What I read: January & February 

My reading goals for 2016 are: mysteries and histories. 
I love mysteries so much, stand alone and those in a series. I want to catch-up with my favorite detectives and if that means a year of not-so guilty pleasures then so be it! Thanks to Hamilton the Musical I’m interested in learning more about American history, so those are on the list too. I think biographies and histories will be a bit more hit and miss. 
I kicked off January with “The Impossible Dead” by Ian Rankin. I’ve fallen big time for Rebus again, and I can tolerate Malcolm Fox. Actually, Fox is growing on me and I love what Rankin has done with Rebus-Clarke-Fox dynamic. It’s all good. 
The rest of January was spend on Ron Chernow’s 800 page tome on Alexander Hamilton. Dear god I love Alexander Hamilton. This is such a good book. It’s a cliche but history is ALIVE on those pages and I learnt so much. I was sad when I finished it. Sad not to be reading about Hamilton at my 5am “me” time slot. (Fresh from reading Hamilton I went to the UK to ready to proselytize and you know what Brits aren’t as interested in our founding fathers as I am. What gives?)
On the audiobook front I finally finished Diana Gabaldon ‘Written in my Own Hearts Blood’. Roller coaster of emotion and tied in nicely with Hamilton, and I need another Jamie and Claire hit. I squeezed in a quickie mystery with Jacqueline Winspear ‘Leaving Everything Most Loved’ – Maise Dobbs I have missed you! This was a transitional story for Dobbs and I was glad that some of the characters/storylines were finally being wound up and new things are on the horizon. 
Come February I was in the UK with Zoey and Nomi, and I had high hopes to read all of ‘Team of Rivals’ BUT as gripping as Doris Kearns Goodwin book is I needed something lighter to get me through 5 weeks of solo parenting. So I threw myself into Agatha Christie’s ‘They Do It With Mirrors’, ‘Saints of the Shadow Bible’ by Rankin and started another Maisie Dobbs mystery. I barely listened to my audiobook in February, when I had a chance to listen to something I blasted out Hamilton because Brits you need to embrace Alexander. When I’m back next year I expect EVERYONE to be word perfect. 
Hoping March will be the month I dig in to Lincoln, and perhaps go back to Washington and Jefferson. 


What I read: November & December 

  • ‘The Moving Finger’ and ‘A Murder is Announced’ by Agatha Christie 
  • ‘The Map That Changed The World’ by Simon Winchester (counting this as the micro history for Read Harder challenge)
  • ‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet’ by Felicia Day (marking this one as book published in 2015 for RHC and loved it!)
  • ‘1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving’ by C O’Neill Grace & M M Bruchac with the Plimoth Plantation, ‘Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage’ by Plimoth Plantation et al, and ‘Squanto’s Journey’ by J Bruchac (RHC a book about or by someone from an aboriginal culture) 
  • ‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’ and ‘The Complaints’ by Ian Rankin (a joy to return to Rebus’ Edinburgh)

Audiobook wise I’ve almost finished ‘Written in my Own Heart’s Blood’ by Diana Gabaldon – had I not fallen down the Hamilton the Musical rabbit hole it would have been finished weeks ago! 

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