NanaCC’s (Colleen’s) 2019 Reading - Part 3

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Editado: Dez 31, 2019, 11:06am

Hi, I’m Colleen. Welcome to my 2019 thread. I will post my current reading here. I don’t usually set goals for my reading, as I get distracted by shiny new things, and my goals fall apart. I think I’d consider my posts as comments about the books I’ve read, rather than reviews. If I try to write reviews, I wind up spending less time reading than I’d like.

I enjoy listening to audio books in addition to reading paper books. In 2018 the mix was almost 50/50. 43 paper or kindle books, and 42 audio books. 52 of the books were by women. My final thread for 2018 can be found at:

Happy reading everyone. I look forward to your suggestions to add to my towering wishlist.


A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Currently Listening:

The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Jane McDowell

Editado: Dez 31, 2019, 10:57am

Books Read 2019


1- In the Presence of the Enemy by Elizabeth George
2- A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
3- Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
4- The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
5- Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
6- The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
7- The Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
8- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
9- Closed Circles by Viveca Sten
10- Guiltless by Viveca Sten
11- Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten
12- In the Heat of the Moment by Viveca Sten
13- Where Memories Lie by Deborah Crombie
14- In Harm’s Way by Viveca Sten
15- Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George
16- In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George
17- A Traitor To Memory by Elizabeth George
18- No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie
19- The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie
20- The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
21- The Woman In Blue by Elly Griffiths
22- A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George
23- One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
24- Monk’s Hood by Ellis Peters
25- Saint Peter’s Fair by Ellis Peters
26- Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie
27- With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George
28- Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
29- Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
30- Mrs Tim Carries On by D. E. Stevenson
31- Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
32- Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
33- A Better Man by Louise Penny
34- Mrs Tim Gets A Job by D. E. Stevenson
35- Mrs Tim Flies Home by D. E. Stevenson
36- A is For Alibi by Sue Grafton
37- Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
38- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
39- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


1- The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Clare Corbett
2- Becoming by Michelle Obama, Read by Michelle Obama
3- Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron, narrated by C. J. Critt
4- In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin, narrated by James Macpherson
5- Tombland by C. J. Sansom, Narrated by Steven Crossley
6- In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Michael Deehy
7- In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
8- A Fountain Filled With Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
9- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike
10- Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mystery)by Walter Mosley, narrated by Michael Boatman
11- Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Gordon Griffen
12- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
13- Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
14- The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwistle
15- Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Michael Deehy
16- To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
17- All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
18- I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
19- One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming, narrated by Suzanne Toren
20- Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Jenny Sterlin
21- Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron, narrated by C. J. Critt
22- To Dwell In Darkness by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Gerard Doyle
23- The Guards by Ken Bruen, narrated by Gerry O’Brien
24- Milkman by Anna Burns, narrated by Brid Brennan
25- The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Jane McDowell
26- The Blackhouse by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes
27- White Nights by Ann Cleeves
28- If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn Mccrumb, narrated by Sally Darling
29- A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Gerard Doyle
30- Killer Market by Margaret Maron, narrated by C. J. Critt
31- Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Jasmine Blackborow
32- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, narrated by Simon Prebble


Books Read Total = 71
Print/Kindle = 39; Audio = 32; Women authors = 61; New to me authors = 14

Out 8, 2019, 4:33pm

Really looking forward to your thoughts on A Moveable Feast. That's the Hemingway book I thought would be my first, but A Farewell to Arms just presented itself in the library one day.

Out 8, 2019, 6:50pm

>3 AlisonY: Alison, I read A Farewell To Arms many many years ago. I remember really liking it, but can’t remember much about it. Your review of that, and then comments about A Moveable Feast by others, pushed me to buy the book. I also bought The Paris Wife as people were saying they were great compliments to each other.

Out 8, 2019, 9:01pm

Aha I believe I just read the two of those books together Colleen. Lol. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

I see you're reading the second Mrs.Tim book. I wonder how long I will hold out.

Out 8, 2019, 10:01pm

>5 brenzi: I believe it was your thread that pushed me to buy them together, Bonnie.

I think I’m on the third Mrs Tim book. It is my kindle book at the moment. They are perfect for sitting in waiting rooms. The diary format gives lots of places to stop.

