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Copperskye (Joanne) Reads in 2021 II

1Copperskye
Redigerat: maj 8, 10:35pm

Welcome! Time for a new thread!

Here’s my best girl, Skye, just home on Thursday after having a root canal (she somehow fractured a tooth last month, I’m guessing on one of the wonderful sticks she finds). Poor thing was a bit out of it but she’s feeling much better today. Although she doesn’t understand why mom won’t play fetch or tug with her. :(



And Boomer kitty missed her little sister all day. Here she is enjoying some afternoon sun lying against my pile of library books.

2Copperskye
maj 8, 10:33pm

My 10 Favorite Books of 2020, in the order I read them:

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Hiding in Plain Sight by Sarah Kendzior
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

3Copperskye
Redigerat: jul 23, 10:00am

Books read in 2021

January 2021

1. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, OTS #1, 4 stars
2. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, OTS #2, 3.25 stars
3. The Book Case by Nelson DeMille, OTS#3, 3 stars
4. Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart, OTS #4 (ARC), 4 stars
5. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, OTS #5, 4 stars
6. What It’s Like to be a Bird by David Allen Sibley, 4.25 stars
7. Dear Miss Kopp by Amy Stewart, OTS #6, 4.25 stars

February 2021
8. Banker by Dick Francis, OTS (K) #7, 3.5 stars
9. The Hour Of Land by Terry Tempest Williams, OTS #8, 4.25 stars
10. Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie, OTS #9, 3 stars
11. Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra, 3 stars
12. Air Mail by Pam Houston and Amy Irvine, 4.25 star
13. The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey, OTS #10, 3.25 stars
14. Death Of a Dustman by M C Beaton, OTS #11, 3 stars

March 2021
15. A Highland Christmas by M C Beaton, 3 stars
16. The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson, 4.25 stars
17. Speculative Los Angeles edited by Denise Hamilton, 3.5 stars
18. Death of a Gossip by M C Beaton, 2 stars
19. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, OTS #12, 4.25 stars
20. A Pale Horse by Charles Todd, OTS #13, 3 stars
21. The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths, 3 stars
22. The Haunted Heart Of Denver by Kevin Pharris, OTS #14, 2.5 stars

4Copperskye
Redigerat: jun 29, 1:09am

April 2021
23. Diamond Solitaire by Peter Lovesey, 2.5 stars
24. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, OTS #15, 4 stars
25. Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe, OTS #16, 4.5 stars
26. Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear, OTS #17, 2.75 stars
27. Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson, OTS #18, 4 stars

May 2021
28. A Fatal Lie by Charles Todd, 3 stars
29. This Is Happiness by Niall Williams, OTSk #19, 4 stars
30. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, OTS #20, 5 stars
31. Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson, 4 stars
32. Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri, 3.75 stars

June 2021
33. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly, OTS #21, 4.25 stars
34. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz, 4 stars
35. The Warmth Of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, OTS #22, 5 stars
36. The Pretty Little Box by Charles Todd, OTS #23, 2.75 stars
37. Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny, 3.75 stars

5Copperskye
Redigerat: jul 23, 11:41am

July 2021
38. Maigret's Childhood Friend by Georges Simenon, OTS #24, 3.5 stars
39. The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths, OTS #25, 4.25 stars
40. The Crime at Lock 14 by Georges Simenon, 2.75 stars
41. The Dry by Jane Harper, OTS #26, 4.5 stars
42. A Rising Man by Abid Mukherjee, OTS #27, 4 stars
43. Falling by T. J. Newman, 3.75 stars

6LizzieD
maj 8, 11:47pm

Dear Joanne, I gave up trying to keep up long ago, but even I could read a 5-post thread! Loving pats to lovely Skye and Boomer! They are both beautiful!
Happy New Thread and Happy Reading!!!!

7PaulCranswick
maj 8, 11:54pm

Happy new thread, Joanne. x

8FAMeulstee
maj 9, 7:59am

Happy new thread, Joanne!

>1 Copperskye: Aw, dear Skye, looking a bit dozy from anesthetics. Luckely most dogs recuperate fast.

9scaifea
maj 9, 9:20am

Happy new thread, Joanne! Please give both Skye and Boomer some behind-the-ear scritches for me!

10msf59
maj 9, 9:49am



Happy New Thread, Joanne. Have a special day, my friend. I hope you have been seeing some nice birds at your feeders.

11drneutron
maj 9, 10:08am

Happy new one!

12BLBera
maj 9, 10:37am

Happy new thread, Joanne. I hope Skye is feeling better.

13katiekrug
maj 9, 2:05pm

Happy new thread, Joanne!

