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:
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
- The Thirteenth Tale
- Next Year in Havana
- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
- The History of Love
- Murder on the Orient Express
- Garden Spells
- The Forgotten Garden
- 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.