My Reads

I recently lost all of the information on my iPod, including everything on the “My Reads” app.  With this app, I entered all of the books I had read over the past year, and had reached “100 Books Read”, just before Hubby decided I needed to update the iPod and lost Everything.

All my Contacts?  Gone.  Email addresses of everyone I knew?  Gone.  The Notes app containing all my passwords?  Gone.  Calendar with birthdays and anniversaries?  Gone.  My Photos (all 700 of them)?  Gone.  Itunes?  All gone.

I’d like to give you a little sample of the books I’ve read over the past year.

  • Favourite Author – M.C. Beaton.  She writes mysteries, quite lighthearted, and always entertaining.  Two of her series are the Hamish McBeth Mysteries and the Agatha Raisin Mysteries.  Both very funny and I’d definitely recommend any of her books.
  • Most read Author – Deborah Crombie.  She is a mystery writer, a little more serious.  She writes the Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid Series.  I’ve read all of her books in the past year (13 of them) and am looking to buy her new book, No Mark Upon Her.
  • Favourite New Book – Extensions, by Myrna Dey.  This book follows a woman who is an RCMP Officer, as she tracks down a mystery spanning 100 years.
  • Notable Book (and Movie) – The Help. – This book was recommended by my niece and by her mother and it did not disappoint.  I loved the movie as well.
  • Book based on a TV Series – The Richard Castle books, Heat Wave, Naked Heat, and Heat Rises.  The first one was not the greatest but the second two were much better.  I think they got a new author.
  • Fun Romance Author – Kristan Higgans.  Cute, funny, modern romances.  Fun to read, with the exception of Just One of the Guys, which was too unbelievable.
  • Author rediscovered – Mary Jane Maffini.  Based in Canada, especially Ottawa, where I live now.  I read Little Boy Blues and enjoyed it.
  • Old favourite, reread – Pride and Prejudice.  I never get tired of it.
  • Just discovered – Janet Evanovitch’s Stephanie Plum books.  Read #1 and enjoyed it.  I’m starting #2.
  • Non-fiction favourite – Malcolm Gladwell’s books.  I love them and recommend them.
  • Thought-provoking book – The 100 Thing Challenge.  This book inspired me to get started on downsizing and because of that, I was able to make the move to Ottawa painlessly.
  • Favourite math book – The Golden Ratio, the Story of Phi.  I loved this one about the number 1.61803399…
  • An old favourite author – Romance’s Betty Neels.  I can’t figure out what I love about these books but when I want to relax and not think, I turn to one of hers.
  • Humor – Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.  Funny and gentle.  The author, Stephen Leacock died in the 1950s.
  • Another favourite – Cassandra Chan.  She writes mysteries and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in her series.
  • Others worth mentioning – Debbie Macomber, Jo A. Hiestand, P. G. Wodehouse (Jeeves and Wooster), Bill Bryson, Graham Thomas, Mary Jane Forbes.
  • My all-time favourite which I read in total this year for the second time??? – The Bible.

Hope you discover or rediscover a book or author of your own.

What are you reading, and what would you recommend to me?



16 responses

  1. Terrific post!
    My husband got me to update my iPad as well and I lost all my purchased books and music etc. I finally figured out how to get the books back. But men!! Ha ha
    Love your book list and I fully plan on printing this out for reference
    Will give you some other authors I like later on. Nite note for now

    • Hahaha. Glad you got them back. I suppose I should have done a backup before I let him near the device. I am really missing my photos!!! Our cousin Ninette is going to send me a lot of those old photos. Scrapbooking here I come.

  2. But of course you had a backup of your iPod on your pc, riiiiight?!

    Many of your favorite authors are favorites of mine too. What about the old M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Cheaney-the regency romances? Those are the best. And her mysteries.

  3. I have only read one Jodi Picoult novel, “House Rules”, but thoroughly enjoyed that so I would echo Anne’s recommendation. I’m currently reading the fifth book in the “Song of Fire and Ice” series by George R. R. Martin. If you like a bit of fantasy (dragons and stuff), but with sex and violence, then you’d enjoy these. The only books on your list we have in common are the Malcolm Gladwell ones. I agree with you on them, they are so interesting and easy to read, I loved them, especially “Blink”

  4. I also have been reading a new author (to me that is) Randy Singer. Its a Christian based legal thriller and don;t let the “Christian” part throw you. It is REAL and very fast moving, As we have discussed before, sometimes our Christian authors are too sappy. We can LOVE the Lord and love a good mystery too.

  5. Oh I hope you can recover your data some way! Is it in the cloud ;)? I plan to check out some of the books on your reading list over the next few weeks. Love to read. I have been revisiting the books written by Georgette Heyer the past few months to step back in time and out of the whirl of technology and news.

    • I discovered Georgette Heyer in the mid-sixties. I loved every one of her books. She was an amazing writer. Did you know that she wrote six mystery books as well? I read them and liked them but the romances are the best! We are still working on finding the lost data. My tax username and password are there somewhere, for example!!! – Maureen

  6. I can’t get passed the ‘I lost everything’. Wow! I once lost 10,000 words of a novel I was working on and another time I lost all of the pictures I was downloading from my phone. Still don’t know where they went. But to lose them all – I would be devastated. Thanks for the hint on this one. Back it all up before upgrading. Whew!

  7. I know I’m late with this, but I just discovered your blog, Maureen. What a nice surprise and such an interesting read. And thank you for mentioning me as an author you like to read. That means a lot to me. jo

    • Thanks, so much, Jo. I did enjoy the book I read, about the detective building the stone wall. I really would like to read more of your books. Do you know if they are available at Chapters? On a personal note, do you live in the UK or elsewhere? Your book had a very authentic feel to it. I am really pleased that you enjoyed my blog. Hope you keep reading! – Maureen

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