October 26, 2020

What Books Have You Been Reading?



The post asking whether you prefer to read print or digital versions of books generated many comments. Frankly, I was a bit surprised at how passionate we can be about a book's format. Also, I found some of the comments about audiobooks and how they can be sleep-inducing to some of us completely unexpected.

So, the logical follow-up post is to help each other build a reading list. Printed, digitally downloaded, audiobooks on the computer or CD's, it doesn't matter. Fiction, non-fiction, YA material, biographies, science fiction...What are some of the books you have been reading that you can recommend? Add a short synopsis or even a review if you choose. That will help us focus on the books that should be added to our future must-read list.

I will start. Here is a list of what I have read and enjoyed over the last three months. Clicking the blue link will take you to that book on Amazon. Disclaimer: I will earn a small commission if you actually purchase the book in any format.  If you and I share anything on this list, please add your thoughts to your comments.


*Caste by Isabel Wilkerson  A truly terrifying, eye-opening,  must-read about the history and power of dividing human beings into categories of power and subservience based on race and skin color. You will never again think the same way about our own history.

*The Crow Trap by Anne Cleeves  The first mystery featuring detective Vera Stanhope, the basis of a successful TV series about this woman solving crimes in Northeast England.

*The Moth Catcher by Anne Cleeves  Another in the Vera Stanhope series. 

*The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell  If you live anywhere near any coast, be very, very afraid. The author paints a vivid picture of what will happen to Miami, Venice, New York City, and any place vulnerable to rising sea levels.

*Mirage by Clive Cussler  The plot doesn't really matter. It is just an exciting read by the recently deceased master of adventure tales.

*Assumed Identity by  David Morrell  An undercover agent, a master at assumed identities and personalities, must suddenly become himself. He has forgotten who he is.

*Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell  Based on actual crimes in England in the 1800s, a real-life eccentric, Thomas De Quincey, consumer of huge quantities of opium,  helps solve crimes that baffle the authorities. I also read the other two books in this series, Inspector of The Dead and Ruler of The Night.

*Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson The true story of a woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during WWII. For fans of The Alice Network, this would be right up your alley. 

*The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz  A Sherlock Holmes mystery written by a true lover of Arthur Conan Doyle. This "new" Sherlock tale was authorized by the Doyle estate because of the author's faithful recreation of the Holmes-Watson mysteries. 

*The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz  Absolutely fascinating whodunit inside another whodunit. Never read a book with this approach before.

*Frantic Unleased (Part 1) by Missy Palrang Written by a friend of mine, this is a true, powerful, emotionally-wrenching inside look at what the suicide of a loved one can do to the people left behind. This book opened my eyes to a subject that most of us have precious little understanding of. 

*Total Meditation by Deepak Chopra The latest book by this well-known name in meditation and mindfulness circles. This time, he shows how to achieve a state of healing and awareness 24 hours a day and includes weeks of meditation exercises. 

*Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump  Donal Trump's only niece, a trained clinical psychologist, gives some context and backstory to why the man who runs our country is the way he is. Her story is a powerful explanation of the role of family and early experiences in shaping and damaging a life.


So, there is a look at what has been on my end table since last spring. Now, your turn. What can you recommend we read (or avoid)? What books have filled your Covid summer with inspiration, terror, education, or validation? 


62 comments:

  1. "Successful Aging" was a good read from the perspective of a neuroscientist. One of the main factors for successful aging, according to the author, is social connections- that is, a life partner and family, and community engagement.

    By the way, I read Mary Trump's book, and would also recommend it.

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    1. The reviews on Mr. Levitin's book, as well as the "look inside" feature make this book look like it belongs on my list.

      Thanks, Gerry.

