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SIY #43 - January through March, 2018!

It's sign up time!

Diane and I are both back for another SIY. I am so glad we do this but still can't believe we do - if that makes any sense.

I get us started and check in on everyone's status, but I thank Diane Fraser for tallying our reading each month. She puts hours into making sure it is accurate and finds images that beautifully reflect our love of reading.
Diane does such a lovely job each quarter. This time I was way behind, but the desire to get my elf has me reading feverishly. It is easier once my college teaching is finished and research papers are not waiting for me.

If you are new to this challenge it is a Set It Yourself Challenge. You decide how many books, which books, what genre...it is all up to you.

To make things easier for Diane, please draw attention to posts recording your progress by marking them with a pilcrow ¶ (found on most keyboards by pressing Alt + 0182 or + 788 or you can copy and paste one of these: ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶)
Because these are a visual to help Diane, we ask that you never edit after you post but rather post another update. If you are responding to the post of another person, please delete the pilcrow. I know many of you do not need this message, but we like to include this note in case we have new members.


Please feel free to PM me with any queries! Or post them here and I'll try to clarify!
And Good Luck all!

Here is a link to our stats page;

http://siy-challenge.weebly.com/

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It's sign up time!

Diane and I are both back for another SIY. I am so glad we do this but still can't believe we do - if that makes any sense.

I get us started and check in on everyone's status, but I thank Diane Fraser for tallying our reading each month. She puts hours into making sure it is accurate and finds images that beautifully reflect our love of reading.
Diane does such a lovely job each quarter. This time I was way behind, but the desire to get my elf has me reading feverishly. It is easier once my college teaching is finished and research papers are not waiting for me.

If you are new to this challenge it is a Set It Yourself Challenge. You decide how many books, which books, what genre...it is all up to you.

To make things easier for Diane, please draw attention to posts recording your progress by marking them with a pilcrow ¶ (found on most keyboards by pressing Alt + 0182 or + 788 or you can copy and paste one of these: ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶)
Because these are a visual to help Diane, we ask that you never edit after you post but rather post another update. If you are responding to the post of another person, please delete the pilcrow. I know many of you do not need this message, but we like to include this note in case we have new members.


Please feel free to PM me with any queries! Or post them here and I'll try to clarify!
And Good Luck all!

Here is a link to our stats page;

http://siy-challenge.weebly.com/
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I am lowering my yearly goal because it has been an end of the year scramble for the past two years. I am hoping to see that lower number encourage me to excel and go beyond. Sixty is a low number for me.
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¶ I'm in

I'd like to read Dunkler Wahn by Wulf Dorn
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14791303
1 book in Russian
1 audiobook
and 3 other reads
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¶ update

I'm reading a book in Russian:
Географ глобус пропил by Алексей Иванов
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14530906

I'd like to read Dunkler Wahn by Wulf Dorn
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14791303
1 book in Russian
1 audiobook
and 3 other reads

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despite failing in the Fall and maybe even this quarter (I really should be reading as I type this).

I will be back with a list later.

Thanks to our fearless leaders for your outstanding work and continuing this challenge.
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Here is my list for SIY #43:

12 books:

Registered books:
Zero Day--David Baldacci
The Innocent--David Baldacci
The Dead Key--D.M. Pulley
The 13th Tale--Diane Satterfield
The Taker--Alma Katsu
Accused--Lisa Scottolone

4 ARCS:
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Bring Her Home by David Bell
The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable
The Swallow’s Nest by Emilie Richards

2 Book library group books:
The Hero Two Doors Down--Sharon Robinson
March book (TBA)

with the possibility of adding in books uncompleted from #42


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minesayn, I enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale and was thinking of reading it again. Perhaps I will!
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Glad for your recommendation. Thanks. I have had it on my shelves for a couple years and figured it was time.
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although I have to admit that I'm beginning to think I may have been doing this for long enough!
Recently I've been using these challenges to encourage me to read a couple of nonfictions a month - and this quarter will be no exception:
my goal is to read 6 nonfictions during the course of SIY43
but the world wouldn't end if I did only read novels . . . . :-)
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although I have to admit that I'm beginning to think I may have been doing this for long enough!

nu-knees, please keep returning. You encourage others to read as well. I admire your non-fiction goals. I do read non-fiction but should read more.
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nu-knees, please keep returning. You encourage others to read as well. I admire your non-fiction goals. I do read non-fiction but should read more.

