January 31, 2016

A Month in Summary - January 2016

Whoohoo! I finished eight books, six of which I already owned before the year began. Not bad for the first month of 2016!

Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson (own - ARC) 4/5

The Secret Place by Tana French (borrowed - audio & print) 2/5

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (own - ARC) 4.5/5

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore (borrowed - audio) 4/5

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (own - audio) 4.5/5

What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas (own - ARC) 4.5/5

Like Family by Paolo Giordono (own) 3.5/5

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (own - ebook) 2.5/5


Triple Dog Dare Challenge - 6/8 books read from my own stacks (but 2 were audio books, so I believe I stuck to my goal)

8 books
4 novels
1 mysteries
3 memoirs
4 new-to-me-authors 
5 print
1 ebook
3 audio
6 female
2 male 
2 borrowed
6 from my stacks 

Favorite of the Month: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Reviews to follow 


  1. Wow, you had a fabulous month! I'm going to finish up my 8th, today. I haven't heard of most of the titles you read, although I think I may have The Nightingale in e-book form. Will have to look. Everyone seems to love it.

    1. I know, can you believe I read that many books?! Might be close to a record for me. I've switched up my weekend routine, so I'm doing more chores after work, so I have more free time on the weekends. Only took me 9 years to figure that out! ;)

  2. I have heard really good things about THE NIGHTINGALE. I definitely want to get to it at some point.

    1. It's really quite good and it tugged at my heartstrings. Not lyrical, but a good story.

  3. Looks like you had an awesome month! I have The Nightingale on my TBR list. Oh and that picture of the pup - too cute!

    1. It was a pretty amazing month! Of course, I'm behind with my reviews by about 6 months...

      Yes, that "pup" is quite adorable. We got lucky!

  4. I have the Abigail Thomas, and another of hers, Safekeeping, neither of which I've read yet. Surprised about the low marks for the Tana French. I thought you loved her stuff. As you know, I read the first and kinda liked it, but could.not.read the second one. I think she's a 'little' dark for me. ;<)

    1. Oooh, I don't recall ever seeing Safekeeping! I really liked What Comes Next and How to Like It, so I'll have to see about getting a copy of the other.

      Yeah, I'm a big fan of Tana French's mystery/thrillers, but this one really fell short of my expectations. I've talked with a few friends who read it as well and they had a similar reaction. Hopefully the next one she writes will be back on track.


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