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  2. Bob, this was a great idea, and I'm looking forward to picking up some fresh ideas from everyone. My preferred genre is mystery/suspense (fiction), and my favorite books involve law enforcement and outdoor-related mysteries. Occasionally, I'll throw in some non-fiction, usually related to some type of research I'm doing for projects or trip planning. Lately, I've been reading (and would recommend) these authors - all mystery/suspense unless otherwise noted:

    - Nick Petrie - The Peter Ash series (a former Marine dealing with post-traumatic stress who takes on challenges to help people in trouble)
    - Lee Child - The Jack Reacher series (a former Military Policeman for the Army, who also can't walk away from someone in trouble and simply won't allow the bad guys to win)
    - Margaret Mizushima - The Timber Creek K-9 series (a small town law enforcement officer who finds it easier to connect with her K-9 partner than people)
    - C.J. Box - The Joe Pickett series (about a game warden in Wyoming)
    - Paul Doiron - The Mike Bowditch series (about a game warden in Maine)
    - William Kent Krueger - The Cork O'Connor series (about a former small town sheriff in Minnesota)
    - Michael Connelly - I've enjoyed all his books, but the Harry Bosch series and "The Gods of Guilt" are my favorites.
    - Robert Crais - The Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series (about a private investigator and his partner - I almost didn't read this series because I had a difficult time getting past an investigator named Elvis, but I'm glad I followed through)
    - Linda Castillo - The Kate Burkholder series (about a small town sheriff in the Amish country of Ohio)
    - Nevada Barr - Anna Pigeon series (about a Park Ranger dealing with mysteries in National Parks)
    - Sue Henry - Jessie Arnold series (mysteries set in Alaska - I already mentioned the Maxie McNabb series about a retired woman traveling with her dog in a Class C RV in your recent post about books)
    - Phil Moeller - Get What's Yours for Medicare and Get What's Yours (Revised & Updated) for Social Security (non-fiction - Moeller writes the "Ask Phil" Medicare column for the PBS NewsHour website Making Sen$e and he has had a long, respectable career in journalism - these books explain Medicare and Social Security is easy to understand language and address many concerns surrounding enrolling in each)
    - Travel related books on my nightstand right now: Off the Beaten Path, USA's Best Trips and the Moon guide Route 66 Road Trip - not that we'll be traveling anytime soon, but it's always nice to dream.

    Thanks for offering this opportunity, Bob, and thanks to everyone for sharing!

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    1. My husband, who is not a big reader (I'm working on that) loved the Jack Reacher series. He anxiously awaits any new releases. He's read them all.

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    2. I am a Lee Child fan, too. I must say Tom Cruise didn't fit my image of Jack Reacher! I have read several C.J. Box, Michael Connelly, and Robert Crais novels, as well, and enjoyed them.

      I have made a list of all the authors that write small town crime novels, Mary. Thanks.

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    3. Oh, add Nevada Barr's books to one's from your list I like. I loved the character Anne Pigeon

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    4. So funny, Bob. My husband said the same thing about Tom Cruise. No offense to Mr. Cruise, he just didn't fit Lee Child's character.

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  3. Just finished Machines Like Me by my favourite author, Ian McEwan, his command of prose is beautiful and every books is so different as well as readable. Am also ploughing my way through the Booker Prize shortlist where The New Wilderness by Diane Cook proved to be quite a page turner as well as thought provoking, not at all what I’d usually associate with the Booker.

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    1. McEwan is remarkable. My favorite: "Sweet Tooth"

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    2. I am unfamiliar with Ian McEwan, so on my list he goes.

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  4. I have read several of John D. MacDonald's "standalone" novels and discovered that, indeed, they're better than the series that made him famous. The quaintness of John D's views on women hardly negates the core truths he conveys about human nature. I especially recommend "A Key to the Suite." More here: https://themightycopywriter.blogspot.com/2020/08/suite-nothings.html

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    1. I know of his work as the author of Cape Fear, but had no idea how prolific a writer he was until i reviewed the full list on Wikipedia. THanks for giving me one to start with; the full list of his work is overwhelming.

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  5. I've been reading a Kindle Unlimited book every two days---borrowed an returned so fast I barely remember the authors let alone the titles. With all that is going on in the world I find I can't concentrate on better quality fiction. Oddity enough, that fiction as included pandemic and dystopian type books that have actually made me feel better about the state of the world.

