what i’ve been reading lately

I always love reading posts about what books people have read and whether I should be reading them too so here is my addition to said group. I track the books throughout the year for a reason right? I had a goal of reading a book a week in 2019 and I came in at 57 total for the year so, yay! Trying to figure out how to group these is kind of daunting... but I tried!
One of my favorite authors I turn to when I just want an engaging and quick read is Sandra Brown. Her books are very predictable but always entertaining. I read four of hers this year so I'm starting there: Seeing RedLow PressureDeadline and Outfox. Like I said, all predictable and they tend to run together so I can't really remember which one was a favorite or anything... Not sure what that says about my reading comprehension.

I love Kristin Hannah as well but only managed one of her's this year, Magic Hour. It's a very sad and upsetting story line so if you do read it just know that it ends well! I also turn to Kate Morton often and I read two of her's this year, The Distant Hours (this one was so so good and I think I can use the world haunting because I kept thinking about it for days after and wishing things had happened differently for those poor characters. But so good!) and The Lake House (ah! Goodness! Another really good one! I'm always rushing along with her books to try and figure the mysteries out!).

I found a new series by Veronice Rossi that I loved and devoured so quickly... although like a lot of series the initial book was my favorite. Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, Into the Still Blue. If you like Young Adult and dystopian type books definitely pick this series up!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is also another series (but only the first book) and I really just loved it so much but have to wait for the other installments. Rude. But I'm pretty sure the second installment is out now so I best be getting my  hands on that! I've heard it described as a Beauty and the Beast retelling which I mean, maybe.... I can see where someone would say that but I'd never put it together on my own like that.

I do love me some good historical fiction and so you know I had quite a few of those this year as well...
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Oh this one! And then the movie! I never have read about the occupation of England so that sparked me having to read about what actually happened there. Always learning something!
The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham. Interesting take... what if Hitler had had a child? There's a lot of birthing stories in here... just as an fyi.
The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons. I have had this on my list for forever and it came highly recommended... it just took me forever to get through. Quite a tome! This takes place in Russia which again, not a side of the war I tend to read about so that was different. It's a sad story too.... 
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. All about Einstein's wife.... 
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. This follows one family during the duration of WWII as they all go separate ways. 
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor. Not necessarily about Christmas. Written mainly in the form of letters. Oh this one pulled at the heart strings!
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. A girl on the Titanic! Oh the heart will go on! And it's based on a real person which is interesting!
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. A blind French girl and a German boy's paths collide during WWII.
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve. Again, I had never heard of this before! The year Maine burned? What a story!
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I'm putting this in here just because of it's Holocaust ties that show up.

Some of my fun summer reads... all of which I really liked and were light and quick:
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
Perfect on Paper - Maria Murnane
Nine Women, One Dress - Jane Rosen
Southern Lady Code - Helen Ellis

My Oxford Year - Julie Whelan
First Grave on the Right - Daryanda Jones
Things You Save in a Fire - Katherine Center
The Last Book Party - Karen Dukes
Four - Veronica Roth (doesn't really fit in with the rest of these but still, a quick read)

Thrillers... If I can even use that word? I don't know.... Mysteries? 
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I feel like since the movie is out we know all about this one...
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. This is another one that really just stuck with me for awhile. I kept thinking and thinking about it. Such a twist ending too! I say no more!
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier. I think if there hadn't been rape in this book I would have handled it better. Definitely not my favorite.
Before The Fall by Noah Hawley. There's a plane crash and two survivors... and a whole lot that happened leading up to the crash. Definitely a page turner!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. A death of a daughter the resulting aftermath...
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok. Similar to above.
The Invited by Jennifer McMahons. A ghost story!
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. This one is dark I'll give you that. Not what I expected but I really liked how it ended!
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. It's not you it's me? But totally not at all. It was so not what I thought it was!
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. This one was out there! A bit crazy... but still!

And of course just some randoms that I can't quite put into another category... These are books I more or less kept seeing pop up everywhere and people kept talking about them. Or someone recommended them to me. Any and everything.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. I always enjoy reading his books. They make me feel smarter than I am.
Educated by Tara Westover. Her story is amazing. The end.
The Lost Man by Jane Harper. This was so good! And to think people actually live out in the middle of nowhere like that is just mind blowing to me!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This took me longer to get into than I thought it would but enjoyable enough.
Pre by Tom Jordan. I've had this on my shelf for forever. Glad I can finally say I've read it though.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. So good. We all know this.
The Choice by Edith Eva Eger. This is a Holocaust book but not fiction. Her story is quite something!
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish. I don't even really know who Tiffany is but I read this anyways. Somehow it was on my list so I just read it. That's all I have to say about that. 
Florida by Lauren Groff. Meh. But I do love the state!
Nevermoor: Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. Another YA and another series.  It's a magical world to be sure!
Lanny by Max Porter. This one was odd but a quick read! 
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. An end of civilization as we know it... the slow decay of the world we all are used to and the new societies that form up. I really enjoyed!
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. The story of a marriage in trouble. I really loved it! It got me!
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Rayburn. This is the start of another series. She gives me a Sherlock Holmes type vibe but you know, female.
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glenda Vanderah. At first I thought this story was science fiction but then no. A good read!

If you are still here I applaud you... but I'm sure you're not. A book reviewer, I am not. But a book lover, I am! Also a Yoda fan so. There you have it. What books should I read in 2020??? I'm all eyes!






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  1. 57 books is quite impressive! I’m trying to make a habit of reading more this year because I really do enjoy it. I’m currently reading Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. It’s so freakin’ good so far! Saving your list for when I need some book suggestions! Thanks for sharing.

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