2020 Books

  • Belles on Their Toes (Cheaper by the Dozen #2) by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (B-) In book two we’ve moved from fun, innocent efficiency stories to tales of death, smoking, and loneliness.
  • Crooked River by Preston & Childs (C+) After 99 severed feet wash up on Sanibel Island Pendergast is called to investigate in this ho-hum easy read thriller.
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (B) I kept forgetting this wasn’t a real band.
  • Dugan’s Bistro and The Legend of The Bearded Lady by Owen Keehnen (B+) Owen is keeping local Chicago LGBT history alive. This fascinating tale would be a great mini-series.
  • Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg (B) – Sweet, if not a bit frustrating follow-up to “Openly Straight” about a jock who’s figuring out his sexuality.
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather (D) – As much as I loved “O, Pioneers” was the amount I hated this drawn out clunker.
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston (A-) – The President’s son and the Prince of England fight and flirt in this engrossing YA novel.
  • The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson (and Michael Crichton but not really.) (C+) This sequel to the original has a great premise but I couldn’t get into this author’s writing style.
  • The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish (B+) – Tragedy forces Ethan and his family to move to Georgia where he meets a new friend and helps solve a mystery. Sweet and tragic.
  • The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers (B+) – Fascinating and easily digestible true story of one man’s crazy idea to restore the Yemini coffee market to it’s former glory.
  • The Next to Die by Sophie Hannah (D) – One of the most boring, nonsensical murder “mysteries” I have ever read. And the motivation was laughable. This is my first and subsequently last book by her.
  • Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz (B)- Aretha made him remove all of the controversial things from her autobiography so he published this unauthorized version.
  • Trace Elements by Donna Leon (B) – A dying woman’s cryptic confession leads Brunetti on a quest to put the pieces together about a potential murder.
  • The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor – (B) – Sweet, sad book about a special needs boy who moves to a new town after the death of his best friend.

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