Other Books Read in December 2020

I saved two books I read in December for today’s blog post, not wanting to make last week’s post too long. One is a new novel and the other was from my to-be-read (TBR) list. I continue to add more books to my TBR than I check off. That’s just the way it is. My TBR hovers around 300, give or take 10-20 books. I need to ignore the number. Stressing over it isn’t beneficial.

The following two books transported me to England and Mississippi in December without leaving the Covid-19-free safety of my home.

Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

The first book I read by British author Lisa Jewell was The Family Upstairs in November 2019. I didn’t particularly enjoy listening to that book because one of the characters had a limited vocabulary. By that, I’m referring to the fact that the character used “the f-word” to such excess that I found it distracting. (Here’s the link to my blog post about the books I read in November 2019: Four Other Books I Read in November 2019.) Nevertheless, I decided to give Lisa Jewell another chance, so I listened to her new novel, And Then She Was Gone. I’m glad I did.

Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone is a cleverly-developed psychological thriller. A little girl disappears shortly after her tutor is let go. The little girl’s mother never gives up hope of finding her daughter. Many years later she is introduced to a young girl. She is the spitting image of her missing daughter. I was hooked by this story early on, and I wanted to see it through to the end. The longer I listened to this book, the more I was eager to see what would happen next.

Having a female predator made this novel different from the norm. We just don’t expect a woman to fill that role in real life or in fiction. Did the tutor have something to do with the little girl’s disappearance? If so, why did she do it? There are some surprises in the end that made me wish I had time to reread the book from the beginning to look for bits of foreshadowing I possibly missed the first time.

The Appeal, by John Grisham

This novel by John Grisham has been on my TBR for years. I finally got around to reading it. Actually, I listened to it. Michael Beck does such a good job recording John Grisham’s books, I’ve come to prefer to listen to his novels instead of reading the printed word.

The Appeal deals with a number of trials and appeals. The main one is an appeal filed after a jury in Mississippi finds a chemical company guilty of causing a cluster of cancer cases. The owner of the company decides to “purchase” a seat on the Mississippi State Supreme Court.

This book shines a bright light on the problems that can be created by making judgeships elected positions. When a judge is put in the position of needing to raise money for his or her campaign, it opens the door for all kinds of corruption. Mr. Grisham usually has a point he wants to get across, and I believe that was the one that stood out in The Appeal.

There is also a moral dilemma revealed near the end of the book.

Since my last blog post

Since my last blog post, insurrectionists and domestic terrorists stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. I’m so angry and stunned that I’m still searching for words to attempt to describe how I feel. I’ve tried very hard the last four years not to make comments about politics in my blog posts; however, what happened last Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC was done at the direction and encouragement of Donald J. Trump, Sr., the sitting president of the United States of America.

It was a failed coup. There is no punishment for Trump and his enablers that is equal to their crimes.

The United States Capitol Photo credit: Ajay Parthasarathy on unsplash.com

I can almost forgive the people who voted for Trump in 2016. With time, maybe I’ll be able to completely forgive them. For the people who voted for him again in November 2020, you knew exactly what you were voting for and you got it on January 6. Unfortunately, we all got it on January 6—and we didn’t deserve it. As a Christian, I’m supposed to forgive you. Let’s just say I’m a work in progress. May God have mercy on my soul. May God have mercy on you.

Until my next blog post

I hope you have a good book to read or a good one to write – or both.

Make time to do something you’re really passionate about. For me, that’s writing.

Wear a mask, and get the Covid-19 vaccination as soon as you’re eligible. That’s still a few weeks or months away for me.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post today.


12 thoughts on “Other Books Read in December 2020

  1. Two very interesting books that do pose very clever strategies to deal with different problems but problems that are profound nonetheless. I will write those titles down and put them on my list. You’ve finished by giving good advise. It is very important to wear that mask and to keep the protocols. All the best Janet,

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  2. I’m glad these two books caught your interest, Francisco. I must admit, though, it makes me nervous when someone adds a book to their list based on my recommendation. LOL!
    It was another historic day in the US today with the impeachment. The more we’re learning about the failed coup, the more concerning it becomes. I’m sure you’re following all the details. Sad, sad times. And we all thought 2020 would go down as one of the worst years in history! We were so very wrong.
    Now the US govt. wants everyone 65 years old and older to get the Covid-19 vaccine ASAP, but on the county level, there’s not enough vaccine available. One of our neighboring counties ran out yesterday and had to cancel vaccinations scheduled for today. The county I live in has online registration, but you still have to be 75 or older to register. My sister will get her first shot next Tuesday, but I still have no idea when I’ll be able to get mine. J

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  3. I can’t believe the confusion, the bad planning and the carelessness that some counties in some states are demonstrating. It is sad and I truly hope that things will begin to change and fast! Yes! He’s gained another first, the first President in US history to be impeached twice! I hope this marks a new beginning in US politics one where politicians realise that they are public servants, nothing more and that they work for the people not for the Party! And don’t worry, I think your books are all excellent! I still don’t know about my vaccine either, it’s going slow and everyday record contagions and deaths are recorded in Europe. It’s crazy and if I didn’t have faith I would be scared. But I do and I am not. Take good care and all the best Janet,

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  4. It has become difficult, David. Part of me thinks I need to speak out since I have this platform. I don’t want to be complicit in my silence.


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