Reading Break

Are you wondering what to do with yourselves after everyone is done unwrapping presents, finished eating and cleaning up. How about grabbing a good book? Donna has been on a break from blogging and spent her hours reading and reading, so she has some great books to recommend.

Retirement Reflections

Beginning in the last week of November, I took a blogging break to catch up on some books that seemed to come in all at once (I am currently in FOUR bookclubs). Below are the books that I read during the past two months.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
Isabel Wilkerson
NF: Social Justice
My Review

Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage
Ken McGoogan
NF: Historical Exploration
My Review

Twilight of Democracy:
The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

Anne Applebaum
NF: Politics
My Review

Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law
Beverley McLachlin
My Review

Humankind: A Hopeful History
Rutger Bregman
My Review

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood
Trevor Noah
My Review

The Shadow King
Maaza Mengiste
Historical Fiction
My Review

Little Daughter
Zoya Phan
Memoir (Burmese refugee)
My Review

Bird’s Eye View
Elinor Florence
Historical Fiction

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8 responses to “Reading Break”

  1. bloggingwithjrp Avatar

    Am reading Caste for book club right now. It’s profound, wordy and repetitive in parts, but anyone who hasn’t some grasp of the horrors and difficulties of being Black in our country would be enlightened by reading it.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I will definitely check it out, Monica. When is your book club meeting? Are you meeting by Zoom?


  2. Erica/Erika Avatar

    Thank you for sharing this post, Marsha. Donna is inspirational on many levels and her reading list is eclectic, fun and informative. My MO is always having two books on the go, on diverse topics. I have not kept lists of the books I read. Something I should start doing in 2021. I have a Christmas reading reward list when I plan to savour books. I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful, joyful season. ❤️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I have one going and one ready to start right now. Happy reading, Erica and have a joyous Christmas. 🙂 Lots of love and thanks again for being part of my Hobby Blogging family. So glad we met. 🙂

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  3. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – Thank you so much for sharing my post. It s a true honour.
    I LOVE reading and I LOVE discussing books (thus my five bookclubs…but I digress). 😀
    I am currently rereading The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights. So that’s where I’ll be this holiday (in between family and friend Zoom calls of course)!
    Wishing you a happy holiday and a wonderful year ahead!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Five! Wow. I can’t imagine how you keep up. That’s awesome. Do you ever get into books you can’t love? BTW, I’d love it it if you get a chance in one of you spare minutes (LOL) if you’d leave a comment on this month’s Story Chat (a story club instead of entire book)

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      1. Retirement Reflections Avatar

        Yes, Devil in the White City by Erik Larson — I still have nightmares about that book! 😦
        I’m off to check out Story Chat now. See you there!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’m a little nervous about horror stories. I’m going to read Plunge next after I finish Anne Goodwin’s latest, Becoming Someone. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Story Chat.

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