What I’ve been reading {January 2017}

It’s no secret that I love to read!  And I’m pretty sure that I say this every time I write a book post, but I love to read posts about books.  My main reason for this is to find more books to read!  So I share books here in case some one stumbles across my book posts looking for book ideas.

As far as what types of books I like to read, well, that varies.  I truly do like a little of this and that.  So you will find me all over the spectrum of book types, though it is rare that I read romances.

Also, many of the books that I read end up being lesser known authors due to the fact that I often stumble upon free kindle books.  However, I have found some authors that I really enjoy due to taking a chance upon some not so well known authors.

So if you like books, keep on reading!  Maybe you will find a book or two you’d like to check out!  (These links below are not affiliate links.)

Books I read in January

Doesn’t She Look Natural by Angela Hunt

This was one of those freebies that popped up on an email book subscription service, so I took a chance on it.  In the book, recently divorced single mother, Jennifer Graham, inherits a funeral home from her deceased uncle.  She takes a trip with her sons and mother down to muggy, small town Florida in hopes of selling her newly acquired monstrosity of a fixer upper.   However, instead Jennifer finds that the small town and funeral home end up doing a fixer upper on Jennifer.

Since this was a book that I received when it was a Kindle freebie (and it appears to still be free), I had never really heard of this author before. I did enjoy the book though, and found myself rooting for Jennifer and her boys as they adjusted to unexpected life changes.  I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

This was another freebie that popped up in my email, and once I saw that it was about a dystopian type society, I knew I had to read it.  The Woodlands is a young adult novel, but I enjoy reading Young Adult literature on occasion.

In The Woodlands, main character, Rosa, doesn’t quite fit into her extremely restrictive society.  She finds herself in trouble often as a result of this.  She meets Joseph who likes her despite her differences.  And then life changes for her, Joseph, and others in her society.  Rosa finds herself in a weird, secret program for young girls (I found this twist a little weird, but it fits the book).  And then Rosa finds herself in a fight for her life and freedom.

Aside from the weird little twist in the middle of the book, I actually did like this book.  So much so that I want to read the rest of the books in the series to see what happens.  I always laugh because Amazon makes the first book of the series free, and then you must purchase the others in the series.  I see what you did there, Amazon.  This book is still free at the time of writing this post, by the way.  I would give it a 3 out of 5.  It’s a little too predictable at times and a little weird other times.  But I want to read the rest of the books which means, this book hooked me in spite of what I consider its possible weaknesses.

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman

Being a member of Amazon Prime, I am offered a choice of a free book from a set of selected books every month to read.  In January I chose The Night Bird by Brian Freeman.  In this book, Homicide Detective Frost Easton is searching for the reason that random women are losing their minds with psychotic outbursts that lead to their deaths.  His path ends up crossing with psychiatrist Francesca Stein.  (Took me a while to connect that with Frankenstein.  We’re talking I finally got it at the end of the book!)  Dr. Stein, or Frankie, aids patients in erasing unwanted memories from their minds.  Of course, all of this fits into the Night Bird’s demented plan, and leads to the death of the aforementioned women, as the Night Bird seeks his revenge.

Ok, so this book…it was kind of dark at times.  Very heavy, most of the time.  It scared me a few times.  And left me guessing who was the Night Bird?  I’d think I had it figured out, and then I’d change my mind.  There’s was a little twist I thought might have been happening behind the scenes.  And then there was a completely unexpected twist.  I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thirty-four Going On Bride by Becky Monson

This was another Kindle freebie (seeing a pattern here).  After the heavy The Night Bird, I needed light and fluffy, so I read Thirty-four Going on Bride.  It wasn’t a bad book.  And it was an easy read that I was able to quickly read in just a few nights before I fell asleep.  It’s about a young lady with a business who is getting married, but is struggling with her sister, her business, her fiance’s ex, and all that jazz.  You know, typical chick lit type of stuff.  It wasn’t my favorite, but I liked it and I appreciated it for its more lighthearted approach to life, especially since I needed to escape the Night Bird.  I’d give it a 3 out 5.

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When I saw this book pop up, and I knew it was an author I had seen recommended before, I knew it was one to grab!  The story is set in the neighborhood of Sycamore Glen, a place filled with secrets of the past.  Then a drowning in the neighborhood pool begins to uncover the hidden secrets of many of the neighborhood townspeople.  I would give this book a 4 out of 5.


How does a busy mom find time to read?

Since reading is my portable hobby, I take my Kindle or books every where I go.  On long trips, I read when David is driving, if I’m not talking to him or the kids.  I always read about 30 minutes before bedtime.  Then after we finish school for the day, the kids all split for their individual quiet times, and I usually read for about 30 minutes.  (I think of it as I did when I was working outside the home, my commute time back to the house was my down time.  I need that after home schooling too.)  I also like to read when I eat breakfast since I typically eat before the kids eat.  (I was a cereal box reader when I was younger.)  In addition, I had a cold this month and that opens up all kinds of reading time!  I just find pockets of time and read here & there.

Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments!

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