Thursday, December 31, 2020

Booksie's Year In Review 2020


It's the end of 2020 and time to look back on my reading year, evaluate the goals set for this year and set new goals for 2021.  Of course, the big story of 2020 is the pandemic.  We've basically been locked down since February as we've been very diligent about only going out when it's a necessity.  That means much more time at home and much more reading time.  I've read 175 books this year which is definitely an adult high mark.  I tend to read in the genres of mystery, literary fiction, science fiction/fantasy and nonfiction.  This year I read fifty-eight mysteries, legal fictions and thrillers, seventy-five literary fictions, twenty-one science fiction/fantasies and twenty nonfictions and anthologies.  Here's the best of what I read in each category:


  1. Blindsighted, Karin Slaughter
  2. Just One Evil Act, Elizabeth George
  3. Miracle Creek, Angie Kim
  4. The Shadows, Alex North
  5. Breakdown, Jonathan Kellerman
Literary Fiction
  1. Girl, Woman, Other, Bernadine Evaristo
  2. Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell
  3. The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
  4. A Brief History Of Seven Killings, Marlon James
  5. Ten Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World, Elif Shafak
  6. Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel
  7. The Overstory, Richard Powers
  8. The Sport Of Kings, C.E. Morgan
Science Fiction/Fantasy
  1. Wheel Of Time series novels, Robert Jordan
  2. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green
  3. War For The Oaks, Emma Bull
  4. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
  5. This Is How You Lose The Time War, Amal El-Motar/Max Gladstone
  1. Underland, Robert MacFarland
  2. Age Of Wonder, Richard Holmes
  3. Pilgrim At Tinker's Creek, Annie Dillard
  4. The Black Count, Tom Reiss
  5. Lions Of The West, Robert Morgan

I had several goals for this year.  The first was to read 120 books and I met that goal.  The second was to read the Wheel Of Time series and I'm at the eighth of fourteen so about halfway on that one.  Third was to reread The Satanic Verses which I did.  Fourth was to read four classics and I failed on that one.  Last was to read from my own shelves and I'd call that one a success.  I read and gave away many more of my own books this year.  Here's my goals for 2021:
  1. Read 120 books.
  2. Finish the Wheel Of Time series
  3. Catch up on Jonathan Kellerman, John Sandford and Michael Connelly series.
  4. Read three classics
  5. Read at last ten of the Booker and Woman's Prize nominees
  6. Continue to read from my shelves and give away what I've read
Here's to a happier 2021!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Motar and Max Gladstone


They fight across centuries and across time.  They are each the best warriors of their type.  Blue and Red are sworn enemies of their organizations and only one can finally win and continue its existence.  Blue is the growing entity; full of spring and summer and flowers and birds and lush vegetation  Red is cerebral, made of logic and circuits, unemotional and unrelenting.  

But as time goes by, things start to change.  Red and Blue start to appreciate things about each other in their unending battle to defeat each other once and for all.  As they slip up and down the time continuum, carrying out missions for their sides as they plan the next step in their personal battles, they start to communicate.  Each leaves notes for the other and as they read these missives, they start to know each other and to feel what the other feels.  Finally, over millennium, they start to fall in love.  But how can enemies love?  If their masters ever discover their feelings for each other, they will be utterly destroyed.  How to love, an impossibility in the first place, and keep it so hidden that it can never even be guessed at?

Amal El-Motar and Max Gladstone are both award-winning novelists in the science fiction genre. El-Motar has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards with her short stories while Gladstone has been a finalist for the Hugo awards for best novel.  Together they have written an intriguing work that awakens emotions in the reader; a hope that there is a place somewhere for these two enemies to find love.  The writing is luminous and lush and the reader wonders how the work was divided.  Did one author write Blue and the other Red or did they collaborate on each section?  However it was done, this is a masterful work that will be remembered long after the last page is read and is recommended for readers of science fiction.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks


Simon and Daisy have a good life.  He's in interior design, she's a teacher.  They met and fell in love in their university days.  Their marriage had some strain while they were trying and failing to have a baby, but the birth of their daughter, Millie, six years before had completed their union.  

