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$3.2 million worth of rare stolen books have been found under a house in rural Romania.

When a group of thieves stole $3.2 million worth of rare books from a London warehouse in 2017, including seminal scientific texts by Isaac Newton … $3.2 million worth of rare stolen books have been found under a house in rural Romania.

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Patricia Wentworth: The Case Is Closed

Well, this was enjoyable.  As in some of Wentworth’s other books, the mystery wasn’t much to write home about  — the principal villains are known pretty much from the word “go”, as is the way the whole thing was worked (there’s one huge clue fairly early on which essentially gives the game away, and the false […]

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Reading progress update: I’ve read 100%.

And now I’m going to watch the movie all over again.   The nice thing about having the audio is that it is not only read by Mr. Elwes; it also features almost the entire cast, reading the comments that they contributed to his book.   The nice thing about having the print version is […]

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Essential History Reading (NF): State of the List

The list is now up to 897 books — 104 more to get to 1001.  Surely we can do that??   So, calling for contributions once more.  Non-U.S. / non-European still preferred, but really … anything goes!     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1926108/essential-history-reading-nf-state-of-the-list

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I’m just going to leave this here …

My car’s dashboard thermometer, earlier this afternoon. (43°C = 109.4°F)   Can I just say I was very glad to be back indoors when I got home??   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1924880/i-m-just-going-to-leave-this-here

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@Elentarri, Lillelara, Linda Hilton, Markk, Murder by Death, Obsidian Blue, SirSurly, Tea Stitch Read, and Tigus

I’ve gone through Moonlight Reader’s 1001 books list and identified those entries that are historical nonfiction but currently not yet also on Chris’s History Nonfiction list.  Please have a look at the below books you contributed to MR’s list and let Chris and me know whether you want them to be added to Chris’s list […]

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Essential History List

Reblogged from: Chris’ Fish Place Thanks to the wonderful Themis-Athena, we have been able to enter all the books so far.  We have a total of 629.  You can see the complete list here.   We are putting out another call out for books.   In particular, we are looking for more books about religion other […]

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Bon 230e Anniversaire, la France. Happy Bastille Day!

Jean-Pierre Houël (1735-1813): La prise de la Bastille Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1918261/bon-230e-anniversaire-la-france-happy-bastille-day

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More Favorite / Essential Historical Fiction: Towards the 200!

OK, so I did get to another full list after all.  Here goes, without any further ado:   Virginia Woolf: Orlando I’m happy I’m getting another shot for this book alone — could have kicked myself for leaving it off my first list.  I’m not a big fan of either time travel or main character […]

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My Historical Fiction Essentials

Finally getting around to this — as per Chris’s invitation, here’s my list (in no particular order, and with major reliance on Chris’s dictum that it’s “fine to list a whole author’s work or series and have it count as one entry”):   Hillary Mantel’s historical fiction I’ve yet to try her contemporary writing, but […]

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Happy Independence Day — and, my Freedom and Future Library

Reblogged from: Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books REPOSTING FOR UPDATED READING LIST — I can hardly believe it’s been a year since I started this.   Books read are checked off, with the year of reading added in parentheses (and with everything read prior to 2018 just marked like that, since 2018 was the year when […]

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Reading progress update: I’ve read 20 out of 320 pages (approximately).

Page count is approximate because I don’t have the book with me at the moment.   Anyway, I made a start and finished the first chapter.  A very different tone from the likes of Brusatte, Kean and, in their own way, also Liz Kalaugher and Matin Durrani (the authors of Furry Logic).  And a welcome […]

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Link to the downloadable Crowdsourced! list

Reblogged from: Moonlight Reader   Themis-Athena has been working extremely hard on the google sheet, which now has 665 books on it. I believe that it is up to date except for Elentarri’s list posted today.   You can view the google document here.   I am also hard at work on the BL list, and […]

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Crowdsourced: State of the List — CALL FOR A MORATORIUM ON SUBMISSIONS

Guys, we totally rock — once I’ll have added today’s most recent submissions, we’ll be in spitting distance of our 1001 goal!   So I’m going to ask for a moratorium on submissions, with two exceptions:   1) We need more romance novels (and also a bit more horror) — the list is currently lopsided […]

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Crowdsourced Book List: Just Saying

  I’ve just updated the Google spreadsheet, and we haven’t just cracked the 500 book threshold, we’ve cracked 600 … and we’re on a good way to get to 700.  Do we rock, or what???   Triple hooray for Moonlight Reader’s brainwave and for everyone who responded!   And it’s not too late yet in […]

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Reading progress update: I’ve read 100%.

Review: Wow.  What a book — definitely one of the highlights of this year; and I’m glad I took a whole week to finish it.  Nothing short of spectacular — as is Kobna Holdbrook Smith’s narration. Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1902985/reading-progress-update-i-ve-read-100

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BL-opoly: Dice Roll #7

I just about made it through Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility in time to still be allowed to roll today.  Funnily enough, I rolled the same results as with my roll before the last one — a 1+1 double and a 5+4 — even though I’d actually not only gone back to start but also […]

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Golden Age Mysteries: Further Reading

With my Detection Club Bingo card now blacked out, I’m going to track my reading here.  (Note: for purposes of completeness, this includes books by the below authors already read prior to the creation of this list.)  My priorities are going to be:     Arthur Conan Doyle’s / Sherlock Holmes’s adventures, biographies, contemporaries and […]

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The Flat Book Society: Open for July nominations!

Reblogged from: BrokenTune Hello,    With the current Flat Book Society read of Napoleon’s Buttons (by Penny Le Couteur) on the way, I have cleared the list of votes to make way for new new nominations.    Please add any titles you’d like the group to vote on as the July group read.   And if you […]

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Discworld – Remaining 2019 Group Reads. NEXT ONE (SOURCERY) STARTS JUNE 1

For those who are planning to participate in the next Discworld group reads, these are, for the rest of this year:   * Sourcery (Rincewind #3) — beginning June 1 (tomorrow) * Wyrd Sisters (Witches #2) — beginning August 1 * Pyramids (Ancient Civilizations #1) – beginning October 1    — Coinciding with Halloween Bingo.  […]

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