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
The Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price
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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Yes! Ever since the Booker opened up it’s been sadder. I don’t know what they’re after but it doesn’t seem like a lot of literary quality to me.
I agree, it’s been very disappointing. Even the books that I liked were not all that special…