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Subject: September --- Let's talk about our books
Date Posted: 9/1/2012 9:38 AM ET
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WOW a new month.  This year has certainly flown by for me.  Hope everyone has a nice Holiday weekend.

Marla --- I love your attitude about the car breakdown (see August thread).  Just give your husband a little smack "up side of the head" as we say in Oklahoma and tell him to enjoy the day (hee hee)!!!

Date Posted: 9/1/2012 9:51 AM ET
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Wow September already!

Looking forward to the long weekend and more reading time for me. I'm starting this month off  with Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben.

Looking forward to this book it's been sitting in my pile for ages.

Happy reading everyone

Tammy

Date Posted: 9/1/2012 10:44 AM ET
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Yay, we're now heading into my favorite time of year...autumn! It's still quite hot here in Minneapolis--going to postpone our trip to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival til next Saturday or the one after...I tend to turn into a lobster with sun exposure and it's supposed to be near 90 again today...no thanks!

Currently reading 3 books (as usual, one in each format I use)

Audio: Just starting An Evil Eye by Jason Goodwin, #4 Yashim the Eunuch historical mystery--the last one in the series to date, so am being a good girl and 'catching up' with another series. :)

Kindle: The Stolen Voice by Pat McIntosh, #6 Gil Cunningham historical mystery.

Print: Bamboo & Blood by James Church, #3 Inspector O foreign mystery (set in North Korea)

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 9/1/2012 4:38 PM ET
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I finished a new cozy Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson. it was okay. Seemed to lack something. Maybe just followed the cozy formula too much. Oh well.

Alice

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Date Posted: 9/2/2012 7:49 AM ET
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Last night I started

 
I like both her library series and and cupcake series. She is one of those authors I know I can always pick up her new book and will like it. Every book she grows her characters and expands the world they live in. 
 
Alice
Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/2/2012 9:45 AM ET
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I finished off Getting Old Can Kill You the seventh Gladdy Gold by Rita Lakin.  When I started reading it I wasn't thrilled and thought this would most likely be the last of the series I read.  When I picked it up the finish (or not) I was right there in Lanai Garden with Gladdy and the girls.  A little chuckle here and tear there and a happy smile at the end looking forward to the next. 

I'm reading Dutch Me Deadly by Maddy Hunter for my car book.  Like Gladdy I can't quite get into the swing of it yet.  But thrilled to know there's another book Bonnie of Evidence coming out in February.

I also have my monthly injection of Jan Burke, Kidnapped.  One more after this and I'll be caught up with the series!

I also have A Dog About Town by J. F. Englert the first in a small three book series, last one written in 2009. 

No Cheryl, you won't like it because Randolph (the dog) is sentient and he's the narrator of the book.  So far he has more sense than any human in the book.

Do any of you have a suggestion of how to keep track of favorite authors?  The only reason I found the Gladdy Gold book was Cheryl mentioning that she was reading one of them and I thought I'd see if there was anything new.  Other times someone has mentioned an author and when I checked I found that I had "missed" two or three books.  I did that with Marcia Muller recently.  I know I have some others that I don't want to lose track of.  Before PBS I did have a list and was right on top of things.  Since PBS I discontinued the list and in the meantime had a major computer problem causing me to lose a lot of information and that included my "library" of almost 4000 book titles with absolutely no way of duplicating it.

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Date Posted: 9/2/2012 3:48 PM ET
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The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney Great book! It is set among the secrets and myths of the Romany. And not the Rep. Romany!!!!!!!
Date Posted: 9/2/2012 5:02 PM ET
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Mary --- That looks like a good one.  Did you read her first book, "The Tenderness of Wolves" ??  It was an award winner.  I did put "The Invisible Ones" on my wishlist.

Geri --- I have been trying to think of some good system for you and your favorite authors.  We use something called "Outlook" for our e-mail and such and it has a calendar that allows you to put things on the calendar with a reminder.  I was thinking that you could put certain authors on days of the months and then when the reminder popped up you could check to see if they had new books.  Also some authors have web sites where you can sign up for updates, such as new books, etc.  Basically I cannot think of anything reallly wonderful or really easy.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/2/2012 5:42 PM ET
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Becky, that's my problem, I can't think of anything simple to track favorites.  Even the system I was using wasn't that easy but without PBS it worked for me.  A bit cumbersome but worked.

I did think that when I read an author I like to make a note of the name and then check Amazon, Fantastic Fiction and author sites for updates.  I was looking for one today and found her on Fantastic Fiction and supposedly was going to have a new book out in February of this year.  Nope.  I couldn't find it anywhere else!

Today I started a list and I'm making notes on upcoming releases so I can wish list!.  Maybe that's all I need to do.

