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.