The Color Purple

Banned books

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Women’s history month tribute

Thirty day book challenge, day 13

I read this for bookclub last year, but it’s shown up on many lists. This book is another case where the book outshines the movie. The movie was limited by the acceptance of mainstream audiences. It glosses over many of the important topics in the book.

I watched the movie as a kid, and then watched it again after I read the book for bookclub. I understood a lot more, simply because I was an adult, but more that I had read the book.

It definitely should have been part of women’s history month. I really adored this book.

100 Most Notable Books of 2019

Notable books of 2019

The above linked article talks about the books that were published in 2019 that are the most notable. I’ve read a few, and I own a few. This is another great list.

The Age of Surveillance
Capitalism: The Fight
for a Human Future at
the New Frontier of Power
By SHOSHANA ZUBOFF

American SpyBy LAUREN WILKINSON

Antisocial: Online
Extremists, Techno-Utopians,
and the Hijacking of
American Conversation
By ANDREW MARANTZ

Audience of One: Donald
Trump, Television, and
the Fracturing of America
By JAMES PONIEWOZIK

Bangkok Wakes to RainBy PITCHAYA SUDBANTHAD

BecomingBy MICHELLE OBAMA

The Beneficiary:
Fortune, Misfortune, and
the Story of My Father
By JANNY SCOTT

The Body in QuestionBy JILL CIMENT

Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story
of the Generic Drug Boom
By KATHERINE EBAN

The British Are Coming:
The War for America,
Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
By RICK ATKINSON

Cherokee, AmericaBy MARGARET VERBLE

The Club: Johnson,
Boswell, and the Friends
Who Shaped an Age
By LEO DAMROSCH

The Conservative SensibilityBy GEORGE F. WILL

The Crowded Hour:
Theodore Roosevelt, the
Rough Riders, and the Dawn
of the American Century
By CLAY RISEN

Deaf Republic: PoemsBy ILYA KAMINSKY

Disappearing EarthBy JULIA PHILLIPS

Ducks, NewburyportBy LUCY ELLMANN

The Dutch HouseBy ANN PATCHETT

The Education of an
Idealist: A Memoir
By SAMANTHA POWER

Exhalation: StoriesBy TED CHIANG

Fall: Or, Dodge in HellBy NEAL STEPHENSON

Fleishman Is in TroubleBy TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER

Full Throttle: StoriesBy JOE HILL

Furious Hours: Murder,
Fraud, and the Last
Trial of Harper Lee
By CASEY CEP

GirlBy EDNA O’BRIEN

The GodmotherBy HANNELORE CAYRE

The Gone DeadBy CHANELLE BENZ

Good Talk: A Memoir
in Conversations
By MIRA JACOB

Grace Will Lead Us Home:
The Charleston Church
Massacre and the Hard,
Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness
By JENNIFER BERRY HAWES

The GrammariansBy CATHLEEN SCHINE

Grand Union: StoriesBy ZADIE SMITH

Growing Things:
And Other Stories
By PAUL TREMBLAY

The Guarded Gate: Bigotry,
Eugenics, and the Law That
Kept Two Generations of Jews,
Italians, and Other European
Immigrants Out of America
By DANIEL OKRENT

Guest House for
Young Widows: Among
the Women of ISIS
By AZADEH MOAVENI

The Heartbeat of Wounded
Knee: Native America
From 1890 to the Present
By DAVID TREUER

The HeavensBy SANDRA NEWMAN

HorizonBy BARRY LOPEZ

How to Be an AntiracistBy IBRAM X. KENDI

How We Fight For Our LivesBy SAEED JONES

If: The Untold Story of
Kipling’s American Years
By CHRISTOPHER BENFEY

The Impeachers: The Trial
of Andrew Johnson and
the Dream of a Just Nation
By BRENDA WINEAPPLE

In Byron’s Wake: The
Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s
Wife and Daughter: Annabella
Milbanke and Ada Lovelace
By MIRANDA SEYMOUR