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    1. For some reason I haven't really paid attention to the constant emails from Amazon regarding the ten free Kindle downloads I am allowed each month as a Prime member. I know that's not the same of Kindle Unlimited, but it is a tremendous source of all sorts of books I might find interesting.

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  6. I'll come back to my list after I wake up but i.am always thrilled to see people reading Morrell as he and din Winslow are so underrated. The brotherhood of the rose is one of my all time faves.

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    1. David Morrell is probably best known as the author of the Rambo books. But, his other efforts are very satisfying, especially the historical fiction series about the opium-eater.

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  7. Hi Bob:

    Another great read by Isabel Wilkerson is "The Warmth of Other Suns." It is about the great migration and lives of black families from the southern states to the west and northern states during the Jim Crow south up to the 1960's. It is very well written and an exceptional read. I will check out her book you mentioned above.

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    1. I bought Warmth of Other Suns when I ordered Caste. The hold list at my library was about a year and a half long (!) so I bought both books and found Caste upsetting and important. Warm of Other Suns is on the coffee table.

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    2. I hope you enjoy it, Bob. I look forward to Caste. From what you say, it sounds along the same lines as the book I mentioned. Your words are perfect..."upsetting and important." Happy Reading. And thank you to all the other commenters who gave suggestions. I love to read and am always looking for suggestions. I think it's going to be a long winter!

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  8. My goal for 2020 was to read 52 books. Our library closed for 2 months so I won't hit the mark (I refuse to spend $ on books). I recommend them all :-)

    The Book Thief
    That's the Way it Always Is
    The Dutch House
    Deep Run Roots
    Dear Edward
    The Girl with The Louding Voice
    Late Migrations
    Chasing Slow
    Everything I Never Told You
    The Empath's Survival Guide
    Atomic Habits
    Writers and Lovers
    Valentine
    All Adults Here
    The Gift of Forgiveness by K Schwarzennger
    The Silent Patient
    I've Been Thinking (Maria Shriver)
    Fascism (M Albright)
    I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whitness
    I am Malala
    Transcendent Kingdom Yaa Ygasi
    Want

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    1. I copied and pasted your list on a clean sheet of paper...Thank you for months and months of inspiration.

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  9. I've been reading mostly novels that allow me to go somewhere away from reality for a while. :-) With a few random others that I've seen recommended by various people. Here are the ones I've enjoyed.

    Little Bee by Chris Cleave
    Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
    The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser & the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly (this one is probably only of interest to fans of the Royals, people who love textiles and clothes)
    Becoming by Michelle Obama
    Why Won't Your Apologize by Harriet Lerner (loved all her books and realized I had missed this one somehow)
    Monogamy by Sue Miller (big fan and her first new book in several years)
    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

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    1. Forgot The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. She is one of my favorite authors and her "Bel Canto" is on my top ten book list ever.

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    2. I have read the Michelle Obama book, but the rest of your list are new to me, Hope.

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  10. I retired in February with big travel plans this year...so instead I've been reading a lot. "The Dutch House" was my favorite of the year - there's a great audiobook version narrated by Tom Hanks. I really enjoyed Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series ("Last Kingdom"), so I listened to audiobooks of the 21 Sharpe novels...which I didn't enjoy nearly as much. "The Monk of Mokha" by Dave Eggers is an interesting nonfiction about a man who started a coffee export business in war-torn Yemen. For anyone in the Pacific Northwest, "The Good Rain" is a great read. "The Saboteur" is an interesting old nonfiction about a French resistance agent. I've just started the "Bruno, Chief of Police" series by Martin Walker about a small-town policeman in a rural French village which I'm really enjoying.

    I find audiobooks a great way to wind down before bedtime (not that I need a lot of "winding down" these days!). My library has several downloadable on "Overdrive", but they're heavily used now and there's a long wait list for the better books. It's easier to check out CDs, rip them to MP3s, and listen to those on my phone.

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    1. The Martin Walker books sound right up my alley. I love stories that hold my attention while taking place in an environment I am not all that familiar with.

