The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China by Frank Langfitt 3.5* The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri 3* The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks 3* My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 4* Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacobs 4* American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson 5* The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 3-3.5*
I had originally set my goal at 40 when I thought I'd be busy with a graduate class but since I dropped it, I upped my reading goal to 80. I'd like to surpass that goal. We'll see.
I read: 1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson: 5 stars 2. The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger: 2 stars. I really don’t get the hype about this book. 3. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman: 5 stars 4. Divergent by Veronica Roth: 4 stars 5. Faker by Sarah Smith: 1 Star. I should have quit this book but it was so dumb, cheesy and predictable I had to keep going. 6. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite: 4 stars 7. The Institute by Stephen King: 4 stars 8. Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood: 5 stars 8/75
My favorites were Just Mercy, A Man Called Ove, and Keeping Lucy.
I started the year strong! The Tana French books slowed me down at the end because they are really long and the dialect in parts but I read a nice even 20. I’ve already finished 2 this month. No real goal for 2020. Last year I read 239 so maybe I’ll try to beat that.
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher (very bad)
Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue
The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (very good)
A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford
Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment
The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
Reputation by Sara Shepard (really bad)
Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault (very good)
Act of God by Jill Ciment
One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (so good and sad!)
The Last Affair by Margot Hunt
Remain Silent by Susie Steiner (very good)
Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person by Dami Lee
Into the Woods by Tana French (re reading)
The Likeness by Tana French (re reading)
The Body in Question by Jill Ciment (all of her books are so odd and downers. I can’t decide if I like them or not)
Post by rainbowchip on Feb 3, 2020 13:09:28 GMT -5
Stonewall: Braking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum - 3* I'm Fine...and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings - 4* Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - 3* A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon - 3* My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite - 3* This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps - 5* Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster by Andrew Leatherbarrow - 3* Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan - 3*
I set a goal for 52 again this year but I expect to totally exceed that again this year because my reading habits have changed since the previous years I've had a goal of 52.
Post by rootbeerfloat on Feb 3, 2020 19:41:35 GMT -5
Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer #1) by Maggie Stiefvater - 4* Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) by Rainbow Rowell - 3* Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - 4* There There by Tommy Orange - 4* Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren - 4*
I didn't make my goal last year, so I'm aiming for 40 (and off to a good start).
Post by marshmallowhands on Feb 4, 2020 0:10:20 GMT -5
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates- 4* Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow-5* The Witches are Coming by Lindy West-4* Life Will Be the Death of Me... And You Too by Chelsea Handler-3* Wolfpack by Abby Wambach-3* The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern- 4*
My favorite of the month was Catch and Kill. I listened to the audiobook and Roman's accents were a little hard to get past but the book so so we'll researched and written. I really enjoyed it.
I'm interested to hear what people though of t the Starless Sea. I'll definitely be back for that book club discussion.
Post by wesleycrusher on Feb 4, 2020 9:48:56 GMT -5
Web of Love 3, Simply Love 3, Indiscreet 3, Unforgiven 3, Irresistible 2, Slightly Married 4, Someone to Wed 3 all by Mary Balogh The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 3 Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 2 Meet Cute 3 and The Good Luck Charm 3 both by Helena Hunting Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances by Leland Melvin 4 The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara (audio) 4 I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse by Lee Gutkind (audio) 4 Oh Sh*t, I Almost Killed You! A Little Book of Big Things Nursing School Forgot to Teach You by Sonja Schwartzbach (audio) 3 My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 4 The Lord of the Rings #1: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (audio) 4 There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones 3 I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz by Gisella Perl 4 Down London Road by Samantha Young 2 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase by Douglas Adams (audio) 4 A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum 4 Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes 3 The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames 4 Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong (audio) 3 Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews Edwards (audio) 4 Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore 3
My goal is always 200 which I've managed to hit for as long as I've been keeping track, but one of these years I'd like to hit 240 (20 books per month). I always seem to slow down in the fall with my reading, so haven't made it there yet. I've started strong this year with 27 in January- maybe this year will be the year!
Dating-ish by Penny Reid 4* Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid 4* The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren 4* Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn 3.5* The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams 3.5* Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne 3* Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey 3*