I know that it sounds boring and old but I love being able to sit and read for hours. “It’s your late twenties, now is the time to go out and do things!” My doing things is reading, for the most part. When I find a book that I’m addicted to, and I often do, I read it any chance I get! I know that a lot of readers feel very strongly that “listening to an audiobook does not count as reading a book“. However, to me it is one in the same, and allows me to take in even more books! I love listening to audiobooks while I drive, go for walks, do household tasks, and even while I exercise. My books this time are a mix of regular and audiobooks, and I’m proud of it!
After You, Jojo Moyes
I, like millions of other readers, loved Me Before You. Even though it was heart wrenching. Even though it made you hopeful and angry and heartbroken all at once. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the follow-up novel, however. We meet up with Lou a few months after the end of MBF. It’s not as gripping or emotionally wrenching as the original, but I don’t think that your life would be in the situation anyways. I didn’t connect as well as I did to the first, but I still couldn’t put it down! After the emotionally charged original, it was actually nice not to cry over this one. 4/5 stars! (This wasn’t a library book, so it isn’t on the list below)
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan
This was a terrifically fun audiobook to listen to! It really brightened up my commute for a week. I haven’t read the original, but it didn’t affect this story at all. When you have a likeable, relatable main character who has a puffin for a pet, you don’t ask questions- you just enjoy! Colgan does a fantastic job with using the town and the lighthouse as a character, it fleshes the story out. The narrator was wonderful, she added to the story with her accents and different voices without being distracting (a rare feat!). This was a wonderful summer read/listen! 5/5 stars!
Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina, Virginia Rounding
This is one of those books that I have been considering reading for a while, and then I spotted it at the library! It is an interesting look at the last Tsar and Tsarina, it focuses on their personal lives instead of the political events that lead to the revolution. It did make me even more angry that Alix was essentially a copy of Queen Victoria who was convinced of her own divinity which led to the downfall of her family but I digress… Well written for non-academic readers, though it was rushed at the end. 3.5/5 stars!
The Tao of Martha, Jen Lancaster
I’ve said it before- many people criticise Jen for her point blank style, but I enjoy it! She is hilarious and honest and entertaining, and I love that she puts everything she has into each of her books. In The Tao of Martha, Jen sets out to live a year of her life like Martha Stewart. Her dog Maise is going through an incredibly difficult year and that is really the backbone of the story. I couldn’t tell you the last time a book made me cry from sadness and laughter. She is also a fantastic narrator, and it was one of the best books I read/listened to this year! 5/5 stars!
Game of Crowns, Christopher Andersen
This is an interesting concept- Andersen looks at all of the intricacies of the relationships between the Queen and the probable next two queens. One big missing piece of the premise was Diana; she was discussed at quite some length, as well. Still, it is a collection of known events, reported events, and some predictions. There isn’t much new in here but it is interesting to see it gathered in one place. I strongly disliked the first chapter, though. Andersen spent quite some time imagining what would happen when QEII passes- who would say what, what room they would be in, every little detail. Pointless, quite frankly. If you are new to the British Royal Family, or just looking a refresher, this isn’t too bad. 3/5 stars.
Girl on the Golden Coin, Marci Jefferson
Theoretically, this was a fantastic novel. However, I was always left wanting more. More of what Frances was thinking, more of what Frances was doing, more of what everyone was doing. I felt like the scene wasn’t really set, and nothing was fully explained. If you don’t like to be overwhelmed with detail, it would be a good read, though. 2/5 stars.
Serving Victoria– $37
The Sisters of Versailles– $18.75
Death of a Maid-$15
Death of a Perfect Maid– $15
Death of Yesterday– $15
Shopaholic to the Stars– $15
First Grave on the Right-$15
The Perfect Hero– $16
The Royal Palaces of London– $55
China Rich Girlfriend-$15
The Art of the English Murder– $18.50
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star- $15
A Weekend with Mr. Darcy– $25
Razing the Dead– $10
The Girl You Left Behind– $12.25
Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style-$30.50
Bitter is the New Black– $15
You’re Never Weird on the Internet– $15
The Knockoff– $19.50
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery- $15.00
Alix and Nicky- $9.00
The Tao of Martha- $15.00
Game of Crowns- $30.75
Girl on the Golden Coin- $13.00
Grand Total Savings via Library Card- $458.25
I daresay I should be passing the $500.00 mark pretty soon; I’m wondering if I might even be able to pass the $1000.00 mark in a year if I continue reading at the same rate!
Please comment below with your current favourite book!