Walklover’s 75 Books Challenge for 2023
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Happy New Year everyone! I had a slow reading year in 2022 - hope to rev up a bit this year.
Glad to see you back Debbi. I was starting to worry about you and your fella.
1. Give Me your Hand by Megan Abbott - This was a Hanukkah gift from Becca - Megan is one of her favorite authors. So glad she introduced me to her work. I really enjoyed this novel. Character development was terrific, the laboratory setting very interesting - and I also liked that she didn’t muddy the waters with too many extraneous characters. i would definitely recommend this - and plan to read more of her work this year.
2. the Flamingo by Guajing - I gave this book to Joe for the holidays (from his wishlist) - and found it back on my nightstand with a note reading “You’ll love this” - and I did. It’s an almost entirely wordless graphic novel story book - which speaks volumes. I don’t want to describe it because I think it’s a book that you should read without knowing anything about it - except that it is moving and lovely and meaningful.
3. Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox - I’m fond of Patterson’s Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club series. This is a different character - Detective Harriet Blue - a former foster kid who has been through the wringer and needs to constantly fight her urge for violent revenge on those who wrong others. I’ll definitely check out Never Never, the first novel involving her.
5. Loveless by Alice Oseman - A really good book depicting a young girl’s who finds herself - and realizes that she is asexual and aromantic. Through her first year college experiences and many conversations with friends, she finds that she can be content with her feelings and sexuality - as there are many different kinds of love.
7. Maid by Stephanie Land - Many might have watched the tv series adapted from this book. I only watched the first few and wasn’t really drawn to watch any others. I’m glad my neighbor loaned this to me as it was fascinating and well-written. I would definitely recommend it - a fabulous story about a single mother and her struggle to raise her daughter while raising them both out of the struggles they go through day to day.
>15 walklover: I've been meaning to read this for a long time - on my shelf, too.
8. leaving time by Jodi Picoult - I had stopped reading Picoult quite a few years ago when one of her books made me very angry and unsettled. A friend brought leaving time to me with excellent recommendations, so I thought I’d give it a try - and I’m very glad I did. Great character development, great storyline - and I learned a lot about elephants.
9. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy - This book brings to light what it appears many child stars have experienced - living the life their parents have always wanted, while at the same time being the major salary earner for the family. McCurdy also suffered at the hands of her mother - physically and emotionally. It’s a very interesting book - not always easy to read because of McCurdy’s experiences - but important to read because of them as well.
12. Riverman: An American Odyssey by Ben McGrath - The story of Dick Conant, who paddled the rivers of America for most of his adult life - and the people he met along the way. McGrath was one of those people and when Conant’s boat was found drifting without him, McGrath decided to meet and many of those people as possible. I enjoyed this book and the way it reminded me that everyone you meet has stories to tell.
13.Unsolved by James Patterson - The grandchildren were here for a week, so a Patterson with its short chapters was perfect for the times I could catch a minute or two to read. This was one of his best in awhile - great mystery, really good twists, good character development. I would definitely recommend it.
15. Keepsake Crimes by Laura Childs - I’m a sucker for a good cozy mystery and can always rely on Laura Childs to come through with one. This is the first in her scrapbooking mystery series and I enjoyed it as much as all i’ve read (and I’ve read them all) from her Tea Shop series. Looking forward to finding the other four already written - and I’m sure I’ll hope for more after that.
16. Mothercare by Lynne Tillman - A well-written, but very dry, account of the many years Tillman and her sisters took care of their dying mother. Having had a poor relationship with her mother, Tillman opens up about her difficulties taking care of her while holding the memories of how badly her mother treated her.”On obligation, love, death, and ambivalence”
Hi, walklover. I’m enjoying all the short reviews. The Alice Munro is on my tbr shelf.
17. The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz - An interesting take on a murder mystery - I didn’t figure out who the murderer was until just a page or two before they were identified. Horowitz has done a great job with his main character (and the “star” of the series), Detective Hawthorne - showing his gruffness and everyday demeanor, but letting us in bit by bit to Hawthorne’ inner self.
19. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - I loved The Martian - and the movie adaptation - so was excited to read this book. I have mixed feelings about it. It took me quite awhile to read because I was put off by the amount of scientific information and explanation - most of which I couldn’t relate to, which I had been able to do with The Martian. I’m glad I pushed myself to finish it though because I really enjoyed the story within all of the science.
22. Cross Down by James Patterson - Having just returned from two weeks taking care of the grandkids (it was wonderful), I knew I needed a book or three that would be any easy enjoyable read. This newest in the Alex Cross series was terrific. I’m really a fan of the Cross character, but liked that the majority of the story was told from the viewpoint of another of the recurring characters.
26. The Museum of Ordinary People by Mike Gayle - A lovely book which tells the story of Jess and how emptying her childhood home and finding an old outdated set of encyclopedias changes her life. She discovers The Museum of Ordinary Things in a warehouse - and becomes fully involved in its development and growth - and at the same time finds the love of her life.
27. Obsessed by James Patterson - I made sure to save this book for my first read after our vow renewal weekend as I knew that Patterson’s short chapters would be the only thing I could handle for a few days. So glad i did - and thank you to Becca for recommending it. It’s part of the Michael Bennett series and is a well-written psychological thriller.
29. The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths - I may have been disappointed by Bleeding Heart Yard, but I loved this one. I don’t want to give out too much, just that as always the characters are well-defined (and most of my favorites are back). Griffiths says this one is the last in the series, but I have my fingers crossed she will change her mind.
>47 ffortsa: So sorry you can’t find it in your library. Maybe if you request they they get one - in my opinion, it’s the best cozy series of all I’ve read.
34. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout - I enjoy Strout and grabbed this one from a Little Free Library on one of our walks. It’s the tale of three siblings and a life-shattering accident when they were quite young that affects them all in very different ways. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to any Strout fans out there.