Top Ten New-to-me Authors in 2022
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by TracyK
3d ago
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is a Freebie (any topic). I missed last week's topic, which was New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022. So that is what I am doing this week for my Freebie. I was surprised to find that I read books by 43 new-to-me authors in 2022. I only read 88 books in 2022, and some were by the same authors, thus over half the authors I read were new-to-me.  Since I had so many to pick from, I decided to focus on authors who I want to read more books by OR I thought their writing was very special. My list is in ..read more
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Classics Club Spin: The Sign of Four
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by TracyK
5d ago
The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the result of the most recent Classics Club Spin for me. I have read primarily mystery novels since my teenage years.  I especially like vintage mysteries, from the 1920's through the 1960's. But until recently I was not inclined to read the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle, or even  books by other authors based on those characters.  As the book opens, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are together in their flat. I was surprised by the first paragraph. Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-p ..read more
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Japanese Literature Challenge: A Midsummer's Equation
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by TracyK
1w ago
  A Midsummer's Equation by Keigo Higashino is the first book I am reviewing for the Japanese Literature Challenge, hosted at Dolce Bellezza. It started this month and continues through March 2023. Summary from the book dust jacket: Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as "Detective Galileo," is at a fading resort town to speak at a town meeting on a planned underwater mining operation. The town is sharply divided over mining for minerals from the seabed. One faction is concerned about the environmental impact on the area, known for its pristine waters. The other faction believes it is ..read more
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Snow: John Banville
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by TracyK
2w ago
  This was the last book I read in 2022. My husband had been recommending it to me ever since he read it in 2020. Then I read a post at Reader in the Wilderness, which discussed The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black (a pseudonym used by John Banville) and we discussed Snow in the comments. I am very glad I finally read it.  The setting is Ireland in 1957. The Catholic Church is powerful in Ireland at that time. Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been sent to County Wexford to investigate the death of a priest, found dead in the home of a well-known Protestant family. DI Straf ..read more
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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals 2023
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by TracyK
2w ago
  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is Bookish Goals for 2023.  I have been thinking a lot about my reading and blogging goals for 2023, and jotting down notes here and there, so when I saw this topic on the Top Ten Tuesday list, I decided to take this opportunity to formalize them. My goals for the year: Read more graphic novels. I don't think I read any graphic novels (or nonfiction) last year, so any number would be an improvement, but I would like to average one a month. Read more science fiction, novels or short stories. In 2 ..read more
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Death in the Off Season: Francine Mathews
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by TracyK
2w ago
In Death in the Off-Season, Merry Folger is a new detective in the Nantucket police, working under her father. The death of Rusty Mason, whose family was prominent in Nantucket years before, is her first murder case.  Rusty Mason's body is found in a cranberry bog on land that belongs to his younger brother Peter. The two brothers have been estranged for years, and Rusty has not even been living in the US during that time. Peter is the only family member who still has a presence on Nantucket.  Merry is very much aware that everyone is watching her as she works the case because she ..read more
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Joining the Bookish Books Reading Challenge
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by TracyK
3w ago
   Susan at Bloggin' About Books is hosting a new challenge that appeals to me. The focus is on books about books, and I have plenty of those around. Plus I enjoy reading them. The nonfiction ones can usually be read in bits and pieces throughout the year. Specifics: This is a laidback challenge and you can read only one book if you want, so there is little chance of failure. (I was already reading one when I heard about this challenge). The lowest level is Toe in the Door (1-10 books read), which is perfect for me. Reviews aren't required, but they're always welcome. There will ..read more
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The 2023 TBR Pile Challenge (Year 10)
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by TracyK
3w ago
Roof Beam Reader’s official TBR Pile Challenge is back for its TENTH YEAR! This will be my seventh time participating. I like this challenge because it only includes books added to the TBR pile before 2022, thus forcing me to go back to books that have been on the shelves longer. However, I don't think I have successfully completed it more than once or twice. But I will try again. Specifics: List 12 books to read for this challenge. The books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2022 or ..read more
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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Books of 2022
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by TracyK
1M ago
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Favorite Books of 2022. Note that the key word here is favorite, and these are the books I enjoyed reading the most in 2022. The list is in no particular order, and I included 12 books because I couldn't cut any of them from the list. And here's my list: Convenience Store Woman (2016) by Sayaka Murata My husband recommended this book to me. Keiko is a 36-year-old woman who has been a part-time convenience store worker in Tokyo for 18 years. She finds fulfillment and meaning in this job. Y ..read more
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Short Story Wednesday: Two Stories by Marcia Muller
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by TracyK
1M ago
  I began reading the stories in Mistletoe Mysteries in 2014, and this week I finally finished the book. The last story was "Silent Night" by Marcia Muller. I have not read much by this author. I read the first book in her Sharon McCone series (which consists of 35 books, published between 1977 and 2021), and now I have read some of her short stories.  "Silent Night" features Sharon McCone. Sharon's nephew has run away from home at 14, and has been missing for 5 days; his family lives in Pacific Palisades, California. On Christmas Eve, Sharon learns that he has been spotted in ..read more
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