Readin’ is Eatin’

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. So is eating. And they sort of rhyme…hence my title today. Readin’ is eatin’ for my mind and heart. And I really like how reading calories don’t make me gain weight (unless I throw M&M or some other chocolate into the mix, then all bets are off). Since I haven’t posted for a while, I thought I’d do a quick review of the reading I’ve done this last month…and why.

1499952Daddy Long Legs – This was one of my favorite books as a young teen girl. I’d kind of forgotten the plot, so I reread it (since classics are free on my Kindle)…and I thoroughly loved it! The way the author tells the story through Judy’s letters all through college to her mysterious donor is lovely (and funny too).

perf5.250x8.000.inddMore Than Jamie Baker – This YA supernatural romance/thriller is totally swag or hip or fly or sick…or whatever else teenagers say. I loved it. I read the first one by this author and had to go buy me some more. She writes amazing characters and twisted plots that are almost better than chocolate. No lie. I forget about M&Ms and truffles when I read her books.

29926746Taylor Lynne – I just adore anything Jennifer Peel puts out on the shelf. This lived up to her same awesome standards. Love story about second chances. There are a lot of those…but this one stood out in the crowd.

28542931House without Lies – I signed up to receive this for free in exchange for a review. It wasn’t my favorite, although I did like the subject matter of helping kids in abusive situations, and am hooked enough I want to read the sequel about another character that intrigued me.

29596249Re[model] Marriage – This is by my friend who used to live here and was in my writing group. Maria loves remodeling houses and she put her expertise to work in her newest novel about a marriage in trouble. She did a great job.

28484410Taming Mr. Jerkface – This author from Belize contacted me through Instagram and asked if I would like to read her book. I wasn’t sure I would like it, but I was pleasantly surprised and think I’ll read more of her works in the future. Her unique characters charmed me completely.

262545The Whistling Season – This was my book club’s pick last month. It’s set in early 1900’s in Montana and was paced sort of slow, but the writing was beautiful and the scenes funny. I really liked the characters, and the surprise twist at the end shocked me.

28596405Secret of Isian – This was another author contact for a review. I don’t mind doing these since I hope to get reviewers for my books as well. This book was in the fantasy genre, which is not my favorite. I didn’t mind her other two books, so read this one too.

17453187Mark of the Thief – I bought this book for my son at Christmas and have been nagging him to finish it so I could start it. I don’t know why it took him so long, because I whizzed through it in two days and want to buy the next one in the series now. I LOVE this author! She’s fantastic. So much action and adventure; her young heroes crack me up with their sarcasm and wit and moxie.

23443116Larken – I downloaded this from BookBub probably for free, and it was a sweet, short romance.

22061217Date Shark – another free download. I really appreciated the character arc in this one since I’ve been studying a writing book on that very thing this week. This book did it very well, and I really liked the unique love story in it.

16047716All Fall Down – I just finished this one. In one of my Goodreads groups, I met this author and asked her which of her books I should try out first since they all sounded good. This was her recommendation, and it was a super good action-packed suspense.

Whew! I’m ready to Fall Down after writing this post. What about you? Have you been eatin’ some good readin’ lately?


13 thoughts on “Readin’ is Eatin’

  1. If you can forget about M&Ms and truffles while you’re reading, then that’s the sign of a great book indeed!

    I just finished a medical thriller. Now I’m reading an indie novel by Kevin Brennan called ‘Town Father: Or, Where Graceful Girls Abound.’ It’s very good so far. He’s a talented writer.

    • Awesome! I love most indie authors I’ve given a shot (and some others not). And speaking of M&Ms, there is a bag of peanut ones hiding in my cupboard calling my name. Since they’re for my son’s party tomorrow, I’m trying to ignore that charming chocolatey voice…but it is dang hard. Maybe I’ll just take out 3. Don’t tell.

  2. Oh, I’m so glad I found you here. You are a wonderful reader and reviewer. I agree, reading (a good book) is eating for the soul! I’ll check out some of the books you reviewed. I’m reading God in Ruins (literary, intense and thought-provoking). Before that one I read Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, which I loved, and Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once, which was fast suspense, but not my favorite of his.

  3. I just dowloaded Daddy Long Legs. I like to read the classics over again. I used to love John Irving books and recently read again, A Prayer for Owen Meeny. It didn’t hold up. Writing is very different now compared to how novels were written then. It moved slow for me. I finished it, but where once I would have recommended it highly, I now wouldn’t at all. So, maybe it’s good to read things again. Different ages of life give completely new views to stories and writing.

    • So true. My favorite romance I adored as a young teen just didn’t do it for me as an adult when I found a copy of it and excitedly started reading it again. It was pretty cheesy, but I ate that up like a starving addict as a hormonal teenager, I guess.

    • Yeah, it was one I might not have ever picked up myself, but since my book group picked it, I read it. I liked the characters in it. Very quirky.

  4. Thank heaven books don’t have calories! I’ve just finished reading G M Malliet’s two mystery series (St. Just and Father Max Tudor) and enjoyed those. Now I’m giving M C Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth books a try. So far, they’re entertaining although I’m not a fan of her Agatha Raisin books….

    • I haven’t heard of those books, but I’m glad you’re enjoying them. It is good books don’t have calories or I could compete in sumo wrestling.

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