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

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 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


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

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 and some of the scenes seemed unrealistic, but it definitely was good.  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

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.
(11-5-21)


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.
(9-18-21)



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.
(7-21-21)


*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

 



NOT ONE FINISHED BOOK.
😔



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

Monday, November 30, 2020

November Reads




25.  If You Tell (Olsen) ~ 4.25/5 (very good +), ebook

Thoughts:  WHOA!  This was a horrible, horrible train wreck that I couldn't stop reading.  I am astonished as to what took place in this family, and so surprised that nobody really noticed.  As they say, truth is stranger than fiction.  (11-5-20)


26.  All the Devils Are Here (Penny) ~ 
4.25/5 (very good +), audiobook

Thoughts:  Always happy to see a new book out by Penny and always enjoy it.  I loved the personal family interaction in this one.  (11-12-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 19

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 7

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 13

DNF:  0 - 0

Saturday, October 31, 2020

October Reads




24.  Promise Me (Coben) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), audiobook

Thoughts:  Unfortunately, my rating reflects more of my thoughts of the narrator versus the story line.  I don't know what happened . . . EEK! . . . I just looked it up.  Apparently, Coben was the narrator.  Oops!  Sorry.  I must have listened to others, and that's who Myron was to me.  Not sure, but the narration made a huge impact on my enjoyment.  (10-9-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 18

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 6

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 13

DNF:  0 - 0

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September Reads




23.  Until I Find You (Frey) ~ 3.25/5 (just okay +), ebook - NetGalley

Thoughts:  I didn't find this to be very realistic in emotions or facts.  Having a blind woman with a child was an interesting angle and her "knowing" her son was certainly plausible, but how her friends and others around her treated her seemed off.  Getting information on his birth verification seemed not likely, as well.   (9-19-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  0 - 17

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 6

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 13

DNF:  0 - 0

Monday, August 31, 2020

August Reads




22.  The Boy From the Woods (Coben) ~ 3.25/5
(just okay +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  I enjoy Coben's writing style, but this book just didn't intrigue me.  (8-14-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  1 - 17

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 5

New-to-Me Authors:  0 - 12

DNF:  0 - 0

Friday, July 31, 2020

July Reads




19.  Before She Knew Him (Swanson) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  I really liked a portion of this - it was very unique; however, there was another big element that I didn't care for.  And . . . I guessed the ending correctly.  (7-2-20)


20.  Nothing to See Here (Wilson) ~ 2.5/5 (eh), Audiobook 

Thoughts: This was too unrealistic and simply not my cup of tea.  (7-10-20)


21.  Good Girls Lie (Ellison) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  No surprise for me, but a good listen nonetheless.  It was a little slow at times.  (7-30-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  3 - 16

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 5

New-to-Me Authors:  1 - 12

DNF:  0 - 0

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Blurred Year (14)

 



Well, this was the first time I missed my Blogiversary!  (It is August 18, 2020 now, and it was on July 16.)  The year has been such a blur that it slipped right past me.  I wondered if the pandemic would affect my reading habits, but it has not.  I continue to listen to audiobooks while doing other activities and usually only read an ebook at bedtime.  Sitting on the deck (vitamin D bath) with a hardcover book has been my only real book time, which has been enjoyed (the book, not the sun - 😰).  Although, I haven't had any audiobook time on my commute, because there hasn't been a commute and that isn't planned to happen any time soon (well, it sorta has been planned, but I don't think it's going to happen).  As the year progresses, I hope our lives revert back to wondering about what book we are going to read next, instead of the constant laser focus on our health and world affairs*.  

Stay safe, everyone.

*Of course, we should always be concerned about our health and world affairs.  I think (and hope) you know what I mean.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June Reads




16.  Helpless (Palmer) ~ 2.75/5 (eh +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  I didn't care for the topic and the characters were just okay.  (6-10-20)


17.  The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Morris) ~ 4.25/5
(very good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  Being that it was labeled as fiction, I thought it was fiction!!  Later to find out that it was based on interviews with the main character!  At times, I didn't want to put it down.  I, also, found out that another character from this book is featured in Cilka's Journey.  (6-24-20)


18.  Little Secrets (Hillier) ~ 4/5 (very good), ebook - NetGalley

Thoughts:  I was eager to read every evening.  The story of a child abduction is heart-wrenching.  That definitely propelled me forward to find out who swooped up Sabastian.  I think I enjoyed Jar of Hearts a bit more, but Hillier is an author I will pick up again and again.  (6-27-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 13

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 5

New-to-Me Authors:  1 - 11

DNF:  0 - 0

Sunday, May 31, 2020

May Reads




13.  The Fourth Monkey (Barker) #1 ~ 4.25/5 
(very good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  It's now over a month since listening to this book, and I don't have anything jotted down. I obviously like it - a lot!  (5-8-20)