Out 9, 2019, 10:07am

Happy new thread, Colleen.

From your last thread, I am so happy you enjoyed Dear Mrs. Bird.

I love the TV Shetland series. I think the first series did follow the books, but the later ones are original. The characters/actors are great, aren't they?

I hope there's another one.

Out 9, 2019, 11:21am

>7 BLBera: When I look at IMDB, it looks as if the end date is open, Beth. This makes me think there will be more. That makes me happy.

Out 9, 2019, 12:20pm

>8 NanaCC: Oh, I hope so too. The last available season ended nicely, without any obvious cliffhangers but also without any definitive "that's all folks" closure. I'd love to see more.

Out 9, 2019, 1:18pm

>9 lauralkeet: The cast is really good. I do need to put on subtitles though. I’m usually pretty good with accents. A lot of my family are from Ireland so I have lots of practice. But the Shetland accent is quite heavy. Anyway, my fingers are crossed.

Out 9, 2019, 6:02pm

>10 NanaCC: I thought that last episode of Shetland dragged out a bit too much (the one about a young black man's body washing ashore). I don't need subtitles but the hubby does :-)

Out 10, 2019, 10:48am

>11 avaland: I can’t remember thinking that, Lois, but I do think it was possibly my least favorite of the series. As for the subtitles, I think I’ve lost some of my hearing. Maybe not enough for hearing aides, but enough where I miss a bit without the subtitles on that show. I’m going to start watching Derry Girls soon, and my daughter’s comment to me and her siblings, was “turn on the subtitles and keep the kids out of the room”. She’s been pushing me for a while to watch it.

Out 10, 2019, 11:10am

61. Mrs Tim Gets A Job by D. E. Stevenson

My husband had outpatient surgery yesterday, and although we got to the hospital at 8:45 for a 10:45 surgery, an emergency pushed the doctors’ schedules so that we didn’t head home until 4:30. This gave me lots of reading time. I needed something light, as my mind kept wandering, so this did the trick. I finished it, and started the next one, Mrs Tim Flies Home, which is the last of the Mrs Tim series.

The Second World War is over, and Mrs Tim must leave the home in which she had lived through the war. Her husband is stationed in Egypt, and her children are away at boarding school. Her friend convinces her that she should get a job, and pushes her to accept a job at a new hotel in Scotland. As usual with D.E. Stevenson’s books, the humor is delightful and the story charming.

Out 15, 2019, 12:23pm

>61 I really must get around to the Mrs. Tim books.

Out 15, 2019, 6:39pm

>14 laytonwoman3rd: I think you’d enjoy them, Linda. Nothing much happens, but they are very enjoyable. In fact I’ve just finished the final one.

Out 15, 2019, 6:48pm

62. Mrs Tim Flies Home by D. E. Stevenson

The final book in the Mrs Tim series finds Hester flying home to England after spending a long time in Kenya with her husband who is stationed there. She stops in Rome for a brief visit before the final leg of her journey. She doesn’t speak Italian, and winds up using some rudimentary French to communicate with the woman who runs the place she is staying. When her friend Tony shows up to take her to dinner there are some mixed up translations which cause the woman to assume she is having an affair. In her innocence, Hester doesn’t realize that rumors are bound to start. As with the other books, this is all told in her diary, and a rather humorous situation enfolds once she gets back to England. I’m sorry to see this series come to an end.

Out 16, 2019, 6:54pm

Out 17, 2019, 8:21am

>17 brenzi: I know that I probably should have spread them out, Bonnie. But I was enjoying them. I was at the hospital all day last Wednesday with my husband. He was having outpatient surgery, so they were perfect for keeping my mind occupied.

Out 17, 2019, 11:18am

How many books are there in the Mrs. Tim series, Colleen? I need to get to them. I should probably figure out the order as well.

I hope your husband is recovering well from his surgery.

Out 17, 2019, 2:58pm

>19 BLBera: There are five, Beth, but Mrs Tim of the Regiment includes the first two. Then, Mrs Tim Carries On, Mrs Tim Gets a Job, and Mrs Tim Flies Home. The last three are $3.99 each on kindle right now. The first is $9.99.

My hubby is doing fine, and back at work.

