#128 This Month in Books.

In keeping with my new year’s resolution, I managed to read nine (9!!) books this month.  Off to a great start so far!  Thanks to the cold temperatures, many nights were spent snuggled on the couch in front of the fireplace, hot tea and a good book in my hand.

I absolutely loved “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”.  From the reviews that I had read, many said it was similar to “A Man Called Ove”, and I also found that to be true.  I loved “A Man Called Ove”, so I was eager to get my hands on this book.  I am always a fan of a curmudgeon-y type character that you cannot help but love and want to cheer for.  Also, as a side note, this is my third Reese’s Book Club book that I have picked up (“One Day in December” and “Next Year in Havana” were the others), and I have really enjoyed each one of them.

This month I read:

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
  2. The Thirteenth Tale
  3. Next Year in Havana
  4. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  5. The History of Love
  6. Murder on the Orient Express
  7. Garden Spells
  8. The Forgotten Garden
  9. The Nightingale

My favorite genres are historical fiction (“Next Year in Havana”, great read for that!), literary fiction, and I always love a good rom-com.  I read a lot of mysteries in my teens, and somehow got out of that genre.  “Murder on the Orient Express” is a classic, so I thought what better way to dip my toes in than trying an Agatha Christie novel?  I have been trying to find a good mystery series to get into, and I think I may give the Louise Penny series a try.

This was by far one of my best reading months, all 3- or 4-star reads.  It is hard for me to pick a favorite from this month, but I think it would have to be “The Thirteenth Tale”.  It was unlike anything I had ever read before, it was a page-turner that I could not put down, and I kept thinking about the story long after I had finished the book.  I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year in reading brings.