Ulysses, Tender Is The Night, John Adams, and Innocents Abroad were my planned books for the month. I marked John Adams off my list and then the coronavirus became a huge event, as it still is, and I got distracted as I started Tender Is The Night. Something about dear “Rosemary Hoyt’s” callow days on the beach as she wickedly and narcissistically longs to seduce Dick Diver (a.k.a F. Scott Fitzgerald) didn’t appeal to me as the world collectively seemed to be struggling with death and disease or losing their minds about toilet paper or what have you. Ironic too considering that when it was published during the Great Depression it had a similar effect on its readers. Maybe there’s some dark humor there actually on second thought…

I’ll finish it someday again.

Then I gave up for the month. There was no way I was going to finish the other two before the end of March. Also, the library is closed indefinitely of course so I’ll have to do with the books I have. I had visited the library but I’ll run out of books on my list by the end of May or June. So, I’m using some books I have and I’m reducing the size of my list due to stress. Here’s my revised 2020 list:

Already read is indicated by an *

1. Grey of Falloden by George Macaulay Trevelyan

2. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott

3. Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas

4. A Feast of Words: The Triumph of Edith Wharton

5. Lost Destiny: Joe Kennedy Jr. and the Doomed WWII Mission to Save London by Alan Axelrod

6. Seven Plays by George Bernard Shaw

7. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

8. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

9. Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M. M. Blume *

10. Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn *

11. Paradise Lost by John Milton

12. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

13. The Golden Bowl by Henry James *

14. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz

15. Dubliners by James Joyce *

16. Ulysses by James Joyce *

17. Intellectuals and Race by Thomas Sowell

18. Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

19. Hillbilly Elegy: Memory of a family and a Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

20. The American by Henry James *

21. Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft by Simon Haupt

22. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

23. An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir by Lillian Hellman

24. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway *

25. From Fjord to Prairie Or, in the New Kingdom by Simon Johnson (my paternal Great Grand Uncle)

26. John Adams by David McCullough*

27. Tender is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

28. Nicholas Goade, Detective by E. Phillips Oppenheimer

29. The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey

30. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

31. Stairs of Sand by Zane Grey

32. Shadow on the Trail by Zane Grey

33. Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey

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