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Top 10 Romance Novels of 2021

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15 January 2022

For the first time, The Poisoned Martini is taking a look at the most popular romance novels of the previous year. What were the most popular romantic reads that readers picked up? Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out titles in 2021. *** 10. The Dating… Read More ›

Top 10 Sci-Fi Novels in 2021?

We’ve taken a look at mysteries and fantasies, now it’s time to check out the most popular Sci-Fi stories of 2021. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out titles last year. *** 10. Machine by Elizabeth Bear—A space station begins to unravel when a routine search… Read More ›

Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2021?

Following a look at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out the fantasy novels that were the most popular in 2021. Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out titles in 2021. *** 10. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu & A… Read More ›

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Clang-Dong. Welcome to Funiculi Funicula, a quaint little tucked away café in Tokyo with a remarkable secret. “Several years had passed since the café had its moment of fame because of an urban legend that claimed it could transport people back to the past.” If you could travel back to the past, would you? Time… Read More ›

Top 10 Mysteries of 2021

A new year has arrived with all new potential, but before we step further into 2022, let’s take a look back at the semi-normal year that was 2021. What were the most popular mysteries that readers picked up? Based on circulation figures at the library where I work, these were the most checked out mysteries… Read More ›

Redshirts

In the opening pages of Redshirts, Ensign Davis is on an away mission for the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union.  He’s accompanying the ship’s officers: Captain Lucius Abernathy, Science Officer Q’eeng, and Chief Engineer Paul West; and they’ve all been trapped in a cave infested by carnivorous Borgovian Land Worms. “Davis!”  Captain Abernathy called.  “Stay where you… Read More ›

Top 10 Mystery eBooks of 2020

Though it took me a bit longer than I’d like, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the most checked out ebook mystery titles in 2020. After digging through various reports, I came up with a massive list of titles tagged as mystery or suspense, but not all of them would… Read More ›

Top 10 Mysteries of 2020?

Welcome 2021! So glad you’re here. But… Let’s take one last look at the most unusual of years, 2020. What were the most popular mysteries read? Based on circulation figures at my local library, these were the most checked out mysteries in 2020. *** 10. Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb — Eve Dallas in… Read More ›

15 Years of Mysteries: Part Seven

Welcome to Part Seven of 15 Years of Mysteries! 2010 was the dawn of a new decade and the lucky 7th year of the Mystery Book Club. A few ideas to breathe new life into the discussion group were beginning to percolate with the idea of theming mysteries. January 2010 selection Murder on K Street… Read More ›

Top 10 Mysteries of 2019?

A new decade has dawned! But before we get much further into 2020, it’s time to take one last look at the last decade (and last year), and see what the most popular mysteries were in 2019. Based on circulation figures at my local library, these were the most checked out mysteries in 2019. ***… Read More ›

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