Every year I create a Goodreads Challenge for how many books I want to read in the year. This year I chose 40. Well, thanks to a job where I have headphones in all day long, I listened to a bunch of audiobooks and finished my challenge a while ago. So I upped it to 60. I’m at 54 as of today, so I feel pretty good about finishing this year, which is always a great feeling.
Here are some of the hits and misses that I’ve read this year. And some of the books I’m hoping to get to before January!
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Rating: 4.5 / 5
This book was such a delight to read! I’m a sucker for a good romance novel, and this one didn’t disappoint. I picked it up because I saw it all over my Instagram at the end of last year, so I finally picked it up at Target. It’s not your typical over-the-top mushy romance, so if romance is not your thing, maybe give this one a try!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Rating: 2 / 5
I’ve been chasing the same high I had when I read Gone Girl years ago, and I’m always disappointed. This one was no different. The storyline was boring, I didn’t care about any of the characters, and I just wanted it to end so badly. I also read The Girl on the Train by this author, and that was also disappointing. Maybe now I’ve learned my lesson.
Calypso by David Sedaris
Rating: 5 / 5
I absolutely love David Sedaris, and his new book had me in stitches. I listened to the audiobook, which he reads, and it is absolutely fantastic. His stories are witty and sharp and unlike anything else I’ve ever read before. This is a great one to download before a road trip and listen to in the car!
The Martian by Andy Weir
Rating: 4 / 5
My husband had been trying to get me to read this for a while, and I just kept resisting. I finally read it this summer and I’m so glad I did! I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but this book had me so intrigued! I have yet to see the movie, but it’s on my list now. The book was surprisingly funny, which I didn’t expect.
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
Rating: 5 / 5
After my mom read this book, she wouldn’t stop talking about how good it is, so she gave it to me. Now, I love a good Nora Roberts book. They are usually breezy and an easy to enjoy book. But this one is so good! It’s dark and twisty and sinister. It’s amazing. If you’re a true crime fan, I suggest picking this one up!
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Rating: 5 / 5
I mentioned how much I loved this book in my Friday Favorites last week, and I had to include it here as well. This is a book written by my two favorite podcasters, and the stories that they share are so heartwarming and honest. I loved how they tied it back to the podcast (My Favorite Murder) and brought it all together. It’s a great read!
On Deck: Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen, Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner, Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Currently Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller