Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade - my 70th and taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Books Read 2021

My 2021 list of books with a bit of commentary on occasion.  * are ones I'd recommend highly.

16. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles* [Another WWII story in Paris involving the real American Library but combined with story from the 1980s Montana.  This was a very good book and for once the heroine wasn't perfect.]

15. Three Ordinary Girls by Tim Brady [Non-fiction about three Dutch young women who joined the resistance during WWII.  Would have been better if written as a narrative non-fiction. I had to scan some to get to story.]

14. Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah [Too unbelievable. She got batter as a writer.]

13. Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz* [If you like mysteries this is for you.  Horowitz has written lots of mysteries including TV series and does a fin job with "who dun it".]

12. The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck* [This was a self-published novel that I read for my April book club discussion.  It's gripping.  Another title could be The Education of Cora Lee.  Everyone in my group liked it.  Word is it's to be made into a movie.]

11. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah* [THis is on the best seller list for a reason.  It's a compelling tale of the Depression/Dust Bowl.  I learned a lot about what happened to those farmlands as I read the very sad story of those affected.]

10. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson [another read for my brother's book discussion.  Written in 1912 it's not clear it's fiction until you read Johnson's bio.]

9. To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith

8. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann [a non-fiction about the murders of the Osage Indians in the 1920s and how the FBI came to solve the case.]

7. Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson [Read at my brother's request for a family book discussion.]

6. This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear [Her memoir]

5. The Light over London by Julia Kelly

    [Using a common device employed by many authors of telling two stories from two different times and interweaving them, Kelly tells a good story.  It was fairly light reading after the heavy reading of #4 above.  An enjoyable book and a freebie gift from another blogger.]

4. In the Garden of Beasts - Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

    [If you don't know anything about the period when Hitler came to power this is a good narrative history book to read.  Using the diaries of the American ambassador William Dodd and his daughter, Martha, Larson brings that time into perspective.  It's not comfortable reading because of Hitler and his minions and for the bigotry shown among Americans towards Jews.  There are many parallels to the last 4 years here in the USA.]

3. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger *

    [Coming of age, unrelated orphans, Depression era, wickedness, redemption are all wrapped up in this book.  I'd wished it moved a bit faster but in the end I did like the book very much.]

2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet *

    [An incredible yet believable story of twin sisters deemed black only because of the prejudices of our history and forced choices of their parents.  As adults one chooses to be white and disappears from the other.  Believable because that's what some of the children of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings did. This is a story worth reading.]

1. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith

    [ This was a second or even third read of this book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I have a slew of these books and go back to them over the years to reread when I can't find anything else I like.]

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