Read in 2020

January

National & International DaysTitle
Australia Day, Australia. 26th JanuaryHappy Valley by Patrick White Australian classic; Australian Nobel prize-winning author; set in Australia.
Republic Day, India. 26th January.The far field : a novel, by Madhuri Vijay Set in India; Indian author.
Literary AwardsTitle
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award To Name Those Lost, Rohan Wilson
2014 Winner Victoria Premier’s Literary
Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Two of the words in the title start with the letter M.Meet Me at Lennon’s by Melanie Myers
The theme of the book is survival that does not involve war situations.After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
The book is set in a small town. Taking Tom Murray Home by Tim Slee
The book is set in Italy, India or Indonesia.The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
The theme is North American aboriginal people.The Round House by Louise Erdrich
There is a wild animal on the cover.The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
Set in the 19th centuryTo Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson
A book written by a Nobel Prize in Literature winner.Happy Valley by Patrick White

February

National and International DaysTitle
Waitingi Day, New Zealand 6th FebruaryDied in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh Set in New Zealand; New Zealand author.
Estonia Independence Day 24th FebruaryThe Willow King : the birds of the muses, by Meelis Friedenthal Set in Estonia; Estonian author
Literary AwardsTitle
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Winner announced 29th February 2020The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones
2020 shortlist
Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
The cover has a keyThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The book is set between 1760 and 1820.The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan
The book’s genre is time travel.The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence
The word “king” is in the titleThe Willow King : the birds of the muses, by Meelis Friedenthal
Originally published 2018The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones
There is one or more sheep on the cover.Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh
The book was translated from another language to EnglishA Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
First or second in a seriesThe End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde

March

National and International DaysTitle
World Wildlife Day 3rd March. Celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Tiger by Polly Clark – about the Amur (Siberian tiger), of which there are only about 500 left in the wild.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21st MarchThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin One of the themes of the novel is race discrimination.
Ghana Independence Day 6th MarchThe Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry The story is set partly in Ghana 1957.
Pakistan Republic Day 23rd MarchThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid Mohsin Hamid is a British/Pakistani writer. The novel takes place partly in Pakistan, dealing with its cultural and political issues.
Literary AwardsTitle
Indie Book Awards (Aus) Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar Indie Book of the Year Debut Fiction 2016
Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
The book has “tiger” in the title. Tiger by Polly Clark
The book is set in New YorkThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin
The cover has a woman wearing a hat.The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
The genre is Scandinavian mysteryLittle Siberia by Antti Tuomainen.
A book by an Irish author, other than C. S. LewisThe Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
The cover has a detailed feather on it.Here We Are by Graham Swift
Setting is between 1900 and 1920House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
OtherTitle
A known author. I’ve also read: “The Gathering” and “The Green Road”.Actress by Anne Enright
Recommended to meThe Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

April

National and International DaysTitle
St George’s Day, England.To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Literary AwardsTitle
The Pulitzer Prize for FictionThe Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx 1994 winner
Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Set in one of the 4 Maritime Provinces of Canada (The Shipping News is set in Newfoundland/ Labrador).The Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx
Written by French author.The Braid by Laetitia Colombani
Set in Iceland, or written by an Icelandic author.The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson
Cover is 75% green.Greenwood by Michael Christie
The genre of mythology. Circe by Madeline Miller
A classic written by a woman.To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
OtherTitle
Genre: Historical fictionThe Year Without Summer Guinevere Glasfurd
Known author; Australian historical fictionTrue History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
Australian historyMrs Kelly by Grantlee Kieza

May

National and International DaysTitle
Jordan Independence Day 25th MayAppointment With Death by Agatha Christie
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Author is a Mary, Edith or SybilThe Inheritance of Solomon Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis
Mountains on the coverThe Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The word “Orphan” is in the title or a significant character is an orphanA Thousands Moons by Sebastian Barry
Flower other than orchid on coverThe Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
OtherTitle
Recommended to meConjure Women by Atakora, Afia
Known authorThe Dickens Boy by Tom Keneally

June

Literary AwardsTitle
International Dublin Literary Award 2020 awards postponed due to COVID-19Idaho by Emily Ruskovich – 2019 Winner – International Dublin Literary Award
Walter Scott Prize The Redeemed by Tim Pears2020 Shortlist – Walter Scott Prize
Australian Book Industry AwardsGood Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham – 2020 Longlist – Australian Book Industry Awards
Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Genre is thrillerThe Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel
Hand on the coverThe Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Horse on the coverThe Redeemed by Tim Pears
OtherTitle
Recommended; Australian setting and authorA Treacherous Country by K.M. Kruimink
Known authorGulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater
RecommendedHow Much of These Hills is Gold? by C. Pam Zhan

