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How’s your January going? Any amazing books I’ve missed? January is working out to be a pretty nice month for me. Winter break went late, so I’ve only been back at work a week, and then next weekend is already another long one. I’ll take it! I love that extra day. On Saturday night I saw On the Basis of Sex and definitely recommend it. I had no idea the struggles Judge Ginsburg went through just to have her voice heard.
On the reading front, my progress has been steady if not extremely speedy and I’ll take that, too. I’m both excited and nervous to hear myself on Wednesday’s new episode of Sarah’s Book Shelves Live where I talked with Sarah about fiction audiobooks. If you haven’t subscribed, you need to. Her podcast is great!
Last Week’s Reads
I finished The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells fairly early in the week. It’s a simple, but beautifully told story about a man and the loneliness he experiences throughout his life. That sounds very down, but it’s really not because his life is still quite full. (Review next week.) Mid-week I got a text from the library that a hold had come in. I had a couple 1/8 release books on hold and was eager to read both. When I got there the book they handed me was Joy Enough by Sarah McColl. I was extremely surprised because I forgot I’d placed a hold on it, and because it isn’t released until 1/15. So, I got an ARC from the library! Did I like it? No. Luckily, it was very short, so I finished, but by the end was doing a lot of skimming. (Mini-review at the end of the month.)
It seems to be mystery/thriller week for me right now. I’m listening to An Anonymous Girl by GreerHendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. At not quite 50%, I’m enjoying the story, as long as I ignore some of the unlikely plot points. When my library hold for Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks came in I wasn’t going to read it right away, but checked out the first couple of chapters and then had to keep going. I’ve still got a long way to go, but am really liking this story of two friends, one with a child who vanished while in the care of the other.
Likely to Read Next
There are a few more January books that I could read, but I’ve finished all my ARC’s and the February releases are calling to me. I plan on kicking those off with the story of famed model/photographer Lee Miller, in The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer. Miller was a major character in The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin, a book I simply adored, so it will be fun to read another author’s take on her.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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Beth F says
I just got a copy of End of Loneliness — I’ll be sure to read it. I love it when I think I’m going to read only the first paragraph and get sucked right in.
Now if I could just find the time to read!
Kathy Martin says
This looks like a lovely assortment of books. Her One Mistake sounds especially intriguing to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Laurel-Rain Snow says
I loved An Anonymous Girl, and hope to enjoy Her One Mistake.
Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.
Thanks for stopping by Laurel.
All these books sound good. I want to read An Anonymous Girl.
It’s a fun one. Twisty.
Oh no, on Joy Enough. I’m #2 on the library wait list. The End of Loneliness is in my tbr, happy to hear it’s good.
I hope you end up enjoying An Anonymous Girl. I liked it enough that I ignored the probability 🙂 The second half is when the plot takes off and it becomes more of a page turner 🙂
I wish I were done with all my January review books!
I just got to the part where An Anonymous Girl takes off this morning and am going nuts because my day has been too full for much reading time.
Joy Enough was just not for me, but I’m looking forward to hearing someone else’s thoughts on it, so keep me informed.
I feel your pain, when I reached that point in the book my to-do list was set aside and I didn’t get up until I finished 🙂
I was just notified my copy of Joy, Enough is ready to pick up.
All your books are new to me. Have a good week. My weekly update.
Looking forward to your episode! Hearing yourself talk can be so stressful but I’m sure you’ll be great!
Thanks, Tina. We’ll see. I’ve had a little taste because I was on the trailer, but I’m sure there will be moments I’ll cringe!