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PLEASE NOTE: I don’t end up keeping most of these. If you see one in the list that looks interesting to you, let me know and if I’ve still got it around, you may get lucky.

  • Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris (August 2018) A fascinating travelogue and memoir, and it’s kind of got me thinking about getting back on my bike.
  • All Happy Families, by Jeann McCullogh (August 2018) Oof. An interesting read about marriage, family, and heartbreak, dominated by the author’s kind of insufferable mother.
  • The Man Who Couldn’t Miss: A Stewart Hoag Mystery, by David Handler (August 2018) Easy-read murder mystery, the tenth in the series. The narrator has a voice that reminds me of old radio dramas.
  • Another Woman’s Husband, by Gill Paul (August 2018)
  • Second Time Sweeter, by Beverly Jenkins (August 2018)
  • The Secret of the Irish Castle, by Santa Montefiore (August 2018)
  • Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine: Stories, by Kevin Wilson (August 2018) An oddball set of stories, but some really interesting ones, like one about a magic razor that takes the user back in time 24 hours, but there is, of course, a catch.
  • French Exit, by Patrick deWitt (August 2018) It’s possible I’ve taken an unfair dislike to this author, but I put this aside after about three pages.
  • Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago, by Max Allan Collins & A. Brad Schwartz (August 2018) As it turns out, I’m not very interested in gangsters. Readable, but did not finish.
  • Horse, by Talley English (August 7, 2018) Had trouble getting engaged in the narrative style, and got really confused about timelines. Did not finish.
  • Putney, by Sofka Zinovieff (August 2018) This book needs a trigger warning label. An unsettling look at the impact of childhood sexual abuse from a number of perspectives.
  • Ahab’s Return, or the Last Voice, by Jeffrey Ford (August 2018) Somewhere in between a sequel to Moby Dick and magical realism. A fascinating and deeply weird book.
  • Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories, by D. Wystan Owen (August 21, 2018) A collection of wistful stories focused on a coastal English town. Not sure short stories are my thing.
  • Annelies, by David R. Gillham (January 15, 2019) What if Anne Frank had survived Bergen-Belsen and come back to Amsterdam to reunite with her father? An emotionally wrenching look at survivor guilt and figuring out not just how to live after the camps, but why to keep living.
  • The Au Pair, by Emma Rous (January 8, 2019) Twisty turny mystery – the old picture shows the family on the day of the birth of twins Seraphine and Danny, but there’s only one baby. Where did the other one come from, and which of them is in the picture?
  • House of Stone, by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (January 2019) It’s getting good reviews on Goodreads, but I couldn’t get into it. Did not finish.
  • The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict (January 8, 2019) Novel about the life of Hedwig Kiesler, a.k.a. silver screen bombshell Hedy Lamarr, from her performance as Empress Elisabeth in early 1930s Austria to the sale of war bonds in America in 1942. What a fascinating life that woman had.
  • Bowlaway, by Elizabeth McCracken (February 2019) Decidedly odd multigenerational story surrounding a candlepin bowling alley in Massachusetts. Worth the read, even if I’m not entirely sure what to make of it all.
  • A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1), by Alyssa Cole (Undated) Frothy fun contemporary romance novel, and it’s VERY easy to imagine the stars from BLACK PANTHER in the main roles. Yum.
  • Red Sky at Noon, by Simon Sebag Montefiore (January 2, 2018) Ditched without starting. It’s the second in a trilogy and I wasn’t interested enough in the subject matter to read the first one.
  • The Lucky Ones, by Tiffany Reisz (February 13, 2018)
  • Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, by Sara Ackerman (February 13, 2018)
  • My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (April 2018)
  • The Overstory, by Richard Powers (April 2018)
  • Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang (April 2018) An interesting read when it stayed on topic, but some of its illustrative tangents went on a bit long for my taste. Still, it’s worth reading.
  • Ace of Shades, by Amanda Foody (April 10, 2018)
  •  A Necessary Evil (Wyndham, Book 2), by Abir Mukherjee (April 3, 2018)
  • Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, By Edward Lee (April 2018)

DAYS UNTIL I PICK UP THE NEXT BATCH OF ARCS: 25 (ALA Midwinter 2019, January 25-29, 2019)