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I had not heard of Alison Bechdel- and those graphic novels look very good. Will have to see if my library has any. Hope the coming year has some great reads for you!


I totally agree with you that the less said about 2020 the better! Although my reading (and blogging) were totally off, there were some high spots. Oddly enough, I, too, finally read The Makioka Sisters last year (after several failed attempts!) and loved it. It was definitely a high note. Like you, however, I'm ready to put 2020 to bed and move on to 2021!


I am always looking for a new crime series with a female protagonist because Jane Casey, Deborah Crombie, and Julia Spencer-Fleming don't write fast enough for me but I could not get into the first Caz Frear book. I found all the characters so unlikable. I wasn't going to continue with the series but maybe I should give it another chance.


Our 2020 ended in disaster with my husband in the hospital for four days until about 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve and he's on PICC line antibiotics until February. His favorite writer is in the hospital with COVID-19. A dreadful year all told, especially the death toll.

My list for this year is here:


Oh did not know Alison Bechdel had a new book. Will be looking for that one. You are right, let's move on from 2020. What a crazy year. I was totally off my mark on my reading goals but surprisingly I think I had a great reading year in terms of quality so that works for me. I'm feeling so much more hopeful about 2021 so I'm making all kinds of reading plans but I've learned not to take them on too seriously. After all, this is supposed to be a pleasure. Anyway, I wish you all the best in the New Year and

Kathy A Johnson

2020 has been difficult, and I feel fortunate that reading is one of my favorite things to do because it really helped. I made excellent progress on my stack of books by playing along with The Unread Shelf Project, helped along by the fact that I bought very few books last year. Plus my library system was closed for a while so I was forced to read from my own shelves! I wrote about my favorite reads of the year here:

I would love to see a round up post on your favorite graphic novels and memoirs! I definitely want to read Fun Home as I saw the musical made from that book a couple of years ago. One of my favorites is Lucy Knisely. I've read most of her books and enjoyed them.

I'm also going to look for the Wendy McGrath novellas. Your description sounds like something I'd really enjoy.


Fun Home is great (and has a bit of bookishness too, perhaps unsurprisingly, given it's the story of a writer's younger years). And I have Dominicana on my list for 2021. I'm so, so glad to hear that you enjoyed the McGrath novels all the way through; you'll understand why I felt a little hesitant about recommending them because they are hard to summarize, but they are just SO beautiful and reflective and quiet and strangely comforting, despite some painful bits scattered in memory. I hear what you're saying about 2020: but it could have been worse! :)

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