Thursday, January 3, 2019

Adult books I have read in 2018

Trent Reedy challenged us to read 100 books a year. Therefore every year since then I've posted the list of books I have read.  However, this year the list is 11 pages long, so I"m going to post them in two posts.
Here is the list of adult books I read in 2018.  (Children's books in previous post)

Booklist of Adult Books Read in 2018

Bacigalupi, Paolo.  The Water Knife. NY:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Braun, Lilian Jackson.  The Cat Who talked turkey. NY:  Jove books/ Putnum, 2004. 
Bujold, Lois McMaster.  Miles in Love. NY: Baen, 1998, 1999, 2006. (containing the books Komarr, A civil Campaign, and Winterfair Gifts.)
    ….            Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance.  (Vorkosigan Saga)  NY: Baen, 2014.

    ….                        Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. (Vorkosigan Saga) NY: Baen, 2016.

Cline, Ernest.  Ready Player One.  NY:  Broadway books (pb)/ Crown, 2011. (all I can say is that the author certainly knows a lot about historic as well as modern arcade and online gaming.) (friends say the book is much better than the movie.)
Clinton, Bill and James Patterson.  The President is Missing.  NY:  Knopf/ Little Brown and Co, 2018.  (Well done spy suspense thriller.)  (catalogued under Patterson in the county library – under Clinton in the city library. Hmmm. I read it twice.)
Crider, Bill.  A Romantic Way to Die, a sheriff Dan Rhodes Mystery.  NY: St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2001.  (Bill was a part of a huge online group of writers that I belong to.  He recently died, so I decided to read some of his books.  They’re small-town mysteries, not romance novels or children’s books, although this story does take place at a Romance Writer’s gathering.)
Deveraux, Jude.  The Temptress.  NY: Pocket Books, 1986. (unfortunately, this reads like an             early attempt at writing a romance. Unlike her deep immersion into             story and characters with an engaging throughline which can be found             In her more recent books.)
    ….             The Raider. NY: NY: Pocket Books, 1987.  (just as poorly written as The             Temptresswith even more stopping the story to have sex.  Not up to             the quality of the writing of her more recent books.)
    ….            The Princess.  NY: Pocket Books, 1987.  (ah – this is more like her normal             quality writing.  I can only conclude that the above two books were             quickly written to fulfill a 3-book contract and this is the one she             spent more time on perfecting.)
   ….             The Invitation.  (three short stories)  NY: Pocket Books, 1994.
     ….            Forever, a novel of good and evil, love and hope.  NY: Pocket books, 2002.
    ….            Holly.  NY:  Atria Books, 2003.
  ….            Someone to Love, a novel.  NY:  Atria Books, 2007.
    ….            The Summerhouse.  NY: Pocket Books, 2001.
    ….            Return to Summerhouse.  NY: Thorndike/Gale, 2008. (large type)
                                    (I love the Summerhouse series and wish she’d write many more.
                                      Ah – check out the Summer Hill series she has just begun.)
    ….            Scarlet Nights.  (Edilean series) NY:  Atria Books, 2010.  (I love the             Interconnectedness of characters in the Edilean series.)
    ….            True Love. (Nantucket Brides series) NY: Ballantine, 2013.
    ….            For All time. (Nantucket Brides series) NY: Ballantine, 2014.
    ….            Ever After. (Nantucket Brides series) NY: Ballantine, 2015.
    .…            The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel.  NY:  Harlequin, Mira Books, 2016.    
   ….            As you wish.  NY:  Harlequin, Mira Books, 2018.  (Second book in the town of             Summer Hill series, adding characters from the Summerhouse series)
Follett, Ken.             A Column of Fire. (book 3 of Pillars of the Earth series)  NY:   Viking, 2017.
                        (I finally finished reading this huge trilogy.)
Francis, Dick.  Field of Thirteen.  NY: GP Putnam’s Sons, 1998.  (A collection of 13 excellent short stories, all based in the horse racing world, of course.)
    ….  and Felix Francis.   Second Wind.   NY: GP Putnam’s Sons, 1999.
    ….            Under Orders.   G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006.  (Although written in Felix’s style and an acknowledgement inside the book to his son, Felix, this book was not listed under both names as authors.)
    ….     ….               Dead Heat. NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.
    ….     ….            Even Money.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009.
    ….      ….            Crossfire.NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2010.
Francis, Felix.  Dick Francis’s Gamble. NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011.
    ….            Dick Francis’s Bloodline.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012.
    ….            Dick Francis’s Refusal.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013.
    ….            Dick Francis’s Damage, a novel of suspense.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.
    ….            Front Runner, A Dick Francis Novel.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2015.
    ….            Triple Crown,A Dick Francis Novel. NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016.
    ….            Pulse, a Dick Francis novel.  NY:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017.
Heyer, Georgette.  The Quiet Gentleman.  NY:  Putnam, 1952.
Howard, Kat. An Unkindness of magicians.NY:  2017.
James, Miranda.  Murder Past Due.  (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) London: Wheeler Chivers (large type), 2010.  The first book in this librarian/ cat sleuth series)
    ….            Classified as Murder.  (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) London: Wheeler Chivers (large type), 2010. 
    ….            File M for Murder. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2012.  
                        (I wonder when they’ll actually put a Main Coon Cat on the cover, instead of a fat, normal short-haired cat?)
    ….            Out of Circulation. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Gale Cengage Learning, (large type), 2013. (Someone should tell the cover illustrator that the cat he put on the cover is not a Maine Coon Cat.)
