Romance books I want to check out

So I was debating about doing this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl, simply because it was a Valentine’s freebie and I honestly didn’t know what to write about. I don’t particularly lean toward romance books, except for Nicholas Sparks, so my well of favorite characters, favorite books, anything romantic or lovey dried up. But then I realized there was an endless amount of books that I haven’t read and began to think of the books that I am curious about. And as I began to check out Goodreads and look at the books hiding on my shelves, I realized there were a few on my TBR. There are also the books I want to check out because of the hype.

I wasn’t planning on getting on the Bridgerton band wagon, but I heard so much about the hit show on Netflix. So inevitably I got bored one night and began to play it. Let’s just say by the next day I finished the season and I was hooked. Then I found out it’s a book series! You know I am not one for reading a series, but this one, I got to check out. I am even tempted to just buy the whole damn series so I can just read them in one fell swoop.

Another book I have seen making its rounds that has made me a bit curious. Also I have seen the movie and while it was everything I thought it would be, I am even more curious to read the book.

I liked the Grey series… sorry, not sorry. I have been curious about E L James’ most recent book that came out. I have been biding my time. I will get to it eventually.

Can someone please tell me why I still have not read this book? I just can’t seem to finish this series. If you remember a little over a year ago, I read book 1&2 and was planning to read the third, but never did. I do want to check it out and everyone says the third book is really good. One of these days.

I was Team Edward all the way so I am excited to read the latest book in the Twilight series that is from his perspective. I have only been wondering what he’s been thinking for years now.

I have had this book on my TBR list on Goodreads for a while. I even own a copy of the book. I have seen amazing reviews, so I definitely want to check it out.

I saw the movie years ago but there is something about the book that intrigues me. Every time I see it, I always say to myself that I have to read it. I definitely want to check it out.

I have read a few of John Green’s books. I am not a die-hard fan but “Looking for Alaska” is one that I have heard about enough that I eventually want to check it out.

This book has gotten brought up as a potential read in book club and now I am curious. I have heard really good things about it.

This is one classic love story I have yet to read. And honestly I am tired of hearing about Heathcliff and not knowing who he is. I need to know. It seems like this is a book that you either love or hate, from what I have heard. I am hoping that I love it.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What books do you recommend? Let’s discuss!

‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic’ by Andrew Cuomo

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a year since the coronavirus changed our way of life. For New York, the invisible threat was a little late, with our first case starting in March, but we were one of the first major outbreaks in the country. Yet, I can still remember it like yesterday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began his daily press conferences, updating New Yorkers on what was happening in the state, how many new cases there were each day, the number of deaths and how they were trying to handle it. For four months, I watched every single press conference along with our County Executive’s press conferences so I could provide updates to the members of the County Legislature, so they can be better informed for their local constituents.

Cuomo’s book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” starts with inevitable early morning phone call on March 1, informing him that New York had its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 and then goes from there. In a diary sort of setup, each chapter is an important date, with the number of cases and death. He recaps the major points in the COVID-19 journey from the first cluster that hit Westchester, NY and caused the first “lockdown” to the shutdown of the entire state, what he ends up calling New York on PAUSE.

What makes this book interesting is the behind the scenes decisions that were being made as New York had to deal with each new crisis as it unfolded, even as Cuomo has to deal with his own family and staff that were being exposed or infected. Cuomo goes into detail about his negotiations with the federal government, particularly with President Trump and he doesn’t hold back on his derision for the decisions that were being made. He goes into the conflicts he had in making certain decisions and how at times he didn’t agree with any of the options laid out before him.

Cuomo has gotten some criticism for writing this book before the pandemic was officially over, but I think the intention of the book was not to take a victory lap but merely to describe how New York got over the first wave. Of course this book is a bit subjective as it is his personal account and there are a few times where he seems to be patting himself on the back, but honestly this book is merely a recap of what happened during those first few months.

