.  I read "Track of the Cat" quite a few years ago and enjoyed it, but have just not gotten back to this series.

Becky--so glad to hear India is doing so well!!



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Date Posted: 1/1/2012 1:29 PM ET
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Becky - that is truly great news and what a wonderful way to start the new year!heart

Early bird??? Just because I woke up at 2:30 AM and couldn't get back to sleep? Ah, the Golden Years!wink

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 2:41 PM ET
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Great news about your granddaughter, Becky!

I started off listening to the third Simon Serrailler mystery, The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill. The reader is very good and I'm enjoying it so far. On my Kindle, I'm about a quarter of the way through Devil's Peak by Deon Meyer.  In print I'm reading A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell (#3 Hannah Vogel mystery) and Murder on Lexington Avenue by Victoria Thompson for my bedtime read.

Finished the most recent Dr. Siri book last evening--it was GREAT as usual, and a spectacular way to end the old reading year!

Just an FYI--I currently have my account on vacation hold and my entire wishlist on hold as well as we are making our move to the smaller apartment on Jan. 31--will resume regular business in mid-February. I'm currently in the process of seeing just what I have left on my TBR after all my culling. I may be absent quite a lot between now and then and when I'm reading it'll be mostly audio books I think, as I pack and clean and can listen at the same time. I'll try to pop in occasionally, though!

CHeryl

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 4:06 PM ET
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I just finished Holiday Grind (Coffee House book 8) by Cleo Coyle and started Sentenced to Death (A Booktown Mystery, I believe it's #4?) by Lorna Barrett.  I anticipate finishing it today, tomorrow at the latest and next up is Philip Craig's Vineyard Chill.  Happy New Year to everyone!

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 7:19 PM ET
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Happy New Year to all! I just started Steve Hamilton's Winter of the Wolf Moon. Becky glad all went well. Cheryl don't be a stranger. ;-) I wish I was moving too.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 8:40 PM ET
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Happy New Year to all.

I finished Living Proof by John Harvey.  I like this Charlie Resnick series set in Nottingham, England.  Charlie is a low key, sandwich loving, police inspector. I also finished Property of Blood by Magdalen Nabb. This Marshall Guarnacci story set in Florence was one of her better ones.  A Contessa is kidnapped and the story of her captivity is intertwined with the police search. 

Completed Three Day Town (Judge Deborah Knott, Bk 17) by Margaret Maron.  I particularly enjoyed this story because it brought back Sigrid Harald from one of her earlier series.  It was good to "catch up" with Sigrid.

Now I have started The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman.  Next up is A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny.  Both of these have been on my WL forever.

Susan

 



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Date Posted: 1/1/2012 9:50 PM ET
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Today I finished A Watery Grave by Joan Druett for Jeanne's Historical mystery challenge. Overall a very good read. My only problem where all the nautical turns.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 6:42 AM ET
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Finished off the Mudbug "Ghost in Law" series and the stand alone Rumble in the Bayou by Jana DeLeon, my non-mystery The Baseball Codes which has been my "bed book," Hexes and Hemlines (Witchcraft, Bk 3) by Juliet Blackwell, am about 6 pages from finishing Dead Bolt (Haunted Home Renovation Bk 2), also by Juliet Blackwell, and All Shall be Well (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James, Bk 2) by Deborah Crombie and have ordered Bk 3 FIFO which turned out to be from our own Becky!  Obviouly, my New Year's wasn't filled with fun and activities, lol!

Incidently, Becky, that's wonderful news about your granddaughter, and certainly begins the New Year on a great note for your family!

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 7:44 AM ET
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Alice - I never thought about the nautical terms being a problem in that book - sorry! Having sailed myself for a number of years, it never occurs to me to warn people about things like that. frown

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Date Posted: 1/2/2012 7:49 AM ET
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It wasn't awful but a glossary of terms would have helped.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 8:23 AM ET
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I'm halfway through Dark Fire by C.J Sansom, which will fit the "Read the second book in a series" slot for the Mystery Challenge and something for the HF mystery challenge, as well ( I hope)
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Date Posted: 1/2/2012 11:42 AM ET
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2012 is starting off as a good reading year for me. A book a day so far.

Jan 1: Must Love Lycans by Michelle Bardsley ( actually started the 31st but finished shortly after midnight). And Getting Away is Deadly by Sara Rosett.

Now...what to read...I have the next Stephen Booth, The Dead Place and Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn. Which to read...which to read...

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Date Posted: 1/2/2012 5:20 PM ET
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Wow, great news about India Becky!

We've all gotten off to good starts this year.  I've been reading up a storm.  The books that I've read weren't long and involved so I was able to zip through three of the six I started!  I must be forgiven for that because one of them (Death Waits for You by Donna Anders) scared me so much I had to put it down.  The  last time I read a book that scared me was a Stephen King!  Then I started Town in a Blueberry Jam by B B Haywood for the Challenge and I'm about halfway through it.  I have Hornet Flight by Ken Follett a WWII thriller rather than a mystery - spies and terroriests in Denmark and London.  I thought it would fit the Challenge and it doesn't so I switched to another.  It's over 500 pages so I read and put it down for a bit read something else and then back to it.

