Books Read In October, November & December 2020.

Here are the last few books I finished in 2020. In the end I have read 34 books out of the 35 I challenged myself to read on Good Reads. 📚 So close!

The Misinterpretation Of Tara Jupp ~ Eva Rice ( 2008). Tara Jupp is wisked away from her cosy life in the country to spend a lively glamerous time in London , when her talent for singing is discovered. This is a coming of age story set in the 50s & 60s. Our heroine navigates a budding career, falling in love, and tries to make sense of the complicated relationships of those around her . There are reoccurring characters from Rice’s more satisfying novel ‘ The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets’. ⭐⭐⭐

We Have Always Lived In The Castle ~ Shirley Jackson( 1962) When reading the first paragraph of this strange gothic tale , you find out that the narrator is called Mary Katherine Blackwood ( Merricat) and she likes her sister Constance, Richard Plantagenet and Amanita phalloides , the death-cap mushroom. The much depleted Blackwoods live exiled from the nearby village ,where tongues wag due to the unfortunate deaths of most of the family, whilst at dinner. I immensingly enjoyed this eerie unforgettable book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Poem For Every Autumn Day ~ Allie Esiri ( 2020). A gorgeous collection of poems, sometimes more than one for each day, through September, October & November. A book to dip into once the leaves turn golden brown. Allie Esiri has put together poetry from well known and lesser known writers, occasionally the poems recollect a particular occasion in history and at other times, the simple joys of Autumn. A lovely birthday present, I have been inspired to purchase the Winter volume since. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From : My Life As A Co Star ~ Judy Greer ( 2014). I honestly have asked the question “Where do I know That Actress From? ” about Judy Greer, as she has a habit of popping up in just about every American Sit Com going , as well as in a number of rom coms , usually playing the female leads quirky best friend. Judy’s memoirs are funny and down to earth, she definitely comes across as someone you’d want to be mates with in real life. Disappointingly she isn’t one to dish the dirt on her Hollywood co stars, but that does make her refreshingly likeable. ⭐⭐⭐

The Wild Silence ~ Raynor Winn( 2020). When Raynor Winn and her terminally ill husband Moth became homeless they decided to walk the South West Coastal Path. Raynor’s evocative account of their epic trek is told in ‘ The Salt Path’ and this is the anticipated follow-up. What happens next for the couple who found hope and temporary respite via walking & wild camping in nature? Another engaging read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Have you read any of these books? ❤️

19 thoughts on “Books Read In October, November & December 2020.”

  1. I haven’t read any of those books, although I have The Salt Path in my sights. I didn’t know there was a follow up. I have just finished The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes which is our next book group title. I have never read any of her other books and had her wrongly pigeon holed as chick lit, but I would definitely read more now. I laughed and cried and didn’t want it end! (Spoiler – it has a library in it, but it wasn’t me who picked it!)

    1. Did JoJo Moyes write Me Before You? Or was that someone else? That is an emotional story. I highly recommend The Salt Path , glad you have it in your sights. X

  2. I’ve read The Salt Path but didn’t know there was a sequel. I’ll have to look it up. I just finished the prequel to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Evening and The Morning. I think it was as long and a very enjoyable read but somewhat disappointingly predictable. The good guys are good and the baddies are going straight to hell but the research he does in this, my favourite era, makes it worth reading.

  3. I haven’t read any of these but I have read ‘Me before You’ and really enjoyed it. It’s always good to see what other people read and enjoy as I do tend to find myself sticking with the same authors … mainly mainstream I must confess 😃

  4. The wild silence. Which I felt was quite different from the first book (Salt Path) once I realised that, and treated at a completely different book rather than a ‘part 2’ or in this case a prequel, then it was ‘ok’. Not read the others but at moment have Gyles Brandreth’s ‘Dancing by the Light of the Moon’ and ‘The unremembered places in Scotland’ by Patrick Baker by my bedside which I am working through 🙂

  5. I’ve not read any of these books but would like to read the Salt Path one day. Well done in your challenge. I’ve given up on my reading challenge, just couldn’t focus! xx

    1. I have challenged myself to read 30 books instead of 35. We shall see! What you need is a really good book to keep you interested. Have you read We have always lived in the castle? It’s short and a real page turner, I think. X

  6. Well done on your reading. Everyone seems to have read a good amount last year except me, who didn’t read a single novel or biography. I’ve been too uptight with all that’s been happening & had to keep doing as I couldn’t sit still. A few of the books on blogs have sounded interesting. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

  7. The Judy Greer memoirs look interesting. Whenever I see her in a film, I think, “There’s that lady again.” It would be good to learn more about her, especially if, as you say, she doesn’t dish the dirt.

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