Out 29, 2019, 6:23pm

63. A is For Alibi by Sue Grafton

Linda (laytonwoman) is a big fan of Sue Grafton’s alphabet series, and always has great things to say about her books. I had read the books when they first came out, but stopped somewhere around “O”. At the time work got in the way of my reading almost anything, and that is probably why I stopped. When Ms. Grafton died in December of 2017, I made a mental note that I’d like to start the series over again, and this time make my way through to the last book. The timing was right, and when I saw the book at my local library I decided to begin. This book introduces Kinsey Millhone, private investigator. Nikki Fife has been released from prison after serving eight years for killing her husband. She wants Kinsey to find out who really killed him. It’s interesting to read a mystery where there isn’t a cell phone and there needs to be a lot of legwork to put all the clues together. I really didn’t remember anything about this book, so it was a good read. I did guess the murderer well before the end, but that didn’t take away from its entertainment value. I think I’ll try reading one a month to make my way to the last book.

Out 29, 2019, 6:34pm

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

LT says that this book is #34 in the Hercule Poirot series. He doesn’t show up until well into the book, but of course he solves the crime in the end. International intrigue, jewels, a girls’ boarding school in the UK, and of course murder are all part of the plot. This wasn’t my favorite Poirot, but I did enjoy it. Christie never disappoints me.

Out 29, 2019, 9:07pm

>21 NanaCC: I'm glad you enjoyed the re-read, Colleen. I've made my way through "O" now, and really haven't remembered much about any of the actual cases, so it's like visiting friends I know, (Kinsey and company) and having all new adventures!

Out 29, 2019, 9:44pm

>23 laytonwoman3rd: That’s a good way of looking at it Linda. I think I’ll enjoy the journey.

Out 31, 2019, 10:45am

>21 NanaCC: I was a bit sad when I read Y is for Yesterday knowing it was the last one. I really like Kinsey.

Out 31, 2019, 1:57pm

>25 rhian_of_oz: I like the character too, Rhian. I’m looking forward to reading all of the books, and I read the ones I did so long ago that I think it will be like reading them for the first time.

Editado: Out 31, 2019, 7:02pm

Yesterday I dropped off some used books at the library, including an omnibus of Grafton's "N" and "O". The lady who opened the storage area for me saw that, and said "I couldn't read that one, because I'd want the rest of the alphabet...that's the way I am!" So I said, "You could have everything except "Z". The author died before she got to that one." And the conversation went from there. She wasn't familiar with Grafton (I don't remember seeing her before, so she's possibly a new hire without library experience); I think I may have persuaded her to start at the beginning!

Out 31, 2019, 4:31pm

>27 laytonwoman3rd: Linda, I read the first ten or so of the Alphabet series when they came out, I think. Given that, I don't remember the particulars at all. I've decided to start over, too, now that the series is as complete as it is going to get. Have "A" in hand from the library.

Out 31, 2019, 7:03pm

Just talking about it makes me want to move on with "P"! I think Q is for Quarry is where I will start remembering more about the story lines. As I recall, I was really impressed with that one.

Nov 1, 2019, 4:39am

Did you ever finish A Moveable Feast, Colleen? Interested in your thoughts on it.

Nov 1, 2019, 8:13am

>27 laytonwoman3rd: It is fun to get someone to start something that you enjoy, Linda. I’ll be interested to see your comments once you get to the books you remember.

>28 sallypursell: I think we are going to enjoy the experience all over again, Sally.

>30 AlisonY: Well, Alison, my hubby kind of messed up my plan. A Moveable Feast was my next up, but he’s been home all week. When he’s home, I need to read on the kindle so that I can read in bed without the light being on. Therefore, I started reading The Paris Wife instead. It was available at the library on the kindle. My plan was to read them both, but in the opposite order. A few people have said reading them together they compliment each other. The Paris Wife is a fictionalized story told from the point of view of Hemingway’s wife. I’m really enjoying it so far. I’ll get to the Feast next.

Nov 1, 2019, 4:55pm

>31 NanaCC: very interested in what you make of the The Paris Wife, as I really loved Mrs Hemingway which I read at the start of the year. They sound quite similar and both have great reviews on Amazon - I'm curious as to the different approach each has taken.

Nov 1, 2019, 10:33pm

>32 AlisonY: Interesting, Alison. I just noticed that you had put Mrs Hemingway on my wishlist quite a while ago. I’ll have to get my hands on that one too.

