New Week, New Book (2/19/18)

New Week, New Book (2/19/18)

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Happy President's Day! I hope that at least some of you are enjoying a long weekend/short week; I will be at work today so tell me about your fun, if you are fortunate enough to have an extra day off, and I'll live vicariously! 

I can't say that I'm horribly disappointed; I had a very restful, fulfilling weekend and I'm looking forward to the week ahead. I also had a good reading week last week and my fingers are crossed that this week will bear more of the same.

I finished reading Surprise Me, the latest from one of my favorite authors, Sophie Kinsella; you can read my full review here.

I also finished Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer; I listened to the audio and the narration was great. Schaefer's reflections and research are thought-provoking, entertaining, and significant; she also scores points for quoting one of my nonfiction favorites, All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister (my review here). When I finished, I immediately wanted to purchase about ten copies to send to girlfriends.

In my post last Monday, I mentioned that my hold of Everything Here is Beautiful was available from the library, so I started it shortly after finishing Surprise Me; I was so excited, after having read this review by Susie at Novel Visits, that I signed up to wait for a copy while the library still had it on order! This novel is breathtaking; what a fantastic debut! In addition to the creative, unique storytelling, there is so much cultural diversity; I can't recommend this one enough. 

If you follow my Instagram account, you might have noticed that I was feeling a little...hmm...nonplussed about the weather forecast for my long run on Saturday. During the hours I had available to run, the forecast showed a 100% chance of rain and I knew I would be out there for close to two hours. I used to listen exclusively to music while running; a couple of years ago, I started experimenting with audiobooks during my long runs and have learned what works and what doesn't.

Much like watching The Bachelor during treadmill runs, I've found that really interesting nonfiction works well, as does some fiction - usually books that I would not find myself reading under other circumstances! Case in point: the genre of romance.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is the February pick of The Bookly Club; I've never read any of Hoover's novels, but I know people who rave about them. The story is delightfully predictable and I am completely hooked; sometimes, when my surrounding circumstances are unfavorable, a little predictability and cheesy romance is just what I need! 

Needing a moment to regain emotional strength after Everything Here Is Beautiful (it's a heartbreaker, y'all!), I decided to try Force of Nature, a mystery/thriller, after reading such great reviews of Harper's debut, The Dry. I am always a little skeptical about thrillers (I have been disappointed so many times!), but with over 100 pages read I can see what all the fuss is about. It won't take me long to finish this one; I am can hardly wait to find out how this story will end! 

Up next, I'll start Brass, another debut that I've been looking forward to after early kudos from some trusted recommendation sources; this year's reading selections have been quite successful, thus far, and I'm hopeful I can keep the streak going! 

How was your weekend? What are you reading? 

 

Brass by Xhenet Aliu

Brass by Xhenet Aliu

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella