Sunday, January 31, 2021

Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan by Deborah Reed -- BOOK REVIEW

 

book cover of Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan by Deborah Reed

Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan by Deborah Reed (2020, Mariner Books

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

Violet Swan is an artist, a famous artist. At 93, museums and collectors around the world buy her paintings, while all but nothing is known about Violet herself. She lives a secluded life in the tiny Oregon coastal town of Nestucca Beach. She hopes to complete one last painting before telling her family of her diagnosis, but when an earthquake shakes her house and town, her plans are shaken up as well.

So begins Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan, Deborah Reed's new, completely absorbing novel. Violet Swan lives in the house she built with her husband Richard. She lives and works upstairs and her son Francisco and his wife Penny live downstairs. Francisco, called Frank by everyone but Violet, manages Violet's business affairs. Frank and Penny have been grinding away at the same low-level argument for decades. The earthquake may finally bring matters to a head between them.

In the meantime, their son Daniel arrives from Los Angeles. He wants to make a documentary of Violet's life while she's still around to tell her own story. She's put him off for years but is finally ready to share her secrets. Daniel also has a surprise of his own to spring on the family.

All this is just the set up for Reed's fabulously rich family drama. As the present-day story plays out, the story of Violet's past unfolds through her memories and then her interviews with Daniel. Violet had a hard life, starting with childhood tragedy in Georgia and including her solo trek to Oregon, sexual assault, manual labor, mental illness, and other trauma. She also found friendship and love along the way and taught herself how to paint, channeling her experiences into her art, where she found happiness and joy.

Reed's writing is lovely but not obtrusive. You can picture each character and scene, but she but lets the story do the heavy lifting. She packs a lot into 302 pages. None of the characters are all good or all bad, including Violet, who is admirable but not entirely lovable. The conflict between Frank and Penny, and some of Daniel's struggles, make sense only as the details of Violet's life become clear.  

Pale Morning Light with Violet Swan is a wonderful book. It could have been twice as long and I would have enjoyed it twice as much – I didn't want it to end. This was the first book I read in 2021 and it may end up being my favorite book of the year. 


NOTES

Deborah Reed is the author of four other novels: The Days When Birds Come Back (reviewed here), Olivay, Things We Set On Fire, and Carry Yourself Back to Me (reviewed here). She also wrote two thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun: A Small Fortune and Fortune's Deadly Descent. She owns the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita, Oregon, the real-life version of Nestucca Beach.

Read my earlier interview with Deborah Reed here




Saturday, January 30, 2021

TBR 21 in '21 Challenge - REVIEW PAGE

REVIEW PAGE

FOR THE TBR 21 IN '21 CHALLENGE

January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021


THIS IS THE PAGE TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS

IF YOU HAVE FINISHED, WRAP UP POSTS GO ON THIS PAGE (coming soon)

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE

LINK YOUR REVIEWS HERE

Please put your name and/or the name of your blog or social media handle and the name of the book you reviewed. Please link to your review post and not your blog home page or main social media profile page.

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LINKS

When you review a book for the TBR 21 in '21 Challenge, please add it to this list using the Linky widget above. Please link to your review post, not the main page of your blog or social media account.

You can participate in this challenge even if you do not have a blog. If you review books on social media, use the link from your social media review post in the Link box above. Please link to the review, not your profile page. If you have questions about how to find the URL for a social media review post, leave a comment or email me at gilion at dumasandvaughn dot com. 

If you have trouble adding your link, leave it in a comment and I will add it or email me your link at gilion at dumasandvaughn dot com and I will add it for you. Please put your name and the name of the book you reviewed in the comment or email. Thanks!

BOOKS AND REVIEWS

The idea of the challenge is to pick 21 books off your TBR shelf and read them in 2021. But it's supposed to be fun! If you change your mind, switch books! 

You do not have to review books to complete the TBR 21 in '21 Challenge. 

WRAP UP


If you complete the challenge, please link some kind of wrap up post on the wrap up page. That way, I know who finished the challenge. If you do not do a wrap up post separate from your sign up post -- you just update your original post -- that's fine! Please still link to the updated post. 


Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjรถwall and Per Wahlรถรถ - BOOK BEGINNINGS

 


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

This week I'm reading a 1968 classic Swedish mystery, The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjรถwall and Per Wahlรถรถ. I wanted to get a jump on all the 2021 reading challenges I signed up for and this one counts for several:

  • The European Reading Challenge: I host this one myself. It used to be difficult for me to find Scandinavian books for the challenge but not so since I started reading "Nordic Noir" mystery books. 
I like giving myself that big jolt of accomplishment of getting a book done for all the challenges. It makes me want to keep reading!

What are you reading this week? Any books for challenges you signed up for?

Please share the opening sentence (or so) of your book you are enjoying this week. Add the link to your blog or social media post in the linky box below. As always, if you post or share on social media, please use the hashtag #bookbeginnings so we can find each other. 

MY BOOK BEGINNING

On the evening of the thirteenth of November it was pouring in Stockholm.

Maj Sjรถwall and her husband Per Wahlรถรถ wrote ten crime novels featuring Stockholm police detective Martin Beck. The Laughing Policeman is the fourth book in the series.



YOUR BOOK BEGINNINGS

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THE FRIDAY 56

Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.

MY FRIDAY 56

Martin Beck should, therefore, know most of what there was to know about him. 
Oddly enough, he didn't know very much.
Enjoy your book and enjoy your weekend! See you next week for another Book Beginning on Friday!


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

LIST: The Women's Prize for Fiction



THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

The Women's Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best eligible, full-length novel in English. The prize started in 1996 as the Orange Prize for Fiction (because it was sponsored by the Orange telecommunications company). In 2014, Bailey's became the sponsor and the name changed to the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Since 2018, multiple sponsors support the prize, now called simply the Women's Prize for Fiction.

Those I have read are in red; those on my TBR shelf are in blue. So far, I've read 14 of the 25 winners. Several of my favorite books are on this list and I read them because they won this prize. See any favorites of your own?

2020 Maggie O'Farrell, Hamnet

2019 Tayari Jones, An American Marriage 

2018 Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire

2017 Naomi Alderman, The Power

2016 Lisa McInerne, The Glorious Heresies

2015 Ali Smith, How to be Both

2014 Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

2013 A.M. Homes, May We Be Forgiven

2012 Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

2011 Tรฉa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife

2010 Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

2009 Marilynne Robinson, Home

2008 Rose Tremain, The Road Home

2007 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

2006 Zadie Smith, On Beauty (reviewed here)

2005 Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

2004 Andrea Levy, Small Island (reviewed here)

2003 Valerie Martin, Property

2002 Ann Patchett,
Bel Canto (reviewed here)

2001 Kate Grenville, The Idea of Perfection (reviewed here)

2000 Linda Grant, When I Lived in Modern Times

1999 Suzanne Berne,
A Crime in the Neighborhood

1998 Carol Shields, Larry's Party

1997 Anne Michaels,
Fugitive Pieces

1996 Helen Dunmore, A Spell of Winter



OTHERS READING THE WINNERS

If you are reading the winners of the Women's Prize for Fiction and would like your post listed here, please leave comments with links to related posts and I will list them.





Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Book List: Books Read in 2017

 

Somehow, 2017 was the year in books that almost never was. Every year in January, I make a book list of the book I read the prior year. But I forgot to do that in January 2018. A look at my work calendar tells me I wasn't gearing up for a trial (which is my usual attention-sucker), but my law partner and I were up to our eyeballs in a couple of Boy Scout sex abuse cases in Idaho and Montana. I spent most of January 2018 in regional PNW airports waiting for cancelled flights to get to depositions and court hearings.

I only realized the 2017 list was missing when I went to post the 2020 list. Better late then never. We want to remember all the books of Auld Lang Sine!

BOOKS READ IN 2017

  • The Panther by Nelson DeMille ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Roseanna by Maj Sjรถwall and Per Wahlรถรถ ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Fifth Business by Robertson Davies ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Manticore by Robertson Davies ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • World of Wonders by Robertson Davis ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Black and Blue by Ian Rankin ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Death by Water by Kenzaburo Oe ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Bandits by Elmore Leonard ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Heirs by Susan Rieger ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • The Rocks by Peter Nichols ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Glorious Heresies by  Lisa McInerney ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2 (Women's Prize winner)



MY RATING SYSTEM

I have a loosy goosy and always changing rating system. I used to use stars, but since my four or five stars didn't mean what four or five stars might mean on amazon or goodreads, I switched to roses, keeping with my Rose City Reader theme. I rate a book based on how much I like it, if I would recommend it to others, and what type of reader I would recommend it to.  

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I love, recommend to most readers, or I think of as classics or must reads. 

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I really enjoy and/or recommend to readers of that type of book. Lots of Mysteries or food memoirs, for example, might get four roses from me instead of five because I really like them, but would only recommend them to people who read mysteries or food books.

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I'm lukewarm about, liked so-so, or maybe was glad I read but wouldn't recommend to other people. 

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Books I didn't like, but understand that other readers do like.

๐ŸŒน Books I really don't like and am surprised to find other readers who do. I don't have many one-rose books.

I use half roses for books that fall between categories.

In years past, I used a slightly different star system. Here is a link to it




Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis -- BOOK BEGINNINGS

 

book cover of The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

What are you reading this week? It's time to share the opening sentence (or so) here on Book Beginnings on Fridays. 

Share the link to your blog or social media post in the linky box below. If you post or share on social media, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag so we can find each other. 

MY BOOK BEGINNING

My Book Beginning this week is from The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis's classic allegory about Heaven and Hell. It is a short book and I just started it today. I plan to read several C. S. Lewis books this year and The Great Divorce is the first of them. 
I seemed to be standing in a bus queue by the side of a long, mean street.

I'm already halfway through -- like I said, it's a short book -- and it is very good. It s as accessible as his Narnia books, but written for adults as a way to explain ideas of sin, grace, and judgment. 



YOUR BOOK BEGINNINGS

Please link to your Bok Beginnings post and not your main blog page or social media profile page. 

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THE FRIDAY 56 

Another weekly teaser event is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice, where you can find details and add a link to your post. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book you are featuring. You can also find a teaser from 56% of the way through your ebook or audiobook.

MY FRIDAY 56

"I have seen that kind converted," said he, "when those ye would think less deeply damned have gone back. Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already."

That's from 56% of the way through the audiobook. The audiobook is particularly good because the reader does all the voices differently. 


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

2021 European Reading Challenge: WRAP UP POST PAGE

 

The 2021 European Reading Challenge

WRAP UP POST PAGE



January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022

THIS IS THE PAGE FOR WRAP UP POSTS

TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS, GO TO THIS PAGE

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE


LINK YOUR POST

When you complete the 2021 European Reading Challenge at whatever level you signed up for, please do a wrap up post and enter a link to your post here. Please link to your wrap up post, NOT the main page of your blog or social media profile.

A wrap up post can be very simple. If you participate in the challenge on your blog and just update your original post without doing a separate wrap up post, that's OK. Just post a link to your updated post here. If you participate on social media, please do some kind of wrap up post listing the books you read and link it here.

OR LEAVE A COMMENT

If you want, you can also simply leave a comment below listing the books you read. Please include your name, the name of the books, the authors of the books, and the countries of the books.   

WANT THE PRIZE? WRAP IT UP!

Without some kind of wrap up post, I don't have any way to know if you finished the challenge. I like to know so I can visit everyone. But it is more important if you are competing for the Jet Setter Prize. If you want to compete for the prize, you have to leave a wrap up post or I will have no way to know if you visited more countries than the other people competing with you.

