Walklover’s 75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Walklover’s 75 Books Challenge for 2020

1walklover
Jan 13, 2020, 4:55pm

Happy New Year everyone! Had a bit of trouble posting at the end of my 2019 thread - so best wishes for a wonderful New Year to all of you!

2walklover
Editado: Jan 13, 2020, 5:03pm

1. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki - A terrific graphic novel recommended by Joe. A great story involving young love, toxic relationships, friendship - and growing up.

3walklover
Editado: Jan 13, 2020, 5:03pm

2. Ali Cross by James Patterson - A middle grade novel involving the young son of Alex Cross, one of my favorite Patterson characters. It was an okay story, but not totally believable at all points.

4walklover
Editado: Jan 13, 2020, 5:04pm

3. The Dolls by James Patterson with Kecia Bal - This BookShot was a bit too far-fetched in plot for me to recommend.

5walklover
Jan 13, 2020, 5:07pm

4. The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood with art and adaptation by Renee Nault - I first read The Handmaid’s Tale many years ago. It was actually the first book I ever stayed up all night to read. I’ve watched the television series and read The Testaments, but it was really wonderful to go back to the “original” - and the art is fabulous.

6walklover
Jan 13, 2020, 5:10pm

5. > The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees by Meredith May - I loves memoirs and I’m drawn to any story involving bees. I really enjoyed this book - a story of a young girl whose parents divorce and whose mother deteriorates day after day. May was lucky to live with her grandparents (and her mother0 - particularly her grandfather who helped her cope by involving her in his beekeeping business.

7walklover
Jan 13, 2020, 5:12pm

6. > The Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor - A lovely story about a small town and its history - and the woman whose life is made better by living there.

8FAMeulstee
Jan 13, 2020, 5:59pm

Happy reading in 2020, Debbi!

9ffortsa
Jan 13, 2020, 6:02pm

Hi Debbi. Glad to see your thread for 2020.

10kidzdoc
Editado: Jan 13, 2020, 6:51pm

Happy New Year and welcome back, Debbi! You're off to a great start.

11PaulCranswick
Jan 13, 2020, 10:02pm



Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

12thornton37814
Jan 13, 2020, 10:21pm

Hope 2020 is filled with good reads!

13scaifea
Jan 14, 2020, 7:41am

So good to see you here, Debbi!

14drneutron
Jan 14, 2020, 2:32pm

Welcome back!

15SuziQoregon
Jan 14, 2020, 6:13pm

Happy New Year Debbi! You're off to a great year of reading.

16msf59
Jan 14, 2020, 6:30pm

Happy New Thread, Debbi! I hope your New Year is off to a fine start. It sure sounds like your reading is. Hooray for Laura Dean!

17jnwelch
Jan 18, 2020, 4:48pm

Hurrah! Great to see your thread up, Hon. You're off to another excellent reading year.

18Berly
Jan 23, 2020, 1:56am

I found you!! At least before January was over. : ) Happy reading.

19richardderus
Jan 23, 2020, 11:44pm

Oh here you are! Happy new bestie, Fina, arrival. I hope y'all get some sleep on the way home.

20DianaNL
Editado: Jan 24, 2020, 7:32am

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21DianaNL
Jan 24, 2020, 7:32am

Congratulations, Debbi!

22PaulCranswick
Fev 21, 2020, 6:10pm

Where are you Debbi?
Guess we know a bit because of the posts from the Cafe but it is always nice to hear from you directly!

Have a lovely weekend.

23PaulCranswick
Abr 12, 2020, 8:48am



I wanted my message this year to be fairly universal in a time we all should be pulling together, whatever our beliefs. Happy Celebration, Happy Sunday, Debbi

24walklover
Abr 14, 2020, 12:02pm

Hello to everyone!! I’m sorry I’ve been absent for so long, but between being sick for quite awhile (basically okay now) and the craziness of self-isolation, my reading has been sporadic - and my thoughts hard to coordinate. I hope this finds everyone well - and I thank you all for your warm wishes and remarks.

25walklover
Abr 14, 2020, 12:03pm

7. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Just finished reading this aloud to Joe and we have begun the next - with only one to go after that. Truly enjoying the experience - and the books.

26walklover
Abr 14, 2020, 12:06pm

8. Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat - I’m a big fan of Danticat and everything I’ve read by her. This one is non-fiction and tells of Danticat’s family both in Haiti and America.

