Month: March 2020

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#Stayathome Pets: Charlie, the Camouflage Cat

I was working late last night and Charlie decided to join me.  After having dithered a while where to take up temporary residence, he picked … a box, of course; one of the few that have, by sheer dint of emergency storage, so far survived the Big Decluttering Project.  Given that both the box itself […]

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Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver Comes to Stay

Yes — Still a Favorite I’m getting to the point where I’m beginning to revisit “Miss Silver” books because I’ve read almost all the books in the series at least once.  (There are only some five or so books left that I’ve yet to read for the first time.)  So I figured, I might just […]

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Game REPLAY!

Reblogged from: Moonlight Reader   MARCH 2020 UPDATE: I know that I previously said that I wasn’t going to do any games aside from Halloween Bingo in 2020, but that was Pre-COVID-19. Here we all are, stuck in our houses and reading like mad./p> So, why wouldn’t we play a game? I decided to just […]

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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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Free David Williams audiobook

Reblogged from: XOX   Source: www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses David Williams free audio book for all who have to stay home.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2112524/free-david-williams-audiobook

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My New TBR Cart, or the Big Home Decluttering Project

… Part 1. It started last weekend when I resolved to finally catch up with a few overdue tasks, which — go figure — suddenly also restored at least a semblance of order to my office.  (A colleague with whom I’m working very closely, and who is just about the only person permitted to get […]

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Oh, look! Matching Spines!

One of the results of this week’s Big Decluttering Project was that rearranging my Golden Age mystery shelves finally allowed me to put up my Margaret Millar omnibus volumes in the upright position and right next to each other.  And look what I found!  I love it when that happens …   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2112374/oh-look-matching-spines

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Hoarding: The Figures

… for Germany, according to the federal statistics monitoring agency (Statistisches Bundesamt): Sales of disinfectants: up by up to 800% — then down to zero sales, because stores went out of stock. Sales of soap: up by 400%. Sales of toilet paper: up by 300% (this is surprisingly low). Sales of pasta, flour, sugar, rice, […]

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Meanwhile in Brazil …

See: www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/25/821327282/in-brazil-bolsonaro-doubles-down-on-exaggerated-coronavirus?t=1585223690880 I know it’s extremely small comfort for those of us worried about their own governments’ responses, but I’m still glad we don’t have to deal with this sort of mega-f*ckery. No wonder Brazilians are furious.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2105131/meanwhile-in-brazil

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Agatha Christie: Towards Zero & Ordeal by Innocence

Reading Progress Updates 1%: Audible.de has “double feature” deals on a bunch of the Hugh Fraser / Agatha Christie audios at the moment, so for this buddy read I decided to use one of my credits for those (even though I already have the CD versions of both, but what the heck, it’s Christie and […]

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This is good to see – please pass it on to anyone who might find it useful

Reblogged from: Mike Finn   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2091994/this-is-good-to-see-please-pass-it-on-to-anyone-who-might-find-it-useful

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Literary Hub: The first lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing.

Source: lithub.com/the-first-lines-of-10-classic-novels-rewritten-for-social-distancing     Pride and Prejudice It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be hoarding toilet paper. (Midu shared this on LinkedIn the other day; thought I’d pass it on.) And there are a couple of repuposed last lines, too …   Original post: […]

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BookLikes Newbie Wondering Whether to Stay

See: booklikes.com/thread/4818/should-i-bother-with-booklikes?p=0#thread-post Looking at her blog, I instantly decided to follow her; I also posted a link to her blog in the “New BL Blogs to Follow” group.  In the space of a single day, she’s pretty much nailed the site’s issues such as they present to someone who’s just signed up, but instead of […]

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Gaël Faye: Petit pays (Small Country)

A short but impactful novel (barely longer than a novella), tracing the coming-of-age of the son of a French father and a Burundian Tutsi mother, which coming-of-age is rudely interrupted when the genocide in neighboring Rwanda spills over into Burundi.  Along the way, the novel examines how our cultural identity is first drummed into us, […]

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Sonia Sotomayor: My Beloved World

What a courageous woman! Justice Sotomayor’s memoirs of her upbringing in the New York Puerto Rican community, and her unlikely, but doggedly pursued path to Princeton, Yale Law School, and ultimately, the Federal Bench — fulfilling a dream that had, oddly, started by watching Perry Mason on TV as a child. Sotomayor is a trailblazer […]

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February and Mid-March 2020 Reading Update

I never got around to doing this at the end of February, so what the heck … I might as well include the first two weeks of March, since that month is half over at this point already, too.  But then, February was such a universal suck-fest in RL that I didn’t even make it […]

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Margery Allingham: Death of a Ghost

Unlike my reading experience with Allingham’s fellow Golden Age Queens of Crime Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, that with Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion series is a rather checkered one, where instances of true mystery reader’s delight repeatedly follow hot on the heels of groan-inducing forays into clichéd, implausible plots populated by cardboard […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Light Thickens

“Duncan is in his grave; After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well; Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison, Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing, Can touch him further. […] Ere the bat hath flown His cloister’d flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums Hath rung night’s yawning […]

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Patricia Moyes: Dead Men Don’t Ski

A huge shout-out to Moonlight Reader for favorably reviewing this book earlier this year and thus bringing it to my attention.  Henry Tibbett and his wife Emmy are a joy to be with, and like MR and Tigus (who has also read the book in the interim), I’ll definitely be spending more time in their […]

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Agatha Christie / Mathew Prichard (ed.): The Grand Tour

Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 Agatha Christie’s letters, photos and postcards from the expedition to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Canada in which her first husband, Archibald, and she were invited to participate out of the blue shortly after the birth of their daughter Rosamund.  Lovingly edited by her […]

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