End of Year Memento Mori

25 December 2020

Once again, I am tempted by Lisa who wrote:  I last did this meme in 2018, so I thought I’d give it another run in 2020.  I found it via Stuck in a Book, who got it from Rick who keeps putting out memes/tags on a vlog somewhere.   What fun!

1) What’s the longest book I read this year and the book that took me the longest to finish?

My longest book for the year, at 958 pages,  was In the Name of the Father by Michael Francis McDermott.  The book that took me the longest to finish was my reread of  Race of Scorpions (The House of Niccolò #3) by Dorothy Dunnett because I am leading a two chapter a week reread.  The reread continues, but I have raced ahead to the end!

2) What book did I read in 2020 that was outside of my comfort zone?

A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli (translated from French by Sam Taylor)

A profoundly moving story which is outside my comfort zone because reminders of how we ‘other’ people who are different always makes me uncomfortable.

3) How many books did I re-read in 2020?

Nine.

4) What’s my favourite re-read of 2020?

My favourite reread of 2020 is The Spring of the Ram (The House of Niccolò #2) by Dorothy Dunnett.

5) What book did I read for the first time in 2020 that I look forward to re-reading in the future?

Love Is Strong as Death: Poems chosen by Paul Kelly

6) What’s my favourite short story or novella that I read in 2020?

Mother Tongue by Joyce Kornblatt (167 pages)

The Years, Months, Days by Yan Lianke (translated from Chinese by Carlos Rojas) (112 pages)

7) Mass appeal: which book would I recommend to a wide variety of readers?

The Survivors by Jane Harper

8) Specialised appeal: which book did I like but would be hesitant to recommend to just anyone?

Lowitja – The authorised biography of Lowitja O’Donoghue by Stuart Rintoul

And, of course, the minute I post this I will think of other books I should have included 😊

Best wishes for the festive season, everyone!