Recently, there has been more and more news that has come out about those decisions, particularly about the nursing homes. Some of it he explains in the book, but it will be interesting how it plays out.

To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Cuomo previously, but I think he did step up and lead during the crisis. I honestly believe he was doing the best he could given that this was an entirely new virus, and that goes for a lot of our officials – at least the ones that acknowledged that the virus was real and was trying to stop it. He was a calming voice who was trying to reassure people who didn’t understand what was going on. No one knew what they were doing. So were mistakes made? Most definitely. But that is what happens when local officials have to figure it out as they go along.

This is just one individual’s perspective and I am sure more and more books will be coming out about what has happened. Cuomo’s book is just a part of the narrative. Whether you choose to read it or not is completely up to you.

Books written before I was born I want to read

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl, it’s all about the books written before we were born that we have read or want to read. I decided to focus my list on the books I want to read that are currently on my bookshelves. Except I am now feeling old because all the books I have that were published before 1987 are classics. Hmmm.

Farewell My Lovely‘ by Raymond Chandler (1940)

I think I received this book in a book swap some time ago and I have even written about it as being one that I wasn’t interested in reading. However, I have seen nothing but good reviews about it and now I am intrigued. I may read it one of these days.

The Golden Notebook‘ by Doris Lessing (1962)

Another book I bought that I have yet to read. However, I may do so sooner than I thought as this is on the list of future reads for the Modern Library Book Club.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn‘ by Betty Smith (1943)

I have seen this book on so many must read lists that I eventually just bought it. I figured that if I had it on my shelf I would read it. I don’t know why I haven’t yet. Even though it’s another highly rated book, I think I am afraid that I am not going to like it.

The Good Earth‘ by Pearl S. Buck (1931)

There is something about this book. I have had it on my shelves for years but I really do want to get to it.

Watership Down‘ by Richard Adams (1975)

I am going to be honest here and I bought this book originally because it was a classic and it had been on another one of those must read lists. I didn’t know what it was about nor had heard much about it. Lo and behold when I went and did my research, it’s about animals, more specifically rabbits and “bad-ass rabbits” at that. It had rave reviews. Now I want to read this book more than ever.

The Hobbit‘ by J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)

I absolutely loved “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, both the books and the movies. While I couldn’t get into the Hobbit movies, but I really want to read the book. I loved Tolkien’s writing and I really want to know the story of Bilbo Baggins.

A River Runs Through It‘ by Norman Maclean (1976)

I think I acquired this book at a library book sale because for some reason it sounded familiar to me. It kept on bugging until I finally looked it up and saw that it was a movie, which I think I saw. And if the book is anything like the movie, I think I am going to like it, maybe even more.

Things Fall Apart‘ by Chinua Achebe (1958)

We are going to be reading this book in my Modern Library Book Club at some point and I can’t wait. I have heard great things about this book.

The Sound and the Fury‘ by William Faulkner (1929)

I could have sworn that I read most of Faulkner when I was a teenager, but I can’t remember anything. I just think my little brain wasn’t ready for the words of Faulkner at the time. I had to read “As I Lay Dying” a year or so ago for book club and I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to read more of him. In fact I began to acquire his books at the local library book sales. And this one is probably one of his most known works.

The Jungle‘ by Upton Sinclair (1905)

Another book we are planning to read in The Modern Library Book Club in the next year and I can’t wait to read it. I may even read it sooner.

What books published before you were born do you want to read? Share your own Top Tuesday in the comments

My TBR for February 2021

2021 is starting to look good for me. I am feeling more and more like I have things under control in all aspects of my life and it just feels good. It helps for when work is extraordinarily stressful. I am finding that I can manage it better.

This has made me able to focus more on what I am reading and over the past weekend I have been plowing through books at a surprising rate. I am a book ahead on my Goodreads challenge, which hasn’t happened in a long time, and while this may not last, I am riding the wave for as long I can.

So when I looked at February I decided to add more books than usual on my list. In the past that has hurt me more than it has helped me, but given that I have already finished my February book club reads, most of the books on this list are personal reads or book club picks for next month.