But is their life that perfect?  Simon is drinking more than ever, veering ever closer to the line of being an alcoholic.  Something is eating at him and Daisy thinks it started the day they went back to the fertility clinic to talk about having another baby.  She is fine with just Millie but another child seems critical to Simon.  They had left the office that day in a hurry and he has seemed different since then.

As Simon's drinking gets worse, Daisy tries harder and harder to cover it.  She suspects that their circle of friends know exactly what is going on and while everyone likes Simon, these successful professionals expect everyone to have their lives together.  But things get worse and worse.  Simon loses his job and soon he is spending his days in bed, drinking until there is nothing left to drink in the house.  When a horrific accident occurs, their lives explode.  Now the lies on which their marriage were built start to come out.

As each layer of lies is pulled aside, more truth is revealed.  Can they ever live with the brutal truths that are uncovered?  Is the truth always better than the lies that covered it and made it more acceptable to society?  Can they raise a daughter to a happy and successful adulthood if her foundation is constructed of lies?

Adele Parks has carved out a career with books that explore the darker side of relationships.  The lies that paper over the giant holes in Simon and Daisy's marriage cannot hold and the slow exposure of each lie adds to the book's tension.  Some of the surprises I saw coming; some hit me from left field.  As each layer of deceit is peeled away, the reader will emphasize with the characters and hope for a happy ending.  This book is recommended for readers of suspenseful  women's fiction.

Monday, December 28, 2020

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin


The Fifth Season is the season of death.  Events, usually ecological disasters such as volcanoes erupting occur and the Earth suffers.  Skies are clouded over and people may not see the sun for several years.  If you aren't associated with a commun, you'll probably starve to death or be killed by roving humans desperate for survival.  They occur periodically and the times between are spent preparing for the next.  If you are lucky, a fifth season may last a few years.  If not, it could be decades and if your commun didn't store enough food, it will also die.

Society is broken into castes.  Orogenes can control the earth, stop a quake before it grows big and disruptive.  Although it would seem logical that beings with that much power would be on top of society, they are instead on the bottom, cast out and feared, told they are less than human and treated the same.  They are broken, taught and controlled by Guardians.  There are Strongbacks to handle the soldiering and protection needs and Leaders to set policy.  Everyone else are Stills, just normal people trying to make a living and survive.

A small girl is cast out of her family when it is discovered that she is an orogene.  A Guardian arrives to take her off to the Fulcrum, the place where orogenes are trained and controlled.  After she grows, the novel follows her on a mission where she meets one of the most powerful orogenes, Alabaster, who teaches her things about being an orogene and how they fit into the world that the Fulcrum dare not mention.  She and Alabaster break free and use their power to try to carve out a life away from society.  Can they survive?

This is the first book in a trilogy that has garnered enormous praise in the science fiction genre.  It won the Hugo Award for Best Fiction and was also a New York Times Notable Book.  It is a novel that uses the science fiction genre to explore the issues of power and oppression, resistance and survival.  The plotting is complex and the various threads weave together to surprise the reader with discoveries as it winds forward and back upon itself.  It is written without sentiment but the reader will become entwined in the lives of the characters regardless.  This book is recommended for readers of science fiction.  

Saturday, December 26, 2020

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter


The call is sad but routine.  A college student has been found dead under a bridge.  It is probably the usual suicide but coroner Sara Linton isn't sure.  There's something about the body that just doesn't seem right.  She is telling her ex-husband, the police chief, Jeffrey, that when she realizes something else isn't right.  Her sister had ridden along with her to the call as they were out running errands.  She went into the woods and hasn't returned.  When they find her, she is near death, stabbed and left for dead.

As Sara rushes with her parents to Atlanta to the hospital with her sister, Jeffrey starts to investigate.  The suspicion is deepened when the girl who found the body is found dead the next day, the body staged to again suggest suicide.  Jeffrey narrows in on a suspect, the son of a white supremacist.  But his former sergeant, Lena, now works as campus security and she doesn't believe the son is involved.  Jeffrey is furious and fearful as evidence starts to accumulate to suggest Lena herself could be involved.  She quit the force after she was kidnapped and held for several days a year ago.  Could she have strayed so far from the law she loved then?  Is this a revenge plot?  As the bodies continue to appear, Jeffrey and Sara must race against time to uncover the killer.

