Although lockdown precluded me from doing my usual volunteering at the public library this month, it has remained open for collecting reservations, so I was able to pick up another small pile of 2020 titles last week. Meanwhile, I worked my way through a big pile of recent releases that were reserved after me, plus a few novellas. With any luck, I’ll be back to my biweekly volunteering sessions starting on the first Thursday in December. I’ve missed having a reason to leave the house, see people, and find more books at random.
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I rate most books I read or skim, and include links to reviews not already featured on the blog.
- Surge by Jay Bernard
- Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
- The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
- Just Like You by Nick Hornby
- Tilly and the Map of Stories (Pages & Co., #3) by Anna James
- Vesper Flights: New and Selected Essays by Helen Macdonald
- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
- Something Special by Iris Murdoch
- Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink
- The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark
- Real Life by Brandon Taylor
- The Order of the Day, Éric Vuillard
- Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
- The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion by Christie Watson
+ Children’s picture books (don’t worry, these don’t count towards my year’s reading list!)
- Six Dinner Sid: A Highland Adventure by Inga Moore
- Bad Cat! by Nicola O’Byrne
- One Smart Fish by Christopher Wormell
- The Book of Gutsy Women by Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton
- Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen
- What Have I Done? An Honest Memoir about Surviving Postnatal Mental Illness by Laura Dockrill
- Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living by Glennon Doyle
- Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books by Hilary Mantel
- Duty of Care: One NHS Doctor’s Story of Courage and Compassion on the COVID-19 Frontline by Dr Dominic Pimenta
- The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
- The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth by Daniel Mason
- First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger
- Kay’s Anatomy: A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body by Adam Kay
CHECKED OUT, TO BE READ
- The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman (for January book club)
- The Dickens Boy by Thomas Keneally
- To Be a Man by Nicole Krauss
- Growing Goats and Girls: Living the Good Life on a Cornish Farm by Rosanne Hodin
+ A small Christmas-themed stack I’ve set aside to peruse next month.
ON HOLD, TO BE PICKED UP
- Mr Wilder & Me by Jonathan Coe
- My Last Supper: One Meal, a Lifetime in the Making by Jay Rayner
- The Invention of Surgery: A History of Modern Medicine: From the Renaissance to the Implant Revolution by David Schneider, MD
IN THE RESERVATION QUEUE
- The Idea of the Brain: A History by Matthew Cobb
- Here Is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan
- Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain by David Eagleman
- Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
- Bringing Back the Beaver: The Story of One Man’s Quest to Rewild Britain’s Waterways by Derek Gow
- Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession
- Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
- Monogamy by Sue Miller
- Hormonal: A Conversation about Women’s Bodies, Mental Health and Why We Need to Be Heard by Eleanor Morgan
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama
- Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud
- The Mystery of Charles Dickens by A.N. Wilson
- As You Were by Elaine Feeney – I read the first chapter. I think I’ve simply had too many quirky narrators and/or mental hospital stories recently.
- House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman – I read to page 30 but, as with The Yellow House by Sarah Broom, I realized there is far more detail in this family memoir than I am able to absorb. And here, the writing is only average. It reminded me of Esther Safran Foer’s memoir.
- Rootbound: Rewilding a Life by Alice Vincent – I didn’t enjoy the style of the first few pages, so didn’t want to commit to another 300+ about a twentysomething’s job, housing, and relationship woes.
- Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster – I couldn’t fit this in for Novellas for November. Maybe another year.
- Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer – I couldn’t stand the drawing style.
- Jack by Marilynne Robinson – After a skim back through Gilead, I felt I knew enough about Jack and didn’t need yet another sequel.