Real Book Challenge!

 Real Book Newbie  1-10
Book Enthusiast  11-20
Real Book Snob  21-30
Book Aficionado  31-40
Real Book Hoarder  41-50
Real Book Queen!  50+


I’m glad I found this circle, because it’s everything I believe in and fits me to a T!  I support and respect physical, paper books;  stopping myself from the words “real books” only to avoid offense to others.  I’ve never felt this wonderful hobby should be digitized, when so few pastimes don’t depend on a computer or electricity as a whole.  I very recently composed an article explaining why real books are the only form I will ever read.  I welcome you to understand my love for them.

This reading challenge is the easiest for me on the face of the planet.  I accept the quest of “Real Book Queen!” without blinking!  I thank the hostesses for rolling out the red carpet for all who share the tangible, time-crossing passion.

Note to the girls, since I don’t see a comment box.  A monthly post doesn’t work for me, with book activities already dominating my blog.  I have readers and articles outside of literature.  What I’ll do is keep this whole page, rather than sharing as usual.  I’ll link this URL at every check-in but mark down months, to show when my books have been read.  Sound good?

I wish our very dear Marigold a happy fourth birthday!
She’s a wonderful cat and mother of our four grown kitties.
We love you very much, Marigold!
Happy birthday to you today!

Marigold Paperback Jan-15-13



The House On The Cliff”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Flanders Panel”  Arturo Pérez-Reverte  1990
The Monsters Within”  Corvus Winchester  2013
Elsewhere”  William Peter Blatty  1999
Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe”  Russell Hoban  1969
A Taste For Murder”  Claudia Bishop  1994
Angel’s Verdict”  Mary Stanton  2010
Angel Condemned”  Mary Stanton  2011
The Irish Cairn Murder”  Dicey Deere  2003
(10)  “Ghost Ship”  P.J. Alderman  2011


Witch In The House”  Ruth Chew  1975
Then Came Two Women”  Charlotte Armstrong  1962
Mystery Of Disaster Island”  Ann Rivkin  1975
Vampires Of Ottawa”  Eric Wilson  1984
The Green Gables Detective”  Eric Wilson  1987
Iggy’s House”  Judy Blume  1970
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond”  Elizabeth George Speare  1958
The Scariest Stories You’ve Ever Heard”  Mark Mills  1988
Aunt Dimity Digs In”  Nancy Atherton  1995
(20)  “Eggs In Purgatory”  Laura Childs  2008

Code Red At The Supermall”  Eric Wilson  1988
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Secret Of The Old Mill”  Leslie McFarlane  1927
The Gift Of The Frost Fairy”  Sheila J. Bleeks  1976
The Man In The Brown Suit”  Agatha Christie  1924
What The Witch Left”   Ruth Chew   1973
Gunpowder Green”  Laura Childs  2002
Terror In Winnipeg”  Eric Wilson  1979
Cold Midnight In Vieux Québec”  Eric Wilson  1989
(30)  “The Mystery Of Pony Hollow”  Lynn Hall  1978


The Stone Angel”  Margaret Laurence  1964
Crocodile On The Sandbank”  Elizabeth Peters  1975
The Tomorrow-Tamer”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Jest Of God”  Margaret Laurence  1966
The Quicksilver Pool”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The Clue In The Diary”  Mildred A. Wirt  1931
The Ghost & The Dead Deb”  Alice Kimberly  2005
Sea Jade”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1964
“Eerie Tales Of The Old West”  Emily, Joe West  1991
(40)  “Pleasing The Ghost”  Sharon Creech  1996


Time For Andrew”  Mary Downing Hahn  1994
My Cousin Rachel”  Daphne Du Maurier  1951
The Doll In The Garden”  Mary Downing Hahn  1989
Ghost Of A Chance”  Yasmine Galenorn  2003
Mystery Of The Golden Horn”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1962
The Other Side Of Dark”  Joan LoweRy Nixon  1986
The Curse Of The Pharaohs”  Elizabeth Peters  1981
Something The Cat Dragged In”  Charlotte MacLeod  1983


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1966
(50)  “The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1967
Cat Who Turned On And Off”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1968
The Cat Who Saw Red”  Lilian Jackson Braun  1986
That Quail, Robert”  Margaret A. Stanger  1966
Caught Dead In Philadelphia”  Gillian Roberts  1987
Death On Demand”  Carolyn G. Hart  1987


The Merlot Murders”  Ellen Crosby  2006
The Tale Of Oat Cake Crag”  Susan Wittig Albert  2010
Light A Penny Candle”  Maeve Binchy  1982
Curse Of The Giant Hogweed”  Charlotte MacLeod  1985
(60) “Death Island”  Robert Sutherland  1994

Mariana”  Susanna Kearsley  1994
The Black Joke”  Farley Mowat  1962
Two Moons In August”  Martha Brooks  1991
Come Like Shadows”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1993
Remedy For Treason”  Caroline Roe  1998
The Family Vault”  Charlotte MacLeod  1979
The Withdrawing Room”  Charlotte MacLeod  1981
The Night The Gods Smiled”  Eric Wright  1983
Smoke Detector”  Eric Wright  1984
(70) “Death In The Old Country”  Eric Wright  1985

