Friday, April 01, 2022

March: What I Read

March was an EXCELLENT reading month. I am starting to sound like a broken record with that line, but in the first quarter of 2022, I have read 25 books published in 2022, and some of them have been truly fantastic.


Here’s how my March reads break down:

Junk You Probably Don't Want To Read

Charlatans by Robin Cook: I really liked this one. I smile the whole time I am listening to these books because the dialogue is terrible and the plots are so outlandish. The characters are so thinly drawn, too. BUT I CAN’T GET ENOUGH. **Audio

Viral by Robin Cook: This is the first one of this that I read instead of listened to, and I liked it a lot!

Host by Robin Cook: This is my very favorite one yet. Med students! Murder! Zombie coma patients! **Audio

Busted by Karin Slaughter: This was just a 2-hour novella that appeared in my Libby app's skip-the-line section, and it was a delight. **Audio

Junk You Maybe DO Want To Read

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: This book was SO STOOPID. But I listened to the whole thing anyway. Also, why is this book/this author having a moment? I don't even get it. Terrible. But, I mean, if you are in the mood for terrible... ALSO IT IS BOOK 1/2, SO, DAMN IT. **Audio

The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin: How could I have forgotten about Emily Giffin?! **Audio

Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin: She’a a guilty pleasure for sure. **Audio

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult: Yes please. More of this. **Audio

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda: A great, quick little thriller. I like this author better on audio, to be honest.

Solid Meh

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley: I did not love this one, if I am being honest, but she is SO good at plotting. **2022

Anthem by Noah Hawley: Ok, you guys. This one is on all the best of lists, but it was only ok for me. I think Ozeki and Doerr both sort of say the same thing but better. Maybe read this one because it is buzzy, but don’t expect too much. **2022

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton: The beautiful spy WWII genre is kind of played out, but I liked this one anyway. **Audio

The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James: This was SO SCARY I couldn't even listen to it at night when Minnie was awake, which is my prime audiobook time. **Audio

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman: SO GOOD. Especially if you don't usually like time management books.

The Tobacco Wives by Adele Meyers: Entertaining but not earth shattering. Meh. **2022

Excellent Books from Not 2022

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain: This one started out slow for me, but then I had to listen fast and faster because I did not want to wait for the conclusion— loved it. **Audio

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky: I meant to read this one last year, but it never came in. Finally I got it, and IT IS SO GOOD. Read it!!

Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby: When will this book be a movie? I could not stop listening. **Audio

Excellent 2022 Reads

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain: This was a random Libby find, and I LOVED IT. She reminds me a ton of Joyce Maynard, and I look forward to listening to her whole catalog. **Audio **2022

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys: This is the must-read YA book on everyone's list FOR GOOD REASON. The minute I put it down, Jack picked it up. **2022

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Searle: ooooooooh, loved it and CRIED even. Plus! Lauren Graham reads the audio book. **Audio **2022

The Club by Ellery Lloyd: Ooooooh yesssss. I loved People Like Her and was so disturbed by it that I still think about it all the time. This one is also riveting and full of terrible, compelling people-- my favorite combo. **Audio **2022

Wildcat by Amelia Morris: Hilarious and dark but also light-hearted. This book is perfect for mom clutter right now. **2022

BOOKS OF THE MONTH



What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris: This is lovely. KB is a terrific narrator, and I loved the story. I am usually skeptical about debuts, but this one is great. **2022


The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith: This was my Book of the Month Club pick this month, and I just adored it. Funny, sad, quirky, and the ending was perfection.

If you are intrigued by Book of the Month club and want to give it a try, I think you should. You choose a book a month from a curated selection of 5-7 picks, and you can add on extra books (either fan favorite, another monthly selection, or special add-on books that didn’t make the cut to be featured but are still very buzzy) for $10 each. Here’s my referral link if you decide to give it a try: https://www.mybotm.com/3cvxzpesxyt


Stats:

This Month

25 books

10 books published in 2022

14 audio books and 111 print books

This Year

71 books

25 books published in 2022

37 audiobooks and 34 print books



1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

Wow! That's a lot of books!!!

I consume almost exclusively non-fiction and have been reading up a storm so far in 2022 (well, I thought so, at 33 books but you're at a whole other level), but I can tell I need a breather. I actually watched a show last night instead of reading and it felt both rebellious AND liberating.