let's read out the decade - lesmel - 2020

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let's read out the decade - lesmel - 2020

1lesmel
Jan 2, 2020, 12:09 pm

Unlike 99.9999% of the population, I'm going to read out the decade this year.
I refuse to bow to public opinion that a decade starts in 00. January is 01, not 00.
P.S. I'm never consistent in my logic. I am consistent about having an opinion. Fairly warned.

2lesmel
Editado: Jan 11, 2020, 4:25 pm

#1 Ayesha at Last -- funny and poignant and barely related to Pride and Prejudice (for which I'm grateful)
#2 A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet -- is sci-fi supposed to make you cry? maybe even break your heart a little?

32wonderY
Jan 11, 2020, 7:03 pm

>2 lesmel: Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is all about chosen family. I just re-read it last month and appreciated it more second time around.

4lesmel
Jan 11, 2020, 11:40 pm

#3 A Closed and Common Orbit -- Again, with a little bit of heartbreak. This series is really good.

5lesmel
Jan 11, 2020, 11:42 pm

>3 2wonderY: It's about acceptance, identity, chosen family, intolerance, etc etc etc. Everything happening in the world right now. I feel like I was meant to read these books now.

6lesmel
Jan 14, 2020, 10:58 am

#4 Record of a Spaceborn Few -- Hardly any action; barely qualifies as "space opera" in my opinion. Still a good book.

7lesmel
Jan 19, 2020, 11:11 pm

#5 To Be Taught, If Fortunate -- A lot more philosophical than most sci-fi space opera-y books.

8lesmel
Jan 27, 2020, 4:19 pm

#6 I Am Still Alive -- I spent a lot of time thinking I had already read this book; but I can't place why. I know it's like Hatchet; but that isn't what caused my deja vu. I would have rated it higher; but I'm not a fan of the author killing off Bo for the sake of some readers' heartstrings. That's straight up bull shit.

9lesmel
Fev 3, 2020, 11:50 pm

#7 In West Mills -- I skimmed for bookclub that I missed b/c of flu.
#8 Searching for Sylvie Lee -- Good read! Only reason I won't give it a full 5 is the lack of closure in the Jim storyline. The author could have easily incorporated a way to alert the authorities in NY & still have her sad ending

10lesmel
Fev 6, 2020, 5:05 pm

#9 Two Girls Down -- Good book. Nearly read the thing in one sitting. Not sure I will read the rest of the series, though.

11lesmel
Editado: Maio 12, 2020, 10:21 pm

Huh. 3 months since my last visit. Not surprising. I'm fairly sure this will be the year I read the absolutely least possible. I have no ability to concentrate when I'm done with work. The only thing keeping me reading is my two book clubs. Good Reads says I'm 13 books behind for the year. I don't know wether I should laugh, cry, or cheer as my (self imposed) reading goal goes down in flames. I'm not stressed over the goal. After the year I read 246 books in 365 days, I don't really stress over the goal. Although, I do like having a goal to strive for.

So, let's get caught up:

#10 The Governess Affair, Milan
#11 The Duchess War, Milan
#12 A Kiss for Midwinter, Milan
#13 The Heiress Effect, Milan
#14 The Countess Conspiracy, Milan
#15 The Suffragette Scandal, Milan
#16 Talk Sweetly to Me, Milan
#17 Miracle Creek, Kim (bookclub)
#18 Air Fry Genius, Laurence
#19 Golden in Death, Robb
#20 Epic Air Fryer Cookbook, Paster
#21 Keto Kitchen (not in LT yet)
#22 A Pale Light in the Black, Wagers
#23 Air Fryer Perfection
#24 Good Housekeeping Air Fryer Cookbook, Westmoreland
#25 Taste of Home What Can I Cook...
#26 Skinnytaste One and Done...
#27 The Healthy 5-Ingredient Air Fryer Cookbook, Matthews
#28 The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook, Homolka
#29 Ellie and the Harpmaker, Prior
#30 The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Stradal

I missed two bookclub books. I will at least make an attempt to read them sometime soon.