July

National and International DaysTitle
Somalia 1 JulyCrossbones by Nuruddin Farah
Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
The title is one word starts with the letter “D”. Dreamland, Nancy Bilyeau
Book is part of a trilogyCrossbones by Nuruddin Farah
Stormy seasOn the Java Ridge by Jock Serong
Originally published in FrenchAfter the Circus, by Patrick Modiano Translated by Mark Polizzotti
OtherTitle
Recommended; Historical FictionShadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
Australian author; Historical FictionOn a Barbarous Coast by Craig Cormick & Harold Ludwick
RecommendedThe End of October, Lawrence Wright
Recommended; Historical FictionTyll, Daniel Kehlmann Translated Ross Benjamin
RecommendedEight Lives by Susan Hurley
RecommendedOne Good Deed by David Baldacci

August

TitleFor:
The Enchanted April, Elizabeth Von ArnimYLTO: Setting is April, and the word “April” is in the title.
Fallen land : a novel, Taylor BrownYLTO: The story is about the American Civil War.
The Death of Comrade President, Alain Mabanckou. Translated by Helen StevensonYLTO: Set in Africa/ African author
Astonish Me, Maggie ShipsteadYLTO: Theme is Dance
Quota, Jock SerongYLTO: The title of the book starts with Q or Z.
Larchfield, Polly ClarkYLTO: Set in Scotland /a Scottish author.
Stone Sky Gold Mountain, Mirandi Riwoe.Australian Historical Fiction
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott FitzgeraldYLTO: Author’s name is Francis
One, Patrick HollandYLTO: Large eye on cover

September

TitleFor:
Dragon Teeth, Michael CrichtonYLTO: Theme is dinosaurs
The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghyRecommended to me.
Simon the Fiddler, Paulette JilesYLTO: The theme is the American Civil War.
Sisters, Daisy JohnsonRecommended to me.
The Days of Abandonment, Elena FerranteKnown author
In the Country of Men, Hisham MatarYLTO: The book was a prize winner in 2007
The Burning Island, Jock SerongKnown author
Mammoth, Chris FlynnYLTO: The book is written from an animal’s point of view.
A Room Made of Leaves : a novel / Kate Grenville.Known author
The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Richard FlanaganYLTO: Author’s name is Richard

October

TitleFor:
The Survivors, Jane HarperKnown author
All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent DaltonKnown author
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg MasonRecommended to me
A River With a City Problem, Margaret Cook2020 Finalist People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award
Abstainer, Ian McGuireKnown author
The Great Homecoming, Anna KimNational Day, Republic of Korea 3rd October
I’m thinking of ending things / Iain Reid.Recommended to me.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (No Glanceabook page)YLTO: Middle grade fiction
The Brisbane Line / J.P. Powell.Recommended to me.
Moonlite: The Tragic Love Story of Captain Moonlite and the Bloody End of the Bushrangers, Linnell, Garry.Known author
One by One, Ruth WareKnown author
The Wreck, Meg KeneallyKnown author
Home Stretch, Graham NortonKnown author

November

TitleFor:
A Bookshop in Algiers, Kaouther AdimiAnniversary of the Revolution, Algeria 1 November
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys Dominica Independence Day 3 November
The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley St Andrew’s Day, Scotland 30 November
The guest list / Lucy Foley.
The Last Convict, Anthony HillReserved at L. #1 in queue
The Devil and the Dark water, Stuart TurtonReserved at L. #1 in queue
Truganini : journey through the apocalypse / Cassandra Pybus.Reserved at L. #5 in queue
Ship of Death : the tragedy of the ‘Emigrant’ / Jane Margaret Smith
The mother fault / Kate Mildenhall.
Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind National Book Award
Reserved at L. #4 in queue
Irish Book awards
Scottish Book Awards

December

Title:For:
China, Edward Rutherfurd The People’s Republic of China 1 October. Reserved at L. Book is on order. #1 in queue
The Circle of Karma by Kunzang ChodenBhutan 17 December
Emperor’s Birthday, Japan 23 DecemberThe Thousands Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
International Mountain Day 11 December
Literary AwardsTitle
Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia)