Welcome to 2020! For many, the new year is a time for making reading resolutions. I saw a Tweet asking for really short book suggestions so the reader could meet her 2019 goal with only a few days left in the year! Oh, my. That's way too much pressure. So, no resolutions (reading or otherwise) for me. How about you?
I've started watching "The Witcher" on my oldest son's recommendation. I've only watched the first two episodes as Netflix just dropped season three of "Anne with an E" and I have to binge-watch all of that first. But that doesn't mean "The Witcher" wasn't good enough; I'm looking forward to getting back to it. The show is based on a series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski which also spawned a game by the same name.
Over at PCGames, in "The Witcher books: beginner's guide and reading order," they list the books in timeline order (as opposed to publishing date) as follows:
The Last Wish (short story collection)
Sword of Destiny (short story collection)
Season of Storms
Blood of Elves
Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Tower of the Swallow
The Lady of the Lake
I love a long series, don't you?
Other books to check out this month include:
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
"...a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate." Sounds like a page turner!
Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
"The novel is composed almost exclusively of conversations between women--the stories they tell each other, and the stories they tell themselves, about shame and love, infidelity and self-sabotage--and careens through twenty years in the life of an unnamed narrator hungry for experience and bent on upending her life." This one sounds like a deep read, beautifully written, but slow in pace.
The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
"Traveling from the luxurious world of the rich and powerful in Indonesia to the most spectacular shows at Paris Fashion Week, from the sunny coasts of California to the melting pot of Melbourne’s university scene, The Majesties is a haunting and deeply evocative novel about the dark secrets that can build a family empire—and also bring it crashing down." Sure to be a great read!
"...a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both." This one is on my list!
Let's start the new year with some sober reading...aimed at women.
Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun
"Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X’s predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss—and keep the next generation of women from falling in." A book about why we're exhausted could be an exhausting read!
F*ck Your Diet: And Other Things My Thighs Tell Me by Chloe Hilliard
"Realizing that everything—from government policies to corporate capitalism—directly impacts our relationship with food and our waistlines, Chloé changed her outlook on herself and hopes others will do the same for themselves." I hope you aren't offended, but I love swear words. So...my kind of book!
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener
"Part coming-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power." Very interesting...
I found these titles in Glamour's "The Best Books of 2020 (So Far)" by Jenny Singer
All descriptions are taken from Amazon
More on Books!
According to the New York Times "The 10 Most Checked-Out Books in N.Y. Public Library History," by Concepcion de Leon, are:
1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
2. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
3. 1984 by George Orwell
4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
That is one strange list...
Me by Elton John
Filled with music insider stuff and bands I've never heard of. A good read, though.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
A story of slavery and privilege and a relationship that changed lives. Pretty good.
My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
A collection of funny stories from one of the best humor writers around.
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
The Witches are Coming by Lindy West
A funny, touching, "Preach!" proclaiming fabulous read.
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars
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