This is the third novel in the Grant County series by Karin Slaughter.  The main characters, Jeffrey and Sara, are still in limbo, back together after their divorce but not yet ready to make it permanent.  Jeffrey's need to protect Lena and her total rejection of his protection adds more suspense.  Slaughter has created an entire environment that the reader will recognize as they settle in for another suspenseful tale.  This book is recommended for mystery readers.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

What You Wish For by Katherine Center


When the principal of Samantha's elementary school dies, the school is horrified.  Max and his wife Babette had created the school and spent their lives making sure that it was the most creative and enriching environment possible for the children it served.  Sam is the school librarian and Max and Babette her best friends.  She loves everything about her school and like her other faculty friends she worries what will happen next.

When the new principal is announced, she can't believe her ears.  It is Duncan Carpenter and she knows him.  He had worked at her first school and was the star of the faculty.  He was goofy and filled with a sense of fun that included every child and encouraged them to dream big and follow their dreams.  The children loved him and unfortunately so did Sam.  But Duncan was dating someone else and it finally became so painful for her to have him unavailable that she moved to Texas and the school that Duncan is now coming to.

Her trepidation aside, she informs the faculty what a wonderful person they are getting, someone who will carry out Max's vision of the school.  But four years can change a person and it has changed Duncan.  Instead of an offbeat man who loves children and fun, he has become an authoritarian who is determined to change everything about the school and turn it into a fortress.  He wants to take away everything that Sam loves about the place.  Can this be the Duncan she knew?

This lighthearted romance serves as the vehicle to encourage readers to follow their dreams and take the bitter with the sweet, to be strong and unafraid to live life as it should be lived.  Sam has changed herself from meek to outrageous and she boldly fights to save her vision.  The novel received lots of awards such as People's 'Book Of The Week' and Parade's 'Best Beach Read of 2020'.  If I had one quibble it was that Sam didn't seem as emotionally mature as her age.  Her attitude towards Duncan and love often seemed more like that of a teenager with her first crush that a woman in her thirties.  The novel was paced well and the characters were enjoyable.  This book is recommended for readers of women's fiction.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Wait For Signs by Craig Johnson


Fans of the TV series Longmire will be delighted to find this anthology of twelve stories about Sheriff Walt Longmire, sheriff of Absaroka Country, Wyoming.  Readers will find other familiar characters from the series such as Cady, Walt's daughter, Henry Standing Bear, his best friend and Vic Moretti, his undersheriff.  There are divergences from the series also as some main characters in the TV series are not found in these stories.  All of the stories occur after the death of Walt's wife, Martha.

The stories display everyday details about a sheriff's life.  Walt deals with everything from a robbery in progress to an owl trapped in a Porta-Potty.  He deals with animals from a wild rodeo horse to a mama bear with cubs to a queen sheep who rustles other sheep to the dismay of the ranchers in the area.  In all of the stories, Walt's desire to be kind to those around him while upholding the law shines through and the reader is struck over and over again with how such a tough, silent man has an inner core of kindness and love for his fellow creatures.  My personal favorite was a story called Thankstaking, where Walt and Henry reach beyond themselves to discover the true meaning of the holiday.  This book is recommended for fans of the Longmire series and for any reader interested in stories of the West and how law enforcement is really done on a daily basis.

This anthology has now been released in paperback 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

The Power by Naomi Alderman


When the first girl discovered her power, not much changed.  She didn't know how she was creating sparks in times of stress.  But she showed a friend and soon that friend could do it also.  As they showed more girls and it hit online applications, girls from all over the world could do it also.  Girls had a skein located near their collarbone and it supplied electricity to them.  So they could do much more than light cigarettes or show off to their friends.  It was the ultimate self defense tool and like most power, it became corrupting and soon the defense turned to offense.