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 9/2/2012 5:48 PM ET
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Becky, Yes I read Tender of Wolves. Have you? It was good, as well. I find the gypsy's stories/history interesting in this latest nook by Penney.
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Date Posted: 9/2/2012 5:52 PM ET
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Geri, I use SYKM for lists. It gives books in order & seperated into series. No tracking personal reads, though.
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Date Posted: 9/2/2012 6:02 PM ET
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Mary, I should have mentioned that I discovered that aspect of SYKM today.  Oh my!   cheeky

Date Posted: 9/2/2012 7:46 PM ET
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Starting Simon Beckett's Written in Bone. Of course halfprice books is having a 20% off everything in the store and I ran down to NWY Hwy and came out with 20.00 worth of awesome reads...which my tbr didn't need, but I didn't let that stop my OCD in the least. :-)

Date Posted: 9/2/2012 11:30 PM ET
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I have a multi-method tracking system. LOL

To keep track of what I have already read and my review (or, these days, more like just a letter grade) I have an online book blog. It's not chatty--that's all I do is keep track of what I've read. The reason I leave it online now is that I used to have it on my hard drive only, but once had a hard drive crash and couldn't recover my info...lost about 3 years' worth of reviews! 'nuff said.

I then have a printed Word document with a list of all the series I'm currently reading. Yeah...it's massive. LOL I have the series name, author name, and then under that list the next three or four books coming up in the series. (For the really long ones, I don't list them all, otherwise it would be twice as massive as it already is!) Next to the title, I indicate the # in the series that it is, whether I have the book in my house, and if not, the status: wishlisted, reminder list, library list and format, etc. I use Fantastic Fiction, SYKM, Fict Fact, my library's website and occasionally author newsletters/websites to keep that up to date. I print a hard copy of it about every 6 months, and use that to update as I go along--crossing out books I've read, Xing out series that I have given up, and scribbling new series I've started and liked in the margins. The last page is a list of new-to-me authors/series that I have here in the house waiting...and also notes on books/authors mentioned here by you guys. It is cumbersome in some ways, although once I got it all set up, it's easy to maintain and it works for me...I'm not a database and spreadsheet kind of person. :)

Ah, and speaking of Marcia Muller, I am about to start Sharon McCone mystery #5, Leave a Message for Willie.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/3/2012 1:31 AM ET
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My system is a bit cumbersome...I print out a sheet(s) of an author's books (from SYKM or other sites) and then alphabetize them in a (large) notebook.  I cross out those I have, mark them as read, indicate what is on my WL, etc.  Then add to them as I discover new books.   It's not terribly efficient and probably should put them all on the computer, but haven't gotten around to that yet.

If you want to just have fun with a mystery, read The Pigeon Pie Murder/Julia Stuart...it is a hoot!!  Set in the 1890s in England, a marajah's daughter discovers, on her father's death, that she is penniless.  Has lived in England all her life (her mother was English), she is granted a grace and favor house in Hampden Court Palace.  Yes, the retired general (isn't there always one in Brit village mysteries?)  dies after eating a pigeon pie...won't reveal any more.  You get all of the kooky characters the Brits do so well...other residents, the staff, townspeople.  It is simply great fun!  (If you read The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise...also by her...you will have some idea of the style).

From that, read The Broken Circle/Shirley Wells...the 4th Jill Kennedy/DCI Max Trentham mystery.  Still enjoying this series.  A 5th one came out this year.  And, have almost finished Relics/Mary Anna Evans...the 2nd of her archeological mysteries.  Another good series.



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Date Posted: 9/3/2012 7:46 AM ET
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THANKS A HEAP for the tip on Julia Stuart, Marla...sheesh...another to add to the list. :=P

And...I knew it! Had a notice this morning that my library request for the audio of The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall (Vish Puri #3) came available, so will listen to that before the Marcia Muller book mentioned above. And I noticed I'm also nearly to the top on the list for The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny as well, so that may also do a leapfrog over poor old Marcia. LOL That's the joy of using the library...you wait your turn and when it's available, you read it or you pass. But that's okay. :)

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 9/3/2012 12:13 PM ET
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I have The Pigeon Pie Murder/Julia Stuart here with my TBR books. I will have to move it to the top.

I finally found some reading time...grandsons and their mom and dad have a 4 day weekend so I got a little break too. I finished Legacy of the Dead/Charles Todd and can't wait for the next one. I usually space series books out, but I just can't do it. I requested it from the library as soon as I finished this one. 

Also finished Instruments of Drakness/Imogene Robertson and I am intrigued by Crowther and Harriet. I will definitely read the next in the series.

Now I'm about halfway through Dead Scared/S.J. Bolton and will most likely finish tonight. That leaves One Was a Soldier/Julia Spencer Fleming to finish and I will have wrapped up all books that I had begun this week.

