Sunday, July 31, 2022

July Reads

41.  Malibu Rising (Reid) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), audiobook

Here's a book that I don't understand the hype.  I enjoyed the writing style and really got to know the main characters, but overall, it was just okay.  The additional characters towards the end muddled it up for me.  7-1-22

42.  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Reid) ~ 4.75/5 (excellent +), book

Another book by Reid, but this one ... WOW!  Almost a 5/5 for me.  From the first page to the last, I was wrapped up in Evelyn's drama.  There wasn't only drama, though.  It was packed with issues of today.  I didn't want the story to end.

43.  Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Kawaguchi) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), audiobook

I thought this had a great concept, but hoped for a little more oomph in its execution.  I think the translation felt a little stilted, and some of the storyline was repetitive, which affected my enjoyment.  7-15-22

44.  The Collective (Gaylin) ~ 4.25/5 (very good +), book

I didn't want to put this book down.  I was so curious as to how it was going to end.  This was a new-to-me author that I'm definitely going to look up again.  7-15-22

Stay Awake (Goldin) ~ DNF (did not finish), ebook, NetGalley

Seriously - don't know what happened here.  I was sure this was going to be a winner for me and the opposite happened.  First (hopefully last) DNF of the year.  I never wanted to pick it up, so it was deterring me from reading.  Not good.  Finally decided after 56% to just put it to rest.  7-15-22

45.  The Arrangment (Modglin) ~ 4/5 (very good), ebook

I was on the fence with rating this book, until I was typing this.  A pro and con was the very simplistic/basic writing style.  I didn't care for it, yet loved it because I could pick it up and zip through it WHILE enjoying the storyline.  It didn't hold much depth, but it had some good twists.  It was a fun read, and I will be picking up the next in this trilogy.  All of that warrants a 4/5.  7-30-22

46.  The Push (Audrain) ~ 3.5/5 (good), book

Another difficult book to rate.  The writing was good, but it made me feel all the main character's feelings, which affected me in a negative way.  It incorporated a LOT of frustration, confusion and sadness.  That cloud made me feel blah.  Not a great way to close the cover of a book.  7-31-22         

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 16

Books:  3 - 25

eBooks:  1 - 5

New-to-Me Authors:  4 - 27

DNF:  1 - 1

Saturday, July 16, 2022


Well, I didn't realize that I totally missed my 15th year Blogiversary until a few days ago.  Oops!  No matter, I'm 16 now and feeling happy.  (Surprised that it actually has been 16 years, though!!!)

What to say ... 

I've continued to read, as always, but this year my preference has gone back to reading more physical books.  I'm still reading via an iPad (ebooks) and iPod/iPhone (audiobooks), but have thoroughly enjoyed the simple, handheld version the best.

Over the last few months, I have culled my bookshelves to make room for so many new books.  It has been so much fun - out with the old, in with the new!  My taste in genres hasn't changed too much (still a mystery/thriller reader), but I have now included a very little sci-fi/fantasy.  Both of those have to be rooted in modern times or grounded in something close to reality.  Reading sci-fi or fantasy that have new world systems is still not for me.  I don't rule it out, but for now, I'm good without it.  :)  My shelves are overflowing again, which is delightful to peruse.  My TBR shelves are very enticing and my Favorites shelves hold wonderful memories. 

I started this current calendar year out strong and hope to keep it up.  I had to change my Goodreads goal, already, due to surpassing the previous one I set for myself.  :)

May your reading bring you much enjoyment, as it has me.  

Thoughts of Joy

Thursday, June 30, 2022

June Reads

28.  Book Lovers (Henry) ~ 3.5/5 (good), book/bookclub

I don't have much to say about this, other than it was good.  It was easy to read, but I wasn't drawn to pick it up.  The romance portion wasn't overly cheesy or spicy, and it wasn't the sole focus of the book, which I liked.  They both had extremely quick wit, which I enjoyed, but it didn't feel real.  6-3-22

29.  Fence Vol. 1 (Pacat) ~ 3/5 (just okay), YA graphic novel, book

I learned some things about fencing, which was good.  6-3-22    

30.  Heartstopper Vol. 1 (Oseman) ~ 3.5/5 (good), YA graphic novel, book

I couldn't resist all the hype - had to try it.  It was a cute teen, gay romance.