I finished The Desert Hedge Murders by Patricia Stoltey (book #2 in a series), Telltale Turtle: A Pet Psychic Mystery by J & J Lavene (bonus #1 - southeast) and Ghoul Interrupted (Ghost Hunter, Bk 6) by Victoria Laurie (bonus #1 Desert Southwest).  These are the three I zipped through.  I read until 3 inthe morning!

At the moment I only have three going so I'm making an effort to not have a ton of books started and sitting in a pile!  Really I am!

I'm cleaning up my actual bookshelves and adding books that I thought I had on my TBR and didn't.  crying

I think I'm gonna end up with 400 on my TBR!!!  Sheesh and I was patting myself onthe back because I had gotten the number down.  Then eight books for Christmas and mom found a box of books that I had put aside when we were cleaning the house... ah well... So Many Books, So Little Time.     

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 8:52 PM ET
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Jodi --- I have not printed my mailing label yet, as we were on the road all day today coming home from Vermont.  So happy my little book is coming your way!!!  I will try to get it out tomorrow.

We are off next Saturday to Florida and then we leave on Sunday on a one-week cruise in the Caribbean.  We were not going to take any trips this year just to economize for 12 months --- BUT, we found this cruise on sale and we are even taking an inside cabin to save money.  We have cruised before, but always with a window or balcony so this is going to be interesting.  There are so many "common areas" on the ship, including the beautiful library, that we think it will work out great. 

The upshot of that whole boat story is that I should have LOADS of time to read and get a good start on my Challenge!!

Just now I am about half way thru "The Sands of Windee" by Arthur Upfield.  Have any of you read him???  The main character is an Australian aboriginal police detective named Napoleon Bonaparte.  This particular book was written in 1931.  They are extremely well written books.  Upfield was a Brit who went to Australia in the military service and ended up staying.  Given the time they were authored, they certainly cannot be considered to be politically correct in 2012, but it is very interesting to me to get the sense of how lives were lived in the "bush" in the 1930s.  However, if you are a person who takes issue with what was "correct" then being so radically different than today, I would not recommend that you read these books.

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 9:02 PM ET
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Becky - I think you will find that several of us have read "Bony" and love those books!

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 10:55 PM ET
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Jeanne --- You just never know these days.  Some people seem to want to re-write history rather than to learn from it!!!  A very dear friend of mine is Australian.  She lived in Texas for almost 30 years and then about 8 years ago, upon her retirement, she and her Texan husband moved back.  So these books have a special spot for me because of having visited there a few times.  Just as in America, there are still some folks over there who continue to be prejudiced against the people of color.  I suppose in all cultures some things never change.

Date Posted: 1/3/2012 3:20 AM ET
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Hello all! Pretty new (returning) here at PBS and have intro'd in several spots, including grabbed myself a challenge spot here. Looking forward to getting to know you all!

 

My goodness, it's only the third and I already feel so behind on the reading! LOL! My goal is a book a week this year, and I have two books going already that I need to finish up. One is a nonfic Christian book and the other a YA Christian historical fiction. And even though I've got quite a list going for the classics, Christian, and this mystery list (plus a fantasy list that I haven't filled in AT ALL yet) I can't decide what to read first!!

Top priority for the mysteries is the James Patterson books, Women's Murder club> I have the first 4. Not sure where I'll count them all. LOL

 

I think I may start with some of the classics this year. :) Been wanting to do those for a while now. My goals break down into basically 1 classic, 1 Chrsitian, 1 mystery, and 2 fantasy books per month. WHich is more than a book a week, but I'm betting some of my fantasy stuff will count twice somewhere else (like classics) if I try hard enough. ;-)

Date Posted: 1/3/2012 5:50 AM ET
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I started and finished Heat Rises by Richard Castle last night. Not sure what will be up next, I do have a couple Arthur Upfield books on my TBR so it's nice to know they'd fit the challenge and might be a possibility, or Explosive Eighteen by Evanovich, or Jade for a Lady by M.E. Chaber, I need to get my challenge cruising early! I will be starting a non-mystery, Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan which was on my TBR and also recommended to me...unfortunately, it's time. :-(

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Date Posted: 1/3/2012 7:33 AM ET
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I settled on Stephen Booth's The Dead Place as my next book and read well into the night. I'm loving Ben Cooper as usual.

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Date Posted: 1/3/2012 3:10 PM ET
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Jodi, I had some laughs readin Explosive Eighteen.  Certainly not as good as the first but better than the middle books.  There were a couple of places where I laughed out loud.  Just a helping hand. cheeky

I finished Death Waits for You by Donna Anders.  Once I got past the part that scared me so much (the very beginning) it was predictible!  I knew who was gonna save her and who the bad guy was and, and... meh disappointing.

Since I finished it I was getting ready to put one of my challenge books on the shelf and decided to read it and get it out of the way.  It's the Goin' Native category.  I'm figuring an Indian tribe somewhere out west.  Nope, this is an Indian tribe that lives on an island in the Atlantic!    (Heyoka Blood by Hewitt Schlereth).  So far so good I may finish it tonight.  It's not a large book so it really won't take long to read.



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Date Posted: 1/3/2012 6:16 PM ET
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Well now that we are home guess what was waiting for me???  Yes, "Think of a Number"!!!  I made a bit of headway before I nodded off to sleep.  Today I did read a few pages of my Upfield book as well.  It actually will count for the Challenge.  Otherwise doing all the normal "catch-up" stuff one has to do after being away from home for a while!!!

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