Thursday, November 30, 2017

Reading in November...

 I did quite a bit of reading in November, here are the books I read this month...

A Column of Fire
by Ken Follett
The first book will always be my favorite but I did really enjoy this book!  This book is less about Kingsbridge and more about some of the families that are from Kingsbridge, the book is set in many parts of Europe. 

The Witches' Tree
by M. C. Beaton
The writing and/or editing continues to get worse with each book. However, if you are an Aggie fan like I am you will probably continue to read this series to the very end. 

Last Days of Night
by Graham Moore
This was a fascinating historical fiction about the feud between Edison and Westinghouse.  I really enjoyed it! 

The Nine Tailors
by Dorothy L. Sayers
I have been wanting to read more of Lord Peter Wimsey. I would love to read the series chronologically but so far I am just reading a book here and there.  As always, I enjoyed this read!

I Found You
by Lisa Jewell
I enjoyed this book but not my favorite thriller of the year. 

My Absolute Darling
by Gabriel Tallent
This book has gotten such great reviews but it didn't work for me.  I don't shy away from reading difficult topics or disturbing material. So while this book is disturbing and difficult to read I don't think that is why I didn't enjoy it. 

The Curse of La Fontaine

by M. L. Longworth
I really enjoy this series, looking forward to reading them all!

 The Mitford Snowmen
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
I really wanted to like this book more than I did.  I almost put it down several times but as it had been highly recommended to me I continued reading it.  It definitely got better for me towards the end so I am glad I didn't abandon it. 

The Mitford Snowmen
by Jan Karon
This is a tiny, cute book but way too short. I would have really enjoyed it had it been a collection of Christmas/winter stories rather than just one short story. 

A Christmas Return
by Anne Perry
I always enjoy these Christmas time reads, this one was enjoyable but you should definitely be familiar with the Thomas and Charlotte series before reading this.  

'til next time...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reading in October...

This month I got back into my normal reading schedule.  Here are the books I enjoyed this month:

Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
by Eric Greitens
There were parts of this book I really enjoyed, especially the references to the classics. I did jot down a lot of quotes for my reading journal. But towards the end I felt the book got repetitive and I wanted to quit reading it, so for that reason I would say I liked it but didn't love it. 

Behind Closed Doors
by B.A. Paris
I read this book in two sittings, it was absolutely a page-turner for me. There is no great mystery to the book, you find out early on what is happening but it is still a compelling read. This is a dark book and can be rather disturbing. There is severe psychological abuse that may be difficult for people coming from an abusive background.

World Without End
by Ken Follett
This was a re-read for me. I've read this book several times but I wanted to read this book again before the 3rd book is available. I love this series and it is always a pleasure to revisit these books!

The Innocence of Father Brown
by G.K. Chesterton

I had a goal of reading Chesterton this year, I intended to read several books and most of them are still sitting in my to-read pile. But I have been enjoying Father Brown, so that may be the extent of my Chesterton for 2017...there is always next year!

Enemy of the State
by Kyle Mills
This is the latest Mitch Rapp novel. Once again, Kyle Mills has not disappointed, he has done an excellent job of continuing Vince Flynn's series.  I have heard that he is bringing the series to a close, while that makes me sad, it is probably time to wrap up Mitch Rapp's career. 

The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn
I loved this book, it will be one of my favorite reads of this year!  The book is about a ring of female spies known as the Alice Network during WWI. The story is captivating and heartbreaking, but it also sparked my interest in learning more about these events so now I have another tall stack of books waiting to be read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction.

A Week in Winter
by Maeve Binchy
This was an enjoyable read, entertaining, comforting.  Would probably be a good winter read, curled up with a cozy blanket and drinking a hot drink.

'til next time...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Reading in September...

 I didn't get as much reading done in September.  Getting back into the swing of school has meant my evenings are more likely spent sorting school papers and planning what we need for the next day rather than reading for pleasure.  I did complete a few books though, here are the books I read this month...

Into The Water
by Paula Hawkins
If this book had not been highly recommended to me I would have abandoned it early on. For me, there were too many characters narrating and in the beginning it was really hard to figure out what was happening and who was speaking.  I did stick with the book and was happy with the ending 

Never Never
by James Patterson and Candice Fox
This book was only "ok" for me.  Reading James Patterson is purely for entertainment, there will not be anything thought provoking or life changing but this book wasn't as entertaining as others.  I found it predictable and since it is the first in a series leaves a lot of loose ends. 

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
This was, by far, my favorite read of the month!  The book is charming and tugs at your heart strings. I have so many quotes from this book written down, I think it is a story that will stick with me for a long time!

'til next time...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reading in August...

Here are the books I have been enjoying this month:

by Diana Gabaldon
This is obviously a re-read for me!  I have this idea that I can re-read the series before the 9th book is released!

This Is How It Always Is
by Laurie Frankel
This book was amazing!  So thought provoking, I will remember this book for a long time!

Murder on the Serpentine
by Anne Perry

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
An amazing, inspirational story! 

The Divine Circle of Ladies Courting Trouble
by Dolores Stewart Riccio
#4 in the Cass Shipton series, I'm still enjoying this series!

by Martha Hall Kelly
A fantastic book based on real events during WWII.

'til next time...


Monday, July 31, 2017

Reading in July...

Here are the books I have been enjoying this month:

Death at the Chateau Bremont
by M. L. Longworth
I have only read a couple of these mysteries but I am looking forward to reading more soon!

Midnight at Marble Arch: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
by Anne Perry
I will always love reading more about Thomas and Charlotte Pitt but this is not my favorite book of the series. Some things just aren't believable and I wish there had been one more chapter to tie up a few loose ends.

Almost Missed You
by Jessica Strawser
A psychological thriller, hard to put down!

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
by Dani Shapiro

Sycamore Row
by John Grisham

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
This may be one of my favorites this year!  Such a relevant book for the terrible things we have been hearing about in the news.  I have recommended this book to many!

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
I am part of a book club on Facebook and this was the July book.  It had not been on my radar before but I'm glad I read it!  Truly and inspirational story!

Our Longest Days: A People's History of the Second World War
This is a compilation of the entries written for the Mass Observation Project during WWII. 

'til next time...