Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Books read, first quarter 2019

Death of a Gossip. M.C. Beaton
Death of an Outsider.
Death of a Perfect Wife.
Death of a Hussy.
Death of a Snob.
Death of a Prankster.
The Skeleton Road. Val McDermid
Out of Bounds.
Broken Ground.

These were all library books.  I might have one or two others, but I didn't write it down anywhere.  I read the McDermid books out of order, but am still enjoying myself working my way backwards through the Karen Pirie novels.  I'm not sure if I'm enjoying the Beaton mysteries, but I still have two of them beside my bed to read for a couple of pages before I pass out each night.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Book list for 2018

The stack of books beside my bed.
Here's what I read in 2018! I'm setting them out in the order in which they were read. Library books are marked, as always, with an asterisk.

The Checklist Manifesto. Atul Gawande.*
The One Full Year Challenge. Brad Hardin.
The Store. James Patterson and Richard DeLallo.*
A Homemade Year. Jerusalem Jackson Greer.*
A Bed of Scorpions. Judith Flanders. *

The Same Sweet Girls' Guide to Life. Cassandra King. *
Stitches. Anne Lamont.*
Her Fearful Symmetry. Audrey Niffenegger.*
The Western Star. Craig Johnson. *
The Child in the Family. Maria Montessori.*

What Happened. Hillary Rodham Clinton.*
The Four Things that Matter Most. Ira Byock.*
The Lost Hero. Rick Riordan.*
The Rooster Bar. John Grisham.*
Surprise Me. Sophie Kinsella.*
A is for Alibi. Sue Grafton.*
Death of a Cad. M.C. Beaton.*

Death of a Witch. M.C. Beaton.*
B is for Burglar. Sue Grafton.*
C is for Corpse. Sue Grafton.*
D is Deadbeat. Sue Grafton.*

E is for Evidence. Sue Grafton.*
Essentialism. Gary McKeown.*
F is for Fugitive. Sue Grafton.*
Teach Like Finland. Timothy D. Walker.*

Cræft. Alexander Langlands.*
G is for Gumshoe. Sue Grafton.*
Snowblind. Ragnar Jonasson.*

I is for Innocent. Sue Grafton.*
Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995. Adrienne Rich.*
Lumberjanes: Out of Time.*

J is for Justice. Sue Grafton.*
Lumberjanes: Band Together.*
The Breakdown. B.A. Paris.
Lumberjanes: Sink or Swim.*

Home to Harmony. Philip Gulley.*
Cave of Bones. Anne Hillerman.*

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. David Lagercrantz.*
Two Kinds of Truth. Michael Connelly.
L is for Lawless. Sue Grafton.
Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World. Clara Parkes.*

The Witch Elm. Tana French.*
Death of a Ghost. M.C. Beaton.*

Death of a Nurse. M.C. Beaton.*
At Home in this Life. Jerusalem Jackson Greer.*
Depth of Winter.  Craig Johnson.*
Transcription. Kate Atkinson.*

Friday, November 23, 2018


Yesterday was Thanksgiving.  We all went to my sister's house and ate a lot and watched the kids run from room to room. After managing a group photo, most of us didn't take any pictures of the rest of the day.

I have a lot to be thankful for.

A nice man who makes good pies.

A sharp little girl who is creative and goofy.

Nephews with wild imaginations. A niece who looks like she'll become a big reader.

Parents and siblings who make jokes and good food and know how to soothe an overstimulated child (or me).

In laws who like getting pictures of Evelyn having adventures.

The library near our apartment.

Yarn in general.

Jobs, health, fancy coffee, and thriving houseplants.

Just good, good things I'm thinking about while I laze around in this hotel bed listening to Cody and Evelyn sleep.

Happy holidays.

The brightest spot in the world. 


Sunday, October 28, 2018


I went on a work trip, the weather is cool enough for Cody to bike to work again, and Evelyn has been in full Halloween mode for about 6 weeks. We've been to birthday parties, Halloween parties, and regular ol' parties.

I'm knitting a lot and easing up on the Sue Grafton novels.  I think these are the last of this year's zinnias, but I may have a few more blooms on the balcony before plant season is truly over.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Book list for August 2018

"J" is for Justice.  Sue Grafton. *

"K" is for Killer. Sue Grafton.

Lumberjanes: Band Together. *

The Breakdown.  B. A. Paris.

Lumberjanes: Sink or Swim.*