Reading in 2021

 

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I never read as many books as I would like to, but I’m always happy to have read the ones I have.  At this point in my reading life, if a book’s message doesn’t grab me within a certain number of pages it is set aside.  There were quite a few of those this year.  That said, the ones you see here were all very good reading and I’d recommend any of them.  If you have any questions about any of them, please feel free to ask in the comments.

Oh, one more thing of mention.  Amazon.com refused to accept my review of the Tama Janowitz book, despite tweaking it to meet their submission guidelines.  I honestly think they are afraid of being sued by one of the estates or individuals Tama disses in it (my guess is by her daddy, who sounds like a real peach of a guy.)  My response:  no more product reviews for you, Amazon.  They have refused to respond to my questions of why it was refused and make it extremely difficult to find places on their site to reach anyone to complain to about it. 

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  1. Paula Light says:

    Wow, that’s unfortunate re Amazon. I’ve never had a review rejected even negative ones…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know what you mean! It was a positive review but she does do a little bit of mud-slinging in the book. Sadly the mud has the thwap of truth to it.

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  2. Dave says:

    Good stuff! You outdid me last year, I think I read 16 books entirely… I always hope to read more but, quality not quantity I guess. I’ve come to realize that while my comprehension skills are very good, I read fairly slowly (unless it’s some article I’m just quickly skimming.)
    I know what you mean about putting aside books that don’t grab. I bought a Faulkner novel last year, because I’d heard so much about how great and influential a writer he was, but after two tries and about 20 pages, I just tossed it into the donate pile. No disrespect to him or his fans, but it wasn’t getting me to see what came next at all.
    The George Harrison one is on my list to hopefully look at this year, and maybe the Nick hornby. I’ve read several of his and saw the movie ‘Juliet Naked’ but haven’t read the book yet.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dave, are you on goodreads? I love that site because it is so easy to keep track of books and easy to do reviews of them and to read others’ reviews. I know what you mean about being disappointed by those famous authors. You assume because their names are household words that they have to be good, but not so. Chuck Palahniuk (my favorite author) is a good one for poking fun at those old tomes. He targeted Michael Ondaatje’s, “The English Patient” in one of his books, and “Finnegan’s Wake” in another. (There are probably others.) I love Ondaatje’s writing and so that ticked me off a bit, but each to his own taste. George’s book is thick but actually not all that much heavy reading. Lots of pictures and pages of song lyrics. Very much worth reading. I love Hornby’s writing. “Juliet Naked” the movie follows the book pretty closely but still worth a read. What was your favorite book read in 2021?

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  3. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I Me Mine…that is the one that Lennon had a problem with right? Does George open up or is he pretty guarded in this one. I’ve never read it before…I’ve read a George Harrison bio (Here Comes The Sun) by Joshua M. Greene and it was pretty good.

    I listen to about 12-15 audio books a year…because of my long track to and from work.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, I don’t know why Lennon would have a problem with that book, there are no “mortal handholds” to climb a grudge against it with. The first part is about his childhood and school and the rest is pictures (with a couple of silly captions added to some,) song lyrics, and notes on the lyrics. As silly as I’ve seen Lennon be, I think he’d be pretty picky to diss anything in I Me Mine. I don’t consider him opening up much in this book, it’s pretty dry in that respect. I would love to read any book written by him where he does open up. What was your favorite book from 2021?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        As far as books I’ve read in 2021…Baseball 100, You Never Give Me Your Money (book about the lawsuits of the Beatles), and Revolution In The Head (Beatles book on every song)…

        Only the Baseball book was written this year. Oho…I’m about to read a book called

        “All Things Must Pass Away: Harrison, Clapton, and Other Assorted Love Songs” by Kenneth Womack and Jason Kruppa… It was just released this year.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Music (Beatles) and Baseball, why am I not surprised 🙂 Hoping you do a review of that last one. Sounds like it would be really good.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            It should be because their friendship was a movie worthy!

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            1. msjadeli says:

              You know I kind of see George and Eric as kindred spirits.

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                I just downloaded it….they are

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      2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Sorry…last year lol

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  4. Carol anne says:

    I didn’t set myself a reading challenge last year, but this year I am setting one! I hope to read 100 books and if I read more then I’ll be really pleased, I love reading! ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carol anne, that’s an awesome challenge to set for yourself. What was your favorite book in 2021?

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      1. Carol anne says:

        Oh my goodness it’s hard to just pick one, but I liked and innocent baby by Cathy Glass

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        1. msjadeli says:

          What’s it about, Carol anne?

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          1. Carol anne says:

            It’s a foster care memoir about a girl a teenager who has a baby and it turns out she has suffered horrific abuse Cathy Glass is a UK foster parent she writes memoirs are both her foster children they are all really good

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Good to know about Cathy Glass. It’s sad to know she has so much to write about 😦

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              1. Carol anne says:

                She is a brilliant author, I think you would like her 💙💙

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  5. Dale says:

    Are you an author? If you have author in your bio, you are automatically dismissed – which is the stupidest rule ever. Like writers can’t be readers? I managed 18 out of my goal of 24. I’m determined to reach it this year. When I see some have read over 100, I am in awe. I remember when I used to read way more than I do now… blogging is such a time-suck. As is working I’m very ready to cut out the working part 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, no, I don’t have author in my bio, and this is the first time ever they’ve turned down a book or any other kind of product review from me. I used to be a voracious reader and mowed through them when I was much younger (having a horrible home life as a kid drove me to get lost in books.) When I went to college reading began to feel like punishment and by the time I got out my taste for it was soured. I’ve really only gotten back to it in the last few years. Good for you in reading 18 books and good luck on reaching your goal this year. What was your favorite book read in 2021?

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      1. Dale says:

        Then that is very strange. Of course, you will probably get as much help as I do from FB for my blog being blocked… Pffft. All these bots taking over, there is no human connection and no way to plead our cases.
        Sorry you had to get lost in books. I’ve always enjoyed it, going through waves of being lost in a book to not touching one for ages…

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