I had a great reading month! I’m really missing Literary Society meetings but with the holidays we were too stressed. January though its on!

I listened to quite a few audiobooks since I’m not working in direct patient care anymore. I’m able to put my headphones on and work and listen at the same time. Its brilliant.

So here’s what I accomplished this month!

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

~ I listened to his on audio and let me just tell you…. read the actual book. I enjoyed the story and even when it felt slow I was intrigued and stayed with it. My Aunt and I read/listened at the same time and I found myself texting her asking what the heck was going on!

This book is a story about a family dynamic that I adored. I love family stories! But the mother goes “missing” after sending a cryptic text. The story goes back and forth between the present and months ago ( I think it was months it could have been a year?). While I liked the story I have to be honest… I did not enjoy the narrator. Like at all. The voice made every character sound like a whiny little brat!

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

~ I was just texting with a friend about this book. Its about a plus size instagram influencer mixed with a little murder mystery. I was torn after reading it. Not sure if I loved my body the way it is, or had a strong urge to lose weight and get in shape! Either way it was good read. I didn’t hate it but not sure how often I’d recommend it. It would have to be someone looking for exactly this type of story.

The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella

~ I feel very strongly that when I’m feeling sad Sophie’s stories can lift me right up. I listened to it on audio and loved it. AGAIN with the family dynamic stories. I didn’t mean to that with the holidays coming but I’m not mad about it.

When her life is turned upside down and her childhood house is listed for sale all she can think about is getting her childhood treasure back. But because of a massive conflict with her dad and his new girlfriend she declines to go (after being left off the original guest list). Instead she plans to sneak in, get her treasure, and sneak out. The family dynamics is something I adored about this book. The idea of hiding/sneaking around and being able to hear what your family says when you aren’t around is interesting to me. I loved every character in this book. Even the ones I loved to hate!

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

~ I know I’m behind the times on this read. It was plastered everywhere, so naturally I didn’t want to read it. But eventually I listened and loved it. It was dark but also super funny. Like I laughed hard at some spots while at work and wonder if my coworker thinks I’m crazy or if she’ll start calling me “nerd” like my family does. Anyway this is about a bank robber, but also a hostage situation, but also a book about idiots. I appreciated everything about it. I loved that it went from thought provoking to just making fun of humans. My apologies for not wanting to read it because it was trendy, clearly there was a reason it was everywhere.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

~ I bought this on my kindle because it was an ebook sale. I had seen it before but with the state of the world right now I haven’t been much in the mood for WWII. I’m glad I didn’t listen to myself. Someone recommended this to me and I swear it was my Aunt but she says she’s never read it before. So to the mystery person out there who told me I had to read it… thank you.

Yes its a WWII true story but no fear the author does a brilliant job of telling the story and giving details without making your stomach curl. At least thats how I felt about it. There are some WWII that I can’t make it through because it upsets me so much. But this story brought hope to me and reminded me that we have to keep our heads up and stay positive and believe that we will get through anything. I understand theres a second part of this novel about one of the other characters. Based on what she went through in this book I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle it but I’m certainly going to try.