Reading Recap — and an Update

Hello readers!

It’s been over a year since I last posted on Books on the Table. Why? I guess I’ll blame it on the pandemic. During those long months at home, I kept hearing, from friends and participants in Zoom book clubs that I moderated, that reading, specifically concentrating on a book, was challenging. I didn’t experience that difficulty — I’ve never read more — but I did find myself paralyzed when it came to writing. I’d sit down to write a book review, and no words would come.

I’m not ready to “retire” from Books on the Table, which has been a rewarding, creative outlet for me for nearly eight years, and I will continue to update my reading list (Read in 2021) and to post every now and then. However, I’ll post regularly on my new Instagram page (Talking Books with Alice & Ann) — please check it out and follow us! My partner at Between the Covers Book Discussions, Alice Moody, and I will both provide book recommendations. We hope you’ll comment and let us know what you’re reading.

Here are some highlights of my reading since March 2020:

Favorite novel: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Runners-up: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue, The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, Count the Ways by Joyce Maynard, Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin, Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian, We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews.
Favorite nonfiction book: American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser. Runners-up: The Lost Boys of Montauk by Amanda M. Fairbanks, Finding Freedom by Erin French, This Is All I Got by Lauren Sandler, Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford.
Favorite books for book clubs to discuss: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading!