Now that I am retired hope to read more fiction books for enjoyment. But I still enjoy understanding how the world works. These are the books I enjoyed this past year. Most of these books were recommendations or suggestions from others and in one sense I am just passing them on with a little push of my own.
"Pride and Prejudice" (1812) by Jane Austen with the classic love story about Mr Darcy and Elizabeth which to me is about a colossal need for an icebreaker. All romances are based on misunderstandings. It is unnerving how Austen is able to get inside the heads of her characters. Her focus is on marriage for money. Snobbery is common, except with her leading characters.
"City of Thieves" (2008) by David Benioff was recommended by Fareed Zakaria--had written Game of Thrones based on recollections of a Grandfather who had lived through the Leningrad siege of WW II
The Library closed and I had to look for alternatives. The library was offering ebooks which I had read before, but due to technical problems gave it up. Now it seems convenient.
"The Woman in The Window" (2018) by A.J. Finn Is easy to read as it is m mostly in short paragraphs. At first it seemed about a person with mental health issues and I wasn't sure if it would be worth while reading it. There are surprises, a lot of them in that people are not what they seem, including the narrator with mental health issues.
"Less" (2017) by Andrew San Greer another fiction recommendation by Fareed Zakaria Quotes for all writers (including bloggers?) "Boredom is the only real tragedy for a writer; everything else is material" contrasted in same paragraph, "Boredom is essential for writers; it is the only time they get to write."
"Moon Of the Crusted Snow" (2018) by Waubgeshig Rice was Hamilton Reads pick http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/04/hamilton-reads-2020-moon-over-crusted.html As part of the package the library offered a live online conversation with Waubgeshig and Cherie Dimaline, the author of "Marrow Thieves" (2017) which I read for the Canada Reads program.
"Circling the Sun" (2015) by Paula McLean, fictional account of Beryl Markham
"The Tatooist of Auschwitz" (20180)by Heather Morris based on a true story including photos of the real people.
"The Fishers of Paradise"(2012)) by Rachel Preston. I learned about this while walking along the Bayfront Trail on a plaque that stated that there used to be houses along Cootes Paradise and about the book. It was an interesting story with a ficionalised account of how the houses had been disposed of. A pleasure reading about streets and buildings I am familiar with.
"The Great Leveler" (2017) deals with inequality. Walter Schiedel http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/01/the-great-leveler-violence-and.html
"Talking to Strangers" (2019) by Malcolm Gladwell http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/01/talking-to-strangers.html
"Black Berry /sweet Juice" (2001) by Lawrence Hill http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/02/black-berry-sweet-juice.html
"The Education of an Idealist" (2019) http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/02/the-education-of-idealist.html
"They know everything about you." (2015) by Robert Scheer http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/03/they-know-everything-about-you.html
Funny You Don't Look Autistic" (2019) ebook by Michael McCreary http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/04/funny-you-dont-look-autistic.html
"My Journey" by Olivia Chow(2014) http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/04/olivia-chow-biography.html
"The Elephant Company" (2014) by Vicki Croke http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/05/the-noble-elephant.html
"Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country" (2018). Written by David Johnston, a former Governor General of Canada. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/05/trust-crucial-foundation-for-democrarcy.html
Trust is the key necessity in interacting.
"A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves Home" (2019) by Jason De Pare, is about migrant workers starting with a Filipino family that the author interacted with stating in 1986. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/07/a-good-provider-is-one-who-leaves.html
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (2011) by Rebecca Skloot I was able to see a DVD as well as read the book. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/08/the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks.html
"Tough Love" (2020) by Susan Rice who had been maligned by the right wing and media. There are a lot of political books out, but this one does not only give interesting information, but also an intelligent perspective. Read more: http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2020/12/susan-rice-tough-love.html
Read about last year's selections: http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2019/12/books-i-remember-from-2019.html