In Hoffa’s Shadow: A
Stepfather, a Disappearance
in Detroit, and My
Search for the Truth
By JACK GOLDSMITH

The InstituteBy STEPHEN KING

Know My Name: A MemoirBy CHANEL MILLER

Kochland: The Secret History
of Koch Industries and
Corporate Power in America
By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD

Last DayBy DOMENICA RUTA

The Last Whalers: Three
Years in the Far Pacific
With a Courageous Tribe
and a Vanishing Way of Life
By DOUG BOCK CLARK

The Lost Art of Scripture:
Rescuing the Sacred Texts
By KAREN ARMSTRONG

Lost Children ArchiveBy VALERIA LUISELLI

Lot: StoriesBy BRYAN WASHINGTON

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay
and a Mother’s Will to Survive
By STEPHANIE LAND

Mama’s Last Hug: Animal
Emotions and What They
Tell Us About Ourselves
By FRANS DE WAAL

Maggie Brown & OthersBy PETER ORNER

The Man Who Saw EverythingBy DEBORAH LEVY

Margaret Thatcher:
The Authorized Biography
— Herself Alone
By CHARLES MOORE

The Mastermind: Drugs.
Empire. Murder. Betrayal.
By EVAN RATLIFF

The Memory PoliceBy YOKO OGAWA

Midnight in Chernobyl: The
Untold Story of the World’s
Greatest Nuclear Disaster
By ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM.

Mostly Dead ThingsBy KRISTEN ARNETT

Mrs. EverythingBy JENNIFER WEINER

The NeedBy HELEN PHILLIPS

The Nickel BoysBy COLSON WHITEHEAD

Night Boat to TangierBy KEVIN BARRY

No Visible Bruises: What
We Don’t Know About
Domestic Violence Can Kill Us
By RACHEL LOUISE SNYDER

Normal PeopleBy SALLY ROONEY

Nothing to See HereBy KEVIN WILSON

Now We Shall Be Entirely FreeBy ANDREW MILLER

The Octopus Museum: PoemsBy BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY

The Old DriftBy NAMWALI SERPELL

Optic NerveBy MARÍA GAINZA

Our Man: Richard
Holbrooke and the End
of the American Century
By GEORGE PACKER

The ParisianBy ISABELLA HAMMAD

The Problem With
Everything: My Journey
Through the New Culture Wars
By MEGHAN DAUM

Rabbits for FoodBy BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM

Red at the BoneBy JACQUELINE WOODSON

The RevisionersBy MARGARET WILKERSON
SEXTON

Rusty BrownBy CHRIS WARE

Say Nothing: A True
Story of Murder and
Memory in Northern Ireland
By PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE

Separate: The Story of
Plessy v. Ferguson, and
America’s Journey From
Slavery to Segregation
By STEVE LUXENBERG

The Shadow KingBy MAAZA MENGISTE

She Said: Breaking the
Sexual Harassment Story That
Helped Ignite a Movement
By JODI KANTOR AND MEGAN
TWOHEY

She Was Like That:
New and Selected Stories
By KATE WALBERT

Solitary: Unbroken by
Four Decades in Solitary
Confinement. My Story of
Transformation and Hope.
By ALBERT WOODFOX WITH
LESLIE GEORGE

SpringBy ALI SMITH

Stony the Road:
Reconstruction, White
Supremacy, and the
Rise of Jim Crow
By HENRY LOUIS GATES
JR.