Some quickly realized the advantages of the power.  Allie is a sixteen year old girl living in a foster household in Alabama.  When she uses the power to kill the man of the house as he is raping her, she starts a journey that eventually leaves her as Mother Eve, the main character in the religion that grows up around the power.  Roxy is a London girl from a gangster family who comes to the United States to escape the heat of her criminal activities.  Her power strength is legendary and she becomes the enforcer.  Margot is a politician and the financial partner of training camps for teenage girls to help them develop their power and become soldiers.  She even puts her own two girls in the camps.  Tatiana is rescued from a live of sex slavery in a Middle European country and soon gathers enough women around her to create a new country where she is President.  Tunde is a Nigerian man who recognizes that the power is the story of a lifetime and uses it to escape his country and become a world renowned journalist. 

But with great power comes great responsibility.  Can the women as they take their turn in power be sustaining rulers who empower all those around them?  Or will they develop power hungry personalities that use their talents to pay back men for the centuries that they have been on top?  As the months go by, the lines are drawn more and more clearly and the world inches towards a military disaster that will overshadow any seen before with gender fighting gender.  Can things be slowed or reversed?

This novel won the Bailey Woman's Prize for Fiction and was named a Top Ten Book by the New York Times.  It is a compelling look at gender politics and the inevitability of power corrupting those who hold it.  The power is not just a physical thing but the ability to redefine the world with an unclear decision about who will lay down the laws and what the world will look like after it is changed forever.  This book is recommended for readers of literary fiction.

Friday, December 18, 2020

My Heart Is A Drummer by Adam Sydney


Donald is unlike any other man.  He falls totally in love with everyone he meets, male or female.  He loves them so totally that his only desire is to give them whatever they need or want.  That causes issues in his life.  He can't hold a job as he will walk out in the middle of the day if one of his people needs something.  He can't turn anyway new people which causes resentments and jealousy in the existing ones.  He never thinks of himself.

There is the couple that he lives with in a partnership, all three sharing a bed.  There is the woman who used to also be in the partnership but who has moved out and on with her life.  There is the elderly man who has no one else.  There is the artist who punishes Donald in humiliating ways in order to portray his discomfort in his art.  Since Donald will give anything to anyone, how long will his own existence endure?

Adam Sydney has written an intriguing treatise on the nature of love and what it means to put others ahead of oneself.  At first the recipients can't believe their luck, can't believe that anyone would love them so fiercely and love every facet of their character.  But inevitably, each relationship goes astray.  Jealousy comes in as Donald obsessively meets and loves new people.  But even more, such total love leads to reflection on oneself and over time, self-loathing at what is possible to do in the name of love.  This book is recommended to readers of literary fiction.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Sport Of Kings by C. E. Morgan


Her name is Hellmouth.  Descended from the great racehorse Secretariat, she is a filly whose strength, size and desperate desire to win is obvious from birth.  She has been carefully bred by Henry Forge, the scion of a famous Kentucky family.  Forge's ancestor had come to this land when it was unsettled, accompanied only by his favorite slave.  Over the years, the land he claimed had been cultivated and made into a famous estate but those black men and women who did the work claimed none of the benefit.

Henry was consumed with racing since he was a small boy.  When his father passed and the land came to him, he tore out the corn and tobacco fields and made it a horse farm.  Now he lives there with his beautiful, headstrong daughter, Henrietta.  Around the time Hellmouth is born, Allmon comes to work there as a groomsman.  Unknown to either of them, Allmon is a descendant of that first slave who came to Kentucky with the first Forge.  Allmon comes to the farm from prison where he is sent after an episode that occurred from his reaction to the pain and disorder he is raised in.  He and Henrietta start an affair that can only come to ruin.

But there is always Hellmouth.  The filly starts winning races early and is soon talked about as the candidate to beat.  She is the star and predicted to win the Triple Crown in her year.  No filly has won against male horses in many years but Hellmouth is not any filly.  Can she fulfill her destiny?

