How well read are you a year later? Re-take this quiz, or take it for the first time!

About a year ago I shared this link to a quiz that tells you how well read you are. I took it again, sure I would do better this year and got the same score!

Here’s the link if you’d like to take it again, or for the first time:

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On YouTube – Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year! I’m over on YouTube today wishing you all a happy 2022!

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Fiction Faceoff on Twitter – Round 1 Day 2

Hi Everyone,

If you’d like to vote in my Fiction Faceoff tournament on Twitter, there’s a new poll every day through January 10. You can jump in any time. The first one has ended and the new one is up. See the results (I definitely want to read Razorblade Tears! Do you?) and vote on the next one here:

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On YouTube – Happy Holidays!

Hi Everyone,

I’m on YouTube today, giving you a quick update and wishing you alll a happy holiday season! I hope you’ll stop by and watch.

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Book Club Mom’s Top Reads of 2021

Hi Everyone! Although we have a couple more weeks of reading time, because of the holidays, I’m not sure how much more reading I’ll get done before the end of the year. So I’m wrapping up my power rankings of 2021 and sharing my top reads of the year now.

I read some great books this year and recommend everything on this list! Listed in alphabetical order:

Top Reads

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

The Bone Hunger by Carrie Rubin

Cary Grant – A Brilliant Disguise by Scott Eyeman

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

The Early Stories of Truman Capote

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

There There by Tommy Orange

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Honorable Mention

The Address by Fiona Davis

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Searcher by Tana French

Stay tuned for an updated list of my top all-time reads. When I first made the list, I started with ten, then I increased the number to fifteen because, you know, there are so many great books out there. Now I’m going to make it my Top 20 All-Time Reads!

What great books have you read this year?

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Also loved by editors of New York Times Book Review – I’ve picked a few from this list!

When I listed the 10 Best Books from The New York Times, I meant to include the extra list of other books the editors loved. These books didn’t make the editors’ top ten, but they highly recommended them. I’d actually heard of some of these! All links and descriptions are from Amazon, unless otherwise noted.

The Magician by Colm Toibin
From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War. Note from me: this one’s about Thomas Mann, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929 and is the author of The Magic Mountain, a book I read in college and would like to read again.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures … a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press).

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby
“A visceral full-body experience, a sharp jolt to the heart, and a treat for the senses…Cosby’s moody southern thriller marries the skillful action and plotting of Lee Child with the atmosphere and insight of Attica Locke.” —NPR

Wayward by Dana Spioda
A “furious and addictive new novel” (The New York Times) about mothers and daughters, and one woman’s midlife reckoning as she flees her suburban life.

Dirty Work by Eyal Press
A groundbreaking, urgent report from the front lines of “dirty work”―the work that society considers essential but morally compromised.

Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney
A new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.

The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood
A witty, intelligent novel of an American woman on the edge, by a brilliant new voice in fiction—“the glorious love child of Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen’s gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads. Note from me: I remember reading The Corrections a long time ago for my book club, but I haven’t read anything else by Franzen.

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart
Eight friends, one country house, and six months in isolation—a novel about love, friendship, family, and betrayal hailed as a “virtuoso performance” (USA Today) and “an homage to Chekhov with four romances and a finale that will break your heart” (The Washington Post).

It’s interesting to me that there’s only one nonfiction on this list, Dirty Work. I might want to read that, but also on my list of potential reads would be The Magician, Razorblade Tears, and Crossroads. What would you like to read? Leave a comment!

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On YouTube: Talking about turkey, my new hat, NaNoWriMo and some other stuff

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well. Thanksgiving is over, I’m wrapping up NaNoWriMo and getting ready to return to the blog. In the meantime, here’s a quick video to talk about my turkey, my new hat and some other stuff.

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Please pardon my absence…be back soon!

Hi Everyone,

Please pardon my absence from the blog. Between NaNoWriMo, reading, working and getting ready for Thanksgiving, I’ve been short on time. I will be back on the blog soon, to visit you and with new posts.

Thanks for your patience!

On YouTube: Big surprise in the mail!

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I’m so excited and want to share the big surprise I got in the mail! Watch my new video here:

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On YouTube – coloring and talking books

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I’m over on YouTube today, coloring and talking books. Also showing you some vintage marbles. Hope you’ll stop by!

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