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122wonderY
Maio 14, 2020, 7:06 am

Not a shabby list at all. But I too have been experiencing an inability to concentrate on reading. My numbers are way down for the time of year.

13lesmel
Jun 19, 2020, 9:05 am

#31 How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
#32 The Farm, Ramos
#33 The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
#34 Find Me, Frasier
#35 The Wedding Date, Guillory

I'm still struggling to read; but it's gotten better. I'm making an effort to dig into my digital libraries from Nook and Kindle again. GR says I'm twenty books behind in my reading goal for the year. I'm like "whatevs." I'll get there if I get there.

14lesmel
Jun 23, 2020, 9:34 pm

I'm making up for lost time, all of a sudden! The Amazon Prime shorts helped. I may look at another string of those.

#36 Lord of the Fading Lands
#37 Bone Rattler
#38 Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
#39 In the Heart of the Fire
#40 Photographing the Dead
#41 Praying Mantis Bride
#42 Red Rain, Koontz
#43 Mercy of Snakes
#44 Memories of Tomorrow
#45 Mermaid's Sister, Noble
#46 Girl Who was Supposed to Die

15lesmel
Jul 2, 2020, 12:40 pm

I don't know what seal broke; but I'm reading like the wind lately.

#47 Sweep, Auxier
#48 A Curse So Lonely and Dark, Kemmerer
#49 The Seduction of Elliot McBride, Ashley
#50 The Untamed MacKenzie, Ashley
#51 A MacKenzie Christmas, Ashley
#52 Scandal and the Duchess, Ashley
#53 Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie, Ashley
#54 Rules for a Proper Governess, Ashley
#55 The Stolen MacKenzie Bride, Ashley
#56 A MacKenzie Clan Gathering, Ashley

I never would have picked up Ashley's Highlander series again if it hadn't been for a book bullet here on LT. I have a complicated relationship with romance. For the most part, I don't read more than a handful a year any more. However, sometimes, romance is exactly what I need to escape. Romance has a notorious reputation for a variety of reasons. I have found I can't tolerate a lot of the stuff I read in the 90s...but I remember the reading of them fondly. My grandmother and I swapped a lot of romance while I was in high school and college.

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16lesmel
Jul 16, 2020, 8:13 pm

#57 The Heir, Burrowes
#58 The Soldier, Burrowes
#59 The Virtuoso, Burrowes
#60 With the Fire on High
#61 Alec Mackenzie's Art of Seduction, Ashley
#62 The Devilish Lord Will, Ashley
#63 A Rogue Meets a Scandalous Lady
#64 A Mackenzie Yuletide, Ashley
#65 Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish, Burrowes
#66 Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Burrowes
#67 Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight, Burrowes
#68 Lady Eve's Indiscretion, Burrowes
#69 Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait, Burrowes
#70 Lazarus Vol 1, Rucka
#71 The Old Guard Book One, Rucka
#72 Black Magick Vol 1, Rucka
#73 Undiscovered Country Volume 1, Snyder

Well, I somehow (spoiler alert: historical romance is my brain candy) found my second wind. I have a (physical) book from the library. It was weird going into the library; but I wasn't too worried once I realized just how empty the building was (and the very clear signage directing foot traffic).

18lesmel
Nov 1, 2020, 7:08 pm

Great Courses has nearly/all their courses on sale right now. I ended up impulse buying four courses:

Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy
Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature
The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction
How Great Science Fiction Works

I'm hoping the courses will spark my joy in reading again.

192wonderY
Nov 1, 2020, 8:58 pm

Those sound like they’ll be fascinating!

20lesmel
Nov 1, 2020, 10:16 pm

>19 2wonderY: I hope they are. The guidebooks made the courses seem very appealing!

