Thursday, December 26, 2019

December Reading List


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This is a Book of the Month Club selection that got rave reviews and had me curious so when I saw it at the library, I snapped it up! It is based on a real story and is heart-breakingly beautiful and sad and I'm so very glad I read it. It really is astonishing to me the different lives that are led by different cultures here in our own country today (not to mention around the world!) The writing is wonderful and the characters were so well depicted that I felt like I was in the room with them. I would highly recommend this book, it was one of my favorites this year.



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This was another Book of the Month Club pick that I had heard so much about. I was very interested in it because the subject matter involved the 'underground railroad' which is a topic I find fascinating. I listened to this book on CD from the library and it was so well narrated. I enjoyed the book so much and it will stay with me for a very long time. I did feel a bit ambivalent about the 'magic' in the book but the characters and their stories were so profound. It was based on some letters and documents found, so in that respect, it's based in reality. It was a truly beautiful book that was one of my favorites this year as well. I would highly recommend it if you want to get lost in a book for a while.


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I've read other books by this author and I liked them but I also found them to be a bit of a chore at points. I'm reading this now, and I want to know how it turns out, but I just don't seem to be going back to it. Does that make sense? I will finish it before the end of the month, but I'm not sure I recommend it. If you like this author, read it, it's a very different sort of tale and I'll update when I have finished it.


So that's it for 2019 reading lists! I have read 54 books this year (including the ones I listen to on CD in the car and while I quilt.) I loved a lot of the book this year, and only found a few disappointing. Would anyone be interested in a top 10 list? I could probably come up with one fairly quickly if that is of interest.

As always, I love to hear your recommendations and I add them to my list of 'requests' at the library. I also find lots of books through the Book of the Month Club. I always order at least one and often an add on. My shelf is full and books are piling up around here though. I need to read faster or go to the library less often!

To see all of the book lists from this year go here.

The book links in all of the posts this year are affiliate links. Which means I make a few cents off each click or purchase. I greatly appreciate your support and thanks to you, I've earned a free book or two each month this year. My reviews are always honest and I try to only recommend the ones I would be happy to purchase. So from the bottom of my book loving heart, thank you for your support!

Here's to lots more reading in 2020!

Diane

6 comments:

  1. Thanks, as always! I added A Woman Is No Man and the Water Dancer to my want to read list, thanks to your recommendations. Congrats on reading 54 books this year! When I finish my current book, I'll be at 15. Looking forward to lots more reading in 2020!

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  2. I LOOOOVED The Water Dancer! Ta-Nahesi Coates’ prose is so beautiful - almost poetic. I hated for The book to end. We were at Barnes & Noble today, and I saw/looked at The Dutch House, but it didn’t grab me. I bought a day planner for 2020 instead (50% off!).

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  3. While I can't recommend this book yet, I received Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer as gift this year. It's historical fiction set in England in 1726 and is 'the astonishing true story of a woman who gave birth to seventeen rabbits.' I don't love fantasy, except of the Watership Down type, but I am intrigued! Happy Holidays Diane!

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  4. Thanks for the lists! I have read a # of them but found quite a few that hadn't, so I just did 'place holds' for those. My place hold list was so low for the 1st time all year so am back up there again with possibilities. I hit my goal this year & read/listened to 102 books. Dicey towards the end of December until I realized I hadn't written a few in my journal. Love reading the blog and a most happy new year to you-a year of possibilities. Susan

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  5. I'm just about to finish The Dutch House tonight - I thought it was slow going at the beginning, but am having a hard time putting it down now. Many "secrets" are revealed as one gets closer to the end of the book, which helped me fill in some unanswered questions as I was reading.

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  6. You did well reading so many books. I tend to get a lot of nonfiction books that are more browsing (like quilt books). And I don't keep track of which ones I have read and which ones I haven't - so officially I will be reading 12 this year even though I always have a whole shelf full of books from the library at all times.

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