My List For 2023

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My List For 2023

joulukuu 27, 2022, 10:58 am

Just getting a place ready. Hoping to get off to a good start.

joulukuu 27, 2022, 7:26 pm

Wishing you a comfortable reading year in 2023, Harold.

joulukuu 28, 2022, 10:26 am

>2 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul.
This year has been rough. Hope 2023 is good to all of us!!

joulukuu 28, 2022, 4:05 pm

Welcome back, Harold!

joulukuu 28, 2022, 5:48 pm

>4 drneutron: Thank you!! Looking forward to 2023!

tammikuu 1, 8:42 am

Have a great year of reading!

tammikuu 2, 11:02 am

Happy new year, Harold!

tammikuu 3, 11:16 am

>6 thornton37814: Thank you!! Looking forward to a year of good books!!

tammikuu 3, 11:17 am

>7 mstrust: Thank you!!

tammikuu 3, 4:57 pm

Book # 1

OTR Christmas Shows: MBS Family Theater: A Daddy For Christmas by Various Artists

tammikuu 3, 5:04 pm

Book # 2

Uncle Abner: Master Of Mysteries by Melville Davisson Post

Excellent set of short mystery stories set in Jeffersonian Virginia. Really atmospheric and nice little puzzlers, told from the viewpoint of Abner's nephew as Abner is called upon to solve robberies, murders and various other crimes in 19th century Virginia. Fun read.

tammikuu 3, 5:05 pm

Book # 3

OTR Christmas Shows: A Christmas Mood by Jean Shepherd

tammikuu 5, 12:39 pm

Book # 4
Unexplained: Where Darkness Plays by Richard MacLean Smith

tammikuu 5, 12:41 pm

Book # 5

OTR Christmas Shows: CBS Campbell Playhouse: A Christmas Carol by Lionel Barrymore

tammikuu 6, 4:01 pm

Book # 6

Dead End In Norvelt by Jack Gantos

A young adult/middle school book this was a Newbery award winner. A quirky fun read about a young boy grounded for the summer and the odd residents of his little town in the 1960s. Lots of bizarre humor and history mixed together. Recommended.

tammikuu 8, 2:24 am

You are back at reading at your normal pace, Harold!

Wishing you a wonderful, Sunday.

tammikuu 9, 10:28 am

>16 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. It was nice relaxing Sunday.
My wife kept our three grandsons for the day (oldest just turned 13), so after lunch I hid in my bedroom and read and napped. ;)

tammikuu 9, 5:37 pm

Book # 7

OTR Christmas Shows: AFRS Story by Various Artists

tammikuu 10, 3:44 am

Happy reading in 2023, Harold!

tammikuu 10, 10:37 am

>19 FAMeulstee: Thank you!!

tammikuu 11, 11:06 am

Book # 8

A People's History Of Kansas City: Where Missouri Got Its Name by Various Artists

tammikuu 11, 5:09 pm

Book # 9

Kansas City: Actors, Theatre: Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre Preview by Various Artists

tammikuu 23, 2:04 pm

Book # 10

A. Woollcott: His Life And His Times by Samuel Hopkins Adams

A biography of Alexander Woollcott, theater critique, writer, actor, radio commentator, and humorist. I always thought he was an interesting person and this is a very interesting biography although hard to find. He passed away during WWII, but was friends with a Who's Who of personages. Interesting read.

tammikuu 27, 5:21 pm

Book # 11

Raised In The Country: Memoir Of A 1920s Childhood by Clement T. "Bud" Mertens

Won thru Early Reviewers. This book reminded me so much of my grandparents. Basically an easily read collection of memories of growing up on a farm in the country. My grandparents on both sides did a lot of these same things. This was nicely written in a conversational style with a lot of illustrations to help show various things the author talked about. My Dad would have enjoyed this book, I wish he was still with us so I could share it with him. Would recommend.