Thank you. I find that sort of appreciation very touching. Thank you :-)
And a big thank you to you and DianeF for keeping these threads going!
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With 12 books again. I think I am going to reach my goal in 42 but it doesn't happen often so I will play safe.

The webpage is ready for 43 and I will put it up computer permitting early January. It may not have everyone's targets on by then but don't worry I will update throughout January
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I can't remember ever finishing a previous SIY challenge, so I won't set the bar too high.

*Read three books from Mt. TBR:
1. Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney - and I'll read the old English pages as well
2. Masonic Harvest by Carl H. Claudy, copyright 1948
3. Modern Architecture Since 1900 by William J. R. Curtis (from another bookcrosser; 736 pages)

* Read 3 Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins, out of 32 in my collection:

1. Gardening Answers
2. Starting Seeds Indoors
3. Improving Your Soil

* Read 15 magazines (out of 91 back issues currently in my stack)

* Buy one newly published book (to be determined) and read it.
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I think I'm going to finish my goal in SIY #42 but I'll wait until later to set my goal for SIY #43. Thanks for doing this again Katethegreyt and DianeFraser.
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I usually do so good during the year but this last year has been challenging. I've been doing more family things and spending time with parents so i'm not too disappointed that i haven't read that much this year.

Here are my goals:
15 books off Mt TBR
3 BC books
10 magazines
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Every year for the last 7-8 years, I've made a goal of reading 50 books and struggled to barely meet it. This year, I've read 73 so far! 2018 looks to be a pretty relaxing year for me so I'm thinking positive in terms of reading goals!

My goals for this challenge:

Read 70 books
Remove 50 books from Mt. TBR (by reading and/or releasing)
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whatever books I didn't finish from the last SIY challenge. Right now, they consist of the following books:

Pirate's Heiress by Chloe Flowers (I hope to finish this one, but...)
Black-Eyed Susan by Julia Heaberlin
Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

I think that is it.
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3 Kindle books
1 XL book (over 500 pages)
3 Pop Sugar Challenge books
3 State Challenge Books
3 Anything books
2 Sue Grafton (Alphabet) books
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with Pirate Heiress by Chloe Flowers
(which I was working on as the year ended from the previous SIY, which I didn't complete)

AND

The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
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¶ finished

I finished Географ глобус пропил http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14530906/
a five stars read! I also watched the 2013 movie
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Fascinating, mesmerizing, enjoying every word of it.
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Spent New Year's Day reading for a bit over 4 hours and read - in one day - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
Perfect way to begin the new year.
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The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West -- Set in 19th century Indiana; 14 stories about a homesteading family spanning about 60 years.

Books Read: 1/70

Books Removed from Mt. TBR: 1/50
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I'm taking two more books off of Mt. TBR today as I got a third of the way through one and found I didn't enjoy the author.

Books Removed from Mt. TBR: 3/50
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker - while weeding out my library, I am taking the time to focus on a few authors inorder to pass the books on to someone else. I have several books by Walker and decided to start with her. I've read this one before and love it - don't expect to be giving it away.
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Black-Eyed Susans by Jessica Hebearlin (sp)
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I hope it's not to late to join you! This will be my first SIY, so if I do anythind wrong please tell me.

My goals for January to March are:
Read 9 books
Listen to 3 audio books (2 of which I already started in december)
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Just wanted to add that the two audio books that I already started are:
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
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¶ finished

Behind her eyes http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14848878/
(other book)
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to catch up with you all :)

I am still reading Others by James Herbert and am listening to Days from a Different World by John Simpson
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First my goals. Since I completed my SIY #42 goal to read 11 library books and 11 books from the TBR pile and a few more besides I am going to up the ante a little bit this time.

SIY #43 Goals
11 library books
14 books from the TBR pile
25 books total

I have already polished off two books from the TBR pile:
Glass Houses by Louise Penny:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14850042

Hide & Seek by Ian Rankin:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8444598

Only 12 more to go.