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  11. Hi love your blog!some books my virtual book club has read include Molakai and Daughter of Molakai not sure of author already returned,Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult,olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout,In the woods by Tanya French,Think Positive live Happy By Amy Newmarket,and we are now reading uncommon Type by Tom Hanks! Thanks for some new reads!

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    1. The Tom Hanks book title is one I was aware of because of a documentary with the same name about his love for old typewriters, but I gather the book is actually a collection of short stories.

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  12. I just finished Deepak’s book on meditation. I learned Transcendental Meditation many many years ago and it is what I still practice. I found his descriptions of how to meditate differently, to sound confusing for someone who may be starting out. I liked a lot of his thoughts in the book but I think a simple way to meditate works best for most people attempting to start a practice. ALso read MaryTrump’s book: Not much to surprise me,there.. but an interesting inside story! Just discovered Walter Mosley,author.He has written a TON of mysteries so I will have many to look forward to! I’m enjoy going a Woman’s author,Susan Wiggs, this week..I need a gentle read.. it’s set in San Francisco and also the wine country.. I find that the setting is often a big part of what I love about a book... I have made note of some of the authors you’ve mentioned —always fun to discover a new author! Ken reads ALL the Clive Cussler books,I never have been able to sticks ith them for some reason.

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    1. OK, so Walter Mosley goes on my list. If I like an author I really enjoy, I am doubly happy when he or she have many titles.

      I have probably read a dozen Clive Cussler novels. Dirk Pitt is my man!

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  13. I just finished One Minute After by William R. Forstchen, about how a small town (the real town of Black Mountain, NC) survives an EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) event. A little scary. And before that I read the Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown about the Donner family crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountain in the 1840's. I like the Lee Child series as others have noted as well as James Patterson.

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    1. One Second After sounds interesting, and very much a possibility. EMP is a real threat to any developed country's way of life.

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  14. Okay, I fully admit tha I my natural reading is similar to Mary's and I kind of force myself to get the biographies and literature in there when I can (ie Pillars of the Earth Prequel and looking for the new book from the athor of the Historin.)

    I also am reading kindle nlimited these days which gives me a chnce at new authors and often first series of old ones. My first recommendation is always going to be Don Winslow, starting with either the Power of the Dog or Dawn Patrol depending on taste and time (yes, I know about Savages but that is not even close to being the best). Authors I automatically pre order and or reserve include
    Paul Dron
    Nevada Barr
    Robert Crais (who literally sems to rite a book when he darned well feels like it these days)
    John Sandford (all three series)
    Michael Connelly (not Connolly) all three seris
    David Baldacci any series
    CJ Box
    Timber Creek Series
    Linda Castillo
    Ace Atkins his own series (not the spenser books he also writes)
    Jane Harper (start with the dry)
    Andrew Mayne (odd fellow but he Naturalist is fantastic)
    Halan Coben but I nonlly read the Myron series not the stand alones
    Preston and Child's new Nora Kelley series about an archeologist
    Robert Dugoni Tracy Crosswhite series
    Thomas Perry (the Old man is my favorite)
    Marc Cameron
    Jeffrey Deaver Colter Shaw series
    JA Janz
    Alex Kava mystery and Creed Series
    I'v pretty much given up on John Grisham

    more literature wise
    William Kent Kruger
    Iam Mccewan
    Ken Follett

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    1. I read Don Winslow's California, Fire & Life, The Force, and Dawn Patrol...enjoyed them.

      From your list, also Halan Coben, Thomas Perry, all the J.A. Jance books, especially the ones set in southeast Arizona, and a ton of David Balducci and John Sanford novels.

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    2. Good for you, Barb, for making it a point to read outside of your favorite genres. I've tried, but if a book didn't really pique my interest going in, I'd find myself re-reading pages again and again because my mind would quickly wander. I finally gave up. Now, if a book hasn't hooked me in the first chapter or two, I move on. There are a number of authors on your list that I haven't read - thanks for the fresh inspiration!

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    3. I try but I dont do nearly as well as I should. Supposedly book group was gonna cure that, but not so much, lol.

