Friday, March 01, 2024

February: What I Read or 5 on a Friday: Book Categories (9/52)

I wanted to read more actual books than audiobooks in February, but the way I accomplished this was to barely read or listen. I mean, I know this looks like a lot of books, but I have SO MANY on my TBR pile and waiting for me on my Kindle. AND! A brand new Sarah J Maas on Audible. MUST. READ. MORE. BOOOOOOKS.

Titles I do not recommend

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover: You can skip this romance for sure.

It. Goes. So. Fast by Mary Louise Kelly: I wanted to love this memoir about life and motherhood and empty nesting, but I just didn't, quite. 

Back list great ones-- BOTY, except not from this year.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: This author! Is a genius! So many complex fantasy worlds living in her head and just tumbling out fully formed. I am a fan. **Audio 

Go As a River by Shelley Read: This is terrific. May be a little more telling than showing, but I loved the main character, and she was so weird in her internal life that when she had normal interactions with people and when I was reminded that she, like, ran her own business, etc, I LOVED that we were really just learning about part of her through her thoughts. **Audio

2024 good reads

The Clinic by Cate Quinn: This was told from multiple POV but everyone sounded the same, which bothers me. Still-- fast-paced and twisty. **2024

Twenty Seven Minutes by Ashley Tate: A good, quick thriller. **2024

Northwoods by Amy Pease: I bought this with my audible credit thinking it was a different book with a similar name, but you know what? I liked it anyway. **Audio **2024

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata: This was a really delightful romance. **Audio **2024

Hard by a Great Forest by Leo Vardiashvlli: This is so great! I LOVED the Hansel and Gretel playfulness set against such a starkly sad and violent story. **2024

The Guest by BA Paris: My favorite kind of quick and serviceable thriller **2024

BOTY contenders

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston: Ok, probably not one of the best books of the year, but my favorite thriller that I have read so far. **2024 **Audio

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange: I loved this generational family saga that was so sparely written. That's Orange's genius for me-- he can zoom out and tell the story of a person's whole life in just a few pages, giving the reader just enough detail to feel like we can imagine everything. Then, in the next sentence, he zooms waaaaaay in, and we get a granular look at someone. And both styles advance the plot/argument. Love it. **2024

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar: This is an ideal book club book, and I wish my IRL book club were reading it because I WANT TO KNOW WHAT EVERYONE ELSE THINKS. I really liked what this book made me think about. If you read it, let's talk.

Come and Get It by Kiley Reid: I loved Such a Fun Age, and this book is even better. The dialog! The characters! The absolute skewering of the world we live in! **2024

**chef's kiss**


This month: 14 books

5 Audio

9 Print/Kindle

10 books published in 2024

This year: 29

14 Audio

15 With my eyes

11 books published in 2024


  1. The Orange, Akbar, and Reid are on my TBR... Great to know you think highly of them!

  2. I would love to chat with you, so I guess I need to read Martyr! ;)

  3. Okay, so I have been seeing everyone rave about Go As A River and I haven't read it because someone in my online book club said "for fans of Where The Crawdads Sing" and I was instantly a no. I just did not love that book - it was fine, but just fine - and so GAAR fell off my list. BUT if you say it was really good, maybe I should give it a try. It's so hyped up! Perhaps I'll put it on hold at the library and by the time I get it I will have forgotten all the hype. Yes, that's what I'll do! BRB, bye.

  4. Hi Harry,
    I loved your book reviews. You have a great taste and a way with words. I also enjoyed The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Have you read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab? It’s a brilliant book about a woman who lives forever but is forgotten by everyone. I think you would like it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. The Reid, Paris, and Orange are all on my TBR! Glad they were hits for you!

  6. Anonymous8:42 PM

    This is Lisa. I also loved GAAR! It was one of my best books of 2024! What does your IRL book club read? I don’t think I have heard you talk about that group! I feel like I have heard Martyr discussed on book podcasts. I loved Reid’s first book so can’t wait to read this one!!

  7. I left a comment on this already! WHERE DID IT GO? It's been a bit minute since I read There There. Do I need to reread to prep for the Orange book?

  8. Everyone seems to be talking about that Sarah Maas series now- I guess I need to read it!

  9. I already added Come and Get It to my TBR based on your rec, and now I'll also add Go As A River!