When I announce the prize winner, Honorable Mention will go to the participants who visited the most countries, with links to their wrap up posts. If you don't link a wrap up post, I won't be able to find you.


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NOTE ABOUT DATES


There is overlap in January 2021 between the last month of the 2020 European Reading Challenge and the first month of the 2021 challenge. If you participated both years, only count books read in January in one of the years, not both.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

2021 European Reading Challenge: REVIEW PAGE



The 2021 European Reading Challenge

REVIEW PAGE


 January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022


THIS IS THE PAGE TO LIST YOUR REVIEWS.

IF YOU HAVE FINISHED, WRAP UP POSTS GO ON THIS PAGE.

TO SIGN UP, GO TO THE MAIN CHALLENGE PAGE, HERE,
OR CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE.

LINK YOUR REVIEWS HERE

Please put your name and/or the name of your blog or social media handle, the name of the book you reviewed, and the country of the book or author. For example: Gilion at Rose City Reader, My Brilliant Friend, Italy.

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LINKS


When you review a book for the 2021 European Reading Challenge, please add it to this list using the Linky widget above. Please link to your review post, NOT the main page of your blog or social media account.

You do not need a blog to participate. If you review books on Instagram, Facebook, goodreads, or some other platform that generates a URL, you can add link to the review in the Mr. Linky below the same as a link to a blog post. Please link to the review, not your profile page. If you have questions about how to find the URL for a social media review post, leave a comment to ask me or email me at gilion at dumasandvaughn dot com. 

REVIEWS

You do not have to review books to complete the European Reading Challenge. You can complete the challenge simply by reading one to five books (or more), each set in a different European country or written by an author from a different European country. But if you do review books, please link your reviews here so other people can find them.

Also, if you want to win the Jet Setter Prize, you have to review the books. Only books reviewed count for the prize. If you are competing for the prize, definitely link your reviews here. You can link all your reviews, but only one book per country counts towards the prize.

WRAP UP

If you complete the challenge, please link some kind of wrap up post on the wrap up page. That way, I know who finished the challenge. If you do not do a wrap up post separate from your sign up post -- you just update your original post -- that's fine! But please, please, please link to the updated post after you finish the challenge. It is too hard for me to count all your reviews to figure out if you finished the challenge or not. 

NOTE ABOUT DATES

There is overlap in January 2021 between the last month of the 2020 European Reading Challenge challenge and the first month of the 2021 challenge. If you participated both years, only count books read in January in one of the years, not both.


Book List: Books Read in 2020


I keep track of the books I read on LibraryThing. Every January, I post a list of the books I read the prior year. It's usually a few over 100. There have been a couple of years when I didn't get to 100, when work was crazy. There haven't been many years when I got over 110. 

Here's the list of the 109 books I read in 2020, in the order I read them. 2020 was such an insane year, it could have gone either way, reading-wise. I know some people read twice as many books as usual, some people read hardly any. I read the same.

Notes about my rating system are below the list.

BOOKS READ IN 2020

  • Circe by Madeline Miller ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Egyptologists by Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • Party Going by Henry Green ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Cheri by Colette ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Gigi by Colette ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Warlight by Michaele Ondaatje ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Calypso by Davis Sedaris ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers (Pulitzer Prize) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Tiger's Wife by Tรฉa Obreht (Women's Prize) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Patrimony by Philip Roth ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Hidden Falls by Kevin Meyers ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (National Book Award) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Likeness by Tana French ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Pulitzer Prize) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Country Girl by Edna O'Brien ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild (Wodehouse Award) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Classics Club) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Nickel Boys by Coleson Whitehead (Pulitzer Prize) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Edgar Award) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (Classics Club) ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2
  • Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน
  • A Venetian Reckoning (aka Death and Judgment) by Donna Leon ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน1/2


MY RATING SYSTEM

My rating system is my own and evolving. Whatever five stars might mean on amazon, goodreads, or Netflix, a five-star rating probably doesn't mean that here. In fact, I'm going to change this year and use roses for my rating system, since this is Rose City Reader. My system is a mix of how a book appeals to me and how I would recommend it to other people. 