31.  Fence Vol. 2 (Pacat) ~ 3/5 (just okay), YA graphic novel, book

Nothing to say.  6-5-22

32.  Fence Vol. 3 (Pacat) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), YA graphic novel, book

Finding out who was going to make the school team was a bit more exciting than the other two volumes.  6-12-22

33.  The House in the Cerulean Sea (Klune) ~ 4.75/5 (excellent +), YA book

This book was so delightful!  It gave me all the warm fuzzies.  It was filled with wicked humor, serious topics, joyous adventures and felt like a home away from home.  All the friends were so much fun.  I loved Klune's writing style.  6-17-22

34.  To Kill a Mockingbird (Fordham/Lee) ~ 4/5 (very good), YA graphic novel, book

I read this book many, many years ago, but ran across the graphic novel and thought I give it a re-read in another format.  It was done very well.  The graphics and flow of the story were very easy to follow.  6-19-22

35.  Fence Vol. 4 (Pacat) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), YA graphic novel, book

The team played against their rival.  6-20-22

36.  The Good Lie (Torre) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook

I was very invested in this one until a few things started to not make sense and those things remained even through to the end.  It was still a good read, but the storyline needed to be tightened up a bit.  6-20-22

37.  Heartstopper Vol. 2 (Oseman) ~ 3/5 (just okay), YA graphic novel, book

It was okay.  6-21-22

38.  Heartstopper Vol. 3 (Oseman) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), YA graphic novel, book

Deeper topics were brought to the surface.  6-22-22

39.  Heartstopper Vol. 4 (Oseman) ~ 3.5/5 (good), YA graphic novel, book 

Mental illness was explored.  6-22-22

40.  Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead (Cosimano) ~ 3/5 (just okay), book/bookclub

I wasn't in the mood for this, but read it for Bookclub.  It felt like a re-read of the first in this series.  I'm not interested in reading any more.  They are not bad, they just don't interest me at the moment - one was enough.  6-26-22 

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 14

Books:  12 - 22

eBooks:  0 - 4

New-to-Me Authors:  6 - 23

DNF:  0 - 0

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May Reads

23.  Project Hail Mary (Weir) ~ 4.75/5 (excellent +), book/audiobook*

What an amazing, fun, delightful read!  The ending was fantastic, and I will miss the characters.  The only reason I didn't rate it a 5/5 was because of the science emphasis.  It was all explained very well and I understood it, but still ... too much for it to be perfect.  Excellent book.  5-7-22

24.  For Your Own Good (Downing) ~ 4/5 (very good), ebook, NetGalley

I really enjoyed the academic setting.  Being in everybody's head was fun and made for a fast read.  It kept my interest, and I wanted to continuing reading.  Definitely want to pick up more books by this author.  5-22-22

25.  An Anonymous Girl (Hendricks & Pekkanen) ~ 4/5 (very good), audiobook

The psychological aspect of the plot intrigued me.  Once again, I liked knowing everybody's plan of manipulation.  The outcome was satisfying.  5-25-22

26.  Know My Name (Miller) ~ 4.75/5 (excellent +), book

Wow.  I felt every emotion she expressed.  She took me along every step of the way.  This was very power and heartfelt.  The questions that she asked herself and others were so spot on - so very touching.  Writing was excellent.  5-26-22

27.  The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Ware) ~ 2/5 (ugh), audiobook

I listened to this on a road trip.  I was completely bored.  I waited and waited and waited for something to happen.  The twist finally happened . . . and it was good, but unfortunately it was too late for me.  It was a tedious listen.  Maybe the physical book would have been better.  5-30-22

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  3 - 13

Books:  1 - 10

eBooks:  1 - 4

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 17

DNF:  0 - 0

Saturday, April 30, 2022

April Reads

20.  The Plot (Korelitz) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook, NetGalley

I predicted most of this book and that ended up not being a positive thing for me.  I felt disappointed that I wasn't tricked.  I did think it was a very interesting topic and made me think about plagiarism a lot.  The subject has even come up since finishing it.  4-7-22

21.  The Paris Apartment (Foley) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), book

My excitement for this book began to wane mid-way though.  Nothing was really happening.  However, it did turn around, thankfully.  I enjoyed the twists and felt content with the ending.  It was definitely more mystery than thriller, though.  I enjoyed The Guest List more.  4-7-22

