January has been a busy reading month for me. I started 2019 with a goal to read more books, and I set my yearly goal at a very conservative 42. I know my life can get busy, and I wanted to set a goal that I thought I could actually achieve.
I feel like I have fallen in love with reading all over again, and I have been voraciously reading all month long.
In January I read 5 books. I was aiming for 4, so this is a definite win. I also allowed myself some time in between books to really absorb the story and think about my reviews. I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the books I chose. I'm not a super-picky reader, but I expect every once in a while to find a book that just doesn't work for me. I've decided that if that happens, I will not review it. My goal with this blog is to help authors, and I would rather put out positivity into the world. There are more than enough critics.
I read an assortment of genres. A couple of thrillers, a dystopian novel, a fantasy, and a romance. Most of my favorite genres. Romance is not a typical genre for me, so I did branch out a little. I am hoping to branch out more as the year progresses.
My favorite January book was The Silent Patient. I am constantly disappointed by thrillers because I can always guess what is going to happen. I do it with movies, too. It's an annoying habit. This book was amazing. It surprised me and made me pause to take in the developments in the story. I really enjoyed all of my January books, but this one was easily the best. It was difficult to review because I didn't want to give away any of the story, but I highly recommend it.
Now, onto my February reads!
90 Seconds From Sanity by C.J. Wilton is a face-paced, gripping thriller. We meet Michael, a talented lawyer, whose wife, Ellen, is pregnant with their first child. It's the happiest day of his life. He's on his way to the ultrasound to find out the sex of their baby. But, he's late for the appointment, and things spiral out of control from there.
This story is well-written and keeps you guessing. None of the characters are who they seem...or are they? There are some graphic scenes/language. That kind of writing doesn't bother me, but some people may not find it palatable. My main critique is about the lack of an ending. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I was eager to see how the many plot lines would be tied up at the end. I found the ending a bit of a let down, but it does fit the broken feeling of the rest of the book. Still a good read. You won't be able to put it down.
Read 90 Seconds From Sanity
Full disclosure: I am the narrator for this audiobook, but I really love this series.
Aeon of Horus by Paul Neuhaus is the second book in the Quinn Henaghan series, and the action continues. Quinn is restless. She has new magical powers and nothing to do with them. The savior of LA is thrust into domestic life without a bad guy to fight. Until a dying man arrives at her doorstep with a strange statue.
This book is packed with magic, romance, and thrilling action right up to the end.
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Haven't heard Company Town (Book 1 of the Quinn Henaghan series)? Click here to get caught up!
I was immediately engrossed in Ben H. Winters' dystopian novel, Golden State. The world he creates is reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, one of my all-time favorite books. In the Golden State, lying is illegal, and the Speculators can see your lies in the air. There is no way to hide.
But, what happens when things are not so clear? Not so cut and dried? When two Speculators dive into a crime investigation, they find that the truth is never clear or simple.
This was my second Book of the Month book, and I waited awhile to read it. Once I picked it up, I was completely absorbed. I stayed up way too late because I had to know how it ended. This story is full of unexpected twists and turns. Fantastic book.
I haven't done much reading lately. I'm still soaking in the vibes of The Silent Patient. I love it when the feelings from a book linger. Still, I have another Book of the Month book waiting, and I need to get started soon!
I've been in the studio a lot lately. I am finishing up the final edits on the second book in the Quinn Henaghan trilogy. I'll post a review once the audiobook comes out. I'm really enjoying the trilogy and feel honored to get to bring it to life. (If you missed the first one - Company Town - click hear and give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.)
I've also just accepted a deal for another trilogy - romance this time. I'm excited to get started on the first book.
I really love narrating audiobooks. It's experiencing the story on a deeper level. I get to try and really understand the characters and what makes them tick. I enjoy the editing process, too. I can't think of a job better suited for me. I am a newbie, and still learning a lot, but I am so happy this is my life.
This morning I received our family's favorite call - a snow day. My husband is a teacher, so a snow day means everyone gets to sleep in. A snow day for me equals a quiet morning to read.
I brewed a cup of tea and snuggled on the couch with my new book, The Silent Patient. This was my first Book of the Month delivery, and I was curious to see what kind of books I would be receiving. I was not disappointed.
The Silent Patient is engaging from the very first page. I sat down to read and the next thing I knew four hours had passed, and I was done with the book. As the layers peel away from the central characters, an intriguing story unfolds, but The Silent Patient keeps its secrets close. There were moments when I needed to put the book down and pause to take in the new developments. I love when a book takes me by surprise. An entertaining read from beginning to end.
So, I'll start by saying that I have no affiliation to Book of the Month. I just love it.
I have always been a voracious reader, but sometimes I find myself reading the same genre or author for quite some time. I've been in one of these reading ruts lately. I want to branch out and read other types of books, but I don't know where to start. I tend to enjoy most genres, which makes it even harder to choose something new.
I also set a goal to read more books in 2019. Getting a new, intriguing book every month will definitely help me achieve my goal!
Book of the Month is awesome. I just received my first two books, and I cannot wait to start reading!
I spent all of yesterday devouring The Second Captive by Maggie James. This book was a quick, exciting read. The story is told from three points of view, and I enjoyed the way the book was laid out. Part one is told from the perspectives of captor and captive. Beth is kidnapped and kept in a basement. Eventually, she begins to understand her captor and even possibly love him. She is still wise enough to escape when the chance is presented. No spoilers here, the book begins with her coming home then jumps back to the beginning.
The second part of the book is told from the perspectives of Beth and her mother. Beth is home, but she has changed. She won't tell anyone what happened, but her mother is persistent and slowly pieces together her daughter's harrowing story.
The Second Captive is an engaging and thrilling read. I could not put it down! I will definitely be checking out more books by Maggie James.
The Second Captive
My reading time has gone down as I enjoy the holiday season. Life is busy. I've started and stopped three different books. I've been busy rewriting a script and starting a new show. I've been editing an audiobook. I've been doing all the holiday things with my family. Time is limited, and reading has unfortunately fallen by the wayside.
I plan on finishing all three books in January (if not before), and this brought me to a new goal for 2019. I'm setting a reading challenge. I want to read so many more books than I did this year.
My goal for 2019 is 42 books.
I think this is a reasonable goal. I would like to read a book/week, but I have to be realistic. I will have weeks where I do not read. I will have books that take longer than a week. This seems like a manageable goal, and if I go over it, awesome.
I am also planning on reading genres that I do not read all the time, and I want to read indie authors. I'm open to suggestions - comment below!
Today's read was suggested by my favorite 12 year old. I love YA books, and R.L. Stine has always been a favorite. Fear Street is a place I remember well from my childhood, and I am happy to find that it continues to be a creepy and captivating place. I'm about halfway through and enjoying every page while reveling in my own Fear Street memories.
What were your favorite authors and/or genres when you were a teen? How do they compare with what you read today?
I've always been someone who would read anything, and that has definitely not changed. I read more non-fiction than I did as a kid, but I still love creepy books the best!
I am an audiobook narrator, writer, reader, and lover of the written word.