Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m looking back at my rather short list of December reads and wondering where the time has gone. I imagined my holiday break being filled with lazy afternoons reading by the Christmas tree, but that didn’t happen. What did happen was days filled with family, date nights, and lots and lots of time spent with friends I think of everyday but only see once a year. So while I wish I would have finished more titles, I’m not sweating it.
My New Titles:
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
This book was good, so creepy, and irresistibly thrilling. For the last hundred pages or so I was terrified to keep reading but couldn’t put the book down. I’m not typically a fan of anything that relies too heavily on the supernatural, but this story blended old, new, real life, make believe, and overall creepiness perfectly. Although logically the plot of bringing the dead back to life couldn’t happen, I story felt totally believable. Which of course just added to the spookiness. I’m not ashamed to share that after finishing this book while home alone, I kept my closet doors open.
New Titles in Audio:
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
I’m a sucker for a celebrity memoir. This one wasn’t my favorite, but I enjoyed it. Anna Kendrick isn’t afraid to make fun of herself, and I appreciated her honesty throughout each story. I realized I agree with her of a few key points - the importance of following the rules, having little to no chance of surviving the apocalypse, and the letdown of the New Year’s holiday.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Speaking of celebrity memoirs, this is one of my very favorites! I LOVED born a crime. Trevor Noah is honest, hilarious, insightful, smart, and witty. I laughed and cried, and books that can make me do both always earn a spot on my favorites list. I studied in South Africa for a semester in college, and many topics in this book added to what I learned and studied during that time. I want everyone to read this book. I can’t recommend it enough! If you’re new to audiobooks, start here. Trevor Noah reads this himself, and it’s fantastic.
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
I’m still working on Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson. I really like this book, but I wanted to read some fiction to break up my audiobook memoir binge.
Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
2017 Reading Review:
2017 was a great reading year! I started the Introvert’s Book Club, rediscovered children’s literature, and joined my first ever book club (One that has other people in it. I love to chat if the topic is books!). Not counting re-reads, I read 40 books this year. I don’t track re-reads, but I would estimate adding those titles would bring my total books read to about 60. It’s safe to say at least seven of those 20 re-reads are Harry Potter. Maybe more. I have a problem. I didn’t finish four books I started this year. Life is too short and my TBR is too long to read books I don’t like!
The Introvert's Book Club will continue in 2018! I love this “club”, and would love for you to share what you’re Introvert’s Book Club read this year. I have two other reading goals in 2018. The first is to complete the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge. The second is to not buy so many books. This will be hard. I LOVE buying books, but I work at a college so there is no excuse to not use the vast library that is available to me.
I can’t wait to dig into my book stack for 2018! What are you looking forward to reading next year?