22.  Turn of the Key (Ware) ~ 3/5 (just okay), audiobook, NetGalley

I was excited to get to this one.  Once the plot got going, I found it to be little slow.  The "smart house" aspect was fun, and I enjoyed the nanny trope.  However, I didn't care for the ending.  4-21-22

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 10

Books:  1 - 9

eBooks:  0 - 3

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 15

DNF:  0 - 0

Thursday, March 31, 2022

March Reads

13.  Every Heart a Doorway (McGuire) ~ 1.5/5 (ugh), audiobook/book club

Thankfully I listened to this while doing other tasks, so I didn't spend the time reading it.  I didn't care for it at all.  3-3-22 

14.  The Shadows We Hide (Eskens) ~ 4/5 (very good), book

I enjoy Esken's writing style.  This storyline was good and at times I was very engrossed.  I always wanted to pick it up and have already pre-ordered his next book.  3-13-22

15.  Goodnight Beautiful (Molloy) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook  

I'm not sure about a particular ending point, but it was good.  There wasn't anything that was spectacular or good enough for me to remember for very long, but a decent read.  3-14-22

16.  The Midnight Library (Haig) ~ 4.25/5 (very good +), book/book club 

This one is going to be a memorable read.  I wanted to read it in one sitting, but time didn't allow.  I picked it up whenever I could.  It wasn't a genre I normally would read, so I was pleasantly surprised.  It really makes you think about your own life choices.  3-21-22

    17.  Playing Nice (Delaney) ~ 4/5 (very good), audiobook

This was a very unique story.  Delaney is a new-to-me author, and I had no idea what to expect.  It was unpredictable, which I really enjoyed.  My only complaint was that a 2.5 year old doesn't talk as depicted.  Needless to say, I have already added more to my TBR shelves by this author.  So excited to read more.  3-23-22

18.  Bone Deep (Bosworth) ~ 3.5/5 (good), ebook, NetGalley

This was a true case that was beyond frustrating and drastically bumbled for Russ.  I absolutely sympathized and my heart went out to him.  However, the telling of his real-life, devastating experience left me a little bored and annoyed - mainly for its repetitious writing style.  I appreciate getting the full story, but it could have been tweaked a little bit.  3-29-22

19.  Rosemary's Baby (Levin) ~ 1/5 (don't bother), audiobook

Seriously?!?  I don't get it.  Why was/is this so popular?  The only reason I'm giving it a 1 is because it's not a DNF.  I listened to it because it's a classic - one that I never read or watched.  Now I have and don't feel any better for it.  Sadness.  I didn't like anything about it.  3-30-22

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  4 - 8

Books:  2 - 8

eBooks:  1 - 3

New-to-Me Authors:  6 - 13

DNF:  0 - 0

Monday, February 28, 2022

February Reads

5.  Rock Paper Scissors (Feeney) ~ 3/5 (just okay), audiobook

This was not an exciting book.  I kept waiting for the big event or something to happen.  When it did, I thought I heard it wrong and was confused.  There were a couple twists that I appreciated, but overall, it seemed a bit boring.  2-4-22

6.  An Unwanted Guest (Lapena) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), audiobook

I guessed part of this locked room mystery.  It had a full cast of characters that were suspects in a murder.  I didn't feel like it was suspenseful, like I thought it was intended.  It had a satisfying ending, though.  2-15-22

7.  Salt to the Sea (Sepetys) ~ 4/5 (very good), YA book

Another piece of WWII history that I was unaware of or don't remember.  Sepetys makes history come alive in her fictional depictions.  I felt the struggles, the pain and the love.  2-15-22

8.  The Younger Wife (Hepworth) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), ebook, NetGalley

There was definitely more to think about after reading this than during the process.  It took me a second to come to my conclusion as the book ended, and I'm not so sure I like it.  I did enjoy the variety of personalities and that it made me think.  2-18-22

9.  Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Cosimano) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), book/book club

Not my favorite genre, mainly because I think they can get too silly.  This one had a better balance than others I have read.  I did get sucked into Finlay's world and actually laughed out loud.  It was a clever book, and I loved the ending -- great setup for the next book.  2-22-22