 “Cure For A Charlatan”  Caroline Roe  1999
False Face”  Welwyn Wilton Katz  1987
Kiss Me”  Andrew Pyper  1996
Reflections In Poetry & Pictures”  P.J. Peters  1984
Spring Floods: Poems, Stories”  Mari Pineo  1990


Dead Bolt”  Juliet Blackwell  2011
Murder On The House”  Juliet Blackwell  2012
Tarnished And Torn”  Juliet Blackwell  2013
Rosemary’s Witch”  Ann Turner  1991

(80) “Do-It-Yourself Magic”  Ruth Chew  1987
The Secrets Of Hidden Creek”  Wylly Folk St. John  1966
Shark Lady:  True Adventures Of Eugenie Clark”  Ann McGovern  1978
Mansion Of Evil”  Caroline Farr  1966
A Veiled Deception”  Annette Blair  2008
Larceny And Lace”  Annette Blair  2009
The Ghost & The Dead Man’s Library”  Alice Kimberly  2006
Death By Diamonds”  Annette Blair  2010
The Wednesday Witch”  Ruth Chew  1969
The Hidden Cave”  Ruth Chew  1973
(90) “The Cosmic Clues”  Manjiri Prabhu  2004

A Present For Granny”  Viola Wahlstedt  1965
The Mystery Of Saint-Salgue”  Paul Berna  1962
The Cater Street Hangman”  Anne Perry  1979
The Lies That Bind”  Kate Carlisle  2010
An Uninvited Ghost”  E.J. Copperman  2011
The Wishing Jar”  Penelope J. Stokes  2002
Australian Golden Dagger Mysteries”  Professor Steven Knight  1988
An Island In A Green Sea”  Mabel Esther Allan  1972
Callander Square”  Anne Perry  1980
(100) “Death Of A Gossip”  Marion C. Beaton  1985

Kilt Dead”  Kaitlyn Dunnett  2007
The Twelve Deaths Of Christmas”  Marian Babson  1979
Mystery At Cranberry Farm”  Lynn Manuel  1981
The Alchemist”  Paulo Coelho  1988
The House On Cabra”  June Wetherell  1966
A Wrinkle In Time”  Madeleine L’Engle  1962
The Fifth Dominion”  Clive Barker  1995
The Tale Of Castle Cottage”  Susan Wittig Albert  2011
The Mystery Of Ireland’s Eye”  Shane Peacock  1999
(110) “Phantom Horse Goes To Ireland”  C. Pullein-Thompson  1972

Mystery At Star Lake”  Margaret Goff Clark  1965
Aunt Dimity’s Christmas”  Nancy T. Atherton  1999
Mysteries, Monsters & Untold Secrets”  George Laycock  1978
Mystery On The Isle Of Skye”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1955
The 7th Mourner”  Dorothy Gardiner  1964
Skirting The Grave”  Annette Blair  2011
Return To Cranberry Farm”  Lynn Manuel  1990
A Single Death”  Eric Wright  1986
Buried In Stone”  Eric Wright  1996
(120) “The Suicide Murders”  Howard Engel  1980

Gad’s Hall”  Norah Lofts  1977
The Haunting Of Gad’s Hall”  Norah Lofts  1978
Ammie, Come Home”  Barbara Michaels  1968
House At Riverton”  Kate Morton  2006
Curiosity Thrilled The Cat”  Sofie Kelly  2011
It Takes A Witch”  Heather Blake  2012
Murder In Scorpio”  Martha C. Lawrence  1995
(128)  “Mind Over Murder”  Allison Kingsley  2011


Last Wool And Testament”  Molly MacRae  2012
(130)  “Night Of Secrets”  June Wetherell  1977
The Witch Is Dead”  Shirley Damsgaard  2007
The Secret Portrait”  Lillian Stewart Carl  2005
Scone Cold Dead”  Kaitlyn Dunnett  2008
Home For The Haunting”  Juliet Blackwell  2013
The Five People You Meet In Heaven”  Mitch Albom  2003
Death Of A Hired Man”  Eric Wright  2001
If Two Are Dead”  Robert Sutherland  1997
(138) “The Ransom Game”  Howard Engel  1981     


There are 10 books in the last month’s draw.  Please don’t miss my full sum, also shown right there.  For the year end award:  my whole total is one-hundred-and-thirty-eight books!!!!  It is the most I have ever read at once.  I am a proven “Real Book Queen”, nearly tripled!

I haven’t had comments at this post yet.  It would be lovely to close it with a note from the hostesses.  I hope you browse my well-varied reviews and enjoy them too.  :)  Happy new year 2015, from Carolyn!


About RIEDEL Fascination

I cherish animals, plants, reading, music and free spirituality. I welcome you for articles, literary activities, and interaction! Surrounding ourselves with good people is a delight. I occasionally review at The Book Depository.
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