January 3rd, 2021

Carol Daryl

Books #59 to 70 for 2020

The remaining books that I read during October to December 2020; for full reviews, refer to my Livejournal, or Goodreads.

59. The Odyssey (Homer)

Re-read of this classic; it is quite dense, so I had to slow down a lot to make sure I didn’t miss anything; I found myself re-reading whole pages at times.

60. From a Low and Quiet Sea (Donal Ryan)

Novel with an experimental feel, with three different storylines about different characters, whose stories will inevitably dovetail into each other. Not the easiest of stories to follow though, and I won’t be rushing to read another of Donal Ryan’s novels.

61. 4 3 2 1 (Paul Auster)

Booker prize shortlisted novel with four separate versions of the main character’s life, in a similar spirit to “The Versions of Us”. Long, but engrossing, and the four different version are explained at the end.

62. What do Jesus' Parables Mean? (R.C. Sproul)

Short book explaining all of the parables written in the Bible; I was familiar with most, but found this to be a useful and comprehensive read.

63. The Killing Kind (John Connolly)

Third novel in the Charlie Parker series, dealing with a series of killings associated with a religious cult; just as gripping as the first two, though not for anyone with a fear of spiders.

64. Police at the Funeral (Margery Allingham)

Another book about the character Albert Campion, involving two murders affecting the same family; I found it easier to get into than “More Work for the Undertaker”, read earlier in the year.

65. The Waste Lands (Stephen King)

Third book in the Dark Tower series, which reintroduced the character Jake and introduced the villain the Tick Tock Man, and a train with an obsession for riddles. I’m looking forward to seeing how the series continues in “Wizard and Glass”.

66. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

Classic story that I wanted to re-read; unfortunately I bought a naff Kindle version that somehow ended up full of bizarre grammatical errors, evidently the result of being translated badly from another language. Some of the mistakes were hilarious, but overall it ruined by enjoyment.

67. What is Predestination? (R.C. Sproul)

Another Christian book, addressing the idea that some people are “chosen” by God; another difficult and challenging subject.

68. The Woman in Cabin 10 (Ruth Ware)

Murder mystery set on board a boat, where the main character’s judgement is bought into question; it sounded unoriginal at first, being another Rear Window-esque book, but had enough plot twists to keep me guessing.

69. The Story of Craft Beer (Pete Brown)

Short book about the modern fad that is craft beer; informative, but felt more like a textbook.

70. Winter (Ali Smith)

Follow up to “Autumn”; I’d expected a continuation of the first book, but it focused on different characters, but seemed to be loosely connected by the obscure artist who was mentioned. It was another challenging read, which jumped around in time, but I’m going to keep reading these, and see if any of the characters do eventually reappear in the later titles.