Thursday, February 2, 2017

What I Read | January 2017

Hello, sunshiney friends!  I haven't been in the habit of sharing my reads, but this year I want to start sharing what I'm reading each month.  

My single mom budget LOVES the library and I discovered how to download books and audiobooks onto my kindle through my library with the Overdrive app.  If any of you love reading, I think you'd be amazed at how much your local library has to offer - for free!  I read 5 books and listened to one audiobook in January and I'm looking forward to a 2017 full of awesome reads. 
















The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
4 stars

I listened to this on audiobook as I worked. I most usually have music going, or will listen to a podcast when I work. I am wired at my best when my brain is multitasking. I had never tried listening to an audiobook while I worked, but this was a perfect book to listen to. I remained engaged in the story, but it didn't require tons of brain power, so I could still focus on my tasks. I adored the narrator's voice on this audiobook (Lorna Raver). Her voice reminded me of the older Rose on Titanic. I have heard of Charles Lindbergh, obviously, but after reading this historical fiction told from the point of view of his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, I wanted to research so much about them and learn all the things! This was a beautiful story and a great pick for those who enjoy historical fiction.


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3 stars

My friend who lives several hours away from me chose this book as her bookclub's pick for January.  I had it on hold at the library FOREVER before it became available.  I tore through it in one day.  This is a story about Rebecca Winter, who goes missing in 2003.  Eleven years later, she is replaced by an imposter pretending to be Bec.  What the what?  This kept me turning the pages, but something about it didn't sit well with me.  The mom character creeped me out a bit.  Overall, I enjoyed this one.


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4 stars

Paul Kalanithi's memoir is a beautiful book.  The last paragraph had me sobbing.  His vulnerability and transparency made this book so great.  Trigger warning: 4 stars, only because I'm very sensitive about cancer and in some ways, this book triggered me. 

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
3.5 stars

Anne and Marco leave their baby, Cora, home alone while they attend a dinner party next door. They check on Cora every thirty minutes, but when they come home for the evening, Cora is missing. The first half of this book was ok, but moved fairly slowly for me. Once I got to the middle, it picked up and I had to find out what happened to Cora. The ending was great!


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Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
3 stars

I've been a Cheryl Strayed fan since her anonymous days on The Rumpus as "Dear Sugar." I was introduced to this column right after my divorce, so it was a time in my life when I needed to hear the advice she gave. I read Tiny, Beautiful Things and felt like I was sitting down with a friend who seriously cared about my heart and healing. Next, I read Wild (and saw the movie) and her memoir resonated with me because of where I was on life's journey at that time. This book is a collection of some of her most popular quotes. It is a quick read and I enjoyed re-reading some of the profound things she has written. This would be a good "go to" book if you're having an overly emotional and "feel-y" day. At least, it would be for me.


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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
4 stars

Oh Gillian. You never disappoint me! This short story gave me the creeps in the best way. Meaning, I love thriller/suspense and she always delivers.

Have any of you read any of these? What did you think? What are you reading right now? Let me know, friends.

I hope you all have a super sunshiney day!
Julie

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