27walklover
Editado: Abr 14, 2020, 12:08pm

9. The Inn by James Patterson and Candice Fox - This is one of the best of Patterson’s I’ve ever read and i would definitely recommend it - as both an easy and a great read.

28walklover
Abr 14, 2020, 12:09pm

10. Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton - A lovely cozy mystery about a castle in America and the murders that keep occurring there.

29walklover
Abr 14, 2020, 12:13pm

11. The Fated Sky: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal - This is the second Lady Astronaut novel recommended by my son, Jesse - and I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as the first.

30walklover
Abr 14, 2020, 12:15pm

12. Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston - I would recommend this for anyone who has ever dreamed of owning land and experiencing all that involves. Beautifully written!

31kidzdoc
Abr 14, 2020, 6:43pm

I'm also a huge Danticat fan, and I loved Brother, I'm Dying. I'll have to look for her newest book, Everything Inside.

32Berly
Abr 14, 2020, 8:22pm

Glad to see you here again, and posting lots of books! Stay well now. : ) ( I will have to look for The Inn...)

33jnwelch
Abr 17, 2020, 9:27am

So much good reading! I'm glad you loved Deep Creek. Me, too, as you know. I need to get to Brother, I'm Dying.

34walklover
Editado: Maio 4, 2020, 10:21am

>31 kidzdoc: A fellow Danticat fan - one more reason to be glad we’re friends.

35walklover
Editado: Maio 4, 2020, 10:22am

>32 Berly: Glad to be back. Hope you and yours are well. I think The Inn is one of his best.

36walklover
Maio 4, 2020, 10:23am

>33 jnwelch: I’ll put Brother, I’m Dying in your TBR pile.

37walklover
Maio 4, 2020, 10:26am

13. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman - I’m a huge Van Gogh fan and learned so much from this novel. I recommend it to anyone who likes Van Gogh and other painters of his time, historical fiction, family relationships - and excellent writing.

38walklover
Maio 4, 2020, 10:31am

14. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel by Kim Michele Richardson - I loved this book. Thank you to Joe for the recommendation. There are two main themes here - the amazing story of the first mobile library in Kentucky and the people who rode horseback (or mule or donkey) to deliver literature of all sorts to the poorest of the poor - and - the story of Cussy Mary Carter, a fictional person used to represent the actual blue-skinned people of Kentucky.

39ffortsa
Maio 4, 2020, 10:55am

Stopping in to say hello and wish all of you well.

40walklover
Maio 7, 2020, 11:26am

>39 ffortsa: Thank you so much. Hoping you and yours are all safe and well.

41walklover
Maio 7, 2020, 11:29am

15. Chase: A Michael Bennett Story by James Patterson with Michael Ledwidge - Another Bookshot - “Stories at the speed of light”. This one had one of my favorite Patterson characters, Michael Bennett. It was a good fast read - but I wish Bennett’s family (his ten adopted children) had been featured more.

42PaulCranswick
Maio 10, 2020, 1:06pm

43richardderus
Maio 17, 2020, 12:01pm

Debbi, I'm putting this link to The Guardian's piece on Puzzling in the Time of COVID-19 on several of y'all puzzlers' threads.

44PaulCranswick
Maio 24, 2020, 7:56pm

I am celebrating the end of Ramadan, Debbi, a time of thanks and forgiveness and I want to say my thanks to all my LT friends for helping keep me somewhat sane these last few years.

45Berly
Jun 1, 2020, 12:10am

Popping in to say Hi!

46walklover
Jun 7, 2020, 9:19pm

>44 PaulCranswick: - Thank you for the Mother’s Day wishes - and for including me in the friends that have kept you sane. Hope all is well with you and yours.

47walklover
Jun 7, 2020, 9:20pm

>43 richardderus: I’ve been puzzling every day for weeks - helps to really concentrate on one thing.

48walklover
Jun 7, 2020, 9:21pm

>45 Berly: Hi Kim! I hope all is well with you and your family.

49walklover
Jun 7, 2020, 9:24pm

16. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood - I’m a big Atwood fan, but this was definitely not one of my favorites. I truly appreciate the way she builds a dystopia world and the people who inhabit it, but wasn’t too invested in the story as a whole.

50PaulCranswick
Jul 4, 2020, 11:49pm

In this difficult year with an unprecedented pandemic and where the ills of the past intrude sadly upon the present there must still be room for positivity. Be rightly proud of your country. To all my American friends, enjoy your 4th of July weekend.

