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

* 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

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

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. * "We don't get fat because we overeat.  We overeat because we get fat."
16.  Invisible Prey by John Sandford.  I'd forgotten how much I like his books.  We stopped reading because they got really dark, but this one wasn't too bad.
17.  Storm Prey by John Sandford
18.  The 131 Method by Chalene Johnson (from the little free library).  Healthy food, talks quite a bit about intermittent fasting and lower carb eating. *
19.  Flat Belly Diet by Cynthia Sass, Liz Vaccariello.  Another little free library book.  This book, like Why We Get Fat, goes into quite a bit of depth about hormones and insulin and fat gain and fat loss.  I was impressed with the detail.  I will probably keep this book as a general health reference. *
20.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Good book.  To keep our teen reading, we are doing a family book club. Next up is The Hunger games trilogy.
21. The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew) by Carolyn Keene. I started reading this to the little one.  He got bored.
22.  Stolen Prey by John Sandford.  I'm on a roll with John Sandford
23.  The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins
24.  A Woman's World edited by Marybeth Bond. Short true stories and excerpts about women and travel.  Very good  until the last chapter,  which was depressing and kinda ruined the book. *
25.  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 
26.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
27.  American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (finished 8/13). This was a gift.  Apparently it's controversial.
28.  Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson
29.  Gathering Prey by John Sandford
30.  Extreme Prey by John Sandford
31.  Golden Prey, by John Sandford - my first Kindle Library book!!
32.  How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (great book) *
33.  Put Out the Fires by Maureen Lee
34.  What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (a collection of articles from the New Yorker) *
35.  Honeysuckle Season by Mary Ellen Taylor (a free first reads on Amazon)
36.  Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
37.  The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy
38.  Untamed by Glennon Doyle *
39.  Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr
40.  Still Waters by Viveca Sten
41.  The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
42.  Twisted Prey by John Sandford
43.  Bad Blood by John Sandford
44.  The Simple Truth by David Baldacci
45.  The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar children)
46.  Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scott
47.  The Last Correspondent by Soraya M. Lane
48.  Journeys North, The Pacific Crest Trail by Barney Scout Mann *

1. Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson (gift)
2. The Cipher by Isabella Maldonaldo (kindle)
3. Hidden Sins by Selena Montgomery aka Stacey Abrams (purchased)
4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (gift)
5. In the Blood by Steve Robinson (kindle)
6. Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr (kindle from the library)
7. Midnight Confessions by Robyn Carr (kindle from the library)
8. Detour 2020 by Brad Herzog * (purchased)
9. The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr (little free library)
10. Land of the Blind by Barbara Nadel (little free library)
11. Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr (kindle from the library)
12. Dark of the Moon by John Sandford (little free library)
13. Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr (kindle from the library)
14. Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr (kindle from the library)
15. The Devil's Code by John Sandford (little free library)
16. Virgin River by Robyn Carr (kindle from the library)
17. The Hormone Reset Diet by Sara Gottfried, MD (little free library) - this was really hard to get through, and I set it down for awhile.  I felt like it was a lot of bullshit (not that hormones don't affect weight, but the book itself is bullshit).  The extremely low calorie levels on this "diet", I mean, shit, you aren't magically changing your hormones, you are starving yourself.  I wish I'd read this review before I bothered, and now I have to decide whether to return it to the LFL or just recycle it to save someone else the bother.
18.  Open House by Katie Sise (kindle free reads)
19.  The Desert and the Sea: 977 Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast by Michael Scott Moore.  If you know me IRL, you know why I read this book.
20.  Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr (kindle from the Library)
21.  Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr (kindle from the Library)
22.  Reckless by Selena Montgomery (purchased)
23.  Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin (little free library)
24.  A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren (little free library)
25.  The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (little free library)
26.  Over the Edge by Jonathan Kellerman (little free library)
27.  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (gift)
28.  The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms (free kindle first reads)
29.  Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr (kindle from the library)
30.  The One and Only by Emily Giffin (little free library)
31.  Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr (library Ebook)
32. My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr (library Ebook)
33. Sunrise Point by Robyn Carr (library Ebook)
34. A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr (library Ebook)
35. Bring Me home for Christmas by Robyn Carr (library Ebook)
36.  Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr (library Ebook)
37. Six Months with Three Pairs of Undies by Andre and Lian De Jel (gift)
38. Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich (PP book sale)
39. Rough Country by John Sandford (PP book sale)
40. Deadline by John Sandford (PP book sale)
41. Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson (PP book sale)
42. A Cold Day for Murder by Data Stabenow (PP book sale)
43. A Fatal Thaw by Data Stabenow (PP book sale)
44. Dead in the Water by Data Stabenow (PP book sale)
45. A Cold-blooded Business by Data Stabenow (PP book sale)
46. Play With Fire by Data Stabenow  (Kindle purchase)
47. Blood Will Tell by Data Stabenow (Kindle purchase)
48. Breakup by Data Stabenow (PP book sale)
49. Mad River by John Sandford (PP book sale, I think?)
50. Deep Freeze by John Sandford (Kindle library)
51. Killing grounds by Dana Stabenow (PP book sale).  I skipped a book between this one and the current one because that's what I have, and the one in between she fucking killed off JACK.

1. Midnight Come Again by Dana Stabenow

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