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Twice in the last few weeks I’ve only managed to finish one book. That goes to show you how important audiobooks are to my overall reading because I’ve been listening, just not to anything to share here. Hopefully that will change this week, with a quirky book I’ll talk about later. Top that off with some pretty blah February books and my reading has been less than stellar recently. Hoping that will change with March books, which I’ve already started dipping into. How has your winter reading been going?
Hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
Last Week’s Read
- Yet another book that has some controversy surrounding it, I liked My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. As the title implies it’s a dark story of the lifelong effects of a sexual relationship between a 15-year old girl and her high school English teacher. Coming out in early March, I’ll hold off my review until then.
- Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin has been a bit of a roller coaster for me, so far. I loved the first 30%, the next 10% really dragged, but then it picked up again. This book got a lot of early buzz, but then has had some recent negative comments, so I’m anxious to find out where it lands for me.
Likely to Read Next
- When I first started listening to audiobooks, I always chose lighter, quirky books and those seemed to really work for me. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot more serious books, but I’m going to change that up when I start The Regrets by debut author Amy Bonnaffons. It’s a story about I woman who meets and falls in love with a dead man who’s sort of trapped in an in-between place. Not my typical book, but still it sounds fun.
- I’m very excited to read The Companions by Katie M. Flynn. This dystopian story has been marketed as Station Eleven meets Never Let Me Go. That and California under quarantine sounds pretty darn good to me.
- I’ve read so much WWII fiction that it’s become difficult to find new ones that feel different to me, but The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner has piqued my interest. It’s the story of a mother who fights to keep her daughter, a musical prodigy, silent in order to keep her safe.
I hope you have a great week in books!
Emma @ Words And Peace says
enjoy your week!
Never Let me God was so good!
I don’t know that book, but I’ll look for it.
JoAnn @ Gulfside Musing says
Hope this will be a better reading week for you. I haven’t seen any February releases I’m particularly excited about.
I think February is just going to be that sort of month for new books.
I’m on the fence about reading My Dark Vanessa. The Yellow Bird Sings sounds like a good one as well. Thanks for sharing.
Hope this week goes well for you.
Thanks for stopping by, Diane.
The Regrets and The Companions both sound so interesting! Plus, The Regrets’s audiobook is under 7 hours, so if it’s not amazing at least it doesnt last forever haha.
I listened to a couple hours of The Regrets and may go back to it, but I got lured away by You Are Not Alone.
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says
All of these sound quite interesting. A woman who falls in love with a dead man, trapped between two worlds? California under quarantine? A mother who has to keep her daughter silent to keep her safe? Yes, interesting, interesting, interesting.
I’m so sorry your reading has been so blah lately. Let’s hope things change.
When you put it all together like that, February/March books have some odd premises going on.
Laurie C says
I’ve been listening to a TON of audiobooks these past few months, and need to figure out a way to get some more print reading back into my schedule. Love all different types of books on audio and often choose based on whose narrating, but if the writing is too clunky, I’d rather skim it in print than listen to it read aloud.
I agree that narrators make an audiobook and they’re often what drives my choices, too. I prefer to read more serious or literary books in print.
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out says
Audiobooks would slow me down way too much.
Wishing you a great reading week
I mostly listen to audiobooks at times I couldn’t be reading…driving, folding laundry, or on a walk
I’ll be interested to hear if you end up liking Saint X. Dark Vanessa sounds rough! I’m all over the place with February reads. But almost done with the audio of She Said which I’m glad I got to. (You pointed me to that one, thx).
Saint X really died in the end for me. It was a slog getting through the last 50%. Glad you’re enjoying She Said.
Thanks for vetting Saint X for me! I was thinking about it, but it sounds way too dicey. My reading has been as bad as yours only I’ve barely started February books. In fact, I gave up on new releases and am now reading a Jodi Picoult. I sort of think of her as a go-to for breaking a slump because I can get a copy right away at the library and she’s so plot driven that it’s quick reading. I’m really hoping it works because this is dreadful!