Anne Tyler re-read project 2021

I’m re-reading all of Anne Tyler’s novels in order of publication in 2021. To do it in one year, I need to read two per month. I am not expecting anyone else to join in with all of them (though if anyone wants to, that would be amazing!) but if you can read one or two or more during the year, that would be lovely.

How will it all work?

My plan is to read one of the books each month by the 10th of the month and review it then, and the other by the 20th and review it then. Then my review will be available for linking and commenting by the middle and end of the month respectively.

I will link to my review on this page and I will try to link to anyone’s who does a review, including on Goodreads, and sends me the link.

How do I join in?

When you’ve read your book, you could do any of these things …

  • Post a review in a comment on my review
  • Write your own review and include a link to my review
  • Write your own review and pop a link to your review in the comments on mine


As with my Iris Murdoch challenge, I don’t really mind WHEN you read the books; I’m more interested in sharing thoughts. So if you get “behind” it doesn’t matter- post a review and links as above whenever you can and I’ll be very happy to see them.

The hashtag

And shall we have a hashtag for social media? How about #AnneTyler2021 ?

The schedule

Here’s the schedule …


If Morning Ever Comes (1964)

My review 

Heavenali’s review

Letters from a Hill Farm’s review

The Content Reader’s review

The Tin Can Tree (1965)

My review

The Content Reader’s review


A Slipping-Down Life (1970)

My review

The Content Reader’s review

The Clock Winder (1972)

My review

Bookish Beck’s review

The Content Reader’s review

Isabel’s review


Celestial Navigation (1974)

Searching for Caleb (1975)


Earthly Possessions (1977)

Morgan’s Passing (1980)


Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982)

The Accidental Tourist (1985)


Breathing Lessons (1988)

Saint Maybe (1991)


Ladder of Years (1995)

A Patchwork Planet (1998)


Back When We Were Grownups (2001)

The Amateur Marriage (2004)


Digging to America (2006)

Noah’s Compass (2010)


The Beginner’s Goodbye (2012)

A Spool of Blue Thread (2015)


Vinegar Girl (2016)

Clock Dance (2018)


Redhead by the Side of the Road (2020)

37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Davida Chazan
    Dec 31, 2020 @ 08:11:09

    I discovered her with The Accidental Tourist (as did most people), then forgot about her until a few years ago. I think I have Back When We Were Grownups in my collection, but I’m not sure if I’ve read it or not. But from Noah’s Compass afterwards, I’ve read all she published. I didn’t care that much for her Vinegar Girl – not the best modernization of The Taming of the Shrew, to be honest.



    • Liz Dexter
      Dec 31, 2020 @ 09:25:24

      Ooh, you need to get hold of a few of the earlier ones and join in! I found she dipped for me a bit a few years ago and I actually enjoyed Vinegar Girl, although I don’t normally read retellings and modernizations; I just felt I had to read that in case it was her last book!

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      • Davida Chazan
        Dec 31, 2020 @ 13:15:53

        Actually, she said that A Spool of Blue Thread might have been her last book. She wrote it going backwards through the generations, and said “oh, I can go on forever doing this” but after she got to the third generation, she decided to publish it, and then we got the others. Mind you, seeing as Redhead was relatively short, I think she might be cutting back on word count instead of quitting! Fine with me. As long as she keeps them coming, I’ll be reading! As for getting older novels of hers… she’s so well known, her books almost never get discounted. I wish I had a library I could borrow them from!

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        • Liz Dexter
          Jan 02, 2021 @ 07:48:55

          Oh, that’s a shame, I’m never sure how available the older ones are. I do see them in charity shops here although mainly the newer ones … however all the charity shops are shut for the foreseeable future under Tier 4 Covid restrictions! I’ll hope to see you join in with the one you might not have read and any re-reading you can fit in.



          • Davida Chazan
            Jan 02, 2021 @ 09:00:39

            I almost never re-read, but I will always keep a look out for any Tyler books on sale.



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  5. Isabel
    Jan 08, 2021 @ 23:30:43

    I would like to join in as I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of her books, Digging to America and A Patchwork Planet, and possibly also Searching for Caleb, but I don’t own any so I’ll have to rely on the library’s online collection while we are in lockdown.

    They don’t have either of January’s books, but I have reserved The Clock Winder for February.

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    • Liz Dexter
      Jan 10, 2021 @ 17:35:59

      Fantastic, it will be lovely to have you along for as many as you can get hold of. The first two are pretty obscure now but glad you can get The Clock Winder!