21lesmel
Dez 13, 2020, 10:46 pm

Ok, this is going to be weird; but I'm breaking up my reading so I can maybe actually continue this thread into next year with the continue button.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:02 pm

#17 Miracle Creek, Kim (bookclub)

bookclub title

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:06 pm

#22 A Pale Light in the Black, Wagers

This is an interesting read. I like K.B. Wagers. I like the Indranan Wars trilogy. I'm beginning to like the Farian War trilogy. I'm reserving judgment on this series/trilogy for now.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:08 pm

#25 Taste of Home What Can I Cook...

I love Taste of Home Magazine. The recipes remind me of my grandmother and mother. I couldn't resist borrowing this.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:10 pm

#32 The Farm, Ramos

bookclub title

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:12 pm

#33 The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

bookclub title

I liked this for the history of the packhorse librarians and the Blue Fugates of Kentucky

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:14 pm

#35 The Wedding Date, Guillory

bookclub title

Sort of surprised this made it to the bookclub. It's a cute, fast read. Not sure I'd read the rest of the series: The Wedding Date.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:14 pm

#36 Lord of the Fading Lands

I think this was a BB from LT. I can't remember now.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:15 pm

#37 Bone Rattler

Struggled to read this one. That'll be a big N-O for the rest of the series: Bone Rattler

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:17 pm

#39 In the Heart of the Fire

Decided to try some of the Amazon singles. I like old Dean Koontz. This feels like his old writing.

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#44 Memories of Tomorrow

Here's where old Koontz gets overtaken by new Koontz. I don't like new Koontz much.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:20 pm

#48 A Curse So Lonely and Dark, Kemmerer

Liked it; but maybe not enough to finish the series: The Cursebreaker

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:22 pm

#49 The Seduction of Elliot McBride, Ashley

One of my favorite go-to romance titles is The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. I have read the rest of the series just for a chance to "see" Ian along the way. heh.

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#60 With the Fire on High

bookclub title

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:25 pm

#69 Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait, Burrowes

Pandemic times call for a glut of guaranteed HEA.

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#73 Undiscovered Country Volume 1, Snyder

Extremely weird graphic novel. Extremely.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:28 pm

#74 Queen's Bargain, Bishop

I can't believe Anne Bishop is writing more Black Jewels titles. I figured Twilight's Dawn would be the last. Color me thrilled.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:29 pm

#75 The Last Book Party, Dukess

bookclub title - the only reason I read this and finished it.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:30 pm

#77 The Bromance Book Club, Adams

Worth the read. Not sure it's worth the rest of the series Bromance Book Club

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:31 pm

#81 You're Not Listening, Murphy

Excellent read. I need to re-read it. I listened to most of it. It's worth the time.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:31 pm

#82 The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, Hendrix

A repeated recommendation from various people. Good, but not great.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:32 pm

#83 The Guest Book, Blake

bookclub title -- again, the only reason I read and finished it.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:32 pm

#84 The Hob's Bargain, Briggs

I think this was also a BB from LT.

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#86 American Spy, Wilkinson

bookclub title

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#89 This Tender Land, Krueger

bookclub title - excellent read! might be my favorite of the year.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:34 pm

#90 Evvie Drake Starts Over, Holmes

bookclub title - I think this was one of those "imperfect books at the perfect time." Really enjoyed it.

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Dez 13, 2020, 11:35 pm

#91 IQ, Ide

interesting book. might continue the series: Isaiah "IQ" Quintabe

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#94 The Water Dancer, Coates

bookclub title

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Dez 14, 2020, 11:12 pm

#95 The Dearly Beloved, Wall

bookclub title - I probably would never have read this without bookclub and would have missed a really great book.

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Dez 14, 2020, 11:14 pm

The previous books (96 -100) were an effort to find something mindless and maybe happy-ish. 2020 just really really sucks.

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Dez 14, 2020, 11:15 pm

#101 The Secrets We Kept, Prescott

bookclub title - good read. I bought a copy of Dr. Zhivago because of this book.