This novel won many prizes.  It was a finalist for the Bailey Prize for Women and was the winner of the Kirkus Prize For Fiction.  It was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the James Tait Black Prize For Fiction as well as a best book of the year as selected by such organizations as NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Booklist and the New York Times.  It is an in depth study not only of racing but the entire culture of racing.  It is also an investigation into black-white relations stretching back to the time of slavery and the effects and destinies set by that cruel practice.  This book is recommended for readers of literary fiction.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Burden Of Proof by Scott Turow


Alejando Stern, or Sandy as he is known, is at the top of his career.  He is an accomplished defense lawyer, respected by those who move in legal circles.  Sandy came to the United States as a boy from Argentina.  He married Clara and they have three adult children.  The marriage has settled into a polite one rather than a passionate one.  Clara has always been reserved and fights depression.

When Sandy comes home one day from an out of town meeting, he finds Clara dead by her own hand.  Stunned but not really surprised, Sandy starts to settle into his new life only to find that he never knew Clara at all.  He starts to uncover her secret life and each new discovery uncovers more secrets until he wonders how he could have been so blind. 

His professional life is trying also.  His brother-in-law, Dixon, is a wealthy man who trades on the stock market.  He is a chrematistic figure but Sandy has long suspected he sails too close to the legal edge and now the SEC and the state attorney have come to bring Dixon down.  It is one of the most challenging cases of Sandy's career, not least because Dixon lies and maneuvers constantly.  Sandy would leave him to it but he can't desert his sister's husband who also employs Sandy's son-in-law.  But the case is thorny and complicated and he can't quite see how it will be resolved easily.  

This is Turow's second novel and Sandy is the brilliant lawyer who is one of the main characters in Turow's first explosive bestseller, Presumed Innocent.  Sandy is an interesting character and readers will want him to win as he negotiates both the legal world and his new world as a widower back in the dating world.  Through issues with his children, his legal responsibilities and his investigation into the woman he married but who hid her life from him, Sandy walks a fine line guided by his morals and obligations to those he loves.  This book is recommended for readers of legal mysteries.

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Harpy by Megan Hunter


It's another routine day in Lucy's life when she gets the call.  Lucy lives in a small town in England with her husband, Jake and her two sons, Paddy and Ted.  After the boys came, Lucy scaled back her work and now works from home, writing copy for various enterprises, from manuals to articles to editing someone else's content.  Jake is a professor at the local university in biology.  All in all, a routine life that a myriad of women are living.

Then the call comes.  It is the husband of a woman who Jake works with.  He informs Lucy that Jake is having an affair with his wife, Vanessa.  Lucy doesn't really remember how she hung up.  She slowly takes in the news, reeling emotionally.  Now she remembers late nights at work or casual mentions of lunches and dinners with Vanessa.  Vanessa isn't even some young exciting woman; she is probably ten years older than Jake and Lucy.

When Jake comes home, he doesn't deny it.  He is appalled that Lucy knows and contrite, willing to do anything to make things right.  He insists he will end it immediately.  Lucy is furious but wonders if leaving him is the right thing to do for the boys.  She moves him to the sofa while she decides what comes next.  When Lucy was working on her doctorate she studied the classics and was drawn to the story of the harpies.  Vengeful, powerful figures, they stole and ravaged and did whatever they wanted.  She sees something of them in herself and vows to solve this crisis as a harpy would.

The solution occurs.  She will do three hurtful things to Jake.  He will not know in advance what they are or when they are coming.  They will appear out of the blue and he is not allowed to complain or do anything in retaliation.  Perhaps then they can find a way out of the morass of pain and hurt.  Jake agrees.  The first occurrence comes quickly and takes Jake by surprise.  He cannot say anything but must soldier on through the pain while Lucy finds that she feels more powerful and in control, that the inflicting of pain on another eases her own.  Will she be able to stop herself before she does something irretrievable?

