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A Book-Filled January

I cannot even describe how lazy I was in 2017 with my reading. It was pathetic – I let TV get in the way, although all those episodes  of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia may have been worth the sacrifice. This year, my Mom gifted me the cutest little planner and I used it at an intention setting workshop to write down my goals and dreams for 2018. I decided I would use it as a little journal to document the year instead of as a planner. So every night I write a little passage about my day, a thought I had, or just whatever is whirring around my brain at that moment.

When this little book came into my life and I started writing in it, I was again filled with the need to READ. This 2018 intention of mine may end up like most resolutions that tend to fizzle, but I am happy to report that I have had a great start. I have already read (devoured?) five books.

1. A study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallero

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Mark picked this book up for me for Christmas. This is about Charlotte Holmes, the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes. She is away at school in the US when she meets Jamie Watson who is related to… you guessed it, John H. Watson from the same stories. The two of them get involved in some murders on campus and figure out who is behind them. The book was entertaining and suspenseful, but I’m not sure Mark knew when he bought it for me that it’s actually meant for young adults.

2. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

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Boy oh boy this book roped me in from the first word. I was obsessed with it for the very few days it took me to finish it. I was setting my alarm clock for 5am just so I could make some coffee to snuggle on the couch to read it. It was a little far fetched with the whole hearing heartbeats part, but it was such a bittersweet love story of a girl who travels to her father’s native land of Burma to find out about his disappearance. The book follows the story as one of the villagers tells the girl about her father’s life. A perfect read for you romantic souls out there!

3. The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

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After reading such a sweet book, I went for a crime novel next. Not sure what made me pick this one up at Target, but I was looking for something scary, and I liked this one since the author is Danish. The main character is a detective name Louise Rick, who is heading up the missing persons investigation team for her department. After a series of dead bodies are found and rapes are reported in the woods near her childhood home she gets caught up in finding out who the killer is and also has to deal with some issues from her own past in the process.

4. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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Reese Witherspoon bought this book so she can make it into a movie, and I have to say, that’s not a bad plan. This has the makings of an awesome movie. It’s about a bachelorette party that takes place in a remote cabin in the woods. The narrator is a childhood friend of the bride, and doesn’t even want to go, but her curiosity gets the best of her. The trip gets eerie and sinister from there. The story sort of reminded me of Steven King’s Misery, due to the remoteness of the cabin and the fact that the killer is a sheer nut job. Super scary stuff.

5. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

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I rocked this book out in just over a day on flights coming back from vacation. This is the story of 4 siblings whose father set aside a large sum of money for them to inherit when the youngest sibling turns 40. The oldest one gets into a car accident, (his fault) and their mother, who is in control of the money, cashes it all in to pay for it. The other 3 are all counting on the money and as the story moves on you see how the lack of The Nest money actually brings them all closer together. Spoiler alert- I loved the ending!

Hopefully I can do a lot more book reviews this year as I am reading most evenings after I write in my little book. Thanks Mom!

What books have you read lately? I need suggestions!