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My Life in Books 2020

It’s time to play My Life in Books once more. I did this last year and it was a fun way to look back over the last twelve months of reading.

The idea of the meme is to answer a few questions using only the titles of books read in 2020, trying not to use any book more than once. Links in the titles will take you to my reviews where I’ve got around to writing them .

In high school I was: The Girl with the Louding Voice  by Abi Daré

People might be surprised by (the knock on the door when  ) A Monster Calls  by Patrick Ness

I will never be Old Baggage by Lissa Evans (at least I hope not! )

The sound of things falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

My life in lockdown was like The Sound Of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

My fantasy job is (to be) The Curious Curate by M C Beaton (but only if I get to curate a library or a museum)

At the end of a long day I need The Mirror and the Light  by Hilary Mantel ( how else would I know where I hid that gin bottle??)

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith

I hate being (In) The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith (have had more than my fair share of the hospital variety in recent years)

Wish I had: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

My family reunions are : The Quiche of Death by M C Beaton (better not let my family see that….I might be disinherited)

At a party you’d find me with: Normal People by Sally Rooney (boring eh??)

I’ve never been to: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Love by Hanne

A happy day includes (time with) Dear Edward by Ann Napolitana (in case you’re wondering, Edward is my husband’s name)

Motto I live by (is) Love by Hanne Ørstavik

On my bucket list  (is a visit to) The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

In my next life, I want to have (A) Dear Life by Rachel Clarke

The origins of this meme are rather hazy but I spotted it this year via Karen @ kaggsy’sbookramblings and Lisa @ANZLitLovers. It was a bit more challenging this year because my reading has slowed right down and the titles of the books I did read, didn’t lend themselves that well to the prompts. Not to worry, its only a bit of frivolity at the end of a dark year.


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

17 thoughts on “My Life in Books 2020

  • So clever!! Brilliant titles to suit. A great party trick, Karen. A Zoom party!!.

    • We’re all getting used to those Zoom parties…..sadly

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  • Great answers, Karen – I particularly love The Quiche of Death for your family reunions and that you need Mirror and Light to find the gin bottle! 😅 I hope to have my own version of this meme up soon. 🙂

  • I’m not sure I’d want to be a curate, but I’ve always fancied being a vicar, one of those old fashioned English ones who doesn’t believe in God.

  • tracybham

    This looks like fun, I might give it a try. I liked seing your reviews for Old Baggage and The Midnight Library. Mattie plays a part in Lissa Evans’ Crooked Heart, so I recently purchased a copy of Old Baggage. My husband purchased The Midnight Library and we are both planning on reading it, but having read your review, I don’t know if he will like it or not. He nevers quits a book after he starts it though, so it will be interesting.

  • Ha ha, how perfect that you had a book with your husband’s name!

    • I love the fact it’s not too difficult to do. It’s also a great way to look back at the year and refresh the memory about what I’ve read

  • We’re all appreciating the frivolity! Fun meme!

  • Please don’t ask me to join you at any parties, Karen. Sounds dangerous!

    • Well by the time we are allowed to have parties again, I might well be a different personality …


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