Aw, poor Skye. Out-of-it doggos are just adorable, though. And Boomer is beautiful as always.

14Copperskye
maj 9, 10:18pm

>6 LizzieD: Hi Peggy! Thanks, and nice to see you here. And you sound just like me when it comes to reading the threads. I’m so bad at keeping up.

>7 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!

>8 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita, she was back to her old self after a good night’s sleep.

>9 scaifea: Hi Amber, will do!

>10 msf59: Hi Mark, Thank you! And good to see you back. Summer arrivals are here - towhees, chipping sparrows, House wrens, goldfinches, hummingbirds. This is the time of year that the Western Tanagers migrate through. I saw one very briefly yesterday morning. I put out cara cara orange halves and haven’t seen any since. Fingers crossed!

>11 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>12 BLBera: Hi Beth, Thanks, she’s feeling much better. That broken tooth was bothering her.

>13 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! They’re keepers.

15Copperskye
maj 9, 10:53pm



27. Blackout by Ragnar Jonasson

This is the second book in Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series and was every bit as good as the first. Ari Thor, the theology student turned policeman protagonist, is still working in remote northern Iceland, fitting in better but still missing the love of his life. This time he’s searching for a murderer and trying to prevent another death. He’s a like-able character and the setting is great. A new character, a news reporter, is also introduced, and the action switched between her and Ari.

For some reason, the books in this series were translated into English out of order but LT seems to list them in their correct chronological order (GR and Amazon don’t). The next one is Rupture.

16Copperskye
maj 10, 10:59pm



28. A Fatal Lie by Charles Todd

I really liked reading about narrowboats and learning about the British army’s Bantam Brigade. The mystery was fine, as Rutledge’s search for the identity of a dead man led to a search for a missing child. Maybe a few too many minor characters introduced. I really like the main characters and historical backgrounds of this series more than the plots.

17Copperskye
Redigerat: maj 11, 1:53am



29. This is Happiness by Niall Williams

A little slow but, wow, the author sure can turn a phrase. I highlighted dozens of lines on my ebook copy. Beautifully written story that takes the reader to a different time and place.

18scaifea
maj 11, 7:46am

>17 Copperskye: You had me at "sure can turn a phrase." Adding it to my list!

19rosalita
maj 11, 7:57am

>16 Copperskye: I really liked this one, too, Joanne. I want to go see that canal bridge over the big gorge although I'm not sure I'd want to go out into the middle!

20Copperskye
maj 11, 12:16pm

>18 scaifea: It's a good one, Amber, as long as you're not in a hurry.

>19 rosalita: Hi Julia, Me too! I've seen pictures of it but had no idea it was a canal bridge. What a gorgeous structure! And I love it when a book leads me to google and learn about such things. It's all really fascinating to me which is one reason why I like the series. Usually there's something new to discover.

21rosalita
maj 11, 1:52pm

>20 Copperskye: Yes, I really like that the authors choose settings that are not the same old "greatest hits" in British geography. :-)

22Copperskye
maj 12, 10:28am

>21 rosalita: Thank goodness for google. Between the books I read and the TV shows I watch, I’m learning new things all the time about British geography and history.

23Crazymamie
maj 12, 12:17pm

Happy new one, Joanne! The topper photos are sweet. Skye is looking totally out of it - just like Abby looked when I picked her up from a recent root canal. She also had to be sedated for it because if her CRPS.

>15 Copperskye: So interesting about this series. I read the first few as they came out and was very confused by the timeline moving forward and then going back.

24karenmarie
maj 12, 12:19pm

Hi Joanne! Happy new thread.

>1 Copperskye: Poor Skye, totally wiped out from a visit to the doggie dentist. Sweet Boomer, soaking up the rays.

25rosalita
maj 12, 1:05pm

>22 Copperskye: What on earth did we do before we had the internet at our fingertips, Joanne? So many things we just decided weren't important enough to try to find out ...

26BLBera
maj 12, 1:12pm

I have the Williams sitting on my desk, Joanne. I hope to get to it this summer. Along with many others!

27Copperskye
maj 13, 8:47pm

>23 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, Thank you! I hope Abby is feeling better after her root canal and sedation, poor thing. It’s weird how they released the Dark Iceland series in the US. In trying to figure out which one was next, I came across a huge spoiler in Ari Thor’s life. (I should have just trusted LT!) With the timeline moving forward, reading out of order would be disorienting.

>24 karenmarie: Hi Karen, Thank you!

>25 rosalita: I know, right!? We didn’t have a set of encyclopedias in the house growing up so if we wanted to know about anything not found in other books on the shelves, it was off to the library. Just a little more than a mile walk. The dark ages, for sure!

>26 BLBera: Hope you enjoy it, Beth!

28brenzi
maj 13, 8:56pm

>17 Copperskye: oh my how I loved that book Joanne. I've been meaning to get back to Williams. Such wonderful writing!

29Copperskye
maj 16, 2:03pm

>28 brenzi: It really was lovely, wasn't it, Bonnie. The History of Rain sounds good

30Copperskye
maj 17, 11:28pm





It’s Western Tanager Week! They only pass through briefly every spring on their way to the mountains. Every day there are a couple more until they disappear again for another year. I enjoy them while they’re here!

31rosalita
maj 18, 7:24am

>30 Copperskye: That's a beautiful birdie, Joanne!

32Copperskye
maj 18, 7:05pm

>31 rosalita: Hi Julia!

33msf59
maj 18, 10:19pm

>30 Copperskye: I love the Western Tanager! Great photos too, especially the action shot. We get scarlet & summer tanagers here. They are also both beautiful.

34msf59
Redigerat: maj 18, 10:25pm



-Summer Tanager. A recent shot. I wish I could have got closer.

35Copperskye
maj 19, 6:35pm



30. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I loved A Gentleman in Moscow, although I was late to read that one, too, so I don't know why I put off reading Towles' debut. The prose, the characters, the story, the setting - I loved them all. What a treat of a book to get lost in! I hated to finish it.

36Copperskye
maj 19, 6:36pm

>34 msf59: Such a handsome bird, Mark! I'm not sure if I've ever seen one.

37richardderus
maj 19, 7:57pm

Pretty tanagers, y'all. In Texas, we got Westerns, Summers, and my favorites, the Scarlets.

They're poetry on wings.

38BLBera
maj 20, 10:08am

>30 Copperskye: What gorgeous birdies, Joanne. I think I have a copy of the Towles around somewhere. Good to know it's another winner.

39karenmarie
maj 27, 8:52am

Hi Joanne.

>30 Copperskye: Wonderful photos. I have similar type hanger and have debated putting half an orange on it. Now I’ll do it and see if anybody takes advantage.

>35 Copperskye: I’m glad you liked Rules of Civility. It is so different from A Gentleman in Moscow, but definitely worthy.

40tymfos
maj 31, 4:39pm

Hi, Joanne.

Love your thread topper photos. Would love to hug your sweet pets!

>15 Copperskye: I read another series by Jonasson -- about Hulda, I think her name was. Very unusual series. That series wasn't chronological, either, though I don't know if it was when they were translated, or a device of the author related to one element of the series plotting. It actually worked really well that they weren't chronological. I read them a while back, but I think the last book was first (in terms of chronology) and held the key to finally explain a key element that kept one reading.

41Copperskye
maj 31, 9:14pm

>37 richardderus: Hello Richard! Now that’s a gorgeous bird! Almost makes me want to travel to Texas. :)

>38 BLBera: Hi Beth, I highly recommend Rules of Civility. And I was happy to see Towles has a new book coming out this year.

>39 karenmarie: Hi Karen, My squirrels enjoyed the orange halves, too. Well, frankly, they enjoy everything I put out for the birds.

>40 tymfos: Hi Terri, Thank you! I really like The Dark Iceland series. If I had read them in the order they were translated, though, I would have found them very disjointed. Not that Ari Thor’s personal issues are that important to the overall plots, but I like that aspect of the books. I do plan on reading the series you mentioned, too!

We’re having a chilly and very wet Memorial Day weekend (I think the last time I saw the sun was Saturday morning - very unusual here). But good for reading - I’m curled up with Michael Connelly’s The Brass Verdict.

42msf59
maj 31, 10:24pm

>37 richardderus: Beautiful! We have scarlet tanagers here as well. They keep well hidden but every once in awhile we get a good look.

Hi, Joanne. I hope you had a good holiday weekend. I never did read The Brass Verdict but loved The Lincoln Lawyer.

43Copperskye
jun 4, 10:43am

Hiya Mark! I know you don't read a lot of series, but The Brass Verdict is a good follow-up. Seems like summer has finally arrived here and I'm looking forward to spending some good quality time with it on the patio. We're being overrun with magpies in the neighborhood. There's a nest in our backyard neighbor's spruce and the fledglings are out and about. They all make quite a raucous. I took the suet down - squirrels I can deal with but these magpies are not welcome!

44richardderus
jun 4, 5:24pm

Happy weekend ahead's reads!

45Copperskye
jun 10, 4:36pm

Thanks Richard - new weekend coming soon!

46richardderus
jun 11, 1:22pm

>45 Copperskye: It's one of the few times I'm pleased to hear "incoming!!"