Book Club picks

When She Woke‘ by Hillary Jordan

In the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club last month, we had a book selection event for the year. This was my pick which we will be discussing in March. I have been dying to talk about this book since I read it a few years ago. I am so glad to be rereading this book and will get a chance to share it with others. I just hope that I love it as much as I did the first time.

Nightwoods‘ by Charles Frazier

I have never heard about this book but it’s the March read for the Modern Library Book Club and considering all of the books have been 4-5 stars so far, I am optimistic that this one will be just as good.

Personal picks

The Space Between Worlds‘ by Micaiah Johnson

So the book is back, but I have already started reading this one and I am hooked. I am not too far along but already we are talking about 372 worlds and a person has a doppelganger on each one. You can’t travel to a world unless that doppelganger is dead. From the synopsis, the main character has 8 doppelgangers left and apparently one dies suddenly dies mysteriously. No need to say more. I want to find out what happens.

The Girl with the Louding Voice‘ by Abi Dare

I was at a loss of what else to read this month and then I saw this book sitting on my book shelf. It is one that I have been wanting to read for awhile and never seem to be able to fit it in. I am so glad that I can now.

Into the Wild‘ by Jon Krakauer

Since I am trying to read more nonfiction and none were on the list for book club, I decided to pluck one from my personal bookshelf. I have been wanting to read more Krakauer since I was first introduced to his writing style in “Missoula”. While it was a hard book to get through given the subject matter, Krakauer’s writing style was objective while painting a clear picture on what happened, based on facts. I have heard so many good things about this one.

Brave New World‘ by Aldous Huxley

I have been meaning to read this book for a while and it’s one on my Classics Club list which I am trying to get through. Also, I have been on a dystopian kick as of late, if this reading list is any indication.

What books are you reading in February? Have you read any on this list? What did you think?

Reading wrap-up for January 2021

It’s the end of January and things are starting to look up all around. We have a new president, which couldn’t come soon enough given the unfortunate events that this country started the year with. The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed and the numbers of cases have started to go down nationwide. In fact, places are starting to lift restrictions.

The NY Governor just announced yesterday that weddings at 50 percent, or under 150 guests, will be allowed starting in March, albeit with some restrictions. Which means all systems are a go for my wedding celebration in May. I say celebration because we got married in a small civil ceremony in 2020, but now we can have the big shabang. YAY! I couldn’t be happier because my husband and I have seriously talked about canceling all-together and just put the money toward a house, which we hope to buy by the end of the year.

I am still on track with my life. I staying organized, and I have gotten back on track with eating right. In fact, I have lost some weight and I feel great. Work is still busy but I just take it one day at a time as much as possible. I am also keeping better track of my hours so I can balance out the work/life balance and even started to take days off when I need them.

As for my reading, I am happy to say that has started out well. I slowed down at the end of the month, only because the book I was reading was soo slow. Suffice it to say I didn’t finish it but I will explain in a bit. For now, here is what I did read

Modern Library’s Book Club January pick was “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which I loved. I fell in love with all the characters in this book, except for Nurse Ratched of course. The fact that it’s based in a mental institution made this book a page turner because you never knew what was going to happen next, especially with the main character, McMurphy, causing all sorts of trouble, as he tries to best Ratched. Yet at the same time, Kensey does a great job highlighting the truths around mental institutions. I go more into this in my review.

This was for the Society of Avid Readers Across the Hudson (SARAH) Book Club and a reread for me. I actually really liked it, especially because of how it highlighted how life on a reservation affects the Native Americans that live there. It’s based on true events and focuses on a Native American teenager who leaves the reservation to attend a “white” school. There were mixed reactions in book club about this book. You can read all my thoughts in my review.

