Monday, November 01, 2021

October: What I Read

 My goals this month were simple: I wanted to read all of my waiting Books of the Month (lots of these-- I do much better reading with a library-imposed deadline), and I wanted to stay current on my library holds/not have any overdue books.

Even with these clearly stated goals, though, I am having a really hard time prioritizing reading. I have 6 books of the month-- including a new Liane Moriarity-- languishing on my shelf. I used to be able to count on myself to at least read my library books-- because the thought of those books just sitting there overdue really bothers me. I even scheduled a day of the week tp take the kids to the library., But! I joined Audible, bought a bunch of credits so I could read the new Hilary Clinton/Louise Penny right away (or have it read to me, anyway) and get the new Kate Bowler for the Happier book club. At the same time, I figured out my library audio app rhythm, and I have snagged a bunch of brand new audio books recently, and it is SO MUCH EASIER to have books read to me as I go about my day. By the time I find a few minutes at the end of the night to read, I watch Squid Game instead. **shrug**

Chase the Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen: Another Audible filler book. Solid meh.

What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster: Solid MEH. **2021 (BOTM 1)

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides: I LOVED The Silent Patient, so I really WANTED to like this one, but I just ... did not. *2021 (BOTM 2)

Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne: Silly adorable romance fluff-- and the first in a series! *Audio

Everything We Didn't Say by Nicole Baart: Meh. Solidly. (BOTM 3) **2021

 Faithless by Karin Slaughter: Meh. I think I needed Kathleen Early to read this one to me. I have the final Grant County book on my nightstand, but it;' hard for me to read (or listen!) without a deadline, so we'll see. I will say, this one ties so many emotional story lines together and really sets up the finale. *Audio

Coptown by Karin Slaughter: So, I started this one and quit it because it was such a departure from her usual, but then when I listened to False Witness, I loved it so much I listened the afterward, and she said the book is about Me Too. I listened again, and it was solid. **Audio

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand: THIS BOOK. I knew what was going to happen from the very first page, but I was there for it anyway. Solid gold escapism, and I even cried at the end I knew was coming. **Audio

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood: Such crap, but such incredibly enjoyable crap. Loved this one! **2021 **Audio

The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter: I LOVED this book. Wonderful characters. Great story. Sad. Funny. All of the things. **2021

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell: I loved this one! Creepy and gripping but also not too scary to listen to in the middle of the night with the baby. (I mean, the baby did not listen-- just me when I was feeding her). **2021 **Audio

Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand: YES. I loved this one. I have quickly become a Hilderbrand addict, and when a "skip the line" copy of this came up on Libby, I snatched it. **2021 **Audio

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena: I loved this mystery. All of the characters were so wretched that any one of them could have been the murderer. So good!  You know I am a sucker for unlikeable characters. **2021 (BOTM 4)

The Neighbor's Secret by Alison Heller: Loved this-- a quick read that kept me guessing and was funny, even. **2021 (BOTM 5)

The Preacher's Wife By Kate Bowler: I have not enjoyed a scholarly book so much in YEARS.

A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost: OH MY GOD. This book is HILARIOUS. Please listen to it. And then we can talk. *Audio

Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler: SO. GOOD.

False Witness by Karin Slaughter: This is my very favorite book of hers yet. A new Slaughter read by Kathleen Early is SUCH a treat. It was the first book I listened to this month, and October started off strong. **2021 **Audio

No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler: Absolutely brilliant. I put the rest of her books on hold right away and subscribed to her podcast. **2021 **Audio

State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny: I feel like this book was written just for me. Are you even kidding me with this pairing? It was a wonderful read-- great plot, badass old lady heroes, Three Pines easter eggs. AND! Joan Allen read the audio book in a wonderful Hillary impression. Book of the year? **2021 *Audio

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