    ….            The Silence of the Library.(a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2014.  (Oh.  Now Diesel the Maine Coon cat has his own facebook page – )
    ….            Arsenic and Old Books. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2015.
    ….            No Cats Allowed. (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2016. 
    …..            Twelve angry librarians.  . (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2017. 
    ….            Claws for Concern.  . (a Cat in the Stacks mystery) NY:  Berkely Prime Crime, 2018. 
Lackey, Mercedes. The Fire Rose(Elemental Masters)  Riverdale, NY: Baen, 1995.
            (the California San Francisco earthquake and fire)
    ….                        The Black Swan.  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 1999.    (based on the ballet)
    ….                        The Serpent’s Shadow.   (Elemental Masters) NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2001. 
            (based on the story of Snow White, but staged with religion and magic from India)
    ….                        The Gates of Sleep.  (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2002.  
            (You can figure out from the title that this is based on Sleeping Beauty.)
    ….                        Phoenix and Ashes.  (Elemental Masters) NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2004. 
            (based on the story of Cinderella, set during WWI.)
    ….                         The Wizard of London.  (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2005.  
            (it’s the first adventure of Nan and Sarah – where they meet Puck, the oldest one 
            when they are involved in Shakespeare’s play - Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.             
            And with the tale about a prince with a frozen heart.) 
    ….                        Reserved for the Cat. (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2007.  
             (Bookended by the tale of two wizards battling by changing shapes and sizes.)
    ….                        Unnatural Issue. (Elemental Masters)  NY:  Daw Books, Inc., 2011.  (exploring
             the bad/ dangerous side of wizardry. The second book to take place during WWI)
    ….                        Home from the Sea.  (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2012. 
            (uses the folk tale of the Selch/ Selkie – seal people who marry humans. The second
             adventure of Nan and Sarah.)
    ….                        Steadfast.  (Elemental Masters) NY:  Daw Books, Inc., 2013.
            (Dancer/contortionist running from an abusive husband finding safety.)
    ….                        Blood Red.   (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2014. (Werewolves
            This one read more like a collection of short stories about her adventures.)
    ….                        From a High Tower.   (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2015.
            (based on the tale of Rapunzel with the addition of the heroine from Blood Red.)
    ….                        A Study in Sable. (Elemental Masters)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 2016.
            (a third adventure of Nan and Sarah plus Sherlock Holmes and John and Mary
             Watson, involving a Lorelei.)
    ….                         A Scandal in Battersea.  (Elemental Masters number 12)  NY: Daw Books, Inc., 
            2017.  (fourth adventure of Nan and Sarah, Holmes and John and Mary Watson 
            involving an invasion from another dimension. ) 
    ….                        The Hills Have Spies, Book one of Family Spies, a novel of Valdemar. NY: Daw
             Books, 2018.  
            (continuation of the adventures of Herald Mags in Valdemar except this series will 
            feature his children.  Book one = Perry.  Too bad the jacket copy talks about an 
            entirely different story with an entirely different child’s name – not one of the three 
            mentioned in this story. Mercedes says, “P.s. if you own a copy with this mistake 
            keep it, it’ll be valuable some day.”)
McCaffrey, A.. and Elizabeth Moon.  Sassinak. (The planet Pirates, vol. 1) NY: Baen, 1990. 
            (I used to own the sequel to this, but I must have tossed it when moving west.)
McCaffrey, Anne and Jody Lynn Nye. The Ship who Won.  NY: Baen, 1994.  
            (The shellperson spaceships series.)
    ….             The Ship Errant.  NY: Baen, 1996.  (The shellperson spaceships series.)
Moon, Elizabeth. Cold Welcome.  (Book 6 in Vatta’s War series)  NY: Del Ray, 2017.
            (Hurrah!  More adventures of Ky Vatta)
    ….                        Into the Fire. (Book 7 in Vatta’s War series)  NY: Del Ray, 2018.
            (Hurrah!  Even more adventures of Ky Vatta)
Pratchett, Terry. Guards! Guards!  London:  Corgi Books, a division of Random House, 1989.
Pratchett, Terry and Neil Gaiman.  Good Omens, the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes
             Nutter, WITCH.  NY: William Morrow, 1990/ 2006.  (is going to be a movie)
Putney, Mary Jo. The marriage spell.  NY:  Ballantine Books, 2006.
Quinn, Julia and Lisa Kleypas and Kinley MacGregor. Where’s my Hero?  NY:  Avon Books, 2003.
Quinn, Julia. Dancing at Midnight. NY:  HarperCollins, 1995.  (one of her earlier books and not as well written as her more recent ones.)
    ….            Ten things I love about you.  NY: HarperCollins, 2010.
    ….            The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, some endings are only the beginning…. NY:  Harper Collins/ Avon, 2013.  (a collection of 2ndepilogues – the story that comes afterthe story.)
    ….            Because of Miss Bridgerton.  (A Bridgertons Prequel)  NY: Avon Books, 2016.
    ….            The Other Miss Bridgerton.  ( A Bridgertons Prequel)  NY: Avon Books, 2018.
Shaffer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a Novel.  NY: Dial, 2008.  (a lovely story which made me want to read more of her work, only I discovered that this was her only published work before she died. She was assisted by her niece, the author of the popular series Ivy and Bean.)
Springer, Nancy.  The Oddling prince. San Francisco: Tachyon, 2018.
Stewart, Amy. Girl Waits with Gun, a novel.  NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
   ….            Lady Cop Makes Trouble, a Kopp Sisters Novel.  NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
    ….            Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, a Kopp sisters novel.   NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