I forgot to put this one on the reading list but “Such A Fun Age” is going to be the discussion book February for the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club and for the SARAH book club (two book clubs reading the same book at once is a first). This book made me so angry. It goes into the topic of racism and white privilege and at one point I just wanted to scream at every character in this book to just the hell up. The assumptions and the accusations that follow were infuriating to say the least. Over all the book was really good but I seriously can’t wait to talk about this one. This should make for an interesting book club review.

If there is one author I would like to talk to, it’s Cormac McCarthy. He has a way of describing the sordid nature of humans that leaves you disgusted, yet going back for more. In ‘Child of God’ he talks about Lester Ballard, who roams the woods of Tennessee after released from jail on a false rape accusation. McCarthy’s writing is crisp in its detail so that you can hear the crunch of the leaves as you are walking or the trickle of water from a nearby creek. You can smell wood burning or the rancid smell of the dying. This was the February pick for the Modern Library Book Club and I can’t wait to hear what everyone thought.

“American Crisis” was my nonfiction personal pick for the month and it was a quick read. Cuomo basically gives a journal perspective of the COVID-19 crisis in NY starting on March 1, 2020, the first day that NY has a confirmed case. Each chapter marks another pivotal day in the crisis, what happened and how he has to handle it. Having watched every single press conference Cuomo had from March to June, many of the things he discusses are familiar but it’s interesting to read what was going on behind the scenes from dealing with friends and family getting exposed, to his discussions with President Trump. Cuomo gets a lot of criticism for writing a book about a pandemic that isn’t really over yet, but the purpose of this book is to highlight the challenges NY faced at the start of the virus, during the first way. I should have a review of this soon.

This is the book that I didn’t finish and I am not sure that I will. I was excited to read another book by Charlotte Bronte and “Shirley” was the book chosen for the latest Classic Club spin. What I didn’t count on was the book being so slow. By the time you are introduced to Shirley, you are almost halfway through the book and I was already over it. I explain more in my review.

In addition to reading, I watched a lot of movies and shows this month but my two favorites include:

  • Mulan (2020)
    • I absolutely loved this live action version. While the original animated version will always be close to my heart, I felt they did a great job on telling the story in this version without all the singing and the talking animals. It’s one of my favorites of the live action remakes.
  • Bridgerton
    • I seriously wasn’t planning on getting on this hype train but then I got curious. One episode and I sucked in, completing the season in two days. If you love period romance stories, you will love this show. I love that they tell this through the allusive Lady Whistledown (narrated by Julie Andrews) All I can say is I WANT MORE!!!

What did you read/watched this month? Have you read/watched anything on this list? What did you think?

‘Shirley’ by Charlotte Bronte

I was first introduced to Charlotte Bronte in high school with “Jane Eyre”, one of my all-time favorite classics book, and one that I have read multiple times. I figured now was the time to try to read something else by Charlotte Bronte. Some of her books are on my reading list for The Classics Club and as luck would have it, “Shirley” got picked for the latest CC Spin and we had 9 weeks to read it. Easy enough.

So here we are, January 30th, and I am sorry to say that I have yet to finish it and I am even debating whether to set it aside for good. I’m so disappointed with this read and honestly, I am kind of bored with it at this point.

For one thing, the pacing of this book is sooo slow and while I understand some authors want to unfold story little by little, I feel that it takes forever to get to the character for which this book is named. Shirley is not introduced to the reader until halfway through. Rather it would seem that the main character is Caroline as we learn about all about her and she becomes front and center to the story. Even when Shirley is first introduced, the author narrates Caroline’s movements more.

While I know that this is the point in the book where things may pick up, I feel like I shouldn’t have to work so hard. I can’t relate to any of the characters and honestly feel like Caroline’s story line has gone flat. Basically, she is in love with Robert Moore and her woes as she tries to make him see her in the same way. Nothing new has happened in the last 50 or so pages. I want to keep reading but I am afraid to be disappointed if nothing changes.