Nov 10, 2019, 8:52am

Thanks for the Mrs. Tim info, Colleen. I have Mrs. Tim of the Regiment on my shelf, so it's good to know I can start with that!

I'm happy to hear the hubby recovered well from surgery.

I've been thinking I would like to read through the Grafton series as well. I only read the first two years ago.

Nov 10, 2019, 2:35pm

>34 BLBera: I hope you enjoy Mrs Tim, Beth. I think the books are very entertaining. And I really liked the Grafton series when I was reading it years ago, so look forward to that as well.

My hubby has been home on vacation for the past two weeks. It has given me a taste of what I have to look forward to once he retires next year. I think I’m dreading it. Rolling my eyes....

I like to read in bed at night, but that has meant I need books on kindle so that I don’t need to have the light on. It changed my reading plans the past two weeks. And heaven knows when I’ll watch the tv shows that I like, but know he would not. We will work it out.

Nov 10, 2019, 3:02pm

65. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

My plan was to read Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast before reading this one, but needed a book on kindle. The novel is told from the point of view of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, and takes place during the time in which Feast takes place. Their whirlwind romance begins in Chicago in 1920. They get married and set sail for Paris, where they become part of a group of artists including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald. They immerse themselves in this hard drinking crowd, where Hemingway is trying to make a name for himself. They have little money, but seem to get along as Hemingway begins writing The Sun Also Rises. Once a woman who has befriended Hadley begins an affair with Hemingway, the marriage is doomed.

I thought this book was well written, and I quite enjoyed it. I hope to get to A Moveable Feast sometime this week.

Nov 10, 2019, 3:31pm

66. If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb, narrated by Sally Darling

This book was recommended by Linda (Laytonwoman), and as with other books she has recommended, I thought it was very good. It is the first of a series called Ballad.

Peggy Muryan was a famous folksinger in the 1960’s. She has come to live in the small town of Hamelin, Tennessee, as the townspeople are planning a 20 year high school reunion. Sheriff Spencer Arrowwood, deputy Joe LeDonne and their dispatcher, Martha seem to be the main characters who will be present in other books in the series. Martha has the difficult job of trying to round up the people she graduated with, most of whom have moved away. Memories of the Vietnam war are brought up as a plaque to remember the classmates who died or served in the war is to be presented at the reunion. Threatening postcards have been delivered to Peggy, and a nasty murder occurs. It was a time before emails, and cell phones, and the town doesn’t even have a fax machine. A new gadget that the local newspaper man tells Spencer about.

The twist at the end of the book was a good one, although I did have my suspicions part way through the book. I’ll be looking for the next book, and the audio version may be the way to go for me.

Nov 12, 2019, 10:18am

I'm glad you enjoyed your first Ballad novel, Colleen. I've never tried these on audio, and I'm going to see if I can get The Ballad of Tom Dooley that way even though I rarely listen to audiobooks. I read that one out of sequence long ago, and need to revisit it to keep up with Martha, Joe and Spencer, but I could tuck in a re-read by listening, I think.

Nov 12, 2019, 11:33am

>36 NanaCC:, >37 NanaCC: a couple of good reads there! I need to get back to the Ballad novels, having enjoyed this first one, but Ruth Galloway and the Sandhamn Murders are calling me at the moment.

Nov 13, 2019, 9:25pm

>38 laytonwoman3rd: I have several knitting projects going right now, Linda, and listening to books works well with that. Also for long drives. I started Deborah Crombie’s new one today for my trip to visit my daughter in Massachusetts. I needed one that was at least ten hours so that I could listen on my way up and then back on Sunday.

>39 lauralkeet: Those are great choices too, Laura. I have one more Ruth Galloway before her new one comes out in the new year. I’ve been trying to save it. And I finished all of the Sandhamn books that were available when they were on sale. Hoping more will be available.

Nov 16, 2019, 10:06am

>37 NanaCC: Linda has also hit me with this recommendation, Colleen. I hope to get to it this year.

I've heard from many friends that retirement requires an adjustment. My sister relegated her husband to his basement office in the mornings!