B Alexie            Alexie, Sherman.  You Don’t have to say you love me, a memoir.  NY: Little, Brown and Co., 2017. 
B Caine            Caine, Michael. Blowing the bloody doors off, and other lessons in life.  NY: Hachette books, 2018
B Clapper            Clapper, James R. with Trey Brown. Facts and Fears – hard trughs from a life in intelligence.  NY:  Viking, 2018. (Excellent background from one who was part of the depths of the USA Intelligence world.  As usuall, too many abbreviations of departments. Imagine my surprise to discover a translation of all those abbreviations in the back of the book.  Wish they had been in the front so that I could flip back and forth.)
B Clinton            Chozick, Amy. Chasing Hillary, Ten years, Two Presidential campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.   NY: Harper, 2018.  
                        (Probably should be in the 973s instead of biography Clinton because it really is Amy Chozick’s memoir, not really a biography of Clinton.)
B Comey            Comey, James. A Higher Loyalty - truth, lies and leadership.NY:  Flatiron Books, 2018.
                        (The head of the FBI during the election of Donald Trump explains his decisions and his surprising firing by President Trump. Very well written and compares well with the testimony he gave to Congress. Asserts that Trump acts very much like mob bosses that Comey has known, demanding loyalty – which the head of the independent FBI could not give him.)
B Edison            Stross, Randall. The Wizard of Menlo Park – how Thomas Alva Edison invented the modern world. NY:  Crown Publishers, 2007.
B Graham            Graham, Katharine. Personal History.NY:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
                        (Owner of the Washington Post tells the back story of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, among other events and how the Post was involved.
B Simon            Simon, Neil. Neil Simon Rewrites, a Memoir. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 1996.
B Steinbeck            Steinbeck, John.  Travels with Charley, In search of America.  NY: Penguin Books, 1963. 1997.
B Van Dyke            Van Dyke, Dick.  My lucky life in and out of show business, a memoir.  NY: Crown, 2011.