Right now I am reading Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither by Sara Baume. It seems to be an interesting tale about a misfit man and a misfit dog learning about each other.
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Paradise Valley by C. J. Box
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I removed 9 more books from Mt. TBR that I'm not interested in reading anymore.

YTD removed: 12/50
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#2 Finished: The Proving by Beverly Lewis -- Amish fiction
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14617404

Books Read: 2/70

Books Removed from Mt. TBR: 13/50
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Finished up spill simmer falter wither last night just before bed and it actually worked its way into my dreams. Can't remember when another book has done that.
http://www.librarything.com/---/139060509

So that is #3 from the TBR pile. I'll be moving on to some library books now I think.

Next up is Come Away With Me by Karma Brown.
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Prose and Cons by Amanda Flowers
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Books of MT TBR (15)
1. Death of a Peer by Ngaio Marsh

Magazines (15)
1 SoCRA Augsut 2016
2 SoCRA November 2016
3 Clinical Researcher (ACRP) October 2016
4 Clinical Researcher (ACRP) December 2016
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¶ finished

an audiobook "Liebe ist was für Idioten. Wie mich" by Sabine Schoder narrated by Sascha Icks
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Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child by Jane Lapotaire - she says it's 'not a formal autobiography, rather a collection of impressions and experiences seen through the eyes of a child.' The first two chapters have been fascinating!
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Ricochet Joe by Dean Koontz
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Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child by Jane Lapotaire

I've finished my first nonfiction of the year.
My next will be another memoir by another actress, White Cargo by Felicity Kendal.
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My next will be another memoir by another actress, White Cargo by Felicity Kendal.

I've now finished my second nonfiction of the month/quarter and will take a short break before starting the next one.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14818829
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The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson

a young boy, Steve, and Jackie Robinson become friends after Jackie moved to Steve's neighborhood in Brooklyn...based on a true story of their friendship and written by Jackie's daughter, Sharon. It's a children's book but well worth the read
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I Could Pee On This: And Other Cat Poems by Francesco Marciuliano
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Come Away With Me was redeemed slightly from facile chick lit by the ending but I was still not terribly impressed:
http://www.librarything.com/---/149806734

That is the first library book for the challenge for me.

Now I am reading Where I Live Now by Sharon Butala.
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Zero Day by David Baldacci
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Others by James Herbert http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11690905/ now reading Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
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¶ finished

Artemis by Andy Weir http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14848873/
(the other book)
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Read Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14493949/

Books Read: 3/70
Removed from TBR: 14/50
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Scandal in Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly
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I am still reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Whilst I am enjoying it, it does not grab my attention like other genres and the shear size of it means reading in most places is a no no. I am more than 600 pages into it.


Eta. The webpage is up. :-)
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Eta. The webpage is up. :-)

Looking good! Once again, a Very Big Thank You for all your hard work :-)
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Magazines (15)
5 SoCRA February 2017
6 SoCRA May 2017
7 EW September 22
8 EW September 29
9 EW October 6
10 Clinical Researcher (ACRP) February 2017
11 Clinical Researcher (ACRP) April 2017
12 SoCRA Augsut 2017
13 SoCRA November 2017

Currently reading: Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander and The Long and far Away gone by Louis Berney

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¶ finished

tomorrow, when the war began - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14431088/
(other book)
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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Listening now: King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman

Stats: Print 0/9 Audio 1/3
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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

How did you liked it? I'm familiar with the story, but not as an audiobook!
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I read the book before but somehow liked it more as an audio book. The characters really came to life. It was read by Stephen Briggs who did a terrific job!
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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14860260

Reading now: The Dry by Jane Harper

Stats: Print 1/9 Audio 1/3
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I took my time reading Where I Live Now by Sharon Butala. It is a deceptively small book as the writing is dense. Many times I read paragraphs two or even three times but I was never bored:
http://www.librarything.com/---/149806710

That was my second library book for this challenge.