Nov 17, 2019, 11:40am

>41 BLBera: My husband has been a househusband for many years, and he retired almost 10 years before I did. My biggest problem is that I seldom see him, and then he's so tired in the evenings that he falls asleep at his desk and doesn't even talk to me! I want more of my husband! I've been waiting years for more togetherness. My own retirement is so recent, I think we just need some more adjustment time.

Nov 17, 2019, 11:43am

>38 laytonwoman3rd: >40 NanaCC: You must be much better knitters than I,
because I can't listen while I knit--I need to concentrate not to get a yarn-over wrong, or something like that!

Nov 18, 2019, 3:18am

>36 NanaCC: sounds like a good read, Colleen. Hemingway's wives seemed preposterously understanding and accommodating of his roving eye for the women from what I remember from Mrs Hemingway.

Nov 18, 2019, 7:15pm

>41 BLBera: It is a fun series, Beth. I think you’ll enjoy it.

My hubby does have an office in the basement. He usually spends about an hour there before he eats breakfast. I’m just hoping he’ll find some things to do besides the tv. I now bowl three days a week. I may be increasing it to five. ;-)

>43 sallypursell: Sally, I’m not sure better knitters would be accurate. Some people are just not able to do audiobooks. My daughter says that she zones out and misses entire bits if she tries to listen while doing other things.

>44 AlisonY: I think you’d enjoy it, Alison. I have yet to get to A Moveable Feast. Life just moves my priorities around without my permission.

Nov 23, 2019, 6:39pm

Interesting conversation about retirement. When I retired (years after my husband) I used my gym membership a lot more. :) And I was able to listen to audiobooks at the same time. That's what I call a win-win solution.

Nov 23, 2019, 11:47pm

I'm not a good audiobook person, either, Colleen. I do tend to zone out, so I have to choose books wisely.

Nov 24, 2019, 12:40am

>45 NanaCC: That's exactly what I do! I zone out and miss things.

Nov 24, 2019, 10:30am

I can’t do audiobooks for that reason as well. With print or e I often find myself going back and rereading paragraphs—makes me a closer reader in general, but a lousy audiobook candidate. Interestingly enough I can follow podcasts pretty well, but those are more conversational.

Nov 26, 2019, 7:51pm

>46 VivienneR: That’s what I call my knitting while listening, Vivienne. A win-win with two of my favorite things.

>47 BLBera:, >48 sallypursell:, >49 lisapeet: i do have to choose audiobooks wisely, and for me, that turns out to be mostly mysteries. I rarely do non-fiction audiobooks. I find that I always want to look things up, and the audio versions are not conducive to that.

Nov 26, 2019, 8:11pm

67. A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie, narrated by Gerard Doyle

The newest book is the 18th in the Duncan Kincaid/ Gemma James series and I’m still enjoying them. Duncan and Gemma have been invited to the Cotswolds by Melody Talbot to visit her family home. Melody’s mother has invited several food critics to a charity luncheon where she hopes to launch the career of a talented local chef, Vivian Holland. Of course there is a mystery involved, but Crombie’s stories are filled with interesting characters and places which I really enjoy. If you haven’t read this series, I’d start at the beginning, but I can say that they just keep getting better as the series continues. If you don’t like your mysteries with personal details about the characters this wouldn’t be the series for you.

Dez 24, 2019, 2:58pm

Hi Colleen, just dropping in to say I've missed you recently and to wish you greetings of the season. I hope you are well and that your absence is because you are enjoying an exotic vacation.

Dez 25, 2019, 1:24pm

>52 VivienneR: Hi Vivienne. Merry Christmas. Life has been a bit turned upside down the past couple of weeks. My hubby has been going through some health issues for a little over a year. Two weeks ago, they finally diagnosed it as ALS. He is retiring in February, and had been looking forward to that. Now the prospects are much different. My heart is breaking for him and I’m just unable to focus on reading or anything right now. I’ll get back to it soon. I have been peeking in at peoples threads, and will continue to do so.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and hope that the New Year brings you lots of happiness and silver linings.

Dez 25, 2019, 6:57pm

>53 NanaCC: Colleen, I'm really sorry to hear you've been dealing with such devastating news. I'm sure today has been particularly difficult. We look forward to when you get back to some reading, but you're in our thoughts regardless.