This is becoming more of a rant than a review at this point, so I will leave it here. I am going to keep the book to the side and pick it up at random, with the hope of eventually finishing it. Perhaps I may surprise everyone in a few months with a new review. Or I may DNF it permanently. Whatever its fate, I am just glad that “Jane Eyre” was my first Charlotte Bronte read.

Have you read “Shirley”? Are there any other Charlotte Bronte books I should try? Let’s discuss?

Book Club Discussion: ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book. I thought I had read it before and I couldn’t remember it. Usually, a book I like leaves some type of impression on me, but even rereading it for book club, I didn’t remember anything. However, I actually liked it this time around.

It’s a coming-of-age story about a teenage Native American boy who tries to break away from the life he lives on the Spokane Indian reservation. Junior aka Arnold has dreams of one day going off to do bigger and better things, but he knows that if he doesn’t leave the reservation, he is destined to follow in the footsteps of many before him. So he goes to Reardon High School, a school 45 minutes away, where he is the only Native American at the school. However, Junior quickly learns to navigate the dual life he now lives and is the better for it.

For me, I liked how the author brings to light the challenges Native Americans face and how they have been affected by alcohol, casinos and just living on a reservation in general. The fact that it is semi-autobiographical makes it all the more meaningful.

I also liked watching Junior grow through this book, especially while he is at Reardon. The author did a good job pointing out that although Junior is Native American, he is just like any other teenage boys who thinks about girls, sports, friends and just navigating his tumultuous teenage years.

I was one of the few in book club who did like the book. However, there was a pretty even split in terms of this book. Those who liked it thought it was an important work about Native American life and one of the few that were around. Those who didn’t like it, thought that they would have probably enjoyed it better if they were younger. Others didn’t like Junior and his attitude and couldn’t connect with the characters at all.

And then during the book club discussion, one of the organizers read up on the author and found out that he had been accused of sexual harassment in 2018. This created a whole new debate as to whether we could separate the works from the author. Some argued that since this was semi-autobiographical you couldn’t and some who liked the book before regretted doing so now that they knew about the authors’ actions. Others continue to defend the book, arguing it was still just as important because it was one of the few about Native American life that needed to be told.

Usually we would go on to dissect the book, but after this discovery, the discussion began to swing to other works that we were reading and recommendations for future reads. I was kind of disappointed because I thought there was so much to discuss in this book.

New-to-me authors I read in 2020

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl, was a little challenging, mainly because most of the books I read in 2020 were from my favorite authors. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it to 10 but there were a few that I completely forgot were new to me.

  1. Christina Baker Kline – I finally got around to reading “Orphan Train” last year and it became one of my favorite reads of 2020. I know that Kline recently came out with another book and to say that I am excited to read it is an understatement.
  2. Ann Napolitano – I honestly never heard of Napolitano until I had to read her newest book “Dear Edward,” which also made to my favorites of 2020. I was surprised to learn that Napolitano has two other novels out. I think I may have to check them out.
  3. Madeleine Miller – I know that many of Miller’s books have been on raved about for a few years. I’m not one to read fantasy or greek mythology but thanks to book club, I ended up reading “Circe”. I didn’t think I was going to like it and ended up loving it.
  4. Susan Orlean – Loved “The Library Book” which I acquired through a care package from friends during the COVID-19 crisis. It was another book that I thought I wasn’t going to like because it was nonfiction and ended up loving it. It even made it to my favorites list for nonfiction.
  5. Delia Owens – We had to read “Where the Crawdads Sing” for book club. Owen’s writing is absolutely beautiful and I was surprised that it was her first fiction book. She seriously needs to write another.
  6. Kristin Hannah – I know that Hannah has been around for awhile. In fact, I have been wanting to read her books for years, but for some reason I never got around to it. Thank goodness for book club because we got to read “The Great Alone” and I absolutely loved it. I totally plan to check out her other books. She even has a new book coming out later this year.
  7. Tayari Jones – I had no plans to read “An American Marriage” but then when I received it in the care package, I thought why not. I remembered all the hype about it and though I was late to the party, I wasn’t disappointed. Jones has created characters that you love and hate and weaves a story that makes you look at things in all perspectives. I am glad I learned that she has written other novels because I plan to check them out soon.
  8. Pat Barker – I had never heard of Pat Barker before until we had to read “Regeneration” in book club. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am even considering reading some of her other works, especially the continuation of this trilogy.
  9. Shirley Jackson – Why it has taken me so long to read any of Jackson’s works I have no idea. I finally got around to reading “The Haunting of Hill House” and I definitely want to read more of her works.
  10. Stephanie Garber – Ok, so I have repeatedly seen “Caraval” make the rounds in the book blogosphere. I wasn’t planning to read “Caraval” but when I received it as a gift, I figured I would give it a try. And I am sorry to say that I just didn’t enjoy it. It’s not to say that I wouldn’t read any other works by Garber but the Caraval series stops with book one for me.

