Mid Month Check In!

I can’t believe we are already more than half way through September! I have managed to finish a few books on my To-Read list…plus a few that weren’t. 🙂

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The books on my list that I finished are –

Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely – I skimmed through this and then reread the last couple chapters just to catch back up before moving on to the next book in the Elizabeth Parker series.

Murder on the Bride’s Side by Tracy Kiely – The second book in the Elizabeth Parker series. There are 2 more in the series. (I have the 3rd on its way to me right now) They are toted as “Cozy murder mysteries” and they are fun, fast, funny reads with endings that I didn’t predict either time. They do contain some language and innuendos but nothing strong enough to personal stop me from reading. I was given the first book and have now bought the 2nd and 3rd because I enjoy them so much. The victim in each book is rather unlikeably so they are not a depressing, grief enducing reads at all.

A Woman of Strength and Purpose by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias – Was not my cup of tea. There was too much emphasis on how you feel about something then on scriptural truth or logical decisions in pursuing a goal. If you believe God has a specific purpose for you and will guide you to that purpose if you listen for his voice you may enjoy this book but I lean more towards the Bible being my source of direction. (Maybe I am a Holy Spirit squasher, but that is my belief at this time.) I received a copy of this from Blogging for Books in exchange for posting a review to their site.

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Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple – Loved it. Confusingly fun. It is almost like a good tv sitcom where the characters quirks are exaggerated enough to be funny but not so some much that it becomes completely unbelievable. It was a mix of drama, mystery, and comedy.

Books I finished that weren’t on my September list –

Smarter, Faster, Betterby Charles Duhigg – Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and it shows in his books. They are well researched and combine science with stories and his personal observations. This is his second book and it focuses on productivity and how to make your work “smarter, faster, better.” I thought this book was entertaining and educational. I got my copy as ebook from NetGalley.

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – This was my first from Book of the Month club. I had wanted to read The Woman in Cabin 10 as my thriller for the month but couldn’t get my hands on it for cheap so when I saw book of the month was having a deal and that this was one of the book options I thought it’d be a great alternative. The language and sexual content were a little stronger than I would like but they were always used in passing not in any drawn out graphic scences. I was definitely in suspense the whole way through so the book accomplished what it set out to do.

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168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam -I listened to the audio book of this on Audible. I had listened to it once before and found it helpful and I have been working on fixing my schedule lately so I thought it’d be good to listen to it again. Laura Vanderkam’s style is similar to Charles Duhigg’s in that she combines stories with research and I really enjoy that. The first couple chapters are a bit hard to get into though because her stories and advice come off as only being relatable to people with plenty of expendable income and strong support systems. The practical advice gets better as you get into the book though so I am glad I kept listening.

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I’d love to know what books have you read so far this month? Did you enjoy them or feel like you wasted your time? What is up next on your To-Read list?