Tuesday, November 12, 2019

memorable books from 2019 (so far)

So since I haven't been blogging, I haven't been showing you my books. But, I do make an effort to post each book I read in IG stories with the rating I gave it and a quick thought as to why. It helps me remember what I've read. I would make life easy and just talk about what I have read in October and November, but instead I want to share some thoughts I had on books this year.

Linking up with Steph and Jana, of course.

The Girl He Used to Know - No idea how this ended up on my TBR but it was cute and easy. Went between the past and the present, his POV and hers. Felt a little like a TJR but didn't quite capture life the way she does. Then, about 80% through the book, instead of showing the month and year the chapter took place in, like the whole book had done, the chapter started with September 10, 2001. And I was like oh crap, this is taking a 9/11 turn. The story needed some action to tie it all up, but I still don't feel comfortable with 9/11 as a fictional backdrop. I mean I can read WWII books. Maybe because it's my lifetime? I don't know. What do you think? (I did give the book four stars because I liked most of it... but I am still thinking of the 9/11 aspect.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill - I really liked this. Maybe it was the right book at the right time but she was awkward and anxious and there was a cat! It is one of my few, if only, five star books this year. I always worry about giving a book five stars. Like is it too much praise? And in hindsight, I wonder if it really deserved it. Whatever, my books, my rules.

Behold the Dreamers - I feel that a lot of people think "Mexican" when they hear the word "immigrant." Maybe it's just because I live in Texas. This is a story about a family of immigrants from Africa and trying to do the right thing and the complications of the US immigration system. I listened to it and that made me really get into the story. And then, a few weeks ago, I had a Lyft driver in Kansas City ask me if I had heard of his home country of Togo in Africa and I was able to say yes, and I told him about this book.

One Day in December - Kind of a ridiculous, this would never happen in real life romance but there is a little bit of Christmas spirit in it. I remember wishing I was reading it closer to the holidays. So, now I can tell you about it and maybe it will add a little bit of holiday spirit to your TBR.

Just a few books that I had a few things to say about. Interested to see what others are reading to get some ideas to finish out the year with. I think Andrew and I are going to drive to visit family at Christmas, so I would love to find an audiobook we would both enjoy...


  1. I've had Behold the Dreamers on my kindle for YEARS. Not good. I hate when I leave things sit for so long.

    I appreciate book shares on IG.

  2. I love book-sharing on IG!

    I didn't love One Day in December though. It was like I never felt connected to the characters? I didn't care about them.

  3. I started One Day in December last year but put it aside. But I did watch Serendipity yesterday and it got me wanting to pick it back up again... maybe?!


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