What new authors did you read in 2020? Are any on this list? Let’s discuss!

My favorite books of 2020

So I wasn’t planning on looking back on 2020 but I realized that I never shared my favorite books of the year. Even though I didn’t read as many books as I normally do, I still read some really good books and I have since added to my shelves. All of these books were 5 stars and in no particular order, as I seriously couldn’t rank them. There are so many books that I could have added to this list but I am going to leave it at 10.

This was one of my favorite nonfiction books of the year. Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” was more than I thought it would be. It’s not your typical memoir which only focuses on her life. I was surprised by how relatable the story was and I think that is what makes this book so appealing. Not only does Michelle go into her life but she presents challenges that many of us face, especially women and people of color. I found it inspiring and I found a whole new respect for her.

“Dear Edward” was my first book club read of the year and it didn’t disappoint. This book took my breath away in more ways that one and I absolutely loved it. Not going to lie that it is sad, since it is about how a young boy has to live after being the only survivor of a plane crash. But more so, this book is about hope and finding the will to survive. At times this book made me so sad but the ending is bittersweet. It’s a book that will stick with you long after you read it.

Celeste Ng is seriously on my top 10 authors list. I fell in love with her first book “Everything I Never Told You” and she didn’t disappoint in “Little Fires Everywhere.” This book sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the end of the book. She creates such realistic characters that you think they are your friends, until they are your enemies. I think every character in this book went through a love/hate relationship with me.

I still can’t believe I almost didn’t read this book and I am so glad that my book club is now going to read it next month. I have been dying to talk about this since reading it. Tayari creates a situation where noone is right and noone is wrong. She says she does this on purpose, and I love that she did because it forces you to think from both perspectives.

Once again, Backman doesn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved “Anxious People”. Backman has a way of making you fall in love with his characters so that you don’t want to let them go. It’s about a group of strangers at an apartment viewing who are held hostage by a bank robber, who had no intentions of robbing a bank or holding anyone hostage. Throughout the book we get to know each individual and how, even though they are strangers, they all have a story.

This story was just beautiful from the writing to the characters and everything in between. I still find myself thinking about it so many months later. It’s another dual storyline that intertwine together – one of Kya, a young girl who grows up alone on the marsh, and the other of a murder investigation. As soon as I was done with it, I started recommending it.

I went from thinking I was not going to like this book to it now being on my favorites list of the year. I loved how Orlean not only told the history of the San Francisco library fire but weaved her own personal experiences with libraries as well as how libraries function and how they are more than a repository for books.

It took me forever to get to this book but better late than never. Kline is brilliant in how she weaves a story of the past and a story of the present together. This whole book is one big puzzle and the readers gets a new piece of that puzzle with each new chapter. Every time I thought I had this book figured out, I would ifnd something new. The ending was just beautiful.

Sue Monk Kidd is another author on my top 10 favorites list because her books just get better and better. I loved “Invention of Wings,” but I think this book is just as good, if not better. It is the story of Ana, the wife of Jesus of Nazareth. When Ana introduces herself in the opening lines of the book, I was hooked. And Kidd’s writing is so vivid that you think that you right in biblical times. Every time I looked up from this book, I would have to blink a few times to realize that I was in 2020. This was the perfect book to escape the pandemic from and I was sad that it had to end.