Megan Hunter has written a searing novel that explores the pain that infidelity can create in a relationship and the diminution that marriage and family can cause to a woman.  It explores the dynamics of marriage and how children change lives as their needs must inevitably come first and how those needs are still met primarily by women.  I listened to the audio of this novel and the clear, crisp diction of the narrator added to the experience and provided depth to my mental picture of Lucy.  This book is recommended for readers of literary fiction.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Clawback by J.A. Jance


When Ali Reynolds turns on the news that morning, she heard something that she hadn't expected.  Dan Frazier is all over the news as one of the men behind a Ponzi scheme that leaves hundreds of small time investors penniless.  The name sticks with Ali because she knows Dan.  He's her parents' financial advisor and she knows they invested everything with him.  Are her parents now penniless?

Her father, Bob, has the same sick feeling and need to know.  Not only was Dan his advisor but he and his wife were social friends as well.  He can't believe that Dan would willingly wipe out all the funds he knew his friends counted on for retirement.  Bob decides to go to Dan's house to see what he has to say about things.  When he arrives, it's to a horrific scene.  Bob is in his car, obviously near death from stab wounds.  He begs Bob to go inside to check on his wife but Bob finds her near death as well.  He calls the police but when they arrive both individuals are dead and Bob is hustled off to police headquarters as the person on scene with blood-covered clothes.

Ali, who heads up a security firm with her husband, B, rush to Bob's defense.  After getting him a lawyer they manage to get him released but the detectives make it clear Bob is the main suspect.  Ali and B decide to dedicate all their firm's resources to clearing Bob's name and to recovering the funds that are missing.  Was Dan the crook or was it his fast-talking partner who has now disappeared?  With the help of their technical staff, Stu and Cami, the tangled web of stolen funds, offshore accounts and murder need to be untangled.

This is the eleventh in the Ali Reynold's series.  Jance has given enough backstory that readers can either read this one in sequence or as a standalone.  The plot is complicated enough that those who have technical skills won't be incredulous and explained simply enough that those without technical skills don't feel lost.  Ali's parents, Bob and Edie, are likeable and resourceful on their own and the reader cheers for them and hopes they recover the funds that will let them enjoy their well earned retirement.  This book is recommended for mystery readers. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Booksie's Shelves, December 3, 2020


This is probably the last edition of Booksie's Shelves for 2020.  What a year it has been.  I suspected back in the spring when we were going through shutdown that it would take at least a year and unfortunely, it appears I was right.  While 2020 has taken a lot away, time with families, jobs and job prospects, friendships conducted only remotely, it has proved a boon year for my reading.  I know a lot of my reading friends have had trouble concentrating, but I've not done much since March except read and catch up on TV series.  I'm making progress on goals like reading series I've been meaning to for years, catching up on some classics I've wanted to read and mainly reading and moving on some of the thousands of books here in my house. That's a necessity since I'll never stop acquiring books. I've read lots of the Booker and Women's Fiction Prize nominees and winners.    Here's what's come through the door lately:

  1. Terrier, Tamora Pierce, fantasy, purchased
  2. Crocodile Tears, Mercedes Rosende, thriller, sent by publisher
  3. The Jasons, Ann Finkbeiner, nonfiction, purchased
  4. What The Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell, nonfiction, purchased
  5. Big Girl Small Town, Michelle Gallen, literary fiction, sent by publisher
  6. John The Revelator, Peter Murphy, literary fiction, purchased
  7. Willnot, James Sallis, mystery, purchased
  8. This Must Be The Place, Maggie O'Farrell, literary fiction, purchased
Here are the ebooks I've purchased since the last Booksie's Shelves:

