Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pecking Away at the Neverending To-Be-Read Pile

I calculated awhile back that if I read two books a day, every day for the rest of my life, I'd have to live to be about 150 years old before I get to the bottom of my waiting-to-be-read pile.

Of course, it isn't really a "pile" - it's boxes and shelves filled with books waiting to be read. I've made some progress recently. I have more reading time now that my grandkids are both going to day care in the morning. At some point I'll use this free time for writing instead of reading, but this summer I'm firmly entrenched in reading mode.

Two things about my "to-be-read" pile, besides the fact that it's not a pile. It's not static, since I'm always adding new and used books to it. And I don't always reach for a book I haven't read. I'm a big fan of re-reading old favorites.

Several years ago I started logging all the books I'd been reading on the Barnes & Noble website. Later, I started building a more comprehensive list on Shelfari. Lately, I haven't been updating my books read at all, except in a notebook - an actual paper notebook. But the habit of keeping track of my reading habits online is strong, so I'm transferring the old-school list here.

It's not in alphabetical or even strictly chronological order, and I know I've left out a few (I wrote some down and can't find the list.). But still...

What I've read so far this spring and summer:


THE SECRETS SHE KEPT by Brenda Novak

ATLAS OF CURSED PLACES by Olivier Le Carrer

SHADOWS AT SUNSET by Anne Stuart

LOOK FOR ME BY MOONLIGHT by Mary Downing Hahn

SOFIA KHAN IS NOT OBLIGED by Ayisha Malik

THE BOOK OF BELOVED by Carolyn Haines

THE GIRLS OF MURDER CITY by Douglas Perry

MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL by Ashley Weaver

DEATH WEARS A MASK by Ashley Weaver

THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne

TEXTBOOK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn

MARSHALL FIELD & COMPANY: THE LIFE STORY OF A GREAT CONCERN by Samuel Herbert Ditchett

IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin

THE FAIRY GODMOTHER by Mercedes Lackey

THE GRANTCHESTER MYSTERIES: SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE DANGERS OF TEMPTATION by James Runcie

READY TO ROLL by Suzanne Brockmann

ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS: MORE OF MY FAVORITES IN SUSPENSE

FIRST CULPRIT Mystery Anthology

MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner

HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON by Julie Ann Long

LIKE NO OTHER LOVER by Julie Ann Long

THE BODY IN THE WARDROBE by Katherine Hall Page

NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS by Charlotte Lamb

MALICE DOMESTIC 9 Edited by Joan Hess

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

FAKE by Twist Phelan

A GENTLEMAN NEVER TELLS by Eloisa James

DON'T GO HOME by Carolyn Hart

A PREMONITION OF MURDER by Mary Kennedy

TEAR DOWN AND DIE by Joanna Campbell Slan

GET A CLUE by Jill Shalvis

SWEET LITTLE LIES by Jill Shalvis

DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS by Terri L. Austin

THE WICKED DUKE by Madeline Hunter

ONCE A KNIGHT by Christina Dodd

CAROLINA DREAMING by Virginia Kantra

DON'T TEMPT ME by Loretta Chase

MARRYING WINTERBOURNE by Lisa Kleypas

RULES OF THE GAME by Lori Wilde

THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts

THE LIAR by Nora Roberts

THE GAME OF KINGS by Dorothy Dunnett

PLOTS & ERRORS by Jill McGown

CREATING CLARK by Jason T. Gaffney and Ed Gaffney

KNOT GUILTY by Betty Hechtman

GONE WITH THE WOOL by Betty Hechtman

SEAMS LIKE MURDER by Betty Hechtman

My American Duchess - Eloisa James

Not Quite Perfect - Annie Lyons

Bride Without a Groom - Amy Lynch

Driven by Fire - Anne Stuart

Murder at the Observatory by Christina Squire 

Saints of the Lost and Found by T.M. Causey (Toni McGee Causey)

To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey

Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

The Ex by Alafair Burke

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

THE KILLING OF KATIE STEELSTOCK by Michael Gilbert

FEAR TO TREAD by Michael Gilbert

BAY OF SIGHS (Guardians trilogy) by Nora Roberts

THRICE THE BRINDED CAT MEW'D by Alan Bradley

A GREAT RECKONING by Louise Penny

FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 





PHRYNE FISHER series by Kerry Greenwood

COCAINE BLUES

FLYING TOO HIGH

MURDER ON THE BALLARAT TRAIN

DEATH AT VICTORIA DOCK

THE GREEN MILL MURDER

BLOOD AND CIRCUSES

RUDDY GORE

URN BURIAL

RAISINS AND ALMONDS

DEATH BEFORE WICKETS

A QUESTION OF MURDER

MURDER IN MONTPARNASSE

THE CASTLEMAINE MURDERS

QUEEN OF THE FLOWERS

MURDER IN THE DARK

DEATH BY WATER

MURDER ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT

AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES

DEAD MAN'S CHEST

UNNATURAL HABITS

MURDER and MENDELSSOHN



GIDEON OF SCOTLAND YARD series by J.J. Marric

Gideon's Day 

Gideon's Week 

Gideon's Night 

Gideon's Month 

Gideon's Staff 

Gideon's Risk 

Gideon's Fire 

Gideon's March 

Gideon's Ride 

Gideon's Vote 

Gideon's Lot 

Gideon's Badge 

Gideon's Wrath
 
Gideon's River 

Gideon's Power 

Gideon's Sport 

Gideon's Art 

Gideon's Men 

Gideon's Press 

Gideon's Fog 

Gideon's Drive 

GIDEON'S FORCE by William Vivian Butler writing as J.J. Marric

MARY STEWART'S ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVELS:

MADAM, WILL YOU TALK?

NINE COACHES WAITING

WILDFIRE AT MIDNIGHT

THUNDER ON THE RIGHT

MY BROTHER MICHAEL

THE IVY TREE

THE MOONSPINNERS

THIS ROUGH MAGIC

AIRS ABOVE THE GROUND

TOUCH NOT THE CAT

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