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2016

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This is my journey in books for 2016!

TOTALS
I read 3,216 pages across 12 books Img bookstack 20

Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
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SHORTEST BOOK
186 pages
Quartet in Autumn
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LONGEST BOOK
325 pages
Home
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Home by Marilynne Robinson
AVERAGE LENGTH
268 pages

MOST POPULAR
150,154
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harol...
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
God and Politics in Esther by Yoram Hazony
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LEAST POPULAR
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God and Politics in Esther
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JUDY’S AVERAGE RATING FOR 2016
3.7

God and Politics in Esther by Yoram Hazony
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS
God and Politics in Esther
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4.31 average
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Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
Judy’s first review of the year
liked it
This has been my least favorite Pym novel, and I feel a bit guilty over the 3-star rating, as Quartet in Autumn, written late in her career, was hailed as one of her best, and nominated for The Booker Prize. However, even for a Pym story I felt it very slow going for the first half, the four main characters either unlikable or just dull.

The main characters, Norman, Letty, Marcia and Edwin, are all 60-somethings sharing a dull office (the exact n
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JUDY’S 2016 BOOKS
Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
God and Politics in Esther by Yoram Hazony
it was amazing
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror by John Mortimer
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
The Grammar of God by Aviya Kushner
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
In the Land of Second Chances by George Shaffner
An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
it was amazing
An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
Judy’s last review of the year
it was amazing
This is a terrific novel, written with literary intelligence, lovely turns of phrase, and realistic characters and scenarios. Wolitzer reminds me, a little, of Barbara Pym, the British author of many novels that take a quiet, wry look at society and people's struggles for connection. It's hard to find novels about contemporary life and situations without a tangle of heavy dysfunction larding it down. Of course, problems create drama which create ...more
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