  1. The Exiled Heir, Jonathan French, fantasy
  2. The Erranty Of Bantam Flyn, Jonathan French, fantasy
  3. An Advancement Of Learning, Reginald Hill, mystery
  4. Snapdragon, Brandon Berntson, fantasy
  5. A Killing Kindness, Reginald Hill, mystery
  6. Underworld, Reginald Hill, mystery
  7. A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan, literary fiction
  8. Pictures Of Perfection, Reginald Hill, mystery
  9. Bad To The Bones, James Harper, mystery
  10. Aftermath, E.A. Copen, fantasy
  11. Hunting Game, Helene Tursten, mystery
  12. The Bishop's Wife, Mette Ivie Harrison, mystery
  13. The Last Detective, Peter Lovesey, mystery
  14. Dawn Of Dreams, Bronwyn Leroux, fantasy
  15. The Unspoken, Ian Smith, mystery
  16. Assassination Protocol, Andy Peloquin, science fiction
  17. The Crimson Claymore, Craig Price, fantasy
  18. You Have Been Judged, Craig Martell, science fiction
  19. The Old Ways, Robert MacFarland, nonfiction
  20. Storm Front, Jim Butcher, fantasy
  21. Dragonfly, Resa Nelson, fantasy
  22. The Prison Stone, J.R. Mabry, fantasy
  23. All Things Left Wild, James Wade, western
  24. The Shadow King, Maaza Mengiste, fantasy
  25. Barnabus Tew And The Case Of The Missing Scarab, Columbkill Noonan, mystery
  26. Barnabus Tew And The Case Of The Nine Worlds, Columbill Noonan, mystery
  27. Barnabus Tew And The Case Of The Cursed Serpent, Columbill Noonan, mystery
  28. Past Caring, Robert Goddard, mystery
  29. Take Me Apart, Sara Sligar, thriller
  30. Breath Of Earth, Beth Cato, fantasy
  31. In The Shadow Of The Gods, Rachel Dunne, fantasy
  32. Shockwave, Lindsay Buroker, fantasy
  33. The Girls In The Garden, Lisa Jewell, mystery
  34. The Dog Stars, Peter Heller, science fiction
  35. The Last Smile In Sunder City, Luke Arnold, fantasy
  36. The Inheritance Trilogy, N.K. Jamison, fantasy
  37. Rush Oh!, Shirley Barrett, literary ficiton
  38. Shtum, Jem Lester, literary fiction
  39. Go To Work And Do Your Job, Noah Cicero, science fiction
  40. Girls Of Brakenhill, Kate Morelli, mystery
  41. The Cipher, Isabella Maldonado, mystery
  42. Rise, The Quantamancer, A.R. McNevin, fantasy
  43. Cydonia Rising, Dave Walsh, fantasy
  44. The Testaments, Margaret Atwood, literary fiction
  45. A Clubbable Woman, Reginald Hill, mystery
  46. April Shroud, Reginald Hill, mystery
  47. That Darkness, Lisa Black, mystery
  48. The Last Trial, Scott Turow, legal mystery
  49. Earthrise, Daniel Arenson, fantasy
  50. The Hungry Tide, Amitov Ghosh, literary fiction
  51. Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, fantasy
  52. The Murder List, Hank Phillippi Ryan, mystery
  53. The Clockwork War, Nathaniel Sullivan, fantasy
  54. Eye For Eye, JK Franko, fantasy
  55. The Guilty Dead, P.J. Tracy, mystery
  56. Beware The Past, Joy Ellis, mystery
  57. Open House, Kate Sise, mystery
  58. Little Night, Luanne Rice, literary fiction
  59. Dead Weight, T.R. Ragen, mystery
  60. The Boat Man, Dustin Stevens, mystery
  61. Death Comes For The Fat Man, Reginald Hill, mystery
  62. Your House Will Pay, Steph Cha, literary fiction
  63. Cloak Of The Two Winds, Jack Massa, fantasy
  64. The Stranger, Camilla Lackbery, mystery
  65. Never Split The Party, Ramy Vance, fantasy
  66. Than No One Can Have Her, Caitlin Rother, true crime
  67. Poisoned Love, Caitlin Rother, true crime
  68. Rivers Run Red, A.D. Green, fantasy
  69. The One, John Marrs, mystery
  70. The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa, literary fiction
  71. Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener, nonfiction
  72. The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart, fantasy
  73. We Ride The Storm, David Madson, fantasy
  74. Blacktop Wasteland, S.A. Crosby, mystery
  75. Dark Heart, Catherine Lee, mystery
  76. Bones In The Wash, John Bryne Barry, mystery
  77. Bloodline, Jess Lourey, mytery
Happy holiday season and happy reading!