I am now reading The Black Echo by Michael Connelly, the very first Harry Bosch book.
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Pirate Heiress by Chloe Flowers

a swashbuckling romance between a 'pirate' Stevie Sauvage and a sea captain, Conal O'Brien. There's even buried treasure.
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¶ finished

an audiobook Murder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers and Mysteries in the Blitz by Molly Lefebure narrated by Lucy Scott
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The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10129695

I fancy a Doctor Who next, but which ? Decisions, Decisions! :-)
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Read and loved The Black Echo, the first Harry Bosch mystery:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12437990

This is #4 from the TBR pile.

I am now going to read My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent.
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Diane, the new web page is wonderful!

I've finished reading two more books:
The Color Purple and The Third Life of Grange Copeland both by Alice Walker.
Listening to: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
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Zero Day by David Baldacci

CID Agent Puller solves a brutal set of murders in Drake West Virginia with the help of Sam Cole...and discovers a treasonous conspiracy to rival 9/11
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Books of MT TBR (15)
2. Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander

Bookclub Books (3)
1. The Long and far Away gone by Louis Berney

Magazines (15)
14 Clinical Researcher (ACRP) June 2017
15 EW October 13
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I finished Beowulf

and read three magazines.
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Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones
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The Dry by Jane Harper
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14558889

Starting Next: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Stats: Print 2/9 Audio 1/3
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My Absolute Darling was a chilling disturbing book but I did give it 9 stars because it is very well written:
http://www.librarything.com/---/150078486

This was a library book so I have now read 3 out of 11 for that category.

I have now started Minds of Winter by Ed O'Loughlin which was one of the books on the Giller shortlist that I didn't get around to reading before the awards. It sounded so interesting though that I put it on my reading list for 2018.
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Removed 7 books from Mt. TBR and read 1 book: A Curious Man by Neal Thompson. (Biography of Robert Ripley)

Books Read: 4/70
Removed from TBR: 21/50
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Copy Cat by Alex Lake
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I've finished Minds of Winter which is an epic story surrounding a naval chronometer that was thought lost with the Franklin Expedition until it turned up in England in 2009. I was entranced with all the historical detail but towards the end the story lost some of its punch. Nevertheless I thought it was good enough to give 9 stars and recommend to my book club.
http://www.librarything.com/---/150301162

This was a library book so I believe I have now read 5 out of 11 from that category.

I am now going to read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
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Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343844

Random Thoughts by Chris Corcoran http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13344760

The Xmas Factor by Annie Sander http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13201557

Now reading When God was a Rabbit and listening to Dr Who: Prisoner of the Daleks http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11775977/
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Pity Becomes You by Kay Thomas - prepublication read. I enjoyed it.

Now reading Fire and Fury by Michael Woolf. Will probably finish Just Mercy today. I'll check in again tomorrow.
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I've decided to read my next two nonfictions together rather than one after the other, both being episodic, more for dipping into than reading at length!
The Last Word by Ben Macintyre
The World of Samuel Pepys by Robert and Linnet Latham
Both have subtitles/taglines which say a little more about them:
Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue
The Definitive Selection from the Famous Diary.
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The Last Word by Ben Macintyre
- subtitle/tagline: Tales from the Tip of the Mother Tongue

I've now finished this entertaining collection of columns from The Times on words and language and pretty much anything the author thought would fit his theme!
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14895200
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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson - a memoir about the injustices against African Americans in the United State justice system. Powerful reading. I listened to this narrated by the author. Marvelous.
Now reading:
Fire and Fury by Michael Woolf
The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker
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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson - a memoir about the injustices against African Americans in the United State justice system. Powerful reading. I listened to this narrated by the author. Marvelous.

I read that book last year for a book club. It was very powerful. I think it has lessons for people outside of the US as well. In Canada 36% of female prisoners and 25% of male prisoners are aboriginal even though only aboriginals comprise only 4% of the general population.
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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson - a memoir about the injustices against African Americans in the United State justice system. Powerful reading. I listened to this narrated by the author. Marvelous.

I read that book last year for a book club. It was very powerful. I think it has lessons for people outside of the US as well. In Canada 36% of female prisoners and 25% of male prisoners are aboriginal even though only aboriginals comprise only 4% of the general population.