115lesmel
Editado: Dez 15, 2020, 7:11 am

#102 Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, DeConnick

I binged a Marvel docuseries. There was an episode about women and comics -- readers, writers, and artists. That lead me to going on a hunt for some comics to catch up on.

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Dez 14, 2020, 11:18 pm

#106 Angel Catbird, Atwood

I can't remember what I saw or read that brought this to my attention; but I'm not reading any more of the series.

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Dez 14, 2020, 11:19 pm

#108 The Electronic Resources Troubleshooting Guide, Talbott

Read this for work. It mostly just confirmed I'm doing everything I can for my coworkers and the library users. Especially now.

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Dez 14, 2020, 11:20 pm

#109 Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy, Stevenson

Eh. This is supposed to be pretty well received. I find it annoying.

1232wonderY
Dez 15, 2020, 4:50 am

At first I thought “Wow! How did I miss so many posts?!” You’re just ripping through the month. Way to go!
Makes it easy to favorite the ones that sound good for future reference ;)

124lesmel
Dez 15, 2020, 7:10 am

There's one more book for bookclub this year. I'm about 1/2 way through and don't like it. I'll probably listen to it while I drove to my parents on Saturday.

If it's any indication, I'm listening to the audiobook at 1.5 speed.

125lesmel
Dez 15, 2020, 7:18 am

>123 2wonderY: Side benefits!

GR says I'm behind again; but I have a stack of easy-to-read romance that I've been holding onto until the holidays. Plus, I have my Kindle. Plus plus, I never count my re-reads in my yearly count.

Craftmas takes priority at the moment. I have a quilt on my sewing table that has to be finished by 5pm on Friday.

126lesmel
Dez 16, 2020, 11:39 pm

I just binged Truth Be Told on Apple TV. 2/3 through the show, I found out it is based on Are You Sleeping, Kathleen Barber (which was republished as Truth Be Told). If you haven't watched it. It's intense and compelling. Now I'm going to have to read the book. Heh.

127lesmel
Dez 25, 2020, 8:29 am

I haven't had a ton of time to read; but I am getting there. Hope everyone has a lovely holiday!

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Jan 2, 2021, 1:03 am

#113 Nightchaser
Bouchet is oddly appealing. Is it 2020 reasons, holiday reasons, or is she really that appealing?

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#116 Sentient
Why do graphic novels run to violence? This is actually a really interesting story; but I really hate the level of violence depicted.

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#118 Delayed Rays of a Star
Meh. Meh. Meh.

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Jan 2, 2021, 1:08 am

#119 Cat's Cafe
Non-violent graphic novel! Heh.

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Jan 2, 2021, 1:09 am

#120 I will judge you by your bookshelf
Not as appealing as I expected/anticipated.

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Jan 2, 2021, 1:09 am

#121 They Called Us Enemy
Everyone should read this.

140lesmel
Jan 2, 2021, 1:16 am

Best read of the year: This Tender Land

I'm not sure why this book really captured my heart this year. I have a fondness for some American literature because of my English degree. I'm not a super-fan of Twain; but, you can't deny the similarities to Huck Finn and this book.

142lesmel
Jan 2, 2021, 1:20 am

Most disappointing read of the year: Lumberjanes

I heard really great things about this series. I hated the first volume.

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Jan 2, 2021, 1:29 am

I did a lot of rereading this year. I never count my rereads in my annual totals. I can't remember all I reread; but I read four titles from The Others by Anne Bishop.

145lesmel
Jan 2, 2021, 1:31 am

It was a struggle to read this year. I read up until the last minute of the year to make my self-imposed goal. I mean, really. If you are 1 book short of your goal, what else are you going to do? lol

146lesmel
Jan 2, 2021, 1:31 am

I

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need

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a few

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more

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posts

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Editado: Jan 2, 2021, 1:32 am

to hit the continuation link...

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Editado: Jan 2, 2021, 1:33 am

oops...
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