The Next 50 Books I Read: March 2020 to February 2021

March 2020

  • No Visible Bruises, by Rachel Louise Snyder
  • The Night Watchman, the first book I read by Louise Erdrich, whose work is so engaging for me that I went on to read 12 more this year
  • Out, by Natsuo Kirino

April 2020

  • Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli
  • The third part of the Wolf Hall trilogy, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror & the Light, the ending of which was spoiled for me by an interview with the author I heard on public radio a number of years ago

May 2020

  • Network Effect, by Martha Wells
  • The City We Became, by NK Jemisin, the most right now book I read this year

June 2020

  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Midnight in Chernobyl, by Adam Higginbotham
  • The Daughters of Erietown, by Connie Schultz
  • Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City, by Kate Winkler Dawson
  • Elmet, by Fiona Mosley

July 2020

  • The Dinosaur Artist, by Paige Williams
  • Meet Me in the Future, by Kameron Hurley
  • Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Becoming Duchess Goldblatt, by Anonymous
  • Shame Pudding, a wonderful graphic memoir by Danny Noble
  • Murder in Little Egypt, by Darcy O’Brien

August 2020

  • Falling Free, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey
  • Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler, by Svenja O’Donnell

September 2020

  • Safe Passage by Ida Cook
  • Seducing and Killing Nazis: Hannie, Truus and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of WWII, by Sophie Poldermans
  • The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich
  • A Way of Life, Like Any Other, by Darcy O’Brien

October 2020

  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdrich
  • Bunny, by Mona Awad
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

November 2020

  • The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste
  • LaRose, by Louise Erdrich
  • Archivist Wasp, by Nicole Kornher-Stace

December 2020

  • Future Home of the Living God, by Louise Erdrich
  • Severance, by Ling Ma
  • The Master Butcher’s Singing Club, by Louise Erdrich

January 2021

  • The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
  • The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich
  • Shocking Life, The Autobiography of Elsa Schiaparelli, a very entertaining gift from my brother Andy

February 2021

  • V. E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
  • My Life in France, by Julia Child
  • The Birch Bark House, by Louise Erdrich
  • Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons
  • Shadow Tag, by Louise Erdrich 
  • Paddle to the Sea, by Holling Clancy Holling
  • Four Souls, by Louise Erdrich
  • Tracks, by Louise Erdrich
  •  Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo
  • The Game of Silence, by Louise Erdrich

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