Almost Reads, not Almost Rans: Top 10 Books I Started this Year and Never Finished (but really want to)

As we all know, life can get pretty busy and stressful. This past year has been especially so for me and let’s just say if I had a better prescription for Valium, I would’ve been keeping the pharmacist busy.  So when I sat down to list my top books of the year, I realized I had begun many but finished few.  Due to no fault of the author – many I started were very good (or seemed to be starting out well) –  I just didn’t finish them for various reasons. Can anyone guess what one of my New Year’s resolutions is going to be?

Hunting and Gathering by Anna Galvada  – good writing about damaged people with threads of hope woven in, that will hopefully be tied together when I do finish it.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – and it’s a trilogy, ack!

Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin – opened up a world so unknown to me.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave – one of the best opening chapters I’ve read in a while.

Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay – why no one has optioned this for a movie, I don’t understand…of course the ending could stink.

Timothy, or, Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg – come on, with a title like that…

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – a part of WWII I’ve not read about before.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – magical realism and food? Win-win.

 The last two are mysteries from authors I always enjoy that I haven’t yet deluded myself into thinking I’ll make the time:

Stranger in Mayfair by Charles Finch and Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriaasen

Enjoy – but don’t tell me about any of the endings!


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