10.  Verity (Hoover) ~ 4/5 (very good), book/book club

Oh My Goodness!!  I thought this was a romance/thriller book when it was chosen for book club.  It was more like a p*rn/horror book.  YIKES!  I don't choose to read either of those genres.  It was my first Hoover book and apparently hers in this genre, as well.  Ultimately, I thought it was very good, but I had a VERY difficult time reading some scenes.  Did NOT like that at all.  The storyline itself was intriguing, and I was invested.  I figured out bits, but not exacts.  Team Manuscript or Team Letter?!  2-25-22

11.  Eight Perfect Murders (Swanson) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook

I wanted to love this one, but that didn't happen.  I really enjoyed the premise, but unfortunately, I didn't get to benefit from all the book references.  I have not read them all, so that went over my head.  However, what I did love was the last line.  2-26-22

12.  Sea Prayer (Hosseini) ~ 3/5 (just okay), book

Don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it.  It was a short, okay read with a melancholy message.  2-27-22 

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  3 - 4

Books:  4 - 6

eBooks: 1 - 2

New-to-Me Authors:  4 - 7

DNF:  0 - 0

Monday, January 31, 2022

January Reads


I'm back to reading more handheld, paper books, and . . .
 I'm loving it!

1.  True Crime Story (Knox) ~ 3/5 (just okay), ebook, NetGalley

This took me a minute to get used to the format.  It was a little awkward to hear from many people via interviews and emails, once adjusted -- I followed fine.  Parts of the interviews felt real, everybody has their own version of what they saw or didn't see.  I was interested in the outcome, but it was a slow process.  1-17-22

2.  The Butcher (Hillier) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook 

It wasn't a page turner for me, but some of the scenes seemed unrealistic.  It definitely was good, though.  1-19-22

3.  No Exit (Adams) ~ 4.5/5 (excellent), book/book club

Hooray!  I didn't want to put this book down.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.  I loved the little quips and the twists and turns.  Be aware, there are some very difficult and perplexing scenes.  One negative, there were some holes in the story, but they were forgiven.  This is going on my Favorites bookshelf for sure.  1-29-22

4.  Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (Wagner) ~ 3/5 (just okay), book

I love all that Mister Rogers taught and represented.  He was such a gentle and giving soul.  Love Mister Rogers.  Didn't love the book.  1-30-22

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 1

Books:  2 - 2

eBooks: 1 - 1

New-to-Me Authors:  3 - 3

DNF:  0 - 0

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Best Reads of 2021

 It was not a very good year for a lot of reasons, but specifically for reading . . . it was pathetic.  I did not enjoy most of the 27 books I read.  Granted, the more you read, the better your chances are of hitting on some page turners, but my focus has been elsewhere.  I will continue to read, but hopefully 2022 will rain down some fascinating books on me.

Here's my sad list of reads that received a 4/5 or higher. 😏

1.  The Guest List (Foley) ~ Fiction

4/5 (very good)

2.  The Menopause Manifesto (Gunter) ~ Nonfiction

4.5/5 (excellent)

3.  The One (Marrs) ~ Fiction

4/5 (very good)

4.  Find You First (Barclay) ~ Mystery

4.25/5 (very good +)

Monday, December 27, 2021

December Reads

25.  The Golden Couple (Hendricks & Pekkanen) ~ 3.5/5 (good), ebook, NetGalley

Thoughts:  I was very excited to receive this book.  The premise was engaging, but there was a lot going on.  Waiting and waiting for that "wow" moment kept me going.  It never happened, so that was a bit disappointing.  Still enjoyed the ride.  (12-6-21)

26.  Dumplin (Murphy) ~ 2.5/5 (eh), audiobook

Thoughts:  This was a YA novel and one that I did not enjoy.  There weren't any topics that interested me for a casual read.  (12-17-21)

27.  In Five Years (Serle) ~ 2.5/5 (eh), audiobook

Thoughts:  This was a blind recommendation to the person I read it with.  We won't do that again.  It was not our cup of tea.  However, I was curious in the beginning as to how it got to that point, but other than that, total chick-lit and one that was a bit depressing, as well.  (12-30-21)

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 22

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 5

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 15

DNF:  0 - 0

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

November Reads

21.  Where the Crawdads Sing (Owens) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook

Thoughts:  This isn't my favorite genre, but was encouraged to give this a try again.  I almost put it down for the second time mainly because it was a bit boring.  Maybe a change of narrator would have helped.    (11-2-21)

22.  Sooley (Grisham) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), audiobook

Thoughts:  While I enjoy basketball, listening to a play by play became too much.  However, it was an interesting story.  Grisham is a comfort read for me, so I'm not surprised I enjoyed it.

