I count the Reading Challenge I did a few weeks ago as a good start in my year of reading.
I have 4 books on here this time.
Last year, I started the year off strong & stayed ahead of my Goodreads challenge all the way up until the end of October. Let's try & not repeat that.
Hoping to keep my mojo of reading all year long
At least I got a good start in my pocket
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A Wrinkle in Time
**** / 4 Stars
Quick Summary: 3 special & magical beings help a girl & her brother find their father who is in prison in another part of the universe.
I can't believe I never read this one in school as required reading. But I hadn't - & with the movie coming out, I wanted to read it first. & yes, I kept seeing Oprah in my head when they were talking to the Mrs.
I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi but loved this one & the deeper purpose behind fighting a power that is trying to conform everyone to the same kind of thinking. Did the author have a crystal ball or something? Wow
I did really appreciate the references & mentioning of God many times in the book as well.
The one thing I didnt care for was the ending. It was so rushed. I want to know more. It was like the whole book was summed up & closed on 2 pages. I needed more. Maybe that's what the other books in the series is for. Who knows.
I still enjoyed it though.
"Like and equal are not the same thing at all"
Behind Closed Doors
**** / 4 stars
Quick Summary: A perfect couple from the outside, but is it all that it appears when they go home?
This book totally disturbed me - so I guess that's the mark of a good book.
It made me angry, it made me frustrated, it made me sad, it made me fist pump with excitement, & it so ticked off. I could just put myself in Grace's position & I could think of 100 ways I'd handle the situation.... all of them totally different from Grace. Of course.
I really enjoyed the pace of this book going back & forth from the past to the present, tying the full story together... & I especially got excited as the end came closer & seeing how Jack & Grace would end up.
Side note - I feel like everyone needs a code for HELP now. & I'm going to be the Esther in every day life now.
& I totally 100% adored Millie. What a cool sister!
& I totally am going to look at George Clooney differently now too :)
“I look around at everybody laughing and joking together and struggle to understand my life has become a living hell that nobody present could even begin to imagine”
The Andy Cohen Diaries
*** / 3 stars
Quick Summary: Andy keeps a diary for a year in his life.
I love me some Andy Cohen. & loved that he wrote a diary & was going to share it.
& let me say, I'm not an audiobook fan. They usually bore me - but I dont mind them when its a biogrpahy & the writer is also the narrator of the audiobook... so I was stoked going into this one.
& some of the stories made me laugh & made me just love Andy more... even some heart felt stories.
But MANNNNNN - this was the LONGEST audio book. I cant even remember when I started listening to this. I think each chapter was over an hour long & there's 30 chapters. I just struggled to get through it.
I have his next one also on audiobook but I may need a rest... whew.... I'm a little exhausted.
Still love my Andy Cohen though!
"I HAVE SOCIAL DISEASE. I HAVE TO GO OUT EVERY NIGHT. IF I STAY HOME ONE NIGHT I START SPREADING RUMORS TO MY DOGS. —ANDY WARHOL”
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
**** / 4 stars
Quick Summary: When best friends all have things going on in their lives, the talk around the island is quick to share rumors of it all. Are some of them true?
I am understand the tone of the Hilderbrand books now - the settings are virtually the same & each book is going to have a minimum of 6 main characters. Maybe I'm getting used to it because I didnt need a pie chart on this one.
I really enjoyed this one - how a situation looks & how it can be perceived by others & the people who love gossip & rumors... & how fast they get around.
I really did enjoy this book though.... & really loved when a name from a previous Hilderbrand book popped up tying a character in this book to another story from the other book. Full circle moment.
This was totally enjoyable.
"Every life contains a Novel."
So what good books have you read this month?