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I have divided my loot into two separate categories: those books that I plan to read for my mystery writing endeavors ... and all other books outside that description.
The Eclectic Grouping:
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs by Malcolm Gladwell. Anyone who knows me knows why this book is on the list. I have only skimmed the first few pages, but I am fairly certain that this will have to be a permanent addition to my personal library.
The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes. While I have only watched the first three episodes from season one, I know that this is a series that I would enjoy (in fact, I gave my eldest the first two seasons on Blu-Ray this past Christmas). I thought this book might provide some interesting background information that will aid me in appreciating the time period.
Vineyard Tales: Reflections on Wine by Gerald Asher. Not a typical "how to appreciate wine" book, but more a collection of narratives that involve the enjoyment of wine. I think this might be a nice book to add to my own collection so that it is available to read one or two essays as time and/or interest permits.
The $100 Start-up: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau. I don't remember where I first heard of this book, but I can tell you it is quite popular. I think I placed the book on hold over three months ago. I have read about half of it so far (it reads fast) and while there is nothing earth-shattering new, it does provide some interesting material upon which to ponder.
Murder and Sullivan by Sara Hoskinson Frommer. I selected this mystery series because Joan Spencer, our amateur sleuth, is an orchestra manager from Indiana. I have always had a love of music and living in the midwest myself made the setting of interest as well. Plus...who could resist such a clever title?
Exhaustive Enquiries by Betty Rowlands. I selected this mystery because the main character, Melissa Craig, is a mystery author herself - who lives in the Cotswolds, England - my dream location.
Trouble in the Town Hall by Jeanne M. Dams. The basic description of this series is that the main character, Dorothy Martin, is a retired American teacher living in England. This sounds like fiction imitating my reality!
Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker. I know precious little about this series except that Bruno resides in St. Denis, a small town in France. Need I say more....
Strangled Prose by Joan Hess. Another "literary" sleuth - this time the owner of a bookstore in a small town in Arkansas. I'm not sure if it will have too much of a romance feel for me though...
It is an ambitious list of books - and I'm not sure that I will read through all of them - but it will be enjoyable no matter what.