:-D

47Copperskye
jun 11, 11:03pm

>46 richardderus: :)



31. Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson

In this third book in the Dark Iceland series, things are quiet as the village is in quarantine. Ari takes the opportunity to look into a cold case involving the apparent suicide of a woman years earlier at an isolated farm. TV reporter Isrun helps Ari with his investigation as she also looks into two current cases, one of a missing child and the other a hit and run. This continues to be a series I look forward to reading. I especially love the characters and the setting.

48Copperskye
jun 12, 12:34am



32. Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Introspective and melancholy vignettes of a life. Well written, of course, but not something I really enjoyed.

49Copperskye
jun 12, 12:43am



33. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

The second book in the Lincoln Lawyer series and lots of fun. Bosch has a big role, too.

50Copperskye
jun 12, 1:06am



34.The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jake is a struggling writer who steals the plot of a deceased student’s novel. The resulting book is a hit but someone knows his secret and isn’t happy about it. A good, but really pretty predictable beach read. Jake’s thoughts on books, writing and publishing were entertaining.

51tymfos
jun 12, 10:24am

I just started reading The Plot. Our library website’s book reviewer really liked it. So far. I’m enjoying the writing style. I haven’t really gotten past the introductory pages into the plot.

52katiekrug
jun 12, 11:44am

>50 Copperskye: - I thought The Plot was a good summer read. But yes, a bit predictable.

53BLBera
jun 13, 3:03pm

Hi Joanne - I'll have to check out the Dark Iceland series. It sounds like one I might like. I agree that Whereabouts isn't one of Lahiri's best, but I still liked it. It reminded me a lot of The Friend. I'm on the fence about The Plot, but since there is a long list of people waiting for it, I don't have to decide right now.

54msf59
jun 13, 8:22pm

Happy Sunday, Joanne. I have been seeing more middling reviews on Whereabouts, so I don't think I will be rushing out to read it. Why didn't she just return to short fiction? This is where she kicks butt, IMHO.

I watched the first season of Line of Duty and really liked it. Did you say you were a fan of the show too?

55brenzi
jun 13, 9:42pm

Hi Joanne, you've tempted me with the Iceland series. It's not like I actually need another series but it sounds good.

56Copperskye
jun 15, 1:17am

>51 tymfos: Hi Terri, The Plot was a good summer read - I hope you’re having fun with it!

>52 katiekrug: Hi Katie! It was a fun one. I stayed up way too late finishing it.

>53 BLBera: Hi Beth, I haven’t read The Friend yet. The Dark Iceland series is a good one!

>54 msf59: Hi Mark, Agree about Lahiri’s short fiction. Have you read The Lowland? I have it here but haven’t read it yet. I loved The Namesake, too. Line of Duty is great and gets even better! I just might get Britbox to watch the new season.

>55 brenzi: Hi Bonnie, At least there are only a handful of them rather than 20 or 30!

This week I’m reading The Warmth Of Other Suns and when I need a break from that, The Reign of Wolf 21. I also started listening to Death Of a Dreamer while writing Postcards to Swing States.

57FAMeulstee
jun 16, 12:57pm

>47 Copperskye: Thanks, Joanne, I just finished the first Dark Iceland book.

58PaperbackPirate
jun 16, 10:45pm

>30 Copperskye: Beautiful!

>35 Copperskye: I've had this on my tbr forever. Thank you for the push!

59Copperskye
jun 18, 1:10am

>57 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I hope you liked it!

>58 PaperbackPirate: Hi Pirate! Thanks! Rules Of Civility was so good, I hope you like it as much as I did.

60msf59
jun 18, 1:41pm

Happy Friday, Joanne. I have read The Lowland but I do not remember much about it. I gave it 4.5, so I must have enjoyed it quite a bit.

Congrats on seeing the 2 GHOs! What a nice surprise that was.

61Copperskye
jun 18, 11:05pm

>60 msf59: Hi Mark! Well, 4.5 stars isn't too shabby of a rating. I often really like a book but then don't remember details. And it was a wonderful surprise to see the owls and now I keep looking for them! No luck tonight but it was starting to get too dark to really see much. Our hot weather seems to have finally broke - three days in a row with triple digit heat is (or was) practically unheard of this early in the year.

62Copperskye
jun 22, 9:13pm



Here’s Skye looking much happier than she did up thread.

63rosalita
jun 23, 2:08pm

Such a sweet girl! She's waiting for you to put down the camera and pick up that ball and toss it. :-)

64FAMeulstee
jun 24, 7:00am

>62 Copperskye: Lovely picture from Skye, so much happier than she was at the top of your thread.
Thanks for sharing, Joanne, this picture made me smile :-)

65BLBera
jun 24, 8:53am

>62 Copperskye: What a cutie!

