Carolyn’s Gentle Spectrums 2017


Happy RIEDEL Challenges renewal!  February 1 is here for my four groups!  May we have a fun year with GENTLE SPECTRUMS 2017!  This is my post for creatively choosing my literature.  I plan, then smooth out this list into finished books with reviews.  I keep categories that will continue to drum up a lot of book possibilities for us but add a fresh batch that will be easy as well.  I always have a lot of colour titles on hand and love matching them for our ten other themes, so please enjoy generous the scope of all eleven!  For some, the content suffices instead of scrounging for title words.

How do you think your reading fits these?  There is no quota and the same colour book can also go into one subject category.  If you are finding several books that match, please sign-up with me by clicking my gorgeous Manitoba portrait above and gather them with us!
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The Red Carnelian”   Phyllis A. Whitney   1943
Bones On Black Spruce Mountain”  David Budbill  1978
Franklin In The Dark”  Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark  1986
The Scent Of Lilacs”  Carolyn Wilson  1966

“The Hot Pink Farmouse”  David Handler  2002
“Shades Of Earl Grey”  Laura Childs  2003

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Historic people, content, places, symbols, books set in, or of 1967 and older.

Resurrection Row”  Anne Perry  1981
The Man In The Queue”  Josephine Tey  1929
The Novice’s Tale”  Margaret Frazer  1992
House Of Rising Water”  Melissa Napier  1972
The Secret Of The Caves”  Leslie McFarlane  1929
The Splendour Falls”  Susanna Kearsley  1995
Skeleton Cave”  Cora Cheney  1954
The Scent Of Lilacs”  Carolyn Wilson  1966
A Haunted Love Story”  Mark Spencer  2012


(02)  FOOD

The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie”  Alan Bradley  2009
The Man With A Load Of Mischief”  Martha Grimes  1981
*  This is the funny name of a pub in England, at least fictionally.
The Wine Of Angels”  Phil Rickman  1998
The Edible Woman”  Margaret Atwood  1969
Raggedy Ann And The Cookie Snatcher”  Barbara Shook Hazen  1972
The Bordeaux Betrayal”  Ellen Crosby  2008
Nicky’s Picnic”  Harriet Ziefert, Richard Brown  1986
Tweety And Sylvester, Picnic Problems”  Betty Biesterveld, Leon Jason  1970

“Sweet Expectations”  Mary Ellen Taylor  2015,
“The Bordeaux Betrayal”  Ellen Crosby  2008

(03)  THE SKY
Elements by day or night, astronomy, spiritual terms.

Escape From Big Muddy”  Eric Wilson  1997
*  “Big Muddy” is a tornado in a specific Saskatchewan location.
A Wind In The Door”  Margaret L’Engle  1973
Candlenight”  Phil Rickman  1991
Buenas Noches, Luna”  Margaret Wiseman Brown  1947
The Haunting Of Sunshine Girl”  Paige McKenzie  2015
“Prairie Ghosts, True Manitoba Ghost Stories”  Lois Forsberg  1988

“Street Of The Five Moons”  Elizabeth Peters  1978,
“Tears Of The Moon”  Nora Roberts  2000

Titles do not need to match this category.  Canadian authors or features will do.

A Question Of Murder”  Eric Wright  1988
A City Called July”  Howard Engel  1986
L’Arbre Aux Ballons”  Phoebe Gilman  1984
Who We Are”  Elizabeth May  2014
Women Explorers:  One Hundred Years Of Courage And Audacity”  Helen Y. Rolfe  2003
Mini Finfouin Et La Mère Crochu”  Serge Wilson  1982
Patrick The Diesel”  Kendall James MacDonald  1974
The Emily Carr Mystery”  Eric Wilson  2001
A Sensitive Case”  Eric Wright  1990
Franklin In The Dark”  Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark  1986
A Victim Must Be Found”  Howard Engel  1988
A Colder Kind Of Death”  Gail Bowen  1994
Mysterious Rescue”  Philippa Dunn, Larry Hall  1973
The Incredible Journey”  Sheila Burnford  1960
“Nova Scotia” Tanya Lloyd Kyi 2003
“The Comfort Of Cats” Pamela Wallin, Anne Bayin 2003

“The Night Travellers”  Sandra Birdsell  1982


The Red Carnelian”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1943
The Girl On Legare Street”  Karen White  2009
*  A historic well-to-do South Carolina street in reality.
The Thai Amulet”  Lyn Hamilton  2003
La Princesse À La Robe De Papier”  Robert N. Munsch, Michael Martchenko  1980
The Usborne Book Of Famous Paintings”  Rosie Dickens, Philip Hopman  2009

“Legend Of The Jade Dragon”  Jasmine Galenorn  2004

(06)  MUSIC
Do not need to be musical words.  Books may be about music, authored by musicians.

