Sadly, I was absent from last month's Show Us Your Books linkup. So, I'm super excited to return today.
January was a pretty good month for me in terms of reading. I read four and a half books and I gave them all, with the exception of the one book I abandoned, a rating of at least 3.
Without further ado, here are the books I read last month:
I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
January 1-13 | Format: Audiobook | My Rating: 4.5/5
I Let You Go is a nicely written, psychological thriller/mystery that kept me guessing. It was a little slow to start, but once the momentum picked up, it kept me engaged. I figured out a few little details, but the main "whoa" in the middle of the book, I didn't see coming at all. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes this genre.
Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
January 13-19 | Format: Audiobook | My Rating: 3.5/5
Robert Crais' Elvis Cole/Joe Pike detective series is one of my favorites series. I love the intriguing plot lines and I love the characters of Elvis and Joe. Having read the series in order (this is the 12th book in the series), I've also enjoyed the character development that I've been a firsthand witness to over the years.
I found Chasing Darkness to be very riveting in the beginning and throughout most of the book. I never did figure out who "did it," which is always a plus, but the culprit seemed a strange choice. I also didn't like the ending, for it seemed a bit rushed and I found the loose ends unsatisfying. Not the best Crais book, in my opinion, but not the worst either.
Stiff by Mary Roach
January 19-29 | Format: Audiobook | My rating: 3/5
I now know more about human cadavers than I ever thought possible. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not. This was a book that I couldn't listen to in great quantities; I had to break it up into smaller, more digestible parts. For instance, it was quite spooky to listen to the part on the history of grave robbers (who then sold the bodies to early anatomists) while walking the secluded, back side of the walking loop at my neighborhood park where bodies have been known to be found on more than one occasion. It was also a bit unsettling to listen to the chapter dedicated to using human cadavers in automotive crash tests as I was driving my car 75mph down the highway.
Overall, Stiff was a book that elicited strong reactions in me, most easily noted by the disgusted look on my face and/or the curl of my support lip. Apparently discussions on two headed dogs, using poop to treat a prolapsed uterus, blood baths for the treatment of eczema and leprisy, and the eating of various human body parts for medicinal purposes will do that to me.
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
January 20 - February 6 (Abandonded) | Format: Audiobook | My rating: DID NOT FINISH
This was another book that I couldn't listen to in large chunks. Due to the subject matter, a school shooting, and the fact that I work in a public school, I found that this book hit a little too close to home. But, here's the thing, when I hadn't even reached the halfway point in two weeks, I decided to just call it quits. Yes, the subject matter was a little hard for me to deal with, but the the plot simply wasn't compelling enough for me to continue.
Fat Chance by Nick Spalding
January 29 - February 5 | Format: Audiobook | My rating: 4/5
Fat Chance is the story of Zoe and Greg, an English couple who have let themselves go over the years. At the suggestion of one of Zoe's friends, she and Greg become contestants in a weight loss competition sponsored by a local radio station. (Think - The Biggest Loser: Couples, radio version.)
Told from alternating perspectives, as if you were reading each of their weight loss diaries, Greg and Zoe regale the reader with anecdotes of their experiences during their weight loss journeys. Some are poignant, many are hilarious, many are incredibly spot on, as anyone who has tried fad diets and/or workout gadgets that promise unrealistic results can attest. All in all, I found Fat Chance to be a very enjoyable and entertaining read.
So, do you have any books that you'd recommend? If so, please share. As always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading to you!