Reading Wednesday

Reading Wednesday

What I Have Read Over the 18 Months Abroad

Note – I am sharing this blog again at the request of one of my book club friends.  Also, my reading time since arriving in the USA has been very limited, so I’m not sure when I will have a “new” Reading Wednesday to share.  I’m currently half way through the epic novel “Ahab’s Wife” by Sena Jeter Naslund, a brilliant but very long book.  So watch for a new Reading Wednesday as soon as I get through that masterpiece. Meanwhile, enjoy this blog once again.

I’ve had a great deal of time to read over the past year and a half.  I enjoy reading very much and the Grand Adventure has offered me a wonderful opportunity to read more than ever before.  I started a list of the books I read and after nearly a year set my sights on finishing 100 books before we returned to the United States.

I almost made it.  I read 93 books in 18 months.  Almost all (not all but almost) of these books I reviewed in the Reading Wednesday series on this blog.  I didn’t start Reading Wednesday until after we had been traveling for a few months, and since then it has become one of the most popular features on My Fab Fifties Life blog.  That makes me happy.

I doubt I will be reading as much during my two and half months in the USA because I will be busy with family matters.  But I still have some books I haven’t reviewed so hopefully I can continue to review one book per week and you can continue to enjoy the weekly reviews.  Meanwhile, if you are interested, I have listed below all 93 books and the ones that have been reviewed are highlighted in green if you would like to go to that review on the blog just click on the link.  I’ve also put a gold star by some of my all time favorites!!

Happy Reading everyone!  Reading is Fabulous!

1. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

2. Bangkok Secret by Anthony Gray

3. Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

4. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

5. Today will be Different by Maria Simple

6. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

7. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

8. I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb

9. ⭐These is My Words by Nancy Turner

10.⭐ 97 Orchard Street by Jane Ziegelman

11. Lady Susan by Jane Austin

12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

13. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

14. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

15. Tulip Fever by Deborah Muggach

16. ⭐Michlings by Affinity Konar

17. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

18. Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

19. War of the Worlds by HG Wells

20. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

21. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

22. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

23. The Girls by Emma Cline

24. Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie

25. Swingtime by Zadie Smith

26. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

27. ⭐Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

28. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

29. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

30. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

31. Thank you for Being Late by Thomas Friedman

32. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

33. ⭐Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

34. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

35. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

36. Dirty Chicks by Antonia Murphy

37. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

38.⭐ Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

39. News of the World by Paulette Giles

40. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

41. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

42. A 1000 Acres by Jane Smiley

43. H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald

44. A Twist of the Knife by Becky Masterson

45. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

46. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

47. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

48. The Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Allameddine

49. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

50. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

51. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

52.⭐ The Paris Wife by Paula McLean

53. The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

54. Al Franken Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

55. The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett

56. Human Acts by Han Kang

57. The Zookeepers Wife by Angela Workman

58. After the Fall by Charity Normal

59. A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway

60. Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

61. ⭐The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

62. ⭐The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

63. The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

64. Circling the Sun by Paula McLean

65. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

66. A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

67. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

68. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

69.⭐ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows

70. Star Dust by Neil Gaiman

71. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

72. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

73. Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan

74. ⭐My Antonia by Willa Cather

75.⭐ Elinor Oiliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

76. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

77. A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

78. Sing Unburried Sing by Jesmyn Ward

79. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

80. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

81. ⭐Station Eleven by Emily Saint John Mandel

82. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

83. The Girl Before by JP Delaney

84. The Maze Runner by

85. Still Water by Viveca Sten

86. The Light of the Firefly by Paul Pen

87. A River in the Darkness

88. The Question of Red

89. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

90. The Rapture of Canaan by Sherri Reynolds

91. Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

92. Neverhome by Laird Hunter

93. Delicious Food  by James Hannaham

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  • Reply Merry Dooley

    I enjoy your book reviews, Laureen! And, I too now have read a number of the books on your list. I actually listen to most on Libby as I am still a slave to the commute as a working stiff!

    July 17, 2019 at 11:15 am
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