Monday, May 29, 2017

20 Books of Summer 2017


This year I was reminded of 20 Books of Summer by Nancy at NancyElin, whose list is here. The originator of the challenge is Cathy at 746 Books. Check out Cathy's list for more information.

For the 20 Books of Summer challenge I am choosing twenty books to read between June 1st and September 3rd, 2017. There are options for 15 books or 10 books for those who don't want to commit to 20.

And this is my list:
  • The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham (1938)
  • Murder Begins at Home by Delano Ames (1949)
  • Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (1993)
  • The Emperor's Snuff-Box by John Dickson Carr  (1942)
  • Red Bones by Ann Cleeves (2009)
  • The Black Ice by Michael Connelly (1993)
  • Evil at the Root by Bill Crider (1990)

  • Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans (2009)
  • City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley (2010)
  • Dr. No by Ian Fleming (1958)
  • Malicious Intent by Kathryn Fox (2004)
  • Dead Skip by Joe Gores (1972)
  • Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday (1941)
  • The Distant Echo by Val McDermid (2003)
  • Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry (1994)
  • Deep Water by Christine Poulson (2016)
  • Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy Sayers (1937) 
  • New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith (1990)
  • The Man with the Getaway Face by Richard Stark (1963)
  • Brothers, Keepers by Donald E. Westlake (1975)





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    1. It is more that I really like making lists, Patti. I have three times this many books that I would like to read this summer ...

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  2. What a great list! I tried this a few years ago, and didn't come near to keeping on track. Is this also the order you intend to read them? Did you use any criteria in choosing?

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    1. Thanks, Rick. I did this last Summer and did read almost all of the books on the list, so I have high hopes for this time. The list was originally in order by author so I would not list one twice, but I don't think that is true on the final list. I will be reading the Richard Stark book very soon for the Heist / Bank Robbers theme at Patti's blog at end of June. Other than that, I will hop around on the list. My only criteria were books I had been intending to read for months and not getting to and / or on my TBR pile for a while.

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  3. Thanks for the list. "Murder Begins at Home" by Delano Ames (1949) - The title is very captivating. Maybe, I should include this on my reading list.

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    1. Shalet Jimmy, I read the book preceding Murder Begins at Home which is She Shall Have Murder. I loved that book, so I hope I like the 2nd book in the series as well.

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  4. I have read about a third of these and they were all great so I think you've got a lot to look forward to here Tracy :)

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    1. I am looking forward to all of them, Sergio. I hope that they meet my expectations. I did put a book by John Dickson Carr to make sure I finally read one of his books.

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  5. These look great, Tracy. You have a nice variety of different sorts of crime fiction, too - impressive. I look forward to your reviews,

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    1. I was happy with the variety in the list, Margot. And I got in some more vintage crime fiction too, which I have read less of in the last two months or so.

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  6. Great list, Tracy. Should I or shouldn't I join in? I should!

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    1. I see that you have already joined in, Peggy, and I am glad.

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  7. Super List! So glad you are joining #20BooksOfSummer.
    Your selections are an insipration for this non-CF reader.
    I will add these books to my to-read list. After my 20 classics....20 CF!

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    1. I am glad I joined in also, Nancy, and you were my inspiration to try it again. This is a varied list so I am sure you would enjoy some books on this list.

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    2. I'm including your list on my blogpost....lots of CF fans would love to see it!

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  8. I've only read two by Delano Ames, but not the one on your list, I really enjoyed the ones I have read but it's not easy to find his books here. I'm tempted by all your vintage crime books, the only one I have read is Busman's Honeymoon. If I can get organised I will join in too.

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    1. Katrina, I have read both the Allingham book and Busman's Honeymoon before, but I am rereading some vintage books this year. I recently got a copy of the movie based on Busman's Honeymoon and I want to reread the book first. I have a hard time getting some of Delano Ames' books too.

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  9. I've read a couple of these - Stark and Michael Connelly and have a few more on the pile. Thanks for the Joe Gores reminder, I still haven't got to him yet. I'm tempted to go look up the Westlake, but I really don't need it.

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    1. Neither one of us needs any more books, Col. I have been buying an obscene number of books so far this year. Glen too, he buys more of the heavy art or photography books.

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  10. I just had to SHARE your CF inspiration summer books!
    Here is the blogpost:
    https://nancyelin.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/great-lists-tracy-brona-and-cleo-20booksofsummer/

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. I enjoyed checking out the other two blogs you featured there too.

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  11. A great list! Thanks ao much for joining in. Here's to a summer of great reading.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cathy. I did this last year (without linking up) and I am looking forward to all the good books.

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  12. What a great list! I have two huge TBR lists, one on each computer, and I keep adding to them. But I have priorities.

    I promised myself that I'd read some non-mysteries this year and I must do that this summer. And I'm getting books from the library as they're available, so I have to wait for several.

    Your list is such a mixture of vintage and fairly recent that I smiled as I read it. I have read some of the more contemporary books: Barr, Stanley, Perry, Smith. But a few others I have on my TBR list are here, too.

    I don't know when I'll ever have time to even make a dent in these lists. I seem to be reading slowly these days, but the news gets me on TV, online and in print -- but the way things are going I should just bury my head in books.

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    1. I am very happy with my list of books, Kathy, but I probably should have included some non-mysteries. I seem to be reading more lately, and I am definitely avoiding the news, in any format. Unfortunately I miss some important news that way, or hear it late.

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  13. I am pulled magnetically back to see the news no matter what I pledge to myself, and I must read my daily New York Times. Then I look at headlines online of several ezines and newspapers.

    I should just read and avoid it as it all just gives me a headache and I wish I was in Fiji.

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    1. My husband and son read the news online and the LA Times, but my son can handle it, my husband gets overwrought at times. I get my news secondhand from them. The situation changes so fast I can't keep up with it.

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  14. A great list,you will enjoy them, and look forward to reading your reviews. I have read some of them, and am off to look up a couple more.

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    1. Moira, the Delano Ames book, Murder Begins at Home, is the one you sent me and is the only one that was on last summer's list that I did not get to. I will definitely read it this summer.

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