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I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and that the start to 2020 will be equally as good. I’ve been sort fo missing in action the last couple of weeks. After posting all my end of year lists (see links below), I decided to take a little time off. My whole family met up in Denver where my brother and his family live. Great times were had by all, but there was almost no time for books or reading. This next week I’ll be home more so really hope to squeeze in a couple of great 2020 books.
In case you missed any of my year end wrap up posts, here’s the line up!
Six 2019 Books That Deserved the Hype, plus Six That Didn’t
Six 2019 Underrated Gems
DEBUTS ~ My Favorites from 2019
Audiobooks ~ My Favorites from 2019
Novel Visits ~ Winter Preview 2020
BEST BOOKS of 2019
Hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
Last 3 Week’s Reads
- Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano tells the story of the lone survivor of a horrific plane crash, 12-year old Edward. I really enjoyed this coming-of-age story dominated by Edward’s long journey through unimaginable grief. I’ll be reviewing Dear Edward next week.
- It feels like I finished listening to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood a very long time ago! It was a reread for me and because I already knew the story, I don’t think I liked it quite as much as the first time around. Still, it’s an amazing tale. I have a library hold coming up in a few weeks on The Testaments audiobook, so we’ll see if I’m ready for that one when the time comes.
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore hadn’t been a book I thought I’d like, but then it started to get a lot of buzz, so I picked it as a December Book of the Month selection and I’m SO glad I did. I loved this story of two sisters, one a cop, the other a drug addict, and will be reviewing it next week.
- I finished listening to A False Report by T Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (in some instances titled Unbelievable) while flying across country last week. From beginning to end, I was fascinated by this report on a serial rapist and how one police department got it completely wrong, while another got it completely right.
- I’m not sure I gave The Better Liar by debut author Tanen Jones a really fair read. I was in and out of the book over the week of Christmas spent in Denver with lots of family, fun and distractions. That may have flavored my feelings, but in general I thought the book was just so-so, and much too predictable. Mini-review later this month.
- I started A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler mid-way through my flight home yesterday and it made the time fly by. This book is not historical fiction as we typically get from Fowler, but the story of a nicely diversified neighborhood that is slowly becoming gentrified and how that affects neighbors and their relationships. I’m at about 30% and eager to get back to reading!
Likely to Read Next
- Next up I’ll likely turn to The Truants by Kate Weinberg, my last January ARC. Another debut, this book is purported to be both literary suspense and a campus novel which sounds like a truly winning combination to me. Comparisons to The Secret History by Donna Tartt can be dangerous, but I’m eager to try this one.