66Copperskye
jun 25, 7:21pm

>63 rosalita: That's pretty much it, Julia!

>64 FAMeulstee: Glad to hear it, Anita. I should switch out that photo in >1 Copperskye:!

>65 BLBera: That she is, Beth! :)

67richardderus
jun 25, 11:20pm

>62 Copperskye: Oh, how I want to schmoozle those magnificent ears!

Good weekend wishes, Joanne, good reading and some good doggie kisses too.

68PaperbackPirate
jun 25, 11:21pm

>62 Copperskye: Glad she's feeling better now!

69Copperskye
jun 26, 7:15pm

>67 richardderus: Come on over, Richard, she loves to have her ears schmoozled! Cool and wet weekend for us - I think we accidentally got the Pacific Northwest’s weather.

>68 PaperbackPirate: Hi Pirate! That she is!

70BLBera
jul 3, 8:27am

I'm happy to be sharing a read with you, Joanne. I'm finding The Night Hawks hard to put down!

71Copperskye
jul 10, 12:52am

>70 BLBera: Hi Beth, I just finished it yesterday and thought it was great. It’s my new favorite Ruth book!

72Copperskye
jul 10, 1:10am



35. The Warmth Of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

This was fascinating account of the migration of African Americans from the horrors of Jim Crow south. I didn’t realize that Wilkerson would be telling the individual stories of three very different people who left from different southern states, in three different decades, for three different areas of the country. The historical details and epic storytelling made for a powerful read. I can’t imagine the amount of research that went into it. This was one of those books that I’m sorry I didn’t get to sooner.

73Copperskye
jul 10, 1:14am



36. The Pretty Little Box by Charles Todd

An odd little bibliomystery about a stolen box with a curse attached to it. Meh.

74Copperskye
jul 10, 1:18am



37. Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heany

A light and sometimes humorous look at small town life and love and the meaning of family. Fun, but kind of forgettable.

75Copperskye
jul 10, 1:29am



38 Maigret’s Childhood Friend by Georges Simenon

Maigret’s old schoolmate may or may not be a murderer but he turns to Maigret to declare his innocence. I thought this was one of the better books I’ve read in this long running French Detective series.

76msf59
jul 10, 8:40am

Happy Saturday, Joanne. Hooray for The Warmth Of Other Suns. A monumental work. I hope you are enjoying cooler temps. It has been nice here, the past couple of days. My feeders have been completely quiet. I miss my birdies.

77Rodake_6931
jul 10, 8:59am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

78richardderus
jul 10, 12:37pm

Saturday orisons, Joanne, and lots of lovely reading ahead. More like >75 Copperskye: (I like that one as well) and fewer like >73 Copperskye: (I don't care for that author's works myownself).

79AMQS
jul 10, 6:17pm

Hi Joanne! I've enjoyed catching up here. Love the photos of your pets and your birds - wow! Poor Skye - root canals are no fun. Whistler had to have anesthesia recently and took a long time to come out of it fully - like nearly 2 weeks. It was a bit of a gamble to give it to him at all, but one we had to take.

Great reads here - I've had The Warmth of Other Suns on my list for years, and I have Rules of Civility on my Axis360 wish list. Maybe I'll move it up!

80BLBera
jul 11, 9:31am

Hi Joanne: I also loved The Warmth of Other Suns. The one ones sound like books I can pass on, thank goodness. I have been looking at lists for anticipated books for the fall and my WL has become HUGE!

81Copperskye
jul 14, 9:43pm

>76 msf59: Hi Mark, I’m looking forward to reading her latest, Caste. Have you read it? We had a cool, cloudy/smoky day today but it should warm up to the high 80s by tomorrow. I can’t wait! I’m going to take down my feeders when the seed runs out in a day or two. There are reported cases of conjunctivitis and tumors in finches in the Front Range. Depending on the news, I’ll put them up again in the fall. The feeders have been quiet anyway, but I do feel bad for our chickadees (they nest in a box in our neighbors yard and eat here) but I don’t want any getting sick either. :(

>78 richardderus: Hi Richard! I’m happy that I have so many Maigret books to get to (also happy that they’re relatively short)! I’m glad to hear you like them, too!

>79 AMQS: Hi Anne! Nice to see you! Those are both great books that I think you’d like! I’m sorry to hear Whistler apparently had some surgery. Poor boy, I know it’s especially hard when they get older. I hope he’s doing ok.

>80 BLBera: Hi Beth! Darn these writers writing such great books! We readers are so lucky! :)