Is anyone else shocked that we’re already at the end of March? Since nearly three months have passed, I thought I’d do a little reading roundup to reflect on my 2016 reading, thus far. The year started off with a bang, then I hit a bit of a slump, and now things seem to be headed back in the right direction.
In January, I had some big hits and near misses; I managed to finish all of them, but a couple of them didn’t live up to my expectations (links will take you to my reviews).
Without a doubt, my favorite was Mr. Splitfoot, thanks to the intriguing recommendation by my friend Andi who blogs at Estella’s Revenge; it was so different than anything I’d read lately and it really stuck with me. Mr. Splitfoot was followed closely by The Guest Room, another recommendation by Catherine at The Gilmore Guide; it was definitely a page-turner!
February began fantastically, which is maybe why I fell into a slump after such a wonderful start; it’s often tough to follow up a really great read.
Why They Run the Way They Do is an absolutely amazing collection of short stories; I promise I’m not trying to beat a dead horse but, really, you need to read this one. My friend Sarah, of Sarah’s Book Shelves, agrees and I respect her judgment (her thoughts here). In addition, author J.J. Hensley did not disappoint with his new release; I love these characters!
Aaaand then the bottom fell out…I think there are multiple reasons I fell into a bit of a reading slump; not only were some of my selections disappointing, but I was also going through a professional transition (changed work locations and positions) and didn’t feel as motivated to read. I dropped all of these because they did not hold my attention.
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
High Dive by Jonathan Lee
All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
Thankfully, the situation has shifted and the final weeks of March have been great!
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey (on the blog next week!)
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (review to come in April)
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (review to come in April)
So far, I have to say that I have truly enjoyed each of these recent titles; in addition, if you haven’t already, check out my #WomanUp2016 Reading List and you’ll see some others that I’m looking forward to over the next few months.