23.  Rooster Bar (Grisham) ~ 3/5 (just okay), audiobook

Thoughts:  I went for another Grisham, because I'm trying to get caught up.  Sad to say, this one didn't keep my attention as much as others by him.  (11-12-21) 

24.  Darkness to Light (Odom) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), audiobook

Thoughts:  I'm routing for his sobriety and peace of mind.  (11-29-21)      

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  4 - 20

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 4

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 13

DNF:  0 - 0

Sunday, October 31, 2021

October Reads

20.  Memory Man (Baldacci) ~ 3/5 (just okay), audiobook

Thoughts:  I liked trying to figure out the who and why, but didn't care for the answers.  (10-18-21)

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 16

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 4

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 11

DNF:  0 - 0

Thursday, September 30, 2021

September Reads

16.  Find You First (Barclay) ~ 4.25/5 (very good +), audiobook

Thoughts:  This one had an interesting topic.  There were a few surprises and simply, I liked it quite a bit.  (9-16-21)

17.  The Wives (Fisher) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), audiobook

Thoughts:  This was just okay, but I was interested in knowing the outcome.  I didn't care for the ending.

18.  Hostage (Mackintosh) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), ebook, NetGalley

Thoughts:  The beginning drew me in, but ultimately, it was a little convoluted.  I had to suspend disbelief and that was difficult to do.  However, I was invested and continued reading.  (9-20-21)

19.  Mr. Monster (Wells) ~ 1/5 (don't bother), audiobook

Thoughts:  The supernatural genre is not for me.  (9-27-21)    

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  3 - 15

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 4

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 11

DNF:  0 - 0

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August Reads

15.  Three Wishes (Moriarty) ~ 2.5/5 (eh), audiobook

Thoughts:  I chose this to switch things up.  I guess it accomplished its purpose.  However, all the family drama was just too much.  (8-20-21)

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 12

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 3

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 9

DNF:  0 - 0

Saturday, July 31, 2021

July Reads

13.  Elevator Pitch (Barclay) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), audiobook

Thoughts:  It wasn't gripping, but it kept me entertained while I made a quilt.  I enjoy Barclay's easy read/listening style.  (7-13-21)

14.  One By One (Ware) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook

Thoughts:  Once again, I was entertained.  It kept me company while doing other things.  I liked the setting of the story, but the story itself wasn't impressive.

*Consent:  A Memoir (Springora) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), ebook, NetGalley

Thoughts:  I read this in November, 2020, but discovered I never added it to my Monthly Reads.  I remember it being intriguing and sometimes shocking regarding the mother's actions.  Everyone around her let her down.  They actually fed her to the wolf, instead of keeping her safe.    

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 11

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 3

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 9

DNF:  0 - 0

*Not counted in 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June Reads

10.  Where They Found Her (McCreight) ~ 2.5/5 (eh), audiobook

Thoughts:  Well, I finished it.  I kept mixing up this storyline with other books, so I just didn't connect with it.  (6-9-21)

11.  Dark Roads (Stevens) ~ 3/5 (just okay), ebook, NetGalley

Thoughts:  I like this author, but this book just fell short.  At times it read like a YA book and felt a little like a Nancy Drew adventure.  For the most part, others have really liked this one, but it wasn't for me.  I still look forward to her next.  (6-17-21)

12.  Burying Water (Tucker) ~ 3/5 (just okay), audiobook 

Thoughts:  (6-29-21)

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 9

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 3

New-to-Me Authors:  1 - 9

DNF:  0 - 0

Monday, May 31, 2021

May Reads

8.  Five Days Left (Timmer) ~ 2.75/5 (eh), audiobook

Thoughts:  Oh my goodness.  I definitely wanted to know what was going to happen in both stories, but I found this to be DOUR. The writing was fine, I just didn't enjoy the topics.  (5-10-21)

9.  Under the Influence (Maynard) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook

Thoughts:  I liked it.  I had a couple issues with a few plot points, but it's fiction, so ... I accepted it.  (5-22-21)

