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Tangledthread's 2020 thread

1tangledthread
des. 31, 2019, 10:46 am

I'm in again for the coming year. Have many new books from the holidays and my birthday to begin!

2DianaNL
des. 31, 2019, 10:57 am

Best wishes for 2020!

3PaulCranswick
des. 31, 2019, 11:09 am



Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

4drneutron
des. 31, 2019, 1:24 pm

Welcome back!

5FAMeulstee
des. 31, 2019, 5:49 pm

Happy reading in 2020!

6tangledthread
gen. 1, 2020, 5:10 pm

that makes for a very full year, Paul!

7tangledthread
gen. 1, 2020, 5:20 pm

Starting out the year with The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson and Hill Women from the recent Early Reviewers win.

8kidzdoc
gen. 4, 2020, 3:18 pm

Happy New Year! (I decided to create a new thread this weekend after all.)

9tangledthread
Editat: feb. 3, 2020, 8:52 am

Okay, here's the beginning of this year's list:

1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

10thornton37814
gen. 5, 2020, 8:47 pm

Have a great reading year!

11tangledthread
gen. 11, 2020, 9:39 am

Finished Save Me the Plums last night. It was a light but entertaining book about the author's time at the helm of Gourmet magazine. Review is on the book page.

12Berly
gen. 23, 2020, 3:52 am

Just checking in...!

13tangledthread
gen. 28, 2020, 6:25 pm

Just posted reviews for Slow Medicine and Hill Women on their book pages. Hill Women was part of the Early Readers Program.
I gave both books 4 stars.

14tangledthread
Editat: feb. 27, 2020, 9:13 am

Adding February to the list:

January:
1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

Feb.
6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern, fiction
7. Fever by Mary Beth Keane, fiction, ebook
8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan, fiction, ebook, audiobook
9. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders Vivida Sten, ebook, audiobook
10. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, fiction, ebook
11. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, ebook
12. A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard, ebook*

15tangledthread
feb. 17, 2020, 2:46 pm

Posted a bunch of reviews on Feb. 13 of books that I finished in the last few weeks. They are here: https://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=tangledthread

16tangledthread
feb. 17, 2020, 2:53 pm

Finished reading The Topeka School yesterday. I will give it four stars. The writing reminded me of Julian Barnes' writing. I'll review it in a couple days.

17tangledthread
feb. 28, 2020, 1:20 pm

Review: The Topeka School

This is a thought provoking coming of age novel that is semi-autobiographical for the author. Adam Gordon was born and raised in Topeka, KS. His parents were east coast transplants who came to Topeka in the late 1970's to finish their post graduate studies in mental health at a local premier mental health facility where they stayed. It is 1997, Adam is a senior at Topeka High School and is a standout on the school's debate team. His cohort includes children of other medical professionals living in upper middle class neighborhoods with one exception. Darren is the son of a nurse who cared for Adam when he had a concussion at age 8. He has mental health issues and has been in the care of Adam's father who specializes in "lost boys". Though Darren has dropped out of school, the seniors perversely ensnare him to participate in their senior escapades with the expected negative results.

The story is told in multiple voices with Adam's being dominant. There are chapters in the voices of each of his parents, Jane and Jonathon, and Darren. Much of Adam's narrative centers around his skill and understanding of debate and forensics. He describes a technique known as "the spread" where extremely rapid speech is used to cover as many arguments possible with the intent that one's opponent will be penalized for failing to respond to all arguments raised. Adam associates the rise in this form of debate with a similar rise in rhetoric over logical reasoning in media broadcasting. Adam excels in this technique, but it is not his preferred event and it nags at his conscience as an underhanded means of competitive speaking.

There are a lot of threads to the novel. The toxic environment for boys in developing a masculine image in adolescence is one. The backlash from that Jane has to deal with once she becomes a successful author on womens' mental health issues, both from within her close circle and the public. There is foreshadowing of the rise of ultra-conservatism in Kansas that we see today. The title "The Topeka School" could be several things: it could be the social schooling of the seniors (especially the boys) in what it means to be a man as they are about to enter the outside world. It could also be referring to the sometimes unorthodox practices of the mental health facility where Adam's parents are employed. And it could be that foreshadowing referred to earlier, spurred by the corrosion of high school debate judged by senators and other politicians that bleeds into public policy forums.

I finished this book more than a week ago and continue to ruminate on the various threads presented by the author. His writing is prosaic and in some ways reminds me of Julian Barnes' writing.

18tangledthread
feb. 29, 2020, 8:39 am

Woo hoo! Just learned that I will be receiving and early reviewers copy of Simon the Fiddler, Paulette Jiles newest books. I really enjoyed her previous books.

19Berly
març 7, 2020, 1:55 am

>18 tangledthread: Totally jealous!!! Enjoy. : )

>17 tangledthread: And very nice review, too.

