Random stuff, reflections on the meaning of life and death, humour, self-deprecation, a bit of bad poetry.

My intention was to read 52 books this past year and I made it to 80.

I will continue reading throughout 2020 and hope that the cataract surgery that is pending will ease the distressing eye strain and blurriness I have been experiencing of late.

Impatient to begin a new list, I started the first book of 2020 yesterday evening. No loud ringing in the New Year for me, just the quiet turning of pages as a brand new story unfolds. I wear my party-pooper badge proudly; I will always chose a good book over a party.

Here is the entire list, the first eight months copied and pasted from a previous blog entry. There was only one real dud on the list, identified with a thumb’s down but obviously somebody somewhere enjoyed that book. If the book has a heart next to it, it simply means that reading it caused something to shift inside me, permanently. Doesn’t mean it will do the same for you but on the off chance it might, I thought I would mention it.

Do feel free to share your own reflections/recommendations on what you read this past year, and of course, what you plan to read this decade.

Lastly, love to all my followers, whether you like to read, prefer to party or live a balanced life with a little of both. And gratitude for putting up with the introversion and anti-social tendencies that tend to go along with my passion for books.

Books Read 2019

  1. The Little Paris Bookshop — Nina George
  2. I Know You Know — Gillian MacMillan
  3. Life After Life — Kate Atkinson ❤️
  4. Big Magic — Elizabeth Gilbert ❤️
  5. And Then She Was Gone — Lisa Jewell
  6. Bridge of Clay — Markus Zusak
  7. Grit — Angela Duckworth
  8. The Marrow Thieves — Cherie Dimalin
  9. To the River — Olivia Laing
  10. The Atomic Weight of Love — Elizabeth J. Church
  11. Siddhartha — Herman Hesse
  12. Lying in Wait — Liz Nugent
  13. Less — Andrew Sean Greer
  14. The Woo Woo — Lindsay Wong
  15. A Noise Downstairs — Linwood Barclay
  16. Bird by Bird — Anne Lamott
  17. The Organist — Mark Abley
  18. Homes — Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah with Winnie Young
  19. The Haunting of Hill House — Shirley Jackson
  20. Brother — David Chariandy
  21. The Best Kind of People — Zoe Whittall
  22. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of War and Love — Lynsey Addario ❤️
  23. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye — David Lagercrantz
  24. All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr ❤️
  25. Songs for the Cold of Heart — Eric Dupont
  26. By Chance Alone — Max Eisen ❤️
  27. Life’s too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious — David Dark
  28. Agatha Christie — The Mystery of Three Quarters
  29. The Travelling Cat Chronicles — Hiro Arikawa
  30. Case Histories — Kate Atkinson
  31. Gift from the Sea — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  32. Under the Visible Life — Kim Echlin
  33. The War of Art — Steven Pressfield
  34. A Gentleman in Moscow — Amor Towles
  35. The Leopard — Jo Nesbo
  36. Gingerbread — Helen Oyeyemi 👎🏼
  37. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine — Gail Honeyman ❤️
  38. The Moon Before Morning — W.S. Merwin ❤️
  39. The Word Is Murder — Anthony Horowitz
  40. My Brilliant Friend — Elena Ferrante
  41. The Wild Edge of Sorrow — Francis Weller ❤️
  42. Warlight — Michael Ondaatje ❤️
  43. Flash Count Diary; Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life — Darcey Steinke
  44. Natural Causes — Barbara Ehrenreich ❤️
  45. Voices in the Air (poems for listeners) — Naomi Shihab Nye ❤️
  46. The Blue Between Sky and Water — Susan Abulhawa
  47. One Good Turn — Kate Atkinson
  48. When Will There Be Good News? — Kate Atkinson
  49. Grief is the Thing with Feathers — Max Porter ❤️
  50. Bird Therapy — Joe Harkness ❤️
  51. Lanny — Max Porter
  52. The Tattooist of Auschwitz — Heather Morris
  53. The Song of Achilles — Madeline Miller
  54. The Turn of the Key — Ruth Ware
  55. Deep Diversity (Overcoming Us vs. Them) — Shakil Choudhury ❤️
  56. #HashtagRelief — Blossom Thom (poetry) ❤️
  57. Crow — Ted Hughes (poetry) ❤️
  58. Started Early, Took My Dog — Kate Atkinson
  59. Baggage — Wendy Phillips
  60. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous — Ocean Vuong ❤️
  61. The Impossible Will Take a Little While — Paul Rogat Loeb
  62. All the Lives We Never Lived — Anuradha Roy
  63. Albatross — Terry Fallis
  64. The Overstory — Richard Powers
  65. Moon of the Crusted Snow — Waubgeshig Rice
  66. Fog — Rana Bose
  67. Crow Winter — Karen McBride
  68. The Poet X — Elizabeth Acevedo ❤️
  69. Create Dangerously — Edwidge Danticat ❤️
  70. Crow — Amy Spurway
  71. Night — Elie Wiesel ❤️
  72. The Crying Book — Heather Christle ❤️
  73. The Magic Lamp — Ben Okri
  74. Owls and Other Fantasies — Mary Oliver ❤️
  75. Aspirations: Voices of the Street 2019 — Megaphone’s annual literary anthology
  76. Year of the Monkey — Patti Smith
  77. Blue Nights — Joan Didion ❤️
  78. Normal People — Sally Rooney ❤️
  79. Breakfast at Tiffany’s — Truman Capote
  80. Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe — Stuart McLean
Awesome Christmas gift from my husband’s daughter and her partner.

8 thoughts on “Books Read in 2019

  1. Ian Hanchet says:

    You have heard of golf widows? Well I am a book widower. I am not complaining. I love the tranquility, and Sharon’s active intellect. Reading is a gift. My reading pales in comparison. I get behind in my subscription to the New Yorker and by the time I catch up and reach for a book, another New Yorker arrives.I think I read ten books last year.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bogeyandruby says:

      Aww … thank you for supporting my reading, sweet I. Unlike the golf widows, however, you can easily partake. Join me in 2020. ❤️


  2. Live & Learn says:

    Great list. Love your socks.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bogeyandruby says:

      Thanks so much, David! Already on book #2 this year. I need 7 pairs of those socks.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Kiki says:

    This is SO lovely – and I’m in joyful shock to see that out of the first 5 books on your list I have read 4 too….. how’s that – thinking that you’ve got a Swiss woman in front of you, living in France and finding it hard to get English books !!!!
    Shall sub immediately. You’re my kind of girl/man?!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bogeyandruby says:

      How marvellous! Welcome to my blog, Kiki! I am most definitely a middle-aged girl! I was in your country (Switzerland, I mean) in 1986 for a period of 24 hours in order to buy chocolate. I wrote about it recently. As I live in Quebec, I can read in French too but it always takes so much longer because that language is as voluminous as it is beautiful! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Kiki says:

    I want those socks too….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. bogeyandruby says:

      Hands down, my favourite Christmas present!

      Liked by 1 person

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