I have always enjoyed reading and sometimes go through phases where I read a ton and then don’t pick up another book for a really long time. Since October, I’ve been in my “reading a ton” phase — I can’t remember the last time I read so many books in such a short period of time! Every night I can’t wait to crawl into bed and READ!! I have found it helps me relax, unwind, and fall asleep faster.
I am always curious about what other people are reading so I thought you might be, too! Here is what I read from October through December.
One of the bloggers I follow on Instagram talked about this book, saying how she could not put it down. Since I love a good page turner, I decided to give it a go. A page turner it is! I seriously could not put this book down! This is a thriller to say the least. I give it 5/5 yoga mats.
An acquaintance said she was reading this for a book club. I often think if a book is book club worthy it is worth reading! If you love New York, you just might love this book. It is a story of an older lady who takes a walk on New Year’s Eve and tells the story of her life as she walks, making stops along the way to talk to different people. A very fun read. I give it 4/5 yoga mats.
Not a Happy Family: A Novel by Shari Lapena
Lots of twists and turns in this book about a wealthy family from upstate New York. The parents are murdered and their three children try to figure out who did. A quick read that will keep you guessing until the very end. I give it 4/5 yoga mats.
I recently learned about Kristen Hannah. This was the first book of hers I’ve read and will definitely not be the last! The story takes place in 1974 in a small remote town of Alaska. It is the story of a 13 year old girl, Leni, and her parents. Her father is a POW who never seems to be able to hold a job and decides that moving to a remote town in Alaska will be the answer to all of their problems. Leni witnesses her father abuse her mother as they try to survive in their new home. I give it 5/5 yoga mats.
This was another book I could not put down! There are so many twists and turns. Simply put, this book is about two women who are trying to get away from their current lives. By chance, they meet at an airport, switch their tickets, and agree to take over one another’s life. I have recommended this book to a couple of friends who also enjoyed it. A part of the book takes place in the Bay Area so that is also fun. I give it 4.5/5 yoga mats.
I picked this book up at the library knowing nothing about it and it was so good. If you like stories with twists and turns all the way to the end, this might be the book for you. I give it 3.5/5 yoga mats.
I picked up this book because I enjoyed the book Next Year in Havana by the same author. I was a little disappointed as it was not quite the same caliber as Last Year in Havana, but found it to be worth the read. I give it 3/5 yoga mats.
Just a fun little love story! A very quick, light read. The perfect beach read. This is the first book in a series of three. I’m waiting for the other two to come back into the library so I can check them out! I give it 4/5 yoga mats.
After reading The Great Alone, I was expecting more from this book. I found it to be a bit depressing and a little long and drawn out. It is the story of two sisters who are very different and the relationships between the two of them and their mother (who they were not close to growing up) after the death of their father with whom they were very close. I give it 3/5 yoga mats.
The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova
A friend recommended this book to me many years ago and I just got around to reading it. If you are interested in poker you will probably love this book. I don’t play poker nor do I have an interest in it, so parts of the book were hard for me to follow. Definitely, an interesting story that kept my interest, but not my favorite. I give it 2.5/5 yoga mats.
If you’re familiar with Rumi, you know he is famous for his inspirational poetry. I love this book because of the messages spread throughout the book. I won’t say much more except just read it!! I give it 5/5 yoga mats.
I picked this book up because it is written by the same author as Daisy and the Six, which I enjoyed. This story takes place in Malibu, CA, which I found to be a fun part of the book. I would say this book is entertaining, but there are portions and characters that I felt didn’t really need to be in the story. I give it 3.5/5 yoga mats. If I could add a half of yoga mat, I would.
I hope this list inspires you to put your feet up and enjoy a good book! Let me know if you’ve read any of these or you have a book to suggest in the comments below.
I am already on my sixth book this month so I can’t wait to share at the end of the month what I’ve read in January.