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text 2019-06-19 14:53
TeaStitchRead's 25 Essentials - 11 to 16
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present - Howard Zinn
A History of the American People - Paul Johnson
Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documents - Ellen Carol DuBois,Lynn Dumenil
Through Women's Eyes, Volume 1: To 1900: An American History with Documents - Ellen Carol DuBois,Lynn Dumenil
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis
The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado - Holly Bailey
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath - Ted Koppel

Non-Fiction American History

11. A People's History of the United States 1492 - Present by Howard Zinn - history is often written by the victors. This book helped me see all the others in history. 

 

12. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson - American history seen through the lens of someone not American. 

 

13. Through Women's Eyes: An American History with Documents Volume 1 and 2 edited by Ellen Carol DuBois and Lynn Dumenil. A more intersectional look at American history. Very academic but still quite readable.

 

Non-Fiction Disaster

14. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis - it was hard to pick one Lewis book because I am such a fan of his writing, but this was the first I read so on the list it goes. 

 

15. The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado by Holly Bailey - the story of how the Moore, OK tornado happened and the aftermath. Heartbreaking but also the writing kept me turning pages quickly.

 

16. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel - a what if? premise that is a very realistic threat. Infrastructure matters.

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text 2019-06-05 16:15
Surprise - it's four free LGBTQ+ novellas this month from publisher TOR (deadline June 8)
The Black Tides of Heaven; A Taste of Honey; Passing Strange; The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion - Ellen Klages,Margaret Killjoy,Kai Ashante Wilson,Carl Engle-Laird,JY Yang
The Black Tides of Heaven - JY Yang
A Taste of Honey - Kai Ashante Wilson
Passing Strange - Ellen Klages
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain) - Margaret Killjoy

In order to download free, you do need to subscribe your email address.  They don't flood you with other marketing emails.  You do have to act lightning fast when you get the email because these stay available free almost no time.  Download = http://ebookclub.tor.com .

 

Publisher info on the books is at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250305923 

 

There's a bookclub on booklikes for these at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy   (TOR publishes mainly science fiction and fantasy genre books).  

Source: ebookclub.tor.com
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text 2019-06-02 20:40
Detection Club Bingo: Blackout
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books - Martin Edwards
The Golden Age of Murder - Martin Edwards
The Hollow Man - John Dickson Carr
Poison In The Pen - Patricia Wentworth
File on Fenton & Farr - Q. Patrick
Bats in the Belfry - E.C.R. Lorac
Trial and Error (Arcturus Crime Classics) - Anthony Berkeley
Nightmare - Lynn Brock
A Question of Proof - Nicholas Blake
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson

With Ngaio Marsh's Nursing Home Murder and Ellen Wilkinson's Division Bell Mystery, both of which I finished in the past 10 days, I have blacked out my bingo card.

 

Many thanks to Moonlight Reader for creating such a wonderful card in response to my completely off-the-wall idea to track our Detection Club / Golden Age mystery reads this way!

 

While my bingo card may now be completed, my foray into the world of the Detection Club and Golden Age crime fiction is by far not over -- there are many more books and authors I'm planning to explore; some, but by far not all of them, as part of this year's Summer of Sherlock / 221B Baker Street and Beyond reading project.

 

 

The Squares / Chapters:

1. A New Era Dawns: Ernest Bramah - The Tales of Max Carrados;

Emmuska Orczy - The Old Man in the Corner

2. The Birth of the Golden Age: A.A. Milne - The Red House Mystery
3. The Great Detectives:
Margery Allingham - The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look to the Lady, Police at the Funeral, Sweet Danger, Death of a Ghost, Flowers for the Judge, The Case of the Late Pig, Dancers in Mourning, The Fashion in Shrouds, Traitor's Purse, and The Tiger in the Smoke;

Anthony Berkeley - The Poisoned Chocolates Case;

