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Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Last Ten #BookTag

The Last Ten #BookTag, spotted on Brona's Books This Reading Life.

1. The last book I gave up on:

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman---I didn't really give up on it but the library checkout of this ebook just disappeared off my device before I was finished. This happened to me a lot in 2020. I started but didn't finish over 20 books last year. I do hope to get back to this one.

2. The last book I re-read:

The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry. We read this novella every year in December. It is both touching and hilarious.

3. The last book I bought:

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. I just ordered this today!

4. The last book I said I read but actually didn’t:

I don't remember ever doing this but I now wonder if I read all the classics I think I've read or if I just read these highly abridged children's versions of classics which makes me want to have a second go at several titles. Jane Eyre is one the titles I'm not sure if I read the whole book.

5. The last book I wrote in the margins of:

My Bible. I just wrote in its margin today. I like looking back on my little notes especially if I date them.

6. The last book I had signed:

I don't usually care about author signatures but my husband just pointed out to me that another Christmas favorite that we read aloud this year, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Park, is signed. I didn't remember that.

7. The last book I lost:

This would have to go back to my librarian days. Books would walk out of the library occasionally or would get shelved improperly making them lost. It seemed liked I spent hours looking for these lost volumes.

8. The last book I wanted to throw away (or did):

Tinkers by Paul Harding. This book is a Pulitzer Prize winner and yet I hated it so much I wanted to just drop it in the trash bin when I finished it.

9. The last book I argued over:

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Letham. The protagonist has Tourette Syndrome and has severe verbal ticks. Many of the works are crass or foul but most of his verbal expulsions are funny. I listened to the audiobook. Others who read the book couldn't stand the verbal assaults. I have to stick up for this book. It is so unique.

10. The last book I talked to another person about:

A Promised Land by Barack Obama. My husband and I are listening to the audiobook together. We just spent an hour in the car listening and chatting about to it today.



  1. Cool activity. I am impressed that you finished Tinkers given how much you hated it. I would have given up on it for sure.

    1. It was on my Pulitzer list and I purchased it. I kept thinking it would improve. You know how it goes.

  2. Reading "Motherless Brooklyn" drove me bonkers. I only finish books I hate if they're for Book Club. Luckily, there have been very few in that category.

    1. I think it was a book which benefited from the audio recording.


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