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2020 Wrap Up

Did I meet my reading goal for 2020? What did I watch during the pandemic? Read on to find the answers to this and more including the winners of the annual book awards

Catch Up: The Pause

When you notice you’re in a reading slump, what do you do? In my case, I navigated my way through by listening to music and other distraction tactics. Read on to find out how well that worked.

Review – Outraged by Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles

Outraged will make you consider your social media usage and reflect on where you place your support.
Serious stuff, No? Actually yes and no. All this information is cleverly encased in wit, humour and perfect examples to make you laugh out loud. Well done Dotty.

Review – The Last Wild by Piers Torday

The animals are the stars of The Last Wild. You almost don’t notice the lack of humans in this book as the animals are marvellous characters with amusing personalities. Plus when we do get to meet humans, they’re not all that nice.

Review – The Babysitter by Phoebe Morgan

A woman is dead, a baby is missing, an affair is revealed. Two families are in turmoil. Interspersed with the dread over what has happened to the missing baby, The Babysitter shows us real people making poor choice for greedy, selfish and opportunistic reasons. A nice mystery to cosy up with.

Review – The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee

The Silver Metal Lover is a love story about finding yourself and the person that compliments, brings out the best in you. Their relationship is beautifully developed within the constraint of a future world beset with environmental issues and discontent, So even though it breaks my heart every time I read it, there is such joy and hope in this sublime sci fi tale that I can’t help but love it.

Review – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

“Hell is the absence of the people you long for”. Station Eleven shows us a world crippled by a virus and the survivors who remain in the aftermath. This is a perceptive and astute retelling of humanity struggle to come to terms with this loss and the future they have to create. A tremendous book. May’s Book of the Month.