One of my favorite things about my “eBay job” is that I can listen to audiobooks while I work. Depending on the length of the books and how much I am enjoying them, I can get through a book or two a week. Below are the books I “read” in January.
I enjoy YA books, and this includes 12 short stories by current popular YA authors. I enjoyed some more than others, but overall it was a fun read.
This was my bookclub’s choice for January. We picked it because it was supposed to be uplifting. So, I was surprised when reading it to discover that it is about a man who is depressed after the death of his wife and loss of his job and he decides to commit suicide. But darn it anyway, his intrusive new neighbors keep interrupting his many attempts. Sad in parts, but also heartwarming. I think my entire book club enjoyed it (and it’s rare for us all to agree).
This one was a bit of a dud for me. I’ve watched the first season or two of Girls and liked it alright. I was interested in reading about how she became a writer/director/producer at such a young age, but she doesn’t talk about that at all. But if you want to hear about her privileged upbringing with artsy parents, summer camp adventures, a bunch of random sexual encounters and casual drug use, or what she eats when she is on a diet, then she’s got you covered.
Book number four in the Lisbeth Salander/Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. It has been several years since I read the first three so if there was a big difference in the style of writing with the new author I didn’t notice it. Enjoyable enough, nice to revisit familiar characters.
A short, rather lovely story about a lonely widow and widower who are neighbors forming a friendship and spending their nights together talking and finding companionship. I think knowing that the author was not in good health (and has since passed away) while writing the book makes its themes all the more impactful.
A book about how the internet and online dating has changed how people now date and find their partners. Interesting and sporadically funny, but also made me glad to have mostly missed out on all the newfangled dating options in the digital age.
I loved John Grisham in high school and college, but it’s probably been close to a decade since I’ve read one of his books. A not altogether likeable main character (lawyer) involved in a bunch of (I fear, ripped-from-the headlines, based on actual awful/horrifying events) law cases. It bounces around quite a bit among the different cases which took me awhile to get used to, but overall an enjoyable read.
I love NPH! Loved HIMYM (you know, except for that awful finale), love love love musical theater and enjoyed reading about all of the plays he has done and all of his hosting gigs. Enjoyed reading about his husband and kids. A fun book.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Or have you read anything else good lately? Do tell! I am always up for a book recommendation.