Monthly Archives: January 2020

Then She Was Gone ~ by Lisa Jewell

Too long, contrived and predictable, but it was on sale.  On the plus side,  I did finish. *******Then She Was Goneby Lisa Jewell2018/ read by Helen Duff10h 12mrating: B / suspense ******* Ellie Mack was 15 years old when she … Continue reading

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Agency ~ by William Gibson

Agencyby William Gibson2020 / 403 ppread by Lorelei King 10h 12mrating: ??? / spec fiction Well, this is one to read again – (maybe) – Gibson’s plots can get notoriously complex and he liberally strews very current words and technology … Continue reading

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Before She Met Him ~ By Peter Swanson

*******Before She Met Him by Peter Swanson 2019 / 325 ppread by Sophie Amos, Graham Halstead 10h 15mrating: B+ crime suspense******* Quite good after a couple hours of set up which feels like a standard thriller story.  Then that fades and … Continue reading

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead ~ by Olga Tokarczuk

The title is from William Blake’s, “Proverbs of Hell” but the story here is straight from Tokarczuk. But there’s lot of Blake in it as well as astrology, Swedenberg and even, yes, a couple of murders. Drive Your Plow Over … Continue reading

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The Pioneers ~ by David McCullough

*******The Pioneersby David McCullough 2019 / 332 ppread by John Bedford Lloyd 10h 23rating: 8 / US history******* In some ways this book was much better than I expected. I’d heard rather disparaging comments about how the title seemed to … Continue reading

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The Testaments ~ by Margaret Atwood

*******The Testamentsby Margaret Atwood 2019 / 381 pagesread by a cast 13h 18mrating: 9 / sci-fi? ******* I enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale, the book to which this is a sequel,  but I wasn’t wow’ed even if Atwood is one my … Continue reading

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Celestial Bodies ~ by Jokha Alharthi

I’ve read this twice now. The first time was very confusing and because I had a reading group discussion coming up I read it again. I had a feeling I’d really like it once I got the characters straightened out. … Continue reading

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Long Bright River ~ by Liz Moore

This one is gritty but it got a lot of hype and it piqued my interest.  It’s essentially a procedural crime novel set in the Kensington area of Philadelphia.  Kensington is treated with a certain amount of love, hard as … Continue reading

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Why We Sleep – by Matthew Walker

I have problems sleeping as much as I should so I saw this book in the recommendations of Bill Gates and went for it. Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreamsby Matthew Walker2017 / 369 pagesRead by … Continue reading

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Update and New Years

First, before I get started on my first book of 2020, I’m going to outline what I’m doing, how I’m changing. I’m too tired to keep all this up so rather than try to do a complete “review” (or whatever) … Continue reading

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2019 –

With a few exceptions, 2019 was NOT a great year for my reading. I read about 50 books fewer than in 2018 which is actually fine because I get a bit confused when I read more than 20 books in … Continue reading

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