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Death in Zanzibar is a fun read; I've always like those kind of romantic suspense stories. And you have a great wishlist! I'm impressed you managed to keep it to six books. :)


I'm sure you will love the Matthew Scudder books. He is one of my favourite sleuths and just how I like them - far from perfect but a fundamentally decent man.
I haven't read any for a while but as I recall they are slim little books which are almost impossible tom put down once you have started!
I also love Laurence Block's 'Burglar' books featuring highly literate burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr!
You won't be surprised to hear that my list of books to look out for has grown since I read this post and I have a nasty feeling that getting to read a lot of them is going to require online purchases!


It is, isn't it? It's nice and light and breezy and I love the idea of the 1950s setting with its era of elegant travel. I need to find more books like this--look through my unread Mary Stewarts perhaps! And I tried to make it so I 'couldn't' create a longer list as I would easily have been able to do so! ;) Why does it seem there are always loads of new books coming out that sound so very interesting to me..... Do you find that, too? Or are you not as tempted by forthcoming titles?


And I even tried to keep my title 'sharing' to a minimum! ;) I am finding the first Matthew Scudder book very easy going and indeed very engaging. I think I will read just one quick chapter but then I don't want to set it down. I will look or the first Burglar book. Part of the draw was that I wanted something set in 1970s NYC as weird as that sounds. I think Karin Slaughter might also write about that era. Maybe you told me about the Block books. And I have been SO bad lately about book buying--even if they have mostly been bargain books or used books--there seems to be a constant stream of them in my mailbox--really bad actually as when a day comes with no good mail it is hugely disappointing.... Of course I should really use those days to look at the piles accumulating in my bedroom and then read some of them to make more room!


Heh, pre-internet days my tbr lists and piles were so much smaller and I too usually had only two or three books on the go at a time. But it was so much lonelier back then in terms of reading and book conversations I don't think I would want to change it back except for maybe a weekend or two a year.

You are doing really well keeping up with the NYRBs this year!


I'm always tempted by new titles and new authors ... the list of what I want to read seems to grow exponentially. I'll never catch up. :) But at least I'll never run out of things to read either.


It was lonelier wasn't it? I was the only avid reader I knew and always secretly felt that I was a bit strange to feel that I really couldn't live without my books.
Discovering book bloggers and all the wonderful conversations about books of all sorts has done untold damage to my finances but a great deal of good psychologically!


I guess in the end it is best not to worry about all the books on my piles and lists and just enjoy being able to have such a varied list of titles to choose from!


I know--I am fortunate indeed to have so many bookish friends now--just like me, so I don't feel so weird in a world of nonreaders. Now I know there are others who love reading and books and have too much enthusiasm with not the enough time to match it! And I am trying really hard with the NYRBs and very pleased that I have so far kept up. Really is it my one reading goal this year, so we'll see if I can keep it up.


It really does feel good to have a reading community you can feel part of--I wholly agree!


The M.M. Kaye book sounds delightful and I must add that author to my TBR list. How great that you found a new bookstore to discover. I love eclectic bookstores like that. I've been reading that indie or niche bookstores are the next big thing so let's hope so!


I finished it this weekend and it was indeed a charming story. Very light and entertaining--I love those sorts of romantic suspense novel with the fun bantering between the love interests and the 'threat' of danger and all in an exotic locale. I am not sure I will get back to that bookstore again when they are actually open (I think it might be a little hobby for an owner who doesn't actually need the income if you know what I mean), but I was very impressed by the selection--just my type of books. And I would love it if indies made a come back--it makes sense really as I think many people are appreciating the 'slow' life and getting back to basics and not all corporate driven stores and lifestyle.


I've just recently come across Amy Stewart's books (The Drunken Botanist; Wicked Plants; Wicked Bugs; From the Ground Up: The story of a first garden)and was wondering if it's the same Amy Stewart you mentioned here. Yes (I've checked), it is the same. Thought you might be interested in taking a look at some of her books on horticulture, too. They seem mighty interesting to someone like me, who's all for armchair gardening! :)


Yes, she is the same person. How varied are her books! It's cool that she wrote the detective stories, though. I am sort of curious about botany as weird as that sounds--most recent nature/gardening books (with a historical slant) are Andrea Wulf's books, and she is such an amazing writer--she tells a good story--even when she is writing on a subject that could potentially sound a little ... 'dry'. ;) I do wonder how Amy Stewart's books compare-her detective story was great!

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