2020 – recap and here’s to 2021!

Whew – glad that whole year is over and I have my fingers crossed and I’m knocking on wood and I’m doing whatever prayers I think will help for a better year coming up.  

As a result of the 2020 troubles (all of them) and my health (etc) and moving 1500 miles I didn’t read as much this year as in prior years basically because my focus was just not available.  So my total books read was only 125 books – And last year was only 133 due to my health issues which started in about July of 2019.  (I’ve read 180+ in years past – 2015, 2016, etc.) 

Anyway, the 125 included 37 nonfiction, -58 crime novels, and the rest were general fiction with a couple classics included.  (My health is still not what it was and probably never will be but I’m better. I should get walking and eating better again – I’ve been off cigarettes for about 13+ months.

I feel my focus coming back lately. I just finished my second book for 2021 and neither was short (reviews up soon). They’re both crime novels because those hook me in better. But I’m getting ready for a good meaty book of some sort – plenty on my wish list!

These are the tops –

Mysteries and Crime. (8 books): 
Lethal Defense ~ by Michael Stagg (legal)
The Law of Innocence ~ by Michael Connelly (legal)
Troubled Blood ~ by Robert Galbraith  (PI)
A Private Cathedral ~ by James Lee Burke (procedural)
The Scholar ~ by Dervla McTiernan (procedural) 
The Last Trial ~ by Scott Turow (legal) 
A Naked Singularity ~ by Sergio de la Pava. (literary)
Goodlove and Strech series by Al Macy (4 books – light/legal)

General Fiction: (6 books)
The Glass House ~ by Emily St John Mandell
Jack ~ by Marilynne Robinson
Summer ~ by Ali Smith
The Redhead by the Side of the Road ~ by Anne Tyler 
LaRose ~ by Louise Erdrich
Girl, Woman Other ~ by Bernardine Evaristo
Becoming Duchess Goldblatt ~ by Anonymous (most of this is memoir)

Non-Fiction (6 books): 
Uncanny Valley ~ by Anna Wiener (Memoir)
The Great Influenza ~ by John M. Barry  (History)
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat ~ by Samin Nasrat  (A book about cooking)
Frederick Douglass ~ by David W. Blight (Biography)
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee ~ by David Treuer (History)

For 2021 – a better year I’m sure – I have determined to finish:
The Transformation of Virginia by Rhys Isaac
and
The Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price

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3 Responses to 2020 – recap and here’s to 2021!

  1. Lisa Hill says:

    Good to see Girl Woman Other on the list, after reading some of the duds that made it onto the Booker list this year, I was a bit worried that this would be a disappointment.

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