  6. Book review – Anne Tyler – “If Morning Ever Comes” #AnneTyler2021 | Adventures in reading, running and working from home
    Jan 10, 2021 @ 08:44:32

  7. integratedexpat
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 15:33:06

    Anne Tyler seems like a civilised author to read after the traumatic year of 2020. I’ve only read The Accidental Tourist (in Dutch) and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, both of which really clicked with me, so I’ll try to share my reviews when you get to those. My library also has five of her more recent novels in stock (again, in Dutch, unfortunately). I’m not sure if her word choice and phrasing is necessary to the enjoyment of her writing, but I might just manage to read a couple this year and make my library subscription worth its while. Good luck with your challenge.



    • Liz Dexter
      Jan 13, 2021 @ 06:32:53

      She is nice and quiet and civilised! Fair bit of death, though. I imagine a good translation will retain her language and style as far as possible in Dutch; it will be interesting to hear what you think of them in Dutch rather than English if you get a chance to read some! Sorted your typo and deleted your comment about that, by the way!

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  8. integratedexpat
    Jan 13, 2021 @ 23:35:11

    There’s an interview with Anne Tyler on Goodreads where she said “If I had the means, I would buy up every copy of my first four books and destroy them. I didn’t yet know what I was doing when I wrote those—I just wanted to write a novel, and it shows. For the others, well, I view them the way a mother cat views her grown kittens. They seem very distant to me, although I nourish a special affection for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.” It will be interesting to see if you agree.

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    • Adriana
      Jan 14, 2021 @ 19:56:42

      Oh yes, I join you! AnnTyler has been one of my favourites for years and that’s something, voracious reader as I am. Little problem: I recently stopped being a member of the library, but I possess four or five of her books and let me start with buying the two January books.
      Adriana, The Netherlands



      • Liz Dexter
        Jan 14, 2021 @ 21:43:39

        Welcome, Adriana, lovely to have you with us. There’s no requirement to read everything and I’ll look forward to hearing your opinion on the ones you do get hold of! Enjoy!



    • Liz Dexter
      Jan 15, 2021 @ 14:19:34

      Authors are often dismissive of their early books but I certainly enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to starting the second this weekend. Thank you for sharing the article!

      Liked by 1 person


  9. Book review – Anne Tyler – “The Tin Can Tree” #AnneTyler2021 | Adventures in reading, running and working from home
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  10. imogenglad
    Jan 24, 2021 @ 13:59:46

    I feel I’ve read most of Anne Tyler’s work over the years, though I may have missed a couple, and some I read over 20 yrs ago. They’re lovely books, I might jump in for some of the later reads!

    Liked by 1 person


    • Liz Dexter
      Jan 24, 2021 @ 15:38:16

      The ones read decades ago are well worth revisiting, and I’ll look forward to hopefully having you along for a few of them!



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  16. Lisbeth Ekelöf
    Feb 16, 2021 @ 14:41:55

    Hello, I have finished another wonderful AT novel, The Slipping Down Life. My review is here:
    Already started The Clock Winder and I am really amazed how much I love her books.

    Liked by 1 person


  17. Rendy Lemke
    Feb 16, 2021 @ 19:49:29

    Oh my goodness! I just googled “is Anne Tyler writing another book 2021” and happened upon your blog. Last week I decided I want to own her entire book collection, and was going to read them all in the same order you are. I have ordered every one and they are arriving in the mail daily. I would love to join along.



    • Liz Dexter
      Feb 17, 2021 @ 06:25:13

      Lovely – welcome to the blog and please do join in – you can find the reviews popping up on this page or subscribe to the blog by email or on a blog reader and you’ll see them pop up twice a month. But there’s no time limit on when you read and comment, of course! Happy reading.



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  19. Book review – Anne Tyler – “The Clock Winder” #AnneTyler2021 | Adventures in reading, running and working from home
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  21. Lisbeth Ekelöf
    Mar 01, 2021 @ 12:29:49

    I liked this book and found it more complex than her earlier ones. A lot of peculiar characters. My review is here:

    Liked by 1 person


  22. Isabel
    Mar 07, 2021 @ 14:41:56

    I finished The Clock Winder late in February but only got round to writing a review today, Ive reserved Morgan’s Crossing at the library ready for April.



    • Liz Dexter
      Mar 07, 2021 @ 17:11:51

      Brilliant, I am adding the review to this page. You can always pop a review under the specific book (if I’ve reviewed it) as we go, too. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it too much, I am finding AT quite downbeat in general, although Celestial Navigation is becoming jollier as I go through it. I’ll look forward to you joining in again in April!



      • I saber l
        Mar 08, 2021 @ 14:08:03

        I’m not too worried about not liking this one, as I did enjoy the other books of hers that I have read. It’s not put me off continuing with the challenge.

        Liked by 1 person


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