WHAT I READ IN FEBRUARY & MARCH 2018
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
I absolutely loved the Red Rising series and was thrilled to see that Pierce Brown was writing a new installment in the series. In this book, we encounter a grown up Darrow, Mustang and Howlers as they are navigating the new world they created with the Rising. It made me a little sad to see their youth gone. There are some new characters with fresh perspectives as well. It took me a little bit to get into this one. I'm not sure why, but once I did, I read through it pretty quickly. I may or may not have already pre-ordered the next book (due out later this year.)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book was quirky. Sometimes, Eleanor drove me a little nuts with her stubbornness. But, she was endearing. One of my girlfriends compares this book to Bridget Jones' Diary. I don't feel that way about this one. It was a fun, quick read; and, despite Eleanor bugging me sometimes, I loved her.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
I listened to this one as an Audible book. Whoa. It was so good. It kept me wanting to do chores or go for runs; so I could listen to more! The narration by Georgia Maguire was excellent.
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
Confession: I didn't love this book. It was the February pick for our neighborhood book club. I love Bunmi Laditan. I just didn't love this. It felt like she was trying too hard to be funny. It wasn't terrible, but it felt contrived. And, I often wanted to just shake some sense into Ashley.
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
This was a quick thriller of a read. I enjoyed it a lot.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
I am a big Jojo Moyes fan. I thoroughly enjoyed the third book in this series. I always find Louisa Clark to be endearing.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
I absolutely loved this thriller. In parts, it was predictable, but I feel like a good thriller or mystery lets you guess a little without guessing it all. Anna Fox was a lead character you both liked and who sometimes drove you crazy. She was both sympathetic and annoying. This was a fast read. I finished in under 24 hours.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
I did not read this classic as a child. With the movie coming out, I thought I would give it a try. Despite the age of the book, it was very readable and relatable - truly a classic.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Though this was written in 1977, it keeps up with modern science fiction. I could imagine it having been written with today's technology v what was available 40 years ago. I look forward to reading more in the Ender series. I loved this one so much, I also bought the Audible version for my boys to listen to on a road trip.
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel
I listened to this one as an Audible. I also listened to the first of this series. The Audible cast is incredible. It's like listening to a radio production. So very well done. If you enjoy sci-fi and aliens and mystery, this series is for you. (The first book is called Sleeping Giants.)
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
This was another Audible for me. Like Behind Closed Doors, this one was also narrated by Georgia Maguire. I literally could not stop listening to this one. It was so good. I liked it even better than Behind Closed Doors. I don't know how to describe this book without giving anything away; so I'm just going to say - read it! I am looking forward to more from B.A. Paris
The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes Book #3) by Brittany Cavallaro
I absolutely love this series. One - the covers. Helloooo, gorgeous. The cover of the first book may be why I picked it up initially. ;) The lead characters of the series - Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson- are the teen descendants of none other than Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The books are YA but without most of the angst and overly dramatic scenes of YA. A healthy mix of mystery and a dash teenage angst. If you love mystery and Sherlock Holmes, check out this series.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
This was another Audible "read." And... wow. I don't know how to put it any other way. Twisty. I found myself sitting in the parking lot at the grocery store, listening to the rest of a chapter before I went in for groceries. This was a good one!
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