Editado: Dez 25, 2019, 8:07pm

>53 NanaCC: I'm very sorry to hear your husband's difficult diagnosis, Colleen. My heart goes out to both of you. I hope there is treatment that will keep his quality of life up for a long time.

Dez 25, 2019, 8:16pm

Colleen, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. In my choir we often send messages in song to members in need:
We are sending you light, to hold you, to heal you ...
We are sending you light, to hold you in love

Thinking of you and your family, and sending you light. xx

Dez 26, 2019, 1:09am

>53 NanaCC: I'm so sorry you and your husband have had such heartbreaking news. You will both be in my thoughts.

Dez 26, 2019, 7:27am

I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis, Colleen. All the very best to you both.

Dez 26, 2019, 1:18pm

Oh Colleen I'm so sorry to hear of your dear husband's illness. Here's hoping the treatment will give you both some peace.

Dez 26, 2019, 2:17pm

>54 AlisonY:, >55 laytonwoman3rd:, >56 lauralkeet:, >57 VivienneR:, >58 rachbxl:, >59 brenzi: Thank you all for your kind thoughts. He will see a specialist that his neurologist has referred him to at the end of January (the first appointment we could get). I’m hoping that there will be some treatment that will give him the best possible quality of life given the circumstances. Right now he has a pretty good attitude, and plans to take each day as it comes. I’m trying to think ahead. I know we will have to move, and the thought of that is a bit overwhelming. But stairs will be an obstacle sooner rather than later, so I need to start thinking about it seriously.

Dez 26, 2019, 2:51pm

>60 NanaCC: So sorry to hear of your challenges. Your husband has a good attitude. A dear friend of mine just told me her husband may also have ALS, although she says it may also be one other condition. He is a recently retired pilot. She is like you, thinking ahead and yes, she mentioned the stairs too. One wants to be doing something, I suspect, but don't lose the present in all that thinking of the future. XXX

Dez 29, 2019, 12:46pm

Oh, Colleen. That really is devastating. Moving must seem like a lot to take on at the same time.
I will keep you both in my thoughts, and send the healing I can--I'm a nurse, and I believe in positive thinking.

Dez 29, 2019, 1:34pm

Colleen, I’m so sorry that you both have this on your plate. My husband and I have had to rethink our future plans because of his recent medical diagnosis—not like what you’re grappling with, but a definite squashing of dreams—and you have all my sympathies. I hope you both can find love and humor to help keep your equilibrium over the coming months and years.

Dez 29, 2019, 2:02pm

Colleen, I'm so sorry to hear what you and your husband are dealing with. You are in my thoughts.

Dez 29, 2019, 2:27pm

Hi Colleen - I am so sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. Good luck.

Dez 29, 2019, 3:40pm

Ah, Colleen, that's bad news. You'll be in my thoughts. He's lucky to have you at his side.

Dez 29, 2019, 4:01pm

>61 avaland:, >62 sallypursell:, >63 lisapeet:, >64 japaul22:, >65 BLBera:, >66 RidgewayGirl:, Thank you for stopping by, and for the kind thoughts. We are taking everything one day at a time. I’ve had a little more time to “get used” to the idea, and know that we will deal with everything as it comes.

I’ll get back to reading everyone’s threads and start a new thread in the Club Read 2020 Group.

Dez 29, 2019, 4:29pm

I did finish a couple of audio books while I was decorating for Christmas.

68. Killer Market by Margaret Maron, narrated by C. J. Critt

Deborah is acting as a substitute judge in another town for a week. A furniture convention is taking place, and an eccentric woman takes pity on her inability to find a place to stay. At the convention, Deborah meets up with an old friend, and later finds the body of the woman’s son-in-law.

69. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Jasmine Blackborow

The newest addition to the Royal Spyness series finds Georgie and Darcie on their honeymoon in Kenya’s Happy Valley. The local people are quite the decadent drinking crowd. Darcie is looking for a jewel thief, and when the queen found out they were going to be near her son, she asked Georgie to keep an eye out for the dreaded Mrs. Simpson. Hitler is on the rise, and Darcie has an eye out for Nazi sympathizers. Of course there is a murder which Georgie and Darcie try to avoid being pulled into.

