Tuesday, February 2, 2021

January Book Report

January 2021
Part of my reading plan for 2021 was to post monthly about how my reading life is going so this is the first entry toward that effort.

I finished 18 books last month, mostly because there wasn't much else to do but read during a pandemic in New Hampshire in January. This is a lot more books than I typically finish in a month. I also did a lot of book sorting and I feel like I have a good idea now of what I own.

A quote from this month's reading:

“It has been said, by myself and others, that a love-interest is only an intrusion upon a detective story. But to the characters involved, the detective-interest might well seem an irritating intrusion upon their love-story.”― Dorothy L. Sayers, Busman's Honeymoon

Here is my progress toward various goals and challenges:

Here are the books I finished in January 2021:
  1. A New Lease of Death by Ruth Rendell (4-stars)
  2. The Hollow of Fear by Sherry Thomas -- I like how this series plays with the Sherlock Holmes mythology (3-stars, audiobook)
  3. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (4-stars)
  4. Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth (4-stars)
  5. Help the Poor Struggler by Martha Grimes -- I read these out of order because my reserve of #3 in the series took forever to come in (4-stars)
  6. Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively -- definitely the prettiest book on this list (3-stars)
  7. Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts -- fun series, will definitely read more of these (3-stars)
  8. Let the Great World Spin by Column McCann -- possibly the most depressing book I have ever read (3-stars)
  9. Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters --the Amelia Peabody books are ridiculous, but I do enjoy them (3-stars, audiobook)
  10. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (3-stars)
  11. The Perfect Paragon by M. C. Beaton -- Agatha Raisin books are as ridiculous as Amelia Peabody, but just as entertaining (3-stars)
  12. Guards! Guards! by Terry Prachett (4-stars)
  13. Brooklyn: The Once and Future City by Thomas Campanella--this took me eight months to read but I learned some interesting stuff (3-stars)
  14. Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher -- I had never read her before, even though she was a favorite of my Mom's (4-stars)
  15. The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout -- I always enjoy a Nero Wolfe mystery (3-stars)
  16. Dearly by Margaret Atwood (4-stars)
  17. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorthy L. Sayers -- A reread (4-stars)
  18. Love by Roddy Doyle (3-stars)
A month of solidly good books. 


  1. Oh my goodness, 18 books in one month. I don't think I have ever done that. Closest might have been a total of 14 and I am sure that included several graphic novels.

    I am glad you are listing all your books, it is interesting to see what you are reading.

    I have ordered Life in the Garden by Penelope Lively and am looking forward to that. I have a goal to fit in more Rex Stout rereads.

    And you have already read two for the Turtle Recall Challenge!

  2. It was a big book month. I know a lot of folks are having trouble focusing enough to read these days, but I'm finding that I would rather read than focus on the "real" world. Nero Wolfe novels and Discworld are both fun easy escape reads for me.


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