Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers – Anna James (Harper Collins, 2018)
Strange Planet – Nathan Pyle (Morrow Gift, 2019)
Strange Hotel – Eimear McBride (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)
The Escapist – David Puretz (Global City Press, 2020)
100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism – Chavisa Woods (Seven Stories Press, 2019)
Introverted Mom – Jamie C. Martin (Zondervan, 2019)
Dear Girls – Ali Wong (Random House, 2019)
The Marrow Thieves – Cherie Dimaline (Dancing Cat Books, 2017)
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong (Random House, 2019)
The Truants – Kate Weinberg (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2020)
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride (Simon & Schuster Canada, 2014)
Did Not Finish:
It’s unusual for me to abandon three books in one month and even more unusual to do so with three books in a row. But, honestly, I have so many books I’m excited to read in 2020 that I’m okay with letting go of the books that don’t work for me.
We Wish You Luck – Caroline Zancan
(If I wanted to learn about a low-residency masters program for writers, I would do a low-residency masters program for writers. I got about 50 pages in and all that had happened was different characters were presented to us and we were told things about them. Like, did you know they are doing a low-residency masters program for writing? I’ve read The Secret History and this ain’t it.)
Disappearing Earth – Julia Philips
(This one’s on me. Simply not the right book for me, however good it might be. I read mostly positive reviews from Hannah and Callum and eagerly put this on hold at the library. I read the opening section and from the moment the strange man appeared on the beach, I couldn’t handle the tension. I’m told it’s not just about two little girls who are kidnapped but as a mom of two little girls, I feel this book is not currently for me. Maybe in twenty years…)
Agency – William Gibson
(Again, probably a great book for someone else but not for me. I’m not much of a science fiction reader but I thought I’d give this a shot since Gibson is such a big name in the sci-fi world. I just didn’t have the energy and/or focus to slog through all the world-explaining that science fiction requires and DNFed this one about 70 pages in.)
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant – Michel Tremblay
The No-Cry Sleep Solution – Elizabeth Pantley
Books Read: 11/100
Books Reviewed: 8/75
Writers Fest 2020: 3/8 (announced so far)
Current TBR: 195 (down 3 from the beginning of the year)
The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy
Those are library holds that have recently come in for me so I’ll have to get to them quickly. I’m on the list for Such a Fun Age and The Vagina Bible but I don’t expect either to come in any time soon.
Once I finish Bleak House I am thinking of attempting Ducks, Newburyport. One 500+ page book at a time is enough for me. The question is do I get it from the library and try to read it in 3 weeks or do I buy it new?
My next non-fiction read will be Hold on to Your Kids by Gabor Mate. This book has been recommended to me a dozen times and I bought a copy at Powells Books in 2017 but I’ve been saving it until my kids were older. Well, 2020 is the year Pearl starts kindergarten so I think the time has come.
As for ARCs, I’m actually pretty caught up at the moment. February should see me reading Last Impressions which has a pub date in March but other than that, none are pressing.
How was your reading month? What was your favourite book of January?