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Round about May, I realized I was never going to reach my goal of reading 100 books for the Rochester Public Library Centennial, IF I tortured myself over writing reviews of each one. I’ve been reading – a lot. But finding the time to write is tough. So, I have modified my goal. I will still strive to read one book for every year the library has been in existence, but I’m not going to write reviews of each one. I’ll probably write about the books that really stay with me. For now, here’s a re-cap of all I’ve read so far this year:

  1. 1911 – The Sea Fairies by L.Frank Baum
  2. 1912 – The Room in the Tower by E.F. Benson
  3. 1913 – The Poison Belt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. 1914 – The Adventures of Kathlyn by Harold McGrath
  5. 1915 – Dr. Syn: A Smuggler’s Tale of Romney Marsh by Russell Thorndyke
  6. 1916 – Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain
  7. 1917 – Daughter of the Morning by Zona Gale
  8. 1918 – My Antonia by Willa Cather
  9. 1919 – League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orcszey
  10. 1920 – Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  11. 1921 – Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
  12. 1922 – The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
  13. 1923 – Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
  14. 1924 – The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  15. 1925 – American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  16. 1926 – The Benson Murder Case by S.S. VanDine
  17. 1927 – The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon
  18. 1928 – Mirror for Witches by Esther Forbes
  19. 1929 – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  20. 1930 – The Door by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  21. 1931 – Roman Holiday by Upton Sinclair
  22. 1932 – Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith
  23. 1933 – Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  24. 1934 – The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain
  25. 1935 – The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney
  26. 1936 – The Dark Frontier by Eric Ambler
  27. 1937 – Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter Edmonds
  28. 1938 – The Gracie Allen Murder Case by S.S. VanDine
  29. 1939 – Kitty Foyle by Christopher Morley
  30. 1940 – The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer
  31. 1941 – Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber
  32. 1942 – The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
  33. 1943 – The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
  34. 1944 – Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor – Scandalous!!! 🙂
  35. 1945 – The Opener of the Way by Robert Bloch – truly terrifying. 😦
  36. 1946 – Showdown by Errol Flynn – celebrities couldn’t write in the 40’s any better than they write today.
  37. 1947 – Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
  38. 1948 – Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
  39. 1949 – Dinner at Antoine’s by Francis Parkinson Keyes – snore….
  40. 1950 – The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli – Harry Potter lovers will enjoy this one. Charming.
  41. 1951 – Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey – Hands down my favorite mystery, ever.
  42. 1952 – The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. A staggering work.

What’s next, you ask? Here’s what’s waiting in line:

  1. 1953 – Love Among the Ruins by Evelyn Waugh
  2. 1954 – The Magicians by J.B. Priestly
  3. 1955 – Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
  4. 1956 – Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  5. 1957 – On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  6. 1958 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  7. 1959 – Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico

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Score!


I attended the always wonderful Antiquarian Book Fair yesterday at the Monroe County Fairgrounds and came away with a nice little haul. I managed to add three books to my collection of early mysteries for girls and didn’t break the bank! I walked away with two Judy Bolton’s by Margaret Sutton – The Warning in the Window and The Black Cat’s Clue – and a scarce Mildred Wirt – The Shadow Stone. Just checked current sales on these titles and found I got some great deals, not to mention some awesome stories!

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