Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Continuing My 2020 "Books Read" List with JUNE

My New Year's Resolution for 2019 was to read as many books as I could; I ended the year having read 128 tomes:  nonfiction and memoirs, fiction, history, psychology, religion; I don't have a certain genre I'd consider a favorite, just whatever grabs my interest at any given time.

On the first day of 2020 I made a list of several resolutions for this year; amongst them was to again keep track of books that I sometimes devour, sometimes meander through, and sometimes do not enjoy much at all.

Here's the list of books that I completed reading in June (I'm going backwards!):
  • Stolen         by Lucy Christopher     320p
    • A 16-year-old girl in an airport coffee shop is kidnapped and taken to a remote location somewhere in the Outback of Australia
  • Paul Hollywood's Bread     by Paul Hollywood
    • Yes, I do read cookbooks, often from cover to cover.  I'm a fan of The Great British Baking Show and am preparing to spend some valuable mother-son time coaching my son, Jeff, in the baking of French baguettes when social distancing decreases and cooler weather ensues!
  • Paris        by Edward Rutherfurd      832p
    • Another in the library of incredible historical fiction written by a master storyteller.  The history is factual, but the stories wind their way through hundreds of years of the local history and lives of generations of fictional families.
  • Running With Sherman:  The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero  352p       by Christopher McDougall
    • I'd read "Born To Run" by the same author telling the true story of a tribe of indigenous super-runner-indians in Mexico and loved it.  When I saw this book I was intrigued by McDougall's experience rescuing a broken-down donkey and rehabilitating him.
  • The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (Book One of the Baby Ganesh series)                by Vaseem Khan    320p
    • I love all things India, and often warm and fuzzy animal stories.  This gentleman and his 'pet elephant' doesn't disappoint.  A recently-retired police inspector is given a baby elephant as an entering-retirement gift and together they solve various mysteries and crimes.
  • Cometh the Hour       by Jeffrey Archer   Book Six of the Clifton Chronicles  416p
    • This is the sixth of the seven books in the series.  I love Jeffrey Archer, which, with their great narrator, Alex Jennings, I devour while walking away on my treadmill or driving in the car.  The characters reach out to me and their stories are engrossing; I often extend my workout sessions to listen to more!  I am always anxious to discover how the story turns out, but unhappy to get to the end; however, Archer always gives some incredible reason why I need to continue with the next book in the series!
As I glance through the list, I'm noticing that, because I read more than one book at a time, it seems that, generally speaking, about every other month it appears that I consume a larger number of books.  I think that's simply because of my only keeping track of works completed.


Monday, August 10, 2020

Books Read List Begun and Other Things!

 Monday August 10, 2020

Well, here we are in the sixth month of this coronavirus pandemic; mu family remains healthy, thank God. As we continue our social distancing I've been thinking about returning to my blog to help keep track of how time flies!  It's been the better part of two years since I entered a post, amazing!

Reading has become even more of a passion in my life: I'll begin this post with a list of the books I completed in:

JULY 2020:

  • This Was a Man        Book 7        The Clifton Chronicles        560p
    • by Jeffrey Archer  
  • Leonardo da Vinci        599p
    • by Walter Isaacson
  • Kane and Abel        Book 1          Kane and Abel series         658p
    • by Jeffrey Archer
  • Assignment Bletchley     Book 1         175p
    • by Peter J. Azzole
  • Blindspot:  Hidden Biases of Good People        254p
    • by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
  • The Prodigal Daughter        Book 2       Kane and Abel series       564p
    • by Jeffrey Archer
  • A History of the Popes, Volume I:  Origins to the Middle Ages
  • Shall We Tell the President      Book 3     Kane and Abel series     220p
    • by Jeffrey Archer
  • The Dublin Saga - The Princes of Ireland       776p
    • by Edward Rutherfurd
  • A Pilgrimage to Eternity:  From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith     384p
    • by Timothy Egan
  • Death on the Nile
    • by Agatha Christie
I am enjoying the opportunity to read several tomes at the same time, on Kindle, on Audible, and in hard-bound or paperback form.  Audible books are great for listening to while working out on the treadmill, walking outside, or driving in the car.  Kindle is a good choice for books that require definitions and notes, pieces from which I intend to learn.  Then, there's the good old paperback for enjoying while sitting or lying down.

The Agatha Christie mystery was read in order to participate in my August book club discussion group. We each chose a different Christie book and gave a short book report, after which we had a general discussion of Mrs. Christie's considerable library of novels written over the course of a long a very productive writing career.

Lots of Jeffrey Archer - I'd read the beginning of the Clifton Chronicles years ago, remembering that his style is very pleasing in my opinion.  I've now listened to all of The Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel series; they're intriguing company for my treadmill workouts, where I find myself adding minutes and miles, just so I can continue to listen, high praise for an author indeed!