Aunt Marge and the kids read in 2021

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Aunt Marge and the kids read in 2021

Modificato: Gen 19, 10:46pm

I'm not sure which of the kids will join me this year, what with marriages, kids, adulthood and college. At least one, I think.

Modificato: Ago 1, 9:05pm

Margaret (age 72)
1. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny ***½
2. Anxious People by Frederick Backman ****
3. Recursion by Blake Crouch ****
4. Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz ****
5. Grass by Sheri S. Tepper ****½
6. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson ****½
7. The Unwilling by John Hart ****
8. Dear Child by Romy Hausmann ****
9. The Survivors by Jane Harper ***½
10. Before Mars by Emma Newman ****
11. Salt Lane by William Shaw ****
12. Atlas Alone by Emma Newman ***½
13. The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown ****
14. Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up by Lesley Blume ***½
15. From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans ***½
16. Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff ***½
17. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams ****½
18. A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion ****
19. Ocean Prey by John Sandford ***½
20. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky *****
21. Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells ***
22. What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins *****

Caitlin (age 20)
1. Hunted (Wattpad) *****
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ****
3. The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright ***
4. Remain Nameless *****
5. All You Want ****
6. The 7.5 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton ****
7. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk ***
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie *****
9. Silencio ****
10. Draconian ****
11. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller *****
12. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins *****

Kristen (age 30)
1. Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien ****

Modificato: Gen 19, 10:48pm

This year I'm going to do fewer reviews, I think. Blame it on Covid ennui. However, I managed to snag an appointment for the first shot tomorrow, so perhaps my mood will lighten up. And, of course, tomorrow's Inauguration Day!!!!!!!!!

I started the year by reading:

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny ***½ 1/12/21

It's an early entry in her Three Pines mystery series, so I was just filling in, since I've read all the later ones.

Anxious People by Frederick Backman **** 1/19/21

Do you find the "Who's On First" skit funny? Well, there are sections of this that border on that insanity, and they were some of the most delightful parts of this tale of a confused bank robber, uncooperative (and unscared) hostages, and a father-and-son police duo dealing with the aftermath of one small mistake. All the characters are connected through various events or make new connections in the day of the robbery, and although there are scenes the reader might think a bit boring, they all feed into later revelations about the characters' lives. A lovely, amusing story about why we end up in the predicaments we do and how we can get out of them with a bit of a nudge.

Gen 20, 9:24am

Wishing you a belated happy new year! I mostly lurk, but I do enjoy your thread...

Gen 20, 1:46pm

Nice to see your thread. It is Inauguration Day. Finally!

Gen 21, 10:04am

>3 auntmarge64: "It's an early entry in her Three Pines mystery series, so I was just filling in, since I've read all the later ones."

I started the Three Pines series that way, too - by reading a bunch of them out of order before going back to the beginning and reading the ones I'd missed. I'm a few behind now, though.

Modificato: Gen 21, 9:40pm

>4 Dilara86: Thanks! Do you live in France or one of the French-speaking countries? (I'm just guessing from your profile page.)

>5 dchaikin: Hi Dan. Yeah, I got a late start this year, but I'm starting to check out others' threads. See you over at yours.

>6 Julie_in_the_Library: I definitely like the later ones better, since I'm more of a dark murder mystery fan and the early Three Pines books seem kind of tame to me. But I especially like the French Canadian atmosphere and locale.

Gen 21, 9:49pm

Recursion by Blake Crouch **** 1/21/21

A suspenseful, fast-moving tale of scientists experimenting with using strong memories at the time of death to time travel to the past in order to change the outcome of events. Requires a bit of attention to follow as the characters' actions change the present and the remembered past.

Gen 21, 11:24pm

Good to see you here again this year and very glad to hear you (are now perhaps) getting the vaccine soon.

Gen 23, 3:32am

>7 auntmarge64: Yes, I live in Western France :)

Gen 30, 7:34pm

Just stopping in (finally) to say I'll stop by once in a while to see what you are reading. Hope your winter is not treating you too badly.

Modificato: Feb 13, 3:14pm

Hello auntmarge64! Happy belated New Year. I hope all is well with you.

>8 auntmarge64: I tried recursion on audio when it 1st came out but it had a slow start for me and I didn't get much further. Perhaps I won't need to give it another try.
I have been catching up on seasons 4 and 5 of The Expanse. Have you seen it?

Mar 17, 3:25pm

Hi Margaret - I missed you. It seems like your year is starting with some good reading.