WHAT I READ IN FEBRUARY & MARCH 2018



I thought I would start my books with what I read in February and March. I listened to a few as well. So, here they are in no particular order:

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
5 Stars
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
5 Stars
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
4 Stars 
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
3 Stars
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
4 Stars
This was a quick thriller of a read. I enjoyed it a lot. 

Still Me by Jojo Moyes
4 Stars
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
4.5 Stars
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
4 Stars
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
5 Stars
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
4 Stars
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
5 Stars
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
5 Stars
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
5 Stars
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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