The Yearly List
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Seems I have been bad again and totally ignored LJ. Don't know exactly how or even when I got in such a habit of running to twitter and tumblr for my fix of 'what's happening' but it seems to have developed quite a grip. Can't promise (even to myself) that I will get back into the habit of coming to LJ but I must give it a try. If nothing else just go through my friends list and see who is still here. Then look around and see who is here now that shares
some of my interests. LJ may have stagnated, or turned into a brave new world when I wasn't looking. For the moment though, there is the yearly list of books I have read. Because there is always, always, always time for books.

BOOKS I READ IN 2016

THAT WOMAN - ANNE SERBA
DAPHNE DU MAURIER AT HOME - HILARY MACASKILL
STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG - KATE ATKINSON
ONE GOOD TURN - KATE ATKINSON
THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE - MELANIE BENJAMIN
THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK MURDER CASE - GEORGE BAXT
SHERLOCK - MARTIN FIDO
TWO-PART INVENTION - MADELEINE L'ENGLE
THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
LETTERS OF JEAN RHYS - FRANCIS WYNDHAM AND DIANA MELLY
THE PARIS WIFE - PAULA MCLAIN
TED HUGHES: THE UNAUTHORIZED LIFE - JONATHAN BATE
THE THIRTY NINE STEPS - JOHN BUCHAN
I REMEMBER NOTHING AND OTHER REFLECTIONS - NORA EPHRON
JAMES TIPTREE JR: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ALICE B. SHELDON - JULIE PHILLIPS
THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER - JOHN CHEEVER
EUDORA: A WRITERS LIFE - ANN WALDRON
THE VAULT - RUTH RENDELL
MARVEL 1602 - NEIL GAIMAN
STICK FIGURE - LORI GOTTLIEB
MARMEE & LOUISA - EVE LaPLANTE
MOMENTS OF BEING - VIRGINIA WOOLF
UNFINISHED PORTRAIT - MARY WESTMACOTT
VICTORIA'S DAUGHTERS - JERROLD M. PACKARD
A SLEEPING LIFE - RUTH RENDELL
JANE STEELE - LYNDSAY FAYE
ROYAL FEUD - MICHAEL THORNTON
MISS BUNCLE'S BOOK - D.E. STEVENSON
RETURN TO THRUSH GREEN - MISS READ
THE YARD (SCOTLAND YARD'S MURDER SQUAD) - ALEX GRECIAN
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON - DANIEL KEYES
STUART: A LIFE BACKWARDS - ALEXANDER MASTERS
ELIZABETH 1 - ANNE SOMERSET
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION - NEIL GAIMAN
REBECCA WEST: A LIFE - VICTORIA GLENDINNING
ANIMAL MAGNETISM - PATTI DENYS
AT THE STILL POINT - CAROL BUCKLEY
OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY - CORNELIA OTIS SKINNER
MY MAD FAT DIARY: A MEMOIR - RAE EARL
NUTSHELL: A NOVEL - IAN MCEWAN
THE GIRL WHO HAD EVERYTHING - DORIAN LEIGH PARKER
CONSUELO AND ALVA VANDERBILT: THE STORY OF A DAUGHTER AND
A MOTHER IN THE GILDED AGE - AMANDA MACKENZIE STUART
LOTS AND LOTS OF FANFIC - MAINLY SHERLOCK

The Yearly List
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I notice the list of books I read during the past year is quite a bit shorter than in the past. I really didn't realize before now and it makes me wonder what I've been doing with that time that I used to spend reading. Something to ponder.

BOOKS I READ IN 2015

Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
American Isis - Carl Rollyson
The Lake of Darkness - Ruth Rendell
The Child's Child - Barbara Vine
My Dear Bessie - Chris Barker & Bessie Moore
The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle - Russell Miller
The Mystery of Lewis Carroll - Jenny Woolf
Heat - Bill Buford
Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - Alice Munro
The Children Act - Ian McEwan
The Private Patient - P.D. James
Serving Victoria - Kate Hubbard
On The Move - Oliver Sacks
To Marry An English Lord - Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace
Instrumental - James Rhodes
The Italian Secretary - Caleb Carr
The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson
My Father and Myself - J. R. Ackerley
Designated Fat Girl - Jennifer Joyner
The Sherlock Holmes Companion - Daniel Smith
Let's Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson
Born Round - Frank Bruni
Kitchen Privileges - Mary Higgins Clark
Mary Poppins She Wrote - Valerie Lawson
The Soloist - Mark Salzman
Experience - Martin Amis
Daphne duMaurier and Her Sisters - Jane Dunn
A Judgment In Stone - Ruth Rendell
Wish I Could Be There - Allen Shawn
A London Family - M.V. Hughes
The Girl on The Train - Paula Hawkins
The Unlikely Death - Niko Ford
The Girls of Slender Means - Muriel Spark
Sherlock Holmes London - Rose Shepherd
Lots and lots of fanfic - Mainly Sherlock

The sounds of autumn
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For the past several mornings I have been wakened by the sound of geese flying over. And now on a late Sunday afternoon there are thousands of blackbirds in the Pecan trees across the road all calling, calling, calling... I so love this time of year.

Clutter and Me
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I'm sitting here swiveling around in my chair (as one is wont to do) and having an inner dialogue about my clutter. I want empty space but I cannot make myself declutter. I have an entire bookcase of photo albums. I know I should scan all these old pictures in and get rid of the space-hogging albums. But I don't. I have over 100 vinyl record albums that survived the great decluttering of 2008. I know I should get them all copied onto the computer and get rid of the space-hogging vinyl. But I don't. There is something about the physical presence of these objects that makes them feel like such a part of me. And I don't like being attached to objects. Just like people, it makes you vulnerable to their possible loss. Meh. I has a conundrum.