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  15. Almost exclusively my books are from Kindle Unlimited - a budgeting choice with a wide variety of authors to temporarily take me to another world..

    Heaven Adjacent by Kathryn Ryan Hyde
    Sorry I MissedYou by Suzy Krause
    Granite Springs series by Maggie Christensen
    Texas Rodeo series by Kari Lynn Dell
    The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and
    Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
    Too Good For Her Own Good: Breaking Free from the Burden of Female Responsibility by Claudia Bepko
    Bud Shumway Mystery series byChinke Miller
    When We Believed in Mermaids and The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O'Neil
    The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Green
    Winter Cottage and Spring House by Mary Ellen Taylor
    and for pure fantasy escape many re readings of the Borrowers series by Mary Norton

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    1. Another list for me to copy and look for these titles. I did start the memory of Butterflies but don't think I finished it, for reasons I don't remember.

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  16. I always put The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver at the top of my fiction list. Also A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I am currently reading my way through Isabel Allende's novels. Her newest, A Long Petal of the Sea, is mostly set in Chile during the very tumultuous period of 1960s - 1980s. I just heard on NPR that the Chilean citizens scraped their dictatorship-era constitution and, because of what I have been reading in this wonderful historical fiction (my favorite genre) account of that period, I could appreciate the significance of the vote even more.

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    1. A Gentleman in Moscow was really wonderful. I was sad to finish reading it.

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    2. I agree: A Gentleman in Moscow was excellent.

      I have read several of Barbara Kingsolver's books, too. She lived in, and wrote about The Southwest before moving to Applicacia. I read the Poisonwood Bible last Spring. That was a tremendous story.

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    3. I'm also a big fan of Kingsolver. I think Poisonwood Bible was my all time favorite of hers.

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  17. Though I love books in their traditional format, most of my reading these days is done on a KOBO e-reader, or sometimes with the Books app on an iPad. Mostly, I read nonfiction, but the ongoing discussion with my daughter is that I should give fiction a try; she making a strong case for it, but I'm not there yet. Here's what I've read in recent months:
    Anne Applebaum, Twilight of Democracy
    Robert Tombs, The English and Their History
    Thomas Gualtieri, Obsessive Compulsions
    Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
    Sarah Kendzior, Hiding in Plain Sight
    Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish Lessons, What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?
    Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography
    Ralph Nader, The Seventeen Traditions
    Gerald Horne, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave resistance and the Origins of the United states of America
    James Nestor, Breath
    Tom Nichols, The Death of Expertise
    Sarah Chayes, On Corruption in America

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    1. Thank you for your list. I need to strike a better balance between fiction and non-fiction that doesn't have to do with Trump or politics. These choices look like a good starting place.

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  18. I read and own Mary Trump's book. It does explain a lot of things.

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    1. Yes, it does. The sins of the father, and all that.

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  19. So many books, so little time!
    Elizabeth Berg, beginning with Talk Before Sleep
    Isabel Allende - Daughter of Fortune, Maya's Notebook
    Steig Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire (I have yet to read
    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest)
    Sara Gruen - Water For Elephants
    Ami Mackay - The Birth House
    Andrea Warner - Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography
    Jann Arden - Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as my Mom lives with Memory
    Loss (Jann is a Canadian singer/songwriter)
    Just finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    And for something lighthearted, check out Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

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    1. Another great list to copy and print out to see what is available at the library or on Kindle. I know Water for Elephants is a movie, but I have not read the book.

      I just read a review of the Justin Halpern book. It sounds like something that I would enjoy during these bummer times.

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    2. I have read many of the books on Mona’s list and all the ones I’ve read are great.

      Jude

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  20. Lots of good books here. I too am a fan of Connelly, Crais and Don Winslow. If anyone needs yet more suggestions, for fiction I'd recommend Tana French and Chris Bohjalian, for historical non-fiction Erik Larson and Candice Millard.

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    1. Your 4 suggestions are new names to me. I will most certainly check them out. Thanks, Tom.

