Friday, February 1, 2019

December/January Confessions


December got to be really crazy due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so I didn't share what books I read for the month.  There weren't many, but in January, I definitely caught up. I seem to always read more when the weather is cold and I am stuck indoors. I gravitate to more thrillers and mysteries than I normally read. What do you tend to read in the winter?

Here's what I read in December and January:
1.  When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen (YA Historical Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars
2.  The Address by Fiona Davis (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
3.  Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
4.  One Day in December by Josie Silver (Adult Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
5.  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen (Audio Book/Adult Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
6.  A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
7.  The Au Pair by Emma Rous - (Adult Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars
8.  The Lights Over London by Julia Kelly - (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars - Review to come!
9.  An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Adult Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Review to come!
10.  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  (Audio Book/Adult Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Review to come!
11.  Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry (YA Contemporary Fiction) - 3.5 out of 5 stars - Review to come!

DNF:
All is Fair by Dee Garrettson - I liked the setting of WWI England, but it started off a bit too slow for my taste.  I may pick this one up on a later date as I heard it has a Downton Abbey vibe, which I love.




December and January Top Five:


1.  Favorite Book:  One Day in December by Josie Silver was such a great read, especially around the holidays.

2.  Biggest DisappointmentAn Anonymous Girl wasn't as good as The Wife Between Us. I enjoyed it overall, but was disappointed as it didn't suck me in like their previous novel.


3.  Biggest Surprise: Tony's Wife really kept me entertained as did Lights Over London, so I was especially surprised by both.


4.  Favorite Post: My Favorite Books of 2018

5.  Favorite Part of November:  Obviously it was the holidays and the extra time I was able to spend with my family. We hosted Christmas Eve and it was a great time.  I also really enjoyed taking my son to Longwood Gardens to see their amazing holiday display. 

Now that the holidays are over, I'm ready for spring. I already am planning those summertime reads! What was your favorite novel that you read this month? Let me know.

6 comments:

  1. I’ll have to look for your review of Eleanor Oliphant. I’m on a really long waitlist for that book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It was good, but I didn't connect with it as much as I was hoping. It didn't "wow" me like it did other people, but that may be because I listened to the audio book version. Thanks for visiting, AJ.

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  2. I think my favorite book was A Room of One's Own, which I read in January for the first time.
    You can see my full wrap up in my blog.
    I meant to read One Day in December, but now that the holidays are over, I'm not sure if I will like it. Do you recommend reading it even when is not Christmas time?

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    1. Wow. What a great book to read! I would love to revisit some of the classics this year. I think One Day in December could work as a winter read as well. You should check it out! Thanks for visiting, Cata.

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  3. We loved seeing the lights at Longwood Gardens! I still need to read One Day in December.

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    1. I love Longwood. I hope to go back this spring and enjoy all the flowers. I hope you get to read One Day soon - so good! Thanks for visiting, Angela.

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