I recommended it to a friend of mine who is active in politics on the state level. He met Stevenson and spent quite a bit of time with him when the State of Delaware was trying to eliminate the death penalty. They succeeded. I would love to hear him speak.
There is so much injustice within the world's justice systems. I am frustrated by friends who deny that white privilege was and still is an issue in the United States.
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When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11753741/

The Keys to the Street by Ruth Rendell http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14896183

Now reading Down in Jericho by Colin Dexter
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King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels
Great book about a very strong woman!

Print 2/9 Audio 2/3
Seems like I need to pick up my reading speed a bit if I want to finish another 7 books!
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Sorry for the double post but I just finished my third book!
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14380656

Print 3/9 Audio 2/3
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Valentine Murder by Leslie Meier
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Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke
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Sorry for the double post but I just finished my third book!
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14380656

Print 3/9 Audio 2/3



Post away!! It's good to see good progress :-)

I have been abroad without the PC and hope to get the webpage updated later this week. BC are upgrading their server tomorrow so it won't be then !
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This afternoon I've read a short e-book, Louise Penny Believes by Mobile Library (sic). Yes, that's who/what Amazon asserts is the author for this Kindle download. Only short. Didn't take long to read. A collection of things she's written or said, maybe in an interview with Mobile Library (?,) on various subjects. I found it and was inspired to download it this morning after seeing her and Ann Cleeves together in York's main library last night. Wonderful!
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I bought a newly published (January 2018) book (Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby) and finished reading it.

I finished reading "Gardening Answers".

And I finished one more magazine (my fourth).

Currently reading: Modern Architecture Since 1900.
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I didn't realize I hadn't posted my review of The Nightingale until I came here to post my most recent review so here goes:
http://www.librarything.com/---/150301182
I enjoyed The Nightingale but I thought it was not as good as Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay and Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky both of which explore the same time period and some of the same issues.

Next I picked up James Lee Burke's latest book, Robicheaux, which takes us back to Louisiana and his famous detective Dave Robicheaux. I've been reading JLB's books for probably 25 years and I think he's a great writer but the view he gives of crime is Louisiana is pretty depressing. Nevertheless he also shows that some people, even ones with horrible mental damage, try to do the right thing which is heartening.
http://www.librarything.com/---/150526942

Both these books were from the library so I have now read 7 out of 11 for this challenge.

I also finished up a book from the TBR pile. Blackfly Season by Giles Blunt was made into a TV miniseries by CTV in Canada and it was on TV for the last 5 weeks. I had not read the book before the show started so I would watch the show and then read the book up to where the show left off. The finale was a few nights ago so I could finally finish the book:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13443951

Now I am reading The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory. It's about Henry the VIII's last wife, Kateryn Parr. As with all of Gregory's books it is extremely well written and researched.
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Small correction to this post. I have now read 6 out of 11 library books, not 7 as I said.
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I'm Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14433855

I'm happy to see that I'm on track with my reading!
Stats: Print 4/9 Audio 2/3
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Books of MT TBR (15)
3 One of our Thursday's is Missing by Jasper Fforde
4 Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh
5 Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh

Currently reading: A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang and The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn



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Actual title The Dead of Jericho http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14910835/

Next I am reading Sue Grafton's D is for Deadbeat
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my March book group book: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Hilferuf aus dem Folterkeller by Heinrich Thies
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14421119
A true crime book about a Hamburg murderer who dissolved his victims in hydrocloric acid.
I was rather underwhelmed by this.

Stats: Print 5/9 Audio 2/3
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The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley
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Books of MT TBR (15)
6. Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh
7. Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh
8. The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn
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I've read two more library books making a total of 8 read so far for the challenge.

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory was very good but now I really despise Henry the VIIIth:
http://www.librarything.com/---/151149110

Much more to my liking was the main character in Artemis by Andy Weir:
http://www.librarything.com/---/151149165

I am now reading Camino Island by John Grisham.
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Yay another book finished!

Astrotruckers by Mikael Niemi
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14390278
I absolutely loved this! First favorite of 2018.

Stats: Print 6/9 Audio 2/3

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