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Phew! One big holiday down and now one to go. I hope yours was wonderful even if a little out of the ordinary. Around here it was a quiet Thanksgiving, but Christmas will be more lively spent with two little ones who are already excited about Santa. Like many of you I’m in the midst of Christmas shopping, something I was already doing primarily online, but this year it’s the only way to go. With a little more downtime than usual, I’ve managed to get quite a bit of reading in these last couple of weeks AND I’ve beeb busy working on a BUNCH of fun end-of-year posts. Come back tomorrow for the first of many I’ll be sharing in December.
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Last 2 Weeks’ Reads
The first three books here I’ve already reviewed in last week’s November 2020 Book Reviews, so I’m not going to say much about any of them. Pop on over if you want to know more.
- I listened to Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and for me it was just okay. It just didn’t pack the punch I was expecting from reviews I had seen.
- On the other hand, Sea Wife by Amity Gaige was a delicious breath of fresh air exactly when I needed a book I could sink into.
- One to Watch by debut author Kate Stayman-London came highly recommended and completely met all expectations. And, it was fun being behind-the-scenes on a reality TV show.
- I really thought We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper would finally be a nonfiction book that would resonate with me this year. I found it compelling in many parts, but slow and repetitive in others. Had it been 100 pages shorter, I think I’d have enjoyed it much more. (mini-review…sometime!)
- I started listening to the first half of former President Obama’s memoir, A Promised Land, only days after it was released on the 17th and I STILL have 19 hours lift in it! At 29+ total hours, I suspect I’ll be listening to this one for a couple more weeks, but that’s okay. I love listening to Obama speak and find the whole thing both comforting and nostalgic.
- I could resist no longer, so turned to What Could be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz as my first 2021 book. I’m just over halfway through this story of two sisters whose 8-year old brother vanished in Thailand in 1972. Nearly 50 years later, he is found, with the story alternating between the two times moving toward solving the mystery of what happened to him.
Likely to Read Next
- I still have library holds on several 2020 books, but if none of those come in this week, I’ll turn to my next 2021 book, a debut, At the Edge of the Haight by Katherine Seligman. This story of a homeless girl is part coming-of-age story, part murder mystery, plus set in San Francisco, one of my very favorite cities. What more could I want?