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 7

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 2

New-to-Me Authors:  1 - 8

DNF:  0 - 0

Friday, April 30, 2021

April Reads

5.  Dear Evan Hansen (Emmich) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook

Thoughts:  This book had an interesting premise regarding lies snowballing, which seemed to be the focus, but the bigger picture was teen suicide.  I don't feel there was enough attention to that serious topic.  (4-11-21)

6.  The Menopause Manifesto (Gunter) ~ 4.5/5 (excellent), ebook, NetGalley

Thoughts:  Whoa.  Anything you want to know about menopause plus some . . . plus some more and more can be found in this book.  It was packed with information presented in a conversational manner, which made it very easy to read.  I have to admit that I glazed over some information that I wasn't interested in - actually a bit excessive in some places, but overall, excellent.  (4-12-21)

7.  The One (Marrs) ~ 4/5 (very good), audiobook

Thoughts:  This kept me interested the whole way through.  And, it had a few surprises along the way.  (4-22-21)  

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 5

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 2

New-to-Me Authors:  3 - 7

DNF:  0 - 0

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March Reads

4.  Lock Every Door (Sager) ~ 2.75/5 (eh +), audiobook

Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the first half, then it went down hill from there.  I just didn't buy in.  (3-30-21)

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 3

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 1

New-to-Me Authors:  1 - 4

DNF:  0 - 0

Sunday, February 28, 2021

February Reads


1.  The Guest List (Foley) ~ 4/5 (very good), audiobook

Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the ending.  (2-1-21)

2.  The Friday Night Knitting Club (Jacobs) ~ 2/5 (not enjoyable), audiobook

Thoughts:  I was bored for most of the book, but then the ending made it even worse.  (2-25-21)

3.  The Wife Upstairs (Hawkins) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), ebook, NetGalley

Thoughts:  The characters were a little bit too shallow for my liking, but I enjoyed the storyline.  The main character's secret was definitely lack luster; however, one twist surprised me.  I did want to keep reading, that's always a plus.  (2-27-21)  

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 2

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 1

New-to-Me Authors:  3 - 3

DNF:  0 - 0

Sunday, January 31, 2021

January Reads



Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  0 - 0

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 0

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 0

DNF:  0 - 0

Friday, January 01, 2021

Best Reads of 2020


2020.  There's a lot to say about 2020 😟 , but I'm going to stick to books.

Once again, my goal was to read/listen to 26 books, but I surpassed that with a whopping total of 28!  Woo!  😝  However, in comparison to last year, I have a greater variety of genres, and I doubled the amount of last year's winners.  That's nice. 😊  Here's my list of books that I gave a 4/5 or greater:

1.  A Better Man (Penny) ~ Mystery

4/5 (very good)

2.  Jar of Hearts (Hillier) ~ Mystery

4.25/5 (very good +)

3.  A Long Walk to Water (Park) ~ Fiction

4/5 (very good)

4.  How to Win Friends and Influence People (Carnegie) ~ Non-Fiction

4.5/5 (excellent)

5.  10% Happier (Harris) ~ Non-Fiction

4/5 (very good)

6. Removed Title

7.  The Fourth Monkey (Barker) ~ Mystery

4.25/5 (very good +)

8.  The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Morris) ~ Fiction

4.25/5 (very good +)

9.  Little Secrets (Hillier) ~ Fiction

4/5 (very good)

10.  If You Tell (Olsen) ~ Non-Fiction

4.25/5 (very good +)

11.  All the Devils Are Here (Penny) ~ Mystery

4.25/5 (very good +)

12.  The Good Sister (Hepworth) ~ Fiction

4/5 (very good)

Thursday, December 31, 2020

December Reads

27.  The Good Sister (Hepworth) ~ 4/5 (very good), eBook, NetGalley  

Thoughts:  It took me a bit to become fully interested in the story line, but once that happened, I wanted to pick it up frequently.  I enjoyed the characters, Fern and Wally, very much.  At times, there was an Amelia Bedelia vibe, which I thought was charming.  

28.  Her Final Breath (Dugoni) ~ 3.5/5 (good), audiobook 

Thoughts: This is the second in the Tracy Crosswhite Series.  It was a good listen, but nothing that kept me entirely engaged.

Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 20

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 8

New-to-Me Authors:  1 - 14

DNF:  0 - 0