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Date Posted: 9/3/2012 12:13 PM ET
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Oh yes, you'll like Julia Stuart Cheryl!   I've read The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise...and now have to add Pigeon Pie to my Kindle since I donwanna wait!

I think I'll have to restore my old system of keeping track which is a combination of Cheryl's and Marla's systems.  

I can update to current status, slowly but better than missing something!

Date Posted: 9/3/2012 12:33 PM ET
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Marla --- Just great "another series"!!!  Put both books on my wishlist!!!!  May also look into them at the library as well. 

Cheryl --- A good idea to have your book lists out there in the netherworld in case of computer death.  Had not thought of that prior to hearing that both you and Geri have lost part of your lives to such events.

I am still reading "What Remains of Heaven" and enjoying this installment of the adverntures of Sebastian St. Cyr.  Rainy day today, so perhaps I will get a good bit of reading in.

Date Posted: 9/3/2012 3:24 PM ET
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Becky...The Julia Stuart books are not part of a series.  They are both stand-alones.  I got both of them from the library.  They are just pure fun!!!  (And, I DO NOT want to hear about your rainy day!! LOL  We have not had any rain since July!  Exept for the 2-1/2 minutes of rain last night when a cloud went over!!!)

Date Posted: 9/3/2012 5:24 PM ET
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Marla --- Actually what I read is that the second book she wrote, "Something something Zoo" was the first book of the series.  "The Pigeon Pie Murder" evidently has the same characters????  Anyway, I read that perhaps on Fantastic Fiction ---- but you know they could be wrong!!!  Since you have actually read the books, you certainly should know!!!

Well, I sat here all day reading and actually finished "What Remains of Heaven".  Mostly I do not read series books in order, but I may read the next one of these, as I feel very "hanging in the air"!!!  So I just do not know what will be next right this minute.

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 1:11 AM ET
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Becky...The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise...contemporary setting... has nothing to do with The Pigeon Pie Murder...which  is set in the late 1890s with a totally different cast of characters.  It is possible that she intends to turn the Tower/Zoo/Tortoise into a series...which would  great.



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Date Posted: 9/4/2012 2:50 AM ET
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Don't you just hate when you've typed a long post and then somehow hit the back button (or something equally stupid) on your browser and lose the whole post?!  Just happened to me--argh!!

Here we go again...

Regarding tracking books, I have a system very similar to Cheryl's.  I keep a list in an Excel file with columns for Title, Author, Series, Position in Series, finished date, my rating, type (paper book, e-book, audiobook), and comments.  I have a dropbox account and keep a copy of the list there--that way I can access it from my home computer, my work computer, and my iPad.  I also use fictfact.com to track my position in a series--love that site, and frequently print off lists of series from stopyourekillingme.com and fantasicfiction.com.  I cross off books I've read on the printouts and make notes about whether I own or need to buy books I haven't read yet.

As far as reading goes--

I finished "Wolf in the Shadows" by Marcia Muller and "Rutland Place" by Anne Perry.  Both good reads.

I also read "Love You More" by Lisa Gardner--the fifth in her D.D. Warren series.  Talk about a book that kept me guessing!  Just when I think I had everything figured out, Gardner would throw an unexpected curve into the story line.  Definitely recommend this book!

Just finished "The Janus Stone" by Elly Griffiths--the second in her Ruth Galloway series.  Good read, but I do agree with Cheryl's (I think it was Cheryl) earlier comment--enough about Ruth's obsession with her weight already! LOL

Finished "Innocence" by David Hosp in audio-narrated by George Guidall.  It's the second book in Hosp's Scott Finn series.  I liked the book, and as usual really enjoyed Guidall's narration.  Only one quibble--for some reason, Hosp decided that Finn's assistant Lissa needed to use the "f-word" in almost every sentence she spoke.  I don't mind some profanity in books--but this really was over the top.  I'm not sure but listening rather than reading might have made it more bothersome.  As I said, aside from that I did like the story and will read (listen to) the next in series-"Among Thieves".

Currently reading "Shadow Dancer" by Margaret Coel-the eighth in her Wind River Mystery series.  I'm about 1/3 of the way into the book--and so far I'm enjoying it as much as I have all the previous books in the series.

I'll also probably be starting "Murder at Waverly Place" by Victoria Thompson--the eleventh in her Sara Brandt series.  This continues to be one of my favorite series--and I'm trying to space my reading of these books so I don't run out of them, but it's pretty hard for me to not pick up the next one in the series!

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 10:09 AM ET
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Loved Written in Bone...very well written and I didn't see the ending coming at all.

Date Posted: 9/4/2012 10:47 AM ET
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Keri--I love Simon Beckett's books! I have his latest "The Calling of the Grave" sitting on my TBR pile. I need to move it closer to the top of the pile!
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