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I’m not being very good about doing this regularly, am I?

  • Very Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
  • The Hotel Neversink, by Adam O’Fallon Price (Aug. 6, 2019)
  • The Devil’s Slave, by Tracy Borman (September 3, 2019)
  • The Nanny, by Gilly MacMillan (September 2019) Very twisty. A bit hard to keep track of the timelines, but a good read.
  • The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, by Eric Foner (September 2019)
  • The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna, by Mira Ptacin (October 2019) Fascinating corner of religion I know little about, once you get past Houdini’s attempts to expose fraudulent mediums.
  • The House of Brides, by Jane Cockram (October 2019)
  • If Only I Could Tell You, by Hannah Beckerman (October 2019)
  • The Dollmaker, by Nina Allan (October 15, 2019) A very strange book. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Took me a while to get through for a variety of reasons, but it held my interest in spite of the extended reading time.
  • The Painted Castle: A Lost Castle Novel, by Kristy Cambron (October 15, 2019)
  • Book of Colours, by Robyn Cadwallader (November 5, 2019)
  • The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Love, Royalty, Whiskey, & Cigarettes, by Georgie Blalock (November 2019)
  • The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History, by Kassia St. Clair (November 2019)
  • Invented Lives, by Andrea Goldsmith (November 5, 2019)
  • The Wicked Redhead, by Beatriz Williams (December 2019) I love a dual-timeline historical fiction! This is the sequel to “Wicked City,” and I do recommend reading them in order.
  • The Sacrament, by Olaf Olafsson (December 2019)
  • Oppo, by Tom Rosenstiel (December 2019) Third in a series of political thrillers. I went back and read the series from the beginning, and I recommend them all.
  • The Clergyman’s Wife: A Pride & Prejudice Novel, by Molly Greeley (December 2019) A lightweight, easy read, but it’s interesting to think about what “happily ever after” might look like in the five or six years after the end of Pride and Prejudice, and framing it from Charlotte Lucas’ perspective is a pleasantly unexpected take.
  • Lux, by Elizabeth Cook (February 2020)


Getting a new batch later this month at ALA Midwinter. And 2020 will bring the concluding installments of a few trilogies I’m loving – Wolf Hall (Mantel), Daevabad (Chakraborty) and, I think, The Poppy War (Kuang).