Patricia Wentworth - Miss Silver Intervenes, Latter End, The Watersplash, The Traveller Returns, Poison in the Pen, The Clock Strikes Twelve, The Alington Inheritance, The Gazebo, The Benevent Treasure, Anna Where Are You?, The Key, The Ivory Dagger, Out of the Past, The Silent Pool, The Catherine Wheel, and The Fingerprint;

Agatha Christie - Murder at the Vicarage

4. 'Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!': Freeman Wills Crofts - The Hog's Back Mystery;

Dennis Wheatley and J.G. Links - Murder off Miami;

Members of the Detection Club - The Floating Admiral

5. Miraculous Murders: Anthony Wynne - Murder of a Lady;

John Dickson Carr - The Hollow Man

6. Serpents in Eden: Agatha Christie - The Moving Finger;

John Bude - The Lake District Murder;

Patricia Wentworth - Poison in the Pen;

Miles Burton - The Secret of High Eldersham

7. Murder at the Manor: Mavis Doriel Hay - The Santa Klaus Murder;

Ethel Lina White - The Spiral Staircase (aka Some Must Watch);

Georgette Heyer - Penhallow

8. Capital Crimes: Mavis Doriel Hay - Murder Underground;

E.C.R. Lorac - Bats in the Belfry

9. Resorting to Murder: Dorothy L. Sayers - Five Red Herrings;

Agatha Christie - Death on the Nile

10. Making Fun of Murder: Edmund Crispin - The Moving Toyshop;

Alan Melville - Quick Curtain

11. Education, Education, Education: Mavis Doriel Hay - Death on the Cherwell
12. Playing Politics:
Ngaio Marsh - The Nursing Home Murder
13. Scientific Enquiries: Christopher St. John Sprigg - Death of an Airman;

Freeman Wills Crofts - Mystery in the Channel

14. The Long Arm of the Law: Henry Wade - Lonely Magdalen
15. The Justice Game: Anthony Berkeley - Trial and Error;

Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
16. Multiplying Murders:
Anthony Berkeley - The Silk Stocking Murders
17. The Psychology of Crime:
Lynn Brock - Nightmare
18. Inverted Mysteries:
Anne Meredith - Portrait of a Murderer

19. The Ironists: Anthony Rolls - Family Matters;

Anthony Berkeley - The Wychford Poisoning Case

20. Fiction from Fact: Josephine Tey - The Franchise Affair

21. Singletons: Ellen Wilkinson - The Division Bell Mystery
22. Across the Atlantic: Patricia Highsmith - The Talented Mr. Ripley;

Q. Patrick (Richard Wilson Webb and Hugh Wheeler) - File on Fenton and Farr;

Mary Roberts Rinehart - Locked Doors  and The Red Lamp

23. Cosmopolitan Crimes: Georges Simenon - Pietr le Letton (Pietr the Latvian)
24. The Way Ahead: Nicholas Blake - A Question of Proof

 

Free Square / Eric the Skull: Martin Edwards - The Golden Age of Murder

 

The book that started it all:

Martin Edwards - The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

 

The Detection Club Reading Lists:
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: The "100 Books" Presented
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 1-5

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 6 & 7
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 8-10
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 11-15
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 16-20
The story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 21-24

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text 2019-05-30 14:35
Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 254 pages.
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson

I really enjoyed the look behind the walls of the House of Commons and the role women played in government in this time period. I even found the political discussions about the changes in British government in between the war years very interesting (even though a lot of this went over my head).

I was underwhelmed by the mystery, though. And toward the end I lost almost all of my respect for the main character, Robert. What a fool!

 

A fool in love, but still a fool. 

(spoiler show)

 

 

Memorial Day Roll #2

 

Page count: 254 pages = $ 3.00

 

 

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text 2019-05-30 08:45
Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 254 pages.
The Division Bell Mystery - Ellen Wilkinson

There is one character in particular that I suspect of being the murderer. The way this character is shoe-horned into the story makes me suspicious.

Since I´m not the best at predicting murderers in crime novels, though, I´m probably wrong about my assumption.

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