A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
The Dry by Jane Harper
Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Close to Me by Amanda Reynolds
It’s December already?! Say what?!
I don’t want to brag too much, but I somehow managed to go above and beyond my average reading abilities this month! I read 10 books! 10 books!! Excuse me while I repeatedly high five myself!
I was finally able to catch up with the lovely Penny Pushers book club I’m part of and read both A FATAL GRACE and THE CRUELEST MONTH by Louise Penny. I am loving her Inspector Gamache series and getting to chat about it with a group of awesome people…nothing could be better! I also participated in Instagram book clubs Salt Water Reads (LIE TO ME) and Black Heart Reads (EXQUISITE). It wasn’t hard to say yes to either of these since I had been wanting to pick up both for forever. I loved LIE TO ME! J.T. Ellison is such an amazing author. Not only did she write a phenomenal piece of literature, but she also took the time out of her busy life to chat with me on Instagram and participate in the book club discussion! EXQUISITE was a great take on a love story gone wrong/stalker scenario that I didn’t want to put it down.
THE DRY and THE GRIP OF IT we both buddy reads I participated in this month. Let me just go on the record and tell you THE DRY is definitely making my top books of 2017 list! Jane Harper, you are amazing! I can’t wait until February when I get to hang out with Aaron Falk again. THE GRIP OF IT had this fabulous start to it with a is it/isn’t it a haunted house scenario that had me totally creeped out. Then I got to the last quarter of the book and I just felt like “what did I just read?”, but in a not so good way. I was let down by the resolution of a build up I thought was fantastic.
This month I decided to do two rereads of long-time favorite books from my younger years. First, I picked up MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Anyone who doesn’t think Agatha Christie is the Queen of mystery may have a hard time being my friend. Perhaps I’m biased, but I grew up on Agatha once I had out grown my Nancy Drew days. I love everything I’ve ever read by her and I think (don’t quote me on this) I’m going to commit myself to reading one of her books a month. I also picked up FAHRENHEIT 451 for my classic read selection. I was obsessed with this book when I read it in high school and it’s usually my go to classics recommendation. I still love everything about it now that I’m almost 30 and I’ll continue to push it on my friends!
November lead me to the privilege of reading and reviewing two advanced reader copies. First up, I snagged THE WIFE BETWEEN US from NetGalley. Please believe the hype you keep seeing around the internet. This book is AH-MAZING! Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are some sort of sorceresses or something with their twists and turns! Lastly, I just finished up CLOSE TO ME last night. Amanda Reynolds had me hooked from the first few pages. Each chapter having both a section on present and past left me needing ALL the answers!
What did you read in November? Have you read any of these titles?
Here’s to December! Happy reading!