51walklover
Jul 22, 2020, 2:24pm

17. The Library Book by Susan Orlean - Having read The Orchid Thief, I was looking forward to this book - and it lived up to my hopes. A non-fiction book themed around the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire that destroyed/damaged more than a million books, Orlean takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of libraries and librarians - and the people who frequent libraries. Her writing is so beautiful - there were times when I had to reread a line or two or just stop to think about the beauty of the language I had just read.

52walklover
Ago 4, 2020, 1:56pm

18. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder - I just finished reading this one to Joe - and thoroughly enjoyed it. It covers Laura’s teaching career and her courting/engagement/marriage with Almanzo. Looking forward to reading the last book of this series, The First Four Years.

53walklover
Editado: Ago 4, 2020, 2:00pm

19. Pattern of Betrayal by Mae Fox and Amy Lillard - A cozy mystery with an well-written Murder that kept my attention. I was very interested in finding out “Who did it?” - and was pleased with the way the story wrapped up.

54richardderus
Ago 4, 2020, 2:13pm

Debbi, I recommend a really challenging but hope-filled read to you, and it's also endorsed by Katie Krug: The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop. Such a lovely arrangement of words to tell a very, very hard-to-bear story, with a fillip at the end that makes the journey worth the walk.

Heh. See what I did there?

55PaulCranswick
Ago 8, 2020, 7:52pm

Debbi, I am saddened to read on Joe's thread of the passing of your brother. Please accept the condolences of your friends from these tropical climes - we will be thinking of you all at this difficult time.

56jnwelch
Ago 21, 2020, 8:57am

Thanks for recommending The Library Book to me, Hon. Great book.

57walklover
Set 20, 2020, 2:02pm

>54 richardderus: - Thank you for the recommendation, Richard. I will put it on my TBR list right away. I hope this finds you safe and well.

58walklover
Set 20, 2020, 2:04pm

>55 PaulCranswick: - Paul - Thank you so much for your kind words about the loss of my brother, Dan. It has definitely been hard - made even harder by the fact that I have been unable to travel to Tennessee for the burial - or to see my other brother. They did put the funeral on speaker, so Joe and I were able to listen to the whole thing - but I really wish I could have been there. Please stay well and safe.

59walklover
Set 20, 2020, 2:05pm

>56 jnwelch: Glad you enjoyed it - I owed you one with all of the great recommendations you’ve given me.

60walklover
Set 20, 2020, 2:08pm

20. The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths - I’m a big Elly Griffiths fan and was very excited to be able to read the first book of the Magic Men series. Unfortunately, I was not as pleased with this series as I have been with the Ruth Galloway series. I found this book very very slow moving. There were some interesting characters - not all - and a decent mystery (which I figured out about a chapter and a half before the police :) ). I plan to read the next one in the Magic Men series to give it one more chance - fingers crossed.

61walklover
Set 20, 2020, 2:16pm

21. The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths - This is Book 12 in the Ruth Galloway Mystery Series - a series I have really enjoyed. This one was good, but I’m beginning to have some difficulty with the two main characters. Actually I’d like to give them both a good kick in the butt. I don’t like the way the male treats the female - and the way the female treats the other man in her life. It makes me quite angry - and sometimes gets in the way of the storyline for me. But - I’m sure I’ll continue to read the series - and continue to want to sit them both down for a serious talking to.

62walklover
Editado: Set 23, 2020, 5:27pm

22. Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs - I’m a sucker for a good cozy mystery and Laura Childs and her Tea Shop Mysteries are my favorites. well-developed characters (many of whom return in each book), good mystery and great surroundings in Low Country South Carolina. Thank you to Joe for finding this one for me (and Becca) when he went to the library.

63walklover
Set 24, 2020, 10:23am

23. Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla - This is the story of “an untouchable family and the making of modern India”. It isn’t an easy book to read - a great deal of information to process - but definitely a worthwhile one.

64walklover
Set 29, 2020, 9:15am

24. Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut by Sarah Graves - Another cozy mystery - this one not quite as good as any by Laura Childs, but I don’t think I’ve ever read any that are better than hers. It was an okay read, but quite honestly, although the mystery itself was a good one, the ending and explanation(s) of who and why were just okay.

65walklover
Editado: Out 11, 2020, 3:52pm

25. Sylvie by Sylvie Kantorovitz - I received this book as an Early Review copy from Librarything. It’s a graphic novel that, in my opinion, was written for a young audience. That age group would probably be more inclined to a story told in such a slow “even” manner (sorry, hard to describe for me). I know that a number of the previous reviewers have spoken quite highly of the book. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it as interesting as many others. It was much too “bland” for me.

