Thursday, February 11, 2016

January Wrap-Up

I can't believe this is so late.  It has been a crazy beginning of the year and the time has flown by, although I got a lot of reading and listening done.  Since I'm so late, I'll limit what I say about each book and just include a link to my Goodreads review.  I ended January reading/listening to 10 books and another 2 I started and will finish in February.

I listened to The Dressmaker of Khair Khana  and give it 3 stars.

I love this series by Stacy Finz, but Starting Over was my least favorite of the series so far.  I could not stand Nate the main male character in this book.
I did give this 3 stars, but it was due to the other characters and stories, not Nate.  In fact, it may have gotten a higher rating if Nate had not been so infuriating and unlikable.

My favorite audiobook of the month and one of my top two books of the month.  I gave this 4 stars but it was a high 4 stars.  It is actually written for the middle grades or junior high, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

A reporter goes "undercover on Facebook and Skype and poses as a young, newly-converted Muslim woman and gets involved with a Jihadist in the Islamic State. Another audiobook that I give 4 stars to.

My favorite read of the month with 4 stars.

2 stars.  This was by the same author who wrote the 1st book in the series, while the others were written by others.  I did not enjoy this anywhere near what I did with her first book, Small Town Secrets.

I listened to this book, but really was not crazy about it.  It could have been so much better and I was rather disappointed.  1 star.

Another book that I listened to.  I gave it 2 stars.  It was just okay, but it is interesting how there is similarities between myths from different regions of the world and some of them overlap with Bible stories, etc. 

Another book that I gave 2 stars to and listened to on audio.  Although, it was interesting in parts, I found James P. Loewen's "Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism", much more interesting.

The one last book that I finished in January.  Like the last few I listened to this one and also thought it was only OK and therefore gave it only 2 stars.  I had heard how great this series was and thought I'd try it; it maybe that I am nowhere near the age group that this book is written for and if I was nearer that age group, I may have  enjoyed and think I probably would have.  There are 4 books in this series and although I see the characters growing in their thoughts and deeds within the book, I do not think that I will continue with this series..
I ended January listening to another book, as well as reading a favorite that the author decided after over 20 years to make into a series, I will include those thoughts in my February wrap-up.

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