New Week, New Book (1/22/18)

New Week, New Book (1/22/18)

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Happy Monday, friends; I hope you all had a nice weekend! Unfortunately, I know plenty of people who have been dealing with colds, flu, respiratory woes; I hope that's not you, but 'tis the season. I'm trying to make sure I get plenty of rest, when I can, and maintain healthy practices.

Last week, I finished listening to The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World; I enjoyed it so much that I purchased a hard copy so that I can easily refer back to it and utilize the "joyful practices" that are included at the end. Thanks again to Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books for the great recommendation. 

Unfortunately, I did not have as much luck with Anatomy of a Scandal; this one releases tomorrow and I'd been looking forward to trying it out. After struggling through, for several days longer than it would normally have taken me to read half a book, I texted my friend Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) because I knew she'd already completed it. 

When she texted back that she wished she'd given up on it, rather than forcing herself to finish, I promptly gave myself permission to stop at the 55% mark; life is too short, friends! I had no problem with the writing but I kept questioning where the story was going because I felt like it was moving so slowly. I have seen quite a few sparkling reviews, so please check it out for yourself before making a decision! 

A new release on the Audible website caught my eye, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, and I decided to spend one of my credits to listen. About halfway through the book, I looked up Cait's blog (she references it in the book) and I'm so thankful that she has shared her story; I think that there are so many relatable experiences. I have about an hour of listening to go, but I have really enjoyed her insight. 

On Friday, after letting go of Anatomy of a Scandal, I picked up my other January Book of the Month selection, The Music Shop, and felt immediately connected to both this story and its characters. As of this morning, I have completely nearly 70% of the novel and I expect to finish it soon; a very heartwarming read, to be sure. 

After reading this review by Susie at Novel Visits, I have decided that American Radical will be my next audiobook selection; I have been very curious about this one and her endorsement sealed the deal. I'll likely start this one tomorrow.

In addition, I'll be starting The Wedding Date as soon as I finish The Music Shop. Written by a woman of color, I'm hoping this debut novel will be a fun, entertaining addition to my upcoming Best Books to Read on Spring Break list (you can see my 2017 selections here)! 

I hope your week is off to a good start; what are you reading? 

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