14.  Darkest Fear (Coben) #7 ~ 3.75/5 (good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  I always enjoy the sarcastic humor.  (5-18-20)



15.  Necessary Lies (Chamberlain) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  Not my usual fare, but it had an interesting storyline.  Learned a little regarding the timeframe.  (5-29-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  3 - 11

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  0 - 4

New-to-Me Authors:  1 - 10

DNF:  0 - 0

Thursday, April 30, 2020

April Reads




10.  In the Dark (Billingham) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  This was a new-to-me author.  I enjoyed his style.  It was a good listen, almost very good.  More are in store.  (4-12-20) 



11.  Turnaround Artists (Ghadimi) ~  eBook

Thoughts:  (4-22-20)


12.  Fire in the Ashes (Kozol), 3.75/5 (good +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  This was a bit shocking, but on the other hand, not so.  Sad to hear and feel the actual details of some people's lives.  I have been informed.  (4-27-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 8

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 4

New-to-Me Authors:  3 - 9

DNF:  0 - 0

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March Reads







7.  Shamed (Castillo) ~ 3.75/5 (good +), Series #11, Audiobook

Thoughts:  I forgot to take notes on this book, but I know I enjoyed the listen.  I look forward to the next in the series.  (3-7-20) 



8.  10% Happier (Harris) ~ 4/5 (very good), Audiobook

Thoughts:  This was an interesting book - following Harris's journey.  I liked his sense of humor.    (3-28-20)



9.  A Girl's Guide to Murder (Jackson), 3.5/5 (good), YA, eBook - NetGalley

Thoughts:  My speed at reading this was pathetic!  Therefore, I didn't get the flow needed to keep me 100% engaged.  Maybe that's the point!  It needed to keep me engaged, so I would want to continue reading to create the flow.  Hmmm.  (3-31-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 6

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 3

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 6

DNF:  0 - 0

Saturday, February 29, 2020

February Reads







4.  Jar of Hearts (Hillier) ~ 4.25/5 (very good +), eBook

Thoughts:  Eek!  Apparently I liked this one, but didn't jot any notes down for it.  (2-3-20) 



5.  A Long Walk to Water (Park) ~ 4/5 (very good), Audiobook

Thoughts:  It's my understanding that this is a YA book and that it's based on a true story.  I believe the "true story" component added to my enjoyment.  (2-10-20)



6.  How to Win Friends and Influence People (Carnegie) ~ 4.5/5 (excellent), Audiobook

Thoughts:  This was actually a re-read/listen for me (an uncommon event, but it was a professional book study).  I preferred reading it versus the audio version, but it was still valuable.  (2-22-20) 




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 4

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 2

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 4

DNF:  0 - 0

Friday, January 31, 2020

January Reads







1.  A Better Man (Penny) ~ 4/5 (very good), Audiobook

Thoughts:  I guessed "who done it" from the beginning, but that was okay.  You never really know, until it's fully revealed.  My visit was still warming.  I simply enjoy just being with the characters.  I've known them for quite awhile!  This is book #15!  (1-7-20)



2.  Watcher in the Woods (Armstrong) ~ 2.75/5 (eh +), Audiobook

Thoughts:  I didn't realize that this was part of a series, so I was just plodding along at first.  I got the general idea of what was happening, but it never really pulled me in.  Beginning at the beginning with #1 may have been a better choice for me to grow with the characters.  (1-21-20)



3.  Hide Your Fear (O'Brien) ~ 3/5 (just okay), eBook

Thoughts:  I was curious as to what was going on and why, but ultimately, it was just weird.
(1-30-20)




Monthly - Yearly

Audiobooks:  2 - 2

Books:  0 - 0

eBooks:  1 - 1

New-to-Me Authors:  2 - 2

DNF:  0 - 0

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Best Reads of 2019




Well . . . it wasn't a very productive reading/listening year, but I anticipated that.  Reading is missed, but I can't do it all.  I still read and listen a little bit everyday, so that's my norm for now.

I read 33 books (with a 26 book goal) in 2019.  Six books made it to my "Best Reads" list (4/5 or higher) this year.  They are all non-fiction.  It consistently shows up as my favorite genre!
My Best Reads of 2019 are as follows:





1.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Kondo) ~ Non-Fiction
4.25/5 (very good +)






2.  Educated (Westover) ~ Memoir
4/5 (very good)






3.  Born a Crime (Noah) ~ Memoir
4.5/5 (excellent)






4.  Comprehension Connections (McGregor) ~ Non-Fiction
4.5/5 (excellent)






5.  The Michigan Murders (Keyes) ~ Non-Fiction
4.5/5 (excellent)






6.  Talking to Strangers (Gladwell) ~ Non-Fiction
4.25/5 (very good +)