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Hi friends and Happy Monday!
It’s been a L O N G time since I blogged about reading. Well, I did my Favorite Reads of 2017 post but other than that I haven’t been doing my monthly posts!
As y’all know, I read a LOT. So instead of telling you every single book I read in the past 2 months, I’ll link you to my Goodreads Read Bookshelf and just highlight my favorites here. Sound good?
Best Books of December and January
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
It’s going to take my heart awhile to recover from this book. I spent some time telling Jimmy all about it this morning and i cried the entire time. I won’t ever forget it. It made me spend a good long time examining my heart and my tendency to judge and condemn without knowing the full story. Absolutely shattering. My measure of a good book is how it makes me FEEL and whether i think about it often after i finish.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Oh my goodness I loved this book. Quirky characters that you just kind of fall in love with and truly CARE about. I just thought the character development was marvelous. I didn’t know all of the music in the book but I want to now…I might have to make myself a playlist!
“Real love is not a bolt out of the blue, it was not the playing of violins, it was like anything else, it was a habit of the heart. You got up every day and you put it on, same as your pants, your boots, and you kept treading the constant path.”
This book isn’t flashy. It’s sincere and sweet and slow-burning and just lovely. The end literally made me clap.
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
I love historical fiction and although I tend to read lots of WW2 historical fiction, I LOVE learning about new events and time periods. This book is set in Philly during the Spanish Flu epidemic. WARNING: In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t the best idea for me to read this when I was already experiencing anxiety about the flu right now. BUT. It was such a good, heartwarming, and heartbreaking story. I got sucked right in.
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
I really liked this one. Nice and twisty in a believable way. I did, however, really dislike the way that iris was so dependable on handsome men and so gullible.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
This one was super Hitchcockian and I loved the noir feeling. As a lover of old films I really appreciated the references. I am getting tired of the unreliable female narrator thing, tbh. Worth a read, though.
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
This one was super fast-paced and kept me interested. It had a nice touch of nostalgia, going back and forth from the 80’s to present. I guessed the ending but there was still a nice twist thrown in. Great little thriller.
Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
I really enjoy Jill Mansell books. Much like Kristan Higgins books they are emotional palate cleansers for me. I just need a happy, uncomplicated read sometimes. This one fit the bill and was highly enjoyable.
Book of The Month Club Choices February 2018
My February Choices are:
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – I LOVE everything KH writes and I couldn’t be more pumped that this book is set in Alaska.
- Still Me by Jojo Moyes– Finished this one and really loved it, review to come.
- The Broken Girls by Simone St. James– sounds right up my alley
Get your first month of BOTM free with code YESPLZ Details: Members will pay $14.99 when they sign up for a subscription that will renew monthly. They’ll also receive a credit for a free book at the time of this transaction (redeemable at any time). Then they’ll be renewed at the end of their second month (unless they cancel).
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth
The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
The Wife by Alafair Burke
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Many of the suggestions above are from y’all! So grateful for your interaction, feedback, and love. I adore all of you!
What did you read/love/hate/feel meh about the past couple of months?