It’s kind of ironic that I started the year by reading Michelle Obama’s book and end the year with Barak Obama’s book. It is hard to put into words what I thought of “A Promised Land” only because I don’t think I can do it justice. It was so interesting to hear Obama’s side of things when it came to the campaign, economic recession of 2008, Deepwater Horizon spill, the partisanship and political divisions of Congress (back before it was as bad as it is now), and so much more. It makes you wonder, how much do you really know? Sure we try to be informed by reading/listening to different news sources but the media doesn’t even know the full picture. It’s why I started reading the Presidential autobiographies when they come out.

What are your favorite reads of 2020? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

TTT: Books I meant to read in 2020 but didn’t get to

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl, I couldn’t help but cringe a little. I know for a fact, based on the number I was shy in my Goodreads challenge, this wasn’t going to be fun. Yet, upon looking back there weren’t a lot of books that I planned to read and didn’t get to in 2020. I think because I kept putting the same books on my monthly TBRs until I did read them or I just didn’t do the seasonal TBRs for the simple reason that when I make the list I don’t read them. Even so, I still managed to fill the list, because let’s face it, aren’t there always book “we meant to get to?”

I swear when this book came out last year, I was going to read it immediately. It was one of those books that just called to me. Or so I thought. It sits on my bookshelf still waiting for it’s spine to be cracked open. Maybe this year.

I was super excited when this book was released. It was on my fall TBR and I went out and bought it shortly after it came out. I still haven’t gotten a chance to read it.

You should all know by now that I haven’t gotten to this book, given that it has been on my monthly TBR for three months in a row. It’s funny because I LOVED “Homegoing”. I’m chalking it up to the fact that I’m just not ready for it yet. When I do finally sit down to read it, I am going to love it all the more.

I read “Station’s Eleven” right before the pandemic hit (ironic, huh?) and loved it (well before I thought the events in the book were really happening). Anyway, when I learned shortly after finishing Mandel’s first book that I didn’t have long to wait to read her next one, I was glad. And yet, it’s so many months later and it’s yet to be in my crosshairs. Didn’t even make an attempt to buy the book, but I am sure I can loan it from the library at some point. Just looked and all the copies are on loan.

I absolutely loved “The Night Circus” and my husband was all so nice to make sure to get me a copy of this book for Christmas 2019. So why, guys, have I not read this book yet? It sits on my bookshelf judging me. Though my husband did buy me a copy of “The Night Circus” this Christmas so I am hoping a reread of that will give me the motivation to move on to “The Starless Sea.”

I had every intentions of reading this book, especially since the synopsis sounds intriguing. Yet, another book simply kept getting in the way.

Ok so this one is no fault of my own. This was a book club read and I planned to read it, especially because it would have been a great October read. However, the book store I ordered it from, never filled the order. Nor did I get any correspondence about the order being backordered. I think it’s all but lost at this point.

This one doesn’t necessarily fit the criteria since I did get to it, but just didn’t finish it. I haven’t DNF’d it, just laid it aside for awhile. I will get back around to it at some point.

“The Orphan Train” was another book I only read this year and loved it. And ironically, her newest book came out right around the same time. I did have this book in my hand at the bookstore a few months ago and yet I put it back. What is wrong with me?

I started this one for book club and didn’t finish. Not sure why. It was really good. I guess I am just not in the right head space at the moment. I seriously do want to finish it though because people keep alluding to how good it was, and I need to know what the hype is about.

So even though I didn’t get around to these books in 2020, that is not to say that I won’t in 2021. Last year, when I did the this type of post for the books I didn’t read in 2019, I ended up reading those books. So there tis hope yet.

What books didn’t you mean to read but didn’t get to in 2020? Have you gotten to any on this list? Let’s discuss!