The TestamentsBy MARGARET ATWOOD

Thick: And Other EssaysBy TRESSIE MCMILLAN
COTTOM

The Topeka SchoolBy BEN LERNER

The TraditionBy JERICHO BROWN

Trick Mirror: Reflections
on Self-Delusion
By JIA TOLENTINO

Underland: A
Deep Time Journey
By ROBERT MACFARLANE

The Uninhabitable Earth:
Life After Warming
By DAVID WALLACE-WELLS

The Unwinding of the Miracle:
A Memoir of Life, Death, and
Everything That Comes After
By JULIE YIP-WILLIAMS

The War Before the War:
Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle
for America’s Soul From the
Revolution to the Civil War
By ANDREW DELBANCO

WestsideBy W.M. AKERS

What You Have Heard
Is True: A Memoir of
Witness and Resistance
By CAROLYN FORCHÉ

Women TalkingBy MIRIAM TOEWS

Women’s Work: A Reckoning
With Work and Home
By MEGAN K. STACK

The Yellow HouseBy SARAH M. BROOM.

Best Sci Fi Books of 2019

Best sci fi

The above linked article talks about new sci fi books that came out this year. It mentions the below listed books. I have only heard of a few of them, but some will be on my TBR list soon.

“Automatic Eve” by Rokuro Inui

Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s “We Cast a Shadow,”

“What The Dead Man Said,”

by Emil Hjörvar Petersen, “Crimson Hills,”

“The Hanging Artist” by Jon Steinhagen

“Flowers of Mold and Other Stories” by Korean author Ha-Seong Nan.

“The Hanging Artist”

Shirley Jackson “Flowers of Mold”

Karen Lord’s “Unraveling.”

“The Outside”

“Million Mile Road Trip,”

“The Haunting of Tram Car 015”

“Famous Men Who Never Lived” by K Chess

“Unraveling”

“The Night Tiger” by Yangsze Choo

“This is How You Lose the Time War,” by Amal El-Mohtar

“Here Now and Then,”

“The Heavens” by Sandra Newman

“Orlando”

“Gods of Jade and Shadow”

“Signal to Noise.” 

“The Violent Century,”

“A Man Lies Dreaming,”

“Central Station”

“Unholy Land.”

One sitting books – new releases

Books to read in one sitting

These books were listed in the above linked article as books that can be read in one sitting. I am wondering how long a sitting is. An hour? Three hours? I’ll have to find out. I have some of the books on the list.

Sarah Jane James Sallis

The Shape of Night Tess Gerritsen

The Liar Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Child’s PlayDanielle Steel

Grand Union Zadie Smith

Red at the Bone Jacqueline Woodson

Careful What You Wish For Hallie Ephron

Devotion Madeline Stevens

All This Could Be Yours Jami Attenberg

Over the Top Jonathan Van Ness

November 2019 Favorite Reads

November 2019

These books came out this month, and they were listed as favorites in the above linked article. I’ll have to keep my eye out for them.

  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Greta Thunberg
  • On Swift Horses Shannon Pufahl
  • The Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern
  • Fleabag: The Scriptures Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • The Beautiful OnesPrince
  • SpyDanielle Steel Alexandra Wickham
  • The Confession ClubElizabeth Berg 
  • Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit QueenDexter Palmer
  • The Bromance Book Club Lyssa Kay Adams
  • The Cartiers Francesca Cartier Brickell
  • A Song for YouRobyn Crawford  
  • I Lost My Girlish Laughter Jane Allen
  • Don’t Be Evil Rana Foroohar
  • Not the Girl You Marry Andie J. Christopher
  • The Innocents Michael Crummey
  • Song of the Crimson Flower Julie C. Dao
  • Under Occupation Alan Furst
  • Twisted Twenty-Six Janet Evanovich
  • The Captain and the Glory Dave Eggers
  • The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2 Robert Lacey

Books with Surprise Endings

Books with surprise endings

The above linked article talks about books that had surprise endings. Some were shocking. I want to add a few to the list, but I think I have my hands full with wanting to read so many of these already.

A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles

Our House Louise Candlish

Shutter Island Dennis Lehane

Everything, Everything Nicola Yoon

The Poison GardenA. J. Banner

Criminal Conversation Ed McBain

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

I’m Thinking of Ending Things Iain Reid

Home Harlan Coben

Beach Road James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

Life of Pi Yann Martel