Portfolio Category: Ongoing

Halloween Book Bingo 2020

  Current Status of the Card:   The Books: Sleepy Hollow: Alice Hoffman: The River King – finished Sept. 26, 2020. Film at 11: Ellis Peters: The Devil’s Novice – finished Sept. 24, 2020. Southern Gothic: Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Tom Dooley – finished Sept. 19, 2020. Murder Most Foul: Michael Connelly: The Night […]

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Completed Series / Authors

It occurred to me that there is a third “series reading” master post I should keep, in addition to the First in Series and Ongoing Series projects that I created, as inspired by Moonlight Reader; namely, one to collect all my completed reading. So this project collects everything from books / series recently finished to […]

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Ongoing Series

Following up on my First in Series post and, again inspired by Moonlight Reader, this reading list collects all of my ongoing series; i.e. all series that I have started and neither fully completed nor decided to discontinue.  Like my First in Series list, this is primarily for my own reference, so in order not […]

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First in Series

Moonlight Reader created a post like this and I decided it might help me keeping track of my series reading plans as well, so here we are. These are all the still-to-be-started series that I’ve added to my TBR in the past two decades (ever since I started keeping track of my reading at all).  Obviously, […]

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Women Writers: Reading List

I originally compiled this list for the 2018 Women Writers Bingo, but decided to undust it and continue using it for my Around the World in 80 Books, Mostly by Female Authors project. Basically this is an extract from my bookshelves (both TBR and read — “read” where I’ve already read other books by the same […]

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The Detection Club

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 rivals, as […]

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Around the World in 80 Books – Mostly by Female Authors

[World map created with Mapchart.net] The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author’s nationality, it can apply to either […]

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The BookLikes Crowdsourced Reading Lists

The Complete Lists Crowdsourced! A Badass Booklikes Booklist: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qYl32e0L3R3X_82XldWaCOt2naBFtvoJsaQY8zzUU3E/edit#gid=0 Historical Fiction Essential Reading: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PqlPzGtuuiuoy8z04LNVl-QWJpe2M0ihTV_xkMSTMBM/edit#gid=0 Essential History Reading List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wvymq7mUjdIllr0a2eNoN6XXwIhu6UvpUAsRUNFtObQ/edit#gid=0     Own Contributions General / Main List * Books With a Difference * Crowdsourced: More Books With a Difference — Fiction * Crowdsourced BookList: A Shorthand Quickie Towards the 1001 (Part 1: General Fiction & […]

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Freedom and Future Library

You’d have to be living under a rock buried somewhere halfway down to the center of the earth in order not to be aware that in recent years our beautiful world has been shaken up by a number of crises the likes of which I, at least, have not experienced in my entire lifetime — […]

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On Page and Screen

Bringing together great literature and its equally great screen adaptations:   Jane Austen Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links Book review: Mansfield Park (1814) Screenplay review: Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson, 1995) Movie review: Sense and Sensibility (Columbia Pictures 1995, starring Emma Thompson) Project: By a Lady …   John Berendt Author page: biographical […]

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221B Baker Street

The World of London’s Only Consulting Detective   Arthur Conan Doyle Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links   Sherlock Holmes Book review: The Valley of Fear Short story review: The Speckled Band Short story review: The Sussex Vampire TV series review: Sherlock Holmes (Granada TV / ITV 1984 – 1994, starring Jeremy Brett) On […]

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Measure for Measure

Introduction I was initiated into the unique world of Shakespeare’s poetry and plays in high school and, I believe like many people, though instantly smitten with the man and his works, meandered a while before settling on my all-time favourite piece – Hamlet. Earlier candidates included pretty much all the other usual suspects at one […]

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Little Grey Cells: St. Mary Mead & Elsewhere

Agatha Christie’s Detectives and Their World   The Queen of Crime Author page: biographical sketch, bibliography, quotes, links   Hercule Poirot Audiobook review: Murder on the Orient Express (read by David Suchet) Book review: Hallowe’en Party TV series review: Agatha Christie’s Poirot (ITV 1989 – 2013, starring David Suchet) – and individual episodes: The Mysterious Affair […]

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Beyond the 100th Meridian

Introduction When I was not even four years old, a new branch of my family inserted themselves into my life: my aunt, uncle, and cousins, recently returned from El Paso, TX, where my uncle, who was with the military, had spent one of the multiple, several-year-long stints at Fort Bliss that were spread throughout his […]

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The Goumet Corner

CookBook Reviews Sarah R. Labensky / Alan M. Hause: On Cooking Moosewood Collective: Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home – Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day Lorenz Books: Around the World Cookbook Duncan MacDonald / Robb Sagendorph: Old-Time New England Cookbook Rex Stout, et al.: The Nero Wolfe Cookbook               […]

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The Cat’s Whiskers

 Friendly Felines: Past and Present They’ve been my babies since November 2018 (both 15 months old then): Twin brothers / litter mates Sunny (left) and Charlie (right).   He was named Horst at the shelter, but I soon rechristened him Teddy. Alas, we were destined to be together for less than a year (June 2017 […]

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