Sunday, January 30, 2022

January 2022 Additions to My Digital Security Blanket


I thought I might go a bit whackadoodle this month in acquiring eBooks and audiobooks, but I seem to have stayed at my usual pace. I've had other things clamoring for my attention, so maybe that's why.

The following is a list of titles I couldn't resist. I've grouped them according to genre/subgenre, and if you click on the title, you'll be taken to Amazon US where you can learn more about it. Now... let's see what Cathy the Magpie collected in January!


►How's this for a mouthful of title? Once in a blue moon, I get a craving to read a book like this. The blue moon came, the price was right, and you know what happened.
Book Row: An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade by Marvin Mondlin and Roy Meador. Set in New York City.
►Why? Simply because I love wandering through stacks of old books, whether in person or by reading.

===Historical Fiction===

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly. Set in Mississippi.
►I read Franklin's Crooked Letter Crooked Letter a few years ago and liked the way he writes, so I decided to pick this one up.


The Threepersons Hunt by Brian Garfield. Set in Arizona. 
►I'm in the mood for a Native American-themed mystery set in Arizona, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Blue White Red by Alain Mabanckou. Set in Africa and France.
►It's one of my unwritten resolutions this year to diversify my reading, not only by where the books are set but also by the authors. This book certainly fills the bill.

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby.
►After reading Razorblade Tears by Cosby last year, I knew I'd be picking this one up sooner or later.

===Police Procedural===

Utu by Caryl Férey. Set in New Zealand.
►I neglected Australia and New Zealand in my reading last year, and I'd like to make up for it this year.

AUDIO: Dregs by Jørn Lier Horst. Set in Norway.
►A new-to-me author that I'm listening to right now. I have to admit that one reason why I chose the audio version was to hear all the Norwegian names and places pronounced!

Hermit by S.R. White. Set in Australia.
►This came highly recommended by a friend and blog reader, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

===Short Story===

The Girls on the Shore by Ann Cleeves. A Matthew Venn short story set in North Devon, England.
►I rated this one three stars on Goodreads. While good, I do prefer her full-length novels.

I think I managed to snag some interesting books. What do you think? If you've read any of them, please share what you thought of them. And... did I add any to your own wish lists? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. Utu sounds interesting, Cathy. I'll be eager to hear what you think of it when you get to it. And I hope you'll like Dregs. I think Horst has talent and tells a solid story. The rest of what you have here looks good, too!

  2. Another list of diverse titles! I'm interested in Let's Bring Back, not even going to list the full title, but it sounds like something I might like!

    1. That one really intrigues me, too. I hope I don't feel like an old fart after I've read it! LOL

  3. That's quite a list you've got there, and I haven't read any of them. I'll be looking out for your thoughts on them as you read.

  4. Book Row sounds like particular fun, but I'm curious about something. Is this one an e-book, also? I've not had good luck with pictures in e-books at all when reading them on the Kindle itself. The Kindle app, when used on an Amazon Fire tablet does a better job, but not always.

    1. Yes, it is an eBook. I've got an Amazon Fire tablet, and so far that's done a good job with photos and maps. (Perhaps I've been lucky.) I agree that the normal Kindle just doesn't do justice to any illustrated book.

  5. Bith nonfiction titles and all of the procedurals just went on my list; thank you! I'm interested in your reviews for any of the thrillers you listed, since the first two didn't hook me with their descriptions (here or on Goodreads), while I have read the third and am curious whether our reactions were/are similar.

    1. I shall have to look up your reaction to Blacktop Wasteland...

    2. I don't usually post reviews, since they become too much like work to keep up with when I already have a full-time job. So you won't find anything on Goodreads from me about it - but I will say that I was impressed with his writing and voice. It was hard to read at times because it was so real, and such a different social environment from my own. I was more glad to have read it than to be in the middle of reading it, and it left me on alert for this next one from him.

    3. Yes, that describes how I felt about Razorblade Tears and Joe Ide's IQ series. These books take me completely out of my comfort zone and introduce me to people, places, and situations I'd never experience otherwise.

  6. Nice mix of reads. All new to me. Wait with interest to read your reviews.

  7. I loved Crooked Letter, so will try (sigh) to read this new book by same author.
    I iked Hermit and just fund a second book in the Dana Russo story.
    Lots more to read on this list, but I wait fr the reviews.

    1. You readers are certainly cracking the whip! Must. Read. Faster. *wink*

  8. One problem with aging for me: I read more slowly. And I am a news junkie, so watch and read a lot of news.

  9. Sometimes I read with the news on in the background and do what my father did, look up from the book or newspaper to see a particular story on the news, and then go right back to reading. I do that, too.

  10. Yes. Do I consider it multitasking to read and watch TV at the same time? Well? I'm not working.


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