Books Read!

BOLD means I'd highly recommend it

The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver

South of Broad - Pat Conroy

Sing You Home - Jodi Picoult

South Riding - Winifred Holtby

The Far Field, a Novel of Ceylon - Edie Meidev (didn't finish)

Missing You - Harlan Coben

Some book by Belva Plain.  It was boring and the ending was terrible.

Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold Warn Era by Elaine Tyler May

Night School by Lee Child

At Home by Bill Bryson

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

This House Protected by Poverty by Frances Ransley (great book)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Home by Harlan Coben

2018:
* means non-fiction
# based on a true story

1. Make Me by Lee Child (a bit too dark for me, to be honest)
2. Boar Island by Nevada Barr
3. Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (awesome!  Will pass on to hubby and big kid next)
4. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell *
5. $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer *
6. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
7. Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
8. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (excellent book on sleep and its importance!) *
9. The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
11. Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
12. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
13. The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg
14. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty First Century by Jessica Bruder  (I could not put this down) *
15. Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson.  Oy.  This was depressing and encouraging at the same time.  It completely changed my mind from "pro-capital punishment" to "anti- capital punishment" *
16. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes.  I needed lighter fare! *
17. The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
18. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith
19. Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by  Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew with Annette Lawrence Drew *
20.  The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler, MD (a reread) *
21.  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
22.  Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
23.  Constellation by Adrien Bosc (Novel about a real life plane crash in the Azores in 1949) #
24.  Woman of the Inner Sea by Thomas Keneally
25.  Lights Out Liverpool by Maureen Lee

2019:
1. The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs *
2. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
3. Always in My Heart by Pam Weaver
4. The Outcast by Sadie Jones
5. The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George *
6. The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
7.  The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith
8.  What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio * (This is a coffee table book that I've owned for years and have read multiple times.)
9.  Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (good!)
10. The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (this was excellent)
12. A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa * (about life and escape from N. Korea.  Sigh.)
13.  Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky * (very good, informative, if a bit text-booky)
14.  Thru-Hiking will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn * (You really feel like you are there!)
15.  Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
16.  Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich * Still relevant, almost 20 years later.
17.  After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
18.  Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
19. The Lay of The Land by Richard Ford.  This was ok.  It was a slog.  Put me way behind on my reading.  4 weeks?  6 weeks?  Funny but very verbose.  Lot of run on sentences.
20. Literacy and Longing in LA by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack.  Light-hearted fun read, even though I didn't get the literary references.
21. The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith (gotta pick some quick reads to get back on track!)
22.  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.  This was sponsored by our public library. Young adult novel. It was so sweet.
23.  Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben (a reprint from the early 1990s)
24. Death in Rough Water by Francine Mathews. Good mystery.
25. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews.  Beach Lit.  I liked it.
26. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (read to my 7 yo)
27. X by Sue Grafton

2020
1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer*
2. Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton...the end
3. Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson. Novel about women at West  Point.
4. Working Stiff by Tori Carrington
5. Lights Out, Sleep, Sugar and Survival by T.S.Wiley with Bent Formby, PhD. Full disclosure. I did  not finish. I  got pretty far.  This book was terribly written, not at all factual,  no research based results.  I cannot bring myself to donate or back to the little free library. It's going to be recycled.
6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me  (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling *
7. Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
8. The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters
9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
10. Out To Work by Alice Kessler-Harris. * This was subtitled  "a history of wage earning women in the United States". Very interesting and illuminating book.  A bit hard to read,  very small print. Plus I think it's a textbook.
11.  Three Sisters by Susan Mallery (fiction/romance.  Fun read.)
12.  One Good Deed by David Baldacci.  This was good.  I'm not sure what the good deed was though.
13.  What We Forgot to Bury by Marin Montgomery.  A thriller that I read on the kindle, for free on a "free first reads". Pretty good.
14.  Shock Wave by  John Sandford.  Props to my friend Mindy who gave me a pile of books.
15.  Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

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