Eyes Wide Open
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I woke this morning to the honking sound of geese flying over. Not a few geese, but a sizable flock. God but I love that sound. It's the only one of my favorite animal sounds I've ever heard in real life. The other two are the humpback whale and the loon. I've heard a lot of recordings but never the real thing. I ought to make a bucket list and those two things could go right at the top.

Deja Vu and Mea Culpa
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I did it again for the second year in a row. I went an entire year without writing anything in LJ. To be honest, I hardly made it over here at all.
And yet I miss it. I know I miss it and I'm only hurting myself by not coming here and saying something. Even if it's only to list the boring things I did on a typical day. Because even if no-one else reads it, I can come back someday and review my past. I am really really going to try and do better this year. And now, as I always do on January 1st, here's the list of books I read last year. At least I always remember to do this...

Poirot and Me - David Suchet
Stranger Here - Jen Larsen
Twin - Allen Shawn
The Lives They Left Behind- Darby Penney & Peter Stastny
Musicophilia - Oliver Sacks
The Water's Lovely - Ruth Rendell
Afterwords - Sybil Oldfield
Literary Paris - Jessica Powell
A Private Disgrace - Victoria Lincoln
Brain on Fire - Susannah Cahalan
Every Man For Himself - Beryl Bainbridge
Sylvia Plath: Modern Critical Views - Harold Bloom
Aging With Grace - David Snowdon
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography - Agatha Christie
An Unquiet Mind - Kay Redfield Jamison
Manhattan Monologues - Louis Auchincloss
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Six - Jonathan Strahan
Dancing Girls - Margaret Atwood
Dead End Gene Pool - Wendy Burden
The Letters of Noel Coward - Noel Coward
The Blood of Strangers - Frank Huyler
Letters to a Young Doctor - Richard Selzer
Seeking Rapture - Kathryn Harrison
The Unexplained Guest - Agatha Christie
A Cezanne in the Hedge - Hugh Lee
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centenary - Adrian Conan Doyle
The Blood Doctor - Barbara Vine
Murder on The Home Front - Molly Lefebure
The Tale of Beatrix Potter - Margaret Lane
Careless People - Sarah Churchwell
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Two Girls, Fat and Thin - Mary Gaitskill
The Diagnosis - Alan Lightman
Shirley - Susan Scarf Merrell
Pain, Parties, Work - Elizabeth Winder
Counting Ones Blessings - Wm Shawcross
Mad Girls Love Song - Andrew Wilson
Memento Mori - Muriel Spark
Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Collection
A Girl Named Zippy - Haven Kimmel
Hyperbole and A Half - Allie Brosh
The Fry Chronicles- Stephen Fry
Other People's Love Letters - Bill Shapiro
Lots and lots of fanfic - mainly Sherlock

How The Hell Did It Get To Be 2014
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I am the worst blogger in the world. I accept the mantle. I did not write anything for the
entire year of 2013. Will I do better this year?

Here's the list of books I read last year.
Hey, it's a start.

Lady Ottoline's Album - Julian Vinogradoff
Distant Hours - Kate Morton
The Wapshot Scandal - John Cheever
The Tale of Genji - Lady Murasaki
Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor - Rosina Harrison
The Case Files of Sherlock Holmes - John Watson
Portobello - Ruth Rendell
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House - Meghan Daum
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
Assembling My Father - Anna Cypra Oliver
Such A Strange Lady - Janet Hitchman
Things You Should Know - A.M. Homes
Drop Dead Healthy - A. J. Jacobs
Dwarf - Tiffanie DiDonato
Saying on Alone - The Letters of Alice B. Toklas
In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner - Elizabeth George
Wait For Me - Memoirs - Deborah Mitford
Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - Therese Anne Fowler
The Sensualist - Barbara Hodgson
Katharine and E.B. White - An Affectionate Memoir - Isabel Russell
Images of America - Nantucket - James Everett Greider and Georgen Charnes
An English Room - Derry Moore
Below Stairs - Margaret Powell
The Little Girls - Elizabeth Bowen
Janet, My Mother, and Me - William Murray
Lady Sackville - Susan Mary Alsop
Good Evening, Mrs. Craven- Mollie Panter-Downes
To The Letter - Simon Garfield
Letters of Note - Shaun Usher
Tons and Tons of fanfic - mainly Sherlock Holmes

Seasonal Bliss
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OMG, my heater has come on. We might be going to have a winter this year in Georgia. I can dig out the sweater I bought on sale last January and possibly WEAR it. What a concept.

I suck as a journalist
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I can't believe it's been three months since I've posted anything; I truly do suck as a journalist. But I'm just not an initiator. Everything I do is in response to other people and I am a terrific responder. I have plenty of opinions and don't mind expressing them, but for some reason I always leave it to the other person to initiate the dialogue. There must be some way to kickstart myself. Right now I just sit and stare at the blank page, giving it an evil suspicious eye like it's going to bite me. And maybe it should. Because then I'd have something to respond to!

clutter, beloved clutter
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You just don't realize how much stuff, (how much NO-I-cannot-part-with-it stuff!) you have accumulated, until you have to shift one side of your house to the other side of your house so the carpet can be ripped up and new installed.
DearGod. Neveragain,neveragain,neveragain...





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