My 100: Brief Notes on my 2020 Reads

A running list of the books I’ve read towards my goal of 100 books for 2020.

January

Coping with Prednisone by Eugenia Zukerman, Julie R. Ingelfinger, M.D.

After I was diagnosed in October of 2019 with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis I was put on a high-dose of prednisone starting on December 25, 2019. This book was invaluable to me. It let me know what I might expect in regards side effects, and had verified resources that I could follow up on. If you are taking prednisone for an extended period of time or put on high doses I would recommend reading this book and discussing with your doctor.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Holy Dante’s Inferno! Give me more Galaxy Stern! Leigh Bardugo weaved the perfect occult tapestry full of history, imaginary, and magic that I have only experienced in the best and rarest books… raw magic, that we mere mortals only dream of spring to life in Ninth House, and those monsters of the dark that are seen only by those gifted, or cursed. Or for those who continue to seek ways to see the “lost places, maybe even lost people who might come to life…” If only one can find the right magic words. The true challenge is telling who is evil, who the real monsters are. — Read Full Review

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

It took me a lot longer than expected to get into The Starless Sea, and I never did quite get wrapped up in the story. At first I wasn’t sure what it was, the style of writing, the cadence, but it is more complicated than that. I enjoyed all the little stories peppered throughout the myths and fables that come together was a real treat, and it was all those little tales that spoke to me. But, for me, the issue was with the main characters, that is where I was at a loss… there is no real development and I can’t figure out their motivations or purpose. I much would have rather read all the stories separated, putting them all together myself. Zachary Ezra Rawlins story never spoke to me… none of the focal characters did… In the end this book just wasn’t for me, but there is quite a bit about this book that I appreciate. — Read Full Review

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Born To Be Posthumous – The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery

 

February

The Saga of the Volsungs – Introduction and Translation by Jesse L. Byock

The Saga of the Volsungs is something I read every year, and every year I find I learn something new, and take something new from the tales of the Volsungs. My annotations, notebook, and love for this saga continues to grow every year.

in a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed

Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford

Sue Rainsford has managed to make it on to my list of favorites with her haunting and unnerving tale of Ada in Follow Me To Ground. Written in a lyrical prose that ensnared me from the beginning, I couldn’t put this one down. There was something about the idea of this non-human, and The Ground, that was unsettling, but spellbinding… as if you were walking through a beautiful nightmare. A felling of folklore, tales of warning, and a satisfying ending… I am a fan and will be reading anything Sue writes from here on out.

 

Siam Or the Woman Who Shot a Man by Lily Tuck

I don’t have much to say when it comes to Lily Tuck’s Siam. It was a quick read, but I didn’t really connect with it in any meaningful way. While I appreciated the writing, it really is well-written, and descriptions of the area, the plot itself didn’t strike a cord. I found myself more irritated by Claire’s interactions with her husband then interested in the disappearance of Jim Thompson. I was hoping for some history and a bit of mystery and felt like I only received an echo of both.

Creatures by Crissy Van Meter

I just finished Creatures by Crissy Van Meter. It is just as quoted by Kristen Arnett on the cover “A punch to the heart.” Both broken and beautiful at the same time, this novel had me feeling the pull of the tides, smell the salty air, and left me craving to be near the sea again. More than that, it had me feeling some raw human emotions for the life and coming of age tell of Evie and the depth of her thoughts and emotions on life, love, and how our parents can both love us and f**k us up. This book didn’t remind me of anything. It was original and quite refreshing. It is interesting and satisfying in how it was constructed, rhythmic in its flow between different times in ones life when the people who love us the most can be the ones who constantly let us down, and how we continue to love and forgive them.

March

Black Panther Red Wolf by Marlon James

Buddy Read Review / Discussion Coming Soon!

 

The Fellowship The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski

 

The Diary of Virginia Woolf – Volume One 1915-1919

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

April

May

 

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