Monthly Archives: December 2016

Year in Review – 2016

I read 172  books read as of December 31, 2016.  My monthly totals ranged between a high of 21 in April to a low of 4 in  July.  Of the total 26 (15%) were nonfiction and 44 (25%) were by women authors and … Continue reading

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Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison

** Note – this is NOT a Christmas Holiday book!  This is a “Father Christmas” book because the protagonist is named Tom Christmas and he is a priest with the Anglican church.  The month is May or something – springtime.   It … Continue reading

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Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

I read quite most of the Agatha Christie’s mysteries back in my early 20s, but I guess I must have missed a few.  So as I was browsing for Christmas books this year I discovered it at Audible,  checked that … Continue reading

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The One Man by Andrew Gross

An engrossing novel of WWII heroics aimed at saving a certain man from the death chambers of Auschwitz.  The US wants him so bad it’s willing to kidnap him out of that horror actually,  because he has information vital to … Continue reading

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Terms of Use by Scott Allen Morrison

Amazing book for the times – prescient.  And it was published in 2015!,  but … well,  it’s about how social media (think Facebook or Twitter) tricks can affect a presidential campaign.  (YES!) – At first it seems like an odd mix … Continue reading

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You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and August Rodin by Rachel Corbett

Rainer Maria Rilke, the brilliant early 20th century poet,  was about 30 years younger than his mentor August Rodin, the brilliant late 19th century sculptor when they met and became fast friends.  The friendship lasted many volatile years and affected Rilke profoundly.   He had … Continue reading

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Serious Sweet by A.L. Kennedy

This is the story of two lonely, unhappy and somewhat odd people as they live through the course of one full day  in London.  Meg is younger, single,  an alcoholic,  trying to hang on to some sobriety through AA while dealing with her … Continue reading

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Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier by Scott Zesch

Inspired by News of the World by Paulette Jiles I noticed her recommendation of Captured by Scott Zesch.  This was in the Author’s Note at the end.   Well! – that’s me – inspired by the book and interested in the subject for a long … Continue reading

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News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Lots of hype about this book by Paulette Jiles who is normally thought of as a poet but has also written novels.  And the book  is different.  I’ve read so many “western”  books over the years and I thnk they’ve changed so … Continue reading

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Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan

I read Hallinan’s Poke Rafferty series all the way through and they got better and better – the last was published in 2016.   But his Junior Bender series debuted in 2012 and for some reason I avoided it – the sample … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I don’t  believe I’d ever actually read the Dickens classic,  A Christmas Carol,  before this,    I’ve only seen various movie/television productions.   I was advised that this version with Tim Curry reading was wonderful.  It was on sale and I got … Continue reading

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The Little Hotel by Christina Stead

I’d heard of Stead because of her more famous work The Man Who Loved Children but The Little Hotel sounded intriguing. So I nominated it for the discussion at the ReadingGroup List and it made the schedule.   THEN!!   I found that my … Continue reading

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