Books Read = 14
I had one of the best and worst reading months in March. It was the best in terms of quantity but the worst in terms of quality. I had nothing but 2 and 3-stars (okay, two 3.5 stars but still about the same in terms of mediocrity) and I’m really surprised I didn’t end up in Slumpsville. It was close, but in April I decided to join a readathon that has proved to be a lot of fun so far, so I’m hoping I’ve got more than mediocre reads to look forward to this month.
- [14 Mar] Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★
- [21 Mar] Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
- [21 Mar] Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
- [21 Mar] Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
- Two Weeks Notice by Whitney G. ★★★
- The Power of the Dog (Power of the Dog #1) by Don Winslow ★★★½
- Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren ★★★
- The Broken King: A McFalls County Story by Brian Panowich ★★★
- Normandy Gold Vol. 1 (Normandy Gold) by Megan Abbott ★★★
- The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang ★★★
- Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas ★★
- The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey ★★★
- Verity by Colleen Hoover ★★★
- Widow’s Point by Richard Chizmar & Billy Chizmar ★★★
- Killing the Murnion Dogs by Joe Wilkins ★★★
- A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel by William Boyle ★★★½
Best of the Month: A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself: A Novel by William Boyle ★★★½
This was such an interesting twist on your standard crime/mob boss thriller types where we’re told the story through the eyes of the females. Shockingly violent at times but once this story gained speed, it was a hard one to put down.
Least Favorite: Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) by Lisa Kleypas ★★
I’ve been trying to branch out and try new historical romance authors so this was my first endeavor into Kleypas. I’m not sure if I picked the wrong series to pick up or what but this one was not a favorite. I’m thinking I should have gone with the one that’s been on my TBR for years instead, Mine Till Midnight.
Biggest Surprise: The Power of the Dog (Power of the Dog #1) by Don Winslow ★★★½
I’m not sure Biggest Surprise is the best description of how this one ended for me, but close enough. Admittedly, I’ve been reading this story since October. Yes, 2018. I was constantly putting it on the back burner in favor of other reads but I was glad I finally got around to finishing this. Winslow is quite a writer.
Biggest Disappointment: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★
I’m starting to think that any non-contemporary romance TJR is just not for me. I didn’t love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I didn’t love Daisy Jones. Everyone else sure seems to but they sure aren’t for me.