Read in 2020


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


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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


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
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


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
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


National and International DaysTitle
Jordan Independence Day 25th MayAppointment With Death by Agatha Christie
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
Recommended to meConjure Women by Atakora, Afia
Known authorThe Dickens Boy by Tom Keneally


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
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


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
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


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


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


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


The Wreck, Meg KeneallyKnown author
One by One, Ruth WareKnown author
Home Stretch, Graham Norton2020 shortlisted Popular Fiction Book of the Year Irish Book awards
Ship of Death : the tragedy of the ‘Emigrant’ / Jane Margaret SmithRecommended to me.
The Mother Fault / Kate Mildenhall.Recommended to me.
The Guest List / Lucy Foley.Recommended to me.
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys Dominica Independence Day 3 November
Lucky’s, Andrew PipposRecommended to me.
Infinite Splendours, Sofie LagunaKnown author


Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam2020 Finalist National Book Award for Fiction
The Map of Salt and Stars, Zeyn JoukhadarYLTO December Challenge (the word “stars” in the title)
The Nowhere Child, Christian WhiteKnown author
The Waiter, Matias Faldbakken Translated by Alice MenziesRecommended to me.
Weather, Jenny OffillRecommended to me.
The Foundling, Stacey HallsRecommended to me.
Silence, Susan AllottRecommended to me.
Jack, Marilynne RobinsonKnown author.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley JacksonRecommended to me.
The Tender Land, William Kent KruegerRecommended to me.