Happy weekend.

20tangledthread
març 7, 2020, 12:04 pm

thank you, Kim. and happy weekend to you!

21tangledthread
Editat: abr. 1, 2020, 9:47 am

Time to start adding March books to the list:

January:
1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

Feb.
6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern, fiction
7. Fever by Mary Beth Keane, fiction, ebook
8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan, fiction, ebook, audiobook
9. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders Vivida Sten, ebook, audiobook
10. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, fiction, ebook
11. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, ebook
12. A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard, ebook

March
13. Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen, nonfiction*
13. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro, memoir, ebook
14. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, narrative nonfiction, ebook*
15. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro, nonfiction, memoir, ebook.
16. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, fiction
17. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles, fiction*
18. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, fiction, ebook
19. The Sacrament: a Novel by Olaf Olafsson, audiobook

22tangledthread
març 10, 2020, 12:06 pm

Finished reading Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro. This was a quick read...3 evenings. It's a memoir of the year in the life of the author when through an online genetic test, she learned at age 54 that the father she grew up with was not her biological father. The news was devastating because she had a close relationship with her father who died when she was in her early 20's, the familial side of the family was steeped in Jewish ancestry, and her mother had questionable parenting skills.

With the scant information available and online resources she was able to deduce who the likely sperm donor was. The writing catalogues her feelings, the conversations she had with rabbi's, an aunt who is in her 90's, and reflections on childhood experiences that had stayed with her and are now viewed in a different light.

It's interesting and ironic to think that once what was thought to able to concealed (anonymous donors) is now revealed through hobby ancestry genetic testing. Beware of family secrets! The author is able to come to resolution by the end of the book, and that's all I'll reveal.

23Berly
març 23, 2020, 2:20 pm

Wow, that would be something to find out, huh? Nice review. : )

24tangledthread
Editat: maig 5, 2020, 8:19 pm

April Booklist:

January:
1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

Feb.
6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern, fiction
7. Fever by Mary Beth Keane, fiction, ebook
8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan, fiction, ebook, audiobook
9. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders Vivida Sten, ebook, audiobook
10. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, fiction, ebook
11. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, ebook
12. A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard, ebook

March
13. Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen, nonfiction*
13. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro, memoir, ebook
14. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, narrative nonfiction, ebook*
15. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro, nonfiction, memoir, ebook.
16. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, fiction
17. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles, fiction
18. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, fiction, ebook
19. The Sacrament: a Novel by Olaf Olafsson, audiobook

April
20. One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson, ebook
21. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, audiobook
22. A Long Petal to the Sea by Isabel Allende, audiobook

25Berly
jul. 10, 2020, 2:09 am

May? June?

: )

26tangledthread
jul. 11, 2020, 5:06 pm

Yep....I'm working on it. : 0

27tangledthread
Editat: ag. 7, 2020, 8:42 am

As Kimberly has reminded me, I'm way overdue for updating the reading list. Looks like I haven't done many reviews either. Must be pandemic fatigue.

I have been reading, so here we go:

May
23. The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, nonfiction, ebook
24. The Water Keeper by Charles Martin, fiction, ebook
25. Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson, nonfiction, ebook

June
26. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone, nonfiction, ebook
27. The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook
28. The Testaments Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook

July
29. Overshot: The Political Aesthetics of Woven Textiles from the Antebellum South and Beyond by Susan Falls & Jessica R. Smith, nonfiction*
30. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kid, fiction, ebook
31. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, fiction, audiobook
32. The Exiles by Christian Baker Kline, fiction

28tangledthread
Editat: set. 2, 2020, 9:15 am

Time to bring my 2020 reading list up to date:
January:
1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

Feb.
6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern, fiction
7. Fever by Mary Beth Keane, fiction, ebook
8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan, fiction, ebook, audiobook
9. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders Vivida Sten, ebook, audiobook
10. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, fiction, ebook
11. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, ebook
12. A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard, ebook

March
13. Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen, nonfiction*
13. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro, memoir, ebook
14. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, narrative nonfiction, ebook*
15. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro, nonfiction, memoir, ebook.
16. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, fiction
17. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles, fiction
18. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, fiction, ebook
19. The Sacrament: a Novel by Olaf Olafsson, audiobook

April
20. One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson, ebook
21. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, audiobook
22. A Long Petal to the Sea by Isabel Allende, audiobook

May
23. The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, nonfiction, ebook
24. The Water Keeper by Charles Martin, fiction, ebook
25. Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson, nonfiction, ebook

June
26. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone, nonfiction, ebook
27. The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook
28. The Testaments Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook

July
29. Overshot: The Political Aesthetics of Woven Textiles from the Antebellum South and Beyond by Susan Falls & Jessica R. Smith, nonfiction*
30. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kid, fiction, ebook
31. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, fiction, audiobook
32. The Exiles by Christian Baker Kline, fiction

August
33. Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian… by Sierra Crane Murdoch, nonfiction, ebook*
34. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur, memoir - nonfiction, ebook
35. These Truths by Jill Lepore, nonfiction, ebook & audiobook*
36. A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Won the War by Simon Parkin, nonfiction*
37. Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann, fiction, ebook*
38. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, fiction, ebook

29tangledthread
set. 2, 2020, 9:18 am

Just finished and reviewed Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. Review is on book page.

I abandoned Yellow Bird earlier in the month because I just could not stomach reading about the greedy, underhanded behavior of some of the people in the book while we are dealing with the same sort of behavior in this current administration. I may return to it later....but I doubt it. It is an important book, but just not for me right now.

30tangledthread
Editat: oct. 18, 2020, 5:10 pm

Time to update the reading list

January:
1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

Feb.
6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern, fiction
7. Fever by Mary Beth Keane, fiction, ebook
8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan, fiction, ebook, audiobook
9. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders Vivida Sten, ebook, audiobook
10. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, fiction, ebook
11. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, ebook
12. A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard, ebook

March
13. Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen, nonfiction*
13. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro, memoir, ebook
14. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, narrative nonfiction, ebook*
15. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro, nonfiction, memoir, ebook.
16. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, fiction
17. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles, fiction
18. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, fiction, ebook
19. The Sacrament: a Novel by Olaf Olafsson, audiobook

April
20. One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson, ebook
21. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, audiobook
22. A Long Petal to the Sea by Isabel Allende, audiobook

May
23. The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, nonfiction, ebook
24. The Water Keeper by Charles Martin, fiction, ebook
25. Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson, nonfiction, ebook

June
26. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone, nonfiction, ebook
27. The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook
28. The Testaments Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook

July
29. Overshot: The Political Aesthetics of Woven Textiles from the Antebellum South and Beyond by Susan Falls & Jessica R. Smith, nonfiction*
30. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kid, fiction, ebook
31. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, fiction, audiobook
32. The Exiles by Christian Baker Kline, fiction

August
33. Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian… by Sierra Crane Murdoch, nonfiction, ebook*
34. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur, memoir - nonfiction, ebook
35. These Truths by Jill Lepore, nonfiction, ebook & audiobook*
36. A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Won the War by Simon Parkin, nonfiction*
37. Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann, fiction, ebook*
38. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, fiction, ebook

September
39. In the Country of Women by Susan Straight, memoir, ebook
40. The Bear by Andrew Krivak, fiction, ebook
40. The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls by Ursula Hegi, fiction, ebook
41. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, fiction, ebook
42. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner, memoir, ebook
43. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, fiction, audiobook

October
44. The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russel, fiction, ebook
45. The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver by Tommye McClure Scanlon, memoir
46. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, fiction, ebook*

31tangledthread
Editat: des. 8, 2020, 10:31 am

Adding November books to the list:
January:
1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

Feb.
6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern, fiction
7. Fever by Mary Beth Keane, fiction, ebook
8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan, fiction, ebook, audiobook
9. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders Vivida Sten, ebook, audiobook
10. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, fiction, ebook
11. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, ebook
12. A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard, ebook

March
13. Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen, nonfiction*
13. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro, memoir, ebook
14. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, narrative nonfiction, ebook*
15. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro, nonfiction, memoir, ebook.
16. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, fiction
17. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles, fiction
18. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, fiction, ebook
19. The Sacrament: a Novel by Olaf Olafsson, audiobook

April
20. One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson, ebook
21. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, audiobook
22. A Long Petal to the Sea by Isabel Allende, audiobook

May
23. The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, nonfiction, ebook
24. The Water Keeper by Charles Martin, fiction, ebook
25. Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson, nonfiction, ebook

June
26. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone, nonfiction, ebook
27. The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook
28. The Testaments Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook

July
29. Overshot: The Political Aesthetics of Woven Textiles from the Antebellum South and Beyond by Susan Falls & Jessica R. Smith, nonfiction*
30. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kid, fiction, ebook
31. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, fiction, audiobook
32. The Exiles by Christian Baker Kline, fiction

August
33. Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian… by Sierra Crane Murdoch, nonfiction, ebook*
34. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur, memoir - nonfiction, ebook
35. These Truths by Jill Lepore, nonfiction, ebook & audiobook*
36. A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Won the War by Simon Parkin, nonfiction*
37. Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann, fiction, ebook*
38. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, fiction, ebook

September
39. In the Country of Women by Susan Straight, memoir, ebook
40. The Bear by Andrew Krivak, fiction, ebook
40. The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls by Ursula Hegi, fiction, ebook
41. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, fiction, ebook
42. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner, memoir, ebook
43. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, fiction, audiobook

October
44. The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russel, fiction, ebook
45. The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver by Tommye McClure Scanlon, memoir
46. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, fiction, ebook

November:
47. English Pastoral by James Rebanks, nonfiction*
48. Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, nonfiction, ebook
49. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, fiction, ebook*
50. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donaghue, fiction, ebook

32Berly
des. 5, 2020, 1:02 pm

I enjoyed The water Dancer. Did you? Any you'd strongly recommend? Congrats on hitting 50!

