Six in Six: 2020

I’m pleased to see that Jo at The Book Jotter  is running this meme again this year to summarise six months of reading, sorting the books into six categories – you can choose from the ones Jo suggests or come up with your own. I think it’s a good way at looking back over the last six months’ reading.

This year I haven’t been reading as much as in previous years and up to the end of June the total was standing at 36 books. Several books could fit into the same categories, so to avoid duplication, for my last category I’ve chosen Jo’s category of ‘Six authors I read last year – but not so far this year‘ and added the books by those authors that I want to read.

Here are my six categories (with links to my reviews, except for the category of Six Authors I Read Last Year, which I’ve linked to Amazon UK):

Six Crime Fiction

  1. Death Has Deep Roots by Michael Gilbert
  2. Remain Silent by Susie Steiner
  3. The Sleepwalker by Joseph Knox
  4. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
  5. An Air That Kills by Andrew Taylor
  6. The Guardians by John Grisham

Six Authors New to me

  1. Sword by Bogdan Teodorescu
  2. The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford
  3. Queen Lucia by E F Benson
  4. Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin
  5. Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
  6. Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Six books from the past that drew me back there

  1. The Lady of the Ravens by Joan Hickson
  2. Hitler’s Secret by Rory Clements
  3. The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey
  4. The Deep by Alma Katsu
  5. Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan
  6. The Year Without Summer by Guinevere Glasfurd

Six  Books I Read on Kindle

  1. The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray
  2. Writing Wild by Kathryn Aalto
  3. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  4. Looking Good Dead by Peter James
  5. The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson
  6. The Last Protector by Andrew Taylor

Six Physical Books I Read

  1. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  2. Happy Old Me by Hunter Davies
  3. A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill
  4. The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley
  5. Yesterday’s Papers by Martin Edwards
  6. Deadheads by Reginald Hill

Six authors I read last year – but not so far this year and their books I want to read

  1. Jo Spain – With Our Blessing – the 1st Inspector Tom Reynolds mystery, because I’ve read the 4th book, but not the first three.
  2. Jane Harper – The Dry – the 1st Aaron Falk novel. I’ve already read the 2nd, Force of Nature.
  3. Lisa Jewell – Invisible Girl – her new novel to be published 6 August.
  4. S G Maclean – The House of Lamentations – the final Damian Seeker novel – I’ve read the first four.
  5. Lucinda Riley – The Storm SisterThe Seven Sisters Book 2. I’ve read the first one.
  6. Claire Douglas – Just Like the Other Girls – her new thriller to be published 6 August.

How is your reading going this year? Do let me know if you take part in Six in Six too.

12 thoughts on “Six in Six: 2020

  1. What a great way to look back on six months of reading, Margaret. I like the categories, and I like it that you can choose the categories that work for you (or make up your own). Like you, I enjoy historical novels, so it was good to see some of them on your list (a few have really caught my eye (and threatened my TBR… 😉 )

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    1. Thanks, Margot. I wouldn’t worry about any threat to your TBR – mine gets threatened every day and it still survives and grows all the time.


  2. There are several books here which catch my eye, Margaret. I’ve been intending to read The Dry for ages. I really don’t know why I haven’t got to it yet!

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  3. Well done! It’s harder this year with us all having struggled more with reading but it’s made us all be more inventive with those categories! I’ve read seven of your choices and enjoyed them all. Of the ones in your last category, I’ve only read The Dry and I’m certain you’ll love it!

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    1. Thanks, FF! I can see that I really must read The Dry as soon as possible – it’s just that I’m reading The Luminaries right now, which I am finding so absorbing, and there are so many others that keep shouting ‘Read me, Read ME’.

      Thinking about it I realise that that is the reason some books keep getting left on the shelf – they don’t demand my attention at the right moment. 🙂

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