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  21. I am just gonna have to screen catch this whole thread.

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    1. Exactly! There are so many excellent suggestions I should have a reading list for at least the next year!

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  22. If anyone is worried we are becoming a culture of non-readers, all the suggested authors listed above should put that fear to bed.

    I am very impressed with the literary interest shown here. My librarian and teacher family members would be impressed and appreciative.

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  23. I guess I am the odd man out here again. I read virtually no novels or fiction except for an occasional scifi once in a while. Almost everything I read is in the political, spiritual, personal development, or science fields.

    I have read about 25 books so far this year but the list would be boring to your readers. I am currently reading "Trust" by Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Very inspiring read.

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    1. I would welcome some of your titles. My range is pretty wide. At the moment I am reading The Story of More, Me and White Supremacy, and The Naked Gospel.

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    2. You asked for it so here it is. These are the books I have read in 2020

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      Trust: America's Best Chance Pete Buttigieg

      Beyond Good and Evil (AmazonClassics Edition) Friedrich Nietzsche

      The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

      Thus Spake Zarathustra [with Biographical Introduction] Friedrich Nietzsche

      How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, an... David M. Rubenstein

      Selected Short Stories of James Joyce

      James Joyce: The Complete Collection

      The Road to Character David Brooks

      Elon Musk Box Set (2 in 1): The Biography Of A Modern Day Renaiss. Steve Gold

      Elon Musk: Story of Genius kindleunlimited Y ABRAR AHMED

      Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist Walter A. Kaufmann

      Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life throug... Matthew Dicks

      How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine. Stanislas Dehaene

      The Outlook of a Happy Fella: A Journey to Joy kindleunlimited Randy McIntire

      Toward a Psychology of Being Abraham H. Maslow

      A Theory of Human Motivation Abraham H. Maslow

      Telling Stories: The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences Mary Jo Maynes

      The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative Vivian Gornick

      How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest ... Richard Cohen

      Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need Margot Leitman

      Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds... Rob Biesenbach

      The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human Jonathan Gottschall

      THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

      Adult Asperger's Syndrome: The Essential Guide - Kenneth Roberson

      Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari

      The Federalist Papers [with Biographical Introduction] Alexander Hamilton
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      I also wanted to let you know that you can download public library books to the Kindle reader.

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    3. Thanks, R.J. There are several titles on this list that I may enjoy. I have printed it and will research the ones that pique my interest. Personally, I think Mr. Buttigieg is fascinating and could play a very important part in our political life for decades to come.

      Yes, our library system does a very thorough job of having a large percentage of the print books also available for e-readers and audiobooks.

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  24. At the risk of jeopardizing your commissions, I might suggest buying some of these books from local independent bookstores instead of Amazon. As you know, my neighbor owns one, and it makes me more aware of how much they are depending on their communities to support them. Thanks for all the book suggestions!

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    1. I fully support buying local whenever possible. With an international readership I like to give folks a way to find out more about a particular book.

      After reading reviews and a synopsis for a book, feel free to go to your local bookseller and buy it. They do need your money more than Amazon!

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  25. Here are some Canadian authors I have read recently and can recommend:

    Eden Robinson: Son of a Trickster, and Trickster Drift (first two books in a trilogy and the third will be out soon)
    Louise Penney: she has written many crime/mystery novels featuring main character Inspector Gamache, and she is an excellent writer
    Margaret Atwood: The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale (but less depressing)
    Mark Sakamoto: Forgiveness: A Gift from my Grandparents (memoir)
    Jesse Thistle: From the Ashes (memoir shortlisted on Canada Reads)
    Gail Madjzoub: Crimson Ink: A Novel of Modern Iran
    Thomas King: Cold Skies (a mystery) and The Back of the Turtle
    Lawrence Hill: The Book of Negroes, and Any Known Blood
    Anais Barbeau-Lavalette: Suzanne (shortlisted for Canada Reads)

    Jude

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    1. I have read The Testaments and enjoyed it. I have no specific list of Canadian authors. Thank you! These are now on my to-be-checked-out list.

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