I’m currently listening to the 10th book in the Ruth Galloway series, The Dark Angel, and I’m reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I was hoping to hit 75 books this year, but I think these will be the final ones bringing my total to 71. I’m still trying to figure out how I managed 86 last year.

Dez 31, 2019, 11:33am

70. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, narrated by Simon Prebble

I had forgotten to add this re-listen after our trip to Connecticut for Thanksgiving. It has become a tradition for us to listen in the car on the way up and back. A perfect start to the holiday season. We originally had a version narrated by Jim Dale. Having listened to all of the Harry Potter books which were narrated by him, I had a tendency to hear Hagrid as he read, rather than Scrooge. I prefer this version read by Simon Prebble.

71. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Last book for the year is this multigenerational story about a Korean family. The book starts in Korea where a young girl is seduced by an older man. She finds out after she becomes pregnant that he has a wife in Japan. A kind Christian minister who is moving to Japan to live with his brother, offers to marry her and take her to Japan with him. Most of the story takes place in Japan, where they face racism and poverty. The story starts in 1910, and follows four generations into 1989. The first part of the book is really good. I think the author got lost a little bit in the final 20% or so, as she seemed to be trying to get in everything that was going on in the ‘80’s. I did enjoy it. And, I figure if President Obama had it on his list of Favorite Books of 2019, I could feel comfortable with my assessment. :-)

Dez 31, 2019, 11:57am

That’s it for 2019. I’m not going to finish the Ruth Galloway book today. Here is my recap.


Books Read Total = 71
Print/Kindle = 39; Audio = 32; Women authors = 61; New to me authors = 14


Becoming by Michelle Obama
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce
Milkman by Anna Burns

I didn’t really have any clunkers this year. I think I tend to skip books that I’m not sure I’ll like. There are just so many books that I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy.

I started a few new series which I enjoyed, and will continue.

The Shetland Series by Anne Cleaves
The Ballad Novels by Sharyn McCrumb
Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Jack Taylor by Ken Bruen
The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May
The Brother Cadfael Series by Ellis Peters

I’ll set up my 2020 thread tomorrow, and come back here to add a link.

Happy New Year!

Dez 31, 2019, 12:28pm

Sounds like 2019 was another great reading year! I'm looking forward to your 2020 reading!

Dez 31, 2019, 12:32pm

>69 NanaCC: I think the author got lost a little bit in the final 20% or so,

I totally agree, Colleen. I would have been happier if she omitted the entire last generation of the family. This is what I wrote in my review:
The last third of the book extends the family saga one generation beyond Noa and Masuzo, and here, it tries to do too much. New characters are insufficiently developed. Major life events are dealt with far too hastily, and the characters respond in predictable, shallow ways. Min Jin Lee throws in everything but the kitchen sink to make it clear we are now in the 1980s -- drugs, prostitutes, AIDS, pop music stars -- and it’s all just too much. Pachinko was great when it focused on Sunja, her children, and her husband’s family, and would have been more powerful had the story remained centered on those central characters.

I'll watch for your 2020 thread tomorrow so I can star it and follow your reading -- you're always a good one for introducing me to new series, and while I've read the Spencer-Fleming ones and have every intention of continuing Ballad, there are a couple unfamiliar ones on your list ... uh oh.

Dez 31, 2019, 2:47pm

>71 japaul22: Thank you, Jennifer. I have your thread starred already.

>72 lauralkeet: Your comments hit the nail on the head, Laura. The beginning was really good, so I was sorry that she got lost in the end. I’ll look for your new thread so that I can star it.

Dez 31, 2019, 4:34pm

My 2020 thread can be found here..

Dez 31, 2019, 7:40pm

>70 NanaCC: Great wrap-up for the year, Colleen. I'm with you. I tend to choose things I think I will like, or at least appreciate. There are just too many good books out there.

Happy New Year. I'll continue to follow your reading next year. All the best to you and to your husband with the challenges facing you.

Jan 1, 2020, 9:47am

Thank you, Beth. Happy New Year to you as well.

Jan 1, 2020, 10:35am

I’m really sorry about your husband’s health. Wish you both peace and a much wellness as can be.

Jan 1, 2020, 1:03pm

Thank you, Dan. There will be challenges, starting with him realizing that we will need to make changes. But, we will just need to take it one day at a time. Happy new year to you and your family.