33tangledthread
des. 8, 2020, 10:31 am

>32 Berly: The Water Dancer wasn't my favorite book of the year. IMHO, Ta-Nahisi Coates does better as an essayist and commentator. It seemed to me that he had a lot of ideas he wanted to explore, but fiction wasn't the best means of conveyance for those ideas.
I preferred Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad an The Nickel Boys.

Just finished The Pull of The Stars which was one of those books I couldn't put down

34Berly
des. 16, 2020, 2:03 am

>33 tangledthread: I completely agree with you about Whitehead's books -- I enjoyed them even more. I'll have to check out The Pull of the Stars now...LOL.

35tangledthread
Editat: gen. 1, 2021, 11:45 am

Time to add December books:
January:
1. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, nonfiction/memoir, ebook
2. The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, fiction*
3. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, nonfiction/memoir
3. Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet, nonfiction/memoir
4. Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes, nonfiction/memoir* (continued from 2019)
5. The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia, fiction, ebook/audiobook

Feb.
6. The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern, fiction
7. Fever by Mary Beth Keane, fiction, ebook
8. Beneath a Scarlet Sky Mark Sullivan, fiction, ebook, audiobook
9. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders Vivida Sten, ebook, audiobook
10. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, fiction, ebook
11. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, ebook
12. A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard, ebook

March
13. Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen, nonfiction
13. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro, memoir, ebook
14. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, narrative nonfiction, ebook*
15. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro, nonfiction, memoir, ebook.
16. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan, fiction
17. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles, fiction
18. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, fiction, ebook
19. The Sacrament: a Novel by Olaf Olafsson, audiobook

April
20. One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson, ebook
21. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, audiobook
22. A Long Petal to the Sea by Isabel Allende, audiobook

May
23. The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, nonfiction, ebook
24. The Water Keeper by Charles Martin, fiction, ebook
25. Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson, nonfiction, ebook

June
26. The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone, nonfiction, ebook
27. The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook
28. The Testaments Margaret Atwood, fiction, ebook

July
29. Overshot: The Political Aesthetics of Woven Textiles from the Antebellum South and Beyond by Susan Falls & Jessica R. Smith, nonfiction
30. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kid, fiction, ebook
31. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, fiction, audiobook
32. The Exiles by Christian Baker Kline, fiction

August
33. Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian… by Sierra Crane Murdoch, nonfiction, ebook*
34. Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur, memoir - nonfiction, ebook
35. These Truths by Jill Lepore, nonfiction, ebook & audiobook*
36. A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Won the War by Simon Parkin, nonfiction*
37. Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann, fiction, ebook*
38. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, fiction, ebook

September
39. In the Country of Women by Susan Straight, memoir, ebook
40. The Bear by Andrew Krivak, fiction, ebook
40. The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls by Ursula Hegi, fiction, ebook
41. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, fiction, ebook
42. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner, memoir, ebook
43. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, fiction, audiobook

October
44. The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russel, fiction, ebook
45. The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver by Tommye McClure Scanlon, memoir
46. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea, fiction, ebook

November:
47. English Pastoral by James Rebanks, nonfiction*
48. Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, nonfiction, ebook*
49. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, fiction, ebook
50. The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donaghue, fiction, ebook

December:
51. The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan, fiction, ebook
52. The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg, fiction, ebook
53. All That We Carried by Erin Bartels, fiction
54. The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abe Dare', fiction, ebook
55. How to Taste by Becky Selengut, nonfiction
56. What Can A Body Do by Sara Hendron, nonfiction*
57. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan, fiction, audiobook*

36Berly
des. 24, 2020, 5:43 pm



Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May 2021 bring you less need for masks, loads of peace and joy, good health and, of course, books!

37tangledthread
des. 25, 2020, 11:06 am

Is there a 75 books challenge for 2021 yet? I've searched and come up empty.

38drneutron
des. 25, 2020, 2:04 pm

Not yet - I plan to have it up in the next day or so.

39tangledthread
des. 25, 2020, 2:05 pm

>38 drneutron: Great! Thanks!

40tangledthread
gen. 5, 2021, 3:39 pm

so that's it for 2020. 57 books with 4 of them bleeding over into '21.

I'm happy enough with that number. And I am definitely happy with the books that I read. There are many that I revisit in my mind from time to time: Hamnet, Once Upon a River, The Pull of the Stars, The Great Influenza to name just a few.

Onward....