305.420…            Traister, Rebecca. Good and Mad, the revolutionary power of women’s anger. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2018.  (How women’s and POC anger upset the midterm election in 2018.)
324.9730..            Tur, Katy. Unbelievable, my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in American history.   NY:  Dey St. (William Morrow), 2017.  (Diary of a reporter who followed and reported on Trump from his announcement to run until he won the election.)
332            O’Rourke, P.J.  None of my Business— P.J. explains money, banking, debt, equity, assets, liabilities, and why he’s not rich and neither are you. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018. (a series of his columns. Humorous and flows together nicely)
363.325..            Sanger, David E. The perfect Weapon – War, sabotage, and fear in the Cyber Age.  NY: Crown, 2018. (Information about cyber attacks that President Trump should know – but probably doesn’t.)
364.1523            Fox, Margalit. Conan Doyle for the Defense, the true story of a sensational British murder, a quest for justice, and the world’s most famous detective writer. NY:  Random House, 2018.
327.73            Farrow, Ronan. War on Peace, the end of diplomacy and the decline of American influence.  NY:  W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.  (excellent examination of our State Department and how the Trump government not only ignores the excellent advice from experienced diplomats, but has cut the department drastically, removing most of the most experienced ones.)
641.5092            Bourdain, Anthony.  Kitchen Confidential, Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.  NY: HarperCollins (paperback), 2000, 2007. (If you ever thought you wanted to be a cook in a restaurant, this might change your mind.)
812.54            Sedaris, David. The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings. NY:  Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1998.
917.3            Ratay, Richard. Don’t make me pull over! An informal history of the family road trip. NY:  Scribner,2018. 
919.404…            Bryson, Bill.  In a Sunburned Country. NY: Broadway Books/ Random House, 2000.  (title refers to the bad sunburn he got there.  Reads as if it is a collection of various articles written for Journals or newspapers because of some repetition.  But as usual, enjoyable.)
944.9084            Mayle, Peter. My twenty-five Years in Provence, reflections on then and now. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.  (Peter Mayle died January 2018. This seems to be a collection of chapters from several of his previous books about Provence, France.)
973.932            Isikoff, Michael and David Corn.  Russian Roulette, the inside story of Putin’s war on America and the election of Donald Trump.   NY:  12, Hachatte Book Group, 2018.  (A gathering of the facts about the covert hacking operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.)
973.93209            Lewandowski, Corey and David Bossie.  Let Trump Be Trump, the inside story of his rise to the presidency. NY and Nashville:  Center Street/ Hachette, 2017. (as written by his fired campaign manager and assistant, which purposefully overlooks Trump’s flaws, skips a large part of Trump’s illegal actions, and has a paragraph or two of groveling praise in each and every chapter)  
973.933            Wilson, Rick.  Everything Trump touches dies, a Republican strategist gets real about the words president ever. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2018.  (a conservative lobbyist, never-Trumper examines the first year and a half of Trump’s presidency – with humor.) 
973.933            Wolff, Michael.  Fire and Fury, inside the Trump white house.  NY: Henry Holt and Co., 2018.  (Well written, complete with quotes from the people working and fighting inside the Trump white house.  His information matches everything I’ve learned about this strange situation the USA is in.)
973.9330            Woodward, Bob. FEAR, Trump in the White House. NY:  Simon & Schuster, 2018.  (famous author/ Washington Post reporter uses many actual inhabitants of the White House as sources to show their view of things that happened and how Trump reacts to the stress of the job.  Revealing.)
976.6…            Grann, David.  Killers of the Flower Moon, the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI.  NY: Doubleday, 2017l

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