tammikuu 30, 4:14 pm

Book # 12

OTR Christmas Shows: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day by Dennis Day

tammikuu 30, 4:17 pm

Book # 13

OTR Christmas Shows: Christmas Is For The Family by Dennis Day

helmikuu 4, 8:01 pm

Hope you are having a great weekend, Harold.

helmikuu 6, 12:28 pm

>27 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. It was pretty nice. Thought I was going to have to work out of town over the weekend but that got canceled last minute Friday and a lot of stress went with it!

helmikuu 6, 4:23 pm

Book # 14

Sherlock Holmes: The Breath Of God by Guy Adams

Enjoyable further adventures of Holmes and Watson with a supernatural twist. Several historical characters both real and fictional make an appearance in this case that pits Holmes and Watson against demons and devils. Pretty quick read, although there isn't a lot of Holmes in the book. He comes and goes while Watson has most of the adventure.

helmikuu 7, 5:39 pm

Book # 15

OTR Christmas Shows: Address To U. S. Congress by Winston Churchill

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 13, 1:29 pm

Book # 16

OTR Christmas Shows: ABC Louella Parsons Show With Alan Ladd by Louella Parsons and Alan Ladd

helmikuu 13, 1:29 pm

Book # 17

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC Dr. Sixgun: A Pony For Christmas by Various Artists

helmikuu 13, 1:32 pm

Book # 18

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC Good News Of 1939: A Christmas Carol: Lionel Barrymore by Various Artists

helmikuu 16, 4:45 pm

Book # 19

Canal Town by Samuel Hopkins Adams

This is Historical Fiction about Palmyra, New York and the creation of the Erie Canal. Set in Palmyra, a young Dr. fresh from medical school comes to town and starts a practice. He soon falls out with the established local Dr. who is old and set in his ways. The young Doc has new ways of thinking and diagnosing his patients.
The first part of the book was fun, entertaining as we get to know the people of the town and in the background the building of the Canal. The second half was a lot melodramatic but I had to keep reading to see what would happen.
I really enjoyed the characters and the old fashioned story and setting.
Probably not a modern readers cup of tea, but I thought it was fun.

helmikuu 16, 4:47 pm

Book # 20

OTR Christmas Shows: CBS Radio Workshop: All Is Bright by Various Artists

helmikuu 16, 4:50 pm

Book # 21

OTR Christmas Shows: All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) by The Andrews Sisters & Danny Kaye

helmikuu 17, 4:23 pm

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Harold!

helmikuu 20, 9:32 am

>37 FAMeulstee: Thank you! It was nice.

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 27, 9:38 am

Book # 22
Number One Is Walking: My Life In The Movies And Other Diversions by Harry Bliss & Steve Martin

Funny book with great illustrations!!

helmikuu 27, 9:45 am

Book # 23

Mars Hill Audio Journal: Volume 79: March/April 2006 by Various Artists

Christian perspective on politics and other topics of conversation.

helmikuu 27, 9:50 am

Book # 24

No Stone Unturned: The True Story Of The World's Premier Forensic Investigators by Steve Jackson

Very interesting story behind NecroSearch International and how they help law enforcement agencies find missing bodies to help close cold cases.
True Crime writing at it's best.

helmikuu 28, 1:48 pm

Book # 25

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Alice Volunteers by Phil Harris & Alice Faye

helmikuu 28, 1:49 pm

Book # 26

OTR Christnas Shows: MBS In Review: 1944 In Review by Various Artists

maaliskuu 1, 3:53 pm

Book # 27

The Lucky Stiff by Craig Rice

Nice whodunnit written in the 1940's. Fun, humorous noir story about an irish lawyer turned detective. Full of dames, thugs, bars and tough cops. Enjoyed.

