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Happy New Year everyone! We did it. We made it through another merry and bright holiday season. I hope yours was wonderful and that 2019 is already off to a great start. I took last Monday off from my weekly check-in, instead sharing My Year in Books for 2018 (lots of stats and some goals for 2019). So, today you’re getting My Week in Books x2. I was out of school those entire two weeks and had a good amount of reading time, but also travelled for six days in there. Without further ado, on with books I read over my Winter Break.
Last Week’s Reads x2
I finished one backlist book on audio, but for the others it was all about January 2019 new releases.
- Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones – I really liked this story of sisters with the same father, but different mothers. The audio version featured two excellent narrators, Heather Alicia Simms and Rosalyn Coleman-Williams. As with An American Marriage (my review), it was just short of being an ‘A” book for me.
- The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – Excellent! Come back tomorrow for my full review.
- Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley – My first book written by this prolific author and I’m still not quite sure what to think. I loved parts, but others dragged a bit. I’ll be reviewing Late in the Day later this month.
- Talent by Juliet Lapidos – You all know I’m a fan of debut authors, and it pains me to pan one, but I have nothing good to say about Talent. The only reason I finished it was because it’s short and I was stuck on a plane. I’ll eventually make it part of a mini-review post.
- The Current by Tim Johnston – Fans of Descent are not going to be disappointed with Johnston’s new book. It very much has the same feel and emotional connections between the characters. It was a great book to cap off my Winter Break reading. Full review later this month.
I was already excited to read The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells and now that I’m about a quarter in, I’m even more excited about this book. A German runaway hit, it won The European Union Prize for Literature in 2016. About a boy who grows up lonely and often alone after his parents are tragically killed when he’s 11, I suspect there will be many tears by the end. The author’s backstory is fascinating. Here’s a great article from The Guardian, if you’d like to know more.
Likely to Read Next
The powers in charge of granting ARC’s were not kind to me for ANY January 8th releases, so I’ll have to take things into my own hands. My next audiobook is going to be An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. One of its two narrators is Julie Whelan and since she’s one of my very favorites, that was an easy choice. I’ve placed library holds on both Sugar Run by Mesha Maren and Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks. It looks like I’m at the front of the line on each, so we’ll see which of these books wins the race.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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