We all know 2020 is a weird year. Well, weird is one way to put it. I’m sure it will only continue that way in the next six weeks as we round out the year. It only seems fitting that my 52nd read of the year is also a bit weird.
The Twilight Saga was the “it thing” when I was in high school. I read all four books and saw the first two movies. The second movie was so bad, I never saw the three follow-ons. I remember that the first movie had an amazing soundtrack, and my favorite line of “Since I’m going to hell” in a school parking lot scene (the rest of the movie was meh, looking back). Still, I enjoyed the original series when I read them, so I figured I’d read Midnight Sun when my future sister-in-law loaned it to me.
I’ve spent the last few weeks rereading the first two books of the Paradise series by Elin Hilderbrand before picking up the third one. For the past two years, she has put out one book a year and I’ve read them (see this and this). I usually just pick up the latest book and start reading, but this time I thought to myself: “Pause. Reread the first two books.” So I did before picking up the third and final book, which arrived from Amazon in early October.
At the beginning of every chapter in this next read, Elin Hilderbrand starts with a paragraph describing what people were talking about each year. Let’s do the same.
After the last read, I was looking for a book I knew I would enjoy (or one that I guessed I would enjoy - you never know how things will turn out). This next read was a loan from my sister, who happened to visit just before I needed a new book to read. The author is also a three-peater on Another Year of Books.