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 3, 5:25 pm

Book # 28

OTR Christmas Shows: CBS Suspense: A Korean Christmas Carol by Bill Lipton & Various Artists

maaliskuu 3, 5:25 pm

Book # 29

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC Cavalcade Of America: America for Christmas by Walter Huston & Various Artists

maaliskuu 3, 5:30 pm

Book # 30
OTR Christmas Shows: WXYZ The Lone Ranger: A Present For Janey by Various Artists

maaliskuu 3, 5:31 pm

Book # 31

OTR Christmas Shows: May Santa Fill Our Hearts by Dennis Day

maaliskuu 6, 9:52 am

Book # 32

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: Dracula by Various Artists

maaliskuu 7, 9:42 am

Book # 33

The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee

Interesting read. Not very good mystery, the writing is not great, characters are confusing, but the backstage look at the the world of burlesque is interesting.
A bygone era.

maaliskuu 8, 4:47 pm

Book # 34

OTR Christmas Shows: AFRS 1947 Christmas by Various Artists

maaliskuu 8, 4:48 pm

Book # 35

OTR Christmas Shows: CBS My Favorite Husband: A Severe Case Of The Flimjabs 1950 by Various Artists

maaliskuu 9, 5:30 pm

Book #36

OTR Christmas Shows: 1936 NBCR The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny: An Old-Fashioned Christmas by Various Artists

maaliskuu 9, 7:12 pm

>53 hredwards: Jack Benny, Harold, is quite the blast from the past.

maaliskuu 10, 10:15 am

>54 PaulCranswick: I love his sense of humor. I like a lot of those old time comedians. Funnier than the jokers of today.

maaliskuu 14, 12:30 pm

Book # 37
OTR Christmas Shows: SYN An Army Of Stars Salutes The Salvation Army At Christmas 1949 by Various Artists

maaliskuu 14, 12:32 pm

Book # 38

OTR Christmas Shows: 1945 Christmas Special: Command Performance by Various Artists

maaliskuu 14, 4:20 pm

Book # 39

The Valancourt Book Of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories: Volume Three edited by Simon Stern

I love these books and thank my brother for loaning them to me. This is the third of five so far and a mixed bag of wonderful Christmas Ghost stories from Victorian England. Fun read. Some scary, some funny, some supernatural, some mysterious but explainable. Enjoyable quick reads.

maaliskuu 17, 11:28 am

Morning, Harold! Looks like it's Christmas every day at your house, which ain't bad at all!

maaliskuu 22, 10:15 am

maaliskuu 22, 10:19 am

Book # 40

Home Movies by Don Meredith

I've had this book forever and finally read it.
I think this is a YA oriented novel. Kind of soap opera/after school special vibe is what I came away with. Sherry Kincaid is a track star driven by her coach/mentor Father. He goes too far and tragedy insues. My recommendation would have to be at least it's a short, easy read.

maaliskuu 23, 11:52 am

Book # 41

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC Matinee Theater: 1944: A Stable In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by Various Artists

Muokkaaja: maaliskuu 23, 11:55 am

Book # 42

OTR Christmas Shows: WOR American Christmas: 1963 by Jean Shepherd

maaliskuu 24, 3:47 pm

Book # 43

OTR Christmas Shows: MBS In Review: 1937 In Review by Various Artists

maaliskuu 24, 3:48 pm

Book # 44

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC Mayor Of The Town: A Christmas Carol by Various Artists

maaliskuu 24, 3:48 pm

Book # 45

OTR Christmas Shows: MBS: And The News by Frank Singiser

maaliskuu 24, 3:49 pm

Book # 46

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC The Amos N Andy Show: Andy's New Year's Date 1954 by Various Artists

maaliskuu 27, 10:44 am

Book # 47

Ozark Voices: Oral Histories From The Heartland by Alex Sandy Primm

Mixed feelings about this book. Thought it would be stories from people who live and work in the Ozarks, a rural mountainous region in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. There are some of those stories here but also a sort of how to guide when doing oral history work mixed in.
This was a good read, but not quite what I expected.

maaliskuu 27, 1:59 pm

Book # 48

OTR Christmas Shows: AFRS The Greatest Story Ever Told 1947: And Her Name Was Mary by Various Artists

maaliskuu 27, 2:03 pm

Book # 49

OTR Christmas Shows: 288 V-Disc A 3 Christmas Carols 1944 by Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra & Chorus

maaliskuu 27, 2:06 pm

Book # 50

OTR Christmas Shows: Jingle Bells by Dennis Day

maaliskuu 27, 3:32 pm

Book # 51

OTR Christmas Shows: BBC 1968 In Review by Various Artists

maaliskuu 30, 3:56 pm

Book # 52

OTR Christmas Shows: 1939: CBS Lux Radio Theater: Pinocchio by Various Artists

maaliskuu 30, 3:58 pm

Book # 53

Under A Winter's Moon: A Concert Of Carols And Tales by Loreena McKennitt

maaliskuu 31, 11:34 am

Book # 54

Grim & Mild Presents: Sideshow 3: The Mother Of All Humbugs by Aaron Mahnke

maaliskuu 31, 12:49 pm

Book # 55

Lore: In The Bag by Aaron Mahnke

maaliskuu 31, 1:09 pm

Book # 56

Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet Of Curiosities: The Cold Truth by Aaron Mahnke

maaliskuu 31, 2:08 pm

Book # 57

CBS Radio Mystery Theater: Murder With Malice by Various Artists

huhtikuu 5, 4:18 pm

Book # 58

Open Canon: Scriptures Of The Latter Day Saint Tradition edited by Christine Elyse Blythe & Christopher James Blythe & Jay Burton

Won this on Early Reviewers.
I was interested in this book because I am a member of a church that adheres to some of these beliefs. This was an ebook and I had a struggle with getting it in a readable format after I won it, but once I finally got to the point I could read it, I found it interesting. The LDS church believes that God still gives revelations unto men today. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of this church, after his death the church splintered into many groups and factions as men struggled to gain control of the church. Everyone wanted to be in charge. This book is a collection of essays edited together that discusses the several of the different splinter groups and what they believe and how they canonize their scriptures following the idea that the canon od scripture is open and God is still adding to it.
Some of the essays were more interesting than others of course but this was an interesting knowledgeable read.

huhtikuu 11, 9:59 am

Book # 59

The Invitation by Various Artists

huhtikuu 11, 12:54 pm

Book # 60

OTR Christmas Shows: 194x Grandpa's IPOD: Jingle Bells by Various Artists

huhtikuu 11, 12:55 pm

Book # 61

OTR Christmas Shows: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Dennis Day

huhtikuu 11, 12:57 pm

Book # 62

OTR Christmas Shows: CBS Texaco Star Theater Starring Fred Allen: Amateur Of The Month Anthony Polimeni by Various Artists

huhtikuu 11, 3:38 pm

Book # 63

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

This is the most recent Newbery Award winner. I am trying to read all of them.
At first, I was thinking, great another novel about slavery. I am not racist or at least try not to be but it seems like every new book for young people that wins an award has to be some socially relevant book. Children can't just read for entertaining fun anymore. But I soon found myself wrong about Freewater.
This is a historical fiction and yes it includes slavery and the horrors of that institution and the scars it caused on the enslaved people, but it is more than that. This is a very good action adventure novel that is a real page turner and I highly recommend it to young and old alike!!

huhtikuu 13, 12:37 pm

Book # 64

The Disappearing Spoon: Glove At First Sight by Sam Kean

huhtikuu 14, 12:00 pm

Book # 65

Lost Boys Of Hannibal: Season Finale Part II by Various Artists

huhtikuu 14, 3:32 pm

Book # 66

Odd things I've Seen: Lying In Bed, Just Like Lizzie Borden Did by J. W. Ocker

huhtikuu 18, 3:32 pm

Book # 67

A Hint Of Hitchcock: Stories Inspired By The Master Of Suspense edited by Cameron Trost

I won this through Early Reviewers.
This as the title states is an anthology of stories inspired by the works of Alfred Hitchcock. This is a mixed bag of stories, some humorous, some scary, some really suspenseful. All are entertaining. This was a pretty quick read and pretty enjoyable. You don't need to be conversant in Hitchcock to enjoy these stories although it will help to get some of the ideas brought across. Fun.

huhtikuu 22, 7:49 am

Book# 68

Hot Dog by Doug Salati

Winner of the 2023 Caldecott medal. Wonderful book about a dog who has too much of the city heat and escapes for an afternoon at the beach. Illustrations are wonderful!

Muokkaaja: huhtikuu 26, 12:12 pm

Book # 69
The Paranormal Casebooks Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Book 1: The Revenant Of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle

This was a fun read. I'm usually wary of these pull someone from history and build an adventure around them type stories, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. This wasn't the best one I've read but it ended up being fairly good. Good enough that I will read more in the series. Doyle goes into a paranormal mystery with his friend Oscar Wilde at his side. Wilde kind of grates on the nerves at first, but I think that is the point and this ended up being a fun diversion.

huhtikuu 26, 1:37 pm

Book # 70

OTR Christmas Shows: CBS Suspense: A Present For Benny by Various Artists

huhtikuu 26, 1:39 pm

Book # 71

OTR Christmas Shows: MBS 1945 In Review by Various Artists

huhtikuu 26, 1:41 pm

Book # 72

OTR Christmas Shows: NBC The World's Great Novels: A Child Is Born by Various Artists

huhtikuu 27, 4:24 pm

Book # 73

The Ghost Club: A Penguin Audiobook Original by Kate Winkler Dawson

I was excited about this book. This is a topic I find very interesting. It was an audiobook only so I could listen to it.
This is about a British group called the Ghost Club that investigates paranormal activity and has been around since Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle's day. It also talks about Harry Price (a paranormal investigator and member) and his investigation of Borley Rectory, at one time Britain's "most haunted house." This was an interesting story, but something, I'm not sure what was off about it. I don't know if it was the author's narration or what, but I just couldn't get involved in the story.

toukokuu 4, 10:42 am

>87 hredwards: This is the podcast, right? I loved the OTIS podcasts and wish he'd get back to them. I heard this one when it came out, and it was a fun one.
>94 hredwards: I've heard her talking about this new one. Sorry it didn't turn out so well for you. I'm currently reading her first, Death in the Air, on my Kindle. I'm still in the first chapters and it's a little dry.

toukokuu 4, 12:01 pm

>95 mstrust: Yes. It is the podcast, he is very interesting. I read a book he wrote about Edgar Allen Poe sites around the country that was very good. Made me want to go on a road trip.

I was thinking of trying that one but not in such a hurry now that I was disappointed in Ghost Club. I t was kind of dry too.

toukokuu 5, 9:10 am

Book # 74

Star Wars: The High Republic: Convergence by Zoraida Cordova

This was an audiobook. One of the best I've listened to. The Narrator did a wonderful job doing all the voices, there are sound effects and music. This was very entertaining. a rousing Star Wars adventure.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 5, 1:04 pm

Book # 75

Murder On The Pneumatic Railway by Lisa M. Lane

Won this as an Early Reviewer copy.
I had won and read the first book in this series and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to this one. Was not disappointed. Thoroughly researched this historical mystery offers engaging characters both real and imaginary and is a very entertaining read. Fast paced and suspenseful, this was a lot of fun and I would recommend as well as read more in this series.

toukokuu 5, 1:54 pm

>98 hredwards: Congratulations on reaching 75, Harold!

toukokuu 5, 5:24 pm

>99 FAMeulstee: Thank you!!!

toukokuu 8, 9:00 am


toukokuu 8, 10:36 am

kesäkuu 8, 2:54 pm

Congrats on hitting 75!
>96 hredwards: Poe-Land! I reviewed that on my Substack a while ago, as I too really enjoyed it.