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09 January 2008

What's on Your Night Table?

That to-be-read pile, which is actually on and under, and in the bookcase nearby and on the DVD case behind the sofa and even a couple still under the Christmas tree, which, yes, needs to be taken down.

First the list of those which need to be finished:
• China Bayles' Book of Days - Susan Wittig Albert
• The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie (you can hear Laurie's voice in the narration; love it)
• Flax: Police Dog - Svend Flueron (my order from Germany; the book I read so long ago in the Arlington Library)
• Hummingbirds: My Tiny Treasures - Arnette Heidcamp
• The Adams Chronicles - Jack Shepard
• The Neandertal Enigma - James Shreeve
• American Science and Invention: A Pictorial History - Mitchell Wilson (from 1956!)
• How Was It Done - Readers Digest books (I usually love these RD coffee-table books, but finding it hard to get through this one)
• My Day - Eleanor Roosevelt
• The Outermost House - Henry Beston (classic nonfiction about Cape Cod; although it is very similar to Gladys Taber I'm struggling a bit with it)
• La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience - Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale
• Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
• Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor - Stephanie Barron (another I'm struggling through)
• The Trouble With Harriet - Dorothy Cannell (Cannell's humor comes highly recommended, but it's dull for me)
• Going to the Wars - John Verney

Books not yet begun:
• The Time Travelers - Linda Buckley-Archer
• Inside the Victorian Home - Judith Flanders
• By Permission of Heaven: the True Story of the Great Fire of London - Adrian Tinniswood
• Buffalo Bill's Wild West - R.L. Wilson with Greg Martin
• Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes - anthology
• Corpus de Crossword - Nero Blanc (one from the dollar spinner at Dollar General)
• The Sunken Sailor - novel by 14 mystery novelists (ditto)
• The Tale of Hill Top Farm - Susan Wittig Albert (the first of her Beatrix Potter mysteries)
• Hex Marks the Spot - Madelyn Alt
• Animation Art - ed. Jerry Beck
• Oh, Yikes! History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments - Joy Masoff
• A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
• The Strictest School in the World - Howard Whitehouse
• Crime de Cocoa - Joanna Carl (compilation of three of her chocolate mysteries plus a short story)
• Road Trips USA: Cross Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways
• Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
• Murphy's Gambit - Syne Mitchell (SF novel I picked up in our breakroom "freebee" pile)

The Christmas books:
• The War - Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns
• London Then and Now
• Matt and Shari: Great Weekend Projects - Shari Hiller and Matt Fox

And also a couple of James's books that I'm interested in:
• Moondust - Andrew Smith
• World War II: A Day-by-Day History

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Blogger Nan - said...

I love The Outermost House. There's a really nice website on Beston:


I, too, have JS&MrN waiting for me. I've started it twice and honestly liked it, but wanted to read something else so I put it aside. I also have My Day, and look forward to it. Just last year I read No Ordinary Time and loved it.

Thu Jan 10, 10:20:00 AM 2008  

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