The Prophet’s Camel Bell”  Margaret Laurence  1963
A Life In Folklore”  Dr. Helen Creighton  1975
A Day With The Animals”  View-Master Ideal Group  1986
*  A children’s booklet of song lyrics.

“The Bells Of Freedom”  Dorothy Gilman  1963
“The Favourite Game”  Leonard Cohen  1963
“Backstage Passes”  Angela Bowie  1993

Titles assocated with “three”, a third volume, your third book with an author.

Body Of Evidence”  Patricia Cornwall  1991
*  I do indeed like my third book of Patricia’s, exponentially more highly than the series opener this novel succeeds and even better than the start of her other series!  I liked and which was my first taste of Patricia:  “Hornet’s Nest”.  Unlike Kathy’s Reich’s violence and disturbing subjects, that went too far to bear despite having topical similarities;  I am happy to find I can continue with Patricia’s writings and begin to look forward to them.

The Dollmaker”  Amanda Stevens  2007
*  Her standalone horrors are not as great as her paranormal mysteries.
The Cruellest Month”  Louise Penny  2007
*  Disliked this one the most but have high hopes it is an oddball.
Roo’s Big Adventure”  Philippe Harchy  1994
*  Much better than the other two I had read.
The Magic Sled”  Nathaniel Benchley, Mel Furukowa  1972
*  Excellent, full of character, and hit me with pleasurable familiarity.
True Confessions Of A Heartless Girl”  Martha Brooks  2002
*  My least favourite but I have seen how good Martha’s other oeuvres are.
The Mystical Life Of Jesus”  Sylvia Browne  2007
*  I am inspired and educated in this life-important subject time and again.  I always finish a Sylvia book feeling elated, validated, and strong.

“The Missing Madonna”  Carol Anne O’Marie  1988
“Voices After Midnight”  Richard Peck  1989


Celebrating Earth Day”  Janet MacDonnell, Diana Magnuson  1994
Aunt Dimity Takes A Holiday”  Nancy Atherton  2003
A Northern Nativity”  William Kurelek  1976
Boo To You, Winnie The Pooh”  Bruce Talkington  1996
A Pussycat’s Christmas”  Margaret Wiseman Brown  1949
“13 Horrors Of Hallowe’en”  Isaac Asimov (editor)  1986

“Garden Spells”  Sarah Addison Allen  2007


The Jackal’s Head”  Elizabeth Peters  1968
Natural Pet Healing”  Von Braschler  2003
The Mystery Of The Gulls”  Phyllis A. Whitney  1949
Beyond Words:  Talking With Animals & Nature”  Marta Williams  2005
Gem-Bem & The Mystery Of The Ball Of Branches”  Christiane D’Aoust, Brock Nicol  2010
Little Rascal”  Sterling North  1965
The Land Without Unicorns”  Vicki Blum  2001
Un, Deux, Winnie A Le Ventre Creux”  A.A Milne, E.H Shepard  2002
Three Billy Goats Gruff”  Susan Blair, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Engebretsen Moe  1963
Talking With Nature”  Michael J. Roads  1985
Les Loups-Garous”  Michel Beaulac  1981
Je Suis Un Canard”  Mike Wilkins, Jeff Wakefield  1975
Walt Disney’s Bambi”  Felix Salten  1941
Talking With Nature” / “Journey Into Nature”  Michael J. Roads  1985, 1990
He Saw Himself In All His Creatures”  Dr. Helen Norrie  2006
All Kinds Of Babies”  Millicent E. Selsam, Symeon Shimin  1953
For Pet’s Sake, Do Something”  Monica Diedrich  2007
The Monster At The End Of This Book”  Jon Stone, Mike Smollin  1971
Cats Are Smarter Than Jack”  Jenny Campbell  2005
The Poetry Of Cats”  Samuel Carr  1986
Cat Quotations”  Helen Exley  1991
Donald Duck Et La Boîte Magique”  Walt Disney Productions  1978

“The Old Fox Deceiv’d”  Martha Grimes  1982
“Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw”  Will Ferguson  2004


The Stranger In The Mirror”  Jane Land  1974
The Olden Days Coat”  Margaret Laurence, Muriel Wood  1979
The Roman Hat Mystery”  Ellery Queen  1929
The Cat And The Bird In The Hat”  Norman Bridwell  1968

“Cloaked In Malice”  Annette Blair  2012
“Shattered Silk”  Juliet Blackwell  2016

While reviews fill-in, please enjoy following along here:  Gentle Spectrums reviews 2017.


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