66walklover
Out 11, 2020, 3:48pm

26. Happily Ever After by Debbie Tung - I loved Quiet Girl in a Noisy World - and enjoyed this one just as much. Tung “gets” what it’s like to be someone who is not always at ease with other people - and gets her point across in a delightful way.

67Berly
Out 15, 2020, 11:42pm

Hi there! Just making the rounds (finally!) and getting caught up. I really need to get back to the Ruth Gallaway series....someday soon I hope. So sorry to hear about your brother passing. This whole COVID thing just makes it even harder. Hugs.

68PaulCranswick
Nov 27, 2020, 6:40am



This Brit wishes to express his thanks for the warmth and friendship that has helped sustain him in this group, Debbi.

69walklover
Dez 10, 2020, 10:48am

>67 Berly: - Thank you so much for your kind words on my brother’s death. you’re absolutely right - COVID has made everything harder. But - we need to have hope for 2021 and our new administration. wishing you and yours a truly wonderful holiday season.

70walklover
Dez 10, 2020, 10:49am

>68 PaulCranswick: - And the same right back to you, Paul. Hoping 2021 brings us back to the UK and that we can meet and catch up in person.

71walklover
Dez 10, 2020, 10:52am

27. Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer - I know Riva as an acquaintance and was absolutely riveted by her memoir. You learn many eye opening things about disability and how many of those with disabilities are so poorly treated - and so often looked at as objects rather than people. I would very highly recommend this book to everyone. i think it’s a very important read.

72walklover
Editado: Dez 10, 2020, 10:58am

28. Juror #3 by James Patterson - (written with Nancy Allen)
I think this is one of Patterson’s best in a long time. It’s an easy read with a great plot, well-written characters - and a good mystery.

73walklover
Dez 18, 2020, 3:42pm

29. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -
This is a wonderful book about “race, love and identity”. In this time of troublesome and horrific behavior towards immigrants, it should be on everyone’s To Be Read list.

74walklover
Dez 18, 2020, 3:45pm

30. The Making of a Racist by Charles B. Dew - I found this book in a column of my aunt’s - and I’m very glad I did. It is a very well-written account of a young man’s journey from racist to one of understanding his roots and realizing how he became so bigoted.

75walklover
Editado: Dez 18, 2020, 4:03pm

31. The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs - Thank you to Joe for the recommendation. This is a lovely book about a woman who loses her mother and boyfriend on the same day - and winds up trying to save her mother’s bookstore (where she basically grew up) and take care of her aging grandfather. It involves love, loss, friendship - and the search of a woman for want she really wants out of life.

76walklover
Dez 18, 2020, 4:10pm

32. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman - A wonderful story (once again recommended by Joe0 about a group of seniors who meet once a week and solve mysteries. But it goes deeply into their pasts - and offers up many other interesting characters.

77richardderus
Dez 21, 2020, 2:55pm

Tachyon Publications, an SFF house, posted this on Twitter. Says it all, no?

78walklover
Dez 23, 2020, 12:30pm

>77 richardderus: - Why yes, it does!!

79walklover
Editado: Dez 23, 2020, 12:33pm

33. Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths - Definitely not my favorite series, but I enjoyed this book (the second in the series) much more than the first. I felt the story moved at a much better pace. The main characters remained the same - and there was great continuity in their makeup.

80walklover
Dez 23, 2020, 12:37pm

34. Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely - Thank you, Joe, for the recommendation - sharing our Kindle libraries is a great thing. It took me a bit to get into the story, but once I did I was hooked. Blanche White if an African-American maid in the South. She gets into some trouble and runs away to be a maid for a very wealthy family out in the country. Of course, there’s a murder - and in order to keep herself out of the limelight as a subject, she uses everything and everybody she knows to solve the whodunit. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

81Berly
Dez 24, 2020, 5:49pm



Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May 2021 bring you less need for masks, loads of peace and joy, good health and, of course, books!

82PaulCranswick
Dez 25, 2020, 12:25pm



I hope you get some of those at least, Debbi, as we all look forward to a better 2021.

83walklover
Jan 11, 5:05pm

>81 Berly: - Wishing you and yours the very same! On to 2021!

84walklover
Jan 11, 5:05pm

>82 PaulCranswick: - Thank you, Paul! I wish all of the same for you and yours! On to 2021!