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Five roses for books I loved, or would recommend to anyone, or I think are worthy of classic "must read" status." Examples would be Lucky Jim (personal favorite), A Gentleman in Moscow (universal recommendation), and Great Expectations (must read). 

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Four roses for books I really enjoyed and/or would recommend to people who enjoy that type of book. Examples would be The Jewel in the Crown and In the Woods. Most mysteries get four roses from me because I like them a lot but would only recommend them to people who like mysteries. (A few really great mysteries get five roses from me.) Similarly, some of my favorite authors get four roses from me because I wouldn't recommend them to a general audience, like funny books by P.G. Wodehouse or food memoirs by M.F.K. Fisher. 

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Three roses for books I was lukewarm on or maybe liked personally but wouldn't think of recommending. Examples would be Sexing the Cherry (lukewarm) and The Year of the French (liked personally but wouldn't inflict recommend).

๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Two roses if I didn't like it. The Neapolitan Quartet is an example, which proves how subjective my system is because lots of people loved those books. 

๐ŸŒน One rose if I really didn't like it. I don't know if I've ever rated a book this low. The Magus might be my only example and I read it before I started keeping my lists. 

I use half roses if a book falls between categories. I can't explain what that half rose might mean, it's just a feeling.

Here is a link to the star rating system I used for years. I include it because the stars I used in years past meant something different than these roses, so if you look at my lists from past years, the ratings won't mean quite the same thing.




Monday, January 18, 2021

2020 CHALLENGE - Audiobook Challenge, Wrap-Up Post

 2020 AUDIOBOOK CHALLENGE


COMPLETED



I signed up for the 2020 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer. It was my first year for the challenge because I love audiobooks and read a lot of books with my ears. Then 2020 happened and I forgot I had even signed up. I didn't keep track as I went along. Thanks to LibraryThing, I can go back and piece together my list.

My plan was to find as many audiobooks from my library that are on all the book lists I'm working on, with the goal of getting through at least 30 audiobooks in 2020. I ended up reading 61 audiobooks, so far surpassed my goal of 30!

BOOKS READ FOR THIS CHALLENGE

Circe by Madeline Miller
The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Women's Prize)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Costa Book of the Year)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Warlight by Michaele Ondaatje
Calypso by Davis Sedaris
The Overstory by Richard Powers (Pulitzer Prize)
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Patrimony by Philip Roth
Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry 
Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (National Book Award)
Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn (Wodehouse Prize)
Never Mind: Book One of the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Bad News: Book Two of the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Some Hope: Book Three of the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Mother's Milk: Book Four of the Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
At Last: The Final Patrick Melrose Novel by Edward St. Aubyn
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (National Book Award)
Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
The Likeness by Tana French
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Pulitzer Prize)
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
A Dance at the Slaughterhouse by Lawrence Block (Edgar Award)
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild (Wodehouse Award)
The Invitation by Lucy Foley
The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman (Erica Jong List)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Classics Club)
The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead (Pulitzer Prize)
The Nickel Boys by Coleson Whitehead (Pulitzer Prize)
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Edgar Award)
The White Album by Joan Didion
The Stranger by Albert Camus (Classics Club)
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (Classics Club)
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Murder Room by P. D. James
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
For the Sake of Elena by Elizabeth George
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Just Like You by Nick Hornby
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
The Hanging in the Hotel by Simon Brett
A Venetian Reckoning (aka Death and Judgment) by Donna Leon
Jump the Gun by Zoe Burke

Almost all of the audiobooks I read I got from my library, using the Libby app, and listened to the on my phone. I have a bare-bones Audible account and got a few books using it. I find that most of the books on Audible are available through the library, although you have to waitlist many of them. 




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